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The Neurobiology of Trauma Resolution and Addiction   


Join us at the August 2018 Functional Forum of Philadelphia’s Main Line as we explore the effects of trauma and the body from a multi-dimensional lens with experts in these relevant and emerging fields. 

We are delighted to welcome the following esteemed speakers:

Angela McKinney is a nationally recognized recovery coach, trauma expert and mental health advocate.  She is the creator and founder of Untangle & Thrive.Her method of Untangling provides skills for people who want to be set free by providing them with the tools they need to increase their capacity to connect and thrive in the world. Her simple technique has produced dramatic and life-changing results for people from all backgrounds and walks of life.  

Her signature program, Untangle & Thrive, is a lifestyle philosophy and behavioral health strategy designed to help people expand their capacity to connect, radically shifting from merely surviving to Thriving. Dedicated to understanding the human experience from multiple lenses, Angela brings the experience of 20 years in recovery, clinical psychology research in Buddhist studies, an extensive theater arts background, financial planning and wealth management expertise, certified life coaching combined with decades of service to the recovery world. 

In addition to offering one-on-one coaching intensives and online group programs, Angela partners with medical directors and psychiatrists to build programs for individuals recovering from addiction, life changes, and trauma.

Laura Chalfant, MA, CBT, LMT, CR is the Owner of Integrative-Mind Body-Medicine in Bryn Mawr, PA, an intuitive energy healer and Body Talk practitioner who has developed an integrative mind-body-science healing system designed to uncover and heal the root cause of the disease process. She has had a thriving hands-on healing practice for over 30 years. Laura has a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from Bryn Mawr College where she did cross cultural research in bereavement, Shamanism, and transformational workshops.

She lived at Kripalu Yoga Ashram for 5 years in her 20's and has been on a path of transformation from a young age when life circumstances led her to seek out innovative, alternative methods for healing mind-body-spirit, as well as authentic practices that bring forth awakening. She became fascinated by traditional healing systems of Ancient cultures and brings all of her diverse experience to the Body Talk system which is a truly wholistic mind-body approach to uncovering and healing the root of the disease process and brining the system into optimal health and wellbeing. https://www.integrative-mindbody-medicine.com


Talks will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.  


Please note: While we make every attempt to consistently hold our local meetings on the first Monday of the month, this is not always possible due to the availability of the venue or other scheduling considerations. Please always double check dates and be sure to register to be on our list so we can inform you of forthcoming meetings.


About The Functional Forum


The Functional Forum is the world’s largest integrative medicine conference. On the first Monday of every month, this new concept in practitioner education, “medutainment”, brings together the latest health news, functional medicine research, practice development and health technology in an upbeat, entertaining way.

We curate the industry’s leading innovators in a mixed-media format that combines interviews, TED-style talks, videos, audience interaction, and music. You can learn more about Functional Forum Meetup and its previous conferences here.

Each monthly episode will focus on a different medical specialty and connect the value of a functional medicine approach to its evolution. This comes at a time where use of specialists is becoming an ever more costly drag on medical systems worldwide.

Each Forum will provide practitioners from all walks of medicine, not only Primary Care and Family Medicine, but all the integrative professions, with the clinical keys and practical emerging models to deliver truly effective predictive, preventive and participatory medicine.

With our unprecedented global meetup infrastructure, we will also seek to create new relationships locally between current specialists and with integrative providers in order to stimulate the creation of the specialty centers of the future.

Who Should Attend?

Any practitioner who is curious about addressing the root cause of chronic disease
Any health professional who practices:
Functional Medicine
Preventative Medicine
Integrative Medicine
Holistic Medicine
Digital Health Innovators
Medical Stakeholders
Health Professionals: MD, DO, ND, PA, DC, RN, RD,  NP, LAc., CHT, CCN, DDS, Midwives, PharmD, Pharmacist, Vet, Colon Hydrotherapist, Health Coaches etc.