Coming Up

Past Events

IMMH Conference in Orange County, California
Sept. 28-Oct 1, 2017

I have been invited to speak at the 8th annual IMMH 2017 conference that will be held in Hyatt Regency Orange County, California. I will be discussing ‘Botanicals for Depression’ using Rhodiola, St. John’s Wart, Curcumin, and Saffron. Botanicals have long been a part of the healing traditions in many cultures for depression. Certain medicinal herbs have increasing evidence-based research and thus can be part of the toolbox for an integrative medical practice. Yet, having a greater understanding of the complexities that herbs present are critical in having a successful outcome when prescribing them for your patients.

To register for the 8th annual Integrative Medicine For Mental Health Conference (IMMH)  here for attendee overview here


Pan American Integrative Medicine Conference in South Africa
May 4-6, 2017

I have been invited to speak at the inaugural conference on Pan American Integrative Medicine Conference in South Africa from May 4-6. It will take place in the wine country near Cape Town.

While in South Africa, I plan to host “Spirit of South Africa: Seeking the Divine, Staying Present with the Sacred,” May 6-17, 2017, a travel experience for seekers, culture enthusiasts and yoginis on the go.

I am looking for 7-10 people to come along with me. The focus will be near to Cape Town and the nearby areas with one safari that is closer than Krueger at this time. I am seeking to have a spiritual focus that explores the Divine and connecting with the lands. I am seeking to have a local native healer to be a part of the experience as well.

UNM People to People exchange to Cuba: February 2017

I was a co-leader with UNM People to People educational integrative mental health exchange program to Havana, Cuba, on Feb. 5-12, 2017.

We will be sharing and exchanging mutual perspectives on integrative mental health interventions that are most helpful for different populations. This is the second time that my colleague, James Lake, M.D., and I have taken a group of mental health practitioners to Cuba. We learned a lot and hope to do so again. Follow my blog posts here.

Judith Pentz MD is a holistic/integrative psychiatrist.  She is board certified in child and adult psychiatry and recently, she became board certified in integrative medicine.  A life long student of the healing arts, Judith came to  Iyengar yoga about 15 years ago while living in New Zealand.  She has 110 hrs towards yoga teacher training. The quest to support mental health along with whole body health has led her to explore the profound teachings of Ayurveda and Tantric Yoga. Judith is eager to share ways to soothe the troubled mind and body so life is more vibrant and alive for those in need.
Zoreh Afsarzadeh, founder of High Desert Yoga in Albuquerque for the past 15 years, is a certified Yoga Therapist, yoga and meditation teacher. With her joyous personality, good sense of humor, and passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, Zoreh creates a safe and nurturing environment for students to go deeper in their practice. Zoreh has been hosting yoga retreats, workshops and trainings around the country and world for the past 20 years.

Stress Reduction: Self-Care for the New Year

with Zoreh Afsarzadeh & Judith Pentz, MD

Sunday, January 29, 2017     2:30-5:30 p.m.

Join Zoreh & Judith as they share practical steps to make this New Year the best ever. You’ll learn simple steps for self-care, along with tips to keep focused on what makes your heart sing. Sharing from their own experiences with Ayurveda and yoga, Zoreh and Judith will weave an afternoon of fun and joy to help celebrate who you are!

You will learn tools to calm your body and your mind. breathing techniques to reduce stress and Ayurvedic concepts for daily self care, so you can live your best life!

Pentz speaks on integrative medicine at national conference

Dr. Judith Eve Pentz, M.D., speaks all around the country and internationally on integrative practices in psychiatry. She speaks on Aug. 18 at the IM4US Annual Conference 2016 on a panel about alternative approaches to mental health.

The national gathering focuses on integrative medicine for the underserved, providing an educational experience for healing professionals, administrators and students.

Here’s a look at the panel: 

Harm Reduction Approaches to Psychiatric Medication: Using Integrative Medicine as an Alternative Way to Support Mental Health

Benjamin Zappin, LAc and others
This panel of consists of experts who work with people who choose alternatives to the use of psychiatric medications for dealing with mental health issues. Ben Zappin is an acupuncturist and herbalist in Oakland, California, who uses integrative medicine to assist people struggling with emotional and spiritual distress.

Dr. Judith Pentz is a Integrative Psychiatrist in New Mexico who incorporates various modalities including orthomolecular, nutritional options, homeopathy, targeted amino-acid therapy, breathing techniques and meditation, in her work with individuals given a psychiatric diagnosis.

Will Hall, DiplPW is an internationally recognized therapist, trainer, advocate and author who wrote the “Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs,” and has presented about coming off medications around the world.

Dina Tyler is a peer specialist who shares her personal lived experience of the mental health system and alternative approaches with underserved populations in Alameda County, California.

For more information, click here.




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