Integrative Medicine

Physicians and Advanced Practice Nurses

Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf, MD, Medical Director, Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine

Kathleen Farah, MD, Staff Physician

Maura Fitzgerald RN, MS, MA, CNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Anna Hoffman, RN, CNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist


Christine Gibbon, PhD, LP, Staff Psychologist

Kavita Desai, PhD, LP, Staff Psychologist

Message and Music Therapy

Barb Cant, RN, NCMT, CHTP, Massage Therapist

Karen Haeg, BA, NCMBT, Massage Therapist

Candace Linares, NCMT, Massage Therapist

Jill Maltrud, BS, NCMBT, Massage Therapist

Laura Beck, NCMT, Massage Therapist

Mark Burnett, MMus, Music Therapist


Laura Beck, Health Unit Coordinator

Alison McQuade, Health Unit Coordinator

Information included on Children’s Integrative Medicine Web site is for educational purposes only, and is made available to assist you in discussing your medical concern with your physician or qualified health care provider.

It does not imply any endorsement or recommendation by Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics makes no warranties, express or implied, about the value or utility for any purpose of the information or resources contained herein.

Please note that information and resources listed here may, by definition, be outside the scope of generally accepted biomedical standards of care. They are complementary, alternative, integrative, unconventional, non-traditional, or cultural in context.

For some of the treatments, there may be scientific evidence for therapeutic efficacy while in other instances, there is as yet limited or no research data. This information should not be used in any way to provide diagnoses or to prescribe any medical treatment.

As in the case of conventional medicine, indiscriminate use of these therapies without medical supervision may be harmful to your health.

Individuals viewing this material should in all cases review the benefits and risks of using specific complementary/alternative/integrative treatments with their own doctor or health care provider for the diagnosis and treatment of medical and/or psychological conditions.

Ways to Wellness

One page educational handouts about integrative medicine written specifically for kids and adolescents (all open as a PDF):


  • National Cancer Institute
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center This website is sponsored by the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. It is a clearinghouse for cancer patients on dietary supplements and complementary and alternative medicine. (Patient information sheets available)
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Approximately 340 monographs on dietary supplements are available on the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center website. (Patient information sheets available)

Environmental Health

Non-profit sites with advertising or products for sale section:




Mind Body Medicine


Integrative Treatment Options

Children's of Minnesota is a national leader in offering integrative treatment options. We have a variety of assessment, treatment, and consultative services for families and children, including holistic assessment by either a single provider or an interdisciplinary team, personalized information/resource consultation and individual or multimodality treatment approaches, such as:

  • acupuncture and acupressure (PDF)
  • aromatherapy (PDF)
  • biofeedback
  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • healing touch and Reiki
  • herbals and botanicals
  • integrative cancer care services
  • massage therapy (PDF)
  • mind-body skills groups
  • reflexology
  • relaxation and mental imagery
  • self-regulation skills training