Instructor Bios

Dr. John Golden

Dr. Golden graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. He completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Illinois, and later completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the Direction of Dr. Andrew Weil. He is board-certified in Family Medicine, Geriatrics, and Integrative Holistic Medicine. Dr. Golden received his Certificate in Clinical Homeopathy through CEDH, an international school of Homeopathy, and is a Senior Instructor in Clinical Homeopathy. He’s a published author, an Assistant Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and has spoken extensively both nationally and internationally to lay and physician audiences. For the last seven years, Dr. Golden has received The Patient’s Choice Award, awarded to less than 4% of the nation’s physicians, and The Most Compassionate Doctor Award, awarded to less than 3% nationally. Dr. Golden has a passion for natural healing with a keen interest in partnering with his patients to co-create optimal health by improving lifestyle, making nutritional changes, employing holistic means, and using Homeopathy as an integral part of his treatment plan. He currently practices at Golden Center for Health and Healing, Rock Island, IL.

 Dr. Chuck Dumont


Dr. DuMont is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Board of Homeotherapeutics, the Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy – CEDH the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. He has been a senior Lecturer for the CEDH the past 8 years. With his extensive experience in many areas of complementary/alternative medicine he has lectured nationally and internationally.

His formal training in Integrative medicine began with mind/body medicine at the Harvard Mind/Body Institute. Dr. Dumont then went on to receive formal training in other alternative modalities including medical hypnosis (American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the Society of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics), acupuncture (UCLA Medical Acupuncture Program) with additional training in Korean Hand Acupuncture (a needle-free form of acupuncture), and homeopathy (American Institute of Homeopathy and the Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy – CEDH), and Functional Medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Dr. Elisa Song

Elisa Song, MD founded Whole Child Wellness in 2005 (which became Whole Family Wellness in 2013) with a mission to create a nurturing environment that integrates allopathic and natural medicine customized to each unique child, in order to help children thrive to their fullest potentials. Dr. Song has a special interest in providing integrative care for children with complex medical issues, including autism, ADHD, asthma, autoimmune illness, eczema, failure to thrive, food allergies/sensitivities, reflux, inflammatory bowel disease and other gastrointestinal disorders, seizures and other neurological disorders, and environmental illness.

Dr. Song graduated with distinction in political science from Stanford University, attended NYU School of Medicine and trained in Pediatrics at UCSF Medical Center. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from UC Berkeley. Dr. Song has additional training in functional medicine/holistic nutrition, homeopathy & homeopathic detoxification, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and flower essences. She is board-certified in pediatrics and holistic medicine, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Song has been trained in the Defeat Autism Now! biomedical approach to autism. Additionally, Dr. Song provides training in integrative pediatric care to pediatric healthcare professionals through the Holistic Pediatric Association, and teaches clinical homeopathy to physicians for the CEDH (Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy). She also teaches pediatric acupuncture for the Academy of Pain Research, and lectures on pediatric functional medicine for the Institute for Functional Medicine.

 Dr. Merrill Galera

A board Certified Family Physician, Dr. Galera maintains a private referral practice in suburban Chicago drawing patients from around the world. His use of homeopathy, herbs and nutrients have resulted in reproducible results for the treatment of infections, nutrient imbalances and toxicity. Dr. Galera is a senior instructor at the Center for education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy.

Dr. Alicja Poleszak

Dr. Alicja Poleszak, MD, is a family medicine specialist in the Chicago area, where she completed her residency after receiving her medical degree in Poland. When the practice of conventional medicine left her unfulfilled and feeling like a pill pusher, Dr. Poleszack looked to alternative methods of healing. Over the last 16 years, she has studied nutrition and hormones, and became board certified in Holistic Integrative Medicine. Dr. Poleszak is also certified in Traumatic Brain Injury treatment using Dr. Mark Gordon’s protocol, as well as Clinical Homeopathy by the CEDH, where she is now an instructor. She considers herself a country doctor in the suburbs of Chicago.

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Dr. Ronald Boyer


Dr. Ronald Boyer is an internationally recognized authority in the education and practice of homeopathy. He is the president of the Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy (CEDH), a subsidiary of the International Foundation for Clinical Homeopathy (IFCH), which trains as many as 3,000 doctors in clinical homeopathy in more than 20 countries throughout the world each year.

Dr. Boyer holds a doctorate in medicine from the University of Montpellier (France) and two homeopathic specialty degrees from both of France’s premier accrediting homeopathic educational institutions. Dr. Boyer maintained a private practice specializing in family medicine for more than 20 years, during which time he lectured extensively on the subject of homeopathy throughout France and the United States. From 1992 to 1998, he served as the senior lecturer in charge of the medical homeopathic division of the Technikon Natal, a post-graduate educational institution in Durban, South Africa.

Dr. Boyer is a founding member of the International Medical Homeopathic Organization (OMHI) and an honorary member of the South African Medical Homeopathic Association (SAHMA).

Dr. Boyer is the co-author with Dr. Alain Horvilleur of four books: Homeopathy During PregnancyHomeopathy and HeadachesHomeopathy and Stress and Homeopathy and Rheumatism. Dr Boyer is co-author of 150 diseases – 600 medicines.

Dr. Lisa Benest

Dr. Lisa Benest received her medical degree at UC Irvine, completing her internship at UCLA and residency at New York Medical College, where she served as Chief Resident. A diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Benest has been in private practice for over 15 years.  She specializes in Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology, as well as Skin Cancer Surgery. Dr. Benest is known for her holistic and nutritional approach to medicine, as well as her friendly and personal care.

Dr. Victor Nuno

Victor Nuño, D.O. has dual board certification in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal and Integrative Medicine. He is an associate professor at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California and owner/physician at Seek Optimal Health, P.C. in Vallejo, CA. Through his diverse training, Dr. Nuño utilizes various holistic tools to help stimulate inherent healing and optimize health for his patients.

Dr. Biljana Uzalec

Biljana Uzelac, MD  is  a board certified pediatrician with 12 years of pediatric experience and additional training in: Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Uzelac is experienced in integration of holistic medicine in the care of conventionally treated conditions.

Dr. Uzelac’s passion is teaching, traveling, cooking / recipe developing, and actively discovering new ways to improve health, by learning more about different cultures, healing techniques, home remedies and healthy eating.

She teaches medical and nurse practitioner students, and also gives lectures on various medical, holistic and nutrition topics.

Also, she is a teaching professor at international Center for Development of Clinical Homeopathy.

Dr. Larry Baskind

Dr. Larry Baskind grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. He graduated from Princeton University, and New Jersey Medical School, where he also did his pediatric residency and served as chief resident. … Baskind came to the Hudson Valley in 1987, working at the local Health Center, where he was the Director of Pediatrics.

Dr. Donna Ruiz

Board-certified in Pediatrics through the American Board of Pediatrics as well as double-boarded in Integrative Medicine through the American Board of Integrative & Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) and the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM).  The Wellness Center for Integrative Pediatrics blends holistic, complementary and alternative care based on evidence of safety and effectiveness with mainstream medical therapies.
Functional medicine, clinical homeopathy, nutrition, acupuncture and ozone therapy,
along with traditional western medicine, are used to treat the root causes of an illness
rather than a cluster of symptoms, using an individualized, integrative approach.

Colleen Carroll, Education Specialist

Colleen Carroll is the education specialist for CEDH, working closely with course educators as well as enrolled students in North America. Previously, she was part of the Information Center at Boiron, where she consulted on homeopathic medicines and consumer health matters. Colleen is available to help with any questions you may have regarding the CEDH course from registration and billing, to course material and the final exam.  

Dr. Elana Klimenko

Dr.Klimenko was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. She graduated from one of the best medical schools of former Soviet Union. Shortly after she moved to the USA in 1996. She successfully completed necessary certification, graduated medical residency and obtained board certification in Internal Medicine in 2003. Practicing what she learned in Russia and America she realized that her focus should be on prevention and protection of “health” rather then on treatment of “disease”. Through the vigorous learning and training for the past 10 years she now practices integrative medicine. Her focus is to empower patients to achieve optimal health and prevention of chronic illnesses.

Rajneesh Sikri


Rajneesh Sikri studied medicine in erstwhile USSR from Yerewan State Medical University and graduated in 1997. He practiced medicine for 7 years in India before moving to Canada. Dr. Sikri was involved in areas of Clinical research with McMaster University and University of Toronto.

Dr. Nichole Mozden

Dr. Nicole completed her undergraduate work at Indiana University and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from Rush Medical College in 2003. She completed her pediatrics residency from Loyola in 2006 and has been practicing locally for over 10 years. Dr. Nicole has always been passionate about helping patients achieve their optimal health and stop the cycle of chronic illness and use of unnecessary pharmaceuticals. She expertly implements natural treatments that are safe and effective, like homeopathic medications, supplements, and nutrition to support the Nicole Mozden, M.D., F.A.A.P. is a board-certified pediatrician and board-certified clinical homeopathic physician. Dr. Nicole is from Palos Park, IL and currently resides in Orland Park, IL with her husband and three amazing children. She loves being part of this community and bringing an important focus to nutrition, natural health options and homeopathy in her general pediatric practice.body during acute and chronic illness. As a pediatrician and homeopath, she can offer the best of both worlds!

Dr. Youngran Chung