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Osher Center for Integrative Health

The Osher Center for Integrative Health has as its goal to be a model of transformative healthcare. Moving beyond diagnosis, we emphasize creating optimal health in every patient we care for. We work to empower individuals to realize their intrinsic potential for healing, well-being, and longevity. We favor the least invasive, most natural methods to improve health.

Integrative health is a healing-oriented approach that considers the whole person (body, mind and spirit), including all aspects of a patient’s lifestyle. It appreciates the role of the provider in inspiring the possibility for attaining better health and longevity and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.

The principles of integrative medicine include:

  • A partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process
  • Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the innate healing response of the body
  • Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, spirit and community in addition to the body
  • A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically
  • Recognition that good medicine should be based on good science, be inquiry-driven and be open to new paradigms
  • Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible
  • Appreciate and focus on health promotion, illness prevention and not just disease treatment
  • Training of practitioners to be models of health and healing, committed to the process of self-exploration and self-development

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is part of the Osher Collaborative for Integrative Health, an international group of eleven academic centers funded by The Bernard Osher Foundation to study, teach and practice integrative healthcare. The Osher Collaborative amplifies the collective impact of the eleven Osher Centers on health and well-being for all.

These programs possess both unique and shared strengths in research, education and clinical care. The Osher Collaborative advances integrative medicine nationwide by sharing knowledge, resources and best practices. 

Together, we have created a fellowship program that trains physicians in a holistic model of care.


Click here for more information about fellowship opportunities through the Osher Center fr Integrative Health.

Our Providers

Karen Koffler, M.D.

Karen Koffler, M.D.

Karen is a University of Miami Medical School graduate and completed her training in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado. Her early careers included working for the Indian Health Service, the Denver Veterans Affairs, and inner city hospitals as an Emergency Room doctor, a Hospitalist, and an ICU doctor. She was in the first class of physicians trained at the University of Arizona’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship and was one of the earliest physicians to achieve certification in Functional Medicine. In a constant quest to expand her knowledge base, she has received in-depth training in acupuncture, mind-body medicine, Apollo Health for the reversal of cognitive decline, genomics and more. When she is not studying, she is often surfing or trying to train her puppy Shoko (without much success).

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Julie Rivo, M.D.

Julie is a native Miamian and completed her undergraduate and medical school at Duke University. She trained in Family Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She has served as an Americorp HIV educator for LatinX LGBT youth, and was awarded the National Institutes of Health Fogarty Fellowship to conduct maternal health research in Argentina. She has studied Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona’s Integrative Medicine in Residency program and is currently getting her certification in Functional Medicine. In her off-hours, she is an avid spinner, swimmer, Latin dancer, and is learning to play the Ukelele.

Anisha Durve, DOM, MS

Anisha Durve, D.O.M., M.S.

Dr. Anisha Durve, Director of Acupuncture & Ayurveda, joined the Osher Center for Integrative Health at University of Miami in February 2022. She is a Doctor of Acupuncture for the past 22 years and teaching the esteemed 300 hour CME program for physicians to learn acupuncture since 2019. She is passionate about making acupuncture accessible to all and has launched the community acupuncture group visits on the university campus. She graduated from the Southwest College of Acupuncture in New Mexico in 2000 with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine and then interned at the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing.

Dr. Anisha is also an Ayurvedic doctor, Ayur-yoga therapist, and meditation instructor, passionate about teaching patients how to thrive with Ayurvedic diet/ lifestyle counseling and yoga therapy. Her unique style of acupuncture integrates guided meditation and breathwork, aromatherapy, ayurvedic acupressure, and sound healing. She has co-authored a clinical textbook on acupressure with Dr. Vasant Lad titled Marma Points of Ayurveda and teaches patients self-care techniques with acupressure.

Clinic Administration

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Jaimie Katz, M.H.A.

Jaimie is a University of Miami graduate and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then went on to receive her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Central Florida. Paying her way through college Jaimie worked at many high-end restaurants in the Miami area which is where she learned the importance of exceeding guest expectations. Jaimie realized that it is very possible to use the same level of service that is commonly found in the hospitality industry and apply those same skills in the healthcare setting. She is constantly engaging with patients to ensure they have everything they need, as she believes this interaction plays an important role in the healing process. 

On her off hours, Jaimie enjoys being a new mom to her daughter Sienna, taking care of her fur babies Zooey & Zara, and spending much of her time in the kitchen creating delicious meals for her loved ones. 

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