Health Science Specialist
Veterans Health Administration
Dr. Kozak has been a researcher in complementary and integrative medicine projects funded by NIH since 1995. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at HSRD VA Puget Sound on the Evaluation of Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH). Since 2012, Dr. Kozak has led multiple projects in integrative health at the VA, including a feasibility study of the “Touch, Caring and Cancer Program,” evaluation and implementation projects for touch therapies and massage, and a facility-wide implementation of Whole Health initiatives. She worked closely with DSS Puget Sound to develop a system that would allow implementation (coding, billing and research tracking) of CIH modalities that lack a CPT code. This system was adopted and deployed nationally by the Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation (OPCC&CT) and the Integrative Health Coordinating Center (IHCC) at VACO. As a Clinical Champion and Whole Health National Champion since 2012, she has been supporting the mission of OPCC&CT and IHCC by designing and developing multimedia content in CIH, providing implementation consultation and research content in patient-centered care and integrative health, and supporting local, regional and national implementation of Whole Health. She serves as a subject matter expert for Tai Chi/Qigong and Aromatherapy at IHCC. In addition to her part-time VA appointment, Dr. Kozak is Director for the Integrative Palliative Care Institute (IPCI) and co-PI for an NCI-funded Program for Palliative Care Providers on Integrative Therapies in Palliative Care in collaboration with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).