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A Heart Felt Thank You to Dave and Roma MCoy

With their encouragement and support, the Informed Choices in Health Mammoth Lectures, including the Focus on Performance series, became a reality. Dave founded the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, retiring in 2008. Well into their 90’s, Dave and Roma are still active and independent.

About Us

The Journey

In the mid 1990’s, ICIH founder, Thomas Deinema asked the questions:

How do individuals choose a doctor, a dentist, an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, or other health care professional?

How can the general public learn about complimentary alternative integrative treatment options?

The answer to how the general public could gain knowledge of a particular professional; their focus and their practice was to create a lecture setting where the public could meet, ask questions, get answers, and be provided with additional information to enhance the quality of their lives; then to make that information available in an audio format. The Informed Choices In Health Lecture Series has presented over 40 lectures primarily in Reno, NV; Mammoth Lakes, and Graeagle, CA to meet that need. To make the lecture series “community events,” local physicians and health care providers were invited to participate.

Our Mission

To introduce the public to complimentary, alternative, biological, integrative medicine, integrative physicians and other health professionals who treat the “whole person;” not just a disease or ailment; and to provide choices for individuals with health issues. The focus being health and healing, NOT drugs and surgery. To inspire and motivate individuals to take responsibility for their health and the health of their loved ones, by introducing them to new information, getting them to dialogue with their healthcare providers, and to do their own research.

Our Team

Thomas Deinema, The Founder, Editor and Producer

bio_tomThomas Deinema expanded his interest in health and healing in the late 1970’s when he became certified in massage by the State of California and Certified by the Trager Institute as a Practitioner of Trager Psychophysical Integration. This passion grew into the Informed Choices In Health Lecture series in Northern California and Northern Nevada and continues today with the web site.

Stephen Hendrickson – Project Manager / Technical Advisor

hendricksonStephen Hendrickson has spent over 40 years working a variety of professions within the Medical and Information Technology arenas with over half that time served in the U.S. Army. Stephen holds several degrees, certifications and licenses in medical, IT/IS, and business fields. Combining his expertise in all these areas, he created database interfaces to facilitate more efficient use of hospital and patient information for administrative and diagnostic purposes. Over the years, Stephen and ICIH founder, Thomas Deinema, have worked on many projects together in a vast arena of endeavors. Stephen’s technical advice aside, his largest contribution to this project has been friendship.

Edna Espig – Administrative Manager

bio_ednaEdna Espig is the Administrative Manager for Informed Choices in Health, LLC, and the Executive Director of Bio Health Center, where she provides operational and managerial support for Dr. David Edwards. Edna began working with Dr. Edwards in the specialty of Biological Integrative Medicine in 1996 and was certified as a Homeopathic Assistant (CHA) by the Nevada Board of Homeopathic Medical Examiners, December of 2000. She is also a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Edna is a graduate of Paso Robles Christian School and Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo.

John Foss – Freelance Videographer and Editor

john-fossJohn has thirty years professional experience and is an expert at training and education videos, computerized video editing, Avid Media Composer editing, photo retouching, document construction, industrial training films and corporate communications. His education videos include “Nevada’s Geothermal Resources” and “A History of the Silver State.” He also shot “The Burning Man” on location for PBS.

Randy Peyser – Content Goddess

bio_randyRandy Peyser performs “copywriting resuscitation services” for stagnant and wornout text found on websites, press releases, speaker sheets, and other marketing materials worldwide. She is the former Editor-in- Chief of a national Mind, Body, Spirit magazine and is the CEO of a national publishing consulting firm called, Author One Stop, Inc. Author One Stop edits and ghostwrites books, and Randy pitches books to literary agents and publishers. She has 40 people under contract with agents or publishers she’s secured for them. Randy is the author of: The Write-a- Book Program; Crappy to Happy as featured in the movie, “Eat Pray Love”; and The Power of Miracle Thinking.

Patty Fantasia – Social Media Consulting for Informed Choices in Health.

patty-master-photoPatty is the former founder and publisher of a regional magazine called That’s Entertainment Boston and a blog for independent filmmakers called Filmmakers Notebook. She has served as Director of Marketing for the Nevada Film Alliance and as a film critic and public relations specialist for The Regional Review. She co-produced her first short, “Accused,” and provided social media and promotional support for the award winning documentary, “More to Live For.”  Her writing credits include: ScriptShark, Las Vegas Round the Clock,, and The Flick Chicks

Sandra Oertell – Author / Freelance Writer

sandraOriginally from Chicago, Sandra was an Interior Designer; traveled extensively, and retired in Las Vegas, where she began her writing career as a ghostwriter, show reviewer, and restaurant critic. Investigating all genres of writing, she played with poetry, haiku, and short stories, co-wrote her first novel, “Journey to Redemption,” and began editing manuscripts for other first time writers.  A long-time and dear friend, Sandra has been writing and editing on ICIH projects for several years.

John Gorra  – Interim CFO for Informed Choices in Health, LLC

bio_johnJohn is Director and board member of Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, and Gorra Consulting. Educated at the University of Minnesota, John Gorra does extensive work in corporate structure and finance. He specializes in creating business opportunities and making entities successful, executing financial planning and strategy, and developing, managing, and selling commercial realty. His latest project with Tom is ICIH, where he has been advising in several areas and has been a most welcome addition. John has been a good friend since Jr. High School.

Lisa Hanson  –  Our extraordinary transcriber

lisaOwner of a transcription service since 1994, she is currently residing in Minneapolis, MN.  Lisa subcontracts with the University of Minnesota Physicians and Occupational Medicine Consultants.  She is honored to have joined Tom Deinema on this valuable project because of its importance in educating the public. Integrating western medicine with alternative medicine will help all of us become more aware of the need to improve our health and learn of better treatments that are safer for us and our environment.

Stephen Thorburn –  Technical advisor and consultant

steve2A long time resident of Las Vegas, New Jersey born Stephen Thorburn is a graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he received a BFA in Fine Art.  As an experienced, skilled, graphic artist Stephen worked for many years in game design as well as casino marketing and innovated the advent of video billboards on Las Vegas outdoor casino marquees as well as indoor casino advertising systems. Stephen has also built a strong resume that includes web design, logo creation, 3D animation, video and still photography (red carpet/performance), among others.

Our Graphic Artist

image2“She’s a private person, a behind the scenes kind of woman. She’s brilliant, gifted, marketing savvy … she’s patient with me and won’t allow me to put anything out that is not in the best interest of the site or project.  She’s my Graphics Angel, and best of all, she’s my friend.” – Thomas

Steve Lillo – Website Manager

Steve Lillo has been involved in alternative and natural medicine for over 30 years. After spending several years at The Whole Life Expo, serving as Operations Manager, Assistant Program Director and Sales Manager, in 1995 Steve founded the web development firm PlanetLink when he saw the emergence of the internet and the opportunity it provided for making a difference in the world through business. PlanetLink has evolved into a full service web development company providing design, programming, integration and consulting. Steve is the author of the book, “Get a Website that Works!” for more information, visit


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