Lori Knutson is both a clinician and healthcare administrator with over 25 years of dedication to the advancement of integrative healthcare. Her clinical background in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, working with trauma, and people with chronic pain conditions lead her to explore nontraditional therapies to optimize the health and wellbeing of those she served. Lori is clinically trained in mind body therapies such as guided imagery and biofeedback.
Lori is the Founding Executive Director of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Minneapolis, MN, named the largest and most comprehensive integrative healthcare program in the country. She was instrumental in the infrastructure and database development that led to a $2.5 million National Institutes for Health research grant to study integrative pain management in the acute care setting. In 2012 Lori opened an integrative mental health clinic for the underserved in Minneapolis
Lori has been a subject matter expert to the Veteran Health Administration Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation department in developing their Integrative health programs and services for veterans. She is an advisor to the Academic Consortium for Integrative Health and editorial Board member for Global Advances in Health and Medicine. She is also core faculty at Duke University’s Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare. Lori has co-authored several books chapters and published peer-reviewed articles.
In 2006 Lori was honored with the distinguished “Holistic Nurse of the Year” Award by the American Holistic Nurses Association.