Iowa Mind Body Institute



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  Board Members

Bobby N. Koneru, M.D.
Medical Director Wendt Regional Cancer Center
President Iowa Mind Body Institute

Dr. Koneru received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at Northwestern University and did further training in stereotactic body radiotherapy at Baylor Medical Center. Dr. Koneru was Co-Medical Director of Radiosurgery at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Waukesha, WI. He next became an attending radiation oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, as well as an instructor at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Currently, Dr. Koneru is the Medical Director of the Wendt Regional Cancer Center. At the Wendt Center, he has developed a robust radiosurgery program and has been active in several national clinical trials. Dr. Koneru is certified by the American Board of Radiology, and has more than 20 publications and presentations in the field of radiation oncology. He has been a speaker for several major medical companies and is co-founder of

Dr. Koneru has been a strong proponent of integrative oncology for many years. He has training from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Harvard University and also is President of the Iowa Mind Body Institute in Dubuque.
Janet Laban, NP

Vice President  Iowa Mind Body Institute Board

Laban received her training from Northeast Iowa Technical Institute, University of Phoenix, and Clarke University.  Janet returned to school several years ago, and it was then that Integrative Healthcare piqued an interest. In 2012, Laban joined the Wendt Regional Cancer Center, attended the Integrative Medicine Observer Program at MD Anderson, completed the Radiation Oncology Program, and completed a 200 hour Yoga Teaching Training course through Body and Soul.  Janet is a strong advocate for opening our minds and hearts to the many available resources that can guide us to knowledge and wisdom of our personal power and acceptance of our imperfect humanness.  Through the mind-body connection we become aware of our power to create opportunities and success; and ultimately discover peace and happiness in all situations.  

Joel Thielen
Treasurer Iowa Mind Body Institute Board

Thielen is Dubuque’s first State Licensed and Nationally Board Certified (NCCAOM) Acupuncturist. He is also a founding member of the Iowa Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Prior to founding Elements Acupuncture and Wellness Clinic, Thielen was an associate Acupuncturist at Abundance Acupuncture in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. While there he worked with Senior Acupuncturist, David Millbrandt specializing in classical Chinese medicine and advanced pain management. 

Thielen has also worked and lectured at Finley Babka Wellness Center in Dubuque, Iowa and studied under various master Acupuncturists including Susan Johnson, Dr. Robert Chu,Dr. Wei-Chien Young, Dr. C.J. Chen, Richard Tan, Dr. Ming Qing Zhu, Bob Doone and others. 

Thielen did his undergraduate studies at St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota. He completed his Masters level post graduate certification in Acupuncture at Midwest College of Oriental Medicine (Racine, WI/Chicago, IL) in 2006. There he completed 2100 hours of schooling in three academic years and graduated with honors.