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ACRM Complementary Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine Networking Group

Nature-Based Rehabilitation Medicine Task Force


Mission-To promote and disseminate knowledge and information on the use of nature-based therapies and biophilic design in rehabilitation practice through conference presentations, workshops, and publications.


  • Explore the utilization of biophilic theory and design in rehabilitative practice
  • Promote the use of nature-based therapies and horticultural therapy to achieve patient and organizational goals in rehabilitative settings
  • Disseminate evidence-informed and evidence-based knowledge and practice guidelines for nature-based therapies
  • Develop guidelines for clinical practice of horticultural therapy based on scientific principles/knowledge and empirical evidence
  •  Engage and collaborate with other ACRM communities to promote the usefulness of Nature-based therapies in rehabilitation




Matthew J. Wichrowski MSW, HTR

Matthew J. Wichrowski MSW, HTR


Clinical Associate Professor Rehabilitation Medicine
New York University Grossman School of Medicine




Honorary Professor at University Malaya,
Kuala Lumpur Malaysi



Thank you for being a part of the CIRM NG Nature-Based Rehabilitation Medicine Task Force. We love that the ACRM attracts the most passionate interdisciplinary mix of rehabilitation pros from around the world. What an honor to collaborate with such driven individuals. We hope to meet with you at our upcoming networking group meeting to discuss current projects and opportunities for contribution and collaboration.


CIRMNG Nature-Based Rehabilitation Medicine Task Force

Join us this month to discuss the 2024 ACRM Annual Conference, Task Force updates, and new projects. We welcome your participation.

Save the date!


Date: The Fourth Thursday of Each Month
Time: 8:00am ET/ 7:00am CT/ 5:00am PT/ 8:00pm Malaysian Time/ 9:00pm Japan Time

Meeting ID: 872 5192 3219
Passcode: 48512


Matthew J. Wichrowski MSW, HTR has been practicing horticultural therapy at Rusk Rehabilitation NYU-Langone Medical Center for almost 30 years and is currently Clinical Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine. He teaches in the Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program at New York Botanical Garden, presents regularly at national and international conferences, and has won many awards for his work. Matt is also Editor-in-Chief of the AHTA’s Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture. His research interests center around the effects of nature on human health and wellness and his work has been published in a variety of media.

Zaliha Binti Omar M.B,B.S, FRCP,FAFRM,FAMM,DMR RCP, is a Rehabilitation Physician, currently an Honorary Professor at University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, and a graduate student at Fujita Health University, Toyoake, Japan. She has always been interested in Nature Principles from childhood. Her interest in Therapeutic Sensory Stimulation Garden blossomed after her retirement from her twenty five-year full-time academic life at University Malaya. She teams up closely with landscape architects, horticulturalists, botanists, arborists and garden enthusiasts in Malaysia and Japan in a diverse range of gardening activities. She has set up two Therapeutic Sensory Stimulation gardens in Malaysia and one in Japan; these works have been published. Zaliha is keen to expand her gardening interest into evidence-based rehabilitation medicine.

2023 GOALS

  • Recruit membership
  • Develop symposium presentation for ACRM 2023
  • Plan and develop Scoping review Nature- Based Therapies in Rehabilitation
  • Develop I/E page ideas


  • This task force was initiated January 2023