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AANP Convention and Exposition Speakers:

Mikhael Adams, BSc, ND
Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
Kristy Anderson, NMD
Steve Austin, (B.A., B.S.), N.D.
Matthew Baral, ND
Richard Barrett, N.D., Kimberly Tippens, N.D., MSAOM
Shiva Barton, ND, LicAc
Bill Benda, MD; Don Warren, ND; Tabatha Parker, ND;
          Sabine Thomas, ND; Joseph Trindal

Grandmother Rita Blumenstein
Peter Bongiorno ND, MSAc
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
Nick Buratovich, NMD
Carlo Calabrese, ND, MPH; Michael Cronin, ND; Erica Oberg, ND, MPH
Mark Carney, ND, LAc
Sussanna Czeranko N.D
Susan DeLaney, ND, RN
Jean-Jacques Dugoua, ND, PhD
Paul Epstein, ND
Anne Marie Fine, N.M.D.
Barbara Glidewell, RN, MBS, CEC
John Hahn, DPM, ND
Tori Hudson, ND
Joseph M. Keenan, MD, BSM
Jason Kocina and Cory Williamson
Thomas Kruzel, M.T., ND; Dickson Thom, ND;
          Stephen Myers, ND, Bmed, PhD; Kate Broderick, ND

Robert H. Lerman, M.D., Ph.D.
Douglas 'Duffy' MacKay, ND
Rick Marinelli, N.D., M.Ac.O.M.
Russell B. Marz, N.D., MA.C.O.M.
Charles Masur, MD
Alan Miller
W. Bruce Milliman, ND and Eva Miller, ND
Dr. Artemis Morris, ND, L.Ac

Mona Morstein, ND, DHANP
Mark Newman, MS
Jim Paoletti, RPh, FAARFM
Joe Pizzorno, ND
J. Joseph Prendergast, M.D. 
Lisa Regan-Vienop, NPH and Elizabeth Steiner
Steve Rissman, ND
Yvan Rochon, PhD
Steven Sandberg-Lewis ND, DHANP; and
          Dr. Allison Siebecker, ND, MSOM, Lac

Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO; Rena Bloom, ND
Michelle Sexton, BS, ND
Sharum Sharif, ND
William Shaw, PhD
Jared M. Skowron, N.D.
Virender Sodhi, ND, MD (Ayruved)
Dickson Thom, DDS, ND
Jessica Tran, ND
Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO
E. Denis Wilson, MD
Jared Zeff, ND

Mikhael Adams, BSc, ND
Viruses & Pandemics in the 21 st Century: Truth or Dare and the Case for Nature Cure
This presentation will explore the researched and documented facts relating to viruses and pandemics in the modern age and the vaccinations offered to prevent them, as well the immense toxic burden the average human presents with and its effects on the immune system. Historically, Nature Cure has provided us with a template for repairing and maintaining the "self-healing" and "auto-regulating" mechanisms of our body. This presentation will focus on updated, detailed, effective, and successful "Nature Cure" for today's chronic conditions.

Dr. Mikhael Adams, B.Sc., N.D., received his Doctor of Naturopathy from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1981. He practiced for ten years in Seattle, and is now in private practice in Milton, Ontario. He uses drainage, nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture and auricular medicine as his primary therapeutic tools. He has studied homeopathy since 1977. Dr. Adams is the president of the International Association of Auricular and Bioenergetic Medicine, past president of the North American Association of Auricular Medicine, and has studied intensively with Dr. Paul Nogier in France. Dr. Adams taught Clinical Pathology at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from 1987 to 1993 and has been giving workshops in auricular medicine since 1984. Dr. Adams has been lecturing in North America on homeopathy and drainage since 1988.


Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
Quality Matters in Dietary Supplements
This talk will review dietary supplement manufacturing from a quality perspective. Manufacturing hot spots as well as industry solutions will be reviewed. Starting with raw material supply and finishing with shelf-life stability, key areas of manufacturing that impact finished product quality will be reviewed. In addition, this talk will review quality concerns and safeguards specific to individual compounds such as probiotics, minerals, botanicals and selected neutraceuticals.  Quality practices used by professional supplement manufacturers to address these issues will be reviewed. This presentation will equip the attendee to utilize quality as a differentiator in their clinical practice.

Quelling an Inflammatory Life

Inflammation is a healing response to injury and insult and is essential to life. However, chronic inflammation will inevitably dead-end into cancer, autoimmune disease,  cardiovascular or other disease. Comprehensive naturopathic strategy relies upon core naturopathic principles, the traditions of Nature Cure and targeted therapies based upon current understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology.

Dr. Alschuler is a naturopathic physician with board certification in naturopathic oncology. Dr. Alschuler has been in practice for 16 years. Dr. Alschuler is the immediate past-President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and member of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Alschuler is the Vice President of Quality and Education at Emerson Ecologics, a supplement distribution company based in Bedford NH. She also provides naturopathic oncology at Naturopathic Specialists, based out of Scottsdale AZ. Previous to this, she was Director of naturopathic medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a JCAHO accredited regional hospital specializing in comprehensive integrative cancer located north of Chicago. Dr. Alschuler co-authored The Definitive Guide to Cancer: An Integrative Approach to Prevention, Treatment and Healing (3rd ed; Random House, 2010 and 2nd ed. Celestial Arts, 2007). She has presented at numerous professional conferences, and continues to give presentations for lay and professional audiences. She has received professional recognition and many awards for her work in integrative medicine.

Kristy Anderson, NMD
Genetically Modified Food & Your Health

This presentation looks at what is genetically modified food and how it affects the body.  I’ll discuss the science behind the food alteration and what are the health consequences.   Lastly, I will look at ways to help support the body overall for general health and support of natural detoxification.

Dr. Anderson is an Arizona licensed naturopathic physician with areas of focus in naturopathic oncology and environmental medicine.  She is currently the Medical Advisor for Heel Inc. and also serves at an international level for Heel Inc. with regard to medical education and, medical literature development.  Additionally, she is a published author and national and international lecturer on Homotoxicology.  

Steve Austin, (B.A., B.S.), N.D.
Clinical Nutrition Update: What has changed in the last 12 months?
Each year, new clinical nutrition research findings produce a need for physicians to alter how they practice. This presentation will review the content of research articles appearing in the 12 months preceding the conference that are likely to change how doctors practice clinical nutrition.

Steve Austin, ND, is co-author of The Natural Pharmacy, Breast Cancer: What You Should Know (But May Not Be Told) About Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment, and The A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions, and. He is currently nutrition editor of Clinical Research Update, an electronic newsletter for doctors distributed by Emerson Ecologics.

Dr. Austin was the founding Chief Science Officer for the Healthnotes team of writers. He is former Professor of Nutrition at NCNM. Previously, Dr. Austin headed the nutrition departments at Bastyr University and Western States Chiropractic College, and has been on the faculties of four of the five North American naturopathic colleges. He is a contributor to the Textbook of Natural Medicine, and was nutrition editor of the Quarterly Review of Natural Medicine and the Healthnotes Review of Natural Medicine. Dr Austin is also an international lecturer on topics related to clinical nutrition.


Matthew Baral, ND

How Does Current Pediatric Research relate to Naturopathic Pediatric medicine?

This lecture will consist of a detailed synopsis of the most recent articles and trends in pediatric medicine.  The research presented can be applied to the naturopathic approach to pediatric care.

Dr. Baral received his Naturopathic medical degree from Bastyr University in 2000.  He is Chair of the Department of Pediatric Medicine at the SCNM, where he teaches Pediatrics in the classroom and supervises student clinicians on clinical rotations.  Dr. Baral designed the first and only Naturopathic Pediatric Residency program in naturopathic medicine and serves as its Director.  He is a certified Defeat Autism Now practitioner, and his private practice focuses on primary pediatric care and autism.  Dr. Baral served as a co-author and the Naturopathic representative in Integrative Medicine for Children, the first textbook on Pediatric Integrative medicine, and has published the three most recent research papers on chelation treatment in autistic children.

Richard Barrett, N.D., Kimberly Tippens, N.D., MSAOM
Utilizing Evidence Based Medicine in Naturopathic Practice: A Critique of the JUPITER Trial
This session will review the principles, advantages and limitations of Evidence Based Medicine in naturopathic practice. We will critically appraise the validity of an article about a pharmacologic therapy, statins for prevention of cardiovascular disease.  Interpretation of results will be demonstrated, using examples to estimate treatment effects, stressing common pitfalls.

Richard Barrett, ND, is a Professor at NCNM and a faculty investigator at the Helfgott Research Institute.  He has been an active participant in NCNM’s NCCAM/NIH funded R 25 grant to integrate Evidence-Based Medicine in the naturopathic program. He also serves as a co-investigator for the Oregon CAM Course at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) and a collaborator with Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCCIM). His research interests include clinical trials assessing naturopathic treatment protocols for ears, eyes, nose and throat (EENT) conditions, botanical medicinal applications, and naturopathic diagnostic techniques.  Dr. Barrett obtained his ND from NCNM in 1986 and earned the Certificate in Human Investigations from the OHSU School of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Barrett has received several awards for excellence in teaching.  

Kimberly M. Tippens, ND, MSAOM: Dr. Tippens is a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, where she received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  She completed a family practice residency at the National College of Natural Medicine with an emphasis on community medicine.  After residency, Dr. Tippens was awarded a National Institutes of Health-funded post-doctoral fellowship, during which she received a Certificate in Human Investigations through the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and participated in research evaluating expectancy in the treatment of metabolic syndrome and obesity.  She is currently a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32) fellow receiving training in health disparities and health services research, while completing a Master of Public Health degree program through OHSU.  In particular, Dr. Tippens investigates the role that naturopathic medicine can play in meeting the needs of uninsured and medically underserved communities.  

Shiva Barton, ND, LicAc
Clinical Anecdotes: What Works
In this session you get to ask questions and learn successful treatment strategies from your colleagues. This action packed, interactive and informal session allows NDs to share their successful treatment protocols as well as to ask other NDs to help with cases where guidance is needed. This session is open for any topics you would typically encounter in a general practice. As always, I will also present my  “Case of the Year” and “Research Article of the Year”.

Shiva Barton, ND, LicAc, graduated from Bastyr University in 1983. He is the past president and co-founder of the Massacusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors. He is also the founder of the Clinical Support Network. Dr. Barton has "lectured" at the annual naturopathic conference for the last 13 years, including the yearly "Clinical Anecdotes: What Works" session, as well as presenting "Therapeutic Magnets for the Treatment of Pain".


Bill Benda, MD (MODERATOR)
Don Warren, ND; Tabatha Parker, ND; Sabine Thomas, ND; Joseph Trindal

International Panel on Naturopathic Medicine and Global Health
Panel presentation and roundtable discussion relating current international efforts and projects initiated by North American trained naturopathic physicians, as well as discussion of naturopathic medicine’s future in the realm of global healthcare.  Adequate time will be given for audience questions and participation.

Bill Benda, MD
Dr. Benda is a practicing emergency medicine physician, lecturer, writer, and researcher committed to the integration of alternative and conventional medicine. He is the first medical doctor to be elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Holistic Medical Association. 

He completed a two-year fellowship in the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the direction of Dr. Andrew Weil. During his tenure he presented this new concept of health care delivery extensively at various academic and corporate symposia. He has served as a principle investigator through the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes for Health. Dr. Benda also co-created a non-profit organization, the National Integrative Medicine Council, and served as Director of Medical and Public Affairs.

Dr. Benda graduated cum laude from Duke University, received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he remained as director of Emergency Medical Services and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA. He has been actively involved in the instruction of medical students and residents and has lectured at numerous professional conferences. He maintains memberships in the American Academy of Emergency Medicine as well as various organizations promoting human rights and medical care in developing countries. In 1994 he served as the sole physician in Eastern Rwanda during the genocide and subsequent cholera epidemic. Dr. Benda has also served as Medical Director of the Big Sur Health Center while continuing to staff local emergency departments.

Dr. Benda’s research interests include nutrition, fitness, herbal medicine, breast cancer, animal-assisted therapy, and patient-doctor communication. He serves as Associate Editor of both the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Integrative Medicine – A Clinician’s Journal.

Don Warren, B.Sc., N.D., DHANP
Following a 15 year career in business, Don completed pre-medical sciences at the University of Ottawa, Canada and in 1984, graduated with the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland, OR).  He is a Diplomate in the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians.  During his career as a doctor of naturopathic medicine, he has served as: the Chair of the Institute of Naturopathic Education and Research; president of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine; and is a past president of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, the U.S. federally recognized accrediting agency for naturopathic medical education.  He was a founding member of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, (educators from the accredited and licensable CAM professions).  He served on an advisory panel for the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public and is a senior editor for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine which will soon publish a comprehensive textbook on naturopathic medicine. For several years, he has been teaching in East Africa and is the founder of the Rwanda Selenium Supplementation Project which is conducting a controlled clinical study on the use of the trace mineral Selenium in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.  Don continues to see patients in a family practice in Naturopathic Medicine in Ottawa, Canada and lives with his wife Barbara on their organic farm near Manotick, Ontario.  Eleven grandchildren keep them young and smiling.

Tabitha Parker, ND
Dr. Parker received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She co-founded Natural Doctors International (NDI), the first international organization of its kind working to advance naturopathic medicine in global health. As Executive and Medical Director,
Dr. Parker works in Nicaragua in the NDI free clinic, where she lives with her family, and is actively building inroads into the global health community for naturopathic physicians. An international speaker and teacher, Dr. Parker has dedicated her life to finding solutions to global health problems thru natural medicine, community development, and cross-discipline collaboration. She has been featured in the AHG journal, AANMC, Helfgott blog and on OPB. She is a member of the American Herbalist Guild, Global Health Council, Doctors for Global Health, and on the board of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Sabine Thomas, ND
Sabine Thomas, ND, graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor in Sociomedical Sciences and received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. She is a recipient of an individual National Institute of Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Health, Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Award. This fellowship award supports Dr. Thomas’ research projects in the field of Complementary Alternative Integrative Medicine (CAIM), community public health, health disparities and global health. After the fatal earthquake that shook the island nation of Haiti and claimed the lives of over 300,000 people including two of her family members, she called upon Natural Doctors International (NDI) to coordinate North American naturopathic post-relief efforts for Haiti. She now sits on the Haiti Disaster Relief Committee (HDRC) of NDI.



Grandmother Rita
Natural Healing
The past is not a burden; it is a scaffold which brought us to this day. We are free to be who we are—to create our own life out of our past and out of the present. We are our ancestors. When we can heal ourselves, we also heal our ancestors, our grandmothers, our grandfathers and our children. When we heal ourselves, we heal Mother Earth."  -Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein

Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein is a Yup'ik elder of the Alaskan Tundra.  Yup'ik mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wife, aunt, sister,friend, tribal elder. Born on a fishing boat and raised in Tununak, Alaska, Rita attended a Montessori school in Seattle for four years. She raised two children and worked at many Alaskan hospitals delivering babies as a doctor’s aide in Bethel and Nome.  She has traveled and taught basket weaving, song, dance and cultural issue classes world-wide, earning money for Native American Colleges.
Rita has participated in many healing conferences where her teachings of the “Talking Circle” were recorded and published. Rita is currently employed with South Central Foundation as a tribal doctor using plant and energy medicine.  She is an honored member of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.



Peter Bongiorno ND, MSAc

No Exit? Naturopathic Medicine for Depression
Depression will become the second most burdensome disease by 2020. Recent research confirms anti-depressants are not effective in mild to moderate depression. Learn how naturopathy will lead medicine by teaching patients how to avoid medication and use research-based therapies to treat the underlying causes and create safe exit strategies for weaning off drugs.

Dr. Peter Bongiorno graduated from Bastyr University where he completed his doctorate in naturopathic medicine and his masters of science in acupuncture, and was honored to be his naturopathic medicine class speaker.
Dr. Bongiorno is Vice-President of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is active in gaining legislation to license naturopathic physicians in New York State. He is a member of the American Association for Naturopathic Physicians, Physicians for Social Responsibility and is a Diplomat in Acupuncture. Dr. Bongiorno is licensed as an acupuncturist in the State of New York, and is a naturopathic physician in the State of Washington.

Before medical school, he worked as a researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and at Yale University in New Haven Connecticut, and has co-authored numerous medical journal articles in the field of neuro-endocrinology.

Dr. Bongiorno is a major contributor to over 40 chapters for the 3rd Edition of Drs. Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno's The Textbook of Natural Medicine (Churchill Livingstone, 2006). He has authored the complementary medicine chapter on natural medicine for depression in the psychiatric textbook The Biology of Depression (Wiley, 2005). He recently authored the textbook Natural and Conventional Therapies for Depression (CCNM PRess) which is to be published in March of 2010.

Dr. Bongiorno is a faculty member at New York University School of Continuing studies, where he teaches classes on Holistic Healing, and is also on faculty at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health. Dr. Bongiorno regularly teaches medical students at Mount Sinai school of Medicine about natural medicine and acupuncture in their Arts and Sciences of Medicine program, and has lectured at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians conference (2007) and CAM Expo in New York City (2007). Dr. Bongiorno has been interviewed on national television (the Hallmark Channel) and local television (News12 Long Island), radio (on the air with Dr. Fratellone 1600AM, Gary Null’s PRI network), and national media (MSN.com, Energy Times, Vegetarian Times).

Peter enjoys playing drums and recording new music, exercise and enjoying life with his with wife Pina and daughter Sophia. He especially enjoys making time for a good breakfast with friends and family. Peter can be contacted through his website: www.InnerSourceHealth.com


Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
General Session
Complementary and Alternative Medicine:
Promising Ideas from Outside the Mainstream

On January 24, 2008, Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., was named Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. An accomplished researcher and physician, Dr. Briggs brings a focus on translational research to the study of complementary and alternative medicine to help build a fuller understanding of the usefulness and safety of CAM practices.

Dr. Briggs received her A.B. cum laude in biology from Harvard-Radcliffe College and her M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency training in internal medicine and nephrology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, where she was also chief resident in the Department of Internal Medicine and a fellow in clinical nephrology. She then held a research fellowship in physiology at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, working with Dr. Fred Wright and Dr. Gerhard Giebisch. After completing her fellowship at Yale, Dr. Briggs was a research scientist for 7 years at the Physiology Institute at the University of Munich, Munich, Germany.

In 1985, Dr. Briggs moved to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, where she held several academic positions, including associate chair for research in the Department of Internal Medicine and professorships in the Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Physiology. Dr. Briggs joined the National Institutes of Health in 1997 as director of the Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases where she oversaw extramural research activities. While at NIDDK, she co-chaired an NIH Roadmap Committee on Translational Core Resources. In 2006, she accepted a position as senior scientific officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Dr. Briggs' research interests include the renin-angiotensin system, diabetic nephropathy, circadian regulation of blood pressure, and the effect of antioxidants in kidney disease. She has published more than 130 research articles and has served on the editorial boards of several journals including the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine, Seminars in Nephrology, and Hypertension and was deputy editor for the Journal of Clinical Investigation. She is an elected member of the American Association of Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Investigation and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a recipient of many awards and prizes, including the Volhard Prize of the German Nephrological Society, the Alexander von Humboldt Scientific Exchange Award, and NIH Director's Awards for her role in the development of the Trans-NIH Type I Diabetes Strategic Plan and her leadership of the Trans-NIH Zebrafish committee.



Nick Buratovich, NMD

The Red Flags of Spinal Manipulation;
When To – When Not To

This presentation will discuss the Red Flags of spinal manipulation. There will a discussion of the reactions, complications, special precautions, and contraindications to manipulation. Criteria for indications for spinal manipulation will also be covered. Areas that will be included are the lumbosacral and thoracic spine with a special emphasis on the cervical spine. Topics will include components of the clinical history, physical examination and use of diagnostic imaging studies. Also covered are various factors that reduce the number of complications to spinal manipulation.

Dr. Nick Buratovich is a professor of naturopathic medicine and the Department Chair of Physical Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe Arizona. 

He graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1983. He is a founding faculty member at Southwest College (1993) and also serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the College. He maintains a clinical rotation at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center as well as a private practice in naturopathic family medicine with an emphasis in musculoskeletal disorders and pain management.

Carlo Calabrese, ND, MPH; Michael Cronin, ND;
Erica Oberg, ND, MPH

Successful Outcomes Successful Practices
A presentation-discussion on developing office-based research data that can be used for marketing, practice improvement, and as preliminary evidence supporting the effectiveness of naturopathic care. Simple observational outcomes research can be done retrospectively or prospectively in your practice in ways that will improve patient management and practice outcomes, contribute to the body of knowledge of naturopathic care, and can also be used for marketing your practice by showing real world results.  Observational study does not interfere with the care of your patient and tracking outcomes to share with patient may improve adherence and clinical decision-making.  Participating will be AANP members who have done research in their own offices.

Carlo Calabrese is Research Professor at NCNM, Senior Investigator at its Helfgott Research Institute, and Affiliate Associate Professor at OHSU. He is an NCNM alumnus (1983) and served threre as Clinic Director and Dean of Clinical Education (1987-90).  His MPH in Health Services is from UW (1992).  He was active in the effort to secure the Department of Education’s original recognition of the CNME, the profession’s accrediting agency, and subsequently was chosen the AANP’s first Naturopathic Physician of the Year (1987).  He was principal author of the first NIH research grant made to a naturopathic institution (1994) and is the founding Director of the Naturopathic Physicians Research Network (NPRN).  He has served on the NIH/NCCAM’s Advisory Council and Data Safety Monitoring Board.  He has published clinical trials and observational studies in natural medicine, and he mentors several NIH-funded naturopathic research fellows.  He is particularly interested in evaluating naturopathic medicine as a whole practice.

Michael Cronin is in full time private practice at Naturopathic Physicians Group in Scottsdale Arizona. His ND is from NCNM (1980) where he did a residency in physical medicine/family practice. His practice emphasizes naturopathic physical medicine, prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma and musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound. Dr Cronin is a founding board member of the AANP, the Naturopathic Academy of Therapeutic Injections, the founder of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and its initial president. Dr Cronin is on the board of the AANP, NATI, and the Arizona Naturopathic Medical association. He has been exploring the use of EMR for 5 years and has recently committed to purchasing a system for his office.

Erica Oberg is an Associate Research Scientist at Bastyr University and Research Associate at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle WA.  She is also an active primary care provider at the Institute for Complementary Medicine in Seattle since graduating (2003) and completing her residency at Bastyr.  Dr. Oberg holds an MPH in Health services (UW, 2007). She has worked as a consultant to the WA State Department of Health on issues of clinical quality improvement, heart disease prevention, and nutrition and physical activity.  She is the Associate Director of the NPRN and an investigator in studies on diabetes, aging, the health practices of naturopathic doctors, Echinacea and vitamin D and is an early implementer of electronic medical records in naturopathic practice. 



Mark Carney, ND, LAc
Therapeutic Water-Only Fasting:  History, Philosophy, Science, & Guidelines for the Naturopathic Physician

 "Fasting is the first principle of medicine!" –Rumi, thirteenth century Sufi poet.

Simply put, water-only fasting is an ideal therapy for naturopathic physicians to fully embrace.  As a modality, fasting is especially compatible with the naturopathic philosophical tenets, and the roots of naturopathic medicine are steeped in the rich tradition of fasting.  Thus, to understand fasting is to understand core naturopathic theories and principles.  One of the most intriguing aspects about fasting is that the physiological changes that occur during a fast cannot be achieved in any other way, and this effect has enormous implications for improving one’s health.  Although fasting has been successfully and safely used for millennia, it is commonly misunderstood.  The history, philosophy, and science of water-only fasting will be discussed, and guidelines for the naturopathic physician to properly supervise a patient will be presented.

Dr. Mark Carney is a naturopathic physician and an acupuncturist.  He and his wife have a family practice together in their built-green clinic, Your Healing Place, in Denver, Colorado.  He graduated from the University of Colorado, SCNM, IICM, and completed a family medicine residency at NCNM.  He specializes in nature cure therapies, having trained at Uchee Pines, True North Health, and Fuhrman’s Healing Retreat.  Dr. Carney served as a medical editor and an examination chair for NPLEX, and he is a member of several professional organizations including AANP, COAND, and ACAM.  He regularly lectures at medical schools, corporations, and other community venues.  Also, Dr. Carney is a contributing author for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine textbook.  His hobbies include hiking, playing piano, and--when he is not fasting--cooking.  He lives in his native city of Denver with his wife and daughter.

Sussanna Czeranko N.D
The Nose Knows: Buteyko for NDs

Imagine the elation that your patients will feel when their symptoms can be cured with simple breathing exercises rather than expensive pills.  Buteyko breathing naturally combats stress, fatigue, snoring, asthma, sleep apnea, seasonal allergies or even panic attacks.  Learn how upside down and inside out our understanding of breathing has been.

Sussanna Czeranko ND, a naturopathic physician licensed in both Ontario, Canada and in Oregon, has been practicing since 1994.  Sussanna incorporates her strong interest in ‘nature-cure’ approaches to primary care by including Balneotherapy, Breathing therapy and Halotherapy into her naturopathic practice.  The Buteyko breathing therapy was personally powerful for her, restoring health and vitality after a serious auto accident.   She is currently working on a project with colleague, Dr. Glen Nagel teaching a Nature Cure program at NCNM and State ND associations on the power of Balneotherapy and Herbs. She is presently researching and designing a curriculum and training program for professional health care practitioners in Nature Cure and Buteyko breathing therapy.
Water-only fasting is an ideal therapy for naturopathic physicians.  Fasting has been successfully and safely used for many generations, but is commonly misunderstood.  The history, philosophy, and science of water-only fasting will be discussed, and guidelines for the naturopathic physician to properly supervise a patient will be presented.



Susan DeLaney, ND, RN
Real Food is Real Medicine

Traditional people have much to teach us when it comes to eating real foods. In the early part 1900’s Dr. Weston A. Price traveled around the world to find peoples who had strong teeth and excellent health. His photographic documentation and nutritional findings provide a compelling argument for a different set of nutritional principles to restore and maintain health. The use of healthy fats and their importance for vitamin and mineral absorption will be a part of the discussion.

Susan DeLaney has practiced Naturopathic Medicine in North Carolina for 23 years. As a graduate of National College of Naturopathic Medicine, she studied homeopathy in India for over a year before starting her practice in North Carolina. Homeopathy and nutrition are the focus of her practice at The Wellness Alliance where she works with people who work with and support the healing process in others. Yoga, art and dance help maintain her spirit and joy. She shares a home with her cats and loving husband.




Jean-Jacques Dugoua, ND, PhD

Treating pregnant women from the 1st trimester to delivery: Clinical pearls based on the best scientific evidence available – 2010 update
This presentation will provide an overview of pre-clinical and clinical studies using herbs, vitamins and other dietary supplements to treat pregnant women.  Natural products that have been shown to be effective and have therapeutic benefit in pregnancy will be discussed.  Natural products with safety issues will be discussed.

Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua, or Dr. JJ as he is affectionately known, is a researcher at the Motherisk Program at Sick Kids Hospital.  He is a licensed naturopathic doctor and the Clinic Director of the Liberty Clinic in downtown Toronto.  Dr. JJ is the first Naturopathic Doctor to practice at the Toronto Western Hospital in the Artist Health Center.  Dr. JJ is a co-author of “Herbal Medicines in Pregnancy and Lactation – An Evidence-based Approach First Edition” (Taylor & Francis, 2006), which is a collection of 75 systematic reviews published in one textbook.  Dr. JJ has over a dozen peer-reviewed scientific publications published or in press.  He is a leading expert on natural health products pharmacology and pregnancy safety.

Dr. JJ is an avid public speaker.  He has given many presentations to pharmacists, medical professionals, government, academics, artists and musicians, students, teachers and the general public.  Dr. JJ has also given presentations internationally, including presentations at the World Health Organization in Washington DC.  Dr. JJ is the co-host of the popular podcast vitaminjunkeys.com, which received >100,000 viewings in 2009.

Dr. JJ completed his PhD in Pharmacy Sciences at the University of Toronto.  As part of his PhD research, Dr. JJ investigated the safety of natural products during pregnancy and lactation at Sick Kids Hospital and conducting a clinical trial on the effects of cinnamon on type 2 diabetes at the Toronto Western Hospital.




Paul Epstein, ND

Mind-Body Integrative Medicine...Seeing with New Eyes…The Self Healing Journey

Disease tells a story, not just about our cells and a diagnosis, but about our self and our life. Listening to the story, we are led to the truth of what happened to us and the emotions that lie at the core of our authentic being.  In this talk on mind-body integrative medicine we discuss the mind-body connection and the role of attitudes, beliefs, stresses and emotions in the healing process. We will explore the importance of looking and listening within to discover the message and meaning hidden inside stress, pain and illness.  We’ll explore how our life histories, childhood hurts, traumas and stresses affect our mind-body-heart and spirit, our whole person health, and how healing happens when we engage our inner healer and unburden ourselves from the wounds of our life story.   Seeing with new eyes we discover that illness is an opportunity to embark on a journey of self-healing and awakening, to come home to our true and authentic self.

Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses waiting to see us act just once, with beauty and courage, perhaps everything that frightens us is in its deepest essence a part of us that feels helpless and needs our love.  Rilke

Paul Epstein, ND, is a Naturopathic Physician,  mind-body therapist and Buddhist meditation teacher who integrates the teachings of the Buddha, mindful awareness and contemplative psychotherapy in his whole-person approach supporting people on their self healing journey and spiritual path. He is a 1984 graduate of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, where he did a residency in holistic medicine. Paul co-founded and co-directed the Israel Center for Mind-Body Medicine.  He is also a certified yoga instructor, and has studied Buddhist psychology, mindfulness meditation, clinical guided imagery, stress reduction and psychotherapy in a spiritual context and has successfully advocated the clinical application and integration of  mind-body-spirit therapies in health care for over 25 years. He graduated from the Academy for Guided Imagery, completed the three year training program for Community Dharma Meditation Leaders at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has trained in the Internal Family System Model of Psychotherapy.   He currently writes and lectures extensively, leads workshops and mindful healing retreats and mind-body medicine training worldwide.  He is a core faculty member of the Graduate Institute Masters Program in Experiential Health and Healing. Paul maintains a private practice in Westport CT. where he is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Fairfield County.



Anne Marie Fine, N.M.D.
The Beauty Bluff: How Toxic Chemicals in Personal Care Products Can Cause Harm
Cosmetics and personal care products today are the largest but largely unrecognized class of avoidable exposures to toxic ingredients and their potential health dangers. This presentation delineates the frank carcinogens, hidden carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, and common sensitizers, found in personal care products and suggests how to avoid them.

Dr. Anne Marie Fine graduated with honors from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona in 2000.  She is also a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where she obtained a BBA in accounting and maintains an active CPA license.  Dr. Fine has completed the Postgraduate Certificate Course in Environmental Medicine.   She currently has a private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona.  She is also the Chief Medical Officer of NuView Health Partners, a Health Benefits Management company.  Dr. Fine is regularly interviewed and quoted as a natural beauty expert in a variety of national magazines and radio shows.




Barbara Glidewell, RN, MBS, CEC

Ethical Issues: de-mystifying dilemmas
This discussion centers on case-based problem solving for patient/provider ethical dilemmas. When experiencing unique or complex issues affecting a patient case, it is useful to objectively analyze the case by clarifying and stating the imperial question, e.g.

What is the dilemma
Who are the stakeholders
What are the goals of care
What are the conflicts or competing interests
What resources are needed to resolve the issue
Using a matrix model issues requiring clarification or intervention are identified. Facts related to medical indications, patient preferences, quality of life and contextual features are clarified allowing the provider to identify clinical integrity concerns. This model utilizes the principles of bioethics to analyze and guide decision-making.

Barbara Glidewell, RN, MBS, CEC; Asst. Professor, Division of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Oregon Health Sciences University; Assistant Director, Center for Ethics in Healthcare & Administrative Director, Ethics Fellowship Program; a senior scholar and clinical ethics consultant.  33 years Ombudsman/Patient Advocate, OHSU; Chair, Ethics Consultation Service; national and international lecturer & mediator re: conflict resolution / service recovery, risk mitigation, ethics consultation; end of life conferences and complex patient care situations.




John Hahn, DPM, ND

Integrative Therapies for Chronic Pain and Inflammation Management
This presentational will review the various botanical, nutraceutical, and biological agents use for the treatment of chronic and acute painful conditions seen by naturopaths in daily practice.  This presentation will review in group order, nutraceuticals, botanicals, and biologicals in the treatment of various forms of chronic and acute pain.  The mechanisms of action will be elucidated for each of these agents and biochemical and pharmacological review will be done for each agent.

Dr. Hahn completed his undergraduate studies at the Sacramento State University in California.  He attended the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, where he received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree.  Dr. Hahn completed his surgical residency at the California Podiatry Hospital, in San Francisco, California.
Dr. Hahn received his degree as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.  Dr. Hahn is currently Board Certified in Foot Surgery, by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.  He has received advanced certification in injection and radiowave sclerotherapy an endovascular RF ablation procedures.  Dr. Hahn is a member of the American College of Phlebology.  He's an active staff member of the Gresham Station Surgical Center and Legacy Good Samaritan hospital in Portland, Oregon.  He is currently in private practice in Portland, Oregon with an emphasis in the aesthetic medicine.

Tori Hudson, ND

Vaginal Ecology: Foundations of Health and Integrative Treatments for Acute and Chronic Vaginitis
The foundation of vaginal health is dependent on the homeostasis of vaginal microflora and is heavily influenced by vaginal pH, hormonal changes, stressors, direct exogenous exposures, diet and medications.  Acute and chronic infections are from the simple and common to the elusive in their etiology, and/or difficult, complex, recurring and resistant to common treatments.

Dr. Tori Hudson, Naturopathic Physician, graduated from NCNM in 1984 and has served the college as Medical Director, Associate Academic Dean, Academic Dean and faculty member.   She is currently a clinical professor at NCNM, SCNM, and Bastyr University, has been in practice for 25 years, is the medical director of  “A Woman’s Time” in Portland, Oregon, director of research and education for VITANICA and program director of the Institute of Women’s Health and Integrative Medicine. 

Dr. Hudson was awarded the 1990 President’s award from the AANP, the 1999 prestigious AANP Naturopathic Physician of the Year award, the 2003 NCNM Alumni Pioneer Award and the 2009 Natural Products Association Pioneer Award.
She is a nationally recognized author  (Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine second edition, McGraw Hill 2008), speaker, educator, researcher, and clinician.  Dr. Hudson serves on several editorial boards, advisory panels and as a consultant to the natural products industry.  

Joseph M. Keenan, MD, BSM

Niacin Revisited, “What Every Medical Practioner Needs to Know About Niacin in the New Management of Dyslipidemias”.
This presentation will focus on newer concepts of primary management of mixed dyslipidemias and managing residual cardiovascular disease risk beyond just treating LDL with “statins” or red yeast rice.  Niacin has a unique and important role in these areas. The practioner must know “how to” use niacin to optimize therapy and avoid the pitfalls of toxicity and side effects.
Joseph Keenan MD is a retired professor of Family Medicine and joint professor of Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Minnesota.  He spent 17 y in the private practice of family medicine (1969-86) followed by 22 y in academic medicine at the University of MN (1986- 2008) with a research focus in preventive cardiology. He has been principal investigator on numerous clinical trials and over 6 million dollars in grant funded research.  He has over 50 peer reviewed scientific publications and over 200 abstracts and presentation at national and international meetings.  He is a member of the Am. Heart Assoc. Council on Nutrition and Epidemiology.

Jason Kocina and Cory Williamson

Building a Successful Social Media Plan

How social media has evolved and its many playing fields
What it means to “become the media”
How to use social media to become an influencer in your niche
How to use technology to your advantage when pushing out your messages
Setting goals for your social media campaign that reflect your company
Establish which social media tools are right for you
Content distribution tips and tricks
How to measure your social media ROI in terms that make sense
Social media plays a large role in content syndication, and it is growing faster than any promotional channel ever has.  The social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube are becoming benchmarks in marketing efforts much like websites and email have in the past.

Jason has been teaching businesses how to turn their Web sites into profit centers since 1995.  He can quickly review any scenario and determine how best to help a client.  Soft spoken, caring and responsible, Jason easily connects with everyone.  He is especially great at explaining ideas and concepts to non-technical people.  Jason also serves as our marketing arm, working closely with the other marketing professionals within Kocina Branding & Marketing Companies.

Cory’s specialty is social media marketing.  He is excited to see this aspect of the Internet going mainstream because it gives him more opportunities to teach our clients how to use social networking sites to listen and talk with their customers.  Cory enjoys the consumer behavior side of marketing including finding new ways to gather consumers’ opinions.  No wonder he also has a talent for making web site navigation and layout both intuitive and user-friendly.

Thomas Kruzel, M.T., ND; Dickson Thom, ND; Stephen Myers, ND, Bmed, PhD; Kate Broderick, ND
Emunctorology: An Old Clinical Science Brought to a New Generation of Naturopathic Physicians
During this panel presentation, naturopathic philosophy and history will be merged with medical and scientific applications to explore the development of an old clinical science brought to a new generation of naturopathic physicians. The panelists will discuss the study of the organs of elimination emunctories) as a complex system and their role in approaching and further managing simple and complex cases alike.

Dr. Thomas A. Kruzel is a naturopathic physician in private practice at the Rockwood Natural Medicine Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. He received his BA in Biology from the California State University at Northridge, and his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Kruzel is also a board certified Medical Technologist. Dr. Kruzel completed 2 years of Family Practice Medicine residency at the Portland Naturopathic Clinic where he was chief resident prior to entering private practice. He also completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine through the Oregon Geriatric Education Center and the Portland VA hospital.
Dr. Kruzel has been an Associate Professor of Medicine at National College of Naturopathic Medicine where he has taught Clinical Laboratory Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Urology. He is the author of the Homeopathic Emergency Guide A Quick Reference Handbook to Effective Homeopathic Care published by North Atlantic Books and has published numerous articles in The Journal of Naturopathic Medicine as well as other publications. He is also the past president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and was selected as Physician of the Year by the AANP in 2000 and Physician of the Year by the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association in 2003.

Professor Stephen P Myers is the Foundation Director of NatMed Research, the Natural and Complementary Medicine Research Unit in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University. In his previous appointment (2001-2006), Stephen was the Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Complementary Medicine Education and Research (ACCMER). From 1996 to 2001, Stephen was the Foundation Head of the School of Natural and Complementary Medicine at Southern Cross University, where he still pays an active role.
Professor Myers initially qualified as a naturopathic practitioner (ND - Southern School of Natural Therapies) and later in western medicine (BMed - Australian MD equivalent - University of Newcastle). He has a PhD (University of Newcastle) in basic and clinical pharmacology. In 1997 he was appointed by the Australian Commonwealth Government to the Complementary Medicine Evaluation Committee (CMEC). In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Lady Cilento Award by the Complementary Healthcare Council which is awarded by the Australian Complementary Medicines industry to individuals who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the field of complementary medicine over many years.

Stephen has written 3 books, 10 book chapters, 56 peer reviewed research papers and 62 papers for the professional press. He has received over $6 million in external research funding since 1993 for research in complementary medicine.

Dr. Thorn graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry in 1974. He obtained his first Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1986, and in 1989 he completed a second Naturopathic degree from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Oregon. Dr. Thorn is a full-time Professor and the past Dean of Naturopathic Medicine at NCNM. He teaches clinical and physical diagnosis, gastroenterology, neurology, x-ray practicum and business entrepreneurship. In addition, he is a clinical supervisor and teaches various electives.

Dr. Thorn lectures extensively on health and business topics and has written and collaborated in the writing of many articles and books dealing with drainage, nutrition and business. Dr. Thorn studied extensively with Gerard Gueniot, MD and incorporates Dr. Gueniot's work into his seminar lectures and into his private practice in Portland, Oregon. In August 2009 he received The Vis Award from the AANP in recognition of one who represents the Vis, the Healing Power of Nature, as demonstrated through their work, life, and community service.

Dr. Kate Broderick graduated from Bastyr University in 2009. She joined the Adjunct Faculty at Bastyr in the 2009/10 school year as a member of the first year naturopathic philosophy/clinical theory teaching team, as well as teaching hydrotherapy/physiotherapy lab and physiology. Kate focuses her continued study and clinical practice of naturopathic medicine on more traditional therapeutic modalities, with particular emphasis on Nature Cure. She has a strong interest in integrating naturopathic theory into core ND science courses, so that students can more clearly draw connections between the lower force interventions used by naturopathic doctors and the physiological, biochemical, and anatomical mechanisms that make those interventions work (along with the Vis!). Kate is also a student of classical five element acupuncture and plans to integrate that medicine with her naturopathic practice to see what amazing synergies arise. Before coming to Seattle, Kate was an attorney in Austin, Texas, having graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 1993. She also has a B.S. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University.

Robert H. Lerman, M.D., Ph.D.
Phytonutrients and the Metabolic Syndrome
The well-researched benefits of phytonutrients, as provided either from the diet or through supplementation, will be reviewed in the context of the prevention and management of metabolic syndrome and obesity using evidence from epidemiological, cell, and animal research as well as human clinical trials. 
Robert Lerman, MD, PhD, is a board-certified internist with an MD from Jefferson Medical College and a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu and achieved the rank of major in the US Army Medical Corps. His past positions include serving as the Chief of Medicine in U.S. Army hospitals in Europe; Acting Chief of Nephrology at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheba, Israel; Director of Clinical Nutrition at Boston Medical Center; and Director of Medical Education for the Institute for Functional Medicine.  Currently, he is the Director of Medicine and Extramural Clinical Research for MetaProteomics, LLC and Metagenics, Inc. and Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.  Dr. Lerman is an author or coauthor of numerous scientific publications and has lectured nationally and internationally.

Douglas 'Duffy' MacKay, ND
Dietary Supplement Regulation: Implications for the Practicing Naturopathic Physician
Dietary supplement (DS) regulations dictate important criteria for the greater part of products dispensed out of an ND’s pharmacy. However, many NDs have very little understanding of DS regulation. This lecture will inform NDs of critical aspects of DS regulation and the impact of these regulations on clinical practice. 

Douglas “Duffy” MacKay, N.D., is Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). Dr. MacKay is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and was a co-owner and practitioner in a family-owned New Hampshire complementary and alternative medicine private practice for seven years. In addition to his hands-on experience as a practitioner in the field of integrative medicine, he spent eight years working as a medical consultant for two companies in the dietary supplement industry, including four years with Nordic Naturals, in charge of clinical research. He previously served as Technical Advisor for Thorne Research. Dr. MacKay has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and serves on the Editorial Board of two peer-reviewed publications: Alternative Medicine Review and Natural Medicine Journal, the official publication of the AANP.  Dr. MacKay earned his degree in Marine Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his N.D. from the NCNM in Portland, Oregon. Dr. MacKay is licensed in the state of New Hampshire.

Rick Marinelli, N.D., M.Ac.O.M.
The Use of Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection in Tendinosis, Ligamentous Laxity, and Osteoarthrosis
Present state of the art knowledge recognizes that much of musculoskeletal pathology that has been described as an inflammatory process is actually a failure to heal and degenerative. This knowledge has been facilitated by electron microscopy and diagnostic ultrasonography that has higher resolution than MRI. As part of this new found awareness, treatments that stimulate a regenerative response  have been evaluated. This includes tenotomy and injection of autologous leukocyte platelet-rich plasma into symptomatic tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, and other connective tissue. Autologous leukocyte platelet-rich plasma contains an over 500% concentration of circulating growth factors, tissue adhesion factors, and stem cell growth and attractant factors. This presentation will review the current literature, give an overview of the pathophysiology treated,  and physiological healing mechanisms associated with the use of autologous leukocyte platelet rich plasma injection.

Dr. Marinelli is immediate Past-President of the American Academy of Pain Management, the largest integrative pain management organization in the U.S. He is a gifted teacher and has received numerous accolades for his courses and has developed naturopathic specialties in physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopaedic medicine, neurology, sclerotherapy, and pain management. He currently serves by the Governor's appointment on the Oregon Pain Management Commission, the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Board, and is the Chair of the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine. He is one of the founders of the Naturopathic Academy of Therapeutic Injection, is on the Board of Regents of NCNM, and the President’s Circle of SCNM.

Russell B. Marz, N.D., MA.C.O.M.
How Naturopathic physicians can save our human species (as well as others)?
Currently species are dying out at an unprecedented rate. This presentation will be done as a collage of short clips from a number of documentaries and popular movies showing how humans are having a dramatic effect on our planet. As earth’s health becomes affected, it naturally affects humans as well as all the species being supported by our planet. Cancer and other degenerative diseases are appearing at a phenomenal rate, reflecting the deteriorating health of the planet. This presentation concludes with a description of what we, as naturopaths must do if we are to survive on this planet.

Dr. Marz, has a degree in Food and Nutrition from Buffalo U and his N.D. degree from “National” in 1983.  In 1994 he earned his master's degree in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture . 
Dr. Marz has taught both basic science and clinical nutrition since 1988 as an assistant professor of nutrition at NCNM, Western States Chiropractic & SW College and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. He has taught clinical nutrition to students and practitioners for over 25 years publishing Medical Nutrition from Marz  in 1991 and again in 2001. He is currently the medical director at the Tabor Hill Clinic in Portland, Oregon and the owner of Omnivite Nutrition Inc. a corporation that supports sustainability of the environment and formulation of unique nutritional products. He is currently working on the 3rd edition of his textbook, as well as several lay books in Nutrition, due out in 2011. He will be doing his first lecture tour starting in the fall of this year.

Charles Masur, MD
Toxic Metals in the Environment and their Role in Oxidative Stress
Exposure to toxic metals can increase oxidative stress leading to premature aging, chronic disease and malignancy.  The inter-relationships between chronic metal retention and oxidative damage will be explored.  Objective laboratory tests for metal exposure and retention, detoxification capacity, and the extent of oxidative damage will be discussed.
Charles Masur MD
•    MD, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (1979)
•    Family Physician, Alberta (1979-2008)
•    Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioner, Alberta (1999-2008)
•    Scientific Support Physician, Doctor’s Data Inc., St Charles, IL (2008-present)
Recent presentations:
“Environmental Medicine” (a series of two day workshop, co-presented with Chris Spooner ND), Toronto, Canada (September 2008) and Vancouver, Canada (October 2008);
“Chronic Metal Retention: Diagnosis, Investigation and Management”, Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) Health Fusion conference, Montreal, Canada (June 2009);
“Chronic Metal Retention: “Beyond the Standard of Care”, Integrative Practitioners Conferences, Chicago, IL (June 2009), San Francisco CA (September 2009) and Orlando FL (October 2009).
Recent publications:
Testing for Toxic Metals and Essential Elements in Autism, Integrated Healthcare Practitioner (IHP), Dec-Jan 2009.
Comprehensive Stool Analysis – Utility and Methodology, IHP, Apr-May 2009.
A Hypothetical Case Study in Breast Cancer and Cadmium Exposure, IHP, Sep 2009.

Alan Miller
Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant, Anti-Aging, Anti-Cancer, and Other Biochemical Effects of Resveratrol and Similar Molecules
All polyphenols, which include the flavonoids and other similar molecules, have potent antioxidant activity in the human body. Resveratrol, found in grapes, peanuts, and various botanicals, demonstrates some unique biochemical effects: resveratrol, vis its stimulation of sirtuin 1 enzyme, has numerous effects on the body, including what has been termed an anti-aging effect. This gene upregulation stimulated by resveratrol demonstrates improved insulin sensitivity in animal studies, in addition to cardioprotective effects, cognitive protection, and cancer preventive effects. A similar molecule, pterostilbene, has similar effects and appears to be longer lasting in the body. Quercetin and Curcumin have also been studied extensively and offer their own unique antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and hepatoprotective effects. After attending this lecture the attendee should be able to understand the biochemical mechanisms of these molecules, the important studies that demonstrate their activity and use, be able to discern if a patient might benefit from their use, and be able to understand dosing, safety, and toxicity issues as well. The target audience is the naturopathic physician who is interested in botanicals and their many theapeutic applications for the support of human health. The lecture is somewhat biochemically heavy, but these issues are explained in a manner that is instructive, entertaining, and easily understood.

W. Bruce Milliman, ND and Eva Miller, ND
Annual Insurance Forum
W. Bruce Milliman is a graduate of Bastyr University and the University of Washington.  He was president of the Washington of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP) & Clinical Director at Bastyr University and has been AANP ‘Physician of the Year’ (1996).  He has worked extensively to gaining access for patients and practitioners to health insurance reimbursement for naturopathic care.  He represents the WANP on Washington State’s health care advisory committee; he represents the AANP on the federal medical coding advisory committee.  He is a full time primary care provider at Seattle Healing Arts where he has practiced and lived for 26 years. 

Eva Miller, ND received her Naturopathic Doctorate in 2005 from Bastyr University in Kenmore Washington. In May of 2008 she completed a two and a half year primary care residency at Seattle Healing Arts Center under the supervision of W. Bruce Milliman, ND. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is the current chair for their Governmental Affairs Committee. In addition, she represents with W. Bruce Milliman, ND the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians at the tri- annual American Medical Association/Current Procedural Terminology/Health Care Practitioners Advisory Committee. She is currently in full time practice as a primary care Physician at Seattle Healing Arts Center.


Dr. Artemis Morris, ND, L.Ac

The origin and prescription of functional & medicinal food:  Five foods that can be bought or foraged for optimal health
Naturopathic physicians are leaders in preventative healthcare utilizing expert advice in clinical nutrition, functional food, and nutraceuticals.  An essential feature of naturopathic clinical nutrition includes advising patients on functional and medicinal foods.  In this lecture you will learn about the origin of functional food and how traditional medicine and naturopathic principles can be used to individualize care for maximal clinical effectiveness. Medicinal foods are cost effective, readily available, and provide options for patients that are not able or willing to utilize nutritional supplements.  This lecture will provide clinicians and students with the context and knowledge to holistically recommend medicinal foods.

Dr. Artemis Morris is a Naturopathic Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist, and researcher in the Mediterranean Diet and herbs of Crete.   She completed her Naturopathic Doctorate and Masters in Acupuncture at Bastyr University.   Dr. Artemis is the medical director and founder of Revive Wellness Center, a multidisciplinary collaborative practice in New Haven, CT and has a private practice in milford, CT .  She teaches clinical nutrition at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine.  Dr. Artemis has taught Traditional Chinese Medicine, botanical medicine and presents on various natural health topics for a variety of audiences.  Dr. Artemis specializes in nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, Diabetes, and women’s healthcare.  Dr. Artemis is devoted to research in natural medicine, ethnobotany, education in the safe and effective use of nutritional supplements, and is working on her book on The Mediterranean Diet based on her research.

Mona Morstein, ND, DHANP

Fatty Liver In Our Overweight Patients
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver disease is now equal to alcoholism and chronic hepatitis C as a leading reason patients develop liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.  The majority of overweight and all morbidly obese patients have fatty liver.  It's imperative for NDs to know how to evaluate, diagnosis and treat fatty livers, especially in regards to weight loss, which if done incorrectly can indeed progress and worsen the condition. 

Dr. Mona Morstein is Chair of Nutrition, Gastroenterology Professor and Clinical Supervisor at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.  She was a graduate of NCNM in 1988, where she did a residency.  Dr. Morstein had a successful private practice in Montana for 13 years. She practices general naturopathic family medicine, using various modalities, treating all ages and both sexes, though she specializes in diabetes, gastroenterology, and women’s health. She is the owner/moderator of the largest ND email list in the world—naturopathicchat@yahoogroups.com

Mark Newman, MS

Health Benefits of Vitamin D          
The presentation will discuss Vitamin D deficiency prevalence and its link to a wide range of diseases, as well as the importance of differentiation between Vitamin D2 and D3 in testing and supplementation. Accurate testing and assessing methods for Vitamin D deficiency/monitoring will be analyzed.  

Mark Newman has extensive experience in developing laboratory tests using various techniques including liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and immunoassays (ELISA).  He has served as a senior scientist in various clinical laboratory settings while overseeing the complete development of a number of laboratory tests of varying complexities.  Mark received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry (Willamette University, Salem, OR) and his Master’s of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry (University of New Haven, West Haven, CT).

Jim Paoletti, RPh, FAARFM
A Holistic Natural Approach to Treating Hypothyroidism
This program discusses tools necessary to evaluate the causes of the clinical symptoms of hypothyroidism.  It also analyzes the production and metabolism of thyroid hormones, nutritional factors involved, and utilizing standard thyroid tests to determine where thyroid problems exist.  The pros and cons of thyroid replacement therapy options will be discussed, including optimizing response with individually tailored regimens.

Jim Paoletti, R.Ph, FAARM is Director of Provider Education for ZRT Laboratory, Beaverton, Oregon. Jim has over 25 years experience with bio-identical hormone therapies both in clinical practice in retail pharmacy, and as a pharmacy consultant, educator and educational program developer. He is on the faculty and a graduate of the Fellowship of Anti-aging and Functional Medicine. Jim has lectured extensively and internationally on all aspects of BHRT, (including dosage forms and guidelines, testing and monitoring effectiveness, lifestyle and nutritional influences on BHRT outcomes, adrenal and thyroid hormones, and patient consultation) to medical practitioners and consumers, and has several articles published on BHRT and compounding pharmacy issues.

Joe Pizzorno, ND
The Foundation for Tomorrow’s Medicine
Dr. Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., appointed by President Clinton in December 2000 to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Bush’s administration to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee in November 2002, is one of the world’s leading authorities on science-based natural medicine. A physician, educator, researcher and expert spokesperson, Dr. Pizzorno is founding president of Bastyr University. He is Editor-in-Chief of Integrative Medicine: A Clinicians Journal, a member of the scientific review board of the Gateway for Cancer research and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Functional Medicine. Licensed as a naturopathic physician in Washington State since 1975, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his academic, professional and public affairs leadership. Dr. Pizzorno is the co-author of the internationally acclaimed Textbook of Natural Medicine, the best-selling Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (1,000,000 copies in six languages), and six other books.

J. Joseph Prendergast, M.D.

The Effects of L-Arginine in the Production of Nitric Oxide
Dr. Joe is an expert in Arginine and passionately believes in its ability to enhance health. Arginine is an essential amino acid that has been studied for more than 50 years. In 1998, three American scientists won the Noble Prize for the discovery of the role that Arginine plays in the production of nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is the “Miracle Molecule” that dilates the blood vessels, helping them relax and restore elasticity. Arginine is also important in cell division, immunity, and the secretion of hormones. 

Dr. Joe is a true renaissance man with significant work in many fields. He is an accomplished scientist, researcher, and humanist and has been a practicing physician for over 35 years. During that time Dr. Joe has empowered countless patients in the art of self-care. Dr. Joe believes in the power of the individual and has spent his career helping people manage their own health. 

Dr. Joe emphasizes a whole-body approach to health and understands every facet of wellness, including healthy eating, the importance of exercise, the value of nutritional supplements, and the often overlooked emotional aspect of health. 

Dr. Joe is board-certified in internal medicine as well as endocrinology and metabolism. A graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, he completed a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and his research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. 

Dr. Joe is passionate about research and service to those unable to access quality care in all walks of life. He is the author of over 40 medical articles in well-known publications such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Diabetes Care. Dr. Joe recently received a certificate of recognition from the American Medical Association for demonstrating outstanding commitment to eliminating health care disparities in the area of access. 

Dr. Joe has recently published his first book The Uncommon Doctor: Dr. Joe’s Rx for Managing Your Health that reveals the secrets of preventive medicine and helps readers design a strategic wellness program. 


Lisa Regan-Vienop, NPH and Elizabeth Steiner

The Role of High Quality Clinical Breast Exam in Early Detection of Breast Cancer
Current controversies in breast cancer screening recommendations will be examined.  Strategies of patient care, risk assessment and ethical and liability considerations for practitioners will be addressed.  The vertical strip three pressure method of clinical breast exam is highlighted as a “high touch, low tech” option for high quality patient care.

Elizabeth Steiner, MD, Director, Breast Health Education Program, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine  Dr. Steiner attended the University of Chicago for her undergraduate studies, and went on to earn her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1991. She completed her residency at OHSU, and was hired in 1999 as Assistant Professor. For the first two years on faculty, she practiced full-scope family medicine, and served as co-director of the Principles of Clinical Medicine course in the medical school. Currently, she is the Co-chair of the OHSU Institutional Review Board (IRB). She also works on research related to medical education methodology, in particular centered on using flexible modalities to teach early detection of cancer.

Lisa Regan-Vienop, MPH, Program Manager, Breast Health Education Program, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.  Lisa Regan-Vienop attended California State University, Sacramento for her undergraduate studies, and went on to earn her Masters of Public Health degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She is also a certified MammaCare Specialist and adjunct faculty in the Department of Life Sciences at Portland Community College.  Ms. Regan-Vienop was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, Africa.

Steve Rissman, ND
Playing With Fire: Naturopathic Approaches to Men’s Anger
In continuation of his discussion of men’s health, Dr. Steven Rissman is focusing on the topic of men and anger.  Far too many women, children and men themselves bear the consequences of men’s out of control anger.   Dr. Rissman will address the causes of men’s anger, contributing pathophysiology as well as naturopathic therapeutics to improve the lives of men with overwhelming anger issues.

Dr. Steven Rissman earned his ND in 1996 at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, where he completed his residency.   Dr. Rissman has a private practice in Denver focusing specifically on naturopathic medicine for boys and men.  He is a full-time assistant professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver in the Department of Health Professions, where he was instrumental in the development of a new major called Integrative Therapeutic Practices. Dr. Rissman teaches Clinical Pathophysiology, Holistic Health, Men’s Health, Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies and Introduction to Homeopathy.
Dr. Rissman speaks frequently about topics in men’s health.  He spoke at the 2009 AANP Conference on the topic of young men’s health.  Additionally, Dr. Rissman spoke on the topic of anger issues for men at the American Men’s Studies Association’s 17th Annual International Conference on Men and Masculinities in Montreal, Quebec in April 2009.

Dr. Rissman lives on a farm north of Denver, Colorado with his partner and their son, where they raise, train and show paint horses.

Yvan Rochon, PhD
Botanicals in the Naturopathic Management of Diabetes
Drawing on the wisdom of our ancestors and current day physicians, this presentation will offer practical clinical guidance on using botanicals for diabetes. The mechanisms of action of botanicals that address the diabetic condition and those that are used to manage the complications of diabetes will be presented.

Blending his love of science and nature, Dr. Yvan Rochon, PhD enjoys working in the lively and fascinating field of botanical medicine.  With a background in botany, cell biology and molecular analysis, Dr. Rochon integrates the latest modern scientific understanding with the amazing wealth of knowledge passed on from our ancestors and living today in our holistic physicians. Dr. Rochon is currently adjunct research faculty in Biochemistry and Herbal Medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and was previously on faculty at the University of Washington. He completed undergraduate studies in botany at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and earned a Doctorate in Experimental Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. 

He currently works and resides in lovely Sedona Arizona with his very intelligent and beautiful wife, and teenage daughter.


Steven Sandberg-Lewis ND, DHANP; and Dr. Allison Siebecker, ND, MSOM, Lac

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth
The normal mass of colonic bacteria is exponentially larger than that in the small bowel. In small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), maldigestion, malabsorption and altered peristalsis result.  Simple breath tests can diagnose this and treatment offers remarkable benefits for IBS, unexplained abdominal pain syndromes, fibromyalgia, acne rosacea and restless leg syndrome.   

Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP, has been in continuous practice since graduating from NCNM in 1978. Now a professor at NCNM, he has taught GI physiology, psychophysiology, GI pathology and gastroenterology since 1996. Student clinicians at the NCNM Natural Health Center benefit from his supervision with his focus on diet; myofascial, visceral and spinal manipulation; functional analysis and mind-body clearing techniques.

Allison Siebecker, ND, MSOM, LAc. received both her Naturopathic doctorate and her Master's of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005.  Dr. Siebecker’s specialty is nutrition. Her practice has included functional endocrinology, facial rejuvenation acupuncture and gastroenterology.

Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO; Rena Bloom, ND
Gelotology: Teaching Our Patients to Laugh
Gelotology is the study of humor and laughter, and its psychological and physiological effects on the human body. Laughter is an effective but underutilized form of natural medicine. It should or could be one of our most utilized medicines, an effective adjunct in treating almost any condition yet we employ it rarely. Being able to laugh and the ability to tell jokes is a lost art for many. This presentation will review both research on the benefits of laughter and also teach attendees the fundamentals of humor. 

The presenters, Jacob Schor and Rena Bloom both graduated from NCNM in 1991 and got married a few days later.  Some members of our profession might find this reason enough to laugh.  They have practiced together in Denver, Colorado since then.  Both helped lead the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Physicians for almost two decades in various leadership roles.  Dr. Schor’s focus of clinical interest is oncology and sees patients who often need help seeing the humor of their situation; he is on the board of directors of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is currently serves as the vice president of the association. 

Michelle Sexton, BS, ND

Cannabis Juxtaposed
Cannabis is known to have been used medicinally as far back as 2700 years ago. The legality of Cannabis in the US was, until recently, derived for government control of recreational use. The current designation as a Schedule I drug has restricted research on Cannabis as a therapeutic agent. Regardless, basic science research has established the relevance of clinical Cannabis, primarily through the discovery and definition of the endogenous Cannabinoid signaling system {eCBSS}.

A lifelong Texan, Dr. Sexton received her Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Texas Tech University and her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University.  She was previously a midwife and herbalist and has an enduring passion for phytochemicals and their biological effects.  She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, the International Cannabinoid Research Society and the International Association for Cannabis as Medicine.  She is currently a senior postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Washington.  Her hobbies include her new grandson, rock climbing, cycling, songwriting, cooking, traveling and doing as little as possible!

Sharum Sharif, ND

Visual Homeopathy - Identifying a Person’s Constitutional Homeopathic Remedy in Minutes
Patient and Hollywood videos will be used to demonstrate how to quickly identify a patient’s constitutional remedy by looking for simple behavioral cues and asking 2-5 questions.  The presentation will be focused on the most common remedies accounting for the majority of the population of a general naturopathic clinic.  

Dr. Sharum Sharif is a licensed naturopathic physician and a 2003 graduate of Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington.  He is also a homeopath, and is a graduate of the New England School of Homeopathy.  He works full-time as a naturopathic physician at his clinic in Kent, WA.  As an Affiliate Clinical Faculty with Bastyr University, he teaches naturopathic medical students as they do rotations at his clinic.  Dr. Sharif teaches occasional courses at Bastyr University and has been a guest lecturer at various organizations throughout the Puget Sound area.   Prior to pursuing graduate studies in naturopathic medicine, Dr. Sharif received an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Washington in 1992, and worked as an engineer at Microsoft and other software companies for a number of years.  As a trained engineer, he brings a unique approach to medical case analysis and management, utilizing a comprehensive engineering methodology. 

William Shaw, PhD

Effects of toxic chemicals on human development: developmental disorders and chronic illnesses
Environmental medicine testing is difficult to determine for each patient due to chemicals present in food, water, air and common household products.  Patient history may not reveal the chemicals they've been exposed.  Common toxic chemicals exposure includes phthalates, organophosphate pesticides, drinking water contaminants, solvents like benzene, xylene, vinyl chloride, insecticides, polystyrene, cosmetic and gasoline additives.

William Shaw, Ph.D. is an innovative researcher dedicated to an understanding of the biochemical influences on health and wellness. Dr. William Shaw received a Ph.D. in biochemistry and human physiology from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is board certified in the fields of clinical chemistry and toxicology by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry, which has allowed him to study the relationship of chemical exposure on metabolic processes. He has supervised large endocrinology, nutritional biochemistry, toxicology, and immunology departments in positions at the Center for Disease Control (COC) and Smith Kline Laboratories In Atlanta. GA. He was Director of Clinical Chemistry, Endocrinology and Toxicology at Children's Mercy Hospital, the teaching hospital of the University  of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Shaw is now the Director of The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. for Health, Nutrition and Metabolism in Lenexa, Kansas,  specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mitochondrial disorders, neurological diseases, chronic immune diseases, and much more. He is author of Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD and  is a frequent speaker at autism conferences worldwide. He is the stepfather of a child with autism and has helped thousands of parents and physicians successfully contribute to improving the lives of children with autism.

Jared M. Skowron, N.D.

Pediatric Dermatology
 Skin conditions are wonderfully treated naturopathically, where conventional medicine has mastered suppression. Parents are constantly looking for healthy answers regarding acne, eczema, lice, psoriasis, tinea, and warts. This lecture will review diagnostics, researched treatments, and unique infant dermatology.

Jared M. Skowron, N.D. is full-time faculty at University of Bridgeport, where he teaches Pediatrics, and is founder of the new Pediatric & Autism teaching clinic at the UB Health Sciences Center. His new book, Fundamentals of Naturopathic Pediatrics, is a ground breaking reference text on evidence-based natural remedies for children’s health conditions. He is also an expert on Vitamin D therapy, and his article, “10 Ten Myths of Vitamin D” was chosen as one of the Best Vitamin D Articles, by the Vitamin D Council. Currently involved in multiple research studies on supplements for autism, Dr. Skowron is also a national lecturer, and has appeared in television, radio, and print, including a segment on Animal Planet, Dogs 101, as a medical advisor. 

Virender Sodhi, ND, MD (Ayruved)
Pancha Karma, The Science of Detoxification
VirenderSodhi, MD (Ayurveda), ND was the first Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician in the United States. He received his MD in Ayurveda in India in 1980, and then in 1986, he came to the West to share Ayurveda as part of a cultural exchange program. In 1988, he graduated from Bastyr University with a degree in Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Sodhi treats thousands of patients from the United States and around the world. He lectures extensively throughout the U.S. and other countries including New Zealand and Australia, as well as conducting classes and seminars in Ayurvedic Medicine. He also writes regularly about the latest Ayurvedic Science updates and has also been featured in the Townsend Letter. He is co-founder of Ayush Herbs, Inc.

Dickson Thom, DDS, ND

Success, How to Make all Your Training Worth It.
Getting through medical school was one issue–but more important is now surviving in practice. What are  the key elements to building and maintaining a thriving business that will allow you to accomplish all your personal goals as well as moving the profession forward. Learn more what you can do for your practice.

Dr. Thom graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry in 1974. He obtained his first Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1986, and in 1989 he completed a second Naturopathic degree from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Oregon. Dr. Thom is a full time Professor and the past Dean of Naturopathic Medicine at NCNM.  He teaches clinical and physical diagnosis, gastroenterology, neurology, x-ray practicum and business entrepreneurship. In addition, he is a clinical supervisor and teaches various electives. Dr. Thom lectures  extensively on health and business topics and has written and collaborated in the writing of many articles and books dealing with drainage, nutrition and business. Dr. Thom studied extensively with Gérard Guéniot, MD and incorporates his work into his seminar lectures and into his private practice in Portland, Oregon. In August 2009 he received The Vis Award from the AANP in recognition of one who represents the Vis, the  Healing Power of Nature, as demonstrated through their work, life, and  community service. 

Jessica Tran, ND

Overview of heavy metal detoxification strategies using natural and pharmaceutical medicines
This presentation will highlight various toxic heavy metal detoxification strategies using natural and pharmaceutical binding agents. The basic pharmacology of various chelating agents will be presented.

Jessica Tran, ND is a licensed naturopathic physician in the state of Arizona and practices general naturopathic family medicine with an emphasis on environmental medicine, and special populations of interest include pediatrics and oncology. Dr. Tran graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Social Ecology with a concentration in Epidemiology and Public Health from the University of California, Irvine. She received her naturopathic medical degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. She completed a one-year Family Practice residency, a two-year Environmental Medicine residency, and a one-year Environmental Medicine Fellowship at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her environmental medicine training was under the mentorship of Dr. Walter Crinnion. She is currently Clinical Faculty in both the Departments of Environmental Medicine and General Medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe AZ.

Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO

Advanced Dermatologic Therapy:  pearls of prescribing for common skin problems

Successful therapy is the goal of every office visit, clinical inquiry, and diagnostic test.  Yet it is a goal not easily reached.  This presentation will offer assistance in reaching that goal.  It provides a personalized data-bank of current and effective evidence-based therapies by a naturopathic physician engaged in the daily practice of integrative dermatology.
Dr. Traub will succinctly present time-tested and emerging key therapies in dermatology,  including the integrative medical approaches to acne, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, skin infections and skin cancer.

Dr. Traub  graduated from University of California, Irvine in biological sciences, and from Kansas Newman College in human biology.  Also studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Reading (England).  Graduated from NCNM in 1981, followed by a residency in family practice at NCNM.   A teacher, researcher and physician recognized throughout the profession for significant contributions such as founding of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians, Presidency of the AANP, Chairman of the Hawaii Board of Naturopathic Medicine, and Board member of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.  The grand master of naturopathic dermatology and author of the significant texts in this field.  Involvement in AIDS care lead him to become a naturopathic oncologist.   A clinician, researcher, writer, lecturer, mentor, active in his profession, state and community, he was AANP Physician of the Year in 2006.  Practices naturopathic dermatology and oncology in Hawaii.  Michael is known for his clinical acumen, but also for his ability to tell a story from the heart.


E. Denis Wilson, MD

The use of T3 and herbal medicine to reset the body temperature and recalibrate many bodily functions
Body temperature is one of the most fundamental physiologic parameters but is often overlooked. Dr. Wilson will discuss the synergy between the use of T3 and herbal medicine to recalibrate body temperature patterns to aid in the restoration of good health. Thyroid endocrinology and physiology will also be discussed.

Dr. Wilson did his undergraduate work at the University of Florida and received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Beginning in 1988, he developed and fine-tuned the WT3 protocol for Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome after observing people with symptoms of low thyroid and low body temperature who had normal thyroid blood tests.  He found that by normalizing their temperatures with T3 (without T4) their symptoms often remained improved even after the treatment was discontinued.  He originated the use of T3 mixed with a sustained release agent.    MDs, NDs, and DOs have used the WT3 protocol with their patients with similar successful results.  Dr. Wilson is the author of a book for patients, Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome: A Reversible Low Temperature Problem, and the Doctor’s Manual for Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome.  He is co-founder of WTSmed which hosts the annual International Restorative Medicine Conference.

Jared Zeff, ND
The Roots of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Zeff will review the history of the profession and its foundational concepts.  Elements of his talk may be a bit controversial as he discusses some of the 19th and early 20th century people and ideas that helped found our profession.  He intends especially to trace the roots of naturopathic philosophy and the modern development of clinical theory.  Out of a simple philosophy have emerged many different practice models and several clinical theories.  Several significant questions arise regarding the development of the theoretical basis of the medicine  Is modern naturopathic medicine best characterized as the diagnosis and treatment of disease utilizing the evidence-based application of natural products and treatments? Is the philosophy-based application of traditional methods passed along from predecessors still a valid practice model?  How does the medicine developed over time?  What is the place for traditional practices not amenable to research?  What is the place of research in naturopathic medical philosophy?  With expanding prescribing privileges and increasing integration within the larger health-care community, what is the likely future for naturopathic traditions?  This discussion promises to be politically incorrect.

Dr. Zeff, a unifying force for the profession, co-authored the Principles of Naturopathic Medicine in 1986.  Scholar, author, clinician and teacher, Dr. Zeff is nationally regarded for his practice of classic naturopathic medicine, and as Senior Editor for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project Dr. Zeff is working to codify the medicine for generations to come.  Dr. Zeff will share how his life’s work changes the lives of his patients and the health of the world.

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