"Relationship: Integrating the Science and Spirit of Healing"

SESSION 1 (1:30-3:00pm)

A. Cancer Biology and Nutrients: Pearls and Pitfalls
B. Joseph Semmes, MD

Disparate but converging lines of evidence point to an important role for plant nutrients and supplements in preventing and treating breast and prostate cancer. Dr. Joe Semmes will distill the emerging evidence base of clinical studies into practical strategies for patients with, or at high risk of, breast and prostate cancer; and address the controversial issues around the integration of these approaches with conventional chemotherapy and radiation.

B. The True North Model: Practitioner Reflections on a New System
True North Practitioners

In this talk, a panel of True North practitioners will answer your questions and reflect on their experiences of True North’s model, including not contracting directly with insurance companies, the benefits and challenges of circle process and a group practice, and issues of access. Join Chuck de Sieyes, MD, Bethany Hays, MD, Susan Fekety, RN, MSN, CNM, and Kathryn Landon-Malone, MSN, CPNP for a stimulating conversation.

C. The Role of Nutrition and Nutritional Supplements in the Prevention and Treatment of Hypertension
Mark Houston, MD

This will be a review of how nutrition and nutracuetical supplements improve vascular biology and vascular health in order to prevent and treat hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

SESSION 2 (3:30-5:00pm)

A. Care for the Caregivers: Dynamic Tools to Revitalize Your Energy System
Cynthia Atkinson, CEMP/S/I, CHTP

All of us are caregivers. We care for our patients and clients, our parents or relatives, our partners, our children, our homes and more. We may derive much personal and professional pleasure from being is in this role, but does it leave you feeling drained or depleted? In this session you will learn the role energetic balance plays in keeping our “giving fuel tanks” on full. There will be some unique experiential parts to this session and you will leave with tools for your energetic self care, which you may share with your patients and clients.

B. Case Studies: Functional Medicine Matrix, Skin and GI Issues
Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND        

In this breakout, Dr. Pizzorno will explore the Functional Medicine matrix in depth using case studies that focus on patients presenting skin problems and gastrointestinal issues.

C. Introduction to Shamanic Healing
C. Allie Knowlton, MSW, DCSW, LCSW and Evelyn Rysdyk

Shamanism is an ancient, global spiritual practice in which all of nature is understood as living, in other words, filled with spirit. A healthy spirit is the living framework on which our body grows, heals and thrives. From a shamanic healer’s perspective, the spirit of any living being may be wounded or partially lost from the effects of trauma, grief, injury or disease. Learn how this ancient form of healing can help to restore patients and clients and assist in their path to wholeness.

SESSION 3 (1:30-3:00pm)

A*. Prenatal Programming of the Unborn Child
Bethany M. Hays, MD
This talk addresses emerging information about the importance of prenatal life in determining a child's trajectory toward health or illness. The obesity, diabetes, hypertension and depression epidemics start in the womb or in the mother’s body before conception. Dr. Hays translates the latest news from the fields of genetics and epigenetics and addresses how we can use this information to encourage and inform our pregnant, or soon-to-be-pregnant patients to eat and care for themselves in ways that support optimal health for the coming generations.

B. Heal Low Back injuries without Surgery
Allan Drew, LMT

Join massage therapist, Allan Drew as heshares his experiences working with clients to heal their injuries, ease their pain, learn what happened and help them prevent future problems.

C. Pre and Perinatal Imprints: Underlying Forces in Psychological Distress
Kathryn Landon-Malone, MSN, CPNP

It has been nearly 30 years since Thomas Verny, MD introduced the idea in his book, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child, that a child in utero is conscious and is having an experience. The experiences a baby encounters during the uterine period in part organizes the brain and nervous system. The field of pre and perinatal psychology is just beginning to develop treatment modalities to soften the impact of prenatal and birth traumas and to foster secure attachments and bonding. What does the latest science tell us about pre and perinatal imprints and how we can use knowledge of these as tools to help solve psychological distress in children? Pediatric nurse practitioner, Kathryn Landon-Malone, CPNP sheds light on this important topic.

D. Gateway to the Soul: the Sacred Encounter of Healer and Client
Meredith Jordan, RN, LCPC

In our healing encounters with individuals and their families, health professionals of all kinds stand at the most richly opportune of thresholds: when people challenged by illness are receptive to changes that may inspire a more meaningful quality of life. This is a sacred encounter in which, with therapeutic support, our patients and clients come to terms with the importance of living a life of purpose and meaning, and often embark upon the quest to develop or deepen such a life. In this session, we will explore the unique role healers have to play as "escorts" who companion others toward lives constructed from within and built upon the foundation of personal integrity and truth.

SESSION 4 (3:30-5:00pm)

B. Integrative Manual Therapy and Complex Patients
Frank Gentile, PT

Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) is a unique compilation of diagnostic and treatment modalities that assess and treat pain, dysfunction, disease and disability. IMT practitioners specialize in treating complex patients. In this workshop, Frank Gentile will present an overview of IMT and how it relates to Functional Medicine. He will also review a number of case studies and talk in detail about the IMT approach to gluten hypersensitivity.

C. They Are What You Feed Them: Dietary Interventions for Attention and Behavior in Children
Peter Knight, ND

Dietary interventions can often have a profound effect on children’s behavior, attention, and learning ability.  Figuring out the optimal diet for a child can be challenging, but if done well, the benefits are worth it.  We will explore the most common dietary approaches to optimize children’s behavior and attention. We will look at the rationale behind each diet, how to determine which one is right for which child, and how to make the diet enjoyable and tasty.

D. Threefold Path Toward Wholeness
Robert Myers, LCPC

The work toward becoming whole engages the three insights of 1) WHERE DID I COME FROM?... why do I feel what I am feeling? 2) WHAT IS?... knowing what I am feeling and who I am in the present, and 3) WHAT AM I BECOMING?... looking toward the future with the tools and strategies essential for a loving relationship with oneself and others. Wholeness is being on the Path of Love and engaging our active knowing of WHAT IS.  This talk touches upon the traditions of Sufism, Buddhism, and Depth Psychology and inspires us to engage in the delightful work of watchfulness and wakefulness that lifts the Veils of Illusion that free the heart to truly LOVE.

SESSION 5 (1:30-3:00pm)

A*. Circle Process and Complexity Science - Emerging Trends in Health Care
Kristen Lombard, MSN, APRN, BC

Circle work is an intentional, relationship–centered approach to collaboration. This innovative, yet ancient, model of interaction is coming to the awareness of many healthcare providers as it fosters personal and professional growth concurrently with community building. Circle encourages the use of special guidelines for engagement, mindful communication, decision-making, problem-solving or conflict resolution. Come learn about the healing power of this ancient model, how it is supported by an evidence base from many scientific domains and how it touches one’s heart in profound ways. Limited to 25 participants.

B*. Sensory Processing Disorder: The Hidden Antecedent in Behavior Regulation
Judith G. Kimball, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Kimball will discuss sensory processing disorder (SPD), a sympathetic nervous system modulation problem which often underlies the behavioral issues seen in persons with autism, anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, etc. Everyone needs a certain level of sensory input for the nervous system to function optimally. In SPD the level and types of input from the environment are misinterpreted by the nervous system as being dangerous, or over or under arousing. Once SPD is recognized, treatment can be accomplished through life style changes involving a “sensory diet” of nervous system modulating sensory input. New research confirming the existence of this disorder will be presented, as will diagnostic methods and practical treatment approaches.

C. Serving Emerging Populations: Transgender Care in Family Practice
Christopher T. Bartlett, MD

Join Chris Bartlett, MD and learn how one family physician has integrated transgender care into his practice. The session will reflect on the joys and challenges of caring for transgender people. He will also present a brief review of current treatment protocols for starting and maintaining transgender hormone therapy. Bring your questions and your own experiences and we'll have a lively and informative conversation.

SESSION 6 (3:30-5:00pm)

C. Care for the Journey
Gary Malkin

This session provides an opportunity to reduce emotional and spiritual stress for health care professionals while delivering valuable tools and skills for cultivating compassionate practice. An experiential format includes dialogue, music, song and story. The program supports reconnecting to one's original intention, remembering meaning, strengthening the practitioner-patient connection, as well as acceptance of dying in the natural continuum. The program is reinforced by the Care for the Journey Audio Resource, an innovative platform sharing the spoken messages of contemporary health care educators.


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