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Keynote Speakers

Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., L. Ac., A.H.G.

Christopher Hobbs is a research scientist, professor, internationally renowned herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, herbal clinician, consultant to the dietary supplement industry, expert witness, botanist, mycologist with over 35 years of experience. He is the author of more than 20 books and has taught at universities and medical schools such as Stanford Medical School, Yale Medical School, Bastyr University, and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He taught classes for the last six years at the University of California, Berkeley in evolutionary biology, phylogenetics, plant chemistry, and ethnobotany.

Joseph Pizzorno, ND

Dr. Pizzorno is one of the world's leading authorities on science-based natural/integrative medicine. He was appointed by President Clinton in December 2000 to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, and by President Bush's administration in 2002 to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee. A naturopathic physician, educator, researcher and expert spokesman, Pizzorno was a founding president of Bastyr University. Under his leadership, Bastyr became the first fully accredited, multidisciplinary university of natural medicine and the first NIH-funded center for alternative medicine research.

Jerilynn Prior, MD, FRCPC, ABIM, ABEM

Dr. Prior is professor of endocrinology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and scientific director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research. She is a clinician-scientist whose work is internationally recognized. Her research and synthesis has shown the importance of progesterone as well as estrogen for women's bone, heart and breast health and also that perimenopause is hormonally distinct from menopause, entailing higher rather than low or dropping estrogen levels. She graduated with honors from Boston University School of Medicine 1969, is the author of Estrogen's Storm Season--Stories of Perimenopause and has recently co-authored The Estrogen Errors--Why Progesterone is Better for Women's Health (2009, Praeger, Conn).


Conference Speakers

Tom Bayne, DC

Dr. Tom Bayne, D.C. specializes in nutritional therapies and is an expert in digestive health and detoxification. His philosophy addresses the relationship between structure and function of the human body and how that translates into your best health. Tom has over 20 years of experience in natural health and medicine. Tom's passion for holistic medicine led him to Europe, where he had executive roles at two top natural health companies. As international marketing director for one of Europe's leading food supplement manufacturers, Dr. Bayne's responsibilities included formulating supplements based on specific patient conditions, lecturing on his clinical experiences, research that supported natural medicines and developing educational materials for physicians and pharmacies. Tom is currently owner of MegaSporeBiotic®.

Regina Druz, MD, FACC, FASNC

Dr. Druz is a national expert in clinical cardiology and cardiac imaging. Since 2014, she has been practicing integrative cardiology, creating an unique functional medicine program based on genomic, environmental, nutritional, hormonal, and supplement strategies. Dr. Druz has successfully implemented this program in over 200 patients, achieving significant improvements in their vascular function, reduction of inflammation, and remission of risk factors through drugless approaches. She has also been involved in NIH funded clinical trials, including the ISCHEMIA trial.

Jorge D. Flechas, MD, MPH

Dr. Flechas is the Medical Director of Flechas Family Practice in Hendersonville, N.C. In addition to family practice, Dr. Flechas's subspecialities include Iodine Therapy for thyroid and breast disorders, natural hormone replacement for both men and women, and diagnosis and treatment of cardiac-related issues such as coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, and hypertension. Dr. Flechas was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is fluent in both English and Spanish. He majored in Physics at Southern Missionary College in Tennessee and achieved both his Doctorate in Medicine (1977) and his Masters Degree in Public Health (1979) from Loma Linda University in California. Dr. Flechas has been in medical practice for 35 years. His experience and his devotion to the continual study of medicine allow him to diagnose and treat a wide variety of both common and not-so-common medical conditions. As an internationally sought-after speaker, Dr. Flechas regularly speaks at medical conferences.

Kent Holtorf, MD

Dr. Holtorf is the medical director of the Holtorf Medical Group and is the founder and director of the non-profit National Academy of Hypothyroidism (NAH). He trains physicians on the use of natural hormones, hypothyroidism, complex endocrine dysfunction, and innovative treatments of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic infectious diseases, including Lyme disease. He is a fellowship lecturer for the American Board of Anti-aging Medicine, the endocrinology expert for AOL Health, and is a guest editor and peer-reviewer for a number of medical journals including Endocrine, Postgraduate Medicine and Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Holtorf has published peer-reviewed endocrine reviews, including on the safety and efficacy of bioidentical hormones, inaccuracies of standard thyroid testing, and on the diagnosis and treatment of adrenal dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. He has been a featured guest on numerous national TV shows, such as CNBC, ABC News, CNN, and Discovery Health.

Kiran Krishnan

Kiran Krishnan, microbiologist, has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 15 years. He comes from a traditional research background having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. He brings his extensive technical knowledge and his clinical research experience to the MegaSporeBiotic® team.

Mark Newman, MS

Mark is one of the foremost experts and an international speaker in the area of hormone testing. He has designed several hundred novel tests at multiple labs prior to starting his own lab, Precision Analytical, Inc. Mark has educated thousands of physicians on hormone testing best practices. He has particular expertise in the testing of adrenal and reproductive hormones, especially as it relates to the appropriate monitoring of hormone replacement therapy. Mark has directed lab testing at multiple industry-leading hormone testing labs including Meridian Valley Labs, ZRT Laboratory and Precision Analytical.

Sonia Rapaport, MD, DABFM, DABIHM

Dr. Rapaport received her medical degree from the University of Virginia and completed residency in family medicine at University of Pittsburgh, St. Margaret's Memorial Hospital. In 2008, she founded Haven Medical, a holistic, integrative medical practice in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Rapaport specializes in the holistic evaluation and treatment of individuals with complex, multisystem illnesses. She is certified in the evaluation and treatment of biotoxin illness and has lectured extensively on the pathophysiological changes seen in these complex illnesses. She is a Reiki Master and a master level SCENAR therapist (and Levels I-III trainer), and is further certified in trigger point injection therapy and in hyperbaric medicine. Dr. Rapaport has spoken nationally on integrative medicine and has lectured on inherited dysautonomias at the NIH. She served on the board of the American Holistic Medical Association, and is a founder and the current president of Familial Dysautonomia Hope Foundation.

Paul Saunders, PhD, ND, DAHNP

After earning a PhD in plant ecology from Duke University and teaching at two American universities for nearly a decade, Dr. Saunders graduated from the Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine (now CCNM), and then earned an additional ND degree at National College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Portland, Oregon and completed a homeopathy residency. He's been on the OCNM/CCNM faculty and in the teaching clinic since 1991. Dr. Saunders introduced the practice of peer-reviewing during his tenure as editor of The Canadian Journal of Herbalism (2000-2002) and continues to publish peer-reviewed articles. Over the course of his career, he has participated in numerous conferences, delivered lectures for prominent groups and been honored with various awards and distinctions. He has co-authored Principles & Practices of Naturopathic Botanical Medicine - Volume 1 Botanical Medicine Monographs. He maintains a private practice in Dundas, Ontario. He has also served as a peer reviewer for the NIH.

Jillian Stansbury, ND, BS, AHG, CMA

Dr. Stansbury has practiced in Southwest Washington state for more than 25 years specializing in women's health, mental health, and chronic disease. Dr. Stansbury is the former chair of the Botanical Medicine Program at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon and remains on the faculty teaching natural products chemistry, botanical influences on cell biology, ethnobotany field course, and other miscellaneous topics in herbal medicine. She writes for numerous professional journals plus teaches around the country at a variety of medical and herbal conferences. She frequently travels to Cusco and the Peruvian Amazon, studying South American plants and working with various tribes in the jungles of Manu and Iquitos.

Denis Wilson, MD

Dr. Wilson graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1985 and trained in Family Practice. Dr. Wilson specializes in optimizing peripheral thyroid function, body temperature, and well-being. Working with more than 5,000 patients, he has developed a new simplified paradigm for thyroid management and was the first doctor to use sustained-release liothyronine. For more than 20 years he has educated more than 2,500 physicians about the use of sustained-release liothyronine for patients with symptoms of low thyroid and low body temperature despite having normal blood tests. His novel treatment of using sustained-release T3 is now standard of care with a subsection of physicians practicing complementary and alternative medicine and his work is being taught in naturopathic medical schools.

Dr. Wilson is the author of 3 books, including the extensively referenced: Evidence-Based Approach to Restoring Thyroid Health. He is also the co-founder of an herbal supplement company that focuses on restoring health with certified organic formulas.

Eugene Zampieron, ND, MH, RH(AHG)

Dr. Zampieron is a naturopathic doctor, medical herbalist (MH) and a registered and certified professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. Dr. Zampieron was on the founding presidential advisory board that helped establish the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). He is currently a senior faculty member at UBCNM. He teaches botanical medicine, phyto-pharmacognosy, botanical pharmacy, urology, geriatrics, rheumatology, and the history of natural medicine. He sees patients both in a private practice in Woodbury, Connecticut and at the U. Bridgeport Naturopathic clinic ( His radio and TV career has spanned over 30 years, and he has co-authored hundreds of articles, magazine columns, as well as several books, including The Natural Medicine Chest and Arthritis: The Alternative Medicine, Definitive Guide (first and second editions).

Heather Zwickey, PhD

Heather Zwickey, PhD, is the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), director of Helfgott Research Institute, and Professor of Immunology. Dr. Zwickey trained at the world renowned National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver. She received a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Zwickey went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and teach medical school at Yale University. In 2003, Dr. Zwickey launched the Helfgott Research Institute at NCNM. At Helfgott, Dr. Zwickey applies her immunology expertise to natural medicine. She studies the immunological mechanisms involved in nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and mind-body medicine. Her current area of focus is the inflammatory components of Parkinson's Disease. Dr. Zwickey has used her expertise in program development to establish the School of Research and Graduate Studies at NCNM, and serves as its leader. She has developed Masters programs in Integrative Medicine Research, Nutrition, and Global Health. Dr. Zwickey's passion for sustainable global health has inspired her to establish research collaborations in Tanzania where she studies maternal-child nutrition, and traditional herbal medicines.

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