2020 Hilton Head Annual Conference – Speakers

Conference Speakers:

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.


Mary Bove, ND

Dr. Bove initially began her studies at the National Institute of Medical Herbalist’s School of Phytotherapy, gaining membership with the institute shortly after receiving her diploma of phytotherapy. Returning to the U.S., she attended Bastyr University and received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine and certificate of midwifery. Mary served as the chair of botanical medicine and midwifery co-chair at Bastyr University for several years before returning East for clinical practice. She owned and managed the Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic for 25 years, practicing general family medicine, offering homebirths, and specializing in pediatric care. She left clinical practice a year ago to educate, write, and to teach. Dr. Bove’s book The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Infants and Children has served as a leading reference for herbal care with children. Dr. Bove lectures internationally, participates in many natural medicine conferences, and currently works as the medical director for Gaia Herbs.


Edwin Lee, MD

Dr. Edwin Lee is an endocrinologist, author and international speaker. Dr. Lee is board certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and finished his fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, he is the assistant professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Lee has published many articles on internal medicine and endocrinology. He was also an author in the fourth edition of Textbook of Critical Care.


Luis Martinez, MD, MPH

Dr. Luis Martínez earned his medical degree at the Ponce School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania. He also completed an Advanced Training Course in Stem Cells in Cancer at the Ponce Health Sciences University/ Magee Research Institute consortium. He is board certified in Clinical Lipidology. Dr. Martinez holds a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and is fellowship trained in Biosecurity.


Gerrie Lindeque, MD

Dr. Lindeque obtained his MD from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He holds a diploma in anaesthetics from the College of Medicine, South Africa. He spent five years in a rural practice in Canada during which time he started incorporating nutritional modalities into his practice. His passion is to help people live a long and healthy life. Dr. Lindeque also practices prolotherapy to help patients avoid orthopedic surgery. Dr Lindeque has great success in the treatment of Cancer, Diabetes, Heart & Organ Failure, Auto-immune Disorders, Autism. He is a renowned international lecturer.


Shalesh Kauhsal, MD

Dr. Kaushal is a retina specialist trained at John Hopkins and MIT. While at the University of Florida, he was the Richardson II Chair and the head of the retina division. Dr. Kaushal established the clinical and surgical retina division, recruited physicians, trained residents, surgical fellows as well as mentored undergraduates, medical students, graduate students, post-docs in his research lab. Further, he organized an annual retina symposium and that attracted many key leaders both in the US and internationally. He completed his residency at the Doheny Eye Institute/USC Department of Ophthalmology and his surgical retina fellowship at the Washington University St. Louis/Barnes Retina Institute.


Carol Penn, DO

Dr. Carol Penn is a physician board certified in both Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine with a focus on mind body medicine; arts medicine; and nutrition medicine emphasizing prevention and wellness to optimize human potential. Additionally, Dr. Penn, has a strong interest in integrative approaches to palliative care medicine and is a published researcher in End of Life Care and Mind Body Medicine. A popular and frequently sought-after national speaker, Dr. Penn’s book, Meditation in a Time of Madness is due to be published in January.


Decker Weiss, NMD, FASA

Dr. Weiss became the first Cardiologist as a “Naturopathic Physician”, completing a non-invasive cardiovascular hospital-based training program in the Columbia Hospital system, the Arizona Heart Institute, and the Arizona Heart Hospital. Dr. Weiss kept privileges at the Arizona Heart Hospital, while opening the breakthrough Scottsdale Heart Institute, where he helped thousands of patients reduce medication safely, eliminate the need for angioplasty and bypass surgery, and reverse heart disease and many arrhythmias naturally. The International Association of Health Care Practitioners and the International Association of Cardiologists named Dr. Weiss, a “Leading Physician in the World” in 2012; a distinction given to under 1000 physicians each year. Dr. Weiss shifted focus to inflammation, genetics, and the science of intractable conflict, as he joined Artis International as a Senior Fellow and Director of their Center for Health and Medicine. In this capacity he has lectured, practiced medicine, and performed research throughout the various conflict zones (war zones), including Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, and Haiti.


Michaël Friedman, ND

Dr. Friedman is a former adjunct instructor of endocrinology at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and is the author of the medical textbook Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology. His research on the use of thyroid hormones has been published by the University Puerto Rico Medical School. Dr. Friedman has lectured at three naturopathic and allopathic medical schools including NCNM, UB, CCNM and at the Dehradun Medical School of Physicians and Surgeons in India. He is currently the Executive Director of the non-profit Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM). The original founder and director of the Restorative Medicine Conference, Dr. Friedman’s medical practice focused on thyroid related disorders and chronic disease.


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