2020 Toronto Regional Conference – Speakers

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Conference Speakers:

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.


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.


Kim Bretz, BSc., ND

Dr. Bretz is a 2001 graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and founder of Fundamentals of Health, a thriving naturopathic clinic in Waterloo, Ontario. She is a public speaker having presented to multiple corporations and agencies, guest lectures for Canadian universities in the areas of health promotion, functional foods and natural health products and runs continuing education for interprofessional health programs throughout North America in the area of GI health and the microbiota. For six years, Kim was part of Human Nature Network, a nationally syndicated radio program through CHUM radio, speaking in areas of women’s health. She taught gastrointestinal physiology and endocrinology at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. She was also on the advisory board for Ferring Pharmaceuticals’ natural health care products. And she is presently involved in research trials through Public Health and the Universities of Guelph and Waterloo, in the areas of antimicrobial resistance, as well as natural health products.


George Gillson, MD, PhD

Dr. Gillson is the Medical Director and Founder of Rocky Mountain Analytical. Dr. Gillson started Rocky Mountain Analytical with the idea of offering Canadian healthcare professionals a laboratory focused on providing high quality, innovative tests for early identification and prevention of disease. With a unique background in chemistry and medicine, combined with his solid expertise in the nutritional/natural approach to medicine at both the benchtop and theoretical levels, Dr. Gillson has developed tests to support health professionals in helping patients on the path to wellness.

Dr. Gillson began his training with a PhD in Chemistry (Atomic Analytical Spectroscopy) from the University of Alberta and then earned a medical degree from the University of Calgary. He practiced Family Medicine for six years (Northern Ontario and Oregon) before moving to the Tahoma Clinic in Kent, Washington. At the Tahoma Clinic, Dr. Gillson worked alongside Jonathan Wright MD, one of the pioneers of the nutritional biochemical approach to chronic illness and disease. Dr. Gillson is an internationally recognized presenter and published author.


Joe Klassen, ND

Dr. Joe Klassen, ND graduated from Bastyr University in 2005, and has been practicing Naturopathic Medicine in Calgary for 13 years.   He has an enduring passion for the role of nutrition and food in family practice.  He teaches at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and has a role as a clinical support specialist and educator at Rocky Mountain Analytical laboratory.  His practice has been focused on holistic family medicine, with emphasis on digestion, allergies and endocrine balance. An ardent supporter of using all tools available to understand the underlying cause of illness, he brings knowledge of how to integrate laboratory medicine, physical exam, food-based nutrition and clinical experience to improve clinical outcomes.


Edward Lichten, MD

Dr. Edward Mark Lichten, M.D. graduated from Ohio State College of Medicine as a Medical Doctor, with the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1972. Later he was accepted to the Fellowship of the College of Surgeons. He entered private practice in 1976; from there he continue his clinical practice, medical journal publications and his clinical research. He has presented his research at more than 100 groups of physicians, internationally.


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