Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc, CLS
Session Topic: Environment and Alzheimer’s disease
Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc, CLS, obtained his MSc and PhD in the fields of microbiology and clinical immunology from Bar-Ilan University in Israel with postdoctoral studies in comparative immunology at UCLA and tumor immunology at Charles Drew/UCLA School of Medicine and Science. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept. of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University in California, and an Adjunct Professor at the Lincoln College of Professional, Graduate and Continuing Education at the National University of Health Sciences. His ongoing research focuses on the role of environmental triggers in complex diseases. Dr. Vojdani’s research has resulted in the development of more than 300 antibody assays for the detection of autoimmune disorders and other diseases. He holds fifteen US patents for laboratory assessments of immune disorders associated with the brain and gut, has published more than 170 articles in magazines and scientific journals, and has just published the book “Neuroimmunity and the Brain-Gut Connection” with Nova Science Publishers. He is the CEO and Technical Director of Immunosciences Lab in Los Angeles, California, and is also the Chief Scientific Advisor for Cyrex Labs in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Vojdani sits on the editorial board of five scientific journals. Over the years he has received many awards and honors including the Herbert J. Rinkel Award from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the Linus Pauling, PhD Award from the American College for Advancement in Medicine, and the F. R. Carrick Research Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Todd Adam Born, N.D., C.N.S
Session Topic: IBS & IBD: A Route to Resolution
Dr. Born is a naturopathic physician, certified nutrition specialist (CNS), co-owner and medical director of Born Naturopathic Associates, Inc. Dr. Born is the Product Manager, Head of New Product Development, Scientific Advisor for Allergy Research Group and is Editor-in-Chief of their science-based Focus Newsletter. Dr. Born is also lead advisor and President of the International Society for Naturopathic Medicine, as well as a medical wellness advisor for the International Medical Wellness Association.
Dr. Born graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA and completed his residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health and its thirteen teaching clinics, with rotations at Evergreen and Harborview Medical Centers and Virginia Mason Hospital’s department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Spine Clinic.
He has been published in Naturopathic Doctor News and Reviews, Townsend Letter, Integrative Medicine Alert, Natural Medicine Journal, Holistic Primary Care and the Natural Nutmeg. He has appeared on KRON4 News, multiple national radio shows, and lectured as an expert for the National Psoriasis Foundation and Arthritis Foundation. He has also lectured across the country and internationally, at various medical conferences.
Dr. Born’s clinical focus is utilizing integrative medicine to treat chronic disease. He has a strong interest in difficult and refractory cases, allergies, gastrointestinal issues, neurological and neurodegenerative disorders, endocrinology, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, autoimmune disease, development and behavioral issues, HIV/AIDS, and geriatrics.
Gilbert Rishton, PhD
Session Title: The Emerging Role of a Newly Released Anti-inflammatory for Joint, Cardiovascular, Metabolic, Brain Health and Longevity (A synthesized, naturally occurring marine compound
Gilbert M. Rishton, Ph.D. has led drug discovery programs in the pharmaceutical industry for over fifteen years, primarily at Amgen. He was the founding medicinal chemist at Amgen’s Thousand Oaks site, and was repsonsible for initiating and building the Amgen Small Molecule Drug Discovery Group, which has grown to become one of the most formidable in the pharmaceutical industry.
He was also the chemistry manager for Amgen’s Sensipar development program, which spanned several phases from preclinical development to manufacturing and then human clinical trials, resulting in the commercial launch of Sensipar, Amgen’s first orally administered small molecule product. He also led the medicinal chemistry program for Amgen’s Secretase Team, which was among the first to produce small molecule secretase inhibitors as potential therapeutic agents for Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Rishton is also Founder and Director of the Channel Islands Alzheimer’s Institute, a nonprofit whose mission is to enable new drug development through the identification of high quality novel drug leads that might become Alzheimer’s disease medicines of the future.
Joseph P. Smith, DC, DIBAK, DACNB
Session Topic: The Neuroendocrine Immunology of Mucosal Immunity
Dr. Joseph P. Smith is a board-certified chiropractic neurologist through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board and a fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology, with specialties in neurodegeneration and child developmental disorders. He has earned diplomate status through the International College of Applied Kinesiology.Dr. Smith earned his doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University and his bachelor of science in psychology from North Dakota State University. He has been speaking internationally on the topics of applied kinesiology and functional medicine since 2008. He held an adjunct faculty position at the University of Mary in Fargo, North Dakota until 2008.He is the founder of Atlas Institute, a nonprofit organization that educates the public on nutritional concepts and controversies and has two offices in California, located in Fairfax and San Francisco. Dr. Smith is a dedicated learner and is constantly undergoing additional education in the fields of nutrition and neuroendocrine immunology. He believes each patient has a unique set of circumstances needing a specific plan and lifestyle changes for optimal health. His focus is on functional blood chemistry analysis; nutritional endocrinology with an emphasis on thyroid imbalances; neurotransmitter and brain health; immunology; and support of autoimmune disorders.
Andrew Campbell, MD
Session Topic: Mycotoxins: The Secret Masquerader. Is it Lyme disease
or mycotoxins? How to differentiate, diagnose and treat.
Dr. Campbell was educated in Switzerland where he graduated first in his high school class at age 14; he then completed college in 3 years. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Campbell trained at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and at the Medical College of Georgia. He was medical director of the Medical Center for Immune and Toxic Disorders in Houston for 20 years. Dr. Campbell has published over 90 studies in peer-reviewed medical journals and chapters in medical textbooks, and has received awards from many national and international organizations. He is fluent in French, Spanish, Hungarian and English. He has been on television shows including 20/20, the Montel Williams Show, and 24 Hour Investigative News, and has been interviewed by NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and Mexico. He lectures regularly at national and international medical conferences and at Oxford University. Dr. Campbell is currently the editor-in-chief of 2 peer reviewed medical journals, editor of 4 medical journals and is the medical advisor to several companies. He also is conducting several clinical trials as principal investigator for supplement companies.
Jan Kielmann, MS, CNS, IFMCPc, RHGc
As a Functional Medicine practitioner, Nutritionists, Herbalist and Organic Farmer, Jan is someone who understands chronic disease and after many years of seeing the suffering from unqualified medical approaches, he is deeply committed to changing the healthcare system towards true healing and true disease prevention.
Jan specializes on Precision Medicine, (Nutritional) Genomics, Cancer, Auto-immune diseases, Chronic infections and other degenerative diseases, weaving the newest research in Environmental Medicine, Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Botanical Medicine, Advanced Nutrition, Cellular Awareness and the Future of Medicine into his talks, consultations and everything he does.
Shelese Pratt ND
I believe in integrative and holistic medicine. My practice and clinic are focused on neurology and complex medical conditions relating to metabolic disease. I use functional medicine and my expertise in biochemistry (methylation) and physiology to help my patients get to the root cause of their symptoms through a strategic approach. The modalities I use in my practice are nutrition (diet and nutritional supplements), botanicals, environmental medicine, classical homeopathy and hydrotherapy.
I specialize in treating neurological conditions such as: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Cerebral Palsy, PVL, Global Development Delay, Angelman Syndrome, learning difficulties (ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia), sensory processing disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, digestive system disorders/disease, endocrine disorders, autoimmune disease, and mood disorders.
I use classical naturopathic medical protocols in my practice. I believe that each individual is unique and I tailor a treatment plan specific to each patient.
I treat the majority of my patients (national and international), at my main clinic in Louisville, Colorado and I maintain an office in Fairfield, Connecticut.
My clinic offers organization, focus, and foundations to health that benefit other therapies. I embrace the opportunity to work with other healthcare providers in order to provide the best care possible. My goal is to have a team of doctors/ therapists that combines our collective talents to ensure that health goals are reached.
Emily Poccia, ND
Dr. Emily Poccia is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, and offers a Family Medicine practice at Wildcraft Medicine in La Jolla with a primary focus in digestive health, fertility and preconception and athletic performance. Previous to this, she practiced at RestorMedicine for three and a half years where she was trained by Lyme disease specialist, Dr. Nicola Ducharme, in holistic treatment and management of Lyme disease.
Dr. Poccia received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in Health and Exercise Science and graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2014, in Tempe, Arizona where she received her Doctorate degree and four-year training in Naturopathic Medicine.
Dr. Emily has received advanced training in IV Nutritional Therapy, and IV Ozone. She is also trained in Biotherapeutic Drainage, Applied Kinesiology, Mayan Uterine Massage, Gemstone Energy Medicine and Hydrotherapy.
S.A. Decker Weiss, NMD
Dr. Weiss became the first Cardiologist as a “Naturopathic Physician”, completing a non-invasive cardiovascular hospital-based training in the Columbia Hospital system, the Arizona Heart Institute, and the Arizona Heart Hospital. He went on to become a “Fellow” of the American Society of Angiology. Dr. Weiss kept privileges at the Arizona Heart Hospital for a decade, while opening the breakthrough Scottsdale Heart Institute, where he helped thousands of patients reduce or eliminate medication safely as well as eliminate the need for angioplasty, ablation and bypass surgery by reversing heart disease and managing 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 maintains a teaching based practice, and is the director of Artis Research’s Center for Health and Medicine. Dr.Weiss has worked in Haiti, Tibet, and recently on the Syrian border both in a medical capacity, and as a researcher to look at the biochemistry of violent behaviors, and radicalization. Dr. Weiss is the author of a best selling book, and has lectured and taught in some of the finest academic and medical institutions in the world, including the Cleveland Clinic.