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Conference & AGM

Conference & AGM

We are pleased to announce our 2016 Spring Conference and AGM, to be held on Saturday April 2, 2016, at the Forester Conference Centre, located at 789 Don Mills Road in Toronto.

OAND Members: please go to the ‘OAND Community’ tab of the members-only section of the website to download your AGM Package and to register online for either the Spring Conference, the AGM, or both.

Non-Members: We welcome non-members for the morning Spring Conference presentations. We are thrilled to welcome speakers Dr. Kirsten Smith, ND and Dr. Sylvi Martin, ND

Spring Conference Schedule:

8:30 am to 9:30 am: Registration

9:30 am to 10:45 am: Board Chair Remarks and First Spring Conference Presentation (Dr. Kirsten Smith, ND)

10:45 am to 11:00 am: Refreshment Break

11:00 am to 12:15 pm: Second Spring Conference Presentation (Dr. Sylvi Martin, ND)

Cost: The cost for non-members to attend the clinical presentation is $60 plus HST, which includes lunch and refreshments.

To Register (Non-Members): Please click HERE


Spring Conference Agenda

Our Unique Difference: BHRT Prescribing Essentials in Naturopathic Practice
Instructor: Dr. Kirsten Smith, ND
Credits: 1.0 Category A (Pending with CONO)
Generously Sponsored By: NFH
Time: 9:30 am to 10:45 am

In this one-hour comprehensive seminar, Dr. Smith, ND will draw upon her unique skill set and experience to teach the tools necessary to confidently and safely merge BHRT into your practice and begin prescribing for common conditions immediately. Safety, assessment, delivery methods and monitoring will be reviewed, however the focus will largely be on when and how to prescribe estrogen and progesterone. How do deal with common obstacles and clinical pearls will also be covered, as will learning about the truly unique and valuable advantages of naturopathic management of bioidentical hormones.

Learning Objectives:
– a brief literature review & the practical implications/ safety
– why would we use hormones instead of our other treatment options?
– when & how to prescribe progesterone & estrogen, methods of delivery, what to expect
– assessment and monitoring
– prescribing hormone therapy in common conditions
– common clinical conundrums, obstacles & unusual reactions
– when to refer
– our unique difference: diet, herbs, supplements, coaching & communication

Instructor Bio:
Dr. Smith, ND graduated from CCNM in 2008 and keeps a busy family practice with a special focus in functional medicine and hormone balancing in central Toronto. Many years ago she began to shift her focus in this direction and two years ago began working with an MD who focuses entirely on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Since then and through this partnership, she has been prescribing hormones and evolving her expertise in this specialized field which she has successfully incorporated into her naturopathic practice. Prior to becoming an ND, Kirsten received an honours degree in communications from Queen’s University and then worked for many years as a producer/director in television, radio and documentary film in current affairs and related programming. She worked and volunteered all over the world from Bangladesh to the Amazon, and learned about the formidable power of various indigenous healing modaliti es which inspired her to investigate naturopathic medicine and completely change her life. Kirsten is a licensed, board-certified naturopathic doctor in the province of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She has completed the Ontario Therapeutics Prescribing Examination and has a license to practice parenteral therapy.

Dr. Kirsten Smith’s presentation is generously sponsored by Nutritional Fundamentals for Health Inc.



Advertising Compliance for Naturopathic Practice
Instructor: Dr. Sylvi Martin, ND
Credits: 1.0 Category A, Jurisprudence (Pending with CONO)
Time: 11 am to 12:15 pm
Marketing is an important component of building a successful naturopathic practice – but do you know the rules? For example, did you know that Ontario NDs are not allowed to include testimonials when advertising a practice? Join us at this one-hour session to learn how to comply with the relevant legislation related to advertising. We will discuss:
• Where NDs can access the relevant documents
• Review relevant legislation such as CONO’s Advertising Standard of Practice and Guideline
• Implications for clinical practice
• The do’s and don’ts of what can be included in advertisements, and where to advertise
• Examples of how to implement in clinical practice to remain in compliance



Questions? Contact Anna-Liza Badaloo, Manger, Clinical Development at