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Conference & AGM

Conference & AGM

2017 Spring Conference and AGM

Saturday April 1, 2017

Novotel Hotel, 45 The Esplanade in Toronto


OAND Members:

Please go to the ‘OAND Community’ tab of the members-only section of the website to download your AGM Package.

**Please note, OAND members are encouraged to attend the AGM FREE of CHARGE. A fee however does apply for attendance to the Spring Conference sessions**

Professional Members: Full Spring Conference & AGM Registration HERE
Student Members: Full Spring Conference & AGM Registration HERE
AGM ONLY Registration HERE
To Register for Half Day options please find application form HERE


We welcome non-members for the morning Spring Conference presentations. We are thrilled to welcome speakers Dr. Bradley Bush, ND, David Bray, R.Ac., R.TCMP, Dipl C.H. (NCCAOM), and Dr. Sylvi Martin, RN, ND,

Non-Member  Register –> HERE 

*fee for the Spring Conference for a non-member is $200+HST.

Non-Member Half day Registration HERE


Spring Conference Schedule:

7:30 am to 8:00 am: Registration

8:00 am to 10:00 am: Clinical Neuro-Endo-Immunology in Mood Disorders and Fatigue: Diagnostics and Integrated Phytotherapy Approaches to HPA Axis Imbalances (Dr. Bradley Bush, ND)

10:00 am to 10:15 am: Refreshment & Trade Show break

10:15 am to 12:15 pm: The 4th Trimester – Postpartum Care and Recovery According to Chinese Medicine [David Bray, R.Ac., R.TCMP, Dipl C.H. (NCCAOM)]

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm: Lunch & Trade Show break

1:15 pm to 3:15 pm: AGM (for OAND members only)

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm: Afternoon & Trade Show break

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm: What’s the Deal with Delegation? (Dr. Sylvi Martin, RN, ND)

Cost (includes lunch and refreshments):

OAND members: Full Spring Conference & AGM $110 plus HST

Students: Full Spring Conference & AGM $85 plus HST

Non-members: Spring Conference ONLY $200 plus HST


Spring Conference Agenda


Clinical Neuro-Endo-Immunology in Mood Disorders and Fatigue: Diagnostics and Integrated Phytotherapy Approaches to Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis Imbalances
Instructor: Dr. Bradley Bush, ND
Credits: 2.0 Category A (Pending with CONO)

Generously Sponsored By: Promedics/MediHerb
Time: 8:00 am to 10:00 am

The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis plays a central role in the stress response and is affected by chronic disease. HPA axis imbalances create a great number of physiological and behavioral effects that are manifested as symptoms, which become pieces of a greater puzzle. The HPA axis is regulated at the level of the hypothalamus by a diverse group of brain nuclei impacted by neurotransmitters and immune activity.

Naturopathic doctors are trained to address adrenal fatigue but typically treat the condition as an endocrine disorder and not as the neuro-endo-immune disorder found in chronic disease. Innovations in diagnostics allow the clinician to gather more detailed information to better identify imbalances with: urinary organic acid, urinary neurotransmitter, genetic, serum inflammatory, hormone, IgG food and breath analysis testing.

In this lecture, Dr. Bush will detail an expanded HPA axis model that includes above mentioned testing and treatment strategies incorporating amino acid, nutrition, hormone, and phygotherapies in chronic disease. Common pharmaceuticals seen in chronic disease that interact with the expanded HPA access with be discussed and case studies will be used to illustrate integration strategies including co-treatments and titration strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the expanded HPA axis model that includes brain nuclei.
  • Discuss how inflammation effects HPA axis activity and mood.
  • Identify lab testing that details the expanded HPA axis and interferences
  • Associate pharmaceutical responses to biochemistry imbalances.
  • Develop treatment strategies that address both imbalances and root causes of mood disorders and fatigue.
  • Recognize synergistic and additive effects of using whole herb extracts and how to incorporate them into integrative treatments

Instructor Bio:

Bradley Bush, ND received his naturopathic doctor degree from National College of Naturopathic Medicine and is currently co-owner and Clinic Director of Natural Medicine of Stillwater in beautiful Stillwater, MN. Dr Bush’s practice focus is fatigue, insomnia, mood disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and Lyme disease. Previously, Dr. Bush was the co-founder and practitioner at New Hampshire Natural Health where he has a practice focus of neuropsychoimmunology ,IV therapy and GI health for 8 years.

Dr. Bush has over 16-years of industry business experience and is owner of Natural Health Insights, LLC providing consultant services to the natural products and laboratory testing industry. Dr. Bush speaks nationally and regularly publishes on the topics of neuropsychoimmunology, brain-gut connections, neuroendocrinology, mood disorders, insomnia and Lyme disease.

Dr. Bush is was co-chairman of 2016 AANP annual curriculum committee and is chairman of the first ever Lyme disease conference this Spring of 2017. Dr. Bush sits on advisory boards at the NeuroScience company, Functional Medicine University and Results RNA. Dr. Bush lives in Stillwater, MN with his naturopathic doctor wife and four daughters. He enjoys cooking wholesome food with his wife, biking with his children, swimming, and running.

Dr. Bradley Bush, ND’s presentation is generously sponsored by ProMedics/MediHerb


The 4th Trimester – Postpartum Care and Recovery According to Chinese Medicine
Instructor: David A. Bray, R.Ac., R.TCMP, Dipl C.H. (NCCAOM)
Credits: 2.0 Category A,  (Pending with CONO)

Generously Sponsored By: Eastern Currents Distributing Ltd.
Time: 10:15 am to 12:15 pm

Without a doubt TCM has proven itself to be an invaluable resource for women having difficulty conceiving and or completing to term their pregnancy. While a tremendous amount of attention is focused on these challenges, post partition care is often minimized or forgotten.  David Bray, drawing on his numerous years of clinical practice in TCM gynecology and fertility work, will share with practitioners the potentially severe consequences that can occur when proper care after childbirth does not occur.  He will review some of the common omissions practitioners make in their fertility practices and offer simple steps that can be taken to support the patient during their postpartum recovery.

The postpartum time is a period of great recovery for the mother, according to Chinese Medicine.  At this time, it is important to reset and restore balance in the body.  In Western societies, a great deal of attention is paid to the period of pregnancy, both for medical and social reasons.  In general, women are the center of attention during pregnancy, and in particular, when they are pregnant for the first time. Once the baby has arrived though, getting the patient to pay attention to self-care can be very challenging or is often given little attention. Yet, this period of time is critical to ensure future fertility and ongoing health. Traditionally, there was a period of postpartum confinement known as known as 坐月子 (zuò yuè zi, “sitting the month”), sometimes termed the ‘Golden Month.’  The first mention of Chinese postnatal confinement in China’s recorded history dates back 2000 years to the Han Dynasty. There is a long documented history in traditional Chinese medicine of women using diet and rest to encourage lactation and recovery from childbirth or a miscarriage. This was seen as very important for ensuring future fertility and health of the postpartum mother.  Much of the lore and wisdom of this information derives from the classics as well as the midwifery tradition.  In this workshop, we will explore the rationale of the recommendations and guidelines of the antenatal or post-parturition time as well as some of the most common conditions treated with Chinese medicine; among the topics included are lifestyle advice, dietary suggestions, as well as the prescriptive use of Chinese herbs, acupuncture and moxibustion.

Learning Objectives:

  • The student will learn what the ‘4th trimester’ or ‘Golden Month’ is, and why it is so important in terms of a woman’s overall health and fertility.  The student will learn it is a restoration to a pre-conceived state, or as closely as possible, and it is a replenishing of those elements that may become depleted over the course of the gestational time.
  • The student will understand what common mistakes practitioners make in their fertility practices when it comes to postpartum care;  they will learn what the proper treatment steps are to support the postpartum patient in terms of recovery from the pregnancy, re-setting the reproductive potential, as well as addressing overall and general health concerns.
  • The student will learn what the common conditions are during the postpartum period and how they are treated using Chinese Medicine.
  • The student will learn strategies for treating the postpartum patient and will understand protocols and guidelines for specific lifestyle advise, dietary suggestions, as well as how to specifically incorporate Chinese herbs, acupuncture, and moxibustion into a treatment protocol.
  • The student will understand where to find further resources on the topic for more investigation into the subject matter.

Instructor Bio:

David Bray trained at and graduated from the Guangzhou University of TCM in 1980. He did his post-graduate specialist studies in TCM Gynecology at Hunan Regional Hospital in Changsha, China.  David maintains a very busy private practice in Toronto, Ontario, focusing specifically on women’s health issues and principally reproductive wellness and fertility, and has been in continuous clinical practice since completing his studies.  He has been a student and instructor of Chinese internal martial arts and therapeutic exercise for over 40 years.

David A. Bray, R.Ac., R.TCMP, Dipl C.H. (NCCAOM)’s presentation is generously sponsored by Eastern Currents Distributing Ltd


What’s the Deal with Delegation?
Instructor: Dr. Sylvi Martin, RN, ND
Credits: 2.0 Category A,  Jurisprudence (Pending with CONO)
Time: 3:30 am to 5:30 pm

Now that naturopathic doctors can delegate controlled acts to others, it opens up a wide range of practice possibilities to benefit patient care.  It also adds in another layer of risk for the naturopathic doctor to manage, as it is up to the ND to determine whether delegation is appropriate, and that anything they delegate, or accept delegation for, is done safely and documented appropriately.  It’s only natural that many NDs wonder where to begin.

Learning Objectives:

  • What NDs can and can’t delegate
  • The requirements for delegating and accepting delegation
  • How to build safety into delegation to protect your patients and your practice
  • How to minimize the risks associated with delegation
  • The essentials of delegation documentation

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Sylvi Martin,ND, RN is a Naturopathic Doctor and a Registered Nurse who practices in an integrative health clinic in Toronto, as well as in the field of professional regulation.  Prior to completing the naturopathic medicine program at CCNM, Sylvi completed the baccalaureate program in nursing from Laurentian University.  In 2004 Sylvi began her career in acute care psychiatric nursing at St. Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto, where dealing with high-risk patients was a daily occurrence.  Since 2009 Sylvi has been practicing in professional regulations, as an Investigator for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and has undertaken further training in professional regulation and discipline at Osgoode Hall Law School.  Sylvi has been a professional member of the BDDT-N’s Complaints and Reports Committee since 2013, and a professional member of CONO’s Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee since proclamation.

In addition to being licensed with CONO and the College of Nurses of Ontario, she is a member of the following professional associations: the OAND, the CAND, the Ontario Nurses Association, the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors.



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