OAND Spring Conference

OAND Spring Conference

June 13 2020


OAND Virtual Spring Conference 

While our original Spring Conference date of April 4, 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19, we are moving ahead with a virtual conference on Saturday June 13, 2020.

On the tabs above you will find the agenda, speaker sessions and bios; we hope you can join!



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12:00 PM - 12:30 PMOnline virtual room opens up
12:30 PM - 1:30 PMYour Top Telepractice Questions with Dr. Sylvi Martin, ND
1:30 PM - 1:45 PMBreak 1
1:45 PM - 2:45 PMMenopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy Primer with Grace Meehan, BScPhm, NCMP (NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner). Sponsored by Nutrichem Pharmacy
2:45 PM - 3:00 PMBreak 2
3:00 PM - 4:00 PMDemystifying Electrohypersensitivity with Dr. Magda Havas, PhD, co-presented with Electromagnetic Pollution Illnesses Canada Foundation (EPIC)
4:00 PM - 4:15 PMBreak 3
4:15 PM - 5:00 PMTransitioning to the New Normal of Naturopathic Practice


Dr. Sylvi Martin, ND
Session: Your Top Telepractice Questions
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Credits: 1 Category B

We asked OAND members for your top telepractice questions – and you answered! In this one-hour session, Dr. Sylvi Martin, ND will discuss your most popular telepractice questions. How should you provide patient recommendations and lab results virtually? What should you look for in an online video telemedicine platform? Can you see patients virtually from other provinces? Join us to ensure that your virtual appointments are effective, patient-friendly and compliant with regulations.

Sylvi Martin 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. Since 2009 Sylvi has been practicing in professional regulations, as an Investigator for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, where she has undertaken further training in professional regulation. Sylvi is a professional member of CONO’s Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee.

Grace Meehan, BScPhm, NCMP (NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner)
Session: Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy Primer
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Sponsored by: 

1 Category A including Pharmacology (pending)

Menopause is a vital time to improve our female patients’ health –  but does hormone replacement therapy live up to the hype? Join clinical pharmacist and NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner Grace Meehan to dispel the myths around hormone safety issues. We will discuss how to safely and effectively dose and monitor hormone replacement patients, including length of treatment, and who is not a candidate. The difference between bio-identical hormones and commercially available prescription options will be reviewed, as will the link to the gut microbiome. With illustrative case studies and Pharma credits, you don’t want to miss this!

You Will Learn:

  • Why hormones are a vital tool in your ND toolbox for menopausal health.
  • How to confidently discuss potential risks of hormone replacement therapy with patients .
  • How to determine appropriate duration of hormone replacement therapy.
  • How to safely and effectively dose estrogen and progesterone.
  • How to monitor your patient’s hormone health using key lab tests.


After completing her BSc in Pharmacy at U of T, Grace Meehan was drawn to women’s health issues as a result of her work as a community pharmacist. She obtained her NCMP (North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner) in 2010, and has been a member of the Nutrichem Pharmacy team since 2012, as a women’s health clinician and compounding pharmacist. She currently works with patients’ primary care providers to devise hormone-related treatment plans to help guide women through menopause and beyond.

Dr. Magda Havas, PhD | Co-Presented with EPIC
Session: Demystifying Electrohypersensitivity
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Credits: 1 Category A (pending)

Wireless technologies and devices are ever-present, and 5G technology is on the horizon. Convenient? Yes. But could this affect your patients’ health? Electrohypersensitivity (EHS) is an intolerance to electromagnetic fields (EMF) and electromagnetic radiation (EMR). With 11 million Canadians experiencing EHS symptoms, NDs need to familiarize themselves with this debilitating disorder. Join Professor Emerita Dr. Magda Havas, PhD and learn from her 25 years of experience in this area. She will discuss what causes the sensitivity, what triggers a response, the symptoms, and how to effectively address this modern illness.

You Will Learn:

This session will help Naturopathic Doctors effectively address electrohypersensitivity (EHS) in their patients by learning:

  • What are the key questions NDs should ask their patients who may be suffering from EHS?
  • What are the different types of electrosmog?
  • What are the sources of electrosmog?
  • How can NDs help patients minimize electrosmog exposure?
  • According to scientific research, what are the mechanisms involved with EHS?
  • What are five steps to assess EHS?
  • What are five steps to effectively address EHS?

Dr. Magda Havas, PhD, Professor Emerita at Trent University, has been researching the biological effects of electromagnetic pollution for 25 years. She is co-author of Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution, has authored more than 200 publications, and has given hundreds of lectures in more than 30 countries. Her passion is helping those with electrohypersensitivity and educating health care providers about the perils of electromagnetic pollution.

John Wellner, CEO
Session: Transitioning to the New Normal of Naturopathic Practice
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Credits: 1 Category B

Just when you figured out how to hold appointments remotely and work from home….it’s time for another transition! While we await word on when you can return to in-person practice, your Association has been hard at work liaising with CONO and other stakeholders. Have you thought about how you will let patients know that it’s safe to come to your office? What measures need to be in place to ensure that your clinic is COVID-19 free? How about PPE? Join OAND CEO John Wellner to discuss the very latest regulatory guidance, and what it means for your practice.

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