OANDCon 2020: Virtual Event

OANDCon 2020: Virtual Event

September 26 2020


Welcome to our first Virtual OANDCon.
We have transformed our original three day in-person event to three separate Saturdays this Fall, with  bonus nights of some of your favourite keynote speakers. Each convention day will have around 4.5 Cateogry A CE Credits, and will include some sponsor fun as well so you don’t miss out on some of our valued corporate partners and past exhibitors of ours.

We have partnered with EndoANP for our November 14th convention day.


Registration will be done online with our third party application. To the left of this page, click on “CLICK HERE TO REGISTER”. You will be redirected to a new site to select your convention days and proceed with payment. You can register for all three days including keynote speaker nights or you can register for each day and each speaker night individually.

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Date & TimeSession
Digestive Health Day: Saturday, September 26, 2020
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM Welcome/Intro
11:00 AM - 12:30 PMProbiotics as Proxies for the Microbiome: Just How Effective Are They? (Dr. Nigel Plummer, PhD) Sponsored by: Genestra
12:30 PM - 1:00 PMCommercial Break
1:00 PM - 2:30 PMConstipation: Better Out Than In (Dr. Kim Bretz, ND) Sponsored by: Designs for Health
2:30 PM - 3:00 PMCommercial Break
3:00 PM - 4:30 PMMushrooms and Modulation: Gut-Immune Signaling (Germano Angelini, MS) Sponsored by: TallGrass Health
Hormone Health Day: Saturday, October 17, 2020
10:50 AM - 11:00 AMWelcome/Intro
11:00 AM - 12:30 PMEndocrine Disruptors in Hormonal Health and Fertility (Dr. Jodie Peacock, ND) Sponsored by: NFH
12:30 PM - 1:00 PMCommercial Break
1:00 PM - 2:30 PMInsulin Resistance and Women’s Health: The Silent Epidemic (Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND) Sponsored by: Rocky Mountain Analytical
2:30 PM - 3:00 PMCommercial Break
3:00 PM - 4:30 PMSimple Labs for Complex Hormone Cases (Dr. Carissa Doherty, ND) Sponsored by: NFH
Practical Prescribing Day: Saturday, November 14, 2020
10:50 AM - 11:00 AMWelcome/Intro
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMBioidentical Hormone Prescribing in Perimenopause with Dr. Amy Tung, ND
12:00 PM - 1:00 PMPCOS Prescribing and Natural Therapeutics with Dr. Fiona McCulloch, ND
1:00 PM - 1:30 PMCommercial Break
1:30 PM - 2:30 PMThe Ins and Outs of Fertility Hormones with Dr. Aumatma Simmons, ND
2:30 PM - 3:30 PMCombination Thyroid Replacement Prescribing Strategies with Dr. Alan Christianson, NMD
3:30 PM - 4:00 PMCommercial Break
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMFrom the Brain to the Mitochondria: Reigniting the HPA Axis Flame with Dr. Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH, Sponsored by In-Common Laboratories
Keynote 1: Thursday, October 15, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PMConnecting the Dots: Chronic Disease, SIBO and the Intestinal Barrier (Dr. Gaetano Morello, ND) Sponsored by: BioClinic
Keynote 2: Thursday, November 12, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PMDene Ch’anié - Indigenous Planetary Health (Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPHc)

Digestive Health Day: Saturday, September 26, 2020

Dr. Nigel Plummer, PhD
Session: Probiotics as Proxies for the Microbiome: Just How Effective Are They?
Saturday, September 26; 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Course Sponsor: Genestra Brands

CE Credits:  1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
Probiotics are essentially simple proxies for the vastly complex microbiome and may prevent adverse microbiome changes. But the question remains – just how effective are they? Dr. Nigel Plummer, PhD will review the latest research and discuss how probiotics can make positive changes to both physiology and pathology. The current limitations of probiotics as well as exciting prospects for next generation biotherapeutic products will also be explored.

What You Will Learn:

  1. Deep dive into microbiome composition, establishment, development, and function.
  2. Characteristics of effective probiotics.
  3. How probiotics work with prebiotics and Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT).

Dr. Nigel Plummer, PhD has over 30 years of experience in microbiome research. His research group has published over 100 original scientific papers on the human microbiome, probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids and plant anti-microbials. With 12 human RCTs published on the impact of probiotics on human physiology and pathology, he continues to break new ground in microbiome research and development.

Dr. Kim Bretz, ND
Session: Constipation: Better Out Than In
Saturday, September 26; 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Course Sponsor: Designs for Health

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
Constipation is an increasingly common condition, frustrating both patients and practitioners alike. Did you know that many common recommendations around water, fiber and other dietary suggestions rarely work – and may actually make things worse? Join Dr. Kim Bretz, ND to delve into the latest constipation research, and discuss effective treatment protocols to help patents avoid overuse of laxatives.

What You Will Learn:

  1. Constipation subtypes and differences in etiology and treatment.
  2. How diet and the microbiota influence constipation.
  3. Personalized constipation assessment and treatment protocols.

A passionate international public speaker, Dr. Kim Bretz, ND regularly presents to universities, corporations and agencies. She also lectures for healthcare professionals on the microbiota, strain-specific probiotics and gastrointestinal health. With teaching experience at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy and the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy, she was the Clinical Lead in a research trial with Spagnuolo Research Lab.

Germano Angelini, MS
Session: Mushrooms and Modulation: Gut-Immune Signaling
Saturday, September 26, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Course Sponsor: TallGrass Natural Health

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
We know the microbiome and immune system are closely connected – but where does mushroom medicine fit in? Join Germano Angelini, MS, LRC to discuss the microbiome’s impact on immune health, and learn which mushrooms and herbs are key players. With a review of the latest research, we will explore clinical mushroom interventions as they may impact immune cells and cytokine signaling to direct immunological responses.

What You Will Learn:

  1. Latest research on how the microbiome, foods and mushrooms affect the gut-immune response.
  2. How mushrooms modulate the immune system and affect the microbiome.
  3. Mushroom treatment protocols for immune modulation.

Germano Angelini trains healthcare professionals worldwide on clinical uses of mushrooms and herbs. Integrating conventional and complementary therapies for over 30 years in his private practice, he has been the Head of Education for Host Defense Mushrooms for over 8 years. He holds a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University.

Hormone Health Day: Saturday, October 17, 2020

Dr. Jodie Peacock, ND
Session: Endocrine Disruptors in Hormonal Health and Fertility
Saturday, October 17; 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Course Sponsor: NFH Inc.

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
What happens when a growing fetus is exposed to environmental toxins while the epigenetic system is developing? As adults, they may be at increased risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Dr. Jodie Peacock, ND will review best practices for educating patients on the impact of endocrine disruptors, especially in preconception and pregnancy. Learn how to help your patients identify and reduce exposure, and which supplement protocols improve excretion. Future generations will thank you!

What You Will Learn:

  1. Common endocrine disruptor exposure sources.
  2. How to confidently discuss reducing toxin exposure and benefits of optimizing detox pathways and excretion with patients.
  3. Best supplements to improve excretion and minimize impacts of endocrine disruptors.

Dr. Jodie Peacock, ND’s practice focuses on fertility and preconception/pregnancy care. Jodie is the founder of the Canadian Fertility Show, and author of Preconceived, a patient’s resource guide to optimizing health before pregnancy. Passionate about changing the conversation around fertility and the environment, Jodie is the Chief Medical Officer for NFH Inc.

Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND
Session: Insulin Resistance and Women’s Health: The Silent Epidemic
Saturday, October 17; 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Course Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Analytical

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description

Feel like women’s health is getting more complex? Women face a tangled web of environmental exposures, dysbiosis, epigenetic changes, transgenerational impacts and a nutrient-poor food supply. When the resulting metabolic, immune and hormone imbalances converge on insulin-signaling pathways – insulin resistance is born. Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND will share concrete testing and treatment protocols for different insulin resistance patterns, and discuss how this condition may contribute to fatigue, acne, hair loss and other common women’s health challenges.

What You Will Learn

  1. How insulin resistance may contribute to reproductive, mood and sleep disorders.
  2. Latest research on naturopathic therapies for insulin resistance.
  3. How to create personalized nutrition and lifestyle treatment plans based on individual insulin patterns and genetics.

Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND is a passionate women’s health educator, focusing on the hormone-inflammation connection. Sarah has worked in the fields of obesity and immunology research, and was the Medical Science Liaison for Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The founder of the Advanced Women’s Health Clinic and Naturopathic Clinical Mentorship, Sarah is the author of best-seller Finally Lose It: A professional woman's guide to stop dieting, fix your hormones and overcome weight loss resistance.

Dr. Carissa Doherty, ND
Session: Simple labs for Complex Hormone Cases
Saturday, October 17; 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Course Sponsor: NFH Inc.

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
When it comes to hormones, a big part of your job is to figure out which pathways are working, and which ones are not. Labs are vital tools – but which tests are essential, and how do you interpret the results? Join Dr. Carissa Doherty, BSc, ND to get optimal reference ranges for must-have labs tests. Learn how labs can help you get a strong baseline, look at multiple systems, assess cases over time and get the full patient picture.

What You Will Learn:

  1. Optimal reference ranges for simple labs.
  2. How to use labs to monitor cases over time and look at multiple systems.
  3. How to track symptoms and labs at the same time.

Dr. Carissa Doherty, BSc, ND has been practicing for almost 20 years. With a background in Bio-Medical Toxicology and a strong interest in nutritional biochemistry, she has undertaken much advanced training in using labs to track patient cases. She works with her sister Dr. Sonya Doherty, ND at the Natural Care Clinic.

Practical Prescribing Day: Saturday, November 14, 2020

Dr. Amy Tung, ND
Session: Bioidentical Hormone Prescribing in Perimenopause
Saturday, November 14; 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

CE Credits: 1 Category A Pharmacology (pending)

Course Description:
Are your female patients having a tough time transitioning into perimenopause? With symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, irregular cycles, mood swings, sleep changes and weight gain, it’s no wonder!  Ontario NDs have much to offer such patients, especially when it comes to prescribing bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT).  But where do you start? Join Dr. Amy Tung, ND as she guides you through how to treat hormonal fluctuation symptoms while addressing underlying imbalances.

What You Will Learn:

  1. Best hormone lab testing options.
  2. Hormone-specific treatment options including herbs and supplements.
  3. Practical BHRT prescribing protocols in perimenopause.

Dr. Amy Tung, ND has been practicing for over 14 years. With a special interest in functional endocrinology, she is passionate about using stress reduction and wellness strategies to balance hormones. A wellness advocate and corporate speaker, Amy is certified in IV Therapy and as a BHRT Practitioner.

Dr. Fiona McCulloch, ND
Session: PCOS Prescribing and Natural Therapeutics
Saturday, November 14; 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

CE Credits: 1 Category A Pharmacology (pending)

Course Description:
PCOS is a complex endocrine condition which significantly affects quality of life for millions of women. Including health concerns like insulin resistance, anovulation, androgen excess and infertility, where do you begin? Join author of 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS, Dr. Fiona McCulloch, ND to discuss practical prescribing applications of bioidentical hormones. Make the most of your Ontario prescribing license and get vital PCOS prescribing pearls!

What You Will Learn:

  1. Best PCOS treatment protocols including herbs, nutraceuticals and diet.
  2. Pros and cons of different lab tests for PCOS.
  3. Practical prescribing protocols for natural desiccated thyroid and progesterone.

Dr. Fiona McCulloch, ND is a popular speaker and founder of women’s endocrinology practice White Lotus Integrative Medicine. Author of the book 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS, she is also a Medical Advisor with Open Source Health (a project tracking health markers and outcomes in women.)

Dr. Aumatma Simmons, ND
Session: The Ins and Outs of Fertility Hormones
Saturday, November 14; 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

CE Credits: 1 Category A Pharmacology (pending)

Course Description;
Whether your fertility patients choose IUI, IVF or opt for the totally natural route, fertility is an emotional and hormonal roller coaster. Fertility-focused ND Aumatma Simmons has seen it all! Aumatma will share clinical pearls on integrative fertility care, as well as what to prescribe and when. Join us to learn how you can you best support patients on their fertility journey.

What You Will Learn:

  1. Progesterone prescribing protocols and contraindications.
  2. Best fertility hormone lab tests.
  3. What to avoid during an active IVF cycle and while patients are on Clomid.

Dr. Aumatma Simmons, ND is a popular speaker on topics dealing with fertility, women’s health, and women’s empowerment. With a Master’s in Nutrition, she is also certified in Restorative Medicine and BodyTalk. Practicing for 10 years, Aumatma’s private practice focuses exclusively on fertility, pregnancy, post-partum care, and women’s hormonal health.

Dr. Alan Christianson, NMD
Session: Combination Thyroid Replacement Prescribing Strategies
Saturday, November 14; 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

CE Credits: 1 Category A Pharmacology (pending)

Course Description:
Chronic thyroid issues are commonly seen in naturopathic practice. Although most patients are prescribed T4 monotherapy, combination therapy shows far superior symptom control. But how do you titrate combination therapy when symptoms and lab results conflict? Join thyroid guru Dr. Alan Christianson, NMD to learn how to safely transition patients to combination therapy, including discussions of expected symptom changes, timelines, and when to reassess.

What You Will Learn:

  1. Continuum symptoms and serology throughout the spectrum of thyroid status.
  2. Combination therapy contraindications.
  3. Pros and cons of combination therapy medications.

Dr. Alan Christianson, NMD is passionate about natural endocrinology, with a focus on thyroid disorders. Founder of Integrative Health (a group of physicians that reverse complex and chronic diseases), he is the author of Healing Hashimoto’s a Savvy Patient’s Guide and co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease. His regular media appearances include CNN and The Today Show.

Dr. Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH
Session: From the Brain to the Mitochondria: Reigniting the HPA Axis Flame
Saturday, November 14; 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Course Sponsor: In-Common Laboratories

CE Credits: 1 Category A (0.5 General; 0.5 Pharma); pending

Course Description:
Are your patients burning out? Symptoms like exhaustion, inability to cope with stressors and low energy are becoming increasingly common. While many systems are at play, the HPA axis takes center stage. Join Dr. Carrie Jones to discuss the hormones and feedback loops that make up the HPA axis, and the role of mitochondria is cortisol production. Effective naturopathic treatments, HPA axis-suppressing medications and prescription cortisol will be discussed.

What You Will Learn:

  1. How the cortisol awakening response contributes to blood sugar regulation, inflammation management and autoimmune development.
  2. Lifestyle, herbal and supplement treatment options from brain function to the mitochondria.
  3. How common drugs like opioids and steroids negatively impact the HPA axis.

Dr. Carrie Jones, ND, MPH is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women’s health and hormones. A previous instructor in gynecology and advanced endocrinology/fertility, Carrie has been the Medical Director for two large integrative clinics in Portland, USA. Currently the Medical Director for Precision Analytical, Inc, she recently obtained the FABNE designation through the American Board of Naturopathic Endocrinology.

Keynote #1: Thursday, October 15, 2020

Dr. Gaetano Morello, ND
Session: Connecting the Dots: Chronic Disease, SIBO and the Intestinal barrier
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Course Sponsor: BioClinic Naturals

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
Complex chronic diseases and SIBO are notoriously tough to treat. Could understanding the relationship between these conditions improve treatment outcomes? Dr. Gaetano Morello, ND will introduce fresh new ways of assessing factors contributing to SIBO and explore how they relate to the patients he sees at the Complex Chronic Disease Program at B.C. Women’s Hospital. Including concrete protocols to both improve symptoms and address root causes, join us to unravel the complexities of the microbiome and connect the chronic disease dots!

What You Will Learn:

  1. Etiology and symptoms of complex chronic diseases like Lyme, Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
  2. SIBO diagnosis and treatment protocols, including the elemental diet.
  3. How to connect the dots between sympathetic upregulation, SIBO and complex chronic diseases.

Dr. Gaetano Morello, ND is a clinician at the Complex Chronic Disease Program at B.C. Women’s Hospital in Vancouver. He is the first Naturopathic Doctor to hold such a position at a major North American hospital. Presenting to healthcare practitioners for almost 30 years, Gaetano is the author of Cleanse: Ultimate Inside-Out Approach and a member of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia’s Quality Assurance Committee.

Keynote #2: Thursday, November 12, 2020

Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPHc
Session: Dene Ch’anié - Indigenous Planetary Health
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
Planetary Health is by no means a new discipline – to understand the planet and its functions is to understand oneself in the Indigenous worldview. Member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation, Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH, will explore how the current Planetary Health movement and its relationship to Mother Earth as a medicine place connects to the naturopathic clinical environment. Including discussions of the health risks of climate change, join us to gain an understanding of Indigenous views of science and practice in relation to clinical climate work.


What You Will Learn:

  1. Climate change health risks, including strategies to address eco-anxiety.
  2. Relationships between the human microbiome and disease process to the health of the environment.
  3. How Indigenous views of science and practice relate to clinical-based climate work.


Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH, is member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation Band, and author of The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principles. Currently an Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota’s Department of Family & Community Medicine - Indians into Medicine (INMED) program, she is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation (AIWF) and a Senior Fellow of the inVIVO Planetary Health Network.

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