OANDCon 2022

OANDCon 2022

November 11 - 13 2022
Toronto Congress Center


Registration for OANDcon22 is NOW CLOSED! We hope to see you there. If you did not get a chance to register, please keep an eye on your inbox post event as the recordings will be available for purchase.

The annual OANDCon is back at the Toronto Congress Centre this year from November 11-13, 2022.

We are excited to welcome all of you back! With an amazing line-up of speakers, up to 30 Category A CE credits, and exhibitors who are excited to see you back on the show floor with new products to offer, this is the naturopathic event of the year to be at! We look forward to seeing you back in-person with us.

Please note that we will not be offering a hybrid option for convention this year. We thoroughly investigated that option and it is simply cost prohibitive as a small association to be able to offer both. We have and continue to take all the necessary health and safety measures to ensure a successful event. As always, should you purchase the event and not attend live, you will still be given access to all the recordings post event.  This year, for the first time ever, the recordings for our breakout sessions and keynote speaker sessions are all approved for Category A credits – so you can attend your desired live session AND still get Category A credits for watching the other amazing content from your home at a later time! 




Registration is NOW CLOSED!

Registration Costs:

OAND Member:
Full 3 days: $576.40
2 days: $495 

OAND Student Member/Recent Grad Member:
Full 3 days: $345.40 
2 days: $264

Non Member:
Full 3 days: $768.90 
2 days: $691.90 

Full 3 days: $345.40 
2 days: $264

Hotel Accommodations

Preferred rates available at the Delta Marriott Hotel Toronto Airport (located across the street from the Toronto Congress Centre) ($149 + HST). Please note that there are a limited number of rooms available at this price point. Once these rooms are gone, regular hotel pricing applies.

The deadline to book is October 18th.

Friday, November 11, 202210:00AMAGM
12:00PM - 1:00PMLunch
1:00PM - 4:00PMINTENSIVE SESSION #1: Naturopathic Physical Exams: An Introduction to Chapman's Reflexes with Dr. Paul Theriault, ND
INTENSIVE SESSION #2: Effective and Accessible Group Visits for NDs in Ontario with Dr. Zeynep Uraz, ND and Dr. Leslie Solomonian, ND
INTENSIVE SESSION #3: Naturopathic Oncology in Practice with Dr. Paul Saunders, ND; Dr. Dugald Seely, ND; Dr. Baljit Khamba, ND; and Dr Jean-Jacques Dugoua, ND; Sponsored by Vitazan
Saturday, November 12, 20228:00AM - 9:00AMRegistration & breakfast
9:00AM - 10:30AMCLINICAL KEYNOTE: COVID-19, The Infection Equation and Managing Post-COVID Symptomology with Dr. Gaetano Morello, ND; sponsored by BioClinic Naturals
10:30AM – 11:00AMTradeshow break
11:00AM - 12:30PMBREAKOUT SESSION #1: An Alarming rise in addictions: Is Dopamine the Answer? with Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed, ND; Sponsored by Atrium
BREAKOUT SESSION #2: Post-Partum Maternal Care with Dr. Laura Jasmin, ND; Sponsored by Confident Clinician
BREAKOUT SESSION #3: Integrative Solutions for Insomnia with Dr. Leigha Saunders, ND; Sponsored by Confident Clinician
BREAKOUT SESSION #4: Easy Homeopathic Dispensing with Dr. Paul Theriault, ND
12:30PM - 1:30PMLunch & Tradeshow Break
1:30PM – 3:00PMBREAKOUT SESSION #1: Inflammation and Hormones Cannot be Separated with Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND
BREAKOUT SESSION #2: New Insights on Depression with Dr. Stephanie Baylis, ND; Sponsored by Confident Clinician
BREAKOUT SESSION#3: Beyond Cannabis: The Endocannabinoid System and pain with Dr. Chris Spooner, ND; Sponsored by Atrium
BREAKOUT SESSION #4: Prescribing Desicated Thyroid with Dr. Katie Rothwell, ND
3:00PM - 3:30PMTradeshow break
3:30PM – 5:00PMCLINICAL KEYNOTE: Our Role in Endometriosis with Dr. Jordan Robertson, ND; Sponsored by Confident Clinician
Sunday, November 13, 20228:00AM - 9:00AMRegistration & breakfast
9:00AM - 10:30AMLEGACY KEYNOTE: In Their Own Words: The Hevert Collection and “Herbs in Naturopathic Medicine” with Dr. Sussanna Czeranko, ND; Sponsored by St. Francis Herb Farm
10:30AM – 11:00AMTradeshow Break 
11:00AM - 12:30PMBREAKOUT SESSION #1: The allergy-immune connection: when and how to consider and support chronic allergic reactions and MCAS in clinical practice with Dr. Emma Pollon-MacLeod, ND
BREAKOUT SESSION #2: Genourinary Syndrome of Menopause with Dr. Kara Dionisio, ND; Sponsored by Confident Clinician
BREAKOUT SESSION #3: Functional GI disorders & challenges in eating - a growing concern with Dr. Kim Bretz, ND; Sponsored by Confident Clinician
BREAKOUT SESSION #4: Creatively and Playfully Compassionate: Healing Grief and Burnout with Dr. Aoife Earls, ND
12:30PM – 2:15PM Lunch & Tradeshow break
2:15PM – 3:45PM:BREAKOUT SESSION #1: Integrative Dermatology For Esthetics with Dr. Ky Lo, ND
BREAKOUT SESSION #2: Early Pregnancy Loss: The Importance of Naturopathic Care with Dr. Shannon Vander Doelen, ND
BREAKOUT SESSION #3: The Opportunity In Cancer: How an Naturopathic Medicine can Radically Transform with Dr. Katrina Cox, ND; Sponsored by NFH
BREAKOUT SESSION #4: Exploring Disordered Eating In Naturopathic Practice with Dr. Sylvi Martin, ND; Sponsored by Confident Clinician

Friday, November 11, 2022

Dr. Paul Theriault, ND
Session: Naturopathic Physical Exams: An Introduction to Chapman's Reflexes
Friday November 11; 1 PM-4 PM

An introduction to the use of the Chapman reflexes for assessment and treatment. An osteopathic technique derived from the early 20th century, the chapman reflexes are a quick and simple physical exam technique to obtain a good insight into the dynamics of the internal organs. This session will focus on enhancing physical exam proficiency through lecture and practical exercises.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will gain a knowledge of the history of the chapman reflexes and other physical medicine modalities and their development
  2. Participants will gain the ability to accurate perform a chapman reflex survey
  3. Participants will gain an appreciation of the potential biases in Chapman reflex surveys, as well as sources of false positive and negative reflexes

CE Credits: 3 Category B General CE Credits

Dr. Paul Theriault is a 2010 grad of CCNM Toronto. He has practiced in Calgary since 2010, and has an extensive vitalist practice, using homeopathy, acupuncture, nutrition, osteopathic manual manipulation and drainage and has conducted numerous triturations of completely novel substances within the material medica

Dr. Zeynep Uraz, ND and Dr. Leslie Solomonian, ND
Session: Effective and Accesible Group Visits for NDs in Ontario
Friday November 11; 1 PM-4 PM

Group Educational Medical Visits are an innovative and efficient way of delivering medical care in your naturopathic practice. In this session, we explore how group medical visits promote the principles of naturopathic medicine by exploring the evidence in group medical care. We provide resources to incorporate group medical care into your practice that are in line with the principles of the adult learning model.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss specific conditions and populations to which group medical visits apply
  2. Review of the evidence on group medical visits and their relevance to the naturopathic principles/therapeutic order
  3. Review the potential risks and benefits to group medical visits in naturopathic practice
  4. Identify resources for facilitating group medical visits in naturopathic practice

CE Credits: 2 Category A CE Credits (pending CONO);   1 Category B

Dr. Zeynep Uraz, ND:

Zeynep Uraz, ND is an Associate Professor at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she teaches Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Integrative Fertility Course. Her private practice is in an integrative setting on-site at Hannam Fertility Centre in Toronto, Ontario where she works with individuals and couples to support them with their family building goals. She leads the fertility focus shift at the Robert Schad Naturopathic (teaching) Clinic. Zeynep has had a variety of speaking engagements on the topic of infertility including at the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society Annual Meeting and the national conference for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She is a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, a professional member of Fertility Matters Canada. She has been the Chair of Canadian Infertility Awareness Week from 2017 -19. Zeynep Uraz conducts research in fertility care and she has presented her research at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in 2019 in Vienna.

Dr. Leslie Solomonian, ND:

Leslie is Associate Professor at CCNM where she has been on faculty for the past 17 years. She is a long-time advocate for environmental and social causes, most recently in the realm of Planetary Health. She co-founded Naturopathic Doctors for Environmental and Social Trust in order to support the naturopathic profession in taking action for these critically important determinants of health. She holds a Master degree in Public Health in family and community medicine with a specialization in community organizing, and is actively engaged in scholarship related to clinical and educational application of principles of planetary health. Leslie is committed to spend the second half of her career elevating the capacity of the naturopathic profession to agitate for Planetary Health. Leslie is the author of the textbook Naturopathic and Integrative Pediatrics; promoting the health of the planet is critical for promoting the health of the next generation.

Dr. Paul Saunders, ND, PhD; Dr. Dugald Seely, ND, MSc; Dr. Baljit Khamba, ND; and Dr Jean-Jacques Dugoua, ND, PhD
Session: Naturopathic Oncology in Practice
Friday November 11; 1 PM-4 PM

A 3hr educational intensive on the most up-to-date research in naturopathic oncology, includingIV vitaminC, mistletoe, immune system support and others, presented by experienced clinicians in naturopathic oncology. Tools for emotional support, empowerment, and holistic approach for the cancer patient will also be presented. The educational intensive if open to any level of experience in oncology care, including the novice practitioner, and ideas are presented to support oncology practice in primary care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To provide a road map to the oncology patient in primary care
  2. To provide patients with the most up-to-date evidence in naturopathic oncology care
  3. To learn the most effective treatment options, based on research and clinical practice, for immune system support in oncologic care
  4. To learn and understand the challenges facing patients with cancer
  5. To learn what tools are available for the ND to help patients coping with cancer
  6. To learn the most up to date research on natural health products in oncologic care

CE Credits: 1.5 IVIT; 1.5 General Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Sponsor: Vitazan


Dr. Paul Saunders, ND:

Dr. Paul Richard Saunders graduated from Duke University with a PhD and an ND from the CCNM, and completed a second ND and Homeopathic Medicine Residency at National College in Portland, Oregon, over 30 years ago. He uses the full range of naturopathic therapies and enjoys helping patients with unusual cases as well as reading the medical literature to find solutions. He continues to teach various courses at CCNM, to conduct clinical research, to publish and coauthor books, to present scientific papers, and to serve on various professional committees nationally and internationally. He is also and adjunct professor at National University of Health Science in Lombard, Illinois, teaching IV and botanical medicine. He has been doing grant reviews for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the NIH since 2000. He was honoured as Ontario Naturopathic Doctor of the Year in 1994 and 2002.

Dr. Dugald Seely, ND

Dr. Dugald Seely is a naturopathic doctor and clinician scientist with a keen interest in researching and applying the best of integrative medicine for people living with chronic diseases. With a long-time focus on integrative oncology in the service of people living with cancer, Dr. Seely has been most active in clinic and research, building on the base of evidence for integrative oncology. Dr. Seely is the founder and CEO of the Centre for Health Innovation (CHI; formerly the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre [OICC]), executive director of the Patterson Institute for Integrative Oncology Research at CCNM, affiliate investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), adjunct professor with the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa, and the Integrative Oncology section editor for the journal Current Oncology. Through the past 18 years, Dr. Seely has secured over 11 million dollars in competitive grant funding and led numerous clinical trials and synthesis research projects, having published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. Dr. Seely has actively pursued and contributed to the development of naturopathic oncology, working closely with the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) as a long time board member and immediate past president to the organization. Dr. Seely became a Fellow to the Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO) in 2011 and renewed his designation in 2021. Dr. Seely helped in the creation of the KNOW Integrative oncology tool as one of the founding directors and has been producing relevant synthesis research related to integrative oncology since graduating from CCNM in 2003.

Dr. Baljit Khamba, ND

Dr. Baljit Khamba is a graduate of CCNM, an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), and an alumni of York University and Lakehead University. Dr. Khamba is a clinical supervisor and an assistant professor at Bastyr University. She has been successfully instructing and mentoring students for the past four years in a variety of different programs, such as Naturopathic Medicine, Master of Counselling Psychology, and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Integrative medicine, clinical research, and motivational-based teaching are factors that Dr. Khamba holds in high regard. She has published in a number of journals and newsletters, and she has disseminated research findings in conferences globally. Dr. Khamba has practiced in clinics in Toronto, Edmonton, and San Diego. She approaches care using a holistic perspective and integrates the philosophies of naturopathic medicine to empower patients through their health goals. Dr. Khamba is also an active member of the community, speaking at conferences, podcasts, and radio, often discussing her own journey through breast cancer and her use of integrative medicine.

Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua, ND

Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua, or “Dr. JJ” as he is affectionately known, is a naturopathic doctor, clinical pharmacologist, and researcher. He is the chief medical officer of the Liberty Clinic in downtown Toronto and the first naturopathic doctor (ND) to practice at the Toronto Western Hospital Artist Health Center, one of the few NDs practicing in a hospital in Canada. He has done research with the Motherisk Program at Sick Kids Hospital and was an associate professor at the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. Dr. JJ completed his PhD in Pharmacy Sciences at the University of Toronto. As part of his PhD research, he investigated the safety of natural products during pregnancy and lactation at the Sick Kids Hospital, and he conducted a clinical trial on the effects of cinnamon on type 2 diabetes at the Toronto Western Hospital and the Centre Universitaire de Sherbrooke. Dr.JJ is a coauthor of Herbal Medicines in Pregnancy and Lactation—An Evidence-based Approach First Edition (Taylor & Francis) and contributing author to Clinical Pharmacology During Pregnancy (Academic Press) and Diabetes: An Old Disease, New Insight (Landes). Dr. JJ is an avid public speaker. He has given many presentations to pharmacists, medical professionals, government, academics, artists and musicians, students, teachers, cancer survivors, and the general public. He has also given presentations internationally, including presentations at the World Health Organization in Washington, DC.

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Dr. Gaetano Morello, ND
Session: COVID-19, The Infection Equation and Managing Post-COVID Symptomology
Saturday, November 12; 9AM - 10:30AM

There has been substantial evidence to suggest that Post Covid-19 symptoms have similar clinical presentations to those of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).Research and clinical observations have also demonstrated a link between SIBO and ME/CFS.There has also been recent research linking Long COVID-19 with Gut Bacteria. In this presentation we’ll attempt to connect the dots and provide alternative therapeutic solutions to these difficult to treat conditions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding ME/CFS symptoms and their link to post COVID19 symptoms
  2. Understanding the possible pathophysiology of ME/CFS and its link to COVID19
  3. Evidence linking Gut Health to these conditions
  4. Understanding SIBO, diagnosis and treatment regimens including the elemental diet uses
  5. Review the intestinal barrier, sympathetic up regulation, SIBO and their ultimate relation to the symptoms of ME/CFS and long COVID 19

CE Credits: 0.5 Pharmacology; 1 General Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Sponsor: BioClinic Naturals

Dr. Gaetano Morello is a licensed naturopathic physician practicing in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a clinician at the Complex Chronic Disease Program at B.C. Women’s Hospital in Vancouver, treating Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic encephalomyelitis and Chronic Lyme. and now post Covid 19 symptoms. He is the first Naturopathic Physician to hold such a position at a major North American hospital. Since 1992, Dr. Morello has been training and educating physicians, pharmacists, and health experts on the scientific use of natural medicines.  Contributing author to the authoritative text on alternative medicine, A Textbook of Natural Medicine, The Development of Neurotherapeutics in the Era of Translational Medicine he is also author of Whole Body Cleansing, Cleanse: Ultimate Inside-Out Approach,  Stress and Anxiety, and Overcoming Hypothyroidism. Dr. Morello has also co-authored a number of published papers in the British Journal of Pharmacology and Pain Journal. As a member of the Quality Assurance Committee for the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, Dr. Morello’s mission is to ensure that Naturopathic Medicine utilizes the highest level of quality care for all patients.

Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed, ND
Session: An Alarming rise in addictions: Is Dopamine the Answer?
Saturday November 12; 11AM - 12:30PM

The past 2 years have seen a dramatic increase in addictive behaviour, ranging from increased food intake to drug overdoses. This has been a direct result of the physical and emotional stress placed upon the entire world simultaneously, not only raising our cortisol levels by 50%, but also directly altering the production of many hormones and pathways involved in addictive behaviour. In this lecture you will learn why elevating dopamine levels in some people has the opposite desired outcome, and why we must fully understand each individuals’ genetics when it comes to dopamine production, elimination, number of receptors, and the impact that stress, inflammation and diet has upon this genetic expression. You will learn which SNPs to look at and how to treat them to properly target the right hormonal pathways leading long term resolution of addictive behaviours.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the pathophysiology behind addictions.
  2. Learn which variables contribute to addictions and the SNPs that control those pathways.
  3. Learn why increasing dopamine, our main addictive messenger, can often be the wrong route of treatment and make things worse.
  4. Learn how to treat those SNPs for a more accurate long-term resolution of addictive behaviour.5. Multiple case studies demonstrating these various pathways and treatment plans.

CE Credits: 1 General; 0.5 Pharmacology Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Sponsor: Atrium Innovations

Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed, N.D., is a naturopathic doctor in Toronto. After graduating from McGill University in Neurobiology, she earned a degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she received the Dr. Allen Tyler Award for Most Outstanding Clinician. Dr. Kendall-Reed is the author of five national bestselling books, and recently released her latest, “Fix Your Genes to Fit Your Jeans,” which she co-authored with her husband, Dr. Stephen Reed. In 2013 she was voted Naturopath of the Year and in 2018 was the recipient of the top Naturopathic Doctor Award in Canada. Dr. Kendall-Reed is the creator of the integrated genetic platform GeneRx.ca. She analyzes and interprets genetic profiles to design personalized health programs for patients worldwide. She is a medical consultant for Pure Encapsulations® and Douglas Laboratories® and a member of the scientific board for PureGenomics™.

Dr. Laura Jasmin, ND
Session: Post-Partum Maternal Care
Saturday November 12; 11AM - 12:30PM

A summary of the current evidence for maternal care postpartum. The American College of Obstetricians Gynecologists guidelines on postpartum care have changed, but the way we deliver care to this population has not. We have an opportunity as naturopathic doctors to fill in this void to provide evidence based, patient centred care postpartum. This impacts fetal health and longterm maternal mental health and well being.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to structure postpartum visits
  2. Validated questionnaires and physical exams for assessment of this population
  3. Lab tests required for this group and diagnostics
  4. Treatment principles including nutritional, exercise, lifestyle, acupuncture, botanical medicine, vitamins and minerals.

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Sponsor: Confident Clinician

Laura completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Western University where she was honoured to receive the Gold Medal for graduating at the top of her class. She went on to complete her Doctor of Naturopathy degree at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto. While at CCNM she was part of the Naturopathic Student Association and was the student representative for the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Laura completed her internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic at Brampton Civic Hospital. She has also comple ted additional certification as a Naturopathic Doula, and completed all of her Lactation Education courses at the International Breastfeeding Centre and clinical hours at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic. Laura's family practice focuses on fertility, postpartum health, breastfeeding, and women’s health.

Dr. Leigha Saunders, ND
Session: Solving Sleep Maintenance Insomnia
Saturday November 12; 11AM - 12:30PM

Sleep is the foundation of health, and all our patients sleep! Yet, the incidence of sleep disturbances, disorders and insomnia have increased significantly in recent years. Sleep maintenance insomnia is a persistent challenge encountered by both patients and clinicians. This session will review 4 major contributing factors and practical clinical strategies for solving sleep maintenance insomnia.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to screen for and assess sleep disturbances in clinical practice, including differentiating the different types of insomnia.
  2. Review the major contributing factors to sleep maintenance insomnia, including how to assess and address them in clinical practice.
  3. Review the existing evidence for standard of care for insomnia and sleep disturbances (CBT-I and sedative/hypnotics).
  4. Review the existing evidence for hormone replacement therapy to address sleep disturbances in the Peri-and post-menopausal period.
  5. Review the evidence for using integrative care in the management of sleep disturbances and insomnia.

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Sponsor: The Confident Clinician

Dr. Leigha Saunders is a naturopathic doctor focusing in insomnia and sleep disturbances, particularly in the peri-menopausal population. She maintains a private practice in Ontario with a special interest in helping busy, ambitious women gain energy, balance their mood, regulate hormones and sleep deep. She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, holds general, intravenous therapy and therapeutic prescribing certification with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and is a member of the Ontario (OAND) and Canadian Associations of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). Dr. Leigha has been published in the CAND’s journal, has delivered evidence-based lectures to her colleagues through the OAND and Confident Clinician Club on the topic of sleep disturbances, insomnia, cardiovascular health and hormone replacement therapy. Her goal is to help women sleep deep at night so they can do what sets their soul on fire during the day. Leigha’s ultimate mission is to help women chase their dreams, not exhaustion!

Dr. Paul Theriault, ND
Session: Easy Homeopathic Dispensing
Saturday November 12; 11AM - 12:30PM

In this session, attendees will learn the basic of homeopathic dispensing. Grafting, Immersions and preparing ones own potencies from existing stock will be covered, as well as methods adaptable for telehealth practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learning low cost ways to graft and dispense homeopathic medicines
  2. Learn how to prepare one’s own homeopathic remedies from triturations
  3. Learn how to utilize immersions to administer remedies via telemedicine

CE Credits:1.5 Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Dr. Paul Theriault is a 2010 grad of CCNM Toronto. He has practiced in Calgary since 2010, and has an extensive vitalist practice, using homeopathy, acupuncture, nutrition, osteopathic manual manipulation and drainage and has conducted numerous triturations of completely novel substances within the material medica.

Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND
Session: Inflammation and Hormones Cannot be Separated
Saturday November 12; 1:30PM - 3:00PM

Have you felt frustrated by the results you have gotten in practice when treating hormonal dysfunction or immunological dysfunction? Do you feel like you understand, and can easily communicate, why the best success comes not from treating hormones or inflammation in a silo, but instead treating both together as one? In this session I will identify the most critical errors I see when mentoring practitioners in their women’s health practices, and you will leave with an evidence-based lens on where hormones and inflammation interact and how to intersect this axis for improved clinical results.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the connection between hormones and inflammation
  2. An easily communicated framework for how the bodies hormone levels and fluctuations are pivotal to immunological health
  3. A clinically relevant understanding of what to assess for and how to treat different immunological imbalances at different phases of a woman’s reproductive life (ie menstrual phases, TTC, pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause)
  4. Clear case examples of how dysfunctional immune responses present

CE Credits:1.5 Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Dr. Sarah Wilson is a passionate Naturopathic Doctor, author, researcher and practice mentor. After studying human kinetics and nutraceutical sciences at the University of Guelph, Sarah chose to leave her research career to enter Naturopathic Medicine so that she could apply her research clinically. As the founder and Director of Advanced Women’s Health, Dr. Sarah now has a thriving practice serving women Ontario wide. She also runs Naturopathic Clinical Mentorship, a company that helps Naturopathic Doctors to learn and apply evidence based treatment strategies into their practices so that their patients and businesses thrive.

Dr. Stephanie Bayliss, ND
Session: New Insights on Depression
Saturday November 12; 1:30PM - 3:00PM
The prevalence of depression is increasing, which has created a growing need for treatment options, including for patients who respond poorly to conventional approaches. Naturopathic Doctors are uniquely positioned: counselling as a therapeutic modality, longer appointments that facilitate strong doctor-patient relationships, and an understanding of nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Despite this, many practitioners report not feeling confident, or competent in supporting mental health. Through this presentation you will gain clarity on what an evidence-based approach to treating depression looks like.This will include a review on the evidence-based therapies available to us as Naturopathic Doctors to treat depression with a focus on nutraceuticals and botanical medicine. Additionally, there will be discussion of the many nutrient deficiencies and hormonal transitions that can lead to (or aggravate) symptoms of depression. Through case studies and research, we will review what assessment and case management for depression looks like.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the pathophysiology and etiology of depression beyond the serotonin model of depression, including the inflammatory model of depression.
  2. Assessment and case management for depression, including biochemical assessment parameters to investigate ‘co-occurring’ or ‘aggravating’ factors of depression (e.g., TSH, vitamin D, fasting blood glucose, ferritin).
  3. Learn evidence-based nutraceuticals and herbs that are effective at treating depression.
  4. Review the signs and symptoms of when herbs and nutrients are not enough (e.g., when to refer).
  5. Learn nutrition and other lifestyle measures that support depression.

CE Credits: 1.25 General, 0.25 Pharmacology Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Sponsor: The Confident Clinician

Dr. Stephanie Bayliss is a Naturopathic Doctor with a private practice in Victoria, BC, focused on women's mental health. Stephanie is a graduate of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, and is licensed in BC with the College of Naturopathic Physicians. She obtained her BSc in Biopsychology from the University of Victoria. With this background in biopsychology, she is passionate about educating healthcare providers on the many facets of promoting mental wellness and how Naturopathic Doctors can fill a unique role to support this population.

Dr. Chris Spooner, ND
Session: Beyond Cannabis: The Endocannabinoid System and Pain
Saturday November 12; 1:30PM - 3:00PM

There are many non-cannabis compounds such as PEA and Beta-Caryophyllene that act through the endocannabinoid system which do not have a direct effect on CB1 or CB2 receptors. This is different from the action of specific phytocannabinoids derived from marijuana or hemp (e.g., cannabidiol [CBD] or tetrahydrocannabinol [THC]). These compounds act through a number of different mechanisms and have wide ranging therapeutic applications in the area of chronic pain and inflammation. This session will discuss the clinical application of endocannabinoid medicine in the context of pain and inflammation using case studies to illuminate the underlying physiology

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the mechanisms of action of PEA and other ECS modifying agents in the context of pain and inflammation
  2. Discuss the synergism of naturopathic therapies and how they intersect with the endocannabinoid system
  3. Present case studies for chronic pain syndromes, pelvic pain, and peripheral neuropathy

CE Credits:1.5 Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Sponsor: Atrium

Dr. Spooner is a North Okanagan naturopathic doctor with 20 years of clinical experience. He received a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Victoria and his ND from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Spooner was the first Post Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) as well as an Assistant Professor, He is a Key Opinion Leader and on the medical advisory board of Atrium Innovations and has been a board member and vice chair of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia since 2008.

Dr. Katie Rothwell, ND
Session: Prescribing Desiccated Thyroid
Saturday November 12; 1:30PM - 3:00PM

A research based and clinically relevant presentation on the most important aspects of prescribing desiccated thyroid. Learn how to properly assess your patient, safely prescribe NDT, and monitor, to ensure patient success and safety.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Patient Assessment: How to properly assess patients using blood work, physical exam, signs and symptoms to determine if NDT would be a) safe and b) clinically appropriate
  2. Thyroid and T3 physiology: Review of thyroid hormones and how they are produced and function within the body. We will also cover T3 physiology and compare T4 and T3 medications.
  3. Types of Desiccated Thyroid: We will compare the available forms of NDT in Canada and the benefits and disadvantages of each, and how to prescribe them safely and effectively
  4. Prescribing Essentials: How to safely initiate NDT and monitor success with optimal blood work levels, physical exams, signs and symptoms. How to follow up appropriately with your patients to ensure success and safety
  5. Prescribing Advance Techniques: Advanced techniques for more difficult cases will be discussed, including split dosing, filler options, and troubleshooting when things don’t go as planned
  6. Switching from Synthroid: Protocol will be provided for seamlessly switching patients from T4-only medications to NDT

CE Credits:1.5 Pharmacology CE Credits (CONO approved)

Dr. Katie Rothwell, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor, educator and co-owner of Rooted Naturopathic Clinic in Barrie Ontario. Her mission is to break the mold of traditional thyroid care that leaves so many hypothyroid sufferers feeling forgotten and fatigued. She uses her signature framework and a practical down to earth approach to help her patients feel like themselves again. She is also fiercely passionate about providing accurate, evidenced based thyroid education for NDs, is the creator of two practitioner trainings, and provides consulting services for NDs Canada wide.

Dr. Jordan Robertson, ND
Session: Interprofessional Care in Gynecology: Endometriosis as a case in point
Saturday November 12; 3:30PM - 5:00PM

In this seminar, Dr. Jordan Robertson ND, will educate participants on the current research on non-invasive diagnosis of endometriosis, current chronic pain models in the disease and the evidence for an integrative approach including nutrition and dietary supplements. Dr. Robertson is the Naturopathic Doctor for the Endometriosis Clinic at McMaster Hospital and through lecturing and case presentations will provide participants with the confidence to support this patient population in their practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the research developments in the non-invasive diagnosis of endometriosis including blood biomarkers and the use of diagnostic ultrasound.
  2. Understand the recent developments in the understanding of pain in endometriosis and the tools available for Naturopathic Doctors to support these patients.
  3. Understand the dietary and supplemental agents that have evidence for supporting endometriosis.
  4. Discussion on best practices for integrative care options and how to work collaboratively with gynecology and family medicine

CE Credits:1.5 Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Sponsor: The Confident Clinician

Dr. Jordan Robertson is a Naturopathic Doctor, clinic owner and author. Her background in critical appraisal and research lead her to develop and implement courses on research in integrative medicine and nutrition at McMaster University for 10 years and has gifted her numerous speaking and education opportunities across Canada and the US. She has lectured for various groups including McMaster Medical School, The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Canadian Fertility Show and The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the University of Waterloo Pharmacy school. She has also been a guest on multiple podcasts across North America discussing women’s health. Dr. Robertson has a special interest in women’s health, including expertise on PMS, menopause, fertility, PCOS and endometriosis. Dr. Robertson it the off-site Naturopathic Doctor for the McMaster Hospital Endometriosis Clinic, and owns an integrative medical centre, Clarity Health in Burlington Ontario. She hosts the Women’s Health Unplugged podcast and owns The Confident Clinician, an evidence-based education platform for integrative practitioners.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Dr. Sussanna Czeranko, ND
Session: In Their Own Words: The Hevert Collection and “Herbs in Naturopathic Medicine”
Sunday November 13; 9AM - 10:30AM

Over a century of naturopathic medicine left a robust legacy of people, events and literature. This abundant, historical tapestry of heroic clinical accomplishments was nothing short of miraculous. In the publications of Benedict Lust and his colleagues, we discover highly relevant clinical herbal pearls which recount the heroic measures that naturopathic doctors undertook when faced with life threatening diseases before the era of big pharma and hi-tech biomedicine. This legacy will surprise and empower modern naturopathic doctors.In this rich literature of our elders, we re-discover miraculous clinical outcomes which are surprisingly current, appropriate and available. The unique archival materials in the rare books collection atNational University of Natural Medicine reveal these and many other pearls and treasures for the modern naturopathic doctor to rediscover, invaluable for doctors today. We will dust off the case reports and examine numerous protocols that have stood the test of time.

Learning Objectives:

  1. A review of historical evidence and literature of traditional naturopathic herbal materia medica.
  2. Revisiting herbal compounds that have rich clinical history, including traditional uses (tinctures, poultices, salves), efficacy and clinical applications for today’s practitioner.
  3. Discuss historical and current evidence supporting improved clinical outcomes incorporating simple nature cure and herbal modalities to an existing naturopathic practice that are accessible and demonstrably successful.

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Sponsor: St. Francis Herb Farm

Sussanna Czeranko ND, incorporates traditional ‘nature-cure’ approaches systematically into primary care by including balneotherapy, hydrotherapy, and Butyeko breathing therapy in her traditional naturopathic practice, Manitou Waters Centre for the Healing Arts located on a saline lake. Dr. Czeranko is an emerita faculty member of NUNM who worked as the university’s Rare Books Curator. She completed the 12 volume series, The Hevert Collection, based upon the journals published early in the last century by Benedict Lust. She is the founder of the Breathing Academy, a training institute for Naturopaths to incorporate a scientific model of breathing therapy called Buteyko into their practice, and is a founding member of the International Congress of Naturopathic Medicine [ICNM]

Dr. Emma Pollon-MacLeod, ND
Session: The allergy-immune connection: when and how to consider and support chronic allergic reactions and MCAS in clinical practice
Sunday November 13; 11AM - 12:30PM

Although healthcare providers seem all too familiar with the term ‘allergies’, the identification and management of chronic and complex allergic conditions in the field of healthcare is still lacking. In this presentation, Dr. Emma Pollon-MacLeod, ND will discuss how inflammatory diseases, gut dysbiosis, medications, and environmental toxins can disrupt the immune regulatory process. She will also break down the differences between food allergies, food sensitivities, and pseudo-allergic hypersensitivies, as well as how these compounds can contribute to chronic allergic inflammation.Finally, she will discuss how to differentiate between Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) and other allergic conditions in clinical practice. This talk will provide case studies to illustrate the discussed integrative approach.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how to identify if a condition may have an allergic root cause
  2. Highlight key areas where naturopathic interventions may actually worsen certain allergic conditions
  3. Highlight the importance of an integrative approach and understanding the severity of allergies in practice–prescription medications are a tool that are necessary in most allergic conditions.
  4. Examine and discuss the naturopathic therapeutics we have available to manage allergic conditions.
  5. Review allergy immunology and physiology

CE Credits:1.5 General Category A CE Credits (CONO Approved)

Dr. Emma Pollon-MacLeod, ND is a passionate advocate for true integrative healthcare. Dr. Emma holds a naturopathic practice with a special focus on allergic conditions. Her personal history of complex allergic reactions drove her to dig deeper into the field of allergies. As a Naturopathic Doctor, Emma’s approach to allergies is guided by natured but rooted in science. She understands that prescription medications can be an essential part of managing allergies but are not the only answer to complex conditions. Dr. Emma’s education includes a BSc. in Biochemistry from the University of Guelph and her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from CCNM.

Dr. Kara Dionisio, ND
Session: Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause
Sunday November 13; 11AM - 12:30PM

It is estimated that at least 50% of people post-menopause will experience the vulvovagina, urinary, and sexual signs and symptoms associated with the new term, “Genitourinary Syndrome ofMenopause” (GSM). Yet<50% of patients will discuss symptoms with their healthcare provider, and we have a paucity of healthcare providers with knowledge to adequately assess and treat this chronic and progressive issue.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the prevalence and consequences of GSM
  2. Explain the pathophysiology of GSM
  3. Clinically screen for symptoms of GSM from patient screening questions to vulvovaginal examination
  4. Perform a vulvar exam to assess for clinical signs of GSM
  5. Manage GSM using evidence-based treatment recommendations, including safely prescribing hormone therapy
  6. Counsel your patient about treatment options to incre

CE Credits: 0.75 General, 0.75 Pharmacology Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Sponsor: The Confident Clinician

Dr. Kara Dionisio, B.Sc, M.Sc, ND, NCMP is a Naturopathic Doctor and (evidence-based) clinician at heart. In 2020 Kara became one of the first North American Menopause Society Certified Practitioners (NCMP), which she puts to use in a thriving menopause focuced practice in Owen Sound, Ontario. She has particular street cred in topics of vulvovaginal health, hormone therapy, and other aspects of evidence-based menopause practice. Kara is also certified in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy, is an active member of the International Menopause Society, and is an accepted member of the International Society of the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH). Dr. Kara received her undergraduate degree with honours in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Science from the University of Guelph, a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Metabolism with distinction from the University of Aberdeen and the renowned Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland. Kara believes that naturopathic doctors can and should be leaders in menopause practice and is excited to help our profession rise to this great need.

Dr. Kim Bretz, ND
Session: Functional GI disorders & challenges in eating - a growing concern
Sunday November 13; 11AM - 12:30PM

Mounting evidence has demonstrated that dietary changes are often going to be part of first-line therapy in functional GI disorders. But recent research is highlighting the challenges associated with disordered eating habits in this population. How do we assess the risk associated with dietary changes in our gut patients, work with individuals at risk, modify our programs and bring foods back to the diet of non-allergic, non-celiac patients.This session will work through those questions, appropriate screening of patients, review issues around disordered eating patterns in our GI patients, as well as challenging some of our own beliefs around food and health.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to assess risk of disordered eating in your GI patients
  2. Be able to know when to modify or avoid food based programs in your GI patients
  3. Understand options available to modify dietary strategies and use non-dietary strategies when appropriate
  4. Learn to focus on the final stages of dietary elimination programs in GI patients-returning food to the diet

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Sponsor:  The Confident Clinician

Dr. Kim Bretz is a naturopath & passionate speaker, consultant and adjunct faculty at the University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy. She is graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2001 after finishing an Honours Biology Degree. Her area of focus is the microbiota & gut health due to a potentially unhealthy love of our bacteria & discussing the Bristol stool chart. She has also run continuing education for healthcare professionals for over a decade. She has spoken or consulted for numerous companies including Thorne, Designs for Health, New Roots Herbal (UK division), Cytomatrix, Restorative Formulations, Health Masters Live Australia and Rocky Mountain Analytical (LifeLabs). She was on the advisory board for Ferring Pharmaceuticals’ natural health care products and has also spoken for numerous naturopathic associations including Ontario, BC, Alberta, England & California. She has done the Monash Low FODMAP certification program and is a member of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility. For 6 years, Kim was part of Human Nature Network, a nationally syndicated radio program, speaking about women’s health & nutrition. She is a storyteller & ardent fan of teaching through the combination of clinical experience and evidence-based research.

Dr. Aoife Earls MSc, ND
Session: Creatively and Playfully Compassionate: Healing Grief and Burnout
Sunday November 13; 11AM - 12:30PM

As health care professionals, our role is to provide support and direction for others. It can leave us at the brink of burnout, exhausted and grieving our own unrecognized needs or the needs we did not anticipate in our giving.There is much discussion around polyvagal theory and bringing balance to the body through activities that restore a sense of nervous system safety; mindfulness, forest bathing, and exercise, however the powerful and useful aspects of creativity and play as regulatory tools for nervous system regulation areas vital, and at times, even more important.This session will explore the research surrounding these topics, and you will also get your hand active in their practice! Bring your attention and an open mind to a session that will give you some surprising insights for yourself, your healing, and even your practice.

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A CE Credits (CONO Approved)

Dr. Aoife Earls is a licensed naturopathic doctor, speaker, author and educator. She has a special interest in mind-body medicine as she also has a masters in behavioural neuroscience; how behaviour, the brain and nervous system are linked. A lecturer for Introductory Psychology at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Aoife Earls shares her passion for psychological health in natural medicine. Dr. Aoife is passionate about the support of grief, burnout, and fatigue through rest, self-compassion, creativity and play. She is a certified grief group facilitator. Dr. Aoife contributes to the non-profit organisation Rituals for Recovery, has been a lecturer with Collaborative Education and Health Masters Live, and has been a peer reviewer and author for multiple publications including the recently created Canadian Journal of Naturopathic Medicine. She is in clinical practice virtually and at Dalhousie Health and Wellness in Niagara. In her spare time, she spends time in nature and chasing after her 5 year old with her husband.

Dr. Ky Lo, ND
Session: Integrative Dermatology For Esthetics
Sunday November 13; 2:15PM - 3:45PM

Medical Esthetics is an under represented area of opportunity in dermatology for naturopathic doctors.It is the fastest growing area of medicine worldwide. Currently there are limited to no options forOntario NDs to further studies in dermatological esthetics in the setting of academic training.With the popularity and growth of non-invasive procedures like esthetics injections, topicals and light therapies, this course is intended to help an ND to have a more meaningful conversation with patients on how and when to incorporate naturopathic care.

As naturopathic doctors, we are uniquely positioned to offer the most comprehensive, safe, and effective solutions to our integumentary patients presenting with common conditions like rosacea, acne and eczema, etc….Most NDs tend to focus on treating the underlying (non-visible) issues such as diet, hormones, and supportive care for deficiencies with great results. What if we can treat the visible conditions using available technologies such as lasers, cosmeceuticals and pharmaceuticals?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding of energy/light modalities in treatment of dermatological conditions-the science of lasers and light physics for medical use.
  2. Review of neuromodulators and fillers science to better understand the effects on health.
  3. Understand skin care ingredients, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals and how best to use them for varying skin conditions–Actives, enzymes and carriers.-Natural vs pharmaceutical ingredients.
  4. Review of naturopathic modalities in treatment of skin conditions.

CE Credits: 1 General, 0.5 Pharmacology Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Dr. Ky has an extensive background in esthetics prior to finishing her naturopothic medicine degree at CCNM. She was disappointed to find out there limited choices in Ontario for an ND to learn dermatological medical esthetics so she naturally melted her training in esthetics with naturopathic medicine to refine the science of both to help her patients in the area of anti-aging. Today, she wants to s hare her learning to other NDs who are looking to incorporate medical esthetics.

Dr. Shannon Vander Doelen, ND
Session: Early Pregnancy Loss: The Importance of Naturopathic Care
Sunday November 13; 2:15PM - 3:45PM

This session will include a detailed review of miscarriage and early pregnancy loss. Many Ontarians turn to NDs for support for fertility and pregnancy. With 1 in 4 pregnancies ending in loss, it is absolutely essential that Naturopathic Doctors are well versed in understanding the risk factors for early pregnancy loss, but also the management of early pregnancy loss, and the unique support that Naturopathic Doctors can provide to patients going through these losses.

Learning Objectives:

  1. In depth understanding of what causes and risk factors for early pregnancy loss
  2. In depth understanding of the management of early pregnancy loss
  3. A practical review of how NDs can support patients going through an early pregnancy loss-physically, mentally and emotionally
  4. Discussions around prevention of early pregnancy loss, and understanding of how to support patients with their future family planning goals
  5. Identifying how systemic racism impacts patients experiencing early pregnancy loss

CE Credits: 1 General, 0.5 Pharmacology Category A CE Credits (CONO approved)

Dr. Shannon Vander Doelen is a Toronto, Canada-based licensed Naturopathic Doctor. In her clinical practice, she supports people on their journey to, and through motherhood-from hormonal health and fertility, to pregnancy and postpartum. Shannon's personal experiences navigating infertility, pregnancy loss, and postpartum anxiety have shaped the compassionate care she provides for her patients walking these difficult paths. She is the creator of Fertility Foundations, an online program to support women to understand and optimize their fertility.

Dr. Katrina Cox, ND
Session: The Opportunity In Cancer: How an Naturopathic Medicine can Radically Transform
Sunday November 13; 2:15PM - 3:45PM

The diagnosis of cancer affects everyone on the planet and according to the World HealthOrganization Cancer cancer is a growing global concern. Through our advancing treatments, and early detection cancer survivors are living longer, but they experience more depression, more secondary illness and disability than the general population. In this talk I will empowerNaturopaths to consider the many tools we have to help survivors ReCover their control,ReBuild their bodies, and ReStore their lives.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To dissect the present state of evidence in relation to support for Cancer Survivors
  2. To guide practitioners through a inclusive set of steps to fully understanding the Cancer RecoveryPatient and the support needed
  3. Investigate research and clinical significance of naturopathic support and limitations for treatment–botanicals, acupuncture, exercise, mitochondria repair
  4. Evaluate subjective measures such as : labs, and diagnostics to aid in developing appropriate treatment plans

CE Credits: 0.75 Cat A; 0.25 Pharm; 0.5 IVIT (CONO Approved)

Sponsor: NFH

Dr Katrina Cox ND has been working as a clinician for more than a decade. Her focus in practice is to combine traditional natural medicine, and the evidence based scientific naturopathic medicine of today. Her passion lies in the roots of naturopathic medicine oath - "Doctor as Teacher". Observing and supporting her parents through their journeys with cancer she saw the need to create structure around cancer recovery. From this beginning she founded the Cancer Remission MissionTM and wrote "The Opportunity in CancerTM." Where she hopes to help those affected by cancer find a way to move beyond survival and transform to thriving.

Dr. Sylvi Martin, ND
Session: Exploring Disordered Eating In Naturopathic Practice
Sunday November 13; 2:15PM - 3:45PM

Disordered eating behaviour frequently presents itself in individuals attending for naturopathic care. This presentation will help participants to recognize the ways in which disordered eating behaviour may present in practice, the role that weight bias in healthcare providers affects patient behaviour, and ways to approach care from an ethical perspective that encourages patients to engage in behaviour that can lead to improved health outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the ways that disordered eating behaviour may present in practice
  2. Understand how weight bias in healthcare affects patient behaviour
  3. Ways to approach care from an ethical perspective that fosters patient motivation to pursue behaviour that can lead to improved health outcomes.

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A CE Credits (pending CONO)

Sponsor: The Confident Clinician

Dr. Sylvi Martin is a naturopathic doctor and registered nurse with clinical background in acute care psychiatric nursing, and naturopathic clinical focus in mental health, clinical nutrition and eating behaviour. She is a certified intuitive eating counsellor, and has pursued additional clinical training in mindfulness-based eating awareness training (MB-EAT)

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