OANDCon24

OANDCon24

November 2 - 3 2024
Toronto Congress Centre

Details

We are excited to invite you to OANDCon24! This year we are focusing on Advancing Naturopathic Care in Chronic and Acute Disease  highlighting the integration of traditional practices with innovative approaches. Each session will offer tangible clinical takeaways that you can use the very next day with your patients! This event promises to be an invaluable opportunity for practitioners to come together, share knowledge, and explore cutting-edge advancements.

We look forward to seeing you there, networking with colleagues, and exploring some *new* exhibitors on the tradeshow floor.

Registration

OANDCon24 Registration

Tier 1 (May 27-August 31)

  • OAND Member:  $499
  • OAND Student/New Grad*:  $299
  • Non-Member:  $699
  • Guest:  $299**

Tier 2 (September 1-September 30)

  • OAND Member:  $599
  • OAND Student/New Grad*:  $365
  • Non-Member:  $799
  • Guest: $365**

Tier 3 (October 1-October 31)

  • OAND Member: $699
  • OAND Student/New Grad*:  $440
  • Non-Member:  $899
  • Guest: $440**

*2023/2024 CNME grads only. Must be an active OAND member

**Guest registrations cannot be healthcare providers or NDs. Guest registrants are automatically registered for the same breakouts as the delegate and can access the tradeshow and meals. CE Certificates and session recordings will not be provided for guest registrants.

Tradeshow pass: $75***

***This tradeshow pass grants you access to the tradeshow floor only. It does not provide access to the session rooms. Lunch is included with your trade show floor pass. 

Hotel Accommodations

Preferred rates are available at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre (located across the street from the Toronto Congress Centre).

Save approximately 30%  on your stay with our room block. Please note that a limited number of rooms are available at this price point. Once these rooms are gone, regular hotel pricing applies.

Delegates can book online through this link here.

Last Day to Book: Friday, October 11, 2024.

DateTimeActivity
Saturday, November 2, 20247:00AM - 8:00AMRegistration
8:00AM - 9:00AMDr. Paul Anderson, NMD: Naturopathic Core Treatments - How Modern Science Supports What We've Always Known; Sponsored by NFH
9:00AM - 9:45AMCurrent Affairs: Naturopathic Medicine in Ontario - OAND Advocacy Update
9:45AM - 10:30AMMorning Break and Tradeshow
10:30AM - 12:00PMVoices: Inclusive Healthcare through Lived Experiences - Case Study Panel and Training
12:00PM - 1:30PMLunch and Tradeshow
1:30PM - 2:30PMDr. Christina Bjorndal, ND: Beyond Supplements: Supporting patients mental, emotional and spiritual health
2:30PM - 3:00PMAfternoon Break and Tradeshow
3:00PM - 4:30PMDr. Anne Hussain, ND: Beyond the Diagnosis: PCOS Clinical Care and Candid Conversation
3:00PM - 4:30PMDr. Tracey Teasdale, ND: Moving Beyond Painkillers: Natural Therapies for Osteoarthritis Relief
3:00PM - 5:00PMDr. Eric Marsden, ND: Top Off-Label Medications in Integrative Therapy
3:00PM - 4:30PMDr. Jill Crista, ND: PANDAS & PANS - Naturopathic Solutions (virtual)
3:00PM - 5:00PMDr. Verna Hunt, ND, DC: Effective Physical Touch Therapies for Every Clinician
Sunday, November 3, 20247:00AM - 8:00AMRegistration
8:00AM - 9:00AMAcute Care Panel
9:00AM - 10:00AMDr. Alan Christianson, NMD: Naturopathic Management of Hypothyroidism - Best Practices in 2024
10:00AM - 10:45AMMorning Break and Tradeshow
10:45AM - 11:45AMDr. Michael Friedman, ND: Senescence and Autophagy in Aging and Chronic Disease; Sponsored by Integrity Health Naturals
11:45AM - 1:15PMLunch and Tradeshow
1:15PM - 2:45PMDr. Sarah Zadek, ND: Lesions and Adhesions: Managing inflammatory and immunological uterine disorders
1:15PM - 2:45PMDr. Briana Botsford, ND: Understanding Chronic Iron Deficiency in Athletes and Active People
1:15PM - 2:45PMDr. Wendy Zhou, ND: MASH: Comprehensive Approaches for Naturopaths in Diagnosis and Management for Metabolic dysfunction-associated Steatohepatitis
1:15PM - 2:45PMDr. Laura Jasmin, ND & Dr. Carly King, ND: Managing Gestational Diabetes: Effective Lifestyle Interventions for Long-Term Health
1:00PM - 3:00PMDr. Verna Hunt, ND, DC: Effective Physical Touch Therapies for Every Clinician
2:45PM - 3:15PMAfternoon Breakout and Tradeshow
3:15PM - 4:15PMDr. John Bender, ND: Our History, Our Legacy

Saturday, November 2, 2024

Dr. Paul Anderson, NMD
Session: Naturopathic Core Treatments - How Modern Science Supports What We've Always Known
Saturday, November 2, 2024; 8:00AM - 9:00AM

Starting with the Principles of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Anderson will present core naturopathic therapies in light of recent research and his own clinical experience. The focus of this presentation will be to reinforce that the “core is still core”. He will also relate this to helping patients with financial restraints, and underserved populations, and how to effectively work with our principles to help patients regardless of the scope of access to therapeutics! Don’t miss this session full of clinical takeaways that you can use the next day with your patients! 

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Thank you to our Keynote Education Sponsor Nutritional Fundamentals for Health Inc. 

Paul Anderson was born in Portland, Oregon. He completed medical school at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and went on to work in private practice, founding Advanced Medical Therapies in 1997. In 2005, Paul moved the clinic from Oregon to Washington, where he focused on integrative cancer care and chronic diseases. As a physician-scientist, Dr. Anderson’s interest in biochemistry, immunology, genomics, and metabolic repair position him at the leading edge of medical expertise for many disease processes. His longtime work on the development and standardization of pharmacologically significant intravenous nutrient therapies bridges naturopathic and conventional medicine. Dr. Anderson was head of the interventional arm of a US-NIH funded human research trial using IV vitamin C and other therapies in cancer patients, and has collaborated with many notable physicians, researchers and professors over the past 25 years. Dr. Anderson has trained and influenced innumerable health care professionals through his Consult Dr. A website, ongoing work with Advanced Applications in Medical Practice (AAMP), International IV Nutritional Therapy for Physicians, Bastyr University School of Naturopathc Medicine, and other academic institutions. He has presented at the Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conference in 2019 (Vancouver, Canada), 2023 (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and in 2024 – held in collaboration with AAMP (Arizona, USA) He has authored numerous scientific articles, monographs, and books including co-author of Outside the Box Cancer Therapies (Hay House, 2019), Cancer… The Journey from Diagnosis to Empowerment (Lioncrest Publishing, 2020), and A Scientific Reference for Intravenous Nutrient Therapy (IIVNTP, 2021).

Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND
Session: Beyond Supplements: Supporting patients mental, emotional and spiritual health
Saturday, November 2, 2024; 1:30PM - 2:30PM

Mental health conditions are on the rise. As a profession, we need to learn how to support patients’ mental health with a compassionate approach – first to ourselves and then to our patients. You can only guide a patient as far as you have been guided yourself. It is imperative that we as healers, ensure that we have embodied a key principle in medicine: Physician, Heal thyself. There is a growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating that social and physical environments that threaten human development (ie trauma) can lead to short-term physiologic and psychological adjustments that are necessary for immediate survival, but which may come at a significant cost to long-term health outcomes, learning, behaviour and longevity. As a consequence virtually everything that is “wrong with your patients” began as a survival mechanism in childhood. In this talk, learn how to go beyond the diagnosis to understand the underlying dysfunctional patterns that can form in childhood which become compensation mechanisms in adulthood. By examining core beliefs, limiting beliefs and unveiling shadow beliefs we can get to the root causes of our suffering.

Discover how our emotional well-being and our social connectivity are intimately intertwined with health. Chronic illnesses may not be separate and distinct diseases but multilayered processes that reflect compensations to the environmental influences we are exposed to. As human beings, we are not simply physical entities. We have minds, that result in the thoughts we think. We have emotions, that result in what we feel and we translate these feelings into meaning. Ultimately, we are spiritual beings. As a profession we acknowledge the spiritual aspect of healing but we don’t give a common language to express it. Learn the language of spirit by understanding compassion, acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, and the role of love in medicine.

Clinical Takeaways:

  • Understand the role of attachment, attunement and authenticity in trauma.
  • Learn how to guide your patients through mindfulness practices in present-moment awareness
  • Understand how to navigate emotional triggers and reactivity
  • Identify how to differentiate between the voice of the mind and the whispers of the heart
  • Discover what unconscious commitments are holding your patients back in implementing the changes you are asking them to make

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Christina Bjorndal is a licensed naturopathic doctor and established keynote speaker on how to regain your mental health using a naturopathic approach. She is the co-founder of Natural Terrain, a naturopathic clinic in Edmonton, and is regularly interviewed for print magazines and online resources as a leader in her field. Dr. Christina Bjorndal, B.Comm, ND, graduated from UBC in 1990 with Bachelor of Commerce Degree with honours. She was Valedictorian of her graduating class. She completed her Doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005. She is one of the only licensed NDs in Canada who is considered an authority in the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders and eating disorders. A gifted speaker and writer, she has shared her personal story and philosophy of wellness with audiences across North America and has appeared on many health summits and radio shows and docuseries She has helped many patients navigate through labels and stigma towards physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Having overcome many challenges in the sphere of mental health, Dr. Chris is especially exceptional about sharing her motivational speeches about how to overcome barriers in life and to encourage others to achieve their full potential. She loves her work and balances it with a full, active lifestyle with her husband and son. She has authored three books on mental health and developed a 10-week course and in-person retreat focused on mental health.

Dr. Anne Hussain, ND
Session: Beyond the Diagnosis: PCOS Clinical Care and Candid Conversation
November 2, 2024; 3:00PM - 4:30PM

PCOS is a multifaceted and chronic condition. With the healthcare system hyper-focused on BMI and patients feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information online, NDs play a unique role in helping patients navigate their PCOS compassionately and holistically.

This discussion will take you through PCOS basics as well as the nuances that facilitate shared decision-making with our patients. Special consideration will be given to comorbidities, the role of (epi)genetics and developmental experiences to help patients understand that they didn’t “cause their PCOS”, physical manifestations that affect patients in the context of a world that is constantly telling us to shrink ourselves, and supporting patients in their self-advocacy efforts. We’ll also cover naturopathic strategies as well as common conventional treatment options. Last but not least, together, we’ll support each other in sharing language we (can) use in our practices to help ourselves and patients move through long-term and dynamic conditions like PCOS.

Clinical Takeaways: 

  • PCOS basics: diagnosis, testing, prevalence, demographics, comorbidities, knowledge gaps
  • How to think and talk about PCOS beyond the BMI, considering patriarchal and capitalist beauty standards and their impacts on a population with a high prevalence of acne, hirsutism, pattern hair loss, body dysmorphia, and disordered eating
  • How long without a period is too long and what options for inducing a bleed to reduce the risk of endometrial hyperplasia
  • Clinical discussions on how to work with patients from diverse backgrounds including diagnostic considerations and considering ethical and cultural sensitivity.
  • Supporting PCOS patients (beyond short-term interventions) using supplements, hormones, nutrition, topicals, exercise, advocacy tools, inter-professional collaboration, and education

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Anne is a naturopathic doctor and author of “The Period Literacy Handbook” (May 2024). Her practice revolves around periods and hormones, especially PCOS, fertility, PMS, PMDD, endometriosis, and perimenopause. Her own journey with PCOS and lack of menstrual education growing up in Karachi drives her passion for holistic healthcare that is supportive and empowering. Anne operates a hybrid practice out of Sharon, ON . She is licensed with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, holding her prescribing authority as of 2015. She obtained her Doctor of Naturopathy degree from CCNM after completing her B.Sc. in Biochemistry at McMaster University. She is a big menstrual health advocate and has appeared on numerous podcasts as well as CTV and Global News to bring more awareness to these topics. She has collaborated and volunteered with organizations such as Moon Time Connections, The Period Purse, and Naturopaths Without Borders.

Dr. Tracey Teasdale, ND
Session: Moving Beyond Painkillers: Natural Therapies for Osteoarthritis Relief
November 2, 2024; 3:00PM - 4:30PM

A comprehensive exploration of alternative approaches to managing osteoarthritis (OA). This session delves into the pathophysiology of OA, providing a deeper understanding of the condition’s mechanisms. Additionally, it examines pharmacological treatments alongside natural remedies and e, allowing practitioners to make informed decisions when crafting treatment plans.

The session will also explore the importance of exercise in managing OA symptoms, highlighting its role in improving joint mobility, reducing inflammation, and enhancing overall well-being. By integrating exercise recommendations into patient care, naturopathic doctors can further optimize outcomes and support long-term joint health.

Through personalized treatment plans incorporating botanicals, supplements, dietary modifications, lifestyle adjustments, and exercise regimens, naturopathic doctors can tailor interventions to individual patient needs. This holistic approach not only improves outcomes but also reduces reliance on pharmaceuticals, fosters patient satisfaction, and promotes better overall health. This session empowers naturopathic doctors to offer more comprehensive and effective care for patients suffering from osteoarthritis, ultimately leading to improved quality of life and better overall health outcomes.

Clinical Takeaways: 

  • Understand the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis (OA) to gain a deeper insight into the mechanisms underlying the condition’s progression.
  • Evaluate and compare pharmacological treatments with natural remedies and supplements for managing OA, enabling practitioners to make informed decisions when crafting treatment plans.
  • Recognize the significance of exercise in managing OA symptoms, including its role in improving joint mobility, reducing inflammation, and enhancing overall well-being.

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Dr. Tracey Teasdale, ND, CISSN helps athletes and athletes at heart balance their training, nutrition, and lifestyle so that they can achieve their goals. She is passionate about physical activity, nutrition, performance and pain management. She recently authored the book "Peak Performance Mad Simple", and is both clinic and academic faculty at CCNM. Dr. Tracey, ND is registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and has met the standard of practice for prescribing and is certified by the International Society of Sports Nutrition She has an honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with a minor in Biology, from McMaster University, and obtained her naturopathic credentials from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Dr. Eric Marsden, ND
Session: Top Off-Label Medications in Integrative Therapy
November 2, 2024; 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Session Description

Repurposed drugs are becoming and important emerging source of therapeutics for a variety of complex chronic diseases.  From semaglutide for weight loss, metformin in cancer and low-dose naltrexone in fibromyalgia the use of these agents is gaining in popularity with our patients.  In this talk, we will explore the top 10 off-label medications used in integrative medicine along with the evidence for their safe and effective administration in various clinical situations.

Clinical Takeaways

  • Identify and manage common off-label uses of drugs in your patients
  • Understand the benefits and risks associated with off-label prescriptions and their impact on patient health
  • Enhance your skills in communicating the rationale for off-label use and setting realistic expectations with patients

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Dr. Eric Marsden (BSc, ND) is the author and co-instructor of the OAND’s IVIT Certification Course, including recent CONO-approved course revisions to comply with the Naturopathy Act, 2007. Eric obtained his undergraduate degree in Human Biology at the University of Toronto and completed his graduate studies in Naturopathic Medicine at the CCNM. Eric Marsden holds numerous post graduate certifications including: Chelation Therapy and Toxic Metal Detoxification, Advanced Darkfield Microscope Technician, a certified Homotoxicologist, etc. He has also received extensive training in integrative cancer therapies from several distinguished clinics and teaching institutions in Germany. Eric Marsden is a leader in the field of naturopathic medicine and has sat on various boards of directors of naturopathic organizations and associations. Recently, he has been part of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) Government Affairs committee working on improvements to regulations covering naturopathic medicine. Currently, Eric Marsden is the clinic director for The Marsden Centre of Naturopathic Excellence and co-founder and President of BMS Resources (the professional Dispensary and bookstore for CCNM). Eric Marsden has received several awards for clinical excellence including most recently the OAND’s Chair’s award for outstanding contribution to the naturopathic profession. He has appeared on television (CBC Marketplace and 2nd Opinion) and has been quoted extensively in print (Now, Toronto Star, Readers Digest, etc.). Dr. Marsden, ND is an international lecturer on topics of environmental medicine and integrative oncology.

Dr. Verna Hunt, ND, DC
Session: Effective Physical Touch Therapies for Every Clinician
November 2, 2024; 3:00PM - 5:00PM AND Sunday, November 3, 2024; 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to work with one of Ontario’s most experienced educators, Dr. Verna Hunt, ND.   This session will guide practitioners in simple but effective techniques that can be used with every patient who walks through their clinic doors.

Clinical Takeaways: 

Learn physical touch therapies to assist with:

  • Opening up lymph drainage activation
  • Cranial Sacral Pump to assist lymph drainage and parasympathetic nervous system regulation
  • Ear pain resolution
  • Iliocecal valve and Sigmoid flexure to normalize bowel movements.
  • Hiatus hernia reset for GERD, indigestion, and solar plexus contracture
  • External abdominal palpation, including the uterine area and supra prostate area

PLEASE NOTE: This rare opportunity is limited to 30 participants.  You will be required to participate in partner groups including acting as a model.   This session is 2 hours and is slightly longer than some other sessions.  This session will not be recorded. 

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Dr. Verna Hunt, B.Sc. (Hons. Kin.), D.C., N.D., has been a chiropractor and Naturopathic Doctor for 45 years. She owns and operates The Centre for Health and Well Being in Toronto, Canada, established in 2005. Her clinical practice focuses on a wide diversity of symptomology and modalities to assist the individual optimization of each person, from newborns to elder care (100+ y.o.) and athletes to complex and chronic care. Dr. Hunt writes, speaks, and teaches, presenting through her organization, Being Well Communications. The topics range widely, including proactive breast health, manual therapies, lymphatic system optimization, and case management of the terrain with multi-factorial causation. She has served on many boards and committees within the naturopathic profession in Canada. She has received awards for her years of service: OAND Naturopath of the Year, CAND Lifetime Achievement Award, and first-time CAND Dr. Verna Hunt Award recipient. In 2013, Dr. Hunt founded the Naturopathic Legacy Project (NLP). The NLP focuses on The Elders Council, which oversees that the founding principles are the foundation for the naturopathic profession. The NLP also includes archiving naturopathic medical knowledge and wisdom through video and written word for future generations.

Dr. Jill Crista, ND
Session: PANDAS & PANS - Naturopathic Solutions
November 2, 2024; 3:00PM - 4:30PM

“Children who are stolen in the night.” That’s how one father described the plight of families dealing with PANDAS and PANS. They watch their child change before their eyes after an illness, infection, and/or toxic exposure. As our knowledge base grows, we’re understanding more about the complex interplay within the neuro-endo-immune systems and the role of neuroinflammation on neuropsych presentations. With this appreciation, and by addressing underlying factors, we can assist children in finding their healthier selves again.

Clinical Takeaways: 

  • Define PANDAS and PANS, symptoms, and diagnostic criteria
  • Discuss our current understanding of the mechanisms
  • Outline an approach to treatment, including ‘Botanical Avatars’ for PANDAS/PANS
  • Learn the common well-meaning treatments might actually make a child worse

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to her schedule, Dr. Crista, ND will deliver this session live and virtually.  Attendees will be able to ask her questions and interact with her through a streamed, live education session.  

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Thank you to our Breakout Education Sponsor St. Francis Herb Farm

Dr. Jill Crista is a pioneering naturopathic doctor, best-selling author, devoted educator, and creative innovator. Her superpower is to make complex medical concepts simple and digestible for the average person. Dr. Jill’s passion is to elevate the well-being of the planet through the well-being of her inhabitants. Her books and online courses support those wanting concrete steps to conquer health challenges for conditions that cause injury to the brain and nervous system, including mold, PANS and PANDAS, Lyme disease, and concussion. She has now turned her efforts to supporting children and teens struggling with PANDAS and PANS. As a mother of children affected by PANS, she has combined the knowledge gained through her clinical and personal experience into an indispensable book titled A Light In The Dark for PANDAS and PANS and a training for doctors on the topic, approved for AMA Category 1 CME credit

Sunday, November 3, 2024

Dr. Alan Christianson, NMD
Session: Naturopathic Management of Hypothyroidism - Best Practices in 2024
Sunday, November 3, 2024; 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Join us for a groundbreaking session on Naturopathic Management of Hypothyroidism led by renowned expert Dr. Alan Christianson, ND. Discover the latest best practices for 2024 in thyroid care from a trusted authority in the profession, recognized internationally for his expertise. Gain invaluable insights from Dr. Christianson, a New York Times bestselling author and founding president of the Endocrine Association of Naturopathic Physicians, who has trained thousands of physicians worldwide.

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Dr. Alan Christianson is a board-certified Naturopathic Endocrinologist in Arizona who focuses on thyroid disease. He is a New York Times bestselling author whose titles include The Hormone Healing Cookbook and the Thyroid Reset Diet. Dr. Christianson is the founding president of the Endocrine Association of Naturopathic Physicians and has trained thousands of physicians worldwide in natural thyroid care. He frequently appears on national TV shows like Dr. Oz, The Doctors, The Today Show, and in print media like Women’s World and Natural Health.

Dr. Michaël Friedman, ND
Session: Senescence and Autophagy in Aging and Chronic Disease
Sunday, November 3, 2024; 10:45AM - 11:45AM

Dive into the cutting-edge exploration of Senescence and Autophagy in Aging and Chronic Disease with esteemed naturopathic physician Dr. Michaël Friedman, ND. Gain invaluable insights into this emerging field from the founder of the Journal of Restorative Medicine. Join Dr. Friedman as he navigates the complexities of these processes, providing essential knowledge for healthcare professionals at the forefront of medical innovation.

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Thank you to our Keynote Education Sponsor Integrity Health Naturals

Michael Friedman, ND Executive Director Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine Naturopathic physician Dr. Michaël Friedman is author of the recent book There’s No Pill for This: A Naturopathic Physician’s Personal Prescription for Managing Multiple Sclerosis (Chelsea Green, 2020). He is the founder of the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine and the Journal of Restorative Medicine. He also creates and formulates herbal and nutritional supplements, and is cofounder and president of the Restorative Formulations supplement company. He is the author of the medical textbook Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology, a contributing author of Evidence-Based Approach to Restoring Thyroid Health, and co-author of Healing Diabetes. He has treated patients with illnesses ranging from lymphoma to liver cancer, achieving remarkable results that have been published in several medical journals. He lives with his family in Vermont, USA.

Dr. Sarah Zadek, ND
Session: Lesions and Adhesions: Managing inflammatory and immunological uterine disorders
Sunday, November 3, 2024; 1:15PM - 2:45PM

Heavy menstrual bleeding and severe dysmenorrhea is common and under-treated. These are often linked to the presence of fibroids, polyps, endometriosis and adenomyosis which continue to spread and proliferate until menopause unless addressed. This session will cover their pathophysiology, (including genetic components and aberrant DNA methylation) and how to manage these conditions (without hormonal contraceptives) throughout the reproductive lifespan.

Clinical Takeaways:

  • Explain the pathophysiology of fibroids, endometriosis and adenomyosis, and their long-term effects
  • Identify the ways in which these chronic inflammatory gynecological disorders can impact fertility and pregnancy.
  • Identify the immune components of these conditions in your patients including co-exisiting inflammation, microbiome dysbiosis, histamine intolerance, mast cell activation
  • Identify your patient’s individual genetic predispositions and use this to guide their treatment and requirements for testing.
  • Identify the pros and cons to pharmaceutical/hormonal treatment and apply the appropriate naturopathic treatments for long-term health management.

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Dr. Sarah Zadek is a writer and licensed naturopathic doctor in Ontario with a focus on gynecological health, endocrinology and fertility. She uses the latest evidence-based medicine to enhance her patients' fertility outcomes, and provides educational and clinical support for infertility, endometriosis, fibroids and PCOS. Sarah is the author of the fertility book "It Takes Two... and a Uterus" which addresses both female and male reproductive health. She has written for multiple publications and websites across North America over the past decade. She currently practices at Conceive Health in Toronto, an integrative model combining fertility-focused naturopathic medicine with conventional fertility treatment.

Dr. Briana Botsford, ND
Session: Understanding Chronic Iron Deficiency in Athletes and Active People
Sunday, November 3, 2024; 1:15PM - 2:45PM

While Naturopathic Doctors are very capable of diagnosing and treating iron deficiency, they may not fully understand what is underlying iron deficiency in athletes and active people. Energy deficiency, carbohydrate availability and inflammatory stressors can impact iron status in athletes and active people. Understanding how to manipulate these factors can lead to lasting success in maintaining iron sufficiency leading to maintained performance in the athletic endeavours of our patients.

Clinical Takeaways: 

NDs will leave this session:

  • Knowing WHY athletes are at a higher risk of iron deficiency
  • Understanding the most up-to-date evidence discussing the relationship between energy availability and iron deficiency
  • Knowing how to identify patients with iron deficiency
  • Understanding why their well-intentioned iron supplementation routine may not be helping the athletic patient (and what to do differently to help!)

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Thank you to our Keynote Education Sponsor Replete Labs

Dr. Briana Botsford is a naturopathic doctor, Ironman triathlete, and owner of Flow Functional Health Care in Edmonton, Alberta. Her personal background in sport led her to focus on the intersection of sports medicine and women's health; supporting athletes and active folks through nutrition, lifestyle and nutritional supplementation. She completed her undergraduate education at Queen’s University studying Physical and Health Education and Life Sciences. She attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine to complete her designation as an ND with a focus in sports medicine. Dr. Botsford has written for the Canadian Journal of Naturopathic Medicine and has lectured with several institutions including McMaster University, the Alberta Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Lois Hole Hospital for Women. She has been featured on many podcasts discussing both sports medicine and women’s health topics including the impact of athletic nutrition on menstrual health, relative-energy deficiency in sport, maintaining athleticism in perimenopause and more. She is a faculty member with the Confident Clinician Club, an evidence-based platform for integrative practitioners.

Dr. Wendy Zhou, ND
Session: MASH: Comprehensive Approaches for Naturopaths in Diagnosis and Management for Metabolic dysfunction-associated Steatohepatitis
Sunday, November 3, 2024; 1:15PM - 2:45PM

Many patients are told that their ultrasound-confirmed fatty liver is not a concern. As Naturopathic Doctors, you may turn to liver-based supplements or herbal support to address this condition, but are these approaches enough? This session will delve into the co-morbidities of fatty liver disease (formerly NAFLD), offer evidence-based strategies for diagnosis and management, and discuss the recent renaming of the disease.  Leave this session fully informed on the most effective ways to assess, diagnose, educate and manage MASH in your patients.

Clinical Takeaways: 

  • Understanding the renaming decision of MASH (formally known as NAFLD) and its clinical relevance
  • New early signs and symptoms and diagnostic criteria with MASH
  • Comprehensive understanding of the new evidence around contributing factors to MASH
  • In-depth understanding of the disease burden that MASH has on other chronic diseases and how you can help your patients
  • Naturopathic interventions and protocols you can use in practice

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Dr. Wendy Zhou is known for providing options for her patients. Her goal is to break down barriers of care or change when it comes to chronic diseases and metabolic syndromes. Her background in cancer research along with problem-based learning skills earned her high praises when it comes to patient adherence to treatment suggestions. She leads an innovative interdisciplinary team in Markham Ontario that disrupts the current widely accepted understanding of how patients can receive care. In her spare time, she is an author, an IV practice building consultant and IV examiner for the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CoNO).

Dr. Laura Jasmin, ND & Dr. Carly King, ND
Session: Managing Gestational Diabetes: Effective Lifestyle Interventions for Long-Term Health
Sunday, November 3, 2024; 1:15PM - 2:45PM

Chronic disease management during the perinatal period is critical to long-term health and wellness. Gestational Diabetes is the number one medical complication in pregnancy, and affects 15% of pregnancies worldwide, or 18 million births annually. People who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes in their pregnancy have a 10-fold higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The primary treatments for GDM are lifestyle interventions including nutrition and exercise. This session will provide current research on how to implement lifestyle change in this population, including motivational interviewing techniques. Breakout sessions will include small group discussions to develop electronic medical record (EMR) content for patient therapeutic plans to be implemented in practice immediately.

Clinical Takeaways: 

  • What to screen for in pregnancy and postpartum to identify chronic disease and mitigate risk.
  • Exercise, nutrition and lifestyle interventions in pregnancy and postpartum to manage chronic disease in the perinatal period and beyond.
  • Preventative & management strategies for gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders in pregnancy & postpartum
  • Motivational interviewing strategies to facilitate behavioural changes in pregnancy and postpartum.

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Dr. Laura Jasmin & Dr. Carly King are both Naturopathic Doctors with a practice focus in perinatal care. They both completed their Doctor of Naturopathy degree at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). They are both educators as part of The Confident Clinician Club and have lectured together to over 300 clinicians on Assessing and Treating Maternal Mental Health. They have also both taught separate 12 hours CE advanced practice courses within The Confident Clinician, Carly taught on Advanced Prenatal Care and Laura taught on Lactation Medicine & Postpartum Care. They both have a passion for evidence based medicine and educating clinicians in this area to change the landscape of integrative perinatal care. Laura has spoke at the OAND Convention in 2022 on Postpartum Maternal Care & at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Conference in 2023 on Clinical Perspectives on Postpartum Mental Health: supporting maternal mood to create a better tomorrow. Carly is speaking at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Conference in 2024 on Epigenetic Influences of Perinatal Health and Infant Outcomes. They both currently have integrative practices, and Laura works part time at the Fertility Clinic in her area alongside a Reproductive Endocrinologist.

Dr. John Bender, ND
Session: Our History, Our Legacy: Reflections on the Evolution of Naturopathic Medicine over the past 50 years.
Sunday, November 3, 2024; 3:15PM - 4:15PM

Join Dr. John Bender, ND, as he shares compelling anecdotes and case studies, celebrating the rich history and legacy of naturopathic medicine. This talk will explore the profession’s significant milestones, the influence of key mentors like Father Sebastian Kneipp, Dr. Emanuel Felke, and Dr. Arno Koegler, and the importance of regulation and unified practice to treat the whole person.

Clinical Takeaways

  • Understand the historical challenges and successes in the journey of naturopathic medicine, including the impact of regulation and education.
  • Gain valuable clinical pearls from notable teachers of the early to mid-1900s, illustrated through engaging case stories.

1.0 CoNO General Category B

Dr. John Bender, ND, is a dedicated naturopathic doctor who believes that optimal health is essential for a good life. With a passion for helping others achieve well-being through complex homeopathy, botanicals, vitamins, minerals, and nutritional methods, he emphasizes the importance of a balanced lifestyle and healthy habits. Dr. Bender advocates for detoxification and minimizing toxic exposures in our daily environment. A respected figure in his field, Dr. Bender received the prestigious Naturopath of the Year Award from the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors in 2003, the Alumni of Honour Award from the University of Waterloo in 2007, and the Award for Excellence in Holistic Medicine from the Holistic Doctors Recognition Board. Dr. Bender was born and raised in Crosshill, Ontario, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Honours Biology from the University of Waterloo in 1972. He has extensive experience in emergency medical services, having worked as a Medical Attendant and EMT, where he graduated top of his class in an intensive EMT course at CFB Borden. In 1975, Dr. Bender began his naturopathic studies at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now the National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon, inspired by Dr. Arno Koegler. He graduated in 1979, passed the Ontario Board exams, and succeeded his mentor in practice, where he continues to make his own homeopathic remedies. Committed to staying at the forefront of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Bender regularly attends seminars and educational courses to remain current with the latest advancements in homeopathy and functional medicine. His dedication to continuous learning ensures that he brings the most up-to-date therapies and knowledge to his practice. Dr. Bender has served on the Naturopathic Regulatory Board and is an active member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). He also advises the Holistic Doctors Recognition Board. His commitment to lifelong learning and patient care continues to inspire his colleagues and advance the field of naturopathic medicine.

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