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OANDCon18 Delegate Registration

OANDCon18 Delegate Registration

The 2018 Convention and Tradeshow
November 9-11, 2018
Toronto Congress Centre

The OAND Convention and Tradeshow is an annual event that we host for NDs in Ontario, Canada and the world. A three day clinical convention with an accompanying tradeshow floor. If you have never attended this event, this is what you can expect in terms of who what where and when… CLICK HERE.

Below you will find a comprehensive outline of all sessions taking place at the Convention including Title, Speaker, description and CE Credit value. By clicking on each title (in blue), a pop up window will appear with information for that session. To close and to move to the next session, simply click on the next Session title.

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REGISTRATION RATES CONVENTION 2018
Early-Bird Registration Deadline: September 18, 2018
Final Registration Deadline: October 21, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

2018 OANDCon SCHEDULE

Friday, November 9th, 2018

– Registration and Boxed Lunch –
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Intensive Session I1 (12:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m)

Lab Testing and Analysis: From Chemistries, Hormones & Blood Counts to Infections & Methylation

Lab Testing and Analysis: From Chemistries, Hormones & Blood Counts to Infections & Methylation
Presenter: Dr. Paul S. Anderson, ND
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 3 Category A 


Lab assessment and the biochemistry are both ever-present and ever-changing. Dr. Anderson will use his many years of clinical and teaching experience in this intensive workshop to update NDs on: chemistries and blood counts (when to be concerned and how to use the data); endocrine testing (hormone monitoring, trends and interpretation); chronic infectious diseases (differing lab methodologies, screening, follow-up, referrals, co-infections and confounding variables); methylation and nutrigenomics (MTHFR, where it fits into health and disease, nutrition interactions, and resources).

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Paul Anderson, ND is CEO of the Anderson Medical Group, former Chief of IV Services for Bastyr Oncology Research Center and a past Professor at Bastyr University. He focusses on complex clinical medicine, intravenous and injection medicine, adjunctive cancer care and genomics. He is the co-author of the new book ‘Outside the Box Cancer Therapies’ as well as many professional papers.

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth: A Step by Step Treatment Protocol

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth: A Step by Step Treatment Protocol
Presenter:  Dr. Mona Morstein, ND, DHANP
CE Credits: 3 Category A (2.25 General; 0.75 Pharma)


Thought to cause 60% of IBS cases, SIBO is very treatable but must be done in a step-by-step manner, or the patient will be more confused than cured. Her incredibly effective treatment protocols have been used successfully with patients around the world, are easy to learn, and will enable you to leave this intensive workshop with the tools to treat SIBO patients ‘on Monday morning’.

Learning Objectives:
– Key SIBO etiological, physiology and presentation
– The psychology of the SIBO patient: using it to your benefit
– SIBO lab interpretation, eradication methods and SIBO Diet protocol
– How to heal the intestinal lining, digestion and damaged nerves

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Mona Morstein, ND, DHANP has been in naturopathic practice for twenty-nine years and is the former Chair of Nutrition at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.  Dr. Morstein has a very busy gastrointestinal practice, and is a recognized authority on treating SIBO in an organized, step-by-step, very thorough protocol.

Modern Cupping: The Power of Myofascial Decompression

Modern Cupping: The Power of Myofascial Decompression
Presenter: John Stan, DrTCM
CE credits: CONO-Approved for 3 Category A 


Thanks to the advent of silicone cups, a new field of myofascial decompression is emerging, including techniques that involve multiple cups along a fascial plane and stationary cupping while performing an active release technique. This new generation of cups have edges that are flexible and responsive to both the practitioner’s manipulations and the patient’s body. 5 minutes of silicone cupping can be as effective as a 30-minute deep tissue massage. This hands-on workshop will introduce the newest silicone cupping techniques for the neck and upper body that can be used in clinic ‘on Monday morning’. Wear loose clothing.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand the strengths and weaknesses of previous cups and current silicone cups
– Contraindications and indications for silicone cupping
– How and when to use the four different cup sizes and five different suction strengths
– Hands-on practice of key cupping techniques for the neck, shoulders, arms, hands, and back

Speaker Bio:
John Stan, Dr.TCM, in addition to private practice, has actively participated with professional acupuncture and TCM organizations. Since the regulation of TCM/Acupuncture in B.C., he continues to remain active in regulatory affairs and is a member of the Quality Assurance Committee for the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturists in BC.

Focussed and Effective Hands-On Therapy: The Right Sequence for the Right Tissues

Focussed and Effective Hands-On Therapy: The Right Sequence for the Right Tissues
Presenter: Dr. Angela Hanlon, BSc, ND
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 3 Category A


In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn important intricacies of the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunctions including plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, hip dysfunctions, shoulder pain, headaches/migraines and chronic low back pain. Detecting the subtleties of joint range of motion, muscle tonicity, and lymphatic circulation require much practice. Angela will give important insights into providing effective and sustainable hands-on care, including using a sequential combination of passive range of motion, manual stretching, guided muscle self-release, cupping, and acupuncture.

Learning Objectives:
– Which combinations of tissue dysfunctions commonly cause pain and weakness, and which ones tend not to respond to the combo of physio, massage, and chiropractic care
– Best practices for using myofascial release acupuncture
– Hands-on practice of effective stretches, exercises, and body positions for patients
– What to do when pain improves only temporarily

Speaker Bio:
With 10 years in naturopathic practice, many patients seek out Dr. Angela Hanlon, ND as a last resort for pain management. With her intimate knowledge of the musculoskeletal system, movement mechanics and function, she frequently receives referrals from chiropractors and massage therapists. She currently holds an executive position on the OAND’s Board of Directors.

– Break –
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion Session P1 (3:30 p.m – 5:30 p.m)

How Are You Being Heard? Communicate, Connect and Conquer!

CE Credits: 2 Category B (pending)

Stay tuned for further details.

Panel Discussion Session P2 (5:30 p.m – 7:00 p.m)

Cannabis Panel Discussion: What NDs Need to Know

CE Credits: 1.5 Category B (Pending)

Stay tuned for further details.

– Kick-off Reception –
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

– Registration & Breakfast –
7:00 a.m -8:00 a.m

Keynote (8:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m)

PCOS: Understanding Insulin vs. Adrenal-Based Pathology

PCOS: Understanding Insulin vs. Adrenal-Based Pathology
Presenter: Dr. Carrie Jones, ND, MPH
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A (1.25 General; 0.25 Pharma)
Sponsor: In-Common Laboratories

PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder in cycling women and is a common cause of infertility. Most practitioners follow the 2003 Rotterdam criteria when it comes to PCOS diagnosis, and many understand dysfunctional insulin/insulin receptors to be the key root cause. But why do PCOS women without insulin problems still experience elevated androgens and irregular menstrual cycles? This lecture will review the symptoms and diagnosis of PCOS including a dissection of the Rotterdam criteria to understand how both insulin issues and/or the HPA axis can create problems. Case studies will highlight each area.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand the typical presentation of PCOS and 2013 Rotterdam Criteria
– Understand appropriate lab work-up for PCOS patients
– Understand the pathophysiology of both insulin and the HPA axis on PCOS symptoms
– Understand both naturopathic and allopathic PCOS treatment options

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Carrie Jones, ND, MPH is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on women’s health and hormones. She was adjunct faculty for many years at NUNM teaching gynecology and advanced endocrinology/fertility and has been the Medical Director for 2 large integrative clinics in Portland. She is the Medical Director for Precision Analytical, Inc.

– Tradeshow Break –
9:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m

Breakout Session B1 (10:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m)

Addressing The Herxeimer Storm In Vector-Borne Illness

Addressing The Herxeimer Storm In Vector-Borne Illness
Presenter: Dr. Marie Matheson, BSc, ND
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A 


Lyme Disease is one of the leading vector-borne illnesses in the world but has the strongest potential to pass undetected by doctors.  This presentation will demonstrate the most effective options for treating complex chronic conditions arising from toxicity and infections. Marie will highlight the cytokine inflammatory cascade and factors that contribute to Herxheimer reactions as well as reviewing treatment protocols.  Attendees will come away with a firm understanding of how to treat Herxheimer reactions in clinic ‘on Monday morning’.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand why some patients undergo herxheimer reactions how to prevent it
– Recognize the difference between a herxheimer reaction and illness progression
– Understand strong reactions to treatment and how the cytokine pathway works
– Learn treatment options including getting patients out of the inflammatory storm, auto-immunity, and histamine reactions

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Marie Matheson, ND is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) and has completed the ILADS’s Physicians Training Program with Dr. Charles Ray Jones, MD. She has a clinical focus in Lyme Disease and associated vector-borne illness. Her family practice is also devoted to chronically ill patients with Parasitic/Fungal/Viral Infections, Mould Toxicity, PANDAS/PANS, Autism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune and Neurological conditions, and Environmental Illness.

Making Cancer Personal: Selected Biomarkers That Guide the Use of Natural Compounds

Making Cancer Personal: Selected Biomarkers That Guide the Use of Natural Compounds
Presenter: Dr. Nalini Chilkov, L.Ac., O.M.D.
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A (1.0 General; 0.5 Pharma)
Sponsor: Designs for Health


Biomarkers may be used to both assess, monitor and manage cancer risk in the general practice setting.  Monitoring selected biomarkers can guide the clinician in the use of individualized interventions aimed at altering the tumor microenvironment in order to reduce the risk of cancer incidence and cancer recurrence. Clinicians will learn to use specific lab assessments informed by case studies to develop personalized risk reduction care plans utilizing nutriceuticals, phytochemicals, functional foods and dietary and lifestyle interventions.

Learning Objectives:
– Identify and understand the significance of prognostic and predictive biomarkers in the tumor microenvironment
– Understand how to utilize nutraceuticals, botanicals and phytochemicals for cancer-risk reduction
– Understand how to modify and manage the tumor microenvironment to create a physiology that does not support carcinogenesis, tumorogenesis or metastasis

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Nalini Chilkov, L.Ac., O.M.D. is the founder of the American Institute of Integrative Oncology, the website IntegrativeCancerAnswers.com, and the author of the book ‘32 Ways to OutSmart Cancer: How to Create A Body Where Cancer Cannot Thrive’. With over 30 years of clinical experience she combines the best of Functional and Asian Medicine. She has been recognized as one of the top 10 Online Influencers for Breast Cancer by Dr. Mehmet Oz and WebMD.

Elder Care: Snow on the Roof and Fire in the Furnace

Elder Care: Snow on the Roof and Fire in the Furnace
Presenter: Dr. Gordon Smith, ND
CE Credits: 1.5 Category A 
Sponsor: St. Francis Herb Farm


This presentation explores natural ways and means, including indispensable herbal remedies, to provide relief & promote enhanced health, flexibility and vitality during the ‘sunset years’. When appropriately prescribed to address the sources of our suffering, plant medicines can favourably affect the consequences of unhealthy aging. Learn how you can support aging patients’ shift from feeling stuck in a ‘life sentence’, to experiencing each day as a ‘living statement’. Case studies will be reviewed to illustrate all points.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand the implications of ageing
– Understand which herbal remedies can be best used to address typical age-related changes

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Gordon Smith, ND has been in private clinical practice since 1976. He is current President of the Yukon Association of Naturopathic Doctors and practices in Whitehorse and outlying 1st Nations communities. Gordon was co-founder and inaugural Dean of OCNM (renamed CCNM), and was Chair of their Botanical Medicine Dept.

Building Resiliency in Children Through Yoga and Mindfulness

Building Resiliency in Children Through Yoga and Mindfulness
Presenter: Dr. Joanna Sparrow, BKin, ND
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A

Often in practice we see kids who are “stressed out”. In our fast-paced, information overloaded world, how can we protect kids from the negative impact of stress, thereby promoting health and preventing disease? We need to teach them simple and powerful mindfulness exercises that they can draw from in times of stress, including yoga, to help kids learn about their minds and bodies so they can learn to pick up subtle clues when a potential imbalance occurs. This presentation will offer practical activities and research that attendees can share with their patients, on how mindfulness-based practices can have positive influences on health.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand why mindfulness-based practices are valuable tools to help pediatric patients cope with daily stressors in an empowering way
– Learn how special populations, including pediatric patients with ADHD and PTSD, can benefit from mindfulness-based practices
– Learn and practice simple and powerful exercises in-class

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Joanna Sparrow, ND has a special interest in treating stress associated conditions, including anxiety and sleep disturbances, digestive wellness, and hormonal health. She encourages change through diet and lifestyle counseling, as well as restorative acupuncture, homeopathy, and herbal medicine. Joanna is also a certified yoga instructor and regularly teaches elementary school-aged children mindfulness through the practice of yoga.

– Lunch and Tradeshow Break –
12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m 

Breakout Session B2 (1:30 a.m – 3:30 p.m)

Stress and the Bowel: Does All Disease Begin in the Gut?

Stress and the Bowel: Does All Disease Begin in the Gut?
Presenter: Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed, BSc, ND
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A
Sponsor: Douglas Laboratories

1 in 5 Americans has IBS. A poorly functioning gut results in stimulation of the HPA axis. In turn, a disrupted HPA-axis releases excess stress hormones that alter gut flora and damage intestinal epithelial health.  Evidence indicates that early life exposure to stress, or chronic stress as an adult can change the entire microbiome composition.  This vicious cycle leads to deteriorating function of both the bowel and the HPA axis. Join us to learn solid management protocols and review key clinical case studies.

Learning Objectives:
– Learn why most inflammatory bowel diseases are nervous system disorders
– Learn how stress alters the microbiome, which in turn alters the stress response
– Understand the exact immune markers that are altered in the gut through stress, and how this impacts our health
– Learn which genes impact the CNS, immune system and bowel health, and how they interact with each other

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed, BSc, ND is the author several bestselling books including The Complete Doctor’s Stress Solution. Penny lectures globally on how to interpret and treat SNPs, neuro-endocrine disorders and metabolic related diseases.   She appears regularly on television, magazine and radio and is an international medical consultant for Douglas Laboratories and Pure Encapsulations.  Penny is the Director of natural therapies at the Urban Wellness Clinic in Toronto.

The Current Regulatory Framework for Natural Health Products in Canada

The Current Regulatory Framework for Natural Health Products in Canada
Presenter: Tomas Grana, BSc, MSc
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A
Sponsor: Health Canada

Natural health products are recognized as products that are safe for self-selection and utilization by Canadians to maintain and improve their health. Prior to being authorized for sale in Canada, NHPs must undergo a premarket assessment which addresses the regulatory requirements concerning the safety, efficacy and quality of NHPs. Join us to gain clarity around the Natural Health Products Regulations and the interpretation of the Food and Drugs Act, and get the scoop on current policy decisions that are underway.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand the Natural Health Products Regulations and the interpretation of the Food and Drugs Act
– Understand current Health Canada policy decisions that are underway and how they affect NDs

Speaker Bio:
Tomas Grana has worked for Health Canada, evaluating the safety and efficacy of Natural Health Products, for 7 years.  He has since worked in the roles of Senior Product Evaluator and Supervisor.

Calor Rubor Tumor Dolor

Calor Rubor Tumor Dolor
Presenter: John Redden, RH
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A 


Overdose and death are becoming all too common with opioid drugs. This session will discuss pain management by pharmacological categories, then travel through the body systems differentiating herbal action categories and listing herbs in each. The ancient progression ‘calor rubor tumor dolor’ will show how natural medicine has an easily recognizable energy pattern of tissue states to address. Case studies from the presenter’s files of painful conditions that can be handled by skillful clinicians will be discussed in detail.

Learning Objectives:
– Learn about herbs for pain management by pharmacological category, body system and therapeutic action
– Learn how to treat specific pain conditions such as ischemic angina, kidney and gallstones, meningitis, sciatica and nerve pain via detailed case studies
– Learn how to safely use and dose alkaloid-containing herbs

Speaker Bio:
John Redden, RH is a well-known Medical Herbalist, who lectures far and wide on botanical medicine. He has been growing and wild crafting herbs for more than 35 years and is the founder of Viriditas Herbal Products Ltd. Past President of the Ontario Herbalists Association, John is also former editor of the Canadian Journal of Herbalism and current OAND Botanical Walk leader.

The Link Between Emotions and Chronic Disease
Presenter: Dr. Iva Lloyd, ND
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A

The research world is starting to recognize the important link between emotions and chronic diseases, and NDs need to excel at working with this link. This session will highlight the latest research findings in this area and will delve into the world of somatic metaphors and emotional triggers. We will explore how a person’s psychological state is mirrored in the body, and how changing a person’s thoughts or emotions influences their health and healing.  Case studies and clinical treatment pearls will be discussed to provide a concrete way of assessing and treating the link between emotions and chronic diseases.

Learning Objectives:
– Be updated on current research supporting the link between emotions and lifestyle diseases
– Understand the importance of emotions in disease symptomology and progression
– Understand somatic metaphors and the role they play in assessment and treatment

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Iva Lloyd, ND is the President of the World Naturopathic Federation, Chair of the WNF Research Committee and the Global Affiliates Committee, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the website www.ndhealthfacts.org,  Editor of the CAND journal Vital Link and owner of Naturopathic Foundations Clinic. The author of four books and many other publications, Iva is a Reiki Master and a Registered Polarity Practitioner and Educator.


– Tradeshow Break –
3:00 p.m – 3:30 p.m 

Keynote (3:30p.m – 5:00 p.m)

Sustainable Holistic Health and the Art of Deep Nature Connection

Sustainable Holistic Health and the Art of Deep Nature Connection
Presenter: Dr. Nicole Apelian, PhD
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A


How do you cultivate personal sustainable holistic health in both you and your patients? Dr. Nicole Apelian will discuss deeper levels of wellness – beyond the world of herbs, supplements, and diet. She will present strategies to help your patients with personal cultural repair, offering tangible ways to regain optimal health. Join us to hear about Dr. Apelian’s experiences using natural wellness and deep nature connection in her own journey with Multiple Sclerosis, going from bed-ridden to living ‘alone’ in the wild for 57 days on Vancouver Island with little more than her knife and her wits.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand Nature Deficit Disorder
– Understand Nature Connection and its relationship to health and personal cultural repair
– Learn questions to ask patients to better access holistic health solutions
– Learn how to prescribe connection: tangible take-aways for NDs

Speaker Bio:
Nicole Apelian is a scientist, mother, educator, researcher, expeditionary leader, safari guide, herbalist and traditional skills instructor. A leader in the field of transformative nature education, Nicole is excited to share her knowledge and expertise of nature connection, indigenous knowledge, natural wellness and survival skills with the world.

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

– Registration & Breakfast –
7:00 a.m -8:00 a.m

Breakout Session B3 (8:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m)

The Power of Adaptogens: Ancient Wisdom Meets Current Research

The Power of Adaptogens: Ancient Wisdom Meets Current Research
Presenter: Dr. Pushpa Chandra, ND
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A 
Sponsor: Eastern Currents Distributing Ltd.


Dr. Chandra, ND, will explain how adaptogens work via the HPA Axis and at the cellular level to decrease stress, enhance energy production, decrease pro-inflammatory states and prevent degenerative diseases.  We will review the most current research on how adaptogens exhibit neuroprotective, anti-fatigue, anti-depressive, anxiolytic, nootropic and CNS stimulating activity and discuss how they can assist in resetting and rejuvenating the body’s natural circadian rhythm.  Pushpa will also discuss her experiences using them when racing in extreme conditions such as the Sahara Desert, Mount Everest and the North Pole.

Learning Objectives:
– Be updated on the most current adaptogen research
– Understand what specific situations may require adaptogens and potential patient reactions
– Learn how to use adaptogens to nourish, replenish, rejuvenate, restore and promote longevity

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Pushpa Chandra, ND’s background includes over 27 years of acute care hospital experience as a registered nurse and 22 years at BC Children’s Hospital in critical care. She has run over 500 marathons and ultra-marathons, and is one of only 21 women in the world who has run marathons on all seven continents plus the North Pole. Dr. Chandra recently finished the Marathon Des Sables, the World’s Toughest 250 km foot race in the scorching Sahara Desert.

Neuroinflammation: An Important Insight into Complex Brain Disorders

Neuroinflammation: An Important Insight into Complex Brain Disorders
Presenter: Dr. Bob Scott, ND
CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)
Sponsor: ProMedics

Neuroinflammation is a chronic inflammation of the CNS and has long been studied for its connection to Multiple Sclerosis. New research is finding that not only are many cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia related to neuroinflammation, but classic mental diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar and depression, as well as autism, may also be connected to brain inflammation. Join us to learn about the driving forces behind neuroinflammation, key treatment targets and a review of key herbs for treatment.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand the nature and causes of neuroinflammation
– Understand key treatment targets linked to neuroinflammation such as correcting mitochondrial dysfunction and achieving neurotransmitter regulation
– Understand the connection of neuroinflammation to complex brain disorders
– Learn about key herbs and how they can help

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Bob Scott, ND specializes in Nutritional Endocrinology with a focus on adrenal and thyroid health, as well as male and female hormonal disorders. Dr. Scott has served as a clinical consultant to healthcare practitioners since 2007 and conducts a variety of educational seminars for healthcare practitioners. Dr. Scott holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in both Acupuncture and Human Nutrition.

Queering Naturopathic Medicine: LGBTQ2S Cultural Competency for NDs

Queering Naturopathic Medicine: LGBTQ2S Cultural Competency for NDs
Presenter: Dr. Cyndi Gilbert, ND
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A (Jurisprudence)

NDs have a responsibility to provide discrimination-free care. This session will explore the legal and ethical responsibilities NDs have in relation to cultural competency, with a specific focus on working with LGBTQ-identified patients.  Using an anti-oppressive lens, we will explore the current research on healthcare discrimination and cultural competency practices, and building awareness of our own potential for implicit bias as practitioners.  Scenarios and case examples will be used to increase capacity and develop specific tools for working with diverse populations, to allow NDs to feel confident in making their practice inclusive and LGBTQ-competent.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand ND legal and ethical responsibilities in providing healthcare to LGBTQ2S patients
– Understand our own implicit bias and privilege as it relates to sex and gender
– Understand basic terms and concepts relevant to including LGBTQ2S patients
– Learn simple ways to create a more inclusive and queer-competent naturopathic practice

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Cyndi Gilbert, ND has a focus on mental wellness, trauma, and sexual/reproductive health. She regularly bears witness to the health impacts of social determinants and experiences of discrimination. She advocates for a collaborative, anti-oppressive, and harm reduction approach that centers patients’ voices and experiences.  Cyndi facilitates cultural competency training for naturopathic students and supervises a free naturopathic teaching clinic at Queen West Community Health Centre.

Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
Presenter: Dr. Mona Morstein, ND, DHANP
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A (1.0 General; 0.5 Pharma)


3.5 million Canadians currently have diabetes, estimated to rise to 5 million by 2025. The leading cause of death of diabetic patients is cardiovascular disease. This lecture will inform attendees about diabetes, how cardiovascular complications develop, and how diabetic medications might cause an increase risk in CVD. We will discuss a long list of leading etiological factors both for CVD and uncontrolled diabetes, and how to thoroughly address each factor with solid, scientifically-verified naturopathic care.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand the connection between uncontrolled diabetes and CVD
– Understand how diabetic medications can lead to CVD
– Understand etiological influences that cause or worsen CVD in diabetic patients
– Learn how to fully treat all etiological factors

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Mona Morstein, ND, DHANP has been in practice for twenty-nine years and is the former Chair of Nutrition at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Morstein is a recognized authority on pre-diabetes and diabetes. She is the author of the book ‘Master Your Diabetes: A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach to Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes’ and the Founder and Executive Director of the Low Carb Diabetes Association.

PANDAs and PANs: The Culprit Behind Pediatric Behavioural and Psychiatric Issues

PANDAs and PANs: The Culprit Behind Pediatric Behavioural and Psychiatric Issues
Presenter: Dr. Sonya Doherty, ND
CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (1.25 General; 0.25 Pharma)

This session will cover the etiology, prevalence, manifestation, and treatments for PANDAs (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) and PANs (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome). Both are widely missed in the medical community. Conventional treatment efficacy of antibiotics, IVIg, psychiatric medications, and cognitive behavioral therapy will be discussed along with Naturopathic treatments including homeopathics, botanicals, and diet. A video of positive in-office screening exams as well as a personal account from a fully-treated pediatric case will be included, as will case studies.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand the impact of immune activation on the developing brain, autoimmune encephalitis, and associated behaviours
– Learn to identify PANDAs/PANs through history-taking and clinical exams
– Understand the discrepancy between different screening tests and their interpretation
– Learn to identify treatments within Ontario ND scope, red flags, and when to refer

Speaker Bio:
Dr.  Sonya Doherty, ND focuses on biomedical treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. She has completed The Autism Research Institute’s Level I and II Defeat Autism Now! Training, and has begun training with the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs. As a member of the Treat Autism faculty and an international lecturer, she also trains other healthcare professionals in biomedical treatment.


– Tradeshow Break 3:00 p.m – 3:30 p.m –

Breakout Session B4 (10:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m)

Methylation 101: A Step by Step Approach to Chronic Disease Treatment

Methylation 101: A Step by Step Approach to Chronic Disease Treatment
Presenter: Dr. Carissa Doherty, BSc, ND
CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)
Sponsor: NFH Inc.

Methylation is the connection of enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, amino acids and components to create momentum and energy for the Krebs cycle. Methylation medicine supports mitochondrial nutrition and detoxification pathways. We will discuss basic principles of methylation medicine and its connections to chronic disease, hormone regulation and fertility. We will review definitions of SNPs, principles for reading genetic analysis tests, and explore herbs and co-factors which may treat specific SNPs.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand how the methylation pathway is affected in chronic disease
– Understand how the methylation pathway relates to hormone regulation
– Learn how dose methylation affects fertility
– Learn key assessment and treatment protocols

Speaker Bio:
With a special interest in Lyme Disease and chronic disease, Dr. Carisa Doherty, ND has a BSc (Hon.) in Biomedical Toxicology and has received a Certification in Environmental Medicine with Dr. Walter Crinnion, ND. She has received methylation training with Ben Lynch, and is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).

Ancient Techniques in Modern Medicine: TCM & Acupuncture for Parkinson’s Disease

Ancient Techniques in Modern Medicine: TCM & Acupuncture for Parkinson’s Disease
Presenter: Dr. Valerie Franc, ND
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A 

Using the Five Elements, we will explore the factors that contribute to PD, and how we can decrease yang, eliminate wind and support the liver and kidney in nourishing the brain. We will examine protocols for traditional, scalp and electro-acupuncture which have been clinically proven to achieve significant positive results. Case studies will be explored to illustrate all concepts. This session will enable you to apply the techniques learned in a clinical setting, and achieve measurable and clinically significant results.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand the TCM principles involved in the etiology and progression of Parkinson’s
– Identify and locate the correct points used in the treatment
– Learn to perform the correct needle insertion, depth and length of needle retention
– Learn the specific points and Hz to use during electro-acupuncture to achieve results

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Valerie Franc, ND has received additional training in acupuncture and Traditional Asian Medicine at Zhejiang Hospital in Hangzhou China. Currently she maintains a family practice in Toronto, is the Clinic Supervisor for the CCNM’s Sherbourne Health Centre location, and lectures extensively on a variety of topics to both the public and healthcare practitioners.

The Human Microbiome: 2018 Research Update

The Human Microbiome: 2018 Research Update
Presenter: Dr. Kim Bretz, ND
CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Moving from an almost unknown topic 15 years ago, to one of the most burgeoning areas of health, keeping up with research in the area of the human microbiome is a challenge for everyone. It’s connected to our diet, medications, our environment and is linked to conditions from the gastrointestinal tract to obesity and autoimmune conditions. This session will provide a top ten list of the most exciting and cutting-edge areas within the microbiome to keep you fresh and relevant within your practice.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand medication interactions with the microbiome
– Understand the Parkinson’s disease connection
– Understand the hormone connection to the microbiome
– Learn about dietary challenges with the microbiome

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Kim Bretz, ND has presented to multiple corporations and agencies, and has been a guest lecturer for Canadian universities in the areas of health promotion, functional foods and natural health products. She was on the advisory board for Ferring Pharmaceuticals and taught GI physiology and endocrinology at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. She has worked extensively in the area of interprofessionalism, and has worked with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Evolving the Standards of Care in PCOS: From Menarche to Menopause

Evolving the Standards of Care in PCOS: From Menarche to Menopause
Presenter: Dr. Jordan Robertson BHSc. ND RAc
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A (1.0 Pharma; 0.5 General)

As a complex metabolic syndrome, it is imperative that NDs develop and deliver a standard of care that positions us as the practitioners best suited to manage PCOS. This session will span the reproductive life of women with PCOS. From acne, hirsutism and amenorrhea in adolescence, to obesity and infertility in middle age, to the future of PCOS as a significant contribution to cardiovascular disease. We will review evidence-based assessment, lab test interpretation, BHRT, and tips on effectively integrating naturopathic treatments with conventional care. Reference lists and handouts will be provided.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand the hormonal implications of PCOS as women age
– Understand current lab tests within Ontario ND scope, interpretation, and how to use lab work to select and monitor treatment plans
– Understand current conventional care for PCOS and drug interactions
– Learn about the evidence for integrative therapies or BHRT

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Jordan Robertson BHSc. ND RAc has lectured extensively on women’s health. She is an Associate Faculty Member for the Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Jordan has published 12 review articles on standards of care in Naturopathic Medicine, and is currently the Naturopathic Doctor for the Endometriosis Clinic at McMaster Hospital. Her clinical practice supports women with hormonal imbalances including PMS and PMDD and she has a special interest in BHRT as a treatment option for hormonal concerns.

– Lunch and Tradeshow Break –
12:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m 

Keynote (2:00p.m – 3:30 p.m)

Autoimmunity, Infection, and Inflammation: Clinical Keys to Immunological Connections

Autoimmunity, Infection, and Inflammation: Clinical Keys to Immunological Connections
Presenter: Dr. Samuel F. Yanuck, DC, FACFN, FIAMA
CE Credits: CONO-Approved for 1.5 Category A
Sponsor: Pure Encapsulations


Inflammation drives autoimmune flares. Infection promotes inflammation and instigates the development of autoimmune process. This is well established. But what are the clinical surveillance points and clinical intervention targets that match up to these underlying immunological processes? Dr. Yanuck will lay out the immunological connections, and detail the key points of clinical intervention in complex autoimmune patients, with the goal of limiting the frequency, duration, and intensity of their flares. This session will teach clinicians the practical nuts and bolts of this work in an accessible, research-based framework.

Learning Objectives:
– Understand the immunological connections between inflammation, autoimmunity, and chronic infection
– Learn how to target key connection points with specific clinical interventions
– Understand the prognostic implications related to the underlying immunology of these factors
– Understand how to communicate appropriately with patients about these topics

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Samuel Yanuck is the creator of cogenceimmunology.com, a full length online functional immunology course to help clinicians solve their toughest autoimmune cases. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and Clinical Director of The Yanuck Center for Life & Health. His practice focusses on autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, neurodegenerative disease, traumatic brain injury, persistent post-concussion syndrome, and children with challenges related to immune system dysregulation, including autism spectrum disorders and PANs and PANDAs.