2019 Fall Conference Registration

Naturopathic Management of Difficult Cases

(12 CEU Credits - 6 Per Day)

Conference Schedule:

Saturday Schedule

Martin Kwok, ND, Dr.TCM

8:30 AM
Clinical Pearls and Experiences in Treating Graves’ Hyperthyroidism – Help Your Patients Avoid Radioactive Iodine Treatment
Graves’ Hyperthyroidism is the most common type of hyperthyroidism in clinical settings. Many clinicians were often told that patients with Graves’ must be treated by an endocrinologist and that radioactive iodine treatment is the only permanent cure. The fact is that in many cases Graves’ can be well managed and treated by natural options, and patients can avoid radioacative iodine treatment which often results in life-long hypothyroidism. Through case presentations, Dr. Kwok will illustrate the potential challenges, failure, and successes, including the discussion of commonly used pharmaceuticals, effective nutraceuticals, neural therapy, and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine options. The goal is to provide attendees with an initial treatment approach so that they would feel comfortable in treating Graves’ patients, and hopefully improve upon the treatment and clinical outcome in the future by incorporating their own insights.

Eric Yarnell, ND, RH (AHG)

10:30 AM
Chronic Prostatitis and Pelvic Pain
Practical steps to identifying the subtype of chronic prostatitis/CPPS in patients (including the leaky urothelial/gut, pelvic floor hypertonicity, and psychoemotional types) and then treating them will be presented based on Dr. Yarnell’s 20 years of experience in men’s health. Treatment focuses on both symptom management with natural products, the problems with conventional approaches to these conditions, and how to treat and potentially cure the underlying causes.

Cal Dimas, MD

2:30 PM
Radiology in Tough Cases
Choosing a path for efficient diagnosis can become quite complex in tough cases. In this talk we’ll go over the elements that help us make the best imaging choices.

Paul Anderson, ND

4:00 PM
Tough Cases: How to Think and Where to Go When You Are Stuck
All healthcare providers get stuck. Everyone. As the human population gets more and more sensitized by growing environmental toxicity, superinfections, microbial resistance, immunosuppressive therapies and the like this problem will only increase. What were once “easy to cure” cases now arise as “impossible” cases with increasing complexity and challenge to the practitioner. How do we as providers grow to meet these real life challenges? How do we explain these issues and changes to our patients? How do we keep the patient motivated? And how do we think in a way that is growth and change oriented (as opposed to the static way most of us were taught)? In this session Dr. Anderson will break these and other factors down to both reinforce the validity of this issue in medicine but also to set forth a pathway the clinician can use to problem solve and move forward.

Melinda Bower, ND

9:30 AM
Preventing and reversing mild cognitive decline using naturopathic therapies.
Discussion of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for mild cognitive decline. This talk will focus on using the foundations of health as a major component to treating this issue, and how the basic training of NDs allows us to be successful in treating these patients. We will also review research on these therapies and review case studies.

Kathryn Retzler, ND

1:00 PM
Sexual Dysfunction in Men: Causes, Diagnosis, & Treatment Options
This presentation will address the following:
  • Types of sexual dysfunction: desire/arousal, orgasm, erectile dysfunction.
  • Workup including history, questionnaires, lab work, PE, imaging.
  • Comprehensive treatment options (emphasizing tolle causum & treating the whole person): mental health, diet, exercise, physical therapy, supplements, medications, extracorporeal shockwave, and injections.

Richard Kitaeff, ND, DipAc, LAc

3:00 PM
Assessment and Treatment of Dysautonomia: Tuning the Instrument
Considering the diversity of biological systems (cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, mental-emotional, and others) controlled by the autonomic nervous system, autonomic dysregulation may be the most common syndrome presented to health care practitioners. Neuropsychological mechanisms of autonomic control and conditions resulting from dysregulation will be reviewed, along with methods of assessment, natural therapy options, and a published case study.

Sunday Schedule

Brooke Bodeen, ND

8:30 AM
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: Assessment and Treatment in Patients with Complex Chronic Illness
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is an under-diagnosed condition in many patients with complex chronic illness. If left unidentified and untreated, it can impair patients’ healing process. This presentation will cover assessment for MCAS as a co-morbidity using history, physical exam, and lab work as well as cover treatment options and clinical pearls for navigating histamine issues in complex cases, with consideration given to patients with concurrent parasite infections, mold illness and Lyme Disease. Treatment options discussed will include pharmaceutical, natural and dietary interventions. Practitioners will come away from this talk with the necessary tools needed assess and treat this condition.

David Musnick, MD

9:30 AM
Osteoarthritis: Pathophysiology and Treatment Approaches
This presentation will cover the following: Pathophysiology of Osteoarthritis, Treatment with Diet, Supplements and Modalities such as Frequency Specific Microcurrent, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Treatment, transdermal medication and exercise. I will cover OA of the thumb and hands as well as the neck, low back, knees, shoulders and hips. I will cover an approach to joint injury as well as chronic Osteoarthritis conditions.

Mandy Gulla, ND

10:30 AM
Treat The Cause: Multisystem Dysfunction Resulting From Infection.
This talk will review the history of Para Infectious Disease Syndrome (PIDS), what is currently being seen in the clinic, and how this interfaces with environmental medicine, auto-immune disease, nutrient deficiencies and allergies. Dr. Gulla will review case studies in a lively, engaging discussion of how to target infectious illnesses and restore balance to multi-system dysfunction. Presentation materials will include stories, pictures, cases and research. Clinicians will leave with a larger map for understanding the clinical picture of PIDS, information about lab ordering and interpretation, and gentle and effective treatment strategies for PIDS patients.

John Sherman, ND

1:00 PM
Amazing Patient Recoveries from 40 Years of Naturopathic Practice
Practicing naturopathic medicine for 40 years allows a physician to witness profound and permanent healing for many individuals. Not all cures can be attributable to naturopathy, but a deep respect for the healing power of nature can set the stage for a patient to heal themselves given the right tools and the right encouragement. Many different therapies will be described, as there are many paths on the journey to healing. A new respect and appreciation for the vis will hopefully inspire you in your own practice, and perhaps spark new interest in different naturopathic modalities.

Ashok Bhandari, ND

2:30 PM
Addressing Pain and Stiffness Through Strengthening
A short presentation on the biomechanical and neurological aspects of pain and dysponesis (specifically addressed will be low back pain and neck pain) and how specific assessments and focused exercise prescriptions can - sometimes immediately – modulate descending cortical pain inhibition pathways to improve pain-free range of motion. Focus will be to provide an introduction to this vast and in-depth field, while also providing clinical tools that can be usefully implemented in-office.

Michelle Leary-Chang, ND and Daniel Lukaczer, ND

3:00 PM
Functional Medicine Matrix for Case Analysis
This presentation will provide an overview of the Institute of Functional Medicine’s assessment tools: the matrix and timeline. These tools are used as a method of gathering and organizing patient information to help identify root causes of dysfunction. Complex case examples will demonstrate how diagnostics and treatment were influenced using these specific intake methods.

Sabrina Kimball, ND, LAc

3:30 PM
Beyond SIBO: Diagnosis and Treatment of Fungal Overgrowth of the Small Intestine
Intestinal fungal overgrowth commonly occurs with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) or can be a result of SIBO treatment. Learn about the signs and symptoms of intestinal fungal overgrowth, assessment and effective treatment approaches. Treatment approaches to be discussed: pharmaceuticals, herbal interventions, probiotics and dietary interventions.

Megan Taylor, ND

4:30 PM
Approaches to “Colitis” in Naturopathic Primary Care - What you need to know about ulcerative colitis, crohn’s disease, and microscopic colitis
The purpose of this presentation will be to provide a concise outline what all naturopathic primary care providers should know about ulcerative colitis, crohn’s disease, and microscopic colitis to confidently co-manage these conditions with GI Specialists. It will include an overview of conventional work-up, treatment, and monitoring, key pearls in case management, as well as the naturopathic supportive therapies (e.g., nutritional, botanical, etc.) that many patients are looking for when establishing cares with naturopathic physicians.



The following hotels are offering discounts:


Courtyard Seattle/North Lynnwood/Everett
4220 Alderwood Mall Blvd, Lynnwood, WA 98036
$119/night Must book by September 11, 2019.

Embassy Suites
20610 44th Ave West
Lynnwood, WA 98036
$139/night Must book by September 27, 2019