2019 Featured Speakers
Robert Miller, CTN, is a Certified Traditional Naturopath specializing in the field of natural health, including genetic-specific nutrition, homeopathy, stress reduction, detoxification and education. He earned his naturopathic degree from Trinity School of Natural Health and is board certified.
Emily Givler, DSC is a Functional/Genetic Nutrition Consultant and Dietary Supplements Counselor with the NutriGenetic Research Institute and Tree of Life. She specializes in food sensitivities, utilizing genetically influenced dietary protocols designed to maximize health outcomes while maintaining a healthy relationship with food. She holds degrees from the Holt Institute of Medicine and Pan-American Institute.
Neil Nathan, MD
Presenting: "The Cell Danger Response: A Model for Understanding Chronic Illness and the Healing Process"
Neil Nathan, MD, has been in medical practice for 47 years and has been Board Certified by the American Academy of Family Medicine, and the American Academy of Pain Management. He is a Founding Diplomate for the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and a Founding Diplomate of ISEAI. His focus for the past 25 years has been on understanding chronic illness and how to help patients to heal from it. He is a recognized speaker both nationally and internationally and is the author of 5 books, the most recent being "Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and Chronic Environmental Illness.
Joseph Mercola, DO
Board certified family physician for past 35 years and started mercola.com in 1997 which has been most visited natural health site in the world for the last 17 years. Author of over 12 bestselling books.
Jill Carnahan, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP
Dr. Carnahan completed her residency at the University of Illinois Program in Family Medicine at Methodist Medical Center. In 2006 she was voted by faculty to receive the Resident Teacher of the Year award and elected to Central Illinois 40 Leaders Under 40. She received her medical degree from Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago and her Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Engineering at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She was board-certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) in 2005 and in Family Medicine (ABFM) in 2006 through 2016. Dr. Jill was also part of the first 100+ health-care practitioners to be certified in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFMCP). Following residency Dr. Carnahan’s vision for health and healing resulted in the creation of Methodist Center for Integrative Medicine in Peoria, IL where she served as the Medical Director for 4 years. In 2010, she founded Flatiron Functional Medicine in Boulder, Colorado where she has a widely sought after medical clinic with a broad range of service including medical and nutritional consultations, and massage therapy. Dr. Jill has overcome both breast cancer and Crohn’s disease and passionate about teaching patients how to “live well” and thrive in the midst of complex and chronic illness. She is also passionate about teaching other physicians how to address underlying cause of illness rather than just treating symptoms through the principles of functional medicine. She is a prolific writer, speaker, and loves to inspire others with her passion for health and healing!
If you would like to read more about Dr. Jill, visit www.drcarnahan.com.
Sandeep Gupta, MD
Sandeep Gupta is an integrative medicine physician from Australia who takes great pride in focusing on the underlying causes of chronic medical conditions.
Dr Gupta graduated from medical school at the University of Queensland in Australia in 1999. He has extensive experience working in the hospital system, particularly in the area of Intensive Care, including post-cardiac surgery intensive care.
Dr Gupta then went on to invest many years training in integrative medicine, and was awarded a Fellowship of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) in 2008 and a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in 2010. He also has a physician training certification with Dr Ritchie Shoemaker in chronic inflammatory illness and a Masters of Nutrition with Dr Gabriel Cousens in diabetes and living food nutrition. Other major influences include William Wolcott CN, Robert Marshall PhD, and Dietrich Klinghardt MD PhD.
He established the Lotus Institute of Holistic Health in 2017 to provide training in integrative medicine for those who seek it. He has also had an advocacy role in integrative medicine in Australia, which currently is fighting for its rightful place in the Australian medical landscape.
Dr Gupta strives to walk his talk in his own life, keeps up to date with current developments in the field, and genuinely aims to approach clients with respect, service and empathy. He believes listening and validation of an individual journey are some of the most powerful gifts and practitioner can give anyone.
Mackay Rippey, L.Ac.
Acupuncturist Mackay Rippey’s interest in nitric oxide was sparked in the spring of 2017 during a high stress month when he woke up unable to lift his right arm. He was diagnosed with Parsonage-Turner Syndrome, most likely caused by a Lyme disease flare. As he looked into nerve damage mediated by infections, nitric oxide emerged as a central player and was hailed as both a promoter and attenuator of neuronal damage.
That paradox reminded Mackay of the often contradictory and conflicting teaching of Chinese Medicine. He was convinced the ancient Chinese concepts of dynamic balance could help conceptualize the underlying crucial biological functions of nitric oxide. Two and a half years and 1,146 papers later, Mackay is ready to lay out a framework for clinicians to understand and modulate nitric oxide in their practice.
Along the way, Mackay learned about genomic nutrition when he interviewed Bob Miller for his weekly Lyme disease podcast, Lyme Ninja Radio. That partnership continued with additional interviews and Bob inviting Mackay to become part of Nutrigenomic Institute’s research team.
Beth O’Hara, MA
Beth O'Hara, MA Functional Naturopath, has over eighteen years of experience working with clients to unlock the keys to their health mysteries and support their healing journeys. She has spent her life studying four interrelated areas of wellness: Genetic Analysis, Functional Naturopathy, Emotional Wellness, and Somatic Intelligence. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physiological Psychology, a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, and is completing a doctorate in Naturopathy with a concentration in Functional Medicine Approaches. She holds a certification in MethylGenetic NutritionTM and has studied biochemistry and genetics extensively for the past five years. She teaches both nationally and internationally. Her websites are bethohara.com and mastcell360.com.
Lari Young, MD
Dr. Lari Young received her Medical Degree from the University of Vermont School of Medicine as well as a Master’s Degree in Outcomes Research from Dartmouth College. Prior to medical school, she spent the first decade of her career in cardiovascular research at Massachusetts General Hospital with a focus on measuring and analyzing patient outcomes. In addition to residency training and a post-doctoral fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Wake Forest University, Dr. Young trained in medical acupuncture and functional medicine through the Helms Medical Institute and the Institute of Functional Medicine. Her passion for holistic healing and bridging the gap between conventional and alternative wellness therapies led her to open her first private practice in 2012, now known as THRIVE Integrated Health. Dr. Young utilizes a functional medical approach to address the root causes of chronic illness and other wellness issues. She employs a mind-body-spirit approach and emphasizes the importance of patients taking an active role in improving and maintaining their health.
Stephanie Seneff, PhD
Dr. Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She has a BS degree from MIT in biology and MS, EE and PhD degrees from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. Her recent interests have focused on the role of toxic chemicals and micronutrient deficiencies in health and disease, with a special emphasis on the pervasive herbicide, Roundup, and the mineral, sulfur. Her investigations have led to a strong hypothesis that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is the key factor in the autism epidemic and in many other neurological and autoimmune diseases. She has authored over thirty peer-reviewed journal papers over the past few years on these topics, and has delivered numerous slide presentations around the world.