Speakers

Lawrence B Afrin MD

Jill C. Carnahan MD ABIHM ABoIM IFMCP

David Carpenter MD

Aviad Elgez ND

Anne Marie Fine ND

Stephen Fry MS MD

Rolf Halden PhD

Magda Havas PhD

Tyrone Hayes PhD

John Hibbs ND

Richard Horowitz MD

Stephanie McCarter MD

Bonnie Nedrow ND

Jennifer Nyland PhD


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Nafysa Parpia ND

Lyn Patrick ND

Michelle Perro MD

Aristo Vojdani PhD


Speaker Bios

Lawrence B Afrin MD

Dr. Afrin earned a B.S. in Computer Science at Clemson University in 1984 and then an M.D. at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 1988, where he also pursued internalmedicine residency and hematology/oncology clinical and research fellowships. While onfaculty at MUSC 1995-2014, he was active in undergraduate and graduate medical education,information technology and educational administration (including hematology/oncologyfellowship program director for 13 years), and practice and research in hematology/oncology andmedical informatics. Since the mid-’00s, his clinical work has increasingly focused inhematology, especially mast cell disease; he also directed MUSC’s myeloproliferative neoplasmsclinical trials program. While at the University of Minnesota 2014-17 furthering his interests inmast cell disease, he also served as assistant hematology/oncology fellowship program director,hematology/oncology medical student education director, and IRB reviewer. In 2017 he leftUMN to develop an independent institute (located in the greater New York City area) for advancing care, research, and education in mast cell disease, and he is also working to develop aglobal investigative network in this area. He has served on national panels on oncologyeducation and quality care and has spoken widely in his areas of focus. He has an extensive record of peer-reviewed publications, including some of the most highly accessed articles aboutmast cell activation syndrome and a popular book in the field, and he serves on the editorialboards for several journals. He also has served on the medical advisory boards for various organizations in the field including The Mastocytosis Society.

Jill C. Carnahan, MD, ABIHM, ABoIM, 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 http://www.drcarnahan.com

David Carpenter, MD

David O. Carpenter is a public health physician whose current position is Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany, as well as Professor of Environmental Health Sciences within the School of Public Health at the University at Albany.  After receiving his MD degree from Harvard Medical School he chose a career of research and public health. After research positions at the National Institute of Mental Health and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, he came to Albany in 1980 as the Director of the Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research of the New York State Department of Health, the third largest public health laboratory in the US after NIH and CDC. In an effort to build ties to an academic program, he initiated efforts to create a partnership between the New York State Department of Health and the University at Albany, resulting in the creation of the School of Public Health in 1985. He was then appointed as the founding Dean of the School of Public Health, a position he held until 1998 when he became the Director of the Institute of Health and the Environment. The Institute has been named as a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization.

Dr, Carpenter directed a large, interdisciplinary research study on polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) designed around the PCB contamination coming from three aluminum foundries directly adjacent to the Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne, a Native American community of individuals who traditionally eat fish from waters now heavily contaminated with PCBs.  Serum PCB levels, clinical chemistry measurements and medical information was obtained from over 1,600 members of the Mohawk Nation. Dr. Carpenter has also conducted health effects studies of other PCB-exposed populations, including an Alaskan Native population living on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska and residents of Anniston, Alabama who live near to the Monsanto plant that manufactured PCBs. He has more than 450 peer-reviewed scientific publications, many on health effects of PCBs, and has edited six books.

Aviad Elgez ND

Dr. Aviad Elgez ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who graduated with recognition and awards for academic excellence from the accredited Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2008. Dr. Elgez also holds a psychology degree from York University. In 2013 he completed advanced training in environmental medicine with Dr. Walter Crinnion as well as postgraduate training in  intravenous therapies. Dr. Elgez is very involved with the environmental medicine community, and presents at conferences such as the Environmental Health Symposium where he received an award in 2017 for his work on solvent exposure.Dr. Elgez’s passion is in environmental medicine, working in collaboration with other clinicians as an investigator for very complex patient cases. He also has particular interests in treating neurological/mental health and autoimmune conditions including anxiety, depression, Lyme disease (MSIDS), Parkinson’s disease, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, multiple sclerosis (MS), Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Co-owner and founder of EnviroMed Clinic in Toronto, and practices in an environmentally-focused position at the Centre of Advanced Medicine in Whitby, Dr. Elgez focuses on solving difficult patient cases through thorough investigations utilizing a detailed environmental exposure history, blood, urine, and genetic testing to reveal the underlying cause.

Anne Marie Fine ND

Dr. Fine is a licensed naturopathic doctor in California and Arizona. She graduated with high academic honors from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ in 2000. Dr. Fine has published articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and lectures nationally and internationally on environmental medicine topics. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Environmental Medicine where she serves on the Faculty of NAEM’s Environmental Medicine Training programs. She is especially sensitive to the weighty effects of today’s myriad chemical ingredients found in personal care products on developing fetuses, babies, children, and adults. Dr. Fine lives and practices in Newport Beach, CA.

Stephen Fry MS, MD

Stephen Fry has a BS in Microbiology, MS in Molecular Biology and Medical Degree all earned at the University of Arizona. He completed his postgraduate training at Banner Health and St Joseph’s Medical Center in the Phoenix metropolitan area. He has been in general practice in the Scottsdale, Arizona since 1992 and has had a special clinical interest in CFS, autoimmune and vascular disease. He has lectured nationally and has numerous publications, abstracts, and patents. His science interests are in the microbial causation of chronic disease, biofilms, and their treatment. Because of these interests Dr. Fry has worked on new methods for disease detection which have culminated in the development of a Next-Gen Sequencing system for microbial identification. Dr. Fry is the founder of Fry Laboratories LLC, a CLIA clinical diagnostic laboratory that participates in CAP and API validation systems. The laboratory specializes in vector borne diseases, molecular methods of detection of prokaryotes, archaea, protozoans, and fungi. Dr. Fry is a member of I.L.A.D.S., the A.M.A., the Arizona Biotechnology Consortium, the I.S.N.V.D., and holds many patents on cutting edge biotechnological and diagnostic innovations.

Diseases of Interest: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Gulf War Veterans Illness, Chronic Lyme Disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Scleroderma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Vascular Disease. Organisms of Interest: Borrelia (Lyme), Babesia, Bartonella, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Coxiella (Q-Fever),Toxoplasma, Rickettsia, Plasmodium, and novel biofilm-forming Protozoa.

Dr. Fry enjoys family time and has a private pilot’s license, is an avid skier, sailor and bicyclist.

Rolf Halden PhD

Rolf Halden received master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering (with a concentration in environmental engineering) from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in biology from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. He is registered as a professional environmental engineer (PE) in Minnesota and Arizona.

Dr. Halden is currently the director of the Center for Environmental Health Engineering at the Biodesign Institute, professor in the Ira A. Fulton School for Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, and senior sustainability scientist in the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

Halden is a noted expert in determining where in the environment mass-produced chemicals wind up, their impact on health, and how to remove them from contaminated water resources, aquifers and agricultural soils. Toxins of interest include dioxins, anti-bacterial products, pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), organohalides, problematic plastics and their additives, as well as pesticides – all having potential health impacts, including adverse birth outcomes, inflammation and increased risk of cancer.

In addition to toxins in wastewater, Halden’s team is researching the emission of toxic dioxin into U.S. air from incineration of triclosan-laden municipal sludge, or biosolids, and, in a related study, completed the first whole-genome sequencing of a naturally occurring bacterium uniquely capable of using toxic dioxins as a food source.

While investigating the burden of toxic chemicals in the human body, Halden and collaborators completed a global assessment of contaminants and proteins detectable in umbilical cord blood to better understand the fetal health risks from in utero exposures to tobacco constituents from maternal smoking and to other environmental toxins. This work yielded the first map of hundreds of proteins detectable in human cord blood and singled out more than a dozen interesting biomarker candidates of toxic exposures and effect.

Halden’s research found common pesticides in cord blood, suggesting that pregnant women receive regular, chronic exposures, which may perturb fetal development. He is part of an ASU team studying the potential health risks of engineered nanomaterials in water, food, commercial products and biological samples.

Prior to his work at ASU, Halden was at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, where he served as a co-founding member of the Center for Water and Health. He maintains an adjunct faculty appointment at Hopkins in the Department of Environment Health Sciences. Prior to joining academia, Halden was a project engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he directed the construction and operation of physical and biological groundwater treatment systems.

In 2010, Halden edited a book for the American Chemical Society (ACS) entitled “Contaminants of Emerging Concern: Ecotoxicological and Human Health Considerations,” published by Oxford University Press. He has authored >100 peer-reviewed articles, 11 book chapters, 15 patent applications, 160 conference papers, and presented over 110 invited lectures and keynote addresses at national and international scientific symposia. Halden is a special government employee who provides expert advice to several governmental agencies, the National Research Council and the FDA’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee.

Magda Havas PhD

Magda Havas is Professor Emeritus at Trent School of the Environment and Centre for Health Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada. She does research on the biological effects of electromagnetic pollution and on the beneficial effects of electrotherapies. Dr. Havas received her PhD at the University of Toronto and did postdoctoral research at Cornell before returning to Canada. She works with people who are suffering with chronic illness including diabetes, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and arthritis and with those who have developed electro-hyper-sensitivity (EHS). Her latest research links microwave radiation from wireless phones to heart irregularities including arrhythmia and tachycardia.

Dr. Havas has edited 3 books and authored more than 185 publications. She is co-author of Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution. Dr. Havas is internationally recognized, both for her previous work on acid rain and metal pollution and for her current research in the area of electromagnetic pollution and electromagnetic therapy. Since 2000, Dr. Havas has given more than 300 lectures in 30 countries and at 24 universities. She is increasingly being invited to give talks at medical and health conferences on the beneficial effects of frequency therapy and on the health effects of electromagnetic pollution. These “newer” modalities of frequency therapy are commonly used in Europe and elsewhere but are not well recognized in North America. They have the potential to improve the quality of life for those who are chronically ill, revolutionize health care and significantly reduce health care costs.

Dr. Havas has provided expert testimony in Canada, U.S., U.K., South Africa, and the Philippines on the health effects of power lines, occupational magnetic field exposure and radio frequency radiation. She serves/served as a science advisor to various government and non-government organizations in Canada and internationally including but not limited to the EMR Policy Institute (U.S.), International Association of Fire Fighters (Canada/U.S./Mexico), Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST), Great Lakes Science Advisory Board Workgroup on Emerging Issues, International Joint Commission (Canada/U.S.), and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC). She helped draft the International EMF Scientist Appeal signed by 220 scientists and medical doctors from more than 40 countries that was submitted to the UN and WHO in 2015 (see emfscientist.org). Her previous work on air pollution helped bring in clean air legislation (Canada/U.S.) and she hopes that her current work on electrosmog will do the same.

Tyrone Hayes PhD

Dr. Hayes earned his BA and MA degrees in biology in 1989 from Harvard University. His dissertation on the genetic and environmental mechanisms determining the gender of the wood frog would be indicative of the research he would pursue later. After graduating from Harvard University, Hayes continued his studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his PhD degree in integrative biology in 1993 for his study of the role of hormones in mediating developmental responses to environmental changes in amphibians.

Hayes worked as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley before he became an assistant professor at the University in 1994. He was appointed to a full professorship position in 2003. Hayes’ scientific research continues to focus on the potential of genetic adaptation and the role of hormones in the development of the amphibian. His investigations have shown that chemical agents, such as a commonly used herbicide, have the ability to negatively impact the sexual development of the amphibian, even when such toxins are present in low concentrations. Hayes has taken an interest in the hormonal regulation and development of aggressive behavior. Hayes has also been active with the National Science Foundation Review Panel since 1995, and he has served on several other advisory boards as well.

John Hibbs ND

John Hibbs graduated from John Bastyr College and has been licensed in Washington as a naturopathic doctor since 1983. He is a senior member of the Clinical Faculty at Bastyr University Kenmore-Seattle campus, and served as a Director for National Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX) Board for 8 years. Dr. Hibbs teaches Environmental Medicine, Toxicology, and Depuration Therapy in Bastyr’s School of Naturopathic Medicine, including all core competencies and an elective on the Toxicology and Management of Metals. He has supervised specialty clinics in Environmental Medicine at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle since 2005.

He a member of the Board of Directors of the NAEM (National Association of Environmental Medicine) and  Faculty for the Training in Environmental Medicine programs NAEM offers and has lectured both nationally and internationally on toxicant exposure and treatment in environmental medicine.

Richard Horowitz MD

Dr. Richard Horowitz is a board-certified internist and the medical director of the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center, an integrative medical center which combines both classical and complementary approaches in the treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne disorders. He has treated over 13,000 Lyme and tick-borne disease patients in the last 30 years, with patients coming from all over the US, Canada, and Europe to his clinic. He is former Assistant Director of Medicine of Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and is one of the founding members and past president elect of ILADS, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. He is also past president of the ILADEF, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of health care professionals on tick-borne diseases. Dr Horowitz has trained over 100 healthcare providers in diagnosing and caring for patients with treatment-resistant tick-borne disorders and was previously awarded the Humanitarian of the Year award by the Turn the Corner Foundation for his treatment of Lyme Disease. He has dedicated his life to helping those stricken with this devastating illness.

He is also the author of two best-selling books on Lyme disease, Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease (2013, NY Times Best Seller), and How Can I Get Better? An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease (2017, national bestseller). These books incorporate recent scientific advances and explain in detail how healthcare providers can effectively diagnose and treat resistant chronic illness. In addition, he has co-authored peer-reviewed Lyme guidelines, and published in the medical literature on novel “persister” drugs for the treatment of Lyme disease and coinfections, as well as the role of the 16-point MSIDS model in chronic illness.

Finally, he has served as a consultant to governmental agencies around the world, including those in China, Australia, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Dr Horowitz is a member of the HHS Tick-borne Disease Working Group, which was formed by the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act. He is also co-chair of the “Other Tick-borne Diseases and Coinfections” subcommittee to help our country improve the care of those suffering with tick-borne disorders.

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Stephanie McCarter MD

Stephanie McCarter, MD currently practices internal medicine and environmental medicine at the Environmental Health Center of Dallas with fifteen years of experience working with its world-renowned founder, Dr. William Rea. She has built her own eco-friendly, low-electromagnetic-field home, consulting with well-known experts in healthy house building, including David Rousseau and Tang Lee of Canada, and Mary Oetzel in Texas. She has lectured on Environmental Medicine in the areas of indoor/outdoor air quality, avoiding pollutants in air, food and water, evaluation and treatment of electromagnetic field sensitivity, and on preparing antigens for provocation/neutralization immunotherapy. Dr. McCarter has been acknowledged for her work on Dr. Rea’s book, “Reversibility of Chronic Degenerative Disease and Hypersensitivity”, Vol. 1. She has extensive experience with electromagnetic sensitivity, lecturing on the subject at the University of Texas Dallas in March of 2017, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) basic course in Dallas in January of 2016, the AAEM Spring conference in April, 2015 and the 25th and 28th Annual International Symposiums on “Man and His Environment in Health and Disease”

Dr. McCarter is board certified in Internal Medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians and the Alpha Omega Alpha medical society. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1993 and from Pepperdine University in 1989.

She is the only certified practitioner in Texas in Neurolink Treatment having trained with the Master’s Courses. Neurolink uses a Neurological Integration System (NIS) for treatment of symptoms and complaints. NIS uses muscle testing of Chinese pulse points to identify incongruence of signals between the brain and the body that are affecting control in one or more of four areas of the body: then helps to facilitate the brain to reset these disconnected signals.

Recently Dr. McCarter also began working and training in the field of LDA (low dose antigen) and LDI (low dose immunotherapy) with Dr. Charles Hamel in Arlington, TX. Dr McCarter believes that the body is an energetically open system that is exchanging energy and materials with its surrounding environment and must be treated as such to achieve total wellness. She strongly believes such treatment should be of the whole body, mind, and spirit.

Bonnie Nedrow, ND

Dr. Nedrow graduated from Bastyr University with an ND degree and specializes in environmental medicine in the fields of reproductive and metabolic health. She has a strong background in naturopathic family practice including home birth, pediatric care and preconception optimization. Dr. Nedrow has written three books for the public on detoxification and cleansing diets and has presented to her peers on the effects of toxicants on reproductive health numerous times over the past 9 years. Dr. Nedrow is the acting President for the National Association of Environmental Medicine and has a private telemedicine and traveling practice in Oregon and Northern California. For more about Dr. Nedrow visit Keto-Cleanse.com.

Jennifer Nyland PhD

Jennifer Nyland received her PhD in immunology from State University of New York Upstate Medical University in 2003 and her BA in Chemistry from Cornell University in 1992.

She is currently Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Program Director, Henson Honors Program in Science & Mathematics at the Henson School of Science and Technology at Salisbury University in Salisbury MD.

Her laboratory has had three research focus areas, all related to the immunotoxic effects of metals exposures. In one area, she utilizes epidemiological studies to examine the effects of mercury on biomarkers of immune modulation and in vitro studies to probe the mechanisms of these effects. In the second area, her lab has utilized in vivo mouse models of disease (autoimmune myocarditis, type-2 diabetes, and obesity) to explore the impacts of mercury and arsenic exposure on mechanisms of disease progression and severity. Finally, in the third research area, they are collaborating with a marine science lab at Salisbury University to examine the impacts of environmental toxicants on marine organisms starting with phytoplankton and zooplankton.

Lyn Patrick ND

Lyn Patrick ND graduated from Bastyr University in 1984 with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and has been in private practice as a state licensed naturopathic physician in Arizona and Colorado for 30 years.

She is a published author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, a  past Contributing Editor for Alternative Medicine Review, a Medline-indexed journal of complementary/alternative medical research and recently authored a chapter in the newly released textbook Clinical Environmental Medicine (Elsevier). She speaks internationally on environmental medicine, fatty liver disease, endocrine disruption, metal toxicology and other topics. She is currently Faculty for the Metabolic Medicine Institute Fellowship in collaboration with George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

She is a current member of the Board of Directors of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) and a planner and faculty member for ACAM’s continuing medical education conferences, lecturing in the area of chelation and metal toxicology. She is also a current member of the Board of DIrectors of the National Association Environmental Medicine and it’s Recent Past President and also a founding partner and presenter at the Environmental Health Symposium, an annual international environmental medicine conference based in the United States.

In her spare time she enjoys biking, hiking and kayaking the mountains, lakes, and rivers of southwestern Colorado.

Michelle Perro MD

Michelle Perro, MD, DHOM is a veteran pediatrician with over thirty-eight years of experience in acute and integrative medicine. More than fifteen years ago, Dr. Perro transformed her clinical practice to include pesticide and health advocacy. She has both directed and worked as attending physician from New York’s Metropolitan Hospital to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

Dr. Perro has managed her own business, Down to Earth Pediatrics, creating a new field of integrative urgent care medicine. She is currently lecturing and consulting as well as working with Gordon Medical Associates, an integrative health center in Northern California.  Dr. Perro has co-authored the highly acclaimed book, “What’s Making our Children Sick” (https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/whats-making-our-children-sick/) and is Executive Director of a non-profit scientific-based website, https://www.gmoscience.org. Dr. Perro has joined the staff at Dominican University in Northern California and will be a pediatric lecturer with their Physician Assistant Program.  She has authored many publications and has a new column, “Pediatric Pearls" with the journal, “The Townsend Letter”.

Aristo Vojdani, PhD

Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc, CLS, obtained his MSc and PhD in the fields of microbiology and clinical immunology from Bar-Ilan University in Israel with postdoctoral studies in comparative immunology at UCLA and tumor immunology at Charles Drew/UCLA School of Medicine and Science. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept. of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University in California, and an Adjunct Professor at the Lincoln College of Professional, Graduate and Continuing Education at the National University of Health Sciences. His ongoing research focuses on the role of environmental triggers in complex diseases. Dr. Vojdani's research has resulted in the development of more than 300 antibody assays for the detection of autoimmune disorders and other diseases. He holds fifteen US patents for laboratory assessments of immune disorders associated with the brain and gut, has published more than 170 articles in magazines and scientific journals, and has just published the book "Neuroimmunity and the Brain-Gut Connection" with Nova Science Publishers. He is the CEO and Technical Director of Immunosciences Lab in Los Angeles, California, and is also the Chief Scientific Advisor for Cyrex Labs in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Vojdani sits on the editorial board of five scientific journals. Over the years he has received the Herbert J. Rinkel Award, the Linus Pauling, PhD Award, the F. R. Carrick Research Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.