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Walter J. Crinnion, ND
Walter J. Crinnion ND graduated with the first class at what is now, Bastyr University (then called the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine) in Seattle, Washington in 1982. While there, he had the privilege to have Dr. Bastyr, Dr. Bill Mitchell and Dr. Joe Pizzorno as teachers, mentors and, ultimately friends. Naturopathic medicine is based upon a handful of principles that include: Treat the cause, the healing power of nature and doctor as teacher. He embraced all of the principles and soon began to explore why some patients were not getting better when safe and powerful natural healing techniques were used. He soon realized that the cause of some illnesses were due to an overload of environmental toxicants. Since no one had begun to teach this aspect of medicine in medical schools, he began to search diligently through all the published medical journals and medical conferences to find answers.
Now with over 30 years of medical practice, he is considered one of the foremost experts in the field of environmental medicine. He started the environmental medicine classes at Bastyr University, University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM). He was a professor and chair of the Environmental Medicine department at SCNM from 2003 – 2013.. He also does twelve-month training courses for licensed healthcare providers who wish to become more proficient in environmental medicine. He founded the Naturopathic Association of Environmental Medicine, a specialty board for practitioners in this field that sets standards of care and provides board certification in this area. Dr. Crinnion lectures acrossNorth America and Europe at medical conferences where he is a sought-after speaker.
His first book: Clean, Green and Lean was published by Wiley & Sons in 2009, and is an excellent overview of environmental medicine and how to lower your burden of environmental toxicants and regain your health. He has been a guest on ABC’s The View three times with Barbara Walters in 2001, talking about toxic compounds in our everyday environments and how to protect ourselves. Dr. Crinnion was also asked by the Huffington Post to be a blogger on their site, providing all of their readers with current and accurate information about health and the environment. He is the editor of the environmental medicine section of the journal, Alternative Medicine Review, and has been appointed to the editorial review boards of the New England Journal of Medicine, Pharmaceutical Biology, Science of the Total Environment and the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. Dr. Crinnion has also authored over 25 articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals (available on PubMed). He has also helped to create laboratory panels that have become the standard of care for detecting environmentally –induced illnesses and has also turned his prodigious talent toward making unique dietary supplements that are some of the most active and powerful supplements available in the market to date.
Cheryl Gray, RD
Cheryl Gray is a registered dietitian and a natural leader who inspires others with her passion for individualized nutrition, functional medicine, and wellness. She graduated at the top of her class from Colorado State University with a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and completed her clinical internship at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. She went on to serve as Chief Clinical Dietitian for the Motion Picture Television Hospital in Los Angeles, CA, and consulted with several long-term care facilities in Southern California. With over 20 years experience, Cheryl has worked in the nutraceutical industry for leading companies as Metagenics, Pharmax, and Thorne Research, where she educated physicians on the value of nutrition and functional medicine principles. Her focus has been on teaching others to restore optimal health and wellness by correcting the underlying cause of disease.
In 2001 Cheryl founded and worked as Executive Director on the highly successful Functional Medicine Forum (FMF), the first of it’s kind in Colorado using her leadership skills to create a series of monthly educational lectures to teach health-care providers the science-based principles of functional medicine. As a gifted visionary, Cheryl used the forum to bring these principles to the forefront and created a solid community of educated practitioners committed to attending this venue on a regular basis.
Cheryl also produced the internationally recognized Seeds of Doubt Conferences, a series of unique one-day conferences, which examined the detrimental effects of GMOs on human health and the environment. This series of conferences presented the latest compelling research from leading experts around the world and brought to the forefront the importance of educating practitioners and their patients of the growing concerns of toxicity worldwide.
Cheryl recently Co-Chaired the “Right to Know Colorado–GMO” campaign, an initiative working to get genetically modified foods labeled in the State of Colorado. Currently she consults with corporations, physicians and healthcare providers to assist them in incorporating functional & environmental medicine into their practice model.
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 licensed naturopathic physician in Arizona and recently in Colorado for the last 30 years.
Dr. Patrick is a published author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and has been a Contributing Editor for Alternative Medicine Review, a Medline-indexed journal of complementary/alternative medical research. She speaks internationally on the integrative medical treatment of chronic hepatitis C, environmental medicine, liver disease, endocrine disruption and other topics.
She is a past consultant to 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 environmental medicine and metal toxicology. She is also a physician-member of the Hepatitis C Ambassadors Team, a national interdisciplinary team of integrative medicine providers and hepatologists seeking answers to chronic hepatitis C treatment through research and education in complementary/alternative medicine. The book ”Choices”, which she co-authored, is available at no cost to physicians and patients at http://www.hepcchallenge.org.
In 2013, along with fellow naturopathic physician and educator Jessica Tran, she started Progressive Medical Education, an online continuing education site for primary care providers. Progressive Medical Education. She has taught and created curriculum in a variety of areas: integrative treatment of chronic hepatitis C, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and clinician training courses in environmental medicine.
In her spare time she enjoys biking, hiking and kayaking the mountains, lakes, and rivers of southwestern Colorado and growing Traditional Chinese Herbs at her urban farm in Mancos, Colorado.