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 is dually board-certified in Family Medicine (ABFM) and Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). She was also part of the first 100+ health-care practitioners to be certified in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFMCP). In 2008, 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 2 years. In 2010, she founded Flatiron Functional Medicine in Boulder, Colorado where she partnered in functional medicine with medical partner, Dr. Robert Rountree. She recently opened a brand new medical clinic with a broad range of services in Louisville, Colorado. Dr. Carnahan is also 13-year survivor of 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 committed to 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 infuse others with her passion for health and healing!
Dr. Kabran Chapek, a licensed naturopathic physician, studied human biology at the University of Kansas followed by naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. With an interest in the mental health care field, he received his clinical psychiatric experience from 2007 to 2013 while treating patients with severe mental illness in a partial hospital program as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Since 2013, Dr. Chapek has been a staff physician at the Amen Clinics, a world leader in treating different types of depression, bipolar, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using a sophisticated brain-imaging technology called SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography). Dr. Chapek has extensive experience in the assessment of the aforementioned mental health problems as well as severe anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, addiction issues, dementia, sensory processing disorders, autistic spectrum disorder, and traumatic brain injuries. He has additional training from Dr. Mark Gordon, one of the leading physicians in the assessment and utilization of hormones to treat traumatic brain injuries in combination with SPECT imaging and the Amen Method.
Dr. Chapek is the founding president of the Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians, an affiliate group of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
He is actively using the MEND protocol created by neurologist Dr. Dale Bredeson for treating Alzheimer’s disease. He finds this approach particularly powerful when combined with SPECT imaging to assess patients who have early onset of the affliction or are headed toward Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Chapek has lectured at Brain Injury conferences and locally on a variety of health topics related to psychiatry. He is featured in a documentary at http://rainmakers.tv/ and is a regular guest on local radio shows such as the Natural Choice Directory Network.
Dr. Chapek follows the principles of naturopathic medicine to guide his practice. He seeks to treat the cause and do the least harm but also discern when higher-level interventions such as medication are necessary. He is well versed in the utilization of such medications.
Dr. Chapek enjoys spending time with his wife, Drie, and their three children as well as going on long runs, free diving in the Puget Sound for Dungeness and Red Rock crabs, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
President and CEO, Roskamp Institute; VA Research Career Scientist, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital; CTO, Archer Pharmaceuticals; CEO, SRQ Bio; Director, Roskamp Institute Ph.D. Program.
Educational Background: B.S. Honors in Biochemistry and Genetics, Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland; Ph.D. in Medical Genetics, University of London, England.
Research Background: Dr. Crawford’s Ph.D. research was carried out in London as a member of the team that identified the first genetic causes of Alzheimer’s Disease. Relocating to Florida in 1992 she discovered the “Swedish” mutation, which has been used in innumerable laboratory models of Alzheimer’s world-wide. She co- founded the Roskamp Institute, which became a stand-alone research Institute in Sarasota in 2003 and is now home to a staff of more than 60 scientists, clinicians, graduate students and research assistants. In her quest for therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative and neurological diseases she has also developed and characterized laboratory models for Traumatic Brain Injury, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Gulf War Illness. She is a VA Research Career Scientist and is President and CEO of the Roskamp Institute. The successful Roskamp Drug Discovery program has resulted in development of a novel Alzheimer’s drug which is currently being evaluated in a Phase III clinical trial in Europe. Dr. Crawford’s research programs are funded by the Veterans’ Administration, the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health, as well as the Roskamp Foundation. She regularly presents her research at national and international meetings, and has published more than 140 peer reviewed research papers.
Dr. Crinnion received his Naturopathic Doctorate from Bastyr University in 1982. He maintained a private practice while simultaneously holding associate professorships at Bastyr University, SCNM, NCNM and University of Bridgeport where he taught geriatrics and environmental medicine. He was a professor and department chair for Environmental Medicine at SCNM from 2003 to 2013. He has served as an editor of the environmental medicine section of Alternative Medicine Review and has been a reviewer for several scientific and medical journals including The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Crinnion is a staunch advocate of environmental medicine and is the author of the book Clean, Green & Lean: Get rid of the toxins that make you fat. He appeared on The View with Barbara Walters three times to discuss these issues.
Dr. Aviad Elgez, ND, is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who graduated, with recognition and awards for academic excellence, from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2008. Shortly after starting to practice, he received training in Environmental Medicine with Dr. Walter Crinnion. From that point onward, his practice has mainly focused on environmental medicine, and he has developed a passion to increase awareness of this field of medicine by sharing and spreading this information to other practitioners and the general public.
Co-owner and founder of EnviroMed Clinic at the Xiaolan Health Centre in Toronto, and environmental specialist at the Centre of Advanced Medicine and the Centre of Restorative Medicine, 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.
Felice L Gersh, MD is one of a small number of Board Certified OB/GYN physicians who is also a graduate of the prestigious two-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.
Prior to her residency training, Dr. Gersh received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, where she also served for over a dozen years as a clinical assistant professor of OB/GYN.
Dr. Gersh has been the recipient of numerous awards, is a renowned international lecturer, a researcher, the author of book chapters and articles on women's health, has been featured on many web summits, webinars, and podcasts, and is currently writing two books, one on PCOS and another on nutrition for peri menopausal and menopausal women.
She is also the Medical Director for the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, California, where she works alongside her team of lifestyle and holistic practitioners to promote the optimal care of their patients.
Dr. Guilford is a clinician andresearcher. A list of this publications and research can be found at DrGuilford.com His education includes Johns Hopkins University for his undergraduate degree, the University of Texas Medical Branch for medical school, 2 years of general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, an ENT surgery residency at the University of Michigan and Board Certification in ENT. Dr. Guilford has been in clinical practice since 1979, has been using complementary medicine in his practice since1985 and was the director of a clinical laboratory specializing in in-vitro allergy and viral immunology testing (1982 -1992). Dr. Guilford’s study of the role that glutathione plays in the basic mechanism of many diseases led to his formulating a liposome encapsulation of reduced glutathione, Readisorb® Glutathione (Research on liposomal glutathione). Dr. Guilford’s recent publications include articles on the neuroprotective qualities of liposomal glutathione, the detection of mycotoxins in mold exposed individuals, deficient glutathione in mycotoxin-related illness, a review of glutathione and atherosclerosis and immune responses in conditions with low glutathione. His recent publications are listed at DrGuilford.com/publications/.A review of deficient glutathione in common ENT conditions should be published the Fall of 2017.
Dr. McCann is on staff at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, California and has been in private practice in Costa Mesa since 2008. She founded Partners in Health at the Spring Center in August 2009.
Dr. McCann received a B.A. in Music from Brown University and a Master’s in Library Science from University at Albany. She went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) and simultaneously earned a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) in Tropical Medicine (TM) at Tulane University in New Orleans. She completed both an Internal Medicine residency at Banner Samaritan Medical Center and a Pediatrics residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.
Dr. McCann practiced medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine where she worked and trained with renowned Andrew Weil, M.D., as one of 35 distinguished fellows in residence throughout the world.
After completion of the Fellowship, Dr. McCann became certified in medical acupuncture through the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, studied environmental medicine and chelation with Dr. Walter Crinnion and biotoxins with Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker. Dr. McCann recently became certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine completing a rigorous program in functional medicine. Dr. McCann also completed a Masters in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica in August 2010.
A wide variety of degenerative processes, syndromes and diseases, have been associated with oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a biological response to endogenous and exogenous exposures. Numerous environmental chemicals and drugs can initiate or exacerbate oxidative stress leading to the development of adverse outcomes. The antioxidant defense systems play a key role preventing oxidative stress damage and slowing down the progression of pathological conditions.
My research interests focus on oxidative stress and the role of paraoxonases 1, 2 and 3 in preventing chronic human disease. My current research projects include:
- Proteomics analysis of biomarkers of organophosphorus exposures
- Paraoxonases-1 and -2 in neurotoxicity caused by heavy metal exposures
- Study of paraoxonase-1 as a biomarker of cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease
- Study of a novel homocysteine thiolactonase in induced hyperhomocysteinemia
My educational background includes a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University Autonoma of Barcelona and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University Rovira i Virgili, both in Spain. I carried out my postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington where I currently hold a junior faculty position in the Division of Medical Genetics (Department of Medicine).
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.
Dr. Joseph Pizzorno is a world-leading authority on science-based natural medicine, a term he coined in 1978. A licensed naturopathic physician, educator, researcher, clinician and lecturer, he is founding president of Bastyr University, Editor-in-Chief of Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal, Treasurer of Board of Institute for Functional Medicine, co-founder of American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, board member of American Herbal Pharmacopeia, and on science boards of Hecht Foundation, Gateway for Cancer Research and Bioclinic Naturals. He was appointed by Presidents Clinton and Bush to two prestigious commissions advising the US government on how to integrate natural medicine into the healthcare system. He is recipient of numerous awards and honors and author/co-author of 11 books, including the best-selling Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (2 million copies in 6 languages) and the principal textbook in the field, the Textbook of Natural Medicine. His newest book, The Toxin Solution, will be released February 2017 by HarperCollins.
Dr. Kenneth Proefrock graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1996. He and his family live deep in the desert of Arizona with numerous snakes, lizards, tortoises, toads, dogs, horses and goats.
Prior to naturopathic medical school, he received degrees in Chemistry and Zoology from Northern Arizona University and worked as a Research and Development/Quality Assurance Chemist for Procter & Gamble.
For the past 20 years, he has conducted a very busy Naturopathic medical practice in Surprise, Arizona. He is also sole owner and formulator for Vital Force Naturopathic Compounding, which provides consulting services and a wide variety of unique and effective compounds for other Naturopathic Physicians and their patients. He speaks at conferences across the country sharing his perspective on the modern practice of Naturopathic Medicine.
He is also the Vice-President for the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners, the chairperson for the biochemistry portion of the Naturopathic Physician's Licensing Exam, and co-founder and current President of the Naturopathic Oncology Research Institute (NORI).
In his spare time, when such a thing really exists, he is in the desert with his kids, honing his skills in primitive archery, gardening, home brewing, wildcrafting, reading and writing poetry and studying obscure and old texts on spiritual matters, healing, and philosophy.
David Quig received his BS and MS degrees in human nutrition from Virginia Tech and a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Illinois. After a five year stint as a Research Associate at Cornell University, he was as a Senior Cardiovascular Pharmacologist for seven years.
For the past 20 years David has served as the Vice President of Scientific Support for Doctor’s Data, Inc. He has focused on xenobiotic and essential elements, methylation, the clinical application of the biochemistry of innate detoxification and, the influence of the gastrointestinal metabolome on health and sustained disease. David regularly speaks at national and international medical conference and, has facilitated and co-authored an array of studies in peer-reviewed journals.
Artemis P. Simopoulos, M.D. is the Founder and President of The Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, a nonprofit educational organization in Washington, D.C. since 1990.
Dr. Simopoulos was born in Greece and graduated first in her class from the Kalamata Gymnasium for Girls. A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, with a major in Chemistry, and a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Simopoulos is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society, the Endocrine Society, the American Institute of Nutrition, the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, the American College of Nutrition, the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL), the International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics (ISNN) and the American Society of Human Genetics. Dr. Simopoulos was Founder and President of the International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics (ISNN) from September 2005 to December 31st, 2009.
Dr. Simopoulos was Director of the Newborn Nursery at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. and Assistant Professor in both Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1962 to 1967. From 1968 to 1972 she did research at the Endocrinology Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) on the Genetic and Nutritional aspects of Endocrine Disorders. Dr. Simopoulos was Executive Secretary of the Division on Medical Sciences at the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. from 1972 to 1977 and Project Director for the pioneering book Genetic Screening: Programs, Principles and Research published in 1975 by the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council. This was the first book that analyzed in depth the scientific, legal, ethical, economic and public policy aspects of genetic screening, and is found in all the medical libraries around the world. In 1975 Dr. Simopoulos was the Project Officer for the International Conference on Recombinant DNA Molecules and responsible for the statement of the Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA Molecules. From 1977 to 1978 she was Director of the Developmental Biology and Nutrition Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Dr. Simopoulos chaired the Nutrition Coordinating Committee at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1978 to 1986. She is a pediatrician and endocrinologist with a long and distinguished career, whose research was originally focused on the nutritional, endocrine, and genetic aspects of growth and development in children and later on throughout the life cycle. Since 1984, her research has been on genetic variation and nutrition, the evolutionary aspects of diet, and the omega-6/omega-3 balance. In addition to her responsibilities at NIH, Dr. Simopoulos served as Consultant on Nutrition and Health to Ms. Ester Peterson, Special Assistant to The President for consumer Affairs, The White House, from 1978 to 1980. During that time she was a member of a number of White House delegations to the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization. From 1978 to 1983 she was Cochairman and Executive Secretary of the Joint Subcommittee on Human Nutrition Research, Federal Coordinating Council on Science, Engineering, and Technology, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of The President, The White House, and a member of its successor, the Interagency Committee for Human Nutrition Research from 1983-1986.
Dr. Simopoulos was the Editor of the Karger series World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics from 1989-2011 (www.karger.com/wrund) and she currently is a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, Food Reviews International, Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Current Food and Nutrition Science, Turkiye Klinikeri Journal of Medical Sciences, the Hellenic Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics; and the Chinese Journal of Clinicians; consulting editor to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) from 1987 to 2003; and was contributing editor to Nutrition Reviews from 1979 to 1986. She was a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in 1991, Secretary/Treasurer of ISSFAL from 1991 to 1998, and a member of the Editorial Board of the ISSFAL Newsletter from 1994 to 2000. Dr. Simopoulos has been on the Board of Trustees for the Hellenic American University since 2005. In September 2010 Dr. Simopoulos was appointed to the Greek Council on Research and Technology. She is listed in eleven of the Who’s Who Directories, including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, American Men and Women of Science, and the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership.
Dr. Simopoulos has written extensively on genetic variation and nutrition; nutrition and fitness; the characteristics of obesity and body weight standards; evolutionary aspects of diet and fatty acids; and on the role of omega-3 fatty acids in health and disease and in growth and development. She has edited over 50 books and journal supplements in addition to publishing over 360 scientific papers. She served as a consultant to the “Eat Well, Be Well” television series. She coauthored a book for the public entitled Genetic Nutrition. Designing a Diet Based on Your Family Medical History (Macmillan, 1993) and printed in paperback in 1995 with the new title The Healing Diet. Her latest book for the public The Omega Plan (hardcover, Harper Collins, 1998, USA; paperback, Hodder Headline Australia, 1998) is now in paperback in the United States with the title The Omega Diet (HarperCollins, 1999) is based on her extensive studies on the traditional diet of Greece prior to 1960 that defined “What is so special about the diet of Greece: The Scientific Evidence.” The Omega diet has been translated into Dutch, Swedish, French, Greek, published in Australia, New Zealand and the U.K, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Taiwanese and expected in Spanish soon.
Dr. Simopoulos is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the first Presidential Award for Studies in the Field of Obesity and Weight Control (Columbia University, USA), the 1991 Boston University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumna Award (USA), the 1998 Gopalan Oration Award (India), the 1999 Geoffrey H. Bourne Lecture at Saint George’s University in Grenada, British West Indies, the 2003 Michael J. Hill Memorial Lecture in London, U.K.; the 2008 Louisiana State University (LSU) Chancellor’s Award Lecture in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 2010 Dr. Demetrios Flessas Lecture at the Hellenic American Medical Society of New York City, NY, and the 2013 Mary Kalopothakes Award at the Hellenic American Medical Society of New York City, NY. In 2008 she was 1 of 9 selected women in the U.S. recognized by the Education Update in their March issue “Women Shaping History.” In 2015Dr. Simopoulos was appointed Chairman of the Selection Committee for the Global Award for Omega-3 Research by the More Love Foundation.
Dr. Simopoulos has been Visiting Professor at many Universities in the U.S. and around the world including being a member of the Committee that established Harokopio as a four year University, and gave a series of lectures on nutrition during the first three years. Dr. Simopoulos lectured for 3 years at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania. She has been interviewed nationally and internationally on television, radio and by the printed media, including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Horizon Documentary “Could Fish Make My Child Smart?” and the Metropolitan Life’s Eat Well Be Well television series that was shown by satellite in the junior high schools in all 50 states in 1986. The documentary “The Good Fat Diet” based on her book The Omega Diet has been shown at many scientific meetings worldwide.