speakers

Mary Ackerley, MD

Mary Ackerley, MD, MD(H), ABIHM, is a classically trained Harvard and Johns Hopkins board certified psychiatrist and integrative physician who is keenly interested in symptoms of depression, anxiety and fatigue that fail to respond to conventional treatments. Her passion for mind/body interactions began in college when she wrote her summa cum laude thesis on energetic healing and the placebo effect. While researching the underlying causes of psycho-emotional conditions, including genetic mutations, hormonal imbalances, and hidden infections, she discovered the research of Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker. Thankfully his pioneering dedication opened her eyes to a whole new world of medicine. Dr. Mary remains open and curious to discoveries unfolding in the realm of health and is continually seeking answers for chronic illnesses that may fail to surface in the mainstream. She is especially interested in exploring the relationship between the brain, hormones, the immune stem, and inflammatory conditions.

Daniel Amen, MD

Daniel Amen, MD is dedicated to optimizing and healing the brain. He is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist and 10-time NY Times bestselling author. He is the founder of Amen Clinics in Costa Mesa and San Francisco, CA, Bellevue, WA, Reston, VA, Atlanta, GA and New York, NY. The clinics have the world’s largest psychiatric database of functional brain scans, totaling nearly 115,000 scans on patients from 111 countries. Dr. Amen is the lead researcher on the largest brain imaging and rehabilitation study on NFL players and he is the co-creator of The Daniel Plan with Rick Warren and Mark Hyman, a program to get the world healthy through religious organizations.



Kenneth Bock, MD

Kenneth A. Bock, MD, FAAFP, FACN, CNS received his MD with Honor from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1979, and is the founder of Bock Integrative Medicine in Red Hook, NY. He has been a pioneer and leader in the field of Integrative Medicine and has been treating Lyme disease and related infections for over three decades. Dr. Bock is a popular national and international speaker at major medical conferences and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows. He is on the faculty for the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) and is the co-author of The Road to Immunity and Natural Relief for Your Child’s Asthma. His latest book, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies, has received international acclaim.


Peter Bongiorno, ND

Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc specializes in mood disorder and depression and is co-medical director of InnerSource Natural Health and Acupuncture in New York. Dr. Bongiorno was a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health and at the National Institute of Mental Health’s department of Clinical Neuroendocrinology before training at Bastyr University in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture. He is a major contributor to the Textbook of Natural Medicine (Elsevier – Murray and Pizzorno, eds) and authored the 2010 textbook for physicians, Healing Depression: Integrated Naturopathic and Conventional Therapies for Depression. His latest professional text is Holistic Therapies for Anxiety and Depression, released by WW Norton in 2015. He also penned the HPA chapter in the 2015 Integrative Therapies for Depression (CRC Press - Greenblatt and Brogan, eds). His web site is www.drpeterbongiorno.com.

Dale Bredesen, MD

Dale Bredesen, MD is internationally recognized as an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. He graduated from Caltech, then earned his MD from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. He served as Chief Resident in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) before joining Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner’s laboratory at UCSF as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow. He held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA, and the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Bredesen directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute before coming to the Buck Institute on Aging in 1998 as its founding President and CEO.



Louis Cady, MD

Louis Cady, MD obtained his medical degree in 1989 from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He then trained in psychiatry at the world-famous Mayo Clinic, beginning his practice of child, adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatry in Evansville, Indiana, in 1993. Dr. Cady’s main clinical focus is in helping patients achieve total wellness and optimum levels of performance through the integration of mind and body for peak performance. Dr. Cady founded the Cady Wellness Institute, www.CadyWellness.com, which opened its facilities in Evansville on July 1, 2005.




Suruchi Chandra, MD

Suruchi Chandra, MD has completed extensive training in alternative medicine and uses an integrative approach to help children and adults with challenging psychological, behavioral, and medical issues. She integrates conventional psychiatric medicine with complementary and alternative modalities, focusing on nutrition, herbal therapy, and dietary supplements. Dr. Chandra has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a medical degree from Yale University. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital combined program at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chandra has a practice in the Bay Area focusing on integrative psychiatry and chronic/complex illnesses.


Lauren R. Few, PhD

Lauren Few, PhD is a Medical Science Liaison for Genomind, a pharmacogenetics company dedicated to improving the lives of patients with psychiatric and neurological conditions. Dr. Few obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia and completed her clinical internship within the VA San Diego Healthcare System. Prior to her position at Genomind, she was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. To date, Dr. Few has co-authored 45+ manuscripts and book chapters focusing on personality pathology, substance use, and genetics.



Mark Filidei, DO

Mark Filidei, DO is an Internal Medicine physician who completed training in General Internal Medicine at Brown University. He is the Director of Integrative Medicine for the Amen Clinics, and is a staff physician at the Whitaker Wellness Institute, the largest Functional Medicine clinic in the United States, where he spent over a decade treating thousands of patients for multiple complex medical issues. Dr. Filidei is an officially trained member of ILADS and treats Lyme disease and mold illness with both natural and conventional treatments. Dr Filidei specializes in Hormone Replacement Therapy and the treatment of Mental Health disorders utilizing a functional medicine approach. He is a member of the Millenium TBI Network treating brain injury, and he is on staff at the University of California Irvine as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine where he teaches medical students and residents.

Stephen Genuis, MD

Stephen Genuis, MD, FRCSC, DABOG, DABEM, FAAEM is a clinician and researcher involved in many areas of medical science. He is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as in Environmental Medicine and has authored 100 scientific publications for over 50 different peer-review medical journals including Lancet, British Medical Journal, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Public Library of Science, Public Health, and Environmental Research. In addition to writing, he lectures extensively and has reviewed papers for over 70 different scientific and medical publications on issues ranging from medical ethics to environmental health, from evidence-based medicine to nutritional science, and from physician professionalism to medicine and cyberspace.


Felice Gersh, MD

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. 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 several books on women's health. She is the Medical Director for the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, California, where she works alongside her team of lifestyle and holistic practitioners.

James Greenblatt, MD

James M. Greenblatt, MD is Chief Medical Officer at Walden, where he oversees eating disorder programs in Massachusetts and Connecticut (www.waldenbehavioralcare.com). He is board-certified in child and adult psychiatry. He received his medical degree and completed his adult psychiatry residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. In addition, Dr. Greenblatt is a clinical faculty member in the psychiatry departments at Tufts Medical School and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. He is the author of six books: Answers to Anorexia (2011), The Breakthrough Depression Solution (2012), Answers to Binge Eating (2014), Integrative Therapies for Depression: Redefining Models for Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention (2015), Nutritional Lithium: The Cinderella Story (2016), and The Breakthrough Depression Solution 2nd eds. (2016). His latest book, Finally Focused, describing integrative therapies for ADHD, will be available Spring 2017 (www.finallyfocusedbook.com).

Gary Kaplan, DO

Gary Kaplan, DO is one of only 19 physicians in the country to be board-certified in both Family Medicine and Pain Medicine. He is also board-certified in Medical Acupuncture and worked with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish acupuncture as a medically effective treatment for a range of chronic pain problems. A clinical associate professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Kaplan was one of the directors of a $1.7 million NIH grant that funded an educational initiative to incorporate complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine into Georgetown’s medical curriculum. In 2013, Dr. Kaplan was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius to the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC). He is the founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine and author of Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression (Rodale, 2014).

Michael Lewis, MD

Michael D. Lewis, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM, FACN is an expert on nutritional interventions for brain health, particularly the prevention and rehabilitation of brain injury. Upon retiring as a Colonel after 31 years in the U.S. Army, he founded the nonprofit Brain Health Education and Research Institute. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Lewis is board-certified and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and American College of Nutrition. He completed post-graduate training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University, and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is in private practice in Potomac, MD, and is the author of When Brains Collide: What Every Athlete and Parent Should Know About the Prevention and Treatment of Concussions and Head Injuries.

Julie Matthews, CNC

Julie Matthews, CNC is a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism and BioIndividual Nutrition® for children and adults. Julie created the BioIndividual Nutrition® approach based on her 15 years of working with the unique biochemical needs of each child with autism, and has since applied it to a variety of chronic conditions in both adults and children. She provides dietary guidance backed by scientific research and applied clinical experience. Her award-winning book, Nourishing Hope for Autism, has helped people around the world to make food and nutrition choices that aid the health, learning, and behavior of those with autism, ADHD, and other developmental delays. She presents at leading conferences in the US and abroad. She is on the scientific advisory board for USAAA (U.S. Autism & Asperger Association) and the Autism Nutrition Research Center. She is the co-founder of Nourishing Hope and the BioIndividual Nutrition Institute. Julie has a private nutrition practice in San Francisco, California, and supports families and clinicians from around the world with her nutrition learning tools and professional training courses.
Visit http://NourishingHope.com and http://BioIndividualNutrition.com

Kelly McCann, MD

Kelly K. McCann, MD, MPH, TM is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Functional Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. Her patient-care model blends the best of conventional approaches with complementary and alternative medicines to address the biological, environmental, social, and psychological aspects of health. She is an avid life-long learner, educator and speaker who loves sharing her knowledge and experience with patients and colleagues. 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. She has recently been mentoring in Biotoxin medicine with mold expert, Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker. Dr. McCann's private medical practice is located in Costa Mesa, California.

Judith Pentz, MD

Judith Pentz, MD is board certified in child, adolescent, adult psychiatry and integrative medicine. For the past 25 years she has been in private practice, with a focus on integrative mental health techniques for the last ten years. She has been on faculty at the UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for the past six years, delivering telehealth to different native populations. Her book chapter on evidence-based research for botanicals in depression was published in December 2015 in Integrative Therapies for Depression (edited by James Greenblatt and Kelly Brogan). Dr. Pentz has spoken nationally on the growing body of research for use of nutrients and nutrition for the treatment of mental health challenges facing all age groups.


Jonathan Prousky, ND

Jonathan Prousky, ND, MSc, MA has focused his clinical practice on the optimization of mental and neurological health with nutrition, lifestyle counselling, and botanical (plant-based) medicines for almost two decades. He graduated from Bastyr University (Kenmore, WA) with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Following graduation, he furthered his clinical training by completing a Family Practice Residency sponsored by the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland, Oregon). In 2008, he obtained a Master of Science degree in International Primary Health Care from the University of London (London, UK). In 2016, he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University (Fredericton, NB). Dr. Prousky is currently the Chief Naturopathic Medical Officer at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto, Ontario). He has published numerous papers and texts pertaining to clinical nutrition and mental health.

William Shaw, PhD

William Shaw, PhD received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and human physiology from the Medical University of South Carolina and is board certified in clinical chemistry and toxicology. Dr. Shaw has supervised large endocrinology, nutritional biochemistry, toxicology, and immunology departments in positions at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Smith Kline Laboratories. As the Director of The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. in Lenexa, Kansas, he specializes in providing diagnostic tools aiding in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders, mitochondrial disorders, neurological diseases, chronic health issues, and immune diseases.



Rick Sponaugle, MD

Dr. Rick Sponaugle is the Medical Director of Sponaugle Wellness Institute in Tampa Bay, Florida. An Integrative Medicine physician, Dr. Sponaugle specializes in treating brain and neurological disorders caused by environmental toxicity, mold toxicity, lyme disease, and other zoonotic infections derived from mosquitoes and ticks. Dr. Sponaugle has performed analysis of 9,000 neurotransmitter patterns and has correlated 6,000 mold mycotoxin levels in neurotoxic patients. Dr. Sponaugle has written chapters on neurotoxicity for Suzanne Somers and Brenda Watson. He has been featured on the Dr. Phil Show, Suzanne Somers Show, CNN with Anderson Cooper, FOX News, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, and PBS.
www.sponauglewellness.com

Kurt Woeller, DO

Kurt N. Woeller, DO has been an integrative medicine physician and biomedical autism specialist for over 18+ years. He is an author of several health books including Autism – The Road To Recovery, Methyl-B12 Therapy For Autism, Methyl-B12 for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, and“5 Things You MUST Do Right Now To Help With Your Rheumatoid Arthritis. He is an international speaker, educator, and practicing clinician offering specialized interventions for individuals with complex medical conditions. His health consulting practice for autism alone is multinational with families from various countries. Dr. Woeller serves as a lab advisor for BioHealth Laboratory, as well as provides educational seminars for The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. He is cofounder of Integrative Medicine Academy (www.IntegrativeMedicineAcademy.com), which is an online training academy for health practitioners learning integrative medicine.