Treating the Untreatable:
Unraveling Complex Chronic Illness
April 5-7, 2018 ⦁ Chicago
Learn Practical Solutions
The Forum for Integrative Medicine was started by several practitioners with the goal
of sharing information to better facilitate the treatment of complex chronic illnesses. The
forum was born by practitioners for practitioners to identify the best integrative tools
available in support of detoxification, the treatment of stubborn infections, and overall
balance and well-being. The primary focus of the forum is to share practical solutions to
enhance the treatment options available to our patients.
- Keith Berndtson, MD
- Ann Corson, MD
- Amy Derksen, ND
- Elena Frid, MD
- Kristine Gedroic, MD
- Sandeep Gupta, MD
- David Jernigan, DC
- Greg Lee, LAc
- Marie Matheson, ND
- Philip Memoli, DMD
- Judy Mikovits, PhD
- Bob Miller, CTN
- Neil Nathan, MD
- Bryan Rade, ND
- Armin Schwarzbach, MD
- Stephanie Seneff, PhD
- Todd Watts, DC
- Vector-Borne Illness
- Mold and Biotoxin Illness
- Mast Cell Activation
- Diagnostic Testing
- and more…
What Attendees Are Saying
- “This was one of the most practical conferences I have attended. I felt like I got to hear from leaders in the field and learn from their clinical expertise in a way that can help me care for my patients immediately.”
- “…a good combination of up-to-date science combined with practical application.”
- “I feel like I found my tribe!”
- “Every presentation was amazing. I learned so much – best conference ever!”
- “This was the best conference in years… no this was the best conference I have ever been to!”
- “Packed with information that you can integrate into your practice the next day.”
- “Great speakers who are leaders in their fields and know what clinical data and tools are most relevant…”
- “Very experienced, very brilliant and courageous minds all cooperating and learning from each other to teach us. What a gift.”
- “A wealth of valuable information from leading-edge clinicians.”
- “It has been a life-changing weekend for me and my practice. I am deeply inspired by these great colleagues.”
“The Forum for Integrative Medicine” is a collaborative effort by practitioners from a multi-disciplined background to expand their integrative approach to treating chronic illness and all that it encompasses.
Kristine Gedroic, MD, is an integrative physician and founder of The Gedroic Center for Integrative Medicine in Morristown, NJ. She attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Gedroic completed her internship at Cornell University in NYC, followed by a residency in Family Practice at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. She later completed a fellowship at the University of Arizona in Integrative Medicine, and received board certification in acupuncture from the American Board of Medical Acupuncture and the newly established Integrative Medicine Boards. Dr. Gedroic was also the Medical Director of the Chambers Center for Well-Being at Morristown Hospital in NJ. She serves as volunteer faculty for Rutgers University in the Department of Anesthesiology and the Center for Immunity and Inflammation. She lives in Morristown with her husband and three young sons.
Dr. Armin Schwarzbach Ph.D, MD, founder of ArminLabs in Augsburg, has been at the forefront of tick-borne research for more than 20 years and his expertise in diagnosing and treating infectious diseases is second to none, having tested over 30,000 patients. He is an Advisory Board member of AONM in England, a Board Member of the German Borreliosis Society and Member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) and serves as an expert on advisory committees on Lyme Disease in Australia, Ireland, France and Germany. Being aware of the insufficient sensitivity and standardization of Borrelia antibody ELISA and Western blot tests, Dr. Schwarzbach offers tests with greater sensitivity and specificity like EliSpot or SeraSpot. He regularly trains practitioners in the correct use of tests amd lectures at conferences and seminars all over the world by his knowledge about tick-borne diseases and multiple infections.
Dr. Corson grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania, was educated at Franklin and Marshall College, did course work toward a PhD in Neuroanatomy at Penn State’s Hershey Medical School before obtaining her MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA in 1982. Dr. Corson had residency training in Internal Medicine, Neurology and Family Medicine. She has been Board Certified in the practice of Family Medicine since 1993. In 2005, she began studying and practicing Integrative Medicine and was Board Certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine in November 2011.
Dr. Corson has been a member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) since 2003. She has studied with Dr. Joseph Burrascano and Dr. Charles Ray Jones on grants provided by ILADS-Turn the Corner Foundation. Her practice in Chester County, PA is devoted full time to the treatment of patients suffering from Lyme and associated tick-borne diseases. In November 2009, Turn the Corner Foundation awarded Dr. Corson with their Physicians Training Program Impact Award. Dr. Corson’s wealth of knowledge and experience in treating tick-borne illness will make this opportunity to hear her present one not to be missed.
Amy Derksen, ND is a Naturopathic Physician who graduated from Bastyr University with a full scope of practice in Washington State since 2003. She did her undergraduate studies in biochemistry, which she applies to understanding the newest research on detox and genetic susceptibilities. She was fortunate enough to do her medical post-graduate training with Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD for over 2 years. During that training she learned extensively how to use his system of autonomic response testing to help with tailoring a protocol to each individual. She specializes in working with both Autism and chronically ill patients, including Lyme disease. Dr. Derksen has been involved in teaching various topics with Dr. Klinghardt since 2004, and has also been a speaker at Autism One, LIA, Dr Cowden’s Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine and Hope to Heal Lyme conferences. She is one of the only physicians Dr. Klinghardt has honored to teach his work in ART and feels fortunate to be able to share this tool both with patients and other practitioners. She is one of the first Naturopathic Physicians to become a Fellow with the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs, working to broaden her skills for working with autism, and to connect with a network of several seasoned practitioners in the field. Due to her years of experience and nomination from other MD’s, she was invited to become Board Certified in Integrative Pediatrics from the American Association of Integrative Medicine, which is typically limited to D.O.’s and M.D.’s. She has also become a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine to further her education on working with more sensitive and toxic patients and expand her knowledge on addressing inflammation and immune dysfunction.
All patients seeing Dr. Amy will experience the ART testing as part of their visit and clinical evaluation, in addition to lab and traditional physical exams, etc. One of the most important things ART helps her with is to identify the priority of where one needs to focus to attain wellness. In other words, the ART makes it obvious what issue, infection or stressor needs to be addressed first. It also helps her to identify which treatments are the best for YOUR body at this particular moment in time. Using the ART technique, along with reviewing your history and appropriate lab testing can help to get you on the road to health faster.
Her typical patients tend to be those who have already seen several doctors and specialists, and who have relatively “normal” labs that don’t match with the symptoms they are experiencing. She is also very familiar in working with people who tend to be more sensitive and reactive to foods and supplements. In these cases, the ART testing really helps to limit those reactions.
One of her passions is working with autism. She feels that the more we can understand about our kids, the more we will understand everyone’s health. The autistic child is very similar to a toxic adult, they have just accumulated those toxins in a very short amount of time. This is often due to impairments in detox capabilities or a tendency toward immune dysregulation.
She also works providing support to many patients who are on heavy antibiotic protocols with other Lyme doctors. Her goal is to keep open communication and work as a team to provide the best of both worlds, so that patients can get the full benefit of these protocols while maintaining digestive integrity, reducing Herx symptoms, and supporting the organs of elimination. This partnership has also helped when patients have encountered a plateau in treatments, so that we can help assess what microbe is not being addressed and help provide some insight as to where treatment protocols should focus.
Dr. Matheson has a professional interest in infectious causes of chronic and complex autoimmune illnesses. She has a specialization in Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses caused by co-infections. Her family practice focuses on patients with Chronic Parasitic/Fungal/Viral Infections, Mold Toxicity, PANDA’s/PANS, Autism (ASD), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, SIBO, desensitizing to severe environmental and food allergies and other digestive disorders such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.
Dr. Matheson believes in preventative medicine and the importance of determining the causal chain of illness by addressing toxicities at a cellular level. Using her assessment tool of Auricular Medicine, Dr. Matheson uncovers blockages and underlying imbalances that have created symptoms, to allow the body to self-heal and auto-regulate.
Dr. Matheson is a licensed ND in the province of Ontario. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa in 1998, Dr. Matheson completed her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005 at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in B.C. and was honored with the Award for Acupuncture Excellence.
She is registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND). She is also a member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), and completed their Physicians Training Program with Dr. Charles Ray Jones, MD in Connecticut, who is arguably one of the top Lyme Disease practitioners in the US.
Neil Nathan, MD has been Board Certified in Family Practice and Pain Management and is a Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. With Dr. Rich van Konynenburg he did the ground-breaking clinical research which demonstrated the role of methylation chemistry in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and he has just completed a study with Dr. Robert Naviaux on the metabolomics of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He has written several books, including Healing is Possible: New Hope for Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Persistent Pain, and Other Chronic Illnesses and On Hope and Healing: For Those Who Have Fallen Through the Medical Cracks. He is the host of an internationally syndicated radio program/podcast on Voice America called The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today.
He has been practicing medicine for 44 years and has recently relocated his medical practice to the Redwood Valley Clinic in Northern California. He can be contacted most easily through his website, www.neilnathanmd.com, through which consultations are available.
Dr. Nathan has been treating chronic complex medical illnesses for 25 years now, and Lyme disease for the past 15 years. He has been a member of ILADS and lectures internationally on a wide range of medical topics. He has just completed a new book Mold & Mycotoxins: Current Evaluation and Treatments, 2016.