Integrative Approaches to Chronic Infections
April 27-29, 2017 ⦁ San Francisco
"The Navigating Chronic Complex Illness" Conference in San Diego, CA in March was a wonderfully successful event. This success was made possible by all involved... the amazing presenters, great exhibitors, willing volunteers and of course all the attendees. Mark your calendars for next year's conference!
- "This was the best conference in years... no this was the best conference I have ever been to!"
- "Great to have so many brilliant and like-minded practitioners in one place. Great synergy! Fabulous conference!"
- "Sharing knowledge about what truly works is priceless!"
- "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."
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. Come join us, learn, and share!
“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.
Amy Joy Smith is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Functional Medicine and now has an office at Pacific Frontier Medical, Inc. in Redwood City, California. Amy, a renowned pioneer in the PANDAS front, takes a holistic approach to medicine and has experience as a clinical nutritionist. She is also the mother of an amazing child with PANDAS and a dedicated PANDAS awareness advocate.
Amy serves on the PANDASNetwork.org Board of Directors and was the lead organizer of the West Coast PANDAS/PANS Parent Symposiums in 2012 and 2014. She is active in social media and parent groups, has spoken at a number of conferences and trainings around the country and like many providers that see children with PANDAS/PANS, works with patients from around the world.
Amy has practiced functional and nutritional medicine since the early 1980′s and has studied with a number of pioneers in the field. She attended Syracuse University School of Nursing where she received her BSN in Maternal-Child Nursing, and all of her acute care and hospital experience is in pediatrics. While currently she is working with complex patients of all ages, Amy’s has a passion for working with children and teens. She was a Fellow in the World Health Organization’s renowned Adolescent Health Training Program in the University of Minnesota Medical School, and in addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, has a Master’s Degree in Adolescent Health with a focus on Youth Development and Community Health, from the University of Minnesota. She loves educating patients and families and has extensive experience in community education and program development for families as well as vulnerable youth populations. In addition, Amy has precepted and mentored numerous nurse practitioner, midwife and clinical nutrition students.
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.
Steven Harris, MD is a board certified family practitioner who has treated patients with tick-borne infections since 2000. He uses a combined approach of allopathic and integrative medicine, including naturopathy, homeopathy and other disciplines to treat the whole patient. Dr. Harris is a physician trainer for ILADS and has spoken at numerous conferences on both conventional medicine and alternative medicine topics. He is currently in practice in Redwood City, California and is clinical consultant for Igenex, Inc.
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.
Sunjya K. Schweig, MD, is an expert in complex chronic illnesses which require rigorous investigation and management. He has been studying, teaching, and practicing integrative and functional medicine for over 20 years.
Dr. Schweig received his B.A, from the University of California, Berkeley. He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he helped design and lead the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) curriculum. While at UCI he served on the Board of the Susan Samueli Center for Complementary and Alternative medicine and was chosen as one of twenty medical students to attend the NIH Leadership Training Program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Dr. Schweig completed his family medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Family Practice Residency Program in Santa Rosa, CA. During his residency he was instrumental in developing and founding the Integrative Medicine Fellowship program.
Dr. Schweig continues to be active in medical education and has served as volunteer clinical faculty at the UCSF Santa Rosa Residency. He currently holds an adjunct faculty position at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Schweig has lectured nationally and internationally at conferences, hospitals, and universities.
Dr. Schweig has been in private practice since 2007, and is board certified in integrative and holistic medicine (ABIHM) and family practice (FAAFP). In 2014, Dr. Schweig launched the California Center for Functional Medicine (CCFM) with his friend and colleague, Chris Kresser, MS, LAc. CCFM is at the forefront of the functional medicine movement, offering patients a deep investigative approach to healthcare that is both high-touch and high-tech.
Dr. Klinghardt, is Founder of the Sophia Health Institute.
Internationally known for his successful treatment of chronic pain and illness, Dr. Klinghardt combines non-surgical orthopaedic medicine with immunology, endocrinology, toxicology, neural therapy, hypnotherapy and energy psychology. His unique approach to diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders on both the physical and mental-emotional levels recognises that good health is dependent on:
- A well-functioning autonomic nervous system
- A healthy mind that creates a balanced emotional state
- A supportive network of relationships within current and past generations of the family. His teaching includes explorations of the influence of family relationships on health, based on approaches developed by psychoanalyst Bert Hellinger
Dr. Klinghardt studied medicine (1969-1975) and psychology (1975-1979) in Freiburg, Germany, completing his PhD on the involvement of the autonomic nervous system in autoimmune disorders. Several publications followed. Early in his career, he became interested in the sequelae of chronic toxicity (especially lead, mercury, environmental pollutants and electromagnetic fields) for the course of illness. While working in India as a junior physician, he encountered Eastern concepts of disease etiology and blended them with his Western training. This laid the foundation for his 5-level system of Integrative Medicine.
After immigrating to the USA, he spent three years as a full-time emergency physician before becoming Medical Director of the Santa Fe Pain Centre. Increasingly aware of the limitations of conventional medicine when dealing with chronic conditions, he trained in Ericksonian hypnotherapy and began to include body-oriented psychotherapeutic and counselling approaches in his work, along with neural therapy, mesotherapy injection techniques and applied psychoneurobiology (psychokinesiology and mental field therapy).
Since the 1970s, Dr. Klinghardt has contributed significantly to the understanding of metal toxicity and its connection with chronic infections, illness and pain. He is considered an authority on this subject and has been instrumental in advancing various fields within biological medicine – non-invasive pain management, injection techniques for pain and orthopaedic dysfunction, anti-ageing medicine, toxicology, paediatrics (neuro-developmental disorders), energy psychology, biological dentistry, and others. He has also developed Autonomic Response Testing, a comprehensive diagnostic system that has helped many practitioners to become accomplished holistic physicians.
Dr. Klinghardt has lectured at the universities of Illinois, Utah, Freiburg, Adelaide, Capital University (Washington DC) and others, and the medical schools of Geneva and Zurich. Between 1996-2005 he was Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Neurobiology at Capital University. He is regularly invited to teach workshops at the prestigious Medicine Week in Baden-Baden, Germany. Among his books is the groundbreaking Psychokinesiology A new Approach in Psychosomatic Medicine, on muscle feedback-guided psychotherapy.
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.
Tom did his undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont before attending the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM). While at UNECOM, Tom was selected to complete a one year fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Tom completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. Dr. Tom is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. Dr. Tom has been fortunate to have many amazing mentors who have helped him continue his lifelong learning for the benefit of his patients. Tom deeply believes that the true source of radiant health is within each of us.
Dr. Tom serves on the Teaching Faculty of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy (OCA) as well as the OCA board of directors. He also serves on several OCA committees.
Dr. Tom serves on the board of directors of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). He serves on several ILADS committees.
Dr. Tom serves on the CT State PANDAS/PANS Advisory Council.
Dr. Tom lectures extensively on Osteopathic philosophy and treatment, Lyme disease and other chronic infections, pediatric tick-borne illnesses, integrative medicine and nutritional approaches to healing.
Dr. McCann received a B.A. in Music from Brown University and a Masters in Library Science from University at Albany. She received her medical degree (MD) and simultaneously earned a Masters in Public Health (MPH) and Tropical Medicine (TM) at Tulane University in New Orleans. She completed both an Internal Medicine residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and a Pediatrics residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
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 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.
As an avid lifelong learner, Dr. McCann completed a Masters in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica in August 2010. She studied Environmental Medicine with Dr Walter Crinnion, completed the Institute of Functional Medicine Certificate Program in 2015, and is mentoring in Biotoxin medicine with mold expert, Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker. In her free time, Dr. Kelly enjoys yoga, spending time with her family and friends, and her animals, experiencing the outdoors, and learning Spanish.
Dr. Michael Lebowitz has been practicing applied kinesiology since 1980 and has been one of their leading researchers since 1987. He has been the first in muscle testing to bring forth methods to treat dysbiosis and other microbial imbalances, chemical and metal toxicities, hypercoagulation as well as many other common findings in the chronic patient. He has also developed many specific supplements to help the complex patient as well as “diagnostic energetic vials”. Dr Lebowitz continues to treat people from around the globe as well as teach his techniques to physicians, write books, produce protocol DVD’s and publish a free monthly newsletter to the 2000 physicians that have studied with him.
Dr. Ginger Savely is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University where she was honored with the Dean’s Legacy Award for her research on Morgellons disease. Dr. Savely is a certified applied clinical nutritionist and uses an integrative approach to patient care. She has treated thousands of Lyme disease patients and over 800 Morgellons disease patients since she began specializing in these diseases 15 years ago. Patients come to her Washington, DC office from literally all over the world. She was honored with the Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award when practicing in Texas in 2004. Recently she has been awarded the 2014 AANP award for state excellence for Washington, DC.
Dr. Savely is considered to be one of the top experts in the United States on the diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases and Morgellons Disease. She speaks and publishes frequently on both topics and is a referral source for practitioners around the U.S. Dr. Savely has been on the advisory boards of the California and Texas Lyme Disease Associations, The Morgellons Research Foundation and The Charles E. Holman Foundation.
Christabelle graduated from medical school in 1999 from the University of London, UK. She became a member of the Royal College of Physicians and experienced in acute hospital medicine. Her main interests were in allergic and digestive disorders so, after obtaining a Masters degree in Nutrition from King’s College London, she went into private practice and worked in the field of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, British Society of Ecological Medicine and the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine where she coordinates the education curriculum as a Board member. Her main clinical experience is with environmental sensitivities and allergies, chronic fatigue, chronic infections, autism and neurological disorders. In moving from an English environmental medicine hospital to an Australian general practice, she is going to be sharing the pearls she has learnt from experience of chronic complex patients over two continents.
Dr. Todd Thoring graduated from John Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington in 1999. He currently practices in Shell Beach located on the central coast of California where he is the medical director of Pacific Naturopathic Medical Center. For over 16 years Dr Thoring has specialized in family practice while the last 13 years have been dedicated to the study and treatment of tick born disease. He has been interviewed for numerous publications and media as well as lectures regarding tick born diseases and integrative treatment strategies. Dr. Thoring has developed numerous herbal preparations and protocols for clinical practice. He works with physicians and patients around the world to develop integrative and natural protocols related to chronic infections. Dr. Thoring has provided ILADS physician training together with Dr Steven Harris.
Susan McCamish is a Certified Traditional Naturopath, in California. She is also a Board Certified Naturopath with the American Naturopathic Medical and Accreditation Board (ANMAB), and a Certified Nutritional Consultant with the American Association of Nutritional Consultants (AANC). Susan is also an Herbalist with a well-deserved reputation for creating effective, high quality herbal formulas for people with chronic complex illnesses. Susan has researched and developed natural products that support the body in dealing with challenging health issues for over 25 years. Her products include more than 35 high quality herbal formulas that are used internationally by prominent holistic and Lyme literate physicians and other health practitioners to help fight various pathogens, promote detoxification, and enhance the body’s natural ability to heal. Susan has frequently lectured internationally on chronic illness and tick-borne disease.
Raj Patel, M.D. has over 20 years of experience in integrative medicine treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Chronic Lyme & tick borne diseases and Mold Illness. He has also been involved in clinical research on Ampligen in CFIDS. He received his Masters degree in Physiology from Rutgers University and earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey.
Dr. Patel has been involved with Defeat Autism Now since the late 1990’s and has worked with hundreds of autistic children. He completed an advanced fellowship with Dr. Charles Ray Jones, a world renowned expert on pediatric Lyme Disease. Dr. Patel has been a guest speaker at the annual ILADS conferences as well as Defeat Autism Now. Dr. Patel is also one of a small group of physicians in the country certified by Dr. Shoemaker in the treatment of mold illness from exposure to water damaged buildings.
Formerly on the staff at Sequoia Hospital, Dr. Patel now focuses his medical practice exclusively on the treatment of childhood developmental disorders, Chronic Lyme Disease, and mold illness. He offers individuals extensive educational resources on these illnesses on his website, www.DrRajPatel.net.
Edward Kane, born in 1926, and 89 years young, graduated from Temple University in 1947. Mr. Kane has been fascinated with science and medicine
for most of his adult life and has closely followed his wife’s work in nutritional biochemistry and fatty acid metabolism. Mr. Kane is the CEO of BodyBio, a biomedical data management company providing medical reports to physicians worldwide. A dynamic speaker, Mr. Kane is a marvelous teacher, instructing physicians from a cell membrane perspective four to five times yearly for the past 20 years.
Mr. Kane holds over 27 US patents and pending patents on instrumentation, nutritional biochemistry and treatment of neurological disease. Mr. Kane
writes extensively on his fascination with membranes, fatty acids and phospholipids.
In 1999, Mr. Kane was honored as one of 3 “Major Industrialists of the Half Century” as part of the Outstanding Business Persons of the 20th Century selections awarded by the Greater Millville (NJ) Chamber of Commerce. He founded Kane Steel in 1955, K-Tron in 1964, K-FLOW in 1991, and BodyBio in 1997.
Mr. Kane served for 7 years on the Advisory Board of the Foundation for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Stratford, NJ.
Patricia Kane received her Ph.D in Clinical Nutrition in 1983 awarded after a ten year exploration of orthomolecular medicine, nutritional biochemistry and environmental medicine. Dr. Kane serves as Executive Director of NeuroLipid Research Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization in Millville, New Jersey. Her expertise in addressing neuro-metabolic disorders and lipid disturbance with targeted nutritional intervention for neurological disorders has led to direct nutrient application utilized by physicians and researchers worldwide. Her clinical experience, working with physicians, spans 39 years.
Dr. Kane has pioneered targeted metabolic application of the red cell fatty acid analysis from Johns Hopkins Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Peroxisomal Diseases Laboratory over the past 15 years. Dr. Kane developed an intravenous protocol, the Membrane Stabilizing PK Protocol, for these neurological disorders using intravenous phospholipid therapy and oral fatty acid supplementation with positive patient outcomes.
Dr. Kane has published numerous articles, essays, book chapters and books focusing on evidence based medicine for over 35 years. Dr. Kane is an accomplished lecturer as well as author, presenting to medical societies and universities annually in the US and abroad. In addition, she teaches a 3-day biomedical course for physicians on Membrane Medicine emphasizing targeted lipid therapy and nutritional biochemistry from a cell membrane stabilizing perspective with neurological application several times annually in the US and abroad.