Speakers

Here is who is speaking this year at NSNC 2019

Dr. Carissa Doherty, N.D.

Dr. Carissa Doherty, Naturopathic Doctor has been practicing in Burlington since 2005. The Natural Care Clinic is the culmination of over 8 years of training and a dream to bring Naturopathic Medicine to her patients and the community of Burlington.   Talking on: “Lyme Disease and Coinfections

Dr. Sonya Doherty, N.D.

Dr. Sonya Doherty is a licensed and board-certified Naturopathic Doctor who is an active member of the CAND. Sonya Doherty completed her undergraduate training at the University of Western Ontario in a Bachelor of Science Honors Kinesiology program.   Talking on: “Alziemers Disease” as well as “Managing Chronic Cases

Dr. Sandra Murphy, ND

Sandra Murphy attended Dalhousie University to study Biotechnology and Biochemistry she then worked in Research & Development for MedMira Laboratories developing Rapid Diagnostic testing in the fields of Breast and Prostate Cancer. Her own health journey brought her to a Naturopathic Doctor and the “AHA” moment occurred. She then attended The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), upon graduation Sandra opened her private practice within the Therapeutic Approach Health Centre in Halifax. She continues to live and practice in Halifax with her husband and two young children. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and holds a license with the College of Naturopathic Doctors Alberta.   Talking on: Naturopathic Approach to Epigenetics

Genomic interpretation is impossible without adding the context of one’s environment. Diet, lifestyle, activity, and social constructs all contain the biological mechanisms that will switch genes on and off, increasing/decreasing the presence of an enzyme of interest. Using genetic information to tailor an individual’s treatment needs to be viewed through a lens particularly focused on parasympathetic nervous system functioning as mediated by the vagal nerve as arguably the primary driver of beneficial epigenetic expression. By understanding epigenetic pressures on individual parasympathetic output one can truly treat the patient and not the SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism). Clinical signs and symptoms, which are our best tools to determine functioning versus genetic nucleotide sequence, will be presented. Intersections between histamine metabolism/methylation capacity/chronic inflammation and infection/dysbiosis and intestinal hyperpermeability/HPA axis dysfunction/bile synthesis and detox will all be discussed. 

Dr. Catherine Darley

In 2003 Dr. Darley originated the new field of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine by opening The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine in Seattle Washington.   Dr. Darley’s interest in founding Naturopathic Sleep Medicine arises from the belief that since sleep is so basic and essential to health, it makes sense to use the most natural, least invasive therapies to help people obtain the sleep they need.   The mission of The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine is to provide patient care, public education about sleep health, and research on natural treatments for sleep disorders.   Talking on: Timing is Everything: The circadian system, disorders and their treatment Human physiology evolved in a rhythmic world, with daily changes in light exposure, temperature, and seasonal changes too. Now we can control our environment, but is that a good thing when our physiology is programmed to function with these environmental fluctuations? Each week research shows additional ways that human circadian rhythms impact health and disease, which will be discussed in this class. There is also an entire category of circadian rhythm disorders which includes shift work disorder, jet lag and delayed sleep wake phase, and others. We will learn how to diagnose and differentiate these disorders from other sleep and medical conditions. Then conclude with treatment protocols to treat these circadian disorders.

Dr. Allison Siebecker

Dr. Siebecker has been in clinical practice since 2006 and a SIBO specialist since 2010.  She was the Co-Founder and former Medical Director of the SIBO Center for Digestive Health at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland OR, where she has been teaching Advanced Gastroenterology since 2013.  She serves as the only Naturopathic Physician on the GI Health Foundation all-Gastroenterologist IBS Faculty.  She Co-Founded the NUNM GI Conference, started in 2012, NUNM SIBO Symposium, started in 2014, as well as the online SIBO SOS™ Summits I-III.  Dr. Siebecker is passionate about education, teaching to practitioners and patients alike.  She is an award winning author and is the author of the free educational website siboinfo.com.  Talking on: Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth: Review, Research Update and Q and A

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