2019 Speakers

Full speaker list to be announced―please keep checking back for updates as we add more speakers to our lineup!

Speakers are arranged in alphabetical order by last name.

Dr. Rob Abbott

Dr. Rob Abbott

MD, Family Medicine Resident (PGY-2)

Rob Abbott M.D. is a second year family medicine resident at the Virginia Commonwealth University- Shenandoah Valley Family Medicine Residency Program in Front Royal, Virginia and is a graduate of the University of Virginia (U.Va.) School of Medicine. He is a Kresser Institute ADAPT Level 1 trained clinician and approaches medicine from an evolutionary and functional perspective, practicing what he calls “spiritually focused and evolutionarily informed functional medicine.”

Panel Discussion: Raising the bar on our Woo-Woo

Rachel Alm

Rachel Alm

NTP, MMH, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®

Rachel Alm is dedicated wellness professional, outdoor enthusiast, and passionate advocate for community healthHer Grand Canyon, AZ based business, Open Road Botanicals, offers small batch gifts and herbal medicine inspired by the open roads of the American Southwest. Rachel has been actively involved in free clinic development and health education service delivery since becoming an NTP in 2008. She is a proud Lead Instructor for the Nutritional Therapy Association.  

Angela Alt, NTC, CHC

Angela Alt, NTC, CHC

Autoimmune-Paleo.com

ANGIE ALT, CHC, NTC, is a Nutritional Therapy Consultant, Certified Health Coach and author of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook and co-author of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. She is the creator of SAD to AIP in SIX, an online coaching program that has helped thousands of people on the path to wellness, teaching them how to transition their diets and lifestyle over a six-week period. Angie also partnered with Dr. Gauree Konijeti, Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, to run a medical study entitled, “Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease” which had amazing results published in 2017. In 2015, Angie partnered with Autoimmune-Paleo.com founder, Mickey Trescott. Together, Mickey and Angie, transitioned Autoimmune-Paleo.com to AutoimmuneWellness.com in 2017, best reflecting their vision for AIP as a mainstream option for those with autoimmune disease in the near future. Angie lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

Chandler Bolt

Chandler Bolt

Owner of Self-Publishing School

Chandler is the host of the Self Publishing School podcast & the author of 6 bestselling books including his most recent book titled “Published.”. He’s also the founder & CEO of Self-Publishing School, the #1 online resource for writing your first book. Through his books, podcast, training videos, and Self-Publishing School, he’s helped thousands of people on their journey to writing their book.

Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim

Founder, Healthpreneur

Yuri Elkaim is a former pro athlete, leading health expert, New York Times bestselling author, and the founder of Healthpreneur® where he helps health entrepreneurs, coaches, and practitioners start and scale coaching programs that create more income and freedom…and better results for their clients. You can learn more at http://healthpreneurgroup.com.

Talk Name: The 7-Figure Health Coach

Katie Forrest

Katie Forrest

Founder and President, EPIC Provisions

Katie Forrest is the co-founder of EPIC Provisions, the mission-based brand making humanely-raised, animal-based snacks that improve the welfare of those animals, promote the health of humans, and support regenerative agriculture practices to restore the land. A proven entrepreneur with a background in consumer packaged goods, Katie’s enterprising spirit drives the EPIC team to ambitious heights. Katie plays a crucial role driving EPIC’s mission, company initiatives, and strategic brand planning.

Talk Name: Sustainability and Supply Chain: Building A Company Focused on Regeneration of the Planet 

Dian Ginsberg, MD, FACOG

Dian Ginsberg, MD, FACOG

Women’s Specialty Healthcare

Dr. Ginsberg completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Bowman-Gray School of Medicine in North Carolina before Houston’s sunny climate brought her to Texas. Dr. Ginsberg has years of experience providing comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology treatment, which is the basis of her special interest in weight management, optimal prenatal and postpartum care, menopause management, and healthy aging. Being a black belt in Tae Kwan Do and an accomplished marathon runner has led her to explore the latest medical advances in wellness for athletes along with anti-aging therapies for both men and women. She is motivated to continue her research in nutritional therapies for many reasons, most significantly for the benefits it has brought to her sons with specific learning needs.

Dr. Ginsberg has used her extensive experience to help men and women with hormone imbalance regain the vitality and fitness they thought was lost forever. She lectures for Functional Medicine University on the topic of PCOS, its natural reversal, and pathways to fertility. Rectangularization of aging is her personal passion, and she has lectured at the American Academy of Anti-Aging about telomeres (DNA caps) and how instrumental their preservation is for ongoing health. Her experience and passion for the true health and wellness of all patients is encompassed in the programs designed at Women’s Specialty Healthcare.

Dr. Ginsberg is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Harris County Medical Society, and the Texas Medical Association. Dr. Ginsberg is on staff at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. She is Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and has completed an Advanced Fellowship with the Metabolic Medical Institute.

Talk Name: The Key to Longevity Lies in the Microbiome – I may have to Age but I will never get Old.

Brian Hoyer, NTP

Brian Hoyer, NTP

Shielded Healing LLC

Brian’s dive into health started when he became a father,  gripped by a need to provide the most optimal growing environment for his family. His desire for them to thrive and devotion to the truth drove him to find the most insightful and effective cutting-edge methods for addressing what’s really going on in our bodies and environments. This led Brian to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, train with The Klinghardt Academy, and became a certified Geobiologist with Geovital Academy, a naturopathic clinic in Austria who specializes in Radiation Protection and Environmental Medicine since 1983.  Brian and his wife, Lindsey, built an EMF shielded tiny house and Brian travels all over the country doing EMF assessments, speaking at conferences and on podcasts, and helping families install shielding solutions that recreate environments that mimic our ancestral human habitats. 

Gena Kadar

Gena Kadar

DC, MS.MEdL, CNS

Dr. Gena Kadar is a nutrition professor, author, consultant, Certified Nutrition Specialist, and licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. She has a Master of Science degree in Medical Education Leadership. She is the author of A Manner of Living: An Evidence-Based, Realistic, and Sustainable Approach to the Art of Eating Well, Living Well, and Being Well for Life. A Manner of Living is an elegant guide that exposes outdated notions associated with diet and weight loss and replaces them with an evidence based, realistic, and sustainable approach to the art of eating well, living well, and being well… for life!

Talk Name: A Manner of Living

Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH, LMHC, ACS, NTP

Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH, LMHC, ACS, NTP

Author, The Good Mood Kitchen

Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH, LMHC, NTP is an internationally renowned expert in mental health nutrition, integrative medicine and trauma. She completed her graduate training at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Union Institute and University. She is National Board Certified in Polarity therapy, and Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Dr. Leslie lived and worked in rural indigenous Mexico for over 25 years directing a natural medicine clinic. She conducted research funded by the National Institutes of Health and was a Fulbright Scholar on indigenous medicine. She is the author of 8 books including The Good Mood Kitchen, Preventing and Treating Diabetes Naturally, Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: A Complete Guide to the Food-Mood Connection, Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature and the Body; Her new book on Herbal Medicine for Women will be out in 2019. She is the director of Research at cwis.org and has a coaching and clinical supervision practice supporting clinicians and practitioners in mental health nutrition and cognitive performance.

Talk Name: The Good Mood Kitchen: Advanced Nutrition for Mood and Cognitive Performance

Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac

Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac

Founder, Kresser Institute for Functional and Evolutionary Medicine

Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac., is the founder of Kresser Institute, the co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine, the creator of ChrisKresser.com, and The New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Cure: Eat Right for Your Genes, Body Type, and Personal Health Needs. He is known for his in-depth research uncovering myths and misconceptions in modern medicine and providing natural health solutions with proven results. Chris was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by Greatist.com (along with Michelle Obama, Dr. Oz, Dr. Weil, Deepak Chopra, and Dr. Mercola), and his blog is one of the top-ranked natural health websites in the world. Chris lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and daughter.

Diane Mueller, ND, DAOM, LAc

Diane Mueller, ND, DAOM, LAc

Founder, Living Love Community

Dr. Diane Mueller is a Naturopathic Doctor and a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She speaks nationally and has been featured on podcasts and TV news. She is the author of Stress Resilience: Overcome Overwhelm and Channel Challenge Towards Personal Growth and trains clinicians in functional medicine and mindfulness practices. Dr. Diane became passionate about medicine through her personal struggles with chronic digestive issues, mold illness and Lyme Disease. Diane’s history of fibromyalgia, chronic pain, headaches, and neurological dysfunction has made her extremely compassionate towards others struggles. Her own health issues inspired her to figure out root causes behind her issues and help others with their health struggles.

Talk Name: The Power of Placebo, Belief Systems and Toxic Thoughts & How They May Be Impacting Your Clinical Results

Victoria LaFont

Victoria LaFont

NTA Lead Instructor

After growing up on a rural Kentucky diet of Crisco and white flour, Victoria LaFont ventured out to see the world and find some real answers regarding her poor health. Fifteen years ago she left the world of opera singing and hitchhiked to her salvation by serendipitously finding a community on Big Island, Hawaii where members lived in line with the principles of healing through the Primal Diet, clean water and plenty of Hawaiian sunshine. The workings of the human body were cemented as the true love of her heart and she has since been hooked on learning more about the biochemical wonders that make us tick.

Victoria is a magna cum laude graduate of Murray State University with a degree in applied anthropology and a minor in music. She is a graduate of the Nutritional Therapy Association and is currently obtaining her Masters of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States in Portland, OR. She has also studied with Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to become a certified GAPS practitioner, as well as Drs. Abbas Qutab, Wally Schmitt and Alex Vasquez. She lives, practices and belly laughs everyday in Boston, Massachusetts and moonlights in her home state of Kentucky when the weather is good.

Wade Lightheart

Wade Lightheart

Co-Founder of BiOptimizers

3-Time Canadian Natural Bodybuilding Champion, Wade Lightheart, is one of the world’s premier authorities on Natural Nutrition and Training Methods. Having majored in Sports Science at the University of New Brunswick, he has authored numerous books on health, nutrition, and exercise which have sold in over 80 countries. Wade is sought out by athletes and high-performance oriented individuals worldwide for his advice on how to optimize their health and fitness levels.

Talk Name: How To Solve Virtually Any Digestive Problem

Tieraona Low Dog, MD

Tieraona Low Dog, MD

DrLowDog.com

Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.’s exploration of natural medicine began more than 35 years ago as she studied midwifery, herbal medicine; massage therapy and martial arts before earning her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. An internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, dietary supplements and women’s health, Dr. Low Dog was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, served as the elected Chair of the US Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Information Panel, and was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

She has been an invited speaker to more than 550 scientific/medical conferences, published 40 peer-reviewed articles, written 22 chapters for medical textbooks, and has authored five books, including National Geographic’s Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More, Healthy at Home: Get Well and Stay Well Without Prescriptions, and Life Is Your Best Medicine: A Woman’s Guide to Health, Healing, and Wholeness at Every Age. She has appeared on CNN and ABC’s 20/20, and is a frequent guest on the Dr. Oz show as well as NPR’s The People’s Pharmacy.

Diana Rodgers, RD, NTP

Diana Rodgers, RD, NTP

Sustainabledish.com

Diana Rodgers, RD, LDN, NTP is a “real food” nutritionist living on a working organic farm near Boston, Massachusetts that runs a vegetable and meat CSA. She is the author of two bestselling cookbooks and runs a clinical nutrition practice. Diana writes and speaks about the intersection of optimal human nutrition, environmental sustainability, animal welfare and social justice. She is also the producer of The Sustainable Dish Podcast, interviewing experts in the environmental and health movement. Her new film project, Kale vs. Cow examines the environmental, nutritional and ethical case for “better meat’. She can be found at www.sustainabledish.com

Talk Name: It’s Not the Cow, It’s the HOW

Julia Ross

Julia Ross

M.A./Director, The Neuronutrient Therapy Institute & The Craving Cure Clinic

Julia Ross, author of the best-selling books The Mood Cure, The Diet Cure, and her new book, The Craving Cure, is a celebrated pioneer in the use of nutritional therapies for the treatment of eating disorders, addictions, and mood problems. She trains and certifies health professionals, lectures widely, and oversees a virtual clinic for food cravers. She’s also regularly featured in print, online, and on radio and television.

Talk Name: Retrieving Our Lost Appetite-Guidance System

Mickey Trescott, NTP

Mickey Trescott, NTP

Autoimmune-Paleo.com

MICKEY TRESCOTT, NTP, is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, chef, blogger, and author of the bestselling book, The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook and co-author of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. She is the creator of AIP Batch Cook, a video-based cooking program that teaches users how to prepare allergen-free meals in their own home. She teaches cooking classes online and in venues around the country, like Bastyr University. In 2012, Mickey founded Autoimmune-Paleo.com, a website with recipes and resources for those suffering from autoimmune diseases. Later she partnered with Angie Alt and they transitioned Autoimmune-Paleo.com to Autoimmune Wellness in 2017. She lives in Willamette Valley, Oregon.

Kris Vaughn, CH

Kris Vaughn, CH

Program Director of Herbal Wisdom Institute

Kris Vaughan is a certified clinical herbalist and owner and Program Director of Herbal Wisdom Institute in Arizona. Kris began her study of herbal medicine in 2008 and now teaches students who seek a certification in western herbalism. Her clinical work and teaching has been focused on the areas of complicated, chronic health issues such as digestion and autoimmune conditions. Kris also works with a prominent herbal product manufacturer as the Director of Practitioner Experience.

Talk Name: A Herbalist’s Guide to the LNT Process

Barb Wallick

Barb Wallick

Wealth Transformation Coach & Personal Financial Planner

Barb teaches women and men to re-establish their relationship with money as she has found it to be at the heart of many of life’s challenges. Money, like love, can be one of our greatest sources of happiness; it can also be our greatest source of despair. Barb helps clients release the emotional toil left over from bad money relationships so they can achieve greater financial success.  

Talk Name: A Practitioner’s Relationship with Money