|Dr. Rick Kirschner, ND
Leader of Ceremonies
Dr. Kirschner is a 1981 graduate of NCNM. He is a bestselling author and internationally known speaker on the subjects of change, communication, leadership and living. He was in private practice from 1981-87, specializing in the treatment of stress disorders. In 1987, he was one of 15 presenters chosen by the Tom Peters Group to present the ‘In Search of Excellence’ training program to organizations around the world. He served the AANP as a board member under 3 presidents, was the AANP’s first ND Chair of Public Affairs (and developer of the AANP’s first logo), and later, served as AANP Webmaster from 1996-2000.
His clients include some of the world’s best known organizations, including Argonne National Laboratory, Heineken, NASA, Starbucks, Toys R’ Us, and the Young Presidents Organization. He is a faculty member of the Institute for Management Studies and thought leader with online learning systems Athena Interactive and CanDoGo. He is the author or coauthor of 11 audio and video series, including an award-winning interactive CD and 9 books, including the international bestseller, Dealing With People You Can’t Stand (now in 3 revised editions and 23 languages), Life By Design, the comprehensive communication training program Insider’s Guide To The Art Of Persuasion, and his most recent book from Hyperion Books, How To Click With People.
|Mr. Paul Bergner|
Paul Bergner is Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder, Colorado, where he offers clinical training in medical herbalism and clinical nutrition in a two-year program. He has edited the Medical Herbalism Journal since 1989. Paul has studied and practiced natural medicine since 1973, with formal studies in nature cure, medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Unani medicine, flower essences, yoga therapy, and bodywork, including undergraduate studies in pre-medicine and psychology and doctoral level studies in medical sciences and natural therapeutics at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine.
In addition to directing the school and clinic at the NAIMH, he taught undergraduate nutrition at Naropa University for seven years, and is guest faculty in the Masters in Herbal Medicine program at the Tai Sophia Institute. He has authored seven books on medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine.
|Dr. Peter D'Adamo,
Dr. D'Adamo is a naturopathic physician who is also an author, researcher-educator, Ivesian, amateur horologist, budding software developer, and air-cooled enthusiast. He is considered a world expert in glycobiology, principally the ABO (ABH) blood groups and the secretor (FUT2) polymorphisms.
In 1990 Dr. D'Adamo was awarded Physician of the Year by The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He is Adjunct Clinical Professor for both the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe AZ, and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland OR.
In 2001 Dr. D'Adamo founded the Institute for Human Individuality (IfHI). In 2003 he instigated the first IfHI biannual conference and certification, at which he was the keynote speaker. These conferences, which have attracted the best and brightest minds in nutritional genomics, have continued through 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Dr. D'Adamo is currently developing several new bioinformatics tools. His best known projects and most popular projects are DataPunk, a semantic accumulator and network designer for naturopathic knowledge; QuodLibet, a molecular pathway analytic tool that uses graph theory and social networking algorithms; and SWAMI, a program that devises complex one-of-a-kind health protocols for individuals. He is currently writing a program called HUNCH, which allows clinicians to apply semiotic principles to charting case histories.
Dr. D'Adamo teaches Generative Medicine I-II and Introduction to Biochemical Individuality at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine and supervises a specialized clinic shift in personalized medicine. He is the Director of the new University of Bridgeport Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine.
In 1996 Dr. D'Adamo wrote the NY Times Bestseller Eat Right For Your Type.
|Dr. Paul Epstein, ND|
Dr. Paul Epstein is a naturopathic physician, mind-body therapist, mindfulness meditation teacher, speaker, workshop leader, and author. His whole-person, relationship-centered care approach integrates naturopathic principles and therapies with mind-body medicine, mindfulness, and contemplative psychotherapy to guide patients in transforming stress, pain, and illness into a journey of self-healing and awakening. He graduated from NCNM, the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1984, where he did a residency studying healing, consciousness, and transformation. He has successfully advocated the clinical application and integration of mind-body-spirit therapies for over 30 years, exploring the mind-body connection, how biography becomes biology, narrative medicine, neuroplasticity, epigenetics, and the role of stress and childhood trauma in health and disease.
Paul was co-founder of the Israel Center for Mind-Body Medicine. He graduated from the Academy for Guided Imagery, completed the three-year training program for Community Dharma Meditation Teachers at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has trained in the Internal Family System model, 'IFS', of psychotherapy. Dr. Epstein travels extensively as a speaker and teaches mindful healing workshops, trainings, and webinars worldwide. Among the venues he has taught include Omega Institute, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, New York Insight Meditation Center, New York Open Center, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, The Graduate Institute, Yoga Retreat Paradise Island, Bahamas, NICABM, National Institute for the Clinical Advancement of Behavioral Medicine and at many Naturopathic Colleges and annual conferences. Paul maintains a private practice in Westport, Conn. where he was the founder and guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Fairfield County. Paul presently mentors health professionals to integrate mindfulness, mind-body therapies, and connecting the cell and the self. He is the author of Happiness Through Meditation.
|Dr. Pamela Sky Jeanne, ND|
Dr. Pamela Sky Jeanne is a naturopathic doctor (ND) with 50+ years of experience in medicine.
She graduated 1990 from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon with honors in clinical medicine. An earlier career in critical care medicine as an RN eventually led her to discover natural medicine that really helps the body heal itself. Her interest lies in education and sharing her knowledge on how to stay optimally well on the aging journey. Misleading medical paradigms tell most people to accept chronic ailments as normal.
Dr. Jeanne offers great insights into getting the most out of life through optimal nutrition and hormone balance. Dr. Jeanne is currently an adjunct faculty at the National College of Natural Medicine, teaching since 1992. In 2013 she became certified as a facilitator for Louise Hay’s Heal Your Life work and now conducts classes, workshops, and teleconferences encouraging people to go within to heal.
She is also a grandmother of three, loves yoga and the outdoors, and resides with her partner Sarah and furry friends at home.
|Dr. Guru Sandesh
Singh Khalsa, ND
Dr. Khalsa brings a life-long commitment to naturopathic medicine and extensive experience in naturopathic medical practice, education, and administration.
Dr. Khalsa has been President of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) in New Westminster (Vancouver area) British Columbia since October 2011. Prior to his appointment with the Boucher Institute, he was Dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport (UBCNM), Connecticut for 7 years and served at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon for 22 years in a variety of capacities, including Interim President, Chief Academic Officer, full-time faculty member, and clinical supervisor. During the years at NCNM he maintained a part-time private practice at the college clinic.
Dr. Khalsa graduated from NCNM in 1978 after acquiring a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Kansas Newman College in Wichita and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Occidental College in Los Angeles. The first two years of naturopathic studies were at Kansas Newman College in Wichita, Kansas and the final two years of clinical training in Portland, Oregon.
His far-reaching experience also applies to accreditation, having served as Institutional Member and President of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) and participated in numerous site visits for both the CNME and the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is a member of the Board of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges and currently is its President.
|Dr. Florence McPherson, ND|
Dr. McPherson began practicing homeopathy over 20 years ago while living in Seattle, Washington, where she was exposed to alternative healing arts and Naturopathic Medicine. She began cultivating and honing her connection to herbs and the land as well as homeopathy while living in the great Northwest! Homeopathy was a natural study for her. It was an intellectual as well as soul connection to the material and a natural progression of study out of her work as a counselor in the social service field working with homeless families in crisis.
As a lay homeopath, Dr. McPherson entered naturopathic medical school. 13 years later, after her re-location to the east coast, she continues her work in the social service field with the Archdiocese of Manhattan. She received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine and has been in private practice since. She is a skilled and seasoned homeopath, an avid herbalist, and a Reiki practitioner. Some of her patients call her Dr. Flo and comment on her healing, calm, and reassuring presence.
She is an adjunct clinical and didactic professor of Homeopathy at the College of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Dr. McPherson is currently teaching an introductory Homeopathy course at the University which she designed and created for first and second year Naturopathic students, and supervising fourth year student clinicians at the University's health clinic.
Dr. McPherson is a member of the National Center for Homeopathy, The New York Academy of Sciences, and The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr McPherson recently was honored to attend/study with Professor George Vithoulkas at the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy in Alonissos, Greece and previously with Russell Malcolm, M.B.Ch.B., FFHom, M.R.C.P., consultant to the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, London, England.
She is the mother of a vibrant, healthy eleven-year-old daughter who is treated using Naturopathic medical principles and homeopathy. They enjoy the outdoors and maintain their lovely lot and property in Connecticut. Dr. McPherson enjoys treating children and young adults as well.
|Dr. Amy Rothenberg,
“I was at the very first All Naturopathic Day (what we used to call the Gathering) at Breitenbush Hot Springs when there was only NCNM and Bastyr in the 80s!”
Dr. Rothenberg has been in private practice since graduating in 1986 from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Prior to this, she graduated from Antioch College with a degree in Biology. Dr. Rothenberg has been Board Certified in Homeopathy since 1989.
In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Rothenberg is a writer and teacher. She is the author of the widely acclaimed book, The A Cappella Singer Who Lost Her Voice and Other Stories from Natural Medicine. This collection of essays and reflections helps to define and exemplify the work of naturopathic medicine and further propel patients, medical colleagues, and policy makers toward a deeper understanding and appreciation of these effective and gentle approaches to healing.
She has long been a contributor to journals and magazines that highlight the efficacy and scope of practice of natural medicine. She is known for her lively lectures to lay and professional students throughout this country and abroad. She particularly enjoys teaching homeopathy and how it fits into the larger natural medicine scene. She has taught for The International Foundation of Homeopathy, The National Center of Homeopathy, The New England School of Homeopathy as well as at numerous conferences, medical schools, naturopathic schools, and for various industries interested in the implementation of natural medicine approaches.
She was the editor of the pacesetting New England Journal of Homeopathy, published from 1992 to 2002. Dr. Rothenberg is often interviewed by members of the media and by other authors who seek a natural medicine angle on current health care topics.
Dr. Rothenberg is the Massachusetts representative to the House of Delegates of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She served on the Board of Health in Amherst, Massachusetts and is currently chair of the Governance Committee and board member of the Amherst Survival Center, which offers free medical care, food, and clothing to people in need.
|Dr. James S. Sensenig, ND|
Dr. Sensenig has been practicing naturopathic medicine for nearly 30 years and is well-known for helping thousands of people regain their health. Dr. Sensenig graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon where he later served as Dean of Education. He was the founding President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Chairman of its Government Affairs Committee for a decade, and the founding Dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport (Connecticut).
Dr. Sensenig has consulted for a number of government agencies, insurances companies, colleges, and natural products companies. He is on the faculty of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona and the University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine.
|Dr. Pamela Snider, ND|
Dr. Snider received her ND degree in 1982 from Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences. She is currently the founder and executive editor for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine (FMN) Project. The FMN Project is an international collaboration dedicated to developing a comprehensive textbook for naturopathic and integrative medical education in response to needs expressed by the naturopathic medical communities. It is the profession’s first attempt in 100 years to codify and articulate the philosophy, principles, clinical theory, models, scientific advances, and public policy implications that comprise naturopathic medicine. This process of codification would remain inconsequential without a successful method to communicate and disseminate these ideas to a broader healthcare and patient community.
Dr. Snider has received the Ontario Naturopathic Physician of the Year Award, the Physician of the Year Award from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), the President 's Outstanding Vision Award at Bastyr University, and AANP's President's Award.
Dr. Snider was the founding executive director of ACCAHC. As a nationally recognized integration and CAM policy leader, Snider is active in both national and local integration initiatives, including the executive team and board of directors of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC). Her work has included serving as a Medicare adviser, co-directing an exploration of the connection between public health and complementary and alternative medicine, and playing an important role in drafting key language in the NCCAM legislation and participating in the White House Commission Report.
From 1994-2003, Dr. Snider served as Associate Dean for Public and Professional Affairs and Associate Dean for Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University, dividing her work between academic and public affairs activities, including chairing the curriculum review committee and its interdisciplinary expert teams. She continues her academic and research work there as a member of the faculty. Her areas of expertise include: health care education; curriculum development; clinical practice; government and legislative affairs, public policy, practice; and complementary and alternative medicine research with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and public health. She was a co-investigator in the NCCAM-funded research study, which developed the North American Naturopathic Medical Research Agenda. She also was an adviser to the NCCAM project on Financing Integrative Health Care at the University of Washington.
|Dr. Lori Beth Stargrove, ND|
Dr. Lori Stargrove earned her B.A. in English from University of Minnesota in 1981 and her doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine from National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1991. She is licensed as a naturopathic physician in Oregon. Dr. Stargrove is clinic director of A WellSpring of Natural Health, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon, where she practices with Dr. Mitchell Bebel Stargrove. She coordinated the development of the nutrition section for the Integrative BodyMind Information System (IBIS), the pioneering multidisciplinary electronic encyclopedia for practitioners of integrative medicine and natural therapeutics, and served as project manager for Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies (MosbyElsevier 2008). In addition, she is Chief Health Officer of MedicineWorks.com, a division of Health Resources Unlimited, Inc., as well as a founder and board member of the Alchemical Medicine Research and Teaching Association (AMR’TA). She served on the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners from 2001-2007.
|Dr. Mitchel Bebel Stargrove,
Dr. Mitch Stargrove earned his B.A. in history and government from Oberlin College in 1979, his acupuncture diploma from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in 1987, and his naturopathic degree from National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1988. He is licensed as an acupuncturist and naturopathic physician in Oregon and practices with Dr. Lori Beth Stargrove at A WellSpring of Natural Health, Inc. in Beaverton. Since 1990 he has taught History of Medicine at OCOM (to present) and NCNM (1990-1993).
Dr. Stargrove is a Senior Fellow of the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine at the University of Bridgeport. He is the editor and co-author of Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies (MosbyElsevier 2008). He coordinated development of, and compiled the acupuncture section for, the Integrative BodyMind Information System (IBIS), the pioneering multidisciplinary electronic encyclopedia for practitioners of integrative medicine and natural therapeutics, and is Editor-in-Chief of InteractionsGuide and ChoicesForHealth (in development). In addition, he is Chief Medical Officer of MedicineWorks.com, a division of Health Resources Unlimited, Inc., as well as a founder and board member of the Alchemical Medicine Research and Teaching Association (AMR’TA, Inc.).
Dr. Stargrove is lead history editor of and a contributing author to the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine text (Elsevier, in press). In August 2012, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians presented him with the Vis Medicatrix Naturae award in recognition of his activities as a “naturopathic physician who represents the healing power of nature as demonstrated through work, life, and community service.”