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The Naturopaths Without Borders Experience: Upgrade Your Skills While Giving Back"

PART 1 AND PART 2 (1 hour each: 2 CEs total)

Sarah Preston Hesler, ND received her medical degree from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and moved to Haiti and co-founded the MamaBaby Haiti birth center in 2010 alongside her husband Dr. Sean Hesler. She was a founding member of Naturopaths Without Borders and acted as the Director of Operations for over a decade. She has worked with thousands of patients in Haiti, Mexico, Thailand and the United States and has led hundreds of volunteers with NWB. Dr. Preston Hesler is passionate about providing excellent care and health education to each and every NWB patient and strives to empower each volunteer and employee to do the same. Dr. Preston Hesler enjoys teaching at A.T. Still University as an Adjunct Faculty Member and through the Naturopathic Mastery Series. She was awarded the SCNM Alumni Award for Community Service in 2011, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians' President's Award in 2018 and the Abundance Awards Community Leader of the Year award in 2019. She speaks regularly throughout the United States and Canada and maintains a regenerative medicine focused private practice in Arizona.

Sean X. Hesler, ND is the Executive Director of Naturopaths Without Borders. After receiving his medical training from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, alongside his wife Dr. Sarah Preston Hesler he moved to Haiti and co-founded the MamaBaby Haiti birth center in 2010. He received the 2019 Community Leader Of The Year Abundance Award, the 2018 American Association of Naturopathic Physicians President’s Award and the 2011 SCNM Alumni Award for Community Service for his commitment to global and community health throughout his career. In addition to sharing lessons on global health at universities and conferences around the United States, Dr. Sean also teaches medical students and professionals in seminars and at NWB’s sites in Haiti, Mexico, Thailand and Phoenix in addition to his Adjunct Faculty position in the department of Physician Assistant Studies at A.T. Still University.
 

  • Objectives: These 2 talks are designed to help you to:
    • Recognize the history and philosophical principles of Naturopaths Without Borders.
    • Optimize the use of an interpreter so that the focus stays on your patient and conversation is not lost in translation.
    • Apply the "Option For the Poor" moral imperative and how that ties in with the Naturopathic philosophy in global health.
    • Utilize resources easily found in the locations in which you are working to help your patients without needing specific products or brands of supplements.
    • Identify commonly used herbs in Haiti, Northern Mexico and Thailand and how they can be applied in the clinical setting.
    • Recognize the incredible value of your hands and how they are the best tool we have to help our patients heal.
    • Describe the role of local health professionals vs. the role of the visiting health professional.
    • Implement the use of Group Medical Visits and understand why they are uniquely suited for the global health setting

      Presentation Description:

      Although we are far from saturated with Naturopathic Physicians in the US and Canada, in the developing world, it is extremely rare to find an ND and even then, most can't afford to see one. Yet, our medicine is uniquely suited to provide optimal care for the underserved, the world over. The Naturopathic philosophy, many of our modalities and our principle of Docere are inexpensive and beautifully aligned to the needs of many patients in the developing world. Naturopaths Without Borders believes that healthcare is a human right and we strive to provide healthcare and health education for patients who would not otherwise have access to a Naturopathic Physician. We also strive to provide high quality educational opportunities for health professionals and health profession students from North America and beyond to become the best providers they can be. Using the most accessible modalities such as herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, nutritional and lifestyle guidance, homeopathy, physical medicine, acupuncture and injection therapy, we have had immense success treating and preventing disease in the most vulnerable populations. In this two part talk, you will hear from two founders of Naturopaths Without Borders and learn how they have created a global organization that has helped tens of thousands of patients and hosted thousands of volunteers bridging the gap in healthcare and helping to fill it with Naturopathic Medicine. 

 

Vision, Differentiation and Marketability Within and Beyond Clinical Practice​s w/Dr. John Neustadt 

Great idea don’t create great businesses. Understanding the principles from business, marketing, psychology and lessons shared by other entrepreneurs and business icons, Dr. Neustadt shares a system for how to think and great not just the business you want, but the life you desire. 

Goals/Objectives

1. Learn how to think about business in a way that keeps you focused on your goals and actions.

2. Understand how to approach business problems in a way that unlocks possibilities instead of feeling stuck.

3. Learn the three most important questions to ask when starting any business.

 

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"Don't Go Breakin' My Bones": Osteoporosis Testing and Pharmaceutical Management" (1 CE total:
.5 general/ .5 pharm CEs) 
Dr. John Neustadt, ND

More than 53 million Americans either have osteoporosis or at high risk due to low bone mass. Nearly 40% of women over 50 years old will suffer an osteoporosis fracture and debilitating acute and chronic pain in the elderly is often attributed to fragility fractures and can lead to further disability and early morality. Despite how common and deadly osteoporosis is, there is confusion about the clinical utility of diagnostic and screening technologies and laboratory tests for their ability to predict fractures and provide crucial information for treatment and monitoring of fracture risk. There’s also limited understanding about the growing list of medications that impact bone metabolism, decrease bone mineral density (BMD), and increase fractures. This presentation evaluates currently available diagnostic and screening technologies and the most common laboratory tests for their ability to predict fractures and provide crucial information for treatment and monitoring of fracture risk. It also evaluates the damaging skeletal effects of some of the most commonly prescribed medications, the ability for osteoporosis medications to prevent fragility fractures and provides clinicians with recommended tests for patients at risk of bone loss.
 
After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently:

  • Understand options for testing and monitoring patients with osteoporosis.
  • Understand the most common medications that induce osteoporosis.
  • Understand the strengths and limitation of conventional pharmaceutical management of osteoporosis.

 

PART 2: 
 
"Don't Go Breakin' My Bones": Reverse Osteoporosis and Reduce Fracture Risk with a Whole Person Approach – (1 CE total: .5 general/ .5 pharm)

 
Almost 53 million Americans have osteoporosis are at risk due to low bone mineral density (BMD). The conventional approach to preventing fragility fractures primarily focuses on improving BMD with osteoporosis medications, even though most osteoporosis drugs do not prevent primary fractures, and more than half of all patients discontinue bisphosphonate treatment within a year. Using an evidence-based, whole-person approach, clinicians can think beyond BMD, teach patients the information and skills to grow stronger bones, reduce fracture risk and help them live vibrant, active lives well into old age.
 
After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently:

  • Understand how to evaluate patients holistically for osteoporosis and fracture risk.
  • Understand how to create treatment plans to grow stronger bones and reduce falls and fracture risk.
  • Understand how to counsel patients on implementing this holistic approach.


Biography:
John Neustadt, ND was Founder of Montana Integrative Medicine, Founder and President of the dietary supplement company Nutritional Biochemistry, Inc (NBI, nbihealth.com) and of NBI Pharmaceuticals. He’s a member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation Corporate Advisory Roundtable (CAR), a high-level corporate advisory body to the NOF's Board of Trustees. It’s the first time a naturopathic doctor has served on this advisory board. 
 
Dr. Neustadt is Chair of the Medical Committee for the 2022 San Diego JCC Maccabi Games, a youth sporting event involving nearly 2,000 teen athletes from across the United States and more than 70 delegations from around the world. Dr. Neustadt is a member of the CNDA Board of Directors and Chair of the Membership Committee. For the past several years Dr. Neustadt has done an annual series of four Grand Rounds talks and mentored groups of 4th year Naturopathic Medical Students at Bastyr University San Diego.
 
Dr. Neustadt has written four books, dozens of articles on osteoporosis and over 100 research reviews. He was recognized by Elsevier as a Top Ten Cited Author in the world for his work. His latest book, Fracture-Proof Your Bones: Grow Stronger Bones and Reduce Fracture Risk, was published in April 2022.
 
 

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The Hormonal Symphony: (1 pharm CE)
Tarek Elansary, PharmD
 
In order to treat symptoms and prevent disease progression associated with aging, we must balance our hormones, not just replace them.  The symphony of balance is crucial in BHRT. A strong understanding of how each hormone can and will affect another hormone is required to achieve a hormonal balance in patients.  In this presentation, Tarek will discuss in detail how each hormone can affect others and in what manner. Hormones discussed will include: hydrocortisone, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, pregnenolone, plus more. He will clarify how to test the tissue levels of hormones, what adjustments need to be made based on the lab value results, and will then discuss examples of why it is necessary to look at the full picture and provide a step by step approach to ensure patients get the most benefit from their treatment.   
 
After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently:

  • Understand how different hormones can interfere with one another.
  • Understand the various ways (serum, urine, saliva, DBS) hormone levels are tested and their differences.
  • Understand how different dosage forms of hormones can have a drastic effect on absorption and safety for patients. 


PART 2:

A World of Pain: Compounded Topical Medications for Optimal Pain Management (1 pharm CE)

  
Pain can be managed in a much safer and more effective approach using compounding formulations.  Compounded pain creams is the most prominent therapy because it avoids systemic absorption, therefore medication-caused toxicities, interactions, dependence, addiction, sedation, and other side effects can be avoided. In this presentation, Tarek will present examples of different formulas, pain conditions, approaches for each, and adjuvant therapies to make the compounded medications more effective. He will discuss the most common pharmaceutical active ingredients used, the dosage range, and specific mechanism of action when applied by transdermal route. Medications discussed will include Ketamine, Ketoprofen, Pentoxyfylline, Clonidine, Magnesium, Gabapentin, and more. Finally, he will discuss patient cases where these compounded pain therapies were used and provided relief to the patient.
 
 
After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently:

  • Understand the benefits, safety, and efficacy in utilizing compounded pain creams vs other pain therapies.
  • Understand the types of pain we can treat with these pain creams and the appropriate formulations.
  • Understand the different pharmaceutical active ingredients that can be used, and their mechanism of action.
  • Understand how different bases can greatly affect the absorptive abilities of these creams.
  • Create treatment plans for their patients based on the case studies discussed. 


 
Biography:
Tarek was born in Cairo Egypt in 1973 and moved to the US at age 2. He remembers learning about physiology in the 6th grade, when they were being taught about the digestive system. He was amazed and stayed with the teacher during lunch to discuss and was then asked to teach the class. He realized early on that he wanted to get a doctorate degree in medicine and narrowed his focus to pharmacy while in college and graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy with a Doctorate of Pharmacy in 1998. He has been in gorgeous San Diego ever since. In the first 8 years of his career, he worked for different companies and struggled with the lack of clinical involvement that he craved. He bought his first pharmacy in 2006, and was finally able to practice clinical pharmacy the way he wanted. A few years later the challenge of that started to fade. He started to realize there was not much more to learn or accomplish in the limited realm of retail pharmacy and western medicine so he opened up Carmel Valley Pharmacy in 2013 with the intent to learn more about compounding and find a more interesting approach to treatment. He found this with functional/integrative medicine. He has learned an immense amount and feels that he still has so much more to learn. He finds himself able to have a much deeper and long lasting impact on a patient’s health and is able to work much more closely with practitioners. He enjoys coming to work each day, and leaves work with such a great feeling of fulfillment.

 


"I've Got You Under My Skin": Treating Psoriasis (1 pharm CE)
Dr. Julie Greenberg, ND

 
Psoriasis is a systemic inflammatory disease that affects not only the skin, but also statistically validated increased morbidity associated with virtually every organ system in the body. While conventional treatment options such as biologics as effective at reducing psoriatic plaques, they don’t address the underlying root cause of psoriasis and require lifelong injections.  Many patients turn to naturopathic medicine looking for ways to treat their psoriasis using holistic alternatives that do address the root cause. Recent evidence shows that microbiome dysfunction in the gut and on the skin contributes to the pathophysiology of psoriasis including upregulation of the Th17 pathway.  This presentation will cover new advances in pharmaceuticals, supplements, and botanicals for treating both the symptoms and the root causes of psoriasis. Case studies will be presented showing before and after photos and will discuss both oral and topical evidence-based naturopathic treatment options.      
 
After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently:

  • Explain the pathophysiology of psoriasis.
  • Describe pharmaceutical treatments used for treating psoriasis (oral, topical and injectable) including the mechanism of action and side effects.
  • Assess which botanicals and supplements have clinically proven results for treating psoriasis.
  • Summarize the current research linking the gut microbiome with psoriasis.
  • Recognize that psoriasis is an autoimmune disease with increased risk for several comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.

 

Part 2
 

"I've Got You Under My Skin": Treating Eczema (1 pharm CE)

 
Eczema is a complicated, multi-factorial disease that affects as many as 36 million people in the United States.  Atopic dermatitis (AD) takes a heavy toll on both patients and their families as 40% of people will experience moderate to severe symptoms.  Eczema is known to be a Th2-mediated disease, but current research has shown it is far more complicated and can include Th1 and Th17 pathways as well. Microbiome dysfunction in the gut and on the skin also contributes to the pathophysiology of eczema.  Conventional medicine relies heavily on the use of topical steroids to treat eczema, however that doesn’t address the root cause and many patients are looking for alternative treatment options.  This presentation will cover new advances in pharmaceuticals, supplements, and botanicals for treating both the symptoms and the root causes of AD. Case studies will be presented showing before and after photos and will discuss both oral and topical evidence-based naturopathic treatment options.      
 
After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently:

  • Explain the pathophysiology of eczema.
  • Identify the role of filaggrin and natural moisturizing factor in maintaining a healthy skin barrier.
  • Describe pharmaceutical treatments used for treating eczema (oral, topical and injectable) including the mechanism of action and side effects.
  • Assess which botanicals and supplements have clinically proven results for treating eczema.
  • Summarize the current research linking the gut microbiome with eczema

 
Biography:

Dr. Julie Greenberg is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and Registered Herbalist RH(AHG) who specializes in integrative dermatology. She is the founder of the Center for Integrative Dermatology, a holistic clinic that approaches skin and hair problems by finding and treating the root cause. Dr. Greenberg holds degrees from Northwestern University (BA), Stanford University (MBA) and Bastyr University (ND). Her research on the gut microbiome of acne patients has been published in a leading peer-reviewed clinical dermatology journal. While at naturopathic medical school, Dr. Greenberg received training with leading experts in dermatology at the University of Washington Medical School Dermatology Clinic and Seattle Children’s Hospital Pediatric Dermatology Clinic. She lectures at naturopathic medical schools and speaks at conferences across the U.S. on the topics of hair, skin, and nails.  Dr. Greenberg is also the Program Chair for the Naturopathic & Integrative Dermatology Series on LearnSkin.com, a 20 course CME program for doctors that discusses evidence-based alternative approaches to treating dermatological conditions.

 

Integrative Oncology: Carcinogenesis and Dietary Effects on Colorectal and Prostate cancers (1 general CE) Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND

 

Presentation Description: This presentation will analyze key components of carcinogenesis and cancer metabolism as a conceptual framework for integrative cancer control strategies. We will then address the question, can diet prevent cancer? From there, and guided by the insights into carcinogenesis, evidence-informed nutrition, exercise and dietary supplement strategies specific to colorectal cancer and prostate cancers will be explored.
 

 After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently: 

  • Describe carcinogenesis and cancer metabolism as a conceptual framework for the integrative approach to cancer
  • Generate diet recommendations for individuals trying to reduce their risk of cancer or cancer recurrence based on:
    • Epidemiological and prospective data on nutrition and cancer overall
    • Dietary impacts on specific cancer types: colorectal and prostate
  • Identify specific dietary supplements with evidence of benefit for colorectal and prostate cancer risk reduction

 


PART 2: 

Integrative Oncology:  Dietary Effects on Breast and Lung cancers (1 general CE) 

 

Presentation Description: 

Part 2 will continue the exploration of evidence-informed nutrition, exercise and dietary supplement strategies for breast and lung cancers. A case example will synthesize the clinical application of the strategies discussed in parts 1 and 2.

 

 After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently: 

  • Generate diet recommendations for individuals trying to reduce their risk of breast cancer or lung cancer recurrence based on:
    • Epidemiological and prospective data on nutrition and these cancer types
    • Dietary impacts on breast cancer and lung cancer 
  • Identify specific dietary supplements with evidence of benefit for breast and lung cancer risk reduction
  • Gain insight into the clinical application of this information through a presented case study.



Biography
Lise Alschuler is a naturopathic doctor with board certification in naturopathic oncology and has been practicing since 1994. Dr. Alschuler is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Arizona where she is the Associate Director of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. She graduated from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in Medical Anthropology and received a doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University where she also completed her residency. Dr. Alschuler is past-President and Board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and a founding board member and immediate Past-President of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She has been an invited speaker to more than 200 scientific/medical conferences, published 26 peer-reviewed articles, been an investigator on 8 research studies, written 9 chapters for medical textbooks, and has co-authored two books, Definitive Guide to Cancer, now in its 3rd edition, and Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) recognized Dr. Alschuler in 2014 as Physician of the Year. She also received an honorary degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Joseph Pizzorno Founders award from Bastyr University in the same year. She was honored with the AANP President’s award in 2016 and received the Impact award from the National Association of Nutrition Professionals in 2017. In 2020, she received the Sheikh Zayed International Award in Naturopathy.
 
Dr. Alschuler practices naturopathic oncology out of Naturopathic Specialists, LLC. Dr. Alschuler co-hosts a podcast, Five To Thrive Live! about living more healthfully in the face of cancer.

 

Heavy Metal Overload: Symptoms, Issues and Diagnoses in Patients with Complex Chronic Illness (1 CE Total: .5 general/ .5 pharm) Dr. Nafysa Parpia, ND

 

In patients with complex chronic illnesses, they typically have concurrent diagnoses of chronic Tick Borne Illness, Mold/Mycotoxin Illness, CFS/ME and Autoimmunity. There are a variety of insults to their body and whole being that contribute to immune dysregulation. Very often a metal load is found to be one of the underlying stressors in such patients. Susceptibility to invading microorganisms is increased in a heavy metal environment while the metals cause cellular damage in the patient. Appropriate diagnosis and treatment of metals when indicated makes a significant positive impact in the treatment of complex chronic illness.  Part 1 of this talk will focus on symptoms, workup, and diagnosis.
 
After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently:

  • Understand symptoms of heavy metal overload: arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium.
  • Understand why we can’t isolate symptoms in order to consider one (or more) metals in such patients.
  • Understand what the concurrent issues are in patients with symptoms of heavy metal toxicity.
  • Assess appropriate diagnoses of metals and know when treatment is indicated.


PART 2:

Heavy Metal Overload: Treatments and Cases

 (1 CE Total: .5 general/ .5 pharm)

 
Part 2 will be a continued discussion of the patients with complex chronic illnesses. We will discuss treatment options and will wrap up the two presentations with case examples.
 
After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently:

1.  Prepare patients for chelation therapy.
2.  Understand how to use various chelating agents.
3.  Understand where to go to become proficient in chelation therapy. Note: this is not a class in chelation certification/training, so additional training needs to be completed.
4.  Understand metal removal protocol.


Biography
Dr. Parpia has spent the last decade treating patients with complex chronic illness from all over the US.  Her specialization is patients with tick-borne illness, environmental illness, mold/mycotoxin illness, autoimmunity, fibromyalgia and ME/CFS.  External factors to the body, such as environmental toxicants, pathogens, diet, and lifestyle affect the balance of internal factors - immune dysregulation, infection susceptibility, epigenetic expression, cellular biochemistry, mood and the microbiome.

Investigating to discover and remove the underlying cause(s) while providing healing and symptom relief, she uses cutting-edge laboratory tests, and deep intuition applied to the full range of scientific data to unravel the mystery of each patient’s illness. Modalities include regenerative medicine, oral and intravenous micronutrient therapies, peptide therapies, botanical medicine, pharmaceuticals, injection therapies, nutrition and lifestyle counseling.

Dr. Parpia sees patients at Gordon Medical in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She previously worked in the clinics of Dr. Isaac Eliaz and Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt. She is on ISEAI’s Board (International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness) and is a Scientific and Medical Advisor for Neurohacker Collective.  She received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University and her Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia.
A sought after speaker, she has spoken at ILADS, EHS, AAMP, AAOT, numerous summits and is a host/creator of the Mycotoxin and Chronic Illness Summit with Dr. Eric Gordon. 

 

Brain Waves: mTOR's Role in Mental Health (1 general CE)
Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc


Presentation Description:
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a highly conserved serine-threonine kinase, that is used by the body as an important energy and nutrient status sensor.  MTOR coordinates major processes such as metabolism, cell division and ultimately survival. It does this by toggling between moments of building tissues, growth, plasticity along with proliferation with moments of autophagy (breakdown) and detoxification of tissues and cells.  Emerging research is showing how psychiatric illness has a strong underpinning in the dysregulation of MTOR.
 
Dr. Bongiorno will specifically describe mTOR’s importance to psychiatric illness. You will learn how both stimulation and inhibition of mTOR may contribute to mental health and illness. For example, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder are considered MTOR underactivation condition, whereas cognitive impairment, addiction, and schizophrenia are hallmarked by overactivation. Finally, Dr. Bongiorno will review in detail how naturopathic therapies (sleep, exercise, stress food intake, lifestyle, and supplements such as medium chain triglycerides, trehelose, green tea, caffeine, curcumin, resveratrol and more) can either stimulate mTOR or inhibit it – and both can bring optimal balance to psychiatric care.
 
 After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently:

  • Understand the structure and function of mTOR.
  • Recognize how mTOR contributes to psychiatric disease.
  • Examine ways to evaluate mTOR status.
  • Identify pharmaceuticals and naturopathic enhancers of mTOR activity.
  • Recognize pharmaceutical and naturopathic inhibitors of mTOR activity.

 

 PART 2:

Brain Waves: Histamine's Role in Mental health ( 1 general CE) 

 
Although typically considered an inflammatory molecule, a main role of histamine lies in its action as a neurotransmitter. Most mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, bipolarity, and more can manifest due to imbalances in histamine levels. Join Dr. Peter Bongiorno as he explains the role histamine and histamine receptor function in relation to genomics, methylation, neurotransmitters, and hormones. He will explain which lab testing and clinical presentations suggests histamine imbalance and review in clear detail which lifestyle, dietary, and supplement treatments have the best effect to heal mental illness. Clinical cases will also be reviewed.
 
After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently:

  • Understand histamine function in relationship to mental health.
  • Understand the histamine molecule and histamine receptors.
  • Identify clinical symptoms of histamine imbalance.
  • Identify which lab tests are most valuable to aid in diagnosis of histamine imbalance.
  • Understand which lifestyle, dietary, and supplement support will help balance mental health challenges due to histamine imbalance.

 
Biography:
Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc’s passion is to bring effective holistic healing to the practice of mental health. He has thriving practices in New York City and Long Island established in 2004. Prior to earning his naturopathic doctorate from Bastyr University, he researched as a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Mental Health and Yale University's Department of Pharmacology. Peter authored the first textbook on integrative medicine for depression in 2008 (Healing Depression- CCNM Press). He has also authored of numerous papers, textbook chapters, and books on the topic of integrative medicine. More information can be found at drpeterbongiorno.com and @drpeterbongiorno.  

 

Long COVID: Evaluation and Management (1 general CE) 
Dr. Jack Weber, ND


As our understanding of the short and long-term effects of COVID-19 continues to evolve, so should our evaluation, management and treatments. This presentation will provide an in depth review of Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS- CoV-2 infection (PASC), so that you can feel confident in supporting this patient population in clinical practice. Topics will include how to identify different post-COVID conditions, the pathophysiology of post-COVID conditions and laboratory evaluation for this patient population. 
 
After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently:

  • Define and identify different post-COVID conditions.
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of post-COVID conditions.
  • Discuss laboratory evaluation and findings of post-Covid conditions.


PART 2:

Long COVID: Botanical Interventions (1 general CE) 

 
As our understanding of the short and long-term effects of COVID-19 continues to evolve, so should our treatment strategies. This presentation will provide several Western and Eastern botanical interventions with a focus on the current literature, mechanism of action and therapeutic dosing for this patient population.  Additionally, several clinical cases will be reviewed so that you will feel confident in supporting these patients in clinical practice with the most up-to-date botanical interventions.
 
After the presentation, participants will be able to confidently:

  • Explore several nutritional, botanical and TCM interventions to support and resolve post-COVID conditions.
  • Discuss dosing, indications, contraindications and interactions of botanical and TCM interventions.
  • Apply this acquired knowledge to cases encountered in clinical practice.



Biography:
Dr. Weber is a fifth generation chiropractor and first generation naturopathic physician. He graduated magna cum laude with doctorates in chiropractic and naturopathic medicine from National University of Health Sciences. Dr. Weber was valedictorian in both graduating classes and received the Joseph Janse Award for outstanding graduate of his class. Dr. Weber is a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture and has received postgraduate training through the Institute of Functional Medicine.
This combined education has allowed a multidisciplinary approach to several patient populations, including patients with chronic symptoms after acute infections. Dr. Weber has evaluated and managed hundreds of patients with Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS- CoV-2 infection (PASC) and is excited to share this information with other professionals. 
 
While receiving his medical education, Dr. Weber met his wife, Dr. Melissa Weber, who shares the same passion about health. Together they strive to share their knowledge with patients through an integrative multidisciplinary approach in Raleigh, North Carolina.
 
Outside of clinical practice, Dr. Weber works closely with other naturopathic physicians in supporting legislative efforts and is secretary for the North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians.