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Amanda Archibald, RD

Presentation: Culinary Genomics and Public Health. The New Opportunity in Food, Nutrition and the Kitchen

Amanda Archibald, RD has combined her unique training as an analyst and a nutritionist (RD) with her culinary expertise to pioneer a new conversation in food. Amanda’s trailblazing work is redefining the food, nutrition and cooking education footprint in ways that are understandable, meaningful and fundamentally achievable for all Americans. Her work in Culinary Genomics, unveiled in 2015, has created a new frontier, essentially uniting the fields of Genomic Medicine with the Culinary Arts. Through this work, Amanda is placing food, clinicians, chefs and the kitchen at the epicenter of healing, igniting a new nutrition conversation for the world. Her work has been showcased in more than 40 states, 100 U.S. cities and 9 countries. Through her company, The Genomic Kitchen, Amanda teaches the principles of culinary genomics to the public and chefs (certificate course). She also teaches in an advanced certificate course in genomic medicine and culinary genomics (Genoma).

   

Anjil Bajnath, MD, MBA, MIfHI

Presentation: A Clinician’s Guide to Genomic Testing

Dr. Bajnath is currently a PGY-3 Resident Physician with the University of Maryland Medical Center. In addition to his conventional training in Family medicine, Anil has cultivated extensive first-hand experience in the fields of Precision, Integrative, Functional and Genomic Medicine. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and president for his organization, The Institute for Human Optimization and is the Chief Medical Officer for Wholesome: Business-In-A-Box for Doctors. Furthermore, he holds a multitude of active professional memberships at esteemed medical organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Institute for Functional Medicine and the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine. Anil’s unique background is founded in Molecular Microbiology and Medical Laboratory Science coupled with clinical nutrition has influenced his unique approach to personalized patient care.

   

Lindsey Berkson, DC

Presentations: Oxytocin Protocols for Digestive Disorders; And the Threat of Endocrine Disruptors on oxytocin functionality, the microbiome, and genomics​

Dr. Berkson has been in practice for 40 years with an emphasis on hormones, nutrition, digestion, and intimacy. Berkson was a hormone scholar at a renowned estrogen think tank at Tulane University (The Center for Bioenvironmental Research). She has taught re-licensing seminars to professionals (MDs, pharmacists, NDs, acupuncturists, chiropractors and nutritionists) for many decades, and formulated the first female nutraceutical line for physicians in the U.S. (Metagenics FEM LINE). She and Dr. J.V. Wright hold a patent on bioidentical hormones. Berkson holds another collaborative patent on a drug for dialysis and diabetic patients. Berkson has collaborated and published original research on dialysis and nutrition with The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Bryan Nathan PhD.

   

Ralph Esposito, N.D.

Presentation: SNP Away Prostate Cancer: A Genomic Approach to Prostate Cancer

Dr. Esposito is a naturopathic physician, licensed acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner specializing in Integrative Urology and Men's Health. His precise and personalized style embodies a systems-based approach to medicine. He has been published and is a peer reviewer in well-respected medical journals. Furthermore, Dr. Esposito has authored several medical textbook chapters and has designed education modules for health professionals specifically on urologic conditions, fitness and male health. He has trained and collaborates in research at NYU Integrative and Functional Urology Center. Dr. Esposito also holds a position as adjunct professor at New York University and at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine where he lectures on integrative medicine.

   

Autumn Frandsen, N.D.

Presentation: Diagnosis and Treatment of Mycotoxin and Biotoxin Illness 

Dr. Autumn Frandsen is a board certified, licensed ND. She treats infants, children, adults, and our geriatric population by offering the most gentle and natural options first. Specializing in allergy desensitization and treatment, she offers a variety of testing including electrodermal screening, ART, ALCAT and/or Alletess. She uses antigen therapy to desensitize patients to environmental allergens such as molds, animals, pollens, and inhalants as well as chemicals and foods. Dr. Frandsen has extensive experience in treating autoimmune conditions, thyroid conditions, chronic Lyme disease, mood disorders, obesity, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, and dermatological conditions. She currently practices at the MUIH natural care center, National Integrated Health Associates, and Velise Total Health.

   

Eleonora Gafton, M.S., CNS, CHHC, LDN

Presentation: The Science of Preserving Genomic Compounds in Cooking

Eleonora Gafton is an assistant professor and professional chef in the Nutrition and Integrative Health program at Maryland University of Integrative Health, one of the nation’s top graduate schools for health and wellness studies. Growing up on an organic farm and winery in Romania, Ms. Gafton developed a passion for natural foods. She completed her chef training at Ministerul Turismului International in Bucharest, Romania and went on to work in a three-star hotel, becoming the first female executive chef in a communist country. Ms. Gafton later received a bachelor’s degree in hotel management from Cornell University, and worked in the hotel industry in Washington, DC for 20 years. Ms. Gafton also holds a master’s degree in herbal medicine and clinical studies from Maryland University of Integrative Health (June 3, 2013), PMC in Nutrition (2016) and a certificate in health coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NY (2008). Currently enrolled in the DCN program at Maryland, University of Integrative Health.

Eleonora Gafton is a licensed Nutritionist in the State of Maryland. Throughout the Washington, D.C. area she has been practicing a combination of conventional, holistic, functional and complimentary nutrition and health coaching.

Specializing in those with chronic disease, such as but not limited to, gastrointestinal discomfort, diabetes, cardiovascular and vascular diseases, depression, arthritis, allergies and weight issues. Eleonora's private practice in Alexandria treats patients nutritionally and as a health coach with all levels of illness. She holds nutritional workshops at the Maple Avenue Market in Vienna, Virginia and other venues in Alexandria.

   

Leah Hollon, N.D., M.P.H.

Presentation: Pre-conception, Conception and the Ethics of Trauma on the Lineage: From Ancestral Imprints to Familial Transformation​    

Dr. Leah Hollon holds a BS in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a MPH from the VCU School of Medicine. Dr. Hollon completed her ND degree and residency training at NUNM. She has served as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and is a co-owner of Richmond Natural Medicine. She has been an editor for the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE), has been published on the use of alternative medicine within Central Appalachia, and assisted in the establishment of a drug court program in Southwest Virginia. Her time within Appalachia led to tailored support for PTSD, where today the majority of those she sees present with unresolved trauma. She has worked within the field for 18 years, where some of her earliest research focused on intentional injury within a level 1 trauma center ED. Additionally, she is passionate about educating future practitioners, where she serves as the first ND residency site within Virginia.

   

Erin Kinney, N.D.

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As a Naturopathic Doctor in private practice, Dr. Kinney uses personalized diet, nutrigenomics, lifestyle modification, homeopathic remedies, and herbal medicine to balance and boost the body’s natural regenerative capacity and help her patients overcome disease. She specializes in treating patients who suffer from anxiety, depression, gastro-intestinal disorders, and adrenal fatigue. She received a bachelor of arts from Vanderbilt University and is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). Dr. Kinney is currently the President of the Maryland Naturopathic Doctors Association, an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is passionate about spreading awareness about Naturopathic Medicine.

   
 

Brad S Lichtenstein, ND BCB

Presentation: Looking Upstream – the Neurobiological Foundations of Chronic Disease

Dr. Brad Lichtenstein believes in the power of breath to restore health and balance. As a naturopathic physician in private practice and a professor at Bastyr University for over two decades, Dr. Lichtenstein has helped people embody the lives they want to live. His approach integrates naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine and biofeedback, depth & somatic psychology, Eastern contemplative practices, yoga and movement, bodywork and end-of-life care. He participated in a joint research study between the University of Washington and Bastyr University where he provided over 500 guided meditations to hospice patients.

Dr. Lichtenstein received his doctorate of naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University and is board certified in biofeedback. His articles have appeared in several publications and journals and he speaks nationally on topics ranging from stress-reduction, mindfulness and health, mind-body approaches to healing trauma, and issues surrounding end-of-life.

   

Liz Lipski, Ph.D., CNS, CCN, BCHN, IFMCP, LDN

Presentation: A Genomic and Functional Approach to Alzheimer's Disease​

Liz Lipski is a Professor and the Director of the Academic Development for the Nutrition programs in Clinical Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Dr. Lipski holds a PhD in Clinical Nutrition, two board certifications in clinical nutrition and one in functional medicine. She is on faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine, the Metabolic Medicine Institute fellowship program. She currently sits on advisory boards for Ubiome, the Certified International Health Coaches, and the Autism Hope Alliance.

Dr. Lipski has been published in peer reviewed journals including Nutrition in Clinical Practice and Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, has written textbook chapters, and is the author of several books: Digestive Wellness, The Digestion Connection, Digestive Wellness for Children, and Leaky Gut Syndrome. She is also an advocate for the field of Clinical Nutrition.

Liz is the founder of InnovativeHealing.com, where she offers webinar-based Mentoring Programs and Advanced Nutrition Forums for nutritionists, dietitians, and other clinicians.

   
 

Ginger Nash, N.D.

Presentation: Addressing Today’s Complex Patient: How to Approach Those Patients that Aren’t Getting Better with Basic Naturopathic Support

Dr. Ginger Nash graduated from The National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998. Her early career focused on women's health and she lectured extensively throughout the U.S. on the topic of women’s hormones. A growing interest in personalized medicine led to extensive studies in complex homeopathy with Dr. Gérard Guéniot for over 10 years. Beginning in 2007, Dr. Nash immersed herself in the study and science of nutrigenomics and accepted a position as Clinic Director at Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s private clinic for 3 years until the clinic relocated. Dr. Nash is past clinical faculty at the University of Bridgeport's College of Naturopathic Medicine, working there for 6 years, and continues to offer educational programs for health care practitioners throughout the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Nash operates a successful private practice in New Haven, Connecticut specializing in women’s health, tick-borne illness and nutritional genomics. She is currently working on a book about women’s health.

   

Tara Nayak, N.D.

Presentation: Neurodegenerative Networks: Combining Precision Clinical Testing for the Complex Patient​

Dr. Tara Nayak is a naturopathic physician practicing in Philadelphia, PA. She is a Temple University graduate where she first concentrated on the study of genetics and epigenetics. Dr. Nayak then went on to the University of Bridgeport for her doctoral degree where which she completed a residency under Dr. Peter D’Adamo at his precision medicine clinic: The Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine. She spent this me focusing in depth on incorporating bioinformatics including genomics and microbiome analysis as well as personalized nutrition into clinical practice. This knowledge has guided her to specialize in the treatment of complex chronic diseases. Dr. Nayak also teaches “Nutrigenomics and Epigenetics” for Maryland University of Integrative Health and “Generative Medicine” for the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Nayak enjoys cooking, gardening, and exploring the world with her son, Jai.

   

Kevin Passero, N.D.

Presentation: The Role of Chronic Infections in Complex Cases

Dr. Passero is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in both Maryland and Washington DC. His mission is to bring cutting edge natural and holistic therapies to the Washington DC metro area and to educate people on the value of naturopathic medicine across the country. His practice focuses on an individualized approach to medicine. His goal is to help people uncover the answers as to why their body is in distress and find the solutions necessary to restore optimal health.

Dr. Passero completed his naturopathic training at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. He is a former President of the Maryland Naturopathic Doctors Association and is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

   

Jessica Pizano, DCN, M.S., CNS

Presentation: Validating Genomics with Functional Testing​

Jessica Pizano is the co-owner of Nutritional Genomics Institute, LLC, which offers nutrition and nutritional genomics counseling in Midlothian, VA. Her specialties include nutritional genomics, autoimmune disorders, mast cell activation disorders, dysautonomia, mood disorders, autism, allergies/sensitivities, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other medical conditions. She is also a co-owner of SNPed, which is a nutritional genomics webinar series for practitioners. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), where she teaches Introduction to Nutritional Genomics.

Jessica earned a master’s degree in human nutrition at the University of Bridgeport. She is a certified nutrition specialist (CNS) through the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists and graduated with a doctor of clinical nutrition (DCN) from MUIH in 2018.

   

Christy Williamson, M.S., CNS, DCNc

Presentations: Case Study Workshop: Using Functional Testing Markers to Validate Genomic Findings, Exploring Neurotransmitters, Methylation, Transsulfuration and the Microbiome

Christy Williamson graduated with honors from the University of Bridgeport’s functional nutrition master’s program, is a Certified Nutritional Specialist and is a candidate for the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Christy is the co-owner of the Nutritional Genomics Institute and Zebra Diagnostics. Her companies focus on functional nutrition as it relates to biochemical nuances within the genome, metabolome and microbiome. Zebra Diagnostics is designed for state of the art research in genomics and houses SNPed, a webinar based educational series in nutritional genomics for nutrition and medical professionals. Christy is also an adjunct faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health and teaches Introduction to Nutritional Genomic Counseling.