CE Program Bios & Abstracts

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Charles Chapple

DC


Dr. Charles W. Chapple completed his undergraduate studies at Nazareth College of Rochester, NY receiving a Bachelor degree in Biology before earning his Doctorate degree in Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic in 1991. Dr. Chapple holds many post-graduate certifications in chiropractic pediatrics (Fellowship in International Chiropractic Pediatric Association), acupuncture and applied kinesiology. Dr Chapple has received "America's Top Chiropractors" honors for multiple years.

Class/Abstract:

Panelist - Best Practices and Success Stories from the Field


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Jodie Dashore

OTD


Dr. Jodie A. Dashore is an internationally recognized pioneering physician in the world of what Dr. Jodie A. Dashore refers to as “Complex Autism” (TM) Lyme Disease, and Biotoxin Illness and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.

As an esteemed member of ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society) and a Lyme Literate Naturopathicphysician since 2010, Dr. Jodie A. Dashore's has an amazing track record using all-natural protocols for helping patients with chronic and treatment resistant Lyme Disease.

Classes/Abstracts:

Current Immunological Research Pertaining to the Child
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore will highlight the complex interplay between the upregulated innate immune cascade and the adaptive immune system T-cell response with reduced T-reg activity seen in response to biotoxin exposure in genetically susceptible children with Complex Autism ™ with a positive HLA-DR mapping. Dr. Dashore will discuss the innate immune system activation sequence leading to cell signaling the release of inflammatory molecules that disrupt cell electrodynamics and lead to endocrine disruption specially the neuropepetide hormones and end-organ hormone systems.

Herbs and Natural Approaches
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore will discuss the use of Clinical Herbalism and German Biological Phyto Medicine for the management of multiple microbial and stealth infections detected in children with Complex Autism ™. Dr. Dashore will focus on herbal remedies that function as antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, nervine, detoxifying and of nutritional value to help the body heal from within. Dr. Dashore will discuss techniques that can aid in rapid uptake, optimized cellular absorption and improved bioavailability utilizing effective delivery systems based on each child’s bio-individual clinical presentation.


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Kathleen DiChiara

FDN-P, BNI-P, INHC


Kathleen DiChiara, FDN-P, BNI-P, INHC is a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner, integrative nutrition health coach and author of the best-selling book, The Hidden Connection, Kathleen has specialized training in the biomedical approaches and supplemental interventions to autism. She is a professionally trained chef and is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is the president and chair of the board for a non-profit agency that services over 40,000 people with special healthcare needs.

Class/Abstract:

Common Biochemical Imbalances and the Functional Approach to Healing
Educational Purpose: To educate the chiropractic community and other integrative practitioners on the powerful role that nutrition and our microbial partners play in restoring biochemical imbalances commonly found in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Key Objectives:

  • Identify the role of “vulnerability” that may serve as an early warning sign for late-onset autism or prevention of autism in future generations. This includes some discussion of “missing microbes” and how the absence of certain bacterial strains may be responsible for an increase in the number of cases of autism and/or higher risks of autoimmunity.
  • Review the four key areas most affected in autism - Digestion, Detoxification, Immune, and Mitochondrial – and how they all play a significant role in the Neurological dysfunction and how nutrition and supplementation can influence these pathways and systems.
  • The gut-microbiome-brain connection: The bi-directional communication that influences inflammation, cellular signaling, detoxification, neurotransmitter production, and immune response.
  • The unanticipated consequences of glyphosate in nature and in human health and the impact it has on our inner eco-system, which is vital to the healing process in autism. GI Repair and healing and the importance of implementing this process effectively to resolve chronic nutrient deficiencies and dysbiosis, without a long-term dependency on supplementation.

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Stuart Freedenfeld

MD


Stuart H. Freedenfeld, MD, received his MD with honors from the College of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey in 1975. He completed a 3-year residency in family practice at Hunterdon Medical Center and became board certified and a diplomate of the Academy of Family Practice in 1978. 

Dr. Freedenfeld served as clinical instructor at Delaware Valley Family Health Center until opening Stockton Family Practice in December 1978. In addition, he served as president of the Hunterdon County Medical Society from 1985-86, was chairman of the quality advisory committee of a major health maintenance organization from 1992-2001, and presently holds a position as clinical instructor with Rutgers Medical School. 

In 1988, Dr. Freedenfeld began studying herbal medicine, nutritional therapies, and homeopathy. Over the years, he has undertaken hundreds of hours of additional study to gain expertise in traditional herbalism, Chinese herbalism, homeopathy, nutritional medicine, and IV therapies such as chelation. He is an internationally respected lecturer in areas including autism, ADD/ADHD, detoxification and many afflictions associated with aging. Additionally, he is recognized as one of the leading experts on the integration of multiple forms of healing. 

Dr. Freedenfeld's forte is in the areas of autism, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, allergy, autoimmune disease, colitis, cancer, heart and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, detoxification, longevity, and health maintenance. He believes there are many avenues to health and healing and teaches integration of the direction most appropriate to the individual.

Class/Abstract:

Environmental Triggers & Regression: What to Be Aware Of
The prevalence of autism has been rapidly increasing over the past several decades.  There is now growing agreement that environmental factors are driving this epidemic.  Several toxicants and toxic metals have been identified as known causes of autism.  We will look at the changing environmental levels of these agents relative to the incidence of autism.  Our goal will be to develop strategies aimed at prevention but also to recognize concerning factors in a patient's history and clinical presentation in an effort to stave off any further regression and restore health and function.


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Jennifer Giustra-Kozek

LPC, NCC


Jennifer Giustra-Kozek, LPC, NCC is a mother, wife, board-certified psychotherapist and internationally recognized advocateand speaker about natural wellness. She has worked in private practice for over 17 years. Her mission became personal when her son was diagnosed with ADHD and an autism spectrum disorder. Seeing her son struggle with everyday issues she wondered whether her son’s disorders could be treated with natural remedies that didn’t involve intrusive, personality-altering medication. Eventually she found better solutions than any conventional specialist offered.

Class/Abstract:

Building an Integrative Treatment Team & Bringing Hopeful Solutions to a Sometimes-Daunting Diagnosis

  • How we better serve our patients by moving away from allopathic approaches and successfully managing ADHD to autism naturally and effectively without medication.
  • Helping our patients find a team of qualified practitioners to help provide a seamless continuum of decision-making and patient-centered care and support with the goal of treating the whole person, assisting the innate healing properties of each person, and promoting health and wellness as well as the prevention.
  • Eastern medicine, holistic, energy, bodywork and beyond.
  • Tips on easing the costs of expensive testing, treatments, supplements and whole foods.

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Michael Hall

DC, CCST, DABCN, FIACN


Michael Hall, BS, DC, FIACN is a distinguished professor of clinical neurology, renowned lecturer and director of clinical operations at the NeuroLife Institute at Life University and maintains a private practice with his wife and chiropractor, Dr. Cara L. Hall.

Dr. Hall is a chiropractic neurologist who has been espousing the benefits of optimal health expression of the nervous system for over 25 years. He graduated with honors from Parker University in 1990, receiving multiple awards for academic and clinical excellence. Following graduation, he completed a 3-year post-doctorate program of study in orthopedics and neurology. He completed both programs simultaneously. He received his board certification from the American Board of Chiropractic Neurology in 1993, and was honored as “top chiropractic neurologist” by his graduating class. Dr. Hall received his Fellow in Chiropractic Neurology by the International Academy of Chiropractic Neurology in 2008.

Dr. Hall has maintained an active clinical practice since 1990 serving athletes, families, and complex neurological cases.

Class/Abstract:

Developmental Neurobiology
From infancy throughout childhood, understanding and evaluating the pediatric nervous system is both challenging and rewarding. This class will focus on the important physiological intersections that impact spinal health, quality of life, and the attainment of milestones.

Attendees will be exposed to current and contemporary neurological principles addressing the sensory, motor and cognitive systems as well as tone of the autonomic nervous system. Techniques of examination and assessment will be demonstrated during this class.


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James Handy

DC


Dr. James Handy is a licensed chiropractor serving the Irvine, CA community since 1993. After completing his BS in Human Biology, he graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, in 1990.

Dr. Handy uses a "whole person" concept that looks for the underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption. Patients may be introduced to an array of treatment modalities such as, massage, ultrasound, electrical muscle, and nerve stimulation. Using this approach, Dr. Handy is able to help accelerate and/or maintain good health. Together with his wife, and their 5 children, they enjoy skiing, scuba, biking and volunteering for community programs.

Class/Abstract:

Panelist - Best Practices and Success Stories from the Field


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JoQueta Handy

SLP, PhD


JoQueta Handy, PhD, IMD is both an Integrative Medicine Doctor and a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist who takes a holistic approach to learning — considering the whole child.

Dr. Handy has dedicated her career to helping children with autism overcome learning challenges. She has created an educational model that improves the quality of life for every child and gives parents hope that their child can achieve his full potential. Her extensive toolbox includes optimizing diet and balancing brain chemistry as well as innovative educational strategies designed to maximize each child’s academic potential.

Children have shown a 70% improvement after sixteen hours of one-on-one instruction using JoQueta's educational model.

Class/Abstract:

Educational Therapies: How Chiropractors Can Be the Most Up to Date on Best Treatment Practices
With hundreds of treatments out there and Autism being a spectrum of disorders, wading through all the acronyms can seem like an impossible task. Parents spend thousands of dollars every year on therapy programs to find that it didn’t help their child. Many times it is not the wrong therapy, just the wrong timing. This course will provide a survey of the top 5 best therapies that every chiropractor should be recommending to their patients and things to look for to know when to recommend each therapy.  


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Janet Levatin

MD


Janet Levatin, MD is a pediatrician and homeopathic physician who has been on practice for over 35 years. Dr. Levatin attended college at the University of Rochester (NY), and medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed a pediatric internship and residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1986. Dr. Janet has been certified as a Homeopathic Master Clinician for over 10 years. Dr. Janet also incorporates herbs, common-sense nutrition, and supplements into her therapeutic regimens.

As a board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Levatin treats children with all types of conditions, including asthma, eczema, allergies, ADHD, ear infections, gastrointestinal disorders, sleep disorders, teething issues, psychological and behavioral imbalances, and autism. She enjoys helping families raise healthy children through natural childbirth, breastfeeding, healthy nutrition, and limited use of pharmaceuticals. She regularly refers children for chiropractic, craniosacral therapy, allergy elimination, and other modalities.

Class/Abstract:

Homeopathy
Dr. Levatin will provide an introduction to homeopathy including discussion of different styles of homeopathic treatment, the benefits of homeopathy, a brief history of homeopathy, how classical homeopathy works, and how to utilize homeopathy for treating acute and chronic cases.


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Julia Malkowski

DC, ND


Dr. Julia Malkowski graduated with a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in December 2017 and a doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine in April 2016 from National University of Health Sciences (NUHS). Dr. Malkowski successfully completed an internship at the primary care integrative medicine clinic at NUHS. The internship focused on drug-free and surgery-free approaches to improving health conditions. During this time, Dr. Malkowski also completed Motion Palpation Institute’s, The Masters Series: Full Spine Analysis and Adjustive TechniqueBiomedical Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders SeminarFundamentals of Functional Blood ChemistryMastering the Thyroid Seminar and 100 hours in functional neurology applied to childhood neurobehavioral disorders.  Dr. Malkowski is an active member of the Naturopathic Medicine Institute.

Dr. Malkowski received her bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from National University of Health Sciences, which includes extensive education in microbiology, physiology, chemistry, anatomy, biochemistry and nutrition. Dr. Malkowski credits her excellent health, and the health of her two children to naturopathic medicine. Dr. Malkowski began pursuing naturopathic and chiropractic medicine as a career after seeing first hand its excellent results. Dr. Malkowski remains committed to optimal health on a personal and professional level. She aims to help others thrive and maintain optimal health serving as a primary care physician at Brannick Clinic of Natural Medicine in LaGrange Park, IL.

In her free time, Dr. Malkowski enjoys keeping up with her two young children and running with her German Shepherd. Dr. Malkowski also enjoys hiking, yoga, spin, weight training and traveling. She has traveled across the continental US, Asia and Central America, visiting the Grand Canyon, Mt. Everest and building orphanages in the Caribbean.

Class/Abstract:

Chiropractic and Naturopathic Approaches Together for Autism (Julia Malkowski, DC, ND; Jill Skurnowicz, ND)
Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicines have much to offer the Autism community.  We will discuss the commonalities and differences of the two professions as they apply to the Autism community.  In this talk we will provide practical ways to help children and adults with ASD, while applying specific modalities and treatment approaches.  The treatment approaches will be designated as DC, ND, or both.  The treatment approaches and modalities will address the underlying conditions which contribute to the Autism diagnosis.  The DC in attendance will walk away with a greater understanding of how their profession can serve the Autism community and how to work with, and or apply ND therapies as appropriate. 


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Jill Skurnowicz

RN, BSN, CRNA, ND


Dr. Skurnowicz graduated with her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in December 2017 as Valedictorian of her naturopathic medical school class at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS).  She successfully completed an internship at the primary care integrative medicine clinic at NUHS. The internship focused on drug-free and surgery-free approaches to improving health conditions. Dr. Skurnowicz graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1994. She worked in the Surgical intensive care unit for one year before moving to the Cardiac Intensive Care unit where she spent 3 years taking care of critically ill cardiac patients.  Education has always been paramount in her life, and the next progression was to the field of Anesthesia.  Graduating with a Masters in Science and a certificate in Anesthesia in 2000, Dr. Skurnowicz continues to work in the field of anesthesia providing a variety of anesthetics to all age groups at Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills Michigan. After 17 years in Anesthesia, Dr. Skurnowicz became interested in treating the large iatrogenic epidemic of Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders that were increasing in number in her anesthesia practice. 

Dr. Skurnowicz received additional training in Fundamentals of Functional Blood Chemistry, Functional Endocrinology and Mastering Brain Chemistry and completed 100 hours in Acupuncture training. She is an active member in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Naturopathic Medicine Institute.  Dr. Skurnowicz practices in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and provides affordable, progressive, naturopathic care to all cohorts with particular emphasis on pediatrics and the burgeoning neurological sequelae associated with that population.  In her free time Dr. Skurnowicz enjoys spending time outdoors with her puppy, hiking along Lake Michigan, and quality time with her family and adored nieces.  

Class/Abstract:

Chiropractic and Naturopathic Approaches Together for Autism (Julia Malkowski, DC, ND; Jill Skurnowicz, ND)
Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicines have much to offer the Autism community.  We will discuss the commonalities and differences of the two professions as they apply to the Autism community.  In this talk we will provide practical ways to help children and adults with ASD, while applying specific modalities and treatment approaches.  The treatment approaches will be designated as DC, ND, or both.  The treatment approaches and modalities will address the underlying conditions which contribute to the Autism diagnosis.  The DC in attendance will walk away with a greater understanding of how their profession can serve the Autism community and how to work with, and or apply ND therapies as appropriate. 


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Stephen Marini

DC, PhD


Stephen Marini, PhD, DC is a chiropractor and international lecturer, and serves on the boards of the ICPA, HPA and Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC). Dr. Marini was educated in basic science and medicine at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia where he received a M.S. in Microbiology and Immunology in 1976. Doctoral studies followed at the University of Pennsylvania and Pacific Western University where he conducted dissertation research on avian tumor viruses accomplished at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1989. Dr. Marini received vitalistic training and professional development at the Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic where he received his D.C. in 1988. He received the Diplomate in Chiropractic Pediatrics from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice in 2007. He served as professor of Microbiology at the Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic from 1980 until 1995, and as Academic Dean from 1990-1993.

As a vitalist trained in classical science and conventional medicine, Dr. Marini appreciates the role of energy/information on an individual’s health and healing processes. He recognizes the need for a complementary, patient-centered approach to healing and health care options. Dr. Marini incorporates this knowledge and belief into his teaching of psychoneuroimmunology as well as his practice of chiropractic. He currently practices chiropractic with his son Dr. Nicholas in King of Prussia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and lectures internationally on psychoneuroimmunology and vaccination issues.

Class/Abstract:

Neuroimmunology: Autism and the Developing Neuroimmune System
This presentation will provide an overview of the neuroimmune system, current concepts in immunological research as they pertain especially to autism causation, the maladaptive neuroimmune cascades behind autism and subsequent involvement in an individual with autism, the role of the vagus nerve and its impact in chiropractic practice.


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Judy Mikovits

PhD


Judy A. Mikovits earned her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from George Washington University. In her 35-year quest to understand and treat chronic diseases, she has studied immunology, natural products chemistry, epigenetics, virology, and drug development. In 2006, she became attracted to the plight of families with ME/CFS and autism and is primarily responsible for demonstrating the relationship between immune dysfunction and these diseases.

Class/Abstract:

Endocannabinoid Medicine
The endocannabinoid system is a regulatory system that interacts with all other organ systems. It functions to modulate immune, digestive, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. It is especial helpful in autism as it helps support learning, memory, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Learn how immune modulation can helps to control inflammation through cytokine production and cell activity. Points about help to seizures and possible aid with mitochondrial issues will also be touched upon.


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Alex Nunn

DC


Dr. Alexandra Nunn graduated from Parker University’s College of Chiropractic after first earning her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University. It was at Baylor where Dr. Alex discovered her passion for the workings of the human body and its innate wisdom.

While at Parker, Dr. Alex discovered another passion of hers: caring specifically for the prenatal and pediatric population. This discovery led her to embark on a separate certification, one focused solely on pregnancy and pediatrics, earned through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. It was through this that she became proficient in the Webster technique.

Throughout school and following graduation, Dr. Alex continues to invest in advanced chiropractic training from The Art of the Specific, a select group of deeply committed Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractors. This level of dedication to her craft will allow Dr. Alex to care for all sorts of complex cases and truly lets her live out her purpose to empower patients to take control of their health, living a life free of chronic health issues.

Class/Abstract:

Upper Cervical Neurology and Considerations in Analyzing and Correcting the VSC in Individuals with Autism
This course will go over basic neurology of the upper cervical spine and how it plays an integral role in the caring of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism. Along with that, practical application using objective indicators such as x-rays and thermography will be reviewed as well as the importance of having a system of analysis that allows for pre- and post-checking these types of patients.


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Jeanne Ohm

DC


Jeanne Ohm, DC has practiced family wellness care since 1981 with her husband, Dr. Tom. They have six children who were all born at home and are living the chiropractic family wellness lifestyle.

Dr. Ohm is Chief Executive Officer of the ICPA and Executive Editor of Pathways to Family Wellness  magazine.

Class/Abstract:

Chiropractors of Courage: Why Chiropractors are Essential Players in Ending this Epidemic and How this Program Will Prepare You to Face It Head On (Chad Schleiger, DC; Steve Tullius, DC; Alex Nunn, DC; Linda Slak, DC )

As a chiropractor, you've already displayed the courage to pursue a better way for your practice and your patients. You've shown your patients how supporting the healthy terrain and flow of the body underlies maintaining good health. But what about what's called "autism"? How do you help the multitude of children and families who would love to seek your services for that?

This panel and program will open the door to your serving this population, taking the daunting fear out of this most challenging situation. Autism is a label for a whole body disorder and a myriad of issues that you are already helping so many people with. Learn how to provide hope and healing directions to this precious group of children, while keeping the rest of the family healthy as well!



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Martin Rosen

DC, CSP, CSCP, CSPP


Martin Rosen, DC, CSCP, CSPP is a 1981 summa cum laude graduate of Life Chiropractic College. He lives and practices with his wife, Nancy Watson DC, and his daughter, Erin Rosen DC, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. His other daughter, Emily Rosen, is the Chief Operating Office of the Institute for The Psychology of Eating. Dr. Rosen taught his first chiropractic seminar in 1979 and has been teaching SOT® Chiropractic, Pediatrics, Cranial Adjusting, Chiropractic Philosophy and Practice Management nationally and internationally ever since. 

For over 33 years, he has been at the forefront of chiropractic pediatric and specifically pediatric craniopathy. He has written multiple books and research studies as well as run a successful family chiropractic practice. Dr. Rosen has dedicated his life and inspired thousands of others in the pursuit of excellence in the application in the art and science of chiropractic.

Class/Abstract:

A Chiropractic Neurological Perspective on Autism Spectrum Disorders - (2 hours)
Topics covered include brain growth and development, basic neurological pathways, communication from lower to higher brain centers, the creation (subluxations) and effects of aberrant neurological input, and reducing interference to abnormal neurological processing (spinal and cranial adjustments).


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Armand Rossi

DC, FICPA


Armand M. Rossi, DC, is a 1976 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, and was previously practicing in Margate, Florida. He was the former instructor of Pediatric Adjusting at Life University in Marietta. Dr. Rossi practiced in Smyrna, Georgia from 1977 to 1982. He then moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he practiced and supervised one of the largest chiropractic office groups in the world until he returned to Georgia in 1993. He currently is the Dean of Clinical Sciences at Sherman College of Chiropractic.

He currently is a "Fellow" and teaching member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, as well as a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society. In 2008, Dr. Rossi was awarded "The Chiropractor of the Year" award by the Florida Chiropractic Society. He lectures around the world, teaching other chiropractors about pediatric chiropractic. Above all, his most prestigious honor is that of having two and three generations of chiropractic patients receive care on a regular basis. He and his wife, Terry, live in Boca Raton, and have 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Class/Abstract:

Chiropractic Technique: Checking and Adjusting the Child with Autism - (2 hours)
The class will consist of a synopsis of chiropractic care for children of different age groups. Infants, toddlers, children and tweens should be approached using various methods. Tips on analyzing and correction of neurological interference will be demonstrated. Specific case studies will be discussed followed by a question and answer session.


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Marco Ruggiero

MD, PhD


Marco Ruggiero was born in Firenze, Italy in 1956. He graduated from the School of Medicine, in 1980. He has a PhD in Molecular Biology and a specialization in Diagnostic Radiology. He served in the Army as Medical Officer. In 1984-1986 he worked at the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology of Burroughs Wellcome Co, where he published a paper in PNAS sponsored by Nobel Laureate Sir John Vane. 

He worked at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, where he performed research on oncogenes and signal transduction. He returned to Italy as Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Firenze until his retirement in 2014. He moved to Arizona in 2015.

Together with his wife Dr. Stefania Pacini, he is the inventor of the probiotic yogurt “Bravo”, and its derivatives. Marco Ruggiero has invented “Rerum”, a powerful, non-protein, Macrophage Activating Factor (MAF) and has developed the Ruggiero-Klinghardt Protocol.

Class/Abstract:

The Gut Brain Connection
It is well assessed that the evolutionary formation of a complex gut microbiome in mammals has played an important role in enabling brain development and sophisticated social interaction. Thus, changes of the gut microbiome are thought to be involved in ASD onset and progression. In addition to the gut microbiome, the role of the brain microbiome is becoming all the more relevant, and we recently postulated that alterations of the newly discovered brain lymphatic system may be related to disruption of the balance between the gut and the brain microbiomes with consequences in brain development. Since microbes circulate between the gut and the brain in association with macrophages, stimulation of macrophage function appears to be essential in re-establishing a proper balance between the two microbiomes. We recently discovered that the therapeutic properties of the Gc-Macrophage Activating Factor (Gc-MAF), are not due to the Gc-protein, but rather to a supramolecular complex of a glycosaminoglycan (GAG), vitamin D and fatty acids. This led us to reconstitute a MAF without the protein moiety, thus greatly improving its efficacy.


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Marcia Schaefer

DC


Marcia Schaefer, DC grew up in Wisconsin and obtained her Bachelor's degree in Biology before attending Palmer College of Chiropractic to obtain her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2010. While studying at Palmer, she could not help but question if there was more to the big picture, and became trained in Holistic Nutrition. It's not every day you get to test the principles that you were trained in, but shortly after graduating chiropractic college, a potential death sentence was put upon her and she decided to put salutogenic principles to work.

Her experiences created a determination and passion to empower and educate others to care more about their internal environment of their being instead of the label handed to them. Through her experiences, her deepest passion is shifting the epigenetic health status of future generations, starting with preconception. Empowering healthy families from fertility forward is her mission, and transforming the way people look at health and wellness for the benefit of our future generations. She currently teaches for the ICPA and resides in Wisconsin with her husband and son.

Class/Abstract:

Preconception and Pregnancy: How to Help Prevent Autism 
We all want to know what we can do to have the healthiest, happiest kids, and a lot of what we can do to ensure that happens before conception.
Multiple factors play a role in increasing the chances of a neurodevelopmental disorder, and taking the time to do some extra testing and work with mom and dad prior to them starting a family will not only boost conception chances, but also set the stage for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.


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Chad Schleiger

DC


Dr. Chad is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a 2011 Magna Cum Laude graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic. in Davenport, IA. Dr. Chad has furthered his education in nutrition, wellness and movement and has developed an interest and passion for children with special needs (ADD/ADHD, sensory processing, Asperger’s, Autism, and Downs Syndrome).

Classes/Abstracts:

Panel Discussion -- Chiropractors of Courage: Why Chiropractors are Essential Players in Ending this Epidemic and How this Program Will Prepare You to Face It Head On

Panel Discussion: Best Practices and Success Stories from the Field


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Beth Farris Secosky

BS, MA


Beth Farris Secosky, BS, MA is a health Coach with a certificate in coaching from North Carolina State University and a Masters in human resources from Marymount University. Trained in the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS), the gluten-free/dairy-free diet, the Paleo lifestyle, the Yasko Protocol, and other natural healing techniques. 

Helps children and adults in their recovery from chronic conditions using natural strategies and avoiding medications. Specialize in working with parents (of children with autism, ADD, learning disabilities, and more) as well as adults (with chronic health conditions and weigh management issues) so they feel better, focus better, look better – and they're happier too! 

Wrote and recorded 6 hours of video to prepare clients to prepare for, start and maintain the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).  Wrote, produced, and performed in cooking video for the SCD intro stage.  Wrote SCD Introductory Diet Cookbook and a resource guide.  Facilitate weekly Q&A conference calls with clients. Moderate a private Facebook group for the SCD Kickstart System community.

Class/Abstract:

Nutrition for the Child with Autism (Beth Farris Secosky, BS, MA; Sueson Vess)

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), and its offspring GAPS, is becoming widely recognized as the diet for children and adults with autism and other conditions. Researchers are studying the impact of SCD on children with autism, and the Seattle Children’s Hospital uses the SCD for children with GI conditions. Children are having dramatic positive responses to SCD far exceeding the benefits of other dietary strategies. 


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Christopher Shade

PhD


Christopher Shade, PhD, earned a PhD from the University of Illinois, where he studied the environmental and analytical chemistries of mercury as well as advanced aquatic chemistry. During his PhD work, Dr. Shade patented analytical technology for mercury speciation analysis and later founded Quicksilver Scientific, LLC, in order to commercialize this technology. Shortly after starting Quicksilver Scientific, Dr. Shade turned his focus to the human aspects of mercury exposure/toxicity and the human detoxification system. He has since developed a system of products to remove metallic and organic toxins by upregulation of innate detoxification biochemistry. He has also focused on development of advanced phospholipid-based delivery systems for nutraceuticals.

Class/Abstract:

Use of Toxin Binders and Cholegogues in Detoxification Protocols, Including How This Relates to Underlying Physiological Issues in “Autism”
Many detoxification programs miss two key aspects: 1) matching liver enzyme upregulation to bile flow, and 2) binding toxins once they get to the GI tract so that they are not reabsorbed.  Failing to move bile adequately causes toxins to move back to the blood stream and often causes neurological symptoms.  Failing to absorb the toxins onto solid binders in the GI tract allow the toxins to poison the GI tract and/or reabsorb into circulation.  Despite the importance of “binders,” different binder types and functionality are generally very poorly understood in integrative and functional medicine.  This lecture will outline the major types of binders and what classes of chemicals they work for, how to combine them, and how to keep liver detoxification reactions balanced with bile flow. Emphasis will be placed on how to exercise appropriate caution with the sensitive underlying physiological issues of individuals with the diagnostic label of “autism” and what might best be helpful under appropriate medical supervision.

Advanced Use of Toxin Binders and Cholegogues in Detoxification Protocols
Proper movement of toxins through the liver is intimately tied to bile movement. Endotoxin and certain mycotoxins are common examples of toxins that can cause intrahepatic cholestasis (blocked flow of bile from the hepatocyte to bile tree).  This also blocks toxin flow to the GI tract and results in toxins and bile salts being exported to the blood.  This is the cause of most “detox reactions” experienced during attempts at detoxification.  The two most common aspects of successful detoxification missed by detox programs are: 1) matching liver detoxification upregulation to bile flow, and 2) binding toxins once they get to the GI tract so that they are not reabsorbed.  Failing to support bile transport and the resulting “back-fire” into the blood can cause or exacerbate neurological symptoms, kidney stress, or skin eruptions.  On the other hand, failing to absorb the toxins onto solid binders in the GI tract allow the toxins to poison the GI tract and/or reabsorb into circulation, with similar symptom aggravation listed above for bile stagnation.  Despite the importance of “binders”, different binder types and functionality are generally very poorly understood in integrative and functional medicine.  This lecture will outline the major types of binders and what classes of chemicals they work for, how to combine them, and how to keep liver detoxification reactions balanced with bile flow.   


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Linda Slak

DC, CACCP, CABCDD


Linda Slak, DC, CACCP, CABCDD practices with her husband, Dr. Jean-Marc Slak in Burlington, MA where she has provided chiropractic care to families for the past thirty years.  She enjoys the rare combination of high academic achievement and the advanced clinical experience gained serving thousands of practice members. She is dedicated to advancing the authentic philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic with a neurologically-oriented approach to optimizing the expression of human potential.

Dr. Slak earned her doctoral degree from Life University in Marietta, GA and then trained in prenatal, pediatric care and pediatric neurology with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and the Carrick Institute of Neurology. She is board certified through the Academy of Family Practice, The Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics, the American College of Functional Neurology, and the American Board of Child Developmental Disorders. In addition, Dr. Slak sits on the boards of the ICPA, Partners in Perinatal Health and the Massachusetts Alliance for Chiropractic Philosophy. She had the honor of being awarded the Life University Alumni of the year in 2014 for her high engagement level on behalf of the university and is on the post-graduate faculty of Life University. Dr. Slak has been a speaker for the Nursing Mother’s Council, The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, Partners in Perinatal Health, Life University Continuing Education and many chiropractic events.

Classes/Abstracts:

Intake and Examination: The First Visit for a Child with Autism
Dr. Slak will share her rich clinical experience in caring for individuals with autism, addressing their special needs by modifying procedures and what to be keenly aware of when a child with autism presents to your office. Dr. Slak will give you the tools and tips to immediately feel prepared and confident to help so many children and families in need.

Panel Discussion: Best Practices and Success Stories from the Field
Linda Slak, DC – Moderator, Martin Rosen, DC; Steve Tullius, DC; Armand Rossi, DC, FICPA; Chad Schleiger, DC; Chuck Chapple, DC
This panel discussion will explore best practices in the areas of patient care, modification of technique and examination procedures, and the many success stories of children and families dramatically impacted by the chiropractic care they received.


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Steve Tullius

DC, ACP


Steve Tullius, DC, ACP is a pediatric and family chiropractor focused on the care of children with neurodevelopmental disorders and other chronic cases within a subluxation-centered model. He lectures internationally on chiropractic philosophy, pediatrics, and social media marketing and communications.

In 2014 he received the “Service to the Profession” Award from Sherman College of Chiropractic and is the current Vice President of the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations.

His program, Unraveling Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Disorders, has received public and professional recognition for its powerful education on the neurodevelopmental disorder epidemic and the role of chiropractic and vertebral subluxation centered care in it. It has been delivered at multidisciplinary conferences, to academic professionals, and at chiropractic offices throughout the United States and Canada.

Class/Abstract:

Reaching and Engaging the Autism Community: Turning Skills into Impact
It’s one thing to have the tools, knowledge, and skill set to massively impact children with autism and their families, but it doesn’t do a whole lot if you can’t reach them and educate them in a way that helps them understand why chiropractic is an essential piece of their healing journey and optimal quality of life for the entire family unit. Dr. Tullius will share real-world communication, marketing and advertising strategies that will allow you to reach these children and families in such dire need.


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Sueson Vess

Special needs chef 


Sueson Vess is a professional chef, author/food writer and educator helping people eat healthier, especially those with autism spectrum disorders, celiac disease, food intolerances, and others with chronic illnesses. Sueson’s focus is on “Foods with Benefits” – learning to increase delicious beneficial foods in your daily life. Sueson’s cookbooks include Special Eats: Simple Delicious Solutions for Gluten & Dairy Free Cooking, now in its 6th edition, and Living Without Magazine’s Best Gluten-Free Cookbook. She is a contributing writer for Gluten-Free & More and Sandhills Naturally magazines.

Class/Abstract:

The Value of Targeted Nutrient-Dense Meals for ASD Patients
Discover the importance of understanding each individual patient's specific needs and food likes/dislikes as well as the parent or care provider's ability to meet these needs. 

Many ASD patients have food sensitivities, food addictions and aversions to tastes, texture and the appearance of foods. Often food allergies or intolerances are also a concern. A thorough discovery process helps to target specific beneficial foods to meet each need.