Updates on Pediatric Medicine Conference Schedule

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

7:45 – 8:15 a.m.

and registration

8:15 – 9:45 a.m.
Matt Baral, ND


The Evolution of Health in Children and Medicine's Response

The evolution of health in children and how medicine has tried to remedy prevalent ailments with mixed success. Medical technology and industry continues to try to catch up to the ever-evolving complexity of diseases that are increasing in the pediatric population. Environmental factors in children’s health will be elaborated upon, as well as psychosocial issues that have a powerful impact on our well-being.

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Erica Peirson, ND


Principles of Down Syndrome Treatment

The root causes for the symptoms of Down Syndrome are rarely treated by physicians. Over-expression of proteins from the extra copy of chromosome 21 is well researched and understanding of the clinical implications of this over-expression is growing. While it is a genetic condition and cannot be cured, the health of patients with Down Syndrome can be optimized with natural interventions that address their unique biochemistry.

11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.

Lunch break

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Josette Luvmour, PhD


Ethics, Development, and Relationship: the Context of Healing

The AAND Code of Ethics1 requires that the Naturopathic Physician communicate effectively with each patient, educate the patient in a way the patient can understand and treat the patient as a partner. This talk will demonstrate how we can adhere to this code of ethics with children patients and their families. We will learn how to optimize engagement and motivate change with the right developmental relationship—it is the context of healing. Participants will learn how to meet and connect with children and gain clinical benefits through developmentally appropriate communication. Learn how to connect with child clients, and the importance of the environment to optimal well-being.

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Amanda Roe, ND



Food Sensitivity in the Pediatric Population

How do we know whether to test food sensitivities (IgG-mediated response to food) versus food allergies (IgE-mediated response to food)?  When is testing necessary?  Is it accurate?  How do we treat kids with immune-based food reactions? Join clinician Amanda Roe in a discussion of immunoglobulin pathways. Dr. Roe will explain which are food related and how various food sensitivities present in pediatric populations.  Illustrated through case presentations, she will explain diagnostic strategies and treatment options.

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
MaryK Geyer, ND


Zeenia Junkeer, ND


Pediatric Dermatology Pearls and Pitfalls

Dr. MaryK Geyer and Dr. Zeenia Junkeer will be co-presenting on a practical array of pearls and pitfalls in pediatric dermatological evaluation and treatment.

Dr. Geyer, through illustrations and case discussion, she will explore effective diagnostic and treatment strategies; with emphasis on similarly presenting and commonly misdiagnosed conditions.  The exploration of treatment strategies will include a discussion of naturopathic and pharmacological treatment options; including choice of delivery method, strength, frequency and length of therapy, and choosing amounts for prescriptive agents.  In addition, the high yield pharmacy portion will include special emphasis on pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics as they affect children’s higher body surface to volume ratio.  

Dr. Junkeer will showcase dermatological skin presentations in darker pigmented skin tones. She will present differential diagnosis strategies of skin conditions in darker skinned patients, as well as differences in cutaneous structure and function. She will discuss concerns with lightening of skin secondary to medication use, and also updates in the treatment of keloids/hypertrophic scars.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

 7:45 – 8:15 a.m.

and registration

8:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Leigh Ann Chapman, ND


2013 Autism Update: Current Research and Emerging Treatments

Currently, in the pacific NW, the diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder is made in 1 in 90 boys, 1 in 120 children at large.   With this staggering increase in diagnoses, all primary care providers must be poised to evaluate and treat children with Autism spectrum disorders.  This presentation will review the most up to date diagnostic criteria, tools for evaluation, research and treatments for autism spectrum disorders.  

Participants will become familiar with the new and updated diagnostic criteria for Autism. The audience will review primary care evaluation tools for children with developmental concerns and receive the resources necessary to refer appropriately.   Participants explore cutting edge therapeutic interventions for Autism as well as new/emerging research to help prepare for a future of treating autism spectrum disorders.

  • Discover the latest diagnostic criteria for Autism.

  • Review primary care evaluation tools for children with developmental concerns

  • Learn the resources necessary to refer appropriately

  • Explore cutting edge therapeutic interventions for Autism as well as new/emerging research

  • Increase preparedness in treating autism spectrum disorders

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Colin Roberts, MD


Epilepsy in Childhood: New Developments in Diagnosis and Treatment

Childhood epilepsy remains one of the most common and challenging neurologic disorders in early life. Accurate diagnosis and treatment is essential to successful care and long-term outcomes. A multimodal approach is essential to the best care of children with epilepsy, including electrodiagnostics, high resolution imaging, and both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments. This talk will review the basic elements of diagnosis and treatment in modern epilepsy care.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch break

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Sarah McAllister, ND



The Zebras Among Us

Dr. McAllister will present an overview of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, Cutaneous and Systemic Mastocytosis, and Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections  (PANDAS).  These rare" pediatric illnesses, actually occur with more frequency than once thought.  She will discuss variability in clinical presentation for these conditions, diagnostic algorithms, and integrative approaches to treatment.  Dr. McAllister has successfully treated these conditions in her practice and will share her experiences and which treatment modalities and strategies have proven most effective and safe.

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.
James Kundart, OD, MEd



Triage of Pediatric Eye Disease and Disorders

This course will cover common and not-so-common eye disorders of childhood, from refractive error, strabismus and amblyopia. Pediatric eye diseases, including congenital cataracts, pediatric glaucoma, and nystagmus are also included. Pharmaceutical treatment, especially topical atropine for amblyopia,  glaucoma medications including prostaglandin analogs like latanoprost, and multi-purpose oral medications like acetazolamide are discussed.  Emphasis will be placed on triage for the primary care provider.