Women' Health Symposium – Schedule*

Friday, March 15, 2013 – NCNM Annex

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.


Registration & Sign In

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Tami Kent MSPT

Tami Kent, MSPT


Physical & Energetic Medicine: The Missing and Essential Ingredients for Women's Pelvic Health

The female pelvis contains an ancient wisdom and potential for healing that is best accessed through a combination of physical and energetic medicine. As a women's health physical therapist, Tami Kent has pioneered an integrative approach to pelvic care that accesses this root medicine. In a practice she calls Holistic Pelvic Care™, Kent physically and energetically realigns a woman’s pelvic bowl. As a valuable physical medicine, Holistic Pelvic Care can address the imbalances in the pelvis to alleviate a variety of pelvic symptoms, enhance core vitality, and assist postpartum and general healing. Furthermore, this root medicine can resolve the energy response to birth and other pelvic traumas: bringing in more energy for a woman’s children and all of her creations. With keen insight and fascinating case studies, Tami shares her knowledge of this powerful medicine for women's health and the root of the female body.

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.
Regina Flanagan, ND


Dr. Regina Flanagan


Supporting the Endocrine System and Hormone Balance in the Childbearing Years

In pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, women’s bodies are a hormonally complex and rapidly changing environment. While we know some about these changes and their physical manifestations, much remains unknown. This complexity is an inspiring picture of the capabilities of the human body. 

In this presentation we will discuss what is understood of the normal function of the endocrine system during the postpartum period and during breastfeeding. We will look at common clinical presentations for women who may be suffering from hormonal and/or endocrine malfunction during this time. We will discuss diagnosis of these presentations including laboratory work up, and physical exam, and treatments from nature cure to pharmaceuticals.

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Tori Hudson ND


KEYNOTE: Midlife Women and Beyond:
The Challenges and Opportunities in Prevention and Treatment Options

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Wine and cheese sponsored by Women's International Pharmacy

Saturday, March 16, 2013 – Academic Building, Great Hall

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.


Breakfast - Sign-in

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Marianne Marchese ND

Dr. Rachel Meredith


KEYNOTE: Xenobiotic Toxicants and Fertility

Everyday men and women are exposed to low-dose chemicals through food, air, water, cosmetics, and household products. These chemicals contribute to both male and female factor infertility by altering hormones, affecting reproductive organs, oocytes and sperm quality. Dr. Marchese will outline how xenobiotic toxicants affect both male and female fertility; discuss common sources of chemical exposure and offer avoidance techniques along with basic treatment principles including naturopathic and artificial reproductive techniques.

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Jane L. Murray, MD

Dr. Jane Murray


Bio-identical Hormones:  What Do We Know?

The prescription of bioidentical hormone therapy (BHT) has been a controversial area in health care for over a decade.  Many misconceptions exist regarding bio-identical hormones – including their definition, structure, manufacturing process, oversight, etc.  Specific actions of various hormones – estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, DHEA will be discussed as well as dosing and delivery options, testing and follow up. 

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Pamela Sky Jeanne ND

Dr. Pamela Sky Jeanne


Hormonal Support for the Elder Woman

Hormonal therapy for the perimenopausal and menopausal woman is well researched and written, but less discussion is found for women past 65 years of age.  Women want to stay vibrant and healthy well into their 80’s and 90’s. Three specific hormones can support  women in the aging process which will be the heart of this presentation. Along with positive life style changes including exercise, nutrition and stress reduction, limited and specific adjunctive hormonal support can add quality of life for the elder woman.

2:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Marianne Marchese ND

Dr. Rachel Meredith


Environmental Links to Endometriosis

Everyday men and women are exposed to low-dose chemicals through food, air, water, cosmetics, and household products. These chemicals contribute to endometriosis. Dr. Marchese will outline how chemicals cause endometriosis and discuss common sources of chemical exposure and offer avoidance techniques. An environmental medicine approach to treatment along with conventional and hormonal treatments will be discussed.

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Erin Lommen ND

Dr. Erin Lommen


Belly Fat and High Androgens in Women: Evaluation and Corrections for Insulin Resistance, Syndrome X and PCOS

We’re getting older and quite frankly, we’re getting larger! 11,000 Americans turn 50 every day, and by 2020, 40% of the US population will be 60 years of age or older.  73% Of the US population is obese or overweight and of those, over 50% are women. Dieting does not work. Less than 9% of diet programs nationwide are successful in maintaining weight reduction for one year! The occurrence of insulin resistance, Metabolic Syndrome and PCOS are increasing rapidly in our population. The pharmaceutical industry is investing billions of research dollars to create new drugs to treat and modify the effects of these conditions…to marginal effect. High insulin creates high androgens in women, and both the adrenal glands and the ovaries may be involved. Reversing insulin resistance and removing the obstacles to healing are the premise of foundational solutions for the discerning alternative and functional medicine practitioner. One key is the early detection and hence more successful reversal of these conditions. Natural medicine has stateoftheart assessment and clinical solutions for these conditions. These successful interventions emphasize lifestyle, bioidentical hormonal balancing (BHRT), nutriceutical and botanical protocols.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 – Academic Building, Great Hall

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.


Breakfast - Sign-in

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Kimberly Windstar, MEd, ND &
Lisa Taulbee, ND

Dr. Kimberly Windstar


KEYNOTE: Cervical Dysplasia, Human Papillomavirus and Naturopathic Medicine

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) plays a significant role in the progression of genital mucosal cell changes to various levels of dysplasia and carcinogenesis. Cofactors must also be present in order for these abnormal changes to occur by supporting HPV persistence. Pap smears, HPV DNA testing and colposcopy determine the diagnosis and the treatment options for each case. Naturopathic medicine has a great deal to offer in the treatment and management of cervical dysplasia including lifestyle recommendations, diet, botanical and nutraceutical supplements, homeopathic remedies, and in some cases the local application of escharotic treatment. In the case that excisional procedures are recommended or a woman choses a conventional local treatment option all of the previous naturopathic treatments are still able to be employed. Two cases will be presented to illustrate the use and success of naturopathic treatment for cervical dysplasia and HPV.

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Heidi Peterson ND


Women's Health Round Table

Women's Health Round Table will be a clinical anecdotes session. Dr. Peterson will facilitate questions and answers from the audience about women's health cases. Bring your hardest cases, best successes, latest findings of all things women’s health related. In this session we will talk about what works and what doesn’t in the treatment of women’s health conditions.

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Carolyn Nygaard, ND

Dr. Carolyn Nygaard


BREAKOUT: Immunological Considerations in Reproductive Medicine: A Case Based Approach

The immune system plays an integral role in preconception and conception. Physicians must consider inflammatory states and immune status when couples are trying to conceive. Recently there have been several advances in the field of reproductive immunology. These advances may change how natural medicine physicians approach immunological testing with their fertility patients. Dr. Nygaard will outline the immunological advances that contribute to reproductive considerations that can be applied easily in clinical practice.

Rachel Meredith, ND, MSOM, LAc


BREAKOUT: Menopause: Chinese Herbs for a Vital Transition

Menopause is defined as the permanent end of menstruation and fertility, 12 months after the last menstrual period. Menopause is a natural, biological process yet it is still often treated as a medical condition with the emphasis on symptom management. This talk will focus on prevention as well as treatment, based on Chinese medical theory by addressing the underlying causes of symptoms. We will look at three differentiated patterns associated with this life transition: fatigue (kidney /adrenal deficiency) insomnia (blood deficiency/anemia) and hot flashes (yin deficiency.) with associated clinical cases for each pattern.

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Alison McAllister, ND


BREAKOUT: Thyroid Health

The thyroid gland plays an integral role in women’s health. In this lecture the physiology and biochemistry of how the thyroid works will be reviewed. The benefits and problems among treatment modalities, both allopathic and naturopathic will be discussed and how the function of the thyroid and thyroid hormones interact with the endocrine system and specifically other hormones of the body.  Dr McAllister will also review recent research and finding in the literature about the thyroid gland.

Jon Fenrich RPh


BREAKOUT: What your Pharmacist Failed to Tell You (The Doctor!) About the Medication you Prescribed: A Pharmacodynamic Description of Steroidal Drugs and their Use

While the clinical dosing of steroids is by no means new, information about the relative value of particularly dosed steroids continues to be produced in study after study. Placing a relative value on certain routes over others remains elusive for the diagnostic practitioner as well as pharmacists who try to help in that endeavor. These 90 minutes are designed to help the practitioner ask their compounding pharmacist informed questions when the therapeutic outcomes they seek do not succinctly manifest in the patient.




































































































































*Subject to change.