Mary Bove, ND
In 1984, Dr. Bove began her studies at the National Institute of Medical Herbalist’s School of Phytotherapy, gaining membership with the institute shortly after receiving her diploma of phytotherapy. Returning to the U.S., she attended Bastyr University and received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine and certificate of midwifery. Mary served as the chair of botanical medicine and midwifery co-chair at Bastyr University for several years before returning East for clinical practice.
She owned and managed the Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic for 25 years, practicing general family medicine, offering homebirths, and specializing in pediatric care. She left clinical practice a year ago to educate, write, and to teach. Dr. Bove’s book “The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Infants and Children” has served as a leading reference for herbal care with children. Dr. Bove lectures internationally, participates in many natural medicine conferences, and currently works as the medical director for Gaia Herbs.
Chanchal Cabrera MSc, FNIMH, (RH)AHG
Chanchal was the faculty chair of Botanical Medicine at the Boucher the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster 2004 – 2016. She holds diplomas in Botanic Garden Management and in Botanic Garden Education from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband manage Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden, a 7 acre internationally registered botanic garden specializing in food and medicine plants, and host internships in sustainable food production and herbal medicine. Chanchal runs a private herbal medicine clinic with a specialty in holistic oncology, and offers a monthly student training clinic that provides free health services to the community. The farm also hosts Gardens without Borders, a federally registered not-for-profit society established to run the botanic garden and provide horticulture therapy.
Geo Espinosa, ND
Dr. Espinosa is a naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist and certified functional medicine practitioner recognized as an authority in holistic urology and men’s health. He is faculty and holistic clinician in Urology at New York University Langone Medical Center. As an avid researcher and writer, Dr. Geo has authored numerous scientific papers and books including co-editing the Integrative Sexual Health book, and author of the best selling prostate cancer book: Thrive, Don’t Only Survive. Dr. Geo is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and formulator at XY Wellness, LLC and lectures internationally on the application of science-based holistic treatments in urological clinics. When not working with patients or researching, he practices strength training and the Israeli martial art, Krav Maga, as well as Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu.
Michaël Friedman, ND
Dr. Friedman is a former adjunct instructor of endocrinology at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and is the author of the medical textbook Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology. His research on the use of thyroid hormones has been published by the University Puerto Rico Medical School. Dr. Friedman has lectured at three naturopathic and allopathic medical schools including NCNM, UB, CCNM and at the Dehradun Medical School of Physicians and Surgeons in India. He is currently the Executive Director of the non-profit Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM).
Chris Hobbs, PhD
Dr. Hobbs earned his PhD at UC Berkley. He is also a licensed acupuncturist, herbal clinician, research scientist, expert witness, botanist, mycologist with over 35 years of experience. He is the author of over 20 books and has taught at universities and medical schools such as Stanford Medical School, Yale Medical School, Bastyr University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He taught classes for 6 years at the University of California, Berkeley as a Ph.D. graduate student in evolutionary biology, phylogenetics, plant chemistry, and ethnobotany. Dr. Hobbs writes numerous articles for current health, herbal and scientific publications and enjoys translating scientific and traditional literature into a user-friendly format that is accessible to the interested lay person and medical practitioner.
Charis Lindrooth, DC
Dr. Lindrooth is an herbalist and chiropractor with a busy practice in Pennsylvania. For more than 20 years she has helped her patients working with plant medicine and natural methods to restore well-being on all levels. She believes passionately in sustainable living and integrates “green” methods in every aspect of her practice and life. A teacher at heart, she has offered many workshops and classes locally, online and as a featured teacher at the New England Women’s Herbal Conference. She is the founder and organizer of the MidAtlantic Women’s Herbal Conference, an event held in Pennsylvania that supports women in the region interested in sustainable health and living. Carrying the spirit of MidAtlantic Women’s Conference throughout the year, she developed on online forum, GingerJuice, where women can gather, make connections about sustainable health and where learning continues with Charis and many guest teachers.
Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Dr. Low Dog is the former director of the fellowship program at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. She is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, dietary supplements and women’s health. Dr. Low Dog was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, served as the elected Chair of the US Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Information Panel, and was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Low Dog currently serves as the Fellowship Director for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.
Crystal Silas, MD
Dr. Silas graduated from The Arthur Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. She is board certified in family medicine and board eligible in functional medicine. She is an emergency department physician with over 20 years experience of combining medicinal botanicals and other integrative approaches into her healing modalities. She especially enjoys to inform, inspire, encourage those every day healthy, happy, wholesome lifestyle choice that enhance the body/mind/spirit innate abilities to heal itself and thereby prevent, reduce, eliminate the symptoms of chronic disease and dependence upon prescription medications.
Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP
Dr. Spelman is an adjunct assistant professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, an adjunct professor of botanical medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine, and a distinguished lecturer at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. He is an internationally recognized expert on the molecular biology and clinical therapeutics of botanical medicines. A past National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow and Marie Curie research fellow in the European Union, Dr. Spelman has published 27 scientific papers and 6 chapters. Since 1989, he has practiced phytotherapy, informed by the Ayurvedic system, western herbalism and modern physiology. Dr. Spelman is currently a consultant specializing in new product development, laboratory and cGMP issues and research initiatives.
Decker Weiss, ND
Dr. Weiss became the first Cardiologist as a “Naturopathic Physician”, completing a non-invasive cardiovascular hospital-based training program in the Columbia Hospital system, the Arizona Heart Institute, and the Arizona Heart Hospital. Dr. Weiss kept privileges at the Arizona Heart Hospital, while opening the breakthrough Scottsdale Heart Institute, where he helped thousands of patients reduce medication safely, eliminate the need for angioplasty and bypass surgery, and reverse heart disease and many arrhythmias naturally. The International Association of Health Care Practitioners and the International Association of Cardiologists named Dr. Weiss, a “Leading Physician in the World” in 2012; a distinction given to under 1000 physicians each year. Dr. Weiss shifted focus to inflammation, genetics, and the science of intractable conflict, as he joined Artis International as a Senior Fellow and Director of their Center for Health and Medicine. In this capacity he has lectured, practiced medicine, and performed research throughout the various conflict zones (war zones), including Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, and Haiti.
David Brownstein, MD
Dr. Brownstein is a board-certified family physician and is one of the foremost American practitioners of holistic medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine. Currently, he is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, MI. Dr. Brownstein has authored eight books on natural health and has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success in using natural hormones, and nutritional and holistic therapies in his practice. Dr. Brownstein has received two prestigious awards by his colleagues. The first was given by the American College for the Advancement in Medicine at the 2005 annual meeting. The award was the Norman E. Clarke Sr. Award for Science and Practice. The second award was given by the American Academy of Integrative Medicine at their 2005 annual meeting in Florida. This was titled, 2005 ARC Excellence Award for Distinguished Clinician for his “Advancement in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Diseases.”
Darin Ingels, ND, FAAEM
Dr. Ingels is a respected leader in natural medicine with numerous publications, international lectures and more than 26 years experience in the healthcare field. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Purdue University and his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Ingels completed a residency program at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. He is a Fellow in good standing with the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Dr. Ingels is a licensed naturopathic physician in the State of Connecticut and a licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in the State of California, where he maintains practices in both states. He is also Board certified in Integrated Pediatrics by the American Association of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Ingels is currently a Board member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and former Board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He has been published extensively and is the author of The Lyme Solution: A 5-Part Plan to Fight the Inflammatory Auto-Immune Response and Beat Lyme Disease.
Jillian Stansbury, ND
Dr. Stansbury has practiced in Southwestern Washington for more than 25 years specializing in women’s health, mental health, and chronic disease. Dr. Stansbury is the former chair of the Botanical Medicine Program at the National University of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and remains on the faculty teaching natural products chemistry, botanical influences on cell biology, ethnobotany field courses, and other miscellaneous topics in herbal medicine. She is publishing a new series of herbal reference books titled Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals. She writes for numerous professional journals plus teaches around the country at a variety of medical and herbal conferences. She frequently travels to the Peruvian Amazon, studying South American plants and working with various tribes in the jungles of Manu and Iquitos.
David Winston, RH
David Winston, an internationally known lecturer, author and ethnobotanist, is the founder of Herbalist & Alchemist. David’s world-renowned two-year herbal studies program, the Herbal Therapeutics’ School of Botanical Medicine, has been educating herbalists, physicians, nurses, naturopathic physicians, veterinarians, and nutritionists in the art and science of clinical herbal medicine since 1980. David was one of the professional herbalists who founded the American Herbalists Guild, the first professional herbalists’ organization in the US, which certifies clinical herbalists and he is on the AHG’s professional membership review committee. David Winston has been on the Review Committee of the Botanical Safety Handbook, a significant informational resource which the entire botanical industry relies on. He is the clinical herbal consultant to hundreds of prominent physicians throughout the US, Canada and Europe. David has authored hundreds of articles and a number of books on herbs.
John Woytowicz MD
Dr. Woytowicz has been on the faculty of the Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency (MDFMR) since 1995 where he is Director of Integrative Medicine (IM) and assistant clinical professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine as the Dartmouth School of Medicine. He graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1986, now part of Drexel University, and completed residency training at the Highland Hospital at the University of Rochester in 1989. His interest in integrative medicine has grown over the years having studied with Rosemary Gladstar and Anne McIntyre, among many well known western herbalists and Ayurvedic practitioners. Through the University of Arizona Center of Integrative Medicine he has been a coordinator of a national pilot project on IM in residency training at MDFMR.
Eugene R. Zampieron, ND, MH, RH
Dr. Zampieron has almost 30 years of experience as a licensed naturopathic physician, professional herbalist, tropical ethnobotanical researcher, botanical formulations inventor, professor, educator, internationally known author, lecturer, spokesman, and radio personality. His most recent book is titled Supplements for Pain: Comprehensive Natural Help for Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and other Inflammatory Conditions. Dr. Z, as he is known to his students and audiences, is one of the founding fathers of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, the first accredited naturopathic medical college on the US Eastern seaboard. Dr. Z has trained hundreds of naturopathic doctors and physicians internationally with his encyclopedic knowledge of plants and is steward of the college’s medicinal plant garden.
Heather Zwickey, PhD
Dr. Zwickey is the former dean of research and graduate studies at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), director of Helfgott Research Institute, and professor of immunology. In 2003, Dr. Zwickey launched the Helfgott Research Institute at NUNM, where she applied her immunology expertise to natural medicine. Dr. Zwickey has used her expertise in program development to establish the School of Research and Graduate Studies at NCNM, and served as its leader. She has developed Masters programs in Integrative Medicine Research, Nutrition, and Global Health.