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Spotlight: Diseases & Chronic Conditions

Diseases & Chronic ConditionsSpotlight: Diseases & Chronic Conditions

Event Experts

  • Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS

    Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS

    5 Keys To Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

  • Michael J. González, DSc, NMD, PhD

    Michael J. González, DSc, NMD, PhD

    Energy, Cancer and Degenerative Diseases

  • Grace Liu, PharmD, AFMCP

    Grace Liu, PharmD, AFMCP

    Gut Microbiome, Lupus and Autoimmunity

  • Andrea Siebert

    Andrea Siebert

    Healing Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hashi’s

  • Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CCN, DACBN

    Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CCN, DACBN

    How Stress Accelerates Aging

  • Sukhi Muker, DC

    Sukhi Muker, DC

    Intelligence of the Human Nervous System

  • Mark Menolascino, MD, MS, ABIHM, ABAARM, IFMCP

    Mark Menolascino, MD, MS, ABIHM, ABAARM, IFMCP

    Is Stress Affecting Your Heart Health?

  • David Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN

    David Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN

    Modern Epidemic of Inflammatory Arthritis

  • Phaedra Antioco, OTR/L

    Phaedra Antioco, OTR/L

    Overcoming Pain

  • Ty Bollinger

    Ty Bollinger

    The Sugar-Cancer Connection

  • Datis Kharrazian, PhD, DHSc, DC, MS, MMSc, FACN

    Datis Kharrazian, PhD, DHSc, DC, MS, MMSc, FACN

    Understanding Hashimoto’s and Other Thyroid Conditions

Meet Your Hosts

Sherry Strong

Sherry Strong

Sherry Strong is a food philosopher, chef, nutritionist and the curator & co-founder of the World Wellness Project. She is the former Victorian Chair of Nutrition Australia, Melbourne President of Slow Food, TEDxTokyo 2009 speaker and was a beloved faculty member of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.

Two decades ago, Sherry was completely addicted to sugar, she was obese, sick and depressed to the point of wanting to die. All of that changed when she got off sugar. Her journey to transition from eating what she calls a Lethal Recipe to simply returning to eating real food and seeking non-food nourishment, forms the basis for her book ‘Return To Food – the life-changing anti-diet’. Here she presents philosophies like Nature’s Principle, The Lethal Recipe and The Consumption Concept, that form the foundation for her online educational programs and coaching.

She is the CEO of the Return to Food Academy which trains food coaches to develop multiple streams of income based on Return to Food coaching program, that teaches people how to develop a healthy relationship with food, their body and the planet from a truly holistic approach.

Brian Mowll, CDE, MLDE, IFMCP

Brian Mowll, CDE, MLDE, IFMCP

Dr. Brian Mowll is the founder and medical director of SweetLife® Diabetes Health Centers and serves clients worldwide as The Diabetes Coach™. He is a master licensed diabetes educator and was one of the first doctors to be certified to practice functional medicine by the prestigious Institute for Functional Medicine.

Dr. Mowll has spent over 20 years helping people with all forms of diabetes properly manage their complex health conditions, using clinical nutrition, physical activity, lifestyle management, functional medicine and diabetes self-management education. He is the host of the annual “Diabetes Summit,” and the host of the acclaimed podcast Mastering Blood Sugar. In addition, Dr. Mowll has written hundreds of articles about diabetes and natural health, and has been a featured keynote speaker, podcast guest and national contributor.


Susan Blum, MD, MPH

Susan Blum, MD, MPH

I have experienced first-hand what many of my patients have – pain. A few years ago I developed Arthritis and more than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the thyroid. By following the exact same Functional Medicine and lifestyle principles I prescribe to my patients, I was able to cure myself of both these conditions. I approach my work using a groundbreaking whole body perspective known as Functional Medicine. This means that I get to the root causes of why people get sick beyond the symptoms and identify the steps to help them get healthy. There’s so much people can do to feel great.

Stephen Huszar

Stephen Huszar

Stephen is a film actor, producer and entrepreneur. His passion for story, combined with his pursuits in mindfulness lead him to recently produce Milton’s Secret - the first-ever feature film based on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle (Author of The Power of Now). Collaborating with a star cast including: Donald Sutherland (Hunger Games) Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast & The Furious), Mia Kirshner (The L Word) and David Sutcliffe (Gilmore Girls) and directed by Barnet Bain (What Dreams May Come), the critically acclaimed film suggests a mindful approach to tackle major issues in society such as bullying, violence and stress.

Stephen has dedicated much of his life’s work to producing conscious media for mainstream audiences. He’s inspired by transformation and is committed to empowering adults and youths with practical tools to overcome the “bully” in our schools, homes and in our own minds. He co-founded Mindful World to produce edutainment properties such as Milton’s Secret along with Mindfulness Education and Social Emotional Curriculum for schools.

Mike Olaski

Mike Olaski

Mike Olaski is an Integrated Media Producer working with brands and businesses to develop and produce multiple forms of media, technology and content while managing the strategy and integration of each form and format. Such was his role in Mindful World’s premier production, Milton’s Secret; The Movie, Web Content, Courses, Software Applications, as well as The Mindful World Parenting Summit.

Mike has dedicated much of his life’s work to producing progressive and integrative health and wellness related content. He’s inspired by holistic systems and is committed to sharing the profoundly universal message of mindfulness. His passion for inclusive, transparent and holistic systems translates into the technical and strategic opportunities to put forward powerful, positive messages in movies, shows, and other content knowing the transformative impact potential they have on how we see ourselves, each other, our experience in this world and our daily lives.

Stacy Thomas, PhD, C Psych

Stacy Thomas, PhD, C Psych

Dr. Stacy Thomas is a Clinical Health Psychologist working in private practice in Toronto. With close to 20 years of experience, she has helped people navigate significant life challenges and guided those looking to maximize their potential and design their lives. Dr. Thomas integrates mind, body and spirit approaches into her practice and she attributes her ability as a facilitator of rapid change to her own practice of mindfulness, which has allowed her to connect more deeply and authentically with the clients she serves. She feels incredibly blessed to have the privilege to parent two wonderful children who have been her best mindfulness teachers to date.

Mindy Pelz, DC

Mindy Pelz, DC

Dr. Mindy Pelz is crazy passionate about helping families stay healthy. For the past 22 years, she has been in the health trenches with busy, overscheduled families. She has built one of the largest holistic health clinics in Silicon Valley with patients coming to her from all over the world for her customized ketobiotic, fasting, detox and nutritional approaches. Her focus is giving families simple, effective, science-based health tools that have all members of the family thriving. Her current passion is educating women on how to use keto, fasting and diet variation to impact their hormonal health.

Her bestselling book, The Reset Factor, was released in 2015, giving people all over the world access to a clear step-by-step path to creating a healthy, vibrant, energy-filled life free from disease and suffering. Once a month, Dr. Pelz leads her “Resetter tribe,” a supportive online group of like-minded people, through a free Fast Training Week, when all community members practice different styles of fasting together.

Brent Caplan, DC, CFMP, BCIM, IFMCP

Brent Caplan, DC, CFMP, BCIM, IFMCP

Dr. Brent Caplan is the co-founder of Caplan Health Institute, as well as Central Coast Center for Integrative Health, their flagship practice in sunny Ventura, California. He is also the co-author of The Lupus Solution. His passion for helping people regain their health and well-being has led to the founding of multiple state-of-the-art clinics, virtual consulting across the world, and virtual programs. Dr. Caplan is excited about putting on the world’s first summit devoted to helping those dealing with lupus. He is honored to be part of this amazing project to share his patient-centered approach with the public and to help those suffering from chronic conditions such as autoimmunity, regain and maintain their health via functional medicine.


Tiffany Caplan, DC, CFMP, BCIM, IFMCP

Tiffany Caplan, DC, CFMP, BCIM, IFMCP

Dr. Caplan's passion for supporting people using functional medicine stems from her own health journey. She has a family health history of autoimmunity and learned about lupus after a family member was diagnosed after years of suffering from various, obscure ailments. Since then, she has been passionate about helping those with autoimmune conditions regain their health and put their disease into remission. Dr. Caplan has experienced firsthand how lifestyle medicine can save a person’s life and is blessed to be able to educate and help such an underserved population.

Amy Myers, MD

Amy Myers, MD

Amy Myers, MD is a New York Times Bestselling Author of The Autoimmune Solution and The Thyroid Connection. Founder and Medical Director of Austin UltraHealth, a functional medicine practice focusing on finding the root cause of illness especially Autoimmunity, Thyroid dysfunction, leaky gut, Candida, Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia. We see people from all around the world and help to reverse their disease and restore health.

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN, NP

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN, NP

Marcelle Pick has been helping women jumpstart their health in a supportive, nurturing way for over three decades. She is a certified nurse practitioner for both OB/GYN and pediatrics, as well as a double-board certified functional medicine practitioner and the co-founder of the Women to Women Healthcare Center. She is an author of three best-selling books, has appeared on national television networks and The Dr. Oz Show, and has been featured in national women’s magazines, including Glamour and ELLE. Most recently, she’s become a weight management specialist for women who want to lose weight — the right way.

Christine Schaffner, ND

Christine Schaffner, ND

Dr. Christine Schaffner is a board-certified naturopathic physician who graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Prior to Bastyr, she completed her undergraduate studies in pre-medicine and psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Schaffner is passionate about practicing medicine and creating healing spaces. She is the clinic director of Sophia Health Institute, which she co-created with her mentor Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt in Woodinville, Washington. She actively sees patients at Sophia Health Institute and through her practices, Marin Naturopathic Medicine in California and Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa & Klinik in Seattle. Along with practicing medicine, Dr. Schaffner has built partnerships and working relationships with practitioners who are committed to treating persistent Lyme disease all over the world. Through these connections, she has established a unique set of skills and knowledge to serve her patients. With this diverse skill set, Dr. Schaffner seeks to improve access, outcomes and speed of recovery for patients struggling with chronic illness.


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