Autoimmune Disorders Conference: Speakers

Autoimmunity Essentials: A Mechanistic Overview

Heather Zwickey, PhD

Overview: The development of autoimmune disease is a complex process that varies between individuals, yet research and clinical observations over the past 30 years have led to many general insights into autoimmunity. The identification of Th17 cells as well as the increased role of oxidative stress involved in pathogenesis has allowed researchers to explore the development and progression of autoimmune reactions. This talk highlights a deeper understanding of autoimmune mechanisms. It will help clinicians develop novel clinical approaches for treatment aimed at reducing autoimmune processes and balancing immunity and tolerance.

Bio: Dr. Heather Zwickey brings a fresh inspiration to research at NUNM. Her training at the world renowned National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver prepared her to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Zwickey seeks to prove the benefit of natural therapies to immunological responses. Her research experience examining the effects of botanicals, probiotics, energy medicine, and diet on immunological parameters in humans is pivotal to achieving this task. Dr. Zwickey also explores the mechanisms involved in infectious disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, psychoneuroimmunology, and immunological tolerance.

Ayurvedic Medicine for the Treatment of Autoimmune Disorders

Shailinder Sodhi, BAMS, ND

Bio: Dr. Shailinder Sodhi was born in Himachal Pradesh, India. Growing up near the Himalayas, he developed an early interest in Ayurvedic plants and herbs. This interest gradually turned into a passion and in 1985, he received his B.A.M.S. (Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) degree from Dayanand Ayurvedic College in Jalandhar, India. He then enrolled at Bastyr University located in Kenmore, Washington where he received his ND degree in Naturopathic Medicine in 1993. He also holds an AA in Diagnostic Ultrasound and is RDMS.

Since then, he has been attending to patients along with his brother Dr. Virender Sodhi and his wife Dr. Anju Sodhi at the Ayurvedic d Naturopathic Clinic located in Bellevue, Washington where they treat patients from all over the world. Dr. Shailinder travels to Kauai, Hawaii to see patients as well. Dr. Shailinder Sodhi serves as President of Ayush Herbs® Inc. He also teaches at Bastyr University and is an adjunct faculty member. In addition, he contributes articles to such magazines as HSR and Vitamin Retailer.

During his free time, he loves hiking, singing, making music and playing basketball with his three children and is also committed to a consistent workout regime.

Autoimmunity and Environmental Toxicants

Lyn Patrick, ND

Bio: Dr. Patrick graduated from Bastyr University in 1984 and has been in private practice in Arizona and in Colorado since that time. She is currently a faculty member of the Postgraduate Certification Course on Environmental Medicine through Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, a year-long continuing medical education training program for standard physicians as well as licensed naturopathic doctors.

She is the Acting Director of Continuing Medical Education and a faculty member of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine continuing medical education conferences, lecturing in the area of environmental medicine and metal toxicology and is a consulting member of the Board of Directors. She is also a past physician-member of the Hepatitis C Ambassadors Team, a national interdisciplinary team of providers and hepatologists seeking answers to chronic hepatitis C treatment through research in complementary/alternative medicine.

Naturopathic Approach to Autoimmune Disease; Fibromyalgia and Global Pain Syndromes

David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN

Bio: Dr. David M. Brady is a licensed naturopathic physician in Connecticut and Vermont, a board certified clinical nutritionist, and completed his initial clinical training as a doctor of chiropractic. He currently serves as Vice President for Health Sciences, Director of the Human Nutrition Institute, and Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He maintains a private practice, Whole Body Medicine, in Fairfield, CT. Dr. Brady is also an expert consultant to the professional nutraceutical and nutritional supplement and clinical medical laboratory industries. He is an internationally sought-after presenter on nutritional, functional and integrative medicine. He has appeared on the speaking panel of some of the largest and most prestigious conferences in the field including; IFM, ACAM, A4M, IHS, AANP.

Dr. Brady has published a multitude of peer-reviewed scientific papers and textbooks related to chronic pain, autoimmunity and functional gastroenterology and is a featured contributing author in the medical textbooks; Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients-2nd Ed., Integrative Gastroenterology and Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine -2nd Ed. His latest popular book, The Fibro-Fix, published by Rodale and released July of 2016.

Naturopathic Integrative Diagnosis and Treatment of Autoimmune Thyroiditis

Paul Kalnins, ND

Bio: Dr. Kalnins received his ND and MSOM degrees from the National College of Natural Medicine (now NUNM) in 1998. He currently serves as assistant professor and clinical supervisor at NUNM, where he lectures on a variety of topics ranging from physiology, embryology, pathology and pharmacology. He is a member of the NUNM Helfgott Research Institute and has pursued the integration of traditional naturopathic and Chinese medical practices with evidence-based biomedicine. In particular, he has explored the synthesis of traditional concepts of temperament and terrain, with modern research in genetics-epigenetics, neuroendocrine-immunology, hormesis, and chronobiology.

Naturopathic Considerations and Treatment of Inflammatory Arthritic Conditions

Tyna Moore, ND, DC

Bio: Dr. Moore specializes in the application of natural pain solutions and regenerative injection therapies to treat all varieties of musculoskeletal conditions. As both a board certified naturopathic and chiropractic physician, she brings a unique perspective and expertise to the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic conditions.

Throughout her professional career Dr. Tyna Moore has focused on pain and musculoskeletal conditions. She is uniquely qualified to quickly diagnose and treat orthopedic ailments using a variety of naturopathic, chiropractic and non-surgical techniques.

Dr. Tyna Moore strives to utilize the most effective and advanced treatments available to assist her patients in achieving their own level of optimal performance. She was one of a select few chosen to study under Dr. Rick Marinelli, whose pioneering work has advanced the practice and techniques of injection therapy and naturopathic pain medicine. Dr. Moore was not only mentored by Dr. Marinelli for over 15 years, she had the honor of taking over his practice upon his retirement in 2012. She now strives to live up to his high standards and excellent reputation in the natural pain medicine community.

Dr. Moore attended both Western States Chiropractic College and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine concurrently, where she earned both her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree and Doctor of Chiropractic degree respectively.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

Lynne Shinto, ND, MPH

Bio: Lynne Shinto, is an Associate Professor in the departments of Neurology and Ob Gyn at Oregon Health & Science University. She received her ND from Bastyr University in 2000 and her MPH from OHSU in 2006. Dr. Shinto’s research is focused on evaluating complementary and alternative medicine for brain and mental health wellness. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National MS Society and the OHSU Foundation. She is a member of the National MS Society’s Wellness in MS Research Committee whose task is to inform and outline guidelines for research on diet, physical activity, and emotional wellness in people with MS. In addition, Dr. Shinto is the naturopathic provider at OHSU’s Center for Women’s Health Integrative Medicine Clinic.