2017 SIBO Symposium: Speakers

SIBO Overview; Methane and Autoimmunity

Mark Pimentel, MD

Bio: Mark Pimentel is Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Pimentel completed 3 years of an undergraduate degree in honors microbiology and biochemistry at the University of Manitoba, Canada. This was followed by his medical degree, and his BSc (Med) from the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where he also completed a residency in internal medicine. His medical training includes a fellowship in gastroenterology at the UCLA Affiliated Training Program. Active in research, Dr. Pimentel has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator for numerous basic science, translational and clinical studies in such areas as IBS, and the relationship between gut flora composition and human disease. His work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Physiology, American Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases and Sciences, among others. Dr. Pimentel has been invited to present his work at meetings, grand rounds, and advisory boards in the United States and Internationally. He is diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (Gastroenterology) and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Pimentel is also a member of several medical associations including the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society.

Overview of Nutritional Therapies for SIBO

Kate Scarlata, RDN, LDN

Bio: Kate Scarlata is a Boston-based dietitian with expertise in digestive health nutrition and over 25 years of experience. Kate earned her Bachelor in Science from Simmons College; her postgraduate dietetic internship was completed at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and she is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Public Health program at the University of Massachusetts. Kate’s primary interest is in food intolerance for those who suffer with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and functional gut disorders. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Massachusetts Dietitian Award and was recognized as Boston’s 2016 Best Dietitian by Boston Magazine. Kate is a New York Times Best Selling author and an invited speaker at many leading national and international gastroenterology conferences.

Methylation, Genomics, and SIBO

Paul Anderson, NMD

Bio: Paul Anderson is CEO of the Anderson Medical Group which includes Advanced Medical Therapies, a state of the art medical center providing fully compliant IV, Hyperbaric and Mild Hyperthermia therapies. He brings his forty years’ experience in medicine to allow his clinical and educational presence to grow and serve patients and physicians in the best way possible. Dr. Anderson is former Chief of IV (intravenous therapy) Services for Bastyr Oncology Research Center and a past Professor at Bastyr University. He has participated in ground breaking integrative oncology research and is author to numerous clinical oncology monographs. He completed his medical degree at NUNM and trained at multiple hospital and clinical sites in Portland Oregon. He began instructing classes at medical schools in the early 1990’s. Additionally he is a medical author and speaks in many continuing medical education courses and events. He is extending his medical education mission through the Anderson Medical Group CE site ‘ConsultDrA.com’ a web based educational platform.

Risk Factors and Environmental Toxins; Managing Treatment Failures in SIBO, IBS and IBD

Melanie Keller, ND

Bio: Melanie Keller is NUNM alumna and specializes in the treatment of SIBO and associated conditions. She participated in the development of the SIBO Symposium(s), the SIBO Center at NUNM and co-authored the Feb/March 2014 Townsend Letter article, The Importance and Relevance of IBS in the Female Patient. Dr. Keller is a current board member of the GastroANP, a Mastermind contributor with Seeking Health Education Institute and has a private practice based in Los Angeles California. Her evidence-based approach addresses epigenetic influences from microbial dysbiosis, malabsorption, and endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Elemental Diet Protocol

Lela Altman, ND, MSA, LAc

Bio: Lela Altman began working in the medical field in 1998, first as a nursing assistant, then as a medical assistant. This experience inspired her to pursue an education in the natural health sciences. Dr. Altman earned her Bachelor in Science from The Evergreen State College where she focused on ethnobotany, biology and chemistry. She then earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters of Science in Acupuncture at Bastyr University in 2011. She went on to complete a 3-year residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. While working as a chief resident she completed additional training in evidence based medicine and carried out diabetes research. She recently created the Digestive Wellness clinic at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health which she currently supervises. Additionally, she teaches full-time at Bastyr University and has a private practice.

Low-dose Naltrexone and Low-dose Erythromycin

Natalie Gustafson, PharmD

Bio: Natalie Gustafson specializes in a holistic approach to medicine, with a focus on how compounded medications can help accomplish this goal. She’s been published in NDNR where she discussed optimal thyroid management, and is an invited speaker in for organizations such as the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP) and the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA) to name a few. During the day, she can be found practicing as a compounding pharmacist, where she is the Director of Pharmacy at Lloyd Center Pharmacy and Pacific Compounds Pharmacy.

NUNM Research Update

Laurie Menk Otto, ND, MPH

Bio: Laurie Menk Otto graduated from National College (now University) of Naturopathic Medicine in 2007 with a Naturopathic Doctor degree with honors in research from NUNM’s Helfgott Research Institute. In 2008, she was awarded an NIH-NCCAM T32 fellowship at the University of Arizona to study clinical medical research. This two-year research fellowship focused on the study of nonlinear dynamics and complex adaptive systems, and the interface of complementary and alternative medicine with biomedical research. During a third year of fellowship, Dr. Menk Otto completed her master of public health degree from the University of Arizona.