May 8-9, 2019
  Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa | San Diego, CA

2019 Speakers

CCN, DACBN is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the National College of Chiropractic. He is a Diplomate of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, a Diplomate of the Clinical Nutrition Board of the American Chiropractic Association, and a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with the International & American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists. He is a Certified Applied Kinesiologist as well as a Certified Practitioner in Functional Biomechanics from the Motion Palpation Institute. He is a member of The Institute for Functional Medicine, the International & American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists, the American Chiropractic Association, the International Academy of Preventive Medicine, and numerous other professional organizations. Dr. O’Bryan is a practicing graduate of The Institute for Functional Medicine’s hallmark program Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP). Using the tools of applied kinesiology, laboratory, and functional medicine, Dr. O’Bryan assists patients in reclaiming their health with an emphasis on diet and nutrition. This provides a motivating and successful game plan for patients who previously suffered from debilitating symptoms, high risk for disease, and frustrating medical problems. Dr. O’Bryan has been a Visiting Instructor at Northeastern Illinois University, where he taught “Applied Nutrition for Health and Performance.” He is a Visiting Instructor at the National University of Health Sciences. He is the Vice President of the Illinois Chapter of the International & American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists. He is listed in Who’s Who in International Medicine and the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership for Excellence in Education. He is a triathlete and a second-degree black belt in Aikido. Awarded Chiropractor of The Year (1988) in Chicago, Dr. O’Bryan is the past President of the Chicago Chiropractic Society and a past Director of the Illinois Chiropractic Society. - See more at: https://www.functionalmedicine.org/AboutFM/ourteam/faculty/bios/Obryan/#sthash.5aUb13R6.dpuf


Adam PerlmanAdam Perlman, MD
Director of Integrative Health & Wellbeing, Mayo Clinic Florida

Integrative & Functional Medicine in a Mainstream Medical Center: The Mayo Clinic Experience

Dr. Adam Perlman is Director of Integrative Health and Wellbeing for Mayo Clinic Florida.  He is board certified on Internal Medicine and specializes in both Integrative and Functional Medicine. 

From 2011 to 2017, Perlman was Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness for the Duke University Health System, and Executive Director for Duke’s renowned Integrative Medicine Center.

He is also the Chief Medical Officer for meQuilibrium, a leading provider of workplace resiliency solutions based on a clinically-validated resilience platform that leverages behavioral psychology, neuroscience, and analytics to deliver transformative insights that change lives and businesses.

Dr. Perlman is past Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, which is comprised of over 75 leading academic medical centers around the country. Prior to his work at Duke, Dr. Perlman was Executive Director for the Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University), where he was also an Associate Professor of Medicine. He held the UMDNJ Hunterdon Endowed Professorship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and was Chair for the Department of Primary Care within the School of Health Related Professions, overseeing the Physician Assistant and Respiratory Care Programs.

Dr. Perlman also served as Director of Integrative Medicine for the Saint Barnabas Health Care System and was founding Medical Director for the Carol and Morton Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine in Livingston, New Jersey. In this role, he had primary responsibility for developing and overseeing one of the first hospital-based Integrative Medicine centers in the country, as well as the Center for Health and Wellness, a medically-oriented fitness center.

He received his BA from Tufts University and his MD from Boston University School of Medicine, completing residencies in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. as well as a General Internal Medicine Research Fellowship at Boston Medical Center.


Anthony AlmadaAnthony Almada, MSc
Founder & President, IMAGINutrition

Hemp, Cannabinoids & Clinical Practice: A Gap Analysis

Anthony Almada has worked in the natural products industry since 1975, in all facets of the value chain: from retail health food store to leadership of multinational brands. He was the co-founder and past-president of EAS (Experimental and Applied Sciences—architects of the creatine “category” and pioneers in evidence-based sports nutrition).

His early corporate experience began in the mid-1980s during the formative first five years of the company that became Metagenics. That early experience Almada’s passion for evidence over evangelism.

Almada holds a BS in Physiology, with a self-designed minor in Nutritional Biochemistry from CSU Long Beach, and a Master of Science from Berkeley with a research focus on Nutritional/Exercise Biochemistry. He has co-designed and collaborated on over 50 university-based clinical trials, ranging from HIV/AIDS-related muscle wasting to muscular diseases to osteoarthritis to weight/body composition change.

Through IMAGINutrition, his product development think-tank consultancy, he has focused on innovation, technology transfer, IP strategy, assessment, and enforcement, clinical trial design & orchestration, and evidence-driven marketing, advertising, branding, and public relations). IMAGINutrition has been involved in all phases of product development from early concept stage to multinational business strategy, for a wide spectrum of companies in the dietary supplement, food, beverage, personal care/cosmetic, & pet food industries.

Barri SigvertsenBarri Sigvertsen
Senior Marketing Director, Lonza

How Practitioners Influence Consumer Supplement Choices: Insights From the 2019 SORD Study

Barri Sigvertsen is a consummate marketing professional with 25+ years of marketing, sales, business development, consumer/shopper insights and category management experience. Currently with Lonza, one of the world’s leading branded ingredient and capsule suppliers, Sigvertsen draws on a wealth of experience at top consumer goods companies. Throughout her career, she has been involved in everything from strategy and program development to tactical implementation, personnel development/cross-functional leadership.

Sigvertsen has brought her results-oriented, analytical, yet creative sensibilities to executive roles at some of the world’s largest retailers, including Drug Channel, Kroger, Safeway, Publix, Kohl's, and Military). She is familiar with DSD (direct to store) and  wholesale businesses in highly competitive, SKU-intense industries.

At Lonza, she brings her extensive business development skills and consumer/shopper insights, to the crossroad between the direct-to-consumer retail supplement space and the niche-specific practitioner channel.


Jaclyn Chasse 1 cropJaclyn Chasse, ND
VP of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Emerson Ecologics
Ensuring the Future of the Practitioner Channel in a Rapidly Changing Healthcare Environment

Jaclyn Chasse, ND is a licensed naturopathic doctor who is passionate about applying her clinical knowledge, strong communication skills, and leadership skills to advance the fields of nutrition, integrative medicine and the dietary supplement industry.
Jaclyn's unique background includes clinical practice, lab sciences, extensive teaching and strategic leadership. Dr. Chasse currently works for Emerson Ecologics, the largest distributor of dietary supplements to health care professionals, where she provides oversight of the Medical Education and Quality teams. Her expertise includes practitioner education, technical writing, product knowledge and innovation, and quality and regulatory practices in manufacturing of dietary supplements, foods, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and medical foods.
Additionally, Dr. Chasse is very involved in organizations representing practitioners as well as industry leaders. She is a Past-President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and served as a Trustee for the American Herbal Products Association. During her tenure at the NHAND, she led legislation to require insurance coverage of services provided by Naturopathic Doctors, increased association revenue, and doubled the profitability of the association's annual conference.


GoldmanErik Goldman
Co-Founder/Editor in Chief
Holistic Primary Care

Insight from Holistic Primary Care’s 2019 Practitioner Survey

Erik Goldman, is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Holistic Primary Care-News for Health & Healing, as well as co-founder of the Heal Thy Practice conferences, and The Practitioner Channel Forum.
Goldman earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy & biology from the State University of New York in Binghamton, and has been a medical journalist for over 30 years.

Prior to founding Holistic Primary Care, he was the New York Bureau Chief for International Medical News Group (IMNG), a leading medical publishing company that produces a range of periodicals and websites for conventional medical specialties. He has worked as a freelance medical writer and editor on a diverse spectrum of projects, ranging from pharmaceutical marketing campaigns to medical atlases and academic textbooks. He has had long-standing interest music, depth psychology, religion, ecology, and indigenous healing traditions. Holistic Primary Care and its related conferences arose out of these interests, and the desire to create healthier relationships between practitioners and their patients, and between industry and practitioners.

Holly JohnsonHolly E. Johnson, PhD
Chief Science Officer
American Herbal Products Association

Analytical Methods for Improving Supply Chain Integrity & Assuring Product Quality

Holly E. Johnson, PhD, is the Chief Science Officer at the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) where she provides individualized technical guidance to member organizations and helps the herbal industry use the latest science, technology and research to ensure innovative, safe and effective herbal products. Before joining AHPA, Dr. Johnson was the Laboratory Director for Alkemist Labs, an ISO 17025 accredited natural products testing lab specializing in botanicals.

Dr. Johnson took a PhD in Pharmacognosy at the College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC), under renowned pharmacognosist and researcher, Norman Farnsworth. She was awarded a National Institutes for Health (NIH) Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and trained at the UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for EthnoMedicine studying the etiology of neurodegenerative disease, and worked as a regulatory consultant for pharmaceutical and supplements companies.

In addition to her work at AHPA, Johnson is currently a Research Associate with the National Tropical Botanical Garden and serves on AOAC Stakeholders Panels and Expert Review Panels for Foods and Dietary Supplements.  She is a member of the United States Pharmacoepia’s (USP) Medical Cannabis Expert Panel, the Editorial Board of the AOAC International Journal, and also serves on the Advisory Boards of the American Botanical Council and the American Herbal Pharmacopeia.


HarrisonTodd A. Harrison, Esq
Partner, Venable LLP

Legal & Regulatory Update 2019: The View from Washington, DC

Todd Harrison focuses his practice on Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)/Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as well as other federal, state, and international consumer protection agencies governing rules and regulations related to drugs, foods, dietary supplements, homeopathic remedies, medical devices, medical foods and cosmetics.

Mr. Harrison works extensively in the areas of food and dietary supplement safety, labeling and advertising claims. He advises clients on issues related to FDA and FSIS’s labeling requirements as well as on organic products and genetically modified organisms. Additionally, he advises clients on international food issues.

Mr. Harrison has assisted companies on important FDA, FSIS, APHIS compliance issues, including HAACP, good manufacturing practice, product recalls vs. market withdrawals, inspections, warning letters, complying with FDA’s and FSIS’s standards of identities, importing meat and poultry products into the United States, warning letters, and record keeping.

Mr. Harrison has been involved extensively on issues related to the marketing of foods and dietary supplements, including health claims, qualified health claims, structure/function claims, and nutrient content claims. He has developed strategies for companies to communicate information about their products without running afoul of FDA, FSIS and FTC regulatory requirements.  He also has a successful track record of defending against U.S. FTC advertising complaints, enforcement actions and prosecutions, and defending against competitor challenges in court and other forums.


Ryan McNally NDRyan McNally, ND
Faculty, School of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University California

Supervisor, Bastyr University Clinic

Bastyr University at 40 & the Future of Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Ryan McNally is a core faculty member in the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University California, and a faculty supervisor at the Bastyr University Clinic.

He earned his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and completed a residency at Yale-Griffin / University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Prior to joining the Bastyr faculty, McNally practiced as a primary care physician at Alice Internal Medicine in Alice, Texas.

Dr. McNally’s clinical interests include preventive medicine, disease risk assessment, and therapeutic lifestyle interventions that can prevent disease. He uses nutritional and herbal medicine, exercise and lifestyle prescriptions, pharmaceutical therapy, minor surgery, and injection therapy while focusing on the underlying causes of disease.

Having worked in both conventional and naturopathic clinical settings, he believes that integrative medicine offers patients the greatest possible care, and strongly believes the best medicine starts with open communication.


Bush 500x600Michael Bush
Co-Founder, GrowthWays Partners

Value Through Authenticity: How to Create Long-Term Value for Your Supplement Brand

Michael Bush Co-founded GrowthWays Partners to provide strategic advisory services to investors, management teams and related stakeholders to optimize the enterprise value of companies in the natural products industry.

Mike has more than 25 years of experience leading venture-backed businesses in the natural products, healthcare and bioinformatics industries. As president and CEO of probiotic innovator Ganeden, Michael grew the market of the company’s patented ingredient to over 65 countries and more than 1,000 SKUS, culminating with the 2017 merger with Kerry, Inc.  Additionally, he founded a national business growth consultancy firm, co-founded a national biomedical services firm and led acquisitions and merger activities for a global medical services company.                                            

He has participated in raising over $200 million in growth capital and has participated in dozens of M&A transactions including the successful exits worth over $325 million.   He has received numerous awards for his business leadership, including Crain’s Cleveland Business 40 Most Influential People Under 40, four-time Weatherhead 100 winner as well as multiple innovation awards. 

Michael is a board member for several for and not-for-profit organizations, including serving on the Executive Board of the International Probiotics Association (IPA). Michael is passionate about the natural products industry and speaks frequently at industry events including BevNet, Natural Products Expo and Supply Side. He holds degrees in Biomedical Technology and Business Administration. 


Michael H. CohenMichael H. Cohen
Founder, Cohen Healthcare Law Group

Medicolegal Considerations in the Clinical Use of Supplements: What Industry Needs to Understand

Michael H. Cohen is one of the nation’s leading attorneys focused on legal issues in the practice of holistic and functional medicine. Over the years, he has advised and represented physicians, medical device and dietary supplement manufacturers, and healthcare ventures (from medical spas to MSOs to mobile medical apps).

Cohen counsels clinics, hospitals, dietary supplement companies, health insurance organizations, medical spas, medical device makers, telemedicine ventures, online health and wellness companies, mobile medical app developers, healthcare IT companies, sleep and addiction treatment facilities, integrative medicine centers, medical management organizations (MSOs), and a wide range of medical professionals.

A graduate of Columbia University, the Boalt Hall School of Law and the Haas School of Management, both at the University of California, Berkeley, Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Harvard School of Public Health. He is the author of 6 leading books on healthcare law and policy, and is widely respected as a pioneer in legal policy for the emerging health and wellness markets. 

Cohen’s areas of expertise include: HIPAA, FDA/FTC compliance, Medicare, telemedicine, fraud and abuse (Stark and anti-kickback; Business & Professions Code 650), concierge medicine, informed consent, off-label use, pharmacy law, telemedicine, integrative medicine, anti-aging and regenerative medicine, and other areas.  He counsels on regulatory and corporate matters, as well as on dispute resolution.

In addition to his professional activities, Michael received certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher


Sinclair smMeg Sinclair
Holistic Primary Care
New York, NY

Opening Remarks:  What Now?

Meg Sinclair developed an interest in holistic health care at an early age, under the influence of her mother, a home economics teacher with a strong interest in natural foods and nutrition. In the 1970's, Meg moved from Michigan to the San Francisco Bay area where she began a serious study of aikido, energy awareness, and meditation.

While in San Francisco, she became familiar with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, making them part of her personal approach to health maintenance. She obtained her bachelor's degree in piano and composition from Mills College, Oakland, CA. Since moving to New York City 35 years ago, she has continued her studies of music, Yi Jin Jing and other mind-body practices, meditation and sacred dance.

Holistic Primary Care grew out of her desire to create a positive influence on health care in the US, and to promote holistic approaches to health and healing.


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