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
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Joseph E. Pizzorno, ND
Founder, Bastyr University
Editor, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal
The Epidemic of Toxicity: Opportunities for the Nutraceuticals Industry
Dr. Pizzorno is one of the pioneers of naturopathic medicine and functional medicine in the US. A naturopathic physician, educator, researcher and expert spokesperson, he is the founding president of Bastyr University. Under his leadership, Bastyr became the first accredited, multidisciplinary university of natural medicine and the first NIH-funded center for alternative medicine research. In June 2000, Dr. Pizzorno retired after 22 years from the presidency of Bastyr University. In 1996 he was appointed to the Seattle/King County Board of Health and was a founding board member of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. He served as Chair of the American Public Health Association SPIG on CAM from 1999 to 2001. He was appointed by President Clinton in 2000 to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, and later by President Bush to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee in 2002.
In 2001, Dr. Pizzorno founded SaluGenecists, Inc. to develop innovative, science-based, artificial intelligence aided advice systems to provide smart, personalized health promotion and integrated care guidance for the public and practitioners. www.salugenecists.com
Dr. Pizzorno is the founding editor of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, and also the author or co-author of 10 books, including the internationally acclaimed Textbook of Natural Medicine (now in its 4th edition with over 100,000 copies bought by doctors worldwide) and the best-selling Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (over 1,500,000 copies in six languages). His latest book, The Toxin Solution: How Hidden Poisons in the Air, Water, Food and Products We Use are Destroying Our Health (Harper Collins) is forthcoming this Spring.
Bridget R. Briggs, MD
Founder & Director
The Briggs Institute of Epigenetic Medicine
Personalized Medicine & Nutrigenomics in Real-World Clinical Practice
Dr. Bridget Briggs heads her own private integrative/functional medicine practice, with locations in Temecula and Murrieta, CA. She is board certified through the American Board of Family Medicine.. She is certified through The Institute of Functional Medicine, The American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, and is a certified Master in Lipidology from the National Lipid Association.
Dr. Briggs frequently lectures with other industry leaders on the clinical application of Lifestyle Medicine. A much-sought national speaker, her talks Methylation are popular at most events. Her expertise in Gut Health, Hormone Balance, Methylation, and Children’s Health is well known in the inner circles of Lifestyle Medicine practitioners. This quest to teach came soon after her son was diagnosed, at age 4, with brain cancer. During her family’s ordeal she dove into research and discovered that many chronic conditions and diseases could be successfully treated using personalized nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Dr. Briggs is the mother of 5 children and lives the life she preaches in Temecula, California. She and her husband love to snowboard, camp and spend time at the beach with the family.
Bryan Glick, DO
Integrative Health Institute, Scottsdale AZ
Deciding to Dispense: How a Clinician Makes Decisions About Supplements
Dr. Glick is the founder and director of the Integrative Health Institute, a comprehensive, membership-based functional medicine practice based in Scottsdale, AZ. IHI provides advanced preventive care as well as integrative treatment based on the view that each patient is an interconnected web of systems that need to be balanced and adjusted—not an elaborate list of symptoms that need to be “managed.”
Dr. Glick is certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine, and has long been a practitioner of the Bale-Doneen Method. IHI’s practice structure and care approach are designed to overcome the pitfalls of conventional insurance-based practice settings in which time pressures and patient volumes prohibit true therapeutic relationships, and clinicians must answer to by third-parties.
Dr. Glick graduated from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his residency in family medicine at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital. He was nominated by the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians for the Walter Brazie Fellowship Award as the outstanding second-year family medicine resident in Arizona. He is a featured speaker for Vasolabs, Singulex, Cleveland Heart Labs and the American Academy of Private Physicians, Institute of Functional Medicine and serves on the board for Singulex and Epic Research Diagnostics. When he is not seeing patients, Dr. Glick enjoys yoga, cooking, golfing, mountain biking, horseback riding and woodworking.
Adam R. Lefton, MBA
Co-Founder, Empowered Patient
Former VP of Brand Strategy, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, DC
Greater Chicago, IL
The Patient Empowerment Movement: How to Leverage It for Practitioner Channel Success
Adam R. Lefton, MBA, is an experienced healthcare executive with an extensive background in healthcare marketing, financial management, and analytics. Prior to founding his latest venture, Empowered Patient, Adam served as Chief Marketing Officer for Northstar Healthcare, a publicly-traded ambulatory surgical center group based out of Houston, Texas. Mr. Lefton’s healthcare experience also includes 12 years with Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), where he served as Vice President of Brand Strategy and helped build the most successful hospital-based direct to consumer marketing program in the country. In 2013 he took an equity position with Nobilis Healthcare, a publicly traded surgical center, and served as Chief Marketing Officer. Adam advises health-related companies seeking to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their marketing efforts.
Douglas "Duffy" Mackay, ND
Senior Vice-President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs
Council for Responsible Nutrition
The Regulatory Prognosis: What Industry Can Expect From Federal & State Regulators
Dr. MacKay oversees CRN’s science and regulatory affairs department, ensuring that the association’s scientific, policy and legislative positions are based on credible scientific rationale. His expertise combines practical knowledge of industry regulation and scientific product development with hands-on experience as a medical practitioner.
Dr. Mackay is a licensed naturopathic doctor who still sees patients on a part-time basis and previously was owner and practitioner in a New Hampshire integrative medical practice. He serves on the advisory board for the American Botanical Council, the NSF International Joint Committee on Dietary Supplements, and the NIST/NIH Dietary Supplement Laboratory Quality Assurance Program. He is also on the editorial board of three peer-reviewed publications: Natural Medicine Journal (the official publication of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians); Integrative Medicine—a Clinicians Journal, and Current Topics in Nutraceutical Research. Dr. MacKay earned his B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his N.D. from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He is licensed to practice in the states of Maryland and New Hampshire.
Senior Marketing Manager
Reading the Roadsigns: What the SORD Data Tell Us About the Future of the Practitioner Channel
Missy Lowery, is the Senior Marketing Manager for Capsugel Americas, where she works closely with Health & Nutrition, Consumer Health and Pharmaceutical companies on brand development, strategic planning, consumer research and marketing development.
Missy is a marketing professional with international experience in pharmaceutical, medical, business-to-business and consumer product categories. Before joining Capsugel, Missy served as Director of Marketing for Clinical Innovations for the Premier hospital network, and as Associate Director of Integrated Marketing for Amgen. At Amgen she directed account management teams responsible for providing strategic communication solutions and tactical execution of integrated marketing communication programs in the launch of new products from the biotechnology leader.
Missy spent nearly ten years as manager and director of global and regional strategic marketing programs in ophthalmology for Bausch & Lomb Surgical, formerly IOLAB, a Johnson & Johnson Company. Missy began her career in advertising where she was a Vice President at Ogilvy & Mather and Grey Advertising in Los Angeles. Her graduate degree is from Syracuse University and her undergraduate degree in nutrition is from University of Nebraska.
Editor in Chief
Holistic Primary Care
New York, NY
First Look! Fresh Data from HPC’s 2017 Practitioner Survey & the Prognosis for the Practitioner Channel
Erik Goldman, is the co-founder and editor of Holistic Primary Care-News for Health & Healing, as well as co-founder of The Practitioner Channel Forum. From 1990 to 2000, he was the New York Bureau Chief for International Medical News Group, a division of Elsevier Health Sciences.
Prior to joining IMNG, he worked as a freelance medical writer and editor on a diverse spectrum of projects and publications, ranging from pharmaceutical marketing campaigns to medical atlases and academic medical textbooks. He has had long-standing interests in 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.
Todd A. Harrison, Esq
Partner, Venable LLP
The View From Inside the Beltway: What the Industry Can Expect from the New Administration
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.
Michael D. Levin
Founder, Health Business Strategies, LLC
Toward Consensus on Quality: Initiatives to Create Common Ground
Michael is a cross-over business development strategist with deep experience in conventional pharmaceuticals and medical technology, formed through a first career which included a stint as a vice president of Baxter Healthcare. For most of the last two decades, Michael has held executive positions with natural products companies including Tyler Encapsulations prior to its merger with Integrative Therapeutics. While at Tyler, Michael leveraged national distribution of the company's products into conventional drug wholesale chains via the first-ever contract between a dietary supplement company and AmeriNet, the nation's largest group purchasing organization. He also developed the first-ever supplement/drug interaction application used in physician-based office dispensing systems. Following his years with Tyler, ,Michael worked for Cardinal Nutrition.
He has been a consultant for Cancer Treatment Centers of America, advising CTCA on issues of quality control for supplements and nutraceuticals, and helping this innovative hospital network to develop standards for its natural medicine formularies. Most recently, he has spearheaded an initiative to engage key practitioner organizations in the development of a clinical consensus on quality criteria for practitioner channel nutraceuticals.
Michael has a passion for the development of the integrated health care industry with a longstanding interest in realizing the potential for lifestyle change, nutritional interventions, and dietary supplements to radically improve the health of the nation, while reducing healthcare costs. He specializes in advising clients on natural product quality issues and on the potential cost savings from better integration of natural therapeutics.
Former Director of Regulatory Affairs, Metagenics
San Diego, CA
Toward Consensus on Quality: Initiatives to Create Common Ground
Steve Holmes has more than 35 years’ experience in the natural products industry. He began his career in the late 1970s, managing a nutrition-focused retail store. Shortly thereafter, he trained in clinical nutrition and established himself as a much-sought nutrition consultant in Southern California. During his clinical practice, he has worked with many of the leading holistic & functional medicine physicians in the region.
From 2004 to 2016, Steve worked as Director of Regulatory Affairs for Metagenics, where he brought his clinical perspective to the company’s QA and regulatory compliance efforts. Omnimedia.
Founder & CEO
Pure Branding, Northampton, MA
Effective Strategies for Communicating with Clinicians
Yadim Medore is a marketing and communications professional with decades of experience in the natural products, dietary supplements, and healthy lifestyles industries. His company, Pure Branding, has worked with some of the top brands in the wellness industry, including: Gaia Herbs, Standard Process, Traditional Medicinals, MegaFood/Innate Response, NeoCell Organic India, Bioron, Reservage, MediHerb, BSP Pharma, Pioneer Nutritionals, Savesta, Herb Pharm, and BSP Pharma.
Prior to founding Pure Branding, Yadim directed design at Disney Publishing, where his understanding of lifestyle branding increased circulation of FamilyFun Magazine by 400%, and was honored by Adweek's 10 Hottest Magazines list three years running. As an award-winning Art Director at New Age Journal, Yadim led the rebrand that laid the foundation for the magazine’s eventual sale to Martha Stewart Omnimedia as Whole Living.
Yadim’s vision of a more enlightened commercial landscape was probably planted in his childhood. Raised by early conscious consumers of the ’70s, he fondly remembers trips to the local natural foods store. He credits his liberal arts background and professional acting training, acquired at Bennington College and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, with honing his ability to translate the rational into the emotive and bring empathy to the branding process.
Editor in Chief
Nutrition Business Journal, New Hope Network
The Lay of the Land: New Data from the Nutrition Business Journal Practitioner Survey
As Nutrition Business Journal's editor-in-chief, Rick Polito writes about the trends, deals and developments in the natural nutrition industry, looking for the little companies coming up and the big money coming in. An award-winning journalist, Polito knows that facts and figures never give the complete context, and that the story of this industry has always been about people.
Rick holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri.
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.