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Dr Brandon Brock MSN, BSN, RN, NP-C, DC, DCN, DCM, DAAIM, DCBCN, DACNB, BCIM, FICC

Dr. Brandon Brock is a Certified Chiropractor, Family Nurse Practitioner and a functional neurology diplomate with multiple clinical interests, including functional integrative neurology, nutrition, wellness and general medicine.  In Dallas Texas he serves as a staff clinician at Cerebrum Health Centers and does work at Innovative Health and Wellness Group and Foundation Physicians Group. Along with being a clinician, Dr. Brock has a passion for lecturing and providing learners with didactic and academic skills in a way that is easy to digest, comprehend and utilize in a clinical setting. He has developed thousands of multidisciplinary hours of curriculum pertaining to neurology, nutrition, physical diagnosis, pharmacology, immunology, endocrinology, and this has impacted students of multiple educational and clinical backgrounds, including medical doctors, nurse practitioners, chiropractors and everything in between.

 

Dr. Brock is currently a lecturer at the Academy of Osteopathic Science and vice president of the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation (IAFNR) and a board member of the American Academy of Integrative Medicine (AAIM).  He was recently chosen as a member for the Council of Human Function and has been an expert at TAP Integrative.

 

Dr. Brock received the most outstanding functional neurology teacher of the year from the ACA council of Neurology four years straight and two times from IAFNR (International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation). Recently Dr. Brock received the humanitarian award as a result of his research on injured Military Veterans and PTSD and traumatic brain injury from IAFNR. He is also the honorable recipient of the prestigious Living Legacy Award from Samford Universities Ida Moffett School Nursing in 2015 and was also recently named the spotlight student of his doctoral program at Duke University. He holds diplomate status in Neurology, Conventional Medicine, Nutrition, Integrative Medicine and a fellowship from the International College of Chiropractors as well as the American Chiropractic Neurology Board.

 

Currently Dr. Brock is working to receive recognition as a global clinical research scholar at Harvard Medical School and concurrently completing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Duke University and he is planning on immediately upon completion of the program at Duke, starting a conjoined PhD program with a major in nursing and a minor in cognitive neuroscience.

Brandon Brock Functional Neurology Masterclass.


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Rachel Arthur, ND

Naturopath

Getting your bearings regarding the pregnant thyroid – for mum & baby

“Thyroid health is integral to fertility and optimal pregnancy outcomes yet thyroid physiology changes dramatically during both gestation and the post-partum period, reducing the confidence of some clinicians. This presentation will cover the absolute must-knows about  thyroid markers prior to conception and trimester specific knowledge regarding thyroid physiology. What do we risk if thyroid imbalance goes unrecognised – for baby?  for mum? – and how can we better prevent against this? Better clinician assessment translates into improved diagnosis, management and pregnancy outcomes for mother and baby.

In this presentation Rachel will review the key landmarks for recognising both thyroid adequacy and optimisation in regard to female fertility, healthy offspring and the best maternal outcomes post-partum.

Topics:

  • How does thyroid affect fertility?
  • Thyroid physiological changes during gestation and post-partum
  • Important pre-conception thyroid markers
  • Trimester specific thyroid physiology and markers
  • Consequences of unaddressed thyroid disorders for mother and baby

Learning Objectives:

  • Detailed understanding of thyroid physiology in fertility
  • Pregnancy & post-partum contexts
  • Identifying risk factors for thyroid dysfunction
  • Improved clinician diagnosis of thyroid imbalance
  • Nutritional management strategies

Rachel Arthur is a widely published Australian Naturopath specialising in integrative nutrition and with over 20 years experience in both the clinic and the classroom.   Rachel is one of Australia’s leading nutritional educators who lectures to and mentors allied health care professionals and doctors. She also contributes work to authoritative texts including all 4 editions of the award-winning:  Herbs & Natural Supplements – An Evidence Based Guide (Elsevier), all the while still maintaining a very busy private practice. Rachel is also the mother of a pair of well-fed teenage twins.


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Robyn Cosford

Herbs in treating PANDAS

Complex disorders are occurring with increasing frequency in children in recent times. A case history in which the initial disorder was progressive immune and gastrointestinal dysfunction, progressing to a diagnosed psychiatric disorder is presented, as an example of how to manage a complex brain-immuno-gut dysfunction and consequent medically diagnosed disorder, and consider the many factors involved.

Dr Robyn Cosford is an integrative medical practitioner of many years standing, having lectured to post graduate medical practitioners for over 20 years as part of the ACNEM faculty. She has an honours degree in medicine, and is a Conjoint Lecturer for the University of Newcastle. Her interest in brain-immune-gut concepts dates nearly 20 years, when she convened the Mind of a Child conferences in Australia in1998 and 2000. She has been involved in ongoing clinical practice and research in these areas.


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Dr Frank R Golik MBBS (Hons QLD) FRACGP, FACNEM

Key Topics:

  • Savant 4 year old
  • Dramatic features of Autism Spectrum
  • Theories for the aetiology of Autism
  • Issues with Pyrroluria
  • Foundational principles of management and common pitfalls

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn to quickly identify distinctive behaviours in Autism and ASD
  • Understand the common biochemical and environmental factors involved in Autism
  • Learn basic management strategies of Autism treatment
  • Understand the diversity issues in Autism
  • Reinforce the Gut-Immune-Brain connection and the importance of food.

MBBS (Hons QLD) FRACGP, FACNEM: Graduated from University of Queensland with 2nd class Hons in 1975; 2 years junior RMO at Royal Brisbane Hospital; 1 year as senior RMO at Atherton Hospital, Nth Qld. He commenced in solo Private Family Practice in Clayfield, Brisbane in 1979. He later formed a multi disciplinary clinic in Clayfield in 1995. In 2016 he had moved his clinic to more spacious and functional facility at Stafford in Brisbane. Dr Golik gained his fellowship in the RACGP in 1982; and is a Fellow and occasional lecturer of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. His special areas of interest and passion are Autism, ASD, ADHD, Musculoskeletal medicine; Dietary and lifestyle therapy; Thyroid conditions; and the Metabolic Syndrome. He has attended the Bill Walsh Outreach / Training since 2005 and has attended the MINDD conferences since 2005.


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Christine Houghton

Nutritional Biochemist

Powerful New Strategies for Healing the Dysfunctional

BrainThis presentation will explain how human cells defend themselves against a variety of threats. In understanding the mechanism of cellular defence we can better understand how Nutrigenomics can deal with a range of human disorders associated with abnormalities in redox balance, detoxification and other key cellular processes.

Furthermore, an enhanced understanding of cellular defence mechanisms creates a clearer path to determining why some theoretically-plausible therapeutic strategies have failed.  The potential for a targeted nutrigenomic approach not as a single intervention but as part of a broader programme to optimise the patient’s nutritional environment provides scope for advances in ASD therapy.

Following many years in private practice as a Nutritional Biochemist, Christine is currently completing doctoral research at the University of Queensland, investigating bioactive phytochemicals with significant clinical potential. In addition to her research, Christine is co-author of the courses: Foundations in Nutrigenomics and Advanced Translational Nutrigenomics. Her clinical focus lies in addressing upstream causes of disease, with unique emphasis on cardiovascular health, chemoprevention, estrogen metabolism and gastrointestinal health.

Christine’s forte lies in taking complex biochemical concepts and translating their essence into concepts relevant to the needs of practising clinicians and their patients.  Her peer-reviewed publications include two Review papers on Sulforaphane, the bioactive compound derived from broccoli sprouts.  She is also the author of “Switched On – Harnessing the Power of Nutrigenomics to Optimise Your Health”. 


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Dr Nirala Jacobi, BHSc, ND (USA)

Diagnosis and treatment of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)

SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) is the leading cause of IBS and a major cause of leaky gut syndrome. Bacterial overgrowth has also been implicated in a host of other conditions such as developmental delay, Fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, malabsorption syndromes and many more. SIBO requires a methodical approach to testing and treatment in order to successfully re-establish a healthy digestive tract. This talk will give a basic overview of this complex condition

Dr. Nirala Jacobi, BHSc, ND (USA) graduated from Bastyr University in 1998 with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. She practiced as a primary care physician in Montana for 7 years before arriving in Australia. Nirala is considered one of Australia’s leading experts in the natural treatment of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a common cause of IBS. In 2014, she designed the SIBO Bi-Phasic Diet to aid practitioners in simplifying their treatment approach with their SIBO patients. She is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of SIBOtest.com, an online breath testing service and educational portal for practitioners. She frequently lectures to national and international professional audiences on the topic of SIBO and founded the first Australian SIBO Summit in 2016

Nirala has had a busy private practice in Brisbane since 2008 and recently moved her clinic to Wilsons Creek in the beautiful northern rivers region of NSW, Australia


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Dr Leila Masson, M.D., MPH, FRACP, FACNEM, IBCLC, DTMH

Paediatrician

Dr Leila Masson is an integrative paediatrician who combines Western medicine with a nutritional, environmental and biomedical approach to help her patients attain optimal health. She received her medical doctorate from the University of Berlin, did her paediatric specialist training at the University of California at San Francisco. She received her Masters in Public Health from Harvard University and her Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.Leila has practiced in the US, New Zealand and Europe and volunteered for 2 years setting up a health clinic in rural Pakistan. She currently divides her time between Sydney and Berlin. She specialises in integrative treatment for children with ADHD, autism, behaviour and developmental problems, allergies and other childhood issues. Dr. Masson is the author of “Children’s Health A-Z”, a parents’ guide on treating common childhood illnesses with a natural yet effective approach. For more information see www.drleilamasson.com and FaceBook DrLeilaMasson where she posts about current research on children’s health. 


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Tabitha McIntosh, ND

Becoming a part of the Solution:

Reducing toxic exposure and building resilience, One Bite at a Time

Pesticides, plastics, cosmetics, fragrances, heavy metals, brominated flame-retardants,

dioxin, methyl mercury, parabens, triclosan, vinyl, phthalates, bisphenol A and other industrial chemicals are regularly detected in the blood and tissue of our freshly birthed babies, young children and people of all ages. The effects of accumulative chemical exposures on human reproduction and human development are already debilitating, and future generations are likely to be exposed to even greater risk. Cancers, congenital malformations, diabetes, allergies, immune disorders, obesity, autism, and neurological and

behavioural impairments are the direct result of the interplay between our genes, nutrition, and the industrial pollutants to which we are exposed – yet there is a massive void in public awareness as to how harmful chemicals accumulate and impact our health, as well as where they are found. This evidence based talk exposing the latest research will build your clinical understanding and confidence in applying the concrete steps that you & your clients can take to minimise hazardous exposures, maximise health, and build a better world for our next generations to come.

 

Key learning points:

  • What is the current state of affairs re: birthing pre-polluted babies
  • Evidence of harm: a quick review of the latest Environmental research
  • The toxins that threaten reproduction, neuro-development, and the next generation
  • Issues of toxicity-transfer
  • Strong foundations – preconception, pregnancy, and beyond
  • Simple strategies for becoming a part of the Solution
  • Maximising resilience for better outcomes

Tabitha is the founder of Awaken Your Health, and is a qualified and experienced Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist, and educator, having run her own private clinical practice for over 10 years. After completing her Medical Science degree in 2001, Tabitha went on to pursue her passion for Natural Integrative Healthcare with post-graduate studies in Naturopathy, Western Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Medicine & Environmental Medicine. She now elegantly combines the above approaches to health: integrating Naturopathic healing principles with the latest scientific research, to educate and further the health & wellbeing of her clients. Tabitha holds a Bachelor of Medical Science (UNSW, 2001), Advanced Diploma Naturopathy & Diploma Nutrition (Nature Care, 2005), and post grad Dip in Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (SWIN, 2006).


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John Smartt, Osteo

Osteopathic treatment for improving the gut function of people with brain-gut conditions

Gut issues are often present with brain conditions, and may present with symptoms including: inadequate chew leading to gagging leading to vomiting; wind issues or abdominal pain; textural issues about food leading to a narrow range of foods eaten; anxiety disturbing transit; leaky gut due to altered gut flora; control issues leading to problems with toileting; and slow or fast gut (movements over 3 times per day and up to 10 days between bowel motions).]

There is a chicken-and-egg question about whether the central nervous system (CNS) function drives the gastro-intestinal tract (GIT) issues, the GIT issues drive the CNS issues, or something else drives both problems. It is probably a complex vicious cycle that presents differently with different people, which needs a multi-faceted approach to unravel it for each patient.  Clinical experience and outcome studies indicate that osteopathic treatment can play a positive role in this mix; particularly through its influence on gut function.

John Smartt practices Osteopathy in Sydney’s CBD where he specialises in treating brain-gut conditions.  He has had a longterm and passionate interest in the autistic spectrum having seen excellent results in his own extended family and also has a passion for helping anyone who has not been able to get the healthcare they want.


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Rob Santich, MD

Robert Santich will be presenting on his unique perspective and extensive clinical experience with integrating energetic medicine and the science and traditional uses of herbal medicine. He will be discussing these applications in treating children, as well as infections and the removal of toxins from the body.

Rob Santich is a practising Naturopath specialising in Energy Medicine, Herbal Medicine and Paediatrics. He is the co-author of the recently published authoritative text, Healthy Children: Optimising Children’s Health with Herbs. Aside from his clinical practice, Rob Santich is also a highly regarded herbal educator, lecturing in the USA and at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW in Herbal Pharmacy and Advanced Pharmacology.

Through his continual professional practice over 35 years, Rob has become renowned for his understanding and integration of herbal medicine, whole food nutrition and energetic medicine dynamics.


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Dr Christabelle Yeoh

MBBS, MRCP (London), MSc (Nutrition)

Microbial energy economics- our mitochondria

Many increasingly popular science articles and books describe our microbial nature.  That human beings are made of microbes and our bodies comprise of a minority of human mammalian cells is a well-understood fact. How do the mitochondria relate to this? They are also microbial in origin. There are an estimated 37 trillion human cells, 100 trillion bacterial cells and 10 billion million mitochondria in the body! The clinical relevance of mitochondrial and micriobiome crosstalk and inflammation is discussed in this talk.

Dr Yeoh practiced environmental medicine at the Bracksphere Clinic in England before moving to Sydney. She specialises in the management of allergies, autism, chronic infections and chronic fatigue conditions. She has a broad knowledge of nutritional and environmental medicine as well as Energy Medicine as well as Chiropractic and a range of Allied Therapies. She previously trained with the DAN! group and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. She is a member of the British and Australian colleges of Environmental Medicine, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society and the Australian Integrative Medicine Association. She is a GAPS certified practitioner.





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