Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2020

March 27 – 29, 2020

Southwest desert near Tempe, Arizona, the site of herbal medicine conference.

Annual Conference at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona, March 27 – 29, 2020. See speakers and topics below.

Highlights: Over 35 lectures to choose from, plus an all-day Friday Field Study with John Slattery, a special garden workshop with JoAnn Sanchez and a pre-conference intensive with Glen Nagel. Schedule

Continuing education: Applications submitted and pending for naturopathic physicians (California and Oregon). Applications approved for Arizona NDs (SCNM CE Reviewers) and acupuncturists (NCCAOM and CA Board of Acupuncture). See below for continuing education details.

Location: SCNM 2140 E. Broadway Rd. Tempe, Arizona 85282. Conference phone: 541-482-3016.

Registration: $325 by February 19; $395 after that date.
Includes all lectures on March 28 & 29. Extra fees for Friday events, meals and lodging.

botanical medicine conference features
Intensive Workshops on Friday, March 27 
  • All Day Friday Field Study: 8 AM – 4 PM Bioregional Herbalism with John Slattery FULL
  • Garden Workshop: 9 AM – Noon Grow your own Medicine Garden in the Southwest with JoAnn Sanchez
  • Pre-conference Intensive: 1 – 5:15 PM. Understanding the Herb / Drug Interaction Continuum and Using Risk Assessment Tools with Glen Nagel, ND

Details on Friday Events

Saguaro Cactus Arizona, the site of herbal medicine conference.Conference March 28 & 29: 

The latest research on botanical therapies plus herb walks and medicine-making classes. Lectures include:

  • Understanding Addiction, Parts 1 & 2:
    • Neurobiological and Cultural Underpinnings of Addiction
    • Treating Addiction and Promoting Harm Reduction with Botanical Medicine
  • Mitochondrial Support for Autoimmune and Stress-Related Chronic Illness
  • Brain Aging in the Menopausal Woman: Effects on Moods and Memory with Botanical Solutions
  • Strategies for Acute Illness in Children: Avoiding Pharmaceuticals
  • Managing Bipolar Disorder with Natural Medicine
  • Panel: Neuroplasticity and the Management of PTSD and other Mental Health Conditions

Lecture Descriptions: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

List of speakers and topics


herbal conference lodging

Location: Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine

SCNM, Tempe, Arizona, the site of herbal medicine conference.
The Commons– Recently completed addition to SCNM. All natural sustainable building materials. Solar powered by panels covering the parking lot

Address: 2140 E. Broadway Rd, Tempe, Arizona

One of the first college campuses constructed with sustainable / green building techniques, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) provides an ideal learning environment: comfortable indoor classrooms and an herb garden for outdoor lectures and meals.  In October, 2016, the new Commons building (pictured right) received LEED Platinum Green certification for promoting renewable energy, saving resources and having a positive impact on the health of its occupants.

What makes SCNM such a great place for an herbal conference?


Hotel: Embassy Suites, Tempe

lodging for herbal conference
Embassy Suites, Tempe, AZ

Just minutes away from SCNM, Embassy Suites offers a convenient place to stay. Rooms start at $169/night plus tax. Register for your room online. It only takes two minutes.

Reservation phones: (480) 897-7444 or (800) 800-305-1369. Group number SBA. Discount good until February 29.

Lodging includes 2-room suites with complimentary:
-Airport transportation
-Van service from hotel to SCNM
-Made-to-order hot breakfast with omelet station
-Evening reception with drinks and snacks
-WiFi in all rooms and lobby (confirmed even though online form says otherwise!)

Friday Schedule

Friday March 27: Pre-conference Events

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sorry this class is now FULL.
Email us if you would like to be on the waiting list.
Field Study in Bioregional Herbalism: Developing Relationship with Plants — Superstition Wilderness Area
John Slattery
Join bioregional herbalist John Slattery for a walk through a diverse Sonoran desert landscape where multiple habitats converge. We focus on direct observation of plants and receptivity to knowledge and healing that comes directly from the plants. John has been developing these exercises and this approach to working with wild plants for over a decade. The longer duration of the field study this year offers the opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a day-long experience of the desert and the healing plants it nurtures.($120) Read More

9:00 AM – Noon
Grow Your Own Medicine Garden in the Southwest (Demonstration in the SCNM Herb Garden)
JoAnn Sanchez
This workshop emphasizes the medicinal and clinical value of growing our own medicines, both for ourselves and for clients and family. They are able to see the plants (and perhaps help with growing and harvesting), and the practitioner knows where their herbal medicines come from and how they are processed. We discuss the best herbs to grow in our region, tips and ideas about climate, soils, light, moisture, habitat. life cycle, and applications for harvest, garbling and processing, storage and delivery into medicinal remedies. ($65) Read More

1:00 – 5:15 PM 
Pre-conference Intensive: Understanding the Herb / Drug Interaction Continuum and Using Risk Assessment Tools
Glen Nagel, ND, RH(AHG)
This 4-hour pre-conference intensive covers common concerns and risk potential for drug/herb interactions for the naturopathic physician and clinical herbalist. The most common types of interactions and methods of drug detoxification are discussed along with a comprehensive five-point system for determining herb and drug interaction risk potential. He describes the top ten herbs for potential interaction and the top fifteen most commonly prescription drugs. Included is an overview of resources in this field for clinicians. ($85) Read more.

Saturday March 28

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Registration: SCNM

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM  Opening Meeting: Speaker Introductions and Welcome – SCNM Academic Building

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM (Concurrent lectures–choose one–no need to sign up in advance.)
Brain Aging in the Menopausal Woman: Effects on Moods and Memory with Botanical Solutions
Tori Hudson, ND
The aging brain in perimenopausal and postmenopausal woman comes with metabolic, neurotransmitter and vascular changes. All of these changes contribute to the unique role of hormones in moods and memory. Select botanicals have some very important impacts and implications in these changes and have a clinical role in prevention and management. Recent research, dosing strategies, cautions, indications and contraindications are described for bacopa, saffron, curcumin, St John’s wort, gotu kola, lemon balm and rhodiola.

Fairy Duster, Sonoran Desert

Herbal/Nutritional Treatment of Kidney Stones
David Winston, RH (AHG)
Kidney stones are relatively common, their incidence is increasing, and they are extremely painful. If you have one, there is a 50% chance you will have another within 5 years. We examine the five types of kidney stones, how they can be prevented, what dietary issues, herbs and supplements can either help prevent urolithiasis/nephrolithiasis or relieve the acute pain associated with their passing. All of this and more: a survival guide to kidney stones!

Botanical Treatment for Difficult Fungal Infections
Heath McAllister, ND, RH (AHG)
A host of conditions are caused by fungal infections, from athlete’s foot and toenail fungus to vaginal yeast infections, valley fever (coccidioidomycosis), lung infections (histoplasmosis, and aspergillosis) and cryptococcal infections. These pose challenges to the clinician since there are relatively few antifungal medications, and those medicines can have serious side effects. Botanical formulas for fungal infections and biofilms may include Allium sativum, Azidirachta indica, Morinda citrifolia, Berberine spp, grapefruit seed extract, Isatis tinctorial and olive leaf, among others.

Sowing Seeds: Michael Moore, his Knowledge and his Legacy Garden
Phyllis Hogan
Herbalist Michael Moore had an encyclopedic knowledge of botanical medicine and a unique teaching style—preferring to be out in the forests and deserts of the Southwest with his current students in tow. In the early 1980’s he founded the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine (SWSBM), where he taught hundreds of eager students. Many of them have gone on to found schools and teach botanical medicine. In honor of his leadership, the Michael Moore Legacy Herb Garden was established at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Discover the details of the life of Michael Moore and his invaluable contributions to the revival of Southwestern herbalism, and the plants that are growing today in his legacy garden.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Refreshments and Exhibit Break

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Mushroom Medicine in Women’s Health 
Tori Hudson, ND
Spanning health care for women from primary care to gynecology, this lecture reviews the evidence for the use of medicinal mushrooms in regulating the menstrual cycle, breast health, cervical dysplasia/cancer and HPV, cognitive function, cardiovascular support, chronic fatigue and general immunity. Indications, contraindications and dosages for the following mushrooms: shitake, white button mushroom, turkey tail, lion’s mane, maitake and reishi.

Managing IgA Nephropathy and FSGS with Natural Medicine
Eric Yarnell, ND, RH (AHG)
IgA nephropathy is the most common form of autoimmune kidney disease (glomerulonephritis) in the world. FSGS (focal segmental glomerulosclerosis) is also a leading cause of kidney failure in adults. This lecture presents a holistic approach to treating these conditions with numerous case studies from Eric Yarnell’s clinical experience. Herbs are emphasized along with other necessary interventions for long-term reversal of the condition and avoidance of dialysis and transplant.

Field Applications in Botanical Medicine: Instant Tinctures with CO2 Extraction
Glen Nagel, ND, RH (AHG)
Need that herb in a hurry? Will a two-week tincture take too long? We describe and demonstrate simple methods to make instant field extracts using a commonly available whipper and CO2 or N2O cartridges.

Blooming cactus

Addiction Series Part A) Understanding Addiction: Neurobiological and Cultural Underpinnings
Lydia Bartholow, DNP, PMHNP
This workshop takes the participant on an overview of most things related to addiction and substance use disorders. We review how trauma makes us neurobiologically vulnerable to developing use disorders, as well as why a trauma informed approach is necessary within the world of addiction. We review the role of stigma in the treatment of addiction, and how it informs public health policy. The common substances of misuse are described (emphasis on opioids), and how finding and addressing the root causes of addiction in the neurobiology of trauma can offer a new approach to treatment.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch (with pre-paid ticket) and Exhibit Break

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
(Addiction Series Part B) Treating Addiction and Promoting Harm Reduction with Botanical Medicine and Some Pharmaceuticals
Lydia Bartholow, DNP, PMHNP
This workshop is most effective if you have participated in part A; it covers the core botanical medicines for management of withdrawal effects, as well as cravings for substances of misuse. We examine real life scenarios in working with people with substance use disorders in a homeless health care clinic and review the barriers and benefits to utilization of herb therapies for use disorders. This workshop also covers common allopathic medications for opioid and alcohol use disorders and discusses herbs that can be used in conjunction with these pharmaceuticals.

Humoral and Energetic Differentials for Gastorintestinal (GI) Herbs
Paul Bergner
Herbal medicines used for the digestive tract have, in the terminology of classical medicine, characteristic qualities of hot, cold, moistening, or drying. Giving GI herbs without matching their humoral or energetic qualities to the presenting symptoms of the patient can lead to patient discomfort, aggravated conditions, and therapeutic failures. We describe the signs and symptoms of the humors (hot, cold, etc) in the digestive tract and a materia medica for the GI tract, with formulation strategies to prevent adverse humoral effects..

Herbal and Nutritional Therapies for Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat (EENT) Conditions
David Winston, RH (AHG)
In this class we discuss simple but effective clinical protocols using diet, herbs and nutritional supplements for treating common ailments affecting the eyes (conjunctivitis, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy), ears, (otitis media, tinnitus), nose (sinusitis, allergic rhinitis) and throat (sore throat, laryngitis, tonsillitis). Herbs can offer significant therapeutic benefits with little or no adverse effects to many people suffering from these frequently occurring EENT issues.

Demonstration: Wound and Infection Management using Herbs (In the SCNM Herb Garden)
Sam Coffman
Whether in the field, the clinic or home, there can often be situations where herbal care of wounds and wound infections is necessary or appropriate. In this class we discuss wound healing, wound color and consistency, local inflammation, chronic wounds (e.g. diabetic and vascular ulcers) identification of infection and antibiotic resistance. Sam Coffman shares his own herbal protocols (internal and topical), case studies and experience in the field and clinic in working with both chronic (non-healing) and acute wounds and infections.

3:30 PM – 4:00 PMBlooming Cactus
Refreshments and Exhibit Break

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Memory as Medicine: Botanicals Affecting Cognition, Memory and Sense of Self
Kenneth Proefrock, ND
Learning and memory are two of the most magical capabilities of our mind. Learning is the biological process of acquiring new knowledge about the world, and memory is the process of retaining and reconstructing that knowledge over time. Most of our knowledge of the world and most of our skills are not innate but learned. Thus, we are who we are in large part because of what we have learned and what we remember and forget. In this discussion, we examine the molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms that underlie how memories are made, stored, retrieved, and lost and the myriad ways in which nutrition, exercise and botanical medicine are able to impact those processes.

Treatment Considerations for Bipolar Disorder
Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG)
Clinical experience with using nutritional and botanical therapies for managing bipolar disorder is presented along with an overview of first-line pharmaceutical therapies for treatment. Side effect profiles of these medications are considered, with adjunct natural therapies to help offset side effects. Included in the discussion are the safety concerns with long-term use of medication and potential herb-drug interactions.

Botanicals for Mitigating Environmental Toxicant Exposure
Marianne Marchese, ND
Environmental toxicants are known to disrupt the endocrine, immune and neurological system creating chronic illness and disease. We discuss the link between toxicants and chronic illness, describe how to avoid exposure to these chemicals and provide an in-depth treatment approach using botanical medicine to mitigate the toxic effects.

The Side Effects of Apiaceaous Plants
Yalda Shokoohinia, PharmD, PhD.
In her work as a pharmacist, phytochemist and pharmacognosist, Yalda Shokoohinia has conducted extensive research on the plants in the parsley (Apiaceae) family regarding isolation of new compounds, biological effects and side effects. Since many of the Apiaceaous plants are used as food and medicine it is useful to be familiar with their potential side effects and overdoses.

Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona, Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2020

Herb Walk at the Desert Botanical Garden (25 minute drive, $22 admission to the garden)
Mimi Kamp
The spring bloom is usually spectacular in this 145-acre preserve offering over 4,000 desert plant species. Learn to identify the medicinal plants of the desert and how to use them for medicine. Reserve your spot in advance when you arrive at conference registration on Saturday. Carpools leave from SCNM at 3:40 PM.

 

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Dinner and Exhibit Break

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Panel Discussion: Neuroplasticity and the Management of PTSD and other Mental Health Conditions
Kenneth Proefrock, ND, Katie Stage, ND and Mary Rondeau, ND
Neuroscientists used to believe that the brain’s structure and function were essentially fixed throughout adulthood. Recent studies of the brain and nervous system illustrate a system adapting to every experience. The brain can be injured by traumatic emotional events, physical trauma and chronic high levels of stress, but it can also be healed by these same mechanisms of neuroplasticity. while some pharmaceuticals may be showing promise in this area, this panel explores botanicals and other naturopathic therapies for restoring balance.

Sunday March, 29

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Herb Walk at the Desert Botanical Garden (25 minute drive, $22 admission to the garden)
Phyllis Hogan
Early morning exploration of this beautiful garden reveals towering columnar cacti and the feathery shade and colorful beauty of indigenous and exotic species. Discover their unique medicinal qualities, learn sustainable harvesting techniques and the best medicine preparation. (If you need a ride from Embassy Suites, please contact us and we will arrange carpools)

Barrel Cactus9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Cancer Pain and Botanical Medicine

Eric Yarnell, ND, RH (AHG)
Herbal medicine can be very effective for reducing pain due to cancer. The clinical use and intriguing mechanisms for herbs such as Corydalis yanhusuo, Aconitum spp, Anemone/Pulsatilla, Hyoscyamus niger and cannabis are reviewed in depth. Safety and efficacy of these herbs in combination with common pain medications are discussed, along with clinical case examples to highlight how these herbs are used.

A Deeper Look into the Window of the Body: Understanding and Optimizing Oral Health
Katie Stage, ND
If eyes are the window to the soul, then the mouth is the window to the body. Oral conditions often go unnoticed and untreated, and when they do, these conditions can put one at risk for a variety of other health conditions such as cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal diseases. In this session, we review the latest research on oral conditions and sequelae. We investigate botanical interventions, including optimal delivery systems, for a variety of oral conditions.

Healing as a Spiritual Path (Garden Lecture)
Paul Bergner
The individual called to be a healer enters into what is essentially a spiritual path. With any calling comes the relationship to what/who is doing the calling; the right relationship to the other created beings; self-development in becoming of service to the whole; the challenges of personal growth and self-knowledge; the need to balance humility with self-confidence; surrender will with openness; establish appropriate boundaries; and maintain constant self-awareness. These subtle spiritual and psychological skills may be equally important for success as knowledge of materia medica, interview skills, or therapeutic strategies. We discuss the challenges of maintaining integrity on the spiritual path of the healer, with case studies from student residents in a teaching clinic.

Lost Dutchman State Park flowers, Arizona

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Refreshments and Exhibit Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Case Studies and Strategies in the Naturopathic Treatment of Pulmonary Conditions
Kenneth Proefrock, ND
This lecture presents a series of case studies gleaned from 24 years in a botanical medicine-based naturopathic family practice. We discuss both acute and chronic pulmonary conditions with clinical pearls and long-term clinical strategies. Cases include management of acute asthma and allergy through early childhood into adulthood, acute and chronic bronchitis, lung cancer (small cell as well as non-small cell), COPD, bronchiectasis and pulmonary fibrosis. Within this discussion will be specific instruction for in-office compounding and at-home compounding of nebulizer solutions as well as other botanical and nutritionally based strategies, and the occasional pharmaceutical-based intervention.

Let Your Food be Your Medicine: Medicinal Uses of Common Foods
David Winston, RH (AHG)
In many systems of traditional medicine (TCM, Ayurveda, Tibetan Medicine, Siddha, Unani Tibb) the use of foods for specific medicinal purposes is an integral part of diet therapy. This was also true for many practitioners in the early “nature cure” movement in the U.S. To this day we all know prune juice is a laxative, cranberries help inhibit UTI’s, chocolate elevates mood and ginger is useful for nausea and GI upset. What about all the other foods? We explore the use of common foods including celery, cabbage, tofu, cherries, green beans, black beans, kiwi fruit, potatoes, olive oil. watercress and many more for treating disease and improving our health.

Assessing Nutritional Status in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG)
A look at gut, mitochondria and dietary factors that contribute to poor nutritional status in these children and how to address them with nutraceuticals, dietary interventions and botanical medicine. Also discusses the most common prescription pharmaceuticals and how to manage their side effects.

Plant Energetics and the Principles of Bioregional Herbalism: An Experiential Workshop in the SCNM Herb Garden
John Slattery
An experiential class with tea and tincture tasting, and observations from the group on the subtle effects of the herbs. We focus on plants from the Southwestern bioregion, an area with which John Slattery is intimately familiar, and so will include his unique perspective on the medicinal plants residing here.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch and Exhibit Break

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Acute Viral Respiratory infection: Prevention and Therapeutics
Paul Bergner
A presentation of nutritional and herbal considerations for epidemic respiratory viral infections, including lifestyle and dietary issues to support host resistance, botanical immune support, and specific therapeutics for the stages of fever and for dry cough.

Southwest desert near Tempe, Arizona, site of herbal medicine conference.

Testosterone and Botanical Medicine
Eric Yarnell, ND, RH (AHG)
The evidence for whether or not herbs can raise testosterone levels will be discussed in detail, including research on herbs such as Tribulus terrestris, Eurycoma longifolia, Lepidium meyenii, Panax ginseng, and Trigonella foenum-graecum. The problem of adulteration of herbal products with androgens is reviewed, and safety and clinical benefit of the use of herbs simultaneously with testosterone. Alternative solutions to helping men with hypogonadism are presented.

Mitochondrial Support for Autoimmune and Stress-Related Chronic Illness
Sam Coffman
Herbal formulas and protocols to increase mitochondrial function throughout the body, and their effect on autoimmune conditions and illness related to stress. Case studies illustrate this connection between mitochondrial function and chronic illness.

Understanding Plant Parts in Botanical Pharmacy (Demonstration in the SCNM Herb Garden)
JoAnn Sanchez
Making root medicines, leaf medicines, flower remedies, and bark medicines from a springtime desert herb garden. Demonstration and sampling as only JoAnn Sanchez .

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Refreshments and Exhibit Break

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Strategies for Acute Illness in Children: Avoiding Pharmaceuticals
Kenneth Proefrock, ND
Expanding the herbalist’s tool box with nebulizers, eyedrops, nasal sprays, mouthwash/gargles and enemas, we discuss the most common presentations of pediatric patients and novel ways of addressing those conditions. We describe managing the most pressing needs of the patient and their families in acute illness, the natural course for the resolution of those conditions and ways to assist the child’s body in that resolution. Included are specific botanical medicine strategies using tinctures, powders, topical agents and hydrotherapy techniques. Conditions include management of EENT/respiratory infections, digestive upsets and skin infections. We discuss both long and short-term side effects of the pharmaceuticals often prescribed for these cases.

Mystical and Mysterious ArtemisiaBlooming cactus, Arizona
Heath McAllister, ND, RH (AHG)
Begins with a survey of the various species of artemisia that have been used medicinallyand spiritually, and explores the folklore and mystique surrounding this powerful genus. Continues with clinical information on the use of different artemisia species in the management of cancer, malaria, fever, liver disease, depression, digestive problems, muscle pain, memory loss and parasitic infections.

Upper GI Disorders: Esophagitis, GERD/heartburn, Gastritis and Peptic ulcer Disease
Katie Stage, ND
About 20% of the population is affected by at least one condition of the upper GI system. This session explores the etiologies, workup, and treatments for these common conditions. Pharmaceutical, botanical, and other treatments will be offered, as well as weaning strategies for commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals.

Direct Experience of the Medicinal and Energetic Qualities of Herbs: Sitting with Plants (SCNM Herb Garden)
Mimi Kamp
We sit in attunement with two plants in the garden with some similar physical applications. We can compare and contrast their characters and energies, feel how each moves and shifts us, how they influence our body’s functioning and focus, our mood and sense of support, and the direction and capacity of our awareness. What we experience will deepen, stretch and empower our application of the materia medica in a more holistic direction, as well as suggesting essence applications. (How do we dove-tail essence and herbal treatment?)

5:30 PM –5:45 PM
Closing Meeting (SCNM Herb Garden)

Lydia Bartholow, DNP, PMHNP
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctorate in nursing, Lydia Bartholow brings direct clinical experience to her presentations. She is associate medical and clinical director for behavioral health at the Blackburn Center of Central City Concern in Portland Oregon, a nonprofit agency serving single adults and families who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addiction. She is also a medical herbalist using botanicals for treating addiction in her past and current clinical work. More about Lydia Bartholow

Presentations:

1. Addiction Series Part A) Understanding Addiction: Neurobiological and Cultural Underpinnings
2. Addiction Series Part B) Treating Addiction and Promoting Harm Reduction with Botanical Medicine and Some Pharmaceuticals

Paul Bergner
The Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Portland, Oregon, Paul Bergner offers seminar training in clinical skills, medical herbalism, nutrition, and nature cure. He supervised a teaching clinic in Boulder, Colorado from 1996 until 2012, has edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989, and is the author of seven books on herbal medicine. More about Paul Bergner.

Presentations:

1. Humoral and Energetic Differentials for GI Herbs
2. Acute Viral Respiratory infection: Prevention and Therapeutics
3. Healing as a Spiritual Path (Garden Lecture)

Sam Coffman
A former army special forces medic, Sam Coffman is the founder and director of The Human Path, where he teaches botanical medicine, western pathophysiology, physiology, integrative medicine, and austere and post-disaster medicine. He is also the co-founder of Herbal Medics, which brings medicine to local residents in remote areas. This organization has assisted with first aid and herbal first aid in post-disaster medical and botanical medicine clinics along the Texas coastline and in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. More about Sam Coffman.

Presentations:

1. Mitochondrial Support for Autoimmune and Stress-Related Chronic Illness
2. Wound and Infection Management using Herbs (Demonstration in the Garden)

Phyllis Hogan
The owner of Winter Sun Trading Company in Flagstaff, Phyllis Hogan founded the Arizona Ethnobotanical Research Association (AERA) to investigate, document and preserve native plant usage in the Southwest. She teaches ethnobotany programs for the Navajo & other tribes. More about Phyllis Hogan.

Presentations:

1. Herb Walk at the Desert Botanical Garden (Sunday morning, 25 minute drive, $22 admission to Garden)
2. Sowing Seeds: Michael Moore, his Knowledge and his Legacy Garden (presented in SCNM Herb Garden)

April Desert Bloom
Brittlebush and Cholla Cactus in bloom in April in the Sonoran Desert

Tori Hudson, ND
Naturopathic physician Tori Hudson is currently a professor at National University of Naturopathic Medicine (NUNM) and clinical professor at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Bastyr University. She has been in practice for over 30 years and is the medical director of her clinic, A Woman’s Time in Portland, Oregon, and director of product research and education for Vitanica supplements. She is the author of The Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, and serves on several editorial boards, advisory panels and as a consultant to the natural products industry. More about Tori Hudson.

Presentations:

1. Brain Aging in the Menopausal Woman: Effects on Moods and Memory with Botanical Solutions
2. Mushroom Medicine in Women’s Health

Mimi Kamp
Mimi Kamp has been making plant medicine in the Southwest for over 35 years. Her field classes and presentations emphasize habitat, sustainability, Mexican and ethnobotanical usage, and direct perception and communication with the plants themselves. She is a well-known botanical illustrator and photographer. More about Mimi Kamp.

Presentations:

1. Herb Walk at the Desert Botanical Garden (Saturday afternoon, 25 minute drive, $22 admission to Garden)
2. Sitting with Plants: Experiential Class in the Herb Garden

Marianne Marchese, ND
A naturopathic physician practicing in Phoenix, Marianne Marchese is a recognized expert in environmental medicine, women’s health, and integrative care. She is the author of the bestselling book 8 Weeks to Women’s Wellness. She has served on the State of Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board, National Association of Environmental Medicine and Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. She has been published in numerous magazines and journals (authoring the environmental medicine column in the Townsend Letter for the last nine years), and lectures throughout the U.S and Canada. More about Marianne Marchese.

Presentation:

1. Botanicals for Mitigating Environmental Toxicant Exposure

Heath McAllister, ND, RH (AHG)
A California-licensed naturopathic physician, Heath McAllister graduated with honors from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has served as faculty at several health-care institutions including Bastyr University in San Diego. In his practice, he combines the best of modern medicine with the most effective alternative therapies in order to offer a customized approach to each person’s health challenges specifically tailored to their individual needs. More about Heath McAllister.

Presentations:

1. Botanical Treatment for Difficult Fungal Infections
2. Mystical and Mysterious Artemisia

Glen Nagel, ND, RH (AHG)
Glen Nagel an expert in botanical therapies in the field of naturopathic medicine. “My personal goal has always been to be the most versatile and well-rounded, botanically focused naturopathic doctor that I can be. I strive to develop an understanding of herbs from the seed to the clinical prescribing of botanical medicines. I have a deep love and respect for the healing herbs and strive to teach others about them.” More about Glen Nagel.

Presentations:

1. Field Applications in Botanical Medicine: Instant Tinctures with CO2 Extraction
2. Pre-Conference Intensive: Understanding the Herb / Drug Interaction Continuum and Using Risk Assessment Tools (1:00 – 5:15 PM, $85)

Kenneth Proefrock, ND
A naturopathic physician practicing in Sun City, Arizona, Kenneth Proefrock specializes in difficult-to-treat conditions in his clinic, Total Wellness. He is the vice-president of the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners and chair of the biochemistry portion of the naturopathic physician’s licensing exam. More about Kenneth Proefrock.

Presentations:

1. Memory as Medicine: Botanicals that Affect Cognition, Memory and Sense of Self
2. Case studies and Strategies in the Naturopathic Treatment of Pulmonary Conditions
3. Strategies for Acute Illness in Children: Avoiding Pharmaceuticals

Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG) 
A naturopathic physician and herbalist, Mary Rondeau is the co-founder of the Wholeness Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, one of the most innovative integrative mental health centers in the US. She is co-owner of Synergy Neurofeedback which aims to use objective lab finding (brain mapping) for medication and supplement recommendations for mental health disorders and noninvasive neurofeedback therapy as a unique treatment strategy. Her love for nutrition and food met with the formation of The Wholeness Chef, a nutrition-focused cooking program that can be found on YouTube. More about Mary Rondeau.

Presentations:

1. Treatment Considerations for Bipolar Disorder
2. Assessing Nutritional Status in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

JoAnn Sanchez, RH (AHG)
JoAnn Sanchez is the director of the herbalist training program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Scottsdale (a 700-hour diploma program), for which she has recently published five textbook manuals. She teaches at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she also tends the medicine garden. More about JoAnn Sanchez.

Presentations:

1. Friday Morning Intensive in the SCNM Herb Garden: Grow Your Own Medicine Garden in the Southwest (9 AM – Noon, $65)
2. Garden Demonstration: Understanding Plant Parts in Botanical Pharmacy

Yucca in Bloom
Yucca in Bloom

Yalda Shokoohinia, PharmD, PhD.
Currently the principal researcher at the new botanical lab at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), Yalda Shokoohinia is also Professor of Pharmaconosy and Phytochemistry at SCNM. Previously she was the chair of the Department of Pharmacognosy & Biotechnology at Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences in Kermanshah, Iran, and a visiting scholar at the University of Mississippi, NCNPR, Oxford, Mississippi. Her research areas are phytochemistry, natural product isolation, multidimensional chromatography, and analytical chemistry. More about Yalda Skokoohinia.

Presentation:
1. The Side Effects of Apiaceaous Plants

John Slattery
John is a bioregional herbalist helping people develop relationships with wild plants. He founded Desert Tortoise Botanicals in 2005 which offers wild harvested plant medicines to the people of the Southwest. He maintains a clinical practice in Tucson, AZ and offers plant walks, foraging expeditions, field trips into Sonora, Mexico, and his annual Sonoran Herbalist Apprenticeship Program. More about John Slattery.

Presentations:

1. Friday All-Day Field Study: Bioregional Herbalism in the Superstition Wilderness (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, $120) FULL
2. Plant Energetics and the Principles of Bioregional Herbalism: An Experiential Workshop in the SCNM Herb Garden

Katie Stage, ND
Katie Stage is a naturopathic physician and professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. She is Associate Professor and Director of the Therapeutics Division at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona. Her practice is focused on optimizing the health of those with endocrine, gastrointestinal, and mental health conditions. She is also a member of the Ric Scalzo Botanical Research Institute. More about Katie Stage.

Presentations:

1. Upper GI Disorders: Esophagitis, GERD/heartburn, Gastritis and Peptic ulcer Disease
2. A Deeper Look into the Window of the Body: Understanding and Optimizing Oral Health

David Winston, RH (AHG)
David Winston is an herbalist and ethnobotanist with over 40 years of training and clinical experience in Cherokee, Chinese and Western/Eclectic herbal traditions. He has had a clinical practice for over 30 years and is a herbal consultant to physicians throughout the USA and Canada. President of Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc. an herbal manufacturing company, he is also founder/director of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, which features his highly respected two-year Clinical Herbalist Training Program. More about David Winston can be located at Herbal Therapeutics and Herbal Studies.

Presentations:

1. Herbal and Nutritional Therapies for Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat (EENT) Conditions
2. Herbal/Nutritional Treatment of Kidney Stones
3. Let Your Food be Your Medicine: Medicinal Uses of Common Foods

Eric Yarnell, ND, RH (AHG) 
Eric Yarnell is an associate professor in the department of botanical medicine at Bastyr University and chief medical officer at Northwest Naturopathic Urology. He is the author and co-author of numerous articles and books for practitioners including Clinical Botanical Medicine and Natural Approach to Gastroenterology. More about Eric Yarnell.

Presentations:

1. Managing IgA Nephropathy and FSGS with Natural Medicine
2. Cancer Pain and Botanical Medicine
3. Testosterone and Botanical Medicine

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Registration Fees and Information

Registration: $325 by February 19; $395 after that.

Location: SCNM 2140 E. Broadway Rd. Tempe, Arizona 85282. Conference phone: 541-482-3016.

Directions to registration: Drive past the new SCNM building to the parking lot with the solar panels. The Academic Building is next to the parking lot behind the new building. (This is where we’ve always held the conference.) Go in the front entrance and registration is inside the door.

Arrive by 8:00 AM Saturday March 28 to register. You may also sign up for the pre-conference intensive at the door on Friday March 27 at 12:30 PM, if you are also registered for the whole conference.

Phone 541-482-3016

Cancellations: Before March 11, registration fees will be refunded minus $50 processing per registrant. No refunds can be given after 3/11/20. Refund requests should be sent in writing or by email to the conference office.
Lodging

Embassy Suites, Tempe:
Rooms start at $169/night plus tax. (800) 305-1369. Group #SBA. Discount good until February 29.
NEW! Register for your room online. It only takes two minutes.

Lodging includes complimentary:
-Airport transportation
-Van service from hotel to SCNM
-Made to order hot breakfast with omelet station
-Evening reception with drinks and snacks
-Free WiFi in all rooms.

Transportation

The closest airport is Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). If you are flying to Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, van service is complimentary to the Embassy Suites in Tempe. Call the front desk 480-897-7444 when you arrive and they will send the van for you. For other airport transportation, use the SuperShuttle.

If you are driving, the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) is located at 2140 E. Broadway Rd in Tempe, AZ (on the north side of East Broadway, just west of the intersection of Price and E. Broadway).

Continuing Education

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Milk Thistle by Patricia Gaines, ND

Applications submitted for CME, PDA and CEUs. Number of credits depend on which lectures are attended. To earn the maximum 20.5 credits you need to attend both Friday morning and afternoon events (except for Oregon NDs–no credit for field studies).

• Naturopathic Physicians

California ND: Application submitted for 20.5 hours to CNDA, of which 13 can be pharmacy. Includes attendance at Friday events. Extra $35 fee for California ND CME.

Arizona ND: Application approved by SCNM CE Board for 20.5 possible general hours of which 13 can be pharmacy (or 11 pharm and 3 opioid addiction). Includes attendance at Friday events.

Oregon ND: Application submitted for 20.5 possible general hours of which 13 can be pharmacy for selected lectures, or 12.5 pharmacy and 1.5 ethics. Includes attendance at Friday pre-conference intensive.

More information on naturopathic continuing education.

• Acupuncturists: Application approved for 20.5 PDA (hours) by NCCAOM and CA Board of Acupuncture, which includes attendance at Friday events. View acupuncture CE application details.

Nurses: Nursing CE will not be offered this year at this event, but will still be offered at Medicines from the Earth.

• A certificate of attendance is available to any participant who requests it.

Lecture Notes

Lecture nSouthwest Conference on Botanical Medicine, Tempe, Arizoneotes are compiled into an online book (proceedings) which is available to all registrants at no cost. Around the middle of March, registrants will be sent a link and password to access the teacher materials. Printed books are also available for $20 at the conference ($30 afterwards).

Thanks to Frontier Co-op for their sponsorship of the printed and online lecture notes book.

 

 


 

Thank You!

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Thank you to Frontier Natural Foods Co-op for their sponsorship of the gathering and publication of the lecture notes. We thank Frontier for their continued annual support!

 

 



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Please contact us if you are interested in exhibiting. Registration includes a table for exhibiting and selling products or services and two conference registrations.

 


conference schedule

FRIDAY, MARCH 27
8:00 AM – 4:00 PMAll Day Field Study—Bioregional Herbalism: Developing Relationship with Plants—John Slattery Superstition Wilderness Area ($120)
9:00 AM - NoonGarden Workshop—Grow Your Own Medicine Garden in the Southwest—JoAnn Sanchez SCNM Herb Garden($65)
1:00 PM – 5:15 PMPre-conference Intensive: Understanding the Herb / Drug Interaction Continuum and Using Risk—Glen Nagel ($85)
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
7:30 AM - 8:30 AMRegistration- Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine – Lobby
8:30 AM - 9:15 AMWelcome- SCNM Auditorium
9:30 AM - 11:00 AMBrain Aging in the Menopausal Woman: Effects on Moods and Memory with Botanical Solutions
Tori Hudson

Herbal/Nutritional Treatment of Kidney Stones
David Winston
Botanical Treatment for Difficult Fungal Infections
Heath McAllister
Sowing Seeds: Michael Moore, his Knowledge and his Legacy Garden
Phyllis Hogan
11:00 AM - 11:30 AMRefreshments/Exhibit Break
11:30 AM - 1:00 PMMushroom Medicine in Women’s Health
Tori Hudson
Managing IgA Nephropathy and FSGS with Natural Medicine
Eric Yarnell
Field Applications in Botanical Medicine: Instant Tinctures with CO2 Extraction
Glen Nagel
Addiction Series Part A) Understanding Addiction: Neurobiological and Cultural Underpinnings
Lydia Bartholow
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMLunch and Exhibit Break
2:00 PM - 3:30 PMHumoral and Energetic Differentials for Gastorintestinal (GI) Herbs
Paul Bergner
Herbal and Nutritional Therapies for Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat (EENT) Conditions
David Winston
Demonstration: Wound and Infection Management using Herbs (In the SCNM Herb Garden)
Sam Coffman
(Addiction Series Part B) Treating Addiction and Promoting Harm Reduction with Botanical Medicine and Some Pharmaceuticals
Lydia Bartholow
3:30 PM - 4:00 PMRefreshments/Exhibit Break
4:00 PM - 5:30 PMMemory as Medicine: Botanicals Affecting Cognition, Memory and Sense of Self
Kenneth Proefrock
Treatment Considerations for Bipolar Disorder
Mary Rondeau
Botanicals for Mitigating Environmental Toxicant Exposure
Marianne Marchese
The Side Effects of Apiaceaous Plants
Yalda Shokoohinia
Herb Walk
Botanical Garden
Mimi Kamp
($22 admission to garden)

5:30 PM - 6:30 PMDinner and Exhibit Break
7:00 PM - 8:30 PMPanel: Neuroplasticity and the Management of PTSD and other Mental Health Conditions Kenneth Proefrock, Katie Stage and Mary Rondeau
SUNDAY MARCH 29
8:30 AM - 10:30 AMHerb Walk
Botanical Garden
Phyllis Hogan
($22 admission to garden)
9:00 AM - 10:30 AMCancer Pain and Botanical Medicine
Eric Yarnell
A Deeper Look into the Window of the Body: Understanding and Optimizing Oral Health
Katie Stage
Healing as a Spiritual Path
Paul Bergner
10:30 AM - 11:00 AMRefreshments/Exhibit Break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PMCase Studies and Strategies in the Naturopathic Treatment of Pulmonary Conditions
Kenneth Proefrock
Let Your Food be Your Medicine: Medicinal Uses of Common Foods
David Winston
Assessing Nutritional Status in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Mary Rondeau
Plant Energetics and the Principles of Bioregional Herbalism: An Experiential Workshop in the SCNM Herb Garden
John Slattery
12:30 PM - 1:30 PMLunch and Exhibit Break
2:00 PM - 3:30 PMAcute Viral Respiratory infection: Prevention and Therapeutics
Paul Bergner
Testosterone and Botanical Medicine
Eric Yarnell
Mitochondrial Support for Autoimmune and Stress-Related Chronic Illness
Sam Coffman

Understanding Plant Parts in Botanical Pharmacy JoAnn Sanchez
3:30 PM - 4:00 PMRefreshments/Exhibit Break
4:00 PM - 5:30 PMStrategies for Acute Illness in Children: Avoiding Pharmaceuticals
Kenneth Proefrock
Mystical and Mysterious Artemisia
Heath McAllister
Upper GI Disorders: Esophagitis, GERD/heartburn, Gastritis and Peptic ulcer Disease
Katie Stage
Direct Experience of the Medicinal and Energetic Qualities of Herbs: Sitting with Plants
Mimi Kamp
5:30 PM - 5:45 PMClosing Meeting

We look forward to seeing you there!