Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2021 Archive

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Online streaming begins Friday, March 26, 2021

This annual conference will take place online, with a few in-person local events planned in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

See speakers and topics below.


  • 25 online lectures: clinical botanical medicine for chronic conditions via video. See topic list
  • Pre-conference Intensive with Lise Alschuler, ND, live on Zoom with audience participation.
  • In-person field studies and herb walks in the Phoenix area (safety guidelines permitting)
  • Panel discussion on prevention and treatment of obesity on Zoom with audience participation
  • Continuing education credits for ND, DO, MD, RN, FNP, LAc and others. Details
  • Approved for up to 40 hours of continuing education by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • Registration includes:
    • Access to 24 videos for one year
    • Digital lecture notes and power points in pdf format to own
    • Full set of audio recordings to own
    • Continuing education ($25 additional fee for CE)
    • Herb walks in the Phoenix area for local participants

Registration: Early bird $325 by February 19; $395 after that date. Includes all video lectures except Friday events and CE fee.

Scholarships: In recognition of the need for diversity in the fields of clinical herbalism and naturopathic medicine, the conference is offering a limited number of full scholarships to persons of color (Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latino and Asian-American) who are not yet practitioners and would like to further their education in the clinical uses of botanical medicine. Details

Other Full and Partial Scholarships are modeled on the work-study program. There are a limited number of scholarships based on financial need, and secondarily on participation in publicity initiatives for the conference. Applications close February 17. Details here

Pre-conference Events on Friday, March 26
View full list of speakers and topics

Lise Aslchuler, ND
Lise Alschuler, ND

Online Pre-Conference Intensive with Lise Alschuler, ND

Title: Managing Pharmaceutical Side Effects and Discontinuance with Botanicals and other Natural Therapies
Date: Friday, 3/26/21
Time: 1:00 – 5:15 PM Arizona and Pacific Time on Zoom (video will be recorded for later viewing for those who cannot attend live online event)
Cost: $85
Open only to registered conference participants.
Continuing Education: 4 hours credit

  • Approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians (see details below)
  • Submitted to NCCAOM and California Acupuncture Board (4 PDA for acupuncturists)
  • Approved by OBNM and SCNM CE boards (4 pharmacy credits for NDs)

    Description: Pharmaceutical side effects are one of the biggest challenges facing the medical profession today, and in this intensive Lise Alschuler, ND draws on her years of clinical experience to bring us the most current information on managing drug reactions, and in some cases safely discontinuing the pharmaceuticals causing them.

    Friday Morning Field Study with Feather Jones

    Field Study with Feather Jones
    Feather Jones, Desert Herbalist

    (In-person event, safety guidelines permitting)
    Field studies provide the opportunity to explore the desert medicinal plant kingdom with expert herbalists in their natural habitat.

    Title: Folk Botany, Indigenous Medicine and Modern Science
    Location: In-person at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, AZ
    Date: Friday, 3/26/21
    Time: 9:00 AM to Noon Arizona time
    Cost: $65 plus $15 park admission
    Limit: 25 — open only to registered conference participants
    CE: Application submitted for 3 general hours for Arizona NDs (only).
    Description: Discover the diversity, intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, the oldest and largest botanical garden in the Southwest. Focus is on the stories of the plants, the rich tapestry of folk botany and traditional uses that are held as part of the heritage of diverse cultures, and the science that supports this knowledge. 

    All Day Field Study with John Slattery

    John Slattery teaching in the field on bioregional herbalism
    John Slattery

    (In-person event, safety guidelines permitting)
    Title: Bioregional Herbalism: Developing Relationship with Plants
    Location: In-person in the Superstition Wilderness near Apache Junction, AZ.
    Date: Friday, 3/26/21
    Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Arizona time
    Cost: $120
    Limit: 25 — open only to registered conference participants
    CE: Application submitted for 7 general hours for Arizona NDs (only).
    Description: Getting to know the plants in their natural habitat gives a whole new understanding of their potential for healing. This full-day immersion leaves time to learn and enjoy the beautiful springtime desert landscape.

    Conference Schedule, March 27 – 28Ocotillo flower

    • Schedule details to be announced in January
    • Offering a combination of live online video presentations and pre-recorded videos.
    • All videos will be available to participants to view for one year following the conference weekend
    • Two in-person herb walks at the Desert Botanical Garden are scheduled, safety guidelines permitting. No extra charge, pre-registration required.
    • Live online events include the Panel Discussion on Natural Approaches to Weight Management and Obesity Prevention with naturopathic physicians Lise Alschuler, Katie Stage and Marianne Marchese

    Continuing Education Credits
    Credits issued for full or partial attendance. Please sign up for CE when you submit your registration form ($25 additional fee for all CE). We offer CE, CME, CNE, PDA and CEUs through these approvals:

    Approved for up to 40 hours Prescribed Credit* for DO, MD, RN, FNP, California NDs and others
    The AAFP has reviewed 2021 Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine, and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 03/26/2021 to 03/24/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    *AMA/AAFP Equivalency:
    AAFP Prescribed Credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.


    • Approved for all NDs (including California CNDA) who accept AAFP credits described above
    • Approved: Oregon (OBNM): up to 40 general hours and 13 pharmacy
    • Approved: Arizona (SCNM CE Board): up to 40 general hours of which 13 can be pharmacy, or 11.5 pharmacy and 3 opioid credits. Credit for in-person field studies and herb walks approved for additional hours. (Arizona NDs only).

    ACUPUNCTURISTS (Applications submitted): 

    • Pending: NCCAOM: 19 PDA points (hours)
      Note: NCCAOM gives credit for only those videos viewed live from March 26 – 28. We have set up a special schedule for acupuncturists needing NCCAOM credits which includes two preview presentations on Friday morning, March 26. Details on CE page here.
    • Pending: California Acupuncture Board: 40 continuing education hours.


    • Approved by the AAFP (see above) for up to 40 hours CE credit. (AAFP is recognized by the ANCC as a provider of nursing continuing education for RNs, FNPs and other nursing professionals)

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

    Questions about continuing education? Please email us and we’ll be happy to help.

    Tecoma stans by Mimi Kamp
    Tecoma stans by Mimi Kamp

    Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine Speakers and Topics

    March 26: Pre-conference intensive online and two in-person field studies
    March 27 – 28: Online videos, both live and pre-recorded, plus two in-person herb walks at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
    Continuing education available for all videos. In-person herb walks and field studies–AZ ND credit only.

    Lise Alschuler, ND
    A naturopathic doctor with board certification in naturopathic oncology, Lise Alschuler has been practicing since 1994. She graduated from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in Medical Anthropology and received a doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. Dr. Alschuler is past-President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and a founding board member and current President of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She is currently an independent consultant in the area of practitioner and consumer health education. More about Lise Alschuler.

    1. Pre-Conference Intensive: Managing Pharmaceutical Side Effects and Discontinuance with Botanicals and other Natural Therapies ($85 fee)
    2. Diverticulitis: Integrative Management
    3. Herbal Impacts on Drug Metabolism
    4. Panel: Naturopathic Approaches to Weight Management and Obesity Prevention

    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.

    1. Topical Antifungal Therapeutics with Western Herbs
    2. The Antiviral Materia Medica
    3. Medicinal Uses of the Berberine-Containing Plants

    prickly pear cactus has a multitude of medicinal uses
    Prickly Pear by Mimi Kamp

    Deborah Frances, ND
    Deborah Frances began her career in health care as a registered nurse, where she gathered extensive experience in a wide range of fields, including psychiatry, women’s health, family practice and intensive and coronary care. In 1993 she graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Currently on sabbatical, Deborah, also known as Dancing Crow, has just started teaching again. In her healing she utilizes natural therapies such as homeopathy, herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, nutrition and hands on energy therapies to help resolve blocked mental, emotional or spiritual patterns.More about Deborah Frances

    1. Herbal Allies for Nourishing the Emotional Heart

    Lori Harger, PMHNP
    Before becoming a holistic nurse practitioner, Lori Harger began studying herbalism in the early 1990s at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine with Michael Moore. She went on to become a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, providing integrative care of body, mind, and spirit through the use of botanical and nutritional medicines, pharmaceuticals, and a deep trust in the innate healing process of all living systems. She works at the Centered Spirit Program of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe serving individuals experiencing addiction, trauma, and severe mental illness. She enjoys teaching heart rhythm meditation to graduate students at the University of Arizona’s Counseling and Psych Services Program. Lori lives with her family in Tucson, AZ. More about Lori Harger.

    1. Opiate Use Disorder and its Treatment from a Body-Mind-Spirit Perspective – Part A
    2. Opiate Use Disorder and its Treatment from a Body-Mind-Spirit Perspective – Part B

    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.

    1. Mushroom Medicine in Women’s Health

    Field Study with Feather Jones
    Field Study with Feather Jones at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

    Feather Jones
    Feather Jones has been practicing herbal medicine for over 35 years, and integrates herbal remedies, holistic nutrition, flower essences and stress reduction guidance. She is a Botanical Field Guide at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and has served twice on the Board of Directors for the American Herbalists Guild. Feather is an herbal consultant for the natural products industry and has an ongoing year-long herbal apprenticeship program. A desert woman at heart, she spends many hours on the trails near Sedona. She owns and lovingly created the organic herbal formulas for Sedona Tea Blends that provide wellness for body, mind and spirit. More about Feather Jones.

    1. Friday Field Study at Boyce Thompson Arboretum (March 26, 9 AM – Noon Arizona Time)
    2. Hormonal Imbalances and Gynecological Patterns

    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.

    1. Herb Walk at the Desert Botanical Garden  (Sunday, March 28, 8:30 – 10:30 AM Arizona Time)

    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.

    1. Panel: Naturopathic Approaches to Weight Management and Obesity Prevention

    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.

    1. Integrative and Botanical Interventions for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and Associated Arthritis
    2. Understanding the Therapeutic Importance of Saponins and Saponin Containing Herbs

    Claret Cup Cactus
    Claret Cup Cactus by Mimi Kamp

    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. His lectures combine a detailed understanding of biochemistry and physiology with a passion for plant medicine. More about Kenneth Proefrock.

    1. Naturopathic Considerations for Musculoskeletal Pain: Alternatives to Narcotics and Anti-inflammatories
    2. Getting into the Brain: Liposome Based Strategies for Neurological Conditions
    3. COVID 19: Acute and Chronic Considerations in Naturopathic Patient Management

    Arianna Rodriguez, ND
    Arianna Rodriguez, ND, is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a licensed naturopathic physician in the state of Arizona. She is an adjunct faculty member at the the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a member of Naturopaths Without Borders. She has experience using a variety of naturopathic modalities, especially homeopathy, botanical medicine and nutrition. One of her specialties is managing dermatologic conditions from a holistic, naturopathic perspective. She has completed over 100 hours of preceptorship and training in dermatology. More about Arianna Rodriguez

    1. Naturopathic Therapies for Eczema and Psoriasis (presented with Katie Stage, ND)
    2. Natural Approaches to Skin Conditions Primarily Affecting the Face (presented with Katie Stage, ND)

    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 findings (brain mapping) for determining medication and supplement recommendations for mental health disorders. This also involves 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.

    1. Cannabidiol (CBD) and Mental Health
    2. Top Ten Botanical Medicines for Managing Mental Health Disorders

    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.

    1. Pre-recorded garden video: Growing the Cure
    2. Herb Walk at the Desert Botanical Garden, 4 – 6 PM Arizona Time, Saturday, March 27

    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.

    1. Friday All-Day Field Study: Bioregional Herbalism in the Superstition Wilderness (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Arizona Time, $120)
    2. Medicinal Herbs in the Kitchen (Demonstration Lecture via video)

    Yucca flowers
    Yucca flowers by Mimi Kamp

    Katie Stage, ND, RH (AHG)
    Katie Stage is a naturopathic physician practicing at the SCNM clinic in Tempe. She is a full-time faculty member at SCNM, teaching botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, GYN lab, and clinical skills. More about Katie Stage.

    1. Naturopathic Therapies for Eczema and Psoriasis (presented with Arianna Rodriquez, ND)
    2. Natural Approaches to Skin Conditions Primarily Affecting the Face (presented with Arianna Rodriguez, ND)
    3. Panel: Naturopathic Approaches to Weight Management and Obesity Prevention

    Jillian Stansbury, ND
    Jillian Stansbury is a naturopathic physician who has been practicing in SW Washington State for over 30 years specializing in women’s health, mental health, and chronic disease. She holds undergraduate degrees in Medical Illustration and Medical Assisting and graduated with honors in both programs. She was the chair of the botanical medicine department at the National College of Natural Medicine for over 20 years. Jill has recently published four herbal formularies with a fifth due out in 2021.  More about Jillian Stansbury.

    1. In-Depth Look at Centella Asiatica
    2. Phytosterols – A Review and Tutorial

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Sponsors also have the opportunity to join our virtual exhibit hall where participants learn more about their companies and take advantage of special offers. Interested in being a sponsor? Contact us for more information.

    Thank you to these early-bird sponsors!


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    We look forward to seeing you for another herbal conference!

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