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THE BEST VIRTUAL CONFERENCE OF THE PANDEMIC!
Healing Skies Conference

Cultivating the Inner Naturopath

Where the wisdom of our elders meets the medicine of the future

A CONFERENCE SURPASSING ALL EXPECTATIONS

No one wants a conference to be held virtually.

We knew this, and made it our #1 priority to facilitate energy, engagement, and material that we knew you would not only benefit from clinically, but would also INSPIRE you.

This conference surpassed everyone's expectations on what a virtual conference could be. We received so much positive feedback that we have decided to offer the entire conference for those of you who may have missed it.

THIS IS NOT SIMPLY THE DOWNLOADS (which will be available as well). THIS IS THE THE ENTIRETY OF THE HOSTED CONFERENCE, COMPLETE WITH AWARDS CEREMONIES AND EVEN OUR VENDOR NIGHT.

During the conference it was discussed how this conference has really taken the place of the beloved NORTHWEST NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS CONVENTION (NWNPC), which has left a void in the profession of events championing both elder wisdom as well as quality clinical pearls.

But don't take my word for it. Here are some of the things people sent to me following the event:

"Thank you to you and all of the organizing committee for a fabulous conference!  I was only there yesterday but I was so happy I was ... I left feeling full and inspired and connected to our community and vis - and I've been to a lot of conferences in the past!  You all have created a safe and inclusive space.  Thank you." - PJ

"What a fantastic conference!!" - PB

"You truly did an amazing job... Congratulations to you and your team... It was a privilege to be part of the event..." - PR

"I really enjoyed being part of the Healing Skies faculty this year. What an engaged group of attendees!" - LF

If you are looking for a group of NDs who are doing things a little differently, who are connected with elder knowledge and wisdom, and who want to share information despite what the political arena might say about it, LOOK NO FURTHER. This is the conference you want to be a part of!

I know you're going to love it. Share with your colleagues, and we are excited to get to know you.

Blessings,

Node Smith, ND

Who is this Conference for?

  • Naturopathic Doctors
  • Canadian & USA Practitioners
  • Members of the Saskatchewan & Alberta Associations
  • Naturopathic Medical Students
  • Corporate and Professional Sponsors
  • Practitioners interested in natural medicine
  • NDs wanting to connect to elder knowledge and wisdom

Reconnecting with the Medicine

All of our conferences, past and future, are dedicated to re-connecting to the Vis, the Spirit, of our medicine. We are committed to honoring the Elders of our profession, whose wisdom and experience realigns us with our roots.  We include practical sessions to best support our learning and the adage Physician Heal Thyself, as we want you to walk away re-inspired by your profession, your calling, and also personally rested and rejuvenated.  Grounded in our roots we also look to the future and are dedicated to showcasing the continual innovations and advancements in our field.

Embracing our Roots

Honoring our Elders

Showcasing Naturopathic Innovations

Appreciating Nature

Expanding Naturopathic Tools & Applications

Learn and Network with Naturopathic Experts 

Conference Schedule

Day One

8:35 – 10:35 – Keynote - The Evolution of Naturopathy:  From Nature Cure to Naturopathic Medicine to Integral Naturopathic Medicine - Stefan Kuprowsky,  BSc., MA, ND

11:05 – 12:20 – Fertile Foundations: Integrating Current Research in Female Fertility with Traditional Wisdom - Dr. Stefanie Trowell, ND, BSc

12:20 – 1:05 –Lunch Speaker (Tori Hudson, ND - Women's Health Update)

1:40 – 2:55 – Manhood Unplugged: Addressing the Masculine Paradigm - Dr. Rigobert “Rigo” Kefferputz ND

3:30: –4:45  – When Your Past Haunts You: The Ghosts of Childhood Trauma and Adult Disease - Lylen Ferris, ND

4:50-6:05 - Clinical Pearls and Experiences in Treating Graves’ Hyperthyroidism – Help Your Patients Avoid Radioactive Iodine Treatment - Dr. Martin Kwok, ND, DrTCM

6:05 - 6:15 - Closing remarks

6:15 - 7:00 - - - VENDOR NIGHT


Day Two

8:35 – 10:35 - Practical Skills for Naturopathic Practice - Molly Niedermeyer, ND, LM

11:05 – 12:20 – Reversing Insulin Resistance in an Aging Population - David Duizer, ND

12:20 – 1:20 – Lunch Speaker (Kerry Bone - Immune and Respiratory Herbs)

1:40 – 2:55 – Naturopathic Vitalist Physical Examination - Dr. Paul Theriault, BSc, ND, VNMI

3:30 –4:45  – Integrating prescription and natural medicines for the management of depression, anxiety, and insomnia -  Philip Rouchotas, MSc, ND

4:50-6:05 - Infant Immunity and Optimizing the Vaccination Schedule - Taylor Bean, ND

6:05 - 6:15 - Closing remarks

6:15 - 7:00 - AWARDS CEREMONY


Day Three

8:00-9:15 - Four-Step Tongue Diagnosis - Kenton Sefcik, R.Ac, Dip.Ac, Dip.TCM

9:30 – 10:45 – Autoimmune Disease:  A Route to Resolution - Todd Born, ND

11:00 - 1:00 - Closing Keynote (Manon Bolinger, ND - Advocating for Your Patients: From Marketing to Ethics)

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“I loved the inclusion of honoring our elders, of the Native blessing to start and end our event, the lectures, everything… My heart was full at the end of each day”

When you enroll, you will receive: 

Virtual Conference Access

  • Access to ALL RECORDED MATERIAL of Live Virtual Conference - including chat box transcripts and ability to download all material - $495 Value
  • 3 days of wisdom, inspiration and connection - priceless:) 
  • PDF of all slides presented - $97 Value
  • Video and mp3 recordings of all presentations, so you can review them on your time - $397 Value
  • 20 CEU credits for Licensed NDs  - $740 Value
  • Certificate of completion awarded upon completion of conference material

Plus you will receive these powerful trainings: 

Reversing Insulin Resistance in an Aging Population

David Duizer

As experts in the field of Lifestyle medicine and with a keen focus on prevention Naturopathic Doctors are poised to be leaders in the reversal of the metabolic syndrome epidemic. Reversing insulin resistance through Naturopathic Medicine can help to add quality years of life to an aging, unwell population.

Through the presentation of a holistic approach that includes key target management, an advanced glucose monitoring style, a non-invasive supplemental and herbal prescription protocol and an evidence-based, sustainable exercise and nutrition routine this session sets clinicians up for success in difficult cases of metabolic derangement.

Using recent research, including placebo-controlled trials, clinical experience as well as case-studies Dr. Duizer provides his framework for successful insulin resistance reversal. This protocol brings studied practices to clinicians for immediate usage including HOMA-IR and relative fat mass analysis, an easy-to-implement CGM protocol, progressive overload training and a low carb diet/fasting protocol combo to support safe, long-term patient success.


Practical Skills for Naturopathic Practice

Molly Niedermeyer, ND, LM

Discussions of the foundations of practice, including Molly’s 5 point health plan and Molly’s 3 day rule:

  • Response times of your treatment plans for the following acute conditions.  Dr Niedermeyer will share treatment plans and the importance of giving clear instructions about time frames, when it is emergent, etc: 
    - Fever
    - UTI
    - Cough and upper respiratory infections
    - GI distress including nausea/vomiting; diarrhea/constipation)
    - Chest pains including heart palpitations
    - Acute abdominal pain
    - Headache
  • Diagnosing and treating over the phone
  • Rules of thumb :  pragmatic break down /differential diagnosis of cause for the following situations: 
    - Sore throats
    - Headaches
    - Fatigue


When Your Past Haunts You: The Ghosts of Childhood Trauma and Adult Disease

Lylen Ferris, ND

For decades, adult diseases have been attributed to one’s genes, aging, exposures, diet and lifestyle. However medical professionals now believe that childhood trauma must be considered.

There are essentially three responses to stress: positive, tolerable, and toxic. Events causing toxic stress are known as Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs). Questionnaires are available to screen children for ACEs. As the number increases, so does the risk for disease decades later. 

Whether we are treating children currently experiencing toxic stress, or adults who are living with the ramifications of ACEs, future paradigms must weigh adverse childhood experiences as heavily as genes, lifestyle, etc.


The Evolution of Naturopathy:  From Nature Cure to Naturopathic Medicine to Integral Naturopathic Medicine

Stefan Kuprowsky,  BSc., MA, ND

Naturopathy has gone through a historical evolution from Nature Cure to Naturopathy to Naturopathic Medicine. Each stage has been stimulated by crisis and necessity. Today, contemporary naturopathic medicine is at risk of losing its connection to its vitalistic and philosophical roots. An opportunity exists for Integral Theory to guide the profession to its next stage of evolution, which is Integral Naturopathic Medicine.


✔ Infant Immunity and Optimizing the Vaccination Schedule

Taylor Bean, ND

Dr. Bean is passionate about providing accurate information within the conversations surrounding vaccines. She feels strongly about access to accurate, transparent information because anything less compromises our movement towards best practices for infants, adults and elderly population.


✔ Autoimmune Disease: A Route to Resolution

Todd Born, ND

Autoimmunity is an immune response directed against an antigen normally present within the body of the host. The disease is a pathologic condition caused by a specific adaptive autoimmune response. This presentation will briefly cover the most common autoimmune diseases, by body system, epidemiology, as well as what they have in common. I will thoroughly cover simple, but yet effective treatment strategies and specifics to optimize patient outcomes. This will also be further solidified with cases from my clinical practice.


Integrating Prescription and Natural Medicines for the Management of Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia

Philip Rouchotas, MSc, ND

Prevalence of depression, anxiety, and insomnia have reached epidemic proportions, yet conventional strategies for their management are lacking in safety, efficacy, and deliver significant unwanted side effects. A selection of diet, lifestyle, and natural health products in combination delivers impressive impact for most individuals suffering with these common concerns. The talk will differentiate between strategies that are safe and appropriate to combine with common prescription medications used for management of mental health concerns, and strategies that should only be considered by individuals not utilizing a prescription medication.


✔ Fertile Foundations: Integrating Current Research in Female Fertility with Traditional Wisdom

Dr. Stefanie Trowell, ND, BSc

This presentation covers the essential information and current understanding in female infertility concerns. Starting with a proper and thorough assessment, natural treatments can improve successful conception rates. There will be a focus on the most recent research findings for common fertility concerns such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, oocyte quality and age-related fertility concerns. Novel interventions and testing options will be presented, including those diagnosed with “unexplained” infertility. Strategies on combining evidence-based supplementation with traditional herbs and therapeutics (including mindfulness and acupuncture), will be discussed as well as how to safely integrate these natural therapies with conventional medical treatments.


Naturopathic Vitalist Physical Examination

Dr. Paul Theriault, BSc, ND, VNMI

Naturopathic Doctors have developed, over our history, methods of physical assessment that lead us to useful information for our own therapeutic choices, as opposed to the pathology seeking allopathic style of physical exams. Unfortunately many of these techniques have almost become lost and are no longer taught in Naturopathic colleges. Join Dr. Paul Theriault, ND, VNMI for an exploration of several of these techniques, along with practical instruction in their application.


Four-Step Tongue Diagnosis

Kenton Sefcik, R.Ac, Dip.Ac, Dip.TCM

Tongue diagnosis can seem confusing to learn. However, not unlike when we ask a patient about their bowel movements or sleep, we can only gleen so much information from the tongue. In this very visual lecture, I aim to explain tongue diagnosis in four easy steps. I will also show diagnostic patterns that occur again and again which will then allow a practitioner to choose acupuncture points to treat the root cause.


✔ Manhood Unplugged: Addressing the Masculine Paradigm

Dr. Rigobert “Rigo” Kefferputz ND

Men live in a patriarchal world that conditions an immature and dysfunctional masculine identity. It is no surprise that suicide is one of the leading causes of death in men under the age of fifty. Men’s stigma surrounding mental health has ultimately become its greatest obstacle to cure. Obscured in a lack of identity and pigeonholed to their prostates, Men’s Health has become grossly underrepresented. Dr. Rigobert Kefferputz will explore the male archetype in practice, recognizing signs of self-sabotage and the chemical changes that take place in lieu of mental health and andropause, as well as, reconstructing a positive model of manhood that makes room for the many different ways a boy or man may feel secure in their masculine identity.


Clinical Pearls and Experiences in Treating Graves’ Hyperthyroidism – Help Your Patients Avoid Radioactive Iodine Treatment

Dr. Martin Kwok, ND, DrTCM

Ever wonder how you can help your Graves’ disease patients avoid radioactive iodine treatment? Hear Dr. Martin Kwok share his failure, success, and clinical pearls on how to successfully treat Graves’ by combining naturopathic and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including the use of nutraceuticals, TCM herbal formulas, neural therapy, etc. The presentation will discuss about fundamentals of Grave’s, conventional approaches, and then through case presentations show how to bring patient’s thyroid function back to a self-regulating state by using natural treatment options.

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ABOUT NDNR

Starting in 2005, Naturopathic Doctor News and Review (NDNR) is the leading clinical information resource for physicians in North America. It serves as a dynamic voice for the advancement of natural medicine by informing and educating physicians in the recent developments of the practice of natural medicine. NDNR includes current protocols, practice management, business development, marketing, clinical research, news and more.  

On a monthly basis, NDNR covers products and services that natural medicine physicians use and prescribe. The content consists of articles written by practicing NDs for practicing healers. Contributors also include the presidents of the accredited medical universities, university department chairs, and leading doctors. Every issue theme covers pertinent case studies, clinical pearls and discussions on the usage of nutraceuticals, botanicals, IV and injection therapies, homeopathy and other modalities.

ABOUT SAND

The Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Doctors (SAND) is dedicated to supporting naturopathic doctors throughout the province of Saskatchewan and networking with other provincial and state associations to ensure our members have the resources, professional services, and educational opportunities they need to thrive within the profession of naturopathy.

It is the pleasure of the SAND to be able to offer the bi-annual Healing Skies Conference, which we believe is one of the best conferences to attend. It truly blends together vitalism and modern naturopathy for a unique experience you will not likely forget.

Continuing Education FAQs


Most of the questions regarding continuing education have to do with specific discrepancies on pre-approval of credits or the type of credits approved – CEU versus CME. These questions are fairly straight forward to answer for the naturopathic profession. While answers to questions of approval for other professions – chiropractors, nurses, acupuncturists, and MDs – largely depend on whether those professional boards recognize the ND license as an valid and accredited license in that state, or within that profession. For the MD profession, courses given by a licensed naturopath may be denied for CE simply because the presenter was a naturopath – in fact, this is how the continuing education requirements for MDs read.  

  • ALL NDNR COURSES ARE PRESENTED AND FACILITATED BY LICENSED NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS AT A DOCTORAL LEVEL AND INTENDED TO BE SPECIFICALLY RELEVANT TO THE CLINICAL PRACTICE OF NATUROPATHY.  
  • ALL NDNR COURSES HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION APPROVAL THROUGH THE OREGON BOARD OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE (OBNM) AS WELL AS THE COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHS OF ONTARIO.  
  • THE COURSES PROVIDED THROUGH NDNR MEET THE CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS OF MOST OF THE NATUROPATHIC REGULATORY BOARDS. IT IS STILL THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL PRACTITIONER TO KNOW THEIR BOARD’S LAWS AND TO INQUIRE WITH SAID BOARD IF THERE IS A DOUBT, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE LICENSED IN ANOTHER PROFESSION.  

DO I HAVE TO GET MY CE CREDITS PRE-APPROVED?

No! Yes! – It depends on what state you are licensed in. But first, keep in mind, if you are practicing in an unlicensed state (naturopaths), you don’t need to prove your continuing education. It may be a good idea to log your credits from the courses you take over the years, just in case you end up moving to a licensed state, or your state becomes licensed.  

Many states don’t have a pre-approval process of their own, and have statements such as this, from New Hampshire’s regulatory law:  

“For the purposes of this section an “approved continuing naturopathic medical education program” means a program designed to continue the education of the licensee in current developments, skills, procedures, or treatment in the licensee’s field of practice, which has been certified by a national or state naturopathic medical society or college or university and approved by the board”  

This allows for courses to be taken for continuing education if they have been approved by another regulatory body, a process called “reciprocity. For our purposes here reciprocity means that a board will acknowledge another state or professional regulatory organization (such as a college or association) previous approval of a continuing education course.  

  • Alaska is the only licensed state that doesn’t mandate continuing education.  
  • Colorado – Does not provide pre-approval. Though, all courses taken through NDNR should meet requirements for Professional Development Activities (PDAs) if the course is relevant to your specific learning plan and goals. Montana – Does not provide pre-approval. Though, all courses taken through NDNR should meet CE requirements, as long as the course content falls within your scope of practice.  

DOES MY BOARD HONOR CE CREDITS APPROVED FROM OBNM or CONO?

The Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM) does the entire naturopathic profession a great service by pre-approving of continuing education (CE) courses at no charge. The College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) also does this. The application process involves submitting course documents, presenter CVs, as well as an OBNM specific application. Most licensed states recognize CE approved by the OBNM through a process referred to as “reciprocity.” Below is a list of all the states and provinces that recognize CE credits through reciprocity:  

  • New Hampshire 
  • Maryland 
  • Connecticut 
  • Arizona 
  • District of Columbia 
  • Hawaii 
  • Kansas 
  • Maine 
  • Minnesota 
  • North Dakota 
  • Utah 
  • Vermont 
  • Washington

DO THESE CE CREDITS COUNT AS CME CREDITS?

Yes, if the course meets the requirements of the regulating body, then yes, continuing education (CE) is simply a more general term for continuing medical education (CME). All NDNR courses should meet requirements for CME, if they meet requirements of the regulatory body in question.  

DO MY CE CREDITS COUNT IN CANADA?

Naturopathy is one of the few professions that shares licensing exams across the United States and Canada. Because of this, the reciprocity from the OBNM should suffice for most provinces, except Ontario, to which NDNR also submits longer multi-week courses for pre-approval.  

However, note that the continuing education requirements in Canada are slightly different than in the United States.  

  • Ontario – Even if a course is not pre-approved for Category A units through CONO, the courses through  
  • Manitoba – Honors reciprocity. Courses through NDNR should meet the requirements for Category B units.  
  • Saskatchewan – Honors reciprocity through CONO, though may not need approval for Category C units. Categories D-E may be eligible depending on course material and professional goals. See provincial regulations for more details.  
  • Alberta – Does not provide pre-approval for continued competence hours. Courses through NDNR should meet requirements for these hours provided they the course material falls within your scope of practice.  
  • British Columbia – All NDNR courses should meet the requirements for Category C hours and some may meet Category F (prescriptive authority) hours.  

DO MY CE CREDITS COUNT FOR ANY OTHER PROFESSIONS?

Probably, though this is a question that must be taken on an individual basis per state and regulatory body involved.  

  • Chiropractors – Regulated by state, each state having different requirements. However, many states do not pre-approve CE, and simply “deny” CE that falls outside of the requirements of the board. If NDs are licensed in your state, it is likely that all NDNR courses will fulfill CE/CME requirements. Please verify with regulatory board.  
  • Acupuncturists – It is an expensive process to get pre-approval through the NCCAOM, and it is unknown at this time how many acupuncturists are interested in completing courses through NDNR for CE. Also, it appears that not all acupuncture boards require CE. If NDs are licensed in your state, it is likely that NDNR courses will fulfill CE/CME requirements if the course content is within your scope of practice. Please verify with regulatory board.  
  • Nurses – Regulated by state, each state having different requirements. Some states don’t even require that nurses complete CE, and others have a patient contact requirement as the CE requirement. Check with your regulatory board.