Hawaii Doc Talks has applied for 25 Naturopathic Continuing Education credits through the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. 8 of those credits are pharmacy. The total includes 8 credits from our optional workshops. 



Thursday, January 11, 2024

9:30am – 11:30am

Pre-conference Workshop

Taylor Bean, ND

Infant Immunity and Vaccine Optimization

The concern and questions around vaccines is growing substantially around the globe. With this comes a lot of fear and concern about infections, vaccines, choices, traveling abroad and simply not being fully informed before making a decision around vaccinations. As one of very few ND’s in British Columbia, Canada who originally obtained the Immunization Certification, Dr. Bean would like to present on some key areas around vaccinations that we as practitioners should know and what we can provide for our patients when they have questions. This should not be a topic of fear or anger but a topic that is honest, forthcoming and transparent. Practitioners should know what resources to offer their patients who have questions around vaccines along with knowing where they can go for current and reputable information. From simply knowing how to locate a vaccine insert, utilizing annual surveillance reports from the CDC, understanding how adjuvants work and what along with what they are how they are researched, to understanding infant immunity as it pertains to vaccination.

12:30 – 1:00

Welcome – Michael Traub, ND and Corinne Maul De Soto, ND

Opening Blessing by Kumu Keala Ching

1:00 – 1:30

Ryan Bradley, MPH, ND

Say No to Drugs that Don’t Work and Cause Harm: Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepine receptor agonist (BZRA) drugs, e.g., Clonazepam (Klonopin®), Lorazepam (Ativan®), Temazepam (Restoril®), Alprazolam (Xanax®), and Diazepam (Valium®) are commonly prescribed for anxiety and insomnia, but have significant health risks. Older adults in particular are vulnerable to increased frailty, falls and mortality risks from use of BZRAs. Evidence supports the use of cognitive behavioral therapy and individualized tapering plans for reduction of BZRA use, however access to CBT limits the impact CBT can have for many adults. Also, few adults are aware of effective alternatives. Recently result suggests BZRAs are particularly causative for increased morbidity in older adults, and importantly, functional improve may result when use of the drugs is stopped. Active research at the National University of Natural Medicine is surveying older adults to learn their preferences for alternatives to BZRA drugs, as well as desirable characteristics for non-drug alternatives. NUNM is also testing non-drug educational and mind-body interventions for BZRA tapering, and progress will be shared in this presentation.

1:30 – 2:00

Natiya Guin, ND, MEd, NBHWC

Exosomes,PRP, and regenerative techniques for skin healing

Exosomes are quickly becoming the most promising rejuvenation tool for healing skin ailments when used topically. The popularized usage with Microneedling is yielding impressive clinical results, with a decrease in acne scaring, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines after just 1-2 treatments. My own patients are seeing far more healing of skin along with tighter overall appearance and plumper more hydrated texture than with PRP. Research is showing that Exosomes (extracellular component of mesenchymal cells containing mRNA but No DNA…signaling growth factors) are also effective in wound healing, follicle healing for hair growth, and when used with a driving cream can reduce neuropathy. Additionally, because exosomes deliver growth factors for remodeling of collagen through fibroblasts proliferation, this treatment may also protect against future skin damage! (If this is too niche of a topic I’m also happy to do a talk on safe skincare and personal care products, guidelines, and how to provide a framework for your patients when choosing products….topics will include label reading, resources like ewg, what is an endocrine disrupter and how to avoid etc).

2:00 – 2:30

Ilana Gurevich, ND

Diagnosing Biofilms

Deep dive into what biofilms are, how they are formed, how they influence chronic disease and how to diagnose them.

2:30 – 3:00

Panel Q&A with Drs. Bradley, Guin, and Gurevich

3:00 – 3:30

Exhibit Break

3:30 – 4:00

Mark Davis, ND

Promoting a Healthy Vaginal Microbiome

The local microbiome is a massive contributor to urogenital health, especially in our female patients. This talk reviews basic, advanced, and novel ways to assess and influence the vaginal microbiome.


4:00 – 4:30pm

Stefani Hayes, ND, LAc & Lara Williams, MD, MHsc, FACOG, IFMCP, FAARM, ABOIM, NCMP

How to grab the reins rather than be dragged along - Integrative Care as a means to stabilize endometriosis

What does integrative care look like for Endometriosis?  Spring boarding off the first lecture about overall integrative care pros and cons, Dr. Williams and Dr. Hayes will discuss this difficult condition and their success with approaching it collaboratively.

4:30 – 5:00pm

Darin Ingels, ND, FAAEM, FMAPS

Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis

MS is one of the many chronic neurodegenerative diseases that has become more prevalent in the past several decades that often leads to progressive disability. Conventional medication may slow the progression of illness, but does not reverse or cure the illness. Fortunately, there are several interventions that naturopathic doctors can do to not only help slow the progression of disease, but may actually help reduce inflammation and repair damaged myelin, leading to improved function, less pain, better mobility and improved quality of life. Dr. Ingels will discuss his experience living with MS and what he does for himself and his patients to help overcome MS. This includes dietary management, therapeutic lifestyle, exercise and eStim, targeted nutrients and herbs and trauma work which can significantly improve the quality of life of people living with MS.

5:00 – 5:30pm

John Neustadt, ND

Osteoporosis Pharmaceutical Management

More than 53 million Americans have osteoporosis or osteopenia, and the standard of care is to prescribe one of the more than a dozen FDA-approved osteoporosis medications. Understanding the potential benefits and risks with these medications is crucial when advising patients and answering their questions. In this talk, Dr. Neustadt reviews the medications and teaches clinicians which ones are best for primary fracture prevention, secondary fracture prevention and discusses how clinicians can discuss these drugs with patients to help them make the best decisions for their health.

5:30 – 6:00pm

Q&A with Drs Hayes, Williams, Ingels, Neustadt




Friday, January 12, 2024


Breakfast Sponsored by Microbiome

8:15 – 8:45am

Star Edwards, RD

"Will You Be My Hero? The 5-Step Strategy for Microbiome Recovery"



8:45 – 9:15am

Brittany Linton, PhD

Collaborative Communication & Dancing with Decisions


Shared decision making between healthcare providers and health consumers is a leading indicator of the likelihood of health adherence behaviors. Understanding the consumer’s motivations for health change is highly reliant upon the relationship and rapport and an understanding of intrinsic and extrinsic values the individual may hold on their health journey. Similarly, one of the biggest indicators of a positive health impact is a health consumer’s sense of self efficacy, confidence, motivation, and support to make a health change or continue to manage health conditions. Dr. Linton provides key communication approaches to help both the provider and patient better clarify the patient’s motivations or values surrounding their health, promote motivation, and help support patient self-efficacy and behavioral activation for health management changes or maintenance goals over time. Using a mix of Motivational Interviewing strategies, Patient Health Activation approaches, and shared decision making in health appointments, visits can ensure that the health provider and consumer both feel that the patient’s health goal remains salient even when habituation to change or inevitable back slides occur. This talk will also make important mention of cultural humility considerations and methods to modify health change suggestions to co-exist with cultural expectations to support health inclusivity.

9:15 – 9:45am

Jodie Peacock, ND

Mitochondria- how can we optimize function

Mitochondria play an essential role in producing ATP energy for all the cells in the body. Their function can be impacted and down regulated by toxin exposure, acute or chronic infections, chronic inflammation, endocrine changes and stress. This reduced functioning can cause dysfunction in organs with high energy demand such as the heart, kidneys, lungs, brain, muscles and gonads. We can see this manifest in a variety of symptoms ranging from physical fatigue, poor stamina and recovery, cardiac symptoms, brain fog, constipation, pain and fertility concerns. Over the past decade we have learnt more about what impacts mitochondria and how to help patients optimize functioning through diet, nutrient and botanical supplementation, breathing and exercise. Case examples will be given to demonstrate the role of supporting mitochondria in patient outcomes.

9:45am – 10:15am


Ryan Bradley, MPH, ND

What the Heck is Ozempic® Anyway?

Although approved for glucose reduction in type 2 diabetes, semaglutide (Ozempic®) has gained considerable interest from patients because of its documented effects on weight loss in people without diabetes. People are reporting an overall reduced interest in food! Furthermore, anecdotal reports are attributing the drug with reduced cravings for alcohol and other substances. How does it work? What do the data say regarding its clinical effects? How do I prescribe it? Is it safe? Is off-label use appropriate? Learn about the next generation of GLP-1 agonists in this presentation including current controversies and other drugs in this class on the horizon, including oral agents.

10:00 – 10:30

Q&A Panel with Drs Linton, Peacock & Bradley


10:30 – 11:15am

Exhibit Break


11:15am – 11:45am

Eric Yarnell, ND

Chronic Kidney Disease

11:345 – 12:15

Natiya Guin, ND, MEd, NBHWC

AI and Medical Ethics

12:015 – 12:45

Ilana Gurevich, ND

Deep dive into treating biofilms

Part 2 of this lecture circuit will take participants on a tour of how to address and treat biofilms. We will discuss both pharmaceutical and natural options for treatment. Discussion will include a literature review of in vitro and in vivo cases using both pharmaceuticals and herbs. With a deep dive into using bismuth safely for prolonged periods of time. We will also discuss the utilization of enzymes for treatment of of chronic fungal biofilms.

12:345 – 1:15

Q&A Panel with Drs Yarnell, Guin, & Gurevich

1:30pm – 5pm

Lokahi Garden Sanctuary Tour & Lunch

Farm Tour

After our farm to table lunch we will meet and stroll through the gardens and orchards of Lokahi Garden Sanctuary, enjoying the tropical scents of cinnamon, allspice, jasmine, orange blossom, pua kenikeni, and more. We will sample different fruits and herbs as we visit the over 250 different species of plants and trees. I moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in 1979 to practice naturopathic medicine. For the past 20 years, I have focused on creating Lokahi Garden Sanctuary;  building the sanctuary, planting vegetable and herb gardens, and planting fruit and nut orchards and much more. I so enjoy sharing my vision and story of living sustainability.

2:30 – 4:30pm

Optional Workshop: Kristi Morlan-Hughes, ND, IFMCP, FMCHC

Workshop: Creating Hormone Balance using a Root-cause Approach During the Menstruating, Perimenopause, and Menopausal Years of Life


Ohana Picnic on the Beach

Join us for beverages and snacks and a lovely sunset beach picnic with our HDT family!




Saturday, January 13, 2024


Breakfast sponsored by Biocidin



8:15 – 8:45am

Kristen Klos-Maki, DC

Exploring the Therapeutic Potential: The Clinical use of Botanicals in the Management of Microbiome-Related Conditions

Microbiome research continues to expand, pointing to both the diversity of microbiomes throughout the body and how microbiome health impacts systemic health. So the question becomes how to keep those microbiomes healthy? Botanical interventions are proving to be worthy of consideration. Join Drs. Kristen Klos-Maki and Jocelyn Strand as they delve into a review of novel research including case studies, pilot research, literature reviews, and clinical trials. All of the studies point to the use of plant-based compounds in the prevention and management of conditions such as GI disorders, oral-systemic health, and inflammatory disorders. They will discuss key findings, mechanisms of action, and integration of botanicals into clinical practice. You will leave with easily applied therapeutics to offer global and restorative support for improved patient outcomes and holistic wellness.

8:45 – 9:15

Darin Ingels, ND, FAAEM, FMAPS

Sublingual Immunotherapy: Effective Allergy Desensitization

9:15 – 9:45

John Neustadt, ND

Gut-Bone Connection

Researching into the influence of the gastrointestinal track on bone health has provided surprising links between these two systems. Every 30 seconds someone with osteoporosis breaks a bone, and osteoporosis is second only to cardiovascular disease as a global health problem. If you’re a woman, your risk of an osteoporotic fracture is greater than your combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. One often overlooked driver of decreased bone density and weaker bone is gastrointestinal dysfunction and medications for gastrointestinal disorders. Malabsorption, dysbiosis and chronic inflammation are underlying drivers.

9:45 – 10:15

Molly Niedermeyer, ND

Lost Naturopathic Treatments

There are so many things that are being lost in our profession. The one I am most determined to make sure stays in our treatment protocols is escarotic treatment. I was handed the original treatment protocol when we cleaned out Dr Bastyr’s office in 1991. I would love to give the history of this treatment protocol and to talk about the specifics of the effectiveness and treatment. I could see me doing a treatment a year at this conference of things that we may lose

10:15 – 10:45


Q&A Panel with Drs Ingles, Neustadt, & Niedermeyer

10:45 – 11:15

Exhibit Break

11:15 – 11:45

Brittany Linton, PhD

Health equity in prior experiences in identity-based discrimination, stress and/or trauma

Identity-based discrimination – whether in singular incidences or cumulative experiences across lifetime and environment – has been linked to a cascade of chronic physiological stress symptoms including cardiovascular health, endocrine disruption, digestive health, restorative sleep, and negative mental well-being symptoms. Health care providers have a unique opportunity in their trusted relationships with patient consumers to assess and understand prior experiences of identity-based discrimination. Initiating the conversation can be difficult, especially to be mindful of not making assumptions around apparent or non-apparent identities (e.g., broad disability factors, physical illness, mental well-being, neurodivergence, sexual identity, gender identity, religious/ spiritual identity). With a variety of opening prompts and humanistic assessment questions to engage consumers to start a conversation, an introductory pathway for providers will be offered to better understand the holistic impacts on health from societal injustice so healing can start in the consumer’s health sanctuary with their trusted health providers.

11:45 – 12:15pm

Jodie Peacock,ND

Sperm – what can it tell you about fertility and chronic disease risk?

Research has shown a continual decline in males sperm parameters over the past several decades. This coincides with changes in androgen production, and an increase in male factor fertility concerns. Declining sperm parameters have a much broader impact than simply a man’s ability to reproduce they are also connected with both short and long term health for our male patients. Sperm parameters can indicate potential concern with the ability to handle oxidative damage, inflammation and immune function. These can then relate to cardiovascular system concerns, metabolic health, chronic inflammation and much more. Examining sperm parameters can improve our understanding of a patients current functional health which can help with fertility treatment but could also support strategies for optimizing both short and long term health.

12:15 – 12:45pm

LuLu Shimek ND

Biohacking Hormonal Balance: Integrating Functional Testing and Optimization Techniques

Achieving and maintaining hormonal balance is vital for overall health and well-being. In this presentation, we will explore the powerful combination of biohacking techniques and functional testing methods to optimize hormonal balance effectively. We will delve into the topics of sleep, stress management, exercise, and nutrition as essential pillars of hormone optimization. Additionally, we will emphasize the significance of accurate diagnosis through functional testing in order to develop personalized treatment plans. Join us as we uncover practical insights and evidence-based strategies for biohacking hormonal balance and achieving optimal health.

12:45 – 1:15pm

Q&A Panel with Drs Linton, Peacock, & Shimek



2:30 – 4:30

Melissa Barber, ND, MSc

Workshop: How to implement research into clinical practice

Clinical practice is busy! I get it. Why engage in research? Dr. Barber will highlight the rationale
behind engaging in at least some research and how to identify “low-hanging fruit” – what is
easy to report, publish, present on, and how to do it. She will discuss different systems to
implement in your practice to set you up for success and bridge the interface between clinical practice and research. Come with cases/topic areas that inspire you and we can set up an action plan to publish and share your work!

6:30 – 9:30

HSNP Event

HSNP Meeting & Event
Join the HSNP at Blue Dragon in Kawaihae
HSNP Annual Meeting starts at 5:00
Doors open to public and other Doc Talks Attendees 5:30
Show 6:30-9:30

“Green Machine is the ultimate good time party band based out of Kona…blending classic rock, funk, soul, pop and country…covering artists like Zeppelin, the Stones, War, and more! Featuring the Always Rippin’ David Lawrence on guitar/vocals.”

Tickets are $10 in advance…$13 at the door (children 12 and under are free).


Sunday, January 14, 2024


Breakfast sponsored by Thaena


8:15 – 8:45am

Piper Dobner, ND, MS


Redefining Health Using Thaena®’s Ecosystem Approach

8:45 – 9:15am

Eric Yarnell, ND

Biphasic herbal formulation

Herbal formulas that address changes during the menstrual cycle are extremely effective for a wide range of problems affected by these hormonal fluctuations. Practical advice on putting such formulas together will be provided. An example in a patient with uterine fibroids will be given to illustrate the principles discussed.

9:15 – 9:45am


Stefani Kovacovsky Hayes, ND, LAc and Lara Williams, MD, MHSc, FACOG, IFMCP, FAARM, ABOIM, NCMP

Better Together - The Benefits and Potential Pitfalls of Collaborative Integrative Care Management

Integrative and Collaborative medicine are popular terms, but how do you make it actually work in practice? With over a decade of experience in collaborating together on shared patients, Dr. Williams, MD and Dr. Hayes, ND will talk about the joys and trials of integrative care. Explore with them how they got to the point where they feel that their patient outcomes and personal job satisfaction are better together versus apart.

9:45 – 10:15

Q&A Panel with Drs Dobner, Yarnell, Hayes, & Williams

10:15 – 10:45

Exhibit Break

10:45 – 11:15am

Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH

Naturopathy is Right (Again): Top Evidence from 2023 Supporting ND Practice

Recent findings in translational and clinical research support underlying tenants of naturopathic conceptual models of health and disease. This presentation will deliver a summary of ten important translation or clinical research findings that support naturopathic philosophy, concepts and/or treatments published within the past year.


11:15 – 11:45

Molly Niedermeyer, ND

Lab interpretation

In this session, we will discuss the analysis of blood work in regards to optimizing health and not what is “normal”. Our job is to optimize peoples’ health. Medical doctors are great at preventing death and Naturopathic physicians are here to promote health. Interpreting labs to further that goal is one of the great tenets of our profession.

11:45 – 12:15

LuLu Shimek ND

Unlocking Peak Performance: Harnessing the Power of Epigenetics



12:15 – 12:45pm

Mark Davis, ND

The Gut Microbiome, the Liver, the Central Nervous System, and Why You Should Care

The GI microbiome can affect many extraintestinal systems, but recent research on gut microbiome influence on the liver and CNS supports traditional naturopathic approaches and opens the door to more intensive microbiome approaches.

12:45 – 1:15

Q&A Panel with Drs Bradley, Niedermeyer, Shimek, & Davis

2:30 – 4:30pm

Alena Guggenheim, ND

Let's Get Ethical! Exploring opportunities to unpack our bias together for the better health of all

The work of practicing ethical medicine is like a never ending layer cake of deeply personal work. While excavating unconscious bias can be challenging, it is also immensely rewarding. First we will create a safe space to have hard conversations, and open up participation for respectful dialogue about specific types of bias and how this impacts medical decision making and communication. We will also explore the biological effects of bias, and start to understand the framework by which bias both drives illness, and then make it harder for minority populations to receive care. Together we can start to understand the mechanisms by which bias can contribute to provider burnout. Ultimately we will work to create a framework to practice unconscious bias hygiene on an ongoing basis.


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