Pre-Conference Workshops


Beth Manos Brickey, NTP & Alison Marras, NTC

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When: Thursday, Feb. 28

(New) Time: 2-5pm

Pricing: $199 per person

Description: Join Beth & Alison to take your business to the next level in this interactive workshop. Create a bigger impact and master social media and online platforms to connect authentically with your community. Gain confidence in implementing smarter systems and automation to execute your next big goal.

What You'll Learn
  • Module 1- Tell Your Story- personal story, brand story & elevator pitch, developing your avatar
  • Module 2- Build Your Brand- map your solutions, what are your goals? revenue streams, strengths & weaknesses
  • Module 3- Creating Systems & Strategy- time management, automation & building healthy habits for your business, social media 101, online marketing, strategy, best practices
  • Module 4- Accountability & Progress Reports (self & FB community)- the importance of analytics & reporting, community with your peers for accountability
About Beth Manos Brickey & Alison Marras
  • Beth Manos Brickey NTP, is the face and force behind Tasty Yummies, a top lifestyle destination for readers with a wide range of dietary challenges who want to feel good, take control of their health and eat well. Bringing personal experience, knowledge, empathy and humor to the goal of living and eating well, Beth is a firm believer in the power of foods that heal and empowering readers and clients to make the best choices for them. An adventurer, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a certified yoga instructor, Beth is the best kind of teacher, one who inspires you, and then shows you how. Follow Beth of Tasty Yummies on InstagramPinterest and Facebook and check out her website full of healthy recipes.Alison Marras, NTC is an NYC-based Nutritional Therapy Consultant, Food Blogger & Photographer over at where she whips up healthy and delicious recipes. She is dedicated to enabling her audience to take control of their health in the kitchen. All recipes are all gluten-free, predominantly paleo (grain-free, dairy-free) with an emphasis on wholesome and seasonal ingredients. Living with Hashimoto’s Autoimmune disease, Alison began her food blog after realizing the importance of food as medicine in helping her heal and in keeping symptoms under control. She combined her love of cooking with her health journey in creating recipes everyone can enjoy! She’s been featured in publications such as GFF Magazine, The Feed Feed, The Wellness Mercantile, Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman, and To connect and follow along, visit Alison on social: @foodbymars on Instagram,PinterestFacebook and sign up for her newsletter for recipes delivered right to your inbox on!


Kris Vaughan, CH
Certified Clinical Herbalist Program Director- Herbal Wisdom Institute

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When: Thursday, Feb. 28

Time: 9:30am-1:30pm

Pricing: Free Entry

Description: This class will offer a basic foundation of herbal knowledge and how to apply this with the LNT process. Learning herbs by their energetics and actions allows you to assist in achieving balance within the body that facilitates the innate healing process keeping bio-individuality in mind.

Please dress comfortably as there will be LNT during this class. You are welcome to bring a yoga mat with you. 

What You'll Learn
  • The five herbal flavors and how they correspond with herbal actions
  • Exploration of herbal actions to facilitate foundational balance in the body systems
  • Choosing and testing herbs using the LNT process (hands-on application)
About Kris Vaughan
Kris Vaughan is a certified clinical herbalist and owner and Program Director of Herbal Wisdom Institute in Arizona.  Kris began her study of herbal medicine in 2008 and now teaches students who seek a certification in western herbalism. Her clinical work and teaching has been focused on the areas of complicated, chronic health issues such as digestion and autoimmune conditions. Kris also works with a prominent herbal product manufacturer as the Director of Practitioner Experience. Kris Vaughan has presented at the following events:

  • SW Herb Fest, Prescott Arizona
  • United States Forest Service – Arizona
  • Yavapai College, Prescott Arizona
  • Herbal Wisdom Podcast


Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH, NTP

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When: Thursday, Feb. 28

Time: 9:30am-1:30pm

Pricing: $150 per person

Please Note: In order to attend Leslie’s workshop attendees must be an NTP or hold another Nutritional Certification as a practicing professional. Students do not qualify.

Description: Understanding the nature and challenges of dual role relationships. Exploring concepts of transference and counter transference as it affects the nutritional therapists and client dynamics. Opportunity to practice via role plays challenging relationship situations that occur with clients.

What You'll Learn
  • Identify the range of interpersonal issues that can hijack the clinician/client relationship
  • Understand clinical-client personality dynamics and how to address them
  • Develop skills and comfort by setting boundaries with challenging clients
About Leslie Korn
Leslie Korn is an internationally renowned expert in mental health nutrition, and integrative medicine and trauma. She began her career in the jungle of Mexico where she directed a natural medicine clinic for over 25 years, treating over 50,000 patients. She completed graduate training at Harvard Medical School where she was a clinical instructor.  She is Board Certified in Polarity therapy and Therapeutic Massage, Counseling, and Clinical Supervision. She was an NIH funded scientist and a a Fulbright Scholar. She is the author of 8 books including The Good Mood Kitchen,  Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health, Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature and the Body; Preventing and Treating Diabetes Naturally. Her new book on Herbal Medicine for Women will be out in 2019.  She is the director of research at a where she works with tribal communities on traditional foods revitalization. She has a career coaching and clinical supervision practice with nutrition and mental health professionals. Leslie Korn has presented at the following events:

  • IMMH: Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference
  • PESI Nutrition and Integrative medicine for Mental Health
  • University of Washington


Julia Ross, M.A.
Author of The Diet Cure, The Mood Cure, and The Craving Cure. CEO of the Neuro-Nutrient Therapy Institute and The Virtual Clinic for Food Cravings and Insomnia.

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When: Thursday, Feb. 28

Time: 9:00am-1:00pm

Pricing: $250 per person

Description: Our international epidemics of obesity, degenerative disease, mood disorder, and addictive cravings for foods, alcohol, and drugs are rooted in just a few amino acid deficiencies. The brain’s appetite- and mood-regulating chemistry is dependent on a robust supply of the particular amino acids that you’ll be introduced to in this workshop. Our goal is to begin the restoration of the brain’s four key neurotransmitters and its blood sugar supply-line. The protocols we’ll use are based on neuroscientific research that started in the 1970s and continues today. Julia Ross and the nutritionists at her Northern California clinics have been applying this research for 30 years with thousands of clients. They have developed increasingly effective methods that workshop participants will have hands-on exposure to. Working in rotating dyads, participants will actually experience the aminos’ rapid effects themselves and witness the effects of the aminos on other participants.

Attendees who would like to become certified NeuroNutrient Therapy Specialists will receive credit for this workshop toward their certification.

What You'll Learn
    • Quick deficiency symptom and contraindication assessment
    • The amino trialing process
    • The basics of how to monitor and adjust dosing
    • How to antidote any adverse reactions
    • The specific dietary supports needed for permanent brain-recovery
    • Application to specific cases (ours and those of attendees)
About Julia Ross & Laurie Hammer
  • Julia Ross has combined 40 years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist with 30 years of pioneering work in the use of innovative nutritional therapies for the treatment of mood problems, eating disorders, and addictions. The author of the best-selling books, The Mood Cure and The Diet Cure, and her new book, The Craving Cure, Ross has founded several integrative treatment programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and now oversees an entirely virtual Zoom clinic for food cravers. She trains health professionals internationally and directs certification programs at The Neuro-Nutrient Therapy Institute (NNTI). Her work has been featured in publications from Vogue to The Journal of Molecular Psychiatry as well as online and on radio and television. See JuliaRoss’ Hammer is an experienced NTP in private practice, a certified NeuroNutrient Therapy Specialist, and the Lead Training Instructor for NNTI. She has been associated with Julia since she traveled 2,000 miles to Julia’s clinic, at age 19, to get help for her own bulimia. Her personal recovery, her training at NNTI, her successful private practice, and her passion for teaching make her an ideal instructor for those seeking to integrate amino acid therapy into their nutritional therapy practices. Julia Ross has presented at multiple events, below are since 2012:
    • 2018 Commonwealth Club – “The Craving Cure: Winning the Battle Between Health and Bliss,” media appearance August 30th
    • 2018 Hawthorne University – “The Craving Cure: Identify and Activate Your Natural Appetite Control,” webinar January 2nd
    • 2013 Two-day Core Training in Amino Acid Therapy, San Francisco Bay Area, CA (From 2015 to 2017 took a speaking break to write The Craving Cure
    • 2012 Presented to over 1,000 attendees for The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in Long Beach, CA
    • 2012 Commonwealth Club – Sugar Addiction: Recovery from the Greatest Dietary Crisis of All Time, San Francisco
    • National Association of Nutritional Professionals — A New Diet Cure for the Age of Obesity, Diabetes, and Eating Disorders, San Francisco, CA.