2020 Speakers

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Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials testing the efficacy of therapeutic lifestyle to treat multiple sclerosis related symptoms. In addition, she is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine and the cookbook The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions.


Dr. Deanna Minich is a health educator and author with more than twenty years of experience in nutrition, mind-body health, and functional medicine. Dr. Minich has lectured extensively throughout the world on health topics. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. Her passion is bringing forth a colorful whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, soul, and art in medicine.   


Shamini Jain, PhD, is the Founder and CEO of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI), a collaborative accelerator of scientists, healers, artists, and educators to help lead humanity to heal themselves. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego and has received numerous awards from scientific societies for her research in biofield healing practices. Shamini integrates her background in clinical psychology, psychoneuroimmunology researchand healing arts to share with others how they can best heal themselves and live joyful, meaningful lives. She regularly speaks and teaches in diverse venues including TEDx, universities, conferences, hospitals and retreat centers. She also contributes as an author on the science and practice of healing in public online blogs including Huffington Post and the Times of India.  Her first book on the biofield will be released with SoundsTrue in 2021. 

Mickey Trescott, NTP,  is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, chef, blogger, and author of  the bestselling book, The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook and co-author of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. She is the creator of  AIP Batch Cook, a video-based cooking program that teaches users how to prepare allergen-free meals in their own home. She teaches cooking classes online and in venues around the country, like Bastyr University. In 2012, Mickey founded  a website with recipes and resources for those suffering from autoimmune diseases. Today she is partnered with Angie Alt running AutoimmuneWellness.com and AIP Certified Coach. She lives in Willamette Valley, Oregon.

Param Dedhia, MD is a passionate integrative medicine physician and internist. As a sought-after speaker and physician, he takes the complex medical literature and puts them into everyday practices for people to live their best lives. After 10 years at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, Param primarily serves as a director of sleep medicine, integrative medicine practitioner and lecturer at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. 

Tara Hunkin, Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified GAPS Practitioner, Restorative Wellness Practitioner, mother and founder of My Child Will Thrive (website and podcast)  author and host of the Autism, ADHD and SPD Summit.  

My Child Will Thrive was founded out of the frustration Tara felt when searching for explanations and solutions for her daughter.  Doctor visits left her with more questions than answers and she was forced to do the research and find her own way to help her child.  Tara’s daughter is now a thriving 15 year old, succeeding in and out of school. 

Tara now supports parents of children with neurodevelopmental disorders struggling to find the right combination of treatments and therapies through educating and coaching them so that they can get the best results for their children while saving time, money and effort.  

Tara continues to expand her knowledge by attending and speaking at conferences and is a member of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs, International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, and Nutritional Therapy Association. 

Tosca Reno, is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, a New York Times, Amazon and International best-selling author, fitness expert and motivational speaker. The originator of the Eat Clean Revolution, for the past two decades, she has helped millions of followers lose weight and regain wellness with the Eat-Clean Diet ® and now her latest offering The 3 E’s of Wellness, a blueprint for wellness that incorporates the 3 foundational health pillars into one transformational program – Eating Clean, Exercise and Emotional Self-care.

Dr. Anna Cabeca, a triple board certified, Emory University trained physician and hormone expert who has changed the lives of thousands of women across the globe through her best selling book “The Hormone Fix” and other empowering transformation programs have helped women of all ages become their best selves again. Her new book, Keto-Green 16, will release on May 5.

Cynthia Thurlow is a sought after entrepreneur, nurse practitioner, nutrition expert, 2x TEDx speaker, founder of Cynthia Thurlow, LLC, co-author of Primal Eating and co-host of Everyday Wellness podcast 

Dr. Gabrielle Lyon is a Washington University fellowship trained physician in Nutritional Science and Geriatrics and is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition, Vitamin and Mineral Metabolism at the University of Illinois. Dr. Lyon works closely with the Special Operations Military as a part of the Task Force Dagger Foundation and has a private practice in NYC. 

Angie Alt, CHC, NTP, is a nutritional therapist, health coach, author of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook and co-author of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. She’s also the creator and director of several online group health coaching programs that have successfully helped thousands of people on the path to wellness. Additionally, Angie partners with doctors to conduct medical researchAngie runs AutoimmuneWellness.com and AIP Certified Coach with her business partner, Mickey Trescott. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Margaret Floyd Barry is an FNTP, Restorative Wellness Specialist, author and real food advocate. She has a thriving private practice in Portland, OR through which she supports clients throughout North America and Europe to achieve true health and vitality through therapeutic diets and lifestyle changes. Together with her business partner Anne Fischer Silva, Margaret teaches other practitioners advanced clinical skills through Restorative Wellness Solutions.  Margaret has authored two books published by New Harbinger Publications: Eat Naked: Unprocessed, Unpolluted and Undressed Eating for a Healthier, Sexier You and The Naked Foods Cookbook. She writes regularly at www.eatnakedkitchen.com 

Anne Fischer Silva is an FNTP, Restorative Wellness Specialist, and change-maker. She has been serving clients around the world for 21 years with an emphasis on getting to the root cause of illness. Anne founded and co-owns Restorative Wellness Solutions (www.restorativewellnesssolutions.com) where she teaches other health professionals nutritional lab testing interpretation along with unique and proven methods of healing. She is passionate about teaching others how to live their best life, her family, and connection around the table.   

Lucia Hawley, FNTP, MSW, liberates women to step into massive life change by moving beyond pro and anti-dieting rhetoric. Her core belief is that the pursuit of health adds to our lives! Nutritional education is a form of empowerment, and the liberation that comes from this education is the name of her game. Lucia currently coaches her wellness clients within group programs, offers 1-1 business coaching and hosts the Devoured Podcast for women ready to ditch diets. 

Dr. Kelly J. Blodgett, a native of Portland, OR, is a pioneer in the field of oral health and dental medicine.  His unique educational background in Psychology (B.S.), Dentistry (D.M.D.) and Naturopathic Medicine (N.M.D.) allows Dr. Blodgett to understand the wholeness of our health and wellness.  Dr. Blodgett’s professional vision is to reverse the negative stereotype of dentistry.  He and his team of exceptional professionals live out this vision by focusing on each individual patient’s goals, removing barriers to health and restoring the oral environment back to optimal condition. 

Rev. Katie Norris is the owner of Recourse Health and Fitness Coaching where she helps people optimize their brain so they can optimize their life. She resolved her own co-occurring mental illnesses through lifestyle changes and was a caregiver for her mother who had Lewy Body Dementia. She is a Montessori Based Dementia Care specialist, primary author of Creative Connections in Dementia Careand has an AMI Practitioner Certificate in Montessori for Aging and Dementia. 

Donna Shields is co-founder of the Holistic Cannabis Academy, an online education training curriculum for health professionals. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, Donna has spent her career in nutrition marketing and communications for Fortune 100 food companies and as faculty at the Culinary Institute of America. Motivated by a breast cancer diagnosis, she shifted gears 5 years ago to meet a need, among practitioners, and launched the Academy, now serving students across the US and Canada. She is a contributor to The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook and conducts cannabis retreats in Colorado and Key West. To learn more about Donna and her programs, click here.

Diane Sanfilippo is the owner and founder of Balanced Bites, a real-food brand that simplifies dinnertime through recipes, organic spice blends, and frozen, home-delivered meals. She’s the New York Times best-selling author of Practical Paleo, The 21-Day Sugar Detox series, and Keto Quick Start. Diane is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who studied at Bauman College and co-creator of the Balanced Bites Master Class. She co-hosted the Balanced Bites Podcast for eight years alongside Liz Wolfe. 

Victoria LaFont Jackson is a curious practitioner, science writer, food lover, and budding medical philosophy enthusiast. She is the woman behind Paradigm of Practice, and you can find her blogging and asking questions at www.paradigmofpractice.com.

Tammera J. Karr, Ph.D., BCHN, CGP, CNW, is an author, public speaker, educator, food historian, researcher, and clinician. She has served as a nutrition advisor to wellness programs and presented at local, regional, and national conferences. She writes a weekly health column for a local newspaper, blogs, and reviews and contributes to national board exams. 

Tammera is the lead instructor and developer of the innovative HN4Uonlin.ed program: Our Journey with Food, available through her website 

Kathryn Kos, M.Ed is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Author, Editor, and Content Manager. She works with perimenopausal women, placing an emphasis on mind, body, and soul. Kathryn’s ancestral health blog www.primalmusings.com focuses on nourishment, movement, healing, sexuality, vitality, and personal growth for women in their perimenopausal years. Her book “Forties on Fire” helps teach women how to honor their emotions, find balance through grounding, sleep, sunlight and nutrition, and offers natural ways to help balance hormones. 

Nicole Hodson, NC, BCHN® is a graduate of Bauman College and the Executive Director of the NANP. After significantly improving her and her husband’s health through whole foods nutrition, Nicole left the managed “healthcare” industry to pursue a career where she could affect more positive change. She has been with the NANP since 2007. Her passion for the industry is infectious, and she has made it her life’s mission to promote whole foods nutrition and those who teach it, in every way possible. Nicole is wholly dedicated to putting holistic nutrition professionals to work, and to protecting their right to practice.


When she’s not working, you’ll find Nicole in the kitchen. A dedicated ‘foodie,’ she’s continuously honing her cooking skills. Nicole loves living in Northern California’s gold and wine country with the love of her life and their toy poodle, Louie.

Laura Waldo has more than 20 years of experience in the Information Technology sector where she worked as a consultant with Government and Private Industry clients. She became passionate about nutrition when her toddler son became extremely ill and a diagnosis eluded the medical community. Laura began learning about the healing power of food, and with the urging of family, and friends in the Holistic Community, she returned to school, graduating from the Nutritional Therapy Association in 2013. 

Laura opened her nutrition practice in Virginia but became frustrated hearing stories of practitioners who were unable to work due to restrictive laws in the States where they resided. In 2017 Laura began her journey of grassroots advocacy and policy change as the Deputy Director of the Council of Holistic Health Educators. Now at the NANP, Laura works diligently to promote the rights of our members to practice nutrition without legislative threats. 

She maintains her private nutrition practice, home-schools her son, and is excited to work with the NANP, aiding practitioners and advocating policy change at the State level.

Panelists and Moderators


Jessica Pantermuehl is a business and marketing educator for holistic health professionals. She teaches the Marketing and Leadership courses at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is the Lead Instructor for the Nutritional Therapy Association’s Career Development Course. Jessica is also the Founder of the Holistic Entrepreneur Association, an organization that provides business education and marketing resources to holistic nutrition professionals to help them launch, grow, and scale their practices. 

Jen Minnich, FNTP, MPA, curates a wellness approach that weaves together functional nutrition, energetic balancing, shadow work, reiki, and sound to enhance wellness at the physical and energetic levels. She facilitates individuals and groups through the powerful process of uncovering the most vibrant and nourished versions of themselves. Based in Seattle, WA, Jen empowers clients through in-person and online sessions, as well as workshops and retreats. You can find more information at www.jenminnich.com.

DeAnn Laube is the owner of Vibrant Health Nutrition and Bowenwork, a private practice in Seattle, Washington. In her practice, DeAnn uses a combination of therapeutic and functional nutrition support, traditional herbal medicine, bodywork and holistic cooking classes to help her clients reclaim their health from the inside out. As an herbalist and
passionate wild forager, DeAnn has a vast knowledge of plants, herbs and
nutrient dense wild foods. She incorporates this passion and knowledge in her
private practice as well as in her teaching. This summer, join DeAnn in
the beautiful San Juan Islands for her newest class offering, Wild Nutrition Adventures, including wild foraging, wild crafting and seaweed harvesting excursions.

Leah Williamson is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), Associate Instructor for the Nutritional Therapy Association, Australia, Autoimmune Paleo Certified Coach, RESTART Instructor, real food advocate, and the founder of Brisbane Paleo Group – one of Australia’s largest Paleo communities. She resides in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and two children. She runs her home/online clinic, Nourishing Conversations, where she specializes applying Nutritional Therapy to Low Carbohydrate/Ketogenic/Paleo lifestyles. She is the host of Low Carb Conversations Podcast where she debates the latest health news and headlines with special guests. 

Janine Martin Horst is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, a certified GAPS Practitioner, an AIP Certified Coach, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition, and has been an Instructor with the Nutritional Therapy Association since 2013. Through her private practice in Salem, Oregon, Taproot Wellness, she specializes in working with women who want to get their energy back and she is especially passionate about supporting clients with thyroid and autoimmune imbalances.

Melissa Shafer is a well-rounded wellness coach with 18 years of experience in massage therapy and 5 years of experience as an FNTP. She’s also an Associate Instructor with the Nutritional Therapy Association, since 2018. Melissa is passionate about helping women change their relationship to food by helping them discover what their body needs, eliminating confusion and freeing them of restriction, rules, and judgment. She loves her family, chocolate, rivers and waterfalls, and her Boston Terrier. Also, mayonnaise.

Kariman Pierce, FNTP, CGP, RWP is a fierce advocate for Holistic Nutrition and feels passionate about seeing practitioners rise into their full potential because our work IS the solution to modern disease.  As Path & Purpose Mentor, Kariman helps heart-centered, holistic, creative women go from stuck to unstoppable with whole person coaching and business consulting.  Kariman is the Lead Mentor of the NTAs Career Development Course and is the Secretary of the NANP Board of Directors.