2017 Women in Balance – Professional Speakers


Jonathan V. Wright, MD: Perspectives on Women’s Health and Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy-From 43 Years of Clinical Practice

Presentation: Join Dr. Jonathan V. Wright, pioneer in natural medicine and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for a multi-phase four-hour discussion regarding BHRT issues, as well as a wide variety of topics specific to women’s health. Included are the use of iodine relating to fibrocystic breast disease, breast cancer, stimulating estriol, and raising the Estrogen Quotient (EQ).  Also discussed are ways to eliminate the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, eliminate menorrhagia, reduce hair loss, treat eclampsia/pre-eclampsia, and enhance appearance with topical use of bio-identical hormones. This will be information you won’t want to miss from one of the most respected experts in BHRT therapy…

Bio: Jonathan V. Wright, MD, is a pioneer in the application of natural treatments for health conditions not requiring surgery.  He graduated from Harvard University in 1965, obtaining his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1969.  He was awarded an honorary Naturopathic Doctor degree by Bastyr University in 1993.

Called the “Father of Bio-Identical Hormones”, Dr. Wright was the first in these United States to prescribe comprehensive hormone replacement therapies using hormones identical to those found naturally in young humans. This therapy (“BHRT”) is now used by millions.  He also developed testing of steroid metabolites to ensure safety and efficacy of treatment.

Other accomplishments include originating natural treatment for childhood asthma, developing natural treatment for the “dry” form of macular degeneration, pioneering the use of aldosterone to reverse age-related hearing loss, discovering the effects of iodine on estrogen metabolism and cobalt on steroid detoxification, developing treatment to improve bone density, and many more.

Dr. Wright founded Tahoma Clinic in Washington State in 1973 where he continues to practice medicine and serve as Medical Director.

He has authored 14 books, with two texts achieving best-selling status, and numerous medical articles.  Since 1983, he has educated thousands of physicians in his approach both nationally and internationally.

Neil McKinney, BSc., ND:  Life in the Balance – Healing Women with Cancer

Presentation: Integrative medicine for cancers of the breast, ovaries, uterus, cervix and vulva will be presented, with a strong clinical focus. Supportive care to enhance safety and efficacy of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and targeted therapies will be explained. Alternative science-based medicines for life extension and quality of life will also be explored. Cutting edge naturopathic oncology including artesunate, Low-dose Naltrexone, mistletoe and IV or nebulized medications will be detailed. Specific protocols for each type of cancer will list primary, secondary and tertiary remedies, along with sources, forms, dosing and other necessary information to apply directly into practice. Participants will receive powerful tools to help any case of female cancer.

Bio: Dr. McKinney graduated from Simon Fraser University with degree in biosciences, and had a career in biophysical (radiation) cancer research. In 1985 he received a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. McKinney founded the BC Naturopathic Association and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Author of several textbooks of naturopathic oncology, Dr. McKinney lectures to doctors internationally and contributes to publication for professionals and the public. Dr. McKinney is well known for his generous sharing of time and writings to mentor students and peers. He has received a number of awards for contributions to advancing the scope and standards of the naturopathic profession. He has a practice with a focus on integrative oncology in Victoria, BC, Canada.

chris-meletis-headshotChris Meletis, ND: Female Fertility- Establishing a Healthy Ecology

Presentation: Discussion will include the concept that the optimal level of fertility is a combination of ability to conceive with the health of the mom and baby during and after pregnancy. Topics include ovulatory cycle and select sources of ovulatory dysfunction including environmental and hormonal considerations. Discussion of obstacles to fertility including cervical mucus and role of neuroendocrine homeostasis. Brief discussion of male specimen contribution and clinical considerations for sperm quality.

Bio: Dr. Meletis is an educator, international author and lecturer. He has authored 16 books, over 200 national scientific articles in such publications as Natural Health, Townsend Letters for Doctors and Patients, Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Life Extension, Natural Pharmacy and several international newsletters.

Dr. Meletis served as the Dean of Naturopathic Medicine and Chief Medical Officer and NUNM for seven years and was instrumental in establishing the first CNME certified national residency program and 16 community clinics for the underserved and poor in the Portland Metro area. He was awarded the 2003 Physician of the year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for his pursuit of blending educational excellence and heart driving medicine while Dean and CMO at NUNM.

Amy Day, ND: Managing Endometriosis: Naturopathic Care is Key

Presentation: Endometriosis patients are usually left frustrated by conventional medical treatments. While coping with severe pain or eagerly trying to improve their fertility, the typical hormonal treatments can throw these women into a whirlwind of side effects, and the surgeries often do not provide lasting benefit. There are many myths and misunderstandings about endometriosis, including the fact that we now know this is a body-wide disease, NOT just lesions growing in the pelvis.

Endometrial growths are only the tip of the iceberg, and we must also be looking at the environment in which it is occurring, including:

  • Hormone Balance
  • Immune System/Inflammation
  • Digestive Health
  • Environment/Detox
  • Stress and Mind/Body

As NDs, we are perfectly poised to give these women the comprehensive help and guidance they need. Our holistic approach is safe and mostly without side effects. By providing a range of natural treatment options, we can help empower these women and address the many issues related to this complex disease.

Bio: Dr. Amy Day received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from NCNM in Portland, OR in 2004, and holds the fourth ND license in the state of California. Her private practice in Berkeley, CA specializes in helping busy professional women with stress, fatigue and hormonal issues.

Dr. Day currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Endometriosis Association and is a past board member of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. She is author of The Busy Woman’s Guide to Adrenal Health which is available as an ebook download via her website.

While in medical school, struggles with her own women’s health issues fueled Dr. Amy’s passion to work with and empower other women. She now provides experienced and compassionate care to help get to the bottom of complex hormone issues including adrenal/thyroid health, perimenopause/menopause, PMS, PCOS and endometriosis. Learn more at www.DrAmyDay.com.