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.

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 (now NUNM) 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.

Corina Dunlap ND, MS: PCOS and Infertility – Research Updates and Management

Presentation: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) accounts for a large percentage of all ovulatory dysfunction disorders in cases of female factor infertility. Women with PCOS have complex health care needs that vary depending on etiology sub-type and severity of diagnosis. There are many natural and conventional medicine approaches to treatment of PCOS-induced infertility. Management, as supported by the most up-to-date research findings, will be discussed in detail throughout this presentation.  An introductory overview of epidemiology and pathogenesis, etiology sub-types, differential, diagnostic criteria, and clinical presentation, will also be reviewed.

Bio: Dr. Corina Dunlap graduated with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, OR. Dr. Dunlap sees patients privately at A Woman’s Time and is also a research fellow and adjunct faculty at the School of Research & Graduate Studies at NUNM. As a doctoral student, Dr. Dunlap completed extensive training in advanced gynecology and naturopathic primary care while conducting research on topics such as infertility, HPV, cervical dysplasia, interstitial cystitis, and Ayurveda. As a resident, she completed rotations in pediatric endocrinology, reproductive endocrinology, gynecology, and naturopathic women’s health.  Before NUNM, she received her B.A. from Smith College with an emphasis in medical anthropology and international relations. Her passion for health began at a young age, ignited by observing the profound changes that can occur with a natural medicine approach. Dr. Dunlap is committed to providing an integrative and collaborative natural medicine approach, combining evidence-based medicine with traditional naturopathic modalities. She is recipient of the Benedict Lust Award given to a member of the NUNM community who most embodies and inspires the principles of naturopathic medicine.

Jennifer Lush, ND: Perimenopause: What it is and how to diagnose and treat

Bio: Dr. Lush earned her BA in Psychology (emphasizing the biology of behavior and neuroscience) from the University of Washington in 1994. During undergrad, she focused on public health and HIV/AIDS prevention in Latin America, working in medical clinics in rural Paraguayan villages.

In 2001, she earned her ND degree from Bastyr University. While a graduate student at Bastyr, Dr. Lush continued to research alternative medical approaches to HIV/AIDS and breast cancer. She has contributed work to Breast Cancer, Beyond Prevention, published in 2002.

Dr. Lush owned and operated a natural health clinic and private practice in Seattle from 2001 to 2006. She is also a medical researcher for Salugenecists, Inc. from 2003 to present. In the spring of 2005, she moved to Anchorage, Alaska and practiced medicine at Avante Medical Center until June 2009.

In July 2009, she had the opportunity to join a medical team working with rural villagers on the Amazon River in Peru. She also saw patients at Evergreen Integrative Medicine in Bellevue, West Seattle Natural Medicine and Shoreline Natural Medicine in 2009 and 2010.

Dr. Lush enjoys working with the whole family, providing holistic primary care medicine. Additionally, she has expertise in treating allergies, balancing hormones and providing quality women’s health medicine.

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 (now National University of Natural 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.

Tyna Moore ND, DC: Muscle as Medicine: Balancing Women’s Hormones & Health with Strength

Presentation: Strength training should be included in any Naturopathic Basic Treatment Guidelines. Muscle, as an organ system has a myriad of potent benefits on the body, including potent therapeutic health and hormonal effects. If a woman isn’t building and preserving muscle mass then they will never achieve optimal health outcomes. Age related sarcopenia as well as osteoporosis is a common female affliction and a kiss of death as we age, strength training reverses this. The benefits of strength training are vast and will be covered in detail in this lecture.

Bio: Dr. Tyna Moore is the medical director of Core Wellness Clinic in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in the application of natural pain solutions and regenerative injection therapies to treat all varieties of musculoskeletal conditions. As both a board certified naturopathic and chiropractic physician, she brings a unique perspective and expertise to the diagnosis and treatment of pain and orthopedic conditions. Dr. Moore practices exclusively regenerative injection therapies and non-surgical pain management for orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions.

Throughout her professional career Dr. Tyna Moore has focused on pain and musculoskeletal conditions. She is uniquely qualified to quickly diagnose and treat orthopedic ailments using a variety of regenerative non-surgical techniques. She strives to utilize the most effective and advanced treatments available to assist her patients in achieving their own level of optimal performance. Dr. Moore teaches regenerative medicine around the world and educates physicians as well as the general public online at www.drtyna.com.