Annual Integrative Medicine Conference 2018

Pre Conference April 26

Personalizing Cognitive Health
for Optimal Outcomes

April 26, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Pre-Conference sponsored by

An increasing body of scientific and clinical evidence show that brain health needs personalized and multi-pronged interventions to optimize health outcomes. More and more researchers are offering links demonstrating how poor nutritional intake adversely affects cognitive functioning and may, in fact, contribute to various neurological conditions including anxiety, depression, autism and neurodegenerative disorders. Data are indicative that these links may begin before birth, continue throughout the life course and be particularly susceptible during times of inadequate or inappropriate nutritional intake, physiological changes or increased stress.

During this preconference, leading thought leaders from the fields of immunology, neuroscience, gastroenterology, sports medicine and family medicine will review the evidence of the gut-brain axis, its association to nutrition, and how it influences cognitive health throughout life—from birth into later years.

The morning session will be devoted to the scientific and clinical foundations supporting the understanding of the psychoneuroimmunology, stress and immune cell activation and will lead to subsequent sessions on “Keto Nutrition” and the impact that ketogenics interventions have on cognitive outcomes as well as review of the gut-brain axis. The afternoon sessions will be conducted by widely recognized speakers as they discuss how to implement specific nutritional solutions into patient management guidelines or algorithms in support of improving cognitive health outcomes– from children to older adults and in conditions ranging from sports related issues to those commonly reported during the perimenopausal and andropausal phases of life.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to understand the links between stress, chronic inflammation and cognitive health
  • Participants will be able to explain the critical role nutrition plays in gut and neurological development throughout life
  • Participants will be able to discuss how to use specific nutritional solutions to optimize gut-brain outcomes for particular health conditions throughout the lifespan



Scott Bergman, DC

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A certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Dr. Bergman is committed to the pursuit of excellence for every patient. He received his Doctor or Chiropractic from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and is the Director of ChiroKinetics, an integrative team of providers aimed at offering care and services tailored to each patient’s unique situation in Walnut Creek, CA. For over 17 years, Dr. Bergman has been providing health, nutrition and fitness information internationally to a variety of business, education, social, and community groups. His greatest joy is guiding his patients toward their optimal health potential.

Robert Kachko, ND, Lac.

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Dr. Robert Kachko completed a Doctoral Degree in Naturopathic Medicine and Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture Institute. He has completed additional acupuncture training at Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Holding several advisory positions on non-profit and for-profit boards in the fields of precision medicine and Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Kachko works to expand research and awareness of holistic approaches to optimal wellness.

Dominic D’Agostino, PhD

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Associate professor Dr. Dominic D’Agostino teaches classes at the University of South Florida. Alongside his work there, Dominic D’Agostino is a researcher who focuses on nutritional sciences and their applications in diseases that impact muscles and movement. Dr. D’Agostino holds a doctorate in neuroscience and physiology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In addition to his research on muscle wasting and motoneuron diseases, Dr. D’Agostino recently conducted a study on the role of exogenous ketone supplements in reducing anxiety-related behavior. Results indicated ketone supplementation raised blood βHB levels and lowered anxiety-related behavior. These findings suggest that ketone supplementation could be an effective substitute for a strict ketogenic diet to achieve nutritional ketosis as an approach to treating anxiety. The results of the study were published in the scientific journal, Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, in December 2016.

Robert Martindale, MD, PhD

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Dr. Robert Martindale is Professor of Surgery and the Chief of the Division of General Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University. He also serves as the Medical Director for Hospital Nutrition Services. Dr. Martindale completed his medical training at George Washington University in Washington DC and obtained his PhD in Nutrition at UCLA at the Center for Ulcer Research and Education. Dr. Martindale joined the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia, where he held many distinguished positions, including Chief of the General Surgery Service at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, Director of Nutrition Support Service at the Medical College of Georgia, and Chief of the Section of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Martindale’s primary focus has been in surgical education and patient care in surgery and nutrition. In addition to being the co-editor of a textbook dealing with surgical and critical care nutrition, he is the author of over 200 peer reviewed publications, book chapters, and several medical educational videos.

Filomena Trindade, MD

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Dr. Trindade has been in clinical practice for more than eighteen years. A graduate of UC Davis She is a teacher, author, and recognized international lecturer in Functional Medicine. She is active in the development of teaching programs in Functional Medicine in the US, Latin America, and Europe. She is both a graduate and faculty at the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, where she is involved in the anti-aging, regenerative, and functional medicine fellowship. She graduated from medical school at UC Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, CA.

Heather Zwickey, PhD

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Heather Zwickey, PhD, trained at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver. She earned a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and teach medical school at Yale University. At the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, she launched the Helfgott Research Institute and established the School of Graduate Studies, developing programs in research, nutrition, and global health among others. She teaches immunology and nutrition at NUNM, at the University of Western States and at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Dr. Zwickey applies her immunology expertise to natural medicine where she studies the immunological and neurological mechanisms involved in nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and mind-body therapies, with specific interest in the gut-brain axis in Parkinson’s disease.

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