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NAC 2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Keynote: Elizabeth Vosseller, M.A.
Elizabeth Vosseller has worked with individuals with complex communication and sensory-motor differences since 1995. She began her career as an SLP at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC where she began to specialize in autism. From there, Elizabeth spent twelve years as an Assistant Professor at The George Washington University teaching more than twenty different courses to undergraduate and graduate students in both Speech and Hearing Sciences and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Elizabeth developed a passion for clinical training through her work with field supervision and training to teachers and SLPs during their graduate studies.
Elizabeth’s greatest joy is working with clients and families she opened Growing Kids Therapy Center (GKTC) in Herndon, Virginia. In 2013 she began using Assistive Technology to educate and teach students the purposeful motor skills to Spell to Communicate (S2C). Elizabeth enjoys teaching parents, educators, caregivers, and other professionals to support nonspeaking individuals through S2C.
Keynote: Chantal Sicile-Kira
Chantal Sicile-Kira is an advocate who inspires hope, creates community connections and motivates people to be their best selves. She is a leader in the field of autism, with a deep passion for self-determination and inclusion, and firmly believes the world is a better place when we all have the ability to contribute fully. Currently Chantal channels that passion and leadership into her role as Marketing Director and Team Mentor for Jeremy’s Vision, her son Jeremy’s business as an award -winning professional artist. Despite being minimally speaking, Jeremy graduated from high school at age 22 with an academic diploma, and then discovered his gift of synesthesia and his love of painting.
For as long as she can remember, Chantal has been committed to helping others grow, inspiring her to write 6 award-winning books with practical advice on autism for parents and teachers. Her books are: Her books are: Autism Spectrum Disorder; A Full Life with Autism (co-authored with her son Jeremy); What is Autism; Autism Life Skills; Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum; and Self-Employment Workbook: A Beginner’s Guide. An International speaker, Chantal created Autismcollge.com in 2011 to help foster more understanding about autism through online webinars. Recently she authored the playscript “Greatly I Dream…” based on her family’s experience, currently in development with Intrepid Theatre in San Diego.
Chantal’s commitment to self-determination and inclusion, led her to work years ago at Fairview State Hospital teaching community living and self-help skills to developmentally disabled and autistic adolescents in preparation for their de-institutionalization. Little did she know this experience would serve her well when her son, Jeremy, was born many years later. In past years, Chantal has served on the Transitional Services & Supports Taskforce of The California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism, and as Co-Chair, South Counties Autism Regional Taskforce. Chantal and her family have been highlighted in Newsweek, on PBS, NPR, MTV, and Fox, Huntington Post, Psychology Today, and Art of Autism.
NAC 2020 SPEAKERS
Dr. James Adams
James Adams is a President’s Professor in the School of Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE) and the undergraduate program chair for materials science and engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.
Professor Adams has done extensive research in developing computational models of materials and applying those models to the study of properties of materials. He also directs the Autism/Asperger’s Research Program at ASU with focus on biomedical issues, including nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity and bacterial/yeast overgrowths in the gut.
Dr. Richard Boles
Dr. Boles is a Medical Geneticist with expertise in mitochondrial and other metabolic disorders. He completed medical school at UCLA, a pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA, and a genetics fellowship at Yale. He received board certifications in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics. For over two decades, Dr. Boles’ clinical and research focus has been on sequence changes in genes involved in energy metabolism, and more recently ion channels, and their effects on the development of common functional disorders. Examples include autism, pain syndromes, cyclic vomiting, bowel dysmotility, dysautonomia, depression, and SIDS. Dr. Boles practices the “bedside to bench to bedside” model of a physician-scientist, combining an active clinical practice with basic research into the underlying genetic predispositions leading to the same conditions. He has over 70 published papers, mostly in mitochondrial medicine.
Holly Bortfeld is a single mother of 2 adults with ASD, one in managed recovery. A long-time homeschooler, Holly now owns a biomed-friendly homestead farm for men with autism in York County PA. www.facebook.com/FeltonHomestead
Ms. Bortfeld was the Parent Support Manager and Lead Author at TACA for 10 years.
Pat Bergmaier CFP, ChSNC
Pat is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and has a passion for working with families. His knowledge and expertise allows him to develop comprehensive and holistic financial plans for his clients that provide the framework for making financial decisions that will help achieve their lifetime and legacy planning goals.
Pat is also a Chartered Special Needs Consultant™ (ChSNC™) This designation has provided Pat with the knowledge to address the unique circumstances and requirements of planning for individuals with special needs, a core focus of his practice. Pat received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Albright College in Reading, PA and holds his FINRA Series 7, 66, 63 & 6 Securities Licenses. Pat began his career in the financial services industry in 2005 after a successful baseball career at Albright where he was awarded Conference Player of the Year during his senior season.
Prior to joining 1847Financial, Pat partnered with the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning where his passion for working with the special needs community began. He is a board member of the Timothy School in Berwyn, PA which is devoted exclusively to teaching students with autism. He is involved with supporting many special needs organizations such as Ascend – the Asperger and Autism Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, Autism Cares Foundation, Down Syndrome Interest Groups, and PLAN of PA.
Dr. David Dornfeld
Dr David Dornfeld has been preventing and reversing illness at Family Wellness Center in Middletown, NJ, for 33+years, while focusing towards “environmental medicine concerns” and how to repair those exposure related insults
Throughout this time, he has developed a special interest in working with children with autism spectrum disorders, and encompasses many aspects of family medicine, osteopathic spinal manipulation, chelation therapy, IV infusions therapy, and hyperbaric therapies to help many improve. He received his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine and completed his residencies in Ohio and Colorado in 1986. He is board certified in family medicine (ACOFP) and board certified in anti-aging medicine by the International Society of Anti-Aging medicine in 2000. Dr. Dornfeld has been a member of ACAM, the American College for the Advancement in Medicine since 1994 and became double certified in chelation therapy through his training. He completed his Fellowship from MAPS (Medical Academy of Pediatric Special needs) in 2013, and helps train many professionals and parents in safe hyperbaric therapies, chelation therapies, Lyme related disorders (ILADS trained) and preventive medicine, both nationally and internationally.
Recently, Dr. Dornfeld was the only US physician asked to participate in an autism summit in Cairo, Egypt, expanding his guidance to help physicians in the Middle East combat the issues associated with recovering children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
Michael W. Elice, M.D.
Michael W. Elice, M.D. is a board certified pediatrician who has treated Autistic Spectrum Disorders, mitochondrial, PANDAS, immune and metabolic dysregulation for the past 10 years. The treatment is based on the theory that autism and related disorders are actually complex neurodevelopmental disorders with genetic, biochemical and immunological origins, thus making these autoimmune disorders the incidence of which has been increasing rapidly over the past 30 years.
As the research in this field advances, Dr. Elice has treated not only the affected children but their siblings, parents and family members who suffer from other genetically based autoimmune disorders. Dr. Elice is on the board of NYFAC –New York Families of Autistic Children, National Autism Association – New York Metro Chapter and MAPS Physician.
He has lectured at MAPS (Medical Academy for Pediatric Special Needs,) Autism Research Institute (formerly Defeat Autism Now!) conferences, Autism One conferences and local SEPTA and school conferences. Dr Elice has participated in TV and web interviews. He has contributed several chapters to “Cutting Edge Therapies in Autism – 2010-2013” editions and has coauthored papers on immune therapy for autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Elice is also certified in Hyperbaric Medicine.
Dr. Dane Fliedner
Dr. Fliedner, MD, MPH, FAAP is an Integrative and Functional Medicine Pediatrician. A Southern California native, Dr. Fliedner earned his Doctorate of Medicine while also earning his Master of Public Health from New York Medical College. He completed his Pediatric Residency Training at University of California, Irvine. He has had a diverse career having worked from Community Clinics in underserved areas in California to working in the emergency room as a faculty member of the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical School/Children’s Hospital of Dallas.
Heidi Light-Giglio, BCBA
Heidi has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities for more than 18 years, consulting to various school districts, private schools and home programs across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. Her foundations were established through her years working at Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, of Rutgers University, and through the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project, now PaTTAN Autism Initiative. She has spoken at many local, regional and national conferences, and acted as an expert witness in a variety of due process hearings. Her passion is for using the analysis of Verbal Behavior to develop spontaneous and functional use of language and related skills based on each individual’s strengths and needs, establishing curricula that marries both developmental and practical skill progressions, and overall, using best practice behavioral principles to increase meaningful skills for every child.
Dr. Darin Ingels
Dr. Ingels is a respected leader in natural medicine with numerous publications, international lectures and more than 25 years experience in the healthcare eld. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Purdue University and his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Ingels is a licensed naturopathic physician in the State of Connecticut and a licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in the State of California, where he maintains practices in both states. He is Board certi ed in Integrated Pediatrics and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Dr. Ingels has been published extensively and is the author of two books, The Natural Pharmacist: Lowering Cholesterol (Prima, 1999) and Natural Treatments for High Cholesterol (Prima, 2000). He has written a chapter on allergy desensitization for autistic children in “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism” and is the author of the upcoming book “The Lyme Solution: A 5-Part Immune Boosting Plan to Fight In ammation and Beat Lyme Disease Permanently” (Avery, 2018), a comprehensive natural approach to treating Lyme disease.
Dr. Ingels’ specializes in Lyme disease, autism and chronic immune dysfunction, including allergies, asthma, recurrent or persistent infections and other genetic or acquired immune problems. He uses diet, nutrients, herbs, homeopathy and immunotherapy to help his patients achieve better health.
Shannon Kenitz is the executive Director of the International Hyperbarics Association (IHA). The IHA is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for neurological conditions through education, research and fundraising of treatments for families in need. Ms. Kenitz has been working in the field of hyperbaric medicine since 2003 as a strong advocate for HBOT to treat children with special needs. Ms Kenitz has been instrumental in the education of primary physicians in the benefits of HBOT and is highly regarded as an expert on its treatment of neurological conditions. Since 2013, Ms. Kenitz has served as the Senior Administrator of the Medical Academy of Pediatrics Special Needs (MAPS).
Shannon Kenitz resides in Madison, Wisconsin with her two daughters Lily and Grace.
Vicki Kobliner, MS, RDN
Vicki Kobliner MS RDN is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with years of expertise in applying a functional approach to nutrition. She develops individualized plans for clients which are designed to promote wellness, prevent disease and rebalance underlying nutritional impairments. A key element of this approach is the optimization of digestive function. Research shows that impairments in this critical nutritional pathway can have a far reaching impact on our brain, immune, detoxification, and other seemingly unrelated systems. Vicki has extensive experience in using dietary modification, appropriate supplementation and functional lab testing to achieve optimal wellness.
Vicki has extensive experience using gluten-free, dairy free, low allergen, GFCF, SCD, GAPS, FODMAPS, and other appropriate diets to reduce inflammation and promote healthy digestive function . She has contributed her expertise to www.gfcfdiet.com and worked with schools to develop a whole foods approach to student meal planning. She lectures frequently, both locally and nationally, on topics such as autism, special diets for food allergies and intolerances, healthy pregnancy planning and choosing appropriate nutritional supplementation. She has appeared on television and video. Vicki is a contributing author to the books A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children and Essential Remedies for Women’s Health.
Dr. Julie Logan
Dr. Julie Logan specializes in helping children with the symptoms of Autism, ADD/HD, PANDAS/PANS, food sensitivities, methylation defects, GI issues, and environmental illnesses. She is fully MAPS certified (Medical Academy of Pediatrics Special needs) and has been working alongside Dr. Usman for the last 4 years.
Before earning her medical degree, Dr. Julie Logan was introduced to the world of medicine as a patient. After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis, she began treatment with a chiropractic physician and soon recovered from the disorder. But as a concerned mother, Dr. Logan was pushed further into the medical world. Educators began telling her that her older son showed signs of ADHD and her younger son developed Autism. Like so many other parents, Dr. Logan was plunged into the struggle to rescue her sons. She watched their amazing paths of recovery through chiropractic care and nutritional therapies, and soon she had discovered an incredible truth; the human body has the power to heal itself when given the right care.
Prior to joining True Health Medical Center, Dr. Logan worked in the field of Environmental medicine, addressing biotoxin mediated illnesses such as mold exposure and sick building syndrome. Her chiropractic background gives her insight into correcting the dysregulation of the central nervous system, known as dysautonomia.
She obtained her undergraduate degree at Wheaton College and completed her physician’s degree National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, graduating as Valedictorian of her class. She currently also works in private chiropractic practice in Warrenville to further serve the health needs of her patients.
Dr. Kerry Margo
Dr. Kerry Magro is an award winning national speaker and best-selling author. Kerry has become a rolemodel in the disabled community. Non-verbal at 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at 4, Kerry has overcame countless obstacles to get to where he is today.In May of 2019, Kerry received his doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership from New Jersey City University to become Dr. Kerry Magro. He currently is CEO and Founder of KFM Making a Difference, a non-profit corporation focused on disability advocacy and housing.
Today Kerry travels the country sharing his story and telling our society to define their lives and their dreams in the best way they can. Of his highlights include publishing 2 best-selling books (Defining Autism From The Heart and Autism and Falling in Love) and working on the 2012 Motion Picture Joyful Noise. Kerry currently resides in Hoboken, New Jersey. Send Kerry a speaker inquiry today here.
Lynn Medley, M.S., CCC-SLP
Lynn is a speech-language pathologist, with a rich variety of training from which she combines current methods for the treatment of individuals with ASD, dyspraxia, and other significant communication disorders. Lynn earned her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University, and her Master’s Degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received additional training at the TEACCH program, in a Sensory Integration private practice, and in a range of home programs utilizing Applied Behavioral Analysis principles.
In 1995 Lynn moved to Baltimore, where she worked for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders of the Kennedy Krieger Institute. During her time at CARD as a communication specialist and later as the Clinical Director and eventually Assistant Director, Lynn assisted in starting the Achievements Therapeutic Day Program, consulted to school systems in several states, lectured internationally, and provided advocacy and expert witness services for children with autism and their families, while also participating in direct interdisciplinary evaluation and therapy service provision. From 1999-2000 Lynn served as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Continued Studies in Business and Education at the Johns Hopkins University, where she taught students in the Masters Certificate program in Autism, the first of its kind in the country.
Early in 2002 Lynn moved to Pennsylvania and opened a private practice providing therapy, advocacy, and consultation to individuals with autism and their families, and consultation and training to school systems. In 2005, Lynn’s friend and colleague from Kennedy Krieger, Janice Mesaric, joined her in partnership, and they opened Medley & Mesaric Therapy Associates, LLC. Lynn continues to specialize in social engagement and social cognition across ages and diagnoses, providing evaluative and therapeutic services with individuals with communication disorders, and consultative services to schools and school systems.
Lesley M. Mehalick, J.D., LL.M.
Ms. Mehalick is a shareholder of McAndrews Law Offices and the supervising partner for the firm’s estates and trusts department. She is an accomplished estates and trusts attorney whose practice includes Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Guardianship, Post – Litigation Planning, Personal Injury Settlement Planning, Trust Administration Counseling, Waiver Program Counseling, Medicaid/Social Security Compliance, Estate Administration, Elder Law Planning, and Orphans Court matters.
Ms. Mehalick has extensive experience in post-litigation planning and utilizing various techniques and trusts designed to meet the specific needs of the plaintiff, which may include maintaining eligibility for public benefits or making a plan to protect the monies. She regularly assists families in navigating through special needs planning, whether a young child, adult or elder family member is involved. These efforts include qualifying clients for public benefits when they receive a lawsuit recovery, preparing special needs trusts, bringing guardianship proceedings, and carefully crafting an estate plan that maintains a disabled family member’s eligibility for essential public benefits.
She is privileged to counsel clients regarding elder law issues and ways to protect the assets and promote the dignity of loved ones who may require skilled nursing care. She regularly appears in Orphans’ Court and she is a frequent lecturer to both attorneys and families on these topics. Ms. Mehalick previously practiced civil litigation in Northern Virginia, and she has litigated suits in both Virginia and Maryland. Prior to her private practice, she served as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Stanley P. Klein, Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax County, Virginia. Ms. Mehalick holds an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Taxation and a Certification in Estate Planning from the Villanova University School of Law, Graduate Tax Program, and she received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where she served as the executive articles editor on the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal.
Dr. Michael Montico
Dr. Montico is board certified in both family medicine and sports medicine. After his son Owen was diagnosed with ASD, Dr. Montico pursued training in the biomedical approach to ASD. Previously trained as a “DAN” physician, Dr. Montico is on course to become a MAPS fellow (Medical Academy of Pediatric special needs). Dr. Montico now does consulting for the Holland Center Biomedical Clinic outside of Minneapolis.
Meg Murphy discovered RPM 4 years ago when looking for a way to connect with her oldest son Finn, who is now 8, and has nonverbal autism. She always knew Finn was smart, but he struggled with PECS, sign language, and ABA, and didn’t have a reliable way to communicate. Through RPM she was able to teach Finn to spell, and now Finn can type and spell his thoughts fluently. After practicing at home for 2 years, Meg received her Parent Training Certification through HALO Institute in April of 2017.
Today she works primarily with her son, but she also enjoys helping families throughout the community when she can. Meg also started Chester County RPM and hosts multiple workshops throughout the year with RPM Practitioners from all over the country.
RPM is an educational method for autism and related conditions. It empowers the student to communicate thoughts, reason, opinions and answers to questions. This is accomplished by assessing the open learning channels in the instance of learning. Students further can learn using RPM for self help tasks, leisure skills, and many other skills leading to independence. RPM was developed by Soma Mukhopadhyay.
Dr. Nancy O’Hara
Dr. Nancy O’Hara is a board certified Pediatrician. Prior to her medical career, Dr. O’Hara taught children with autism. She graduated with highest honors from Bryn Mawr College and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. After residency, chief residency and general pediatric fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. O’ Hara entered general private practice in 1993, and in 1998 began her consultative, integrative practice solely for children with special needs.
Since 1999 she has dedicated her practice to the integrative and holistic care of children with neurodevelopment disorders, ADHD, PANDAS/PANS, OCD, Lyme and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. She is a leader in the training of clinicians, both in the US and abroad.
Dr. Dan Rossignol
Dr. Rossignol received his Doctorate of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Virginia. Coming from an academic background, Dr. Rossignol searched the medical literature looking for a solution after both of his children were diagnosed with autism. He has made it his mission to research and publish in autism. In the last 12 years, he has 57 publications concerning autism and related conditions.
Dr. Rossignol has a special interest in autism spectrum disorders, PANS/PANDAS, cerebral palsy, and related neurological and developmental disorders as well as medically complex children and adults. Dr. Rossignol is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP) and a Fellow/President of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (FMAPS).
Dr. Jason Sonners
Dr. Jason Sonners has always been fascinated by the machinery of the human frame and strives to learn everything and anything he can that might help even one of his patients. Always working to integrate new knowledge and practical experience, in addition to his Doctor of Chiropractic, Jason earned his Diplomate of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition (DCBCN) and his Diplomate of the International Board of Applied Kinesiology (DIBAK). He is one of only 250 professionals in the world with this distinction.
Dr. Sonners utilizes his combined training in various modalities to create comprehensive programs and help patients achieve their health goals. His patients are dealing with, among other conditions, a variety of autoimmune and neurological conditions, allergies, autism and cancer. He combines Chiropractic, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Nutrition, Exercise, Detoxification programs and more to naturally support patients and guide them through their health challenges.
Dr. Anju Usman-Singh
Dr. Anju Singh is director of True Health Medical Center in Naperville, Illinois and owner of Pure Compounding Pharmacy. She has been using evidence based integrative medical interventions to help children diagnosed with ADD, Autism, Allergies, Gastrointestinal issues and related disorders for over 15 years. She has conducted research involving copper/zinc imbalances, metallothionein dysfunction, biofilm related infections, vitamin D in pregnancy, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She serves on the executive board for the Autism Society of Illinois as well as the scientific advisory board for Generation Rescue and TACA. She is on faculty for MAPs (Medical Academy for Pediatric Special Needs).
Dr. Usman received her medical degree from Indiana University. She completed a residency in Family Practice at Cook County Hospital, in Chicago, Illinois and is board certified in Family Practice. In addition she is board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and holds a certificate in Homeopathy.
Dr. T.C. Theoharides
Dr. Theoharides is Professor of Pharmacology and Internal Medicine, as well as Director of Molecular Immunopharmacology and Drug Discovery, in the Department of Immunology at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. He was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, and graduated with Honors from Anatolia College.
Bev is an Occupational Therapist with a passion for enhancing community engagement for individuals of all abilities, with a special focus on partnering with individuals with developmental disabilities. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Temple University. Bev returned to Temple and received her Clinical Doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy in May of 2016, along with a Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Temple University Fox School of Business.
Bev has over two decades of experience in service delivery, research, training, and program development. Bev is passionate about helping individuals who are often the recipients of assistance assume leadership roles as providers of service to their communities. She has partnered with corporations and local, national, and international non-profit organizations to create innovative opportunities for individuals of all abilities to build social capital and community connection. Bev received the Pediatric Therapeutic Services Therapist 5000 Award in 2014 for “Staying Power,” an innovative school-based program designed to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration. She received the Temple University Helen Hopkins Scholarship Award in 2015 and the Child Development Foundation Dr. Thomas J. Natoli Award in 2018.
Bev created Integrate for Good, an innovative initiative designed to expand opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to contribute their time and talent through civic engagement, and became the founding Project Director in July, 2017. Bev’s current work focuses on building strategic partnerships to enhance authentic community engagement for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism through collaboration with individuals and families, school districts, agencies, government entities and nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Lindsey Wells
Dr. Lindsey Wells is a naturopathic physician in Wilton, CT. She has focused her practice on pediatric consultative care for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), PANS/PANDAS, other neurodevelopmental disorders, and various chronic illnesses.
Dr. Wells is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University where she teaches anatomy and physiology undergraduate nursing students. Also, Dr. Wells is the President of the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association (CNPA). In 2016, Dr. Wells was recognized as “Young Influencer in Naturopathic Medicine” by the AANMC.