Attention Midwest Physicians and Naturopaths~ CME classes

Dear Potential Vendor,

This coming year, March 10 and 11, 2012, the Wisconsin Naturopathic Physicians Association (WNPA) will be hosting a Midwest regional continuing education conference in Madison, Wisconsin. We have invited naturopathic physicians from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, along with other health care practitioners from throughout the region, to come together to enhance our knowledge and skills, and to build community.  This year the conference is a two day event, a full day on Saturday, with Sunday ending at 3 p.m.

There is great interest in this regional conference, and we are expecting between 100 and 150 attendees.


The topic of the conference will be Lyme Disease, a complex, challenging disease process that is significantly affecting the health and well being of people in many areas of the country.  According to the CDC statistics in 2010, Wisconsin had the third highest report of Lyme Disease, just behind New Hampshire and Connecticut, closely followed by Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.   It is a health care problem that demands our fullest attention, and we are gathering some of the top Lyme experts in the region as speakers for this conference.


Last year we had a very successful gathering, which included a distinguished group of those vendors that provide the naturopathic profession with the dispensary and laboratory tools of our trade.  We would like to invite you, as a returning vendor or a first time vendor, to participate in this year’s regional conference by having a table, displaying your products and services, meeting our attendees, and being a part of our community.


The location will be:

The Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin campus

702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI  53706,  608 262-1122

Parking is available at State Street Campus Ramp, 400 N. Lake St., 2 blocks S. of the Pyle Center

There is a loading dock on the back side of the Pyle Center for short term loading and unloading.


If you need overnight accommodations in Madison, a block of rooms has been set aside at the Lowell Center, a guest house (hotel) affiliated with the Pyle Center.  Cost for a single room no view is $89, single room with a view $105, double room no view $101, double room with a view $117.  You can view details on line,, and reservations can be made directly through the Lowell Center.  Please let them know you are part of the WNPA block.  Other hotels in the area are also available.


The cost to have a table in the vendor room is $450.  Tables and chairs are provided, without drapes.  I am working to finalize the conference schedule, which will have ample break times for attendees to visit the vendor room.  I will send the finalized schedule for the weekend once I complete it.  We will also be hosting a vendor appreciation hour at the end of the lecture day on Saturday, offering an additional opportunity for you to interface with the attendees.


All breaks throughout the conference weekend will feature refreshments served right in the vendor room, which will assure visibility and accessibility.  If your company is interested in sponsoring one of the breaks with an additional $250 donation, we will feature your company with an announcement just before that break, as well as include literature or product samples from your company in the conference bags that will be given to each attendee. 


Lunch will be catered by the UW Extension.  They request that no carry-in food be brought into the Pyle Center. Lunch is included for all vendors.


If you would like to participate in this years WNPA hosted regional naturopathic medicine conference by having a vendor table, please contact me, Robin DiPasquale, by phone 608 203-5890 or by to reserve your space.  Checks can be made payable to WNPA and mailed to me directly at:

Red Lotus Healing Arts

7818 Big Sky Drive, Suite 209

Madison, WI  53719

You will also be able to pay on the Wisconsin Naturopathic Physicians Association website,


You, our vendors, are a very important part of our success as practicing naturopathic physicians.  I hope you will join us at this gathering of eight Midwest states so that we can celebrate together what we bring to the health and well-being of the human community.


Thank you, and we hope to see you on March 10 and 11, 2012.




Robin DiPasquale, ND, RH (AHG)

WNPA Coordinator for the annual CE conference



Lectures {Beginning Saturday morning at 8:15 a.m.}


 1/2 hour

Lyme Awareness and Education in WI. (Mike Nickel)

1. Beginnings of Lyme Education in WI.

2. Accomplishments to date

3. The Future of Lyme and TBD disease education and awareness in WI.


1.5 hour

Lyme on the brain (Tom Grier)

.5 hour  Explanation of chronic Lyme and related linfections

.5hour  Difficulties of accurate testing and how challenges to the immune system

.5 hour Question and Answer



2 hours

Infectious Disease Update 2012 (Wayne Anderson, ND)Focus on microbes that thrive in an immune suppressed environment: (15″ increments): 

  • Parasitic infections
  • Viral Research and controversy
  • Bacterial:Intracellular and opportunistic
  • Fungal pathogens

Diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease: A Integrated Approach (Wayne Anderson, ND)

  • Symptomatic presentation and treatment protocols for Babesiosis
  • Symptomatic presentation and treatment protocols for Bartonella
  • Symptomatic presentation and treatment protocols for Ehrlichiosis
  • Symptomatic presentation and treatment protocols for Borreliosis


1 hour

Lyme Disease and Tick Borne Illness (Rebecca Keith, FNP)


  • ·         Review of diagnosis and clinical pearls, especially in the Wisconsin-based patient population
  • ·         Antimicrobial protocols – when , why and how to use


(1.5 hours)


–          15 min -Intro: my brief hx

–          15 min- Summary of my approach to the patient (prioritizing infections, etc)

–          15 min- Electrosmog

–          15 min- Mold and other inhibitors to recovery (emotional trauma, scars, etc)

–          15 min- Biofilms

–          15 min- Treatment options that work (discussion of antibiotic therapies left out/ to be covered by other speakers)


½ hour

Ondamed pulsed Biofeedback and Lyme Disease (Susan Rohr, RN)



1 hour

Diagnostic and Treatment Principles in Lyme Disease (Elizabeth Maloney, MD)

  • How to diagnose
  • Problems with serology
  • Critique of the US treatment trials
  • Issues of evidence-based medicine, patient autonomy and informed consent.




Panel discussion with any or all presenters



Panel Discussion – other providers



(30 min x2)

Gestational & Pediatric Tick-Borne Illness (Jill Evenson, ND)

When to consider TBIs  (5 min)

How peds present differently than adult LD (10 min)

Specific indications I’ve seen in practice (5 min)

Special considerations for treatment (10 min)


Physical Exam for Tick-Borne Illnesses (Jill Evenson, ND)

Review system by system common and uncommon findings seen with sequelae from Lyme & Tick Borne Infections

Skin, Integumentary & Lymph









(1 hour)

Diagnosing Borrelia infection: There’s more to an immune response than antibodies alone (Sirid Kellermann, PhD, MBA)

  • ·         Discussion of  the need to complement serological (antibody) and PCR-based diagnostic methods with more comprehensive assessment of Borrelia exposure to raise our confidence in a correct diagnosis.
  • ·         Review  of key immunological concepts, including (1) much of the pathology of Lyme disease is driven by the host’s inflammatory response, and (2) an immune response involves not only antibody production, but also the activation and expansion of Borrelia-specific T lymphocytes and the production of elevated cytokines.
  • ·         Based on these concepts, an updated testing methodology will be described, which involves the application of these additional immune biomarkers in a diagnostic setting, especially the cytokine element which uniquely defines active immunity.
  • ·         Several cases will be presented that show how a multi-pronged assessment of immune responsiveness to Borrelia can help identify Lyme sufferers who are experiencing current infection, and may help monitor therapeutic efficacy.

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