June 22 - 23

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Pre-Conference Courses June 20th and 21st


Joseph Mercola, D.O., F.A.C.N.

Author of three NY Time bestsellers

  • Board certified family physician and fellow of the American College of Nutrition
  • Founder of, the most visited natural health site on the web
  • Author of three NY Times bestselling books 

In 1997, he established his own natural health website,, which is dedicated to providing free health and wellness articles, natural products, as well as other resources to people worldwide, inspiring them to take control of their health. is now known as one of the top natural health websites in the world, with over one million subscribers.

Dr. Mercola authored three New York Times bestsellers, The No-Grain Diet, The Great Bird Flu Hoax, and Effortless Healing. He has been invited as a keynote speaker at many health-related conferences and assemblies, and has also been featured in various media resources, such as TIME magazine, LA Times, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, Today Show, Dr. Oz, and CBS’s Washington Unplugged with Sharyl Attkisson.

In 2009, Dr. Mercola was named the “Ultimate Wellness Game Changer” by the Huffington Post, an honor bestowed upon “100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders in 10 categories who are harnessing the power of new media to reshape their fields and change the world.”

Stephen Sinatra, M.D.

​Internationally Acclaimed Cardiologist

Dr. Stephen Sinatra is a highly respected and sought-after cardiologist whose integrative approach to treating cardiovascular disease has revitalized patients with even the most advanced forms of illness.

His expertise is grounded in more than 35 years of clinical practice, research, and study beginning as an attending physician at Manchester Memorial Hospital (Eastern Connecticut Health Network).

His career there included nine years as chief of cardiology, 18 years as director of medical education, seven years as director of echocardiography, three years as director of cardiac rehabilitation, and one year as director of the weight reducing program. In 1987, Dr. Sinatra founded the New England Heart Center.  Through it, he became a well-known advocate of combining conventional medical treatments for heart disease with complementary nutritional, anti-aging, and psychological therapies.

Today Dr. Sinatra is active primarily as an author, speaker, and advisor for the research and development of nutritional supplements. He joined the Healthy Directions family of experts in 1995

Tony Jimenez, M.D., N.D., C.N.C.

Founder of Hope 4 Cancer 

DR. ANTONIO JIMENEZ (M.D., N.D., C.N.C.) is the Founder and Medical Director of the Hope4Cancer® Institute with centers in North America (Baja California and Cancun – Mexico), Europe (Riga – Latvia), and South America (Barranquilla – Colombia). After receiving his undergraduate education in the United States, Dr. Jimenez received his M.D. degree at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine in Mexico. For over 25 years, he has dedicated his life to the study, clinical research and implementation of non-toxic cancer therapies. Based on his Seven Key Principles of Cancer TherapyTM, Dr. Jimenez’s comprehensive holistic protocols include efficacious and tumor-selective treatments such as Sono-Photo Dynamic Therapy and Rigvir® Virotherapy. Dr. Jimenez is a Virotherapy Certified Physician by the International Virotherapy Center in Latvia, and Hope4Cancer® is the only accredited and exclusive provider of Rigvir® Virotherapy in Mexico. Dr. Jimenez has extensively traveled to over 70 countries in the world to learn, train, and research new approaches to treat cancer. He was been an invited speaker at various forums across the world and was featured in the 2014 and 2015 Truth About Cancer docuseries. Dr. Jimenez was also one of 40 invited speakers at the Truth About Cancer Live Symposium (2016) and was honored by that organization with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Zach Bush, M.D.

​Triple Board Certified Doctor

Zach Bush, MD demonstrates the unifying science behind the devastating changes in the food, farming and medical industries, and introduces the breakthrough science of bacteria and their communication with the body's defense systems. The industrial storm of the last 70 years has left the human gut and immune systems vulnerable to injury. Two synergistic toxins in our food and water systems have exploited this vulnerability, resulting in direct damage to the tight junctions that compose the natural firewalls at the gut/blood and blood/brain barriers. This new science finally delivers the mechanisms behind this relationship. The novel science of bacterial communication is the foundation for a new class of dietary supplements that goes beyond the probiotic, prebiotic and enzyme eras of gut supplementation. This science offers new avenues for ongoing grassroots changes to big industry to foster a healthy future. Zach Bush, MD is one of the few triple board certified physicians in the country, with specialties of internal medicine, endocrinology and palliative care. His achievements include award-winning cell biology, clinical care, and medical education. He is the founder and director of Revolution Health Center in Charlottesville, Virginia and is the CEO of Biomic Sciences - the team that hasbrought forth the novel science and product line of RestoreTM.

Christopher Shade, PhD

​Founder of Quicksilver Scientific

Dr. Shade obtained B.S. and M.S. degrees from Lehigh University in environmental and aqueous chemistry. Dr. Shade earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois where he studied the environmental and analytical chemistries of mercury as well as advanced aquatic chemistry.  During his Ph.D. work, Dr. Shade patented analytical technology for mercury speciation analysis and later founded Quicksilver Scientific, LLC in order to commercialize this technology. Shortly after starting Quicksilver Scientific, Dr. Shade turned his focus to the human aspects of mercury exposure/toxicity and the human detoxification system. He has since developed specific clinical analytical techniques for measuring mercury exposure and a system of products to remove metallic and organic toxins by upregulation of innate detoxification biochemistry. His current focus is at the intersection of neuroinflammatory issues, immune dysregulation, toxicity, and infection - specifically how to peel away the layers of overlapping dysfunction in the sick individual until you get to a point at which the system rights itself.

Dr. Shade earned his Ph.D. from University of Illinois studying the environmental and analytical chemistries of mercury and advanced aquatic chemistry. He has since developed specific analytical techniques for measuring mercury exposure and a system of products to remove metallic and organic toxins by upregulation of innate detoxification biochemistry.

​Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D.

​​Medical Director and Author

​Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy attended the University of Texas School of Public Health, and then attended the University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School. She completed her post-graduate training at the Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Connealy began practicing medicine in 1986. In 1992, she founded the Center for New Medicine in Irvine, California, where she serves as Medical Director and has successfully treated many patients with cancer and other chronic conditions. Her practice is firmly based in the belief that strictly treating the health problems with medications does not find the root cause of the illness.

David Minkoff, M.D.

Health, Fitness and Energy Physician

David is passionate about fitness and is a 41-time Ironman finisher. He also devotes much of his time to writing and research. He also writes two newsletters each week, The Optimum Health Report and the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter.

Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement.

He is board certified in pediatrics and has completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of California in San Diego, which included research in developing new medicines to fight viral disease.

As a clinical faculty member at the University, he also served as co-director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Palomar Medical Center.

In addition to his traditional medical training, Dr. Minkoff has extensive post-graduate training in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He is an expert in Functional Medicine, Chelation, Allergy Elimination, European Biological Medicine, Neural Therapy, Longevity/Aging Medicine, Enderlein Therapy, Insulin Potentiated Therapy, and more.

With this training, he co-founded LifeWorks Wellness Center in 1997, one of the largest alternative medical clinics in the U.S. This wellness center combines more cutting-edge alternative therapies and modalities under the same roof than almost any other alternative clinic in the country.

Ahvie Herskowitz, M.D.

Cardiology and Immunology Expert

Dr. Herskowitz’s extensive training includes a medicine degree from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, residencies in pathology and internal medicine, and a fellowship in cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Medical Center. During his 12 years at Johns Hopkins, he led a multidisciplinary research team in the study of molecular and immunological mechanisms of heart ischemia, heart transplantation and heart failure.

After moving to the Bay area, he served as Director at the Ischemia Research and Education Foundation; Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California at San Francisco; and Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Institute for One World Health. Four years ago, Dr. Herskowitz founded Anatara Medicine ( and the San Francisco Stem Cell Treatment Center ( where he has been developing novel integrative approaches towards prevention and treatment of vascular, immunologic and recalcitrant chronic diseases.

 Bridghid McMonagle N.D.

Author and Ozone Trainer

Dr. Bridghid McMonagle graduated from Bastyr University in 2005 and completed a residency at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) . She started her private practice in Lake Oswego and currently owns Lake Oswego Health Center (  Her clinic offers primary care with a focus on regenerative and functional medicine. She is the co-author of the best selling book, Secret to a Younger You.

Dr. McMonagle completed her U.S. Peace Corps service in Thailand in 1999. During her time in the Peace Corps, she became fascinated with herbal medicine and various treatment options which inspired her to pursue naturopathic medicine.

“I feel very fortunate to practice medicine, and have witnessed tremendous results through blending holistic and standard primary care.” Her activities include soccer, CrossFit, rock climbing, gardening, and staying active in the outdoors.

​David Getoff

​Nutrionist and Naturopath

David is a nationally Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, a Board Certified Traditional Naturopath and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He is an elected member of both the American College of Nutrition and the International College of Integrative Medicine as well as being a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine. David is a Licensed Naturopath in the state of North Carolina and he is a Licensed nutritionist in the State of New York. He is an approved continuing education provided for the state of California Board of Registered Nursing.

David is a nationally Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, a Board Certified Traditional
Naturopath and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He is an elected member of both the
American College of Nutrition and the International College of Integrative Medicine as well as
being a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine. David is a Licensed
Naturopath in the state of North Carolina and he is a Licensed nutritionist in the State of New
York. He is an approved continuing education provided for the state of California Board of
Registered Nursing.

Daniel Pompa, D.C.

​Host of Cellular Healing TV

Dr. Daniel Pompa, D.C., is a global leader in the health and wellness industry, having traveled across the country for the past 15 years educating practitioners and the public on the root causes of inflammation driven diseases such as Weight Loss Resistance, Hypothyroid, Diabetes, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autoimmune Disorders and other chronic conditions. His authority today is rooted in his own personal battle, having overcome serious neurotoxic illness using the tools and strategies included in True Cellular Detox™. At the core of his own recovery, True Cellular Detox™ passionately fuels his mission and is changing lives around the world. Dr. Pompa’s multi-faceted approach to cellular healing is a key factor in his practitioners’ coaching program, wherein he teaches practitioners’ cutting edge methods to transform clients’ health and lives. He is also the host of Cellular Healing TV, watched throughout the world via the Internet, and co-host of Health Seekers radio, a nationally syndicated radio show.

Tyler LeBaron, BSc

Molecular Hydrogen Expert

Founder and Executive Director of Molecular Hydrogen Foundation
BSc Biochemistry

Tyler has authored a number of papers and gives lectures on Molecular Hydrogen : therapeutic and medical applications. He is an expert in this developing field of Hydrogen – the new molecular agent for health, well-being and anti-aging. He joins Dr Bush as one of the Dream Team presenters.

Internship at Nagoya University Japan to research molecular mechanism of H2. Relevant course work include: Biochemistry, Physiology, Advanced Exercise Physiology, Nutritional Biochemistry, Molecular Cell Biology, Quantitative Chemical Analysis, Biology Analysis Techniques

Jeff Wright, N.D.

​Ozone Trainer and Prolo+Ozone Expert

Dr. Jeffrey Wright, a naturopathic doctor (ND), completed undergraduate studies in Communications at Weber State University. He earned his medical degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He is the medical director at Utah Valley Health Clinic (UVHC) in Provo, Utah.

Dr. Wright prefers to use natural therapies over pharmaceutical medications when possible. His practice encompasses clinical nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, physical medicine, physical therapy, natural childbirth, IV therapy and minor surgery. He specializes in allergies, chronic fatigue, hypothyroidism, depression, anxiety and chemical and environmental sensitivity.

Dr. Wright is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Utah Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and Institute for Functional Medicine. He serves as the Chairman of the Utah State Naturopathic Licensing Board and as a member of the Utah State Naturopathic Formulary Board.

On a personal note, Dr. Wright is the proud daddy of five beautiful daughters and two handsome sons. He enjoys scuba diving, gardening, camping and good music—especially piano concerts by his wife, Amber.

Tom Lowe, BSc

Entrepreneur, Researcher, Teacher, Designer, Inventor and Marketer

​When I first began my journey into alternative medicine I was focused on the use of Ozone and UltraViolet Blood Irradiation. The benefits of this therapy is amazing in so many areas. I attended many conferences as a vendor and eventually a trainer. ​When we created SOPMed our goal was to advance the entire field of Progressive Medical Education and we have evolved into a training arm for all therapies, systems and devices aimed at overall good health and wellness. I am so proud of where our field is going and the family we have created ​ here through our annual conference, which inspired us to ​offer a membership base and humanitarian foundation. I hope we continue to grow and we welcome new members and new ideas to join us. 

​As always,  I want to acknowledge God in all my ways for it is He who will direct my path (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Dr. Gary Samuelson, Ph.D.

Atomic and Medical Physics

University of Utah

Dr. Samuelson was awarded his Ph.D. in Atomic/Medical Physics from the University of Utah and has received the American Association of Physics Teachers Award for Teaching Excellence. He works as an independent science consultant to help bridge the gap between promising emerging technologies and commercialization efforts in the health science field. He has worked on stabilizing nanoparticle structures integral to several promising technologies. Dr. Samuelson was the first to discover that the components of ASEA are stable Redox Signaling complexes being studied worldwide and has also helped to further stabilize them. Dr. Samuelson is devoted to advancing the science behind such promising technologies to the highest extent possible.

Dr. Samuelson serves as the chair of the ASEA Science Advisory Council.

Kathy Backus

Dr. Kathy Backus DVM has been a veterinarian since 1996. She graduated from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine and received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Cincinnati.

She’s been a full time practicing veterinarian and solo practice owner for 10 years in rural Kanab, UT; gaining experience in all aspects and with all species encountered in veterinary medicine. This practice was an integrative practice, blending traditional and holistic medicine.

Dr. Kathy Backus DVM has always had an interest in holistic medicine earning an acupuncture scholarship through IVAS during veterinary school. She has been involved with holistic veterinarians through the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association since veterinary school, founding a chapter at Ohio State. This connection has been a literal spiritual lifeline, supporting her exploration of a holistic medical paradigm over the years and connecting with mentors that keep her inspired and grateful for the shared journey.

Dr. Thomas Levy, MD, JD

Dr. Levy is a board-certified cardiologist and a bar-certified attorney. After practicing adult cardiology for 15 years, he began to research the enormous toxicity associated with much dental work, as well as the pronounced ability of properly-administered vitamin C to neutralize this toxicity. He has now written eleven books, with several addressing the wide-ranging properties of vitamin C in neutralizing all toxins and resolving most infections, as well as its vital role in the effective treatment of heart disease and cancer. Others address the important roles of dental toxicity and nutrition in disease and health.

Recently inducted into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame, Dr. Levy continues to research the impact of the orthomolecular application of vitamin C and antioxidants in general on chronic degenerative diseases. His ongoing research involves documenting that all diseases are different forms and degrees of focal scurvy, arising from increased oxidative stress, especially intracellularly, and that they all benefit from protocols that optimize the antioxidant levels in the body. Most recently, he has assembled the documentation showing that the regular iron “fortification” of so many foods has pushed the vast majority of adults into a state of increased bodywide oxidative stress secondary to iron toxicity.

As a consultant to the Riordan Clinic, Dr. Levy has assembled with Dr. Ron Hunninghake multiple protocols built around optimizing vitamin C administration and assimilation into the body, along with other agents such as ozone, in order to bolster the immune system and facilitate recovery from a wide array of infections and chronic diseases.

Note from the Director:

You can be a part of a lively and growing family when you​ become involved with SOPMed. We UNITE - physicians and medical practitioners from many different fields, T​EACH - using the best instructors and cutting-edge techniques and REACH - by touching the lives of so many through our  humanitarian work. It is indeed a privilege to be involved with this vibrant and exciting organization. We welcome you to a part of something truly special.

Tom Lowe, Director of the Society of Progressive Medical Education

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