Session 1  Dr. John Dempster, ND

Gut health and Optimal Aging

  • Gut dysfunction and mental illness

  • Optimal aging –  cellular health from the inside 

  • Healthy Gut – Your gut is the foundation to everything

  • HEAL – Heal and seal, Eliminate, Add, Lifestyle

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Board certified in function, regenerative and anti-aging medicine

Dr. John Dempster, ND is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor and the Founder and of The Dempster Clinic –Center for Functional Medicine.

Dr. Dempster, ND focuses on a Functional Medicine model when treating patients who suffer from various conditions such as mental illness, autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and more.

In addition, Dr. Dempster, ND has a strong passion for helping patients embrace an optimal aging philosophy, where he supports them in achieving a longer, healthier, and more fulfilling life. By referring to functional medicine testing, his approach emphasizes the importance of optimizing biochemical, metabolic, and hormonal functions within the body.


As a strong believer in integrative and evidence based medicine, Dr. Dempster, ND has also completed an advanced fellowship in Functional, Regenerative, and Anti-Aging Medicine.

Dr. Dempster, ND frequently conducts research on relevant health issues and speaks to corporations about various health and wellness topics.  Dr. Dempster, ND is a sought after speaker and his work is frequently featured on national television and media sites worldwide.

In addition to working with patients at his Toronto-based clinic, Dr. Dempster, ND is also the co-founder of The Mental Wellness Summit, and The Mental Wellness Tribe, one of the world’s largest web-based forums that provides natural solutions and root cause resolution for mental illness.

Dr. Dempster, ND believes in the importance of living a well-balanced life.  He is extremely passionate about the outdoors and is an avid downhill skier, fly fisherman, and white water canoeist.  Dr. Dempster, ND has paddled some of Canada’s most famous Arctic Rivers such as Mountain River, Burnside River, and the Coppermine River.  When not working, Dr. Dempster, ND enjoys spending time with family.

Based on your individual profile, we will draw upon a wide range of tools such as Nutraceutical Supplementation, Botanical Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, IV Vitamin Therapy, and Bio-identical Hormone Therapy that will bring your body back into balance.

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Session 2 Kerry Harling M Ed, CAP
Personalized system for Managing chronic disorders

  • Impact of diet, behavior, stress and genetics in chronic disorders

  • Best time of day to eat your largest meal for better digestion

  • Ayurveda and integrative medicine

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Kerry is a globally recognized leader in the field of integrative medicine and the ancient science of health known as Ayurveda. She is passionate about raising awareness for the need for a change in contemporary medicine that focuses on patient empowerment and a health based (rather than disease-based) medical system. 

Kerry practices at The University of Pittsburgh Center for Integrative Medicine and remains a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine where she has developed a personalized system to manage chronic disorders by incorporating fundamental changes in diet, behavior, and stress while focusing on genetics. 

This individualized program is so successful that many of her clients have achieved maximum healing and vitality after years of chronic problems.


Kerry is a published author and a Ted Talk presenter and author of the book the 25-Day Ayurveda Cleanse

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Session 3 Donna Shields, MS, RD
Medicinal Cannabis, the Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook

  • Cannabis for chronic pain and insomnia

  • Holistic cannabis academy for practitioners and coaches

  • Use cannabis with other healing modalities for better outcome

  • Cannabis- CBD and drug interactions

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Donna Shields is co-founder of the Holistic Cannabis Academy, an online training program for health practitioners. As a registered dietitian, Donna began in the US Army Medical Corp, as a spokesperson for Fortune 100 food brands and managed health communications, globally, for The Coca-Cola Company. She’s been a freelance food and nutrition writer, full time faculty at the Culinary Institute of America and authored several cookbooks, including contributor to The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook. Donna consults with the cannabis industry, offers cannabis retreats for professionals and is currently focused on helping health practitioners, in the US and Europe, build their cannabis coaching businesses.

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Session 4 Dr. David Hanscom, MD
Anxiety and Chronic Pain

  • Connection between anxiety and physical illness – the spectrum could be seamless

  • How to manage and heal back pain​

  • Chronic pain – mental and physical pain is solvable with minimal resources
  • How you can start to direct your own journey to heal chronic pain and anxiety – the DOC journey

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Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Dr. David Hanscom is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the surgical correction complex spine problems in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. He has expertise in adult and pediatric spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis. A significant part of his practice was devoted to performing surgery on patients who had undergone multiple prior spine surgeries. He quit his surgical practice in 2019 to bring the known solutions for chronic pain into public awareness.

Current Positions

He is the focusing his efforts on bringing effective medical treatments for chronic mental and physical pain back into mainstream medicine. He has published several books and is developing resources for patients and providers to make the best decisions about their care with regards to chronic disease.
His books are

  • Do You Really Need Spine Surgery? Take Control with a Surgeon’s Advice (2019)

  • Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain, 2nd edition (2016)

  • Back in Control: A Spine Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain (2012)

Structured Spine Care

Around 2001 he began to share his own stress management tools with his patients that were in pain but had no indications for surgery. He had spent much of his career with rehabilitation physicians learning non-operative care. By 2006 a structured spine treatment protocol evolved from his own experience escaping from chronic pain He published a book, Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain that is the basis of the program. His website, www.backincontrol.com is the action plan for DOC project (Direct your Own Care). Even patients with surgical problems often experience resolution of their pain without an operation. His most recent book, Do You Really Need Spine Surgery? combines the anatomical factors with the state of the nervous system and enables all parties to make a good decision about undergoing spine surgery.

Last Practice Positions

Orthopedic spine surgeon, Swedish Neuroscience Specialists, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA – stopped clinical practice December 2018.

  • Co-director of the Swedish Neuroscience Specialists prehab program

  • Co-director of the Swedish Pre-op Optimization Project

  • Co-director of the Swedish Neuroscience Specialists spine fellowship

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He received his medical degree from Loma Linda University in 1979.  His residency training began with internal medicine in Spokane, WA from 1979-1981.  Orthopedic surgery training was done at the University of Hawaii from 1981-1984.  He did an orthopedic trauma fellowship at UC Davis in Sacramento, CA.  His spinal deformity fellowship was completed in Minneapolis, MN at Twin Cities Scoliosis Center in 1986. He has been performing complex spinal surgery since 1986.

Other Projects

Awake at the Wound is a program that applies athletic performance principles to the surgeon and OR staff. The emphasis is focused on consistency of performance. He co-founded the program with his golf-instructor, David Elaimy, in 2006. The concepts are applicable to preventing and addressing professional burnout. Optimizing Physician Performance has been incorporated into the core training for fellows and residents.