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OANP's 20th Annual Conference: Prescribing Pearls and Pitfalls
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OANP's 20th Annual Conference: Prescribing Pearls and Pitfalls

Annual Conference December 5-6, 2015 11 CE Pharmacy 2 CE Ethics Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

12/5/2015 to 12/6/2015
When: 12/5/2015
8:00 AM until 5:30 PM Sat/Sun
Where: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
1401 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, Oregon  97201
United States
Contact: Laura Farr

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Continuing Education & Accreditation:

Continuing Education:
This event offers up to 11 hours of pharmacy CE, 4 hours of ethics, and 2 hours of general CE depending on the breakout session tracks you select. Any CE obtained in December but not needed for license renewal in that year may be carried over to the next year's renewal (for NDs only). Pharmacy & ethics CE not needed for those requirements may also be used as General CE. 


This activity has been submitted to the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine and the Oregon Board of Pharmacy for approval to award 10 hours of Pharmacy and 2 hours of Ethics CE.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by theWashington State Nurses Association Continuing Education Approval &Recognition Program (CEARP), an accredited approver by the American NursesCredentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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7:30-8:00 AM    Registration
 8:00-10:00 AM   Keynote Presentation! Safe and Effective Principles for Weaning Patients Off Medications (2 Rx)
Paul Anderson, ND 

In this presentation Dr. Anderson will share not only the basic principles, but also clinically relevant examples for weaning patients off, or modifying doses, of medications. This presentation is based on actual clinical experience calling upon his two decade history as a clinician as well as pharmacology professor.
 10:00-10:45 AM   Break & Vendor Fair
 10:45-12:45 PM  

Breakout Sessions

Breakout A: Navigating the System as an ND-PCP: Nuts and Bolts (2 General)
Bill Walter, ND

Being a PCP in today’s healthcare landscape requires more than management of your patient’s health. It includes navigating a complex system of mental, behavioral and physical health resources, coordinating care with hospitals and other providers, tracking and reporting data, institutionalizing systems for proactive patient management, and new models of provider credentialing and reimbursement. This lecture will provide a 360° view of navigating today’s changing healthcare system as an ND-PCP.

Breakout B: Why Dosage Matters: Exploring the Concept of Hormesis in Medicine (2 Rx)
Paul Kalnins, ND

Hormesis is a biological phenomena whereby a beneficial physiological response results from exposure to low doses of an agent that is otherwise toxic or lethal when given at higher doses. This presentation will explore the current research on hormesis and its applications to natural medicine, including the low-­‐dose effects of common natural products and medications.
 12:45-2:15 PM    Lunch & Vendor Fair
 2:15-4:15 PM
Opioid Medication for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: Community Guidelines, Pitfalls, and Patient Selection (2 Rx)
Patrick Chapman, ND

The prevalence of inadequately treated chronic pain, coupled with abuse, misuse and illegal diversion of medications used in pain management, has resulted in a complex public health crisis. The focus of this lecture is to introduce resources for best practice guidelines for opioid prescribing, while emphasizing the need to safeguard against their misuse and diversion.  
 4:15-6:15 PM   Entertainment as Medicine Reception - Hosted by Integrative Therapeutics
Schmooze with friends, colleagues, and vendors over cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment!

Admission: FREE to conference attendees!
Location: Exhibit Hall
 6:00-9:00 PM   OANP & NCNM's Living Legends Gala Dinner - With Champion Sponsor CTCA!
Dine with colleagues while OANP and NCNM host a celebration to honor the lifetime achievement of one of Oregon's extraordinary NDs.

Admission: $20. Includes a three course dinner and drinks. All proceeds go to OANP's legal action fund.
Location: Mt. Hood room
 9:00-11:00 PM   Afterparty & Dance - Hosted by NCMIC!
Let's get this party started! Unwind after a long day of lectures with friends over cocktails, hors d'oeuvers, music, and dancing!

Admission: FREE to conference attendees!
Location: Mt. Hood room  


7:30-8:00 AM   Registration
 8:00-10:00 AM
Prescribing Androgens for Women – the Good, the Bad, the Ugly (2 Rx)
Shawn Tassone, MD

A discussion of female testosterone deficiency and how to safely prescribe these hormones for the primary care provider.
 10:00-10:45 AM    Break & Vendor Fair
 10:45-12:45 PM

Breakout Sessions

Breakout C: Mood, Stress and Neuroplasticity: An Integrative Approach to Healing our Youth (2 Rx)
Moira Fitzpatrick, PhD, ND, FICPP, CHT

This presentation examines anxiety and the roles of amygdalar hyperactivation, neurotransmitter, and HPA dysfunction alongside hormonal deficiency, environmental pollutants, and childhood trauma as a guide for integrative intervention and treatment.

Breakout D: The Harms of Dieting and the Ethics of Weight Loss Programs (2 Ethics)
Paul Bergner

Meta-analyses show caloric restriction for weight loss to be ineffective, without providing measurable health benefits. Conversely, weight fluctuation, compared to stable obesity, increases all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, and may cause psychological harm. Patient desire to lose weight leads to conflict between the ethical principles of patient autonomy and beneficence/non-malfeasance.

 12:45-2:15 PM    Lunch and Vendor Fair
 1:15-2:15 PM    OANP Annual Meeting (concurrent with lunch)
 2:15-4:15 PM




Sunday Afternoon Ethics Breakout Sessions

Breakout E: Dangers of Undertreatment of Rheumatalogical Diseases: Case Studies from Adult and Pediatric Patients (1 Rx | 1 Ethics)
Alena Guggenheim, ND

Rheumatological diseases can present an ethical dilemma for providers because a failure to treat aggressively during critical periods can lead to permanent disability or painful changes to the musculoskeletal system. This presentation will use the 4 basic principles of medical ethics of beneficence, nonmaleficence, autonomy and justice, as a backdrop to explore 3 cases, each with unique ethical pitfalls that naturopathic physicians may be particularly susceptible to falling into. It will also address educating providers on how to identify and handle cases of pediatric medical neglect when parents are avoiding conventional therapies. 

Breakout F: Stop Kidding Yourself! Your Burnout Hurts Your Patients Too (2 Ethics)
Marnie Loomis, ND

The very same qualities that help you be an effective healer can also leave you more susceptible to burnout. Are you dedicated, compassionate and willing to put others’ needs above your own? Without a burnout prevention strategy in place, doing what you love may be putting your own health at risk. This lecture takes the provider on a journey through the medical and scientific literature illustrating the highlights of a burnout prevention strategy. Learn about the physiologic effects of professional burnout, the ethical considerations, what causes it and how it can be prevented and treated.

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Event App, Program & Lecture Notes:

The program manual and lecture notes will be available to view or DOWNLOAD from the OANP Event App. You will be provided with a registration key and QR code to access the app for use on your phone, tablet, or computer immediately upon registering. Please access the OANP Event App and download materials PRIOR TO ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE as WiFi can be spotty in the lower level of the hotel. There will be no paper notes, flash drives, etc. with this information.

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Rates & Registration Info:

You may register for all day "Saturday,” all day "Sunday," or "Sunday PM” (2:15-4:15 PM) as individual blocks or in any combination. Register for both full days for the best deal! 

  • Discounted fees available for OANP and other naturopathic state or province association members (WANP, CNDA, etc.). Email for a promo code if you are a member of a different naturopathic state/province association.
  • Take advantage of early registration rates until NOVEMBER 16th.
  • Late registration rates begin on November 17.
  • Students, Residents, and New Grads (graduated in June 2015) - You don't need the CE, but this is important stuff! (* Please note that because Student, Resident, and New Grad pricing is about 80% off of registration prices, this category is excluded from all promo codes, deals, and discounts.)

    Member Early Late   Non-Member Early Late   Student, Resident, 
    New Grad
    (graduated in June 2015) *
    Early Late
     Both Days  $288 $360    Both Days  $355 $444    Both Days $100 $100
     Saturday  $163  $204    Saturday $197 $246    One Day (Sat or Sun) $50 $50
     Sunday  $163  $204    Sunday $197 $246        
     Sunday Ethics Afternoon  $61  $76    Sunday Ethics Afternoon $70  $88        

The conference is being recorded and offered as a LIVE webinar. The webinar option is ONLY available for out-of-state practitioners. 

Breakout Sessions:
We offer multiple breakout sessions. You MUST SELECT which breakout session you will attend so we can ensure there is enough space to accommodate your choice.

Complimentary lunch tickets will be included with every "Both Days," all day "Saturday,” and all day "Sunday" registration. We work with the caterers to ensure that each meal includes gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and non-vegetarian options in order to adhere to most dietary needs. Alongside this, coffee and tea service will be provided during morning registration on both Saturday and Sunday. Throughout the conference, various exhibitors may sponsor snack and beverage tables.

Refund Policy:
100% refund 30 or more days before seminar. 75% refund less than 30 days but more than 7 days before seminar. No refund less than 7 days before seminar.

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Location & Parking:

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

1401 SW Naito Parkway
Portland,Oregon 97201
(800) 228-9290


Discounted Hotel Reservations:

We have negotiated a block of discounted hotel rooms at the Portland Downtown Marriott Hotel for $139/night. These will not last long! Reserve yours today! To reserve, call 1-877-901-6632 by November 20th or online at

Parking is available on the street, in nearby lots, or via valet parking at the hotel. Click HERE for map of available parking.

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General Information:

Purpose of Activity:
Upon completion of this activity, the learner will combine prior knowledge of pharmaceutical drug prescribing with updates in research, relevant laws and non-drug options as may be applied in an interdisciplinary (naturopathic, conventional and multidisciplinary) framework.The learner will discover non-conventional treatment approaches to conditions to mitigate or prevent drug adverse reactions, and will be able to discuss pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to treatment plans in a clinical setting, between professions, and across institutions.

American Disability Act:
The OANP encourages persons with disabilities to participate in our programs and activities. Please call 503-262-8586 should you need special accommodations to attend this program.

The opinions expressed are those of the authors which may include the discussion of off-label uses of medications and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians.


 The conference will be recorded and available online courtesy of a partnership with:  






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