William Parker, Ph.D., Duke University Medical School.Dr. Parker is of the world’s experts on immune dysfunction and evolutionary mismatch—the idea that the way our genes have evolved is incompatible with our current environment. Dr. Parker and his team have published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers related to immunity. His research on gut immunity has focused on the promicrobial aspects of the immune system. The scientist credited with revealing the seminal importance of the appendix (which was thought to be a vestigial organ), Dr. Parker is on the cutting edge of research about the ecosystem of the human body, and how the human biome affects a wide range of inflammatory diseases.
Paul Thomas, M.D., is founder of Integrative Pediatrics and Fair Start recovery clinic. With 30 years of experience as a physician and board-certification in both addiction medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Thomas brings a unique and fascinating perspective about the connections between the addiction epidemic and immune dysfunction. He is the author of the bestselling book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: A Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health From Infancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years, as well as The Addiction Spectrum: A Compassionate and Holistic Approach to Recovery.
Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning investigative journalist, Fulbright grantee, and sought-after speaker. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on the cover of Smithsonian magazine. She is the author of Your Baby, Your Way: Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting Decisions for a Happier, Healthier Family, which Ina May Gaskin has called a “must-read for expectant mothers.” Co-author, with Paul Thomas, M.D., of The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Healthy, From Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years and The Addiction Spectrum: A Compassionate, Holistic Approach to Recovery, Dr. Margulis is nationally known as a champion of women and children’s health. She has worked on a child survival campaign in Niger, West Africa; appeared live on prime-time TV in France to denounce child slavery; and taught literature classes to non-traditional students in inner-city Atlanta. She lives with her family in southern Oregon.
Sidney Baker, M.D. A former faculty member at Yale Medical School, where he received his medical and specialty training in pediatrics, Dr. Baker is the former director of the Gesell Institute of Human Development and one of the founding fathers of functional medicine. One of the nation’s leading experts in how to treat adults and children with complex chronic illness, he applies a deep understanding of biochemistry and the microbial world to his practice. A sought-after speaker who has been practicing medicine for over 50 years, he is also the author of Detoxification and Healing. Hale and hearty at 81 years old, he is also an expert in aging well. He lives with his family in Sag Harbor, New York.
J.B. Handley is the Vice Chairman of the Children’s Health Commission, the co-producer of the documentary film, Autism Yesterday, and co-founder and chairman of Generation Rescue, a non-profit organization focused on helping children recover from autism that was inspired by the journey of his son, Jamison, who was diagnosed with autism in 2004. He also co-founded Swander Pace Capital, a middle-market private equity firm with more than $1.5 billion under management where he served as managing director for two decades. J.B. is an honors graduate of Stanford University and lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Lisa, and their three children. He is the author of How to End the Autism Epidemic, a book that is based on over a decade of autism research.
Kacie Flegal, D.C., is the founder of Elements of Being Family Chiropractic Center. She received her Doctorate from Life Chiropractic College West, and did her post graduate specialization in pediatrics and pre- and post-natal care from the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association (ICPA). She is a regular contributor to Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine, and her work has been featured in the Washington Post. Dr. Flegal is also an executive producer of the award-winning film, “Life, Adjusted.” For over 10 years, Dr. Kacie has been speaking to audiences around the country about the proper function of the human nervous and immune system and how to support natural development of both from infancy through adulthood. Based in Ashland, she has a thriving family practice caring for families who come from all over California and Oregon to receive her chiropractic care.
Matt Vogel, MA, emcee. Matt has worked in higher education for 16 years, in both student and academic affairs. Currently a Learning Designer and Facilitator at a management consulting and training company, Refound, Matt is a lively and sought-after speaker. He regularly presents at conferences, universities, and high schools on health-related issues, including alcohol and drugs, college life, harm reduction, responsible use of technology, sleep, and stress. In his free time, Matt enjoys camping with his teenagers, growing his own food, playing basketball, challenging his own views, and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.