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the 2022 Healing ALS Conference

Thank you so much to all who attended the 2022 Healing ALS Conference. It was a huge success. We have been getting very good positive feedback from all who attended in person and on the live stream. Recordings may be purchased by pressing the blue “Purchase Recordings” button. Available mid November.

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Why Attend the 2022 Healing ALS Conference?

Medical Professionals, both functional and conventional:
PALS, Caregivers, Families and ALS Organizations:

Who Should Attend?

What To Expect

A Gathering of Successful Reversals

There are many allies ready to share their stories and expertise who are eager to empower you to find your own path to mental, emotional, and physical healing.

Who is organizing this conference?

The conference is hosted by Healing ALS, the only organization of its kind that is completely focused on educating those with ALS and their families as well as medical professionals about holistic approaches to ALS. The conference is put together with the help of a Volunteer Organizing Committee, most of whom either have ALS themselves or are caring for someone with ALS.

Volunteer Organizing Committee:

The Co-Founders of

Scott Douglas and Patricia Tamowski have studied over 30 long-term ALS reversals. From our experience interviewing PALS and documenting their experiences, we can share the commonalities of what protocols and treatments are the most effective for the majority of PALS. They have also interviewed over 40 medical professionals who have treated ALS patients. They share basic principles as well as real life examples so that Medical professionals and PALS, both newly diagnosed and those who have been diagnosed for a while, can put them into practice to slow, stop, or even reverse ALS symptoms.

Who's Speaking?

We will be adding many more speakers to the 2022 Conference as they are confirmed. Here are some.

Please click each picture to read bio.


Scott Douglas

Director & Founder

Patricia Tamowski

Founder, & Research Journalist

Lee Cowden

MD, (H) Chairman Scientific Advisory Board ACIM & Board-Certified Cardiologist

Jerry Tennant

MD, Integrative Practitioner & Ophthalmologist

Jorge Moreno

Chief Medical Advisor at Center for Wellness

John Bach

MD, Past Medical Director Ventilator Unit Goldwater Hospital
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Coco Newton

MPH, RD, CNS Functional Medicine Nutritionist

Shelena Lalji


Clifford Fetters

MD Board-Certified Family Physician

Donald Dennis

MD Board-Certified Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon

Rhett Bergeron

MD, Integrative Functional Medicine Specialist

Martha Heath Beach

Diana Noland

Diana Noland


Julia Schulenburg


David Kennedy

D.D.S Past President IAOMT

Lane Freedman

D.D.S. Accredited Member of IAOMT

Tanya Walker

Holistic Wellness Coach & Practitioner for Emotional Healing

Joyce Brown

PhD, ND, EFT Diagnosed ALS in 1988 at age 54

Evy McDonald

MSN, MDiv, DMin Diagnosed ALS in 1980 at age 29

Mark Manchester

Diagnosed ALS in 2011 at age 50
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McFinn Lovere

Diagnosed ALS in 2006 at age 54

Kim Cherry

Diagnosed ALS in 2011 at age 63
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Kevin Vandermyden

Diagnosed ALS in 2014 at age 36
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Lisa Petsu

Diagnosed ALS in 2019 at age 45

Todd Mitchell

Diagnosed ALS in 1987 at age 17

Lisa Manchester

CNHP Husband Mark Diagnosed with ALS in 2011

Kay Cherry

Husband Kim Diagnosed ALS in 2011

David DeHaas

Colon Hydrotherapist and a Naturopathic Health Coach

Daniel Filliatreault

Diagnosed in 2021

Aarti Batavia


Lazarus Ember

Diagnosed in 2018

Limited Seats - Don't Miss Your Chance!

Join PALS, CALS and Medical Pros for the 2022 Healing ALS Conference

Regular Package

$ 449 Register Here
  • Your ticket includes:
  • Wednesday evening reception
  • 3 Full Day Conference Access
  • Breakout sessions
  • Sunday outing ($40 extra)
  • Online access to:
  • Conference Recordings
  • Transcripts
  • MP3 Audio
  • Presentation Slides
  • Medical Professionals only:
  • Friday evening reception
  • Breakout Session for Medical Professionals
  • Clinician's Sunday Training

VIP Package

$ 999 Quantity Limited
  • Limited number
  • Support the many valuable Free programs Healing ALS provides each week for ALS families
  • Only a limited number of VIP Tickets are available
  • VIP Tickets Include
  • All of the items from the Regular Package
  • Plus the items below
  • VIP Extras
  • Preferred reserved seating during presentations
  • Saturday evening VIP reception with all speakers
  • Private time with Healing ALS founders
  • Free shirt and mug
Secure Checkout

You can trust us!

Tickets are fully refundable until 30 days before the event.

You may cancel up to 30 days before the conference for a full refund. After that, registrations are not refundable.  You may allow someone else to use your ticket if you notify us as early as possible,  at the latest September 15th so we can update name tags and check-in lists.

Join Us at the Beautiful Salt Lake Marriott Hotel Downtown at City Creek in Salt Lake City, Utah

Hotel Information and Dates for Flights

Our Conference Event will be at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek in Salt Lake City, Utah conveniently located within walking distance to shops, restaurants and tourist sites like the Mormon Tabernacle Gardens.

The hotel is located just 5 miles from Salt Lake City Airport and easily reached using the Trax Light Rail system, taxi or Uber.

The Marriott Downtown at City Creek  has beautiful conference rooms with ADA restrooms close by, an in-hotel restaurant, a convenience store, pool and gym. It is only an elevator ride away from over a hundred shops and restaurants at City Creek Center Salt Lake.

When booking flights or making hotel reservations: Conference begins September 28, 2021 at 5pm and finishes Oct 2 at 3pm. See Schedule tab below for more details. 

We have organized a special rate for attendees. Book now  for our Hotel Conference Group rate to take advantage of our $139/night plus tax.  Click to book hotel now.

Rooms usually sell out quickly so take advantage of the convenience of staying at the conference hotel. Click here to book hotel.


Wednesday, September 28

Thursday, September 29

 9am-5pm Presentations

Jerry Tennant Training For PALS, CALS and Medical Professional 7pm-9pm


Friday, September 30

Saturday, October 1

Sunday October 2

Medical Professionals ALS Therapeutics “Think Tank”

Learn from Functional Medical Professionals who have had success in Reversing ALS.

Open to all Medical Professionals, including neurologists, ALS researchers, functional medical professionals, and those treating ALS patients.

Sunday Mountain Excursion

Open to PALS, CALS and any conference attendee. Outing and tram ride is included in your conference registration, bus transportation is $25 round trip (you may drive if you prefer not to take the bus) and lunch is available for purchase at the top and bottom of the mountain.

Our Event Sponsors

Please consider supporting our mission of educating ALS families around the world about holistic healing methods for ALS.

We have several levels of Sponsorships: Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

We also have Vendor Tables available.

If you would like to be a sponsor or vendor at this event please email or call 914-582-3194


September 28-October 2nd, 2022

Wednesday Sept 28 3PM-6PM Registration, 5-7PM Reception for All Attendees
Thursday Sept 29, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Presentations
Friday Sept 30 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Presentations, 7pm to 9pm Medical Professional Reception
Saturday Oct 1 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Presentations, 7pm to 9pm VIP and Speaker Reception
Sunday Oct 2 8am to 2pm Medical Professional Training, 10am to 3pm PALS, CALS and Others Mountain Outing (wheelchair friendly)

Yes, this event is open to everyone interested in learning holistic methods others used to heal ALS.

Wednesday reception, three full days of speakers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and training or mountain outing on Sunday . Lunch may be added, depending on sponsorships. 

Please wear whatever your are comfortable in. Casual or business casual are both good.

You may cancel up to 30 days before the conference for a full refund, after that, registrations are not refundable. You may allow someone else to use your ticket if you notify us as early as possible, at least by September 15th so we can update nametags and check-in lists.

There isn’t one, but we expect the event to sell out quickly. Our conference facility’s main ballroom may have limited capacity. Register as early as possible to get the best early bird rate.

Use “ALS” as a group code when you book on the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek website to get the group price of $139 per night. The group price is available for arriving two nights early and staying two nights following out the event. Our block of rooms will be held until 30 days before the event. See the Venue page for more details.

You may, but we cannot provide a discount for a single day registration. This is a three day event and we fully expect to be sold out. Our budget requires selling all seats at the full ticket price for the event to cover all of its costs. If you must miss a day or two, attendees do have preferred access to the conference recordings.

Yes, the entire conference is wheelchair accessible, this includes Trax (light rail) transportation for travel from the airport to the hotel.

The hotel restaurant offers gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, vegan options upon request. Should we receive enough funding through sponsorship for in-conference meals they will also have these options. When registering, ask about dietary preferences to inform the hotel so they can accommodate special dietary needs as best they can. There is also a Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s just a ten-minute wheelchair-friendly trax ride from the hotel as well as a variety of restaurants in the immediate vicinity.

The physical and financial reality of ALS can be truly challenging. Although we cannot provide financial assistance, we have found that a lot of people ask a relative, friend or church to sponsor them to attend the conference. Others have asked a friend, colleague or family member to set up a GoFundMe campaign or another type of fundraiser to raise money for registration, hotel, travel and have raised enough for the trip. People around you want to help and this is an opportunity for others to help your family, which they will appreciate.

We understand both the necessity and the expense of a caregiver. At this point we are not able to offer complimentary admission to the conference for caregivers. Since this is a limited event, we ask that you purchase a registration for everyone who will be attending. Others have used creative options to pay for their registration, hotel and travel expenses such as a relative, friend or church to sponsor them or have asked a friend, colleague or family member to set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money. People appreciate the opportunity to help those around them in challenging situations.

Limited Seats - Don't Miss Your Chance!

Join PALS, CALS and Medical Pros for the 2022 Healing ALS Conference

Regular Package

$ 449 Register Here
  • Your ticket includes:
  • Wednesday evening reception
  • 3 Full Day Conference Access
  • Breakout sessions
  • Sunday outing ($40 extra)
  • Online access to:
  • Conference Recordings
  • Transcripts
  • MP3 Audio
  • Presentation Slides
  • Medical Professionals only:
  • Friday evening reception
  • Breakout Session for Medical Professionals
  • Clinician's Sunday Training

VIP Package

$ 999 Quantity Limited
  • Limited number
  • Support the many valuable Free programs Healing ALS provides each week for ALS families
  • Only a limited number of VIP Tickets are available
  • VIP Tickets Include
  • All of the items from the Regular Package
  • Plus the items below
  • VIP Extras
  • Preferred reserved seating during presentations
  • Saturday evening VIP reception with all speakers
  • Private time with Healing ALS founders
  • Free shirt and mug
Secure Checkout

You can trust us!

Tickets are fully refundable until 30 days before the event.

You may cancel up to 30 days before the conference for a full refund, after that, registrations are not refundable.  You may allow someone else to use your ticket if you notify us as early as possible,  at least by September 15th so we can update nametags and check-in lists.

Scott Douglas

Founder of

Scott has worked closely with the Healing ALS Community for over ten years. He hosts the Sunday Community meetings along with Patricia Tamowski. Scott is also one of the directors of the ALS Wellness Center in Colombia South America.  Scott is creator of the Healing Advocates YouTube channel with over 70 videos and over 4,500 subscribers.

Scott’s work includes video documentation of various integrative therapies that have helped PALS in reversing ALS symptoms. He is an Emmy Award nominee with 30 years experience at NBC, CBS, and ABC as a journalist and photographer. His work has appeared on PBS, Today Show, 48 Hours, and NBC Nightly News, involving interviews with the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev. As a videographer and director of over 40 interviews with those who have successfully reversed ALS, his experience with investigative journalism on health in Seattle, Washington at NBC Affiliate King TV brings a wealth of information for our Healing ALS Community.

Patricia Tamowski

Founder, & Research Journalist

Patricia is principle researcher for Healing ALS. She has interviewed over 40 ALS reversals and dozens of integrative and conventional medical practitioners. She is publishing Healing ALS, the upcoming book. She founded Healing ALS and Healing Advocates along with her husband Scott Douglas. Patricia has also interviewed MS, Alzhiemer’s and Parkinson’s reversals. She is committed to educating the public about the true cause of disease and how to reverse it. Patricia is co-host of Healing ALS Sunday Community Meetings. She is a former software engineer and information technology project manager. She created the Healing ALS Registry along with dedicated members of the Healing ALS Volunteer Team.

Lee Cowden, MD, MD(H)

Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board & Professor of the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine ( ). He has been a USA board-certified cardiologist & internist and a licensed homeopathic medical doctor, but recently retired in 2019 from patient care and is now teaching full-time. He has been studying integrative medicine on his own since he was in medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1975-78 and while doing internal medicine residency and cardiology & critical care fellowship at St. Louis University Hospital Group from 1978-84. Dr. Cowden has co-authored six books, contributed to several other books and is internationally known for his knowledge and skill in practicing & teaching integrative medicine. He has pioneered successful treatments for cancer, Lyme disease, atherosclerosis, cardiomyopathy, various neurological conditions, silicone implant disease and many other illnesses, but he gives credit to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as the ultimate source of all healing.

Jerry Tennant, MD

Jerry Tennant MD is an integrative practitioner and ophthalmologist who did the majority of the research for the laser (VISX) used in LASIK surgery. Doing so, he inhaled viruses, got encephalitis and spent about seven years in bed. How he  healed this illness and then applied that knowledge to helping others is an important part of his presentation at the HealingALS conference. Dr. Tennant received his MD & did a residency in ophthalmology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He was an international lecturer in Ophthalmic Surgery 1978-1995. In 2005, he founded the Tennant Institute for Integrative and Natural Medicine in Dallas, Texas. He has trained medical doctors  and health care practitioners in the United States & internationally on Energetic & Integrative Medicine and advanced micro-current therapy, especially for chronic pain.

Jorge Moreno, Chief Medical Advisor at Center for Wellness

Dr. Moreno has been practicing Integrative Medicine for over 15 years and currently specializes in Osteopathy. He has incorporated Biodynamic Osteopathy, Bio-Therapeutic drainage, nutrition homotoxicology, aromatherapy , mud therapy, mesotherapy, biopuncture, energetic medicine and a solid assortment of integrative modalities. He is passionate about Integrative Medicine and continues to experience great fulfillment in his service.

John Bach, MD

Dr. John R. Bach received his medical degree from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1976. He completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York University in 1980. He was the Medical Director of the Howard Rusk Ventilator Unit at Goldwater Memorial Hospital from 1980 to 1981 and then developed a noninvasive respiratory management program at the University of Poitiers, France from 1981 to 1983. He has been on the faculty of the Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School where he is a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vice Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neurology, Director of Research and Associate Medical Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University Hospital, Newark, N.J., Director of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic, and Medical Director of the Center for Ventilator Management Alternatives, University Hospital, Newark, N.J. He has over 400 peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and 10 medical textbooks on neuromuscular and pulmonary medicine and has lectured on these topics in over 60 countries. He has received many awards for excellence in research writing, and others include the UMDNJ University Excellence Award for Patient Care, and the Newark Beth Israel Health Care Foundation Humanism in Medicine.

Coco Newton, MPH, RD, CNS

Functional Medicine Nutritionist

Coco Newton, MPH, RD, CNS is owner of Lifetime Nutrition, LLC, a virtual
private practice in Maple City, Michigan.  She has expertise in Functional
Medical Nutrition Therapy (FMNT) for prevention and treatment of chronic
diseases and syndromes. Currently she is devoted to helping patients with
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (PALS) throughout the world, collaborating with
interest groups, and educating healthcare professionals.
Coco received her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Dietetics & Community
Nutrition from the University of California, Davis, Masters of Public Health
(MPH) in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota.  She completed her
dietetic internship at the University of California, San Diego. She is a
Registered Dietitian (RD) through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) through the Board for Certification
of Nutrition Specialists at the American Nutrition Association.

Coco co-founded and served on the Institute for Functional Medicine’s
Nutrition Advisory Board from 2007-2010. In 2010, she co-founded the
University of Kansas’ Nutrition Fellowship Program, a collaborative program
through the University’s departments of Integrative Medicine and Dietetics &

In 2007, Coco served on the state of Michigan Board of Dietetics and Nutrition
and championed the repeal of the anti-competitive and discriminatory
Dietetics/Nutrition Licensure Law in 2014, the first repeal in the United States.
Coco is an active presenter to several academic, professional, and non-profit
organizations to educate PALS and medical professionals on nutritional
approaches to potentially slow or stop ALS progression, and ultimately have
beneficial effects on function and quality of life.
Coco authored the chapter: “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): The
Application of Integrative & Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (IFMNT)”
published April 2020 by Springer in the textbook: Integrative and Functional
Medical Nutrition Therapy: Principles & Practices
Coco received the following awards from Dietitians in Integrative & Functional
Medicine (DIFM), a practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
2020 Lifetime Achievement Award
2021 Visionary Award

Shelena Lalji, MD, FACOG

Functional Medicine Expert / Founder of ALS Heroes

Dr. Shel is a board-certified OB/GYN and a functional medicine expert treating patients in the Greater Houston area for 25 years. She has spent the last 15-plus years of her professional career treating patients holistically getting to the root cause of their symptoms and diagnoses ( As an advocate for her patients, she has spent her time with patient care, educating other practitioners on the functional approach, speaking internationally, appearing on various local and national media outlets, and volunteering with many charitable institutions.

In 2017, her husband, Dr. Ayeez Lalji was diagnosed with ALS and given 6-9 months to live, as his ALS was one of the most aggressive forms they had seen.

She immediately assembled doctors, experts, research scientists, and supporters from all over the world and worked around the clock to learn more about this debilitating disease. Dr. Shel and her family have collaborated with worldwide organizations and researchers to develop protocols to help ALS patients, including her husband. Through all this research and collaboration, Dr. Shel has been able to treat and care for her husband and has significantly extended his function and lifespan. He is 5 years post-diagnosis currently and is holding strong, filled with faith and hope.

Dr. Shel and her family formed their non-profit ALS Heroes in 2018. She and the foundation hosted the first ever ALS Mastermind Summit in North America in 2019 where she convened 37 experts in the field of ALS and neurodegenerative diseases with over 400 years of cumulative experience. ALS Heroes has launched The Lalji Award for ALS Repair and Regeneration. This is the second year of this annual award to expedite research, treatments, and modalities to reverse lost function in PALS. Based on five years of intense work in the field of ALS, Dr. Shel has created a Functional Approach to ALS for which patients travel to her from all over the world. Dr. Shel is committed to helping to find a cure for ALS and being a strong advocate for PALS and CALS. She enjoys her many roles as a physician, ALS advocate, entrepreneur, loving wife, and devoted mother to her two children, Zoe and Zade.

Clifford Fetters, MD

Dr. Clifford Fetters is a board-certified family physician practicing in Indiana and the founder of Health and Wellness of Carmel (HWOFC), one of the most comprehensive holistic healing centers in the nation. He was one year into his medical practice when he developed inflammatory arthritis. He refused to take a prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory due to the potential serious side effects. He realized the hypocrisy of not taking a treatment that he was consistently prescribing for his clients. It was at that moment that he decided to find another way to heal arthritis and all other chronic diseases. His mother, a long-time holistic nurse, encouraged him to speak with her holistic doctor. One 30-minute conversation taught him more about healing than 4 years of medical school and 3 years of residency in family practice. He was introduced to the pioneers of holistic medicine in the late 1980s. They led him on a wonderful journey in the endless pursuit of knowledge to heal patients naturally. He now has a team of doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, energy workers, a naturopath and nutritionist to conquer the most challenging medical conditions. His practice offers individualized health plans focused on prevention that includes proactive strategies to help individuals achieve and maintain optimal health. For those who do not enjoy ideal vitality or suffer from health problems and illnesses, the team will determine the root cause of the disorder and will design a treatment program that will allow the body to repair itself. HWOFC has over 35 years’ experience treating virtually all medical conditions. The providers of Health and Wellness of Carmel are well versed in treating challenging conditions such as ALS, all stages of cancer, Lyme disease and associated co-infections, mold biotoxin illness, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, MS chronic fatigue syndrome and long-haul COVID.

Donald Dennis, MD

Donald Dennis MD is a Board-Certified Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon who trained at John Hopkins Hospital. With more than 36 years’ experience and having treated over 30,000 patients with sinusitis, he gives full credit to Christ for his success through the Lord. As an innovator of many surgical procedures, he was the first in the world to perform endoscopic CO2 laser vocal cordotomy for rehabilitation of bilateral vocal cord paralysis. This forever changed the treatment for bilateral vocal cord paralysis from a lengthy arytenoidectomy operation with a tracheotomy and permanent hoarseness to a 10 min. procedure with a CO2 laser with little impact on vocal cords. His latest procedure is how to rapidly clear sinus infections in your office and how to help chronically ill patients gain ground from mycotoxin exposures. He runs the Dennis Surgery Center in Atlanta, GA, and Microbalance Health Products.

Rhett Bergeron, MD, Integrative Functional Medicine Specialist

Rhett Bergeron MD has practiced integrative functional medicine specialist since 1996.

Dr. Bergeron grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and received his medical education at Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He completed an internship in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the Charity Hospital System of Louisiana, and then completed a Family Medicine residency at Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1996, Dr. Bergeron joined ImmunoComp Laboratory in Atlanta, GA to study the immune system in chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and cancer patients, and develop patient specific immunotherapies (low dose IL-2, GMCSF, tumor antigens, dendritic cell immunotherapy) Beginning in medical school and during residency, Dr. Bergeron began to pursue Environmental and Functional Medicine by training with experienced physicians and attending medical conferences.

Dr. Bergeron’s continuing medical education includes training and medical conferences with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the Academy of Integrative and Comprehensive Medicine, and the American College for Advancement in Medicine, and Biological Medicine. Dr. Bergeron has lectured with the Academy of Integrative and Comprehensive Medicine and American Academy for Oral and Systemic Health Dr. Bergeron is the founder and medical director of Real Health Medical Center in Atlanta. GA. Real Health Medical:

Specializes in integrated functional medicine through a team of clinical providers – medical physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health coaches, dentists, medical assistants, IV nurse therapists, biological dentists, and counselors.

Provides comprehensive and personalized treatment protocols for each client.

Incorporates health coaches to guide clients through the healing process.

Utilizes clinical and home based therapies for optimization of nutrient levels, detoxification of environmental toxins, correction of bio-energetic body systems, resolution of chronic and hidden infections and traumatic psycho- emotional factors in illness.

Martha Heath Beach, RN, MS/M.Ed., CNS, APRN


Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Currently, Martha practices as a Surgery Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at Bay Pines Veterans Administration Healthcare System in the Spine Surgery Program. Martha assisted in the creation and development of the Spine Surgery program here at Bay Pines VA in 2015. Martha has functioned as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) in the area of Neurosurgery and Neurocritical at The Ohio State University Medical Center in the area of Endovascular Stroke Emergencies and Neurovascular Neurosurgery and Tampa General Hospital/TGH. She has been a critical care nurse and graduate of the University of California San Francisco and its Medical Center and their prestigious Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit.

Martha recently co-authored a chapter, The Life Care Planning Expert, for the 4th edition of the Legal Nurse Consulting Principles and Practice for the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. She has co-authored publications in the national journal, The Case Manager. The titles are Innovations in Dual Diagnosis Rehabilitation for Acquired Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries, and Successfully Returning the Catastrophically Injured Employee Back to Work. In addition, she co-authored a chapter in the Case Management Society of America’s, Core Curriculum for Case Management: The Disability Case Management Process. She provides numerous presentations at a variety of regional and national conferences.

Martha holds dual degrees. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Master of Education degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Certified Case Manager (CCM), Certified Disability Management Specialist (CDMS), Certified Nurse Life Care Planner (CNLCP), Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (LNCC) and Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP).

She is a graduate of the University of California San Francisco with a Master of Science degree in Critical Care Trauma Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist specializing in Neurocritical Care. In addition, she completed a Neurocritical Care Residency from Stanford University Hospitals and Medical Center and holds a Minor Nursing degree in Nursing Education. She obtained her Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate from the University of South Florida. In addition, she is a Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN), Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN), Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR), Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (CCNS) and Board-Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP-BC).

Martha serves as a subject matter expert on nursing standards of care and treatment in the areas of stroke emergency, trauma, neurosurgery and critical care. Martha serves as the Chair of the Advanced Practice Nursing Committee at Bay Pines, as well as a member of the Nursing Congress and Nurse Executive Council.

She is completing her Doctorate in Nursing at the University of South Florida along with implementing a Quality Improvement Project consisting of an ERAS protocol for total joint arthroplasty to improve length of stay.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three miniature dachshunds and participating in her parish at The Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.

Diana Noland MPH, RDN, IFMCP
Personalized Nutrition Practitioner Training Course Faculty

Diana Noland is a recognized functional nutrition practitioners and educator and the owner of Noland
Nutrition, an Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy private telemedicine practice. In
addition to over 45 ears of clinical practice, she has served as faculty of the Institute for Functional
Medicine (IFM), developed curriculum for KUMC’s graduate dietetics program, has served as an expert
witness, a nutrition consultant, and an author and editor, most recentlv, co-editor of the Integrative and
Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy: Principles and Practices (Springer Nature 2020). She is a
recipient of the Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Excellence in Clinical Practice Award and the
DIM Lifetime Achievement Award. Diana is an IFM Certified Practitioner.

Julia Schulenburg BSN, RN, ND, CLT

Received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1989 and worked 16 years in clinical practice. Her experience included pediatric oncology, pediatric and adult ICU, spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation, community health, research and epidemiology with infectious disease. She fulfilled roles in hospital education, antibiotic utilization, and hospital acquired infections. She was convinced there were natural means to health outside of allopathic medicine which compelled her to study Traditional Naturopathy and Bioenergetic frequency methods for healing. She became certified in Naturopathy and certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy from the Vodder School International out of Austria. Dr. Julia has had a special interest in humanitarian work which has taken her to volunteer on the Mercy Ships and supports orphanages in Uganda and around the world. Her mission to help others holistically in spirit, soul, and body carries over into how she operates as an integrative practitioner with a whole person point of view. She established the Center for Holistic Healing in Dallas, TX and specializes in Bioenergetic Frequency Therapies, Lymphatic Drainage, and Brain Therapies.

Dr. Lane Freedman, D.D.S.

Dr. Kennedy is the Past President of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. His BA is in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology from the University of Kansas (1967) and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery is from the University of Missouri (1971).

He is a world lecturer to the dental profession on the safety of dental materials in the human body. His lectures include (among others) addresses to the World Health Organization, the American Dental Society of Europe, the German BGD, and Brazil Rio Eco-Odonto.

More recently, in 1996 he was a presenter at the International Society for Fluoride Research XXI Conference on fluoride (Budapest), and in 1997 was involved in the Canadian Dental Association conference (Toronto) on the use of fluoride drops and tablets.

The Risk Assessment Symposium

To make this Risk Assessment Symposium a scientifically reliable meeting, Dr.Kennedy researched the literature and the speakers thoroughly.

He started the literature search with a request to the American Dental Association for their list of references which supported the theory of benefit from ingesting fluoride. Then, he made a complete survey of the available scientific literature both U.S. and foreign. He found, in addition to the published peer-reviewed scientific literature, documents supporting the dangers of ingesting fluoride. Such documents include: the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Toxicological Profile for Fluoride TP/91-17 (1993), the National Academy of Science “Health Effects of Ingested fluoride” (1993) and the original NTP results as well as the Young Report US PHS (1991).

He then personally interviewed each of the speakers (more than a dozen) who came from the private sector as well as from government regulatory agencies. They addressed the IAOMT with scientific papers on the biological impact of fluoride.


Dr.Kennedy keeps in direct touch with patients by continuing a part-time dental practice.

Dr. Lane Freedman, D.D.S.

Dr. Lane Freeman returned to join her childhood dental practice in 2002, after completing her undergraduate work at the University of Texas in Austin and receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the UT Health Science Center’s top rated dental school in San Antonio. Dr. Freeman has completed numerous hours of continuing education in the fields of biological dentistry and is also certified in IV conscious sedation. She is an accredited member of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology), member of the American Institute of Implant Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Heart of Texas Dental Association. Dr. Freeman has a passion for educating her patients on the relationship between their oral health and overall systemic health. In addition to her practice in Marble Falls, Dr. Freeman enjoys participating in mission experiences both locally and abroad. Her vision, and that of the entire staff, is to exceed each patient’s expectations every time.

Dr. Freeman and her husband, Rusty, have two children (and 3 dogs), and enjoy snow skiing, sporting events, traveling, and spending time with family. She feels blessed by the Lord to be able to practice with such an amazing staff.

Tanya Walker

Holistic Wellness Coach & Practitioner for Emotional Healing

Born in a northern Canadian town where resources for emotional healing were limited, Tanya sustained an injury that derailed her life and left her spending most of the time over a 4 year period in bed. In the wake of emotional turmoil she used transformational healing techniques that involved the mind/heart connection. This was the beginning of her journey that eventually led her to where she is today.

As a holistic life coach, practitioner for emotional healing through both somatic bodywork, myofascial release and also a Pilates instructor for chronic pain she understands how each facet of who we are must be addressed in order to heal, grow and achieve goals.

Her methodology incorporates the key elements of healing the mental, physical and spiritual body because it encompasses the entirety in each of us. Using a variety of transformational tools, she has learned how to shift mindsets, offer healthy coping mechanisms and educate her clients how to confront and rid anxiety, stress, depression and emotional blockages.

Tanya recognizes individuals living with chronic illness suffer a myriad of intense emotions on a daily basis. With a strong association between mental and physical health, ALS impacts not only the person but the entire family affecting everyone in different ways which is why it’s important to understand and heal the emotional body.

Helping PALS recognize unhealthy thought and behavioural patterns, stepping into personal empowerment and learning how to use the power of the mind/heart connection helps reduce anxiety, assists in healing burdens from the past that all help bring the central nervous system to a better state so the body can restore.

Tanya’s belief is that healing, transformation and manifestation cannot take place unless the element of love is present.

Joyce Brown, PhD, ND, EFT

Diagnosed in 1988 at age 54

Dr. Joyce was diagnosed with ALS in May of 1988.

She had severe problems with weak muscles and choking on her own saliva. Along with having to wear both a neck and ankle brace, constant twitching and atrophy of her muscles, she had great difficulty walking or holding her head up. Communicating became more and more difficult as she lost most of her voice.

She went to a top M.D. who also specialized in homeopathy and acupuncture. He diagnosed her with ALS and Myasthenia Gravis, MG. Though in shock and disbelief, she decided to start homeopathic treatments immediately. Not believing she had ALS, she consulted two other doctors who gave her the same diagnosis. Still in denial, she consulted a Neurologist familiar with ALS. His testing and diagnosis was: ALS with 5 months to live!

She continued her treatments which also included heart-felt prayers, dietary changes, along with meditating and listening to unique Sleep Teaching with positive affirmations from her own recordings “Whispers for Life and Prosperity” and “Whispers for Miraculous Results.”

Miraculously, with God’s power, she was healed of ALS and had no after effects, even completely recovering her voice, all within 16 weeks.

Moving forward with new energy and resilience, she became a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. She continues to work with world renowned scientists, quantum physicists, medical doctors, and health specialists.

While in practice as an N.D., Dr. Joyce was credited with improving and saving many lives. She continues this today. At present time, she has received six Lifetime Achievement Awards in the natural health field. Even though she is in a power chair because of an auto accident in 2003 which left her with continuous, extreme pain, and in 2014 lost much of her vision, she remains very active. Now at 88 years of age, with a vibrant voice, she is a professional speaker, coach, counselor and President of the faith based, non- denominational, non-profit organization, “Stress And Grief Relief, Inc.”

She helps people change stress to success and find their true purpose for living, with unique coping techniques for depression, anger management and suicide prevention. She has authored many books, including the best seller: “God’s Heavenly Answers: Near Death Experience Revealed plus Near Death Survivor Conquers ALS, Depression, Grief, Suicide & More. Her forthcoming book: “Divine Miracles After Death, My Life Before” and “After ALS: Heavenly Answers For Earthly Questions.”

Dr. Joyce works tirelessly as a Chaplain, sharing God’s message of hope, reasons for living and the reality that there is life after life! She continues helping others with crisis management, including troubled teens, inmates, and all others needing her specials skills. Her favorite title is HRE, “Heavenly Retirement Expert.” She understands the true value of our limited Earth Time and wants to share the knowledge obtained in her Near Death Experience of 1983. Her websites are and

Evy McDonald, MSN, MDiv, DMin

Diagnosed in 1980 at age 29

Evy was diagnosed when she was in the middle of a busy career in hospital administration, and given one year to live. Within a matter of months she was in a wheelchair, unable to move, and was planning the music for her funeral. Through a combination of deep introspection, increased self-awareness, and serious emotional changes she slowly began to heal. She and her neurologist later presented together at medical conferences. Today Rev. Evy is a Methodist minister.

Mark Manchester

Diagnosed in 2011 at age 50

Mark was diagnosed with ALS on 7/7/11. Prior to this, he did not have any ALS symptoms until his golf swing began to falter, according to his dad. Not long after, he fell off his horse, broke 4 ribs, and that is when his doctor noticed fasciculations in his arms and legs. Once diagnosed, he knew that his approach was going to be win-win to this disease. Next, he participated in clinical trials that he hoped would help his generation or the next for a win. The other win would be God taking him home. He figured he couldn’t lose with that mindset. After persevering through disease declining stages from 2011-2017, his wife, Lisa, suggested different supplemental protocols, specifically including L- Serine and LEAP2BFIT. In addition, Mark has participated in Dr. Richard Bedlack’s ALS Reversal Program in which he is currently #41. Since, he has drastically improved from wheelchair and hoya lift bound to free-walking and trach removal. During this time, he felt called to advocate for others diagnosed with ALS and their caregivers. He also committed to a personal ambition with a slogan of Never Surrender. Lastly, in 2013, he formed two organizations that promote ALS Awareness and support to his fellow ALS Pals, The Manchester Project, Inc. and Mark’s Madness, LLC. “Never Surrender”

McFinn Lovere

Diagnosed in 2006 at age 54

In September of 2005, McFinn began having difficulty with grip with his hands, and by the time he was diagnosed with ALS in January of 2006, he was already in a wheelchair and his situation was becoming life threatening. McFinn wanted to give up and die at this point. A friend recommended McFinn see a naturopath and in March of 2006, he went to see Dr. Greg Weisswasser. Dr. Weisswasser found an overabundance of lead and low B12 levels even though his MD said those levels were normal. Even while on treatment for both, McFinn, after nine months from onset of symptoms, progressed to the point he could only move his head and a few fingers. McFinn had a poor attitude towards his family and friends until he had an Ah-ha moment. He decided to try and find a way to help himself. He began to accept the help of his family and friends. He started physical therapy and began to release the stress of thinking he was going to die. He began to say that he was going to live. He realized that lead and B12 levels were only part of the mystery and that acceptance of the disease was the true killer. Instead of stress that was leading his day to day existence, McFinn began a spiritual journey, meditating often during the day. It was his spiritual foundation that helped him through his illness. He now had a reachable goal he could believe in. In September 0f 2006, after seven months of hard work, McFinn was walking with crutches. By December of 2006, he was using a cane. Today he has returned to his former way of life. He is physically active, hiking and climbing mountains.

Kim Cherry

Diagnosed in 2011 at age 63

Kim was diagnosed with the bulbar form of ALS and was given one year to live. His symptoms progressed quickly. Soon he was having difficulty breathing, swallowing and even walking short distances. With the help of several holistic medical practitioners and his wife Kay’s research he has been able to reverse most of his symptoms using diet, herbs, supplements and oxygen therapies including direct IV ozone, which he feels has made the most difference. Kim is playing golf again. He is now in his 70s.

Kevin Vandermyden

Kevin has been Senior Pastor of Grace of God since 2020. Kevin not only has a heart for
Dinuba, but the nations as well. Kevin was healed of ALS in September of 2014 and since then
he has received a powerful encounter with the Lord and called him into ministry. Kevin travels
to Kenya and Colombia each year leading mission trips and shares the love and Presence of
Jesus through the truth of the Gospel. Kevin has a heart for revival and desires all to have a
personal relationship with the Person of Jesus. Between the church and out on the mission field
he has seen the Lord heal thousands from every pain, illness, and disease imaginable. Kevin
has such a deep passion for not only the Word of God but also the manifest Presence of Jesus.
Kevin and his wife Sarah have been married since 2003 and have five children. They moved to
Dinuba in 2004 and have a heart to see the Kingdom of God expand in the city and region.
Kevin is also member of the Apostolic Network of Global Awakening.

Lisa Petsu

Diagnosed in 2019 at age 45

Lisa was clinically diagnosed with atypical ALS in February of 2019 by a world renowned neuromuscular neurologist at Johns Hopkins  Department of Neurology in Baltimore, MD. The 45 year old mother of 4 daughters was told the diagnosis of motor neuron disease was most likely inescapable. Other neurologists concurred.

After six months of flail left lower extremity paralysis and profound bilateral hand weakness backed up by objective findings and clinical signs Lisa experienced an almost spontaneous recovery. Her doctor at Hopkins said he had never seen anything like her recovery in his 42 year career.  He told her that from the left knee down she had ALS for certain. He could not explain her reversal.

Todd Mitchell, Diagnosed in 1987 at age 17

Todd was diagnosed with ALS as a teenager by Duke University Medical Center and he later had that diagnosis confirmed by Cornell University in New York. His symptoms progressed quickly and soon he needed a wheel chair to get around and a chair lift to navigate the stairs in his home. At one point he was given 6 months to live.

Though Todd and his family researched various nutritional approaches, his healing was driven primarily by creative visualization – particularly visualizing healing experiences in scriptures. These visualization experiences helped Todd find hope and faith in God that, ultimately, led him to a full recovery from ALS.

He is now in his 50s and has no residual ALS symptoms. He is married and has 3 children.

Lisa Manchester, CNH

Husband Mark Diagnosed with ALS in 2011

Lisa Manchester is a self-taught caregiver, learning all she needed to know for her husband Mark. He was diagnosed in 2011 with ALS progressed into being immobile, was trache/vent dependent, and had a feeding tube. Lisa researched anything that could help, ultimately helping him to reverse his ALS. She still does her own research to see what else is out there to help Mark and also share with other PALS.

Lisa worked for the airline industry for over 32 years. She is also a CE (certified esthetician), CNHP (Certified Natural Health Professional), LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist), Reflexologist, studied QT (Quantum Touch) and a few other therapy modalities. Her history of studying and taking classes over the years has been helpful in this ALS journey.

Lisa retired from the airline industry in 2020 and now spends most of the time on the phone or answering emails to PALS (people living with ALS) and CALS (caregivers of those with ALS). For the past few years she has been a beacon to the ALS community supporting PALS, CALS, and families that come her way. She feels making connections with other PALS and CALS is huge, even if it’s just a short phone call, texting a smile or heart emoji.

Kay Cherry

Husband diagnosed ALS in 2011

KAY CHERRY Husband diagnosed ALS in 2011 Kay’s husband, Kim, was diagnosed with the bulbar form of ALS in 2011. Kay used all of her resources in order to help her husband. She began researching holistic doctors, nutrients, supplements, and more. She and Kim very quickly realized they needed an overhaul of their “diet.” In addition to these dietary changes, they implemented ozone therapy and a continually evolving list of supplements. With the additional of a mental and emotional shift in their outlook, Kim was able to reverse many symptoms within the first year. It was three years until he could swallow non-carbonated water.

David DeHaas, Colon Hydrotherapist and a Naturopathic Health Coach

David DeHaas is a Colon Hydrotherapist and a Naturopathic Health Coach. After giving up on doctors to help him, he spent over 20 years learning how to heal his own health symptoms without medical assistance that included: Allergies, Asthma, muscle pain, Acne, Psoriasis, Yeast/Candida, Torn Meniscus, Fatigue, constipation, Back pain, and cancer. It was through Colon Hydrotherapy and deep tissue cleansing that really sparked he and his families return to health. For 13 1/2 years he and his family have been provided a 10 day Healing Retreat in Boise Idaho that addresses the whole body, Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, using many complementary therapies including Colon Hydrotherapy, Far Infrared Sauna, Far Infrared Biomat, Lymph Detox, Ondamed PEMF, Sound Therapy, Emotional healing tools and many others. They have witnessed 1000’s of healing miracles. You can hear David each week on the Radio and the podcast Living Waters Wellness Center, 208 378 9911

Daniel Filliatreault, Diagnosed in 2021

Diagnosed in 2021 at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida. Second diagnosis at the neuroscience clinic at Holy Cross. His symptoms continued to worsen and his speech, swallowing and Breathing were affected. He could not shave, lift a fork to his mouth or hang a shirt on a hanger.

His energy level continued to climb and his memory was affected. He considered suicide.

Today his energy, strength and other symptoms have improved and he has gone from 149 to 176 pounds.

Aarti Batavia, MS, RDN, CLT, CFSP, IFMCP

Aarti Batavia is a certified functional medicine practitioner, registered dietitian nutritionist, author and culinary expert and is dedicated to helping individuals to live a healthy and productive life. She is one of the very few advanced functional medicine practitioners who is not only IFM- Certified but also trained by the research neurologist and author Dr. Dale Bredesen himself to implement “The Bredesen Protocol” utilizing the systems biology approach. Aarti holds a master’s degree in Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics from Mumbai, India, and a Coordinated Program in Dietetics from Wayne State University. She currently serves as: spokesperson – Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; CEU Chair – Southeastern Michigan Dietetic Association Chair. Past-Chair- Indians in Nutrition and Dietetics MIG and Connecting Educators Past Chair – Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine DPG.

Aarti has authored a chapter – “Developing Interventions to Address Priorities: Food, Dietary Supplements, Lifestyle, and Referrals” in the recently published textbook entitled Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy.

Aarti enjoys travel, hiking and fusion cooking.

Lazarus Ember

Lazarus had went to his doctor in 2014 with strange twitching. It was the first step in a long journey of diagnosis of ALS/MND. In 2017 he was diagnosed with disorder of the motor neurons and in 2018 the diagnosis progressed to Motor Neuron Disease (ALS)

By the time he was diagnosed, he had experienced fluctuations in the illness and wasn’t aware that according to most neurologists, this doesn’t happen. In fact there are over 50 people who have had a confirmation of their diagnosis and a confirmation of reversing the damage of the illness to a degree ( check Dr. Bedlack and ALS reversals for more info). The reality of the fluctuations implied it was possible to influence the course of the illness and Lazarus focused on what he was doing right and adding to that.

Currently Lazarus is walking well and swimming and talking with a normal voice, until something upsets the balance of his health; then his leg cramps up, he starts limping, his voice is reduced, his breathing gets more difficult. His health remains precarious, however, it is a lot better than dying and he is not dying from ALS.