Watch Alzheimer’s Disease: the Silent Plague – A 21st Century Precision Medicine Approach with Dr. Mary Kay Ross, MD, FACEP

Alzheimer’s Disease has become an immense topic as of late, as more and  more individuals are affected by it, whether directly or indirectly with a loved one. Dr. Mary Kay Ross, MD, FACEP joins us to discuss the current status of Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S., along with the stigma and misconceptions associated with the treatment, as well as causes and outcomes available today. Dr. Ross will review the known causes (or drivers) of the disease and the lifestyle changes necessary to help stop its progression. Dr. Ross' webinar, Alzheimer’s Disease: the Silent Plague – A 21st Century Precision Medicine Approach, is now available for review in the Hawthorn Webinar Archives.

Dr. Ross will discuss how to evaluate a client with cognitive decline, as well as the labs and necessary workup for the proper evaluation and assessment. She will also discuss how to design a program for a client and will conclude with case studies and outcomes. 

At the conclusion of the lecture, attendees should be able to recognize a client with cognitive problems, assess the client correctly and be able to determine the drivers of the disease. Participants should be able to initiate the appropriate workup and prepare a reasonable functional program for all clients with cognitive decline. Finally, she will discuss future potential treatments and adjuncts to assist with ongoing treatment.

Dr. Mary Kay Ross obtained her medical education at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed her residency training in emergency medicine in 2000 at Wright State where she served as chief resident.

Following graduation and for the next eleven years, Dr. Ross worked as an attending physician in trauma centers in both Virginia and Georgia. She has held faculty positions at both Eastern Virginia Medical School and Mercer University teaching residents and medical students. During this phase of her career, working long and sometimes grueling shifts - she realized that there was something terribly wrong with the current medical model. It was obvious to her, that the hospital system was being overburdened by patients with chronic illnesses that were not being treated effectively. The door of the emergency room was in fact a revolving door. 

In 2012, Dr. Ross found herself on the other side of the medical system. Her own real-life lesson came when she herself became a patient in the ER domain she oversaw. She suffered a serious illness as a result of a very serious mold exposure that produced debilitating symptoms. She ultimately found herself in the cardiac cath lab. This illness eventually led Dr. Ross to give up the emergency room work she had loved so much. Desperately seeking answers to her own illness from physicians that were her peers, and disappointed with limited treatment options, she sought in another direction searching for answers and better options. 

Dr Ross quickly realized that many chronic health problems could be prevented.  She learned that only by treating the underlying causes of chronic illness, could true healing be achieved. As this paralleled the mission of Functional Medicine, she devoted herself to learn as much as she could about this new approach to healing. She enrolled in the Institute for Functional Medicine and completed all of the modules as quickly as possible. Though Dr. Ross was voracious for the knowledge, her primary mission was an effort to save her own life.

This experience would change her practice of medicine and her career forever. Dr. Ross founded The Institute for Personalized Medicine in Savannah, GA late in 2012 committed to treating her patients using Functional Medicine.

In 2016, she teamed with Dr. Dale Bredesen. Together they applied her knowledge and clinical expertise with his scientific research gained from over 30 years in the lab. As a team they sought to bring the best solution to patients impacted with cognitive decline. Dr. Ross proudly served as the Founding Chief Medical Officer for MPI Cognition until August of 2018 when the company was ultimately sold.  

Dr. Ross is presently the Founder and CEO of the Brain Health & Research Institute (BH&RI) in Seattle, WA. The Brain Health & Research Institute is honored to be partnered with the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB). This esteemed research facility is headed by Drs. Leroy Hood and James Heath.  The partnership represents the marriage of science and medicine. It is their goal that research results from the laboratory, will be able to be quickly adapted into clinical practice. BH&RI will open its doors to patients on September 1, 2019.

Today, Dr. Ross is actively engaged on enhancing a multimodal, precision medicine approach addressing all aspects of brain health. She firmly believes that this is an exciting time to be practicing medicine. Dr. Ross has assembled a team of the brightest and best from across the country to deliver care at her new institute. She is committed to her beliefs and is passionate about the medicine she practices. She is a tireless patient advocate and is relentless in her pursuit for solving complex medical cases.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

Dr. Mary Kay Ross, MD, FACEP

Watch The Gift of Disease: How Illness Shaped and Defined My Career Path with Missy Beavers, MS (All About Alumni Webinar Presentation)

Hawthorn University graduate Missy Beavers' interest in health began when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disease at the age of 8 years old. This was the gift that sparked the lifelong search for answers to her health struggles. When her husband was diagnosed with leukemia, it threw her passion into overdrive and she sought out every opportunity to learn about the immune system. She has put her MSTN degree from Hawthorn University to good use in developing a protocol to restore immune function and reverse symptoms of disease through healing the gut. After 28 years of taking thyroid medication, Missy is now prescription free and thrives on helping others regain their health as she has done.

Hawthorn University welcomes Missy Beavers, MS for her All About Alumni presentation The Gift of Disease: How Illness Shaped and Defined My Career Path. Missy's webinar recording may now be viewed in the Hawthorn All About Alumni Webinar Archives.

In this presentation Missy will give us behind-the-scenes details on how she purchased her own health food store, grew a thriving practice, and developed a leaky gut protocol, which is now launched online with its own app. She teaches that it is our thoughts and beliefs that provide us with the results we seek. We are all capable of amazing things!

Missy Beavers graduated with a Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition from Hawthorn University in June of 2016. She owns the Health Habit, which is a health food and supplement store nestled in a tiny rice farming community in Northern California. Her love and passion is focused on healing the gut to reverse symptoms of autoimmune disease and create vibrant health. She owns http://www.thehealthynavel.com, which is Missy’s 12-week protocol to seal the gut, kill any pathogens that are causing problems and heal the relationship between the mind and body. 

She and her husband have a 3-year-old son and two big dogs, who might as well be counted as children. Missy adores her business, store, family, and life in a small town. She works with clients all over the nation and enjoys helping others find abundant health through healing the gut, mind and body.

Missy can be contacted via her website at https://thehealthynavel.com and via email at info@thehealthynavel.com.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

Missy Beavers, MS
MSTN Program Graduate 2016
Owner, the Health Habit

Watch Mood and Neurodegenerative Disorders: Chronic Inflammation and Disturbances in Tryptophan Metabolism with Jeffrey Moss, DDS, CNS, DACBN

Many of us have a friend or loved one that suffers from some sort of neurobehavioral or neurodegenerative illness. It is generally regarded by both the allopathic and alternative medicine communities that neurobehavioral illnesses, such as depression, and neurodegenerative illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease, are very different ailments – both symptomatically and metabolically. In fact, a large body of research suggests that neurobehavioral and neurodegenerative illnesses are different points on the exact same catabolic, inflammatory, insulin resistant, metabolically suboptimal spectrum.  In turn, clinical depression is an excellent early indicator of risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Please join us as we welcome back Jeffrey Moss, DDS, CNS, DACBN, for Mood and Neurodegenerative Disorders: Chronic Inflammation and Disturbances in Tryptophan Metabolism. Dr. Moss' webinar recording is now available to review in the Hawthorn Webinar Archives.

In this presentation Dr. Moss covers the specifics of tryptophan metabolism disturbance and its relationship with chronic inflammation will be discussed. We will learn simple and cost-effective lifestyle and supplemental interventions to reduce chronic inflammation and optimize tryptophan metabolism, leading to significant improvements in quality of life for clients suffering from neurologic dysfunction.

Dr. Jeffrey Moss, DDS, CNS, DACBN, graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School in 1974 and practiced dentistry in Grand Rapids, Michigan up to 1985. For the last 27 years he has operated Moss Nutrition Products, which supplies the Moss Nutrition Professional Line of supplements to practitioners. In addition to his duties at Moss Nutrition, Dr. Moss has, for many years, written newsletters of review and commentary on different subjects relating to functional medicine and clinical nutrition that are regularly featured in the journals Nutritional Perspectives and Original Internist. Finally, Dr. Moss is a regularly featured speaker, presenting continuing education seminars at many symposia throughout the country.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

Dr. Jeffrey Moss, DDS, CNS, DACBN
Moss Nutrition Products

Review Legal Ramifications of Online Marketing with Lisa Fraley, JD

Do you want to offer online courses and programs, but not sure what you can and can't do from a legal standpoint? Learn what you need to know to reduce your risk when it comes to marketing online or working with clients outside of your state! Lisa Fraley, JD joins us for the webinar Legal Ramifications of Online Marketing. Lisa's webinar is now available for review in our Webinar Archives.

Lisa will teach you how to: (1) identify your state laws, (2) apply 6 specific legal steps to lower your risk, and (3) outline 5 legal documents that can help to limit your liability, so you can make conscious choices as to the types of offers you want to make to your clients in the online space.

Lisa Fraley, JD, is an Attorney, Legal Coach®, Speaker and #1 Best-Selling Author of Easy Legal Steps...That are Also Good for Your Soul. She’s also the host of the “Legally Enlightened” podcast on iTunes. She’s a frequent legal expert on hundreds of webinars and podcasts including top-ranked “Entrepreneur on Fire”, and she’s spoken at live events for Jonathan Fields, Carolin Soldo, NANP, The Health Coach Group, and others, taking stage alongside Gabrielle Bernstein, Kris Carr, and many of today’s thought leaders. 

Lisa's mission is to help small business owners understand that the law can be accessible, empowering, loving, and even spiritual. As a Holistic Lawyer®, Lisa blends her legal expertise and training as a health coach through IIN and life coach through Coach U to help thousands of heart-centered entrepreneurs protect their businesses and brands with contracts, disclaimers, trademarks and more. She shares her “Legal Love” through DIY legal templates, online courses and 1:1 services and is known for aligning legal steps with the chakras. Join the Legal Love tribe and receive free legal tips at http://www.lisafraley.com.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

Lisa Fraley, JD

Watch All About Alumni: Crafting a Career from a Base of Volunteerism with Libby Bar-Kochba, BS, MSHN

Not everyone who studies (in any field) chooses to open their own business. Many of us study for the sheer joy of learning, or to add to a list of services we may already offer, and this has been the case for Hawthorn MSHN graduate Libby Bar-Kochba. Libby joins us to discuss how a lifetime of work in fields both in and outside of nutrition, as well as volunteer work, have prepared her to provide services to many people. Libby believes this mindset is a result of having studied Holistic Nutrition at Hawthorn University. She will discuss how one may take the skills learned at Hawthorn and apply them to many areas within the world of health, nutrition and other fields. 

Hawthorn University’s All About Alumni graduate webinar series welcomes Libby Bar-Kochba, BS, MSHN for Crafting a Career from a Base of Volunteerism. The recording of Libby's presentation is now available to watch in our Webinar Archives.

Libby tells us how she is using her degree to enhance her work in many areas and how you can, too!  Learn how you can apply your skills and engage in many ways to benefit clients, companies and our environment. Get some inspiration to go after new opportunities and become more involved in the community. Learn how volunteerism is a gateway to opportunity, connections, and success.

Libby Bar-Kochba is an alumna of Hawthorn University, with a Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Health and Healing from the State University of New York. Libby has a 30-year career in Advertising and Media Management as an HR Professional, Trainer, and Lecturer. She is also a Senior Level Yoga Instructor, Specialist in Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis, Reiki Practitioner, Meditation teacher, Thai Massage Therapist, and Hospice Provider. Libby provides volunteer services in the area of nutrition, hospice, animal rescue and fund-raising. Her passion lies in teaching others to live their best lives, whether they are just entering a profession, seasoned professionals looking to add on new services, or someone who is entering retirement and wants to stay active and useful.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

Libby Bar-Kochba, BS, MSHN
Hawthorn MSHN Program Graduate 2017

Review Military Veteran Healthcare: Improving Awareness and Access to Integrative and Functional Medicine Solutions with Bianca Garilli, ND

With over 22 million military veterans in the United States, the topic of veteran healthcare is an important one. Veterans’ health needs vary greatly depending on their time/era of service and types of exposures and experiences during their military service. Approximately 2/3 of veterans are being seen by local community healthcare providers. However, according to a recent RAND study, only 2% of civilian healthcare providers have the understanding necessary to effectively work with this population. This webinar is meant to introduce veterans’ unique needs and characteristics to community healthcare providers and to explore the role of integrative and functional medicine solutions in the support of their healing journey.

Join us as we welcome Hawthorn faculty member Bianca Garilli, ND for the webinar Military Veteran Healthcare: Improving Awareness and Access to Integrative and Functional Medicine Solutions.

Dr. Garilli's webinar presentation is now available for review in our Webinar Archives.

The goal of this important webinar is to increase awareness of the healthcare challenges facing the nation’s veterans and to explore emerging integrative and functional medicine solutions to solve these issues. This will include:
Reviewing veteran community demographics;
Discussing the unique set of healthcare challenges facing veterans;
Exploring current integrative and functional medicine approaches available both in the veteran administration and within the private sector;
Understanding current healthcare gaps that continue to exist for veterans;
Bringing forth and discussing innovative ideas for being part of the much needed solution.

Dr. Bianca Garilli is a former US Marine turned Naturopathic Doctor (ND). She runs a private practice in Northern California and consults with integrative and functional medicine leaders, including the Institute for Functional Medicine and Metagenics. She is passionate about optimizing health and wellness in individuals, families, companies and communities one lifestyle change at a time. Dr. Garilli has been on staff at the University of California Irvine, the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine, and is on faculty at Hawthorn University. She is immediate Past-President of the Children's Heart Foundation, CA Chapter and is currently deep in the trenches with the Military and Veteran Functional Medicine Health Initiative. Dr. Garilli feels blessed to have been married to her husband and best friend for over 20 years and to be mom to two amazing children; her family spends time together on the baseball and softball fields, cooking, eating, gardening, skiing and camping.  

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

Dr. Bianca Garilli, ND

All About Alumni: The Nourished Healer - Creating a Business with Heart to Empower Women's Relationships with Food with Sapha Arias

What does the world of Nutrition Consultation look like for a healer who is swimming against the currents of diet culture? Hawthorn Nutrition Consultant Summa Cum Laude graduate Sapha Arias joins us to share her experience during her first year as an intuitive healer/entrepreneur. Join Sapha as she teaches us the lessons she has learned that helped develop and transform her practice of helping women change their relationship to food. 

Hawthorn University’s All About Alumni graduate webinar series welcomes Sapha Arias for The Nourished Healer - Creating a Business with Heart to Empower Women's Relationships with Food, Wednesday May 1st, 2019 at 12 PM Pacific.


Sapha shares her experiences at Hawthorn and how they helped her develop a customer avatar, website, and collaborations with other like-minded practitioners. She also shares her future career goals as a health and wellness consultant and yoga teacher. 

Sapha Arias is a Houston-based yoga and meditation instructor as well as a writer, nutrition consultant and 'love your body' healer. She has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 10 years and has found a passion in helping women shift their perspective and redefine their relationships to self. Her mission is to help women who are tired of dieting to change their relationship with food and discover a new way to live healthfully and joyfully without the need to deprive themselves.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

Sapha Arias
Hawthorn Nutrition Consultant Graduate 2018