April 20-22 2018

The Elizabeth Hotel in Fort Collins, Colorado

Big conversations to transform your life!
Empower your mind, Empower your body.

Speaker Slides

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Autoimmune: Dr. Roger billica

hormone health: dr. Grace Alessi

brain health: dr. ben galyardt

Renowned Functional Doctors + Practitioners Dismantling Mysteries of the Greatest Health Epidemics of our time!


An Annual Affair

The NOCO Functional Health Summit Experience

Join us for 1.5 days of mind expanding information from some of the nations most renowned functional medical doctors and practitioners. They will share their brilliance with cutting edge and scientific-based content about the true cause for some of the greatest health issues of our time:

  • Cancer. The Epidemic: What is Really Going On?

  • Auto Immune. What The Hell is Wrong With Me? Finally some answers

  • Brain-Gut. Unlocking the Functional Connection

  • Hormones. Am I Losing My Mind? Help!

  • Functional Mental Health. Science Behind Medication/Supplements, Nutrition + Therapies

  • Fertility. Fertile Ground, The Power of Creation Lies Within

  • Panels. What is Functional Health? | Food Is Thy Medicine | Natural Remedies

The collective energy brought forth in this intimate gathering will help you transform your life and evolve with the power of knowledge. #Empower Your Mind, Empower Your Body.

Schedule of Events

Talks & Panels

Join BIG conversations that will transform your thinking and your life with world renowned functional health experts. Expand your mind, empower your body!

Saturday 8:45 am - 5:30 pm

Sunday 9 am - 1:30 PM

Functional Medicine 101, Mysteries revealed about Cancer, Auto Immune Disease, Brain-Gut Connections, Fertility, Hormones, Mental Health & Food Is Thy Medicine +

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Suzy Favor Hamilton is a 3-time Olympian, 7-time US National Champion & Record 9- time NCAA Champion track & field athlete and yes — former top Las Vegas Escort. She is also author of the NY Times Best Selling memoir, Fast Girl – A Life Spent Running From Madness, which details a complex life shaped by anxiety, suicidal depression & bipolar disorder while living under the façade of the All-American girl who seems to have it all. Her story focuses on living with bipolar disorder and the often disasterous consequences of misdiagnosis. She has survived rock bottom and now seeks to educate and raise awareness of what untreated bipolar can look like. She also seeks to show that management, recovery and a quality life can be achieved with proper diagnosis, meds and support.



Dr. Grace Alessi


Hormone Health

Balanced Wellbeing Healthcare

I recently left a traditional medical practice to pursue my passion and interest in integrative medicine. I hope you take the time to read a little about this exciting new paradigm for patient care. My goal in choosing to practice under this “new medicine” is to go back to what I think medicine has lost. It is my personal belief that the patient-doctor relationship is the gateway to the healing process for most patients. I want this relationship to guide you toward your own ability to heal. I want to give you the tools to promote healing and then vitality. In life, everyone has a story. Most adults, even the ones who describe themselves as “healthy”, are likely to have some imbalances; these may be nutritional, emotional, structural, functional, or spiritual. If we can continually “re-set” ourselves, open our eyes to those imbalances, and “tune up”, I think we will prevent a lot of chronic disease in the future. The time for “re-setting” is now.

Biochemically we are all unique. There are genetic things we are programmed with, but how these genes are expressed is profoundly influenced by our environment, diet, exposures, emotions, and more. Additionally, how our body handles food, drugs, toxins, and stress is intricately different. The notion that one treatment or one pill fits all is unrealistic and even dangerous.

Overall, my my biggest desire for you is to be empowered about your health. The absence of disease does not reflect health. Health is a constant dynamic process, in need of daily nurturance, and results in vitality. Be as great as you can be!!




Roger D. Billica, MD, FAAFP Cancer + AutoImmune Expert

Tri-Life Health, PC

After receiving his M.D, Dr. Billica joined the Air Force as a squadron flight surgeon and Chief of Aero-medical services which would eventually lead to his service at NASA where he managed the health care of over 60 space shuttle missions. Published author of numerous scientific studies, distinguished award winner and patent holder in the field of telemedicine lead him to a career in integrated medicine.

During his time with NASA Dr. Billica focused on how to help individuals achieve optimal health and was involved with the Biomedical Research Institute studies of biochemical, physiological, and nutritional aspects of healthy aging. 


His practice now specializes in preventative, nutritional, epigenetic, and environmental medicine. His goal is to help individuals recover from illness and achieve healthy aging by correcting and repairing the underlying processes that cause disease, rather than simply treating the symptoms. Radio host to the popular program "God's Plan for Your Health" and national public speaker.



Jacqueline Fields, MD

Functional Medicine Panel


The Healing Gardens

A practicing physician since 1993, Jacqueline Fields is board-certified in both Family Practice and Integrative Holistic Medicine, with additional specialization in Functional Medicine. She trained during medical school with Dr. Andrew Weil and has worked extensively with tribal medicine of various cultures around the world.

In her practice, she utilizes allopathic medicine as well as integrative modalities. She frequently serves as a consulting physician for patients struggling with complex, chronic health conditions.

In 2003, Dr. Fields founded The Healing Gardens in Fort Collins, Colorado. This holistic integrative medicine center connects a diverse network of collaborating practitioners and resources to meet the health care needs of patients. Overseen by Dr. Fields, The Healing Gardens ecosystem includes the Health Center, Medicinal Store, Living Arts Center, Foundation, and the Dr. Fields’ Sacred Skin product line.



Dr. Benjamin L. Galyardt

Functional Medicine Panel

The Brain-Gut Connection


Functional Medicine Center Fort Collins

Dr. Galyardt is a Doctor of Chiropractic, Board Certified in Integrated Medicine and aWorld-Recognized Speaker in Neurofeedback and Brain Regeneration. He coaches doctors all over the country on how to help their patients reach their highest potential and obtain optimal health.

Dr. Galyardt specializes in treating the complex patient through neurofeedback and blood work analysis. His practice, The Functional Medicine Center of Fort Collins and Neurofeedback incorporates advanced and innovative tools that help heal his patients with permanent results. He also founded the NeuroRejuv, A Brain Building Center in Loveland, Colorado.

Dr. Galyardt’s Board Certifications, Degrees and Training:

Bachelors from Syracuse University in Health and Exercise Science



Kristy Hall, MSHN, RNCP, ROHP

Functional Medicine Panel

Food Is Thy Medicine Panel


Kristy began her career working in the not-for-profit healthcare sector after graduating from Texas A&M University.  However, it was in her role as mom she learned about alternative approaches to healthcare. Her daughter suffered with eczema and fatigue. After multiple tests and medical doctors were unable to find the cause, Kristy pursued other avenues for help. Her daughter recovered through the power nutrition.

A few years later, the physical pain Kristy herself had been feeling for years became much worse and healthcare providers started talking about Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia.  Through Hawthorn University, Kristy studied alternative approaches to FM/CFS. She designed a protocol and experienced a drastic reduction in pain and fatigue. The improvement was so significant, she was able to earn a master’s degree in holistic nutrition, rear her children and work full time even as a single mother.

Kristy’s insatiable desire for knowledge has led her to become certified in Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy, Culinary Genomics, Health Coaching and NutriGenetics.

Kristy offers functional nutrition services.  Functional nutritionist focus on the whole person, not isolated symptoms.  Functional nutritionist spend time with their clients, listening to their histories, evaluating interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and chronic disease in order to provide personalize care.  This care uniquely supports an individual’s health and vitality.



Dr. Scott Shannon

Mental Health Panel

Wholeness Center

Scott Shannon, MD, ABIHM, has been involved in holistic medicine since he joined the American Holistic Medical Association in 1978. Scott has elaborated a holistic and integrative perspective in psychiatry for the last two decades. He published the first textbook for this field in 2001. Scott is a past President of the American Holistic Medical Association and a past President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine.  He was a founding Board member for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Medicine, which is now the sole certifying body for the profession of Integrative Medicine.

In 2010 he founded Wholeness Center, in Fort Collins. This innovative clinic provides cross-disciplinary evaluation and care for mental health concerns with 16 professionals in 10 different disciplines. Norton published his latest textbook for professionals, Mental Health for the Whole Child in 2013 and his book for parents, Parenting the Whole Child in 2014. Scott will serve as a site Principle Investigator for the upcoming Phase III trial of MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD sponsored by Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). This study is coming full circle for Scott as he worked with MDMA legally in his practice before the DEA scheduled it in 1985. Currently, Scott works extensively with ketamine and ketamine-assisted-psychotherapy.  

Teaching has been a core component of Scott’s life. He teaches as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado-Children’s Hospital in Denver. In 2004 the University of Colorado became the first American training program to offer a formal elective in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 2014 he was central in founding Psychiatry MasterClass. This program provides professionals with in-depth education in integrative mental health. This program combines online video content and small class seminar style learning to train physicians in a new paradigm of mental health care. The Psychiatry Residency at UC asked the faculty of Psychiatry MasterClass to deliver an eight hour condensed curriculum to their residents in 2017. Scott also served as the lead for the mental health curriculum in the AIHM Integrative Medicine Fellowship for primary care physicians.


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Dr. Mary Rondeau


Mental Health Panel


Wholeness Center

Dr. Mary Rondeau, N.D, RH(AHG) is co-owner of Wholeness Center and Synergy Neurofeedback in Fort Collins,CO. Wholeness Center is the largest integrative mental health center in the United States. She completed her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has a special interest in the utilization of herbal medicine and is a Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalist Guild. She specializes mental health disorders, pediatric neurodevelopment disorders and nutritional medicine for developmental disorders. She has an instructional cooking and nutrition channel on YouTube “The Wholeness Chef” where she aims to bring healthy cooking and awareness of nutrition to families and professionals.


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Nicole Eckman

Food Is Thy Medicine Panel


Nicole Eckman is an Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a focus on integrative and functional nutrition. Nicole has a busy private practice in Fort Collins. Her approach is patient-centered, focusing on the whole person, including lifestyle modifications and individual nutritional needs. Nicole uses a "food as medicine" approach with her clients, stressing  the importance of using nutrition to PREVENT poor health and chronic illness later in life. Nicole encourages clients to eat CLEAN, whole foods and avoid processed packaged foods that are so tempting to the high stress and busy lifestyle that so many Americans are accustomed to. Nicole believes that optimal health is not just the absence of disease, but the presence of vitality, a sense of peace, and total patient wellness- something that we ALL deserve to experience.



Tim Gordon

CBD/Hemp Oil Panel


Functional Remedies

Tim Gordon became President at CBDRx and Functional Remedies in 2011 after two years of serving as Chief Executive Officer. Born and raised in Canada in a Cannabis farming community, Tim’s love for sustainable cannabis farming is only eclipsed by his love for the cannabis plant. Tim oversees CBDRx hemp operations and the Functional Remedies product division. Tim has developed an aggressive cannabis breeding program, an industry leading agricultural operation, and state of the art laboratory and production facility. Tim serves as a technical advisor on the board of the National Hemp association and is also President of the Colorado Hemp Industries Association. Tim has written and researched the cannabis plant for nearly 15 years and has been highlighted in news programs and in magazines and periodicals. CBDRx and Functional Remedies are the world’s leader in cannabinoid hemp production while leading the way in eco-sustainable hemp farming.


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Ella Soderholm


Food Is Thy Medicine Panel

Balanced Wellbeing Healthcare

Ella Soderholm is a Registered Nurse (RN) and a Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT). She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 2006.  She worked initially in the hospital setting in the Operating Room. Prevention was always top of mind for her as the most impactful approach, and the importance of this became more evident in the hospital setting, being surrounded constantly by sick people. A year later she transitioned to public health and worked there for the next 7 years, with focus on family planning and STD prevention. After struggling with and overcoming the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease through diet and lifestyle intervention, Ella learned the importance of ‘food as medicine’ and decided to further her education in nutrition. She wanted to work in a field where root cause was the focus, instead of symptom management. She wanted to empower people to take control of their health, by teaching them the connection between what they put in their bodies and their health.

Ella completed her MNT certification through the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, CO in 2015.  She feels passionate about helping others achieve optimal health as a result of her health journey. Ella is also First Line Therapy Certified and believes that 90% of disease management comes from diet and lifestyle changes. She is here to provide patients with the tools needed to take control of chronic health problems and achieve personal health goals.

In her free time, Ella enjoys spending time outside! XC skiing, hiking, swimming, paddle boarding and anything that involves her son and husband. She also loves to cook, and takes pride in feeding her family well.

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Ena Rodriguez


Dr. Scott Shannon

Mental Health Panel

Treetop Yoga Therapy

A teacher since 2000, founder of Treetop Yoga Therapy, Ena specializes in mood stabilization, PTSD and neuromindfulness techniques for resiliency. She is a contract provider for agencies including the Cheyee and Fort Collins VA, InnerBalance Addiction in-patient facility in Loveland and the Larimer County Justice system. Ena also holds a certificate in iRest® Yoga Nidra, an evidenced-based protocol implemented by the US Military in 2006 and derived from yoga philosophy and psychology. She has built a strong cross referral relationship with psychologists in Northern Colorado providing clients and patients complementary somatic, spiritual and meditation practices. Her motivation to teach these ancient but simple techniques is rooted in her personal experience raising a child with mental health issues and finding guidance and peace within the practices. 




Carol Smith, MS, IMT,C

Fertility Expert



“My career is like a beautiful mosaic coming together piece by piece inspired by an inner guiding force that breathes in and out with every step I take.”

With a graduate degree and no idea of what she was actually going to do with it, Carol found herself in Colorado working in a hospital. Beginning in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, then Health & Wellness, and Administration she always felt there must be more to help people find optimal states of health. After 8 years Carol moved to Asheville, NC working in a hospital in the Cardiovascular Services again however this time it was different. Her own heart was filled with a desire to be a mother. What came next was a journey that was inspiring and heart breaking, full of emotion and challenges that continued for several years. Carol was led to Integrative Manual Therapy which opened the doorways of her mind, body and soul and she became a certified practitioner of IMT. Carol started teaching classes in Women’s Health with the School of Integrative Manual Therapy and as adjunct faculty at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Her personal journey directed her to study breath work, travel to India and Peru and ultimately steered her into an unexplored inner world. A never ending journey of self discovery that influences her work as a practitioner of healing modalities. Carol is blessed to have 2 beautiful daughters and her partner is the love of her life. She is a practitioner in Asheville, NC working with individuals in her office and remotely, along with leading inspiring classes in small and large group settings. Her compassionate and inspirational nature assist others on their healing journey in a way for optimal health to unfold. “Life has taken me in a Spiral Dance from my focus being on the outer world to the beauty and mystery of my inner world. A unique experience that lives inside each one of us. It is truly an honor to assist someone in discovering their true nature. For it is in our true essence we find healing and know eternal love.”



Christy Thiel, MNT


Food Is Thy Medicine Panel


CBD/Hemp Oil Panel


Christy Thiel is a Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT) from Fort Collins, Colorado who specializes in Cannabis BusinessvDevelopment, education and Halo Laser Therapy.

Christy’s career path includes presenting internationally about the benefits of rebounding, over a decade of personal training and specializing in ancestral nutrition and disease prevention as
a MNT.

Christy started working at Elixinol in 2016 and is Director of
Business Development. Her favorite subject is anything CBD, endocannabinoid system and helping others share this knowledge. Professionally she feels this research is also a missing link for most health and medical professionals if they are not utilizing it in their practices.  

Christy is an approachable, kind and dedicated learner and teacher. As Elixinol and the cannabis industry grows so will her knowledge and dedication to sharing CBD’s many benefits.


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Elaine Opdahl


CBD/Hemp Oil Panel


Elaine is a certified nutrition therapy practitioner, functional medicine supplement educator and former natural foods manufacturer. Elaine started her journey with natural medicine over a decade ago when her oldest child was young and had health problems due to gluten and other food allergies. Since then she has remained passionate about healing the body with whole foods and other holistic modalities.





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Jennifer Watson, MPT, I.M.T.,C Motivational Speaker


Jennifer Watson, MPT, I.M.T.,C is the owner and primary therapist of Watson Wellness and founder of Jennifer Watson Leadership. She received her undergraduate degree in kinesiology and a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her time at Wisconsin Jennifer was also a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison track & field team in which she received All-American honors. As she began her work, her interests began to grow outside the athletic arena. She has completed over 650 hours of continuing education courses in manual therapy, functional orthopedics, and postural restoration. Her most recent specialty certification she received in Integrative Manual Therapy from the Connecticut School of Integrative Manual Therapy. 

Jennifer's journey has continued to grow with her reaching people as a passionate and dynamic motivational speaker with a gift for intuitive & visionary coaching.  She is an expert in leadership & entrepreneural skills development, movement  & change adaptation, and self-empowerment. 

he is passionate and honored to help those achieve their own greatness with honesty, grace and class.  With 16 years experience in business & leadership management and health & wellness advocacy, she inspires those to unleash their potential and performance in all areas of their life.



Rachel C. Fischer, MD, MPH

Rachel C. Fischer, MD, MPH, is a functional medicine physician at Restore Health in Loveland, CO where she offers life-style based care while providing a unique perspective that stems from her medical education and practice, as well as her own health journey as a long-time athlete. Prior to transitioning to functional medicine, Dr. Fischer worked for Kaiser Permanente’s occupational medicine team in Portland, OR where she treated thousands of patients with job-related injury and illness. It quickly became apparent that those patients with underlying chronic disease took remarkably longer to heal and return to regular work duty. She discovered that functional medicine was the more complete path to helping patients heal and began practicing functional medicine in 2014. 

In addition to her full-time clinical role, Dr. Fischer is adjunct faculty with the University of Western States Master’s program in Nutrition and Functional Medicine where she teaches epidemiology and immunology.  In her clinical practice, Dr. Fischer’s focus is always “lifestyle first” with emphasis on food as medicine.  

Dr. Fischer is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine.  She trained in internal medicine at the UofU and completed a fellowship in occupational environmental medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle.  Dr. Fischer has completed the curriculum required by the Institute of Functional Medicine for certification and is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.  Prior to medical school, Dr. Fischer spent time serving in Nepal for the US Peace Corp and worked as a health policy analyst for Utah Children, a state-wide advocacy organization in Salt Lake City. 

An avid athlete, Dr. Fischer is a self-proclaimed CrossFit addict and especially enjoys time outdoors hiking and camping with her dog or cycling the mountains.  



luxe spa + fitness experience

Get your work out on Sunday before the Summit starts with Fort Collins Fitness Festival, Orange Theory Fitness and Yoga Pod in Old Town Square.

Orange Theory Fitness: 7:30 am - 8:00 am

YogaPod Flow: 8:00 am - 8:30 am

Enjoy complimentary cutting edge spa services from our local, innovative partners

Enjoy amazing and rejuvenating mini facials!

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Dr. Field's team will offer deeply healing services: BiomatAlfastimNeurofeedback Nano treatments

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The Natural Path will offer Heart Scans, Emotional Clearing and Cold Blue Laser.

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H2a Botanicals will treat you with healing herbal infusions, teas and tinctures in a relaxing environment.

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