Immunovation Summit: Navigating Autoimmune Complexities


April 13-14, 2024

Immerse yourself in engaging discussions led by renowned experts, unlocking the mysteries of the immune system. From the latest advancements in immunotherapy to holistic approaches fostering patient well-being, this summit aims to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and practical application. Together, we will navigate the complexities of autoimmune challenges, fostering a collaborative environment for the exchange of ideas and the birth of groundbreaking strategies. Immunovation Summit is your passport to the forefront of autoimmune research and treatment—a unique opportunity to be part of a collective mission to shape the future of autoimmune healthcare.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Todd Born, ND, CNS
  • Julia Greenspan, ND
  • Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP
  • Darin Ingels, ND, FAAEM, FMAPS
  • Kasia Kines, DCN, CNS, CN
  • Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, CCH, FABNO
  • Heather Zwickey, PhD

CE Credits:

  • 10.25 General, 1.75 Pharmacology (Total 12.0) CEUs approved by the OBNM (Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine) 
  • 12 PDA points approved by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) 

Webinar Details:

  • This fully online virtual event will be hosted through Zoom
  • Recordings of all conference presentations are provided for attendees at no additional cost
  • Recordings can be viewed for credit after the event if you do not attend live

Early Bird Deadline:

  • 3/28/2024: all prices listed below increase by an additional $25


9:00 - 10:30 AM "Inhalant Allergies: A Route to Resolution with Sublingual Immunotherapies" Todd Born, ND, CNS
10:30 - 11:00 AM BREAK
11:00 - 12:30 PM "When Your Patients Fail Your Protocols: Can This Be Chronic EBV?" Kasia Kines, DCN, MS, MA, CN, CNS
12:30 - 1:30 PM LUNCH
1:30 - 3:00 PM "Neurovulnerable: Complexities of Treating Encephalitis" Julia Greenspan, ND
3:00 - 3:30 PM BREAK
3:30 - 5:00 PM "Autoimmunity Wake-up Call: Sleep and Autoimmunity" Heather Zwickey, PhD


9:00 - 10:30 AM "Low Dose Immunotherapy: A Novel Approach to Modulate Autoimmune Disease" Darin Ingels, ND, FAAEM, FMAPS
10:30 - 11:00 AM BREAK
11:00 - 12:30 PM "Exploring the Interplay Between Infectious Disease, Vaccines, and Autoimmunity" Heather Zwickey, PhD
12:30 - 1:30 PM LUNCH
1:30 - 3:00 PM "Gastrointestinal Autoimmunity - A Non-Innovative Approach" Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP
3:00 - 3:30 PM BREAK
3:30 - 5:00 PM "Is Atopic Dermatitis an Autoimmune Disease?" Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, CCH, FABNO

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Todd Born, ND, CNS

"Inhalant Allergies: A Route to Resolution with Sublingual Immunotherapies"

This presentation will cover the differences between food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities, focusing on inhalant allergies via assessment and treatment. The attendee will be able to take away a functional approach to Th1/Th2/Th17 balance with nutraceutical and lifestyle interventions, along with the use of appropriate evidence-based botanical interventions. The use of Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) for complete eradication of inhalant allergies will be emphasized.

Bio: Dr. Born is a naturopathic physician, certified nutrition specialist (CNS), owner and medical director of Born Integrative Medicine Specialists, PLLC. He is a medical wellness advisor for the International Medical Wellness Association, and a key opinion leader for Augurex Life Sciences Corp, and expert consultant to the dietary supplement industry domestically and internationally.

He graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA in 2010 and completed his residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, its thirteen teaching clinics, with rotations at Evergreen and Harborview Medical Centers’ Emergency Medicine Departments, Virginia Mason Hospital’s department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Spine Clinic, and Swedish Hospital Integrative Family Medicine.

He is extensively published, has appeared on multiple news and national radio shows, and lectured as an expert for the National Psoriasis Foundation and National Arthritis Foundation. He lectures at medical conferences across the country and internationally.

Dr. Born’s clinical focus is utilizing integrative medicine to treat families of all ages who have complex chronic diseases, with a strong interest in difficult and refractory cases of any condition and age. He sees patients all over the US and globally.


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Kasia Kines, DCN, CNS, CN

"When Your Patients Fail Your Protocols: Can This Be Chronic EBV?"

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is marginalized in medical community even though the devastation it causes in the US population is of epic proportion. This presentation explains how far-reaching EBV is, its prevalence, and its consequences. Evidence is consistent and overwhelming and yet, millions of people fall through the cracks of traditional medical approach to the virus, which is grossly outdated. Dr. Kines takes the audience on a fascinating journey through the eyes of the virus and the evidence-based recovery, backed up by her clinical experience.

Bio: Dr. Kasia Kines is a leader in evidence-based recovery methodology for Epstein-Barr Virus infections. She is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition and the CEO and Founder of EBV Global Institute. She is a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Nutritionist licensed by the Washington State, with two Master’s degrees, including a Master’s in Clinical Nutrition from Bastyr University. She spent 2 years at Hopkins working closely with Dr. Mullin MD, supporting his gastroenterology work, and has supported people with complex autoimmune disorders and gut issues since 2005. She is the author of The Epstein-Barr Virus Solution. She provides a turn-key training in her methodology for the medical community and spends most of her work-time supporting her people with chronic and acute EBV in her EBV Recovery Program. She lives in Pacific North West with her 3 horses and a cat.



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Julia Greenspan, ND

"Neurovulnerable: Complexities of Treating Encephalitis"

This discussion's objective will be to understand better the presentation and treatment of encephalopathies in our patient population. I will go into the leaky brain barrier, leaky gut, and the integration of treatment modalities. We will also go over the labs that are helpful in treatment and diagnosis. It is also important to know how to navigate PTSD, extreme symptoms making it hard to know where to start, and stressors within the patients/their families that can be a barrier to forward movement with therapies

Bio: Dr. Julia Greenspan has over 17 years of experience treating over 10,000 patients. She is the author of the book Rising Above Lyme Disease: A Revolutionary, Holistic Approach to Managing and Reversing the Symptoms of Lyme Disease and Reclaiming Your Life. She specializes in complex chronic (Long-haul) infections, Lyme disease/Co-infections, illnesses due to environmental toxicity (heavy metals, mold), neuropsychiatric illnesses caused by infection (PANDAS/PANS), SIBO, mast cell activation syndrome, chronic UTIs, repeated sinus infections, and bioidentical hormone therapy. She is also certified in Medical Ozone Therapy, UVBI, Prolozone, and Peptide Therapy. She specializes in IV nutrient therapy.  She is also trained in Biomagnetic Pair Therapy, Reiki, and Shamanic Healing Arts. She has taught several resident doctors in naturopathic medicine and regularly gives educational lectures for her peers, as well as the public awareness of natural medicine and tick-borne infection in the form of radio, print, podcasts, and television. She has been recognized as a “Top Doctor” in her field by several organizations over the years nationally and locally in New Hampshire.


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Heather Zwickey, PhD

"Autoimmunity Wake-up Call: Sleep and Autoimmmunity"

The intricate relationship between sleep and autoimmunity has emerged as a pivotal area of research. Sleep patterns play a critical role in immune regulation. Recent studies have illuminated the impact of sleep duration, quality, and circadian rhythm disturbances on the delicate equilibrium of the immune system. Disruptions in these sleep parameters have been linked to alterations in immune cell function, cytokine production, and inflammatory responses, ultimately contributing to the pathogenesis and exacerbation of autoimmune conditions. Conversely, autoimmune disorders can reciprocally influence sleep patterns. Patients grappling with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or multiple sclerosis often experience sleep disturbances as a secondary consequence of their autoimmune pathology. The interplay between inflammatory mediators, neuroendocrine factors, and the central nervous system intricately shapes the sleep-wake cycle, further highlighting the intricate relationship between autoimmunity and sleep. Understanding these interconnections is paramount for physicians managing patients with autoimmune disorders. Insights into the bidirectional influence between sleep and autoimmunity provide a foundation for developing targeted therapeutic interventions. Moreover, recognizing sleep-related symptoms in autoimmune patients can guide comprehensive treatment strategies aimed at improving both sleep quality and immune system function.

Bio: Heather Zwickey is recognized internationally as an expert and educator in the fields of integrative medicine, natural therapies and the immune system. Dr. Zwickey has been leading natural medicine research for 20 years. She has a Ph.D. in immunology and microbiology from the University of Colorado and completed her postdoc at Yale School of Medicine. Heather speaks at conferences world-wide, sharing her enthusiasm for integrative medicine and science. She’s won many awards for teaching and currently teaches at the National University of Natural Medicine, the University of Western States and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.

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Darin Ingels, ND, FAAEM, FMAPS

"Low Dose Immunotherapy: A Novel Approach to Modulate Autoimmune Disease"

Lyme disease, streptococcus and multiple other microbes are known triggers for autoimmune reactions that can cause gastrointestinal, neurological and connective tissue disorders. Few therapies exist to modulate the immune response and downregulate overexpression toward autoimmunity. Low dose immunotherapy (LDI) is a novel new approach to accomplish that goal. The goals of this lecture are to educate practitioners about the immunological mechanisms behind low dose immunotherapy and how to implement it into clinical practice. LDI is a nosode therapy that evolved from low dose allergy therapy (LDA), developed by Dr. Len McKewen more than 50 years ago. Dr. Ty Vincent developed LDI almost 10 years ago after recognizing that the immune mechanisms involved with allergies was not dissimilar to how the immune system reacted to various microbes. Research shows that microbes, including Lyme, can upregulate Th2 pathways and produce antibodies that cross-react with several proteins on our cell surfaces causing inflammation and symptoms. LDI utilizes diluted inactivated organisms mixed with beta glucuronidase to help modulate Treg cells and downregulate Th2 activity. Patient symptoms often improve after using LDI. . Dr. Ingels will discuss the process of antigen selection, dosing schedules, side effects and patient management. He will also present case studies to demonstrate the clinical uses of LDI in practice.

Bio: Dr. Ingels is a respected leader in natural medicine with more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare field. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs. Dr. Ingels has been published extensively and is the author of “The Lyme Solution: A 5-Part Plan to Fight the Inflammatory Autoimmune Response and Beat Lyme Disease”, a comprehensive natural approach to treating Lyme disease. He has also been a Lyme and MS patient and has been able to reverse and control his symptoms using natural methods. Dr. Ingels specializes in Lyme disease, autism and chronic immune dysfunction. He uses diet, nutrients, herbs, homeopathy and immunotherapy to help his patients achieve better health.


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Heather Zwickey, PhD

"Exploring the Interplay Between Infectious Disease, Vaccines, and Autoimmunity"

Infectious diseases have long posed significant threats to human health and well-being, prompting the development and widespread implementation of vaccines as a primary preventive measure. While vaccines have been instrumental in reducing the burden of infectious diseases, their administration has raised concerns regarding potential links to autoimmunity. The intricate interplay between infectious agents and the immune response can sometimes lead to dysregulation, resulting in autoimmune reactions. Vaccines, designed to mimic natural infection and stimulate protective immunity, can occasionally trigger autoimmune responses through various mechanisms, including molecular mimicry, bystander activation, and epitope spreading. In this seminar, we’ll discuss how infectious disease and the strategies designed to reduce them, vaccines, may contribute to autoimmunity.


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Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP

"Gastrointestinal Autoimmunity - A Non-Innovative Approach"

This presentation will describe the autoimmune details of celiac disease, autoimmune gastritis and hypochlorhydria, inflammatory bowel disease and post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome. A common trigger in several autoimmune diseases is infection and I will focus on this for IBD, IBS and celiac disease. My approach to treatment for autoimmune disease will be fully discussed.

Bio: Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis has practiced as a naturopathic physician since his graduation from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in 1978. He has been a clinical and didactic professor at NUNM since 1996, focusing on gastroenterology and GI physical medicine. His private practice is at Hive Mind Medicine in Portland, Oregon. ( Visit the website for some great educational digestive blogposts and videos.

Sandberg-Lewis is a popular lecturer at functional medicine seminars, and webinars and is frequently interviewed on issues of digestive health and disease. His medical textbook is Functional Gastroenterology: Assessing and Addressing the Causes of Functional Digestive Disorders, Second edition, 2017.

His new book entitled Let’s Be Real About Reflux: Getting to the Heart of Heartburn, is a thorough and entertaining look at underlying mechanisms and the evidence-based natural treatment of gastroesophageal reflux. It is written both for the medical professional as well as the general public and is available from all major bookseller websites.

Dr. Sandberg-Lewis lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Kayle. His interests include mandolin, guitar and voice; birds and bicycling; writing and lecturing.


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Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, CCH, FABNO

"Is Atopic Dermatitis an Autoimmune Disease?"

Numerous studies indicate that long-term dermal exposure to types of environmental toxins such as phthalates may endow an atopic predisposition in animals or humans. In addition, high expression of thymic lymphopoetin (TSLP) demonstrates that TSLP plays an important role in the aggravation effect. This result can help to provide effective prevention and treatment strategies against atopic diseases such as atopic dermatitis (AD) and asthma. In addition, we will examine the evidence that atopic dermatitis may have aspects of autoimmunity.

Bio: Dr. Traub’s father was a dermatologist, and this inspired him to become the leading expert in dermatology in the naturopathic profession. He has taught dermatology at most of the accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America and is the author of “Essentials of Dermatologic Diagnosis and Integrative Therapeutics.” He has been medical director of Lokahi Health Center in Kailua Kona, Hawaii for the past 49 years. He has been actively engaged in clinical research throughout most of his career. He is past president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and serves on the advisory boards of LearnSkin and Kamedis. He is board-certified in naturopathic oncology and serves as Treasurer of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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