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Clinical Education support forum is pleased to have a panel of experts that are highly regarded and can provide comprehensive, detailed answers to even the most complex of cases. Both US and UK based, all are practicing healthcare professionals at the coal face of patient care. Your question will be routed to the most appropriate expert for them to respond.

We aim to respond within 48 hours to questions posted.

Michael Ash – Founder

Michael Ash. DO, ND, BSc, RNT has been in practice for some 30 years. Building one of the largest integrative medicine clinics in the southwest of England (he sold this in 2007), he embraced the concepts of functional medicine and employed them in his clinical development from 1991. Since 1992 he has researched the role of the mucosal immune system, especially in relation to the gastrointestinal tract and applied the emerging comprehension and emerging relationships between the bacterial constituents and the immune system to his clinical needs. This clinical experience and intellectual rigor produced impressive clinical outcomes and as such he has presented in the role of ‘wet tissues’ in human health in 5 continents to thousands of clinicians over the last decade.

Michael is an adjunct faculty member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and responsible for bring the Institute’s professional training programmes to the UK and Europe. Michael is an experienced presenter able to convert complex mechanisms into comprehensible sections of information that resonate with clinical experiences. Author of numerous book chapters, articles and reviews. He works in a small specialist practice exploring the use of food substrates in the treatment of mucosal immune related disorders.

Antony Haynes

Antony Haynes BA(Hons), Dip ION, RNT is the editor of the CE Forum, and has been responsible for what was the Clinical Education Linked In Group since its inception in 2010. Antony has over 25 years of both clinical experience and teaching within the field of Nutritional Therapy which provide a robust knowledge base to ensure an effective editorial overview for all responses made by the technical team.

Antony remains focused on the essential requirements for a successful practice and develops educational aids and clinical strategies to help healthcare practitioners achieve their primary aim of improving the health of their patients. Antony remains in private practice in Harley Street London, where he employs his 27 years of clinical experience in managing the nutritional needs of his clients, who have numbered over 16,000.

Christine Bailey

Christine Bailey MSc PGCE mBANT CNHC is an award winning Nutritional Therapist, Chef, Author and Broadcaster with over 18 years of experience. With a passion for creating delicious nourishing recipes Christine has a reputation for transforming people’s health and love of real food. Working in the Food, Health & Fitness sector Christine is much sought after due to her in-depth nutritional and food expertise.

Christine has undertaken extensive academic and scientific training – she holds two BSCs, an MSC as well as a PGCE in nutrition and cookery teaching. She has also trained with the Institute of Functional Medicine IFM. She is fully registered with BANT, CNHC and is on the NHS directory of complementary therapists. Christine uses evidence based scientific research to support her work and continually reviews new research and publications advising the media and companies on nutrition and food research.

Carrie Decker

Dr. Carrie Decker, ND graduated with honors from the National College of Natural Medicine (now the National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Decker sees patients at her office in Portland, OR, as well as remotely, with a focus on gastrointestinal disease, mood imbalances, eating disorders, autoimmune disease, and chronic fatigue. Prior to becoming a naturopathic physician, Dr. Decker was an engineer, and obtained graduate degrees in biomedical and mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign respectively. Dr. Decker continues to enjoy academic research and writing and uses these skills to support integrative medicine education as a writer and contributor to various resources.

Todd A Born

Dr. Born is a naturopathic physician, certified nutrition specialist (CNS), co-owner and medical director of Born Integrative Medicine Specialists, PLLC.  Dr. Born is the Director of Product Development, Scientific Advisor, and Editor-in-Chief of the science-based Focus Newsletter for Allergy Research Groups.  Dr. Born is also a medical wellness advisor for the International Medical Wellness Association.

Dr. Born and his wife, Dr. Lindsay Jones-Born, previously practiced in Seattle, WA, Avon, CT and Alameda, CA.

Before moving to Connecticut from Seattle, Dr. Born completed 415 hours precepting with other healthcare providers—including DCs, DPMs, NDs, and MDs—in the areas of geriatric medicine, family medicine, cardiology, urology, men’s health, physical medicine, and emergency medicine at Evergreen Hospital Emergency Department.  During his residency, his integrative medicine expertise was further honed with rotations in Virginia Mason Hospital’s department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Spine Clinic, Swedish Family Medicine’s department of Integrative Medicine, and Harborview Medical Center’s Emergency Department.  Dr. Born also volunteered as an attending physician for the Alternative Healthcare Access Campaign (AHAC), which serves indigent populations.

He has been published in Naturopathic Doctor News and Reviews, Townsend Letter, Integrative Medicine Alert, Natural Medicine Journal, Holistic Primary Care, Integrative Medicine:  A Clinician’s Journal, and the Natural Nutmeg.  He has appeared on KRON4 News, multiple national radio shows, and lectured as an expert for the National Psoriasis Foundation and National Arthritis Foundation, across the country and internationally, at various medical conferences.

Past accomplishments include the Bastyr University Graduate Fund Scholarship; a venture grant to the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London; and the Outstanding Teaching Award from Hess Educational Organization in Taichung City, Taiwan.  He was a volunteer at North Country Community Health Center in Flagstaff, Arizona and research assistant for Alan R. Gaby, MD.

Dr. Born’s clinical focus is utilizing integrative medicine to treat chronic disease.  He has a strong interest in difficult and refractory cases, allergies, gastrointestinal issues, neurological and neurodegenerative disorders, endocrinology, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, autoimmune disease, development and behavioral issues, HIV/AIDS, and geriatrics.  He has extensive knowledge and training in the basic medical sciences, physical medicine (osseous manipulation, craniosacral therapy, hydrotherapy and physiotherapy), botanical medicine, homeopathy, biotherapeutic drainage, Ayurveda, counseling, pharmacology, and diet and nutrient therapies.

Dr. Born believes that ultimately, we are all responsible for our own health and well-being, but at times we need some guidance to get back on the road to optimal health. He pledges to work with you and your other healthcare practitioners to help you achieve that goal.

Dr. Born earned a BS in biology, with an emphasis in human physiology and functional morphology, from Northern Arizona University and his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from Bastyr University.  He also completed a semester abroad at the School of Science and Technology, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.  He has advanced training and certification in homeopathy, completing an 18-month course at the New England School of Homeopathy.

When he’s not working, Dr. Born enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons and daughter, being in the great outdoors, reading, writing, lecturing, traveling, and playing with his rescued Persian cat.

Helen Perks

Helen Perks BSc. Nutr Med, mBANT, CNHC, is a Registered Nutritional Therapist who founded The Hygeia Clinic in order to help her clients “Turn On Their Health Voice.” As part of her professional development, Helen is committed to keeping up to date with the latest research and development in gut and hormone balancing. Helen has completed her training with the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) and is currently using her Nutritional Therapy skills to produce fun nutrition-related children’s poems to be published and animated next year.

Helen is delighted and honoured to have one of her recipes included in the book, ‘The Truly Epic Book of Vegpower’ . A collection of recipes and stories from other contributing celebrated chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and Michelin starred chefs, aimed at encouraging children to eat more veg. Helen is passionate about learning how other cultures value and celebrate family and community meals. Some of her favourite culinary adventures have been found from her travels to countries such as Italy, Germany, Spain, and the Lebanon.

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