The Marriott Hotel, Cedar Rapids, IA
July 25-27th 2019
Health Professional Workshop & Exam, July 27th

Learn how to repair your cells.
Learn how to restore your health.

The Wahls Protocol Seminar & Retreat | Cedar Rapids, Iowa | July 25-27th 2019

Do you suffer from multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disorders, neurological problems, mental health problems, or other chronic health problems?
Do you have chronic pain, fatigue or brain fog?

The Wahls Protocol® Seminar & Retreat is a live 3-day event with Dr. Terry Wahls and select health and science experts that will help you reclaim your health. 
You will experience transformative lectures. You will meet a healing community. You will have to the tools to gain control of your health.

Hear from Dr. Wahls and other health experts where you will learn...


How a lifetime of food and environmental exposures led to the poor health you have.


How the health of your cells determines the health of your body and that you cannot become well until your cells are well.


The root cause of why your cells started to malfunction,
leading to your illness.


What specific steps you can take to address
the specific root causes of your poor health.


How to properly feed and nourish your cells so that they can
repair and rebuild a healthier you!


How to grow your inner motivation so that you are willing to
make the needed diet and lifestyle changes to get your cells healthy once again.

Seminar Stories


*Times, speakers, and topics are subject to change.

Wahls Protocol Seminar Thursday Schedule

Featured Speakers

Terry Wahls MD, FACP

Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa and is board certified in internal medicine and is also a certified Institute for Functional Medicine Practitioner. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles (paperback), and the cookbook The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions.

She conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems. She also teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of the Paleo diet and therapeutic lifestyle changes that restore health and vitality to our citizens.


Resiliency and Vitality

There is increased awareness that the mental, emotional, and spiritual components of a patient’s life are major determinants of the quality of life, health outcomes, and economic outcomes for that individual and their family. Unfortunately, many people have been taught by their medical team or others in their life that there is nothing they can do about the challenges they face. However, there are many individuals with “grit” who have achieved the impossible, overcoming critical hardships, severe health challenges, or disability. It is possible to improve one’s grit and have much greater resilience in the face of major health or other life challenges.

Timeline Review

Today we have a deeper understanding of how the health of your parents and grandparents influences your health today. This lecture will help attendees complete their health timeline, starting with the health of their parents before they were conceived. Attendees will be guided through documenting their major health factors, including personal exposures that may have contributed to their unique birth and early childhood stress, disruptions of the microbiome, toxin exposures, stress, trauma, mitochondrial strain, hormonal imbalance, and genetic risk factors. The insights gained from completing this timeline as a group can provide significant insight into the diet, lifestyle, and environmental factors that may play a significant role in the current health challenges each attendee faces.

Creating Resiliency, Part 2 and Basic Detox (Essentials Track)

This a continuation of the Resiliency and Vitality lecture. It presents additional strategies for improving grit and resilience in the face of severe challenges and explores how to detox. Exposures to heavy metals, pesticides, insecticides, plastics, and solvents are associated with higher rates of mental health problems, neurological problems, autoimmune problems, and cancers. In this lecture, attendees will be guided through strategies to reduce exposure and improve the body’s ability to process and safely excrete more of these compounds.

Creating Resiliency, Part 3

This is a continuation of the Resilience and Vitality lecture. In this lecture, participants are guided through the creation of a specific plan to address their diet, lifestyle, and environmental exposures. It also includes a discussion of how to assess when further evaluation or referrals are required.

Diet Plans (Essentials track), Elimination Diet, and Question and Answer (Essentials track)

The Wahls™ Diet plans are designed to improve nutrient density, reduce inflammation, and provide nutrients needed by mitochondria and brain cells to function optimally. The introductory Wahls™ Diet, Wahls Paleo™, and Wahls Paleo Plus™ (the ketogenic diet) are all reviewed. There will also be guidance for vegetarians and vegans who wish to follow the Wahls™ diet plans and those who need an elimination diet.

Research Update, Parts 1 and 2

This reviews the research on food-based dietary research in the setting of autoimmunity and the latest from Dr. Wahls’ research lab. The second lecture discusses traumatic brain injury and neurodegeneration.

MS Research Update (Advanced)

This reviews the latest research on non-pharmacologic approaches to managing MS-related fatigue and pain, vitamin D, brain volume changes in the setting of MS (and how to reduce brain volume loss), and how to improve the brain’s ability to repair myelin.

Deanna Minich, MS, PhD, FACN, CNS

Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-recognized teacher, author, scientist, speaker, and artist.

She has more than 20 years of diverse, well-rounded experience in the fields of nutrition and functional medicine, including clinical practice, research, product formulation, writing, and education. Her doctoral (Ph.D.) research focused on essential fatty acid absorption and metabolism, and her Master of Science degree (M.S.) allowed her to explore the health benefits of the colorful, plant-based carotenoids. She has authored six books on health and wellness and over fifteen scientific publications. Currently, she is Faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the University of Western States. She has developed an online certification program for health professionals so that they can apply the color-coded 7 Systems of Full-Spectrum Health in their practice. Her lectures are heard by patients and practitioners throughout the world. Dr. Minich’s passion is teaching a whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, spirituality, and art in medicine.

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Good Food, Good Mood: The Science of Creative Eating and the Art of Behavior Change

Food is medicine. Food is also connection — to one’s entire life, including emotions, mood, and mind. It has been described that food choices drive mood, and mood shifts may alter food selections. In this presentation, learn about the cutting-edge published science that supports the interrelationship between food and mood, and how to apply these findings in everyday life through creative, evidence-based techniques. Attendees will gather insights about the role of nutrition in mental health, how stress and emotions mediate one’s relationship with food, and, finally, a definition of emotional eating and strategies to overcome challenges in this area.

Dr. Philip Blair, MD, (Colonel US Army retired)

Dr. Philip Blair, MD, (Colonel USArmy retired) is a Family Physician and consultant in disease management in the Northwest. He graduated from West Point in 1972, attended the University of Miami School of Medicine, trained as an Army Family Physician and served as a combat physician in the 1st Gulf War. After medical assignments in three continents and 29 years in uniform he retired from the Army and has been consulting on complex disease management since 2000. Since 2014 Dr. Blair has been studying, treating, and lecturing about the human body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). ECS disorders appear to be the root cause of many chronic medical problems and inflammation. His goal is to restore health and performance by enhancing the ECS using diet, exercise, appropriate medications and non-psychoactive therapies. He is clinical advisor for Elixinol, LLC, and Pro Health Advisor, Inc. [143w]

Links: Inflammation, immune regulation with CBD.

Chronic pain:

CBD To Modulate Autoimmune Disease and Symptoms

Autoimmune conditions show evidence of imbalances in the little known or understood endocannabinoid system (ECS). This master regulator of neurotransmission, metabolism and hormone systems is regarded as the “gate keeper” for immune function with the express purpose of maintaining a balance between acute activation and self recognition. Dysregulation of the ECS is closely correlated in almost all autoimmune conditions with multiple sclerosis being the best studied to date. ECS targets using phytocannabinoids have been partially successful with Sativex for spastic symptoms. Cannabidiol, a component of Sativex, has immuno-modulating effects independent of THC but without psychoactive effects. Cannabidiol (CBD) has pleiotrophic effects on immune cell types in all organ systems from the epidermis to the glia of the brain. In preclinical studies CBD has been shown to modulate cytokines, immune cell type, migration and populations, vascular changes and pain. Despite this breadth of action no toxicity, significant adverse effects or immune compromise have been identified. Furthermore, CBD appears to have immediate restorative effects for anxiety, mood, and sleep. This presentation will review the evidence, products and dosing recommendations for CBD for autoimmune disorders in conjunction with other lifestyle and dietary changes.

Ken Sharlin, M.D., M.P.H., IFMCP

Ken Sharlin, M.D., M.P.H., IFMCP, is a board-certified neurologist, consultant, functional medicine practitioner, author, and speaker. His medical degrees are from Emory University and functional medicine certification through The Institute for Functional Medicine. He is the author of the #1 best-seller The Healthy Brain Toolbox: Neurologist-Proven Strategies to Improve Memory Loss and Protect Your Aging Brain. A 3-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, Dr. Sharlin made his story of personal transformation the launching point of his career when he shifted gears to a holistic, lifestyle-medicine-oriented approach. He practices general neurology and directs his functional medicine program, Brain Tune Up!, in Ozark, MO.

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When Can I Stop My Medication?  And How The Wahls Protocol Can Get You There

A podium presentation followed by panel discussion with Dr. Ken Sharlin and Dr. Terry Wahls.

The first time the words, “You have multiple sclerosis” is heard by anyone must be devastating news.  Perhaps second to hearing the diagnosis is the difficult to accept idea that conventional treatment means a life sentence of medications that are costly and can have serious, life-threatening, side effects.  Until recently, there has not been an examination of when disease-modifying therapy can be stopped.  Our presentation will explore the latest information on this subject, including a discussion of how The Wahls Protocol offers a strategy to MS sufferers to take control, and increase the likelihood that they can stop their medication.

Reversal of Cognitive Decline

Presentation Abstract: Dr. Sharlin harnesses the latest discoveries in neuroscience and applies them, using a functional medicine framework, to create a practical and actionable plan for the reversal of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. The presentation draws from his clinic-based protocol, Brain Tune Up!, which resulted in a recently published article in The Journal of Alzheimer’s and Parkinsonism entitled Reversal of Cognitive Decline: 100 Patients. Built around the story of one of Dr. Sharlin’s patients the presentation is a hero’s journey into the workings of the brain. It integrates the individual pieces of the puzzle into a holistic view of how the brain works (or doesn’t), makes the complex understandable, and provides the tools needed to overcome the challenges faced by those suffering from cognitive decline. Finally, Dr. Sharlin takes the audience through the transformation of his patient, and others, in their remarkable recovery from this devastating disease.

Bredesen DE, Sharlin KS, Jenkins D, et al. Reversal of Cognitive Decline: 100 Patients. J Alzheimer’s Dis Parkinsonism 2018. 8(5):450.doi 10.4172/2161-0460.1000450.

Dr. Ronald R. Girard BS, DDS

I started my career as every other new dentist did. I was writing prescriptions for fluoride, I was placing mercury silver fillings, I was treating oral disease using pesticides we call oral hygiene products. I knew nothing of nutrition or the implications of oral disease on our health. I will explain how there were certain things that happen early in my career that challenged my thinking and what I was taught. I now look at dentistry in a whole different light or through different lens, perhaps a functional perspective. I now search for the root cause of disease and understand the use of a slash and burn philosophy is incorrect. I am no longer using pesticides to treat disease. I now understand that there are over 700 species of bacteria in our mouth that need to live in a symbiotic relationship beneficial with us. That those bacteria in our mouth and our gut protect, feed us, and even control our cognition. Please join me for an informative talk as well as an interactive conversation on oral health and systemic disease.

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The Oral Biome: How the Mouth is a Window to your Health

I started my career as every other new dentist did. I was writing prescriptions for fluoride, I was placing mercury silver fillings, I was treating oral disease using pesticides we call oral hygiene products. I knew nothing of nutrition or the implications of oral disease on our health.  I will explain how experiences that occurred early in my career that challenged my thinking as well as my education. I now look at dentistry in a whole different light or through a different lens, perhaps a functional perspective. I now search for the root cause of disease and understand the use of a slash and burn philosophy is incorrect. I am no longer using pesticides to treat disease. I now understand that there are over 700 species of bacteria in our mouth that can a need to live in a symbiotic relationship that can be beneficial to our health.  I will explain how bacteria in our mouth and our gut protect, feed us, and even control our cognition. Please join me for an informative talk as well as an interactive conversation on oral health and systemic disease.

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Dr. Darin Ingels, ND, FAAEM

Dr. Ingels is a respected leader in natural medicine with more than 28 years experience in the healthcare field. He is Board certified in Integrated Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. 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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Overcoming Lyme Disease and Other Infections That Cause Autoimmune Disease

Lyme disease is the fastest growing infectious disease in the world, with more than 300,000 new cases in the United States each year. Lyme and other infectious diseases are often underlying causes of autoimmune disease and commonly get misdiagnosed as other illnesses, including MS, ALS, lupus and other autoimmune conditions. In this talk, Dr. Ingels will discuss how identifying underlying infection can help direct treatment of autoimmune disease and get to the root cause of the problem. He will share his personal and professional experience of overcoming Lyme disease using natural methods, such as dietary modifications, supporting gut health, herbal therapy, detoxification strategies, lifestyle management and other novel therapies to modulate the immune system. Dr. Ingels will show you how using therapies that work with your body instead of against it can help stimulate better healing.

Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND

Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND is considered an authority in the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders and eating disorders using a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual approach.  Having overcome many mental health challenges, Dr. Chris is a gifted speaker and writer and has shared her wellness philosophy with audiences from platforms such as the Jenny McCarthy show, the International Bipolar Foundation, and many health summits and docuseries. She is recognized as a top ND to follow by two independent organizations. Her book “Beyond the Label” is a comprehensive guide to naturopathic mental health.

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Beyond the Label: A Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual approach to Mental Health

Participants will receive a whole-picture view of crucial elements to the treatment of common mental health concerns of anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. This presentation begins with a large-scale view of treatment and focuses down into tangible and practical skills that individuals can use to regain their mental health.

 First, participants will understand how to recognize the root causes of mental health issues which include neurological and biological imprinting in utero, anxiety and stress to avoidance and trauma. Naturopathic and nutritional protocols for supporting the neurotransmitter and neuroendocrine system pathways with various modalities are discussed. Participants will receive concrete models and tools for establishing the physical foundation of health with proper sleep, exercise and diet specifically tailored to support mental wellness.

On this foundation, the program delves into models for working with the emotional and psychological aspects of mental health- working with emotions, thoughts, behaviours, reactions, spirituality, and love and compassion using practical and applicable psychotherapeutic techniques within the scope of naturopathic medicine. Participants will gain confidence and skills learning how to manage their minds so they aren’t at the mercy of their thoughts and emotions.

Dr. Ben Pospisil

Dr. Pospisil grew up in Mount Vernon, Iowa. He attended University of Northern Iowa as an undergraduate and completed Dental School at The University of Iowa in 2004. He has been in private practice for 14 years in his hometown. Dr. Pospisil transitioned his practice to Biologic/Holistic Dentistry in 2010.  He has since become a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, has taken training in Orthotropics/Facial Growth Guidance, is a Graduate of the Schuster Center for Professional Development and is an Ambassador at the Dawson Academy of Complete Dentistry.

Jaw and Airway Growth: How Resting Oral Posture Effects Facial Development

In this presentation, Dr.Pospisil will examine facial development in humans, past and present. How did we go from having naturally straight teeth in our ancestors to crowded teeth and under developed jaws in well over half of our children today? The traditional and easy way of thinking is that our genetics have crippled us into big teeth and small jaws. Dr.Pospisil will explore alternative explanations to this phenomenon and discuss how dentists and physicians can screen children help them grow in the right direction toward our full genetic potential. There will also be discussion on Traditional Orthodontics vs. Orthotropics/Forwardontics: their similarities and differences.

Mount Vernon Family Dentistry
Office Phone:319-895-6490

107 First Street NE, Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314

Bob Cafaro, Cellist, Author

Bob was born in New York City, began cello studies at age 9 in the public school system and gave his first recital one year later. He entered the Juilliard Preparatory Division as a scholarship student and later enrolled in the Juilliard School where he received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.  After graduating Bob played chamber music full time and served on the faculty of the University of Virginia until 1983 when he became a regular with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He later joined the Baltimore Symphony and in 1985 became a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  As an avid soloist and chamber musician, he has performed recitals and appeared in major cities of the world. He has also been a member of The Rachmaninov Trio since 2003. In addition Bob is passionately involved in volunteer and outreach activities for the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He regularly visits schools, retirement communities and nursing homes.

Bob’s cello was made in Venice, Italy in 1816 by Giancinto Santagiuliana.

In 1999 Bob was stricken with a virulent case of Multiple Sclerosis, which left him nearly blind and without the use of his hands. His doctor told him he would be on permanent disability. Bob has made a complete and remarkable recovery and has written a book detailing his journey:  When the Music Stopped: My Battle and Victory against MS. The book is available in print on his website and for download on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook.

Bob is in demand as a motivational speaker, delivering inspiration and hope to those afflicted with chronic illnesses.

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Madiha Saeed, MD

Madiha Saeed, MD is a practicing board-certified family physician in Naperville and a traditionally published author of a best-selling book The Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease. Madiha Saeed, MD  is Holistic Mom, MD on social media is the director of education of Documenting Hope (a national organization dedicated to healing chronic disease in children) and speaks internationally igniting the world with my energy and passion to ignite a healing revolution! She has been the keynote speaker for an audience of 12,000 in Dec 2018. She has appeared in numerous prestigious holistic online summits, radio, newspaper, and even has been on international Emmy winning medical talk shows.


Extinguish the Flames- Cost and Time Effective! Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease

Chronic Inflammation is the root of most chronic disease including multiple sclerosis. To be truly effective at managing/overcoming multiple sclerosis, addressing chronic inflammation and its processes at every level is key. Chronic inflammations burns in the body, gradually destroying it the way a fire destroys a building. Unless you put out the fire, you simply allow the body to smolder, comprising there body further. Dr. Saeed will provide the tools you’ll need to get you back in the driver seat of their own health, despite the number of conditions and time constraints. Let’s stop running and finally learn to put the fire out, helping to bring the body back into balance.

Taking Charge of Your Family's Health

We have an epidemic on our hands–that is effecting our future. 1 in every 2nd child has a chronic illness, and sadly the statistics are just getting worse. As life gets busier, our family’s health becomes less and less of a priority, until now. To heal and prevent chronic disease, one must keep inflammation as low as possible despite a busy life. Join Dr. Saeed in the kitchen and she provides cost, time effective and easy tips and recipes to incorporate into your life to heal and prevent chronic disease in all ages. What does your family’s busy healing day look like?

Dr. Will Schlinsog, DC

Dr. Will Schlinsog is a board certified Doctor of Chiropractic in Wisconsin and California. He completed his Pre-Chiropractic education at the University of Wisconsin and went on to attain his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College of Chiropractic now known as Logan University in Chesterfield, MO.  He has been in practice for thirty-two years and currently maintains a private practice in Marshfield Wisconsin.

He has had additional training in disability evaluations, functional nutrition, applied kinesiology, and functional neurology. He serves as the CFO of Walkabout Health Products and as a consultant to all of Walkabout’s emu oil users.  Dr. Will conducts educational and informational podcasts regarding the clinical studies and trials performed primarily in his private practice.

Dr. Will is starting a campaign to get his patients connected to local Organic Farmers.  He can be found at  Dr. Will is married to Elizabeth and shares two grown children with her.


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Vitamin K2 MK-4: It’s Role in Reducing Inflammation, Gut and Brain Health, and Implications for Treating MS

Hundreds of recent studies show VK2 is required in many life-sustaining and life-giving processes. However, it appears that all menaquinones (MK) are not interchangeable and MK-4 is the only form that is not the product of bacterial synthesis. 

MK-4 is the bioactive form the body relies on to form vitamin K dependent proteins (VKDP) and run metabolic processes in the brain and body. It also plays a role in the reduction of inflammation, which clearly is the driver of chronic disease. Due to its role in the protection of mitochondrial damage, VK2 could also be relevant in preventing disease progression in multiple sclerosis (MS).

Our modern diets are almost devoid of this essential nutrient, which is having a devastating impact on our health. We know from early, pioneering nutritionists that all traditional cultures had sources of MK-4, which kept them in vital health generation after generation. In my practice, over the past ten years, I have helped patients discover these benefits: results are astounding and clinical applications unlimited.

Keirstan Capurso

Keirstan Capurso is 16 years old and a sophomore at Roswell High School in Georgia. She is going on her 14th year of being on a specialized diet, that has included a gluten and dairy free diet and now a Wahls Paleo diet. When she was an infant and toddler, she was very sick with many autoimmune issues that seriously affected her health and development. Once she was started on a gluten and dairy free diet at age 2, her very serious medical issues resolved. She is now a healthy and thriving teenager. Though eating “healthy” is not easy, Keirstan has taken her eating restrictions in stride, firmly believing that her ongoing diet keeps her immune system quiet and allows her to live a normal, happy and healthy life.

Keirstan loves musical theater and has already performed in 20 on-stage productions. She also had the leading role in a short movie called “A Memory Jar”. Though the work is hard, Keirstan enjoys everything about high school. She is the student council secretary for the sophomore class and president of the Roswell United club. She also loves spending time with her friends and family.

Getting Adults and Children on Board with Diet Changes

Everyone knows we should eat healthy, but in the case where our medical issues stem from food allergies or intolerances, we must adhere to a strict diet – mostly for the rest of our lives. The importance of using food as medicine means starting to and sticking with a new way of life.

As infant and toddler, Keirstan was a very sick girl. She had multiple food issues, many allergies, active asthma, horrible GI issues, and developmental delays. At the age of two years old, she was put on a strict gluten and dairy free diet and, over time, her issues resolved.

Today, at 16 years old, Keirstan is an active and healthy young lady. She has transcended to a more paleo diet in order to maintain her active and healthy lifestyle, free from the symptoms of her autoimmune disease, allergies, and asthma, without medication. Keirstan tells her story and how she “survives” eating school lunches, restaurants and friend’s parties. She will discuss and answer your questions on how she stays the course everyday including helpful tips and tricks. She knows if she can do it, so can you!

Sheryl Poremba, PT, CCM

Sheryl focuses on the most practical and effective treatments plus education to facilitate immediate results in her practice. She applies her experience, synthesis of information, and practical tools and strategies to provide holistic, individualized treatment plans for every person. While working as a Physical Therapist since 1985, Sheryl has also taught at numerous clinics, colleges, and universities. She currently owns a private practice, lectures nationally, has unique experiences as a certified case manager and an Amen Clinics Certified Brain Health Coach, and she is completing the Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner certification program through Functional Nutrition Alliance.

Pearls from a Physical Therapist and Certified Wahls Protocol Health Professional

Did you know physical therapists (PTs) are experts in the movement system? Physical therapy has always played a key role in restoring and maintaining function so it can be instrumental throughout your journey. In this presentation, Sheryl will present how your PT or PTA can incorporate nutrition, sleep, relaxation, and more into your program for strengthening, balance, stretching, mobility, gait, pain, and overall function. Plus an encouraging overview of medical insurance coverage will address possible opportunities for your care. Sheryl is excited to share what she learned and has applied specifically from the Wahls Protocol and last year’s seminar.

Aaron & Kate Wolovsky

Kate Wolovsky

Kate is a Wahls Protocol Certified Practitioner with a passion for body-inclusive approaches to holistic wellness. In 2010, she was diagnosed with MS, receiving the gift of viewing life from both in and out of a wheelchair. This experience inspired her to pursue her master’s degree in mental health counseling. Kate draws on three decades of experience with meditation, various approaches to energetic and touch healing, and over a decade working with movement modalities. Together with her husband, Aaron, she serves people navigating intimacy in the context of illness, disability, or other limitations.

Aaron Wolovsky

If one could earn a degree in living with extreme chronic nerve pain, Aaron would have a PhD. In 2015, Aaron suffered a life-changing motorcycle accident that left him with numerous injuries and permanent disability. Prior to his accident, Aaron amassed a wealth of knowledge in pharmacotherapy working as a pharmacy technician and manager for over almost twenty years. Today, Aaron is a non-denominational minister and collaborates with his wife, Kate, as an advocate for alternative approaches to pain management and serves as a peer mentor to individuals and couples navigating love and intimacy with a diagnosis.

Love, Intimacy, and Sex with Illness or Disabilities: Yes, We Can!

How do you share love, intimacy, and sex when you or a loved one is ill or disabled? Join Kate and Aaron, a husband and wife team with disabilities, who have been there and tried to do just that. Filled with humor, practical tips, and even a little neuroscience, Kate and Aaron invite participants to explore the healing power of connection. Single people and couples of all ages, orientations, and abilities are invited to join as we laugh and creatively muse together about the potentiality we all have to share love, intimacy and sex beyond limitations.

Ann Pinchak

Ann Pinchak has practiced immigration and civil rights law for over 26 years.  She served as President of the Lesbian Health Initiative, an organization dedicated to providing free health screenings and promoting wellness among LGBT women and transgender men.

Ann was a Board member and interviewer for the oH project, a Houston non-profit dedicated to collecting oral histories of the early years of the HIV/AIDS crisis in Southeast Texas.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Rice University and J.D. from the University of Houston. As a student at Rice, she performed with the Houston Symphony as a flutist.

Learning From LifeShocks

Dr Wahls is gathering leaders in diet and lifestyle to support us to become the healthiest version of ourselves, all parts of a wellness puzzle for each to assemble.

My part comes directly from something she said to me, “The key to your healing lies in dealing with your traumas.” These words radically changed my life. I started choosing my response to trauma as taught in the More To Life program. LifeShocks, or “wake ups,” require truth telling, which sets us free of trauma.

I will cover my inspiration, journey, and the healing gift of learning  from LifeShocks.

Ashutosh Mangalam


BS, Biology, Lucknow University, Lucknow, India
MS, Biotechnology, Devi Ahilya University, Indore, India
PhD, Immunology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Immunology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Immunology, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine

Center, Program and Institute Affiliations

Center for Immunology and Immune-based Diseases

Research Summary

The major goal of my research is to develop better treatment options to cure multiple sclerosis (MS). To achieve this goal, my research program focuses on three major interconnected themes: i) utilizing transgenic mice expressing MS susceptible and resistant HLA class II molecules (HLA transgenic mice) to understand the mechanisms of disease pathogenesis; ii) to understand the role of gut microbiome and metabolome in the etiopathogenesis of MS; and iii) test therapeutic efficacy of human gut derived bacteria as drug (BRUG) in animal models of MS

Lori Enloe

Lori Enloe works as physical therapist and tai chi instructor.  In addition to teaching tai chi, she collaborates with clients with chronic health conditions as they make lifestyle changes to improve their health. Lori has worked with individuals with balance dysfunction, weight management issues, and has conducted clinical research with individuals having total joint replacement.  

Lori has BS in Chemistry from UW-River Falls, a certificate in PT from Mayo School of Health Sciences and a MA in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa.  She is a Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults through the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Lori has studied tai chi for over 25 years and is an Advanced Certified Tai Chi Instructor with Tai Chi Health and is certified in an Adaptive Wheelchair Tai Chi program.  Lori teaches private and group community tai chi classes and offers seminars at educational institutions, including the University of Iowa, about the benefits of tai chi and meditative movement. She offers Tai Chi Fundamentals® teacher training locally, regionally and nationally.  Through her tai chi practice, she cultivates physical, mental and spiritual resiliency. She lives with her spouse, Jim, in Iowa City and is a parent of 2 college age boys. You may learn more about her work at Breath and Balance Tai Chi at

Choose from Beginner and Advanced tracks

This is the 6th year of the Wahls Protocol® Seminar.
Numerous attendees return year after year to learn about the latest research and to reconnect with their fellow Wahls Warriors™.
If you are coming for the first time, we recommend the Wahls Protocol® Essentials Track.
If you are a returning attendee, we recommend the Wahls Protocol® Advanced Track.
These specialized tracks will offer information specific to where you are in your journey back to health and vitality.

Wahls Protocol®
Essentials Track


New to the Wahls Protocol®?

We urge first-year attendees to choose the introductory track, which offers a detailed look at the various Wahls® Diet plans and how to implement them successfully, growing your internal motivation to adopt the Wahls Protocol®, and the skills you and your family need to sustain your commitment to the Wahls Protocol®.

Wahls Protocol®
Advanced Track


Next level knowlege.

If you have been to the seminar before, we suggest you choose the Advanced Track. This includes more information on the critical roles of hormones in autoimmunity and neurodegeneration. You will also learn about the latest research in autoimmune disorders and the microbiome.

What do you have to gain?

  • I made friends with attendees, presenters and myself. This was a life changing conference attended by some of the smartest most engaging people I've ever met. The lessons learned will be with me for a lifetime and with strict adherence I strongly suspect I too will recover from this chronic condition that has permanently disabled so many.

    Joseph A. 2017 Attendee
  • This Wahls Warrior princess (using the bright red walker) at the seminar thanks ALL of you for restoring my hope!! I have NEVER been in a crowd of such empowered, like-minded people determined to NOT be victims of their disease since I was diagnosed in 2004! Again, THANK YOU and I wish for you nothing but great health and much happiness.

    Shawn K. 2017 Seminar Attendee
  • Every day of the conference I laughed, I spent time in deep thought, and I was moved to tears of joy and happiness. Each day was a full day - a heck of a day. It was five days that were incredibly special in my life that I will remember forever.

    Kim S. 2017 Seminar Attendee
  • just want to say I am so happy I was able to attend this seminar❤️ Listening to Dr Wahls share her story and journey I person was so inspiring and connecting with like-minded people was priceless✨ I have left feeling inspired, motivated and grateful for the new found friendships I have made.  Thank you for all involved working on this event - everyone was so welcoming. It was such a great conference hearing all the speakers and connecting with some amazing like minded individuals!  I felt really inspired and motivated - the community you all created was such a positive experience.  

    2018 Seminar Guest
  • Now, we can't stop thinking about next year, so we can do it again! Back to the real world, it was a truly memorable experience. We learned about the biome, and nutrition. We heard about the latest research and therapy. We found out about hormones, how to move like an animal and the importance of mindfulness. But I learned something that was much more important. After the seminar, when everything had quieted down, and the conference rooms that had been home to so much energy had emptied, I found what we had travelled so far for. Human connection. Everything we need is right in front of us; it is up to us to accept what is so graciously offered. Friendship exists for those who seek it, and take a chance by giving a little of themselves in the spirit of conversation and listening as others do the same. We had no idea what awaited in Cedar Rapids, but I do believe we found exactly what we needed.  

    2018 Seminar Guest

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Event Information


The Wahls Protocol Seminar & Retreat | Cedar Rapids, Iowa | July 25-27th 2019

  • Wahls Essentials
    • July 25-27th, 2019
    • Access to Welcome Wednesday Event
    • Access to 3-Day Seminar
    • If this is your first time attending the Seminar
  • Wahls Advanced Track
    • July 25-27th, 2019
    • Access to Welcome Wednesday Event
    • Access to 3-Day Seminar
    • For returning attendees
  • Health Professional Certification
    $29992-7:30 pm, Sat., July 27
    • For qualified health professionals
    • Must apply and be accepted to take the exam
    • Must take the Essentials track
    • Begins at 2 pm on Saturday, July 27th
  • Virtual Seminar
    $997/ Hosted on Vimeo
    • Pre-Order Today
    • If you are unable to travel or make the dates
    • Get the Essentials or Advanced Tracks
    • Available 4 weeks after the live event
    • View on computer, tablet, or mobile
Health Professional Workshop

Wahls Protocol Health Professional Workshop

July 27th, 2018, 2-6pm, after the regular session concludes.

Travel & Hotel Information

The Health Professional Workshop is designed specifically for health, wellness and medical professionals who would like to become Wahls Protocol® Certified Health Professionals.

This workshop builds on the seminar content of the previous 2 and a half days. It includes a discussion of electrical stimulation of muscles, low-level laser therapy, and using the protocol to address neurodegeneration, including Parkinson’s and early cognitive decline.

Case-based learning will teach you how to implement the concepts taught during the Seminar and Retreat in your clinical practice.

In addition, you will have access to additional clinical lectures on nutritional diagnosis, health coaching, and more that Dr. Wahls has given around the world.

What is covered in the workshop?

Using electric therapies, electrical stimulation of muscles and low level lasers

Reversing cognitive decline

Advanced treatment strategies

Case-based learning

Many layperson attendees come to the Health Professional Workshop every year.

We invite you to consider attending the Health Professional Workshop to round out your experience if your answer is yes to any of these questions:  

  • Do you have a good understanding of the clinical terms related to your health issues?
  • Do you want to learn what Dr. Wahls is teaching the health professionals that carry her certification?
  • Do you want to learn everything that you possibly can about what you have control over and what your functional medicine health professionals can offer to you?
  • Are you reading all you can about your health challenges?


Get one year of access to additional educational videos:

  • Nutrients in Food
  • Nutritional Diagnoses
  • Advanced Lifestyle Matters
  • Advanced Diet – Additional Consideration
  • Coaching the Wahls Protocol in 16 Sessions
Welcome Wednesday

Don’t miss the Welcome Wednesday Reception. Hear stories from other Wahls Warriors, connect with old friends, meet new ones and gear up for a life-changing weekend. Refreshments are provided.

Wednesday, July 24: 6:00-8:00pm


All meals provided are Wahls Compliant. There are no substitutions or special requests. We source local, organic, and sustainable where possible.

Thursday Menu

Details coming soon.

Friday Menu

Details coming soon.

Saturday Menu

Details coming soon.


When and where is The 2019 Wahls Protocol® Seminar & Retreat?

The 2019 Wahls Protocol® Seminar & Retreat is scheduled for July 24-27 , 2018 at The Marriot Hotel in Cedar Rapids, IA.

When and where is The 2019 Wahls Protocol® Health Professional Workshop?

The optional 2019 Wahls Protocol® Health Professional Workshop is scheduled for July 27th, 2019 at from 2-6pm at The Marriot Hotel in Cedar Rapids, IA. In previous years, we added on an extra day to the seminar, but this year we are offering this optional workshop and the Certification Exam* after the seminar on the third day to accommodate tight travel.

*The Wahls Protocol® Health Professional Certification will begin at 6 pm. The general public will be asked to leave and the exam will take place until 7:30 pm. To learn more about applying to become a Wahls Protocol® Certified Health Professional click this link.

How do I book my hotel room?

We have a  block of rooms reserved for Wahls Seminar participants at the Marriott. For ease and convenience, we suggest you stay at The Marriott, but encourage you reserve your rooms as soon as possible as they do book up quickly! Use this link to book with the group.

If you’d like to have a room closer to the elevator or a wheelchair-accessible room, please directly call the hotel to arrange that. Please be aware here is a very limited amount of handicap-accessible rooms.

You also call the reservation hotline at 1-800-396-2153. You will need to inform the reservation agent they are with the Wahls Protocol Seminar to receive discounted rates.

If you have any problems making reservations please contact Annette Reed at 319-321-0842.

When can I find the schedule for the 2018 Wahls Protocol® Seminar & Retreat?

We are still locking in our speakers and seminar topics for the 2018 seminar. While a tentative schedule can be found here, it times and topics are subject to change. Your flexibility and understanding are appreciated.

Is there a Facebook group for 2019 Wahls Protocol® Seminar & Retreat?

Yes, the Facebook group can be found here. Connect with previous attendees and coordinate with other attendees there. This is a closed group, if your request isn’t accepted to join the group, please message

Am I able to get a refund if I cannot attend?

While we understand that life happens and the unexpected can occur, we stress that your ticket is purchasing the incredibly valuable information that the Seminar provides. If something comes up, please alert and we will give you digital access to the content from the seminar. There are no refunds with no exceptions. Please read the terms and conditions  before making your purchase.

Who will I meet at the Seminar?

Join Dr. Terry Wahls, her wife Jackie, and fellow Wahls Warriors with their families, medical professionals, and holistic-minded health practitioners.

When should I plan to arrive and leave?

  • On Wednesday, July 23, attendees with start arrive around noon.
    Plan to check in at 6 for the Welcome Wednesday Reception.
  • Saturday, the seminar will end by 1 pm, and the Health Professional Workshop will end by 7 pm.

What happens at the Seminar & Retreat?

Three days of in-depth discovery on the role that nutrition plays in our wellness and recovery, the most updated research from Dr. Wahls’ clinical trials, a chance to create your own personalized functional medicine worksheet, the fun of experiencing new wellness and stress-reduction methods like tai chi and meditation, and the chance to meet and connect with fellow Wahls Warriors from around the world.

How do I get there?

The hotel is located in the northern part of Cedar Rapids, about a 20 minute drive north of the Cedar Rapids airport, and just a few miles off of interstate 380. If you’re flying in, we suggest either taking the complimentary hotel shuttle, hiring a taxi (estimated at $42 each way), or renting a car if you’d like to do some sightseeing on your own! The Marriott offers complimentary parking for guests if you bring a car. To reserve the complimentary Marriott  shuttle pick up for your stay, you must book it in advance: Marriott Shuttle Phone: 1-319-393-6600 If you do choose to rent a car from the Eastern Iowa/Cedar Rapids airport, a full listing of car rental agencies can be found by clicking here.

What should I wear?

The Marriott hotel ballroom can sometimes be chilly, so we suggest you dress in layers during the day sessions. August in Iowa is pretty hot and humid, so if you go outside, you might want to consider bringing a cooling vest or head wrap if you are heat-sensitive. For those with sensitivity to light, we suggest bringing sunglasses with you that you can wear inside during the day-sessions, as the meeting room lights can be bright.

Will I be able to stay Wahls Compliant?

The hotel will have Wahls Compliant menu options, there are grocery stores near by including New Pioneer Co-op  and a Natural Food Store.

My company would like to become a Wahls Protocol® Seminar & Retreat sponsor.

We are always looking to connect with companies driven to promote health and wellness. Please contact our sponsorship manager here for more information.

Travel & Hotel Information

Wednesday, July 24: 4:00-8:00 pm, Thursday, July 25th: 7:00-8:00 am

Welcome Wednesday Reception: July 24, 6:00-8:00 pm

The Seminar & Retreat has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate.
Book your room through this link: The Marriot Hotel, Cedar Rapids, IA

The hotel is located at 1200 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

The Eastern Iowa Regional Airport is the local airport (Airport code CID)
Both the hotel and the airport can arrange travel shuttles for convenient transport.

If you need further assistance with your travel arrangements,
please contact Annette Reed at Hawkeye World Travel (319) 351-0300.

Call for speakers: Submit your lecture topic

The Wahls Protocol® Seminar Planning Committee is presently evaluating potential topics and speakers. We expect over 300 attendees. This group will be a mix of people living with multiple sclerosis and autoimmune diseases (70%) as well as health professionals seeking a Wahls Health Professional Certification (30%). If you have a lecture you want considered for next year's event, submit your email below to learn how to submit your topic.


Bring the Wahls Protocol® to your practice.
Start your patients and clients on their own hero's journey.
Become a Wahls Protocol®Certified Health Professional

This certification is the ONLY program that teaches The Wahls Protocol®.  The knowledge and experience this certification provides will allow you to reach a client base that needs guidance and support with the significant lifestyle changes required.

Event Sponsors

Fresh Press Olive Oil Club
Seminar sponsor, Pique Tea
BodyBio Supplements

Terms & Conditions

  • I am ready to register RIGHT NOW before the limited seats are filled!
  • Payment: All payments are non-refundable. Full payment is required to confirm your registration. The event is limited in size and will fill quickly. Registrations are on a first come, first serve basis. Your registration is not confirmed and payment is not deemed made until full payment is received and you receive a confirmation invoice. Terry Wahls LLC., reserves the right to place you on a waiting list should the space be unavailable when payment is submitted. Payment will only be refunded if the space is sold out.
  • Payment is accepted by, Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, American Express and PayPal.
  • Cancellation by Attendee. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN. In the event of cancellation, Attendee will be given access to the pre-recorded Wahls Seminar and materials from the seminar. Attendee is solely responsible for a cancellation of hotel, airline, and/or car rental reservations. Wahls is not responsible for any consequential or other losses resulting from Attendee’s cancellation of the Seminar.
  • Cancellation by Wahls. In the unlikely event of Wahls’ cancellation, if specific speakers are cancelled, the seminar will be continued with alternative speakers and prerecorded material as needed to conduct the live event. Alternatively, if the entire live seminar is cancelled, Attendee will be provided access to a pre-recorded version of the specific Wahls Seminar. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN. Wahls is not responsible for any consequential or other losses resulting from Wahls cancellation of the Seminar.
  • Terry Wahls, LLC, reserves the right to cancel or reschedule for any reason, including insufficient demand or force majeure. If the event is canceled, Terry Wahls, LLC’s only responsibility will be to provide access to the pre-recorded seminar lectures, seminar lectures and seminar materials via the seminar membership site. Terry Wahls LLC., cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or any fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other travel arrangements.
  • By purchasing a registration to The Wahls Protocol Seminar 2019, this constitutes as acknowledgement and acceptance on behalf of myself (and the individual(s) for whom I’ve purchased a registration) to the following:
    (A) Any and all audio-visual video, film, or photographic recording of The Wahls Protocol Seminar 2019 for future marketing and publicity use by Dr. Terry Wahls and The Wahls Foundation.
    (B) I consent to the recording of me, my voice, and my likeness, and grant The Wahls Foundation and Dr. Terry Wahls the rights to reproduce, display, distribute, create derivative works from, and otherwise use any photos or footage, whole or in part, for potential promotional and marketing materials related to Dr. Wahls, without any compensation whatsoever.
    (C) I further understand and agree that Dr. Terry Wahls and The Wahls Foundation is under no obligation to capture photos or footage of me, or to make use of any photos or footage if they are created at The Wahls Protocol Seminar 2019.See terms and conditions.

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