Integrative Cancer Experts Weigh in on Recent Conference

Natural Medicine Journal talks with OncANP attendees and organizers

By Karolyn A. Gazella

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Nearly 200 healthcare professionals attended the 3rd Annual Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) conference held recently in Phoenix, Ariz. The conference spanned two and a half days and sessions were well attended. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians provided continuing education credits.

Two awards were given at this year’s event. Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO, presented Michael Uzick, ND, FABNO, with the President’s Award for his contribution to the conference and to the organization. Uzick received his naturopathic doctorate from Bastyr University and is the cofounder and medical director of Genesis Natural Medicine Center in Tucson, Ariz.

Timothy Birdsall, ND, FABNO, one of the founding members of the OncANP, received an award from the organization recognizing his leadership and commitment to integrative oncology. Birdsall has been with Cancer Treatment Centers of America since 1998, presently serving as chief medical information officer and senior vice president of information services. Birdsall earned his naturopathic doctorate from Bastyr University.

Feedback from attendees was very positive, and the association was thrilled with the response. “It is always our goal to produce the highest quality continuing education for our conference attendees and present topics that are clinically relevant,” said Corey Murphy, executive director of the OncANP. “To know that we are fulfilling our mission by offering advanced educational opportunities for our members—from the general practitioners who see a few cancer patients a month to the FABNOs who see oncology patients everyday—makes all of the hard work associated with the conference worth it.”

For more information about this year’s presentations, click here. The OncANP is the second largest naturopathic trade organization in North America.


Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO

Shauna Birdsall, ND, FABNO

Dan Rubin, ND, FABNO

About the Author

Karolyn A. Gazella has been writing and publishing integrative health information since 1992. She is the publisher of the Natural Medicine Journal and the author or coauthor of hundreds of articles and several booklets and books including her latest book The Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer that she wrote with Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO. Gazella is the co-creator and Chief Executive Officer of the iTHRIVE Plan, an innovative online wellness program specifically for cancer survivors.