Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CNS, LDN

LIZ LIPSKI, PhD, CCN, CNS, LDN, holds a doctorate in Clinical Nutrition and three board certifications in clinical nutrition and one in Functional Medicine. She is currently the Director of Academic Development and is a graduate faculty member for the Nutrition & Integrative Health department at Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, MD. Previously, she served as the director of the doctoral program at Hawthorn University in Whitehorn, CA, and was a faculty member at Saybrook University in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Lipski co-teaches the GI Module for the Institute for Functional Medicine and collaborates with the Autism Research Institute. She is also a member of the editorial board for Brain and Gut, has written numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is the author of Digestive Wellness, The Digestion Connection, Digestive Wellness for Children, and Leaky Gut Syndrome, among others.Dr. Lipski has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine. Through Innovative Healing, Inc.,she offers Webinar-based mentoring programs and advanced nutrition forums for nutritionists, dietitians, and other health care professionals. She resides in Laurel, Maryland. For more information, visit and

Gerard Mullin, MD, MS, CNSP

GERARD E. MULLIN, MD, MS, CNSP is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is an internist, gastroenterologist, and nutritionist. Dr. Mullin is nationally and internationally renowned for his work in integrative gastroenterology and nutrition. He has accumulated over 20 years of clinical experience in the field of integrative gastroenterology and earned his master’s degree in nutrition while in practice.

In 2009 he was named by the American Dietetic Association as an honorary member. He is an associate editor of several nutrition and integrative medicine journals and serves on several certification exam committees and boards.  Dr. Mullin has authored and edited several books on nutrition and integrative medicine (Learn more at He has been interviewed on radio and television and has contributed to many stories in print media. Dr. Mullin’s biography has been included in Marquis and Covington’s Who’s Who numerous times and he has continually been selected as one of America’s Top Physicians since 2004.

Patrick Hanaway, MD

PATRICK HANAWAY, MD is a board-certified family physician trained at Washington University. Dr. Hanaway served on the Executive Committee for the American Board of Integrative Medicine and is Past President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. For the past 19 years he was worked with his wife in clinical practice @ Family to Family: Your Home for Whole Health Care in Asheville, NC. After 10 years as Chief Medical Officer at Genova Diagnostics, Dr. Hanaway became the Chief Medical Education Officer at the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) where he oversaw the development and implementation of IFM’s programs worldwide. He continues to consult and teach with IFM. In 2014, Dr. Hanaway helped develop the collaboration between IFM and the Cleveland Clinic, where he was the founding Medical Director and now serves as the Director of Research at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. In addition, Dr. Hanaway has been initiated as a Mara’akame [indigenous healer] by the Huichol people of the Sierra Madres in Mesico. He holds community fires, leads ceremonies and offers traditional healing sessions.

Michael Ash DO ND BSc RNT

Michael Ash. DO, ND, BSc, RNT has been in practice for some 35 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 rigour 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.