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Speaker Bios


Tori Hudson, ND
Dr. Tori Hudson, Naturopathic Physician, graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1984 and has served the college in several capacities, including: Medical Director, Associate Academic Dean, and Academic Dean. She is currently a clinical professor at The National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM), Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Bastyr University. Dr Hudson has been in practice for more than 32 years, is the medical director of her clinic, “A Woman’s Time” in Portland, Oregon, and director of product research and education for VITANICA. She is also the founder and co-director of NERC (Naturopathic Education and Research Director), a non-profit organization for accredited naturopathic residencies.

Dr. Hudson has recently been appointed as a faculty member of the Fellowship in Integrative Health and Medicine, Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.

Dr. Hudson was awarded the 1990 President’s award from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for her research in women’s health, the 1999 prestigious Naturopathic Physician of the Year award, the 2003 NCNM Alumni Pioneer Award., the 2009 Natural Products Association Pioneer Award and in 2012 was inducted into the NCNM Hall of Fame. In 2016, she is now also the recipient of the annual Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physician’s “Living Legends” award.

She is a nationally recognized author (book: Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine second edition, McGraw Hill 2008), speaker, educator, researcher, and clinician. Dr. Hudson serves on several editorial boards, advisory panels and as a consultant to the natural products industry.


Marianne Marchese, ND

Dr. Marchese is the author of the best-selling book, “8 Weeks to Women’s Wellness.” She graduated from Creighton University in 1990 as an Occupational Therapist and treated neurological and orthopedic patients for over 12 years. Dr. Marchese received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from NCNM in 2002 and completed a 2-year integrative medicine residency in Portland OR. She has been published in numerous magazines and journals including; Real Simple magazine, The Arizona Republic, Arizona Green Magazine, Scottsdale Living Magazine, Dynamic Living Magazine, Natural Solutions Magazine, and the Natural Medicine Journal.  She wrote a monthly column on environmental medicine for The Townsend Letter for over 8 years.


Dr. Marchese served on the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board, Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, American Association of Naturopathic Physician’s House of Delegates, Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association and the Naturopathic Academy of Environmental Medicine. Dr. Marchese is currently adjunct faculty at SCNM in Tempe, AZ, past adjunct faculty at Bastyr University-San Diego, Life Chiropractic College in Hayward CA, and National University of Natural Medicine.  She maintains private practice in Phoenix AZ Marchese was named to Phoenix magazines’ 2010, 2014, and 2016 Top Doctor Issue as one of the top naturopathic physicians in the Phoenix area.  Dr. Marchese’s goal is to empower patients to play an active role in their own health care and wellbeing.



Alena Guggenheim, N.D.

Alena Guggenheim is a Naturopathic Physician with a passion for helping patients that don’t fit neatly in the medical box. Medicine is in her genes as a 4 th generation physician, but she brings a new approach in which seemingly unrelated symptoms are approached within the context of the whole person.

In 2015 she started working for a technology driven health care system working with a collaborative multidisciplinary team. When patients had complex symptoms in many systems she started to notice that many patients had undiagnosed hypermobile connective tissue diseases. Helping to understand and treat these diseases has become her passion.

In 2018 she joined the dynamic team of providers at the Oregon Health and Science University Comprehensive Pain Center with an emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and related syndromes.



Catherine Darley, N.D.

In 2003 Dr. Darley originated the new field of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine by opening The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine in Seattle Washington.   Dr. Darley’s interest in founding Naturopathic Sleep Medicine arises from the belief that since sleep is so basic and essential to health, it makes sense to use the most natural, least invasive therapies to help people obtain the sleep they need.   The mission of The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine is to provide patient care, public education about sleep health, and research on natural treatments for sleep disorders.



Robyn Kutka, N.D.

Dr. Robyn Kutka is a naturopathic physician with a degree from the National College of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon. She maintains a thriving practice in Tualatin OR where she works with her patients to develop individualized treatment approaches that aim to address the cause of their concerns and exceed their healthcare goals. Hormone balancing is a cornerstone of her private practice. A leader in the field, she has viewed and interpreted over 30,000 hormone panel results and has previously served as the Director of Clinical Services and Lead Staff Physician at Labrix Clinical Services. She is an educational resource for providers across the world on the topic of hormone balancing and bioidentical hormones and has shared her knowledge by speaking for organizations including the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine and the Integrative Healthcare Symposium.



Peter Jones, PhD.

Peter J. Jones holds a Canada Research Chair in Functional Foods and Nutrition and the University of Manitoba, where, as of 2005, he serves as Director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. Dr. Jones is a full professor in the departments of Food Science, and Human Nutritional Sciences. Prior to 2005, he was a professor at McGill University serving as Director of the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition from 1994-1999.

Currently, Dr. Jones serves as President of Nutritional Fundamentals for Health (NFH) and President of the Danone Institute in Canada and a Vice-President of the Danone Institute for Nutrition based in Paris. He serves as Chairman of the Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals Board of the Vancouver-based Forbes Medi-tech group. Dr. Jones also has sat on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Health Organization, and United Nations University (FAO/WHO/UNU) Expert Consultant Panel for Energy and Protein Requirements in Human Nutrition.

Dr. Jones’ research interests cover cholesterol, fat and energy metabolism. He has applied novel stable isotope methodologies to examine the response of these areas of metabolism to dietary intervention. His research group has been active in exploring the dietary determinants which control cholesterol biosynthesis absorption, and turnover in humans, as well as how plant sterols act in functional foods as cholesterol-lowering agents. Other areas of research have included re-establishing energy needs in sub-groups of the Canadian population and exploring which fats confer optimal health during weight reducing diets. Dr. Jones has published over 300 peer-reviewed research articles and reviews in international journals, as well as chapters in leading nutrition textbooks.


Xochitl Palomino, N.D.

Dr. Xochitl Palomino, ND got her naturopathic doctorate degree at Bastyr University and her undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at University of California, Santa Cruz.  She also has received four NIH bio-medical research grants, and for over 7 years Dr. Palomino has been advising patients on how to best use medical cannabis. Also, since May 2016, shehas been teaching a 20 credit course for the Department of Health of Washington on the medical cannabis consultant certificate program.  More recently Dr. Palomino is a member of the subcommittee of King County’s Public Health Youth Marijuana Prevention Program and developing a medical cannabis program with the Puyallup Tribe.


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