EPIC Conference Speakers

A great line up of speakers for the 2nd EPIC Conference

MARK C. HOUSTON, MD, MS, MSc, FACP, FAHA, FASH, FACN, ABAARM, FAARM, DABC

MARK C. HOUSTON, MD, MS, MSc, FACP, FAHA, FASH, FACN, ABAARM, FAARM, DABC

Dr Houston is the Director of the Hypertension Institute and Vascular Biology, Medical Director of the Division of Human Nutrition and Medical Director of Clinical Research at the Hypertension Institute in Nashville, TN. He is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences at George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Science.  He served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine then as an Associate Professor of Medicine from 1978-1990 at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and was Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, (VUMS) (1990-2012).

He has four board certifications by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) (FASH-Fellow), the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM, FAARM) and American Board of Cardiology (ABC) Certification in Hypertensive Cardiovascular Disease (DABC). He holds two Masters of Science degrees in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, CT (MS) and another in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine (University of South Florida School of Medicine-Tampa (MSc).

He was selected as one of the top physicians in the US in Cardiovascular Medicine in 2018 by the US Consumer Research Council. Dr Houston was also was named as one of the Top Physicians in Hypertension in the US in 2008-2014 by the Consumer Research Council.  He was honored by USA Today as one of the Most Influential Doctors in the US in both Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia twice in 2009- 2010. He was selected as The Patient’s Choice Award in 2010 -2012 by Consumer Reports USA. He was selected one of the Top 100 physicians in the US by the American Health Council in 2017 and one of the Top 50 Functional and Integrative Medical Doctors in the USA in August 2017. He was also named one of America’s Best Physicians in Cardiology 2018 by the National Consumer Advisory Board. In 2019 he was elected to the Continental WHO’S WHO as a Top Doctor in the field of Medicine as the Medical Director and Founder of the Hypertension Institute.

Dr. Houston has presented over 10,000 lectures, nationally and internationally and published over 250 medical articles, scientific abstracts in peer reviewed medical journals, books and book chapters. He is an author, teacher, clinician and researcher.

He has published nine books:

Handbook of Antihypertensive Therapy
Vascular Biology for the Clinician
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Hypertension
Hypertension Handbook for Students and Clinicians
The Hypertension Handbook
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease
Nutrition and Integrative Strategies in Cardiovascular Medicine
Vascular Biology and Cardiovascular Medicine for the Clinician
Personalized and Precision Integrative Cardiovascular Medicine

Alex Vasquez, DC, ND, DO, FACN

Alex Vasquez, DC, ND, DO, FACN

Dr. Alex Vasquez holds three doctoral degrees from accredited American Universities, including Doctor of Chiropractic from the University of Western States, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

He is the author of 25 textbooks, including Integrative Orthopedics, Antiviral Nutrition, Brain Inflammation, Inflammation Mastery, and Functional Medicine Rheumatology.

Dr. Vasquez has also written more than 100 letters and articles for various professional magazines and medical journals such as the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Journal of the American Medical Association, British Medical Journal, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Arthritis and Rheumatism, and Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

As the Director of the Medical Board of Advisors for Biotics Research, Dr. Vasquez has worked closely with Biotics Research for 15 years in order to formulate new products and clinically study their efficacy in order to verify their beneficial use in clinical practices around the world.

Gerard E. Mullin, MD, MS

Gerard E. Mullin, MD, MS

Dr. Mullin is a board-certified internist, gastroenterologist, and nutritionist.  He is an associate professor of medicine and has served as the chair of the Nutrition Advisory Committee for The Johns Hopkins Hospital since 2009. Dr. Mullin has accrued over 30 years of clinical experience in the fields of gastroenterology and nutrition and he earned a master's degree in human nutrition while in practice in 1994. 

Dr. Mullin is regarded as an authority in integrative gastroenterology and nutrition and he is the author of several professional desk reference and trade books. Dr. Mullin teaches medical professionals at international conferences on the role of nutrition and lifestyle and the gut microbiome in digestive health and weight control. 

Dr. Mullin was the youngest person to receive an honorary membership from the American Dietetic Association in 2009. He also received the Grace A. Goldsmith award presented by the American College of Nutrition in November 2011. This special award acknowledges a scientist who is under the age of 50 years, for significant achievements in the field of nutrition. 

He is a founding member and chair of the American Board of Integrative Medicine, serves on a number of nutrition exam committees and boards, and serves as Vice-Chair for the Obesity Metabolism and Nutrition section of the American Gastroenterology Association. Dr. Mullin also serves on the editorial board of numerous professional journals for gastroenterology, nutrition, and integrative medicine.

Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH, MS

Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH, MS

Dr. Smith spent her first twenty years of practice as an emergency room physician with the Detroit Medical Center and then twenty-four years as a Personalized Medicine Specialist.  She is a diplomat of the Board of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians and is an internationally known speaker and author on the subject of Metabolic, Anti-Aging and Personalized Medicine. She also holds a master’s degree in Public Health along with a master’s degree in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine. She has been featured on CNN, PBS, and many other television networks, has been interviewed in numerous consumer magazines, and has hosted two of her own radio shows.

Dr. Smith was one of the featured physicians on the PBS series “The Embrace of Aging”, as well as the online medical series “Awakening from Alzheimer’s” and “Regain Your Brain”.

Dr. Smith is currently the Director of the Center for Personalized Medicine and the founder of The Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine.

Dr. Smith was recently the co-director of the master’s program in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine at the Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida.

She is the author of 10 best-selling books. Her new book “What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, and So Much More” was released this year.   Her new television special will air this year on PBS and CNN. 

Lindsey Berkson, MA, DC, CNS, DACBN

Lindsey Berkson, MA, DC, CNS, DACBN

Dr. Berkson is considered a thought leader in integrative medicine. She has been a clinician, professor, best-selling author, and radio show host, all with an emphasis on hormones, nutrition, digestion, and environmental science. Dr. Berkson was a hormone scholar at Tulane University, at an environmental estrogen think-tank “The Center for Bioenvironmental Research”.  There she worked with the scientists who discovered the first two estrogen receptors.

Dr. Berkson is a professor to MDs and pharmacists at A4M and PCCA - higher board certification courses to become functional practitioners.

Dr. Berkson formulated the first female nutraceutical line for physicians in the U.S. and holds a patent with Dr. J.V. Wright on bioidentical hormones. Dr. Berkson also holds another collaborative patent on a drug for dialysis and diabetic patients. She is a research fellow with Health Sciences Collegium and has collaborated and published original research on dialysis and nutrition with The University of Texas Medical School in Houston and Bryan Nathan, PhD.

Dr. Berkson hosts the Dr. Berkson’s Best Health Radio Show and is a diligent author of Berkson’s Blogs. She is also a best-selling author with over 21 published books and has online courses for physicians and “smart patients” at Berkson University.

Dr. Berkson consults with patients and physicians internationally, specializing in medical nutrition for breast cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as serious complex cases.

Dr. Berkson pioneered the concept of “green pregnancies” and the unappreciated role of hormones and the gut. Dr. Berkson is considered the North American expert on oxytocin applications in clinical practice and has lectured and written on oxytocin for over a decade, as published in the Townsend Letter, a journal where she regularly contributes.

Dr. Berkson’s latest book, SEXY BRAIN, explains environmental castration and how to protect our human intimacy, as well as brainpower. 

Alex Capano, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC

Alex Capano, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC

Dr. Alex Capano is the first doctoral candidate of any discipline who focused on comprehensive cannabinoid science. She is the Chief Science officer at Ecofibre Limited (EOF: ASX), the parent company of Ananda Health, Ananda Food, and Hemp Black. Dr. Capano recently published a study on the impact of CBD on opioid use and quality of life indices in chronic pain patients.  Upcoming research topics include CBD’s effects on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, agitation in dementia patients, and mild cognitive decline.

Dr. Capano is a faculty member of the Lambert Center and a Senior Fellow in the Institute of Emerging Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University, and board-certified family nurse practitioner.  Other degrees include a BSN and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in neuroscience from the University of Miami. She is a regular lecturer at scientific summits, and her expertise has been featured in Pharmacy Times, Marie Claire, NBC’s Know Your Value, Postgraduate Medicine, Coveteur, Bon Appetit, Bustle, and more.