Healthfest Speakers

Terry Lemerond

Meal Sponsored by Terry Naturally


Friday, April 23, 2021

11:00 am – 3:00 pm


The Top 10 Natural Medicines I Will Never Go Without  

Science has proven that there are truly powerful, highly effective natural medicines for a wide  variety of health concerns, including arthritis, heart disease, cancer, dermatitis, sinusitis,  diabetes, infectious diseases, pain, and inflammatory conditions. In this presentation, natural  product expert Terry Lemerond will discuss clinically proven ingredients like boswellia,  curcumin, grape seed extract, andrographis, hintonia, ashwagandha, and comfrey that provide  superior benefits without the adverse effects of drugs. He will share the most recent research  and best practices to help you meet your customer’s most serious health needs.  

Speaker Bio: Terry Lemerond is a natural health expert with over 45 years of experience. He  has owned health food stores, founded dietary supplement companies, and formulated over  400 products. As a published author and radio program host, Terry is in demand as a guest  speaker and media commentator on natural health. His continual dedication, energy, and zeal  are part of his on-going mission — to improve the health of America. 


Renee Southard, Moderator

Sponsored by SENPA


Friday, April 23, 2021
3:15 pm -4:45 pm


Retail Roundtable/Open Forum

Renee will lead attendees through discussions on best business practices. Discussion will  include current advertising trends, current competition strategies, and much more. Bring your  thoughts and ideas! 


Michael Schwartz

Dinner Sponsored by Michael’s


Friday, April 23, 2021
5:00 pm -7:00 pm


True Naturopathy: Supporting the Body’s Ability to Heal Itself 

Michael will discuss the symbolic significance of nutrients: He will build upon his book, Health  and Disease Symbology, as well as his naturopathic experience and knowledge of the  relationship between emotions, nutrition, and health. Michael will connect the physical,  spiritual, and emotional showing how a holistic approach to each of these can connect us to  better health and healthier lives.  

Speaker Bio: Michael Schwartz, NMD is an author, lecturer and holistic nutritional consultant. He was educated in the  workings of the mind as it relates to the creation of one’s own personal physical reality. With the  understandings of the Universal Principles in hand, Dr. Schwartz changed the course of his life, which led  to numerous benefits and experiences, including the founding of his company, MNP (Michael’s®  Naturopathic Programs). 



Rudy Dragone

Sponsored by Sigform


Friday, April 23, 2021
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm


Understanding Progesterone & Other Bio-Identical  Hormones-How they affect your Health & Wellbeing

Bio-identical hormones are more appealing to the masses when dealing with menopause or  andropause because they are derived naturally, and our bodies can metabolize them properly.  Come and find out more about Progesterone and Other Bio-identical Hormones, how the body  accepts them and how they get your results naturally. 

Speaker Bio: Born in Montevideo, Uruguay and raised in Bronx, New York, Rudy Dragone was  fascinated with the pharmacist profession as a young boy and landed a job in a pharmacy by  the time he was a mere nine-years-old. At the age of 17, Rudy enrolled in The School of  Pharmacy and by 21 was the youngest qualified Pharmacist in New York City. Rudy then quickly  rose to become the owner of 10 pharmacies in New York. During that time Rudy also learned  how bio-identical hormones help heal people and he became a passionate advocate for its role  in healthcare. Later in his career, Rudy desired a more quiet life for himself and his family, so he  sold his businesses and relocated with his family to Arizona.  

Today Rudy owns and oversees Clark’s Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy located in  Carefree, Arizona. Physicians from across the globe consult him for his expertise in bio-identical  hormones due to his unique, long-standing experience with healthy living through hormonal  balance. Rudy is a Professor at the Medical College of the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo  Leon, he provides continued education for doctors, and is one of the country’s preeminent  experts and public speakers regarding bio-identical hormones. 


Devin Alvarez

Breakfast Sponsored by Straight Hemp


Saturday, April 24, 2021

7:30 am – 9:30 am



Beyond CBD – Hemp’s Secret Sauce  

Come learn about the secret sauce powering truly effective hemp products, and how to help  consumers pick a product that will deliver results, leading to repeat customers, stronger  bottomline and a healthier community. We will go beyond the concept of CBD, and discuss the  true “magic” of hemp’s medicinal chemistries; we learn about terpenes, the entourage effect,  why it matters, and how to pick a great product(s), and some ways to explain it to store staff  and consumers in a DSHEA compliant manner.  

Speaker Bio: Devin is the founder and CEO of Straight Hemp, a leading hemp essential oils  products brand known for delivering results to the user. Devin is passionate about delivering  the highest quality and most effective products possible, having founded the company in  response to the opiate epidemic which tore through his family leaving many dead, he takes this  mission very seriously. Possessing a deep background in biotechnology, education, cannabis  quality control and formulation, Devin is passionate about educating the marketplace. Devin is  passionate about serving our communities with the best remedies nature has to offer and is  determined to advance the cause of natural plant based healing. Devin holds an MS in Environmental Science and is a Veteran and Minority Business Owner. 


Jason DuBois

Provided by Hybrid Remedies


Saturday, April 24, 2021
10:50 am – 11:50 am



Seasonal Allergies – It’s More Than Just  Histamine!  

Allergies are the 6th leading cause of common chronic illness that affects more than 50 million  children and adults in the US today. Most traditional OTC medications only focus on the control  of histamine to alleviate the common symptoms. The true cause of allergies come from our  own immune response and the real remedies that can help are only found in the health food  stores.  

Join Dr. Jason DuBois, clinical pharmacist and Founder of Hybrid Remedies for an engaging  educational lecture about seasonal allergies and how to help your customers breathe better  faster without the use of medications. Learn the fundamentals of seasonal allergies and role of  your immune system. This season empower your customer with natural options when it comes  to seasonal allergies.  

Participants at this lecture will learn:  

 Signs and symptoms of Seasonal allergies  

 Common allergen triggers  

 Different types of allergies  

 Key immune cells involved in the allergic response  

 Learn how natural ingredients work within the body to fight the allergy response   Natural remedies that help with histamine, leukotrienes and immune support   Compare prescription medication, OTC and natural treatment options  

Speaker Bio: Dr. DuBois is a registered clinical pharmacist, educator and Founder of Hybrid  Remedies, a natural supplement research and development company. He is a graduate of the  University of Florida with a Doctorate degree in Pharmacy. Prior to starting Hybrid Remedies,  Dr. DuBois was the lead clinical pharmacist a world-renowned health care institution in NE  Florida which specialized in immunology and solid organ transplantation. During his tenure, Dr.  DuBois has designed numerous clinical trials and immune protocols and has been a contributing  author on several published articles. With over 18 years of pharmacy experience, Dr. DuBois  uses his clinical expertise and knowledge of Eastern and Western medicine to help patients  safely integrate natural supplements, prescription, and over the counter medications together. 

Dan Chapman

Provided by Redd Remedies


Saturday, April 24, 2021
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm


Breaking the Cycle of Stress, Anxiety & Depression

From the rapid pace in which we live to concerns about health, family, responsibilities, money  or employment… the onslaught of stress and the damaging effects it has on our bodies is real.  But there is hope! Redd Remedies has teamed up with Dr. Gregory Jantz, Founder of The Center  A Place of Hope, to develop a special suite of natural products. With a down to earth and witty  style, Dan Chapman will share Redd Remedies’ unique formulas designed to address these  concerns from a whole-body perspective.  

Speaker Bio: Dan speaks from a lifetime of learning, research and experience in the health  food and dietary supplement industry. As the Owner and CEO of two successful companies, he  has helped thousands of people bring their health back into balance and achieve levels of  wellness they never thought possible. With a down to earth and witty approach, Dan delivers  relevant scientific information in a way that is easy to understand and apply. 


Tom Sokoloff

Provided by IP-6 International


Saturday, April 24, 2021
3:30 pm -4:30 pm


The Dynamic Duo of IP6 & Inositol 

One of the most exciting and important natural products to ever be introduced as a dietary  supplement is the combination of IP6 & Inositol. This combination of naturally occurring  compounds produced from rice bran has shown impressive results in both laboratory and  human research. During this presentation we walk through the history of IP6 and Inositol  research, mechanisms of action and human clinical studies. By the time we conclude you will be  equipped to ‘shout from the roof topsʼ all the amazing benefits of these fascinaƟng molecules! 

Speaker Bio: Tom Sokoloff has been a veteran of the natural products industry for almost 30  years. Having had the privilege of working in the retail, distribution, manufacturing and  research providing him a vast amount of experience in the industry. Tom is the former owner of  Paradise Health & Nutrition a three-store chain in Florida founded in 1994. During his years as a  retailer Tom served on the board of directors for the NNFA/ NPA National and Southeast region  including serving as President of NNFA-Southeast. 

Ryan Sensenbrenner

 Dinner Sponsored by Enzymedica


Saturday, April 24, 2021
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Marketing Toolkit for Independent Retailers

Are you looking to grow your sales? Increase store traffic? Boost basket size? For independent  retailers, the answer to these common questions is often yes, yes, and YES! Discover how to  create a simple, actionable marketing plan for your store. From social media, to your website,  to old school merchandising, you’ll have a framework to bring home and develop with your  staff. This lecture is tailored for all marketing skill levels, from beginner to advanced.  

Speaker Bio: Ryan Sensenbrenner oversees the marketing department at Enzymedica. With  nearly a decade of experience in the natural products industry, he is responsible for leading  global marketing strategy, including product development, promotions, advertising, social  media, digital marketing and creative development. His greatest passion is supporting  independent retailers and he has been a featured speaker throughout the country on  marketing small businesses in a growing digital world.  

In addition to his work at Enzymedica, he serves as an executive board member of  SENPA, a leading association of natural products retailers and manufacturers.


Carl Germano

 Breakfast Sponsored by Bluebonnet


Sunday, April 25, 2021
7:30 am – 9:30 am


Getting Intimate with Supplements – How Nutrition Is Redefining Sexual Health & Fertility

One in ten couples suffer from infertility issues. Even though nutrition plays a critical role in  reproductive and sexual health, it is often overlooked. Issues surrounding sex for recreation are  just as prevalent as those for procreation with up to a third of women and men losing their  libido; only to worsen with age. This presentation will focus on the latest research regarding  key nutrients for naturally stimulating physiological and psychological processes related to  sexual drive and performance, as well as improving fertility outcomes.  

Speaker Bio: Carl Germano, CNS, CDN, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a master’s  degree in clinical nutrition from New York University, has over 30 years’ experience in product  development for several of the largest dietary supplement companies in the U.S. For the past  three decades, he has been instrumental in bringing innovative nutritional ingredients and  finished products – including dietary supplements, medical foods, and functional beverages – to  a variety of markets. He continues to lead the industry in research and product development as  it relates to next generation clinically relevant nutraceutical ingredients.