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The AFMCP is a 5-Day training program that takes practitioners through a deep-dive into the leading edge advancements and research across the field of chronic disease as they relate to the biochemical and physiologic interconnections of the gastrointestinal tract, immune system, hormone and signaling system, biotransformation and elimination processes (detox), cardiovascular and metabolic function and mitochondrial health. Attendees will learn the Functional Medicine model of assessment and intervention and equip them with practical tools to prescribe personalized treatments in today’s 21st century medicine landscape.

“All the lectures were brilliantly presented. They shed a new light on subjects I’d learned but never fully grasped. I feel like I learned more practical information in a week than I did in Med School.” –AFMCP Attendee

Tickets are available on-site.


Robert Luby, MD

Executive Director of Medical Education, IFM

Robert completed his family medicine residency program in 1992 and has been a board-certified family physician serving in Latino community health centers ever since. He earned his board certification in holistic medicine in 2002 and completed the IFMCP training in 2013. Since 1999 he has been a faculty member at the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency program in Massachusetts.

Michael Stone, MD, MS

Core Faculty, IFM, Father and Founder of Functional Nutrition & the Nutrition Physical Exam

Michael is a board-certified family physician who practices in Ashland, Oregon. He has experience in rural and frontier family medicine, emergency medicine and as a hospitalist. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are in human nutrition. He graduated from University of Washington and did his residency training in family practice at UCLA-Ventura, where he was chief resident.

Kristi Hughes, ND

Core Faculty, IFM, Associate Director of Medical Education, IFM (2010) & Director of Medical Education, IFM (2014-2018)

Dr. Hughes attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and then graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR, in 1997. While in medical school, she worked at the Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Clinic under Dr. Carolyn McMakin, learning advanced strategies for managing chronic pain naturally through the use of frequency-specific microcurrent. Dr. Hughes became an Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) graduate in 2000 and then became Associate Director of Medical Education for IFM in early 2010 and Director of Medical Education in 2014.

Lisa Portera-Perry, DC

Core Faculty, IFM, International Director for Functional Medicine Implementation, LSI

Lisa received her medical education from the Southern California University of Health Sciences, College of Chiropractic. She has 30 years of experience in clinical practice combined with 15 years of educating physicians of all disciplines in the principles and clinical application of Functional Medicine, both nationally and internationally.

David Haase, MD

Core Faculty, IFM, Advanced Practice Module; Faculty Coordinator, Energy Module

David Haase is a doctor, teacher, and innovator who is deeply committed to maximizing wellness one unique person at a time. Dr. Haase received his medical training at Vanderbilt University and completed his residency in family medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is board certified in family medicine and integrative holistic medicine and was in the first class of IFM Certified Practitioner graduates.


  • Established and emerging diagnostics, therapeutics, and prevention strategies
  • How to design nutritional and lifestyle interventions to improve patient compliance and outcomes
  • How to integrate appropriate assessment tools to diagnose, treat, and assess patient outcomes from a Functional Medicine approach
  • How to utilize innovative and practical assessment tools
  • Methods to establish a mutually empowering partnership between clinician and patient
  • The scientific basis for Functional Medicine principles and fundamental clinical imbalances
  • How to apply key elements of the Functional Medicine Model in clinical practice


Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) Conference 2019


6:30 PM Pre Conference Dinner and Early Registration for Delegates
8:00 – 9:00 AM Check In
9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome and Orientation Raymond Joseph Y. Escalona, MD, MBA, MS
9:15 – 9:30 AM Introduction to AFMCP Robert Luby, MD
9:30 – 10:30 AM Introduction to Functional Medicine: Redefining Disease Applied Systems Medicine David Haase, MD
10:30 – 11:15 AM Morning Break
11:15 – 1:00 PM Mapping the Territory: Using the Functional Medicine Matrix Model Kristi Hughes, ND
1:00 – 2:30 PM Lunch Break  
2:30 – 4:15 PM DIGIN to Root Causes of Gut Dysfunction Robert Luby, MD
4:15 – 5:00 PM Afternoon Break
5:00 – 6:30 PM Treatment of GI Dysfunction in the Context of the Functional Medicine Matrix Michael Stone, MD, MS
7:00 – 7:30 PM Evening Break
7:30 – 8:15 AM IFM’s Certification Program: The Path and Benefits – Optional Robert Luby, MD
Raymond Joseph Y. Escalona, MD, MBA, MS
8:30 – 10:00 AM Immune Dysfunction and Inflammation: A Primary Mechanism of Illness David Haase, MD
10:00 – 10:45 AM Morning Break
10:45 – 12:00 PM Food Allergies, Sensitivities, and Intolerances: Diagnosis and Treatment Michael Stone, MD, MS
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:45 PM Prescribing an Elimination Diet Kristi Hughes, ND
2:45 – 3:30 PM Afternoon Break
3:30 – 4:45 PM Anthropometrics, Biomarkers, Clinical Assessment, and Diet Evaluation: The ABCDs of Nutritional Evaluation: Part 1 Michael Stone, MD, MS
4:45 – 5:00 PM Short Break
5:00 – 6:15 PM Shifting the Therapeutic Encounter Lisa Perry, DC
8:30 – 10:15 AM Anthropometrics, Biomarkers, Clinical Assessment, and Diet Evaluation: The ABCDs of Nutritional Evaluation: Part 2 Michael Stone, MD, MS
10:15 – 11:00 AM Morning Break
11:00 – 12:45 PM Lowering the Toxic Body Burden Using Diet, Lifestyle, and Other Strategies Lisa Perry, DC
12:45 – 2:15 PM Lunch
2:15 – 4:15 PM Functional Approaches to Cardiometabolic Disease Kristi Hughes, ND
4:15 – 5:00 PM Afternoon Break
5:00 – 6:30 PM Challenges in the Journey of Change Lisa Perry, DC
7:30 – 8:15 AM Introduction to the IFM Communities, IFM Toolkit and Natural Medicine Database Robert Luby, MD
8:30 – 9:45 AM Understanding the HPATG Axis: From Biochemistry to Application Robert Luby, MD
9:45 – 10:30 AM Morning Break
10:30 – 11:45 AM Assessment and Treatment of Adrenal Dysfunction Lisa Perry, DC
11:45 – 12:00 PM Short Restroom Break
12:00 – 1:15 PM Assessment and Treatment of Thyroid Dysfunction Robert Luby, MD
1:15 – 2:45 PM Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 PM Testosterone Deficiency in Men Michael Stone, MD, MS
4:00 – 4:45 PM Afternoon Break Ingress/Egress of Speakers
4:45 – 6:15 PM Modulating a Woman’s Hormones David Haase, MD
6:15 – 6:30 PM Question and Answers Session Presenters
8:30 – 10:00 AM Mitochondria and Energy Dynamics David Haase, MD
10:00 – 10:45 AM Morning Break
10:45 – 12:15 PM Clinical Integration of Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Change Kristi Hughes, ND
12:15 – 1:45 PM Lunch
1:45 – 3:15 PM Clinical Integration and the Functional Medicine Matrix Robert Luby, MD
3:15 – 3:45 PM Question and Answers Session Presenters
3:45 – 4:30 PM Afternoon Break
4:30 – 6:00 PM Insight, Intuition, and the Therapeutic Partnership David Haase, MD


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