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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

The Approach to Common Medical Illnesses Using Both Functional and Integrative Medicine

<em>Celebrity Solstice</em>
Celebrity Solstice
7-Night Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise
Round-trip Seattle, Washington

July 23 - 30, 2021
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
3½ Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
16.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$995 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$750 for Physician Assistants
$750 for Nurse Practitioners
$595 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

David Alan Burke, DO, FAAP

David Alan Burke, DO, FAAP
Clinical Faculty, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH Dr. Burke graduated from Ohio University with Bachelor of Science in 1992, went to Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and attended Cleveland Clinic Foundation for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency.

He currently works at Cleveland Clinic Children’s and Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Integrative Medicine.

He enjoys hiking, running, camping and medical missions trips. He is married to Jennifer, who is studying to be a lifestyle coach. They have a 12 year old son.

Paris Kharbat, DO, ABFM, ABOIM, IFMCP

Paris Kharbat, DO, ABFM, ABOIM, IFMCP
Board certified Family Medicine, Integrative medicine and Institute for Functional Medicine Certified
Cleveland Clinic Staff Physician
Clinical Assistant Professor Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve
  Dr. Kharbat attended the University of North Texas Health Sciences - Texas College of Osteopathic medicine and completed her Family Medicine residency through Mercy Methodist - UC Davis. After residency she joined Indian Health Services (IHS) where she worked in the clinic, hospital, nursing home and assumed the medical director role serving a large Native American population. While working with IHS she quickly realized her patient base had many medical needs that were not adequately met through traditional family medicine. She completed the UCLA/Stanford Helms Medical Institute acupuncture training and provided medical acupuncture to patients in subsequent years.

After 3 years at IHS, Dr. Kharbat started her solo practice bridging the gap between Eastern and Western medicine as the only Integrative physician in the region. During the 11 years of private practice in Washington state, Dr. Kharbat took on extensive additional training in functional medicine, osteopathic manipulation - fascial distortion model and frequency specific microcurrent

In 2016 she joined Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine which enabled her to see chronic complex conditions from around the world, contribute to the first functional medicine randomized clinical trials for diabetes and asthma, lead the creation of shared medical appointments and provide functional medicine training for advanced practice providers, residents and medical students.

Currently, Dr. Kharbat is the founder of Simply Functional Medicine, Inc. offering virtual personalized Functional medicine in all 50 states. She has also partnered with 98point6 providing affordable, accessible telemedicine/text based care. To round out her telemedicine care she still picks up local urgent care shifts and is medical director of a local plasma center.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Patient's have  become self learners and come to the primary care providers expecting them to know some of the integrative approaches to the most common chronic disease processes.integrative and functional medicine approaches will be discussed and pearls/take-a-ways provided for the primary care provider to use Monday in the clinic.

What can you add her remove from the patient's environment to alleviate some of their daily symptoms? The functional medicine approach will apply clinical expertise and evidence-based medicineto some of the most common patient complaints.

  1. IBS - part 1
    • Review the definition and diagnosis of IBS
    • Review the pathophysiology of IBS including SIBO, celiac testing and food sensitivities
    • Discuss the impact of the microbiome on IBS symptoms
  2. IBS- part 2
    • Discuss the value of the elimination diet and how to implement it
    • Associate the vagus nerve and its impact on irritable bowel symptoms
    • Review non-pharmacologic approaches to IBS symptoms
  3. Insomnia
    • Illustrate melatonin and serotonin pathways
    • Discuss the impact of blue light on sleep cycle
    • Review non-pharmacologic approaches as sleep aids
  4. Flu prevention
    • Discuss the efficacy of flu vaccines and patient concerns
    • Review study supporting and refuting nonpharmacologic approaches to flu prevention and impact on flu symptoms/duration
    • Distance will be able to utilize a natural approach to support the immune system against the flu
  5. NASH-nonalcoholic steatohepatitis
    • Review pathogenesis of Nash
    • Summarize diagnostic testing options
    • Update providers on non-pharmacologic treatment options for NASH
  6. Intestinal permeability
    • Illustrate intestinal permeability and review risks and causes
    • Identify nutrients indicated in gut healing
    • Review studies associating intestinal permeability with autoimmune disease
  7. Functional medicine approach to chronic disease
    • Discuss the functional medicine approach to evaluation of root cause of inflammation and disease
    • Expand on the function of the microbiome and the impact on chronic disease
    • Describe the amgydala's interpretation of physical and emotional stress and the impact on health
  8. Pediatric Integrative Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    • Present CCF's Pediatric Integrative Medicine clinic and our approach to treatment of children.
    • Introduce Integrative and Complementary therapies and common conditions treated in our clinic
  9. Osteopathic Manipulation for the non Osteopath
    • Discuss and demonstrate safe and effective basic Osteopathic Manipulative techniques for infants, children and adolescents.
  10. Probiotic Research
    • Review the research of many probiotic strains and findings of how use of these supplements may aid in the care of medical conditions.
  11. Integrative Treatment for Headache
    • Review various types of Integrative and complementary options for headaches, including manual therapies, dietary supplements and stress reduction.
  12. Fatigue, an Integrative approach
    • Define fatigue
    • Review diagnostic work up
    • Introduce Integrative Medicine treatment options to enhance patient care
  13. Fibromyalgia, a holistic approach to care
    • Define fibromyalgia
    • Diagnosis of fibromyalgia and Integrative treatment options to enhance patient care
  14. Stress Management
    • Present the importance of stress in our lives and various ways to reduce stress and improve our quality of life
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

Fri Jul 23 Seattle, Washington
- 4:00 pm
Sat Jul 24 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Jul 25 Ketchikan, Alaska
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Mon Jul 26 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
5:30 am 10:00 am
Mon Jul 26 Juneau, Alaska
1:30 pm 10:00 pm
Tue Jul 27 Skagway, Alaska
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Jul 27 Alaska Inside Passage
6:30 pm 10:30 pm
Wed Jul 28 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Jul 29 Victoria, British Columbia
5:30 pm 11:59 pm
Fri Jul 30 Seattle, Washington
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Seattle, Washington - The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is one of America's most vibrant cities. Stroll its bustling waterfront (including Pike Place Market), visit the Space Needle, and find a great coffee-shop to enjoy in this coffee-loving city (the home of Starbucks). One of America's tech centers (Amazon and Microsoft are both headquartered here), the city is abuzz with the interesting people attracted to the opportunities to be found there. There is more than enough to see and do here to keep you busy for a day or two. If you have a little extra time, Seattle is a great place to visit.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Ketchikan, Alaska - Immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture as you view the world's largest collection of totem poles; kayak the colorful waterfront.

Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier - One of Alaska's lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30 -mile-long stretch, you can't help but be awed by the sorrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle's appeal.

Skagway, Alaska - A frontier town perfectly preserved as the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. Gateway to the Trail of '98, which you may explore by helicopter or vintage railcar.

Victoria, British Columbia - Stroll through the charming downtown of this very British city, with its double-decker buses, turreted castles, fine British woolens, tea and china. Or, just outside the city, visit the lush flora and fauna of Butchart Gardens.

Non-US/Canadian individuals, please Click here to determine if you'll need a visa to board this cruise which visits Canada.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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