2021 Hormone Summit

Kind Words From the 2020 Hormone Summit:

“Loved, loved the Hormone Summit! Thank you for all the info and work that you do for women’s health!”

“I learned SO much about what makes hormones tick from the Summit. Such amazing interviews!”

“Thank you for adding the exercises this year. It was great to do those & know they were helping my hormones!”

What this Summit is all about:

As menstruating people, we’ve been taught SO LITTLE about our hormones, and yet they are the captain controlling the ship that is our bodies!

Not only do our hormones impact us physically, but they are the deciding factor in our mental health. And there are far too many of us currently suffering with debilitating stress, anxiety, and depression.

Not to mention that our current healthcare system struggles to believe women and their pain, and if they do, a prescription or surgery is their answer. After my own fibroid-surgery-gone-wrong, my mission became understanding menstruating women’s hormones as best as I could – and sharing this knowledge far & wide so that YOU can make the best decision for YOUR body.

I’ve been lucky to meet some of the leading, cutting-edge hormonal experts in the game, and they inspired me to put together the first Hormone Summit in 2019. I brought it back last year in 2020, and now we’re here with the biggest one yet – the 2021 Hormone Summit!

This year’s Summit takes place the week of September 20th-25th.  Much of the information is geared towards cycling or menopausal women but there are many interviews that offer information to non-cycling and trans people.


“Thank you so much, Christine!! The Hormone Summit is one of the best I’ve ever seen! (I’m a Summit junkie, lol).  It was so informative and soooo much fun! Yourself and all the speakers were amazing and I enjoyed each and every talk! Thanks again, Christine, I appreciate all you shared.”

During this event, you’ll learn:

  • Hormone basics that you’ve been missing out on
  • Tracking your cycle for both health and fertility reasons
  • Why your adrenals and thyroid are so important for hormonal health
  • How working on your pelvic area may be the key to dealing with endometriosis, painful periods, and reproductive issues
  • The role that our environment plays when it comes to hormones, and what to do about it
  • The surprising truth that underlies autoimmunity
  • How long haulers impacts different areas of our health, including our hormones
  • That fibroids can teach us deep lessons about ourselves
  • How to empower yourself, girls, and menstruating people when it comes to period and birthing health
  • That perimenopause and menopause aren’t the end – they are a new beginning!



With special giveaways throughout the week from these incredible sponsors:

Nordic Naturals

At Nordic Naturals, we’re committed to delivering the world’s safest, most effective nutrients essential to health. It’s what motivates us to ensure that all our products are research supported, expertly formulated, rigorously tested, proven effective, and best of all, great tasting.

Win a gift basket of fantastic Nordic Naturals products including ProEPA™Xtra, ZERO SUGAR CURCUMIN GUMMIES, Balanced Omega, NORDIC FLORA™ PROBIOTIC COMFORT, and NORDIC FLORA™ PROBIOTIC WOMAN

Asheville Salt Cave

Asheville Salt Cave offer transformative spaces to help be a catalyst on your wellness journey. Our services include salt therapy, a variety of therapeutic massages and a hamman ritual. We also offer natural gifts for your home and bath.

Win a package of natural bath salts, boo boo stone, and calming tea.



More announced soon!



For more than 20 years, FemmePharma has been reinventing women’s healthcare. With pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, strict product manufacturing (GMP) standards, and a commitment to personal service, our mission is to provide women with relief from the symptoms of menopause through products they can have confidence in.

Win a gift basket of FemmePharma’s vulvar moisturizer (for external use) and personal lubricant and vaginal moisturizer (for internal use)

Sep. 20th-25th, 2021 Schedule:

Day 1 – What You Need To Know – But Never Learned – About Periods

Own Your Fertility And Cycle With FAM – Lisa Hendrickson-Jack

Hormone Basics: Minerals, Meat, and Mindset – Tara Thorne

Adrenals For The Hormone Win – Marieke Steen


Day 2 – The Inner and Outer Workings of Hormones

How Hormones And Your Skin Are Connected – Dr. Terry Loong

The Power Of Deep Pelvic Manipulation – Jennifer Mercier

Thyroid Health and Sex Hormones – Dr. Rachel Vong

Day 3 – Toxins, Viruses and Hormone Health

Mold, EMFs, Environmental Toxins and Your Body – Dr. Stephanie McCarter

Living With Long Haulers and Its Impact on Hormones – Dr. Jessica Drummond

What Underlies Autoimmunity – Dr. Keesha Ewers

Day 4 – Peri,

Menopause, And the Issues That Arise

How To Successfully Navigate Perimenopause – Dr. Mariza Snyder

Best Practices for Menopause (Including Bioidentical Hormones) – Dr. Shawn Tassone

The Life-Changing Experience of Having Fibroids – Chunte Bates

Day 5 – Empowering Period & Birthing Equity

Teaching Your Tweens About Their Cycle – Tara Ghosh

The Radical Act of Being A Doula – Chama Woydak

Period Poverty and Its Health Impact On Menstruators – Anusha Singh

Day 6 – Bonus

The Three Keys to Thriving In Perimenopause – Christine Garvin

Expert speakers:

(in alphabetical order)

chunte Bates
Womb wellness blogger

Chunte Bates is a womb wellness blogger and fibroid survivor. She uses her blog to spread awareness about uterine fibroids and share her journey of healing from the physical and emotional impact that women often face when dealing with this diagnosis. Chunte hopes to educate and inspire women to reclaim their bodies.

Dr. Jessica Drummond
CEO of Integrative Women’s Health Institute and Bestselling Author

Dr. Jessica Drummond is the CEO of The Integrative Women’s Health Institute and bestselling author of two books, Outsmart Endometriosis and Clinician to Coach. She holds licenses in physical therapy and clinical nutrition and is a board certified health coach. She has 20 years of experience working with women with chronic pelvic pain, facilitates educational programs for women’s health professionals in more than 60 countries globally, and leads virtual wellness programs for people with endometriosis. Dr. Drummond lives and works with her husband and daughters between Houston, Texas, and Fairfield, Connecticut.

Dr. Keesha Ewers
Integrative Medicine Expert

Keesha Ewers is an integrative medicine expert, Doctor of Sexology, Family Practice ARNP, certified trauma informed therapist, a certified death doula, is board certified in functional medicine and Ayurvedic medicine and is the founder and medical director of the Academy for Integrative Medicine Health Coach Certification Program.

Dr. Keesha, the Mother of Functional Sexology, has been in the medical field for over 30 years. After conducting the HURT Study in 2013 (Healing Un-Resolved Trauma), she developed the HURT Model for understanding how past childhood trauma impacts adult health. This led to the creation of the You Unbroken and Healing Trauma Through the Chakra System online programs for patients to heal their own trauma and the Mystic Medicine deep immersion healing retreats she leads at her home on San Juan Island, WA.

Dr. Keesha is a popular speaker, including at Harvard and from the TEDx stage, and the best-selling author of Solving the Autoimmune Puzzle: The Woman’s Guide to Reclaiming Emotional Freedom and Vibrant Health, The Quick and Easy Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: Anti-Inflammatory Recipes with 7 Ingredients or Less for Busy People, and Your Libido Story: A workbook for women who want to find, fix, and free their sexual desire. You can listen to her Mystic Medicine Radio Show and find her programs at www.DrKeesha.com.


Tara Ghosh
Arvigo® Therapist and wellness expert

Tara Ghosh is an Arvigo® Therapist and wellness expert passionate about empowering people with periods with the simple, affordable and sustainable habits to great health.

Tara works with people 1:1 all over the world, as well as running Period Positive workshops for tweens and a 5-week course Embrace Your Cyclical Power for those in their 30s and early 40s so they can finally understand their cycle, improve their health and be ready for perimenopause.


Lisa Hendrickson-Jack
Certified Fertility Awareness
Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner

Lisa Hendrickson-Jack talks about vaginas a lot! She’s a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who teaches women to chart their menstrual cycles for natural birth control, conception, and monitoring overall health. In her new book The Fifth Vital Sign, Lisa debunks the myth that regular ovulation is only important when you want children, by recognizing the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Drawing heavily from the current scientific literature, Lisa presents an evidence-based
approach to fertility awareness and menstrual cycle optimization.

She hosts the Fertility Friday Podcast, a weekly radio show devoted to helping women connect to their fifth vital sign by uncovering the connection between menstrual cycle health, fertility, and overall health. With well over a million downloads, Fertility Friday is the #1 source for information about fertility awareness, and menstrual cycle health, connecting women around the world with their cycles and their fertility — something our education systems have consistently failed to do. When she’s not researching, writing, and interviewing health professionals, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and her two sons. To learn more, visit fertilityfriday.com.


Dr. Terry Loong
Integrative Skin & Hormone Doctor

Through her personal experience and working with patients through the decades, Dr Terry specialises in hormonal acne, aesthetic treatments and hormonal balance (particularly perimenopause and menopause).

Having grown up in Malaysia and trained in UK and USA, she combines Eastern philosophy with Western technology and science. Her approach to aesthetic treatments is helping patients look their natural best, restoring their youthful features and not changing the way they look. She’s known for her gentle touch, long term planning and natural results.

Being a working mother and in her 40’s, she understands that confidence is not only what we look like but also how we feel in ourselves. Hence the importance of nutritional health, hormonal balance and stress management which affects so many things, both inside out. She is a member of the General Medical Council (GMC No: 6053520), Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS), British Menopause Society, and Associate of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


Jennifer Mercier
Creator of Mercier Therapy

Mercier Therapy’s innovative creator Jennifer Mercier has perfected a modality that speaks for itself. Expect A Miracle provides a gentle and effective hands-on site specific pelvic and abdominal therapy which helps women with issues such as infertility, sexual trauma and surgical recovery, and gastrointestinal issues. We also specialize in natural hormone balancing by using only the finest bio-identical hormones. Dr. Mercier has been in practice for over 20 years and loves serving the women of her community and from around the world. 


Dr. Stephanie McCarter
internal medicine and environmental medicine physician

Stephanie McCarter, MD, is an internal medicine and environmental medicine physician at the Environmental Health Center of Dallas. She has 16 years of experience in the field of environmental medicine and has built her own eco-friendly, low-EMF home, working with well-known experts in healthy house building, including David Rousseau and Tang Lee of Canada, and Mary Oetzel in Texas. She has lectured on Environmental Medicine in the areas of indoor/outdoor air quality, avoiding pollutants in air, food and water, evaluation and treatment of electromagnetic field sensitivity, and on preparing antigens for provocation/neutralization immunotherapy.

Dr. McCarter has been acknowledged for her work on Dr. William Rea’s book, “Reversibility of Chronic Degenerative Disease and Hypersensitivity, Vol. 1. She has extensive experience with electromagnetic sensitivity, lecturing on the subject at the University of Texas Dallas in March of 2017, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine Spring conference in April, 2015 and at the 25th and 28th Annual International Symposiums on “Man and His Environment in Health and Disease.”

Dr. McCarter is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Alpha Omega Alpha medical society. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1993 and from Pepperdine University in 1989.

Dr. McCarter believes that the body is an energetically open system that is exchanging energy and materials with its surrounding environment and must be treated as such to achieve total wellness. She strongly believes such treatment should be of the whole body, mind, and spirit.

Anusha Singh
National Campaigns Lead at PERIOD nonprofit

Anusha Singh is an undergraduate Neuroscience student on the pre-medical track at The Ohio State University. She also currently works as the National Campaigns Lead at PERIOD nonprofit.

Since starting her own student organization, PERIOD OSU, nearly 3 years ago, she and her team have been able to affect policy change, both locally and state-wide. On the state-wide level, Representative Brigid Kelly named her the strongest proponent in advocating for the repeal of the gender-discriminatory Pink Tax bill in Ohio, which went into effect on April 1, 2020. Alongside these efforts, she and her chapter have also pushed for policy change at their University, expanding access to free period products in over 150 academic buildings and starting a pilot program in the dorms.

Her grassroots advocacy work led her to spearheading numerous national campaigns, one of the most notable campaigns being #NationalPeriodDay, where tens of thousands of young people from all 50 states across the country and 4 more countries made history by organizing rallies aimed at starting the conversation about period poverty with their elected officials and pushing for menstrual equity policy change.

She is a TEDx speaker and has been featured in numerous publications like The Washington Post, The Hill, Columbus Dispatch, NBC4, Newsweek, and Dayton Daily news, and enjoys spending her time speaking to student groups around the country and leading policy boot camps/ workshops to give young people the tools they need to affect systemic policy change to combat period poverty.


Dr. Mariza Snyder
functional practitioner, women’s hormone expert and bestselling author

Dr. Mariza Snyder is a functional practitioner, women’s hormone expert and the author of eight books: The newest book, The Essential Oils Menopause Solution, focuses on solutions for women in perimenopause and menopause and the #1 National Bestselling book, The Essential Oils Hormone Solution, focuses on balancing women’s hormones naturally.  Other bestselling books are: The Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils and The DASH Diet Cookbook.  

For the past twelve years, she has lectured at wellness centers, conferences, and corporations on hormone health, essential oils, nutrition, and detoxification.  She has been featured on Dr. Oz, Oprah Magazine, Fox News Health, MindBodyGreen and many publications. Dr. Mariza is also the host of the top rated Essentially You Podcast, (with over 3 million downloads) designed to empower women to become the CEO of their health. Check out her website, drmariza.com, for women’s hormone tips, including recipes and remedies, and her Essentially You Podcast here: Essentially You Podcast in iTunes. 

Marieke Steen
Functional Nutritional Therapist Practitioner

Marieke is an FNTP, RWP meaning she takes a root-cause approach using cutting-edge lab work to get to the root of your health issues. She’s been working with clients to transform their health through diet and natural remedies, always considering bio individuality and all aspects of life that can impact our health.

She’s a constant learner and always curious to try out new techniques and products.

She first began this journey after years of experiencing her own health issues: chronic digestive issues, fatigue, migraines, eczema, her hormones and thyroid were a mess… Since she couldn’t find the help she needed, she was determined to get well by becoming an expert herself and getting professional training.

She hates to see so many women around her struggling with hormonal migraines, anxiety, bad sleep, PMS… these things are really impacting our quality of life and she wants especially women, who are always taking care of everyone else (but themselves) to have that quality of life they deserve!


Dr. Shawn Tassone
board certified in obstetrics and gynecology

Shawn Tassone MD, Ph.D., known as Americas Holistic Gynecologist, is the first physician in the United States to be double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and by the American Board of Integrative Medicine. He holds a medical degree in addition to a Ph.D. in mind-body medicine. He’s a practicing OBGYN in Austin, Tx, hormone specialist, author, speaker, highly rated patient advocate, and creator of the world’s first integrative hormonal mapping system.

In his 20+ years of practice, Dr. Tassone has seen over 40,000 women and he is determined to remove the myths surrounding women’s health. As an integrative health practitioner, he believes that you should have an active role in your care.

His work includes studies and publications on hormonal imbalances, spirituality in medical care, whole foods to heal the human body, and integrative medicine. Dr. Tassone is featured in many publications including The New York Times, NBCNews Online, Stanford MedX, and his book, The Hormone Balance Bible, published by HarperCollins, is now available for purchase!


Tara Thorne
Functional Nutritionist, Certified Functional Nutrition Coach and a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner

Tara is a Functional Nutritionist and a Certified Functional Nutrition Coach and a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. She also has training from the Institute for Functional Medicine, specifically in hormones and is an expert at interpreting the DUTCH comprehensive hormone test the GI MAP test and the HTMA test. Tara is consistently upgrading her knowledge and is seldom – if ever – without a course or diploma of some sort on the go.

Tara’s practice focuses on helping busy women navigate the overwhelm and confusion surrounding how to live healthfully in a hectic world by providing evidenced-based functional nutrition and lifestyle strategies. She is a mum of two, an entrepreneur and a writer who has written for publications around the globe with a specific focus on health and wellness. She runs her business online in order to help as many women as possible live the lives they deserve, not ones fraught with health imbalances and all the problems that come along with them. Her own struggles with hormone imbalance were what lead her on this path and are why she’s able to understand and empathize with the struggles of the modern day woman.

Dr. Rachel Vong
Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Rachel Vong, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who completed her medical training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her clinical internships included the Robert Schad Naturopathic Teaching Clinic, Sherbourne Health Centre, and the Brampton Civic Hospital. Prior to this, Dr. Vong obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health and Disease, Physiology, and Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Vong’s areas of focus and passion include thyroid disorders (hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis), digestive disorders, autoimmune disease, and hormone imbalance. Her mission is to help women reclaim their energy and get them feeling like themselves again.

Dr. Vong is a strong believer that health is not just merely the absence of disease, but a state of optimal physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. She is focused on resolving the underlying root cause of disease and making long-lasting health changes. A large part of Dr. Vong’s practice involves educating and empowering people to take charge and be leaders of their own health. She looks forward to working with people from all walks of life, and hopes to support them to achieve their health goals.

Dr. Vong is an avid speaker and has been involved in several speaking engagements throughout downtown Toronto. She is an active member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), and the Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (GastroANP).


Chama Woydak

Chama has been attending births as a birth doula in Asheville since 1999 and teaching childbirth education classes since 2002. She is a full spectrum birth, death and postpartum and abortion doula, a Lamaze childbirth educator, a DONA International Birth Doula trainer, a Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Instructor and the Strategic Doula Advisor for Sistas Caring 4 Sistas, a community-based doula program located at MAHEC. Chama is the owner of Homegrown Families a perinatal health center and doula agency, is a mother of two daughters and lives on a farm outside of Asheville NC.

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Christine garvin, Ma, NE, RWP
Functional Nutritionist

Christine Garvin, MA, NE, RWP is a Functional Nutritionist based in Asheville, NC. She weaves together her personal health journey – including a fibroid surgery that went terribly wrong – with her training in functional health, nutrition, and hormones to help women heal their gut and achieve hormonal balance. She sees clients all over the world via Zoom, and she offers self-guided healing programs at her website.

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