Robin DiPasquale ND, RH (AHG)

Most, if not all, disease has an etiology traceable to the dysfunction of the digestive system. This course is a journey through the multifaceted components of understanding how to bring this complex and integral body system into homeostasis. We’ll look at the gut biome, an overview of enteroimmunology, the role of food and food intolerances, and how this all evolves into the myriad of autoimmune diseases. We’ll discuss the diathesis model of disease and healing.

Through experiential exchange, Hara Diagnosis and visceral manipulation techniques will be practiced together, so they can be immediately applied to patients in your clinical work. A discussion on the impact of stress as it triggers the HPA axis , and a look at the overused diagnosis/misdiagnosis of IBS, will bring the enteric nervous system, the gut brain, into focus. This course will weave together the modalities of food and nutrition, herbal medicine and gemmotherapy, homeopathy, meditation, and hands on healing.  

The role of the digestive system in overall health is front and center. Never before in our history has food not been food…and the consequences of this, paired with the demanding pace of life, have brought our culture to this current health crisis. Children are fed institutional food from early in their lives. Families are too busy to stop and come together for a meal. People eat at their desks, in their cars, and on the run. Packaged, preprepared, and fast foods are the norm.  And obesity continues to escalate. From the intricacies of the gut biome to the hormonal influences of the HPA axis, we need tools to bring about change, real change. All levels of healing, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and energetic, are all required to bring about this change. This presentation throughout the day is about exploring those tools for change.  

The morning session will focus on enteroimmunology and the array of symptom pictures that walk into your treatment room that can be traced back to the immune system of the gut being out of synch. Here we will discuss the complexity of the gut biome, and how to work with individual patients when expressing dsybiosis, SIBO, leaky gut, different types of hypersensitivity reactions and allergies, including histamine sensitivity. We’ll look at the connection between the gut and the myriad of manifestations of autoimmune disorders. Food choices, pre and probiotics, herbs, gemmotherapy, and homeopathic remedies will be included in the therapeutics. We’ll talk about gluten and dairy as food triggers, and take a look at chocolate and wine and why we love them so much.  

Hara Diagnosis reveals aspects of digestive function, and overall function, that allows treatments to go deeper and be more specifically focused. We’ll overview Hara Diagnosis techniques and practice them with a partner. Simple applications of visceral manipulation can facilitate a change in gut flora, rebalance the enteric nervous system, and bring about immediate and long term gut healing. We’ll work in partners to practice these visceral manipulation techniques. This afternoon segment is a hands on experiential session.  

The closing session of the day will start off with an overview of the diathesis model of disease and healing. A discussion of Oligo remedies, gemmo remedies, and homeopathic remedies within the diathesis model will ensue.   We’ll look at the relationship of stress to gut health. IBS is a catch diagnosis that requires further evaluation of the enteric nervous system and the connection between that and the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis…the gut brain interfacing with the brain brain.  If we have time, we’ll look at gut health and sleep.  

About Robin DiPasquale

Robin DiPasquale, ND, RH (AHG), is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and registered herbalist (AHG), and has been practicing in the healing arts for over 30 years.  Following graduation from Bastyr University, she served there as faculty member for 15 years, eight of those years as department chair of botanical medicine.  Dr. DiPasquale continues as an adjunct faculty at Bastyr University where she teaches Introduction to Gemmtherapy and other classes in botanical medicine.  She has a passion for herbal medicine and homeopathy, with a special interest in gemmotherapy, and also incorporates biotherapeutic drainage, cranial sacral, and visceral manipulation in her healing practice. 


Dr. DiPasquale is a writer, has been published nationally and internationally, and is a contributing editor for the naturopathic journal NDNR, writing regular columns on botanical insights in naturopathic medicine.


For eight years, Dr. DiPasquale had a family practice in Madison, Wisconsin at Red Lotus Healing Arts, and was the first naturopathic doctor to work with patients through the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine clinic.  In the spring of 2016, she relocated to Fort Collins, Colorado where she will be opening a naturopathic practice with an emphasis on Family Constellation Therapy.