Webinars & Events

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Learn to quiet your mind and take refuge from the worries of the world. No experience needed!
Starting in September, 2020, this is now offered every SUNDAY NIGHT at 7 pm with Dr. Gant.  Click link for instructions to call in and participate.
Natural Solutions with Certified Therapeutic Essential Oils- online classes only
Dates: TBD


In this powerful workshop, learn how to understand and process conflict from our ancestors that may impede our own health.

Now online!

September 19, 2020
October 24, 2020
December 5, 2020








Take action now to assess your health and immune system status! 

SPECIAL OFFER - $700 (Savings of $250)

Get a comprehensive health exam and thorough health evaluation now.


Call 202-237-7000 Now to Schedule with Dr. Tapscott, or use the form below.


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Event: "Mindfulness and Healing" Guided Group on Sunday Evenings                                  


Date:  Every SUNDAY NIGHT 

Time: 7:00 pm- 8:00  pm   EST

Presenter: Dr. Charles Gant

Join:  At 7 pm, Call 712-770-4340  and enter the access code 566853# (pound) to participate.



Mindfulness has been shown to have benefits for health and healing such as relieving stress and anxiety, calming emotions, improving mood and focus, lowering blood pressure and activation of our immune system.  Learn to quiet your mind and take refuge from the worries and emotional disturbances of the world. All are welcome, those who have practiced mindfulness for decades to those who are unfamiliar with mindfulness.

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Mindfulness to find calm and refuge within

Mindfulness and Healing Group Announcement from Dr. Gant

All are welcome to attend the Mindfulness and Healing Group on Sunday evenings at 7 PM.  To enter the group, simply call 712-770-4340 and when prompted, enter the code 566853# (pound). 

We usually start off with a “warm-up” breath exercise, paying close attention to the sensation of the rising and falling movement of the abdomen, as we breathe.  This exercise is useful for quieting the constant barrage of thoughts and lowering the sympathetic, fight/flight mental arousal, which has universally been implicated as a causal factor of all illnesses.  Participants are also encouraged to practice this simple breathing exercise during the week to strengthen their mindfulness.  After the warm-up, we will branch out into other uses and applications of mindfulness such as emotional relief, pain management and mindfulness based cognitive therapies.

Mindfulness- Paying attention, on purpose

Jon Kabat Zinn, one of the most experienced and famous mindfulness teachers and researchers, defines mindfulness as “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally,” and then he sometimes adds, “in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”  I would add that mindfulness is also a useful, clinical, therapeutic tool in the prevention and treatment of many conditions, as suggested by numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications.  Mindfulness is a separate faculty consciousness and is NOT cognitive (thinking), emotional, sensory (5 senses) or behavioral, all of which are faculties governed by more primitive brain regions that drive the biological imperative of all life, survival.  Mindfulness thus “transcends,” suspends or “lets go” of the worry about survival, and thus lowers sympathetic stress resulting in improving our chances of survival and wellness. Recent neuroimagery, cognitive science and neurophysiological studies suggest that approximately 1/6th of our brain, our most highly evolved part, the prefrontal cortex, is the critical region of our brain that confers this separate faculty of mindfulness. 

I sum up some of the latest research for this in my book Awaken Your Godly Brain.  Every week the NIHA Newsletter will feature an article, with references to peer-reviewed published studies, as to how mindfulness practice prevents and successfully treats various medical and psychological conditions and symptoms.  Sympathetic fight/flight stress naturally wears down our defenses. A Mindfulness practice and our on-line community that regularly meets is a refuge from this underlying cause and exacerbator of all diseases, illnesses, syndromes, symptoms and maladies. 

Come join us to find refuge. There has never been a better time to learn to practice mindfulness.


Join us on SUNDAY NIGHTS at 7 PM!  Everyone is invited.

To enter the group, simply Call 712-770-4340  and when prompted, enter the access code 566853# (pound) to participate.  


Related Information

Practicing Mindfulness in a Pandemic

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For your convenience, Mobile Lab Phlebotomy Services through Hunt Medical Services are available to NIHA patients. 

Please contact your doctor's patient coordinator to set up this convenient at-home service.


Hunt Medical Services

(301) 840-2125 Work 

Hours Monday - Friday,  7 am to 4 pm



Please note, your insurance does NOT cover the lab draw and transportation costs.

$75  mobile fee  $25 each extra kit           

Please be aware that payment is due at the time of service, unless billing arrangements are made in advance. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover or personal check. You may also be able to use your flex spending card but you should check first with your provider.


Mobile Services Provided:            

  • Routine or Stat Lab Draws
  • Wellness Clinics/ Biometric Screenings
  • Fasting Required Tests
  • Medication Level Testing
  • Mobile Lab Testing at home/work
  • Transporting Specimens to Lab or courier


Areas Covered:


  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George’s County
  • Anne Arundel County
  • Rockville
  • Potomac
  • Chevy Chase
  • Annapolis


  • Fairfax County
  • Loudoun County
  • Alexandria
  • McLean

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From Dr. Autumn Frandsen

April 10, 2020


Hello,Autumn Frandsen, ND

I hope you are weathering the storm we are all facing at this tumultuous time. I know the influx of conflicting information regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming and often downright scary. I am hoping to offer some comfort and share some knowledge I have acquired through countless webinars, town hall meetings, and solo research. 

Principles of Good Health
There have been various reports on medical supply shortages, testing shortages, and the picture of the prime COVID-19 candidate. While I do not think anyone has enough information to say without a doubt who the prime targets are, I believe that the general principles of good health still apply. If your microbiome (the collection of naturally occurring microorganisms in your body) is healthy, your immune system is likely healthy, so take care of your body with the following tips to optimize immune system function. 

1. Get a lot of rest. 
2. Stay hydrated.
3. Eat a diet rich in bioflavonoids by eating naturally colorful foods.
4. Manage stress by practicing breathing techniques, living gratefully, and getting at least light exercise.
5. Finally, get outside, while physically distancing, as much as you can and try to make the most out of the extra time you have on your hands because it won't last. 

Protective Gear for Active Patients
To address the medical supply issue on a personal level, I am happy to order protective gear for active patients who need it. With regard to testing, although the FDA has not formally approved COVID-19 Antibody tests, there are several trusted companies that have developed in-home test options and have made them available. If you are worried that you may have been exposed to the virus at some point (which likely many of us have), I recommend taking advantage of these affordable testing options in the security of your own home. They range between $100-$250 at this early stage and can be drop-shipped directly to you. The test involves either a nasal swab you complete yourself or a blood draw that a mobile phlebotomist in protective gear can perform in your home. As prices decrease, I will keep you updated. 

Online Telemedicine Appointments 
I am also offering telemedical services either through video conference or telephone and am happy to ease your fears to the best of my ability as well as work on restoring and protecting your health.

If you or someone you know would benefit from my services, please call 202-237-7000, ext. 0 or Book Online by clicking below.

Schedule with Dr. Frandsen

Stay strong and look out for more emails on how to make the most of our situation!

In health, 

Autumn M. Frandsen, ND







How to Use this Time of Crisis as a Chance For Mind-Body Healing and Personal Transformation


DATE:  This event is over but you may view the recording below.

TIME:  8:00 - 9:00 PM  EST                                                                                                         

PRESENTER:  Kuno Bachbauer, LMFT, Dr. med (Austria), holistic psychotherapist, Washington, DC    



Kuno Bachbauer, LMFT

Please join Kuno Bachbauer, LMFT, Dr. med (Austria), holistic psychotherapist, for this timely webinar as he explores the following objectives and teaches valuable methods to help us manage emotions and find calm:

  • Understand how our mind and body reacts to extreme stress.
  • Learn mind-body methods to release stress and face a difficult world.
  • Harness our inner defense system in the face of threat from outside.
  • Gain spiritual insights to turn a crisis into an opportunity for personal transformation.
  • Explore breathing exercises, movement, and meditation techniques to re-balance emotions.


This webinar has ended.

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Your health is our priority. We are open and here to meet your medical and dental needs in a safe and healthy manner with in-person and telemedicine appointments.


See New Safety Protocols for COVID-19


Office Status last updated 9/30/20

  • Dental is open for all dental care.
  • All doctors are available via Telemedicine. Drs. Kannankeril, Tapscott, Voss and Gastwirt are scheduling in-office visits.
  • Dr. Coy Roskosky, Chiropractor, is in the office Monday-Thursday.
  • The Lab is open 9 am-4:30 pm Monday -Thursday for patients with an active IV or lab order from a physician.
  • LabCorp at NIHA is open.
  • Mobile Lab Services are now available for patients in the DMV area. Hunt Medical Services will come to your house wearing PPE (personal protective equipment). Contact your doctor's coordinator to inquire about this service.
  • All patients are screened for risk assessment prior to coming to the office and before entry for symptoms and COVID-19 exposure (see Safety Protocols).
  • As a reminder, we ask anyone with cough, shortness of breath, fever or possible exposure to first call your provider or local health department.




Schedule a Medical Appointment

Schedule a Dental Appointment

Or, CALL 202-237-7000 ext. 0 for Medical, ext. 2 for Dental


Telemedicine Appointments

Stay connected and stay well! You may schedule a telemedicine virtual visit as a current or new patient. We are able to provide continuity of care to current patients as well as assess new patients through this tool and remain safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Telemedicine has recently been approved by most insurance companies. Check with your insurance company to verify you will be reimbursed for a telemedicine visit. 

Telemedicine Information



COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus Testing

For anyone interested in Coronavirus testing, we are directing patients to GW’s Ambulatory Care Center at 22nd & I St NW.

Many COVID testing centers have been set up in local CVS or Walgreens. You must call to make an appointment. If you have symptoms and/or think you were exposed, call your local health department or physician.

COVID-19 Testing Locations: 

Washington DC




Coronavirus Antibody Testing is available. Speak to your physician.


CDC Guidelines on COVID-19

COVID-19 Guidelines

Symptoms of Coronavirus

How to Protect Yourself and Others

If you are Pregnant, Breastfeeding or Caring for Young Children

People at Increased Risk (updated Aug. 10, 2020)


Helpful Information from our Practitioners

Find Calm Within- Free Mindfulness Sessions with Dr. Gant, Every Sunday night

Dr. Frandsen- Letter to Patients for Telemedicine

Dr. Gant's Preventive Support for Virus & Flu 

Dr. Gant- Information on Vitamin C IV     

What Dr. McClure Does to Stay Healthy

Kuno Bachbauer's webinar & guided meditation- Staying Sane in a World in Upheaval

The Importance of Wearing a Face Mask
















Awaken Your GODLY Brain!


Congratulations to Dr. Charles Gant on his ground-breaking new book!

Awaken Your Godly Brain is a scientific, easy-to-read treatise on interpersonal happiness, spirituality and political liberty.


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Learn more about why Dr. Gant wrote this book:


Awaken Your Godly Brain is now available on Amazon!












Natural Health and Wellness          

Dr. Gastwirt is offering a two-visit special to experience how Naturopathic Medicine can bring health and wellness to your life by addressing your unique circumstances and the root cause of illness.


For a limited time, Book 2 appointments (new patient initial + one follow-up) with Randy Gastwirt, ND, PhD, and

SAVE $100! 


What can you expect to happen in your naturopathic medicine visits?

1st visit: We'll start with a complete medical history and a naturopathic strategy to health.

Included in your 1st visit are recommendations for specialized and functional labs and initiation of an individualized plan with focus on your unique determinants of health. The initial treatment plan may consist of dietary advice, lifestyle activities, botanical medicine, vitamins, and/or supplements.


2nd visit: We'll review the results of your labs, the outcomes of the initial treatments, and address any new concerns that have arisen. Furthermore, we will refine your customized treatment plan by addressing any underlying causes and developing a strategy for long term health.


Book 2 appointments now and SAVE $100

Reg. Cost   $645   Now $545

Offer is valid for new patients only.

Book your appointments now with Dr. Gastwirt and see how Naturopathic Medicine can bring natural health and wellness to your life.

"As a naturopathic physician, I strive to bring balance to the body so that it can heal itself in the most effective way. The goal is not only to identify what is going wrong in the body, but the why… this is the identification of the root cause of illness."


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Essential Oil Worshop:

Super Immunity with Janette Coffee





PRESENTER:   Janette Coffee, Essential Oil Advocate
A free, ONLINE interactive workshop.
Learn to use essential oils to super-charge your immune system, manage emotions and support wellness.
About this Event

There's never been a better time to learn how to use natural plant-based solutions, specifically essential oils, to support your immune system and keep you and your family in a robust state of health. Pop on to this information-packed online workshop. I will be sharing what I am doing right now for Super Immunity. I'll be sharing my essential oil protocols and recipes with you. Essential oils are everywhere now. There's a reason for that...they work. However, understanding quality and knowing how to use essential oils safely is key.

During this workshop you will learn how to use essential oils to

  • Boost your Immune System
  • Get Better Sleep
  • Stress less
  • Soothe ache-y muscles and joints
  • Relieve head tension
  • Protect yourself from season threats
  • Tame your tummy
  • Living longer, better


Be sure to RSVP early. Feel free to invite friends. RSVP early to receive a free essential oil sample prior to the workshop. In order to receive the sample - you will receive a survey once you RSVP and you must complete at least one week prior to the workshop. Also, once you RSVP you will receive the ZOOM link for the workshop.

This class is a very special class. It is the first part of the Diamond Club class series, which means you will have an opportunity to get some special offer essential oils for FREE - only offered at these classes.

After learning more about essential oils, you will feel renewed and inspired, and have the knowledge to take care of your health and the health of your family, in ways you never thought possible.

Janette Coffee, is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach, Pilates Instructor, Essential Oil Educator and Wellness Advocate. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.Video! Meet Janette Coffee



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Family Constellation Therapy Workshop  constellation therapy Wash DC Maryland

New Schedule for VIRTUAL Family Constellation Workshops

September 19, 2020
October 24, 2020
December 5, 2020
January 9, 2021
February 20, 2021
April 10, 2021
May 15, 2021
June 26, 2021

Location: The comfort of your own home via Zoom
Time:  9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Fee: $85.00 per person

*A note from Mary Rentschler. M.Ed., Facilitator
We've missed you during this challenging time!
Although initially skeptical about the potential of virtual Constellations, we have seen that the "Knowing Field" is present even in cyberspace.  After experimenting online with various methods, we've
learned a lot and feel confident moving forward.

We are happy to offer workshops using the Zoom platform beginning in September.
Join us this Fall to connect with like-minded souls and explore issues together.
Remember, our ancestors have survived crises like this. May their support be with us now!
All the best from The Constellations Group.

Workshop Description

Join us to experience how the "knowing field" can bring new understanding, conflict resolution and peace to your family or organization.

"I feel strongly that I am under the influence of things or questions which were left incomplete and unanswered by my parents and grandparents and more distant ancestors. It often seems as if there were an impersonal karma within a family, which is passed on from parents to children. It has always seemed to me that I had to ...complete, or perhaps continue, things which previous ages had left unfinished."  Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections
This is an opportunity to experience this extraordinary process for yourself.

What is Family Constellation Therapy and How Does it Work?

Healing Ancestral Wounds through the Energy Field
Family Constellations vividly demonstrates the profound impact of our families and ancestors. Hidden family events and dynamics from past generations may manifest in our current lives as illness, relationship problems, addiction, financial instability, lack of purpose, depression, etc. Bert Hellinger, an international figure in the healing community, developed this method to uncover hidden dynamics which entangle us in fates not truly our own, but the legacy of others who did not resolve them in their lifetimes.

You must see and feel the constellation process in order to get it. Serving as a representative is like becoming an antenna that  receives information from the family soul of the client, somehow mysteriously present in the room. Unseen forces that have held family members captive in life patterns not previously understood come to light. Constellations reveal the root causes of pain and "stuckness" and offer an opportunity for healing and transformation.

What can this mean for you?  "Nearly everyone has a part of themselves that cannot find peace or come to rest. In the silence of our dreams, in our restless thoughts, in the darkest places of our hearts, the terrible experiences that befell our fathers and mothers, grandparents, aunts and uncles live on inside us.....

"We honor our ancestors' losses and soothe their pain by embracing that we are the living fruit of their sacrifices. They grieve when we suffer. They bless us when we take our lives and love well." -Dan Cohen,  author, I Carry Your Heart in My Heart

What You May Learn in a Family Constellation Workshop

  • Learn and witness the entanglements that may cause illness
  • Reveal dynamics that are not available through our conscious awareness
  • May help resolve health issues such as chronic poor health, depression, anxiety, addiction


The workshop is hosted by the Constellations Group.  Visit www.theconstellationsgroup.com for more information, or to register by phone call Carol Heil,  LSCW-C, 301-899-4841, or Mary Rentschler, M.Ed- 202-244-8280.
Advance registration is required.


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