Webinars & Events

Learn more about upcoming classes and webinars by clicking on links:
Date: May 3, 2020 at 7 pm with Dr. Gant
Date: April 2. 2020,  8 - 9 PM
Natural Solutions with Certified Therapeutic Essential Oils- online classes only
MAY 16, 2020 

MAY 18, 2020


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


Jan. 11, 2020

Feb. 22, 2020
Apr. 4, 2020   cancelled
May 16, 2020
June 20, 2020





Webinar Title: Mindfulness and Healing Online Guided Sessions 


Date: MAY 17, 2020   "Forgiveness & Anger" 

Time: 7:00 pm- 8:00  pm

Presenter: Dr. Charles Gant, functional medicine physician

Sessions are on hold until further notice.


Learn to quiet your mind and take refuge from the worries and emotional disturbances of the world.
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 stabilizing cardiovascular functions, hormone balancing and activation of our immune system.
No experience necessary! In this interactive webinar session, Dr. Gant will guide you through a "how to" Mindfulness session each week. Brief instructions will be given, followed by a period to sit and practice for 30 minutes, then Dr. Gant will take questions. The online sessions will continue for 6 weeks and focus areas may vary, but the process will be the same.
There has never been a better time to learn to practice mindfulness.
You must register for each session.




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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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New Patient SPECIAL  $350  ($100 savings) 45 minute consultation to check your immune status. New patients must complete the intake form at least 2 days before the initial visit. This will allow more time at your appointment to focus on a treatment plan.                                      

Established Patients SPECIAL  $200  Special 30 minute consultation to address your concerns or continue with your ongoing care.


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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






Letter to Families from Dr. Cohen

June 1, 2020

Dear Families,

It is with a heavy heart that I will be leaving NIHA as of June 6, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, significant changes have occurred in my own home that warranted this decision.  To assure everyone, my family and I are ok.  However, the current situation has changed, and I must suspend my practice for the indefinite future.

In the meantime, I wish you all health and prosperity.  I know these are strange and crazy times, but hope you are all doing well.

I understand the difficulty with changing doctors and NIHA will support you in your decision making. Below is a list of our practitioners who may be able to address some childhood health care concerns, and although they are not pediatricians, they are committed to providing the best integrative medical care for your child.  

Charlene Kannankeril, ND – Autism Spectrum Disorders, Gut issues, Allergies

Ching Voss, MD- Dr. Voss worked at Children’s Hospital and will see children age 8 and over for well or sick visits.

You may be wondering how to proceed. I encourage you to call NIHA (202-237-7000) and speak with Ashley Souverain at ext. 131, or Teresa Gallagher (202-536-8323). They will be able to answer questions or concerns you may have regarding this change. We hope that you will take this opportunity to meet our other practitioners and be cared for by one of them.

Your medical records will be maintained at NIHA. If you need copies, please contact our office to complete an “Authorization for Release of Information” form and we will transfer the records as requested.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank NIHA for introducing me to such wonderful families.  I have felt so honored to meet you and your children.  Please stay healthy!


All the best,

Rachel Cohen












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


DATE:  Thursday, April 2, 2020

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.

You may view it here.


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5/20/20  NIHA Office Status:

Many patients have scheduled a telemedicine virtual visit with a National Integrative Health Associates doctor from the comfort and safety of their home. We are able to provide continuity of care to current patients as well as assess new patients through this tool during the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Dr. Kannankeril is available for in-office visits and telemedicine visits.
  • Dr. Coy Roskosky, Chiropractor, is scheduling appointments for Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • The Lab is open 9 am-4:30 pm Monday-Thursday for patients with an active IV or lab order from a physician. Full PPE (personal protective equipment) and hygiene measures are in place.
  • 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. (details below)


To Schedule a Telemedicine Appointment CLICK HERE

or CALL 202-237-7000 ext. 0



  • The Medical doctors are doing TELEMEDICINE visits for current and new patients.
  • Telemedicine has recently been approved by most insurance companies. Check with your insurance company to verify you will be reimbursed for a telemedicine visit. 




The Importance of Wearing a Face Mask


Tips for your Virtual Visit
  • Schedule your appointment as you normally would, by phone or appointment request.
  • We use Doxy.me as our preferred platform, which is HIPAA-compliant and protects your privacy. There is no need to download any software prior to the appointment – we will provide you with a link to access the call with your doctor.
  • You can use any smartphone, but we recommend using a computer for the highest quality. Recommended web browsers are Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. 
  • Check your audio and video settings before your appointment.
Our Office is Open for Urgent Visits

The NIHA office is open for urgent Medical and Dental and Chiropractic visits. These visits are scheduled on a case-by-case basis, typically following a phone call.  For your safety, and the safety of our patients and staff, All patients are screened for risk assessment prior to coming to the office, and before entry, and must answer the following questions:

  • Do you have a fever?
  • Do you have a cough or are you having difficulty breathing?
  • Do you have any known or suspected contact with someone with COVID-19?

We respectfully ask that if you answer "yes" to any of these questions -for symptoms or exposure- that you quarantine at home and call your local health department. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Some people may be asymptomatic and able to spread virus.

Insurance Claims

Once complete, services rendered during your telemedicine visit will be coded appropriately and insurance claim forms will be mailed to you for submission to your insurance company for reimbursement. Many rules and regulations restricting the use of telehealth have been waived during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow patients to access medical care from their home. Patients are responsible for any charges deemed their responsibility by their insurance provider.

To Schedule a Telemedicine Appointment CLICK HERE

or CALL 202-237-7000 ext. 0


Helpful Information from the Practitioners:

Dr. Cohen- Letter to Patients for Telemedicine

Dr. Frandsen- Letter to Patients for Telemedicine

Dr. Gant's Preventive Support for Virus & Flu 

Dr. Gant- Information on Vitamin C IV     

Dr. Cohen- Prevention & Wellness During COVID-19

What Dr. McClure Does to Stay Healthy

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


To Schedule a Telemedicine Appointment CLICK HERE or CALL 202-237-7000 ext. 0



March 18, 2020

Dear NIHA Patients,                                                            

We know this has been a very trying and confusing time for many and we want you to know that NIHA medical, dental and other services remain open with the intention of best serving you.  We care deeply about your health and are here to care for you.

National Integrated Health Associates is closely monitoring the evolving situation for the Coronavirus, COVID-19. We are vigilant for the safety of our staff and patients and conduct a risk assessment on patients prior to coming to the office.

Guidance for Appointments 

For the protection of our other patients and our dedicated staff, we are asking that all patients planning to come into our office stop before reaching the front desk to answer the following questions:

  • Do you have a fever?
  • Do you have a cough or are you having difficulty breathing?
  • Do you have any known or suspected contact with some with COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and include exposure.

Any office visits that can be done via Skype, Zoom or telephone that do not require an in-person visit are encouraged.  If your insurance company normally reimburses your office visits, please check to see if they will cover telemedicine appointments as well.

Our lab continues to be open at this time as well, for testing (LabCorp and specialty testing, not COVID-19) as well as for IV therapies. 

Coronavirus Testing

For anyone interested in Coronavirus testing, we are directing patients to GW’s Ambulatory Care Center at 22nd & I St NW (https://www.gwdocs.com/locations/downtown-2120-l-street/).

Protect Yourself and Others

We are following all recommended CDC guidelines at this time and encourage all patients to do the same. 

Thorough 20-second hand washing, social distancing and self-isolation remain the best ways to prevent transmission of this virus. 

Our staff is regularly sanitizing all surfaces in the office, including door handles, chairs, countertops, examination tables and bathrooms.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Do not share glasses, eating utensils, water bottles, etc. 
  • Practice social distancing and self-isolation as recommended by the CDC

It is important to keep your immune system as healthy as possible during this stressful time.  Focus on the basics of drinking plenty of water, getting plenty of sleep, eating a healthy diet low in sugar, getting moderate amounts of exercise, engaging in stress reduction (including meditation and deep breathing), and getting as much fresh air as possible given that we are all mostly indoors during this time.

If you have any questions about this virus, please see the CDC website for a wealth of up-to-date information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

If you have any further questions or concerns, please call us at 202-237-7000 to arrange a virtual appointment with your practitioner.

As always, we are here to help and wish you and your family good health.

The NIHA Medical and Dental teams


Stay informed with up-to-date information

John Hopkins Live Map (Global Tracking):Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV)
Washington, DC Dept of Health:https://coronavirus.dc.gov/










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."


Schedule Now with Dr. Gastwirt!

















Want to Know Your Genetic Risks?    genetic testing

Want to Prevent Health Problems and Regain Your Optimal Health?


Get Your “Comprehensive Genetic Analysis” Today!

Special 50% Off!

At this moment, your unique genetic makeup can be predisposing you to all types of medical disorders, even before symptoms actually show up. You may have been suffering for

years with nagging chronic health problems ans asking yourself, "Why me?"

Why live in the dark, when new medical technology can answer your questions.

Genetic Testing Can Provide a More Complete Picture of Your Health
Now, inexpensive Genetic Testing can provide insights into your risk factors for future health problems. They can show changes or variations in your DNA that could lead to disease. You can take charge of chronic ailments now, possibly even preventing them from happening.

In many cases you may be able to modify the function of your common and important genetic variants (or genetic variabilities) to maintain optimal health and decrease risk.

With proper nutritional supplementation and lifestyle changes that are unique to your genetic requirements, it may help change your genetic vulnerabilities.

How Do I Get This Genetic Information?
Tests such as the 23andMe, which can be ordered online directly by the consumer, can provide valuable information about general health risks and your ancestry. However, due to legal restrictions, 23andme are not allowed to reveal to you specifically what your genes are. The FDA is concerned that consumers will worry unnecessarily about specific genes. But the 23andme report will provide a link to your genes whihc can be run through an app (www.MTHFRsupport.com) which does reveal hundreds of possible common, important and modifiable quirky variants (called SNPs) .

These can be interpreted by a medical professional to help explain your health problems, predispositions to disease in your family and laboratory data that may define metabolic issues.

A positive result does not necessarily guarantee that you will ever develop a health condition, nor does a negative result suggesting reduced risk insure that you will never develop certain diseases. Environmental and lifestyle factors also contribute to health and wellness. The genetic information is helpful for a more complete health picture so you can modifiy your risks and keep certain genes relativley quiet and activate helpful genes.

A healthcare professional that is familiar with interpreting genetic testing can provide valuable insights. They can provide personalized recommendations based on the analysis of the data.

Interpretation of Genetic Tests
Dr. Charles Gant MD, PhD was taught in medical school that all human diseases and health conditions are caused by an interaction between environmental stressors and genes. Through his career over 4 decades, his expertise centered on diagnostic testing for the environmental stressors part – such as toxins, nutrients, emotional stress, metabolism, allergies and chronic infections – which is called functional medicine. Now a new age of medicine is finally opening up and he can see how the interaction between environmental stressors and genes explains the greater picture of his patient's health.

“If You Don't Test, You’ve Guessed!”
Isn’t your health too important to make guesses about?

SAVE 50% on this Special!

The Comprehensive Genetic Analysis includes:

1. An appointment with Dr. Gant (at 50% off his regular cost) to go over your comprehensive genetic analysis.

2. Based on your health history and other data, Dr. Gant will recommend a protocol that is personalized to you.

Appointment Cost: $375*   Regularly: $750 

Request your “Comprehensive Genetic Analysis” Appointment Today!

Dr. Gant’s patient coordinator will contact you with the details of the appointment and get you scheduled for this limited time special offer. You will receive instructions on how to proceed to order your genetic information.

*The costs of the 23andMe and MTHFR analysis (estimated to be $130) and recommended supplements are not included in the $375 appointment.

Click Here to Sign up for your “Comprehensive Genetic Analysis” Today!











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Essential Oil Worshop:

Super Immunity with Janette Coffee




DATES:  Tuesday,  JUNE 16   4:00-5:00 pm

                Thursday,   JUNE 18  11:00 am-12:00 pm

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 Dates

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Jan. 11, 2020
Feb. 22, 2020
Apr. 4, 2020  CANCELLED
May 16, 2020*
June 20, 2020*
* A note from Mary Rentschler. M.Ed., - May & June workshops will depend on the virus' status in our area, and on state and CDC guidelines. Check in early May for an update. Our ancestors have survived crises like this. May their support be with us now!

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 call  Carol Heil,  LSCW-C, 301-899-4841.
Advance registration required.

Date:      See above dates
Time:      9:30 am -  5 pm
Cost:      $125.00 per person
Location:  National Integrated Health Associates


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