Practitioner Course

Gastrointestinal Masterclass One

Digging deep into the fundamentals of natural gastroenterology.

Online Course
14 lessons


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


17 hours total


Grace Liu, Kerry Bone, Benedict Freudenmann, Thomas Guilliams, and Chris Farrelly

About this course

The Natural Gastrointestinal Masterclasses are the foundation programs in natural medicine that give you the basis from which you can develop reliable gastrointestinal care plans. This course highlights substantial advances and changes in the thinking around gut function, probiotics, prebiotics and what good gut health looks like.

Your presenters are all exceptional clinicians and have developed excellent presentations on the fundamentals of gastroenterology for natural healthcare providers. There are sections on peptides for gut function, stress and HPA effects on gut, the gut-liver interaction, and the surprising effects of bitters on gut and immune function. Gain exclusive access to their wealth of knowledge and extensive clinical experience.

This is the first of three comprehensive Gastrointestinal Masterclasses that are structured with Gastrointestinal I digging deep into the fundamentals of gastroenterology; Gastro II addressing upper gastrointestinal conditions and Gastro III is for all lower gut/bowel conditions. Invest in your professional development, enhance patient care, and become an authority in gastrointestinal health. 

This carefully designed program ensures you obtain a high level of expertise in gastrointestinal conditions and dysfunction. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your expertise in treating gastrointestinal conditions and the very broad effects of gastrointestinal dysfunction.

You might also be interested in the Gastrointestinal Masterclass Two and the Gastrointestinal Masterclass Three.
What you receive:
  • Clear protocol explanations from some of the world's top practitioners
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to your audio and video recordings via the App Store
  • A downloadable PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the community hub where you can get answers to your questions
  • A 30-day money back guarantee

From this course you will

  • Learn the latest advances in natural gastroenterology, digestion and the microbiome
  • Gain a deep understanding of gut function and intestinal microbiota
  • Know which gut and blood tests give you the clearest view of your patient’s gut issue
  • Know how to accurately interpret gastrointestinal function assessments
  • Identify the principle factors contributing to patient gut dysfunction
  • Receive proven strategies to improve digestion, microbiome diversity and gut immune function
  • Be able to restore healthy gut function in your patients even after medication use
  • Achieve reliable clinical outcomes in gut-related conditions

What's in this course

Your Presenters


Dr Grace Liu is a functional medicine practitioner with an international integrative medicine practice that includes private consultations, functional laboratory analysis, and personalised gut protocols. Her byline is "Farming the micro terrain of your gut microbiome for optimal longevity, energy, and reversing diseas".She is one of the most knowledgeable people on the hot button topics of resistant starch (RS) and its effects on the health of the gut microbiome. She uses her expertise in the pharmaceutical world to explore the various scientific, nutritional, and pharmacological ins and outs of optimal health.

She has a popular book ‘7 Steps To Heal SIBO: Simple Strategies and Exercises to Understand SIBO, Restore Energy, Beat Belly Fat and Eliminate Brain Fog’ and 4 years of training in plant biology, bachelor in nutritional science and food science, doctorate in pharmacy, and Crossfit Nutrition Certified by Robb Wolf (and Nicki Violetti).


Dr Thomas Guilliams PhD earned his doctorate from the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) where he studied molecular immunology in the Microbiology Department. Since 1996, he has spent his time studying the mechanisms and actions of natural-based therapies, and is an expert in the therapeutic uses of nutritional supplements.

Tom has over two decades of experience in the evaluation of lifestyle, nutrition, and dietary supplement solutions for chronic disease prevention and management. He has developed a wide array of programs which allow clinicians to use nutritional supplements and lifestyle interventions as safe, evidence-based and effective tools for a variety of patients.

Dr Guilliams specialises in evaluating the evidence related to natural products and their use as therapeutic agents; particularly in formulating efficacious products and educating healthcare professionals in their use. He is the author of 5 textbooks on the application of lifestyle and nutrients within the clinical setting. 

Tom teaches at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, where he holds an appointment as an Asst. Adjunct Professor; and at the University of Minnesota School of Pharmacy. He is a faculty member of the Metabolic Medicine Institute (Formerly FAARM), through which he has an appointment as a Clinical Instructor at the George Washington University- School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He lives outside of Stevens Point, Wisconsin with his wife and children.


Dr Brad Leech is a PhD-qualified Clinical Nutritionist specialising in chronic autoimmune conditions and complex gastrointestinal disorders. Dr Brad provides complete and personalised care to his patients using functional nutrition, integrative medicine and holistic wellness.

After entering the integrative medicine profession in 2008, Brad has taught and developed subjects at leading academic institutions in Integrative Gastroenterology, Naturopathic Medicine, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine and Public Health Research. As Lead Clinical Educator at Microba, his expertise in integrative gastrointestinal healthcare enables him to translate the latest science on the gut microbiome into practical clinical application. 

Brad completed his PhD at the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Technology Sydney. His research involved developing the IP Guideline, an evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the management of increased intestinal permeability. His previous research has focused on autoimmune disease management, health outcomes associated with food-based probiotics and healthcare management.

Brad is an international presenter and published peer-reviewed author. Brad is the founder of SIP Research, Australia's only society of intestinal permeability research.  He presents at health conferences, wellness events, on Youtube, Podcasts and has also been featured in the health documentary - No Reason For Disease. His major clinical focus is finding and treating the underlying cause of any autoimmune disease using a functional and holistic approach. With a passion for food as medicine, Brad utilises diet, nutrition and herbal medicine to manage chronic disease.


Benedict Freudenmann is a Clinical Nutritionist, whose passion for health and knowledge makes him an inspiring practitioner. Benedict’s education in the world of Natural Medicine began in 2006 when he traveled the world alongside his parents, filming the documentary ‘Cancer is Curable Now’ (now known as ‘Truly Heal from Cancer’). Despite completing a Degree in Journalism, Benedict realised that his true passion lay in nutrition & alternative medicine.

Benedict completed a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Nutritional Medicine. Benedict worked as a Clinical Nutritionist at the Arcadia Praxis, a world leading alternative cancer clinic based in Bad Emstal Germany. Working closely with the team of doctors at Arcadia, Benedict found his strength in supporting and helping chronic disease patients on their healing journey.

Benedicts methodology to treatment is fundamentally based around; understanding, finding and resolving the underlying causation of chronic diseases. His systematic and analytical case taking approach, combined with targeted functional testing, enables him to treat effectively and precisely, whilst empowering his clients to truly heal. 


Assoc. Prof. Kerry Bone BSc (Hons) is the co-founder and innovation driver at MediHerb, where he serves as Director of Research and Development. In 2016 MediHerb was awarded the American Botanical Council’s (ABC’s) Varro E. Tyler Award for excellence in Phytomedicinal Research.
As part of his educational role, Kerry is Principal of the Australian College of Phytotherapy and also Adjunct Professor at New York Chiropractic College, providing input into their postgraduate applied nutrition program. He also founded the successful Masters of Health Science (Herbal Medicine) course at the University of New England in 2004, and served there as Associate Professor from 2004 to 2012.

Kerry is co-author of more than 30 scientific papers on herbal research, including original research and systematic reviews. He currently serves as the only Australian member of the editorial board of the journal Phytomedicine, the top herbal research journal in the world, and is also on the advisory board of the ABC.

He has also written or co-written six popular textbooks on herbal medicine, including his latest with Simon Mills, the long-awaited second edition of Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy, which was awarded the 2013 James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award by the ABC. Other key texts include The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety (also awarded the James A Duke Award in 2006), A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs and The Ultimate Herbal Compendium. These texts are widely used at naturopathic and medical colleges throughout the world.


Elizma Lambert ND is a registered Naturopath and Homeopath who was born in South Africa where she started her studies in a Masters degree Homoeopathy. In 2000 she immigrated to Australia where she obtained her Australian qualifications in Bachelor of Health Science (Hom) and Advanced Diploma (Nat).

Elizma understands the importance of looking at the body as a whole and treating everyone as the individual they are. Curiosity and a desire to understand biological processes and influences in the human body has fueled her passion for ‘connecting the dots’.
She believes that most if not all ‘disease’ needs to be addressed by identifying and removing the triggers, correcting imbalances in the biochemistry and rebalancing the autonomic nervous system using dietary, nutritional or herbal interventions.


Alyssa Tait is a physiotherapist and naturopath with a special interest in abdominal and pelvic pain disorders, the gut and urogenital issues. Chronic pelvic issues affect your patients gut effectiveness. 

Alyssa worked for many years in the public health system as a physiotherapist, starting up and expanding a service focusing on pelvic floor problems. She discovered that closely related to pelvic floor problems were gut issues. Her clinic now focuses on both as she rarely sees them seperate.

Believing that the world of orthodox medicine and natural therapies are complementary, Alyssa founded Equilibria Physiotherapy & Nutrition, which uniquely bridges the gap between the two worlds. While working within a strong science-based framework, Alyssa brings the best of natural medicine into her treatment in order to get the best possible results for her clients.


Dr. Farrelly is an adjunct faculty member in the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program at Bastyr University California. He sees patients on team care shifts with the primary focus of helping individuals find and remove obstacles to wellness, while promoting proper functioning of the body by using various modalities. His therapeutic approach includes utilising botanical medicine, homeopathy, hands-on physical medicine techniques including craniosacral therapy and massage, along with nutrition and lifestyle counselling to bring about optimal health in his patients.

His main focus in clinical care is on digestive health, including IBS, IBD, SIBO and “leaky gut” also know as intestinal hyper-permeability. A second area of focus is on dermatological conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and the connection between gut-skin health and the microbiome. Other clinical interests include primary care and family medicine, autoimmune disorders, endocrine abnormalities, integrative oncology, men’s health, and minor office procedures. He also enjoys employing homeopathic care into treatment plans to bring about healing.

Dr. Farrelly completed a first-year residency and two years of general medicine clinical rotations at Bastyr University Clinic with a focus on autoimmune disease, gastroenterology, endocrinology, and pain management. He completed several off-site rotations, including an internships at the world renowned True North Health Center, and has volunteered at community health clinics working with diverse populations. He completed additional training in IV therapy, regenerative joint injections, and classical homeopathy under the instruction of Dr. André Saine, ND, DC.
He is actively pursuing research opportunities involving the microbiome, probiotics and how they can benefit various aspects of health.

Dr. Farrelly received his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University California, and is currently completing his medical residency at Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego, California. He is a student of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and holds a 500+ hour license in massage therapy in the State of California. His Bachelor of Arts is in Spanish with a concentration in molecular biology from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

Dr. Farrelly is a licensed naturopathic doctor and a member of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. Additionally, he is a certified yoga instructor with trainings in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative yoga.