The Simple Remedies and Preventive Medicine Seminar seeks to give individuals tools that they can use to prevent and/or treat various ailments with simple, natural means in their own homes. There is a strong focus on educating individuals in healthy lifestyle behaviors and promoting the adoption of those behaviors; training in the use of natural remedies such as hydrotherapy, herbal therapy, nutrition therapy, and others; and integrating biblical spirituality in the healing process. Overall, this seminar seeks to prepare you to be able to better meet your health needs and those of your friends and family with disease prevention and natural therapies.
We will be offering hands-on health education for children up to 12 years of age during the morning lectures (9:10am – 1:00pm). Parents may accompany their children or attend the regular morning health lectures.
“Children can take part in the medical missionary work and by their jots and tittles can help to carry it forward….By them God’s message will be made known and His saving health to all nations. Then let the church carry a burden for the lambs of the flock. Let the children be educated and trained to do service for God.” (E. G. White) With these words in mind it is our greatest hope to do our part in equipping the children with the tools they need to preserve health for themselves and become ambassadors of God’s love to the world. During our Four day training we will provide a dynamic combination of classes and activities looking at a spectrum of subjects from the cause of disease, the laws of health, and hands-on demonstrations in massage, hydrotherapy, natural remedies and more.
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Edwin and Jennifer spent 16 years doing international development work in Africa and the Middle East. Some time ago they “returned to their roots” and started doing “development work” in the fields and gardens of Bountiful Blessings Farm. They have found true joy and fulfillment through working with their children and grandchildren on the farm.
Rukiya Charles, L.M.T.
At the young age of 17, Rukiya left her beautiful Caribbean home to embark on a journey that resulted in her conversion and total transformation of life. Feeling called to the medical field, she pursued the study of holistic medicine at Uchee Pines Institute, where she learnt God’s healing methods of restoring the mind and body. Little did she know that this would be the beginning of life-long dedication to God’s service. Rukiya is also a graduate of Black Hills School of Massage, and enjoys working as a therapist while teaching others how to use touch as a powerful tool in treating the body. Since 2011, this Christian young woman has served at Uchee Pines Institute as a Lifestyle Counselor and teacher, with the sole objective of sharing with the world the good news of the gospel through health ministry.
Curtis Eakins, N.D.
A medical herbalist and Naturopath from the Trinity College of Natural Healing. Formerly employed at the Huntsville Hospital for 9 years in the area of digestion, and, as a surgeon’s assistant, specializing in neuro surgery. Curtis is the author of Cancer, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Paula Eakins, M.S.
Is a nutritionist, culinary instructor and food stylist. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from San Francisco State University and Alabama A&M University respectively in foods and nutrition. Paula is also the author of several vegan cookbooks as well.
Together, Curtis and Paula are the Health Ministries Directors for the South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, and, co-host the Abundant Living telecast, a lifestyle/cooking show aired on Three Angels Broadcasting Network for over 19 years. They’re enjoying 22 years of holy matrimony.
Kashae Ferguson, FNP-C
Kashae Ferguson was called to serve at Uchee Pines Institute while pursuing additional training as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Carolinas Healthcare System. She has always had a passion for helping those facing health challenges, and has worked as a nurse since 2002. She received degrees from Lehman College, Johns Hopkins University, and Rutgers University. She is grateful for the opportunity to practice in an environment with a biblically informed, wholistic approach to disease treatment and management. She considers it a great honor that Jesus has called her to co-labor with Him in this area of ministry, and she looks forward to being a lifelong witness of the transforming power of God in her life and the lives of others.
Dorothee Louis, CRNP
After a providential encounter in Haiti, Dorothee started on a hunt for “truth” which led her to leave the church of her childhood at about 13 years of age, become a total plant-based eater and health enthusiast at 15, and a Seventh-Day Adventist shortly after. When she at last found “the pearl of great price” (Christ Jesus) that she had long craved for, she began to understand that possessing it will cost her everything—even self and her fondest dreams. But on this journey of learning to give up all and surrender all, Dorothee is still filled with joy, because this precious pearl which has ravished her heart is worth it all! Dorothee currently serves as one of the medical staff at Uchee Pines Institute. Her areas of study involve God’s Word, lifestyle medicine, and midwifery. Additional interests include spending quiet time in nature, hiking, exercising, reading, writing, singing, hosting, and experimenting in the kitchen.
Adan Sanchez, M.D.
Adan Sanchez’ presence at Uchee Pines Institute is fulfillment of a lifelong dream of becoming a Missionary Doctor. His inspiration from a young age to serve God in this role was fired by the story of Adventist Medical Missionaries. The principle of service to others was deeply instilled in Dr. Sanchez, who was raised in a Seventh-day Adventist family. He was academically prepared at Montemorelos University School of Medicine in northern Mexico. However, in his last year of medical school the desire to engage in Preventive Medicine was awakened. He obtained his M.D. in 2013. After graduation his dream in part became a reality as he dedicated his time to serving the residents of several communities at a small clinic in rural Mexico. The tremendous medical issues facing the patients fueled in him a desire to broaden his medical experience in Preventive Medicine to better serve people. This resulted in his migration to the USA to further his training. Through a series of appointments and divine intervention he joined the medical staff of Uchee Pines where he continues to engage in researching Lifestyle Medicine and Medical Missionary work. He enjoys the challenge of not only managing illnesses that plague our world, but also that of identifying their causes. He is most grateful to fulfill his life purpose at the Uchee Pines Lifestyle Center as he uses God’s plan to help others experience Spiritual, Emotional and Physical Healing.
Mark Sandoval, M.D.
Dr. Mark Sandoval obtained his doctorate in medicine (MD) from Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, and then pursued specialty training in Emergency Medicine at Synergy Medical Education Alliance in Saginaw, Michigan. He was subsequently certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and practiced emergency and urgent care medicine in Michigan. He also received training in Biblical counseling at the same time.
He and his family moved to the island of Trinidad to pursue mission work at the Community Hospital of Seventh-day Adventists, where he was director of emergency medicine and family practice. In Trinidad, he was involved in church & community health education, developing health literature, and radio and TV health programming. Since April 2012, he has been practicing lifestyle medicine at Uchee Pines Institute, in Seale, Alabama. He is currently medical director of the lifestyle center, and president of the institute. He is the proud husband of LeEtta—his wife of 17 years—and father of his five children, Amalee, Anthony, Angelise, Amberly, and Abrielle. He is also honored to be an adopted son of God.
Valerie Schreiber, N.D., PDMT, L.C.
Valerie is a Lifestyle Counselor who spent over 20 years in patient care and teaching at Uchee Pines Lifestyle Center. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, and continues to be a liaison teacher for our spring and fall seminars. In addition to this she also conducts health and natural remedies seminars around the country and works as a private health counselor.
Phillip Sizemore became a Christian at the age of twenty-two. God had arranged for Philip to meet a young lady named Laura who introduced Phillip to Jesus and His truth, and Phillip fell in love with both of them. Since that time, Phillip has been a literature evangelist, became the father of two children (Kaytlyn and Marcus), attended ARISE, and pastored a two-church district in Kentucky from 2007-2009. From 2009-2011, he served as Associate Director for a school of evangelism and now pastors in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He has a passion for reaching people with the message God has given for our time.
Ashwin Sukumaran, L.P.
Ashwin was studying Electrical Engineering Technology in Maryland when he felt the call to Medical Missionary Work. He was convinced that Medical Missionary Work is what God is going to use to take the Gospel to the world towards the end of Earth’s history and so he embarked on a journey to seek Christ’s true method of healing and evangelism. After completing his degree, he went to the Wildwood Health Retreat (now Butler Creek Health Education Center) where he had an encounter with Jesus and became a Health Educator. He then returned to Maryland and trained Medical Missionaries while working as an EMT. After doing some mission work in India, he then came to Uchee Pines in 2014 to take the Lifestyle Counselor program and stayed on as a staff member, eventually studying Lifestyle Medicine while shadowing the Physicians. He is currently working on the Medical Staff at Uchee Pines Institute in the Lifestyle Center as a Lifestyle Practitioner and travels and speaks in various churches and communities. Ashwin’s burden is to see God’s people take up Medical Missionary Work, which God used not only to help others physically and spiritually, but to help Ashwin become a Seventh-day Adventist Christian.
Helena Tolis, L.C.
Born in Pennsylvania, raised in Delaware, University at Syracuse, New York graduated cum laud with a BS, Helena worked for 3 years with the United States Department of Agriculture in Home Economics Adult Education out of the University of Connecticut Extension Service. She was converted, and joined the Seven-day Adventist church in 1973 as the result of the Faith for Today ministry. For a time she worked as a nurses aid until her children were adults and then came to study at Uchee Pines. Helena undertook the Lifestyle Educator and Counselor courses, became a licensed massage therapist, and went from supervisor to instructor and health consultant, answering the phone and e-mail questions that come in form near and far. Her wealth of knowledge and out-right frankness combined with her sense of humor make learning fun.
A graduate from the Institute of Medical Ministry at Wildwood Lifestyle Center & Hospital, Lee went on to become a teacher of applied physiology and nutrition. Lee also served as Wildwood’s Health Emphasis coordinator and travelled extensively across the United States lecturing to many churches on health related topics. He has also done multiple health programs on 3ABN, and other TV networks, as well as radio, and also contributes health publications for the Health & Healing Journal. He has had extensive experience in personal health consultations and has taught hundreds of students in medical missionary work from dozens of countries around the world, Lee also had further training as a Health Practitioner in Natural remedies, and has also completed his studies as a Master Herbalist and is completing a PhD in Naturopathy. He is happily married with two children and has a passion for teaching health in a way that is attractive and engaging to those who listen. Lee has his own health ministry and has developed his own natural remedy products that are in harmony with God’s plan of healing.
LydiaLaJewel Wannemacher, L.C.
LydiaLaJewel is a vibrant daughter of God with a passion to see others enjoying the blessing of health and healing found in God’s word. Privileged to be raised a vegetarian and watching her mother teach health classes in her small home church she began at a young age to treasure health. Around the same time she discovered the greatest treasure and was baptized at the age of nine. Dedicating her life to follow in Jesus’ footsteps her response to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” would always be “I want to help others physically so that I can help them spiritually, just as Jesus did.” This led her to a study of herbal medicine which was followed by the medical missionary courses at Uchee Pines Institute. The joy of helping other humans to heal has only one rival; teaching children. The result? In 2016 Little Golden Links, a children’s health ministry was launched with the mission of Equipping children and families to be medical missionaries. Through work and word it is her desire to be a link in the chain from heaven connecting a soul to Christ and hasten His soon coming.
March 26-30, 2017
Uchee Pines Institute, 30 Uchee Pines Rd., Seale, AL 36875-5726
$50 per adult (13 years old or older)
$35 per child (6-12 years old)
Free (Children 5 years old or younger)
$30 per notebook (contains information about the seminar as well as seminar lecture notes)
$5.00 per person per meal (Breakfast & Lunch) | $45 (per person for the whole seminar)
$3.50 per person per meal (Supper) | $17.50 (per person for the whole seminar)
Free (Children under 3 years old)
$65 per room per night (Lifestyle Center)
$35 per room per night (Anvwodi – the old lifestyle center)
$25 (dorm room, staff housing)
$15 per night (RV Site)
$10 per night (primitive camping with access to bathroom/showers)
Afternoon Hands-On Tracks (Including materials & handouts)
$75 per adult
$50 per participating child (8-12 years old)*
Free (children observing the track)*
*Children under the age of 15 cannot observe or participate in the afternoon Hydrotherapy Hands-On Track.
- Transportation not included.
- All accounts should be paid in full at check-in.
- Available housing is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. There are motels in the area (Days Inn, ML King, Jr. Parkway is the closest), which offer very reasonable rates.
Anvwodi Guest Room – Older facility, smaller rooms, shared bathrooms, central AC/heat, toiletries, on-site laundry, common living room area.
Lifestyle Center Guest Room – New facility, private bathrooms, toiletries, individual AC/heat, free internet, limited telephone services, ice available, on-site laundry, common living room area, direct outdoor access from room, 2 rooms with handicapped-access showers, and 2 rooms with oversized recliner chairs, exercise room.
Dorm – A bed in either the women’s or men’s dorm. You may have one or more roommates and will be sharing a bathroom with others. Most dorm rooms contain two to three twin beds and bathroom is shared between two rooms.
Staff Housing Room – A room or bed in the home of one of our Staff. Size varies. Get to know one of the lovely families on campus.
- Payable by check, credit card, money order, or pay-pal.
- Phone cards are available at the Payment Window or Business Office.
- Prices are subject to change without notice.
Early Arrival / Late Departure:
Please be advised that rooms in the Lifestyle Center must be vacated by Friday morning following the seminar. Regular guest prices for housing will be applied before and after the seminar.
Nearest Major Airport
Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, GA – 100 miles to Uchee Pines Institute / around 2 hours
Columbus Airport, Columbus, GA – 25 miles to Uchee Pines Institute / around 30 min.
Atlanta to Columbus, GA – One way or Round Trip Ticket
Groome Transportation – (706) 324-3939
Pre-pay prior to boarding the shuttle. You can purchase tickets online at: (http://columbus.groometransportation.com/book-now) or by calling the number above.
Rates are subject to change without notice.
Columbus to Uchee Pines – 25 miles
Uchee Van – One way: $25.00
Round Trip: $50.00 (See registration form)
Taxi – Price varies
Health Seminar registration is open from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, first day of seminar. Register at Uchee Pines Lifestyle Center lobby to receive your notebook, programs, nametags, and room assignment.
There is a special children’s health program during the morning lectures. All other times, children must be with their parents, who are responsible for their supervision at all times.
Schedule of Meetings
The first meeting is at 7:00pm, Sunday. The seminar ends Thursday, after the evening meeting. For a daily schedule, please refer to the seminar schedule included in the seminar notebook.
Cell Phone and Internet Coverage
Cell phone signal is limited. Internet is available at the Lifestyle Center only.
Weather and Time Zone
Average temperatures in March vary from a low of 45F to a high of 75F, September vary from a low of 60F to a high of 85F. Uchee Pines is in the Eastern Time Zone.
Materials Available for Purchase
Visit our Lifestyle Center Gift shop for items that you may wish to purchase. Items include books, DVD’s, CD’s, health products, personal care items, etc.
To Bring with You
Bible, notepad & pen, umbrella, flashlight, shower shoes, jacket, running or walking shoes. Linens will be provided for you.
We offer comprehensive blood tests for $160.00. Test results will be given during the seminar. Check the registration form if you want to participate.
Pets are not permitted on campus, with the exception of service animals.
- Breakfast – 6:45 a.m.
- Lunch – 1:00 p.m.
- Light Supper – 6:15 p.m.
Sample of Seminar Schedule 2017