Simple Remedies & Preventive Medicine - Uchee Pines

The Simple Remedies and Preventive Medicine Seminar is more “hands-on” than ever! Attend the classic medical and health lectures in the morning and choose between three hands-on practical classes in the afternoon—Hydrotherapy, Herbs, or Agriculture.


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.


September 25-29, 2016

Featured Speakers

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 16 years—and father of his five children, Amalee, Anthony, Angelise, Amberly, and Abrielle. He is also honored to be an adopted son of God.

Jerry Travers
Jerry has lectured extensively throughout the United States, teaching about growing nutrient dense fruits and vegetables. He has also lived and gardened in several areas of the country including Hawaii, California, Utah, Wisconsin and now in Connecticut. His hands on experience is vast, including: An Organic gardener for 35 years, an orchardist for 47 years, Manager for Iris and Daylily Nursery, Farm manager for two Christian Academies.

Luis Sousa, L.C.
Luis was a former Systems Administrator for a Canadian pharmaceutical company. In 2009, after 10 years working in the pharmaceutical industry, Luis came to Uchee Pines Institute to be trained in medical missionary work. He completed the Lifestyle Educator and Lifestyle Counselor programs in 2009-2010. While at Uchee Pines he met and married the love of his life, Nicole. He eventually became the Lifestyle Counselor Supervisor and the Lifestyle Counselor Course Director. Currently, he lives with his dear wife and daughter at Uchee Pines Institute.

Ashwin Sukumaran, L.C., 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.  

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.

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.

Michael Wolford
Born in Colorado Springs, Michael grew up in the Sierra Mountains of California where he became a professional snow ski instructor and freestyle trick skier while in his teens. During this time through personal Bible reading he came to experience the powerful peace and love of God in his life which gave him joy and freedom that led to victory. After graduating from Weimar college, Michael pastored churches in Indiana, Colorado, California, and Arkansas. He has taught the great theme of the cross and righteousness by faith cross- culturally and cross-denominationally in U.S. and around the world over the last thirty years. He now lives in Arkansas with his wife, Ruthea, and their three children.

Christine Hollifield
With a love for plants, gardening, and biology, Christine decided to get a degree in Horticultural Science. For a while she worked in landscape maintenance and did some greenhouse and nursery work. Then one day she decided to try a different profession. After undergoing training as a nurse she entered the health work, but before too long she saw the futility of modern methods of healing. There was such a push to administer drugs. Christine wanted to treat people to help them get better, not just treat symptoms. At Wildwood, Eden Valley, and Uchee Pines Christine’s knowledge increased of natural and herbal remedies abundantly. Currently she works as the admissions director for the Lifestyle Center at Uchee Pines, and teaches herbology and gardening.

Seminar Location

Uchee Pines Institute, 30 Uchee Pines Rd., Seale, AL 36875-5726

Seminar Cost

The seminar itself is FREE, however, if you would like a notebook with all the seminar handouts it is $30, and to participate and attend the hands on classes in the afternoon there is a $50 charge. If you are not interested in the hands on portion you may attend the morning lectures without a charge.

Seminar Fees Meals Anvwodi  Guest Room Lifestyle Center Guest Room Caboose

RV hookup

Single $180.00 FREE $  62.50 $ 125.00 $ 325.00 $175.00 $75.00
Couple $265.00 FREE $ 125.00 $ 150.00 $ 400.00
Family $350.00 FREE $62.50/person > 4 years old $ 165.00 $ 450.00
Hands on Classes $50.00 + $30 for seminar notebook
  • 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. For those choosing to stay in a motel, seminar fees will be adjusted accordingly.  It is assumed that children will be sharing a room with their parents.


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.

  • 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.

General Information

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.

Seminar Registration Opening

Registration is open.

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.

Shuttle Services

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: ( 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

Participants Arrival

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.

Parental Responsibilities

Children must attend with their parents, who are responsible for their supervision at all times.

Venue of the Meeting

Uchee Pines Chapel and Uchee Pines Lifestyle Center

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 bookstore 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.

Laboratory Test

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.


Meals are completely plant-based. We are sorry, but we do not have the capacity to accommodate special dietary needs.  Day guest meals cost $5.00 for breakfast or lunch, and $3.50 for supper.

Supper will be served on Sunday, and breakfast will be served on Friday, before departure.

Meal Schedule

  • Breakfast – 6:45 a.m.
  • Lunch – 1:00 p.m.
  • Light Supper – 6:15 p.m.

Please contact us for more information, to register, or to obtain an application.

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