Simple Remedies & Preventive Medicine - Uchee Pines


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.

This year’s hands-on classes include: Hydrotherapy, Natural Remedies, Cooking, and Herbs.

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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.

Lew Kieth
In 1990 Lew’s wife was pregnant and experiencing serious complications. They sought help at Wildwood Hospital, and there met Seventh-day Adventists. A few months later they were baptized, and within the year joined the hospital staff. For the last 25 years they have been learning and sharing the gospel of health at home and abroad. This year Lew and his wife celebrated 37 years of marriage. They like to spend their time cooking and working together in the garden. Lew currently serves as President of Sequatchie Valley Sanitarium and Butler Creek Health Education Center.

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.

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.

Nicole Sousa, L.C.
Nicole Sousa has been at Uchee since 2009. She has been trained as a lifestyle educator and counselor, and has had experience in treating patients with illnesses such as diabetes, cancer,  and heart disease. Her passion for vegan cooking lead to overseeing the diet at the Uchee lifestyle center for two years until the Lord called her into another special area of ministry, motherhood. She has traveled  to the Philippines, Mexico, and Jamaica teaching others about the Health message through lectures and cooking schools.

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.

Sonja Upham, N.D.
As a former medical missionary trainee of Uchee Pines Institute, Sonja Upham furthered her education in Herbal Medicine and Nutrition at the Global College of Natural Medicine. She then continued her studies, receiving her doctorate in Naturopathy at the International Institute of Original Medicine. As a Naturopathic Lifestyle Consultant, Sonja shares her passion for helping others by providing classes and counseling for those interested in incorporating a more practical, wholistic lifestyle. A wholistic lifestyle is one that incorporates the entire person, physically, mentally and spiritually, addressing each aspect of the whole person.

Duthier Jean-Pierre, L.C.
Bio coming soon.


March 25-29, 2018

Seminar Location

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

Seminar Cost

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.

Seminar Notebook
$30 per notebook (contains information about the seminar as well as seminar lecture notes)

$7.00 per person per meal (Breakfast & Lunch) | $63 (per person for the whole seminar)
$4.50 per person per meal (Supper) | $22.50 (per person for the whole seminar)
Free (Children under 3 years old)

$70 per room per night (Lifestyle Center)
$30 per room per night for single or $40 per room per night for couple (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

  • 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Seminar Schedule 2018