Dietary Management of IBD: A Conversation about Experience, Facts, and Common Sense

Featuring Presenters Trina Seligman, N.D., L.Ac., and Shirley Paski, M.D., M.Sc. moderated by James Lord, M.D., Ph.D.

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Northwest Chapter is pleased to announce the webinar “Dietary Management of IBD: A Conversation about Experience, Facts, and Common Sense” between naturopathic physician Trina Seligman, N.D., L.Ac and gastroenterologist Shirley Paski, M.D., M.Sc.

Our presenters will discuss how certain diets, like the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), FODMAPS, paleo, and specific exclusion diets have been applied to IBD symptoms. The presenters will explain what these diets are and provide an overview of basic nutrition science. With their respective training and practice experience, these providers from distinct medical backgrounds will debate the evidence that these diets work, and if so, speculate upon how they might work.

In the process, these presenters will discuss whether there are specific macro/micronutrient deficiency risks inherent in attempting a special diet that patients should beware.

Topics they will debate:
1) Whether naturopathic and conventional approaches to IBD are mutually exclusive versus complementary
2) Whether and how dietary interventions or conventional medications can replace one another in IBD management
3) What aspects of IBD are most appropriately treated by diet versus conventional medications, and why
4) Practicalities of individualizing and applying dietary versus pharmacological interventions for IBD
5) Potential risks of dietary management in IBD, and how to avoid them

The doctors will present for 70 minutes then we will have a 20 minute interactive Q&A session. Please note that space is limited and registration is required. A replay of this program will be available after the event. You may participate online or on the phone. Thank you for registering in advance– click here to sign up.

About the Speakers

Shirley Paski, M.D., M.Sc., FRCPC

University of Washington/VA Puget Sound – Seattle, WA

Dr. Shirley Paski is a gastroenterologist at the University of Washington/VA Puget Sound. She received her BSc and MSc in nutritional sciences at the University of British Columbia. She received her MD from McMaster University and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Manitoba. She then completed her gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Paski currently works as a clinical gastroenterologist at the VA Puget Sound and on a consultative basis with the intestinal failure clinic at the University of Washington. Her expertise is in small bowel disorders (eg celiac disease), nutrition, and nutrition support. She also has research and clinical experience in inflammatory bowel disease.


Trina Seligman, N.D., L.Ac

Evergreen Integrative Medicine, LLP – Bellevue, WA

Dr. Trina Seligman is an enthusiastic and communicative Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist with a holistic approach to general practice. She maintains a balance between conventional medicine and naturopathic medicine by utilizing the best of current research to draw upon the strengths of both philosophies. Dr. Seligman treats a wide variety of ailments, with special abilities and interests in Women’s Health, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Depression and Anxiety, Internal Medicine, and IBD. She has extensive personal and professional experience with IBD, and has been an active supporter of the Pacific Northwest CCFA chapter as a community educator, as well as a mentor and a participant in the CCFA Team Challenge program.

Dr. Seligman received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, Master of Science – Acupuncture also from Bastyr University, and Bachelor of Science – Nutritional Biochemistry (With Honors) from University of Guelph, Ontario. Dr. Seligman practices at Evergreen Integrative Medicine, LLP in Bellevue, WA.


James Lord , M.D., Ph.D.
Virginia Mason Medical Center & Benaroya Research Institute—Seattle, WA

Dr. Lord is a clinician scientist, studying the mucosal immunology of IBD. He received his Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Washington in 1999, followed by his M.D. in 2001. He is currently a gastroenterologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center, specializing in the care of IBD patients, and runs an IBD immunology research lab at the Benaroya Research Institute. A major goal of Dr. Lord and his research effort is to help bring together the clinical gastroenterology, research immunology, and IBD patient communities of the Pacific Northwest to promote the understanding, treatment, and even cure of IBD.

Dr. Lord is an active volunteer with CCFA Northwest, serving on the Chapter Medical Advisory Committee and the Board of Trustees.



Webinar – Online or via phone

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425-451-8455, x6


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