Functional Gastrointestinal Practicum with Dr Steven Sandberg-Lewis - The SIBO Doctor


Hosted by Dr Nirala Jacobi

An example of the physical exam techniques you'll be learning in this practicum

'Physical diagnostic techniques are the missing skill for many Practitioners wanting to specialise in GIT health. I couldn't practice effectively without it.' - Dr Nirala Jacobi 

A Special Invitation To All Practitioners


I know firsthand that for tricky cases, I'd be lost without physical gastrointestinal (GIT) diagnostic techniques. 

With these patients, I often rely on the skills of physical diagnosis as part of my analysis, including special reflex points, exam skills and manoeuvres to assess structure and function of their digestive tract.  

You are invited to join an exclusive group of practitioners to get trained by the Master of physical GIT diagnosis himself: Dr Steven Sandberg Lewis (or SS-L, as we call him). We only have space for 100 practitioners to ensure personal supervision.

For the first time in Australia, we have created this training practicum to help YOU:  

  • Specialise in digestive disorders;
  • Confidently use physical GIT diagnostic techniques to assess digestive complaints, prioritise treatment protocols and improve patient outcomes;
  • Become a trusted source of expert information on functional gut disorders for patients and professional peers alike; and 
  • Retain patients and increase referral networks by providing unique specialist care.  

When you sign up for this live event, you will also get access to special online video training in basic GIT physical assessment — a perfect supercharge to your training if you are new to the GIT world.  

We’ve got all the event details here for you to check out and look forward to seeing you at our live event in November.  

Yours, Dr Nirala Jacobi 

P.S. We have a limited number of spaces available. 

Dr Steven Sandberg-Lewis is a Professor of Gastroenterology at National University of Naturopathic Medicine (NUNM) and Author of the clinical textbook ‘Functional Gastroenterology: Assessing and Addressing the Causes of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders'. 

"A MUST for any GI-focused practitioner!" Dr Megan Taylor

"If you have the opportunity to learn from SSL, in person, you would be crazy not to do it!" Dr Ilana Gurevich 

"I utilize these techniques with almost all of my patients and some return just for the manipulation because they receive so much benefit" Dr Crane Holmes 

"I've seen these manoeuvres provide quick and durable relief to patients experiencing GERD, nausea, and persistent abdominal discomfort." Dr Mark G Davis 

We will break down the most complex digestive disorders you face in your clinic into structural, organ specific and emotional patterns - and what treatments to offer so that you can achieve breakthrough results with your patients' health.  

A Special Training for Naturopathic Practitioners, GPs, MDs and Allied Health Professionals

This training is for YOU if...

  • You want to position yourself as a gut health specialist. Use these specialised techniques and manoeuvres to quickly and effectively assess your patient's digestive complaints.
  • You need a reliable way to assess your patient in your office. Bypass your patient's narrative and ask the body directly, ‘What’s Wrong?’
  • You are looking for a unique skill set to stand out. Take home techniques that will set you apart as a confident and competent digestive disorder specialist.
  • You want to increase your referral revenue and retain clients. Add physical GIT diagnostic techniques to your toolbox and position yourself as the GIT expert among your patients and your peers.
  • You want to increase your confidence with physical GIT diagnostic techniques. Learn and apply specialised release, organ-specific reflex points and emotional assessment techniques to move your patients and practice forward.
  • You want to consistently deliver breakthrough health results for your patients. Boost your expertise with tools that will reliably pinpoint the source of illness in your patients.
  • Your treatment plans are not working. Learn specialised GIT tools to navigate the increasing complexity of digestive disorders frequenting your practice.  

Stand out from the crowd. Bring useful physical diagnostic GIT techniques and manoeuvres into your practice. Watch the Q&A

Here's what we'll be covering in the training...

Our commitment is to provide you with high-quality education on advanced concepts of manual physical assessment skills that you can bring into your practice. As well specialised GIT manoeuvres, you will learn gastrointestinal visceral manipulation, reflex testing, as well as emotional clearing techniques.

Announcing a new BONUS Module: The full Integrated Functional GI Physical Exam 

Dr Steven Sandberg-Lewis will run you through the full physical exam process. This evaluation includes tests for organ mobility, reflex point testing, muscle testing, therapy localisation and lingual-neural testing. Learn how to conduct this thorough examination across your patient's mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gall bladder, small intestine, large intestine and rectum to gain a clear picture of gastrointestinal abnormalities or signs of disease.

Module 1 • Hiatal Hernia Syndrome

Stomach and upper gut dysfunction can stem from structural problems such as partial movement of the stomach into the thoracic cavity. Learn the difference between a true hiatal hernia and hiatal hernia syndrome and how to manually assess and correct a hiatal hernia and diaphragmatic tension to relieve epigastric pain, SOB, GORD/GERD. Using this fascial release technique, you can resolve your patient's epigastric pain within minutes.

Module 2 • Manoeuvers for Rapid Pain Relief

Become confident in alternate manual techniques involving occipital, thoracic and diaphragmatic manoeuvres to assess for structural restrictions. These procedures are helpful in the assessment of patients with more complicated gut issues and will add to your ability to provide expert advice and treatment for these patients.  

Module 3 • Manual Techniques for Assessing Digestive Deficiencies

Learn GI Chapman’s, Bennett’s and Riddler’s reflexes to assess for digestive deficiencies such as hypochlorhydria and enzyme deficiencies. You can use these GI reflexes to quickly determine patient's digestive deficits, which is extremely helpful in clinical practice to help you confidently prescribe the right supplement support.

Module 4 • Ileocecal Valve Syndrome

As the connecting point of the small and large intestine, the ileocecal valve (ICV) is an under-appreciated structure. Chronic ICV problems can be the hidden cause to abdominal pain, SIBO and constipation. This important technique is a core competency procedure of this course. You will learn how to manually assess the ileocecal valve, correct open or closed valves, and give your patients relief from chronic ICV conditions.

Module 5 • Techniques for Deep GI Organ Function Assessment

Here we cover how to easily assess deeper GI organ function with special kinesiology skills across all abdominal organs: stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and colon. These techniques aid in prioritising your treatment plan based on the structure and function of each of these organs. Take the guesswork out of your prescriptions - learn how to truly know if your patients need pancreatic enzymes or other digestive support.

Module 6 • How to Remove Obstacles to Healing

Chronic digestive disorders often have a deep-seated emotional component that can affect the enteric nervous system. This is sometimes evident in a patient's emotional state or stress level, but how do you assess for hidden trauma and emotional patterns? This module covers how to quickly assess emotional contributions using specialised kinesiology techniques to bring lasting resolution to your patient's digestive complaints. 

Your Presenters

Dr Steven Sandberg-Lewis ND, DHANP Dr Steven Sandberg-Lewis has been a professor at NUNM since 1985, focusing on gastroenterology and GI-associated physical medicine. Within gastroenterology, he has special interest and expertise in inflammatory bowel disease (including microscopic colitis), irritable bowel syndrome (including post-infectious IBS), Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), hiatal hernia, gastroesophageal and bile reflux (GERD), biliary dyskinesia, and chronic states of nausea and vomiting. He is the author of the medical textbook Functional Gastroenterology: Assessing and Addressing the Causes of Functional Digestive Disorders (now in its second edition). 

Dr Nirala Jacobi (USA), BHSc ND Dr. Nirala Jacobi graduated from Bastyr University in 1998 with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. She practised as a primary care physician in Montana for 7 years before arriving in Australia. Nirala is considered one of Australia’s leading experts in the treatment of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a common cause of IBS. She is the medical director for SIBOtest, an online testing service for practitioners. She is so passionate about educating practitioners that she founded “The SIBO Doctor”, an online professional education platform. She lectures nationally and internationally about the assessment and treatment of SIBO and is the host of the popular podcast The SIBO Doctor podcast for practitioners. She is the medical director and senior naturopathic physician at The Biome Clinic, center for functional digestive disorders in Mullumbimby, New South Wales.

Instil confidence in your patients. Become the trusted source of GIT information and treatments. 

  • Take your specialty to a whole new level in GI Health. This is a skill set that can only be delivered when the patient comes to you. Use these skills to set yourself apart and build a thriving practice of people that trust your ability to deliver.
  • Become the gut health expert your patients are looking for. Do you sometimes feel your patients know more than you? This course will help you provide specialist advice with a skill set to match.
  • Increase your referral net and retain clients. Maintaining your professional profile is important. Use this course to position yourself as the GIT expert among your patients and your peers.
  • Solve complex gut issues. Are your patients' digestive complaints becoming more complicated? This course will give you unique in-office skills to pinpoint the source of illness and prioritise an effective treatment plan.
  • Provide more confident and complete diagnostics. Are you frustrated or confused as to why some of your patients are not improving? Learn and apply specialised release, organ specific reflex points and emotional assessment techniques to move your patients and practice forward.

Here's what you'll get WITHIN THIS TRAINING

1. Mastering physical diagnostic techniques for GIT disorders with Dr Steven Sandberg-Lewis 

Practical demonstrations giving you detailed and specific descriptions of techniques and manoeuvres , as well as opportunities to practice your newly learnt skill under supervision.  

2. Event Video of Lecture + Practical Demonstrations 

Get online access to the full weekend lecture and practical demonstrations, which will be filmed and available to you to watch anytime you need a refresher. We are going to extra effort to film the lecture and practical demonstrations in a private setting so that you get precise and up-close views of techniques and manoeuvres as a valuable reference guide.  

3. Downloadable Transcripts + Lesson Summaries

Content from EVERY lecture and practical demonstration at the live event will be available for download as a PDF. These PDFs are an amazing resource and reference guide which you can print or view on your computer or device. 

4. Certificate of Course Mastery

Instil confidence in your patients and peers with a Certificate of Course Mastery for the Functional Gastrointestinal Practicum training course. Proudly display the Certificate on your SIBO Doctor education profile so patients can verify your expertise.

5. Access to the SIBO Doctor Practitioner Forum

Connect with professional SIBO and Gastrointestinal Health peers and your fellow course students with access to the SIBO Doctor Practitioner Forum Facebook Group. Use this group to stay up-to-date on research, increase your referral network and maximise your learning opportunities.

PLUS Receive These Special Bonuses

BONUS #1 Basic GIT Exam Skills Training Video WITH DR NIRALA JACOBI

30-minute video of the lecture and practical demonstrations bringing you up-to-speed with basic functional GIT physical exam skills. If you’re new to GIT exam skills, or need a refresher, this video training will help you to fast track your way to becoming a GIT specialist and make the most of the training.

BONUS #2 Continuing Professional Education Points

Attend the Functional Gastrointestinal Practicum and earn Continuing Professional Education Points for a minimum of 13 hours face-to-face training. This course has been certified for CPE with NHAA, ANTA & ANPA and more.

Our Offer To YOU


  • 1 Year Access to the online course - Functional Gastrointestinal Practicum with GIT Specialist Dr Steven Sandberg Lewis [value $1197]
  • Includes: Video of Lecture + Practical Demonstration Recordings that you will be able to access for 12 months [value $598]
  • Includes: Transcripts and summaries of every lesson in PDF format [value $365] 
  • Includes: Certificate of Course Mastery to verify your new skills and knowledge as part of a global network of SIBO-treating practitoners
  • Access to the Facebook SIBO Doctor Practitioner Forum

PLUS you'll receive these Special Bonuses

  • BONUS #1 Basic GIT Exam Skills Training Video presented by Dr Nirala Jacobi so you can make the most of the training [value $297].
  • BONUS #2 Continuing Professional Education Points. This course has been certified for CPE with NHAA, ANTA & ANPA and more.


 LIVE EVENT is now closed. To pre-order the online training course and get a $400 discount, enter code SSLONLINE at checkout. Offer ends 30 November 2018  

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What GIT Specialists Say About This Course:

"Learning Dr. Sandberg-Lewis' functional physical exam techniques are a MUST for any GI-focused practitioner! Not only do they provide indispensable diagnostic information, such as assessing gastric, pancreatic, gallbladder, and valve function, he teaches visceral manipulation techniques that can IMMEDIATELY address many of the findings. I use the hiatal hernia syndrome visceral manoeuvre with patients every week, with incredible benefit in epigastric pain, GERD, LPR, SOB, anxiety, etc." Dr Megan Taylor, Portland, Oregon

"It’s incredible to sit with Dr Sandberg-Lewis and listen to him and learn from him, and I was lucky enough to have him as one of my professors when I was a student. His information and knowledge is so vast I cannot say… - if you have the opportunity to learn from him, in person, you would be crazy not to do it." Dr Ilana Gurevich, Portland, Oregon 

"Having been taught chapman's points and how to correct hiatal hernia syndrome from Dr. Sandberg-Lewis has done wonders to my clinic practice. I utilize this technique with almost all of my patients and some return just for the manipulation because they receive so much benefit. Even from one treatment!" Dr Crane Holmes

"I've used the hiatal hernia visceral manipulation with quite a few patients since I learned it from Dr. Sandberg-Lewis. I've seen this manoeuver provide quick and durable relief to patients experiencing GERD, nausea, and persistent abdominal discomfort." Dr Mark G Davis 

High Quality Experience

You've got questions? WE'VE GOT ANSWERS

"I don't have any experience with Physical Exams" Don't worry, we've got you covered. We've made a training video with Dr Jacobi teaching you the basics of GIT physical exam skills. 

Everything from tongue to abdominal exams will be discussed and demonstrated in this video. So if you're just beginning or need a refresher, this video will get you up to speed before the main event.  

"How will I recoup the cost of the training" Imagine becoming the functional digestive disorder expert, someone who can confidently examine and instil trust in their patients.  

We know that patients LOVE to feel cared for and that their case is being respected and thoroughly examined. You'll be adding another invaluable tool to your in-office toolkit as a gut health detective and can advertise your mastery of this training and easily have a return on investment.  

"I already do physical exams - why should I take this advanced training" Let us assure you that you will learn new techniques and manoeuvres to add to your skill set.  

Everything from reflex points, release techniques, and emotional pattern assessment will be taught in a variety of teaching styles: Lecture style presentation, close-up demonstration and supervised practice.