The Retreat Leaders

Leslie Conner, FNP-BC, IFMCP, Certified Bredesen Protocol Practitioner

Leslie Conner is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and certified Functional Medicine provider currently practicing in Everett, WA.  She has over 8 years working in a primary care setting with mostly geriatric and complex patients and it was here that she first saw the devastating effects of dementia.   She has over 15 years as an integrative medicine provider. She specializes in root cause analysis: finding the root causes of dysfunction rather than focusing on symptoms or diagnoses.  As a functional medicine provider, she has been able to tailor treatment programs that improve the outcomes of complex chronic diseases including dementia. Becoming a certified Bredesen Practitioner has enabled her to focus more specifically on dementia prevention and treatment.

She has always believed that movement is an essential part of health and vitality. Movement is inclusive of high intensity activities such as hiking, skiing, or interval training or low intensity activities such as yoga, walking or swimming. She incorporates movement into her teachings and is both a yoga and somatics teacher. She also has experience in homeopathy, neuromuscular and cranialsacral therapy and utilizes these when useful to achieve patient goals.

She practices at Trillium Functional Medicine in Everett, Washington but can also be found in Nosara, Costa Rica soaking up the sun.

Jessica Morrison, AGNP-BC, Certified Bredesen Protocol Practitioner

Jessica Morrison is a board-certified Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in Vermont. Jessica started off as a researcher in neuroscience and psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied the neurological correlates of language in the brain. Life took her in a different direction when her father died from cancer, which ignited a passion in understanding the connections between lifestyle, stress, and health. Explorations in holistic views of wellness led her to work at a Camphill Village, a therapeutic organic farm with adults with special needs, and then to pursue a path in nursing.

She completed a Master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Vermont. She has additional training from the Institute for Functional Medicine and certifications as a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner with the Nutrition Therapy Association and as a GAPS diet practitioner. She has also been studying meditation for nearly a decade and weaves these practices into her work.

She practices at Trillium Integrative Medicine in South Burlington, Vermont, where she has a clinical focus in gut health and food as medicine. She lives in Burlington, where she enjoys the brief but beautiful summers hiking Vermont’s Green Mountains and tending to a community garden plot.

Dianne Villani, FNP, IFMCP, Certified Bredesen Protocol Practitioner

Dianne Villani is a family nurse practitioner and certified Functional Medicine practitioner. She is the founder of Trillium Integrative Medicine, Vermont’s only Functional Medicine practice. Dianne named her practice Trillium after the 3 petalled flower to reflect her belief that true wellness requires harmony among body, mind and spirit.