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ABOUT THE LEC

The Conference

The LEC will host several fitness, nutrition, and well-being experts to educate and guide attendees in these four pillars. The LEC allows you to re-evaluate your current lifestyle alongside hundreds of other participants from around the country and beyond.

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CONFERENCE Agenda

11:10 - 11:40 | Healthspan: Adding Years to Your Life and Life to Your Years | Dr. Scott Stoll

11:55 - 12:40 | Mastering Diabetes | Dr. Cyrus Khambatta

12:50 - 13:35 | Hidden Truth Behind Heart Disease | Dr. Columbus Batiste

14:45 - 15:30 | Bowel cancer risk, diet and the gut microbiome: what you need to know | Dr.Alan Desmond

15:40 - 16:25 | Scientific Benefits of Exercise | Dr. Jim Loomis

16:50 - 17:20 | Stress and Heart Disease | Dr. Columbus Batiste

17:30 - 18:00 | Panel Discussion | Othman AlOthman, Noura Alissa , Dr. Janine McKay, Ahmed Alghamdi

18-25 - 19:00 | Healthy living is accessible for all | Dr. Firas Alateeq

Speakers

Norah Alissa

MS In Clinical Psychology

A mental health practitioner specializing in family therapy, Norah Alissa holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marital and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, California, in 2012. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Lebanese American University in Beirut in 2008. She has been working in the field for over 10 years and has experience working with adults, and children and their families dealing with a range of mental health difficulties and disorders. She presents in ongoing lectures and workshops within the community with a range of topics covering the overall theme of mental health well-being and is highly interested and motivated in continuing the development of mental health care within the Kingdom. Mrs. Alissa developed a mental health directory App under the sponsorship of the National Center for Mental Health Promotion that provides information on clinics, hospitals, centers, and associations that provide mental health services within the Kingdom. She is also a board of director member of the Saudi Association of Professional Psychology under the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.

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Dr. Scott Stoll

M.D. FABPMR

"Dr. Stoll is recognized as an international leader in lifestyle medicine and whole food plant based nutrition. He is the co-founder of the Plantrician Project, the International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, and the Regenerative Health Institute, a unique collaborative project with the Rodale Institute that integrates a regenerative vision of human health, agriculture, and the environment. He served as a team physician for Lehigh University and the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Team and was a member of the Whole Foods scientific and medical advisory board. Every year Dr. Stoll hosts the very popular one week total health immersions in Florida and helps attendees recover lost health, overcome addictions, and restore emotional balance. In addition to authoring several books and numerous scientific articles, Dr. Stoll has appeared on a wide variety of national shows including the Dr. Oz show, hosting a 2018 PBS special Food As Medicine, and numerous documentaries including Eating You Alive, Wait till its Free, and The Game Changers. As well as being a published author and member of the 1994 Olympic Bobsled Team, he is a highly sought-after international speaker. Dr. Stoll and his family live in Franklin, TN. "

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Dr. Columbus Batiste

Interventional Cardiologist and Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Columbus D. Batiste is a board-certified Interventional Cardiologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine. From 2008 until 2020 he served as Chief of Cardiology. Dr. Batiste currently serves as Regional Medical Director of Home-Based Cardiac Rehab and Chair of the Regional Cardiac Quality Committee for Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Over the years Dr. Batiste has been recognized for his work in the community and abroad by multiple organizations. In 2010, Dr. Batiste sought to break-the-cycle of prescriptions and procedures as the sole management of chronic disease and began promoting a long-term solution for his patients through nutrition, stress reduction, and exercise. As a result, in 2011 Dr. Batiste established the Integrative Cardiovascular Disease Program (based at Kaiser Permanente). This program sought to prevent the re-occurrence of major adverse cardiac events in patients who were diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease by focusing on lifestyle modification. In 2016 Dr. Batiste led a group that collaborated with Samsung Technologies and developed a virtual cardiac rehabilitation program utilizing a Samsung wearable. Since its launch the program, which applies the principles of lifestyle, has treated nearly 10,000 patients. Dr. Batiste’s mission is to share information so that “each-one can teach-one” about the benefits of plant-based nutrition, daily exercise, stress reduction and therefore, provide everyone with the opportunity to take control of their health. Understanding that the health of an individual is uniquely tied to their community, Dr. Batiste collaborated on the formation of a non-profit organization called the Healthy Heart Nation. The mission of Healthy Heart Nation is to improve the health of the community by narrowing disparities in education, business, justice, and ultimately health otherwise described as social determinants of health

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Dr. Alan Desmond

MB, BCh, BMedSc, MRCPI, FRCP

Doctor Alan Desmond is a Consultant Gastroenterologist who is dedicated to educating the public on the health benefits of a whole-food plant-based diet. Doctor Alan has made evidence-based dietary advice an essential part of his practice as a doctor specialising in gut health problems.

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DR. Cyrus Khambatta

PhD Cofounder, Living with Type 1 Diabetes

"Cyrus Khambatta, PhD earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-author of many peer-reviewed scientific publications.He is the co-founder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green, and is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. He co-created the Mastering Diabetes Method to reverse insulin resistance in all forms of diabetes, and has helped more than 10,000 people improve their metabolic health using low-fat, plant-based, whole-food nutrition, intermittent fasting, and exercise.He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Conference (ACLM), Plant Stock, the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and has been featured on NPR, KQED, Forks Over Knives, Healthline, Fast Company, Diet Fiction, and the wildly popular podcasts Plant Proof and Nutrition Rounds. He is a co-author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes with Robby Barbaro, MPH."

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Dr. James F. Loomis

M.D., M.B.A

James F. Loomis Jr., M.D., M.B.A received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and graduated with honors. He subsequently completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, MO. In addition, Dr. Loomis received an M.B.A. from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. He is board certified in internal medicine, is a diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and has also completed the certification program in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. Loomis is also a Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Loomis has served as team internist for the St. Louis Rams football team and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, as well as tour physician for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the medical director at the Barnard Medical Center in Washington DC. Before coming to the Barnard Medical Center, he practiced internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, where he was also the director of prevention and wellness. He is on the clinical faculty of the department of internal medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and the department of preventive medicine and biostatistics at the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He speaks internationally on the health benefits of a whole-food plant-based diet and is featured in the documentary “The Game Changers”. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Loomis enjoys reading, cooking, and teaching plant-based cooking classes. He also enjoys hiking, running, biking, and swimming, and has completed numerous half marathons, marathons, and triathlons, including an Ironman triathlon

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DR. Dean Sherzai

MD, PhD, MPH, MAS

Dr. Dean Sherzai is a behavioral neurologist / neuroscientist whose entire life has been dedicated to behavioral change models at the community and population level. Dean finished his medical and neurology residencies at Georgetown University with a subsequent fellowship in neurodegenerative diseases at the National Institutes of Health, followed by a second fellowship in Dementia and Geriatrics at University of California, San Diego. He also holds two master’s degrees in Advanced Sciences at UCSD and in Epidemiology from Loma Linda University. He has received a PhD in Healthcare leadership focused on community empowerment from Loma Linda/Andrews University. Finally, he completed the executive leadership program at Harvard Business School. His vision has always been to revolutionize healthcare by empowering communities to take control of their own health.

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Dr. Ayesha Z. Sherzai

MD, MAS

Dr. Ayesha Z. Sherzai is a vascular neurologist and a research scientist with a focus on preventive neurology. After completing a dual residency in preventive medicine and neurology, she completed a fellowship in vascular neurology and Epidemiology at Columbia University Neurological Institute of New York. Dr. Sherzai is at the tail end of a master’s degree in public health in lifestyle epidemiology from Loma Linda University. Knowing the importance of empowering her patients, and their communities, she completed an extensive culinary training program in New York and now teaches large populations how to make tasty, easy, and healthy meals for their brain health. They are the authors of two best-selling books, The Alzheimer's Solution (2017, HarperCollins) and The 30 day Alzheimer's Solution (2021, HarperCollins). They are currently leading the largest community-based brain health initiative in the country.

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