Workshops

For 2019, we are planning five (5) optional workshops on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 prior to the start of the full PBNHC (September 22–25, 2019). Please read below for information on this year’s pre-conference workshops. Full workshop summaries coming soon. We hope you’ll consider joining us for one or two.

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Workshop Descriptions

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Reversal: The Esselstyn Program

Billing, Reimbursements and Group Visits

Effective Coaching For Behavior Change

Gaining Visibility for Your Lifestyle Medicine Practice

Transforming Food Service in Healthcare
 


Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Reversal: The Esselstyn Program

DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2019
TIME: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
LOCATION: Oakland Marriott City Center
ROOM: Junior Ballroom
COST: $265 (INCLUDES THE WORKSHOP AND A PLANT-BASED LUNCH)
CE: CE credit details are below
OPEN TO: Anyone. You do not need be attending the IPBNHC to attend a workshop.

SUMMARY:  Internationally known author and surgeon Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn presents his scientifically proven program of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.  Created by 2015 Plantrician Project Luminary award winner Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., MD, this evidence-based nutritional intervention and lifestyle medicine solution prevents and reverses heart disease, the leading cause of death for U.S. men and women.  Dr. Esselstyn will review the scientific literature on heart disease and food and describe the physiologic benefits of a whole-food, plant- based diet.  This session will also teach the fundamentals of working with patients to enable a dietary intervention, including key aspects of behavior change. Finally, Dr. Esselstyn will share the secrets that he has learned through decades of working with patients to reverse their disease.  Not only will healthcare practitioners benefit from this informative session, but patients will also take away information and techniques that can benefit them in their journey towards true health.

Attendance at this conference is limited to the first 130 participants. A PLANT-BASED LUNCH IS INCLUDED IN YOUR REGISTRATION FEE.

CE credits are pending for this workshop.  Last year's credit hours are listed below and we expect that this year's credits be similar.

The 2018 CE credit details for this session are as follows:

  • Medical Doctors and Others Eligible Clinicians:  Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurses:  ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses:  The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 5 contact hours.
  • Pharmacists:  Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge based CPE activity (0622-0000-17-004-L04-P) for 5 contact hours for pharmacists.
  • Registered Dieticians:  This activity has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 5 CPEUs.

Caldwell EsselstynCaldwell Esselstyn, Jr, MD

Dr. Esselstyn received his BA from Yale University and his MD from Case Western Reserve University. In 1956, pulling the No. 6 oar as a member of the victorious United States rowing team, he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Games. He was trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George’s Hospital in London. In 1968, as an Army surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

During his association with the Cleveland Clinic, which began in1968, Dr. Esselstyn served as president of the Staff and as a member of the Board of Governors. He chaired the Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery.

In 1991, Dr. Esselstyn served as president of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, That same year he organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease. In 1997, he chaired a follow-up conference, the Summit on Cholesterol and Coronary Disease, which brought together more than 500 physicians and health-care workers. In April, 2005, Dr. Esselstyn became the first recipient of the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association in 2009. In September 2010, he received the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame Award. Dr. Esselstyn received the 2013 Deerfield Academy Alumni Association Heritage Award In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement & Service, and the 2013 Yale University GEORGE H.W. BUSH ’48 LIFETIME OF LEADERSHIP AWARD.

His scientific publications number over 150, “The Best Doctors in America” 1994-1995 published by Woodward and White cites Dr. Esselstyn’s surgical expertise in the categories of endocrine and breast disease. In 1995, he published his bench mark long-term nutritional research arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients. That same study was updated at 12 years and reviewed beyond twenty years in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type. Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have followed a plant-based diet for more than 26 years. Dr. Esselstyn presently directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of The Plantrician Project. The Esselstyn’s have four children and nine (soon to be 10) grandchildren.

Anne Crile EsselstynAnn Crile Esselstyn

Ann Crile Esselstyn is a relentlessly energetic and creative advocate for the plant-based, whole-food way of life. She has devoted herself to inventing recipes to prevent and reverse heart disease in support of the research of her husband, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. Ann never stops looking for ways to bring that important agenda to delicious life, devising ever more practical and powerful ways to shop, cook, and engage even the most reluctant eaters in the plant-perfect diet.

Ann is the author of the recipe section of Dr. Esselstyn’s bestselling book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, and co-author of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook with her daughter, Jane Esselstyn. She is a graduate of Smith College and holds a Masters in Education from Wheelock College. Ann taught English and History for 27 years at Laurel School in Cleveland, Ohio, where she received the Hostatler Award for Outstanding Teaching. At the same time, she juggled the raising of four children. When not in the kitchen, Ann counsels patients, lectures around the world on how to prepare and eat plant-based foods, and spends time with her ten plant-based grandchildren.

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Billing, Reimbursements and Group Visits

DATE: Sunday, September 22, 2019
TIME: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Oakland Marriott City Center
ROOM: TBD
COST: $125
CE: CE credit details are below
OPEN TO: Anyone. You do not need be attending the IPBNHC to attend a workshop.

SUMMARY:  In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, reimbursement for plant-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine services can be challenging.  Dr. Wayne Dysinger, past president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, spent years researching medical reimbursement models for lifestyle medicine.  During this engaging workshop, Dr. Dysinger will be sharing the results of his research, discussing models that are currently in use around the country, reviewing the details of the organization and implementation of group visits and offering projections about future reimbursement models for lifestyle medicine.

Attendance at this conference is limited to the first 150 participants.

CE credits are pending for this workshop.  Last year's credit hours are listed below and we expect that this year's credits be similar.

The 2018 CE credit details for this session are as follows:

  • Medical Doctors and Others Eligible Clinicians:  Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurses:  ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses:  The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 3 contact hours.
  • Pharmacists:  Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge based CPE activity (0622-0000-17-004-L04-P) for 3 contact hours for pharmacists.
  • Registered Dieticians:  This activity has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 3 CPEUs.

Wayne Dysinger, MD

Wayne is an Inland Empire native, having been born and raised in Loma Linda and Yucaipa. He completed medical school at Loma Linda University, followed by a Family Medicine Residency at Florida Hospital, and a Preventive Medicine Residency back at Loma Linda. He has worked in Guam, Atlanta and New Hampshire prior to returning to Loma Linda University as Chair of the Preventive Medicine Department in 2003. Wayne has an international reputation as a leader in the field of Lifestyle Medicine, having served as President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and as an international consultant in the area. He is also the Medical Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute, and a Professor at Loma Linda University. He is passionate about treating what is really causing health problems, not just putting Band-Aids on superficial issues.

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Effective Coaching for Behavior Change

DATE: Sunday, September 22, 2019
TIME: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Oakland Marriott City Center
ROOM: TBD
COST: $125
CE: CE credit details are below
OPEN TO: Anyone.  You do not need be attending the IPBNHC to attend a workshop.

SUMMARY: Behavior change is the foundation for the successful implementation of a sustainable dietary change, yet it is rarely a component of traditional healthcare educational programs.  This workshop will review the fundamental science of behavioral change, discuss the varied models of behavior change currently utilized in healthcare and provide guidance on the effective implementation of behavior change in clinical practice.

Attendance at this conference is limited to the first 150 participants.

CE credits are pending for this workshop.  Last year's credit hours are listed below and we expect that this year's credits be similar.

The 2018 CE credit details for this session are as follows:

  • Medical Doctors and Others Eligible Clinicians:  Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurses:  ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses:  The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 3 contact hours.
  • Pharmacists:  Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge based CPE activity (0622-0000-17-004-L04-P) for 3 contact hours for pharmacists.
  • Registered Dieticians:  This activity has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 3 CPEUs.

Margaret Moore, MBA

Margaret Moore, MBA (aka Coach Meg) is a 17-year veteran of the biotechnology industry in the US, UK, Canada, France. She served in executive roles at three companies which later joined Sanofi, and served as CEO and COO of two biotech companies. In 2000, Margaret shifted from high tech medicine to coaching in healthcare and wellness, and founded Wellcoaches Corporation - strategic partner of the American College of Sports Medicine, now a standard-bearer for professional coaches in healthcare and wellness. The Wellcoaches School of Coaching has trained more than 10,000 health professionals as coaches in 45 countries.

Margaret is co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and a course director of the annual Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare conference organized by the Institute of Coaching and delivered by Harvard Medical School. She is a faculty member of Harvard University Extension School, teaching the Science of Coaching Psychology. She is a co-founder and executive board member of the National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches and led the formation of a strategic partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners to deliver national standards and certification of health and wellness coaches.

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Gaining Visibility for Your Lifestyle Medicine Practice

DATE: Sunday, September 22, 2019
TIME: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Oakland Marriott City Center
ROOM: TBD
COST: $125
CE: CE credit details are below
OPEN TO: Anyone.  You do not need be attending the IPBNHC to attend a workshop.

SUMMARY: Do you want to be at the forefront of the plant-based nutrition movement, but need training and tools to share your expertise with your audience?

This interactive, 3-hour workshop will put you on the path to effectively fine-tuning your message, starting conversations with the media and becoming more comfortable presenting at events. You’ll also understand the powerful role that social media plays in attracting patients and influencing their behavior.

Learning Objectives    

  • Fine-tune your individual message to be a stronger spokesperson for plant-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine
  • Develop general public speaking, presenting and interviewing skills
  • Present yourself and your practice more effectively to the media
  • Learn why social media is important in raising visibility within your community and reaching patients – and get tips on how to get started

There will be 0 CE credits for this workshop session.

Gretchen Schisla

Gretchen Schisla is the founder and principal of Enrich, a branding and marketing team dedicated to serving organizations and individuals who help others improve their health with plant-based food and lifestyle.

Gretchen fosters strong relationships with clients and identifies the key solutions that will build their practice or business and increase connection with their audience. As a brand strategist, writer and advisor, she brings over 35 years of insight, expertise and industry perspective to help clients make the best decisions for their product or service.

With the rise of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, Gretchen appreciates having the opportunity to collaborate with clients who are making a difference. She believes: “Design matters. It’s a critical tool to communicate a purpose, to educate, to bring awareness to a problem, to inspire individuals and unite communities – and to act as an agent for change.”

Gretchen is the recipient of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Design Fellow and the AIGA Local Legend awards. Enrich has been recognized as a Top 20 Small Business Company by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. Her work has been recognized by AIGA, New York Art Director’s Club, PRINT Annual, CLIO, International Association of Business Communicators, American Alliance of Museums and HOW Magazine.

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Transforming Food in Healthcare Service

DATE: Sunday, September 22, 2019
TIME: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Oakland Marriott City Center
ROOM: TBD
COST: $125
CE: CE credit details are below
OPEN TO: Anyone.  You do not need be attending the IPBNHC to attend a workshop.

SUMMARY: Food IS medicine, and the growing body of research has demonstrated that a whole food, plant-based diet effectively prevents, suspends and reverses the majority of the most common chronic diseases.  Hospitals around the country are beginning to utilize food services to assist in the provision of true healthcare.  This workshop will review the science of whole food, plant-based nutrition in disease suspension, reversal, and optimization of healing, discuss current models from around the country where plant-based nutrition has been included in the treatment of patients, highlight the return on investment of successful programs and provide guidance on how to begin successfully taking steps to transform the food in your healthcare system.

Attendance at this conference is limited to the first 150 participants.

CE credits are pending for this workshop.  Last year's credit hours are listed below and we expect that this year's credits be similar.

The 2018 CE credit details for this session are as follows:

  • Medical Doctors and Others Eligible Clinicians:  Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurses:  ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses:  The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 3 contact hours.
  • Pharmacists:  Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge based CPE activity (0622-0000-17-004-L04-P) for 3 contact hours for pharmacists.
  • Registered Dieticians:  This activity has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 3 CPEUs.

Larry Altiere

Larry’s role is to coordinate the work of the management team for the 7-hospital system network, the 4th largest health system in the US - Lee Memorial Health System.  Larry manages a $21 million dollar budget with 15 direct reports, 300 employees, 9 subcontractors, 25 retail venues, 8 patient care programs and medical nutrition therapy teams. His primary responsibility is to ensure operational metrics are in line with strategic short and long term goals.  Some of Larry’s personal and program accomplishments are:

A 2004 Spotlight Award winner - American Healthcare Foodservice

2005 NACHRI Award winner - pediatric menus

2006 Industry Allstar - Food Equipment Association

2005 National Best Practice, Emergency Management Programs

2005 - 2010 Founder and Chairman - LMHS Employee Crisis Program

2006 - 2008 Chairman Mythbusters, Management Transition Program LMHS

2010 - present Founder Culinary Solutions by LeeSar - Healthcare Private Label Manufacturer

2014 Healthcare Innovator of The Year - Food Management Magazine, Principle Investigator - LMHS Nutrition Intervention Study

Scott Stoll, MD

Dr. Stoll co-founded the International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference after recognizing the urgent need to educate and motivate healthcare professionals to use whole, plant-based foods as a foundation for healing and disease prevention. He is also the author of numerous scientific articles and Alive! The Physicians Biblical and Scientific Guide to Nutrition, and is an international speaker with a vision and passion to educate and inspire people and leaders to reclaim their health, and thus their lives, through nutrition and lifestyle.

Specializing in regenerative medicine, Dr. Stoll researches and utilizes natural treatments such as diet, regenerative injections and lifestyle to aid the body in healing chronic disease and injuries. Scott is the team physician at Lehigh University and serves as department chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Coordinated Health.

Dr. Stoll is board chairman and serves as chief medical officer of the The Plantrician Project. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Future of Health Now Advisory Board, and the Rouxbe Cooking School Board of Directors and served as a member of the Whole Foods Scientific Medical Advisory Board.

A member of the 1994 Olympic Bobsled team, Dr. Stoll now serves as a team physician for the United States Bobsled and Skeleton team. Along with his beautiful wife, Kristen, the author of Kristen’s Healthy Kitchen Recipes, and their six children, the Stoll family resides in Bethlehem, PA.

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations received in writing on or before Friday, August 23, 2019 will be refunded full registration fee, less a 15% administrative fee. No refunds will be issued thereafter. Substitute participants will be accepted. Please email to or mail to:

The Plantrician Project
PO Box 741596
Boynton Beach, FL  33474

All registrations received after Friday, August 23, 2019 are non refundable.

Eligible promotions/discounts need to be redeemed during the initial registration process and within the scheduled timeframe of that promotion/discount.  Once the registration process is completed, promotions/discounts will not be honored retroactively.  Also, promotions/discounts can not be combined - one per registration. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.