Addressing obesity and metabolic health with diet and lifestyle. Come and learn from an unprecedented lineup of expert speakers on the therapeutic benefits of carbohydrate restriction for metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, Type 2 Diabetes and many other chronic diseases. A full array of topics will be covered including exercise, diabetes, heart health, mental health and food addiction.
This Incredible Conference Includes
- For now we are assuming that the event will have to be virtual.
- 3 exciting jam packed days with global changemakers committed to improving health and education worldwide, and to changing nutritional policies and guidelines.
- 16 cutting edge presentations from researchers & clinicians who are experiencing significant success with patients, many with a powerful personal story of their own journey to better health.
- 22.5 Category 1 CME credits available.
- 4 Years CEU credit for NASN practitioners
- Bonus breakout talks with other leaders in the ketogenic/low carb community.
- Ample quality Q&A time after each presentation to get YOUR questions answered.
- The always spectacular, thought provoking Final Panel is a can't miss Sunday afternoon.
Highlights From SD 2019
Highlights from SD 2018
Who Should Attend?
- Anyone interested in restoring and/or maintaining their health.
- The health care professional who wants to make a bigger impact with better tools.
- Scientists and researchers who want to see the latest studies and results
- Keto Nutrition Enthusiasts, Keto Coaches, Personal Trainers, Sports Enthusiasts, and Citizen Scientists.
We can’t wait to welcome you to this event! If you did not attend LowCarbUSA's Virtual San Diego Livestream event or you have never had a LowCarbUSA membership – free or paid – please register as a New Member. If you are a returning attendee or an existing free or paid member, please register as an Existing Member.
Robert Cywes, MD, PhD
Robert Cywes, MD, PhD
Dr. Cywes is Dual Board Certified in General Surgery and in Pediatric Surgery. He specializes in Pediatric and Adult obesity, diabetes and metabolic management including bariatric surgery. His focus is on helping people understand and treat the true cause of obesity and diabetes. He has been doing bariatric surgery for 19 years and has performed around 7000 surgeries. Despite this, Dr Cywes firmly believes that obesity and diabetes are not treated by surgery, however, surgery may be a invaluable tool along the journey of becoming carbohydrate-free.
His medical training began in Cape Town, South Africa where he received his medical degree from The University of Cape Town training with Prof Tim Noakes amongst others. In 1989, Dr. Cywes moved to North America and completed a year-long residency in pediatric surgery at Ohio State University's Columbus Children's Hospital before moving to Canada where he completed his general surgery residency and specialized in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Cywes also earned a PhD in liver transplant immunology and the effect of glucose metabolism on vascular endothelium injury, working with Dr David Jenkins, the father of the Glycemic Index.
After completing his paediatric surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Dr. Cywes was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Paediatric and Fetal Surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he did hepatic stem cell research. During this time, Dr. Cywes became increasingly interested in adolescent obesity and the impact of carbohydrates on the liver and metabolic syndrome in young patients. Dr. Cywes’ research led to a comprehensive understanding of the toxicity of chronic excessive carbohydrate consumption as the primary cause of obesity and so-called obesity-related co-morbidities. In the late 1990s Dr Cywes understood that the prevailing treatment of obesity using a Calories in, Calories out (CICO) model was erroneous, and he developed the Carbohydrate Insulin Model of Obesity and Diabetes (CIMOD). Using this model in combination with his understanding of the psychology of addiction, he developed a clinical program to treat obese adolescents using this approach. Dr. Cywes relocated to Jacksonville, Florida where he joined the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Nemours Children's Clinic and Wolfson Children's Hospital. This led to a national meeting in Jacksonville where guidelines for adolescent obesity surgery were established.
In 2004, Dr. Cywes established Jacksonville Surgical Associates to continue his work in both adolescent and adult obesity treatment and surgery, and in 2013 opened a practice in West Palm Beach, Florida. He now works with a highly experienced team of professionals from a variety of medical sub-specialties to better care for obese patients. He has developed the practice into a nationally recognized Center of Excellence for obesity surgery. The practice uses a cognitive behavioral therapy approach that addresses carbohydrate addiction, along with bariatric surgery, to help patients manage the cause of their obesity long term. Based on his extensive clinical research and observations, Dr. Cywes lectures internationally regarding the physiological impact of carbohydrate consumption as the primary cause of the current Chronic Non-Communicable Disease (CNCDs) epidemic. He also lectures on the behavioral aspects of carbohydrate addiction as the cause of obesity and obesity-related co-morbidities and the use of substance abuse methodology, rather than a diet and exercise approach, to the effective long term treatment of obesity.
Dr. Cywes is a member of ASMBS (American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery) and is a member of the ASMBS Childhood Obesity Committee. He is also a member of APSA (American Pediatric Surgery Association). He has earned a Centers of Excellence designation by the Surgical Review Corporation. Dr. Cywes trains other surgeons to perform bariatric surgery as well as developing an aftercare model to help patients maintain weight loss.
Dr. Cywes and his team are active in obesity research, including an ongoing Adolescent Bariatric Surgery trial. He has become one of the foremost authorities in the treatment and management of obesity in adolescents. He recently co-authored a book, Diabetes Unpacked outlining an effective approach to understanding and treating diabetes into remission. Dr. Cywes' vast experience in pediatric and general surgery serves him well in using bariatric surgery to treat obesity in both adults and children.
Dr Cywes maintains an active clinical practice in Palm Beach Gardens and in Jacksonville as well as being active on conveying the CIMOD message on social media and through his websites – Obesityunderstood.com and diabetesunderstood.com.
Robert Cywes, MD, PhD
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L. Amber O’Hearn
Amber has an eclectic background, with academic publications in several fields including theoretical mathematics, cognitive psychology, computational linguistics, and more recently, evolutionary nutrition and biology. She has been studying and experimenting with low-carb, ketogenic diets since 1997, and is particularly interested in evolutionary constraints and interspecies differences. Amber has been eating a nearly plant-free diet since 2009.
Vincent (Ben) Bocchicchio, PhD
Dr. Ben has been at the forefront of health and wellness for nearly 50 years. As a clinician in the fields of fitness and health he has initiated and promoted behavioral interventions that have proven to be effective in the treatment and management of the degenerative diseases that plague our public health.
Dr. Ben’s philosophy states that on the continuum of illness to wellness, our collective health plans should attempt to drive the needle towards wellness and away from illness through scientifically sound and safe applications of behavioural endeavors.
Dr. Ben has applied his extensive, recognized background and experience in diet and exercise as the basis of his intervention protocol. Initially (1974), he introduced slow resistance training to the exercise world in a successful attempt to provide safe, high intensity exercise to all populations.
He was the first practitioner to include resistance training to phase II cardiac rehabilitation in 1982. It is now accepted, standard protocol. He pioneered high intensity exercise for high endurance athletes in the mid 1980’s. Lastly, he introduced high intensity exercise for weight loss and management programs including the Opti Fast protocol used by the first popular bariatric physicians (Opti Fit).
Furthermore, Dr. Ben has exposed the paucity of legitimate science supporting conventional medical and governmental practices in treating and managing the aforementioned health dilemmas. He contends that a singularly pharmaceutical oriented solution as currently applied has failed individually and on an international basis.
Dr. Ben provides a simple history of the escalation of degenerative diseases (diabetes, obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer etc.) that correlates, at an inordinate level, with behavioral changes in physical activity and dietary preferences.
Lastly, Dr. Ben offers a simple, sound and scientifically based plan that incorporates a universally applicable system that directly addresses the alarming, current state of public health. Topics included are: Diet, exercise, disease treatment and management options and cost analyses of these.
Dr. Ben Bocchicchio has published more than 200 articles and study reports in the fields of Fitness, Health and Exercise. His work includes his acclaimed book “15 Minutes to Fitness” and the sale of more than 300,000 SMaRT DVD’s in 31 countries. He is continuing work as an investigator and consultant to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, ASU and a number of academic and corporate health institutions.
Brian Lenzkes, MD
I am a USC trained, board certified Internal Medicine doctor and have been in practice for 16 years but did not understand the implications of metabolic syndrome until only 2 years ago. I have had a personal struggle with obesity since childhood and became officially pre-diabetic in February of 2017 despite my medical knowledge.
Although I was voted one of the “Top Doctors” in San Diego for 11 of those years, I still felt a void as many of my patients with chronic conditions continued to decline and require more medication. After attending LowCarbUSA® in San Diego, my practice of medicine changed and I have taken control of my health.
I have been honored to be a guest on multiple podcasts and I have been a speaker on the Nutrition Network educational series for medical professionals. I am currently co-hosting the Low Carb MD podcast with Dr. Jason Fung, Dr. Tro Kalayjian, and Megan Ramos. I am also on the panel of advisers for the LowCarbUSA® Clinical Guidelines for Medical Professionals and just finished recording an interview for the upcoming documentary "Big Fat Lie" with Wide Eye Productions. I am the Medical Director for TriSystem Nutrition. Together we can do our part to reverse the healthcare crisis that is facing the world one life at a time. I am excited about the journey ahead.
Brian Lenzkes, MD
Tro Kalayjian, MD
My name is Tro Kalayjian, I am a board-certified physician in both Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine, I lost 150lbs to reclaim my health for myself and my family. I did it by ignoring much of the conventional medical advice that we have been told. My life's goal is to get my patient's healthy, prevent disease. and get them OFF of their medications. I completed medical school at TouroCOM in New York. I completed my internal medicine residency and chief residency within the Yale system at Greenwich Hospital. I have been practicing medicine for 8 years, the last 3 have been in private practice. My practice focuses on tracking patients seamlessly and remotely with smart-devices, including scales, blood pressure cuffs, wearable technology and continuous glucose monitors. My practices focuses on de-prescribing medications and using lifestyle, diet and exercise to improve the course of disease.
My personal weight loss story begins at childhood. I grew up obese, in an obese family. I have personally dealt with the deep emotions and feelings involved with being overweight for most of my life. I have dealt with the same issues that many of my patients face, which affords me the capacity to empathize with them and guide them in a special way. This connection is why my patients are successful in their wellness journey, because I am not preaching from some Ivory Tower. I lived through what my patients live through, and I have experienced what they are experiencing. In order to heal myself, I studied for countless hours through medical literature, researched thousands of papers, read hundreds of books in order to find the answer, for myself, to the ever important question: Why are we fat?
And what I found during my journey and research was in such stark contrast to what we have been told. Eating multiple small meals DOES NOT speed up your metabolism. Fruit Juices ARE NOT healthy. Red Meat, Fish & Full-Fat Yogurt ARE healthy. If most physicians and nutritionists can't get it right, why do we expect anything different from our patients? Are we surprised that obesity epidemic has exploded? What patients may not realize is that most physicians DO NOT have sufficient training in nutrition and can't help you lose weight or reverse disease. Furthermore the food industry and special interests have made it so hard to understand what a healthy lifestyle really is.
Ultimately, I find I am best able to serve my patients because I understand what it is like, I have been through it, and I help my patients every step of the way. I succeed when they succeed.
Tro Kalayjian, MD
Dr Jen Unwin. BSc, MSc, DPsy, C Psychol, FBPsS
Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist.
Past Chair UK Association for Solution Focused Practice. Winner of the British Psychological Society Karen Ehlert Lifetime achievement award in clinical health psychology.
Dr Jen Unwin has spent her professional life interested in the role of hope in chronic disease and how it can be used to bring about behaviour change(1). Her insights teamed up perfectly with Dr David Unwin’s interests in bringing about drug-free type 2 diabetes remission. For six years they have been running group sessions in primary care to achieve just that, so far for 71 patients. This combination has also worked on-line, 450,000 people have done the low carb program they helped Diabetes.co.uk design. Both doctors were featured in a BBC TV documentary ‘The truth about carbs’ that was seen by 3.7 million viewers.
- A simple model to find patient hope for positive lifestyle changes: GRIN.Unwin D,Unwin J.Journal of holistic healthcare Volume 16 Issue 2 Summer 2019. Journal of holistic healthcare ● Volume 16 Issue 2 Summer 2019. 2019.
Jen Unwin. BSc, MSc, DPsy, C Psychol, FBPsS
Robert Cywes, MD, PhD
Dr David Unwin FRCGP
Dr Unwin works at the Norwood NHS Surgery in Southport near Liverpool, UK where he has cared for the same population since 1986 as a family doctor. To date 82/166 of his patients with T2 diabetes have achieved drug-free remission. This gives a remission rate of 49% at 30 months duration of a lower carb diet, one of the best results for any clinic in the world.
For the past few years he has been a UK Royal College of General Practitioners expert clinical advisor on diabetes. As a result of his interests in both better communication with patients and Type 2 diabetes he was made Royal College of General Practice National Champion for Collaborative Care and Support Planning in Obesity & Diabetes in 2015.
In 2016 he was the proud UK National winner of the NHS Innovator Of The Year Award for published research into lifestyle changes; working with patients’ personal health goals as an alternative to drug therapy in type 2 diabetes –so that his GP practice spends £50,000 per year less than expected on drugs for diabetes.. As part of this he has also published research into improving blood pressure, lipid profiles and liver function by reducing dietary carbohydrate, especially sugar(1-7). In 2019 he was shortlisted by NICE for a prize for his teaspoon of sugar infographics which have now been translated into six languages.
Dr Unwin’s work has been covered by both BBC, C4 & C5 television, The New Scientist, The Times, The Daily Mail and The British Medical Journal. Further recognition came recently when David was invited to become an ambassador for the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on diabetes. As @lowcarbGP he has over 50,000 followers on Twitter
- Unwin D, Unwin J. Low carbohydrate diet to achieve weight loss and improve HbA1c in type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes: experience from one general practice. Practical Diabetes. 2014;31(2):76-9. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/pdi.1835
- David Unwin DH, Geoffrey Livesey,. It is the glycaemic response to, not the carbohydrate content of food that maters in diabetes and obesity: The glycaemic index revisited. Journal of Insulin Resistance 2016;1(1), a8.(https://insulinresistance.org/index.php/jir/article/view/8/11).
- Unwin D, Tobin S. A patient request for some "deprescribing". BMJ. 2015;351:h4023. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26239952
- Murdoch C, Unwin D, Cavan D, Cucuzzella M, Patel M. Adapting diabetes medication for low carbohydrate management of type 2 diabetes: a practical guide. Br J Gen Pract. 2019;69(684):360-1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31249097
- Saslow LR, Summers C, Aikens JE, Unwin DJ. Outcomes of a Digitally Delivered Low-Carbohydrate Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management Program: 1-Year Results of a Single-Arm Longitudinal Study. JMIR Diabetes. 2018;3(3):e12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30291081
- Unwin DJ, Tobin SD, Murray SW, Delon C, Brady AJ. Substantial and Sustained Improvements in Blood Pressure, Weight and Lipid Profiles from a Carbohydrate Restricted Diet: An Observational Study of Insulin Resistant Patients in Primary Care. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019;16(15):2680.
- Kelly T, Unwin D, Finucane F. Low-Carbohydrate Diets in the Management of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes: A Review from Clinicians using the Approach in Practice. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020;17(7):2557. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/7/2557
David Unwin, FRCGP
David Diamond, PhD
David Diamond received his Ph.D. in Biology in 1985, with a specialization in Behavioral Neuroscience, from the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at the University of California, Irvine. He was a career scientist at the Department of Veterans Affairs for 30 years and is currently a Professor in the Departments of Psychology, Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida, where he has directed his research program on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Diamond has served on federal government study sections and committees evaluating research on the neurobiology of stress and memory, and has over 100 publications, reviews and book chapters on the brain and memory. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous medical journals and has received 30 years of federally funded support for his neuroscience research.
In the past decade, Dr. Diamond has expanded his research program to include cardiovascular disease, medication and nutrition. In recent years he added to his extensive list of medical publications, controversial papers on heart disease, diet and cholesterol. He has been invited to present his research on nutrition, saturated fat and cholesterol at numerous domestic and international cardiology, obesity and diabetes conferences. Dr. Diamond’s research on nutrition resulted in his appointment to The Nutrition Coalition, a national U.S. board of clinicians and scientists who have the goal of providing an evidence-based evaluation of U.S. government dietary recommendations.
David Dimond, PhD
I am the proud wife of Gary, a mum of three young adults and doting grandmother of 1.
I have been a professional photographer for 18 years starting out with theatre photography and then working for a private school for 8 years;- recording everything from 3 year olds in sandpits to rock bands on stage; athletic carnivals; school balls and old collegian functions. I ventured out into my own business, BPhotography, in 2008 and loved the opportunity to photograph couples on their wedding day and again as their families grew. I have been involved in lots of commercial work over the past 10 years, too.
I was a Registered Nurse in my teens and twenties and love that I have come full circle back to healthcare.
I became a staunch supporter of Low Carbohydrate, Healthy Fat principles after seeing the health benefits Gary was able to achieve for himself and his patients.
Following Gary’s ‘star chamber’ investigation by the AHPRA Medical Board of Tasmanian for 2 1/2 years, and the life-long, non-appellable ruling they handed down in November 2016, I have taken a more central role supporting Gary, advocating LCHF through social media platforms and challenging the role of Vested Interests and Ideology in the shaping of our dietary and health guidelines. #isupportgary
Gary Fettke, MB, BS, FRACS, FAOrthA
Dr. Gary Fettke is an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Although his specialty is surgery, Gary believes it is much better to help people avoid surgery by taking preventive lifestyle measures.
He was “a fat kid” and developed numerous health issues as an adult including an aggressive eyesight-threatening pituitary tumor. After years of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, he embarked on an LCHF (Low-Carb Healthy Fat) diet which halted tumor progression, allowing him to stop chemotherapy entirely.
Gary is the only physician in the world to have been formally banned from advising patients to reduce sugar intake. Under threat of losing his medical license, he publicly challenged the Australian Health Practitioner's Regulation Agency ruling, saying “Once you see the benefits of LCHF, you cannot unsee them.”
In a landmark decision in September 2018, after years of investigation, the AHPRA reversed its opinion and issued Dr. Fettke a formal apology. Dr. Fettke speaks internationally on the role of refined carbohydrates and polyunsaturated oils in the development of inflammation, diabetes, cancer, and other modern diseases, and is the author of Inversion: One Man’s Answer for World Peace and Global Health.
M.B.,B.S.(University NSW), F.R.A.C.S.(Orthopaedic Surgery), F.A.Orth.A.
Email [email protected]
Facebook: Belinda Fettke No Fructose
Gary Fettke, MB, BS, FRACS, FAOrthA
Adele Hite is a Ph.D. candidate in communication, rhetoric, and digital media at North Carolina State University. She is also a registered dietitian with a background in nutritional epidemiology and has master’s degrees in public health nutrition and English.
Her work encompasses rhetorical and cultural studies of food politics, nutrition science, and public health. Her dissertation examines the historical, social, and political contexts surrounding the creation and evolution of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. She is the co-author of a mix-and-match meal planning cookbook, Dinner Plans: Easy Vintage Meals.
Adele Hite, PhD
Mark Cucuzzella, MD FAAFP
Mark Cucuzzella, is a Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is also a LtCol in the US Air Force designing programs to promote health and better fitness in the military with the USAF Efficient Running Project. (available on iphone format here) In military and civilian community he has been a tireless promoter of healthy movement, nutritional interventions in patients with any spectrum of the metabolic syndrome, and injury free training for running.
He was a lead writer of one of the first grants supporting education of Medical Students in nutrition and physical activity in Medical School. Mark is also the lead on a large USDA grant to double SNAP benefits at Farmers Markets- the goal is reducing food insecurity as a barrier to healthier eating.
He’s also been a competitive runner for over 30 years — with more than 100 marathon and ultramarathon finishes — and continues to compete as a national-level Masters runner. He has won the Air Force Marathon twice. He is the race director of Freedom’s Run race series in West Virginia and director of the Natural Running Center, an education portal designed to teach healthier running . Mark is also the owner of Two Rivers Treads — A Center for Natural Running and Walking in his hometown of Shepherdstown, W.Va. Mark’s vision of a future of health is housed in his site www.drmarksdesk.com
Mark’s innovative work and story has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Outside Magazine, Running Times, Runners World, Air Force Times, the Washington Post, JAMA, Blue Ridge Outdoors, and other medical and media outlets.
Mark Cucuzzella MD FAAFP
Professor West Virginia University School of Medicine
Mark Cucuzzella, MD, FAAFP
Ben Bikmn, PhD
Ben Bikman, PhD
Ben Bikman, PhD
Miriam Kalamian is a nutrition consultant, educator, speaker and author specializing in the implementation of ketogenic therapies. She earned her master of education (EdM) from Smith College and her master of human nutrition (MS) from Eastern Michigan University. She is board certified in nutrition (CNS) by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists.
Inspired by the work of Thomas N. Seyfried, PhD, Miriam draws on a decade of experience to provide comprehensive guidelines that specifically address the many diet and lifestyle challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis.
Her passion for helping others implement this diet comes directly from her personal experience. Her son Raffi was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December 2004. Standard of care therapies failed to stop the relentless progression of his disease, and it became painfully clear that she needed to switch gears quickly. That is what originally led her to Dr. Thomas Seyfried's research supporting the use of the ketogenic diet for cancer.
Later on she authored her own book,, ‘Keto for Cancer - Ketogenic Metabolic Therapy as a Targeted Nutritional Strategy. Although evidence supporting the benefits of ketogenic diet therapies continues to mount, she felt there was little to guide those who wish to adopt this diet as a metabolic therapy for cancer. Keto for Cancer fills this need to lay out comprehensive guidelines that specifically address the many challenges associated with cancer, and particularly the deep nutritional overhaul involved with the ketogenic diet.
Miriam is a leading voice in the keto movement. She is dedicated to meeting the growing demand for specialized tools and knowledge that will help tailor the ketogenic diet to meet the needs of individuals. To that end, she welcomes multidisciplinary collaborations that will help refine this dietary approach to cancer and other metabolic diseases.
Therefore, beyond cancer Miriam integrates nutritional strategies with metabolic therapies and lifestyle modifications to develop personalized treatments that address a broad spectrum of conditions that are currently considered intractable, including age-related, neurodegenerative, and bariatric diseases.
Miriam lives in Montana with her husband Peter. Learn more about their personal journey and Raffi's Story Watch her 2016 interview.
Ignacio Cuaranta, MD
Dr. Ignacio Cuaranta is a board-certified clinical psychiatrist. He received his medical degree from Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina in 2009. In 2006 he assisted as an observer at Beaumont Weight Control Center. In 2015 he worked at a Psychiatric Center at ASM13, París, France and in 2017 he completed a week-long observation of the Intensive Dietary Management Program in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, with Dr. Jason Fung and Megan Ramos, where he learnt invaluable lessons for therapeutic fasting prescriptions.
He has also completed the first online LCHF physician training course by the Noakes foundation, in a dynamic search to gain a depth of knowledge for his private practice. He has served as the head of the Mood Department at a Neuroscience Clinic in my city since 2015.
As a physician, the high rate of obese patients and metabolic disorders caused him to consider whether his practice was complete if it centered only on drugs as a therapy. He began seeing frequent patterns in the clinical manifestations of his patients that couldn’t be explained by the classical arguments in psychiatry for compulsive behavior, impulsive behavior, lack of energy, lethargy, mental fog, mood instability, poor concentration to name a few. He challenged his preconceived notions about nutrition and started paying more attention to the effect of food on the human body, brain health, behavior as well as the impact obesity and other metabolic disorders have on quality of life, mental, physical and social health.
His focus is on mental health optimization and weight loss as a path to health recovery. He operates from a private office where he deals with a wide array of psychiatric conditions and obesity related issues. He works with diet, movement, rest and stress, having quality of life in mind and aiming to increase metabolic flexibility and overall health.
In practice, he aims to help his patients improve cognitive function, mood management, anxiety and stress-related issues assessing the potential association with food and behaviour towards eating (or not eating). He promotes low-carb, healthy-fat (LCHF) and ketogenic lifestyles as well as intermittent fasting protocols, in combination with pharmacotherapy when needed.
Christopher M. Palmer, MD
Dr. Palmer received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and completed his internship and psychiatry residency at Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently the director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean Hospital and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Palmer’s clinical practice has focused on treatment-resistant cases for over 20 years, and he has always been looking for better treatments and treatment outcomes for his patients. He has been using the low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets in his practice for over 15 years now, mostly for weight loss, but has recently found an anti-psychotic and mood stabilizing effect from specific types of the ketogenic diet, so is pursuing clinical research in this area, speaking at national and international conferences on this topic, and consulting to patients from around the world. He has developed expertise in prescribing and motivating people to do the ketogenic diet and has served as a ketogenic diet consultant to those wishing to implement the ketogenic diet for conditions other than psychiatric conditions, such as weight loss, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer.
115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA 02478
Email: [email protected]
Work Phone: 617-855-2180
Antonio C. Martinez II
Antonio C. Martinez II is a native New Yorker, and the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Brooklyn Law School. He attended the United States Capitol Page School and is a graduate of New York Military Academy.
Bret Scher MD FACC
I hope to be the most unique cardiologist you have ever encountered. Sure, I am a card-carrying, board certified cardiologist. And I spent years learning the invasive procedures and the medications used to treat heart disease. Now I want to do everything in my power to make sure those multibillion dollar tools and drugs go unused.
My goal is to inspire individuals just like you to dictate your own health by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. Lifestyle habits that allow you to achieve your best health ever. Health free of prescription drugs. Health that leaves you feeling great, feeling energetic, and living the life you have always dreamed.
Having competed in triathlons ever since I was a teenager, fitness and health were always obsessions of mine. In college at Stanford University, I was able to maintain my daily training and focus on healthy nutrition. Then, real-life happened. I entered Ohio State University’s medical school, followed by my internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, and a fellowship in preventative cardiology at Scripps Clinic
Suddenly those gym visits, long runs and bike rides became a struggle to maintain. Finding time to eat well, stay active, get enough sleep, and handle the stress of a high-stakes job became a constant presence in my life. Fortunately, I knew the importance of these habits and I did my best to maintain them, even if on a smaller scale.
As I entered my cardiology practice in San Diego, I encountered thousands of people who struggled far more than I did to maintain healthy habits. Some had never exercised or paid any attention to their nutrition. It just wasn’t how they were raised and they hadn’t considered it important. Others knew what they “should” be doing but lacked the tools and support structure to implement them.
As a result, our healthcare system is full of people suffering from diseases that are completely preventable.
Suddenly, I had a clear mission: to empower all my patients to help themselves. To empower them to make the best-informed choices possible about everything from food to activity to sleep to stress management, every single day. After all, the best way to “treat” someone is to prevent the need for treatment in the first place.
I’ve since studied extensively in the areas of functional medicine, personal fitness training, and nutrition and added the following certifications to my credentials as a physician
- Functional medicine from Functional Medicine University
- Personal training from NASM
- Fitness nutrition from NASM
- Behavioral modification from NASM
- Medical and fitness provider from Titleist Performance Institute
This extra training has broadened my perspective, allowing me to be a doctor, a health coach, a nutritionist, a personal trainer, and a cheerleader all wrapped into one. It is with this mindset that I can give my clients all the tools they need to lead healthy, natural lives.
So, am I the most unique cardiologist you have ever met? In the end, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that I can help you take control of your health. I can help you experience natural health that comes from daily healthy lifestyle habits. I can help you safely get off your medicines or ensure that you never need them in the first place. Let’s start this journey together, and you will see how great you can feel!
Education, Titles and Certifications:
Graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in biology 1994
Graduated from The Ohio State University Medical School with a M.D. 1998
Internal medicine internship and residency at Mercy Hospital San Diego, CA completed 2001
Chief Resident for the Mercy Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program 2002
General and Preventative Cardiology fellowship at Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA completed 2005
Cardiology partner at Sharp Rees Stealy, San Diego 2005-present
Founder and lead physician Boundless Health 2015-present
Board certified in:
Adult cardiovascular diseases
Cardiac computed tomography
Level 2 fitness and medical provider by Titleist Performance Institute
Keto-Mojo founder Dorian Greenow established the world’s first independently owned blood ketone-testing company and is the mojo behind Keto-Mojo.
In 1996, Dorian Greenow left his hometown in southern England for New York City. He had nothing more than a pack on his back and $750 in his pocket. But, once there, he met his future wife and business partner, Gemma, who introduced him to the world of food and wine, and he secured a busboy position at a catering company, which he promptly evolved into a general manager role, overseeing everything from large-scale events for 6,000 to intimate dinners for presidents and princes.
After several formative years mastering the nuances of conducting business in United States, Dorian set his sights on the unknown once again. He bought a motorcycle and rode it from New York to California with no clear job prospects in site. Thousands of miles later, he and Gemma settled in Napa Valley, where Dorian became director of hospitality for the luxury-brand winery, Pine Ridge. Life was good.
But over the years, what Dorian describes as “American disease” set in. His weight ballooned to 207 pounds, he was on antidepressants and found himself able to balance a beer bottle on his extended belly. He’d lost his mojo and decided to get it back through optimal wellness.
Extensive research led Dorian and Gemma to the ketogenic diet. The science made sense.
Within six months, Dorian had measurable success; he came off all his medications, dropped 47 pounds and he was able to deftly slip back into his younger, healthier self. He had his mojo back. Ketogenic living changed Dorian’s life, and he wanted to give back the best way he knew how—by making the lifestyle accessible to everyone.
But paying it forward wasn’t so easy. At $4 per blood ketone-testing strip and the need for multiple tests per day, monitoring ketones was expensive. Additionally, the meters and test strips were produced by a few big players in the biotech industry; limited competition meant prices would remain too high for millions of people who could reap their health benefits. So, Dorian decided to yet again cut his own path by disrupting the industry with his own line of affordable blood ketone-testing products.
He drew up a list of more than 100 manufacturers, cross-matched their technologies to federal regulations, and set out to find a manufacturing partner. After countless doors were shut in his face, he found just the right company and created an FDA-approved meter with a lifetime warranty, higher accuracy than others on the market, and $1 testing strips.
Bypassing traditional sales models, Dorian took his superior offerings direct to online consumers, starting with the passionate keto community, who instantly embraced Keto-Mojo. Within weeks, he was selling more than 10,000 units per month.