Archive – 2017 Sedona Health and Nutrition Conference:

The science and practice implications of plant-based nutrition

Professional Presentations for Health Care Providers and the Community

                  See Select Speaker Videos from 2017 Conference below with Speaker Biographies    6

Past Event: Friday, January 13, 2017
Sedona Marriott Courtyard
4105 W. State Route 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336

Throughout this sold-out conference, medical practitioners and interested public discovered how plant-based nutrition is changing the landscape of medical practice in the U.S.  This annual conference was the first in Northern Arizona to present the latest information on the science and practice of “food as medicine” to prevent and even reverse chronic diseases.

Interest in plant-based diets is rapidly growing. Practitioners are now successfully using this interest and information in a clinical setting to change the lives of their patients. They also learned how to control costs with an innovative care model that uses digital technology and design to eliminate waste streams found in traditional healthcare.

Physicians and other faculty speakers encouraged the audience to think of  healthcare as health promotion – this is the future. To succeed, healthcare practitioner groups of the future will need to be both the insurer and the provider of healthcare delivery, thus aligning financial incentives. They will be “full stack”, i.e. the patients’ primary care provider, specialist care provider, and emergency room, all in one. They will prevent and reverse chronic disease using food, movement and relationships that include health coaching and classes, medical care via video apps, and email. The idea is to help patients get off most or all of their meds and remain healthy thereafter.

This conference, designed for healthcare professionals, offered up to 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for many medical professionals, and 6.5 CPEUs from the Commission on Dietetic Registration for registered dietitians. Others with strong interests in nutrition and health also attended.

Conference Medical Director: Shipra Bansal, MD

Program Purpose or Objectives:

  1. Recognize the links between diet, general health and chronic diseases such as cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
  2. Identify health-promoting foods and general approach to nutrition that is most beneficial to their patients.
  3. Describe a list of current resources to enable them to maintain up-to-date knowledge of nutritional medicine.
  4. Describe the research model and outcomes from a local, chronic disease prevention study.
  5. Distinguish specific approaches to incorporating nutritional interventions in their practice.

This activity was planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) through the joint sponsorship of Flagstaff Medical Center and Verde Valley Medical Center. The Flagstaff Medical Center is accredited by ArMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Flagstaff Medical Center designated this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 

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See the video links at this Healthy World Sedona website for presentations of most of the speakers at this Health and Nutrition Conference and also speakers at the subsequent two-day VegFest at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

Healthy World Sedona is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and presents these and many other events throughout the year as a public service.  Your regular tax-deductable contributions and sponsorships are much appreciated (see the “Donations” link at the top of this page).

Plan now to attend next year’s conferences Friday-Sunday, January 19-21, 2018 !

2017 Faculty


Joel Fuhrman, MD

Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board–certified family physician, and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods.
He is the author of 10 books, 6 of which have become New York Times bestsellers on human nutrition, including Eat To Live, Super Immunity, The End of Diabetes, and The End of Heart Disease. Dr. Fuhrman is actively involved in scientific research in human nutrition. He is the President of the Nutritional Research Foundation and has worked on several scientific journal articles. (link opens in new tab)

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Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT

Julieanna Hever is a Registered Dietitian who has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 2005, specializing in weight management, disease prevention and management, and sports nutrition. Julieanna authored Kaiser Permanente’s Summer 2016 article, A Physician’s Guide to Plant- Based Diets, in their Permanente Medical Journal. She is the host of the wellness talk show series What Would Julieanna Do? on Z Living Network, has given a TEDx talk, author of The Vegiterranean Diet and the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, and the nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine. She is the co-author of the cookbook, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, and a recipe contributor to both New York Time Best-Selling Forks Over Knives books. Julieanna counsels a variety of clients throughout the world including elite athletes, adults, and children with various nutritional and/or medical concerns. Julieanna was recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Reluctantly Healthy, The Marie Osmond Show, The Jane Velez-Mitchell Show, and E! News, co-stars on The Chef and The Dietitian, on numerous radio shows, and lectures extensively throughout the United States. She is published in prominent journals, magazines, blogs, and newsletters. .

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Ted Crawford, DO, Tucson, AZ.

Ted Crawford is a board certified family practice physician who believes that most of our health problems are caused by what we choose to put into our bodies. He also believes that even if you have been treating your body horribly for years, you can reverse most, if not all, of the deleterious effects you have caused by poor lifestyle choices. Dr. Crawford practices family medicine in Tucson, AZ. He is featured in the 2016 film Eating You Alive.

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Craig McDougall, MD, Portland, OR

Dr. McDougall places a strong emphasis on prevention and treating problems at their cause and reserves prescribing medications and surgeries as a last resort. He believes diet is the cause of most common diseases, including overweight, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes. He recommends that his patients eat a starch-centered diet, supplemented with fruits and vegetables. Dr. McDougall also encourages his patients to eat less meat, dairy foods, and limit refined oils.

Dr. McDougall was instrumental in developing ZOOM+Prime, a primary care model in Portland, Oregon featuring personalized health coaching to help patients get off medications for conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol. ZOOM+Prime prevents and reverses chronic disease using food, movement and relationships as medicine. It includes health coaching and classes at a Health Training Center, and in addition to in-person care, provides medical care via video and email. The signature ZOOM+Prime 90 plan helps patients get off their medications in 90 days or less.

McDougall is a board-certified internist and formerly worked as a primary care doctor at Kaiser Permanente in Portland, where he developed a Healthy Living Program.

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Northern Arizona University/Northern Arizona Healthcare Research Team: Jay Sutliffe, PhD, Michelle Gorman, RD, Wendy Wetzel, NP

Presenting research findings on the use of nutrient-dense, whole food plant-based nutrition to address cardiovascular health and overall quality of life.

Jay Sutliffe PhD, RD has been a member of the Northern Arizona University Health Sciences faculty since 2011. Prior to NAU copy, he taught at Chadron State College in Nebraska. His teaching and research interests are related to: disease prevention and reversal using non-invasive lifestyle practices, wellness across the lifespan, and lifestyle habits of college students.

In addition to his academic experience Jay has extensive experience in restaurant and health food store ownership/operation; years of experience in community and residentially-based health promotion programs; and broad experience working with athletes and those interested in wellness.  Jay earned his doctoral degree in Public Health, his Master’s degree in Health Education, and his Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition/Dietetics. Jay is a Registered Dietitian.

Michelle Gorman, RD currently works as a program manager, Lifepath and Wellness for Northern Arizona Healthcare.

Gorman has more than a decade of food science and nutrition experience.  Prior to her current position, she worked as a Senior Coordinator on the Performance Innovation Team at Exos, designing innovative wellness solutions in Human Performance for Elite Athletes, Military, Tactical and Corporate clients.  She also served as a Health Promotion Executive for Arizona’s largest Independent Health Insurance Company, providing 1.1 million members access to personal wellness programs.  In addition, she directed the nutrition communication program as the Corporate Dietitian for Albertsons and Fry’s Food Stores. She received her Plant-Based Nutrition Certification from eCornell and is passionate about sharing the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet.

Gorman earned a bachelor’s degree in food science nutrition from Northern Arizona University.

Wendy Wetzel, RN, MSN, FNP has served in a number of private group practice settings, and most recently as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Northern Arizona University Student Health Center. Throughout her career she has been active in research, and has authored a number of publications. She was a lecturer and clinical preceptor in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Sonoma State University, and an instructor in the California State University BSN program. Wendy earned her BSN in Nursing Degree from California State University and MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Sonoma State University.