ARCHIVE:  Sedona Health & Nutrition Conference

January 16 and 17, 2020

Using Lifestyle Medicine to Transform Lives

Professional Presentations for Health Care Providers and the Community

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ARCHIVE:  January 16 and 17, 2020

L’Auberge de Sedona
301 L’Auberge Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336

How plant-based nutrition is changing the landscape of medical practice in the U.S. 

This annual conference, now in its fourth year, was the first in Northern Arizona to present the latest information on the science and practice of “food as medicine”  – medicine that goes beyond managing chronic conditions to promote true healing.  Each year, participants learn the latest information on plant-based nutrition, the effects of diet on chronic disease prevention and control, and how to promote lasting behavior change toward an optimum plant-based diet for patients and clients.

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.

This conference, designed for healthcare professionals, offers up to 11.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for many medical professionals, and 11.0 CPEUs from the Commission on Dietetic Registration for registered dietitians.  Others with interest in nutrition and health also attend.


Presenting Organizations:  Healthy World Sedona; Northern Arizona University Health Studies; Northern Arizona Healthcare

Conference Medical Director: Shipra Bansal, MD

Program Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the links between dietary choices and chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, coronary heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and autoimmune diseases.
  2. Understand the evidence-based research on nutrition and reversal of chronic conditions.
  3. Understand current models of primary care practice based on Lifestyle Medicine principles.
  4. Identify the factors that make individuals susceptible to dietary and lifestyle excesses, and clinical approaches to addressing these factors.
  5. Understand the current state of research regarding the influence of the microbiome on chronic disease, and the role of nutrition in establishing and maintaining optimal microbiome health.
  6. Identify health-promoting foods and general approaches to nutrition that are most beneficial to patient health.
  7. Describe a list of current resources to maintain up-to-date knowledge of nutritional medicine.

Program Schedule

Thursday, January 16:
1:00 p.m. Registration, and Exhibits Open – L’Auberge, Monet Ballroom
1:30 Don Fries and Bev Bow, Healthy World Sedona – Introductory Remarks
1:35 Shipra Bansal, MDWelcome and Overview
2:00 Doug Lisle, PhD The Pleasure Trap
3:15 Break
3:30 Caroline Trapp, DNP – Deprescribing Medication in Type 2 Diabetes: A Call to Action
4:45 Shipra Bansal, MD – Discussion and Closing Remarks
5:00 Adjourn
Friday, January 17:
8:00 a.m. Registration, L’Auberge, Monet Ballroom
8:10 Shipra Bansal, MD, Medical Director – Welcome to New Day 2 Attendees
8:15 Cyrus Khambatta, PhD Mastering Diabetes Using a Low-Fat, Plant-Based, Whole-Food Lifestyle
9:30 Break
9:45 Jolene Bowers, PhD – The Power of the Microbiome
11:00 Break
11:15 Wayne Dysinger, MD Lifestyle Medicine: The Details of Practicing Differently
12:30 Lunch:  Whole Food Plant-Based gourmet meal prepared by L’Auberge Executive Chef Franck Desplechin
1:45 Beth DuPree, MD –  Lifestyle Modification to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
3:00 Break
3:15 Michael Greger, MD – HOW NOT TO DIE: The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers
4:30 Shipra Bansal, MD – Summary Discussion with Audience and Speakers – Lessons Learned
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
  • Disclosure: In the interest of complete disclosure, the speaker (s) and planning committee of this CME Activity has signed a financial disclosure form and has no conflict of interest with any commercial entities or products that may have an interest in this program. Wayne Dysinger, MD has disclosed he is a consultant for Complete Health Improvement Program(CHIP). Beth DuPree, MD has disclosed she is a consultant for Viver Health. This is intended to make you aware of the faculty’s interests, so you may form your own judgments about such materials.
  • This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) through the joint providership of Northern Arizona Healthcare and Healthy World – Sedona. Northern Arizona Healthcare is accredited by ArMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • Northern Arizona Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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).


2020 Faculty

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Michael Greger, MD

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, among countless other symposia and institutions; testified before Congress; has appeared on shows such as The Colbert Report and The Dr. Oz Show; and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. In 2017, he was honored with the ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Trailblazer Award.

Dr. Greger’s most recent scientific publications in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Critical Reviews in Microbiology, Family and Community Health, and the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, and Public Health explore the public health implications of industrialized animal agriculture.

Dr. Greger is also licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He was featured on the Healthy Living Channel promoting his latest nutrition DVDs and honored to teach part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s esteemed nutrition course at Cornell University. Dr. Greger’s nutrition work can be found at, which is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit charity.

He is the author of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching and Carbophobia: The Scary Truth Behind America’s Low Carb Craze. Both of his latest books, How Not to Die and the How Not to Die Cookbook, became instant New York Times Best Sellers.  On December 10, 2019, Dr. Greger will release his latest book How Not to Diet.

Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

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Doug Lisle, PhD

Douglas J. Lisle, Ph.D., is the founder of a new method of approaching human psychology and wellbeing. He describes this approach as Esteem Dynamics  – its core insights adapted from a revolutionary biological approach to psychology. Central figures having major influence on Dr. Lisle’s thinking include Richard Dawkins, John Tooby and Leda Cosmides, David Buss, Steven Pinker, and Geoffrey Miller. All of these individuals are considered academic A-list thinkers in evolutionary theory and human psychology. Somewhat surprisingly, insights from these trailblazers has yet to reach mainstream clinical psychology, and thus major advances stemming from some of the world’s greatest thinkers have yet to be systematically applied to problems of helping people improve their lives. Esteem Dynamics is the first such effort – born of Dr. Lisle’s 25-years of clinical experience wedded to the deep insights into human nature now available via evolutionary psychology.

Dr. Doug Lisle received his undergraduate education from the University of California, San Diego (summa cum laude). He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia, where he was awarded the Presidents Fellowship and was a DuPont Scholar. He was then appointed Lecturer in Psychology at Stanford University, and worked on the research staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Palo Alto, California. His research and clinical interests have broadened to include health and wellness, self-esteem, relationship satisfaction, the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression, and optimizing achievement motivation. In addition to his work with Esteem Dynamics, he is currently the Director of Research for the TrueNorth Health Center and also serves as the psychologist for the McDougall Wellness Program, both located in Santa Rosa, California. He is author of the book The Pleasure Trap.

Wayne Dysinger, MD

Wayne Dysinger, MD

Wayne Dysinger, MD is a lifestyle, preventive and family medicine physician who currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Lifestyle Medical, a new model primary care concept that is built around Lifestyle Medicine principles.  He is also Chair of both the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine, and Medical Director of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP).  He is an active faculty at Loma Linda University and consults, teaches and participates in research on Lifestyle Medicine issues around the world.  Dr. Dysinger is a past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and has worked in various capacities with the American Medical Association, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.  He was previously Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Loma Linda University, and faculty/co-founder of both the Family and the Preventive Medicine residencies at Dartmouth.  He has also worked in faculty, patient care and service capacities in Atlanta and Guam.  Dr. Dysinger earned his M.D. degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine (1986), and his MPH from Loma Linda University School of Public Health (1990). He is a Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Cyrus KhambattaCyrus Khambatta, PhD

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, is a cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he first reduced his own insulin usage by more than 40%, and has educated thousands of people with all forms of diabetes how to reverse insulin resistance using food as medicine.

Cyrus 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-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 (ACLM) Conference, Plant Stock, and has been featured on Forks Over Knives, NPR, PBS, KQED, Fast Company, and is the author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes.

Caroline TrappCaroline Trapp, DNP

Caroline Trapp, DNP is the director of diabetes education & care at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and is a nurse practitioner with more than 30 years of experience, specializing in the care of people with diabetes. Her degrees are from the University of Michigan (BSN), University of Pennsylvania (MSN) and Madonna University (DNP). She is board-certified in adult primary care nursing, diabetes education and lifestyle medicine. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

Dr. Trapp’s work with the Physicians Committee has taken her to China, the Northern Republic of Macedonia, Canada, the Marshall Islands, all over the U.S. and to Native American tribal lands and Pueblos. Across these diverse settings, she has found tremendous interest from health professionals and the public on the potential for evidence-based nutrition for diabetes prevention, treatment and reversal.

Dr. Trapp was awarded Oakland University’s Nightingale Award for Education and Research in 2012 and inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2013. She is a founding board member of Plant-based Prevention of Disease (P-POD) and an active volunteer with the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG) of Michigan. Dr. Trapp helped to establish and leads the Nurses Nutrition Network of the Physicians Committee.


Jolene Bowers, PhD

Jolene Bowers, PhD is a public health scientist, specializing in the study of microbes as pathogens and as symbionts. She studies the common “opportunistic pathogens” that plague us and that are often antibiotic resistant, and has shown that they are often part of our microbiome before they cause infection. It’s the dysbiosis, or imbalance of homeostasis and the microbiome, that results in disease and infection.

Dr.Bowers knows what influences our different microbiota and the remarkable number of ways our microbiome influences us, including the choices we make. She knows the power of our microbiome and that we are just beginning to understand how it is an integral part of who we are.

Beth DuPree, MD, VACS, ABOIM

Beth Baughman DuPree, MD transitioned her primary practice to The Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona in the fall of 2017 where she has been recruited to lead the creation of an accredited center of excellence and destination cancer center.  She continues to serve as Vice President of Holy Redeemer Health System through this transition.  She also holds an academic appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery at The University of Pennsylvania. She is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in diseases of the breast and obtained additional board certification in Integrative and Holistic Medicine.

Dr. DuPree, who received her medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia is the author of The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor’s Journey to Healing. It is the true story of her journey as a surgeon who awakens to the healer that resides within her. Proceeds from the book are donated to The Healing Consciousness Foundation, a nonprofit organization Dr. DuPree founded in 2007 to fund holistic and wellness therapies for women and men living with a breast cancer diagnosis.  She has attained board certification in Integrative Medicine that enhances her ability to care for the “whole” patient on their cancer journey.

Dr. DuPree, a renowned breast cancer surgeon, has won numerous awards for her medical work and humanitarian endeavors. Dr. DuPree’s skin-sparing mastectomies, performed in conjunction with plastic surgeon Robert Skalicky, D.O., were featured live on the Internet in October 1999. The mastectomy webcast and subsequent television documentary received a coveted Gracie Allen Award in New York City in April 2000.

Dr. DuPree was awarded the Clara Barton Humanitarian Award from the American Red Cross for her ongoing contributions to the treatment of breast cancer in March 2000. In December of 2002, she received The Vision of Hope Award and in March 2003, Governor Rendell recognized her as one of seven recipients of the Women Pioneering the Future Award.

Dr. DuPree is a prominent keynote inspirational speaker at many national events, primarily addressing women’s health issues, women’s empowerment, breast cancer, healing and wellness. She has been a frequent expert on NBC Nightly News and The Today Show. Dr. DuPree previously a co-host of Women to Watch, a live radio show, on WWDB 860 AM that showcases amazing women and shares their personal success stories.

Shipra Bansal, MD, Conference Medical DirectorShipraBansalPhoto

Shipra Bansal, MD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Osteopathic and Lifestyle Medicine at A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA).   In this capacity she is leading the implementation of a fully integrated lifestyle medicine curriculum at the university.  Prior to this, she was the Regional Director of Medical Education (RDME) for North Country Healthcare where she was responsible for running the 2nd year program at the Flagstaff satellite campus.

She is also a family physician at North Country HealthCare, a federally qualified health center in Flagstaff, AZ.  Dr. Bansal has been working with patients on whole-food plant-based eating patterns since 2014 and now conducts group visits in nutrition designed to help patients stabilize or reverse disease.  Dr. Bansal focuses on making healthy lifestyles, particularly nutrition, accessible to underserved populations.

Dr. Bansal completed her training at Harbor-UCLA in 2008.

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