International Medical Wellness Association Faculty & Trainers
The Medical Wellness Association Faculty and Trainers include our leading experts in health and medical care, wellness and personalized medicine, complementary, integrative and functional medicine, physiology, medical wellness, aging, gerontology, longevity, performance, sports medicine, physical therapy, employee health promotion, ergonomics, worksite wellness, marketing, branding, strategic business planning, forecasting, auditing, coaching, medical nutrition, supplements, imaging, medical devices, testing assessments and clinical research. Our MWA distinguished faculty provide professional expertise and are instrumental in review of standards, guidelines, programs, products, research, publications, trainings, future planning, certification and professional acceptance for the Association.
Alliances, Strategic Partnerships, Business Development, Branding, Consulting, Market Research, Wellness as Medicine, Medical Wellness, Health Fitness Management, Corporate Health & Employee Wellness
Dr. Christopher Breuleux has proven strategic leadership expertise in the medical wellness, health promotion, healthcare and the corporate health wellness industries. As an industry leader, Dr. Breuleux possesses a critical perspective and a unique ability to provide visionary leadership and development for new opportunities in medical wellness, healthcare, corporate and consumer wellness. He is currently the CEO of Medical Wellness Associates, a successful international medical wellness, health fitness consulting, training and development company. Dr. Breuleux has positioned his leadership as the industry frontrunner in developing, branding and marketing wellness products/programs, creating real life value propositions for integrated medical and wellness services. He has managed strategic solutions for healthcare, clinical providers and businesses in launching new health products, capital/project development for integrated medical centers while serving as the wellness expert in developing medical wellness brands for enhanced client outcomes and consumer experiences. As a trusted C-Suite advisor, Dr. Breuleux supports significant organizations, companies, medical, wellness and health providers.
Dr. Breuleux is one of the proven international experts on developing, marketing and branding medical wellness-health promotion including global companies, medical and health providers. He has had a long and successful career advising organizations across five continents for some of the world’s leading companies and medical healthcare systems. Dr. Breuleux brings a unique blend of corporate health expertise, national wellness leadership as well as sports medicine therapist, health fitness design, facility project development and management experience. He has extensive experience in creating strategic partnership agreements and joint ventures with companies, developers and vendors within the medical wellness, health promotion, corporate wellness and population health industries. Dr. Breuleux has successfully planned and developed multiple award-winning national wellness and international company employee health fitness programs. He was recently honored with the Distinguished Medical Wellness Professional Service Award and received the prestigious Research Merit Award from the National Wellness Institute.
As President of the Medical Wellness Association, he has developed successful business partnerships, leveraged strategic alliances in creating the world’s leading professional medical wellness network with over two decades of international conferences, forums and training events. Dr. Breuleux serves on the Medical Advisory Board for Project Walk International and Advisory Board Member for the American College of Wellness, Fitness Formulary, the Fitness Network, Medical Wellness and Mithra Health. His clients include Fortune 50 companies, hospitals, physicians, health providers, associations, universities/schools, franchises, clubs/spas and wellness operations. He has provided services to over 600 companies, hospitals and providers including the first joint partnerships between multiple hospital systems, joint university-medical wellness centers and member-club-hospital programs. Dr. Breuleux has held leadership and faculty positions at several universities including: The Ohio State University, University of Michigan, Tulane University, Xavier University, Miami University, University of Cincinnati and the University of Houston. He has served in leadership roles with several National Fitness and Wellness Councils and the National Governors Council on Health and Fitness. Dr. Breuleux is a Distinguished Fellow with the American College of Wellness, Association for Worksite Health Promotion, The Association of Fitness for Business, Medical Wellness Diplomat, MWA Faculty and serves as corporate trainer and advisor for several companies, hospitals, communities and professional associations. He provides international training, advising and development with a personal network of over 500,000 health, medical and wellness professionals. Dr. Breuleux is a licensed MTI Therapy Instructor, Master Trainer for Wellness Advocate Certification and a highly sought after corporate and employee trainer with over 1,000 professional presentations and company training engagements.
Healthcare, Hospital Administration, Medical Wellness Tourism, Pediatrics, Clinical Hygiene, Infection Control, Prevention, Family & Community Wellness
Dr. Mamdouh El Araby is a well-known family and child caring Pediatrician for more than three decades who has successfully developed many Healthcare initiatives for improved healthcare delivery and quality for children of Egypt promoting Oral Hydration therapy, breast feeding, vaccination and proper nutrition. He now leads Healthcare as a Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Internationally Accredited El Araby Hospital. The El Araby Medical Center Hospital: Striving for better patient care is recognized as the preferred choice for people across the Middle East and North Africa.
Dr. El Araby is a national Leader in promoting Medical Tourism in Egypt with innovative Technologies. He serves on many Boards and Organizations promoting Public-Private Partnership to provide solutions to increasing demands in the Healthcare sector along with social entrepreneurship giving back to the community. Dr. El Araby currently serves as the Medical Wellness Association formal liaison for Egypt and North Africa. He also serves as the Chief Pediatrician Expert for the Medical Wellness Association and is on the Association Hygiene and Disease Prevention Professional Acceptance Committee.
Medical Business Consulting, Pharmaceutical Formulations, Extractions & Synthesis, Compounding,
Full Vertical Customized Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Intellectual Property Licensing & Franchising
Dr. Samuel Alawieh received his educational accolades from the University of Windsor, Wayne State University & Ferris State University. Samuel strived for excellence in research, education & entrepreneurship by the mantra of customizing care through integrity, innovation, & compassion. Prior to, his journey initiated at the Windsor YMCA with his first David Covey book from his then CEO & Mentor. Mind, Body & Spirit connectivity was introduced to him as a youth mentor at the age of 16. Onwards, Dr. Alawieh dived into his career with his first undergraduate fellowship with MERCK & Wayne State University at the age of 19. This was his first real lab exposure to synthesizing chemicals for cocaine addiction & Parkinson's disease treatment investigative modalities.
Over the last decade, Dr. Alawieh has dedicated his life to the world of pharmaceutical medicine, nutraceuticals & agricultural medicines. In the last three years, Dr. Alawieh set out to merge, acquire, innovate & launch a full vertical spectrum for offering customized therapeutics, research & development, & products through a business-to-business platform pertaining to the manufacturing, distribution, franchising, licensing, branding & partnering with an incredible network of innovative cutting edge partners to establish a conscious shift into the holistic medicinal platform nationally & internationally. Sam is nationally registered compounding pharmacy franchise recognized and venture implant technology Trade Secret Formulation Licensing nationwide. He has copyright-USPTO Novel compound formulations for pharmaceutical therapy and source code software platform for full vertical specialty pharmaceuticals. Currently, Dr. Alawieh is the CEO & Founder of RXNB LTD, a prescription for new beginnings, motivated to provide fully customizable access to medicine for all market segments, professionals and consumers.
President & CEO, The Claremont Club
Health Fitness Clubs, Management Operations, Community Service, Project Walk, Exercise is Medicine, Medical Wellness, Wellness for Clubs, Cancer Wellness, Financial & Strategic Planning
Mike Alpert has been the President and the CEO of The award winning Claremont Club since 1997. Located in Claremont, California, The Claremont Club is a multi-use athletic, aquatic, tennis & social facility encompassing 19 acres, with a staff of 261 and servicing over 10,000 members and operating on an annual $12 million fiscal budget. During his time in Claremont he has created a dedicated team with a sense of ownership and accountability; developed a club culture of a passionate and value-based entity and created a focus on making a difference in people’s lives. Mike has served on the Northwest Athletic Club Association Board of Directors and is a Past President & Board Member of California Clubs of Distinction. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the Medical Wellness Association. Mike is a recipient of the Richard S. Kirkendall Award: one of only two non-educators to receive this award from the Claremont Unified School District, The REX Ben Franklin Award and The Medical Wellness Association Distinguished Community Service Award.
Because his passion is for the chronically injured and the chronically ill, Mike has been presenting “Exercise is Medicine” to universities and organizations internationally including Israel, Italy and Spain. He believes that now, more than ever, the healthcare industry and the fitness industry must join efforts in combating and preventing the progression of disease and the effects of injury. Mike is an Advisory Board member of the Medical Wellness Association. He is a past President and Board member of the California Clubs of Distinction and IHRSA's Outstanding Community Service award recipient. Mike’s honors include the Medical Wellness Association "Best of Medical Wellness" and the REX Ben Franklin Award. He has led Executive Roundtables in Spain and Italy and was selected by the American College of Sport Medicine to present Exercise is Medicine in Israel with the International European Congress.
MA, MS, MWF,
President & CEO, Private Health News
Healthcare & Medical Product Development, Marketing Strategies, e-Communications, Health Innovation, Managed Care, Elder Care & Employee Assistance Programs
Daniel Ansel is President and CEO for Private Health News, has over 35 years of experience in successfully developing, marketing and managing an extensive range of innovative healthcare and human service related programs. He has developed programs for organizations including: Procter & Gamble, HONDA of America, ChoiceCare, Humana, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, numerous pharmaceutical companies and hundreds of healthcare systems throughout the United States.Dan served as Vice President, Business Development, for a multi-health care system where he negotiated and directly contacted with insurance carriers, health care providers, community agencies and corporations. He was a principal in creating the largest healthcare-based Corporate Health program in the country which included “at– risk” services for over half a million lives in the behavioral health and senior markets. As Vice President of Business Development for a national marketing / communication organization, Dan developed innovative and targeted communication programs focused on Senior Services, Managed Medicare, and Women’s Health, Hispanic Parenting, Corporate Health and Work/Family issues for the pharmaceutical and managed care markets.
Currently Dan is co-founder and President / CEO of Private Health News and Active Daily Living he has created award-winning e-communication solutions, CRM / Marketing tools and population health platforms to help hundreds of Clients build ongoing, targeted relationships with health consumers, physicians, nurses and patients / caregivers based on their specific health interests, specialties, needs while promoting a client's programs, products, services and physicians. In addition to being a frequent speaker at national conferences, he has published articles on topics including; Managed Medicare, Acquisition and Retention, Work/Life programs, Direct Contracting with Employers, and Managed Behavioral Health Care. He has a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Health Care Services Administration from Xavier University.
CCO, HealthPointe Solutions & President, JMB Associates
St. Louis, Missouri
Strategic and Implementation Planning, Experience Design, Development Consultant, Branding & Business Development
Jeff Bensky is a trusted advisor to the "C Suite" who assumed leadership roles and experiences though creating real life retail value propositions in the development and management of integrated well-being products and services. Projects have leveraged strategic alliances among various health care entities. Also developed and implemented strategic solutions for physician practice development, brand development for launching specific pharmaceutical products, real estate development for integrated medically-based well-being centers. Experience design is a very important component of our efforts and helps our clients create congruent brand promises with their customer's brand experiences.
Dr. Silvia Binder,
ND, PhD, MWD, MWF,
President, Ondamed Companies & Founder, The Binder Institute for Personalized Medicine
Biomedical Therapy (BIT), Clinic Integration, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Energy Medicine, Bio-Medicine, Ondamed Assessment & Training
Dr. Silvia Binder, N.D., Ph.D., is the CEO and President of the Ondamed companies in Germany and New York. Dr. Binder is founder of the Binder Institute for Personalized Medicine and has been helping chronically ill patients at her medical wellness practice in Germany for many years. Silvia supports international clinical studies at various universities, clinics, medical practices and is actively involved with training M.D.s and allied Health care practitioners around the world. She grew up in Vienna, Austria, where she earned her degree in business and in her continued educational path she received her N.D. degree from the College of Naturopathy in London, U.K. followed by her Ph.D. degree in naturopathy. Binder moved to the U.S. 1989 and in 2002, Silvia met Rolf Binder and she established Ondamed Inc. in New York. She started treating her son, who was able to avoid open-heart surgery since his thrombus reduced drastically under her care. Since 2003, her son has been free of all medication and enjoys a healthy life with her preventative monthly treatments. This eye-opening and heart-touching experience fueled Binder's passion to educate the world of this life-changing technology.
Dr. Binder is an expert in the history and practice of energy medicine and its use today with state-of-the-art Bio Medicine and the German technology, Ondamed. Silvia is also a faculty member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and MWA. She lectures around the world and combines Bio Medicine Biomedical Information Therapy (BIT) with focused electromagnetic field stimulation into her practice of Medical Wellness along with lifestyle, nutrition, detoxification, homeopathy, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), augmentation to diagnosis and treatment by finding cellular dysfunctional areas on the body that are potentially responsible for not performing at optimum health and chronic disease. Dr. Binder has been helping chronically ill patients at her practice in Southern Germany. Silvia is involved with clinical studies at various university clinics, lectures around the world and offers courses teaching practitioners about the integration of energy medicine with nutrition, homeopathy, anthroposophical medicine, environmental stress, cancer connections (Hamer), bio-energetic field and more.
MA, MWD, MWF,
Founder & CEO, American College of Wellness
Wellness, Foundation Development, Bariatrics, Nutrition, Obesity & Weight Management Programs, Teaching, Kinesiology, Personal Training & Sports Performance
Amy Blansit, MA, is the Founder and CEO of the American College of Wellness in Springfield, Missouri. She is currently on the Kinesiology Department faculty and teaching at Missouri State University, Amy was the Weight Management Coordinator for Mercy Health Systems. In 2003, Amy founded the American College of Wellness and continues to successfully oversee it today. Amy has been an adjunct instructor at Drury University and Missouri State University in the Exercise Science programs. She also has been on the teaching faculty for the Medical Wellness Association, Pinnacle Career Institute and University of Phoenix.
Amy received her Master’s Degree from Adelphi University in Exercise Physiology. She is a certified ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist and ACSM Health Fitness Specialist At the Missouri State University, she teaches courses in kinesiology, health and wellness promotion, obesity management and sport performance. Amy has been honored as a distinguished International Medical Wellness Association Diplomat, Advisor and inaugural MWA Faculty member. With experience in real estate development, she purchased the dilapidated Fairbanks Elementary School to create a hub for resources in underserved northwest Springfield. As chairman of The Drew Lewis Foundation and Program Director of the Northwest Project for socioeconomic development, Amy is working to positively impact poverty and improve the Springfield community.
Cardiology, Personalized Medicine, Genomics, Integrated Medicine, Medical Wellness Testing, Business of Medicine, Health 2.0 Solutions and Consumer Engagement
Dr. Craig Brandman, CEO, StepOneHealth, is a UCLA trained cardiologist and entrepreneur in the healthcare industry. For more than 20 years, Craig has brought his knowledge of the business of medicine, the requirements of daily practice, and the benefits of technology to healthcare organizations. StepOne Health is focused on providing integrated resources to engaged, empowered consumer who want to optimize their health and wellness. StepOne emphasizes identifying quantitative personal metrics for Integrated Medical solutions which can then be used as trends in validating the effectiveness of the solutions the engaged consumer has embraced. "The goal of engagement is to improve compliance and optimize outcomes." Dr. Brandman. Craig was also co-founder and CEO of MEDILINQ in addition to creating two other companies including LawPlus, which provided communications solutions to the legal community; and Gryphon California, which provided secure communications solutions to the health care and legal services industries. Before developing these companies, Craig was Managing Partner responsible for all clinical initiatives for a $65 million physician-management services organization. Craig received his MD from the SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in New York, and his postgraduate training in Cardiology at the Harbor General Campus of UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Brandman has recently been honored as a distinguished International Medical Wellness Association Diplomat, Advisor and new Association Faculty member.
Dr. Hyla Cass,
MD, ABPN, ABIHM, MWF,
Author & Integrated Medicine Physician, Integrative Medicine
Los Angeles, California
Integrative Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurology, Natural Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Nutrition, Natural Supplements, Addictions & Drug Therapy
Hyla Cass, MD, is an international expert in integrative medicine and psychiatry. Board-certified in psychiatry and neurology (ABPN) and in integrative and holistic medicine (ABIHM), Dr. Cass graduated from the University of Toronto School of Medicine, interned at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and completed a psychiatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center-UCLA. Nationally acclaimed pioneer in the fields of integrative medicine and psychiatry, Dr. Cass helps individuals enhance mind, mood and energy with the use of natural supplements and hormones. She has received a numerous awards including the Safe Harbor award for outstanding contributions in alternative mental health, The Legacy Service Award from ACAM, Emord & Associates’ “Excellence in Integrative Medicine,” and admission to the International Orthomolecular Medicine Organization’s Hall of Fame for her significant contribution to the field. She appears often as a guest on national radio and television, including The View and The Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Cass combines the best of natural medicine with modern science where she uses an integrated approach in her evaluation and treatment of individuals with a wide variety of problems. She is the author of numerous articles and popular books including: The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free; Natural Highs; Supplement your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition, and 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health. Dr. Cass helps individuals withdraw safely and comfortably from addictive substances, including medications, and to enhance mind, mood and energy with targeted nutritional supplements formulations. She lectures frequently for MWA and to her fellow health professionals and is in private clinical practice in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Global Wellness, Anti Aging Medicine, Research, Bioidentical Hormones (BIHRT), Weight Management, Aesthetics, Age Management Medicine & Training
Dr. Anoop Chaturvedi, MD, is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, USA and one of the world's leading experts on anti-aging, weight loss and age management medicine. He is the CEO and Founder of World Antiaging Network and also the Co-founder of the Society of Anti-aging Medicine and Research (AMAR - India), which provides educational, clinical, and research support for physicians. Dr. Chaturvedi is also an international lecturer at wellness forums and conferences on natural bioidentical hormones (BIHRT) for the treatment and prevention of age related conditions, weight management and neurotransmitters balancing for aging brain .He is a frequent instructor at medical conferences in the USA, China, India, France, Italy, South Africa, Dubai, and Southeast Asia. He is frequently appearing Anti-aging expert on TV channels in USA and India.
Dr. Anoop Chaturvedi is one of the leading experts on anti-aging, weight loss and age management medicine. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, USA and Postgraduate in Anesthesiology from Medical College Miraj, India. Founder President of Antiaging Medicine and Research (AMAR) India, CEO of World Antiaging Network, Ass. Prof. Medicine for University of Science Arts & Technology & International Scientific research advisor for Amaya Wellness USA & Euromedicom. Harvard Business School Alumni, Postgraduate in Anesthesiology from the Government Medical College Miraj, India.He is also a research scientist, Founder President of Antiaging Medicine and Research (AMAR) India, World Antiaging Network,International Scientific Advisor for Amaya Wellness USA & Euromedicom, Ass. Prof. Medicine for University of Science Arts & Technology, Montserrat & Faculty of School of Anti-Aging Regenerative and Aesthetic Medicine, UCSI University Malaysia.
MS, MA, MBA, MWF, FAWHP,
President, Scott Chovanec & Associates, Inc.
Highland Park, Illinois
Leadership & HR Development, Health Care, Clinical Integration, Customer Service Facility Audit, Medical Wellness Facility Review & Certification, Programs, Facility & Staffing Audits, Aquatic Certification, Health Fitness & Medical Wellness Training.
Scott Chovanec is President of Scott Chovanec & Associates, Inc., an innovative consulting practice
providing strategic solutions, thought leadership and decision support for health care markets as
well as the medical wellness, fitness & club industry. Scott has been the regional director for
MediFit Corporate Services, Inc., offering consulting, account management and new business
development for the award-winning company. He served 16 years as corporate director for
Advocate Fitness, a division of Advocate Health Care, where he established the business model and
developed, as well as managed, a large network of corporate fitness facilities and integrated
hospital-based wellness centers. While in this capacity, he also served as the administrator for The
Power Program, Advocate’s experiential learning, team building and adventure travel product line.
Scott’s career began as a high school physical education & health educator and head swimming
In all, Scott has over 45 years’ experience in both educational and administrative aspects of
fitness and health promotion.
Earning Bachelors and Masters of Science,(MS) from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Scott
also has a MS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois, a Masters in Business
Administration (MBA- Finance) from Lake Forest Graduate School of Business Management and a
MA in Education Administration from Northeastern Illinois University. Over the years, Scott has
become a requested lecturer in health fitness, management and leadership disciplines, delivering
over 1,000 motivating seminars and keynote presentations to businesses and international
conferences. Active in many professional and civic organizations, Scott has authored numerous
articles, book chapters and scholarly research. Scott currently serves as Advisor and Faculty
Member for the Medical Wellness Association and has served as Vice President - Finance for the
International Association for Worksite Health Promotion where he earned the prestigious Fellow
status (FAWHP). With several American College of Sports Medicine certifications, Scott is also a
CPR and WSI Instructor and holds an advanced swimming pool certification from NSPI. He is a
selected member of several business organization registries, being recognized for his professional,
academic and civic leadership and achievements.
Residing in Highland Park, Illinois, Scott was a two-term elected commissioner for the Park District
of Highland Park. As commissioner, he was instrumental in developing a solid sport feeder program
for the local high school and had designed new sports, fitness and recreational facilities for the
community. He is currently serving on one of the fund-raising boards for Advocate Lutheran
General Hospital (Park Ridge, IL). An active marathoner and triathlete, Scott was Midwest Triathlon
Champion and has attained a Top Ten national ranking in long-course triathlons. Recently, Scott
was named Illinois “Administrator of the Year” by the Association of Health Physical Education
Recreation and Dance. He was selected as “Top Presenter” by Athletic Business Conference for
2015 and honored as a Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce “Community Star” award recipient.
M.S., ATC, MWF,
Founder, CEO, Kinesics Software and Education
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Physiology, Sports Medicine, Worksite Wellness Education, Medical Devices, Clinical Research, Testing & Assessments
Gerald Drefahl, M.S., ATC, is a renowned expert and innovator in the fields of rehabilitation and corrective kinesiology. Gerald is the founder of Kinesics, a continuing education and software company, and the CEO of FITT, a private pay integrated wellness facility. As the creator and CEO of Kinesics Software and Education Platform he launched the Kinesics learning management system. As the sole instructor in Kinesics asynchronous lectures produced in video format, Gerald leads a team of professional consultants to assist in crafting the presentation of the course including staff writers, speaking coaches, graphic designers, video editors, business administrators, online course development team, technical staff, and social media management team. Kinesics is an approved continuing education provider for the NATA Board of Certification (BOC), LAPT, TPTA, NSCA, ACSM, NASM, AFAA. Gerald is also the creator of Kinesics Software System. The Kinesics Software System is a proprietary software that allows practitioners to conduct scientifically valid evaluations in order to detect imbalances and deviations throughout the entire body.
In 2,000, Gerald founded FITT, an integrated therapy and training facility which employs personal trainers, massage therapists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, dietitians and holistic health practitioners. Gerald developed a standardized system for all employees to follow for the integrated health and wellbeing of each person involved within the program. The standardized system includes processes and procedures for the following: new client consultations, evaluations, re-evaluation, program design, session protocols, record keeping and SOAP notes, business operations, marketing and management. He also created and developed a unique, whole body evaluation process to uncover imbalances and asymmetries that can lead to injury. The evaluation includes postural analysis, muscle length tension assessment, spinal curve measurements and client specific advanced orthopedic testing. In 2012, Gerald partnered with the Baton Rouge General Hospital System, selling the highly trained staff, allowing the Kinesics processes and protocols to be used within the hospital system, where he currently serves as the facility CEO for the hospital Kinesics System.
M.S., MWF, MWD,
Founder & President, Medical Health and Fitness, University of California
Santa Barbara, California
Diabetes Self Care, Cancer Wellness, Post Rehab, Blood lab testing, Population Health Management, Corporate wellness, stress management, and disease prevention
Eric Durak is one of the nation’s leading clinical Exercise Physiologists and Health Educators. He has over 25 years of experience in health promotion, and has presented at 198 national and international conferences in exercise, medicine, and health promotion. Eric has also logged thousands of hours in clinical care, wellness, and research. He has performed exercise programs for diabetic and cancer patients, and onsite stretching for industrial workers. His clinical research has tested the effects of exercise and nutrition for specific populations.
His career has been a series of “firsts” – producing leading edge research in diabetes and exercise early in his career, starting one of the first exercise and cancer programs in the nation, and producing some of the first clinical exercise certification programs in the profession. He wrote the first book on insurance reimbursement for the fitness industry, and one of the first courses on post-rehab exercise for medical patients. His blood lab specialist CEU course is the first in the industry. Eric has presented his research at the American Cancer Society, The San Antonio International Breast Cancer Conference, the American College of Sports Medicine, Psycho-Oncology, and the American Massage Therapy Association. He has also taught workshops across the US for over 16 years. The author of 24 books relating to healthcare, wellness, and fitness, Eric’s initial book on Exercise and Cancer was published years before others on the topic.
Dr. Adel Eldin,
MD, FACC, FACP,
CEO & Founder, Florida Medical Tourism and Global Medical Wellness Expert
Wesley Chapel, Florida
Preventive Cardiology, Total Wellness, Medical Wellness Tourism, Concierge Medicine, Anti-Aging Medicine & Affordable Quality Healthcare
Dr. Adel Eldin, MD, FACC Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, FACP , Fellow of the American College of Physicians has been in private clinical medical practice in Florida over the past 20 years with Brooksville Cardiology. His work is known nationally for patient advocacy, seniors' rights, education and community outreach. He has been published in various journals and took part in multiple clinical and research trials involving treatment of acute myocardial infarction and coronary stent research. He is the proud recipient of many prestigious awards involving the best small business of the year, First Humanitarian Award and special recognition from President Obama for serving the community, to name a few.
Dr. Eldin is a serial entrepreneur and the current President of Society of Physician Entrepreneur, Tampa Bay Chapter who has been working on solutions for the health care crisis involving Affordable Quality Healthcare Model, for Wellness and Disease Prevention and also founded Florida Medical Tourism in Spring of 2012 to help ease the global health care needs always putting the patient first. He speaks locally and internationally with putting emphasis on “bringing the heart back into Medicine”.
Worksite Health and Fitness, Employee Training & Client Engagement, Leadership Development, Health Fitness Center Design & Operations, Employee Marketing, Strategic Planning, Business & Program Development
Allison Flatley, MS, has been committed to the health and fitness industry for 30 years. Throughout most of her career, she was focused on building, operating and growing corporate, residential, commercial, government and hospital-based fitness and wellness programs throughout the United States. Allison is an accomplished leader and experienced club operator. Today, Allison helps organizations with their strategy, marketing, business growth and client engagement through her successful Allison Flatley Consulting company. She currently serves as MWA Faculty and on the Club Solutions Advisory Board and Industry Advisory Council for the American Public University Sports and Health Sciences Degree Program.
Allison served as Vice Chairman of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) Board of Directors and President of the Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association (MACMA). For 14 years, Allison shared her industry knowledge and experience as an adjunct professor at American University, teaching the Fundamentals of Health Promotion as part of the Sports Administration graduate program. Allison is on the IHRSA Faculty, an international presenter in China and South America (ChinaFit, Fitness Mercado), and speaks at industry conventions (MWA, Club Industry, IHRSA, MACMA and NEHRSA). She enjoys mentoring and leading our future health fitness and wellness industry leaders. Allison is originally from Minnesota and earned her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from Miami University.
Dr. Raymond Hall,
DC, MWD, MWF,
Medical Partner, Pacific Coast Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine Chiropractic, Spine Specialist, Wellness Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Orthopedic Treatments, Innovation, Inventor, Sleep Medicine & Wellness Products Manufacturer
Dr. Raymond Hall, a highly regarded integrated wellness chiropractic physician, inventor, author, lecturer, sleep care expert, and television personality, has been honored by the International Association of Healthcare Providers as the TOP CHIROPRACTOR IN CALIFORNIA IN 2015 and by The International Association of Chiropractors as the ‘TOP CHIROPRACTOR IN LOS ANGELES’ for three previous consecutive years (2013 – 2015). As a spine specialist for over 31 years, Dr. Hall has treated more than 10,000 people with neck and back complaints ---including many celebrities and professional athletes. Dr. Hall is also a pioneer in cooperative medicine by combining modern day wellness and Sports Medicine Chiropractic and fully integrating with the best physicians in Orthopedic Medicine. Dr Hall practices his specialty Sports Medicine Chiropractic at the prestigious Pacific Coast Sports Medicine in Los Angeles, California.
As a sought after lecturer in the fields of sports, sleep, and wellness, Dr. Hall has been a speaker for TED-X Malibu, a guest on over 15 radio shows, almost a dozen television shows such as “The Doctors”, “Dancing with the Stars,” “Great Day Houston”, as well as various news programs such as Fox 11 News, a nationally syndicated special on “Text Neck.” As an inventor of sleep, health and wellness products, he has applied for six patents, two that are registered and four more that are pending patents within the year. Dr. Hall has also invented two neck pillows (PILLO1) as well as four other devices for health and wellness. He is the founder and CEO of Hall Innovations, a SLEEP products manufacturer with JUST SLEEP beds as well as a brilliant line of cervical therapeutic pillows called PILLO1. PILLO1 a subsidiary of Hall Innovations, was invented by Dr. Hall and patented in 2004. After 12 years of research and ongoing development, the award winning therapeutic neck and head pillow, PILLO1, is currently being distributed at Doctors and therapists offices throughout the world. Dr Hall practices in West Los Angeles at Pacific Coast Sports Medicine and lives in Malibu, California.
Dr. Michal Heger,
Chief Editor, Journal of Clinical and Translational Research, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam
Clinical & Translational Research, Professional Journal Editing, Research Management & Evaluation, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Laser Applications, Protein & BioChemistry
Dr. Michal Heger is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Research and Professor in the Department of Experimental Surgery, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He is also the Founder and CEO of Sickel and Hammer Services as well as the CEO and Co-Founder of Applive LTD. Dr. Heger is an expert in clinical and translational research with the patient at the very centerfold, which is why he founded his own professional journal in that name Journal of Clinical and Translational Research; (JCTR) The target audience is comprised of medical patients, clinicians and researchers, which ultimately represent consumers, individuals and families. Dr. Heger completed his graduate studies at the University of Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Dr. Heger is currently the principal investigator at the Department of Experimental Surgery at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam. His research is predominantly focused on the following areas: (1) hepatic and renal ischemia/reperfusion injury; (2) hepatic steatosis; (3) cholestasis; (4) portal vein embolization and liver regeneration; (5) liver and kidney transplantation and preservation techniques; (6) chemotherapy and photodynamic therapy of solid cancers; (7) laser-assisted vascular welding. His academic research responsibilities further include development and employment of micro- and spectroscopic techniques for the assessment of tissue viability and function as well as setting up novel animal models and biochemical/chemical assays, treatment techniques, and research lines within the scope of existing and novel research activities.
Dr. James Ho,
MD, PhD, DABCC,
Chairman & CEO, Lawke Digital Health
Chinese Medicine, Preventive & Functional Medicine, Military Healthcare & Hospitals, Medical Training & Education, Digital Health, Biotechnology, Clinical Labs, Medical Nutrition, Wellness and Health Products.
Dr. James J. Ho, MD, PhD, DABCC, Professor, Director, Peking Union Lawke Center for Functional Medicine and Chairman and CEO, Lawke Health Group & CEO, Lawke Digital Technology
Dr. James Ho is the Founder, Chairman/CEO of Lawke Health Group, a healthcare service group in China. Dr. Ho is also the CEO of Lawke Digital Technology. Lawke Health Group focuses on delivering clinical lab services, clinic services, medical training and education services, digital health, nutrition and health products for Functional Medicine. Currently, Lawke operates a chain of over 200 branches throughout China. Lawke Digital Technologies is one of the leading health technology companies in Asia.
Dr. Ho received his M.D. from Beijing Medical University (Peking University Medical School), a PhD in Chemistry from Wake Forest University, and a postdoctoral clinical fellowship at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He is American board certified clinical chemist (DABCC). He also graduated from the US Army Officer Training School, was active duty for three years and eight years in reserves with the rank of Major. Dr. Ho had many military clinical experiences at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This included being the license holder for the largest diagnostic center for preventive, anti-aging testing in the US.
Dr. Steve Hotze,
Founder & CEO, Hotze Health & Wellness Center
Integrative Medicine, Wellness Medicine, Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, Otolaryngic Allergy, Hypothyroidism, Medical Nutrition, Natural Supplements & Vitamins
Dr. Steven F. Hotze, M.D., is the founder and CEO of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, Hotze Enterprises, Hotze Vitamins and Hotze Pharmacy. His goal is to change the way women and men are treated in midlife through the use of bioidentical hormone therapy. His 8-Point Treatment Regimen has helped thousands of individuals to get on a path of health and wellness and enjoy a better quality of life in an environment of extraordinary hospitality and guest service. A native Houstonian trained in both surgery and emergency medicine, Dr. Hotze received his undergraduate degree and completed his medical school training at the University of Texas.
Dr. Hotze is the best-selling author of Hormones, Health, and Happiness and Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness. In Hormones, Health, and Happiness, he describes his journey from using pharmaceutical drugs to actively listening to his patients and treating the root cause of their symptoms through natural approaches. “For an acute illness, such as strep throat or a sinus infection, the drug approach may be appropriate. However, few patients with chronic ailments ever really get well by taking drugs. How can they? Chronic illness and disease are not caused by deficiencies of prescription drugs.” In his latest book, Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness, Dr. Hotze reveals how commonly hypothyroidism is overlooked, misdiagnosed, and mistreated in women and men, and gives you just the information you need to prepare yourself to obtain help.
Dr. Hotze is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and is former president of the Pan American Allergy Society. Suzanne Somers dedicated an entire chapter to Dr. Hotze in her New York Times best seller, Breakthrough. “This Texan doctor is going to steal your heart,” writes Somers. “He has so much energy he can’t wait to get to his office each day. He has built up a practice that is the envy of doctors everywhere.” Dr. Hotze has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows across the nation, including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX affiliates, CBS’ The Morning Show and The Biography Channel. He is also a regular guest on the KHOU Channel 11 morning program, Great Day Houston and the WFAA morning program, Good Morning Texas. Dr. Hotze hosted a radio program, “Health & Wellness Solutions,” on KSEV 700 AM for eleven years. Click here to listen to podcasts of Dr. Hotze, his colleagues, expert guests and patient testimonials.
Fortune 100 CEO, Leadership, Keynote Speaker, Business-Building, Marketing, Branding, Executive Coaching, Employee Health & Wellness, Emerging Markets, Corporate & Elite Athlete, International Trainer & Olympic Coach
James Michael Lafferty is The Chief Executive Officer of Fine Hygienic Holding, and has often been described as one of the most unique and diversified CEO’s in the world today. He is not only a successful CEO: - He is an Olympic Coach. An award-winning journalist. A college professor. A competitive athlete. A philanthropist, mentor-coach, husband and the father of five.
James started his career with humble roots, as a youth track and field coach. Hired by Procter and Gamble in his native Cincinnati, Ohio, James was recruited from the ranks of fitness instructor to enter P&G’s esteemed “Brand Management” program. After superb business and organizational results on the US business, James was transferred into an international career that took him to North Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, The Middle East, Western Europe, Africa and Asia.
With a marketing and general management career that spans over 30 years, James Michael Lafferty is among the leading global experts on business-building, marketing and branding particularly in emerging markets. He has had a long and successful career building businesses and organizations across five continents for some of the world’s leading fast-moving consumer goods companies, including CEO roles within Procter and Gamble, Coca-Cola and BAT. James continues to coach professionally, having coached national level athletes in his native USA as well as Nigeria, and most recently as a Coach of the Philippines Olympic Athletics team at the 2016 Rio Games. He also remains active as a key part of a healthy lifestyle, having run over 30 full marathons and was recent 2017 Philippines National Champion in Powerlifting.
John P. Lemme,
Founder & President, PTX Therapy
Newport Beach, California
Postural Therapy, Kinesiology, Therapeutic Methodology, Exercise Science, Postural Strength Training, Teaching & Sports Performance
John P. Lemme, MWF, has been studying and further developing the methods of Postural Therapy and Postural Strength Training for over 20 years. Throughout his life he has held a tremendous passion for athletics and sports related activities that test the body’s outer limits, as well as giving people hope to heal. After working in numerous clinical environments, he spent over a decade developing the Patented PTX Therapy delivery system, realizing his vision to see many lives changed. PTX proprietary AI (artificial intelligence) technology—US Patent No. 8,715,176—"Method for automated delivery of personalized physical and postural therapy sessions to treat pain" has been used in Fortune 500 companies, instantly delivering personalized therapy programs. As its inventor, all algorithms and protocols of this Virtual Therapy intelligence system originated from John’s study and experience as an athlete and clinician working with thousands of clients, ranging from those with severe pathologies to Olympic and world-class athletes (NFL, NBA, PGA & Notables). Prior to forming PTX Therapy™ John’s work as a strength coach and in physical and postural therapy included head Rehabilitation Specialist and Fitness Trainer for the world-renown Pebble Beach Company. At Pebble he worked closely with Laird Small (Director of Golf – PGA Teacher of the Year) to create a fitness regimen for their world-class Pebble Beach Golf Academy.
John has held positions as Senior Therapist and Director of Seminars & Education for The Egoscue Method Clinic in Del Mar, California. Later, in Greenwich Connecticut, the Peak Wellness Center’s Medical Director, author and sports-med physician Carlon Colker, M.D., contracted John to instruct Postural Therapy & Training principles to his Physical Therapy and Personal Training staff and patients. At Northern Arizona University, while pursuing his Master's of Physical Therapy degree (undergrad B.Sc. degree in Health Science & Nutrition with emphasis in biomechanical kinesiology), John targeted his research efforts outside university textbooks and the PT School's clinical teachings. Such study included personal application during his college football training camps, which is where John met Harland Svare (former NFL Head Coach & GM, and Linebacker for the N.Y. Giants). Coach Svare co-founded (with Pete Egoscue) the Egoscue Method therapy clinic. Both Harland and Pete worked closely with John as an athlete, and it was John’s experience there that expanded his therapeutic knowledge. John has been contracted to speak on the unique nature of Postural Therapy at numerous corporations, and medical & fitness facilities. Furthermore, for several years he performed seminars and lectures about this therapeutic methodology, from Hawaii to New York to the Virgin Islands, including in front of thousands of participants with Anthony Robbins and the Robbins Research International Team
Dr. John E. Lewis,
PhD, MS, MWD, MWF,
Health Promotion Advisor, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
Medical Nutrition, Clinical Research, Nutrition Data Analysis, Optimal Performance Training, Dietary Supplements-Nutraceuticals, Plant Based Diets, Exercise Physiology & Strength Training
Dr. John E. Lewis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is a member of the Legislative Oversight Committee and the Medical Library Committee. Dr. Lewis is a Scientific Investigator at the Corporación de Lucha Contra el SIDA and the Fundación Valle del Lili in Cali, Colombia. He serves as the principal investigator of multiple nutrition, dietary supplement, exercise training, and medical device studies. Much of his research has included investigating the effects of interventions on a wide variety of outcomes, including immune and cognitive functioning, inflammation, physical fitness, nutrient status, quality of life, and mental health, in healthy adults and in those with Alzheimer’s, HIV, diabetes, chronic pain, and GI disorders, among others. He has co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed scientific articles, has been an invited speaker at multiple international and national conferences, and has mentored many undergraduate, graduate, and medical students in exercise, nutrition, and health promotion.
Dr. Lewis earned both his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee in business administration and human physiology, respectively. John has a Ph.D. from the University of Miami in educational and psychological studies. His Medical Wellness Training Expert Specialty areas and Speaking topics include: plant-based (vegan/vegetarian) nutrition; optimal nutrition for health, wellness, and performance; exercise programming – from weekend warriors to athletes; dietary supplementation for health and disease prevention; designing and conducting clinical research interventions; technical writing and professional publishing and presentation; and evaluation of research studies and data. In addition to his professional accomplishments, he is a former athlete and competitive bodybuilder, who maintains a very rigorous exercise training regimen and has eaten a whole-food, plant-based diet for over 19 years.
President & CEO, Active Wellness, BMC3 LLC
Commercial Club Management, Community & Corporate Fitness, Leadership Performance Management, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Value Chain, Financial Models, IT & Systems Development
Bill is a health club industry veteran with over 25 years of experience leading and managing all aspects of commercial health clubs, specialized fitness centers, medical fitness centers, residential, community, multi-tenant and corporate fitness sites. He co-founded Active Sports Clubs/Active Wellness, LLC and owns & operates his health club consultancy - BMC3, LLC. Bill has served as Chairman of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) Board of Directors, President of the Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association (MACMA) and on the Industry Advisory Board for the American Council of Exercise (ACE). Bill also participates on a litany of advisory boards with fitness trade publications, medical fitness related associations and industry related technology companies. He is actively engaged as an author & consultant on client initiatives as well as industry education. Bill speaks and consults regularly on industry topics throughout the world.
MS, MWD, MWF,
College of Medicine, University of Arizona
Worksite Health Promotion, Organizational Health Programs, Wellness Coaching, Osteoporosis Prevention, Wellness for Women, Fitness, Weight Loss, Body Image & Self Esteem
Lauve Metcalfe, M.S. is a corporate fitness trainer, certified wellness coach and an organizational health consultant. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion and a Founding Fellow and a member of the Health & Wellness Board of Advisors for the Institute of Coaching, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. Lauve has been on the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Medicine since 1993, currently as a Mentor Supervisor for the Integrative Health Coaching program, a part of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. She also served as the Associate Director of the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition where she developed and implemented National Institutes of Health research projects involving weight loss, worksite wellness, childhood obesity, and the effects of exercise on bone mass and osteoporosis. Lauve is the author of Reshaping Your Body, Rethinking Your Mind, a book and correspondence course addressing weight loss, body image and self esteem, and is a co-author of The BEST Exercise Program for Osteoporosis Prevention.
Lauve’s experience in developing worksite and organizational health programs has taken her throughout the U.S., Canada, Germany, Brazil, Singapore and Japan. Her background includes positions as Vice President of Corporate Health Development for Canyon Ranch Developments, Director of Program Development for Campbell's Institute for Health and Fitness, Campbell Soup Company, and Director of Health/Fitness for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Lauve was the Program Director of the Great American Workout at the White House for President and Mrs. Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Lauve is a past president of the National Fitness Leaders Association and the Association for Worksite Health Promotion. She was a special consultant to the U.S. Army-Europe on marketing and development of the “Fit to Win” wellness modules, and a member of the Pentagon’s U.S. Army Expert Civilian Task Force on Health Promotion. She is a recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellowship Commendation, and was a member of the 1986 championship team at the National Fitness Classic. Lauve received her Master of Science degree in Administration, Supervision and Curriculum Development of Health Promotion from Florida State University, and her Bachelor of Education is in Health and Physical Education from the University of Miami.
Dr. John Munson,
PhD, MWD, MWF,
Chairman, Board of Directors, National Wellness Institute
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Strategic Planning, Consumer Wellness Training, University-Academic Programs, Foundation's, Nonprofit Organizations, Wellness Vacation Implementation & Board Training
Dr. John W. Munson has spent over 40 years helping to shape the wellness movement in the United States of America and throughout the world. Known for his expertise as in assisting people to begin their personal wellness journey he continues to lead the wellness movement. For over 27 years, Dr. Munson served as the Associate Dean of the School of Health Promotion and Human Development at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. He is professor Emeritus of Health Promotion at the University of Wisconsin where he and colleagues created the world’s first academic program for producing wellness professionals. During this time the health promotion/wellness program became the top undergraduate program in the United States.
Dr. Munson currently serves as Co-president of the National Wellness Institute’s Board of Directors (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) and as Director of Marketing and Corporate Training and board member for Vesuvius Health and Wellness located in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Munson offers consulting services to businesses and individuals who wish to implement wellness strategies and programs. He serves as a trainer for Personality Resources Inc. (New York and Toronto) as he seeks to teach people the importance of understanding how personality type influences individual communication styles and human interaction.
Dr. Munson was named to the Circle of Leadership for the National Wellness Institute, became a Fellow in the Association for Fitness in Business and serves as a distinguished Medical Wellness Association Advisor, Diplomat and International Ambassador. His leadership in the academic preparation arena resulting in creating the first academic accreditation process to certify undergraduate wellness programs. He continues to be active in assisting universities across the world build high quality academic wellness programs. In addition to his academic and professional pursuits he leads wellness vacations across the world through which he takes active adults to experience other cultures. His wellness background provides a backdrop for engaging people in a wellness lifestyle as they travel.
Marketing Consumer Health Tech Products, Multi-Media & TV Content Producer, New Product Development in Exercise, Fitness & Wellness Sectors, On-Camera/Media Training for Executives, TV Producer/Host
Patrick Netter, known in the media as the Gear Guru®, has globally introduced iconic products in the wellness, health and fitness sectors for more than three decades. His successes include accurately forecasting health and fitness trends. Patrick is credited with on-camera launching of the world’s first elliptical fitness trainer on The Today Show in the mid-90’s. His creative skills helped breakthrough products achieve global sales — from the first rebounders and Gravity Boots to nanotechnology sporting goods, in addition to the latest brain-training machines
He established the world’s first total tech retail equipment store, High-Tech Fitness. The LA-based store attracted a celebrity clientele and led to authoring the acclaimed book High-Tech Fitness, in 2000. Patrick has appeared as an expert industry spokesperson on more than 400 national, local and cable TV news and talk shows on all major networks, as well as podcasts, print and online interviews, including Inc Magazine, GQ and the NY Times. In 2017, Patrick invented a patent-pending breakthrough health machine. It’s a simple but powerful solution for people who sit more than four hours a day.
Patrick has taken his years of network TV, on-camera and producer’s experience to create a most effective promotional concept called “Investimercials.” The purpose of these 15-second to 15-minute videos is to communicate a company’s story in an informative, credible and entertaining 60 Minutes-like investigative news format. The result is increased engagement for companies and their consumers. Precor, Panasonic and American Express are among Patrick Netter’s clients. Patrick remains a powerhouse in promoting breakthrough fitness exercise technology worldwide.
MSE, FAWHP, MWD, MWF,
President, The WorkCare Group
Health Management, Communications, Corporate/Employee Wellness, Worksite Health Promotion, Medical Self-Care, Caregiving, Long-Term Care, Publishing & Editing
George J. Pfeiffer, founder and president of the WorkCare Group, Inc. (WCG), Charlottesville, VA, draws from more than four decades of experience in worksite health promotion and provides consulting and program design services for corporations and not-for-profit organizations. From 1974 to 1984, Mr. Pfeiffer was manager of the award-winning health management program at Xerox Corporation. In 1984, Mr. Pfeiffer became vice president and co-founder of The Travelers Center for Corporate Health Promotion, where he managed product development and strategic planning. Before founding WCG in 1991, Mr. Pfeiffer was President of Kelly Communications, Inc., Charlottesville, VA, the largest publisher of employee health communications.
A recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Pfeiffer was named one of 10 Healthy American Fitness Leaders in 1984 by the U.S. Jaycees and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for his contributions in worksite health promotion. In 1994, he was recipient of the Distinguished Leadership and Service Award by the Association for Worksite Health Promotion. In 2005, Pfeiffer was recognized by the National Wellness Association for his lifetime contributions to worksite wellness. He was also recognized as the first Diplomat of the Medical Wellness Association in 2007.
He is currently Immediate Past-President of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP) an affiliate organization of the American College of Sports Medicine. He has been quoted in such national publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, and Business Week. During his career he has served as a consultant to such organizations as UAW-GM, Applied Materials, PSE&G, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Union Pacific Railroad, GlaxoSmithkline, Mobil Corporation, National Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association, the University of Michigan, the National YMCA, Xerox, The Travelers, IBM, General Electric, Honeywell, the Partnership for Prevention, and US Healthiest. Mr. Pfeiffer is the author of Taking Care of Today and Tomorrow: A Resource Guide for Health, Aging, and Long-Term Care; Caregiving and You: A Resource Guide for Long-Term Care; INFORMED: An Introduction to Medical Self-Care and Staying Well, Informed AdvantAGE: A Resource Guide for Healthy Aging, WorkCare: A Resource Guide for the Working Person, and HighPlay. Being Above the Game.
PT, MS, ATC, CSCS, MWF,
CEO, Peak Performance Physical Therapy
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medical Wellness Therapy Programs, Personal Training, Integrating Medical Wellness for Fitness Centers & Health Clubs
Chris Purvis, MS, PT, ATC is the owner and founder of Peak Performance Physical Therapy, and the founder of Medical Wellness Associates, which owns and operates three Spectrum Fitness & Medical Wellness Centers in the Baton Rouge area. Chris has over 30 years of experience in the fields of physical therapy, rehabilitation, exercise, fitness, and wellness. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport (1989) and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from LSU in Baton Rouge (1995). Chris has served as a Medical Wellness Advisor for the Association for the 10 years and will be our Association Faculty specialist for physical therapy and medical wellness for clubs. He is a nationally certified athletic trainer, as well as a nationally certified strength and conditioning specialist. Chris’ specialty lies in manual and exercise based physical therapy treatment, functional and sport specific rehabilitation and exercise, physical activity and nutrition as they relate to performance, wellness, and longevity, and the integration of physical therapy services and medical wellness programs within health and fitness clubs.
Dr. Brian Sekula,
President, The Health Performance Institute
Missouri City, Texas
Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Health, Body Composition, Weight Loss, Health Coaching, Leadership in Corporate Health, Kinesiology, Exercise Science & Physiology
Dr. Brian Sekula currently serves as President-CEO and founder of the Health Performance Institute. He has been involved in the health industry since 1990. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Houston. Prior to starting the Health Performance Institute, Brian was a college professor at the University of Houston, taught at the UT School of Public Health and worked at NASA-JSC. Dr. Sekula has been involved in the Health and Fitness industry for more than 25 years. His experiences range from conducting research at NASA, teaching and research at the University of Houston and UT School of Public Health to founding The Health Performance Institute. As President, his main focus in on implementing health improvement programs and working with small to midsize companies. Dr. Sekula has served as a Medical Wellness Advisor for the Association for the past 12 years.
At the Health Performance Institute (HPI), Brian’s main function is to oversee continued growth of the company. HPI works with corporate clients and their employees to reduce medical insurance costs. They do this by implementing The Academy, a behavior modification program focused on food, sleep, stress and exercise. Over time, we have realized a 40% reduction in medication loads for our corporate clients on a pre- and post-basis. Brian is a native Texan, born in San Antonio and raised in South Texas. He is married with two daughters, both of which are heavily involved with club volleyball. In his spare time, Brian enjoys reading, food, hunting with his compound bow and woodworking.
Dr. Kevin Steele,
PhD, MWD, MWF,
Medical Advisory Board, Performance Health Systems
Los Angeles, California
Health Care Integration, Fitness Programming, Corporate Education Platforms, Personal Training Marketing, Sports Performance, Sports Marketing, Government Affairs, Public Policy, Medical Referral Programs & Sports Nutrition
Dr. Kevin Steele has been in the health and fitness industry for the past 30 years. He began his career with a private personal training business for celebrities and athletes while serving as the Aquatic Director and faculty member in Physical Education and Sports Medicine at Pepperdine University. During this period; he also worked with a local physician specializing in Preventive Executive Healthcare Programs for corporations throughout the United States.
Dr. Steele was then recruited by Health & Tennis Corporation of America, the world’s largest health club organization; as the Director of Education, Research, and Member Services where he managed the fitness department and launched the first national platform for personal training. Following Health and Tennis Corporation, he joined 24 Hour Fitness initially as the VP of Health Services/Corporate Sales; where he managed the fitness department, integrated health care into the clubs and developed 24 Hour Fitness University. Later he became VP of Sports Marketing managing all of the professional, collegiate, and Olympic sports relationships. Dr. Steele then served as the VP of Research and Business Development for Life Time Fitness where he personally orchestrated the launch of the LifeTime Fitness Triathlon Series.
Dr. Steele has been honored as a distinguished International Medical Wellness Association Diplomat, Advisor and most recently, MWA Faculty member. Through his various roles with some of the fitness industry's leading club chains, Kevin has created corporate universities, fitness education platforms, personal training departments, established relationships with healthcare providers, participated in government relations and public policy initiatives for the fitness industry, coordinated numerous sponsorships with professional sports teams, and the U.S. Olympic Committee. Most recently, Dr. Steele was the Vice President of Education and Programs for Mad Dogg Athletics. Currently he is a Principal with Communication Consultants Inc., providing high quality consulting and training for the health and fitness Industry worldwide.
Medical Devices, Building Resilience, Stress & Change Management, Regenerative & Integrative Medicine, Laboratory Sciences, Personal & Organizational Transformation, Health & Productivity
Dr. Mark Tager, MD, is CEO of San Diego-based ChangeWell Inc., an organization that trains and coaches healthcare practitioners to enhance their presence in person, on camera and online. A veteran of more than 1,000 presentations, Mark shares his skills and passion to empower those who attend his trainings. He brings a wealth of experience to his professional development work. As a consultant and change agent, he has worked with a broad spectrum of organizations, from Fortune 100 companies to small non-profits. As a physician, he is well grounded in aesthetic, lifestyle, regenerative and integrative medicine. A highly sought after speaker, Mark has authored nine books related to health and performance. Mark’s career was founded on a passion for health promotion and disease prevention. As a medical student at Duke University Medical Center, he created one of the first training programs for medical students in nutrition. In medical school, he also spent time training promotores de salud (barefoot doctors) in the mountains of Guatemala.
Mark founded one of the first integrative medicine centers in the U.S., the Institute of Preventive Medicine. He also served as corporate Medical Director for Electro scientific Industries and as Director of Health Promotion for Kaiser Permanente Oregon. Early in his career he wrote a syndicated newspaper column on wellness, produced videos and films, and authored books on health promotion. As VP of Business Development for Mosby Consumer Health, he oversaw the acquisition of five companies as well as the design and deployment of wellness and disease management programs for major corporations, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, insurers and non-profits. He has been actively involved in training and consulting projects in aesthetics, stem cells, medical malpractice prevention, skincare, and advanced cardiac biomarkers. A prolific author and speaker, he has written nine books, the latest beingEnhance Your Presence: The Path to Personal Power, Professional Influence, and Business Results (with Robert John Hughes). Others include Total Engagement: The Healthcare Practitioner’s Guide to Heal Yourself, Your Patients and Your Practice (With Mimi Guarneri, MD), The Art of Aesthetic Practice (with Stephen Mulholland, MD) and Transforming Stress into Power. Mark attended Duke University Medical School and trained in family practice at The Oregon Health & Science University.
Dr. Brett Trusko,
PhD, MBA, CPA, MWF,
CEO, International Association of Innovation Professionals
Health and Medical Innovation, New Medical Wellness Technology, Innovation Science, Technology Management, Biomedical Informatics, Quality Practice & Accounting
Dr. Brett Trusko has a varied background including consulting and accounting. He began his career with Coopers and Lybrand where he earned a CPA certification. He became the CFO of a major hospital in the Seattle after which he became a management consultant, becoming global Managing Director in charge of the “Quality Practice” at Bearingpoint. After 25 years, he left consulting for academia in Biomedical engineering, technology management and innovation. He continues to consult, and is currently Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Texas A&M University where he works on Big Data Analytics and Natural Language Processing. He is the President and CEO of the International Association of Innovation Professionals, a global association of innovation professionals, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Innovation Science.
Dr. Trusko has a Doctorate in Business Administration and Technology Management and has over 30 years of experience consulting in finance, innovation, quality, strategy, informatics, operations, and administration. He is a certified project manager and a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt as well as practitioner in “Lean” methods. He has authored several books on quality and innovation. His 2015 book, the "Global Innovation Science Handbook", won a PROSE Award in the category of engineering and technology.
Dr. Olivier Wenker,
MD, MBA, ABAARM, DEAA, MWF,
CEO, Medical Director , Scientific Publications
Integrative Medicine, Anti-Aging Medicine, Nutritional Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, Doping-free athletic performance enhancement, Gap-funding Programs
Dr. Wenker, M.D. is passionately involved in educating patients and the public to better understand the connections between lifestyle choices and health. Modern knowledge of science and genetics/epigenetics combined with the thousands of years of proven treatment modalities open new horizons in promoting wellness. Dr. Wenker is active in the field of integrative and anti-aging medicine, the use of nutritional products for general health, and doping-free performance enhancement. He is also a Fellow in Integrative Cancer Medicine and a Fellow in Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine. Dr. Wenker started his career as a physician in Switzerland in 1985. He is triple European board certified in anesthesiology, critical care medicine and emergency/disaster medicine as well as American board certified in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine and holds the titles of retired Professor and Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas.
Dr. Wenker served many years as emergency physician on board of rescue helicopters. He worked as a trauma field physician, rescue diver, disaster lead physician, and as chief of a medical team for special police forces. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Rice University in Houston where he received the prestigious Jones Award for Academic Excellence. Over the past 15 years he was part of multiple committees in Texas and USA-wide acting as judge for business plans and startup competitions and also served as consultant and member of an executive committee for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA. He created two large and very successful technology and business gap funding projects, one for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and one for The University of Texas System which included 15 individual university campuses. Dr. Wenker recently retired from The University of Texas in order to concentrate on supporting the public internationally with lifestyle and wellness coaching.
Dr. Wenker’s specialty and expertise spans from integrative medicine, anti-aging medicine, doping-free athletic performance enhancement, nutritional medicine to analysis of genetic SNP mutations to make appropriate lifestyle and nutrition choices as well as business consulting and formation of gap-funding programs for early stage technologies and start-up companies. Dr. Wenker is a popular International keynote speaker and a member of Scientific Advisory Council for Young Living Essential Oil’s and is also part of the medical team that evaluates and approves ingredients for natural supplements for this international billion dollar company.