Special Registration for Past Attendees and Friends

Special rate through August 5, 2019: Early Bird prices for 2018

Friday, October 4, 2019
Oregon Convention Center

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
8:45 am to 5:00 pm

Professional Presentations for Health Care Providers and the Community

The Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference is a golden opportunity for you to learn the latest information on plant-based nutrition, the effects of diet on chronic disease prevention and control, and about designing an optimum plant-based diet for patients and clients in a clinical setting. Interest in plant-based diets is growing, and Portland, Oregon has become a hub for that developing interest. This conference is designed for healthcare professionals, offering up to 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for many medical professionals (6.5 for dietitians), but others with strong interests in nutrition and health are welcome to attend.

click here to register today at 2018 Early Bird Prices.

2019 FacultY


John A. McDougall, MD

Dr. John McDougall has been studying, writing, and speaking about the effects of nutrition on disease for more than 50 years.  He is the founder and director of the nationally renowned McDougall Program: a ten-day residential program in Santa Rosa, California for prevention and treatment of chronic disease though nutrition and lifestyle changes.  He is also the author of national best-selling books including The Starch Solution, The Healthiest Diet on the Planet, Dr. McDougall’s Digestion Tune-Up, and The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss.

Dr. McDougall earned his MD at the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, and interned at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu.  His first practice was at a sugar plantation on the Big Island of Hawaii, where he had responsibility for 5,000 people - laborers and their families.  But it was here where he first began to see the evidence that the traditional prescription pills had little impact on health - people still stayed sick.  He saw that his elderly patients who had immigrated to Hawaii from China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines, who brought their traditional rice-based diets with them, remained trim, active, and medication-free into their 90s.  Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis were rare in that generation.  But their grandchildren, who had given up the traditional diet for meat, dairy, and junk suffered the same issues with obesity and disease that afflicts much of the US population.  This lead Dr. McDougall to develop the McDougall Program as a lifestyle residential program at the Seventh Day Adventist St. Helena Hospital in Napa Valley, California in 1986, and then in 2002 develop the program in Santa Rosa that carries on to this day.

Presentation title: to be announced


Monica Aggarwal, MD

Dr. Monica Aggarwal is an assistant professor of medicine in the University of Florida Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.  Serving as the Director of Integrative Cardiology and Prevention at the University of Florida, Dr. Aggarwal focuses on promoting food as the foundation of healing and for its medicinal value. She is also the Director of Medical Education for Cardiology, where she directs education for medical residents and cardiology fellows, with a focus on prevention, nutrition and lifestyle. In the hospital, she has multiple initiatives including developing a 100% plant based menu for cardiac and vascular patients.

Dr. Aggarwal is co-author of Finding Balance: Empower yourself with Tools to Combat Stress and Illness.  Her own interest in nutrition and disease prevention is strongly influenced by her own personal story.  As a mother with 3 children under 4 years old and a medical practice, she was often only getting 3 to 4 hours of sleep each night, and might run out the door in the morning with just a banana for breakfast.  Over the course of a single week, she developed severe migratory joint pain, leading to a diagnosis of a severe debilitating form of rheumatoid arthritis.  Medicine helped her joints get better but left her nauseated and losing hair.  But following a diet assessment by a nutritionist, over time Dr. Aggarwal learned the huge impact that diet can have on health, including inflammatory foods to eliminate and anti-inflammatory foods to add in to her diet.  She is now off all medication, her inflammatory markers are nonexistent, and she has even completed a triathlon.  


SAray STancic, MD

Dr. Saray Stancic is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Lifestyle Medicine. She graduated from New Jersey Medical School in 1993. After completing her fellowship, she accepted the position as Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Hudson Valley VA in New York. She served as Translational Medical Leader at Roche Pharmaceuticals where she led clinical trials in the field of viral hepatitis while continuing to practice Infectious Diseases at the Bronx VA in NYC. In 2012, she left Infectious Diseases to fully dedicate her time to the field of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Stancic's interest in Lifestyle Medicine is rooted in her personal story as a patient living with multiple sclerosis. She is the founder of one of the first Lifestyle Medicine practices in the country, and mentors the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. In 2018, she was appointed Chief Medical Officer for WellStart Health, a digital, team-based intensive lifestyle medicine program. She is the Executive Producer of the documentary film, Code Blue: Redefining the Practice of Medicine. Dr. Stancic seeks to spread the power of Lifestyle Medicine on a global scale, and bring needed change to how we train physicians.

Dr. Stancic will describe her experience as a patient and physician over more than 20 years, and the scientific evidence which irrevocably changed her approach as a practicing Infectious disease specialist to one that is focused on the clinical practice of Lifestyle medicine. In sharing both personal and professional experiences she will review pertinent peer reviewed medical literature supporting and substantiating the power of lifestyle medicine in preventing, managing and reversing chronic illness. She will present the obstacles to a shift in the culture of current day clinical medicine from disease management to health promotion and prevention. Finally, offering a solution with the ushering in of a new medical education model for physicians in training.

Presentation title: Lifestyle Medicine: A Common Sense Solution to the Chronic Illness Epidemic


Pamela Fergusson, PhD, RD

Dr. Fergusson is a Registered Dietitian with more than 15 years of experience in changing lives through better nutrition. She earned her Masters in International Health at Uppsala University, and her PhD in International Nutrition at the University of Liverpool. She has been a lecturer in nutrition at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK and at Ryerson University in Canada. She has served as a nutrition and HIV advisor for FHI 360, a non-profit human development organization, and also with organizations such as Unicef and the World Food program in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Currently she has a private practice in British Columbia. She has published 10 peer-reviewed scientific papers on nutrition and disease, and has been featured on a number of podcasts and as a speaker at nutrition conferences.


Kristi Funk, MD

Kristi Funk, MD, is the founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Cancer Center and is a board-certified surgeon who completed her medical degree at the University of California Davis.  She is an expert in using innovative and minimally-invasive techniques for surgery.  She is also the author of the bestseller, Breasts: The Owner’s Manual  a well-documented (more than 1,200 citations) but very readable book covering cancer prevention through diet and lifestyle changes, breast cancer myths, risk factors, detection, treatment options, and life after diagnosis and treatment. The Pink Lotus Breast Cancer Center provides a full range of patient-centered services, including state of the art screening, genetic testing, diagnosis, and treatment with preventive strategies and holistic care. Dr. Funk has worked with hundreds of women to help them to successfully navigate breast cancer issues, including celebrities, such as Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow. Dr. Funk’s research and work have led her to become a strong advocate for using a healthy diet and lifestyle to prevent cancer.



Time                Presentation

7:45–8:45      Registration & Check-In
8:45–9:00      Opening Remarks
9:00–10:15    Speaker 1(speaker order not yet determined)
10:15–10:30  Break
10:30–11:45   Speaker 2
11:45–12:45   Lunch
12:45–2:00    Speaker 3
2:00–2:15      Break
2:15–3:30      Speaker 4
3:30–3:45      Break
3:45–5:00      Speaker 5
5:00–5:05      Closing Remarks

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