Special Registration for Past Attendees and Friends

Special rate through August 23, 2018: Early Bird prices for 2017


Friday, October 19, 2018
Oregon Convention Center

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
8:30 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.

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  • $135 - Special Early Bird ($145 starting August 23, $175 Regular starting September 19)
  • $115 - Member of Supporting Organization ($125 starting August 23, $155 starting September 19)
  • $75 - Student (proof of status required) ($85 starting August 23)

2018 Faculty


Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from Western Reserve University. In 1956, pulling the No. 6 oar as a member of the victorious United States rowing team, he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Games. He was trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George's Hospital in London. In 1968, as an Army surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968. During that time, he has served as President of the Staff and as a member of the Board of Governors. He chaired the Clinic's Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery.

His scientific publications number over 150, "The Best Doctors in America" 1994-1995 published by Woodward and White cites Dr. Esselstyn's surgical expertise in the categories of endocrine and breast disease. In 1995 he published his bench mark long-term nutritional research arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients. That same study was updated at 12 years and reviewed beyond twenty years in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type. It is most compelling, as no compliant patients have sustained disease progression. Today, beyond 20 years compliant patients continue to thrive.

Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have followed a plant-based diet for more than 26 years. Dr. Esselstyn presently directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.


Brenda Davis, RD

Brenda Davis is an internationally acclaimed speaker and co-author of 10 books, including Becoming Vegan, The Kick Diabetes Cookbook (in press),  Becoming Raw, and The Raw Food Revolution Diet. She is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Brenda is currently involved in a major diabetes intervention research project in the Marshall Islands, where diabetes is rampant. Sixty years ago, diabetes was virtually unheard of in the Marshall Islands, but now close to 50% of adults older than 35 have type 2 diabetes. .


Dean Sherzai MD, PhD and Ayesha Sherzai MD

As Co-Directors of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center, the Sherzais, through research and their extensive collective medical backgrounds, work to demystify the steps to achieving long-term brain health and the prevention of devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Dean Sherzai, MD, PhD,trained in Neurology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and completed fellowships in neurodegenerative diseases and dementia at the National Institutes of Health and UC San Diego. He also holds a PhD in Healthcare Leadership with a focus on community health from Andrews University.
Ayesha Sherzai, MD  is a neurologist and co-director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University where she leads the Lifestyle Program for the Prevention of Neurological Diseases. She completed a dual training in Preventative Medicine and Neurology at Loma Linda University, and a fellowship in Vascular Neurology and Epidemiology at Columbia University. She is also a trained plant-based culinary artist.


Vesanto Melina MS, RD

Vesanto Melina is the co-author of 13 books on vegan and vegetarian diets, including 8 with Brenda Davis RD.  She is also the lead author of the current position paper on vegetarian diets for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and has taught nutrition and the University of British Columbia and at Bastyr University in Seattle. Vesanto received her Master’s degree in Nutrition at the University of Toronto, and is the recipient of the prestigious Ryley Jeffs Award from Dietitians of Canada.


DAniel Chong, ND

Dr. Daniel Chong is a licensed naturopathic physician, and uses nutrition and healthy eating as a foundation for his practice in Portland, OR since 2000.  He uses education and treatment methods from the fields of nutritional and naturopathic medicine to support people's efforts to get or remain vibrantly healthy. He is especially focused on risk assessment, prevention and drug-free treatment strategies for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, and acute & chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Dr. Chong's treatment strategies emphasize classical naturopathic modalities such as dietary and lifestyle therapy, stress reduction techniques, and hydrotherapy. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Chong is also a contributing editor in cardiology for the Natural Medicine Journal and clinical consultant for Boston Heart Diagnostics Lab.




Time                Presentation

7:45–8:45      Registration & Check-In
8:45–9:00      Opening Remarks
9:00–10:15    Daniel Chong, ND
10:15–10:30  Break
10:30–11:45   Vesanto Melina, MS RD
11:45–12:45   Lunch
12:45–2:00    Ayesha Sherzai, MD & Dean Sherzai, MD PhD
2:00–2:15      Break
2:15–3:30      Brenda Davis, RD
3:30–3:45      Break
3:45–5:00      Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., MD
5:00–5:05      Closing Remarks

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