Speaking and Authorship

It is my mission to inspire my audience to join me in understanding that weight loss and management are more complex than many believe. My goal is to stamp out the misunderstanding and shaming of patients that pervades our society.

It is a thrill to share my message with others and see their excitement and enthusiasm about their newfound knowledge.

My experience and specialized training provide unique insight and clarity to a complex issue. My continuous learning, research, and professional collaboration continually provide new insights and understanding for me to share with medical professionals, psychologists, and those struggling with weight issues themselves.

I’m driven to help my audience understand and address the sometimes hidden factors that affect weight and its related health issues in a human, relatable, and easy to understand manner.

Time and again I see my patients get off medications and improve their health.

Within the first three months, many have lost enough weight to get their diabetes under control. They get their blood pressure regulated. They get off medications.

It is thrilling to see people believe in themselves and do things they haven’t done in years (or have never done before).

I want to be a voice that makes a difference.

I want to dispel the myths about weight loss and health. I want my medical colleagues to have more tools to help those who are seeking a healthy, rewarding life.

I am always looking for opportunities to speak, teach, and author.

I’d love to hear about yours! Just let me know about it, including the form of presentation, the length, and the audience. I’d be thrilled to speak with you about it.

Upcoming Talks:

  • AANP Live: Diabetes Virtual Conference, March 23, 2019
    Comprehensive Obesity Care for the Patient with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
    https://www.aanp.org/events/virtual-conference
  • American Association of Physicians Assistants National Conference, May 18-22, 2019, Denver, CO
    How to Talk to Patients About Weight, co-presenting with Amy Ingersoll, PA-C
    The Art & Science of Prescribing Anti-Obesity Medications, co-presenting with Amy Ingersoll, PA-C
    https://www.aapa.org/conference/
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, June 18-23, Indianapolis, IN
    How to Talk to Patients About Weight
    The Art & Science of Prescribing Anti-Obesity Medications
    https://www.aanp.org/events/aanp-2019-national-conference

Professional Talks:

American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference

Denver, CO. June 26-July 1, 2018
Audience: Nurse Practitioners

Using the Edmonton Obesity Staging System to Direct Treatment Decisions
Obesity Management History & Physical Exam

Obesity Medicine Association

Webinar. June 7, 2018
Audience: Medical

Bias & ACTION: Overcoming Barriers to Effective Obesity Care, co-presented with Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

Obesity Medicine Association Spring Obesity Summit

US. April 4-8, 2018
Audience: Medical

My presentation:
Patient-Centered Encounters: The Power of Stories & Shared Decisions

What Happens to the Alchemist?

Seattle WA. April 2017
Audience: Mental health clinicians

Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study Annual Forum Conference
Writing-based workshop to assist clinicians to cope with the trauma and stress that they and their clients were experiencing as a result of the U.S. presidential election and its aftermath.

Freedom from Weight & Shame

Seattle WA. June 2015
Audience: Individuals with obesity who desire freedom from weight-related shame.

Co-presented with Cynthia Benge, LMHC
Experiential workshop for those with obesity.  Explored feelings & experiences of weight-related shame.  Discussed the medical perspective and learned science of using self-compassion as an antidote.

Weight Management: Beyond Diet & Exercise

Seattle, WA. May 7, 2015
Audience: Nurse Practitioners

Women’s Health Drug Therapy. University of Washington School of Nursing Continuing Education
Talk focused on the science of obesity diagnosis & treatment, including medications.  Provided up-to-date information on current anti-obesity medications.

Food for Thought: An Exploration of Weight & Shame

Seattle WA. February 2015 & November 2014
Audience: Mental Health Clinicians

Co-presented with Cynthia Benge, LMHC at the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study Seattle WA
Educate mental health clinicians on the weight-related shame that those with obesity carry.  Discussed the science of obesity and how to approach their clients with knowledge and sensitivity.

Food for Thought: An Exploration of Weight, Shame, & the Unconscious

Seattle WA. April 2014
Audience: Mental Health Clinicians

Educate mental health clinicians on the weight-related shame that those with obesity carry.  Discussed the science of obesity and how to approach their clients with knowledge and sensitivity.

Weight Loss Medications

University Of Washington School of Nursing. Women’s Health Drug Therapy Conference. Seattle, WA. May 2013
Audience: Nurse Practitioners. About 150 in attendance.

Talk focused on the diagnosis of obesity and the role of medications in treating it.  Information was given on several specific medications, including indications (when to use them), mode of action (how they work), and side effects.

Concepts of Professional Health Care Coaching: Applications for Bariatric Practice

American Society of Bariatric Physicians. Obesity and Associated Conditions Symposium. Orlando, FL. October 2012
Audience: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician’s Assistants. About 150 in attendance for my talk (break out session with two other presentations being done simultaneously). Conference attendance—about 450

Talk focused on identifying what coaching is and how to use the concepts as we work with patients and help them change/lose weight/focus on their health.

Radiant Women Loving Themselves

Realize Your Radiance Conference. Seattle, WA. March 2011
Audience: Women attending the above one day conference.

Talk focused on helping women incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives.

Weight Management for Women in Midlife

Swedish Medical Center Community Classes. Seattle, WA. March & April 2009
Audience: Midlife women in the community.

Interactive class.  Focus was on teaching women incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives—included information about eating, exercise, sleep, hydration, stress-reduction, life balance, finding fulfillment.

Be a Light Unto Yourself

Keynote Speaker. Swedish Women’s Get Healthy Day. Seattle, WA. November 2008
Audience: Women in the community. About 100 in attendance.

Focus was on inspiring women to live healthy lives.

Addressing Weight Loss in Your Primary or Specialty Care Practice

Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA. January 2008
Audience: Nurse Practitioners and Physician’s Assistants working at Swedish, none of whom are obesity specialists

Focus on the evaluation and treatment of obesity.

Weight Loss: Evaluation and Intervention for Metabolic Dysfunction

University of Washington School of Nursing: Annual Advanced Practice Annual Conference. Seattle, WA. November 2007
Audience: Nurse Practitioners from across the state, with some from other states. About 200 at my talk.

Focus on the evaluation and treatment of metabolic issues related to obesity.

Metabolic Syndrome: What You Need to Know

Center for Health Training: annual women’s health conference. Portland, OR. March 2007
Audience: Nurse Practitioners from several western states. About 250 in attendance.

Focus on the evaluation and treatment of metabolic syndrome.

Published Articles:

My Fascination With Food

Forum—Northwest Alliance of Psychoanalytic Study. January 2013, 12-14
Audience: Psychotherapists in the Greater Seattle Area

A Comprehensive Approach to Weight Management

The Bulletin—Journal of the King County Medical Society, 91(5), 27-29. Sep/Oct 2012
Audience: Physicians in King County

Link to PDF »

Understanding Behavior Change—Part 2: How to Help Derailed Patients Get Back on Track

ASBP News. July & August 2011, 8-9
Audience: Obesity Medicine Specialists (physicians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants), 1800 members nationwide.

Download parts 1 and 2 as a PDF

Understanding Behavior Change—Part 1: Setting Patients Up For Success

ASBP News. March & April 2011, 8-9
Audience: Obesity Medicine Specialists (physicians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants), 1800 members nationwide.

Download parts 1 and 2 as a PDF

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Upcoming Engagements:
  • AANP Live: Diabetes Virtual Conference, March 23, 2019
    Comprehensive Obesity Care for the Patient with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
    https://www.aanp.org/events/virtual-conference
  • American Association of Physicians Assistants National Conference, May 18-22, 2019, Denver, CO
    How to Talk to Patients About Weight, co-presenting with Amy Ingersoll, PA-C
    The Art & Science of Prescribing Anti-Obesity Medications, co-presenting with Amy Ingersoll, PA-C
    https://www.aapa.org/conference/
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, June 18-23, Indianapolis, IN
    How to Talk to Patients About Weight
    The Art & Science of Prescribing Anti-Obesity Medications
    https://www.aanp.org/events/aanp-2019-national-conference
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