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Community Speakers 2018

Community of Wellness 2018 Speaker Bios


Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, FACN

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Hans Diehl is the founder of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) and of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute. Started in 1988, his CHIP program and his leadership have shown more than 80,000 graduates how simple lifestyle changes can facilitate the reversal of many lifestyle-related chronic diseases restoring hope, health and happiness in many. With a focus on the consumption of more plant-based and whole foods plus a consistent exercise program, the clinical results of his pioneering efforts as an epidemiologically trained lifestyle interventionist have been reported in more than 30 peer-reviewed professional publications.

His co-authored books Health Power, You Turn, and The Optimal Diet Cookbook, have been translated into 32 languages with a circulation of close to 3 million copies. He is a Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine in the School of Medicine of Loma Linda University in Southern California. Last year, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the North American Vegetarian Society. He was a member of the Board of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and serves now on their Advisory Board. He is also a Member of the Rouxbe Health and Wellness Advisory Board. He is known as media friendly and an excellent speaker.

Neal Barnard, MD, FACC

Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.  

Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 80 scientific publications and 20 books for medical and lay readers.  

As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He has hosted four PBS television programs on nutrition and health, and is the editor in chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians, a textbook made available to all U.S. medical students. His research contributed to the acceptance of plant-based diets in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In 2016, he founded the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, DC, as a model for making nutrition a routine part of all medical care.    

Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Barnard received his M.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee. 

Jengyu Lai, DPM

Jengyu Lai is a certified wound specialist of the American Board of Wound Healing (ABWH) and the Council for Medical Education and Training is the Chief Manager of Rochester Clinic and has been providing podiatric and wound care for almost two decades.

Originally from Taichung, Taiwan, where he earned his college degree in Microbiology, Dr. Lai earned his Doctorate of Podiatric (DPM) at the College of Podiatric Medicine of Des Moines University in Iowa, where he received a fellowship in Biomechanics Research. After completing his residency in podiatric orthopedics, he was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Foundation College of Medicine in Rochester, MN. Dr. Lai loves Rochester so much that he decided to stay after he completed his fellowship. Since then, he has been caring for patients in Rochester, as well as long-term care facilities both in and out of Rochester.

He is dedicated to operating Rochester Clinic as a source of comprehensive and high quality care, and takes pride in providing patients with a personalized and friendly experience.

Thomas Harman, MD

Thomas Harman is a certified member of the of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), is an established family and primary care physician who has been teaching and practicing medicine in the Rochester community for over 30 years. He received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency at South Bend Memorial Hospital. He spent most of his career with Mayo Clinic where he served as Program Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care Committee. He was also the assistant professor of family medicine at Mayo Medical School.

Furthermore, he initiated development of the Mayo Family Clinic Northwest, the site of his family practice for over ten years.

An advocate of integrative medicine and telemedicine, Dr. Harman believes in developing an understanding of the patient’s culture, beliefs and unique characteristics of mind, body and spirit to help facilitate healing. He also focuses on prevention, as well as maintenance of health, with attention to lifestyle choices, including nutrition, exercise, stress management, and emotional well-being.

Robert A. Dill

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With over 35 years of worksite experience Robert Dill is an employee benefit consultant and CEO of Sotarea, Inc. Robert’s career has been dedicated to helping companies, associations and union groups develop health trend management strategies and programs to provide cost effective plans for employees and members. Sotarea, Inc. is an Integrated Health and Safety (IHS) platform that brings disparate health and safety data sources together to provide management measurable and actionable data for the productive integration of Health and Safety programs.

Consulting with major brokerage firms, unions, financial institutions and employers throughout the country, Sotarea, Inc. offers innovative solutions to help organizations offer meaningful, affordable plans with an emphasis on mitigating future costs with effective population health risk management, Total Worker Health™ and evidenced based programs that integrate effectively with strategic safety initiatives and medical benefit plans.

Prior to establishing Sotarea, Inc., Robert, a graduate of Lewis and Clark College, was a Regional Director for Allstate Workplace Division a leader in the supplemental benefit business. In addition to insurance management positions, Robert was founder of Northwest Benefit Administrators a regional third party administration company in Portland, Oregon.