Seminars 2011


7:30  Wake Up and Work Out with Kristin McGee Main Stage
9-10  Dr. Pat Gerbarg Main Stage
10-11 Keri Gans, Author of The Small Change Diet Main Stage
11-12   The Biggest Loser Panel Main Stage
12-1 Master Chef Jehangir Mehta Main Stage
1-2  Tina Sloan, Author of Changing Shoes Main Stage
2-3  Keoni Teta ND, LAc, CSCS: The Metabolic Effect - Caloric versus Hormonal Fat Loss Main Stage
3-4  Dr. Gerald Ginsberg: The Pathophysiology of Type 2 Diabetes Main Stage



Wake Up and Work Out with Kristin McGee

kristinmcgee.jpgAre you ready to feel better, have fun, and get in shape? Join Kristin and experience the encouragement of a good friend combined with the expertise of a renowned fitness professional. 

Kristin has appeared on CNN, FOX, the CBS Morning Show, ABC's Good Morning America, The Tyra Banks Show, and the Isaac Mizrahi Show. She has contributed to magazines such as Pilates Style, Fit Yoga, Health, Shape, Fitness, Self, In Style, Women's Health, Body & Soul, and Prevention. She is a Contributing Editor for Health Magazine. Kristin has graced many magazine covers including Pilates Style and Fit Yoga. Kristin is an avid spokesperson for companies and causes that promote health and wellness. She is also Fila's Yoga Ambassador.. Learn more about Kristin at


Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD

"Natural Treatment for Women: PMS, Sexual Function, Pregnancy, Fertility & Menopause"

 patricialgerbarg.jpgJoin Dr. Gerbarg to learn how women can benefit from natural treatments to relieve hormone-related changes such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), sexual dysfunction, infertility, and the effects of menopause on memory and cognitive functions. Herbs, vitamins, nutrients, certain hormones, and mind-body practices reduce both physical discomforts and psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression. Avoiding side effects associated with prescription medication and cancer risks related to hormone replacement is important for all women, even more so during pregnancy and breast-feeding. This lecture will review natural treatments that have been proven safe and effective, including vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, choline, S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), 7-Keto DHEA, herbs such as Rhodiola rosea, MACA, Vitex, Muira puama, Ginkgo, St. John'€™s Wort, and mind-body practices. We will review the strength of the evidence for using these approaches for PMS, sexual function, fertility, pregnancy, and menopause.

Dr. Gerbarg is Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry at New York Medical College. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, she has practiced psychiatry in Kingston, NY since 1983. For information on her work, visit .


Keri Gans, MS, RD, CDN

"The Small Change Diet" 


We all know we can'€™t lose twenty pounds by Saturday, but that doesn'€™t stop us from becoming frustrated when the latest fad or crash diet fails. Unrealistic expectations and our instant gratification society can turn losing weight into such an overwhelming concept that many simply stop trying. Popular dietitian Keri Gans has heard every story out there and spent years helping clients retrain their habits so they can form new routines that will have a decisive impact on their weight. The cornerstone of her belief, and that of her new book THE SMALL CHANGE DIET: 10 Steps to a Thinner, Healthier You, is that the changes that will make the most impact are often the smallest ones.

Keri Gans is a Registered Dietitian and has had a private practice in Manhattan for over ten years. She is a Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association Spokesperson (ADA), an ADA Delegate for New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA) and a Past President of NYSDA. Keri is a Steering Committee Member of NYSHEPA (New Yorker'€™s for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity) and is on the Medical Advisory Board for Women'€™s Voice For Change. Keri holds a Master'€™s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and Bachelor'€™s Degree in Business Administration from Ohio University.For more information, visit


Tina Sloan

"Changing Shoes"

tinasloansm.jpgChanging Shoes is about staying in the game as you go through life. Diminishment and fading away will be turned upside down with funny stories from, Guiding Light, the soap opera Tina has been on for 26 years. Changing Shoes adds levity to the time of life when one can feel overlooked. Join Tina and learn how to stay forever frisky in all areas of life.

Tina enjoyed a three and a half decades-long career as a soap star. She is beginning her new life as an author, playwright, and theatrical actress. Find out more about her story at


The Biggest Losers

Sharing our journey to health on "The Biggest Loser" through humor and motivation

Ed Brantley and Heba Salama: Biggest Loser Weight Loss Winners Season 6edsm.jpg

Ed and Heba shot to fame as weight loss winners on TV's "The Biggest Loser" by losing a combined total of 277 pounds. On the show, Heba became the first woman to win the "at home" prize of $100,000 for the highest percentage of weight lost overall. Her husband, Ed, finished the season in second place. Since then, the couple has been busy writing a cookbook of healthy recipes, working with non-profit organizations to prevent childhood obesity and promote fitness, as well as appearing regularly as guest speakers.  

Professional chef Ed Brantley is a graduate of the prestigious Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts in Charleston, South hebasm.jpgCarolina. Ed worked under well-known chef Donald Barickman at Magnolia's in Charleston's historic district. He currently teaches European Cuisine at the Arts Institute of Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to his experience as a chef, Ed and Heba are working on a cookbook of healthy recipes. Find them on Facebook or learn more about their story at


Michael Ventrella: Biggest Loser Winner Season 9


Starting at a young age, Michael always struggled with his weight. In recent years he tried everything he could to lose weight, including dangerous over-the-counter and prescription pills, trendy diet plans, expensive nutritionists, starvation and, at his most desperate, bulimia. Michael'€™s goals are to start a non-profit organization to battle obesity in children and tour the globe as a keynote motivational speaker and health ambassador. Find him on Facebook or at


Tara Costa:  Biggest Loser Finalist Season 7



Growing up in a small town, Costa developed her loud and dynamic personality in a single parent home. She became a plus size model for a top New York modeling agency, graduated from New York University with Honors and accepted a finance position at the largest beauty company in the world. In September 2008, Costa decided to leave her job and her life in New York to get healthy. Weighing 294 lbs when she got to The Biggest Loser campus, Costa immediately set the tone for how to work hard, push herself and never quit. In May 2009, Costa returned for the show'€™s season finale weighing 139 lbs. Find her on Facebook or learn more about her at .


"Bernie"  Bernardo Salazar: Biggest Loser At Home Winner Season 5

berniesm.jpgAfter a decade of eating his way to illness while his brother ran marathons, Bernie decided having a cupcake named after him would not go down as his greatest life accomplishment. He was fortunate enough to be chosen as a contestant for NBC'€™s €œThe Biggest Loser,€ where he took home the prize for most weight loss at home €“ in the real world! Bernie shed an amazing 130 pounds. He attributes losing nearly 46% of his body weight to four personal principals: motivation, information, perspiration and most importantly, self-appreciation. Realizing that his experience on €œThe Ranch€ saved his life, he is now dedicated to sharing his perspectives on wellness with others so €œwe can all get healthy together.€ Now a children's book author and motivational speaker, Bernie encourages people to live healthy by having fun and playing more! Learn more about Bernie's children's book "Monstercise: A Monster's Guide to Good Healthy Fun" at Have Bernie speak at your next event by visiting


Master Chef Jehangir Mehta

mehtasm.jpgFood Network'€™s €œNext Iron Chef€ runner up Chef Jehangir Mehta is known in the food world for his creative edge and daring, unorthodox choices that delight diners and culinary experts alike. His educational and creative cooking demos will encourage families to try new food concepts and flavors that will make a long-lasting, positive impact on the way they eat and encourage healthy, adventurous cooking at home. A special demonstration for children between 4 and 14 years of age will encourage the appreciation of complex ingredients in food through the preparation of simple savory and sweet dishes.

In August 2009, Jehangir was a contestant on Iron Chef America where he competed against Iron Chef Morimoto in "Battle Coconut,"and was a contestant on "The Next Iron Chef," the Food Network's reality culinary competition series. Jehangir is currently the Executive Chef and owner of Graffiti in New York City. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Mehta has been a pastry chef in some of the finest restaurants in New York City, including Jean Georges, Union Pacific, Virot, Compass, Aix, and Sapa. Mehta finds endless inspiration in Ayurveda, fruits and spices. Renowned for his inventive creations, Mehta has garnered a lot of media attention. New York Observer quotes, "One of the most daring and original Pastry Chefs, I have come across in New York. His creations are unexpected but with coherence and personality." Graffiti opened on September 19th 2007.


Keoni Teta ND, LAc, CSCS

"The Metabolic Effect - Caloric versus Hormonal Fat Loss" 

tetasm.jpgThis presentation will cover the differences between a healthy diet and a fat loss diet as well as the difference between weight loss exercise and fat loss exercise. Weight loss and fat loss are not the same thing. Healthy foods and fat loss foods are not the same thing. A healthy diet is not necessarily a fat loss diet, but a fat loss diet is almost always a healthy diet. Fat loss exercise is almost always healthy exercise, but healthy exercise may not help with fat loss. What are the roles of calories and hormones in weight loss and fat loss? Why does a sprinter when compared to a marathon runner have less body fat and more muscle.? How does this relate to the average person interested in fat loss? What does looking into the past at the lifestyles of our ancestors tell us about nutrition and exercise? What is The Metabolic Effect?


Dr. Teta is a naturopathic physician, acupuncturist and expert in the science and application of exercise and nutrition. He received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University and has advanced certifications in fitness, through the American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association. He did his undergraduate training at NCSU where he graduated Cum Laude with a BS in both Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering. Dr. Teta attended graduate school at NCA&T State University where he received his MS in Environmental Engineering. He regularly writes for Natural Triad Magazine, The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, and On Fitness Magazine. He sits on the Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) Community-Medical School Planning Committee and the Advisory Committee for the Program of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (PCIM) at Wake Forest University Medical School. Dr. Teta thoroughly enjoys giving talks on the medicinal applications of exercise and nutrition and does so throughout the US. He is a cofounder of the Naturopathic Health Clinic of NC where he also practices natural medicine and acupuncture. He is also a cofounder of the international fat loss company Metabolic Effect. Along with his brother Jade, Keoni is a coauthor of The New ME Diet also known as The Metabolic Effect Diet. For more information on the Teta'€™s practice and exercise programs visit and


Gerald Ginsberg, MD

"The Pathophysiology of Type 2 Diabetes"

 ginsbergsm.jpgJoin Dr. Ginsberg for a discussion about the Pathophysiology of Type 2 diabetes with a focus on the role obesity plays in this disease.

Dr. Gerald Ginsberg has been a practicing endocrinologist in Rochester, NY since 1987. He graduated Chicago Medical School in 1978, completed his internal medicine residency at the Genesee Hospital in Rochester, NY and then completed his Endocrinology Fellowship at the University of Miami in 1984. He returned to Rochester to work on the ill-fated Phen-Fen study, and eventually started a private practice in endocrinology, covering Rochester, Batavia, and Newark, NY. In 2001, he joined sanofi-aventis shortly after the launch of Lantus, and has been working as the Field Medical Affairs representative for Upstate New York, while continuing to practice endocrinology in Rochester part-time.