|ELIZABETH PEGG FRATES, MD
Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Director of Medical Education of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Frates received her BA degree from Harvard University and medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. Her focus is on the academic side of medicine, teaching the Human Central Nervous System, Musculoskeletal System, and Introduction to the Professions at Harvard Medical School. She is also a writer, stroke educator and researcher. Beth completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Frates educates the public about stroke basics including risk factors, warning signs, what to do if someone is having a stroke and how to prevent a second stroke. Much of the prevention requires behavior modification. She is the co-author of the book Life After Stroke: The Guide to Recovery and Preventing Another Stroke published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
In residency, Dr. Frates worked on a study examining the exercise habits of physicians and comparing that to their counseling. She found that physicians who exercise themselves are more likely to counsel patients about exercise.
Dr. Frates is an avid runner, completing her first race, a 10-mile course on Nantucket Island, when she was in 7th grade. More recently, in May 2006, she completed the Vermont Half Marathon as a member of the Train to End Stroke team with the American Heart Association.
Founder, Wellness Synergy, LLC (wellness coaching and private practice)
|TOM RIFAI, MD, FACP
Dr Tom Rifai is an expert in the areas of lifestyle based management and prevention of type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension and weight control. His evidence based training and clinical approach is one of "lifestyle first, medications only if necessary".
Dr. Rifai serves as Regional Medical Director of Metabolic Health and Weight Management for the world renown Henry Ford Health System of Metro Detroit, Michigan and has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians for his leadership in education of physicians and medical students in lifestyle medicine and type 2 diabetes prevention.
Dr Rifai served two terms on the board of directors for the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and was unanimously elected its president during his final term.
After graduating with “Highest Honor” from Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Pre-Med, he then received his M.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine – one of the few medical schools in the US with a significant medical nutrition education component.
During his senior Internal Medicine residency year Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, Rifai served as the chief resident coordinator for the hospital's Nutrition and Preventive Medicine (now known as Weight Control) Center – one of the United States first hospital based, multidisciplinary weight management programs.
Since completing his Internal Medicine residency program in 2003, Dr Rifai has been appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Rifai has been invited on multiple occasions to provide lectures to medical students on lifestyle and nutrition based interventions for Metabolic Syndrome and weight management, as well as provide senior medical students real-world clinical experience in his metabolic practice, including pre and post operative medical and nutritional management of bariatric surgery patients.
From January through November of 2008 Dr Rifai served as the Associate Medical Director for the world renown Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida, helping revamp their nutrition, lab testing and educational programs – particularly as it applied to weight management and type 2 diabetes. He was consistently assessed as one the most dynamic, compelling and enjoyable lecturers while at Pritikin. He continues a relationship with Pritikin as a member of their Science Advisory Board and as part of their national, Medicare approved, Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) video education series, providing the lead educator role on dietary fats and weight management.
Dr. Rifai is a highly sought after public speaker and appearing via TV and radio media in Detroit, but also New York, Miami, Las Vegas and others. Print appearances have included the honor of being given a full page spread and article in the 2010 HOUR Detroit Magazine “TOP DOCS” issue, as well as being featured in the 2013 issue on the topic of the type 2 diabetes epidemic in Michigan.
Dr Rifai's appearance in the Michigan Emmy Award nominated documentary film "The Embrace of Aging - The Male Perspective" while in Sardinia, Italy was touted as one of the most memorable parts of the film (EmbraceOfAging.com).
Dr Rifai has also served the public by donating his time as a gratis consultant to two Michigan public school systems in Warren and Birmingham and as nutrition advisor to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan publications.
In 2009 Dr Rifai co-designed a comprehensive a healthy gourmet menu for the largest Michigan based Italian restaurant chain, Andiamo Italia restaurants called "Andiamo Lean!". Working with executive chef Jim Oppat, the menu was designed to allow metabolic patients (lipid, blood pressure, diabetes and weight control) and fine dining, healthy culinary experienc
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