Does YOUR Doc or Nurse even Lift??
We are looking to share short bios of docs, nurses and other health professionals who preach and practice exercise (and overall lifestyle) as medicine. Help us spread the emphasis and have some fun celebrating health care professionals who are good role models. If interested, please share a one page story of what you do, how you got into what you do, and how emphasizing lifestyle as medicine was molded in your life and any tips for patients you have. Share your links, a headshot, and perhaps an action shot of working out or cooking, etc. I want it to be similar for something I did for Endocrine News but personalize it!
My name is Ryan Bergren I am currently a PGY-2 MD resident in psychiatry. I have a long history of athletics through high-school and then began recreationally lifting in college. I became more serious with this towards the end of undergraduate studies. I started to learn as much as I possibly could about lifting and nutrition. This did not stop when I entered medical school. I found we are not well trained formally in nutrition for health or for nutrition and exercise for weight loss. Luckily I had plenty of learning on my own but I felt my profession lacked this foundation and constantly hear bad advice given to patients. So, at the end of my 3rd year of medical school, I created a website (www.TheWhiteCoatFitness.com) to help disseminate information that I feel is more accurate and more research driven so that when I asked by my colleagues I have a resource for them. I continue to lift and train 5-7 days a week and now I also train, for a fee, some of my co residents on the side either making them workout programs or helping them with diet. I also do this for medical students or anyone else who is interested. It is an area I look forward to expanding.
Dr Hawkes did undergraduate training at Brigham Young University (Provo, UT), medical school at Ross University SOM (Dominica, West Indies), and residency at University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT). Currently licensed in Nevada, Idaho, Utah, and Montana. Board certified in internal medicine and diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
Dr. DonDiego is board certified in Family Medicine and as a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She graduated from Florida State University with a BS in biology (2007) then earned her osteopathic medicine degree from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. She also received her MBA in 2013 simultaneously. She completed family medicine residency through Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah, Ga in 2016 and passed her obesity medicine boards that same year. Follow her on Facebook or Instagram and she is available via SteadyMD.
I am a board certified Family Practice physician specializing in Obesity Medicine in Savannah, GA. I grew up an athlete playing competitive sports such as track, basketball, soccer and even earned my Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. I played competitive club volleyball throughout college, then moved on to lifting weights and bodybuilding. I promote lifestyle in my medical practice to prevent and treat disease every day. Not everyone has to be a competitive athlete to live a healthy life, and I try to show patients how to incorporate lifestyle changes to prevent disease and live a less medicated life without feeling intimidated by the fitness industry.