Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine Asia: The Movement Continues
2018 The Bellevue Manila, Philippines 

MEET​ the Speakers​

  1. Asian Institute Society of Lifestyle Medicine
    Jenny Lee, PhD,MPH,CHES,CWP
    Dr. Lee is a Korean-American Lifestyle Medicine Specialist, Health and Wellness Coach, and Holistic Wellness Practitioner. She has dedicated her career to promoting comprehensive health and wellness among medical professionals and the broader community over a decade. In pursuit of that aim, she has served as an educator, researcher, community health promoter, columnist, essayist, public speaker, and medical contributor at radio talk show. Dr. Lee currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She has been active and taken a leadership role in Lifestyle Medicine (LM) field that includes, to name a few: A co-founder & vice president of Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM); a co-founder & president of Korean Association of Lifestyle Medicine (KALM), known as the ASLM – South Korea; a member of Council of Directors of the True Health Alliance; a representative of Korea in the Lifestyle Medicine Global Association (LMGA); a working group of clinical process model development as well as a research committee member at American College of Lifestyle Medicine(ACLM); an Advisory Group of Lifestyle Medicine Education at Next Generation University(NextGenU); a member of LM Education Collaborative; an ambassador of Asia of the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO); and a founding member of Australia Society of Lifestyle Medicine(ASLM). Dr. Lee recently founded and has directed the Center for Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness Care or CLMWC (, by connecting the West and the East, to support Asian medical communities and general populations to be engaged in Lifestyle Medicine education, research, practice, resources, services, and networks.
  2. Asian Institute Society of Lifestyle Medicine
    Johann Kim T. Manez, MD, FACLM
    Dr. Mañez is a Lifestyle Medicine professor of the newly opened College of Medicine in the Adventist University of the Philippines located at Puting Kahoy, Silang, Cavite, one of the first few medical schools in the world with Lifestyle Medicine incorporated into the curriculum. His educational background consists of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology, one in History, Philosophy and Religion and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He finished his Medical Degree at the Manila Central University College of Medicine and initially underwent his first year of training as a resident of Internal Medicine at the Adventist Medical Center Manila, before deciding to shift his education, teaching, research and medical practice to Lifestyle Medicine. He is presently the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) Facilitator and Lifestyle Medicine Consultant of the Adventist Medical Center Manila where they conduct both community-based (CHIP) and residential Lifestyle Medicine programs. He has conducted more than 400 seminars and lectures and several media appearances and interviews on Lifestyle Medicine and Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors around the Philippines and several neighboring Asian and Pacific Island Countries. Dr. Mañez, together with his colleagues from Loma Linda-California, Manila-Philippines and New South Wales-Australia, recently published research on the successful outcomes of CHIP done in the Philippines, in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Health Sciences. He is a member of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine, the first international Fellow in the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, a founding member of the Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and president and founder of the Philippine College of Lifestyle Medicine.
  3. Ingrid Edshteyn, DO, MPH
    Ingrid Edshteyn, DO, MPH
    Ingrid Edshteyn, DO, MPH is a Board-Certified Preventive Medicine physician dedicated to advancing an integrated approach between medicine, wellness and fitness. As the Associate Executive Director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), the nation’s professional society advocating for and implementing evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine at all levels in the health system, she assists with strategic partnerships and educational content development. Her passion goes back to childhood, when Dr. Ingrid established Cornell University’s Meditation & Yoga Club and served as President of Cornell's Seven Spirits Kung Fu organization. She has been involved with the Lifestyle Medicine movement since medical school, having served on the Executive Board of ACLM during PrevMed residency and completed Columbia University's Executive MPH for a population health perspective, she knows that empowering patients is central to the successful evolution of the wellness paradigm. Ingrid has been involved with developing Lifestyle Medicine clinical practice models, having co-founded Griffin Hospital's Center for Prevention & Lifestyle Management Wellness for Life program and developed her own clinical practice in NYC, Valia Lifestyle, which unites Lifestyle Medicine with integrative nutrition and fitness for authentic health of body and mind. She envisions the expansion of the movement globally, and looks forward to further involvement with the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance and Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
  4. Samuel George Hansdak, MBBS, MD, MA (Sociology), FAIMER
    Samuel George Hansdak, MBBS, MD, MA (Sociology), FAIMER
    Professor & head Department of Medicine Unit 4 Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India Dr. Samuel George Hansdak is presently working as a teaching faculty in the department of Internal Medicine in Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. He is a graduate and postgraduate from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. As a part of his interest in Lifestyle medicine, he was awarded Senior Training Fellowship for 12 weeks in 2009. He spent this time visiting and observing the principles and practice of lifestyle medicine in various lifestyle centers in North America including Loma Linda, PMRI, Tuft’s university, Weimar, Wildwood, Uchee Pines and Hartland. He formed a Lifestyle Medicine team in collaboration with the department of Dietary, Physiotherapy, Medical Sociology, Psychiatry, Hospital Chaplaincy, Community Health, Physiology, Dermatology and Internal Medicine. The vision of the department of Lifestyle Medicine is to provide services, training and conduct research in the principles of lifestyle medicine. Presently, the department runs a Wellness Clinic in the hospital campus and a Diabetic lifestyle outreach clinic in Chitoor campus. The department provides training to the undergraduates & post-graduates of medical, nursing and allied health science students. The students and faculties are also involved in conducting scientific research in the role of lifestyle medicine in various diseases. The department is also involved in training the general practitioners and family physicians in the principles and practice of lifestyle medicine through distance education. The team is currently developing a School Health model of training teachers as health coaches in schools. He is also a pioneering and founding member in the formation of the Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
  5. Sivaneswaran Poobalasingam, MD
    Sivaneswaran Poobalasingam, MD
    Dr. Sivaneswaran Poobalasingam is the Country Representative for the International Council of Integrative Medicine. He is the founder and Director of Integrative Medicine at Amrita Integrative Health Centre (AIHC) , a centre that adopts a holistic and integrative approach in maintaining a healthy life. He is the Executive Director of Amrita Academy, a Wellness Academy he founded and heads. He conducts Board Certification Programmes on Nutritional Medicine for the World Society of Anti-Ageing Medicine (WOSAAM). He is also Medical Consultant to a group of nutraceutical companies and is an associate of SVyasa University, a leading Yoga research institute. Dr. Siva’s clinical expertise is in the management of stress and lifestyle diseases which include diabetes, hypertension and food intolerances amongst others. Dr Siva recently founded the Malaysian Society Of Lifestyle Medicine with other healthcare practitioners and is the President of the society. Dr. Siva has also helped to pioneer integrative medicine in the country. He is frequently invited to speak on integrative medicine by government institutions. He has also conducted workshops on integrative medicine for programs jointly organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Malaysian Ministry of Health and University Era Ketiga (University Putra Malaysia). Dr. Siva played a role in the development of the “Global Information Portal” on Traditional and Complementary Therapies for the Ministry of Health (Malaysia). In the development of the portal he contributed articles and papers on Mind Body Medicine as a form of Traditional and Complementary Therapy. Dr. Siva is often invited to speak on Nutrition, Herbs and Mind Body Medicine at various forums both locally and internationally. He has also presented papers on an integrated approach to managing and preventing illness both at local and international conferences. He is a published author and has written books on a mind body approach to wellness and on the importance of herbs and nutrition in healthy ageing. Dr Siva is a member of the Malaysian Healthy Aging Society and he sits on the accreditation board for the Malaysian Society for Complementary Medicine. Dr. Siva has served as the Scientific Chairperson for Complementary Medicine of various organizing committees of conferences including “The First World Congress on Healthy Ageing in 2012.” He has also chaired symposiums at national and international conferences on integrative medicine.
  6. T. Colin Campbell, PhD
    T. Colin Campbell, PhD
    For decades T. Colin Campbell, PhD has been at the forefront of nutrition education and research. Dr. Campbell's expertise and scientific interests encompass relationships between diet and disease, particularly the causation of cancer. His legacy, the China Project, is one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology”. Dr. Campbell is the coauthor of the bestselling book The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, and author of the New York Times bestseller Whole, and The Low-Carb Fraud. He is featured in several documentaries including: the blockbuster Forks Over Knives, Eating You Alive, Food Matters, Plant Pure Nation and others. He is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate in partnership with eCornell. Dr. Campbell has conducted original research both in laboratory experiments and in large-scale human studies; received over 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding (mostly with NIH), served on grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, actively participated in the development of national and international nutrition policy, authored over 300 research papers and given hundreds of lectures around the world. He was trained at Cornell University (M.S., Ph.D.) and MIT (Research Associate) in nutrition, biochemistry and toxicology. Dr. Campbell spent 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Tech's Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition before returning to Cornell in 1975 where he presently holds his Endowed Chair as the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry in the Division of Nutritional Sciences.
  7. Mechelle Palma, MD, DACLM
    Mechelle Palma, MD, DACLM
    Dr. Mechelle Acero Palma is the President of Remnant Institute Inc., a Center for Lifestyle Medicine and Education. She is also engaged as Lifestyle Medicine Specialist and Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) facilitator of Bacolod Adventist Medical Center, Antique Medical Center, and Lifestyle Center of Southern Oklahoma. She is the Medical Director of Health and Gospel Ministry and the chapter president of Adventist Medical Evangelism Network involving volunteer doctors, allied health professionals and ministers. Dr. Palma earned her Medical Education at Iloilo Doctors College of Medicine and have residential training on Family and Community Medicine at Antique Medical Center. She had her post-doctoral degree in Master of Management in Health Administration at the Philippine Christian University. She had a Residential Lifestyle Medicine training at Black Hills Health and Education Center, South Dakota mentored by Dr. John Kelly, the founding president of American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She also had training at Harvard School of Medicine on Lifestyle Medicine for Children & Adolescents, Active Lives for Physicians & Patients, and Lifestyle Medicine for Weight Loss. She is pursuing her Culinary Medicine Training at the Goldring School of Culinary Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans and Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Boston. Dr. Palma was one among the first six Lifestyle Medicine Diplomat in Asia who successfully passed the Inaugural Diplomate Certification Exam conducted by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine in Tucson, Arizona. She is an active promoter and advocate bringing Lifestyle Medicine practice to medical societies, allied health professionals and the public. She actively conducts training programs and seminars holding Wellness and Lifestyle Medicine, Culinary Medicine and Medicinal farming under the program of the Philippine government. She had several local and national media appearances and an active Resource person of different government agencies, local government units, peoples organization, religious groups, schools and universities in several regions of the country since year 2008 emphasizing the proven benefits of Healthy Lifestyle choices. Dr. Palma is an active member of the Philippine Medical Association, Philippine Academy of Family Physicians, Bone & Joint Care Association of the Philippines, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, Philippine College of Lifestyle Medicine, and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
  8. Michael Greger, MD, FACLM
    Michael Greger, MD, FACLM
    A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. In 2017, Dr. Greger was honored with the ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Trailblazer Award. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. His latest book How Not to Die became an instant New York Times Best Seller. He has videos on more than 2,000 health topics freely available at, with new videos and articles uploaded every day.
  9. Zeno L Charles-Marcel, MD
    Zeno L Charles-Marcel, MD
    Dr. Zeno L. Charles-Marcel was born in Trinidad and Tobago and accompanied his parents to the US at the age of 13. He has a background in Physics and Physiology from McGill University, and entered the Honors Program in Zoology at Howard University where he later completed his medical degree in 1980. He is an Internal Medicine specialist certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (1984) with added qualification in Geriatric Medicine (1992). His professional activities have ranged from preventive medicine to critical care practice as well as medical/hospital administration, community health, medical education, medical research, and health education for the public in person and through media. His research and academic interests are in the areas of Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, Metabolic Syndrome, and Seventh-day Adventist health practices. He is the holder of a technology based US patent, and is co-founder, with Dr. David DeRose, of the first academic Fellowship in Lifestyle Medicine in the United States. Dr. Charles-Marcel and his family recently returned from México where he served since 2002 as a medical missionary and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Dental Technology, Medical Technology and Pharmacy, Public Health and Ophthalmology and related surgical fellowships) and the Executive Director of the “La Carlota” Adventist Mission Hospital. He served as Vice-President for Medical Affairs at Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Health and Healing and holds academic appointments at both Montemorelos and Loma Linda universities. He and his three sons are adorned by the flower of their lives, his wife, Anita. They have ministered together for over 30 years.
  10. Lifestyle Medicine Asia
    Lifestyle Medicine Asia
    Dr. Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Zipongo, the San Francisco-based based digital health and wellness company that focuses on enabling healthy eating -“Healthy Eating, Made Simple”. Dr. Shurney is the former Chief Medical Director / Executive Director for Global Health Benefits and Corporate Wellness for Cummins, Inc. He has an extensive background in health care management and policy. He has distinguished himself as a recognized leader in his profession in numerous ways. Prior to Cummins, Dr. Shurney was the Chief Medical Director of the Employee Health Plan for Vanderbilt University and Medical Center. During his tenure at Vanderbilt he also held joint faculty appointments as Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Internal Medicine and Public Health, and Adjunct Faculty, Owens Graduate School of Management. Other positions that Dr. Shurney has held include Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Healthways, Senior Health Policy Strategist in the Division of Government Affairs for the biotechnology company Amgen Inc., Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of medical affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Editor of the Journal of Managed Care Physicians. Dr. Shurney serves on numerous boards including: The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) where he is President-elect, the Global Business Group on Health, and the National Association of Managed Care Physicians. From 2007-2009, he served as the Chair of the Tennessee Diabetes Prevention and Health Improvement Board, appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen. He was also the most recent Chair of the Business Strategies Committee for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). For 12 years he served as the American College of Medical Quality’s (ACMQ) elected delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Shurney is co-author of the book “Integrating Wellness into Your Disease Management Programs” which is a “how- to” strategic guide for employers that wish to innovate their approach to chronic condition management. Dr. Shurney is board-certified in general preventive medicine and public health. He is a fellow in the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
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