Megan Ramos • www.idmprogram.com
Megan Ramos has worked alongside Dr. Jason Fung since 2003. She is a clinical researcher by trade with the majority of her research focusing on preventative medicine. Megan co-founded the Intensive Dietary Management Program with Dr. Fung in 2014 after being diagnosed with diabetes herself and was the program’s first guinea pig.
Dr. Doug Bishop • www.drbishop.ca
Dr. Bishop received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Queen’s University and later went on to receive his Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Degree (FRCP), specializing in Internal Medicine from the University of Ottawa. He has been a practicing specialist in Internal Medicine since 1978 with an interest in hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol disorders, and has since developed a keen interest in obesity management and its treatment. During his tenure as Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Bishop was awarded “Best Medical Teacher”.
Throughout his life, Dr. Bishop has been an avid athlete and now competes in the master’s division in swimming and triathlons.
After 23 years of consulting in Internal Medicine and treating disorders, he decided that prevention of these disorders was the paramount direction he wanted to take. He became a member of the Obesity Medicine Association in 2000 and attends their twice-annual conventions to stay current with new information on the causes and management obesity disorders. Using his knowledge of medicine and fitness, Dr. Bishop created his Weight Management Clinic in 2001 in order to develop and implement a spectrum of tools for nutrition, motivation, and fitness. His main goal is to guide individuals toward a long-term healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Bishop is genuinely concerned about each of his clients and is passionate about his work. He not only has the desire to help people with the prevention of chronic disease but to encourage and assist them to take charge of their lives and feel in control of their own health and happiness.
Tiia has been working closely with her father at the Weight Management Clinic since 2004. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology & Psychology from Wilfred Laurier University, has completed many Obesity Medicine Association courses and a course in Motivational Interviewing at Northeastern University. Tiia is a certified Bariatric Assistant, a certified Personal Trainer Specialist through Can-Fit-Pro, and has developed individualized exercise programs for a large portion of our clients. When counselling clients, Tiia is able to combine her expertise in physical fitness with her current knowledge and skills to promote healthy lifestyles and help clients achieve their goals.
Amy Berger • www.tuitnutrition.com
Wendy Moore – Retreat Organizer •
I began my journey into the low carb world in 2015 and then went on to discover keto and fasting, eventually making these an integral part of my lifestyle.
I have been a touring professional musician for over 20 years and in October 2014 I was literally brought to my knees with a massive blood clot from my ankle up through my abdomen. This clot was discovered only 4 hours before I was to board a flight to Ireland for a 32 show tour.
Had I boarded that plane, it likely would have been game over for me. A few angels got their wings that night I’m sure… and I’m eternally grateful. It turns out that I have a hereditary blood clotting disorder which is totally manageable with medication.
The night before my clot, I did an easy 10 k run with no swelling symptoms. I had been a fully active triathlete and half-marathon runner up until then for a number of years.
That was the last time I ran.
Miraculously, the blood clot only caused minor circulation damage and I was back to pretty much full mobility (without the running) within 4 months.
That is when my low carb journey began.
While couch-bound, I had started a lot of reading on reducing inflammation (my left leg was almost twice the size of my right). It seemed that minimizing sugar and carbs was a big recommendation.
I had also started gaining weight from being more sedentary (and indulging in carb loaded foods) so reducing leg inflammation AND losing 20 pounds was my goal.
Starting a low carb food plan helped both of those goals but not significantly.
I needed to take things a step further so I tried going keto and eventually adding various fasting durations.
Now, 4 years later, I am at my ideal target body weight and my leg inflammation is gone. I am fully active in swimming, cycling, yoga and strength training.
I’ve decided to retire now from major music touring and to focus on my continued passion for living a keto/fasting lifestyle and to helping others achieve success with their goals, weight loss, and major health benefits of living a keto lifestyle.
Some of the specialists who have taught and encouraged me are the guest speakers at this retreat: Dr. Doug Bishop, Amy Berger, and Dr. Jason Fung’s Intensive Dietary Management Clinic run by the program director, Megan Ramos. Their websites, blog posts, suggested readings and support have been invaluable.
Thanks also to my Technosport swim coach, Duane Jones, who kept saying, “Come back to practices, we miss you!!”
My dream is to have this keto retreat be the first of many more that I will organize. To quote Kevin Costner in the movie ‘Field of Dreams’: “Build it and they will come!”
Please come out and be a part of this weekend retreat. Whether you are new to the worlds of keto, low-carb or nutritional fasting, just have a curiosity about it, or you are ‘keto-ing’ already, this will be a valuable weekend.
I know that we will all be motivated and inspired by the guest speakers as well as other attendees. It will be a wonderful experience.