From Near & Far
The focus of Tulsa VegFest is to educate others about the whole food plant-based lifestyle and to encourage them toward a healthier, happier life. There's no better way to do that than to bring in people who are experts in their fields and who are plant strong themselves. View the event schedule to find out who, from Oklahoma or farther away, is speaking when and on what topic. After seeing the event schedule, you may find that you'll want to hear it all -- you might want to stay the whole day! And why not? There's a plant-based food court with tons of delicious offerings to fuel a day-long stay!
Dr. Ron Weiss, MD - Primary Care Doctor - Long Valley, New Jersey
Dr. Ron Weiss is the founder of Ethos Health, a farm-based healthcare system that connects human health to the natural world and fosters the fundamental connections that exist between all living things. He is also a botanist and farmer, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and a board certified internist with an active primary care practice. You can find out more at myethoshealth.com or @myethoshealth on Instagram and Facebook.
Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina, D.O. - System Medical Director of Wellness & Employee Health - Ft. Myers, FL
Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina is the System Medical Director of Wellness and Employee Health for Lee Health. In this role, his mission is to motivate, educate and empower people to improve their health and wellness. Dr. Sal, as he likes to be called, is one of Lee Health's champions responsible for developing a comprehensive health, wellness and preventive care program for more than 19,000 employees and family members.
He is Medical Director for the LH Employee Health clinics and the Medical Director for the Wellness Centers in Cape Coral and Ft. Myers in Florida.
From 1994-2010 he practiced Internal Medicine with Lee Physician Group and served as its Medical Director until 2010 before taking on his role as System Medical Director of Wellness and Employee Health. His emphasis is on the prevention and reversal of cardio metabolic diseases, diabetes, weight management, cancer risk factor reduction and overall lifestyle medicine.
Dr. Sal earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and he is Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and is a Diplomat of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Dr. Sal writes a weekly column about health and wellness in The News-Press [Ft. Myers, FL] and a monthly column for the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Trends publication. He also speaks publicly throughout the community.
Dr. Jimmy Conway, M.D. - Orthopedic Surgeon - Oklahoma City, OK
Dr. Jimmy Conway specializes in treating orthopedic disorders of the elbow and shoulder. Dr. Conway is a leading expert in the treatment of throwing injuries for baseball and softball players. Dr. Conway is also a featured speaker for many national and international plant-based nutrition organizations.
PlantbasedOKC was founded in 2009 by Dr. Jimmy Conway and his wife Andrea after Jimmy learned he suffered from severe blockage in a major artery. After triple bypass surgery was recommended by his cardiologist, Jimmy and Andrea immersed themselves in literature and medical studies looking for an alternative to surgery.
After reading The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., Jimmy and Andrea opted to try a whole foods, plant-based diet as a remedy to Jimmy’s artery blockage and excessively high triglycerides. Today, Dr. Conway is healthier than ever and he, along with Andrea, seek to educate others looking to live a plant-based diet lifestyle.
Cory Warren - “Lean Green Dad“- Winter Garden, FL
Known as Lean Green DAD™, Cory Warren is a husband, vegan dad and podcast host who creates plant-based meal plans. His quick and easy vegan meals help make a plant-based diet for kids simple! Lean Green DAD, provides easy plant-based meals for anyone looking to fuel their plant-based family!
The idea for a blog came after Cory’s wife was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis just a few months before they were to be married. At the time of her diagnosis, they were left with nothing but fear, misinformation and uncertainty. At that point in their lives, they decided to make some serious changes to their lifestyle. They started to think more about the food they put into our bodies and began to read a lot about plant-based diets. They watched a few great documentaries and were hooked. As a competing athlete at the time, Cory saw a major improvement in his athletic performance and for his wife, she was able to taper off of her medications and increase her quality of life. As their family grew and became a family of five, so did their understanding, compassion, and appreciation for this healthy way of life. Today the Warrens focus on remaining lean and green in their commitment to health through the food they eat, the quality time they spend together and the relationships they build. They manage Cory’s wife’s chronic condition and their family’s health on a day-to-day basis by eating the most nutrient-rich foods possible consisting of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains.