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Friday, March 11
 

7:30am PST

Registration
Registration.  You will need to register and get your name tag so that you can attend all sessions.  Your name tags should be worn at all times to get into sessions. 

Friday March 11, 2022 7:30am - 2:30pm PST
Registration Center

8:00am PST

WLS and Plastic Surgery
Dr.  Katzen will share about reconstructive surgery after WLS.  8:00 - 8:45 am


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Timothy Katzen

Dr. Timothy Katzen

MEET DR KATZENAward-winning and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen is proud to offer a comprehensive range of aesthetic procedures to women and men at his esteemed facilities in Beverly Hills, CA and Las Vegas, NV. Having been featured on a number of television... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 8:00am - 8:45am PST
Ballroom

8:00am PST

The New Kids on the Block Party
All who are new to the WLSFA and/or who have never been to a WLSFA should be here! Fun with the New KidsOn the Block playing in the background.
You'll hear about the WLSFA and meet other newcomers to the WLSFA yearly event.  Find out about the WLSFA.  Meet the board, grant recipients, and have a ton of fun with each other - and yes …. there WILL BE giveaways!  This is a great way to learn how to make the most of the weekend.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Van Tuyl

Laura Van Tuyl

WLSFA President & CEO, Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America
Laura Van Tuyl is an 18-year RNY post op veteran.  She has been a volunteer on the WLSFA board for 11 years.  Presently, she serves as the volunteer president & CEO.  Laura is committed to equipping other WLS patients to thrive in their WLS journeys.  Laura has coordinated local... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 8:00am - 8:45am PST
Ballroom A

8:00am PST

Product and Service Expo
Stroll along our expo and learn about products and services that have been invited to come with you in mind. 

Friday March 11, 2022 8:00am - 3:00pm PST
Ballroom F

8:45am PST

BREAK - EXPO WALK
Take a break and browse the expo.

Friday March 11, 2022 8:45am - 9:00am PST
Ballroom F

9:00am PST

Casual Conversation Corner Meet and Greet
This room will be opened Friday and Saturday from 8 am - 3 pm to all attendees to gather together with friends in a casual atmosphere.  This is a time to meet and greet with others 1-1, or in a small group.  
There might be a casual meeting scheduled to meet in this group a few times during the event.  A schedule will be posted on or near the door.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Van Tuyl

Laura Van Tuyl

WLSFA President & CEO, Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America
Laura Van Tuyl is an 18-year RNY post op veteran.  She has been a volunteer on the WLSFA board for 11 years.  Presently, she serves as the volunteer president & CEO.  Laura is committed to equipping other WLS patients to thrive in their WLS journeys.  Laura has coordinated local... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Auch BSN, RN

Stephanie Auch BSN, RN

MINurse.care
Stephanie Auch BSN, RN earned her bachelor’s degree of Nursing from Oakland University in Rochester Michigan in 2016 immediately following completion of her associates degree in nursing from Macomb Community College in 2014. Stephanie offers 8 years of experience working as a clinician... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 9:00am - 9:15am PST
Ballroom A

9:00am PST

Transforming Our Lives Together This Weekend
Back together again.  Meet and greet.  Overview of the weekend and sessions.  First raffle of the weekend.
Our Sleeved Life will be life streaming their podcast. 

Speakers
avatar for Laura Van Tuyl

Laura Van Tuyl

WLSFA President & CEO, Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America
Laura Van Tuyl is an 18-year RNY post op veteran.  She has been a volunteer on the WLSFA board for 11 years.  Presently, she serves as the volunteer president & CEO.  Laura is committed to equipping other WLS patients to thrive in their WLS journeys.  Laura has coordinated local... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am PST
Ballroom

9:30am PST

FREE Plastic Surgery Consults with Dr. Timothy J. Katzen - appointment needed
Sign up at Dr. Timothy J. Katzen's Table at the event for a FREE plastic surgery consult or register ahead at:
https://www.wlsfa.org/plasticsconsult/

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Timothy Katzen

Dr. Timothy Katzen

MEET DR KATZENAward-winning and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen is proud to offer a comprehensive range of aesthetic procedures to women and men at his esteemed facilities in Beverly Hills, CA and Las Vegas, NV. Having been featured on a number of television... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 9:30am - Saturday March 12, 2022 3:00pm PST
Agadir A

9:45am PST

BREAK - EXPO WALK
Take a break and browse the expo.

Friday March 11, 2022 9:45am - 10:00am PST
Ballroom F

10:00am PST

Insta-Success: How social media can be a positive tool in your weight loss journey!
Social media is everywhere, but where does it fit into your weight loss journey? Learn from a marketing specialist and weight loss patient on how social media can be one of your biggest tools for success! Make sure you bring your phone because this will be an interactive session where Jason will lead you on this journey of success together!

There will be giveaways for this session as well as interactive social posting! 

Speakers
avatar for Jason Mayhew

Jason Mayhew

Owner, Bariatric Motivation.
Jason Mayhew is a four-year post VSG patient and the owner of Bariatric Motivation. If there was a statistic after WLS, Jason went through it.  Jason lost friends, family, and his marriage, but through online support and my WLS team became a success story. There were many hard times... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am PST
Ballroom B

10:00am PST

Why you need specialty supplements after Bariatric Surgery
This presentation will go over some of the latest published science on deficiencies and Bariatric Surgery. We will take a look at the ASMBS guidelines and compare how difficult it is to get what is recommended from over the counter vitamins. The talk will be about 15-20 min and then I can take questions.

Speakers
avatar for Zack O'Brien

Zack O'Brien

Western regional manager at Bariatric Advantage, Bariatric Advantage
Zack is a regional manager at Bariatric Advantage and is about to celebrate 14yrs with the company.  He has been a friend of the WLSFA for the past 12 years. 


Friday March 11, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am PST
Ballroom G

10:00am PST

Winning at Regain
Are you experiencing the dreaded regain? Have you been trying to reset your pouch? Please join Tosha Stafford and Tabitha Johnson, two transformational coaches and WLS post-op surgery patients for this lively discussion. Learn how to successfully get back on track and regain the knowledge, not the weight.

Speakers
avatar for Tosha Stafford

Tosha Stafford

Founder, Bari Fit
Tosha Stafford is a Master Habit and Transformation coach that has helped hundreds of men and woman shed their weight and feel good for life!With fad diets, hard-to-follow nutrition information, and a flashy new app every week, the nutrition and fitness world can be a confusing place... Read More →
avatar for Tabitha Johnson

Tabitha Johnson

Tabitha Johnson AKA The BariBoss, is a certified health and life coach. She provides information, coaching and support to pre and post-op bariatric surgery patients via virtual 1-on-1 and digital on-demand coaching through the BariBoss Academy.     Being a licensed marriage and... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am PST
Ballroom H

10:45am PST

BREAK - EXPO WALK
Stroll along our expo and learn about products and services that have been invited to come with you in mind. 

Friday March 11, 2022 10:45am - 11:00am PST
Ballroom F

11:00am PST

Locker Room Stories: WLS Challenges for the Guys
Speakers
avatar for Jason Mayhew

Jason Mayhew

Owner, Bariatric Motivation.
Jason Mayhew is a four-year post VSG patient and the owner of Bariatric Motivation. If there was a statistic after WLS, Jason went through it.  Jason lost friends, family, and his marriage, but through online support and my WLS team became a success story. There were many hard times... Read More →
avatar for Bill Streetman

Bill Streetman

Member of the WLSFA Board of Directors & Founder of the Tour of Hope / 2017 Male BariAthlete of the Year, WLSFA
 Bill was 404 pounds back in October of 2010, when he had RNY surgery at Ascension Health in Michigan by Dr Sabir.  On the one year anniversary of his surgery he had lost exactly half of his weight – 202 pounds.  Bill began bicycle riding as a form of exercise and founded the... Read More →
avatar for Brian Crabtree

Brian Crabtree

What’s my story? I’m glad you asked. Overweight from childhood, by age 26 had reached an all time weight of 400 pounds. Unable to work, on oxygen to breathe, and a prisoner to my own body, I had decided to have gastric bypass weight loss surgery. After losing 220 pounds and kept... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Stephens

Kevin Stephens

Kevin Stephens had RNY (gastric bypass) surgery in February 2011 and lost 220 pounds. He shares the story of his journey during bariatric support groups at his local hospital and conferences.  Kevin began gaining weight in elementary school and continued struggling with his weight... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Ballroom B

11:00am PST

The Best is Yet to Come
 A discussion of the measures and miles of successes that come post bariatric surgery and some of the bumps in the road many patients have experienced and navigated successfully.  An authentic conversation on managing post-surgery changes, needs, and unexpected complications.  Inspiring firsthand stories of non-scale victories and families changed forever!

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Auch BSN, RN

Stephanie Auch BSN, RN

MINurse.care
Stephanie Auch BSN, RN earned her bachelor’s degree of Nursing from Oakland University in Rochester Michigan in 2016 immediately following completion of her associates degree in nursing from Macomb Community College in 2014. Stephanie offers 8 years of experience working as a clinician... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Ballroom H

11:00am PST

The Magic, The Myths and the Truth of the Matter
After working in the field of bariatric psychology for the past 16 years, Dr. Stapleton has most likely "heard it all" from patients! Listen as she de-bunks myths related to life after bariatric surgery, talks about the amazing benefits of having bariatric surgery, and shares the bottom-line realities of the struggles people face following surgery. Come away with more realistic expectations of the realities of post-op living and what is required to maintain weight loss over the years. Hear real-life stories about real-life patients and be even better prepared to become a long-term weight loss success story!
As seen on TLC's Too Large and 1000Pound Best Friends.





Speakers
avatar for Connie Stapleton, PhD

Connie Stapleton, PhD

Connie Stapleton is a licensed psychologist who is dedicated to helping people learn the skills for living their healthiest "whole person" life. Dr. Stapleton focuses on improving self-love as the basis for consistent engagement in healthy relationships: with self and others, with... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Ballroom

11:45am PST

BREAK - EXPO WALK
Stroll along our expo and learn about products and services that have been invited to come with you in mind. 

Friday March 11, 2022 11:45am - 12:00pm PST
Ballroom F

11:45am PST

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
Grab lunch at one of the hotel restaurants or walk to the nearby water's edge to some local restaurants.  

Friday March 11, 2022 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
Ballroom

1:00pm PST

How to Be a GREAT Support Person
Still a little puzzled about the needs or how to meet the needs of the WLS patient you are supporting?  Go it down, and want to share with other? THIS is the place for you!  NO WLS patients allowed! Only support people.  Open discussion with some great tips.  


Speakers
avatar for Laura Van Tuyl

Laura Van Tuyl

WLSFA President & CEO, Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America
Laura Van Tuyl is an 18-year RNY post op veteran.  She has been a volunteer on the WLSFA board for 11 years.  Presently, she serves as the volunteer president & CEO.  Laura is committed to equipping other WLS patients to thrive in their WLS journeys.  Laura has coordinated local... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 1:00pm - 1:00pm PST
Ballroom B

1:00pm PST

For the Love of Chocolate!
Ahhh chocolate, how do we love thee? Is it possible to count the ways? This scrumptious and indulgent treat not only makes people smile, but also has many nutrition advantages.  How about we dive into uncovering a few to these wonderful benefits while savoring and experiencing a healthy chocolate protein recipe.  Those attending receive a coupon for a free bag of ProCare Health’s new Chocolate Protein Powder!  

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Hoehn, MSN, BSN, RN, CHTP

Brenda Hoehn, MSN, BSN, RN, CHTP

Nurse Consultant, ProCare Health - Life Support
Brenda Hoehn, MSN, BSN, RN, CHTPProCare Health Vitamin Specialist / ConsultantWhen life stressors force changes in life, people want to transform to positively learn and grow. Brenda’s passion is in helping individuals do exactly that by empowering them to stand in their own health... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm PST
Ballroom H

1:00pm PST

Wish I Knew That Before . . . How to combat what we don’t like to talk about by transforming our lives together
This journey is not always glamorous or easy. Divorce, loss of friends, and struggle of self identity can hit weight loss surgery patients through their journey. Join Jason as he shares his story of how he hit rock bottom and how talking openly about the issues he faced can help you along your journey to success! Learn techniques to help you be successful through your journey no matter where you are! This presentation is going to be real, open, and motivational

There will be giveaways for this session! 

Speakers
avatar for Jason Mayhew

Jason Mayhew

Owner, Bariatric Motivation.
Jason Mayhew is a four-year post VSG patient and the owner of Bariatric Motivation. If there was a statistic after WLS, Jason went through it.  Jason lost friends, family, and his marriage, but through online support and my WLS team became a success story. There were many hard times... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm PST
Ballroom G

1:45pm PST

BREAK - EXPO WALK
Stroll along our expo and learn about products and services that have been invited to come with you in mind. 

Friday March 11, 2022 1:45pm - 2:00pm PST
Ballroom F

2:00pm PST

Fitness for All: Change Your Mindset to Change Your Life
What we think about fitness often determines whether or not we incorporate it into our lives. In this session, take a hands-on approach to changing your mindset about fitness and making it a key part of your health journey.

Speakers
avatar for Yelena Kibasova

Yelena Kibasova

Event/Content Strategist


Friday March 11, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm PST
Ballroom B

2:00pm PST

Livin’ LARGE! Maximizing the WLS Lifestyle
Escaping the prison of obesity is just the beginning.   The WLS lifestyle allows you to experience life as you never could when obese.  So what are you going to do with your New Life?  I suggest you live it LARGE.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Streetman

Bill Streetman

Member of the WLSFA Board of Directors & Founder of the Tour of Hope / 2017 Male BariAthlete of the Year, WLSFA
 Bill was 404 pounds back in October of 2010, when he had RNY surgery at Ascension Health in Michigan by Dr Sabir.  On the one year anniversary of his surgery he had lost exactly half of his weight – 202 pounds.  Bill began bicycle riding as a form of exercise and founded the... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm PST
Ballroom H

2:00pm PST

Winning at WLS
Open discussion with a panel that is "in the know" about how you can be successful at WLS.  Come ask questions - get answers.

Speakers
avatar for Tosha Stafford

Tosha Stafford

Founder, Bari Fit
Tosha Stafford is a Master Habit and Transformation coach that has helped hundreds of men and woman shed their weight and feel good for life!With fad diets, hard-to-follow nutrition information, and a flashy new app every week, the nutrition and fitness world can be a confusing place... Read More →
avatar for Tabitha Johnson

Tabitha Johnson

Tabitha Johnson AKA The BariBoss, is a certified health and life coach. She provides information, coaching and support to pre and post-op bariatric surgery patients via virtual 1-on-1 and digital on-demand coaching through the BariBoss Academy.     Being a licensed marriage and... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Hirano, MS, RD, CN, CD

Kristin Hirano, MS, RD, CN, CD

Bites of Wisdom, PLLC
Kristin Hirano is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified in in Adult Weight Management. She is the founder of Bites of Wisdom, PLLC – a concierge nutrition coaching company. Kristin is a gut microbiome and obesity expert. Kristin’s clients hire her to help them end their life... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Auch BSN, RN

Stephanie Auch BSN, RN

MINurse.care
Stephanie Auch BSN, RN earned her bachelor’s degree of Nursing from Oakland University in Rochester Michigan in 2016 immediately following completion of her associates degree in nursing from Macomb Community College in 2014. Stephanie offers 8 years of experience working as a clinician... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm PST
Ballroom G

2:45pm PST

BREAK - EXPO WALK
Stroll along our expo and learn about products and services that have been invited to come with you in mind. 

Friday March 11, 2022 2:45pm - 3:00pm PST
Ballroom F

3:00pm PST

Chair Yoga with Connie Stapleton, PhD
Friday March 11, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST

6:00pm PST

Meet and Mingle
Tonight we celebrate Vintage Vegas - We Did It Our Way as we gather together for the perfect bariatric hors d'oeuvrehors and mock cocktails. Meet and Mingle with attendees before heading into the ballroom for a night of fun, dancing, and the hightlight of the night, Dr. Pesta's Tribute to Sinatra.
The night for our night will end at 9 pm so that there is time to head into downtown vegas.

Friday March 11, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm PST
Medinas Foyer

7:00pm PST

Vintage Vegas, We Did It Our Way
Come experience Vintage Vegas as Dr. Carl Pesta presents a musical Sinatra Tribute.  Light horderves served with Mock Cocktails before the evening begins.   

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Carl Pesta

Dr. Carl Pesta

Dr. Carl Pesta is a “Center of Excellence” bariatric surgeon who specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgical weight loss procedures. Dr. Pesta has more than 18 years of experience as a surgeon performing more than 5,000 bariatric procedures.Dr. Pesta earned a medical degree... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 7:00pm - 9:00pm PST
Ballroom
 
Saturday, March 12
 

7:00am PST

Stomp Out Obesity 5K
Wake up for the 2nd day of the WLSFA Conference with the Stomp Out Obesity 5K around beautiful Lake Las Vegas! Join like-minded people for this fun walk/run 5K regardless if this is your first run or an expereinced runner! 

Speakers
avatar for Jason Mayhew

Jason Mayhew

Owner, Bariatric Motivation.
Jason Mayhew is a four-year post VSG patient and the owner of Bariatric Motivation. If there was a statistic after WLS, Jason went through it.  Jason lost friends, family, and his marriage, but through online support and my WLS team became a success story. There were many hard times... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Carl Pesta

Dr. Carl Pesta

Dr. Carl Pesta is a “Center of Excellence” bariatric surgeon who specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgical weight loss procedures. Dr. Pesta has more than 18 years of experience as a surgeon performing more than 5,000 bariatric procedures.Dr. Pesta earned a medical degree... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2022 7:00am - 8:30am PST
Inside Front Entrance

7:30am PST

Late Registration
Saturday March 12, 2022 7:30am - 10:30am PST
Medinas Foyer

8:00am PST

Product and Service Expo
Saturday March 12, 2022 8:00am - 3:00pm PST
Ballroom F

8:30am PST

WLS and Plastic Surgery
Dr.  Katzen will share about reconstructive surgery after WLS.  8:30 - 9:15 am


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Timothy Katzen

Dr. Timothy Katzen

MEET DR KATZENAward-winning and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen is proud to offer a comprehensive range of aesthetic procedures to women and men at his esteemed facilities in Beverly Hills, CA and Las Vegas, NV. Having been featured on a number of television... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2022 8:30am - 9:45am PST
Ballroom G

9:00am PST

Ask the Surgeon
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Carl Pesta

Dr. Carl Pesta

Dr. Carl Pesta is a “Center of Excellence” bariatric surgeon who specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgical weight loss procedures. Dr. Pesta has more than 18 years of experience as a surgeon performing more than 5,000 bariatric procedures.Dr. Pesta earned a medical degree... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am PST
Ballroom

9:45am PST

BREAK - EXPO WALK
Stroll along our expo and learn about products and services that have been invited to come with you in mind. 

Saturday March 12, 2022 9:45am - 10:00am PST
Ballroom F

10:00am PST

Are Your Gut Bugs Making You Fat?
Education on the gut microbiome and how it influences weight.  This is more important than you might think. Listen in and learn some very important facts that could affect your overall health.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Hirano, MS, RD, CN, CD

Kristin Hirano, MS, RD, CN, CD

Bites of Wisdom, PLLC
Kristin Hirano is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified in in Adult Weight Management. She is the founder of Bites of Wisdom, PLLC – a concierge nutrition coaching company. Kristin is a gut microbiome and obesity expert. Kristin’s clients hire her to help them end their life... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am PST
Ballroom G

10:00am PST

Growing Into My Skin
A discussion for pre-surgery patients who are in the planning stages of their journey.  This discussion will take into account the overall weight loss surgery journey experience, methodology, hard facts, and suggestions to make a mindful, smooth transition into lifestyle changes and modifications needed to be successful in prioritizing overall health and well-being for every individual patient no matter what and no matter where.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Auch BSN, RN

Stephanie Auch BSN, RN

MINurse.care
Stephanie Auch BSN, RN earned her bachelor’s degree of Nursing from Oakland University in Rochester Michigan in 2016 immediately following completion of her associates degree in nursing from Macomb Community College in 2014. Stephanie offers 8 years of experience working as a clinician... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am PST
Ballroom H

10:45am PST

BREAK - EXPO WALK
Stroll along our expo and learn about products and services that have been invited to come with you in mind. 

Saturday March 12, 2022 10:45am - 11:00am PST
Ballroom F

11:00am PST

Exterminating Excuses
No one wants to regain weight, but it can happen. The great news is that re-gain and also be re-lost! Join Dr. Stapleton as she take a "firm and fair" look at the big picture of regain and separate the biology from the BS (excuses you may be making about your personal behaviors)!  We can all see other people's excuses from a mile off and yet remain blind to the fact that we may be hiding behind excuses of our own. Lay your excuses on the table, re-commit to living a bariatric health lifestyle and watch the regain melt away!


Speakers
avatar for Connie Stapleton, PhD

Connie Stapleton, PhD

Connie Stapleton is a licensed psychologist who is dedicated to helping people learn the skills for living their healthiest "whole person" life. Dr. Stapleton focuses on improving self-love as the basis for consistent engagement in healthy relationships: with self and others, with... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Ballroom

11:00am PST

Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery
Hair loss is a common complication that can occur following bariatric surgery. There are various etiologies that can result in hair loss, but pinpointing the true cause will result in management and minimization. In this session, we will discuss reasons for hair loss, nutrition best practices and supplementation, management and minimization of hair loss, and common hair loss questions after bariatric surgery.  

Speakers
avatar for Megan Koscinski

Megan Koscinski

Registered Dietitian, Bariatric Fusion
Megan received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Dietetics from D’youville College in Buffalo, New York. She currently works as a bariatric dietitian at a nutraceutical company called Bariatric Fusion that manufactures, distributes, and formulates bariatric specific vitamin... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Ballroom H

11:00am PST

How to Grow a Healthy Support Group (Onsite or Online)
Help others by facilitating a Support Group! Some patients report that a support group helps them achieve long-term success in their weight loss by helping them to maintain weight and keep it from coming back. Being able to hear what other patients have gone through and are experiencing often helps to normalize the weight loss process. Here we dive into setting up a Support Group, development of topics and an outline, and strategies to keep people coming back for more!

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Hoehn, MSN, BSN, RN, CHTP

Brenda Hoehn, MSN, BSN, RN, CHTP

Nurse Consultant, ProCare Health - Life Support
Brenda Hoehn, MSN, BSN, RN, CHTPProCare Health Vitamin Specialist / ConsultantWhen life stressors force changes in life, people want to transform to positively learn and grow. Brenda’s passion is in helping individuals do exactly that by empowering them to stand in their own health... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Ballroom G

11:00am PST

Obesity and Me - Past, Present, Future
My goal will be to discuss issues that harm us from our past, learn to live in our present, and look toward a brighter future.  All our lives lead us on different paths.  Join me to hear about my experience!

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Bustos

Jacob Bustos

Jacob Bustos is a chef, cooking coach, and food enthusiast who has been in the food business for twenty-six years. Jacob, who has always been passionate about hospitality, beat his battle with morbid obesity and has set out to make a positive impact on people. He will tell you that... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Ballroom B

12:00pm PST

Table Talk Lunch - or - Lunch On Your Own
Join a table with a doc, grant recipient, or a board member.  Order a box lunch and join in a conversation.
Extended lunch time (1 hr. 45 mins). Boxed lunches are available from the Marrakesh and can be pre-ordered by 10am each day from an order sheet that each attendee can complete and take to Marrakesh no later than 10am and pay for and then go back and pick up at lunchtime.
In addition to the following there will be drinks and sides also on the menu sheet at additional cost.

Foods are as follows:
Turkey and Provolone Wrap $9
Vegan (GF) Wrap $9
Chicken Caesar salad with dressing and cheese on side $11
Turkey Cobb $11

You may also take short shuttle (free) where a few restaurants and a small grocery store.

Be sure and be back by 1:30

Saturday March 12, 2022 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Medinas Foyer

1:30pm PST

How Do You See Yourself?
Speakers
avatar for Brian Crabtree

Brian Crabtree

What’s my story? I’m glad you asked. Overweight from childhood, by age 26 had reached an all time weight of 400 pounds. Unable to work, on oxygen to breathe, and a prisoner to my own body, I had decided to have gastric bypass weight loss surgery. After losing 220 pounds and kept... Read More →
avatar for Connie Stapleton, PhD

Connie Stapleton, PhD

Connie Stapleton is a licensed psychologist who is dedicated to helping people learn the skills for living their healthiest "whole person" life. Dr. Stapleton focuses on improving self-love as the basis for consistent engagement in healthy relationships: with self and others, with... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2022 1:30pm - 2:15pm PST
Ballroom H

1:30pm PST

Journaling to the Inner You
Did you know that journaling is a great tool to incorporate into your wellness routine for long-term success? Research suggests that writing down your thoughts can help reduce stress, explore day-to-day challenges, record amazing experiences and improve healing.

This workshop will help you explore your why; what now, and where to next. Through guided prompts and discussion, you will walk away learning more about yourself, add a creative spin to exploring motivation, and enhance your overall well-being.

No experience is necessary, and all materials are provided.



Saturday March 12, 2022 1:30pm - 2:15pm PST
Ballroom G

1:30pm PST

Learn how the Lap-Band Procedure can help you take control of your health
Come and hear about how the Lap Band is a viable surgery choice.  
PLUS: a giveaway you don’t want to miss.




Speakers
avatar for Dr.  David Davtyan

Dr. David Davtyan

“I DECIDED TO BECOME A DOCTOR OUT OF A VERY STRONG DESIRE TO HELP THOSE IN SUFFERING, TO REVERSE OR CURE DISEASES, AND TO BRING JOY AND HAPPINESS TO OTHERS. THIS IS REFLECTED BOTH IN THE CHOICE OF MY PROFESSION, AS WELL AS THE SUBSEQUENT CHOICE OF MY SPECIALTIES WITHIN MEDICINE... Read More →
avatar for Vernon Lee  Vincent

Vernon Lee Vincent

Vernon Lee Vincent began his career as an ENT technician in the US Navy assisting surgeons with a wide range of head-and-neck surgical procedures, and managing a surgical and hearing clinic. During college and graduate school he worked as an ER tech and as a surgical scrub tech. His... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2022 1:30pm - 2:15pm PST
Ballroom

2:15pm PST

BREAK - EXPO WALK
Stroll along our expo and learn about products and services that have been invited to come with you in mind. 

Saturday March 12, 2022 2:15pm - 2:30pm PST
Ballroom F

2:30pm PST

4YOU: A New Look at Regain
The importance of addressing Regain for all surgical weight loss patients and exactly how to treat it. 

Speakers
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Nicholas Giaconia

Vice President of Sales and Owner, Celebrate Nutritional Supplements
Graduated Malone University with a BA degree in CommunicationsExtensive Career in Medical Sales over the past 20 yearsBegan with selling hearing aids and cochlear implantsDiabetic Supply and CPAP salesStarted full time with Celebrate Nutritional Supplements in 2009Married to Melanie... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2022 2:30pm - 3:15pm PST
Ballroom H

2:30pm PST

Zumba with Yelena
Zumba has been around for a while.  Yelena is offering Easy Zumba - come get some good exercise and have fun too!

Speakers
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Yelena Kibasova

Event/Content Strategist



Saturday March 12, 2022 2:30pm - 3:15pm PST
Ballroom B

3:15pm PST

Our Sleeved Life Podcast
Our Sleeve Podcast will be live in the main ballroom interviewing and live streaming! Come and take part.

Speakers

Saturday March 12, 2022 3:15pm - 4:00pm PST
Ballroom

6:00pm PST

Diamond Anniversary, "Let's Shine With Success"
Sit down dinner.  Dancing.  Fun. 
The WLSFA 10th + Anniversary Party. Come dressed in your blingiest attire and compete in the "Bling Off" to be crowned The Bling King or the Bling Queen. Crowns provided by the WLSFA!


Saturday March 12, 2022 6:00pm - 8:30pm PST
Ballroom
 
Sunday, March 13
 

7:00am PDT

Bike with Bill
Sunday March 13, 2022 7:00am - 8:00am PDT
Inside Front Entrance

9:00am PDT

Farewell Breakfast & Raffle & the WLSFA Up Close and Personal
Come enjoy a light breakfast and say goodbye to your new friends.  A Special raffle be held just for those who come.
Ask the WLSFA Board.  A time to chat with the board about the WLSFA. 

Sunday March 13, 2022 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Ballroom