Our 2020 Speaker LINEUP:

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Dr. Sal Lacagnina

Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina is the System Medical Director of Wellness and Employee Health for Lee Health. In this role, his mission is to inspire, 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 the Medical Director for the LH Employee Health clinics and the Medical Director for the Healthy Life Centers in Cape Coral, Ft. Myers and Babcock Ranch, Florida. From 1994-2010 he practiced Internal Medicine with the 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 and a monthly column for the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Trends publication. He also speaks publically throughout the community.

Jessica Porter

Annual SWFL Veg Fest 2020 Speaker Schedule (Schedule, Speaker Topic Title, Bio&Photo for Website) Our previous 3 SWFL Veg Fests focused heavily on the medical and scientific data relating the positive impacts of WFPB diet on human health; Lifestyle Medicine; and Compassion for Animals. But we didn’t focus on the health of the planet very much Local to SW Florida, we experienced an environmental water quality disaster during the summer of 2018 – Blue Green toxic algal blooms and Red Tide – although the causes are many, animal agriculture contributed. The theme for this year’s SWFL Veg Fest is Eat for the Planet – What’s on Your Plate Matters! For this reason, we are asking each of our speakers to tie into this theme as part of their powerpoint presentation. (For example, the impact of factory farms on water quality and Climate Change, or what impact a plant-based diet has on the health of our planet). SWFL Veg Fest 2-16-2020 Speaker Line-Up 10AM- 11AM – Dr. Sal Lacagnina Title of Talk: ?? Dr. Sal is a specialist in Internal Medicine since 1993 with a passion for preventive health care. He is currently completing a fellowship in Anti-Aging with the Metabolic Medical Institute with an emphasis on Lifestyle management as a way to keep people healthy. 11AM – Noon – Jessica Porter Title of Talk: Chewing & Personal Ecology Jessica Porter is the author of The MILF Diet and The Hip Chick’s Guide to Macrobiotics. She has been practicing macrobiotics since 1991. Jessica collaborated with Alicia Silverstone on her New York Times bestseller, The Kind Diet, and has also worked with Tia Mowry, Patricia Heaton and Laura Prepon on their diet and lifestyle books. She is a hypnotherapist, actress and comedienne who makes her lectures funny, inspiring and informative. Jessica lives in Los Angeles.

Marcus Watts

Lifestyle & Fitness coaching for busy professionals who want to prioritize their fitness for long term health and wellness.

Dr Michael Klaper

Michael A. Klaper, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He received postgraduate training in internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics and anesthesiology at the University of British Columbia Hospitals in Vancouver and obstetrics at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Klaper has practiced acute care medicine in Hawaii, Canada, California, Florida and New Zealand. Far more fulfilling to him is his current practice, focusing on health-promoting food and lifestyle choices to help people stay out of hospitals and off of operating tables. He has authored numerous articles on plant-based nutrition and is authoring a book on using plant-based medicine in the clinical setting to arrest and reverse disease.

Dr. Neal Barnard

Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.   

Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health, that paved the way for viewing type 2 diabetes as a potentially reversible condition for many patients. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 90 scientific publications and 20 books for medical and lay readers, and is the editor in chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians, a textbook made available to all U.S. medical students. 

As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. His research contributed to the acceptance of plant-based diets in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In 2016, he founded the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, DC, as a model for making nutrition a routine part of all medical care.