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"Physician Heal Thyself"

ACLM Member-only Retreat

Tuesday, January 24 – Saturday, January 28, 2017

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

Click here to register for the per person fee of $500 for the education portion (15 hours; CME accredited) of the retreat.  Room and meal reservation is made directly through GreenLagoon.

We heard you!

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine heard from its members their desire to have opportunities to participate in more intimate, member-only opportunities. Partnering with ACLM Member Henry Villegas, MD, proprietor of the GreenLagoon Wellbeing Resort in beautiful La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica, ACLM is pleased to present the inaugural member-only retreat opportunity, with the theme of ‘Physician Heal Thyself.” We must become champions and role models for our patients, learning the proven lifestyle medicine approaches for our own personal health that we, in turn, can impart to our patients.

Retreat Faculty & Schedule:  

Jonathan Bonnet, MD completed his Family Medicine residency at Duke University, and recently finished his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Florida. He has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, has experience working in body composition and muscular strength laboratories, and maintains his American College of Sports Medicine personal training certification.  Jonathan has a passion for health promotion and disease prevention and has literally “walked the walk” with his patients with his involvement in the nonprofit, Walk With A Doc.  He has served on the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) board for the past years and was the ACLM Professionals in Training past President.  Jonathan is the editor for the business section of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine and has published research in mobile health technology, sports and exercise, obesity, sleep medicine, nutrition and behavior change.  He currently works as a teaching assistant at the Harvard University Extension School.

Ingrid Edshteyn, DO, MPH, is a Preventive Medicine physician with an Executive MPH in Healthcare Policy & Management from Columbia University. She has embraced preventive and lifestyle medicine as the foundation for true healthcare reform, as this unique specialty encompasses disease prevention and health promotion for both individual patients and populations. She currently serves as the Associate Executive Director, Membership & Education for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, having been a member since her second year of medical school. Within the American College of Preventive Medicine, she has participated within the Prevention Practice Committee, developing the certification for weight management programs, updating ACPM’s Position Statement on Weight Management, and serving as the Wellness Chair for the 2012-2016 conferences. At Yale-Griffin Hospital, notable for being at the forefront in leading this new vision for health delivery, she had the privilege to create and become the Co-Program Director of their clinical wellness program, part of the newly established Center for Preventive and Lifestyle Management. She is the co-founder of Valia Health, a digital health engagement company, and has a private practice in Lifestyle Medical Fitness in NYC. 

Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACLM is the Immediate Past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and has served as the General Preventive Medicine/Public Health Regent on the board of the American College of Preventive Medicine. She chaired the Lifestyle Medicine Task Force and the Lifestyle Medicine Competencies Working Group.

Her company, HealthTypeTM, offers consulting services and develops innovative interventions, including mobile technologies, for helping patients make sustainable health behavior changes. 

Her previous roles include Vice President of Clinical Operations at Berkeley HeartLab-- where she directed a national cardiovascular disease and lifestyle management program, Director of the Healthy Lifestyles Division at the American Medical Association, and chief of the California Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program and women’s cancer screening programs at the California Department of Health Services.

She is board certified in both preventive medicine/public health and internal medicine and has completed a psychiatry fellowship.

James F. Loomis Jr., MD, MBA, received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and graduated with honors. He subsequently completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, MO. In addition, Dr. Loomis received an M.B.A. from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. He is board certified in internal medicine and has also completed the certification program in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.

Dr.  Loomis is the medical director at the Barnard Medical Center in Washington DC. He has served as team internist for the St. Louis Rams football team and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, as well as tour physician for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to the Barnard Medical Center, he practiced internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, where he was also the director of prevention and wellness. He is on the clinical faculty of the department of internal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine.  Dr. Loomis also serves on the board of directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Loomis enjoys reading, cooking, and teaching plant-based cooking classes. He also enjoys running, biking, and swimming, and has completed numerous half marathons, marathons, and triathlons.

Ashley Maltz, MD, MPH was born and raised in Houston and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her MD and Master in Public Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. She completed her residency in Internal and Preventive Medicine at UTMB in 2011 and then a 2-year Integrative Medicine Fellowship at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT.  Dr. Maltz has been trained in trigger point injections, meditation, spirituality, nutrition, mind-body therapies, botanicals and herbs and completed an intensive 1000-hour curriculum created by The University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Program founded by Dr. Andrew Weil.  She completed a 300-hour Medical Acupuncture course through the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate.  Most recently,  she was living in Albuquerque, NM, working as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico's School of Medicine.  Dr. Maltz is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, for which she served on the Board of Directors from 2013 - 2015.  Dr. Maltz's specific interests include helping her patients improve their health through lifestyle interventions including, but not limited to, eastern medical practices, nutrition, botanicals, mind-body techniques and by decreasing environmental exposures. 

Henry Villegas, MD, Founder & Owner, GreenLagoon Wellbeing Resort is originally from Costa Rica, where he graduated from the University of Costa Rica School of Medicine. He currently resides in Southwest Florida and works for the Lee Health organization (formerly known as Lee Memorial Health Systems), as a Pediatric Emergency Physician. Dr Villegas specializes in Lifestyle Medicine, Wilderness Medicine and holds a postgraduate degree in Pediatrics from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, as well as a fellowship degree in Pediatric Emergency Medicine from Central Florida and South Georgia.

Dr. Villegas is an active member of the ACLM since 2012 and he is the Founder and First President of the recently established non-profit Costa Rica Association of Wellbeing Medicine (Asociacion Costarricense Medicina de Bienestar). He is also the founder and owner of the GreenLagoon Enterprise of Costa Rica which includes the recently established GreenLagoon Wellbeing EcoClinic and the GreenLagoon Wellbeing Resort. Both the resort and the EcoClinic offer comprehensive healthy lifestyles options and programs to supports the CR Wellbeing Medicine Association.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017:
  • Arrive at the GreenLagoon Wellbeing Resort
  • Delicious dinner prepared by resort staff

Wednesday, January 25
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included
  • Morning yoga, fitness and/or bird watching
  • Breakfast Welcome and opening ‘Physician Heal Thyself’ presentation by ACLM Member and GreenLagoon Proprietor Dr. Henry Villegas, coupled with a workshop on Finding Your Why with Dr. James Loomis (2 hour CE)***
  • Healthy Planet Workshop  - On the Relationship between Sustainable Community Health & Local Ecosystems. Hands on Ecology & Organic Whole Foods-Medicinal Gardens educational tour on the GreenLagoon Property (2 hour CE)
  • Whole foods plant based lunch
  • Time to explore the GreenLagoon property, restore & renew
  • Freshly prepared Whole foods plants based dinner on-site
  • After Dinner workshop: Positive Mindset Part 1 by Dr. Liana Lanov (1 CE)

Thursday, January 26
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included
  • Mindfulness Meditation with Dr Sergio Lizano, Psychologist Master in Psychoanalysis, Meditation Master CMI (India and London) from the GreenLagoon Mindfulness Program  (1 CE)
  • Breakfast
  • Waterfall hike
  • Lunch & Learn: Whole Foods to Health with Drs. Loomis and Villegas (1 CE)
  • Culinary Medicine Skills Workshop with Drs. Loomis & Villegas  (1 CE)
  • Afternoon workshop: Fitness in Medicine (2 CE) by Dr. Ingrid Edshteyn
  • Whole foods plants based dinner on-site
  • Evening free for rest and rejuvenation

Friday, January 27
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included
  • Morning yoga / fitness and/or bird watching
  • Tour of organic farm and presentation on healing spices at La Finca Nueva organic farm (2 CE); transportation included
  • Lunch in La Fortuna at La Central Natural Restaurant in town
  • Practicing Self-Compassion & Mind Body Medicine Workshop by Dr. Ashley Maltz (2 CE)
  • Whole foods plants based dinner on-site
  • After Dinner workshop: Positive Mindset Part 2 by Dr. Liana Lanov (1 CE)

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Loma Linda University School of Medicine and American College of Lifestyle Medicine. The Loma Linda University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Disclosure Statement

Loma Linda University School of Medicine designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the world's flagship professional medical association for physicians, clinicians and allied health professionals, as well as those in professions devoted to advancing the mission of lifestyle medicine.


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