2019 Fireside Chat: Facing the Truth, Regain Happens!

Fireside Chat: Saturday 9:30am – 11:10am, Santa Rosa Ballroom

OH2019 Fireside Chat: Facing the Truth, Regain Happens!
Why WLS Benefits are Temporary and What to Do About it for Long-Term Success

Hosted by Dr. Steven Reyes, join the 2019 Fireside Chat where we will have an open and honest discussion about weight regain after bariatric surgery. This Fireside chat will be packed full of information that will help you for the long-haul.

We’ve assembled a passionate panel of professionals that will discuss the physiological benefits of bariatric surgery, why those benefits are temporary, and what you can do to work towards long-term weight loss success and wellness. Joining us will be world-renowned bariatric surgeon, Dr. Quebbemann, known for his innovative approach to weight management. Dr. Murali, an internal medicine and obesity medicine physician that emphasizes the importance of behavioral and cultural changes for long-term success. Behaviorist, Lora Grabow, LMSW an obesity medicine provider that approaches health and wellness with a focus on the often missing piece, “headwork”.

There will be time for peer discussion and Q&A, so make sure to bring your questions!

Meet the Facilitator

Facilitator: Dr. Steven Reyes, EdD

Steven Reyes, EdD has specialized in the field of bariatric psychology since 2005. Since then he has worked with thousands of people striving to achieve and maintain their health long-term. He is affiliated with multiple Centers of Excellence (COE) bariatric programs in southern California where he conducts pre-surgery psychological assessments and facilitates pre-surgery educational classes. He speaks regularly on the local weight loss support group circuit and coaches patients from all over the country helping them deal with issues they face after surgery.

Dr. Reyes is best known for his compassionate coaching and therapeutic approach in helping others with their psychological and physical well-being. With a unique background in marketing, physiology, and addiction, he offers a keen understanding of countering the influences that can sabotage lasting change. Dr. Reyes’ doctoral research included a phenomenological study of the post-surgical adjustment issues with weight loss surgery patients between one and two years post-op.

As an active member of the weight loss surgery community, he is passionately committed to helping people implement and maintain their own long-term behavioral change strategy. Whether helping someone one-on-one or in a group setting, his zest for health and life are evident in his interaction with others.

Dr. Reyes is an Associate Member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), member of the American Psychological Association (APA), and has served as a contributor/writer for ObesityHelp.com, Splurge! Magazine, Shape Up America!, and BariMD. He maintains a private coaching/therapy practice in Southern California (SoCal).

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Steven Reyes

Meet the Panelists

Panelist: Lora Grabow, LMSW

Lora Grabow, LMSW is an obesity medicine provider who partners with other medical providers to empower patients to holistically change their lives. Her approach to health and wellness focuses on something missing in most methodologies, a piece she calls “headwork.”

As the owner of her own counseling practice, Lora has partnered with a thriving obesity medicine clinic in Grand Rapids, MI. Since 2003, she has helped countless medical and surgical weight loss patients to transform their lives. Lora has built her expertise through serving patients, teaching many individuals and groups, continuing studies and professional writing.

She is a contributing author for the Walk from Obesity newsletter, Obesity Action Coalition, and ObesityHelp. Lora is an active member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and serves on the ASMBS Integrated Health committee. She is a sought out professional speaker and presented at the International ObesityWeek Conference and as a regular keynote speaker at the Michigan Bariatric Society Conference.

By sharing knowledge, asking questions, challenging perceptions, and delivering the truth, Lora empowers patients and equips practitioners. She desires that all may be healthy in body, mind, and spirit.

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Lora Grabow

Panelist: Dr. Sameer Murali

Sameer Murali, MD is an internal medicine and obesity medicine physician, currently practicing in Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Dr. Murali will be the first to tell you that his interest in overweight and obesity stems from his own lifelong struggle with weight. During his medical training, Dr. Murali realized that his struggle with weight overlapped with the struggle of the majority of his patients. He decided to pursue a career in obesity medicine, which offered him the opportunity to better himself while helping his patients.

As an obesity medicine specialist, researcher, speaker, and lead physician of one of the largest bariatric surgical programs in the world, Dr. Murali has developed a unique perspective on managing weight. He acknowledges the importance of medical and surgical interventions in weight loss, but emphasizes that behavioral and cultural changes are essential for long-term maintenance of weight loss.

Dr. Murali's newest challenge lies in creating bridges between the clinic and the community to broaden the reach of healthy behaviors and raise the standard of wellness in our society.

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Panelist: Dr. Brian Quebbemann

Brian Quebbemann, MD, FACS, FASMBS has been performing bariatric surgery for 25 years and is widely respected for his innovative approach to weight management. He is the Medical Director and Founder of The N.E.W. Program, that specializes in both surgical weight loss and non-surgical weight loss. He is a passionate advocate in the fight against obesity.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS), ​a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery (ABS), a member of The Obesity Society, the International Foundation for the Study of Obesity (IFSO), the American College of Surgeons, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). Dr. Quebbemann recently published two books titled “Dietary Rebuild” and “World’s Greatest Weight Loss.”

Dr. Quebbemann has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and developed educational materials for bariatric surgery patients and physicians. He currently serves as a reviewer and editor for the Journal of Obesity Surgery. He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and has been quoted extensively in the media including USA Today and People Magazine and has appeared on 48 Hours, The Morning Show, and other television news programs.

Dr. Quebbemann’s focus is for every patient to achieve their best weight, an enjoyable and healthy eating pattern, and an activity level that brings more happiness to their lives.

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Brian Quebbemann