7th Annual Mayo Clinic Enterprise Therapy Education Conference: Lifestyle Medicine and the Role of the Therapist - Livestream

February 4, 2023

*This course is limited to Mayo Clinic personnel only*

Rebecca Behrens, PT, DPT; Sarah Bischel, OT; Kathryn Brewer, PT, DPT, MEd, GCS, CEEAA; Tava Buck, PT, DPT, OCS; Heather Clark, PhD, Brady Czyscon, PT; Kelly Feddema, PT; Barbara Helgeson, PT; James Huddleston, PT, CLT; Brad King, PT, DScPT, MSEd; John Leschitz, PT, DPT, OCS; Jordan Moen, PT, DPT, OCS and Kristine Sicotte, PT, DPT.

This course will be broadcast in Central Time from 7:55 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Download this to add to your calendar  

Most healthcare spending in the U.S. is tied to the treatment of chronic conditions rooted in unhealthy lifestyle choices. Diseases and conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and multiple types of cancer are among the most common and costly of all health conditions—but they are also preventable. Lifestyle medicine addresses root causes by focusing on the lifestyle choices that give rise to these diseases in the first place. Lifestyle medicine is not a replacement for but a foundation of conventional medicine. Clinical practice guidelines for the top lifestyle-related chronic diseases support lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications.
This conference will explore the concepts of lifestyle medicine and the role of the physical, occupational and speech therapist, in teaching and incorporating lifestyle medicine into the care of patients seeking rehabilitation services.

Target Audience

Physicians, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, speech language pathologists and therapy students.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define lifestyle medicine.
  • Recognize the role of behavior in disease and chronic health conditions.
  • Identify lifestyle choices that support optimal health and aging.
  • Select effective health coaching strategies.
  • Describe how therapists can incorporate lifestyle medicine into their patient care interventions

Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge or performance of any care or procedure(s) which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.50 Attendance
  • 5.50 AOTA
  • 5.50 PT
Event starts: 
02/04/2023 - 7:55am
Event ends: 
02/04/2023 - 2:00pm


Time (CST)



7:55-8:00 am


Barb Helgeson, PT and Jordan Moen, PT, DPT, OCS

8:00-8:45 am

What is lifestyle medicine and why is it so important?

Amy Rabatin, MD

8:45-9:15 am

Role of the mind in wellness

Aaron Boyum, PT and Ryann Engholm, OT, MOT

9:15-9:45 am

Nourishing brain health throughout the lifespan

Michele Knutson, CCC-SLP


BREAK (15’)



Complementary/integrated medicine

Christopher Taylor, OT, OTD and Jane Hein, PT


Optimal aging: Health span vs life span

Kathy Brewer, PT, DPT, Med, CEEAA, GSC and William Wallstrom, PT, DPT, GCS


Role of nutrition across the lifespan

Angela Imhoff, PT, DPT and Karina Doolittle, PT, DPT


BREAK (15’)



Sleep hygiene

Ray Lunasin, PT, DPT and Amanda Lazo, OT, OTD


Health coaching

Pauline Lucas, PT, DPT, WCS


Practical next steps

Panel discussion

Internet Live Activity
Rochester, MN
United States

Amy Rabatin, MD, MSM, MSME - Amy is a physician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She is board certified in PMR, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Sports Medicine. She is lead faculty for the Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum for the PMR residents in Rochester and will be sitting for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine boards later in 2023. Her practice interests include adaptive sports, pediatric physical activity, lifestyle medicine and medical education. Prior to starting her career in medicine, she was an engineer at General Motors.

Aaron Boyum, PT - Aaron has been working as a Physical Therapist at Mayo, Rochester, MN for 22+ years.  His experience spans across several specialty areas including Wound care, Fibromyalgia, Pain Rehab, Work Rehab., and post -Covid Rehab. Aaron is most excited for what our collective practices can offer to promote positive changes in the lives of our patients, and ourselves.  They can open the door to conversations beyond the diagnosis, home program, or modality. Providing further insight, education, and actionable steps to improve metabolic, cognitive, and emotional health. It’s all connected.

Ryann Engholm, OT, MOT - Ryann has been an Occupational Therapist at Mayo Clinic since March 2020.  She has worked in both mental health and acute care settings. Her practice interests include optimizing mental health services in the acute care setting and veteran health.

Michele Knutson, CCC-SLP - Michele has been a speech language pathologist with Mayo Clinic Health System since 2006. Her professional interests include working with patients with neurological disorders including stroke, TBI, concussions, and degenerative disorders. She has a particular interest in working with patients requiring AAC intervention and maintaining communication abilities through the lifespan, focusing on functional communication goals.

Christopher Taylor, OT, OTD - Christopher is a vestibular-certified occupational therapist who works at Mayo Clinic Arizona. He completed his doctoral capstone project investigating the role of Tai Chi in improving balance confidence during ADLs and IADLs (specifically with individuals with a diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment). This sparked his interest in learning more about occupational therapy’s role in vestibular and balance rehabilitation – as well as integration of eastern and western philosophies of well-being. In 2011, Christopher studied in Taiwan where he completed a gerontology program with an emphasis on Aging & Public Health; Christopher continues to incorporate principles and ideologies learned from this experience into his daily treatment sessions. 

Jane Hein, PT - Jane is an Acute Care Physical Therapist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  She is a 1989 graduate of the Mayo Clinic’s Physical Therapy Program and has been a certified Pilates, Yoga and Aquatic Therapy Instructor for over 20 years. Jane’s expertise is blending integrative techniques into patient care as well as building community wellness programs for special populations. She served as the Lead Physical Therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program from 2013-2020 and partnered with Mayo experts in Nutrition, Resiliency and Physical Activity to build patient and community educational offerings and conduct patient assessments that tailored personalized physical activity plans to foster optimal wellness and healing while patients were undergoing medical care and treatment. Since 2000, she has been serving as a subject matter expert supporting care providers and patient education for the NOHARM clinical trial which introduces the opportunity for surgical patients to learn and utilize non-pharmacologic pain management techniques with an aim to reduce patient reliance on opioid medication as a sole strategy for pain control.  Ms. Hein has been a presenter at multiple Mayo Clinic sponsored and wellness industry conferences.

Kathy Brewer, PT, DPT, Med, CEEAA, GSC - Dr. Brewer graduated with her degree in Physical Therapy from Ohio State University and received her Master of Education from the University of Cincinnati. Her DPT is from Temple University. She has been certified as a geriatric specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists since 1994. She holds academic rank as Assistant Professor in the Mayo College of Medicine and is a Senior Fellow in the Academy of Educational Excellence. She received an Associate appointment in Mayo Clinic PM&R in January 2021. Dr. Brewer developed the Physical Therapy Geriatric Residency program at Mayo Clinic Arizona where she continues to participate as teaching faculty and mentor. Her areas of clinical expertise include osteoporosis, fall prevention, health promotion, functional assessment, and chronic disease management/wellness in older adults. Dr. Brewer was awarded the Mayo Clinic Allied Health Educator of the Year from the Mayo School of Health Sciences in 2015.

William Wallstrom, PT, DPT, GCS - Dr. Wallstrom is a Physical Therapist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Franklin Pierce University in Goodyear, Arizona in 2013, and in June of 2019 became board certified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist. His clinical expertise is in the management of the geriatric population across practice settings including home health, outpatient, and subacute inpatient rehabilitation.

Angela Imhoff, PT, DPT - Angela is a DPT who specializes in pediatrics and pelvic floor therapy (across the lifespan). She has experience volunteering in the Healthy Hearts program at the Oakland Children’s Hospital in Oakland, CA which was a multidisciplinary program focused on decreasing childhood obesity. Outside of the clinic she raises her 4 children who range in ages from 3-15 in a healthy lifestyle including fostering a positive relationship with food and exercise.

Karina Doolittle, PT, DPT - Karina graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Utah in 2017, though her career Mayo Clinic Arizona began January 2020.  Karina was hired on to the team at Mayo Clinic Hospital in the acute care setting in 2020, and then went on to outpatient setting for Mayo Clinic in 2021.  Her clinical practice interests include providing high-quality, evidence based treatments in an efficient manner to patient's of all ages and acuity within the orthopedic and geriatric population, as well as pursuing her interests in Women's Health pelvic floor and nutrition.  Karina is also a certified yoga instructor.  Originally from Southern California, Karina currently resides in Arizona.

Amanda Lazo, OT, OTD - Amanda is an occupational therapist based out of Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. Amanda has been at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville since 2016 initially working acute inpatient and transitioned to outpatient in 2019. Amanda has a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University in 2013, a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from University of St Augustine for Health Sciences in 2015, and completed her post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy also through the University of St Augustine in 2021. She has experience in the acute care setting treating critically ill patients in the ICU setting, as well as the outpatient setting treating a variety of populations. At present, Amanda’s primary practice area is neurology as well as bariatrics/wellness, EDS/hypermobility, and ergonomics. Amanda has a special interest in wellness and preventative medicine, working with patients on building healthier habits and routines. She has completed the Lifestyle Redesign training through USC Chan and is LSVT Parkinson’s certified.

Ray Lunasin, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS - Ray is an outpatient physical therapist with MCHS Austin, where he has practiced since graduating from Mayo Clinic’s DPT program in 2015. His clinical interests include orthopedics and pediatrics, while his research interests include the mechanism of manual therapy interventions and their effect on pain and sleep. Ray has completed Regis University’s fellowship program in orthopaedic manual therapy and is nearing the completion of his Ph.D. in Physical Therapy with Texas Woman’s University.

Pauline Lucas, PT, DPT, WCS - Dr. Lucas is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a Board-certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist.  Her practice focuses on female pelvic health. Additionally, she also treats patients with osteoporosis, POTS and hypermobility issues. She considers herself an integrative physical therapist. At the Mayo Clinic Alyx Medical School in Arizona, she is the director and instructor of the Health Coaching Curriculum and a fellow of the Academy for Educational Excellence. She teaches Mindfulness Meditation to Mayo Clinic employees every 1st and 3rd Monday at noon AZ time via Zoom and you are all invited.

Physical therapy credit: Sponsored by the Program in Physical Therapy, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. This course meets the criteria for up to 5.5 category I Continuing Education Units per Minnesota Physical Therapy Rules 5601.2400, 5601.2500.

Occupational therapy credit: Mayo Clinic - Rochester Campus is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #5660. PD activity approval number 06052. This distance learning – interactive course is offered at up to 0.55 CEUs, and 5.5 contact hours, educational level, intermediate. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA. At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be awarded a certificate for up to 5.5 contact hours or 0.55 AOTA CEUs.


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Available Credit

  • 5.50 Attendance
  • 5.50 AOTA
  • 5.50 PT
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