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World Class Speakers. All Together At LV Keto Expo 2021.

Maria Emmerich

Maria Emmerich is a nutritionist who specializes in the ketogenic diet and exercise physiology. She struggled with her health and weight throughout childhood which lead her to become such a passionate nutrition expert. “My goal is to help transform people’s lives and start living again!” Maria specializes in brain neurotransmitters and how food can increase mental wellness. Her expertise has sent her around the World speaking about ketogenic diets.

She spends the majority of her time with clients around the World via Skype with amazing results. She specializes in helping autoimmune disorders, diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2), heart disease, cholesterol issues, alopecia, hashimoto’s, cancer, epilepsy, seizures, depression and anxiety. You would be amazedat the amount of people get off medication with her guidance.

She is also an International Best Selling author of several books including “Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking” and “The 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse“. She also authored 10 other books including several cookbooks and 3 nutritional guide books including the best-selling book “Keto.” Some of her readers include, Halle Berry, Valerie Bertinelli and Al Roker.

Kristina Hess

MS, CNS, LDN

Kristina Hess, MS, CNS, LDN is a licensed dietitian/clinical nutritionist specialized in the ketogenic diet. Kristina pivoted her private practice Thrive Results Coaching, to focus on low carb nutrition after going keto herself in 2018 when she realized she was insulin resistant. She has a functional approach and uses nutrigenomics testing to help identify which type of keto diet would best suit her clientele. Kristina is the co-founder of Keto Symposium, a keto conference and expo in the NYC/Tri-State area. Her Keto Lovers retail products will be available soon at www.theketonutritionist.com

Ben Azadi

Ben Azadi, FDN-P, is on a mission to help 1 billion people live a healthier lifestyle. Ben is the author of three best-selling books, The Perfect Health Booklet, The Intermittent Fasting Cheat Sheet, and The Power of Sleep. Ben has been the go-to source for intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet. He is known as ‘The Health Detective’ because he investigates dysfunction, and educates, not medicate, to bring the body back to normal function.

Cody Myler

Cody Myler, is the owner and operator of NXT Rep Fitness, as well as the staff’s lead instructor. He was born in Missouri. Athletic skill, hard work, and a love for basketball led him to play college basketball at Southwest Baptist University and Central Methodist. After college, he took a job as an assistant basketball coach at Jacksonville College.

Eventually becoming the team’s strength and conditioning coach, Cody started down the path to NASM (personal training) certification and eventually found a his true calling as a fitness expert and certified personal trainer. After a successful stint with 24 Hour Fitness in Dallas, Cody decide to open his own personal training studio in Deep Ellum in 2007. With the growth of Cody’s popularity and client base, he moved to Henderson Avenue before finally building the first NXT Rep Fitness facility.

Cody is committed to paying it forward and has even built a NASM Academy within the NXT Rep facility. He teaches other motivated individuals the skills needed to become successful certified personal trainers!

He is personally committed to the success of each and every member and believes strongly in building a support system that encourages and motivates individuals to push themselves and achieve their goals!

Logan Delgado

Goodybeats

My name is Logan Delgado, i’m a proud husband and father of two Beautiful girls. I lost a total of 70 pounds with the help of the ketogenic diet. I have now dedicated my life to helping inspiring others to reach the best shape of their lifes. I also create a YouTube channel with over hundreds of videos on how to start the ketogenic diet, workout tips, routines, meal prep and healthy recipes videos. I’m also the co owner of KetoCoach a blood ketone meter that tests your blood to confirm if you are in ketosis or not. My goal is to remind people that it is never too late to become what you might have been.

Ryan Lowery

Dr. Ryan P. Lowery, PhD, a 2014 national champion baseball player, earned his BS and MS in exercise physiology and exercise and nutrition science from the University of Tampa. Ryan completed his doctorate work at Concordia University in Health and Human Performance with a focus on “The Effects of a Well-Formulated Ketogenic Diet and Exogenous Ketone Supplementation on Various Markers of Health and Body Composition in Healthy and Diseased Populations.” Ryan currently serves as the CEO of Ketogenic.com, President of the Applied Science and Performance Institute, and has invested in several health-focused startups. Over his career, Ryan has published over 150 papers, abstracts, and book chapters on human performance and sports nutrition and is heavily focused on the impact of ketogenic diets and exogenous ketones on performance, cognitive function, and longevity. Ryan has received the Exercise Science Scholar of the Year Award, NSCA Award for Outstanding Presentation of the year award, and the National AAHPERD Exercise Science Major of the Year Award. Ryan recently co-authored the book The Ketogenic Bible alongside his partner Dr. Jacob Wilson which focuses on the science and practical application behind the ketogenic diet, exogenous ketones, and all of their potential applications

Dr. Anna Cabeca

Dr. Anna Cabeca is an internationally-acclaimed menopause and sexual health expert, global speaker and pioneering promoter of women’s health. She is Emory University-trained and triple board-certified in gynecology and obstetrics, integrative medicine and anti-aging and regenerative medicine, and is the author of “The Hormone Fix,” a diet and holistic lifestyle program for menopausal women. Her new book, “Keto-Green 16”, will launch on May 5, 2020.

Her areas of specialty include bio-identical hormone treatments and natural hormone-balancing strategies, and she has received extensive notoriety for her virtual transformational programs including Women‘s Restorative Health, Sexual CPR® and Magic Menopause. She created the successful and popular alkaline superfoods drink Mighty Maca® PLUS, and a top-selling, rejuvenating feminine vulvar cream for women,
Julva®. In her spare time, Dr. Cabeca hosts the highly-regarded series “Couch Talk,” featuring compelling podcasts focused on a wide variety of important health and wellness topics.

She was named “2018 Innovator of the Year” by Mindshare, the #1 conference for health and wellness influencers, and was also honored with the prestigious 2017 Alan P. Mintz award, presented annually by the Age Management Medicine Group to the most outstanding physician who displays clinical excellence and entrepreneurship. Dr. Cabeca has reached hundreds of thousands of women around the globe, inspiring them to reclaim their optimal health and realize they can journey through menopause and find more purpose and pleasure than they ever dreamed possible. She balances her passion for women’s health with faith, grace and skill, while raising her four daughters, and leading the non-profit foundation she created in honor of her son, Garrett V. Bivens, who tragically died as a toddler. Dr. Cabeca infuses her presentations with humor, raw connection and passion, and she impacts lives each and every day. Follow her journey on her blog at DrAnnaCabeca.com and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Cynthia Thurlow

Cynthia Thurlow is a globally recognized expert in nutrition & intermittent fasting, highly sought after speaker, CEO and founder of Everyday Wellness Project. She's been a nurse practitioner for 20+ years, is a 2x TEDx speaker: her 2nd talk on intermittent fasting has been viewed more than 6 million times. She has been featured on ABC, FOX5, KTLA, CW and in Medium and Entrepreneur. She's also the host of Everyday Wellness podcast, which was listed as "20 Podcasts That Will Help You Grow in 2020" by Entrepreneur magazine. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/343590

Logan Sneed

Logan Sneed is a Brain Cancer survivor that was diagnosed with a stage 4 Glioblastoma Brain Tumor on March 26th, 2016. He has been through brain surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy and subsequently has grown in numerous ways mentally, physically, and emotionally. The day Logan’s life changed was the day that he began the Ketogenic diet. Doctors told him nothing would help this. Might as well give up.

They were wrong. The ketogenic diet has saved Logan’s life and helped him transform physically and internally. He has had MRI check in's and they have seen some of the best results ever. Logan could be living his life in a sense of no faith and simply giving up. That is not an option for Logan.
Following the ketogenic diet not only has helped save Logan’slife but has helped transform lives worldwide. Thousands of people that make the decision to follow a Fusion Lean plan, simply make the decision to change and create the best version of themselves.

Anna Vocino

Anna Vocino is a voice over talent and stand up comic who also happens to be a Celiac who writes cookbooks. She co-hosts the “Fitness Confidential” podcast with Vinnie Tortorich. She has voiced hundreds of commercials, cartoons, movies, promos, radio stations, and video games, which is a super cool day job to support her passion of food blogging and cookbook authoring. Her Amazon bestsellers, Eat Happy and Eat Happy Too have 320+ easy to make low carb recipes that are all delicious comfort food free from sugars and grains. Anna hails from Los Angeles and cooks for a husband, a teenage daughter, and a tiny dog.

Thomas DeLauer

Thomas DeLauer wasn't always in shape. It's easy to look at him and assume that he's always been athletic and that he has no idea what it feels like to struggle with being overweight. That couldn't be a more UNTRUE statement.

It is true that Thomas did grow up participating in sports (like many kids do). He even had some impressive feats as a cross country runner and track competitor. But like many of us, after High School, the weight of the world caught up with him.

As he entered into his professional career field (legal industry recruiter, healthcare recruiter later an executive with an ancillary lab services company) the stress of trying to build the American dream began to catch up with him. At the peak of his stressful period in the corporate setting, Thomas tipped the scales at close to 300lbs. He was pre-diabetic, hypertensive, and was battling severe depression and anxiety. Something needed to change.

He was fortunate enough to have an incredible support system. His wife, Amber, had been with him since high school and had seen in all different shapes and sizes. Her encouragement alongside amazing help from some of the physicians that he worked with and managed, he was able to utilize the ketogenic diet along with intermittent fasting to drop over 100lbs in a little over one year.

Throughout his physical transformation, Thomas had a tremendous mental transformation as well. He realized that the high pressure of a corporate life and chasing money wasn't the life he wanted to lead. He wanted to have a family and to be there for that family. It was like he had a tremendous fog clear from him brain. His journey brought to him a new love for biochemistry. Thomas' background was in Psychology and biochemistry always appealed to him, but he was never amazing at math (like many of us), so he didn't pursue it as a career. But now, he had a reason to love it. The understanding of how his body transformed absolutely amazed him and he had to learn more.

Meanwhile, during his transformation, Thomas' wife was suffering from her own set of health concerns. Diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and other auto-immne conditions, Thomas' wife, Amber, was struggling every day. Fatigue, weight gain, and depression plagued her.

Thomas and Amber decided that what worked so well for him, would likely also work for her.... Well, it did. Within months Amber was back to hiking, horseback riding and feeling like herself again. Thomas and Amber were now unstoppable when it came down to spreading the positive word of their successes with the ketogenic diet.

Not wanting to go back to a career in healthcare, Thomas decided that he would use his skill of communicating complex subject matter (comes with the territory of being in medical sales) to start a YouTube channel that explains the biochemistry of the ketogenic diet in layman's terms. Since Thomas wasn't a scientist, but certainly was an expert, he could explain things in a way that got people excited.

The YouTube channel, which was going to be a fun side-project, took on a life of its own. Quickly surpassing 1 million subscribers within two years. Then doubling to over 2 million subscribers the next year.

Since launching the YouTube Channel, Thomas has become very renowned in not only the ketogenic community, but also the general health community as he believes in a non dogmatic approach to nutrition. He certainly has his favorites and knows what worked for his family and clients, but his passion lies within teaching people to learn about their bodies so that they can be excited to make a change. He often says, "Education leads to Adherence," as he discovered that when people are empowered and feel like they understand, they are willing to make change.

Thomas and his family reside near the central coast of California with their 2 young children as well as their 3 dogs and trusty steed (their horse), Sonny.

Over the next five years, Thomas has strong aspirations to not only be an amazing father and husband, but to help empower parents to educate their children on how amazing their bodies can really be if they take care of them.

Thomas is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful Mediterranean Keto movement as he sees it as a true way to break down the barrier to entry that so many have with a low carb lifestyle.

Nicole Burgess

I have struggled with obesity my entire life since a child. I’ve tried every fad diet in the books & even resorted to taking diet pills. This only resulted in short term success with always gaining weight back plus some. My motivation or my “why” was my husband & I were having trouble conceiving. It wasn’t until my gynecologist looked me in the face & gave me the harsh reality that weight was holding me back! I knew right then that I wasn’t letting my addiction of unhealthy foods/habits hold me back from living my life!

I did the typical cliche thing & joined a gym January 1, 2009, cleaned out our pantry/fridge & replaced everything with healthy low carb options. Through eating low carb/whole foods & daily exercise I lost 85 pounds in less than 7 months. I was able to maintain the weight loss over the years even having two boys in the process.

However, in 2018 I began to get a little comfortable again & started putting weight back on. It was the influence of a friend doing keto that sparked my interest in the lifestyle. Keto was more strict, but looked very familiar to what I had done to lose weight initially. In January 2019 I decided to take a chance & get back on track. With living a ketogenic lifestyle for over 2 years I have lost 25 pounds, built muscle, found my confidence again, & changed my entire mindset.
Besides being a certified keto coach, I have Youtube channel where I inspire people daily to be the best version of themselves they can be with over 127K subscribers & growing! I’m also teaching those that have done keto long term how to “carb cycle” or do “cyclical keto” the correct/healthy way to regulate hormones, get out of a stall, or build muscle. My overall message is health & I do my best to showcase clean, healthy, & whole foods ingredients while living a ketogenic lifestyle.

Roy Ross

Is a Tactical Conditioning Specialist, Aspiring Yoga Teacher, and a 20 year Army Veteran whose Soldiers affectionately call him "Colonel Keto" due to his open admiration for the Low-Carb Lifestyle. After falling out of shape and struggling to maintain military fitness standards, Roy now prides himself on being a model of physical fitness and helping others meet their fitness goals. Spending a lifetime developing the "Art of Leadership," Roy specializes in Balancing Empathy with Accountability, Optimizing Performance, and Total Body Transformations.

Christy Galatas

I’m Dat Keto Lady, Christy Galatas, from New Orleans, and we LOVE to eat around here!
My Keto Journey has taken me to a place that I never imagined. I love to eat great food, I shared it with my social media family and before I knew it, I was influencing others to make healthy food choices and make Keto a part of their lives too! Now I am a social media “influencer” and that is a pretty big deal!
My keto journey was not one born poor health, I simply wanted something better than what the tractional American Diet had to offer. Yes, I was overweight, but happy, nonetheless. I began dieting when I was in my 20’s. I tried everything from diet pills, a low-fat regimen to not eating and everything in between. I was not happy with anything that I tried.

Vielka R Melendez

Desde mi adolescencia he sufrido de desbalances hormonales diversos. Todos mis años teen tuve la cara cubierta de acné mas perdía pelo y presentaba deficiencias vitamínicas.
Nada mejoraba mi condición, y las visitas a los médicos eran constantes. A los 14 años decidí enfocarme en mejorar el funcionamiento de mi cuerpo y aprendí sobre nutrición y fisiculturismo. Era instructora de aeróbicos y al mismo tiempo levantaba pesas. Logre mejorar varias condiciones momentáneamente. Pero a medida que entré en la universidad y empezaron mis niveles de estrés a incrementar, con los estudios y el trabajo mi condición regresó y empeoraba cada día más y más.
Luego de mi segundo hijo fui diagnosticada con Hipotiroidismo y Síndrome de Ovario Poliquístico. Había sufrido luego un accidente automovilístico que afectó tres vertebras en mi espalda- Las pastillas, el dolor y las inyecciones no se acababan.
Decidí regresar a lo que una vez fue un aliado perfecto para mi, el fortalecimiento físico. Me introduje, además al mundo del Yoga, aprendí sobre alimentación milenaria y primal.
Mi madre enfermó muy mal y los médicos la habían desahuciado. Lo único que mejoraba su calidad de vida fueron los ajustes en su alimentación que hicimos apoyadas de un Medico Naturista. La tuve conmigo 2 años luego de haber sido diagnosticada con una fibrosis pulmonar terminal causada por múltiples enfermedades autoinmunes (overlapping syndrome) entre Síndrome Antifosfolipídico, Schogren´s y Reumatismo. En mi afán de mantener a mi madre en este mundo investigaba con especialistas, me comía los libros y la hice seguir un régimen alimenticio sumamente estricto. Era cansón y desesperante pero vivía y era lo único que me importaba.
Los itinerarios complicados y los compromisos me alejaban más del seguimiento a mi madre, se debilitaba y se rendía… Murió luego de permitirle partir luego de un mes en cama.
Muy tétrico, lo sé. Pero contándoles esta historia pueden conocer cómo el poder de la alimentación cambió mi vida y la de mi madre, si lo hubiésemos evitado y si hubiésemos seguido al pie de la letra quizás ella estuviera aquí.
Bueno, pero no lo está y ahora esa misma energía la puedo aplicar para ayudar a más personas a apoderarse de su salud y lograr resultados que no hubiera conocido si no hubiera vivido lo que viví.
Hay poder en la alimentación. Hay cura en cada mordida que hacemos.