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Medical Fitness Tour: San Francisco

Medical Fitness Tour: San Francisco, CA was held September 7-9, 2018. This three day event, hosted at the University of San Francisco, featured experts in the fields of medical fitness & active aging, who presented on a range of topics in prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of chronic disease/medical conditions.

Recordings of main conference sessions (Sept 8-9) are available for purchase.

The impact of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is undeniable. To those on the “outside” of the disease, statistics such as 5.7 million people having it, with an estimated 14 million people by 2050 possessing this degenerative disease of the brain, may have some impact. To the general public, learning that every 65 seconds someone is diagnosed with it, or 1 in 3 seniors dies with some level of Alzheimer’s, or 2/3rds of the AD patients are women, may be a wake-up call for some. To those with financial backgrounds, knowing that 16.1 million caregivers of AD patients are unpaid, and these caregivers donate 18.4 billion hours of time, which is an estimated value of $232 million now, and is predicted to be $1.1 trillion in 2050, may be a “ah ha” moment. To those of us, on the “inside”, who see their loved ones, slowly but surely waste away- head first, and knowing you can’t do much about it, it is VERY IMPACTFUL. The other statistics don’t matter, but helping your loved one does. Early and accurate diagnosis could save up to 7.9 trillion dollars in medical and care costs.

Addressing the disease early and aggressively is the only hope of slowing it or delaying it. There are now many tools available to both diagnosis it and treat it- but not cure it! This workshop will explore the potential causes and known neurological signs of it.

Dr. Kelly will then take a holistic approach to brain health in general and how to fortify this “master in commander” organ via exercise, diet, mental games and “cognitive exercises”, which engage the mind and body at the same time. He will also look at some practices that may help cause its onset.

Robyn Caruso will explore various stress and strain management practices both for the AD patients, as well as the caregiver. Very often stress mechanisms set into motion a cascade of degenerative neurochemicals and hormones. Learn how to control stress with these practical techniques from Robyn. No one is immune to this 6th leading cause of death! Learn to be proactive in battling it. Being a specialized trainer in this arena will have no lack of clients and the good you will do will truly affect many lives.
Note: Pre-conference workshops are purchased separately and not included in main conference (Sat & Sun) registration.

Self-Myofasical Release (SMR) has been shown to relieve muscle and joint pains and improve flexibility and range of motion. This workshop teaches the fundamentals of myofascia, reviews the latest SMR research and then dives into the TriggerPoint™ SMR movement philosophy using The GRID® Foam Roller. Participants walk away with practical knowledge and hands-on experience coaching and cueing movements that can be scaled to all levels of general health and athletic clients for pre- and post workout foam rolling.

Training includes manual and a foam roller.

Approved for 4 CEUs by NASM, AFAA, ACE, NSCA, and ACSM.
Note: Pre-conference workshops are purchased separately and not included in main conference (Sat & Sun) registration.

This workshop, complete with hands-on exercises and interactive brainstorming, teaches the ambitious career-oriented Personal Trainer to take full responsibility for the development of his or her business.

An emphasis will be placed upon the idea of the business being “separate” from the trainer. In other words, while most personal trainers literally become their businesses, with no distinction between who they are and what they do (a pretty certain road to burnout), students will learn to adopt the adage, “Your Business Should Be The Source of Your Prosperity.”

The workshop is timely as it dives into the opportunities presented by the explosive epidemic of chronic disease (metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism, etc.) and exposes the limitations of conventional medical approaches. In exploring the greatest potential of strategic interventions incorporating exercise and nutrition, we discover the power the “specialist” personal fitness trainer can harness in terms of reversing inflammation, improving hormonal balance, and mitigating the markers and symptoms of disease.

The message is one of alignment, a true Allied Health Care effort where personal trainers’ energies and insights complement medical expertise for which we respectfully rely upon physicians and medical specialists.

The first half of the workshop is focused on a rethinking of the disease model, viewing disease escalation as movement along a reversible continuum. This allows for critical thinking and an arrived-upon conclusion that we can facilitate “betterment” moving any client or patient back toward health.

The second half of the workshop will zero in on the true opportunity. We’ll explore the true meaning of “value delivery” as it applies to the relationship between the specialty trainer and the client. We’ll compare foundational business principles with options for specialization and the development of a personalized mission.

Every attendee will leave understanding that he or she has power over creating a business that takes on the intention and energies of the trainer, ultimately becoming a vehicle for financial freedom and prosperity.
Note: Pre-conference workshops are purchased separately and not included in main conference (Sat & Sun) registration.

With the advancing age of the population and the widespread prevalence of osteoarthritis, there is an increasing need for qualified health and fitness professionals like yourself to work with individuals experiencing degenerative joint conditions of the spine, hips, and knees. While some can continue an active lifestyle, many individuals will experience decreased range of motion, discomfort, and even the inability to do the tasks they want, need, or love to do secondary to osteoarthritis changes. To effectively help these individuals improve their overall quality of life and accomplish their health and fitness goals, fitness professionals must understand the degenerative process and how to tailor an exercise program to specifically address the needs of this population.

During this half-day intensive workshop, the fitness professional will be introduced to the cause and progression of osteoarthritis and The Degenerative Joint Process™. Additionally, they will be introduced and guided through the Integrative Movement System™ and how the principles (alignment, breathing, and control) create the foundation for improving range of motion, flexibility, and performance in individuals experiencing degenerative joint conditions of the hips and knees. Finally, the fitness professional will learn how to design a safe and effective program for individuals diagnosed with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis. This program will educate and empower and provide fitness professionals with the confidence and skills to work with individuals that present with osteoarthritis.

Dr. Evan Osar is a chiropractic physician and the developer of the Integrative Movement Specialist™ certification, designed specifically to aid the fitness professional in establishing themselves as an invaluable part of their clients' health care team.
We are at an amazing crossroads in time. Modern medicine is rife with innovations, from genetic exploration to stem cell therapies. As pharmaceutical discoveries flood the marketplace and research reveals novel strategies for battling pathogens and extending human life, chronic disease continues to tap the bar of “all-time high.” As the mainstream seeks allopathic solutions, the resurgence of age-old approaches involving mind, spirit, and Eastern philosophies gains new footing and recognition. Perhaps the single area most promising in hope of bringing all invaluable elements together and controlling and ultimately reversing the chronic disease epidemic is the area separated from medicine, isolated as “fitness.”

There exists a definitive space between the boundaries of conventional medicine and the “scope” of the personal

fitness trainer, and a thorough exploration of science can only reveal the value of using exercise, lifestyle, and nutritional strategies to not only prevent, but reverse chronic disease. There is a clear need to drawing a conduit between fitness and the medical field, ultimately filling the chasm in between with a new breed of practitioner. We’re at a pivotal point in time where it appears as if the answers lie in that middle space.

In this session, we’ll explore:

1. How understanding a template of chronic disease can empower specialized agents in the fitness field to become the pivotal force in “cure.”

2. What six concerns must be integrated into the personal trainer scope of practice if the two fields, fitness and medicine, are going to co-operate for optimal benefit to the unwell population

3. How and why the elevated fitness professional can and should be a key player in any individual’s allied health care

4. Why crystallizing a new vision of the future of medicine positions the trainer and physician as truly complementary practitioners working toward the greatest good.

It’s time for the ‘space between” to be recognized and inhabited. This session will change the way you think about your career, the face of medicine and the future of our nation.
Working with breast cancer patients and survivors requires empathy, compassion, and comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter. This session will give you insight into the practical, hands-on skills needed to guide patients through treatment into recovery and long-term survivorship. No two cancer patients are the same; which is why it’s critical to completely individualize programming.

Learn a comprehensive, step-by-step process from renowned expert Andrea Leonard, president and founder of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute and ACE partner.
This session reviews the basic principles of longevity science and the scientific evidence showing we can win the war on cancer right now, with adherence to a diet-style rich in anti-cancer phytochemicals; which also prevents against heart disease, strokes and dementia.

Learning Objectives
  • Use Nutrient per Calorie Density to structure dietary recommendations and understand how nutritional science can impact the aging process and prevent disease
  • Understand the differences between various high-carbohydrate foods that affects their influence on health.
  • Identify foods that positively and negatively affect hormones that contribute to disease and premature aging.
  • Identify the foods with the most powerful effects to prevent cancer and how to incorporate those foods into one’s dietary portfolio
Dr. Furhman is a board-certified family physician, best-selling author and nutritional researcher, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods.
Tentative Lunch & Learn Discussion Topics
  • How to Create Relationships with Medical & Allied Healthcare Professionals. Moderated by Dr. Evan Osar and Phil Kaplan
  • Eat and Cook To Live – Nutritional Science In Your Kitchen. Moderated by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Discussion groups start promptly at 1:00pm

Vendors scheduled at Expo:
Urban Poling
Exero System
This session will cover assessments and corrective exercises appropriate for personal trainers working with clients with the following: Parkinson's Disease, Fibromyalgia, Rhuematoid and Osteoarthritis, Soft Tissue pathologies, such as bursitis, tendinitis, fasciitis and continued recovery from minor surgeries post physical therapy.

Dr. Butler is a fitness professional with over 20 years experience, as well as a licensed Medical and Sports Massage Therapist. At her facility, she works to improve the lives of wounded warriors that have survived traumatic brain injuries and/ or spinal cord injuries.
If you work with older adults (baby boomers and/or seniors), then you likely work with individuals who have been diagnosed with spinal and/or hip osteoarthritis. Spinal and hip osteoarthritis are two of the most common orthopedic issues keeping older individuals from effectively walking, biking, exercising, and performing their daily activities.

During this dynamic, interactive session you will learn the 3-Stage Degenerative Joint Process™ and why so many older adults develop spine and hip issues. Additionally, you will discover the Integrative Movement System Corrective Exercise Strategy™ that covers how to assess and effectively use corrective exercise to address tightness and weakness in the spine and hips. You will leave this session with the ability to incorporate the corrective exercise strategies into the fundamental movement patterns required to safely and effectively progress your older client’s towards accomplishing their health and fitness goals.

Dr. Evan Osar is a chiropractic physician and the developer of the Integrative Movement Specialist™ certification, designed specifically to aid the fitness professional in establishing themselves as an invaluable part of their clients' health care team.
Meet & Greet sponsored by AstroDurance

Enjoy drinks and light appetizers while you network with our speakers, vendors and other attending participants.

No-host bar will be available. CASH ONLY (credit/debit cards will not be accepted).
Details coming soon.

Kevin has been in the industry for over 25 years. He is currently the President of PTA Global & PTontheNet, providing high quality on-line education for the health and fitness Industry worldwide.
The one-size-fits-all model of health is outdated and can leave your clients feeling frustrated and uninspired. Genetic testing and the truly personalized approach to wellness that it affords, is the future of preventive health. This session will help you to understand the science behind genetic testing related to lifestyle and health markers, and use that information to tailor nutrition and exercise programs that are personalized to the individual.

Jessica Knurick is a researcher and nutrition educator with a passion for preventive healthcare. Jessica is a registered dietitian with a PhD in physical activity, nutrition, and wellness. She is the Director of Clinical Product & Education at Toolbox Genomics, a company that uses analyzes your unique DNA testing results to give you a personalized, scientific, easy-to-understand Health Action Plan™, a powerful lifestyle plan that will help you make all the right choices.
Brunch & Learn Discussion Topic: Cannabis's Role as an Emerging Therapeutic Agent. Moderated by Jakub Pritz, PhD

Jakub received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics (concentration in Medical Physics) and held his post-doctoral position at UCSD’s Moore’s Cancer Center. Jakub works in the cannabis industry as an extraction consultant and team manager. His desire is to create cannabis formulations for therapeutic use as vetted through clinical trials.

Discussion groups start promptly at 11:00am

Vendors scheduled at Expo:
Urban Poling
Exero System
There are so many myths surrounding exercise and pregnancy that fitness and allied heathcare professionals are often afraid to work with the prenatal population. Learn the truths about how the human body’s primary systems typically respond to pregnancy, and how functional and corrective exercise programming is so beneficial to facilitating a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy.

Course objectives:
  1. Discuss and debunk the myths related to exercising during pregnancy to eliminate fears of training this population.
  2. Identify the physiological, anatomical, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and emotional responses to pregnancy.
  3. Learn the most recent, up-to-date medical community guidelines and recommendations for exercise during pregnancy.
  4. Develop functional and corrective exercise programming throughout pregnancy for an easier pregnancy, and a faster recovery.
  5. How to grow your own business by serving this population.
  6. Danielle Spangler is a pre and postnatal fitness specialist with over twenty years of experience and a mother of three children. She created the first ever studio based group exercise program for the pre and postnatal population called “CORE Mom” (Corrective Obstetrical Related Exercise) and also runs a program in the South Bay of Los Angeles called “Bionic Mommy”.
Older adults are unique and the complex aging process challenges even the most healthy and fit of them. This session will focus on how to design safe, effective and challenging exercise programs for active older adults to enable them to get the most out of their later years.

Christian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco and the owner of Thompson Fitness Solutions, LLC. He has has published scientific articles on exercise programming for older adults
Dr. Aliffe earned his BA from Harvard...
Jakub Pritz, Ph.D. has been working in the cannabis industry since 2015 as a separation operator and consultant for the production of recreational cannabis oils and other cannabis-related products.  He can attest to current cannabis production methods and what the person should be aware of.  His interest is to create botanical extracts of cannabis to be delivered...
Dr. Jessica Knurick, Director of Clinical...
Phil Kaplan is a 30-year veteran of the fitness...
Dr. Kevin Steele has been in the health and fitness industry for the past 25 years. He began his career with a private personal training business for celebrities and athletes while a faculty member in Physical Education and Sports Medicine at Pepperdine University. During this period; he also worked with a local physician specializing in...
Danielle created the Bionic Mommy program in 2015...
Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board-certified family physician...
A fitness professional for over 20 years, Dr. Tonya Butler began her career in fitness as a Master Fitness Trainer in the United States Army. Dr. Butler served as a tenured professor at the University of North Georgia teaching courses in exercise science and recreation and leisure studies. As a national speaker, Dr. Butler presents...
Robyn Caruso is the Founder of The Stress Management Institute for Health and Fitness Professionals™ and the Stress Management Institute Center for Longevity™. Robyn received her Bachelor’s Degree from Rowan University in Health Promotion and Fitness Management. She is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer and group fitness instructor, a Certified Health Education Specialist...
Dr. Mark Kelly has been actively involved in the fitness...
Christian is an Associate Professor in the...
Dr. Osar is the developer of the Integrative Movement Specialist...
Andrea Leonard is a 35-year thyroid cancer survivor and PFP 2019 Personal Trainer of the Year. She graduated from the University of MD and went on to get certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist by The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and Certified Personal Trainer by the American Council on...
Conference will be held at the University of San Francisco.

Main Conference (Saturday & Sunday) will take place in the McLaren Conference Center at 2401-2449 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA.
If you plan to park at the University, parking is available for $20 per day. Parking is free on Sundays. Lot number will be provided to registrants.
See Lodging Tab
Medical Fitness Tour San Francisco Main Conference Sessions (Sat & Sun) are approved for:
ACE - 0.9 max
AFAA - 15 max
ISSA - 18 max
NASM - 1.1 max
NFPT - 1.2 max
NCCPT - 1.4 max
PTA Global - 10 max
NAFC - Application pending
NSCA - Application pending
Commission on Dietetic Registration - Application Pending

If your certifying body is not listed, please check with them for their requirements to petition for credit. Note: ACSM very often accepts courses that are approved by ACE and NASM/AFAA.
Boxed lunch is available for purchase on Saturday, and boxed brunch on Sunday. You will be able to add them to your registration at check-out.

If you have special dietary needs, or do not want to purchase our lunch, there are 8 cafes on campus to purchase food. (See cafe details here

Evening mixer on Saturday will have light appetizers. Cash bar will be available

Lunch is not available for the Friday pre-conference workshops.
Fitness attire is perfectly acceptable!
Full refunds will be issued for any cancellations made a minimum of 30 days prior to an event start date. Any changes or cancellations should be requested in writing a minimum of 30 days prior, as we need to confirm meals and seating with the event venue.

For cancellations less than 30 days from the event start date, refunds will be given, less a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to the event result in forfeiture of entire registration amount. Alternatively, you may choose to put the balance toward another event and the amount will be kept on file as a credit for up to 1 year.

Cancellation or change requests must be submitted to medfittour@gmail.com; refunds will be processed in a timely manner.

Failure to attend an event without prior notification (i.e., no-show) will result in the forfeiture of the entire registration fee amount.

Cancellation of event attendance will also result in the loss of new membership status for the MedFit Network, if applicable.
Click here to download a PDF of things to do in San Francisco in September.


Preferred Hotel: Hotel Majestic
Address: 1500 Sutter St
2.0 miles from venue

On Friday evening, we'll hold a no host mixer and pre-registration packet pick up from 5:30-7:30pm, at Hotel Majestic, in the Butterfly Lounge.

Laurel Inn
Address: 444 Presidio Ave
Rates starting at $249
1.0 miles from venue

Geary Parkway Motel
Address: 4750 Geary Blvd
Rates starting at $170. Limited rooms.
1.5 miles from venue

Hotel Kabuki
Address: 1625 Post St
Rates starting at $249
1.7 miles from venue

Kimpton Buchanan Hotel
Address: 1800 Sutter St
Rates starting at $209
1.8 miles from venue

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
Address: 1500 Van Ness Ave
Rates starting at $233
2.3 miles from venue

You can also check out Airbnb for homes in the Western Addition/NOPA Neighborhood. Prices start as low as $59 for a private room with shared common spaces.
+ View airbnb rooms in the area (in shared homes)
+ View airbnb rentals in the area (entire apartments)

Please note: For safety, Airbnb does not list exact addresses of rentals. You can contact hosts and ask for distance from the University.


Ladder Coach, National Sponsor
MedFit Network, National Sponsor
PFP Media, National Sponsor
Toolbox Genomics, National Sponsor
Perform Better, Gold Sponsor
PTAGlobal, Gold Sponsor
TriggerPointTM, Gold Sponsor
TRX, Gold Sponsor
Clustas, Silver Sponsor
Eco Sciences, Silver Sponsor

PT on the Net
Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp

Expo Exhibitors
Urban Poling
Exero System

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