Please join us for our 5th Annual PAH retreat and symposium at the beautiful Sonesta Coconut Grove Hotel in Miami Florida from January 19-21, 2017!
We have received many requests to allow non-physicians to attend our symposium, and this year non-physicians who are sponsored by a member are welcome to attend

Retreat costs include 2 1/2 days of lectures and 6 meals (catered Paleo compliant breakfasts and lunches);  AAFP prescribed credit which is pending, (last year we received 13.25 hours). A limited number of rooms will be available at a special rate for our group (see below for details).

Costs are $450/person, $500/person after 11/15/16.  To attend, physicians must be members and non-physicians must have a current member as a sponsor.

Medical Students and Residents can apply for a 1/2 scholarship ($225).  email for details.

This is a retreat and a symposium.  Our previous attendees have become good friends and look forward to attending year after year.  In past years we have eaten all our meals together and socialized with each other during our free time.  The purpose of this retreat is not just to learn, but to network and support each other!

If you are already a member,
please click here to register for this retreat.

If you are a physician (MD or DO), medical student or a resident and not yet a member,
please click here to learn about membership.

If your membership has expired or is close to expiring,
please click here.

2017 retreat schedule is now finalized. Please find full schedule on the bottom of this page.

Here are some highlights (click on red hyperlinks for more info).


Ron Rosedale, MD – Keynote speaker, is an Internationally known expert in nutritional and metabolic medicine, author of the book  The Rosedale Diet covering his proven treatment methods for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases of aging.

Mark Cucuzzella, MD – Keynote speaker,  is a Professor of Family Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves, he is designing programs to reduce running injuries in military personnel. Mark has been a competitive runner for 30 years. Mark’s innovative work and story has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Outside Magazine, Running Times, Runners World, Air Force Times, the Washington Post, JAMA, and other medical and media outlets.  In addition to the keynote address, Dr. Cucuzzella will also lead a feet-on workshop on the proper running technique.

Darryl Edwards MSc from London, England, is a Movement Coach, nutritionist and founder of the Primal Play Method. He is the owner of Fitness Explorer Training and author of Paleo Fitness and Paleo from A to Z. His work has been published in titles such as Men’s Health, Women’s Fitness, Experience Life and featured on the BBC documentary Eat to Live Forever. Darryl will discuss the benefits of play, nature and physical activity, and will lead multiple movement sessions enjoyable for all ages and abilities.


In addition we are happy to announce the following presenters and topics:

Rick Henriksen, MD, MPP, is a PAH Past President, will share with us about his amazing experience of living in Ecuador while on a sabbatical as a assistant clinical professor at the University of Utah, Dept. of Family and Preventive Medicine. He will also educate us re: Phytotherapy (a science based medical practice of effective and safe use of plant extracts for medicinal purposes). 

Felice L Gersh, MD in her talk will cover periodic fasting and fasting mimicking diets.  This will be followed by a panel discussion about fasting. 

Tony Federico, B.Sc., is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast and is a full-time writer and personal trainer.  He earned his Bachelor degree in Exercise Science from the University of Florida. His presentation is titled Connecting with Patients in the Digital Age- Why Blogging, Podcasting, and Social Media are Important Tools for Healthcare Practitioners. 

Deborah Gordon, MD is a family medicine physician, will discuss Bredesen protocol for Alzhemer’s Disease. 

Charlie Hudson is a videographer who has experimented with diet and lifestyle interventions since 2002. He is a longtime student of human movement, beginning with aikido (Tomiki 3rd dan, Aikikai 2nd dan), and more recently with social dancing. He currently performs salsa and bachata with the Alma Cubana dance company in Portland, Maine. Charlie will speak re: ancestral significance and health benefits of dance.  Hopefully lots of dancing will follow. 

Amber O’Hearn, MSc. will talk about Ketogenic Diets, Caloric Restriction, and Hormones. This will be followed by a Fasting Panel discussion. 

Jasmine Moghissi, MD will discuss advanced lipid testing and will segue into an advanced lipid testing panel with Jeffry Gerber, Ivor Cummins, Felice Gersh, Robert Hansen, and Georgia Ede. The international representation with a diversity of opinions on this panel will be fantastic! 

Georgia Ede,  MD– World Health Organization (WHO) says meat causes cancer. But is that the truth? 

Ivor Cummins, BE  from Dublin, Ireland, will share his insights about Insulin Resistance. 

Josh Turknett, MD, is a neurologist, an author of The Migraine Miracle, will give an intro to a panel discussion about various practice models. 

Stephanie Welsh, B.A., more known for being a strong advocate of barefoot movement, this time will talk All About Foreskin. 

Nina El-Badry is an instructor and performer with Alma Cubana dance company in Portland, Maine. She has been a licensed Zumba instructor since 2007 and will lead a Zumba session during our retreat. 

Mikhail Kogan, MD, is a Medical Director of the GW Center for Integrative Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine,  and an Associate Director of Geriatric Fellowship at the George Washington University. He is also a Founder and President of the AIM Health Institute, DC based non profit delivering integrative services to underserved. Mikhail will share his expertise during the practice types panel.

Raj Nayar, MBA, NLP, MD Candidate, comes to us as an Enterpreneur with goofy superhero socks, a Humanitarian with 2 watches and a Motivational Speaker with an energized personality. He sold a company and now built a training/ networking think tank to groom clinicians into enterpreneurship, law, politics, education, technology and philanthropy, while embracing the trade of medicine. So strap on some goofy socks and walk into Raj’s world to Innov8YourLife with solutions, because not every Superhero of Medicine needs a Cape!  

Polina Sayess, MD, is a family medicine physician, will give an intro to motivational interviewing and how it can be practically done in an urgent care setting (taking in account obvious time constraints) and beyond. 

We expect CME accreditation for this program (to be used by medical students, residents and physicians of all specialties, not just for family physicians even though we are going through AAFP as an accrediting organization). In January 2016 this program received 13.25 hours of AAFP Prescribed Credit. AAFP Prescribed Credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed credit, not as Category 1.

Saturday afternoon and evening January 21, 2017 is reserved for informal and fun networking activities.

Lodging information:

Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami
2889 McFarlane Road
Miami, FL 33133

This is a wonderful hotel at which we will have catered Paleo breakfasts and lunches along with all our meetings and movement sessions; thus we encourage you to stay at this hotel.

The separate retreat registration fee will cover the cost of 6 meals (catered breakfast and lunch for the 3 days of the retreat – January 19-21, 2017), use of the meeting room, AV equipment, and CME accreditation. Please find the information below about hotel registration.

Historically, our retreats had greater than 90% retention rate and we hope you will be able to join us!


For information on reserving your hotel room please

For a downloadable PDF of the schedule below, CLICK HERE.

Day Time Presenter Topic Location
Thursday 8:00-8:30 Darryl Edwards, MSc Primal Play Method: Animal Moves (Movement session) Outside
8:30-9:30 Breakfast
9:15-10:00 Polina Sayess, MD President’s address and business stuff – group introductions Inside
10:00-10:45 Amber O’Hearn, MSc Ketogenic Diets, Calorie Restriction, and Hormones
10:45-11:00 Break Inside
11:00-11:30 Felice Gersh, MD Periodic Fasting: Awakening Rejuvenation From Within Inside
11:35-12:15 Fasting panel: Felice, Deborah, Amber. Moderator – Darryl
12:15-12:30 Darryl Edwards, MSc Primal Play Method: Isometric and Dynamic Tension (Movement session) Outside
12:30- 1:45 Lunch
1:45- 2:10 Tony Federico, BSc Connecting with Patients in the Digital Age – Why Blogging, Podcasting, and Social Media are Important Tools for Healthcare Practitioners Inside
2:15- 3:15 Mark Cucuzzella, MD Keynote Address: The Medical Home’s Backyard-A Place to Create Change. Inside
3:15- 3:30 Break
3:30- 4:10 Ivor Cummins, BE(Chem) CEng MIEI Roads to Ruin? The Pathways and Implications of Insulin Resistance Inside
4:15- 5:00 Charlie Hudson The Ancestral Significance of Dance (includes a movement session) Inside -> Outside
Friday 7:00- 7:45 Mark Cucuzzella, MD Art and Science of Barefoot Running. Outside
7:30- 8:30 Breakfast
8:30- 8:55 Jasmine Moghissi, MD Cardiovascular Risk Modification Through Diet  Tutorial and Case Studies Inside
9:00- 9:45 Lipid testing panel: Jasmine, Ivor, Felice, Jeff (Bob via video link). Moderator – Georgia
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-10:25 Polina Sayess, MD Change Talk: Motivational Interviewing in Urgent Care and Beyond Inside
10:30-11:15 Darryl Edwards, MSc The Case for Physical Activity Inside
11:15-11:45 Darryl Edwards, MSc Primal Play Method: Group Playout (Movement session) Outside
11:45- 1:30 Lunch
1:30- 2:10 Georgia Ede, MD WHO Says Meat Causes Cancer? Inside
2:15- 3:15 Ron Rosedale, MD Keynote Address: The Intimate Connection Between Cancer, Aging, Protein and TOR Inside
3:15- 3:30 Break
3:30- 4:10 C. Rick Henriksen, MD, MPP Phytotherapy: The Rational Use of Plants
4:15- 4:30 Darryl Edwards, MSc Primal Play Method: Primal Intensity (Movement session) Outside
4:30- 5:30 PAH Board PAH Annual General Meeting Inside
Saturday  7:00- 7:30 Darryl Edwards, MSc Primal Play Method: Group Playout Outside
7:30- 8:15 Breakfast
8:15- 8:45 Stephanie Welch Not So Vestigial: The Anatomy and Functions of Male Foreskin Inside
8:45- 9:15 Deborah Gordon, MD Fine Tuning Bredesen’s Protocol Inside
9:15- 9:30 Break
09:30-10:00 Raj Nayar, MBA, MD candidate Entrepreneurship 101: Advance Your Career or Practice Inside
10:00-10:20 Josh Turknett, MD How to Win at Angry Birds: Towards a More Effective Practice Model Inside
10:20-10:55 Panel discussion Practice types. Josh, Deborah, Mark, Mikhail, Raj, (Bob via video link). Moderator – Polina Inside
11:00-12:00 PAH Member meeting
12:00- 1:00 Lunch and wrap-up

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