Areas of Practice & Education

Anthony Dissen, MPH, MA, RDN, CPH 

Plant-Based Dietitian and Public Health Educator

The following are topics regularly discussed and presented upon in Support Group Meetings, Professional Conferences, Workshops & Events, and Health Fairs. If you are interested in having Anthony speak on any of the following topics at your organization or group, please visit the Contact Us page to connect with us today.

Plant-Based Nutrition & Wellness Promotion

Nutritional approaches to wellness and health are not only of great interest to the public, but is also a topic of great discussion and research in medical science and research. The following topics related to nutrition and health are regularly presented upon by Anthony in a variety of academic, clinical, and community settings:

  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Nutrition and Cancer
  • Diabetes Management
  • Autoimmune Diseases and Diet
  • Food, Climate, and Environment
  • Weight Management
  • Arthritis, Bone, and Joint Health
  • Digestive Wellness & the Microbiome
  • ​Men's Health
  • Beginning a Plant Based Diet 101 

Lifestyle Medicine 
Lifestyle Medicine emphasizes the profound importance, and role, of environmental and lifestyle factors in shaping our health and wellbeing. The 6 Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine (Nutrition, Physical Activity, Stress Management, Tobacco Cessation, Sleep, and Healthy Relationships) form the foundation of a truly healthy life, and are truly powerful forms of medicine in disease management and even reversal. Lectures and seminars related to any one, or any combination, of these pillars are available, as well as educational programing about the history, role, and value of Lifestyle Medicine. These can be tailored for a lay audience, as well as for healthcare professionals. 

The Health Humanities
The Health Humanities (sometimes referred to as the Medical Humanities) describe the invaluable role of the humanities and the liberal arts in our healthcare system. While often focused on how a humanities education can assist healthcare professionals in developing skills in deep listening, compassion and empathy, and medical ethics, the Health Humanities also serve as tools to aid all of us (as consumers of healthcare) in better navigating our own experiences with health, disease, and the medical system. Some topics on which Anthony has spoken and taught include:

  • Narrative Medicine & Story Telling
  • Creative Writing as a Healing Tool
  • Spiritual Life & Health 
  • Queer Identity, Story, and the Medical System
  • Stories of Gender 
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Healthcare - Historical and Modern 

Medical Qigong & Classical Chinese Medicine

Qigong is an ancient form of energy healing, and forms the foundation of all Classical Eastern Medical therapies and systems. The subtle energy that flows throughout the body (known as Qi, Ki, and Prana among many other names) is the blueprint upon which our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies are built.

In Medical Qigong Therapy, the quality, volume, and flow of Qi is carefully returned to optimal levels to promote deep healing on all levels of being. Demonstrations, group classes, and lectures regarding Qigong and Chinese Medicine as a whole can be presented upon, and tailored to your particular needs or areas of interest.

Specific Qigong practices in which I am trained and teach include:

  • Five Animal Frolics
  • The 8 Pieces of Brocade
  • Yiquan
  • Swimming Dragon
  • External Qi Healing 

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Contemplative Spirituality

Mindfulness forms the foundational bedrock upon which most (if not all) spiritual traditions are built. Practices like breath awareness, meditation, mindful eating, and conscious movement are wonderful ways to begin to go more deeply into the present moment and discover the spiritual dimensions of our daily lives.

Contemplative Spirituality is a form of spiritual guidance and practice that fuses the teachings of Mindfulness, Buddhism, Hinduism, Tantra, Taoism and Christianity as well as the insights gained from various metaphysical teachers and spiritual saints. By viewing the Universe as a beautifully interconnected web of energy, we can begin to see how we fit into that web and how we can influence the world around us for the better. Contemplative Spirituality is about releasing whatever it is that is preventing you from bursting forward in life and experience the joy of the present moment. Group classes or discussions related to these topics are available, as well as guided meditations and other contemplative exercises.

For More Information, or for Any Other Questions

Please Contact Us