Speakers & Sessions

Sessions will take place from 9:45-10:30 am and from 10:45-11:30 am.
Feel free to attend them in whatever order you prefer!

Breakout Sessions

Easy Physical Activities at Work and Home & Health Tech Tools
Jeff Soileau, M.S.
Health & Wellness Program Manager
Healthy Lives, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

Jeff Soileau has worked in the wellness industry for the past 13 years.  He received a Masters of Science in exercise physiology from LSU. He worked as the obesity interventionist and childhood obesity specialist for the Baton Rouge Children’s Health Project until recently moving to Healthy Lives, the corporate wellness division of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.   With Healthy Lives, Mr. Soileau manages corporate wellness accounts, develops wellness education, and manages programs designed to positively change the health behaviors of his clients.  

Currently, Jeff serves as chair of the Healthy BR division of the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative and is board president for Girls on the Run of South Louisiana.  In his free time Jeff enjoys cooking and training for endurance running events. 

Anxiety & Stress Reduction
Phillip Brantley, Ph.D.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Associate Executive Director for Scientific Education
John Stauffer McIlhenny Endowed Professorship in Nutrition

Phillip Brantley, Ph.D.  is Associate Executive Director for Scientific Education and Endowed Professor in Behavioral Medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.  Dr. Brantley received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Georgia, Athens, GA in 1980. 

Following graduation, he accepted joint faculty appointments in the Department of Psychology (LSU Baton Rouge) and the Department of Family Medicine (LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans) and developed a behavioral medicine program at Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He has extensive experience in developing and managing multidisciplinary training programs: he worked in a multidisciplinary program designed to jointly train primary care medical residents and psychology graduate students in the psychobiology of health and disease management, and has participated in training hundreds of physicians and psychologists. For his efforts, Dr. Brantley was awarded the Searle Award for Excellence in Research and Education by the LSU Medical Foundation.

Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll: Heart Disease Risk and Prevention
Katherine Pearce, M.D.
Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group
Primary Care for Women

Dr. Pearce received her medical degree from LSU in Shreveport. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Pearce recently joined Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group Primary Care for Women. The new clinic features a comfortable, spa-like environment and provides primary and preventive care to meet the unique medical needs of the female patient. It offers preventive healthcare, comprehensive physical exams, evaluation and care of chronic illnesses, well woman visits, breast cancer screenings, executive woman’s wellness, cardiovascular screenings, nutritional and dietary services and counseling. According to Dr. Pearce, “Women, like men and children, have different healthcare needs. This clinic was created to give women access to primary care and specialty care delivered by physicians who focus on the unique healthcare needs women may be faced with at different stages of their lives.”

Sleep Issues
Dwayne Henry, M.D.
Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group
Sleep Medicine

Dwayne Henry, MD is practicing Sleep Medicine with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group. He received his medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman, British West Indies. He then completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Henry completed a Fellowship in pediatric nephrology at the University of Florida, followed by a Fellowship in sleep medicine from the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Understanding pelvic floor problems ‘conditions no-one talks about’ and treatments
Ryan Dickerson, MD
Louisiana Women’s Healthcare
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Dickerson graduated from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans in 2002. He completed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Dickerson is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Dickerson is married to dermatologist Mary Dickerson, M.D. and they have two children.


In addition to these 'breakout sessions', there will be two GENERAL sessions in the main auditorium. Those sessions are listed below and offered at the times listed. Please join us!

General Session 1  

Pennington’s Healthier Louisiana Research Initiatives - Diabetes, Dementia, Childhood Obesity
William Cefalu, MD, Executive Director
LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Executive Director
George A. Bray, Jr. Endowed Super Chair in Nutrition

Dr. Cefalu is the Executive Director of Pennington Biomedical Research Center and George A. Bray, Jr. Endowed Super Chair in Nutrition.  He is also the Director of the NIH funded Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Center housed within Pennington Biomedical.  Dr. Cefalu received his Medical Degree from LSU Medical School in 1979, and then completed an Endocrinology and Metabolism research fellowship at the University of California-Los Angeles Health Science Center.  

Dr. Cefalu’s career has been dedicated to inter-disciplinary approaches to metabolic research with particular interest in evaluating nutritional interventions in both animal models and humans. His research has focused on interventions that are highly relevant for clinical care for individuals with obesity and diabetes.

General Session 2  

Clean Eating Demonstration
Brooke Shoonenberg, RDN
Woman’s Hospital
Outpatient Nutrition Services

Brooke graduated with her Masters in Human Nutrition and Food in December of 2011 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. She completed her dietetic internship at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in 2013. Brooke joined the team at Woman’s Hospital in the summer of 2014 and currently acts as the outpatient nutrition services supervisor.