Los Angeles District (LAD) of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics presents...

One Size Does Not Fit All:

"Promoting Diverse Perspectives in Dietetics”

A Special One Day Conference

April 14, 2018

9:00am - 3:45 pm

at Children's Hospital Los Angeles


The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/Los Angeles District (LAD) represents the local professional organization of Registered Dietitians (RDs), Diet Technicians-Registered (DTRs), dietetic interns, and nutrition students residing in Los Angeles County. With approximately 50 board positions and over 900 followers, LAD strives to provide members with opportunities to network, obtain Continuing Professional Education Units, volunteer in the community, and promote the dietetic profession.



Learning Codes Covered:


1050: ETHICS


Registration & Opening Remarks


9:00am – 9:30am

Registration (Coffee & Tea)

9:30 - 9:40am

Opening Remarks and Welcome

Speaker: Elizabeth Lee, MS, RD

Speaker: Elizabeth Lee, MS, RD

9:40am - 10:10am

Opening By


Elizabeth is a registered dietitian and earned her graduate degree from CSU Los Angeles. Prior to her current role in employee well-being programming, she had counseled patients including those with eating disorders, diabetes, and bariatric surgery. Elizabeth is also the Operational Director of Dietitians for Professional Integrity (DFPI), a proud, proud UC Santa Barbara alum (Go Gauchos!) and a self-proclaimed connoisseur of fine puns.

"Building on Shared Meaning in the Era of Nutritional Disagreement"


  1. Recognize how nutritional disagreements have led to animosity.

  2. Apply ways to build on similarities when there are differences in dietetic approaches. 

  3. Understand the Food and Nutrition Magazine's Pledge of Professional Civility as it pertains to the profession.


10:10am – 10:20am 

Questions and Comments

Speaker: Leslie Hope Wills, MA, RDN

Speaker: Leslie Hope Wills, MA, RDN

10:20am – 10:50am

“Evidence-Based Practice in Dietetics”


Ms. Wills a pediatric dietitian with more than 20 years of experience, works with mothers, infants and feeding in variety of settings, including the NICCU and High-Risk Infant follow up clinic.   She uses her skills as a dietitian and IBCLC to support mothers and their babies to achieve optimal growth and development.  Prior to her work as a dietitian, Ms. Wills worked in clinical research, developing and implementing evidence-based protocols for metabolic studies.


  1. Articulate the role of evidence-based practice in the nutrition care process

  2. Discuss the steps required to develop evidence-based practice guidelines

  3. Identify opportunities to utilize principles of evidenced-based practice.

Speaker: David Wiss, MS, RDN

Speaker: David Wiss, MS, RDN

10:50am – 11:20am

“Shortcomings of the Evidence Base in Dietetics”


David Wiss, MS, RDN is the founder of Nutrition in Recovery, which specializes in: Addictions, Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Body Image, and General Wellness. Mr. Wiss works closely with individuals to help them revolutionize their relationship with food, and has shared his expertise with numerous eating disorder and addiction facilities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. David is a nationally recognized expert in nutrition for addiction, and is currently working on his PhD in Public Health from UCLA. Mr. Wiss has been on the executive committee at LAD in various positions for the past 5 years.

View more of David's work at NutritionInRecovery.com.


  1. Describe the challenges with conducting nutrition-related research

  2. Identify limitations, sources of bias, and other conflict in the current evidence base

  3. Suggest practice strategies when evidence is limited

11:20am - 11:40pm

Questions and Comments

11:40pm – 12:25pm


Speaker: Alan Aragon, MS

Speaker: Alan Aragon, MS

12:30pm – 1:00pm

"The Case for Protein"

Alan aragon, ms

Alan Aragon is known as one of the most influential figures in the fitness industry’s movement towards evidence-based information. His notable clients include Stone Cold Steve Austin, Derek Fisher, and Pete Sampras. He co-authored Nutrient Timing Revisited, the most-viewed article in the history of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Alan maintains a private practice designing programs for recreational, Olympic, and professional athletes.


  1. Describe the research evidence basis for current total daily protein recommendations for athletic populations.

  2. Identify the potential mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of specific distributions of protein intake through the day for maximizing muscle growth and retention.

  3. Discern the varying levels of importance of protein timing as it relates to various athletic goals.

Speaker: Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RDN

Speaker: Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RDN

1:00pm – 1:30pm

"The Case for Plant-Based"

Matt ruscignO, MPH,RDN

Matthew Ruscigno, MPH, RD is the Chief Nutrition Officer for Nutrinic, a healthcare start-up that uses plant-based diets to reduce risks for chronic disease. He is the past Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Matt co-authored No Meat Athlete with Matt Frazier and Appetite for Reduction with Isa Moskowitz. An athlete himself, Matt has completed numerous marathons, ultra races and triathlons including The Norseman, considered the hardest Ironman in the world. He is a 3x finisher of the Furnace Creek 508, a 500-mile non-stop bike race through Death Valley that National Geographic calls the 8th hardest race in the world. 


  1. Identify the plant foods that can be utilized for fuel during physical activity. 

  2. List the potential benefits of plant foods for athletic endeavors. 

  3. Discuss the use of plant-based foods with athletic patients or clients.  

  4. Understand the varied sources of essential amino acids in plant foods 


1:30pm – 1:50pm

Questions and Comments

1:50pm - 2:05pm

Stretching & Break

Lauree Bradley, RDN

Speaker: April Murray, RDN

Speaker: April Murray, RDN

2:10pm – 2:30pm

“Ketogenic Diets”


April is the founder of OC Nutrition Coaching, a private practice that provides individualized nutrition counseling. A trusted nutrition expert, April’s articles and interviews have appeared in the LA Register, OC Family Magazine, Newport Beach magazine and more. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition at University of California Davis and completed her Dietetic Program at Stony Brook University in New York. April’s career direction was influenced by her past struggles with food, weight and body image. She understands the pain of having a poor relationship with food. Having overcome her health struggles, April is passionate about helping others do the same. When she is not working, April enjoys training for marathons with her miniature Australian Shepard and cooking new recipes.


  1. Understand the ketogenic diet

  2. Describe why the ketogenic diet may promote weight loss

  3. Identify the pros and cons of the ketogenic diet


Speaker: Bec McDorman, MS, RDN

Speaker: Bec McDorman, MS, RDN

2:30pm – 2:50pm

“From Post-op to Professional: Bariatric Surgery”

bec mcdorman, ms, rdn

Bec McDorman, MS, RDN, CD, is Lead Clinical Dietitian at Astria Regional Medical Center in Yakima, WA. A native Californian, she discovered her passion for health and wellness after undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in 2010 to lose more than 100lbs. She completed her DPD and master’s at Cal Poly Pomona, and her dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. She is a frequent contributor for ObesityHelp.com and has presented at OH’s national conferences for pre- and post-op weight loss surgery patients.


  1. Decide which side of the conversation you fall on (HAES vs weight loss) and refer patients accordingly.

  2. Describe the non-traditional benefits of weight loss.

  3. Recognize which patients would benefit from a discussion about bariatric surgery.

Speaker: Aaron Flores, RDN

Speaker: Aaron Flores, RDN

2:50PM – 3:10PM

“You Didn't Fail the Diet, the Diet Failed You”


Aaron Flores is a registered dietitian nutritionist based out of Los Angeles, California. With nearly 10 years of experience, Aaron has worked with eating disorders in a variety of settings. A large part of his career was spent working at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System where he helped develop and launch one of the first Binge Eating Disorder programs to help Veterans struggling with this disorder. Since leaving the VA, Aaron has continued to work in the eating disorder community helping run groups and providing individual counseling to adolescents and adults. He currently works part-time at Center for Discovery and part-time in his private practice in Calabasas, CA.

His main areas of focus are Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® and in his work, Aaron helps individuals learn how to make peace with food and develop body-positive behaviors. He is a candidate for the Body Trust® Certification program and his work has been featured during Weight Stigma Awareness Week, in blogs for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre and National Eating Disorder Association. Aaron is a frequent speaker and has presented at the 2016 and 2017 Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Annual Conference and the 2018 International Conference on Eating Disorders. Along with his work with eating disorders, he also is a co-host of the podcast, Dietitians Unplugged.


  1. Identify the four key principles of Intuitive Eating

  2. Apply how a weight-neutral approach can help clients achieve their health goals without a focus on the scale. 

  3. Identify 3 areas of society that are negatively affected by weight stigma. 


3:10pm – 3:40pm

Questions, Comments & Discussion

3:40PM - 3:45pm

Closing Remarks and Thank You


Marilyn Magaram Center

The mission of the Marilyn Magaram Center (MMC) is to enhance and promote health and well-being through research, education and services in food science, nutrition and dietetics.

Nutrition in Recovery 

Nutrition in Recovery is dedicated to the promotion of both physical and nutritional wellness as primary components of addiction recovery to contribute to positive long-term recovery outcomes.