Dr Coral Dixon (2019 Speaker)

Dr Coral Dixon, MBChB, BHB, Dip Paeds, General Practitioner (FRNZCGP)

Coral is a family doctor in Mount Maunganui, where she lives with her husband Brad and two girls. Coral studied medicine at Auckland University, then spent 10 yrs in both in NZ and overseas hospitals. She has spent the last 11 yrs in General Practice in the Bay of Plenty. Coral has a key interest in “preventative medicine”, after seeing first-hand the evolving poor health outcomes which follow on from suboptimal nutrition and unhealthy lifestyle habits.

“I am still amazed at how often I discover during a consultation that the underlying reason for the client’s chronic health issues is likely to be directly related to their food and/or specific lifestyle choices. The fun part is showing clients that there is a different way, my experience is that patients love it!”

Coral and her family have gradually moved toward a whole food plant-based diet over a period of almost 5 yrs, with the whole family being whole food vegan in the last 2-3yrs, both for long-term health of our environment and personal health.

“I love to remind myself (and my husband) that it was not long ago that we were oblivious to many of the issues which we now recognise as super-important. I believe there is a great need for people who have thrived on a WFPB diet to be warm and welcoming”

Coral attended the first plant-based conference in 2018 and loved it!

Session: Friday
Topic: Introduction to plant based

This will serve as an introduction to the plant based diet for those who have heard only the basics. This interactive session is with experienced GPs who will be able to cater the session to your questions.

Shukul Kachwalla (2019 Speaker)

Shukul promotes a whole food plant based diet and teaches this to clients all over the world.

His biography from his website, High Carb Health:

Shukul Kachwalla is a Certified Wholistic Health & Natural Healing Counsellor from the Vibrant Health & Wealth Academy. His passion for health and nutrition is undeniable and he has a goal of helping people overcome sickness and improve health through healthy lifestyle practices. Shukul has recovered from severe hayfever, acne and chronic migraines and recommends a whole food plant-based diet to people who want to improve their quality of life and experience optimal health. He first came across the benefits of a whole foods plant based diet when he witnessed his brother recover from Ulcerative Colitis, a disease said to have no medical cure, via a change in diet. He is extremely passionate about spreading the message about better health.

Session: Friday
Topic: Social media – practical tips for sharing your content

Shukul and Shamiz have been running High Carb Health which involves a lot of internet appointments. In order for a modern business to succeed having a good knowledge of social media marketing is super important. Learn from those who are making a business work on how to market yourself in the era of Facebook and twitter.

Session: Saturday
Topic: Online health focusing on bowel disease

Shukul and Shamiz run a health consultancy which focuses on helping those with (in particular) bowel related disease, like inflammatory bowel disease. They examine what has made their business work and successful. They will also discuss some practical tips for working with clients online.

Dr Patrick McHugh

General Practitioner and Urgent care Physician, FRNZCGP, FDRHM, FCUC, Dip CE Med, Dip MS Med, Dip GU Med, MBChB, BMedSc

Dr Patrick McHugh is a University of Otago (UoO) graduate, vocationally registered in general practice, urgent care and rural hospital medicine and currently is a GP medical educator with Hauora Tairāwhiti as well as programme lead for an undergraduate interprofessional education programme with the UoO. He was a key founder of a Tairāwhiti based research trust with various published work, and has a particular interest in education, “heartfulness” and lifestyle interventions.

Morgen, Nick and Patrick, along with colleagues, have been running a community programme in Gisborne for the past several years. Their current research focuses on weight loss and diabetes.

Session: Friday
Topic: Heartfulness guided session

Dr McHugh will present a guided meditation session on heartfulness. If you are wanting some quick techniques that you can use yourself or with patients then this will give you some good options. Practical session so come with an open heart.

Dr Nick Wright

MBChB (Otago), FRNZCGP, Certified with ASLM/IBLM

Dr Wright is a GP in Gisborne, and is interested in the application of lifestyle medicine in medicine. Work includes research in Gisborne. In 2017 he was honoured with a Local Hero Medal for contributions to charity. He and Morgen also run a free online video programme explaining the how-to for following plant-based diet.