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Lifestyle as Medicine

Do you know what you need to do in order to become healthier but can’t seem to find the best way to achieve your aspirations? I can help! My goal is to help you better understand your objective and guide you towards sustainable solutions so that you can achieve and maintain your goals. During your private, personalized session, I will discuss prevention, health behavior change and biopsychosocial factors in regards to exercise, obesity, and chronic disease. By combining all these tools, you will have a better chance of succeeding and reaching your goals. 

There is a growing body of scientific evidence showing that lifestyle interventions can be as effective as medication but without the risks and unwanted side effects. Lifestyle Medicine is becoming the preferred modality for not only prevention but also the treatment of most chronic diseases including the following:

• Autoimmune
• Type-2 diabetes
• Coronary Heart Disease
• Hypertension
• Obesity
• Insulin Resistance Syndrome
• Osteoporosis
• Various types of cancer

Although Lifestyle Medicine incorporates many public health approaches, it is a clinical discipline. While Lifestyle Medicine does not typically emphasize prescription medications, they frequently require the reduction of prescribed medications. In some cases, medication is appropriate.

Dr. Joe will personally coordinate your treatment. He utilizes lifestyle interventions such as diet, exercise, stress management and psychology in your treatment and management.

American College of Lifestyle Medicine member: http://www.lifestylemedicine.org/

Behavioral Change
Do you know what you need to do in order to become healthier but can’t seem to find the best way to achieve your aspirations? Let me help! My goal is to help clarify your objective and guide you towards sustainable solutions. Health psychology addresses how to understand the biological, social, and psychological factors that influence your health and potential illnesses. Dr. Joe will discuss prevention, health behavior change, and biopsychosocial factors in regards to exercise, obesity, and chronic disease.

Dr. Joe is licensed with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (www.bbs.ca.gov) and is also a California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) member (www.camft.org).

He offers one-on-one, couples, family, and group sessions. I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond.  In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my client's individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for.Some common concerns that are presented in sessions are:

Assessments include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Personality
  • Court Mandates
  • Bariatrics
  • Pain
  • Sleep

Treatment specialization includes:  

  • Crisis  or Conflict Resolution
  • Couples Counseling
  • Adjusting after a diagnosis
  • Eating Behaviors
  • Living with Chronic Disease
  • Mindfulness
  • Mind-Body Connections
  • Work and Career Stressors
  • Stress Management

I utilize coaching, cognitive behavioral and solution focused theoretical orientations.  It is important you are comfortable working alongside me.  If you are not comfortable I am happy to refer.     


Your success depends on how, what and when you eat. Dr. Joe provides you with personalized nutritional coaching to maximize your health and exercise programs. Each plan is built around your own lifestyle and has multiple components such as start-up, transition, weekly check-ins, and maintenance.  Dr. Joe encourages Lifestyle Change.  Dr. Joe wants to encourage moving away from the Diet culture into sustainable change.  

He believes that whole foods, mostly-plants, nutrient-dense foods should be a priority but realizes that not everyone is open to this recommendation. Below are some common nutritional plans.

• Plant Based
• Nutrient Density Basics
• Low-Carb
• Low Glycemic
• Metabolic
• Mediterranean
• Bio-Individual Nutrition

He also addresses the following issues in his programs to help you better understand your habits and health:

• Emotional Eating
• Reactive Eating
• Nutrition Science

Dr. Joe has a unique approach to exercise, attributed to his Division 1 athletic background as well as tackling his own personal struggles. Training sessions and exercise prescriptions are personalized and developed based upon American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines. Common components integrated into prescriptions are risk appraisal, functional and isolative stretching, plyometrics, strength training, endurance training, cross-training and sport-specific programs.

As an athlete growing up, Dr. Joe was always interested in fitness. Nutrition became an integral component when he became an endurance athlete.

Dr. Joe currently trains clients both privately and in group settings. He also supervises and coaches other trainers in using proper body mechanics and techniques in order to prevent injury and strengthen problem areas. He currently provides tennis, cycling, swimming, running, and sport-specific training in addition to bootcamps for all ages, shapes and sizes.

As an ACSM member, Dr. Joe incorporates the following components into his training sessions:

• Exercise Physiology
• Exercise Nutrition
• Neuro-Kinectic Movement
• Active-Isolative Stretching
• Sports Medicine

Dr. Joe will bring the exercise regimen to wherever you are.  Whether it be at the gym, outside, inside your home or at your work, Dr. Joe will ensure you get the necessary attention to get you on track to becoming healthier, stronger, leaner and more fit. 

Healthcare Consulting with Dr. Joe

When consulting with a company the focus of the client must be clear.  I listen first  then lead your team toward a laser focus.  Many companies try to invest in multiple elements.  When the problem appears too complex operations are impacted.  I believe the first step is to identify the company strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

When your company provides quality service through organized business operations and a focused team you have efficiency and effectiveness.  Your business can thrive despite the many healthcare changes.  When the organization is aware of their focus strategic objectives are accomplished.

Dr.Joe works with practices looking to integrate Lifestyle Medicine.  That may look different to different companies.  What does not change however is how Lifestyle Medicine allows the facility to deliver optimal service.  Creating a deep understanding of Lifestyle as Medicine allows the team to create a simple process that facilitates interactions to address the patient needs and company growth.
Contact Dr. Joe to learn about how he can work with your organization to  implement a successful strategic, financial and operational plan.  Let Dr. Joe tell you about the over 20 physician, medical group and outpatient providers he has helped achieve their goals.

Areas Most Often Requested:

  • Operational Efficiency
  • Business Processes
  • New Services
  • Strategic Planning

Please Visit:  LifestyleMedicinePro.com for additional information.  


Featured Programs

Shuttle Fitness- A W.I.L.S. Original Concept

We pick you up and provide a workout. No excuses!

(Join us at Runyon, Santa Monica Stairs, Rose Bowl, Griffith Park, or Newport Beach and soon Oregon!)

Group Boot Camp Exercise

Walk and Talk: A W.I.L.S. Original Concept

Life coaching and exercise at the same time. Makes exercising a breeze!

Interval and Cross Training

Put together your own group of 3 and save 10%

Just 4 Kids Weight Loss Program: A W.I.L.S. Original Concept

A fun and interactive weight loss program tailored specifically for children and families. It takes into account kids’ body chemistry, activity level, preferences, food intake, and psychology.

Complimentary Walking, Running, and Training Groups

Want a walking group? We will help you find or form your own! Plus, it’s FREE!


Each program is conducted in small groups of three to ten and are based on the topics below.  Inquire on how these tools can come to your practice or office.  


• Have you been diagnosed with heart disease?

• What kind of changes can you expect?

• What can you do to prevent complications?

• How will this affect my spouse and/or family?


Understanding Exercise

• Answers all of your questions regarding exercising correctly and efficiently and targeting

certain body areas effectively.


Stretching Techniques

• Featuring: Joel Crandall (http://www.physiocarecenter.com)


Exercise Techniques

• Learn different and effective types of exercise for various diseases and physical levels. Includes

tips on a balanced nutrition.


Stressed Out

• Learn effective ways to manage stress.

• Learn how stress complicates existing diseases.

• Develop a practical plan to implement stress reduction tools that you can adhere to.


Weight Loss

• Learn realistic, simple rules to keep weight off.

• A comprehensive program that addresses nutrition, exercise, and psychology.


Healthy Nutrition

• Do I have a balanced diet?

• Do I really need to count calories?

• Do these fad diets work?

• Why can’t I keep the weight off?


Understanding Nutrition

• Do you know what, when, and how to eat?


Food Addiction

• I know I should stop eating but I can’t; How do I know I am an addict?


Cooking Demonstrations

• Featuring: Chef AJ – Whole Foods featured chef 

Featuring Chef Ron Russel with SunCafe

• Featuring: Chef Calimlim – Executive Chef

• Featuring: Chef Sims – Executive Chef

• Healthier cooking alternatives that prevent and manage chronic diseases as well as weight loss

and maintenance.