Ketogenic Diet Therapies Conference


Friday, April 14, 2017
7:30 AM – 2:30 PM EDT


Prince Conference Center
1800 East Beltline Avenue Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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Register today - Seating is limited, and registration closes on March 31.

The ketogenic diet has been in existence for 90 years. While it has been long recognized as an effective treatment for epilepsy in children, renewed interest and scientific research has shown promise and multiple benefits to other patients including adolescents and adults with epilepsy and those suffering from brain cancer, autism, Alzheimer's and other neurologic conditions. This course will feature national and local speakers and deliver a practical review of the ketogenic diet, its use for epilepsy and its different applications for other neurologic conditions. The open house will offer the opportunity for patients and families to learn more about the diet and its variations, sample keto foods and attend cooking demonstrations.


7:30-7:55 – Registration and Ketogenic Breakfast

7:55-8:00 – Welcome
Leanna Krukowski, MSN, RN, CENP - Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience
Adriana Tanner, MD FAES - Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience

8:00-8:40 – Keynote Speaker: The Ketogenic Diet - A Pluripotent Therapy for the Adjuvant Treatment of
Adrienne Scheck, PhD - Barrow Neurological Institute

8:40-9:40 – Ketogenic and Modified Ketogenic Therapy - Successful Implementation Among Adults
Antoaneta Balavanov, MD & Kelly Roehl, MS RD LDN CNSC - Rush University Medical Center

9:40-10:10 – Ketogenic Diet in the ICU
Brandon Francis, MD MPH - Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience

10:10-10:25 – BREAK/Vendor Exhibition

10:25-10:55 – Defeating Epilepsy - One Stick of Butter at a Time
Nancy McNamara, MD - University of Michigan

10:55-11:25 – Practical Aspects of Ketogentic Diet Initiation
Denise Potter, RDN CSP CDE - University of Michigan

11:25-11:55 – Ketogenic Diets for Children with Epilepsy
Cynthia Person, Patient Advocate

11:55-12:30 – Ketogenic Lunch/Vendor Exhibition

12:30-1:00 – The Ketogeinic Diet: A Key Treatment Modality in a Primary Care Setting
Dorothy Pedtke, DO - Born Clinic

1:00-1:35 – Other Applications of the Ketogenic Diet
Adriana Tanner, MD FAES - Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroloscience

1:35-1:50 – Transition Break

1:50-2:30 – Cooking Demonstrations, Food Sampling, Vendors and Speakers available for questions

2:30 - Program Adjourns

Who Should Attend 
  • Physicians/psychologists
  • Nurses and medical social workers
  • Advanced practitioners
  • Registered dietitians/nutritionists
  • Medical/patient care assistants
  • Residents
  • Students
  • Patients/General Public

Cost to Attend
  • Physicians/psychologists: $100
  • APP/RD/Nutritionist/Nurse/social worker: $75
  • Medical/Patient care assistants/students/residents: $35
  • General Public (does not qualify for CME): $35

ACCREDITATION STATEMENT: Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.