Speakers and Sessions

What's In It For Me? Herbs, Supplements, & Probiotics

Heli Roy, PhD,
Associate Professor
Associate Executive Director for Education
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Dr. Heli Roy received her BS degree from Syracuse University in Human Nutrition, her MS and PhD degree from Louisiana State University in Human Ecology with a concentration in Nutrition. Her dissertation work was done at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, an internationally known obesity research center. She completed MBA degree from LSU in 2010.

She has taught courses in nutrition at LSU, Our Lady of the Lake College and at The University of Alabama in nutrition and biochemistry. Previously, she was a public health nutritionist at the Office of Public Health in Louisiana. Currently she is an associate professor at the Louisiana State University, she directs the Community Nutrition efforts at Louisiana State University and coordinates the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program across the state, and she is an outreach coordinator for the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Her research interests are in the area of childhood obesity and chronic disease prevention.

Dr. Roy is a Registered Dietitian and is a member of Baton Rouge Dietetic Association, Louisiana Dietetic Association and American Dietetic Association having served as a president and treasurer of Baton Rouge Dietetic Association. She is also a member of The Obesity Society and American Society for Nutrition. 

Her interests are gardening, cooking with herbs and spices, and ballroom dancing.

Resources to Quit Smoking

Chrishelle Harris Stipe, MPH, CTTS
Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center

Chrishelle Harris Stipe, MPH, CTTS is the Tobacco Cessation Specialist at Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.  She has worked in tobacco control for 14 years, particularly in tobacco cessation counseling. Chrishelle coordinates and implements the Geaux Free tobacco cessation programs for patients and the community throughout Mary Bird Perkins’ service area. She is the former Director of Programs for the American Lung Association of Louisiana where she managed asthma and other lung disease programs/services, and she has trained over 400 tobacco cessation facilitators across the state under the Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking program.  Chrishelle is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS), a designation she earned at the University of Mississippi Medical Center ACT Center. She received a B.S. degree in biology from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1998 and a M.P.H. in community health sciences from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 1999. 

What to Expect When You're Aging!

Jeri B. Johnson, MD
Internal Medicine
Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She is certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Johnson is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Internal Medicine. Dr. Johnson specializes in adult primary care and preventive medicine.

New Obesity Medications

Frank Greenway, MD
Professor, Chief of Outpatient Clinic
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

M.D., University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1970

Dr. Frank Greenway's reserach interests include developing obesity treatments such as diets, herbal supplements, medical foods, devices, obesity surgery and obesity drug development. He directs the outpatient research clinic.

Understanding Your Sexual Health/Hormones

Terrie Thomas, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Associates in Women’s Health

Dr. Terrie Thomas joined the Associates in Women's Health in August 2006.  She is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduated high school from St. Joseph's Academy.  She earned an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Louisiana State University, where she also received designation as one of the Top 25 Graduating Seniors. Dr. Thomas earned her medical degree from LSU in New Orleans. She served as Vice-President of the Aesculapian Society, a mentor for Camp Tiger, and earned the Chancellor's Award Scholarship. She continued her medical training as a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU New Orleans. During her residency training, Dr. Thomas received several awards for excellence in teaching. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Thomas enjoys taking care of her patients, spending time with her family, playing the piano, cycling, and reading. She is a member of the Krewe of Jupiter and Juno, for which she was recently crowned Queen during the 2013 Mardi Gras season.

Since beginning private practice, Dr. Thomas has been very active in leadership roles at Woman's Hospital. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of LSU's and Tulane's OB/GYN department. She has served on numerous hospital committees at Woman's, and has chaired the Medical Review, OR Patient Care, and Medical Executive committees. Dr. Thomas served as Chief of the Medical Staff for Woman's Hospital in 2012, during the hospital's transition to the new Briarwood campus. As the Chief of Staff, she also served a one-year term on the Woman's Hospital Board of Directors.