Board of Trustees

  • Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, FOMA
  • Wendy Scinta, MD, MS
  • Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP
  • Ethan Lazarus, MD
  • Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS, FOMA
  • Spencer Berry, MD
  • Crystal Broussard, MD
  • Angela Fitch, MD, FACP
  • Carl Knopke, MD
  • Richard Lindquist, MD, FAASP
  • Nicholas Pennings, DO
  • David Bryman, DO, FOMA
  • Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, FOMA

    Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, FOMA

    President

    Dr. Horn is the medical director of the Center for Obesity Medicine and Metabolic Performance and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical School. She is board certified in family and general preventive medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. In 2011, Dr. Horn earned the Obesity Medicine Association’s (OMA) Bariatrician of the Year award. She currently serves as the OMA president. She regularly presents in a variety of educational formats and venues about physical activity, obesity, and weight-related comorbidities. Dr. Horn received her medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. She also holds two master’s degrees, one in exercise physiology and another in public health and physical activity.

  • Wendy Scinta, MD, MS

    Wendy Scinta, MD, MS

    President-elect

    Dr. Wendy Scinta is a nationally recognized expert on adult and childhood obesity treatment, and current president-elect of OMA. She is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at SUNY Upstate, a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Physicians, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Her recent awards include receiving Obesity Medicine Clinician of the Year (OMA-2012), Physician of the Year (NY Business Journal-2013), and America’s Top Doctors (CRCA-2014). Dr. Scinta’s BOUNCE childhood obesity program has been researched and implemented internationally. Her practice, Medical Weight Loss of New York, has treated thousands of individuals affected by overweight and obesity, from 4 to 84 years of age, helping several lose in excess of 200 pounds. Dr. Scinta is the weight loss expert for Steve Harvey Show, and has been featured on air by CNN, Voice of America, John Tesh Intelligence for Your Health, Say Yes To the Dress: Big Bliss Edition on TLC, PBS, as well as in print, including AMA News, the Denver Post, MD News, Newsday, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Parenting, Bariatric Times, Your Weight Matters, Web MD, Woman’s Day, and Woman’s Health Magazine, among others. She also recently appeared in the 2014 documentary, “Carb Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat.” Dr. Scinta earned her medical degree from Upstate Medical School in Syracuse and performed her residency in family medicine at Duke University. As a former electrical and computer engineer, Dr. Scinta holds several patents in the fields of robotics and medical diagnostics. She is the chief medical officer of Three Pound Health, a patient engagement software company.

  • Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP

    Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP

    Vice President

    Dr. Craig Primack is co-director and co-founder of the Scottsdale Weight Loss Center in Scottsdale, Ariz. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Primack received his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago and completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona. In 2012, Dr. Primack received the Dr. Vernon B. Astler Award from the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) in recognition of his efforts to advance the association’s place and purpose within the media, government, and medical community. In addition, he served as OMA’s Obesity Medicine Certification Review Course chairman until 2014 and currently serves as the vice president on OMA’s Board of Trustees.

  • Ethan Lazarus, MD

    Ethan Lazarus, MD

    Secretary/Treasurer

    Dr. Ethan Lazarus is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and serves as the Obesity Medicine Association’s delegate for the American Medical Association (AMA). He has been practicing obesity medicine since 2004. His practice focuses on a multi-modal collaborative approach to helping patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight. He believes in evidence-based medicine and is committed to developing technology that will allow obesity medicine practices to track their interventions and outcomes in a meaningful way to prove that treatments are safe, effective, and economical.

  • Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS, FOMA

    Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS, FOMA

    Chairman

    Dr. Eric Westman received his MD from the University of Wisconsin/Madison, completed an internal medicine residency and chief residency at the University of Kentucky/Lexington, and completed a general internal medicine fellowship at Duke University, which included a master’s degree in clinical research. At Duke since 1990, he is director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, has carried out clinical research and clinical care regarding lifestyle treatments for obesity and diabetes, and has more than 90 peer-reviewed publications. He is currently the chairman of the board of the Obesity Medicine Association and a fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association and The Obesity Society. He is author of the New York Times bestseller, “The New Atkins for a New You,” “Cholesterol Clarity,” and “Keto Clarity.”

  • Spencer Berry, MD

    Spencer Berry, MD

    Trustee

    Dr. Spencer Berry is the medical director at Medical Weight Loss Specialists in Fargo, N.D. Dr. Berry received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota. He then attended and received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He received his residency training in family practice at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Dr. Berry practiced family medicine and urgent care for 24 years prior to devoting his medical efforts to weight management and obesity medicine and the comorbid conditions that attend these issues. Dr. Berry is board certified in family medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He served as a state senator in North Dakota from 2011 to 2015.

  • Crystal Broussard, MD

    Crystal Broussard, MD

    Trustee

    Dr. Crystal Broussard started her career as a family physician. After losing 100 pounds, she began teaching her patients how to do the same. Dr. Broussard found that she was taking her patients off medications as they lost weight. She found her personal and professional calling in helping others lose weight. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and began practicing obesity medicine full time five years ago. She opened Athena Wellness Center in Texas two years ago and plans to open additional Athena clinics.

  • Angela Fitch, MD, FACP

    Angela Fitch, MD, FACP

    Trustee

    Dr. Angela Fitch is the medical director of the UCHealth Weight Loss Center and an associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Fitch has also been recently appointed to the role of vice president of primary care at UCHealth. She graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Dr. Fitch worked for Procter and Gamble as a product development engineer for two years before she decided to follow her passion and go to medical school. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to do a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospitals. After her four-year residency, Dr. Fitch was chief resident in internal medicine for another year. Dr. Fitch then moved to Minnesota to be a primary care physician for eight years for Fairview Health Systems. There she developed her skills and passion for treating obesity in the primary care setting and also developed a medical home model and new system of primary care delivery. While working as a primary care physician, she also worked at the University of Minnesota Pediatric Weight Management Clinic for four years treating children ages 4-18 who struggled with obesity. In 2012, Dr. Fitch became the medical director for the Metabolic Health and Weight Management Clinic at Park Nicollet Clinic and began practicing bariatric medicine full time. In 2012, Dr. Fitch became a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). She is a trustee on the Obesity Medicine Association’s board of trustees, the 2015-2016 chair of the clinical management of obesity section of The Obesity Society, and a member of the ABOM writing committee.

  • Carl Knopke, MD

    Carl Knopke, MD

    Trustee

    Dr. Carl Knopke is the medical director of Inland Empire Weight Loss in Riverside, Calif. He is board certified in family medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). Since 2004, he has maintained an active private family medicine practice and has been active in obesity medicine since 2007. He is an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine. In 2014, Dr. Knopke became a member of the Board of Trustees for the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA). He gives the lecture about behavioral therapy for OMA’s review course for the ABOM exam.

    Dr. Knopke completed his undergraduate studies in biochemistry at UCLA. He graduated medical school from the University of Texas in San Antonio and then completed his residency in family medicine at Riverside County Regional Medical Center, where he was chief resident. His primary medical interests include treating diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and arthritis using the tenants of obesity medicine. He also has special interests in psychiatry, psychology, and exercise physiology and how they can be applied to treat obesity.

  • Richard Lindquist, MD, FAASP

    Richard Lindquist, MD, FAASP

    Trustee

    Dr. Richard Lindquist is the medical program director at Swedish Weight-loss Services in Seattle and is one of the founders of Monarch Medical Weight-loss Centers in Oregon. He is board certified in family medicine with a background in emergency medicine and emergency medical services (EMS). In 2001, he was recognized as the Oregon EMS Medical Director of the Year. His experience in EMS and community service continues to inform his activities in program development, community and physician education, practitioner training, and direct patient care. Dr. Lindquist received his medical degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and completed his residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.

  • Nicholas Pennings, DO

    Nicholas Pennings, DO

    Trustee

    Dr. Nicholas Pennings is the director of the Campbell University Health Center and assistant professor of family medicine. Dr. Pennings graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He received his doctor of osteopathy from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.He completed a rotating internship and family medicine residency at Metropolitan Hospital – Parkview Division in Philadelphia. Dr. Pennings was in family practice in New York for 22 years and began focusing on obesity medicine in 2008. He is board certified in family medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. After 22 years of private practice, Dr. Pennings moved into academic medicine joining the Campbell University faculty. His teaching focuses on nutrition and obesity as well as primary care topics. As director of the University Health Center, he leads a program – CU Lose Weight – focused on achieving a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Pennings is the president of the Harnett County Medical and Dental Society and serves on the Harnett County Board of Health. In August of 2015, Dr. Pennings was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Obesity Medicine Association.

  • David Bryman, DO, FOMA

    David Bryman, DO, FOMA

    Ex Officio

    Dr. Bryman is the past president and chairman of the Obesity Medicine Association. He has worked as a physician at his own obesity medicine clinic, an adjunct clinical professor at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Ariz., and a senior international aviation medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration, Transport Canada, Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Joint Aviation Authorities of Europe. Dr. Bryman is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He received his medical degree from Des Moines University in Iowa and completed his residency at Phoenix General Hospital.