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Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Conference

Friday, February 28, 2020

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

One Grand Cypress Boulevard 

Orlando, FL 32836 


Cardiovascular Inflammation Course


 In this course, you will learn about CV inflammation, including how to know your own CV inflammation numbers! Inflammation is a major cause of death and disability, so it's interesting to learn the background on this information. But it's a different thing to get the information of your status on your own. It takes some initiative, but it can save your life. Doing so has saved the lives of thousands of people already. Know your numbers today!  

Insulin Resistance Course


My goal for this course is to help you learn about ​insulin resistance​ (IR), also referred to as ​prediabetes​. It is a major cause of heart attack, stroke, death, disability, blindness, kidney disease, dementia, and a number of other medical problems. In fact, it is an even stronger cause of these diseases than diabetes itself. Does that sound wrong? It depends on your perspective. It’s a numbers issue. 

Plaque Evaluation Course



My goal for this course is to help you understand, screen, measure, and monitor plaque. Plaque is the number one cause of heart attack and stroke. In essence, it could lead to death and disability. It can also cause kidney disease, blindness, and erectile dysfunction. 

Unfortunately, when it comes to detecting and measuring plaque, the standard methods are not that good. 




Have you ever heard that lifestyle IS medicine?  But it is the hardest type of medicine to take!  Medications and supplements are important and lifestyle is too.  Healthy lifestyle behavior changes are difficult to initiate without understanding the science of preventive medicine.  It’s hard to push away from the dinner table and equally difficult to get off the couch.  Knowing the impact these behaviors have on the lining of your arteries and resultant impact on your heart and brain can help motivate these changes.  Saying “no” to dessert becomes easier when you know that increased blood sugar is the most common cause of heart attack, stroke and cognitive decline.  Knowing that high intensity interval training lowers your blood sugar by improving the uptake of blood glucose into the muscle cell wall gives us a rationale for establishing an exercise routine.  The purpose of this website is to provide cutting edge science in user friendly terminology and formats.  We hope you can take this practical science, implement healthy behavior changes, and age without disability. 

Meet the PrevMed Team

Ford Brewer, MD, MPH

As a Provider, he will spend time with you discussing treatment options and develop a plan of care.


Dr. Ford Brewer ran the postgraduate program in prevention at John Hopkins, has over 25 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and has run large medical staff teams in prevention, primary care, and telemedicine. Many of our patients have come to love Dr. Brewer's YouTube channel, with insight on the science behind our approach. 

As a Provider, he will spend time with you discussing treatment options and develop a plan of care.

Janice Derrickson, DPT, EdD, MPH, NBC-HWC


Janice Derrickson has a Doctorate in health education and a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins in addition to a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She served as faculty at Johns Hopkins and New York Medical College. Her further training as a Health Coach from Vanderbilt University is a critical asset to the PrevMed team.    

As your personal health and wellness coach, Janice will focus on your personal health vision. An assessment of Health and Wellness Behaviors, short and long-term goal setting, and the establishment of monthly action steps are just a few of the ways that Janice will support you in lasting lifestyle change. She will spend time with you monthly to review and revise your action steps with a focus on collaborative ongoing support and resources for success.

Michelle Hamilton, Practice Manager


Michelle Hamilton  joined the PrevMed team in April 2018.  She comes from a strong health management background and worked for Health First Network in Pensacola for over 18 years. 

Michelle oversees the day-to-day operations of PrevMed. Her duties include marketing, accounting, website maintenance, patient enrollment,  scheduling, lab coordination, and patient care coordination.