Dr Tom Rifai, Founder of health coaching, consulting and education company Reality Meets Science, is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and Speakers Bureau member for the American College Lifestyle Medicine. He is an expert in the areas of metabolic health and behavior modification based management of insulin resistance, type 2 and pre-diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension and weight control. While he is well versed in pharmaceutical management to reduce metabolic risk, his dynamic lifestyle driven and Reality Meets Science based “5 Keys to optimal wellness, weight loss and disease prevention” is his primary therapy model, with carefully selected pharmaceutical medicines only if necessary. Dr Rifai’s Reality Meets Science lifestyle model and brand is rooted in his uniquely eclectic combination of professional science based training as well as personal experiences and journey in battling binge eating disorder, depression and anxiety.
Dr Rifai provides CME (continuing medical education) as course director for Harvard Medical School’s Lifestyle Medicine series on the management of prediabetes and has educated thousands of doctors and other health care providers regarding the lifestyle based prevention of cardiometabolic disease with evidence based motivation and lifestyle changes. Dr Rifai served two terms on the board of directors for the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and was unanimously elected its president during his final term. Prior to going full-time with Reality Meets Science LLC, Dr. Rifai served as Regional Medical Director of Metabolic Health and Weight Management for the world renowned Henry Ford Health System in Metro Detroit, Michigan and as Associate Medical Director of the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida. He continues to serve on Pritikin’s science advisory committee and is the Medicare approved Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program educator for dietary fats and weight management.