Michelle Tollefson

Michelle Tollefson

About Michelle Tollefson

Michelle Tollefson is the Secretary on the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Executive Board. She is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Denver, CO, and a Professor in the Health Professions Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver where she created and oversees the Lifestyle Medicine Program and the Wellness Coaching and Lifestyle Medicine Pathway.

She was one of the first physicians ever trained as a wellness coach. She has also been a leader in the lifestyle medicine movement for over a decade. She founded and co-chairs the Women’s Health Member Interest Group as well as the Pre-Professional Lifestyle Medicine Education Member Interest Group within the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She serves on the ACLM Education and Membership Committees. She received her board certification from the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and is also an ACLM fellow.

She is the editor-in-chief of Improving Women’s Health Across the Lifespan, an international speaker, women’s health consultant, and leads PAVING the Path to Wellness groups with creators Dr. Beth Frates and Dr. Amy Comander. She also recently co-authored the PAVING the Path to Wellness Workbook with them.

She is a breast cancer survivor and thriver through the power of lifestyle medicine and enjoys spending time in the Colorado outdoors with her husband and three children.

Optimizing Health through Lifestyle Medicine for Women

Discussion topics will include the pillars of women’s lifestyle medicine: nutrition with an emphasis on a whole-food, plant predominant diet, exercise, stress management, sleep prioritization, strong interpersonal connections, and avoidance of risky substance use.

We can discuss how the pillars intersect with areas of interest for women during menopause and beyond such as sexual health, breast health, bone health, hot flashes, night sweats, mood, brain health, and other areas.

Dr. Tollefson welcomes any questions and will try to provide practical advice for incorporating lifestyle medicine for women into attendees’ practices.


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