A Deeper Dive Part Two: You, Me, We in the
Lipedema Community: The Power of Belonging

Description: Presenters: Catherine Seo, PhD, Gail Straker, BA Ed, and a few community members The power of community Navigating a challenging & chronic disorder with mutual support  Together we can do so much How social connection & building relationships can make the difference Sympathetic, parasympathetic ANS, polyvagal

About the speaker: Catherine Seo, PhD is the Founder & CEO of Lipedema Simplified & The Lipedema Project, Inc., course director for MasterClass: Beyond Lipedema, and a professor of psychology. She produced and directed the documentary, The Disease They Call FAT, and was one of the co-authors of the book, Lipedema-The Disease They Call FAT: An Overview for Clinicians. Dr. Seo’s research focuses on empowering women who experience the distortions of body image and the role of nutrition in treating lipedema. She holds a doctorate in Psychology with a concentration in Media. She has lipedema, lymphedema, and has struggled with obesity. She has dedicated over 40 years to learning and teaching how to bring knowledge, compassion, and humor to living with a chronic condition. Gail Straker, BA Ed is the Community Manager for Lipedema Simplified. She has been living a ketogenic lifestyle since 2017. She was able to lose weight, reduce the pain & swelling, and regain mobility that she had been experiencing. With a background as a teacher, coach, and mentor, Gail’s success led her to become certified as a Nutrition Network Advisor through the Noakes Foundation’s Nutrition Network and support those with lipedema, lymphedema, and obesity in our community. Gail facilitates Coaching Special Interest Groups (CSIGs) for the lipedema community, and works to encourage and manage connections throughout the community both LIVE and online. Gail uses her expertise and knowledge to help navigate journeys empowering others to find their unique pathway.