Dr. Larry Schmidt is the co-founder and Director of the Canadian Academy of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Schmidt is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University, London, Ontario. He is a Certificant and Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. His practice of broad-based family medicine spans 30 years, including obstetrics, delivering more than 1600 infants and providing in excess of 225,000 patient visits. He is a distinguished and decorated teacher at all levels in the medical school and has mentored hundreds of medical students, residents, nurse practitioners and midwives. He has always believed in collaborative, team-based care and became interested in alternative methods of practice, which led to him becoming certified in Functional Acupuncture late in his career. Through his own journey of health and wellness, Dr. Schmidt became intensely interested in Lifestyle Medicine. After attending the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine Conference in Boston and then the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, it became apparent to him that the most effective method of helping patients to deal with chronic health issues was through lifestyle choices, primarily nutrition and exercise. This commitment to Lifestyle Medicine has brought him to the exciting step in bringing this philosophy to others who share a passion for dramatically changing the trajectory of chronic illness and disease in Canadian Health Care.