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 of 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 “5 Keys to optimal wellness, weight loss and disease prevention” is his primary therapy model, with carefully selected pharmaceutical medicines recommended only if necessary. Dr. Rifai’s 5 Keys lifestyle model and Reality Meets Science® brand is rooted in his uniquely eclectic combination of professional science-based training as well as personal experiences with trauma, binge eating disorder, depression, and anxiety.
Dr. Rifai is an online CME (continuing medical education) course director for Harvard Medical School’s Lifestyle Medicine course, ‘Nutrition and the Metabolic Syndrome,’ which integrates his 5 Keys to Optimal Wellness. It is one of the most popular of all of Harvard’s online Lifestyle Medicine offerings with over 4000 doctors and other healthcare providers worldwide having taken it over the last decade.
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 health coaching (via digital platform as well as highly curated one on one), consulting and speaking speaking through his company Reality Meets Science, Dr. Rifai served as Regional Medical Director of Metabolic Health and Weight Management for the world-renowned and 5 Keys to Optimal Wellness licensee Henry Ford Health System in Metro Detroit, Michigan as well as Associate Medical Director of the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Rifai 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. His personal journey to becoming a lifestyle medicine physician was recently published by HealThySelfHealThyWorld.com.