Youth & Family IBD Education Conference

Start Date: May 18, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

In partnership with CHOC Children's, The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Orange County Chapter is proud to offer patients, family, and loved ones a half-day of lectures presented by leading pediatric experts in the field of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). 

When: Saturday, May 18, 2019
CHOC Children's West Clinic Bldg., 1201 West La Veta Avenue, Orange, CA 92868 (Harold Wade Education Center, Second Floor)

Who's Invited? 

Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis patients, relatives, friends, health care professionals & interested parties. 

This program is not accredited for continuing education credits.

Why Should You Attend?


To learn more about these diseases and how to manage them and 
connect with other people in your community who are affected by IBD.

Tickets: Free 
Parking: Validated parking will be provided
Questions? Karin Chavez 714 509-7832 or 

8:30 AM: Registration

9:00 AM: Welcome

9:15 AM: What on Earth Should I Eat? - Katherine Bennett, R.D.

9:45 AM: Relax - Body, Mind, and IBD - Ruth McCarty, M.S., L.Ac

10:30 AM: Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation

10:45 AM: What’s Next in Pediatric IBD Care - Kenneth Grant, M.D.

11:15 AM: Q&A's and Closing Remarks

Katherine Bennett, MPH, RD, CLEC

Katherine has over 15 years of experience in the field of pediatric nutrition, ranging from working with premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit to now working in the outpatient setting for the CHOC Gastroenterology and Nutrition Division. She completed her undergraduate degree in Nutrition/Dietetics from the University of Tucson in Arizona, her dietetic internship at the University of Virginia, and her Master’s Degree in Public Health from UCLA.  Katherine is also a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE). Katherine is passionate about the blenderized tube feeding diet and has initiated and provided support to hundreds of CHOC families on blenderized tube feeding diets. She has also spoken at the national level on blenderized tube feeding. Katherine excels in providing individualized nutrition care to a wide age range of children, from infants to adolescents, as well as for a varied range of conditions from inflammatory bowel disease to specialized nutrition support for special needs children.


Ruth McCarty, MS, LAc

Dr. Ruth McCarty practices Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) delivering Integrative Care to residents of Orange County from infancy to adulthood. Dr. McCarty has spent her career working to integrate these methods into Western medical institutions to maximize the healing and comfort process for patients. This care is continued in her private practice, Open Mind Modalities, with locations in Aliso Viejo and Orange California. Today, she serves as the Clinical Director of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Program at CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County in California. She co-founded this program with her husband, neurosurgeon William Loudon, M.D., Ph.D. She is currently participating in two clinical in patient trials at CHOC. She also serves as an associate faculty member at Southern California of Health Sciences(SCU) in the College of Eastern Medicine in Whittier California. Ruth began the Traditional Chinese Medicine Internship Program at CHOC Children’s in 2015. Choc and SCU partner in the clinical training of TCM doctorate candidates. 

Dr. McCarty earned her Doctorate Degree of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine(PCOM) in San Diego, California and completed internships at PCOM and at the San Diego Hospice Inpatient Care Center. She completed fellowships in pediatrics and internal medicine at the Traditional Chinese Medicine University Hospital, Jinan, Shandong Province, China. Dr. McCarty has participated in medical missions to India, the Dominican Republic and Kenya. 

Kenneth E. Grant, MD

An expert in the field of pediatric gastroenterology, Dr. Grant specializes in the treatment and management of pediatric gastroenterology disorders, with particular emphasis in growth and development.

On the forefront of the latest research and treatment methods, Dr. Grant’s clinical interests include nutrition, growth and development, inflammatory bowel disease and autism. Dr. Grant is conducting clinical studies of inflammatory bowel disease treatments and quality improvement measures. He recently participated in a study looking at constipation and abdominal pain in autistic children.

A nationally-recognized expert in pediatric gastroenterology, Dr. Grant has been published in numerous books and journals, including the text Office Pediatrics and the journals of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, the Annals of Surgery, and Gastroenterology.



CHOC West Clinic Bldg, Harold Wade Education Center, Second Floor
1201 West La Veta Avenue
Orange, California, 92868

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