A provocative discussion on Wellness & Exercise with Dr. Lakin and Dr. Vincent (Ben) Bocchicchio
Dr. Ben was an award winning athlete in high school and college level and was involved personally and professionally in professional and international athletics. He was awarded degrees in the fields of Health and Exercise at the undergraduate, Masters, Doctoral and Post Doctoral levels.
In addition to these endeavors, Dr. Ben Became associated with the famous weight loss program owned by Sandoz Medical called "Opti Fast" (made popular by Oprah Winfrey). Dr. Ben developed an adjunct exercise regimen called "Opti Fit". In fact, Dr. Ben used Opti Fast patients as subjects in his second doctoral dissertation clinical trial. In that work, Dr. Ben established for the first time in the scientific literature that no long term weight loss could be accomplished without the incorporation of exercise. His paper on "The Development of Obesity and Fat Related Disorders" (1989) still stands as one of the only documents that accounts for the multi dimensional nature of obesity and fat problems and addresses the proper application of exercise in every instance of origin.
Dr. Ben was also commissioned as the first legally accepted Expert Witness in the fields of fitness and exercise by TASA (Technical Advisory Service for Attorney's) and has been qualified in court in many states (NY, NJ, CA, AZ, FL and many more) as a bona fide expert in those fields.
Dr. Ben has continued his work in the fields of Fitness, Wellness and Health to this day and has patented his program under the name "The FIRST Exercise System" and trademarked his SMART-Ex system (Slow MAximum Response Training) and its license has been used throughout the world.
Notes on Dr. Lakin:
Born in Michigan, but raised in the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley area, Dr. Lakin earned his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University in 1983. Graduating first in his class of 6,000 as a Philosophy major in the Honor’s Program, he was the recipient of the Mouer Award for outstanding scholarship. He was the first person in the history of ASU to earn a coveted spot at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, entering in the fall of 1983.
Originally intending to become a medical research scientist, Dr. Lakin developed a greater interest in patient care. Inspired by his father, Dr. Mervyn Lakin and Sir William Osler, the founder of modern internal medicine and first Chief of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, he focused on clinical medicine.
After completing his medical school training from Hopkins in 1987, Dr. Lakin performed his Internship and Residency in Internal medicine at the University of Iowa’s Hospitals and Clinics, among the premier Internal Medicine programs in the country. Dr. Lakin excelled to the highest levels of clinical scholarship, achieving among the highest scores in the country on his Internal Medicine Board Examinations.
With his training complete, Dr. Lakin joined his father in practice in 1990. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Lakin senior retired. Dr. Douglas Lakin continues his practice in the tradition of his excellent training, and provides the quality of patient care established by his father before him.