Dr Ali Zentner received her undergraduate medical degree from McMaster University and completed her Internal Medicine Residency with an extra year of Cardiology training at the University of Calgary. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr Zentner began practising Internal Medicine in Alberta in 2001. In Lethbridge Alberta, she founded the Southern Alberta Obesity Clinic; a multidisciplinary obesity clinic and the first of its kind in the region. At the same time, she served as co-director and co-founder of the Southern Alberta Heart Function Clinic and operated a busy Internal Medicine and Intensive Care practice.
In 2004, Ali moved to Vancouver and established her own community-based practice focusing on obesity and cardiometabolic risk management. She has become a national leader in the field. Dr Zentner was the Medical Director of the Live Well Exercise Clinics from 2013 until 2018. Live Well is a unique prevention clinic which offers medically supervised exercise-based programs in the Lower Mainland and expanding across the country. As medical director, Ali was instrumental in establishing these programs and bringing them to the mainstream.
In 2015, Ali became the Medical Director of the Vancouver Island Bariatric Program and built the program into a multidisciplinary bariatric program which now supervises the bariatric surgeries of over 200 patients annually. After three years as director, she moved on to establish a similar bariatric program within Fraser Health region. With a wealth of clinical and practical experience, Dr Zentner built Revolution Medical Clinic and serves as its Medical Director. Revolution is the realization of almost two decades in practice in Obesity and Metabolic Medicine.
Dr Zentner has over 7 years of experience in media medicine on the local and national stage. From 2011-2013 she served as a medical correspondent for CBC and The Live Right Now Campaign. From 2013-2016 she was the medical correspondent to Global National News. Ali is the author of, The Weight Loss Prescription: A Doctor’s Guide to Permanent Weight Reduction and Better Health for Life. (Penguin Canada, 2013).
Ali is also an avid runner, triathlete and long distance walker. In 2011 she gave up her car and now commutes everywhere by bicycle or on foot.
Ali is proud to be a part of the Board of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. She is passionate about healthy communities and highlighting the impact of food insecurity on one’s health. This organization really is her passion project and Ali is honoured to be a part of it.
“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members”- Gandhi