2018 Conference Faculty

Learn from the leading experts and researchers about the preventive and healing power of plant-based nutrition.


While we are still confirming topics and faculty for the 2018 PBNHC, we are confident that we will bring you the best and most relevant topics and faculty, just as we have done for our previous five conferences. Please come back to this page often as we updated the agenda and faculty.

Scott Stoll, MD

Dr. Stoll co-founded the International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference after recognizing the urgent need to educate and motivate healthcare professionals to use whole, plant-based foods as a foundation for healing and disease prevention. He is also the author of numerous scientific articles and Alive! The Physicians Biblical and Scientific Guide to Nutrition, and is an international speaker with a vision and passion to educate and inspire people and leaders to reclaim their health, and thus their lives, through nutrition and lifestyle.

Specializing in regenerative medicine, Dr. Stoll researches and utilizes natural treatments such as diet, regenerative injections and lifestyle to aid the body in healing chronic disease and injuries. Scott is the team physician at Lehigh University and serves as department chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Coordinated Health.

Dr. Stoll is board chairman and serves as chief medical officer of the The Plantrician Project. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Future of Health Now Advisory Board, and the Rouxbe Cooking School Board of Directors and served as a member of the Whole Foods Scientific Medical Advisory Board.

A member of the 1994 Olympic Bobsled team, Dr. Stoll now serves as a team physician for the United States Bobsled and Skeleton team. Along with his beautiful wife, Kristen, the author of Kristen’s Healthy Kitchen Recipes, and their six children, the Stoll family resides in Bethlehem, PA.

Alive!: A Physician's Biblical and Scientific Guide to Nutrition Kristen's Healthy Kitchen Recipes
Monica Aggarwal, MD, FACC

Monica Aggarwal, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine in the University of Florida Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. She received her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and subsequently went on to complete a residency in internal medicine at Tufts-New England Medical Center. She then completed a cardiology fellowship at the University of Maryland and later continued her training at the University of Arizona where she completed an integrative medicine fellowship.

Dr. Aggarwal’s own path to understanding the impact of nutrition in illness started soon after the birth of her third child, when she developed an advanced form of rheumatoid arthritis. She was placed on medications that gave her severe side effects. It was only through learning about the microbiome (gut), its impact on the immune system and the role of nutrition in affecting the gut, was she able to truly heal. Determined to change the face of medicine, Monica left private practice and returned to academics in order to pursue research on the role of diet and to create an integrative cardiology practice focused on nutrition and lifestyle.

Serving as the Director of Integrative Cardiology and Prevention at the University of Florida, Dr. Aggarwal focuses on promoting food as the foundation of healing and for its medicinal value. In her clinic, she emphasizes plant based nutrition and often performs multiple mind-body techniques with her patients, including yoga and meditation. She is also the Director of Medical Education for Cardiology, where she directs education for medical residents and cardiology fellows, with a focus on prevention, nutrition and lifestyle. In the hospital, she has multiple initiatives including developing a 100% plant based menu for cardiac and vascular patients.

Dr. Aggarwal gives talks around the community and the country. She was named a “Next Generation Innovator” by Cardiology Today. She is often featured in Veg News, Naked Magazine and has been featured in forksoverknives.com. She conducts research on nutrition education in medical institutions and on how a plant based diet impacts cardiovascular disease.

Board certified in cardiology, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology, she is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), where she is a member of the nutrition council working on nutrition policies for the nation. Monica specializes in preventative management of heart disease with lifestyle techniques in conjunction with medicines. She is the author of the book “Finding Balance: Empower Yourself with Tools to Combat Stress and Illness,” which outlines 10 prescriptions to help guide people to better health.

Finding Balance
Richard Aiken, MD, PhD

Richard Aiken, MD, PhD, is a board certified psychiatrist and chemical engineering research scientist with an emphasis on Lifestyle Medicine.

His organization “Mood for Life” strives to provide information on the positive effect that healthy lifestyle can have on one’s cognitive and emotional wellness. His newest book Neurodietetics summarizes the emerging evidence for whole-food varied-plant diets for optimizing neuropsychological wellness throughout the life span. In another recent book, The New Ancestral Diet, Dr. Aiken detailed from an evolutionary standpoint why we have been whole-food varied-plant eaters for 85 million years as primates; “Paleo” is actually vegan.

He has a doctorate in chemical engineering and applied mathematics from Princeton University and a medical doctorate from the University of Utah. He did his residency and fellowship training at Washington University in St. Louis and currently practices psychiatry in Springfield, Missouri. He is affiliated with Missouri State University’s Taylor Health and Wellness Center. Professor Aiken has taught and researched at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zürich, Switzerland, and the Kunglia Techniska Hφgskolen in Stockholm, Sweden. He has lectured widely in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. He has been a guest on a number of podcasts and nationally syndicated radio.

Dr. Aiken encourages contact through his website www.moodforlife.com or Twitter feed @rcaiken.

Neurodietetics The New Ancestral Diet
Columbus Batiste, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Dr. Columbus D. Batiste is board certified in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. Since 2008, Dr. Batiste has served as Chief of Cardiology at the Kaiser Permanente Riverside and Moreno Valley Medical Centers. He also has shaped the careers of future physicians as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University Of California Riverside School Of Medicine.

Over the years Dr. Batiste has been recognized for his work by multiple organizations ranging from Oakwood University as Alumnus of the Year 2009, Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center as Internal Medicine Physician of the Year (2010), the Inland Empire Magazine Heart Hero (2010), the Kaiser Permanente Promise Award (2011), the Eagle Award for Excellence in Medicine (2013), and the Derrell Thomas Foundation Community Service Award recipient (2013).

During the course of his practice, Dr. Batiste has performed over 2000 coronary interventions and hundreds of pacemaker implantations. Despite his procedural success, he noticed that he was doing nothing more than facilitating the mundane process of moving patients through a revolving turnstile that leads to increased medication and recurrent procedures. Hence; he sought to break this cycle and promote a long-term solution for his patients through nutrition, stress reduction, and exercise.

Dr. Batiste has reviewed the medical literature that has revealed the undeniable benefits of a predominant plant-based nutrition. Patients adhering to a whole food plant-based diet coupled with exercise and stress reduction have advanced toward a path of developing a healthy heart. As a result of this and other influences, in 2011, Dr. Batiste led out in establishing the Integrative Cardiovascular Disease Program (based at Kaiser Permanente). The objective of this program is to prevent the re-occurrence of major adverse cardiac events in patients who have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease by focusing on lifestyle modification and providing education regarding pharmacologic and procedural therapies. It is through this vehicle that Dr. Batiste performs monthly lectures educating patients and families on the benefits of nutrition.

Dr. Batiste’s mission is to share information so that “each one can teach one” about the benefits of plant based nutrition, daily exercise, and stress reduction and therefore; provide everyone with the opportunity to take control of their health. This mission has led to the formation of his alias, Healthy Heart Doc, which he uses when lecturing in the community and to blog on social media platforms. As a result of his passion, Dr. Batiste has lectured in multiple local and abroad venues including the Inland Empire Go Red For Women American Heart Association Conference, the Inaugural Jamaican Health Summit in Kingston Jamaica, as well as in multiple community settings encouraging people to Change the Game through nutrition.

Dotsie Bausch

An Olympic silver medal cyclist from the 2012 London Games, 8-time U.S. National Champion, former world record holder and two-time Pan American gold medal winner, Dotsie Bausch has transitioned in full stride from professional athlete to influential advocate and a leading voice in health technology and plant-based eating. In fact, Choose Veg recently named Bausch one of the “20 Badass Veg Women Who Are Making History.”

Never one to shy away from facing staggering odds – just like she did in the 2012 London Games while riding for Team USA, whose unlikely and triumphant story is chronicled in the Netflix documentary “Personal Gold,” Bausch’s work has extended into an athlete driven social movement called Switch 4 Good (Switch4Good.org). Bausch is also one of the stars in the upcoming film The Game Changers, (http://gamechangersmovie.com) which chronicles the story of the world’s most dangerous myth. Directed by Academy Award winner, Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by James Cameron, The Game Changers will be released to worldwide audiences this summer.

Armed with a degree in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell University, she speaks passionately around the world as the voice of farm animals, spreading her message about the numerous benefits – humane, nutritional and environmental – of plant-based eating as a lifestyle choice for athletes and non-athletes alike. Her popular TEDx talk on this subject, titled, “Olympic Level Compassion” has garnered over 150,000 views. In addition to her advocacy, the Louisville, Kentucky native is also a color commentator on the NBC Sports Network and alongside her husband, Kirk, she co-owns Bausch Haus Inc., a consultancy focused on sports technology market development, sales forecasting, data mining and analysis, and creating efficient growth solutions. Bausch resides in Irvine, California with her husband and two dogs (one blind and one sited) Lola and Yodi.

Danielle Belardo, MD

Originally from New York, Danielle relocated to Philadelphia after college to start her medical career. She earned her medical degree (MD) from Drexel University College of Medicine, then completed her 3 year Internal Medicine Residency at Temple University Hospital where she became board certified in Internal Medicine in 2017. Directly after completing residency, Danielle started Cardiology Fellowship at Lankenau Heart Institute, a few miles outside of Philadelphia on the main line in Pennsylvania. She is dedicated to being a cardiologist that in addition to traditional medicine, focuses on lifestyle modification, and plant based diet, in order to prevent heart disease.

Andy Bellatti, MS, RD

Andy Bellatti, MS, RD is a Las Vegas-based dietitian and a health coach with wellPORTAL. His plant-centric and whole-food approach to nutrition has helped hundreds of individuals improve their health. His writing on nutrition, food politics, deceptive food marketing, and food justice has been published in Grist, The Huffington Post, Today’s Dietitian, Food Safety News, Healthline.com, Berkeley Wellness, and Civil Eats, among others. He is frequently quoted in national media, providing commentary on current nutrition issues and headlines.

Andy is also a co-founder and the Strategic Director of Dietitians for Professional Integrity, a group that advocates for sponsorship reform within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, calling for more ethical and socially responsible sponsors.

T. Colin Campbell, PhD

For decades T. Colin Campbell, PhD has been at the forefront of nutrition education and research. Dr. Campbell’s expertise and scientific interests encompass relationships between diet and diseases, particularly the causation of cancer. His legacy, the China Project, is one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology”.

Dr. Campbell is the coauthor of the bestselling book The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, and author of the New York Times bestseller Whole, and The Low-Carb Fraud. He is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate in partnership with eCornell.

Dr. Campbell has conducted original research both in laboratory experiments and in large-scale human studies; received over 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding (mostly with NIH), served on grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, actively participated in the development of national and international nutrition policy, authored over 300 research papers and given hundreds of lectures around the world.

He was trained at Cornell University (M.S., Ph.D.) and MIT (Research Associate) in nutrition, biochemistry and toxicology. Dr. Campbell spent 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition before returning to Cornell in 1975 where he presently holds his Endowed Chair as the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry in the Division of Nutritional Sciences.

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Richard Essigs

Richard Essigs is a Principal, Consumer Products & Retail Sector, based in New York, NY. In this role, Richard brings more than twenty years of Consumer Products industry experience, from the various client, as well as business and IT services roles he has held.

Richard is a recognized Consumer Products industry subject matter resource, helping clients translate performance forces into actionable strategic plans which lead to improved operations and enhanced business process management capabilities.

Richard began his career at Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), where he held various Customer Business Development, Customer Marketing and Trade Marketing roles during eleven years. Following P&G, Richard gained extensive business and IT services experience during eight years within the Consumer Products industry vertical at IBM (NYSE: IBM).

Richard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Strategic Planning from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Michael Greger, MD

A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous “meat defamation” trial.

He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the director of public health and animal agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. Hundreds of his nutrition videos are freely available at NutritionFacts.org.

NutritionFacts.org is a non-commercial, nonprofit, science-based public service provided by Dr. Greger, providing free daily updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. He has hundreds of videos on more than a thousand topics, and new videos and articles are uploaded every day.

How Not To Die
David Jenkins OC, MD, FRSC, FRCP, FRCPC, PhD, DSc

Dr. Jenkins is currently a professor in both the Departments of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, a staff physician in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and the Director of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center, St. Michael’s Hospital.  He was educated at Oxford University, where he obtained his DM, DPhil and DSc.  After further research at the British Medical Research Council’s Clinical Gastroenterology Unit, he returned to Oxford to a joint appointment in the Department of the Regius Professor of Medicine (Richard Doll) at the Radcliffe Infirmary and as a faculty member of the University Laboratory of Physiology.  He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.

He has served on committees in Canada and the United States that have formulated nutritional guidelines for the treatment of diabetes and recommendations for fibre and macronutrient intake for the general population under the new joint United States-Canada DRI system (RDAs) of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC).

His research area is the use of diet in the prevention and treatment of hyperlipidemia and diabetes.  He has over 300 original publications on these and related topics.  His team was the first to define and explore the concept of the glycemic index of foods and demonstrate the breadth of metabolic effects of viscous soluble fiber, including blood glucose and cholesterol lowering.  His studies on combining cholesterol lowering food components (dietary portfolio) have been recognized as creating an effective dietary alternative to drug therapy (statins) for many people and was the only dietary approach referenced in the last Guidelines of the US National Cholesterol Education Program (ATP III) and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines.

To make therapeutic diets more accessible, he has devoted much time to working with the food industry to develop products for the supermarket with specific health attributes and, for example, helped to initiate Loblaw’s ‘too good to be true’ and ‘Blue Menu’ line of products.

He was awarded the W.O. Atwater Award of the USDA and the American Society of Nutrition for his studies on functional foods for the treatment of disease (2013) and the Order of Canada (OC) in 2013.

He believes in the value of plant based diets, and that a major effort is required to mount large studies to determine the extent of their health benefits. He also believes that diets have to be environmentally sustainable.

Joel Kahn, MD

Dr. Joel Kahn is a Clinical Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and visiting faculty at the University of South Florida School of Medicine. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He practices interventional, preventive and integrative cardiology. He has written over 150 medical articles and book chapters and contributes to the Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen. His book, The Whole Heart Solution, was published in 2014. Dr Kahn can be found at www.drjoelkahn.com.

The Whole Heart Solution
Micaela Karlsen, PhD

Micaela Karlsen currently serves as Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Economic Research Consortium, a joint initiative of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Lifestyle Medicine Institute. Under the supervision of T. Colin Campbell, she co-launched the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, now named the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, the world’s premier educational organization promoting plant-based nutrition. Micaela served as Executive Director through December 2012 and during her time in the position assisted in building and launching the TCC Certificate Program in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell Inc. Micaela is the author of the A Plant-Based Life (published by AMACOM Books), a strategic how-to guide for successful plant-based eating. She is a contributor to the New York Times bestselling book Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, the companion book to the movie of the same name.

Micaela is currently a doctoral fellow in Nutritional Epidemiology at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She holds a Master of Science and Public Health (MSPH) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a BA in Psychology from Cornell University.

She founded and maintains PlantBasedResearch.org, now under the umbrella of The Plantrician Project, an online database of peer-reviewed, scientific research and other resources relevant to plant-based nutrition, as well as Sustainable Diet, a distance-based, 3-month support program to individuals transition towards more plant-based eating. Her mission is to support the elegant solution that a plant-based diet offers in solving the problems of human health and environmental devastation by promoting interest, investigation, and practice of plant-based nutrition to the public and academic communities.

John Kelly, MD, MPH

Dr. John H. Kelly is the founding President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Medicine is a second career for Dr. John and he received the AMA Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award for his work with ACLM in 2004 as a young physician—at age 55y. He received his BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Shepard University (1996; McMurran Scholar, Summa Cum Laude), his MD from Loma Linda University (2000) and his MPH in Epidemiology from Loma Linda University (2002; with honors).

Known internationally for his passion for and leadership in the field of Lifestyle Medicine, he is an invited speaker on the topics of Lifestyle Medicine and Epigenetics. He served as Co-PI for research on the use of lifestyle interventions to reverse diabetes in the Marshall Islands ($2-million federally-funded study). He has published research articles and co-authored a book chapter on nutrition as medicine.

Dr. Kelly was the recipient of the inaugural ACLM Trailblazer Award for his leadership in the field of Lifestyle Medicine, and has recently launched one of the first clinical fellowships in LM at the Black Hills Health and Education Center near Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota where he now serves as Medical Director for a residential lifestyle treatment center in the Black Hills.

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD

Dr. Khambatta is a cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he first reduced his own insulin usage by more than 40%, and has educated thousands of people with all forms of diabetes how to reverse insulin resistance using food as medicine.

Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Conference, and has been featured on Forks Over Knives, NPR, PBS, KQED, Fast Company, and is the author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes.

Michael Klaper, MD

Dr. Klaper, is a gifted clinician, internationally recognized teacher, and sought-after speaker on diet and health. He has practiced medicine for more than 40 years and is a leading educator in applied plant-based nutrition and integrative medicine.

He is also the author of a successful book on cholesterol-free nutrition and an upcoming title (to be announced in 2017), as well as numerous DVDs and Videos on Demand and a series of “Healthy YOU Webinars.”

A source of inspiration advocating plant-based diets and the end of animal cruelty worldwide, Dr. Klaper contributed to the making of two PBS television programs Food for Thought and the award-winning Diet for a New America movie based on the book of the same name.

Dr. Michael Klaper teaches that “Health Comes From Healthy Living” and is dedicated to the healing and flourishing of all living beings and our planet.

Dr. Klaper graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago (1972), served a medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada with additional training in surgery, anesthesiology, and orthopedics at the University of British Columbia Hospitals in Vancouver and in obstetrics at the University of California Hospitals in San Francisco.

As Dr. Klaper’s medical career progressed, he began to realize (true to what science is bearing out today) that many of the diseases his patients presented – clogged arteries (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure (hypertension), obesity, adult onset diabetes, and even some forms of arthritis, asthma, and other significant illnesses – were made worse or actually caused by the high sugar, high fat, high salt, overly processed Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).

Dr. Klaper resolutely believes that proper nutrition (through a whole food, plant-based diet) and a balanced lifestyle are essential for health and, in many cases, can make the difference between healing an illness or merely treating its symptoms.

In addition to his clinical practice and private consultations with patients, Dr. Klaper is a passionate and devoted educator of physicians and other healthcare professionals about the importance of nutrition in clinical practice.

Dr. Michael Klaper served as the Director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research from 1992 through 2015, during which time he conducted a study focusing on people who ate a completely plant-based (vegan) diet.

Dr. Klaper was also a member of the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association, and served as an advisor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) project on nutrition for long-term space colonists on the moon and Mars.

For over ten years, Dr. Klaper hosted a popular medical information radio program Sounds of Healing on WPFW in Washington, DC and KAOI 1110 AM on Maui, Hawaii.

Dr. Michael Klaper practiced acute care medicine in New Zealand for three years and served for eight years on the staff of the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, a nutritionally-based medical clinic specializing in therapeutic fasting and health improvement through a whole-food, plant-based diet. He currently lives with his wife, Alese, in Southern California.

He also serves on the Advisory Board for Naked Food Magazine.

Anthony Lim, MD, JD

Dr. Lim is the Medical Director of the McDougall Program and a Staff Physician at TrueNorth Health Center. He also co-leads Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center’s Plant Based Diet Support Group, which meets monthly and is the Center’s most highly attended group class. Dr. Lim is passionate about educating his patients, health care providers, and the public about the benefits of a plant-based diet in preventing, treating, and reversing chronic illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. He has given numerous local, national, and international lectures on lifestyle medicine, behavioral change, and plant-based nutrition.

Dr. Lim is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Law School, and Boston University School of Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine and completed his residency training at Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency, a UCSF affiliate. He is also a bar-certified attorney in the state of California.

Dr. Lim lives in Santa Rosa, California with his wife, Jean, and their two children, Joshua (10) and Julia (6), who bring them endless joy and laughter. His outside interests include Crossfit, playing tennis, scuba diving, RVing, anything involving the outdoors, and serving as an active member of his local church.

James Loomis, Jr., MD, MBA

James F. Loomis Jr., M.D., M.B.A. received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and graduated with honors. He subsequently completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, MO. In addition, Dr. Loomis received an M.B.A. from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. He is board certified in internal medicine and has also completed the certification program in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.

Dr. Loomis is currently the medical director at the Barnard Medical Center in Washington DC. He has served as team internist for the St. Louis Rams football team and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, as well as tour physician for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to the Barnard Medical Center, he practiced internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, where he was also the director of prevention and wellness.

He is on the clinical faculty of the department of internal medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and the department of preventive medicine and biostatistics at the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Loomis also serves on the board of directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He speaks internationally on the health benefits of a whole-food plant-based diet and is featured in the upcoming documentary “The Game Changers” , which dispels the myth that meat is necessary for protein, strength and optimal health.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Loomis enjoys reading, cooking, and teaching plant-based cooking classes. He also enjoys running, biking, and swimming, and has completed numerous half marathons, marathons, and triathlons.

Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CCN, DACBN

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is passionately committed to transforming our current broken disease-care system into a true health care system, where each and every practitioner is skilled at finding the root cause of health challenges and using the ancient healing wisdom of plants to restore balance.

As the founder of the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology, Dr. Ritamarie specializes in using whole foods, plant-based nutrition and the wisdom of nature to restore balance to hormones — with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal, and insulin imbalances.

Her practitioner training programs empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system — the master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with certification in Acupuncture, and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is also a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master of Science in Human Nutrition, and has completed a two-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program.

Dr. Ritamarie is also certified as a living foods chef, instructor, and coach. She’s a best-selling author, speaker, and internationally recognized nutrition and women’s health authority, with over 26 years of clinical experience. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Nutritional Perspectives, Natural Awakenings, Purely Delicious, and many other national magazines, as well as countless online publications.

Dr. Ritamarie began her career in natural healing after restoring her own health through cleansing, a plant-based, whole foods diet, and attention to the foundational lifestyle principles that support vibrant health.

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and has two active, vibrant sons. When she’s not writing, speaking, and coaching on health and nutrition topics, she loves to run, hike, swim, paint, and make pottery!

Laurie Marbas, MD, MBA

Laurie Marbas, MD, MBA is double board certified family medicine and lifestyle medicine physician utilizing a whole-foods, plant-based diet for the past 5 years in rural Colorado. She worked with Dr. Joel Fuhrman creating a new medical model combining the power of nutrient-dense foods and intensive clinical psychological therapy to treat not only food addiction but chronic disease. She currently is the Managing Editor for the Plantrician Project’s International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention and works closely with the journal’s Editor in Chief, Dr. Kim Williams. The journal is focused on plant-based research and bringing this important work to the forefront of modern medicine and the general public.

In Colorado, she convinced a large hospital to create a lifestyle medicine program centered around a whole-foods, plant-based diet and showed resounding success. At another hospital, she conducted a one-month study of 26 employees on a plant-based diet. All employees were fed from the hospital’s kitchen and each individual had improvement in their health. She has spoken at the Golden VegFest in Colorado, the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, and other venues teaching about the value of the WFPB diet.

She wrote seven books while in medical school, six of which were in a series called “Visual Mnemonics”. These books used cartoons to help memorize vast amounts of information, which helped her when she was a mom attending medical school. She is a USAF veteran having served in the Middle East and South America. She is a wife, mom of three grown children, and an avid runner.

Rajiv Misquitta, MD, FACP

Dr, Rajiv Misquitta is the Medical Director of the innovative Lifestyle Medicine Department at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center. He is also the principal investigator of a research trial called Health Achieved through Lifestyle Transformation (HALT). This is an intensive lifestyle program with a focus on plant-based eating and its effects on patients with diabetes and heart disease. Along with his team of psychologists and health educators, he is studying the dynamics of behavior change in relation to lifestyle. He attended medical school at State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis Medical Center where he later served as a chief resident. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honors medical society. He is board certified in Lifestyle Medicine by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). He was listed in Sacramento Magazine’s 2017 top doctors list which is generated from a peer survey.

After an epiphany ten years ago, Dr. Misquitta switched to a plant-based diet. He is a plant-based chef and has created a culinary program for patients at his Medical Center as well as enhanced the plant-based offerings in the 21 hospitals in his system. He has promoted plant-based eating at numerous venues in Northern California, which have included community events, medical centers, television, and magazine articles. He encourages his patients to shop at farmers markets and try out new recipes.

After finding existing vegetarian and vegan cookbooks less than satisfying, Dr. Misquitta along with his wife authored a book on plant-based eating called Healthy Heart, Healthy Planet – Delicious Plant-Based recipes to reduce heart disease, lose weight and preserve the environment. It also provides an inspirational personal story and practical advice on transitioning to a plant-based diet. He is one of the authors of a recent landmark special report in the Permanente Journal on Lifestyle Medicine and its dramatic impact on health and survival.

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Dr. Misquitta has an interest in exercise science and is certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports medicine (NASM) and is a yoga instructor (RYT 200). Dr. Misquitta believes that health is created by all the little things that we do at home, work, at the dining table and when we connect with each other. He firmly believes that you can prevent and reverse disease and lead a long and healthy life by following a few simple guidelines. The master levers of your health are factors that are under your control: Not smoking, exercise, eating a whole food plant-based diet, getting adequate sleep, controlling your stress and interacting with your community.

Dr. Misquitta serves as the current president of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) and has emphasized Lifestyle Medicine and nutrition as a priority.

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Dean Ornish, MD

The founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Dr. Ornish is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his MD from the Baylor College of Medicine, was a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dean earned a BA in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.

For over 36 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes. He directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as the first study showing that these lifestyle changes reverse aging by lengthening telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes which control aging (in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009).

He is the author of six books, all national bestsellers, including: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum.

Thomas D. Rosenberg, MD

Thomas Rosenberg grew up in Northern Utah and attended the University of Utah Medical School. His orthopedic training occurred at the Universities of Utah and of Wisconsin in 1973 to 1978. Rosenberg co-founded the Fitness Institute at LDS Hospital in 1980, The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH) in Salt Lake City in 1991, the RCM Clinic in Park City, Utah (with Dr. Vernon Cooley) in 1998, and the non-profit nutrient supplementation company, Nutriex in 1999.

Viewed as an innovator, Dr. Rosenberg invented new arthroscopic menisci repair techniques and developed new tools and methods for ACL reconstruction. Specifically, he is best known for the endo-button and quadrupled semi-tendonosis reconstruction (single and double tunnel methods) techniques for ACL reconstruction. He has developed widely utilized tools for chondroplasty of the knee, including the Full-radius Resector, curved chondroplasty devices, and micro-fracture instruments. He has designed bony-integration patellar implants and techniques for athletic knee replacements. His x-ray method, the 45° flexion P-A weight-bearing view (Rosenberg View), is widely used internationally.

Ken Rubin

Ken Rubin is a chef, culinary educator and food anthropologist with over 20 years of broad culinary industry experience and life-long interest in nutrition and wellness. He is the Chief Culinary Officer at the Rouxbe Culinary School. Rouxbe is the world’s leading online cooking school that delivers technique focused culinary instruction and training to home cooks, culinary students, professional cooks and healthcare professionals in over 180 countries.

Ken has been recognized for his expertise in education and training, food-culture research, wellness, product development, behavior change, and technology. Ken has held top-level teaching and executive leadership positions at well-respected culinary academies including Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America, Chefs.com, the Art Institute of Portland, and the Natural Epicurean Academy. A former Board Director for the International Association Culinary Professionals and The Culinary Trust, he currently serves the James Beard Foundation as a member of the National Media Committee. A lifelong advocate for a more just and equitable food system, he also serves on the Oregon Food Bank’s Advocacy Committee. Ken is a regular presenter and speaker at conferences and public events. He received his BA from Colorado College and an MA in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives with his wife and two boys in Portland, Oregon.

Gretchen Schisla

Gretchen Schisla is the founder and principal of Enrich, a branding and marketing team dedicated to serving organizations and individuals who help others improve their health with plant-based food and lifestyle.

Gretchen fosters strong relationships with clients and identifies the key solutions that will build their practice or business and increase connection with their audience. As a brand strategist, writer and advisor, she brings over 35 years of insight, expertise and industry perspective to help clients make the best decisions for their product or service.

With the rise of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, Gretchen appreciates having the opportunity to collaborate with clients who are making a difference. She believes: “Design matters. It’s a critical tool to communicate a purpose, to educate, to bring awareness to a problem, to inspire individuals and unite communities – and to act as an agent for change.”

Gretchen is the recipient of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Design Fellow and the AIGA Local Legend awards. Enrich has been recognized as a Top 20 Small Business Company by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. Her work has been recognized by AIGA, New York Art Director’s Club, PRINT Annual, CLIO, International Association of Business Communicators, American Alliance of Museums and HOW Magazine.

Saray Stancic, MD

Dr. Saray Stancic is the founder and owner of Stancic Health and Wellness, LLC where she is a board-certified Lifestyle Medicine physician. She received her M.D. degree from New Jersey Medical School in 1993 and is also board-certified in Infectious Diseases. She began her career by serving as Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Hudson Valley Veterans Administration Hospital in New York. Her clinical and research interests in viral hepatitis and HIV led to her recruitment by Roche Pharmaceuticals to conduct clinical studies for new treatments for hepatitis infections before going into private practice. She has authored several research papers in peer-reviewed journals in the field of Infectious diseases.

Dr. Stancic’s interest in Lifestyle Medicine evolved from her ongoing personal battle with multiple sclerosis and her 20 plus years of practicing medicine and witnessing the deleterious consequences of chronic diseases. She has been an invited author for Forks Over Knives, and has been interviewed on several podcasts, radio and television shows. She was the subject of a cover story in the August 20, 2015 issue of Dirt Magazine, and was named one of the “17 People to Watch in Health in 2015” in the January 2015 issue of 201 Magazine. She has spoken to diverse audiences across the country on the impact of Lifestyle Medicine and the importance of plant-based nutrition. Her major initiative beyond clinical care is working toward catalyzing change in medical education curricula where, regrettably, nutrition and lifestyle are minimally taught or emphasized. She enjoys teaching, and serves as adviser/mentor to the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group.

Dr. Stancic is currently producing a documentary film, code blue: redefining American medicine (release October 2018), which will spotlight the practice of Lifestyle Medicine to prevent, treat, and manage chronic illnesses. She believes the future of a successful healthcare system is largely dependent on training a new generation of physicians who are skilled in effectively prescribing lifestyle medicine to halt and reverse the ongoing chronic disease and obesity epidemics.

James Wilks

James Wilks is a mixed martial artist best known for winning Season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter. He also serves as a combatives trainer for the US Marshals, US Marines, US Army Rangers and US Navy SEALs.

For the past five years, James has been producing The Game Changers, a documentary about the dramatic rise of plant-based eating in professional sports. Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and executive produced by James Cameron, The Game Changers recently premiered at Sundance, Berlinale and HotDocs.

Wes Youngberg, DrPH, MPH, CNS, FACLM

Dr. Wes Youngberg is a practicing clinical nutritionist and lifestyle medicine specialist in Temecula, CA. He was trained at Loma Linda University where he earned a doctorate in clinical preventive care and a master’s degree in nutrition. He is on the clinical faculty of Loma Linda University and serves as assistant clinical professor for both the Department of Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine and the Department of Health Promotion at the School of Public Health. Dr. Youngberg is a board Certified Nutrition Specialist, and is a founding director and fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr. Youngberg is the lead presenter in the Diabetes Undone Program – an interactive, video based series designed to support the doctor and the patient in achieving diabetes reversal. He has trained with Dr. Dale Bredesen (the director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA) and is certified in the Bredesen Protocol – a comprehensive, lifestyle medicine based, assessment and intervention model, documented to reverse up to 88% of MCI and early Alzheimer’s.

Prior to opening his lifestyle and nutritional medicine clinic in Temecula, Dr. Youngberg spent 14 years on the island of Guam, researching the diabetes epidemic on the Micronesian islands of the Western Pacific region and directing the Wellness Center at the Guam Seventh-day Adventist Clinic. He traveled throughout the islands, providing public health education, screenings, and professional training for diabetes prevention and care. Dr. Youngberg was honored twice with the Heroes of the Pacific award by the Guam chapter of the American Diabetes Association. In 2007, he was awarded the Ancient Order of the Chamorri—the highest honor given by the governor of Guam for extraordinary contributions to the island community. Returning to California in 2008, he spent three years as medical nutritionist and Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic and Wellness Center for Rancho Family Medical Group in Temecula.

He has lectured to medical conferences throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. His passion is the full integration of physical and emotional risk factors in the assessment and intervention of health concerns. Dr. Youngberg has done post doctoral studies with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.

He is the co-host of the Hope Channel’s “Naturally Gourmet” with Karen Houghton, and has produced various DVD video series, including: “Transforming Sickness into Health” and “Controlling Cravings with Contentment”. He has published several books including, The Path to Health & Healing, Goodbye Diabetes – preventing and reversing diabetes the natural way, and most recently, Hello Healthy.