MICHAEL GREGER, MD, FACLM
A founding member of the American college of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition. He has videos on more than 2,000 health topics freely available at www.nutritionfacts.org, with new videos and articles uploaded almost every day. Dr. Greger 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. Three of his recent books – How Not to Die (with over a million copies sold), the How Not to Die Cookbook, and How Not to Diet Cookbook, were released in 2020. All proceeds he receives from the sales of his books go to charity.
Financial: Dr. Michael Greger is the founder and chief science officer of NutritionFacts.org Inc. He receives royalties as a published author and compensation as a public speaker. Dr. Greger receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Michael Greger is a board member of Coalition for Health Schools, Balanced, Physicians Association for Nutrition. He is a member of True Health Initiative Council of Directors, a fellow of American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and a diplomate of American Board of Lifestyle Medicine.
Michael Moss is the author of Salt Sugar Fat, an expose of processed food and #1 New York Times Bestseller published in 2013 by Random House, and Hooked: Food, Free Will and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions, a New York Times bestseller published in 2021. He is a former investigative reporter with The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times and won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2010 for his work on contaminated meat. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife.
EMERAN ANTON MAYER, MD
Dr. Emeran Mayer is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Executive Director of the G Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress & Resilience and Founding Director of the UCLA Brain Gut Microbiome Center.
He has been one of the pioneers in the science and practice of brain gut microbiome interactions with applications in a wide range of diseases in gastrointestinal, psychiatric and neurological disorders. He has published 410 scientific papers and co-edited 3 scientific books. He is the recipient of the 2016 David McLean award from the American Psychosomatic Society and the 2017 Ismar Boas Medal from the German Society of Gastroenterology and Metabolic Disease. His current research interest is focused on the role of brain gut microbiome interactions in human diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, autism spectrum disorders, obesity and inflammatory bowel disease.
In addition to his academic interests, Mayer has a longstanding interest in ancient healing traditions and affords them a level of respect rarely found in Western Medicine. He has been involved in documentary film productions about the Yanomami people in the Orinoco region of Venezuela, and the Asmat people in Irian Jaya. He has recently coproduced the awardwinning documentary “In Search of Balance” and is working on a new documentary film, "The Mind Gut Connection" for PBS, and on the “Interconnected Planet”. He is a strong believer in Buddhist philosophy, was a member of the UCLA Zen Center for several years, and got married in a Tibetan monastery by Choekyi Nyima Rinpoche in Kathmandu. He regularly pursues meditative practices.
He has spoken at UCLA TEDx on the Mysterious Origins of Gut Feelings in 2015 and has been interviewed on National Public Radio, PBS and by many national and international media outlets including the Los Angeles and New York Times, The Atlantic and Time magazine. He has appeared on numerous podcasts, including Lewis Howes’ "The School of Greatness", Tom Bilyeu’s "Impact Theory" and Mark Hyman’s "The Doctor’s Pharmacy". He is the author of the 2016 bestselling book The Mind Gut Connection published by Harper & Collins and translated in 16 languages.
In his new book, The Gut Immune Connection, Mayer proposes a radical, unifying concept about the chronic non-communicable disease epidemic we are finding ourselves in. He discusses how changes in our diet, lifestyle and the way we interact with the world during the last 75 years have led to a profound dysregulation of the community of trillions of microbes living in our gut, resulting in a progressive chronic activation of our immune system. This aberrant immune system activation is emerging as the root cause of our current epidemic of interrelated chronic diseases affecting every part of our body. In addition, it makes us more vulnerable to viral pandemics. He uses the One Health concept to explain the intricate interconnectedness between the microbes living in our gut, in the soil, the health of our plants and our own health. He proposes a solution to the chronic disease epidemic, which emphasizes the implementation of major lifestyle changes, and focuses on a radically different approach not only to our diet but to the world.
Financial: Emeran Mayer has an employment relationship with UCLA. He is a stock owner and serves on the advisory board for Seed, Axial Biotherapeutics, Pendulum, Bloom Biosciences, and Mahana Therapeutics. He receives a speaking honorarium from Danome and is an external advisory board member of Amare and APC Ireland. He has research activities that is grant funded through NIH U01 DK082370, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, NIH U54 DK064539, NIH/NIA U19, and NIH RF1AG058942. Emeran Mayer receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Emeran Mayer is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Pain Society, American Neurogastroenterology & Motility Society, and the American Gastroenterological Association.
LESLIE KORN, PHD, MPH, LMHC, ACS, RPP, NTP, NCBTMB
Leslie Korn, Ph.D., MPH, LMHC, ACS, RPP, NTP, NCBTMB,
is a renowned integrative medicine clinician and educator specializing in the use of nutritional, herbal and culinary medicine for the treatment of trauma and emotional and chronic physical illness. She is known for her dynamism and humor as a speaker. She has provided over 50,000 hours of treatment in private practice for diverse populations. Her clinical practice focuses on providing clients effective alternatives to psychotropics. She completed her graduate education in the department of psychiatry and public health at Harvard Medical School and her life training in the jungle of Mexico where she lived and worked alongside local healers for over 25 years. She directed a naturopathic medicine and training clinic facilitating health, culinary and fitness retreats. She is licensed and certified in nutritional therapy, mental health counseling, and bodywork (Polarity and Cranial Sacral and medical massage therapies) and is an approved clinical supervisor. She introduced somatic therapies for complex trauma patients in out-patient psychiatry at Harvard Medical school in 1985 and served as a consultant in ethnomedicine to the Trauma Clinic, Boston. She is the former clinical director and faculty of New England School of Acupuncture and faculty at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine.
She is the author of the seminal book on the body and complex trauma: Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature and the Body
(Routledge, 2012), Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health
(W.W. Norton, 2016), Eat Right Feel Right: Over 80 Recipes and Tips to Improve Mood, Sleep, Attention & Focus
(PESI, 2017), Multicultural Counseling Workbook: Exercises, Worksheets & Games to Build Rapport with Diverse Clients
(PESI, 2015) and The Good Mood Kitchen
(W.W. Norton, 2017). She was a founder of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, a Fullbright scholar in Herbal Medicine and an NIH-funded scientist, in mind/body medicine. She is an approved clinical supervisor and is the research director at the Center for World Indigenous Studies where she designs culinary and herbal medicine programs with tribal communities engaged in developing integrative medicine programs.
Financial: Dr. Leslie Korn maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Center for World Indigenous Studies. She receives royalties as a published author and is the principal for Eat the Change Impact grant and the Massage Research Foundation Community Service grant. Dr. Korn receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Leslie Korn is a member of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved and the Nutritional Therapy Association.
DANA ANGELO WHITE, MS, RDN, ATC
Dana Angelo White, MS, RDN, ATC, specializes in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and sports nutrition. She is the nutrition expert for FoodNetwork.com and founding contributor for Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog. She was named to Sharecare’s list of Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Nutrition, recognizing her as one of the most influential voices in health and wellness.
Dana is also the fitness ambassador for F45 Training in Fairfield, CT, a member of the USOC Sports Dietitian National Registry and on the speakers bureau for the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. Dana is involved in several research projects and professional publications, covering topics including eating disorders in sprot, professional nutrition practice, culinary medicine and dietary supplement safety in sports medicine.
Financial: Dana Angelo White is the president of Dana White Nutrition, Inc. and has an employment relationship with Quinnipiac University. She receives a speaking honorarium from NOW Sports and receives royalties as a published author. Dana Angelo White receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dana Angelo White is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
BOB SEEBOHAR, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS, METS II
Bob Seebohar, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS, METS II, specializes in enhancing health and improving performance by improving metabolic efficiency and using nutrition periodization, which provides varying nutrition recommendations based on an athlete’s sport, training cycle, health and performance goals. He is the former Director of Sports Nutrition for the University of Florida and served as one of the first Sport Dietitians for the US Olympic Committee. Currently, Bob owns eNRG Performance and is the Sport Dietitian for the University of Denver Women’s Gymnastics Team and the University of Denver Athletics Program. As an endurance coach, exercise physiologist and strength and conditioning specialist, Bob specializes in leading athletes to optimal performance through the use of science and real-life training applications that balance life, work and family.
Bob works with a variety of athletes, from recreational all the way up to Olympians. He is also one of the very few Sport Dietitians in the country who specializes in working with young athletes. Bob enjoys challenging himself and will regularly compete in triathlon, cycling, obstacle course racing, and ultra-running. He enjoys exploring the depths of human performance through his daily training adventures.
Financial: Bob Seebohar is the owner and sport dietitian of eNRG Performance, the co-owner of Birota Foods, and the owner of All Around Snack Co. He has an employment relationship with the University of Denver and receives royalties as a published author. Bob Seebohar receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Bob Seebohar is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Collegiate Professional Sport Dietitians of America.
KRISTINA CAMPIONE, DC MS
Dr. Kristina Campione is a chiropractor and owner of Campione Nutrition, PLLC, a Telehealth based nutrition coaching company. She uses functional nutrition in conjunction with her background in functional rehabilitation for a unique approach patient care. She knows food can be both nourishing and delicious and uses this philosophy to teach people how to select, combine and prepare their food to optimize their health and longevity without dieting. She’s also a “suburban farmer” with an apiary of honeybees, backyard hens, and an organic garden.
Financial: Kristina Campione maintains a private practice. She has employment relationships with Fringe CBD, Klaire labs, and Standard Process. Kristina Campione receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Kristina Campione has no relevant non-financial relationships.
JON VREDENBURG, MBA, RD, CDE, CSSD, LD/N
Jon Vredenburg, MBA, RD, CDE, CSSD, LD/N, is a dietitian and diabetes educator with over 25 years of experience providing services to people from all walks of life. He received his BS in Clinical Dietetics from Syracuse University and later returned to school to earn an MBA at the University of North Florida. He currently manages worksite wellness programs with an emphasis on diabetes self-management. He is a contributing worker to many local and national publications and has been featured on television and radio for helping people on their path towards improved health and well-being. Jon has also served as a consultant dietitian for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and is a Board-Certified Specialist in Sport Dietetics. Jon, who is also a person with diabetes, uses humor as a teaching tool and even works as a stand-up comedian in clubs throughout the state of Florida.
Financial: Jon Vredenburg receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Jon Vredenburg is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators; American College of Sports Medicine; the American Diabetes Association; and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
VANESSA RUIZ, ND, RN-BSN
Vanessa Ruiz, ND, RN-BSN, is a naturopathic physician and registered nurse. After experiencing health issues stemming from a burnout as a nurse, she began studying integrative ways to help herself heal. Her interest integrative health led her to becoming a naturopathic physician with a focus on mental health, trauma and complex PTSD. She earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at Southwest College in Tempe, Arizona.
She has been featured in "A Created Life: A Journey to Empowerment" documentary and "Shoutout Arizona" for her ground-breaking work in mental health. She is a public speaker on the topic of functional medicine and mental health, teaching behavioral health professionals nationally and internationally. In addition to her clinical practice, she is the founder of Nurses for Natural health, an organization dedicated to empowering and educating Nurses about natural health and burnout recovery.
Financial: Dr. Vanessa Ruiz has an employment relationship with Enliven Mental Health Clinic. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. Dr. Ruiz serves on the advisory board for Evergreen Certifications. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Vanessa Ruiz has no relevant non-financial relationships.
VICKI STEINE, DSC., LCSW, BCHN, IFNCP
Vicki Steine, DSc, LCSW, BCHN, IFNCP, has been a social worker for more than 25 years, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and works with children and adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, Tourettes’ syndrome, addiction, and trauma in her private practice in the Atlanta area. Dr. Steine received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Georgia and her Doctorate of Science in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University. She is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, a Nutrition Certified Practitioner through the Integrated and Functional Nutrition Academy and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Steine enjoys combining her skills as a social worker and nutrition educator to help her clients who struggle with staying organized, keeping focused at work or school, and overcoming the anxiety and depression that often prevents them from fully living their lives. She integrates nutrition, mind-body exercises, and traditional psychotherapy methods, like Cognitive Behavior Therapy, to help her clients get on with living their lives optimally. She has spoken at many conferences and delivered workshops providing education to professionals and lay people alike on the benefits of nutrition and improving mental health. Dr. Steine has had personal success using a holistic approach, including nutrition and supplements, to recover from a near death boating accident and an episode of debilitating depression.
Financial: Vicki Steine maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Vicki Steine is a member of the National Association of Social Workers; the National Association of Nutrition Practitioners; and the Southeastern Brainspotting Institute.
KAREN PRYOR, PHD, PT, DPT, ND, CH, CFPS
Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT, ND, CH, CFPS, has a doctorate in physical therapy and has practiced for 40 years in the field. Dr. Pryor is the owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center, an integrative therapy clinic in Nashville, Tennessee. Involved with early intervention in the birth-three population for over 30 years, she has developed neuroplasticity techniques that are used in a wide variety of settings, including homes, childcare centers, and school systems, to advanced pediatric therapy programs. Dr. Pryor serves on several boards, including the Leadership Interagency Council for Early Intervention, (2014-2019), a position to which she was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. In 2010, she received the President's Volunteer Service Award for her contributions to the advanced treatment of children from President Barack Obama. In addition to her work with children, Dr. Pryor has served as an adjunct professor at the Tennessee State University Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She is a clinical instructor for several universities and colleges. With her years of experience and passion for complete wellness, Dr. Pryor advances a more expansive view of how to integrate therapy throughout the lifespan by using neuroplasticity techniques.
Financial: Dr. Karen Pryor has employment relationships with the Tennessee State University, the Volunteer State Community College, the Daymar Physical Therapy Assistant School, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is the owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center, LLC and is a field examiner for PDMS-3. Dr. Pryor receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Karen Pryor is on the advisory board for the Maoris Foundation and is the president of the Caring Health Foundation.
KATHLEEN ZAMPERINI, LPC, NCGC-1, CIMHP
Kathleen D. Zamperini, LPC, NCGC-1, CIMHP, has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a master’s degree in education with secondary guidance certification. She is a licensed professional counselor and is a Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor. Kathleen received a degree in holistic nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and is a Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional. She has a passion for helping clients understand the role of nutrition in mental health. She has 30 years of counseling experience working with persons dealing with depression and anxiety, and is the director of counseling for a large social service agency, Catholic Charities in Pittsburgh, PA. She has published articles in the National Gambling Association Newsletter on the role of nutrition in treating gambling addictions, and presented numerous presentations on this topic, including a statewide conference.
Financial: Kathleen Zamperini is the Director of Counseling for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She is a published author and receives royalties. Kathleen Zamperini receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kathleen Zamperini has no relevant non-financial relationships.
CINDI LOCKHART, RDN, LD, IFNCP
Cindi Lockhart, RDN, LD, IFNCP, is board-certified as an integrative and functional nutrition practitioner with over 30 years in professional practice. She has trained nutrition, fitness, and medical practitioners throughout most of her career, yet maintains a personal practice with clients as she believes that the only way she can effectively educate and inspire other practitioners is through her own practical experience with clients. In addition to educating on how Food is Medicine, Cindi also specializes in coaching clients and practitioners on the importance of managing stress, optimizing sleep, proper exercise and movement, and reducing exposure to environmental toxins. Cindi has extensive expertise in women’s health issues including hormonal imbalances, thyroid dysfunction, and autoimmunity as well as gut health, weight management, histamine intolerance, and immune health.
Financial: Cindi Lockhart is the owner and founder of Lockhart Wellness Solutions, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Cindi Lockhart is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians in Integrative & Functional Medicine, the Institute for Functional Medicine, and the Integrative & Functional Nutrition Academy.