A physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through a whole-food plant-based diet, John A. McDougall, MD has been studying, writing, and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 50 years. Dr. John and Mary McDougall believe that people should look and feel great for a lifetime. Unfortunately, many people unknowingly compromise their health through poor dietary habits. Dr. McDougall is the founder and director of the nationally renowned McDougall Program: a ten-day residential program that he and his wife, Mary McDougall, a registered nurse host at a luxury resort in Santa Rosa, CA where medical miracles occur through diet and lifestyle changes. His program not only promotes a broad range of dramatic and lasting health benefits but, most importantly, can also reverse serious illnesses including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and others, all without the use of drugs. A graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Dr. McDougall performed his internship at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and his medical residency at the University of Hawaii. He is certified as an internist by the Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He and Mary, are also the authors of several nationally best-selling books as well as the co-founders of Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods, which produces high quality whole-food plant-based cuisine to make it easier for people to eat well on the go.
Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with CHEF AJ which airs on Foody TV. With her comedy background, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and more. A chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker, she is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from a junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body. Based in Los Angeles, Chef AJ teaches how to create meals to transform health, how to deal with cravings and food addiction and addresses the emotional side of eating. She is the creator of The Ultimate Weight Loss Program, was the Executive Pastry Chef at Sante La Brea Restaurant in Los Angeles, creator ofHealthy Taste of LA and the YouTube cooking show The Chef and the Dietitian. Chef AJ holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Dr. Williams is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and served as its president from 2015 to 2016. He is currently a trustee of the organization. He has board certifications in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology, and cardiovascular computed tomography. He has served on the faculty of the Pritzker School of Medicine, the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, and since 2013 at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where he is the head of the cardiology department. Williams has served as president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, chairman of the Coalition of Cardiovascular Organizations, and chairman of the board of the Association of Black Cardiologists, among other positions.
Milton Mills, MD practices urgent care medicine in the Washington DC area, and has served previously as Associate Director of Preventive Medicine and as a member of the National Advisory Board, for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). He has been a major contributor to position papers presented by PCRM to the United States Department of Agriculture regarding Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and has been the lead plaintiff in PCRM’s class action lawsuit that asks for warning labels on milk. Dr. Mills earned his medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine, and completed an Internal Medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital. He has published several research journal articles dealing with racial bias in federal nutrition policy. He frequently donates his time via practicing at free medical clinics, and travels widely, speaking at hospitals, churches and community centers throughout the country. He was featured in the recent attention-getting film “What the Health,” and will also appear in the upcoming film “The Invisible Vegan.” A major focus of Dr. Mills’ patient advisement as well as his lecturing, is the use of nutritional measures to reduce the risk of major chronic diseases. He notes that the scientific research literature shows plant-based diets as supporting better overall immune system function, and during work with HIV-positive and AIDS patients at clinics, he’s observed that those who go vegetarian seem to improve, with increased energy and higher T-cell counts. He therefore hopes throughout the future to examine further the relationships between diet and immune functionality, particularly the effects of plant-based eating choices upon outcomes for HIV-positive patients.
Douglas J. Lisle, Ph.D., is the founder of a new method of approaching human psychology and wellbeing. He describes this approach as Esteem Dynamics – its core insights adapted from a revolutionary biological approach to psychology. Central figures having major influence on Dr. Lisle’s thinking include Richard Dawkins, John Tooby and Leda Cosmides, David Buss, Steven Pinker, and Geoffrey Miller. All of these individuals are considered academic A-list thinkers in evolutionary theory and human psychology. Somewhat surprisingly, insights from these trailblazers has yet to reach mainstream clinical psychology, and thus major advances stemming from some of the world’s greatest thinkers have yet to be systematically applied to problems of helping people improve their lives. Esteem Dynamics is the first such effort – born of Dr. Lisle’s 25-years of clinical experience wedded to the deep insights into human nature now available via evolutionary psychology. Dr. Doug Lisle received his undergraduate education from the University of California, San Diego (summa cum laude). He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia, where he was awarded the Presidents Fellowship and was a DuPont Scholar. He was then appointed Lecturer in Psychology at Stanford University, and worked on the research staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Palo Alto, California. His research and clinical interests have broadened to include health and wellness, self-esteem, relationship satisfaction, the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression, and optimizing achievement motivation. In addition to his work with Esteem Dynamics, he is currently the Director of Research for the TrueNorth Health Center and also serves as the psychologist for the McDougall Wellness Program, both located in Santa Rosa, California.
Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor. Brenda is the lead dietitian in a diabetes research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She is a featured speaker at nutrition, medical and health conferences throughout the world. Brenda is co-author of nine award-winning, best-selling books – Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014), Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013), Becoming Vegan (2000), The New Becoming Vegetarian (2003), Becoming Vegetarian (1994, 1995), Becoming Raw (2010), the Raw Food Revolution Diet (2008), Defeating Diabetes (2003) and Dairy-free and Delicious (2001). She is also a contributing author to a tenth book, The Complete Vegetarian (2009). Her books are vegetarian/vegan nutrition classics, with over 750,000 copies in print in 8 languages. Brenda has authored and co-authored several articles for peer-reviewed medical and nutrition journals and magazines.
John Pierre is a nutrition and fitness consultant who has devoted more than a quarter century to helping and improving the lives of others through his expertise in the areas of geriatrics, nutrition, fitness, women’s empowerment, green living, and cognitive retainment and improvement. While sometimes referred to as a “Trainer to the Stars” because he trains celebrities, rock-stars, and Fortune 500 Executives, John has a wide range of clientele, including military personnel, hard-core athletes, and many people with diverse backgrounds and fitness levels. John’s unique ability to communicate valuable information in an easy-to-understand manner has made him a popular and sought-after speaker at numerous vegetarian, animal rights, fitness, and health-promoting conferences around the world. Presenting consecutively at Pennsylvania’s Vegetarian Summerfest for the past 21 years, John Pierre was recently inducted into the North American Vegetarian Society’s prestigious Vegetarian Hall of Fame. A partial list of John’s speaking venues include: Denver Veg Fest, Toronto Veg Festival, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain, Healthy Taste of Ventura, Get Healthy Marshall Texas, Torrence Memorial Medical Center, American Vegan, Hay House I Can Do It! events, corporate seminars, numerous radio interviews and podcasts, and private lectures for groups.
Starting his career at the age of 15, Doug McNish began to hone his skills, and come to learn the intricacies of the food service industry. At the age of 21, Doug was un-happy and un-healthy. It was after watching an undercover video of animals in slaughter houses, that he decided to make the change and try a vegetarian diet. Months later, Doug would adopt a fully vegan lifestyle, which he continues today. With his hunger and drive, Doug McNish has honed his craft and become a word class executive vegan chef, consultant, educator, brand spokesperson, author, speaker, and a committed vegan activist. Doug’s first cookbook, bestselling, Eat Raw, Eat Well was published internationally in Spring of 2012, and was awarded a Gourmand Award in Paris France for Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the world. Doug’s Second title, Raw, Quick & Delicious was published in the fall of 2013, and his third book, Vegan Everyday was published in 2015, for which it too won a Gourmand Award as best Vegan Cookbook in the world for 2015. In November of 2017 Doug was awarded with the Now Magazine Readers Choice Award in his home town of Toronto Ontario, as Best Chef in the City, putting him in the same league of some of this country’s best. Doug is bringing Vegan cuisine to the mainstream and challenging ideas on ethics, the health and the environment. In addition to publishing 3 award winning books in three years, Doug currently helps operate Mythology Diner, a full-service Vegan Diner open seven days/week in Toronto Ontario. You can catch Doug online by following him on Twitter, Instagram or on Facebook, where he routinely shares his current projects, and his love for everything Vegan!
After concluding a prolific professional cycling career that produced a medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, eight US national championships, two Pan American gold medals and a world record, Dotsie Bausch has become a powerful influencer for plant-based eating for athletes and non-athletes alike. Named by Choose Veg as one of the “Top 20 Badass Veg Women Who Are Making History,” she utilizes her degree in plant-based nutrition to inform her impassioned messages as an advocate on behalf of animals.
Jason Wrobel (J-Wro) is the bestselling author of the Hay House cookbook and lifestyle guide, Eaternity. As the first plant-based chef with a primetime television series, his groundbreaking show “How to Live to 100” taught millions of people how to prepare delicious, organic, healthy meals at home. A dedicated practitioner of yoga, pilates, weight training and meditation for over a decade, he infuses his events, videos and teachings with the importance of mindfulness, spirituality and fitness as the cornerstones of a balanced existence. With more than 20 years of experience in holistic, plant-based nutrition and gourmet cooking techniques, his offerings are fueled by his passionate, lighthearted and fun vibes. Jason is a graduate of the Living Light Culinary Institute as well as Byron Katie’s School for the Work and received his BA in Marketing Communications from Columbia College Chicago. His mission is to inspire you to achieve effortless well-being, clarity and confidence through optimizing your relationship with food, fitness and mindful living… so you can live a happier, healthier, more joyful and truly satisfied life.
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.She is a member of the American College of Cardiology Nutrition and Lifestyle Sub Committee.
Hello, my name is Dr. Steven Lawenda. As a primary care physician in family medicine, I help members of all ages stay well and feel better. I’m very proud to be a part of Kaiser Permanente where preventive medicine and wellness are a top priority. I’m a native of Southern California—born in Santa Monica and raised in the San Fernando Valley. I attended college at UC Berkeley and medical school at UC Davis. Shortly after we married, my wife and I moved to the East Coast so she could attend school. That’s why I chose Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island for my internship and residency. After we finished our education, we returned to family and friends in California. I’ve been with Kaiser Permanente since 2004 and find great satisfaction in being part of a forward-thinking and team-based organization.
Just “Jas” to her friends — she is unapologetically an artist. Born in D.C., a city that used to be more appreciative of doctors, lawyers, and politicians, she moved to Los Angeles for college to pursue her dream while completely dismissing America’s. After three years of itching to “do” and despite uninvited judgments, she left school a year shy of her degree for a TV production job. She is debt free! From there, she went on to work as an associate producer on a NAACP winning docuseries entitled Unsung, and shortly after, was given the opportunity to write and produce on Being, a docuseries highlighting dynamic entertainers in film and music. Happy to be doing what she loved, but simultaneously unhappy about putting that passion into someone else’s vision, she decided to let go of her nine-to-five and come into her own reign of pure artistry. Just Jasmine. No limits and no boss except for her own creativity. She went on to star in commercials and print ads for major brands like Nissan, Sony, Apple, Uber, American Express, Diesel, BlackPeopleMeet, Credit Sesame, Michelle Watches, Elle magazine and more. She also starred in the Lifetime show, My Crazy Ex, and is scheduled to star in her first indie film in 2017. However, she did not lay her behind-the-camera talents to rest.Jasmine and her fiancé, Kenny Leyva, are currently producing their own feature length documentary, The Invisible Vegan, a film that chronicles Jasmine’s personal experience with plant-based eating. The film also explains how plant-based eating is directly linked to African roots and how African-American eating habits have been debased by a chain of oppression stemming from slavery, economics and modern agribusiness. Not to sound pedestrian, but the sky is the limit and her evolution will be televised!
TONI OKAMOTO is the founder of Plant Based on a Budget, the popular website, food blog, and meal plan that shows you how to save dough by eating veggies. She’s also the author of The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook, and the co-author of The Friendly Vegan Cookbook. Plant Based on a Budget has been featured in Reader’s Digest, US News and World Report, and more. Toni is also a regular presence on the FOX affiliate in Sacramento, where she teaches viewers how to break their meat habit without breaking their budget, and she also appears in the popular documentary, What the Health. Toni is a burrito enthusiast, and spends her free time swing dancing across the county.
Amie Hamlin has been the Executive Director of the Coalition for Healthy School Foods since its founding in 2004. In her current position, she wrote a New York State legislative resolution for healthy plant-based entrees and nutrition education in public schools which pass unanimously in 2004. The Coalition has developed recipes which have been distributed to 25,000 schools nationwide, a middle school Family and Consumer Sciences Cooking Curriculum, a third- through - fifth grade curriculum called Food UnEarthed: Uncovering the Truth About Food, and nutrition education resources including the Wellness Wake-Up Call and Feel Good Food Cards. In her role with the Coalition for Healthy School Food, she consults with healthy schools to help them get started on path to healthy change using Coalition for Healthy School Food recipes, curriculum, and resources. Previously, she was the director of a non-profit environmental organization and director of a tobacco control program to ban smoking in public places. Amie has a Masters' Degree and a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell.
Dr. Alan Goldhamer is the founder of TrueNorth Health Center, a state-of-the-art facility that provides medical and chiropractic services, psychotherapy and counseling, as well as massage and body work. He is also director of the Center's groundbreaking residential health education program. Articulate, inspiring and energetic, Dr. Goldhamer is one of the most pioneering and dedicated visionaries in health today. An outspoken professional who doesn't shy away from a spirited debate, he is deeply committed to helping people stuck in self-destructive cycles reclaim their ability to change their lives. Dr. Goldhamer has supervised the fasts of thousands of patients. Under his guidance, the Center has become one of the premier training facilities for doctors wishing to gain certification in the supervision of therapeutic fasting. Dr. Goldhamer was the principal investigator in two landmark studies. The first: "Medically Supervised Water-Only Fasting in the Treatment of Hypertension" appeared in the June 2001 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Its publication marked a turning point in the evolution of evidence supporting the benefits of water-only fasting. The second study: "Medically Supervised Water-Only Fasting in the Treatment of Borderline Hypertension," appeared in the October 2002 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Currently, Dr. Goldhamer is directing a team that is developing a prospective study, incorporating random assignment and long-term follow-up on the cost and clinical outcomes in the treatment of diabetes and high blood pressure with fasting and a health-promoting diet. After completing his chiropractic education at Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Goldhamer traveled to Australia, where he became licensed as an osteopathic physician. He is the author of The Health Promoting Cookbook and co-author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering The Hidden Force That Undermines Health and Happiness.
Ashley grew up on an Angus cattle farm in Indiana where meat was a central part of her diet. Only after healing herself of lifelong chronic constipation through healthful, plant-based eating did she arrive at her life’s work as a dietitian. Now, she finds an immense amount of joy in aspiring others to find a healthier, more gratifying version of themselves. Ashley earned her Masters of Public Health and Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN), and Nutrition Coach.