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Ariane Hundt
Clinical Nutritionist & Fitness Expert

Founder of Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp
Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP)
Appeared in New York Times, Shape Magazine, and Fitness

Ariane’s love of New York City, combined with her passion for fitness and nutrition, are the inspirations behind the Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp, which she built from the ground up. Her unique boot camp takes place on the Brooklyn Bridge and has been called “Best Bikini Boot Camp” by Lucky Magazine. Vogue Magazine called it “Best Winter Outdoor Workout”, and Self Magazine voted it among the “Top 33 Hottest New Workouts in the US.”

As a Clinical Nutritionist, Ariane has created a tremendous following for the NutriBullet. She has developed Detox programs using the green smoothies and is also a spokesperson for Gerolsteiner, the world’s #1 sparkling mineral water. She received her M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport.

Ariane enjoys teaching indoor and outdoor boot camp classes, teaching corporate nutrition workshops, providing one-on-one training and nutrition counseling and taking her clients on tropical fitness retreats.

Ariane has been featured on NBC, Fox 5 News, ABC News, British, German and International TV shows, in magazines and newspapers, such as the New York Times, New York Post, Lucky Magazine, Shape Magazine, Glamour, Fitness, TimeOut New York and Women's Health as the creator of the Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp. She also provides expert advice on fitness and nutrition to outlets such as MSN Health, Life & Style, Self, and others.

Ariane promotes a lifestyle of balanced nutrition, effective exercise, and a positive sense of self. She stays away from quick fixes and fads, and instead educates her clients on what works. Her blog has been called “Best Fitness Studio Blog in NYC” and provides fat loss information, fitness advice, motivation and inspiration. She specializes in fat loss and health conditioning and draws from a diverse background in physical fitness, nutrition, preventative care, hypnosis, and several years in the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Dorothy L. Espelage
Authored White House Brief on Bullying

Associate Editor, Journal of Counseling Psychology
Professor, Dept. Educational Psych & Author
Hardie Scholar of Education, University of Illinois

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is an Edward William Gutgsell & Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor and Hardie Scholar of Education, in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has conducted research on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, and dating violence for the last 20 years. She has authored on over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and 25 chapters. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology and Immediate Past Vice-President of Division E (Counseling/Human Development) of the American Educational Research Association. Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming and she has secured five million dollars of external funding. She just completed a CDC-funded study that included a randomized clinical trial of a social emotional learning prevention program in 36 middle schools to reduce aggression. National Institute of Justice is funding her to track these kids into high school. CDC is funding another RCT of this program in comparison to a gender-enhanced social-emotional program in 32 Illinois middle schools. She is also funded by National Science Foundation to develop better methods to assess bullying among adolescents and NIJ is funding a longitudinal study of predictors of bullying and dating violence among adolescents. She joins as co-PI with RAND colleagues on a 4-year NIH grant to improve methods to examine adolescent social network influences on risky alcohol and drug use. She authored a 2011 White House Brief on bullying among LGBTQ youth and attended the White House Conference in 2011.

Dr. Espelage has appeared on many television news and talk shows, including The Today Show; CNN; CBS Evening News; The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson, Anderson 360 and has been quoted in the national print press, including Time Magazine, USA Today, People, Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. James Colbert
Internal Medicine, Harvard Med School Faculty

Harvard Medical School Faculty Member
MD, Stanford University School of Medicine
Web Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine

Dr. James Colbert is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and at Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Colbert practices general internal medicine as a hospitalist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts.

Dr. Colbert received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he served as an editorial fellow at the New England Journal of Medicine. In 2014 he served as a scholar for the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in the Health Professions, and he also served as a workgroup leader and researcher for the Brookings Institution’s ACO Learning Network. As of December 2014, he became the Web Editor for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Dr. Colbert is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine, serving on the society’s ethics committee. He is also a member of the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine. His academic interests focus on innovation in medical education and health delivery, especially with regards to use of novel technologies in health care. His scholarly work has been presented at national conferences and has been published in numerous journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and the American Journal of Accountable Care.

Dr. Jeffrey Popma
Director Interventional Cardiology, Beth Israel

Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)
Past President, Society for Cardiac Angiography & Intervention

Jeffrey Popma, MD, is the Director, Interventional Cardiology Clinical Services at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Popma received his BA in Economics from Stanford University, and received an MD with highest distinction from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his internship, residency, chief residency and fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He also completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Popma is the Past President of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention, and a Past Co-Chair of the Interventional Council of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Popma directs the BIDMC Angiographic Core Laboratory and is principal investigator for over 65 ongoing multicenter device studies within the research laboratory. Over the past 15 years, these trials have included a broad array of new technology, including bare metal stents, drug eluting stents, distal protection devices, total occlusion devices, and carotid and peripheral revascularization procedures. Dr. Popma’s primary clinical interest is currently the use of percutaneous aortic valve replacement for patients with high-risk aortic stenosis, and conservative and invasive management strategies for patients with complex coronary artery disease.

Dr. Liza Makowski
Assistant Professor, Nutrition, UNC

PhD, Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health
Post-doc, Duke University Stedman Center
Expertise in Metabolism, Inflammation, & Macrophage Biology

Dr. Makowski is an assistant professor of Nutrition, Division of Nutrition Biochemistry in the Departments of Nutrition and Medicine at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Makowski earned a Ph.D. in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Masters in Medicine concurrent with her Ph.D. studies as a Lucille P. Markey Fellow from Harvard Medical School. She completed postdoctoral studies in the Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology & Cancer Biology at the Duke University Stedman Center for Nutrition and Metabolism.

Her expertise lies in metabolism, inflammation, macrophage biology, and nutrient sensitive signaling pathways. The research focus of the Makowski Lab ( is to understand metabolic reprogramming of immune cells wherein the goal is to identify novel pathways to manipulate substrate metabolism in efforts to limit the pathogenesis of complex diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Dr. Makowski has received multiple grants including a Pathway to Independence NIH K99/R00 award to investigate macrophage mitochondria’s role in metabolism and inflammation. She has been awarded a NIH R21 Provocative Question Grant and a Mary Kay Foundation grant to study obesity and breast cancer risk, and an American Heart Association grant to study substrate metabolism in macrophage biology in atherosclerosis. As co-investigator on a U01 from NIEHS/NCI and two Department of Defense grants she has examined obesity, metabolism and cancer. Dr. Makowski’s ultimate aim is to find relevant metabolically sensitive pathways in model systems, observe parallels in human populations, and identify targets to reprogram immune cells that will restore tissue homeostasis thereby reducing progression of insulin resistance.

Dr. Sarah Ballantyne
Award-Winning Blogger, The Paleo Mom

Author, The Paleo Approach & Co-Host, The Paleo View
PhD, Medical Biophysics, The Univ. of Western Ontario
Research, Innate Immunity & Inflammation

Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D. (a.k.a. The Paleo Mom) is the blogger behind the award-winning blog, cohost of the top-rated and syndicated The Paleo View podcast, and New York Times bestselling author of two upcoming books The Paleo Approach and The Paleo Approach Cookbook.

Sarah started her academic career in physics, earning an Honors Bachelor of Science with Distinction from the University of Victoria, Canada in 1999. Her honors thesis work was in radiation therapy for prostate cancer, which prompted her to look for medical research applications in graduate school. Sarah earned her doctorate degree in medical biophysics at The University of Western Ontario in 2003, at the age of 26. Her doctoral research spanned the gamut of inflammation, innate immunity, endogenous anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant enzymes, gene therapy techniques, microcirculation and vascular biology, liver health, and critical care medicine.

Sarah spent the next four years doing medical research as a postdoctoral fellow first at in the Cardiology Department at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada and then in the Department of Cell Biology at The University Of the fields of innate immunity, inflammation, vascular biology, critical care medicine, and gene therapy, with a new focus on Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and the role of angiogenic growth factors in controlling inflammation and the innate immune system.

Even though Sarah was enjoying a successful and vibrant burgeoning academic career, she opted to become a stay-at-home mom upon the birth of her first daughter. At the time her first daughter was born, Sarah was morbidly obese and suffered from over a dozen immune- and autoimmune-related diseases.
After her second daughter was born, she began to experiment with the Paleo lifestyle. It had an amazing effect on her health. Over time, she healed herself of a long laundry list of physical complaints including irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, and the autoimmune disorder, Lichen Planus, an inflammatory skin condition. Inspired by her success, Dr. Ballantyne created the popular health blog ( and became co-host of a top-rated podcast, The Paleo View. Her passion for providing straightforward explanations of the science behind her diet and lifestyle recommendations for managing autoimmune disease, plus her love of food and cooking, form the foundations of The Paleo Approach.

As a scientist both by training and by nature, Sarah is deeply interested in understanding how the foods we eat interact with our gut barriers, immune systems, and hormones to influence health. Sarah’s innate curiosity goes further than just understanding diet and she is also deeply interested in lifestyle factors like sleep, stress and activity. Sarah believes that the true rationale for this way of eating and living stems, not from evolutionary biology (although that is a great place to start for forming hypotheses), but the thousands of scientific articles that each evaluate one small piece to the picture of how diet and lifestyle contribute to health and longevity.

Kristen McGee
Celebrity Yoga and Pilates Instructor

Awarded Top 10 Hottest Workout DVDs
Contributing Editor,
Appeared on Good Morning America & The Today Show

Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor, with over 20 years of teaching experience, in New York City. Her approach to fitness is down to earth, beginner-friendly, and effective in helping you achieve your health goals. Her style of pilates is centered on the traditional while incorporating a unique blend of yoga breath work and flexibility training. She is the creator of the best-selling Weight Loss Pilates, Pilates for Beginners, and Prenatal Yoga and Pilates. Her Kristin McGee’s S3: Strong, Sexy, Svelte was named one of the Top 10 Hottest Workout DVDs of 2013 and 15 Mom Helpers for National Physical Fitness Month. She has trained elite athletes, celebrities and models, including Tina Fey, Steve Martin, LeAnn Rimes, and Bethenny Frankel.

Kristin has shared her expertise on leading national news syndicates, such as CNN, FOX, Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, and ABC’s Good Morning America. She is a frequent contributor to top tier media publications, such as Shape, Fitness, pilatesstyle, InStyle, Oxygen, Prevention and Women’s Health. She is a contributing editor at as well as a brand ambassador for C9 by Target. Learn more about Kristin at

Tamara Duker Freuman
Registered & Certified Dietitian, Nutritionist

MS, Clinical Nutrition, New York University
Completed Training at Mount Sinai Medical Center
Contributing Writer, Eat + Run Blog, US News & World Report

Tamara Duker Freuman is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). She holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and completed her clinical training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Her Manhattan-based private practice is affiliated with Eric S. Goldstein, MD, a leading internist and gastroenterologist. Tamara also serves as a clinical preceptor for the Teacher's College Dietetic Internship program at Columbia University and as an instructor for Academy Medical Systems, a leading provider of continuing education for healthcare professionals. While she helps clients with a diverse array of health concerns, Tamara specializes in medical nutrition therapy for digestive disorders and is an expert in celiac disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Other areas of focus include dietary management of SIBO, carbohydrate/FODMAP intolerances, GERD, gastroparesis and eosinophilic esophagitis. Her practice website can be found at

In addition to her clinical work, Tamara is a prolific writer. She co-authored the chapter on Gastrointestinal Problems in the Older Adult for the second edition of the textbook Nutrition for the Older Adult (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2014) and has a weekly byline for US News & World Report’s health blog, eat + run. Her personal blog is devoted to healthy eating and gluten-free living ( Tamara’s nutrition advice has been featured on National Public Radio and in leading print and online media such as Reader's Digest, Shape, Men's Journal, Details, The Huffington Post, Women's Health,,,, and

Tamara graduated summa cum laude from Duke University and completed a Master’s of Science degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Alex, and their twins, Max and Stella.

Brooke Alpert
Nutrition Expert & Author MS, RD, CDN

M.S. in Clinical Nutrition, New York University
Completed Training at Mt. Sinai Hospital
Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist

Brooke Alpert, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., is a nationally recognized nutrition expert and author. She is the founder of B Nutritious,, and works with a variety of clients to meet their nutritional goals while working within their lifestyle.

Brooke’s expertise and nutrition knowledge has led her to be featured on national television regularly including, The Doctor Oz Show, The Today Show, Access Hollywood and more. She was named one of the new up and coming stars in the beauty and health field in W Magazine and has been quoted and featured extensively in both national and international magazines including People, Shape, Glamour, Town & Country, Tatler and more.

Brooke also provides nutrition consulting and spokesperson work. Clients range from the Archdiocese of New York, an international hotel chain, a national vitamin and supplement company, beauty companies including Nivea, private schools, national chain gyms, corporate accounts and renowned weight loss programs.

Brooke received her Masters of Science at New York University and completed her training at Mt. Sinai Hospital in affiliation with NYU. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Greater New York Dietetic Association, Weight Management Group, Women’s Health Group, Integrative and Function Medicine Group as well as the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Group.

Brooke’s second book, The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great and Look Years Younger (Da Capo) came out in June 2013. Her first book, Healthy Eating During Pregnancy (Kyle Books) was out in 2011.

Brooke, a former equestrian is also a tri-athlete. She resides in New York City with her husband and their two daughters.

Dr. Ashish Bhatia
Assoc. Prof. Clinical Dermatology, Northwestern

MD, Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine
Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Bhatia is an internationally recognized expert in dermatologic surgery and cosmetic surgery. His expertise includes facial and body aesthetic surgery, skin cancer therapy, Mohs & reconstructive surgery, laser surgery, and skin resurfacing procedures.

He has published extensively in journals and textbooks, and is a sought after teacher, speaker, and instructor. Through his clinical research, publications, public service initiatives, and the use of innovative technologies, Dr. Bhatia has made a broad range of intellectual and practical contributions to the fields of dermatology and dermatologic surgery.

Dr. Bhatia received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honors society and earned awards for both achievement and service. He completed his residency in Dermatology at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals where he served as Chief Resident. Subsequently, he completed an intensive fellowship in Mohs Surgery, Cutaneous Oncology, Reconstruction, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery at SkinCare Physicians in Boston, MA under the direction of the leaders in the field from Boston University, Harvard University, and Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Bhatia is an Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Bhatia’s memberships include the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the American College of Mohs Surgery, and the American Medical Association.

Donna Boden
Registered & Licensed Dietitian Dana Farber

Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center
BS, Nutrition and Dietetics
Experience: Oncology, Diabetes & Weight Management

Donna has been a Registered Dietitian for over 10 years with experience in oncology, diabetes, nutrition counseling and weight management. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics at Immaculata University. She began her career at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pennsylvania where she provided inpatient nutrition therapy and counseling to acute care oncology, cardiac, diabetic, and gastrointestinal patients. She had the opportunity to teach classes on osteoporosis, diabetes, overall healthy lifestyle habits, and the Dr. Dean Ornish program. Upon relocating to the Boston area, she focused primarily on weight loss surgery patients and assessed critically and acutely ill patients to develop a nutrition care plan at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Currently, she provides diet instruction for patients in the outpatient setting at Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital. Donna has a personal interest in preventative health, stress management and yoga.

Jill Brown
Group Fitness Expert & Master Trainer

Health & Fitness Blogger, Huffington Post
Contributor to Good Housekeeping & Cooking Light
Spokesperson, Brand Ambassador, & Health Coach

With more than 20 years of experience, Jill is a highly respected, renowned instructor and trainer who has been working at the most prestigious studios and fitness facilities throughout her career. More than just a group fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Health Coach, she motivates, educates and guides people through behavioral changes that affect their lives in a positive way.
Researching, continuing education and creative programming are Jill’s calling cards. She stays informed and educated on exercise science, developing trends and designing fitness programs. Her fitness toolbox includes everything from traditional dumbbells, tubing, medicine balls, Pilates and machines, to the less traditional and cutting edge trends such as suspension trainers, body weight, kettlebells, ViPR, Bosu, myosfascial release, and more.
Jill’s B.A. degree is in Mass Communication from Emerson College in Boston. She uses her communications background to educate, motivate and mentor thousands of students, clients, social media followers and Huffington Post readers on health, wellness, fitness and lifestyle issues. Her passion for living fit is evident through her dedication to helping people become healthier and happier through exercise and proper eating.
Outside of the gym, Jill has a vast on-camera and media background including creating and starring in a 6 DVD workout program, “Tony Little’s Feel Fit Forever.” She is an eHow Fitness Expert, a former news anchor / reporter and has worked on numerous infomercials as either a consultant, host, expert testimonial, testimonial trainer or program designer. Additionally, she has served as a spokesperson and brand ambassador for several health, fitness and apparel brands, such as Skechers, as well as a Master Instructor for brands such as Mad Dogg Athletics and Core Stix.

Jill appears regularly as a fitness expert for KABC-7 news, is often interviewed for as a health & fitness expert in national magazines like Good Housekeeping and Cooking Light. Jill is also featured in the most recent P90 DVD series for BeachBody. Other appearances include a character profile on the USA network for Subaru and as a featured model in a print campaign for Volkswagon Eos. Earlier in her career, she appeared in several fitness shows including the hit TV workout series “Crunch!” on ESPN2.

Jill holds certifications from ACE, STOTT Pilates, YogaWorks, Spinning and more. She is a professional member of IDEA, the International Exercise Association.

Greg Camarillo
Ex-National Football League (NFL) Player

Wide Receiver, SD Chargers, MIA Dolphins, MN Vikings, NO Saints
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
Earned Academic All-Pac-10 Honors

After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and earning Academic All-Pac-10 honors for three years, Greg was offered a chance to try out with the San Diego Chargers. Greg has always embraced the 'underdog' role as motivation to work hard for success. Originally a walk-on punter at Stanford, he eventually earned a scholarship as a wide receiver and became a solid contributor on offense. Being passed on during the NFL draft did not stop Greg from achieving his dreams. His hard work earned him a spot on the practice squad in his first year. By his fourth season (2008), he was a starting receiver who finished second on the team in total receptions. In 2009, he was the only NFL player to tally at least 50 catches without dropping a single pass. Originally a long shot to make the NFL, Greg ended up playing eight years as a receiver and punt returner for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. Over his career, he totaled 142 catches and five touchdowns. Greg's hard work continued off the field, especially while serving the community. He was awarded the Dolphin's Man of the Year Award and the prestigious NFL's JB Award. Both awards recognize excellence in building better communities and stronger families.

Greg is now a graduate student at San Diego State University pursuing a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. Greg is working towards a career in collegiate athletics, following his passion for both school and sports.

Prajakta Ranade MS RD CDE
Clinical Dietitian, Stanford Health Care

RD, Certified Diabetic Educator
Heart Healthy Nutrition and Weight Mgmt. Specialist
Stanford Preventive Cardiology & South Asian Translational Health

Prajakta is a Registered Dietitian with over 6 years of experience in clinical nutrition, wellness and health promotion. As a Clinical Dietitian at Stanford Health Care, Prajakta is managing inpatient nutritional needs for complex post-surgical patients in the Cardiac Care Unit and Cardiac Surgery Rehab Unit. In addition, she works closely with the Preventive Cardiology and South Asian Translational Health Initiative, which evaluate evidence-based practice recommendations in the outpatient population. Her primary focus revolves around the weight management, heart disease, diabetes and pre-diabetic population and early intervention and prevention of complications through extensive diet and lifestyle counseling.

Prajakta began her career performing nutrition screenings, evaluations, and nutrition risk assessments for adult and pediatric patients at Baylor University Medical Center. She was the Neonatal and Pediatric Dietitian at Cook County Hospital where she provided nutritional care for premature and critically ill infants and pediatric patients with acute and chronic medical conditions (NICU, PICU, Pediatric ward).

As a registered dietitian and nutrition coach, Prajakta creates a results-oriented and supportive environment for her clients. “I see my role as the ‘Enabler’ guiding my clients in their chosen health maintenance activities which include personalised goal setting, tailored health and nutrition advice, mindful eating, monitoring meals, feedback on their progress and guidance through the common pitfalls.” Having worked at some of the premier hospitals across the country, Prajakta is able to work effectively with diverse demographics affected by complex medical conditions.

She is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), board certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP), and has completed her Certificate Training in Adult Weight Management.

Dr. Hina Chaudhry
Assoc. Prof. of Medicine, Mt. Sinai

Cardiologist, Scientist, and Entrepreneur
MD, Harvard Medical School
Expert Commentator on Cardiovascular Disease for CNN

Hina W. Chaudhry, MD is a cardiologist, scientist, and entrepreneur. She is currently Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

She is also Founder of VentriNova, Inc., a biotech company aimed at developing clinical treatments for cardiac regeneration. Her work has been published in leading scientific/medical journals and she is regularly invited to speak globally on cardiovascular disease, and is an on-air commentator for CNN.

She has been awarded some of the highest awards in her field, including Irving Scholar at Columbia University, TEDMED 2013 Innovation Scholar, National Institutes of Health Research Career Award, American Heart Association Clinician-Scientist Award and was the top ranked cardiology fellow in the nation for an NIH National Research Service Award and many others. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry from MIT, and an MD with Honors from Harvard Medical School.

Randolph W. Evans, MD
Neurologist, Clinical Professor, & Editor

Clinical Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Author of Numerous Articles & Books
Appeared on CNN, ABC-News, NYT, Wall Street Journal

A native Houstonian, Randolph W. Evans, MD received his B.A. from Rice University in 1974 and M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in 1978. Dr. Evans completed his internship and residency in Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine in 1982. He is board certified in Neurology and subspecialty certified in Headache Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society, and the Texas Neurological Society.

Dr. Evans is clinical professor at Baylor College of Medicine and on the staff of Park Plaza Hospital, the Methodist Hospital, and Baylor St. Luke’s Hospital.

Dr. Evans has numerous publications. Books include the following: senior editor of Prognosis of Neurological Disorders, 1st and 2nd editions and editor of Neurology and Trauma, 1st and 2nd editions; Iatrogenic Disorders; Diagnostic Testing in Neurology; Neurologic Treatment; the Saunders Manual of Neurologic Practice; Case Studies in Neurology ; Secondary Headache Disorders 1st and 2nd editions; Neurology Case Studies; Common Neurologic Disorders; Migraine and other Primary Headaches; and the co-author of Handbook of Headache, 1st and 2nd editions. Dr. Evans is an author of over 250 journal publications and 75 book chapters and is on the editorial boards of many publications including Headache, Medlink Neurology, BMC Medicine, BMC Neurology, Headache Currents, Practical Neurology, Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery, and consulting editor of Neurologic Clinics of North America. Dr. Evans has been an ad hoc peer reviewer for numerous additional journals including BMJ, Lancet, Lancet Neurology, Neurology, and the New England Journal of Medicine and is a subject advisor for BMJ.
Media appearances include ABC-News, CNN-Headline News, Univision, CBS radio, The Learning Channel, BBC radio, the Houston Chronicle, the New York Times, the LA Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today,,, and Dr. Evans has been listed in the publications “Best Doctors in America,” America’s Top Doctors,” “Guide to America’s Top Physicians,” “US News Top Doctors,” “Texas Super Doctors,” “Top Doctors in Houston,” and “Doctors Choice Award.” Dr. Evans received the 2014 Texas Neurological Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Offices held include president of the Harris County Neurological Society (2002-2003), president of the Texas Neurological Society (2005-2006), and chief of neurology at Park Plaza Hospital.

Susie Garcia
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Author

International Best Selling Author and Nutrition Expert
Founder and Owner, Nutrition For Your Lifestyle
Appeared in and

Susie Garcia is an award-winning Dietitian supporting others and making an impact to address better food habits, healthier living, and creating a culture of empowered eaters.

She received the prestigious Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and the Texas Dietetic Association and recently was the recipient of the Amazing Impact Award from the Inspirational Business Leaders Council.

Susie is a #1 International Best Selling author, Speaker and Nutrition Expert She is co-author of Psyched to be Skinny: How to Stop Emotional Eating, Enjoy Healthy Weight Loss & Keep it Off for Life!

Susie is Founder and Owner Nutrition for Your Lifestyle, and works with individuals and companies throughout the country. Previously Susie taught Nutrition and Food Safety courses at the Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, CA. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Entrepreneurs Practice Group, Bay Area Dietetic Association. She also served as Media Representative for the California Dietetic Association and PR Chairperson for the Texas Dietetic Association.

Susie has appeared on local and national and has been a contributing author for numerous national magazines and websites including and Susie has filmed two cooking video series for as well as a première episode on Complexion Kitchen.

Susie is a graduate of North Dakota State University and completed her dietetic internship at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
OB/GYN & Integrative Health Specialist

MD, University of Southern California School of Medicine
Residency, Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Appeared on The Today Show, Dr. Oz, & The O'Reilly Factor

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz is involved in women’s empowerment and public education, and appears frequently as an expert in women’s and integrative health on TV, online and in print. Dr. Suzanne completed her undergraduate education at Wesleyan University and post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies at Mills College. She earned her medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has been in private practice of obstetrics and gynecology in Beverly Hills, CA since 2000. After many years of a personal yoga and meditation practice, she completed her Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist degree at California College of Ayurveda in 2010 and was board certified in Integrative and Holistic medicine in 2008.
Dr. Suzanne’ s diverse background includes research experience combining Ayurveda and conventional medicine, an exploration of the relationship between psychosocial risk factors in pregnant urban teens and participation on a MacArthur Foundation funded team at University of California at San Francisco. She has worked at San Francisco’s famed Haight Ashbury Free Clinic and supervised midwives and residents at an inner city hospital in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Suzanne has taught at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, The National Ayurvedic Medical Association, Yoga Studios and Childbirth conferences and appeared on TV shows such as The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Headline News and The O’Reilly’ Factor, The Talk, The Steve Harvey Show, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers and The Tyra Banks Show
Dr. Suzanne is co-founder of Cedars Sinai Medical Center’s Green Committee, a 2014-2015 Doximity Medical Social Media Fellow, and is deeply committed to the promotion of healing that involves individuals, families, communities and the planet. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children in a “green” renovated home with a sustainable native plants garden and organic urban mini-farm.

Dr. Scott Hacker
Team Orthopedic Surgeon, US Olympic Team

Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, & US Olympic Ski Team
Sports Medicine Fellowship, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic
Knee & Shoulder Surgery (Athletic Injuries)

Dr. Hacker is a native San Diegan who returned to San Diego in Aug. 2003 to bring world-class training and expertise to athletes, individuals and workers in Southwestern California and the United States.

He is board certified and fellowship trained in knee and shoulder surgery in the treatment of sports related injuries. He has special interest in advanced arthroscopic techniques, the treatment of arthritis and alternatives to joint replacement surgery.

His broad expertise includes arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee and treatment of athletic injuries. He currently serves as a Team Orthopedic Surgeon for the United States Olympic Team at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. He was previously affiliated during his fellowship with the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies and the US Olympic Ski Team and continues to treat professional, college, high school and recreational athletes.

Majoring in Engineering at the University of California San Diego, Dr. Hacker graduated Magna Cum Laude and went on to receive a Regent’s Fellowship to continue his engineering studies at UC San Diego, completing a graduate degree in Bioengineering, specializing in orthopedic biomechanics and properties of the human meniscus and cartilage. Dr. Hacker participated in extensive orthopedic research including landmark work describing the ability of the medial collateral ligament to heal and the anterior cruicate ligament to require reconstruction under Dr. Savio Woo at UCSD.

After his general surgery and orthopedic surgery training at the University of Washington, Seattle, he was awarded the prestigious orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the internationally famous Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. In Vail, he trained under Dr. Richard Steadman and Dr. Richard Hawkins in knee and shoulder surgery, working with athletes and dignitaries from around the globe.

Dr. Hacker continues to teach regarding arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery and serves a clinical instructor to the San Diego Sports Medicine Fellowship program. He has published 7 scientific papers in peer reviewed orthopaedic journals, wrote 1 Book Chapter, and presented 15 scientific abstracts at national meetings. He is board certified by the American Board or Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Ole-Petter R. Hamnvik
Endocrinologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Endocrinologist and Associate Program Director, Fellowship Program in Endocrinology, BWH
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Hamnvik went to medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland. During medical school, he received numerous awards for academic excellence, including national awards reserved for the top three students in Ireland.
He went on to complete internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Boston, MA. During his fellowship, he trained in clinical and translational research and obtain a Masters in Medical Science from Harvard Medical School. Since finishing his training, Dr. Hamnvik has remained at BWH as a clinician and educator.
Clinically, Dr. Hamnvik treats patients with a variety of endocrine disorders. His area of interest is endocrine disorders in cancer patients; he is currently launching an innovative clinical program to provide tailored endocrine care to this patient group in conjunction with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Hamnvik is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Academy at Harvard Medical School, in recognition of his dedication to education. He spent one year as a Chief Medical Resident where he was responsible for teaching the Internal Medicine residents at BWH. He is currently an Associate Fellowship Program Director for the training program in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension at BWH. He actively directs educational programs, such as the Brigham Endocrinology Board Review Course, as well as the Diabetes Management Academy and a course on Effectively Communicating Research for a group of Latin-American physicians. He is invited to speak nationally and internationally on endocrine topics; examples include the keynote address at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cosmetic Surgery discussing testosterone therapy, and a week as an educational scholar at a Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Japan. He has published widely in reputable journals including in Cancer and in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Nicole F. Holovach
Registered & Licensed Dietitian, Organic Farmer

Specializing in Integrative and Functional Medicine
Experience at USDA and The Institute of Medicine
MS, Nutrition Communication, Tufts University

Nicole cares about food quality, food systems, environmental effects on health, food anthropology and culture, and body image issues. She owns a farm and vineyard with her family in Maryland. She owns a farm and vineyard with her family in Maryland, where they raise chicken and pigs, garden, and grow wine grapes for various local wineries.

She has an eclectic background in nutrition that includes stints at a major consumer publication, a government agency, an obesity research nonprofit, an integrative health clinic, and a holistic fertility center. She completed her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University in Journalism, and her graduate degree at Tufts University in Nutrition Communication.

Nicole thinks there is so much information out there on what we should and shouldn’t be eating. Recommendations seem to change every month or so! Everyone has an opinion, a blog, a book, and attests to incredible health from their chosen ‘diet’. After 15+ years of studying nutrition and implementing various dietary practices on herself and her clients, she has arrived at some fundamental principles which she now shares with her clients.

“I don’t think there is one diet that those who live long healthy lives adhere to. Instead, I think there are some common practices that healthy people around the world have in common. Restrictive diets full of expensive 'super foods' and aimless supplements are not among these practices! I would say those that live well into old age have low stress levels (or know how to manage their stress), minimal inflammation, and have a high metabolism. I believe that we should eat a diet and live a lifestyle that focuses on these three things: minimizing stress levels and inflammation, while supporting the metabolism."

She became interested in metabolic health when learning how to manage her hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s disease, which is no longer an issue due to dietary and lifestyle changes. Learn more at

Dr. Shadi Hosseini, DDS
Dental Health Expert, Good Morning America

Recognized as Leading Dentist by ABC
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dogoni School of Dentistry
Received Awards in Cosmetics and Patient Management

Dr. Shadi Hosseini grew up in the city of Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Hosseini graduated from UCLA with a degree in Psychobiology and a minor in Biochemistry. She worked at a state of the art dental office in Los Angeles for a pediatric dentist for two years while doing research at the UCLA School of Dentistry. She pursued her dental degree at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dogoni School of Dentistry, located in the heart of San Francisco. She continued her education at a Level 1 Trauma Center, St. Barnabus Hospital located in Bronx, NY, where she gained experience in surgery, implantology and complex patient care management. Her cosmetic training and knowledge led her to be asked by the producer of ABC to be featured on Good Morning America to discuss and educate on the importance of good oral hygiene and the effects of laser teeth whitening. She has been recognized by ABC as the leading dentist for the network and has received recognition as the best dentist in NYC.

Her philosophy is centered on her commitment to a service of excellence in every procedure. “My goal is to enhance each individual smile and customize every patient’s outcome for best results possible. By always listening to my patients needs, I am dedicated to providing my patients with the most comfortable, relaxed dental experience possible”.

Along with receiving several awards for her work in cosmetics and patient management, Dr. Hosseini’s publications include her research on Pulp Vitality with laser bleaching and Fluoride absorption in the prestigious Journal of Dental Association. She is affiliated with the California Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, & American Academy of General Dentistry.

Barry J. Jacobs
Psychologist, Family Therapist, Author

Dir., Behavioral Sciences, Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency
AARP Caregiving Advisory Panel
Author, The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers

Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and the author of the book, The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers—Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent (Guilford, 2006). As a clinician, he specializes in helping families cope with serious and chronic medical illnesses. As an educator, he works as the Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, PA and has had adjunct faculty positions with the Temple University School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Department of Psychology of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He is the national spokesperson on family caregiving for the American Heart Association and a member of the AARP Caregiving Advisory Panel. He was a member of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Caregiving that produced the Caregiver Briefcase website. A former journalist, he writes a monthly column on family caregiving for and was the long-time editor of the “In Sickness & Health” column for the APA journal Families, Systems & Health. He is a past board member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, a national organization dedicated to the integration of physical and mental healthcare, and contributes frequently to its “Families and Health” blog. He is also an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association and is on the expert panel for the Caregiving Crisis Great Challenge for

Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Hahnemann/Widener Universities. He lives with his wife and two children in Swarthmore, PA. He maintains a website—

Espen D. Kateraas
Accomplished Endurance Athlete

Avid Cyclist, Runner, and Healthcare Entrepreneur
NY City Marathon: 2 hrs and 44 minutes
7 Year Straight USA Triathlon All-American

Espen’s love for endurance sports - cycling in particular - started back in Norway in the mid 1980's, where he dreamt of becoming a professional cyclist in the early days of his "career". He has endured many changes along the way - but one thing has always stayed constant; his love for the run and the bike.

People often ask him ‘how’ he finds time to stay so ‘fit’ while working on various business projects while also supporting his family. The answer is quite simple: “I make my health, both physical and mental, my number 1 priority.”

While his race schedule has lightened up over the last few years, he still finds time to compete regularly. He varies his competitive activities to running, road cycling, mountain biking, triathlon or cyclocross.

He has won his fair share of competitions over the years, his personal gratification and ‘reward’ for living an active life style has been grounded in his continuous commitment to making sports a true part of his personal identity.

That said, he really enjoys competing (“for my own personal ‘glory’ and to see how long I can still beat guys half my age :”) he was a little surprised to see that he now has more than 120 races recorded on his Athlinks public profile. Here are a few of the accomplishments he’s most proud of:

New York City Marathon: 2 hrs 44 min
Amsterdam Marathon: 2 hrs 46 min
West Point Triathlon: Overall Champion
Brandywine Duathlon: Overall Champion
Endurosport Half Ironman: 3rd Place Overall
Skylands Triathlon: 4th Place Overall
Longhorn Half Ironman: 1st Place Age-Group
DC Triathlon: 1st Place Age-Group
Nautica New York Triathlon: 4th Place Age-Group
Columbia Triathlon: 4th Place Age-Group
Eagleman Ironman 70.3: 8th Place Age-Group
TU Age-Group World Championships: 17th Place Age-Group
USAT Age Group National Championship: 14th Place Age-Group

Chris Kidawski
CrossFit Level 1 Coach & Elite Athlete Trainer

Clients include NFL, MLB players, UFC Champions, Navy SEALs & Marines
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Chris Kidawski is the owner and operator at the fastest growing CrossFit gym in South Florida, CrossFit Kismet, where he is leading the industry in mobility, pain management, and nutritional counseling. As a CrossFit Level 1 Coach, he has been training and competing in CrossFit competitions for a year and a half now, coaching several athletes to elite level wins in local competitions.

Coach CK, has been coaching athletes on the high school, collegiate, and professional levels for the past 17 years. His clients have ranged from Major League pitchers, to NFL wide receivers, UFC champions, Navy SEALs, and Marines. Some of the athletes Coach CK has trained include, but are not limited to: Chad Owens (3X MVP for the Toronto Argos, 2X Grey Cup Winner, 2012 MOP Award), Davone Bess (Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns), Brandon League (LA Dodgers), Robbie Lawler (UFC), and Natasha Kai (US Olympic Soccer Team). He started his coaching career at The University of New York at Buffalo where he trained Women’s Basketball, and assisted with Track, Swimming, and the Men and Women’s Soccer teams. Chris continued his education at The University of Hawaii at Manoa where he not only earned his MS in Kinesiology, but also was selected to be the Graduate Strength and Conditioning Assistant. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with a USA Weightlifting certification.

Dr. Kevin Knopf
Dir., Hematology / Oncology, St. Luke’s Hospital

MD, UCSF School of Medicine
MPH, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health
NIH Health Services & Outcomes Research Fellowship

Dr. Knopf obtained his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and completed residencies in internal medicine at Northwestern Medical School. He completed combined fellowships in Medical Oncology and a Research Fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Knopf was formerly Director of Clinical Research at the Annapolis Oncology Center, where he was a principal investigator and co-principal investigator on numerous clinical oncology clinical trials.

He has practiced in San Francisco since 2006 – out of California Pacific Medical Center and St Luke's Hospital, where he is the Director of Hematology/Oncology. He also has a smaller practice in Internal Medicine. He is also the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo.

Dr. Knopf is an expert on health economics and outcomes research, particularly on the evaluation of cost-effectiveness in cancer care. He is an editor at Value Based Cancer Care and publishes and lectures on the cost-effectiveness of cancer therapies and treatment.

He investigates cost-effectiveness, patterns and quality of care, decision analysis, health systems analysis, “big data” in cancer care, and analytic techniques.

Dr. Knopf specializes clinically in the treatment of hematological malignancies, and cancers of the colon, rectum, lung, and prostate.

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Dr. Paul Nussbaum
President & Founder Brain Health Center

Clinical Neuropsychologist
Adjunct Professor, Neurological Surgery, Univ. of Pittsburgh
Expert in Neuroanatomy & Human Behavior

Doctor Nussbaum is a board-certified clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychology. He has 25 years experience in the care of older persons suffering dementia, head injury, and related neuropsychiatric disorders. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and American Academy of Clinical Psychology. Having earned Phi-Beta Kappa and his Doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona in 1991, Dr. Nussbaum completed his internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is an adjunct Professor in Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

He is the Founder and President of Brain Health Center, Inc. that integrates mind-body-spiritual wellness with clinical approaches for a holistic program to overall balance and brain health. The Center serves to both educate and apply Dr. Nussbaum’s approach to wellness across the lifespan relying on his Brain Health Lifestyle®. The Center works with individuals and companies, organizations, and schools across the world. An expert in neuroanatomy and human behavior, Dr. Nussbaum has published many peer reviewed articles, books, and chapters within the scientific community. He also serves on the editorial boards for several scientific and clinical journals.

Dr. Nussbaum is an international leader in the area of brain health lifestyle®. His presentations on brain health including his 2013 DVD Save Your Brain and his 2010 book Save your Brain (named top five in brain fitness by AARP) are an easy to follow and informative guide to increasing the health of your brain. Doctor Nussbaum educates the general public on the basics of the human brain and how to keep the brain healthy over the entire lifespan. He has presented his views on brain health at the United Nations, National Press Club, and CSPAN. His keynote presentations are both informative and fun and he is often interviewed by the local and national press/media.

Dr. Nussbaum serves as Chief Scientific Officer for many diverse companies and the “face of brain health” to others. His work bridges neuroscience to the general public.

For more information about Brain health, the Brain Health Center, or to contact Dr. Nussbaum, visit his website ( or email (

Danielle Omar
Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist, Author

Nutrition and Health Blogger, Culinary Spokesperson
Educator and Healthy Lifestyle Coach
Contributor to Food Network, Nightline, & The New York Times

Danielle Omar is a Washingtonian magazine Top Nutritionist with the unique ability to reach beyond the drumbeat of calories and carbs and into a world where nutrition is tangible, fun and understandable. As a registered dietitian in Northern Virginia, Danielle uses a functional nutrition approach to help hundreds of working professionals realize their health goals. She is also a recipe developer, amateur food photographer, and blogger at Food Confidence, her plant-based food and nutrition blog.

She has contributed to news segments and nutrition-related news stories for local Washington, DC affiliates at FOX, CBS and ABC, The New York Times and The Washington Post as well as major entertainment outlets such as Nightline and Food Network. Danielle frequently contributes to nutrition and healthy eating stories for The Washingtonian magazines health blog, Well+Being.

Danielle is a published author. In her book Skinny Juices, 101 Juicing Recipes for Detox and Weight Loss Danielle shows you how juicing can be an effective supplement to living a clean, detox lifestyle. Her juices focus on detox and weight loss, anti-aging, digestive health, and super immunity.

Her professional history includes the development of company-wide wellness programs in the Washington, DC area, including Employee of the Year at Lifetime Fitness. She also served as a member of the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge, a campaign centered on the Council For Responsible Nutrition’s three pillars of wellness: healthy diet, exercise, and appropriate supplementation.

In addition to private counseling, Danielle has over ten years experience as an adjunct professor in nutrition science. She brings real-life understanding to diet and nutrition counseling. After all, she’s a working mom who balances her professional pursuits with a busy home life. She knows how easy it can be to fall into roller-coaster eating patterns when life gets hectic.

Prajakta Ranade, MS RD CDE
Clinical Dietitian, Stanford Health Care

RD, Certified Diabetic Educator
Heart Healthy Nutrition and Weight Mgmt. Specialist
Stanford Preventive Cardiology & South Asian Translational Health

Prajakta is a Registered Dietitian with over 6 years of experience in clinical nutrition, wellness and health promotion. As a Clinical Dietitian at Stanford Health Care, Prajakta is managing inpatient nutritional needs for complex post-surgical patients in the Cardiac Care Unit and Cardiac Surgery Rehab Unit. In addition, she works closely with the Preventive Cardiology and South Asian Translational Health Initiative, which evaluate evidence-based practice recommendations in the outpatient population. Her primary focus revolves around the weight management, heart disease, diabetes and pre-diabetic population and early intervention and prevention of complications through extensive diet and lifestyle counseling.

Prajakta began her career performing nutrition screenings, evaluations, and nutrition risk assessments for adult and pediatric patients at Baylor University Medical Center. She was the Neonatal and Pediatric Dietitian at Cook County Hospital where she provided nutritional care for premature and critically ill infants and pediatric patients with acute and chronic medical conditions (NICU, PICU, Pediatric ward).

As a registered dietitian and nutrition coach, Prajakta creates a results-oriented and supportive environment for her clients. “I see my role as the ‘Enabler’ guiding my clients in their chosen health maintenance activities which include personalised goal setting, tailored health and nutrition advice, mindful eating, monitoring meals, feedback on their progress and guidance through the common pitfalls.” Having worked at some of the premier hospitals across the country, Prajakta is able to work effectively with diverse demographics affected by complex medical conditions.

She is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), board certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP), and has completed her Certificate Training in Adult Weight Management.

Dr. Cate Shanahan
Science Director, LA Lakers PRO Nutrition

Board-Certified Family Physician & Author
CEO, Napa Valley Weight Loss
MD, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Catherine Shanahan, MD is science director of the LA Lakers PRO Nutrition program, consultant for Mark Sisson's Primal BluePrint certification program, board certified Family Physician and author of the underground classic Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, and the easy-to-read executive summary of holistic nutrition, Food Rules: A Doctors Guide to Healthy Eating. She is also a Cornell trained genetic researcher with over two decades of clinical experience in medicine and is CEO of Napa Valley Weight Loss, the premier weight loss and metabolic health center in health-conscious Northern California. Dr. Shanahan became an advocate for healthy living when she began to observe dramatic changes in the bone structure, immune-system hyper-reactivity, and behavioral development across generations of patients in the same family.

Deep Nutrition describes how these changes in genetic health have resulted from changes to our eating habits. She ditches the Food Pyramid and outlines the original human diet based around common elements to all traditional diets, the 4 Pillars of World Cuisine. These are the four categories of foods that helped to make our ancestors strong and fit, but most of us today are lucky if we include one of the four. Food Rules provides a quick, how-to guide to expanding our diets, including new foods and adapting new habits to create a powerfully healthy lifestyle.

Dr Cate wants to empower her patients and her readers with the knowledge to lose weight, get healthy, and have healthy children by following principles of traditional nutrition. She has received many thank you letters from around the world written by readers who have astounded their friends, family, and their doctors and been taken off chronic prescriptions.

Melanie R. Silverman
Pediatric Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Pediatric Clinical Dietitian, Univ. of Chicago Medical Center
Contributor to Huffington Post

Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, is a pediatric registered dietitian nutritionist and a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) working primarily in pediatric nutrition for 15 years.

She worked for seven years in pediatric intensive care and outpatient clinics at The University of Chicago Medical Center and then, in 2003, opened her private practice in Laguna Beach, CA where she counsels families on picky eating, food allergies, poor weight gain, obesity, breastfeeding, Celiac Disease and Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Melanie is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group, International Lactation Consultant Association, Food Allergy Research and Education Group, Prader-Willi California Foundation and writes for The Huffington Post. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago.

She has presented at state and national meetings for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), March of Dimes, Prader-Willi California Foundation, Texas Prader-Willi Association, Oklahoma Prader Willi Syndrome Association, Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR) in the United States and Canada and the Prader-Willi Syndrome USA (PWSA).

Melanie has a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan
Asst. Prof. Exercise & Sports Science, UNC

Teaches at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
PhD, Exercise Physiology & Sports Nutrition
Research Interest: Exercise & Nutrition Interventions

Abbie E. Smith-Ryan, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FISSN is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Her research interests center around exercise and nutrition interventions to modify various aspects of body composition, cardiovascular health, and metabolic function. She is an active researcher in the field of sport nutrition and exercise performance, in both healthy and clinical populations. Some of her primary work has focused on high-intensity interval training, beta-alanine, and creatine supplemenation. Dr. Smith-Ryan contributes to the current body of scientific literature through her many peer-reviewed manuscripts, scholastic books/ chapters, and international/national presentations. She is also heavily involved with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Bridget Swinney
Award-Winning Author MS, RDN

Prenatal Nutrition and Family Eating Expert
Child Magazine’s Top 10 Parenting Books of the Year
Media: Good Morning America & The Food Network

Bridget Swinney MS, RDN is a health communicator, award-winning author and well-regarded nutrition expert in the field of prenatal nutrition, child nutrition, and family eating matters. A frequent speaker and media guest, she is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Bridget received her Bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and her Master of Science degree from Texas Woman's University. She has been a registered dietitian for more than 20 years.

She has written three books: Eating Expectantly: Practical Advice for Healthy Eating Before, During and After Pregnancy, Baby Bites: Everything You Need to Know about Feeding Babies and Toddlers in One Handy Book, and Healthy Food for Healthy Kids: The Practical and Tasty Guide to Child Nutrition. She is co-author of the Healthy Heart Formula.

Eating Expectantly, 1st edition, won the Child Magazine's Top Ten Parenting Books of the Year, and Baby Bites was awarded an Media Award. Her writing has also appeared in Parents, Healthy Kids, Parenting and American Baby Magazine. She has appeared in Good Morning America, The Food Network, Fox, WGN and local networks in Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.

As a nutrition consultant, Bridget has done a variety of work, both as a nutrition therapist in clinical and public health settings and as a speaker to consumers and health professionals. She has spent most of her career helping moms and their families learn to eat a healthier diet. Learn more at

Dr. Candy Tsourounis
Professor Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF

Contributes to UCSF Medication Outcomes Center
PharmD, University of Illinois, Chicago
Expertise: Helping Consumers Use Evidence-Based Approach to Dietary Supplements

Dr. Candy Tsourounis is Professor of Clinical Pharmacy in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Tsourounis contributes to the Department’s Medication Outcomes Center, which conducts medication-related research and evidence-based analyses, evaluates pharmaceutical models of care, contributes to continuous quality improvement, implements value-added strategies and improves patient outcomes within the UCSF Medical Center and its affiliated institutions.

Dr. Tsourounis has over 20 years of experience working in drug information centers and providing medication and dietary supplement information to consumers. She coordinates and teaches a drug information course for student pharmacists at UCSF which focuses on consumer communication strategies, health literacy and drug information interpretation. She has also developed an expertise within the area of dietary supplements as is passionate about helping consumers use dietary supplements in a responsible and evidence-based approach.

Ashley Turner
Yoga–Meditation Instructor, Psychotherapist

Creator of 7 Bestselling Yoga DVDs
DETAILS Magazine: “Top 6 Trainers in 2014”
"#2 Online Influencer for Stress Relief" by Dr. Oz’s

Elevating personal growth as a lifestyle, Ashley Turner, M.A., MFTI is a yoga/meditation teacher, registered Marriage + Family Psychotherapy Intern, Writer and Ordained Priestess.
She is the creator of the wildly popular MEDITATION 101 Virtual Conference (over 25,000 participants in 2014), digital course HOW TO MEDITATE, 7 best-selling yoga DVDs and co-author of Aroma Yoga. DETAILS magazine named Ashley “One of the top 6 personal trainers in 2014". Known for her innovative fusion of neurobiology, Western psychotherapy and yoga/meditation, Ashley focuses on functional approaches to holistic health.

She is a regular contributor Huffington Post, Mind Body Green and Positively Positive and frequently featured in national outlets such as Washington Post, Natural Health, Shape, Self, Health, Women’s Health and more.

Her original and most profound yoga teacher is Ram Dass and she began her formal training in classical Ashtanga Yoga with his Hatha Yoga teacher, Baba Hari Das at the Mt. Madonna Yoga Center near Watsonville, CA. Subsequently, she studied extensively with Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga, Mark Whitwell, Seane Corn, Mona Miller, Dr. Ron Alexander, Govindas and Krishna Das – but recognizes the ultimate teacher is life itself!
Ashley consults Hollywood creatives, distinguished business leaders, couples, adolescents and individuals. With a diverse palate and ability to speak to a wide audience, Ashley has toured with rock stars teaching yoga, lectured in academic settings and lead transformational events worldwide.

Ashley lives by the ocean in Marina Del Rey, CA and in the mountains of Aspen, CO.

Dr. Gail M. Whitelaw
Audiologist / Professor, Doctor of Audiology

Dir., The Ohio State Univ. Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
Past-President, American Academy of Audiology
Specialty Certification in Pediatric Audiology

Gail M. Whitelaw, Ph.D., M,H,A. is the Director of The Ohio State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Dr. Whitelaw is an audiologist with interests in pediatric and educational audiology, auditory processing and its disorders, and in the assessment and management of tinnitus. She is also interested in clinical education and teaches in the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program at Ohio State. She provides direct clinical services to patients and their families and is a preceptor for audiology students in their clinical education program. Dr. Whitelaw is a Board Certified Audiologist with specialty certification in Pediatric Audiology. She is a past-president of both the Ohio Academy of Audiology and the American Academy of Audiology and past-Chair of the Board of Governors of the American Board of Audiology.

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"The very next day after I sold my last company, I had a massive chest pain during a 10K race and ended up in the ER. My father had his first heart attack in his mid-40s. Fortunately, it turned out not to be a heart attack for me but it definitely got my attention. With the support of my family and friends, I changed my health and lost 40 lbs. I decided, then, that my next company would try to improve the health of the world."
Prior to HiQ, Munjal was co-founder & CEO of (computer vision/machine learning company sold to Google) & co-founder & CEO of Andale (eventually sold to Alibaba). He is on the foundation board of El Camino Hospital. He is an advisor/investor in: Rocketfuel (NASDAQ: Fuel), Meebo (sold to Google), Swell (Sold to Apple), Blindsight (Sold to Amazon), Lift Labs (Sold to Google), Kabam, TaskRabbit, Pubmatic, InterAxon, Amara Health & more. Munjal has a Masters in CS from Stanford and a Bachelors in CS from UCSD.
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"When I turned 40, after 4 years leading business development for a start-up that became a billion $ company, I found out my cholesterol & blood sugar were dangerously high. I had not lost the weight my doctor had harassed me about for years, so he prescribed statins. I felt I was too young to be on a life long medication, so it was time to make a real change. I made sustainable lifestyle changes that brought my metabolic markers in line. Exercise has been particularly challenging for me as I suffer from migraines that are aggravated by intense exertion. That was 50 pounds and 6.5 years ago, there’s no looking back."
Before co-founding Hi.Q, Gaurav had been the business lead at many successful start-ups, most recently (sold to Google), NexTag (acquired by Providence Equity Partners), Veon (acquired by Phillips). He has also built new businesses for media companies including Google, Comcast and America Online. Gaurav has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s with honors from Wharton.
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"I have always been thin and I am a vegetarian. I used to think that this basically gave me a free pass and that I was healthy, but that turned out not to be true. I would eat tons of sweets daily and not a very balanced diet. As a result, I discovered that at the age of 28, my blood sugar bordered on pre-diabetic. This was particularly concerning as I have diabetes on both sides of my family. Through carefully moderating my food and exercising religiously, I was able to bring my blood sugar down and avoid a difficult future."
Before Hi.Q, Vishal was CTO of a mobile startup called Pico, a Start-X-incubated company. Prior to that, he was software architect and co-founder of two startups in the clean tech space. Vishal has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and also spent several years there researching microarchitecture. He also has a Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Bachelors in Math from the University of Texas.
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"I was born with a metabolic disorder called PKU. This meant that growing up, I could never eat hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, cake, or anything high in protein. My mom and my nutritionist made sure I was surrounded by healthy PKU food so I could have a normal childhood. They also taught me about the science of PKU and connected me with the PKU community, where I have eased the fears of many PKU families."
Mark co-founded Pico, a StartX-incubated company, was a semi-finalist on Startupbus, and has been designing delightful products since graduating from Stanford with a Masters in Electrical Engineering, He also has a Bachelor's in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
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"Growing up in South Florida I was always active in competitive sports. However, in my early thirties, I began to focus too heavily on my career and stopped being physically active. This neglect led to a serious weight problem and I found myself weighing over 300lbs. After suffering a weight-related injury, I decided to return to a healthy lifestyle and two years later I had safely lost 120lbs."
Brett began his first programming job at the age of 13. After three years and earning multiple degrees from Florida State University he returned to the workforce. Eventually, in 2007, he joined Google and where he worked as a backend system engineer for Gmail. Brett has focused on security, data encryption, and server reliability throughout his career and he brings these skills to Hi.Q.
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"I lost my father to cardiovascular disease when I was six. After my first child was born, I found out that I had inherited the same risk profile as my father. Determined not to let my family suffer the same fate, I began my health journey - which continues to this day. With support from my family, and combining the best from latest research and traditional wisdom, I've been able to keep my risk markers in check."
Ardaman scored ahead of 99.6% of applicants in the entrance exam for IIT in India. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, and has held senior technical positions at a number of startups, Microsoft and Intel. He brings experience in software development, product management and devops across different industries: EDA, e-commerce, enterprise software and video delivery systems.
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"I developed poor health habits after years of stressful student and work life. I found myself never being able to get enough sleep, with acne, and with digestion problems. Over the years , I balanced my lifestyle, improving my diet and becoming more active. I am now happier, healthier, and 40 pounds lighter."
Chander worked in the mobile tech industry for over 10 years before Hi.Q. Most recently, he was a senior engineer in the mobile research group at ARM, coauthoring 5 papers and 2 patents. He also co-founded a personal fitness company, FitSteady. Chander holds bachelor and masters degrees in Computer Engineering from UT-Austin and USC respectively.
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"I was never into living a healthy lifestyle before working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where I learnt the lifetime risk of developing a cancer is a shocking 40% - much higher than I thought! I was also surprised to know that unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity are risk factors for a wide range of cancers. That's when I started to exercise regularly and eat healthy."
Shuo won a first and a third prize of the all China Math Olympiad in middle/high school. After obtaining a PhD in Statistics from University of Nebraska, Shuo worked as a Biostatistician at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where he developed novel methods to uncover gene variants associated with colorectal cancer. Shuo has a Bachelor from University of Science & Technology of China.
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Isaac Kohane
Professor of Bioinformatics
Harvard Medical School
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Stanley Lapidus
Founder and CEO of SynapDx, Cytyc, EXACT Sciences and Helicos BioSciences
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Neil Gesundheit
Professor of Endocrinology and Associate Dean
Stanford Medical School
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Martin Abrahamson
Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs
Joslin Center for Diabetes
Harvard Medical School
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Vijay Mehrotra
Professor of Business Analytics & Information Systems
University of San Francisco