Special guest: Rex Jones has been an educator with Garden of Life for more than 8 years and brings with him a lifelong passion for the natural foods industry and a strong knowledge of herbs. For more than 13 years he worked in a natural foods retail setting as a nutrition manager and herbalist. Rex also led classes, co-hosted a radio show, managed web content and gave a variety of in-store and off-site health lectures. He is excited to share Garden of Life’s mission of empowering extraordinary health.
Special guest: Dana Laake, RDH, MS, LDN, provides preventive and therapeutic medical nutrition services in Kensington, Maryland. Her practice encompasses the full spectrum of complex health issues for all ages, including children with special needs, ADHD and autism. In addition to media presentations, writing, radio talk show hosting and providing professional continuing education courses, Dana has been a Maryland legislative assistant on health issues and has served four gubernatorial appointments on two state health care regulatory boards.
Special guest: Joshua Chernov is a senior medical consultant for Xymogen with a focus on functional and integrative medicine. He is a certified personal trainer and a certified lifestyle educator. He is developing dietary and exercise regimens for cardiometabolic patients throughout the mid-Atlantic area, as well as working on a masters in nutrition.
Special guest: Erin Stokes, ND, is the Medical Director at MegaFood, and a registered naturopathic doctor in the state of Colorado. In her role as Medical Director, Erin has the opportunity to educate on health and wellness topics via webinars, radio shows, articles and blogs. Dr. Stokes received her naturopathic doctor degree from Bastyr University in 2001. Shortly afterwards she began to pursue her passion for educating others by teaching Western Pathology and Psychology of Healing at Southwest Acupuncture College. She combines her experience as a naturopathic doctor with an extensive background in the natural products industry. Erin’s personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives.
Special guest: Benjamin Lynch, ND, received his bachelor of science degree in cell and molecular biology from the University of Washington, and his doctorate in naturopathic medicine (ND) from Bastyr University. His passion for identifying the cause of disease directed him toward nutrigenomics and methylation dysfunction. Currently, he researches, writes and presents worldwide on the topic of MTHFR, methylation defects and genetic control. He is the author of the powerful book, Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health.
Special guest: Amber Lynn Vitse, CN, is a certified nutritionist in Integrative Nutrition, and also brings her training in Ayurvedic medicine to the Garden of Life education team. She has worked in product retail for 16 years, as well as maintained her own wellness practice, working with doctors and alternative health practitioners promoting optimum health, inside and out. Amber has written educational articles for a variety of natural health publications, and she is excited to be a Regional Educator for Garden of Life and continue the mission of Empowering Extraordinary Health®.
Special guest: Jan Kielmann, MS, CNS was trained in functional, integrative and environmental health by leading integrative practitioners. He is board certified in nutrition, pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN), and an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP) candidate. Jan focuses on nutritional and botanical interventions to support chronic, degenerative and auto-immune diseases, patients with cancer, energy and mental health challenges, as well as food intolerances, mold exposure, Lyme disease, chronic infections, general disease prevention and optimal wellness.
Special guest: Teri Cochrane, CCP, is an integrative practitioner in nutritional counseling. She received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Florida, and she is a graduate of the Huntington College of Health Sciences and the National Leadership Institute. She also has extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices, such as healing touch, craniosacral therapy, meditation techniques, certified coaching and herbology. Teri is currently in private practice in the metro DC area, where she specializes in complex health conditions and elite athletic performance. She is a frequent guest on BlogTalkRadio, including Thyroid Nation, Unlimited Realities and Life Mastery Radio.
Special guest: Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, six-time New York Times best-selling author, and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. For over 25 years, Dr. Fuhrman has shown that it is possible to achieve sustainable weight loss and reverse heart disease, diabetes and many other illnesses using smart nutrition. He created the “Nutritarian” diet, an eating plan that incorporates nutrient-dense, plant-rich foods, along with the latest advances in nutritional science. His ANDI scoring system (featured in Whole Foods Market), which measures the relative nutrient density of common foods, has directed millions of consumers to eat an anti-cancer diet-style.
Special guest: Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN
Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN is a leading sports nutrition consultant. He is the co-founder and director of sports nutrition education for My Sports Dietitian, an online sports nutrition company that provides athletes and their support team nutrition programs to improve their health, performance and recovery. Tavis is a well-known speaker, educator and author on sports performance and nutrition. He works with all levels of athletes from high school to Olympic levels. He served as the Sports Dietitian for the New Orleans Saints (2006-2013), New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2008-2013), and Tulane University Athletics (2002-2016). Tavis currently serves as Program Education Manager for Taylor Hooton Foundation.