Special guest: Dr. Erin Stokes
Erin Stokes, ND, received her naturopathic degree from Bastyr University in 2001. In her current position as Medical Director for MegaFood, she combines her experience as a naturopathic doctor with an extensive background in the natural retail products industry. Erin believes education is a key to making positive changes, and her personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives. The focus of Erin’s naturopathic practice in Boulder, Colorado, is on healthy moms. She believes, “When moms are healthy, the world can be healthy.”
Special guest: Dr. Veronica Gasko
Veronica P. Gasko, DC, graduated from Life Chiropractic University in Marietta, Georgia, in 1989. Shortly after beginning practice, she started using nutrition as part of her protocols to help patients achieve their health goals. Her success led to opening three practices specializing in functional nutrition with chiropractic sports and pediatric care. Dr. Gasko has lectured throughout the US and Canada on pediatric chiropractic, along with her sister Theresa Warner, DC. She is currently working with Metagenics as a Medical Information Scientist, addressing questions on formulas and protocols for practitioners.
Special guest: Dr. Decker Weiss
Dr. Decker Weiss, NMD, FASA, is the first naturopathic physician to complete a conventional internship, residency, and fellowship. He became the first Naturopathic Cardiologist after training in the Columbia Hospital system, the Arizona Heart Institute, and the Arizona Heart Hospital. Dr. Weiss has a holistic approach to cardiovascular disease management and is a pioneer in the application of effective natural alternatives to heart bypass and angioplasty. He is also knowledgeable about natural treatments for autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal issues, weight loss, and most forms of chronic disease. Dr. Weiss has traveled worldwide training physicians and pharmacists on safer ways to use fewer prescriptions and provide improved outcomes to their patients. He is currently is a consultant for Solgar.
Special guest: Rex Jones
Rex Jones has been an educator with Garden of Life for over 7 years and brings with him a lifelong passion for the natural foods industry and a strong knowledge of herbals. For more than 10 years he worked in a natural foods retail setting as a nutrition manager and herbalist, as well as led classes, co-hosted a radio show, and gave a variety of in-store and off-site health lectures. He is excited to share the Garden of Life mission: Empowering Extraordinary Health®.
Special guest: Erin Stokes, ND
Dr. Erin Stokes, ND, received her naturopathic degree from Bastyr University in 2001. In her current position as Medical Director for MegaFood, she combines her experience as a naturopathic doctor with an extensive background in the natural retail products industry. Erin believes education is a key to making positive changes, and her personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives. The focus of Erin’s naturopathic practice in Boulder, Colorado, is on healthy moms. She believes, “When moms are healthy, the world can be healthy.”
Special guest: Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN,
Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN, began his career in the health sciences after graduating from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in 1966. He is the author of several books, including two on the topic of drug-induced nutrient depletions. He also has extensive experience in alternative cancer therapies and was the administrator of an alternative cancer treatment hospital in Baja, Mexico. In 1994, Ross became a certified clinical nutritionist. A significant part of his career has been devoted to speaking, writing, and conducting seminars on a variety of health-related topics.
Special guest: Michael Greger, MD, FACLM
Michael Greger, MD, FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, he has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. His latest book How Not to Die became an instant New York Times best seller.
Special guest: Dr. Alan Weiss
Dr. Alan Weiss is the Medical Director of Annapolis Integrative Medicine. He has practiced medicine for over 15 years. His clinical interests have led him to conduct studies and publish various articles on diabetes, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. He welcomes patients with longstanding and complex medical problems and addresses them utilizing the best of conventional and integrative therapies including diet, nutritional supplements, and bio-identical hormones.
Special guest: Dr. Daniel Nuzum
Dr. Daniel Nuzum was born and raised in a family of naturopaths. He was his parents’ only biological son, but when he was 7 years old, his parents started adopting children; over time they adopted 32 kids, most with special needs. This is where Daniel’s love for natural medicine began, as he watched his mother make the necessary dietary changes for each child. Alternative medicine came naturally to him and when he received his license at the age of 20, he became the youngest licensed naturopath in US history. Dr. Nuzum is a Doctor of Osteopathy, Naturopathy, Naprapathic Medicine, and a Medical Acupuncturist, and has been formulating his own line of nutritional supplements for many years.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Amber Lynn Vitse, CN, will discuss Garden of Life’s use of clean ingredients in their products.
Amber Lynn Vitse 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, often 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®.