Faculty

Aaron Alford, D.C.

Aaron Alford is a chiropractor in private practice in Columbus, Ohio. He earned a B.S. in human biology and his chiropractic degree at Texas Chiropractic College. He has also completed a fellowship at the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture; is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Medicine Specialist; and a Certified Chiropractic Insurance Consultant. Dr. Alford has considerable teaching experience and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbus State Community College.

 

Neal Barnard, M.D.

Neal Barnard, M.D., is a clinical researcher, author, and health advocate. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on several clinical trials investigating the effects of diet on health. He was a co-investigator in a study, conducted in conjunction with Georgetown University, of the effect of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, and was the principal investigator of a study on dietary intervention for the treatment of diabetes, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard was also the principal investigator of a study assessing the effects of dietary intervention on premenstrual and menstrual symptoms and of a study on weight loss in postmenopausal women.

He is the author of dozens of publications in scientific and medical journals as well as numerous nutrition books for lay readers and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition, research issues, and other controversial areas in modern medicine.

Dr. Barnard is a frequent lecturer at scientific and lay conferences and has made presentations for the American Public Health Association, the World Bank, the National Library of Medicine, the Franklin Institute, the American Medical Writers Association, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and many state dietetic associations.

Dr. Barnard grew up in Fargo, N.D. He received his M.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in 1985. PCRM has since grown into a nationwide group of physicians and lay supporters that promotes preventive medicine and addresses controversies in modern medicine. As president of PCRM, Dr. Barnard has been instrumental in efforts to reform federal dietary guidelines.

Dr. Barnard is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, a Life Member of the American Medical Association, and a member of the American Diabetes Association.

 

Becky Black, R.D.

Ms. Black is a registered dietitian and marriage and family therapist who has extensive experience teaching nutrition at the college level, and in private practice. She is an accomplished athlete who was a member of U.S. National Water Polo Team for seven years and was an All-American in swimming and water polo.

 

Diane Dodge, M.A.

Diane Dodge is a licensed social worker with a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in from The Ohio State University.  She is currently an Adjunct faculty member at Columbus State Community College and Central Ohio Technical College. Diane is an experienced child and family, couples, and group therapist and former clinical researcher who has made presentations to numerous professional organizations and conferences.

 

Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D.

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from Western Reserve University. In 1956, pulling the No. 6 oar as a member of the victorious United States rowing team, he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Games. He was trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George’s Hospital in London. In 1968, as an Army surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968. During that time, he has served as President of the Staff and as a member of the Board of Governors. He chaired the Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery.

In 1991, Dr. Esselstyn served as President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, That same year he organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease, which was held in Tucson, Arizona. In 1997, he chaired a follow-up conference, the Summit on Cholesterol and Coronary Disease, which brought together more than 500 physicians and health-care workers in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In April, 2005, Dr. Esselstyn became the first recipient of the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine.

He has published over 150 articles in scientific journals. In 1995 he published his benchmark long-term nutritional research study documenting the use of dietary intervention to arrest coronary artery disease in severely ill patients. That same study was updated at 12 years making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type.  It is most compelling, as no compliant patients have experienced progression of disease. He has since published articles detailing follow-up at 30 years, and also for additional patients treated since the original group with the same results – compliant patients do not have further events or require additional treatment.

Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, work together to counsel patients both in Cleveland, where they live, and in summer at the farm in upstate New York where Dr. Esselstyn grew up. Dr. Esselstyn concentrates on the medical details, and Ann focuses on healthy foods and how to prepare them.

 

Alan Goldhamer, D.C.

Dr. Goldhamer is a graduate of Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon. After completing his chiropractic education, Dr. Goldhamer traveled to Australia where he became licensed as an osteopathic physician. He completed a residency program at the Arcadia Health Center, an in-patient facility specializing in the therapeutic use of water fasting. Dr. Goldhamer founded the TrueNorth Health Education Center in 1984 and is the Director of the Center’s residential health education program. Dr. Goldhamer has supervised the fasts of thousands of participants. Under his direction, the Center has become recognized as a training facility for doctors wishing to gain certification in the supervision of the therapeutic use of fasting. He is on the faculty of Bastyr University where he teaches the course on clinical fasting and has been the principal investigator in several studies.  The first, Medical Supervised Water-Only Fasting in the Treatment of Hypertension, appeared in the June, 2001 issue of Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.  The second study, Medical Supervised Water-only Fasting in the Treatment of Borderline Hypertension, appeared in the October 2002 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.  He is currently directing a prospective study with long-term follow-up evaluating the clinical and cost of medical care outcomes in the treatment of diabetes and high blood pressure with fasting and a health promoting diet.

Dr. Goldhamer is the author of The Health Promoting Cookbook which provides detailed nutritional information on how and why to adopt a health promoting diet; he is co-author of The Pleasure Trap.

 

Michael Huff, M.D.

Dr. Michael Huff is a medical doctor who lives in Oxnard, California. He is a past president of the Ventura County Medical Association, and has served as both Director of the Education Department and Chairman of the Department of Family Practice at the St. Johns Regional Medical Center. Dr. Huff has also served as a consultant for the development of Primary Care Knowledge Base Kurzweil Applied Intelligence Voice Recognition System.

 

Eileen Kopsaftis

Eileen Kopsaftis, MS PT received her physical therapy degree from Russell Sage College.  She has practiced for eighteen years and specializes in manual techniques. Her approach is eclectic with a priority on restoring pain free biomechanics and postural symmetry. The techniques she is trained to perform are Muscle Energy, Myofascial Release, Mulligan’s Mobilization with Movement, Neurofascial Release, Strain/Counterstrain, Advanced Strain/Counterstrain, Feldenkrais somatic movement, and more. Eileen is a Certified MELT instructor which is a self-treatment technique that addresses connective tissue and improves balance, postural alignment, and pain.

 

William Lessler, LPCC

William Lessler is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Adjunct Professor of Psychology who has been in private practice for over 10 years.  He is a trained and experienced Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Dr. Lessler has done extensive research on the use of anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic and neuroleptic drugs and has developed a model for treatment of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, bereavement, anger and other issues that does not require their use. He is one of the most effective therapists in Columbus, and one of the best teachers on the subject of the deficiencies of the psychiatric model and better options for treating those with psychological disorders.

 

Ron Lewis, Ph.D.

Ron Lewis is a Senior Management Engineer at Ohio State University. He also teaches mathematics, statistics, and mechanical and manufacturing engineering at Columbus State Community College. Dr. Lewis has authored several papers published in scientific journals, and is experienced in teaching math, statistics, and technical subjects through distance learning.

 

Ralph Moss, Ph.D.

The medical writer Ralph W. Moss, PhD, has written or edited over one dozen books and three film documentaries, most on the topic of cancer research and treatment.  His most recent book is Doctored Results, and his newest documentary is Second Opinion.  He is a graduate of New York City public schools, New York University (BA, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1965) and Stanford University (MA, 1973, PhD, 1974, Classics). The former science writer and assistant director of public affairs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York (1974-1977), for over 30 years Moss has independently evaluated the claims of various cancer treatments, conventional and nonconventional. He currently directs The Moss Reports, a periodically updated library of detailed reports on 200+ varieties of cancer diagnoses.

Moss’s books include Antioxidants Against Cancer, Cancer Therapy, Questioning Chemotherapy, and The Cancer Industry, as well as the award-winning PBS documentary The Cancer War. He also wrote the first article on alternative medicine for The Encyclopedia Britannica Yearbook and the first article on complementary cancer treatments for a medico-legal textbook, Courtroom Medicine: Cancer (Matthew Bender). He is co-editor of the first medical textbook in English on non-conventional treatments for cancer, Complementary Oncology (Thieme, 2005).

His articles and scientific communications have appeared in such journals as The Lancet, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the Journal of the American Medical Association, New Scientist, Anticancer Research, Genetic Engineering News, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and Integrative Cancer Therapies, of which he is Corresponding Editor. For years he has written the monthly “War on Cancer” column for the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients. His op-ed “Patents Over Patients” appeared in the New York Times (4/07).

Moss was a founding advisor to the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine (now the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine or NCCAM) and to the NIH Cancer Advisory Panel on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAP-CAM). He has been a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of the PDQ System of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He is a member of the board of directors of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and is an advisor to Breast Cancer Action, the National Brain Tumor Foundation, the Susan J. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Life Extension Foundation, the RAND Corporation and the Medline-listed journal, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. He has been an ad hoc reviewer for many scientific organizations, including the Czech Academy of Sciences and the International Journal of Cancer.

A dynamic public speaker, Moss has been an invited lecturer at many institutions, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Grand Rounds, Surgery, 1999), Howard University Medical School (Grand Rounds, Family Practice, 2003), the University of Arizona Medical Center (Grand Rounds, CAM, 2007), the Department of Energy, American Cancer Society, and many other universities, medical schools, and medical society meetings in the US and abroad.

Moss has a particular interest in new European developments in integrative oncology. On October 31, 1998, he was made an honorary member and scientific advisor of the German Oncology Society (“DGO”), the first American to be so honored. Since 1997 he has spoken at “Medicine Week” in Baden-Baden six times. In October, 2004 he spoke at the Seventh Pfältzer Conference on Integrative Cancer Care in Bad Bergzabern, Germany. The previous year he spoke on the chemoprevention of cancer at Santa Famiglia Hospital in Rome, Italy, and wrote a journal article on his findings from that trip.

He also speaks frequently in North America. In June, 2004 he gave the Coombs Lecture at Foothills Hospital, Calgary, Canada, and at the CAMera conference of the University of Calgary. In 2005, he gave the Todd Cancer Institute Grand Rounds Lecture at Long Beach (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center and led the History of Science Seminar at the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

 

Pam Popper, Ph.D., N.D.

Dr. Pam Popper is a naturopath, an internationally recognized expert on nutrition, medicine and health, and the Executive Director of Wellness Forum Health. The company offers educational programs to both consumers and providers that facilitate informed medical decision-making, diet and lifestyle intervention, and improved long-term health outcomes. Through its own network of providers, Wellness Forum Health offers direct-to-consumer healthcare services.

Dr. Popper serves on the Physician’s Steering Committee and the President’s Board for the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington D.C.  Dr. Popper was one of the health care professionals involved in the famed Sacramento Food Bank Project, in which economically disadvantaged people were shown how to reverse their diseases and eliminate medications with diet.

Dr. Popper served as part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s teaching team at eCornell, teaching part of a certification course on plant-based nutrition.  She has been featured in many widely distributed documentaries, including Processed People and Making a Killing and Forks Over Knives, which played in major theaters throughout North America in 2011.  She is one of the co-authors of the companion book which was on the New York Times bestseller list for 66 weeks.  Her most recent book is Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Can Save Your Life.  Her most recent film is Food Choices, which is available in 190 countries on Netflix.

 

Chuck Powley, Ph.D.

Chuck Powley, Ph.D., spent his career as a research chemist with Dupont Corporation in Wilmington, Delaware. He has received several awards for his work, including the European Sustainable Growth Award, the Dupont Agricultural Products Marketing Award, and the American Chemical society’s Analytical Division Fellowship. Dr. Powley has published several articles in leading scientific journals and delivered many presentations at scientific conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

 

Julie Rengert, Ph.D.

Julie Rengert has a B.S. in biology and a M.S. in biology from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Ohio State University. Her teaching experience includes Columbus State Community College, Ohio State University and the University of Phoenix. Dr. Rengert has also worked in administrative and consulting positions at the Livin’ Up 2 Wellness Center and the Turner Institute of Healthy Living.  Her research experience includes projects in conjunction with the OSU Veterinary Hospital and the University of Texas.

 

Mark Scholz, MD

A board-certified internist and oncologist, Mark C. Scholz, M.D., serves as medical director of Prostate Oncology Specialists Inc. in Marina del Rey, CA.

After receiving his medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, Dr. Scholz completed his Internal Medicine internship and Medical Oncology residency at the  University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center. He was awarded a medical oncology fellowship at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.

Dr. Scholz served as oncology director at the Memorial Campus of the Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center from 1996-2001. He is past president, co-founder and executive director of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, a non-profit educational and research institute that focuses on disseminating state-of-the art information about the diagnosis, staging and treatment of prostate cancer. He is an acknowledged expert on management and treatment for prostate cancer using hormone intervention, immunotherapy, chemotherapy and angiogenesis as well as vitamin, herbal and other forms of lifestyle counseling. His affiliations include St. John’s Health Center, Marine Campus of the Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center and others.

Currently, Dr. Scholz is an associate clinical professor in the department of Oncology at USC School of Medicine. Dr. Scholz continues his research projects in the area of prostate cancer and has authored numerous scholarly articles in his area of expertise. He is a consultant for the Journal of Urology and volunteers for “Patient to Physician,” a website offering free advice to patients and doctors about the management of prostate cancer.
Sabrina Seitz

Sabrina Seitz is a registered nurse in the cardiovascular catheterization lab at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Ms. Seitz is a Master Herbalist and earned her certificate through the School of Natural Healing in 2008. She offers classes and consults in the areas of herbal nutrition and herbal medicine.

 

Del Sroufe

Del Sroufe is a partner in Wellness Forum Health Holdings and Executive Chef and director of the company’s food division, where he is responsible for menu development, marketing strategies, developing and teaching cooking classes, employee hiring, training and management, kitchen management, compliance, purchasing, customized menus for people with health issues, development of internship programs, public speaking, media interviews, account development and general business management.  He has been involved in the food business for over 20 years, with experience ranging from restaurant management to owning and operating a retail bakery.

Del is the author of the New York Times best-selling Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook, The China Study Quick and Easy Cookbook, and Better Than Vegan. Del has achieved notoriety as a chef nationwide, and has cooked for some of the most famous plant-based doctors and teachers in the world.

 

Janice Stanger, Ph.D.

Janice Stanger, Ph.D., is a nutritionist, health industry expert, speaker, and author. She has researched, written, and spoken extensively in the area of whole foods, plant-based nutrition. Her book The Perfect Formula Diet: How to Lose Weight and Get Healthy Now With Six Kinds of Whole Foods integrates over 1,000 published studies to analyze the interaction of diet and environmental toxins with the development of inflammation and chronic disease.

Stanger has been a nutrition consultant to Lean and Green Kids, a San Diego nonprofit that advocates for healthier meals for children in schools.  She has also served on the Executive Board of the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders, as the Cochairman of the Business Forum on Aging (American Society on Aging), and on the Editorial Board of the Business and Aging Networker. Dr. Stanger was the Lead Faculty Member of the Masters Program in Healthcare Administration for National University in 2002 to 2003. She has worked extensively with employers on health insurance and worksite wellness programs.

Dr. Stanger has authored or coauthored over 30 publications focusing on the health care industry in professional journals or for informational company marketing materials, and presented at over 25 professional association meetings. She has been cited in over 80 media interviews in major newspapers, magazines, and journals, including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Business Insurance.

Dr. Stanger’s Ph.D. is in Human Development and Aging from University of California, San Francisco. She also has an MBA from University of California, Berkeley and a BA from Princeton University.

 

Anya Todd, R.D., L.D.

Anya Todd, R.D. is a nutritional consultant in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed a certificate in plant-based nutrition through eCornell in 2009, and earned a Certificate in Adult Weight Management Training through the American Dietetic Association in 2004.  She completed a Vegetarian Chef Certification program in Boulder, Colorado in 2001.

Anya graduated cum laude with a B.S. in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and completed her dietetic internship program at the Cleveland Clinic in 2003.

She is a strong advocate for the use of diet as a means for preventing and reversing common diseases in children.

 

Kathy Waller, Ph.D.

Kathy Waller earned her B.S., M.S, and Ph.D. at Ohio State University and has degrees in microbiology, health education, allied medicine, gerontology, and medical technology.  She is a former associate professor at OSU Medical School, teaching Clinical Laboratory Hematology and Clinical Laboratory Immunology; and conducting research.  She has authored dozens of articles which have been published in peer-reviewed journals; delivered over 50 presentations to medical societies and other groups; and received several grants to fund her research.

Her professional associations are numerous and include being a past president of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science; past president of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences; and serving as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals.   She has received numerous awards and honors during her tenure at Ohio State and other activities related to her field.