My Story:

My Passion for Health Coaching was born out of a series of family Tragedies.  My mother who was an MD died from Breast Cancer.  Then my grandmother who took care of me and was married to an MD, died of a Stroke.  Next, my uncle who was an MD died of Diabetes & Kidney Disease.  Finally, my father who was also an MD had a Heart Attack!  As if this wasn’t motivation enough, the real Life-Changing Existential moment came when I heard a 2009 lecture from an Intl. expert in Preventive Cardiology talk about the fact that Atherosclerosis {the cause of blood pressure problems, heart attacks, & strokes} Starts in Childhood!  {See BOGALUSA & PDAY studies}. 

Where the Light Bulb Shattered was when he told the audience that Everyone in the US eating the S.A.D. {Standard American Diet} has Heart Disease!  The Question is not if you have it, it’s just a matter of degree!  The Great News is that we know how to Prevent 95% of Heart Attacks, & Strokes with an Optimally Healthy High-Fiber, Low Glycemic, Whole Foods, Mostly Plant-Based Diet, Daily Moderate Exercise, Daily Stress Management, Nightly Good Sleep, & Loving Support! 

I then measured all my Risk Factors and found my Cholesterol was Very High at 220, LDL 170, Blood Sugar 100 {Pre-Diabetes}, and Blood Pressure 117.  Within a Year of Optimizing my Diet & Exercise, I Lost 15 Pounds, Lowered my Cholesterol by 100 points to 120, LDL by 100 points to 70, Blood Sugar by 28 points to 72, and Blood Pressure 27 points to 90!  I have maintained All these over 10 Years!

I became a Health Coach & Public Health Nutritionist in 2014.


Relevant Education:

MPH:  Master of Public Health Candidate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD  {Rated #1 in the World for 26 Years Straight by US News & World Report!}

American College of Lifestyle Medicine,  Chesterfield, MO.  November 2017 - Present
+Lifestyle Medicine Competencies Program leading to Certification in Lifestyle Medicine

Harvard University, Cambridge MA.  September 2015 - Present
+Nutrition, Epidemiology, Quantitative Methods, Social Psychology

Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA.  February 2015
+Meta-Leadership for Healthcare

John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD.  June 2014
+Food Production & Public Health


Training:

Harvard Medical School Institute for Lifestyle Medicine, Boston, MA.
+Lifestyle Medicine Conference:  Tools for Promoting Healthy Change:  June 2017
+Lifestyle Medicine Conference:  Tools for Promoting Healthy Change:  May 2016

Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA.
+Meta-Leadership for Healthcare:  February 2015

Ralph Nader Leadership Training, Rowe, MA.  November 2014


Certification:

Cornell Certification in Whole-Foods Plant-Based Nutrition, Ithaca, NY.  October 2014


Memberships:

Professional Member:  American Heart Association
+Scientific Councils:  Epidemiology & Prevention; Lifestyle & Cardiometabolic Health

Professional Member:  American Diabetes Association
+Professional Interest Groups:  Epidemiology & Statistics; Education

Professional Member:  American College of Lifestyle Medicine

Professional Member:  Institute of Coaching @ Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospital

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Environmental Working Group

The Humane Society of the US

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