Voices from the Forefront of Functional Medicine

Dr. Bland has been an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field for over 35 years and is known for his ability to synthesize complex scientific concepts in a manner that is both personable and accessible. A biochemist by training, Dr. Bland earned dual degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and completed his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Oregon. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Nutrition where he is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and the Association for Clinical Biochemistry. Dr. Bland is a former professor of biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and served as Director of Nutritional Research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in the early 1980’s, working directly with two-time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling, who he considers his lifelong mentor. Dr. Bland has authored five books on nutritional medicine for the healthcare professional and six books on nutrition and health for the general public. He is also the principal author of over 120 peer-reviewed research papers on nutritional biochemistry and medicine. After serving as ceo of Healthcomm, a global company and leader in medical foods, chief science officer at Metagenics and President of Metaproteomics, Dr. Bland founded the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMI), a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington in 2012. As chronic disease is on the rise worldwide, and while discoveries in genomics and medical technologies are advancing rapidly, Dr. Bland believes medicine is poised for change in the 21st century, driven by a movement of informed and motivated consumers. PLMI seeks to be a virtual meeting place and information source for this community of change agents.

A true pioneer in Functional Medicine, Dr. Susan Blum is a nationally recognized clinician, speaker, author and teacher. As the Founder and Director of Blum Center for Health and through her education, writing, research and medical mentorship program, she is revolutionizing the healthcare industry and the lives of those with chronic illness. A member the Medical Advisory Board for the Dr Oz Show and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she is on the Board of Directors for the True Health Initiative in the College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Blum completed her Internal Medicine training at St-Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine, certified in Functional Medicine, is Senior Faculty with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and author of The Immune System Recovery Program.

Dr. David M. Brady has 25-years of experience as an integrative medicine practitioner and over 21 years in health sciences academia. He is a licensed naturopathic medical physician in Connecticut and Vermont, a board certified clinical nutritionist, and completed his initial clinical training as a doctor of chiropractic in 1991. He currently serves as the Vice President for Health Sciences, Director of the Human Nutrition Institute, and Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He maintains a private practice, Whole Body Medicine, in Fairfield, CT. Dr. Brady is also an expert consultant to the professional nutraceutical & nutritional supplement and clinical medical laboratory industries, serving as Chief Medical Officer for Designs for Health, Inc. and Diagnostic Solutions Labs, LLC. He is an internationally sought-after presenter on nutritional, functional and integrative medicine. He has appeared on the speaking panel of some of the largest and most prestigious conferences in the field including; IFM, ACAM, A4M, IHS, AANP and many more. Dr. Brady has published a multitude of peer-reviewed scientific papers and textbooks related to chronic pain, autoimmunity and functional gastroenterology and is a featured contributing author in the medical textbooks; Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients-2nd Ed. (edited by Kohlstadt I-Johns Hopkins Univ.), Integrative Gastroenterology (edited by Mullin G-Johns Hopkins Hospital) and Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine -2nd Ed. (edited by Bralley & Lord). His latest popular book, The Fibro-Fix, was published by Rodale and released July of 2016 and coincided with his hosting of the popular online Fibro-Fix Summit in June of 2016 with over 30,000 attendees.

Dr. Nalini Chilkov is a leading authority and pioneer in the field of Integrative Cancer Care, cancer prevention, and immune enhancement. She is the Founder of the American Institute of Integrative Oncology Research & Education and IntegrativeCancerAnswers.com. She authored the bestselling book, 3​2 Ways to OutSmart Cancer: Create a Body Where Cancer Cannot Thrive​ and serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Mederi Foundation and Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer Foundation. Dr. Chilkov has lectured at the School of Medicine at UCLA and UC Irvine and conducts seminars and training programs for clinicians worldwide. She is a popular contributor to the Healthy Living section of the Huffington Post, has been featured as a cancer expert on NBC TV, and is recognized as one of the Top 10 Online Influencers for Breast Cancer by WebMD and Dr. Mehmet Oz’s ShareCare.com. With more than 30 years of clinical experience combining the best of modern functional medicine with the ancient wisdom of traditional Oriental and natural healing, Dr. Chilkov is a seasoned clinician and an innovator, building bridges between modern and traditional healing paradigms and partnering with physicians to achieve the best outcomes for patients. Her private practice is located in Santa Monica (Los Angeles), California.

Oscar Coetzee was born and raised in his native South-Africa, where he completed his military schooling and bachelor’s degree with majors in criminology and psychology. Oscar was a formidable force on the golf course and reached national amateur colors as one of the highest ranked amateur golfers in South-Africa. Oscar Coetzee started his professional career in psychology at Fair Oaks Hospital in Summit NJ. He served as a drug counselor, suicide intervention advisor and co-dependency specialist for two years. Oscar made a shift in his clinical work to further enhance his professional athletes by pursuing further nutrition degrees receiving his masters in human nutrition “summa cum laude” and is currently in his final year of his doctorate in clinical nutrition. Oscar joined forces with Natural Healthcare Center (NHC) in Long Branch NJ in 2006, where he currently serves as the Clinical Director of the Nutrition Department. Oscar’s specialties are diabetes, metabolic syndrome, intestinal permeability, neurological disorders, inflammatory bowel diseases and almost all chronic inflammatory diseases. Oscar is pursuing his second doctorate with a specialization in functional clinical nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative health. This will be his fifth degree.

Dr. Menolascino has over 25 years of health care experience. He completed Medical School at the University of Nebraska Medical Center then completed Internal Medicine Specialist Training at Banner Health, Barrows and Mayo Clinic Arizona. He is one of very few physicians that is Board Certified as an Internal Medicine Specialist, Board Certified in Holistic Medicine, a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner as well as Board Certificated in Advanced Hormone Management and Anti-Aging Medicine. He additionally has a Master’s Degree in Pharmacology and Immunology, and was a doctoral candidate in the Medical Scientist Program assisting with Clinical Trials of new medications as well as part of the Heart Disease Reversal Team with Dr. Dean Ornish. His medical knowledge is complemented by advanced training and clinical experience in Nutrition, Naturopathic, Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture, Ayurvedic Medicine and Homeopathy. He is a former professional athlete with 10+ years experience as a personal trainer and strength coach for the Husker Power Program, as well as a Corporate Wellness Consultant.

Dr. Minich is a functional medicine-trained clinician and researcher with a unique approach to clinical medicine that combines physiology and psychology. She has trained in functional medicine for the past decade with the “Father of Functional Medicine,” Dr. Jeffrey Bland, as her mentor, and has served on the Institute of Functional Medicine’s Nutrition Advisory Board and curriculum committee, in addition to being a faculty member, teaching nutrition for the Advanced Practice Module for Detoxification. Her academic background is in nutritional science, including a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1995), and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Nutrition) from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands (1999). In conjunction with her academic degrees and extensive teaching experience at the university level, she is both a Fellow (F.A.C.N.) and a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.) through the American College of Nutrition. Dr. Minich has over ten years of experience working in both the food and dietary supplement industries. Her book, Whole Detox: A 21-Day Personalized Program to Break Through Barriers in Every Area of Your Life (HarperOne, 2016), was published in March 2016. In addition, she spends her time as a Board member for the American College of Nutrition and the Nutritional Therapy Association, and as adjunct faculty at the University of Western States and Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is the author of five books on nutrition, wellness, and psychology, and is passionate in helping others to live well using therapeutic lifestyle changes.

Charles Poliquin is a native of Ottawa, Canada. While completing graduate studies in Exercise Physiology in Canada, Charles began coaching athletes, a career move that has resulted in hundreds of medals, wins and personal bests of many elite athletes. He is known worldwide for producing faster athletes. When a country wants a Gold medal, they come to Charles. Charles Poliquin is recognized as one of the Worlds most successful strength coaches, having coached Olympic medalists in twelve different sports including the US female track and field for the Olympics 2000. An accomplished author, he has written for several publications, both paper and online, such as: Muscle Media 2000, Bodybuilding.com, Iron Man, Huffington Post, Flex, Muscular Development, T-Nation, Muscle and Fitness and Sports Review, on top of producing many manuals for his international training certifications and several books. Some of his client athletes include: David Boston, NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver; Al MacInnis, Retired NHL defenseman, Norris Trophy winner; Joe Nieuwendyk, Florida Panthers, Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Stanley Cup winner; Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks, Stanley Cup winner; winner of Norris and Hart Trophies; Dwight Phillips, Olympic Gold Medalist long jumper; and the Canadian short-track speed-skating team.

Dr. Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She has a Bachelor’s of Science from MIT in biology and a PhD from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. Her recent interests have focused on the role of toxic chemicals and micronutrient deficiencies in health, with a special emphasis on the pervasive herbicide, Roundup, and the mineral, sulfur. She has authored over two dozen peer-reviewed journal papers over the past few years on these topics, and has delivered numerous slide presentations around the world.

Dr. Trindade is a teacher, author, and international speaker in functional medicine. She is a graduate of the fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine and teaches in the Fellowship (a master’s program through the Morsani School of Medicine, University of South Florida). In addition she is faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). After obtaining her BA degree in Biology she went on to finish a master’s in Public Health in the area of environmental health and epidemiology before starting medical school. She graduated first in her class in family practice from the University of California Davis School of Medicine and did her residency training in family practice at the U.C. San Francisco/Santa Rosa Program. She has been in clinical practice for over 20 years. Before starting her own private practice in 2004 in functional medicine she was the medical director of a non-profit organization that catered to the underserved. Her work has been published in Townsend Letter, Guide to Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine, Saúde Actual, and the Border Health Journal among others. She is currently very active in developing teaching programs in Functional Medicine in the USA, Latin America and Europe.