Behind all great websites is a foundation of expertise, authority, and trust. Introducing… 🎺 *Trumpets sound *🎺 the Greatist Medical Affairs team! These best-in-class experts manage the extensive Greatist Medical Network and work tirelessly to guarantee the scientific accuracy and integrity of all Greatist health content, products, and services.
Our Medical Network includes healthcare professionals with extensive expertise in their respective fields. These pros come from all corners of health and are backed by years of clinical practice, research, and patient advocacy. This ensures Greatist’s readers receive the highest-quality health information, supporting our goal of inclusivity and health equity across our content. (Not to toot our own horn.)
We don’t publish health content before our experts have verified that it’s medically accurate, bolstered by up-to-date research citations, and aligned with the current standard of care (as determined by diagnostic and treatment guidelines). In short, our health content accurately reflects the conversations and decision points that happen between you and your provider.
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Meet Our Team
Megan Nelson, AM
Sr. Relationships Manager
Megan Nelson brings her years of consulting and relationship management experience to lead the strategy of Healthline Media’s Medical Network and ensure the accuracy and integrity of Healthline’s content, products, and services. She received her master’s degree in social administration from The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration with a certificate in health administration and policy. Before Healthline Media, Megan held leadership roles in education and hospital development, where she worked tirelessly to save and heal lives through organ and tissue donation.
Jenny Yu, MD FACS
Senior Mgr. Medical Integrity
Jenny Yu joins the Healthline Medical Affairs Team with experience in clinical research, education, and clinical practice. She has experience in clinical operations, research processes, and innovation. Her passion is to educate in the realm of conditions, prevention and wellness. Her role with the Medical Integrity Team is to ensure accurate and consistent medical content in the strategic growth of Healthline.
Asst. Relationships Mgr.
Raven Shelvin brings her years of strong research, problem-solving, and relationship-building skills to oversee the relationship management of Healthline’s Medical Network. She earned her BS from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in criminal justice and sociology and is an advocate for mental health awareness within her community. Before joining Healthline, Raven was a physician credentialing specialist within the healthcare staffing industry, where she owned and developed the relationship management of the physician network.
Asst. Relationships Mgr.
Tammy Tran transitioned to Healthline’s Medical Affairs team after years of project management, relationship-building, and problem-solving in a previous role at Healthline Media. She uses her experience to support Healthline’s Medical Network, which ensures that all of Healthline’s content is medically accurate, up to date, and credible across all our brands. She received her BA from University of California, Santa Barbara, in sociology and is passionate about helping others.
Brittany Dickens, MPA
Asst. Relationships Mgr.
Brittany brings her years of relationship building, problem-solving, and evaluation strategy to support Healthline’s Medical Network. She received her master’s degree in public administration from DePaul University with a certificate in health administration and policy. Before joining Healthline, Brittany held roles in the healthcare industry, where she worked to build recruitment resources and relationship management within the physician group.
Medical Research Mgr.
Atli Arnarson helps maintain Healthline’s medical integrity, providing research assistance and leading the site’s ad and affiliate vetting initiative. He received his PhD in human nutrition from the University of Iceland and brings his years of experience as an academic researcher. Before assuming his current position as Medical Research Manager, he worked as a writer and medical reviewer for Healthline Media.
Lin Reish joined the Healthline Medical Affairs team after graduating with her B.S. from Vanderbilt University. As a Research Analyst on the Medical Integrity team, Lin is passionate about driving positive change through research, advocacy, and outreach. In her role, Lin collaborates with other members of the team to perform ad and affiliate vetting and healthcare landscape surveillance. Through her work she ensures that Healthline’s content is current, accurate, and trustworthy and helps Healthline set industry standards for transparency and safety.
Isabella De Soriano, MPH
Public Health Integrity Manager
Isabella De Soriano drives strategy to ensure empathetic and inclusive language and tone across all Healthline Media’s content and products. She also provides medical research insights to cross-functional initiatives. She earned her MPH with a focus on community and behavioral health from the University of Iowa. Isabella brings her extensive experience in clinical trials, health education, and community-driven research to Healthline Media. She has presented at national conferences and published peer-reviewed journal articles on the topics of health equity, culturally relevant public health interventions, and violence prevention.
Audrey Amos, PharmD
Drug Integrity Associate
Audrey Amos is a pharmacist with experience in health communication and has a passion for making health information accessible. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Butler University. As a Drug Integrity Associate, she audits drug content, addresses drug-related queries, and monitors reader feedback to maintain Healthline Media’s integrity and authority. Before joining Healthline, Audrey worked as a long-term care consultant pharmacist and as a medical writer.
Wellness Integrity Manager
Brooke Mathe has a passion for educating and motivating within the wellness space. She brings years of experience in health education, fitness, medical weight management, and wellness programming to her role as Wellness Integrity Manager to ensure the accuracy and integrity of wellness content at Healthline Media. Mathe holds a Master of Science in exercise science and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Adam Bernstein, MD, ScD
Dr. Adam Bernstein is a board certified internal medicine physician specializing in lifestyle medicine. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Boston University and his Doctor of Science (Nutrition) from Harvard University. Dr. Bernstein is also a diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He is currently senior medical advisor for the company Diet ID.
Adithya Cattamanchi, MD
Dr. Adithya Cattamanchi specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He graduated from University of California, San Francisco. He works at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and is an associate professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco. He has researched the epidemilogy and management of tuberculosis in high burden countries and published over 70 articles related to tuberculosis and other lung diseases in peer-reviewed medical journals. Dr. Cattamanchi enjoys travelling, scuba diving, and backpacking.
Adrienne Seitz, MS, RD
Adrienne Seitz is a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian nutritionist. She is a practicing dietitian at Loyola University Chicago, where she promotes healthy eating and body positivity on campus. Adrienne specializes in eating disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, and intuitive eating. Adrienne Seitz received her Master of Science and competed her dietetic internship at Florida State University.
Akilah Reynolds, PhD
Dr. Akilah Reynolds is a licensed psychologist in California. She practices at an academic psychiatric center and in private practice. She specializes in child psychology, parenting, depression and anxiety, and work-life balance. Dr. Reynolds received her PhD from the University of Houston. She completed a fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in adolescent and young adult medicine.
Alan Carter, PharmD
Dr. Alan Carter is a clinical pharmacist with interests in medical research, pharmacy practice and medication therapy management. He graduated from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Pharmacy. He is currently a research pharmacist manager, clinical pharmacy specialist, and adjunct clinical assistant professor of pharmacy. Dr. Carter has published 15 journal articles, performs medical journal peer review, and serves on many professional committees and boards. He enjoys gardening, hiking, and other outdoor activities to provide a healthy work-life balance.
Alana Biggers, MD, MPH, FACP
Dr. Alana Biggers is an internal medicine physician. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where she specializes in internal medicine. She also has a master’s of public health in chronic disease epidemiology. In her spare time, Dr. Biggers likes to share healthy living tips with followers on Twitter through @Doc_prevention.
Alex Brewer, PharmD, MBA
Dr. Alex Brewer is a certified pharmacist specializing in chronic disease and health and wellness. Dr. Brewer received his PharmD and MBA from the University of Kentucky, where he also completed a PGY1 community pharmacy residency with a focus in geriatric care.
Alexandra Perez, PharmD, MBA, BCGP
Dr. Alexandra Perez is a board certified geriatric pharmacist specializing in chronic disease state management. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida. She has experience collaborating with healthcare providers in primary care clinics optimizing medication regimens.
Alisha D. Vassar-Sellers, PharmD
Dr. Alisha D. Vassar-Sellers is a managed care pharmacist. She is the pharmacy director for Aetna Better Health of Maryland Medicaid, where she manages the pharmacy benefit and implements clinical and corporate initiatives, targeting various disease states, to improve member outcomes. Dr. Sellers received her BS Pharmacy with Departmental Honors in Pharmacy Practice from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy as well. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, with an emphasis in trauma and intensive care.
Alissa Palladino, MS, RDN, LD, CPT
Alissa Palladino is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer based in Atlanta with over 6 years of experience. After graduating from Yale University and working in the education field for 2 years, she decided to combine her love of teaching and helping others with a longtime personal interest in health and nutrition by pursuing a career as a registered dietitian. She earned her Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics from New York University and completed her Dietetic Internship at Emory Healthcare in 2014. Recognizing the complementary roles of nutrition and exercise, she completed her certification as a personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine in 2017. Since 2014, Alissa has worked in a variety of corporate, community, medical, and fitness settings with diverse audiences supporting a range of health conditions and goals. Her focus areas include sports nutrition, weight management, diabetes, high blood pressure/cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease.
Alyssa Peckham, PharmD, BCPP
Dr. Alyssa Peckham is a board certified psychiatric clinical pharmacist specializing in various psychiatric and substance use disorders. Prior to her current role in the pharmaceutical industry, she practiced in the Bridge Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston which is a low threshold, harm reduction clinic for people with substance use disorders. She received her PharmD from the University of Rhode Island and completed two years of postgraduate residency training at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.
Amanda Kallen, MD
Dr. Amanda N. Kallen is a Yale Medicine reproductive endocrinologist and an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine, as well as a member of the Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP). She obtained her medical degree at the University of Connecticut and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital, followed by a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Yale School of Medicine. During her fellowship, she was accepted into the RSDP scholar program, an NIH-funded physician-scientist training program committed to training young obstetrician-gynecologists in biomedical science. Dr. Kallen’s current research program is focused on the investigation of the regulation of gene expression in granulosa cells. Her clinical interests include pediatric and adolescent gynecology and endocrinology, infertility, and premature ovarian insufficiency. Dr. Kallen is highly active with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), currently serving on the executive board as the national Junior Fellow Congress Advisory Council Chair.
Amber Watson, PharmD
Dr. Amber R. Watson is a pharmacist with specialized training in drug information, medical communication, and toxicology testing in the pain management setting. She currently practices as a medical writer and was previously responsible for developing and executing the scientific publication strategy for axialHealthcare. Dr. Watson received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and completed a post-graduate fellowship in academia, drug information, and toxicology with Aegis Sciences Corporation and Belmont University College of Pharmacy in Nashville, Tennessee.
Amy Richter, MS, RDN
Amy Richter is a registered dietitian who loves to teach people to transform their health using delicious, whole foods. She owns a private practice, Amy Richter Nutrition, and specializes in functional nutrition, food sensitivities, and gut health. Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Missouri State University and her master’s degree in nutrition diagnostics from Cox College.
Amy Tiersten, MD
Dr. Amy Tiersten is a board certified medical oncologist specializing in breast and gynecologic cancers. She is Professor of Medicine and the Clinical Director of Breast Medical Oncology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC.
Amy Wolkin, PT, DPT, MBA
Dr. Amy Wolkin is a physical therapist based in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Wellesley College in 2012, she pursued dual graduate degrees at Emory University. She graduated in 2017 with her Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees. Her clinical interests are outpatient orthopedics, women’s health, and pediatric sports medicine. She has advanced training in dry needling and pelvic floor physical therapy.
Andrew Gonzalez, MD, JD, MPH
Dr. Andrew Gonzalez is a general surgeon with expertise in aortic disease, peripheral vascular disease, and vascular trauma. In 2010, Dr. Gonzalez graduated with his doctor of medicine degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine. He also attended John Marshall Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2006. He’s currently completing his vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan. His research interests include hospital quality and disparities in outcomes for vulnerable populations. In his spare time, Dr. Gonzalez enjoys photography.
Angela M. Bell, MD
Dr. Angela Bell is double board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine and practices on the south side of Chicago. Dr. Bell received her MD from Rush Medical College in Chicago and she completed her primary care internal medicine residency program at Rush University Medical Center and John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. She then completed her sports medicine fellowship at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and serves as the chair for the Council for Early Career Physicians. She also serves as an ACP representative on the American College of Radiology review panel on appropriate use criteria for diagnostic imaging for musculoskeletal disease.
Angelica Balingit, MD
Dr. Angelica Balingit is an internal medicine physician and has been board certified since 1996. She completed internal medicine residency at the University of New York at Buffalo. She has vast experience in treating adult conditions in the hospital, outpatient clinic, assisted living facility, home, and via telemedicine. Her special interests include hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and anemia. She strives to educate people on lifestyle changes that will prevent or alter the course of chronic disease.
Ann Marie Griff, OD
Dr. Ann Marie Griff is an optometrist actively practicing in the state of Washington. Dr. Griff earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Ohio State University. In addition to optometry, Dr. Griff also has expertise in energy medicine, reiki, nutrition, and yoga. In her spare time, Dr. Griff enjoys yoga and spending time with her family.
Ashleigh Golden, PsyD
Dr. Ashleigh Golden is a Stanford-trained clinical psychologist specializing in evidence-based treatments for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. She’s a fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a registered Health Service Psychologist. Dr. Golden received her PsyD from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute. Dr. Golden has a passion for translating empirically supported treatments to virtual contexts, having served in clinical leadership positions and consulted with several digital behavioral health organizations. She also helps clinicians transition to the tech world as director of community for Therapists in Tech.
Avi Varma, MD
Dr. Avi Varma is a board-certified family medicine physician and public health advocate working for a nonprofit fighting the HIV epidemic in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s also currently completing her master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Becky Barnhart, PharmD, BCPP
Dr. Rebecca Barnhart is a board certified clinical pharmacist specializing in psychiatry and neurology. She currently practices as an outpatient clinical pharmacist. Dr. Barnhart received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland. She completed both her PGY1 pharmacy residency and her PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residency at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Barnhart is also completing coursework to become a wellness coach.
Bethany Juby, PsyD
Dr. Bethany Juby is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorder recovery and acceptance and commitment therapy. She founded Juby Clinical Services LLC to provide psychotherapy and counseling services to adults via teletherapy. Dr. Juby received her Doctor of Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She’s a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation and the American Psychological Association.
Bukky Aremu, NP
Bukky Aremu is an advanced practice registered nurse. She graduated from Graceland University with her Master of Science in Nursing in 2015. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner. Bukky has experience in family practice and urgent care, but also specializes in dermatology. She especially enjoys the diversity of dermatology and being able to treat medical, surgical, and even cosmetic patients.
Brenda B. Spriggs, MD, MPH, FACP
Dr. Brenda Spriggs is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and rheumatology. She graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She is currently a clinical professor emerita at UCSF. She is the co-author of several scientific papers on systemic lupus erythematosus and Reiter’s disease, and is a highly sought-after lecturer for health and scientific forums. She is also the co-author of the book Focus On YOUR BEST HEALTH: Smart Guide to the Health Care You Deserve.
Cameron White, MD, MPH
Dr. Cameron White is a physician specializing in internal medicine and infectious diseases. In 2016, Dr. White graduated from Tulane School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with her MD and MPH, respectively. She is currently an infectious diseases fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her interests include general ID and antibiotic stewardship.
Carissa Stephens, RN, CCRN, CPN
Carissa Stephens is a pediatric nurse. She graduated from the School of Nursing, Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has worked most of her career in a pediatric Level I trauma center. She is currently a nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit. Carissa has a special expertise in the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). She practices yoga every day and she enjoys the outdoors and live music with her family.
Carolyn Kay, MD
Dr. Carolyn Kay is an obstetrics and gynecology physician with special interests in reproductive health and family planning. Dr. Kay received her MD from the State University of New York at Upstate Medical University. She completed her residency at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.
Catherine Hannan, MD
Dr. Catherine Hannan is a plastic surgeon. She graduated from Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC. She has been working at the VA Hospital since 2011 and in 2014 became Chief of the Plastic Surgery division. She is also an assistant professor in plastic surgery with Georgetown School of Medicine. Dr. Hannan’s practice focuses on general reconstruction; skin cancer, breast surgery and reconstruction, wound care and limb preservation.
Chris Young, DNP, RN, NE-BC, NPD
Chris Young is an education specialist at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas. She is an adjunct assistant clinical professor of nursing at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2019 and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska in 2004.
Christina Chun, MPH
Christina Chun is an oncology trials activation manager. She graduated from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland with her master’s of public health in epidemiology and biostatistics. Chun is interested in cancer research and living a healthy lifestyle.
Christine Frank, DDS
Dr. Christine Frank is a general dentist. She graduated from Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois. She currently practices in Elmwood Park Illinois and is a dental consultant for an insurance carrier. She has worked for a county health department screening low income elementary school children.
Courtney Sullivan, CYT
Courtney Sullivan is a professional yoga instructor with extensive experience in her field. In addition to holding a 200-hour certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Courtney is certified in Yoga Trance Dance and has pursued continuing education in children’s yoga, yoga for special populations, Yin Yoga, restorative yoga, and more. She has worked with Kripalu Center’s lead faculty in training new yoga teachers and holds a degree in complementary healthcare from Mount Wachusett College in Massachusetts. Courtney currently owns and operates a yoga-inspired preschool program in North Carolina.
Craig D. Tifford, MD
Dr. Craig D. Tifford is a Yale Medicine orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and sub-specialty board certified by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. As medical director of Yale Medicine’s Long Ridge Medical Center in Stamford, CT, and regional medical director for Fairfield County, Dr. Tifford treats a broad range of sports-related injuries and has expertise in arthroscopic surgery as well as the reconstruction of the knee and shoulder joints. He is also assistant professor of clinical orthopedics at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Tifford received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgical residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his sports medicine fellowship at the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine. He is a member of numerous professional organizations as well as an associate master instructor for the Orthopedic Learning Center.
Cynthia Cobb, DNP, APRN
Dr. Cynthia Cobb is a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health, aesthetics and cosmetics, and skin care. She graduated from Chatham University in 2009. Dr. Cobb is a faculty member at Walden University and is also the founder and owner of the medical spa Allure Enhancement Center. She has also had numerous publications over the years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, swimming, gardening, do-it-yourself projects, traveling, and shopping.
Cynthia Taylor Chavoustie, MPAS, PA-C
Cynthia Taylor is an experienced physician assistant specializing in family medicine and gastroenterology. In 2005, she obtained her MA in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska. She has more than 15 years of clinical experience with all ages and in many different environments. Cynthia has always been committed to public awareness and overall health for herself as well as others. She’s an animal lover and avid traveler.
Dana Kim, PharmD
Dr. Dana Kim is a clinical pharmacist. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has practiced as a home infusion pharmacist and has been writing clinical communications for patients and professionals for more than a decade.
Daniel Bubnis, MS, NASM-CPT, NASE Level II-CSS
Daniel Bubnis is a nationally certified personal trainer and a faculty instructor at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Bubnis graduated with his master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion in 2016 from California University of Pennsylvania. His specialties include exercise science, health promotion, wellness, and fitness. Bubnis has developed exercise programs for older adults with chronic health conditions and for adults with fibromyalgia and other pain syndromes. His interests include strength training, genealogy, forestry history and preservation, and gardening.
Danielle Hildreth, CPT
Danielle Hildreth is a certified personal trainer. She received her certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in 2016 and has been coaching independently ever since. She works as a yoga sculpt, barre, and HIIT instructor at a variety of fitness centers and is interested in strength training, functional movement, and dance. She graduated from Beloit College with a degree in public health and is currently completing her MSN in nursing.
Danielle Wade, AM, LCSW
Danielle Wade is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in behavioral health, senior support services, and hospital care management. She received her Master of Arts in social work with a clinical concentration and a family support services certification from the University of Chicago. Wade is currently a clinical liaison in Colorado, guiding families and assisting medical professionals in transitioning medically complex patients out of hospitals and into skilled nursing and long-term care facilities. She also advocates for infertility awareness, support, coverage, and access to services.
Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD
Dr. Mraz Robinson received her BAS and MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then went on to complete her dermatology residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she served as chief resident and director for the Yale Resident Cosmetic Clinic. Following her time at Yale-New Haven, she completed a fellowship in cosmetic and laser surgery at SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, MA. Along with her distinguished experience in dermatology, Dr. Mraz Robinson remains active in academia and clinical research. She is an investigator in several research trials. She continues to serve as assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University of Medicine in New Haven as well as on the advisory board of leading aesthetic brands. In addition to serving as an editor for multiple medical journals including the monthly broadcast, “Dialogues in Dermatology” of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Mraz Robinson is an invited lecturer at national and international conferences such as 5CC, ICAMS, AAD, ASDS, ASLMS.
Deborah Weatherspoon, PhD, RN, CRNA
Dr. Deborah Weatherspoon is an advanced practice nurse. She graduated with a PhD from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is currently a university nursing educator and has authored multiple publications. She has also presented at national and international levels about medical and leadership issues. She enjoys walking, reading, traveling to new places, and spending time with her family.
Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT
Dr. Debra Rose Wilson is an associate professor and holistic healthcare practitioner. She graduated from Walden University with a PhD. She teaches graduate-level psychology and nursing courses. Her expertise also includes obstetrics and breastfeeding. Dr. Wilson is the managing editor of a peer-reviewed international journal. She enjoys being with her Tibetan terrier, Maggie.
Debra Sullivan, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, COI
Dr. Debra Sullivan is a nurse educator. She graduated from the University of Nevada with a PhD. She is currently a university nursing educator. Dr. Sullivan’s expertise includes cardiology, psoriasis/dermatology, pediatrics, and alternative medicine. She enjoys daily walks, reading, family, and cooking.
Deena E. Kuruvilla, MD, FAHS
Dr. Deena Kuruvilla is a board certified headache and facial pain specialist at the Yale School of Medicine. She completed a neurology residency at Brown University in Rhode Island and a headache and facial pain fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Kuruvilla has special interests in procedural and complementary and integrative medicine. She has written guidelines for the use of nerve block injections, botulinum toxin injections, and trigger point injections for the treatment of headache. When she’s not treating patients with headache, she is the principal investigator on clinical trials, speaks at national and regional conferences, and is the chair of the complementary and integrative medicine section for the American Headache Society.
Dena Westphalen, PharmD
Dr. Dena Westphalen is a clinical pharmacist with interests in global health, travel health and vaccinations, nootropics, and custom compounded medications. In 2017, Dr. Westphalen graduated from Creighton University with her doctor of pharmacy degree, and is currently working as an ambulatory care pharmacist. She has volunteered in Honduras providing public health education, and has received the Natural Medicines Recognition Award. Dr. Westphalen was also a scholarship recipient for IACP Compounders on Capitol Hill. In her spare time, she enjoys playing ice hockey and the acoustic guitar.
Dominique Fontaine, BSN, RN, HNB-BC, HWNC
Dominique Fontaine, BSN, RN, HNB-BC, HWNC-BC is a double board certified holistic nurse and health and wellness nurse coach of the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC), a holistic nurse educator, AHNCC holistic nurse mentor and certified nurse coach supervisor, AHNCC nurse coach board certification examination expert panelist, and a medical cannabis nurse coach and consultant. She is the founder of Sage Integrative Wellness, LLC and chapter leader for the American Holistic Nurses Association Scottsdale, AZ Chapter. She specializes in homeostasis regulation in psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology ailments with clients to rediscover purpose and enhance quality of life. Dominique is a passionate nurse disability advocate who strives to transform healthcare and culture through awareness, education, and integrative nurse coaching.
E. Mimi Arquilla, DO
Dr. Emelia “Mimi” Arquilla is a board certified family medicine physician. They received their medical degree from Midwestern University and completed their residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). They are an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. They also practice primary care at Mile Square Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center that focuses on the needs of the undeserved. They have special expertise in LGBTQ+ inclusive healthcare, gender-affirming care, addiction medicine, chronic disease management, and care for the homeless.
Elizabeth Thottacherry, MD
Dr. Elizabeth Thottacherry is a board-certified internal medicine physician specializing in infectious diseases. She’s a practicing physician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. Thottacherry received her Doctor of Medicine in internal medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Huntsville campus and graduated from medical school at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, at Manipal University, India. She’s currently pursuing a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Eloise Theisen, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC
Eloise Theisen is a board certified adult geriatric nurse practitioner with more than 20 years experience in nursing. Prior to entering the cannabis field, Eloise worked for about 14 years in oncology at John Muir Health in Walnut Creek, California. She started her own cannabis practice more than 6 years ago and she has treated over 6,000 patients using cannabis for a broad range of conditions and disease, especially those that commonly afflict older adults — pain, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Eloise is the president of the American Cannabis Nurses Association through 2022. She co-authored “Pain Free with CBD” with Alice O’Leary Randall. She serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine. Eloise is the CEO of Radicle Health, a cannabis education and training company that focuses on bringing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on cannabis to healthcare professionals around the globe.
Faith Selchick, DNP, AOCNP
Dr. Faith Selchick is a board-certified adult-oncology nurse practitioner and adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner specializing in oncology. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Connecticut, her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duke University. She also has an undergraduate degree in psychology. Currently, she’s based in New York, practicing as an oncology nurse practitioner. In addition to her clinical work, she writes continuing education content and modules for nurses and advanced practice registered nurses.
Femi Aremu, PharmD
Dr. Femi Aremu is a clinical pharmacist with experience in medication therapy management, custom compounded medications, and medicinal cannabis, with a special interest in blockchain technology. He obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University as well as degrees in chemistry and biology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Dr. Aremu is a cannabis advocate with experience in cannabis extraction.
Fernando Mariz, MD
Dr. Fernando Mariz is a Manhattan-based gynecologist caring for women of all ages. Dr. Mariz is a leading gynecologist in sonography, pelvic pain, and abnormal bleeding. Dr. Mariz completed his residency at the University of Toledo, Ohio, where he was well trained in pelvic surgery including robotic minimally invasive cases.
Francis Kuehnle, RN-BC, MSN
Mx. Francis Kuehnle is a registered nurse who holds a certification in psychiatric-mental health nursing from the ANCC. They are a faculty member at the University of Iowa College of Nursing and specialize in teaching mental health nursing to undergraduate pre-licensure students. Mx. Kuehnle received their MSN from Mount Mercy University. They are also a member of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association and Sigma Theta Tau – Gamma Chapter. Francis’ main areas of interest include therapeutic communication, compassionate care of patients experiencing psychosis, and LGBTQIA+ language.
Fred Aleskerov, MD
Dr. Fred Aleskerov is a board certified critical care specialist and pulmonologist. He’s a practicing physician with Duke Health at Kernodle Clinic and Alamance Regional Hospital Medical Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Aleskerov received his Doctor of Medicine from St. George’s School of Medicine and undergraduate degree with the University of Georgia. He specializes in lung cancer and advanced procedures used for diagnosis and staging of lung cancer, including electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound-assisted mediastinal staging. He also specializes in chronic lung diseases such as COPD, asthma, cough, pulmonary arterial hypertension, interstitial lung disease, and sarcoidosis.
Grace Zhang, MD
Dr. Zhang is a board certified ophthalmologist with almost 2 decades of experience. She practices in Santa Rosa CA. She completed her residency from Northwestern University and her Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Zhang finds ophthalmology rewarding because she can practice medicine, perform microsurgery, and remain aware of the constantly evolving technology in this field.
Grant Tinsley, PhD
Dr. Grant Tinsley is an assistant professor at Texas Tech University and the director of the Energy Balance & Body Composition Laboratory. He has published over 40 peer reviewed journal articles in the areas of intermittent fasting, body composition assessment, and sports nutrition. He is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and certified sports nutritionist.
Gregory Minnis, DPT
Dr. Gregory Minnis is a physical therapist with an interest in orthopedic manual therapy. He graduated from the University of St. Augustine in Florida with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. His work experience includes orthopedic physical therapy, sports medicine, neurological rehab, advanced assessment and treatment of running injuries, and advanced treatment of the pelvic complex, spine, and extremities. He loves spending time outdoors biking, skiing, and surfing.
Harshil Matta, DO
Dr. Harshil Matta is a family medicine resident physician at Loyola Medicine – MacNeal Hospital in Chicago, IL. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington in 2014 then went on to earn his D.O. degree from DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2019. Dr. Matta’s practice interests include sports medicine and emergency medicine/urgent care cases. In his free time he enjoys supporting the Los Angeles Lakers and is always on the lookout for the perfect cup of coffee.
Heidi Moawad, MD
Dr. Heidi Moawad is a neurologist and teaches at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She serves on the editorial board of Neurology Clinical Practice and is a reviewer for Neurology.
Jacquelyn Johnson, PsyD.
Dr. Jacquelyn Johnson is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is in private practice in California and specializes in issues specific to high-performing African American women such as contending with the strong Black woman trope. Dr. Johnson received her MS in marriage and family therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary and her doctorate from the University of La Verne.
Jake Tipane, CPT
Jake Tipane is a certified personal trainer in San Francisco, California. He specializes in fertility, prenatal, pregnancy and postpartum fitness. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Janet Brito, PhD, LCSW, CST
Dr. Janet Brito is a nationally certified sex therapist specializing in relationship and sex therapy, gender and sexual identity concerns, compulsive sexual behavior, mindfulness and sexuality, and infertility. She graduated from Pacifica Graduate Institute with a doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Brito is the founder and owner of Sex Therapy Hawaii, LLC. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, photography, yoga, and locating unique coffee shops.
Janet Hilbert, MD
Dr. Janet Hilbert is a Yale Medicine physician and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. She obtained her medical degree at the State University of New York and completed her residency in internal medicine at Columbia University, followed by a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Yale University. Dr. Hilbert is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. Dr. Hilbert’s area of expertise is sleep medicine with an active clinical practice encompassing the full range of sleep disorders. She has a particular interest in complex sleep-breathing disorders and serves as medical director for the Yale Noninvasive Ventilation Program within the Yale Sleep Medicine Program. Dr. Hilbert is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FACCP) and a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (FAASM).
Jason D. Daniel-Ulloa PhD, MPH
Dr. Jason Daniel-Ulloa teaches at the University of Washington, Bothell. He is teaching or has taught courses in Latinx health, social determinants of health, program evaluation, and health behavior. He has collaborated on health and health disparity research across multiple regions of the United States. He has published in the areas of drug and alcohol misuse, HIV/STI prevention, cancer prevention and mental health.
Jeff Chen, MD, MBA
Dr. Jeff Chen MD/MBA is an internationally recognized expert on the science, business, and policy of legal cannabis. He was the Founder and Director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative. His work with cannabis has taken him across 6 continents, from the Mexico Senate to Yale University to the Royal Palace of Bhutan. Dr. Chen received his MD from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Jeffrey Ditzell, DO
Dr. Jeffrey Ditzell is an adult ADHD and general psychiatrist with a private practice in New York City. He earned his medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and has completed fellowships in addiction psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and public psychiatry. He has been the chief of an inpatient dual diagnosis unit, the lead attending in two psychiatric emergency rooms, and the lead physician of an assisted community treatment team. Additionally, Dr. Ditzell has served in the United States Army for over 20 years, having attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, having served as the division psychiatrist in Tikrit, Iraq, during deployment in 2005. Dr. Ditzell has had the additional honor of serving as medical officer for a community-based warrior transition unit at Rock Island Arsenal, assisting soldiers and their families in making the oftentimes difficult transition from overseas deployment to home.
Jenna Stoddard, OD
Dr. Jenna Stoddard is a residency-trained optometrist currently practicing at a Eyecare Center of Leesburg in northern Virginia. She received her Doctor of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. Following optometry school, she finished her ocular disease residency at the Baltimore VA Medical Center in Maryland.
Jenneh Rishe, RN, BSN
Jenneh Rishe has been a registered nurse for more than a decade, working in many different specialty areas such as internal medicine, trauma, kidney transplant, oncology, and leukemia/bone marrow transplant. She is the founder of The Endometriosis Coalition, a nonprofit organization focused on spreading awareness and promoting reliable education for endometriosis. Jenneh received her BSN from La Salle University, and is currently enrolled in Drexel University’s Master of Science in nursing education program.
Jennie Olopaade, PharmD
Dr. Jennie Olopaade is a clinical pharmacist with interest in critical care. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida A&M University. She has practiced as a hospital pharmacist for more than a decade.
Jennifer Archibald, DDS
Dr. Jennifer Archibald is a board certified general dentist in Canada and the United States. She graduated at the top of her class from Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in Canada. She completed a general practice residency at the University of Michigan Hospital. She has experience working in general practice in private dental offices, and is pursuing Advanced Graduate Education at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Jennifer Chesak, MS
Jennifer Chesak is a medical journalist for several national publications, a writing instructor, and a freelance book editor. Her coverage focuses on chronic health issues, fitness, nutrition, women’s medical rights, and the scientific evidence around health and wellness trends. She earned her master of science in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School. She’s also the managing editor for the literary magazine, Shift.
Jennifer Litner, LMFT, CST
Jennifer Litner is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist working in private practice in Chicago. She earned her Master of Science in marriage and family therapy from Northwestern University and her Master of Education in human sexuality studies at Widener University. She is a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a certified member of the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. At Jennifer’s practice, Embrace Sexual Wellness, she helps people address their intimate concerns such as changes in sexual desire, coping with illness, loss or lack of intimacy, sexual pain or discomfort, and sexual identity. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Jerlyn Jones, MS MPA RDN LD CLT
Jerlyn Jones is a registered dietitian nutritionist, national media spokesperson, nutrition writer, and owner of The Lifestyle Dietitian LLC, an Atlanta-based nutrition consulting practice. She specializes in integrative nutrition with an emphasis on food sensitivities, digestive problems, and women’s health. Jones has appeared on national radio, TV news programs, and podcasts, and has been featured on many outlets including U.S. News & World Report and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Jill Seladi-Schulman, PhD
Dr. Jill Seladi-Schulman is a manager for clinical trials. She specializes in microbiology and infectious disease. In 2014, she graduated from Emory University with her doctorate in microbiology and molecular genetics. Dr. Seladi-Schulman has publications in peer-reviewed journals and has had her work featured on the cover of the Journal of Virology. Dr. Seladi-Schulman is an avid reader with interests in medical writing and communication. She also enjoys writing fiction for fun.
Jillian Kubala, MS, RD
Jillian Kubala is a registered dietitian based in Westhampton, NY. Jillian holds a master’s degree in nutrition from Stony Brook University School of Medicine as well as an undergraduate degree in nutrition science. She runs a private practice based on the east end of Long Island, NY, where she helps her clients achieve optimal wellness through nutritional and lifestyle changes.
John A. Moawad, MD, FACS
Dr. John Moawad is a board certified vascular surgeon and associate professor of surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He practices in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Moawad treats patients with vascular disease using the most appropriate medical, endovascular, or surgical approach. He received his medical degree and surgical and vascular training at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He’s a fellow of the American College of Surgery and a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery.
Joseph Brito, MD
Dr Joseph Brito provides general urologic care at Yale Medicine with a special focus in minimally invasive surgical techniques and urologic oncology. Dr Brito received his MD from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr Brito completed a residency in Urology at Rhode Island Hospital and Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and trained at Yale School of Medicine in clinical oncology. Dr. Brito is a member of the American Urological Association.
Joseph M. Vinetz, MD
Joseph Vinetz, MD, is a Yale Medicine infectious disease doctor and a professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine in the section of infectious diseases, department of internal medicine. He is also research professor in the faculty of sciences and laboratory of research and development at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, and associated investigator of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute of Tropical Medicine at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru. He received his BS from Yale University and his MD from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research in global health and infectious diseases takes both basic science and public health/global health/epidemiological perspectives — from Peru, Brazil, and Sri Lanka — focused on diseases of high consequence such as malaria and leptospirosis, while simultaneously pursuing translational research from the bench to the bedside.
Joshua Copel, MD
Dr. Joshua Copel is a board certified specialist in obstetrics and gynecology with subspecialty certification in maternal-fetal medicine. He practices at Yale Medicine after receiving his MD from Tufts School of Medicine, and completing residency at The Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Yale School of Medicine. He has served as president of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and the International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition to his active clinical practice of ultrasound in pregnancy, he is the assistant dean for clinical affairs at Yale School of Medicine. He is a professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences, and of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine.
Joslyn Jelinek, LCSW, ACSW
Ms. Joslyn Jelinek is a board certified social worker specializing in perinatal mental health and chronic pain. She’s the founder of Chicago Human Potential and practices with a group of behavioral health clinicians in Chicago, Illinois. She treats individuals, couples, and families. Ms. Jelinek received her master’s in social work from the University of Michigan and is a registered dual diagnostic professional (substance use assessment and treatment) as well as a registered yoga teacher. Her background includes working at Cook County Hospital for more than a decade, where she learned the effects of trauma on children and adults, and effective modalities to treat clients. She uses a holistic approach to treating mental health. Ms. Jelinek is licensed to practice in Illinois and Michigan.
Joyce Oen-Hsiao, MD
Dr. Oen-Hsiao is the director of clinical cardiology at Yale Medicine. She is also an assistant professor of clinical cardiology at Yale School of Medicine. A graduate of Yale School of Medicine, she completed her internal medicine internship and residency at the Hospital of St. Raphael. She continued her training in cardiovascular diseases at the Hospital of St. Raphael. She is the director of cardiac rehabilitation at Yale New Haven Hospital-Heart & Vascular Center and is also medical director of the cardiac rehabilitation program and co-director of the pulmonary hypertension program at the YNHH-St. Raphael Campus. Her interests include general cardiology, preventive cardiology, women’s heart disease, cardiac rehabilitation, and pulmonary hypertension.
Karin Gepp, PsyD
Dr. Karin Gepp is a clinical psychologist with experience in a wide variety of areas including mood-related difficulties, anxiety, psychosis, trauma, addictions, personality disorders, adjustment issues, anger management, and forensic topics. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire, and has worked in diverse settings including inpatient, outpatient, and correctional facilities. She has theoretical leanings toward psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral concepts and techniques, and enjoys neurocognitive and diagnostic assessments as well as supervision and consultation opportunities.
Karen Gill, MD
Dr. Karen Gill is a pediatrician. She graduated from the University of Southern California. Her expertise includes breast-feeding, nutrition, obesity prevention, and childhood sleep and behavior issues. She has served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Woodland Memorial Hospital. She was a clinical preceptor with the University of California, Davis, teaching students in the physician assistant program. She now practices at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, serving the Latino residents of the Mission district in San Francisco.
Katherine Campbell, MD, MPH
Dr. Katherine H. Campbell is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist specializing in maternal fetal medicine. She is a practicing physician at Yale Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, specializing in inpatient obstetrics and cardiac disease in pregnancy. Dr. Campbell received her MD from Michigan State University and her MPH from Tulane University. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
Katherine E. Duncan, MD
Dr. Katherine Duncan is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in comprehensive ophthalmology, cataract surgery, and oculoplastic surgery. She earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in ophthalmology. Following residency, Dr. Duncan completed a fellowship in orbital, oculoplastic, and aesthetic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Katherine Marengo, LDN, RD
Katherine Marengo is a clinical registered
dietitian. Katherine earned her undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University and completed her dietetic internship at Southern University in Baton Rouge. She specialized as a Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian (CNSD) in New Orleans at the No. 2 Level 1 trauma center in the nation. Since then, she’s been raising her three children while running a successful private business. She enjoys volunteering at her children’s school, travel, tennis, cooking, and quality time with family and friends.
Kathy Warwick, RD, CDE
Kathy Warwick is a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator with over 37 years of experience in nutrition care and diabetes management. Kathy graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1982 with her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She’s the owner of Professional Nutrition Consultants LLC, providing diabetes education, long-term care consultation, health and wellness services, hospice consultation, medical legal expert services, and communication services. She’s received a number of awards for her work in the field of dietetics, including being recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as an outstanding dietitian for the state of Mississippi in 2006. When Kathy isn’t working, she enjoys gardening, yoga, and art.
Kelly Wood, MD
Dr. Kelly Wood received her medical degree from The University of the West Indies and went on to complete her internal medicine residency at The Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She achieved her fellowship in endocrinology from University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Wood treats adults with diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, and other hormonal conditions. She holds board certification with the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. She is a member of the Endocrine Society, American Association Clinical of Endocrinology, and a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (FACE).
Kendra Kubala, PsyD
Dr. Kendra Kubala is a licensed psychologist specializing in working with survivors of trauma. Dr. Kubala received her Master of Arts in psychology from the Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University in New York and her Doctor of Psychology from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Joseph J. Peters Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Kubala is licensed in both Pennsylvania and New York, and works in private practice, seeing patients via telemedicine. Dr. Kubala serves as an expert witness in legal cases involving traumatic events.
Kerry Boyle D.Ac., M.S., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Dr. Kerry Boyle is a nationally board certified licensed acupuncturist. She is a graduate of Bastyr University where she received her master’s in acupuncture, and of Pacific College of Health Sciences where she received her doctorate in acupuncture. Dr. Boyle specializes in integrative medicine at her private practice, Integrative Acupuncture, in Montpelier and Williston, Vermont.
Kevin Martinez, M.D.
Dr. Kevin Martinez is a Family Medicine Resident at Loyola Medicine MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. He received his MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. After graduating from residency in 2020 he is looking for a career in outpatient and urgent care medicine in the Chicago area.
Kim Chin, RD
Kim Chin is a registered dietitian and foodie at heart. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition with minors in psychology and biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and completed her dietetic internship at Wellness Workdays. She currently works in corporate wellness and does nutrition counseling in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Kimberley Rose-Francis, CDCES, CNSC, LD
Kimberley Rose-Francis is a Florida-based registered dietitian nutritionist who specializes in food and nutrition. Her inclusive approach and philosophy revolve around “making nutrition easy and attainable.” Kim does this by addressing common and complex food and wellness topics. Kim is also passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion specifically related to food justice.
Kristen Moyer, MD, MTS
Dr. Kristen Moyer is a board-certified internist and pediatrician specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. She received her MD from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and her Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Duke Divinity School. Dr. Moyer completed her internship, residency, and chief residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and fellowship at the Ohio State University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP).
Krystal Cascetta, MD
Dr. Krystal Cascetta is a board-certified internal medicine physician specializing in Hematology and Medical Oncology. She is a practicing physician at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, she specializes in breast cancer and clinical quality. Dr. Cascetta received her MD from Albany Medical College at Albany, New York. She completed a fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Mount Sinai Hospital. Additionally, she completed a Clinical Quality fellowship with the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and the United Hospital Fund (UHF).
Lauren Castiello, MS, AGNP-C
Lauren Castiello is a board certified adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (NP). Before furthering her education and becoming an NP she worked as a registered nurse in inpatient oncology/bone marrow transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and most recently as a postanesthesia care unit registered nurse in an outpatient surgery center. Prior to becoming a registered nurse, she worked in diabetes research at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Lauren has done NP clinical practicums focusing on the adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations in internal medicine, long-term care, and outpatient oncology/bone marrow transplant. Lauren received a Bachelor of Arts from Assumption University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Lauren Jarmusz, DPT, OCS
Dr. Lauren Jarmusz is a physical therapist and orthopedic clinical specialist practicing at Stanford Healthcare. She received her clinical doctorate from Northeastern University and is a graduate of Stanford’s postdoctoral orthopedic physical therapy residency. Dr. Jarmusz is now adjunct faculty of the program. She is licensed to evaluate and treat all body regions, ages, and genders; however, she has a clinical interest in womens’ spine, pelvis, hip, and knee injuries. Dr. Jarmusz holds a core belief that physical therapists should be the “primary care providers for movement health,” and she has a global career focus of innovating the rehabilitation field by leveraging technology and interprofessional care methods.
Leela Raju, MD
Dr. Leela Raju is a board certified ophthalmologist and an associate professor at NYU Langone Health Center in New York. She earned her medical degree in 2003 from Marshall University School of Medicine in West Virginia. She studied ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh, and cornea and external disease at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Raju’s research focuses are ocular surface treatment and reconstruction, and herpetic eye disease and factors to reduce recurrence.
She has a special interest in international eye care and is currently involved with the Eye Foundation of America and Goutami Eye Institute in India and Ghana. Dr. Raju has presented research findings at national and international conferences, and has published articles in journals including Eye & Contact Lens and JAMA Ophthalmology. Dr. Raju is co-author of “Musings on Medicine, Myth, and History: India’s Legacy,” which includes a description of Indian developments in ophthalmology.
Lisa Hodgson, RD, CDN, CDCES, FADCES
Lisa Hodgson is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist. She is the clinical nutrition manager at Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she supervises 20 dietitians and diabetes care and education specialists across all settings. Lisa received her BS in nutrition and dietetics from Framingham State University in Massachusetts and completed her dietetic internship in the Worcester, Massachusetts, area. She is the 2020 treasurer for the Association for Diabetes Care and Education Specialists and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Diabetes Dietetic Practice Group.
Lori Lawrenz, PsyD
Dr. Lori Lawrenz is a psychologist at the Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health in Honolulu, Hawaii. She’s currently completing her fellowship in sexual health. She’s been a licensed psychologist for 20 years with licenses in Missouri and Hawaii. She has a master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Lawrenz is passionate about addressing trauma, shame, grief, and mental health issues to assist her clients to live more productive and happy lives.
Madeline Knott, MD
Dr. Madeline Knott is a family medicine doctor. She graduated from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Her interests are broad and range from pediatrics to geriatrics to women’s health.
Marina Basina, MD
Dr. Marina Basina is an endocrinologist specializing in diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2, diabetes technology, thyroid nodules, and thyroid cancer. She graduated from Second Moscow Medical University in 1987 and completed her endocrinology fellowship at Stanford University in 2003. Dr. Basina is currently a clinical associate professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also on the medical advisory board of Carb DM and Beyond Type 1 and is a medical director of inpatient diabetes at Stanford Hospital. In her spare time, Dr. Basina enjoys hiking and reading.
Marc S. Lener, MD
Dr. Marc Lener is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City, and founder and CEO of Singula Institute. Dr. Lener completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in the biological basis of behavior. Dr. Lener then began a career as a high school science teacher at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., and remained in the area to complete his medical training at George Washington University School of Medicine while spending a significant amount of time at the National Institute of Mental Health as a research student. Dr. Lener completed his psychiatry residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, where he was accepted into a specialized research track, allowing him to examine neurobiological correlates of psychiatric illness, such as schizophrenia and depression. Dr. Lener was chosen as chief resident of research during his last year of residency, and in addition to residency, completed a psychoanalytic fellowship at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to further his skills in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy approaches. After residency, Dr. Lener completed a 3-year clinical research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, where he examined neural correlates of depression heterogeneity to identify biological markers of depression risk and treatment response.
Marc Meth, MD
Dr. Marc Meth is a board certified allergist/immunologist in private practice in Los Angeles, CA. He treats both adult and pediatric patients for a wide variety of allergic conditions. Dr. Meth received his MD from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is a fellow of the American Academy and American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.2
Marney A. White, PhD, MS
Dr. Marney White is a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and weight management. She completed a postdoctoral clinical research fellowship the Yale School of Medicine, and a postdoctoral master’s degree in Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. She has authored more than 150 journal articles and book chapters on eating/weight and mental health, and is currently a professor of psychiatry and public health at Yale. Her open course, Health Behavior Change: From Evidence to Action, is currently available on coursera.
Matt Coward, MD, FACS
Dr. Matt Coward is a board certified urologist specializing in reproductive urology. His areas of expertise is men’s health and male infertility. He is an associate professor of urology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, the director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at UNC Fertility in Raleigh, NC, and the fellowship director of the UNC men’s health fellowship. He received his MD with Distinction at the UNC School of Medicine in 2007 and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
Matthew Boland, PhD
Dr. Matthew Boland is a licensed clinical psychologist. He conducts structured assessment and psychotherapy with medical patients and mental health consumers in Reno, Nevada. He also conducts original research on posttraumatic stress and emotional regulation in clinical disorders, and he teaches university courses on related topics. He is featured in informational videos on topics in mental health as “Dr. Matt B.” Dr. Boland completed a PhD at the University of Nevada and a clinical research fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.
Megan Soliman, MD
Dr. Megan Soliman is a board certified internal medicine physician who works as a hospitalist in Southwest Virginia. She graduated from Saba University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency at Rochester General Hospital. Her work has appeared in several publications, and her research interests include adverse effects of medications and herbal supplements. Dr. Soliman is enthusiastic about “bread and butter” medicine, which includes treating patients with the most common diseases. She also has a passion for reaching underserved communities, including both U.S. and international rural communities.
Melissa Badowski, Pharm.D., MPH
Dr. Melissa E. Badowski is a board-certified pharmacotherapy and infectious diseases specialist. She’s also credentialed as an HIV pharmacist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Dr. Badowski assists in the medication management of people living with HIV and other infectious diseases in Chicago, Illinois. She received her PharmD from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois, and her MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She’s also a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
Meredith Walls, CNM, NP
Meredith Wallis is a certified nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She received her master’s degree in midwifery from Oregon Health & Science University in 2011. Meredith specializes in out-of-hospital birth, lactation support, and childbirth education. Her professional passions include holistic medicine, VBAC, and evidence-based care.
Meredith A. Goodwin, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Meredith Goodwin is a Board-certified Family Medicine physician, practicing in Sacramento, California. She has broad experience with full-spectrum family medicine, including home visits, telehealth, Veteran’s care, patient advocacy and life care planning. She received her MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York, and completed her Family Medicine residency at UCLA. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP).
Mia Armstrong, MD, FAAP
Dr. Mia Armstrong is board certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, LA. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. Her pediatrics residency training was in Jackson, MS, at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Armstrong loves sharing with others and helping families learn to be healthy.
Michael Virata, MD
Dr. Michael Virata is a Yale Medicine infectious disease specialist who cares for people of all ages who have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). He is the director of HIV clinical services at Yale New Haven Saint Raphael Campus, and has worked with Yale New Haven Health and the state of Connecticut to eradicate the virus — a goal he hopes to achieve in his lifetime. Dr. Virata earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Philippines. He completed his residency at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and his fellowships at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Michelle Azu, MD
Dr. Michelle Azu is a board-certified surgeon specializing in breast surgery and diseases of the breast. Dr. Azu graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003 with her doctor of medicine degree. She currently serves as the director of breast surgical services for New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital. She also works as an assistant professor at both Columbia University Medical Center and Rutgers School of Public Health. In her spare time, Dr. Azu enjoys traveling and photography.
Michelle L. Griffith, MD
Dr. Michelle Griffith is a practicing endocrinologist and associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She specializes in diabetes and thyroid care. She is also an experienced telemedicine provider, incorporating telemedicine into her practice since 2013. Dr. Griffith received her MD and completed fellowship training at Vanderbilt University.
Mikhail Yakubov, MD
Dr. Mikhail Yakubov is an NYC physician specializing in gastroenterology and hepatology. He completed his medical training with the New York-Presbyterian system, including his internal medicine residency, administrative chief residency, and a gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship. He is a voluntary faculty physician with Weill Cornell Medical Hospital and serves full-time at his private practice, Manhattan Gastroenterology. Dr. Yakubov dedicates his practice to serving the NYC community and is fluent in English, Russian, and Hebrew.
N. Simay Gökbayrak, PhD
Dr. Simay Gökbayrak is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, California, where she provides direct clinical care and consulting, and is engaged in research. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis on health psychology and behavior change from the University of Rhode Island. She completed a clinical postdoctoral fellowship at San Francisco VA Healthcare System where she also later engaged in postdoctoral research. Her interests include evidence-based therapies, depression, anxiety, motivation and behavior change science, men’s mental health, and the intersection between mental and physical health.
Nancy Hammond, MD
Dr. Nancy Hammond is a board certified neurologist specializing in epilepsy. In 2001, she graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with her degree in medicine. Dr. Hammond works as a clinical associate professor of neurology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She’s also the owner of Envision Neurology and president of the Missouri Kansas Neurological Society.
Nancy Carteron, MD, FACR
Dr. Nancy Carteron is a rheumatologist and immunologist. She graduated from John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She is an associate clinical professor in medicine at the University of California in San Francisco. She also has a private practice in rheumatology and autoimmune disease at the California Pacific Medical Center. She is cofounder of HealthWell Foundation and is the medical and scientific advisory board chair and editor of the Sjogren’s Quarterly (www.sjogrens.org). She enjoys time in Napa Valley with her family and serving as a catechist.
Nathan Greene, PsyD
Nathan Greene is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Oakland, California, and co-founder of Surf Circle, a therapeutic surf program for adolescent boys. He specializes in psychological trauma, psychological resilience, and child and family treatment. Dr. Greene is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Wright Institute, where he now serves as an adjunct clinical faculty member.
Neal Patel, PharmD
Dr. Neal Patel is a licensed pharmacist who earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota. His expertise is in developing engaging medical communication for a range of audiences, including patients and healthcare professionals. He has experience in community pharmacy and managed care, as well as research and development of therapeutics in ophthalmology, diabetes, and oncology.
Nicole Aaronson, MD, MBA, CPE, FACS, FAAP
Dr. Nicole Leigh Aaronson is a board certified otolaryngologist with fellowship training in pediatric otolaryngology. She practices in Wilmington, Delaware, and Deptford, New Jersey. Dr. Aaronson received her Doctor of Medicine from New York University, and completed her residency at Yale New Haven Hospital and her fellowship at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Nicole Washington, DO, MPH
Dr. Nicole Washington is a board certified psychiatrist and the chief medical officer of Elocin Psychiatric Services, a primarily virtual practice where she focuses on the mental health needs of the busy professional. Dr. Washington has spent most of her career caring and advocating for people who aren’t typically consumers of mental health services, namely underserved communities and high-performing professionals. She hopes to break down some of the barriers to treatment these populations face as well as engage people in topics relevant to the busy professional through her practice; her book, “From Introspection to Action: The High-Level Professional’s 28 Day Journey to Improving Mental Health”; and podcast, “The C-Suite Confidant.” Dr. Washington is a sought-after speaker on a variety of mental health topics and enjoys working with organizations on initiatives that create environments that are supportive of the mental well-being of their employees.
Patricia Weiser, PharmD
Dr. Patricia Weiser is a licensed pharmacist with interests in functional medicine and preventive healthcare. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Doctor of Pharmacy. Dr. Weiser is currently working as a community pharmacist and has experience in hospital and long-term care practice settings.
Payal Kohli, MD, FACC
Dr. Payal Kohli is a noninvasive cardiologist specializing in advanced echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and women’s heart disease. Dr. Kohli earned her degrees at some of the world’s most prestigious universities, including Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She graduated magna cum laude from both Harvard Medical School with her MD in 2007 and MIT with her BS in molecular biology and a perfect 5.0 GPA. Additionally, Dr. Kohli has served as a section editor for JACC and assistant editor for JACC Imaging.
Raj Dasgupta, MD
Dr. Raj Dasgupta is a faculty member at the University of Southern California. He’s quadruple board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. He’s the assistant program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and the associate program director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Dasgupta is an active clinical researcher and has been teaching around the world for more than 15 years. His first book is part of a series called “Medicine Morning Report: Beyond the Pearls.” Learn more on his website.
Reema Patel, MPA ,PA-C
Reema Patel is a board-certified physician assistant specializing in dermatological skin conditions and aesthetic medicine. She is a graduate of Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California with a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Southern Illinois University. Prior to this, she worked in the emergency room as a physician assistant and has worked for several years in a cosmetic plastic surgery office gaining experience in aesthetic dermatology. Reema has special interest in treating skin of color. At home, Reema is raising two beautiful boys with her husband and in the remaining time she loves to exercise, travel, and cook.
Rooz Khosravi, DMD, PhD, MSD
Dr. Rooz Khosravi is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and an assistant professor of orthodontics at the School of Dentistry, University of Washington. Dr. Rooz practices orthodontics at Porth (Personalized Orthodontics), boutique clinics located in Sammamish and Bellevue, Washington. His practice expertise includes clear aligner therapy for adults, teens, and children, using custom Porth aligners. He also provides lingual braces (placed behind the teeth), which are a highly specialized treatment option that are truly invisible. Dr. Rooz brings his knowledge of and passion for using technology to Porth, where he uses 3D scanning and printing in every treatment need plan. Dr. Rooz lectures nationally and internationally on digital technology, especially clear aligner therapy. He is a leading expert in aligner therapy and is an orthodontist-scientist consultant at leading companies in this field. He also offers courses on how to implement the latest digital technology in daily practice of orthodontics.
Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte is an optometrist who specializes in primary eye care, ocular disease, ocular nutrition, and contact lenses. He received his Bachelor of Science in nutritional sScience from Michigan State University and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Ohio State University College of Optometry. He also completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Illinois Eye Institute. Dr. Corte is the co-owner of Northlake Eye in North Carolina and an active speaker in his profession. He has a passion for patient education and a track record of success in the health and wellness industry.
Sade Meeks, MS, RD
Sade Meeks is a registered dietitian, food activist, and writer. Sade earned her BS in culinary arts from Mississippi University for Women and received her MS in nutrition from Cal State University, Los Angeles. Sade is the executive director and founder of nonprofit GRITS Inc., whose mission is to promote health equity among underserved communities, primarily by increasing access to registered dietitians.
Sara N. Frye, OD, MPH, FAAO
Sara Frye is a Doctor of Optometry. She practices at Tucson Eye Care, where she manages conditions including dry eye, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts. Dr. Frye received her Doctor of Optometry from Nova Southeastern University and subsequently underwent residency training at UC Berkeley. Her Master of Public Health is from the University of Arizona. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Sara Perkins, MD
Sara Perkins, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist at Yale Medicine in Connecticut. She attended Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She practices general, medical dermatology and has special interests in skin cancer prevention, screening, and treatment. She especially enjoys helping patients who are diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer, melanoma, and addressing other skin-related dermatologic concerns that can result from too much sun exposure such as pigmented lesions (brown spots) and photoaging. Dr. Perkins also an instructor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine.
Sarika Ramachandran, MD
Sarika Manoj Ramachandran, MD, is a Yale Medicine dermatologist and medical director of the Branford, CT, location. She is also an associate professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. Her clinical and research focus is in medical dermatology with a special interest in rheumatologic dermatology conditions such as cutaneous lupus, scleroderma, and morphea. Because these and related conditions affect the skin and often internal organs, she believes in taking a comprehensive approach to care. She and a rheumatologist work together in a special program to treat people who have these disorders holistically. Dr. Ramachandran is currently researching new treatments for autoimmune skin diseases such as lupus and morphea.
Saurabh Sethi, MD, MPH
Dr. Saurabh Sethi is a board-certified physician specializing in gastroenterology, hepatology, and advanced interventional endoscopy. In 2014, Dr. Sethi completed his gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School, and soon after completed his advanced endoscopy fellowship at Stanford University in 2015. Dr. Sethi has been involved with multiple books and research publications, including over 30 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Sethi’s interests include reading, blogging, traveling, and public health advocacy.
Seunggu Han, MD
Dr. Han is a neurological surgeon. He graduated from the a University of California, San Francisco. He is a Fellow/Clinical Instructor at UCSF in the department of neurological surgery. His interests include surgical neuro-oncology, clinical trials and quality improvement in surgery.
Sharon S. Stoll, DO, MS
Dr. Sharon Stoll is a board certified neurologist at Yale Medicine. She is a multiple sclerosis specialist and assistant professor in the department of neurology at Yale School of Medicine. She completed her neurology residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and her neuroimmunology fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Stoll continues to play an active role in academic development and continuing medical education and serves as the course director for Yale’s annual MS CME program. She is an investigator on several international multicenter clinical trials and currently serves on several advisory boards including BeCare MS Link, Forepont Capital Partners, One Touch Telehealth, and JOWMA. Dr. Stoll has received numerous awards including the Rodney Bell teaching award, and she is a National Multiple Sclerosis Society clinical fellowship grant recipient. She has most recently served on an academic podium for Nancy Davis’ foundation, Race to Erase MS, and is an internationally renowned speaker.
Shilpa Amin, MD, CAQ, FAAFP
Dr. Shilpa Amin is a board-certified physician specializing in family medicine, geriatrics, and integrative medicine. Dr. Amin’s clinical work experience has ranged from private internal medicine and family practice to urgent care, long-term care, and public health. Dr. Amin completed her medical degree and residency in family medicine at The George Washington University. She completed two fellowships in geriatrics and women’s health at the University of Pittsburgh St. Margaret’s program and Mayo Clinic, respectively. Dr. Amin received a master’s in biomedical sciences from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School. At present, Dr. Amin is planning to pursue her masters of jurisprudence in health law through Loyola University. One of Dr. Amin’s personal interests is mosaic tile work.
Sirisha Yellayi, DO
Dr. Sirisha Yellayi is a current resident at Loyola MacNeal in Berwyn, IL. She graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Stacy A. Henigsman, DO
Dr. Henigsman received her undergraduate degree from California State University, Long Beach where she graduated magna cum laude. She received her Doctor of Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. She graduated first in her medical school class and was inducted into the medical honor society, Sigma Sigma Phi. While attending Western University, Dr. Henigsman developed a special interest in women’s health and chose to dedicate her career to obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Henigsman completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Irvine, one of the top obstetrics and gynecology programs in the country. At UCI, she conducted research on fetal heart rate patterns. Her research has been published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. After finishing residency, Dr. Henigsman started a private practice in California where she developed a special interest in minimally invasive gynecologic surgical procedures. She was one of two gynecologists chosen to start the minimally invasive robotic surgery program at Orange Coast Memorial Hospital. Dr. Henigsman has performed over 1,000 minimally invasive robotic surgeries and is trained in complex gynecologic surgery.
Stacy Sampson, DO
Dr. Stacy Sampson is a board-certified family medicine physician. She graduated from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Iowa. She has experience in utilization management and hospital medicine and is a volunteer physician at a free clinic. She likes to spend time with her family and is a hobbyist musician.
Stella Bard, MD
Dr. Stella Bard is a board certified rheumatologist with over 10 years of hands-on experience in managing complex rheumatologic problems. She is a graduate of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and completed her fellowship at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson. While there, she studied under world authorities in gout, Lyme disease, and scleroderma. Dr. Bard is a practicing physician in the states of New York and Texas.
Susan Bard, MD
Dr. Susan Bard is a NYC-based board certified dermatologist and fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery. Dr. Bard received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate. She completed her dermatology residency at the University of Miami as well as a clinical research fellowship in pediatric dermatology and a procedural dermatology fellowship, where she further trained in Mohs micrographic surgery, lasers, and cosmetic surgery.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RN
Dr. Teresa Hagan Thomas is a nurse and scientist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Thomas holds an undergraduate degree in anthropology and international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of nursing science and a PhD in nursing research from the University of Pittsburgh. She also held a postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Thomas has an active, funded program of research focusing on promoting patient self-advocacy among individuals with cancer, including testing patient interventions to promote self-advocacy, patient-centered care, and quality of life.
Tiffany Taft, PsyD
Dr. Tiffany Taft is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the psychological and social effects of chronic medical illness. She is the founder of Oak Park Behavioral Medicine LLC, an independent private practice of psychologists, social workers, and counselors near Chicago, and she is a research assistant professor and director of psychogastroenterology research at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Taft received her PsyD from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2009 and completed her fellowship in psychogastroenerology at Northwestern University in 2011.
Valinda Riggins Nwadike, MD, MPH
Dr. Valinda Riggins Nwadike is an obstetrics and gynecology physician and gynecology surgeon with 16 years of experience performing deliveries and gynecologic surgeries. Dr. Nwadike graduated from Columbia University with her MPH in 1992 and then went on to earn her MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine​ in 1996. She’s also skilled and has years of experience in prenatal, antenatal, and postpartum care. In her spare time, Dr. Nwadike enjoys running, reading, and yoga.
Vara Saripalli, Psy.D.
Dr. Vara Saripalli earned her doctorate of clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Before her psychology studies, Saripalli worked in the automobile and insurance industries. She works as a licensed psychologist in Chicago in private practice where she offers therapy services with a focus on helping busy professionals get more control of their lives and careers.
Victor Nguyen, PharmD
Dr. Victor Nguyen is a pharmaceutical consultant. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from Wayne State University. He also completed master’s degrees from the University of Florida and Stetson University. He works for Curta Consulting, where his projects span across various therapeutic areas including chronic and rare diseases. His expertise is in developing communication tools and economic modeling.
Vincent Tavella, MPH
Vincent Tavella is currently a candidate for a veterinary medical doctorate at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and specializes in epidemiology. In 2018, Vincent earned his master’s in public health at Virginia Tech. He’s served on veterinary mission trips to Nicaragua and co-authored several journal articles on lupus nephritis. In his spare time, Vincent enjoys being outdoors, hiking, camping, and fishing.
Vicente Diaz, MD, MBA
Dr. Vicente Diaz specializes in ocular inflammatory and infectious diseases at Yale Medicine and Yale Health. His research interests include novel immunomodulatory therapies for the treatment of noninfectious inflammatory disease, management of Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome, and innovative therapies in glaucoma. After graduating from ophthalmology residency at Yale University, he completed a fellowship in ocular immunology and infectious disease at The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, where he was recently on the clinical and research faculty. Dr. Diaz is director of ophthalmology for the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Unit, where he oversees the care of all patients with Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome, a rare and potentially lethal disease. Dr. Diaz founded the La Unidad Latina Medical Guild and was the architect of their annual medical mission to the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Honduras, where he performs surgery, teaches residents, and cares for patients in need. Dr. Diaz received his BA from Brown University, his MD from Yale School of Medicine, and his MBA at Yale School of Management.
Vrinda Rio, PharmD
Dr. Vrinda Rio is a clinical pharmacist. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Northeastern University and completed a pharmacy residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center. While most of her career has been in managed care and pharmacy benefit management, she’s currently a consultant in different areas of healthcare.
Yamini Ranchod, Ph.D., M.S.
Dr. Yamini Ranchod is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. Dr. Ranchod graduated from Harvard University with her MS in Epidemiology in 2008 and later earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan in 2013.
Youssef (Joe) Soliman, MD
Dr. Soliman is a board certified internal medicine physician and currently a gastroenterology and hepatology fellow at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He’s passionate about acquiring, organizing, and disseminating accurate medical knowledge. He also believes that people who are well-informed about their healthcare have the best outcomes.
Past Medical Network Members
Alex Klein, PsyD
Ayonna Tolbert, PharmD
Cameron White, MD
Elizabeth Carlson, DACM, LAc
Jason C. Baker, MD
Maria S. Prelipcean, MD
Miho Hatanaka, RDN, LD
Morgan Rabach, MD
Natalie Butler, RD, LD
Natalie Olsen, RD, LD, ACSM EP-C
Timothy J. Legg, PhD, PsyD, CRNP, ACRN, CPH
Yelena Davydovskaya, PharmD