John McDougall’s national recognition as a nutrition expert earned him a position in the Great Nutrition Debate 2000 presented by the USDA. He is a board certified internist, author of ten national best-selling books, host of the nationally syndicated television show “McDougall, MD,” Medical Director of the McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California and Advanced Prevention Technologies — caring for people at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota. Over the past 25 years he has been caring for people with diet and lifestyle medicine. Learn more about Dr. John McDougall.
Mary is a nurse, homemaker, and co-author of 8 National-Best Selling Books. She lectures nationwide on the practical methods of turning the kitchen into a health-builder for the whole family. Over the past 25 years she has been caring for people with diet and lifestyle medicine and has created over 2,000 health-supporting recipes.
As Program Director, Heather has managed every aspect of the McDougall Program since it moved to Santa Rosa in 2002. Her involvement with the Program also includes overseeing the McDougall website and McDougall Facebook page, day-to-day business operations, recipe development and advertising. She worked as an Assistant Editor of Veggie Life magazine after graduating from St. Mary’s College in California with a BA in English. When Heather is not working, she enjoys cooking for the toughest food critics in Sonoma County – her three young boys.
Drawing from her technology-based education and extensive marketing and copywriting career, Irene Tsatsos McDougall manages the social media aspect of Dr. McDougall’s Health and Medical Center. She is responsible for developing and implementing social media strategy and content, generating inbound traffic and managing presence across all of Dr. McDougall’s social networking sites. Irene also serves as Chief Copywriter and Board of Advisor member for Speeksy.com, and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sound Engineering. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, son and two yellow labs.
Tiffany is the Executive Assistant to the McDougall’s. She is the Operations Manager for all McDougall Programs, Tour Director for McDougall Adventures, and the Administrator of both The Starch Solution Certification Course and Nursing Continuing Education. Tiffany has a BA in Rhetoric from University of California, Berkeley and is nationally certified as a Pharmacy Technician. She has the pleasure of assisting Dr. McDougall when seeing patients. In her spare time, Tiffany helps Mary with recipe development.
Dr. Don Forrester is a board certified Family Medicine physician with a passion for preventive medicine and improving the quality of medical care. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, he graduated from Georgetown University Medical School. Following completion of his Family Medicine Residency, he went to work for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Sacramento. In addition to his medical practice he served in several leadership positions including Chief of Patient Education, Chief of Preventive Medicine, Chief of Family Practice, Physician in Charge, and Consultant to the Permanente Company. He is a Certified Physician Executive and has completed training at Intermountain Healthcare to facilitate teams and consult for the management of continuous quality improvement in health care. In 2008 he retired from the Kaiser Permanente program after 30 years. Since leaving Kaiser Permanente he continues to contribute to his community and profession through clinical work, writing, presentations, and workshops.
Dr. Klaper believes strongly that proper nutrition and a balanced lifestyle are essential for health, and in many cases make the difference between healing an illness and merely treating the symptoms. He serves as the director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research, is a member of the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association, and has served as advisor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.) project on nutrition for long-term space colonists on the moon and on mars. As a gifted teacher, clinician, and the author of successful books and video’s on cholesterol-free nutrition, Dr. Klaper has contributed to the making of two PBS television productions, Food for Thought, and the award winning, Diet for a New America. For over ten years, Dr. Klaper hosted the popular medical information radio program “Sounds of Healing,” on WPFW in Washington DC and KAOI 1110 AM in Maui, Hawaii.
Originally it was the love for the sciences that drew Dr. McDougall to medicine. However, once in medical school, he learned the greatest rewards of this profession comes from knowing other people personally and helping them to live better lives. Placing a strong emphasis on prevention and treating problems at their cause. Dr. McDougall reserves prescribing medications and surgeries as a last resort. He believes diet is the cause of most common diseases, including overweight, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes. He recommends that his patients eat a starch-centered diet, supplemented with fruits and vegetables. Dr. McDougall also encourages his patients to eat less meat, dairy foods, and limit refined oils. Outside of his work, he spends as much time as possible with his daughter and wife. They enjoy being outdoors in the clean air and sunshine. Maintaining their health with the same recommendations given to Dr. McDougall’s patients: a healthy diet, reasonable sunshine and exercise, and clean habits.
Dr. Doug Lisle is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego, (Summa Cum Laude). He was awarded the President’s Fellowship and was a DuPont Scholar at the University of Virginia, where he completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He was then appointed Lecturer in Psychology at Stanford University and was on the staff at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Lisle was then a consultant for the National Institute of Health Clinical Trial on Cognitive Therapy for Recurrent Depression at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He lectures nationally to health professionals on topics including evolutionary psychology, cognitive therapy, lifestyle modification, relaxation and stress management, and weight loss.
Renowned nutrition, health expert and author, Jeff Novick, RD, has counseled thousands of clients over the last 24 years, and today they credit Jeff with helping them lose weight, reverse disease, build genuine health, and achieve a high quality of life. A passionate educator and engaging speaker, Jeff captivates his audiences with natural humor and charm, entertaining them while distilling science & data into principles that anyone can understand. He empowers his audiences and clients with essential facts and easy principles that they can apply daily, as well as lifelong, in achieving optimal health—whether dining out, grocery shopping, or eating at home. He answers questions on the McDougall Discussion Board. His web site is: jeffnovick.com.
Miyoko Schinner has promoted healthful, vegetarian/vegan cuisine for 30 years. As the founder of Now and Zen, a vegan food manufacturer with nationwide distribution, she developed products such as the UnTurkey, HipWhip, a line of gourmet vegan cakes, and a low-fat vegan chocolate chip cookie that is still enjoyed by customers on United Airlines. She has written three vegan cookbooks and is a former contributor to publications such as Vegetarian Times Magazine. Miyoko, her products and her unique approach to vegan cuisine have been featured in numerous publications, television and radio shows, including the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek, New York Post, ABC World News Tonight, NPR’s Marketplace and California Report. She has given cooking demonstrations nationwide as well as in Japan. Currently, she is working on a vegan cooking series with a comic twist. She lives in Marin County with her husband, Michael and her three children, and enjoys being involved in community theatre and running in the hills with her dog.
For over 12 years, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has guided people to becoming and staying vegan through sold-out cooking classes, bestselling books, inspiring lectures, engaging videos, and her immensely popular audio podcast, “Vegetarian Food for Thought.” Using her unique blend of passion, humor, and common sense, she empowers and inspires people to live according to their own values of compassion and wellness. With a master’s degree in English literature and a command of traditional and new media, Colleen is an exhilarating speaker, a powerful writer, a talented chef, and a persuasive advocate, whose success can be measured by the thousands of people whose lives have been changed by her compassionate message. The award-winning author of five books, including the bestselling The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, Vegan’s Daily Companion, and The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. Colleen also contributes to National Public Radio and The Christian Science Monitor, and has appeared on The Food Network and PBS. Visit colleenpatrickgoudreau.com for more.
Dr. Isabeau is an accomplished runner, cyclist and mountaineer. His outpatient practice in Chiropractic medicine emphasizes sports medicine and injury rehabilitation. He enjoys the challenge of helping people overcome injuries and establish life-long, healthful fitness programs.
Cathy Fisher is the creator of StraightUpFood.com, a blog that offers recipes and information on how to eat a health-promoting, plant-based (vegan) diet. Cathy’s education and experience are grounded in her work with the McDougall Program (2006 to present) and TrueNorth Health Center (2010 to present), where she regularly teaches cooking classes to in-patient clients. Cathy graduated with her BA in Psychology, going on to earn a credential in Early Childhood Education and a certification in Nutrition Education. Cathy enjoys presenting to groups and giving people the practical skills they need to successfully shift to a healthier diet.
Pam Field has been teaching as a certified Iyengar yoga teacher for 22 years. Following her two years’ training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, she studied in India with B.K.S. Iyengar. Pam founded and has directed the Yoga Center of Santa Rosa for 17 years, and for the past seven years has also taught yoga through the Employee Wellness Program at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Pam especially enjoys working with beginners. Students of all ages appreciate her warmth, humor, and kind approach to yoga. At the Yoga Center of Santa Rosa, Pam teaches regular day and evening classes, restorative workshops, and hosts visiting teachers from around the country.
Lisa is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor. Graduate from University of San Diego, major in psychology. She has been in the fitness industry for 6 1/2 years and enjoys creating a fun and challenging experience for her clients.
Conci has been certified as a Personal Trainer at the American College of Sports Medicine. Her specialty is Cross Training and likes to swim, cycle, run-walk, hike, backpack, ski, golf, and do yoga. Her fitness philosophy is to empower clients’ internal motivation to exercise, eat well, and live a healthy, enjoyable lifestyle. She has finished close to a dozen sprint triathlons, and enjoys participating in local charity events such as cycling, running, or golf tournaments. She has also co-taught beginning backpacking.
Jill Nussinow, aka The Veggie Queen™ is a Registered Dietitian who has been teaching plant-based, whole foods cooking for more than 25 years. She has been teaching at Santa Rosa Junior College for almost that long. She is the author of two cookbooks: The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment and The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes, and stars in the DVD: Pressure Cooking: A Fresh Look, Delicious Dishes in Minutes. You will find her frequenting local farmers markets weekly. She also loves mushroom hunting and teaching fermentation classes. She is currently working on her third book: Nutrition CHAMPS: The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating and Cooking for Health, Energy, Vitality and Happiness.Jill’s goal is to see everyone leading a healthy, happy life through better eating and cooking. She loves to share the passion and joy of great-tasting vegan food. Her website is http://www.theveggiequeen.com