Meet the Team

The McDougall team includes world-class educators, experienced practitioners and professionals. Our goal is simple: help people regain their health and have hope for a brighter future.

John McDougall, MD

John McDougall, MD

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 13 national best-selling books and co-founder of the McDougall Program. He has dedicated over 50 years of his life caring for people with diet and lifestyle medicine.

John McDougall, MD

Mary McDougall

Mary McDougall

Mary is a retired nurse, homemaker, co-founder of the McDougall Program and co-author of 13 national best-selling books. Over the past 50 years, Mary has worked with Dr. John McDougall caring for people using diet therapy to restore health and has created over 3,000 health-supporting recipes. Mary is best known as the inventor of low-fat, vegan cooking, and loves sharing the practical methods of turning the kitchen into a health-builder for the whole family. Prior to 1977, when Mary began her work in the kitchen, low-fat recipes contained skimmed milk, white meat, and other unhealthy ingredients and vegan recipes were loaded with vegetable oils. Now there are dozens of websites and cookbooks that focus on the McDougall health-supporting way of eating.

Mary McDougall

Heather McDougall, CEO

Heather McDougall, CEO

Heather is an experienced medical program director, group facilitator and whole-food, starch-based home chef. Driven by empowering people with the knowledge to transform their health, Heather takes pride in providing a leading medical program that has been reversing chronic illness for over 35 years through a whole-food, low-fat, starch-based diet. As the CEO of the McDougall Program, Heather’s goals include serving her patients, supporting her world-class team and sharing free information on the company website to encourage disease prevention for everyone.

Heather McDougall, CEO

Anthony Lim, MD, JD, Medical Director

Anthony Lim, MD, JD, Medical Director

As Medical Director, Dr. Lim oversees the medical care of participants in the McDougall Program. Dr. Lim is a board-certified family physician and enjoys working closely with patients to help them adopt healthier habits that can significantly improve their overall health. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology, and subsequently obtained a law degree from Harvard Law and a medical degree from Boston University. He completed his residency at Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency and has a busy career combining patient care, teaching, and community advocacy focused on whole food, plant-based nutrition. He has a special interest in the role of diet and lifestyle medicine in both preventing and treating chronic illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune conditions, and heart disease. Dr. Lim lives in Santa Rosa, CA with his wife, Jean, and their two children, Joshua and Julia, who bring them endless joy and laughter. His outside interests include playing out in nature (mountain biking, hiking, backpacking), learning guitar and continually growing in his faith. For private consultations with Dr. Lim, please click here.

Anthony Lim, MD, JD, Medical Director

Jeff Novick, MS, RDN

Jeff Novick, MS, RDN

Jeff Novick is a uniquely qualified dietitian, nutritionist and health educator. For more than 30 years, he has worked with many leading researchers, doctors and medical programs and has helped thousands of people lose weight, reverse disease and build health. As a speaker, Jeff educates and empowers his audiences by distilling complex data into simple principles. His entertaining presentations are woven with humor, warmth and a genuine connection with the audience. His commonsense approach helps break through the confusion surrounding conflicting health messages. Jeff received his graduate degree in nutrition from Indiana State University, where he created and taught the Nutrition Education Initiative, a nutrition-based preventive medicine curriculum for medical doctors, residents and medical students. In recognition of this groundbreaking project, Indiana’s governor awarded him the Indiana State Public Health Excellence in Health Science Award.  For his outstanding achievements and significant contributions in his field, Indiana State University honored Jeff with their Graduate-of-the-Last-Decade Award. Jeff is available for private consults for McDougall Alumni. Contact Carol to make an appointment.

Jeff Novick, MS, RDN

Douglas Lisle, PhD, Psychologist

Douglas Lisle, PhD, Psychologist

Dr. Lisle completed his degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia and was then appointed Lecturer in Psychology at Stanford University. He is the founder of Esteem Dynamics, an innovative practical method for supporting his clients’ efforts toward greater self-esteem and personal well-being.

Douglas Lisle, PhD, Psychologist

Carol Van Elderen, Office Manager

Carol Van Elderen, Office Manager

As our Office Manager, Carol oversees and manages all reservations for McDougall programs, including managing databases, filling orders, answering questions and supporting our patients. Having extensive knowledge of all McDougall programs, Carol’s friendly and helpful demeanor always makes registration an easy process whether that’s online, through email or via phone. Carol lives with her husband and near her two grown children in Michigan. Carol is Mary McDougall’s sister, and, like Mary, loves cooking and trying out new starch-based recipes.

Carol Van Elderen, Office Manager

Tiffany Hobson, Operations Manager

Tiffany Hobson, Operations Manager

Tiffany is the Operations Manager for all McDougall Programs, Tour Director for “McDougall Adventures,” and the Administrator of several McDougall courses in addition to assisting Heather with day-to-day business operations. Tiffany has a BA in Rhetoric from University of California, Berkeley, and is nationally certified as a Pharmacy Technician. She had the honor to assist Dr. McDougall when he saw patients before his retirement and continues overseeing patient care with Dr. Lim.

Tiffany Hobson, Operations Manager

Kori Burningham, Program Coordinator

Kori Burningham, Program Coordinator

Kori is the Program Coordinator for Dr. McDougall’s Health & Medical Center supporting staff and operations. She started learning about nutrition to restore health and well-being from her father. Kori feels fortunate to have found a company whose work resonates with her core values. In her free time, you can find Kori enjoying the outdoors, traveling and camping with her fiancé.

Kori Burningham, Program Coordinator

Stacy Cross, Support Specialist

Stacy Cross, Support Specialist

Stacy is a Support Specialist for the 12-Day McDougall Program. She is a registered nurse, worked at the American Cancer Society National Cancer Information Center and feeds the homeless in her local community by preparing healthy, starch-centered meals. Stacy is passionate about seeing lives changed through the power of a healthy diet. She loves dancing, photography and traveling with her husband and four boys.

Stacy Cross, Support Specialist

Jack Dixon, NSCA, CPT

Jack Dixon, NSCA, CPT

Jack has been a full-time personal trainer for 30 years. He has been certified by the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer and as a Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant, as a personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and as a Post-Rehab Conditioning Specialist by the American Academy of Fitness Professionals. His experience has had him work with all segments of the population, while conservatively completing over 30,000 one-on-one training sessions. Jack is also a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist and Ergonomist at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa, California. Jack started his collaboration with the McDougall team as the personal trainer for John and Mary McDougall.

Jack Dixon, NSCA, CPT

Christopher Carnrick, Chef & Author

Christopher Carnrick, Chef & Author

Christopher Carnrick is an author, chef, owner of Pirate Palms – a plant-centered Bed & Breakfast located in Naples, Florida – and a Certified Starch Solution Counselor/Trainer with Dr. John McDougall. He has been a regular TV personality for a variety of cooking shows airing on CBS, NBC and FOX networks.

Christopher educates others by sharing his story about how he came to terms with his weight and let go of medication in just 10 days by following a simple methodology and utilizing the principles set by Dr. John McDougall and Jeff Novick. Christopher is an inspiring and engaging presenter for the 12-Day McDougall Program and proves that a starch-rich diet can help to reduce weight and prevent a variety of illnesses.

Christopher Carnrick, Chef & Author

Kristy Rocamora, Visiting Alumni

Kristy Rocamora, Visiting Alumni

Kristy is an elementary school educator who is passionate about living a starch-based lifestyle. She embarked on her plant-based journey in 2011 and is very proud to have been a part of the first online 12-Day McDougall Program with her husband, Joseph. Always an educator, she is excited to inspire others as a part of the McDougall team. She is also a proud mom who loves to share practical ways to make the starch-based lifestyle work for families. Kristy is a huge Disney fan and enjoys dancing Lindy Hop with her husband and Irish dancing with her daughter.

Kristy Rocamora, Visiting Alumni

Joseph Rocamora, Visiting Alumni

Joseph Rocamora, Visiting Alumni

Joseph is a System Analyst for USC Credit Union. He is originally from the Philippines and adopted the Standard American Diet when he moved to the US. Beginning in 2011, he learned about a plant-based lifestyle but had trouble following it. December of 2019, he was diagnosed as a type-2 diabetic with an A1C of 14. Refusing to take medication, he and his wife, Kristy, decided to devote themselves to plant-based eating and signed up for the very first online 12-Day McDougall Program. He and Kristy learned so much from the program that by December 2020, he was able to reverse his A1C to 7 without taking medication. He is excited to share his personal experience along with his wife, Kristy. Joseph loves going to Disney Parks with his wife and daughter. He is also into dancing Lindy Hop, scale modeling and cake decorating.

Joseph Rocamora, Visiting Alumni

Emma Roche, Food & Recipe Photographer

Emma Roche, Food & Recipe Photographer

Emma is a budget-and-health conscious cook, founder of PlantPlate, and author of the “Whole Food Plant-Based on $5 a Day” eBook series. Since starting her website in 2013, Emma has been working on recipes and articles to help show others that healthy eating can be both flavorful and affordable. She is certified in plant-based nutrition through the Center for Nutrition Studies. In addition to creating and photographing recipes, Emma enjoys traveling and educating others about the many benefits of a starch-centered diet.

Emma Roche, Food & Recipe Photographer

Deanna Wilcox, Digital Content Manager

Deanna Wilcox, Digital Content Manager

Deanna is a strategic and creative digital content manager who has an eye for quality and detail. She manages web content and the email marketing program and is driven to create content that is informative and practical. Deanna is passionate about helping people restore their health.

Deanna Wilcox, Digital Content Manager

JJ Bassette, Lead Web Developer

JJ Bassette, Lead Web Developer

JJ Bassette is a freelance Web Developer and growth-oriented Software Engineer who manages the technical side of the McDougalls’ online presence, and built the site you are now on.  A WordPress, Shopify, and responsive design specialist with React experience, JJ helps organizations of all sizes (including Acorns, Porto’s Bakery, and others) create high-performing web experiences to engage users and drive conversion.  He can be reached for consultation at jj@alumni.usc.edu.

JJ Bassette, Lead Web Developer

Jamie Ryder, Marketing Advisor

Jamie Ryder, Marketing Advisor

A driven marketing professional with an accomplished background in the design and development of comprehensive strategic marketing programs and brand initiatives to build awareness and drive incremental business growth. Jamie has been reaping the rewards of a whole-food, starch-based lifestyle and loves supporting this important movement for the health of her family, friends, and our collective home, planet Earth.

Jamie Ryder, Marketing Advisor

Chef AJ, Visiting Chef

Chef AJ, Visiting Chef

Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-exclusive diet for over 43 years. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with CHEF AJ which airs on Foody TV. A chef, culinary instructor, and professional speaker, she is the author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from an obese junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body. Chef AJ was the Executive Pastry Chef at Santé Restaurant in Los Angeles where she was famous for her sugar, oil, salt, and gluten-free desserts which use the fruit, the whole fruit, and nothing but the whole fruit. In 2018 she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame.

Chef AJ, Visiting Chef

Cathy Fisher, Visiting Chef

Cathy Fisher, Visiting Chef

Cathy Fisher is the creator of StraightUpFood, 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 and TrueNorth Health Center, 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. Cathy published her first cookbook in October 2016, entitled Straight Up Food.

Cathy Fisher, Visiting Chef

Jill Nussinow, Visiting Chef

Jill Nussinow, Visiting Chef

Jill is a cooking teacher, Registered Dietitian, cookbook author, freelance writer and speaker with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Jill has been sharing her knowledge of nutrition and love of cooking with groups for almost 30 years, entertaining and educating them in the process.  She has found that teaching people to cook has a profound impact on people’s lives and their health. She has written four cookbooks, including The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment and The New Fast Food, and is featured in 3 DVDs. Jill’s recipes focus on healthful, seasonal and organically grown foods. Over the past 25+ years, Jill has introduced thousands of people to the joys of eating fresh food.

Jill Nussinow, Visiting Chef

Katie Mae, Visiting Chef

Katie Mae, Visiting Chef

Katie is the creator of The Culinary Gym, designed to inspire and empower people to transform their health and lives through fresh, delicious plant foods. Katie teaches how to turn plant foods into amazing meals.

Katie Mae, Visiting Chef