Hide This

FREEHER HealthToolkit

HER Health Toolkit

Sign up for EmpowHER updates and you'll receive our
FREE HER Health Toolkit

Company

Pamela Peeke MD, MPH, FACP - Chief Clinical Officer and Chairman

Pamela Peeke MD, MPH, FACP  - Chief Clinical Officer and Chairman Visit Dr. Peeke's Profile

Areas of expertise: Nutrition, Healthy Eating, Fitness

Dr. Pamela Peeke is an internationally renowned physician, scientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, stress and fitness. Calling herself an “edutainer”, Dr. Peeke uses her trademark wit and wisdom to provide audiences with a healthy lifestyle message in such a memorable and entertaining style that she is one of the most requested physician speakers in America. An avid athlete, Dr. Peeke is nationally known as the “doc who walks the talk” as she inspires by living the message she teaches. Dr. Peeke is featured in the National Institutes of Health’s “Changing Face of Medicine” exhibit on the history of women physicians at the National Library of Medicine. She has been named one of America’s top physicians by the Consumers Research Council of America. Dr. Peeke is a Pew Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland and Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Peeke has teamed with the US Surgeon General to create the Surgeon General Walks for a Healthy and Fit Nation. She is a member of the Maryland Governor’s Council on Fitness, and is national spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine global campaign.

Dr. Peeke is the lifestyle expert for WebMD’s 90 million members, using a multimedia educational approach that includes The Everyday Fitness with Dr. Pam Peeke blogs, newsletters, podcasts and her healthy diet and lifestyle community exchange.

The chief medical correspondent for Discovery Health TV, she is featured in the award winning National Body Challenge series, as well as her Could You Survive? miniseries. Her book, The National Body Challenge Success Program for the Whole Family, is the best selling companion guide to her television and web-based program which is presently followed by over a million American families. Dr. Peeke is the New York Times bestselling author of Fight Fat after Forty, Body for Life for Women, and Fit to Live. Dr. Peeke’s newest book, The Hunger Fix: The 3-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction, launched on the Katie Couric show, and became a New York Times bestseller. Dr. Peeke is the recipient of the Audie Award for her narration and interpretation of Fit to Live. Her Could You Survive? pilot was a finalist for the International Health and Medical Media Freddie Award, considered the highest award for excellence in medical film production.

Dr. Peeke is a regular in-studio medical commentator for the national networks including CNN’s American Morning, the Today show and Fox & Friends. She is a monthly columnist and contributing editor for numerous national magazines including Prevention, Good Housekeeping, Fitness, and More Magazine.

Dr. Peeke was the first senior research fellow at the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine, where she helped establish the scientific foundation for the research and development of investigations involving stress, nutrition and fitness. At the NIH, Dr. Peeke was the recipient of the National Health Research Science Fellowship and Intramural Research Training Award while conducting her original research on the relationship between adipose distribution and stress.

Dr. Peeke is an expert in the newly emerging field of gender specific health and medicine, emphasizing the strengths and vulnerabilities of both genders as they practice healthy lifestyles. She is the Medical Advisor to the National Women’s Health Resource Center and keynote presenter for the Speaking of Women’s Health national campaign series. Dr. Peeke is a consultant to corporate America, participating on boards and think tanks drawing upon her skill set spanning the realm from health and wellness lifestyle coaching to predicting trends in the healthy living and aging space.

Dr. Peeke is founder of the Peeke Performance Center for Healthy Living™, which offers her Lifestyle Management Program guiding clients through the mental and physical transformations of their life journeys. Triathlete, marathoner and mountain climber, Dr. Peeke founded the Peeke Week Retreats where she provides her Peeke Performers with the opportunity to mentally and physically challenge themselves in magnificent outdoor destinations including hiking the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce National Parks. The Peeke Week Retreats also include athletic challenges (marathons, cycling adventures, triathlons) in combination with relaxation and rejuvenation at destinations including Red Mountain Resort, Miraval, Canyon Ranch and the Golden Door. Her retreats have been featured in Fitness, Prevention and More magazines.

Connie Mariano, MD

Dr. Connie Mariano Visit Dr. Mariano's Profile

Dr. Connie Mariano, a career Naval officer, received her board-certification in Internal Medicine and was assigned to the Naval Medical Clinic in Port Hueneme, California from 1986-1990 where she ran the Specialty Clinic and the clinic's urgent care facility. In 1990, Dr. Mariano returned to the Naval Hospital in San Diego to become the Division Head of General Internal Medicine.

In June 1992, Dr. Mariano became the first military woman in American history to be appointed White House Physician. She was nominated by the Navy and selected by the White House for this honor. In 1994, Dr. Mariano was named Director of the White House Medical Unit and chosen by President William Clinton to serve as his personal physician. Dr. Mariano served nine years at the White House where she was physician to three sitting American Presidents.

Completing 24 years of active duty service, Dr. Mariano retired from the Navy in June 2001 with the rank of Rear Admiral. She became the first Filipino American in history to become a Navy Admiral on July 1, 2000.

After leaving the White House, Dr. Mariano became a consultant in the Executive Health Program at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale from July 2001 to October 2005. In November 2005, Dr. Mariano founded the Center for Executive Medicine, a medical concierge practice which provides presidential-quality medical care to CEOs and their families.

An expert in presidential health care including the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, Dr. Mariano is a frequent guest speaker on CNN and the media on the topics of care to VIPs, presidential disability, travel medicine, and optimizing quality of care. She is the author of the book, The White House Doctor: My Patients were Presidents, A Memoir.

Archelle Georgiou, MD

Archelle Georgiou Visit Dr. Georgiou's Profile

Dr. Archelle Georgiou combines her deep knowledge of clinical medicine with a breadth of experience in business and health care administration to pursue her passion for simplifying the health care system. As a practicing physician and as a corporate managed care executive, Dr. Georgiou learned and leveraged the value and importance of simple and compelling communication to influence impacting patients' personal health care behaviors as well as driving health care purchasing decisions and business growth.

Dr. Georgiou left UnitedHealth Group after fourteen years to form Georgiou Consulting, LLC (www.georgiouconsulting.com). Her focus is using the power of language, data and technology to translate complex medical information into meaningful health care messages for a broad spectrum of audiences and clients. She works with large health care companies to crystallize their health care outcomes into meaningful and differentiating messages that drive growth and profitability.

In addition, Dr. Georgiou helps consumers make better health care decisions. MyHealthCompare (www.myhealthcompare.com) is a free consumer website she has developed that that makes it easy for people to rank and compare hospitals.

One of Archelle's greatest joys is using the media to communicate directly with the public and health consumers. She conducts a twice weekly Fox TV healthcare segment in the Twin Cities. She offers viewers a practical and balanced analysis of the latest health care news headlines and translates the information into practical tips they can use to take better care of themselves. She is also a Fellow with the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing and works collaboratively with the Center to empower consumers to navigate the health care system.

In the public policy arena, she serves as a Senior Fellow with Newt Gingrich's Center for Health Transformation. Dr. Georgiou is a frequently invited speaker at healthcare industry and consumer forums on topics such as health reform, health information technology, and innovative health models. Some of the highlights include being a guest on Oprah and Friends with Dr Mehmet Oz, testifying as an expert witness in Congress and being an annual guest lecturer at the Wharton School of Business. In the Spring 2009, Dr. Georgiou was a medical correspondent on an international expedition with Dan Buettner and the Blue Zones Team to explore the secrets of longevity.

Dr. Georgiou is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She trained and practiced in internal medicine in Northern California before transitioning into healthcare administration and policy. Archelle lives in Wayzata, Minnesota with her husband and three children .

Lishan Aklog, MD

Dr. Lishan Aklog Visit Dr. Aklog's Profile

Dr. Lishan Aklog is Director and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at The Heart and Lung Institute of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Aklog was born in Ethiopia, one of the world's poorest nations, into a prominent and highly-achieving family. His father was the first cardiologist to practice in Ethiopia, and his mother was the country's first woman to receive a graduate university education, which she earned at Harvard.

As a teenager, Dr. Aklog fled the political violence in Ethiopia, and came to the United States. Two years later, at the age of 15, he enrolled in his mother's Alma Mater. He continued on to Harvard Medical School where he received his medical degree and completed his clinical training in cardiothoracic surgery before joining the Harvard faculty as its youngest heart surgeon ever.

Dr. Aklog was a cardiothoracic resident at Brigham and Women's/Boston Children's Hospital, an Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and he completed international fellowships in London, England and Paris, France.

At the beginning of his impressive career, Aklog joined the first wave of heart surgeons to embrace "off-pump" or "beating-heart" coronary bypass surgery, which eliminates the need to stop the heart and put the patient on a heart-lung machine. Today, he performs this surgery on nearly every bypass surgery patient with whom he works.

Dr. Aklog was also one of the first few surgeons in the United States to use surgical robots in patients undergoing heart surgery. The robot does not perform the actual surgery but enables the surgeon to work with better precision in tightly confined areas, making the most of evolving minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Aklog specializes in the surgical treatment of all types of heart disease but is particularly passionate about the increasing role of new technologies which facilitate performing "minimally invasive" procedures. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on this type of surgery, which aims to correct heart problems and relieve suffering through smaller incisions and results in less trauma and a more rapid recovery for the patient. He lectures extensively on this topic and directs courses to teach other surgeons these new techniques.

Theodore Friedman, MD, PhD

Dr. Theodore Friedman Visit Dr. Friedman's Profile

Theodore C. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D. is the Chairman of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Molecular Medicine and Metabolism at Charles Drew University, in Los Angeles. Dr. Friedman is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He is also the director of the Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases Research Cluster. He holds an Endowed Professorship in Cardio-Metabolic Medicine. He is Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Charles Drew University. Dr. Friedman earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 1980, a Master of Philosophy in Pharmacology and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from City University of New York in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and his M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 1987. He completed his residency at University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Michigan between 1987-1989.

Dr. Friedman has received several NIH grants, covering hormone regulation, including thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, testosterone, and pancreatic functions. He has published over 80 papers in peer-review journals and wrote the thyroid and adrenal chapters for the widely read textbook, Cecil Essentials of Medicine. His basic science research interests are in pro-hormone processing as related to drug addiction, diabetes, thyroid disease and obesity as well as substance abuse and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. He also is studying how glucocorticoids and enzymes that regulate their tissue levels are involved in diabetes and obesity and also studying why smokers get more heart disease.

His clinical research interests are adrenal and pituitary disorders and he has an NIH-funded clinical trial giving testosterone to women with hypopituitarism. His clinic interests includes difficult to diagnose pituitary, adrenal and thyroid disorders. He is one of the world's experts on Cushing's syndrome. He also wrote a popular lay book on thyroid diseases, entitled "The Everything Health Guide to Thyroid Disease".

Dr. Friedman also sees difficult to diagnose Endocrine patients in his private practice, which is near Beverly Hills, CA. He specializes in Cushing's syndrome and pituitary, adrenal and thyroid disease. He also sees patients with menopausal issues and fatigue issues. One of his patients wrote the following about him in the Pituitary Tumor Network Association Newsletter: "I have a dream that one day all medical school graduates will have a true interest in science. In this dream world, the doctors will have learned to be good listeners before they are granted their diplomas. They will be excited about searching out truth-in a microscope, a vial of blood or a careful review of patterns. I believe Dr. Friedman already went to this mythical medical school. I just wish there were more in his graduating class". These clinical exposures remind him that the ultimate purpose of his biomedical research is to improve the quality of life and provide better heath for all his patients. To find out more about Dr. Friedman or to schedule an appointment, visit www.goodhormonehealth.com.

Irwin Goldstein, MD

Dr. Irwin Goldstein Visit Dr. Goldstein's Profile

Dr. Irwin Goldstein is Director of San Diego Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital, the Secretary of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health, a former President of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and a Clinical Professor of Surgery at University of California at San Diego.

Dr. Goldstein has been involved with sexual dysfunction research since the late 1970s. His specialties include penile microvascular bypass surgery, surgery for dyspareunia, physiologic investigation of sexual function in men and women, and diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction in men and women.

Dr. Goldstein holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Brown University, with an honors thesis in biomedical engineering. In 1975, he graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was on the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine for 25 years where he was Professor of Urology and Gynecology and founding Director of the former Institute for Sexual Medicine at BUSM.

Dr. Goldstein is currently President of The Institute for Sexual Medicine, Inc., a charitable corporation for education and research in the field. He is a board member of the International Society for Sexual Medicine and a member of the International Academy of Sex Research, the American Urological Association, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease. Dr. Goldstein is a 2009 winner of the Gold Medal awarded by the World Association for Sexual Health in recognition of his lifetime contributions to the field.

His long and highly-regarded career has also included authoring more than 325 publications in the field of sexual dysfunction, with 20 consecutive years of funding by the National Institutes of Health in this area. He is Editor-in Chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, the official journal of the International Society for Sexual Medicine, its regional affiliate societies, and the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health.

Gail Gross, PhD EdD

Dr. Gail Gross, PhD, EdD Visit Dr. Gross' Profile

Dr. Gail Gross is a nationally recognized family and child development expert, author and lecturer. Her positive and integrative approach to difficult issues helps families navigate today’s complex problems.

Dr. Gross is frequently called upon by national and regional media to offer her insight on topics involving family relationships, education, behavior, and development issues. A dependable authority, Dr. Gross has contributed to broadcast, print and online media including CNN, FOX’s The O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC, The New York Times and USA Today. ABC, CBS and KHOU, Great Day Houston Show. She is a veteran radio talk show host as well as the host of the nationally syndicated PBS program, “Let’s Talk.”

Dr. Gross is a longtime leader in finding solutions to the nation’s toughest education challenges. She co-founded the first-of-its kind Cuney Home School with her husband Jenard, in partnership with Texas Southern University, in 1996. The school serves as a national model for improving the academic performance of students from housing projects by engaging the parents. Additionally, she recently completed leading a landmark, yearlong study in the Houston Independent School District to examine how stress-reduction affects academics, attendance, and bullying in elementary school students, and a second study on stress and its effects on learning.

Such work has earned her accolades from distinguished leaders such as the Dalai Lama, who presented her with the first Spirit of Freedom award in 1998. Most recently, she received the Good Heart Humanitarian Award from Jewish Women International, Perth Amboy High School Hall of Fame Award, March 21, 2003.

Dr. Gross’ soon-to-be second book, Smart for Life, teaches parents how to enhance a child’s learning potential through various developmental stages. Two additional books are slated to follow, including The Only Way Out Is Through, a Jungian approach to navigating life’s transitions including grieving, and Defining Moments, which recounts the defining moments of celebrity guests as shared with Dr. Gross during interviews on PBS’ “Let’s Talk.”

Dr. Gross received a BS in Education from the University of Houston. She earned her master’s degree in secondary education with a focus on Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Dr. Gross received her second PhD in Psychology, with a concentration in Jungian studies. Dr. Gross was the recipient of Kappa Delta Pi An International Honor Society in Education, April 11, 1989. Dr. Gross was elected member of the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta, September 20, 1990.

Jay Harness, MD

Dr. Jay Harness Visit Dr. Harness' Profile

Dr. Jay Harness, the past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and the President-elect of Breast Surgery International, is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center in Orange, California. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology.

After graduating from medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducted his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Dr. Harness then remained on the faculty at the University of Michigan and developed the second United States multidisciplinary breast center in 1985. He left the University of Michigan in 1989 and spent two years at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston where he also established a multidisciplinary breast center at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Subsequently, he came to Oakland, California in 1991 to join the University of California-East Bay Department of Surgery where he was a Professor and Chief of Surgical Oncology at Highland General Hospital. The opportunity to direct his third multidisciplinary breast center in Southern California came in the summer of 2003.

Dr. Harness has also had two teaching opportunities during his career: both as Chief of Surgical Oncology at the Alameda County Medical Center at the University of California-Highland Campus in Oakland, California, and as a Clinical Professor of Surgery, at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

Dr. Harness has been recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery. He is a member of several national and international surgical societies and associations. He has served as Secretary-Treasurer, and President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and Chair, Board of Directors, of The American Society of Breast Surgeons. He has authored nearly 80 scientific articles and book chapters and has been the lead editor of 2 textbooks.

Publications and books include Breast Cancer-Collaborative Management, helping to edit Ultrasound in Surgical Practice: Basic Principles and Clinical Applications, and writing chapters in over 20 books, including Expert Consultations in Breast Cancer and Surgical Oncology.

Dr. Harness has also worked as Principal Investigator in two studies: "Breast Cancer Early Detection Regional Partnership," through the California Department of Health Services, and "The Breast Care Center: Innovative Care for the Underserved," through the Breast Cancer Research Program.

Marty Klein, PhD

Dr. Marty Klein Visit Dr. Klein's Profile

Dr. Marty Klein has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist for 29 years. His career has been aimed toward a single set of goals: telling the truth about sexuality, helping people feel sexually adequate and powerful, and supporting the healthy sexual expression and exploration of women and men.

As a clinician, Marty works each week with couples and individuals who have a variety of sexual and non-sexual difficulties—over 30,000 sessions since 1980. He also provides consultations to other therapists and supervises their cases. Known and respected by his colleagues, Marty has been honored by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality; American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, & Therapists; and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Dr. Klein pursues his goal of a sexually enlightened world through therapy, lectures, writing, forensic, and media work. He has written over 100 articles for publications such as The Journal of Sex Research, The Journal of Homosexuality, and San Francisco Medicine, and has been a contributing editor of The New Physician, American Baby, and Modern Bride.

Marty has written five books, which have been translated into a dozen languages. He has written and published 7 training programs for therapists, which are available as CD sets.

A tireless speaker, Marty has trained over 50,000 physicians, psychologists, and social workers. He has given over 700 keynote speeches, training programs, and popular lectures to groups across North America and in 12 countries, including India, Morocco, Croatia, Turkey, and the Soviet Union.

Dr. Klein is frequently interviewed by the popular media, most recently in Newsweek and on ABC-TV's 20/20. Both his blog and electronic newsletter, both named Sexual Intelligence, are considered authoritative sources for information and expert opinion on sexuality, culture, politics, and the media.

Machelle Seibel, MD

Machelle Seibel, MD Visit Dr. Seibel's Profile

Dr. Machelle (Mache) Seibel is America's health expert and Editor of My Menopause Magazine, addressing the critical needs of consumers from stress and weight control to menopause and beyond. He served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for 19 years and is a pioneer in many areas of women's health. He works with companies and organizations to bring exciting educational content to consumers.


  • Host for PBS and NYC TV episodes, frequent media expert
  • Repeatedly voted into Best Doctors in America
  • Past Editor-in-Chief of the medical journal Sexuality, Reproduction & Menopause
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, the University of Texas Medical Branch's highest honor 2008
  • Multiple national awards for research, writing, music writing and patient education
  • Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School 2004-present
  • Director, Complicated Menopause Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School 2004-2011
  • Founder of HealthRock® reshaping health education with health songs and entertainment
  • Past Medical Director, Inverness Medical Innovations (now Alere)
  • Corporate Consultant and Corporate Health Expert Nationally and Internationally
  • Author/editor 14 books, over 200 scientific articles,
  • American Cancer Society New England Division Medical Advisory Network
  • Advisory board of Dr. Mehmet Oz's HealthCorps initiative to fight childhood obesity
  • Nationally known guest speaker, key note speaker

Philip M. Sarrel, MD

Philip M. Sarrel, MD Visit Dr. Sarrel's Profile

Philip M. Sarrel, M.D., completed his medical education at New York University School of Medicine, his internship at the Mount Sinai Hospital, and his residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. In addition to his many years on the faculty of the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Sarrel has also been a Faculty Scholar in the department of psychiatry at Oxford University, Visiting Senior Lecturer at King's College Hospital Medical School at the University of London, Visiting Professor in Cardiac Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute in London, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He is currently Emeritus Professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and psychiatry at Yale University.

Dr. Sarrel is the founder of the Yale Menopause Program and the Yale Sex Counseling Service. His research interests have included the effects of transdermal estrogen in postmenopausal women with symptomatic atherosclerotic coronary vascular disease; nutrients and endothelial function; ovarian hormones and menstrual cycle-related migraines; postmenopausal sexual function, and numerous other topics. He is the author or coauthor of more than 100 journal articles, 50 book chapters, and 6 books, as well as more than 50 abstracts.

Dr. Sarrel is an editor of Maturitas, The Journal of the International Menopause Society; Menopause, the Journal of the North American Menopause Society as well as serving as a reviewer for numerous journals, including the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/NPP, FAAN, FNAP

Bernadette Melnyk Visit Dr. Melnyk's Profile

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk is currently the Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, and Dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. She also is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State’s College of Medicine.

Dr. Melnyk earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University, her Master of Science degree with a specialization in nursing care of children and pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh, and her PhD in clinical research from the University of Rochester where she also completed her post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

She is a nationally/internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research and child and adolescent mental health, and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences on these topics. Dr. Melnyk has consulted with hundreds of healthcare systems and colleges throughout the nation and globe on how to improve quality of care and patient outcomes through implementing and sustaining evidence-based practice. Her record includes over 19 million dollars of sponsored funding from federal agencies as principal investigator and over 180 publications.

Dr. Melnyk is co-editor of four books, including Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice, Implementing EBP: Real World Success Stories, the KySS Guide for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention and Health Promotion, and Intervention Research: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing and Funding. A Practical Guide for Success, an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. Dr. Melnyk is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academies of Practice, and recently served a four-year term as one of only two nurse practitioners on the 16-member United States Preventive Services Task Force. In addition, she serves as a member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Behavioral Health Steering Committee, the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, and the Centers for Disease Control Laboratory Best Practices Workgroup. Dr. Melnyk also serves as associate editor of the journal, Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing.

She has received numerous national and international awards, including the Audrey Hepburn Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the Jessie Scott Award from the American Nurses Association for the improvement of healthcare quality through the integration of research, education and practice, the 2012 Midwest Nursing Research Society Senior Scientist award, and the NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research’s inaugural director’s lectureship award. She also has been recognized as an Edge Runner twice by the American Academy of Nursing for founding and directing the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ KySS child and adolescent mental health program and her COPE Program for parents of preterm infants. Dr. Melnyk also was recently inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International’s Research Hall of Fame.

Maoshing Ni, PhD, DOM, LAc, ABAAHP

Dr. Maoshing Ni Visit Dr. Ni's Profile

Dr. Mao, as he prefers to be called, is a 38th generation doctor of Chinese medicine, a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Diplomat of Chinese Herbology, and a Diplomat in Anti-Aging.

For over 20 years, Dr. Mao has been in general practice at Los Angeles, California's Tao of Wellness, an acclaimed center for nutrition, Chinese medicine, and acupuncture, with special interest in immune, hormonal, and aging-related conditions. He is also the founder and Chancellor of the Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles that is considered the premiere school for Chinese medicine outside of China.

A brush with near-death from an accident as a child left him determined to pursue health and healing. He was taught tai chi and qigong early on to help him rehabilitate and began his medical training with his father, a renowned physician of Chinese medicine and Taoist master. From this youthful beginning, Dr. Mao continued his training in schools of Chinese medicine in the United States and China. He went on to receive two doctorate degrees and wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on nutrition, as well as carried out a 20-year study of centenarians in China.

In addition to his work in his practice, Dr. Mao is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the AOM ALLIANCE, American Society of Acupuncturist, the American Association of Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine and National Certification Commission for Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine Diplomat in Chinese Herbology.

Dr. Mao is also an author of the best-selling book, Secrets of Longevity. Merging the ancient wisdom of Eastern medicine with the modern advances of Western medicine, Dr. Mao has spent years studying centenarians in China and combing through archives of Taoist longevity classics. He is also a Tai Chi master.

Dr. Mao has lectured internationally on various topics including women's health, longevity medicine, diet and nutrition, herbal therapy, stress management, meditation, lifestyle enhancement, integrative cancer care, tai chi, qigong, Chinese yoga, spirituality and conducts longevity retreats throughout the world.

Robert Singer, MD

Dr. Singer Visit Dr. Singer's Profile

Few surgeons are as respected by their peers and as esteemed by their patients as Dr. Robert Singer. With an eye for balance and beauty and the skills of an artist, he has helped thousands of people in Southern California and around the world attain the rejuvenated appearance they have always wanted. Dr. Singer has been engaged in private practice in the La Jolla area of San Diego since 1976 and is now an internationally recognized plastic surgeon.

While Dr. Singer's practice may be based in the La Jolla area of San Diego, his reputation as an expert plastic surgeon extends to the entire world. Dr. Singer appears regularly on radio and television programs such as 'Larry King Live,' in national and local newspapers, and in national and international fashion, news, and health magazines. Dr. Singer has also been a resource for plastic surgery information to the Medical Board of California and the Congress of the United States.

Dr. Singer is a sought-after speaker who lectures to prominent surgical organizations and non-medical audiences in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central America, including the prestigious Young Presidents' Organization, CEO, and World Presidents Organization. Throughout his career, Dr. Singer has also authored many scientific publications on various aspects of reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery.

  • Board Certified: American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Fellow: American College of Surgeons
  • Clinical Professor Surgery (Plastic); University of California San Diego
  • Previous Chairman of Plastic Surgery and Vice-Chairman of the Surgery Department: Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California
  • Prior President; and current Trustee: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees: American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS)
  • Prior President: California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS)
  • Prior President: Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation
  • Former President and current Trustee: American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)
  • President: American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities Educational Foundation
  • Prior President: San Diego International Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Former President: San Diego Plastic Surgery Society
  • Chairman Editorial Advisory Board: NewBeauty Magazine

Dr. Singer has received numerous honors and recognitions:

  • Best Doctors in America
  • Town and Country Magazine – “Best Aesthetic Surgeons in America”
  • San Diego Magazine- Selected by peers, “Best Plastic Surgeons in San Diego”
  • La Jolla Light Newspaper- selected by the community: “Best Plastic Surgeon in La Jolla”
  • ASAPS Plastic Surgery Leadership Award
  • ASAPS Distinguished Service Award for Plastic Surgery Leadership
  • CSPS Presidential Award for Leadership
  • Castle Connolly: America’s Top Doctors – Multiple years in a row
  • San Diego Business Journal: Health Care Champions Award

Practice emphasis: Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Surgery

David L. Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP

Dr. David Katz Visit Dr. Katz's Profile

Dr. David L. Katz is the founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center. He received his BA from Dartmouth College (1984; Magna Cum Laude); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He is a board certified specialist in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine/Public Health. Katz is Director and founder of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital (2000) in Derby, CT, and founder and president of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation.

Know internationally for expertise in nutrition, weight management, and chronic disease prevention, as well as integrative care and patient-centered care models, Katz is active in patient care, research, teaching, and public health practice. He established, and formerly directed, one of the nation's first combined residency programs in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine; and served as Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine for 8 years.

Katz has secured nearly $35 million in research funding. He has published over 120 scientific articles & textbook chapters; nearly a thousand newspaper columns; innumerable commentaries and blogs; and 12 books to date. He has consulted on obesity control and chronic disease prevention to the World Health Organization; National Cancer Institute; National Governors Association; Health Canada; the Health Ministry of Israel; the Institute of Medicine; several U.S. Governors; the US Secretary of Health; and the FDA.

Katz is a prominent voice in health & medicine in the media. He is a frequent consultant and former on-air contributor to ABC News; a health editor for the Huffington Post; an on-line writer for Prevention Magazine; a health columnist for the New Haven Register; and a frequent source for leading newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times; the Wall Street Journal; The Washington Post; Time; Newsweek; and many more. He has appeared numerous times on most major news programs, including ABC World News; The Today Show; CNN; Good Morning America; 20/20; 48 Hrs; and more. He is a regular guest on the Dr. Oz Show. He was an on-air contributor to Good Morning America (2005-2007); a health columnist for the New York Times Syndicate; and the nutrition columnist to O, The Oprah Magazine (2002-2010).

Dr. Katz serves as a reviewer of federal research grants for the NIH, the CDC, and AHRQ, as well as a number of international organizations. He is a peer reviewer for numerous leading medical journals. He is on the editorial advisory boards of The American Journal of Health Promotion; Prevention Magazine; Health; Men's Health; Children's Health; and Eating Well. In 2011, he was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Childhood Obesity. He is on numerous advisory boards, including that of Dr. Mehmet Oz' HealthCorps. A highly regarded orator represented by the prestigious Harry Walker Agency, Dr. Katz has delivered keynote addresses at conferences throughout the United States and in numerous other countries, including Canada, Israel, France, Poland, and Austria.

Katz has 5 U.S. patents, several patents pending, and is the principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index (patents pending) utilized in the NuValâ„¢ nutrition guidance program (www.nuval.com), currently offered in over 1,500 supermarkets throughout the United States, from coast to coast. He has been recognized three times by the Consumers Research Council of America as one of the nation's top physicians in Preventive Medicine. He was nominated for the position of US Surgeon General in 2009 by the American College of Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, among others; and was the 2011 recipient of the Katharine Boucot Sturgis award from the American College of Preventive Medicine the most prestigious award the College confers - awarded for illustrious career contributions to the field of Preventive Medicine. Also in 2011, he received the Lenna Frances Cooper Award from the American Dietetic Association for illustrious contributions to the field of nutrition.

Dr. Katz and his wife, Catherine, live in CT. They have 5 children.

Julie T. Anné, PhD

Julie T. Anné, PhD Visit Dr. Anné's Profile

Dr. Julie T. Anne′ is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Eating Disorder Expert and inspirational advocate for the therapeutic healing process. She is the Founder and Clinical Director of A New Beginning, an innovative outpatient treatment center in Scottsdale, Arizona dedicated to the comprehensive care of all eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse and relationship issues.

For the past 23 years, Dr. Anne′ has enthusiastically brought her unique style of passion, clinical skill and an unending belief in the individual’s ability to heal from the emotional struggles which confine them, to her therapeutic work with clients striving to overcome severe eating disorders, morbid obesity, depression, anxiety, abuse / trauma and relationship issues.

Fiercely committed to the healing process of each client, Dr. Anne’ has dedicated her professional life to helping others live life fully, with an unencumbered sense of personal joy and the emotional health they deserve.

Dr. Anne’ is a respected, nationally recognized eating disorder specialist whose work is frequently featured in the media. Dr. Anne’ is currently the Phoenix-based psychologist for the cast of abc’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Additionally, Dr. Anne’s therapeutic work was featured in the 2010 acclaimed E! network documentary series, “What’s Eating You.” Dr. Anne’ is an esteemed member of the Medical Advisory Board for EmpowHER Media, where she brings her expertise in the area of eating disorders, body-image and women’s issues to this exciting new health medium.

While Dr. Anne′ enjoys a broad range of clinical duties, her primary love is the art of psychotherapy. An esteemed clinician, Dr. Anne’ combines a unique foundational base steeped in psychological theory, science and research with creative, expressive, transformational therapeutic techniques. Dr. Anne’ is frequently asked to speak on the topic of eating disorders and she enjoys utilizing public speaking, media opportunities, innovative inspirational retreats and blogging to help educate, inspire and get the word out that “full recovery from all eating disorders is possible!”

Dr. Anne’ is equally committed to halting the heartbreaking, epidemic spread of eating disorders in our ever-increasing younger population of children and to decreasing our culture’s unhealthy “obsession” with weight and body-image. Towards this goal, Dr. Anne’ is passionate about teaching parents, medical providers, and the media how to approach weight, body-image and food in a healthy, non-eating disordered manner so as to successfully prevent BOTH eating disorders AND obesity in our next generation of children.

Dr. Anne′ received her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology – San Diego and her bachelor’s degree and doctoral clinical training from Arizona State University. Dr. Anne’s extensive clinical experience includes facilitating individual, group, marital and family psychotherapy in inpatient and outpatient settings; program/facility development; consultation, training and supervision; community outreach; psychoeducation; and research. Dr. Anne′ has been board licensed in the state of Arizona since 1993.

James A. Yiannias, MD

James A. Yiannias, MD Visit Dr. Yiannias' Profile

Dr. James A. Yiannias, MD (Pronounced YON-us) is a Board Certified Dermatologist and Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ. He is a general dermatologist with specialty and published research expertise in allergic contact dermatitis and oral diseases. In addition to his clinical duties, he currently serves as the Associate Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.

Dr. Yiannias was born in Houston, Texas and attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1988 and performed his Dermatology Residency at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He was appointed to the staff of Mayo Clinic in 1992.

Dr. Yiannias served as the Dermatology Residency Program Director from 1999-2005 and the Chair of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona from 2007 until 2013.

He has received the American Academy of Dermatology highest honor, Gold Triangle Award and the American Contact Dermatitis Society Presidential Citation for his creation of the skin allergy management program called CARD, the Contact Allergen Replacement Database.