Faculty and Disclosures
Jeff Gladd, MD, Conference Chairman
GladdMD, Ft. Wayne, IN
Dr. Gladd graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2001. After completing his residency, he started a family practice in Columbia City, IN. After the birth of his second child, he transformed his professional and personal focus toward health through nutrition. He completed the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine fellowship program under Dr. Andrew Weil, MD at the end of 2009. While in the fellowship, he served as the medical director of the Parkview Center for Integrative Medicine in Fort Wayne, and in 2010 opened GladdMD Integrative Medicine where he blends health-promoting care with high access technology. , a website to house professionally authored patient education content. Dr. Gladd attended the first Heal Thy Practice conference in Tucson, AZ in 2009.
Tina Beaudoin, ND
New Hampshire Natural Health Clinic, Bedford, NH
Board certified in Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Beaudoin practices in Bedford, NH, and Groton, MA. She received her medical education at Bastyr University. She is passionate about creating healing partnerships with her patients as she guides them toward their individual health and wellness goals. Dr. Beaudoin maintains a broad family practice and has many interests in clinical medicine including heavy metal chelation therapy and environment detoxification. Dr. Beaudoin is also interested in holistic mental health and has a subspecialty practice for patients with depression, anxiety and ADHD. She serves as a medical educator for Emerson Ecologics.
Marcela Dominguez, MD
Complete Care Family Medicine, Mission Viejo, CA
Working alongside a uniquely qualified team, Dr. Dominguez not only provides a superior level of healthcare for her private practice patients but also serves on staff at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Dominguez completed her BS in Kinesiology at UCLA, obtained her MD from UC San Diego, then completed her Family Medicine Residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. As a resident, her passion for mothers and infants inspired her to complete additional training in Maternity Care. She received the Mead Johnson Leadership Award, which annually recognizes a select group of 15 residents nationwide for their leadership and community involvement.
From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Dominguez built a thriving group practice at St. Jude Heritage Health Foundation in Diamond Bar, California which further prepared her for opening her private practice, Complete Care Family Medicine, in July 2006. Today, Dr. Dominguez is one of a handful of doctors in the country who is an “expert” in combining western and alternative therapies to provide state of- the-art bioidentical hormone replacement, functional medicine, nutrition, and herbal therapy in a highly-customized, complementary, and integrated protocol.
Mette Dyhrberg, M.Sc. (Economics) Aarhus School of Business and UCLA.
Thomas Blomseth Christiansen, M.Sc. (Internet Technology), The IT University of Copenhagen.
Through her own illness, Mette discovered the need for a drastic improvement of the current health care system. She co-founded Mymee with Thomas Christiansen, who had been using systems thinking & software engineering methods to improve his allergies. Unsatisfied with conventional health care, they took process improvement methods from business & industry and started applying them to improving their own health conditions. Together they’re now incorporating the lessons learned from that undertaking into Mymee, a technology platform that empowers practitioners to uncover hidden causes of health problems.
Michael Gaeta, Lac
Gaeta Acupuncture & Nutrition, Forest Hills, NY, Boulder, CO
Michael Gaeta, DAc, MS, CDN, is a visionary educator, clinician, writer and publisher in the field of natural healthcare. He offers trainings, patient care and learning programs to create a world of resilient, vital people who make a difference through positive contribution. Michael earned his Master’s in acupuncture from the New York College of Health Professions where he was a faculty member for 10 years. He is also a Certified Instructor and former state representative of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia.
In 1990, Michael founded the Hands-On Health Wholistic Centers. Now practicing through Gaeta Acupuncture and Nutrition (in Forest Hills and Huntington, NY, and Boulder, CO), he combines clinical nutrition, acupuncture, herbal therapy and Asian bodywork to help people heal, grow and evolve. He co-founded Acupuncture for Veterans, which provides free and low-cost treatment to US veterans. In addition to teaching clinical skills, Dr. Gaeta also lectures nationally on business strategy for health professionals through his Success with Natural Medicine and Love, Serve & Succeed® seminars.
Editor/Founder, Holistic Primary Care
A medical journalist with nearly 30 years’ experience, Erik Goldman is the founder and editor of Holistic Primary Care-News for Health & Healing, the nation’s leading publication about holistic medicine for clinicians. He is also the co-producer of the Heal Thy Practice conferences & the Holistic Education Exchange website. Goldman studied biology & philosophy at the State University of New York in Binghamton. Prior to starting Holistic Primary Care, he was the New York Bureau Chief for International Medical News Group, and also worked as a medical textbook editor for Gower Medical Publishing. HPC launched in October 2000.
Harmonic Presence Foundation, Autainville, France
David Hykes is a pioneering composer, singer, teacher of contemplative music and mindfulness, and media artist. He directs the Harmonic Presence Foundation, which since 1981 has explored resonant relationships between mind, music, meditation and medicine.
Combining elements from Indian, Mongolian, Judeo-Christian and Islamic chant traditions, Hykes’ innovative overtone chant technique is world-renowned. His widely acclaimed album, Hearing Solar Winds, recorded with his Harmonic Choir, has sold over 300,000 copies worldwide, making it the best selling “throat-singing” album in history. Hykes gives concerts, seminars, and master classes, and leads contemplative music & meditation retreats in countries around the world.
Richard Jaffe, Esq
Attorney at Law, Sacramento, CA
Richard Jaffe is a health care litigator and counselor with a primary focus on cutting-edge medical/legal issues. He represents practitioners, companies and health related organizations in complex health care matters throughout the US, and specializes in legal cases brought by federal and state government agencies. He has extensive experience in Medicare and insurance fraud defense, FDA litigation, professional licensure and criminal and civil scheduled drug prescribing problems. He also has represented doctors and companies on matters involving nutritional supplements.
Mr. Jaffe has helped organize and testified at several Congressional Hearings on various issues related to patients' rights and access to experimental medicine, and has appeared on national media shows, such as Nightline, Dateline, Good Morning America, 48 Hours. Mr. Jaffe is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review. Mr. Jaffe has offices in Houston, TX and Sacramento, CA
John La Puma, MD
Founder Chef Clinic, Santa Barbara, CA
John La Puma MD is a practicing internist in Santa Barbara, CA. He is also a professionally trained chef, author, and television personality dedicated to changing the way people think about food, health and medicine.
Three of his books–Cooking the RealAge Way, The RealAge Diet and ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine–have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into 8 languages. His new book, REFUEL, to be released at the end of this year aims to change how men think about what they eat–as fuel too, and as a way to stop converting testosterone into estrogen.
Dr. La Puma did his residency in internal medicine at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center and UCLA, and completed the first postgraduate fellowship in general internal medicine and clinical medical ethics in the US, at the University of Chicago. He became a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, Professor of Nutrition at Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts, and cook at Chef Rick Bayless’ Topolobampo in Chicago. Dr. La Puma graduated with honors from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (now a Le Cordon Bleu school) in Professional Cooking. He taught the first Nutrition and Cooking course for medical students in the US, at SUNY-Upstate with Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic.
Chad Larson, DC, NMD
Dr. Larson is the director of a private clinical practice based in Encinitas, CA, that focuses on helping people with overlooked and challenging health conditions.
He earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences (Los Angeles College of Chiropractic), graduating with honors. He is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist by the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board and is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists, and the American Chiropractic Association.
Erin Martin, DO
Founder/Director, TrueMed Institute, Hood River, OR
Dr. Martin is among a vanguard of young physicians creating direct-pay practices to support of a holistic approach to patient care. Her TrueMed Institute, in Hood River, OR, is an independent clinic that empowers patients toward true wellness. Dr. Martin’s journey was chronicled in the award-winning film, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.
Dr. Martin attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where she also received a Masters in Public Health. She completed a residency in Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah before returning to her native Oregon where she practiced in a variety of settings including a community health center, private practice, urgent care, and emergency medicine. She is a fellow of the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine.
Steven Masley, MD
Founder/Director, Masley Optimal Health Center, St. Petersburg, FL
Dr. Masley is a board-certified physician, nutritionist, longevity researcher and award-winning patient educator. He received his MD from the University of Washington in Seattle. He then trained in Family & Community Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He’s a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and a certified acupuncturist.
Before starting his own clinic, he was Medical Director at the Pritikin Longevity Center® and at St. Anthony’s Carillon Executive Health. Dr. Masley is also an acclaimed chef, whose cooking experience includes an internship at the Four Seasons Seattle, and recipe consulting work with Bone Fish Grille.
Over the past two decades, through his “Ten Years Younger” programs, he has helped thousands of patients get fit & reverse Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He’s the author of three popular books. His fourth, The 30 Day Heart Tune-Up, will be published later this year. Dr. Masley was the Conference Chairman for Heal Thy Practice 2011, and 2012.
Founder, NES Health Ltd
NES Health is a UK based company dedicated to fostering a 21st-century system of healthcare based on the integration of physics and biology. As part of NES Health, Harry invented two health-related clinical technologies: the NES miHealth and NES Provision. His passion for changing the face of healthcare arose from his own health challenge as he sought to overcome a serious illness in his youth.
Harry is also a filmmaker, having served as producer and co-writer of the 2009 best-selling documentary DVD, The Living Matrix: A New Science of Healing, which championed the rise of a new kind of medicine based on energy and information fields.
More recently he directed the full-length documentary film, Choice Point, and wrote the accompanying book that aims to inspire people to transform themselves and to develop paradigm-changing technology that can assist us in solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Deanna Minich, PhD
Vice President of Education, Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute
Dr. Minich holds a PhD from the University of Groningen, Netherlands (Dissertation Title: Essential Fatty Acid Absorption and Metabolism) and Master’s Degree (M.S.) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has had further training and certification through the American College of Nutrition (Certified Nutrition Specialist and Fellow) and the Institute of Functional Medicine. In conjunction with her academic training, she has had a variety of spiritual mentors to learn Shamanic healing practices, Reiki, (medical) intuitive assessment, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with a foundation of more than 20 years of yoga practice. She served for many years as Vice-President for Medical Affairs at Metagenics. Currently, Dr. Minich is VP of Education at the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute, working closely with founder, Jeff Bland, to foster evolution of the lifestyle-based healthcare.
Founder, Revive Primary Care, Brooklyn, NY
Originally from the UK, Mr. Maskell has been involved in holistic medicine almost since birth. His first chiropractic adjustment was at 15 minutes old, and he consistently responded well to homeopathy during his childhood.
At the University of Nottingham, James studied Economics with a focus on the food and healthcare industries, and began his career in investment banking. However, his time in banking showed him an important fact: world focus on short-term gain in the healthcare and food industries, were costing society in the long run.
In 2005, James moved to the US, with the objective of working to help shift the health paradigm of the country to incorporate true primary care . . . nutrition, exercise, prevention and holistic therapies. Since 2007, he and his wife, Rachel, have been helping to help practitioners grow and develop their holistic practices through a partnership with Energetix, a bio-energetic remedy and education company based in Georgia, and through Revive Primary Care, their independent marketing consultancy based in Brooklyn, NY.
David Perlmutter, MD
Medical Director, Perlmutter Health Center, Naples, FL
David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition who received his MD from the University of Miami School of Medicine. After completing residency training in Neurology, also at the University of Miami, Dr. Perlmutter entered private practice in Naples, Florida where he serves as Medical Director of the Perlmutter Health Center and the Perlmutter Hyperbaric Center.
Dr. Perlmutter serves as Adjunct Instructor at the Institute for Functional Medicine in Gig Harbor, WA. He is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of nutritional influences in neurological disorders. He is the author of: BrainRecovery.com – Powerful Therapy for Challenging Brain Disorders, The Better Brain Book (Putnam Publishers), Raise a Smarter Child By Kindergarten (Morgan Road Books), and Power Up Your Brain – The Neuroscience of Enlightenment (Hay House Publishers).
His new book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers, has roused considerable discussion among consumers and clinicians alike, reaching the New York Times’ bestseller list within the first week of its publication.
Shilpa Saxena, MD
Founder, SevaMed Institute, Lutz, FL
Shilpa P. Saxena, MD is a Board-Certified Family Physician with over 15 years of progressive patient care at SevaMed Institute, her successful functional medicine practice in Lutz, FL. Dr. Saxena is a Fellow & Guest Faculty of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; a faculty member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and Volunteer Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
She is an expert in the Group Visit medical model and enjoys bringing unique solutions to audiences in her classic 'keep it simple' style. She speaks internationally to encourage and inspire both physicians and patients to regain the power to activate a transformation towards well-being.
Dr. Saxena graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She served as Chief Resident and received additional Certification in Low Risk Obstetrics. A firm believer that food is the best medicine, she is co-author of a new book called The Ingredients Matter: India, the first in a series aimed at helping people improve their health along with their culinary artistry.
Based in Del Mar, CA, Miriam Zacharias is a speaker, author and consultant to the wellness community. Her mission is to empower individuals and organizations to profitably bring the message of natural health to their communities. She teaches clients how to enhance their personal and business performance to create the best possible outcomes for their patients and themselves.
After 25 years as a corporate sales, marketing and operations director – the last 10 of those at Microsoft Corporation, Miriam studied Holistic Nutrition, trained to be an executive coach, and became certified as a corporate coach trainer. She is also licensed in sports nutrition, and has authored a how-to book on the triathlon lifestyle. With her colleague, tech consultant Julia Zaslow, Miriam started “Z School,” dedicated to teaching healthcare professionals and other small business owners the ins and outs of internet-based marketing.