Meet the Experts

Thank you to the following individuals for generously giving their time, expertise and ideas for this website and for the Take Care series.*

  • Linda Birnbaum

    Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., is director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one of 27 research institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health. She is a board-certified toxicologist and has served as a federal scientist for more than 30 years. She is the author of more than 700 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, abstracts and reports. Birnbaum’s own research focuses on the pharmacokinetic behavior of environmental chemicals; mechanisms of actions of toxicants, including endocrine disruption; and linking of real-world exposures to health effects.

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  • Dan Buettner

    Dan Buettner is the founder and chief executive officer of Blue Zones and the New York Times best-selling author of “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest” and “Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way.” Buettner is an internationally recognized explorer, educator, public speaker and co-producer of an Emmy Award-winning travel documentary. He has appeared as a longevity expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Good Morning America,” the “Today” show, ABC’s “World News,” CBS’s “The Early Show” and CNN.

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  • David O. Carpenter

    David O. Carpenter, M.D., is a public health physician working as director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany’s School of Public Health. His research has focused on the study of human disease resulting from exposure to environmental contaminants. Carpenter, who received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, has more than 350 peer-reviewed publications and has edited five books. Carpenter worked previously for the National Institute of Mental Health and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute.

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  • Philip Chard

    Philip Chard, M.S., is a practicing psychotherapist, a licensed clinical social worker and a leader in applied eco-psychology. Chard is also a speaker, coach and author of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column “Out of My Mind” as well as the books “The Healing Earth: Nature’s Medicine for the Troubled Soul” and “Nature’s Ways: Experiencing the Sacred in the Natural World.” He is president and CEO of Empathia, Inc., a nationwide behavioral services firm providing health, safety and productivity solutions for over 320 organizations representing 2 million covered lives. Prior to joining Empathia, he was Director of Behavioral Science Education at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.

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  • Paul Chek

    Paul Chek, H.H.P., is an expert in the fields of preventive holistic health and corrective and high-performance exercise systems, as well as personal, professional and spiritual mastery methods addressing all aspects of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Chek has consulted for organizations such as the Chicago Bulls, Australia’s Canberra Raiders and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has produced 60 videos andwritten six books (including the bestseller “How To Eat, Move and Be Healthy! Your Personalized 4-Step Guide to Looking Great from the Inside Out”), a multimedia e-book, “The Last 4 Doctors You’ll Ever Need: How to Get Healthy Now!” and 17 advanced-level home-study courses. Chek is the founder of the C.H.E.K Institute and the PPS Success Mastery Center in San Diego.

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  • Theo Colborn

    Theo Colborn, Ph.D., is an environmental health analyst and founder of TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange). TEDX is a nonprofit dedicated to compiling and disseminating scientific information on the health and environmental problems caused by low-dose exposures of chemicals that interfere with development and function, known as endocrine-disruptors. She is co-author of the book, “Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival?—A Scientific Detective Story,” and has written numerous scientific publications on endocrine disruptors.

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  • Marc David

    Marc David, M.A., is the founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, a teacher and consultant in nutritional psychology and the author of the best-selling works “Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being” and “The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss” His work has been featured on CNN, NBC and numerous other media outlets. His books have been translated into more than 10 languages, and his approach appeals to a wide audience of eaters who are looking for fresh, inspiring and innovative messages about food, body and soul. The Institute for the Psychology of Eating is the world’s only teaching organization dedicated to a forward-thinking, positive, holistic approach to nutritional psychology.

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  • Larry Dossey

    Larry Dossey, M.D., is a doctor of internal medicine and former chief of staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital. He is former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (formerly the Office of Alternative Medicine), an arm of the National Institutes of Health. He is executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. Dossey is the author of 12 books on the role of consciousness and spirituality in health, which have been translated into languages around the world. His most recent book is “One Mind: How Our Individual Mind is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters.” He lectures around the world.

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  • Laurie Ellis-Young

    Laurie Ellis-Young, MTC, CYT, is founding director of Breathe The Change LLC and co-founder of the non-profit BreathLogic, with bases in Minneapolis, Guatemala and Europe. Leading dozens of treks in the high Himalayas and Andes mountains impressed upon her the significance of our breath as life—every aspect of life. She has taught the “Power of Breath” to diverse populations on six continents and experienced how people of all ages and demographics are able to obtain and enhance physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and empowerment though breath awareness and practices. Ellis-Young is also a yoga teacher, international presenter, workshop facilitator, SHIFT Peace ambassador and co-author of "Friendship: The Art of the Practice."   She resides with her husband George in changing destinations around the globe.

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  • Henry Emmons

    Henry Emmons, M.D., is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness teachings, and compassion and insight into his clinical work. Emmons developed the Resilience Training Program, an integrative program proven to be helpful for depression. He practices with Partners in Resilience, where they offer Pathways to Joy, a program that integrates the best of movement, nutrition, natural therapies and the psychology of mindfulness to help restore resilience and rediscover joy. Emmons is the author “The Chemistry of Joy: A Three-Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom" and “The Chemistry of Calm: A Powerful, Drug-Free Plan to Quiet Your Fears and Overcome Your Anxiety.” 

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  • Nicole Eull

    Nicole Eull, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the founder of the Milwaukee-based HODI Center. Eull offers humorous, engaging and memorable wellness training to individuals and groups as well as physician coaching and program development.  She serves as clinical faculty for the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Residency program and consults with numerous organizations on mindfulness and health initiatives.

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  • Jill Grunewald

    Jill Grunewald is a holistic nutrition and hormone coach, health and wellness writer and farm-hugger. She’s the founder of Healthful Elements LLC, where she and her team write, teach and coach clients about whole-foods nutrition, botanicals and lifestyle modifications for adrenal dysfunction, hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s and other autoimmune conditions and hormonal imbalances, including PCOS and fertility challenges. Grunewald learned most of what she knows about sustainable agriculture from her years working at Food Alliance, a sustainable agriculture certification organization. She’s co-authoring the definitive cookbook for those with low thyroid function, The Essential Thyroid Cookbook: Over 100 Nourishing Recipes for Thriving with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's.

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  • Peter Hauri

    Peter Hauri, Ph.D., was a psychologist and sleep expert. He was director of the Mayo Clinic Insomnia Program from 1988 until his retirement in 2000 and also served as co-director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Mayo Clinic. Hauri founded the American Sleep Disorders Association and was considered a top authority on insomnia worldwide. He co-wrote the bestselling book, “No More Sleepless Nights,” which was translated into 14 languages. Hauri died in January 2013.

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  • Mary Hayes Greico

    Mary Hayes Grieco is a spiritual teacher based in Minneapolis. An original and expansive thinker, a pragmatic emotional healer and an uplifting public speaker, Hayes Grieco has inspired thousands of people since she began teaching spirituality classes in 1982. She is the director and lead trainer of The Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training, as well as the author of “Unconditional Forgiveness: A Simple and Proven Method to Forgive Everyone and Everything” and “The New Kitchen Mystic: A Companion for Spiritual Explorers.

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  • Mark L. Hoch

    Mark L. Hoch, M.D., is a family physician, past president of the American Holistic Medical Association and a founding diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. He was awarded a Bush Medical Fellowship to study spiritual healing and completed a three-year program in spiritual ministry and Sufi studies at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism. Hoch has a holistic medical practice in Asheville, N.C., where he attends to the health needs of clients of all ages in body, mind and spirit. He also has extensive training in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and movement therapies, including studies in tai chi, qi gong, Trager movement therapy and osteopathic medicine with a focus on cranial, myofascial and visceral (internal organ) therapy.

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  • Mary Jo Kreitzer

    Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D, R.N., F.A.A.N., is the founder and director of the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota. In addition to her roles as nurse, teacher, healthcare administrator and researcher, she is also a pioneer and innovator in the field of integrative health and wellbeing. She has authored over 100 publications and is the co-editor of “Integrative Nursing.” From 2004-2007, she served as the vice-chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.

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  • Richard J. Jackson

    Richard J. Jackson, M.D., M.P.H., is a pediatrician and professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has served as California’s state health officer and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health. He co-wrote the books “Urban Sprawl and Public Health: Designing, Planning, and Building for Healthy Communities” and “Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability” and hosted the 2012 TV series “Designing Healthy Communities.”

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  • Elizabeth Lewis

    Elizabeth Lewis is a motivational speaker, certified stress management teacher and life coach. She helps individuals and organizations improve focus and productivity, lower stress, anxiety and anger levels, enhance out-of-the-box thinking, boost energy and more. Lewis is also a licensed HeartMath coach and approved teacher of The Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training in Minneapolis. Lewis travels internationally, presenting lectures and workshops on soulful aging, stress management, happiness, healing art and more. She is an author in the Italian-language book “Interruptio” (“Interrupted”) and leads yearly wellness tours to Pieve International School in the Umbria region of Italy. Lewis lives in Mequon, Wis.

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  • Stacy Malkan

    Stacy Malkan is co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition of nonprofit groups working to eliminate harmful chemicals from personal care products. She is also author of the book “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry,” which tells the inside story of the unprecedented research and advocacy efforts of the group of women who created the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and built a national movement to shift the $50 billion beauty industry away from harmful chemicals and toward safer products.

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  • Bill Manahan

    Bill Manahan, M.D., is assistant professor emeritus at the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center. He consults with physicians and clinics that wish to expand into more integrative and holistic practices, and he is working to help make the primary care health care system more holistic and joyful for patients and practitioners. Manahan is on the editorial board for Global Advances in Health and Medicine, as well as Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and he is the author of the book, “Eat for Health: Fast and Simple Ways of Eliminating Disease Without Medical Assistance.” He is past president of the American Holistic Medical Association, and he co-founded one of America’s first physician-led, integrative medicine centers, the Wellness Center of Minnesota, which operated from 1982 to 1992.

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  • Jack McCann

    Jack McCann is a sustainable farmer who founded and runs the cooperative True Cost Farm near Minneapolis. A tenet of True Cost Farm is researching and implementing the healthiest ways to raise meat and eggs for members. This means treating the animals with respect, rotating them onto fresh pasture for grazing and supplementing their diets with organic, non-GMO, species-appropriate feed. Through his research, McCann found a passion for helping others learn how to incorporate healthy living into a busy modern life. Through True Cost Farm, people can learn about genetically modified foods, the role traditional diets play in avoiding lifestyle diseases caused by the Standard American Diet (SAD), and practical advice on cooking skills.

    Note: McCann is the author's brother.

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  • Rubin Naiman

    Rubin Naiman, Ph.D., is a psychologist, clinical assistant professor of medicine and dream specialist at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, directed by Andrew Weil, M.D. Naiman is director of Circadian Health Associates, an organization that offers sleep-related services, training and consultation internationally. Naiman is a leader in the development of integrative-medicine approaches to sleep and dream disorders, integrating conventional sleep science with depth-psychological and spiritual approaches. He is author of “Healing Night: The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Awakening,” “Healthy Sleep: Fall Asleep Easily, Sleep More Deeply, Sleep Through the Night, Wake up Refreshed” (with Weil), “To Sleep Tonight: First Aid for Insomnia,”, “The Yoga of Sleep: Sacred and Scientific Practices to Heal Sleeplessness”, and “Hush: A Book of Bedtime Contemplations.”

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  • Janice Novak

    Janice Novak, M.S., developed her unique posture program over 20 years of working with individual clients and teaching thousands of workshops. Novak is an author, speaker and wellness consultant who teaches workshops and seminars for hospitals, corporations and professional organizations. Her easy-to-use techniques are informational and motivational and can easily be integrated into daily life. Her book and DVD is “Posture, Get It Straight! Look Ten Years Younger, Ten Pounds Thinner & Feel Better Than Ever!

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  • Kara Parker

    Kara Parker, M.D., is a faculty physician at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Whittier Clinic in Minneapolis. There she co-created the Whittier Integrative Health Clinic, where she works as a primary care integrative physician. Parker is an assistant professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches integrative medicine to resident doctors. She is board certified in family medicine and holistic medicine and is on track for certification in functional medicine. Parker created and facilitates group visits to help people make lifestyle changes for optimal health. She practices healthy living with her family and uses her home as a “lab” for experiments in living well.

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  • Kim John Payne

    Kim John Payne, M.Ed., is a counselor, an educator and a researcher. He is director of the Simplicity Project, a multimedia social network that explores what really connects and disconnects us to ourselves and to the world, and he is founding director for The Center for Social Sustainability. Payne works to help people understand the importance of living a balanced, simple life, and he regularly gives keynote addresses at international conferences for educators, parents and therapists. He also runs trainings around the world. He is author of “Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids,” “The Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance—From Toddlers to Teens” and “The Games Children Play.” 

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  • Greg Plotnikoff

    Greg Plotnikoff, M.D., M.T.S., F.A.C.P., is a board-certified internist and pediatrician who has received national and international honors for his work in cross-cultural and integrative medicine. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School  (where he earned his Master of Theological Studies) and the University of Minnesota Medical School. Plotnikoff is co-author of the book “Trust Your Gut: Get Lasting Healing from IBS and Other Chronic Digestive Problems Without Drugs,” as well as 22 textbook chapters and more than 60 articles related to interventional nutrition, herbal medicine and spirituality in clinical care. He also serves as editor of the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine. He is founder of the Minnesota Personalized Medicine clinic, where he practices in Minneapolis.

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  • David Richo

    David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T., is a psychotherapist, writer, and workshop leader. He teaches at a variety of places including Esalen and Spirit Rock Buddhist Center, and he shares his time between Santa Barbara and San Francisco, Calif. Richo combines psychological and spiritual perspectives in his work. He is author of “The Five Things We Cannot Change…And the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them,” and his two most recent books are “How to be an Adult in Love: Letting Love in Safely and Showing It Recklessly” and “The Power Of Grace: Recognizing Unexpected Gifts on Our Path.”

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  • Valori Treloar

    Valori Treloar, M.D., C.N.S., is a dermatologist certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is co-author of the book, “The Clear Skin Diet: How to Defeat Acne and Enjoy Healthy Skin” and is a Certified Nutrition Specialist through the American College of Nutrition. Treloar is also a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine’s first graduating class of certified practitioners. Her practice, Integrative Dermatology, is in Newton, Mass.

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  • Carolyn Torkelson

    Carolyn Torkelson, M.D., M.S., is medical director of integrated health at the University of Minnesota Physicians Women’s Health Specialists Clinic. Her clinical practice offers integrative care to women with multiple health concerns, and she provides services at both the Women’s Health Specialists Clinic and the Breast Center at the University of Minnesota. Torkelson is associate professor in the University’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and has a joint appointment in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health. She is also on faculty at the university’s Center for Spirituality & Healing where she has taught an integrative healing course to medical students. Torkelson is active in clinical research and is co-principal investigator on studies involving herbal and nutritional interventions. She co-chairs the Minnesota-Midwest Holistic Physicians group.

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  • Stephani Waldron-Trapp

    Stephani Waldron-Trapp, N.D., is a naturopathic doctor with more than a decade of experience in health care. She specializes in nutrition, weight loss, gastrointestinal health, women’s health, children’s health, fatigue, autoimmune conditions, detoxification, mental/emotional balancing and safe, effective pain relief. Waldron-Trapp is owner of Natural Family Medicine in Osseo, Minn.

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*Please note that this book that covers many topics and points of view—the fact that these experts contributed information and insights isn’t an indication that they all agree with every point in this book. 

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