Team

Program Directors

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Role: 
Director

Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board–certified family physician, author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. His private practice is located in Flemington, New Jersey.

Dr. Fuhrman is the author of Eat to Live, published in 2003 (Little Brown) and has gone through over 20 printings and been published in multiple foreign language editions. Dr. Fuhrman’s first book, Fasting and Eating for Health was published in 1995 by St. Martin’s Press. Dr. Fuhrman’s most recent book, published in 2008, Eat For Health (a two volume set) is still in hard cover as has been acclaimed by corporations using it to reduce health care costs.

Dr. Fuhrman is actively involved in scientific research in human nutrition and has two research articles pending publication and others in the trial stages.  

Dr. Fuhrman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and has received the St. Joseph’s Family Practice Resident’s Teaching Award for his contribution to the education of residents. In addition, Dr. Fuhrman provides nutritional education to other physicians for CME credit, his lectures have been approved for physician continuing education via the American Academy of Family Physicians and many doctors of all specialties have attended his conferences.

Jay Benson, D.O.

Role: 
Associate Director

While still in medical school, Dr. Benson dreamed of being a different type of doctor. His interests lied in searching for and uncovering the causes of disease rather than merely controlling symptoms. This quest to offer people a more effective and comprehensive approach to health care eventually led him to Dr. Fuhrman.

Excited by Dr. Fuhrman's approach and the success he had with his patients, he decided to follow Dr. Fuhrman in his practice. Dr. Benson, developed his knowledge-base in nutritional medicine and chose to fulfill his family medicine residency at the Hunterdon Medical Center, which was a mile down the road from Dr. Fuhrman's practice. He continued his training with Dr. Fuhrman simultaneously, earning his residency and certification in family medicine.

Dr. Benson has evolved into a caring and knowledgeable physician; well versed in modern high-tech medicine and the nutritional and natural methods utilized at Dr. Fuhrman's office. He sees the majority of patients at the Flemington office and works side-by-side with Dr. Fuhrman on nutritional research, lecturing and answering questions on Dr. Fuhrman's Ask the Doctor forums.

Dr. Benson graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and finished his residency training at Hunterdon Medical Center in New Jersey. Dr. Benson lives with his wife and three children in Flemington, New Jersey.

Faculty

Michael Klaper, M.D.

Role: 
Curriculum Advisory Team and Coaching Module Contributor

Michael Klaper, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Illinois college of Medicine in Chicago, and after a medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital and years of general practice experience, took additional training in anesthesiology and surgery at the University of British Columbia Hospitals and obstetrics at the University of California at San Francisco. 

He has had significant experience practicing lifestyle medicine and urgent care (emergency room) medicine in Florida, Hawaii, and New Zealand. He is currently on the staff on the nutritionally-based clinic, True North Health Clinic in Santa Rosa, California. He is a strong believer that what we eat, drink, think and do are the chief determinants of how long - and how well - we live. 

Dr. Klaper is the Director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research and has performed research on the pros and cons of vegan nutrition and other dietary styles of health enthusiasts. He also is a member of the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association.

Deana Ferreri, Ph.D.

Role: 
Curriculum Advisory Team and Coaching Module Contributor

Dr. Ferreri earned her Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Sciences in 2008 from Albany Medical College.  Her research on endothelial cell-cell adhesion has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and she has written a chapter on endothelial cell-cell junctions in a graduate textbook.  Dr. Ferreri has taught undergraduate biology courses, graduate cardiovascular physiology lectures, and medical student cardiovascular and respiratory physiology labs; she received the Leonard Procita Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Albany Medical College in 2007.  As a scientist, Dr. Ferreri embraced Dr. Fuhrman’s dietary recommendations as the best practical application of the collective current knowledge in nutrition science.  Now, as a part of Dr. Fuhrman’s research team, she continues to study nutrition and works to translate the latest nutritional research into information that can be put into practice in the kitchen.

Barbara Sarter, Ph.D., R.N., FNP-C

Role: 
Curriculum Advisory Team and Coaching Module Contributor

Dr. Barbara Sarter is currently an Associate Professor in Advanced Practice Nursing at the University of San Diego. Previously she was an Associate Professor of Nursing and Family Medicine at the University of Southern California. She obtained her Ph.D. in Nursing from New York University. Dr. Sarter is the author of three books and numerous articles. She is a family nurse practitioner in active practice. She had an internship in nutritional medicine with Dr. Fuhrman and in 2004 completed a fellowship in clinical cancer genetics at the City of Hope Medical Center, where she investigated the biological mechanisms by which herbs and foods can help prevent various cancers. Dr. Sarter specializes in integrative treatment of health problems in men, women and children.

Jyoti Mathews, M.D.

Role: 
Curriculum Advisory Team

Jyoti Mathews, M.D. is a board certified family physician, with a passion for nutritional medicine. Having practiced in an urgent care and clinic setting, Dr. Mathews experienced the limitations of conventional medicine and wanted to do more than treat symptoms; she wanted to cure people and transform their lives with the power of modern nutritional science. Dr. Mathews graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical\School and finished her residency training in Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ, where she first learned about Dr. Fuhrman’s methodology and results.

Linda Popescu, M.S., R.D.

Role: 
Curriculum Advisory Team

Linda is a Registered Dietitian with graduate degrees in both Nutrition and Food Science. As Dr. Fuhrman's Research Assistant, she works with him on upcoming book projects and helps to investigate nutrition related topics. She has assisted Dr. Fuhrman in developing his nutrient density scoring system for foods and recipes. Linda is the "Vitamin Advisor" who answers supplement related questions for DrFuhrman.com.

Sarah Taylor, M.B.A.

Role: 
Coaching Module Contributor

Sarah Taylor began her career as a motivational speaker in 2000. As a member of the National Speaker’s Association and a Graduate of Tony Robbin’s Mastery University, Sarah learned techniques for motivating and creating permanent change in people’s habits. Sarah became vegan in 2002 primarily for ethical reasons, but became very interested in the health aspects of the diet as well. She came across Dr. Fuhrman’s work and, with a background in clinical research, was very impressed with his scientific rigor. In the coming years, she worked for Dr. Fuhrman’s company, was the emcee at his 2010 Health Getaway, and is now on the faculty at his Nutrition Education Institute.

Sarah wrote her first diet-related book, Vegan in 30 Days, in 2006 in response to the overwhelming number of questions she received from people interested in trying out a plant-based diet. She has since received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell, and is working on the next book in her series. She is a regular speaker at vegetarian conferences around the country, and has been interviewed on numerous radio shows including NPR and PBS. She enjoys combining her knowledge of a plant-based diet with motivation, helping people to permanently change their eating habits to enjoy better health, happiness and longevity.

Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., CPT

Role: 
Coaching Module Contributor

Julieanna Hever, also known as The Plant-Based Dietitian, is a passionate advocate of the miracles associated with following a whole food, plant-based diet-the established effects of which provide positive healthful benefits. Julieanna is the new nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine and her book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, is scheduled for publication on August 2, 2011. She counsels a variety of clients in her Los Angeles, California-based private practice including elite athletes, adults, and children with various nutritional and/or medical concerns. Julieanna has lectured extensively throughout the United States and is published in prominent journals, magazines, blogs, and newsletters. As co-producer and star of the “infotainment” documentary To Your Health, Julieanna interviewed a host of the plant-based world’s most respected doctors and researchers to bring this important information to film and television audiences. Her work as the Executive Director of EarthSave, International, has also provided an opportunity for Julieanna to bring whole food, plant-based nutrition to the forefront of efforts to improve the current global health crisis.

Julieanna received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and Masters of Science in Nutrition at California State University, Northridge, where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. She has taught as part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Program, worked as a clinical dietitian at Century City Doctors Hospital, and has consulted for numerous businesses.

To learn more, visit Julieanna at her website: www.PlantBasedDietitian.com and her blog: http://toyourhealthnutrition.blogspot.com.

Mimi Peak, J.D., M.C.C., C.H.T.

Role: 
Coaching Module Contributor

Mimi Peak is an expert at helping people create lives of satisfaction, success, balance, joy, health and love. Her passion has been helping people reinvent their lives and discover that the best of them still lives inside waiting for discovery. Along the way, they find that their business, relationships, finances, family, health, self-esteem and confidence, their entire lives begin to feel easier, more satisfying and joyful.

Mimi Peak’s coaching abilities are the result of a lifetime of studying, learning, and applying the best human development skills she could find in every area of life.

She honed her thinking and research skills during her years as a civil litigation attorney in Los Angeles.

This early career has served her well as she moved into her studies of human potential: the lawyer side of Mimi requires that any idea or theory is backed up with solid evidence and concrete results.

Mimi’s approach to learning has always been thorough: she is only satisfied when she feels she understands and more important, is able to use what she learns with herself before she can teach it to others.

For more information on Mimi, visit PeakExperiencesCoaching.com

Emily Boller

Role: 
Coaching Module Contributor

Emily Boller is an artist and mother of five from Fort Wayne, Indiana and a graduate in Fine Arts from Purdue University. She’s experienced first-hand anorexia, yo-yo dieting, binge eating disorder, and obesity; however, today is completely free through embracing the nutritarian eating style.  Emily is also a contributing author for Dr. Fuhrman’s blog, Disease Proof, and has interviewed many successful nutritarians who are now also living in freedom.  From all of these combined experiences, observations and interactions, she’s gathered valuable insights into the commonalities of those who lose weight and keep it off.

Michael Mantz, M.H., M.D.

Role: 
Coaching Module Contributor

Michael Mantz graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2009, and is currently a first year resident at the University of California at Irvine. He also holds a Master’s degree in Herbal Medicine, and was formerly a personal trainer; he has trained professional athletes, models/actors, and other physicians.

Scott Stoll, M.D.

Role: 
Coaching Module Contributor
  • Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • 1994 Olympian USA Bobsled Team 
  • Team Physician Lehigh University
  • Consulting physician to United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation 
  • Chairman Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Coordinated Health Medical Director
  • Integrative Spine Center at Coordinated Health National Speaker on achieving optimal health through excellent nutrition and exercise

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