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 Dr. Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D. Dr. Caroline Trapp, D.N.P., A.N.P.-BC, C.D.E., F.A.A.N.P., 


Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D.

Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D., is Director of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital. He holds adjunct faculty appointments as Professor of Physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Professor of Internal Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Kent State University, the University of Michigan, and the Pennsylvania State University, respectively.

In the mid 1970’s, Dr. Franklin participated as a Collaborating Investigator with Dr. Herman K. Hellerstein in the National Exercise and Heart Disease Project, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. From 1979 to 1985 he served as Director, Cardiovascular Fitness and Rehabilitation Program, Sinai Hospital of Detroit. During his tenure at William Beaumont Hospital (1985 – present) the cardiac rehabilitation program and stress testing laboratories have achieved national and international recognition in the treatment and evaluation of coronary artery disease. Dr. Franklin has been the recipient of numerous grants for research in the field of cardiac rehabilitation. Recently, he served as a collaborating site investigator for HF-ACTION, a randomized, controlled trial investigating outcomes of exercise training in patients with heart failure.

Pursuing his interest in combining exercise physiology with cardiology, Dr. Franklin and his associates have studied the hemodynamic and cardiorespiratory responses to numerous occupational and leisure-time activities in persons with and without heart disease, including snow shoveling, lawn mowing, stair climbing, and deer hunting. Other areas of research interest include the primary and secondary prevention of heart disease, comprehensive cardiovascular risk reduction, obesity and metabolism, exercise testing and prescription, and lipids/lipoproteins.

Over the years, Dr. Franklin’s professional accomplishments have been recognized through a number of honors and awards, including: Alumni Recognition Award, College of Health and Human Development, the Pennsylvania State University (1989); BEACON Wellness Award, Blue Care Network of Southeastern Michigan (1991); Award of Excellence, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR, 1992); Horace Elgin Dodge Award, American Heart Association of Michigan (1998); Glenn V. Swengros Memorial Leadership Award (2002); Dodrill Award, American Heart Association (2003); Citation Award, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM; 2003); Pollock Established Investigator Award, AACVPR (2004); Award of Meritorious Achievement, American Heart Association, National Volunteer Leadership Conference (2006); Distinguished Alumnus Award, Kent State University, School of Exercise, Leisure & Sport (2008); Outstanding Medical Research Award: “Seeker of the Truth,” William Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak (2008); and Honor Award (ACSM; 2009). In 1995, he served as a member of the Expert Panel, Cardiac Rehabilitation Guideline, convened by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. From 1994-2012, Dr. Franklin served as an appointee to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports (State of

Michigan). He served as President of the AACVPR in 1988 and President of the ACSM in 1999. Dr. Franklin has also held multiple leadership positions with the American Heart Association (AHA), both at the regional and national level. He has served as Chair, AHA Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism as well as Chair of the AHA Advocacy Committee. In February 2010, he was appointed to the national AHA Board of Trustees as well as a member of the Administrative Cabinet. He is a past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and the American Journal of Medicine and Sports. At the present time, he holds formal editorial positions with 15 other scientific and clinical journals, including the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Sports Medicine, the Physician and Sportsmedicine, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Dr. Franklin has written or edited more than 550 publications, including 461 papers, 361 abstracts, 85 book chapters, and 26 books. His widely cited text for the lay public, co-authored with Joseph C. Piscatella, is entitled, “Prevent, Halt and Reverse Heart Disease” (Workman Publishing, New York). He is also a co-author of the American Heart Association text entitled, “The No-Fad Diet” (Random House, New York). He co-edited “Pollock’s Textbook of Cardiovascular Disease and Rehabilitation,” (Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL); his latest book is “One Heart, Two Feet,” co-authored by Robert Sweetgall. Since 1976, he has given over 1,000 invited presentations to state, national and international, medical and lay audiences.


Dr. Caroline Trapp, D.N.P., A.N.P.-BC, C.D.E., F.A.A.N.P., 

Dr. Caroline Trapp enthusiastically serves as the volunteer director on all-things diabetes for the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group!

She is employed as the director of diabetes education and care with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting preventive medicine, especially better nutrition, and higher standards in research. She is also a nurse practitioner specializing in the care of people with diabetes at Premier Internists, a division of the Millennium Medical Group, P.C., in Southfield, Mich.

As PCRM’s director of diabetes education and care,  Dr. Trapp manages a variety of diabetes prevention and reversal initiatives, including the development and distribution of resources for consumers and health care providers. Dr. Trapp launched the Food for Life to Prevent and Treat Type 2 Diabetes classes in August 2009, which teach proper nutrition, behavioral skills, and diabetes self-care methods across the country. She has helped to produce two educational DVDs, including one in collaboration with Native American organizations, both favorably reviewed the by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Dr. Trapp is a frequent lecturer at universities and professional meetings on clinical practice and the effect of dietary changes on diabetes, and has co-authored several articles for professional journals.

Dr. Trapp received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She received her Masters of Science in community health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan in 2015. Ms. Trapp is board-certified in adult primary care and diabetes education. She has worked with people with diabetes for more than 20 years and continues to see patients one day a week.

In honor of her outstanding work, Dr. Trapp was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2013; awarded Oakland University’s Nightingale Award for Education and Research in 2012; and was a finalist for the American Association of Diabetes Educator's 2009 Diabetes Educator of the Year Award.

When she’s not trying to stop the over-reliance on medication and under-utilization of WFPB foods for diabetes, Caroline loves to hang out with family and friends, travel the world, cook from one of her 90+ vegan cookbooks (who knew there were so many available?!); and rescue cats.