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Affiliate Physician

Joel K. Kahn, MD, FAAC - Founding Medical Director

Dr. Kahn is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He is a cardiologist, a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University, and is Founder of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity in Bloomfield and Grosse Pointe Farms. 

He serves as Reader's Digest Holistic Heart Doc and is a frequent commentator on Fox News, Huffington Post, Mindbodygreen, One Green Planet, Aloha, Forks Over Knives, and other sites. His goal is to prevent 1 million heart attacks through lifestyle education for optimal health and longevity. You can receive his guide to heart attack prevention free at his website. His first book, The Whole Heart Solution, is available widely online and at Reader's Digest The Whole Heart Solution, and his second, Dead Execs Don't Get Bonuses, is available at Amazon

In December of 2015, Dr. Kahn and his wife Karen partnered with his son Daniel, to open the smash-hit GreenSpace Café, in Ferndale, Michigan. As the largest plant-based restaurant in the Midwest, GreenSpace offers all non-GMO, and mainly organic certified cuisine - including 'Esselstyn-style oil-free plant-pure' options. 


Robert Breakey, MD - Co-Medical Director

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Dr. Breakey has over 20 years of experience in family medicine, developing special interest in nutrition, preventive medicine, patient education and positive wellness. 

Hospital Affiliations:

  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan Hospital

 

PHILOSOPHY OF CARE

“I like to put the “Care” first in health care, and believe in service excellence, high quality medical care and employing a partnership approach to health care with each patient that I have the pleasure of serving. By employing a coordinated, team oriented approach, we can design a customized plan of care that emphasizes positive wellness, self sufficiency, and, when necessary, guidance in navigating our larger and very complex health care system.”

BACKGROUND

  • Medical Education

    University of Michigan, 1981
  • Residency

    University of Wisconsin 1984
  • Board Certifications

    American Board of Family Practice 1990
  • Honors and Awards

    Best Doctors 2011-2012
    Best Doctors 2013-2014
    Best Doctors 2015-2016

Dr. Caroline Trapp, DNP, ANP-BC, CDE, FAANP, DipACLM - Director of Diabetes Education

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Dr. Caroline Trapp is a long-time volunteer with the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group. She is the director of diabetes education and care with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, DC., an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and a diabetes nurse practitioner.  She has earned degrees from the University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Madonna University, and is board certified in adult primary care, diabetes education, and lifestyle medicine. In 2013, she was inducted as a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for her work in nutrition education and research. She has presented across the U.S. and in Canada, China, the Republic of Macedonia and the Marshall Islands on the topics of plant-based nutrition for diabetes and deprescribing insulin.  Dr. Trapp oversees the Nurses Nutrition Network with the Physicians Committee, and an ongoing effort to reverse the epidemic of diabetes among Native Americans in the southwestern United States.


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.

Michael Dangovian, DO - Yoga Integration

For over twenty years, Dr. Michael Dangovian has been working with patients in a unique way, integrating yoga, meditation, supplements and education into a traditional cardiology practice. This has allowed him to take the best and most cutting edge modern western science and leverage it with these often overlooked, yet medically proven non-traditional practices. Combining these two “separate” ways of understanding a patient’s body makes for a highly individualized patient experience. More importantly, this approach has allowed Dr. Dangovian to develop a deep understanding of complementary lifestyle practices that not only prevent chronic disease, but even reverse it!


Jamie Qualls, D.O., M.P.H.

Jamie is a Family Medicine Resident Physician in the St. John Providence Hospital System. She has over 10 years of experience in plant-based nutrition and she is passionate about improving community and population health. In her practice, Jamie considers the plant-based diet to be optimal for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Jamie is also a leader of the PBNSG plant-based curriculum committee and helped review over 200 studies illustrating the relationship between food and chronic diseases.

 

 

Educational Background:

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University: 2017

Master of Public Health, Michigan State University: 2017

Bachelor of Business Administration: Western Michigan University: 2004

Philosophy of Care:

“I want to help give every one of my patients their very best shot at a happy, healthy life. Each of us is in the driver’s seat when it comes to our own health destiny. This is not taught in medical school, unfortunately, but the science is clear - there is no better way to ensure a disease-free life than by being consistently mindful about what we eat. My goal is to make sure my patients understand the power of plant-based foods to maintain and restore health. If I can help others discover the joy of investing in their health and making good choices, I’ve fulfilled my life mission.”

Ryan H. Barish, MD

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Ryan H. Barish, MD is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a graduate from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Oakwood Hospital where he served as chief resident and currently has staff privileges at Troy Beaumont Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital. With more than 17 years of clinical experience as a practicing family physician, he treats a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions and strives to address the root causes of health concerns, with an emphasis on nutrition and other lifestyle factors. He volunteers yearly at Camp Tamarack, an overnight summer camp, managing the urgent care medical needs of children and teen campers and staff.  

Dr. Barish completed a certificate program in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies and is currently pursuing advanced training and certification in Functional Medicine, which is an emerging science-based healthcare approach to further improve the management and prevention of chronic conditions.

Along with his wife and two sons, he enjoys the outdoors and spending time with their dog Ruby.

Office information:

Auburn Hills Medical Clinic

3095 E. Walton Blvd. 

Auburn Hills, MI 48326

(248) 373-1790

 

Daniel Seidman, DO

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Sports Medicine & Family Medicine

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Dr. Seidman attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He returned home to Metro Detroit to complete his Family Medicine training at St. John Macomb-Oakland, where he was Chief Resident. He then completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital. 

 

Dr. Seidman sees patients and teaches at Henry Ford Detroit Northwest. He is accepting new patients in both Sports Medicine and Family Medicine.

Care Philosophy: "I enjoy helping my patients become the healthiest versions of themselves. I emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyle changes, physical activity, and a non-processed plant-based diet both as a means of managing chronic disease and maintaining overall health. My practice includes both family medicine and sports medicine."

James Bennett Bragman, D.O., F.A.C.P.

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Dr. Bragman is a board certified member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Geriatric Medicine. He also has his board certification in sports medicine. Additionally, Dr. Bragman is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Michigan.

A highly successful Doctor with a practice in West Bloomfield, Michigan, Jim is also an award-winning broadcast journalist who has served as the "on-air" medical expert for WWJ Radio in Detroit (CBS owned and operated), WJBK-TV (Detroit's FOX network affiliate) and WKBD in Detroit. Dr. Bragman is currently heard nationally on the CNN Radio Network. He was a Resident in Internal medicine at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, one of the top medical facilities in the country. His current practice is 50 percent general internal medicine, 30-35 percent geriatrics, and 15-20 percent sports medicine. His patients include professional athletes and a wide spectrum of individuals ranging in age from adolescent to senior citizen.

As an avid sports fan, Jim believes in practicing what he preaches and is a recognized athlete in the state of Michigan. He has been state ranked in squash for the past five years and is a past Doubles Champion.

West Bloomfield Internal Medicine, PLLC

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