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Plant based nutrition

Chuck Underwood, Chef

Chuck Underwood is the owner of the popular blog, Brand New Vegan where
he shows thousands of people just how tasty a plant-based diet can be.  

Chuck relies on his southern heritage to create all those yummy comfort foods we thought we'd given up forever.... foods like Biscuits & Gravy, Crispy Oven Baked French Fries, and homemade “Chicken” and Dumplings.

He calls it 'Vegan Comfort Food” and based on his blogs popularity – it's a hit, especially amongst people just beginning to transition to a plant-based diet.  

With no formal training in either cooking, writing, or photography, Chuck has watched his blog grow to over 20,000 followers in just a few short years.  He has also won several Best Vegan Blog Awards and just recently published his very first cookbook.  

Chuck began his journey in 2008 when his health was beginning to deteriorate.  Chuck lost over 30lbs and brought his blood pressure back to normal just by changing his diet.  

“To many people think food doesn't matter to your health, or that Vegan Food is nothing but a bunch of salad and sprouts.....  My goal is to prove them wrong”  


Doug Thompson, DDS


Dr. Thompson has over 35 years of experience with Dentistry.  At age 17,  he became a lab technician, and then, in 1996, he graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School.  He now owns and operates his dental practice, Integrative Oral Medicine, at Maple and Lahser in Bloomfield Hills, MI. 

Dr. Thompson has completed hundreds of hours of continuing post graduate education. He is Adjunct faculty at the Kois Center,  a world renowned teaching institute for dentists, in Seattle, Washington.   There he teaches about managing gum disease and the relationship to heart disease.

In addition to his dental training, Dr. Thompson is pursuing a Fellowship in Anti-Aging Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine. There he presents to physicians a program titled,   “Periodontal Disease and the Heart: A Collaborative Opportunity.”

Dr. Thompson has several publications about the dentists’ role in detecting and preventing many diseases that are related to oral disease. He has also authored an online course available in the U.S. and Australia about gum disease management.

Dr. Thompson is active in our local community and parents two college aged children with his spouse Jane.