PBNSG Past events
Each month, we host guest speakers who have distinguished themselves as leaders of the whole food plant-based movement and events of interest to PBNSG members. The videos of many of these meetings are posted below.
2017: Speakers were Joel Kahn, MD; Robert Breakey, MD; Michael Dangovian, DO; Rip Esselstyn; Kim Williams, MD; Adene Keller, RN; Jamie Qualls, DO, MPH; John Mackey, founder Whole Foods Market; Pam Popper, ND; Neal Barnard, MD; Doug Lisle, PhD; and PBNSG’s Doctors Teaching Doctors professional seminar presented by Robert Breakey, MD; Elizabeth Swenor, DO; Caroline Trapp, DNP; and Joel Kahn, MD.
2016: Presentations were by John McDougall, MD; T. Colin Campbell, PhD; Caldwell Esselstyn, MD; Julieanna Hever, RD; Lani Muelrath, author; Joel Fuhrman, MD; Pam Popper, ND; Howard Jacobson, PhD; Michael Dangovian, DO; Joel Kahn, MD; Robert Breakey, MD with Tarman Aziz, MD and Anna Rusinowski, health coach; Rich Roll, athlete and author; Garth Davis, MD; and Chef AJ.
2015: Speakers were Caldwell Esselstyn, MD; Pamela Benitez, MD; Neal Barnard, MD; Paul Krause of VegMichigan; Joel Kahn, MD; Dustin Rudolph, PharmD; Kavitha Chinnaiyan, MD; chef Amber Poupore; Tom Rifai, MD; chef Katie Mae, MS; Emily Camiener, MPH, RDN; Barry Franklin, PhD; Caroline Trapp, DNP; and Michael Greger, MD.
2014: Beginning in February 2014, Paul Chatlin and Joel Kahn, MD, hosted the first meetings. The next guest speakers were Adene Keller, RN with heart attack survivor Sharon Kintz; Kerrie Saunders, MS, LLP, PhD; Rip Esselstyn, former triathlete, firefighter, and author; Barry Franklin, PhD; Marc Ramirez, former UM football player; and health coach Mary Pietras.
One of PBSNG's members, Jeremy Glogower, and Dr Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, Talk about "The Cheese Trap" How breaking a surprising addiction will help you lose weight, gain energy, and get healthy.
Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of Barnard Medical Center, a nonprofit primary care medical center in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Pam Popper is a naturopath, an internationally recognized expert on nutrition, medicine and health, and the Executive Director of Wellness Forum Health. The company offers educational programs to both consumers and providers that facilitate informed medical decision-making, diet and lifestyle intervention, and improved long-term health outcomes. Through its own network of providers, Wellness Forum Health offers direct-to-consumer healthcare services.
Akua Woolbright, PhD, Nutrition Program Director, Whole Cities Foundation
Dr. Akua Woolbright is an expert in teaching people how to use plant-based foods to help prevent and reverse disease, and that is the passion she brings to her work.
Dr. Woolbright joined the Whole Foods Market corporate offices in Austin, TX in 2009 where she helped to create and implement the company’s national healthy eating program.
Jamie Qualls is a 4th year medical student, graduating in May 2017 with a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine and a Master of Public Health Degree from Michigan State University. She will start her Family Medicine residency training this summer in the St. John Providence Hospital System.
Adene Keller is a board certified registered nurse who has been in practice for nearly 30 years, mostly in the cardiac department. Currently she works in cardiopulmonary rehab, educating patients on healthy lifestyle changes and exercise. In 2009 she read Dr. Esselstyn's book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, and as a cardiac nurse, felt she needed not only to read about this diet, but follow the diet in order to accurately teach it. In 2010 she started the Canton Project: a Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition Support Group along with cardiologist Dr. Terry Tegtmeier. She has attended Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's 5 hour class and completed a Plant Based Nutrition certification from eCornell.
Dr. Williams, started eating a vegan diet in March of 2003. A heart patient with very high-risk findings in inspired him to try a plant-based diet. The patient initially had a heart condition that was a severe, three-vessel disease pattern of reversible ischemia. She came back to him several months later after she'd been following Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease. This includes a plant-based diet, exercise, and meditation. She told him her chest pain had resolved in about six weeks on the program. Her heart scan had also become essentially normal.
Rip left his job as a firefighter in 2009 to team up with Whole Foods Market as one of their Healthy Eating Partners to raise awareness for Whole Foods employees, customers and communities about the benefits of eating a plant-strong diet. As the founder of Engine 2, Rip develops and implements a range of programs and events geared toward education, inspiring and nurturing plant-strong living for individuals, families and organizations across the globe.
* Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years
* She is a chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker from Los Angeles
* Is the host of the Foody TV series Healthy Living with CHEF AJ
* Is the creator of YouTube cooking show The Chef and the Dietitian
* And the author of the book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from a junk-food vegan to vibrant health
Dr. Garth Davis, MD is author of the bestselling book, The Expert’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery, and Proteinaholic, and co-star of Houston’s BIG MEDICINE television series. Dr. Davis graduated top 10% of is class at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, and did his surgical residency right here at the University of Michigan.
Although Dr. Davis is nationally-known as a bariatric surgeon, he now advocates the use of the plant based diet against obesity, and to help people achieve optimal health and weight management.
A graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School, Rich is a 49-year old, accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete and former entertainment attorney turned full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, motivational speaker, husband, father of 4 and inspiration to people worldwide as a transformative example of courageous and healthy living.
Rich’s plant-fueled feats of boundary-pushing athleticism have been featured on CNN and in the pages of the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, The Huffington Post, Stanford Magazine, Men’s Health Living, VegNews, Triathlete, Outside, 3/GO Magazine and Men’s Fitness Magazine, which named Rich as one of the “25 Fittest Men in the World.”
Kicking off the Fall PBNSG Speaker Series on September 8th, 2016
Presenting the immensely popular Dr. Robert Breaky, MD, Ann Arbor family physician, in a lively podcast with PBNSG’s Jeremy Glogower. Listen as they discuss the plant-based nutrition movement and lifestyle choices we all can make to increase health and vitality.
At his core, Dr. Joel Kahn, MD, FAAC believes that vegan nutrition is the most powerful source of preventative medicine on the planet. Having practiced traditional cardiology since 1983, it was only after his own commitment to veganism that he truly began to delve into the realm of non-traditional diagnostic tools, prevention tactics and nutrition-based recovery protocols. He passionately lectures throughout the country about the health benefits of veganism inspiring a new generation of thought leaders to think scientifically and critically about the body’s ability to heal itself through proper nutrition.
Dr. Michael Dangovian has been working with patients for over 20 years integrating yoga, meditation, supplements and education into his cardiology practice. He is also Founder of The Wellness Training Institute to include scientifically-proven ancient healing arts to help bring optimum health to his clients. His passion is bringing health and wholeness to people who have felt like giving up on the medical system, but still seek solutions for optimal health.
Dr. Jacobson's own podcast interviews include Bob Cafaro, the cellist who cured his MS; Jamie Gannon, who whipped brain cancer; Rich Roll, ultra-athlete, A-level podcaster, and author; Marc Schoen, the psychologist who wrote Your Survival Instinct is Killing You;Vlad Chituc, social science researcher and “almost-vegan” strategist; Glenn Murphy, his martial arts instructor and stress-proofing consultant; Glenn Livingston, psychologist and author of Never Binge Again; and Peter Bregman, long-time friend and advisor, and author of Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counterproductive Habits and Get the Results You Want.
Dr. Pam Popper is a straight-talking professional who is not afraid to criticize national health organizations, government agencies, medical professionals, pharmaceutical companies, agricultural organizations and manufacturing companies, many of whom have agendas and priorities that interfere with distributing truthful information and promoting public health.
Plant Based Institute and Health Care is Self Care with Jane Esselstyn RN, Organizer of Wrapping Our Heads, Hearts, and Hands Around Plant-Based Eating. Jane Esselstyn RN is a fresh and charismatic voice on the plant-based, whole food diet. She brings her perspective and passion as a woman, nurse and mother to creating on-ramps to the plant-based way of life.
Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. Dr. Fuhrman is an internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including The Dr. Oz Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Live with Kelly and Michael.
The award winning presenter and author of The Plant-Based Journey and Fit Quickies. Lani Muelrath is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, and holds a Fitness Nutrition Specialist Advanced Credential from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She specializes in helping people transform their bodies and their lives with healthy eating, movement, and mindfulness.
Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T. , 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.
A PBNSG Interview with Dr. John A. McDougall, A pioneer in healthy eating. Dr. McDougall is the founder and director of the nationally renowned McDougall Program: a ten-day residential program that he and Mary McDougall host at a luxury resort in Santa Rosa, CA where medical miracles occur through diet and lifestyle changes.
Dr. Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
An insightful conversation on transition with the inspiring Lani Muelrath.
An engaging conversation with the brilliant and thoughtful Howard Jacobson, Ph.D. Co-Author of "Proteinaholic"