Nutrition Summit

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Nutrition Summit Chair

Raja Sivamani,
MD MS AP

Dr. Raja Sivamani is a board-certified dermatologist and practices as an integrative dermatologist at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit.He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at California Northstate University, College of Medicine.He engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, cosmetics, and skin biology. With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes an integrative approach to his patients and in his research.He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, 10 textbook chapters, and a textbook entitled Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition with a passion for expanding the evidence and boundaries of integrative medicine for skin care.

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Meet the Nutrition Summit Faculty

Aastha Kalra,
DO

Dr. Aastha Kalra is an internal medicine specialist in Newport News, VA and has been in practice for more than 11 years. She received her medical degree from Lake Erie College Of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 and specializes in Internal Medicine.

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Francene Steinberg,
RD PhD

Dr. Francene Steinberg is a Professor of Nutrition and Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the University of California, Davis. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and directs the Didactic Program in Dietetics at UC Davis. Dr. Steinberg’s research program focuses on foods, food components and food choices which impact health outcomes. She has over 20 years of research expertise in conducting human randomized clinical trials to study endothelial function, inflammation, markers of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, and metabolic homeostasis. Her particular areas of interest are the physiologic effects of bioactive food components on health, including skin health, and on decreasing chronic disease risk markers.

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Rajani Katta,
MD

Dr. Rajani Katta is a board-certified dermatologist, the author of seven books, and a member of the clinical faculty of both the Baylor College of Medicine and the McGovern Medical School. She is the author of numerous medical journal articles on the link between skin and diet and allergic reactions of the skin. 

Her latest book, Glow: The Dermatologist's Guide to a Whole Foods Younger Skin Diet, provides an evidence-based and practical approach to eating for younger skin. She maintains a blog at www.KattaMD.com.

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Stephanie Canale,
MD

Dr. Canale is the founder of Lactation Lab, which provides innovative and proprietary breast milk tests for mothers. She earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from McGill University. She completed her residency training in Family Medicine at UCLA. After medical residency, she joined the teaching faculty at the UCLA Family Health Center, before joining the Santa Monica Parkside office. She enjoys seeing patients of all ages, especially families with young babies. Dr. Canale is a Member of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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Trevor Cates,
ND

Dr. Trevor Cates is a licensed Naturopathic Physician. Dr. Cates is passionate about helping others to live balanced and fulfilled lives. For the past thirteen years, she has been educating individuals and groups on how to take control of their health and wellness and do so in a safe and natural way. Dr. Cates is a nationally recognized leader as she was the first woman naturopathic doctor to be licensed in the state of California and holds an additional license in Utah. She finds it more necessary than ever to properly educate others in a world with overwhelming contradictions regarding health and wellness.

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Apple Bodemer,
MD

After finishing Medical School and Dermatology Residency at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Bodemer completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She was the first Dermatologist to be board certified in both Dermatology and Integrative Medicine and currently is the only Dermatologist to serve on the Integrative Medicine Board. She has authored academic texts and curriculum and has spoken widely on a variety of topics related to Integrative Dermatology. She has always been drawn to exploring how lifestyle choices impact skin health and disease and feels that the most powerful role a physician can play is as an educator and guide, empowering people to get healthy and stay healthy.

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Samantha Nazareth,
MD FACG

Dr. Samantha Nazareth, MD, FACG is double board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology/Hepatology, who practices in New York City. Her mission is to educate patients and consumers on the increasing number of food and environmental issues that can adversely impact gut health. Dr. Nazareth advocates for keeping a balance of daily dietary and other healthy living activities (sleep, movement, stress reduction) to maintain optimal gastrointestinal wellness, which in turn affects overall health.

Dr. Nazareth is a medical advisory board member for Women's Health magazine, a writer for MindBodyGreen, and continues to be sought out by the media as an authoritative source on eating, wellness, microbiome and gut health.

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Roberta Holt,
PhD

Roberta R Holt is an Assistant Project Scientist in the Department of Nutrition. Her current research interests include defining the metabolic and physiologic effects of the intake of specific foods on cardiovascular health. This includes examining the relationship between circulating metabolites on vascular and platelet responses. Of interest, as a better definition of the mode of action of how specific phytochemicals and foods affect physiologic response, will lead towards the refinement of dietary recommendations for the general public regarding foods and dietary patterns that reduce chronic disease development. Dr. Holt has over 25 years of experience at the University of California, Davis in the fields of cardiovascular physiology and nutrition, where she received her Bachelors in Physiology and her doctorate in Nutritional Biology. She was a recipient of the UC Davis’ Max Kleiber Award for her dissertational work in the fields of physiology, biochemistry and nutrition, as well as a USDA AFRI NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient. Her current research projects include the effects of freeze dried strawberry powder intake on microvascular function and its relationship to changes in the microbiome and circulating metabolites; the effects of extra virgin olive oil-derived phenolics on platelet reactivity; and the effects of walnut derived fatty acid metabolites on microvascular function and platelet aggregation.

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Seanna Tully,
LAc MSTOM Dipl. OM

Seanna Tully, MSTOM, L.Ac., Dipl OM, RH(AHG) is an acupuncturist, clinical herbalist and professor of East/West Nutrition at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Her passion for nutrition and herbal medicine began early in life due to a chronic illness that ended her dance career. She is a peer-reviewed professional member of the American Herbalist guild, a board certified Chinese herbalist and has worked in health care for over 20 years. She has presented at Midwest Women's Herbal conference, the American Herbalist Guild conference, Integrative medicine for the Underserved conference and numerous other venues in the Chicagoland area. She looks forward to completing her doctorate of Chinese medicine in August 2019 and her Diplomate in Chinese medicine dermatology in November 2019. She practices at Aligned Modern Health in Evanston and enjoys kayaking, dancing and field plant identification in her free time.

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John E. Lewis,
PhD

John E. Lewis, Ph.D. is the original founder and current executive of Nurish.Me (www.nurish.me). He is also a past full-time associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and now remains as a voluntary associate professor. He is a diplomate, faculty member, and advisor of the Medical Wellness Association. Dr. Lewis has been the principal investigator of multiple nutrition, dietary supplement, exercise training, and medical device studies in the last 2 decades. Much of his research has included investigating the effects of interventions on a wide variety of outcomes, including immune and cognitive functioning, inflammation, physical fitness, nutrient status, quality of life, and mental health, in healthy adults and in those with Alzheimer’s, HIV, MS, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, diabetes, chronic pain, and GI disorders, among others. He has co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed scientific articles, has mentored many undergraduate, graduate, and medical students in exercise, nutrition, and health promotion, and has been an invited speaker at multiple international and national conferences, including a seminal talk on the results of his work in Alzheimer’s for TEDxMiami (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOJr0sxmxGI). In addition to his professional accomplishments, he is a former athlete and competitive body builder, who maintains a very rigorous exercise training regimen and has eaten a whole-food, plant-based diet for over 22 years.

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Amy Bader,
ND

Amy Bader ND is a doctor, teacher, speaker, writer and entrepreneur. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley as well as the National University of Natural Medicine, where she is now an adjunct clinical faculty member. She has private practices in Northern California and Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her beautiful daughter.

She has a passion for treating patients with chronic diseases using clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, Biotherapeutic Drainage, and homeopathy. She has a particular interest in working with patients who want to lose weight and feel comfortable in their bodies.

Dr. Bader has been interviewed as an expert in natural medicine and natural healthcare for radio, newspapers, magazines and television. She is contributing expert columnist for The NaturalPath, an online natural health resource. Dr. Bader was a founding co-director of NCNM’s Integrative Skin Care Clinic. She is a member of the Advisory Counsel for Kamedis, a bio-herbal skin care company, and is a trainer for Radiancy, maker of LHE® phototherapy systems.

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Alison Coates,
PhD

Associate Professor Alison Coates is a Registered Nutritionist in the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia in Adelaide and President-Elect of the Nutrition Society of Australia. Her research focuses on dietary strategies to improve cardiovascular and metabolic health, weight and cognitive function with a specific focus on bioactive nutrients in foods and altered timing of eating. She is currently working on studies with nuts in children and adults focused on a wide range of health outcomes.

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