My interest in nutrition and cooking has been life-long. I have phenylketonuria (PKU), an inborn error of protein metabolism. Having followed a low-protein diet for my entire life, I was led to pursue a career in nutrition. I received a master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Alabama in 2014, after having completed thesis research regarding sensory acceptability of recipes incorporating medical foods among adults with PKU. I currently practice as a clinical dietitian with Cahaba Medical Care, serving patients in Central Alabama in a primary care setting. Competence in culinary medicine has increased my confidence level in recommending and giving cooking demonstrations regarding therapeutic uses of functional foods, especially among the low-income patients in the communities I serve.
My parents have always been my heroes; they went to great lengths to not only provide for my special nutritional needs, but to help me embrace and appreciate delicious food which has a therapeutic aspect. My favorite recipe is one I created: a low-protein version of eggplant parmesan, using lots of veggies and vegan cheese. My go-to comfort food is low-protein vegetable chili, with hominy in place of beans (due to protein content). My husband gets the "protein" version of whatever I'm cooking, so he enjoys plenty of nuts, beans, lentils, etc. for me! I love cauliflower, avocado, and eggplant, but I seriously dislike beets.
My hobbies include backpacking, mountain biking, reading, and baking.
Certified on July 31, 2018.
After pursing Internal Medicine residency at University of Florida and subspecialty training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Stanford University and Clinics I moved to MUSC in 2006. During my first years as an Attending I realised that my education in nutrition had been subpar, and an interaction with a patient suffering from food insecurity changed my path going forward. Since then I have pursued nutrition education on my own with a specific focus towards addressing them within the realm of food insecurity in my patients. Approximately half of my time is spent in teaching students with the hope of expanding their own nutrition education and their understanding of how that interacts with noted social determinants of health in their patients' lives.
Certified on August 1, 2016.
Dr. Anne VanBeber, a Nutritional Sciences faculty member at Texas Christian University (TCU) since 1992, has served as department chair since 1998. She received a BS from Texas Tech University and earned the MS and PhD from Texas Woman’s University. A Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Dr. VanBeber was named a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2015. Current TCU teaching responsibilities include Food Preparation, Meal Management, Gourmet Foods, Food and Culture, and Veganism and Sustainability. Dr. VanBeber was named an Outstanding Dietetics Educator by the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2001 and was honored by TCU with the Dean's Teaching Award for significant and meritorious achievement in teaching in 2009.
Dr. VanBeber was instrumental in bringing the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine program to Fort Worth in 2014 where she has subsequently enhanced the nutrition training of medical and allied health students from the University of North Texas Health Science Center for the past five years. An accomplished author, Dr. VanBeber has published over 30 refereed articles in professional journals, 13 articles in professional newsletters/magazines, and five chapters in reference books. She has conducted numerous presentations at state and national professional meetings and enjoys presenting food and nutrition-related programs to community and public organizations. Dr. VanBeber is a sought-after nutrition expert who has been quoted in Today’s Dietitian, Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, Yoga Journal, Arthritis Today, Family Circle, Woman’s Health, Fitness, Oxygen, Looking Good Now, She Knows Low Carb, and Fort Worth Texas magazines as well as in other electronic and print media.
Interests: Cooking, gardening, traveling, nature, reading, family, expanding my comfort zone.
Certified on June 6, 2017.
I am a board certified orthopedic surgeon with a strong interest in nutrition as well as teaching. I graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and did a residency in orthopedic surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and then did a fellowship in Foot and Ankle surgery. I have been in practice for 30 years.
For the past 5 years I have been an instructor for The Lake Erie College of Medicine, teaching both medical students and residents. In 2013 I decided to investigate teaching nutrition to medical students and licensed the curriculum from The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine and started a Healthy Kitchens Culinary Medicine Program here. The Arnot Ogden Medical Center is a community hospital in rural upstate New York. Since the inception of the program I have taught 90 medical students, 30 family practice residents, and have run many community modules. We have been involved with childrens' programming, a local bank as well as local industry and Catholic Charities.
Now that I am giving up the surgical portion of my practice I look forward to increasing the amount of teaching I can do. We are planning a program with Board of Cooperative Education as well as the local Medical Group. I received my Certification in Culinary Medicine last year. I am proud to say that I am the only orthopedic surgeon in the country with this certification.None of this would have been possible without the support of my husband and 3 grown daughters. My other interests are horseback riding, ballroom dancing, hiking, working out at the gym, and cooking.
Certified on April 17, 2018.
Certified on July 31, 2018.
VCU began offering Culinary Medicine programming in the 2018 – 2019 academic year. The course is taught at the Health Brigade but moved to the new kitchens at the J. Sargent Reynolds Community College in the Spring or 2020.
Dr. Koehn leads the programming with other faculty including physicians, chefs and nutritionists as a 4th year elective. There are four cohorts per year with 8 to 10 students in each cohort as a one month block. Each week of the elective covers specific subject matter and is launched with a review of the USDA guidelines.
Dr. Cardell received her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and is board certified in Internal Medicine. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine in Oakland, California at the Alameda County Medical Center – Highland Campus. She spent the first part of her career (>10 years) as an educator and clinician at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where she taught and trained both medical students and residents. She is passionate about food as medicine and has received her Certification in Culinary Medicine.
Dr. Cardell loves spending time with her family, reading, learning, and trying new foods. Through her many years of clinical experience and teaching, Dr. Cardell has found that if given the right tools, reliable information, and time with a trusted physician, people can and will strive to make positive changes in their lives that lead to wellness.
Dr Robert Ellis, DO, PhD, FACP is a board-certified medical oncologist. He works for Northwest Permanente Medical Group as a medical oncologist and director of the Integrative Oncology program. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and Elson Floyd School of Medicine of Washington State University where he teaches lifestyle medicine.
I am originally from Chicago. After a 24 year Army career, my wife and I decided to settle in the Pacific Northwest. I am a second generation osteopathic oncologist, having the unusual grace of having a grandmother who was a physician. Her experience and knowledge fueled my interest caring for cancer patients. After receiving a PhD in immunology, I decided that my true love was to care for patients.
About my practice
I approach the care of patients with malignant disorders in an integrative way, focusing on the least toxic way of controlling or reversing the condition. Attention to lifestyle factors such as nutrition, stress, and toxic occupational, personal and environmental exposures are foundational to healing the patient with cancer. Judicious use of chemotherapy and radiation to gain control of the tumor may be needed and can be incorporated into a holistic program of both anti-cancer fighting strategies and life supportive technologies such as meditation, stress reduction, nutrition and body based approaches such as osteopathic manipulativetherapies and massage therapy.
Certified on April 17, 2017.
Emily is a Registered Dietitian and a graduate of both Davidson College, with a degree in Anthropology, and most recently The Ohio State University with a degree in Medical Dietetics. Emily has been employed as a Registered Dietitian for 5 years with Ohio Health McConnell Heart Health Center working as an outpatient dietitian. With experience working in long term care before coming to the McConnell Heart Health Center, Emily works within multiple disciplines throughout the facility including Diabetes Education, Weight Management, Corporate Wellness and Cardiac Rehab. With interest in more experiential nutrition education, Emily and fellow colleagues have created a “Healthy Bites” program promoting more hands on recipe tasting and cooking demos in the Cardiac Rehab setting, with goals to expose patients to new ingredients and to encourage making more meals at home. Emily, with a recent certification in Culinary Medicine, hopes to combine her interests and expertise to better help the patient population that she is working with.
Interests: Nutrition, athletics, travel, and cooking.
Felicia Yu, M.D., is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Health Sciences at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. Originally from Birmingham, AL, she obtained her B.A. in Art History from Dartmouth College and M.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her internship and residency at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, CA. In addition, she completed a two-year East-West Primary Care fellowship at the UCLA Center for East West Medicine.
Much like her appreciation for the marriage of apparent opposites: the arts and medicine, she was drawn to the integrative approach of the East-West philosophy of utilizing various treatment modalities with the goal of optimizing quality of life through balance. She is currently involved in helping to build a patient-centered medical home at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. Her professional interests include East-West nutrition and culinary medicine, preventive medicine, and educating patients on the different approaches to healing.
Certified on April 17, 2017.
Dr. Frank Caligiuri received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Drake University and completed his residency training at Iowa Methodist Medical Center before entering academia. He spent 10 years in academia, most recently as an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Caligiuri is board certified in pharmacotherapy and is a certified culinary medicine specialist. He currently works as a clinical pharmacist and precepts the Critical Care rotation. Dr. Caligiuri's areas of interest are infectious disease, cardiology and critical care.
Holly Hill RDN, CD, CCMS is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist. She works in corporate wellness with an emphasis in nutrition education and counseling. Holly also provides recipe development, nutrition analysis, and food safety consultation services. She is training to be a specialist in non-IgE food sensitivity treatment and therapy and pursuing a certificate of training in culinary genomics.
Holly received her BS in dietetics and completed her Dietetic Internship through Brigham Young University in Utah.
Holly sits on the advisory board for the Culinary Medicine Specialist Certification through Health meets Food. She also serves on the Communications Committee of the Nutrition Education for the Public Dietetics Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
When not busy pursuing her work and interest in culinary nutrition education or raising her five children, Holly enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, and cooking. She shares culinary nutrition information and recipes on Instagram @hollyhilldietitian.
I have had the pleasure of working with The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine (GCCM) program since early 2014 through a partnership between Texas Christian University and Moncrief Cancer Institute. As a clinical dietitian, I never felt at ease in a hospital, and became increasingly frustrated that people’s diets were rarely the starting point for their journey back to good health. My childhood experiences, and love of cooking and eating healthy food, inspired me to become a chef (Le Cordon Bleu), and then pursue my masters in Nutrition. After graduating, I struggled to find a business that did what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it, and I quickly realized there were no RDNs in my area who were also classically trained chefs. It just made sense to start my own business to fulfill my desire to help others learn healthy cooking to manage an illness, or condition, in a one-on-one training style.
That desire sparked Culinary Cures, a one-on-one culinary business that allows me to bring personal nutrition education and culinary coaching experiences to my clients’ home kitchens. Meeting people where they are is comforting for those in need, and it is much easier to do that in their familiar surroundings. I also teach cooking classes (8-10 participants) that revolve around many of the modules presented by GCCM. Culinary Medicine has helped me to use evidenced-based science to discuss health and nutrition with my clients and others interested in culinary dietetics. In addition to running Culinary Cures, I teach a Culinary Modifications class and act as the Culinology Liaison for Texas Woman’s University.
In my free time, I enjoy daily CrossFit classes, cooking, gardening, reading, and spending time with my husband of thirty-four years, my four kids, three grandchildren, and three dogs.