Find a Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist near you.
Healthcare professionals who carry the CCMS designation have undergone extensive training in Culinary Medicine including over 60 contact hours and a rigorous certification exam. These professionals can help you get healthy and stay healthy and have a broad understanding of Culinary Medicine that can help you live longer and live better.
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.
Certified November 16, 2019.
I grew up in Vermont and completed my residency training at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Eager to start my career back in New England, I moved to Maine and joined InterMed. I currently live in Freeport with my young family, where we enjoy our access to the outdoors. We love the mountains, ocean, and everything in between - particularly the Portland restaurants!
I was drawn to pursue my culinary medicine certificate as an extension of my clinical interests; pediatric obesity, guiding families in healthy lifestyle choices and supporting independence and autonomy in teenagers. Being part of the CCMS family allows me to better serve my patients who are seeking improved health through sustainable lifestyle interventions.
I live in Freeport, ME with my husband and 4 young children.
Certified November 2, 2019.
Emma Billington is a board certified internist and endocrinologist. Originally from Vancouver, she completed her medical training, including a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Endocrinology, at the University of Calgary. In 2015, she relocated to New Zealand to complete an Osteoporosis fellowship at the University of Auckland. Since 2016, she has practiced in Calgary, Alberta, as a member of the Division of Endocrinology and the Dr. David Hanley Osteoporosis Centre. She recently received a research grant to develop a culinary medicine intervention to optimize bone health.
While Dr. Billington’s clinical practice and her research focus primarily on bone health, she is passionate about improving accessibility to good nutrition and culinary skills for everyone.
When she’s not in the clinic, the lab, or the kitchen, you’ll find her running along the river, buried in a good book, or working on her debut novel.
1820 Richmond Road SW
Certified December 22, 2020
Erin Presant is a board certified Neurologist and fellowship trained Movement Disorders specialist. In addition Dr. Presant has earned her certification in Culinary Medicine. Dr. Presant has experience working in the academic environment as well as in private practice, having co-owned her own Movement Disorders practice. She has experience in clinical trials as well and enjoys being part of research. She enjoys educating patients and is active in her community (and now on Zoom through national organizations) giving talks ranging from Parkinson's Disease, to How to Eat and Cook for your Health During the Pandemic. She is passionate about empowering her patients and feels that culinary medicine is a way to do that.
Santa Barbara, CA
Certified May 18, 2018.
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.
Certified November 2021
I am a board certified Physician Assistant who graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston in 2014. After over 5 years of practicing in the Family Medicine setting, I have witnessed the overabundance and detrimental impact of chronic illnesses in our modern society. As someone who majored in Biochemistry for my undergraduate degree, and because I have always loved food and cooking, I chose to pursue my certification in Culinary Medicine. I believe this training will help me bridge the gap between the culinary arts and the science of medicine in order to treat and prevent chronic diseases in my patients. I truly enjoy teaching patients the implications of diet on their overall health and wellness, along with tips and tricks in the kitchen to create easy, delicious, and nourishing meals.
I am passionate about healthy living, wellness, and disease prevention. I strive to be an advocate for my patients and welcome the opportunity to teach patients how to achieve a healthier lifestyle and create lasting habits to support that goal.
In my free time outside of the clinic, you can frequently find me in the kitchen at home trying out new recipes in order to share them with my patients, co-workers, friends, and family. I also love to travel, read, and get outside with my husband and dogs as much as possible. I am currently practicing at Kelly Family Clinic located in New Braunfels, TX 78130.
Certified April 23, 2022
Dr. George A. Ceremuga, MD is currently a PM&R physician at Avera Medical Group and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosciences at the USD Sanford School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from USD Sanford School of Medicine and completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is board certified in PM&R and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society.
His clinical interests include musculoskeletal medicine, culinary and lifestyle medicine, whole-foods plant-based nutrition, ultrasound-guided injections and electrodiagnostic medicine (EMGs).
1301 S. Cliff Ave., Suite 401
Sioux Falls, SD
Certified November 10, 2019.
Dr. Gina Glass is board-certified in Family Medicine. She received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She believes a collaborative relationship is key to maintaining good health. Prior to joining R-Health, Dr. Glass was the Program Director at Inspira Family Medicine Residency Program in Woodbury, NJ. She recently completed the requirements for the Culinary Medicine Specialist Certification Program to integrate her passion for cooking with her dedication to promoting healthy lifestyles.
Certified September 14, 2020.
Hema Alur-Kundargi is a native of Pune, India. She came to the United States in 1986.
Hema loves to cook. She developed a passion for cooking under the firm guidance of her talented mother. In her cooking shows, news & magazine articles and classes, she simplifies Indian cuisine and aims to remove the myths and mysteries associated with it.
Ms. Kundargi currently produces, edits and hosts an award-winning cooking show called "Indian Vegetarian Gourmet," that simplifies and demystifies Indian cooking. It is aired on the Cupertino Public Access channel.
Hema writes a food column for Cupertino's citywide newsletter, Cupertino Scene, and West coast Indian magazine India Currents. She has also written for the San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Times, Sunset Magazine, India West, and the national Indian magazine Veerashaiva. She volunteers her time to create heart healthy recipes for the South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.
Hema is also dedicated to building cultural awareness about Indian customs and traditions. She has constantly pursued to enrich her community through the arts, food, dance, music and fashion shows. As a Fine Arts Commissioner of the City of Cupertino for eight years, Ms. Kundargi has promoted children's art and art in public places. She was also instrumental in launching Cupertino's annual Indian holiday celebration, "Diwali - Festival of Lights."
Hema Kundargi has conducted several Sari shows, "Oh what a Wrap", at the Cupertino Library to educate the public about the history and draping styles of Indian costumes. She has hosted "Dances of India" programs for the Cupertino Senior Center.
Ms. Alur-Kundargi also serves on the Board of Directors for the Cupertino Library Foundation.
Ms. Kundargi's public access cooking show has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2001 and 2004 national Hometown Video Festival Award--presented to creative programs that address community needs and develop diverse community involvement. Her cooking show has also won the 1998 and 1999 Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) awards.
Hema received the 2004 CREST - Cupertino Recognizes Extra Steps Taken, an award given to volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the city of Cupertino. In 2006, she was awarded the coveted KQED Bay Area Local Hero Award for her leadership and commitment to community service as a 17-year resident of Cupertino. In 2007, Santa Clara County supervisor Liz Kniss selected Hema as one of the the 2007 Asian American Hero Star awards for "her role in educating the public about Indian culture and bridging the cultural differences in the community".
Certified November 17, 2017.
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.
Certified September 14, 2020.
Director, UT Southwestern Culinary Medicine Program
Dr. Jaclyn Albin treats patients of all ages and trained in combined internal medicine and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She joined the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2014 where she practices primary care in the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic. Dr. Albin also serves as the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program.
She is passionate about nutrition, lifestyle, and other environmental influences on health, and she teaches her patients, students, and residents to prioritize these areas. She also studies the impact of childhood adverse experiences, often known as toxic stress, on adult health. Dr. Albin loves blending her love of nutrition and wellness with cooking, growing a garden, traveling, and spending time with her husband and children.
Dr. Albin launched UTSW’s Culinary Medicine Program and serves as the Director, working to teach nutrition through hands-on cooking classes to medical students, residents, healthcare professionals, and the community using the Health meets Food courseware.
8th floor suite 124
Certified November 16, 2019
Ms. Jan Dowell joined the Benedictine University Nutrition Department as an adjunct instructor in 2008. She is the owner of Dowell Nutrition Communications, LLC, providing sports nutrition services to teams and athletes, as well as continuing education programs for professional organizations. In addition, Jan works as a Wellness Dietitian for two hospitals in the Chicago area. Ms. Dowell earned a Masters in Health Education from Governors State University and a Masters in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics from Rosalind Franklin University/The Chicago Medical School. Ms. Dowell is an active marathon runner and Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, complementing her Board Certification as a Specialist in Sport Dietetics (CSSD).
Certified December 4, 2020
Jennifer Rajkumar, MD is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, at the Center for Weight Management at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She completed medical school at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. She completed residency in family medicine at the VCU/Riverside Health System in Newport News, VA. She then worked as a primary care provider before transitioning to non-surgical weight management. Currently Dr. Rajkumar helps oversee residency and medical education in obesity medicine and assists with obesity medicine fellowship training, in addition to providing patients with tools to achieve a healthier weight primarily through a Whole Foods Plant Based program, supplemented with healthy stress management, sleep hygiene, and physical movement.
Dr. Rajkumar is board certified in Family Medicine, Obesity Medicine, and is most recently certified in Culinary Medicine through the Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist Board.
865 Northern Blvd Ste 102
Great Neck, NY
Certified March 25, 2019.
The Wellness Kitchenista, Jessica DeLuise, MHS, PA-C, CCMS, is a seasoned medical practioner, culinary medicine specialist, TV chef and wellness entrepreneur.
Jessica’s mission is to make the road to wellness fun, easy to follow, budget friendly, and delicious! Jessica holds a Masters degree in Health Science from Drexel University and certification in Culinary Medicine from Tulane University’s acclaimed Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine. She has more than eleven years of clinical experience as a Physician Assistant.
Jessica’s passion for culinary medicine is rooted in her own life experience. As a teen and young adult, Jessica suffered from unexplained episodes of syncope (fainting), complex migraines, GERD, esophageal ulcers, and other intrusive health symptoms. At this time in her life, Jessica felt confused and frustrated with lack of guidance, prescription pushing, and cold bedside manner of many practitioners she visited with. As Jessica empowered herself and transformed her diet, she began to learned which foods triggered her symptoms. Now, due to her lifestyle and dietary modification, she is able to live symptom-free. While this isn’t the case for everyone, lifestyle and food, Jessica believes, can have a considerable impact.
Inspired by her own experience, Jessica has made it her mission to bring to the forefront the potentially transformative benefits of food and life balance. Whether with patients, in front of an audience, or engaging with her social media following, Jessica can be counted on to demystify facts and science behind the food and share delicious meal ideas.
Jessica is the host of “Eat Your Way to Wellness”, a cooking and lifestyle program streaming on Amazon Prime. You can also spot Jessica on one of her frequent TV appearances, including the Dr. Oz Show, Insider, Fox 29, and many others. She is a brand ambassador for several trusted national and local brands, including OXO, Calphalon, Tropical Fruit Box, Mooala, Hungry Harvest, and more.
Jessica Szpak is a physician assistant that works for the Neurosciences Department at SSM Health Dean Medical Group out of Madison, WI. She has been a provider in the department since 2009. She is also a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist and sees the majority of the MS patients within the system. Jessica completed her BA in both Genetics and Biology at UW Madison. She went on to complete her BA in Physician Assistant Studies at UW Madison and later received her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Nebraska.
Jessica believes strongly in patient education and runs a quarterly patient education series for MS patients. Once she became a Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist, she incorporated this into her education series with a lecture and cooking demonstration on nutrition for Multiple Sclerosis patients. Jessica has also started to incorporate wellness visits for her MS patients to focus more on nutrition, exercise, stress management, and lifestyle changes. She continues to look for other ways to reach a broader audience with her Culinary Medicine certification.
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, traveling, reading, entering cooking competitions, and hiking.
Certified November 7, 2018.
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.