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 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 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.
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 September 26, 2017.
M.D.: West Virginia University School of Medicine
West Virginia University School of Medicine
American Board of Family Medicine
Certified in Family Medicine & Geriatric Medicine
The Governor’s Distinguished West Virginian Award
Preceptor of the Year Award for WVU Rural Family Medicine Residency Program
Dean’s Community Service Award
Previously: Dean for the WVU School of Medicine Eastern Division, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for University Healthcare Physicians (UHP)
Hiking, fishing, skiing, ice climbing, biking and spending time with my family
Certified on April 17, 2017.
For over 10 years Dr. Kristi Artz has been a practicing emergency medicine physician in the northeast and midwest US as well as overseas in New Zealand. Her work in the emergency room has provided a bird’s-eye view of a society burdened by chronic illness as a result of poor nutrition and lifestyle factors. By practicing scientifically supported nutritional and lifestyle medicine, she hopes to be part of a paradigm shift whereby patients can regain control of their lives and achieve optimal health.
Dr. Artz holds certificates in Plant Based Nutrition and Culinary Medicine from both Cornell and Tulane Universities. She has mentored with Dr. Joel Fuhrman who is a pioneer in the field of plant-based nutrition and has published both “Eat to Live” and “Super Immunity.” She received her BS in Biology from the University of Michigan, her MD from Wayne State School of Medicine, and completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she also served as Chief Resident. She is a professional member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and lead Culinary Medicine physician at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters. You can connect with her for lifestyle and nutritional evaluation via virtual visits at Answer Health On Demand.
Interests: Iyengar yoga, plant based cooking, farmer’s markets, worldwide travel, digital health, and telemedicine.
Certified on January 3, 2017.
Dr. Laura Micek-Galinat is board-certified in family and integrative medicine with more than 30 years of clinical experience. She is Assistant Director of RWJB Somerset Family Practice and Associate Professor, Clinical Family Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Dr. Micek-Galinat is a graduate of Rutgers University and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She was trained by Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, becoming one of the first 100 physicians nationwide board certified in the field of integrative medicine. She recently became one of the first 10 health professionals to receive certification as a Culinary Medicine Specialist from The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans, La.
She has served as a speaker for community health education programs throughout Central New Jersey as well as professional educational events for state and national organizations such as the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey, the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
Interests: Teaching about healthy lifestyles, cooking, mind-body medicine, and outdoor activities.
Certified on September 26, 2017.
I currently work at Doctors on Duty in Seaside, California. While this is an urgent care clinic we do also serve as a primary care provider for many of our patients. Over the last several years I have been struck by how many patients would benefit from an improved diet and exercise plan. I find it much more rewarding to help a patient help themselves than to prescribe a drug. Obviously, diet and exercise alone are not always the answer, but they are a good place to start. I also enjoy hiking, playing tennis, working with wood and making Temari balls.
Board Certified in 2003 in Family Medicine, Dr. Adorjan earned his medical degree from the University Medical School of Debrecen in Hungary. He completed an Internal Medicine internship at New York Medical College-Metropolitan Hospital Center and his three-year Family Medicine residency at the South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, New York.
Professional interests include all aspects of family medicine with an emphasis on adult care and wellness. Dr. Adorjan has a special interest and training in dermatology and skin-related issues and performs many dermatologic procedures. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine, The Wisconsin Academy of Family Medicine and the Wisconsin Medical Society.
Dr. Adorjan has spent over five years as an attending physician providing inpatient and outpatient care in Northeast Wisconsin. In 2007, he was honored for quality care by the American Diabetes Association.
An avid outdoorsman and traveler, Dr. Adorjan enjoys biking, hiking, jogging, and swimming. He and his wife have three children.
Cedar Rapids, IA
Certified on November 30, 2017.
While growing up in a rural Oklahoma community, Dr. Morris considers himself fortunate to have recognized his enthusiasm for science at a young age while working in his father’s veterinary clinic. It was not until he shadowed his community Family Physician however, that he realized his excitement for practicing medicine as a “human” doctor.
During this early experience, he became increasingly interested in not only how to treat infections or common illnesses, but in why it was that these illnesses occurred in the first place.
Following his completion of Medical School at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, he attended University of Iowa’s Family Medicine Residency where he received an additional one year’s training in Psychiatry.
It was through a deepening desire the help those suffering with excess weight gain that Dr. Morris began his pursuit to obtain further training in Weight Loss Medicine and Culinary Medicine. As the trunk of a tree has many branches, so too does weight gain lead to many common diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, joint pain, and even some forms of cancer to name a few.
Upon completing an Obesity Medicine Board Certification and Culinary Medicine Certification, along with his continued primary care experience, Dr. Morris is excited to have an opportunity to work with patients to now reverse and prevent these common diseases.
It is with an ever growing enthusiasm that Dr. Morris has opened Rudimentary Health, a clinical practice complete with its very own Culinary Medicine Teaching Kitchen, dedicated solely to the principles for effective and sustainable weight loss.
Certified on April 17, 2017.
Dr. Melanie McMinn received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Chemistry from Duke University in 2002. She attended medical school at The George Washington University School of Medicine. She then moved her family to Charlotte, and completed her internal medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center in 2011. Dr. McMinn was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) in April, 2018.
Dr. McMinn is an internist at Proactive Health in Charlotte, NC. This practice is an innovative, team-based primary care model. With the assistance of technology, the Proactive Health team empowers patients to take control of their own health, and partners with them to inspire healthy living. She is also a Certified Hypertension Clinician by the American Society for Hypertension. Dr. McMinn is licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Outside of her time at Proactive Health, Dr. McMinn provides healthcare for the homeless population of Charlotte at the Urban Ministries Center. She also serves as a Community Speaker as a member of the Task Force to End Chronic Homelessness in Mecklenburg County. She was the 2014 recipient of The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Nonprofit Leader Award, and is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Charlotte. Because of her extensive civic engagement, she was also named to the 2016 class of Charlotte Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40.
Interests: How Mindfulness training rewires the brain and improves our responses to stress.