Our Team

 

 

 

 

Scott Stoll, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer and Board Chairman, The Plantrician Project

Speaker and Author

 

Dr. Scott Stoll is a board certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  He formally served as the Medical Director for the Back and Neck Center at Coordinated Health, Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Team Physician for Lehigh University. His practice specialized in treating musculoskeletal injuries through regenerative therapies and improving health through nutritional excellence.

 

During his collegiate years at Colorado State University, Dr. Stoll was an All-Conference track and field athlete and graduated with honors in Nutritional Sciences.  He was selected to participate as a member of the 1993 World Cup Bobsled Team and eventually earned a spot on the 1994 United States Olympic Bobsled Team at the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

 

After his Olympic career, Dr. Stoll began his medical career at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and established himself as an exemplary student leader in various volunteer capacities such as: Camp Quality for children with cancer, Children’s Legacy (a non-profit organization for children with cancer) and served as the President of Christian Health Fellowship. During this time, he received the prestigious Richard Hardin Award, “For the medical student who most represents the qualities to which all physicians should aspire: love, compassion, integrity and responsibility to patients, colleagues and self.”

 

After completion of medical school, he commenced a specialty residency at the University of Colorado in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  He was once again recognized for his excellence in the area of patient care and was awarded the Dr. Ann Yee Johnson Memorial Award, “For the resident who exemplified the qualities of thoroughness, motivation, caring, compassion, efficiency, and professionalism.” At the conclusion of Dr. Stoll’s residency, he was selected to be a torchbearer for the 2002 Winter Games held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

At present, Dr. Stoll is the Chief Medical Officer and Board Chairman of The Plantrician Project and a busy speaker and author.  As a former Olympian, Dr. Stoll is well suited for his additional roles as Team Physician for the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, an advising physician for professional and Olympic athletes and a consultant for professional sports teams.   Dr. Stoll and his wife, Kristen, reside in Pennsylvania with their four sons and two daughters where they are actively involved in their church and mission organizations.

 

 

 

Tom Dunnam, C.H.H.C., A.A.D.P.

President, Total Health Immersions

Health Coach

 

With attention paid to every minute operational detail, Tom has successfully married his business management expertise with his passion for health promotion in his role as president of Total Health Immersions (THI). Using his various skills, Tom positively influences individual clients goals as well as helping THI's corporate clients clients create a culture of health at some of the nation’s most admired employers.  These companies are committed to reining in healthcare costs and improving the quality of life for their employees and Tom and THI is a trusted partner in that process.  Tom is also the the co-founder of The Plantrician Project and the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference and serves on the Board of Directors of The Plantrician Project.

 

Holding a BA in Management from St. Leo University, where Tom was a pitcher and team captain of the baseball team, he concluded his graduate studies with an MBA from the John F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University. Along with his wife, Andrea, and their two children, Tom calls New Canaan, CT home, where he spends much of his free time coaching youth sports. He is also an active volunteer with the American Diabetes Association and the Fairfield County Sports Commission.

 

 

 


 

 

Caryn Dugan

Plant-based Nutrition and Culinary Educator

Contributing Speaker

 

Caryn Dugan is STLVegGirl, a plant-based nutrition and culinary educator with a simple mission, “A Plant on Every Plate™”.

 

Caryn adopted a plant-based-diet in response to tragedy; in 2008, cancer took her father at an early age and ten weeks later, tried to take her.  In response to her diagnosis, she searched for an answer and found one in the growing body of literature supporting a whole food, plant-based diet to bolster our natural immune system.  Adopting a plant-based diet herself and beating cancer, she sought to share her knowledge to help others.

 

In 2011, Caryn studied in Washington, DC, under the direction of Neal Barnard MD at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s (PCRM) Food For Life program, becoming a certified instructor. Bringing this knowledge home, she teaches immune boosting, plant-based cooking classes at the Cancer Support Center of St. Louis for the benefit of others who have, like her, met cancer at the door.

 

Caryn went on to form STLVegGirl, LLC, St. Louis’ first fully plant-based entity providing cooking instruction, personal cheffing, and collaborative restaurant events, she regularly appears in cooking segments on local television morning shows and teaches cooking classes in many locations around the St. Louis area.

 

Earning her spurs as a personal chef through the Wellness Forum’s Plant-based Certified Personal Chef Program, she has entered the Corporate Wellness world, teaching the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) as a Lifestyle Medicine Institute Certified Program Facilitator, has earned a Plant-based Professional Culinary Certificate through the Rouxbe Cooking School and is a wellness coach through the direction of the Wellcoaches Corporation. Most recently, Caryn teamed up with Forks Over Knives to create The Forks Over Knives Community and Support Program which piloted in St. Louis and is set to continue in 2017.  To learn more about Caryn, visit STLVegGirl.com.

 

 

Andréa Dunnam

 

Andréa Dunnam directs events for The Plantrician Project, whose mission is to educate, equip and empower physicians, healthcare practitioners and other influencers with the knowledge about the indisputable benefits of plant-based nutrition.  In addition to other responsibilities, Andréa runs the Project’s annual medical conference, The International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, which this year brought over 1000 like-minded healthcare professionals to San Diego.

 

After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Saint Leo University, Andréa worked in the marketing field, had a career in Education, followed by careers in the non-profit world.  She is a plant-based cook and enjoys giving cooking demonstrations using simple recipes for common foods.

 

In her spare time, Andréa does a tremendous amount of philanthropic work.  She has been recognized for her commitment to helping others by The American Diabetes Association, The National Charity League and The State of Connecticut General Assembly for her outstanding service, goodwill, and generosity to the community.  Andréa is very involved with her church and is blessed to have a husband and two wonderful children.

 

 

Carol Hafer

Fitness Expert, Gym Owner, Health Coach

 

Carol Hafer is passionate about helping people learn to thrive through a healthy lifestyle.  Carol has been in the fitness industry teaching all ages and all fitness levels since 2004.  She has a background in Psychology and owns a plant-based fitness & nutrition gym in California.  Carol teaches Yoga, Barre, Pilates, Tai Chi, Cross-Training, Barbell and Dance.  She has completed two Half Ironman races and coached three triathlon teams of her own.  Carol is also a Health Educator for Kaiser Permanente teaching preventative medicine classes.

 

Carol works as a virtual fitness/wellness coach with individuals and groups across the country.  She offers coaching for those that are seeking a natural way to replace fat with muscle, gain strength, confidence and mental growth.  To learn more, visit www.carolhafer.com.

 

 

Tanya Hershey

Nurse Practitioner

 

Tanya Hershey has worked in health care for over 20 years.  She started as an RN where she worked in various aspects of critical care.  After receiving her nurse practitioner certification, she worked as an NP in family practice for 15 years.   Currently, she is transitioning out of the typical family practice setting into more of a consultation practice to help patients achieve true health both spiritually, emotionally and physically. 

 

She was introduced to the idea of food as medicine and a plant-based nutrition lifestyle several years ago.  Since that time, she has become more knowledgeable about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle and has been able to help several family and friends reach more optimal levels of health with the plant-based nutrition knowledge, along with the knowledge she gained in the use of essential oils as she recently completed her aromatherapy certification. 

 

Outside of work, Tanya is happily married to her husband Scott and enjoys playing with her boys, EJ and Nathaniel, taking nature hikes with them and watching their wide-eyed wonder at God’s beautiful creation!  She also enjoys cooking healthy plant-based food for her family and helping them to remain healthy and active.

 

 

Julianne Kanzaki,

Registered Dietician

Master’s of Public Health

 

Julianne Kanzaki, MPH, RDN, believes optimal well-being is the fusion of health in all areas: body, mind, and spirit. Her personal journey led her to discover the powerful combination of whole food, plant-based nutrition, nature therapy, and mindfulness, which ultimately became the foundation of The Kanzaki Method™. The specific tools and techniques she teaches in her holistic framework allows individuals to experience higher levels of physical and emotional health. Her greatest joy comes from partnering alongside her clients and helping them reach their goals.

 

Julianne received her Masters of Public Health at Loma Linda University and her 11+ years of experience working as a clinical dietitian provide her with an extensive understanding of nutrition across all ages and disease conditions. Julianne currently works at Facebook's Wellness Center and provides virtual health/wellness coaching with Vida Health. In her free time, you can find her making handmade cards, painting, and exploring in nature where she is continually inspired.

 

 

Lana Karpel, RN

Wellness & Nutrition Educator, Certified Yoga, Tai Chi and Reiki Practitioner

 

Lana Karpel is a Registered Nurse and Corporate Health & Wellness Program Coordinator, providing wellness services to corporate groups, private clients and regional Hospitals.  Over her years working as a clinical nurse, she has developed a primary interest in the areas of illness prevention and chronic disease management, largely through dietary changes and lifestyle modification.  Lana also achieved certifications in Yoga and Tai Chi while emphasizing rehabilitation, wellness and self-empowerment.

 

A recent professional accomplishment was the creation and facilitation of a integrative program based on nutrition and fitness in combination with Eastern mind/body modalities. This unique combination allowed many of her patients to challenge and overcome their emotional patterns and food addictions.

 

 

Praveena Kumar

Registered Dietician, MA

 

Praveena Kumar MA, RD is a registered dietitian, Ayurvedic wellness practitioner, yoga teacher and yoga therapist. She believes that healing begins from the inside and food plays a vital role in this process. What we put in our body affects how we feel. According to Ayurveda, we are what we digest.

 

Her interest in yoga, nutrition and wellness began at a young age and directed her path to formally study Ayurveda for the past 13 years. She also has 13 years of experience working as a clinical dietitian in an acute care hospital.

 

She believes in mind-body medicine and that the combination of nourishing plant-based foods, mindfulness-based practices and movement are the root of true health and wellness.  She seamlessly combines all of these healing modalities, creating a unique and effective experience for her clients on their path to wellness.

 

She has a Master’s degree in Nutrition from San Francisco State University. She graduated as an Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner from Kerala Ayurveda Academy and has done her yoga teacher training as well as yoga therapy training with Dr. Ganesh Mohan of Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda. She continues to study yoga philosophy with A.G, Mohan (student of Krishnamacharya) and his wife, Indra Mohan of Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda from Chennai, India.

 

 

James F. Loomis, M.D., MBA

Barnard Medical Clinic

 

James F. Loomis Jr., M.D., M.B.A., received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and graduated with honors. He subsequently completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. In addition, Dr. Loomis received an M.B.A. from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. He is board certified in internal medicine and has also completed the certification program in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.

 

Dr.  Loomis has served as Team Internist for the St. Louis Rams football team and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, as well as Tour Physician for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Before being selected to lead the Barnard Medical Center, he practiced internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, where he was also the Director of Prevention and Wellness. He was also on the clinical faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine.

 

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Loomis enjoys reading history books, cooking, and teaching plant-based cooking classes. He also enjoys running, biking, and swimming, and has completed numerous half marathons, marathons, and triathlons.

 

 

Wendie Pett

Fitness Expert

 

Wendie Pett, a nationally recognized name in the fitness industry, is passionate about motivating and encouraging people to make fitness and nutrition part of their daily routine.  She enthusiastically teaches the care of mind, body and spirit, assisting others to learn the importance of reaching their full potential through her Visibly Fit™ program – a total wellness and body weight resistance exercise program.  Wendie has helped countless of people reach their fitness goals – without ever compromising their joint health, tendons, or ligaments – by teaching simple and easy to do exercises that use your body as your gym.  

 

Wendie has a Doctor of Naturopathy and works as a fitness/wellness coach with individuals and groups across the country. She has a nationally syndicated television program and is the author of a variety of books.  She offers DVDs and coaching for those that are seeking a natural way to replace fat with muscle, gain strength and diminish chronic pain as well as to gain mental and spiritual growth.  To learn more, visit www.wendiepett.com.

 

 

Evan Queler, M.D.

Physician                    

 

Dr. Queler is a board certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician and fellowship trained in non-surgical interventional spine pain management & regenerative procedures.  He is licensed in medical acupuncture, is a certified Power Yoga instructor and a facilitator of CHIP (complete health improvement program).  He has been practicing Yoga since 1995 and completed the Culinary Rx course.  He believes a whole food plant based lifestyle is the portal to actualizing the best version of one’s most authentic self.  Dr. Queler aspires to empower patients, families and the community at large to make evidence based behavioral lifestyle choices in order to cultivate wellness, health and vitality.

 

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Queler enjoys spending time with his wife, Sonia, four-year-old son and six-year-old daughter, where they reside in New Jersey. He may also be found enjoying back-to-back Mumford & Sons concerts when they are in town.

 

 

Kristen Stoll

Chef, Mother, Wife

 

Kristen Stoll grew up at her mother’s side in the kitchen.  Her Italian family gathered around the kitchen table to enjoy delicious home cooked meals.  Today, she is the mother of 6, wife of Dr. Scott Stoll and is still passionate about food, but with a different twist.  Kristen uses her kitchen skills to create delicious nutrient rich, plant-based meals that are family friendly, kid approved and easy to prepare. 

 

A student of food and health, she is always working to craft new delectable meals that satisfy both the palate and body.  Her first cookbook Kristen’s Healthy Kitchen received rave reviews and is used in homes around the US and abroad.

 

 

Joel Ying, M.D.

On-Call Physician

 

Dr. Joel Ying, M.D., is a holistic and integrative physician with a local practice in Naples, Florida, since 2007.

 

Receiving his Medical Degree from the University of Michigan, he went on to train at the University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital residency program in Internal Medicine.

 

He bridges traditional and alternative therapies in his practice. Working with medications as well as herbals and supplements, his practice also offers acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, yoga, meditation, and tai chi.   He can be found online at: www.JoyHealthWellness.com.