Our Team





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

President, Total Health Immersions, LLC

Health Coach


Tom is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor/Coach and President/Founder of Total Health Immersions.  Tom co-founded the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference and is also a co-founder, Board Member and the COO of The Plantrician Project


As a father of a Type 1 diabetic, Tom is passionate about healthy eating and fitness. In addition to his health coaching activities, Tom handles all activities surrounding THI's health retreats and conferences as well as all other THI business and educational activities.  Tom's key goal is to "push the ball forward" on all projects and initiatives. 


Tom has a BA in Management from St. Leo University, where he was a pitcher and team captain for the baseball team.  His graduate studies concluded with an MBA from the John F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University.  Tom lives with his wife and two children in New Canaan, Connecticut and 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.






Scott Stoll, M.D.

Contributing Speaker


Dr. Scott Stoll is a board-certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and currently serves 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 specializes in treating musculoskeletal injuries through regenerative therapies and improving health through nutritional excellence.


At present, Dr. Stoll pursues research in regenerative medicine including studies in medium level laser, platelet rich plasma injections and nutrition and healing. He can be heard daily on his radio program Health Minutes in the Lehigh Valley and in lectures around the country.  As a former Olympian, Dr. Stoll is well suited for his additional roles as a team physician for the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and an advising physician serving professional and Olympic athletes.  Dr. Stoll also serves on the Whole Foods Market Scientific Medical Advisory Board.


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 community organizations.






Malissa Schwartz, C.H.H.C., A.A.D.P.

Director of Events, Total Health Immersions, LLC

Health Coach


Malissa is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach with more than eight years of event and hospitality experience in New York City.  Malissa plans, organizes and implements key aspects of our Immersion Programs.  She also leads follow-up efforts addressing immersionist’s health and wellness needs in order to maximize program success.


Malissa is passionate about educating individual and corporate clients and helping them to make healthier lifestyle choices.  Affectionately known as “The Juice Girl”, she also leads detox and cleansing workshops.  Malissa graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut with a B.A in Communications and has worked with non-profit groups to promote health and wellness.






Michael Klaper, M.D.

Contributing Speaker


Dr. Michael Klaper graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 1972 and is trained in surgery, anesthesiology, orthopedics and obstetrics.


Through his practice, Dr. Klaper realized that many of the diseases his patients brought to his office were made worse, or caused by, the high-fat, overly processed Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).  This prompted him to implement nutritionally-based therapies in his practice. The results were dramatic.


Dr. Klaper serves as the Director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research and is a member of the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association.  Dr. Klaper has served as advisor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.) project on nutrition for long-term space colonists on the Moon and on Mars.  Dr. Klaper also serves on the Whole Foods Market Scientific Medical Advisory Board.


Dr. Klaper is a gifted teacher, humorous lecturer, and the author of successful books and videos on cholesterol-free nutrition.






BJ "Perk" Perkins

Fitness Expert & Trainer

Contributing Speaker


Living in California and Hawaii, Perk naturally fell into a healthy lifestyle and has now been a professional fitness instructor and trainer for over 10 years.


He is known for his full functional movements that create a complete body workout strengthening and toning lower body, core and upper body alike.  Perk has a unique ability to tailor his workouts to his client’s level of fitness and he is adept at motivating his clients to achieve their goals and make lasting lifestyle changes.  Whether someone’s a top-tiered athlete looking to gain a competitive edge or someone just looking to get more fit and healthy, Perk has a workout for you.  In addition to his regular clients, he has trained with the US Army as well as local and regional fire and police departments. 


Perk is a graduate of Connecticut State University and is certified through the American Aerobics Assoc./ International Sports Medicine Association.  Find Perk online at https://www.facebook.com/Perkitout.


Michael Greger, M.D.

Contributing Speaker


Dr. Greger has scoured the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition and offers practical advice on how best to feed ourselves and our families to prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic disease.


A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues.  He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. His nutrition videos are freely available at www.NutritionFacts.org, with a new video uploaded every day.






Allison Vernon, C.H.H.C., A.A.D.P.

Contributing Speaker

Fitness Expert & Health Coach


Allison Vernon is a New York State Board certified Health Coach, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, accredited Pilates Mat instructor, and a graduate of Institute of Integrative Nutrition.


As a fitness model and WNBF Figure Pro, Allison has appeared on the cover of Natural Body Building and Fitness magazine.  She can also been seen in the pages of other national magazines including SELF, Fitness, and Best Body Magazine. She has had the honor of appearing as a fitness instructor on CNN Live, Good Morning America, and NBC online.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance from Columbia College, South Carolina.





Kimberly Paul

Nutrition & Alternative Health Educator


Kim has been a student of alternative health and avid believer in the mind-body connection for almost 20 years. With a strong background in research, Kim has spent thousands of hours researching countless alternative health modalities including acupuncture, glandular therapy, herbal remedies, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, massage, raw foods diet, wheatgrassing, sprouting and juice, water and dry fasting. You name it, Kim’s probably tried it!


Trained as a teacher, Kim is honored to share her many years of research with fellow health-seekers.  She feels that everyone deserves good health and wants to do her part to help make that happen. After all, empowerment comes through education!   


Kim is a graduate of the Hippocrates Health Institute Health Educator Program and a certified raw food chef.



Lana Karpel, RN

Contributing Speaker

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


Lana Karpel is a Registered Nurse working at a corporate Wellness Center in Westchester County, NY.  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, attending courses in India, China and the USA, emphasizing rehabilitation, wellness and self-empowerment.


One of Lana’s recent professional accomplishments was the creation and facilitation of a one-of-a-kind integrative corporate model 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.


Wendie Pett

Fitness Expert

Contributing Speaker


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 numbers 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.



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.