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

 

Tom handles all day-to-day operations with a key goal being to “push the ball forward” on all projects and initiatives. As a father of a Type 1 diabetic, he is passionate about healthy eating and fitness.  He can often be seen around crowds of people who are rolling their eyes as he rambles on and on about nutrition. Tom admits, “Sometimes I can be a little annoying to my friends but hey, what are friends for!  In all seriousness, most enjoy the conversation.”

 

Tom has a BA in Management from St. Leo University, where he was a pitcher and 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 and high school baseball.  He is also an active volunteer with the American Diabetes Association, The Metropolitan Golf Association and the Fairfield County Sports Commission.

 

 

Kristina Demuth

Registered Dietician, MPH

 

Kristina is a registered dietitian and received her Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.

 

She is the Social Media Director for NutritionFacts.org, a non-commercial, science-based public service founded by Dr. Michael Greger. She previously worked for Blue Zones to assist with research and writing and has done work for Blue Cure, a prostate cancer non-profit, to assist with plant-based recipe development, food photography, and content creation.  Kristina has been recognized by her peers as a “Dietitian Hero” for the volunteer nutrition work she has done in Haiti. Her masters research explored the use of the Moringa tree for children’s nutrition in Uganda.

 

Kristina is passionate about healthy living, disease prevention, and helping others to improve the quality of their lives. In her free time, she enjoys figure skating, practicing yoga, taking pictures, being with her friends and family, traveling, and creating recipes for her website kristinademuth.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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Chase Parker

Fitness Expert & Health Coach

 

Chase Parker is the founder of Whole Health Club. Chase has always been involved in athletics; he played football at Michigan State University where his team went on to win a Big Ten championship. After Chase’s football career ended due to a series of knee injuries, he was asked by the strength coach, Ken Mannie, to stay on and work with injured athletes in the weight room. He graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and was offered a job at the University of Florida. While there, he took a side job as a personal trainer in a private sector. He soon realized that this was the field he should be in in order to impact the most people. Chase quickly became one of the best trainers in the area and part-owner of a facility in Gainesville.

 

A few years later, he and his wife/business partner began to develop their own idea for a gym that would have a greater impact on wellness. This is how Whole Health Club was born. Known as “The Gym with the Kitchen,” Whole Health Club is all plant-based, and the first of its kind. It is a space dedicated to education focusing on embracing a plant-based diet and an active lifestyle. Chase decided to switch to a plant-based lifestyle after reading The China Study and Dr. Michael Greger recognized Whole Health Club as “the evidence based gym”.

 

 

Paige Parker

Fitness Expert & Health Coach

 

Paige Parker is the co-founder of Whole Health Club. She has been an athlete all her life and played volleyball in college. Not long after graduating with a Health Sciences degree, she became involved in personal training with her husband Chase. Paige has the incredible ability to connect with every type of person. These connections consistently lead to the results her clients are looking for.

 

As an empathetic person, Paige found interest in yoga and became a certified yoga instructor and learned the truly intimate nature of regular practice. Yoga became a way for Paige to cope with difficult times and memories from her past. Paige has overcome bad family relationships and has always battled with a negative body image. With a foundation in yoga, fitness, and a plant-based lifestyle and support from her husband and friends, Paige has learned the key to overcoming adversity.

 

 

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.

 

 

Milan Ross

Author, Speaker and Health Coach

 

Milan Ross was born and raised in the Midwest. As the youngest of five children, he grew up in a home where food, family, and friends were the focus. Though his mother and grandmother suffered from obesity, Milan grew up fit and lean. At the age of 24 things began to change and by the time he reached his 30th birthday, he had gone from skinny and ripped to morbidly obese. At his heaviest he weighed over five hundred pounds.

 

In 2012, Milan went to work for Whole Foods Market. This decision changed the direction of his entire life. In October of 2013, Whole Foods Market sent Milan to the Dr. Stoll Immersion Program in Naples, Florida. It was here that Milan learned about a whole food, plant-based diet. Since that wonderful immersion, Milan has gone on to release over two hundred pounds and more than thirty inches off his waist using only a whole food, plant-based diet and exercise. He also managed to end his dependency on medications for issues like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

 

After experiencing his own amazing transformation, Milan has made it his mission in life to help others escape the deadly hold of obesity. From his books “The Change” and “The Change Cookbook” (co-authored by Dr. Scott Stoll) to the launch of Full Flavor Vegan, and all his exciting initiatives “in the works”, Milan is doing everything he can to help educate others about the amazing benefits of living a compassionate, whole food, plant-based lifestyle.

 

 

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.

 

 

Gabby Vinden

Registered Dietician

 

Gabrielle Vinden is a registered dietitian from Australia. She received honors in her nutrition and dietetics degree, highest ranked 4th year student and dux of paediatric dietetics from the University of Newcastle.

 

Gabrielle did not align with the outdated nutrition information taught at university and spent all of her spare time reading studies about the effects of a plant-based diet on the body. Gabrielle felt quite disheartened after her last year of university placements and as a result is spending 6 months in the U.S interning with plant-based doctors, attending seminars, working at immersion retreats and attending numerous medical nutrition conferences.

 

When she returns to Australia, Gabrielle will open her own private practice where she will specialize in preventing and reversing chronic disease with whole plant foods and lifestyle changes as well as eating disorder recovery. Gabrielle is also very passionate about making and sharing nutrient-dense, plant-based meals and shares recipes and nutrition information on her Instagram with over 11,000 followers.

 

 

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.