Vincent Pedre

Dr. Vincent M. Pedre is the medical director of Pedre Integrative Health, founder of Dr. Pedre Wellness, and a functional medicine-certified practitioner in private practice in New York City since 2004. He is also certified in yoga and medical acupuncture, as well as the Chief Medical Officer of United Naturals. As Spanish-speaking faculty for The Institute for Functional Medicine, Dr. Pedre has taught the AFMCP in Spanish in Lima, Peru, as well as an introduction to functional medicine in Mexico City. He believes the gut is the gateway to excellent health. As the bestselling author of Happy Gut-The Cleansing Program To Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy and Eliminate Pain, he has helped thousands of people worldwide resolve digestive and gut-related health issues to regain their well-being.

As a board-certified internist with a thriving practice in Manhattan, Dr. Pedre is a sought-after speaker and writer on integrative and functional medicine. He has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and Sirius XM Radio’s “Doctor Radio” show, and has guest blogged on Ecomii and Yahoo! Green, Yahoo!’s leading wellness blog platform. Dr. Pedre is a frequent author on MindBodyGreen and a major contributor to the MBG Revitalize Event; he has become a Key Opinion Leader in the area of Gastrointestinal Health. As a medical doctor who went through his fair share of GI issues, he helps countless patients find the root cause of their digestive problems and take back their health through nutrition and lifestyle changes.

Marina Buksov

Marina Buksov (a.k.a. Dr. Marina Book at, is a registered Doctor of Pharmacy, Health Coach, Clinical Herbalist, and lifelong learner of the Healing Arts. She is the creator of Start Your Holistic Herbal Practice course mentoring other healthcare professionals in clinical herbal as well as business skills. Marina also offers educational webinars with Radicle Herbs and is a wellness writer for Jejune Magazine. Marina uses her multidisciplinary background to educate patients about the least invasive and most natural methods for healing the spirit-body-mind. Her truly holistic approach helps women embody the best versions of themselves and lovingly celebrate the skin they’re in. When she is not studying, Marina likes to dance, paint, and tinker with various concoctions (tea blends, meals, DIY projects). She lives with her husband, toddler and two mischievous kitties in NYC.

Amy Rolfsen

Dr. Amy Rolfsen is a naturopathic physician, speaker and medical educator with a deep focus on the gut microbiome and gastrointestinal health. Her main passion is education; sharing her clinical expertise, and up-to-date research with fellow medical practitioners. Outside of the office, Dr. Rolfsen can usually be found cooking big meals and exploring with her two children in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.

David Quig

David received his BS and MS degrees in Human Nutrition from Virginia Tech and a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Illinois. After a five year stint as a Research Associate studying lipid biochemistry and cardiovascular disease at Cornell University, he was a Senior Cardiovascular Pharmacologist for seven years. For the past 23 years David has been the Vice President of Scientific Support for Doctor’s Data, Inc. He has focused on cardiometabolic risk, the applied biochemistry of endogenous detoxification, methylation and amino acid metabolism, and the influence of the gastrointestinal microbiota on health.

Lara Zakaria

Lara Zakaria is a Pharmacist and Clinical Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine. Combining her background in pharmacy and training in Functional Nutrition, Lara designs personalized protocols that incorporate whole food, herbs, nutrigenomics/pharmacogenomics, medication history, and lifestyle modification to optimize patient health outcomes.

Lara’s passion for nutrition and Functional Medicine began when she realized her pharmacy practice was full of patients frustrated with their growing list medications and declining health.

After 15 years in community pharmacy, Lara was craving a more holistic approach to patient care. She decided to pursue her passion for nutrition and personalized medicine – first by earning a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and then pursuing Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) training and certification.

Lara is founder of Foodie Farmacist, LLC , a consulting company focused on delivering patient-centered Functional Medicine care to manage chronic conditions including metabolic and autoimmune disease. Her focus is split between direct patient practice and professional development programs for Functional Medicine professionals.

Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton

Dr. Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, N.D. is a licensed naturopathic physician who is passionate about applying her clinical and technical knowledge, strong communication skills, and leadership skills to advance the fields of nutrition and medicine. She is a well-respected clinician, adjunct faculty member, published author, and sought-after speaker in areas including integrative healthcare practice and policy, nutrition and clinical medicine, wellness and lifestyle therapies, and more.

Dr. Chasse currently serves as the VP, Medical Education and Wellevate for Emerson Ecologics, a tech & nutrition company working to bring together patient outcomes and reporting with good nutrition and successful clinical practice. There, she is responsible for the medical, educational, R&D, quality, and regulatory functions. Her expertise includes customer and employee education, brand positioning, technical writing, product knowledge and technology innovation, and quality and regulatory affairs. In her position on the executive team, she also serves unique roles guiding and implementing key initiatives across sales, business development, product development, and marketing functions including acquisition and management of key account acquisition and management.

Professionally, Dr. Chasse is very involved in both practitioner and industry groups. She is President Emeritus of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and has served in numerous roles including Ambassador for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, as a board member of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium and the Institute of Natural Medicine. Additionally, she has served as a Trustee for the American Herbal Products Association. She is the immediate Past-President of the NH Association of Naturopathic Doctors. During her tenure, she successfully coordinated and secured legislation to mandate insurance coverage of services provided by Naturopathic Doctors, increased association revenue and doubled the profitability of the association’s annual conference, and the association also expanded the formulary (prescribing rights) of doctors in the state.

Dr. Chasse enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, and exploring new healthy recipes and nutrition trends in the kitchen.

Carrie Jones

Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women’s health and hormones. Dr. Jones graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she also completed a 2-year residency in women’s health, hormones, and endocrinology. Later, she graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Maser of Public Health program.  Recently, Dr. Jones became board certified through the American Board of Naturopathic Endocrinology.  She was adjunct faculty for many years, teaching gynecology and advanced endocrinology/fertility.  While in practice, Dr. Jones served as Medical Director for 2 large integrative clinics in Portland.  She is currently the Medical Director for Precision Analytical Inc.

Shilpa P. Saxena

Shilpa P. Saxena, MD is a Board-Certified Family Practice physician whose passion and purpose come to life through sharing her innovative patient education and practice management solutions in her classic ‘keep it simple’ style. She is the Chief Medical Officer of Forum Health, the first nationwide network of integrative medicine providers. She serves as faculty with the Institute for Functional Medicine, the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the Metabolic Medical Institute at George Washington University and most recently, joined the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center serving as the Clinical Expert for the CM Vitals Program. Dr. Saxena is an expert in the Group Visit medical model, creator of Group Visit Toolkits, and co-author of The Ingredients Matter: India.

Jim LaValle

Jim is a nationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, and board-certified clinical nutritionist. He is the author of 16 e-books and 20 books, including Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, one of the references we utilize for our Pharmace Replete tear sheet. He has also written hundreds of articles for a variety of industry journals and publications, and has lectured for thousands of health care professionals and consumer audiences globally on these topics.

Jim served as an adjunct associate professor at Cincinnati College of Pharmacy for over 14 years and served as adjunct professor in metabolic medicine at the University of South Florida Medical School. He is currently an instructor for the Fellowship for Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, which trains physicians and other health care professionals on the application of natural therapies into their contemporary practices. Jim is truly a leader in this area. He is a favorite interviewee for the media related to natural care, and has done more than 500 media appearances in television and radio.

Jim also practices what he preaches. In 2001, he founded and operated LaValle Metabolic Institute, an interdisciplinary medicine facility in Cincinnati. Jim led teams of clinicians and this institute to a pre-eminent status. He also founded Metabolic Code Enterprises, Inc., a web platform and practice solution enterprise. Jim has been a key influencer in the industry since the 1990s.

Andrew Heyman

Andrew Heyman, MD, MHSA is an internationally recognized expert in Integrative Medicine. He is currently the Program Director of Integrative and Metabolic Medicine at The George Washington University. Prior to assuming this role, he spent 16 years at the University of Michigan, serving to build one of the largest and most successful academic-based Integrative Medicine programs in the United States.

Dr. Heyman has held several leadership positions in the field of Integrative Medicine. He was the national clinical working group co-chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine for 4 years, a collaboration of 57 North American universities involved in Integrative Medicine. He is the online editor for the Journal of Men’s Health in the section of Integrative Medicine, and he also holds the position of Editor-In-Chief of the Internet Journal of Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine. His research interests include the Stress response and Neuroendocrinology, Genomics, Immunology, and clinical outcomes research methodologies.

Dr. Heyman remains clinically active as well, as the owner of a four-physician integrative medicine practice in Northern Virginia at the Virginia Center for Health and Wellness. He is also the President of Integrative Health Resources, a small group of clinical experts that consults to physicians, health systems and public health professionals seeking to develop wellness, lifestyle and nutrition programs. His teaching approach is described as deeply rooted in scientific evidence, grounded in the clinical reality of expert patient care, and readily accessible to both the new learner and seasoned practitioner alike.