Jeff Robins is a functional medicine pharmacist who has been practicing pharmacy for over 25 years. He is a good friend of Ortho Molecular Products and has been working as our pharmacy clinical expert for over 4 years. Jeff has played a major role in each of our Pharmacy Symposiums in the past. Anyone who has been to one of our Pharmacy Symposiums will know Jeff.
Jeff graduated from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy with a bachelor’s in science degree in pharmacy. After he found his love for functional medicine, he worked hard to become an advanced fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine through the University of South Florida. He has worked in both the traditional retail pharmacy and compounding pharmacy models, but he is best known for his very successful pharmacy in Peoria, IL. Jeff started a consulting service in his compounding pharmacy and grew the dietary supplement sales at Essential Wellness Pharmacy to over $1.2 million annual sales before selling the store to a colleague a couple years ago. Jeff worked one-on-one with many patients utilizing the functional medicine approach making a difference in their lives. Over the years Jeff has become known as the pharmacists who dislikes drugs.
Several years ago, he took all those business/clinical experiences and started a consulting business, Summit Functional Consulting where he works with pharmacies across the country. Jeff is also very busy helping Ortho Molecular Products connect to the independent pharmacies. Jeff hosts the quarterly Pharmace webinars where he brings his clinical and pharmacy operations knowledge to pharmacists looking to enhance their patient care or increase front end sales. Jeff frequently brings his experiences to the national stage when he does presentations for various pharmacy conferences or groups. Jeff is also highlighted in a series of education videos on the Pharmace website where he offers his insights on a host of clinical and pharmacy business topics.
Jeff and his wife Stacy now live in Colorado where he enjoys the outdoors always looking for the next adventure hiking/climbing, mountain biking, car racing, or scuba diving.
Dr. Nicole Grams, PharmD, IFMCP candidate, is a Functional Medicine pharmacist seeing patients in Wisconsin. She knows that long-lasting lifestyle changes require a great deal of inner work alongside the outer, so she combines Functional Medicine with holistic life and health coaching, creating the opportunity for patients to tap into their full potential to restore their health.
Dr. Grams graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy (2011), founded Offbeat Health in 2019 and joined the PharmToTable team in 2020. She is currently pursuing practitioner certification through The Institute for Functional Medicine.
On a mission to flatten the curve of healthcare costs, James Maskell has spent the past decade innovating at the cross section of functional medicine and community. To that end, he created the Functional Forum, the world’s largest integrative medicine conference with record-setting participation online and growing physician communities around the world. His organization and best selling book of the same name, Evolution of Medicine, prepares health professionals for this new era of personalized, participatory medicine.
His new project, FindFunctional, makes functional medicine affordable and accessible for all. He is an in demand speaker and impresario, being featured on TEDMED, HuffPostLive and TEDx, as well as lecturing internationally. He lives in Sacramento, CA with his wife and daughter.
Vanessa Lesneski is an Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy Distance Education pathway. Her areas of expertise include pharmacogenetics, nutrition, and pharmacotherapy. She is the course coordinator for “Functional Pharmacy,” an online elective for second and third year pharmacy students across all three pathways at LECOM, Florida, Erie, and DE. The elective introduces functional medicine and other complementary and/or alternative therapies. The instructors include Dr. Lesneski and volunteers who practice in the area of functional medicine or CAM. The objective of the class is to introduce alternative treatment modalities and encourage the student to objectively and critically “think outside the box.” Vanessa also runs a practice site at Forum Health for pharmacy students to obtain hands on training.
Blair Thielemier, PharmD, is an MTM consultant pharmacist specializing in pharmacy billing models. She consults on and produces e-learning programs for state and national organizations, pharmacy wholesalers, payers, technology start-ups. She has books and online courses available for individuals looking to leverage their pharmacy knowledge into monetized clinical programs at PharmapreneurAcademy.com. She speaks internationally about trends in leveraging pharmacists to improve value-based care.
Sara Gottfried MD is a board-certified gynecologist and physician scientist. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and completed residency at the University of California at San Francisco.
She is Clinical Assistant Professor in Dept. of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, and Director of Precision Medicine at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health
Dr. Gottfried is a global keynote speaker who practices evidence-based integrative, precision, and functional medicine. Her three New York Times bestselling books include: The Hormone Cure, The Hormone Reset Diet, and Younger and her latest Brain Body Diet. Learn more at SaraGottfriedMD.com
Thomas G. Guilliams Ph.D. (Tom) earned his doctorate in molecular immunology from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
For the past two decades, he has spent his time investigating the mechanisms and actions of lifestyle and nutrient-based therapies, and is an expert in the therapeutic uses of dietary supplements. Tom serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin- School of Pharmacy and is the VP of Science for Ortho Molecular Products. Since 2014 he has been writing a series of teaching manuals (Road maps) that outline and evaluate the evidence for the principles and protocols that are fundamental to the functional and integrative medical community.
He is the founder and director of the Point Institute, an independent research and publishing organization that facilitates the distribution of his many publications. A frequent guest-speaker, Dr. Guilliams provides training to a variety of health care disciplines in the use of lifestyle and natural medicines. He lives in the woods outside of Stevens Point, Wisconsin with his wife and children.
Dr. Steve Zielinski is the CEO of Colonial Village Pharmacy which will soon be Webster Pharmacy. Webster Pharmacy is a functional compounding pharmacy focused on making a measurable difference for its patients and employees. Previously, Steve was the Director of Pharmacy Services at CenterPointe Hospital. He graduated with his Pharm.D. from Saint Louis College of Pharmacy and is a Fellow of the American College of Apothecaries.
Dr Swidan is Executive Director – Professional Development and Compliance for Slyngshot Health, President and CEO of Pharmacy Solutions in Ann Arbor, MI, Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy at Wayne State University and Chicago State University.
She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed a 3-year research Fellowship in Bio-Pharmaceutics and Gastroenterology at the University of Michigan. Before that, she was Director of Pharmacy at Chelsea Community Hospital and the clinical pharmacist for the inpatient head and chronic pain service.
Dr. Swidan is board certified and an advanced fellow in anti-aging and generative medicine. She is an internationally renowned speaker in the areas of pain management, headaches, and BHRT. She has authored several book chapters, articles, and patient education material in head and general pain management and personalized medicine.
Most recently, Dr. Swidan has contributed in authoring “Metabolic Therapies in Orthopedics, Second Edition”. This edition provides continued knowledge on how optimizing metabolic pathways can improve the success of regenerative therapies through emerging technologies, integrative approaches, clinical research, and compelling evidence from over 30 experts. Dr. Swidan provides key insight in the areas of drug-related muscular pain and sarcopenia and the effects of hormones on the musculoskeletal system. Dr. Swidan is currently Co-Editing and Co-Authoring a book with many thought leaders from around the globe in the area of opioid free pain management.
Dr. Melody L. Hartzler, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM is a family medicine clinical pharmacist and Associate professor of pharmacy practice. Dr. Hartzler is a graduate from Ohio Northern Raabe College of Pharmacy (2009).
She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with an emphasis in Ambulatory Care at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus, OH (2010). Following residency, she joined faculty at Cedarville University School of Pharmacy and developed a collaborative practice in a family medicine residency program.
She now serves part-time for Cedarville University School of Pharmacy and part-time as a clinical pharmacist at Western Medicine Providers. Her primary practice interests are diabetes, pulmonology, and integrative/functional medicine. Her passion is recognizing the role of the gut in relationship to chronic disease.
Dr. Hartzler has developed an integrative medicine service in her clinical practice in family medicine and also has a blog focused on incorporating this approach into chronic disease statement management. She provides treatment of chronic disease through consult agreements with an integrative approach.
She also uses her blog PharmToTable.Life as a platform to educate patients and health care providers about this practice. She has developed functional medicine services at her current practice and is currently developing telehealth services to meet the growing need.