Course Faculty

Micaela Karlsen, PhD, MSPH

Micaela Karlsen is a recognized expert and respected speaker at some of the premier conferences on plant-based nutrition, including the Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference in San Diego, CA, and the Plant-Based Prevention of Disease (PPOD) Conference in Raleigh, NC. She is the author of A Plant-Based Life (published by AMACOM Books), a strategic how-to guide for successful plant-based eating. Micaela currently serves as Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Economic Research Consortium from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, on the Expert & Medical Advisory Board for the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, and on the Board of Directors for PPOD. Under the supervision of T. Colin Campbell, she co-launched the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, now named the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, the world’s premier educational organization promoting plant-based nutrition. Micaela served as Executive Director through December 2012 and during her time in the position assisted in building and launching the TCC Certificate Program in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell Inc. She is a contributor to the New York Times bestselling book Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, the companion book to the movie of the same name. Micaela holds a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, a Master of Science and Public Health (MSPH) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a BA in Psychology from Cornell University. She founded and maintains, an online database of peer-reviewed, scientific research. Her mission is to support the elegant solution that a plant-based diet offers in solving the problems of human health, environmental devastation, and animal welfare by promoting interest, investigation, and practice of plant-based nutrition to the public and academic communities.

Kathy Pollard, MS

I have the greatest job in the world as a nutrition educator, teaching others the benefits of eating a whole-food, plant-based diet, as I get to be witness to countless people improving their health, gaining vitality, combating disease, and also eating in the most beneficial way for our planet and all who share it. I am presently adjunct faculty for the University of New England graduate program in nutrition and spent six years as an instructor for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. I am the proud co-founder of the Sustainable Diet transition program, offering the tools and support to successfully adopt a whole food, plant-based diet. I also served on the board of directors for F-POD, the Plant-based Prevention Of Disease conference. Since becoming one of the first graduates of Dr. Campbell’s eCornell course in plant-based nutrition in 2009, I have wanted nothing more than to educate others about this life-changing message and the research indicating the powerful health benefits of eating whole plant foods. Understanding the mechanisms leading to optimal health is a passion, and teaching others the simplicity and far-reaching effects of a whole food, plant-based diet is an ongoing pleasure. It started the determination to produce and raise the healthiest kids possible, as well as turn them into responsible global citizens. Now that they are productive adults it is evident that I have succeeded. They are healthy, bright, plant-powered young adults meaningfully engaged in society. 

My hope is for you to experience the benefits of eating correctly, to improve your life and the lives of countless others.

Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT

Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T. , also known as The Plant-Based Dietitian, is a passionate advocate of the miracles associated with following a whole food, plant-based diet - the established effects of which provide positive healthful benefits. Julieanna is the host of Z Living Network’s What Would Julieanna Do?, author of The Vegiterranean Diet, the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, and the nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine. She is the co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, which she wrote with Chef Beverly Lynn Bennett. Julieanna was recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Steve Harvey Show, The Marie Osmond Show, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, TEDxCONEJO 2012, Fox 13 Seattle Morning News, and Reluctantly Healthy, co-stars on The Chef and The Dietitian, on numerous radio shows, and lectures extensively throughout the United States and internationally. Julieanna counsels a variety of clients throughout the world from her Los Angeles, California-based private practice including elite athletes, adults, and children with various nutritional and/or medical concerns. She is published in prominent journals, magazines, blogs, and newsletters. Learn more about Julieanna Hever at

Brenda Davis, RD

Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant, and academic nutrition instructor. Brenda is the lead dietitian in a diabetes research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She is a featured speaker at nutrition, medical and health conferences throughout the world. Brenda is co-author of nine award-winning, best-selling books – Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014), Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013), Becoming Vegan (2000), The New Becoming Vegetarian (2003), Becoming Vegetarian (1994, 1995), Becoming Raw (2010), the Raw Food Revolution Diet (2008), Defeating Diabetes (2003) and Dairy-free and Delicious (2001). She is also a contributing author to a tenth book, The Complete Vegetarian (2009). Her books are vegetarian/vegan nutrition classics, with over 750,000 copies in print in 8 languages. Brenda has authored and co-authored several articles for peer-reviewed medical and nutrition journals and magazines. Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Brenda lives in Kelowna British Columbia with her husband, Paul Davis.  She has two grown children, Leena Markatchev and Cory Davis.

Dreena Burton

Dreena Burton has been vegan for almost 20 years, in that time writing five bestselling cookbooks charting her journey as a plant-powered cook and at-home mother of three. Always passionate about creating nutritious recipes, she is an advocate of using the “vegan basics” to create healthy, delicious food for the whole family. Dreena is one of the pioneering vegan cookbook authors, with a loyal following and reputation for reliable, wholesome recipes. Dreena graduated with distinction, receiving her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick. After working in marketing management for several years with an international satellite communications company, Dreena followed her true passion of writing recipes and cookbooks. The Everyday Vegan was her first project, following her father-in-law’s heart attack.  When the cardiologist strongly advised a low-fat plant-based diet to her husband’s parents to reverse heart disease, Dreena knew there was information needing to be shared – most importantly, how and what to eat as a vegan. After having her first child, she wrote Vive le Vegan!, which represented her journey as a mom, and more wholesome, easy recipes.  Then came eat, drink & be vegan, a celebratory recipe book which has become a must-have cookbook in the vegan community, known for its entire chapter on hummus and inventive flavor combinations. Let Them Eat Vegan came next, containing over 200 wheat- and gluten-free recipes, and reaching’s bestseller list (top 5 of all books). In 2013, Dreena wrote her first ebook, the Plant-Powered 15, a collection of 15 whole-foods, plant-based recipes. Plant-Powered Families is her fifth title, comprised of whole-foods recipes and Dreena’s insights and tips as a mother of three “weegans”. Dreena has appeared on television and radio, and is a recipe contributor for well-known sites including Forks Over Knives,, and PCRM.  She has written for Yoga Journal, Today’s Parent, VegNews, and has been featured in other publications including First magazine. Join Dreena’s community on facebook, twitter, instagram, and

Cathy Fisher

Cathy Fisher is culinary instructor at two health centers in Santa Rosa, California: the McDougall Program and TrueNorth Health, and the author of Straight Up Food: Delicious and Easy Plant-Based Cooking without Salt, Oil or Sugar. She has taught at the McDougall Program since 2006 and TrueNorth since 2010. She also gives classes at veg-related conferences and for private groups. Her recipe blog,, was started in 2010 to offer her students more of  gluten-, salt-, sugar- and oil-free plant-based recipes. It is now read by people from all corners of the globe who are seeking a more healthful way of eating. Cathy made a serious commitment in 1999 at age 32 to begin changing how she ate, and has continued to learn and fine-tune her diet in the years since. She has a certification in basic nutrition and is a self-taught chef, having learned on the job at both of the above centers, as well as put in countless hours in her own kitchen. Cathy takes every opportunity for professional development, including attending other vegan chefs’ cooking classes. She absolutely loves her work and is so thankful to be doing it.

Chef AJ

Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with CHEF AJ which airs on Foody TV. With her comedy background, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and more. A chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker, she is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from a junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body Based in Los Angeles, Chef AJ teaches a monthly sold-out seminar featuring cooking instruction, nutritional science and song parodies, all delivered with comedic panache. Never content to leave her audience with mere “just do it” advice, she teaches how to create meals to transform their health, how to deal with cravings and food addiction and addresses the emotional side of eating. She is the creator of the Ultimate Weight Loss Program, which has helped hundreds of people achieve the health and the body that they deserve. Chef AJ was the Executive Pastry Chef at Santé Restaurant in Los Angeles where she was famous for her sugar, oil, salt and gluten free desserts which use the fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the whole fruit. Chef AJ is also creator of Healthy Taste of LA and the YouTube cooking show The Chef and the Dietitian, and is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol. Chef AJ holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Medical Faculty

Scott Stoll, MD

Dr. Stoll co-founded the International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference after recognizing the urgent need to educate and motivate healthcare professionals to use whole, plant-based foods as a foundation for healing and disease prevention. He is also the author of numerous scientific articles and Alive! The Physicians Biblical and Scientific Guide to Nutrition, and is an international speaker with a vision and passion to educate and inspire people and leaders to reclaim their health, and thus their lives, through nutrition and lifestyle. Specializing in regenerative medicine, Dr. Stoll researches and utilizes natural treatments such as diet, regenerative injections and lifestyle to aid the body in healing chronic disease and injuries. Scott is the team physician at Lehigh University and serves as department chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Coordinated Health. Dr. Stoll is board chairman and serves as chief medical officer of The Plantrician Project. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Future of Health Now Advisory Board, and the Rouxbe Cooking School Board of Directors and served as a member of the Whole Foods Scientific Medical Advisory Board. A member of the 1994 Olympic Bobsled team, Dr. Stoll now serves as a team physician for the United States Bobsled and Skeleton team. Along with his beautiful wife, Kristen, the author of Kristen’s Healthy Kitchen Recipes, and their six children, the Stoll family resides in Bethlehem, PA.

Michelle McMacken, MD

Michelle McMacken, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician and an assistant professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine. An honors graduate of Yale University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she has more than ten years of experience practicing primary care, directing a medical weight-loss program, and teaching doctors-in-training at Bellevue Hospital Center in NYC.  An enthusiastic supporter of plant-based nutrition, she is committed to educating patients, medical students, and doctors about the power of healthy eating and lifestyle modification.

Caroline Trapp, DNP, ANP-BC, CDE, FAANP

Caroline Trapp is director of diabetes education and care with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She is also a nurse practitioner specializing in the care of people with diabetes at Premier Internists, a division of the Millennium Medical Group, P.C., in Southfield, Mich.

As the Physicians Committee’s director of diabetes education and care, Trapp manages a variety of diabetes prevention and reversal initiatives, including the development and distribution of resources for consumers and health care providers. She has collaborated with a number of Native American organizations to address the food-related epidemic of type 2 diabetes. She has also produced materials including a DVD and recipe booklet (available at that were “Favorably Reviewed” by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Trapp was awarded Oakland University’s Nightingale Award for Education and Research in 2012 and inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2013.

Trapp received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her Masters of Science in community health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is board certified in adult primary care, advanced diabetes management, and diabetes education. She has worked with people with diabetes for more than 20 years and continues to see patients one day a week.

Ernie Bodai, MD

Ernie Bodai, M.D. received his M.D. degree from the University of California, Davis in 1977, where he currently serves as Clinical Professor of Surgery. Dr. Bodai served as Chief of Surgery, Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento for 15 years and today directs the Breast Health Center at the Kaiser Permanente Sacramento, which has been recognized, nationally as a “Center of Excellence”. He has authored over 250 medical articles and has published 5 books, 4 of which focus on cancer. He holds a number of medical device patents, is a member of numerous prestigious surgical societies and is the recipient of many national awards. He serves as a board member or medical director of several companies including Sontek Medical, B&B Medical, Liv International, and Nutracea, an international leader in the development of neutriceuticals. After treating thousands of patients with breast cancer he became frustrated at the pace of funding for research. In a remarkable one-man lobbying effort he was able to convince Congress and the U.S. Postal Service to issue the Breast Cancer Research Stamp – the first ever stamp in U.S. history that sells at more than face value with the surplus amount donated directly to breast cancer research. Over 950 million stamps have been sold raising over $80 million for crucial research. He is currently introducing the first ever “global stamp” raising awareness and funding to conquer the disease worldwide. To date, twelve countries have begun work on this important project. Together we will find a cure in the near future – that is his hope.



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