Your Plant-Based Guide Conference Presenters
Dr. Joel Kahn
Dr. Joel Kahn is known as "America's Healthy Heart Doc" and a world-renowned expert in plant-based, preventative cardiology, and integrative medicine. He is the author of five books, including the best-selling books The Whole Heart Solution and Dead Execs Don't Get Bonuses, as well as his newly published book The Plant-Based Solution. Dr Kahn has authored over 150 scientific papers and hundreds of health articles, and his heart disease prevention special was broadcast on national, public television. He is also the owner of GreenSpace Cafe in Ferndale, MI.
Dr. Kahn is a highly sought-after speaker and media figure, having appeared as a health commentator on shows such as The Doctors, Dr. Phil, Fox News, and numerous other TV, radio, and podcast shows. He is Member of the Yahoo Health Advisory Board and a featured contributor to the Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Forks Over Knives, and other widely-read publications with a combined circulation of over 50.1 million unique visitors per month.
As a plant-based cardiologist, Dr. Kahn's personal mission is to prevent 1 million heart attacks over the next two years. Dr. Kahn’s brand of cardiology combines the best of Western and complimentary therapies for total healing.
Dr. Kahn has been practicing invasive, interventional and preventive cardiology in Detroit since 1990. He is a Clinical Professor of Cardiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, graduate Summa Cum Laude from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Oakland University Beaumont School of Medicine. In 2013, Dr. Kahn received a certification from the University of South Florida in Metabolic Cardiology and became the first physician to complete the program in the world. The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine has also certified Dr. Kahn in Metabolic Cardiology.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Kahn has improved the lives and vitality of thousands of his patients taking many of them from chronic health to vibrant living through the health programs offered at the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity in Bloomfield, MI, which he founded. His devotion to patient care has earned him Top Honors and he has been nominated as a Top Doctor in Cardiology for many years straight. His passion for education and prevention is recognized by his patients and peer doctors alike. Reader’s Digest magazine selected Dr. Kahn for their Holistic Heart Doc column and their publishing arm published his book Amazon Best-Selling Book, The Whole Heart Solution.
Dr. Michael Klaper
Dr. Michael Klaper, is a gifted clinician, internationally recognized teacher, and sought-after speaker on diet and health. He has practiced medicine for more than 40 years and is a leading educator in applied plant-based nutrition and integrative medicine.
He is also the author of a many books, including his book on cholesterol-free nutrition and an upcoming title to be announced, as well as numerous DVDs and Videos on Demand and a series of “Healthy YOU Webinars.”
A source of inspiration advocating plant-based diets and the end of animal cruelty worldwide, Dr. Klaper contributed to the making of two PBS television programs Food for Thought and the award-winning Diet for a New America movie based on the book of the same name.
Dr. Klaper graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago (1972), served a medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada with additional training in surgery, anesthesiology, and orthopedics at the University of British Columbia Hospitals in Vancouver and in obstetrics at the University of California Hospitals in San Francisco.
In addition to his clinical practice and private consultations with patients, Dr. Klaper is a passionate and devoted educator of physicians and other healthcare professionals about the importance of nutrition in clinical practice.
Dr. Michael Klaper served as the Director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research from 1992 through 2015, during which time he conducted a study focusing on people who ate a completely plant-based (vegan) diet.
Dr. Klaper was also a member of the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association, and served as an advisor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) project on nutrition for long-term space colonists on the moon and Mars.
For over ten years, Dr. Klaper hosted a popular medical information radio program Sounds of Healing on WPFW in Washington, DC and KAOI 1110 AM on Maui, Hawaii.
Dr. Michael Klaper practiced acute care medicine in New Zealand for three years and currently serves on the staff of the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, a nutritionally-based medical clinic specializing in therapeutic fasting and health improvement through a whole-food, plant-based diet.
He also serves on the Advisory Board for Naked Food Magazine.
Dr. Brooke Goldner
Dr. Brooke Goldner is a board certified medical doctor, the a best-selling author of two books, Goodbye Lupus and Green Smoothie Recipes to Kickstart Your Health and Healing, and the founder of VeganMedicalDoctor.com and GoodbyeLupus.com. She is also the creator of the Hyper-nourishing Healing Protocol for Lupus Recovery.
Dr. Goldner was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Nephritis with stage IV kidney disease at 16 years old and made a startling recovery from her disease at 28 years old using her protocol, which uses supermarket foods. She has been symptom-free ever since, with normal lab results and no trace of disease in her body. Now, she educates physicians and patients on how to heal and achieve vibrant health using her protocol and supermarket foods. Dr. Goldner’s Hyper-nourishing Healing Protocol has helped patients with Lupus and a multitude of other diseases.
Dr. Goldner has starred in videos and documentaries such as Eating You Alive, Whitewash, The Conspiracy Against Your Health, Goodbye Lupus, and Super Healthy Meals for Your Family. She has appeared on TV news and media outlets such as, The Home & Family Show, RTVi News, Natural News Radio, Health Conspiracy Radio, Wellness Radio, and has been featured on the front cover of Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine. As a keynote speaker and educator, she delivers her message and trainings to audiences and organizations across the nation, including Lupus LA, Health Healing & Happiness, Belsandia, The International Plant-Based Nutrition Conference, The Whole Conference, and California State University. She is is a highly-sought after speaker who regularly shares the stage with other world-renowned physicians including Drs. Dean Ornish, Caldwell Esselstyn, Neal Barnard, Michael Greger, T. Colin Campbell, and many others.
Dr. Goldner graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University for her genetic research in Leukemia and neurobiology. She received her M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine, and was Chief Resident at UCLA-Harbor Residency in Psychiatry. She also holds a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.
Ocean Robbins is an author and co-founder and CEO of the 800,000+ member Food Revolution Network, which is a global community of citizens standing up for healthy, sustainable, humane and delicious food for all.
He has hosted more than 800,000 people in his online Food Revolution Summits, and has organized and facilitated hundreds of live seminars, gatherings and events for more than 200,000 leaders from 65 nations.
The Food Revolution Summits and online classes have featured speakers including Paul McCartney, Andrew Kimbrell, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Robyn O’Brien, Tony Robbins, Dr. Joel Furhman, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Neal Barnard, Jeffrey Smith, Dr. Jane Goodall, and dozens of additional world-renowned thought leaders and health experts.
Ocean is an adjunt professor in Chapman University’s Peace Studies Department, and co-author with his father, bestselling author John Robbins, of Voices of the Food Revolution. He is also the co-founder of Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!), which he launched at age 16, and directed for 20 years.
Ocean is the author of The Power of Partnership and co-author of Choices For Our Future. He has spoken in person to more than 200,000 people and was recently a featured speaker at the wildly popular The Truth About Cancer conference.
In addition, Ocean has facilitated hundreds of gatherings for leaders from 65+ nations and is a recipient of many awards, including the Freedom's Flame Award, the Harmon Wilkinson Award for distinguished contribution to the humanities and social sciences, and the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service.
Angie Sadeghi, MD
When it comes to the human wellness experience, Dr. Angie says, “My passion is to provide healing through an integrative approach to keep patients healthy and youthful. Most people spend the latter years of life dealing with chronic disease. My mission is to bring healing and improve the quality of life for those individuals looking to stay fit and healthy, through use of genomics, nutrition, fitness, and bio-identical hormone therapy.”
Dr. Angie’s own personal journey fueled her desire to help patients. Four years ago she switched to a plant-based lifestyle and adopted regular fitness into her life. She had previously suffered from health problems such as severe eczema, elevated cholesterol, fatigue, and was overweight. She started eating a whole food, plant-based diet, and transformed her health and body amazingly. This allowed her to completely restore her health and even compete and place in a fitness competition. “It was crazy to look at myself in the mirror and look like a fitness model, rather than a typical overweight physician. For this reason, I decided to share my success method with my patients.”
Dr. Angie understands that no single approach is right for every individual, so she offers a complete range of services to help individuals with gut problems, obesity, anti-aging, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, and overall disease prevention using genomics. Combining evidence based medicine, her expertise in the digestive system, and her passion for physical fitness and plant-based nutrition, Dr. Angie has developed a comprehensive approach to helping patients recover from illness and live a healthy life. Additionally, she is part of a new movement called “The Plantrician Project,” empowering individuals with the knowledge and benefits of a whole food plant-based nutrition.
Dr. Angie Sadeghi is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Gastroenterology. She has extensive training from the prestigious University of Southern California (USC), and demonstrates exceptional commitment to excellence in treating diseases of digestive tract.
Dr. Angie is featured in two documentaries as a leader in the field of plant-based fitness for health and weight loss. Other upcoming projects include a book, Trifecta of Rejuvenation and Health. She was recently published on the cover of Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine, where she shared a health related article on making nutrition and fitness fun!
In closing Dr. Angie would say, “I want to leave a legacy of a doctor who prevented disease in her patients using the mastery of combing integrative medicine, genomics, western and eastern medicine, rather than simply using pharmaceuticals.”
Thomas Tadlock, MS
Thomas Tadlock is America’s leading expert on rapid fat loss, an author, and highly sought-after public speaker.
He is recognized as one of the top five trainers in the USA by Star Trac, one of the largest fitness equipment manufacturers in the world, his first personal fitness company, Epiphany Fitness Studio was the recipient of the "Best of Award" seven years in a row, and he is founder of the largest indoor boot camp in Orange County, CA.
Thomas Tadlock was named as MTV's Hottest Body in 2003 and is currently the host of the Vegan Body Revolution show, the #1 ranked Fitness & Diet podcast on Podomatic.com and iTunes. He is a master trainer for 3 different fitness companies and has been featured on multiple fitness DVDs.
He has successfully led training programs for thousands of individuals, organizations and celebrities nation-wide including professional recording artists, models, and entrepreneurs through his life-changing seminars, webinars, tele-seminars, and self-study courses. He has worked with top personal trainers of celebrities such as Britney Spears and Oprah Winfrey, as well as professional sports teams including the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and others.
Thomas teaches individuals who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. He helps his clients with easy-to-do, to-the-point, simple strategies to achieve the body of their dreams in the shortest time possible, with or without a gym.
He is an internationally recognized trainer educator, and has authored the weight loss programs for the fitness equipment company behind the hit TV show, The Biggest Loser. He has also been a featured body transformation expert sought out by media outlets including Cox 3, KCAL 9, Newsday, Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine, and more.
As a professional speaker, Thomas has shared the stage with the likes of Dr. John Gray, author of the best-selling book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Health Gurus David Wolfe, Rob Sugar, JJ Virgin, David Hall, and other world-renowned leaders such as Tony Robbins, and many more.
Thomas has successfully cracked the code on how to build muscle and lose body fat on a 100% plant-based diet and has a mission to help save our planet by taking the vegan lifestyle mainstream.
In the past ten years, Thomas has changed the lives of over 25,000 students world-wide, while still being father to two children and a husband to his wife. Thomas really is the undisputed expert on how to achieve your Dream Body on a 100% plant-based diet.
Thomas Tadlock holds a master's degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion and 8 national fitness and health certifications. He is an inventor and patent holder, creating the world's first muscle tempo control system.
Robert Cheeke is a two-time natural bodybuilding champion and considered one of VegNews magazine's Most Influential Vegan Athletes.
This world-famous bodybuilder has followed a plant-based diet for more than 20 years, is the founder and president of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, the best-selling author of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness: The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet and Shred It!: Your Complete Guide to Burning Fat and Building Muscle on a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet, a world-wide lecturer, and multi-sport athlete.
Robert is also the co-author of the newly release book Plant-Based Muscle, and a regular contributor to Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine, Naked Food Magazine, Forks Over Knives, and The Dr. T. Colin Campbell Center For Nutrition Studies.
Once a scrawny 120 pound boy from Corvallis, Oregon, Robert adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1995, at the age of 15 because of his love and compassion for all animals. He now tours the world, sharing his story of transformation from a skinny farm kid to a world-famous, champion, vegan bodybuilder.
Ella Magers, 22-year ethical vegan and founder of Sexy Fit Vegan® strives to empower people with the tools they need to ditch dieting, adopt a fit, vegan lifstyle, and build a plant-strong body, heart, and mind for LIFE.
Ella has been a vegan fitness and lifestyle coach for 15 years. She has been named among Shape Magazine’s 50 Hottest Trainers in America. She took first place in the bikini division at the FAME Fitness World Championships and was named Trainer of the Month on Bodybuilding.com. Ella has also been featured as a vegan fitness expert in the mainstream media and has conducted workshops across the globe.
In 2015 Ella’s book, The Six Weeks to Sexy Abs Meal Plan, a 6-week vegan meal plan with over 100 easy recipes, was published. She then started her 6-Week Plant-Empowered Coaching Program to empower people with the tools they need to go vegan, develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies, and feel empowered for life.
Her mission is to empower people with the tools they need to bring out their inner bad ass. Ella also believes that eating should be an enjoyable way to fuel your body and ignite your taste buds and that far too many people obsess over counting calories and macros, or are stuck in a debilitating cycle of restricting and binging. She was once one of those people.
Ella's journey started with an “aha” moment in third grade when she connected the food on her plate to the animal that it was, and she was horrified! Thus, her deep sense of compassion for all living creatures led her to transition to a fully vegan lifestyle and ultimately become a passionate vegan coach.
Will Tucker is America’s Vegan Trainer™. He is a four-time Natural Bodybuilding Champion, the owner of WTF! (Will Tucker Fitness), an author, Certified Fitness Trainer, speaker, and regular contributor to Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine.
Will constantly dispels the myth that large amounts of animal protein are required to build an outstanding physique. His philosophy is that all the nutrients the body requires are available in a well balanced, plant-based diet that is high in carbohydrates with minimal amounts of protein and healthy fats. He focuses on giving the body what it needs on a cellular level to obtain better health while maximizing aesthetics.
As a certified fitness trainer, he relies on his 20+ years of fitness experience to help his clients develop plant-based nutrition and exercise plans that fit their individual preferences and needs. Many of his clients have eliminated the need for prescription medications while eradicating physical ailments. For years everyone from soccer moms to CEO’s, medical professionals and even celebrities have called on Will when they need to get in shape in the shortest time possible.
Will is a prominent figure in the Vegan community. His talks at both veg-friendly as well as corporate events are always well received. His style is both educational and entertaining. He always engages with the audience in the most unique way. The topic of Will’s talk, Protein Propaganda, delves into the mass conditioning in both the fitness and everyday world of protein consumption. He makes you think logically about why society is obsessed with protein. He also raises critical questions about commercial and financial interests associated with our food choices. Additionally, he discusses the impact on animal, environmental and health aspects, while sharing his personal story of how he transitioned from a mid-western meat and potato kind of guy to become Vegan. Frequently, he receives messages from attendees who convert to a Vegan lifestyle after hearing him speak.
Vanessa Espinoza is a professional and elite power-lifter, personal fitness and plant-based nutrition trainer, founder of Plant-Based Muscle, and a co-author of the new book by the same name, Plant-Based Muscle.
As a fitness guru and life-long athlete, Vanessa has passionately pursued multiple sports on a professional level. While in high school Vanessa was awarded a basketball scholarship to Colorado State University. After being ranked as one of the top 10 point guards in the United States, Vanessa was drafted to play in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
While helping her family through a difficult time, Vanessa decided to step away from basketball and follow in her father's boxing footsteps. As with everything Vanessa sets her mind to, her time in the boxing ring proved to be incredibly successful as she was the three-time recipient of the award for Colorado Golden Gloves Undefeated State Champion.
After taking on various fitness and athletic challenges and conquering them all, Vanessa decided to use her knowledge and passion to help others. Through her Plant-Based Muscle business, she now provides online and in-home training to clients looking to up their game and get fit with the power of plants and exercise.
Dr. Anne Marie Fine
Dr. Anne Marie Fine is a practicing doctor, award-winning researcher, internationally recognized speaker, and the Founder & C.E.O. of IAMFINE®, an integrative beauty and wellness brand that empowers women to take control of their health and beauty.
The IAMFINE® brand was created in response to Dr. Fine’s personal and clinical experiences with chronic illnesses caused by environmental toxicity. Dr. Fine realized that autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, brain fog, and cancer were rising exponentially in tandem with rising environmental concentrations of 80,000 relatively newly formulated chemical compounds. By creating personalized detoxification protocols designed to lower body burden of toxicants, her patients recovered from years of chronic ailments and pains.
This inspired her to become a thought leader in the specialty of environmental medicine. She currently serves as the Director of Education for the Naturopathic Academy of Environmental Medicine as well as being a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. She is also the Science Advisor for the non-profit MadeSafe.org.
In response to her patients seeking to avoid toxic chemicals in many conventional skin care products, Dr. Fine developed a line of safe, non-toxic, eco-luxe, vegan, and sustainable anti-aging skin care products. Her non-toxic skin care products, along with her online courses aimed at guiding participants on how to do a Beauty Detox and follow the IAMFINE® Protocol, allow participants to reclaim their natural state of health and beauty. By making more informed lifestyle and consumer choices, participants improve their inner health, which is then reflected on the outside, taking years off their faces.
Dr. Fine is also the international bestselling author of Cracking the Beauty Code: How to program your DNA for health, vitality, and younger-looking skin. As the paradigm shift to Clean Beauty and natural health continues, Dr. Fine is dedicated to “walking the non-toxic talk” and teaching others to do the same. Dr. Fine is a visionary on the leading edge of a new field: the integration of beauty and wellness. All of her books, products, lectures, and online courses represent her lifelong commitment to unlocking both the secrets and the science of aging beautifully.
Steve Prussack - also known as The Juice Guru - is the best-selling author of Juice Guru: Transform Your Life with One Juice a Day and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Juice Fasting. Steve has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX networks and he is the host of the award-wining iHeart Radio podcast show, Juice Guru Radio.
He is the CEO and founder of Juice Guru, a lifestyle brand dedicated to spreading the message about juicing and healthy living, and he launched the world's only accredited virtual School of Juice Therapy program, the Juice Guru Certification Program which is recognized by the Complementary Medical Association (CMA).
In January, 2012, Steve produced the Jay Kordich's School of Juicing program with Jay (AKA Juiceman) and Linda Kordich. School of Juicing is an online coaching and mentoring program, teaching the fundamentals and health benefits of juicing.
Steve also founded and co-produced the world's largest online vegetarian summits including Veganpalooza: 2012 Vegetarian World Summit, Rawpalooza: 2012 Raw Food World Summit, and Evolvepalooza: 2013 Conscious Life World Summit.
Once an overweight smoker with high blood pressure, Steve now feels younger than he did in his twenties, after turning his life and health around with the power of juicing!
Gina Bonanno-Lemos is the founder of 360 Health Connection, the award-winning author of What The Fork? The Secret Cause of Disease, the author of the popular e-book, 13 Steps To A Cancer-Free Kitchen, the creator of the vegan training program, Your Plant-Based Guide, and a dual-certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Vegan Nutrition Specialist.
After spending her entire life struggling with health and hormone issues that left her sick, exhausted, and gaining weight Gina discovered the power of a plant-based diet and healed herself of chronic conditions that once controlled her and every aspect of her life. She now uses her experience and professional training to help others achieve a life of ultimate wellness and energy, and to avoid disease.
Through her books, public speaking events, social media platforms, and her vegan training program, Gina opens hearts and minds to the health benefits of a plant-based diet and the dangers and disease-causing principles of animal protein. She also uses these tools to raise awareness about animal cruelty and abuse, and the environmental effects of factory farming.
Gina is passionate about the power of natural healing through proper nutrition and exercise, adequate rest, eliminating toxins, and spirituality. And, as a survivor of abuse, she is an outspoken advocate for the protection of women and children, and engages with others to help them understand how they can turn past traumas into triumphs and achieve emotional health.
Certain that our purpose on this planet is to reach a higher level of consciousness and to protect those that cannot protect themselves, Gina is an active warrior in the fight for compassion and equality for all living beings.
Gina received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Vegetarian Health Institute and continually builds upon her training. She considers herself to be a stats and facts nerd and life-long student, thus she enjoys reading medical studies, taking courses, and attending health seminars to further and deepen her knowledge .
When she's not speaking, cooking, advocating, reading, coaching, studying, or writing, you can find Gina spending time with her family in Southern California.
Sahsha Campbell-Garbutt is an Author, Plant Based Lifestyle Advocate and Guide and Herbal Cultivator. She is Founder of Life and Light Wellness LLC, a firm that offers lifestyle coaching, plant-based education and herbal detoxification guidance. Sahsha is also a CPR/AED certified Personal Trainer, mother and wife.
In addition to her devotion to wellness, she’s a long-standing member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Sahsha’s writing has been published in Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Creative Loafing and Lennox and Parker Magazine. She’s Co-Author of two Amazon best selling compilation books, 20 Beautiful Women Vol, 3 and I Am Beautiful: The Evolution Of Beauty, where she also served as editor.
Due to her exemplary passion and work in holistic wellness, Sahsha received the “Health is Wealth” award presented by Black Girlz Rock San Diego Chapter.
Sahsha has shared her message of intrinsic fitness from coast to coast, recently filming a segment on TBN’s “Joy In Our Town” about the mind-body-soul connection to fitness.
This summer she traveled to South Africa as a speaker at local churches, business meetings, learning centers, and at the Woman On The Grow conference discussing the importance of holistic wellness, mental and physical detoxification and a plant based lifestyle.
The second edition of Sahsha’s first full-length book, The Well: Where Fitness Begins From Within is available now.