Guest Speakers
Dr. Peter Swanz, ND
Dr. Peter Swanz received his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine Degree from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. He is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician with advanced training in classical homeopathy and nutrition. Dr. Swanz is a Fellow of the Homeopathic Association of the Naturopathic Physicians. He currently supports individuals on the journey to health through his Vital Force Naturopathy practice, integrating the best of his conventional and holistic medical training. Dr. Swanz specializes in homeopathy, pediatrics and family medicine. He is passionate about healing and is driven by the desire to see all people be the most healthy individual they can be.
Paras Mehta, MD
Harvard graduate Dr. Mehta is a resident physician at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he practices lifestyle-based medicine with a focus in Acupuncture, his degree focus. Dr. Mehta is very passionate about helping people ease into a plant-based lifestyle while also encouraging mindful healing practices like meditation.
Vani Hari
Vani is incredibly passionate about understanding what is in food - how it is grown, what chemicals are used in the production and what food does to the body. She is most knowledgable about ingredients in processed foods and the potential effects in the body. For this reason, she has made it her mission to spread as much information about what is in food as well as how to make the right purchasing decisions at the grocery store and how to live an organic lifestyle in this over processed world on her blog Food Babe.
Sheila Kilbane
Sheila Kilbane, MD is a board certified pediatrician who trained with Integrative pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil, and helped bring Integrative Pediatrics to the Charlotte area. A respected local resource with a passion for holistic care, her focus is on pediatric nutrition, allergies, asthma, autism, ADHD, eczema, recurrent ear infections and gastrointestinal issues. She has found that kids with these chronic conditions do beautifully once the families learn how nutrition and the mind-body connection can impact health.
Gaye Walden
As a Health Coach, Gaye is committed to helping people make diet and lifestyle changes to improve their health and enhance their quality of life. Taking a holistic approach, she educates, counsels, encourages, and supports her clients so that they reach their health goals. She works with individuals, small groups, offers group programs on health and wellness, and works with companies to improve the health of their employees.
Shabaka Amen
Shabaka Amen is a Vegan Nutrition Expert who has been a Mind-Body Fitness trainer and Healthy Lifestyle coach for 15 years. He is the Fitness and Lifestyle Expert for the Charlotte Today Show, where he launched a two segment Vegan Challenge and Vegan Foods Tour on live TV with Colleen Odegaard. Shabaka is Charlotte's 1st and only Vegan Personal Trainer! He owns the Body Of Your Dreams Personal Training Studio in NoDa, where he provides personal training, coaching, and plant-based nutrition plans to help his clients experience breakthrough results in body image, fitness performance, well-being, and health!
Juliana Luna
Juliana Luna received a BA in Hospitality Management from Sabana University in Bogota, Colombia, and received a scholarship to attend the Cesar Ritz College in Switzerland where she earned a secondary degree in International Business in Hotel and Tourism Management. Pursuing a path that is deeply connected to natural and living foods as well as to her roots, culture, and education she and her husband opened Luna's Living Kitchen.
Rian Harris
Rian Harris, Living Food Chef and Product Developer, is co-founder and partner in Fountain of Youth Foods, LLC. In 2000, Rian's personal search for a health solution introduced him to juicing and consuming raw and living foods. Chef Rian graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in business.
Christy Snow
Christy Snow is passionate about many things. Her new respect and love for health promoting foods has developed slowly over the past couple of years. She was able to reverse a chronic disease through changing her diet. Not only has that made her feel physically better, it has also cleared her spiritual perspective as well. She devotes her time to helping people heal themselves on all levels; from their body temple to their mind.
Beth Robb
Beth's career has taken her through advertising, human resources and employee wellness. Finally pushed over the edge from all the doughnuts and cookies in corporate America, she made a change to start offering her “living food” desserts, all made from what is already delicious in the world without being modified with refined sugars, food colorings, artificial flavors and bad fats. You get out what you put in... into your body and into your life!
Margo Page
Chef Margo Page is a vegan vegetarian personal chef. She caters meals to families' needs while keeping Heath and Wellness in mind. When you go to work, Chef Margo Page will come to your home bearing groceries to cook a week's worth of meals and have happy healthy meals waiting for you. She also provides the fallowing services: pantry rehabilitation, cooking classes, dinner parties, and catered events.
Beverly McLaughlin
Beverly McLaughlin has been cooking delicious vegetarian/vegan foods for local farmers' market (and now grocery stores) for years. She shares some of her tricks and tips in preparing healthful choices like tempeh and tofu in addition to some of her crowd-pleasing favorites, including planet burgers and watercress soup. The class ends with a delicious meal.
Julia Simon
Julia Simon is an expert in preparing healthful and delicious meals for individuals and families with special dietary needs. She can assist along the way with yummy, convenient, program-friendly selections and rewards us all with an artfully prepared celebratory four-course dinner once we cross the finish line.