Michelle Joy Kramer
Michelle Joy Kramer, CHHC, AADP, is a Board-Certified Health Coach and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is accredited by The American Association of Drugless Practitioners, having completed CEU and Certification Programs for Health Counseling through Purchase College, State University of New York.
She is also an accomplished top competing athlete, her greatest achievement was qualifying for and completing the IRONMAN Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii. Michelle helps individuals and corporate teams achieve their optimal health through healthy lifestyle changes.
You can find her health coaching practice at www.MichelleJoyKramer.com
Jennifer Gross is the co-Owner of GAIN - Growth and Improvement Never-ending, a Holistic Health & Wellness Company and a Certified Holistic Health Coach, through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition of New York. She has a Bachelors of Business in Finance with Minors in Sociology and IT from Stetson University.
Jennifer is passionate about empowering people to take control of their Health & Wellness. Her mission in life is to love, help and inspire others to live an energized and joyful life of abundance and fulfillment.
Find her at www.JenGrossHealthCoach.com
Salvatore Lacagnina, D.O.
System Medical Director of Wellness & Employee Health
Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina is the System Medical Director of Wellness and Employee Health for Lee Health. In this role, his mission is to motivate, educate and empower people to improve their health and wellness. Dr. Sal, as he likes to be called, is one of Lee Health’s champions responsible for developing a comprehensive health, wellness and preventive care program for more than 19,000 employees and family members.
He is the Medical Director for the LH Employee Health clinics and the Medical Director for the Wellness Centers in Cape Coral and Ft. Myers.
From 1994-2010 he practiced Internal Medicine with the Lee Physician Group and served as its Medical Director until 2010 before taking on his role as System Medical Director of Wellness and Employee Health. His emphasis is on the prevention and reversal of cardio metabolic diseases, diabetes, weight management, cancer risk factor reduction and overall lifestyle medicine.
Dr. Sal earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and he is Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and is a Diplomat of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Dr. Sal writes a weekly column about health and wellness in The News-Press and a monthly column for the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Trends publication. He also speaks publically throughout the community.
Jaimela J. Dulaney, M.D., PA
Dr. Dulaney, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, has been a private practice cardiologist in Port Charlotte, FL since 1998. She received her undergraduate and medical school education from West Virginia University and went on to complete a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh. At the beginning of her career, the hope was to help people avoid the fate of her grandparents. It was never fathomed that hypertension or diabetes could be reversed, only managed.
However, the tides have changed. After reading the book A Diet for a New America, by John Robbins, studying the works of Dean Ornish, MD and finally seeing the documentary Forks Over Knives, Dr. Dulaney had a new hope for the care she could provide her patients. With the implementation of a no oil, plant based diet, the potential for disease reversal could be realized.
Since then, her cardiology practice has changed with a greater emphasis on plant based nutrition education. She has successfully, for the first time, been able to take medications away from patients and see their lifestyle diseases disappear.
With the transformation to a membership practice, Dr. Dulaney and her staff take the time to understand the patient’s health and wellness needs, then utilize only those tests beneficial in finalizing a treatment plan. This multifaceted treatment plan utilizes general medical care, cardiac care, nutritional education, and coaching, along with social support, to achieve the best state of wellbeing possible.
Walking the walk and treating patients like she would want her family to be treated are the tenets of the practice. The goal is for patients to achieve optimum health and wellness with a focus on preventing — and even reversing — lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, peripheral vascular disease and autoimmune diseases. Dr. Dulaney demonstrates her belief in the importance of exercise and nutrition by eating a whole food plant based diet while successfully training for and competing in over 25 marathons, 5 Ironman triathlons, and one ultra-marathon with no stop in site. By changing the standard focus of sick care to health care, modern medicine has the ability to not only extend life but optimize quality of life, an option Dr. Dulaney believes should be given to all patients.
Find her at www.doctordulaney.com.
Bradley Trope, M.D.
Doctor of Integrative Gastroenterology
Dr. Bradley Trope, originally from South Africa, received his gastroenterology training at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Relocated to Southwest Florida in July 2005, he joined Associates in Digestive Health. He brings with him expertise in endoscopic ultrasound, and diagnostic/therapeutic endoscopy.
Dr. Trope has an interest in integrative gastroenterology and has completed the Integrative Medicine Fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Trope uses an integrative gastroenterology approach to treat his patients’ digestive symptoms and conditions with the best evidence-based practices that enhance conventional care. His goal is for his patients to achieve optimal digestive health and wellness as well as help them with disease prevention.
Integrative gastroenterology is an approach to care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect the patients’ digestive health. Dr. Trope’s integrative gastroenterology approach includes a focus on food as medicine—how his patients’ diets play a role in controlling inflammation levels, balancing blood sugar, regulating cardiovascular health (including blood pressure and cholesterol levels), and helping the digestive organs process and eliminate waste.
Find his practice at www.aidh.com
Dr. Dulce Villacampa Dudley
Dr. Dulce Villacampa Dudley is a board certiﬁed pediatrician who has been in practice in Naples, Florida for the past 31 years. She did her residency training at Rush Presbyterian St Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, IL and Nicklaus’ Childrens Hospital in Miami, FL and started working in Naples on July 7, 1988. She was one of the founding partners of Anchor Health Centers in 1997, a large multi-specialty group that partnered with NCH Healthcare System in 2010. In 2015, she co-founded Lighthouse Pediatrics of Naples, a faith-based practice, where they not only care for their patients’ physical needs but also address their spiritual needs. She is a proponent of preventive medicine and counsels patients on the beneﬁts of good nutrition and exercise as a way to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Dudley has been plant based since 2017 and has done extensive research on nutrition. She is very concerned with the growing number of obese children in the US and knows that the number will continue to rise unless drastic changes are made to the standard American diet (SAD). She encourages her patients to avoid all diary products and limit or avoid animal protein as well. She believes that if we can change the way our children eat, we can change their future!
Dr Dudley believes in giving back and participates in missions both locally as well as internationally. She has gone on dozens of medical mission trips to Latin America and participates in humanitarian eﬀorts here at home.
Find her at www.lighthousepedsnaples.com.
Founder & Chairman, PBNSG
Plant Based Nutrition Support Group
Born in Detroit, Paul has lived in West Bloomfield since 1971. In May of 2013, he was diagnosed with Heart Disease and his cardiologist gave him two options: bypass surgery or to try “Plant Based Nutrition” (PBN). After meeting with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, he decided to try PBN. After just 3 weeks his angina disappeared. His cholesterol levels dropped from 250 points, he lost 65 pounds in one year and he felt great! Paul promised himself that when he felt better he would put together a support group to help others in our community, so he contacted Dr. Joel Kahn, co-medical director who agreed to assist him on the journey.
In February of 2014, he held his first Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG) meeting, 123 people attended! Today PBNSG has 5800 members and over 100 volunteers. They’ve started many outreach programs and have relationships with the owners of 30 local restaurants. PBNSG has completed working on curriculum change with Medical Students at Wayne State, Eastern Michigan , Oakland University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan medical school. The group has held classes for local doctors to learn about the benefits of nutrition before pills or procedures - called Doctors Teaching Doctors and received a sponsorship from Henry Ford Health Systems. PBNSG has over 35 small groups around the state. In 2018 PBNSG will be holding over 46 health and culinary education classes and just finished an 80+ page manual called “Healthier Together” which helps people around the world start their own Plant Based Nutrition Support Group.
Amanda Altman is the founder of Sprout’s Kitchen, a personal chef and cooking company that specializes in whole food, plant-based cuisine.
With a Bachelors degree in Psychology, minor in Interdisciplinary Studies and a certification in Wilderness Therapy, Amanda ties her connection to the natural world into everything she does. She is also RYT-200 certified and heals through instructing yoga and cooking - working as a private chef and cooking consultant in South Florida. She is committed to positively impacting the world and those around her. With a strong passion for teaching, sharing and modeling mindfulness, her purpose is to help her community implement healthier standards throughout their lives - interweaving food, yoga and mindfulness.
Find her at www.AmandaSprouts.com .
Social Media Organizer and Graphic Designer
She has over 20 years professional experience in interactive and graphic design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Helene was a pescetarian since 1992 then did a 45 day all raw vegan challenge in 2010, became a regular member of the Naples Green Scene in 2012 and then in 2015 became a full time vegan after viewing the film "Vegucated" at a Naples Green Scene event. In 2017, she did 7 months of all raw vegan food, and believes in the benefits of healthy whole plant foods. In 2019, she became part of the Naples Green Scene team and also a HappyCow and Produce Buddies ambassador for Naples. She loves encouraging others to eat more plants, reading about nutritional research, being creative, and enjoys going to various fruit festivals in florida and other states. She has tried over 80 new fruits and over 16 new vegetables since going vegan.
Find her on Instragram at https://www.instagram.com/helenesveganfoodphotos/
Rimma is a CPA at Davidson & Nick, CPAs in Naples and has been vegan for more than 10 years.