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.
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
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.
Web Design and Social Media Marketing
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. 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.