Learn about the power of a plant-based lifestyle from some of the nation’s leading experts.



KEYNOTE: How Not to Diet

Michael Greger, MD

A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues.  He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the public health director at The Humane Society of the United States.

His latest book How Not to Die became an instant New York Times Best Seller. More than a thousand of his nutrition videos are freely available at NutritionFacts.org, with new videos and articles uploaded every day.


The Role of Plant-Based Diets in Kidney Disease

Sean Hashmi, MD

Sean Hashmi, MD, MS, FASN is the Regional Director for Clinical Nutrition and Weight management at Southern California, Kaiser Permanente. He is a board-certified Nephrologist and Obesity Medicine Specialist.  He currently serves as the Assistant Area Medical Director and Medical Staff President at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills. In addition, he serves as the current President for the Clinical Management of Obesity Section of The Obesity Society. He is a proud member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He continues his volunteer work through his nonprofit SELFPrinciple.org focused on the latest in evidence-based health, nutrition and wellness education.


Plant-Based Vs. Omnivore for Gut Health

Angie Sadeghi, MD

Dr. Angie Sadeghi 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. 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. 

Dr. Angie is part of a new movement called “The Plantrician Project,” empowering individuals with the knowledge and benefits of a whole food plant-based nutrition. She trained at the University of Southern California (USC) and is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Gastroenterology. She is also featured in three 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

Dr. Angie says, “I want to leave a legacy of a doctor who prevented disease in her patients using the mastery of combing integrative medicine, western and eastern medicine, rather than simply using pharmaceuticals.”


Reversing the Tsunami of Alzheimer's Disease

Dean Sherzai, MD
Ayesha Sherzai, MD

Dean Sherzai, MD, PhD, MPH, MAS trained in neurology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and completed fellowships in neurodegenerative diseases and dementia at the National Institutes of Health and UC San Diego. He also holds a PhD in healthcare leadership with a focus on community health from Andrews University, and masters in lifestyle and epidemiology and clinical research. He is currently the co-director of the Alzheimer's Prevention program at Loma Linda University, as well as the CEO of the Healthy Minds initiative, which is conducting ground breaking research in brain health in several cities and districts around the country.

Ayesha Sherzai, MD, MAS leads the Lifestyle Program for the Prevention of Neurological Diseases. She completed a dual training in preventative medicine and neurology at Loma Linda University, and a fellowship in vascular neurology and epidemiology at Columbia University. She is also a trained plant-based culinary artist. She is currently the co-director of the Alzheimer's Prevention program at Loma Linda University, and lead researcher at the Healthy Minds Initiative. 


Finding the Road to Health and Wellness

Tim Kaufman

Tim Kaufman was diagnosed with  Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) in his early twenties. He was in chronic pain most of his life. By the time he had reached the age of 37 he was addicted to Fentanyl, alcohol, and fast food. At over 400 pounds he was unable to perform simple daily tasks. He had many chronic health issues and was almost immobile. He had lost his interest in life and had almost given up. Tim started a journey to regain his health. He started to change one small thing at a time. He is now an athlete that thrives on a plant-based whole food lifestyle and leads a healthy, happy, productive, and very active life that is free of all medications he was once on. His passion is to spread the message that anyone can transition to a healthy, active lifestyle and dramatically change their life regardless of their current situation or size.

Tim has appeared on podcasts from around the world and has been filmed for upcoming movies. He has been featured in Runners World Magazine, Good Morning America, Today, People, The Buffalo Newspaper, and many other media outlets.

Tim uses his platform as an international speaker to educate, inform and motivate people about plant-based nutrition, fitness, addiction recovery, overcoming physical challenges, and emotional and spiritual wellness.


Cooking Demonstration

Chef Alan Roettinger

Alan Roettinger is a writer, food designer, blogger, and public speaker. He has been a private chef for over 30 years, serving clients in the United States, Europe and Australia. His primary focus is bringing health and pleasure together in food. He is the author of six cookbooks, Omega 3 Cuisine,Speed VeganExtraordinaryVegan, Paleo Vegan, Paleo Smoothies, and most recently, The Almond Milk Cookbook. Alan is passionate about encouraging and empowering people to “Eat smart, and live joyfully.” Visit him at www.alanroettinger.com.