Editorial Board

RDN, LD, IFNCP

Kellie Blake is a registered dietitian, licensed to practice dietetics in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and in 2018, she completed the training to become an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner. In 2015, Blake was recognized as a Top Ten Dietitian by Today’s Dietitian Magazine.

Blake is a fulltime psychiatric dietitian at River Park Hospital, located in Huntington, West Virginia. She uses a functional nutrition approach to mental health challenges and has been instrumental in making meaningful nutrition-related changes in the foodservice department of her facility. In addition to her clinical duties, Blake is the leader of the hospital wellness committee and promotes employee wellness by providing monthly wellness challenges. Blake creates fun challenges to keep her employees engaged and informed about the importance of nutrition and lifestyle change for overall health.

In addition to her work in psychiatry, Blake partners with Hospice of Huntington to help families and patients struggling with end of life nutrition decisions. She provides nutrition education to hospice staff and clients on how to use nutrition-related strategies for symptom management and quality of life.

Blake also has a private practice, NutriSense Nutrition Consulting, LLC, where she utilizes her functional nutrition training to assist clients in preventing and reversing chronic disease. In addition, she is the practice dietitian for the West Virginia Cornea and Cataract Center of Excellence where she provides personalized functional nutrition solutions for those with eye disease.

Blake has used functional nutrition to reverse her own autoimmune disease and is passionate about sharing the food as medicine message. Blake maintains a nutrition and lifestyle blog at www.nutrisensenutrition.com and shares her favorite recipes on Instagram @nutrisensenutrition.

ND, BA, IFMCP

Carolina Brooks, is a functional medicine practitioner who uses a systems biology and science-based approach to healthcare involving nutrition, genetics, herbal medicine, endobiogeny, and orthomolecular medicine. She has also trained in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, ear acupuncture for addiction cessation, coaching, neuro-linguistic programming, and hypnotherapy.

Brooks works to educate, support, and empower clients to take responsibility for optimizing their health. She has first-hand expertise in managing stress and improving energy levels in high-pressure working environments.

She runs her own clinic, Anthrobotanica, based in London, and works as a consulting practitioner for Holistic Heart Center of America. She consults wellness start-ups and clinics, formulates supplements, and has created herbal products for both the wellness and hospitality sectors. She runs corporate wellness programs and has developed educational courses for practitioners and the general public. She started her career in investment banking before establishing her consultancy practice in the wellness sector.

B.Sc., Dr.TCM

Melissa Carr is a registered Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), lecturer, and health writer. She has a degree in kinesiology and worked in medical research in Japan prior to her Traditional Chinese Medicine studies in both Canada and China. As a result, she loves to blend Eastern and Western natural health knowledge and therapies.

In practice since 2001, Dr. Carr enjoys working at integrative medicine clinics because she believes that coordinating health professionals can provide the best patient experience and outcomes. Having worked with some of the top names in sports and entertainment, Dr. Carr was chosen as one of the few acupuncturists for Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics and Paralympics, and also volunteered at the World Police and Fire Games.

As a passionate educator, Dr. Carr has been a teaching assistant for anatomy and an instructor for nutrition at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She now continues educating the public about natural health matters via lectures, including to Blue Cross, David Suzuki Foundation, Fraser Health Authority, and the University of British Columbia.

She is an advisory board member of Alive magazine, writes for several publications, and was a columnist for a Vancouver newspaper. She is now in the process of writing a book on nutrition from a TCM perspective.

DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM

Nancy Gahles is CEO and Founder of Health & Harmony Wellness Education and Center for Integrative and Holistic Healthcare, TeleHealth & Harmony and Spirit of Love~The Rockaway Sangha. She is a Chiropractor (Ret.), Certified Classical Homeopath, Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practitioner and Ordained Interfaith Minister in family practice since 1980 specializing in the stress that underlies disease, and pain management.

Gahles’ unique method, the Triumvirate Technique, integrates the best of the mind/body/spirit disciplines including nanomedicine, diet and lifestyle, meditation, yoga/QiGong, breath/bodywork, cognitive behavioral techniques, spirituality in health and medicine, palliative care, and end of life issues and positive potential practice.

Gahles is a member of the Board of Directors & Federal Policy Committee member of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium; the Advisory Board, Integrative Healthcare Symposium; and a Partner for Health for Council for Homeopathic Certification. Gahles is Pres. Emerita of the National Center for Homeopathy. She is a freelance healthcare journalist, newspaper columnist, member of the Association of Healthcare Journalists, author of The Power of $elf Care: A Common Sense Guide to YOUR Wellness Solution, and a public speaker and TEDXTalk presenter. Gahles practices in the New York City suburb of Rockaway Beach and via TeleHealth delivery.

MD, FACOG, IFMCP

Gary Goldman graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He then attended medical school at Stony Brook University where he earned his M.D with Distinction in Research and was elected to the national medical college honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha.

He received his training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center as a resident from 1986 to 1990, served as Chief Resident in his final year, and has remained at that institution thereafter. Since its merger with Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in 1998, it is now known as New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College.

Goldman has continued his affiliation with Cornell since opening his private practice in 1990. He previously served on the Weill Cornell Medical College Admissions Committee for ten years. Goldman taught first-year Cornell medical students in their Patients, Medicine, and Society course. He also participates in the clinical training of third and fourth-year medical students and obstetrics and gynecology residents.

Goldman is board certified in OB/GYN by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG). He is also an IFMCP Certified Practitioner through the Institute for Functional Medicine. He currently focuses his practice on gynecology, integrative women's health, and functional medicine.

He has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and books and has lectured widely on various subjects including endometriosis, pelvic pain, and laparoscopic surgery. Goldman has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Castle Connolly Top Doctor, New York Magazine Best Doctor, Patient’s Choice Award, and The Best Doctors in America. 

LICSW, DCSW

Julie Luzarraga is a psychotherapist and founder of Omaha Integrative Care, Nebraska’s first integrative care center dedicated to providing integrative therapies for health and wellness.  She received her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Boston College and has a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work.  She is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and holds a Certificate in Integrative Mental Health.  In addition to extensive training in trauma informed practices and mind body medicine, Julie has trained in yoga, Reiki, and mindfulness based therapies.  She is a graduate of the Leadership in Integrative Healthcare at Duke University.  Her background as a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker brings a unique perspective to her leadership role.

With over twenty years of experience as a clinical social worker, Julie specializes in many areas, including mind body medicine, depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, infertility, loss and relationship issues.  She is particularly passionate about working with executives and entrepreneurs on developing mindfulness and stress reduction practices to enhance creativity, productivity and living and working to one’s full potential.  In addition to her clinical work, Julie provides consultation to individuals and organizations looking to develop mindfulness skills as leaders and integrative business cultures.

NBC-HWC

Karen Malkin, NBC-HWC, is among the first National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coaches. She is certified as an Integrative Health Coach and Lifestyle Practitioner from both the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and is certified through the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Malkin has a private health coaching practice in Chicago, Illinois. As co-founder and CEO of MCT Foods, LLC, Malkin developed a line of high-quality vegan protein blends, MCT oil, and superfood bars. She is the author of the 14 Day Transformation series, including “Toxin Takedown.”

She is a regular guest on ESPN Sports Medicine Weekly Radio and has appeared in several media outlets and publications, including The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, and Crain’s Chicago Business.

Malkin passionately serves on the board of directors of the Environmental Working Group, an environmental advocacy organization. She also serves on advisory council for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine, the board of directors for Gardeneers, an organization which sustains and provides curriculum for Chicago Public Schools, and serves on the advisory board for Spiral Sun Ventures, a mission-based capital fund investing in health and wellness products.

Malkin’s clientele includes executives, professional athletes, women of all ages, and motivated individuals who are ready for a new level of vitality. Some of Karen’s specialty areas include corporate wellness, 14-Day Transformation whole foods cleanses, reducing environmental chemicals toxicants, emotional eating, weight loss, the science of nutrition, managing cravings, and healthy lifestyle makeovers.

L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Bill Reddy, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. began his career as an Aerospace Engineer, flight-testing helicopters with the U.S. Navy, putting satellites in space with the U.S. Air Force Space Test Program, and supporting the director of flight test for the Joint Strike Fighter program. He continued his education pursuing master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology and Systems Engineering at George Mason University. 

He changed careers and studied acupuncture and oriental medicine under professors and graduates of Beijing and Shanghai medical schools in 1997 at the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese medicine.  Since that time, he has been working on bridging the gap between acupuncturists and physicians and pioneering integrative health across the nation.

Reddy has served on the executive committee of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium for seven years and has been co-chair of the Federal Policy Committee for the past five years, and currently co-chairs the Education Committee. He has presented at national conferences, including the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, the International Congress of Integrative Medicine and Health, and the American Traditional Chinese Medicine Association, and is the author of over 100 publications. He enjoys tai chi and qigong, teaches Modern Arnis, and has a private practice in Annandale, Virginia.

MD. MPH, IFMCP

Ken Sharlin is a board-certified neurologist, consultant, functional medicine practitioner, Assistant Clinical Professor, researcher, author, and speaker. His medical degrees are from Emory University, The University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University. His functional medicine certification is through The Institute for Functional Medicine.

He is author of the #1 best-seller The Healthy Brain Toolbox: Neurologist-Proven Strategies to Improve Memory Loss and Protect Your Aging Brain. His most recent publication, Reversal of Cognitive Decline: 100 Patients, can be found in the peer-reviewed Journal of Alzheimer’s & Parkinsonism, and he has been the primary investigator in several pharma-sponsored clinical trials that have helped bring new therapeutics to market.

Dr. Sharlin practices general neurology, and directs his functional medicine program, Brain Tune Up!, in Ozark, Missouri.