Dr Heleen Roex-Haitjema
Co-Founder, Board Chair & Head of Campaigns
Dr Heleen Roex is a paediatrician (non practising), educated in the Netherlands. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell University and has qualified as a Food For Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington DC. She conducts community courses in her hometown of Adelaide in this capacity. Heleen has co-organised, presented at and attended numerous Australian, North American and European plant-based nutrition conferences, symposia, grand rounds and community events.
Whole food plant-based nutrition is the best nutrition for human health, based on a wealth of research.
Co-Founder & Exec. Director: Events & Outreach
Lucy founded the event hosting and promotions service Raw Events Australia in 2010. She also set up and managed the world’s first 100% plant-based, social-enterprise café Realfoods at RMIT University. Having co-created over 300 events such as film premieres, community festivals, cooking classes and medical symposiums, Lucy works with Doctors For Nutrition to showcase more of the world's best and brightest health educators to a wider audience.
Lucy is a co-founder and executive director of Doctors For Nutrition, with oversight in the areas of events and outreach.
Sound, independent information on nutrition science is key to addressing the current healthcare crisis.
Sheree has over 40 years’ experience owning and managing a number of retail, manufacturing and investment businesses, the last 25 years in architecture and property development and management. Since 1980, she has assisted a number of charities and non-profit organisations in a variety of roles including Board President and Finance Audit and Risk.
Sheree is a founding board member and non-executive director of Doctors For Nutrition, assisting with governance, strategy, finance and risk.
In a world of noise around fad diets and lifestyle hacks, there’s never been a greater need for clear advocacy about evidence-based nutrition solutions for the prevention and treatment of disease.
Dr Luke Wilson
Dr Luke Wilson is from Wellington, New Zealand, and is Board Certified by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. In his final year of medical school, he studied and worked in Santa Rosa, California, as an intern for Dr John McDougall at the McDougall Health and Medical Center and also alongside Dr Michael Klaper and Dr Alan Goldhamer at the True North Health Center. After graduation, he worked at Gisborne Hospital and subsequently was co-lead researcher and creator of a community-based lifestyle intervention using whole foods plant-based nutrition. Luke founded Two Zesty Bananas with colleague Dr Matthew Hobbs in 2014. Since then he has co-authored The 21st Century Food Course, completed the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, worked part-time as a general practitioner, and spoken at events in New Zealand, Australia and the USA. He has experience helping hundreds of people transform their lives by adopting a whole foods plant-based lifestyle, particularly through his work on the BROAD Study.
A plant-based way of eating can be so powerful for people's health - not just in the long term but in the short term as well. This is actually the best thing you can do for your health.
Dr Andrew Davies
Dr Andrew Davies is an intensive care physician from Melbourne. Andrew’s research has been widely published in leading medical journals, and he regularly presents at conferences locally, interstate and internationally. An episode of burnout in 2012 saw Dr Davies leave his coveted position at a leading public hospital and take a year’s break from clinical medicine and research. During this time, he and his family adopted a plant-based approach to nutrition, and embraced regular exercise and mindfulness practices. Andrew, and his wife - nurse Claire Davies - advocate for a balanced approach to health and wellness via their lifestyle events platform and podcast: the New Normal Project. Andrew also founded the Mastering Intensive Care podcast. Through these avenues, the wisdom and experience of leaders in healthcare are explored in greater depth and can be shared throughout the medical and wider community.
Your doctor probably knows less about hard nutrition and how it helps your health than you do.
Dr Adrian Griscti
Dr Adrian Griscti has been a rural GP for over 33 years and has practised the full gamut of procedural tasks including Obstetrics and Anaesthetics. In 2013, he was introduced to the health benefits of a plant based diet by his wife Jenny insisting that he must read The China Study. Subsequently, in 2014 Adrian completed the Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition through eCornell University. In 2018, he obtained his Fellowship of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Adrian is now known as “the vegan doctor” and his own blood work is exemplary of improved health – with a drop of over 40% in his total cholesterol. A large part of his practice is counselling and educating patients on the health benefits of not only a whole food plant based diet but also a healthy lifestyle in general. Many young patients have been known to enjoy the fruit that just happens to be left lying around on his desk! Adrian is also involved in teaching medical students from both Adelaide and Flinders University.
"I believe that one should lead by example. Since changing to a whole food plant based diet and increasing my exercise level, my blood cholesterol level has fallen by over 40% and I feel more vibrant and energetic.”
Dr Alyce Churchill
Dr Alyce Churchill is a General Practice Registrar in Perth. Before joining general practice she worked at several Western Australian hospitals as a resident medical officer and later as a Psychiatry Registrar. Alyce has been an advocate of plant-based nutrition and preventative medicine since adopting a whole food plant-based diet in 2013. Her catalyst for changing from a vegetarian diet was learning the evidence of a whole food plant-based diet in preventing and reversing so many Western diseases that she encountered every day at work. In 2015, Alyce created and launched the recipe and meal planning app Plant Based Easy to the iPhone store and in 2016 started the Facebook meet-up and education group Plant Powered Perth with Kelsey Brymer and Kamarra Morris. Alyce also holds a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from the T.Colin Campbell Centre for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University and has twice attended the International Plant Based Nutrition in Healthcare conference in California.
I aim to spread the benefits of plant-based nutrition among colleagues and to help people find wellness through diet and lifestyle.
Dr Andrew Little
Dr Andrew Little works as an Anaesthetic Registrar at the Tweed Base Hospital. Whilst he devotes the majority of his day putting people to sleep for surgery, he spends the rest of his time trying to awaken people to the benefits of a plant-based diet. Andrew's interest in nutrition came about after meeting his wife, who challenged his existing views. This led to an insatiable hunger for more information regarding a whole food plant-based diet. Being constantly frustrated by the ever increasing burden of preventable chronic illness, Andrew's passion for plants reached new heights and he now spends a majority of his days educating people about the importance of a healthy diet.
I am confident the physical design of the human body strongly points towards our ideal diet being heavily plant-based.
Dr Portia D'Anverrs
Dr Portia D'Anverrs is a Radiology Registrar based in Hobart, Tasmania. Portia is also a fitness instructor (Cert III, studying Cert IV personal training), she has completed an advanced diploma in Sports Nutrition and has competed in powerlifting, bikini (INBA) and sports model competitions (ICN). She is a writer for Oxygen Magazine and has presented multiple medical imaging papers at medical conferences around Australia. Portia is the director of Doctor Vegan Fit Pty Ltd, a health and fitness coaching business, showing people how to incorporate plant-based nutrition and resistance exercise into their busy lives.
I truly believe eating well, moving regularly, feeling like you have a purpose, and surrounding yourself with amazing people is the key to living a happy, healthy life.
Dr Stephanie Dakin
Dr Stephanie Dakin is a general practice registrar from Canberra. She also has undergraduate qualifications in nutrition. Stephanie was inspired to study medicine after learning just how effective a plant-based diet can be for preventing and treating so many common diseases. Stephanie also witnessed this healing first hand when she spent a month’s elective in her final year of medicine with plant-based physician Dr John McDougall in California. While Stephanie’s current focus is completing her general practice training, her plan is to increasingly use and recommend a whole food plant-based diet as the basis of her clinical work.
I recommend a whole food plant-based diet to patients – it is effective for preventing and treating so many common diseases.
Dr Amanda Robinson
Dr Amanda Robinson is completing her intern year at Royal Darwin Hospital in the Northern Territory and is pursuing a career as a rural generalist. Dr Robinson is a Wiradjuri / Gamillaroi woman who is passionate about Aboriginal health and making a change to the health disparities that exist for Aboriginal Australians. Being exposed to the chronic health issues that are endemic within Indigenous Australian communities, Amanda adopted a whole food plant-based diet as a way to improve her own health and that of her family. She is motivated by the prospect of using food as medicine and the mounting evidence that so many diseases can be prevented and reversed through plant-based nutrition.
I am motivated by the prospect of using food as medicine and the mounting evidence that so many diseases can be prevented and reversed through plant-based nutrition.
Dr Peter Johnston PhD
Victoria Lead Dietitian
Originally from Dunedin, New Zealand, Peter became exclusively plant-based in 1991 after reading John Robbins’ book Diet for a New America whilst employed in Montreal, Canada as a post-doctoral research fellow. He has developed and runs a workplace-based program known as The Wholefood Solution where staff receive intensive support to go whole food plant-based for three weeks – a first for Australia! He also runs a nutrition private practice: Perfect Human Food Consulting, offering individual consultations, workplace training, residential reboot programs and public speaking. Peter has spent the last 15 years working in health promotion / community development in local government settings. Peter has a voracious interest in the latest research and developments in plant-based nutrition. This includes the area of food and environment and Peter lectures part time in this area at local universities.
The human body is like a car - if you don't put in the right fuel it won't run too well.
Rhianna Redclift APD
South Australia Lead Dietitian
Rhianna is a registered dietitian and nutritionist who graduated from a masters degree from Flinders University. She has worked at Royal Adelaide Hospital, Hampstead Rehabilitation and is now in private practice at Windsor Village Medical Centre, where she advocates for whole food plant-based diets. Rhianna has been a vegan for the past 15 years and strongly believes in its power to transform health and the planet. She has seen its implementation significantly improve the health of her patients. Rhianna’s interest areas include type 2 diabetes management, heart disease, PCOS and insulin resistance and the gut microbiome / inflammatory conditions.
I love helping people use the power of plant-based nutrition to promote, sustain and restore their health and wellbeing.
Emma Strutt APD
Queensland Lead Dietitian
Emma Strutt is an Australian Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist, earning her Bachelors of Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Initially working within the Sunshine Coast Hospital system, Emma now runs a private practice, Greenstuff Nutrition, and also works as a Research Assistant at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. Emma holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell University and is a qualified yoga teacher. Having followed a plant-based diet for over a decade, Emma passionately advocates the benefits of plant-based nutrition through her private practice work. She has also developed a wellbeing and education program for her local community. Emma is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia and the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
Love your gut and it will love you right back...
Joel Craddock APD
New South Wales Lead Dietitian
Joel worked as a clinical dietitian in an assortment of hospitals across the Illawarra region before deciding to enroll in a doctorate degree exploring vegetarian-based diets and their relationships with immune function and the inflammatory response. In 2018, he started his own private dietetic practice ‘Purely Plants’, which exclusively advocates a plant-based approach to eating.
Outside of work and study, Joel has a passion for keeping active and enjoying time with his family. Recently he has turned his athletic focus to competing in Ironman distance triathlons.
Plant-based eating beats fad diets every time for achieving holistic sustainable lifelong health.
Anna deMello MSc, RD
New Zealand Lead Nutritionist
Anna was trained and registered in Dietetics in Montreal, Canada, and holds registration with the College of Dietitians of Ontario (Canada). She has a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from McGill University. She now lives in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she works full-time in the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago. Anna is a Registered Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of NZ. After discovering a whole food plant-based diet through a fellow dietetics student, Anna went on to supplement her education with a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell. Anna and her partner Jono Drew (a medical student from NZ) co-founded Plant-Based Living Initiative - an organisation that offers nutrition education to individuals and groups; they now plan to engage in policy work.
Plant-based living offers triple benefits for personal health, your hip pocket and environmental sustainability: it's a win-win-win.
Dr Malcolm Mackay
General Practitioner Resources Advisor
Malcolm is a General Practitioner with expertise in plant-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine for the prevention, treatment and reversal of chronic disease. Malcolm’s personal and professional interest in plant-based nutrition began in medical school 35 years ago. He is a Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician and a fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and has a Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition. Malcolm is a regular attendee of the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conferences in the USA and has engaged with many of the leaders of this field.
Dr Mackay practises in Fitzroy, Melbourne and provides Telehealth consultations to patients in other regions of Australia. Malcolm and his partner, Jenny, provide nutrition and lifestyle education through their nutrition website, Facebook page, one day seminars and 6-day immersion retreats in Victoria.
I gradually changed to a low fat, low salt plant-based diet based on foods such as brown rice, oats, vegetables, legumes and fruit. I became a competitive athlete, winning the first ever triathlon in South Australia fuelled by “plant power”.
Jenny Cameron Dip Hum Nut
Lead Research Advisor
Jenny is a nutritionist, librarian consultant and trainer. With her partner Malcolm Mackay, they have created numerous nutritional health related resources for the community such as the website ‘Whole Foods Plant Based Health’, the Facebook page ‘Plant Based Health Australia’ and the Facebook group ‘Whole Food Plant Based Aussies’. They run seminars and 6-day immersion programs in Victoria and interstate and work collaboratively with other plant-based nutrition practitioners.
The evidence is really strong that eating whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruit is healthy for the human body.
Dr Juliette Roex
Lead Student Advisor
Juliette graduated from medical school in 2017 and completed her internship at Flinders Medical Center in Adelaide to become a fully registered doctor. Thanks to her inquisitive mother, she first heard about whole food plant-based nutrition in 2010 in her first year of medical school. Since then, Juliette’s view of the ‘health’-care system was forever changed. In 2017, Juliette’s interests in nutrition and lifestyle medicine lead her to complete a rotation at True North in Santa Rosa, California, under the guidance of Dr. Goldhamer, Dr. Klaper and Dr. Lisle. She has enjoyed attending the Plant-Based Nutrition in Healthcare conferences in California and has also spoken herself at the Nutrition in Healthcare Symposiums in Adelaide and Sydney. She dreams of building a career around educating patients and healthcare students / professionals on the benefits of a whole food plant-based diet.
I plan to build a career around educating patients and healthcare students / professionals on the benefits of a whole food plant-based diet.
Hannah O’Malley BPharm
New Zealand Advisor:
Events & Outreach
Hannah is a clinical pharmacist based in Nelson, who works across hospital and community pharmacy. Hannah also has a certificate in plant-based nutrition and founded The Better Base in 2018 to provide tools and support to help more people eat plant-based foods. She is passionate about raising awareness of the health and environmental benefits of plant-based nutrition and the need to promote lifestyle as a first line treatment, before or alongside medicines.
Hannah has hosted and spoken at several events around NZ attended by hundreds of people and had more than 1000 people engage with her online programmes, webinars and Ridiculously Good Recipe Meal Planner.
Eating plant-based food is the best daily decision we can make to future-proof our quality of life and our planet.
Dr Kim Allan Williams
International Advisor (USA)
Born and trained in Chicago, Dr Kim Williams was a professional level tennis player and coach before choosing to pursue a cardiology career. Since 2013, he has headed up the cardiology department of Rush University Medical Center. Dr Williams has served on numerous committees and boards at the United States national level, including the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, the American College of Cardiology, the Certifying Board of Nuclear Cardiology, the Certifying Board of Cardiac Computed Tomography, the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, the Association of Black Cardiologists and the Cardiovascular Disease Examination Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Among other presidencies throughout his distinguished career, Dr Williams currently serves as the ACC Past President 2016.
Kim is the inaugural Editor in Chief of the new International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention (IJDRP), a journal created to document the science of nutrition and lifestyle to prevent, suspend and reverse disease.
I recommend a plant-based diet because I know it’s going to lower blood pressure, improve insulin sensitivity and decrease cholesterol.
Dr Shireen Kassam
International Advisor (UK)
Dr Shireen Kassam is a Consultant Haematologist at King’s College Hospital, London. She specialises in the care of people with lymphoma, but also cares for those with other haematological cancers. She trained at St Mary’s Medical School, part of Imperial College London, qualifying as a doctor in 2000. She first undertook general medical training, achieving membership of the Royal College of Physician in 2003, then entered specialist haematology training gaining fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2009. Shireen took 4 years out of her specialist training to pursue a PhD at Queen Mary University and Barts Cancer Institute. She investigated the role of supra-nutritional doses of selenium in sensitising lymphoma cells to the cytotoxic effects of chemotherapy and deciphered mechanisms by which this effect was occurring. Shireen was awarded a PhD in 2011, and subsequently completed her haematology training and has been a Consultant since 2012.
Shireen discovered the power of nutrition in 2013 and since then has been following a whole food plant-based diet. Shireen is Founder and Director of Plant-based Health Professionals UK Ltd, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to provide evidence-based education to health professionals and the general public on plant-based nutrition and other lifestyle interventions for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.
Diet choices are now the top cause of death and disability globally. Not only is our diet causing ill health, it is a major factor contributing to climate destruction.
Dr Scott Stoll
International Advisor (USA)
Dr Scott Stoll received his medical degree from the University of Colorado. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. For 15 years he chaired the Physical Medicine and Rehab / Spine department at Coordinated Health and served as a team Physician and Lehigh University. Prior to receiving his MD, he was a member of the 1994 Olympic Bobsled team and currently serves as a physician for the US Bobsled and Skeleton team. He is the co-founder of the Plantrician Project, the International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, and the Regenerative Health Institute a unique collaborative project with the Rodale Institute. He serves on the advisory board at Whole Foods for their healthcare clinics and served as a member of the Whole Foods scientific and medical advisory board. He currently serves as the Chairman of the board for the Plantrician Project and chief medical director for the Rouxbe cooking school.
Dr Stoll hosts a very popular one week health immersion several times annually in Florida. In addition to authoring several books, hosting his own daily TV and radio programs, Dr Stoll has appeared on numerous national shows including the Dr Oz show, PBS and documentaries including Eating You Alive, Wait til it's Free, and The Game Changers. Scott resides with his wife and six children in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
We feed people a 100% whole food plant-based diet and we see incredible transformations in just one week.
Dr Neal Barnard
International Advisor (USA)
Dr Neal Barnard is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Dr Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr Barnard has authored more than 80 scientific publications and 20 books for medical and lay readers.
As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He has hosted four PBS television programs on nutrition and health, and is the editor in chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians, a textbook made available to all U.S. medical students. His research contributed to the acceptance of plant-based diets in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In 2016, he founded the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, DC, as a model for making nutrition a routine part of all medical care.
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Dr Barnard received his M.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.
I think we have to do everything that's useful. We're doctors. Our job is to tell the truth. And it doesn't have to be embellished in any way.
Dr Renae Thomas
International Advisor (USA)
Dr Renae Thomas (B-BMed, MBBS hons, MD) first became interested in the power of lifestyle choices before she even started school, while observing her father incorporate health-promoting changes (and heal!) shortly after he was diagnosed with metastatic cancer. She continues to have a passion for nutrition, physical activity, social connections and stress reduction, and how these influence disease prevention, often reversal, as well as ongoing maintenance of health. Renae recently migrated from Australia to Loma Linda, California – one of the world's Bluezones.
Dr Thomas is currently a senior resident in Loma Linda University Health’s Family and Preventive Medicine residency combined program, which includes a Lifestyle Medicine track, and a masters in Public Health (Population Medicine). She completed an internship at True North Health Centre in 2016, is a published co-author on vegetarianism and cancer with lead Adventist Health research Dr. Michael Orlich, vice-president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Trainees, on the lifestyle track committee for the American College of Preventive Medicine, a PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) spokesperson, McDougall Starch Solution and Dietary Therapy graduate and a qualified yoga teacher.
My greatest passion is empowering people to optimise their health through improving their lifestyle choices in an evidence-based fashion.