Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CNS, LDN

LIZ LIPSKI, PhD, CCN, CNS, LDN, holds a doctorate in Clinical Nutrition and three board certifications in clinical nutrition and one in Functional Medicine. She is currently the Director of Academic Development and is a graduate faculty member for the Nutrition & Integrative Health department at Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, MD. Previously, she served as the director of the doctoral program at Hawthorn University in Whitehorn, CA, and was a faculty member at Saybrook University in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Lipski co-teaches the GI Module for the Institute for Functional Medicine and collaborates with the Autism Research Institute. She is also a member of the editorial board for Brain and Gut, has written numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is the author of Digestive Wellness, The Digestion Connection, Digestive Wellness for Children, and Leaky Gut Syndrome, among others.Dr. Lipski has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine. Through Innovative Healing, Inc.,she offers Webinar-based mentoring programs and advanced nutrition forums for nutritionists, dietitians, and other health care professionals. She resides in Laurel, Maryland. For more information, visit and


Gerard Mullin, MD, MS, CNSP

GERARD E. MULLIN, MD, MS, CNSP is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is an internist, gastroenterologist, and nutritionist. Dr. Mullin is nationally and internationally renowned for his work in integrative gastroenterology and nutrition. He has accumulated over 20 years of clinical experience in the field of integrative gastroenterology and earned his master’s degree in nutrition while in practice.

In 2009 he was named by the American Dietetic Association as an honorary member. He is an associate editor of several nutrition and integrative medicine journals and serves on several certification exam committees and boards.  Dr. Mullin has authored and edited several books on nutrition and integrative medicine (Learn more at He has been interviewed on radio and television and has contributed to many stories in print media. Dr. Mullin’s biography has been included in Marquis and Covington’s Who’s Who numerous times and he has continually been selected as one of America’s Top Physicians since 2004.


Patrick Hanaway, MD

PATRICK HANAWAY, MD is a board-certified family physician trained at Washington University. Dr. Hanaway served on the Executive Committee for the American Board of Integrative Medicine and is Past President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. For the past 19 years he was worked with his wife in clinical practice @ Family to Family: Your Home for Whole Health Care in Asheville, NC. After 10 years as Chief Medical Officer at Genova Diagnostics, Dr. Hanaway became the Chief Medical Education Officer at the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) where he oversaw the development and implementation of IFM’s programs worldwide. He continues to consult and teach with IFM. In 2014, Dr. Hanaway helped develop the collaboration between IFM and the Cleveland Clinic, where he was the founding Medical Director and now serves as the Director of Research at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. In addition, Dr. Hanaway has been initiated as a Mara’akame [indigenous healer] by the Huichol people of the Sierra Madres in Mesico. He holds community fires, leads ceremonies and offers traditional healing sessions.


Michael Ash DO ND BSc RNT

Michael Ash. DO, ND, BSc, RNT has been in practice for some 35 years. Building one of the largest integrative medicine clinics in the southwest of England (he sold this in 2007), he embraced the concepts of functional medicine and employed them in his clinical development from 1991. Since 1992 he has researched the role of the mucosal immune system, especially in relation to the gastrointestinal tract and applied the emerging comprehension and emerging relationships between the bacterial constituents and the immune system to his clinical needs. This clinical experience and intellectual rigour produced impressive clinical outcomes and as such he has presented in the role of ‘wet tissues’ in human health in 5 continents to thousands of clinicians over the last decade.

Michael is an adjunct faculty member of the Institute for Functional Medicine™ and responsible for bring the Institute’s professional training programmes to the UK and Europe. Michael is an experienced presenter able to convert complex mechanisms into comprehensible sections of information that resonate with clinical experiences. Author of numerous book chapters, articles and reviews. He works in a small specialist practice exploring the use of food substrates in the treatment of mucosal immune-related disorders.


Robert Rountree, MD

ROBERT ROUNTREE, MD received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill in 1980. He subsequently completed a three-year residency in family and community medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, after which he was certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. He has augmented his training with extensive postgraduate studies in nutritional and herbal pharmacology along with certification as a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Dr. Rountree has provided his unique combination of traditional family medicine, nutrition, herbology, and mind-body therapy in Boulder, CO, since 1983. He has recently opened Boulder Wellcare, a private practice specializing in individual healthcare consulting. He is coauthor of three books on Integrative Medicine, Immunotics: A Revolutionary Way to Fight Infection, Beat Chronic Illness and Stay Well (Putnam, 2000); Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child (Avery Publishing, 1994); and A Parent’s Guide to Medical Emergencies (Avery, 1997).


Richard Mayfield, DC, CCN, DACBN

RICHARD MAYFIELD, DC, CCN, DACBN received his chiropractic degree at the Northwestern Health Sciences University and is board certified in clinical nutrition. He has augmented his training with extensive postgraduate studies in nutritional and functional medicine since 1977. He is currently the director of the Center for Well Being in Edina, MN. His unique practice has an emphasis on nutrition, functional medicine, Asian healing systems, wellness activation methods and structural balance through chiropractic and applied neurological integrity systems. Dr. Mayfield is a functional medicine consultant and educator to physicians.


Mary Ellen S. Chalmers, DMD, NMD, IBDM

MARY ELLEN S. CHALMERS, DMD, NMD, IBDM, is a dentist in group practice in Santa Rosa, CA. She practices Integrative and Functional Dental Medicine, which incorporates functional medicine principles and practices with the art and science of dentistry.

Dr. Chalmers received her dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1980 and became a Board Certified Naturopath in 2010 by the American Naturopathic Medical Association with training from the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry (IBDM). She has augmented her studies with extensive training in traditional dental modalities, as well as areas of functional medicine.  She has advanced trained in Oxygen and Ozone Therapy and its applications in dentistry and Applied Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice and Advanced Practice Modules through IFM.

Dr. Chalmers has the distinction of being the first dentist certified as a Frequency Specific Microcurrent practitioner. She has been working since 2006 to develop the dental protocols and applications for this technology and holds the U.S. and international patents.  In 2010, she co-founded Functional Synergy Corporation, a company dedicated to research, teaching, and product development in the field of Oral Systemic Medicine.

Dr. Chalmers’ professional memberships include the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Institute for Functional Medicine, American Naturopathic Medical Association, International and American Academies for Dental Research, Academy of Dental Materials, and American Dental Association. She is on the board of the Frequency Specific Microcurrent Research Foundation and made presentations at symposiums for FSM and IFM, the 2011 LENS Conference as well as dental and medical study clubs and community organizations.

Clinically, Dr. Chalmers believes the practice of functional medicine-based dentistry bridges the gap between evidence-based dentistry and biological dentistry, as well as providing a critical foundation for communication between the medical and dental professions, enhancing the quality of care for patients.


Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS

DEANNA MINICH, PhD, FACN, CNS is a dynamic and internationally-known functional medicine nutritionist and author. Her twenty years of experience in the nutrition field led her to develop an integrated approach to nutrition called Food & Spirit, which spans the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of health. She is the author of four books on wellness and over fifteen scientific publications. She has trained in functional medicine for the past decade with the “father of functional medicine,” Dr. Jeffrey Bland, as her mentor, and has served on the Nutrition Advisory Board for the Institute of Functional Medicine. Her academic background is in nutritional science, including a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1995), and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Nutrition) from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands (1999). In conjunction with her academic degrees and extensive teaching experience at the university level, she is both a Fellow (F.A.C.N.) and a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.) through the American College of Nutrition and has received education in functional medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine. Dr. Minich has over ten years of experience working in both the food and dietary supplement industries with her last position as Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Metagenics, Inc., in which she was responsible for global product launches in addition to serving as a teaching clinician for international audiences of healthcare practitioners. Her current responsibilities as Vice President of Education at the PLMI involve coordination of cutting-edge information and collaboration with opinion leaders in the personalized lifestyle medicine field. She is the author of four books on nutrition, wellness, and psychology, and is passionate in helping others to live well using therapeutic lifestyle changes.


Tom Malterre, MS, CN

Tom Malterre, MS, CN, began learning about nutrition at the age of 10 from his family doctor, Dr. John McDougall. He continued his studies by attaining both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in nutritional sciences from Bastyr University. As a medical affairs team member at Thorne Research, he lectured across North America and educated doctors on nutritional biochemistry and Functional Medicine. Along with his wife Ali, Tom has co-authored three books, including the recent The Elimination Diet. He has been inspired by his clinical clients and the online practitioner coaching programs he teaches at Whole Life Nutrition. A lover of nature, Tom loves to hike, climb, and wild-harvest plants with his children.