School of Integrative and Functional Medicine Faculty

Michael Dubanewicz, Ed.D., CCN, CFM, CDM, CFPP

DEAN: School of Integrative and Functional Medicine

Ed.D. – Breyer State University
M.Ed. – California Coast University
BS – Johnson & Wales University

Michael is a classically trained chef with instructional experience in high school as well as a University Professor of Culinary Nutrition.  Recognized and nominated as Disney® Teacher of the Year and a Golden Toque Honoree (Le Cordon Bleu). Published in Chef Educator Today Magazine, and appeared in the Sun-Sentinel & Miami Herald News, along with a food radio broadcast of, “Join Us at the Table.”

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Janice Bissex, MS, RDN

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: MS Integrative and Functional Medicine, Cannabinoid Medical Sciences concentration

MS – Boston University
BS – University of Maine

Holistic Cannabis Practitioner and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Completed extensive research to source the highest quality organically grown, phytocannabinoid-rich hemp CBD products and advises clients on access, proper cannabinoid ratios, dosing, best consumption methods, and cooking with cannabis.

Bonnie Brock, ND, MPH, RDN, LDN

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Nutrition Oncology Graduate Certificate

ND – National University of Health Sciences
BS – Cornell University

Elected (2020-2021) as Nominating Committee Member to the Dietitians for Integrative and Functional Medicine of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences. Completed an ADA Approved Pre-Professional Practice Program (AP4) in dietetics at Tulane University. 

Jim Painter, Ph.D., RDN

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: MS Integrative and Functional Medicine, Nutrition concentration and Integrative and Functional Nutrition Graduate Certificate

Ph.D. – University of Illinois
MS – Oklahoma State University
BS – Southern Illinois University

Professor Emeritus at the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University. produced Portion Size Me, a documentary about fast food and health, and been featured on CBS’s “Early Show” and in journals and magazines including the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and pop magazine Glamour. Serves on the advisory board of Dole Packaged Foods.

Valentin Prisecaru, MS

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Nutrigenomics Graduate Certificate

MS – University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign
BS – University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

Val Prisecaru has been working as a nutritionist and nutrigenomics consultant for the past 20 years. Mr. Prisecaru specializes in genetic and microbiome analysis to help determine the optimal diet, lifestyle, supplements, and medication for each of his clients.

Anthony Smith, Ph.D.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: MS Integrative and Functional Medicine, Sports Medicine concentration

Ph.D. – Oregon State University
BS – Southern Oregon University

Anthony Smith received his PhD from Oregon State University in Molecular & Cellular Biology with an emphasis on biochemistry, metabolism and nutrition. He founded Kenevir Research, which was acquired by EVIO Labs in 2015. Before entering the Cannabis industry, Dr. Smith worked in natural products and biomedical research while serving as a leading international authority on aging, lipoic acid and vascular disease. 

Dr. Smith brings over 15 years of natural product research, quality assurance, product development, GMP manufacturing, FDA & regulatory experience, and analytical chemistry expertise. Dr. Smith was recently appointed to the Oregon governor’s Task Force on Researching the Medicinal and Public Health Properties of Cannabis and serves on the scientific advisory board for the Ashland, Oregon based non-profit medical and horticultural research group, the Health Research Institute.

Felicia Stoler, DCN, MS, RDN, FACSM, FAND Diplomate, ABLM/ACLM

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: MS Integrative and Functional Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine Concentration

DCN – Rutgers School of Health Professions
MS – Columbia University, Teacher’s College
BA – Tulane University, Newcomb College

Host of TLC’s (television show) Honey We’re Killing the Kids! Author Living Skinny in Fat Genes- The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great. 2018 US Congressional Candidate, NJ’s 4th Congressional District. Adjunct Faculty – Rutgers University, Dept of Exercise Science and Sport Studies.

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Maureen Ake, MS, LCMFT

MS – Nova Southeastern University
BS – Catholic University of America
AS – Culinary Institute of America

Maureen is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has a private practice in Stuart, FL. Maureen received her Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and proceeded to work in Washington, DC at a non-profit food delivery service, Food and Friends, for people with debilitating and chronic health issues, such as HIV/ AIDS and cancer. Maureen’s culinary team worked closely with dietitians to create life sustaining meals for their 700-1300-person cliental base. Since receiving her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Maureen has helped couples, families, and individuals heal their trauma and approach their journey of mental and physical wellness.

Kimberly Auvil, DAC, MPH, MAC

DAC – Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
MS – Mass College of Pharmacy & Health
BS – Salem State University

Dr. Auvil is a licensed Acupuncture Physician and integrative medicine practitioner, acupuncturist, health and wellness coach, and public health consultant who has served more than 20 years in the health care industry. Dr. Auvil’s medical career began in the U.S. Navy specializing in pharmaceuticals and advanced patient care.

Dr. Auvil has obtained 34 health and fitness certifications and credentials, taught over 3000 classes, and was a health and fitness writer for the Boston Globe, Zone Diet, and several other health-related companies, websites, blogs, and marketing ventures. Dr. Auvil practices patient-centered care by forming strong partnerships with her patients to improve their healthcare outcomes. She uses her knowledge in allopathic, Eastern, military, and emergency medicines, along with acupuncture, fitness, nutrition, psychology, and public health, to deliver comprehensive care and programs to her patients and clients.

Orville Bigelow, D.HSc., RD

D.HSc. – A.T. Still University
MS – California State University, Los Angeles
BS – California State University, Los Angeles
AA – Santa Monica College

Served as the Executive Board Member of California Dietetics Association-Los Angeles District. Abstract Reviewer for Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Joseph Bradley, DC, MS, DACAD, Psy.D. (candidate)

DC – Life Chiropractic College West
MS – Nova Southeastern University

Former Law Enforcement Officer now Board Certified Addictionologist, Licensed Chiropractic Physician and holds a Diplomate in Addictionology (DACACD.) Served as Director of Physical Medicine at the Las Vegas Recovery Center in Las Vegas, NV.

Janna Champagne, BSN, RN

BS – Oregon Health and Sciences University

Registered Nurse with a  background in acute care Ortho/Neuro and Cardiovascular Cath Lab Recovery (critical care). Focus is on holistic treatment, natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals that include cannabis therapy, and epigenetic screening (nutrigenomics).

Mary Clifton, M.D.

M.D. – Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine
BS – Michigan State University
AAS – Alpena Community College

Mary Clifton, MD is a board-certified, licensed, internal medicine doctor practicing in New York City. She is a best-selling author of “The Grass Is Greener: Medical Marijuana, THC & CBD OIL: Reversing Chronic Pain, Inflammation and Disease” and “Get Waisted”, as well as five companion cookbooks. 

Mary is also a consultant and a highly recognized expert and speaker on the impacts and applications of CBD and Cannabis. She is a sought-after speaker at major cannabinoid events around the world, including Africa, Europe and Asia. Dr. Clifton graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University and attended medical school among the top primary care physicians at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine with high honor designations in internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.

Samantha Coogan, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, FAND

MS – University of Nevada Las Vegas
BS – University of Nevada Las Vegas

Samantha Coogan is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Sports Nutrition as a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) with a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. Samantha previously worked as a sports dietitian in collegiate football and professional mixed martial arts. Samantha is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND), an Emerging Dietetic Leader of the Year 2019 recipient, and is a Past President for the Nevada Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NvAND) 2020-2021.

Ewa Frankel, Ph.D.

Ph.D. – Keiser University
MS – Florida Atlantic University
BS – Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Frankel is an established educator with a diverse background in science and academia.  Early in her career, Dr. Frankel was an architect for the Saudi Royal Family in Rome, Georgia and a Bioterrorism Scientist for the State of Florida.  Later she served as a Visiting Fellow for Nuffield College in Oxford and a Visiting Scholar for the Institut d’Education at Universite de Paris-Dauphine in France. Dr. Frankel has been instrumental in the design and implementation of the CCNE accreditation for a Master of Biomedical Science degree program and had also served as an evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC.)

Dr. Frankel has a deep passion for Integrative Health and earned a long-standing tenure of nearly 20 years as a Professor of Science at Broward College and former Dean of Academic Affairs for Technological University of America.

Bradley Graham, MPH

MPH – Walden University
BS – Grace College

Brad brings 30 years of Executive Leadership experience including 2 decades in managing large operations in the managed care and finance space.  Brad has lead teams that built from the ground up programs in Claims Administration, Telemedicine, Analytics, and Utilization Review.  Serving others is at the core of Brad’s core beliefs in creating great enterprise value with a purpose. 

Phillip Harvey, Ph.D., RD, RDN

Ph.D. – Colorado State University
MSPH – University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health
BA – California State University, Northridge

Specialty in dietary supplements/nutraceuticals, and foods including Cannabinoid/CBD Science.

Jennifer Koslo, Ph.D., RDN, LDN, CPT

Ph.D. – Capella University
MS – Colorado State University

Registered dietitian (RD), a certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD), and an American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer. Dr. Koslo worked for 2½ years of service in the US Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa where she taught farmers how to build fish ponds and raise tilapia.

Shawna Kunselman, MSACN, CNS

MS – New York Chiropractic College
BS – Angelo State University

As a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), Shawna holds a Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. With special interests in inflammatory disorders, gut/brain connection and children’s health, she believes in the philosophy that food and nutrients are a form of medicine that can heal, protect and nurture. Shawna is also the co-founder of Wellness Speaks and is passionate about educating the public on nutrition and holistic health.

Elisabeth Mack, MBA, BSN, RN

MBA – National University
BS – Elmhurst College

Elisabeth founded Holistic Caring in 2016 to bridge the gap between traditional and cannabis medicine through education, guidance, and supportive care for patients with product choices, dosages, interactions and timing.  She is an educational provider for the California Board of Registered Nursing and works to professionalize medical cannabis by equipping healthcare providers to have conversations with patients about cannabis, and to approach cannabis by emphasizing holistic and functional medicine.

Margaret McGinnis, MS, RDN, CD, CNSC

MS – Eastern Illinois University
BS – Seattle Pacific University

Maggie is a Registered Dietician/Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Education Specialist. Maggie works with the in-patient population at Whidbey Health Medical Center providing nutrition assessment and medical nutrition therapy counseling.

Mehrnaz Paydar, Ph.D., RDN, LDN

Ph.D. – Howard University
MS – Howard University
BS – Shiraz University

Dr. Paydar is a Ph.D. graduate from Howard University’s Department of Nutritional Sciences and a Registered/Licensed Dietitian. Her experience expands into food quality control labs, management and research and food manufacturing companies. 

Dr. Paydar has also held positions as the Head of Quality & Control of Import Agricultural and Food Products, and the head of the Research Department of the Pasta Industries Cooperative in Tehran.

Laura Tanzini, DrPH, LMFT, BCPC, BCIM, Diplomate ACLM

DrPH – Loma Linda University
MS – Phillips Graduate Institute
BS – University of California

Doctorate in Public Health with a specialty in Lifestyle Medicine from Loma Linda University.  Doctoral dissertation on trauma (both adult and childhood sexual abuse) and life satisfaction. Designed an intensive program of trauma recovery and has been providing to individuals since 2006.

Dr. James Wheeler, MD, Ph.D.

M.D. – University of Kansas School of Medicine
Ph.D. – University of Notre Dame
BA – St. Mary of the Plains College

Board-certified radiation oncologist. Expertise includes PET/CT directed radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiation therapy, and brachytherapy. Work has been featured in numerous medical journals including the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Radiation Oncology Investigations and Cancer.

Jason Wilson, MS

MS – Southern Oregon University
BA – University of Mississippi

Jason is a science educator, natural products researcher, and laboratory quality management consultant that has been studying the Cannabis plant and its chemical constituents for the past decade. As host of the Curious About Cannabis Podcast, he has the opportunity to regularly speak with leading experts in Cannabis and cannabinoid science. He is also the author of the Curious About Cannabis book, a textbook that provides readers with a survey of Cannabis and cannabinoid science topics. 

Jason serves as a scientific advisor to a variety of Cannabis companies and universities across the United States and regularly provides trainings, guest lectures, seminars, classes and workshops on Cannabis and cannabinoid science topics for audiences including the general public, Cannabis industry workers, researchers, regulators, and health care professionals.  In his free time he volunteers with groups like the International Institute for Cannabinoids (ICANNA) and serves as a member on the board of directors for the Oregon Cannabis Education and Resource Center (OCERC) where he assists the development of science-driven Cannabis and cannabinoid educational materials.” 

Dawn Wilson-Kendall, DC

DC – Logan University
BS – Logan University
BS – Life University

Dr. Dawn Wilson-Kendall is a Chiropractor who resides and practices in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area, where the focus is on wellness and disease prevention. She is also a professor of Anatomy and Physiology and the health sciences. Dr. Wilson-Kendall attended Life University in Marietta, GA for her first Bachelor’s degree in Biology and received both her B.S. in Life Sciences and her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Logan University in Chesterfield, MO. She also has Board Certifications in Physiotherapy and Acupuncture. Dr. Wilson-Kendall uses a holistic multidisciplinary approach to help everyone with the acquisition of life-long learning skills to develop and maintain strategies to enhance their overall health and wellness.

Eric Wood, ND

NMD – The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
BA – The University of Iowa

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Focuses in a holistic approach towards adrenal exhaustion & aging issues, oncology, and infectious diseases & biotoxin illnesses. Completed specialized training at Harvard University’s Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.