Alan Goldhamer, DC and Jennifer Marano, DC Author


Drs. Alan Goldhamer and Jennifer Marano are the co-founders of TrueNorth Health Center. Dr. Goldhamer is also the author of the Health Promoting Cookbook and co-author of The Pleasure Trap.

True North Health is a multidiscipline practice that includes doctors of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, and psychology, and treats patients with conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders. They utilize a nutritional medicine approach including the use of a plant-based diet and medically supervised water-only fasting.

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Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Kind Diet, as well as the recently published The Kind Mama, and founder of Best known for her generation-defining turn in Clueless, she continues to work steadily in film, television, and theater. A dynamic and well-connected fixture in the acting, political, and scientific communities, she is a dedicated activist on behalf of humans, our planet and animals. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their son, Bear Blu.

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Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD Author


Alona Pulde, MD, is a family practitioner and Matthew Lederman, MD, is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician. Both specialize in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. They appeared in Forks Over Knives and are authors of The Forks Over Knives Plan and Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole. Drs. Pulde and Lederman joined Whole Foods Market in 2010 where they serve as health and wellness medical experts.

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Amanda Just Chef


Amanda Just is a freelance writer who contributes to This Dish Is Veg and other websites. She also teaches cooking classes and works with at-risk youth. Read more about Amanda on her blog, Hungry Vegan Traveler.

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Andrea Duclos Chef


Andrea Duclos is the creator of the popular lifestyle and cooking blog OhDearDrea. Named a top family blogger by both Apartment Therapy and Babble, she has been featured on Design Sponge, Disney Baby, and the documentary American Blogger, among numerous other media. She resides in West Palm Beach, Florida, with her husband and daughter, where they live as simply, naturally, and happily as possible.

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Andrew Beauchesne

Andrew Beauchesne is a master’s student in Nutritional Epidemiology at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and works as a clinical research coordinator at Tufts Medical Center. He received his BA in Biochemistry from Colby College, and is originally from Midcoast Maine.

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Ann and Jane Esselstyn

Ann and Jane Esselstyn are a mother-daughter team with decades of experience developing delicious, healthful dishes both for their family and for Dr. Esselstyn’s many grateful patients. Ann Crile Esselstyn developed the recipes for the New York Times best seller Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and is co-author of The Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook. A mother of four, Ann is currently focused on counseling heart patients to prepare and enjoy plant-based, oil-free foods. Jane Esselstyn, RN is a wellness instructor and a plant-strong presenter and cook, as well as a married mother of three, who has been eating this way for more than 25 years. Jane developed recipes for My Beef with Meat and is co-author with Ann of The Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook.

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Ann Crile Esselstyn

Ann Crile Esselstyn developed the recipes for the New York Times best seller Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and is co-author of The Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook. A mother of four, Ann is currently focused on counseling heart patients to prepare and enjoy plant-based, oil-free foods. 

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Aurora Leon, MD and Joaquin Carral, MD Author


Aurora Leon, MD and Joaquin Carral, MD have helped thousands of Latinos around the world switch to a healthful vegan diet through the Vegetariano en 21 Dias program. Dr. Leon is a resident at St. Luke´s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, and Dr. Carral is currently undergoing a fellowship in preventive cardiology at the NYU Langone Medical Center. The pair adopted this lifestyle in 2010 and believe all physicians should be required to master the topic.

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Benji Kurtz Author


Benji Kurtz is a self-described serial entrepreneur who changed to a plant-based lifestyle in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. He is the founder and executive director of Remedy Food Project, a Georgia-based nonprofit. He is also the author of The Plant Advantage and the co-founder of Vivid Thoughts Press.

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Bonny Rebecca Author


Bonny Rebecca is a vegan advocate, social media influencer, and the author of Carbolicious. She is passionate about helping her followers, many of whom are young girls, realize that healthy food is something to love, not fear. Her whole-food, plant-based recipes are colorful, healthy, and filling.

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Brandi Doming Chef


Brandi is the creator of The Vegan 8 website, which features recipes that are 8 ingredients or less. Brandi’s recipes are also vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free. Adapting a plant-based lifestyle helped cure her husband’s painful struggle with gout, and also inspired Brandi’s cooking and baking. Brandi’s passion is helping others choose a vegan lifestyle that is better for their health and is more compassionate to animals.

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Brian Wendel Author


Brian Wendel is founder and president of Forks Over Knives and creator and executive producer of the Forks Over Knives feature film.

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Brooke Goldner, MD Author


Brooke Goldner, M.D. is a board certified physician known worldwide for developing a nutrition-based treatment for her own autoimmune disease, lupus. She is a graduate of the Temple University School of Medicine, was chief resident at UCLA-Harbor Residency in Psychiatry, and holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. She is the creator of the Hyper-nourishing Healing Protocol for Lupus Recovery and the bestselling author of Goodbye Lupus. Learn more at her site.

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Carolyn Scott-Hamilton Chef


Carolyn Scott-Hamilton is the creator, executive producer, and host of The Healthy Voyager website. A holistic nutritionist, plant-based vegan chef, cookbook author, and T.V. spokesperson, Carolyn helps people live well, one veggie at a time! Visit for updates from Carolyn.

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Cathy Fisher Chef


Cathy Fisher is a plant-based cooking instructor who teaches at TrueNorth Health Center and the McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California. Visit to view her healthy plant-based recipes.

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Celeste Gonzalez

Celeste Gonzalez is a freelance writer, photographer, breast cancer survivor, and vegan food enthusiast. While undergoing treatment, she switched to a plant-based diet. She is passionate about fusing Mexican and vegan cuisines, and about promoting a healthier lifestyle within her community. Celeste was the publicist at Red Hen Press and has written for Hilton Media Group and Tree Home Media.

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Chad Sarno

Chad is the lead instructor of the Forks Over Knives Online Cooking Course and VP of Plant-Based Wellness at Rouxbe Online Culinary School. From the launch of a boutique plant-based restaurant brand throughout Europe to his work as the former media spokesperson for Whole Food Market’s global healthy eating program, Chad’s mission of health-inspired plant-based eating has reached all corners of the globe. Chad also co-authored Crazy Sexy Kitchen, the New York Times bestseller. For more information, visit

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