Provider Network

WELLNESS FORUM HEALTHCARE™ NETWORK

Practitioners qualify to be included in the Wellness Forum Healthcare Network by successfully completing the Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Course and submitting a detailed description of their practices to The Wellness Forum’s staff for review. While The Wellness Forum does not want to interfere with the clinical judgment of any practitioner, those approved by The Wellness Forum follow the basic guidelines listed above.

Brigitte Blanco, MSW
Wellness Forum Health Philadelphia
3505 Hamilton Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 246-1863

General Hours of Operation: Weekdays – 9am – 6 PM, evening hours by appointment

Education:  Brigitte Blanco earned her graduate degree in social work from Fachhochschule in Nuernberg, Germany, and a masters’ degree in medical social work from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition with the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies through eCornell and a Nutrition Educator Diploma from The Wellness Forum Institute. She is also trained as a Bradley Method Natural Childbirth Educator.

Description of Practice:  In addition to offering all of the programs available through Wellness Forum Health, Brigitte provides education about informed medical decision making and diet and lifestyle change to both individuals and groups. Services are offered both in-person and via telephone. She also offers personalized nutritional counseling and coaching for individuals and families, cooking classes, pantry cleaning and shopping trips, behavior modification counseling, and programming on a variety of health and medicine-related topics. Brigitte assists women with Childbirth Education Activities, including unmedicated natural childbirth, labor and birth coaching, and prenatal and postnatal nutrition and exercise programs.

Anita R. Carroll, CHE
Wellness Forum Health
510 East Wilson Bridge Road Suite G
Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 325-5001

General Hours of Operation: Evenings and weekends

Education:  Anita will soon complete her Associate of Science Degree with a concentration in healthcare and nutrition.  She has successfully completed the Wellness Forum Health provider training, and the Diet and Lifestyle Intervention course.

Description of Practice:  In addition to the courses offered through Wellness Forum Health, Anita offers a concierge consulting service that includes private coaching, meal planning sessions, pantry cleaning and a complete class series on informed medical decision making.

Terrence Griffin, DMD
745 Boyleston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-4545
www.terrencegriffin.com

Education:  After graduating from Keith Academy in Lowell, Massachusetts, Dr. Griffin attended Boston College where he received a B.S. in Biology. He then entered Tufts University School of Dental Medicine where he later completed his D.M.D.

Background:  Dr. Griffin is Chair of the Department of Periodontology at Tuft University, a large department at Tufts with forty-two faculty members and twenty-five residents. Dr. Griffin has academic appointments at two other universities. He has served as a Professor at the Forsyth Institute of Dental Research in Boston, and as an external examiner and consultant at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and currently is a visiting professor at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and Jiaotung University in Shanghai.

Description of Practice:  Dr. Griffin’s private practice offers a full repertoire of dental services, ranging from standard dental care to reconstructive surgery. His most interesting procedure involves an alternative to grafting tissue from the roof of the mouth in order to treat gum recession. This procedure is extremely painful, and the tissue does not match in color. Instead, Dr. Griffin performs a procedure he developed at Tufts in which he uses platelet concentrate gel applied to a collagen membrane as the graft instead of using tissue from the roof of the mouth. The graft is soaked in the patient’s platelets, using blood drawn in the same visit. Placed over the receding tooth root, the graft is then surgically secured. In follow-up studies this procedure has been proven to be just as effective as grafting. Dr. Griffin has published numerous papers in dental journals about this and other topics.

Christine Hofer, RN
Wellness Forum Health Ossining
77 Old Albany Post Road
Ossining NY 10562
(914) 262-8599

General Hours of Operation: Available by appointment

Education: Chris is a registered nurse and has been practicing in New York State for over 30 years.  She successfully completed The Wellness Forum Health provider training course and the Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Program through the Wellness Forum Institute in 2015.

Background: Chris Hofer has worked in many healthcare capacities as a nurse, including teaching and case management. Her interest in better health outcomes led her to form an association with Wellness Forum Health and to offer the company’s programming in Ossining.

Description of Practice: In addition to being licensed to offer all Wellness Forum Health programs, Chris offers a concierge health consulting service that includes individualized nutrition counseling. Cooking classes and workshops on a variety of health-related topics are offered regularly. Both in-person and telephone appointments are available.

Howard Jacobson, PhD
Wellness Forum Chapel Hill
howieConnect, Inc.
2066 River Road
Pittsboro NC 27312
(919) 794-3735

General Hours of Operation:  by appointment (via in person, and via phone and Skype)

Background:  Howard Jacobson, Ph.D., is a contributing author to T. Colin Campbell’s books, WHOLE: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, and The Low Carb Fraud, and to Garth Davis, MD’s book Proteinaholic.   He is also a columnist for Fast Company and Huffington Post.   In his former life as a marketing consultant, he authored Google AdWords For Dummies and wrote for Search Engine Watch.

He hosts the Plant Yourself Podcast at http://plantyourself.com, and speaks nationwide about the links between lifestyle, medication, and health; and about the science of behavior change.  He serves on the board of the International Coach Certification Academy.

Education:  Dr. Jacobson completed the Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Course and the Wellness Forum Health provider training program in 2015. He earned a BA from Princeton University in 1987, and a Masters of Public Health and PhD in Health Studies from Temple University.

Description of Practice:  As a member of the Wellness Forum Health network, Dr. Jacobson is licensed to offer all Wellness Forum Health programming, through which he empowers people to become informed about their health status and treatment options. As a health researcher and educator, he walks clients through the evidence and presents them with the risks and potential benefits of all their treatment options, so they can inform their doctor of their preferred course of action. He also coaches people who are motivated to make lifestyle changes to achieve genuine health, rather than disease management, and helps clients to adopt healthy habits of food, fitness, and feeling, while inoculating them against the forces that try to drag them back to unhealthy ones.

Janet Jenkins, M.S., R.D.
6208 Inverurie Drive E
Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 353-6019

General Hours of Operation:  Afternoons or evenings by appointment

Educational Background:

  • B.S. Dietetics Central Michigan University 1983
  • M.S. Health Administration Central Michigan University 1987
  • Thesis: Cost Effectiveness of Nutrition Education Programs to Corporate Wellness
  • Completed The Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Course through The Wellness Forum Institute 2013

Description of Practice:  Consulting dietitian for individuals, groups, associations, and companies. I am available to give talks on nutrition and health to groups; I accept private practice patients; I am licensed to teach Wellness Forum programs; and have extensive experience organizing and conducting health improvement programs. I am available for telephone consultations or face-to-face meetings, and I correspond with patients and clients via email. I am currently accepting new patients and clients.

Eileen Kopsaftis, BS, PT, CAFS, CMI, NE
Have LifeLong WellBeing, LLC and Wellness Forum Health Albany
142 Factory Hollow Rd
Valley Falls, NY 12185
(518) 496-1265

General Hours of Operation: Available by appointment

Education: Eileen has a BS in physical therapy and has completed over 700 hours of additional training in manual techniques including the Certified Applied Functional Science with The Gray Institute, and the Certified MELT Method Instructor course.  She has completed the Wellness Forum’s Health provider training program and the Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Course, and most of the coursework for the Nutrition Educator Program with the Wellness Forum Institute for Health Studies.

Background: Eileen began her physical therapy practice in 1994, and has pioneered a proprietary method for identifying the origin of pain and treating with a multifaceted approach combining nutrition education, connective tissue treatment, manual treatment to restore biomechanics/joint symmetry, and functional strength re-established in all planes of motion.  She is a member of the faculty for the Wellness Forum Institute for Health Studies and has developed an extensive training course to teach other practitioners her methods.  Eileen has delivered presentations to employers and insurance companies on how her strategies can reduce health care costs at the worksite.

Description of Practice: Eileen is licensed to offer all Wellness Forum Health programs and is licensed to practice physical therapy in New York and Ohio. She offers a concierge consulting package that includes education about informed medical decision making, diet and lifestyle improvement, and classes designed to restore physical function. Some services are available by telephone in addition to in-person appointments.

William Lessler, LPCC
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
3857 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 397-0714

Dr. Ralph Moss, Ph.D.
PO Box 1076
Lemont, PA 16851
(800) 980-1234 / (814) 238-3367
www.cancerdecisions.com

Karen Quirk, CHE
StarPie Health
917 Ontario, 1E
Oak Park IL 60302
(630) 710-0350

Susan Sasek, CHE
2872 Gray Fox Court
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 895-1469

Eli Shur
Shur Wellbeing and Wellness Forum Health Dayton
P.O. Box 292551
Dayton, OH 45429
(937) 903-7026

General Hours of Operation: Available by appointment

Education: Eli has a masters’ degree in education, and is a Board Certified Coach, Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Life Coach, and a Certified Personal Trainer.  He is a specialist in fitness nutrition, and is a Black Belt in To-Shin Do.

Background: Eli has 15 years of successful experience in integrating several disciplines to help clients achieve improved health and success. He combines uncommon lightheartedness and humor with a sense of seriousness and accountability to help people to achieve their health objectives.

Description of Practice: Eli is licensed to offer all of the programs available through Wellness Forum Health.  Additionally, he provides classes on informed medical decision making, individual and group sessions, cooking classes, and workshops on a variety of health-related topics.

Paul Williams, LLC
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
77 East Wilson Bridge Road Suite 101
Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 454-1951
paulwilliamstherapist.com

The following health care professionals are certified as Lifestyle Medicine Practitioners, but do not practice. They are engaged in other very important health-related activities and are recommended by The Wellness Forum:

Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D.
The Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine
5100 Wisconsin Avenue NW #400
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 686-2210

Founded in 1985, the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a non-profit organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

Kathryn Boschert, MA, RD
Memphis, TN
Educational Background: B.A. in International Communications, M.A. in Food and Nutrition
Completed the Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Course in 2010

Ms. Boschert does not currently practice, but is a strong advocate for plant-based nutrition for both her dietitian peers and the general public.

T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.
www.tcolincampbell.org
For more than forty years, Dr. T. Colin Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition research. His legacy, the China Project, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. He has more than seventy grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding and authored more than 300 research papers and coauthor of the bestselling the book, The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health.

Dr. Kathryn Collins, M.D.
Retired Physician