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The following experts have contributed to or consulted with Track Your Plaque on the website and/or book.

Dr. William R. Davis, MD, FACC
Heart Disease Reversal Expert
Dr. Davis is author of Track Your Plaque and founder of the Track Your Plaque website, both of which are devoted to the concept of early detection of heart disease using CT heart scans. He is a vocal advocate of self-empowering strategies to reduce risk of heart disease. He practices cardiology in the Milwaukee area. He is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine and obtained his training in medicine and cardiology at the Ohio State University Hospitals and Case-Western Reserve/ MetroHealth Medical Centers.

Dr. John Rumberger, MD, PhD, FACC
World's Leading Heart Scan Expert
Dr. Rumberger was formerly Professor of Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases at the Mayo Clinic, and on the faculty of University of Iowa (1981-1987), where his reputation as leader in the development of electron-beam tomography (EBT) of the heart was established. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and 35 book chapters. Dr. Rumberger is an authority on the use of heart scans for evaluation of coronary artery calcification and in developing practice guidelines for interpretation in patients.  He is resently Medical Director of The Princeton Longevity Center in Princeton, New Jersey, and specializes in preventive cardiology and cardiovascular imaging.  Dr. Rumberger received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and his doctorate in engineering from Ohio State University. He completed training in internal medicine at Ohio State University Hospitals and fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the University of Iowa Hospitals.

Dr. Robert Su, MD
Low Carb Diet and Health Expert

As a medical doctor, with an undergraduate degree in pharmacy, I have taken excellent care of my patients and educated them with medical common sense. However, I had failed to take good care of myself! I found out by accident on June 9, 2002, that my blood pressure was at 205/65 mmHg. I had noticed failing physical tolerance with other cardiovascular symptoms.

I was overweight and close to clinical obesity then. I understood that losing weight would lower my blood pressure, because cutting my fat mass would drive the water out of my body. I also understood that the extra blood glucose promotes weight gain and holds back water and sodium from the kidneys. I immediately gave up all the carbohydrates including rice, except the vegetables rich in fibers. I lost weight and observed improvement in my cardiovascular system including my blood pressure. I also found many changes in my body for the better.

During the same time, I looked into medical and nutritional articles for the answer to my question: why did I become unhealthy, even though I had a “healthy” lifestyle with a “healthy” dietary habit? Up to this date, I have examined more than 1,500 research articles, and still counting. Because of my growing depth of  knowledge regarding diet and health, I have a good grasp of our health problems from a holistic perspective. For that, I have completed a book, Carbohydrates Can Kill.

Dr. William Blanchet
Heart Disease Prevention Expert

Dr. Bill Blanchet is a nationally known keynote speaker on the early detection and prevention of heart attacks. He is a frequent guest on local television and recently featured on The Denver Channel 7 news, talking about the EBT heart scan and virtual colonoscopies.  Dr. Blanchet is  currently a regularly featured guest on "The Tuesday Talk Show'",  airing the first Tuesday of each month locally on 88.9FM where he talks about the benefits of early disease detection and many other aspects of heart health.  Podcasts of some of Dr. Blanchet's shows are available at www.tuesdaytalkshow.com.

Dr. Blanchet was one of the first physicians to bring the EBCT technology to Northern Colorado.  The EBT heart scan plays a primary role in his private internal medicine practice, "The Advanced Prevention Program".  In almost 6 years as Medical Director of Front Range Preventive Imaging, Dr. Blanchet has saved many lives.  Some of these stories can be seen on the website, www.boulderscan.com.


Margaret Pfeiffer, MS, RD, CD, CLS
Cardiac Nutritionist and Clinical Lipid Specialist
Margaret Pfeiffer is a practicing cardiac nutritionist and a board certified clinical lipid specialist. On staff with ProHealth Care Regional Heart and Vascular Center, Margaret works in Preventive Cardiology at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. She has provided practical nutrition solutions to cardiac rehabilitation patients for more than 15 years. A Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetics Association, she has developed and facilitated healthy cooking classes, presented nutrition seminars and conducted a variety of food demos. Margaret has a passionate interest in healthy cooking and believes healing your heart begins in the kitchen.

Dr. Tara Dall, MD

Dr. Dall is among an emerging group of specialists who focus on lipid and lipoprotein abnormalities. Lipidologists are eagerly anticipated to help fill the enormous void in heart disease prevention left by most practicing primary care physicians and cardiologists.

Tara Lynn Dall, MD is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison Medical School. Dr. Dall now serves as the Medical Director of the ProHealth Care’s Cholesterol & Lifestyle Center in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She loves teaching and is a sought-after speaker on women and heart disease, childhood lipid disorders and Advanced Lipid Testing.

Dr. Dall can be contacted through contact@trackyourplaque.com or

Tara L. Dall, MD
Medical Director, Cholesterol & Lifestyle Center
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
262-928-8400 for appointments.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Disease Prevetion and Nutrition Expert

Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board-certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods.

He is the author of Eat To Live: The Revolutionary Plan for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, which was published by Little, Brown & Company in 2003 and has gone through eleven printings in hardcover and six printings in paperback. Dr. Fuhrman's second book, Disease-Proof Your Child, was published by St. Martin's Press in April 2005. His most recent book, published in 2008, Eat For Health is acclaimed as a medical breakthrough for weight loss, disease reversal and prevention.

Dr. Fuhrman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and has received the St. Joseph's Family Practice Resident’s Teaching Award for his contribution to the education of residents. In addition, Dr. Fuhrman provides nutritional education to other physicians, and is a guest lecturer at Cornell University Graduate Program in Human Nutrition.

As one of the country's leading experts on nutrition and natural healing, Joel Fuhrman, M.D. has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, Today, Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel, TV Food Network, CNBC and many more.

Dr. Erika Schwartz, MD
Women's Health Expert
Dr. Erika helps women at all stages of life to feel great by attaining their personal natural balance with their hormones and their way of life. An expert on all things hormonal, Dr. Schwartz has appeared on television programs like O’Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The View, CBS Early Show, CNN, Fox News Channel, ABC, PBS, in national and local newspapers and magazines.

Natural Energy, published by CP Putnam and sons (1999), was the first book published by Dr. Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz has been quoted in Newsweek, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Self Magazine and is the author of three other acclaimed books. Dr. Schwartz's latest book is The Teen Solution: The Safe and Effective Path to Health and Self-Confidence. She is also the founder of the International Hormone Institute, to research and educate the public about the positive benefits of natural hormones.


Dr. John Cannell, MD
Leading Vitamin D Expert

John J Cannell MD is the Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council (www.VitaminDCouncil.org) and a leading authority in the field of Vitamin D research. Dr. Cannell attending the medical school at the University of North Carolina. After a year of a surgery internship at the University of Utah and four years of practicing itinerant emergency medicine, he began as a general practitioner in the coalfields of Appalachia. Years later, Dr. Cannell also received a degree in Psychiatry and practices at Atascadero State Hospital in CA. In Sept 2006 Dr. Cannell had his manuscript, on Vitamin D, published in Cambridge University Press' prestigious Journal of Epidemiology and Infection. The paper presented a revolutionary new theory on vitamin D's link to influenza and was co-written by some of the world's top vitamin D experts.

Dr. Stephen Hoption-Cann
Iodine and Cardiovascular Risk Expert
Dr. Hoption-Cann received his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the University of Victoria, Canadaas well as his PhD for studying the relationship between nutrition, immunology and cancer.  He completed his postdoctoral studies at the University of British Columbia in epidemiology and is presently an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia. His research interests include potential roles for iodine in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, cancer and infectious diseases. A secondary research interest is investigation of the role of the febrile immune response in the spontaneous regression of cancer and during infectious disease.

Dr. Loren Cordain
Human Nutrition Expert and Paleo Diet Author
Dr. Cordain received his Ph.D. in Health from the University of Utah in 1981 and has been employed as a Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University for the past 23 years.  He is married and has three sons.

Featured on Dateline NBC, the front page of the Wall Street journal, and the New York Times, Loren Cordain is widely acknowledged as one of the world's leading experts on the natural human diet of our Stone Age ancestors.  He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts.  His research into the health benefits of Stone Age Diets for contemporary people has appeared in the world's top scientific journals including the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the British Journal of Nutrition, and the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition among others.  Dr. Cordain's popular book, The Paleo Diet, has been widely acclaimed in both the scientific and lay communities.  His newest offering, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, is slated for publication in August 2005.  He is the recent recipient of the Scholarly Excellence award at Colorado State University for his contributions into understanding optimal human nutrition.

Chef Michel Nischan
Healthful Cuisine and Nutritional Therapy Expert
Renowned chef and best-selling author, Michel Nischan is credited with creating a "cuisine of well-being" honored by the American Heart Association.

He recently won a 2004 James Beard Award for his first cookbook, TASTE, Pure and Simple (Chronicle Books; 2003), a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller.  He is a frequent guest chef on the Oprah Winfrey Show and is collaborating with nationally known cardio-thoracic surgeon Mehmet Oz on nutritional therapies for heart patients. 


Dr. Georgianna Donadio
Nutrition and Health Education Expert
Dr. Donadio is founder and director of The National Institute of Whole Health in Boston, Massachusetts, and is well known for her work as an integrated health expert, medical educator, author and health care provider. In addition to raising three children, teaching and practicing Integrative Health Care for over 30 years, she is the host of a nationally syndicated, weekly cable TV program, Woman to Woman®, and the acclaimed web radio program, Celebrating Whole Health!™.


Liz Neporent, MA, CSCS
Exercise Physiology Expert
Liz Neporent holds a masters degree in exercise physiology and is certified by the American Council on Exercise, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She’s also on the board of directors of the American Council on Exercise. Along with Suzanne Schlosberg, she’s the co-author of Fitness for Dummies, Weight Training for Dummies and her latest The Fat-free Truth. She also co-authored Buns of Steel and authored Fitness Walking for Dummies and The Ultimate Body: 10 Perfect Workouts for Women.

In addition to being a writer, Liz is a sought-after personal trainer, fitness consultant and speaker. When she’s not busy spreading the word about health and fitness, she is out with her husband, Jay Shafran, running, rock climbing, hiking, or hitting the gym. 


Kelli Calabrese, MS, CSCS
Exercise and Personal Training Expert
Kelli is a 17 year fitness industry veteran. She is the 2004 Personal Trainer of the Year for online training. Kelli is on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Personal Trainers, An Expert Fellow for the National Board of Fitness Examiners and the Lead Exercise Physiologist for NESTA (National Endurance Sports Trainers Association). Kelli has 3 science degrees in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Exercise Physiology and Biology and over 20 fitness and nutrition related certifications.  She is the co-author of "Feminine, Firm and Fit - Building A Lean Strong Body in 12 Weeks" which is available at www.FeminineFirmandFit.com. Kelli is available for fitness consulting online, in person or over the phone.  She can be reached at Kelli@KelliCalabrese.com.


Gay Riley, MS, RD, CCN
Nutrition Expert
Gay has been in private practice for the past 18 years as a nutritionist for individuals, corporations, professional athletes and sport teams, local and national celebrities, restaurant chains, and medical institutions. Because of her varied background in fitness, hospital and clinic settings, Gay has expertise in several nutrition specialties, including diabetes, obesity, eating disorders, hypertension, and pregnancy.

As a licensed and registered dietitian, Gay is able to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) for the nutritional management of medical conditions such as gestational diabetes, diabetes, high cholesterol, food allergies, and eating disorders.

Gay is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN), which includes training in herbal and homeopathic modalities, diagnostic testing and functional nutrition, and education in therapeutic applications for vitamin and mineral supplementation. She is a member of The International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists (IAACN).

Gay is the author of The Pocket Personal Trainer, a pocket-sized book of information on exercise and nutrition, and has published nutrition and diet articles in various magazines, newspapers and professional journals. In addition, she has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and she is on the advisory board for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Gay has earned a bachelor's degree in clinical dietetics and a master's degree in nutrition and exercise from Texas Woman's University. 


Dawn Davis, RN
Lipid Management Expert
Dawn is a licensed RN with several years experience in managing a Lipid Clinic in a busy cardiology practice. She is among the behind-the-scenes professionals in the Track Your Plaque program assisting in program design and development. Dawn is also a principal manager and administrator for the Track Your Plaque program conducted locally in the Milwaukee area.


Dr. Nisha Jackson, PhD, MS, WNP
Hormone Replacement Expert
Nisha Jackson is the owner of Southern Oregon Health and Wellness, P.C., a practice dedicated to hormonal health. She is also the owner of Body Analysis Clinic, Inc., a medical weight management center. Having specialized in women’s health since 1991, Nisha Jackson has dedicated her practice to hormonal wellness, helping both women and men improve their lives through hormonal balance. She is a radio and TV personality, author, national lecturer, spokesperson, and women’s health advocate.

Nisha Jackson hosts a call-in show Monday through Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 9:00 on radio station KDOV 91.7 FM, broadcast throughout southern Oregon and northern California. She also presents a weekly “Health Tips” feature during the Wednesday evening news on NEWS10, the CBS affiliate in Medford, Oregon. 


Mary Shomon
Thyroid Patient Advocate

Mary Shomon is the nation's leading patient advocate on thyroid disease and the best-selling author of numerous books on thyroid, autoimmune and hormonal conditions. She is author of the New York Times best-selling book "The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss." "Thyroid Diet" was also a semi-finalist for the prestigious Quills Awards. Her best-selling, internationally-published book "Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know," was first published in 2000, and after more than 20 printings, a second edition came out in 2005. The book was a Prevention Book Club Selection, and Amazon Top-Selling Health book,

Mary Shomon is also author of "The Menopause Thyroid Solution," "Living Well With Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism," "Living Well With Autoimmune Disease," "Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia," and the "Thyroid Guide to Fertility, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Success." Her newsletter for thyroid patients, "Sticking Out Our Necks," was founded in 1997, and has become a popular resource for patients in both its email and print form. 

Mary Shomon has been featured in hundreds of television, radio, newspaper, magazine and web interviews, including appearances on ABC World News Tonight and CBS Radio Networks, and interviews in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Ladies Home Journal, Health, Cooking Light, Elle Magazine, Woman's World, and the Los Angeles Times, to name just a few. In her decade of consumer advocacy, Mary Shomon has never hesitated to take a stand on behalf of patients, and her independence from drug companies and medical/patients organizations that are funded by the pharmaceutical industry has allowed her to maintain an unbiased, independent, patient-first advocacy effort that is unusual in the thyroid community.




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