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Wellness Mama Medical Review & Advisory Board
The Wellness Mama medical review board is comprised of an amazing and diverse group of doctors, researchers, and PHDs.
Dr. Scott Soerries, MD: Medical Director
His vast experience includes:
- Serving as the national Medical Director for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics where he’s supervised the care of hundreds of thousands of patients across the country
- Working as an Emergency Medicine Physician and family doctor
- Serving as the Medical Director for Total Access Urgent Care
Dr. Soerries approach strongly emphasizes helping patients achieve a healthy lifestyle that they can stick with long-term by treating them like a partner in developing and implementing changes in their day-to-day. He focuses on giving patients all the information they need, and helping them make an informed decision, instead of trying to make the decision for them.
As a dad of three, Dr. Soerries also shares in the Wellness Mama mission to create a healthier future for our children through education and small changes.
Dr. Jolene Brighten, ND: Medical Advisor
Dr. Jolene Brighten holds degrees in nutritional biochemistry and clinical nutrition with a doctorate in functional medicine and clinical nutrition and serves as the medical director for Rubus Health in Portland, Oregon. She founded 3 clinics before age 35 and has been involved in nutrition research exploring interventions for maintaining healthy hormones and body composition as we age. Jolene is the best-selling author of Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth and is considered a leading expert in women’s health and post birth control syndrome. Learn more about Dr. Brighten here.
Chris Masterjohn, PhD: Medical Reviewer
Chris Masterjohn earned his PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut in the summer of 2012. He served as a postdoctoral research associate in the Comparative Biosciences department of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and as Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York. He now works independently, producing educational content about nutrition. Learn more about Chris here.
Dr. Anna Cabeca, MD: Medical Advisor
Dr. Anna Cabeca, MD is an Emory University trained gynecologist and obstetrician, a menopause and sexual health expert and international speaker and educator. She created the top selling products Julva® – an anti-aging feminine cream for women, MightyMaca™ Plus – a superfood hormone balancing health drink, and online programs Magic Menopause, Women’s Restorative Health and SexualCPR. She advises the Wellness Mama team on hormone and women’s health topics. Learn more about Dr. Cabeca here.
Dr. Madiha Saeed, MD: Medical Advisor
Dr. Madiha Saeed, MD is a practicing board certified family physician in Naperville and a traditionally published author of a best-selling book The Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease. She is also a mother of 4 holistically raised boys (who also educate the world), on social media she is Holistic Mom, MD, is the director of education of Documenting Hope (a national organization dedicated to heal chronic disease in children), and speaks internationally igniting the world with my energy and passion to ignite a healing revolution! She has appeared in numerous prestigious conferences as their keynote speaker (audience of 12,000), on holistic online summits, radio, newspaper, TV including international Emmy winning medical talk shows. Learn more about Dr. Saeed here.
Dr. Amy Shah, MD: Double Board-Certified Medical Reviewer
Dr. Amy Shah, MD is a double board-certified MD with training from Cornell, Columbia and Harvard Universities. She serves as a medical advisor to Genexa in partnership with the Wellness Mama team. As an allergist and immunologist, she was named one of Mind Body Green’s Top 100 Women in Wellness to Watch in 2016. As an immunologist, she realizes the power of the microbiome to help digestion, natural hormone balance and food sensitivities. Learn more about Dr. Shah here.
Dr. Christie Drzewiecki, DC: Medical Reviewer
Dr. Christie Drzewiecki is a Doctor of Chiropractic specializing in Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition which she has studied now for over 12 years. She has earned hundreds of hours in extracurricular education studying Functional Medicine in terms of nutrition, lifestyle, chronic disease, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, and thyroid conditions. Dr. Christie obtained her Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner certification through Functional Medicine University and continues to further her knowledge with educational seminars and classes. She is in the process of writing her first book with a focus on the foods to enjoy and the foods to avoid with an autoimmune condition. Learn more about Dr. Drzewiecki here.
Dr. Sheila Kilbane, MD: Medical Reviewer
Dr. Sheila Kilbane, MD is a board-certified pediatrician, trained in integrative medicine. After realizing she didn’t fit into the “box” of conventional medicine, she broke free from big business medicine and disease management and sought additional training in nutrition and mind-body therapies with Andrew Weil, MD. Today, she uses the best of traditional and integrative medicine to find the root cause of illness. Using her seven-step process, along with natural and nutritional therapies, Dr. Kilbane helps families significantly improve or resolve altogether, illnesses such as colic, reflux, eczema, recurrent ear and sinus infections, asthma, allergies, and stomach and GI issues such as constipation and abdominal pain. Learn more about Dr. Kilbane here.
Dr. Mariza Snyder, DC: Medical Reviewer
Dr. Mariza Snyder, DC is a functional practitioner and the author of six books: the bestselling Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils and The DASH Diet Cookbook, as well as The Low Glycemic Index Slow Cooker, The Antioxidant Counter, The Water Infusion Detox Book and The Matcha Miracle. Dr. Mariza is currently working on her newest book, The Essential Oils Hormone Solution.
Dr. Mariza is public speaker with 10 years of experience focusing on women’s hormone health. Dr. Mariza lectures regularly at wellness centers, hospitals, conferences and corporations. She graduated Cum Laude from Life Chiropractic College West in 2008. She has a background in biochemistry and nutrition. She is also the host of the Essentially You Podcast, designed to empower women to become the CEO of their health. Learn more about Dr. Snyder here.
Dr. Terry Wahls, MD: Medical Advisor
Dr. Terry Wahls is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. In 2018 she was awarded the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award for her contributions in research, clinical care and patient advocacy. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles.
She conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems. She hosts a Wahls Protocol Seminar every summer where anyone can learn how to implement the Protocol with ease and success. Learn more about Dr. Wahls here.
Dr. David Rabin, MD, PhD: Medical Reviewer
Dr. Rabin is a board-certified psychiatrist, translational neuroscientist, inventor, and has been studying the impact of chronic stress in humans for more than 10 years. He has specifically focused his research on the clinical translation of non-invasive therapies that improve mood, focus, sleep, and quality of life in treatment-resistant illnesses. Dr. Rabin has four patent applications pending and 40 more recently filed. Dr. Rabin received his MD in medicine and PhD in neuroscience from Albany Medical College and trained in psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
You can find him at Apollo Neuro or on LinkedIn.
Dr. Betsy A.B. Greenleaf DO, FACOOG (Distinguished): Medical Reviewer
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf is the first board certified female urogynecologist in the United States. As a pelvic health pioneer, she was recently honored with the title of Distinguished Fellow by the American College of Osteopathic Obstetrics and Gynecology for her dedication to women’s health. She is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. As a premier pelvic educator, she has spoken on many stages from community and industry to national organizations. She is the national spokesperson for the American Osteopathic Association on women’s health with quotes in many of the top media outlets. Dr. Greenleaf is the co-inventor of a pelvic physical therapy device and is CEO of The Pelvic Floor Store, an ecommerce site dedicated to pelvic health (www.pelvicfloorstore.com). Her specialty includes all pelvic health conditions but her passion is treating pelvic pain and chronic infections. She has a holistic approach that incorporates mind, body and soul.
Dr. Lauren Jefferis, MD: Medical Advisor
Dr. Lauren Jefferis, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and has been practicing for almost 20 years. After successfully reversing her own autoimmune disease through dietary changes, she was inspired to pursue a career in functional medicine. She completed her training at the Chris Kresser Institute for Functional Medicine and combines her traditional and functional medicine experience to help prevent or reverse chronic disease by focusing on lifestyle choices. Dr. Jefferis Is accepting a limited number of patients across the country with SteadyMD.
Dr. Shani Muhammad, MD
Dr. Shani Muhammad, MD is board certified in family medicine and has been practicing for over ten years. Dr. Muhammad trained at a large county hospital system in Cleveland, Ohio and treated a wide variety of medical conditions with a combination of lifestyle changes and medication therapy. Dr. Muhammad believes that health is a spectrum of wellness to illness and we can move the needle towards wellness with lifestyle changes that are sustainable. She is a mother of two teenagers and loves to cook/try new recipes and travel in her free time. She also speaks multiple languages and is accepting new patients across the country with SteadyMD.