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To maintain highest standarts of education, AAFH presenters must have the following qualifications:

David Musnick, MD

David Musnick, MD, is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine and is a certified Functional Medicine practitioner. He has been practicing medicine for over 30 years and Functional Medicine for over 25 years. Dr. Musnick presents on many topics in Functional Medicine and written numerous book chapters on Osteoarthritis and pain management. He has extensive experience in taking care of patients with chronic inflammation, degenerative joint conditions, concussion, mild traumatic brain injury, and mild cognitive impairment.

Judith Boice, ND, LAc, FABNO

Dr. Judith Boice has more than 27 years of clinical experience as an integrative medicine provider and 37 years of teaching in the field of integrative and nutritional medicine. She has experience working as a primary care provider, working with cancer and HIV+ patients and she delivered over 1000 talks nationally on women's health. She is a Naturopathic Physician, Acupuncturist, Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, Senior Vitalist, Writer, Speaker, Teacher, Health Coach. She is the author of the books: But My Doctor Never Told Me That!": Secrets for Creating Lifelong Health, The Pocket Guide to Naturopathic Medicine, The Green Medicine Chest: Healthy Treasures for the Whole Family, and Soul Medicine: A Physician’s Reflections on Life, Love, Death and Healing.

Heather Zwickey, PhD

Heather Zwickey, PhD is a researcher and professor of immunology. She earned a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale School of Medicine, and established the Helfgott Research Institute for research in integrative medicine.

Matthew Cavaiola, ND, MS, Lac.

Dr. Matthew Cavaiola is a naturopathic physician with 15 years of clinical experience in the field of Functional, nutritional, and regenerative medicine. He specializes in men’s health, endocrine function, and human nutrition. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Delaware, a Master's Degree in Acupuncture, and a Doctorate Degree in Naturopathic Medicine. He has been practicing as a Functional medicine physician for over a decade and was also an adjunct professor in several medical programs at Sonoran University of Health Sciences and Bastyr University.

Sharon Hausman-Cohen, MD

Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen received both her master’s degree and medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She is board-certified in Family Medicine, a Fellow of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and board-certified in Integrative Medicine through the American Board of Physician Specialties. Dr. Hausman-Cohen has been practicing Full Spectrum Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine for more than 20 years and has been using genomics for over a decade to deliver personalized medicine and help her patients achieve optimal health and wellness.

Lara Zakaria, PharmD, MS, CNS, CDN, MTM, APhA

Dr. Lara Zakaria is a Functional Medicine pharmacist, nutritionist, and public health professional with 20 years of experience in community pharmacy and 10 years of experience in Clinical Nutrition specializing in Functional Medicine for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. She received her Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy, Masters of Science in Functional Nutrition, and Doctor of Pharmacy. She also has a Post-Bachelors Certificate in Medical Herbalism, Certification in Medication Therapy Management, and is a Certified Dietician Nutritionist (CDN) in New York & Connecticut.

Tal Cohen, DAOM, MS-HNFM

Tal Cohen, DAOM, MS-HNFM is an author, presenter and a healthcare provider with 16 years of clinical experience. He is the author of several books and patient guides, including “Treating Pain and Inflammation with Functional Medicine: The Complete Clinical Guide” and “The Complete Guide to Removing Toxins & Improving Your Health.” Tal completed a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine and a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Eboni Cornish, MD

Dr. Eboni Cornish is the Functional Medicine Director at the Amen Clinics Eastern Division and she was nominated and awarded Northern Virginia Top Doctor for family practice in 2021. Dr. Cornish graduated from Brown University undergraduate with honors and Brown University Medical School. She completed her family medicine residency at Georgetown University and Functional Medicine training. In 2003, as a Howard Hughes Medical Fellow, Dr. Cornish conducted translational research at the National Human Genome Research Institute of NIH. She was an apprentice in the laboratory of Francis Collins, M.D Ph.D., the current Director of NIH and leader of the Human Genome Project. Under his leadership, she analyzed genetic associations of chronic illnesses. At Amen Clinics, Dr. Cornish specializes in the treatment of Lyme Disease, environmental toxicity, methylation disorders, and Morgellons Disease among other chronic conditions. Dr. Cornish’s approach to the treatment of chronic disease is to find the root cause of a person’s health problems by performing a comprehensive evaluation of the body’s various biological systems and takes an approach based on integrative strategies of healing.

Julia Malkowski, ND, DC

Dr. Julia Malkowski graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, and a doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), where she completed an internship at the primary care integrative medicine clinic. Her internship was focused on drug and surgery-free approaches to treating chronic diseases. Her education includes additional training in the Fundamentals of Functional Blood Chemistry, Mastering Brain Chemistry, and Functional Neurology applied to childhood neurobehavioral disorders. She is a team member of the Scientific & Clinical Support department at Doctor's Data Laboratory and her work is focused on Functional Gut tests.

Yael Joffe, RD, Ph.D., FACN

Dr. Yael Joffe is an author, professional presenter, and clinical dietitian. She received her Ph.D. in Nutrigenomics from the University of Cape Town and as an Adjunct Professor, has been teaching nutrigenomics at Rutgers University, as well as many conferences around the world about translating the science of nutrigenomics into clinical practice. Dr. Joffe has also published in peer-reviewed journals, authored her book 'The Power of Genetics,' and co-authored three books on nutrigenomics.

Allison Merkey, ND, MS

Dr. Allison Merkey received a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and a master’s degree in Biology from the University of Nevada and a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Merkey has been teaching for 15 years at Maricopa Community Colleges, Yavapai College, and SCNM. She is teaching biomedical science and botanicals and phytonutrients courses.

Michelle Leary-Chang, NMD, IFMCP

Dr. Michelle Leary-Chang is a researcher, presenter and a Functional Medicine Physician practicing general primary care and specialty men’s and women’s health. She completed training at the Institute of Women’s Health, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), and the institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) in areas of fertility, hormone management for men and women, anti-aging medicine, and metabolic weight-loss.

Jonathan Nadal, ND, MSAOM

Dr. Jonathan Nadal earned a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine. Dr. Nadal specializes in integrative medicine and advanced lab testing for the treatment of chronic and inflammatory conditions.

Desta Golden, ND, MSHN

Dr. Desta Golden owns and operates a virtual concierge integrative medicine practice that combines primary care and clinical nutrition and herbal medicine for adults and children. She received a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition and a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. She worked with the American Medical Student Association, the Naturopathic Medical Student Association, and has been working in the last 7 years as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Lord Fairfax Community College where she Develops and teaches nutrition lectures and lab.

Chil Khakam, ND. MBA

Dr. Chil is a naturopathic physician with additional training in Functional Medicine, Functional endocrinology, and functional blood chemistry. His education includes a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Chil developed several Functional medicine programs and established and developed several brick-and-mortar and virtual clinics.

Brandy Cohen, MSAOM

Brandy completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with specific interests in clinical Transpersonal Psychology and the integration of eastern and western religions that utilize mindful, body-centered, experiential practices and self-transcendent aspects into psychotherapies. After her bachelor degree, Brandy completed a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.

Elizabeth Bird, MD

Dr. Bird is also board certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics, a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a certified Functional Medicine practitioner who uses an integrative, Functional, evidence-based approach to facilitating the body’s innate healing. Dr. Bird graduated from Yale University School of Medicine in 2002, when she won both the American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow Memorial Award and New England Pediatric Society Prize. Elizabeth completed her residency at the University of Michigan in 2005 where she also served as Chief Resident of Pediatrics with distinction.

Scott Just, NMD

Dr. Scott Just has a bachelor's of science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science and a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Just has been working as an integrative medicine physician in the field of Lyme and chronic infections, pain management, regenerative medicine, and Cardiovascular health. Dr. Just has been consulting local and international patients about their blood labs results since 2013.

Jessica Knese, MS, CNS

Jess graduated from University of Colorado with dual degrees in Integrative Physiology and Psychology. She decided to pursue a graduate degree in nutrition after working with a Primary Care Provider who implemented nutrition into her practice. She graduated with her MS in Clinical Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health and has completed the requirements for her Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) certification.

Lauren Deville, ND

Dr. Lauren Deville received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. She is the author of The Holistic Gut Prescription and How to Be Healthy: Body, Mind, and Spirit, and the host of the weekly podcast Christian Natural Health.

Lylen Ferris, ND

Dr. Lylen Ferris serves as the Senior Staff Physician for Doctor’s Data and has interpreted over 100,000 salivary hormone and urinary neurotransmitter reports. Dr. Ferris is a Naturopathic physician and an international lecturer on female hormones and neurotransmitters. She completed a 3 year Women’s Health clinical internship, followed by a residency in general practice with a focus on Women’s Health and hormone imbalance.

Mitchell A. Fleisher, M.D., D.Ht., D.A.B.F.M., F.S.S.R.P

Dr. Mitchell A. Fleisher, M.D., D.Ht., D.A.B.F.M., F.S.S.R.P is a double board-certified, licensed, Family Physician with over thirty years of experience practicing the art and science of Integrative Medicine. He is a former Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. He is the author of “Rapid Reference to the Fundamentals of Vitamin Therapy: Oral, Topical, and Intravenous Clinical Applications.”

Howard Benedikt, DC, MS, DCBCN

Howard Benedikt, DC, MS, DCBCN, did his undergraduate work at Queens College in Flushing, New York where he graduated in 1972. After graduation, he attended the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. He graduated in 1976, with BS in Biology and his Doctor of Chiropractic. He returned to New York in 1976 to begin practice in New York City. He maintains his private practice in midtown Manhattan. In addition to his practice, Dr. Benedikt serves as a postgraduate faculty member of New York Chiropracitc College and is an adjunct professor at Berkeley College in New York. He has published numerous articles both for the public and the professions on health, diet and nutrition.