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Plant-based doctors are healthcare practitioners who understand the power of nutrition in preventing and reversing chronic disease, and who follow a vegan or plant-based lifestyle. These doctors have chosen to concentrate on the healing properties of food and to help their patients understand that as much as the medicine is important to treat illnesses, the plate and what is in your plate is equally powerful in preventing and reversing illness.

Now that social media is as present and powerful, it’s so much easier to share their findings and learn more about the inspiring people behind the plant-based movement. So, here are some plant-based doctors who have a considerably large social media presence, and are doing important research and working hard to make sure we all lead healthy, happy, and greener lives!

1. Dr. Danielle Belardo

Dr. Belardo has a medical degree (MD) from Drexel University College of Medicine. She completed her 3-year Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at Lankenau Heart Institute in 2020. She is dedicated to being a cardiologist that in addition to traditional medicine, focuses on lifestyle modification, and evidence-based nutrition, in order to prevent heart disease. Upon visiting her website you will discover that Dr. Belardo is the Director of Cardiology, and Co-Director of Research and Education, at the Institute of Plant-Based Medicine in Newport Beach California.

2. Dr. Angie Sadeghi

She is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and an avid fitness competitor. Together with Jon-Michael Monday she co-founded a non-profit organization Planted in Health. Dr. Angie offers a complete range of services including treatments for digestive, stomach, esophagus, liver, and colon-related illnesses. Dr. Angie has developed a comprehensive approach to helping patients live a healthy life through plant-based medicine. All her services are listed on her website for easy booking.

3. Dr. Vivian Chen

Dr. Chen is a western, UK trained doctor who discovered the power of foods as medicine. Dr. Chen has spent a few years peeling back the layers of her patients’ symptoms to get to the root cause of their health condition. She is absolutely passionate about lifestyle medicine and believes that ‘food is medicine’.  Food can turn on and off genes (epigenetics) and that yes, although there is a pill for every ill, we should address the underlying issues rather than band-aiding over problems. Her patients can book consultation from her office or her website as well.

4. Dr. Melissa Mondala

She is a board-certified Family Medicine physician. She obtained her medical degree from Chicago Medical School and completed her Family Medicine residency, in addition to a fellowship in Lifestyle Medicine, both from Loma Linda University Health. She has accelerated the lifestyle medicine movement within academic institutions, social media, community fairs, and podcasts. Dr. Mondala is committed to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s collective efforts to elevate Lifestyle Medicine in the medical, political, and social communities.

5. Dr. Garth Davis 

Dr. Garth Davis is the author of Proteinaholic. He has often believed that the answer to the vast majority of diseases of modern man is not more advanced surgical procedures or better drugs but rather a complete change in our diet.

6. Dr. Bobby Price

Dr. Bobby Price is a certified plant-based nutritionist, exercise physiologist, and Doctor of Pharmacy. He has extensive clinical experience in the hospital setting, one on one patient contact in community pharmacy, and health care regulatory experience with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After personally experiencing the healing powers of a plant-based lifestyle seven years ago, Dr. Price was inspired to adopt a more holistic approach to healing others. In his book, “Vegucation Over Medication,” Dr. Price exposes the myths, lies, and truths about modern foods and medicines. He believes that when we align our lives with nature, our bodies have an innate ability to heal. Dr. Price is a major advocate for natural healing and an international speaker on the topics of plant-based medicine, holistic healing, and life transformation. 

7. Dr. Andrew Little

Dr. Andrew Little is an Anaesthetic Doctor. He runs BeHumane and has developed a plant-based, organic, and vegan nutritional booster with a percentage of the profits being donated to animal welfare projects.

8. Dr. Nitu Bajekal 

Dr. Nitu Bajekal is a Consultant Gynaecologist and a Women’s Health Specialist with over 35 years of clinical experience, who provides medical and holistic care for women with a variety of health concerns. On her website, she says she prefers treating with a fork, which makes her a 100% Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Doctor.

9. Dr. Shireen Kassam

Dr. Shireen Kassam is a UK-based Haematologist and board-certified lifestyle medicine physician. She is also the founder of plant-based health professionals in the UK.

10. Dr. Sondema Tarr

Dr. Sondema Tarr is a podiatrist which means, she is a foot and ankle doctor.  She leads the nutrition education program for the African American community within the Planted In Health education division. It’s an educational outreach program focused on providing educational health and nutrition videos, print out resources, and health tips for the Black community. She and a team of plant-based doctors are dedicated to having a global impact through the proliferation of a plant-based lifestyle.

11. Dr. Anita K Patel 

Dr. Anita Patel is a double board-certified doctor, attending pediatric critical care medicine at Children’s National Medical Center, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In addition to her academic pursuits, Dr. Patel is a 500 hour certified yoga teacher and has dedicated her life to practicing the tenants of yoga. This personal passion has also lead her to create several movements to promote self-care for healthcare workers.

12. Dr. Renée Rodriguez

Dr. Renée Rodriguez is a pediatric cardiologist who cares deeply for kids’ hearts. She is a female physician passionate about physician wellness, and also a fitness enthusiast. She also happens to be the co-founder of Doctor Vegetable, a grassroots nonprofit organization founded by two physicians with a passion for improving health. Their long term vision is a community where thoughtful food choices learned in childhood help lead to a future without acquired heart disease.  On the website, you will find that their mission is to empower children to take ownership of their health from a young age. 

13. Dr. Areli K. Cuevas-Ocampo

Dr. Cuevas-Ocampo is a Medical Doctor who specializes in the pathology of the brain and is also certified by the University of Winchester UK in Plant-Based Nutrition. Her area of expertise is raw vegan education. She helps patients to overcome their chronic health conditions by adopting a whole foods plant-based diet with emphasis on raw foods using a scientific approach, so they can get their health and vitality back and attain their optimal weight. She has a YouTube channel that she used to educate a lot of people on the healing properties of food.

14. Dr. Tori Jaeger

Dr. Tori Jaeger is an ABIM Board Certified Physician and a Lifestyle Medicine Resident. She is passionate about plant-based living, health, and fitness. She has also made it her business to inspire wellness through her own example.

15. Dr. Arti Thangudu

Dr. Arti Thangudu, MD, is a triple board-certified physician and endocrinology, diabetes, and thyroid specialist who provides high-level, well-rounded care at Complete Medicine in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Thangudu offers her patients direct access, frequent coaching, and continuous blood glucose monitoring. She also completed a 200-hour yoga training so she could coach her patients on using mindfulness to prevent, treat, and reverse chronic disease. Dr. Thangudu holds board certification in internal and lifestyle medicine, as well as endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. She’s also certified in plant-based nutrition.

16. Dr. Robert Ostfeld

Cardiologist Robert Ostfeld, MD, MSc is the founder and director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, where he encourages patients to embrace whole-foods, plant-based diets. He earned his MD at Yale and his MSc in epidemiology at Harvard, and he is an associate professor of clinical medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

17. Dr. Richa Mittal

Dr. Mittal received her Medical Degree from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at McGaw Memorial Hospital of Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She offers integrative & personalized medical weight loss and preventive health services. Her strengths lie in Diabetes prevention, Obesity, Plants, Nutrition.

18. Dr. Purvi Parwani

Dr. Purvi Parwani, MD is a Cardiology Specialist in Colton, CA, and has over 13 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Gujarat University / Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College medical school in 2007. She is a plant-based doctor and an Assistant Professor of Medicine.

19. Dr. Leila D.

Dr. Leila D. refers to herself as an MD turned plant-based nutritionist and personal trainer. She says that her practice is founded on both evidence-based science and deep compassion for the hardships people face. Dr. Leila is inspired by the resiliency of her clients and their commitment to achieving good health. Together, with her patients, she believes she can harness the power of nutrition to optimize their well-being.

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