My Teachers

I trained with the best — so you don’t have to.

These are teachers for which I have a special respect, and whose teachings I apply in my coaching.

— Coach Maria Theron


Dr Mark Hyman – Functional Medicine

Mark Hyman, MD believes that we all deserve a life of vitality and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves.

He is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of functional medicine to transform healthcare. He works to empower people, organizations, and communities to heal their bodies and minds, and improve our social and economic resilience. 

Dr. Hyman is a ten-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field.

He is a medical editor of The Huffington Post, and was a regular medical contributor on many television shows including CBS This Morning, Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and The View, Katie and The Dr. Oz Show.

Learn more at https://drhyman.com.


Dr Eric Berg – The 7 Principles of Fat Burning

Eric Berg is a chiropractor who specializes in weight loss through nutritional and natural methods.

He is the author of The 7 Principles of Fat Burning and is widely published in Chiropractic Today, The American Chiropractor, First for Women, Men’s Exercise, New Beauty, Upscale and Let’s Live.

Dr. Berg has trained over 2,500 healthcare professionals.

He is adjunct professor at Howard University and regarded as a leader in natural health and food coaching.

Learn more at https://eric-berg.mykajabi.com.


Dr Joseph Mercola – Alternative Health

Dr Joseph Mercola runs a popular health and nutrition website and was named the top Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post In 2009.

His site targets people who are seeking to improve or maintain their state of health and is seeking alternatives to conventional health methods.

“Through Mercola.com, I aim to create a harmonious community of educated and open-minded individuals who, like me, are determined to change the modern health paradigm.”

Learn more at https://www.mercola.com.


Dr Joel Fuhrman – Nutritarian Diet

Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, nutritional researcher and six-time New York Times best-selling author. He serves as the President of the Nutritional Research Foundation.

Dr. Fuhrman has authored numerous research articles published in medical journals and is on the faculty of Northern Arizona University, Health Science Division. His two most recent books are Eat to Live Quick and Easy Cookbook and Fast Food Genocide.

He has helped thousands of people to lose weight permanently and reverse chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and chronic pain syndromes, including migraines using a nutrient-dense, plant-rich eating style that he calls the Nutritarian diet.

Dr. Fuhrman is the President of the Nutritional Research Foundation and is a frequent guest on The Dr. Oz Show, for which he serves on the medical advisory board.

Learn more at https://www.drfuhrman.com.


Dr Frank Lipman – Integrative & Functional Medicine

Frank Lipman, MD is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine.

He is a New York Times bestselling author of 4 books: Total Renewal – 7 Key Steps to Resilience Vitality and Long Term Health; Revive – End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again; The New Health Rules – Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness; and his latest book 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat.

“We practice what I call ‘good medicine’, combining the best of modern contemporary medicine with the best of alternative and complementary medicines. It blends the knowledge we’ve gained from science with the wisdom of ancient healing traditions.”

Learn more at https://elevenelevenwellness.com.


Mark Sisson – Ancestral Health

Mark Sisson is an American fitness author, food blogger, and a former distance runner, triathlete and Ironman competitor.

He promotes the Paleo/Primal lifestyle and strategies and the theory of ancestral health on his popular blog Mark’s Daily Apple.

Mark founded this site in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility of their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness.

One of the first bloggers to write about the Paleo movement, he has used his own body to test which foods, types of movement, and lifestyle changes made the most positive impacts on his health and wellness.

Learn more at https://www.marksdailyapple.com.


Dr David Perlmutter – The Grain Brain

Dr. Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist, four-time New York Times bestselling author and is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.

He serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and is a frequent lecturer for the World Bank, IMF, Columbia University, Scripps Institute, New York University, and Harvard University.

His bestseller books include Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, Brain Maker, The Grain Brain Cookbook, and The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan.

Learn more at https://www.drperlmutter.com.


Dr David Jockers – Ketogenic Diet

Dr. David Jockers DNM, DC, MS is a doctor of natural medicine, functional nutritionist, and corrective care chiropractor.

He is a leading promoter of the ketogenic diet which he credits for helping to cure his skin cancer and restoring him to optimum health.

He is the founder of DrJockers.com, a website designed to empower people with science-based solutions to improve their health

His work has been published in ABC, Fox News and the Dr Oz Show.

He has developed 7 revolutionary online programs with thousands of participants. 

Learn more at https://drjockers.com.


Dr Andrew Weil – Natural & Preventative Medicine

Andrew Weil, M.D. is a leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing-oriented approach to health care which encompasses body, mind and spirit.

Combining a Harvard education and a lifetime of practicing natural and preventive medicine, Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.

His books include the national bestsellers: 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, The Healthy Kitchen, Healthy Aging and more!

Learn more at https://www.drweil.com.


Dr Christiane Northrup – Women’s Health & Wellness

Christiane Northrup M.D. is a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness which includes the unity of mind, body, emotions, and spirit.

Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness, she teaches women how to thrive at every stage of life.

Dr. Northrup believes that the key to vibrant health on all levels is within us—our inner wisdom. She says, “When we find the connection between our thoughts, beliefs, physical health, and life circumstances, we find that we are in the driver’s seat of our lives and can make profound changes. Nothing is more exhilarating or empowering.”

Learn more at https://www.drnorthrup.com.


Joshua Rosenthal – Integrative Nutrition

Joshua Rosenthal MScED founded the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, an online higher education school.

IIN has grown into the world’s largest nutrition school, with more than 100,000 students in more than 100 countries. Students learn topics that range from holistic nutrition and coaching to business and marketing.

His revolutionary approach introduces a wide variety of dietary theories – from Eastern to Western, ancient to modern and everything in between. He identified that the food on your plate is secondary to healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career, and a spiritual practice – all of which can fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for life.

Learn more at http://artoffeeding.me/iin-coach-training/.


Dr Lissa Rankin – Mind Over Medicine

Lissa Rankin, MD is a physician, speaker, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, and is the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure, and The Anatomy of a Calling.

Passionate about what makes people optimally healthy and what predisposes them to illness, she is on a mission to merge science and spirituality in a way that not only facilitates the health of the individual, but also uplifts the health of the collective.

Lissa has starred in two National Public Television specials and also leads workshops, both online and at retreat centers like Esalen and Kripalu.

Learn more at www.lissarankin.com.


Dr Valter Longo – The Longevity Diet

Valter D. Longo (PhD) is a biogerontologist and cell biologist known for his studies on the role that fasting and nutrient response genes have on cellular protection, aging and diseases.

A specialist in diet and longevity, he has donated the entire royalties from The Longevity Diet and L-Nutra shares to Create Cures and other foundations supporting research into aging and age-related disease, assisting patients with life threatening conditions, and educating children and adults on lifestyles promoting healthy longevity.

Learn more at https://valterlongo.com.


Dr Neal Barnard – Vegan Diet

Neal D. Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an American author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

The son and grandson of physicians, he studied psychiatry and began to explore vegan diets.

He works to promote preventative medicine and supports and writes for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Dr Barnard appeared in the 2011 documentary feature film Forks Over Knives.

He serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and founded the Barnard Medical Center in 2015 as part of PCRM.

Learn more at https://www.pcrm.org/about-us/staff/neal-barnard-md-fac.


Arianna Huffington – The Sleep Warrior

Founder and CEO of Thrive Global and Founder of The Huffington Post.

A leading sleep evangelist, she has written 15 books including international bestsellers Thrive and The Sleep Revolution.

Ariana serves on numerous boards, including Uber and has been included in Time Magazine’s list of the worlds’ 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list.

“Your body undergoes the greatest transformation from your diet and exercise while you are asleep. It’s the ultimate pillar of health that actually makes sustainable change happen. Sleep impacts everything from your sex life, to your physical appearance, to your performance at work. Become a talented sleep warrior so that you can be skilled at getting the best sleep of your life.”

Learn more at https://themodelhealthshow.com/the-sleep-revolution.


Gary Taubes – The Case Against Sugar

Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI.org).

He is the author of The Case Against Sugar (2016), Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It (2011) and Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007), published as The Diet Delusion in the UK.

He has won numerous awards for his journalism including the International Health Reporting Award from the Pan American Health Organization and the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Journalism Award, which he won in 1996, 1999 and 2001 — the first print journalist to win this award three times.

Taubes graduated from Harvard College in 1977 with an S.B. degree in applied physics and received an M.S. degree in engineering from Stanford University (1978) and in journalism from Columbia University (1981).

Learn more at http://garytaubes.com.


Harville Hendrix – Giving the Love that Heals

Harville is a New York Times bestselling author, international speaker, and couples therapist with more than 40 years’ experience as an educator, clinical trainer and lecturer.

He has appeared on Oprah 17 times and holds graduate degrees from Union Theological Seminary (NY) and the University of Chicago and is a former professor at Southern Methodist University.

Harville Hendrix Ph.D. is the New York Times bestselling author of Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples, Keeping the Love You Find: A Personal Guide, and with his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, Giving the Love that Heals: A Guide for Parents. Harville and Helen have written over 10 books with more than 2 million copies sold. In addition, Harville has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey television program 17 times.
Harville has more than 40 years of experience working as a couple’s therapist, educator, clinical trainer, and lecturer.

Learn more at https://harvilleandhelen.com.


Jeffrey Smith – Seeds of Deception: GMO’s

Jeffrey M. Smith is a leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices.

For more than two decades, his research has exposed how biotech companies mislead policy makers and the public and put the health of society and environment at risk by promoting and producing GMO foods.

His documentary film Genetic Roulette — The Gamble of Our Lives links genetically engineered food to toxic and allergic reactions, infertility, digestive disorders, and numerous other problems that have been on the rise since genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced.

His books Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette expertly demonstrate why the safety assessments by the FDA and regulators worldwide are based on outdated science and false assumptions, and why genetically engineered foods must urgently become our top food safety priority.

Learn more at https://responsibletechnology.org.


Dr Mary Newport – Keto for Alzheimer’s

Mary T. Newport, M.D is board certified in pediatrics and neonatology, and practiced neonatology in Florida for thirty years before a career change led her to providing care for hospice patients in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

Dr. Newport was a caregiver for fifteen years for her husband Steve, who suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s disease and died in January 2016.

She is author of Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was a Cure? The Story of Ketones, and The Coconut Oil and Low Carb Solution for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Other Diseases.

Learn more at http://www.coconutketones.com.       


Amy Jo Goddard – Owning Your Sexual Power

Amy Jo Goddard earned her master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education from New York University and has 20+ years of experience in the sexuality field.

She is a famous speaker on the topics of sexuality and sexual empowerment and delivered a popular TED talk “Owning Your Sexual Power.”

Amy Jo teaches unique sexual empowerment intensives and offers sexuality retreats, while maintaining a private practice.

She is the author of Woman on Fire: Nine Elements to Wake up Your Erotic Energy, Personal Power and Sexual Intelligence and coauthor of Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men (Penguin Random House).

Learn more at www.amyjogoddard.com