Miyoko speaks 1.1Our speakers program provides a valuable opportunity to hear the latest on health and nutrition from our medical doctors, and to ask questions.

Our line-up of doctors for 2017 is still being finalized.

For now, here’s the line-up of doctors who were at Vegfest 2016:

The following local medical doctors all support the idea that a vegetarian diet is much better for your health than the standard meat-laden American diet. Many of these doctors gave talks at Vegfest 2016.  Other medical doctors and healthcare providers offered free health screenings throughout the event.

Doctors who spoke at Vegfest:

Keith Hanson M.D.

Keith Hanson M.D.

Dr Keith Hanson M.D.

Dr. Hanson graduated from Loma Linda University, CA with an MD, his residency was done in Family Medicine in Hinsdale Hospital, Hinsdale, IL.  He then spent six years in Guam at the Guam Seventh Day Adventist Clinic. He returned to the United States as a partner in the Community Medical Center in Brewster, WA, until 2003 when he started a solo practice before joining Family Health Centers.  His special interest is preventative medicine with an emphasis on a healthy diet and lifestyle.  He is an instructor for CHIP, Coronary Health Improvement Project.




Chan Hwang M.D.

Dr Chan Hwang M.D.

Dr. Chan Hwang obtained his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1994 and completed a four-year residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1998 at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Hwang has been in practice in the Seattle area focusing on the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders since 1998. He has also been the pain clinic physician consultant for the Puyallup location of UBC, Inc. since May of 2001. His passion is to provide lifestyle and physical medicine as well as rehabilitation resources to the under-served not only in Western Washington but internationally as well.




Uma Malhotra M.D.

Dr Uma Malhotra, M.D.

Dr. Malhotra is an Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine physician at Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC) in Seattle. She received her medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India, receiving the President’s Silver Medal. After completing her infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Washington (UW) in 1998, she served on the faculty at the UW and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center before moving to VMMC in 2008. Besides her role as a clinician at VMMC, she conducts translational research in immunology at the Benaroya Research Institute.

Dr. Malhotra grew up as a vegetarian in India and now having lived in the US for over 25 years she has embraced vegetarian cuisines from many cultures. She will discuss the immense benefits of a whole unrefined plant-based diet and the joys of a healthful vegetarian cuisine.


Patricia McEachrane-Gross M.D.

Patricia McEachrane-Gross M.D.

Dr Patricia McEachrane-Gross, M.D.

Dr McEachrane-Gross, or Dr McG as she is known, brings a new and unique philosophy to family medicine, combining elements of an old-fashioned doctor’s office with modern medicine and a holistic, common-sense approach to health and well being. Dr. McG is board-certified in family medicine and preventive medicine. She grew up and attended medical school in the Caribbean, and completed her Family Practice residency at the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey.

“I call my philosophy functional medicine,” says Dr. McG, who has both a medical degree and a Masters of Public Health (M.D.H.) degree among her credentials. “It’s a philosophy that’s been around for a number of years, but it’s becoming a new approach to medicine.” Educating patients about proper diet and lifestyle is a major component of her practice, she says. “Most of our chronic diseases, whether it’s high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, cancer – all of them have a lifestyle basis. Yes, there are some heredity aspects. But the majority of the causes are based in lifestyle and diet.”



Esther Park-Hwang M.D.

Dr Esther Park-Hwang M.D.

Dr. Park-Hwang is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, medical education at Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, and graduate training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has joined the Tacoma Family Medicine Residency program in 1998 as faculty, and has been actively involved in training the obstetrics and gynecology portion of resident training. Her special interests include managing commonly occurring women’s health problems through healthy lifestyle changes.



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Mythili Ramachandran M.D.

Dr Mythili Ramachandran, M.D.

Dr Rama, as she is known, attended Stanley Medical College in Chennai, India, and completed her residency at Louisianna State University.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine and practices at the Bonney Lake Medical Center. Her interests include diabetes, women’s health, mental health, neuropathies, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and she is especially interested in how diet affects disease.  She sees every case as unique, and feels that patient education and input is very important.




Andrea Rose MD

Andrea Rose M.D.

Dr Andrea Rose, M.D.

Dr Rose is an Oncologist with Northwest Medical Specialties and practices at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, WA. She studied at the University of Minnesota, and completed her residency at the Mt Sinai Medical Center in New York.  She earned her fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and the University of Washington.  She is board certified in medical oncology, hematology, internal medicine, and hospice and palliative care. She has a special interest in lymphoma.



Ron Swensen

Ron Swensen M.D.

Dr Ron Swensen, M.D.

A native of the midwest, Dr. Swensen fell in love with the Pacific Northwest during a visit to Seattle while in college. He earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University and completed a Family Medicine Internship at the University of Wisconsin. He completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Stanford and a Gynecologic Oncology fellowship at Penn State (Hershey), before receiving Board Certification in 1998. Dr. Swensen subsequently joined Valley Medical Center as Medical Director for Oncology Services. His practice includes surgery, chemotherapy and long-term management of known or suspected cancer of the female reproductive tract. He is trained in robotic and laparoscopic surgical procedures.


In addition, the following doctors conducted health screenings:



Helmuth Fritz M.D.

Dr Helmuth Fritz M.D.

Dr. Fritz is board certified in Internal Medicine and is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Prior to his Loma Linda University appointment, he served as a staff physician and researcher at the NEWSTART Medical Clinic at Weimar Institute, a health and education organization that focuses on lifestyle to treat and prevent many common degenerative diseases. He has over 20 years experience practicing general internal medicine in Washington State.


Uma Krishnan

Uma Krishnan M.D.

Dr Uma Krishnan M.D.

Dr. Krishnan trained at Thanjavur Medical College and Madras Medical School in India, before coming to the United States to complete her fellowship at Michigan State University.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Cardiology, and now specializes in cardiology for women.  She practices at the Cardiac Study Center in Tacoma, WA and aims to improve cardiovascular health and quality of life in women, by preventing, detecting, and treating risk factors. She especially focuses on helping women develop healthy lifestyle practices.