Our speakers program provides a valuable opportunity to hear the latest on health and nutrition from our medical doctors, and to ask questions.
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.
Here are the doctors who will be speaking at Vegfest 2019.
For their presentation times, see the Schedule of Events
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 works at MultiCare Health System in Tacoma focusing on rehabilitation of neurological problems such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and peripheral neuropathies. He was also the pain clinic physician consultant for the Puyallup location of UBC, Inc. from May of 2001 through November 2014. 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.
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.
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.”
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 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.
Dr Ann Pittier M.D.
Dr. Pittier earned her bachelor’s degree at Occidental College before pursuing her medical degree at Trinity College and completing an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Washington. She furthered her training with an emphasis on cancer treatment, and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Radiation Oncology, and is a member of the American College of Radiation Oncology. Her practice focuses on cancers of the breast and of gynecologic origin. She promotes a plant-based diet to reduce chances of recurrence in her patients and promote overall heath.
Dr Rachael Wyman M.D.
Dr Rachael Wyman is a cardiologist at Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Campus. She has been a practicing cardiologist for 13 years. She was born and raised in the Skagit Valley and graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2000. She completed her cardiology and preventive cardiology fellowships at the University of Wisconsin. She currently serves on the Kaiser Permanente National Cholesterol Guideline committee.
Lifestyle choices heavily influence our health, with this in mind Dr. Wyman encourages all her patients to continually working towards improving their health through moving towards a plant based diet, regular exercise, smoking cessation, and finding balance in their personal, spiritual, and professional lives.
Mary Purdy M.S., R.D.N.
Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from Bastyr University. She ran a successful private practice for eight years working with hundreds of patients before coming to Arivale in 2015, where she is a Coach and Clinical Education Lead providing a personalized medicine approach that takes into account nutritional genetics, blood labs, microbiome and salivary cortisol for its clients. Mary previously served as an adjunct professor at Bastyr University and was a clinical supervisor at the Bastyr teaching clinic from 2010-2015. Additionally, she has provided wellness presentations at businesses and local organizations around Seattle as well as continuing credit lectures given at national health conferences. She is also the host of the web series and podcast “Mary’s Nutrition Show” and author of the book,” Serving the Broccoli Gods”.
In addition, we will have doctors participating in our Health Screening area, including Dr Helmuth Fritz:
Dr Helmuth Fritz M.D.
Helmuth 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.