Meet the Presenters

IDEA World Nutrition & Behavior Change Summit features thought leaders in nutrition and behavior change who will distill current research and provide proven approaches that you can use to guide your clients toward lasting change.

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, Award-winning Dietitian and President of Farmer's Daughter Consulting

EMCEE & FEATURED SPEAKER: Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN

Amy Myrdal Miller is an award-winning dietitian and president of Farmer's Daughter® Consulting, Inc., an agriculture, food and culinary communications firm. Amy and her team work on behalf of clients to dispel myths and provide science-based information about our food system. A farmer's daughter from North Dakota, Amy is a highly sought-after speaker and moderator; in the past 5 years, she has presented at more than 120 national and international conferences.

Chef Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN, Founder of Culinary Nutrition Cuisine LLC

Chef Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN

Chef Abbie Gellman is the founder of Culinary Nutrition Cuisine LLC, and works with a wide variety of food companies, brands, hospitality/food service operators and private clients. She is a spokesperson and developer of recipes, products and menus, as well as an educator, private chef, culinary nutrition counselor and author. Food & Nutrition Magazine recently presented her with the 2017 Stone Soup Blogger of the Year award.

Claudia Cofrancesco, certified Precision Nutrition Level 1; Creator of Training the Bariatric Client (online CEU)

Claudia Cofrancesco, certified Precision Nutrition Level 1; creator of Training the Bariatric Client (online CEU)

Claudia Cofrancesco is an accomplished business leader who has been repeatedly recognized for outstanding performance, exceeding goals, and generating profits. Holding a Master of Science in Real Estate Development and Finance from New York University, she is a veteran Property Manager known for her innovative management style, excellence in interpersonal communication and strategic relationship development. Claudia’s personal experience with morbid obesity, bariatric surgery, and struggle to find her way back to wellness led her to lose and keep off 439 lbs. and found The Kinesis Centre, a company dedicated to serving the unique health and fitness needs of bariatric clients and filling a wide gap in wellness services. Claudia is a Certified Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, and the creator of Training the Bariatric Client, an online course providing continuing education to fitness professionals on how to train their clients.

Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, President and CEO of the Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation

Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN

Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak is the president and CEO of the Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation. At PBH, she guides the Foundation's efforts, along with more than 500 organization and agency partners, to increase fruit and vegetable consumption through all produce forms: fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice.

Jessica Matthews, DBH, ACE Senior Advisor on Health & Wellness

Jessica Matthews, DBH

Jessica Matthews is faculty in kinesiology and integrative wellness at San Diego's Point Loma Nazarene University and a professor of yoga studies at MiraCosta College. Honored as the 2017 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, Jessica also serves as the senior adviser for health and wellness education for the American Council on Exercise.

Christopher R. Mohr, PhD, RD, Internationally Recognized Nutrition Expert

Christopher R. Mohr, PhD, RD

Christopher R. Mohr is an internationally recognized nutrition expert. He has presented at the White House and the Culinary Institute of America and has been featured on nutrition education programs globally. He is a consulting sports nutritionist for the WWE, a former consulting sports nutritionist for the Cincinnati Bengals and a nutrition spokesperson and consultant to a number of media outlets and corporations.

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP, ACE Senior Advisor on Healthcare Solutions

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP

Natalie Digate Muth is a board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine physician, registered dietitian and health coach. She practices general pediatrics with a focus on healthy family routines, nutrition, physical activity and behavior change in North County, San Diego. She also serves as the senior adviser for healthcare solutions at the American Council on Exercise. Natalie is the author of five books and is committed to helping every child and family thrive. She is a strong advocate for systems and communities that support prevention and wellness across the lifespan, beginning at 9 months of age.

Kamal Patel, MPH, MBA, Co-founder and Director of Examine.com

Kamal Patel, MPH, MBA

Kamal Patel is a co-founder and director of Examine.com. He holds two master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University, in business and in public health, and is on hiatus from a PhD in nutrition for which he has investigated the link between diet and chronic pain. Kamal has published peer-reviewed articles on vitamin D and calcium, as well as on a variety of clinical research topics. He’s also been involved in research on fructose and liver health, nutrition in low-income areas, and mindfulness meditation.

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM, Renowned Expert in Fitness, Nutrition and Integrative Medicine

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM

Pamela Peeke is a nationally renowned physician, scientist and expert in fitness, nutrition and integrative medicine. She is a Pew Foundation Scholar in nutrition and metabolism, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland, and a senior Olympic triathlete. Dr. Peeke is a popular TED presenter and a three-time New York Times best-selling author, including The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction.

Michelle Segar, PhD, MPH, Leading Exercise Motivation Scientist and Best-selling Author

Michelle Segar, PhD, MPH

Michelle Segar is a leading exercise motivation scientist and author of the best-selling book No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness. Dr. Segar consults with global fitness companies and trains fitness professionals in new strategies to achieve lasting exercise motivation and sustainable behavior change. She directs the University of Michigan’s Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center.

Joseph Weiss, MD, Accomplished Speaker, Author and Research Scientist

Joseph Weiss, MD

Joseph Weiss is a clinical professor of medicine at UC San Diego, as well as an accomplished speaker, author, research scientist, and specialist in gastroenterology and the microbiome. Dr. Weiss co-hosts a healthcare radio program in Southern California and is a frequent speaker at universities, medical schools, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. He has given more than 2,000 presentations in his career, including to audiences at the Young Presidents’ Organization/World Presidents’ Organization, the Aspen Institute, Bohemian Grove and the Esalen Institute.