Meet the Presenters

IDEA offers an unrivaled opportunity to learn directly from top nutrition researchers, behavior change experts and chefs that will reveal the skill power you need to to catalyze effective and sustainable lifestyle change in your clients.

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, President of CAND and award-winning dietitian

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, 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, Amy has presented at more than 100 national and international conferences.

Mark Berman, MD, Head of health for FareWell, LLC, a digital health company based in Silicon Valley

Mark Berman, MD

Mark Berman, MD, FACLM, is the head of health for FareWell, LLC, a digital health company based in Silicon Valley. Concurrently, he practices lifestyle medicine at One Medical Group in San Francisco. He is a fellow and a former director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He studied physical therapy (McGill), medicine (Yale), clinical research methods (UCSF) and completed training in internal medicine, primary care and population medicine (Harvard).

Michael Greger, MD, Public health advocate, author and founder,

Michael Greger, MD

Michael Greger, MD, FACLM, is a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, a physician, an author, and an internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Greger serves as the director of public health and animal agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States. Hundreds of his nutrition videos are freely available at, with new videos and articles uploaded every day.

Ashley Koff, RD, Speaker, media resource and founder, Better Nutrition, Simplified

Ashley Koff, RD

Ashley Koff, RD, founder of Ashley Koff Approved (AKA), helps people make better choices—not perfect ones—more often. Koff shares her message with millions via traditional and social media, as a keynote speaker, author and industry consultant, as well as through Better Nutrition, Simplified, an online resource that provides clients, healthcare providers and the media with better tools, and approved products and services. Koff lives in Washington, DC, with her dog Rerun; she plays the trumpet, is an obsessed basketball fan and loves being outdoors and traveling.

Jessica Matthews, MS, Senior advisor for health and fitness education for ACE®

Jessica Matthews, MS

Jessica Matthews, MS, is senior advisor for health and fitness education for the American Council on Exercise and an ACE master coach. She is also a professor at Point Loma Nazarene University where she developed the master's degree in kinesiology in the integrative wellness program. Jessica is currently completing her doctorate in behavioral health at Arizona State University with a focus on integrated care, exploring the efficacy of health coaching and mindfulness-based interventions in clinical settings.

Christopher McGrath, MS Founder of Movement First, LLC, and ACE® health coach

Christopher McGrath, MS

Christopher McGrath, MS, is the founder of Movement First, LLC, a New York City-based education and consulting organization. He is an internationally recognized educator and has taught and consulted with the American Council on Exercise®, TRX®, Functional Movement Systems, Town Sports International and others. Chris is also an assistant professor in the division of athletic training, health and exercise science at Long Island University, and holds a master’s degree in sports performance and injury prevention.

P.K. Newby, Adjunct professor of nutrition at Harvard University

P.K. Newby

P.K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS, (“The Nutrition Doctor”; is a scientist, gastronome and adjunct professor of nutrition at Harvard University. She has more than 20 years of experience researching diet-related diseases, studying how people make food choices, and teaching students and the public about why what we eat matters, farm to fork. Dr. Newby spends most of her time today inspiring people through writing, speaking, cooking and educating to help build a healthier, more sustainable world, one delectable bite at a time. She is a thought leader who speaks locally, nationally and internationally on all things food and nutrition, and is the author of Superfoods and coauthor of Foods for Health: Choose and Use the Very Best Foods for Your Family and Our Planet.

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM, Renowned expert in fitness, nutrition and integrative medicine

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM

Dr. Pamela Peeke is a nationally renowned physician, scientist and expert in fitness, nutrition and integrative medicine. Dr. Peeke is a Pew Foundation Scholar in nutrition and metabolism, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland and Senior Olympic triathlete. Dr. Peeke is author of the New York Times bestseller THE HUNGER FIX: The Three Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction.

Chef Steven Petusevsky, Acclaimed author, speaker and culinary expert

Chef Steven Petusevsky

Chef Steve was the National Director of Creative Food Development for Whole Foods Market from 1990 to 2002. He wrote the book on natural foods, quite literally. He is the author of The Whole Foods Market Cookbook – A Guide to Natural Foods with 350 Recipes published by Clarkson Potter in the fall of 2002. Chef Steve is currently a member of the Menus of Change Advisory Board for the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and is co-chair of the CIA’s new Appetites & Innovation initiative, a national leadership collaborative created for the purpose of advancing culinary excellence, health & wellness, sustainability, and cultures of innovation in retail food service.

Chef Chad Sarno Chef, consultant and speaker

Chef Chad Sarno

Chad Sarno is a chef, consultant, speaker and committed plant activist. Chad brought his unique culinary style to a vast array of projects throughout his career before joining Rouxbe Online Culinary School as vice president of plant-based education. Spanning from the launch of a boutique plant-based restaurant brand in Europe (Istanbul, London, Munich), to the development of innovative health and wellness initiatives as culinary media spokesperson for Whole Foods Market’s global healthy eating program, Chad’s mission of health-inspired plant-based eating has reached all corners of the globe.

Rebecca Scritchfield, MS, RD, LD Author of Body Kindness

Rebecca Scritchfield, MS, RD, LD

Rebecca is a well-being coach, registered dietitian nutritionist, and certified health and fitness specialist. Through her weight-neutral Body Kindness practice, she helps people create a better life with workable, interesting self-care goals. She has influenced millions through her writing, podcast and appearances in over 100 media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, CNN, the TODAY show, the Washington Post, O Magazine, Health, Shape and many others. She lives in Washington, DC.