Our current 2019 Speaker LINEUP:

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Dr. Jami Dulaney

Dr. Dulaney, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, has been a private practice cardiologist in Port Charlotte, FL since 1998. She received her undergraduate and medical school education from West Virginia University and went on to complete a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh. At the beginning of her career, the hope was to help people avoid the fate of her grandparents. It was never fathomed that hypertension or diabetes could be reversed, only managed.

Over the past 5 years by introducing plant based nutrition and wellness, she has traded the cardiac catheter for a spatula. Now she teaches 3 weekly nutrition courses in her plant strong cardiac kitchen. She has successfully, for the first time, been able to take medications away from patients and see their lifestyle diseases disappear. 

Dr. Jim Loomis

Dr. Loomis is currently the medical director at the Barnard Medical Center in Washington DC. He has served as team internist for the St. Louis Rams football team and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, as well as tour physician for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to the Barnard Medical Center, he practiced internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, where he was also the director of prevention and wellness.

He is on the clinical faculty of the department of internal medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and the department of preventive medicine and biostatistics at the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Loomis also serves on the board of directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr. Sal Lacagnina

Dr. Sal is the System Medical Director of Wellness & Employee Health for Lee Health where his role is to educate, motivate and inspire healthy living. He practiced Internal Medicine from 1993 until 2010 when he assumed his new role and since then Dr. Sal has become board certified in Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). Dr. Sal has completed a certification in Lifestyle Medicine through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. His practice now focuses on helping people become and stay well through healthy eating, regular exercise and lifestyle management. For the past four years he and his family have been improving their own health via plant based eating which he encourages all his patients, family and friends to adopt. He teaches about the human benefits of plant based nutrition and also educates others on how this benefits the environment and saves animals from suffering and death. He is passionate about improving the health of the population of South West Florida and nationally. He writes about these topics in the News Press weekly and does community lectures on health & wellness.

Dr. Jonathan Bonnet

Jonathan Bonnet is a board-certified Family, Sports, and Obesity Medicine physician. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health at Harvard while working at the VA Hospital in Gainesville. Jonathan has a background in exercise physiology and is also a certified personal trainer. He completed his undergraduate and medical school studies at Ohio State University before finishing his Family Medicine residency at Duke University, and his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Florida.

Jonathan served on the board of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine from 2014-2016 and is currently on the editorial board of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. He has published research in sleep medicine, nutrition, sports and exercise, obesity, and behavior change. He has received numerous awards, including teaching awards from Duke University’s Family Medicine Department and from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Jonathan has a passion for health promotion and disease prevention and literally “walks the walk” with his patients through his involvement with the nonprofit organization, Walk With A Doc.

James Aspey

James Aspey conquered leukaemia, drug abuse and bulimia before becoming one of Australia’s most well-known animal rights activists.

Grabbing global attention in 2015 after completing a year long vow of silence and speaking for the first time in a powerful TV interview seen by tens of millions, James has continued devoting himself to raising awareness for “the most oppressed and victimised beings on the planet: the animals.”
He has been tattooed for 25 hours to raise donations for charity and given hundreds of free, thought provoking and entertaining lectures on his journey from being an apathetic meat eater to a passionate animal advocate. James welcomes friendly debate on his views which are certain to challenge the way you see the world and give you plenty of “food for thought”.

Vanessa Sardi

Vanessa is Certified Health and Nutrition Coach with a unique perspective on health and wellness. She has a Master’s degree in Cardiopulmonary Physiology, a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine, clinical work in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and research/sales experience in pharmaceutical and gene expression testing.  Vanessa has a passion for nutrition and helping others to live healthy, fueled by her background and consistent studies.  

When Vanessa realized that “more pills” wasn’t the answer to better health, she walked away from her cushy salary as an Executive Sales Rep for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world to start her own business, Nutriception®. As a Certified Health and Nutrition coach, she is now driven to help people get off their meds, many of which she promoted herself, and drastically improve their health via whole, plant-based foods. Vanessa’s slogan says it all…FARM over PHARMA.

Wendie Pett

Wendie Pett, a nationally recognized name in the fitness industry, is passionate about motivating and encouraging people to make fitness and nutrition part of their daily routine. She enthusiastically teaches the care of mind, body and spirit, assisting others to learn the importance of reaching their full God-given potential through her Visibly Fit™ program ~ a total wellness and body weight resistance exercise program.

Wendie has helped countless numbers of people reach their fitness goals without ever compromising their joint health, tendons, or ligaments by teaching simple and easy to do exercises that use your body as your gym. A great way to workout anytime, anywhere – no excuses allowed! She has a nationally syndicated television program that airs on the NRB network, UpLiftv, and SmartLifestyle.TV and she’s also known as “Coach Wendie” on KTIS Radio in the Twin Cities area.

Wendie is a Naturopathic Doctor and works as a fitness/wellness coach and consultant. She is a speaker and author and has developed numerous fitness DVDs. It was after a major injury to her shoulder twenty years ago that Wendie resorted to body weight resistance exercises for strength and healing, and hasn’t turned back to any other form of training since. She makes it all look so easy with her fun, casual, yet dynamic and enthusiastic approach. Wendie makes it difficult to resist heeding her call to, “Stop making excuses and begin today to get in the best shape of your life!”

She resides in the Minneapolis/Twin City area with her husband, Todd – son, Keegan and little 4-pound Brussels Griffon/Poodle mix, Kodie.

To learn more go to www.wendiepett.com

4-5pm, Q&A At the Info Booth: Dr. Will Tuttle

Dr. Will Tuttle, visionary author of the acclaimed best-seller The World Peace Diet, published in 16 languages, is a recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award and the Empty Cages Prize. He’s also the author of Your Inner Islands, on developing intuition, and is editor of Circles of Compassion, on the interconnection of social justice issues. A vegan since 1980, he is a frequent radio, television, and online presenter, and has created several wellness and advocacy training programs. Featured in Cowspiracy and other documentary films, he is the co-founder of the Worldwide Prayer Circle for Animals. A former Zen monk with a Ph.D. from U. C., Berkeley, Dr. Tuttle is also a noted composer and pianist, and lectures and concertizes extensively throughout the world promoting peace and cultural healing. See www.worldpeacediet.com for more details.


VeganEvan is a passionate and talented young animal advocate committed to creating a healthy, compassionate, and regenerative world. He is President & Spokesperson for Animal Hero Kids and also a spokesperson for the Solutionary Species movement. VeganEvan has spoken in front of large audiences at several major events throughout the country including the What the Health-Cowspiracy Conference, Central Florida Earth Day, the Animal Liberation Conference, Tampa Bay VegFest, the National Animal Rights Conference, Asheville Vegan Fest, VegFest Oahu, and many more!!  He has been awarded the Russell Simmons Creative Animal Hero Kids Award, and in 2016, he earned PETA’s Cutest Vegan Kid award.  More recently he was awarded the Shining World Leadership Award for Compassion from the Supreme Master Ching Hai Association. VeganEvan is a voice for the animals everywhere he goes! He enjoys leafleting, protesting, doing marches, Open Rescue, disruptions, and making videos and rap songs! Evan also participates in Anonymous for the Voiceless Cubes of Truth and Vigils with the Save Movement wherever he travels. Most of all, he loves visiting all of his rescued friends at the sanctuaries where they are happy, safe and free from harm.