The Active Board of Directors are qualified professionals who are committed to promoting the principles upon which we were founded. They unselfishly give of their time, experience and skills by attending and participating in meetings throughout the year, providing leadership and governance to advance Price-Pottenger’s mission and goals.
After serving on Price-Pottenger’s Board of Directors for over 18 years, I consider it a great honor to have been selected as their Executive Director in 2005.
I was introduced to nutrition and alternative medicine in 1969 by my wonderful, inspiring mother. I became an RN in 1974 and over the years have received training and experience in other alternative medicine modalities. This has given me a respect and understanding for both Eastern and Western medicine, but my passion has always been in nutrition. I believe that properly nourishing the body is the key to enhancing the body-mind-spirit connection.
In addition to my medical background, I also bring to Price-Pottenger experience in administration, business development, program development, community and professional education, marketing, and community relations.
We have an important mission to carry on at Price-Pottenger. As the keeper of the original research of Weston A. Price, DDS, Francis M. Pottenger Jr., MD, and other nutrition pioneers of our time, Price-Pottenger lights the way for teaching the wisdom of the past and applying it to today, for the health and well-being of generations to come.
This is an exciting time for Price-Pottenger as the world is ready to hear our message!
Ed Bennett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics, but his early interest in food preparation and organic gardening led him into the natural foods business shortly after graduating. His education in that field began by working with local organic farmers, who inspired him with their passion for growing produce and raising animals using Nature’s principles. He was instrumental in creating the first natural foods store in Hawaii to produce sprouted and whole-grain bakery products, and has held management positions in several retail health food stores.
He was introduced to Price-Pottenger by Pat Connolly, who was at that time Executive Director of the Foundation, and with her guidance soon found that by following the principles of Dr. Weston A. Price and Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., he noticed life-changing improvements in his own health. He was invited to become a member of Price-Pottenger’s Advisory Board and was later voted to the office of Board President. He is especially committed to teaching Price-Pottenger’s principles to young people and prospective parents, so that they and future generations can benefit from this vital information.
Ed has appeared on radio and television interviews for Price-Pottenge and is active in environmental issues, particularly with the campaign to remove fluoride from public water supplies. He raises organically-grown vegetables from square-foot gardens at his home and encourages others to grow as much of their own food as they can, and to support local organic farmers and food producers.
In addition to his duties as Price-Pottenger President and Curator, he is currently editor of the Price-Pottenger Journal.
David Getoff is a Board Certified Traditional Naturopath, a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative medicine, an elected member of both the American College of Nutrition and the International College of Integrative Medicine, a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, and is Vice President of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.
He is board certified in integrative medicine, and has developed and produced over a dozen educational holistic health DVDs on numerous topics including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and detoxification and is the co-author of Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally. His recorded video and audio presentations are available for purchase from the Price-Pottenger Foundation.
David is licensed or certified in either traditional naturopathy or nutrition in three states and has a private practice in El Cajon, California. He has also developed the 9-week course entitled Attaining Optimal Health in the 21st Century, which he has been teaching through the Grossmont/Cuyamaca College extended studies program for the past 15 years and has been a presenter at numerous scientific medical, nutritional, dental and organic agriculture conferences around the U.S. David is on the scientific advisory board of a number of top supplement manufacturers and is often asked for opinions as new products are being developed. His websites can be found at Naturopath4you.com orDavidGetoff.com.
Joann Berger is a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist. She received her BS degree from Arizona State University and then studied two years with the American Academy of Nutrition, completing the Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) post graduate study program. The CCN credential is the national standard for clinical nutritionists who meet high requirements of professional competency. Joann trained for many years with David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM, an influential and respected naturopath in the field of nutrition. She has a private practice in San Diego, CA. Visit her website at www.joannberger.com.
Dr. Andrew J. Zakarian received his dental education at New York University – College of Dentistry and did research and advanced treatment work in the Department of Periodontology at Columbia University in New York City. In addition, Dr. Zakarian has a certificate in acupuncture and a Masters degree in Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Zakarian has taught residency programs and has been practicing general dentistry since 1984 in Manhattan, New York and since 1999 in San Diego, California.
Mark has a bachelor’s degree in biology and has completed both undergraduate-and graduate-level coursework in nutrition. As Executive Editor, Mark was responsible for the new look and format of the Price-Pottenger Journal of Health and Healing. He is currently a consulting editor. Mark has also been instrumental in shaping the new direction of the foundation with an expanded mission to reach more people with our message. He is a nutrition and lifestyle coach and practices in San Diego, California.
Mary Ann Sowards, MA, has focused her interests upon the spiritual, psychological, and physical aspects of health and healing.
She has a master’s degree in Consciousness Studies. The mother of three children, her background in public relations and theatre, her promotion of the advantages of breastfeeding and good nutrition to young parents, and her on-going classes in t’ai chi and ESL have paralleled her 20+year involvement with Price-Pottenger. With her emphasis on research sources and outreach programs, she also acts as liaison with our sister affiliate in Japan, the Koushikai group.
Mary Ann is dedicated to growing Price-Pottenger as the primary, reliable resource for nutritional information and education–the foundation of robust and vibrant health.
Dr. Hirschenbein earned a PhD in clinical psychology at Boston University and an MD degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He was board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and started a private practice in 1978. Following his introduction to integrative medicine in 1995, he became board certified in anti-aging medicine and holistic medicine. He is a CCN (certified clinical nutritionist), CNS (certified nutrition specialist), and DANLA (diplomat in advanced nutritional laboratory assessment). Dr. Hirschenbein has completed the AFMCP (Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice) program, DAN (Defeat Autism Now) training, and Lyme disease training through ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society).
He has lectured nationally and internationally, hosted a local radio show, and given many TV interviews. Dr. Hirschenbein is the medical director of the La Jolla Institute of Comprehensive Medicine in California.