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.
I consider it the greatest honor to be selected as Executive Director of Price-Pottenger.
I’ve worked in the nutrition and alternative medicine fields for the past decade sharing my expertise in applied technology solutions as well as strategy and digital marketing with numerous clients.
I have always been inspired by PPNF’s mission and values over the years as our work intersected. Price-Pottenger is held in the highest esteem by every single client I’ve worked with and the Journal has been on my coffee table for as long as I can remember. I am a believer. I am a fan.
My journey to optimal health over the last 20 years has taken me down a variety of paths but following a Traditional Diet, supporting local ’farm to table’ businesses, and buying organic have been integral. I’ve also been blessed with an amazing wife who is a writer in this industry and she keeps me walking my talk.
Working side by side with the Board here at PPNF and drawing inspiration from teachers I admire, like our own David Getoff, is a real pleasure. They set the bar high for their own personal health and want to help others do the same.
We have a vital and urgent mission.
We want you to improve your health.
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.
Mark has a bachelor’s degree in biology and has completed both undergraduate-and graduate-level coursework in nutrition. He is a nutrition and wellness coach and practices in San Diego, California.
In his role as Executive Editor of the Price-Pottenger Journal of Health and Healing, Mark was responsible for the new look and format. He is currently a consulting editor.
Mark has been instrumental in shaping the new direction of the foundation with an expanded mission to reach more people with our message.
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 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 Price-Pottenger.
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 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 or DavidGetoff.com.
Dr. Andrew J. Zakarian completed his dental studies at the College of Dentistry at New York University before completing advanced treatment research and work at Columbia University’s Department of Periodontology in New York City. Dr. Zakarian also holds his Master’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology, allowing him further insight into the effects of dental problems as well as the restorative care provided to promote oral health.
Dr. Zakarian began practicing general dentistry in 1984, and has taught residency programs, first in Manhattan, New York, and founded his private practice, Natural Dental Arts, in San Diego, California.
Dr. Zakarian has a passion for helping people achieve their dental goals while promoting health and wellbeing. He provides a level of care not typical in modern dentistry.
In addition to a love for compassionate dental care, Dr. Zakarian is also an avid horseman. When not in the office, or on horseback, Dr. Zakarian may be found enjoying the Southern California scenery on a long-distance bicycle trip. His artistic skills include the care of his bonsai collection and playing the violin.
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.
Bennett 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-Pottenger 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 Curator, he is the Editor in Chief of the Price-Pottenger Journal of Health and Healing.
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 is the medical director of the La Jolla Institute of Comprehensive Medicine in California. He has lectured nationally and internationally, hosted a local radio show, and given many TV interviews.
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).
Nora Gedgaudas is a Board Certified Nutritional Consultant (CNS), Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® (BCHN), and is a Board Certified Clinical Neurofeedback Specialist. She has over 20 years of successful clinical experience. A recognized authority on ketogenic, ancestrally-based nutrition, she is a popular speaker, writer, and educator.
Gedgaudas has authored the best-selling books Primal Body, Primal Mind and Rethinking Fatigue. Her newest book, Primal Fat Burner: Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain, and Save Your Life with a High Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet, has been lauded by best-selling author and journalist, Nina Teicholz as “a unique and profound contribution to the field.”
Nora also contributed a prominent chapter in the academic book Restoring the Brain, edited by Hanno W. Kirk. Restoring the Brain has been read by the Dalai Lama, at his own request. The book was handed to him directly by the editor, after Kirk was invited to a private meeting with His Holiness in Dharamsala, India.
Nora has been a guest on The Dr. Oz Show, and has been interviewed by US News & World Report, Coast to Coast AM, Bulletproof Radio, The Solari Report, and many other popular programs. In addition, Gedgaudas has written for numerous popular periodicals including Townsend Letter, Well Being Journal, and The Price-Pottenger Journal of Health and Healing.
Gedgaudas has spoken at numerous universities internationally including Harvard, UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of New South Wales (UNSW), in Sydney, Australia, and the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon.
Her accredited Primalgenic® health certification program, Primal Restoration® is an invaluable source of unique, cutting-edge information benefiting those interested in furthering their nutritional knowledge and optimizing health. Her professional web sites include www.primalbody-primalmind.com and www.primalcourses.com.
- Annie Dru Allshouse, CCE
- Mark Anderson
- Lauren Barbrey, LAc
- Vivian Blackstone
- Kelly Brogan, MD
- Mary Ann Brummer, PhD
- Lee Clifford, MS, CCN
- Sean Croxton, FDN
- Helena S. Fischer
- Gray Lee Graham, NTP
- Joan Grinzi, RN
- Julia Irons
- Patricia Kane, PhD
- Hollis H. King, DO, PhD
- Joseph Mercola, DO
- Sylvia Onusic, PhD, CNS
- Richard Pooley, MD
- David Richard
- Carol B. Simon, JD
- Sarah R. Smith
- Bruce West, DC
- William L. Wolcott
- Koushikai (Japan)
- Vicki Poulter (Australia)
- Olympio F. Pinto, CD, MSC (Brazil)
- Kim Bechthold, BS
- Walter Jess Clifford, PhD
- John Diamond, MD
- Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS
- Norman Goldfind
- David C. Kennedy, DDS
- Sherry Rogers, MD
- Fred Walters
- Jonathan V. Wright, MD