Integrative Cardiovascular Conference – Speaker Bios

Peter Banitt, MD
Dr. Banitt received his Bachelor's degree summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and graduated from University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He then furthered his medical training by completing his internal medicine residency at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital, and completing his general and interventional cardiology fellowship training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Both are Teaching Hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Banitt enjoys seeing patients with all types of cardiovascular problems (Heart failure, arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, valve diseases, etc.) and has a sub-specialty interest in coronary and peripheral interventions. This includes treating patients with coronary artery narrowings with balloon angioplasty or stents. He is also able to treat peripheral artery disease by performing interventions in diseased vessels in the legs. In addition to his procedural interests, Dr. Banitt has an interest in promoting healthy living in his patients and working with naturopathic and complimentary medical providers in the Portland area if his patients desire this to be part of their treatment plan. Dr. Banitt would like to get to know each person as an individual and make sure they understand their particular heart condition and how we are working to treat it.

Outside of work, Dr.Banitt is married and has twin daughters. His wife, Susan Pease Banitt LCSW, is a psychotherapist and author. Her book A Trauma Tool Kit, Healing PTSD from the Inside Out, was recently published by Quest Books. He and his family enjoy horseback riding, camping and eating locally grown, organic foods.

Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH
Dr. Bradley received his ND from Bastyr University in 2003 and his MPH degree in Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health in 2009. He currently directs the Center for Diabetes & Cardiovascular Wellness at Bastyr University, a center of clinical care, community education, and research. In addition to clinical practice, where he applies an integrative approach to cardiometabolic risk reduction, he is a clinical researcher studying outcomes from naturopathic care, as well as biomarkers for, and natural treatments of, endothelial dysfunction. Dr. Bradley lectures on integrative medicine and research for national and international organizations including the American Diabetes Association, the International Diabetes Federation, and the Diabetes Action, Research, and Education Foundation.

Ahvie Herskowitz, MD
Dr. Herskowitz's extensive training includes a medicine degree from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, residencies in Pathology and Internal Medicine, and fellowship in Cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Medical Center. During his 12 years at Johns Hopkins, his clinical responsibilities were complemented by directing a multidisciplinary research team in the study of molecular and immunological mechanisms of heart ischemia, heart transplantation and heart failure.

Over the past 15 years, he helped establish and lead innovative health care non-profit research and development organizations that have domestic and worldwide social impact. He served as Director at the Ischemia Research and Education Foundation, working with over 100 leading heart surgery hospitals around the world, dedicated to reducing adverse outcomes during and after heart surgery; Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California at San Francisco; Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Institute for OneWorld Health, the first non-profit pharmaceutical company in the United States, dedicated to developing new medicines for diseases of poverty in the developing world.

Throughout his career, Dr. Herskowitz has been developing novel alternative approaches towards health. Following formal training in Five Element Acupuncture in 2001, he has been dedicated to building a world-class team approach towards prevention and treatment of cardiovascular, immunologic and recalcitrant chronic diseases.

As Director and Founder of Anatara Medicine, he leads a team of dedicated staff and physicians creating a new model of personalized and proactive medicine based on the convergence of seven vital disciplines.

Peter Jones, PhD
Peter J. Jones holds a Canada Research Chair in Functional Foods and Nutrition and the University of Manitoba, where, as of 2005, he serves as Director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. Dr. Jones is a full professor in the departments of Food Science, and Human Nutritional Sciences. Before 2005, he was a professor at McGill University serving as Director of the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition from 1994-1999.

Currently, Dr. Jones serves as President of Nutritional Fundamentals for Health (NFH) and President of the Danone Institute in Canada and a Vice-President of the Danone Institute for Nutrition based in Paris. He serves as Chairman of the Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals Board of the Vancouver-based Forbes Medi-tech group. Dr. Jones also has sat on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Health Organization, and United Nations University (FAO/WHO/UNU) Expert Consultant Panel for Energy and Protein Requirements in Human Nutrition.

Dr. Jones' research interests cover cholesterol, fat and energy metabolism. He has applied novel stable isotope methodologies to examine the response of these areas of metabolism to dietary intervention. His research group has been active in exploring the dietary determinants which control cholesterol biosynthesis absorption, and turnover in humans, as well as how plant sterols act in functional foods as cholesterol-lowering agents. Other areas of research have included re-establishing energy needs in sub-groups of the Canadian population and exploring which fats confer optimal health during weight reducing diets. Dr. Jones has published over 300 peer-reviewed research articles and reviews in international journals, as well as chapters in leading nutrition textbooks.

Jeremy Mikolai, N.D.
Dr. Mikolai is the chief resident physician, as well as the Heart & Lung resident, for the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) and the Center for Natural Medicine (CNM, Inc.), both in Portland, OR.  Dr. Mikolai is a 2010 alumnus of the naturopathic medicine program at NCNM.  His special concentrations are in integrative cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine.  Dr. Mikolai holds several faculty positions including: Professor of Cardiology/Adjunct faculty in the naturopathic medicine program, College of Health Sciences at the Universidad del Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico and Adjunct faculty member in the Masters of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR) program at NCNM.  He is also a lead faculty member at the Naturopathic Institute of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine (NICVM), an organization that provides continuing medical education in integrative cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine.  He is an avid researcher; his work has been presented at several national and international conferences and has won several awards.

Martin Milner, ND
Dr. Martin Milner received his N.D. from NCNM in 1983. He has remained at his alma mater since 1986 as Professor of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine.  Dr. Milner is also the CEO and medical director of the Center for Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

The Heart and Lung Wellness program at CNM started in 1999 and provides an established clinical training ground for 48 NCNM medical student interns and residents, supervised by Dr. Milner.  This experience actively engages medical students and their patients in the complementary and alternative health care of cardiovascular, pulmonary disease and primary care conditions.  In this capacity CNM functions as a teaching clinic of NCNM and the H&L Program has been recently endorsed by NCNM as the worldwide Center of Excellence in Naturopathic Cardiovascular Medicine. 

Dr. Milner has treated over 25,000 patients with heart disease alone having practiced medicine continually since 1983.  His latest endeavor is partnering with Dr. Jeremy Mikolai in launching NICVM, the Naturopathic Institute of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine whose mission is to offer post graduate medical education to ND’s leading toward ultimate board certification in Naturopathic Cardiology.

Stephen W. Parcell, N.D
Dr. Parcell earned his doctorate in naturopathic medicine in 2002 from Bastyr University. Dr. Parcell has done additional training at the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM), the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) and the American Academy for Anti-aging Medicine (A4M). He is the past Vice President of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors (COAND). He is board certified in anti-aging medicine.

Dr. Parcell has published articles in Alternative Medicine Review, The International Journal of Integrative Medicine, Integrated Medicine, a Clinician's Journal and Naturopathic News and Review. He also authored a chapter in the textbook entitled "Integrative Approaches to Pain" published by Humana Press in 2008. Dr. Parcell has recently completed a book on reversing coronary artery disease called "Dare to Live: A Naturopathic Doctor's Complete Guide to the Prevention and Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease".

Kasra Pournadeali, ND
Dr. Pournadeali is a graduate of Bastyr University's four-year Naturopathic Medicine program (one of only a few accredited Naturopathic programs in the United States). He received his undergraduate degree in Radiologic Technology (BSRT) from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center,  He is licensed as a naturopathic physician through the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Washington State Department of Health.

Dr. Pournadeali is the founder & director of the Northwest Center for Optimal Health (NCOH), is the past President of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the President Elect for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Pournadeali serves on the CNME-Accredited Foundation for Care Management.

Dr. Pournadeali has served on the university Curriculum Review Committee; the Review Staff for the Natural Medicine Journal, and has been a university faculty since 1999. In addition to practicing at NCOH, Dr. Pournadeali educates the community through his his weekly talk radio show: Sound Living, serving western Washington.

Practice Interests:
"I like to focus on helping patients maximize health." "Although I practice general, adult care medicine, I particularly enjoy helping people improve energy, and deal with heart & digestive problems." "Osteoporosis, and difficult to diagnose conditions, are also my special interests."

"A good doctor must take time to investigate a person's condition, and study the whole picture-not just the presenting problem." "A good doctor considers the patient's long term health, years down the line, and knows when to say: 'I don't know, but I'll try to find out.'"

Beverly Yates, ND
Dr. Yates is a California licensed doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a 1994 graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR.  She is also a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and minored in bio-electrical engineering.  Dr. Yates served as the lead supervising doctor for the first ever fully accredited Naturopathic and Integrative medical residency in the state of California. She is a governor appointee to California’s Naturopathic Medicine Committee, which regulates the Naturopathic medical profession on a state level.  Dr. Yates serves as a National Media Representative for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, appearing as an expert in natural medicine on TV shows in select metropolitan areas.   Dr. Yates is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for Schwabe North America and Integrative Therapeutics, Inc, Northwood BioNaturals, LLC, and the Scientific Advisory Board for Gaia Herbs, Inc. and BSP Pharma, Inc.  Recently, in response to Dr. Yates' contributions to community health, she provided testimony for the Tri-Caucus of the California legislature concerning the growing impact of obesity and diabetes in communities of color around the state and the country.  Her clinical practice is in Marin County, CA where she focuses on the use of natural medicines, supplements, botanical medicines, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, homeopathy and other plant-based, nature-derived solutions to chronic health problems.

A popular author, public speaker, and teacher, Dr. Yates shares her knowledge with audiences comprised of both the general public and other health professionals.  Sought after for her ability to provide concise, clear explanations about medical processes and natural medicine, Dr. Yates has appeared on numerous TV broadcast networks including ABC, CBS, CNN, CW, Fox, NBC, and PBS; her radio interviews include NPR, CNN Radio, Sirius International Satellite; and her print interviews include Essence Magazine, Good Housekeeping Magazine and Women’s World newspaper.  She presents continuing medical education to colleagues all over the country, including naturopathic physicians, medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other licensed health care professionals, and records clinical insights for the benefit of doctors helping patients with specific treatment protocols.  

Dr. Yates is the author of Heart Health for Black Women: A Natural Approach to Healing and Preventing Heart Disease, Marlowe & Co., 2000.   Dr. Yates is also a contributing author of Maternal, Newborn and Child Nursing: Family Centered Care, Pearson Education, Inc., 2003, which is a textbook used in nursing and medical schools.  Dr. Yates has collaborated with Rodale Press on numerous books for over two decades as a medical consultant, sharing her expertise on herbal remedies, botanical medicines and supplements for chronic illnesses.