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Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from Western Reserve University. In 1956, pulling the No. 6 oar as a member of the victorious United States rowing team, he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Games. He was trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George’s Hospital in London. In 1968, as an Army surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968. During that time, he has served as President of the Staff and as a member of the Board of Governors. He chaired the Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

In 1991, Dr. Esselstyn served as President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, That same year he organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease, which was held in Tucson, Arizona. In 1997, he chaired a follow-up conference, the Summit on Cholesterol and Coronary Disease, which brought together more than 500 physicians and health-care workers in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In April, 2005, Dr. Esselstyn became the first recipient of the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association in 2009. In September 2010, he received the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame Award. Dr. Esselstyn received the 2013 Deerfield Academy Alumni Association Heritage Award In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement & Service, and the 2013 Yale University George H.W. Bush ’48 Lifetime of Leadership Award. Dr. Esselstyn has also received the 2015 Plantrician Project Luminary Award, the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award, and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.

His scientific publications number over 150, “The Best Doctors in America” 1994-1995 published by Woodward and White cites Dr. Esselstyn’s surgical expertise in the categories of endocrine and breast disease. In 1995 he published his bench mark long-term nutritional research arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients. That same study was updated at 12 years and reviewed beyond twenty years in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type. In July of 2014 he reported the experience of 198 participants seriously ill with cardiovascular disease. During 3.7 years of follow up of the 89% adherent to the program, 99.4% avoided further major cardiac events.

Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have followed a plant-based diet since 1984. Dr. Esselstyn presently directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

The Esselstyns have four children and ten grandchildren.

Amanda McKinney

M.D. is a triple board certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Lifestyle Medicine. She is both a Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Executive Director of Doane University’s Institute for Human and Planetary Health (IHPH). She founded the IHPH to improve human health by transforming medical education and healthcare delivery and creating healthy, resilient communities. Creating a culture of healthy, plant-based foods, grown sustainably, will have a positive impact on human and planetary health. Dr. McKinney was an NAIA Academic All-American in the pentathalon and heptathalon in 1997. She and her family have been following a plant-based diet for more than 8 years.

Amanda McKinney Prevent and Reverse

Ann Crile Esselstyn

Ann Crile Esselstyn is a relentlessly energetic and creative advocate for the plant-based, whole-food way of life. She has devoted herself to inventing recipes to prevent and reverse heart disease in support of the research of her husband, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. Ann never stops looking for ways to bring that important agenda to delicious life, devising ever more practical and powerful ways to shop, cook, and engage even the most reluctant eaters in the plant-perfect diet.

Ann is the author of the recipe section of Dr. Esselstyn’s bestselling book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, and co-author of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook with her daughter, Jane Esselstyn. She is a graduate of Smith College and holds a Masters in Education from Wheelock College. Ann taught English and History for 27 years at Laurel School in Cleveland, Ohio, where she received the Hostatler Award for Outstanding Teaching. At the same time, she juggled the raising of four children. When not in the kitchen, Ann counsels patients, lectures around the world on how to prepare and eat plant-based foods, and spends time with her ten plant-based grandchildren.

Jane Esselstyn

Jane Esselstyn is a fresh and charismatic voice on the plant-based, whole food diet. She brings her perspective and passion as a long-time health and sexuality educator to creating on-ramps to the plant-based way of life. Jane is an avid and inventive designer of plant-based recipes and the co-author of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook with her next door neighbor and mom, Ann.

Jane has worked as a science, outdoor, and health educator for over 25 years. During her years teaching sex ed to middle school kids, she has developed a powerful curriculum around healthy sexuality and development in the digital age. A tireless champion for kids and their health, Jane brings remarkable clarity, compassion, and humor to the most difficult conversations—for kids and parents alike. Jane met her husband and fellow educator, Brian Hart, while working as a field instructor for Outward Bound. They have three plant-based children. Jane graduated from the University of Michigan, where she competed nationally as a recruited swimmer and rower, and earned a B.S in Nursing from Kent State University.

Alex Renshaw

Dr. Renshaw grew up in the heart of Nebraska and went on to play college football at the University of Wyoming. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Doane University. Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine is where his passion really grew to become an orthopedic surgeon. After completing his five year residency in Orthopedic Surgery in Columbus, OH, he decided he wanted to specialize in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and elbow with a sports focus.

While completing his shoulder and elbow fellowship in Dallas, Texas, he was able to care for the Dallas Mavericks and athletes from Southern Methodist University.

Given Dr. Renshaw’s extensive knowledge of the human musculoskeletal system, he firmly believes a plant strong diet is essential to the human body. From better post-operative outcomes, to maintaining better physical conditioning, Dr. Alex believes the key to a long life is based on diet and lifestyle. Dr. Alex incorporates a plant strong diet into his and his family’s own life!
Dr. Renshaw is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association, and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Alex Renshaw Prevent and Reverse

Jenna Renshaw

Dr. Renshaw grew up in Wyoming and graduated from Doane University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She knew from a very young age she wanted to be a dentist. She attended Creighton University School of Dentistry to obtain her Doctor of Dental Surgery where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She practices general dentistry while making wonderful plant strong meals for her family and friends. She firmly believes a plant strong diet benefits your entire body including your entire mouth! She has witnessed the amazing benefits on her own children. Her goal is to educate more people and take the ‘work’ out of meal planning a plant strong diet!

Dr. Renshaw is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and numerous local dental study groups.

Jenna Renshaw Prevent and Reverse

Kelsey Pruss

Kelsey Pruss M.S., ACSM-CPT is a wellness-lifestyle medicine coordinator, health coach, group fitness instructor, and personal trainer with a passion for demonstrating how nutrition and behavior change can elevate overall health. She has a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and Health Sciences, an ACSM certification as a personal trainer and is the Program Director of Doane University’s Institute for Human and Planetary Health (IHPH). Throughout her career, Kelsey has focused on improving human health by providing alternatives to detrimental lifestyle behavior; creating healthy, resilient individuals.

Creating a global culture of healthy lifestyles will have a positive impact on human and planetary health

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