2017 Baltimore Re-Engineer Your Life Holistic Health Summit Speakers:
Dr. Ruby Lathon – Holistic Nutritionist & Health Coach, Director Roadmap to Holistic Health, Host of The Veggie Chest Dr. Ruby Lathon is a certified holistic nutritionist, wellness expert and advocate for plant-based nutrition. Dr. Lathon inspires with a powerful story of recovering from thyroid cancer through alternative treatment focused on a whole food, plant-based diet. Dr. Lathon, who holds a Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering, now teaches others to re-engineer their health and live disease free. Dr. Lathon served as Nutrition Policy Manager at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and is a sought after keynote speaker and was a speaker at the Congressional Black Caucus Panel, In Pursuit of a Healthier Black America. Through her organization, Roadmap to Holistic Health, Dr. Lathon works with a team of experts to teach people how to heal naturally and achieve optimal health. Her organization hosts a number of health conferences, workshops, vegan and raw nutrition and cooking classes, and provides customized nutritional consultations and coaching programs. Dr. Lathon is host of The Veggie Chest with Dr. Ruby, a plant-based cooking show featured on many outlets.
Chef Gregory Brown & Naijha Wright-Brown – Owners, Land of Kush Restaurant. GREGORY BROWN: I was born to eat healthy. I had no intentions to become a chef. I fell into it by necessity. I’ve always had the vision to own a restaurant that catered to the health conscious crowd, but early on never really know how it would manifest. I became a vegetarian in the late 90’s…cold turkey…pardon the pun. I found a cook book on vegetarianism and decided to clean out my refrigerator and cabinets of all animal products and be a vegan. The only issue was I had never cooked like this before and some of the foods in the book were completely new to me; I began to teach myself how to cook. I study the history of the African Diaspora from time to time and Kush itself is an ancient African civilization. I wanted to bring ancient and natural concepts to our modern society. I felt as though the name Kush fit and added the “The Land” to invoke a sense of community. Baltimore is the ultimate community city; a city of neighborhoods. I wanted the restaurant to have its roots in a city of community. Our next task was to expand the idea to larger festivals, so starting in 2008 we began cooking at the African American Heritage Festival and ArtScape. After receiving even more positive feedback and creating some name brand recognition, we found a location in the Mount Vernon Community. NAIJHA WRIGHT: A native New Yorker, I was born in Manhattan’s lower east side (LES) and raised in the South Bronx. As a youth enrolled in a program called The Fresh Air Fund, I was introduced to gardening, farming, environmentalism, sustainability and the basics of healthy eating while spending summers in the Berkshires (Massachusetts). I am a people-person, with over 20 years of customer relations experience. I have held managerial, technical and administrative positions at Verizon Wireless, Dow Jones Markets, Credit Suisse First Boston, and the former Chemical Private Bank. I hold a Masters degree in Business Adminstration from the University of Phoenix. Past business ventures include independent contracting for Nu Skin International and launching an entertainment company called Now Dat’s Comedy! The thought of owning a restaurant never crossed my mind until I relocated to Baltimore and met Greg. That is when we birthed the “vegan soul food” concept for The Land of Kush. It’s not just the food, it’s the overall experience! We are VeganSoul!
Thema Azize Serwa – Founder, The Womb Sauna. Thema Azize Serwa is a professional coach, educator, and ordained interfaith minister. She is the Empowerment Mogul! Ms. Serwa’s education includes 2 bachelor degrees (BS Counseling Psychology and BA English), a master’s in Business Administration (MBA-GM), 4 professional certifications (Certified Holistic Doula, Certified Master Reiki Practitioner, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist), and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity (D.D). Ms. Serwa is a former Madriella Board member, training and supporting doulas. And lastly, she is the founder of The Womb Sauna University which offers a world-class certification program for Womb Sauna Practitioners and 24/7 online courses for holistic health education and self development. She is a wife, mother, woman, friend, and in completion…a daughter of the Most High.
Toni St. Clair – Transformational Health Coach,, Wellness Educator, Live Food Chef. Toni St. Clair is a transformational health coach with a focus on functional nutrition, lifestyle and mindset, a wellness consultant, and motivational speaker. She has training in nutritional endocrinology (using food to manage and manipulate hormones), and has received multiple but interrelated certifications as a live food chef and instructor, plant-based nutrition educator, hatha yoga teacher, and natural eyesight improvement teacher Toni has the skills, training, and tools to help you balance your health and transform your life by meeting you where you are to get you where you want to be. Her approach is to provide her clients with skills and resources to make sustainable changes in a manner and pace that is comfortable, affordable, and practical. She invites you to visit her website: www.trueselftotalhealth.com.
Yuma Bellomee – Wholistic Herbalist & Healing Facilitator. Yuma “Dr. Yew” Bellomee is a Certified Holistic Health Consultant, herbalist, wellness advocate/educator, and musical artist, who has been featured in numerous radio programs, natural hair, health & beauty expos, magazine articles, and community and school programs as a speaker and workshop facilitator on wholistic wellness. He is also the founder of Yew-360 Wholistic Health & Wellness, LLC, and a member of the African Wholistic Health Association (AWHA), and the Collective Health Initiative (CHI) in Washington, DC.
Dr. Jada Daniel – Holistic Dentist. Dr. Daniel obtained her doctorate degree in dental surgery from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. She has been practicing as an associate dentist for 5 years and has served many communities in North Carolina and Virginia. In 2014, Dr. Daniel made a shift in her career to fulfill her passion for holistic health and coaching. She joined the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a health coach. She is also a member of the Holistic Dental Association (HDA) and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. As a holistic and biological dentist, Dr. Daniel takes her work beyond the dental chair, attending several community events and giving talks to local communities. She was a guest speaker for a blog talkshow, Spiritual Roots and Earth Medicine, as well as speaking with Dr. Victor at Pathways Natural Living Expo in 2016. Dr. Daniel is proud to be a new associate dentist at the DC Dentist and looks forward to continuing her passion for holistic health as both a dentist and Holistic Health Coach.
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- Ruby Lathon, PhD, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Director, Roadmap to Holistic Health
- Chef Gregory Brown & Naijha Wright-Brown, Owners, The Land of Kush Cafe
- Ian Noel, ND, Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, Kinesiologist, Director, Universal Healing Services
- Jada Daniel, DDS, Holistic Dentist, The DC Dentist
- Thema Azize Serwa, Founder, The Womb Sauna
- Yuma Bellomee, Yew 360 Wholistic Health, Wholistic Herbalist & Healing Facilitator
- Toni St. Clair, Transformational Health Coach, Live Food Chef, Wellness Educator