Speakers For The 2015 Low-Carb Cruise
Ann M. Childers, MD

Dr. Childers is a child and adult trained psychiatric physician with a passionate interest in regaining our physical and mental health through nutrition and sleep. She has published a number of textbook chapters, among them 'Nutritional Aspects of Psychiatry' for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: The Essentials (Cheng and Myers, 2011). Her office is in Lake Oswego, Oregon where she sees children, adolescents and adults. A member of the Metabolism Society, she welcomes those who desire an integrated approach to psychiatric care, weight control, and/or metabolic management.
Official Host & Emcee Of The Low-Carb Cruise

Jimmy Moore catapulted onto the health scene in 2004 after a phenomenal 180-pound weight loss success enabled him to come off of prescription drugs for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and respiratory problems. He is the energetic personality behind the über-popular Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb blog and host of one of the top-ranked iTunes health podcasts, The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

Jimmy has interviewed well over 700 of the world’s top health experts and dedicated his life to helping people get the best information possible so they can make the right decisions about their health. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where they can often be found playing Frisbee golf in their front yard. Learn more about Jimmy and his work at: livinlavidalowcarb.com.
Jacqueline A. Eberstein, R.N.

Jacqueline Eberstein, R.N. began working with Dr. Robert Atkins in 1974. Her previous experience included stints in intensive care and recovery room nursing.

As Director of Medical Education at The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in New York City, she was responsible for the education of medical staff on the principles and protocols of the Atkins Lifestyle. Additionally, she spent many years as a full time practitioner utilizing complementary medicine approaches as practiced by Dr. Robert Atkins. She designed and ran The Atkins Center’s Modified Diet Program and Atkins Low Carb cruises.

She contributed to a number of Dr. Atkins’ books, newsletters, Atkins: A Passion for Healthy Living magazine and appeared regularly as a guest and host on “Your Health Choices”, Dr. Atkins syndicated radio program.

After closing The Atkins Center in October 2003, she became Director of Nutrition Information at Atkins Health and Medical Information Services for Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. In that capacity she co-authored Atkins Diabetes Revolution published in 2004 by Harper Collins (for review click here).

She is presently a consultant working with Veronica Atkins’ personal foundation furthering education in the Atkins Lifestyle and the legacy of Dr. Atkins.

She is a regular contributor to Diabetes Health magazine.

Because of her extensive experience using the Atkins Lifestyle she is one of the foremost authorities on the subject.

Dr. Fox was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Jacksonville, Florida where he attended The Bolles School. After graduating from Auburn University, he received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1987. After completing one-year internship in Internal Medicine at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, he transferred to the University of Mississippi for an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency. After completing his residency in 1992, Dr. Fox was awarded a two-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Dr. Fox has received many awards and scholastic accolades during his educational training.

During medical school at the University of Alabama Birmingham, Dr. Fox was inducted into the prestigious honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha in his Junior year of training. Dr. Fox passed his board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1995 and sub specialty certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in 1997. Dr. Fox serves as the Medical Director of Jacksonville Center for Reproductive Medicine. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor and serves as the Division Chief for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at the University of Florida Health Science Center Jacksonville.

Dr. Fox has authored chapters in several OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology texts on such subjects as Endometriosis, Treatment of Female Infertility and the Treatment of Male Associated Infertility. Further, he has published numerous journal articles in well-known specialty periodicals. Dr. Fox continues to actively participate in research with the University of Florida residents, continually presenting important clinical research both locally and nationally regarding current infertility issues.

Dr. Fox is a member of numerous professional organizations including The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, The American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, Society of Reproductive Surgeons, and the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology, Resolve and The Endometriosis Association.

Along with the goal of assisting couples to achieve desired results, Dr. Fox is also a highly skilled laparoscopic surgeon with a keen interest in endometriosis and pelvic pain. He also works with patients on the underlying metabolic causes of infertility, e.g. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and insulin resistance. Other interest areas include Diminished Ovarian Reserve, PMS, and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss. Dr. Fox is happily married and is the proud father of five children, Madison, Michaela, Magnolia, Millicent and Maddox. He and his wife, Felicia, an OB/GYN, have spontaneous triplets!! As a result, he now has unique insight into this most distressing side effect of infertility treatment. In addition, he is an avid sportsman enjoying hunting, fishing, boating as well as other outdoor activities with his family. He loves collecting antiques and photography.

Jose A. Lozada MD

Dr. Lozada is an oncologist who practices in Puerto Rico. He uses nutrition to help treat cancer.
Dr. Justin Marchiagiani D.C.

Dr. Justin’s Functional Medicine and Chiropractic practice is an outgrowth of the increasing need for natural healthcare solutions which is evident in the San-Francisco Bay Area, Austin Texas and beyond. Female hormone imbalances, hypothyroidism, chronic pain and fatigue are on the rise along with many other countless chronic degenerative conditions.

It’s hard to find an individual that doesn't know someone who is not affected by one these conditions. Dr. Justin makes it his goal to use the most effective, natural, and innovative healing techniques available to help address the underlying cause of your unique health challenge so optimal health is no longer a possibility but a reality.

Dr. Justin has suffered from his own health challenges including an autoimmune thyroid condition and digestive problems. Nothing provides motivation to address the root cause of health challenges more than when sickness falls close to home. It was out of necessity that Dr. Justin found and studied from the best doctors in the country so he could help improve his health and as a byproduct his patients’ health too.

Chronic health problems never get better on their own unless a change is made. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired there is no better time than now to get your health back. Schedule your complimentary consult now to see if you are a good candidate for care.

Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke Health Enterprise and Director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic in Durham, North Carolina. He is an internist who combines clinical research and clinical care regarding lifestyle treatments for obesity, diabetes, and tobacco dependence. He is currently President-Elect of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and a Fellow of the Obesity Society and the Society of General Internal Medicine. He is coeditor of Obesity: Evaluation and Treatment Essentials and coauthor of The New Atkins for a New You, Cholesterol Clarity and Keto Clarity. When he is not working in the clinic, he enjoys taking ballroom dancing classes.
Dr. Jayson and Mira Calton

Mira Calton, CN, FAAIM, DCCN, CPFC, BCIH is a Licensed Certified Nutritionist, a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, a Diplomate of the College of Clinical Nutrition, a Certified Personal Fitness Chef and is Board Certified in Integrative Health. She holds a Diploma in Comprehensive Nutrition from Huntington College of Health Sciences, has completed the Yale University School of Medicine's OWCH (Online Weight Management Counseling for Healthcare Providers) program, and currently sits on the American Board of Integrative Health. Mira's interest in nutrition came after having been diagnosed at the age of thirty with advanced osteoporosis. Working with her husband Dr. Jayson Calton to become micronutrient sufficient Mira reversed her condition, they now work together to inspire others to do the same.

Jayson B. Calton, PhD, FAAIM, DCCN, CISSN, BCIH, ROHP is a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, a Diplomate of the College of Clinical Nutrition, and is Board Certified in Integrative Health and Sports Nutrition. He has worked with thousands of international clients over the last 20 years to improve their health through his unique nutritional and lifestyle therapies. Dr. Calton majored in Molecular and Microbiology (pre-med), at the Burnett Honors College, School of Biomedical Sciences and holds a Masters of Science degree and a Ph.D. in Nutrition. He has completed post-doctoral continuing medical education at Harvard Medical School, Cornell University, and Yale University School of Medicine, and sits on the Board of Directors for the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) and the American Board of Integrative Health (ABIH).
Col. Phillip Blair, MD and Nancy Weber

Col. Philip Blair, MD, is a retired Family Physician recently relocated to the Florida Space Coast.

He graduated from West Point in 1972 and attended University of Miami School of Medicine and trained as a family physician.

He had assignments in Georgia, Louisiana, Washington, Oklahoma, Texas, Hawaii, Kansas, Italy, Korea, Germany, and the Gulf War.

After retiring from the Army in 1996 he managed workers injuries and provided primary care above the Arctic Circle in Alaska, Kodiak Island and Newfoundland, Canada.

In 2000 he became Vice President for Disease Management at AWAC, Inc., an insurance claim management company, where he developed a highly successful interventional approach to chronic kidney disease.

In 2011 he formed his own company consulting for employer based health insurers and providing a revolutionary style of chronic disease management achieving success in over 75% of patients with diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome.

In addition, he is a skilled computer database developer and instructor for speech recognition software on PC and Apple platforms. He enjoys ballroom dancing and public speaking.
Andreas Eenfeldt MD

My name is Andreas Eenfeldt and I am a Swedish medical doctor specialized in family medicine. I want to find out how to get as healthy as possible using natural methods such as diet, exercise and perhaps a supplement (vitamin D) or two.

The idea to eat less fat and less saturated fat was certainly a mistake. Inadvertently that advice may be the biggest reason behind the epidemics of obesity and diabetes. More and more people realize this. It’s time for a health revolution. This blog is a place to learn about this for free. Do you want real food, better health and weight loss without hunger?
Tom Naughton
Toastmaster Emeritus

Tom first realized the value of making people laugh when he paid for his entire college education with one joke — the one that begins, “Mom, Dad … I want to be a doctor.” Tom’s parents still laugh about this joke and are fond of repeating it to their friends, as well as to strangers they meet in restaurants and on airplanes.

After college, Tom worked as a writer and editor for a magazine published by the National Safety Council. But after publishing some humor essays in Newsweek, OMNI and Playgirl, he quit in a blaze of optimism to become a freelance writer. He soon discovered that occasional bylines in national magazines did not impress landlords or credit-card companies, so he decided to look into alternate careers that offered more security. He chose acting and standup comedy.

Tom still appears in clubs and on cruise ships, and is known for a clean, cerebral style. He is also the writer/director of the comedy-documentary “Fat Head: you’ve been fed a load of bologna.”
Keith Runyan MD

I am a physician trained in internal medicine, nephrology, and obesity medicine in St. Petersburg, FL. I graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1986 and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at The Emory University Affiliated Hospitals program in 1989. I completed a clinical nephrology fellowship at Yale University and a research nephrology fellowship at The University of Tennessee.

In February 2012, after discovering the ketogenic diet for the treatment of my own type 1 diabetes, I learned that this diet was also effective for the treatment of numerous other conditions including obesity. I had always been frustrated with treating obesity in my practice without any specific knowledge about its cause and treatment. So I decided to join and attend the meetings of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians to learn more about the treatment of obesity. With this knowledge, I became board certified in obesity medicine in December 2012.
Dr. Jay Wortman

Dr. Wortman is a Metis physician from northern Alberta. After working in construction for ten years he returned to school to obtain a BSc in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Alberta, an MD from the University of Calgary and Family Medicine training at the University of British Columbia.

After working in general practice he shifted to public health where he became the Associate Director of Sexually Transmitted Disease at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. He moved from there to Health Canada where he was a program specialist in HIV/AIDS and where he developed the Aboriginal component of the National AIDS Strategy. During this period he also developed the concept for the Dr. Peter AIDS Diary, a weekly television appearance by a young physician dying of AIDS, which achieved acclaim and resulted in an Academy Award nomination for a documentary compilation of the Diaries.

For the past ten years, Dr. Wortman has served in senior management positions in the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada where he is currently the Senior Medical Advisor. He recently completed a two-year research interchange at the UBC Faculty of Medicine where he studied the role of traditional diet in the prevention and treatment of obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes in First Nations.

In 2003, Dr. Wortman received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Medicine. Dr. Wortman lives in West Vancouver with his wife and young daughter.
Dana Carpender

Best-selling author Dana Carpender was startled to discover that limiting her carbohydrate intake not only helped her control her weight, but produced the health and vitality a low fat diet had promised but never delivered. Fifteen years later, she laughs at people who say "You can't eat that way long-term." Her eight cookbooks are the result of her realization that the key to permanent dietary change is the answer to the age-old question, "What's for supper?" To date they have sold over a million copies worldwide. Dana blogs about low carb nutrition at www.HoldtheToast.com; her weekly blog digest goes out to over 20,000 readers. She is also Managing Editor of CarbSmart magazine at www.CarbSmart.com, as well as a featured staff writer. Dana lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and a menagerie of pets, all of whom are well and healthily fed.
Caitlin Weeks BA, NC, CPT


Caitlin Weeks is a full time blogger and author of 4 cookbooks including Mediterranean Paleo Cooking. She has many years of experience as a Certified Nutrition Consultant, C.H.E.K. Holistic Lifestyle Coach, and professional personal trainer in San Francisco, CA. Caitlin has had success conquering obesity after a lifelong struggle with her weight. Since 2009 she has been winning the battle against Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis using a Paleo diet. She truly believes in the mind- body connection for healing and is certified EFT practitioner. She is committed to educating others about the benefits of traditional/ancestral foods and efficient exercise.
Nabil Boumrar


Nabil Boumrar was born in Algiers, Algeria on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea where he lived with his family of 11. He immigrated to the USA in 2004 looking for better opportunities. After attending a well-known culinary school he graduated in 2010. Nabil has 10 years experience cooking in Bay Area fine dining restaurants and 4 star hotels. He is the author of a popular cookbook for gluten-free diets called Mediterranean Paleo Cooking. He owns Grass Fed Chef - a personal chef and catering company in San Francisco, CA.
Dietitian Cassie


Cassie is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian and Lead Health Coach and founder of Healthy Simple Life—a company that helps people find freedom from diets and chronic health conditions through the power of real food! Her team is passionate about debunking diet rumors, myths and fads, while teaching people how to eat real, healthy foods in a manner that is scientifically proven to prevent disease and increase health. They examine the “big picture” of their clients’ health history and lifestyle in order to provide the most healing and comprehensive nutrition plan and support their clients’ unique biochemistry. This helps their clients get back in touch with their body and metabolism and reestablish a healthy relationship with food.

You may recognize Cassie as she is the cohost of the weekly iTunes health podcast Low-Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore, Dietitian Cassie & Friends and featured dietitian for the TV program, Twin Cities Live. Cassie is committed to spreading the truth about food to help people live life to the fullest and you can find her and her team at healthysimplelife.com.
Jamie Caporosso


Jamie Caporosso has a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and a Minor in Biology from the University of Michigan. He has been a competitive athlete for over 25 years in the world of Powerlifting and CrossFit.

Jamie has competed in Powerlifting at a world class level while in Nutritional Ketosis and continues to make progress in his athletics in his 40’s.

He is specializing in the niche of combining Natural Human diets on a Ketogenic platform for Optimal Health and Performance. He has coined the term KetoPaleo and continues to help people with weight loss, performance and achieving optimal health. Jamie coauthors a popular blog at http://blog.paleoforpower.com/ or paleoforpower.com and is currently working on his book “Keto-Paleo, Optimal Health and Performance through Exercise and a Natural Human Diet”
Emily Maguire


After completion of her BSc in Nutrition, Emily went onto study for an MSc in Obesity Science and Management. A contributor to Huffington Post, high profile podcasts and conferences, she is keen to share the myths and truths surrounding the ever confusing and interesting topic of nutrition.

With several years of experience working within the commercial weight loss sector, she has unprecedented insight and knowledge into the use of alternative nutritional therapies, particularly that of the ketogenic diet. She holds the belief that there is not one dietary approach for all and that looking outside the box is what is often required to achieve optimal results.

Over this next year she is touring around certain countries in order to get a first-hand insight into what is really going on in the world of low-carb nutrition. She will be sharing all her findings from attending conferences, to meeting key leaders in the field, trying local foods and dishes and interactions with all who crosses her path.