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This is a list of health professionals who would be happy to speak at conferences and events on the benefits of a whole food plant-based diet.

Dr Nitu Bajekal

Dr Nitu Bajekal is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in the NHS with over 30 years of clinical experience. Her special interests include medical and public education, keyhole surgery and managing complex vulval problems. She is also one of the first American board-certified Lifestyle Medicine Physicians in the UK.

She is the founder of Women for Women’s Health (WfWH), a voluntary service set up to empower women of all ages to make lifestyle choices that will help improve their own health and also that of their families and friends through education. Most (80%) of what doctors see in their clinical practice is related to lifestyle, with nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress playing key roles in major chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancers as well as in women’s health issues such as Polycystic ovarian syndrome, menopause, bone health, lifestyle cancers amongst many other problems that women face regularly. Dr Bajekal is passionate about educating women to take charge of their own health. Through information leaflets, lectures, blogs, health events and workshops, she provides reliable up to date medical and lifestyle information for the general public, doctors, workplaces and schools. Young people especially are at the right stage where making small changes can have a tremendous impact on their future health.

Nitu is based in London and available for talks in London but also happy to travel up to 2 hours and possibly even further afield.

Mr Rajiv Bajekal

Mr Rajiv Bajekal is an experienced Orthopaedic Surgeon with an interest in spinal surgery. He was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in 1998 and has been working in London at the Royal Free London NHS foundation Trust since 2002. He has published widely and lectures Nationally and Internationally besides being a senior examiner for the FRCS Orthopaedics.

In 2016 he had some personal health problems and had put on a lot of weight. He and his wife researched diet and nutrition and embarked on a way of living a healthier life with compassion and care for the environment. In the process, he lost 25 kg of weight, reversed his prediabetes and found a new zest for helping his patients live a healthier life.

He decided to study lifestyle medicine, as many of the disorders affecting people nowadays are lifestyle-related and he and his wife (Consultant Gynaecologist) both studied and passed the Diploma examination in Lifestyle Medicine conducted by the American board of lifestyle medicine, He and his wife Nitu are now certified lifestyle medicine practitioners with a Diploma from the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine – by far his proudest achievement.

Rajiv is based in London and is available for talks in London but also happy to travel up to 2 hours.

Rohini Bajekal

Rohini Bajekal is a plant-based nutritionist (MA Oxon, MSc Nutrition and Food Sciences, Dip IBLM/ BSLM). She provides evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle advice to her clients, focusing on a whole food plant-based approach. A keen recipe developer, Rohini is passionate about making delicious, affordable and nourishing plant-based meals. She is a Board-Certified Lifestyle Medicine Professional with a Diploma from the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Rohini is passionate about women’s health and is Brand Manager for Women for Women’s Health (WfWh), a voluntary service set up to empower women of all ages to make lifestyle choices that will help improve their own health as well as that of their families. Find out more about Rohini and her work at

Rohini is happy to talk on all aspects of plant-based nutrition (throughout the lifecycle), how to transition to a whole foods plant-based diet and lifestyle medicine She can travel anywhere in the UK.

James Bebbington

Plant-Based Athlete, Public speaker and educator.
James is a Freestyle kayaking athlete. He has represented GB internationally since 2004. He qualified for 2020 season again and joined the GB team for the 13th time.
He switched to Raw vegan diet in 2010 in order to prepare for World Championships. It worked well – he won the Gold, as a first European in 25 years. James and his wife stayed Plant-based ever since. After experiencing major health and recovery shift himself James is passioned to educate people about role of diet and importance of active lifestyle.

Sport achievements:

Gold WORLD CUP(2010),
multiple BRITISH CHAMPION title
Silver and bronze medals at EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (2010, 2012, 2014)
Placed 6th in 2019 World Championship, best GB team K1 men result.

In the next (2020) season James is going to be competing in the World Cup series and European Championships. With the goal to compete at the 2021 World Championship, as it will be held in the UK for the first time.

James is available to speak in the UK and internationally.

Dr Areli K Cuevas Ocampo

Dr Areli K Cuevas Ocampo is a Consultant Neuropathologist at Southmead Hospital, North Bristol Trust, NHS and an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Bristol. She is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in both, Anatomic/Clinical Pathology and Neuropathology (UCSF fellowship program) and she recently was granted a “Plant-Based Nutrition” certificate by the University of Winchester.

Dr Cuevas Ocampo’s research interest focuses on studying the epigenetic and epidemiological risk factors of brain tumours and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Her goal is to participate and develop public health strategies, to decrease the incidence and prevalence of these conditions through lifestyle modifications, specifically, via promotion of a whole food plant-based diet.

Besides looking at diseases under the microscope, examining brains, and doing autopsies, Dr Areli’s is a plant-based promoter, educator, and coach, with expertise in raw-food nutrition. She combines her medical background, plant-based knowledge, and her own experience as a raw-foodist to educate people about the incredible benefits of incorporating more raw fruits and vegetables into our diets. She is available to give talks in the South-West of England and London.

Leila Dehghan, MD, MSc (Nutr), AfN

Leila is a doctor turned plant-based nutritionist and personal trainer. She received her medical degree from the University of Vienna and worked as a doctor in the UK before quitting because of her severe migraines. Her personal experience overcoming health challenges through diet shifted her professional interests to focusing on the power of nutrition. After earning eCornell’s Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate and transitioning to a whole food plant-based diet herself, she decided to obtain a master’s degree in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition from the University College of London. As a registered associate nutritionist with a deep understanding of the relationship between diet and health, Dr. Dehghan helps others optimise their well-being, manage their weight, and prevent or recover from lifestyle diseases. You can contact her via her public Facebook page or email: Leila is happy to travel anywhere in the UK if travel expenses are covered. Her areas of interest include: sports nutrition, all aspects of a plant-based nutrition, habit coaching for better health.

Dr Laura Freeman MBChB, MRCGP, CCFP, Dip IBLM/BSLM

GP, Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician, Medical Director of Plant Based Health Online

Dr Laura Freeman obtained her Medical Degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2006. She completed her vocational training in General Practice in Manchester in 2011. Between May 2012 and May 2019, after attaining full accreditation from the Medical Council of Canada, Dr Laura ran her own Family Medicine practice in midtown Toronto, taught medical students at the University of Toronto and worked with the Medical Council of Canada as an examiner for International Medical Graduates.

Both within and outside of her General Practice, Dr Laura has developed a strong interest for plant based nutrition and optimising health through lifestyle choices. In 2019, Dr Laura completed the Harvard Medical School Lifestyle Medicine course and passed the International Board Exam for Lifestyle Medicine. Her focus is putting her passion in Lifestyle Medicine into practice for her patients and watching the incredible success of their lifestyle interventions.

Dr Laura has been commended by her colleagues and patients alike for her unwavering calm and kind demeanour, her compassion and care for her patients as well as her sound clinical knowledge, skill and judgment. Her patients have endorsed her input for optimising their diet, prescribing individualised exercise prescriptions, stress management and improving sleep habits.

Dr Laura Freeman is co-founder and medical director of Plant Based Health Online, the UK’s first CQC registered, online, multi-disciplinary plant-based lifestyle medicine healthcare service, which launched in January 2021. She was also the first UK GP to bring ‘Walk with a Doc’ walking groups to her community.

Agnieszka Gavio

Agnieszka used to suffer from multiple chronic conditions such as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, joints inflammations, polycystic ovary syndrome. Both traditional and alternative medicine didn’t bring much relief. Agnieszka decided to try a low fat, whole food plant-based diet which was a great success. After a year most of the symptoms have subsided. Now, as a nutritional therapist, Agnieszka is helping others introduce dietary changes for health improvement. Available to speak in London.

Elena Holmes, BSc Psychology; MA; MSc Nutritional Therapy; mBANT; mRSM;

a member of Plant-based Health Professionals UK;

Elena has been an ethical vegetarian since the age of fourteen and vegan for the last sixteen years. She is a self-employed Nutritional Therapist, working both with individual clients and delivering educational talks and workshops as well as writing articles and blogs about a whole-food plant-based diet. Elena is also an independent researcher and a member of the Research Network of The Vegan Society. In 2018 she collaborated in preparing 21-day menu samples for Veganuary.

Elena’s main areas of interest is the role of a whole food plant-based diet for gut, heart, and mental health, blood sugar management and sports nutrition. Her MSc research focussed on the status of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), in adult vegans. This area of nutrition is so intriguing because there is more and more research showing how vitally important all omega-3 fats are to health yet there is still no definite answer on whether those avoiding the consumption of fish should supplement with EPA/DHA.

Dr Shireen Kassam MBBS, FRCPath, PhD, dipIBLM

Shireen is also a Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital, London with a specialist interest in the treatment of patients with lymphoma. She also works at the University of Winchester where she has developed the first UK University-based course on plant-based nutrition.

Shireen discovered the power of nutrition for the prevention and treatment of disease in 2013 and since then has been following a whole food plant-based diet. She has immersed herself in the science of nutrition and health and completed the eCornell certification in plant-based nutrition. In 2019 she became certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Physician by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. She is also a certified CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) practitioner.

Shireen founded Plant-based health professionals UK in 2017 in order to bring evidence-based education on plant-based nutrition to the UK. Since then she has been appointed as Visiting Professor of Plant-Based Nutrition at Winchester University where she has developed and facilitates the UK’s only University-based CPD-accredited course on plant-based nutrition for healthcare professionals. In January 2021, Shireen co-founded and launched the UK’s first CQC registered, online, multi-disciplinary, plant-based lifestyle medicine healthcare service, Plant Based Health Online.  She is also a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Vegan Society. Her work has been published by The Times, Mirror, Metro, Plant Based News and BBC food.

Shireen is happy to provide talks on lifestyle medicine, plant-based nutrition and cancer prevention.

Dr Sue Kenneally MBBS MRCGP MSC (NutMed) ANutr

Sue Kenneally qualified as a GP in 2002 and is also a nutritionist, having been awarded an MSc in Nutritional Medicine in 2017. She enjoys her portfolio career which gives her the flexibility to pursue her interests in weight management, lifestyle medicine and plant-based medicine. She is director of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, SCOPE certified member and regional group lead of the Association for the Study of Obesity, a member of the Board of the Welsh Obesity Society, member of the ‘GPs with an Interest in Nutrition Group’ and a tutor in obesity and weight management at the University of South Wales. She is passionate about lifestyle and health and hopes to inspire and empower her patients to transform their lives by making often simple changes.

Sue has appeared on TV numerous times and gives regular radio interviews on any subject related to lifestyle as a means of maintaining good health, and also has spoken at a number of academic/medical meetings advising other doctors and health professionals about the importance of lifestyle medicine. You can contact her via her public Facebook page Dr Sue Kenneally, or via Twitter @drsuekenneally

Ekaterina Kulkova

Plant-based Nutritionist, Health coach, Athlete, Author, Raw Vegan Chef.

Ekaterina started her Plant-Based journey in 2010, when she was Freestyle kayak athlete, competing internationally as part of her National team. Together with her husband James Bebbington (GB team) they switched to Raw vegan diet in order to prepare for World Championships 2011. After James won the event 6 month later – couple stayed Plant-Based ever since.
After switching diet Ekaterina also had her best sport performances. She was the only Russian team athlete ever to compete in a World Championship finals (2013, 2015), placing 5th and 4th. Diet change was revolutionising for her recovery, energy level and endurance. She recently started Ultra running (in 2018), spent last 20 years engaging in outdoor and extreme sports. Challenging her own body physically on Plant-based diet was very instrumental in understanding practical human physiology and lead to a career change.

In 2017 Ekaterina completed her Plant-Based Nutrition Certification from eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.
Using her backgrounds in sports she incorporates exercise regimen, diet and lifestyle changes in her work as a health coach. She has particular interest in work with terminal diseases and cancer, extreme or challenging cases. Her expertise are: Raw diet, neurological health, metabolic disorders, longevity, nutrition for athletes.

Ekaterina is a public speaker and an author. She is available to speak at the events in the UK and internationally. Being passionate about human health and planet’s future she aims to promote sustainable diet and lifestyle, engaging in outdoor activities and sports.

Karen Lee

Karen Lee is an author, blogger and owner of The Sensitive Foodie Kitchen. A retired intensive care nurse with a BsC in Acute Clinical Care, she is also a naturopathic nutritionist who is passionate about eating a whole-food plant-based diet. She uses food to manage her own health problems and is on a mission to empower others to do the same.

As The Sensitive Foodie, she runs courses and workshops and is developing an on-line community.

Karen is happy to speak about all aspects of transitioning to a healthy whole food plant-based diets and to share her story about overcoming autoinmune disease. She is available within South-East England. You can find out more about her at

Dr Miriam Maisel

Dr Miriam Maisel qualified as a Family Practitioner (USA) in 1995, and then as a UK GP in 2001. She has also developed and maintained a special interest in Palliative Medicine in parallel with general practice throughout much her career. Whilst always making a distinction between “health” and medicine, it is over the last decade that she has studied and trained in Lifestyle Medicine, with an emphasis on nutrition, travelling abroad to CME events, with speakers such as Dr Dean Ornish and Dr Neal Barnard, and also meeting pioneer physicians promoting nutrition and lifestyle such as Dr Esselstyn, Dr Fuhrman, Dr Klaper and others.

In 2017 Dr Maisel authored a chapter in the medical textbook Nutrition and Integrative Medicine, a Primer for Clinicians. This chapter focuses on core clinical studies, which demonstrate positive results from the use of plant based diets in treating heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions. Most doctors will not have learned about these studies in medical school or in the course of their careers, and thus they may fail to offer a more benign, effective and economical option to their patients. By learning about the potential to address many medical problems with food, clinicians can be empowered to offer their patients a better quality of informed choice. Offering patients informed choice is a key ethical responsibility of all doctors as outline in many versions of the GMC’s publication “Duties of a Doctor”.

In 2018 Dr Maisel was part of the first UK cohort of physicians to sit and pass the Lifestyle Medicine Certification Examination in Edinburgh. She is now a Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician, with a diploma from the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr Maisel currently works in as a GP in the Dumfries and Galloway Out of Hours Service. She is available to speak in Dumfriesshire and surrounding areas.


Dr Gemma Newman has worked in medicine for 14 years and is the Senior Partner at a family medical practice. She studied at the University of Wales College of Medicine and has worked in many specialities as a doctor including Elderly Care, Endocrinology, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry, General Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery, Rehabilitation Medicine and General Practice. She gained additional qualifications in Gynaecology and family planning. She has a specialist interest in plant-based nutrition and gives nutrition and lifestyle advice to her patients, who have gained tremendous benefits by using the power of their plate.

As a broadcaster and writer she has been regularly featured on television, including ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky News Sunrise. She has contributed to articles for magazines including Glamour, Zest and Good Housekeeping. Her family lead a fully plant-based lifestyle, following the extensive scientific research she has done on the health benefits associated with whole food plant-based nutrition. She is regularly invited to teach other Doctors via training programmes and conferences about the benefits of plant-based nutrition. You can get in touch via Facebook Dr Gemma Newman, or follow her on Instagram @plantpowerdoctor, or She would be happy to give a talk anywhere in the UK.

Dr Alka Patel

Dr Alka Patel is a Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician, Health Coach and GP.
She runs private Lifestyle Medicine Clinics based at the Spire Bushey Diagnostic Centre in Elstree, Hertfordshire.

Her areas of Specialist Interest are: Diabetes, Weight Management, Epigenetics, Habit-Change, Wellbeing of Drs, Workplace Wellbeing. She is based in London and Hertfordshire but happy to travel.

For more info visit her website:
Follow her through her social media handles:
Facebook: Alka Patel
LinkedIn: Dr Alka Patel
Instagram: @dr_alkapatel
Twitter: dr_alkapatel

Dr Sunni Patel PhD MBA BSc(Hons) FAAO

Dr Sunni is a clinician-scientist, business director and trained fitness instructor with an MBA. He also has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and switched to a plant-based diet that is supported with medication to improve some of the symptoms associated with the disease.

Dr Sunni’s PhD studied the risk factors and biomarkers (inflammatory and otherwise) for Type II Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease which extended out to neurological diseases in in his post-doctoral fellowship.

He has a special interest in plant-based nutrition and enjoys talking around the scientific evidence to support it to a wide range of audiences that would otherwise not have access to the information (BAME, younger generations and less affluent communities).

Dr Sunni is an advocate for well-being in chronic conditions, extending beyond the physical, medical and therapeutic to the mental, emotional and psychological considerations. He has launched an Instagram and website platform called dishdashdeets which focuses on the ‘art of being gut healthy’ through the creativity of plant-based dishes as well as the education, awareness and championing the issues around IBD and IBS.

He is available to give talks nationwide, as well as present virtual events and cook-a-longs. You can contact him through Instagram @dishdashdeets or his website

Dr Sudhir Sethi, MBBS, MD. MRCP, FRCPCH, MPH.

Dr Sethi has been a Paediatrician for over 30 years and for the last 20 years he has worked as a consultant in the NHS. He is currently based in North Wales and will be happy to travel to give a talk. His areas of interest include the management of obesity and other lifestyle-related illnesses. He also has personal experience in reversing type 2 diabetes.

Dr Nesan Shanmugam

Dr. Shanmugam is an Honorary Senior Lecturer based in the Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute at St George’s University of London. He has ongoing research interests in Nutrition and CVD, Cardiac Sarcoidosis and Cardiac Device Therapies in Heart Failure. He has also obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education at University College London and continues to actively teach at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Dr. Shanmugam has followed a Whole Food Plant based diet since 2015. He also actively promotes a plant-based predominant diet for the prevention and management for patients with cardiovascular disorders.

Dr Hannah Short

GP specialist in Menopause and Premenstrual Disorders. Dr Short has a special interest in the role of plant-based nutrition in women’s health, in particular the association between gut health and hormonal balance.

Private practice in Ely, Cambridgeshire:
NHS practice in Newmarket, Suffolk: Regular sessions at (only available for registered patients)
Facebook: DrHannahShort
Twitter: @drhannahshort


Dr Aryan Tavakkoli graduated from the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1991, going on to specialise in Respiratory and General Medicine. She worked as a consultant in respiratory medicine for 16 years, before deciding to leave hospital medicine in order to open her own medical practice, Quantum Clinic in East Sussex, where she supports adults with cancer.

During her hospital career, Dr Tavakkoli developed an interest in other approaches to healthcare and studied many different disciplines including herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, Functional Medicine, and mind-body techniques such as HeartMath and clinical hypnotherapy.

Dr Tavakkoli offers a progressive approach to adults with cancer, combining her experience in conventional medicine with the benefits of Functional Medicine and Integrative Medicine, to provide a more holistic experience for her patients.

Her aim is to approach health problems at root level and therefore enable her patients to achieve long term wellness and a better quality of life than would be achieved by using an allopathic medical approach alone.

Dr Tavakkoli has written and spoken widely on the benefits of plant-based nutrition, and advocates whole-food plant-based nutrition for her patients.

Tel: 01825 841155

Mick Walker

Mick is an Oxford-educated Biologist, who has recently retired from a career in education. In addition to teaching, he has, for many years, been a senior examiner with Cambridge Assessment. At present, he is mostly involved with international A Level Biology examinations.

In terms of diet, he has not eaten meat for approaching 40 years and has now been fully plant-based for around 6 years. As a keen cyclist, the decision to become 100% plant based was inspired by the reading of ‘Eat and Run’ by Scott Jurek, an American ultra-marathon runner. During this time, he has studied closely the increasing evidence for the benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based diet – benefits which he himself has experienced in terms of fuelling his cycling well into his 60s!

Mick is happy to talk about the health benefits of a whole food plant-based diet and is available to give talks in the North of England.