Speaker Bureau

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 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.


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


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.


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

GP & Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician

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 leading two new Lifestyle Medicine clinics in Edinburgh and Glasgow and is also a certified CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) practitioner. She is available for talks in the local area.


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.


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.


Dr Gemma Newman MBBCH DRCOG DFSRH MRCGP

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 gemmanewman.com. 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: www.dralkapatel.com
Follow her through her social media handles:
Facebook: Alka Patel
LinkedIn: Dr Alka Patel
Instagram: @dr_alkapatel
Twitter: dr_alkapatel


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 www.rohinibajekal.com

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.


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.


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 www.thesensitivefoodiekitchen.com


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.


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 is passionate about promoting plant-based nutrition for the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases and for maintaining optimal health after treatment for cancer. She 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, reading scientific papers and books, attending nutrition conferences and completing recognised continuing professional development activities to keep up to date in the field. She has completed the eCornell certification in plant-based nutrition. In 2019 Shireen became certified in lifestyle medicine from the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

Shireen founded Plant-Based Health Professionals UK in 2017. This is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing evidence-based education on whole food plant-based nutrition

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