Pritikin Health Experts


You want the best educators there are – physicians, nutritionists, exercise experts, psychologists, and chefs with decades of experience teaching healthy living skills. That’s what you get at the Pritikin Longevity Center.

Pritikin Physicians

Our board-certified physicians take seriously the Latin meaning of the word “doctor,” which is “teacher.” They work hand-in-hand with our nutritionists and other faculty, imbuing guests with the know-how and confidence to successfully continue their healthy new life when they return home.

Health Expert, Doctor Fruge

Danine Fruge, MD, ABFP | Medical Director

“Pritikin empowers people to live up to their fullest health potential,” explains Dr. Fruge. “Within just a few days here, they start to feel the wonderful benefits of the Pritikin Program, like increased energy and new freedom from medications, which really motivates them to continue their new lifestyle.

Dr. Norman Blum discusses Testosterone Therapy Pros and Cons

Norman Blum, MD, FACP | Physician & Educator


Marianela Areces, MD | Cardiologist & Educator

Dr. Michelle Gonzalez-Neely, DO

Dr. Michelle Gonzalez-Neely, DO | Physician & Educator

Pritikin Health Expert, Maurice Laszlo, MD, FACC, FACP

Maurice Laszlo, MD, FACC, FACP | Physician & Educator

Diabetes Expert Andrea M. Sosa-Melo, MD, FACP, FACE

Andrea M. Sosa-Melo, MD, FACP, FACE | Endocrinologist & Educator


Maria Teresa Anton, MD | Endocrinologist & Educator

Pritikin Physician, Dr. Braunstein

Rebecca Braunstein, MD | Endocrinologist & Educator

Women's Health Cardiologist

Nidal Makhoul, MD, FACC | Cardiologist & Educator

Pritikin Nutrition Team

From classes like smart supermarket shopping to small-group workshops in goals like controlling diabetes and losing weight, the registered dietitians at Pritikin work to provide each guest with an education that is life-changing. A common comment as guests walk out of class is, “I had no idea!”

Health Expert: Kimberly Gomer, Director of Nutrition at Pritikin

Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD, LDN | Director of Nutrition

Lon Ben-Asher: Nutrition Specialist & Educator

Lon Ben-Asher, MS, RD, LD/N | Nutrition Specialist & Educator

Exercise & Fitness Program

An immense contributor to the “feel good” spirit of Pritikin guests is the Pritikin Exercise Program. Exercise is beneficial for numerous health reasons like protecting against heart disease. But it also does wonders for our emotional health, staving off depression and anxiety, and reducing stress.

“The study says men’s and women’s metabolisms do not change in ways we previously thought – we don’t see real changes in metabolism until the age of 60,” explains Carol

Carol Espel, MS | Director of Fitness

Ivan Ferran

Ivan Ferran, BS | Director of Clinical Exercise


Lizbeth Simancas, BS | Fitness Manager

Frank Musumeci, Biomechanical and Musculoskeletal Director at Pritikin

Frank Musumeci, PT | Biomechanical & Musculoskeletal Director

Pritikin Psychologists & Behavioral Health

The Pritikin Program is comprised of 3 key components: nutrition, exercise, and a healthy mind-set. Optimal health requires that we incorporate all 3 because all are interconnected. In other words, when we reduce stress and other disturbing feelings, we tend to eat and exercise better, too.

Scott M. Hyman Ph.D | Psychologist & Educator

Scott M. Hyman Ph.D | Psychologist & Educator

Kristen Farrell-Turner

Kristen Farrell Turner, Ph.D | Psychologist & Educator

Pritikin Chefs

Is it possible to create delicious food without health- and waistline killers like butter, salt, oil, and sugar? Absolutely! The sumptuous, healthy cuisine that our Pritikin chefs produce is proof positive. Their dishes are an array of flavors that make both hearts and palates sing.


Vincenzo Della Polla | Executive Chef & Cooking School Instructor

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