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Today, the health professionals at the Pritikin Longevity Center direct a program that is internationally renowned not only as a premier educational institution in healthy living but also as a world-class research center in nutrition, lifestyle change, and disease prevention.

Kristen Farrell Turner, Ph.D

PhD, Psychology, University of Miami MS, Kinesiology, University of Michigan Graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2000 with a B.A. in Psychology, and then completed a M.S. in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology concentration) at University of Michigan in 2002. Between 2001 and 2005, she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology…

Scott M. Hyman Ph.D

Licensed Clinical Psychologist Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University Associate Research Scientist, Yale University School of Medicine Voluntary Assistant Professor, University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine Psychologist, Substance Abuse Treatment Unit, Connecticut Mental Health Center Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Yale University School of Medicine Clinical Internship at The Boston Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center Professor, Albizu…

Nidal Makhoul, MD, FACC

American board of Internal Medicine- Cardiovascular medicine Medical degree from Damascus University faculty of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency, West Virginia University Internal Medicine residency, Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, OH Fellowship in Cardiology at Montreal Heart Institute Internal Medicine and Cardiology Training at the Universities of Lyon and Paris, France. Attending Cardiologist at University of…

Marianela Areces, MD

“People really don’t know what 120/80 means,” says Dr. Areces. “So that’s how I start my lecture, with the basics. By the end of the lecture, I see the light in their eyes, the realization of: ‘Oh, now I get it!’ For the first time, they’re understanding their disease, how all that pressure that has been pushing against their arteries, with every single heartbeat, over years and years, can affect their heart, kidneys, and even their brains. For the first time, they’re truly motivated to do something about it.”

Jamie Costello, MSC

MS Exercise Science and Health Promotion (Fitness & Wellness), California University of Pennsylvania MBA, Florida International University BA Psychology, University of the District of Columbia National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM): Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA): Certified Personal Trainer National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE): Certified Speed…

Lon Ben-Asher, MS, RD, LD/N

MS, Dietetics and Nutrition, Florida International University BS, Agricultural, Life, and Nutrition Sciences, University of Florida Certificate of Training: Adult Weight Management Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ARAMARK Healthcare-Cleveland Clinic Florida, Assistant Director of Patient Services Cleveland Clinic Florida, Clinical Nutrition Manager/Clinical Dietitian YMCA, Weston, Florida, Nutrition Consultant…

Vincent Della Polla

With his down-to-earth, Philly-born style, Vince has since 2007 taught thousands in his cooking classes at Pritikin that healthy eating is not just delicious, it’s easy. “If you can chop, you can cook!” he encourages his students daily, and they all enjoy the results – dishes like Seared Salmon with Arugula, Mushrooms, and Balsamic Vinegar;…

Norman J. Blum, MD, FACP

MD, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York Internal Medicine Residencies: D.C. General Hospital, Washington, D.C., and V.A. Hospital, Coral Gables, Florida. Gastroenterology Residencies: V.A. Hospital, Coral Gables, Florida, and University of Miami, Miami, Florida. Board Certified, Internal Medicine Armed Services: United States Army Hospital, Nuremberg, Germany Senior Emeritus Attending, Miami…

Maurice Laszlo, MD, FACC, FACP

Dr. Maurice Laszlo has been a practicing cardiologist for more than 50 years and has counseled guests and taught classes in heart health at the Pritikin Longevity Center since 1988.

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

Even now, as a fully entrenched physician at Pritikin, Dr. Sosa-Melo continues to be surprised and rewarded with the results her patients experience. “I have seen people crying. They feel new, inside and out. They have a happier, healthier life. They’re so grateful for what the Pritikin Program has done for them. I am very glad to be part of this change.”

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