MEET THE TEAM  

  MEET THE TEAM  

JOHN DIESER

CEO & Co-Founder

John is a former athlete and healthcare investor. After a drastic career change from investing in drug companies to creating a way to invest in ourselves, John’s passion now lies in lifestyle medicine. John has an MBA and a certification in TRX Training, has graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and eCornell’s Plant Based Nutrition Course, and now lives in PA with his family as a business owner and Terra Coach.

MICHAEL LAING

COO & Co-Founder

Michael is passionate about helping people create healthy habits to live their best life. He is obtaining a master’s degree in Nutrition, Healthspan, and Longevity to become a registered dietician, has a bachelor's degree in applied kinesiology and physiology with a minor in nutritional science. He has trained under doctors, dietitians, physical therapists, and has worked as a personal trainer, rehabilitation technician, and nutritionist.

DEITRA DENNIS

Growth Stragety

Deitra is a registered nurse and national board certified health and wellness coach. Deitra has spent close to three decades as a registered nurse with a diverse career ranging from hospital bedside care, home health, doctor’s office, nursing home, utilization management, quality leadership as well as disease management where she was recognized for her outstanding coaching skills in guiding patients to make healthy behavior changes.

KATY WATERS

Sustainability Director

Katy's passions lie in finding solutions that integrate social, economic and environmental systems to improve the quality of life for people and the planet. Katy has a degree in Sustainability Science and has lived in various countries and cultures working in sustainable agriculture, holistic nutrition, and ecosystem/marine conservation. She believes that empowering individuals to be in control of their health is rudimental for future generations to thrive.

LARA VALERIO

Health Coach

Lara is a registered dietitian with Degrees in biology, nutrition, and a Masters in nutritional science. Her passion for nutrition stemmed from working at a hospital and observing the crucial role of nutrition in recovery from infections, illnesses and wounds. She knows the effects of trauma and chronic disease and is dedicated to help treat and prevent patients towards a functional, healthy and longer life using a strong nutritional platform.

 

PAULA WEISS

Health Coach

Paula is a certified holistic nutritionist and plant-based culinary artist/educator, with a passion for studying food as medicine and serving diverse populations. Paula aims to help people stay true to themselves and their cultures, while still making shifts to promote their health goals, longevity and well-being through a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle that prompts a realization of our connectedness to this planet and the food earth provides.

MARIA DIESER

Health Coach

Maria is a former professional dancer, current Pilates instructor, and mom of two. She holds certifications in TRX Training, Pilates and is pursuing a 2021 holistic nutrition and health and wellness certification from AFPA. She is passionate about holistic nutrition having a real life impact on living a healthier and happier life.

BUKOLA FABIYI

Health Coach

Bukola studied public health in the UK, nutrition and lifestyle coaching in Dublin and then moved on to practice as a pharmacist for 12 years. She currently resides in Tennessee and educates and supports people on how to use nutrition and lifestyle to build and improve health. She coaches individuals and groups using a 7 Nutrition and Lifestyle-based plan that can prevent, manage, recover and reverse chronic health problems.

 

SUZANNE O'BRIEN

Health Coach

Suzanne received her Lifestyle Medicine training through Hippocrates Health Institute, coaches on Lifestyle Detox, is a Reiki Master and works as an animal massage practitioner where she coaches on canine nutrition. Suzanne provides guidance on therapeutic modalities, species-appropriate nutrition, transitioning clients to a healthy plant-based lifestyle with ingredient awareness, food combining, sprouting, and the numerous ways we can reduce toxin exposures in our home environment (for the two and the four-leggeds!)

TIM STAHL

Health Coach

Tim has been a Certified Holistic Health Coach for nearly a decade working with the LGBTQ+ community, specifically in the area of achieving super immunity, while also being a cheerleader for his community on how to live their best lives through incremental lifestyle changes. It is important to know, that even when medications are needed, it is only the beginning of any health routine if one wants to see real results. Medications serve a purpose, but the journey to optimal health goes far beyond swallowing any pill.

CHERYL MARSHALL

Health Coach

Cheryl is a Certified Health Coach and Food for Life Instructor, who's been employing the principles of a plant-based diet for over 20 years, including raising her four children on a plant-based diet. She's the founder of VegUcan Health & Wellness LLC, an organization designed to encourage healthy habits and lasting lifestyle changes for individuals. She knows how the power of food over health and well-being, and thrives in knowing that she can make a difference and empower progressive change in others, while simultaneously embarking on a personal journey of self-improvement and empowerment!

KATHLEEN BELONGA

Health Coach

Kathleen is Lifestyle Medicine Certified Health Coach with certifications in functional nutrition, yoga, mindfulness, Ayurveda, and a Masters in education and leadership. She works closely with midlife women who are ready to embody a healthier lifestyle. Kathleen has a passion for good food and believes food should be our first source of healthcare. She specializes in helping clients transition to a whole food plant-based diet, develop healthy ways to manage stress, move the body, and create sustainable lifestyle routines.

VINCE TUCKER

Health Coach

Vince is a Mayo Clinic trained health and wellness coach and a Lifestyle Medicine coach. Vince contracts with multiple businesses and nonprofit organizations in providing both oral and written education on the benefits of plant-based living. Vince utilizes positive psychology and a strength-based focus to empower patients to be their best selves. Vince is studying for the October National Board for Health & Wellness Coaches exam.

ZAYNUB ELSHAMY

Health Coach

I am a Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle Practitioner. My passion is to see every person living their optimal life, free from chronic disease, overuse of medications and underestimation of their bodies natural healing ability. My approach is simple--I emphasize proper nutrition, sleep and a bit of daily activity. I focus on individualized goals, preferences and habit change to form a plan which will help my client lead to the outcome they are searching for.

KATHY LEVIN

Health Coach

Kathy is a plant-based dietitian & diabetes educator with a passion for helping people prevent and reverse chronic disease through simple lifestyle changes one small step at a time. She is
board-certified in Lifestyle Medicine, a lifestyle coach for the Diabetes Prevention Program, and a trained Nutrition Element Specialist for the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program. Kathy has worked with thousands of clients in her 30 years as a dietitian & diabetes educator
coaching people to make small, sustainable lifestyle changes. She loves helping people take charge of their health.

SHRUTI HEDGE

Health Coach

Shruti's name means to "hear" and she is eagerly waiting to listen and be a resource for you to achieve the health goals you have been pursuing (physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually), by way of a more plant based nutrition strategy and simple Lifestyle changes. Shruti made the change herself in 2011 and it's been an amazing journey bringing abundant health and happiness into her life. She is happy she can be that person who can walk with you in your new journey and help you to make the right decisions to lead your life in a very holistic way!

KATHY SOVEROW

Health Coach

Kathy has been a practicing cognitive behavioral therapist for 30+ years. She transitioned to Coaching Psychology in 2018 and became a certified Integrative Wellness Coach. Kathy has an M.S. degree in Audiology, M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, is a former doctoral student in Neuropsychology, and recently earned her Ph.D. in the areas of MindBody Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine specializing in Integrative and Functional Nutrition (emphasis in whole food, plant-based nutrition), Coaching Psychology, and Positive Psychology.

CECILIA LAPOLLI

Health Coach

Cecilia is a certified Integrative Wellness Coach that is passionate about helping folks achieve radiant health. She believes in the power of lifestyle medicine and plant-based nutrition as the base of success. Cecilia studied Public Health in her undergrad, she completed eCornell’s Plant-Based Nutrition Course, and graduated from the Health Coach Institute. She is now living on the island of Mallorca, Spain completing her MBA.

LLYA YALA

Health Coach

Having spent over 12 years as a bodybuilder while living an extremely stressful and unhealthy lifestyle, numerous health issues followed, forcing Llya to heal and learn how the body functions as a whole organism. He has learned how to cleanse the body’s organs, brain and blood from heavy metals, viruses and parasites, while learning how food and lifestyle habits reflect in our emotions and relationships. Rest assured, the body can recover and heal from practically anything. Llya looks forward to working together!

BETH WEGLARZ

Health Coach

Beth is an advanced practice nurse with deep experience in treatment and education related to Pediatric Nutrition. She is a NBCHWC, Exercise Fitness Specialist and a Lifestyle Medicine advocate for all things physical and mental health. Beth resides in Long Island, NY and remains dedicated to creating programs to promote human health and well being through many different avenues and has joined Terra to bring that dedication to our members.

 

KIMBERLY HERBERT

Health Coach

Kimberly lives in sunny Texas. Despite changing careers from finance to happily running a coffee shop with her daughter, she found herself tired and in pain. After losing her hair, and 12 doctor’s visits later, Kimberly was diagnosed with lupus and alopecia. Getting these “permanent” diagnoses was not going to work for her. She is now lupus free for 2 ½ years without medications. If you are suffering, she wants to help you out of it and help you to believe in yourself.

PATRICIA CAMPANA

Health Coach

Patricia is a lifestyle coach, a marriage family therapist and a dance/movement therapist in San Diego. She is passionate about how food and daily movement improve mental and physical health. After having weight loss surgery herself, she found little to no support for a plant based diet post surgery so she set out to fill that hole and now specializes in disordered eating patterns and transitions to plant based pre or post surgery.

LARA VALERIO

Registered Dietitan

Lara is a registered dietitian with Degrees in biology, nutrition, and a Masters in nutritional science. Her passion for nutrition stemmed from working at a hospital and observing the crucial role of nutrition in recovery from infections, illnesses and wounds. She knows the effects of trauma and chronic disease and is dedicated to help treat and prevent patients towards a functional, healthy and longer life using a strong nutritional platform.

DEITRA DENNIS

Registered Nurse

Deitra is a registered nurse and national board certified health and wellness coach. She is a Heart Health Coach, Vegan S.O.U.L. Food Culinarian, and published articles in the Journal of American Medical Association and American Heart Association Circulation Journal. Deitra has spent almost 30 years as a nurse with a diverse career from hospital bedside care, doctor’s office, nursing home, disease management and quality improvement. Her passions lie in helping black women live at their optimal heart health through lifestyle interventions that include whole food plant-based eating without sacrificing taste or traditions.