ACLM Fellows

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine is pleased to acknowledge select members of the College, bestowing upon them the prestigious status of Fellow.

A Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine has contributed outstanding achievement in the field of lifestyle medicine and unwavering and exceptional dedication to advancing the College’s mission. Those who have demonstrated the highest standard of professional development and contribution to the field are urged to apply for this premier level of recognition.

Requirements for Fellows

Prior to application for ACLM Fellow status, the ACLM member must meet the following qualifications. Please note all required forms and documentation must be completed in the online application prior to submission for board approval.

  1. Prior to application for ACLM Fellow status, the ACLM member must meet the following qualifications. Please note all required forms and documentation must be completed in the online application prior to submission for board approval.
    1. MD or DO engaged in the practice, teaching, or research in some relevant aspect of lifestyle medicine and certified in some other specialty of medicine recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
    2. Doctorate-level professional (PhD, DrPH, DDS, ND, etc.) engaged in practice, teaching, or research in some relevant aspect of lifestyle medicine, appropriately certified and/or licensed relative to their training, practice, and locale.
  2. Be board certified in lifestyle medicine through the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine.
  3. Have a minimum of three consecutive years of membership, in good standing, as a Physician or Doctoral member, as defined by the ACLM membership categories.
    1. Student/Trainee membership does not count towards the required years of membership.
    2. Serving on the ACLM Board of Directors cannot be substituted with serving on the Trainee Executive Board.
  4. Submit sponsorship letters from two current ACLM Fellows, establishing applicant’s qualities and worthiness of consideration for ACLM Fellow status. Past and present ACLM Board of Directors and Officers may also serve as sponsors. 
  5. Demonstrate a high standard of professional development and contribution to lifestyle medicine.
  6. Substantiate a significant contribution to ACLM’s organizational functions, including participation in conferences, member interest groups, press contact, ACLM publication contributions and/or participation in other official ACLM functions.
  7. Applicants must submit appropriate documentation to support points indicated on their application. Applicants must also submit an updated curriculum vitae that identifies and includes documentation consistent with the above requirements. To view an example of the application process, please click here.

Note: Applicants should be graduates of a U.S.-based medical school/ doctoral program or have completed their residency/ fellowship or post-doctorate education in the U.S. Lifestyle medicine professionals from countries with established lifestyle medicine societies and a fellowship process are expected to apply to their respective local organizations for fellowship. 

After due consideration, the Board of Directors may waive a requirement.  

Fellows Application Fees

Each application requires a non-refundable $200 one-time fee. This fee is in addition to your annual membership fee to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Please pay your application fee once you have submitted your completed online application. To pay your Fellows application fee, please submit a check to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and add “Fellows Application Fee” in the notes line item.

Please mail the check to:

American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Attn: Theresa Stephan, Fellows Application
PO Box 6432
Chesterfield, MO 63006

If you prefer to pay your fees online, please call Theresa Stephan at 971-983-5383 Ext. 135.

Fellows Status

Fellows are required to remain in “active” membership status with ACLM by paying their annual membership dues to maintain their Fellows distinction and have their profile listed on the ACLM Fellows website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can international applicants apply?
As of 2022, Applicants should be graduates of a U.S.-based medical school/ doctoral program or have completed their residency/ fellowship or post-doctorate education in the U.S.

Is the Fellows fee refundable?
No. The fee is non-refundable.

Can I receive a deadline extension?
In order to be respectful of the other applicants and the application reviewers, the deadline may not be extended. However, eligible applicants are encouraged to apply early, contact membership@lifestylemedicine.org if they have any questions upfront, or apply next year.

Can my application be deferred if I am short of the requirements?
Yes, your application can be deferred. If you apply for the designation this year and your application is short of the requirements, you will need to re-submit the new/additional documents. You will not be required to pay the fee twice.

What documents should I submit?
Anything that can corroborate what you have included on your application. The documents can be payment receipts, screenshots, slide decks, abstract pages, URL links, etc.

How long does it take to process my application?
It depends. Processing takes a bit of time to gather and evaluate documentation. The more documentation submitted upfront, the less processing it takes on the back-end. Please note that the review committee will review all applications once the window has closed.

Fellows Application Timeline

Application Opens: May 1
Application Deadline: July 1
Award Notification: September 15

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine Fellows have demonstrated the highest standard of professional development and contribution to the field.

Cate Collings, President

Ted D. Barret

MD, FACLM, DipABLM

Known as the “High-Tech Doctor with Low-Tech Solutions,” Dr. Barnett is an Interventional Radiologist and senior partner with Borg and Ide Imaging in Rochester, NY, where he has practiced since 1986.

Cate Collings, President

Sami A. Bég

MD, MPA, MPH, FACLM

Dr. Bég is a physician executive with a diverse set of experiences in the healthcare industry. Trained in Preventive Medicine, Dr. Bég has been intricately involved in population health, leading product strategy and product development in the wellness and disease management industries.

Cate Collings, President

Mark Berman

MD, FACLM

Dr. Berman trained in physical therapy (McGill), medicine (Yale) and primary-care internal medicine and population medicine (Harvard’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital). He completed a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship at UCSF and spent time at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation working on obesity prevention policy.

Cate Collings, President

Marc Braman

MD, MPH, FACLM

Dr. Braman is the former President and Executive Director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). He led efforts from ACLM’s early days through to getting Lifestyle Medicine on the professional map.

Cate Collings, President

David S. Drozek

DO, FACLM, DipABLM

Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, FACLM, DipABLM, is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Community Wellbeing and the Blue Zones Institute for Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. 

Cate Collings, President

Wayne Dysinger

MD, MPH, FACLM, DipABLM

Dr. Dysinger currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Lifestyle Medicine Solutions, a new model primary care concept that is built on Lifestyle Medicine principles along with a direct primary care funding mechanism.  He is also Medical Director of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) and consults and teaches on Lifestyle Medicine issues around the world. 

Cate Collings, President

Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr.

MD, FACLM

Dr. Esselstyn received his BA from Yale University and his MD from Case Western Reserve University. In 1956, pulling the No. 6 oar as a member of the victorious United States rowing team, he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Games. 

Cate Collings, President

David Ferriss

MD, MPH, FACLM, FACPM, DipABLM

David Ferriss joined Lifestyle Medicine Institute, LLC in October of 2017 where he serves as Chief Medical Officer.  In his role at LMI, he is responsible for the overall clinical integrity of all lifestyle medicine product offerings, including the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) and supports the LMI sales team.

Cate Collings, President

Elisabeth Fontaine

MD, FACLM, DipABLM

Elisabeth Fontaine, MD, is the Medical Director of Lifestyle Medicine and RiseVT at Northwestern Medical Center. A founding member of RiseVT, a community-based approach to embracing healthy lifestyles, she is also the Medical Director for RiseVT at the state level with OneCareVT. RiseVt is Community Collaborative to encourage healthy Lifestyle.

Cate Collings, President

Elizabeth P. Frates

MD, FACLM

Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD, is trained as a physiatrist as well as a health and wellness coach. Dr. Frates is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard College where she majored in psychology and biology. She then graduated from Stanford Medical School and did her internal medicine internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, after which she completed her physiatry residency at Harvard’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Cate Collings, President

John E. Gobble

DrPH, RDN, LD, MCHES, FACLM

Dr. Gobble is founder of Medical Nutrition Therapy Northwest, also known as the Lifestyle Medicine Group, a provider of medical nutrition therapy and therapeutic lifestyle medicine services. He’s also author and developer of technical and educational solutions for health behavior change including the MNT Assistant – data management and behavior change tools for Medical Nutrition Therapy.

Cate Collings, President

Herbert N. Giebel

MD, MS, MPH, FAAFP, FACPM, FACLM, DipABLM

Dr. Herb Giebel is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He is board certified in both Family Medicine and General Preventive Medicine. He has worked in Nigeria since 1998 where he spent 15 years as the Director of Postgraduate Medical Education for the West-Central Africa Division based at the Seventh-day Adventist Hospital in Ile-Ife.

Cate Collings, President

Michael Greger

MD, FACLM, DipABLM

A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. 

Cate Collings, President

George E. Guthrie

MD, MPH, CDE, FACLM, FAAFP, DipABLM

Dr. George Guthrie received his MD degree from Loma Linda University in 1981. After completing his Family Practice Residency at Hinsdale Hospital near Chicago he joined a multi-specialty medical group on the island of Guam.

Cate Collings, President

Michelle Hauser

MD, MPA, FACLM

Dr. Hauser is a Harvard Medical School trained, board certified internal medicine physician, certified chef and culinary medicine specialist with a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Research from Stanford University School of Medicine.

Cate Collings, President

David L. Katz

MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM

Dr. David L. Katz is the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. He received his BA from Dartmouth College (1984; Magna Cum Laude); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993).

Cate Collings, President

Jenny Sunghyun Lee

PhD, MPH, DipIBLM, FACLM, DipABLM

Dr. Jenny Lee is the first Korean-American board-certified Lifestyle Medicine Specialist, certified Health and Wellness Coach, certified National Wellness Practitioner, and certified Health Education Specialist. She is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Cate Collings, President

Thomas L. Lenz

PharmD, FACLM

Dr. Lenz is a tenured professor with appointments in the departments of Pharmacy Practice (primary) and Cultural & Social Studies (secondary) at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. His educational background consists of Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in Exercise Science, Doctor of Pharmacy degree, a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Research, and he is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology.

Cate Collings, President

Liana Lianov

MD, MPH, FACPM, FACLM, DipABLM

Dr. Liana Lianov is the Immediate Past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and has served as the General Preventive Medicine/Public Health Regent on the board of the American College of Preventive Medicine. She chaired the Lifestyle Medicine Task Force and the Lifestyle Medicine Competencies Working Group.

Cate Collings, President

Johann Kim T. Mañez

MD, FACLM

Dr. Mañez is one of the youngest professors among the faculty of the newly opened College of Medicine in the Adventist University of the Philippines located at Puting Kahoy, Silang, Cavite. The medical curriculum of the newly opened medical school itself is unique because it is presently the only medical curriculum in Asia and possibly the world, wherein Lifestyle Medicine has been incorporated and is presently being taught due in part, to the efforts of Dr. Mañez.

Cate Collings, President

Amanda McKinney

MD, FACLM, DipABLM

Dr. McKinney is the Director of Prerequisites for Health Professions at Doane University. She is currently developing a Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum for undergraduates and post baccalaureates entering the health professions.

Cate Collings, President

Dean Ornish

MD, FACLM

The recipient of the inaugural ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Ornish is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. 

Cate Collings, President

Mechelle Acero Palma

MD, MMHA, DipIBLM, FACLM

Dr. Mechelle Acero Palma is the Director of Education of the Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and the President of Remnant Institute Inc., a Center for Health and Education. She is also a Lifestyle Medicine Consultant and Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) facilitator at Bacolod Adventist Medical Center and Lifestyle Center of Southern Oklahoma.

Cate Collings, President

Joseph Raphael

DrPH, MBA, LMFT, MACLP, HAPM, CHES, FACLM

An Integrative Lifestyle Medicine specialist, Joe earned his B.A. and B.S. from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, an M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration from Loma Linda University, and a Dr.P.H. Preventive Care Specialty from Loma Linda University.

Cate Collings, President

Richard S. Safeer

MD, FAAFP, FACLM

Richard is Medical Director of Employee Health & Wellness at Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC. Dr. Safeer completed his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at Cornell University before graduating from medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Franklin Square Hospital Center, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Cate Collings, President

Dexter Shurney

MD, MBA, MPH, FACLM, DipABLM

Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, FACLM  is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Zipongo, a San Francisco-based based digital health and wellness company. Dr. Shurney is the former Chief Medical Director / Executive Director for Global Health Benefits and Corporate Wellness for Cummins, Inc.

Cate Collings, President

Ronald W. Stout

MD, MPH, FACLM

Dr. Ron Stout serves as CEO and President of the Ardmore Institute of Health (AIH). AIH is a nonprofit foundation working for the day when healthy environments and lifestyle will be the preferred methods for preventing, treating and reversing chronic disease.

Cate Collings, President

Daniel J. Witkowski

MD, FACOG, FACLM, DipABLM

Dr. Daniel Witkowski is a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist, currently practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women’s Healthcare Associates, in Melrose, Massachusetts where he has been in private practice since 1993

Cate Collings, President

James Wu

PhD, MPH, MSPH, DipIBLM, FACLM

James Wu is a professional member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). He is also one of the founding members and the First president of the Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM).

Cate Collings, President

Wes Youngberg

DrPH, MPH, CNS, FACLM

Dr. Youngberg is a practicing lifestyle medicine specialist and clinical nutritionist in Southern California. He was trained at Loma Linda University where he received a Master’s in Nutrition and a Doctorate of Public Health in Preventive Care.

Cate Collings, President

April Wilson

MD, MPH, FACPM, FACLM

Dr. April Wilson is Chairwoman of the Preventive Medicine Department at Loma Linda University Health. Lifestyle Medicine became an integral part of her life when she saw the power it had to change the trajectory of her patient’s health for the better as a senior medical student leading a community-based intensive therapeutic lifestyle change program.

Cate Collings, President

Blecenda Varona

DrPH, MPH, RND, DipIBLM, FACLM

Dr. Blecenda has more than 30-years experience in health and wellness field; 18 years at the Adventist Medical Center-Manila and the rest in communities. She designs and redesigns wellness programs for business companies and communities in the Philippines.

Cate Collings, President

Mladen Golubić

MD, PhD, DipABLM, FACLM
Cate Collings, President

Meagan L. Grega

MD, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Grega is the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Kellyn Foundation (www.kellyn.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice.  Kellyn provides school-based healthy lifestyle education and “Garden as a Classroom” programs.

Cate Collings, President

Brenda Rea

MD, DrPH, PT, RD, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Rea is the Program Director of the Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium (LLUHEC) Family and Preventive Medicine Residency Program and Lifestyle Medicine Fellowship. She completed her educational pursuits as well as Family and Preventive Medicine Residency at Loma Linda University.

Cate Collings, President

Cheryl True

MD, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. True is Board Certified in Family Medicine, a Wellcoaches trained health & wellness coach, an ABLM diplomat, and a Fellow of ACLM. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, am Board Certified Family Medicine, and ABLM certified 2017.

Cate Collings, President

Amy Mechley

MD, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Mechley is a practicing Direct Primary Care family medicine physician, entrepreneur, clinical consultant and teacher. Her career as a physician is grounded on servant led principles and she takes innovative approaches to some of the most challenging concerns in healthcare today.

Cate Collings, President

Jasmol Sardana

DO, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Jasmol Sardana is a board certified internal medicine physician and newly board certified lifestyle medicine physician who is equally passionate about lifestyle medicine, culinary medicine and community service.

Cate Collings, President

James F. Loomis Jr.

MD, MBA, FACLM

Dr. Loomis received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and graduated with honors. He subsequently completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Cate Collings, President

Jon Bonnet

MD, MPH, CAQSM, FAAFP, FACLM

Jonathan Bonnet is a board-certified Family, Sports, and Obesity medicine physician with a master’s degree in public health from Harvard.  He works as a Sports Medicine physician at Emory University and at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Cate Collings, President

Michelle L. Tollefson

MD, FACOG, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Michelle Tollefson is honored to serve as ACLM’s Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors. She is an ACLM Fellow and board certified in lifestyle medicine as well as obstetrics and gynecology.

Cate Collings, President

Ravi Mamtani

MD, MSc, FACPM, FACOEM, ABoIM, FACLM
Cate Collings, President

Saray Stancic

MD, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Stancic is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Lifestyle Medicine. She graduated from New Jersey Medical School in 1993 and, after completing her fellowship, accepted the position of Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Hudson Valley Veterans Administration Hospital in New York.

Cate Collings, President

John H. Kelly, Jr.

MD, MPH, DipABLM, FACLM

After a successful career in computing that included serving as IT Director for BCBS in Virginia, Dr. John wanted to help change the practice of medicine so it would treat the causes of disease and not merely palliate the symptoms.

Cate Collings, President

Jeni Shull Clayton

MD, MPH, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Shull Clayton is a Family and Preventive Medicine Physician, a Diplomat of the American and International Board of Lifestyle Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Clayton graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine.

Cate Collings, President

John McHugh

MD, FACOG, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. McHugh serves as co-chair of the ACLM Women’s Health Member Interest Group with Dr. Cindy Geyer. He was a founding member of the group created by Dr. Michelle Tollefson, and was the first Secretary of the group.

Cate Collings, President

Padmaja M. Patel

MD, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Patel has been a practicing internist in Midland, TX, for nearly two decades. She currently serves as the Medical Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Center at Midland Health

Cate Collings, President

Susan Friedman

MD, MPH, AGSF, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Friedman is a Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  She was educated at Northwestern (BSM, MD, MPH) and Johns Hopkins (General Internal Medicine residency and Geriatrics fellowship). 

Cate Collings, President

Jessica Matthews

DBH, MS, NBC-HWC, DipACLM, FACLM

Dr. Matthews is associate professor and program director in the College of Health Sciences at Point Loma Nazarene University. An award-winning and innovative educator, she has created a graduate degree program blending lifestyle medicine and behavioral medicine.

Cate Collings, President

Ifeoma Monye

MD, FRCGP, DipIBLM/BSLM, FACLM

Dr. Monye is a Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Portfolio NHS GP, UK, Chief Consultant Family Physician, National Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria, an alumnus of the “Women Transforming Leadership”, SAID Business School, University of Oxford, founder of the Brookfield Centre for Lifestyle Medicine, founder and President of the Society of Lifestyle Medicine of Nigeria and Co-founder and President of the Africa Lifestyle Medicine Council.

Cate Collings, President

David P. Donohue

MD, MS, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Donohue is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a diplomate of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Since 2000, he has been practicing primary care internal medicine and is co-owner and Chief Medical Officer of Progressive Health of Delaware. 

Cate Collings, President

Gia Merlo

MD, MBA, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Merlo is clinical professor of nursing and senior advisor on Wellness at New York University (NYU). She is also a clinical professor of psychiatry in the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Her academic single-authored book, Principles of Medical Professionalism, was released in April 2021 (Oxford University Press).

Cate Collings, President

Mahima Gulati

MD, MSc, FACE, ECNU, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Gulati is a triple board-certified (Endocrinology, Internal Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine) physician working at Middlesex Health in Middletown, CT where she directs the multidisciplinary Lifestyle Medicine program.

Cate Collings, President

Michelle Thompson

DO, AOBFP, ABOIM, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Thompson triple board certified in lifestyle, integrative, and osteopathic family medicine incorporating culinary medicine and mind-body skills into her patient care along with teaching medical students, interns, residents, and attendings at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where she has been employed since 2006. 

Cate Collings, President

Cindy Geyer

MD, ABIM, ABOIM, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Cindy Geyer is board certified in internal medicine, integrative medicine and lifestyle medicine, and is the medical director at Canyon Ranch in Lenox where she has practiced for 21 years. She received her bachelor of science and her doctor of medicine degrees, with honors, from the Ohio State University.

Cate Collings, President

Maj. Regan Stiegmann

DO, MPH, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Reddy is the director of interventional cardiology at the James A Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, FL. He completed his general and interventional cardiology fellowship training at Winthrop University Hospital in Long Island, NY.

Cate Collings, President

Gia Merlo

MD, MBA, DipABLM, FACLM

Dr. Merlo is clinical professor of nursing and senior advisor on Wellness at New York University (NYU). She is also a clinical professor of psychiatry in the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Her academic single-authored book, Principles of Medical Professionalism, was released in April 2021 (Oxford University Press).