DR. CHARLES ROSS
Dr. Ross has been a practicing physician in Oregon for almost 40 years. He practiced Emergency Medicine and became interested in Lifestyle Medicine about 4 years ago, at which point, he began focusing his efforts on teaching medical students at COMP-NW and promoting healthy lifestyle choices with UC-VEG. Dr. Ross became a local CHIP facilitator in 2014, and gradually transformed the course, founding the THIP we all enjoy today! He now lives with his wife, Christine, in Oakridge/Westfir, OR and is teaching classes there. He continues to come to Roseburg to teach classes on the first Sunday of each month.
DR. HEIDI BEERY
Dr. Beery is a family medicine doctor practicing at Evergreen Family Medicine. She grew up in Roseburg and has been practicing in town since 2010. She attended Dr. Ross’s classes and quickly became enthusiastic about the program. She has done extensive reading on her own as well as attended the Holistic Holiday Cruise in 2017, obtaining 30 hours of medical education on a plant based diet. She is actively encouraging her patients to adopt the lifestyle with her and is enjoying spreading the message as a facilitator.
As the Executive Director of UC-VEG, Juliete is able to share her lifelong passion for community health. Though her educational and professional background is in international relations, government, social services, and the nonprofit sector, Juliete has worked in the health and nutrition field for several years, teaching classes, working with Dr. Charlie Ross, and serving on the UHA Community Advisory Council. Juliete started transitioning to a plant-based diet over 20 years ago and loves being able share quality information and tools that she truly believes can bring more happiness and longevity. She is energized by the radical health improvement of THIP participants and overjoyed to support the program under UC-VEG.
PATRICK HARRIS, RN, BSN
Patrick is a former emergency room nurse and currently teaching nursing students at UCC. After treating patient after patient in the ER, he began to wonder how the chronic illness he was seeing could be prevented. Now having the tools to treat, prevent, and even reverse many forms of chronic disease, Patrick is thrilled to be able to offer this information, as a THIP facilitator, to his community.
John has worked in the Umpqua Valley as a farmer, builder, teacher, and community organizer. Combining his educational background in medicine, experience working in the dietary field, and extensive training as an organizational facilitator, he’s currently running non-profit organizations focused on health transformation and education. Having studied healthy lifestyle development and disease prevention, he’s taught classes and led community programs in all four corners of the United States. John enjoys sharing his passion to help others achieve success and find greater purpose in their lives.
Jude is a retired health care provider, having worked as a family nurse practitioner and midwife for over 30 years. Upon retiring, she took the THIP, which at the time was instructed by Dr. Charlie Ross. While struck by the merit of the information shared in the course, Jude was also impressed with the simplicity and power of lifestyle medicine. Jude enjoys observing the health improvements of participants while conducting evaluations and tracking outcomes for the program.
Ramona has worked as a commercial chef for over 3 decades. When starting the transition toward a plant-based diet, Ramona not only experienced her own health transformation, but discovered a new world of culinary opportunity. Along with her teammate, Livi, Ramona provides wholesome and delicious food demonstrations and sampling throughout the THIP.
Livi has been cooking plant-based for her family and clients for over 20 years. In her years of experience, she’s developed her own crowd-pleasing recipes, tweaking them to include more ingredients supporting disease-prevention and reversal. Along with her teammate, Ramona, Livi provides wholesome and delicious food demonstrations and sampling throughout the THIP.
Dr. Jill Hanson owned a veterinary clinic in Coos Bay for 40 years. She and her husband, a Douglas County firefighter, are now retired and live happily along the North Umpqua River. Due to her life-long love for animals, and the influence of her oldest son, a professor of chemistry/nutrition in Vienna, Austria, Dr. Jill Hanson became a vegan. She loves working with THIP participants and supporting them in their journey toward better health.
John Schulz has offered facility and A/V support for THIP since its inception on behalf of the Seventh Day Adventist Church’s Better Living Center. After witnessing countless health transformations throughout his life, he feels passionately about the power of food to prevent and reverse chronic illness and is thrilled to have this resource available to the local community.
Robin recently moved to Douglas County and searched for a group supportive of her decision to move toward a more healthy lifestyle. Robin started volunteering with UC-VEG’s Dine Up Restaurant Program and then expanded to supporting THIP. She enjoys observing her own medical improvements alongside the THIP participants!
Dr. Lundy has been an Internal Medicine physician for over 30 years and is now retired. She’s been involved in many kinds of volunteer organizations for years, serving for over two years with the Peace Corps in Botswana (2012-2014), working as a teacher advising on HIV prevention and wellness. Dr. Lundy also volunteered, acted and served on the board for Umpqua Actors Community Theatre (UACT) for over twelve years. She also help with the Art Center and recently was asked to serve on the board for the ADAPT. In her medical practice, she always spent time sharing with patients about healthy lifestyles as the path to long-term wellness.