Doctors

Alan Goldhamer, D.C.

Dr. Alan Goldhamer is the founder of TrueNorth Health Center, a state-of-the-art facility that provides medical and chiropractic services, psychotherapy and counseling, as well as massage and body work. He is also director of the Center's groundbreaking residential health education program.

Articulate, inspiring and energetic, Dr. Goldhamer is one of the most pioneering and dedicated visionaries in health today. An outspoken professional who doesn't shy away from a spirited debate, he is deeply committed to helping people stuck in self-destructive cycles reclaim their ability to change their lives.

Dr. Goldhamer has supervised the fasts of thousands of patients. Under his guidance, the Center has become one of the premier training facilities for doctors wishing to gain certification in the supervision of therapeutic fasting.

Dr. Goldhamer was the principal investigator in two landmark studies. The first: "Medically Supervised Water-Only Fasting in the Treatment of Hypertension" appeared in the June 2001 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Its publication marked a turning point in the evolution of evidence supporting the benefits of water-only fasting. The second study: "Medically Supervised Water-Only Fasting in the Treatment of Borderline Hypertension," appeared in the October 2002 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Currently, Dr. Goldhamer is directing a team that is developing a prospective study, incorporating random assignment and long-term follow-up on the cost and clinical outcomes in the treatment of diabetes and high blood pressure with fasting and a health-promoting diet. 

After completing his chiropractic education at Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Goldhamer traveled to Australia, where he became licensed as an osteopathic physician. He is the author of The Health Promoting Cookbook and co-author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering The Hidden Force That Undermines Health and Happiness.

Click here to read an in-depth interview of Dr. Goldhamer from January 2016.

Doug Lisle, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisle has been the clinical psychologist at the TrueNorth Health Center for over 30 years. He has published numerous articles in the scientific literature. He is the co-author of The Pleasure Trap and is in private practice, conducting psychotherapy at the TrueNorth Health Center.

Delightfully candid and warm, Dr. Douglas Lisle is one of psychology's most innovative and curious minds. Deeply dedicated to exploring the mysteries of human behavior from fresh, uncharted waters, his research in evolutionary psychology and its impact on health, happiness and the pursuit of pleasure is generating critical acclaim.

Dr. Lisle is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego (Summa Cum Laude). He received the President's Fellowship and was a Dupont Scholar at the University of Virginia where he completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He was then appointed Lecturer in Psychology at Stanford University and was on the staff at the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto, California.

Dr. Lisle worked as a forensic psychologist for the criminal justice system in Dallas, Texas and as a consultant for the National Institute of Health Clinical Trial on Cognitive Therapy for Recurrent Depression at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Lisle lectures nationally to health professionals on topics including evolutionary psychology, cognitive therapy, lifestyle modification, relaxation and stress management, and weight loss.

Read an in-depth interview of Dr. Lisle here.

 

Peter Sultana, M.D.

Dr. Sultana is a board-certified family physician. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1996. He holds a dual degree in Art History and Physics from Fordham University, where he graduated Summa cum Laude in 1987.

Prior to his clinical work, Dr. Sultana participated in the multi-disciplinary Gait Lab research team at the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, developing a system of artificial walking for paralyzed patients. In 1999, he completed specialty training in Family Medicine at the University of Missouri, and became a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice. His research interest focuses on measuring the extent of the body's self-repairing potential in a variety of disease states.

Dr. Sultana has an interest in natural approaches to fertility and is certified as a Natural Family Planning Medical Consultant by the American Academy of Fertility Care Specialists. He maintains a  practice at the TrueNorth Health Center with his focus on health evaluation and promotion with a nutritional medicine approach which includes medically-supervised fasting. You can read an in-depth interview with Dr. Sultana here.
 

 

 

Csilla Veress, N.D.

Dr. Csilla Veress is a Naturopathic primary care doctor. She graduated from Bastyr University with her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine. Combining ancient and modern philosophies of medicine, Dr. Veress creates a unique and powerful approach to guiding her patients towards optimal wellness. With this approach, in addition to the fundamental basics of health that TNH embodies, her passion is to help balance the person: mind, body and spirit.

While attending a pre-medical curriculum at Rutger’s University in New Jersey, Dr. Veress knew she wanted to be a doctor and create positive and lasting change in people’s lives. After a disheartening internship at a local hospital and seeing more of the unpleasant political side of healthcare, along with disease and sickness that was perpetuating not improving, she decided to switch careers after graduation to marketing and advertising. While working in New York City for nine years, she slowly started to find her own healing path through nutritional education, Pilates, yoga, and meditation. Finally, she found naturopathic medicine, which combines her passion for healing with a social consciousness. After an immersion in cancer treatment and research, Dr. Veress is excited to be on the prevention side of medicine, helping people build the foundations of their health.

In her spare time, Dr. Veress loves to cook with her own fabulous chef and husband, hike, snowboard, read, write and listen to outdoor concerts during lazy summer nights. “You are never too old to do what you love, and when you are doing what you love, it will never feel like work.” Words for all to live by, as does Dr. Veress.

Click here to read an article by Dr. Veress about her path to becoming a doctor and working at TrueNorth.

Erwin Linzner, D.C.

Dr. Linzner completed his undergraduate training at the California State University, Los Angeles. He then went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude and as class valedictorian from Western States Chiropractic College. Dr. Linzner worked as an accountant and computer programmer prior to becoming a doctor. In 1994, he became affiliated with the TrueNorth Health Education Center.

Dr. Linzner understands the importance of addressing the entire individual: physical as well as emotional, in guiding his patients in their process of healing. He incorporates soft tissue manipulation in the treatment of myofascial and connective tissue disorders, and spends the time to correct joint problems in the extremities as well as the spine.

Learn about soft tissue rehabilitation and joint mobility optimization with Dr. Linzner.

You can read an in-depth interview with Dr. Linzner here.

Anthony Lim, M.D., J.D.

Dr. Anthony Lim is a board-certified family physician. He is a firm believer in the power of a healthy, balanced lifestyle to both prevent and treat chronic illness. He has a special interest in whole food, plant-based nutrition and enjoys working closely with patients to help them adopt healthier habits.

Dr. Lim grew up in sunny San Diego. Upon completing his undergraduate studies at Stanford, he went on an extended “journey” that included studying Mandarin and traveling in China for one year, working as a management consultant, teaching 5th through 8th grade math as an Americorps volunteer, and obtaining his law degree and subsequently passing the California Bar Exam. After much soul searching, he realized his true calling lay in medicine, and is thankful to be practicing Family Medicine, a specialty that allows him to care for his patients in a holistic manner with a focus on preventive health.

Dr. Lim is happily married to his college sweetheart, and together they have a son and daughter who bring them endless joy and laughter. Outside interests of his include hiking, biking, playing tennis, cooking healthy meals, learning guitar, and continually growing in his Christian faith.

College: Stanford University, BA in Human Biology, Phi Beta Kappa

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine

Residency: Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency

Other Degrees: JD, Harvard Law School

To read an in-depth interview with Dr. Lim, click here.

Jeff Novick, R.D.

Jeff Novick is truly a unique dietitian and nutritionist. With over 24 years of experience in nutrition, health, fitness and natural living, he offers expert health advice distilled into powerful, easy-to-understand language on a variety of current topics.

Jeff’s insightful and humorous approach to nutrition and health has helped thousands worldwide make the transition to healthy living. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana State University in nutrition, with minors in Exercise Science.

Jeff serves as Vice President of Health Promotion for Executive Health Exams International and lectures at the McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California and at the Engine 2 Immersion program in Austin, TX.  He is also the Director of Nutrition for the Meals for Health community project, which helps empower low-income families to achieve optimal health. Jeff worked with Whole Foods Market in the development of their Wellness Club program, their healthy eating initiatives and their food rating system.

For almost a decade Jeff served as the Director of Nutrition at the Pritikin Center in Aventura, Florida, and as Vice President of the Board of the Directors for the National Health Association (NHA). He also served as the Director of Health Education for the NHA and as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Sciences for Kaplan University.

Jeff has also taught nutrition classes at Indiana State University, Indiana University Medical School, the University of Miami Medical School and for the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, and lectures at medical conferences around the country on a regular basis. While in Indiana he created and taught the Nutrition Education Initiative, a preventive medicine curriculum for medical doctors, residents, and medical students. In recognition of this groundbreaking project, Indiana’s governor awarded him the Indiana State Public Health Excellence in Health Science Award, and Indiana State University awarded him the Graduate-of-the-Last-Decade Award.

He has been interviewed by Newsday, Parade Magazine, Men’s Health, Shape Magazine, Women’s World and has appeared on Fox News, Discovery Health, the Today Show and other media nationwide.  He appeared in the documentary Processed People and the movie Fatboy, which won the best documentary award at the Fort Lauderdale and Queens Film Festivals.

Read an in-depth interview with Jeff Novick here.

Toshia Myers, Ph.D.

Dr. Toshia Myers is a research scientist with more than 15 years of experience. She became fascinated with cellular biology during her undergraduate studies at the Ohio State University and went on to earn a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biological Sciences from Columbia University. Most recently, she completed a Danish Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship in the emerging field of epigenetics.

Her own healing journey led Dr. Myers to discover the importance of diet and lifestyle in maintaining optimal health. The impact of eating a whole foods diet and reducing stress was so profound that she became a health coach and yoga teacher in order to share her practical insights with others. She enjoys a happy, healthy life of movement, meditation, creativity, and travel.

Dr. Myers believes that everyone can benefit from knowledge about natural health practices. This is why she is happy to be a part of the TrueNorth Health team, conducting evidence-based research on the effects of fasting and dietary intervention on human health. She also offers a scientific consulting service to educate patients and help them interpret the scientific literature relevant to their health concerns and the specific medical and surgical interventions recommended to them. This service supports patients in making well-informed decisions about their treatment options.

Faye Alexandrakis, D.C.

Dr. Faye Alexandrakis has always been fascinated and inspired by the complexity of the human body; her keen interest in movement and posture led her to become a Chiropractor, graduating from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2003.

In her Chiropractic practice, Dr. Alexandrakis specializes in ergonomics, re-establishing natural movement patterns and structural integrity through a healthy posture system so her patients can lead an active, pain-free life with poise and ease, the way their bodies were designed to function.

Dr. Alexandrakis’s other passions include any physical activity that brings her into contact with nature, long hikes in the Sierra-Nevadas, and painting.

Antonio Soler, M.D.

Dr. Antonio Soler is an empathetic, enthusiastic and caring Physician, with over 10 years of clinical experience.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, where his love of science, ecology, life, and especially people led him to study Medicine. He earned his Medical Doctorate from Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico in 2007 and then completed his Transitional Year Medicine Internship in 2008.

After having a serious left knee injury while playing basketball, and then undergoing surgery while still in Medical School, he noted that the traditional allopathic medications and therapies were not working to help relieve his significant pain and inflammation.

That started him on a journey to find more effective therapeutic modalities, and he discovered along the way that food could either have pro or anti-inflammatory effects. That was a profound paradigm shift and insight for him and an excellent option to relieve his pain while at the same time improving other aspects of his life. It led him to an extended and exciting path, and by trial and error, and by staying up-to-date with the latest nutritional research, he finally found the correct and complete answer in Whole Food Plant Based nutrition, after watching several documentaries and reading research based books on the subject. He started not only improving himself, but observing that many of his patients and family members, who previously would not improve their chronic medical conditions, would start significantly improving and even reversing their conditions, in an almost effortless manner. He joined the American College of Lifestyle Medicine in 2016, and in 2017, with the goal of going even deeper in the knowledge of Nutritional and WFPB medicine, he completed an internship at the TrueNorth Health Center, where he became certified in supervising Water fast protocols. 

Dr. Soler currently lives in Santa Rosa, CA, alongside his lovely wife, Ladybeth, and his furry daughter, Mailey. In his all too limited free time, he enjoys being productive and creative while working at a standing desk, doing 15mn cardiovascular workouts, 200 pushups every other day, Zen Meditation for 20mn, reading non-fiction books, especially spirituality, astronomy, personal development and positive psychology, and watching the occasional sports game. He sees himself as a simple servant, looking forward to being of as much help as possible in this very complex and exciting modern world.