Advisory Board

Current Members

Dr. Peter Breggin, MD

Peter R. Breggin is called “The Conscience of Psychiatry” for his many decades of successful efforts to reform the mental health field. Dr. Breggin has authored more than 50 scientific articles and more than twenty books including Toxic Psychiatry, The Ritalin Fact Book, and The Antidepressant Fact Book. He is also the author of Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime; and Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: a Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families. Dr. Breggin graduated from Harvard College and after medical school received his psychiatric training at Harvard and at the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He has been a fulltime consultant at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) while an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). He has taught at many universities, including the Counseling Department at Johns Hopkins. He has been invited to address congressional committees on topics including education and veterans affairs, as well as to speak before federal agencies. He has been an expert featured on innumerable TV shows, from many times on Oprah and Larry King Live to appearances on 20/20, 60 Minutes, Nightline, and several times on the Fox News Channel. 

 
Dr. Avery Jackson, M.D, Neurosurgeon 
Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of Michigan Neurosurgical Institute, P.C. a board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Jackson has extensive training and experience in complex spinal cases, brain and spinal tumors, head and spine trauma, as well as minimally invasive procedures such as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty to relieve pain. Dr. Jackson also participates in clinical trials of the latest neurosurgical treatments and techniques, frequently writes and speaks to medical audiences on neurosurgical topics, and holds several patents for medical inventions.
 
Dr. David Levy, M.D, Neurosurgeon
Dr. David Levy is a neurosurgeon. He attended medical school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and obtained his neurosurgical training at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He did a fellowship in endovascular neurosurgery at the University of Vienna, Austria.
Dr. Levy has published numerous scientific articles in the neurosurgical literature and wrote the book Gray Matter. Dr. Levy has been the recipient of the Best Doctor Award in 2007 – 2014 and America’s Top Surgeons Award 2015-2016. His pastimes include caring for the poor and less fortunate around the world. He has performed neurosurgery in Kenya and The Congo.
 
Dr. Jason Littleton, MD, CEO, Littleton Concierge Medicine
Jason Littleton, MD is a board-­certified family physician offering convenient concierge healthcare. Additionally, he is the Department Chairman of Family Medicine for Orlando Regional Medical Center. Dr. Littleton has been seen on The Dr. Oz Show, The Dr. Nandi Show, The ChazzLive Network, The Dr. Mitch Show, featured in Redbook Magazine, Health and Beauty Magazine, Ebony Magazine, InTouch Magazine, The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Style Magazine, being awarded the title of Orlando's Top Doctors. Dr. Littleton earned his MD from Michigan State University--College of Human Medicine and a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan. In 2010, he received National Doctor’s Day Recognition from the Practitioner Excellence Committee for “compassionate and excellent care” of patients at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. He also received the Resident Teacher Award as a family medicine resident.
 
Dr. Christy Walker, M.D
Dual Board Certified Gynecologist and Cosmetic Surgeon
Dr. Walker received her undergraduate degree in biology with minor in chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. There, she graduated summa cum laude and was a recipient of the Chancellors Medallion, an award given to graduates with the highest grade point average in their academic school. Dr. Walker then went on to receive her Doctorate of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Walker served as a member of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences teaching faculty and clinical in-structor, and as Medical Director of Walker Healthcare for Women and Santé Bien Medspa. It was this distinction in her field that lead her to pursue additional training with specialists in cosmetic surgery and to become the premier destination for gynecological and cosmetic surgery in North Texas.Because of her experience treating thousands of women over the past decade, she recognizes the sensitive nature and emotional challenges associated with a woman’s body and her sense of femininity. Her unique gynecologic surgery skills coupled with her broadened expertise in cosmetic surgery allows her to address the most sensitive and confidential cosmetic and vaginal surgical concerns.
 
Dr. Mark Mayfield, PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor
Dr. Mayfield is founder and CEO of Mayfield Counseling Centers in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which serves over 15,000 appointments a year. He conducts therapy with families, couples, individuals, and groups and has a passion to provide exceptional care for military service members and their families. He is a contributing author to Focus on the Family's Marriage and Parenting divisions and has recently completed a book for parents on self-injury and suicide. It will be published within the next year. Dr. Mayfield is also an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Colorado Christian University and hosts a weekly podcast called Candid Conversations with Dr. Mayfield.
 
Dr. Will Cole
Dr. Will Cole, leading functional-medicine expert, consults people around the world via webcam at www.drwillcole.com and locally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing health programs for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal dysfunctions, digestive disorders, and brain problems. Dr. Cole was named one of the top fifty functional-medicine and integrative doctors in the nation and is a health expert for mindbodygreen and goop. Dr. Cole is the author of the book, The Inflammation Spectrum in which he explores how inflammation exists on a spectrum within the body, the various systems it can affect, and how you can discover your individual food triggers to overcome chronic inflammation. He is also the author of Ketotarian in which he melds the powerful benefits of a ketogenic diet with a plant-based one.  
 
Dr. Ben Edwards 
Ben Edwards is the founder and CEO of Veritas Medical, an integrative primary care clinic with offices in Lubbock, Abilene and San Angelo, Texas. Dr. Edwards obtained his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and his doctorate of medicine from the University of Texas-Houston Medical School. He then completed his internship and family practice residency training in Waco, TX at the McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation where he was chief resident. As the only physician in the county at Garza County Health Clinic in Post, Texas, Dr. Edwards was featured in Texas Monthly and the front page of the Washington Post because of his success in operating a rural medical practice.  After seven years of conventional, rural family medicine, where success was measured in dollars, Dr. Edwards established Veritas Medical, an integrative medicine practice where success is measured by chronic disease reversals (as opposed to chronic disease management).Dr. Edwards leads a team of 6 nurse practitioners and a number of health coaches as well as traveling extensively giving presentations to educate the general public on how to not be a standard American health statistic by adhering to the Veritas Four Pillars, nutrition, hydration, movement and peace. Dr. Edwards resides near Lubbock, TX with his wife Jamie and 6 children. 
 
Dr. Darlene Mayo, M.D, Neurosurgeon
Dr. Darlene A. Mayo trained as a board certified neurosurgeon and a neuroscientist. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and completed her medical training and residency at the Medical College of Georgia. She is fellowship trained in neurosurgery at Emory, and completed two biomedical engineering fellowships at Clinatec, in France, with Dr. Alim-Louis Benabid, and at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She performed surgery for 10 years, most recently at the Cleveland Clinic, and has been studying chemicals and electrical activity in the brain for over 18 years, having conducted a number of scientific research studies.
 
Dr. Lillian Robertson, M.D
Dr. Robertson is a practicing OB/GYN. During her residency, she served as Chief Resident at Baylor. After residency, she established her private practice, Women’s Healthcare, Inc., Lake Jackson, TX, where she practiced for over 20 years. As a staff physician at Brazosport Regional Hospital, Dr. Robertson held several titles, including Chair of the Maternal Neonatal Department and Chief of Medical Staff.
 
Dr. Irinel Stanciu, M.D, FACE, ECNU, CCD
Board Certified Endocrinologist (ABIM and ABPS) practicing General Endocrinology with special interest in thyroid, parathyroid, and metabolic bone disorders.
 
Dr. Robert (Rusty) Turner,. M.D, MSCR, QEEG-D, BCN
Dr. Robert “Rusty” P. Turner is owner and CEO of Network Neurology LLC, an integrative neuroscience center in Charleston, SC. Network Neurology is a busy clinical neurology and neuromodulation practice performing QEEG-guided non-invasive neurofeedback. As a neuroscientist with 30 years experience, Dr. Turner is a clinician trained in clinical neurophysiology, child neurology and neurodevelopmental medicine, adult neurology, epilepsy, and electrodiagnostic medicine, as well as pediatrics, clinical research, biostatistics, and epidemiology.
 
Lori Volkman, JD, Attorney at Law and CEO, Trajectory Communications
Lori Volkman spent fifteen years as a lawyer and prosecuting attorney in Washington State before becoming a Communication Strategist in 2010. After working with the mentally ill for two decades, she now represents the mentally ill in involuntary court proceedings and continues to research and create strategic communication campaigns. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science with honors from the University of California at San Diego, and a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. Ms. Volkman is an award-winning author, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Women's Day Magazine, Reader's Digest, and multiple books and nationally syndicated magazines. She has also appeared on CNN, Fox News, The NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, Fox News with Neil Cavuto, and multiple Associated Press reports.
 
The Honorable Shelyna V. Brown is a sought-after presenter, panelist, and trainer with over two decades of experience in the legal and leadership arenas.  Upon graduating from law school, Judge Brown served as a public defender fighting for all those who did not traditionally have a voice—the low income, the immigrant, those suffering from mental health challenges, anyone who did not have access to their constitutional right of appropriate representation. She argued several high-profile cases that were noted in the media and written about in local and regional publications. In 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Shelyna V. Brown to the bench in Santa Clara County. Judge Brown has served on several boards and has been recognized for her excellence in advocacy and praised for her contributions to the community. She was awarded numerous honors and accolades, including Excellence in Advocacy from the 100 Black Women of Silicon Valley, the Ivy Rose Foundation named her the first recipient of the Distinguished Women of Silicon Valley Awards, and the Silicon Valley Business Journal listed her as one of the 100 Women of Influence. Judge Brown was honored by the Silicon Valley NAACP with the Wester Sweet Award for Legal Activism, she is the most recent recipient of the Santa Clara Law School Social Justice and Human Rights Award, and she received a Congressional Commendation from Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. Judge Brown received her bachelor of arts from University of California, Davis and her juris doctorate from Santa Clara University, School of Law where she is a well-known figure and frequent speaker and guest lecturer.