Formulary Panel

The Formulary Panel is comprised of leading physicians, surgeons, pharmacists, scientists, philosophers, chemists and nutritionists focused on health, wellness, fitness and nutrition. They are responsible for authentication of the Efficacy Engine, approving sources of scientific evidence by use by the Efficacy Engine, governance and oversight. They share the ideal that prevention is the first objective in the pursuit of health and wellness and that integrative medicine and behavioral modification are key considerations in disease treatment.

Authentication of the Efficacy Engine means randomized testing of the underlying algorithms to verify that results delivered consist of products containing ingredients wherein the clinical studies support the efficacy of the ingredient shown within the subject product. The Formulary Panel does NOT have any responsibility to verify, authenticate, approve or endorse clinical studies utilized by the Efficacy Engine; it only recommends legitimate sources of medical facts to be considered for use by the Efficacy Engine.  

Formulary Panel Roles

  • Authentication of the Efficacy Engine algorithm
  • Review and recommendation of sources for clinical studies
  • Brand recommendations where applicable
  • Preparation, participation and feedback in panel meetings
  • Impartiality and objectivity
  • Support and endorsement of Efficacy Engine
  • Testimonials for media and public relations
  • Advice for enhancement of the Efficacy Engine
  • Submission of practice area articles for publishing if appropriate
  • Attract and inspire other leading experts to join the Panel

Dr. Blissenbach graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy where he earned his Pharm.D. degree. Upon graduating, he practiced pharmacy for nearly fifteen years at United and Children’s Hospitals of St. Paul, where he led the genesis of decentralized pharmacists and clinical pharmacists practicing in the patient care areas. It was at United Hospitals where he also precepted an ASHP Clinical Residency Program. In 1986, Hank joined United HealthCare, Inc. (now UnitedHealth Group, Inc.) and was part of the beginning of the Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) movement. He served as president of United Healthcare’s PBM, Diversified Pharmaceutical Services (DPS). While at DPS, he became one of the founding fathers of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacists (AMCP). He also served on numerous pharmaceutical company advisory boards and has published several papers; he was also a contributing author to The Managed Care Healthcare Handbook. In 1997, he joined Chronimed, Inc., a specialty pharmacy company, where he served as the President, CEO, and Chairman. In 2004, he merged Chronimed with an East Coast specialty pharmacy company to form BioScrip, where he continued as CEO. After retiring in 2006, Hank served as Interim CEO and Chair of Ligand, Inc., a pharmaceutical company based in San Diego, California. He then formed Osprey Enterprises, a healthcare consulting and investment company of which he is currently president and chairman. A long time advocate and supporter of individuals with disabilities, Hank has served as a member, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Opportunity Partners, a non-profit organization that serves the life skills training and placement needs of persons with developmental disabilities.

Stephen A. Black is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Professions at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Stephen has 25+ years experience in the health and wellness industry.  He has traveled the world promoting healthy lifestyles and providing expert insight and research in areas related to rehabilitation, fitness and sports specific training.  He has worked with professional teams including NFL, NBA, NHL, WNBA and ABL/NBL affiliates. As a Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Stephen utilizes his expertise and experience to the benefit of his students and clients.  Currently Stephen has academic responsibilities within the physical therapy, athletic training and human performance disciplines at the university.  His research pursuits include evidence based investigation of cardiac changes in endurance athletes, assistive devices to enhance performance and reduce injury and the ever growing incidence of overweight and obese youth.    In addition to his above-mentioned responsibilities, Stephen is a much sought after and respected presenter to the health and wellness industry.  He serves as an advisor to several organizations and non-profit entities.In his spare time Stephen enjoys recreational activities such as running, cycling, swimming, skiing and experiential activities that lead to a balanced/integrated lifestyle.  He has completed multiple endurance events including the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI.  Stephen’s passion is in assisting others achieve the lifestyle they aspire to

Reid B. Blackwelder, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Kingsport, Tenn., is president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Previously, he served three years as a director on the AAFP Board and one year as president-elect. Blackwelder was elected president-elect in October 2012 by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP’s governing body. The AAFP represents 115,900 physicians and medical students nationwide.

As president of the AAFP, Blackwelder advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

In addition to his duties as AAFP president, he serves as director of the Medical Student Education Division for the Department of Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, Tenn., where he is also a professor of family medicine. He previously served as program director of the Kingsport Family Medicine Residency Program of ETSU for more than 13 years and remains on faculty at the residency.

A member of the AAFP since 1980, Blackwelder has served on and chaired numerous committees and commissions whose work has focused on continuing professional development and education. In 2008, the AAFP awarded Blackwelder its Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award.

David J. Blyweiss, MD began his medical career as a clinical pharmacist in South Florida prior to earning his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 1982. This dual background allowed him to appreciate the relevance of conventional pharmaceutical/surgical based treatments in acute medical conditions, but also to recognize where these approaches fell short in treating the vast majority of patients who suffered from the chronic degenerative diseases of “western civilization origin”. Over the last twenty years, with the nutritional medical knowledge base expanding in the fields of nutrigenomics, proteomics and other related “orthomolecular” disciplines directed towards patients’ biochemical individuality, Dr. Blyweiss became an early adherent, experienced practitioner and now teacher of what would become known as “functional medicine”. Dr. Blyweiss has used this matrix of systems biology to effectively manage and alleviate the symptoms related to the most “difficult-to-treat” conditions by addressing the underlying causes, helping to guide the body to heal itself.

Dr. Jeffrey Fedorko, DC, is a licensed Chiropractor serving the Canton community. After graduating with his bachelor’s in biochemistry from Juniata College in Huntington, Pennsylvania, Dr. Fedorko went on to receive his doctorate of chiropractic from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Jeffrey Fedorko has been freeing people from pain in the clinic in Canton, Ohio for years. As a Chiropractor with experience, Dr. Jeffrey Fedorko is committed to promoting the optimal health and well being of patients. While extensively involved with several professional chiropractic associations, Dr. Fedorko has served as various elected professional positions for a number of them and is currently President of the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations. He has been awarded the Presidents Award, Boss of the Year Award and Chiropractor of the Year Award from the Ohio State Chiropractic Association (OSCA). He was a contributing author for OSCA’s “Scoliosis Manual” and “Supportive Care of Chronic Conditions” position paper in addition to co-authoring their “Backpack Safety Manual

Dr. Mitch Fleisher is a double board-certified family physician specializing in classical homeopathy, nutritional and botanical medicine, chelation, bio-oxidative, and bio-identical hormone therapy with over thirty years experience practicing the gentler art and science of integrative medicine.  Dr. Fleisher has served as an active member of the clinical faculty of the National Center for Homeopathy, a Clinical Instructor for the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center and at the Medical College of Virginia, where he has taught homeopathy in the introductory complementary medicine programs, and has and continues to lecture throughout the U.S. and internationally on classical homeopathy and nutritional therapy to both medical professionals and the lay public.  Dr. Fleisher has served on the faculty of the New England School of Homeopathy and as a Clinical Preceptor for the esteemed Hahnemann College of Homeopathy, and is a graduate of both of these homeopathic institutions.  He attended Stanford University School of Medicine, during which time he began his homeopathic studies in 1975, and he is a former Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and former Associate Medical Director of the MCV/Blackstone Family Practice Residency Training Program, of which he is a graduate.  He is also a former Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, Diplomate of the American Board of Homeotherapeutics and Diplomate Candidate of the American Board of Chelation Therapy.   

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After graduation from the University of California at San Francisco in 1972, Dr. Hamilton practiced as a hospital and community pharmacist in California and Montana. He joined the faculty at Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions in 1993. An interest in complementary or alternative approaches to chronic health problems has served as a guide to teaching a course titled “Survey of Alternative Medicine” and development of nutraceutical topics in required courses. Dr. Hamilton has contributed to books and articles discussing nutraceutical therapy, and given numerous presentations regarding integrated and alternative approaches to health care.

Dr. Hill, is professor of pediatrics and medicine and director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado at Denver. He holds a BS degree from the University of Tennessee and MS and PhD degrees from the University of New Hampshire in physiological psychology. Hill served as chair of the first World Health Organization Consultation on Obesity in 1997. He is a past president of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NASSO). He was also a member of the Expert Panel on Obesity of the National Institutes of Health that developed the first U.S guidelines for the treatment and prevention of obesity. Hill has published more than 350 scientific articles and book chapters in the area of obesity.  He is also the author of the Step Diet Book, published in June 2004. Much of his writing focuses specifically on the importance of physical activity in weight management. In particular, Hill is interested in how diet and physical activity influence body weight and how a high-fat diet and inactivity may contribute to the current global epidemic of obesity. He is the recipient of the 2007 TOPS award from The Obesity Society. Hill has also received the Centrum Center and McCollum awards from the American Society for Nutrition. Hill is a co-founder of the National Weight Control Registry, a registry of individuals who have been successful in maintenance of a reduced body weight. He is co-founder of America on the Move, a national weight gain prevention initiative that aims to inspire Americans to make small changes in how much they eat and how much they move to prevent weight gain.Hill is leading an effort in Denver to make that community the healthiest in the U.S.

Dr. Lamkin chose major studies in Biochemistry and Microbiology while attending the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1997.  Dr. Lamkin achieved a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine in 2002 and then completed residency in Family Medicine at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City becoming board certified in 2005. Dr. Lamkin functions as Owner/ Medical Director of The Lamkin Clinic in Edmond, Oklahoma. In addition, Dr. Lamkin serves as Medical Director of Family Medical & Urgent Care Center in South Oklahoma City.  In 2007, Dr. Lamkin began to pursue expanded studies in preventative medicine. Additional training at Cenegenics Medical Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, led to his certification as an Age Management Medicine Physician. Ongoing studies in functional medicine, exercise physiology, nutrition science, and individual studies in areas including telomere assessments, neurotransmitter testing, and micronutrient analysis add to the comprehensive nature of the medical care Dr. Lamkin provides for his patients at the Lamkin Clinic. 

Dr. Kuderko attended college at the University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago before moving on to to Minneapolis to train at The University of Minnesota Ear Nose and Throat program. He is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist specializing in the treatment of medical conditions of the Ear Nose and Throat. Dr. Kuderko provides the latest in minimally invasive in-office procedures to make the lives of his patients better. His clinical focus is the treatment of chronic sinusitis, nasal problems, and inhalant allergies. His career has been spent both in private practice as a clinician as well as in an academic environment training ENT residents

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A naturopathic doctor, Dr. Lewin has been the primary consultant for Exodus Ethicals, LLC (formerly Desert Herbals) since 2004.  In that time she has reformulated virtually every existing product in the company’s line, and has designed a completely new line of formulas addressing over 60 health conditions. She works continuously to expand her knowledge of the healthful benefits of naturopathic and herbal medicine alongside the invaluable role of wholesome food. It is Dr. Lewin’s philosophy that every treatment plan– whether conventional or naturopathic — must be accompanied by a nutrient-dense diet if the achieved results are to be lasting and permanent.

Dr. Anthony Slinger is a Charles City chiropractor who graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1993. He has been in private practice since March 1, 1994 in Charles City. The theme of Slinger Chiropractic is: “Healthy by Choice, Not by Chance”. Dr. Slinger is very passionate about lifestyle wellness and addressing wellness concepts with his patients and practice members. Slinger speaks around North Iowa on Wellness Initiatives and utilizes these concepts within the practice along with nutritional concepts to help individuals get and stay well. Slinger Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center was awarded the Worldwide Wellness Center of the year in 2010 by the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance. Slinger is a member of the International Chiropractic Association, Iowa Chiropractic Society and Christian Chiropractic Association. Slinger is married to his wife Carol of 22 years. Together they have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. They serve their community together, as Mrs. Slinger manages and runs the clinic. Their overall approach to health and wellness has produced one of the largest and successful practices in North Iowa where they look forward to helping anyone, no matter their age, that truly wants health gain!

Paul is a graduate of the University of Scranton, where he received his B.S. degree with honors in chemistry. As an undergraduate, Dr. Orsulak participated in a research program investigating the biochemistry of Down’s syndrome and worked with Dr. Martin D. Appleton and others under a grant from the Scranton Area Foundation. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, where he was a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development trainee.  Dr. Orsulak was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Staff Associate in the Department of Pathology, New England Deaconess Hospital, where he co-founded a laboratory for specialized research studies and education in psychiatric chemistry of antidepressants.  Dr. Orsulak moved to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1982 where he was Professor of Psychiatry and Pathology.   He continued his research in various areas of  mental heath  and founded the  largest hospital based substance abuse testing laboratory in the country.    He was  Vice President for Clinical Affairs at Medtox Laboratories in St. Paul, Minnesota and has been has been a consultant for many major diagnostics and pharmaceutical companies, performing clinical trials and product evaluations.  Dr Orsulak has published more than 250 peer reviewed papers, book chapters and monographs and delivered more than 200 workshops and lectures throughout the US, Eastern and Western Europe and Australia.  

Dr. Yeracaris is a consultant and has practiced in integrative functional medicine for 20 years.  She is not practicing as a family physician, but rather Holistic Medicine because she has much more than a mere interest.  Her practice ranges national to international and she serves on the board of Nutrition Round table at Harvard Medical School.  Her practice includes women’s health especially using herbs and bio identical hormones, also a focus on autoimmune disorders and endocrine dysfunctional disorders, including cardiometabolic disorders.   She has a subspecialty in autism spectrum disorders and is also a certified acupuncturist and classically trained homeopath.  Dr. Yeracaris has worked extensively with gut disorders from Crohn’s to ulcerative colitis to diverticulosis to cancers, and getting patients off their steroids and medication with healthy results.  She works with disorders from chronic fatigue to fibromyalgia to adrenal insufficiencies to thyroiditis, all with either a blend of allopathic meds or herbs.