Executive Team:

                       Co-founder

                     Co-founder

Patrick Olson

Dr. Patrick Olson is an orthopedic surgeon at the Rosenberg-Cooley-Metcalf clinic in Park City, Utah. He obtained a Master’s in Public Health and Doctor of Medicine degrees at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Patrick completed his orthopedic residency in at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and a Master’s in Healthcare Leadership at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  While in New York completing a subspecialty Fellowship in elbow, wrist, hand, and microsurgery at Columbia University Medical Center, he came across research on the benefits of a whole foods plant-based diet and quickly made the transition to a plant-based lifestyle. He has completed his certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.

                       Co-founder

                     Co-founder

Thomas Rosenberg

Tom Rosenberg founded the Fitness Institute, The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH), Nutriex, the ProHealth Lab (now LiveWell) and Rosenberg Cooley Metcalf Clinic. He is known for his innovations in knee surgery and his passion for preventive health.

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Jessica Cooper

Jessica is a Registered and Certified Dietitian as well as a Board Certified Sports Dietitian. She has been personally committed and a strong advocate for consuming a whole food, plant based lifestyle for over 25 years. Jessica has held many positions from coaching clients to managing hospital nutrition services, wellness clinics and operating a vegan restaurant. She is also a plant powered endurance athlete.

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Chandler Rosenberg

Chandler Rosenberg is the Managing Director of Plant Based Utah. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy. She grew concerned with food policy issues in high school and has continued to educate herself and those around her about the problems with corporate food giants and factory farms, as well as the benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet. When she’s not with Plant Based Utah, Chandler also works with Dry Creek Charity, practices film photography, and enjoys Pilates and cycling. 

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Alisha Barker

Alisha is a registered nurse with a nursing degree from the University of Utah. She has 10 years of critical care experience and now specializes in preventive cardiology.  She is passionate about empowering her patients and everyone around her to take control of their health. Alisha experienced firsthand the power of a whole-food, plant-based diet and is now free from debilitating migraines that plagued her for 15 years. Alisha is a certified Food For Life Cooking Instructor through the Physician’s Committee For Responsible Medicine. 

Craig Gordon

Currently the lead forecaster in the western Uinta Mountains for the Utah Avalanche Center, Craig is an integral part of Utah’s snow and avalanche community. Craig teaches avalanche awareness classes and created the Know Before You Go avalanche awareness program. When he's not skiing, Craig is a personal trainer and die hard gym rat, lifting 7 days a week, from 4:00-6:00... AM! Craig is a vegan athlete and received a certificate in WFPB nutrition from Cornell. Craig understands how to optimize nutrition and has a deep passion to share his knowledge to help others reach their peak performance. 

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Erin Brown

Erin Brown has a Masters in Nutrition and through her research on the intersection of diet and health has adopted, and become a devoted advocate of, a plant-based lifestyle. Erin enjoys engaging with the residents of Park City in an effort to push her community to become increasingly aware of the impact their diet has on the world around them. Living in alignment with our already established values will only make Park City a more enlightened place to live.

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JD Ethington

JD Ethington got his start in healthcare as a patient and learned that discovering the way to health is best be done by the patient. He completed both his Masters of Health Science and the Physician Assistant Program at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Currently a physician assistant at the Intermountain Heart Institute in Murray, Utah, JD lights the right path in an often confusing healthcare environment.

Jane Birch

Jane Birch, PhD. is the author of Discovering the Word of Wisdom: Surprising Insights from a Whole Food, Plant-based Perspective and the Assistant Director for Faculty Development at Brigham Young University. Jane’s passion for whole food, plant-based nutrition was sparked by discovering that it creates a “heart-attack proof” diet. Careful study of the scientific literature convinced her that this diet not only prevents heart disease but also most other common chronic diseases rampant in our society (like diabetes, strokes, obesity, kidney disease, arthritis, and many types of cancer). 

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Karen Riley

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Karen and attended the University of Utah (’06), graduating with a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training and minors in both Nutrition and Business.  She has been plant based for 2 years after being inspired by Dr. Patrick Olson and seeing Forks Over Knives. She feels great and hasn’t looked back since!

Martie Nightingale

Martie is a certified nurse-midwife with Intermountain Nurse Midwives. She earned both her master's and doctorate in nursing from the University of Utah. For over 26 years Martie has followed a plant-based diet and has taught multiple vegetarian nutrition and cooking classes. She has experienced two healthy vegan pregnancies herself, and is passionate about assisting patients to reach optimum health using a WFPB diet. When not attending births @ IMC, she can be found running trails, cycling or practicing yoga. Martie is a 200H RYT certified yoga instructor.

Niki Davis

Niki Davis is a family medicine resident physician from Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended the University of Utah School of Medicine and currently resides in Billings, Montana where she is completing her residency training. She is particularly interested in whole foods plant-based nutrition and it's ability to reverse and prevent chronic disease. She worked with Dr. John McDougall during a 10 day live-in program in Santa Rosa, CA in June of 2016, where she was able to see first hand the amazing benefits of switching to a plant-based low fat starch-centered diet.

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Rogan Taylor

Rogan graduated from the U.S. Army-Baylor University in 1982 with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy, and from Rocky Mountain University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. He's been practicing in Jamestown Square in Provo since 1987. Rogan's main expertise is the evaluation and treatment of spinal disorders and orthopedic injuries. He finds great satisfaction and happiness in seeing his patients recover, and he has a special interest in WFPB nutrition and wellness.

SHAWN HARRIS

Shawn is a Registered Nurse with Intermountain Healthcare. She has experience in Emergency and Hospice nursing and is currently working in Surgical Services. Shawn has been vegan since August 2012 and is a proponent of the healing properties that a whole food/plant based diet has to offer. Shawn regularly volunteers with the Utah Animal Rights Coalition where some of her opportunities to help have included working in the UARC booth at the 2016 SLC VegFest and preparing and serving plant based dinners to kids at the Homeless Youth Resource Center.