Executive Team:



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.



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.


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. 


Cassidy Gunderson

Cassidy is a doctorate student who will complete her PhD in health and nutrition in 2019 with high honors. She is a nutritionist, holistic health practitioner and health coach that specializes in helping to prevent and reverse chronic health conditions. She is also an author and speaker who travels the United States speaking about reversing disease through proper nutrition. Her book, “And the Destroying Angel Shall Pass By Them” is set to be released fall 2019. 


Danielle Dinkelman

Danielle is a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing and other methods that help people make lasting lifestyle changes to improve their health. Danielle is also a passionate promoter of plant based nutrition. She has completed the Plant-Based Nutrition certification from Cornell University, the Rouxbe Forks Over Knives Cooking Course, and has studied with Dr. Pam Popper, PhD to become a Certified Food Over Medicine Instructor and Lifestyle Coach. Danielle leads a monthly potluck in Springville, Utah and is committed to helping people turn their health around with healthy lifestyle habits.

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.


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.