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Formulary Panel Mission & Members

Formulary Panel Mission & Members
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Formulary Panel Mission & Members

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

Formulary Panel Memebers

Stephen Black

Dr. Stephen Black

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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.

Dr. Reid Blackwelder, MD

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Dr. Blackwelder graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and received my medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, cum laude. After practicing medicine in Trenton, Ohio, he returned to academia. He now uses his practice experiences to fill in gaps left by my traditional allopathic training.   He is always looking to integrate different healing systems and routinely prescribes botanical and allopathic medications, discusses exercise and nutritional issues, explores a person's emotional and spiritual support systems, and refers to other healers, such as a local practitioner of Chinese medicine and Native American healers.

Henry Blissenbach

Dr. Henry Blissenbach, Pharm D. (Chairman)

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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.

Dr. Jeffrey Fedorko, DC

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Dr. Fedorko 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 National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Fedorko uses a "whole person approach". This approach to wellness means looking for underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption and make whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments that would optimize the conditions for normal function. 

Dr. Mitchell Fleisher, MD

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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.  He serves as a professional, integrative medicine consultant to several major health care institutions and corporations, as an organizer and participant in integrative medicine clinical research, as an editorial advisor for several published texts on homeopathy and nutritional therapy and contributes articles on homeopathic medicine, nutritional therapy, chelation therapy and integrative, complementary alternative medicine to medical journals and popular magazines.  Dr. Fleisher is the author of Alternative DrMCare Natural Medical Self-Care Protocols© designed to help people help themselves with natural therapies, which may be accessed at www.alternativedrmcare.com.   Dr. Fleisher is in private practice in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Nellysford, Virginia, and can be contacted at (434) 361-1896.  He may also be reached via his website, www.alternativemedcare.com, an international resource for integrative CAM (complementary alternative medicine). 

Dr. William Hamilton, Pharm D.

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.

James Hill

Dr. James O. Hill. M.D.

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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. Joseph M. Kuderko, MD

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Dr. Kuderko is an ear, nose, throat, head and neck physician who has been practicing otolaryngology over 25 years. He is Board Certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Having special interests in the field of rhinology, specifically in minimally invasive sinus surgery as well as rhinoplasty, facial reconstruction following cancer therapy, nutrition, and treatment of chronic sinusitis and allergy.  Dr. Kuderko was President of Oakdale Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic 2004-2005 and 2009-2010, and previously worked as Chief of Staff at West Health Surgery Center in Plymouth, Minnesota. Dr. Kuderko has also been involved in the instruction of University of Minnesota Otolaryngology residents at Hennepin County Medical Center and proctored nationally in the techniques of minimally invasive sinus surgery.  Dr. Kuderko has been recognized routinely as a “top physician” in his field, was the first physician to bring sublingual immunotherapy for the treatment of inhalant allergies in the Twin Cities area, and is a contributor to local instructional articles regarding sinus and allergy disease. He graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1982, the Cook County/ University of Illinois Surgical Internship in 1983, and the University of Minnesota Otolaryngology Residency Program in 1987.



Dr. Brian Lamkin, DO

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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. 

Debra Lamkin, R.D., L.D.

Deb Lamkin has practiced in the fields of nutrition and research since graduating from the College of Nutrition and Health Science at the University of Minnesota, Mankato, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics.  Deb began her career as a Dietitian at St. Michael’s/Hillcrest Hospital in Oklahoma City. She then went on to practice private nutrition counseling as an independent contractor with Bannister & Associates, providing menu planning and individual nutrition consultation specific to chronic disease management. Deb then joined COR Clinical Research as a Clinical Research Coordinator, where she ascended to Lead Coordinator.  She left COR to aid in the inception and growth of The Lamkin Clinic, where she serves as Director of Nutrition Services.

Paul Orsulak PhD, MBA, FACB

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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 also became an expert in drug interactions and  interactions of drugs with natural products and diet supplements at the beginning of this field.  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. He has received numerous professional awards for his scientific and  worldwide educational contributions.  He is an active member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and the Society of Forensic Toxicologists.   He is currently  a medical legal consultant in the area of drug use and interactions and has worked for law firms in Texas, Ohio, Alabama, North Carolina and Kansas.  He lives with his wife Helene in Minneapolis MN and Hana HI.

Dr. Youko Yeracaris, MD

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.