PIH Academy Course 3 Faculty

Russell Jaffe,  MD, PhD, CCN

Russ Jaffe is Founder and Chairman of PERQUE Integrative Health, LLC (PIH, www.PERQUE.com) a company that offers the world scientifically proven, integrative health solutions to speed the transition from sick care to healthful caring.

Dr. Jaffe has more than 40 years of experience contributing to molecular biology and clinical diagnostics. His focus is on functional, predictive tests and procedures designed to improve the precision of both diagnosis and of treatment outcomes and he has authored nearly 100 articles on the subject. He received his B.S., MD and Ph.D. from the Boston University School of Medicine, completed residency training in clinical chemistry at the National Institutes of Health and remained on the permanent senior staff before pursuing other interests, including starting the Health Studies Collegium think tank.

Dr. Jaffe is board certified in Clinical Pathology and in Chemical Pathology. He is the recipient of the Merck, Sharp & Dohm Excellence in Research Award, the J.D. Lane Award, and the U.S.P.H.S. Meritorious Service Award. Dr Jaffe was honored as an International Scientist of 2003 by the IBC, Oxford, England, UK for his lifetime contributions to clinical medicine, biochemistry, immunology, methodology, and integrative health policy. He is widely published and sought to explain complex subjects to any audience.  Dr. Jaffe is also founder and chairman of ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies, and MAGique BioTherapeutics.

Lyn Patrick, ND

Lyn Patrick ND graduated from Bastyr University in 1984 with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and has been in private practice as a state licensed naturopathic physician in Arizona and Colorado for 35 years.

She is a published author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, a past Contributing Editor for the former Medline-indexed Alternative Medicine Review journal, and recently authored a chapter in the newly released textbook Clinical Environmental Medicine (Elsevier 2019). She speaks internationally on environmental medicine, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, endocrine disruption, metal toxicology and other topics. She is currently Faculty for the Metabolic Medicine Institute Fellowship in collaboration with George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

She is also a founding partner and presenter at the Environmental Health Symposium, an annual international environmental medicine conference based in the United States. She is continuing to educate primary care providers through the EMEI (Environmental Medicine Education International) Environmental Medicine Training Course and EMEI Review podcasts.

In her spare time she enjoys biking, hiking and kayaking the mountains, lakes, and rivers of southwestern Colorado.

Erika Mennerick, DC

Erika Mennerick, DC, Cert. MDT has practiced in Elburn, IL, a far-west Chicago suburb, since 2005, utilizing hands-on chiropractic adjustments, functional rehab, nutrition, and lab testing in her patient care. The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® has become a mainstay of her assessment and treatment since she successfully completed the MDT certification in 2013. Dr. Mennerick is an instructor for the Motion Palpation Institute, teaching seminars on pregnancy & pediatric care, adjusting technique, and rehab. She served as part-time faculty at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL from 2007 to 2014 where she taught a plethora of courses on pediatrics, pregnancy care, male and female health, adjusting technique, emergency care, and chiropractic listings. She is member of the American Chiropractic Association and was appointed to the board of the Illinois Chiropractic Society in 2021.

Dr. Mennerick’s happy place is in the northwoods of Wisconsin on her mountain bike or cross country skis, sea kayaking inland lakes, or hiking with her dog. Her partner, Tom Dvoratchek, is a personal trainer and endurance coach, so they have plenty of adventures to share. Together they are raising 2 teenagers who show them an entirely different view of the world but seem to be turning out to be pretty great people.

Robin Rose, DO

Dr. Robin Rose teaches you to proactively manage your health so you can look, feel and measure younger. She uses a range of methods including advanced genomic testing, wearable devices, and medical technology to slow the aging process of your DNA (biological age). Her practice focuses on resetting the health of the gut microbiome. Achieving gut balance restores your brain, hormone, metabolic, and skin health, paving the way to looking younger and feeling more energized than you have in years.

Dr. Robin has been practicing gastroenterology for over 13 years in Fairfield County Connecticut with an emphasis on functional medicine. She is a double board-certified specialist in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from Lehigh University, graduating with honors. She then went on to obtain her master’s degree in Neuropsychology from New York University. She received her medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating with honors and being inducted into the Psi Sigma Alpha Osteopathic National Honors Society. She did her post-graduate training in both Internal Medicine, and Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, and has received board certification in both disciplines. She’s listed as a functional medicine provider with the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Dr. Robin is the author of several peer-reviewed articles published in an array of disciplines including gastroenterology, neuroscience, and hematology. Some of her most noteworthy research was done with Dr. Burton Korelitz, in Inflammatory Bowel Disease with publications in the American Journal of Gastroenterology and Gastroenterology. Her mission is to educate, inspire and teach self-care. She will always go with your gut so you can get your groove back, feel energized, lose weight, and look great! Find out about her mission, practice, and online programming at terrainhealth.org.

Kevin Steele, Ph.D

Dr. Kevin Steele is actively engaged in the health and fitness industry. He began his career with a private personal training business while a faculty member in Physical Education, Sports Medicine, and Coaching at Pepperdine University. During this period, he also worked with a local physician specializing in Preventive Executive Healthcare Programs for corporations throughout the United States. Dr. Steele was then recruited by Health & Tennis Corporation of America to be Director of Education, Research, and Member Services; where he managed the fitness department and launched the first national platform for personal training.

Following Health & Tennis Corporation he joined the senior management team of 24 Hour Fitness initially as the VP of Health Services/Corporate Sales; where he managed the fitness department, the corporate wellness department, integrated health care into the clubs, and developed 24 Hour Fitness University, later he became VP of Sports Marketing.

Dr. Steele also served as the VP of Education and Programs for Mad Dogg Athletics. He was responsible for all educational initiatives for Mad Dogg’s six brands plus managing a team of international Master Instructors for each brand. Prior to Mad Dogg Athletics Dr. Steele was VP of Research and Business Development for Life Time Fitness. Most recently Dr. Steele was the President of PTA Global and PTontheNet, which provides high quality on-line education for the health and fitness industry worldwide. 

Dr. Steele has created fitness education platforms, personal training programs, established relationships with numerous health care providers, established corporate sales programs, created corporate universities, participated in government relations/public policy initiatives for the fitness industry, coordinated numerous sponsorships with professional sports teams, and the U.S. Olympic Committee just to name a few.  Currently; he works with healthclub owners and operators globally, enhancing profitability and optimizing operational models.

Hal Blatman, MD

Hal S. Blatman, MD is the founder of the Blatman Health and Wellness Center, where he integrates western medicine and the latest holistic methods with 3 areas of focus:

– Relief from pain by making it go away

– Regenerative medicine – joints, tendons, organs

– Complex medical illnesses – lyme, mold, FMS, CFS, cancer, etc.

After graduating from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Dr. Blatman trained 2 years in orthopedic surgery, practiced urgent care medicine, and then board certified in occupational medicine and clinical toxicology from the University of Cincinnati. His mentors include Janet Travell, MD, Deitrich Klinghardt, MD PhD, Russ Jaffe MD PhD, and David Lesondak.

Through a path from orthopedic surgery to the Presidency of the American Holistic Medical Association, Dr. Blatman has been a leader in trigger point injections, dry needling, prolotherapy, prolozone, PRP, and the latest stem cell, peptide, and nutritional therapies. He co-authored “The Art of Body Maintenance: Winner’s Guide to Pain Relief,” and is committed to helping people live pain-free lives through better understanding, treatment, and management. Dr. Blatman’s centers are in Cincinnati, OH, Juhi Ash Center in NYC and a presence teaching at Bastyr University in Seattle. 

Joel Kahn, MD

Joel Kahn, MD, FACC of Detroit, Michigan, is a practicing cardiologist, and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Michigan Medical School. Known as “America’s Healthy Heart Doc”, Dr. Kahn has triple board certification in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine and Interventional Cardiology.  He was the first physician in the world to certify in Metabolic Cardiology with A4M/MMI and the University of South Florida. He founded the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity in Bingham Farms, MI.

Dr. Kahn has authored scores of publications in his field including articles, book chapters and monographs. He writes health articles and has five books in publication including Your Whole Heart Solution, Dead Execs Dont Get Bonuses and The Plant Based Solution. His 6th book, Lipoprotein(a): The Heart’s Silent Killer, is about to be published. He has regular appearances on Dr. Phil, The Doctors Show, Dr. Oz, Larry King Now, Joe Rogan Experience, and with Bassem Yousef. He has been awarded a Health Hero award from Detroit Crain’s Business. He owns GreenSpace & Go, a health restaurant in suburban Detroit. He serves as medical director of the largest plant support group in the USA, www.pbnsg.org.