Robb Report Health & Wellness Summit 2016 – Presenters

Wellness Experts

Erika Bloom

Ms. Bloom is the founder of Erika Bloom Pilates Plus, a luxury wellness brand with locations in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Greenwich, Conn., East Hampton, and Amanyara in Turks and Caicos. She is a former professional dancer who performed internationally with ballet and modern-dance companies for nearly 10 years, and has studied many holistic body methods, including Klein, Alexander, Feldenkrais, and yoga. She brings her knowledge of these methods and her experience with the body through dance into her teaching. Her countless hours of Pilates experience and assessment and correction of muscle, nutrition, and gait imbalances aid her in analyzing movement patterns and misalignments. Ms. Bloom has worked with athletes, dancers, and celebrities, as well as those young, old, injured, and healthy.

Chef David Bouley

Bouley was raised near Storrs, Conn. From early on he was strongly influenced by life on his grandparents’ farm, drawing upon their French heritage, which instilled a love of the land, an appreciation for fresh produce, care in preparation, and the inspiration to cook and enjoy healthful meals. He studied at the Sorbonne and worked with some of Europe’s most acclaimed chefs, including Roger Vergé, Paul Bocuse, Joël Robuchon, Gaston Lenôtre, and Frédy Girardet. In 1985 Bouley became chef of Montrachet restaurant in New York City, and in 1987 he opened his own restaurant, Bouley, in Tribeca; it quickly became known as the most notable dining experience in New York and set a new standard for fine dining in the United States. Among the many accolades earned were a four-star review in the New York Times and the James Beard Foundation Awards for best restaurant and best chef. In 1997, Bouley Bakery opened as a wholesale and retail bakery as well as a café and restaurant. The bakery immediately became enormously popular, earning another four-star review in the New York Times. In 2011 Bouley opened Brushstroke, a Japanese restaurant owned in collaboration with the Tsuji Culinary Institute of Osaka. Brushstroke adheres to the traditions of kaiseki dining, which encompasses the use of seasonal items presented in small, elaborate courses that take health and well-being into consideration along with flavor and presentation. Most recently, Bouley opened Bouley Botanical in Tribeca, where guests are surrounded by more than 400 edible plants and herbs that are used for specific dishes in each Bouley restaurant. He hopes to inspire everyone to create a living pantry in their own home.

Ellen Comerford

Ellen has been a health and wellness professional for more than 20 years. She is a holistic health practitioner and the founder of Core De Vie, a boutique wellness center in Boston’s Beacon Hill. Ellen has received certifications in more than 30 health and fitness methods, restorative musculoskeletal disciplines, and movement practices. She is currently a specialized master trainer for Gyrotonic and a teacher trainer for Yamuna body rolling. She is also a certified movement and postural analyst through Tom Myers’s Kinesis, a certified Pilates, TRX, CrossCore, and Power Plate teacher; a Yamuna Body Logic practitioner; and a Thai bodyworker.



Mr. Foreman is the second son of the former world heavyweight champion and grill salesman George Foreman Sr. He graduated from Rice University with a degree in kinesiology and served as business manager for his father for seven years. While managing his father’s business, Mr. Foreman began learning to box with George Sr. as his trainer and launched a successful professional boxing career, achieving a record of 16–0 with 15 knockouts. Mr. Foreman worked at his father’s gym for many years, serving in every capacity from floor sweeper to executive director, and eventually personal trainer for six years. In 2012 he launched his own luxury fitness concept called the Club by George Foreman III (, which is a culmination of his life’s work in fitness, business, and boxing. He recently released his first book, The Fighting Spirit: The Art of Winning Your Fight, and is the founder of


At 6’3”, 215 pounds, with an uncommon combination of balance, flexibility, and strength, Laird Hamilton is truly a larger than life athlete. Not only is he the quintessential big wave surfer, Laird is also world renown as an innovator and a guiding genius of crossover board sports including tow-in surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and hydrofoil boarding. He is also the co-founder and creator of XPT fitness.

In addition to riding many of the biggest waves on the planet, Laird has produced and appeared in a number of surfing films, including Radical Attitude (1992), Wake Up Call (1996), Step into Liquid (2003), and most recently the surfing documentary Riding Giants (2004) where he appeared and served as an executive producer. In addition to his film work, Laird has appeared on numerous television shows such as Oprah’s Master Class, Charlie Rose, 60 Minutes, and The Ellen Degeneres Show.

Over the last decade Laird has transcended surfing to become an international fitness icon and nutrition expert. Many of today’s top professional athletes, such as NBA All Star Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, look to Laird for training guidance, including instruction in his unique underwater resistance workouts.

Laird is also a bestselling author. His first book, FORCE OF NATURE: Mind, Body, Soul, and, Of Course, Surfing has become the go-to manual for people seeking inspiration for a healthy lifestyle. Laird lives with his family on the Hawaiʻian island of Kauaʻi six months out of the year during surfs’ swell season, and during the off season, they relocate to Malibu, Calif.

Kelly Howell

Ms. Howell, founder of Brain Sync, is one of the world’s leading innovators in the practical application of brain-wave research. As a six-time best-selling audio author, she is highly acclaimed for her pioneering work in guided meditation and binaural-beat technology. She is the creator of the Meditate Me app and a coauthor of Brain Power: Improve Your Mind As You Age. Over the years Ms. Howell has taught meditation and personal transformation to thousands of individuals at Fortune 500 companies, workshops, and legendary retreat centers such as Esalen. Her healing voice and brain-wave music have inspired millions of people to meditate, achieve goals, and transform their lives.

Steve Jordan

Mr. Jordan is America’s Fitness Ambassador and a motivational speaker and fitness trainer. He has 20 years of experience transforming world leaders, A-list celebrities, musicians, and all those interested in making a permanent change. He began his career as a health and fitness coach at the White House after healing from a life-threatening traumatic brain injury. He then moved to New York City, where he helped CEOs and other elite professionals find their fitness and wellness balance. He now resides in Los Angeles, where he owns a private training and wellness center for the city’s stars on and off the camera. He has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Today, The Tyra Banks Show, the E! and Oxygen channels, and ABC News, and has been featured in many publications.


Brian Mackenzie is a world-renowned strength and conditioning coach and the innovator of the endurance, strength and conditioning paradigm. He has studied altitude and hypoxic training for over 10 years, and ran over 30 ultra marathons including Western States 100 and is a finisher of the Angeles Crest 100-mile endurance run. He authored the book “Power Speed Endurance” and created CrossFit Endurance (, which specializes in movement with an emphasis in running, cycling, and swimming mechanics. MacKenzie’s program teaches over 70 seminars per year worldwide and provides free programming via CFE. He is co-creator and the head program director of XPT.

Mackenzie and his program have been featured in Competitor Magazine, Runners World, Triathlete Magazine, Men’s Journal, ESPN Rise, The Economist, and Tim Ferriss’ New York Times bestseller The 4-Hour Body. Brian works with several CrossFit Games athletes including Rich Froning Jr (3X CrossFit Games Champion) and Reebok sponsored athlete Danielle Horan (2013 North East Regional Winner). He also coaches Erin Cafaro (2X Olympic Gold Medalist in Rowing – W8+), Taylor Ritzel (2012 Olympic Gold Medalist – W8+), Sara Hendershot (2012 Olympian – W2), 10X Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Champion and big wave surfer Jamie Mitchell, along with several other professional and elite level athletes.

Rainbeau Mars

Born under a double rainbow, Ms. Mars has helped others on their journey to a greener, healthier way of life. The activist and author of The 21-Day Superstar Cleanse, who has sold millions of yoga DVDs and traveled to more than 20 countries as a former face of Adidas, has also been featured by Good Morning America, Access Hollywood, and E!


World renowned athlete, New York Times bestselling author, wife, mother, the former professional beach volleyball player and Nike’s first female spokeswoman, Gabrielle Reece, is the true definition of both athleticism and feminine beauty. Gabby’s commanding presence, passion for healthy living, and fitness expertise makes her a popular leader in the world of health and wellness.

She was host of NBC’s upcoming transformation competition series Strong, which aired in spring 2016. From executive producer Dave Broome (“The Biggest Loser”) and Oscar-nominated iconic film star Sylvester Stallone, the 10-episode series matched everyday women with the world’s most elite trainers to help realize their natural greatness and conquer obstacles that were once unfathomable.

Gabby Reece is the co-creator of XPT fitness. Together with her husband, surfing legend, Laird Hamilton, Gabby is an avid proponent of empowering people to take responsibility for their own health, plus a truly authentic example of healthy living. Gabby has become a role model to women worldwide regarding how to achieve peak fitness, good health, and overall well-being for themselves and their entire family. She has been a speaker at the TEDMED conference on innovations in health and medicine.

Gabby is also Nike’s first female athlete to design a shoe, the Air Patrol in 1995, and Nike’s first-ever female cross-training spokesperson. Her shoe eventually became the first women’s shoe to outsell the Air Jordan.

Gabby’s most recent book, My Foot Is Too Big for the glass Slipper, released in May of 2013, quickly became a New York Times Bestseller.  Gabby’s skills cross over onto the big screen where she played a pro beach volleyball player in Cloud Nine with Bert Reynolds (2004), a guest star in North Shore (2004), and as a physical trainer in the film Gattica (1997). She has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated for Women, Travel & Leisure Golf, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Outside, Elle, Shape, Self, Harpers’ Bazaar, Life, Vogue, and People, and has regularly appeared on Good Morning AmericaThe Today Show, and Chelsea Lately, as well as other top tier entertainment shows.

Raised on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, Gabby didn’t take up volleyball until in the 11th grade when she and her mother moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. Gabby won an athletic scholarship to Florida State University where she majored in Communications and played two seasons of volleyball before accepting offers from the modeling world in New York. She was only a sophomore at Florida State University when Elle named her “One of The Five Most Beautiful Women in The World”. Despite the allure of high paying modeling jobs, Gabby returned to the FSU campus and set two school volleyball records in solo blocks (240) and total blocks (747). Both records still stand today. In 1997, Florida State University inducted Gabby into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

A Florida State star turned pro, Gabby trained hard to hone her skills in 2-person beach volleyball and competed domestically in the 1999-2000 Olympic 4 on 4 Challenge Series, and the 1999-2000 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. In 1997, competing with the best global beach volleyball players ever assembled, Gabby’s 4-person team took first place at the first-ever Beach Volleyball World Championships. 1997 was Gabby’s fifth season as a team captain in the 4-person Women’s Beach Volleyball League (WBVL), and her fourth captaining Team Nike. Named the Offensive Player of the Year in 1994-95 and WBVL blocks leader, Gabby led the WBVL in kills four straight years in a row from 1993-1996.

Keynote Speakers and Physicians

Charles A. Czeisler, MD, PhD

Dr. Czeisler is the chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders in the Departments of Medicine and Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine and director of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has more than 40 years of experience in the field of basic and applied research on circadian disorders. His research team developed the sleep/wake schedule guidelines and related countermeasures for use by NASA astronauts and mission-control personnel during space exploration. He led the sleep experiment in which Senator John Glenn participated during the STS-95 space shuttle mission in 1998. Just this year, he and his colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital received NASA’s Johnson Space Center Director’s Innovation Award in Houston for designing a new solid-state lighting system that is being installed on the International Space Station this year to improve the sleep of astronauts. Dr. Czeisler’s research is focused on sleep, circadian rhythms, health, and performance in humans. Of particular concern to him is the epidemic of sleep deficiency in our society, with its wide-ranging implications for health, wellness, and the economy.

Lisa Ishii, MD

Dr. Ishii is the Director of Research at the Johns Hopkins Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She is double board-certified in otolaryngology-head & neck surgery, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Ishii is the first facial plastic surgeon to have received a prestigious National Institutes of Health K12 Award to pursue research in facial plastic surgery. As part of this award, she had the privilege to pursue a Master of Health Sciences degree at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is applying the research skills she acquired to her clinical practice to identify the best techniques in facial plastic surgery.

Thomas E. Lavin, MD

Dr. Tom Lavin has dedicated his professional career to helping patients achieve long-term weight loss and optimal health through minimally invasive surgery and incisionless procedures. He is a Board Certified Surgeon, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS), and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Lavin founded Surgical Specialists of Louisiana in 2000, developing it to become one of the leading surgical weight loss programs in the U.S. as well as a medical-tourism destination for patients worldwide. He has been an innovator in the development of incisionless and minimally invasive weight loss procedures, techniques and instruments. He has been presenting nationally as well as internationally, and has been a guest on the nationally syndicated show The Doctors and ABC’s Good Morning America.

Linda Lee, MD

Dr. Lee is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. As a member of the Johns Hopkins faculty she has been involved in gastrointestinal and cancer research, teaching, and clinical care. She is a fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and the administrative editor of Practical Reviews in Gastroenterology. Dr. Lee led a clinical practice that included complex care of cancer patients who had liver or gastrointestinal issues. She worked closely with her colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center to develop expertise in the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal complications of stem-cell transplantation. It was her interactions with cancer patients and other individuals with chronic digestive problems that allowed her to recognize the value of integrative medicine. Unfortunately, many chronic conditions exist for which there are presently no cures. This is how integrative medicine is most helpful—it is where conventional medical practices and the best of other healing modalities intersect to bring a comprehensive approach to a patient’s condition.

Elizabeth Matzkin, MD

Dr. Matzkin is the chief of the Women’s Sports Medicine program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. She is highly regarded for her accomplishments in education, research, and patient care. Dr. Matzkin currently helps care for the U.S. soccer teams and women’s ice hockey team. Her clinical practice specializes in disorders of the shoulder and knee and all sports-related injuries. Common problems she treats include rotator-cuff injuries, shoulder instability, shoulder arthritis, meniscal tears, and knee instability, including ACL injuries.

Erin Michos, MD

Dr. Michos is an associate professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the department of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is the associate director of preventive cardiology for the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins. Her research centers on preventive cardiology and cardiovascular epidemiology, with particular focus on risk prediction for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, including coronary-artery calcium scores and biomarkers; lipids and statin therapy; cardiovascular disease among women; and the role vitamin D plays in cardiovascular health.

Jeff Nalin, PsyD

Dr. Nalin is the cofounder and executive director of Paradigm Malibu, a residential treatment center for teenagers. He is a licensed clinical psychologist, a certified chemical-dependency intervention specialist, and a certified youth residential treatment administrator. He has been a respected leader in the field of emotional health, behavioral health, and teen drug treatment for more than 15 years. During that time, Dr. Nalin has been responsible for the direct care of young people at multiple institutions of learning, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, the University of California at San Diego, Santa Monica College, and Pacific University. He was instrumental in the development of the treatment component of Los Angeles County’s first Juvenile Drug Court, which now serves as a national model. Dr. Nalin has appeared as an expert on Today, Larry King Now, CBS News, CNN, and MTV. He was also featured in an antidrug campaign for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Dr. Nalin is currently an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, a diplomate of the National Institute of Sports Professionals, and a certified sports psychologist. He lectures and conducts workshops nationally on the issues of substance-abuse prevention, teen drug-rehab reforms, and innovative treatments for adolescents.

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD

Dr. Pronovost is the director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins, as well as Johns Hopkins Medicine’s senior vice president for patient safety and quality. He is a practicing anesthesiologist and critical-care physician who is dedicated to finding ways to make hospitals and healthcare safer for patients. One of the world’s leading authorities on patient safety, Dr. Pronovost has developed a scientifically proven method for reducing the deadly infections associated with central-line catheters. His simple but effective checklist protocol virtually eliminated these infections, saving 1,500 lives and $100 million annually across the state of Michigan. His checklist protocol is now being implemented across the United States. The New Yorker says that his work has already saved more lives than that of any laboratory scientist in the past decade.

Markus Rogan, MA

Mr. Rogan is the program director of the Teen Athlete Program at Paradigm Malibu. He holds a master of arts degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University and a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University. Prior to joining the Paradigm team, he conducted clinical and psychological research at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also served as a psychotherapist at Beit T’Shuvah. Mr. Rogan is a professional swimmer and has competed in four Olympic Games, where he won two silver medals. He holds one world title, nine European titles, and two world records. He has been honored with the Golden Cross of Honor of the Republic of Austria, the City of Addis Ababa Award for Contributions to Education, the Stanford University Al Masters Award, and the United Nations Medal of Honor for Civil Courage, and is the youngest recipient of the Vienna Council’s lifetime achievement award. He also serves on the Los Angeles Olympic Committee and is the Brazilian Olympic swim team’s sports psychologist. Mr. Rogan specializes in working with teens struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and addiction issues. He also enjoys working with gifted young athletes and those who do not believe they have athletic talents.

Luke Salas

Luke Salas is a philanthropist, filmmaker, former professional baseball player, and most of all, a dreamer. He is the first foreigner, let alone U.S. American, to play in Cuba’s system of baseball since 1961. His documentary film The Cuban Dream is the inspiration behind his philanthropic initiative Baseball for Cuba, which will deliver one million baseballs to help rebuild the youth-baseball infrastructure in Cuba. For the last 10 years, Mr. Salas has privately mentored adolescent athletes, empowering them to formulate clear intention, structure, and goals so they can achieve their dreams while helping them to also manage expectations and internal and external stressors that inhibit performance. With a master’s degree in public policy and international relations from Pepperdine University, Mr. Salas seeks to use various platforms to illuminate and empower people to chase their dreams and live a life of purpose.

Gary Small, MD

Dr. Small is a psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and author who is a professor of psychiatry and aging at UCLA, where he directs the division of geriatric psychiatry and the UCLA Longevity Center. He leads a research team that has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and focuses on early detection and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline. He has written seven books, including The New York Times best seller The Memory Bible and his most recent book, 2 Weeks to a Younger Brain. He has received numerous awards for his discoveries from the American Psychiatric Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other organizations, and is currently the president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

Najeeb Thomas, MD

Dr. Thomas practices surgery in his home city of New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and trained at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He completed additional special training on complex spine and minimally invasive procedures in Memphis, Tenn. Dr. Thomas has performed thousands of spinal surgical procedures including the latest procedures. He has lectured about spinal health on five continents and has had interactions with hundreds of surgeons around the world. He continues to advance and develop minimally invasive spinal techniques. Additionally, he has special interest in stem cell treatments for degenerative spine care.

J. Craig Venter, PhD

Dr. Venter is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research. He is a cofounder and the executive chairman and CEO of Human Longevity. In 1998 he founded Celera Genomics to sequence the human genome using new tools and techniques he and his team developed. This research culminated with the February 2001 publication of the human genome in the journal Science. He and his team at Celera also sequenced the fruit-fly, mouse, and rat genomes. He is a recipient of the United States National Medal of Science and has published an autobiography called A Life Decoded and Life at the Speed of Light, which examines the history and future applications of synthetic biology.

Highlights from last year's Health & Wellness Summit!

Top 15 Reasons Guests Are Attending the 2016 Robb Report Health & Wellness Summit

  1. Five-star accommodations and service
  2. A world-class 35,000-square-foot spa
  3. A chance to cook with one of the best chefs in the country, celebrity chef David Bouley
  4. Golf on a scenic course with panoramic mountain views
  5. Haute cuisine at every meal
  6. An opportunity to rub elbows with world-renowned health experts
  7. Exquisite wines
  8. Test-drives of supercars on exhilarating mountain roads
  9. Virtual reality through Patrón’s lens
  10. A flatter belly
  11. The secret to blissful rejuvenation in 20 minute
  12. Training with an Olympic athlete—or just watching other people train from the comfort of your poolside chaise
  13. Being the first to screen a new movie at our outdoor theater
  14. Gourmet s’mores around the fire
  15. A really great gift bag