Presenter Bios

Rachel Druckenmiller, MS

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​​Rachel Druckenmiller, MS, CNE is a wellness consultant, Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Baltimore-based food blogger. She is the Wellness Director for SIG in Lutherville, where she guides companies to build thriving workplaces that promote health and well-being. In recognition of her innovative work in the field of health and wellness, she was recognized as the 2015 #1 Health Promotion Professional in the U.S. by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA).

On her blog, Rachel's Nourishing Kitchen, she offers a refreshing, energizing and inspiring approach about what to eat and how to live. Rachel also offers tips and tricks for healthy living and hope and inspiration to be well and come alive. She provides dozens of deliciously dairy-free and gluten-free recipes centered on using whole, unprocessed, real food ingredients.
 
A formerly picky eater who preferred Doritos to kale chips, she now teaches healthy cooking classes, speaks to leadership and human resource teams, and offers interactive nutrition education workshops to companies and groups. 
Rachel believes in “upgrading” our diet to nourish and fuel our bodies, so we can transform our lives and health.  From losing weight to healing chronic acid reflux and childhood illnesses with the support of integrative medicine, Rachel has learned that nourishing our whole self is the key to helping us look and feel our best. 
 
To learn more about Rachel and her approach, visit her website at www.rachelsnourishingkitchen.com. She is also on Facebook and Instagram as Rachel's Nourishing Kitchen.

 

Chris D'Adamo, PhD

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Dr. Chris D’Adamo is an epidemiologist with research interests in the synergistic effects of healthy lifestyle practices and genetics on human health, as well as outcomes evaluations of multi-modality, whole-practice integrative health interventions and programs.

He received his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is currently an assistant professor with dual appointments in the Center for Integrative Medicine within the Department of Family & Community Medicine as well as in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health.

Dr. D’Adamo serves as the director of research at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine and holds an adjunct faculty position in the multi-campus Gerontology Doctoral Program of the University of Maryland. He also serves as a senior program advisor to the Institute for Integrative Health.

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Dr. D’Adamo has served as principal investigator on a wide variety of studies, including a large outcomes evaluation conducted across a national collaborative of integrative medicine clinics, exercise as a treatment for chronic disease, the efficacy of dietary supplements in promoting overall health and wellness, therapeutic music for improvement in cancer outcomes, and outcomes evaluations of nutrition, physical activity, and mindfulness meditation programs in urban communities.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. D’Adamo held positions in the federal government as a research analyst at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and in industry as a health care management consultant.

In addition to his current academic work, Dr. D’Adamo is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a certified sports nutrition consultant through the International Sports Medicine Association (ISMA). He has received advanced training in mind-body medicine and ayurvedic medicine from the Institute for Integrative Health.

Dr. D’Adamo regularly lectures and conducts workshops on the topic of healthy lifestyles to both public and health care professional audiences, and manages a small exercise and nutritional consulting practice incorporating the latest research findings into program development and support for his clients.