Our Team

Founder
Dr. Vincent Pedre
Dr. Vincent Pedre
Dr. Vincent M. Pedre III is a board-certified Internist, Medical Director of Pedre Integrative Health, and the author of the Happy Gut: The Cleansing Program to Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Eliminate Pain (HarperCollins, December 2015), which features his Gut C.A.R.E. Program™ for balancing the gut microbiome, and the Happy Gut Diet—his proprietary program for healing the gut and creating total body wellness. Dr. Pedre based his program on his own recovery from years of living with irritable bowel syndrome, becoming an expert on how to heal the body from the inside out, beginning with the health of the gut microbiome. He believes that the gut is the “seat of all health.”

Dr. Pedre appears regularly in media, where he has presented the top medical tests everyone should have on The Martha Stewart Show, has been a guest expert on The Early Show on CBS, Healthy Living on ABC News, the Functional Forum™, and a returning guest on satellite radio SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio to converse on natural and integrative approaches to health and wellness and offer advice to callers.

As the CEO and Founder of Dr. Pedre Wellness, he oversees a growing wellness platform offering health-enhancing programs along with informative social media and lifestyle products, such as dietary supplements, books, and weight loss programs. He is also Health Advisor to HealthWave.co, a subsidiary of Healthy Web, Inc.—a cloud-based platform that facilitates the prescribing and monitoring of high-quality supplements between practitioner and patient.

FAVORITE HASHTAGS
#HappyGut  #getahappygut  #CalmMindHappyGut  #farmtotable

FAVORITE SMOOTHIE
His favorite smoothie is the Chocolate Almond Protein Soother, but the Blue Ginger Smoothie is a close second. These and other recipes are found in Happy Gut.

FAVORITE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
On the weekends, he enjoys watching his son play soccer and basketball, and taking their dog, Benji, for long family walks in the park; also meeting friends, testing out Happy Gut Recipes and, of course, being happy.

 
Creative Brand Consultant
Jade Dressler
Jade Dressler
The scope of expertise that creative director Jade Dressler brings to Happy Gut Life spans summers spent as an organic herb farm hand to years spent as a jewelry designer for celebrities, such as Iman and Naomi Campbell, on the couture runways of Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass. While she has designed pajamas for Cher, she also has curated a landscape art installation over thousands of acres of an organic coffee plantation in the wilds of Brazil, which won an award and enjoyed much media coverage internationally. Thus, you might find her happily wandering organic farm fields in stilettos.

For over 20 years, a wide range of adventure, art, culture, design, travel and wellness clients have trusted Jade’s creative direction. Working with Dr. Pedre since 2009, some of Jade’s other clients have included: American Express; Anne Cole Swim; Benjamin Moore; Castadiva Resort in Lake Como; Daniel Boulud’s Five Leaf Cuisine; Food & Wine magazine; Design Within Reach; Luxottica eyewear; Lenscrafters; Louis Vuitton; Natural Products Expos; Sony Pictures Classics; Speedo; Sunglass Hut; VH1; and Yahoo.

As marketing director and designer for Blue Fish, one of the first lines of organic clothing, and an early member of Social Venture Network and Businesses for Social Responsibility, Jade was at the forefront of sustainable business practices, organic product design and development. Today, her Slow Luxury consultancy works with businesses such as Textiles Scotland and Harem, a wellness resort in Marrakech. She brings her vision and expertise to the Happy Gut Life brand, helping to create engaging and valuable experiences for its audiences.

Jade’s blog, The Jade Dress, covers art, design, fashion, and wellness from Milan to Miami.
Follow Jade on social media here: Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  Pinterest

FAVORITE HASHTAGS
#LOVE #forage #slowluxury

FAVORITE SMOOTHIE
Her Matcha-isma smoothie is the Matcha Energizer supercharged with matcha green tea powder, spinach, raspberries, and cashew butter.

FAVORITE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
On the weekends, in varying order she loves: Sleep.  Draw.  Love.  Run. Yoga. Friends. Cook. Travel.

 
Wellness team
Cathleen Klibanoff
Cathleen Klibanoff
Life Coach / Storyteller / Artiste

Described as a "modern day PT Barnum," Cathleen Klibanoff has a plethora of creative talents.  “Cat,” as is known, has been a life coach over the past fourteen years with global clients from New York City to South Africa.

In her coaching and creative process, she draws from her other life experiences, which have included managing Prince’s music publishing company and launching a self-penned, one woman off-off Broadway show. Cathleen is both a published author and acclaimed artist. She has a keen talent for capturing the seen and the unseen with her paintbrush.  She considers herself a natural storyteller and uses this art form, along with painting, to weave all the colorful threads of life together in an eclectic tapestry.

Beyond her artistic endeavors, Cat is certified as a yoga teacher and an advanced clinical hypnotherapist from the Wellness Institute in Seattle.

Cat is connected to the Happy Gut Team as Dr. Pedre’s personal life and business coach for over a decade. He credits her gentle, loving, and surgically-precise guidance as one of the essential supportive tools that have enabled him to accomplish his professional goals. Now Cat’s life coaching wisdom and expertise are shared with you through engaging interviews and video content on Happy Gut Life.

Cathleen Klibanoff never thought she would find herself humming Sweet Home Alabama...  but after 18 years of living in New York City, she decided to move closer to her family in Decatur, AL.  Soon after relocating, she met her husband -Huntsville philanthropist Daniel Klibanoff.  Cathleen now lives with her husband and eight year old son in Huntsville.

Learn more about Cat at www.simpledirections.org; www.paintingsbycathleen.com and follow her on Facebook and  Pinterest.

FAVORITE HASHTAGS
#art  #contemporary  #intimacy  #fun  #play  #greatpyrenees

FAVORITE SMOOTHIE
A fresh juice combining the following: ginger, apple, kale, parsley, cucumber, spinach, and lemon.

FAVORITE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
In no particular order: painting, playing, moving my body, hanging with friends and my 2 Great Pyrenees; anything and everything with my son, and lots of laughing.
Maria Marlowe
Maria Marlowe
Health Coach / Natural Gourmet Chef

Maria graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University, studied holistic nutrition at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and plant-based cooking at The Natural Gourmet Institute. Her holistic (not hippie) approach to health has helped hundreds lose weight, embrace healthy eating, and feel better in their body. She specializes in weight loss and reversing acne through developing healthier eating habits.

Maria has been praised by the likes of business mogul Ivanka Trump, prima ballerina Kathryn Morgan, and former senator Bob Kerrey for her ability to make healthy eating fun and inspire better habits. She is the author of The Ultimate Grocery Store Guide, a thorough guidebook that not only explains exactly what to eat and why, but how to save money and time at the grocery store, as well as Detox without the Deprivation, a 3-day clean food cleanse.

Maria came to Happy Gut as the Chef for the very first Happy Gut Dinner Party, where recipes from the Happy Gut Kitchen were featured. She joins the Happy Gut Team as a recipe contributor and wellness expert to lead others in their successful Happy Gut Cleanse.

Maria has been featured in The New York Times, Shape, Brides, and Ivanka Trump.com and has appeared on Dr. Oz and numerous morning news shows, including on NBC and Fox.

Maria publishes healthy recipes and healthy hacks weekly at mariamarlowe.com
You can follow her on Twitter,  Facebook, Pinterest, and she exemplifies how to be healthy without being a buzzkill on Instagram.

FAVORITE HASHTAGS
#healthyhacks  #groceryhacks  #healthy  #feedfeed

FAVORITE SMOOTHIE
Almond Ginger Monkey - Frozen Bananas, Almonds, Ginger, Hemp. Full recipe here.

FAVORITE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
The Union Square Farmer's Market, Cooking, Reading a Book in Central Park, Hosting Dinner Parties and my Superfood Supper Club

 

 
Culinary collaborators
Lee Holmes
Lee Holmes
Author of Heal Your Gut / Nutritionist / Whole Foods Chef

Based in Australia, Lee Holmes is a holistic nutritionist, yoga teacher, wholefoods chef, and author of the bestselling Supercharged Food: Eat Your Way to Health, Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful and Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian. Lee runs a four week online ‘Heal Your Gut’ program.

She is a columnist with Wellbeing Magazine and her articles have appeared in leading Australian newspapers and journals, as well as The Times and The Daily Express in the UK
and The Huffington Post in the US. Lee’s blog won the overall award at the Bupa Health Influencer Awards in 2013 as well as the best blog in the Healthy Eating Category.

Lee’s blog is here and follow her on social media here: Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  Pinterest

FAVORITE HASHTAGS
#superchargedfood  #recipes  #realfoods

FAVORITE SMOOTHIE
Spinach, tahini, banana, cashew milk and cacao nibs blended to make a creamy, antioxidant rich smoothie.

FAVORITE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
Eating, walking my dog, movies, hanging with family and friends.
Mikaela Reuben
Mikaela Reuben
Smoothie Mixologist / Happy Gut Chef

Nutritionist and health coach Mikaela Reuben grew up on Vancouver Island, a bohemian enclave off the wild and wonderful coast of British Columbia. It was in her parents’ kitchen that she learned about many of the principles she incorporates into her work today: the importance of local ingredients, a desire to innovate, epicurean lust, and knowledge of how our bodies respond.

After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria, Mikaela embarked upon another facet of her health obsession: revitalizing the physical body. A year into her physiotherapy degree at the University of British Columbia, Mikaela had a revelation that fascinated her --how the body, mind and soul work together to determine overall well being. With her background in cooking, Mikaela soon realized that creating meal plans focused on the needs of each client’s bio-individuality proved to be a radical tool for improving holistic health.

From designing delicious and innovative meal plans for A-list celebrities to educating businesses on the impact of healthy work environments, Mikaela is committed to changing the way people think and approach their bodies. As a person who values quick laughter and nights out dancing as much as organic kale and yoga, she brings a dynamic, balanced energy–Mikaela believes stress and deprivation can be as spiritually damaging as a chocolate bar.

It is with this sense of knowledge, kindness and creativity that Mikaela worked with Dr. Pedre to create the Happy Gut Kitchen smoothie recipes.

FAVORITE HASHTAGS
#eattolove  #health  #nutrition  #plantpower

FAVORITE SMOOTHIE
The Blue Ginger from Happy Gut: this spicy mix of blueberries and ginger is mineral- and phytonutrient-rich, and features chlorella (a protein-filled green algae) and selenium-rich Brazil nuts. Great for your hair and skin!

FAVORITE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
Hiking, travelling, eating, socializing
Yoga Body Mind Team
Janet Dailey Butler
Yoga Teacher / Reflexologist / Singer

Janet Dailey Butler, owner of Dailey Reflexology and Yoga, is a Naam Yoga Therapist, Yoga Therapeutics teacher, Medicinal Aromatherapist, Reflexologist and Singer with over 12 years experience in the healing arts. Her office is located in Manhattan and she teaches weekly classes at both Naam Yoga New York, and Reflections Center for Conscious Living. She leads annual Yoga Retreats and Reflexology workshops internationally. Her mantra cd “The Naam Music” project, is available on iTunes and CD Baby.

She came into this work over a decade ago as a direct result of her own healing crisis. Self healing, addiction, and several other challenging personal experiences led her on this path. Almost 19 years ago, in her first yoga class, Janet experienced great relief from the pain of detoxing and was drawn into this form of self-healing.

As a yoga teacher, Janet’s personal philosophy is to try to meet each student where they are and not try to change or fix anything, but to create a safe healing environment for them to explore within. Janet believes that everything we are experiencing in life is moving us towards perfect happiness and a profound sense of peace and belonging. She believes life is about love, reconnecting to our truth, and uncovering our unique gifts so that we can share them with the planet.

Janet came to Happy Gut first as Dr. Pedre’s reflexologist, teaching him about the importance of grounding through the feet to feel centered. Then, she joined Paula Tursi in co-writing the very valuable Happy Gut Chapter 8: The Physical Gut: The Body-Gut Connection -- how through breathing and meditation we can connect to our intuition and gut healing.

Follow Janet on her site  and on Facebook here.

FAVORITE HASHTAGS
#CalmMindHappyGut   #mantrabreath  #aromahealing

FAVORITE SMOOTHIE
Any smoothie with cacao and coconut.  That means she loves the Happy Gut Chocolate Almond Protein Soother!

FAVORITE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
Being outside in nature, biking,  going to the flea market with my husband and our dog, unplugging from technological devices, feeling my barefeet on the grass and or sand on the beach.
Paula Tursi
Yoga Teacher / Meditation Facilitator / Somatic Movement Trainer

Paula Tursi is Founder and Director of Reflections Yoga and the internationally renowned Reflections Yoga Teacher Training Program. She has been working with alternative healing practices in New York City and further afield, internationally for over twenty years. Paula developed Reflections Yoga as a way to integrate what she found most inspiring in other practices with her own personal truth. She began her training at Integral Yoga, where she studied Hatha and restorative Yoga. She went on to work with esteemed teachers such as Angela Farmer and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in the art of asana and movement, breathwork and meditation. Paula has been voted one of the top ten meditation teachers in NYC.

Paula’s work focuses on the alignment of mind and body, understanding that we move not only from our muscles and joints, but also from the support of our inner body. Her philosophy and work is featured in Happy Gut Chapter 8: The Physical Gut: The Body-Gut Connection.

Paula holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Masters degree in Education from Hunter College. She did her clinical post-graduate training at the Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. Paula conducts biannual Teacher’s Trainings in New York City and Latin America, teaches workshops nationwide, and in Europe. She teaches ongoing classes, holds corporate workshops and offers individual instruction in breath awareness, partner yoga, and yoga for body ailments.

Paula’s site is www.reflectionsyoga.com with social media here: FacebookInstagram

FAVORITE HASHTAGS
#HappyGutYoga  #EmbodiedYoga  #BodyMindYoga

FAVORITE SMOOTHIE
Anything with greens, like the Happy Gut “Go Green” smoothie.

FAVORITE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
Cooking, hiking and resting with my family.