Our Advisors


Benjamin Rosner, MD, PhD

Dr. Rosner attended Cornell University, and received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His NIH and NSF supported research involved the study of nerve regeneration following injury as well as the delivery of growth factors and matrices to promote neurovascular repair.


Throughout his training and ongoing clinical practice, Dr. Rosner has been a lifelong student of integrative as well as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). He currently serves on the Regional CAM committee of Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, and has been a speaker on related topics to hospitalists and specialists. He has studied the healing and spiritual practices of traditional peoples throughout the world including the Mentawai of Indonesia, the Guaymi and the Embera of Central America, the Yup’ik of Alaska, as well as several other Native American cultures.


Ben’s roles in the private sector have included Medical Director at Archimedes, where he has guided mathematical modeling of physiologic systems to intelligently integrate and interpret complex biomarker data for health risk assessment. In that role he has published high-impact studies in the literature, spoken on national platforms including to the CDC, and has been influential on the revision of clinical practice guidelines. He has also served as the Chief Medical Informatics Officer of HealthLoop, designing intelligent information systems to improve health outcomes, reduce costs, and minimize treatment failures.


Ben co-chaired the Personalized Medicine Track at “Future Medicine 2011,” and practices as an Internist at Kaiser Permanente in northern CA.

Aftab A. Ansari, PhD

Dr. Ansari, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, is an internationally recognized immunologist authoring over 400 publications, reviews and book chapters. He is an expert in autoimmune mechanisms of disease, with extensive research background in mechanisms of heart and liver diseases. Over the past 15 years, he worked with Dr. Herskowitz as a founding advisor to the Institute for OneWorld Health and co-authored over 30 publications with him describing immune mechanisms involved in cardiomyopathy, viral myocarditis, cardiac transplantation, and ischemic injury in the heart. His laboratory is a recognized leader in the pathogenesis of HIV and other viral infections.

David Brown, PhD, Cchem, FRSC

Dr. Brown’s career has been in pharmaceutical medical research. He is the inventor of two marketed drugs. In recent years he has also pursued research on neglected diseases of developing countries, which cause high death rates amongst the poorest of the poor. David ranks amongst the world’s leading experts in diarrheal diseases. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Bristol, UK.


David has extensive experience of leadership at Chief Executive and Board level and currently serves as Chair of the Board of several biotechnology companies. David is also Chairman and co-founder of a charity (FMVSO), which supports a school and orphanage for destitute children in India. Earlier in his career he held senior executive positions in several global companies including supervisory responsibility for over 2000 medical research staff in USA, Asia and Europe.


David has been a practitioner of Buddhist meditation for over 35 years. He takes a non-sectarian approach valuing all schools of Buddhism and has broad experience of Zen/Chan, Theravadin and Tibetan methods of meditation. He trained initially with Dr John Crook, who is currently Teacher of the Western Chan Fellowship, then with the renowned Chinese Master Dr Sheng-yen, and more recently under teachers in the Theravadin tradition.


David has a special interest in the impact of meditation practice on health and also takes an active interest in the impact of lifestyle and diet on each person’s epigenetics (expression of each person’s genome).

Niki H. Bilton, M.AC, MBACC, L.AC

Niki is currently Academic Dean of Ongiara College of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Ontario, Canada. After a brief background in youth and community work Niki studied at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK), earning her Lic.Ac (1982), B.Ac (1985) and M.Ac degree (1988). From 1988-1999 she served as a lecturer and clinical supervisor of the undergraduate program at CTA, directing the graduate program from 1993. After returning to Canada in 1999 she established TendingShen Inc., an entity offering continuing education events for complementary/allopathic medical professionals and providing health care clinics for individuals and communities. She has personally maintained a private acupuncture practice since 1982 and a clinical consultancy service since1988. She guest lectures at different educational institutions and facilitates many professional development study groups and teaching clinics for practitioners in North America and Europe.


As an educator, Niki’s main focus is the development of the ‘reflective practitioner’, ensuring the highest standard of clinical efficacy for practitioner and patient alike. As an acupuncturist, Niki’s aim is the restoration of the regulatory movement of nature and the authenticity of the patient, which can, where humanly possible, turn around even entrenched disease processes.

Irina Melnik, MD

Dr. Melnik completed her internship in General Surgery and residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Stanford University Hospital, and fellowship training in interventional spine and pain in Honolulu, HI. She currently works at the Spinal Diagnostics and Treatment Center in Daly City, and at Comprehensive Spine and Sports in Mill Valley, CA. She graduated from Tartu University Medical School in Estonia, and from the Institute of Physical Education and Sports in Kazakhstan.


Dr. Melnik has co-authored several research articles and book chapters, including the latest submitted 2nd edition of “Decision Making in Spinal Care”, D. Anderson, A. Vaccaro, and a chapter on ‘Intradiscal Thermal Therapies’ in “Evidence-Based Management of Low Back Pain”, S. Dagenais, S. Haldeman, 2012.


Dr. Melnik specializes in interventional spinal procedures, pain management, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, and electrodiagnosis. She has conducted collaborative research projects with and presented educational lectures to Stanford’s PM&R residents and Spine fellows. She has been a guest on several regional radio programs in California and Hawaii on the subject of interventional and conservative treatment of back pain.

Joseph Y. Dwoskin, MD, FAAP, FACS

Dr. Dwoskin is a nationally recognized Pediatric Surgeon, and was one of the first two full-time pediatric urologists in the USA. He trained at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Boston for Urology and Pediatric Urology, which he completed in 1970.


Dr. Dwoskin practiced Pediatric Urology at the Buffalo Children’s Hospital and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, where he chaired both hospital departments. More recently, he was named Professor of Clinical Urology and Pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center until his retirement in 2001. Dr. Dwoskin is interested in future trends in medical and surgical care, and has joined the Anatara advisory board to provide his expertise and referral base for Pediatric Surgery. He is an active pilot, flying a Cirrus SR22 with Perspective avionics, and is a member of the Flying Physicians Association.

Steven Protzel, PharmD.

Over the past 35 years, Dr. Protzel has been a practicing pharmacist and recognized expert in the pharmacology of mental health and drug interactions. He has a strong background serving the community of San Francisco and has formally mentored and trained hundreds of pharmacy and PharmD students. Steven did his undergraduate course work at University of California Davis and obtained his Pharm.D. degree in 1976 from University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Steven has received honors for his work in pharmacy as a mentor and as a lecturer, and was instrumental in implementing and developing pharmacy services for the first outpatient drug detoxification program in San Francisco. Currently, Steven plays a vital role in managing and providing pharmacy services to the San Francisco clinics that treat the mental health population of the city. Steven was most recently awarded the Justice as Fairness award in 2010 for his work with San Francisco General Hospital’s emergency department case management.


Steven is an adjunct Professor at University of Pacific Pharmacy School and the recent winner of the 2011 Preceptor of the Year award. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor for the University of California, San Francisco in both the department of Pharmacy and the Department of Community Health Services.


Steven is known as man of compassion for people. He has dedicated his career to help the underserved and vulnerable patient.

Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, LAc

Dr. Fruehauf was born into a German family of medical doctors specializing in natural healing modalities such as homeopathy, herbalism, and hydrotherapy. His great grandfather studied with Sebastian Kneipp, one of the fathers of the European nature cure movement. As a university student, he studied sinology, philosophy, and comparative literature at Tübingen University, Fudan University (Shanghai), Hamburg University, Waseda University (Tokyo), and the University of Chicago, where he earned a doctoral degree from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations in 1990.

After encountering a serious health crisis, he became interested in supplementing his theoretical training in the philosophy and cosmology of Chinese medicine with the study of its clinical applications. While completing two years of post-doctoral training at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), he was mentored by Deng Zhongjia, one of China’s primary expert in the fields of formula studies and the classical foundations of Chinese medicine. In addition, he sought out the classical roots of Chinese medicine outside the institutionalized TCM setting: Daoist medicine and Jinjing Qigong with Wang Qingyu; Shanghan lun pulse diagnosis with Zeng Rongxiu; Sichuan Daoism with Wang Chunwu; and traditional Sichuan folk art and music with Wang Huade. Since 1992, he has published widely on both the theoretical and clinical aspects of Chinese medicine.


Presently, he serves as Founding Professor of the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where he has been teaching since 1992. His scholarly endeavors include the direction of an ongoing research project on the symbolism of ancient Chinese medicine terminology, including an in-depth analysis of the acupuncture point names. His interest in preserving some of the traditional features of Chinese medicine led him to develop a database dedicated to the archiving of classical knowledge, and an herbal patent series for chronic and difficult diseases (Classical Pearls). In his private practice, he focuses on the complementary treatment of difficult and recalcitrant diseases, including cancer, heart disease, chronic inflammatory diseases, chronic digestive disorders, and autoimmune problems. In addition, Prof. Fruehauf is the director of the Heron Institute, a non-profit institution for the research and preservation of traditional life science. In this capacity, he has been leading study tours focusing on Qigong and other aspects of Classical Chinese Medicine into the sacred mountains of Southwest China for twenty years.

Jun Wang, PhD, CMD

Dr. Wang received her degree in Chinese Medicine (CMD) from School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Capital Medical University in Beijing China in 1994. After graduation, she took a two-year specialist training in Gynecology and Liver diseases with several prominent senior Chinese medicine doctors in Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. Around the same time she was introduced to Western anthropological theory as a research assistant to a visiting medical anthropologist from Cambridge University. Having always had a passion for the philosophy, culture, and history of Chinese medicine in addition to clinical practice, she went to graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill and obtained a Doctorate degree in medical anthropology in 2003. Concurrently, Dr. Wang got her license from NCCAOM (National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) and worked as a clinical lecturer and researcher at the Integrative Medicine Clinic of School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Supported by a NIH grant, Dr. Wang spent a year in South Korea as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Graduate School of East and West Medical Science, Kyung Hee University, where she studied SaSang constitutional medicine and Saam acupuncture. She continued her research on traditional Asian medicine at Needham Research Institute at Cambridge University UK as an Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellow in 2005.


Dr. Wang has been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Health Education, San Francisco State University since 2006. She teaches several undergraduate courses including Chinese perspectives on holistic health, Chinese herbs and nutrition, and Chinese body-mind energetics. She has been a research collaborator with UCSF Community Health Promotion Project on cancer prevention among Chinese Americans funded by NIH.


Dr. Wang has been able to unite her avocations with her academic interests. She has practiced Chinese martial arts since childhood and won the third prize of Tai Chi Quan at National College Martial Arts Tournament in China 1993. She plays the ancient Chinese music instrument Guqin (or Chinese Lute) with a tranquil spirit. She is also a devoted student and practitioner of Buddhist philosophy and a sponsor of Buddhist meditation center in San Francisco.


Dr. Jun Wang is the author of Cultivating Qi: An Introduction To Chinese Body-Mind Energetics (Berkeley: North Atlantic Books/Random House 2011). Her peer-reviewed journal articles have included: “Knowing the Why but not the How: A Dilemma in Contemporary Chinese Medicine” Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity; “A Life History Study of Chinese Medicine” The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society; “An International Comparison of Attitudes Toward Traditional and Modern Medicine in a Chinese and an American Clinic Setting” Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; “An Alternative Modernity: the Revival of Korean Oriental Medicine in South Korea” American Acupuncturist; “Korean Oriental Medicine in Stroke Care” Complementary Health Practice Review.

David Swinney, PhD

Dr. Swinney has a long interest in using an understanding of the molecular mechanisms of drug action to identify safe and effective therapies. He has over 20 years of broad experience and leadership in preclinical drug discovery, primarily in the inflammation and virology disease areas at Roche and Syntex.


Dave has a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Washington and expertise in biochemistry and pharmacology. He has devoted the majority of his career to the identification of tractable drug targets, effective mechanisms of drug action, promising leads and clinical candidates to treat unmet medical needs. Some of his contributions are presented in the over 100 publications he has coauthored. He has most recently used this experience to co-found the non-profit Institute for Rare and Neglected Diseases Drug Discovery, where he is using the knowledge of drug action to discover quality clinical candidates for rare and neglected diseases.

Kenneth Weizer, ND

Ken Weizer is one of the pioneers of integrative cancer care. He was the founding naturopathic physician at the Providence Integrative Medicine clinics in Portland, Oregon, and he has trained hundreds of physicians in using naturopathic medical approaches for cancer.


Dr. Weizer acts as a central point of integrative cancer care, coordinating the patient’s nutrition and natural supplements with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, physical therapists, cancer counselors, social workers, alternative healthcare providers, and nurses.


His approach to cancer nutrition and natural supplements is evidence-based. The foci of integrative medical care are applying reasonable and appropriate natural medicines to increase the quality and quantity of patient’s lives, and decreasing the negative impact of oncology treatments.


Dr. Weizer is a clinician, first and foremost, and loves working with patients. He has consulted with patients and physicians from around the globe, on a variety of cancers. The most common cancers he sees are breast, colorectal, ovarian and prostate.


He enjoys teaching integrative oncology to medical students at the National College of Natural Medicine, and to post-doctoral Chinese medicine practitioners at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. He has contributed to the International Journal of Integrative Medicine and the Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, and is currently principal investigator of a multi-facility cancer study on naturopathic care for breast cancer and lung cancer patients.


Dr. Weizer has a BFA in Film from Emerson College, and was a film director and editor for 17 years on television shows, documentaries, and movie advertising. After being diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1989, he decided to devote his life full-time to cancer care and received a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the College of Natural Medicine in 1999.

Martin Milner, ND, MA, LMT

Dr. Milner received his N.D. from National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in 1983. He has remained at his alma mater since 1986 as Professor of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine and guest lectures in Endocrinology as well. Dr. Milner is also the CEO and medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine (1983-1991) and the Center for Natural Medicine (CNM), Inc. (1991-present).


Since 1999, he has also directed the The Heart and Lung Wellness program, which provides clinical training for naturopathic doctors, supervised by Dr. Milner. This experience engages medical students and patients in collaborative, complimentary and alternative health care of cardiovascular, pulmonary disease, endocrinology and primary care conditions. In this capacity CNM functions as a teaching clinic of NCNM. Dr. Milner is well published with texts, medical journal articles and studies in cardiology, endocrinology, oncology, and environmental medicine.

David Berkshire, LAC

David has been passionate about natural medicine since he witnessed the powerful effects of Oriental medicine in a friend with a severe head injury. Seeing this deep healing of the body, mind and spirit led David on a journey to understand that each individual possesses a unique power to self-heal when his or her energy is moving and clear.


David has spent the last ten years studying Chinese and natural medicine in many forms: acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, qigong, naturopathy, homeopathy, and CranioSacral energy work. For the last eight years, he has worked with celebrated five-element acupuncturist David Ford and studied under homeopathy master Dr. Gerard Gueniot. David finds that natural medicine effects profound changes at all levels of an individual’s life. He works to enhance the quality of his patients’ lives in the physical, emotional and spiritual spheres.


In addition to patient care, David is committed to sharing natural medicine through education. Currently, David teaches at the National College of Natural Medicine and has taught five-element acupuncture theory at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, David founded Kwan-Yin Healing Arts Center in 2001 in Portland Oregon – a practice that includes many other skilled natural medicine practitioners, providing new methods of treatment to patients with difficult and recalcitrant diseases.

Deborah Gee

Deborah is an internationally recognized expert in Feng Shui. She was a pioneer in introducing Feng Shui to American audiences on the Arts & Entertainment network in 1988. More recently, she has been featured on American PBS TV with her popular program, Feng Shui: Creating Environments for Success and Well-being from 2000-2005. Marrying her first career as an award-winning TV producer with her Feng Shui expertise, she has created a groundbreaking television show that has helped generate an understanding of this ancient Chinese practice around the globe. The program has also aired in western and eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Latin America, Israel, Australia and continues to expand its broadcast to other continents.


With over 20 years of Feng Shui study, Deborah is a senior disciple of world-leading authority, His Holiness Grandmaster Thomas Lin Yun. Her deep training in the classics allows Deborah to provide insights into energy imbalances in client’s environments and adjustments needed to optimize health and balance.


Deborah performed a “Feng Shui first” when she advised the San Francisco Giants on their new Pacific Bell Ballpark. The first stadium in history to be Feng Shuied, her prediction prior to “opening day” that the Giants would enjoy a significant home field advantage proved true–the Giants sported one of the best home records in major league baseball their opening season at the ballpark.

Sylvia Israel, MFT, RDT/BCT, TEP

Sylvia is a Licensed Psychotherapist (MFT), Certified Psychodrama Trainer, Educator, Practitioner (TEP), and Registered Drama Therapist/Trainer (RDT/BCT). Sylvia is the Founder/Director of IMAGINE! Center for Creativity and Healing, Founder/Past Director of Bay Area Playback Theatre, and a founding member of the Bay Area Moreno Institute. She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and has presented at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and at professional gatherings nationally and internationally. Sylvia has lead trainings and workshops on various topics including: The Journey of Living and Dying, Steps to Forgiveness, Healing Grief: An Expressive Arts Approach, and Loving Kindness in Action. She maintains a private practice in Marin and San Francisco working with individuals, couples, and families.


Sylvia is excited to be part of a team of talented practitioners co-creating a holistic clinic that integrates body, mind, and spirit. She looks forward to bringing her experience as a psychotherapist, psychodramatist, actor, and cancer survivor to the Center.

Paul Kalnins, ND, MSOM

Dr. Kalnins received his N.D. and M.S.O.M degrees from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland Oregon in 1998. He currently serves as Assistant Professor and clinical supervisor at NCNM, where he lectures on a variety of topics ranging from physiology, embryology, pathology and pharmacology. He is a member of the Helfgott Research Institute and has pursued the integration of traditional naturopathic and Chinese medical practices with evidence-based biomedicine. In particular, he has explored the synthesis of traditional concepts of temperament and terrain, with modern research in genetics-epigenetics, immunology, neurology, endocrinology and chronobiology.


As a physics and mathematics undergraduate at Ohio State University, Dr. Kalnins was deeply inspired by the emerging fields of systems science, non-equilibrium thermodynamics and chaos theory. During his years in naturopathic medical school, he sought ways to integrate these fields with his love of plant medicine, searching for models of understanding medicinal plant action that augment the usual methods used in pharmacology. It was through this inquiry that he discovered the works of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) (founder of Anthroposophy) and the German poet-scientist J.W. von Goethe (1749-1832), who both pioneered ways of developing a science based not only on the measurement of quantities, but also on the perception of qualities. Such qualitative science seeks to understand higher-order forces in living organisms, which is integral to both health and illness. Dr. Kalnins continues to explore the applications of these ideas to both medical science and clinical practice.

Eric Zaremski, DDS, Ozone Dentist

Part of Anatara’s Integrative approach addresses dental health, and we refer our patients to a wonderful Ozone Dentist, Eric Zaremski, DDS, located in Greenbrae, only 15 minutes from our office. He and his wonderful staff are very thorough, offering the latest of testing, imaging, and services for your complete dental health. Click here to visit his website.

Patient Testimonials

“I have told my friends in the Bay Area and Monterey Bay Area about Anatara because of the holistic approach to overall health which I have come to subscribe to. Also, as I get healthier, I know I can trust Anatara to inspire me to optimum health which I have sometimes lost sight of. Most importantly, the emphasis on detox by Anatara is very key for me – I have begun to see that many conditions are a result of toxicity and inflammation and so Anatara’s focus on reducing toxicity and inflammation is promising for so many people. Seems like all doctors should be able to advise on detox, but it is actually rare! Dr. Herskowitz is so well-informed and knowledgeable, sometimes he anticipates what I am going to say like a mind reader, and he is cautious, thoughtful and therefore accurate about what he prescribes. Dr. Herskowitz really cares about his patients way beyond profit. I will never forget that he provides discounted services when he can or tells me where to get products more affordably, and that one Thanksgiving Eve phone consultation, at the end of the call, he told me he wouldn’t charge me and it was a Thanksgiving present. I am deeply touched when I think about how much he cares, how globally and selflessly he cares, and also that this attitude seems to be reflected in his staff who are hardworking and happy to help in the healing process.”

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