Charles Platkin, PhD

Managing editor

CHARLES PLATKIN, Ph.D., JD, MPH, is a Distinguished Lecturer at the Hunter College, City University of New York (Emeritus) in New York City, and the former Director of the Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center. Dr. Platkin is the founder and director of the Center for Food as Medicine. Platkin is a nutrition, fitness, and public health advocate, whose syndicated health, nutrition, and fitness column, the Diet Detective appeared in daily newspapers and media outlets throughout the United States. Dr. Platkin is also the founder of, which offers more than 700 articles and interviews on nutrition, food, and fitness. Platkin is a health expert and blogger featured on and

Dr. Platkin has been quoted as a health expert in thousands of publications, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Oprah, Time, Newsweek, Ladies Home Journal, Men’s Health, Shape, Self, and Fitness. He has also appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC News Nightline, National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC, CBS’s The Early Show, the BBC, and others. Platkin was the host of WE tv’s series, I Want To Save Your Life.

Platkin was also the founder of Integrated Wellness Solutions (IWS). IWS worked to develop corporate wellness initiatives including sophisticated online health tools, algorithm-based diet, and fitness programs, as well as print-related content to market health behavior change. IWS also worked with pharmaceutical companies (including Roche and Pfizer) creating digital strategies and tools to assist with patient behavior change. These programs included the first-ever Registered Dietitian nutritional counseling via email program with more than 100,000 patients.

Dr. Platkin was the president and founder of Marinex, a forerunner in health consulting and media relations. Additionally, he was the General Counsel and Vice-President of News Communications, Inc., a publicly traded newspaper and magazine company based in Manhattan that published The Hill in Washington, and Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons, among others.

He is a member of Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society), the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, and the American Council on Exercise. He is also an ACE-certified personal trainer and licensed to practice law in New York State.

Dr. Platkin is the author of seven books. His first book, “Breaking the Pattern” was a bestseller in hardcover; it has been used by addiction clinics to assist patients with resolving drug and alcohol-related issues and by more than 20 universities around the country as a text to teach behavioral change techniques to nutrition and dietetic counseling interns. His latest books are The Diet Detective’s Count Down (Simon and Schuster), The Diet Detective’s Calorie Bargain Bible (Simon and Schuster), The Diet Detective’s Diet Starter Kit (Diversion), The Diet Detective’s All American Diet (Rodale), and soon to be published Cheat Death: A Users Guide to Food as Medicine.

Platkin is a co-founder and strategic adviser at Diversion Books (

Dr. Platkin is also the founder of MedicalBx (, a micro-hospital company, with the goal to minimize human suffering and enhance health equity.

He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, a law degree from Fordham University, a Master of Public Health from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from Florida International University.

Gayle Reichler, MS, RDN

Gayle is an accomplished professional in the field of nutrition and wellness, contributing as a writer and editor at the Center for Food As Medicine. She’s authored books like “Active Wellness” and “Feel Good For Life,” and is an Adjunct Professor at New York University, focusing on wellness education. Her hands-on approach includes teaching nutrition courses, habit change coaching, and leading programs in Fortune 500 companies. A culinary graduate, Gayle launched one of NYC’s first healthy meal replacement businesses and created the Skinnyme line of stevia-based, gluten-free chocolates. Her varied skills and ventures underscore her significant impact in wellness and nutrition.

Marissa Sheldon

Marissa Sheldon, MPH


Marissa Sheldon is an editor for the Center for Food as Medicine. She earned a Bachelors degree in Community Health from Brown University and an MPH from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She was a Public Health Prevention Service fellow at CDC and gained valuable experience working at both the federal and local levels. She then became the Community Outreach Coordinator for a research study at NC State University that focused on increasing access to healthy foods and safe places to be active. Marissa currently splits her time between caring for her nieces and nephew and writing content for both the Center for Food as Medicine and the New York City Food Policy Center.

Michael S. Fenster, MD

Michael S. Fenster, MD, FACC, FRSM, FSCA&I, MIANE, PEMBA, known to friends and fans simply as “Chef Dr. Mike,” is one of the world’s only board-certified interventional cardiologist and professional chef. He holds cross-faculty appointments at The University of Montana (College of Health and UM Medicine, School of Public Health, and Missoula College Culinary Arts Program). He currently teaches one of the country’s leading courses on Culinary Medicine at The University of Montana.

Chef Dr. Mike has had innumerable television appearances, including The Doctors and Fox National News, where he has served as a national contributor. He has hosted a national radio show, Code Delicious with Dr. Mike, featured on RadioMD, and a sponsored weekly podcast, Journeys into Quantum Food, and remains amongst the most frequently cited authorities on food and health in publications like Forbes Health, Newsweek, and innumerable podcasts. He has done countless lectures, cooking demonstrations, and presentations, including breakout sessions, cooking demonstrations, and keynote addresses for The American Heart Association, The American Culinary Federation, and the Indiana University and Buffalo Niagara Medical Center Food as Medicine programs, amongst many others.

In addition to his current column at The Center for Food As Medicine, he has written for Psychology Today and has authored several books including The Fallacy of The Calorie: Why The Modern Western Diet is Killing Us and How to Stop It (Koehler Books, 2014), Ancient Eats: The Greeks and Vikings (Koehler Books, 2016) and Food Shaman: The Art of Quantum Food (Post Hill Press, June 2018) is his latest offering. His recent TEDx talk and PBS television program are available to view on the internet through the links below.

He can be found on Twitter @ChefDrMike, on Facebook at, on Instagram at realchefdrmike, and at He can be reached at
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