November 6, 2019

As Co-Founder of ReBoot Accel Inc., a speaker and executive coach, Patty White is driven to catalyze women to lead lives of impact and influence. ReBoot Accel was created in 2015 to help women become current with technology, connected to broader networks and confident to take steps toward fulfilling lives. More recently, her work has expanded to include consulting services around gender diversity and a coaching practice with the intent of aligning each individual's talents, interests and purpose. In addition, she helps company leaders use employee resources effectively and develop positive corporate cultures. 

Patty is also a Co-Founder of LuMind Foundation, inspired by her fourth child, a daughter with Down syndrome. LuMind Foundation's mission is to apply the current learnings in brain research and genetics to open opportunities for individuals with cognitive delays.

Patty and her husband reside in Portola Valley, California. With their four children now settled in four different cities, they enjoy traveling, both to see them and to explore new places. When home, she enjoys running and mountain biking on the trail networks in the area.

Contact Information:
Linkedin: @pattyannobrienwhite
Website: ReBoot Accel
Facebook: RebootAccel
Twitter: @RebootAccel
Instagram: @RebootAccel
Linkedin: @RebootAccel

At the Salon:

Design Thinking is a human-centered problem-solving methodology that is used for the design and re-design of products and services. As Bill Burnett and Dave Evans describe in their book Designing Your Life, the five steps of the design thinking process, along with common themes of its successful execution, can be used to "Build a well-lived, joyful life." In this session, Patty offered a "ReBoot spin" on using design thinking principles to determine the right next steps for you to take toward a more fulfilling life. Attendees left with an understanding of the five steps of the design thinking process and a "Personal Inventory Worksheet," which will serve as a guide to walking through those steps to develop the clarity needed to move forward.

Click here to see the powerpoint presentation from the salon.

October 15, 2019


Dr. Annie Fenn is a Board-Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who specialized in Menopausal Health for over 20 years. She retired from clinical practice to teach people how to cook and eat with brain healthy foods. “Cooking is the best way I know, as a physician,” she says, “to radically improve health.”
After retiring from medical practice, Dr. Fenn trained under chefs in Italy, Mexico, and at the Culinary Institute of America. In 2017 she created Brain Health Kitchen, the only cooking school of its kind to focus on preventing Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Brain Health Kitchen has been described as part hands-on cooking class, part medical consultation, and part of the solution to wipe out Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Fenn teaches Brain Health Kitchen cooking classes throughout the U.S. and abroad. She lectures internationally about how to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias with lifestyle interventions. She created the website to share brain-nourishing recipes and the latest information about dementia prevention.
Brain Health Kitchen is part of the first community-based dementia prevention program in the country: Brain Works, a 7-day Boot Camp in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Dr. Fenn serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation. She is on the faculty of Sempre Sano, a wellness retreat in Tuscany, Italy. And she is a regular Visiting Chef at Rancho la Puerta in Tecate, Mexico.
Dr. Fenn lives in Jackson, Wyoming with her husband of twenty-nine years, sons Jack and Nick, and dogs Orzo and Olive Oyl. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the Teton Mountains where she lives, mountain biking, skiing, fly-fishing, and foraging for wild mushrooms and huckleberries. She serves on the board of Hole Food Rescue, and volunteers her time to reduce food insecurity in her community.

Contact Information:
Instragram @brainhealthkitchen
Facebook @brainhealthkitchen
Twitter @AnnieFennMD
Phone: 307-690-0323

At the Salon:
Dr. Fenn addressed the evolving science of what to eat to fend off Alzheimer's and other dementias; why she considers brain healthy eating to be a lifestyle rather than a diet; and which foods are especially good for the brain. She demonstrated how to make a few of her favorite dishes using brain-friendly cooking techniques.

Click here to see her powerpoint presentation, her short handout from the salon about better brain health and her recipes.

September 26, 2019

Laura Hughes Poppink, MFT is a local psychotherapist who specializes in leveraging the mind-body connection to help people tap into their potential to heal and discover more aliveness and joy! 

After graduating from Stanford and living in Asia and Europe, Laura got her Masters in Somatic Psychology at CIIS where she loved learning about how many ancient holistic healing modalities were being "proven" by western neuroscience. She always explores the biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual aspects of any "dis-ease" or challenge.
After working for 5 years at a local addiction rehabilitation center and 3 years as the clinical director of an adolescent girls group home, Laura launched her private practice in Menlo Park. She works with a diverse group of clients grappling with issues of addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, life transitions, and relationship work. She feels honored and privileged every day to get to do such intimate work with clients and is constantly awed by how challenging experiences often teach us the most about our strengths and gifts as well as help make clear what truly matters in life.
Laura is super grateful for her amazing husband, 12yr old son, 10yr old daughter, and naughty black lab as well as her incredible friends and inspiring Woodside community. She tries to spend lots of time in the woods and at the beach and believes laughter is definitely some of the best medicine. Laura loves all things sparkly and has a daily practice of looking for the light in the darkness!

Contact Information:
Cell:  650 759 7471

At the Salon:
We celebrated the 6th International Character Day! We dove deep while considering what type of person we truly want to be and how focusing on gratitude and growing our individual character strengths can help us lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life while simultaneously making the world a better place for all! We learned to tap into the power of mind-body-emotional regulation tools and discover how self-awareness and practicing a growth mindset can help you become the best version of yourself. We celebrated both our and other's unique strengths and left feeling inspired and grateful for both the blessings and challenges in life!

Click here to see the salon presentation.

Click here to see the salon video and the salon handout.

Here is the 30,000 Days Video

                      Shelly on left, Rebecca on right

Shelley Onderdonk and Rebecca Bloom were randomly assigned to the same freshman dorm when they showed up at Yale in the fall of 1985, and although they were from California and New York respectively, they came to realize they had a lot in common—especially their interest in clean eating. When they moved into their off-campus apartment senior year, they gravitated toward companionship centered around healthy food.

Their long friendship has more recently blossomed into a working partnership—call it serendipity—but they both are now sending children out into the world of adulting. They wrote The Anti-Cookbook as a love letter to their children and their generation, but it is also a treatise for anyone who is looking for healthful, economical and reasonable strategies for eating well and being a respectful human being on planet earth, without all the stress and added sodium. 

A lawyer-turned-writer and a veterinarian walk into a kitchen… Rebecca and Shelley aren’t chefs and that’s exactly the point. Rebecca Bloom is a writer, editor and writing coach, community volunteer, former attorney, activist, tutor, mentor and mother of two daughters. Shelley Onderdonk is a mother of three sons, a veterinarian focusing on integrative medicine, a conservationist, a committed yogini and an avid horsewoman. Walking with dogs is a beloved shared pastime.

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At the Salon:

In Shelley and Rebecca’s presentation we were imbued with The Anti-Cookbook’s food-positive philosophy. The authors have been touring the country since the book’s release and have been to bookstores, cafes, cooking stores and college wellness centers. They shared what they’ve learned from readers, particularly that the key to taking the mystique out of cooking healthy food is to keep things simple. The food was hearty and healthy, as well as, simple and delicious!

Click here to view the recipes and the handout from the salon.

Dr. Kornfeld is Vice Dean for Education and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. An expert in pedagogic innovations and professional training for public health leaders, Dr. Kornfeld provides academic guidance for the Mailman School’s education portfolio, which enrolls more than 1400 students from around the world in doctoral and master’s degree programs.
She previously served as Assistant Dean of Public Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she launched the nation’s largest integrated four-year dual degree in medicine and public health, a program that aims to integrate competencies of public health and medical professionals. 

Dr. Kornfeld's experience in education and program development is matched by her passion for teaching and mentoring of students. Her work with medical and master’s students earned the University of Miami’s Outstanding MPH Faculty Member award for teaching and mentoring students in 2014.
She received her PhD in Epidemiology and her Master's in Public Health from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University.
She currently lives in NYC and is happily married with three children. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, hiking, biking and exploring nature. She is an avid reader and cook.

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At the Salon:
Why does public health matter? We have been thrust into a time when the importance of facts, the validity of the scientific process and accepted scientific concepts are routinely called into question. Because of our constant connection to social media and news, misinformation and personal anecdotes have an outsized influence on what we believe and how we make decisions. At this salon we learned the importance of being a critical consumer of science and health information, which will hopefully help the world's population be healthier.

Click here to see the salon video, salon powerpoint presentation and recipes from the salon.

Dr. Julia Nordgren is a physician, an expert in childhood obesity and cholesterol disorders, and a trained chef.
She received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in 1999. She is a board-certified pediatrician, and a specialist in dyslipidemias, weight management, and heart disease prevention. She is an active member of the National Lipid Association’s Pediatric Practice Management Committee, which strives to prevent heart disease through early lifestyle interventions.
Dr. Nordgren is also a trained chef, having graduated from the Culinary Institute of America’s Accelerated Culinary Arts Program with honors in 2013. She is a co-instructor for Stanford Medical School’s innovative Teaching Kitchen Elective, which bridges the gap between medical science and culinary arts. This course promotes enhanced self-care through healthy eating habits, as well as developing needed skills to be effective at lifestyle and dietary counseling.
Dr. Nordgren’s clinical practice is at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, where she sees children of all ages with cholesterol issues, prediabetes, or weight concerns. She is a passionate advocate of lifestyle medicine, which helps patients succeed through nutritious, delicious eating. She also teaches hands-on culinary medicine classes through her organization’s Physician Wellness committee. Julia is passionate about helping people discover the joy of making a soup, seasoning a salad, or confidently chopping an onion for the first time.
She is the author of a cookbook, “The New Family Table,” a collection of recipes, techniques, and stories about making healthy family eating a reality.

In her spare time, Julia loves to read, write, run, play on the beach, and enjoy life under the California blue sky. She loves playing with her kids, who remind her that despite being hopeless at basketball, her football passing has come a long way. Her husband and children are the first line of all recipe testing, and happily, they have adventurous appetites and honest opinions.
Her cookbook can be purchased at the salon and through Amazon and her website, at
Contact Information:
Instagram: @drjuliacooks

At the Salon: In this session, we learned about the relationship between eating patterns and cholesterol levels. Julia reviewed nutritional trends and discussed the current recommendations about diets that maximize cardiovascular health. We moved into the “concept to reality” of how to make healthy eating more attainable and enjoyable. A lively and interactive food demonstration highlighted some important skills to bring to your own life and the life of those around you.

Click here to view the recipes and the salon video.

February 7, 2019

Alex Dimitriu, M.D. completed medical school and residency in psychiatry at SUNY Stony Brook, and continued his training at Stanford Medical Center with a fellowship in sleep medicine. He is currently in private practice in downtown Menlo Park. He sees patients with a wide variety of conditions, ranging from depression to anxiety, to insomnia and other sleep disorders. He practices an integrative model of psychiatry, which aims to improve various domains of people's lives. He has always believed in the power of the mind, and the power of the spirit to heal the body. He consistently encourages integrated solutions such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and brief therapeutic interventions towards a multimodal approach to treatment.

Since living in Northern California, Dr. Dimitriu has fallen in love with the people, natural beauty and energy of the Bay area. He is the father of two beautiful young children. In his spare time, Alex is a lover of art, music and the outdoors. He enjoys live music, kiteboarding, and sailing. He grew up programming an Apple IIe, and enjoys flying RC planes with his son. 

Contact Information:

Dr. Dimitriu is currently in private practice in Menlo Park, CA.
1225 Crane Street, Suite 205
Phone: 650-326-5888

At the Salon:
Silicon Valley is the creative and entrepreneurial center of the world. It takes super human ability to maintain and perform at such high levels. Over the past decade, Dr. Dimitriu has learned some basic, yet very important ideas to help his patients succeed in their personal and professional lives. He shared these essential concepts with us in hopes they will lead to 'mind optimization,' allowing substantial life and relationship improvements and success.

Click here to see Dr. Dimitriu's salon video, powerpoint presentation and to get the recipe for tart cherry and chocolate chunk granola.

Clia's style of teaching incorporates both yin and yang elements into an aligned vinyasa practice. Clia believes the benefits of yoga and meditation are immense, and she teaches in order to share them while also introducing more calm, clarity and connection to and among mind, body and spirit. She believes that through our yoga and mindfulness practices we can learn to be more present, with awareness and compassion, to live our lives authentically.

Clia’s education and experience includes an MA and certification in Educational Therapy, Yoga Alliance Certification, Mindful Schools mindfulness curriculum training and certification through Transform Coaching Academy.  

She currently teaches yoga privately and through PAMF (teen and prenatal yoga), hosts mindfulness workshops for all ages and stages and works one on one with women as a transformational life coach.


Grace Kendrick is a holistic wellness coach specializing in Ayurveda, Yoga and Mindfulness with over twenty years of corporate and teaching experience. She leads transformational wellness programs that empower women to live with optimum health, clarity and peace of mind. Grace is the owner of Grass Valley Yoga and is on faculty at the California College of Ayurveda.


At this salon:

Clia Tierney took us through a practice that included both physical asana and mindfulness practices. The sequence was appropriate for all levels of interest—from first timers to experienced yogis. The theme was "renew and rejuvenate" with the intention to learn something new that can be practiced at home. She included specific essential oils to support the practice. Grace Kendrick taught us the top three secrets to optimizing digestion with Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga. We created a custom spice formula that is guaranteed to elevate your food experience and enhance your overall well-being.

Click here to see the ayurveda salon presentation.

December 5, 2018

Alison Mountford is the Founder and Chef at Ends+Stems. Alison has been a professional chef and entrepreneur for 15 years. In 2004, she founded her first company (Square Meals), which delivered ready to eat meals to busy families around the Bay Area. The business grew from serving just one client to selling thousands of high end meals weekly and was at the forefront of the meal delivery trend. Square Meals was sold in 2015.

Her next step was leading procurement for a large food tech company. Seeing the scale of food waste there inspired her to found Ends+Stems. She's now on a mission to do better for the planet and inspire others to make simple changes when they cook at home. E+S combines Alison's unique knowledge of consumer food habits, culinary skill set, and accurately forecasts a need in the Food Waste trends developing today. Alison's mission is to empower families to save time, money by reducing waste and to minimize the stress of "What's for dinner?" E+S helps create meal plans to reduce household food waste while also having a positive impact on our environment.

Alison holds a culinary degree from the California Culinary Academy and both an AA and BA from New York University. She lives in San Francisco with her 2 young children and husband.


IG: @endsandstems

Sign up here to join in the great food waste challenge 2019. 

At the salon:

Food Waste has recently been gaining steam in the news. Alison discussed how big this problem is, the different areas where food is lost or wasted, why it really matters what we do at home, and how we can be better without investing too much effort. We were in the kitchen talking about smart meal planning, simple grocery shopping hacks and ways to move food through your kitchen in an environmentally friendly way. Alison shared with us some recipes from commonly wasted- yet perfectly edible ingredients.

November 17, 2018

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, emerita, at New York University, in the department she chaired from 1988-2003 and from which she retired in September 2017. She is also Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. 

She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley. Previous faculty positions were at Brandeis University and the UCSF School of Medicine. From 1986-88, she was senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and editor of the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health. Her research and writing examine scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice, obesity, and food safety, emphasizing the role of food marketing.

She is the author of six prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health; Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety; What to Eat; Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics (with Dr. Malden Nesheim); Eat, Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics; and Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning). She also has written two books about pet food, Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine and Feed Your Pet Right.

From 2008 to 2013, she wrote a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle food section. She blogs daily (almost) at Her Twitter account, @marionnestle, has been named among the top 10 in health and science by Time Magazine, Science Magazine, and The Guardian, and has more than 145,000 followers.

She has received many awards and honors. A few to mention: In 2011, the University of California School of Public Health at Berkeley named her as Public Health Hero. She received the James Beard Leadership Award in 2013, and in 2014 the U.S. Healthful Food Council's Innovator of the Year Award and the Public Health Association of New York City's Media Award, among others. In 2018, she was named one of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health's 75 most distinguished graduates in 75 years, won a Trailblazer Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and was selected Grande Dame of the year by Les Dames d'Escoffier International.

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At the Salon:
Marion Nestle talked about her just-released book, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What we Eat. She explained how she came to write it, what it is about, why this issue matters, and what you can do about it.

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