Bauman College Faculty

Ed Bauman, Ph.D.
Founder + President
Dr. Ed Bauman has been a pioneer in the field of holistic nutrition since the early 1980s. His vision and leadership have inspired thousands of people to transform their lives through wellness, community, and peace. He received his M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, and his Ph.D. in health promotion from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Bauman created the Eating for Health® model to teach individuals to make nutritionally comprehensive food choices and founded Bauman College in 1989 with a mission to change the world through better nutrition and healthful living. He is a special advisor for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) and brings a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and a love of good health and good taste to his work. Dr. Bauman was co-editor of the Holistic Health Handbook and Holistic Health Lifebook, and is the author of Confronting Cancer in Our Community, Recipes and Remedies for Rejuvenation Cookbook, The Whole-Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors, The Flavors of Health Cookbook, and Eating for Health: Your Guide to Vitality and Optimal Health.
Rosie Ueng, M.S.
Director of Academics
Rosie holds a B.A. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in holistic nutrition from Hawthorn University. Her experience over the past two decades combines years of laboratory research, science instruction, and curriculum development, along with a fervor for good food and health. She has worked in commercial kitchens, as a professional caterer, and is also the consulting chef for the Weston A. Price Foundation. Rosie brings her experience working with private clients and teaching workshops in the community to the classroom, as an instructor for both the Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef programs.
Hilla Abel, O.D.
Lead Natural Chef Instructor
Hilla received her B.A. in integrative biology and her doctorate in optometry from the University of California, Berkeley. After years of seeing the results of improper eating in her patients’ eyes, Hilla became impassioned to teach people the benefits of healthy eating. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, Hilla teaches for both Bauman College’s Natural Chef Program and children’s cooking camps at the Albany Community Center. She is also the owner of Health in a Pan, where she helps busy parents answer the question “what’s for dinner?” through culinary coaching, so that they feel confident in preparing healthy, delicious, and manageable meals for their families.
Susan Arthur, B.A., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Susan has a B.A. in psychology from Sacramento State University and has been teaching and counseling in the field of holistic health and nutrition since 1989. She became a certified nutrition consultant through Bauman College where she has been an instructor since 2006. Her studies in psychology included an emphasis on nutrition and behavior modification. In her nutrition practice, she emphasizes the whole person, working on all aspects of their life experience, to encourage lasting change and well-being. Susan has provided hundreds of clients from diverse backgrounds with individualized nutritional support.
Anasuya Basil, N.C., DIPL. A.B.T., C.S.T.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Anasuya has been the director of a holistic health practice, My Body Wisdom, since 1996. She is a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. Anasuya was on the faculty of the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley for eight years, teaching traditional Chinese medicine theory applications for women’s health as well as nutrition for pain and depression management. She is board certified as a Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM)® and certified by the Upledger Institute in craniosacral therapy.
Nishanga Bliss, D.Sc., L.Ac
Nutrition Consultant Instructor, Natural Chef Instructor
Nishanga has been a holistic physician since 1999. She is a licensed acupuncturist, nutritionist, and professor of Chinese medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA. Nishanga is the author of Real Food All Year: Eating Seasonal Whole Foods for Optimal Health and All-Day Energy, and has a blog, Gastronicity, where she writes about the intersections of food, health, and sustainability.
Porsche Combash, B.A.
Natural Chef Instructor
Porsche is a chef, instructor, and entrepreneur. She specializes in production cooking, sustainable packaging, and nutrient-dense product development. Porsche’s love for food began to develop when she trained as a pastry chef at age 16. She has worked as a wedding coordinator, caterer, chef, and garde manger. In 2001, she studied at the Natural Gourmet Institute to become a culinary instructor. She interned at Findhorn in Scotland and Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland. In 2006, Porsche co-founded Three Stone Hearth, a worker-owned co-op, in Berkeley, CA. She now teaches culinary arts, develops cancer-supportive recipes and meal plans, and continually studies ways to help others retain or regain optimal health.
Kathryn DeJong, M.A., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Kathryn holds an M.A. in education and a teaching credential from Sonoma State University. She retired from a thrilling teaching career in 2006, where she was an instructor in adult education, elementary school, and preschool. After retiring, she pursued her passion for cooking and nutrition at Bauman College and completed both the Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef programs. She now teaches in Penngrove and runs her own nutrition consultant practice. Kathryn is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®.
Diane Fischler, B.A., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor + Distance Learning Administrator
Diane is a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant and has a B.A. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has been a Bauman College faculty member since 2005 and an online program instructor since 2007. In that time, she has successfully ushered many enthusiastic students through the Nutrition Consultant Program. She has also taught nutrition at Northern California Functional Restoration Program, a pain management clinic. Diane has a lifelong interest in health and wellness with an emphasis on stress reduction and cardiovascular health.
Thais Harris, B.A., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Thais holds a B.A. from the California Institute of Integral Studies, attended the University of Southern Santa Catarina’s international relations program in Brazil, and is a certified nutrition consultant through Bauman College. She is the co-founder of Nourish Together, a nutrition and wellness private practice focusing on helping couples achieve optimal health. Thais also works as the nutrition education manager at Ceres Community Project, a nonprofit organization supporting primarily low-income people struggling with serious illnesses by providing free and home-delivered nourishing, organic, and locally produced meals; nutrition education; and the caring support of the community. As a business owner, Thais draws from her experience in graphic and web design, human resources management, and accounting.
Jenny Helman, N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Jenny graduated with honors from Bauman College as a nutrition consultant in 2014. In 2016, she was chosen to receive the Going Up award from the NANP in recognition of the visibility, success, and distinction she has achieved in the holistic nutrition industry. She runs her private practice, Healdsburg Nutrition, in Sonoma County, CA, where she offers individualized programs and workshops. She also teaches nutrition education at Ceres Community Project. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys working in her garden with her husband, where they cultivate vegetables, fruit trees, and healing herbs.
Nori Hudson, M.S., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Nori holds a B.A. in English, an M.S. in business administration, is a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant, and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. She has instructed at Bauman College since 2002 and owns a private practice, Radiant Vitality, which focuses on health issues affecting children and the elderly. Nori teaches widely within her community at schools and seminars. She also introduced a nutrition course, Success!, into the minimum security dorm at San Quentin State Prison.
Laura Knoff, B.S., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Laura holds a B.S. in chemistry from Florida Atlantic University and was a senior research associate in the lipoprotein group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Laura also worked as an electron microscopist from 1982 until 2000. She is a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant, a member of the NANP, and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. She is the author of Veggiewoman’s Guide to Health; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free Eating and The Whole Food Guide to Overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Laura has a private practice at the Labrys Healthcare Circle in Oakland, CA.
Joel Kreisberg, D.C., P.C.C., C.C.H.
Health Coach Instructor
Joel is the founder and executive director of Teleosis Institute, a nonprofit devoted to coaching and the healing arts. He brings almost three decades of leadership experience to his work as an integrative physician, teacher, coach, and change agent. He received credentials from New York College of Chiropractic, Hahnemann College of Homeopathy, and Integral Coaching Canada. After becoming an Integral Master Coach™, Joel incorporated this knowledge into his clinical practice by creating narrative health coaching. He is the author of Coaching and Healing: Transcending the Illness Narrative and maintains a private practice in Berkeley, CA.
Ruth Marlin, M.D.
Health Coach Instructor
Ruth trained as an internal medicine physician at the University of Tennessee, the Mayo Clinic, and the University of British Columbia. She is also a certified health and wellness coach. For over a decade, she worked with Dr. Dean Ornish at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute where she was a lifestyle retreat physician and the director of medical education; she was also the medical director of the Prostate Cancer Lifestyle and Geminal Trials. Ruth also served as the associate director for the Northern California Melanoma Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Integrative Medicine and a Bauman College Health Coach Program instructor.
Reggie Marra, M.A., P.C.C.
Health Coach Instructor
Reggie uses poetry, humor, Integral Coaching®, and any means necessary to alleviate unnecessary suffering. He is the creative director at Teleosis Institute and a co-creator of the Bauman College Health Coach Program. He is a faculty member at Integral Coaching Canada and has taught at Maryland University of Integrative Health and the Graduate Institute. Reggie is the author of four nonfiction and three poetry books. He has presented his work for the National Association for Poetry Therapy, Vistage USA, TEC Canada, the Spirituality Institute at Iona College, and Connecticut’s Office of the Arts, to name a few.
Laura McLively, B.A., R.D., C.D.E
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Laura is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with a decade of experience in chronic disease management and community health. She received her B.A. in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and later became a dietitian through studying at Kansas State University and completing her dietetic internship at University of Virginia. She served as the director of nutrition and fitness at the Native American Health Center, where she established and directed the department of chronic disease prevention and management to improve clinical outcomes. In addition to her clinical experience and private practice, Laura is a food writer and the author of The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by the Extraordinary Produce of California's Most Iconic Market.. The award-winning cookbook inspires people to try new fruits and vegetables that may be outside of their comfort zones.
Donna Morton, P.T., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Donna is a Bauman College certified holistic nutrition consultant and has been an orthopedic physical therapist since 1986. She was inspired to bring nutrition into her physical therapy practice to bridge a large gap in the conventional treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. She is on the faculty at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, CA, where she has been teaching Tibetan yoga and meditation since 2002. She also facilitates group classes, retreats, and workshops in the areas of nutrition education, natural posture and movement training, meditation, and yoga. Her whole-person integrative approach employs modalities from the East and West to guide and support individuals, groups, and communities toward realization of greater health, well-being, and sustainable living.
Dina Saalisi, B.F.R.P., N.B.C.-H.W.C.
Health Coach Instructor
Dina is a Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach by the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching, and is also certified in narrative health coaching by Teleosis Institute. She trained as a flower essence practitioner with the Bach Foundation and the Flower Essence Society and holds an international certification as a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner. By combining these powerful healing modalities, Dina inspires others to create deeper self-awareness, reframe challenges, and master new skills for growth and healing. In addition to maintaining a private practice, she leads classes and workshops on flower energetics and personal empowerment.
Irema Sivcevic, M.S.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Irema holds a bachelors in electrical engineering from the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and an M.S. in holistic health and nutrition education from Hawthorn University. She has worked as an engineer for over twenty five years, but Irema's passion for healthy food steered her toward the field of holistic nutrition. She has taught nutritional workshops and worked as a clinical nutritionist alongside functional and integrative medicine practitioners. Irema also maintains a private nutrition consulting practice, is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®, and is an Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master.
Julie Thenell, M.S., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Julie received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, her nutrition consultant certification from Bauman College in 2014, and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. Since graduating from Bauman College, she has maintained a private nutrition consulting practice, JTC Nutrition, helping individuals regain control of their health during periods of high stress and transition. Julie enjoys her work as a student mentor and currently serves on the board of the NANP.
Frances Wilson
Natural Chef Instructor
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Frances graduated with a bachelor of education from Trinity College in Dublin. Her professional career started as a high school teacher of home economics. Having studied to be a chef at the Dublin College of Catering, she moved to California in 1990, where she worked as the executive chef at Lalime's Restaurant in Berkeley, CA. Since then, she has continued to combine her love of teaching and cooking. She taught cooking classes at a château in the South of France and worked as a private chef, caterer, and consultant for restaurants; she also taught the professional culinary program at Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco for ten years. She loves to demystify cooking and give people the tools to make healthy, delicious food.
Tanja-Maria Zeise, M.D., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Tanja received her M.D. from Freie University Berlin in Germany. She is a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant, completed the Foundations of Narrative Health Coaching program through Teleosis Institute, studied the principles of homeopathy, and is a member of the NANP. Before enrolling in Bauman College’s Nutrition Consultant Program, Tanja researched diabetes at the University of New Mexico. In addition to having a private nutrition consulting practice, Tanja teaches at the College of Marin and is a researcher, writer, editor, and instructor at Bauman College.
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