James F. Loomis Jr., MD, MBA , FACLM, received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas, and subsequently completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis. He is board certified in internal and lifestyle medicine and currently serves as the medical director at the Barnard Medical Center in Washington DC. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Loomis enjoys reading, cooking, teaching plant-based cooking classes, as well as hiking, running, biking, and swimming, and has completed numerous half marathons, marathons, and triathlons, including an Ironman triathlon
Caryn Dugan is the owner of the nation's first plant-based nutrition and culinary education center: The Center for Plant-based Living
Rooted deep in the St. Louis food and wellness scene, Caryn Dugan is STLVegGirl, a plant-based nutrition and culinary and lifestyle educator with a simple mission, “A Plant on Every Plate™.
Caryn adopted a plant-based diet in response to tragedy; in 2008, cancer took her father at an early age and 10 weeks later, tried to take her. In response to her diagnosis, she searched for an answer and found one in the growing body of literature supporting a whole food, plant-based diet to bolster our natural immune system. Adopting a plant-based diet herself and beating cancer, she sought to share her knowledge to help others.
In 2011, Caryn studied in Washington, DC, under the direction of Neal Barnard MD at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s (PCRM) Food For Life program, becoming a certified instructor. Bringing this knowledge home, she teaches immune boosting, plant-based cooking classes at the Cancer Support Center of St. Louis for the benefit of others who have, like her, met cancer at the door.
Caryn went on to form STLVegGirl, LLC, St. Louis’ first fully plant-based entity providing cooking instruction, personal cheffing, meal delivery, and collaborative restaurant events. She regularly appears in cooking and nutrition segments on St. Louis affiliates of NBC, CBS and Fox morning shows.