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Writing & Review Team

SIBO Survivor’s content is reviewed by medical professionals with experience in both conventional and natural medical approaches.

We have a small team of freelance writers who are medical doctors, registered dieticians, naturopathic doctors, researchers, herbalists, and patients who have lived with IBS and SIBO.

Our small team works hard to provide the best evidence-based content for people learning about or living with IBS and/or SIBO. We believe that a combination of medical expertise and real-life patient experience is the most helpful.

Benedette Cuffari

Scientific Writer & Researcher

 

Education:

B.S. Toxicology with minor in Chemistry, St. John’s University

M.S. Toxicology, St. John’s University

 

Bio:

After completing her Bachelor of Science in Toxicology with two minors in Spanish and Chemistry in 2016, Benedette continued her studies to complete her Master of Science in Toxicology in May of 2018. Benedette now continues to do active research and medical writing on numerous different topics in the medical field. Some of Benedette’s research work that has recently been published in scientific journals include:

  • Cuffari, B., Tumu, H., Pino, M. A., Billack, B. (2018). Assessing the time-dependent dermatoxicity of mechlorethamine using the mouse ear vesicant model.Interdisciplinary Toxicology.(Under review).
  • Tumu, H., Cuffari, B., Pino, M. A., Pietka-Ottlik, M., Billack, B. (2018). Ebselen oxide attenuates mechlorethamine dermatoxicity in the mouse ear vesicant model.Drug and Chemical Toxicology.DOI: 10.1080/01480545.2018.1488858.

Benedette has also spent a considerable amount of time shadowing physicians at St. Agnes Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. While shadowing at Johns Hopkins, Benedette spent most of her time in the operating room where she shadowed pediatric gastroenterologists as they performed colonoscopies, endoscopies, fecal transplants and several other procedures. During this time, Benedette became increasingly interested in understanding the complexity surrounding various GI-related disorders, such as IBS and Crohn’s Disease.

Oreoluwa Ogunyemi, MD

Education:

B.S. Psychology, Stanford University

M.D., UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine

Urology Residency, University of Wisconsin

Food and Nutrition, Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Bio:

Dr. Ore Ogunyemi is a trained pediatric urologist, entrepreneur, and medical writer. She earned her medical degree at UCLA, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, completed her urology residency at University of Wisconsin, Madison and pursued pediatric urology fellowship at Stanford University.

Dr. Ogunyemi also enjoys medical writing and producing content that is both informative and enjoyable for physicians and the lay public. In addition, Dr. Ogunyemi studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is certified as a health coach, allowing her to use holistic technique to impact wellness and produce sustainable lifestyle changes in her clients. She is also a budding yogini and will receive her Yoga Teacher Training certificate in 2018.

Zora DeGrandpre ND

Education:

B.S. and M.S. Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Immunology, University of Buffalo

ND, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, National College of Natural Medicine

Bio:

Dr. Zora DeGrandpre practices naturopathic medicine in rural Washington and is a professional medical and scientific writer and editor, specializing in naturopathic and integrative medicine.

Dr. DeGrandpre has degrees in drug design, immunology and natural medicine and has extensive experience in cancer research, immunology research and education. She has written curricula and articles in both naturopathic and integrative medicine. She is currently writing a chapter on the effects of nutrition on epigenetic changes for an upcoming text on nutrition, dietetics and integrative medicine as well as providing online courses for students around the world.

Dr. DeGrandpre also specializes in formulating rational, evidence-based supplements.

Karen Baldree RDN, CSP, LD

Education:

A.S. Nutrition and Dietetics, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

B.S. Nutrition and Food Science, Georgia Southern University

Bio:

Karen Baldree is a registered dietitian with over a decade of experience. She has spent many years helping both children and adults alike make the best food choices.

Karen holds both Nutrition and Food Science degrees. Her degree in Food Science helps her to direct her clients to choose the healthiest and tastiest alternative. She is certified in adult weight management and specialized in pediatric nutrition, which is her passion. She is very well-versed in food allergies and feeding problems for all ages.

Josh Sabourin

IBS/SIBO Patient and Researcher

Education:

B.S. Commerce and Business Administration, University of Alabama

Avid health student who reads many scientific studies, books, and has completed courses in herbal medicine, gastroenterology, and nutrition

Bio:

Josh is an IBS and SIBO patient who was officially diagnosed in 2014. He has lived with the GI disorder since then and has been able to improve his health a lot but still deals with relapses from time to time. This unfortunate health circumstance has sparked an interest in gastroenterology and medicine.

Josh now focuses on combining his business background with his interest in gut disorders to research, write, study and develop materials that can improve the quality of life for the GI patient population. You can learn more about his personal story here.