Leaders in their individual fields joined together to form the International Board of Nutrition and Fitness Coaching (IBNFC). The IBNFC oversees all Medical Parameters of the Venice Nutrition System and in addition continues to add fresh, cutting edge research to each wellness presentation and program. The IBNFC Board members are below:
Mark Macdonald, NC, CPT Creator of the Venice Nutrition System Chair of IBNFC
Mark's Bio: Mark’s education in nutrition and fitness began when he was a collegiate athlete. While studying Kinesiology on a full scholarship to play Division 1 Soccer at California State University Northridge, Mark realized how out of touch the nutritional education system was. Frustrated with the lack of answers regarding nutrition, Mark set out to learn how the human body really works. Following college, he became one of the top fitness models in Los Angeles, and experimented with every type of diet to gain a competitive edge. After years of struggling with restrictive dieting, Mark discovered the power of Blood Sugar Stabilization. He took his research and created the Venice Nutrition System. He spent endless years perfecting the system and coaching thousands of clients from all ages and walks of life from the first Venice Nutrition Consulting center in Venice Beach, California. During this time he was also a guest speaker at corporate events, charity events, company meetings, universities and was featured as a nutrition expert on several radio stations and TV networks. After years of touching the lives of thousands of people, Mark was ready to take his successful program to the masses. This desire to help as many people as possible led to the creation of Venice Nutrition Online, a virtual replica of his one on one coaching system. In addition to VN Online, Mark, his wife Abbi and the Venice Nutrition team created Workplace Wellness to benefit the health of corporate America. Mark also founded The International Board of Nutrition and Fitness Coaching (IBNFC), with his team of doctors and a registered dietician they created a dynamic certification process that allows anyone to become certified in the field of Nutrition learn and teach the Venice Nutrition Program. In addition, the Venice Nutrition Program has been licensed by hundreds of health facilities, doctor offices, studios and health professionals nationwide as a way to offer their current members and clients a sound nutrition program. Venice Nutrition continues its rapid growth with new members in every state, nutrition centers spread across the country and a software system that is the best in the industry. Click Here to learn about the history of Venice Nutrition.
Nicole Hilburt, MS, RD, LDN, CNSD Director of Dietetics
Nicole's Bio: When Nicole began this journey over fifteen years ago, all she knew was that she wanted to be in the health care field. She lost her mother at a young age and didn't fully understand what happened to her because at the time, Nicole was too young for any technical explanation. She felt helpless and powerless to do anything to change the outcome of that crisis. That's when she made up her mind to never again be in the dark with regard to her own health or the health of the people she cared about. Nicole chose nutrition and dietetics as her career path for two reasons: first, she wanted to gain an understanding of the general mechanisms of the human body, and specifically, the relationship of good food and good nutrition to positive health outcomes; second, she has an insatiable passion for it. She knew after she finished her first nutrition course that she had found her niche. It is an ever-changing field that offers constant stimulation and opportunity for new growth and learning. Nicole is fortunate to practice something every day that she truly enjoys. Her client's victories are also her victories, so it's always a thrill to see how she's made a difference in their lives. As a result of the education she's received and the experience she's gained, she is now in a position to offer her skills and knowledge to those who need it. For Nicole, being capable of filling the position of Director of Dietetics for the IBNFC is an honor and provides her the opportunity to help educate thousands more people each year about nutrition and fitness than she could before. view/download resume pdf >>
Dr. Steve S. Lee, DO Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine | Director of Medical Affairs
Dr. Lee's Bio: Dr. Lee has always been interested in nutrition and fitness, expressing this interest in his years as a competitive athlete and a personal trainer. He maintained this vision during his training in internal medicine, the medical specialty that focuses on several branches of medicine including cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, immunology, rheumatology, nephrology, alonside preventive medicine and health promotion. Since he became a physician, he brought his dedication to nutrition and fitness by seeking out paradigms of good health to promote in his patients. Dr. Lee received his education from Western University of Health Sciences and Loma Linda University Medical where his training in internal medicine took place then he became certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is currently a practicing Rheumatologist/Internist at a leading medical institution and holds faculty appointments at Western University of Health Sciences and Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Lee has extensively reviewed the Venice Nutrition system for its sound basis in medical, physiological, nutritional and scientific foundations. As he promotes great health and well-being in his patients, he continually contributes his medical expertise to the IBNFC and to its certified coaches as well as fully endorsing the principles of the system.
Dr. Bryen Bell Director of Spinal Wellness and Rehabilitation
Dr. Bell's Bio: At the age of 20, Dr. Bryen Bell faced a tragedy that forever changed his life. While playing in a competitive collegiate rugby game, he suffered a serious neck injury. When traditional doctors and medical procedures proved futile, he sought out the help of a local chiropractor. After an exam, x-rays and a series of corrective spinal adjustments, Dr. Bell’s pain, numbness and dysfunction disappeared and his health was restored again. He was amazed that his recovery was due to opening the nerve channels through corrective chiropractic adjustments and spinal alignment and thus his career path was born. Dr. Bell began his studies with an undergraduate degree from the University of Portland in Business Management (B.S.), and a Chiropractic Degree (D.C.) as well as a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology (B.S) from Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles. Today, Dr. Bell owns and operates BAC To Health Chiropractic Group of Beverly Hills and serves as the Clinic and Wellness Director. He is the founder of BACfit, an elite ergonomic program for business and corporate professionals. Dr. Bell is also the current President of the California Chiropractic Association, LA Metro Division. Additionally, he is the sixth-year Head Chiropractor for the Los Angeles Avengers of the AFL, the Team Chiropractor and Medical Director for the Angel City Derby Girls, L.A.’s premier Roller Derby Team and Ergonomic Consultant to the World Famous USC Trojan Marching Band. He has also been featured on Fine Living, the Style Network and the TLC Cable Network as one of the nations Top Health Specialists. Dr. Bell is dedicated to making non-drug solutions the first choice in health care and strives to help as many people as possible, including professional athletes to live a pain free, productive lifestyle. He is loved by his patients not only for his professionalism, but also for his warm, caring nature. Dr Bell practices with his Wife Dr. Alithea Corter-Bell in the Heart of Beverly Hills. They have a one-year-old daughter named Mikayla and another child on the way.
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