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Dr. James A. Peters, MD, DrPH, RD, RRT, FACPM

Medical Director St. Helena Lifestyle Medicine Institute

Dr. Peters is Medical Director of the  St. Helena Lifestyle Medicine Institute. He is a board certified prevention medical physician and specializes in nutrition, lifestyle, and integrative medicine. Dr. Peters helps patients optimize health and wellbeing through the power of prevention, integrative medicine, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. He received his medical degree from Loma Linda University, where he completed his residency in Preventive Medicine. He holds a second doctorate in Public Health with special emphasis in health promotion and prevention. He also has a Masters in Public Health in epidemiology, which focuses on the factors that cause health or disease. In addition, he is a Registered Dietitian and is a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Dr. Peters is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine. Dr. Peters has extensive experience in primary care medicine and diagnostic experience. The success of his practice is due to emphasizing simple health habits that unlock natural healing.

Dr. Peters is a member of the Napa County Medical Society, the California Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the American Diabetes Association, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Dietetic Association, the American Association of Respiratory Care, and is a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Peters promotes healing, well-being and optimal health by focusing on the treatment of the whole person: physical, mental, social, and spiritual-drawing on his expertise in the areas of nutrition, lifestyle and integrative medicine.

Lifestyle medicine utilizes the best of traditional medicine and integrates evidence- based interventions from nutrition, botanicals, and natural methods when appropriate. Dr. Peters is passionate about educating and motivating people to make healthier lifestyle choices for lifelong health and healing. Dr. Peters offers lifestyle medicine for both residential and outpatient health and lifestyle programs to help people achieve lifelong health and healing.

John E. Hodgkin, MD

Medical Director of the Smoke-Free Life Program

Dr. Hodgkin is a renowned pulmonary rehabilitation expert and serves as medical director to the Smoke-Free Life Program at the St. Helena Lifestyle Medicine Institute. Dr. Hodgkin has been published in over 200 journals and books on the subject of respiratory care, pulmonary rehabilitation and pulmonary medicine, and is the lead editor of the foremost clinical textbook on pulmonary rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Guidelines to Success. The book is used by medical schools, physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. Dr. Hodgkin is a co-editor of the third edition of Fundamentals of Heart and Lung Sounds, published in 2004. In 2007 he was awarded the Outstanding Clinician of the Year Award from the California Thoracic Society.

Dr. Hodgkin earned his medical degree at Loma Linda University Medical Center and completed a pulmonary fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Hodgkin is a Past-President and Founding Fellow of the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. He is Board Certified in Internal medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine.

Cheryl Thomas Peters, DCN, RD

Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, RD, Director/Co-Founder of TakeTEN Program.

Cheryl-Thomas Peters, DCN, RD, is the Director of the St. Helena Lifestyle Medicine Institute and Co-founder of the St. Helena TakeTEN™ program.  She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and is a Registered Dietitian from Loma Linda University.  Cheryl specializes in nutrition science and teaches the concept that “food is medicine”. Her focus is on the prevention and treatment of lifestyle related chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver and kidney disease, and cancer along with obesity, metabolic syndrome and other health conditions.

Cheryl’s doctoral research focused on the development of a diet score and health habit score as a screening tool in clinical practice to predict risk of chronic disease.  These risk screening lifestyle habit scores may be utilized in research to measure the impact of health habit changes on health outcomes and useful in building the body of evidence on the powerful health effects of lifestyle medicine.   

During the TakeTEN program, Cheryl presents the lecture series “Food is Medicine,” showing both the short and long term health outcomes effects of the foods we eat.   She is also the author of four best-selling cookbooks and has personally developed, tested and nutritionally analyzed the healing foods and menus used in the TakeTEN program.

Cheryl Thomas Peters, DCN, RD, and Dr. James Peters are the founders and developers of the TakeTEN program and lead the qualified TakeTEN team, who all share the goal of helping you live younger longer.

Lisa D. Hinz, PhD, ATR

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Hinz is a clinical psychologist and a registered art therapist who focuses her practice on helping people overcome obstacles to lifestyle change and optimize physical, mental and spiritual health. Dr. Hinz has published professional articles and presented research papers on the subjects of prevention and treatment of eating problems. She brings a wealth of knowledge about the psychological aspects of lifestyle change to the TakeTEN Program.