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Medical & Dietary Advisory Staff


Michael B. Fowler, M.D., M.B., F.R.C.P
Dr. Fowler is a leading researcher in the medical field of congestive heart failure (CHF). He has been with Stanford Heart Transplant Clinic since 1982. His research has led to the use of new beta-blockers such as carvedilol (Coreg). He has been instrumental in the development of low-sodium diets that help improve the quality of life, as well as the survival rate for those who develop congestive heart failure.

Sandra Barbour, M.D.
Dr. Barbour earned her medical degree at Northerwestern University Medical School. Her residency was also with Northwestern, after which she earned a Fellowship with Loyola Univeristy Medical Center. Dr. Barbour is Board certifed in Internal Medicine and Board certified in Cardilogy. She practices at Kaiser Permanente Foundation Clinic in Sacramento, California.


Dr Trevor C Beard, FRACGP, MPH
Senior Research Fellow
Menzies Centre for Population Health Research
SALT SKIP PROGRAM
Trevor Beard is a medical graduate of Cambridge University, England. As an undergraduate he received his clinical training at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, on a Shuter Scholarship from Cambridge. After an internship at St Bartholomew's Hospital, he worked at the City of London Maternity Hospital, and acquired an obstetric diploma. On a visit to Australia, he and his wife and young family decided to settle there, and he spent almost two-thirds of his medical career in an idyllic rural general practice in Tasmania, then specialised in public health after taking the MPH course at Berkeley, California, where he was elected to the Zeta (Californian) Chapter of Delta Omega. During the rest of his career at the Australian Department of Health, in Canberra, he had a special interest in salt as a public health problem. Since retirement he has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Menzies Centre for Population Health Research, at the University of Tasmania, where he heads the Salt Skip Program. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Nutrition Foundation.

Visit Dr. Beard's Question and Answer section at this website.

Alan Gazzaniga, M.D.
Dr. Alan B. Gazzaniga is a recently retired heart surgeon who is a Emeritus Professor of Surgery at UCI. He was a pioneer in the development of adult and pediatric heart surgery in Orange County, California. During his tenure at Chief of Cardiac Surgery at UCI, the first heart transplant in Orange County was done. With Dr. R. H. Bartlett, M.D., Dr. Gazzaniga invented the Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation system (ECMO), which is used world wide to save patients with cardiorespiratory failure. Dr. Gazzaniga was honored in 2000 as physician of the year in Orange County, Ca.

Krista Stenhaug, RD
Krista is a Registered Dietitian on the Preventive Cardiology staff at the Minneapolis Heart Institute where she provides patient counseling and education for heart patients (congestive heart failure, primary and secondary prevention). She is also a relief dietitian for Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN where she has worked with a variety of patients such as cardiac, transplant, stroke, brain injured, diabetes, pregnancy, eating disorders, renal, and weight reduction as well as tube feedings and total parenteral nutrition. She consults monthly for Southdale Pediatric Associates and provides nutrition therapy for patients with food allergies, failure to thrive, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, obesity, vegetarian diets and eating disorders. Krista has been at the Minneapolis Heart Institute for the past three years and at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Southdale Pediatric Associates for twelve years. She earned her B.S. in Nutrition through the Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics at North Dakota State University in May, 1987. Krista has also worked as a clinical dietitian at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL and for Staywell as a lead health educator specializing in nutrition.

Scott Leysath
The Sporting Chef

(Now on TV) HuntFishCook.

Originally from Virginia, Scott Leysath has been an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman since he was a young boy. He spent much of his youth fishing, bird hunting and backpacking throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains. During those years, Scott discovered the basics of good camp cooking, foregoing the usual freeze- dried foods and canned stews. After graduating from college, Scott decided to turn his cooking skills into his profession. He accepted a management position with a western states restaurant chain where he honed his culinary techniques for nine years. He became vice-president of the company and later left to open his own highly acclaimed restaurant, Peter B's Freeport Inn, in Sacramento, California. In addition to featuring game dishes nightly, Scott offered sportsmen an alternative to preparing their own game at home. Customers brought in their cleaned fish and game and Scott prepared innovative dishes for their discriminating palates. Soon, Scott's reputation for extraordinary fish and game preparation led to the beginning of his catering enterprise, Silver Sage Caterers. The company provides both wild game and traditional fare for over forty northern California sporting groups such as Ducks Unlimited, California Waterfowl Association, California Deer Association and the Safari Club International.

Scott spent four years on Home and Garden TV's Home Grown Cooking with Paul James. Scott makes regular appearances on outdoor television and radio programs and at sporting events and food festivals. He has been featured in numerous magazines and metropolitan newspapers throughout the U.S. Scott is in demand as a demonstrator and speaker among professional groups and business communities nationwide. TheSportingChef.com, Scott's website, features over one-hundred innovative, yet simple fish and game recipes. Visitors are invited to browse the site's over four hundred pages of recipes, how-to's and other tips and tidbits on how to be a better fish and came chef. There are two Sporting Chef videotapes available through the website. The most recent video combines Scott's expertise with the humor of Hollywood entertainer Wil Shriner.








Fowler on CHF



Sandra Barbour, M.D.


Trevor Beard, FRACGP, MPH



Alan Gazzaniga, M.D.


Krista Stenhaug, R.D.




Scott Leysath
Wild Game Chef