Dr. Michael Klaper

Michael A. Klaper, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago.  He received postgraduate training in internal medicine, surgery, anesthesiology, and orthopedics at University of British Columbia teaching hospitals in Vancouver and obstetrics at the University of California at San Francisco. He has practiced acute care medicine in Hawaii, Canada, California, Florida and New Zealand and for the past 35 years us been focusing upon health-promoting food and lifestyle choices to help prevent the need for hospitalization and surgery.

A long-time radio host and a pilot, Dr. Klaper has served as nutrition advisor to NASA’s programs for space colonists on the Moon and Mars. He makes the latest information on health and nutrition available through his website, DoctorKlaper.com, where visitors can find the latest nutrition information through his numerous articles and videos, subscribe to his free newsletter, “Medicine Capsule” and support his “Moving Medicine Forward” Initiative to get applied nutrition taught in medical schools.

Former professional basketball players and Elite trainer. Working with the likes of MLB, NFL, Semi pro football teams, European soccer players, and many more. Owned multiple gyms, and decided to originally get into fitness with the goal of inspiring, and motivating. 

He has served as a member on Exercise Science & Technology Boards. Additionally, serving as the fitness liaison to the Fort Myers PD SWAT Team, police fitness instrcturs courses, and local youth athletics. After a near death scare with multiple bloodclots and pulmonary embolism I was inspired to grow my knowledge in plant based wellness, and have since transformed my vision to help educate and inspire on the possibilities of living both PLANT BASED & STRONG.

Marcus now runs a podcast and website “The Vegan Transition”. Where his mission is sharing his learning that saved his life, and dispelling the stima that you cant life plant, and live your strongest, healthier life. https://www.thevegantransition.com/

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Dr. Ronald Knaus | "Vegan Doc" | Age 81

Dr. Ronald Knaus is a psychiatrist in Saint Petersburg, Florida. He received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

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Gloria Reilly

Gloria Reilly is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Health Services Coordinator at Lee Health. She works at the Healthy Life Center, empowering choices to promote wellbeing. Gloria has been vegan for 3 years. She loves guiding others to discover that choosing a plant-based lifestyle can transform their lives toward holistic fulfillment. Her joy is found in sharing yoga and meditation to help people find peace of mind, piece by piece.

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Nikki Benoit

An east coast native, Nikki spent her college years and beyond as an activist for animals, the environment and social justice issues. Needing to make sense of and come to peace with everything along the way, she began her work on the spiritual level. When she realized that the conditions of our outer world are just reflecting the conditions of humanities inner world, her focus shifted to energy healing arts and yoga. Now a Reiki Master, yoga instructor, author, and speaker living in southern Florida, she hosts discussions on why animals matter, the magic of living a heart and intuition-lead life, and the importance of self-love – the recipe for global peace.

Justin Clark

Justin is the co-founder of the Fort Myers Anonymous for the Voiceless Chapter. Anonymous for the Voiceless is an organization that hosts public demonstrations in which its members show the public videos of factory farming conditions and have conversations with the public about the subject of animal rights. Justin has been helping members of the public reach a vegan conclusion in their thought process about animals since November of 2017. In order to increase his effectiveness in creating a kinder world for animals, Justin has attended numerous academic trainings and lectures spanning across the subjects of societal change, individual behavioral change, animal ethics, and nutrition. In addition, he spends much of his free time studying debates, ethics, environmental science, and nutrition that relates to animal agriculture.

Brad Talbott

Brad Talbott is an avid musician and Fort Myers Organizer for the international Anonymous for the Voiceless movement. Brad has helped organize public art demonstrations along with others around the state of Florida in order to educate the public about the positive effects a plant based diet can have on your health, the environment, and the animals we share this planet with. He has had experience with hosting musical events as President of music club at Florida Gulf Coast University in addition to hosting and assisting local open mic nights throughout the community.

Mike Young

Mike Young is the Founder of our SWFL Veg Fest, aPlantBasedDiet.org 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, TriangleGrapeVine.org, FloridaGrapeVine.org, and Director of Pod Operations at PlantPure. He’s the type of person that’s continually in search of improvement and doing the best he can do with everything. Mike has always been a forward thinker, and this has propelled him into leading a whole foods plant based lifestyle. He believes there’s nothing more important to do today than spread the good news of this lifestyle since everyone and everything benefits! Mike can be found perpetually on social media.

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