Your Kickstart Team


Neal D. Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C. is a nutrition researcher, author, and health advocate. As an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Barnard conducts studies on the role of nutrition in diabetes, obesity, and lipid management, among other health issues. Dr. Barnard’s research was the impetus for creating the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart and he’s also a coach on Day 12. Learn more about Dr. Barnard on his bio>

Jill Eckart is the nutrition program manager at the Physicians Committee. As part of the nutrition team, Jill manages a variety of programs both for lay people and healthcare professionals to include the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program and the International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine. While she cheers Kickstart participants on in many of the Kickstart nutrition webcasts, you’ll also find her planning and testing the Kickstart menu.   

Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., is director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee. Susan researches and writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases. Susan offers nutrition tips throughout the program and coaches participants on the community forum.