Doc really is a Doc. He combines his culinary talents and Asian philosophy with medical expertise, creating winning recipes for healthy eating. Known to his audiences as “Dr. Mike,” he is frequently asked to present live cooking demonstrations as well as giving numerous radio interviews on health and food shows both nationally and internationally. “When talking to audiences about healthy eating or fighting obesity, I am constantly asked two questions: ‘what should I eat?,’ and ‘does it taste good?’ My answer is always the same: eat as much fresh, unprocessed food as you can and yes, eating healthy can taste very good.” A certified wine professional and chef, Mike received his culinary degree from Ashworth University where he graduated with honors. He has worked professionally in kitchens prior to entering medical school and maintained his passion for food and wine throughout his medical career. Mike helped manage the award winning Napa Alley in Roanoke, Virginia, and hosted a local cable TV cooking show, “What’s Cookin’ with Doc” in Dublin, GA. He has written columns for SheKnows.com, is a regular columnist for the culinary magazine Basil, as well as a member of their Council of Chefs and a monthly health and fitness contributor to The Tampa Tribune. He has appeared several times on the nationally syndicated Daytime TV show as well as other television programs. As a physician, Dr. Mike is a Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist, who has participated in numerous clinical trials and spoken nationally on a variety of cardiovascular topics to audiences ranging from lay public to medical professionals. He has made presentations at organizations such as the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology meetings. Dr. Mike is frequently asked for his medical opinions from peer groups. He has been noted for his original contributions as well as for the clinical research trials he participated in; both of which have appeared in peer reviewed scientific and medical journals. He served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at North East Ohio University College of Medicine (NEOUCOM). Mike recently graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University’s Physician’s Executive MBA program. Dr. Mike is currently taping episodes for a new television show called “What’s Cookin’ with Doc: House Calls,” to air in nationally in various markets and has a culinary survival guide to be published by Rowman and Littlefield due for release January 2012. He also holds a JuDan (10th degree black belt) ranking in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, which he has studied over the last three decades.