Advisory Board

Dr. Lord

Dr. Richard S. Lord

For over 40 years, Dr. Lord has been actively involved in the development of new testing methodologies for assessing patient status of nutrients, toxicants, cell regulators and microbes as well as innovative laboratory report data displays. His contributions include customization of free-form amino acids for complex degenerative conditions and introduction of biomarkers such as low-range homocysteine, elevated alpha-hydroxybutyrate, tricarblallylate and D-lactate for routine clinical metabolic and intestinal dysbiosis evaluations.

In addition to co-authoring the textbook, Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine, Dr. Lord also publishes technical articles, lectures, and consults with health professionals regarding the application and interpretations of complex patient nutritional, metabolic profiles.

Dr. Lord received his BS in Chemistry from Georgia State University and his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Texas in 1970. He then went on to complete postdoctoral fellowships at the Clayton Foundation Biochemical Institute, the University of Arizona, and the National Institute of Health.

He served as president for Doctor's Data and Horizon Laboratories from 1974-1981. For the next eight years, Dr. Lord was a Professor and Chairman in the Department of Chemistry for Life University where he was instrumental in the initiation and design of a BS degree in Nutritional Science. Then he served for 25 years as Laboratory Director and Chief Science Officer at Genova Diagnostics and its subsidiary previously named Metametrix Clinical Laboratory until retirement in 2014. He continues to teach in the Human Nutrition Institute Master's program in Human Nutrition at the University of Bridgeport and to consult in the clinical laboratory industry.

Over the past several years, Dr. Lord has also become an active participant in the Autism Research Institute Think Tank, and the MINDD Foundation Think Tank, based in Sydney, Australia.

Dr. Lewis

Dr. Charles Lewis

Charles Alan Lewis is an American medical doctor, researcher, author, and inventor. He is recognized for his work in the explaining the pathophysiologic mechanisms by which the gastrointestinal immune system promotes systemic inflammation and chronic diseases of various organs, including many diseases and disorders of the central nervous system. He is the author of the medical book "Enteroimmunology" an exposition and clinical guide to the treatment of these conditions.

Dr. Lewis and his colleagues were the first researchers to demonstrate the effect of small elevations in serum homocysteine levels, caused by marginal folic acid level, on increasing the risk for coronary artery disease. This work was sighted by the Institute of Medicine for their recommendations for setting higher levels of folic acid fortification of in processed foods, a change that resulted in a reduced incidence of heart disease, neural tube defects and in some cancers in the United States.

After completing training in epidemiology and receiving board status in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Dr. Lewis worked in research and medicine, mostly in Florida but also as a field epidemiologist and physician in the Dominican Republic. In collaboration with the Scheie Eye Institute and Columbia University Lewis helped identify the cause of a severe form of recessive retinitis pigmentosa, RP-14 as being caused by a mutation in the TULP1 gene, Lewis worked in rural medicine from 1991 through 2004, where he was often the only physician in the area. In 2004, Lewis became medical director of a medical device incubator. Here he worked on the development of several devices designed to improve the care for respiratory patients including the HiFLO2, a High Flow Therapy device with pressure feedback monitoring and control. Since 2010 he works as a medical product development consultant and independent scholar and author. He continues to see patients in a part-time practice.

Prior to attending medical school, Lewis served as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 1980 to 1982. His area of work included teaching nutrition to elementary school teachers around the southwest region of the Dominican Republic, sanitation, health and agricultural promotion. He initiated a street project to formalize ownership boundaries in his village, and successfully lobbied for electrification of the village. He and his fellow Peace Corps volunteers were recipients of the Beyond War Award in 1987.

Dr. Bastidas

Milton Bastidas, DC, CFMP

International Ambassador for CIM.  Dr. Bastidas was born in Colombia and is a graduate of Texas Chiropractic College with additional certification in functional medicine. He is Founder of True Lifelong Wellness Center and has been in practice since 1998 for the treatment of musculo-skeletal conditions, sports injuries, and systemic disorders. Dr. Bastidas has a passion for soccer which put him through college at Texas Lutheran University and is very sought after in the soccer community for rehabilitation and nutritional counselling. He is also knowledgeable in the use of laboratory analysis and enzyme nutrition as part of a functional and natural approach to well-being. As a lead researcher in Transformation Enzyme Corporation’s research and development team, Dr. Bastidas has co-directed two clinical studies showing the benefits of enzyme supplementation on systemic inflammation and gastrointestinal dysfunction. Dr. Bastidas lives in Houston, TX, with his family. He is currently involved in developing specific treatment protocols depending on the biochemical individuality of the patient. His mission is to help patients achieve and maintain optimal health through a holistic and integrative approach. He strives to help patients regain their health by educating them on how to obtain true lifelong wellness through natural means with the aid of nutrition and supplemental enzymes.

Samuel Thomas, Pastor

Spiritual Advisor.  Samuel 'Caocoochee' Thomas is a Seminole Native American Medicine Man of the Nation and Shaman. He has dedicated his life to teaching the old ways of his people and recognizes that Spirituality is a way of life which has an effect on the perspective of connections with everything; including its impact on health and overall well-being. Through the establishment of his own Native American church and lodge over two decades ago, he has experienced the joy of teaching the importance of spirituality and the old ways to over 300 students, many of which are now living nationwide, practicing what they have learned, and teaching the same principals on the importance of spirituality in well-being. Mr. Thomas brings invaluable insight to how the we can reintroduce the approach of seeing the whole patient through body, mind, and spirit; a missing link in today's health care that has been long been overshadowed by our desire to master and control illness versus looking at the mystery of falling ill.



 Lisa HellfrichLisa Hellfrich, RDN

Lisa is an author, speaker, teacher and nutrition coach. She has worked in the Holistic-Integrative health field since 1997 specializing in nutrition and enzyme therapy. Her book, "The Ripple Effect of Toxicity" showcases her strong belief in the importance of diet and digestion, emphasizing the vital role gut health plays in supporting total wellness. She has written articles and presented worldwide on numerous topics related to nutrition and digestive wellness.

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Texas Austin. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She completed her nutrition coaching certification with the Institute of Transformational Nutrition.

Lisa is currenlty working on the 2nd edition of her book and lives in Sugar Land, Texas.

Dr. Lord

Ana Vargus, MD

Ana Vargus is an international medical graduate (Mexico) with specialty in Pediatrics and fellowship trained in Neonatology (Germany). She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology (USA).

During her medical training and decade long residencency in Germany, she had the opportunity to acquire skills in diverse fields (psychiatry & neurology, internal medicine, nutrition, marketing data analysis, and translation).

Dr. Vargus served as a research assistant at the Energy Balance Laboratory and the Breast Cancer Survivorship Center of the University of Kansas where she served as intervention specialist for breast cancer patients, and later as research assistant at the Public Health Department of the Medical Center of the same university. She had relocated to Maryland to occupy a research position at the biotechnology services company TruBios LLC, an independent corporate partner of Johns Hopkins University MCC, in Rockville, MD. She later accepted a position at the National Integrated Health Associates clinic in Washington, DC, where she has supported the Functional Medicine team and Neurofeedback training since 2013.

     Dr. Vagus will be serving College of Integrative Medicine in future development of its curriculum for bi-lingual students throughout a multitude of regions.


Dr. Bastidas

Dr. Andre Broussard

Dr. Andre Broussard began practicing chiropractic in 1984 and has expanded his interests within the health care arena to include a variety of complementary and alternative medicine methods.  He currently practices in Lubbock, Texas where he is the director of a health care facility dedicated to providing non-surgical, drug-free, pain relief treatments, and focuses on education about how to remain pain free through a healthy lifestyle with exercise and good nutrition combined with CAM methods that include Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy, and Acupuncture.

Dr. Broussard is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (formerly University of Louisiana Lafayette), and Texas Chiropractic College. He is certified in Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome through the San Diego Spine Research Institute, and earned a Fellowship in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture and New York Chiropractic College. As one of the first chiropractors in the U.S. to acquire hospital privileges, he served at West Texas Hospital on the Chiropractic Committee, performing manipulation under anesthesia in which he is certified. He is also certified in the practice of functional medicine through Functional Medicine University. Dr. Broussard is currently exploring his interests of in depth neurological exam procedures and a treatment technique called TRIGENICS®.

Dr. Broussard has served as Chairman of the Chiropractic Department of the Lubbock Back Institute, and is the first chiropractic physician in the U.S. to serve on a Medical Institutional Review Board at Texas University Health Sciences Center for six years.  He is a current member of the Texas Department of Insurance Workers’ Compensation System Medical Quality Review Panel and is qualified as Designated Doctor for the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation.

Dr. Broussard is very involved with the legislation of chiropractic in the health care arena on both the state and national levels. He is a member of the American Chiropractic and Texas Chiropractic Associations, serving as past State Director, District President, Secretary/Treasurer, District Governor and Vice State Director for the TCA’s District III, and currently serving as the Coordinator for the Department of Scientific Affairs for the TCA. He was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Lubbock Health Department for his efforts as a Medical First Responder in recognition of providing health care and medical needs of the Gulf Coast residents that came to Lubbock.

Dr. Broussard has a website packed with archives in Integrative Clinical Practice. His site houses over 3,800 articles in over 950 Categories and continues to be expanded upon. http://www.integrative-archives.com/