Daniel G Miller has been involved with the Portland food and beverage industry since 1984, and began to study food in earnest in 1998. In 2007 he launched Duckspoon.com, a video recipe encyclopedia, in an effort to teach people to cook real food from scratch. In 2011 he launched the Open Kitchen Wellness Dinners in collaboration with naturopathic doctors and Chef Abby Fammartino to explore food as medicine. After brainstorming with Hamid Shibata Bennett about saving the world, he began to research the relationship between nutrition and cancer care and then gathered a team to begin hosting survivorship events.
Thus Taking Care Portland was born.
I come from a culture where food is inspired by the freshest produce available locally, and I grew up appreciating home cooked meals prepared by my mother. I have enjoyed cooking for family and friends and after my recent cancer treatment, I felt the need to share with other survivors ways to not only survive the harsh toxic medicines, but thrive by eating healthy food. In India spices are used to not only perk up a dish but to enhance its nutritive and digestive values. I strive to make every bite count and to integrate the basic Ayurvedic & Indian ingredients into everyday global cuisine. Working with Taking Care Portland as a volunteer, I hope to share the benefits of eating right & to make a difference for as many survivors and their caregivers as possible. I truly believe that food not only heals the body but nourishes the soul.
Jessica Berliner is a clinical nutritionist with a focus on integrative and natural care. She graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine with a Masters in nutrition and also holds a Bachelor’s in nutrition from New York University. She has a passion for food and its role in optimizing wellness. Jessica offers a wide variety of care ranging from hormone imbalances, autoimmunity, mood disorders, and cancer care. She will help empower patients to reclaim their power over their health journey by creating plans as individualized as they are.
Tonamy Joy Paterakis is currently a student at National College of Natural Medicine, where she will be completing her Master of Science in Nutrition this summer. Her undergraduate degrees in Neuroscience and Biology initiated her love for how the natural world interconnects into the health of a person’s body, mind, and spirit. She intends to continue developing her passion for food as medicine, fitness, and natural modalities of healing by attending Bastyr University this fall for a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. It is an honor to be of service to the community of Taking Care Portland.