As a founding nutrition and lifestyle coach, cooking instructor, and educator at the Whole Foods Medical and Wellness Center, Lisa Rice helped the store’s employees and executives take control of their health. Now, in partnership with Forks Over Knives physicians Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman, she offers her decades of experience through virtual group classes and private sessions.
Lisa Rice has been teaching plant-based cooking for decades, working with individuals and groups, as a regular guest on morning television, and as a presenter at lifestyle conferences. Lisa is a graduate of the Rouxbe Plant-Based Professional Course and the Global College of Natural Medicine, and is a Certified Yoga Instructor through Yoga Works. She holds a Masters in Traditional Asian Medicine from Emperor’s College, and is currently completing her Well Coaches certification to sit for the NBHWC.
Before following her calling as an acupuncturist, herbalist, and yoga instructor, Lisa – a long-time vegan and Climatarian – was a major-label record company executive. She’s lived and worked in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin. Lisa’s passions are cooking and feeding others, writing, reading, gardening, and sharing her life in San Francisco with her husband David, teenage son Judah, cat Ringo, and rescue pups Luna and GeddyLee.
Simona is a certified yoga therapist, RYT-500, a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) and a Reiki Master. She started practicing yoga as a way to deal with anxiety and PTSD after several traumatic events in her life. During her yoga teacher training, she felt guided to research yoga for trauma survivors, which is how she came across TCTSY. TCTSY is an empirically validated, clinical intervention for complex trauma or chronic, treatment resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Over time, Simona’s healing practices have led her to becoming a shamanic practitioner.
As a facilitator, Simona recognizes that everyone has their own story and no one understands their body better than themselves. She blends her knowledge and experience with her intuition to support each participant in reconnecting with their body and regain agency. She works with clients with trauma and chronic illness, veterans with PTSD, as well as with women with childhood trauma, perinatal trauma or reproductive-related trauma.