Meet our Clinical and Scientific Advisers

Exciting news -- a Clinical Adviser and a Scientific Adviser have just joined the Trisha's Table team. 

Our Clinical Adviser is a physician who emphasizes a low-fat, plant-based diet to his patients (yay for doctor's who prescribe diet with or without meds!) and our Scientific Adviser -- she's as expert as it gets when it comes to conducting and understanding diet and lifestyle research.  Together with my husband, Chef Erik Hoffman and myself, we make the Trisha's Table Team.  Nutritionist, Chef, Doctor and Researcher.  Loooove it!

Meet Swann Adams, PhD, Trisha's Table Scientific Adviser


Swann Adams, PhD has received multiple awards for her research in cancer disparities and diet and lifestyle interventions.  She holds a PhD in Epidemiology.  Her work's been published in leading journals including Cancer; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, and more. She's a federally-funded research investigator having received research funding from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and many more. She's the Associate Director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, the Co-Director of the Center for Cancer Survivorship, and holds a joint, tenured associate professor appointment in the College of Nursing and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Carolina.

She's as expert as it gets when it comes to reading the scientific evidence (one of my personal inspirations).  And, she eats plant-based.  She talks the talk (she talks the evidence) and she walks the walk (and when she dances it's amazing). She didn't want to at first though.  But then, she had to and both her and I are so glad she did.

After a type II diabetes diagnosis at 44, our Scientific Adviser completely embraced a low-fat, plant-based diet.  She's lost 23 pounds in 3 months (without eating less!) and her blood sugar readings are beginning to read in the normal range.  Amen!  She immersed herself in the plant-based nutrition evidence and learned how to implement the diet the right way.  

Dr. Swann is committed to understanding the latest research behind a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle and promoting these evidenced-based approaches to the general public. She is currently beginning work on a research project, that will incorporate a whole foods, plant-based dietary intervention among African Americans who are receiving colon cancer screening.  This further illustrates her commitment to only promoting the best science to promote healthy eating and living.  

Now, she's joined the Trisha's Table team so we can better explain, and stay up-to-date with, the newest nutrition research.  I'm so glad to have her by my side and yours.

Learn more about Dr. Adams at her bio here or listen to this inspirational interview and learn about her health and weight-loss journey here.


Meet the Trisha's Table Clinical Adviser, Kyle Homertgen, DO

I had the honor of meeting Dr. Kyle Homertgen, a board-certified family medicine practitioner, when we were on the board of the non-profit, Ten Rivers Food Web in Corvallis, Oregon.  The first thing I heard about him -- he'd started a "Fruit and Veggie RX Program" which gave $25 of farmer's market produce a week for 16 weeks to patients with type II diabetes, along with cooking classes and nutrition education.  Then I meet him and he says he emphasizes a low-fat, plant-based diet with his patients.  "I didn’t go into medicine to just manage disease. My goal is to prevent and reverse.”

We were a match made in heaven and I'm grateful and excited that he'll be sharing his expertise with the Trisha's Table team from afar.  

Read more about Dr. Kyle here.  You can also visit his website  It's full of plant-based resources so he can better assist his patients.

Take Control Now Question

Answer the below questions and welcome our Advisers by clicking 'comment' below.

  1. What's the hardest part about understanding or hearing nutrition information?  
  2. What are your biggest frustrations with your doctor (if any)?