Thomas Cowan, M.D.
Dr. Tom Cowan discovered the work of the two men who would have the most influence on his career while teaching gardening as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, South Africa. He read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price, and a fellow volunteer explained the arcane principles of Rudolf Steiner’s™ biodynamic agriculture. These events inspired him to pursue a medical degree. Tom graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1984. After his residency in Family Practice at Johnson City Hospital in Johnson City, New York, he set up an anthroposophical medical practice in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Dr. Cowan relocated to San Francisco in 2003.
Dr. Cowan has served as vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation™. During his career he has studied and written about many subjects in medicine. These include nutrition, homeopathy, anthroposophical medicine and herbal medicine. He is the principal author of the book, “The Fourfold Path to Healing”, which was published in 2004 by New Trends Publishing and is the co-author of “The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care,” published in 2013. He writes the “Ask the Doctor” column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the Foundation’s quarterly magazine, and has lectured throughout the United States and Canada. He has three grown children and currently practices medicine in San Francisco where he resides with his wife, Lynda Smith Cowan.
Maureen S. Wilson-Hwang, N.D.
Dr. Wilson-Hwang is a Naturopathic doctor who has worked with patients on their path to health for over ten years. It has been said that the best health comes from learning how to listen to one’s body by quieting the mind. Dr. Maureen believes that the best health practitioners are those that are able to listen to their patients and respond with what they need and want for true healing. The natural therapeutics she chooses most are herbal medicine, individualized nutrition, homeopathy, intravenous therapies, lifestyle counseling and detoxification.
She completed her Naturopathic medical training at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. She then began an integrative oncology residency at Aidan. Aidan was an alternative cancer treatment center focused on treating cancer through immunotherapy, high dose vitamin C IV’s and naturopathy.
Dr. Wilson then wanted to expand her knowledge base to include general medicine. She felt that part of cancer treatment is cancer prevention. The best cancer prevention plan includes routine check ups with a doctor so that small problems like constipation can be corrected before they become bigger problems like colon cancer. She believes that treating colds and flu by boosting the immune function, correcting diabetes, hypertension and colitis naturally is the best kind of prevention for long term health care.
She worked as a primary healthcare doctor for the uninsured in Mesa, Arizona and worked as the head of the nutrition department at Sanoviv medical center. She had a private practice for many years in Scottsdale, Arizona before moving to Marin.
In her free time she enjoys playing with her children, organic gardening, hiking, yoga, meditation, traveling and spending time with her husband.
Bryan Kim, EMT
Bryan has been a paramedic since 2007, and works a few days per week performing IV’s, intravenous medication administration, as well as overseeing the BioMat and activated air therapies.
He attended San Francisco State University with studies in biological sciences and developmental psychology, and received his EMT followed by his State of CA and national paramedic licensure through the City and County of San Francisco.
On his spare him, Bryan enjoys snowboarding, hiking, exploring the great food scene around the bay area, and spending time with his girlfriend.
Sabine Luisi, Office Manager, Diet Consultant
Sabine’s approach to healing arts and nutrition has been evolving over the last 18 years. Her interests in food and herbal medicine began in 1994 with the entrance into a 1000-hour certification in acupressure that included various styles of acupressure, Chinese nutrition, remedies, counseling techniques, and guided imagery. In 1999, she was introduced to the work of Weston A. Price through Sally Fallon’s presentation, and her book, Nourishing Traditions, during a 2-month intensive herbal apprenticeship with Susun Weed.
After moving to San Francisco and implementing these diet principles for many years, she began working with Dr. Cowan in 2006, where she has continued to expanded her depth of knowledge in alternative medicine. Since then, she has been helping Dr. Cowan with the creation, research, and consultation of the various diet protocols, and in 2012, was additionally trained by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride as a doctor’s assistant for the GAPS Diet.
Her passion for food, holistic medicine, and alternative care accessibility have stimulated other projects such as the Community Supported Healthcare Plan, developing in-house treatments and services, and organizing resources for patients.
Laura Lion, Receptionist, CNC
Laura is a certified Nutrition Educator and Consultant who completed her studies at Bauman College in Berkeley. She discovered a passion for eating a whole foods diet while searching for natural ways to take control of her health. Laura has suffered some family losses related to heart disease and cancer; she has witnessed other family member’s lives deteriorate even while working with their doctors to treat their diseases, and in 2006 she was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. After two years of following her doctor’s advise and taking a Statin drug and a cholesterol lowering medication, she decided there had to be a better way and ceased taking the medicines. This was the beginning of many changes in her life that have contributed to her well-being today.
Laura’s passion to help others help themselves and her excitement about the field of healing through nutrition led her to Bauman College to embark on a journey of holistic nutrition and healing. Laura draws from many of the modalities she’s learned at Bauman College, continuing education courses, continual reading and research, and the wealth of information she learns by working with Dr. Cowan. Laura’s personable nature allows her to reach individuals in a non-threatening manner and coach them through lifestyle changes so they too can take control of their own health.
Laura’s husband, two children and two granddaughters are important factors that keep her motivated to stay healthy. Other factors include her love for hiking, skiing, and camping in the mountains, spending time in the outdoors with friends and family, and preparing wonderful healthy foods. Her determination, courage, and optimism have allowed her to be free of medication, feel more energetic, and live a much healthier lifestyle. She is well versed in the Nourishing Traditions diet & the Standard Process Purification Program and is available for consults through our office for existing patients.