Our Scientific Council
The WelleCo Scientific Council is made up of leaders and experts in the fields of ethical ingredient sourcing, dietary nutrition, PhD formulation, science and philanthropy. Each member’s expertise will inform our long-term aim to provide the world's best wholefood products to our customers.
Dr Sara Gottfried
PHYSICIAN SCIENTIST + BESTSELLING AUTHOR
"Food is the most powerful lever to turn on health. We are designed to utilise food to change positively our gene activity and shield ourselves from disease. I am delighted to partner with WelleCo Scientific Council to develop and bring to market precision and functional medicine in the form of whole-food nutrition. Our global ecosystem and our bodies desperately need new solutions.” Sara Gottfried MD is a board-certified gynecologist and physician scientist. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and completed residency at the University of California at San Francisco. Over the past two decades, Dr. Gottfried has seen more than 25,000 patients, and specialises in identifying the underlying cause of her patients’ conditions to achieve true and lasting health transformations, not just symptom management. She is more likely to test her patient’s DNA and next generation biomarkers, and then prescribe a customised protocol, using primarily food (not drugs) plus other proven lifestyle interventions to optimise the gene/environment interface. For each patient, she designs an N-of-1 trial to provide rapid information on whether the personalised lifestyle plan will improve outcomes. It’s not one method fits all. It’s not disease-centered. It’s not fix-’em-up-and-send-’em-home. It’s a mission to transform healthcare, one patient at a time. Dr. Gottfried is a global keynote speaker who practices evidence-based integrative, precision, and functional medicine. Her three New York Times bestselling books include: The Hormone Cure, The Hormone Reset Diet, and her latest, Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.
Scientific Formulator + pharmacist MPHARM, BSC Pharmacology
"I believe we lost our way for a while, swept up in a romance with technology: more processed doesn’t necessarily equal better. The world is swinging back toward a healthier balance where the importance of whole foods, especially plant products, is being championed - and I’m very excited to be part of this journey with WelleCo!” David Wilkinson has a degree in pharmacology and is also a qualified pharmacist. He has a passion for natural medicines, an area in which he’s been working for 15 years. David has extensive experience as a regulatory specialist under Australia’s TGA and other world authorities for several leading Australian brands. Most recently as Technical Manager at Swisse, he formulated a number of products that have gone on to become market leaders. David is a director of product innovation business Aurelion and natural product consultants Regulatory Results.
Scientific Formulator + Nutritional Doctor + PhD BSc MSc Science, Nutrition & Toxicology
“Based on my current masters degree in the gut microbiome and researching all of the exciting evidence linking gut function, obesity, an acidic lifestyle and both mental and physical diseases, I am excited to be chosen as a member of the Welleco Scientific Council so we can continue to formulate evidence-based wholefood nutrition helping to bring wellness back into society on a global level.” Dr Simoné is a nutritional therapist, naturopath and life coach and has been treating patients for over 20 years. Simoné holds a bachelor degree in science and nutrition, has a masters degree in naturopathy and nutrition and has a PhD in Oxidative Stress. Simoné is completing another master's degree at the moment in the gut microbiome. Her areas of speciality include obesity, metabolic re-setting, eating disorders, diabetes, gut disorders, depression, hormonal regulation and immune-related illnesses, such as cancer. Simoné spent most of her career in London and has clinics on Harley Street in the UK and UAE.
Managing Director Naturex – Specialist in plant-based natural ingredient sourcing
"I am thrilled to join the WelleCo Science Council and look forward to making a valuable contribution in bringing plant-based nutrition naturally to all.” Christine is actively involved in bringing the world’s best ethically and sustainably plant sourced ingredients to WelleCo products, further providing technical support to ensure the integrity of ingredient and product formulations are highly efficacious. Christine is the Managing Director NATUREX Australia, the global leader in botanical extracts and functional ingredients sourced from nature for the food, nutrition and personal care markets, a position she has held for 12 years. Holding a Bachelor of Applied Science, Food and Nutrition Degree, Christine is a passionate advocate of good nutrition naturally sourced. Within her role at Naturex, Christine is a Professional 25yr Member of AIFST (Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology), a Professional Member and Graduate of AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors), a passionate member of the CMA (Complimentary Medicines Australia) and Board Member (non-executive) of the Government and Industry joint funded CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) Fight Food Waste.
COO The Foundry
“It is not only the consumer's responsibility to figure out what's cruel and what's kind, what's environmentally destructive and what's sustainable. It is up to all of us to influence the future of our planet.” Federica Nicolao, (Fed), has had a series of successful executive roles at senior operations, procurement and retail level throughout her career, most recently at Swisse. In her current role as Chief Operating Officer at The Foundry, she partners with passionate founders who have a premium offering in the health and wellness space, Federica works with WelleCo to strategically improve their supply chain, product development, sourcing and sustainability.
Plant-based chef + healthy living coach
“Through the use of organic, farm-to-table ingredients, I hope to inspire WelleCo customers to reconsider their current eating habits and direct them toward a more sustainable lifestyle. I believe that conscious eating is the key to living a more healthy and vibrant co-existence with Mother Nature.” Adam’s passion and appreciation for cooking arose from his love for extreme sports. Having participated in many tests of physical and mental endurance he quickly realized the impact a healthy and well balanced diet played on his overall performance. Adam began to study various aspects of plant-based diets, holistic remedies, and culinary techniques from around the world. Through his own experiences, Adam is able to personalise diet and training regiments that will best support your physical and dietary aspirations. Working as a private chef & healthy living coach in New York City, Adam divides his time between his clients and Nicaragua where he has founded a non-profit organic fruit farm (Finca Santa Marta.)
Sandy McGie Honey
Director of The WelleCo Foundation
“As a mother of seven, I know how crucial good nutrition is to all facets of children's growth and development. I am thrilled to be part of the WelleCo Foundation, and their initiatives and philanthropy in this area.” Sandy has many years of experience organising philanthropic and fundraising events and art exhibitions. Sandy is the co-founder and current co-chair of the White Swans, an innovative and highly successful private giving circle at the Black Swan State Theatre Company. In her position as co- founder and a committee member of Empowering Women, she is behind a new initiative to promote women within politics in WA. Sandy is also a committee member of Snowdome WA which raises funds for the treatment of Lymphoma, and a fundraiser and organiser for the Kimberley Rock Art Foundation.