Teacher Bios

Dr. Sara Jean Barrett

Dr. Sara Jean Barrett is a registered Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Barrett co-founded Wellness Minneapolis, an integrative clinic that takes a team approach to healthcare. Dr. Barrett treats a variety of conditions including digestive concerns, hormonal imbalances, allergies & asthma, autoimmune conditions, metabolic disorders and more.

Maggie Christopher, CHNC, LAMFT

Maggie Christopher is a holistic nutrition counselor and a licensed therapist offering holistic nutrition therapy. She provides a safe environment to explore the emotional reasons and root causes that keep people stuck in their eating habits. She offers step-by-step guidance and delicious recipes to support people in stepping into a whole foods lifestyle. She’s a proud member of the Weston A. Price organization.

Matt Deutsch

Matt Deutsch is an avid home cook, gardener, and food preserver. He has ten years of teaching experience and is currently in culinary school.

Jan Zita Grover

Jan Zita Grover has taught community education cooking classes since 1986. She has taught in San Francisco, Duluth, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Woodbury, Cottage Grove, and White Bear Lake. Jan has run a commercial kitchen, catered, sold her baked goods at a farmers’ market, and enjoyed it all. Her goal is to help home cooks become more joyous, improvisational, and technically accomplished.

Chelsea Hassler

Chelesa Hassler is the Program Director for the Animal Rights Coalition. She is a graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota with a double major in marketing and management. Chelsea brings this experience to work for ARC and find new opportunities to get people excited about animal rights.

Gabriele Kushi, MEA, CHC, AADP

Gabriele Kushi, BFA, MEA, HC, AADP, is a board-certified holistic health practitioner, the owner of Kushi’s Kitchen, and the author of the books “The Macrobiotic Kitchen in Ten Easy Steps” and “Embracing Menopause Naturally” as well as eleven natural foods cooking DVDs. Gabriele received the 2009 Aveline Kushi award for her 40+ years of work in macrobiotics. She offers Holistic Health with Natural Nutrition study programs, macrobiotic counseling sessions, cooking classes, and yoga therapy.

Latifa Lipton

Latifa is a registered nurse, certified integrative nutrition health coach and culinary nutrition expert. She brings over 25 years of experience in health and healing to her workshops.

Dr. Margaret Litchy-Miller

Dr. Litchy-Miller, from St. Paul and a graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall, is a Naturopathic Doctor who received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. Dr. Litchy-Miller is a general care practitioner who enjoys treating patients of all ages with an array of health conditions and concerns. Dr. Litchy-Miller specializes in Women’s Health, Pediatrics, and integrative Oncology.  Dr. Litchy-Miller practices out of Bhakti Wellness Center in Edina, MN.

Jeremy McAdams, Cherry Tree House Mushrooms, LLC.

Jeremy McAdams runs Cherry Tree House Mushrooms, LLC, a farm in south Minneapolis and Ham Lake that provides log-grown shiitake and other culinary and medicinal mushrooms and log kits to Twin Cities markets, restaurants, vegetable CSAs, and stores.

Kimiko Molasky

Originally from Japan, Kimiko Molasky works at Mississippi Market West 7th and is very passionate about good food and community. She started cooking for her family at the age of 10 and loves to share her knowledge of Japanese family meals with American people.

Nutrition Educators from Nutritional Weight and Wellness

Nutritional Weight & Wellness is a leading provider of nutrition education and counseling. The company was founded by Darlene Kvist, who has educated and counseled people for over 20 years. Our passion is to educate people about nutrition. We want to show you the connection between what you eat and how you feel.

Susan Patterson

Susan Patterson is the owner of Lazy Susan Cooking Gluten-free Personal Chef Service. She spent 6 years as a baker and cook at Birchwood Cafe and 10 years working with co-ops throughout the Midwest. Susan loves to teach people simple ways to feed themselves well in a friendly atmosphere. Students leave her classes feeling they can really make the recipes no matter how new they are to cooking!

Katie Peyton

Call it an obsession or call it a passion but Katie has always been interested in learning about health, and wellness. In fact, she’s been the “go to” health guru for most of her adult life. She specializes in weight loss, cravings and emotional eating because she believes it’s never too late to fall in love with yourself, your life and your body! In addition to her health coaching practice, she leads workshops on healthy living and wellness hot topics. Coaching is available in person, or by telephone for individuals, corporations, and small groups. Katie received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.

Mary Jo Rasmussen and Kelly Smeltzer, Urban Relish

Together, Mary Jo and Kelly have over 20 years of experience in teaching cooking classes, arranging exciting parties, and managing corporate events. Their goal is to help cooks feel confident in the kitchen, comfortable enough with their basic knowledge to improvise a missing ingredient, change a recipe to their taste or create a wonderful new dish based on what’s in the refrigerator. Mary Jo and Kelly are co-owners of Urban Relish, a Minnesota based company that offers cooking classes, kitchen consulting, and private events.

Katy Taylor

Katy Taylor is a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach who supports women who struggle with feeling fulfilled in their lives and want to nourish themselves naturally with healthy food and cooking, conscious lifestyle practices, and spiritual growth work. She partners with women to uncover and transform their limiting beliefs and patterns of body, heart, and mind so that they can move forward and craft a rich and soul-fulfilling life.

Megan Thrasher Pierce

Megan Thrasher Pierce is a mother, medicine grower, tea maker and community herbalist. She has been growing medicinal and culinary herbs since 2008.  She is co-owner of Tea for the People, LLC and co-founder of the Driftless Herbal Exchange Network.