Michael is an independent health & wellbeing consultant who focuses on early stage consumer health companies. As a consultant to The Nutrition Coalition, he is educating U.S. large employers and their health benefits trade associations about the history of weak science used in formulating U.S. nutrition guidelines and how employers can employ the latest science to improve health through food in their employee wellness programs and food services. Michael was the co-founder of the first commercial health care decision-support service (AKA Nurse Advice Line), CareWise, in 1983 and has worked since the early 90’s with large employers on how to optimize employee/family health to reduce cost trends, improve productivity and reduce absenteeism. His career includes consulting at Aetna, Mercer, Accenture and Willis Towers Watson where he held health & wellbeing leadership positions, and served as a trusted advisor to some of the nation’s largest and most respected employers and health plans. In 2014 Michael learned about the weak nutrition science by reading Gary Taubes Good Calories, Bad Calories and Nina Teicholz’s The Big Fat Surprise, and personally changed his eating patterns to be in compliance with the best science, resulting in a 4 year maintenance of a 30 lb. weight loss, drop in blood pressure and triglycerides, and going from being pre-diabetic to healthy blood sugar levels without use of any medications. Michael was educated at the University of Illinois and University of Michigan, and lives in a Seattle suburb with his wife Mary Ellen and dog, Louie. He is an avid scuba diver and underwater photographer.