Hi and welcome to PDX VEG! I have set up this site to help you move towards being vegan, vegetarian, or reducing your intake of animal products.
PDX VEG seeks to empower people to shift towards a diet that benefits humans, other animals, and our planet by providing three-week Veg Challenges that include cooking demos, a Vegan Mentor Program, practical tips, inspiration, and community, all free of charge.
I started out as a biomedical scientist after training at Stanford University School of Medicine where I obtained an MD and a PhD in Cell Biology. I served on the faculty and headed labs at Yale University School of Medicine and at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania before transitioning between a scientific career and a calling to make the world a better place for all animals, human and nonhuman. I became aware of the vast suffering endured by animals used for food when I observed their living conditions first hand during runs in the countryside of rural Pennsylvania. This awakening is described in my first animal-related publication, “Striving for Peace in Every Step,” a chapter in Running, Eating, Thinking, edited by Martin Rowe.
After reading up on animal agriculture, deciding to change my diet, and attending animal rights and protection conferences, I initiated my animal activism by hosting and leafleting with activists, and by providing financial support to several worthy nonprofits that seek to reduce animal suffering. After living for 13 years in the environment that forever changed my views on eating, suffering, compassion, and justice, I, my spouse, and 11 primarily vegan rescued cats moved to Portland, Oregon, where numerous opportunities for vegan activism abound. Among these, I have taught an online plant-based nutrition course for University of Western States and handed out leaflets from One Step for Animals at Portland State University.
I have previous experience running Veg Challenges and a Vegan Mentor Program and am excited to offer these programs now through PDX VEG.