Meet Our Nutrition & Wellness Practitioners
Margo Gladding, MS, CNS, LDN – Herbalist, Nutritionist
Margo’s impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine, providing her with a strong foundation in the history, science, and practice of herbal medicine. Margo is also certified as a Nutrition Specialist and is a licensed nutritionist. Since joining Village Green in 2005, Margo has been talking with customers in the store, providing private consultations, and researching and writing educational materials to help people learn more about nutrition and herbs. Margo counsels both children and adults with a wide range of health challenges. Her recommendations are always client specific and include the use of herbs and supplements, as well as dietary and lifestyle suggestions. Margo has recently been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Maryland State Board of Dietetic Practice.
Heather Gunn, MS, CNS, LDN – Herbalist, Nutritionist
Heather is a clinical herbalist, licensed clinical nutritionist and fitness consultant. She has special interest in supporting overall health, weight loss, hormone balance and stress management. She is deeply rooted in the development of preventive wellness models that are health focused. Heather is a strong believer in functional wellness and uses nutrition and plants to support good sleep, improved energy, better concentration, low stress levels and balanced hormone production.
Heather attained a Master of Science in Plant Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). She has worked as an herbal medicine compounder and quality control educator in the herb dispensary at MUIH. She is a certified nutrition specialist in the state of Maryland through the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, which represents the voices of people specializing in the use of plants as medicine. Heather is fascinated with the synergistic relationship between plants and people when used to influence genetic expression.
Paula Gallagher, B.A.Sc. – Nutrition Counselor
Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutritionist on the staff at Village Green Apothecary. Paula graduated from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and holds a degree in Applied Human Nutrition. She has since worked both in Canada and the United States as a nutritionist and wellness counselor in a variety of professional settings. Paula feels it is fundamentally important to provide nutritional education to people on how to maximize their health through diet, exercise, and supplementation. Paula has also conducted bone density screenings, body fat analysis and cholesterol screenings, and provided lifestyle consultations based on the results. Paula’s specialties include cholesterol, weight loss, and osteoporosis.
Dr. Kevin Passero – Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Kevin Passero is a licensed naturopathic doctor who specializes in women’s health, thyroid and adrenal dysfunction, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, and integrative oncology support. Dr. Passero’s training allows him to fully understand both holistic and conventional treatment approaches to illness and disease and focus on discovering the root cause. He has been part of the Village Green team for over 8 years, offering his consultation services here at a significantly discounted rate. He also hosts Village Green’s Essentials of Healthy Living radio program Sundays from 10-11am on AM 1500 Federal News Radio.
Dr. Passero currently serves as the President of the Maryland Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He is an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, as well as the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Passero received his naturopathic training at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, after receiving his undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado.
Dr. Keri Marshall – Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Keri Marshall is a licensed naturopathic doctor practicing integrative family medicine and specializing in pediatrics, women’s medicine and chronic disease management. Dr. Marshall has published several scientific papers and magazine articles, written a book on proteins and amino acids, and appears regularly in the media. Dr. Marshall has served as a scientific adviser for Citizens for Health and Medical Director for Gaia Herbs. She frequently promotes childhood nutrition and a reduction in childhood obesity, and has served on a national level for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. She has also worked locally as a nutrition expert in her public school district. Dr. Marshall serves on several advisory boards and is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Nordic Naturals.
Dr. Marshall received her naturopathic medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, a Masters in Epidemiology from SUNY at Buffalo, and Bachelor of Science from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Dr. Duffy MacKay – Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. MacKay is a licensed naturopathic doctor and was a co-owner and practitioner in a family-owned New Hampshire integrative medicine practice for 7 years. In addition to his hands-on experience as a practitioner in the field of integrative medicine, he spent 8 years working as a medical consultant for companies in the dietary supplement industry. Currently, Dr. MacKay leads Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association representing dietary supplement manufacturers and ingredient suppliers. Dr. MacKay also serves on several advisory and editorial boards including American Botanical Council, United States Pharmacopeia, Integrative Medicine and Clinicians Journal, and others. Dr. MacKay maintains a part-time practice where he enjoys assisting patients integrate naturopathic medicine into their lives to support health, wellness, and chronic disease management.
Dr. MacKay received his naturopathic medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Molly Carr, CRNP, MS, CNS – Nurse Practitioner, Herbalist, Certified Nutrition Specialist
Molly has extensive experience with chronic pain, sleep/ fatigue issues and nutrition/ digestion issues. She has worked as a nurse practitioner for 16 years and an herbalist for 7 years. She has always had a strong commitment to lifestyle counseling and promoting wellness in people living with health conditions associated with stress and chronic disease. From 1998 to 2003, she worked with people living with metabolic syndrome, diabetes and high blood pressure, through Kaiser Permanente. In 2006, Molly earned a Master's Degree in Herbal Medicine after 3 years of full-time study at the Tai Sophia Institute under the directorship of Simon Mills, an internationally recognized herbalist and research writer. Since 2006, she has worked with Dr. Michael April & Associates, an integrated healthcare practice with specialties in chronic pain, fibromyalgia and sleep issues. As a Certified Nutrition Specialist, she can counsel people who have nutritional deficiencies and weight management issues.
Amanda Buxbaum, MS, CNS, LDN – Nutritionist
Amanda Buxbaum is a licensed nutritionist with a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport with a special interest in fitness, weight loss and wellness. Amanda’s approach is gentle and patient-centered with the goal of maximizing joy and self-direction as central to the goal of healing and health. Her background as an actuarial analyst gives her the analytical edge when studying the current health research and problem-solving with patients. Amanda is also a Certified Nutrition Specialist and is in her fifth year of teaching nutrition at Montgomery College.
Carmen Ugas, CHHC– Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach
Carmen graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition through Columbia University’s Teachers College and is certified by the American Association for Drugless Practitioners. She has worked closely with prominent integrative medical practitioners in the Washington, DC, area and has been trained in FirstLine Therapy, a clinically proven lifestyle program recommended by leading health organizations. Carmen guides her clients to discover the underlying causes of their ailments, assess nutritional deficiencies, understand how food affects wellbeing, become more physically fit, deepen relationships, and wisely manage time and stress so that they can ultimately thrive. Carmen successfully manages her rheumatoid arthritis and her daughter’s ADHD by incorporating a therapeutic lifestyle with food as medicine and the use of nutritional supplements.