There never was a time I was not exposed to the role that diet and other lifestyle factors play in health and prevention of disease. A third generation oncologist my grandparents were also SDA. This approach was solidified on active duty as a medical officer and through my research in immunology. As a practicing medical oncologist, I use an integrative approach to assist with the prevention and treatment of patients afflicted with cancer. To help my personal, family, and professional duties I pursued formal, professional training in both clinical nutrition and culinary arts to expand my knowledge and ability to counsel others on the role of and use of a plant based diet in their own lives.