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    The Best Plant-Based Conference Ever!

    The What, Why and How of Plant-Based Living

    Sept 30th - Oct 1st, Richardson, Texas

    You won't want to miss this LIVE & IN-PERSON event.

    We will explore the What, Why & How of a Plant-Based Lifestyle.  

    Learn from the best of the best.  

    Join our Keynote speaker, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, and dozens of presenters who will guide you on your way to a better understanding of what exactly is a plant-based lifestyle and how you can implement what you learn in your life.


    Doubletree by Hilton

    Richardson Texas

    Conference Discount of

    $119 King

    $129 Double

    Code provided at ticket purchase


    DFW International or LOVE Field

    ~40-45 minutes from either

    TBPBCE Founders
    Patricia Thomson & Brooke Ali

    Find out the answers to the following questions:

    Why live this way? Hear about the reasons why a plant-based lifestyle may be the right thing for you at this time.  


    What are the challenges and how can we overcome them? We all face obstacles when undertaking anything new or making changes. Learn how to navigate personal, cultural, or social beliefs and overcome potential barriers.


    Where and how the heck to begin? It can be overwhelming to take it all in and turn it into action. It may seem so easy for others but we will show how it can be easy for everyone.


    What other ways can we take our health to the next level? No matter where we are in our journey, we will discover valuable nuggets to incorporate into our lives. 

    This is what is happening

    • EXPERT SPEAKERS: Hear from professionals who have years of experience studying the impact of plant-based lifestyles and who have collectively counseled, taught, and coached hundreds of thousands of people just like you.

    • ​LET'S GET COOKING: The conference will feature sessions centered around how to incorporate plant-based foods into your daily life. Practical, easy, and delicious applications. Food tasting is on the menu!

    • ​FREE LUNCH: If you don't get enough food tasting during the cooking classes then there is always the FREE plant-based lunch that will be provided on Saturday. 

    • ​WINE & CHEESE SOCIAL: Join your friends and colleagues as we chillax with some plant-based wine and cheese at the end of our first day. Mix and mingle and learn from each other as we share our experiences.

    • SHOPPING: Take some time to stroll through our Exhibit area to explore products and services that are aimed at improving your health and well-being.

    • PLANT-BASED DINNER TOUR: All aboard for a fun adventure exploring the plant-based culinary scene in Dallas. Price includes transportation via private motor coach, non-alcoholic beverages aboard (you can also bring your own), and delicious samples. Seating is limited. Separate fee.

    • VIP PASS: Includes an intimate Meet & Greet Reception with some of our greatest presenters, Q&A with Dr. Fuhrman, personalized Vegan Wines tasting presented by Founder Frances Gonzalez, a VIP Green Room, a VIP Swag Bag, and your own Personally Reserved Seating in the presentation rooms. Separate fee.

    • ​ACTIVITIES: Photo Booth, Meditation, Networking, Socials, Plant-based Food Trucks, and just plain FUN!

    What's Happening!

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    The Line-Up!

    Our Keynote

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    Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD

    Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, author, and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing. 


    Dr. Fuhrman is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers, including his most recent book, Eat for Life. His other bestsellers include Eat to Live, Super Immunity, The End of Diabetes, The Eat to Live Cookbook, The End of Dieting, and The End of Heart Disease. 


    For over 30 years, Dr. Fuhrman has shown that it is possible to achieve sustainable weight loss and reverse heart disease, diabetes, and many other illnesses using smart nutrition. In his medical practice, and through his books and television specials, he continues to bring this life-saving message to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

    Victoria Moran

    Victoria Moran is a bestselling author, speaker, spiritual adventurer, animal advocate, and yogi and has had guest spots on Oprah. 

    Victoria is the founder and director of Main Street Vegan Academy which has over 400 alumni in twenty-nine countries.

    A certified life coach, a certified holistic counselor, and a graduate of the T. Colin Campbell Nutrition Foundation course in plant-based nutrition, Victoria is also the host of the Victoria Moran podcast.

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    Dr. Michael Klaper, MD

    Michael A. Klaper, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago.  He has practiced acute care medicine in Hawaii, Canada, California, Florida and New Zealand and for the past 35 years has been focusing upon health-promoting food and lifestyle choices to help prevent the need for hospitalization and surgery.

    Through his website,, visitors can find the latest health information through his numerous articles and videos, subscribe to his free newsletter, “Medicine Capsule,” and support his “Moving Medicine Forward” Initiative to promote the teaching of applied nutrition in medical schools.

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    Deepa Deshmukh, MPH, RD

    Deepa formed a private practice and also began working in a public health clinic.  Deepa assisted in writing grants and eventually received funding to build a wellness kitchen located at the public health clinic in an underserved, low-income community. 

    Dr. Brooke Goldner, MD

    Dr. Goldner is a board-certified medical doctor and the author of 3 best-selling books, Goodbye Lupus, Goodbye Autoimmune Disease, and Green Smoothie Recipes to Kick-Start Your Health & Healing. She has been featured in multiple documentaries such as Disease Reversal Hope and Eating You Alive, has been featured on tv news and the Home & Family Show, as well as many radio shows and podcasts, and is a highly sought-after keynote speaker.

    She has been featured on the front cover of Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine 3 times, including the cover of Fit Over Forty. She was featured in the Journal of Disease Reversal reversing lupus in herself, as well as publishing multiple case studies in reversing end-stage lupus nephritis (kidney failure) with her hyper-nourishing nutrition protocol for autoimmune disease-reversal. 

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    Katherine Lawrence-Ireland & Matt Ireland

    Katherine Lawrence Ireland is a Cornell and Stanford-trained Nutritionist who owns Food Saved Me with her husband Matthew Ireland, and is the founder of Food Saved Me Institute.  They specialize in disease prevention and have taught free nutrition and cooking classes to over 20,000 students in North Texas free nutrition and cooking classes. Their approach to nutrition is fun, powerful, and full of practical ideas to implement at home. 

    Brooke Ali

    As the co-founder of  Wellness20 and The Best Plant-Based Conference Ever, Brook brings a lot of expertise to the table. Brooke is the author of Vegan20 and the Food as Medicine Five Day Lifestyle Plana vegan restauranteur, chef, certified nutritionist, educator, and Hashimoto's survivor.

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    Patricia Thomson, Ph.D.

    As the co-founder of Wellness20 and The Best Plant-Based Conference Ever, Dr. T is on a mission to create thriving communities around the world. Patricia is the author of WFPB20 (Whole Food Plant Based) and the Food as Medicine Five Day Lifestyle Plan, a certified nutritionist, speaker, events director, coach, consultant, and cancer survivor. 

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    Thomas Tadlock

    Founder of, co-founder of, Best Selling Author of Miracle Metabolism, and Corporate Wellness Trainer.

    Together with his wife, Brooke Goldner, M.D., he has helped countless clients rid themselves of auto-immune diseases with the leading disease reversal platform.

    "We help wellness centers deploy healing programs that heal their clients with our platform and training."

    He holds a master's degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion and 8 national fitness and health certifications. He has consulted for companies such as Gold’s Gym, Bally’s, Spectrum Clubs, Anytime Fitness, and many more. He is an internationally recognized trainer educator and has authored the weight loss programs for the fitness equipment company behind the hit TV show, "The Biggest Loser."

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    Troy Gardner

    Chef-driven TLC Vegan Cafe aka. “Tastes Like Chicken” is Chef Troy Gardner’s newest culinary venture & commitment to creating “a better world, one vegan dish at a time.” 

    Voted D Magazine’s Best Vegan Restaurant and CultureMap’s Best Ghost Kitchen, TLC Vegan Kitchen began as Dallas area’s first and finest delivery & curbside pick-up craft vegan kitchen, now with a dine in version in Richardson called, TLC Vegan Cafe. The menu radiates excellence with varying flavors of savory & sweets varieties from a plethora of textures and spices. Popular favorites include Chef Troy’s famous chicken fried oyster mushrooms, house-made sauces, mouthwatering buttercream cake, nationally renowned banana foster pudding, and his award-winning Texas chili!  

    With more than 25 years of culinary experience including Discovery Channel and Food Network appearances, time at Sabor Vegan Academy in Spain, publishing a cookbook, and countless local and regional appearance, Chef Troy Gardner brings a wealth of knowledge, love, and life to this incredible eatery!

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    Brenda Davis, RD

    Brenda Davis, is a registered dietitian, a world-leading plant-based pioneer, and an internationally acclaimed speaker. Brenda has been a featured speaker at medical, nutrition, and dietetic conferences in 25 countries on 6 continents. 

    As a prolific nutrition writer, Brenda has authored/co-authored 13 books with nearly a million copies in print in 15 languages. 

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    David Sholkoff, MA, MBA

    David is a lifelong learner, he continues to bring his ‘learnings’ about change and transformation to both the individual and organizations.  David is a citizen of the planet who has worked with people across the globe, helping them and challenging them to change to meet their individual goals.

    David has been a plant-based eater and chef for 13 years.  His capacity to understand diverse cultures combined with his understanding that each challenge has its own answer has identified him as a go-to problem solver for change and transformation.  He has helped individuals make positive changes in their health.

    Sholkoff has earned a BA in Psychology, an MA in Clinical Psychology, an MA in Organizational Psychology, and an MBA,   He is a respected thought leader in Change/Transformation Strategy & Implementation.  He resides with his family in Dallas, Texas.

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    Mita Shah Bhagat

    Mita is a sought-after leader, speaker & highly credentialed coach. She helps people live fulfilling lives that are deeply rooted in doing work that is aligned with their values and purpose. It also involves creating a nourishing environment for our body to perform at its peak. Her learnings in health and well-being when coupled with challenging limiting beliefs and using tools of positive psychology help identify powerful solutions.

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    Deepa Deshmukh, MPH, RD

    Deepa formed a private practice and also began working in a public health clinic.  Deepa assisted in writing grants and eventually received funding to build a wellness kitchen located at the public health clinic in an underserved low-income community.

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    Jacquelyne Samuels

    Jacquelyne Samuels is a Platinum Premier Distributor with Food Saved Me and is reversing her high blood pressure with nutrition. She is a prominent educator in the Black/African American community and has been cooking since she was eleven. 

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    Dr. Debra Shapiro, MD

    Dr. Debra Shapiro has practiced medicine for over 3 decades and is Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Lifestyle Medicine.  She has been studying Plant-Based Nutrition for 10 years, with a Certificate from e. Cornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.  She is a Certified Health Coach and a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator.  Her passion is using plant-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine to prevent, treat and reverse chronic disease.   

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    Cathy Katin-Grazzini

    With her cookbook, Love the Foods that Love You Back (Rizzoli, 2022), chef Cathy Katin-Grazzini is on a mission to educate readers about the powerful benefits of home cooking with plants to significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard biodiversity, and revitalize your health. 

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    Jane Velez-Mitchell

    Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and content editor of UnchainedTV, a free, global, streaming television network and social media news and entertainment outlet. Jane has won four Genesis Awards/commendations from the Humane Society of the United States for her reporting on animal issues. VegNews named Velez-Mitchell Media Maven of the Year in 2010. In 2013, Mercy for Animals awarded her the Compassionate Leadership Award. 

    Bill & Connie DeKramer

    Having recovered from severe chronic conditions and even avoiding surgery by switching to a Whole Food Plant Based diet, Connie and Bill have seen first hand the power that food has on health and vitality. Feeling the good fortune of discovering the simple and effective capacity WFPB provides, they have spent the last 30 years helping others restore health and lose weight naturally. 

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    Courtney Garza-McCullagh

    Courtney Garza-McCullagh is a passionate vegan who brings a love for journalism, creativity, and helping local businesses, and animals together with compassion. She aims to create content that makes a difference. Through colorful, well-researched, and unique content, she aims to continually educate and inspire her audience. With her social media agency, Sprinkles Creative, she assists businesses with their branding strategy. She enjoys traveling the world to write for VEGWORLD Magazine, an international vegan lifestyle publication, promoting plant-based stories about vegan products, services, and individuals from all walks of life.

    Don Armstrong

    Don Armstrong is an impactful and inspiring speaker, author, and survivor. A leukemia survivor, who has become a “life thriver” since his healing and recovery, Don’s story is one of transformation and impact. Life now for Don is about more than surviving but about making a difference in as many lives as possible. 

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    Anita Amit

    Anita has long been in pursuit of health and fitness, both mind and body. She taught yoga for many years at local yoga studios and gyms in Frisco TX. She has been a vegetarian for 13 years and went vegan for the animals about 8 years back.  She is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition by eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.  Anita is thrilled to be a contributing member of the plant-based community of Dallas and The Best Plant-Based Conference Ever!

    Dr. Catherine Gordon, MD

    Dr. Catherine Gordon is a hospital-based Internal Medicine physician who also has a passion for helping patients improve their health through better nutrition.  She is board certified in Lifestyle Medicine and has been following a plant-based diet for over 6 years.

    Lisa Manchee

    Lisa Manchee is a personal trainer and plant-based nutrition expert. She designs effective programs for all fitness

    levels and teaches clients how to lead happy and healthy lives. By combining integrative training with plant-based nutrition, her clients see lasting results! Over the past ten years, she has learned the methods that lead to attainable and sustainable health and wellness. Lisa truly has a fire for fitness and is committed to educating others on fitness, exercise, and nutrition.

    Brianna Silvio

    Brianna Silvio is an experienced educator, public speaker, and plant-based wellness health coach. She provides support to overworked individuals so they can maximize their lives by establishing healthy boundaries in the workplace as well as preserving work-life balance and overall well-being. Brianna holds workshops for overwhelmed and overstimulated who are struggling with burnout in order to help them regain a positive outlook on their job while striving towards life longevity - putting an end to toxic hustle culture along the way!

    Frances Gonzalez - Founder Vegan Wines

    Frances is the founder of Vegan Wines, an Independent Importer/Distributor, Owner of Despacito Distributors, and Organizer of VegFest Puerto Rico.


    Vegan Wines is built upon integrity, authenticity, and a deep respect for the winemaking process. As the first US online vegan wine club, we handpick our selection from vineyards we have personally visited, ensuring they align with our 100% vegan principles. We're not just selling wine; we're sharing our first-hand experiences and discoveries from each winery we explore.

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    Solomon Tadlock

    Hi, I'm Solomon Tadlock, a 14-year-old author and passionate vegan. I'm also the son of Dr. Brooke Goldner and Thomas Tadlock.  I'm just an ordinary kid who loves rocking out on my electric guitar, playing Minecraft, doing yo-yo tricks, and compassionately handing it to bullies who try to talk smack on veganism.

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    Brittney Carmichael

    I’m a trailblazing lightworker on a mission to inspire and empower badass women to live a life they love and SHINE from the inside. I’m like the truth-telling bestie you’ve always wanted. I embody a unique method of combining intuitive awareness and compassionate honesty with spiritual truths and techniques to help you break free of fear and discover your deepest desires and uncover who you really are. IT’S TIME TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE! STOP WAITING…IT’S YOURS TO CREATE!

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    Brittney Carmichael

    I’m a trailblazing lightworker on a mission to inspire and empower badass women to live a life they love and SHINE from the inside. I’m like the truth-telling bestie you’ve always wanted. I embody a unique method of combining intuitive awareness and compassionate honesty with spiritual truths and techniques to help you break free of fear and discover your deepest desires and uncover who you really are. IT’S TIME TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE! STOP WAITING…IT’S YOURS TO CREATE!

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    Fitz Lauder - Vegan DJ & AV Technician

    Fitz is a vegan, a DJ, an animal rights activist, and plant-based! He is certified in eCornell's Plant-Based Nutrition Program.  He is passionate about spreading the word about the benefits of going plant-based. You can follow him on Instagram: @fitzlauder

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    Do You Want the VIP Treatment?

    Sometimes it's nice to be treated a little like royalty.  But do you have to wait for someone to do it for you?  Go ahead and sign up for the VIP package and get the experience you deserve.


    Here's the VIP scoop:


    • VIP Meet and Great Exclusive Reception:  this will be an intimate gathering of our expert speakers and you and other VIPs Saturday evening.  You'll get to relax in a private room with vegan wine and cheese and other plant-based refreshments. Hobnob with presenters and ask all of your burning questions.  Dr. Fuhrman will conduct an exclusive Q&A session for all VIPS in attendance.

    • VIP Wine Tasting Experience: Frances Gonzalez, the Founder of Vegan Wines, will present a personalized wine-tasting experience for all VIPs.  

    • VIP Green Room: relax and chill with refreshments in a private room in between sessions, store personal belongings, meet with speakers or just take a breather.

    • VIP SWAG BAG: Every VIP receives a special swag bag with coveted goodies.

    • VIP RESERVED SEATING: Want seats up front every time? No need to hurry to each session when you are a VIP. Have your seat reserved for all of your sessions and enjoy the show!

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    All Aboard the Plant-Based Dinner Tour Bus!

    This is an add-on to general admission and VIP Experience - seating is limited
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    What'cha Doing After the Sessions on Saturday?

    Join Courtney Garza- McCullagh in the ride of a lifetime

    You Won't Want to Miss This!  

    FUN! FUN! FUN!

    • Limited Seating: Plant-based dinner tour of Dallas. Saturday, 6:30 PM.

    • The bus picks you up & drops you off at the conference hotel.

    • Tour the hot plant-based spots in Dallas.

    • Commentary, games, and giveaways along the way.

    • No need to worry about the menu - we got that covered.

    • Healthy and delicious selections are guaranteed to provoke yummy noises.

    • The night concludes with a scrumptious dessert.

    • Gather your friends or meet new friends for a night on the town. 

    • No animals are harmed in this outing!

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