Introducing The Wellness Company Chief Medical Team
By Dr. Heather Gessling, MD
COO of Chief Medical Board for the The Wellness Company
We are honored to introduce The Wellness Company and their Chief Medical Team.
The Wellness Company was born out of necessity. By unequivocally and unapologetically standing up for medical freedom and the right to affordable health care, our company’s vision champions the right to make personal health choices.
The Wellness Company strives to build a new health care system that earns people’s trust, is governed and operated with transparency, and offers the highest quality practitioners who align at their core with our fundamental belief - to put the patient first.
The fabric of this company has been woven together by its medical team and their devotion to the public. Their courage and bravery in the fight for medical freedom and truth will ensure improved health outcomes. It will also contribute to convenient access to physicians and lower healthcare costs for patients. We, however, will never sacrifice the quality of services, products, or education.
To do this, we have put together an amazing team of physicians and health professionals that are the best of the best.
Dr. Peter McCullough - Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Peter McCullough is our Chief Scientific Officer of the Chief Medical Board. Since the outset of the pandemic, Dr. McCullough has been a leader in the medical response to the COVID-19 disaster and has published “Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection,” the first synthesis of sequenced multidrug treatment of ambulatory patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the American Journal of Medicine and subsequently updated in Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine.
Dr. McCullough is an internist and cardiologist in academic practice in Dallas, Texas, and is proud to be a part of The Wellness Company. He received his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and then completed his medical degree as an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. In addition, he completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Washington, cardiology fellowship including service as Chief Fellow at William Beaumont Hospital, and master’s degree in public health at the University of Michigan.
Dr. McCullough has broadly published on a range of topics in medicine with over 1000 publications and 660 citations in the National Library of Medicine. Dr. McCullough is a recipient of the Simon Dack Award from the American College of Cardiology and the International Vicenza Award in Critical Care Nephrology for his scholarship and research. His works have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet, British Medical Journal, and other top-tier journals worldwide. He is the editor-in-chief of Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine and senior associate editor of the American Journal of Cardiology. He serves on the editorial boards of multiple specialty journals. Dr. McCullough has made presentations on the advancement of medicine worldwide and has been an invited lecturer at the New York Academy of Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the European Medicines Agency. He has served as a member or chair of data safety monitoring boards of 24 randomized clinical trials.
His work with COVID response includes 50 peer-reviewed publications on the infection, and he has commented extensively on the medical response to the pandemic in The Hill, America Out Loud Talk Radio, The McCullough Report, and on FOX, OAN, ABC, Victory Channel, and NEWSMAX Channels. In addition to testifying about COVID and the subsequent gene therapy in many legislative bodies, he also testified on Nov. 19, 2020, to the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. He co-moderated the US Senate Panel on Jan. 24, 2022, "COVID-19 A Second Opinion" led by Senator Ron Johnson.
Dr. Heather Gessling - Chief Operating Officer for Chief Medical Board
Dr. Heather Gessling graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and went on to medical school and residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Dr. Gessling is Board Certified in Family Medicine through the American Board of Family Medicine. She was Chief of Staff at a hospital in Missouri for six years until last summer when she opened up an independent practice. She has continuously provided early outpatient treatment during the pandemic for her patients and for those whose doctors failed to treat. She did not fall prey to the propaganda of the media and governmental agencies. The pandemic opened her eyes to the corruption of the healthcare industry through governmental and pharmaceutical company influences.
She is now the owner of Gessling Family Wellness. Her new clinic utilizes the Direct Primary Care model to care for her patients without the constraints of insurance companies, enabling her to provide accessible and comprehensive care to patients. She has led many other physicians into this type of medical practice by educating them on the benefits and logistics of this model.
Dr. Heather Gessling was formerly the Director of Operations for the Pandemic Health Alliance and Global Covid Summit leading the charge on education regarding the truth about the pandemic. As COO of the Chief Medical Board for The Wellness Company, she is excited to be a part of a company that plans to implement widespread change in a broken healthcare system.
Dr. Harvey Risch - Epidemiology
Our next esteemed member of the Chief Medical Board is Dr. Harvey Risch. Dr. Risch received his BS degree from the California Institute of Technology with a double major in mathematics and biology.
He earned his medical degree at UC San Diego. Subsequently, Dr. Risch completed his Ph.D. in biomathematics. Dr. Risch then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer epidemiology at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1991, Dr. Risch moved to Yale School of Public Health, where he became a Professor of Epidemiology. At Yale, Dr. Risch continued his population-based field studies on the etiology of cancer, principally lung, esophageal, stomach, pancreas and ovary. Among other awards, Dr. Risch received the Ruth Leff Siegel Award for Excellence in Pancreatic Cancer Research (2018) and "Best of the AACR Journals" for "Aspirin Use and Reduced Risk of Pancreatic Cancer."
Dr. Risch has published more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific research papers, which have been cited by other scientists more than 46,000 times. He has a research h-index of 102, is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, and is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE).
In April 2020, Dr. Risch began service on the CASE Committee to Assist the Governor of Connecticut in Reopening the State after its lockdown.
Dr. Risch’s role on this committee was to study treatment for the early stage of Covid infection. In May 2020, Dr. Risch published his review, “Early Outpatient Treatment of Symptomatic, High-Risk COVID-19 Patients That Should Be Ramped Up Immediately as Key to the Pandemic Crisis.” This paper has been downloaded over 90,000 times and received more than 160,000 views. Dr. Risch has also written several op-eds in popular media, e.g., Newsweek, Wall Street Journal and Brownstone Institute.
Dr. Richard Amerling - Nephrology - Education and Curriculum
Dr. Richard Amerling, our well-respected colleague, will lead our company in education and curriculum. He received a BS from the City College of New York and his MD at the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium, graduating with honors in 1981.
Dr. Amerling completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and began a Nephrology Fellowship at New York Hospital, Queens in Flushing, N.Y. In addition, he completed a Nephrology Fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
From 1990-2016, Dr. Amerling was on staff at the Beth Israel Medical Center (now Mount Sinai Beth Israel). There he developed the peritoneal dialysis program and a program for continuous renal replacement therapy in the ICU setting. In addition, he served as Director of Outpatient Dialysis from 1995-2012. In October 2016, Dr. Amerling accepted a position as a Professor at St George’s University School of Medicine and taught there until July 2021.
During the initial wave of the Covid-19 pandemic from April-August, 2020, Dr. Amerling served as a nephrologist at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Dr. Amerling holds lifetime certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine for Internal Medicine and Nephrology.
He is past-President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and is on the editorial board of Blood Purification. Dr. Amerling is an invited presenter at numerous medical conferences, both nationally and internationally. As author or co-author, Dr. Amerling’s work has been published as chapters in textbooks and also in peer-reviewed medical journals, including the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. In addition, he has published many op-Eds on health care economics and politics.
Integrative Therapeutics Board
Dr. Jana Schmidt - Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Jana Schmidt is our Director of Naturopathic Medicine and Nutraceuticals with The Wellness Company. She is a Naturopathic Doctor, Master Herbalist, Certified Natural Health Professional, Licensed Holistic Practitioner, and an Ordained Minister with the Global Alliance Network. She is dedicated to helping people achieve optimal health through happy, productive, holistic avenues.
Dr. Schmidt completed her undergraduate education and Master’s work at the University of Florida. In addition, she received a Doctorate of Naturopathy from Trinity College of Natural Health and a second Doctorate in Naturopathic Ministries.
Dr. Jennifer VanDeWater - Director of Pharmacy
Dr. Jennifer VanDeWater is our Director of Pharmacy. She graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy in 2006 with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. She has been a licensed registered pharmacist in Vermont, New York and Maine. In March 2021, Dr. Jen joined America’s Frontline Doctors as Pharmacist Liaison to connect and unite like-minded pharmacists. In July 2021, she became the AFLDS Pharmacy Director, where she continued advocating for the pharmacy profession until her departure in April 2022. Dr. VanDeWater is excited to work with the TWC team to collaborate with other health professionals to bring genuine care to the people.
Along with TWC, Dr. Jen’s vision is for small independent pharmacies to flourish again. She also believes in working with naturopaths, herbalists, nutritionists, MDs, and other PharmDs, like herself, to provide optimal patient care. We are thrilled to have her on the team.
The Wellness Company strives to excel in care for you. As you can see from the above credentials, our team provides stellar leadership, education and expertise.
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About the Author:
Dr. Heather Gessling, MD is a family medicine specialist in Columbia, MO. She currently practices at MMG Family Medicine and is affiliated with Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. She accepts multiple insurance plans. Dr. Gessling is board certified in Family Practice. She is on the Chief Medical Board of The Wellness Company founded in 2022.
Education: University Of Missouri-Columbia School Of Medicine