Advocacy Committee

The advocacy committee is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the SMHP to effect change. This is a collaborative effort of the SMHP and the Nutrition Coalition to focus not only on the changes needed in the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans, but reforms that are needed in other policies and programs elsewhere as well. Through our coordinated efforts, we hope to introduce projects and campaigns to help change many sectors of our community, like schools, hospitals, food allowance programs, and so much more.

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Matthew Calkins, MD

Committee Chair

Dr. Matt Calkins is a second-year family medicine resident at Wake Forest in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Florida. He subsequently matriculated and graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is working towards his SMHP accreditation and plans on being board certified in Obesity Medicine soon after finishing training.

Matt's passion is centered on improving health and performance.  His initial interest in optimizing performance came from competing in weightlifting competitions and long-distance hiking, including a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2014. He has a particular interest in the processes around making changes accessible to his patients – including improving communication and education between clinicians and patients.

As the Chair of the Resources Committee for the Society of Metabolic Health Practitioners, Matt's role is to curate resources on nutrition and metabolic health, and then work with medical students, residencies, and clinicians to integrate them into their educational programs and daily practices.

Laura Buchanan, MD, MHP

Doug Reynolds, MHP

Additional Members