The Better Health Initiative (BHI)

Better Health Initiative (BHI), created in 2007, is a not-for-profit educational platform dedicated to post- graduate medical education in the areas of wellness and disease prevention. Our target audience consists of physicians and health care providers engaged in practices that are transitioning from the classical medicine model to a prevention model (that is anti-aging, complimentary, functional, holistic and integrative medicine).
In addition to educational courses, the platform encourages professional dialogue and a free exchange of ideas as well as clinical support. Our goal is to provide practitioners with the knowledge necessary to successfully implement integrative therapies and prevention into their clinical practices.

Meet The Board of Directors

Our Key Influencers Include:

Erika Schwartz, M.D

Dr. Erika is the founder of Evolved Science, a concierge medical practice located on fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, focusing on 365 degree care for her devoted patients. Additionally, Dr. Erika is the founder of Better Health Initiative (bhionline.org) a not for profit post graduate physician education platform with a stellar faculty focused on training physicians to place patients at the center of health care supported by the most cutting edge protocols, clinical and pure scientific data. 

Combining a Renaissance European upbringing, American education, passion, kindness and common sense Dr. Schwartz takes the best of conventional and integrative medicine and applies them to preventing disease.  Graduate of NYU, she received her MD from SUNY-Downstate College of Medicine Cum Laude, is a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and has authored six best selling books for the public along with medical articles and numerous blogs, YouTube channel and bylined articles in the highest circulation publications of the world. Dr. Erika’s mission is to provide and teach ideal health care delivery by treating each patient with love, care and cutting edge medical information.
For Dr. Erika, work is pure joy, her legacy is to improve health care for the individual and remove fear and arrogance from the system.

David Brownstein, M.D.

Dr. David Brownstein is a Board-Certified family physician and is one of the foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, MI. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success in using natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine.  Dr. Brownstein is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College for the Advancement in Medicine.

Michael Antonelli

Michael has consulted over doctors from all over the country on growing their practice using a variety of services ranging from targeted diagnostics to practice management support to nutritional supplements and branding for over 13 years. Michael regularly conducts meetings with health care practitioners and their staff, teaching leading-edge systems in a concise format that can be utilized for the prevention of chronic disease and optimizing patient outcomes while increasing practice revenue. He has held a variety of positions for leading companies within the health and wellness industry including Business Development Manager and Executive Director. Michael specializes in practice management support, which earned him invitations to speak at various medical conferences. Michael graduated from LaSalle University in 2006 with degrees in Marketing and Organizational Management.

Jacqueline Brunetti, M.D.

Jacqueline C. Brunetti, M.D. serves as the Director – Diagnostic Imaging Services of Holy Name Hospital. Dr. Brunetti has been a Consultant to the Radiological Devices Panel and the Center of Devices of Radiologic Health of the Food and Drug Administration since 1995. Dr. Brunetti serves as an Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has a strong background in both anatomic and functional imaging techniques. Dr. Brunetti’s particular interest is the integration of PET/CT into Radiation Therapy planning, specifically the clinical evaluation of gated PET and gated CT as imaging techniques for respiratory gated radiation therapy planning. She serves as a Trustee of Holy Name Hospital. She is a Member of the PET Board of Directors for General Electric Healthcare and a Member of the DART (Dynamic Adaptive Radiation Therapy) Advisory Board of Varian Medical Systems. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board of Radiology Corporation of America. She is a Member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine since 1980 and serves on the Board of the PET Center of Excellence. Dr. Brunetti has authored 26 articles, 2 book chapters and has given over 60 national and international presentations. She is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.