Our story

Did you know Viver means to live? To live was all that was on Viver Health's founder, Vicki Barghout's mind when she went through treatment for breast cancer at the age of 34. She was diagnosed with breast cancer the day before her second daughter was born. By the time of surgery, her aggressive tumor was undetectable. The Viver Health Guides are a result of her personal action plan of melding modern science with back-to-basics food techniques that enhanced her treatment. Today, Vicki is in the best condition of her life and is happily married with two beautiful daughters.

For over 15 years, Vicki has led various pharmaceutical divisions in the health care industry, including Novartis US Oncology Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) and Pricing, Global Novartis GI Franchise HEOR, and Bayer HEOR. Her role consisted of implementing patient reported outcomes, health economic endpoints, and pricing for development compounds. She has worked on multiple drug launches and post-launch activities focusing on oncology, gastroenterology, neurology, primary care, women’s health, and diagnostics. She has published over 30 manuscripts in top-tier journals and has presented over 100 abstracts at major international conferences. Her work has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She has lived in multiple countries including Switzerland, England, Mexico, and Guatemala. She received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Maryland and her graduate degree from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.

Mission

We publish educational health information that is fact-based, easy to understand, and simple to navigate. We serve regular people who are currently going through a disease state or have had diseases in their family and friends.  Also, busy people who do not have time to figure out all the available health information and want to maintain good health can benefit from these essential information. 

Our goal is to teach how basic practices with food and good daily habits can help support a strong and healthy body when combined with modern science.  These practices can be integral for disease prevention and critical during disease recovery.

The Viver Team

Beth Baughman DuPree, MD, FACS, ABIHM

Dr. DuPree is a Vice President of Holy Redeemer Health System overseeing Surgical Services, Women’s Health, Employee Wellness and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She is a nationally-recognized breast cancer surgeon who is board certified in integrative and holistic medicine. She has a passion for education and lifestyle modification. She is the Medical Director of the Breast Health Program at Holy Redeemer Health System in suburban Philadelphia and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery at The University of Pennsylvania. A breast surgeon who embraces Eastern-healing philosophies, she remains on the cutting edge of Western medical technologies. Dr. DuPree is the recipient of numerous awards and achievements and serves on the advisory boards for several breast cancer organizations. Dr. DuPree is a graduate of The University of Pittsburgh and Hahnemann University School of Medicine.

 

Jodi Hutchinson. P.A.

Jodi is a holistic health and wellness expert and master educator with a focus on whole foods nutrition, and mind-body medicine. She has been instrumental in the Viver guides and part of the Viver Team. Jodi also serves as Director of Integrative Medicine & Wellness for Holy Redeemer Health System, Meadowbrook, PA.  As part of her role, she creates and oversees innovative programs for employees, patients, and the community through a combination of integrative practices that modify diet, lifestyle, and stress.  She draws upon over 30 years of clinical and teaching experience to design healing models within today’s healthcare environments as a means to bring about a cultural transformation and social change.

Prior to joining Holy Redeemer Health System, Jodi was in private practice in Wilmington, DE.  In 2006 she co-founded the Integrative Medicine Center for Christiana Health System, DE, and earlier in her career she enjoyed 18 years as a cardiac surgery physician assistant where she championed programs using complementary healing modalities.  Jodi has extensively traveled the world studying the physical and spiritual aspects of disease and learning ancient healing practices.  Formal studies have included Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, meditation, and Energy Medicine. She lectures across the country and maintains a private practice. 

Brian E. Lacy, Ph.D., M.D.

Brian E. Lacy, Ph.D., M.D., is currently Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Section Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology and Director of the GI Motility Laboratory at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Dr. Lacy's clinical and basic science research interests focus on disorders of gastrointestinal motility, with an emphasis on irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, gastroparesis, acid reflux disease, constipation, intestinal pseudo-obstruction, achalasia and visceral pain. He is the author or co-author of over 120 peer-reviewed articles and the author or co-author of numerous textbook chapters on gastrointestinal motility disorders and functional bowel disorders.  Dr. Lacy is a reviewer for a number of scientific journals, and is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterology Association, and the American Motility Society. He is co-chairman of the Rome Committee for Functional Bowel Disorders.  Dr. Lacy is the co-author of a book for the general public on acid reflux disease, Healing Heartburn, is the author of Making Sense of IBS, a book for the general public on irritable bowel syndrome, and is the editor and author of 2 books for health care providers entitled Curbside Consultations in IBS: 49 Clinical Questions and Functional and Motility Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract.  Dr. Lacy is the former Editor in Chief of the journal Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology.  He is currently the Co-Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

 

Dr. Lacy received his doctorate in cell biology from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and his medical degree from the University of Maryland in Baltimore.  Dr. Lacy was a resident in Internal Medicine at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, where he continued his training as Chief Resident and then as a Fellow in Gastroenterology.  He is board certified in Gastroenterology. 

Maribeth Bogush, PhD

Maribeth has more than 15 years of experience in medical communications, providing strategic scientific direction and oversight for medical publications and communications projects. Maribeth received a master of clinical immunology degree at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA and her PhD in microbiology and immunology at The Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine in Hershey, PA. After a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Maribeth began a career in medical communications as a Medical Editor/Writer at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA. Thereafter, Maribeth rose through the ranks in the medical communications industry until reaching a pinnacle as Vice President, Scientific Services at ApotheCom Associates in Yardley, PA.

Charles Ross

Charles Ross is a graphic designer living and working in Minneapolis. He has been working in the field of design and brand development for over 15 years. He works in both print and digital media and has experience building visual brand identities for both small start-ups and large companies. Charles has been recognized by both the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Art Directors Club. His work has been published in Print Design Annuals, Communications Arts, Graphis Annuals, Logo Lounge, Design of Dissent and The New York Times. His work can be found on www.behance.net/charlieross Charles received his B.A. in Political Science from Ripon College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Jesper Goransson

Jesper Goransson is the former Art Director of Advertising Age, a marketing and agency trade news publication. During his tenure, he steered the 80-year-old legacy publication through a complete overhaul of the print edition. He was mentioned in The New York Times for the much-acclaimed redesign in 2012. Several of his covers have been nominated for awards, and in 2008, he was part of the team that won a Neal Award. Jesper received his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College.

 

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