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BHI’s founders are internationally recognized leaders in the field of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Each has been committed throughout his or her career to upholding the highest standards of medical ethics and excellence, as well as to empowering individuals to take charge of their own lives and achieve their best health through BHRT.


Dr. Erika Schwartz, M.D.– Founding Director Erika Schwartz, M.D. - Founding Director

Erika T. Schwartz, M.D. is the leading national expert in the field of bioidentical hormone therapies, wellness and true disease prevention. She has authored 5 best-selling books, is an Extra Lifechanger, bylined in the Wall Street Journal, international speaker and TV personality.

A cum laude graduate, AOA honor society member, from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Dr. Erika trained at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY in Internal Medicine and Critical Care. Upon completion of her postgraduate training, at the age of 28, Dr. Erika became the first woman and youngest doctor to be named Director of Emergency Medicine at Westchester County Medical Center- New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.

Since the start of her distinguished career, Dr. Erika has been committed to empowering patients and teaching physicians compassion alongside with scientific and clinical information.

Dr. Erika has lectured at Harvard, authored the seminal article on the use of hormones in wellness and disease prevention in the prestigious peer reviewed publication Medical Clinics.

She is a founding director of the not for profit Bioidentical Hormone Initiative and a senior faculty member of the Bioidentical Hormone Institute.

David Brownstein, M.D.– Founding DirectorDavid Brownstein, M.D. - Founding Director

David Brownstein, M.D., a board-certified family physician, is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich.  He is  one of the foremost practitioners of holistic medicine in the United States.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success in using natural hormone and nutritional therapies in his practice. Dr. Brownstein has authored ten books, including eight national, best-selling books:
  1. Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It (4th Edition) – national best seller
  2. Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do – national best seller
  3. The Miracle of Natural Hormones (3rd Edition) – national best seller
  4. Overcoming Thyroid Disorders 2nd Edition– national best seller
  5. Overcoming Arthritis– national best seller
  6. The Guide to Healthy Eating– national best seller
  7. The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet– national best seller
  8. The Guide to a Dairy-Free Diet
  9. Salt:  Your Way to Health– national best seller
  10. The Soy Deception

Joe Raffaele, M.D.Joseph Raffaele, M.D.

Dr. Raffaele received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.D. frm Hahnemann University Medical School in 1989.  He is board-certified in internal medicine and is a diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine.  In 1995, Dr. Raffaele began researching and developing a scientifically based treatment program and co-founded PhysioAge Medical Group, a clinical practice focused on age management medicine.




Louis L. Cregler, M.D.Louis L. Cregler, M.D.

Louis L. Cregler, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C. is a board-certified internist and cardiologist, regional dean, tenured professor of medicine, with many years of accomplishment as an educator and senior-level administrator in academic medical centers and university teaching hospitals. Dr. Cregler is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care. He is committed to advancing the continuum of medical education, from pre-college through post-graduate continuing medical education, creating a student-centered life-long learning environment, fostering diversity and inclusion and achieving health equity.

Dr. Cregler received his medical degree from the State University of New York, Health Science Center at Brooklyn, College of Medicine. He is a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Angiology, American College of Physicians, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has lectured extensively on preventive health issues. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, editorials, and book chapters in medical journals.

He is active in the SUNY Downstate, College of Medicine Alumni Association and is presently serving on the Boards of Managers and Trustees. He is also Past President of the Board of Managers of the Alumni Association and past Chairperson of Board of Trustees of the Alumni Fund. He serves as Chief Academic Officer and Director of CME for Bioidentical Hormone Initiative’s (BHI) CME Courses. There are no financial disclosures.





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