R.W. Watkins MD, MPH, FAAFP
Chief medical officer
Dr. Watkins earned his medical degree at East Carolina School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in Family Medicine at Florida Hospital, Orlando. He has a Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Promotion and Nutrition from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, with experience in both academic and corporate medicine.
Dr. Watkins built a thriving integrative medical practice in Greensboro, NC. His main focus is functional medicine with a special interest in neurohormonal imbalances. His other interests include many other aspects of integrative medicine, nutrition, neuroendocrinology and predictive genomics.
Dr. Watkins has lectured on a wide variety of topics at the local, state, national and international levels. In addition, he has authored a number of journal articles and textbook chapters and has over 20 years of experience in private practice, teaching and corporate medicine.
Joining Sanesco International’s Medical Board in 2005, and later becoming their Medical Director, Dr. Watkins is currently serving as Sanesco’s Chief Medical Officer and is also President and Laboratory Director of NeuroLab®.
He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a past-president and Chairman of the Board of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Watkins has earned the honorary degree of Fellow in the Academy of Family Physicians. He is on the Board of Directors of COLA as a representative of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at both the UNC School of Medicine and the East Carolina School of Medicine.
Sharon Norling MD, MBA
Clinical Support Director
Dr. Sharon Norling is a nationally known and highly respected medical doctor specializing in integrative medicine and practicing advanced functional medicine in Hendersonville, NC. Dr. Norling graduated from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and has trained at USC and UCLA. She received her MBA from St. Thomas University.
Dr. Norling’s expertise is based on her years of clinical experience and research as former Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She is national board-certified in OB/GYN, Integrative Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Norling combines a credible and responsible academic knowledge with years of experience and caring nature.
Recognized for her expertise, she has testified before the White House Commission on Complementary Alternative Medicine Policy. She has served in multiple leadership roles as Medical Director and senior management in two large healthcare organizations. During her years in healthcare, she has been a nurse, medical doctor, hospital administrator, advocate and a dismissed and misdiagnosed patient.
Her passion is finding the root cause of illnesses instead of just using a pharmaceutical drug to treat the tip of the iceberg. Hormonal and neurotransmitter balance is one of her specialties.
Dr. Norling is an international speaker and the author of “Your Doctor is Wrong”. As a presenter, she is engaging, articulate, humorous and insightful, making learning a dynamic professional and personal growth experience. Whether you have heard her on the radio, seen her on TV or sharing the stage with celebrities, Dr. Norling is the expert. She is currently sharing her expertise with Sanesco as Clinical Support Director.
Dr. Norling is a medical authority, a visionary and an extraordinary leader who provides real solutions for patients who have been dismissed or misdiagnosed.
Jeff Schmitt, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Schmitt is a noted scientist as well as a practitioner and educator in Native healing arts. He did his undergraduate work at Wake Forest University followed by graduate work at the University of Bath and Oxford University (doctorate in Molecular Biophysics).
During his 40+ year career, Jeff has held numerous professorships at Wake Forest School of Medicine (Biochemistry, Physiology-Pharmacology, Integrative Medicine and Translational Sciences). Until recently he was the Director of Research for the Center for Integrative Medicine. He is a founding member of numerous companies including Targacept, Inc. where he led the development of simulation technology to make the process of drug discovery more efficient. Jeff has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications, patents and abstracts, and been on the editorial advisory boards of 6 international journals.
He is the founding research director of the Bent Creek Institute of the University of North Carolina. Jeff founded and directed the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative at Wake Forest School of Medicine (now Wake Forest Innovations) which has grown to be one of the largest urban research parks in North America.
He also devotes his time to organizations serving the greater good and has been a board member of 5 non-profit organizations. Jeff is a challenging and evocative speaker and storyteller with over 300 invited presentations including a TEDx talk in 2011. Jeff has ventured to the far-reaches of the earth – from the Amazon rainforest to the Andes and Himalayas – in search of solutions to the global health crisis.