Dr Heleen Roex-Haitjema, paediatrician, migrated from The Netherlands to Australia with her husband and three children in 2000. She received her medical training in paediatrics at the Free University in Amsterdam. Since 2010, she has been researching the medical and nutrition literature on the relation between nutrition and our health and became fascinated by the abundance of well executed studies that all indicate that a healthy plant-based diet is not only preventative for many chronic diseases, but can also play a curative role in stopping and sometimes even reversing disease.

Heleen has earned her Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and Cornell University New York and became in Australia the first Certified Instructor through The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine’s “Food for Life” program in Washington DC and is now running Food for Life courses in Adelaide.

Together with her husband Dr Alphonse Roex, MD PhD, Obstetrician – Gynaecologist, they present on Health and Nutrition backed by sound research, in Australia and the Netherlands, for the general public and also for Grand Rounds in hospitals and for medical students, with the largest audience reaching 400 people.

Photographed with Dr Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr T. Colin Campbell at the International Plant-Based Health Conference in the USA.