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Introducing the new certified Gerson Practitioners.

We are very pleased to introduce our three newly certified Gerson practitioners. They have recently completed their Module II internship and are now listed on our website on our Certified Gerson Practitioners page.

The role of a Gerson practitioner is to provide case management and guidance for someone starting the Gerson Therapy at home who is unable to attend one of the Gerson clinics. This involves taking the patient's medical history, assigning the Gerson protocol, doing regular follow-up consultations for monitoring blood work and response to the Therapy, and making adjustments to the protocol.

To learn more and to obtain contact information for Dr. Donato or Dr. Messer, visit the Certified Gerson Practitioners page on our website:

We hope to train more certified practitioners in the next two years.

Dr. Lucinda Messer, ND

Dr. Messer earned her Naturopathic degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington in 1994. She has always carried a passionate desire to help patients discover the reason for their chronic disease. Not satisfied with nutritional medicine alone, she began searching for diets for her cancer and autoimmune patients. Naturopathic medicine gave her the perfect foundation from which to launch a specialty in Integrative Oncology. Her understanding of chemotherapy, radiation and other standard of care medications for cancer patients, has helped her make a difference with what they require to detoxify and heal.


In 2000 her continuing search led her to the Gerson Therapy. She finds that among the plethora of "helpful" therapies to choose from in the alternative world, none are as reliable as the Gerson Therapy. She suggests this treatment approach to most of her chronically ill patients. She is constantly awestruck at how it so effectively reduces tumor size and detoxifies the blood, not to mention bringing back the life force to the patient.

Her love for the Gerson Therapy spurred her on to send her daughter to San Diego for training to become a certified Home Set-up Trainer and now they work together as a team when possible.

She is also the author of Powerful Medicine, Vitamin D: Shedding Light On A Worldwide Health Crises. Her practice is located in the Seattle Area.

Dr. Miven Donato, DPT, DC

Dr. Miven is a doctor of physical therapy and chiropractic. He is licensed to practice in the state of Oregon. He has been in private practice in Medford, Oregon since 2001. He specializes in nutritional/dietary/lifestyle medicine and neuromuscular skeletal rehabilitation.

Dr. Donato graduated in 1987 with a BSc degree in clinical laboratory technology (MT) at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He completed his one year clinical laboratory internship at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. In 1990 Dr. Donato graduated with a BSc degree in physical therapy (PT) at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. In 2009 he completed the postgraduate doctoral degree in physical therapy (DPT) from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.


His continued passion in healthcare introduced him for the first time in alternative medicine when he pursued the study of chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1997. He completed the doctoral degree in Chiropractic (DC) in 2001. In mid-2005 Dr. Donato began to include nutritional and dietary health in his clinic to patients willing to try nutritional healing. In 2006 he began lecturing on nutrition, diet and lifestyle in the Medford community of Southern Oregon.

Since Dr. Donato started accepting patients with cancers in 2010, he began his search for formal nutritional therapy training and mentorship for physicians to address chronic diseases in a clinical setting. His online search led him to the Gerson Institute's website.

Since the Gerson website encounter he completed the Gerson Practitioner training Module 1 and Module II prior to certification. The Gerson Therapy has taught him how to express the awesome power of healing from within.


I was born in Romania, a country in central eastern Europe. It is now part of the European Union. The town where I was born and where I now live is Drobeta Turnu-Severin, with a 2,000 year history.

I graduated from high school in my home town and then I attended the University of Medicine in Bucharest, the capital city of the country, from 1976-1982. I practiced for three years in different departments of the county hospital in my town, followed by an exam and three years of residency in surgery at the emergency hospital in Burcharest. Since then I have worked in the Surgical Department in the hospital, in my town. After five years I became Senior Surgeon in the same hospital. I learned endoscopic procedures, and since 2010 I have worked in my own practice at Haris Clinic with outpatients only.

I am married with two children. My son is 33 years old and is an internal medicine physician in Manchester, NH. My daughter is 28 years old and is a student at the Medicine University in Brasov. I enjoy going on mountain trips, exploring caves, skiing and biking. I speak French, Italian and Serbian.

I discovered the Gerson Therapy when my wife was diagnosed with terminal metastatic breast cancer and had an estimated 3-4 weeks to live, after radiation, chemotherapy and everything that the allopathic medicine could provide. She was a physician too. I found no Gerson practitioner at that time in Romania and followed the Therapy under Dr. Smith's guidance. My wife lived two more years and died from a stroke, not from cancer, without pain and living a normal life as a wife and mother. I continued practicing the Gerson Therapy in Module II and became a Gerson practitioner myself. The results are really amazing for those people who are dedicated enough to follow the Therapy. They also are cured from rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and practically any kind of chronic disease. I can understand how the Therapy promotes healing, starting from the cell and ending with the detox process in the bowel.

I consider the Gerson Therapy a new advance in the cure of cancer and chronic illnesses.

by Dr. Kayla Smith
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Title Annotation:Lucinda Messer and Miven Donato
Author:Smith, Kayla
Publication:Gerson Healing Newsletter
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2013
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