Our Staff & Faculty

Denny Waxman
Founder and President

Denny Waxman has been a macrobiotic counselor in Philadelphia since the 1970s. and one of the founders of American Macrobiotics. He has worked tirelessly to change the food narrative in this country by moving us from a diet dependent primarily on animal and dairy food to one based primarily on plants.


Susan Waxman
Co-Director and Executive Chef

Susan Waxman is an internationally recognized macrobiotic teacher, counselor and health educator. She is widely recognized for her culinary expertise, as well as her understanding of the energetic properties of food. Susan’s innovative style and attention to detail shows through in the flavor and healing power of her food.


Patrick Riley

Patrick M. Riley has been an advocate of natural health care since 1978. A graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, Patrick pursued studies in Macrobiotics, shiatsu and related health subjects at the Kushi Institutes in London, England and Boston, MA. 

In 1982, following a brief employment in the natural food industry, Patrick co-founded the Bucks County Macrobiotic Center in Langhorne, PA. It was here at the community level that Patrick refined his skills as a teacher, therapist and counselor.

Warren Kramer

Warren Kramer is an internationally recognized Macrobiotic counselor, educator and cooking instructor. For the past 23 years, he has studied and lived the Macrobiotic way of life. Warren teaches the Macrobiotic approach to health and wellness, including principles of food selection and preparation, exercise, work and personal relationships. For more than 10 years Warren had the unique opportunity to work on a daily basis with Michio Kushi. As Michio’s assistant, Warren helped guide thousands of people with a myriad of health concerns.

Michelle Nemer

Michelle Nemer has been involved with Macrobiotics since 1984. She was trained personally and certified by Michio Kushi, Shizuko Yamamoto, and Denny Waxman. She served as a core faculty member, counselor and program coordinator at the Kushi Institute in Massachusetts before joining the faculty at The Strengthening Health Institute. She is also a previous Director of Education at The Macrobiotic Center of New York. Michelle is based in Northern California.