Venice Nutrition’s Medical Board

International Board of Nutrition and Fitness Coaching (IBNFC)

Leaders in their individual fields joined together to form the International Board of Nutrition and Fitness Coaching (IBNFC). The IBNFC oversees all Medical Parameters of the Venice Nutrition Program and in addition continues to add fresh, cutting edge research to each wellness presentation and program. The IBNFC also governs and confirms the validity of all testing material for each Nutrition Coach Certification. The IBNFC Board members are below:

Mark Macdonald

Mark Macdonald

Creator of the Venice Nutrition Program Chair of IBNFC

Mark’s Bio:

Most importantly, Mark Macdonald is a husband to his wife Abbi and father to their 17-year-old son Hunter and 7-year-old girl, Hope.

Professionally, he’s a world-renowned nutrition & fitness expert, NY Times best-selling author, television personality, international speaker, community builder and entrepreneur who has coached everyone from celebrities to athletes to business executives to busy moms on how to permanently get their body back with cutting edge nutrition, fitness and lifestyle strategies.

He is the CEO and founder of Venice Nutrition and the IBNFC: International Board of Nutrition and Fitness Coaching, author of the New York Times Bestselling book Body Confidence and best seller, Why Kids Make You Fat and How to Get Your Body Back, as well the featured health expert for CNN, HLN and the Tennis Channel, as well as many other national media outlets, a few being: Dr. OZ, Access Hollywood, the 700 Club, and The Chelsea Show.

Mark is also a highly sought-after keynote health and corporate speaker and continually speaks throughout the world.

Mark‘s passion also paved the way towards several powerful partnerships all centered around helping people globally improve their overall wellness and make positive nutritional lifestyle changes that will stay with them. A few of Mark’s partnerships are: IDEA (the #1 fitness organization in the world), the American Diabetes Association, the International Speakers Bureau and Kyani.

Mark’s greatest partnership is with the health and wellness company, Kyani. Together, Mark and Kyani created the Nitro Nutrition Program to create the Nitro Effect within your body which: enables healthy inflammatory response, promotes circulation, naturally balances blood sugar, optimizes digestion and supports collagen resilience. This partnership and community driven movement has allowed millions of people around the world to live the program and achieve their personal health goals.

Nicole Hilburt

Nicole Hilburt, MS, RD, LDN, CNSD

Director of Dietetics

Nicole’s Bio:

When Nicole began this journey over fifteen years ago, all she knew was that she wanted to be in the health care field. She lost her mother at a young age and didn’t fully understand what happened to her because at the time, Nicole was too young for any technical explanation. She felt helpless and powerless to do anything to change the outcome of that crisis.

That’s when she made up her mind to never again be in the dark with regard to her own health or the health of the people she cared about. Nicole chose nutrition and dietetics as her career path for two reasons: first, she wanted to gain an understanding of the general mechanisms of the human body, and specifically, the relationship of good food and good nutrition to positive health outcomes; second, she has an insatiable passion for it. She knew after she finished her first nutrition course that she had found her niche. It is an ever-changing field that offers constant stimulation and opportunity for new growth and learning. Nicole is fortunate to practice something every day that she truly enjoys. Her client’s victories are also her victories, so it’s always a thrill to see how she’s made a difference in their lives. As a result of the education she’s received and the experience she’s gained, she is now in a position to offer her skills and knowledge to those who need it. For Nicole, being capable of filling the position of Director of Dietetics for the IBNFC is an honor and provides her the opportunity to help educate thousands more people each year about nutrition and fitness than she could before.

Steve S. Lee

Dr. Steve S. Lee, DO

Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine

Dr. Lee’s Bio:

Dr. Lee has always been interested in nutrition and fitness, expressing this interest in his years as a competitive athlete and a personal trainer. He maintained this vision during his training in internal medicine, the medical specialty that focuses on several branches of medicine including cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, immunology, rheumatology, nephrology, alonside preventive medicine and health promotion. Since he became a physician, he brought his dedication to nutrition and fitness by seeking out paradigms of good health to promote in his patients.

Dr. Lee received his education from Western University of Health Sciences and Loma Linda University Medical where his training in internal medicine took place then he became certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is currently a practicing Rheumatologist/Internist at a leading medical institution and holds faculty appointments at Western University of Health Sciences and Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Dr. Lee has extensively reviewed the Venice Nutrition Program for its sound basis in medical, physiological, nutritional and scientific foundations. As he promotes great health and well-being in his patients, he continually contributes his medical expertise to the IBNFC and to its certified coaches as well as fully endorsing the principles of the system.

Dr. Bryan Bell

Dr. Bryen Bell

Director of Spinal Health Performance

Dr. Bell’s Bio:

At the age of 20, Dr. Bryen A. Bell experienced a life changing event. During a collegiate rugby tournament, Dr. Bell injured his neck. When no traditional Doctors or medical procedures could help, he sought out the advice of a Corrective Chiropractic Doctor. After a detailed exam, x-rays and a series of corrective spinal adjustments aimed at removing pressure off the spinal nerves, Dr. Bell’s condition had started to resolve. Today, with regular and consistent spinal maintenance and a lifestyle prevention plan in effect, he is able to fully enjoy his family, friends and his practice. Reducing nerve interference by gradually and safely aligning the spine not only improved his overall health and healing, but proved to be pivotal for his career path.

As a result of his experience, Dr. Bell has dedicated himself to making non-drug solutions the first choice in health care. Dr. Bell formally owned and operated BAC To Health Chiropractic Lifestyle located in Brentwood and Beverly Hills, California. He also served The Academy, Beverly Hills as the Director of Health Services and Sports Performance.

In the summer of 2013, he and his family moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and opened a brand new, state-of-the art, fully computerized corrective care Chiropractic wellness center in Portland, Oregon called True Potential Chiropractic (TPC).
His sports rehab and family practice focuses on health and wellness through maintenance and prevention, rather than waiting for a health crisis such as pain, disability or disease to occur. Dr. Bell’s success and philosophy of staying healthy revolves around the six laws of the human body: Diet, Rest, Exercise, Alignment, Mindset and Stress management (DREAMS). He is also the founder of BAC to Corporate Wellness and BACfit, an elite wellness, prevention and ergonomic program for business and corporate professionals. Dr. Bell has been established as one of the very best in Beverly Hills, Brentwood and now, Portland, through corporate and group lectures, community wellness programs, excellent reputation and great individual/family results.

Dr. Bell currently serves as a prominent Board Member for the Venice Nutrition International Team and is certified as a Nutritional Coach through the International Board of Nutrition and Fitness Coaching (IBNFC). Dr. Bell is a leader in his profession as the past President of the California Chiropractic Association, LA Metro Division. Additionally, he was the Head Chiropractor for L.A.’s only pro-football venue, the Los Angeles Avengers of the AFL, 2000-2009. Dr. Bell is the former Team Doc for the Los Angeles Rugby Club (LARC) and the University of Southern California’s (USC) men’s Rugby team (division champs ’09), Men’s Crew (Trojan Navy) as well. He was also the Team Doc for the Los Angeles Galaxy Futboleros, LA’s premier soccer entertainers. He was the Team Chiropractor and Health Director for the Angel City Derby Girls, L.A.’s flat track roller derby organization as well as the former Ergonomic and Chiropractic Consultant to the World Famous USC Trojan Marching Band, which he wrote and dedicated a Health Manual to improve their overall health and fitness. He was the official Team Chiropractor for the LA Temptation of the LFL (’09, ’10, ‘11 Lingerie Bowl Champions) and the World Dodgeball Society. He has been featured on Fine Living, the Style Network and the TLC Cable Network as one of the nation’s Top Wellness Specialists. In addition, Dr. Bell was an Associate Faculty Member and Supervising Clinician for the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) in excellent standings. As a community leader, he is a past member of the Consultative School Board for Good Shepherd Catholic School of Beverly Hills and was also a prominent member of the Committee for Chiropractic Excellence, spear-headed by Cleveland Chiropractic College. Dr. Bell also served as an area leader for the Beverly Hills Fire Departments’ community emergency response team (CERT). He treats many local professional and amateur athletes, as well as many children and families. He is loved by his patients not only for his skills and professionalism, but also for his warm, caring nature and attention to detail.

Dr. Bell received his undergraduate degree from top-rated University of Portland in Business Management (B.S.), and his Chiropractic Degree (D.C.) as well as a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology (B.Sc.) from Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles. Under his leadership, BAC to Health was awarded “Best of Beverly Hills” and “Best of Brentwood” 3 years in a row by the USLBA and “Talk of the Town” by He was listed in the 2004 and 2009 edition of Guide to Americas Top Chiropractors, published by the Consumer Research Council of America. Dr. Bell was also recently listed in Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, “Honors Edition,” 2007 and Strathmore’s Who’ Who, 2007-2008 Edition. In addition to serving as a member of the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol Team, Cooper Spur Resort 92-93, and having been certified as an LA County EMT, Dr. Bell had earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout as a youth in 1989.

In his free time, Dr. Bell enjoys spending quality time with his family and two beautiful children as well as Brazilian Jiu jitsu (current blue belt), Tae Kwon Do (current black belt), mountain biking, weight lifting, flyfishing, watching rugby, community health talks and traveling.