About Us

Our Experience

AVRT was created by the physicians and scientists who developed the ground-breaking COC Protocol, which has been demonstrated to lower the overall metabolic rate of cancer cells in patients with glioblastoma.

AVRT uses a similar approach by identifying and targeting the inflammatory and metabolic pathways that have been demonstrated to increase the risk of developing cancer and other chronic diseases. The same fundamental processes that contribute to poorer outcomes in cancer patients are also believed to be involved in the development of many chronic diseases.

Why We’re Different

AVRT is a cutting-edge health platform that includes a comprehensive, personalized health report on your risk factors for chronic diseases and cancer based on your metabolic and immunologic functions. In addition to a comprehensive risk report, our affiliated clinical team supervises your personal plan of action. Regular follow-up, testing, and clinician reviews builds in accountability and progress-tracking via well-established metrics, so that you can evaluate how your health is changing, and monitor your progress.

Advanced Diagnostics

In additional to our comprehensive AVRT panel, we provide state of the art cancer diagnostics including the first mRNA blood test for finding the molecular signatures of multiple cancers from a single sample of blood.

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Meet Our Scientific Advisory Board

In order to help prevent cancer, we first must understand cancer and how it functions. That’s why we have engaged some of the best thought leaders in the field of metabolic pathway disorders, cancer prevention and treatment to join us in our mission to improve outcomes for cancer and other chronic diseases through early detection and intervention.

Jason Fung, M.D.

Jason Fung, M.D. a physician, researcher and New York Times best-selling author currently practicing nephrology in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Fung is the co-founder of The Fasting Method which provides education, tools and community needed to successfully implement intermittent fasting. His books, including The Obesity Code, The Complete Guide to Fasting, The Diabetes Code and The Cancer Code have challenged conventional thinking about these diseases and introduced dietary strategies to manage them.

Barry Boyd, M.D.

Barry Boyd, M.D. a practicing medical oncologist and pioneer in the field of integrative cancer care. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and Senior Attending Medical Oncologist at the Yale-Smilow Cancer Center. Dr. Boyd founded the Integrative Medicine Program at Greenwich Hospital-Yale Health Systems and is the Founder and President of the Integrative Cancer Care Research Foundation. He is a graduate of Cornell Medical School and completed his medical residency at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and fellowship in Medical Oncology at New York Hospital - Cornell. He holds an M.S. and a M.Phil. from the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University.

Benjamin Bikman, Ph.D

Benjamin Bikman, Ph.D., a scientist and professor at Brigham Young University working to better understand the role of elevated insulin and nutrient metabolism in regulating obesity, diabetes and dementia. Dr. Bikman received his Ph.D. in Bioenergetics and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Duke-National University of Singapore in metabolic disorders.

Meet Our Physicians

 AVRT is led by leading oncologists, who can provide insights into nutrition, lifestyle modifications and medications to help minimize your risk of developing cancer. Our COC physicians and scientists are experts in the field of cancer, inflammation and metabolism and develop patient-centric, personalized care plans to optimize patient health. We are committed to the singular goal of prevention: keeping people healthy and reducing the risk of cancer & chronic disease. Meet a few of our physicians below. 

Charles J. Meakin, MD, MHA

Charles J. Meakin, III, M.D., MHA received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, followed by a residency in Radiation Oncology at Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA. Board Certified in Radiation Oncology, he also completed a Masters in Health Administration from St. Mary’s College of Moraga, Moraga, CA.

Christy M. Kesslering, M.D.

Christie Kesslering, M.D. received her medical degree from the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Maywood, IL, followed by a residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. She is Board Certified in Radiation Oncology.

Zoraida Mendez, M.D.

Zoraida Mendez, M.D. received her medical degree at Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at Saint Elizabeth Hospital of Youngstown, OH. She completed her Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.

Paul Zhang, M.D., Ph.D

Paul Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. is a physician-scientist board-certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. Dr. Zhang received his medical degrees from Hebei Medical University and Beijing University. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia University, New York, NY, a Clinical Fellowship at Yale University, New Haven, CT and a Cancer Research Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY.