Board of Directors

Anthony C. Beall, MD, Chair

Anthony C. Beall, MD, is an anesthesiologist practicing at Trident Health System in Charleston, SC . He completed his residency and medical school training at the Medical University of SC and received his BS in Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina. He is currently working with Trident Anesthesia Group where he has served as past president and a member of the hospital Board of Trustees. Dr. Beall has also served on the South Carolina State Board of Medical Examiners. Since his son’s diagnosis of Crohn’s disease and successful management with nutrition, he has become an advocate for nutrition, serving as a speaker for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programs in which nutrition plays a central role.

Fasika Shimeles Teferra, MD, Vice Chair
International Relations

Fasika Shimeles Teferra, MD, is the founder and CEO of Crohn's & Colitis Ethiopia. As a Crohn's Disease patient herself, she is determined to improve the quality of lives of patients living with IBD through research as well as patient empowerment. Her primary research interest is on epidemiologic study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in low and middle income countries. She advocates for IBD patients and raise awareness by participating in local and international conferences and speaking on her own IBD journey as a patient as well as gaps in health care delivery in LMIC from a healthcare provider perspective. She knows firsthand that dietary habits play a major role in IBD disease trajectory and is passionate to advance the knowledge for better treatment options for patients with IBD.

Bridgette Blankenship
Financial Affairs

Bridgette currently works in the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Patient Support Services. Prior to this, she worked for seven years in colon cancer research at MUSC. She also has a background in Family Therapy. A family member's diagnosis prompted her interest in IBD. Having a life-long passion and interest in nutrition and maintaining a healthy diet helped when looking for solutions to this diagnosis. Favorite hobbies are reading, cooking, and spending time with family.

Sara Campbell
Events

Sara Campbell is a graduate of Converse College with a degree in music performance and business. Her passion for all things IBD related, especially nutritional therapy, began when her daughter Emily was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2017 at the age of 14. Frustrated with the lack of information and support for using nutrition as a form of treatment, Sara began the arduous journey of researching diet and how it pertains to gut dysbiosis. Sara lives in Charleston, SC, with her husband, Dr. John Campbell, and four children. Along with nutrition she enjoys life on the Stono River, reading, and fellowship with her church community.

David Gardinier, RD
Community Relations

David Gardinier, RD, LD, is a Registered Dietitian specializing in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. David has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Florida and completed his dietetic internship at Virginia Commonwealth University Health. Currently, he works in the IBD medical home at the Cleveland Clinic. David’s interest in the role of nutrition in IBD began when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2016. Since then, he has advocated for the important role of nutrition in IBD through NTforIBD and as a 2021 fellow of the Crohn’s and Colitis Young Adults Network (CCYAN). In his spare time, David enjoys rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, and watching football.

Nicole Wake, MS, RD, CDN
Organizational Engagement

Nicole Wake, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in nutritional therapy for Crohn's disease. Nicole received her undergraduate and master's degree from SUNY Oneonta. She currently is enrolled in a PhD program for Integrative and Functional Nutrition at Saybrook University. Nicole runs a virtual private practice for Crohn's disease and nutrition. She was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in March 2020 and is passionate about helping others manage this condition. You can learn more about Nicole at Wake Nutrition.


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