Meet Our Authors: The Experts Behind Our Books
We are proud to introduce the amazing professionals that make Wild Brilliance Press possible and we have dedicated a place on our website exclusively for them. If you have expertise in natural or integrative medicine and are interesting in publishing materials for medical students or medical professional (we do not publish for the lay public), please feel free to contact us.
Eric Yarnell, ND, RH(AHG)
Eric Yarnell, ND, RH(AHG) graduated from Bastyr University (Seattle, WA) in 1996, after which he completed a two-year residency/apprenticeship with master herbalist and physician Silena Heron, RN, ND in Sedona, AZ. Dr. Yarnell served as chair of the department of botanical medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM; Tempe, AZ). He has served as senior and associate editor of the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine. He has been in private practice since 1997 specializing in men’s health, urology, and nephrology. He is chief medical officer at Northwest Naturopathic Urology (Woodinville, WA). Dr. Yarnell achieved the rank of professor in the botanical medicine department at Bastyr University; he now works as an adjunct and clinical research associate there. He is also adjunct faculty at SCNM and Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (Vancouver, BC, now part of CCNM), the latter of which he played a small role in founding.
He is a co-founder and chief creativity office of Wild Brilliance Press, a publisher of natural medicine textbooks for students and practitioners. He is also president of Heron Botanicals, Inc. an herbal pharmacy providing hand-crafted, whole plant extracts exclusively to health care providers. He is founder and chief scientific officer of Red Root Pharmaceuticals which works to develop botanical drugs. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Naturopathic Medicine.
Dr. Yarnell is author of numerous texts and articles including Natural Approach to Gastroenterology 2nd ed, Natural Approach to Urology 2nd ed, and Natural Approach to Prostate Conditions 2nd ed. He is co-author of Clinical Botanical Medicine 2nd ed and the A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions. He is a contributing author for The Textbook of Natural Medicine 4th ed and Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine 2nd ed. His forthcoming text is Naturopathic Approach to Nephrology. He has lectured widely in North America and the world. He was awarded the American Association of Naturopathic Physician’s Vis Award in 2014, the Borborygmus Award from the Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians in 2020, and is two-time recipient of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association’s Faculty of the Year Award, in 2018 and 2020.
Krutika Parasar Raulkar, MD
Krutika Parasar Raulkar is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation resident at New York Presbyterian Columbia/Cornell where she aims to spread her passion for exercise to her patients. She attended Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, graduating with distinction in Medical Education and Community Service, in addition to being elected into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Raulkar completed her undergraduate study at Brown University, where she was an EMT, Residential Peer Leader, and conducted research on child learning and infant language development.
In 2018, Dr. Raulkar was featured on the Dr. Oz show for her work with Montel Williams - view here
An exercise enthusiast, she has run three marathons and enjoys a myriad of sports/fitness activities. Dr. Raulkar lives with her husband and son in Riverdale, NY -- her lifelong partners in health and happiness -- and is looking forward to the birth of their daughter this year!
Gary Piscopo ND, LAc
Gary Piscopo, ND, LAcis a co-founder and CEO of Wild Brilliance Press (WBP), a publishing house that specializes in medical textbooks oriented toward natural and integrative medicine. He is a passionate advocate of personalized education as a primary force for improving patient outcomes and for transforming individual, family, and community health.
Dr. Piscopo is a graduate of Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. In addition to completing a four-year doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine and a three-year master’s degree in East Asian Medicine (which includes acupuncture), he also completed an externship in family counseling with Valley Counseling Associates in Renton, WA.
Originally from New England, Dr. Piscopo became interested in natural medicine while involved in medical research during his service in the US military. He completed his pre-medical studies at the University of California, San Diego and graduated with a degree in psychology. His previous work in the medical field includes twelve years in psychiatric medicine, spanning child, adolescent, and adult inpatient services, at Charter Hospital, Harborview Medical Center San Diego, and Stevens Memorial Hospital.
Through his personal experiences and travels to other countries, Dr. Piscopo has witnessed first-hand the positive impact of education on people’s lives. It was these experiences that became the foundation of his vision for education as an essential pathway to optimal health. As the CEO of WBP, Dr. Piscopo draws upon almost thirty years of experience in the medical field to fuel his collaboration with other thought leaders in the area of integrative medical education.
Dr. Piscopo has written several articles on both naturopathic and Chinese medicine and is the author of In Defense of Natural Therapeutics. He previously worked as a consultant to Thomson Micromedex, a provider of evidence-based clinical knowledge solutions for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals.
Dr. Piscopo is an active member of Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP) as well as the Washington East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA). He is a founding of the PsychANP, an affiliate of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) devoted to an evolving practice of care with inter-professional exchanges in psychiatry, behavioral medicine, and psychology to refine a mental health practice informed by naturopathic principles.
Claire Zimmerman, ND
Dr. Claire Zimmerman received a doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University, and a bachelor degree in biology and anthropology at Colorado College. She is a registered clinical herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and received training at the North American Institute for Medical Herbalism. She is in private practice in Seattle, WA, treating a broad range of conditions, with specialties in digestive health, autoimmune disease, environmental health, and mental health. She is adjunct faculty at Bastyr University and was formerly faculty at NAIMH.
Dr. Zimmerman is a professional member of The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Naturopathic Association of Environmental Medicine, and the Naturopathic Medicine Institute. She is the current Philosophy Fellow for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project, assisting with the completion of an international textbook on the foundational concepts of naturopathic medicine. Dr. Zimmerman has extensive training in herbal medicine, permaculture, botany, and sustainable livelihood, as well as biofeedback and mindbody medicine. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, travelling, and enjoying meals with friends.