SHI Macrobiotics

Our team consists of a relatively small group of people and macrobiotic teachers who are highly dedicated to helping people live their best lives through healthy diet and lifestyle practices. This means that you can leverage our combined experience to help improve your life based on macrobiotic principles as well as your own specific needs.


of lives changed through SHI macrobiotics education


combined years of experience

Many of us know of macrobiotics solely as the healing, disease curing diet that it is. Macrobiotics, however, is a far more interesting and complex entity. It is a potent way of life that engages body, mind and spirit. Our macrobiotic teachers demonstrate that health is a direction, not a fixed state of being, and that spiritual health is embodied in the endless expression of gratitude for all of life. It is this gratitude that propels us in the direction of mental, emotional and physical health. We come to understand that health naturally craves health so that as we develop habits that foster healthier choices, choosing health becomes effortless and we gradually evolve into our best selves.

We take great pride in presenting you with the most current macrobiotic information and how to adapt the principles to a modern lifestyle. Our macrobiotic teachers constantly improve programs to offer exciting introductory seminars, cooking classes, advanced certificates and training, travel adventures, and macrobiotic counseling. Our courses are crafted directly from leading global experts and include insight & participation from the foremost leaders on macrobiotic practice and even more general plant-based diet experts.

Denny Waxman

Executive Director

  • Author, Speaker & Counselor
  • Former Kushi Institute Director
  • Founder of Essene Market

Denny Waxman has been a macrobiotic counselor since the 1970s and is one of the founders of American Macrobiotics. He has changed the food narrative away from a diet dependent upon animal & dairy foods. From the Mid-Atlantic Summer Camp, to opening Essene Market, and directing the Kushi Institute, he has been a pioneer of macrobiotics. His notoriety came after Dr. Anthony Sattilaro overcame cancer and credited Denny for saving his life in his book, Recalled by Life. Denny has written several books and teaches globally.

Susan Waxman

Director & Executive Chef

  • Macrobiotic Counselor
  • Cooking Instructor
  • Macrobiotic Chef

Susan Waxman has dedicated her life to understanding the energetic nature of foods, cooking styles, and creating dynamic, healthful meal plans. This has allowed her to merge teaching and macrobiotic cooking that provides healthy, tasteful options for many clients looking to improve their health and perspective on life. Her expertise with ingredient selection, kitchen and pantry design, menu planning, and meal preparation are the foundation of her unique international macrobiotic cuisine.

Michele Mrak

Administrative Director

  • Course Development
  • Program Support
  • Macrobiotic Chef

Michele Mrak serves as the administrative director for SHI Macrobiotics and has been practicing macrobiotics for more than 20 years. She has studied the health benefits of plant-based diets and has taught macrobiotic cooking for many years, including her work in Portland Maine at the Cancer Community Center and at Goodall Hospital in Sanford, Maine.

Teron Meyers

Administrative Manager

  • Program Administration
  • Enrollment Management
  • Event Planning & Fundraising

Teron Meyers has followed a plant-based diet for over a decade. He discovered macrobiotics in 2013 after being referred to Denny’s counseling because it helped a family friend. Graduating from Pennsylvania State University, he worked in pharmacy and insurance. These industries proved that client interests aren’t always a priority, so he quit a well-paying job to serve as administrative manager for SHI to oversee fundraising, event planning, and enrollment.

Patrick Riley


  • Macrobiotic Advocate
  • Shiatsu Expert
  • Teacher, Therapist & Counselor

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, he 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


  • Macrobiotic Educator
  • Cooking Instructor
  • Macrobiotic Counselor

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. Warren has had the unique opportunity of working personally with both Michio Kushi and Denny Waxman.

Michelle Nemer


  • SHI Curriculum Development
  • KI Program Coordinator
  • Macrobiotic Counselor

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.

Interested in Becoming Part of Our Team?

We are always looking for thoughtful people to join our team — thanks largely in part to our current students and clients who frequently recommend our courses. We encourage you to reach out if you would like to join us as a new partner, macrobiotic teacher, volunteer, or employee. Let us know if you think you would make a good fit!