Zija Product Advisory Council

Zija has curated an experienced and expert group of professionals to help us maintain the highest quality of research and development, sourcing, validation, and delivery practices for our high-caliber products. This council is dedicated to ensuring that our customers and Distributors receive only the best as they join and share the Natural Health Revolution.

Joshua Plant

Joshua Plant, Ph.D.

Chairman, Zija Product Advisory Council

Dr. Joshua Plant graduated from Harvard Medical School first in his class, accomplishing an 8-year program in just 3.5 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and was selected as 1 of 14 international recipients of the NIH Research Fellowship Award. Dr. Plant has published across several scientific journals for his work on cellular growth, metabolism and other health-related topics and oversees the creation and quality of all Zija International products.

Monica Marcu

Monica Marcu, Pharm. D, Ph.D.

Botanical Expert

Dr. Marcu cultivated a love of trees from an early age and has spent her life studying plants, particularly medical and healing plants. As a highly-respected researcher and clinical pharmacologist, she has worked in clinical pharmacies and biomedical research laboratories around the world. She is the author of the book Miracle Tree.

Scott A. Johnson

Scott A. Johnson, AMP, CEEOS, CCMA, CPC

Naturopathy and Alternative Medicine Expert

Dr. Johnson is the bestselling author, has a doctorate in naturopathy, is a board certified alternative medical practitioner (AMP), a Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist (CCMA), and Certified Professional Coach (CPC). His evidence-based approach to natural healing and experience conducting medical research make him one of the world’s leading experts on the therapeutic application of essential oils. Dr. Johnson pioneered evidence-based essential oil therapy, which combines the art of ancient healing with modern science to maximize the benefits of essential oils.

Dr. Vaughn Johnson

Dr. Vaughn Johnson

Practicing Physician and Natural Medicine Expert

Dr. Vaughn Johnson went to medical school at UHS-COM in Kansas City, Missouri, and then completed his three-year residency program in Family Medicine at the University of Utah. He moved his practice to Orem, Utah, and after ten years he formed a partnership with another Utah doctor to start the Integrative Medical Associates. Dr. Johnson’s real passion is helping people take control of their health and coaching patients on how to improve and maintain true wellness—one of his favorite sayings being, “Patients are like snowflakes, no two are alike.” In his spare time Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time with his wife, kids, grandkids, and loves exercising and golfing.

Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson

Fitness Enthusiast and Figure Competitor

Nicole Johnson got her B.S. in Accounting from Westminster College and then went on to complete her M.B.A. at the University of Phoenix. She worked in public education for 15 years and had many diverse roles until she became a district administrator, where she helped design a JATC South, a Utah School District’s specialized technical school. Nicole is an avid fitness enthusiast and former figure competitor, winning NPC’s Mrs. Utah in 2010, amongst other figure titles. She has five children ranging in age from 4 to 17 who she adores and chases, all day every day. Her true passion in life is educating people and helping them live a healthier life, even on the run.

Shelly Maguire

Shelly Maguire

Skin Care & Beauty Expert

Shelly Maguire has developed and brought to market over 50 anti-aging skin care products since 2001. Shelly’s career as a regular presenter on Home Shopping Network (HSN) Live TV, Live TV Worldwide, infomercials, as well as her accomplishments as a radio show host and published author, has led to her recognition as a skin care industry leader. During her career, her other entrepreneurial endeavors include founding and running a chain of high-end beauty spas with over 125 employees and creating an accredited continuing education program for massage therapists and estheticians. Diagnosed at the age of 12 with the incurable disease, Cystic Fibrosis, and given a life expectancy of 18 years, Shelly became interested in health and wellness to help combat her disease as well as her own skin challenges. She has used her own life experiences to inspire, motivate and help women and men worldwide! Her passion to help others and interact with them personally, has led her to the direct sales industry.