Meet the People Behind Fact Based Health Journal
Founder & Publishing Editor
Dr. Alison Zimon received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree at Yale. She came to Boston to train with Boston IVF through a residency in obstetrics & gynecology and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology & infertility at Boston IVF/Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She works with patients who are seeking assistance with reproductive and childbearing options. This includes evaluations and treatment for preconception, subfertility, infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, ovulation induction, insemination, IVF, genetic disorders, embryonic genetic screening, as well as use of donated sperm, eggs, embryos and childbearing through a gestational carrier.
Alyssa Dweck, MS, MD, FACOG, is a full-time practicing OB/GYN in Westchester County, New York. She provides care to women of all ages and has delivered thousands of babies. A graduate of Barnard College, she has a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition from Columbia University and her Medical Degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, now named Drexel University. Dr. Dweck trained at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, where she was Chief Resident in 1994. She is proficient in minimally invasive and robotic surgery and has a special interest in and advanced training in the field of female sexual medicine. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She has served on her medical group's board of directors in addition to ethics, quality assurance, and peer review committees. She is on the medical advisory board of Hope’s Door, a shelter from Domestic Violence and is a medical consultant for Stepup-Speakout.org a web community dedicated to resources and support for breast cancer related lymphedema. Dr. Dweck is a published author and is on the Health Advisory Board of Family Circle Magazine and contributed regularly to YM Magazine, in a series called “paging Dr. Dweck”. She has also contributed to Cosmopolitan, SHAPE, Family Circle, and Girl’s Life in print in addition to online sites including MORE.com, Foxnews.com, Parents.com, Sheknows.com, Shape.com, ivillage, Minerva Place, ThirdAge.com, and PhillyNews.com. Dr. Dweck lectures at various Westchester public schools on relevant gynecologic subjects, most recently, Sexually Transmitted Infections. She was a research assistant for Dr. Joyce Brothers.
Dr. Brett Diaz, D.C. is the Founder of Scoliosis Treatment Alternatives with over 25 years of clinical experience. He is a Certified Nu-Schroth provider and a Certified Active Release Technique provider, a Certified Exercise Rehab Specialist and a SpineCor provider. He obtained in doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1987 at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Thr focus of his practice is the conservative treatment of scoliosis. He is currently the Director of Clinical Services at 6 offices in 3 states. 3 California offices - Irvine, Studio City and Campbell; 2 in Washington -Seattle and Vancouver and 1 in Colorado - Aurora office.
Dr. Larson holds a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. He is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He particularly pursues advanced developments in the fields of endocrinology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and environmentally-induced chronic disease.
Board certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture and a Diplomate in Chinese Herbology, Dr. Hsu is among the first group of Americans to be a board certified Diplomate in Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the most advanced level of certification available. Dr. Hsu is certified by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in Clean Needle Technique. He is state certified as a Licensed Acupuncturist in New York (NY). Dr. Hsu is also a graduate of New York University, College of Arts and Science in New York City.
Dr. Darcy Haag Granello is a Professor of Counselor Education at The Ohio State University and a member of the American Counseling Association. Her research interests include cognitive development of counselors, college suicide prevention and stigma reduction.
Fiona McCulloch, N.D., author of 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS and founder and owner of White Lotus Integrated Medicine, is a naturopath practitioner having worked with thousands of people seeking better health over the past fifteen years. She is a data-junkie who specializes in evidence-based therapies for PCOS, thyroid health, autoimmunity, weight management and infertility among other unique conditions that can all benefit from a system reboot. Dr. McCulloch is also a medical advisor for IVF.ca: Canada’s premier fertility community and is on the medical advisory committee for the PCOS Awareness Association. As a woman with PCOS herself, she is dedicated to increasing both awareness and research of this important condition that has far reaching effects on the lives of so many women. When she was a young girl, Dr. McCulloch would spend hours “compounding” mixtures made from plants and trees in the woods near her house. Today, Dr. McCulloch is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (2001) and the University of Guelph (biological science). She is married and the mother of three boys. She can be reached on Facebook and LinkedIn.
With over 30 years of experience in the clinical laboratory industry, George N. Mitilenes is CEO, Laboratory Director and Clinical Consultant for Medical Laboratory Diagnostics, Inc. He is a board certified clinical consultant and high-complexity bioanalytical clinical laboratory director by the American Board of Bioanalysis. Dr. Mitilenes also has numerous publications in various topics within his field.
Dr. Gil Blander is a renowned scientist with a PhD in biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science, who did postgraduate research on aging at MIT. An expert in nutrition, biomarker analytics, athletic performance, biochemistry, and aging research, he holds numerous patents and has published peer-reviewed articles in these areas. Dr. Blander is the founder of InsideTracker, a personalized health and performance analytics company created by leading scientists, physicians, nutritionists and exercise physiologists from MIT, Harvard and Tufts University. The InsideTracker platform tracks and analyzes key biochemical and physiological markers, then applies sophisticated algorithms and large scientific databases to determine personalized optimal zones for each marker. InsideTracker’s expert system offers science-driven nutrition and lifestyle interventions that empower people to optimize their markers. When optimized, these marker levels have been scientifically proven to increase vitality, improve athletic performance, and extend life. Dr. Blander brings more than 18 years of experience in systems biology, computational biology, aging, metabolism, and caloric restriction research to his role as Chief Science Officer. Prior to founding InsideTraker, Dr. Blander previously worked at MIT, the Weizmann Institute, and several leading Systems Biology / Computational Biology companies.
Dr. Fox founded Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants in June 1996. He has spent 25 years treating patients with acute and chronic pain. He can be reached at (954) 720-3188, firstname.lastname@example.org or AnesthesiaPainCare.com.
Practicing in California since 1990, Dr. Jane Frederick is an internationally noted specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is the Medical Director of HRC Fertility in Orange County, where she developed a diverse clinical practice in reproductive surgery, IVF, and the genetic screening of embryos. Dr. Frederick is board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology /Infertility and Obstetrics/Gynecology from the University of Southern California. She has held many posts with organizations active in the advancement of reproductive medicine including the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (Past President), and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. In addition, Dr. Frederick has received a variety of honors for her outstanding work with infertility including being honored as one of the top 10% of specialist in her field by U.S. News and World Report, Distinguished Service to PCRS 2006, Castle Connoly Top Doctor 2009, Orange Coast Top Doctor 2009, and Top Doc Los Angeles 2011. Dr. Frederick provides state-of-the-art treatment with a great deal of personal attention and care to her patients. She has helped thousands of individuals worldwide achieve their dream of having children. http://orangecountyfertilitydr.com/
Dr. Jeanie Tse, is a board-certified psychiatrist serving children, teens and adults in New York City. Specializing in childhood issues including disruptive behavior and ADHD, she also works with people of all ages experiencing depression, anxiety, medical illnesses and other challenges. Dr. Tse is a physician/therapist experienced in helping people and families to navigate transitions and crises. She believes that the foundation of treatment is a person's core values and goals. Using education and motivation-based counseling, Dr. Tse aims to give people the tools to take care of their health. Dr. Tse serves on the faculty of the NYU School of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Her research interests include wellness self-management for people with both psychological and medical issues, as well as parenting challenges when children have behavior difficulties. As the Associate Chief Medical Officer at the Institute for Community Living, she provides leadership in bringing high quality mental health care to New York City.
Josie L. Tenore, M.D., MSc., is a board-certified family physician who specializes in aesthetics at her practice FreshSkin in Highland Park, IL. She completed her medical training at the University of Toronto and earned a Master of Science in Public Health from Harvard University. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and the National Society of Cosmetic Physicians. www.myfreshskin.com
Dr. Kim Dennis is a board-certified psychiatrist and addiction specialist who specializes in eating disorder treatment, addiction recovery, trauma / PTSD and co-occurring disorders. As CEO and Medical Director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, she supervises the medical staff and sets the overall vision and direction for the treatmet program. Dr. Dennis maintains a holistic perspective in the practice of psychiatry. She incorporates biological, psycho-social and spiritual approaches into the individually tailored treatment plan for each resident. Dr. Dennis is published in the areas of gender differences in the development of psychopathology, co-occurring eating disorders and self-injury, and the use of medication with family-based therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. She is also on the editorial board of Eating Disorders: the Journal of Treatment and Prevention. Dr. Dennis contributes regularly to news networks, such as ABC News and CNN, other national press such as the Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe and WebMD, and professional magazines such as Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare. She contributes a monthly column to Dailystrength.org. She has been featured on TLC Discovery Channel’s “My Strange Addiction” and ABC’s “20/20.” In 2011, she was featured in the DVD NORMAL in Schools: ED 101 and in the documentary America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments. In 2013, she was given the “Outstanding Clinician” award by Addiction Professional Magazine. Dr. Dennis received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. She obtained her medical degree from the University Of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where she served as chief resident. She is a member of the American Medical Association, Academy for Eating Disorders, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the American Society for Addiction Medicine. She is on the medical advisory board for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD).
Since its opening in 1965, Weil Foot & Ankle Institute and Chicago Sports Medicine and DanceInjuryCenter has been an Illinois staple delivering exceptional foot and ankle care. The practice was founded by Dr. Lowell Scott Weil, Sr. in Des Plaines, IL and has since grown to 23 podiatric physicians providing foot and ankle services at 20 locations. Their services reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, diabetic wound care, pediatric and geriatric foot disorders, stem cell regenerative technology, and sports medicine. Recognized as an international leader in foot & ankle medicine and surgery, the doctors at Weil Foot & Ankle Institute have provided care and treatment to more than 130,000 patients since 1965. Dr Weil Sr was the Team Podiatrist for 25 years for the Chicago Bears and currently the Team Podiatrist for the Chicago White Sox. For more information, visit www.weil4feet.com.
Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO is a Principal Optometrist at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. She specializes in anterior segment disease and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Barnett lectures and publishes extensively on topics including dry eye, anterior segment disease, contact lenses, corneal collagen cross-linking and creating a healthy balance between work and home life for women in optometry. She serves on the Board of Women of Vision (WOV), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI) and The Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS). Dr. Barnett is a spokesperson for the California Optometric Association and has appeared on several television shows. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, yoga and spending time with her husband, Todd Erickson, also an optometrist, and two sons, Alex (8) and Drew (6).
Dr Krychman is the acting head physician on the Exotic Essentials advisory board . As a world renowned doctor of sexual medicine, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist and a clinical sexual counselor and author, Dr Krychman has devoted his career to helping patients and their partners overcome sexual health challenges and experience a higher quality of physical intimacy. Dr. Krychman is also a specialist in survivorship medicine and provides life coaching and care plans to optimize the health and wellness of patients with chronic diseases or cancer. Dr Krychman is the director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship, medical director of sexual medicine at Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach California and has previously worked and served on medical boards in New York and Pennsylvania. He also holds certificates and has been trained in Sexual Education, Public health and Human Sexuality, Erotology, Sexology and is certified as a Forensic Sexual Addiction Counselor. Dr Krychman also works as a consultant with other top pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies in product development and lectures across the country on sexual health.
Dr. Obagi is the ZO Skin Health, Inc. medical director and is responsible for the development of new skincare treatments, protocols and product to achieve healthy skin. Additionally, he is a board certified practicing dermatologist and head of the Obagi Skin Health Institute in Beverly Hills, CA. , and an author and educator that has presented more than 200 skin health lectures throughout the world. For more than 35 years Dr. Obagi has defined and continues to advance skincare to include the concept of creating and maintaining healthy skin as opposed to just treating disease and damaged skin. Dr. Obagi originally conceived and brought to market what would become the world's most recognized brands of physician dispensed skincare products – the original Obagi Nu-Derm® and Obagi Blue Peel® kit. Now Dr. Obagi, as the ZO Skin Health medical director, has redefined the concept of skin health to include comprehensive solutions that bridge the gap between therapeutics and maintaining truly healthy skin.
Dr. Paul F. Granello is a Licensed Clinical Counselor in Ohio, a member of the American Counseling Association and an Associate Professor in Counselor Education at The Ohio State University. He has published articles regarding his areas of interest which include: suicide and treatment of underlying disorders, wellness, at-risk youth and psychotherapy outcome evaluation.
Dr. Pete is cognitive and behavioral psychologist who is licensed to practice in NJ and NY. He is also an associate professor of counseling psychology in a graduate program at Felician College. The founder of a CBT practice in NJ, humanitarian having completed several international relief projects, researcher presenting on various topics across the country, Dr. Pete is constantly challenging himself to learn more and share his findings. Dr. Pete is a Zen practitioner and specializes in the third wave CBT techniques. www.felician.edu/faculty/peter-economou-phd
Having grown up in Los Angeles, Dr. Rob attended UCLA where he received his B.S. in Physiology with an Honors Thesis. Prior to medical school, he completed a Research Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Neurology. Following, he received his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences. Upon completion of a three year Residency in Family Medicine at Glendale Adventist Medical Center in affiliation with Loma Linda University, he continued on to a two year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona studying under Dr. Andrew Weil. In addition to Dr. Rob’s traditional schooling, he studied meditation with a pioneer of the mind-body connection, Dr. Deepak Chopra. Dr. Rob’s frustration with the way medicine is currently being practiced drove him to start his own private practice to provide patients with a greater level of care and sensitivity regarding all the issues of health, disease and illness. While in residency, Dr. Rob’s father was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer that attacks the lymph nodes. While his father was going through chemotherapy, there was no additional support provided by any other doctors regarding the spiritual aspect of experiencing such a difficult transitional time in life. Dr. Rob spent the next few years making sure to provide the best care possible to allow his father to be in the best spirit as he was going through several rounds of chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. This kind of treatment takes a toll on one’s spirit emotionally and physically. Sadly, the cancer returned for a third time and Dr. Rob’s father passed away in April of 2012. He was with his father as he took his last breath, witnessing the transition from the physical life to the spiritual life. He is at peace knowing that he did everything he could do to make his father as comfortable as possible during a difficult and scary time. His passion for medicine and the fight against cancer is the main driving force in setting up his private practice Whole Health & Soul, which is in honor of his late father’s dream of seeing his son fulfill his calling in life. A portion of the profits will be donated to various cancer charities. Dr. Rob’s mission is to have every single person in this world take responsibility for their own health and live a healthier and more fulfilling existence to help prevent disease, illness, cancer and emotional distress. Whole Health & Soul can provide you with the support, information and organized plan to take charge of your life, health and spiritual wellness to lead you into a stronger and healthier life, full of love, happiness and enlightenment.
Dr. Lee-Samuel is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. As the Medical Director, she manages medications and serves as an important member and leader of the multi-disciplinary treatment teams at Timberline Knolls. She works collaboratively with primary/family therapists, expressive therapists, nutritionists and other treatment team members, and assists in administrative duties on campus. Prior to coming to Timberline Knolls, Dr. Lee-Samuel was affiliated with multiple inpatient psychiatric hospitals including Lakeshore Hospital, Provena Mercy, and Alexian Brothers. She had a private practice for several years and was an assistant professor at the University of Chicago. She also served as the Director of Psychiatric Services for DCFS of Illinois. Dr. Lee-Samuel attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Teresa P. Diaz-Montes, M.D., MPH, FACOG is a noted expert and gynecologic oncologist with The Gynecologic Oncology Center at Mercy, a leading Center in Baltimore for the treatment of cancers of the female reproductive tract. She is board certified in Gynecologic Oncology. Her primary clinical interests include ovarian cancer treatments, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including robotic surgery, and patient safety and quality. Additional areas of interest include fertility-sparing surgery and management. Dr. Diaz-Montes, an author and international lecturer, has numerous clinical publications related to women’s cancer treatment to her credit.
Dr. Miller is co-founder, President & CEO of Abeona Therapeutics, a rare-disease focused company. Abeona is developing gene therapies for patients with rare genetic diseases, with initial therapies being developed for patients with Sanfilippo syndromes (MPS III). Dr. Miller has over 16 years of scientific research, product development, clinical operations and business development expertise, with a focus on transitioning novel biotherapeutics through pre-clinical development and into Phase 1 and 2 human clinical trials. Previously with Juventas Therapeutics, SironRX Therapeutics, and Copernicus Therapeutics, Dr. Miller has focused on gene therapy and regenerative medicine. He has raised over $7M for therapies in cystic fibrosis, cardiovascular disease, wound healing, scar prevention, and Sanfilippo syndromes to advance these therapies into clinical trials. As a serial entrepreneur, he has managed all aspects of research and development, manufacturing of biologics, and clinical program start-up from a small company perspective, with direct experience engaging Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and NIH advisory agencies on multiple Investigational New Drug (IND) submissions. During his career, he has contributed to multiple patent applications, managed intellectual property, and published research in several internationally recognized journals. Dr. Miller received a Ph.D in Pharmacology from Case Western Reserve University and a B.S. and M.S. from John Carroll University.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the author of 25 books on nutrition and healthy cooking, including Tell Me What to Eat If I Have Diabetes, 4th edition
. She has worked as a nutrition expert/writer for a variety of organizations such as WebMD, magazines, universities, supermarket chains and food and beverage companies, including Coca-Cola
Ernst VanBergeijk is the Associate Dean and Executive Director, at New York Institute of Technology Vocational Independence Program (VIP). The Vocational Independence Program is a U.S. Department of Education approved Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) program. nyit.edu/vip . Dr. VanBergeijk also administers Introduction to Independence (I to I), a seven week summer college preview program for students ages 16 and up.
Jeanne Ricks, CHC, is recent Director of Holistic Wellness Programs for The City College of New York. Her credentials include a bachelor's degree; and certificates earned in health counseling through Columbia University and from the Open Center in New York, through their professional training program in herbalism covering Traditional, Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Native American traditions. Ricks is certified as a holistic health practitioner from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and as a clinical hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists. Her new book is: The Biology of Beating Stress: How Changing Your Environment, Your Body, and Your Brain Can Help You Find Balance and Peace (New Page Book (June 23, 2014).
John W. Walsh, who was diagnosed with Alpha-1-related genetic COPD in 1989, is the President and Co-Founder of the COPD Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing and curing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and improving the lives of all people affected by COPD. He is also the Co-Founder of the Alpha-1 Foundation (a research organization) and AlphaNet, Inc. (a unique, not-for-profit disease management services company run by and for patients). He can be reached at 1-866-316-COPD (2673) or email@example.com.
Mary Nichols, Doctor of Psychology with Astor Services for Children & Families, has extensive clinical experience with children and adolescents and has been working with high risk youth since 2002.
Raymond A. Huml, MS, DVM, RAC is Executive Director, Strategic Drug Development and Head, Global Biosimilars Strategic Planning, at Quintiles, Inc. Raymond has a keen interest in MD, including authoring articles and currently working on a Concise Guide to Muscular Dystrophy for Springer Publishing. He is also a supporter of the FSHD (Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy) Society. Raymond was previously executive director and head of global due diligence in corporate development for Quintiles Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, working on major investment transactions involving almost $3.0 billion in capital on alliances with biotechnology and pharmaceutical partners of all sizes. Earlier in his career, Raymond worked in biostatistics, medical writing and regulatory affairs in Quintiles’ clinical development services group. He holds an MS in biology from East Stroudsburg University and a DVM from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and has earned the RAC (US) certification.
Anish Majumdar (anishmajumdar.com) is an author, journalist and speaker interested in breaking down the wall of silence that surrounds mental illness. His first novel The Isolation Door, which is based on his experiences growing up with a schizophrenic parent and creating a life beyond its shadow, is now available.
Ben Brafman, LMHC, CAP, is the Clinical Director, President and CEO of Destination Hope, Destination Hope: The Women’s Program and the Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center, nationally recognized substance abuse, dual diagnosis and mental health treatment facilities in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. With more than two decades of hands-on experience in the field of substance abuse and addiction, Ben is a leading authority on substance abuse, addiction and treatment protocols.
Bill Farr is an author, speaker, and wellness coach. He is an instructor in various forms of martial arts and meditation and a former kickboxing champion, and professional Argentine Tango dancer.
Bill’s teaching includes that of mind, body, and spirit. He works with well-known herbalist, nutritionists, doctors, as well as psychology professionals, Buddhist monks, Shaman, and Grand Masters of martial arts to bring the latest in health and nutrition to his teachings and his website. (www.TheArtofUnity.com) He now travels worldwide teaching the principles in his book, “The Power of Personality Types in Love and Relationships,” as well as meditation and heath.
Dan Geraci is the Head Strength Coach at Hard Pressed. He has a · BS Kinesiology at University of Michigan a MS Exercise Physiology at Eastern Michigan. Was the Assistant Strength Coach for the University of Michigan Football Team. The student Strength Coach University of Michigan Athletics and Assistant Strength Coach University of Illinois-Chicago and named Top Trainer at East Bank Club.
Daniel Paul Perez is one of the nation’s leading advocates and experts on living with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), FSHD molecular and genetics research, and clinical aspects of the disease. Daniel established the Society in 1987 after meeting fellow FSHD patient and Society co-founder, Stephen Jacobsen. Daniel developed the by-laws of the Society, incorporated the organization as a nonprofit corporation, and organized the Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Board. A graduate of Harvard College, Daniel started his career in neurobiology and muscle research as an undergraduate.
David Cameron is Senior Director and Strategy Lead, Real-World and Late Phase Research, Quintiles, Inc. David works with several pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, patient advocacy and professional provider organizations in the areas of research, quality programs, and technologies. He is a frequent writer and speaker and has guest-lectured at New York University’s Stern School of Business, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, and Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration. David holds a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Healt
Diana Marcin is a linguistics specialist, skydiving enthusiast and an entrepreneur. Diana was born and raised in Italy and she moved to California in 2009. After giving birth to her daughter Emily, less than two years ago, she became a breastfeeding advocate and founded Amorini. She believes that with the proper education, the right tools and support, new mothers have a greater chance of meeting their breastfeeding goals.
Dr. Ana Maria Hernandez-Puga is a TopLine MD physician in Miami and received her undergraduate degree at Florida International University as a Faculty Scholar and then attended medical school at the University of Miami School of Medicine. After graduating from medical school, she completed her pediatric residency at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital. Soon after, she joined the team at Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida – a center for children with special health care needs. During her 19 years at CDTC, she headed a multidisciplinary team of social workers and physicians handling a high volume of patients, worked with several foster care agencies evaluating complex cases, and taught pediatric residents. She now is in private practice. Dr. Hernandez-Puga is specialty certified in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is married and has two children. When not tending to her patients, she enjoys spending time with her family in the Florida Keys.
Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Andrea Keener holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and a master's and Ph.D. in Psychology from Florida International University. She serves as Dean for the School of Professional and Career Education at Barry University, Miami, Florida, where she holds the rank of Professor of Behavioral Sciences. She is a licensed therapist, Master Level Addiction Professional (MCAP), and qualified supervisor in the State of Florida specializing in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, substance abuse, trauma, and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Keener has published in a variety of therapy-related areas, serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Loss and Trauma, and as guest editor for an upcoming special edition of the Journal of Behavioral Sciences on “Anxiety Disorders in Youth.” For over a decade, she has worked and consulted with mental health professionals and first responders to address anxiety and post-traumatic stress in children, families, and communities. She maintains a clinical practice in the Fort Lauderdale area, where she also resides with her husband and children.
Dr. Garcia is a bilingual licensed psychologist practicing in Houston, Texas and founder of The MendCenter. He is a University of Incarnate Word undergraduate with master degrees from Harvard University and The University of Texas in Austin. He received his doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin and completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine Menninger Clinic. Dr. Garcia’s research and focus is in Lacanian psychoanalysis, psychosis, psychology of religion, and anxiety disorders. He is also affiliated with the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies.
Jeffrey R. Fidel, MD has personally liberated himself from the societally labelled states of mind including “Social Anxiety Disorder,” and “Bipolar I disorder”.He is also the author of the Amazon #1 best selling book “I: One M.D.’s Inward Journey to Liberate Himself from Mental Suffering---And The Help It Offers for Those Diagnosed Bipolar, Mentally Ill or Depressed” In near complete solitude, he endured over a full year of intense mental anguish. Utilizing mainly the ancient teachings of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, he learned how to surrender the ‘thought of himself,’ and reconnect to the “being of himself” which resides outside of his thinking mind.Jeffrey R. Fidel graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. He earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Fidel is a board certified-MRI fellowship trained diagnostic radiologist who completed both his residency and fellowship training at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. For more information, visit www.jeffreyfidelmd.com
Elizabeth A. Prosek, PhD, is a member of the American Counseling Association. She is an assistant professor of counseling at the University of North Texas. In her clinical experience, she counseled individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia. In academia, her research and teaching interests include diagnosis and assessment, vulnerable client populations, and treatment of mental health disorders.
Gerald Opthof, Psy.D, LPC, LCADC, is a member of the American Counseling Association, as well as a cognitive behavioral forensic psychotherapist who is licensed to practice in New Jersey. In his clinical experience, he has counseled individuals with addictive disorders such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, sexual, and computer addictions.
Dr. Grace Blodgett is a seasoned healthcare professional, with over 50 years’ experience in the field of applied nursing and nursing education, together with 20 years’ experience in the discipline of human sexuality. Her time in the healthcare world spans from 1959 as a 19 year-old probationary nurse to the present time, where her current status is author, educator, and therapist in the disciplines of nursing and human sexuality. Her previous healthcare management and leadership roles include: nurse administrator in medical-surgical, intensive care, and rehabilitation nursing; AIDS and HIV management and program developer; and university vice-president for 17 years. Dr. Gracie’s credentials include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Physiological Nursing; a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and a PhD in Human Sexuality.
The dynamic president of JAG Physical Therapy, John Gallucci, Jr., MS, ATC, PT, DPT, is in demand for his expertise in injury prevention, rehabilitation, sports medicine and athletic conditioning. He has appeared often on radio and television, including ESPN’s award-winning “Outside the Lines”, Fox 5, PIX 11, MSG Varsity, NJ News 12, WFAN and is a popular public speaker.
Gallucci has made a major impact in his fields throughout the New York/New Jersey area, and holds a national presence in the sports medicine community. JAG Physical Therapy now offers comprehensive orthopedic outpatient centers in New York City, West Orange, Warren, Cedar Knolls, Union, Hackensack, Woodbridge and Princeton New Jersey.
Currently, John is the Medical Coordinator for Major League Soccer (MLS), coordinating the medical care of more than 500 professional soccer players. Gallucci is the former Head Trainer of the New York Red Bulls MLS team and is a Sports Medicine consultant for professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, and USA Wrestling. John has also worked in the Athletic Departments of Columbia University, New York University and Long Island University, and has been a Clinical Instructor at Columbia University, Seton Hall University, Rutgers University, and Dominican College. John is the former Program Director of Barnabas Health’s Sport Medicine Institute and also serves as an appointed member on the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport. In the local community, John’s charitable efforts have included a leading role in fundraisers for Barnabas Health, The Valerie Fund, The LaConti Child Life Fund, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Arthritis Foundation, and The American Cancer Society. He supports more than 100 high schools, college programs and athletic clubs throughout the Tri-State Area.
Kray Kibler, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, Scrip Companies, first joined Scrip in May 2006, gaining broad and deep experience throughout the business with responsibility for oversight of the Company’s financial, IT, human resource, customer service, distribution operations and field/corporate sales.
Kurt has a BS in kinesiology, and three years of experience tutoring and assisting teachers for anatomy / physiology classes. In his spare time he volunteers in a variety of physical therapy settings. Google
Laura K. Jones, a member of the American Counseling Association, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. She can be reached at Laura.Jones@unco.edu
Lori Russell-Chapin, a member of the American Counseling Association, is a counselor education Professor at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Wilson is founder of Robin Wilson Home. She is an ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and has a line of hypoallergenic pillows and comforters at Bed, Bath & Beyond. She has partnered with consumer products giant Panasonic to promote their latest line of cutting edge products for the home. www.robinwilsonhome.com