1. Book or movie that changed your life?
Movie: Schindler's List. One of the biggest things this movie taught me was that we need to remain open to all the impressions we are receiving from the world around us. I was a single mom of young kids and had recently begun medical school and simply went to this movie to "escape" for a couple of hours. I ended up having a profound life-changing directional moment. For the first time I felt a connection to my Jewish roots and heritage, which has deepened and become more meaningful as time passes. These opportunities can happen to you at any time, in any place, from any experience so my greatest lesson is to be in the moment, to have my eyes wide open and to pay close attention to my experience.
Book #1: The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. In my early 20's, I just devoured this book — I literally didn't sleep (I wasn't aware of adrenal health back then!) and just read the book. This book became a mantra for me and connected me to a community of like-minded people.
Book #2: Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn. This book introduced me to Mindfulness Meditation which has shaped my personal and professional life and had the greatest impact on my emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
2. Favorite healthy snack?
I love raw organic chocolate, coconut ice cream and gluten-free cupcakes. And I also love to feed others my healthy treats so they can see that going gluten-, dairy- and soy-free can be fantabulously delicious! Other favorite snacks include rice cakes with almond butter and fruit juice sweetened jam, avocado chocolate pudding, grilled veggies and hummus.
3. What do you do for exercise?
Daily Bikram Yoga has been my exercise of choice for the past 3 years. In 90 minutes, I receive an intense workout with the added experience of a moving meditation that brings peace and stillness. I also get complete body detoxification and intense sweating that leaves me drenched as if I had been caught dancing in a rain storm. This practice of showing up every day allows for true discipline to blossom in my life. It also helps me recognize that doing the same thing over and over isn’t boring and doesn’t lead to perfection. Instead, it brings an awareness of change, growth and allowance for being where I am in each and every new moment. I also hike a lot near my home in Tucson, Arizona and have just purchased a road bike - it's white and R.E.D.
4. Guilty pleasure?
First of all, I just believe in pleasure and I have no guilt when indulging. My favorite pleasures include:
- Taking a bath and creating the full experience - candles, oils, soaps, bubble bath, incense, a magazine, music, the tub’s massage jets, fluffy towels waiting to caress me, the view out my picture window, the warmth of the water and the peace that settles over my body. Calgon had it right – Take me away!!!
- Spa days — give me a facial, a massage, a body-wrap, a mani-pedi, cucumber water, a plush robe and a lounge chair and I'm one happy lady!
- The occasional TV Binge – currently showing – Breaking Bad – Oh my!
- Crème brûlée with whipped cream, lobster, sushi and raw oysters.
- Lying in my hammock and reading novels all day long, especially Jodi Picoult's yearly novel. She’s my absolute fave!
5. Favorite hobbies and things to do when you have time off?
I love to play my flute, dance, listen to music, peruse art museums, wander through gardens, attend the symphony, or go to poetry readings. I also like to challenge myself by fire-walking, visiting a sweat lodge, parasailing, skiing, kayaking, or going rock climbing. And I recently discovered that performing in the local murder mystery dinner theater show is a fun outlet for creative expression.
6. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
My bucket list is quite long. The next countries on my list are Thailand and Israel, and in 2015 I am planning to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro — perhaps you'd like to come along?
7. What’s most exciting to you about working with Women’s Health Network?
One of my mottos is, “Leap and the net will appear.” Two years ago, when I closed my clinic and made a commitment to deliver health care in a new way, I trusted that a platform such as Women's Health Network would show up and it did. This site is the work of an amazingly talented group of individuals who have a level of passion and integrity that matches my own. I am truly grateful to be a part of Women’s Health Network’s mission to educate women and improve their health. Making a difference in so many women’s lives is beyond exciting — it's a dream come true!
8. How did you become interested in women’s health?
My own health challenges set the stage for needing to understand how to be a healthy woman. It was a natural progression for me to share my knowledge and experiences with other women so they could benefit as well. And because we are subjected to a huge amount of misinformation, misdirection and corporate-driven agendas, I am driven to educate, empower and enlighten every woman possible. Women are beautiful, powerful and intelligent — they embrace change, share it with their families and ultimately transform the world.