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Susan E. Brown, PhD, CNS, is a medical anthropologist and certified clinical nutritionist specializing in osteoporosis, osteopenia, bone health regeneration, and auto-immune disease. Dr. Brown directs the Center for Better Bones and the Better Bones Foundation in East Syracuse, New York. She has more than 25 years of experience in clinical nutrition, bone health research, and consulting. Dr. Brown has authored numerous academic and lay articles and several books, including Better Bones, Better Body: Beyond Estrogen and Calcium and The Acid Alkaline Food Guide, along with the website www.alkalineforlife.com. She is a regular contributor to Women’s Health Network. For more information on her work, publications, and nutrition consulting services please see her website at www.betterbones.com.
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Sarika Arora, MD is a physician who is board-certified in Internal Medicine, practicing at an integrative medical center in Boston. She has also practiced acute care medicine as a hospitalist. Dr. Arora authors and reviews articles and additional content for Women's Health Network, with special expertise in nutrition, chronic fatigue, PMS, gastrointestinal and hormonal balance, and stress management.
She is an active member of the Institute of Functional Medicine, where she has completed the training for Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP). As a medical doctor, Dr. Arora is dedicated to following a patient-centered approach, and designs customized lifestyle medicine programs focused on nutrition education and the use of exercise to improve vitality and quality of life.
Dr. Arora’s belief that all her patients deserve to feel their best each and every day guides her as a practitioner. She is extremely passionate about evaluating and treating patients from a whole-person perspective, including investigating how patients’ genes interact with both environment and lifestyle factors.
For more information, take a look at Dr. Arora’s answers to eight personal questions.
Dr. Mary James is a naturopathic physician who authors and reviews women’s health articles for Women's Health Network. She has advanced training in menopause, nutritional endocrinology, anti-aging, and hormonal imbalances. Dr. James is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is licensed through the Connecticut Naturopathic Board. She is a published researcher who has contributed to the Textbook of Functional Medicine, as well as the Textbook of Natural Medicine.
Dr. James is the medical editor for Naturopathic Doctor News and Review. She is also a health education specialist who authors and edits test commentary, therapeutic guides, and medical education literature for Genova Diagnostics. In the recent past, she worked as a research fellow for the Optimal Health & Prevention Research Foundation, reviewing scientific literature and writing summaries and articles on a variety of health topics.
Dr. James follows a functional and preventive medicine approach with special concentrations on health issues that arise during perimenopause and post-menopause. She has a lifelong commitment to exploring the impact of stress on women’s health, as well as other topics related to chronic illnesses, especially autoimmunity.
For more information, take a look at Dr. Mary James’ answers to eight personal questions.
Dr. Julie Schwartzbard is board-certified in neurology and specializes in migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, vertigo, stroke, epilepsy and dementia. In addition to seeing patients in her private South Florida practice, Dr. Schwartzbard assists residents-in-training as part of the volunteer faculty at the University of Miami. As a member of our expert panel and advisory team, she reviews scientific articles and develops content for Women’s Health Network.
Dr. Schwartzbard is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Miami School of Medicine. She completed her neurology training at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami, where she was a fellow in neuromuscular diseases.
Dr. Schwartzbard’s philosophy is to provide medical services that focus on quality, not quantity. She is committed to providing each of her patients with customized care based on their individual needs.
For more information, take a look at Julie Schwartzbard's answers to eight personal questions.
Dr. Sharon Stills, NMD, is a primary care health practitioner who provides therapeutic and diagnostic services to women. She is a member of the the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Stills develops content and reviews articles for Women’s Health Network and is a sought-after lecturer and natural medicine consultant.
Dr. Stills founded one of the largest and most successful Naturopathic Clinics in the country and now sees patients in a unique retreat setting where they receive specialized one-on-one care in Tucson, Arizona. She practices a comprehensive natural holistic healing system that promotes self-healing without the use of drugs. With conventional DEA pharmaceutical training and extensive experience compounding pharmacy prescriptions, Dr. Stills can help her patients with custom supplements, remedies and targeted formulations.
Dr. Stills’ specialties include menopause symptom relief, anti-aging medicine, bioidentical hormone replacement , European biological medicine, vitamin and supplement therapy, homeopathy, isopathy, botanical medicine, intraveneous therapies, acupuncture, colorpuncture, desert flower remedies and hydrotherapy. She also develops whole-body remedies and teaches patients how to use food as medicine. Other areas of expertise include cancer, autoimmune disease, thyroid and adrenal imbalances, digestive disturbance, and emotional imbalances such as anxiety and depression. She is a certified Mindfulness Stress Based Reduction Teacher based on the Work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and is one of the few certified AUM Meditation Leaders trained in the United States by the OSHO Humaniversity in Holland. She is currently pursuing further training in Ayurvedic Medicine.
Dr. Stills has helped thousands of women transition gently through the different stages of their lives in order to experience more joy and happiness every day.
For more information, take a look at Dr. Sharon Stills’ answers to eight personal questions.
Barbara Carrellas, AASECT, is a best-selling author, sex/life coach, and sex educator certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. She is a content contributor to Women’s Health Network and the founder of Egasm.com, a sex-positive website devoted to helping people of all genders and sexual preferences reach their sexual potential. Egasm.com provides information, inspiration, and humor along with Barbara’s unique insights about sex, eroticism and ecstatic adventures.
Barbara’s books include Urban Tantra, Sacred Sex for the Twenty-first Century, Ecstasy is Necessary: A Practical Guide to Sex, Relationships and Oh So Much More; and Luxurious Loving: Tantric Inspirations for Passion and Pleasure. Barbara is well-known internationally as a passionate and compassionate workshop facilitator, and is a sought-after media expert and motivational speaker. A former Broadway and Off-Broadway producer and general manager, her life path shifted into sexuality and healing during the AIDS crisis, when she became determined to find and share ways for all people to enjoy safer sex while still being able to pursue and fulfill their sexual fantasies, hopes and dreams.
Barbara is driven by her mission to offer people permission and possibilities to reach for the “something more” that ecstatic experiences can reveal. She believes that sex is healing, spiritually revealing, and ultimately connected to every aspect of our lives.
For more information, take a look at Barbara’s answers to eight personal questions.
Amber Hayden, DO is a resident physician in North Carolina, where she practices full-spectrum family medicine. Her typical work day may include getting up early to deliver a baby, followed by an appointment to counsel an elderly woman on treatment for her hypertension, and perhaps ending with a well-child check at the local community clinic. Dr. Hayden’s choice of family medicine gives her the opportunity to play an integral role in providing healthcare and guidance for the family as a whole. She likes getting to know her patients and their families, and relishes the chance to grow personally and professionally along with them.
As an osteopathic physician, Dr. Hayden is trained to see the body as a whole rather than as a set of unconnected systems. Her medical training includes osteopathic manipulative medicine, a well-established type of hands-on medical care used to diagnose illness and injury, and to encourage natural healing and overall wellness.
Dr. Hayden graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. She received the Humanism in Aging Action Award for excellence in writing about the aging process, and was a Graduate of Distinction in Osteopathy, as well as an Honors Society Member.
Osteopathic physicians, like MDs, complete 4 years of medical education, followed by internships, residencies, and fellowships. And just like MDs, they are licensed by the states in which they practice, and practice in accredited and licensed healthcare facilities and hospitals.
For more information, take a look at Dr. Hayden’s answers to eight personal questions.
Kristen is a Wellness Coach who is committed to offering guidance and motivation needed to overcome personal obstacles any woman’s journey to wellness. Kristen earned her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics from the University of New Hampshire. With her background in nutrition, Kristen is passionate about helping people connect what they eat to how they feel and sharing her knowledge to support others in their pursuit to good health.
Kate is a Nurse-Educator providing consultations and support to the Women's Health Network community. Kate is a Registered Nurse, and earned a BS in Nursing from Syracuse University. Having worked in inpatient Oncology and the Emergency Department, as well as many years of Community Health nursing, Kate is passionate about advocacy, education, and encouraging patients to take control of their own care.
Kate says: “It is so important for women to be knowledgeable about their health needs, and know how to express their concerns. I love to leave the women I speak with feeling well-equipped and empowered to take the next steps on their journeys toward wellness.”