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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,
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Sarika Arora, MD is a board-certified in Integrative Medicine, practicing 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.
Kelley Voegelin is a Registered Yoga Teacher with over 600 hours of training. Her
studies in ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine have inspired her own practice
and teaching methods. Kelley teaches multiple forms of yoga, including Vinyasa,
Prenatal, Restorative and Yin Yoga. She's a strong believer that yoga has benefits
for everyone because of the profound balance and wellness that it brings her and
Kelley teaches group classes, private lessons, workshops, and does Yoga Teacher
Trainings in Maine and New York. Making art, gardening and being with her dog are
just a few of the pleasures that fill her spare time.
Sherri Young, RN is a Nurse-Educator who offers her expert guidance to women who
want to improve their health and feel better. Sherri has more than 30 years of nursing
experience in a wide range of healthcare settings. She earned her Associate of Science
Degree in Nursing from Westbrook College, Portland, Me. She enjoys reading, travel,
spending time with her family and creating fiber art.
Jacqueline Tourville is a freelance health writer and author. Her books include
the pregnancy guide, Big, Beautiful and Pregnant, named a Library Journal
Best Consumer Health Guide.
Jacqueline has written extensively about diabetes and food allergies for leading
health websites, and is drawn towards exploring the impact of stress on women's
hormonal health, especially during perimenopause. Jacqueline lives in a Maine beach
community where she loves hunting for hermit crabs with her two daughters.
Hayley McKinnon is a Boston-based wellness enthusiast with a deep respect for the
powers of integrative medicine. She believes that true healing requires a holistic
approach to recognize the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual
and environmental elements that influence a person's health. Hayley is an avid equestrian
and farmer's market aficionado.
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