Last year (2019) I recorded 27 interviews with people focusing on healthcare advocacy. This year 2020, Season 2 is going to change to “Dyslexically Successful” highlighting the strengths of dyslexic teens and adults. My mission is to raise awareness about what dyslexia is and to learn from others on how to capitalize on our strengths while finding support for our challenges.
Fostering successful not in spite of dyslexia, but because of it.
Timberly Fabian is a daughter, and wife, and mom and someone who suffers with 2 invisible chronic conditions (Fibromyalgia and Spina Bifida). She talks with us today about the intense pain and impact her conditions have had on her life and her identity as a person. This is a very candid interview with someone who you can use as your voice, if you are still trying to find yours. She wants you to know that you are not alone. She wants you to know that it is ok to love yourself for who you are and what you have right now. Follow more from Timberly on Instagram at empathic_libra
William Manzanares is a serial entrepreneur. He also is an author of a book called I Can't Read. This podcast will not only highlight his struggles as a non-reader, but lend inspiration to those who faces challenges in whatever facet of their life. In fact, sometimes, it is taking your struggle and turning it into a strength. For William, he took his struggle with reading and what he couldn't do and instead asked himself "how can I do it?" That turned him on to audiobooks and now for one of his businesses, it is a requirement that all employees read a specific book in order to get the job. This one-time struggle has actually elevated his business and his success as an entrepreneur.
Zac Snyder may only may a college student, but he has already has had a lot of experiences which have shaped his outlook on life. He no longer views his learning challenges as barriers. In fact, through this process and with the support of his parents, he has learned how to be his own advocate for getting his educational needs met. He wants all students out there to know that "What you are going through right now is only temporary." He is living proof that with a strong support system, resources and self-perseverance, "success will come". Listen to find out the ways that you can be a better advocate for yourself or your child on their academic journey!
Dyslexia Quick Tip Segment:
This is the video for the segment on "What I need to learn". I go over what your child needs in order to be in a calm and alert state for learning and listening. Watch it with your child.
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In this episode, Ross Blount, a Wealth Management Advisor, shares his struggles in school. Throughout his younger grades win South Africa, he was resolved to think that he was "not cut out for learning", but eventually he discovered through his experiences on the soccer field and in math class exactly where his skills resided. He realized that he had something the other players and students did not. Listen to find out Ross' dyslexic strength and acknowledge the strengths within you or your own child.
Keep listening for the Dyslexic Quick Tip when I discuss this YouTube Video
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Season 2, Episode 3: Kaden Forsha is a 5th grader with ADHD and Dyslexia, but that hasn't stopped him from appearing on Seasons 1 and 2 of American Ninja Warrior Junior. In fact, Kaden shares with us how his growth mindset and determination has allowed him to turn the challenges of reading and hyperactivity into super powers, better than those of Spiderman and Batman!
Check out more from Kaden on Youtube and Instagram @Chatterboxninja or on FB at Kaden Forsha.
Chris Riley is a self proclaimed "tech" guy who loves all things Apple and Legos. He is also a dyslexic learner who struggled with feelings of being flawed and broken as a child. He had an a-ha moment about how he was able to leverage his strengths instead of focusing on the things that were personally challenging in his field. And now he sharing this info with other co-workers. In this episode, he hopes to "pique" your interest in how your (or your child's) neuro-diverse brain is actually an asset and should never be viewed as a flaw.
Reading League - Tricky Words
Irene Diamond, RT, calls herself a “Pain Reliever & Mover-Improver for Businesses & Bodies”! In 1995 she founded San Francisco, California’s very first Wellness Center, Diamond Pain Relief & Wellness Center. DWC operates as a Precise Private Practice, enjoying referrals from pain specialists and health care providers across the country.
For the last 3 decades practice owners, schools, and organizations have come to Irene as a business strategist and for her clinical education in The Diamond Method, a method where the client is literally an active participant in their therapy.
Active Myofascial Therapy has been featured in Advance Magazine for Physical Therapists and is recognized as an effective rehabilitation modality for orthopedic pain and dysfunction, migraine and headache relief, and improving performance and function.
Irene’s Dream Practice Mastery Academy is the "secret weapon" behind many of the world’s most successful wellness provider's practice success! Her business-growth strategy and marketing for practice owners fights against the norm, establishing them as an expert specialist who CAN generate terrific financial wealth while helping clients and patients get brilliant clinical results, all while working fewer hours and having more fun.
In 2013 she was inducted into the World Massage Hall of Fame. Irene is a frequent guest author for professional publications and associations, an in-demand speaker and presenter who shares business-growth strategy and insight never seen before and clinical and technique education of The Diamond Method.
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Dr. Joe Tatta speaks with us today about ways to reduce and even reverse chronic pain and disease. The research shows that lifestyle medicine approaches are safe and effective interventions to improve your healthspan in the process.
Find out more about Dr. Joe Tatta, including his podcasts and blog posts, at his Integrative Pain Science Institute website:
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Lauren Bahr, P.T., H.C. is a friend that I had the pleasure of knowing through an online course we were both enrolled in. She has a story that many of us as moms and professionals can relate to. Her story involves many dark months of not being able to get up out of bed and then she started to ask herself the question, "How have other people gotten better." She began to get curious about her own health and what she could do to help herself heal. Now 5 years later and she even wrote a book about it. If you have ever felt terrified about a diagnosis or information your healthcare provider was giving you, Lauren will share with you what helped her move through the phases from chronic anxiety to health and she reminds us that it is the little changes that will help us the most, because "A small hinge swings a large door."
Learn more about Lauren, her story and how she can help you by checking out these links:
On FB at Simply Balanced Wellness
Will Boyd, PT, DPT, and co-owner of Healthy Funnel sits down and discusses healthcare care from a bird's eye view. He talks about the problems he noticed within the healthcare system and the path he chose to facilitate change. Will also addresses student debt and the inequities healthcare workers face between the cost of an education and the potential limits of a typical healthcare career. He discusses a bunch more too! I know you will really want to take a listen.
If you are a healthcare provider looking for guidance in digital healthcare marketing, take a look at what Will and Alex Engar are providing in the form of podcasts, FB groups and courses.
Are you someone who has a chronic disease, or are you a caregiver of someone who does? Do you feel helpless within the system and unsure of how to really get the care you need? Do you feel like your healthcare providers don't listen and this makes you frustrated? Nancy Gretzinger was also someone like you, but she took charge of her health and partnered with healthcare providers who actually did answer her concerns and questions.
Check out one of her books on Amazon: Enmeshed
Looking for some guidance on how to talk with your healthcare provider? Check out Dr. Wayne Jonas' Resources:
Nancy also mentioned Carefrontation. Found more on that here:
Dr. Jennifer Melancon, PT, DPT, aka "The Scar Lady", has a passion about scars and how these often small disruptions in your skin can actually be an overlooked source of pain and dysfunction. I learned a lot talking with Jennifer and I have a hunch that you will too!
Carrie Gamet from Carrie Gamet Advocacy, LLC provides a wealth of information on this episode about how to go about getting your child tested in the school for special education services. She has such a passion about guiding parents through this process since she herself has 3 children all who need specialized educational services.
Carrie also has provided many resources for you to look into, no matter which state you live in.
Lisa Arendell from Lisa Lou Fitness LLC talks about why she is so passionate about helping other women and moms create a better legacy than what was provided to them. She also opens up about some personal health journeys that she has been on, including Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and having explant surgery.
Learn more about Lisa and how she may be able to support you or someone you love by going to:
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Jenny Vail-Stencel is a speech and language pathologist who had a vision of something bigger. She wanted to build a team of like-minded therapists who would be able to provide the best quality services to the children and their families. She partnered with 2 other healthcare professionals to open Spark Home Healthcare in Denver, CO.
At Spark Home Health, it is our vision to create and maintain an environment where our patients, their caregivers and our employees work collaboratively to meet and exceed individual goals. We honor our patients and providers by focusing on the quality of patient care. Everyone benefits when our providers have adequate time to develop treatment plans, prepare for patient visits, collaborate with all parties and participate in continuing education. Our goal is to ensure both patients and employees are able to realize their full potential.
Loretta is a mom, wife, physical therapist, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 31 years old. Now at 43, she has some lessons about living she would like to share.
Trust your gut
Find a balance in your life
adequate sleep is as important as good nutrition
Jordan Floyd, P.T. DPT from Limitless Therapy and Wellness discusses ways to work outside of the typical insurance model to get what you deserve from your healthcare provider. It is a great conversation about what IS possible for both patient and clinician.
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Dr. Nick Suivski, PT, DPT, from Concierge Physical Solutions LLC, discusses why he thinks patients and clinicians should be striving for better than average results.
The subscribers of the Fall Family Summit 2019 submitted quite a few questions that we did not get a chance to answer on the panel discussion, so I go over the answers we came up with. If you like what you hear in this episode, watch for the Spring Summit scheduled for early April 2020!
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This is a very special podcast episode because I am talking with 4 other women who are in the health and wellness space. Whether you are a mom, grandma, uncle or brother you all can benefit from hearing what these ladies have to say about getting ready for fall and boosting your immune system for yourself and for your kids. Please welcome, Annette Licitra, Elissa Anheim, Lauren Bahr, Misty Giordano and Christine Robenalt.
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Do you search Google for answers about your health or ask FB friends for advice? The internet can be a useful tool, but this information overload can also lead to unintended consequences.
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Dr. Jeremy Sutton, DPT is a physical therapist, dad, husband, author and podcast host. In this episode he talks about 4 ways providers can serve their patients better. 1) Acknowledge your patient's concerns. Don't ignore them. 2) Develop an understanding, by asking questions, of how the patient's current state (pain, illness, injury) potentially causes uncertainty in one's life outside of the clinic or hospital. Fear and a feeling of powerlessness may be influencing someone's action or inaction. 3) Encourage your patient to prepare a list of questions and then respond to them. 4) Slow down and focus on the patient in front of you. Doing these things will empower your patient and allow one to feel heard and valued as a member of the medical team.
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On this episode, Dr. Katie Hohman, P.T. DPT, discusses how insurance companies put up some obstacles for private practice owners and patients alike when it comes to delivering and receiving physical therapy services. But there is an upside! You (clinical, practice owner or patient) can be better educated and make better choices when you advocate for yourself and keep track of all of the phone calls, emails and correspondence.
Annette Licitra is a health coach and a classically trained chef. After a 20 year struggle with digestive, skin and urinary issues, she sought a more holistic approach to treating her conditions. She changed her career and found her passion to really live a life she loves and spread her knowledge with hundreds of people in the Chicagoland area and beyond.
Dr. Kerstin Palombaro, P.T. DPT, FNCP, discusses how in the spirit of service learning, pro-bono wellness and Physical Therapy clinics can give people access to needed services as well as teach P.T. students the "real-world" workings of a therapy clinic.
Check out these links for more information about the work Kerstin and her colleagues are doing!
In this episode Brittany Heckenberg tells her story about her son Henry's mysterious diagnosis. Henry was just shy of 2 years old when he began to experience multi-system shutdown which landed him in the hospital for over 40 days. Hear how she felt dismissed by the specialists, but nevertheless continued to ask questions and engage her son's team until they did eventually identified his disease .
Check out what else Brittany has done to support and advocate for her son.
Christine talks about some difficulties she faced this past April as she tried to get certain blood tests and answers as to why certain foods aren’t tolerated well. If you would like to be featured on this podcast or even just share your story, reach out to Christine at Crobenalt@gmail.com