This podcast was created by Dr. Michelle Dang, a board certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician, fellowship trained in integrative medicine, a yoga instructor and a Lagree instructor. WISH Well - Women's Integrative Summit on Health and Wellness. A podcast connecting you with women from all walks of life discussing what health and wellness means for them. We hope to inspire, invigorate and enlighten.www.wishwell.health.blog Instagram@wishwell.health andmichelledangmd.com
It's our One Year Anniversary of the Women's Integrative Summit on Health and Wellness Podcast! So much has happened in this past year not only in the world but in each and every single one of our lives. I chat with you all today on what's been going on with me. If you recall the very first episode I posted was on Balance and why I wanted to start this podcast. Balance isn't the end point but it's a journey and that journey has twists and turns and forks in the road. I am grateful to you all who are listening, and grateful to all the women I have had on this podcast. It's been an interesting year but there have been so many positives that have come out of this.
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." - Helen Keller
Connect with me on Instagram @michelledangmd ; michelledangmd.com ; the podcast on Instagram @wishwell.health
This week's episode features board certified cardiologist, Dr. Nicole Harkin, who comes on to share so much information about cardiovascular health, particularly as it pertains to women! She discusses lifestyle modifications such as diet and exercise, and she additionally goes into a discussion on the lipid panel. She moved across the country recently and started her own telecardiology practice, Whole Heart Cardiology, and is currently licensed to practice in New York, California, and Florida. Her advice is to focus on prevention and lifestyle changes now; progress over perfection; lifestyle can dramatically reduce risk even in those with high genetic risk. She can be found on IG @nicoleharkinmd. Visit her website at www.wholeheartcardiology.com to sign up for her newsletter and learn more about her practice.
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Dr. Ariana Witkin is a pediatrician and postpartum coach who shares on this week's episode about what a lifeboat means. She shares how her experience as a new mom compelled her to become a postpartum coach. She talks about different strategies she utilizes for her postpartum clients and the different types of postpartum education she offers. Her advice she gives to new moms or expecting moms is don't forget your lifeboat - create your postpartum plan and to trust yourself.
Follow Dr. Ariana Witkin on Instagram @arianawitkinmd and www.arianawitkin.com
Welcome to this week's episode on stress management! What an important topic especially in the time of COVID-19 when we are all feeling so incredibly stressed in different ways. In this week's episode, I chat with Dr. Bindiya Gandhi about chronic stress management. She says she's always known that she wanted to practice more than a traditional medicine practice. She became yoga and Reiki certified in medical school and started learning about integrative medicine while in medical school. After completion of her family practice residency, she completed her integrative medicine and functional medicine fellowships.
During residency, she talks about dealing with stress and the ability to heal herself through her knowledge of integrative and functional medicine. She discusses how chronic stress can be a gateway to other chronic medical conditions, notably decreasing your immune system. How do we react to stress in a positive way? How do we manifest stress in our lives?
Make sure you tune in and listen to get some tips!
Find out more about Dr. Bindiya Gandhi on Instagram @DrBindiyaMD website drbindiyamd.com mindbodygreen.com cleanplatesacademy.com
Welcome to this week's episode where I chat with Dr. Mously Le Blanc otherwise known as Dr. Mo! She shares her story of burnout as a physician as the driving force for her to look into becoming a relationship coach. She calls the way she practices as a "lifestyle architect" - finding all the pieces of the puzzle for each person. She also discusses what energy medicine is and how to utilize that to complement traditional medicine. She discusses her shift to aspects of complementary medicine as a means of practicing self love and acceptance. She says the power of self love reflects our relationship with ourselves, our body, our partners, and our money. Self love is the foundation of all healing. Acceptance is having compassion for yourself despite the imperfections, which she says is difficult for high achieving women.
Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR)
Find out more information about Dr. Mo's book at UnleashTheHealingWithin.com
Connect on Facebook Mously Le Blanc Twitter @leblanc_mo IG @doctor_mo_leblanc
Destigmatization with Dr. Jessica Lubahn of ONDRwear
In this week's episode I chat with Dr. Jessica Lubahn, a urologist and founder of the company ONDRwear. Hear how she decided to embark on this journey and what made her decide to start this company. She says that she witnessed not only the daily frustrations and embarrassment that arose from urinary leakage (urinary incontinence) in both men and women, but also the limitations and potential side effects of more invasive treatment.
The word that she chose was "destigmatization" because she wants to bring awareness about just how common this issue is with the hopes of having open conversations without the shame or stigma that sometimes comes with living with incontinence.
Find out more about ONDRwear at www.ondrwear.com and on Instagram @ondrwear
In this week's episode, I chat with Dr. Jessie Benson and her topic, Authenticity.
She shares her journey through clinical medicine and her decision to step away and pursue her passions. She is now a certified life coach, mindfulness teacher, professional artist, and most recently professional baker with her bakery Buffalo Mountain Bakery. Her advice is to "live true to yourself".
Life Coaching: jessiebenson.com
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Dr. Kara Wada is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Associate Fellowship Program Director of Allergy/Immunology at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency and Allergy/Immunology Fellowship at the Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. After having completed additional fellowship training in medical education, she is passionate about building meaningful connection and therapeutic relationships with her patients and inspiring future physicians to do the same. She seeks to empower her patients and clients with a naturally-minded and scientifically-grounded approach to care. She speaks nationally on topics including medical education, allergic and immunologic conditions. Outside of her work, she is an autoimmune patient, a food allergy mom of 2 spunky daughters, and wife to another Dr. Wada.
Find more information at www.crunchyallergist.com and follow her @crunchyallergist on IG and Facebook.
Kim Thai is a writer, Emmy-award winning producer and the founder of GaneshSpace, a community organization dedicated to pursuing equity through mindfulness.
Find out more info at:
Instagram @kthai6 / thekimthai.com /
Instagram @ganeshspace / ganeshspace.com
Kim's article on Being Asian American During Trump's 'China Virus': bit.ly/3oMEkry
Ingrid Yang, MD, JD, E-RYT-500*, C-IAYT** is a board-certified physician hospitalist in San Diego, CA who has been teaching yoga for over 21 years. She is also the author of two books: Hatha Yoga Asanas and Adaptive Yoga. She is an incredibly creative and inspiring yoga teacher, who has made it her purpose to incorporate medicine into yoga, and yoga into medicine. Dr. Yang leads classes, trainings, and workshops all over the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia. She is a certified yoga therapist under the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and a Reiki master of the Usui tradition. In her past lives, Ingrid was an intellectual property attorney, founder and owner of Blue Point Yoga Center, and a jazz singer in Australia. When she is not doctor-ing or yoga-ing, Ingrid loves to surf at sunset, travel the world, and play on the beach with her dogs Rusty and Juno. Find out more at www.ingridyang.com or instagram.com/ingridyangyogamd
*E-RYT500 = experienced registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and the 500 level (highest level)
**C-IAYT = Certified with International Association of Yoga Therapists (a 2000 hour training requirement)
In this week's episode I recap the first season of the podcast. What a year this has been for us all. I'm grateful for all the little positives that have come out of this year and am looking forward to the new year. Thank you all for coming along and listening. I'm excited for Season 2 which is just around the corner! In this next season we will shift gears and discuss specific women's health & wellness topics! Look forward to yoga, coaching, postpartum issues, stress management and many many more! Also a new logo reveal coming soon!
Ali Novitsky, MD specializes in Life Coaching for Professional Women, including fellow female physicians. She is a Certified Life and Weight Loss Coach, Board Certified Pediatrician, Board Certified Neonatologist, Blogger, International Speaker, and Host of the Podcast, “Life Coaching for Women Physicians.” Ali has a membership program for women physicians called Life Coaching Society where she focuses mind, body, and relationship fitness.
Find out more info about Dr. Novitsky:
Facebook group for women physicians: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LCWPwithAliNovitskyMD/
Linkedin: Alexandra Novitsky MD
Dr. Melissa Mondala is a Southern California native and a board-certified Family Medicine physician. She obtained her medical degree from Chicago Medical School and completed her Family Medicine residency, in addition to a fellowship in Lifestyle Medicine, both from Loma Linda University Health. Last year, she served as Preventive Medicine Junior Faculty at Loma Linda University Health, where she worked in a Lifestyle Medicine specialty clinic and inpatient lifestyle medicine service in an acute rehabilitation setting. She served as President (2018-2019) and Secretary (2017-2018) for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Professionals in Training (PiT) Division, now known as the ACLM-Trainees division. She carried out PiT’s mission to expand PiT nationally and globally through Lifestyle Medicine Interest Groups (LMIGs), social media campaigns, and personally inspiring a neighboring medical school, Western University, to create a LMIG. She has accelerated the lifestyle medicine movement within academic institutions, social media, community fairs, and podcasts. Dr. Mondala is committed to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s collective efforts to elevate Lifestyle Medicine in the medical, political, and social communities.
Currently, she is in private practice in Newport Beach and is an ACLM Board Member. She is a uniquely engaging motivational speaker that brings evidence based methods to combat chronic disease and uplifts potential barriers through self-empowerment and self-compassion.
Find out more info on melissamondalamd.com and on Instagram @melissamondala.md
Dr. Nancy Yen Shipley is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, with additional fellowship training in sports medicine and arthroscopy. Her professional interests include sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, injuries and conditions of the shoulder and knee, fracture care and general orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Yen Shipley received her B.A. degree in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent time after her undergraduate training working in the snowboarding industry and event planning, before finding her true passion, medicine. She attended Drexel University College of Medicine, in Philadelphia, where she discovered her love for Orthopaedics. Dr. Yen Shipley completed internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, then completed additional fellowship training in arthroscopy and sports medicine at Orthopaedic Research of Virginia. Dr. Yen Shipley is a partner at Multnomah Orthopedic Clinic. In addition to her her clinical practice, Dr. Yen Shipley enjoys caring for athletes of all levels, as a team physician for U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, Multnomah University and Portland Interscholastic League. She has also been involved as a part of the medical team for track and field’s IAAF World Indoor Championships, the University of Richmond and the Virginia Special Olympics. Dr. Yen Shipley is passionate about sharing her path to medicine with others, in particular our next generation of future physicians. She is a mentor and champion for women and diversity in surgical specialties, and brings awareness to this through speaking engagements and an active online presence. She has been a featured contributor on KevinMD.com, called “a must-read blog” by Rebecca Ruiz of Forbes, among multiple other online sources of medical news. In her free time, Dr. Yen Shipley enjoys spending time with her family, snowboarding, stand up paddleboarding, playing (i.e. learning) tennis, and enjoying the great outdoors and the great food in her adopted hometown of Portland.
www.NancyMD.com www.instagram.com/_nancymd https://www.youtube.com/c/NancyMD www.twitter.com/_nancymd
Lynn Stiff, MD, RD, MS is a dietitian-turned-physician passionate about empowering individuals to make realistic and sustainable diet and lifestyle choices that can prevent, treat and reverse chronic disease. She is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and is faculty at a local Family Medicine residency program. She recently sat for her Lifestyle Medicine board certification in November and started an Integrative Medicine Fellowship through the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Lynn takes a holistic approach to health and believes that health is not determined by a number on the scale, but by a collection of behaviors each individual engages in. She is passionate about promoting wellness for patients and health care providers. For more information and education, check out her blog nutritionhealthlife.com, or podcast, Medicine for Life.
Dr. Khalsa has had a life-long interest in mindful living as the basis for long term vitality. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at The Mayo Clinic in 2005 and is board certified in Integrative Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Hospice Medicine. Dr. Khalsa has deepened her studies on health and healing by becoming a Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, and participating in a 2-year full-time program on Ayurveda at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque and India. Through these other educational pathways, she has spent many years observing herself and patients in a different light from what was offered in her initial medical training. Serving as both an Integrative Medicine PCP and consultant to other medical practices, she has dedicated time and energy to promoting an increased understanding of the link between long term health and the daily choices we make. She is currently focusing her energy on supporting people to make the shift to intuitively living healthy through hands-on experiences in Phoenix, Az. Learn more at DrSiriChand.com. Social Media Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/luminousfoods Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/luminousfoods/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/luminousfoods/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuminousFoods Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/sirichandkhalsamd
Dr. Khalsa has had a life-long interest in mindful living as the basis for long term vitality. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at The Mayo Clinic in 2005 and is board certified in Integrative Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Hospice Medicine. Dr. Khalsa has deepened her studies on health and healing by becoming a Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, and participating in a 2-year full-time program on Ayurveda at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque and India. Through these other educational pathways, she has spent many years observing herself and patients in a different light from what was offered in her initial medical training. Serving as both an Integrative Medicine PCP and consultant to other medical practices, she has dedicated time and energy to promoting an increased understanding of the link between long term health and the daily choices we make. She is currently focusing her energy on supporting people to make the shift to intuitively living healthy through hands-on experiences in Phoenix, Az.
Learn more at DrSiriChand.com.
Dr Anne Kennard is a Board Certified OBGYN, Fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine, an herbalist, and registered yoga instructor. She also holds a BS in Nutrition Science. She is passionate about women’s health in the body, mind, and spirit.
She authored an Amazon bestselling cookbook: “Nourish: An Integrative Medicine Cookbook”, and speaks nationally on topics including women’s integrative medicine, nutrition, and physician wellness. She teaches yoga and culinary medicine for the Mindful Healthcare Collective.
Dr. Riva Rahl is a 24/7 Platinum physician for Cooper Clinic Platinum direct medicine practice. She received a double Bachelor of Arts at Rice University and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Rahl completed her internal medicine internship and residency, and a residency in emergency medicine, serving as Chief Resident for one year, at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Emergency Medicine and author of Physical Activity and Health Guidelines (Human Kinetics, 2010).
Find out more information at cooperaerobics.com/Cooper-Clinic/Our-Physicians/Riva-L-Rahl,-M-D.aspx
Dr. Richa Mittal is the Founder and Medical Director of Radiant Health Weight Loss and Wellness in Frisco, Texas. As an Internist and Diplomate of the Board of Obesity Medicine, she provides weight management and preventive health services. Dr. Mittal offers a unique program using an integrative approach that treats the whole person- combining specialized medical care with customized nutritional guidance, mindset and lifestyle coaching.
She is passionate about the importance of creating metabolic resilience through mindset, lifestyle and nutrition. By combining traditional medicine with whole body wellness strategies, she is a proponent of how we can optimize gut health, create weight wellness and reverse and prevent chronic metabolic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
She is a speaker on topics related to metabolic health and whole body wellness and posts regularly to the Radiant Health blog about strategies for preventive health, weight management, nutrition and also shares healthy recipes that she enjoys creating.
Dr. Mittal is a member of the Obesity Medicine Association and serves as Vice President of the Dallas Obesity Society. She resides in the suburbs of Dallas with her husband and two children. She enjoys yoga, cooking, reading and traveling.
Find out more @richamittalmd on FB/IG, radianhealthdallas.com and richamittalmd.com
I am an internist turned wellness MD, marathon runner and blogger in Houston, TX. I started running for stress relief as a medical student in my twenties but when I started racing in my thirties, I became hooked. I’ve completed 2 marathons, 5 half marathons and a ton of 5K and 10K races.
I’ve reached a pivotal point in my career where I am in transition from practicing traditional internal medicine (working in the hospital) to becoming a wellness MD who focuses on using movement, nutrition and meditation to treat common medical conditions as opposed to prescription drugs.
As I learn more about ways to improve my personal health and well-being, I hope to also help my patients live their healthiest life with fewer medications and physical limitations.
Find out more info on Instagram @doctor.tania and www.moveovermedicine.com
I am a pediatric allergy & immunology fellow, wife and mom to two amazing girls. After what seems like a lifetime long struggle with my weight, I decided that I was done living a life of limitations imposed by my obesity. Little by little, I changed my lifestyle. I changed my diet, introduced exercise and improved my health. While my journey has not and is not easy, it is so rewarding. My current mantra is “I am worth the effort”.
Follow Dr. Chaimowitz' journey on Instagram @natygetslight
I am a Pediatric Integrative Physician, wife and mother to two beautiful boys. In 2009 I graduated from Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ. After working 60 hours a week in Private Practice for 3 years, I gave birth to my precious baby boy. My original plan was to return back to work part-time but everything changed once he was born. I decided to be a stay-at-home mom. During this time I also gave birth to my my second son. Before I knew it, 4 years had gone by in beautiful, chaotic, perfect life. After returning to work I realized I was no longer the same practitioner. My years at home as a mom helped me redefine my practice mindset. What I learned theoretically was not necessarily practical for all families. This real life experience combined with my Pediatric Knowledge led me to pursue a certification in Integrative Medicine at the Andrew Weil Center of Integrative Medicine. With this approach, healing takes into account the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. Dr. Ghayal is currently a parent and life coach and obtaining her certification through the Life Coach School. Follow her at: mdthemindfuldoctor.com, FB-Payal Patel Ghayal, IG @mdthemindfuldoctor
Dr. Rattan is an Integrative Family Medicine Physician, Integrative Health & Wellness Coach, and inspirational leader and speaker. Her areas of expertise include Women’s Health, Preventive Medicine, and Mind-Body & Spiritual Health. Dr. Rattan is Canadian Board Certified in Family Medicine and is also Board Certified in Health and Wellness coaching. She completed her Integrative Health Coaching Certification and a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the Andrew Weil Center of Integrative Medicine. She is an American Board of Integrative Medicine Diplomat with the American Board of Physicians & Specialties and also holds advanced certification in bioidentical hormone replacement. Dr. Rattan uses Integrative Health Coaching and motivational interviewing to support her patients in achieving their health and personal goals. Dr. Rattan has been meditating for over 25 years, is a spiritual elder and meditation teacher of vibrant celestial meditation and a Level 1 Tai Chi Instructor. She is passionate about helping people connect with their deeper value
Follow Dr. Rattan on IG @simranrattanmd, www.spiritualityismedicine.com
Errin Weisman, DO is a life coach, podcaster and fierce wellness advocate who helps inspire female physicians and working moms to do the work they love and absolutely love life. Her work in the world is to openly tell how she faced professional burnout early in her family medicine career so that no one feels alone, all know that change is possible because "if she can do it, so can I" and that you can have a joy-filled and sustainable career.
She lives and practices life coaching and medicine in rural Southwestern Indiana, loves her roles as farmer's wife, athlete and mother of three. Besides being sassy, she enjoys getting mud on her shoes, teaching her children to catch tadpoles and reading a great fantasy novel.
You can find out more about Dr. Weisman on her podcast Doctor Me First, her website truthrxs.com or hang out on IG @truthrxs or LinkedIn Errin Weisman DO.
Dr. Leena Horner has been a practicing Ob/Gyn for over 20 years. She has also completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. In 2018, she felt a calling and decided to take a sabbatical from medicine to walk the Camino de Santiago. Since her job at that time did not allow for a sabbatical she resigned to follow her heart and restore her spirit which was bruised and battered from work. Additionally, there was a desire to deepen on her spiritual path. For one who is spiritual and non-denominational, a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago may seem like an odd choice. As this is a traditional Catholic pilgrimage, the way of Saint James and culminating at the Campesino de Santiago Cathedral. However, it is a path that many pilgrims seek to soothe their spirits and connect a community of seekers.
Since completing her journey, Leena continues to deepen her spiritual journey and is currently a student of the mystery school. She continues to practice medicine with a renewed focus on overall well being and spiritual wellness as physical health.
You can email her: email@example.com
I am a physician, a mother of 4, and a fitness junkie!! I am an Anesthesiologist in Milwaukee,
WI where I work full time practicing the full scope of Anesthesia practice. I am also a mother of
4 beautiful boys, ages 2, 4, 6, 8. Juggling work and motherhood is no small feat (especially with
my crazy hours), and one of the ways that I make sure I am able to take care of everyone else is
by taking care of myself. I do this by practicing self-care in the form of exercise.
Fitness has taken on different meanings to me in different phases of my life and currently I feel
like I have come full circle. I was a runner at the onset, but my fitness routine has taken on
different forms as the demands of motherhood have taken over. For years, the best time for
me to exercise was early in the morning or during kids naps and due to this I started doing more
at-home workouts. As my kids are now getting older, I am now training for the New York City
Marathon in Nov, 2020.
In addition to being passionate about fitness, I am also passionate about all things motherhood.
I live by the mantra that you have to take and respect your own journey and try not to compare
it to anyone else’s journey.
Last, but not least, my professional expertise in Anesthesiology and personal interests in
helping mothers live their best lives have recently merged as I created a course to educate
women about pain control options during labor and delivery with an in-depth look at epidural
anesthesia and anesthesia for C-Sections. Throughout my 14 year career in medicine, I have
placed thousands of epidurals and have been dumbfounded how little GOOD education and
information is available about this topic. I have become increasingly frustrated with the fact
that women are very educated about the labor and delivery process, but are little educated
about epidurals. Thus, I set out to create a course filling this void. The course has now been
released and is available for purchase at https://www.sarahreckmd.com/new-page-73
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Rashmi Kudesia is a board-certified reproductive endocrinology & infertility (REI) specialist. She completed her Baccalaureate degree in Biology & Medicine magna cum laude from Brown University and her MD with honors from the Duke University School of Medicine. She then pursued her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at New York Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, followed by REI fellowship and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research Methods at Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She joined the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai faculty for nearly 3 years before relocating to Houston, where she currently practices at CCRM Fertility Houston, also serving as Site Director for CCRM Houston – Sugar Land and Director of Patient Education.
Dr. Kudesia holds national leadership roles in organized medicine, regularly presents and publishes scientific research, and enjoys teaching the Houston-area OB/GYN residents and medical students. She promotes women’s health advocacy through community work and social media, with special interest in access to fertility knowledge, counseling and care.
Follow her on IG @rkudesia
Dr Jessie Mahoney is a coach for physicians and parents. She is also a Pediatrician and a yoga and mindfulness instructor. She was a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente for over 20 years and has been a leader in the Physician Wellness movement her entire career. She is graduate of Dartmouth College and UCSF Medical School. Jessie leads wellness, coaching and yoga retreats and has her own coaching practice, Pause and Presence Coaching. She primarily coaches those who are successful on the surface yet struggle underneath. She helps her clients to struggle less and guides them to find more calm and ease, and create a more intentional life. You can find out more about her at www.jessiemahoneymd.com
I’m a Southern California native of South-Asian/Indian heritage. My Alma Mater is the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where I met my future husband. We have 5-year-old boy/girl twins and live outside of Los Angeles where I practice Cardiology.
I went to medical school at New York Medical College and after 4-bone chilling winters was happy to move back to Southern California where I did my Internal Medicine training at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Cardiology Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. I spent additional time training in Women’s heart health at the Barbara Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars Sinai and in Cardio-oncology at the University of Pennsylvania.
I became a cardiologist because there are many ways to make an impact in patients’ life: from prevention to early disease treatment with medications, to advanced surgical and non-invasive procedures and even transplant. With the constraints on time as a practicing physician and my own personal health journey, I realized there isn’t enough time for physicians to meaningfully educate patients on preventive strategies for heart disease. This realization gave inspiration to develop Healthwyse: a science-based resource center and accountability program that empowers individuals to develop a healthy and sustainable relationship with food.
Find out more at www.healthwysecoach.com and IG @healthwyse
Supriya Rao, MD is a board certified physician in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and obesity medicine. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and gastroenterology fellowship at Boston Medical Center. She is a managing partner of her GI practice, Integrated Gastroenterology Consultants, located in the greater Boston area. She is also director of medical weight loss at Lowell General Hospital. Her clinical interests include gut health and motility, inflammatory bowel disease, preventative health/wellness, and weight loss. You can follow her on Instagram @gutsygirlMD
Charlotte Alexander, an epileptic who found yoga at 17 years old thanks to her grandmother. Yoga is medicine and provided undeniable mental and emotional relief from the unknowing and depression; 12-year veteran 500E-RYT specializing in performance sports, restorative yoga, and yoga wall; retired studio owner of Om Grown Yoga in College Station, TX; Mom of 2, Mom of Autism; director of Om Grown Yoga School
omgrowncollective.com charlottealexander.com @beautyisbeinghuman
Professional ballet dancer turned Primary Care Internist and life coach, Dr. Kara Pepper strives to help her patients achieve wellness in all aspects of life. She coaches physicians on burnout, transition, and how to feel as good as they look on paper. She lives in Atlanta, GA, with her husband and two children. You can find her at www.KaraPepperMD.com and on social media @KaraPepperMD
In today's episode, I chat with you all about grief after I discovered news of someone in my circle who passed away from COVID19 after a prolonged hospitalization. I also wrote about this on my latest blog post: https://www.michelledangmd.com/post/grieving-life-as-we-know-it
Tyler Gravley is a native Texan, pancake loving, spirit explorer and okay meditation advocate. She is the founder of The Pollen Show podcast where she explains how to obtain peace of mind, gain energy, improve health and relationships through easy to understand mindful conversations. With her voice, she serves truth, compassion and empathy. She instantly connects with all listeners' needs. She believes that each and every person can overcome the obstacles that get in the way of daily meditation, opening the door to more freedom, to live a life they love. When she’s not creating or discussing her love for meditation, she walks her dachshunds, bakes cookies and loves to be outside on the ranch with her cows. She is a 200 hour RYT, Koru Certified Meditation Teacher, has a BS in Biology, Masters in Health Administration, 7 year Yoga/Meditation instructor, and trained with Baron Baptiste.Find out more information about Tyler:
Her podcast The Pollen Show: anchor.fm/thepollenshow and Instagram @the.pollen.show
Dr. Ni-Cheng Liang is a mother of 2, cancer survivor, American Lung Association San Diego Lung Health Provider of the year pulmonologist 2019, Top Doctor 2017 and 2019 San Diego, and Inaugural Outstanding Mother Award recipient in 2019 and mindfulness teacher. She is the Director of Pulmonary Integrative Medicine at Coastal Pulmonary Associates
affiliated with the Scripps Health Network in Encinitas, CA, and maintains a Voluntary
Assistant Professor of Medicine appointment at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. She has presented and led workshops and retreats locally and nationally on mindfulness, physician well-being, integrative and pulmonary medicine to medical trainees, faculty physicians, healthcare administrators, and patients in-person, online, and has been interviewed for webinars, podcasts, and for the local news. She also has published articles and essays on integrative medicine, mindfulness, and perspectives as a cancer survivor in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and in Kevin MD.
Find out more information about Dr. Liang at MindfulHealthcareCollective.com and ncliangmd.com
Dr. Trish Corley, the owner of New Angle Yoga in Oklahoma City, is an internationally recognized Baptiste Power Yoga Educator, a licensed physical therapist, and former professor of functional anatomy with a BA in Behavioral Neuroscience. She is passionate about creating community and sharing the tools of yoga to give people access to freedom and vitality. Trish leads 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher trainings and anatomy workshops globally.
Find out more information about Trish and her yoga studio, New Angle Yoga on Instagram @newangleyoga and https://www.newangleyoga.com
In the midst of a lively career in medicine, Dr. Michelle Quirk discovered that running
could change her life in 2012, and quickly fell in love. She embraced the sport by
becoming a certified run coach with the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), a local
Girls on the Run coach, a Disney World-loving marathoner, and a triathlete. She
developed Mindful Marathon to help others see what she’s learned—that running can fundamentally improve our lives. She puts her focus on helping busy professionals
discover how they too can embrace running and prioritize their well-being. She
develops customized training plans for every type of runner—new, old, somewhere in between—and helps to fit those training plans into busy lives. With her help, Michelle’s
athletes find their edge and achieve their goals.
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Melissa Smith-Wilkinson is an Alzheimer's and other Dementias caregiver advocate, Mindfulness Educator, Yoga Alliance ERYT® 500 educator in Restorative and Sustainable Yoga, and International retreats facilitator. A native Texan, Melissa currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband Richard and her son Drew where she operates a boutique studio, Pranava Yoga Studio and is the Executive Director for Caregiver Wellness Retreat 501(c)(3) non-profit. The non-profit hosts free day long wellness retreats for caregivers of Alzheimers in Houston, Santa Fe, Park City, and Calgary— and now online! www.caregiverwellnessretreat.com. Online OnDemand FREE Caregiver Wellness Retreat here: https://www.caregiverwellnessretreat.com/ondemand-caregiver-wellness-retreat Yoga Website: www.Pranavayoga.studio
In today's solo episode, I discuss my favorite cooking gadgets along with a few tips and tricks I learned with cooking. Cooking is a big stress release for me and I love putting together quick, easy, and healthy dinners for my family. I hope you enjoy this episode and let me know what you think! My Instagram is @michelledangmd and our podcast Instagram is @wishwell.health
Neeta Gautam, MD is a board certified Family Physician practicing in California. Her interest in prevention and caring for the whole patient (as well as herself!) led her to study the field of Ayurveda, the traditional medical science of India. She now incorporates these ancient practices in her self care and the care of her family and patients. Her goal is to empower patients to be in charge of their well being with support and knowledge while honoring the patient's goals for health.
Welcome to today's solocast episode! I will be discussing a little bit about one of my favorite breathing techniques - the 4-7-8 breathing technique I learned from my Integrative Medicine fellowship program with Dr. Weil. I will also be discussing why I chose to become a lacto-ovo-pescatarian. You can check out my friend Lin Lin Shao's Instagram page, where she posts some great informative videos and posts at instagram.com/linlin.shao.dietitian. Talk to you soon!
Dr. Lynn Marie Morski is a Mayo Clinic-trained physician in family medicine and sports medicine, as well as an attorney and former adjunct law professor. She hosts the Plant Medicine Podcast, is the founder of Plant Medicine.org, and serves as medical director for WayofLeaf.com.
Dr. Morski worked at the Veterans Administration for nine years, and her biggest frustration during that time was that she was unable to discuss the benefits of many medications she knew could help the veterans she was serving, like cannabinoid treatments and psychedelic-assisted therapy.
Dr. Morski practiced medicine for 14 years, and after leaving clinical medicine, she made it her mission to help fill the gap in the medical community’s knowledge of psychedelics by educating her fellow physicians on the plant medicines and entheogens that could bring life-changing relief to their patients, while also educating potential users on what options they could seek for treatment of their conditions beyond the pharmaceuticals they’re sold on commercials.
In furtherance of this mission, she started the Plant Medicine Podcast to bring scientific researchers, practitioners, and those who have been personally affected by the healing powers of these plants together to help educate the public on what is possible and help further research and decriminalization of these substances. She also founded PlantMedicine.org to serve as a repository of information and resources for those seeking to learn more about these medicines.
Find out more information about Dr. Lynn Marie Morski at https://www.plantmedicine.org/ ; the podcast at https://www.plantmedicine.org/podcast ; Instagram @plantmedicinedotorg ; https://quittingbydesign.com/ ; and the podcast at https://quittingbydesign.com/quit-happens-podcast/
Dr. Friend obtained her MD from University of Miami, M.A. in Social
Sciences from the University of Chicago, B.S. in Psychology from Univ.
of Illinois, and a B.A. in Music from Westfield State University.
With close to 30 years of experience with all ages, she is currently
working as a Child-Psychiatrist in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to moving to
the southwest, she was founder and sole proprietor of Integrative
Psychiatry of the Berkshires in Lenox, MA. Dr. Friend has experience in
a wide array of non-pharmacologic approaches including nutrition,
functional medicine, neurofeedback, meditation, trauma sensitive
therapy, energy medicine, nurtured heart approach and heart-rhythm
She is an advanced trainer for The Nurtured Heart Approach and
mentor and teacher for the Institute for Applied Meditation in Tucson.
Dr. Friend is a graduate of the Pre and Post Natal Psychology Program
(PPNE) through The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology
and Health ( APPPAH ). Although she is currently working with older
children, the knowledge obtained in the PPNE course about
attachment, trauma and polyvagal theory have been foundational for
treating children regardless of age.
She is the author of two Childrens' books, The Greatness Chair and Sarah in the Greatness Chair.
These stories are designed to teach children and grownups simple methods
to grow into their best selves. Based on the Nurtured Heart
Approach, this is an addition to the field of positive psychology. Find out more at greatnesschair.com
or contact Dr. Friend at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi everyone! On today's solo episode, I share with you some readings from Thich Nhat Hanh. I discovered some of his writings and videos when I was going through a personal transformation back in 2014. It was during this time that I found my love of yoga and a breathing meditation practice. I hope that you enjoy this short episode and please remember to subscribe, leave a rating or review on iTunes and tune in for more episodes! In gratitude, Michelle www.michelledangmd.com Instagram.com/michelledangmd
As an avid fitness and wellness enthusiast, Chichi Nwaorie has been in the fitness industry for 10+ years. Beginning in sales and marketing, she later found her passion in people development, management, and systems. She is now a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, dedicated to building community and helping others grow into their fullest potential.
Meg Ellis has been in the fitness industry for 6+ years. Beginning as an instructor fueled her love for the industry, and she continued onto management, training, and sales. Prior to being in full-time fitness, she spent years in sales and management roles. She is empowered by fulfillment and by helping others achieve their dreams and fully live their purpose.
Together, Meg and Chichi have created Sweatwork HTX.
Find out more about Chichi on IG @chicenitza
Meg on IG @areallivemermaid
Sweatwork HTX on IG @sweatworkHTX www.sweatworkhtx.com
Dr. Cybele Mathai is a Board Certified Internal Medicine MD currently working as a primary care doc at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. She is a single mom with a 13 year old son. She was born in Kerala, India and moved to the suburbs of Chicago when she was 5 and lived there through high school. Dr. Mathai attended medical school at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India and moved back to Chicago, where she completed her intern year. She then moved to Delaware where she completed her internal medicine residency. In 2005 after being sick of the winters, she moved to San Antonio, TX. Her interest in health and wellness started after going through a divorce in 2009 and realizing she needed to take care of herself so she could take care of her son and prevent the chronic medical problems that ran rampant in her family. She always had an interest in preventative medicine so she started talking to her patients about that, started the Couch to 5K running program and eventually ran 2 half marathons. She started working out to different Beachbody programs the first of which was Insanity and she loved it. This cemented her fitness journey. She tried a different variety of diet and nutrition plans, but what really changed her view on health and wellness was the book Deep Nutrition and discovering intermittent fasting. She took courses in Functional Medicine with IFM and loved their nutrition focused way of healing people. She started speaking to her patients about different ways they can reverse Diabetes, metabolic syndrome, gut issues and it made a difference. She is looking into getting a Lifestyle Medicine and Culinary Medicine certification so she can further her knowledge and be even better prepared to help others. Her belief is that we can live long healthy lives with a focus on nutrition, fasting, and movement by improving healthspan and not just lifespan. Follow Dr. Mathai on Instagram @functional_wellness_doc
Veronica Goebel is a native Houstonian, wife, and mom of three children. She was an elementary school teacher for 6 years before making the decision to stay home and raise her kids. The transition from working mom to stay-at-home mom was tough at first, and she was forced to take a deep look at her life, habits and relationships. During this time she was asked by a family member to run a marathon. Having never run one mile, she signed up and 6 months later ran her first 26.2. The training process changed her life and taught her the discipline she needed. Her favorite quote is, “Only the disciplined ones are free in life. If you aren’t disciplined, you are a slave to your moods. You are a slave to your passions.” -Eliud Kipchoge. These days you can find her up at 5 am, in bed by 9pm and making the most of the time in between. Follow her on Instagram @vgoebruns and look for her as a Chevron Houston Marathon race ambassador @chevronhoustonmarathon
Our inaugural conference was set to be on this very day, Saturday May 16th, to celebrate the conclusion of Women's Health Week. The National Women's Health Week is a week to celebrate women's health and wellness and to focus on the importance of incorporation of positive health behaviors into women's lives. No one ever plans for a pandemic to happen that would affect the entire world. In today's episode, we chatted about how our lives have been affected by COVID-19 and reflected on the positives that have come out of this. By far, we are all hopeful for the future, and we express so much gratitude to all of you who have been following us. With love,
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Dr. Indrani Raman is a board-certified nephrologist, fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine and also a certified Obesity Medicine specialist. Her practice Excel Health MD offers highly customized, patient-focused care in Murphy and Rockwall, Texas. After spending several years in a traditional medical practice as a nephrologist, she discovered her passion for holistic medicine and helping patients restore their overall wellness rather than treating the disease symptoms. Her practice provides services including holistic care, medical weight loss programs and kidney disease management.
Website - www.excelhealthmd.com
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/excelhealthmddallas/
Linkedin profile as - Dr.Indrani Raman
Practice information (P)972 752 3199, email@example.com
Locations - Murphy and Rockwall, Texas (Dallas Suburbs)
Emeline Kuhner-Stout is the Founder and CEO of Elastique Athletics. Having grown up in Aix-Les-Bains and Vichy, two of France’s most prestigious spa cities, she developed a passion for health and wellness from a young age. She spent nearly 5 years creating the ultimate wellness tool that would fit seamlessly into women’s lives. After years of R&D with lymphologists, cardiologists, dermatologists and engineers, L’Original leggings were born — stimulating lymphatic drainage and working to enhance our body’s natural detoxification process. Inspired by the French tradition of lymphatic drainage massage, Emeline built Elastique Athletics with the mission to help as many women as possible feel their best in their skin. As a Frenchwoman, Emeline believes wholeheartedly in the philosophy “joie de vivre” (joy of life). She believes in enjoying the company of friends & family, surrounded by good food & good wine... and after it all, a good workout. She knows finding balance can be difficult for so many women. The goal is to make the most of the time we have. C’est la vie! Find out more information about Elastique Athletics at www.elastiqueathletics.com and on Instagram and Facebook @elastiqueathletics
Carmen W. Landrau, MD is a board certified physician who specializes in cardiology
and is a professional keynote speaker who uses her experience navigating a male-dominated and hierarchical career to empower other women to embrace their
talents, regain confidence, and obtain the recognition they deserve in their careers and
in life to become phenomenal leaders. Dr. Landrau has been a keynote speaker at conferences and events for over fifteen years. She has participated in events for a few people, from lectures for medical students and residents, to non medical events with hundreds of attendees, and has participated in panels, workshops and national TV interviews with excellent feedback and audience response. She is available for speaking to corporations, groups, workshops and coaching sessions. Find her on www.drlandrau.com
Angela Leong was born and raised in Houston, TX with 32 of those years residing in Spring, the Northwest part of Houston, TX. She is the oldest of 3, a first generation Filipino-American, and wife to Michael and mother to Maia and Willow the Cat. She grew up with a strong practice in Catholicism, is introverted, and loves to learn and find ways to be creative and learn skill sets to pass the time. The majority of her education was in Catholic schools until she entered nursing school. She wanted to be an architect, and then a fashion designer but now is a Registered Nurse for 15 years, working in Clinical Planning and Design, Facilities and Construction as a Clinical Activation Planner. She has a small side business as a portrait photographer for 5 years. She used to bake cakes for a side business as well. She loves to create, inspire, and be crafty and watercolors, crochets, and knits. She officially calls herself a runner and ran her first half marathon and is currently on a 2020 running streak, running at least a mile a day for the year. She loves to practice Lagree fitness and yoga. Prayer and meditation keeps her grounded and her family and friends are her happy place. She turned 40 in 2020 and COVID-19 cannot stop her from her year long celebration of activities. Her favorite quote is "if it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you". You can do anything when you put your mind to it. Find her on Instagram @i.am.angelaleong and @angelaleongphotography and her website www.angelaleong.com
Dr. Stacie Bass is a physician anesthesiologist in Houston, TX. She is also a mom of 3 kiddos (age 5, 7, and 9), a fitness lover, certified personal trainer, and competitive bodybuilder. Dr. Bass grew up in Houston, TX, and is a proud Texas Longhorn (c/o 2001), completing medical school and anesthesiology residency at UTMB in Galveston, TX in 2009 (where she met her husband, Michael) . They had a "short" 8 year stint in Lexington Kentucky where they had all their kids, and she spent years as a "runner" completing 10 half marathons, eventually finding her love of weightlifting/bodybuilding. Stacie nationally qualified in the bikini division in 2017 and 2018, and plans to compete in 2020 in the figure division. In 2020 she earned her NASM Certified personal training certification. In addition to her upcoming bodybuilding competitions, her goals for this year are to complete a more extensive nutrition certification to supplement the ACE Certification she earned in 2018, and to help coach others to learn their way around the weight room, balance in both nutrition and fitness, and how to stay consistent despite all the obstacles that life throws at us. Follow Dr. Stacie Bass on Instagram @drmusclemom
Dr. Tamyra Comeaux is a native of California. She attended UCLA and obtained a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts. She finished medical school and completed an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency. Then she started her own private practice in 2000. After a few years in practice, Dr. Comeaux became frustrated with the current medical model. She found that a disease focused approach to medicine was unrewarding. There were two important things missing for her- the love of connecting with the spirit of the patient and the joy of supporting the human body in finding its way to healing had disappeared. As she continued her education and journey to become the best doctor she could possibly be, she obtained her Masters in Holistic Nutrition, a naturopathic medical degree, and became certified by the Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine Board. She completed an Integrative Cancer therapy fellowship, and obtained certificates in Advanced aromatherapy, and Master Herbalism. Dr. Comeaux retired from traditional medicine after 14 years and began her focus on the prevention and natural treatment of diseases. She continues to practice in the Woodlands, TX providing
natural hormone replacement and vaginal rejuvenation. Connect with Dr. Comeaux on Facebook @ Dr. Comeaux, @ Gyno Goddess or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
After 10+ years practicing Internal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, Jill knows firsthand what severe stress and burnout feel like. In the midst of her own burnout, she was introduced to Conscious Health Meditation, and it had a profound effect on her resilience and reactivity. Like many healthcare professionals, Jill was initially skeptical of spiritual practices. However, as she learned the science behind Conscious Health Meditation, she embraced the training and marveled at the results of the practice. After 2 years of advanced coursework, Jill completed her 3-month teacher training in Rishikesh, India in April, 2016. Jill strongly believes that there is no 'quick fix'; no singular technique can address all of the physical and emotional challenges of practicing medicine. When she discovered tapping at a conference for women physicians in 2017 and began using it herself, she was amazed at how well it complemented her meditation practice and helped her manage stress. She became certified in tapping in 2019, and finds tremendous joy facilitating incredible growth and benefits with her tapping clients. Jill’s 8+ years of practicing and teaching stress-reduction modalities such as meditation and tapping, combined with the teaching and mentoring skills developed during her academic medical career, her personal experience with burnout, and her intimate understanding of the healthcare system, make her uniquely suited to teach meditation and other stress-reduction techniques to healthcare professionals from all fields. Find Dr. Wener on www.meditationinmedicine.com Instagram and Twitter @jillwenerMD and Facebook @meditationinmedicine
I'm grateful to be able to continue bringing you these episodes. In this time of uncertainty and chaos in the world, I wanted to bring you some hope. I recorded this episode about a month ago, and things were a little different at that time. There was a threat of this coronavirus, but it was all the way on the other side of the world. Albina chose her word for health and wellness as "flow". She will discuss why she chose that word. I felt this word was important considering what is going on currently. Achieving a flow state in this pandemic to me means adjusting to the ups and downs and by doing so, we can achieve a steady state in our lives, in order to find that new normal. In this episode, you will hear me chat with Albina Rippy, who I have known since 2014 after taking yoga classes at her yoga studio. She describes her word for health and wellness as flow, and she definitely demonstrates that, from moving to a foreign country at age 16, to becoming a CPA, to opening up a yoga studio to then selling her studios to travel the world. Albina Rippy is a serial entrepreneur, success coach, inspirational speaker, hotelierand a world traveler. After a decsde of starting and growing her businesses into thriving communities of yoga, healthy, holistic lifestyle, personal growth and transformation, she sold all of her worldly possessions to travel and explore the world together with her husband and daughters and fluffy dog, Dante.
Albina adds massive value by contributing to the success and happiness of people around the world through her success and business coaching. Find more information about Albina and all that she manifests at www.albinarippy.com and her retreat center Blue Sky in Taos, NM at www.blueskyretreatcenter.com
I struggled with moving forward with continuing to post on social media without addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This week's episode is a short one. I just wanted to discuss my thoughts on what is going on at this very moment in our nation and in our world. This affects every single person. Please take a listen. Stay safe. Stay healthy. I will be bringing back my weekly interviews next week. #stayhome #flattenthecurve
In this episode, you will meet Dr. Heather Colmenter. Heather and I have known each other since 2007 when I was an intern and she was my upper level resident. But we didn't reconnect again until long after we both had graduated from residency and were in practice. Her word for health and wellness is acceptance, and she will describe her journey as a busy full time anesthesiologist to her diagnosis of breast cancer and how that changed her path. Dr. Colmenter is a board certified anesthesiologist, integrative medicine fellow, and pain management fellow. She is also a breast cancer survivor. Hear her story of acceptance and how she rose above all of her challenges. She credits her support system of her family and friends, her spirituality, and her self care. She co-founded the non-profit organization Hola Bloom (www.holabloom.org) whose mission is to provide breast cancer education and awareness accessible also for Spanish speakers. Heather is also helping to manifest our inaugural WISH Well conference this May in Houston, TX.
In this first episode, Dr. Michelle Dang shares her personal journey into health and wellness by finding balance in her life. From her clinical job as a physician to her practice of yoga and then teaching Lagree fitness and now creating this community for women. She can be found on Instagram @michelledangmd and her website is www.michelledangmd.com ; information about this podcast can be found on Instagram @wishwell.health and the website is https://wishwell.health.blog