Whole Body Mental Health Radio
Whole Body Mental Health Radio is a show that thinks broadly about mental health and addictions, from the mind-body connection and the gut, to the environment and the world.
info_outline The Perfect Storm, Pain and Addiction with Arwen Podesta MD, ABPN, FASAM, ABIHM 07/19/2018
The Perfect Storm, Pain and Addiction with Arwen Podesta MD, ABPN, FASAM, ABIHM Arwen Podesta MD, ABPN, FASAM, ABIHM is a board certified adult psychiatrist, specialized in addiction medicine, forensic psychiatry, and integrative holistic medicine. She is the Medical Director of ACER, Chief Medical Officer of Longbranch Recovery, and consultant for the Orleans Drug Court. She is co-creator of the NewOrleans Forensic Mental Health Coalition, and current President of the Louisiana Chapter of ASAM. She is the author of the book "Hooked" www.podestawellness.com
info_outline Buddhist Recovery from Addictions and METTA Protocol with Dr. Steve Dansiger PsyD MFT 07/19/2018
Buddhist Recovery from Addictions and METTA Protocol with Dr. Steve Dansiger PsyD MFT Steve Dansiger, PsyD, MFT is a renowned musician, educator, speaker, meditation teacher, master EMDR therapist and trainer, and author. He developed the MET(T)A Method and Protocol, combining Buddhist practice and EMDR Therapy. He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and co-authored Helpers (2016) and EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care.
info_outline Sex Addiction with Dr. Alexandra Katehakis, PhD, MFT 05/12/2018
Sex Addiction with Dr. Alexandra Katehakis, PhD, MFT Renowned Sex therapist Dr. Alexandra Katehakis gives a great interview that would serve as a primer to any therapist about sex addiction. Dr. Alexandra "Alex" Katehakis is a published, award-winning author, licensed psychotherapist, and is recognized as a leader in the field of Integrative sex therapy. Katehakis makes regular contributions to publications like Psychology Today and the Huffington Post, has been interviewed by Rolling Stone, Washington Post and the LA Times, has made several television appearances on programs like Inside Hollywood, Spike TV and CNN, and is frequently featured as a prominent expert panelist at sexuality conferences worldwide alongside the likes of Dan Siegel and Christopher Kennedy Lawford.She is the Clinical Director of Center For Healthy Sex, a treatment center based in Los Angeles. Katehakis holds licensure and certification with several different mental health organizations: Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), for which she is a clinical supervisor and member of the teaching faculty; Certified Sex Therapist (CST) with the American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) for which she is also a clinical supervisor; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), and Senior Fellow at the Meadows inpatient trauma and addiction rehabilitation center in Arizona.
info_outline Climate Change: from Paralysis to Activism with Robin Cooper, M.D. 05/02/2018
Climate Change: from Paralysis to Activism with Robin Cooper, M.D. Robin Cooper, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco. Her interest include treatment and advocacy for the severely mentally ill, environmental justice, and climate change. She serves on the board of the California Psychiatric Association California and is an active member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of theAmerican Psychiatric Association and co-founder fo the Climate Psychiatry Alliance.
info_outline Psychiatric and Political Aspects of Climate Change with Lise Van Susteren, M.D. 04/30/2018
Psychiatric and Political Aspects of Climate Change with Lise Van Susteren, M.D. Dr. Lise Van Susteren,M.D. practices general and forensic psychiatry in Washington, DC. She is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, consultant to the Executive Branch of the US Government, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is co-founder of "Climate Psychiatry Alliance," and co-author of "The Psychological Effects of Climate Warming on the U.S.
info_outline Working with Couples with Michelle Longino, LMFT 04/26/2018
Working with Couples with Michelle Longino, LMFT Originally licensed and in successful private practice in California, Michelle Longino was licensed as an LMFT in Louisiana in 2002, when she moved to NOLA. She has over fifteen years of clinical experience working with individual adults, families, and couples. Her treatment orientation is based on sound research and includes cognitive-behavioral, experiential, mindfulness, and training in couples' work. She enjoys helping clients recognize their strengths and develop healthy skills to cope with life's challenges. She is skilled at treating a variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and anger management. Michelle talks in depth about her approach to family therapy.
info_outline How to Talk to Children with Cassie Becerra 04/12/2018
How to Talk to Children with Cassie Becerra Cassie Becerra has worked as an Early Childhood Educator for 17 years. She worked with children from 12 months-6 years in a classroom setting until 2010. From 2010 until 2015 she cared for two boys; one who was 18 months and the other who was born four months later. Cassie worked closely with this family as a nanny until both boys began elementary school. At that point she returned to a school setting and is currently the Director at Kinder Haus Montessori. After working with many children of varying ages over the years she began making a correlation between the behaviors of children in response to how their caregivers spoke to them; recognizing that specific wording could easily trigger a defensive or oppositional response in children unintentionally. She reached the conclusion that it was essential for the adult to first look within themselves to address their own mood, temperament and body language before a healthy connection could be made and maintained. After a time of self-reflection Cassie began making a connection with symptoms of anxiety that stemmed from mental scripts she had learned as a child; this is where her passion was born. She is committed to helping other early childhood educators, parents and children maintain positive and healthy relationships. She is specifically drawn to help children foster healthy connections with peers and adults by offering scripts that they can grow into adulthood with; scripts that ultimately become their inner voice.
info_outline Education from a Different Perspective with Nicole Young and Jessie Owens, PhD 04/08/2018
Education from a Different Perspective with Nicole Young and Jessie Owens, PhD Nicole Young graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007 and immediately began work on the Obama Presidential Campaign. After 2008, she lived in Washington, DC for four years working at the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. Before coming to BECNO, Young served as the Associate Director for Social Justice at the College Board where she worked to evaluate, support, and expand the College Board’s work for students of color. Young received her Master’s Degree in Education Policy at The University of Pennsylvania. After receiving her doctorate in American Literature at NYU in 2009, Jessie Morgan-Owens served as an Assistant Professor of English at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. In 2012, Morgan-Owens returned to the US, and joined the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College. Of the thirty recipients of the Dean's Award at NYU, Morgan-Owens was one of two graduate students chosen to join the research community at the Humanities Initiative. Her current book project Another Ida May illuminates the influence of photography in the anti-slavery campaignby focusing on a daguerreotype of one seven-year-old girl. Originally from Louisiana, Morgan-Owens moved to New York in 2000, after earning her BA in Photojournalism at Loyola New Orleans, to begin a career in magazines at Travel + Leisure. She continues to shoot professionally with her team Morgan & Owens.
info_outline What Addiction Treatment Centers Face to Continue with Else Pedersen MFA, LAC 04/08/2018
What Addiction Treatment Centers Face to Continue with Else Pedersen MFA, LAC Chief Executive Officer Else Pedersen has worked for Bridge House / Grace House since 1992. Else is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and holds a Masters of Business Administration. Else became the Chief Executive Officer of Bridge House / Grace House on September 15, 2011. Prior to that date, she was the Executive Director of Bridge House since 2004. Else has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of Bridge House in that she has worked in many departments before becoming the Executive Director, in particular the Clinical Department as a direct provider of services. Else is responsible for the overall management of the organization. Her responsibilities include the development and implementation of all clinical programs and supporting businesses; ensuring clinical program and business objectives are met; and directing and supervising staff.
info_outline The Environment and the Self, Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Climate Change with Janet Lewis, M.D. 03/31/2018
The Environment and the Self, Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Climate Change with Janet Lewis, M.D. Janet Lewis, MD is a psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester. Her academic work focused on psychodynamic and spiritual issues. She is a member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry’s Committee on Climate, a founding member of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance and the Ithaca Therapists’ Climate Group, a study /support /supervision group for therapists around issues related to climate.
info_outline Community Resilience and Climate Change with Carissa Caban-Aleman, M.D. 03/11/2018
Community Resilience and Climate Change with Carissa Caban-Aleman, M.D. Dr. Cabán-Alemán is a board-certified community psychiatrist and professor in the college of medicine of Florida International University (FIU) of Miami, FL. She is a board member of the non-profit CrearConSalud, Inc., addressing mental health education in Puerto Rico and a founding member of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance. Her area(s) of Interest:systemic and social determinants of mental health, climate psychiatry.
info_outline The Opioid Epidemic: The Pharmacist Perspective with Thomas Maestri, PharmD BCPP 03/10/2018
The Opioid Epidemic: The Pharmacist Perspective with Thomas Maestri, PharmD BCPP Dr. Maestri is a board certified psychiatric clinical pharmacy specialist (BCPP) serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy. He also provides both experiential and didactic learning opportunities to Xavier Pharmacy students in in collaboration with LSU UMC in psychopharmacology, substance use, and ethical principles in pharmacy.
info_outline Neuropsychoanalysis: From Couch to fMRI with W. Scott Griffies, M.D., DFAPA 11/05/2017
Neuropsychoanalysis: From Couch to fMRI with W. Scott Griffies, M.D., DFAPA What happens when psychoanalysis meets modern neuroscience? In the episode, Dr. W.Scoot Griffies, M.D., DFAPA psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, takes us through the current revolution in psychoanalysis explaining classic psychoanalytic concepts through the lenses of modern neuroscience. Dr. Griffies, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry with Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Medical Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine service at Duke Raleigh Hospital.
info_outline Addiction Medicine: Past, Present and Future with Stuart Gitlow, M.D. 10/29/2017
Addiction Medicine: Past, Present and Future with Stuart Gitlow, M.D. Dr. Gitlow is the past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Executive Director of the Annenberg Physician Training Program in Addictive Disease. He served as Chair of the AMA’s Council on Science and Public Health and serves as ASAM’s delegate to the AMA. Board certified in general, addiction, and forensic psychiatry.
info_outline Coming Full Circle: Native American Healing and Mind-Body Medicine with Dr. Kathy Farah and Elder Donna LaChapelle 10/23/2017
Coming Full Circle: Native American Healing and Mind-Body Medicine with Dr. Kathy Farah and Elder Donna LaChapelle Dr. Kathy Farah is an Integrative Family Physician and Senior Faculty for the Center for Mind Body Medicine for US and global programs, including working at the Pine Ridge Reservation. Elder Donna LaChapelle is an Indian women. Her people is healing from the depths of historical trauma and great loss. She believes the MBM work addresses the gaps of personal healing that many of her people find missing in their lives and cannot find in the systems that are offered in the greater society.
info_outline Hard Pill to Swallow: Drug Dealer M.D. with Dr. Anna Lempke, M.D. 7-5-17 09/10/2017
Hard Pill to Swallow: Drug Dealer M.D. with Dr. Anna Lempke, M.D. 7-5-17 In Drug Dealer M.D., Dr. Lembke masterfully uncovers the unseen forces driving the opioid addiction epidemic in the US.
info_outline From Mat to Couch: Integrating Yoga and Mental Health with Veronique Robins-Brown, M.D. 08/17/2017
From Mat to Couch: Integrating Yoga and Mental Health with Veronique Robins-Brown, M.D. Veronique Robins-Brown, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice, integrating yoga, mindfulness, nutrition, and psychotherapy. Dr. Robins-Brown is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Tulane, where she teaches Integrative Psychiatry and Personal Wellness. She studied at the National Institute for Mental Health and Neuroscience (NIMHANS) , an allopathic hospital researching yoga in mental health disorders, in Bangalore, India. www.soulfulpsychiatry.com
info_outline Treatment of Psychosomatic Conditions, a Neuropsychoanalytic Approach with William Scott Griffies, M.D. 07/10/2017
Treatment of Psychosomatic Conditions, a Neuropsychoanalytic Approach with William Scott Griffies, M.D. Psychosomatic conditions include fibromyalgia and other chronic functional pain conditions. These are traditionally hard to treat. In this show, neuropsychoanalysis offers a fresh, effective, and interesting approach to address mind and body. W. Scott Griffies M.D., DFAPA, is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry with Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Medical Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine service at Duke Raleigh Hospital. He is boarded in General Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and is certified in psychoanalysis from the New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute. He recently relocated to Duke from New Orleans where he was faculty at LSU Department of Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship for over 15 years. His main academic and clinical interest has been in the treatment and understanding of psychosomatic patients. While at LSU, he won numerous teaching awards and worked and directed services predominantly focused on psychiatric aspects of medical and surgical patients. He also served as the LSU Psychiatry Residency Director for 8 years through Hurricane Katrina. His most recent publication was “Non-mentalizing and Non-symbolizing Psychic Functions and Central Sensitization in Psychosomatic Patients”in From Soma to Symbol: Psychosomatic Conditions and Transformative Experiences, edited by Phyllis Sloate.
info_outline Bastion, an Intentional Community of Resilience for Returning Warriors with Dylan Tete, Jeremy Brewer, and Katie Bouchillon 07/09/2017
Bastion, an Intentional Community of Resilience for Returning Warriors with Dylan Tete, Jeremy Brewer, and Katie Bouchillon Bastion, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an intentionally designed neighborhood in New Orleans for returning warriors and families with lifelong rehabilitative needs. Through our powerful community model that empowers neighbors as volunteers in a warrior’s care plan, Bastion sustains a thriving recovery from the wounds and casualties of war. Dylan Tête is the Executive Director and founder of Bastion Community of Resilience. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Economics and Systems Engineering at West Point, as well as an MPH at the LSU School of Public Health. During a combat tour in Iraq as second-in- command of an Infantry company, Dylan established multiple recovery projects in collaboration with the Department of State. He moved to New Orleans in 2005 where he managed the construction of several FEMA housing facilities after Hurricane Katrina. Before his most recent position as a civil servant working alongside the New Orleans Deputy Mayor of Public Safety, Dylan was hired by Military.com to assist transitioning military personnel and wounded warriors begin new careers in the civilian workforce. Dylan was selected into the Propeller Social Venture Accelerator in 2010, and awarded a fellowship with The Mission Continues for the creation of Bastion. Jeremy Brewer holds a Masters of Social Work with a certificate in Disaster Mental Health and Trauma Studies from Tulane University. He is a Marine Corps infantry veteran with two tours to Iraq. His recent roles include Veterans Program Coordinater at SBP, Program Manager at VetLaunch, and, most recently, as Wounded Warrior Project’s first Outreach Coordinator in New Orleans where he covered Louisiana and Mississippi. Jeremy is also an alumni of The Mission Continues Fellowship Program and a past commander of New Orleans last activeVFW. He lives with his wife, Melissa, and their three daughters. Katie Bouchillon is an Occupational Therapist and Owner of Spero Rehab, an outpatient brain injury facility in Houston, Texas. Katie has an extensive background working with this amazing population and comes from a long line of military family members. Her passion is community reintegration and ensuring that everyone is given the support that they need to thrive. Katie earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2005 and has been working on this passion ever since. In order to meet the needs of the individuals she serves, Katie has been certified as an Assistive Technology Professional, a Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner, has earned her Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy, and she has been designated a Certified Brain Injury Specialist by the Brain Injury Association of America. http://joinbastion.org
info_outline Recovery from Addictions and SMART Recovery with Will Arendell and John Antonucci 05/28/2017
Recovery from Addictions and SMART Recovery with Will Arendell and John Antonucci William Arendell, LCSW William Arendell started working with children with Attention Deficit Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder using neurofeedback and biofeedback in 1996 at the Institute for Neurobiofeedback and Barclay Family Care in Michigan. Will developed a reputation for being able to work with clinically challenging children, many with severe emotional problems, and adults experiencing difficulties with insomnia, depression and stress. While working as a social worker for the Open Door in downtown Detroit he worked with homeless who were afflicted with addiction. Will conducted a study with Oakland University and the Institute for Inner Resources which was the first to use neurofeedback to treat those afflicted with heroin and crack addiction. He completed his masters in Social Work at Arizona State University. Will worked at Women's Hope, an addiction treatment center for women in Boston, and conducted stress reduction workshops for hospitals and mental health workers. Will is the former the Clinical Director of Bridge House one of the largest residential treatment centers in Louisiana. In private practice, works with children with severe behavioral problems alongside teachers and adults having difficulties with anxiety, addictions and sleep. Will also conducts training for beginners and advanced students who want to learn stage hypnosis. To learn more about Mr. Arendell’s work, visit http://www.arenhealth.com John Antonucci, M.Ed., LAC, P-LPC, NCC Mr. Antonucci is passionate about helping people with the biological brain disease of addiction; and pursuing social justice issues surrounding public policy and addiction. Mr. Antonucci has a M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of New Orleans, and is a Licensed Addictions Counselor through the Addictions Disorders Regulatory Authority of Louisiana. He has over 8 years of multifaceted experience in addiction treatment, and extensive experience in small business management and start-up. He is an advocate and promoter of ways to achieve recovery from addictions, most recently being the first bringing the innovative and evidence based SMART recovery program from addictions to New Orleans, and Louisiana. To learn about Mr. Antonucci’s work his work visit http://www.myjourneysinrecovery.com
info_outline Neurotheology, Spirit and the Brain with Andrew Newberg, MD 05/28/2017
Neurotheology, Spirit and the Brain with Andrew Newberg, MD Andrew B. Newberg, M.D. is currently the Associate Director in Charge of Research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital in Philadelphia. He is also a Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University and he is adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Haverford College with honors in chemistry in 1988, and then from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine in 1993. He did his training in Internal Medicine at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. Following his internal medicine training, he completed a Fellowship in Nuclear Medicine in the Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. He has actively pursued a number of neuroimaging research projects which have included the study of aging and dementia, epilepsy, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Newberg has been particularly involved in the study of mystical and religious experiences, a field referred to as “neurtheology”. He has also studied the more general mind/body relationship in both the clinical and research aspects of his career including understanding the physiological correlates of acupuncture therapy, meditation, and other types of alternative therapies. He has taught medical students, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as medical residents about stress management, spirituality and health, and the neurophysiology of religious experience. He has published over 200 peer reviewed articles and chapters on brain function, brain imaging, and the study of religious and mystical experiences. He is the author of the new book entitled, “How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain: The New Science of Transformation.” He is the co-author of the best selling books, “How God Changes Your Brain” (Ballantine) and, “Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief” (Ballantine). He is also a co-author of “Words Can Change Your Brain” (Hudson Street Press) and “Born to Believe: God, Science, and the Origin of Ordinary and Extraordinary Beliefs” (Free Press). And he is the author of several academic books including, “The Metaphysical Mind: Probing the Biology of Philosophical Thought”; “Principles of Neurotheology” (Ashgate); and co-author of “The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Belief” (Fortress Press). The latter book received the 2000 award for Outstanding Books in Theology and the Natural Sciences presented by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. He has also produced a 24 lecture video program entitled, “The Spiritual Brain,” for The Teaching Company. He has presented his work at scientific and religious meetings throughout the world and has appeared on Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20, CNN, ABC World News Tonight as well as in nationally distributed movies: “What the Bleep Do We Know?”; Bill Maher’s “Religulous”; and “Awake: The Life of Yogananda.” His work has been featured in a number of media articles including in Newsweek, Time, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, London Observer, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Readers Digest. Additional information regarding books and research can be found at www.andrewnewberg.com.
info_outline Healing Your Gut And Your Brain with Dr. Susan Blum 05/10/2017
Healing Your Gut And Your Brain with Dr. Susan Blum Susan Blum, MD, MPH. Dr. Susan Blum has been treating, healing and preventing chronic diseases for nearly two decades. Her passion and dedication for identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through the groundbreaking whole body approach known as Functional Medicine, is helping to transform our healthcare system. As the Founder and Director of Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York, Dr. Blum’s crusade for personalized medicine is paramount for treatment and prevention. Dr. Blum’s mission for Blum Center for Health is to facilitate a personalized healing experience by creating a partnership with her patients while providing cutting-edge Functional Medicine and teaching self-care skills for changing health habits. Through Dr. Blum’s medical practice, education efforts, writing, research, and advocacy, she empowers her patients to stop covering up symptoms in order to actually treat the underlying causes of illness, thereby combating—and most often curing—the chronic-disease epidemic. Blum Center for Health focuses on the comprehensive integration of Functional Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine, and Nutritional Medicine. Dr. Blum is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for The Dr. Oz Show. She has appeared on Fox 5 News, ABC Eyewitness News, and is regularly quoted in Real Simple, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook. Blum completed her Internal Medicine training at St-Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, her residency in Preventive Medicine at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine. She received her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University, and her training in Functional Medicine from The Institute for Functional Medicine, in Gig Harbor, Washington, and is senior faculty at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. and teaches throughout the world in their training programs. In her first book, The Immune System Recovery Plan, (April 2013) Dr. Blum offers her proven four-step program, which she has used to help thousands of patients reverse their symptoms and prevent future illness. The Immune System Recovery Plan is a groundbreaking, revolutionary program that shows how anyone can cure the causes of autoimmune disease, strengthen their immune systems, and bolster their overall health. Dr. Blum lives in Armonk, NY with her husband and three sons and loves to begin her day with a hike in the mountains or a morning walk on her quiet country road. She completes her morning ritual with a 20-minute meditation and a green smoothie made with love from the contents of her garden. Dr. Blum also plans family meals in the summer based on the same homegrown vegetables. She loves experimenting in her kitchen with new recipes and with the power of herbs for their medicinal properties. She’s an expert skier and also plays golf regularly with her husband. On most evenings, Dr. Blum can be found at home drawing inspiration and support from many of the books she reads on spirituality and self-realization.
info_outline Yoga for Addiction Recovery with Evonne Sullivan 05/09/2017
Yoga for Addiction Recovery with Evonne Sullivan Evonne Sullivan, BA, CHRL. Specializing in yoga and mindfulness for mental wellness and addiction recovery, Evonne is living her dharma by sharing her experience, strength and hope with others.Evonne has trained with Yoga of 12-Step Recovery, LifeForce Yoga for Depression and Anxiety, The Yoga of Recovery (April 2017) and YogaFit Canada. She runs independent wellness and recovery groups, as well as teaching with The Canadian Mental Health Association, Yoga of 12-Step Recovery, The University of Western Ontario and GoodLife Fitness.In treatment centres, schools, community organizations, fitness facilities and at special events, Evonne spreads the message of health, wellness, yoga and mindfulness through practice, education and advocacy.She holds an Honours BA from the University of Guelph and a Postgraduate Certificate in HR Management from George Brown College.
info_outline Suffering, A Jewish Perspective with Rabbi Alexis Berk 04/19/2017
Suffering, A Jewish Perspective with Rabbi Alexis Berk Rabbi Alexis Berk has been the Rabbi of Touro Synagogue in New Orleans since 2008. Rabbi Berk graduated with Honors from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and was ordained at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in June of 2000. Upon ordination, Rabbi Berk was awarded two prizes for sermon oratory. Following graduation Rabbi Berk served in Nashville as Congregation Micah’s first Rabbi Educator, and later Rabbi at Vanderbilt University's Hillel, but finding she missed participating in a congregational community, she left to join the clergy team at Temple Ohabai Sholom, as Director of Congregational Enrichment. In 2011 Rabbi Berk was chosen as one of Gambit Magazine’s “40 under 40,” – forty individuals under the age of forty whose skills and accomplishments have helped make New Orleans a better place to live and work. She practices an engaged form of Judaism devoted to the cultivation of personal, communal, and world wellbeing. Rabbi Berk and her husband Bob live in Uptown New Orleans with their two young sons and their dog Russell, all of whom are frequent and welcome visitors in the office.
info_outline How Did You Sleep? with Dr. Russell Foster, Bsc, PhD, FRS 04/14/2017
How Did You Sleep? with Dr. Russell Foster, Bsc, PhD, FRS Dr. Foster is Professor of Circadian Neuroscience, Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi) and Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow at Brasenose College. Dr. Foster's research mainly focuses on how environmental light is detected and processed for the regulation of circadian rhythms, how circadian rhythms are generated, and what happens when these systems break down in disease and abnormal environmental conditions. Dr. Foster Chairs the Royal Society Public Engagement Committee, The Cheltenham Science Festival and is a Trustee of the Science Museum Group. He contributes to radio, television and newspaper articles, including the BBC, NPR, the Guardian, and the He has co-written three popular science books, and is working on his fourth, including: Sleep, a very short introduction, Circadian Rhythms a very short introduction, and Rhythms of Life: the biological clock that controls the daily lives of every living thing.
info_outline Your Environment, Your Health with Aly Cohen, MD 04/13/2017
Your Environment, Your Health with Aly Cohen, MD Dr. Aly Cohen, MD, FACR, FABOIM, physician and author, is a board certified rheumatologist, integrative medicine specialist, and environmental health expert specializing in arthritis, immune system disorders and women’s health. Dr. Cohen received her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Her medical training from Hahnemann University Hospital School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Cohen continued her specialist training in rheumatology and autoimmune diseases at Montefiore Hospital/Albert Einstein University Hospital in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Cohen is trained in medical acupuncture from the Helms Institute at UCLA and Environmental Medicine from Dr. Andrew Weil and the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine where she worked with Dr. Weil and his team. Dr. Cohen is the recipient of multiple awards including the Jones/Lovell Rheumatology Scholarship at the Center for Integrative Medicine in Tucson, Arizona and was voted 2016 Top Docs NJ by her medical colleagues, and was honored with the 2016 Burton L. Eichler Humanitarian Award for her work in environmental health education and curriculum. She collaborates with the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) and is In relation to environmental health (today’s topic) she is author and co-editor of the authorative textbook in “Integrative Environmental Medicine” Weil/Oxford University Press. And is the founder of The Smart Human LLC. (TheSmartHuman.com), to educate colleagues and the community on the potential health issues from exposure to everyday chemicals. She ran the NYC marathon 2009 for The Lupus Foundation. And lives with her husband, two young sons, and many pets in Central, New Jersey. AlyCohenMD.com TheSmartHuman.com
info_outline Eastern Medicine, Western Mind: Acupuncture with Valerie Viosca, L.Ac 04/01/2017
Eastern Medicine, Western Mind: Acupuncture with Valerie Viosca, L.Ac Founder of New Orleans Acupuncture. Valerie attended Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM where she earned a Masters in Science in Oriental Medicine (M.S.O.M.) graduating in May 2002 with nearly 3000 hours of study and clinic. She graduated in 1997 from The Scherer Institute of Natural Healing (Taos & Santa Fe, NM) with a Diploma in Massage Therapy Degree, upon graduation from massage school she completed a 300 hour apprenticeship in Japanese style bodywork and acupuncture with Jeffery Dann Ph.D., L.Ac. in southern Colorado, by 1998 she had began the journey on her MSOM in Santa Fe, NMIn 2007 Valerie received her 200 hour Yoga Teaching Certificate from Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe and is currently working towards her 500 yoga teacher training certificate.Valerie is NCCAOM certified and CCAOM certified for clean needle technique and is licensed to practice acupuncture in the states of Louisiana and Colorado and she is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
info_outline The Cyber-Effect: How Human Behavior Changes Online with Dr. Mary Aiken, Ph.D 02/22/2017
The Cyber-Effect: How Human Behavior Changes Online with Dr. Mary Aiken, Ph.D Dr. Mary Aiken, Ph.D. is a forensic cyberpsychologist. Dr. Aiken specializes in the impact of technology on human behaviour, and has written extensively on issues relating to the intersection between humankind and technology – or as she describes it “where humans and technology collide”. She appears regularly on radio and television and frequently gives talks to the public and private sector on an international basis. Dr. Aiken is an Adjunct Associate Professor at University College Dublin, Geary Institute for Public Policy, and Academic Advisor (Psychology) to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol, and has conducted research and training workshops with multiple global agencies, from INTERPOL to the FBI and the White House. Her research interests include cyber-security, organized cybercrime, cyberstalking, technology-facilitated human trafficking, and the rights of the child online. She the Director of the Cyberpsychology Research Network, and is a member of the advisory board of the Hague Justice Portal - a foundation for international peace, justice, and security. Her groundbreaking work inspired the CBS television series CSI: Cyber. She is based in Ireland.
info_outline The Nature Of Suffering in Western Medicine with Eric Cassell, MD, MACP 02/14/2017
The Nature Of Suffering in Western Medicine with Eric Cassell, MD, MACP Eric Casell, MD, MACP graduate of the New York School of Medicine, Dr. Cassell trained in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and served as the U.S. Public Health Service Fellow in infectious disease in the department of public health of Cornell University Medical College. He has been published extensively and has had numerous clinical and academic appointments, including Emeritus Professor of Public Health at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Adjunct Professor of Medicine on the Faculty of Medicine McGill University and Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital.Dr. Cassell is a celebrated author with numerous books including “The Nature of Clinical Medicine,” “Doctoring: The Nature of Primary Care Medicine,” “Changing Values in Medicine,” “The Place of the Humanities in Medicine,” “Talking with Patients,” “The Healer’s Art” and “The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine.”
info_outline Aikido: The Art of Peace with Brian Levy Sensei 02/09/2017
Aikido: The Art of Peace with Brian Levy Sensei Robert Brian Levy Sensei is the founder and chief instructor of NOLA Aikido, where he teaches this art of peace to children and adults of all ages in metro New Orleans as well as at seminars in the US and in Europe. He holds the rank of 4th dan (black belt). A native of Louisiana, Brian Sensei has spent more than twenty years practicing aikido, primarily in Europe. He returned to New Orleans in 2007, where he first established the dojo in Bywater before moving to its present location in New Orleans’s Mid-City. In addition to Aikido practice, he has also pursued in-depth studies of qigong, daito-ryu aikijujitsu, as well as other contemplative and integrative practices. Other pursuits include languages, language revitalization, translation, theater, visual arts, and spoken word performance.