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Just the Way You Are with Dr. Paul Wichansky

Kristin interviews Dr. Paul Wichansky with Mental Health News Radio Network’s film producing partner, Chas for an incredible story of resilience, positive attitude, and inspiration.

Dr. Wichansky has never let his attitude become a disability. He was born with cerebral palsy and have a hearing loss. He is an author, speaker, meteorologist, and humanitarian. He has worked hard
to transform obstacles into opportunities for self-improvement, and host inspirational programs designed to show his audiences, by example, how they can also do the same.

He is a motivational speaker who hosts programs that inspire confidence, growth, and opportunity. Topics include disability awareness, diversity, anti-bullying, overcoming adversity, and optimism and resilience.

The NJ Senate honored him with a proclamation for sharing his story with over a million children and teens, parents, educators, and other professionals during an inspiring 40-year speaking career nationwide.

An inspiration to many, you can find out more about him at

15-Time Law Author & Mental Health Advocate | Frank Ramos

Frank Ramos is a partner at the Clarke Silvergate Law firm, he is regarded as one of the best lawyers in the country. Ramos has written 15 books for lawyers and serves as a mentor for young lawyers. In 2013, Frank was in a deep depression that consumed all of his relationships, tasks, thoughts, and projects.

Frank shares that those 2 years were the darkest of his life. Since then, he has become devoted to helping others. Listen as Frank shares his story.

For more, visit and be on the lookout for my new book, “You Don’t Have To Swallow Your Gun.”

Tamra Hall PhD, MA, LPC, LMHC, CAADC, CCS, ACS: American Addiction Centers

Tamra Hall PhD, MA, LPC, LMHC, CAADC, CCS, ACS, is the AVP of Clinical Excellence & Quality at American Addiction Centers. AAC is one of the largest healthcare organizations in the US with a focus on the treatment of addiction. In this episode, we discuss what the comprehensive medical treatment of addiction looks like at a major healthcare institution.

Dr. Hall discusses the importance of meeting patients where they are at in order to provide the best treatment experience. All aspects of care are important, from nutrition, to mental healthcare, and appropriate addiction treatment. Medication-assisted treatment can be an important component of care and continuity of care is critical.

Telemedicine services are an important part of the future of healthcare, and especially addiction treatment. Dr. Hall discusses how AAC is at the forefront of providing telehealth programs to their patients.

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Killing the Dragon

Smoking Cigarettes has been deemed just as addictive as using Heroin; my guest today refutes this claim. John De Miranda has been substance-free for over 40 years and has dedicated his life to researching and understanding the Nicotine Industry.

Today, he wants to call parents and our culture out on how we educate our youth around the subject of substance use and distinguish myth from fact when it comes to addiction and experimentation.

He's Got his Mothers Eyes and His Fathers Trauma.

We pass down alot to our children, genetically and emotionally. As parents, we try to figure out where our child’s behavior comes from, especially when they are acting out and struggling.

My guest today will guide us through the concept of Epigenetics, the study of how trauma is passed down through generations. 

Carolyn Ross, a Board Certified Medical Doctor and specialist in addiction disorder, dedicates her practice to understanding the effects of Epigenetics and how parents can build awareness of how their own experience is affecting their children.

Brock Bevell: Former Undercover Cop: Identity Loss, Addiction and Recovery.

Positive Connections Radio:
E-54: Brock Bevell: Former Undercover Cop.
Identity Loss, Addiction and Recovery.
Brock Bevell became a police officer and like all First Responders survived through countless critical incidents and emotional stress and events that change his life.
His last critical incident involved being run over by a suspect in a truck trying to escape arrest. Brock suffered career ending injuries and was medically retired as a police officer. Brock lost his identity as a police officer and got addicted to opiates for several years after being first prescribed them for his injuries.
Brock found himself living the horrid life of an addict and realized that he had crossed the line and became the person he had arrested and confronted numerous times during his career as a police officer.
With his life spinning out of control brought on by addiction, the loss of friends and loved ones and the constant struggle with addiction and suffering he looked at his life and in a moment of clarity decided he had to change.
For the next seven days, Brock detoxed from opioids on his bathroom floor and pulled himself up from the hellish realm of dependence to start a new life in recovery. After 11 years of sobriety Brock now gives back and helps others who are suffering. He tells his story to give hope to those who feel like life is hopeless.
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Exploring the science behind consciousness-based healing

Dr. Shamini Jain is a psychologist, scientist, and social entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Director of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI;, a collaborative accelerator that connects scientists, health practitioners, innovators, and social entrepreneurs to forward the science and practice of healing. CHI was formed through Dr. Jain’s deep desire to bring key stakeholders together to create a coherent and effective movement to move us beyond models of “disease thinking” and the “decade of the brain”, into the study of systems-based healing processes, and personal and societal empowerment. Partners of CHI include the Miraglo Foundation, Institute of Noetic Sciences, San Diego Cancer Research Institute, UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine, Westreich Foundation, and Chopra Foundation. Dr. Jain is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, and an active member of UC San Diego’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Jain obtained her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. degree from the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, with a research focus in psychoneuroimmunology. She conducted her clinical residency at the La Jolla VA Hospital/UC San Diego, and her post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research. Dr. Jain has published extensively in the areas of psychoneuroimmunology and well-being, integrative medicine, and healing, and has received numerous awards from scientific societies including the American Psychosomatic Society, the American Psychological Association, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, and other societies for her clinical research.

Dr. Jain’s work has been featured in many news and media outlets including TIME, CNN, and US News and World Report. Dr. Jain has a passion for sharing the science and practice of healing and well-being. She and regularly speaks on these topics, in diverse venues including NATO, TEDx, major universities and medical centers, health-related conferences, and corporations. She also contributes as an author on these topics in online blogs including the Huffington Post and Times of India. Dr. Jain serves on the Board of Directors for Greenheart International, is a Steering Committee Member for NEXUS Invest in Yourself, and on the scientific advisory board for several social benefit companies including Wacuri and Leap Forward. In addition to forwarding her life’s passions and helping others realize theirs, Dr. Jain’s biggest joys are spending time with her beautiful family, singing, and surfing.

S6E2: Andrew Gorman

In this episode I sit down for a chat with my good friend Canadian Forces Veteran, Andrew Gorman. We talk about his struggles and growth, and the challenges of running a peer support group. We also chat about my struggles over the last few months. This episode comes out on the day and time that Andrew and his wife, Courtney, will be welcoming their first child, a daughter, into the world!

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