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Dragons to Butterflies: The Metamorphosis of a Man with Johnnie Calloway

Johnnie Calloway grew up in a small town in Kentucky, with the population at around 11,000. His mother passed when he was only five, leaving him to grow up with an angry, alcoholic, sexually confused father.

Johnnie was born into a reputation that he never wanted but was obligated to live up to. Still, Johnnie always wanted to be the “good guy.” The conflict between his personal desire and his sense of obligation to his dad’s/family’s reputation created a great torment that was oddly accompanied with an insatiable yearning to learn.

Eventually, Johnnie became a seeker of truth. And has now devoted himself to sharing what his seeking has taught him with others. He has written two books, “Taming the Dragon” and Dragons to Butterflies: The Metamorphosis of a Man, and is currently working on, “Within the Chrysalis, It’s an Inside Job”.

The Importance of Genetic Testing in Behavioral Health with Dr. Dave Vigerust

Dave Vigerust, Ph.D. is the Chief Science Officer of MyGenetx. Dr. Vigerust is a strategic scientist, consultant, teacher, and inventor, particularly in the areas of infectious disease, oncology, genetics, pharmacogenetics (PGx) and immunology. Dr. Vigerust earned his BS degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in Biology and Chemistry, a MS degree in Immunology and Microbiology from Texas Tech University and his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed postdoctoral fellowships in infectious disease first at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and second at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics. After completing his fellowships in 2009, he joined the faculty of Vanderbilt School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology and was concurrently a Health Research Scientist for the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Vigerust currently maintains an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Neurological Surgery and is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy. In 2014 he joined MyGenetx Clinical Laboratory as the Chief Scientific Officer and directs the scientific and educational missions of the lab.

Dr. Vigerust’s academic and research interests focus around areas of precision medicine in cardiology, behavioral medicine, infectious disease, traumatic brain injury, neuro-oncology, neuroinflammation, and neurodegeneration. Dr. Vigerust has been widely published, including in 2016, studies in Clinical Diabetes, Future Cardiology, Future Neurology and Postgraduate Medical Journal. Dr. Vigerust was a speaker at 2016 TEDxNashville on the topic of Precision Medicine.

A Naked Thinking Approach To Motivating Yourself and Others

For more than twenty-five years, Phil D’Agostino, a licensed therapist, life coach, and personal-development specialist, has spoken to thousands of individuals about what makes them miserable and stops them from achieving their greatest life goals. Almost always, it boils down to a single fact: they know what to do and even how to do what it takes to be happier or more effective, but their own emotions stop them in their tracks.

In Naked Thinking, D’Agostino explains his concept of thinking critically without the wet blanket of emotions stifling you. He outlines practical techniques that will energize your soul, help you take greater control of how you feel, and find the power and will within yourself to live a life by design and without regrets. He includes specific strategies for:

•improving the way you think;

•taking greater control of your emotional control panel;

•making the most of your life and all its vagaries;

•improving your relationships with your loved ones, children, boss, customers;

•focusing the power or your mind and what you already know to make great decisions that really work;

•becoming more self-confident to speak to groups and present your ideas to management and others; and

•taking greater control over your depression or anxiety disorder and just be happier.

Through real-life examples, Naked Thinking illustrates how to tame your emotions so you can focus your abilities and become more effective in decision-making and implementation, find the power within yourself, and become the master of your own life plan. Visit www.NakedThinking.Com.

Navigating The World of Addiction: Lifted From The Rut with Rob Lohman

Rob Lohman is the Founder of Lifted From The Rut. Rob is an Interventionist and Addiction Recovery Coach. Since his sobriety date of June 8, 2001, Rob has learned a great deal about trials and believing that there is a great blessing on the other side of each trial….even though some of the trials of life can seem hopeless at times. When He went from hating the image in the mirror, to loving the image and the potential within, a huge paradigm shift happened. 

Rob has definitely made errors in sobriety, but it is in those life lessons he discovered his calling to help others regain the hope in themselves that they too were created for a great purpose in life. To restore hope in others and to help lift them from their life ruts that seem to have stolen their confidence in who they are. Rob says “God does not make junk!”

As a father of two precious children, the husband of an amazing woman who chose me to be her life partner, a committed man to follow God’s leading in his life, and believer that anyone can change their path in life to discover and become their best, Rob is committing his life to help others love themselves again through this journey called Lifted From the Rut!

Join Mental Health News Radio live at the 2017 Navigating the World of Addiction Event. 

Twitter:  @RobLohman





Empowered Empaths: Where Do We Travel Past The VictimHood?

Join our host Kristin Sunanta Walker with panelists Megan Lyons (Attorney and Board Member of Mental Health News Radio Network), and Johnnie Calloway (Author of Dragons to Butterflies). 

It’s round table discussion time again folks.  Join these four powerful voices on another edition of our most popular show, Empowered Empaths, as they discuss the ways in which we hang on to familiar behaviors and thoughts especially living in the hood – Victimhood.  While it is important to own your having been victimized, it’s equally important to move to another neighborhood.  

An inspiring talk and thank you for joining us!

Medication Assisted Treatment in Opioid Use Disorder: Muhamad Aly Rifai, MD

Muhamad Aly Rifai, MD, CPE, FACP, FAPM, FAPA; a seasoned world-renowned physician executive, with more than 15 years of clinical and leadership experience. I am currently in clinical practice in the Greater Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, and engaged in several cutting-edge entrepreneurial initiatives including telepsychiatry and concierge psychiatry. I am Residency trained in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Virginia and fellowship trained in Consultation Psychiatry and Reserach at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda Maryland. I have an international reputation for pioneering research on the psychiatric aspects of Hepatitis C, and have been engaged in research on applying lean management principles in psychiatry.

Window Of The Soul: What Your Dreams Can Tell You with Dr. Paul Meier

Dr. Paul Meier of joins us again for a round table discussion with Kristin Walker about our dream life! One of his many best selling books is Windows of the Soul: A Look at Dreams and Their Meanings. We talk about our own dreams, as well as, share some clinical perspective on how to analyze them. 

To listen to more of our shows with Dr. Meier visit us here.



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