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Bringing Goodness in Light of Grief: Lessons from Cole

Melanie Coppola, president of the Live Like Cole Foundation, joins me to look at bringing goodness in light of grief. Melanie’s family created the Live Like Cole Foundation after Nicholas “Cole” lost his life to a drunk driver in Vero Beach, Florida.
Melanie, Cole’s sister, shares her grief journey and how the memory of her brother is strengthened through the decision to create an organization focused on passions that represent what her brother stood for: kindness, community and giving back.
Grief is life long and impacts every person differently. We take a different approach in this week’s episode connecting passion to make a difference in our own community with carrying on the memory of a loved one. It’s an inspiring episode that will encourage and inspire many during this Holiday Season.
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The UNNI Podcast – w/ Pharoah Tahar (Part 1)

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From Pain to Purpose” Pharoah Tahar joins The UNNI Podcast Guestlist, and talks How-To turn pain into purpose with host, Bianca McCall. Pharoah is a Spiritual Guide & Media Influencer leading thousands of people across the globe, in spiritual practices and ascension- a journey Pharaoh himself is on, with an incredible story of triumph! He is a survivor of sexual assault, when he was an early teen- something that made him question the conditions of his Christian upbringing. He’s survived divorce, a custody battle, and bankruptcy. Pharaoh shares, through his philanthropy on a Native Reservation, he has unlocked the secrets to self-healing.

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Autism and Adolescents

Join Dr. Holmes as she interviews Dr. Grcevich and they discuss adolescents on the autism spectrum. Dr. Grcevich discusses why adolescents tend to be missed and what is happening that tends to bring teens for evaluation. As a clinical associate professor for the Department of Psychiatry at NE Ohio Medical University, he discusses medication and how the autistic brain responds differently to psychotropic medications. This is a great segment for clinicians, psychiatrists, general practitioners, and parents for discussing mental health issues that can occur co-morbidly for those on the spectrum.

Dr. Stephen Grcevich (MD, Northeast Ohio Medical University) serves as the founder and President of Key Ministry. He is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who serves as the primary vision caster and spokesperson for Key and plays an important role in Key’s efforts to develop collaborations with church leaders, professionals, and organizations both within and outside the disability ministry movement. He blogs at Church4EveryChild is a regular contributor for both Moody Radio Cleveland and the ERLC and frequently speaks at national and international ministry conferences on mental health and spiritual development. His first book, Mental Health, and the Church was published by Zondervan in 2018. In his professional life, he is an experienced clinician, teacher, and researcher, with over 35 presentations at national and international medical conferences and a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
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Five Little Big Ways to Get Our Holiday Goodness Going

Having a game plan before heading into the Holiday Season can allow us to remove unnecessary stress and angst as well as giving ourselves permission to enjoy the weeks ahead.
We look at five ways to embrace a richer experience through tapping into gratitude, kindness, embracing the things that evoke joy and enjoying the beauty of relationships and experiences vs the overwhelming pull of materials.
This is a great way to get your Holiday Goodness rolling!

Looking for the perfect gift for the holidays? Check out Conversations for Good: Listening and Learning from our Neighbors Around the World on Amazon.

The UNNI Podcast – w/Anthony Ray

Anthony Ray joins the UNNI Podcast, and shares his survivor story; losing his father to incarceration and his mother to an overdose, all before the age of 10. Growing up in below poverty, and in the kinship care of his older sister; identifying as a Latino gay male, and surviving a mugging and hate crime attack- Anthony had all of the odds stacked against him.
Instead of adopting the mindset of defeat, hopelessness; and continuing the generational cycles of addiction, incarceration, and poverty- Anthony became a celebrity stylist, and social advocate, who works to help others realize their beauty, strength, and boundaries!

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Setting Our Kids Up for Life Success — Social and Emotional Learning in Our Classrooms: Interview with Dr. Julian Dooley | Episode 74

What is self-awareness mindfulness?

“The awareness that emerges through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn

Self-awareness, of our own emotional states is just one of the key tenets in collaborative social and emotional learning being taught in our schools. As a foundation for developing emotional intelligence and resilience, this type of education helps inoculate our youth against the many challenges they face. In this interview, I speak with Dr. Julian Dooley, an international expert on school-based best practices in social and emotional learning including:



Responsible Decision-Making


Social Awareness

About Dr. Julian Dooley
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Dr. Julian Dooley, psi Training and Education Coordinator, has years of experience in mental health research, treatment and strategy. He has developed mental health programs for psi partner schools across Ohio and also provides psychology services to St. Mary Byzantine School in Cleveland through psi. Additionally, Dr. Dooley has more than 70 invited and peer-reviewed lectures and has been a member of numerous national and international boards and committees, including the Advisory Council of the National Centre Against Bullying and the National Coalition on Children’s Resilience and Mental Health. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Melbourne. For more information on this episode go to

Our Relationship with Food, Ourselves and the World

Join Kristin and Carolyn as they discuss everything from social unrest, racism, eating disorders, and her incredible podcast that just joined Mental Health News Radio Network.

Born in Houston, Texas, Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross spent her childhood in San Antonio where as the oldest of five children, she comes from a long line of physicians and healers. Her mother’s father was a well-known physician in Bryan, Texas, who opened his own hospital and nursing school. His mother, Betty Love, was a Cherokee medicine woman.

Dr. Ross wanted to be a doctor from the age of nine and worked many summers and vacations in her grandfather’s office, going with him on house calls, helping him deliver babies and learning how to dispense medications in his office pharmacy.

Dr. Ross’s Medical Background
Dr. Ross completed her undergraduate degree in Modern Foreign Languages at Purdue University and then was a full-time mother of her two older sons before returning to school to complete her Pre-Med requirements. She then went to the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Ross’s practice experience after medical school helped fuel her interest in understanding what makes people heal as she saw that most of her patients’ medical problems were related to lifestyle habits and the stresses of modern living.

In searching for a better way to address these issues, Dr. Ross began to explore complementary and alternative therapies and the use of herbs and supplements for her patients. She then completed a residency in Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University and set up practice in San Diego, California, where she eventually opened three women’s centers where she practiced primary care and office gynecology. Her women’s centers integrated the best of western medicine with complementary and alternative therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, and nutrition counseling. She developed and ran The Anchor Program that offered a holistic approach for individuals with food and body image issues. The Anchor Program is a non-diet approach with a philosophy that health and well-being are everyone’s right no matter their size. During that time, she also served as the medical director of The Rader Institute’s inpatient eating disorder program.

Dr. Ross’s Focus on Integrative Medicine
Dr. Ross’s own personal health crisis and the diagnosis of her mother with Alzheimer’s led her on a journey to healing in which her perspective about medicine changed and her desire to focus on integrative medicine led her to the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Ross completed a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine, studying with Dr. Andrew Weil. Her path then led her to work as the head of the Eating Disorders Program and the Integrative Medicine Department at world-renowned inpatient hospital, Sierra Tucson where she pioneered the Integrative Medicine approach to eating disorder treatment. She currently works in private practice in Denver, Colorado, as an addiction medicine specialist and suboxone doctor who specializes in opioid addiction treatment. She also is a consultant for treatment centers across the country on eating disorders and integrative medicine.

Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross is a mother of three sons and has one granddaughter. She is also a nationally known author, speaker and expert in the field of Eating Disorders and Integrative Medicine. Her most recent book is “The Overcoming Binge Eating Disorder and Compulsive Overeating Workbook.” Other books include, “Healing Body, Mind and Spirit: an Integrative Medicine approach to the treatment of eating disorders” describing her own journey to healing and the miracles she found along the way. Dr. Ross has also developed a line of supplements as a result of her research, which are designed to support the recovery of patients with eating disorders and addictions.

Autism and Employment: Develop Potential!

Join Dr. Holmes as she interviews Amy Cox of Developing Potential concerning the issue that surrounds employment and the autism community. They will discuss a look at what has happened to employment for persons with special needs in the wake of Covid-19 including the impact of the change in unemployment to the social model of disability.

Amy Cox is the Development Director for Developing Potential, Inc. overseeing DPI’s presence in the communities in which they provide services as well as fundraising, advocacy, volunteer management, advertising, and marketing for the organization. Ms. Cox has served in a direct support role for DPI Employment Connections program and meets with prospective community employers and individuals seeking employment. Amy earned two BA degrees at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Ms. Cox began working for Developing Potential as a contractor in 2001 supporting DPI’s growth in the community before coming on board full-time in 2014. Amy has three children, Reagan, Noah, and Olivia.

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An Ally for Life Part 2

Founder and Ceo of I Ally shares more about the genesis of her company and the importance of community and wellbeing for caregivers.
Lucinda Koza is the Founder + CEO of I Ally, an app created for and by family caregivers. She is a member of the current TechCrunch Include Cohort, SheWorx + AWS Startups Mentorship Program 2020, All Raise Org’s Visionary Voices Speakers Bureau, and the Lyfebulb Patient Entrepreneur Circle. She just received Honorable Mention in the Lyfebulb + Orexo Innovation Challenge and received Honorable Mention for Intermitten’s 2020 Changemaker Award. Her writing has been published in Thought Catalog and Medium Women. Passionate about storytelling and giving voice to the voiceless, Lucinda also premiered a short film at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.


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