Join Joe Mitsch and Kristin Walker as they talk about how to develop pride in yourself.
Join Joe Mitsch and Kristin Walker as they talk about how to develop pride in yourself.
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.
Helen and Kristin discuss the impact MADD has had since its inception in 1980. The organization had a significant impact on Kristin and Helen. They share their reasons for advocacy and education.
Helen Witty in her own words: Eighteen years ago, as our shattered family faced our first Christmas holiday without our 16-year-old daughter, Helen Marie, I could not have imagined introducing myself to you as MADD’s new National President.
I came to MADD in the months after Helen Marie died a sudden, violent death by an alcohol- and marijuana-impaired teen driver. Just as suddenly, we faced the impossible tasks of funeral arrangements and criminal court proceedings, of organ donation and boxing up her things forever. We faced a grief so profound it hardly seemed survivable.
Until that sunny afternoon in our hometown of Miami, my husband John and I had our dream family: a boy and a girl, named for each of us. John and John. Helen and Helen Marie. Our daughter came first. When John followed three years later, Helen Marie was thrilled, until she learned he wasn’t going back. But she learned to love him, deeply. They were imperfect, well-adjusted children. They were everything my husband and I had prayed for.
On June 1, 2000, our dream family was torn apart. It was a normal day, except that Helen Marie was nervous. She was going to direct a school play the next day, and although she’d acted many times, this was a new role for her. She wanted to go rollerblading to work off her stress.
I wanted her to stay home; I’d been traveling for a few days, and we had so much to catch up on. But as she laced up her rollerblades, she told me not to worry. She stuck to a regular route. She used the crosswalks. She would be right back.
John, 13, wanted to go, too, but she asked me to keep him home because she wanted to go fast. That was Helen Marie – always quick. We called her HM because it was so much faster.
At the end of the driveway, she spun to face me. She blew me a kiss and told me she loved me. And she took off, blonde hair flying behind her.
This is how I choose to remember her.
In those grief-blurred weeks that followed, pamphlets arrived from the Miami-Dade Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. At first, I could not look at them. But later, at the suggestion of a friend, I called.
I cannot fully explain all that MADD gave to me. At the most basic level, they provided information. At the most profound, the inspiring men and women who walked ahead of me showed me that I would survive the pain. They showed me that one day, I might even smile again.
They gave me the priceless gift of hope.
MADD also gave me a platform. I could only lean on it in the beginning. Then I stood on it. Slowly, I learned that I could fight from it. I could educate from it. For 11 years, as a volunteer, I tried to return what I had received. I spent another eight years as a staff member, facilitating MADD’s prevention programs in South Florida and talking to parents and children about the tragic consequences of underage drinking. I told Helen Marie’s story, because there is power in our stories. They unite us. They save lives.
As your new MADD National President, I want to help survivors and victims of drunk and drugged driving. I want people to know that they don’t have to be victims for the rest of their lives. I want them to understand that the pain, though permanent, isn’t defining. It can be channeled into something life-changing – and life-saving.
I want to educate. Drunk driving is still the No. 1 killer on our roads. This is unacceptable. We know how to reduce drugged driving and end this 100 percent preventable crime.
I am so grateful to the people who came before me. And I am so grateful for the opportunity to be your new National President. I look forward to working with each of you. Together, we can save lives.
Join Aaron and Kristin for a hilarious and information discussion about mental health advocacy and suicide awareness in the gaming community!
About Aaron: My name is Aaron Wanserski and I’m the Video Game Outreach Director for the Center for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
I’m a pretty normal guy, outgoing, fun, nerd, (yes that is my wedding photo :), but I realized things were not exactly how I wanted them to be. I was a police officer for 12 years before I decided to help people in a different way. Mental illness is something that many people suffer in silence from, including myself, but it’s rarely talked about.
I was able to connect with The Center for Suicide Awareness and create a podcast for them as another way to break the stigma. The theme/slogan for our podcast is “everyone has a story”. You don’t have to be famous to have a story. Everyday people have something to share. Those stories and experiences go a long way with people.
That’s what this podcast is about. About knowing that it’s ok to be you and to not feel insecure about yourself. There are people just like you. Be kind, you are loved, you are important, and remember, you are not alone.
Join Kristin and Liz for a discussion about a new podcast on Mental Health News Radio Network: Pivot Work!
Elizabeth Belliveau, MSW, LICSW is a practicing clinical social worker and has experience in a wide variety of settings, including residential programs with adolescents, juvenile justice, school-based counseling, outpatient therapy, and in-home/wrap services through the CBHI model. A Graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, her practice embodies a client-centered, holistic, multi-faceted treatment approach that encourages achieving full functionality in life. Elizabeth specializes in helping clients achieve sustainable change for their lives. She holds advanced training in DBT, CBT, EMDR, ARC, TF-CBT, as well as therapeutic yoga. Elizabeth has extensive experience providing consultations and clinical supervision to practitioners, and advising on program and service development. She has presented at major conferences such as Horizons for Homeless Children, MASOC, BAEYC, NASW, and the statewide juvenile justice conference. She is a facuty member at Bay Path University Graduate School of Mental Health Counseling and Mount Wachusett Community College, and serves as an internship supervisor for local MSW students in the Worcester area. She additionally serves as a board member of NASW Central Region and the Rise Above Foundation, as well as being active with many local non-profits. She is also a Reiki practitioner.
Join Kristin as she speaks with one of our new podcasters, Rebecca Zung, Esq. who has recently come to us with her podcast Negotiate Your Best Life. Her career as an attorney led her to have to identify and manage narcissists. Kristin welcomes Rebecca here to our Narcissistic Abuse Healing Network with an amazing episode about how Narcissists work.
Listen to her no-nonsense approach to dealing with narcissists and then go check out all of her knowledge contained in her own podcast, Negotiate Your Best Life with Rebecca Zung.
Rebecca Zung is one of the Top 1% of attorneys in the nation, having been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Lawyer in America”, as “Legal Elite” by Trend Magazine, and recognized by her peers and the judiciary as AV(c), preeminent rated in family law, the highest possible rating for an attorney by Martindale Hubbell. She went from being a single mom, a college dropout, to becoming one the most powerful lawyers in the country at the helm of a multi-million dollar practice. She is now committed to sharing her secrets and empowering others to live their lives at their optimum level of success, professionally and personally. She is the author of the bestselling books, “Negotiate Like You M.A.T.T.E.R.: The Sure Fire Method to Step Up and Win” (foreword by Robert Shapiro) and “Breaking Free: A Step-by-Step Divorce Guide for Achieving Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Freedom,” and is a sought after major media contributor. Now, Rebecca remains a partner in Long, Murphy & Zung, and is based in Los Angeles and Florida. She is continuing to serve through her incredible on-demand programs such as “S.LA.Y. Your Negotiation With a Narcissist,” and the “Divorce Delete-Alt-Control Masterclasses.”
Join Mitzi Perdue and Kristin as they talk about what success really is and how ending human trafficking became one of her many passions!
Check out her initiative at www.winthisfight.org.
Mitzi Perdue knows that every family business has a culture. The question is, does this culture come about by design or by default? The ones that come about by default rarely support keeping the family business in the family across the generations.
So, what can a family do to develop and strengthen a culture that will support their deepest goals and values?
Mitzi Perdue draws on the experience of her family of origin, the Henderson Estate Company which dates back to 1840 and was the forerunner of the Sheraton Hotels (her father was co-founder of the chain). She also looks to her marital family (she’s the widow of Frank Perdue from Perdue Farms) that began in 1920.
In both cases, family members in each generation put enormous effort into creating and maintaining strong, values-based cultures. Her talks stem from her lifelong observations not only of how her two families have kept together over a combined total of 280 years, but she’s also closely observed how other high net worth families, often ones she’s known since childhood, created and continuously strengthen positive cultures. She’s also observed almost countless cases where families that lacked a supportive culture failed spectacularly.
Mitzi’s talks contain practical tips for embedding a positive culture. She’s been a part of carrying out all of them, and in some cases, creating them. These are tips that work, they’re practical, and they can make a spectacular difference in whether the family continues across the generations, or becomes one of the 70% that fails to pass on their legacy to the next generation.
Mitzi is a businesswoman, author, and a master story teller. She holds degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University, is a past president of the 35,000 member American Agri-Women and was one of the U.S. Delegates to the United Nations Conference on Women in Nairobi. She currently writes for the Academy of Women’s Health, and GEN, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News.
Most recently, she’s authored Tough Man, Tender Chicken: Business and Life Lessons from Frank Perdue. The book made #5 on Amazon’s Business Biographies, out of a field of 20,000. She’s also the author of, I Didn’t Bargain for This, her story of growing up as a hotel heiress.
A woman of many talents, she also programmed a computer app, B Healthy U, designed to help people track the interactions of lifestyle factors that influence their energy, sleep, hunger, mood, and ability to handle stress. In addition to being a programmer and software developer, Mitzi is also an artist and designer of EveningEggs™ handbags.
In addition, Mitzi the author of more than 1600 newspaper and magazine articles on family businesses, food, agriculture, the environment, philanthropy, biotechnology, genetic engineering, and women’s health.
She was a syndicated columnist for 22 years, and her weekly environmental columns were distributed first by California’s Capitol News and later, by Scripps Howard News Service, to roughly 420 newspapers. For two years she was a Commissioner on the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.
Mitzi also produced and hosted more than 400 half hour interview shows, Mitzi’s Country Magazine on KXTV, the CBS affiliate in Sacramento, California. In addition, she hosted and produced more than 300 editions of Mitzi’s Country Comments, which was syndicated to 76 stations. Her radio series, Tips from the Farmer to You, was broadcast weekly for two years on the Coast to Coast Radio Network.
Kristin and Chas speak with Dr. Paul about taking the “Dis out of Disability”, bullying, and inspiration!
Dr. Paul in his own words below:
Never let your attitude become a disability.
I was born with cerebral palsy and have a hearing loss.
My family and friends have never allowed me to see these disabilities as “robbing” me of a chance to lead a normal life. Rather, I have worked hard to transform obstacles into unique opportunities for self-improvement and host inspirational programs designed to show my audiences, by example, how they can also do the same.
I am a motivational speaker who hosts interactive programs, in-person or virtual, on the topics of disability awareness, diversity, anti-bullying, and overcoming adversity.
In September 2020, the NJ Senate honored me with this proclamation for sharing my story of leadership and resilience with over 1M+ youth and teens, parents, and educators during an inspiring 40-year speaking career at schools in New Jersey and nationwide.
My school programs help instill in youth the courage and confidence to excel in their studies; treat their peers with respect; develop character and other leadership traits; and be motivated to realize their goals.
University and corporate audiences invest in an engaging conference keynote that introduces students and professionals to a former special needs child who has conquered the effects of cerebral palsy, implemented diversity initiatives at his university, earned a doctorate, and leads a confident and fulfilling life in the face of adversity.
Given that our challenges can be our greatest gifts, I share life insights that have enabled me to find courage and confidence in an exciting journey of self-discovery. My clients learn how to face their adversity with perseverance, optimism, and a “Yes I Can!” attitude.
Join Thomas and Kristin as they talk about the state of healthcare in the United States and his new book Heart to Head and Back Again…a Journey through the Healthcare System.
With well over thirty-five years of extensive healthcare leadership experience, Tom is a voice for relationship centered and compassionate care, servant leadership and quality and systems improvement.
An author, leader and advisor, he is also an internationally recognized speaker and writer with an expertise in healthCARING models, heart and mind communication, courageous vulnerability, systems thinking and improvement, stopping bullying, adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and bringing “love in action” to all we do.
He is a father, husband and coach. A coach to healthcare leaders. And a coach to young men.
Tom has written the book, The Big Kid and Basketball … and the lessons he taught his Father and Coach, where he shares stories of bullying, resiliency, parenting, coaching, faith, family and love.
He is also a contributor to the book, Bullied Back to Life, focusing on how victims of bullying have used their experiences to fuel their success, and how you can too.
And a contributor to the Amazon Best Selling book, Highway to Heart, Humor, and Honesty in Healthcare, a book for healthcare providers, patients, and family members who desire to understand how to better connect with one another.
Tom believes at the end of the day it is all about impact.
What is an intentional community? What is community living and how can impact our mental well being? Join Cynthia Tina and Kristin for an in-depth discussion on the real deal of community living experience.
Cynthia Tina is an expert in the field of intentional communities, having traveled to over a hundred sustainability and community projects worldwide. She helps people connect to intentional communities as a matchmaker for seekers and as a consultant for growing community projects.
Cynthia is Co-Director of the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC), a 35 year-old nonprofit dedicated to supporting intentional communities as pathways towards a more cooperative, sustainable, and just world. She is also the founder of Ecovillage Tours (since 2019), was an officeholder on the Board of Trustees for the Global Ecovillage Network (2015-2020), and was Director of the youth ecovillage network NextGENNA (2013-2018).
Cynthia lives in an intentional community in Vermont where she is currently building a passive solar home and tending a permaculture garden. Learn more and book a community matchmaking session with Cynthia at www.cynthiatina.com.