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Right from a physician’s mouth to your ears, join us today to learn more about our bodies and how we can optimize the quality of our lives. Dr. Edward Goldberg, a NYC-based concierge physician with a speciality in internal medicine and gastroenterology, chats with us on a variety of topics regarding overall wellness and preventing morbidity & mortality from some of the most common conditions. After working with a wide variety of people in the diverse city of New York, Dr. Goldberg provides us insights on why so many people complain to him about low energy and fatigue. He discusses complications one might experience from self-medicating with over-the-counter medications regularly, what to expect in a good doctor’s visit, the importance of a primary care provider, and more. He breaks down the reversible risk factors for heart disease and what everyone should know about cancer screening to detect and treat early on. He rounds off the show with his experience working during the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC and some of his top tips that everyone can follow. Connect with him at
What does your mouth have to do with your anxiety, sleep quality, food cravings, and cardiovascular disease? Everything! When you tune in to this episode, you will begin to think about your overall health in a way you have never thought before. Dr. Michael Gelb, DDS, MS joins us today with a vibrant evidence-based conversation on airway management and how dysfunctional breathing during sleep can lead to various other issues in our bodies.He explains how expanding our airways does more than just rid us of pesky headaches, but also improves our mental health, our micro-biome, cardiopulmonary system, and more. He discusses the importance of breastfeeding and introducing solid foods at an early age to help infants naturally improve the width of their airways. This directly improves oxygen saturation and prefrontal cortex development in their brains. Dr. Gelb dives deep into the various types of airway disorders and treatments that he offers through The Gelb Center for children and adults, where he helps hundreds of patients every year.Dr. Gelb is a world-renowned TMJ and Sleep Specialist with practices in both New York City and White Plains. Dr. Gelb is the co-author of GASP: Airway Health- The Hidden Path to Wellness, and the co-founder of both The Foundation for Airway Health and The American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry. The Gelb Center was founded over 30 years ago by Dr. Michael Gelb’s father, Dr. Harold Gelb. Since then, Dr. Michael has taken his father’s findings to the next level through his Airway Centric® integrated therapy. He invented the ACG™ Airway Centric® System with the help of ProSomnus Sleep Technologies. The ACG System is the first day and night dental appliance solution that offers an integrated approach to addressing airway issues.Visit to book an appointment with Dr. Gelb and start your journey to better health today!Books referenced in the show:“Gasp: Airway Health: The Hidden Path to Wellness” : by Howard Hindin and Michael Gelb“Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art” : by James Nestor
 We go to the doctor for our physical health and our mental health, but what about our BRAIN health? The brain regulates everything in our bodies and the way our mind functions. Dr. Teralyn Sell is a Psychotherapist & Brain Health Expert who chats with us today on the problem in our world with over-medication and negative beliefs that don’t help us thrive.She discusses how amino acids affect serotonin and dopamine, how exercise and mindset can tackle our stress, and how women tend to be affected disproportionately more than men. She speaks of the controversy in saying that 2020 was not so terrible and encourages everyone to take the good from even the worst of situations. She talks about how medication changes the architecture of our brains and overmedicating women with postpartum depression or children with ADHD needs to be taken seriously.  Dr. Sell is the co-creator of the world’s first and only mental health and addiction recovery supplement line, Pro Recovery Rx. For over 20 years, Dr. Teralyn has helped career-driven women overwhelmed by anxiety and panic attacks eliminate their symptoms and get off of medication completely using natural approaches that balances brain chemistry while permanently changing behavior. Dr. Teralyn is NOT a believer in throwing a prescription at the problem – which seems to be the blanket “solution” to stress, anxiety and depression in our current society. She encourages a holistic approach to overall wellness, which results in lasting change, a healthier state of being, and a happier you.Connect with her:
It's almost Valentine's Day! Keeping with the theme, we're talking about sexual health today - which focuses primarily on the time between a woman’s first period and menopause. Many women keep this topic “hush hush” due to embarrassment or lack of knowledge on the subject. Today, we have Jackie Giannelli, an ANCC board certified family nurse practitioner, talk to us about two important topics around female sexual health: libido and menopause. Jackie has worked in the fields of urology, women’s health, and sexual health since 2015 and is a certified menopause practitioner by the North American Menopause Society.On the show, she discusses the hormonal considerations to low libido and how libido presents cyclically for women, whereas for men it might be more linear. She highlights how many healthcare professionals, including OBGYNs don’t have a lot of training specifically in sexual health and why it’s important to know signs and symptoms of issues to get the proper treatments. She also presents tangible advice on menopause that applies to women of all ages. Jackie dives into tips for keeping your entire system healthy before you even hit menopause to make it a smoother ride for you.Connect with her & Maze Women’s Sexual Health at
This week’s episode on Fit As A Fiddle is a little unusual. Today Dr. Maria Muto and myself, Dr. Sneha Gazi chat with our Instagram followers about our journeys becoming physical therapists, our experiences in physical therapy school, and why we chose to work in our respective sub-specialities. We explain why we began our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Physical Therapy International Service Foundation (PTIS) and our current projects and efforts! Learn about how we bring physical therapy services and health education to underserved communities in an effort to make healthcare a little more diverse and equally accessible. We have a wonderful team of over a hundred volunteers and an amazing pre-PT social media committee. We thank you for your support! If you would like to volunteer with us or make a donation, please visit little bit about us:Dr. Maria Muto is a physical therapist based in Manhattan who specializes in orthopedics and pediatrics. Maria received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Columbia University with a focus in Adult Orthopedics. With a strong passion and history of working with athletes, Maria currently works for the Sports Therapy Department at Columbia Doctors. Besides working within the athletic population, Maria works as a pediatric physical therapist that specializes in early intervention.  Maria's desire to work with various age groups, populations and cultures, drove her to join PTIS for the hopes of treating people of all backgrounds. Maria has already treated within Italy and Spain and hopes to reach more through the workings of PTIS. Maria also believes that physical health cannot be accomplished without a practice of mental health thus mindfulness is embedded within her treatments.Dr. Sneha Gazi is a physical therapist and practice owner based in Manhattan who specializes in orthopedics and pelvic health. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Columbia University where she completed a Pediatrics Advanced Track. She believes that physical therapy is not a luxury treatment and is essential for optimizing movement. Sneha’s desire to bring her skills beyond her immediate reach drove her to start PTIS in the hopes of bringing PT services to underserved populations. She also has a strong love for teaching and instilling a mindset of service in new clinicians. She is the owner of Sneha Physical Therapy, a concierge and telehealth physical therapy practice in NY, NJ, and MD. Sneha is also a certified yoga instructor and a professional Indian classical dancer and incorporates mindfulness and breathwork into her treatment.
What are emotions? We don’t usually think about what they are or where they come from. We usually either express or suppress emotions. Dana Wang, MD, is a board certified adult psychiatrist and one of the founders of RIVIA Medical, a mental health clinic in New York City. She chats with us today on how emotions manifest from our “templates'' - formed from our previous experiences, preconceived notions, and belief systems. Because we are usually not aware of these templates, we are unable to reflect on our emotions and manage them in a way that serves us better. Dr. Wang discusses how and why certain emotions like guilt and fear surface in the unique transition to motherhood. She explains how our parenting strategies may be influenced by our own childhood, external and internal expectations, and innate instincts to keep our baby alive. Dr. Wang is devoted to delivering the best care for her patients and advocating for emotional wellness as preventative care. Dr. Wang completed her psychiatry residency training at Harvard Medical School, during which she also completed a fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She has presented her work at local, national, and international conferences, and co-authored book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. She is a passionate advocate for addressing stigma and mental health service disparities in Asian Americans. She is currently affiliated with the cross-cultural student emotional wellness center as an executive committee member at Massachusetts General Hospital.Connect with her at www.riviawellness.comRead Emily Perl Kingsley’s piece "Welcome to Holland" 
Nope it’s not mind control. Nor is it a stage trick. Hypnosis is a real therapeutic modality used by certified hypnosis practitioners to help us channel thoughts, memories, and feelings in a way that serves us better. Through hypnosis, people have overcome PTSD, managed their anxiety, and moved past fears and beliefs that hold them back in life. The cool part of hypnosis, is that it works through a specific state of our brain waves that opens up creativity.Doug Sands is a consulting hypnotist who helps adventurous people all over the world overcome fear and anxiety. Because of a near-death experience, he began exploring meditation and came across hypnosis to help heal him and move forward. Doug is the host of the Making Meaning podcast. This show interviews top adventurers to learn how they've built their ideal life and to inspire listeners to start building their own.You can connect with him at:
Diversity is getting people to not view others in oversimplified labels. Diversity is including people who don’t look like you into your circles. Diversity is so much work. But it’s work that we need to do, and we need it so badly. Dr. Tadé Ayeni is the Director of Diversity and Equity at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and Assistant Professor in the Human Dimension program. Dr. Ayeni enjoys creating meaningful connections with people from various backgrounds within and outside of the medical school with the aim of working toward a more genuinely equitable educational system for all students, which is a key piece in the fight to produce more equitable health outcomes in society. He sits with us to dissect issues of race, tolerance, and diversity in healthcare and beyond. He discusses how racial biases in the healthcare system require a deep understanding of our preconceptions and how we can actively shift these belief systems to create a more inclusive world. He also dives into the COVID-19 vaccine and what some black communities may feel towards them.This podcast was recorded on the evening of Jan 6th, 2021, a very bleak day in American history. Despite the utter chaos in the Capitol, I was glad Dr. Ayeni still had the time to record our scheduled podcast session. In fact, I think it added a lot of color and meaning to our conversation.
Thank you to all of our listeners and our guest speakers! In 2020, we published 47 episodes totaling about 22 hours of content. That’s about 1,325 minutes or 79,513 seconds for your listening pleasure. I am grateful to this community of humans who are oriented towards their health and wellness. Happy New Year!Love,Dr. Sneha Gazi
What drives you to stay healthy? Without knowing the answer to this, making a New Year Resolution or health goals for 2021 might not even be worth it. Knowing what motivates you to have a good relationship with health and fitness is key to creating new habits and sticking to them. Laurent Amzallag, a celebrity fitness expert, chats with us today on how to approach health. It’s not about the big fitness goals. It’s about the small things that you do everyday. He discusses how people often create excuses but instead of thinking about it or planning so much, just DOING it is the beginning. Creating realistic and attainable goals that become automatic have to start from somewhere!Head over to @snehaphysicaltherapy to watch the IGTV video where Laurent leads us through some simple movements that you can do anywhere, anytime.For the last 25 years, Laurent has been a sought after fitness expert. He was part of Oprah’s “Live Your Best Life” Tour, has been featured in ELLE Magazine and a guest on The Dr. Oz Show. He is a regular correspondent on NBC, FOX, CBS and the CW Network. The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports named him one of the country’s top 50 trainers. As a fitness entertainer, speaker and instructor, he is a catalyst for change and transformation using body movement to rewire mindsets. Laurent has led the warm ups for national campaigns such as The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, MS Society, Best Buddies, and Children’s Hospital. Laurent is certified through NASM (National Academy Of Sports Medecine) and speaks fluently in French, English and Spanish.Connect with him: @laurentamzallag
Everyone has experienced some degree of stress this year. Teenagers today in particular are going through their own set of unique challenges. Without the physical social connections, young people this year have been forced to resort to social media to stay in touch with their peers. While technology and social media have been so important this year for positive reasons, they can also lead to heightened anxiety amongst Gen Z. Jodi Aman, a family therapist for over 20 years, chats with us today on how social media can create a feeling of powerlessness. As an inspirational speaker, Jodi helps Generation Z and their parents find their Diamond Confidence, teaching usable tools to push past fear, connect with their personal agency, and expand their consciousness. As an anxiety-survivor, she totally gets it. As a mom of teens, she double-dog gets it. Through her TEDxWilmington talk, “Calm Anxious Kids,” and her bestselling book, You 1, Anxiety 0, Jodi is changing the way we understand the current mental health crisis. Look for her newest book, Anxiety...I’m So Done With You: A Teen’s Guide to Ditching Toxic Stress and Rewiring Your Brain for Happiness, coming out in July 2020.Connect with Jodi:
About 10% of males in the US experience some form of pelvic pain. Nonbacterial Prostatitis tends to be one of the most common diagnoses. However, many men are seen by multiple urologists, receive extensive medical work up, find that none of the medications works, and end up feeling helpless. When they are finally seen by a pelvic specialist, they can begin to have the confidence they need to regain control of their life.Dr. T. R. Christian Reutter from Pelvic Rehabilitation, explains to us why seeing a pelvic pain specialist should be the first line of defense in the absence of bacterial/viral infection. Other than being set up with pelvic floor physical therapy, specific medications, trigger point injections, peripheral nerve hydrodissection injections, and other minimally invasive procedures can help men who experience pelvic pain.Dr. Reutter attended medical school at the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City Missouri and then completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. He practiced for almost 17 years as a sports medicine and spine specialist in San Francisco, California before joining the Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine team in New York.He took an interest in pelvic pain and realized that there were limited resources with regard to addressing pelvic pain conditions. He joined the Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine Team in order to further pursue his interests.  As a physiatrist, he feels that he brings a unique approach to patient care with the goal of pain reduction/resolution, improvement in the quality of life, and allowing the patient to return to the activities that they enjoy.Connect with him at
Yes the holidays are coming up folks, and that might mean absolutely nothing socially for all of us. But it doesn’t stop the need for hot chocolate, pies, and cookies! Today we have the lovely Brigitte Zeitlin, a registered dietitian-nutritionist, help us with some very tangible advice. She covers everything like mindset and avoiding the “all-or-nothing” mentality when it comes to indulging in foods. Brigitte discusses how ephemeral diets can be harmful when used for the wrong reasons. She gives us some quick tips on organic foods, intermittent fasting, and how often to eat in order to continue boosting our metabolism. Brigitte even curates a perfect meal plan just for me, a vegetarian food lover!Brigitte Zeitlin, MPH, RD, CDN is the owner of BZ Nutrition, a private nutrition counseling practice in New York City.  Brigitte offers an integrative approach to health and wellness, breaking down nutrition science into user-friendly, real-life strategies for her clients to their goals while feeling energized, excited, and satisfied. Brigitte serves as a nutrition expert in the media for Well+Good, SELF, Women’s Health, Business Insider, The New York Post, and more.  You can stay in touch with her on Instagram @BZnutrition to see what she’s cooking, eating, and pro-tipping. 
Any parent who has raised a toddler knows the deal here, especially during a pandemic. And if you don’t have a toddler yet, listen up! Dr. Terri Bacow specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety, mood disorders and ADHD. She joins us today to discuss the topic of Threenagers. Threenagers are 3-year-olds who appear to have the hormonal rollercoaster of a teenager. However, the reason for the tantrums and emotional ups and downs are due to an excessive number of brain cells that overwhelms the 3-year-old. As we age, these nerve cells become more efficient and our prefrontal lobes develop to reduce impulsivity, the need for instant gratification, and complete irrationality. Dr. Bacow discusses the unique difficulty of “pandemic parenting” and offers nuggets of wisdom that parents can implement right away to handle their child’s temper tantrums.Dr. Bacow serves as the Director of Training at the Hallowell Center, a clinic known as an epicenter for the treatment of ADD and related disorders. In addition, she is a Clinical Instructor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an Adjunct Instructor in Applied Psychology at New York University’s Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing. She has authored several peer reviewed papers based on her research and sees clients in her private practice on the Upper West Side. Dr. Bacow is uniquely interested in helping clients with transitional stages of life, including adjustment to college and new parenting, and enjoys writing and speaking about these topics. Please be on the lookout for her new book, Goodbye Anxiety, coming out in September 2021 and published by Penguin Random House.Connect with her at
It’s Thanksgiving! And with lots of yummy food can come lots of gut issues. Outside of the holiday season, chances are either you or someone you know experiences bowel or hormonal issues that may be hindering their quality of life regularly. Today we have top notch advice from Lauren Minchen, a registered dietitian for over 7 years, who breaks down some very important information for us. She discusses food intolerances, how to restore the integrity of your gut, what various supplements do for your body, and how mental health plays a role in all of this. Lauren educates us on 3 great anti-inflammatory supplements and how to reduce the severity of bowel issues to make your life easier. Lauren became a Registered Dietitian largely because of her love for all things health and wellness. She struggled with an eating disorder in middle and high school, only to move through it and discover that she had a form of Multiple Sclerosis in her early 20s. Understanding how nutrition works and how food impacts the human body revolutionized how she approached her own lifestyle. She earned her RD credential and a Masters in Public Health Nutrition from Hunter College and opened her private practice doors shortly thereafter. She loves working with clients who are seeking a balanced, sustainable lifestyle with healthy food. Her specialties include digestive illnesses and autoimmune conditions.Connect with her at
Just for today, stop listening to the news and listen to this instead. We are honored to have Dr. Janish Kothari, a Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine, speak to us on current medical information regarding COVID-19. Dr. Kothari busts very important myths, discusses the efficacy of masks, and what the second wave could mean for us all. He works in the front line treating patients in the hospital and discusses only medical information on this episode. He informs us about the latest updates on a vaccine that might be available as early as December.This information presented was recorded on 11/16/20 and pertains information, statistics, and projections up to that date. The information here can and will change as we gain more information on vaccine implementation. Dr. Kothari did his medicine training at New York Presbyterian Hospital and is currently in his first year of Cardiology Fellowship at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Pennsylvania.
To all of you who work sleepless nights in hospitals to care for others this year (and every year) - we salute you. It hasn’t been an easy year for anyone. People who have had to directly interact with and treat patients who were diagnosed with the Coronavirus had unique challenges. Not only did they have to deal with the global uncertainties and their own families, but they also had to be present and strong for their patients. Heather Isola, the Director of Physician Assistants at Mount Sinai Health System, chats with us today on how healthcare workers in her hospital dealt with some of these challenges behind the scenes. She starts off by explaining some of the differences in the role of a Physician’s Assistant (PA), Nurse Practitioner (NP), and other healthcare professionals. She then dives into the severe impact that COVID-19 had in New York City, the reconfiguration and adaptability of the healthcare system, and issues that healthcare professionals have in addressing their emotional needs.Heather directs over 900 PAs for excellence in patient-care and operations. Heather has spent the last 10 years clinically working at a Urogynecology PA at the Faculty Practice of Mount Sinai specializing in women’s health, contraception management, incontinence, pelvic floor health, and vaginal health. Her goals is to operationalize Advanced Practice Providers to operate at top of licensure to increase patient care, safety, quality and throughput while utilizing the versatility, strength and team collaboration that PAs bring to the healthcare delivery of Mount Sinai Health System.
Estimates reveal that anywhere from 11-40% of adults in the U.S. have chronic pain, which is linked to disability, opioid addiction, anxiety, depression, and increased medical costs. More specifically, chronic pelvic pain affects up to nearly a quarter of all women worldwide. Dr. Jana Scrivani, a clinical psychologist specializing in pelvic pain, joins us for a lively conversation today to answer the question - “What is Pain?” She discusses how pain is real and is mediated by the brain by various pathways in the nervous system. Dr. Scrivani created a behavioral health program for Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine called Retrain Your Brain where she guides clients through virtual group sessions to understand their pain. Her goal is to empower her patients to help them change the way they act, think and approach their bodies.Dr. Scrivani received her Psy.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She completed an APA approved internship at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital in San Diego, where she also completed her postdoctoral training. She currently holds licenses to practice psychology in the state of New York, Florida, Virginia, DC, Maryland,and Michigan. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Scrivani is passionately committed to helping her clients be their best possible selves by making meaningful changes in their thoughts and behaviors.Connect with Dr. Scrivani and Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine at 713-487-1580 to set up a 10-min free consultation to see if the Retrain Your Brain Course is right for you.
Most people have experienced a stomach issue at some point - abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea. Sometimes these symptoms go away in a few hours or days. But many times, people live with these issues for weeks, months, or even years and require medical intervention. The great news about issues related to your GI tract is that many symptoms can be alleviated with lifestyle modifications including changes in your diet and exercise.Today we chat with Dr. Megha Kothari, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist, on 3 of the most common abdominal issues she sees in her clinic daily: GERD, IBS, and Fatty Liver Disease. Her first line of defense with all patients is educating them and providing advice on changes in their daily habits to manage symptoms. GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) presents in nearly 20% of the population. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a more female-dominant issue that can present as a collection of symptoms. Dr. Kothari discusses the mind-gut connection and how stress and hormonal changes for females can contribute to IBS. Finally, we end with Fatty Liver Disease, which is usually unrecognized and can lead to more serious complications such as cirrhosis. Dr. Kothari educates us on the importance of weight loss for patients with this disease and how losing 10% of body mass is key to alleviating symptoms.Dr. Megha Kothari is a clinical instructor at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell and an attending physician at New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where she is the Assistant Director of Hepatology and Director of Women’s Health. Dr. Kothari is board certified in Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Obesity medicine, and Internal Medicine. Dr. Kothari is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.Connect with her at
You might have heard of all the different types of challenging races: sprints, Olympic distances, Iron Mans, or Escape from Alcatraz. Personally, I’m lucky if I can even endure a 3-mile run, so I didn’t know much about them! On today’s episode, you’ll hear the story of a woman who started by not knowing how to swim... to competing in these very races. Now, she even coaches others to do them too!Sara Dimmick, founder and co-partner of Physical Equilibrium has been a personal trainer since 2000 and chats with us today on how to train for races like triathlons. She has coached triathlon and running clients since 2006, many of whom have qualified for national and world competitions. Sara discusses how races give you motivation to stay fit without even trying. The goal is winning, not necessarily the number on the scale. Some of the races have extreme conditions like 50-degree water, 3-foot waves, and maybe even sharks!Sara mentions that you don’t have to be an athlete to train. Using her knowledge of injury prevention and post rehabilitation fitness, Sara designs effective and safe gym programs for her clients to excel and stay injury-free. She also teaches group classes in strength training for endurance athletes, family workouts with kids, and other total body strengthening classes for adults. Connect with her at
As of 2018, 55% of our total world population live in cities. Studies show that living in urban environments increases the risk for psychosis, anxiety disorders, and depression due to reasons like social isolation, poverty, and discrimination. In fact, over 90% of Gen Z said they have experienced some degree of physical or mental stress. However, globally, there aren’t as many resources for urban youth to seek help for the unique challenges they face. In today’s episode, we have our youngest guest, Gina Geshlider, a NYC-raised 21-year-old, who talks to us about her platform called Citwellbeing. Gina discusses how wellness services like massage and acupuncture are prevalent throughout the cities, but are usually inaccessible to people her age because they are too expensive. Gina shares with us the impact of increased drug use, violence, social media, and technology in NYC youth, and how we can take steps to overcome the stressors that Gen Z face. Gina is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and the founder of Citywellbeing, a wellness platform that caters to Gen-Z. After struggling with her own mental health she began learning to take optimal care of herself in order to flourish and grow. Her mission is to support her fellow young people who have grown up in urban settings to navigate their wellness. She strives to share what has helped her, and at the same time provide a platform that amplifies other's experiences. 
It seems pretty basic, right? Just feed your baby… Keep your baby healthy. But in the world we live in now, it’s actually not as easy as it sounds. Back in the day we lived in larger family units, with more support for birthing parents. Especially in a place like New York and during the pandemic, you might not even have enough space for family to visit, let alone provide more long term care for you and your baby. The struggle is real, and mothers - we hear you! Jada Shapiro, a maternal health expert and founder of Boober and Birth Day Presence, chats with us today on the importance of seeking and getting help for mothers. She discusses the various reasons a mother might not be able to breastfeed her baby, including hospital guidelines for skin-to-skin contact, maternity leaves, structural issues like a baby’s tongue tie, and more. Jada reveals how Americans today can find it harder than ever to feel confident and comfortable in their new role as a parent. Jada has assisted hundreds of births for first-time parents, A-list celebrities, and everyone in between. Jada advises leading actors about childbirth and breastfeeding for major films and is a sought-out media expert on pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, lactation, and newborn parenting. Boober is an online space where expectant parents and new families find vetted pregnancy to postpartum care providers, like doulas, lactation consultants, or mental health therapists when they need it (in-person or virtual). Birth Day Presence is a space in Park Slope that offers childbirth classes and doula training, which has supported over 20,000 parents since 2002. Connect with her at
Whether you are a weekend warrior playing volleyball, a high schooler playing baseball after school, or a professional athlete representing your country, keeping your body strong and healthy is key to continuing your sport. As you take steps to improve your performance, it’s important to look at how you train, when you train, and how much you train. Vijay Vallab, the physiotherapist for New Zealand’s Cricket Team (Black Caps) and the National Manager for Acute Physiotherapy at Proactive joins us today from New Zealand to teach us about his work. He discusses the importance of communicating with athletes to help them understand their injuries and emphasizes a holistic approach to healing. Vijay routinely works alongside the team’s strength & conditioning specialist, the coach, psychologists, chiropractors, nutritionists, and whoever else needs to be a part of the plan. He discusses the pressures of returning to sport for professional players and how everyone’s goals must align to provide optimal care. Vijay has worked with a number of age group athletes and has a special interest in performance enhancement in sports, Vijay’s focus is also to promote education, movement and make people aware and address some of their daily habits that subsequently help improve overall health and performance, using then 4 Corners of Health, Physical, Mindset, Sleep and Nutrition.Connect with him at: to ACC SportsSmart Warm Up:
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “Chinese Medicine?” You might have thought of “acupuncture” or “needles.” The truth is, Chinese Medicine encompasses so much more than just acupuncture, which has become very prominent in the Western world. Acupuncture has become so popular that some physicians in the West practice evidence-based “medical acupuncture,” the roots deriving from traditional East Asian practice. Christiane Siebert joins us today to teach us about the historical basis of Chinese Medicine and the various modalities used within its practice including: nutrition, botanical medicine, guasha, massage, cupping, salves/liniments, heat therapy, and Tai Chi. Christiane is a board-certified doctor of Chinese medicine, a licensed acupuncturist, and a naturopathic practitioner. She is the founder and director of Serenity Health Arts, a center for integrative holistic medicine in New York City, where she focuses on women's reproductive health, helping her clients achieve optimum wellness naturally. Connect with her at
Many people experience back pain. Of those, several will invariably receive imaging (X-ray or MRI usually). And of those, several will be told that they have 1 or more structural issues, such as a disc bulge or stenosis. Sometimes when we receive a diagnosis like this, we think we are stuck with it forever. That nothing can be done, and that we have to live with the back pain for the rest of our lives. Physical therapists, and physiotherapists, believe otherwise. Today I had a wonderful conversation with Rory Martin, a New Zealand-based physiotherapist at TBI Health, a national company of integrated allied health disciplines that focuses on long term strategy for the treatment of spinal pain and functional rehab.The integrated approach emphasizes that function and movement matter more than a diagnosis. In this sense, who cares if you have a disc herniation on an MRI if you can still do everything that you want to do? Rory delves into the New Zealand healthcare system, which has a very different approach than the United States in how care is delivered. He discusses the complex neurophysiology of pain in a simple way. I spent a few months in New Zealand a few years ago learning TBI’s unique approach to back pain and overall well being. Many of the strategies I learned from Rory during my time there, I still apply to the work I do as a PT in New York City. Rory’s current role as the Wellington Regional Manager involves overseeing six clinics that accommodate a wide range of different allied health disciplines including physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists, occupational therapists and orthopaedic surgeons. Connect with them at
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Dr. Sneha Gazi
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Feb 14th, 2020
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Mar 4th, 2021
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