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Bright But Different: How to Best Help Your Child with Learning Differences to Succeed

Bright But Different: How to Best Help Your Child with Learning Differences to Succeed

July 2, 2019




Dr. Deborah Ross-Swain is a speech-language pathologists. Her new book, Confidence & Joy: Success Strategies for Kids with Learning Differences, provides parents and educators with tools to help children with learning differences realize lifelong success joins eHealth Radio and the Education & Health News Channel to discuss.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Deborah Ross-Swain discuss the following:

  1. Why are confidence and joy so important for children with a learning difference?
  2. What’s the difference between a learning difference and a learning disability?
  3. What signs should parents and teachers look for that reveal a learning difference?
  4. How can parents and professionals best provide opportunities for instilling confidence and joy in a child?
  5. What can be “confidence and joy robbers?”
  6. What strategies can parents use to successfully advocate for their child with a learning difference?

Dr. Deborah Ross-Swain is a licensed speech-language pathologist and CEO of the Swain Center for Listening, Communicating and Learning. Dr. Elaine Fogel Schneider is CEO of TouchTime® International and author of the best-selling 7 Strategies for Raising Calm, Inspired, & Successful Children.

Drs. Swain and Schneider’s new book, Confidence & Joy: Success Strategies for Kids with Learning Differences (Crescendo Publishing, Nov. 1, 2018), provides parents and educators with tools to help children with learning differences realize lifelong success.





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Twitter: @AskDrElaine
Instagram: instagram/Dr.ElaineFogelSchneider

Mom Develops Educational App and Game that Teaches Children with Autism Basic Learning Skills

Mom Develops Educational App and Game that Teaches Children with Autism Basic Learning Skills

April 26, 2019




Jamie Lynn Juarez, Founder and Executive Director for Hope for Autism, an organization that offers cutting edge medical, educational and behavior solutions for parents with children with autism joins eHealth Radio and the Autism & Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jamie Lynn Juarez discuss the following:

  1. How does the educational digital app and game Your Child Can Type ® work?
  2. What is the most challenging aspect of autism?
  3. What are some ways to improve the autism community?
  4. How can treatments for autism be improved?
  5. Do individuals with autism have gifts unknown to the world?

Jamie Juarez is a licensed marriage and family therapist, behavior analyst and clinical counselor, who has spent 20 years practicing neuroscience principles and applied behavior analysis. She founded the organization Hope For Autism and developed the educational brain training digital app and game, Your Child Can Type® which helps children with autism improve their memory hub, as well as their reading, writing and typing skills. Juarez is also the author of Hope for Autism, a #1 international best-selling book in five children’s health categories.





Excellence in Drug Testing Courses

Excellence in Drug Testing Courses

February 4, 2019




Andrew Easler is the Founder and CEO of, which meets the dynamic educational standards of today’s workforce joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Andrew Easler discuss the following:

  1. For the benefit of our listeners, please give us an overview of
  2. Why is the quality of the coursework you offer integral to drug testing in general?
  3. What should employers know--or know to ask--about the collectors who do these tests?
  4. What industries can most benefit from what your site offers?
  5. What other advantages involving should our audience make a note to remember?

Andrew David Easler started his career in the United States Air Force and, subsequent to an honorable discharge, earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Florida.

As an entrepreneur, he started and sold many businesses including a successful DNA, drug, and alcohol testing company which became a springboard for leadership in the industry. Mr. Easler has developed corporate training programs and certification courses for organizations across North America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Easler specializes in educational technology integration and inter-curricular relationship recognition and utilization.

Lastly, as a believer in career-adaptability and the necessity for ongoing professional education Mr. Easler has developed an entire repertoire of professional curricula designed to maintain and enhance the potential value of any entrepreneur or employee in a dynamic economic environment. In order to take his education company to the next level, he is currently enrolled at Florida A & M University College of Law working toward his JD with a focus on employment and health law.





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Twitter: @DrugCourses

Understanding your process, from concept to inception

Understanding your process, from concept to inception

November 6, 2017


Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psychologist and Clinical Director again joins eHealth Radio and the Relationship & Psychology Channels to discuss understanding your process, from concept to inception.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Nikki Martinez discuss the following:

  • No matter what we do for a living, we all have a process. Why is it so essential to understand our own?
  • If we are struggling to understand our process, what can we do?
  • Why does having the best personal process in place make such a difference for us?
  • Why do some people struggle with taking something from an idea, to a finished product?
  • Are there actual issues and disorders that make this process more difficult?

Dr. Nikki Martinez received her Masters and her Doctorate from Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and completed her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship at Gateway Foundation in Lake Villa, Illinois.

She is the Head of Clinical Development for, where she can be reached if you are interested in individual or couples work with her. She is an Adjunct Professor in psychology graduate studies, is a  telemental health psychologist, a disability consultant, and a blogger for the Huffington Post and Everyday Power Blog.


Twitter: @DrNikkiMartinez
Instagram: @nikkimaramartinez

Groundbreaking Medical Findings at Ponce Research Institute That Will Impact Your Health and Well Being

Groundbreaking Medical Findings at Ponce Research Institute That Will Impact Your Health and Well Being

July 29, 2017




Dr. Kenira Thompson, President and Director of Research at Ponce Research Institute at Ponce Health Sciences University in Ponce, Puerto Rico joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.

Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Dr. Kenira Thompson discuss the following:

  • When was the Ponce Research Institute formed, and what is its objective?
  • What are the research areas in which the Institute specializes?
  • What kind of findings and discoveries have come out of the Institute that were new to the world of medicine?
  • How does the work that you’re doing help pharmaceutical companies and doctors to better understand diseases and to bring new solutions to the marketplace?
  • What is the Institute currently working on that’s particularly relevant to trending topics in health, wellness, and medicine?
  • How can non-medical professionals – in other words, everyday people – stay on top of the kind of work that’s being done at Ponce Research Institute so they can gain a better understanding of how your efforts can benefit their health and well being?


Dr. Kenira Thompson is the Vice President of Research at Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU), and the President of the newly created Ponce Research Institute (PRI).  In this role, she oversees all of the research-related activities in both basic and clinical sciences at PHSU-PRI.  She is also the administrator of all research and service grants received by the institution.  Dr. Thompson’s leadership is focused on developing, coordinating, and stimulating collaborative research at the PHSU-PRI, in order for the institution to continue its growth as an important academic and research center.   She leads all research operations for PHSU, and provides research oversight at six affiliated hospitals in south central Puerto Rico.

Dr. Thompson earned her B.S Degree from Interamerican University in San Germán, Puerto Rico, an M.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She completed postdoctoral research training in the Cajal Neuroscience Research Institute of the University of Texas San Antonio, where she also served as Program Coordinator for the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute.

Dr. Thompson holds the rank of Full Professor in the Basic Sciences and Psychiatry Departments of the School of Medicine, and the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where she has served as faculty since 2005.  During her academic career at PHSU, she has held important roles such as Medical Neuroscience Course Director, Chair of the Basic Sciences Curriculum Committee, Associate Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Core Facility, member of the MBRS-RISE Internal Advisory Committee, member of the U54 PSMHS-Moffitt Partnership Internal Advisory Committee,  member of the Biomedical Sciences Curriculum Committee, among others.

Dr. Thompson has served on the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education Accreditation Board for Graduate Programs in Neuroscience since 2010.  She is part of the External Advisory Committee for the Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research program at UPR-Medical Sciences Campus, and is Co-Program Director of the Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium (PRCTRC).  She is also a past President and current member of the Advisory Committee for the Puerto Rico Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

Dr. Thompson has participated in the Senior Executive Institute for the Society for Research Administrators (SRA), and is an active member of the Sociedad de Administradores de Investigación de Puerto Rico (SAI), and the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA).  She was recently nominated to serve a three year term on the Steering Committee for the Group on Research Advancement and Development for the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC).





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Dr. Almeida’s International Vein Congress This April 20-22, 2017

Dr. Almeida’s International Vein Congress This April 20-22, 2017

April 4, 2017




Dr. Jose Almeida, Founder and Medical Director of the Miami Vein Center, who is a highly accomplished vascular surgeon and is known as a pioneer in Endovascular Venous Surgery joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channnel.

Dr. Almeida is the creator and course director of the International Vein Congress, the largest educational summit dedicated to venous disease, which is now in its second decade and is taking place this year from April 20-22, 2017.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Jose Almeida discuss the following:

  • Can you tell us a little about the history of the International Vein Congress and why you decided to spearhead the first summit 15 years ago?
  • The IVC is made of 18 Sessions throughout the span of 3 days – each session comprises of different conversations, demonstrations and exhibits – what session are you most excited for?
  • You are known to be pretty outspoken, especially when it comes to controversial conversations, including the insurance debacle. What are your thoughts on the current state of health care in the U.S?
  • Fraud amongst doctors is another topic that you’ve been vocal about – what do you think the driving issue of this is and how can listeners avoid it?
  • Can you discuss some of IVC’s main conference learning objectives - what should attendees expect to walk away learning?  


JOSE I. ALMEIDA, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT is a vascular surgeon in Miami, FL specializing in Endovascular Venous Surgery.
Dr. Almeida finished his general surgery residency at the University of Miami- Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1996, and vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Missouri- Columbia in 1998. From 1998-2002 he practiced at the Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute- internationally recognized for its pioneering endovascular solutions to complex vascular problems. He then moved his focus to patients with venous disease and founded the Miami Vein Center. In 2003 he introduced the International Vein Congress (IVC) - an educational forum in venous disease management. He published the authoritative textbook “Atlas of Endovascular Venous Surgery” and is the author of numerous published peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters.
Dr. Almeida is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery in both Vascular and General Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Voluntary Professor of Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He sits on the Board of Directors of the American Venous Forum and was elected as a Distinguished Fellow. He is chairman of the Venous Quality Committee and member of the Executive Committee and Governing Council of the Society for Vascular Surgery - Patient Safety Organization. He is sits on the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Editorial Board.
In 2014 he earned the distinguished Pioneers in Performance Award for North America—a biennial recognition sponsored by W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) for physicians demonstrating an unrelenting dedication to advancing endovascular therapy.




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Twitter: @miamiveincenter

Helping Your Child Talk the Talk!

Helping Your Child Talk the Talk!

February 22, 2017



Heather Marenda-Miller and Amy Wilhelm, better known as Social Scouts Los Angeles join eHealth Radio and the Children's Health, Education and Health News Channels. Heather and Amy are pediatric speech and language pathologists who specialize in working with children who have difficulties with speech, language and social communication.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Heather Marenda-Miller and Amy Wilhelm discuss the following:

  • As pediatric speech and language pathologists, what age children do you specialize in?  What are some of the issues you deal with in the children you treat?
  • What exactly is the difference between speech and language?
  • When would a parent come to see you and why?  When should a parent become concerned if their child is not talking?
  • What if a child has a lot of language but doesn’t use it with other kids?
  • What role does “play” have in language development?
  • What are Social Skills groups?
  • I understand you have a book coming out – in fact, a series of books for kids. Can you tell us a little about it?    


Heather Marenda-Miller, CCC-SLP, Clinical Co-Director
Born and raised in Illinois, Heather received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University. She moved to Southern California from Chicago in 2006 for better weather and the beach. Heather is a current California licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech-language pathologist. She specializes in treating children ranging in age from birth to 6 years. With a high interest and much experience treating children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Autism Spectrum Disorders, Heather is also particularly interested in children who are gifted and/or Twice Exceptional (2e). Heather is the owner and director of Speech Me, LLC and the co-founder and co-director of Social Scouts™. Training and working closely with staff is a not only a requirement but truly a delight for Heather.
As a practicing speech-language pathologist, Heather treats clients with a vast array of diagnoses and disorders, enjoying the uniqueness each child brings to her clinic. Working closely with children and their families is why she loves being in private practice. Heather enjoys utilizing her creativity and developing new and innovative activities on a daily basis and uses what her client’s mother coined as “The Marenda Method”- an eclectic approach combining the various techniques she has learned throughout her years as a clinician to ensure best and most effective and individualized techniques for each child she treats. Heather is trained in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT)-Level 2, Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program, Talk Tools® Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) and Interactive Metronome (IM). In addition to her DIR/Floortime Training, she has extensive experience collaborating and co-treating with Behavioral Analysts/Therapists specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Pivotal Response Training (PRT) as well as Occupational Therapists specializing in Sensory Integration Therapy. Heather continues to attend multiple conferences each year to further enhance her knowledge and clinical skills.

Amy Wilhelm, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Co-Director
Amy Wilhelm was born and raised in New York and earned her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2000.  Her graduate studies led her to the west coast where she attained her Master of Science in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge in 2002.  She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the state of California in speech-language pathology. She has remained a resident of Los Angeles where she is currently the owner and director of Splash for Speech, Inc. and the co-founder and co-director of Social Scouts™.
Amy has always had a passion for working with children and has made the pediatric population the core of her caseload.   Since the completion of her graduate studies, she has engrossed herself into her career and strives to provide the best quality of speech therapy possible.  Amy has extensive experience working with children with a wide variety of communication challenges and diagnoses, including Developmental Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders, various genetic syndromes, developmental delays, speech and language delays, and articulation problems.  She is trained in Level 2 PROMPT therapy, has completed training in the Speech E-Z® Apraxia-Program, is versed in TalkTools® and Oral Placement Therapy, Interactive Metronome, and has attended numerous conferences relating to articulation and phonology, Autism, Apraxia of Speech, social/pragmatic language skills, executive dysfunction, sensory processing disorders, and RDI.  Moreover, as her role of business owner has evolved, she enjoys mentoring students and new clinicians and has supervised both graduate students and clinical fellows in the field of speech pathology.



Game Learners Highlights the Educational and Health Benefits of Video Games

Game Learners Highlights the Educational and Health Benefits of Video Games

October 25, 2016

Ravel Charles, Founder of Game Learners, who aims to highlight the educational and health benefits of video games joins eHealth Radio and the Education, Health News & Technology Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Ravel Charles discuss the following:

  • What is Game Learners?
  • What are the overall opinions of video games and its benefits?
  • Why did you decide to start Game Learners? Where did the inspiration come from.
  • In terms of health, in what ways can children benefit from video games?
  • What can parents do to help their kids benefit from video games?

Duration: 7:39

Ravel Charles, a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, founded Game Learners while pursuing his Masters in Informatics at Northeastern University. Game Learners’ mission is to positively educate the community on the effects of video games by highlighting their educational and health benefits.

In creating Game Learners, Ravel hopes to create an opportunity for students, who may not have responded well to traditional teaching methods, to start to enjoy learning. He believes with all the time and money that children dedicate to video games, parents need to take an active role in understanding what their kids are consuming every day and optimizing it in ways that help their kids develop.

Backed by an abundance of research conducted in the field, Game Learners is creating an environment where gamers can feel empowered to use their video games as their learning advantage.


Social Media Links:
Twitter: @gamelearners

The views and opinions expressed on any program are those of the persons appearing on the program and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the eHealth Radio Network.

The NVLD Project, Supporting People Affected by Non-Verbal Learning Disability

The NVLD Project, Supporting People Affected by Non-Verbal Learning Disability

October 3, 2016

Dr. Laura Lemle, Ph.D., Founder and Chairperson of The NVLD Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people affected by Non-Verbal Learning Disability joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Non-Profit Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Laura Lemle discuss the following:

  • What is NVLD?
  • Why did you found this organisation?
  • What research are you funding?
  • What are the workshops? Why are you doing them? 
  • What are your future goals?

Duration: 6:52

Growing up in Manhattan, Laura Lemle attended the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, completed her undergraduate studies at Barnard College and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology at Yeshiva University. Laura practiced clinical psychology for nearly 20 years before choosing to enter the real estate business. Today, she runs LC Lemle Real Estate Group, a residential real estate company which owns and manages multi-family dwellings throughout Manhattan.

Throughout her life Laura has been committed to helping others. In 2013, she founded The NVLD Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people affected by this disability. The Project was inspired by her daughter who was diagnosed with Non-Verbal Learning Disability at the age of five.

In addition to founding The NVLD Project, Laura is on the boards of both The Promise Project and Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. She resides in Manhattan with her three children and two dogs.


Social Media Links:
Twitter: @theNVLDProject

Jessica Miller-Galbreath, PT, MS, DPT, on the Growing Role of Physical Therapist Assistants in the Health Care Industry

Jessica Miller-Galbreath, PT, MS, DPT, on the Growing Role of Physical Therapist Assistants in the Health Care Industry

December 30, 2015

Dr. Jessica Miller-Galbreath, Program Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Concorde Career College in Aurora, Colorado joins eHealth Radio and the Health News, Pain Management & Physical Therapy Channels.

Concorde has 16 campuses in eight states and has been training students to enter or advance their careers in health care for more than 60 years.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Jessica Miller-Galbreath discuss the following:

  • Can you tell us about your background in physical therapy and what led you to your current role as a director of the physical therapy assistant program at Concorde Career College?
  • How does your experience in the field of physical therapy help you in your current role?
  • Many people don’t know about the important role physical therapist assistants serve in the health care system at-large. Can you provide a typical “day in the life” of a physical therapist assistant”?
  • How do you see the role of physical therapist assistants expanding in the next five to ten years?
  • What would you like to tell someone who is looking to go into this profession?
  • Where can interested students go for more information or to find a program near them?

Duration: 10:41

Jessica Miller-Galbreath, PT, MS, DPT, has served as the program director for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Concorde Career College since the program’s inception in August 2010.  Dr. Galbreath holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University.

Prior to accepting the position at Concorde, Dr. Galbreath worked as a clinical therapist for 12 years in a variety of settings including the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the University of Colorado Hospital. She specialized in the treatment of individuals with a neurological impairment focusing primarily on patients with a spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury. Her previous teaching experience included serving as a clinical instructor for 10 years, providing guest lectures for local universities and teaching in the community. Additionally, Dr. Galbreath has previously been active in research regarding spinal cord injury and the management of spasticity.

Since 2013, Dr. Galbreath has served as a committee member for the PTA Curriculum Task Force and was promoted to Lead Program Director over the national PTA curriculum in 2014.

Dr. Galbreath is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as the Colorado Clinical Educators’ Forum and Physical Therapist Assistant Educators SIG. She remains active in community service, participating in fundraising and volunteer work for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Project.