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Sandstone Diagnostics on Top of Male Fertility Testing with TRAK

Sandstone Diagnostics on Top of Male Fertility Testing with TRAK

October 25, 2017




Dr. Greg Sommer, Chief Scientific Officer at Sandstone Diagnostics, the inventor of Trak’s Male Fertility Testing System joins eHealth Radio and the Mens Health & Health News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Greg Sommer discuss the following:

  • What was the genesis of developing Trak?
  • Did you invent it?
  • How easy is it to use?
  • Can results vary over time?
  • What other medical devices have you worked on?
  • What does Sandstone Diagnostics specialize in?
  • Is there anything else like Trak on the market?
  • Do you have other new products on the horizon?


Greg Sommer, PhD is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Sandstone Diagnostics, a Bay Area diagnostic and digital health company developing sophisticated connected wellness products that allow consumers to measure, monitor, and improve key health markers at home. Sandstone's Trak® Male Fertility Testing System allows men to measure, track, and improve sperm count at home to boost a couple's chances of conception.

Dr. Sommer was recognized as a 2015 Bay Area "40 Under 40" by Diablo Magazine and has won numerous entrepreneurial competitions including the 2017 MedCity Invest Pitch Competition, 2016 Molecular Med Tri-Con Swimming with the Sharks Competition, the 2015 UPS X-Port Challenge, and the 2013 Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge. Sandstone was also named a 2014 "Most Innovative Life Science Company" by the San Francisco Business Times.

Prior to founding Sandstone, Dr. Sommer was a Senior Research Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories where he led R&D in point-of-care diagnostic technologies for biodefense and emergency preparedness applications, most notably the Sandia SpinDx system.

He is a co-inventor on 18 patents in microfluidic and clinical diagnostic technologies, has secured $6M+ in research grants as Principal Investigator for NIH, DOE, USDA, and DOD projects, and co-authored 11 peer-reviewed publications.

A North Dakota native, Dr. Sommer received his PhD and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and BS from Iowa State University.




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O-Shot: Energizing The Female Sexual Organ/Repairing Families

O-Shot: Energizing The Female Sexual Organ/Repairing Families

March 8, 2016

Dr. Elmore Alexander, Founder and CEO of SmartPlex Atlanta that specializes in hair regrowth and restoration, skin rejuvenation and sexual restoration joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health & Sexual Health Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Elmore Alexander discuss the following:

  • Tell us why you feel this is an important topic.
  • What is the O-Shot?
  • Tell me more about PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and why this is so special.
  • Why is the O-Shot so effective?
  • I undertstand that the O-Shot may correct other problems as well.
  •  Is female sexual dysfunction a big problem?

Duration: 17:03

Dr. Elmore Alexander is a Board Certified Osteopathic Physician with an extensive background in holistic medicine, Sports Medicine, and Rejuvenation Aesthetics. He possesses expertise in rejuvenation and healing of the human body using traditional and alternative approaches in which he has extensive training and multiple certifications.  In addition, he is an expert in the highly specialized procedure and administration of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).

Dr. Alexander has performed graduate level, biochemical research and is a formulator of topical health related products. Having extensive business background, Dr. Alexander served the boards and financial committees of Georgia Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO Insurance Company and Northlake Regional Medical Center. His organizational and leadership skills are refined having been the lead physician at the Goodwill Games, World University Games, and one of an 8 member team that developed and coordinated the events of the International Drug Testing Program for the 1996 Olympic Games.

Dr. Alexander has also has served as the COO of the Primary Care Division of Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center in Jacksonville, NC. Dr. Alexander has found his passion actively practicing aesthetics, tissue rejuvenation, sexual restoration and anti-aging.


Supportive environment with the Fertility Wellness Group

Supportive environment with the Fertility Wellness Group

July 19, 2012


Certified Wellness Coach Diana Palmentiero, Marriage and Family Therapist Lenore C. Pranzo of the Fertility Wellness Group which runs on-line fertility enhancing workshops which enable women to write about their family building journeys in a safe, supportive environment joins eHealth Radio.

Listen to interview [audio player below] with host Eric Michaels & guests Diana Palmentiero & Lenore C. Pranzo discuss the following:

  • Tell us about the beginnings of Fertility Wellness Group.
  • Tell us about the services you are providing.
  • Tell us a little more about your fertility struggles.
  • What else is Fertility Wellness Group doing to reach out to women struggling with fertility?
  • What would you want to say to women who may feel that their fertility issues are a private matter not to be shared with others?



Diana Palmentiero received her B.A. from Fordham University and M.P.A from Pace University. For 17 years she worked in the corporate world. Her last job was as the Sr. Director for the Legal and Business Affairs Dept. at Court TV now known as truTV. She began her second career as a stay at home mom when Court TV merged with Turner Broadcasting. Now she is starting her third career by helping other women who are having fertility issues just as she did with both of her children. She has experience with secondary infertility, acupuncture, meditation, qi-gong and pre and post natal yoga. She is also a Certified Wellness Coach.

Lenore-Photo.jpgLenore C. Pranzo is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a background in substance abuse, mental health and adolescent counseling. She has a Masters degree from Fairfield University in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Masters in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and a Bachelors degree in Finance from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Due to her difficulty getting pregnant she utilized western medicine and eastern medicine (including acupuncture) to conceive her twins. She believes in a simpler lifestyle in our fast paced world. She utilizes meditation and a holistic approach in her counseling practice. Check out for more information on Lenore.

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The Truth Behind The Secret, Infertility with Fran Meadows

The Truth Behind The Secret, Infertility with Fran Meadows

April 21, 2012


The Truth Behind The Secret, Infertility

with Fran Meadows

Fran Meadows, author of the book "The Truth Behind The Secret, Infertility" shares her personal experiences and feelings about infertility on the show.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Fran Meadows discuss the following:

  • Tell us about your book & why writing this book has helped you?
  • What emotions surround infertility and how did you deal with them?
  • Infertility being a controversial subject do you feel people look at you differently for how you built your family?
  • Were your infertility treatments covered under insurance and what are the costs of infertility treatments?
  • How supportive was your husband through the journey?
  • Looking back now that you’ve been successful with infertility do you forget about it or does it stay with you?

Conclusion: Infertility is filled with a lot of ups and downs and it can take a financial and emotional toll on a couple. Stay supportive of each other, stay strong, seek out therapy and online support groups, you’re not alone in this journey. Let’s keep fighting for insurance companies to recognize infertility for all. Believe in yourself and put the greatest confidence in the Doctors and nurses because if they can make it happen they will. I wish you all success in the end!


Fran Meadows was raised in New York. She recently moved to Connecticut with her family. Meadows is one of many women that struggled with infertility. She is a simple, caring person looking to make a difference for other couples. Meadows continues her journey – now a mother, she works with other women fighting infertility. By providing hope, resources and a friend to lean on – she is helping other women cope with their struggle.

Meadows knows first-hand all of the triumphs and tribulations that accompany the journey to motherhood and with her keen sense of humor, compassionate insight and witty wisdom she explores the ways in which our society remains silent about the secrets of infertility.

Meadows is an overjoyed mother to one son. Her campaign to combat infertility has been featured on The Steve Katsos Show, CT Style News, Better Connecticut, The Authors Show Radio, Fertility Forum Radio, Power Women Radio and in the pages of Redbook, The Rockaway Wave, Suite 101, and The Ladies in Waiting Book Club. She focuses on raising awareness surrounding the causes of infertility. For more information please visit her website

BOOK Synopsis
This book explores the science of infertility telling a personal story of the author’s journey of trying to conceive a child. It details experiences through fertility treatments: IVF, IUI, still birth and succeeding to motherhood. It is written from the heart - come join in my journey, cry, laugh and relate. It is an inspirational journey with hope to those going through this struggle now.

Our story might give others hope from reading about our journey. It will make you cry, laugh and know that you’re not alone in this journey. Don’t be embarrassed about it, keep your head high and face it bravely! Its time people speak about infertility-it's not a secret anymore!