The Integrated Healthcare Experience

August 17, 2016

Dennis McGuire, Chief Strategy Officer at iDAvatars that specializes in addressing business problems by delivering patient and consumer engagement solutions across the healthcare and self service continuum again joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Technology Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dennis McGuire discuss the following:

  • I hear that since the last time we spoke, you’ve had some exciting developments that are designed to impact the digital engagement and self-service industry?  Can you update us on what’s been going on in your world?
  • What are the key market trends impacting healthcare right now?
  • How do you recommend payers and exchanges best serve the consumer?
  • Where are some of the areas that you’re seeing the most engagement from consumers in healthcare and what techniques, in your experience, are successfully addressing these areas?
  • What are the obvious areas that patient/consumer engagement and self service can make a difference?

Duration: 10:03

Dennis McGuire brings over 20 years of experience developing innovative solutions for marketing, sales, and customer care organizations across multiple industries.

In addition to his accomplishments in the agency and hi-tech space, Dennis has experience within the CRM and customer contact center industries. His combined career tracks give him a unique perspective on the rapidly growing customer experience management marketplace and the importance of improving the online self-service experience across all industries.


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Twitter: @iDAvatarsIDA

Breast Augmentation 101 with Dr. Haws and Dr Gingrass

August 15, 2016

Dr. Melinda Haws and Dr. Mary Gingrass, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons & Founders of the Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville again joins eHealth Radio and the Plastic Surgery Information Channel to discuss breast augmentation.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guests Dr. Melinda Haws and Dr. Mary Gingrass discuss the following:

  • What is breast augmentation? What are reasons someone would undergo breast augmentation?
  • What are the different types of breast implants and incision placements?
  • What does the breast augmentation procedure entail? What is recovery like? 
  • What are the complications associated with breast augmentation?
  • How can breast augmentation be combined with breast lift?

Dr. Melinda Haws is a plastic surgeon board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Haws received her medical degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1991, where she met her future partner, Dr. Mary Gingrass. Dr. Haws completed a six-year combined general surgery/plastic surgery residency at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois. From there, she came to Nashville for a six-month breast and aesthetic fellowship with Nashville Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Mary Gingrass is a third-generation plastic surgeon, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 1989. Dr. Gingrass completed her residency in general and plastic surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She completed her training with a fellowship at Nashville Plastic Surgery, with an emphasis in cosmetic surgery and breast enhancement surgery. Dr. Gingrass is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


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Twitter: @pscofnashville

The Use of Art as a Healing Modality

August 14, 2016

Julie Rekha and Founder of Art Expedia, The Art Lover’s Community where she advocates the use of art as a healing modality joins eHealth Radio and the General Health Channel.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Julie Rekha discuss the following:

  • How is art a health benefit?
  • Do colours influence a person’s wellbeing?
  • What form of art can be explored to feel well?
  • What if a person has no interest in creating art?
  • How does one choose a painting to ponder and admire?

Duration: 13:33

Julie Rekha is an abstract and inspirational artist with an eye for beauty and the ability to ignite the senses with colours. Her passion has helped many people use art as a feel well mechanism. Expanding on her mission to heal the world she is also bringing together a growing number of Australian and international artists on It is a place for artists and interior designers to showcase their work and bring awareness to everything that is Art related.


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Twitter: @artexpedia

The Benefits of Telehealth in Mental Health, for Those New to the Concept

August 13, 2016

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor again joins eHealth Radio and the Mental Health and Telemedicine Channels to discuss the benefits of Telehealth in Mental Health, for fhose new to the concept.

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

  • Can you tell us what Telehealth is, when it comes to mental health, and what a person could expect during a session with you?
  • What types of issues lend themselves to Telehealth?
  • What types of issues would not be appropriate for telehealth, and require a different level of care. 
  • What are some benefits a person can experience with Telehealth?
  • What would you tell someone who is leery, or on the fence about giving Telehealth a chance?

Duration: 8:57

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 for 2 graduate programs, a Blogger for the Huffington Post, Everydaypowerblog, Older Dating, Success Stories, and a Contributor to the Chicago Tribune. She just published her first 8th book through

Twitter: @DrNikkiMartinez

9 Keys to Achieving Optimal Health

August 12, 2016

Dr. Jim LaValle, Founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises, Inc., a web platform and practice solution enterprise, launching AIR Support and the Metabolic Code Assessment joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Jim LaValle discuss the following:

  • What are some of the main causes of poor overall health, i.e. constantly getting the cold or flu, high cholesterol, obesity, etc.?
  • In your book, "Cracking the Metabolic Code, 9 Keys to Optimal Health,"  you say that the issues are not found in simply one organ, but in several parts of the body (often times in twos and threes), what do you mean by this?
  • What are the 9 keys to optimal health?
  • So many men and women result to prescription drugs to resolve a variety of medical issues, however, according to your book "Nutritional Costs of Drugs," prescription drugs cause our bodies to loose important nutritions. What are some ways to combat these losses and maintain good nutritional health?
  • If there was one "magic pill" that could solve some of our most serious health problems, what would it be?

Duration: 20:44

James LaValle, is a nationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board certified clinical nutritionist, founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises, Inc., a web platform and practice solution enterprise, launching AIR Support and the Metabolic Code Assessment. In addition,  he founded an Practices at Progressive Medical Center in Orange County, CA.  In 2001 he founded and operated LaValle Metabolic Institute, an interdisciplinary medicine facility in Cincinnati for the past 15 years (sold in 2014) where he served thousands of patients using his metabolic model for health. He also founded Integrative Health Resources 15 years ago, which is focused as a natural products industry consulting company. James has 27 years’ experience integrating natural therapies into various medical and business models. James is probably best known for his expertise in natural therapeutics application and drug/nutrient depletion issues and uncovering the underlying metabolic issues that keep people from feeling healthy and vital. As such he has written hundreds of articles for a variety of industry journals and publications, and has lectured for thousands of healthcare professionals and consumer audiences globally on these topics. He was a founding author of the NHI on Demand database and spearheaded the Lexi Comp databases relating to natural therapeutics.

He is author of 16 e books and 20 books including the most recently released, Your Blood Never Lies, as well as his best seller, Cracking the Metabolic Code, along with Smart Medicine for Healthier Living, Nutritional Cost of Drugs and The Cox 2 Connection. He was named one of the “50 Most Influential Pharmacists” by American Druggist magazine and was one of only nine Americans selected to participate in the inaugural Dietary Supplement Education Alliance & Dietary Supplement Information Bureau. LaValle served as the nutrition correspondent for Body Shaping, the number one fitness show on ESPN II in the late 1990’s. Jim is a favorite interviewee for the media related to natural care, and has done well over 500 media appearances in T.V. and radio.

LaValle served as an adjunct associate professor at Cincinnati College of Pharmacy for over 14 years and currently serves as Adjunct Professor in Metabolic Medicine at the University of South Florida Medical School. He is also affiliated with George Washington University as the course director in systems biology and clinical lecturer.  He currently is an instructor for the Fellowship for Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine Fellowship, which trains physicians and other health care professionals on the application of natural therapies into their contemporary practices.

Industry Highlights include: Most recently in 2014, his company MCE, Inc., has established business development ventures with Metagenics, The Poliquin Group, Wakunaga of America, and AML Labs.  In 2010 his company IHR entered into a venture with Life Time Fitness, the largest publicly traded fitness company in the US (NASDAQ: LTM), providing nutrition and metabolism expertise and developing Life Time’s national nutrition education, protocol design and product development initiatives related to weight loss and prevention. This entailed educating close to 2000 fitness trainers, 100 dieticians and reaching some 1.2 million Life Time fitness members.


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5 Time Olympian and Founder of Tootsies Brand, Jacqueline Edwards

August 11, 2016

Jacqueline Edwards, a 5-time Olympian and Stanford University graduate, who competed in the sport of Track and Field joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health and Pregnancy Channels. Jacqueline is the Founder of Tootsies Maternity Compression Socks, high quality compression socks designed to alleviate the discomfort of swollen legs and feet and all the associated side effects that women experience during and after pregnancy.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Jacqueline Edwards discuss the following:

  • Tell us about your background if you would, I'm sure you have a lot to talk about.
  • Aside from pregnancy, what are some other reasons people may need compressions socks?
  • What makes Tootsie compression socks different?
  • Since you competed in the sport of Track and Field, will you be watching the Olympic Games in Rio?

Tootsies is the brainchild of Jacqueline Edwards, a 5-time Olympian and Stanford University graduate, who competed in the sport of Track and Field (long jump). As an athlete, for many years Jackie wore compression socks to help with recovery, blood circulation, muscle soreness and muscle tone. As a result, she was uniquely aware of their many benefits and actually cites compression socks as one of the reasons why she was able to have such longevity in her athletic career.

One day while in conversation with a pregnant friend whose feet were swollen and achy, she recommended that her friend try a pair of compression socks to alleviate her symptoms. Upon receiving feedback regarding the immediate impact and relief that her friend experienced, confirming that it was medically recommended for pregnancy and then realizing there was a space for it in the market, in an instant, the very original but much needed idea for Tootsies was born. She decided to create a fun, colorful and fashionable line of compression socks specifically branded for the maternity market.

Jackie was born in Jamaica and moved to The Bahamas at the age of 7. Her athletic career began there at the age of 11 and she earned a full scholarship to Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, where she was a 2-time NCAA champion. She graduated with a degree in Psychology. She also earned a Master's degree in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA. She is a NASM certified personal trainer and has a flourishing personal training business in Los Angeles.

Jackie went on to compete in 5 consecutive Olympic Games beginning in Barcelona in 1992 and ending in Beijing in 2008. She competed in a record 9 consecutive World Championships and was ranked as high as 5th in the World.

In 2008, Jackie was one of 7 people inducted into Stanford University's prestigious Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2003, she was named as L'Oreal Cosmetic's Face of a Generation, appearing in ads in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Self, Allure and Lucky magazines. She is also a very powerful international motivational speaker who engages her audience through her athletic experiences. Jackie is extremely passionate and excited to have launched Tootsies Brand, LLC with her 2 business partners Dr. Ross Flowers and Mr. Chris Johnson. She is a healthy lifestyle advocate and so in addition to the sock line, she created Tootsies Fit Club, aimed at encouraging women everywhere to have healthy pregnancies by providing them with exercise and nutritional information. She hopes that by sharing her experiences in the athletic world, Tootsies will help moms and moms-to-be not only look good, but feel great!


Social Media Links:
Facebook: Tootsies Maternity Compression Socks
Twitter: @tootsiessocks

Can Garlic Reduce Our Risk of Heart Disease?

August 10, 2016

Dr. Matthew Budoff, Professor of Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine; Director of Cardiac CT at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center joins eHealth Radio and the Cardiology and Heart Health Channels to discuss how to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Matthew Budoff discuss the following:

  • The CDC has called heart disease the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the United States; why has heart disease become so prevalent here in the US?
  • What are the signs you or a loved one may be suffering from heart disease?
  • This year, The Journal of Nutrition published your study on Garlic and its effect on Heart disease. Can you tell us more about the study and the significance of your findings?
  • Does Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract have any symptoms comparable to prescription drugs such as calcium channel blockers, Antiplatelets, etc?
  • Why do you recommend Kyolic over other supplements?

Duration: 7:24

Matthew J. Budoff, M.D., FACC, is Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Director of Cardiac CT at the Division of Cardiology at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. Dr. Budoff received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as a fellowship in cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Budoff is chief investigator in several active medical research trials and is a frequent lecturer on topics of cardiology at symposia, congresses and annual conferences on nearly every continent. He has authored or co-authored over 500 research papers, six books and 36 book chapters.

Dr. Budoff received the Einstein Award for Scientific Achievement from the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK, and was awarded the Top Oral Abstract at the American Heart Association’s 2009 meeting. Most recently, he was named to the U.S. News & World Report list of Top Doctors for 2011.


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Lipotherme: The Latest in Laser Liposuction Technology

August 9, 2016

Dr. Dwayne Watkins, CEO and Medical Director of Heartland Total Body located in Atlanta, Georgia joins eHealth Radio and the Plastic Surgery Information Channel to talk about laser liposuction.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Dwayne Watkins discuss the following:

  • What are your recommendations for someone who is interested in non-invasive body contouring?
  • Can you further describe what Lipotherme is and what are reasons someone would undergo this treatment?
  • What is the Lipotherme procedure like? 
  • What can someone expect after undergoing Lipotherme, such as recovery and risks?
  • Are there any other laser liposuction treatments currently available?

Duration: 13:02

Dr. Dwayne L. Watkins, board-certified physician, received his Bachelor’s of Pharmacy from the University of Kansas Pharmacy School. He later went on to attain his medical degree from the University of Kansas Medical School and completed his residency training at Atlanta Medical Center.

Dr. Watkins is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and American Board of Internal Medicine. He has received specialized training in laser liposuction. He is currently CEO and Medical Director of Heartland Healthcare, Heartland Total Body, and Heartland College Park.

Dr. Watkins is happily married with three children. In his spare time, he enjoys training his children in sports. He also enjoys traveling and is an active member of his church.


Social Media Links:
Twitter: @HeartlandT_B

CEO of CareCredit Discusses the Benefits of Healthcare Financing

August 8, 2016

Dave Fasoli, the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of CareCredit, a leading provider of healthcare financing joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Health News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dave Fasoli discuss the following:

  • What is CareCredit? And how long has it been available?
  • How is paying with a CareCredit card different from paying with a general purpose credit card?
  • How do I know if my doctor accepts CareCredit?
  • What are some of the benefits of CareCredit?
  • What are some of the main things people use CareCredit for?
  • Do I need this if I have insurance?
  • What are some mistakes people make when paying for healthcare, and how can CareCredit help people avoid those mistakes?
  • CareCredit recently announced a partnership with Rite Aid, anythign further we should know about this?

Duration: 14:20

Dave Fasoli has been Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of our CareCredit platform since February 2014 and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the CareCredit platform of GE’s North American Retail Finance business since March 2008. Dave has been involved in three significant business acquisitions and integrations, including CareCredit. His cross-functional expertise, leadership and growth mindset have consistently driven results.

From June 2003 to March 2008, he served as General Manager of the Home and Recreational Products business of GE’s North American Retail Finance business. He and his team generated innovative financing solutions across five different industries, promoting strong growth and profitability.

Prior to June 2003, Dave served as Vice President of Client Development of GE’s North American Retail Finance business and held several positions of increasing responsibility within GE and GE’s North American Retail Finance business in Finance, Client Development, Business Integration, and Quality.


Social Media Links:
Twitter: @carecredit

Strength Training for Women

August 7, 2016

Jay Kali an Online Specialist in Strength & Conditioning at Kali Coaching that helps women get stronger physically and mentally even without a gym joins eHealth Radio and the Fitness and Mental Health Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jay Kali discuss the following:

  • What are some commonly believed myths about strength training for women?
  • What are the benefits women get from strength training? 
  • The most surprising fact people dont know about strength training? What would that be?
  • So your saying women should ONLY strength train? 
  • What do you feel is stopping women back from strength training?

Duration: 5:50

After growing up in struggling single parent family, Jay was never taught the basics of health and fitness. He never exercised and grew up always shopping in the husky section for clothes until he joined the military.

After being deployed twice (Iraq ’04, Egypt ’05) Jay was honorably discharged in 2006.

He was quickly accepted into the Federal Bureau of Prisons where he was able to start fine tuning his love for training others. Jay began teaching others how to train and get into the best shapes of their lives using the techniques he learned and used himself.

In 2012 Jay decided to seize an opportunity and moved to Cancun, MX to open the first of its kind fitness facility. Since then he has earned his certifications as a Specialist in Strength and Conditioning, as well as a Certified Fitness Trainer, both earned through the International Sports Science Association. Jay is also a 300-Certified Yoga Teacher in Power Yoga from Aura Wellness Center.

Jay is currently on a mission to help women all over the world get stronger physically and mentally, even if they don't have time to make it to the gym.


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