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YOU-TURN: Changing Direction in Midlife

YOU-TURN: Changing Direction in Midlife

June 7, 2017




Dr. Nancy Irwin, a Los Angeles-based therapist and clinical hypnotist, & the author of the nonfiction YOU-TURN: Changing Direction in Midlife, a collection of “over 40 stories of people over 40” chronicles of successful transitions in people’s personal and or professional lives again joins eHealth Radio and the Personal Development Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Nancy Irwin discuss the following:

  • What is a you-turn?
  • What made you want to change or take a detour in your life?
  • Was there any specific defining moment when it was blindingly clear what path you were to take?
  • Did you have any negative/limiting beliefs or obstacles to overcome?
  • How did you change your programming? How long did that take?
  • Did you have a support system?
  • What kept you going?
  • Would you do it over again if you had to?
  • What advice do you have for those considering making a transition in mid-life?
  • Any advice to others who are in that fearful stage?


Originally from Atlanta, where she trained as an opera singer, Dr. Nancy Irwin moved to New York City in 1985 to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian.  She worked all over the country and abroad, and moved to L.A. in 1994 when she heard that Hollywood needed more blondes…

Dr. Irwin experienced an epiphany when she began volunteer work for Children of the Night, a shelter for sexually abused children in Los Angeles.  This work not only waked up the healer in her, but also allowed her to begin healing her own adolescent sexual abuse at the hand of a clergyman. It prompted her to pursue a doctorate in psychology, at the age of 44, and to specialize in the prevention and healing of child sexual abuse. She went on to write the non-fiction, YOU-TURN: CHANGING DIRECTION IN MIDLIFE, to inspire others that it is never too late to live a life you love.

A pre-licensed psychologist and clinical therapeutic hypnotist, Dr. Irwin is in private practice in  Los Angeles, is a primary therapist on staff at Seasons Recovery Center in Malibu  and is also a busy public speaker.  She’s a frequent media guest for a variety of psychological issues, including reinvention, having appeared on Anderson Cooper, The Doctors, and more.   Dr. Irwin is a member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Southern California Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

You-Turn: Changing Direction in Midlife (Amazon, 2008) was her first book, and she is honored to be featured with Deepak Chopra and Kenneth Blanchard in ROADMAP TO SUCCESS (Amazon, 2011).  As well, she co-authored BREAKING THROUGH! STORIES OF HOPE AND RECOVERY (Amazon, 2017).   These books are all available on and Barnes and





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Twitter: @DrNancyIrwin

Asher Gottesman on Transcend Recovery Community

Asher Gottesman on Transcend Recovery Community

May 14, 2017




Asher Gottesman, CEO and Founder at Transcend Recovery Community, a recovery community that lives by the philosophy of “helping people help themselves” joins eHealth Radio & the Addiction Prevention & Health News Channels. Unlike most sober living companies, Transcend is a full-fledged community comprised of nine homes throughout the Los Angeles, New York, and Houston areas.


Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Asher Gottesman discuss the following:

  • How did Transcend Recovery get started?
  • What differentiates Transcend from other recovery centers?
  • How do you take the stigma off of addiction and recovery?
  • Where do you see Transcend going in the next few years?
  • What is your relationship with Ryan Leaf?


Asher Gottesman, CEO and Founder at Transcend Recovery Community. After a period of disillusionment with real estate and investment, Asher sought to do something more meaningful for others and himself. In following suit with his desire for fulfillment, Asher decided to create a place where people could be “heard” and could receive help to improve their lives. Asher has maintained this commitment and has sought teaching from some of the best and brightest in the field of recovery to provide optimum care for our clients.  Aside from a wife and five children, Asher has always considered the Men and Women of Transcend as his extended family.




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Treating Substance Abuse Through Telemental Health and in Primary Care

Treating Substance Abuse Through Telemental Health and in Primary Care

April 19, 2017




Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor again joins eHealth Radio and the Mental Health, Health Care, Health News & TeleMental Health Channels to discuss treating substance abuse through telemental health and in primary Care.


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

  • How common are substance abuse issues in the United States?
  • You note that there are very high rates of mental health issues associated with substance abuse. What are those conditions and statistics?
  • You wrote an article discussing the epidemic of this issue, as well as some guidelines for treating them in new environments. What made you see a need for this?
  • What are some of the essential pieces of substance abuse treatment?
  • Substance abuse and addictions are two of your specialities. What drew you too them, and how can people reach you for help?


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, Sivana Spirit, Proud Stories, and a Contributor for the Chicago Tribune. She just published her first 8th book through


Twitter: @DrNikkiMartinez

How Hypnosis Can Help Treat Addiction

How Hypnosis Can Help Treat Addiction

November 8, 2016

Dr. Nancy Irwin, Primary Therapist at Seasons Recovery Centers, who specializes in hypnotherapy, as well as other holistic approaches for treating addictive behaviors, sexual abuse recovery, and other traumas joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention and Hypnosis Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Nancy Irwin discuss the following:

  • How does hypnosis help addictions?
  • Can hypnosis treat the traumas that are underpinnings for addictions?
  • Can everyone be hypnotized? Is that a fact, truth or myth? 
  • Are some substances more treatable than others?
  • Does it work if there is a dual diagnosis?
  • Do psychotropic medications prevent hypnotic trance?

Duration: 8:19

Dr. Nancy Irwin is a highly sought after addiction therapist who specializes in hypnotherapy, as well as other holistic approaches for treating addictive behaviors, sexual abuse recovery, and other traumas.

Dr. Irwin is also the author of YOU-TURN: Changing Direction in Midlife (2008), a collection of “over 40 stories of people over 40” who made amazing transitions in midlife and has been featured in a wide variety of media outlets including CNN, CNBC, Fox, and MSNBC.

Dr. Irwin experienced an epiphany when she began volunteering for Children of the Night, a shelter for sexually abused children in Los Angeles. This experience awoke the healer in Dr. Irwin, prompting her to pursue a doctorate in psychology at California Southern University with a specialty focus on the prevention and healing of sexual abuse.  Dr. Irwin graduated from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana, California, in 2003, with honors and the Director’s Award.

She is a member of the American Hypnosis Association, the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the California Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, and she is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

A certified practitioner of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy, and Emotion Free Therapy, Dr. Irwin tailors each client’s treatment to effect the most rapid transformation possible. Dr. Irwin’s academic accomplishments, life experience, and personal approach together enable her to provide clients with a unique treatment experience.

Dr. Irwin currently serves as a Primary Therapist & Certified Hypnotherapist at Seasons Recovery Centers in Los Angeles, California.


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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.

Ending the “Drug War”; Solving the Drug Problem: The Public Health Approach

Ending the “Drug War”; Solving the Drug Problem: The Public Health Approach

October 13, 2016

Dr. Steven Jonas, MD, MPH a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Department of Preventive Medicine at Stony Book Medicine in Stony Brook, New York & the author of Ending the “Drug War”; Solving the Drug Problem: The Public Health Approach joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention and Health News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Steven Jonas discuss the following:

  • What is the “Drug War, and what are its consequences?
  • You talk about the “RMADs”  What are they?
  • What is the “Drug Culture?’
  • How do you relate to the current drug policy reform movement?
  • What is the public health approach to today's the drug problem?

Duration: 23:54

Dr. Steven Jonas is Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine and the Program in Public Health, Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8036; email:; tel. (631) 473-7228, FAX (631) 473-5005.  His personal website is at

He holds a B.A. from Columbia College (1958), an M.D. from the Harvard Medical School (1962), an M.P.H. from the Yale School of Medicine (1967), and an M.S. in Health Management from the Wagner School of New York University (1997).  He also studied at the London School of Economics and the Touro College Law Center.  He interned at the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and took his residency in Preventive Medicine/Public Health in the New York City Department of Health.  He is board certified in Preventive Medicine.  During 1967-71, he worked for the City of New York in several capacities.  From April, 1971 until Jan. 3, 2014, Dr. Jonas was Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor (from 1983) of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook, and from 2004, Professor in the Program in Public Health.

He is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences (elected), the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Public Health Association, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Royal Society of Medicine (UK).  He is a Past President of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, a past member of the New York State Board for Medicine, and a past Associate Editor of Preventive Medicine (1983-2005).  In 1982, he was awarded the Founders’ Medal by the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of North Texas (Ft. Worth).  In 2006 he received the Duncan Clark Award for lifetime achievement from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. In 2008 he received the Faculty Recognition Award of the Graduate Program in Public Health, Stony Brook University.  In 2010 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Yale School of Public Health. In 2010 also, he was named one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Public Health Professors", by the education in public health website, The Health Hawk.  He is a Founding Advisor for Wellcoaches Corporation.

He was Founding Editor of the Springer (Publishing Co.)  Series on Medical Education (1980 – 2005).  He was EditorinChief of the American Medical Athletic Association Journal (2002- 2015) and a member of the Editorial Board of ACSM's Health & Fitness (1999-2011).

He has authored 17 books of his own: Quality Control of Ambulatory Care (New York: Springer Publishing Co., 1977); Medical Mystery: The Training of Doctors in the United States (New York: W.W. Norton, 1978); Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals (New York: W.W. Norton, 1986, "Updated and Expanded" edition, 1999; 20th anniversary 2nd edition, July, 2006); An Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (Springer Publishing, 3rd ed., 1992; 4th ed., 1998; 5th ed., 2003); The New Americanism (East Setauket, NY: Thomas Jefferson Press/Library Research Associates, 1992); Regular Exercise: A Handbook for Clinical Practice and its companion for patients/clients, A Guidebook for the Regular Exerciser (Springer Publishing, 1995); The Essential Triathlete (New York: Lyons and Burford/GlobePequot, 1996); Talking About Health and Wellness With Patients: Integrating Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Into Your Practice (Springer Publishing, 2000); 101 Ideas and Insights for Triathletes and Duathletes (Monterey, CA: Coaches Choice, 2011); and Duathlon Training and Racing for Ordinary Mortals®: Getting Started and Staying with It (Guilford, CT: FalconGuides/Globe Pequot Press, 2012); The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S., 1981-2022 – A Futuristic Novel (Brewster, NY: Trepper & Katz Impact Books: Punto Press, 2013; the original version of this book, The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022, was published under the pseudonym Jonathan Westminster by the Thomas Jefferson Press, Port Jefferson, NY, in 1996); and Ending the ‘Drug War’; Solving the Drug Problem: The Public Health Approach, (Brewster, NY: Punto Press, 2016).

Dr. Jonas has collaborated/is collaborating on the following 19 books.  He is Founding Editor of Jonas and Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States, was Editor and coauthor of its first three editions (Springer Publishing Co., 1977, 1981 [received a 1982 Book of the Year Award, American Journal of Nursing], 1986), and was CoEditor of the 6th and 7th editions, (1999, 2002); the 11th ed. Was published in 2015.  He is an Associate Editor of and a contributor to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice (Baltimore, MD: Williams and Wilkins, 1996; 2nd ed., Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2008).  He was first author of PaceWalking: The Balanced Way to Aerobic Health (with Peter Radetsky, New York: Crown Publishers, 1988); The "I Don't Eat (but I can't lose)" Weight Loss Program (with Virginia Aronson, New York: Rawson/Macmillan, 1989); and Take Control of Your Weight (w/ Editors of Consumer Reports Books, Yonkers, NY: CRB, 1993). 

He was coauthor to: Linda Konner for Just the Weigh You Are (Boston, MA: Chapters/-HoughtonMifflin, 1997; trade paperback, HoughtonMifflin, 1998; reissued as Just as You Are: How to be Healthy Whatever Your Weight by Barnes & Noble Books, 2000); Maria Kassberg for Help Your Man Get Healthy (New York: Avon Books, 1999; reissued by Barnes & Noble Books, 2001); and Sandra Gordon for 30 Secrets of the World's Healthiest Cuisines (New York: John Wiley, 2000; re-issued by Barnes & Noble Books, 2005).  He was a coauthor for the American College of Sports Medicine Fitness Book, 3rd ed. (Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2003).  He was co-author with Drs. Ray and Karen Goldsteen for the 6th ed. of An Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (Springer Publishing, 2007). He is co-author to George Dallam, Ph.D., for Championship Triathlon Training (Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2008; Italian translation, Triathlon Da Campioni, Milano, IT: Edizioni della Libreria della Sport, 2009); and Coaching and Teaching Triathlon Successfully, Monterey, CA: Coaches Choice, 2015.  With Edward M. Phillips, MD, he was co-author of ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine tm: A Clinician’s Guide to Exercise Prescription (Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2009; Chinese translation, 2016), the official textbook for the American College of Sports Medicine's national program, “Exercise is Medicine®.”

On health policy, preventive medicine and public health, and drug abuse policy, Dr. Jonas has published over 135 professional articles, book chapters, and book reviews, and has delivered well over 100 papers at conferences and seminars.  He was a designated speaker on behalf of the National Health Care Campaign for the Clinton Health Plan in 1994.  In addition, he has published numerous articles in the lay press, primarily on exercise and sports, and for both lay and professional audiences has given many talks on various aspects of health, fitness, and wellness.  Further, on these topics he has had regular columns in several national publications, both lay and professional, most recently, 2006-2012: "Ordinary Mortals(R): Talking Triathlon with Steve Jonas," for USA Triathlon Magazine.  From 2013, he has been a regular monthly contributor to the USA-Triathlon Blog, under the heading “Talking Triathlon/Duathlon for Ordinary Mortals®, by Steve Jonas.”   His own website is

From September 1992 until December, 1996 Dr. Jonas hosted a onceaweek live radio call-in show, "Talking Politics with Dr. Steve Jonas," on WUSB, 90.1 FM, at Stony Brook.  Since February 2004, Dr. Jonas has been a Contributing Author (Managing Editor, 2008-2013, Editorial Director, 2013- ) for the webmagazine The Political Junkies for Progressive Democracy (   He is Senior Editor, Politics and Culture, for The Greanville Post ( for which he writes a weekly column.  It is regularly re-published on OpEd News (, The Planetary Movement ( where his columns appear under “American Politics,” the “Writing for Godot” section of Reader Supported News, and at “From the G-Man” (, and he is a contributor to the Political Film Blog (

Dr. Jonas has two children of his own, Jacob, a teacher/basketball coach, and Lillian, an elementary school teacher, ages 43 and 42 respectively, and a stepson, Mark Newman, 42, an architect/ web-designer.  His is married to Mrs. Chezna Newman of New York City.  For recreation, Dr. Jonas bicycles, runs, PaceWalks, lifts weights, competes in triathlons and duathlons (2016 marks his 34th season in multisport racing; he has done over 240 races), skis and on a limited basis taught skiing at the Breckenridge Ski and Ride School, 1995-2009 (he is certified at Level I by the Professional Ski Instructors of America), listens to classical music on the radio, watches pro sports on TV, and is an avid theater/opera/concerts/museum goer and traveler.

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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 Dangers We Face in a Technology Driven World

The Dangers We Face in a Technology Driven World

August 4, 2016

Dr. Lisa Strohman, the Founder and Director of the Technology Wellness Center, one of the first organizations to address the global issue of technology addiction and overuse joins eHealth Radio and the Mental Health, Psychology and Technology Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Lisa Strohman discuss the following:

  • Tell us about your background in the field and what inspired you to specialize in technology addiction.
  • We all use technology, whether it is professionally or recreationally; what are signs that you have crossed the line into unhealthy use and addiction?
  • We learned from a recent interview that you worked with a middle school where 30% of its students were suspended due to some inappropriate text messages. Can you tell us a little more about this & why parents should be concerned?
  • Parent's biggest concern with their child's internet use was once cat phishing and online predators, is sexting the next upward battle?
  • You are about to release an online program called The Digital Citizens Academy, can you tell us more about that and how parents/teachers can bring it to their schools?

Recognizing the growing challenges parents now face with their children, and the increasingly serious issues her young patients are dealing with due to our growing dependency on technology, inspired Dr. Strohman to launch the Technology Wellness Center, which she co-founded with Dr. Melissa Westendorf JD, PhD in 2014.

After growing up in California, Dr. Strohman attended the University of California, Davis, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She then completed a joint, integrated program in law and Psychology at Villanova and Drexel Universities, where she met Dr. Westendorf.

During her undergraduate career, Dr. Strohman gained experience as a lead program coordinator with Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT), as a family reunification therapist and a hospice counselor. While attending graduate school, she performed research in substance abuse, risk communication and child abduction. Her avid interest in public policy earned her the honor of becoming a legislative intern for Congress. She was also selected as an honors intern with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and invited to become a visiting scholar with the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime division as she completed her dissertation.

After earning her Juris Doctorate, Strohman worked at a large law firm, while completing her residency at the Arizona State Hospital in both a clinical and forensic rotation in clinical psychology. She eventually settled back into her counseling practice as the clinical psychologist with Lifescape Medical Associates, where she utilizes her training in cognitive behavior therapy to help patients.

In addition to establishing the Technology Wellness Center, Dr. Strohman and Dr. Westendorf developed an assessment test (TUC) to help parents identify if their child is at risk from technology overuse. The two have also co-authored a book, Unplug: Raising Kids in a Technology Addicted World, published in July 2015.

In an effort to educate parents, caregivers and students, Dr. Strohman frequently speaks at schools, parent organizations and with students to help raise awareness and offer preventative tools and resources. She is also frequently featured in the media as an expert source for issues related to technology use and behavior.

Dr. Strohman is married to her high school sweetheart, Dr. William Strohman and is a devoted mom to their two children.


Does Your Spouse Have Intimacy Anorexia?

Does Your Spouse Have Intimacy Anorexia?

July 15, 2016

Dr. Doug Weiss, the Executive Director at Heart to Heart Counseling Center who has been successfully counseling hurting hearts and relationships for more than 20 years joins eHealth Radio and the Relationship and Sexual Health Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Doug Weiss discuss the following:

  • Tell us about your background in the field and what inspired you to specialize in sex addiction.
  • What services do you offer at Heart to Heart Counseling Center?
  • In one of your books, "Intimacy Anorexia - Healing the Hidden Addiction in Your Marriage" you discuss intimacy anorexia... What does it mean to be an intimate anorexic?
  • How can one distinguish between healthy marital disputes and being an intimate anorexic?
  • Does intimacy anorexia fall under the umbrella of sex addiction?
  • How can one take the steps to overcome their intimacy anorexia?

Conclusion: I tell couples Intimacy Anorexia is totally curable if the person or couple work on the solutions. First get informed and then get to work starting with the three dailies we discussed earlier.

Duration: 7:36

Dr. Doug Weiss is the President of the American Association for Sex Addiction Therapy (AASAT), a Licensed Psychologist, Best-Selling Author and the Executive Director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center, the premiere sexual recovery and relationship center in the country dedicated to healing the Sexually Addicted and Intimacy Anorexics, along with their partners.

As Director, Dr. Weiss maintains a number of counselors, support groups, as well as 3 and 5 day intensive workshops. He is a frequent guest to national television, radio and print media, including Oprah and Dr. Phil. Dr. Weiss’ work and writings even fueled a Lifetime Network movie, Sex Lies and Obsession, as well as an international documentary depicting his private counseling practice.

In addition to counseling, Dr. Weiss is a prolific writer on marriage, addiction and self help topics pertaining to intimacy in marriage, singlehood, men’s and women’s issues and recovery from addiction. Dr. Weiss is an Amazon Best Seller, publishing more than 20 books on addiction recovery as well as many books and DVDs for marriage and youth.

As the President of the American Association for Sex Addiction Therapy (AASAT), Dr. Weiss developed the Sex Addiction Training program to train therapists and coaches on how to treat sexual addiction. This program uses Dr. Weiss’ own methodology and modality, as well as his clinical application for treating sexual addiction, providing proven treatment for sexual addiction recovery.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Weiss has had the opportunity to see thousands of men and women free themselves from their sexual addictions and has helped repair marriages on the brink of divorce. He loves seeing addicts, spouses and marriages in recovery and is committed to repairing relationships and improving lives.


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Twitter: @drdougweiss

The 9 Carbs to Avoid for a Healthy Life

The 9 Carbs to Avoid for a Healthy Life

March 25, 2016

Dr. Bruce Roseman the author of book "The Addictocarb Diet:  Avoid the 9 Highly Addictive Carbs while Eating Anything Else You Want" joins eHealth Radio and the Diabetes, and Health News Channels. Dr. Roseman is a family doctor in practice in Manhattan for over 30 years affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Bruce Roseman discuss the following:

  • Why are certain carbs so dangerous?

  • Why did you write “The Addictocarb Diet?”

  • What are the steps to take to eliminate a carb addiction?
  • It seems simple, but why can’t people shake the addiction?
  • Why does your diet, as opposed to Weight Watchers, work?
  • Does your diet prohibit chocolate?

  • What foods do you recommend that listeners eliminate as everyone thinks about weight loss and resolutions to live healthier?

Duration: 32:26

Dr. Bruce Roseman has been a Family Doctor in private practice in Manhattan for 30 years, and is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital where he holds joint appointments in the departments of Family Medicine and Ob/Gyn.

He has served as medical editor for several food/health-related books and magazines including The Olive Oil Cookbook, The Low Cholesterol Oat Cure, Whittle’s The Health Report, Big Bird Goes to the Doctor (Sesame Street), and as a medical columnist for Woman’s World.

Dr. Roseman has appeared on numerous television and radio programs as a medical expert, including Live Wire (PBS), The Human Condition (NPR) Good Day New York, The Queen Latifah Show, and The Joan Lunden Show, and has been featured in magazines such as Guideposts and Parent.

He is also the author of A Kid Just Like Me (Penguin/Putnam, 2001), which details a popular method he invented to teach children with learning disabilities to read, while working with his son.

Dr. Roseman lives happily, in New York City, with his wife of over a quarter century, Ellen, and is proud to be the father of two fine young men, Joshua and Aaron.


How to Train Your Brain for Health and Weight Loss with Author Holly Stokes the Brain Trainer

How to Train Your Brain for Health and Weight Loss with Author Holly Stokes the Brain Trainer

February 19, 2016

Holly Stokes, also known as “The Brain Trainer” Master NLP Practitioner, Certified Coach and Hypnotherapist & the author of A Lighter You! Train Your Brain to Slim Your Body and A Lighter You, a Health Coach’s Guide to Nutrition in Action joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention and Weight Management Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Holly Stokes discuss the following:

  • You wrote a weight loss book, did you ever struggle with your weight?
  • In your book you talk about brain habits and how to change them, how did you come to be ‘the brain trainer’?
  • How is your program different from other diet programs?
  • Can you give us an example of how ‘brain training’ works.
  • Does the same process and principle apply to smoke cessation?

Duration: 12:02

Having a clear plan and knowing what to do is important, but it is not enough. What really gets in the way of whether we follow through on our goals are old habits, mental blocks, underlying fears, lack of motivation, self criticism and self sabotage. And these are all mental patterns wired into your brain!

Holly began working with at-risk teens as wilderness counselor where she worked closely with psychologists to help teens overcome addictions, learn positive communications and build self-esteem. This led her to finish her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Portland State University.  While doing her coursework, she was fascinated with research on the brain which inspired her to certify in Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. NLP looks at how the brain codes information and how we can use that code to effect personal change at a foundational level.

In her continued search for professional development she later added Master NLP Certification, NLP Health Certification and Thought Pattern Management. This spectrum of modalities gives Holly a unique perspective on human behavior, motivation and achievement. Through an interactive and participatory approach, Holly loves to engage the audience on the journey of personal discovery through her seminars and workshops.&

Ms. Stokes has authored two books and professionally recorded several CDs designed to change negative mental patterns. In June 2010, she released her first book, A Lighter You! Train your Brain to Slim your Body which offers mental strategies for changing the old habits, cravings and mental blocks around weight gain. She has created several “Train your Brain” audios designed to ‘rewire’ the brain for health, happiness and success.  Her articles have appeared in Healthy Utah magazine, she has been quoted in Shape magazine, Active Times and has appeared locally on ABC’s ‘Good 4 Utah’ as well as several radio show appearances.

Education & Certifications

  •  Psychology BS: Portland State University, Portland, OR
  • M.NLP: Certified Master Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner, NLPCA San Francisco, CA
  • NLP Health Certified Coach, NLP Coaching Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • C.TPM: Certified Thought Pattern Management Practitioner, ALI, Portland, OR
  • Certified NLP Coach, Choices, Seattle, WA
  • CHt. Certified Hypnotherapist, Apositiva, Portland, OR


Academically Focused Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Academically Focused Substance Use Disorder Treatment

December 4, 2015

Andrew Burki the CEO and Founder of Life of Purpose, the only substance use disorder treatment facility in the nation located on a college campus joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention and Health News Channels.

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

  • Tell me a little bit about how you got into the addiction and treatment line of work?
  • Can you tell me about Life of Purpose and the type of treatment programs you offer?
  • I heard that Life of Purpose recently joined the MAP Recovery Network. Can you tell me about the network and how it benefits what Life of Purpose is doing?
  • What can we do to bring more attention to this chronic disease?
  • What advice would you give someone who is suffering from this disease or a family member trying to find help for their loved one?.

Duration: 25:08

Andrew Burki, MSW, founded Life of Purpose Treatment in Boca Raton, Florida in 2012 after enduring his own journey of addiction, failed treatment, and, since 2001, recovery. Andrew spent his late adolescence at a number of addiction treatment facilities, which encompassed various approaches to recovery from chemical dependency. Consequently, his substance abuse derailed his high school education.

Having highly-educated parents who studied at Harvard and MIT respectively, the interruption of Andrew’s education was a source of tremendous shame and distress for him and served as a barrier to ongoing recovery. After treatment episodes at multiple institutions, he arrived at a highly-regarded extended care facility in Boca Raton, Florida in 2001, a facility that provided him the clinical care necessary to produce a successful outcome.

Unfortunately, it was also there that his parents, then weary of their son’s many failed attempts to recover, were advised by a therapist not to support his college attendance until he was continuously clean and sober for five years, a commonly-held recommendation in the addiction treatment industry. Just shy of five years, however, Andrew’s parents encouraged him to return to school where he studied psychology and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University.

Since that time, Andrew has spent his professional and academic career developing the Life of Purpose model, based on the philosophy that young people, need a reason to want to stay clean and sober. Higher education, more than any other environmental factor, helps produce this desire in that it fundamentally changes the way people in early recovery perceive themselves.

Andrew also serves on the Board of Directors for both The Delray Beach Drug Task Force and The Crossroads Club.


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