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Erin Huggins is a certified Pilates instructor, personal trainer, Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist, Metabolic Typing advisor, guided meditation practitioner and PSYCH-K facilitator. Her unique fusion of “mind-body motivation” allows each client to create a winning mindset. By shifting your awesome mental power, this daredevil proves that maintaining your perfect body and healthy lifestyle is really quite simple. In 2008 Erin started spreading her “radical health, wealth and happiness” message to a global audience via online video, tele-classes and exclusive one-on-one coaching. She’s been featured in Shape Magazine, Pilates Style, The Los Angeles Times, KNBC, USA Network’s Character Road Trip, SheKnows.com, MindBodyGreen.com, Splash LA and Chill Out LA. Erin has benefited from her work with Rita Soman using the Psych K technique. She will talk about that process.
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A tick bit Liz Schmitz in her Atlanta yard in 1991. She contracted Lyme disease. Despite no travel history to the northeast, five labs confirmed her diagnosis. Two other tests found Borrelia Burgdorferi DNA. She co-founded and is president of the Georgia Lyme Disease Association. Liz works with medical providers, scientists, politicians, and public health officials. She seeks funding for research in the Southeast. Liz has hosted presentations to communities, medical groups, school students, and scout groups. The Georgia Lyme Disease Association provides patient support and educational/preventative information to create awareness of tick-borne illnesses in the South. GALDA volunteers have submitted proclamations to the governor and hosted Lyme and Tick-borne Disease Awareness Programs at the Georgia State Capitol during Lyme Disease Awareness Month for two consecutive years. Our volunteers have appeared on radio shows, and in newspapers, magazines and television reports.
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Libby Matthews married with two daughters, Laura 17, and Anna 14. Since 2009 Libby’s been advocating for her daughter Laura and other individuals diagnosed with a tick-borne illness. When Laura was six years old three ticks bit her while playing in her Birmingham back yard. Despite the absence of a rash, Laura developed numerous symptoms over the next ten years. She was mis-diagnosed many times. When 15, Laura and her mom noticed that she was losing her ability to grasp a pencil, hold a door open, or pull down a paper towel. She also experienced episodes of “blanking out,” without losing consciousness. After taking Laura to a neurologist who diagnosed epilepsy, Libby knew all the symptoms were somehow connected. It was then Libby sought medical attention for Laura out of state. Many tests confirmed the diagnosis of tick-borne infections and the explanation for her symptoms. Laura’s immune system was severely depleted by Babesiosis, Bartonella, and Lyme disease.
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Helena Speights, CEO and Founder of GreenCityListings.com, is a wife, mother of two, and currently a full-time employee with the Federal government. She holds a BA in Spanish and a minor in Graphic Design/Illustration from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. Shortly after graduation, Helena relocated to California, where she was introduced to what she calls the “earthy-crunchy” lifestyle of the Bay Area. She became a vegetarian and a consumer of alternative medicine and natural living. Since relocating to Atlanta, GA in 2005, Helena continued her trek with natural living, enrolling in the Atlanta School of Massage Therapy program. Her challenges in searching for affordable and legitimate natural and organic services within the Metro Atlanta area prompted her to compile a directory of the very services she sought – a one-stop-shop of eco-friendly, natural and holistic services for the green consumer, while giving the under-represented, smaller therapist and green business a dedicated space to display their services. Thus, GreenCItyListings.com was born, growing daily, by leaps and bounds, to the national level.
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Lu Pierro has worked in the healing profession since her early twenties. She was a special educator for 30 plus years. Upon her retirement she became a Reiki practitioner and a Life Coach. She says that coaching adults is like teaching kids. It is the same skill set, except you do not have to grade clients on their performance. It was when watching the back-to-back earthquakes of 2010, first in Haiti and then in Chile that Lu was inspired to do something. That something became the birth of Worldwide Holistic Day, a grass roots movement dedicated to educating folk worldwide about Holistic practices and training those who wish to learn.
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Dr. David A Burks earned his MD degree at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and his residency in Surgery and Urology at the University of Michigan. He is in private practice with Michigan Institute of Urology, in Dearborn, Michigan. He is Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He developed an interest in IC early in his career and he became an investigator in the Interstitial Cystitis Data Base Research Group. He was also Co-Principal Investigator on the Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Trials Group, Principal Investigator in the NIH Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Research Network, and the Facilitator for the American Urological Association Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Practice Guidelines Panel, which published the guidelines this year. He treats over 1000 IC patients, and is on the medical advisory board of the Interstitial Cystitis Association
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Deborah Schiller MSC, LPC, CSAT-S taught school for several years before earning her Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education. She spent over two decades working with children of all ages and their families. After the death of her husband she earned her Master of Science in Counseling from University of South Alabama. She was a therapist at the Meadows, focusing on sexual addiction and personality disorders. When Patrick Carnes left the Meadows to start his own treatment center for sexual addiction (Gentle Path at Pine Grove) she joined him, earned her Licensed Professional Counselor status, and became a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. Deborah spent two years at Pine Grove treating patients who were professionals struggling with personality disorders and addictions. The last four years she has worked with sex addicts and their family members, at first as a therapist and then as the clinical director of Gentle Path. Today Deborah divides her time between Alabama, Mississippi and Texas providing individual and group counseling with family members of all ages and facilitates intensive workshops dealing with sex addiction and co-sex addiction.
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