J. Wesley, MD, PhD is on the faculty in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is a staff psychiatrist at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). He is the co-founder and co-director of the Human Rights and Asylum Clinic at CHA and works in the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at BCH. Dr. Boyd teaches medical ethics and the humanities at Harvard and also writes on issues of health care justice for both lay and academic audiences. A graduate of Yale with a BA cum laude in philosophy, he also received an MA in philosophy, a PhD in religion and culture, and an MD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Boyd co-authored Almost Addicted with Eric Metcalf, MPH, a consumer health writer and educator based in Indianapolis, Indiana who has co-authored or contributed to dozens of books on health and fitness. 

Contact: www.jwesleyboyd.com

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The Mind is a Powerful Tool
Rob van Overbruggen, PhD from The Netherlands wrote Healing Psyche: Patterns and Structure of Complementary Psychological Cancer Treatment (CPCT). It is part therapeutic guidebook and part research dissertation. It is the culmination of many years of extensive research, and his recognized expertise in Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Time Line Therapy (TLT). In his work, Dr. Van Overbruggen detected several common patterns shared by various psychological approaches to cancer therapy. Moreover, he identified the psychological patterns that influence the cancer process. Healing Psyche describes in detail the evolution of his new and innovative concepts in psychological cancer treatment, how they differ from the more traditional psychological modalities, and how they have been carefully developed into a complete and complementary approach to treating cancer, using the power of the human mind. 

Contact: www.healingpsyche.com.

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The Mind is a Powerful Tool
Deanna Minich, PhD of Metagenics leads the team of novel ingredient research and helps usher them from the conceptual stage to manufacturing, clinical testing, and eventual launch. She's helped to streamline departmental coordination and communication between R&D, sales, marketing, and manufacturing to execute product launches. Deanna prepares numerous papers and technical documents for internal review of natural ingredients and their safety reviews. She also counsels patients using functional medicine protocols. Dr. Minich is a fellow of the American College of Nutrition and a member of both the American College of Nutrition and the American Society for Nutrition Science. She lectures on nutrition and healthy eating via webinars and nationwide seminars. She has published over 15 articles in numerous peer-reviewed, scientific journals and has presented her work at several national scientific meetings.

Gretchen Brown, R.D. is the founder of http://www.kumquatblog.com, a popular gluten-free blog devoted to the belief that gluten-free food can and should be easy to prepare, wholesome, and delicious enough for everyone. She has worked in test kitchens and photography studios of Oxmoor House. She is a freelance recipe developer, food stylist, food writer, and food photographer. She has been gluten-free for several years as a result of a lifetime of stomach pains and health problems. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband and son. Her book Fast & Simple Gluten-free shows readers just how easy it is to create wholesome, wheat-free meals that they can feel good about – and that the family will love. Through streamlined ingredient lists and simple yet effective cooking techniques, readers will learn how to pull together delicious dishes that taste as if they’ve spent hours slaving away in the kitchen, even though they haven't! 

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What is Your Relationship with Food Like?
Stefania Silvestri received her BA in English from the University of Missouri, Columbia and her MFA in Creative Writing, Nonfiction from Emerson College. She is the recipient of Emerson’s 2011 Dean’s Award for Best Thesis for Beside the Mountain and has participated in numerous charity events for the Alzheimer’s Association. At age 14, her father was diagnosed with dementia and she, along with her sisters and mother, became his caregiver. She has taught English Composition and Grammatical Writing at Pine Manor College and at The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is currently an Academic English Instructor at Kings Colleges where she teaches English to international students. Her book: Beside the Mountain will be the topic of her interview. 

To reach her go to: www.stefania-silvestri.com.

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Parenting the parent and empowering children to find inner strength
Maureen Yoder is the lead teacher for the middle school language arts at Tallahassee’s School of Arts and Sciences (SAS). She loves her profession, teaching English, and working with young people.  She loved this profession so much that she worked hard to help create the charter school.  She has been there for over ten years, and, as part of the founding board, helped write and promote and recruit for their charter, all to be able to teach creatively and within a small, family atmosphere.  The students in middle school are hungry for knowledge and experience.  They are a privilege to work with and she is so happy to be among those who also love to learn.  At SAS they believe that learning is life-long and multi-dimensional. Ms. Yoder loves to read, to write, and to travel. She is dramatic by nature. She has a wonderful supportive family.   

To contact her: yoderm@leonschools.net

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Creative Writing