People I Like…hmmmmmmmmmm…that's really a bit trite because I can honestly say that some of the folks and organizations on this list literally pieced my post-menopausal body back together while others have impacted my life more profoundly than I can probably express in words! How about we just say that I guarantee all of the folks on this page will be REALLY helpful resources for living your “Sculpted” life and many of them will simply bring you joy.
The only “supplement” that’s regulated by the USDA because it’s nothing more than dehydrated produce, Juice Plus is THE NEXT BEST THING to whole vegetables and fruits…if any of my clients either can’t or won’t eat their REQUIRED 9-11 servings of fresh whole vegetables and fruits every day, Juice Plus is their ONLY option!
Rev. Dr. Thomas C. Davis & the Interfaith Veterans’ Workgroup
Don’t laugh but Tom Davis and actually I met while sitting in neighboring chairs at my hair salon in the summer of ‘19 not long after I was recruited for the Tai Chi for Veterans program (although this may not come as a surprise to many of you: everyone who knows both of us would probably say we each have great hair LOL!) This situation was still a bit of cosmic kismet at work, however: back then I was seeing Ann VanDiver at least once a month (she was still coloring my hair a lovely dark red)...Tom, on the other hand, was only there because his wife (who actually had the appointment with Ann that day) wasn’t feeling well so he’d taken Alice’s place (he was overdue for a trim.) Plus for couple months prior, apparently our Ann (who's also a GIFTED networker) had been thinking that the two of us should connect, so she went out of her way to make sure we really had a chance to talk that day…the rest, as they say, is history because the minute Tom opened his mouth I realized I NEEDED to join the Interfaith Veterans’ Workgroup.
While some Veterans and can easily pick up where they left off or start a new career after coming home from war, others (like my first husband Jack, a Vietnam Vet who eventually died of the combined impact of PTSD & Agent Orange Poisoning) have a MUCH harder time….while living in a combat zone (sometimes only for a short while) often leaves wounds to the body, deeper more significant wounds often remain in the mind and even the soul for the rest of one's life. IVW’s entire goal is to help Veterans SAFELY make the transition back to “regular” life (and, in the process, IVW is definitely making an impact on the UNCONSCIONABLE suicide rate among Veterans)…I am grateful and honored to call myself a member of the IVW.
I first met David-Dorian (or "DDR" as most people refer to him) in 2011 when I enrolled in his Holistic Health Coaching Certification (which I believe was the one and only time he ever taught the program...back then I didn't know thing one about relaxation but my completely-devoted-to-karate ego couldn't resist the opportunity to be trained IN ANYTHING by "America's favorite" Tai Chi master teacher and Tai Chi forms competition world record holder!) So when DDR showed up unexpectedly at our 2019 International T'ai Chi Chih Teacher's Conference, essentially recruiting us all to join the network of instructors he was assembling in order to fulfill a government contract he'd recently been awarded to teach Tai Chi to Veterans, I was one of the first in the room to stand up and say "I'M IN...where do I sign?" Not only had I always wanted to teach TCC to Veterans on a grand scale (up until that point I'd made a couple of unsuccessful attempts) but to participate in the amazing undertaking DDR had taken on gave me chills just thinking about it…I couldn't imagine a more appropriate portal into causing the GLOBAL shift I've always dreamed about when it comes to the ways we all define the words health and wellbeing! Now, even though it's been a few years since we all hit the ground running, the Tai Chi for Veterans program is actually still a bit in it's natal stages. But I'm still 100% sure you'd better buckle your seatbelts, folks…an unimaginably wild ride is almost certainly ahead (for all of us!!!)
Did you know that coffee is the hands-down most recognizable aroma in the entire world? Along those lines, did you know that coffee is part of almost every culture today and most people EVERYWHERE report coffee to be one of the most-loved things they consume throughout the day? But here’s the thing: did you also know that coffee might be the single most toxic thing you consume throughout the day??? (Furthermore, most people – especially in this country – use coffee to support a few decidedly UNhealthy lifestyle choices but that’s an entirely different conversation LOL!) So up until I learned about Purity Coffee I always recommended matcha tea and various other ‘eye openers” listed on my Things I Like page (all the while secretly REALLY MISSING my single morning cuppa-joe since the Nutritional Counselor in me knows that, under certain circumstances, coffee has quite a bit of medicinal value!) So I’m literally THRILLED to recommend this particular brand to all my coffee-loving friends, colleagues, and clients. Purity is essentially the only brand of coffee that’s literally pharmaceutical grade since their precise testing process repeatedly proves their product is always organic, contains zero toxins and mold, plus is created in a completely sustainable manner. I personally know lots of Functional Medicine professionals who recommend this product repeatedly…if you have any questions or doubts just take a look at the research then why not give their Coffee Starter Bundle a try? (A GREAT bang for your buck at only $40!)
Beth J. Keil, RN, BCH - Hypnosis Services of Delaware - Hypnotist, MindSet Coach, and Consultant
I hired Beth in 2006 to help shed some light on my almost lifelong history of compulsive overeating…although I was already a Personal Trainer, a Nutritional Counselor, lean, and fit, I was still occasionally at the mercy of some very old “habit energies.” Beth has had a HUGE impact on my on-going road towards health (just as I have with her journey). She assists clients to shed the limiting thoughts and feelings that keep them stuck whether it’s their weight, smoking, bad habits, feelings of anxiousness or sadness, as well as fears. What's really exciting is she does this work virtually (ie/ Skype or FaceTime) so you can live anywhere in the world and work with her! She offers a complimentary phone consultation to answer all your questions which you can schedule online for your convenience – just go to her website to do just that!
Michael Greger, MD - NUTRITIONFACTS.org
Did you know there are diets proven to not only prevent and treat but reverse our #1 killer, heart disease, along with other deadly diseases such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure? Yet most doctors get little if any formal nutrition training in medical school, graduating without some of the most powerful tools available to stop the chronic diseases that remain our leading causes of death and disability. Worse, individuals who want to make good dietary choices for themselves and their families are faced with a deluge of confusing and conflicting nutritional advice. Launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation, NUTRITIONFACTS.org is a strictly non-commercial, 501c3 nonprofit charity, science-based public service providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research. This website presents only the results of the latest peer-reviewed nutrition and health research, presented in a way that is easy to understand; check out the hundreds of bite-sized videos on more than a thousand topics, with new videos and articles uploaded every day!
The International T'ai Chi Chih Community
For more information on this life-altering “Tai Chi Practice” that isn’t a Martial Art, a religion, or even an exercise, but is guaranteed to improve stress reduction, blood pressure, immune system, weightloss, sleep, energy, concentration, focus, creativity, AND JOY, contact me for more info on upcoming classes, private instruction, or high quality self-study materials. You might also enjoy logging onto either of the following sites:
Joe Cannon, MS
At one time Joe was my favorite instructor but over the last 15 years he’s become one of my strongest mentors and a very good friend. With a BS in Chemistry & Biology and an MS in Exercise Science, Joe’s a self-proclaimed “research geek” but he’s also HANDS DOWN the one person to turn to for info on any supplement, high quality research on any health related topic, becoming a QUALIFIED personal trainer (not just a certified one), and running a successful Personal Training business. He’s a senior faculty member of AAAI/ISMA, has appeared on Fox News, has been a content consultant for Dateline NBC, authored several books, and written articles for several magazines. About 15 years ago Joe launched SupplementClarity.com which has evolved into one of the most popular supplement research and review sites in the world.
Steve Maxwell, MS
Arguably one of the top Trainers IN THE WORLD, Steve Maxwell is also the “American father of Kettlebells” since Maxercise Gym in Philadelphia, PA (where I was privileged to train many years ago) was the first Kettlebell gym in the US. These days Maxwell travels all over the world leading seminars in strength conditioning, kettlebells, joint mobility, and bodyweight-only TRULY FUNCTIONAL fitness…he’s trained members of the Phillies and Eagles and has worked with various US Government agencies including the DEA, the Secret Service, and the FBI!
April Leffler, MA
His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama has often been heard to say that world peace relies on individuals finding inner peace. At first glance that concept may seem too simple yet when you think about it, how can one feel anything but empathy for another when one is completely at peace with him or herself? April Leffler has possibly been my most influential mentor because she introduced me to and subsequently taught me to teach T'ai Chi Chih. And frankly I don’t know anyone else who’s more committed to helping others find inner peace. April has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and has worked as a psychotherapist, caseworker, training coordinator and/or behavioral consultant for Community Mental Health Centers from 1984-2014. Her deep respect for the power of the human spirit and the ability for each of us to awaken and embrace our intrinsic value and self worth has caused her to focus exclusively on deeper mind-body-spirit connections in her private practice since 1996. As a Reiki Master/Teacher, an Accredited T'ai Chi Chih® Instructor, a Shamanic Practitioner and member of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies, April has worked with individuals whose life experiences have ranged from being physically, emotionally and sexually abused, to those who just want to relax, unwind and reduce stress in their lives. April has also helped individuals create clarity out of confusion in order for them to find meaning and purpose in life. If you can’t seem to get over past trauma no matter what you try or simply wish to get quiet enough to focus internally on that still, small, wise voice inside, get in touch with April.
I’m sure it seems obvious why Pat Croce would be on my list: former owner of one of the most successful Physical Therapy franchises in the country, former owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, 4th degree Black Belt, best-selling author, and one of the most magnetic and popular motivational speakers in America but I’m a bit ashamed to say that truthfully I never paid much attention to his comings and goings until around 2015 when he suddenly became completely committed to Mindfulness just after turning 60.
Then about a year later, when I learned he was in the process of donating $250,000 to West Chester University in order to help found the school’s new Center for Contemplative Studies, suddenly Pat skyrocketed right to the top of my list! Ever since the Center opened I’ve been pow-wowing with other local T'ai Chi Chih Instructors on ways to get TCC added to the WCU CCS curriculum (with no success) but when I heard Pat was coming to town to speak at the Center I decided to email him asking for assistance creating at least a brief live conversation between myself and the Deans of the Center…low and behold I found myself in the midst of a several-days-long e-dialog with Pat and was subsequently honored to not just meet but speak with him (AND the CCS Deans…BONUS!!!) after his presentation at WCU.
I must admit "comparing notes" with Pat about the true meaning of the word "health" will always be a high point to me…perhaps the universe gifted him with such wild success during the first two thirds of his life in order to shine not just a spotlight BUT A BEACON on the importance of the METAphysical aspects of health???!!! Only time will tell :o)
Pat Croce, ex-Sixers owner and part-time pirate, at peace with retired life
Karin Roseman - Deer Valley Danes, LLC
Deer Valley Danes truly lives up to it’s reputation as a purveyor of the finest products for people and pets because Karin Roseman is ALL ABOUT “healthy products for you and the one that takes care of you.”I first met DVD’s founder Karin in 2015 when she enrolled in one of my first T’ai Chi Chih classes. But Karin then went on to attend literally every class and workshop I’ve ever come up with simply to expand her already-VAST knowledge of how to support both her family’s and her clients’ best lives. Then beginning in July ’20 Karin launched a terrific podcast about personal and pet health & wellbeing…tune into The Snark (named after her popular SnarkyBark pet treats with an attitude!) and you won’t be disappointed (you may even hear me chiming in from time to time!)
Iraj Gashgaee – Just Seeds and Nuts Together
Ever noticed how many ostensibly healthy vegan products and supplements on the market these days are filled with ingredients that would never exist in nature (or even chemicals)? That’s why I became intrigued by Just SNT and the product’s creator. An engineer who’s also a self-described lifelong health nut (pun INtended), Iraj was simply searching for foods that were quick, tasty, and inexpensive which, if incorporated into his diet, would continuously improve his physical performance and overall health...in the process he also designed and created a completely innovative way to grind up raw seeds and nuts without turning them into butter! My personal favs are plain and coconut, but all four blends taste WONDERFUL plus are prepared and ground fresh daily right in Marlborough, MA (gotta love us small truly innovative businesses, right?!).
Michelle's passionate mission is to provide help, support, and encouragement for entire families wishing to create healthier lives. Her YouTube channel is designed to share her own family’s journey while supporting others in theirs plus she’s also active across all Social Media platforms! Learn more here…
Michelle Kirton: MKFitPassion
Alana Coppola, LMT
A licensed Massage Therapist & Certified Energy Practitioner offering a wide range of therapeutic and holistic techniques including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, lymph & sinus drainage, cupping, Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy, and Turaya Touch. Alana is a GIFTED practitioner who provides a sacred space facilitating healing on all levels: spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical.
Jennifer Baust, RN, L.Ac
Jennifer began her career as an Orthopedic Nurse but left the Western Medical model behind when she earned a Masters degree in Acupuncture before going on to be nationally board certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine from the NCCAOM. She also holds the status of Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. As a traditional Five Element Acupuncturist (a tradition that treats a person from a holistic model and does not focus on specific symptoms), Jennifer focuses on the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) instead of focusing solely on symptoms. Acupuncture in general focuses on the elemental, or root cause of symptoms, thus allowing long lasting and often permanent relief.
Anne Duch, MPT, WCS, RYT - Physical Therapy for Women, LLC
I met Anne in 2008 shortly after she left Christiana Care Physical Therapy Plus (where she’d worked for over 11 years) to open her private practice. Although Anne’s reputation within her area of expertise is unparalleled, and I’ve referred clients to her liberally for years, I never utilized her services personally until a couple of years ago when I began suffering from a number of symptoms often associated with menopause (enough said!) Turns out an old karate injury to my left hip was mimicking a weak pelvic floor and just few simple adjustments made a world of difference for me! Anne’s also a certified Healthy Moms™ exercise instructor, showing pregnant moms-to-be how to strengthen and tone their bodies in order to experience easier pregnancies, simpler births, and speedier postpartum recoveries. Have you ever experienced “accidents” when you laugh, cough, or sneeze? Do you find yourself using the bathroom more than 5 times a day or have to get up several times at night? Are you experiencing painful intercourse? Don’t just learn to live with these and other changes that often occur throughout a woman’s life …HIRE ANNE!
Lori DiGuardi, MS
Much more than a Life Coach, Lori is a Transformation, Empowerment, & Personal Development Speaker, Writer and Coach who specializes in transforming clients’ resistance, doubt, and limiting beliefs into authentic power, conscious choice, and greater potential! For over 20 years, Lori has been helping people expand into their greatest potential by focusing on the ‘being’ or ‘inner truth' so that the ‘doing' becomes more effortless, authentic, and vibrant. Her mantra is that YOU are the magic ingredient in all your life circumstances… simply put, Lori is naturally inspirational and her energy is contagious!
Valerie Milito Furlan - Lasting Beauty Permanent Cosmetics
Most of you know I have more hair on my head than an entire village of women but when my thryroid started acting wonky during menopause I suddenly began losing my eyebrows! Valerie has been a cosmetologist since 1982. She received her certification in Permanent Cosmetics in Scottsdale, AZ and completed advanced clinical studies in San Antonio, TX. While Valerie is a master of a broad range of methods, she is recognized as particularly artistic, especially in the creation of beauty enhancing eyebrows, eyeliner and lip color, and been featured on Fox's Good Day Philadelphia and WB17's News at 10. Valerie is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Academy of Micropigmentation and has been a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals since 1999.
David Parrish, PhD - Media Psychological Associates
You’ve all heard me talking about my menopause journey (which has definitely been an unexpected challenge), but a few years ago when my immune system suddenly began attacking my thyroid, I REALLY was feeling pretty poorly most of the time (thank goodness I already had a relatively healthy lifestyle in place when the stuff hit the fan or I would’ve been up a SERIOUS creek without a paddle!!!)
And even after seeking advice from various Functional Medicine practitioners I still had a few lingering symptoms that simply wouldn’t give up the ghost so I began wondering if there was a psychological component at play and booked a consult with my good friend and fellow T'ai Chi Chih Instructor Dr David Parrish. But when I told him what was going on and asked if he thought I needed counseling he surprised the heck out me by responding “you don’t need counseling, Jess…you need mindfulness.” "But I’m a T'ai Chi Chih instructor, David!” I fired back (remember that T'ai Chi Chih is just one of many evidence-based mindfulness practices.) He went on to explain that in his experience, developing a daily seated mindfulness practice would probably help me feel better faster by literally rewiring my brain, my old ways of thinking and, more importantly, the ways I’ve not just been behaving but BEING for most of my life. “WOW” I said, “sign me up!”
Long story short, David has indeed helped me feel better faster than I ever imagined (and although I do still have just a couple remaining symptoms, I really don’t give a darn about them most of the time…THAT’S STILL A WIN IN MY BOOK!)
David is completely committed to serving people…he’s worked with an extremely diverse clientele in a variety of settings for over thirty years providing treatment and training. He’s a former prison warden, a faculty member for the Engaged Mindfulness Institute, an adjunct faculty member with The College of New Jersey, and a published author. David’s approach is based on the fact that in essence people are naturally powerful, complete, and effective. These days his primary methodology (coaching a variety of mindfulness and "direct seeing" practices) simply brings this principle to the forefront for each client by enabling them to re-establish their own authentic way of being…for me, working with David has definitely been an unexpected pleasure!
Media Psychological Associates
Amanda Trosten-Bloom - Corporation for Positive Change & Rocky Mountain Center for Positive Change
Many of us spend more time at work than anywhere else; and a healthy workplace is one more pillar of a healthy lifestyle. Could your organization benefit from enhanced collaboration? Increased employee engagement? Heightened creativity? Aligned action around a shared vision? Then Amanda is the motivational visionary you need to help build results-oriented partnerships and organizational excellence. A pioneer in the fields of Appreciative Inquiry and positive change, Amanda is a widely acclaimed consultant, master trainer, and energizing speaker who works across sectors in business, nonprofit, and government organizations. Her clients have included: Hewlett-Packard, the Unitarian Universalist Association, Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Division, the National Security Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Cities of Boulder, Denver and Longmont, CO. Amanda has co-authored four books, and written more than a dozen articles and book chapters.
Erica Suppa - Fresh Faced Skin Care
Did you know that cosmetics and personal care products can be a major source of carcinogens as well as hormone-disrupting chemicals? Believe it or not, the average woman will EAT close to 10 pounds of lipstick in their lifetime! Enter Erica Suppa who began her professional career as a research scientist and was involved in a groundbreaking study on the treating leukemia through gene transfer therapy at the University of Pennsylvania…the procedure turns the body’s own immune cells into weapons against cancerous tumors. In 2013 Erica decided she wanted to help people in a different capacity, obtained her Esthetician’s License, and began creating her own line of natural makeup products. In addition to her product line and 2 brick-and-mortar locations where she provides a wide variety of TOP NOTCH facials, Erica is 1 of only 2 Oncological Estheticians in the state of Delaware and has even created treatment protocols for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Unique in her industry, Erica’s scientific knowledge of skin biology and cosmetic chemistry allows her to discover the root cause of skin care concerns…she’s capable of producing results even for clients who’ve struggled with lifelong issues without resolution from other skin care professionals, including dermatologists. As seen on WJLA-TV and QVC, learn more about Erica by visiting…
FaeMoon Wolf Designs
When was the last time your feet actually touched the ground? Remember that the Earth contains a natural, subtle electric charge almost like a gigantic battery…for safety and stability, most everything electrical from the large scale power plant to your blowdryer needs to be connected to it; that’s what the term “grounded” means.
But being grounded is also important for people…when you’re electrically grounded, you feel stronger, more balanced, less stressed, etc. In other words, you feel good and if you have pain, you have less of it. And all it takes to ground yourself or reconnect with your electrical roots so to speak (many people call this process “earthing”) is a half-hour per day of sitting, standing, or walking on soil, grass, sand, or concrete either barefoot or in leather-soled footwear but there’s the problem…when was the last time you purchased (or even SAW) a pair of shoes with leather soles???
A few years ago when I developed a thyroid condition I began to get really serious about earthing so I practice T'ai Chi Chih barefoot outside as often as possible. My funky thyroid has also made me a little sensitive to cold, though, so in fall, early spring, and even a few warm winter days I can easily still go essentially “barefoot” while staying perfectly warm and dry in my BEAUTIFUL handcrafted leather moccasins custom made just for me by Crowwolf and Katy (and they were much less expensive than most athletic and women’s dress shoes!) Crowwolf has been making moccasins for over 20 years…he and Katy both work personally and directly with each customer. All of their moccasins are handcrafted without machining: every pair is hand sewn with needle and sinew using only the best wild elk and buffalo hides. Customers are encouraged to send not just measurements but exact tracings of both feet so each pair will fit perfectly, look great, and last a long time even with daily wear. For more info visit their website or like them on Facebook.
Environmental Working Group
The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. By underwriting breakthrough research and education, they have a serious hand in driving consumer choice and civic action. EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. EWG not only innovated the “Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean 15,” they’re also hard at work providing information to consumers about GMO’s, common farming practices, tap water health, ingredients in personal care products and household cleaner, and many more issues that go right to the heart of not only personal health but the health of the planet.
Austin Reed - Webflame
Webflame's official mission statement is "igniting small business web initiatives by offering custom web development solutions" but that's a DRASTIC understatement of all that this powerfully creative designer and company have done for me and my business at an extremely reasonable price! Austin Reed and Webflame didn't just design, they DEFINED my website, my social media, and have even impacted my SEO dramatically. If you want to stand out in the digital age you need to contact Webflame immediately.
David Katzmire - KalaRythms & The Web Elves
David considers KalaRythms his life’s work: a fascinating and original theory which examines the cycles and consistency of change in order to map and predict the dynamics of an individual, the trends of a nation, and even the patterns of world change. David regularly appears in radio and TV interviews, facilitates workshops and seminars, and conducts private consultations.
David also owns and operates The Web Elves: whether your goal is to create a new site or just modify an existing one, The Web Elves can help! Their hosting services are reliable and secure, their custom designed graphics for posters, logos and more include animation and flash, and their videography is top notch yet very reasonably priced.
Saquan Stimpson – Monsterphoto
Originally from the Bronx, New York, Saquan Stimpson is a Newark, Delaware-based freelance photographer specializing in photojournalism, events, and commercial work. A photojournalist by training, he has since shifted his sights to politics and sports combining a keen interest in action and the ever-changing, unpredictable world of photographing public policy in the making and athletes playing the sports in which they excel. Saquan has had years of experience adapting to fluid situations — including unfamiliar locations, cantankerous subjects, rapidly-changing conditions, neurotic handlers and publicists (or most often, a combination thereof) — which has earned him the trust of editors. Saquan is the Digital Media & Web Content Coordinator of WITN Channel 22 (Wilmington, DE) plus his work can be seen in the Delaware News Journal (hardcopy and online versions), the Delaware online publication www.DETVCH.com, Humans of Delaware Facebook page, the Associated Press in Baltimore, and ZUMApress (one of the world's largest independent press agencies and wire services.)
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