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Janice Vickerstaff Joneja Ph.D., R.D.N., is a widely known Canadian authority on food allergies and their treatment. Her audio course, Mechanisms and Management of Food Allergies and Intolerances is accredited with the American Dietetic Association for continuing education.
Christina Schmidt, MS is a nutritionist and a certified nutrition educator who has been featured on NBC’s Today show and has written nutrition articles for The Bump magazine. She is the author of Baby Bistro Box® and Toddler Bistro Box®. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Sandra Cusack and Wendy Thompson have won awards for their work in this field: 1997 Research Award for Innovative Programming; 2004 Educators Award from Delta Kappa Gamma International; 2005 Mind Alert Award from the American Society on Aging and the National Council on Aging.
Sandra Cusack, Ph.D. is Guttman-Gee Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor in Educational Gerontology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada and the author of numerous research papers in Third Age Education. She is a member of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on Aging.
Wendy Thompson, M.A. is an educational gerontologist and the author of five books. A former Olympic speed skater, she has encouraged thousands, as a speaker and trainer, to create extraordinary lives whether they are 33 or 103.
Kathleen Regan, RN, BSN, MHA, joined Cambridge Health Alliance in 2001 as Nurse Manager for the Child Assessment Unit. She was instrumental in the process of steering the unit toward humane, trauma-sensitive care for troubled children. The unit has won a number of awards including the 2003 Psychiatric Services Award for Service Excellence from the American Psychiatric Association.
Bob Seebohar, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.S.C.S., is one of the first Board Certified Specialists in Sports Dietetics and is a Sport Dietitian for the United States Olympic Committee where he provides nutrition expertise for Olympic athletes. He is one of the foremost experts on nutrition for endurance athletes and is a regular speaker at many national level conferences as well as triathlon and cycling coaching education clinics. Bob is also an exercise physiologist, a USA Triathlon Certified Elite Coach, a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a competitive triathlete and runner.
Deborah Davis Stewart has focused on making complex information understandable throughout her career as a health professional and advocate for children's safety. She was in the Peace Corps in India and with Planned Parenthood in Washington, DC working in family planning and nutrition in both organizations. She ran a national advocacy group focused on child safety in motor vehicles and continues her leadership in this field. In the last decade she has written low-reading-level material materials focused on the health issues of mothers and children from pregnancy through the early years of childhood.
Linda S. Ungerleider, R.N., M.S.N., began working with families as a nurse in the Peace Corps in India. For many years there-after she was a childbirth educator and professor in maternal child health, and she now teaches an international course on pregnancy and the first year of life in Sweden each year. She is currently a Ph.D. student in international primary health at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Scott Isaacs, MD, FACP, FACE, is the medical director at Atlanta Endocrine Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, overseeing a multidisciplinary staff of professionals who offer state-of-the-art care in the fields of endocrinology, diabetes management, metabolism, general health, nutrition, and weight management.
A retired college professor, Walter St. John taught interpersonal communications skills and presented communications workshops throughout North America for over twenty years. His observation that there was a need for an accessible and useful resource for caregivers led to the development of this book. The methods in Solace were developed in conjunction with extensive research with patients and caregivers.
Alvin R. Mahrer, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. A fellow of the American Psychological Association and past president of its Psychotherapy Division, Dr. Mahrer has published eleven books on experiential psychotherapy and holds dozens of lectures, and workshops each year in Africa, Asia and Europe.
Ellen Shanley, RD, CD-N, MBA, is a registered dietitian and a faculty member in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut, where she directs the dietetics program and teaches courses in food system management. Ellen lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut, with her husband and two adult children (who just graduated from college). You can read more about Ellen on her University of Connecticut web page.
Colleen Thompson, MS, RD is also a registered dietitian and Director of Hawley Armory, the fitness center for employee health at the University of Connecticut. Colleen lives in Wallingford, Connecticut, with her husband and their three teenage sons. You can read more about Colleen on her University of Connecticut web page.
Barbara Stokes began her work as a community-based physical therapist with The Arthritis Society in Canada. She has held an academic appointment at the University of Ottawa School of Rehabilitation and, in over thirty-five years in the field, has worked as a clinician, a director of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program, and an educator of patients and health care providers. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
Antoine Helewa is Professor Emeritus at the School of Physical Therapy, University of Western Ontario. His career in physical therapy and clinical epidemiology spans five decades. His primary field of research and clinical interests are in rheumatology and epidemiology. He lives in London, Ontario.
William Marchand, MD is a board-certified academic psychiatrist and neuroscientist. He is currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah. After a number of years of treating mood disorders in clinical settings, he decided to focus his efforts on research into the neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders as well as education or mental health providers and the general public.
Joyce Nash, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the author of five other health-related books. She won an American Medical Writers Association Award for Maximize Your Body Potential. Dr. Nash divides her time between writing and her clinical practice in San Francisco and Menlo Park, California.
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Sandra LeFort, MN, PhD (right in photo), is professor emeritus at the School of Nursing, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada where she continues to do research in pain. She began working with people with pain problems in 1986 and developed the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program at McGill University in Montreal as part of her doctoral work. She partnered with Lisa Webster in 2006 and together have conducted numerous CPSMP training programs across Canada and the United States, in collaboration with Dr. Kate Lorig at Stanford University. Sandra lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland with her husband and two beautiful Labrador Retrievers. You can read more about Sandra at: http://www.mun.ca/nursing/grad/phd/index.php.
Lisa Webster, RN, is the Clinical Manager of the Pain Management Centre at Hamilton General Hospital.
Catherine Regan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and spiritual director with a background in health education and health psychology. She has over 20 years experience teaching deep relaxation and meditation as pathways to individual and collective wellbeing. She created and recorded “Time for Healing” as a complement to the Chronic Disease Self Management Program developed at Stanford University.
Rick Seidel, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing for over 20 years. He has taught relaxation and imagery techniques throughout his career. Rick has worked with the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program since the early 2000's as a group leader, trainer, and researcher.
Donald Vickery, MD, was a pioneer in the self-care and wellness movement. A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Medical School, he was the author of many books, including Take Care of Yourself and Life Plan and in 2003 he was awarded the American College of Preventive Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award.
Larry Matson, Ed.D., is an expert in the role of physical activity in the management of chronic disease. As a health/medical writer and fitness coach certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, he specializes in evaluating evidence and making complex information useful and easy to understand.
Carol Vickery, RN, MSN, is a Public Health Nurse with the Nurse Family Partnership Program in Colorado and has nearly 40 years of experience in nursing, including Critical Care, Community Health, Wellness, telephone counseling and Maternal Child Health.
Author Deborah Stewart is a health educator, car safety expert, and grandmother with many years of experience writing simply about pregnancy, infant health, and safety. Her new co-author Jenny Harvey brings experience in human development, family support, injury prevention, perinatal health, and infant care. Jenny has spent her career supporting, educating, and empowering families to be healthy, safe, and happy.
Allison Webel, RN, PhD is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her research focuses on developing and testing HIV self-management interventions and in understanding the social and behavioral determinants of co-morbid chronic disease in people living with HIV. Her long-term goal is to improve the health and wellness of all people living with HIV and chronic co-morbid conditions. She lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with her family.
Paul J Christo, MD, MBA is listed as a Top Doctor and among the top 1% for Pain Management by U.S. News & World Report. He hosts an award-winning, nationally syndicated SIRIUS XM radio talk show on overcoming pain called, Aches and Gains® featuring distinguished celebrity guests such as Naomi Judd, Joe Montana, and Montel Williams. He is a board-certified pain specialist and anesthesiologist, an Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and was honored by the American Society of Pain Educators as Pain Educator of the Year for his transformational work on public education through the media.
Beth Darnall, PhD, is a clinical associate professor in the division of pain medicine at Stanford University. She has more than 15 years’ experience treating adults with chronic pain and lived through her own chronic pain experience. Beth is the author of The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit (Bull Publishing, 2016) and Less Pain, Fewer Pills (Bull Publishing, 2014). She lives in Palo Alto, California.
Liz Crocker’s career has included teaching, broadcasting, writing, and running several businesses. She currently owns Canada’s oldest children’s bookstore, which she cofounded in 1978, and holds leadership positions with a number of health care and cultural organizations. Liz is the author of two children’s books and hundreds of chapters and articles in books, magazines, and newspapers. With Bev Johnson, Liz coauthored Privileged Presence: Personal Stories of Connections in Health Care, published in 2006 with a second edition in 2014. She also edited The Healing Circle: Integrating Science, Wisdom, and Compassion in Reclaiming Wholeness on the Cancer Journey, published in 2010.
Polly Bennell has worked in publishing, advertising, and education; has been an independent filmmaker; practiced psychotherapy; and taught writing and film at the university level. She currently maintains a life-coaching practice for writers, among others, and also practices writing herself.
Holly Book’s path has taken her on an amazing journey of motherhood, owning businesses, and being the editor of a children’s magazine. Holly eventually attended seminary and became a Transforming Memories 174 hospice chaplain. For the last ten years, she and her husband have been ministering to the homeless and those struggling with addiction on the streets of Atlanta.
Kate Lorig, DrPH, Diana Laurent, MPH, Robert Schreiber, MD Maureen Gecht-Silver, OTD. MPH, OTR/L Dolores Gallagher Thompson, PhD, ABPP Marian Minor, RPT, PhD Virginia González, MPH David Sobel, MD, MPH Danbi Lee, PhD, OTD, OTR/LBuilding Better Caregivers
Kate Lorig, DrPH, is professor emerita at Stanford University School of Medicine and a partner in the Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC). As director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center she was a co-developer of the Building Better Caregiver Program. For 20 years, Kate watched her mother care for her father, who was severely disabled by a stroke.
Diana Laurent, MPH, is a health educator and partner in the Self-Management Resource Center. During her over 30 years at Stanford School of Medicine, she co-developed the Building Better Caregivers educational program, as well as several other educational programs. Diana was and is a caregiver of her parents and in-laws; she also has experience in participating in the care of with relatives who have dementia.
Rob Schreiber, MD, is a board-certified geriatrician/internist and the Vice President/Medical Director of Summit ElderCare, the largest PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for Elders) Program in Massachusetts. Previously, he was the Physician-in-Chief at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, Massachusetts and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for over 20 years. Rob has been a caregiver for his parents, as well as multiple other elderly family members and actively works with caregivers in his role at Summit ElderCare.
Maureen Gecht-Silver, OTD, MPH, OTR/L, is an assistant professor of clinical family medicine and occupational therapy at University of Illinois at Chicago. In her clinical and academic roles, she has worked towards improving self-management skills and quality of life for people with chronic conditions and disabilities as well as their caregivers. Maureen, along with her sisters, was a caregiver for her father, who lived to age 98.
Dolores Gallagher Thompson, PhD, ABPP, is board-certified in clinical psychology and geropsychology and is professor emerita at Stanford University School of Medicine and co-director of the Optimal Aging Center in Los Altos, California. She has 30 years of experience in conducting funded intervention research with family caregivers and worked directly with caregivers in her clinical practice at Stanford. Dolores entered this field after being a long-distance caregiver for her mother who suffered multiple strokes before her death; at that time few resources for caregiving families were available and her experience shaped her subsequent career choices.
Marian Minor, PT, MSPH, PhD, is a professor emerita at the University of Missouri School of Health Professions where she taught and did research on exercise. She has contributed exercise information for self-management education for a variety of populations. Marian has been a caregiver herself and has supported other caregivers for many years.
Virginia González, MPH, is a health educator and partner in the Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC). She has over 15 years of experience working at the Stanford School of Medicine, where she was a co-developer of various self-management programs and was instrumental in the cultural adaptation and Spanish translation of these programs for Latino/Hispanic communities. After leaving Stanford and before becoming a partner in SMRC, Virginia was raising her children, while caring for her aging, chronically ill parents and in-laws. She also has personal experience with caring for extended family members with dementia and mental illness.
David Sobel, MD, MPH, is adjunct lecturer in the Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. As the medical director of Patient Education and Health Promotion for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, he has developed and evaluated programs to serve over five million Kaiser members. In addition, to assisting in the car of both his parents during their 90s, David is currently helping to manage the care for a family member with advanced dementia.
Danbi Lee, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, is an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Her work is focused on improving the experiences of people with disabilities and their caregivers as they transition into meaningful community activities and roles after rehabilitation. Danbi has personal experience supporting family members with dementia and stroke.
LYNDA SHRAGER, OTR, MSW, CAPS, is the author of Age In Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing, and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home (Bull Publishing, April 4, 2018). Her newspaper column, Mom’s Rx, appeared in countless newspapers across the country. Lynda is a featured columnist for Everyday Health, a leading online consumer health web site. She is also the author of Otherwise Healthy® - A Planner to Focus Your Thoughts on Organizing Life after Being Diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Lynda has practiced in the medical field of geriatric rehabilitation for more than 37 years, focusing on all aspects of senior health and wellness. She combines her expertise as an occupational therapist, master’s level social worker, professional organizer and Certified Aging in Place Specialist to pursue her passion of providing therapeutic care in the patient’s home environment and in educating their caregivers. Learn more at otherwisehealthy.com.
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