Women’s Health Journalist, Creator of Hormonology and Co-Creator of Head Scratcherz
Women’s Health Journalist, Creator of Hormonology, Co-Creator of Head Scratcherz
Women’s Health Journalist
I’m a longtime women’s health and lifestyle journalist who specializes in introducing readers to important health breakthroughs, study-proven natural remedies and practical self-help.
Over the past 20+ years, my articles have appeared in dozens of major magazines and newspapers around the globe, including CosmoGirl, Girls’ Life, Glamour, Marie Claire, New York Daily News, Self and Teen People.
I’ve had the privilege of interviewing many of the world’s leading experts in a wide range of health fields, among them women’s health and hormone expert Elizabeth Vliet, M.D., gender medicine specialist Marianne Legato, M.D., positive psychology pioneers Martin Seligman, Ph.D., Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D., and Christopher Peterson, Ph.D., chronobiology researcher Michael Smolensky, Ph.D., alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra, M.D., and biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, Ph.D.
I currently write the weekly “News You Need Now” featured health article for Woman’s World magazine (available on newsstands in the U.S. and Canada) and have regularly contributed health and lifestyle articles to the publication for two decades.
My articles cover top health concerns facing women, including reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and other serious health conditions, improving sleep and alleviating anxiety and depression.
I specialize in reporting on natural, study-proven remedies, such as dietary and lifestyle changes as well as supplementation of vitamins, minerals and probiotics. I also regularly report on breakthrough research in the fields of health and medicine.
I’ve held several editorial positions, including editor of WebMD’s health newsletters.
Additionally, I’m the creator of Hormonology, which teaches women, girls and those who love them how cycling reproductive hormones impact mood, health and behavior. You can learn more about Hormonology below.
Hormonology and the Hormone Horoscope
After reporting on women’s health for many years, I developed a deep passion for sharing information about how hormones in a woman’s monthly cycle impacts her moods, health and behavior.
To do this, I created Hormonology—a way to disseminate important hormone information and show women and girls how to live in sync with their natural monthly hormone cycles.
Hormonology was launched with my book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods, and Potential (Adams Media). Named one of the top 10 women’s health books of 2005 by About.com, 28 Days has been translated into four languages.
I also developed a suite of tools to share Hormonology—including my popular Hormone Horoscope apps, free eBooks, videos, a newsletter and infographic “cheat sheets”. I’m currently creating new Hormonology apps and finishing an updated version of my book.
You can learn more about Hormonology at MyHormonology.com.
Inspired by discussion groups my husband and I have hosted for years, we created a card game that takes conversation beyond ordinary chit-chat.
Head Scratcherz is a new card game that my husband, Douglas, and I created to take conversation beyond ordinary chit-chat. It does that by providing 47 head-scratching questions that challenge your mind and stretch your imagination—while spurring a deep, fun and friendly discussion with two or more people.
A few sample Head Scratcherz questions include:
- How would you describe the colors red, green, yellow and blue to someone who can’t see or is colorblind?
- What is a job that does not exist now that you think should exist?
- What has been one of the greatest sacrifices made by a notable person in history—who is not a religious or military figure?
When my husband, Douglas, and I lived in New York City, we hosted a weekly “salon”-styled discussion group, where friends and colleagues could come together to discuss a wide array of topics. After moving to Saint Petersburg, Florida, we continued this tradition by starting the Saint Petersburg Salon Intellectual Discussion MeetUp Group. With hundreds of members, this popular group has had folks eagerly returning over and over to stretch their conversational muscles.
Enthused by the success of our MeetUp discussion group, we wanted to help others outside our group enjoy their own stimulating conversations, too. So, we decided to share our favorite thought-provoking questions in convenient-to-carry decks that folks can enjoy anywhere, anytime. That’s when Head Scratcherz was born!
Find out more by visiting our website, HeadScratcherz.com.
In My Spare Time
When not writing magazine articles, researching the latest health and hormone studies, developing new Hormonology tools and coming up with new Head Scratcherz questions, you’ll find me squeezing in quality time with my wonderful husband, Douglas, whipping up new recipes in my kitchen, cheering on the Tampa Bay Rays, playing drums, cultivating Monarch butterflies and taking photographs of my adopted hometown of sunny Saint Petersburg, Florida.