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, Teen People and Woman’s World.
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 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D., Christopher Peterson, Ph.D., and Martin Seligman, Ph.D., microbiologist Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., chronobiology researcher Michael Smolensky, Ph.D., alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra, M.D., and biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, Ph.D.
For 10 years, I wrote the weekly “News You Need Now” featured health article for Woman’s World magazine (available on newsstands in the U.S. and Canada) and regularly contributed health, lifestyle and money-saving articles to the publication for two decades.
My articles cover a wide range of important health concerns facing women including anxiety, cancer, dementia, depression, heart disease, lung function, menopause, menstrual issues, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, perimenopause, sleep problems, type 2 diabetes and weight loss.
I specialize in reporting on natural, study-backed 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 founder of Hormonology, which is an educational outreach mission that teaches women and girls how cycling reproductive hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. You can learn more about Hormonology at MyHormonology.com.
Hormonology and the Hormone Horoscope
I founded Hormonology and created the Hormone Horoscope as part of an educational outreach mission that teaches women and girls how the hormones in their monthly cycles impact their moods, health and behavior.
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—an educational outreach mission that teaches women and girls how the reproductive hormones in their monthly cycles (estrogen, testosterone and progesterone) impact their moods, health and behavior every day.
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 three languages.
I also developed a suite of tools to share Hormonology—including my popular Hormone Horoscope apps, free eBooks, videos, newsletter and infographics. An updated and expanded version of 28 Days will be published soon.
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 card game that my husband, Douglas, and I created to take conversation beyond ordinary chit-chat. It does this 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 hosting a discussion group through MeetUp.com for four years. With hundreds of members, this popular group had folks eagerly returning over and over to stretch their conversational muscles.
Enthused by the passion for fun, deep discussion that we found in so many others, we wanted to help folks outside of our discussion group enjoy their own stimulating conversations, too. So, we decided to share our favorite thought-provoking questions in convenient-to-carry decks that adults, teens and kids 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, playing drums, cultivating Monarch butterflies and taking photographs of nature and my adopted hometown of sunny Saint Petersburg, Florida.