Z Living’s Team Of Experts
Abhijita has worked with media organizations such as Bennett Coleman & Company, RK Swamy BBDO, and MICA. She is a certified Accredited Jewelry Professional by the Gemological Institute of America, a PGA- (Planetary Gemologists Association, Thailand) certified planetary gem advisor, and a certified NLP practitioner from the National Federation of NeuroLinguistic Programming (NFNLP), Florida.
A record holding national championship runner and Division 1 college coach, Aly brings viewers the latest stories making pop culture headlines and serves as one of The Juice’s resident fitness and wellness experts.
Always up for adventure, Aly frequently goes on location to cover the latest trends in healthy living and alternative medicine.
Amanda McQuade Crawford, host of What a Relief!, is a medical herbalist consultant, improving quality control within the natural products industry. Previously she was an herbalist in private practice for many years in Beverly Hills and Ojai, Calif., where she grew, gathered and made most of her plant medicines.
Amanda has studied and taught about medicinal herbs all over the world: in the rainforests of the Amazon; in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; in Asia, from Beijing to the Mekong River; in Europe, Australia, Russia, Mexico and every state in the United States. She has also taught at numerous North American hospitals and medical schools, from the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle, Wash., to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.
She was appointed the senior clinical tutor in 2005 at Canterbury College in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she integrated their curriculum, new research and clinical practice.
Amanda has a degree in phytotherapy (herbal medicine) from Britain’s College of Phytotherapy and a bachelor’s in medieval history from Vassar College. She is a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild, a professional organization committed to protecting wild plants while providing excellence in natural medicine to all those who want it.
Amanda is the author of two popular books on women’s health, “The Herbal Menopause Book” and “Herbal Remedies for Women” and a contributing author to two recent books on natural medicine: “The New Menopause Book” and the text “Traditional Medicines for Modern Times: Antidiabetic Plants.”
She currently explores for urban weeds and grows an organic herb garden in the wilds of Los Angeles.
Ami Dobelle has been working professionally with animals for more than 15 years. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Marine Animal Trainers Association. As an animal and dog trainer in the New York/New Jersey area, Ami has been featured on numerous television shows. She helps clients understand the basics of how and why to train pets, while making it both fun and enjoyable for all involved. Learn more about Ami and her services on her website, Ami Animal Training.
By the time she was 28, Andrea was diagnosed with thyroid disease, which she credits as her motivation to embark on a healthier lifestyle through natural and sustainable food choices. Her health improved after two years of natural food choices and therapies; those adjustments became the catalysts that changed her life and profession. She attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she currently teaches her mission to encourage a healthier world through nutritious meal solutions.
Andrea is a Natural Nutritionist and Holistic Health Counselor accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is also the author of her self-published book, “The Whole Truth,” and her follow-up cookbook, “The Whole Truth Eating And Recipe Guide.”
Anita Mirchandani, M.S, R.D, C.D.N received a Bachelor of Arts and then a Master of Science in clinical nutrition from New York University, and completed a dietetic internship at New York-Presbyterian hospital in 2011. She is now a practicing registered dietitian and recently co-founded FitMapped, a free ‘GPS for fitness’ concept that helps users find fitness easily and connect with fellow enthusiasts. Follow her @FitNutAnita for interesting updates of fitness and nutrition.
Ann Gentry, host of Naturally Delicious, has spent the past 20 years raising the standard of vegetarian cooking. As a chef, restaurateur, food educator and visionary, she has succeeded in combining macrobiotic food preparation with the richness of her southern upbringing to create a gourmet vegetarian cuisine even meat lovers covet.As the executive chef of Vegetarian Times magazine, Ann creates original vegetarian recipes and contributes articles on healthy eating and living. Ann also writes her own bimonthly column about food and children for the British magazine Junior: The World’s Finest Parenting Magazine.Ann is the creator, founder and operating owner of Real Food Daily, the only restaurant in the Los Angeles area that serves a 100 percent vegetarian menu using foods grown exclusively with organic farming methods. Bon Appetit magazine wrote that “Ann Gentry, the creator of Real Food Daily, has taken two different California trends — vegetarian foods, and the organic seasonal cooking popularized by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse — and come up with a cuisine that is as interesting and delicious as it is healthful.”
With two California locations, in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, Real Food Daily has “developed a loyal following.” Its patrons range from the someday to the everyday vegetarian, to celebrities, to trendsetting young eaters with sophisticated palates or the mature diner seeking gourmet, health-supportive cuisine. Ann’s first cookbook, “The Real Food Daily Cookbook,” published by Ten Speed Press, is available for purchase on her website www.realfood.com and at bookstores.
As the spokesperson for SOYJOY, an all-natural nutrition bar made with whole soy, Ann has appeared on many radio and television shows as well as various food lifestyle shows promoting a healthy lifestyle. She has also been a guest chef at Canyon Ranch, Pritikin Longevity Center, Robert Mondavi Wine Center, L.A. Times Festival of Books, the Environmental Media Awards, North American Vegetarian Society and Central Market. In the spring of 2008, Ann will be a featured guest chef on a Caribbean cruise ship, in the program “A Taste of Health” on Holistic Holiday at Sea.
Ann lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Robert Jacobs, and their two vegetarian children, Halle and Walker.
As editor of Z Living, Anushka tries to practice what she preaches – think spin class, natural foods, meditation, herbal remedies, and copious amounts of spa time. Armed with an MA in International Journalism from the University of Westminster, England, her passions for health, wellness and travel have taken her everywhere from the lap of the Himalayas and the banks of the Ganges to the Wahiba desert and the land of the Buddha. In more than nine years of journalism experience, Anushka has written for several national and international titles on travel, beauty, food, health, fitness and wellness. She also gives talks on journalism and new media.
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A lifestyle writer & editor for 8 years, Avantika Kukreti is a multi-platform media professional and has worked with some of the biggest media brands of India. She is fascinated by the dynamics of the social media and feels it’s the most-reliable news source in today’s times, if used wisely. Her recent three year stint in Shanghai has made her more health savvy after she watched the Chinese go lengths to maintain their fitness. When not working, she spends time watching Tom and Jerry, & Pocoyo re-runs with her daughter.
Beth Greer, aka Super Natural Mom®, is an award-winning journalist, green holistic health educator, healthy home expert and impassioned champion of toxin-free living. She’s also a radio talk show host, and trusted consumer advocate, who is leading a movement of awareness and responsibility about healthy homes, schools and work environments. Connect with Beth on Facebook and Twitter.
Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.
Daelyn Fortney is the co-founder and managing director of This Dish is Veg, a site dedicated to vegan, animal welfare and eco-friendly news and opinion pieces. She is a passionate advocate of the vegan lifestyle and teaches others that a plant-based diet is not only ideal for the earth and animals, it’s also the perfect way to achieve ultimate health. In addition to her work, Daelyn is a fitness enthusiast and mom to three daughters.
A pregnancy & babycare writer as well as wellness believer, Debolina is always trying to bring in health and wellness into her family’s, especially her kids’, lives. With a Master’s degree in English literature, she has worked with several mothercare and babycare brands. In her free time, she helps with campaigns that work towards promoting the health and well-being of women and babies. Her experiences as a mother help her talk about busy modern-day parenting and its changing trends.
Dr. Evelyn Minaya is a host of The Juice, Veria Living’s flagship lifestyle audience talk show, covering celebrities, food, fitness, fashion, beauty, health, and pop culture. A board certified OB/GYN and women’s health expert, Dr. Evelyn is a graduate of Barnard College/Columbia University and the SUNY Health Science Center, an affiliate of New York University. Dr. Evelyn completed her residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Medical Center and is currently in private practice in New Jersey and an attending physician at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, N.J. As The Juice’s chief medical expert, Dr. Evelyn empowers viewers with the tools to take control of their health, no matter how serious or embarrassing the problem. Dr. Evelyn is also the show’s “chief mommy correspondent”, weighing in on the biggest pop culture and social issues affecting moms today. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Evelyn is married and the proud mother of two daughters.
Dr. Holly Lucille, a.k.a. “Dr. Holly,” is a nationally recognized and licensed naturopathic physician, educator and a natural products consultant. She is also the author of Creating And Maintaining Balance: A Women’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health.
An acclaimed expert in the field of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Holly lectures throughout the nation on a variety of natural health topics. Her nationally televised appearances include The Doctors, Lifetime Television for Women, Montel Williams, PBS’s Healing Quest and Discovery Fit & Health channel. Regularly quoted as an expert in journals such as The American Health Journal, in 2007 she was listed in Time Magazine’s “Alt List” as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People.”
Dr. Holly’s private practice in Los Angeles, Healing from Within Healthcare, focuses on comprehensive naturopathic medicine and individualized care. Outside of her practice, she holds a position on the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians board of directors and is also on the faculty of the Global Medicine Education Foundation. She is the past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association where she worked to ensure the availability of safe naturopathic health care by lobbying to have naturopathic doctors licensed in the state of California.
Dr. Holly is the host of the show Myth Defying with Dr. Holly on Z Living.
Dr. Baker is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Attending Endocrinologist at Cornell Medical College in New York. He is a graduate of Emory University College and Medical School. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at New York University and a fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Baker, who has type 1 diabetes himself, has interests which include disease management through education and lifestyle interventions, prevention of type 1 diabetes, and the impact of diabetes on international health.
Armed with a PhD in Alternative Medicine, a graduate degree in Biotechnology, an MSc, and an MBA in Clinical Research and Clinical Pharmacology, Dr Jonathan is a certified practitioner of Alternative Medicine and is actively involved in patient education initiatives. He is also the author of the bestselling book, Outsmart Diabetes. Dr Jonathan loves to share his passion for herbs and other alternative medicinal practices with others through his writing.
Dulcy Gregory is a freelance writer based in Aspen, Colorado, with a knack for balancing creativity and organization. She learned everything there is to know about spas, well-being and how to live (and travel) well in six years of work for one of the world’s largest spa and wellness media companies, SpaFinder Wellness. Believing in writing as both a personal and professional passion, Dulcy enrolled in and graduated from a Master’s degree program in Creative Writing at the New School in 2012. She is an avid Vinyasa yoga student and considers kale one of the best foods on the planet. Follow Dulcy on her blog, D.A.G.
Fali R Singara has spent two decades in the radio business as a radio disc jockey, producer and writer. This English literature major and USC School of Cinematic Arts alumnus also has a parallel career as a journalist and filmmaker. His career has included editorships of FHM, The Record, and numerous other publications; while on celluloid he’s produced and directed numerous things, including a well-received documentary on Mother Teresa. His documentaries have been screened across the world, including a screening at the Vatican for the Pope. He is currently on course to make and direct his first feature film, which will be released in the near future.
Gail Thomas is a freelance writer, specializing in comedy, health, wellness and travel. She is a certified NAAM yoga instructor and trained in Kundalini yoga and harmonym energy work. Based in NYC and sometimes traveling the world, Gail is a storyteller/actor/producer/dog lover and a lawyer.
Gail Thorpe is Board Certified from Purchase College of the State Univesity of New York (SUNY) and accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She holds Professional Training in Medical/Clinical Studies from Somerset Technical Institute, is a Certified Self-Care Specialist and Aromatherapist, and is Board Certified in Corporate Wellness from the Wellness Council of America. Gail is a nutrition columnist for the Examiner and Yahoo. She recently launched her own radio show “Pampering4life Wellness” on Blog Talk Radio . She is the author of a soon-to-be published book on fibroids and a dedicated ambassador of health the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Read Gail’s blog here.
Hemalayaa empowers thousands of people internationally with her unique blend of traditional and modern lifestyle programs, workshops and videos. She facilitates her work globally and stars in numerous DVDs. She is the host of Bolly Blast on Z Living, a TV show that brings fitness to a whole new level of fun. Hemalayaa toured nationally as Mistress of Ceremony for the Wanderlust Spectacular Show 2014, and presents at many yoga and conscious festivals. She has been featured in numerous publications such as NY Times, Origin, Yoga Journal, LA Times, and Shape, as well as on the talk shows Ellen, Lisa Oz, and The Today Show.
Hemalayaa provides tools to experience a balanced state of being, true self-acceptance, and a passion for life. Her work inspires and motivates many to live healthy and joyful lives. She is highly sought for individual yoga and health coaching, as well as major yoga event leadership globally.
With more than six years of experience in writing features for some of the top publications, Joanna Lobo is currently associated as a senior writer with Underscore, a content solutions agency. She continues to write on food, books and travel for multiple English language magazines and newspapers.
President of EnJoy Life! Health Consulting, New York City, NY; co-author of the Real-Life Guide to Diabetes; Immediate Past President for the Metropolitan New York Association of the American Diabetes Association of Diabetes Educators (MNYADE). As an internationally known family nurse practitioner (FNP) and certified diabetes educator (CDE), Joy Pape specializes in diabetes, weight management, home blood pressure monitoring, sleep, and foot care. She is the co-author of the Real-Life Guide to Diabetes (The American Diabetes Association). She writes for several national magazines, is a dynamic national motivational presenter for both health-care professionals and the general public, and is a partner of Laugh it Off! a health edutainment team. Joy says, “Most important is that I still see patients. That is my passion…to connect with my patients so that together we can help them reach their optimum health. What I learn from them,my health issues, and my family who has a high incidence of being overweight, prediabetes, type 1 and 2 diabetes, I bring to dLife members. Meet Joy as she talks about this on dLife TV.
Julieanna Hever is the host of the talk show What Would Julieanna Do? that answers your questions on how to live well and healthy. She is also known as The Plant-Based Dietitian, is the author of the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Plant-Based Nutrition, and the nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine. Julieanna is the co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking.
She was recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Reluctantly Healthy, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, and E! News, co-stars on The Chef and The Dietitian, on numerous radio shows, and has lectured extensively throughout the United States. She co-produced and starred in To Your Health, and counsels a variety of clients worldwide from her Los Angeles-based private practice including elite athletes, adults, and children with various nutritional and/or medical concerns. She taught as part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Program, and worked as a personal trainer and clinical dietitian. Her work as Executive Director of EarthSave, International has provided an opportunity for Julieanna to bring whole food, plant-based nutrition to the forefront of efforts to improve the current global health crisis. Julieanna received her Bachelors degree from UCLA and Masters of Science in Nutrition at CSUN, where she also completed her Dietetic Internship.
With a graduate degree in Mass Media, Karishma Roye has over seven years of work experience in the lifestyle segment, and has written extensively on luxury, beauty, fitness, and health and wellness. Inclined to live and eat healthier now that she’s older and wiser, she curiously scours through the never-ending list of diet and health fads, as she scribbles down her own dos and don’ts list.
Katarina is a freelance writer specializing in travel, spa, and beauty and wellness. She’s the author of The Food Lovers’ Guide To Phoenix & Scottsdale and founder/editor of Style Jaunt, a blog about interesting destinations and fashionable travel. Her work has appeared in publications like American Spa, The New York Post, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Travel + Leisure online and more. Follow her on Twitter @Little_K.
Katie Ginder-Vogel is a freelance writer and editor based in Madison, WI. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English from Stanford University. An avid runner, hiker, and swimmer, Katie writes regularly about health and wellness. She has two children and a dog, who keep her company on the trail, on the road, and in the pool.
After years of battling her weight, sugar addiction and tremendous stress, Kelly Keough had lost more than a third of her hair, causing a living nightmare to become her reality.
How was she going to stick to a no-sugar, no-flour way of eating and heal her nervous system, hormonal system, digestive system, metabolism, and never eat sugar or flour again?
In her show The Sweet Truth on Z Living, Kelly talks about using sweet fruits and vegetables, and gluten-free whole grains like quinoa and buckwheat, to make cakes, cookies and brownies. Using non-allergenic food to heal the body, along with herbs and supplements, this sugar-free, wheat-free practice saved Kelly’s life and her vanity. But most of all, it put the sweet back into her life.
For more information about Kelly, check out her website.
Mandy Ingber is a celebrity fitness and self-love expert, and New York Times best-selling author of Yogalosophy: 28-days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover. Her 18 years of experience have attracted clients like Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, Brooke Shields, and Helen Hunt. She is an author, keynote speaker, spokesperson and wellness blogger. Visit Mandy on her website mandyingber.com or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook at Mandy Ingber’s Yogalosophy.
Maria Tabone has a Master’s Degree in Integrative Health and Healing and is a Holistic Health Educator, Healing Foods Chef, Clinical Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Reiki Practitioner, Reflexologist, teacher and author. Maria has a certification in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and has published her first book, “The Holistic Root To Managing Anxiety.”. Maria is also currently working towards her PHD in Nutrition and is a member of The American Association of Drugless Practitioners, The American Herbalists Guild, The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and The Health & Wellness Professionals Network. Visit her blog, www.theholisticroot.Com or email her at [email protected]
Michele Lauren went from interior design to yoga instruction in New York City. She teaches both Ashtanga and Power Vinyasa classes. Michele says yoga gives her an overwhelming sense of joy and she feels lucky to be able to share it with others. She brings her background in design to bear on her yoga instruction by creating innovative transitions between each asana. Michele is an Emissary for YogaStage, Ambassador of Juil Footwear and a columnist for Origin Magazine. Visit her website YogaIsForMe.com or follow her on twitter at @yoga_michele.
Nadya Andreeva is a wellness coach specializing in digestion, mindfulness, and ayurveda. Trained in yoga, anatomy, psychology, and ayurveda, Nadya works to create a wholesome path to wellness through yoga classes, 1 on 1 coaching, and nutrition workshops. Her articles on yoga, digestion, and nutrition are featured on MindBodyGreen, Modern Hippie Mag, Crazy Sexy Life and YogaCity NYC. She holds an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University and a Wellness Coaching certification from Wellcoaches. Follow Nadya on her website, Facebook and Twitter.
Nancy Massotto is the Founder and Director of the Holistic Moms Network, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Nancy has a passion for living holistic and works to help parents connect, learn and support one another on their journeys through parenting and holistic living. Find more information about Nancy on her website or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Chef Nathan Lyon is known for his simple, innovative cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. In addition to his schooling at Le Cordon Bleu and cooking in restaurants, Nathan attributes his culinary education to the 10 years that he worked with California farmers at farmers markets.
Nathan was the host of the first season of Good Food America. He is also the chef and co-host of Growing A Greener World (PBS), creator and host of A Lyon in the Kitchen (Discovery Health and Fit TV), among the final four on the second season of The Next Food Network Star, and is a Sustainable Seafood Ambassador with the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
He recently came out with his very first cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh, which has been quoted by Alice Waters and Graham Kerr, in addition to other esteemed chefs. Great Food Starts Fresh is a seasonal cookbook featuring 135 recipes broken down into the 5 seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter, and… chocolate!
Nirmala Narine is the host of Nirmala’s Spice World, a culinary adventure that takes the viewer into a world of exotic spices from around the globe.
Nirmala was born in Guyana, South America to parents of Indian descent. Nirmala’s grandfather, an Arya Samaj Hindu Pandit, began teaching her yoga when she was just two years old and entrusted to her ancient Ayurvedic spice recipes, techniques, and treatments to heal the body from within. These simple lifestyle practices were further enriched by her endless discoveries on her many extensive travels around the globe. Nirmala has visited more than 137 countries and counting.
At the age of 6, she began to cook in a tiny kitchen with no running water or electricity. When she was 11, her family immigrated to New York City. Today, Nirmala is a sought-after speaker, author, consultant and expert on global food, culture, flavor, fragrance and lifestyle trends.
Nirmala has been featured in the NY Times, on CNN, and as the Country Living “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year,” and she is also a frequent guest on The Martha Stewart Show, the CBS Early Show, and the Today Show.
When she is not working, she shares her love of Vastu Shastra, farming, and ancient civilization at the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian, and several public schools and orphanages in both hemispheres.
Nisha Gulati is a fitness expert and model originally hailing from New Jersey, USA. She is a certified Bikram Hot Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Instructor, health and fitness columnist for Hyderabad’s widely read B Positive Magazine, a trained Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Bhangra, and giddha dancer. She also has trained in Kalaripayattu a martial arts form in Kerala. Yoga has been a source of great discipline, inspiration and positivity for Nisha who has been teaching at studios in Mumbai India, Phuket Thailand, Marina Dubai and Vancouver Canada.
Her journey into the world of yoga instruction has grounded and permanently changed her life in a vibrant fashion. Leading a healthy, fit lifestyle translated to inner and outer beauty, clarity, and a fun spirit she always longed to achieve. She then took it upon herself to educate others and make them realize fine tuning our bodies is a responsibility they should embrace permanently. She aspires to probe deeper into her practice and reach new heights with sincerity and dedication.
Nitika Chopra, a certified life coach, is the Founding Editor-In-Chief of on-line lifestyle magazine YourBellaLife.com and a life-style contributor to the Huffington Post. Nitika’s unique point of view stems from the challenges she faced growing up in a traditional Indian home, without a traditional Indian cultural bone in her body, all while battling a debilitating skin condition that covered her body from head-to-toe for years. To overcome several low points in her life, she found a spiritual voice within her and became passionate about the power in small steps and infusing every day activities with spirit and possibility, regardless of one’s faith. Nitika uses this positive outlook to help people realize their own inner beauty and shares them with thousands of people who subscribe to her magazine. In 2011, Nitika was invited to speak about healing one’s authentic soul wound at the prestigious REVEAL conference hosted by Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation. She is extremely active with her on-line community of thousands sharing her life-experiences with them in order to aid young women in their difficult life challenges and help transform them from hopeless to hopeful.
Nitika is host of the show Naturally Beautiful on Z Living TV. Growing up, Nitika battled debilitating health problems that made it difficult for her to walk with ease for many years. This challenge, among others, fueled her passion for helping individuals and has made her an empathetic resource.
Noelle Katai is a Certified Aromatherapist, and President and Founder of Vim Essentials, Inc. Noelle has been evolving her senses since she was born, and loves all things aromatic. She has had an obsession for concocting potions and products since she was three, and has been cooking, blending and mixing ever since. In her show Everybody Nose, Noelle shares the scent-sational healing properties of essential oils and how they promote the body’s natural ability to balance and heal itself.
Noelle’s passion for aromatherapy is in revealing the chemistry of the essential oils, the uniqueness of each, and how they benefit us by working in harmony with the body and mind. Since the first time she made the connection with how scent affects the mind, she has been curious about the physiology of smell, olfaction, and in turn, aromatherapy. A Certified Aromatherapist from the Pacific Institute Of Aromatherapy in San Rafael, California and member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), she has been studying and practicing aromatherapy for over fifteen years, and is a sought-after speaker, teaching seminars on the uses of essential oils and how they help evolve your senses and can help improve overall health and wellness.
Noelle Katai holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, with a minor in management information systems, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She currently lives in Encinitas, CA with her husband Steve who is an Ironman triathlete and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Triathlon Training, and their dog, Mojo.
Peggy Kotsopoulos is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Health Educator, and Culinary Consultant focused on teaching REAL health through lifestyle and dietary choices that are easy and delicious. She whips up healthy and delicious meals on her own TV show Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures on Z Living.
Originally working in investments in Toronto, Canada, Peggy found her true passion for nutrition and healthy eating by bringing her own guilt-free goodies to corporate meetings as an alternative to bagels and danishes. As colleagues and clients became intrigued, Peggy started leading seminars and founded a company-wide corporate wellness program. Seven years later, Peggy followed her passion to the United States where she became certified as a Health Educator, and graduated from Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California.
She is the founder of beVibrant consulting in Toronto, where she develops wellness programs for large corporate clients, schools, and food establishments. Peggy is the resident nutritionist for CBC’s Steven and Chris show, and has been featured in major publications including Fitness Magazine, Shape and Yahoo! Shine.
Quentin Vennie is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer specializing in weight loss, weight management, strength/conditioning and mass building. He started training his family and friends for the love of it, until his work took on a life of it’s own. Only a few months after acquiring his certification, he started his own Personal Training Company, Life-Fx Training LLC. and has been transforming lives ever since. Quentin is in the process of opening the first Life-Fx Training Studio in Baltimore, MD. and continues to participate in speaking engagements, conferences and health fairs, spreading the word on the importance of health and fitness. Find Quentin on his website and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
Rebecca is a 2012 graduate of Boston University, Rebecca majored in broadcast journalism and has spent the past few years working in both PR and television production. This tofu loving, fitness fanatic is a lover of all things health and wellness, snowboarding, and travel. You can generally find her either in a spin class or watching bad reality TV.
Rebekah “Bex” Borucki is a mother-of-four, a fitness and yoga instructor, host of Got Zen? on Z Living and a permaculture hobbyist raising backyard chickens and growing her own organic garden. She also travels extensively, sharing her love for fitness and yoga at exclusive workshops and public events. Get zen with Bex on Bex Life, Facebook, and Twitter.
Reshma D. Adwar is a holistic nutrition counselor and doctor of physical therapy in New York City. She believes that healthy food, fun physical activity, and a great group of friends can lead to lasting health and radiance. Adwar leads interactive nutrition workshops and cooking classes, and coaches clients one-on-one on how to live their best and healthiest life. You can find more information at cookmehealthy.com, her food and fitness blog for healthy living.
Award winning lifestyle expert and tv host Roni Proter is always in search of the freshest foods, latest fitness trends and beauty products that help viewers live a healthier life.
As a busy, working mother of two young boys, Roni knows the challenges we all face when it comes to health, fitness and beauty. She takes viewers through simple changes that will help them remove harmful chemicals from daily-use products and create beauty products using fresh fruits and vegetables. A former television journalist, Roni has a decade of experience in front of the camera and as a producer of content for several local and national tv outlets.
Roni’s latest venture is Dinner Reinvented , a resource for busy parents looking for easy weeknight meal solutions. Roni uses tools she learned in culinary school, combined with the practicality of our hectic lives, to create effortless dinners and reinvent leftovers the whole family will enjoy.
When not working in the corporate world as a marketing manager, Sara Egert focuses her passion and enthusiasm on feng shui and yoga. Her transformational journey started as a student of the Western School of Feng Shui, completing multiple 30-day yoga challenges, and recently finishing her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Sara also owns Whimsical Feng Shui, consulting service to help people improve their balance and energies in personal and/or work environments. Follow Sara on Twitter.
A graduate in English Literature, Shruti comes with a gamut of experience in academic freelance writing and television journalism. A strong believer of holistic living, she has always followed the mantra of “a healthy body and a happy mind”. Naturally then, it wasn’t long before she found herself inclined towards wellness and lifestyle. She now writes on these subjects in a professional capacity at Z Living. Her inherent curiosity about healthy living makes her a connoisseur of all things natural, and motivates her to share the knowledge through her writing.
Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities.
She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises.
When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.
A dynamic and charismatic personality, Smt. Hansaji, present Director of The Yoga Institute, Santacruz (E), Mumbai is an epitome of empowered woman and has dedicated her life to the running of the Institute and to teaching yoga as a way of life in a completely practical way. Hansaji has been selected as ‘The Woman of the Year – 2000’ by the American Biographical Institute, U.S.A. for her outstanding accomplishment and the noble example she has set for her peers and entire community. She is perhaps best known throughout the nation due to her involvement in the popular television series ’Yoga for Better Living’, first aired in 1980.
With a Master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Exeter,UK and a diploma in food science & quality control, Stephlina is intrigued with the intricacies of the human body. She shares a deep interest in human diseases and believes that popping pills is not the only solution to fight an ailment.
A wild food advocate, Sunny’s work weaves through the fields of media, education and business. She is the host, writer and associate producer of Hot on the Trail with Sunny Savage on Z Living, and has been a headlining chef at the Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest food festival. She is a co-founder of the Wild Food Summit, an annual gathering that attracts wild “foodies” from across America, and has spent years connecting people with plants.
Her belief in the nutritional power and sustainability implications of wild foods has inspired her work in education since 2001. Sunny served as faculty at the White Earth Tribal and Community College, worked with the Center for Food Safety in Washington, DC, and reached thousands of children as an Interpretive Naturalist at Topanga Canyon State Park and Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Other experience includes working at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, with Tibetan refugees at the Dalai Lama’s temple in India and founding Savage Designs, an innovative clothing and design company using wild plants for fibers, dyes, and aromas.
Sunny has traveled to every continent and spent three years on a sailboat filming a documentary about the life skills our youth will need to thrive in a quickly changing world. During her time at sea, she stopped off in Costa Rica, where she was a guest presenter at the UN-mandated University for Peace. Her BS is in Dietetics, and her MS in Nutrition Education focused on the antioxidants found in wild greens.
With a Masters in English literature, Trina Remedios has spent her recent years extensively writing about health and fitness, with a keen interest in the beauty segment as well. While her high calorific lunches are positively deceiving, her inner hippie takes to the city roads and can run circles around most marathoners. Follow her for beauty hacks, natural fixes, fitness fads, celebrity trends, and wellness tips.
After pursuing her Masters in Journalism, Vanessa got her first big job as a health writer and since then, she has never switched paths. She has always been intrigued by the wonders of a holistic lifestyle, and believes it was destiny that led her to writing for the wellness industry. In her natural state, you can find her tucked under a blanket watching an Indie film, or reading obsessively. At Z Living, she writes about food trends and other daily life expeditions.
Yogi Cameron is a former super model turned Ayurvedic healer and yoga master who uses ancient healing treatments to help people recover from their health issues in Z Living’s TV show Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru. He left the world of high fashion in 1998 to seek the higher path available to all of us. He began his ongoing studies in Ayurveda at Arsha Yoga Vidya Peetam Trust in India under the guidance of his guru Sri Vasudevan after training at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City and Yogaville of Sri Satchidananda. Since then, Yogi Cameron has worked with individuals throughout the world to provide them with these ancient methods to live healthier, greener, more spiritually-minded lives in accordance with the Ayurvedic and yogic path. Using a combination of treatments, meditation, herbal remedies and diet guidance, Yogi Cameron helps treat specific conditions and set his clients on a path to greater mental, physical, and spiritual health. A primary goal of this path is helping each person find their purpose and practice.
Yogi Cameron has also brought Yoga and meditation to Afghanistan as part of the reintegration program to prepare the country for troop withdrawal in the coming years, and works with young girls rescued from sex trafficking practices in Cambodia in coordination with the Somaly Mam Foundation.
Yogi Cameron has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Extra and Martha, amongst others. He has also been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, The London Times and ELLE magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Sharecare, a health portal which is part of Dr. Oz’s outreach program for health and lifestyle experts.
The Guru In You, his first book, was published by HarperCollins in January 2011. His latest book, The ONE Plan (HarperOne January 2013) provides a realistic approach to the Patanjali teachings designed to penetrate one’s entire being to result in a positive transformation of one’s life. Through The ONE Plan, Yogi Cameron translates these complex, intricate teachings into practical daily tasks, routines and systems that can easily be incorporated into everyday life for an improvement in one’s overall physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Yolande is a journalist by profession and a dreamer by choice. During her five-year stint, she has written for newspapers such as the Times of India, Mumbai Mirror, DNA and Mid Day on health, innovation and music.
An alumnus of Asian College of Journalism, and Cardiff University, Wales, Yoshita Sengupta has more than five years of experience in writing for various news outlets. As Founder and Director of Underscore, a content solutions agency, she writes for multiple digital and print news outlets and consults brands. When not working for Underscore, she works with social entrepreneurs and homeless communities, which includes running a library for street children.
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Zovig Garboushian is a Certified Image Consultant for women, a blogger and a healthy lifestyle enthusiast. She lives to help other women find beauty in themselves and their lives through full self-expression, personal style, physical health and mental awareness. Zovig has worked for other healthy lifestyle publications, such as Health and Men’s Health magazines and is the owner of SoZo Image & Style. She’s a regular at yoga, indoor cycling and boot camp; lives in Brooklyn, NY and strives to always abide by the “Don’t think, just do” mantra.