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Dr. Pat Fagan has been a grade school teacher, a clinical therapist specializing in child, family and marital therapy. During his career he has been Executive Director of the Free Congress Foundation, a member of the staff of Senator Dan Coats of Indiana, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Social Policy at HHS under President George Herbert Bush, the Senior Fellow on Family and Culture at the Heritage Foundation, then as founder and director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at Family Research Council. Fagan now directs MARRI at The Catholic University of America. He is also the publisher and editor of Marripedia.org. He has authored over thirty synthesis papers and has commissioned dozens of original research projects in marriage, family, child development and religious practice. He and his wife Theresa have eight children and twelve grandchildren.
TAMH Guest Contributors
Mariya Cherk is a Communication Associate at Men’s Health Network (MHN), a Washington, D.C. based national non-profit whose mission is to reach men, boys and their families where they live, work, play and pray. Prior to working at MHN, Mariya worked at a private New York City fitness club, where she leaned tips and tricks to stay healthy on a budget. She is excited to share the secrets of the New York City’s top healthy living gurus with the TAMH readers.
Mariya is in progress of receiving her master’s degree in strategic public relations from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She enjoys cooking, politics, thrift stores, hiking, kayaking and whitewater rafting.
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David Stanley, B.S., M.A., is a writer and voice-over actor. His book, Melanoma; It Started with a Freckle is due out in spring 2016 via McGann Publishing. Follow @MelanomaBook for updates. Stanley writes regularly for Dads Roundtable. His freelance work has appeared in Velo, Peloton, ROAD, and Bridge.com magazines. His VO work can be heard at Myvoiceovermasters.com. Follow him on Twitter @dstan58. He tweets early and often.
Mary Toscano is a contributing writer to Probioticshub.com . She is a mother of two toddlers and enjoys volunteering for animal shelters. When Mary is not busy writing about health and wellness, she is exploring tips and tricks about healthy living and clean eating. She is a great resource for probiotic foods and fitness lessons that you can follow all year round. Her inspiring approach to health will keep you motivated to pursue your wellness goals.
Dr. Joseph Pergolizzi, Jr. is an internationally renowned perioperative and pain specialist, well-versed in multiple issues confronting patients and caregivers in acute and chronic pain. He runs a highly regarded pain center in Naples, Florida; is chairman of the Abstract and Poster Selection Committee for PAINWeek; and is a member of the CHANGE PAIN Board. Additionally he has been awarded the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award with Commendation. Early in Pergolizzi’s career, he was concerned that pain patients “had no voice” and were unnecessarily suffering in silence, worried about the side effects of common pain treatment options. Pergolizzi has since devoted his time, working tirelessly, to overcome that fear and get his patients on the road to recovery by offering a variety of treatment options, including holistic approaches, best suited to each individual’s needs. As a physician, inventor, research scientist and advocate for pain patients, Pergolizzi has leveraged his medical, regulatory and business acumen to build a strong track record of success within the healthcare industry. Additionally, he works with Healthy Directions as an adviser and educator on natural solutions for pain management. Pergolizzi has authored more than 350 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, platform presentations, and book chapters. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical chemistry from St. John’s University and his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine with the highest honors. He completed his residency in anesthesia at Georgetown University School of Medicine and a clinical research fellowship in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Website: www.drpergolizzi.com
Brad Krause graduated from college in 2010 and went straight to the corporate world at the headquarters of a popular retail company. But what started as a dream job soured quickly. After four years of working 15-hour days and neglecting his health, he decided enough was enough. Through aiding a friend during a tough time, Brad discovered his real calling-helping people implement self-care practices that improve their overall wellbeing. He created SelfCaring.info to share his own knowledge and the many great resources he finds on his self-care journey.
Thomas Newell, 64, lives in Randolph, MA with his wife, Andrea, and retired from Verizon in 2015 after working for 34 years for the company. He has two sons, Terrell and Jerel. A nephew, Alex Newell, on Broadway, in the Musical “Once Upon This Island,” whose father passed away in 1999 from colon cancer.
Ken is the CEO of 2Dogs Games Ltd. and the Creative Director of Destiny’s Sword.
Ken has been creating online video games for over 25 years in the UK and North America.
He is also an award-winning sculptor and advocate for social and environmental issues.
Ayla Barmmer, MS, RDN, LDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner and the founder, and CEO, of FullWell, a fertility wellness and education brand. Her entire career focus has been to advance the health and empowerment of practitioners, patients and families through nutritional science, functional medicine and evidence-based holistic solutions. Barmmer launched FullWell to provide all families access to the same evidence-based, effective, high-quality prenatal and fertility supplements that she successfully uses with her own patients. Barmmer earned her undergraduate degree in dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Connecticut; a Master of Science in Health Communications from Boston University and has additional training in clinical nutrition, functional medicine, women’s health, herbal medicine and holistic and integrative therapies.