George Paraskevakos, MBA, is executive director of the International Probiotics Association (IPA) whose mission it is to promote the safe and efficacious use of probiotics throughout the world while being “The Global Voice of Probiotics.” As a probiotics expert and scientific strategist he has developed international outreach programs for regulators and education platforms for healthcare providers and consumers. Since his designation as executive director, Paraskevakos has grown the association from 40 to 110 companies worldwide; hosted numerous international probiotics conferences; published extensive probiotic papers and articles; and collaborated with fellow probiotics associations to further knowledge on probiotics effectiveness and safety. Paraskevakos is also an advisory council member for the Center for Digestive Health at Rutgers University, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences and Alliance for the Education of Probiotics (AEP).
Fay Johnstone combines 20 years of reiki practice with herbal and shamanic training to connect us with the subtle whispers of nature for personal transformation. Following a beautiful awakening to the spirit of plants while running a flower farm in Nova Scotia Fay was inspired to write her first book Plants that Speak Souls that Sing: Transform your Life with the spirit of plants and now offers training and online courses on reiki, plant spirit connection and shamanism online and from her home in Scotland. Fay is also the founder of Plant Spirit Reiki, a therapy which connects Reiki healing to the power of plants as detailed in her 2nd book Plant Spirit Reiki. It's Fay's mission to help people find their unique way to connect with the natural world and come into alignment with their true nature.
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Charley Wininger is the author of  "Listening to Ecstasy: The Transformative Power of MDMA". Charley is a  psychotherapist in private practice and  licensed as a Psychoanalyst as well as a Mental Health Counselor, He specializes in relationships and communication skills, and has been treating couples and individuals in his Manhattan and Brooklyn offices for over 30 years.

He has been featured in The New York Times and Newsday as “The Love Doctor”.

For the past 20 years, Charley has been a member of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (, which funds research into the use of MDMA  for treating PTSD, social anxiety and other ailments. He and his wife Shelley have been instrumental in building the local MAPS community in New York since 2004. He lectures on "Psychedelics Across the Lifespan" and related topics.

Charley was raised in the suburbs of Long Island, and has been a New York City resident since 1969. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Shelley.

 Medical Cannabis for Kids
Vanessa Peck, the Medical Cannabis Nurse for Kids, is a Certified Cannabis Nurse with 12 years of professional nursing practice.  With an extensive background in emergency care, trauma, and pediatrics, Vanessa was compelled to advance her career to help educate and guide families through the world of cannabis.  Vanessa understands and empathizes with parents who feel at their wits end because of failed therapies, enduring the most difficult experience; watching their child suffer.  Together, Vanessa and families walk hand-in-hand down the alternative road of medical cannabis, transforming and restoring their child’s life.
Contact:             Company:       Elevated Healing
Facebook:       Elevated-Healing
Instagram:       @elevated___healing (that is three underscores)

Claude K Lardinois, MD, FACP, MACN, FACE is Emeritus Professor, Endocrinology Division, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, Nevada.  Dr. Lardinois is a board certified endocrinologist.  His research interests include work in nutrition, diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia.  He has a notable interest in eradicating heart disease, the major cause of death in the world.

Ricki Grossman, RN, LMT, Lic Nurse Coach, has been a student of life. She received her registered nurse degree in her hopes to heal others as she did herself through whole foods.  Her continued path for healing brought her to a certification in Asian modalities featuring amma massage therapy and an introduction to the channels of the body used in acupuncture.  She has continued to following a deep spiritual calling. Born Jewish she pursued many paths of religion trying to understand their commonality.  This search has always taken her back to the Sanskrit path of yoga.  She has completed her level 2 certification in teaching meditation and holds 500 hours in yoga asana certification. Ricki believes we live on many levels the physical, emotional and spiritual plane. And that good health involves all three.
Bridgette Shea is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, author, and wellness educator with over 20 years of experience in the holistic healing arts. Her private practice is an integration of Energetic, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines. She enjoys teaching workshops on Eastern wisdom and energy healing, and is the author of Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, and the new release, Cultivating Your Microbiome. 
IG: @bridgettesheabooks
Twitter: @goldilocksgut
Facebook: Bridgette Shea (author page)


Dr. Suzanne Keyes is a community pharmacist with over 20 years’ experience . Her passion for root cause analysis led her to become the 7th PharmD to receive certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine.  The training she received in Functional Medicine has helped Suzanne grow a large appointment-based consultation practice within her community pharmacy. 
Dr. Keyes integrates her pharmacy education with her knowledge of functional medicine to identify critical drug-induced nutrient deficiencies, genetic anomalies, and deficits in nutrition that impact patient outcomes.  It is her belief that “with the proper support, the body has an innate ability to heal itself.”
Suzanne views chronic disease in a 'systems biology’ approach rather than a 'symptoms-based algorithm’; her mantra is simply put, "...we are the culmination of seven biological SYSTEMS and NOT hundreds of SYMPTOMS". Dr. Keyes utilizes advanced testing, in-depth patient histories and her training in the biological pathways to specialize in the development of comprehensive lifestyle protocols that maximize patient vitality.
Dr. Keyes focuses on training other health professionals on a functional approach to  Immunity & Allergic Disease, Thyroid-Adrenal Dysfunction and Cardiometabolic Syndrome.

              Instagram #thefunctionalpharmd

              Phone: 580-225-5273
Wise Woman Herbalist and Author, Susun S. Weed
Susun Weed is loved and honored for her work in women’s health and
herbal medicine. She is the author of the Wise Woman Herbal Series, Including 
Abundantly Well: The Complementary Integrated Medicine Revolution.
Susan's books, classes and teachings offer simple, safe alternative, complementary medicines. She directs the working of the Wise Woman Center, is a High Priestess of Dianic Wicca, and has been inducted as a Peace Elder. Susun uses her 
encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health in her service of all women.
Find her books at
or at your favorite bookseller...Susun offers mentorship opportunities
at and hosts a weekly radio show at where you can call in and ask her
health questions.

Susun Weed is the founder of the Wise Woman Center and Ash Tree
Publishing and the voice of the Wise Woman Tradition. Learn more at

Dr. Ken Redcross, MD, author of, “Bond: The 4 Cornerstones of a Lasting and Caring Relationship with Your Doctor,” runs his own concierge personalized medical practice designed to enhance the patient-doctor relationship while providing convenient access to a full spectrum of healthcare services and holistic and wellness counseling. He joins us today to discuss theories on why COVID-19 might be affecting more African Americans than any other population, including Black children who are being hospitalized at a rate five times higher than white children according to new data from the CDC. Comorbidities like hypertension, diabetes and vitamin D deficiencies are all tied to COVID-19 complications and disproportionately affect the Black community, but the alarming rates at which COVID-19 is killing Black Americans extends beyond these comorbidities and may be attributed to other factors such as inequitable access to testing and treatment and withholding racial/ethnicity data from reports on virus outcomes. Dr. Redcross will discuss recommended health changes that can help disproportionately affected communities.
Twitter: @KenRedcrossMD
Instagram: @DrKenRedcross

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