Dr. Maegan Pisman: ABA Therapy, Access & Tele-Health Tech

Season 1, Episode 9

In this podcast we speak with Dr. Maegan Pisman who specializes in providing comprehensive- and focused-treatment applied behavioral analysis (ABA) services using a tele-health model for individuals with learning deficits or behavioral challenges.  Demand for ABA therapy services has accelerated rapidly since the early 1990s with much of the increase coming within the realm of interventions for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Families of people with Autism have played a major role in advocating for public policies and insurance coverage.  There still remains some confusion, misunderstanding, and misrepresentation regarding these services, its applications, and qualifications for practicing ABA professionally.

Dr. Pisman who has over 11 years of education, training and research experience in this area.  Her range of study includes work and research in areas including assessment and treatment of severe challenging behaviors, ASD and other disabilities, as well as pediatric feeding disorders.  

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy and its growth within the health field.
  • Why and how tele-health has improved access and outcomes for this therapy.
  • What a tele-health visit “looks” like for her clients.
  • The benefits of engaging with tele-health technology to improve benefits in urban and rural areas.
  • Dr. Pisman’s suggestions on how we can begin opening up to alternative access models for our own health.

Today’s Guest

Dr. Maegan Pisman, founder of Imbueity, providing applied behavior analytic (ABA) services for individuals, families, students, and organizations.

Chef Tank Sanatra: Real People, Real Experience

Season 1, Episode 8

This is our first ‘Real People, Real Experience’ interview where we engage with people, like us, who have a health story and success to share.  In this podcast we talk to Chef Tank Sanatra.  Chef Sanatra’s health issues date back to the age of 11.  He shares with us his thoughts, his trials, and how he’s discovered the best solutions for his health. We get into the details so be sure to listen and be inspired.

We’ll talk to Tank Sanatra about:

  • How he has learned to take charge of his own health over the past 20 years;
  • His life and health beginning at age 11 and how he went from being Tank to Chef Sanatra
  • His thoughts and suggestions on how to interact with our medical community;
  • How Chef Sanatra has adopted a new lifestyle and food habit that some of us may find to be impossible to adopt – yet Tank finds it rewarding.

Today’s Guest:

Chef Tank Sanatra, experienced health challenges at a young age and has been inspired to explore and adopt ways to better health.  You can find Chef Sanatra on Instragram @ChefSanatra

MeruHealth: Making Mental Healthcare Accessible & Effective

Season 1, Episode 7

In this podcast we speak with Kristian Ranta, founder of MeruHealth. MeruHealth is a digital mental health clinic offering an app based treatment program supported by licensed therapist.  The mission of MeruHealth is to make mental healthcare accessible and effective for everyone.  MeruHealth is based on a need that Kristian experienced within his own family.  He is now on a personal mission to help all people have access to the tools they need to overcome depression and anxiety. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How MeruHealth is using technology to redefine our access to mental health services.
  • The problems that are now being faced by patients needing care related to stigma, cost, and often slow access to qualified therapists. 
  • The increasing need for mental health services with employer provided health options.
  • How MeruHealth is bringing this option into the physician and corporate employee world where burnout is prevalent and leading to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
  • Kristian’s thoughts on how we can begin thinking about how to explore and engage in using technology to support our mental health.

Today’s Guest

Kristian Ranta, founder of MeruHealth, is an energetic and creative entrepreneurial business builder who loves major global challenges.  He envisions a world in which all people have the tools they need to overcome depression and anxiety.
www.MeruHealth.com

Andy and Sharon: Society Jane – Cannabis, Women, Health & Fun

Season 1, Episode 6

Join me in a conversation with Andy Greenberg and Sharon Krinsky, founders of Society Jane, a cannabis concierge for discerning women.  Society Jane makes available discreet access to the latest and best cannabis goods, information and advice on consumption.

Prior to founding Society Jane, Andy and Sharon had been noticing the rolling wave of cannabis legalization making its way across the country.  They found that women were increasingly curious about the plant and its potential new, positive role in their lives.  So Andy and Sharon started asking themselves questions such as:

  • What if we made it safe, easy, interesting and fun for women to learn about cannabis from women they know and trust?
  • What if we worked to challenge stereotypes, dispel myths and remove the stigma of cannabis use among women?

Soon their “what ifs” became “why nots” and Society Jane was born.  And what started as a tiny medical marijuana collective is now a first-of-its-kind cannabis concierge.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who are Andy and Sharon and how did they is transition from their former careers to found Society Jane.
  • The many different cannabis products available for both medicinal and recreational use?
  • Insights into how we can explore the connection between our health and cannabis options available to support our health.
  • Ideas on how to explore medical studies and have conversations with our medical professionals?
  • Andy and Sharon’s personal suggestions on how we can be more aware and open to cannabis products for medicinal and recreational use.

Today’s Guests

Andy Greenberg and Sharon Krinsky, founders of Society Jane, providing discreet access, information, and advice of consumption of cannabis products for medicinal and recreational use.
www.SocietyJane.com

Navid Rastegar: Fitbliss, the modern wellbeing experience

Season 1, Episode 5



In this podcast, we have a conversation with Navid Rastegar, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Fitbliss.  Fitbliss is a digital online health platform to maximize work performance and optimize health.  After 5 years of attending and learning the deep benefits of meditation and mindfulness at the School of Practical Philosophy, Navid’s vision for Fitbliss became clear.  He knew that through building the best version of ourselves, we can achieve the hardest tasks and daily challenges, both personally and professionally.  In addition to Fitbliss, Navid enjoys participating in triathlons and supporting the MAP (Moms Against Poverty) foundation.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who is Navid and how he was driven to develop Fitbliss.
  • Navid’s thoughts on technology and wellbeing.
  • How Fitbliss helps with wellbeing and stress within our workplaces and workdays.
  • Are we ready for technology and wellness?  How can we get ready?
  • Navid’s personal suggestion on how we can become more aligned with health technology in a way to improve our own health.

Today’s Guest

Navid Rastegar, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Fitbliss.  Fitbliss is a digital online platform engaging employees on better wellness and productivity outcomes.
www.fitbliss.com

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