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Heather Irobunda is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology currently practicing at NYC Health and Hosptial. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has completed two years of medical research, with a primary focus on sexual health. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, followed by a Post Baccalaureate Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She went on to complete her Doctorate of Medicine from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, at Yeshiva University in 2011.
Heather went on to complete her Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the National Capital Consortium, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and joined the Guthrie Ambulatory Care Center as an Attending Physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Fort Drum, NY helping soldiers, spouses and veterans. Here, she focused on making sure military women had access to high-quality women’s health care during their service. She has completed military training in Army Officer Basic Leadership, and Combat Casualty.
Alejandra Carrasco, M.D. is a board certified physician, bestselling author of Bloom: 7 Steps to Reclaim Your Health, Cultivate Your Desires, and Reignite Your Spark, wife and mom of 3.
She is the founder of Nourish Medicine, a functional and integrative medicine practice, and the cofounder of Hey Mami, an online resource that helps women navigate a healthy and happy motherhood.
Dr. Carrasco is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a certified practitioner by the Institute of Functional Medicine.
She is passionate about helping women find root cause solutions for their health challenges and believes that every single one of us deserves to live a fulfilled, healthy, and happy life.
Dr. Anthony Youn is known as America's Holistic Plastic Surgeon. He is the author of three best-selling books and the host of the podcast, The Holistic Plastic Surgery Show. Dr. Youn has been featured on several national television programs and named one of the top plastic surgeons in the country by Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country Magazine, and US News and World Report.
Dr. Kiran Sethi, MD, Celeb skin and wellness expert, New Delhi transplant from New York, Founder of Isya Aesthetics.
Named as the best dermatologist in India by Elle magazine. She is widely renowned as a top skin specialist in India. Dr. Kiran Sethi has the distinction of being one of the few physicians worldwide with both cosmetic formulation and dermatology degrees, making her a worldwide expert on skincare products and their topical applications. She is additionally a global trainer and speaker for Galderma Dermal fillers.
Ellen Vora, MD graduated from Columbia University medical school, received her B.A. in English from Yale University, and she’s a board-certified psychiatrist, medical acupuncturist, and yoga teacher. Dr. Vora takes a functional medicine approach to mental health–-considering the whole person and addressing imbalance at the root, rather than reflexively prescribing medication. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Vora is also a writer, speaker, and a consultant for healthcare startups.
A leading researcher in the dynamic and rapidly expanding field of evolutionary psychology, Dr. Sarah Hill completed her PhD at UT Austin under the mentorship of Dr. David Buss. She is now a professor at TCU and has more than sixty scientific publications and multiple prestigious research grants to her credit. Dr. Hill has quickly become a leading authority on evolutionary approaches to psychology, health, and relationships, and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American, and The Economist. In This Is Your Brain On Birth Control, Dr. Hill turns her expertise to unveil to readers what we know and still don't know about the ways that the pill changes women's brains and the world.
Christine Maren D.O. is the founder of a virtual functional medicine practice in Colorado, Michigan and Texas. She helps patients identify and address the root causes of their symptoms, and specializes in thyroid, hormone and gut health. She is also the co-founder of Hey Mami, a platform dedicated to helping women achieve a healthier and happier mamihood. Dr. Maren is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP).
Dr. Shelly Sethi is a double board certified family physician who provides integrative and functional medicine to people who are looking for clarity and root-cause resolution of their chronic health issues or to people who want to optimize their body and brain to live to their full potential. She provides a step-by-step system that is customized focusing on genetics, recovery from stress exposure, nutrition, sleep and other lifestyle components. She is a national speaker in the field of Integrative Medicine and a #1 best selling author of Built to Thrive. She teaches culinary medicine and mind-body seminars in Austin and has been a practitioner and teacher of meditation for over twenty years. Additionally she has been featured on podcasts, summits and television speaking about food and health.
Jennifer FugoMaster of Science, Human Nutrition; Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist; Certified Nutrition Specialist
Jennifer Fugo, MS, LDN, CNS is a clinical nutritionist empowering women who’ve been failed by conventional medicine to beat chronic skin and unending gut challenges. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and is a Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist. Jennifer is a faculty member at LearnSkin (which provides Dermatology Education for Professionals) and is the host of the Healthy Skin Show.