Andrea lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 15 years, her two kids, a renter and one crazy but lovable rescue dog. Most days she can be found writing for several media outlets, thrift store shopping, ferrying her kids around town or promoting her upcoming book, Happily Ticked Off: One Mother’s Journey from Despair to Hope Over Her Son’s Tourette Syndrome Diagnosis. You can find her at blogging at Happily Ticked Off, on Facebook@ AndreaFrazerWrites or on Twitter @AndreaFrazerWrites.
Holly Rust is is a native Texan but is currently living in the great city of Chicago with her husband, two sons and a Chihuahua. Aside from chasing around two lunatic toddlers all day, she is a professional writer and small business consultant. If you want a laugh, you can read about how she handles her toddler shenanigans on her humor blog, Mother’s Guide To Sanity, which was featured on The TODAY Show’s List of Funniest Parents on Facebook. She is a regular contributing writer for the Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, GenYize, Dot Complicated and The TODAY Parenting Team. You can also find her essays published in several anthologies, too! Follow her random thoughts on Facebook and Twitter – but no judging.
Dr. Donna Dannenfelser is a top psychotherapist, certified hypnotist, and dream analyst with over 25 years experience. She was the highly esteemed psychotherapist for the New York Jets in the 1990s specializing in men’s issues pertaining to high-profiled professional athletes, including their wives and families. Her clientele extended to professional athletes from other arenas, such as baseball, basketball, hockey, boxing, and golf, along with women’s sports such as bodybuilding, skating, and wrestling. Dr. Donna’s straight-talk, no nonsense approach, coupled with her incredible experience working for the NFL was enough for USA Network to base a show on her life titled, “Necessary Roughness.”
She has toured the New York area giving motivational workshops on surviving divorce and separation, parenting issues, substance abuse, physical and verbal abuse, the “coming out” for people who choose to live alternate lifestyles, and coping strategies for survivors of tragic experiences. Dr. Donna currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
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An internationally recognized supermodel and actress for the past 20 years, today Amber Smith is perhaps even more recognizable as one of the top reality TV stars in America. Her participation in the VH-1 TV series “Celebrity Rehab,” “Sober House” and “Sex Rehab w/ Dr. Drew,” has propelled her to a new level of fame…
Brave enough to admit, confront, and overcome a 16-year addiction to painkillers on national television, Amber says, “It’s amazing how many people come up to me, telling me how inspirational I’ve been throughout their personal struggles with addiction. Many times they will reveal their addictions to me when they haven’t even told their spouse or family members. I’m truly touched that they see me as a safe person to talk to.”
After her battle with prescription painkillers, Amber went on her third VH-1 reality program, “Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew” to confront love addiction (obessional “love” that stems from unresolved trauma from early abandonment). Substance abuse will temporarily “medicate” underlying issues such as co-dependency and love addiction-, which was the case for Amber.
After her emotional, yet transformation appearances, Amber finally achieved her “Big O” – Oprah that is! In the Fall of 2009, Amber and Dr. Drew appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” captivating audiences with their takes on addiction. It is now Amber’s mission to inspire individuals to seek treatment and help others recognize that there are many different kinds of addiction. Amber now resides in Los Angeles, California.
Recognized media personality, spiritual teacher, health and wellness expert, and New York Times best-selling author Deborah King was a successful attorney in her 20s when a diagnosis of cancer sent her on a search for truth that radically changed her life. Unwilling to undergo invasive surgery, she turned to alternative medicine and had an amazing remission. Along the way, she conquered the alcohol and drug addictions she had used to bury an abusive childhood. Leaving the corporate arena for the world of energy medicine, Deborah mastered ancient and modern healing systems, ultimately developing a powerful healing technique of her own.
Deborah’s New York Times best-selling Be Your Own Shaman and Truth Heals take you behind the scenes and into the world of energy medicine. Her newest book, Entangled in Darkness: Seeking the Light, takes you around the world exploring the path of enlightenment. Deborah’s entertaining personality and passion for ancient healing techniques have made her a leading media resource for a number of national and international outlets. She’s made regular appearances on prime time news, including ABC, NBC, CNN, and FOX. She’s also lent her insight- and wit- to entertainment television on shows like Showbiz Tonight, Access Hollywood, and E!, as well as guested on shows for Gaiam TV and Veria, cross-platform media venues that cater to the body/mind/spirit audience. Her most recent certification program, The LifeForce Energy Healing Video Course, was the most successful online course at Hay House in recent memory. W Magazine calls Deborah “electrifying.”
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Lisa had endured her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates, many of which inspired Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click. The books, about a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles, have been called, “a fast read that will keep you entertained,” “a fun, quick read for fans of Sex and the City,” and “hard to put down.” The first in the series has now been optioned for a major motion picture.
She’s written bylined articles about online dating and has been featured in Cupid’s Pulse, Garmental.com, TV Grapevine, GalTime.com, Single Edition, Career 2.0, The Perfect Soulmate, Chick Lit Central and numerous other book blogs and websites.
A former public relations professional, Lisa has worked with some of the biggest consumer companies in the world including McDonald’s, Ford, Sony and Gatorade. She’s also a former college professor, teaching public relations and communications classes at University of Southern California and Oglethorpe University.
As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “for every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone!