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Author: Dr. Laura Brayton

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A podcast dedicated to educating and empowering women from preconception, pregnancy, birth, and through early motherhood on wellness lifestyle. The host, Dr. Laura Brayton, is a maternity/pediatric chiropractor and mother who has hand-selected experts in natural, holistic health-care specialties to shine light on options and choices during this exciting phase of a woman’s life.
105 Episodes
Andrew Newman is the award-winning author and founder of, a growing series of bedtime stories purpose-built to support parent-child connection in the last 20 minutes of the day. His professional background includes deep training in therapeutic healing work and mindfulness. He brings a calm yet playful energy to speaking events and workshops, inviting and encouraging the creativity of his audiences, children K-5, parents, and teachers alike. Andrew is a featured expert on Mindvalleys’ Little Humans parenting channel, been an opening speaker for Deepak Chopra, a Tedx presenter in Findhorn, Scotland, keynote speaker at Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline Conference and author-in-residence at the Bixby School in Boulder, Colorado. He is a graduate of The Barbara Brennan School of Healing, a Non-Dual Kabbalistic healer and has been actively involved in men’s work through the Mankind Project since 2006. He counsels parents, helping them to return to their center, so they can be more deeply present with their kids. Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Randi Zinn is an author, mindfulness and wellness expert, podcast host and founder of the Going Beyond Movement and Beyond Mom. The Going Beyond movement grants women permission to step in, step up, and enter a curious dialogue with their life. Their platform offers: The Going Beyond Podcast, LIVE podcast events, community building events, dynamic social media storytelling, and retreats for women. Randi is an ambassador for Athleta and has partnered with Deepak Chopra Homebase at ABC Home, Loyal Hana, WellRounded NY, HeyMama Co, SHE Summit, Appleseeds, SoulCycle, The Mother Company, and IntenSati and Physique 57. She is a regularly featured expert interviewed by the media, and has been featured in Women@Forbes, HuffPost, The New York Times, Well+Good, MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, Cheddar, FOX5 NY, Great Day Washington, The Honest Company Blog and many more. She is a certified yoga instructor through Laughing Lotus NY and has taught since 2008. Randi’s book Going Beyond Mom- How to Activate Your Mind, Body & Business After Baby was published in September 2017. Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Casey Urban is a yoga instructor, eating disorder coach, and anti-diet culture advocate. She is into helping people heal their relationship with their bodies one post, one class, and one workshop at a time. Check her out at Visit: for show notes and available downloads.  © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Heather Holmes is the President and CEO of Eco Balanced Technologies Inc. It’s P2 Probiotic Power brand of products was developed to focus on changing the perception of clean in order to protect our families, our homes, our pets and our environment against the proliferation of deadly superbugs, mold, fungus and viruses. By successfully commercializing several probiotic products that meet the needs for home cleaning, body care, pet wellness and allergy, asthma &sinus, P2 Probiotic Power is providing best-in-class products that should be part of any daily health and wellness regimen. While Heather is the President and CEO of P2 Probiotic Power, she prefers to view her role as chief consumer advocate, health coach, biofilm educator and environmental consultant. She passionately embraces the full product line in her daily life and demands the highest quality products for her customers that assure protection of surfaces, barriers to harmful bacteria and healthier lifestyles. Heather’s career to date has prepared her for this role. She has served in executive leadership roles in both large, multinational companies, like Medtronic and STERIS, as well as in many early stage companies. Heather’s years of experience working in medical devices and with hospitals, with seven of those years focused on infection control, have prepared her to make her company a leader in lifestyle, health and wellness products. Additionally, as a former national sales trainer, and with time served on a marketing advisory board, Heather knows how to effectively communicate and motivate. In her spare time, Heather enjoys travel, fine wine, interior design, her dog, skiing, playing tennis, yoga, meditation, Zumba and enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Heather has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ohio Wesleyan University with a major in International Business and a minor in Economics and French. In addition, she has participated in specialized study programs in Geneva, Switzerland and in MBA courses at American University in Washington, DC. Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
When Sarah Clark was 28 years old, she received a diagnosis of premature ovarian failure. She accepted the diagnosis and had both her children through in vitro fertilization. Years later she realized the root cause of her infertility was a food sensitivity and later a gut infection. Sarah is a certified life coach with accreditation from the International Coaches Federation and a health coach with training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is the author of Fabulously Fertile - Supercharge your Fertility Naturally. Her fertility coaching program, which includes functional lab testing, supports couples to make diet and lifestyle changes that dramatically improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby! On her Get Pregnant Naturally Podcast she shares that with functional medicine and natural fertility solutions we can eventually reverse infertility. Check it out on iTunes and Spotify. Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Because her visits to her pediatrician were usually positive experiences, Dr. Variste’s desire for pediatrics began at a very young age. Later she fulfilled her dream and obtained her Medical Degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She went on to complete a pediatric residency at UT Houston Health Science Center. After residency she returned to practice in her hometown of College Station, Texas. Dr. Variste is grateful for the five years she spent treating the families there and for the relationships and connections she made. This winter, Dr. Variste and her husband began their newlywed life as newcomers to the Spring, Texas area. As a board certified pediatrician her passion is to empower moms and dads to raise their kids to lead happy healthy lives full of precious memories and discovery. She desires to create the same positive experiences for her patients that she had with her pediatrician as a young child. Dr. Variste is thankful to be a new member of the team at Family First Pediatrics and is excited for the new relationships to be made. Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Julie Tupler is a Registered Nurse, Certified Childbirth Educator and Certified Personal Trainer. She developed the Maternal Fitness® Program in 1990 and for over 30 years has been teaching and developing the Tupler Technique® Program for women during and after pregnancy. In 2009 she opened Diastasis Rehab to specialize in the treatment of diastasis recti for women, men and children. Dr. Oz calls Julie an "expert" on diastasis recti and Elle Macpherson credits the Tupler Technique® for a 20 minute delivery and her fast recovery. The Tupler Technique®, a research and evidenced based program to treat a diastasis recti, has now been translated into six different languages. Julie trains medical and fitness professionals all over the world in her proprietary program. Julie has written three bestselling books-- Maternal Fitness (Simon& Schuster) and Lose Your Mummy Tummy (DaCapo) and her recent book Together Tummy (Mascot (2018). She has produced five videos on diastasis, and invented the Diastasis Rehab Splint®, Diastometer™ for measuring a diastasis, Corrective Connective Tissue Cream and TogetherTape™. Julie has also developed an 18- week ongoing online support program for her clients all over the world. She is on the advisory board of Fit Pregnancy, Women's Health Foundation and the Women's Sports Foundation and Medical Fitness Network. She is a frequent speaker at medical and fitness conferences including the American Hernia Society where in 2015 she spoke on the non-surgical Tupler Technique® approach to Diastasis Recti at the 1st World Conference Before Abdominal Surgery to Prevent Incisional Hernia at the Hernia conference in Hamburg Germany Sept 2019. Her website is Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Adriane Stare is a Master Babywearing Instructor with more than 10 years experience, a Certified Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Educator, Cloth diapering educator, and Mom to two boys. Following the birth of her first baby in 2009, she founded Caribou Baby and Wild Was Mama, Brooklyn’s largest, hippest and most well-loved baby and maternity retail shops and class spaces. She has helped thousands of families learn how to carry their babies comfortably and parent with confidence, strength and intuitive wisdom. You can always find her teaching babywearing tutorials on instagram, helping parents in community clinics or in their homes, or hosting babywearing workshops for other birthworkers. Find her at or on Instagram at @ado_stare! Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Jeff Chilton, raised in Pacific Northwest, studied ethnomycology at the University of Washington in the late sixties and started working on a commercial mushroom farm in Olympia, Washington in 1973. During the next 10 years he became the production manager, responsible for the cultivation of over 2 million pounds of agaricus mushrooms per year and was also involved in the research and development of shiitake, oyster and enoki mushrooms which resulted in the earliest U.S. fresh shiitake sales in 1978. In the late seventies he was a founder of Mycomedia, which held 4 mushroom conferences in the Pacific Northwest. These educational conferences brought together educators and experts in mushroom identification, ethnomycology, and mushroom cultivation. During this period Jeff co-authored the highly acclaimed book, "The Mushroom Cultivator," which was published in 1983. In the 1980’s he operated a mushroom spawn business and in 1989 he started Nammex, a business that introduced medicinal mushrooms to the U.S. nutritional supplement industry. He traveled extensively in China during the 1990’s, attending conferences and visiting research facilities and mushroom farms. In 1997 he organized the first organic mushroom production seminar in China. Jeff’s company, Nammex was the first to offer a complete line of Certified Organic mushroom extracts to the U.S. nutritional supplement industry. Nammex extracts are used by many supplement companies and are noted for their high quality based on scientific analysis of the active compounds. For more information, please visit Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Dr. Jeffrey Morrison is an award-winning medical doctor, leader in the field of Integrative Medicine, and champion of a nutritional approach to healthcare. His focus is on preventing and reversing degenerative and chronic diseases by enhancing the body’s innate ability to heal and detoxify itself. In 2002, Dr. Morrison opened The Morrison Center, in NYC, where he has used his successful integrative medicine and nutritional approach for patients with many types of medical conditions. Dr. Morrison has an undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and received his medical doctorate from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He is board certified in Integrative Medicine and trained in Family Practice and Environmental Medicine. The focus of his practice is Integrative / Functional and Environmental medicine. Dr. Morrison is the author of "Cleanse Your Body, Clear Your Mind" and has made many television appearances, including The View, and written journal articles. Visit, follow him on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook, and watch his videos on YouTube. Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Shakha Gillin, MD, FAAP, has been in North County since 1990. She attended UCSD for her undergraduate education and medical school. She did residency at UC Irvine and was the chief resident at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. She practiced pediatrics in La Jolla for five years and Encinitas for five years. She also worked at a private practice in Newport Beach and at the Rady Children’s Hospital Emergency Department. Dr. Shakha Gillin has a special interest in preventative care, particularly healthy and active lifestyles for children. She was recognized by San Diego Magazine as a “Top Doctor” annually in their rankings for 2006-2018. She was recognized as “Best Pediatrician” by Ranch and Coast. She was the founder of the North County Pediatric Journal Club and is a Francis Parker board trustee. She is a contributing author for AAP and She lives in Del Mar with her husband Scott, a Pediatric Anesthesiologist and their son, Taj. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising and shopping. Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Sara-Chana Silverstein, a Master Herbalist RH (AHG), spends much of her time teaching women about the use of complementary medicine, a practice which integrates alternative and conventional medicines. She shows her clients how using herbs can help them become emotionally and physically stronger. Sara-Chana is also trained in Classical Homeopathy and is an International Board-Certified Lactation/Breastfeeding Consultant (IBCLC). She has helped over 18,000 babies successfully breastfeed and as a doula, contributed to the delivery of 450 babies. She is also an author, columnist, keynote speaker, adult education teacher, community advocate for women and children, a wife and mother of seven children. Sara-Chana is a guest lecturer at medical schools to help doctors learn how to incorporate alternative medicine in their practices, which is difficult because alternative medicine has not been and is not part of their regular curriculum. She recently published, "Moodtopia: Tame Your Moods, De-Stress, and Find Balance Using Herbal Remedies, Aromatherapy, and More" in the hopes to help give women the education so they can become empowered to be an active participant in their health. For more information, please visit her website at Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Dr. Melanie Howell grew up in Bergen County New Jersey. She received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry-School of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from NYU Langone Medical Center/Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. Upon completion of her residency, she went on to pursue fellowship training in Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she focused on the treatment of pain, as well as the restoration of function during and after cancer treatment. Dr. Howell is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a member of the New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a member of the American Osteopathic Association. She is also an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition to participating in a research project emphasizing the prevalence of pelvic girdle pain, she has published peer-reviewed articles in both musculoskeletal medicine and acupuncture. Dr. Howell also co-authored a pelvic pain chapter in a pain management manual. Dr. Howell joined Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine because she is both passionate and determined to manage the discomfort and dysfunction associated with pelvic pain. During her medical training and as an attending, she saw firsthand how debilitating this pain could be. She remains dedicated to providing this very deserving patient population with options and improved quality of life. In her spare time, Dr. Howell enjoys cooking nutritious meals and spending quality time with her husband, toddler and newborn son. Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Denise Wiesner, LAc, FABORM, is the author of "Conceiving with Love: A Whole-Body Approach to Creating Intimacy, Reigniting Passion, and Increasing Fertility." The founder of the Natural Healing and Acupuncture Clinic in West Los Angeles, Wiesner is an internationally recognized traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, specializing in the Whole Systems Chinese medicine approach to women’s health, sexuality, and fertility. Since 1994, Denise has treated and helped women manage challenges from menstrual disorders through menopause, and from infertility to pregnancy. Using a combination of acupuncture, diet and lifestyle counseling, nutritional supplements, and Chinese herbs, Denise has helped thousands of couples navigate the tricky, and often stressful, journey toward fertility, without losing their loving connection. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Kinesiology (UCLA), a Master of Arts in traditional Chinese medicine (Emperor's College), and is a certified sex coach. She is board-certified by the State of California and the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), and a charter member of the Fertile Soul: Clinical Excellence in Fertility program. Denise teaches professional seminars to medical doctors, OB/GYNs, and nurse midwives on the application of Chinese medicine in obstetrics and gynecology and has published articles on acupuncture and infertility. In addition to a thriving private practice, Denise lectures at conferences, works closely with reproductive endocrinologists, and is a professor in the doctoral program in Chinese Medicine, Fertility, and Women’s Health at Yo San University. Denise enjoys leading groups for individuals and couples to help their fertility journey, incorporating breath, meditation, and education. For more information, please visit her website at Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Lahana Vigliano is the owner of Thrival Nutrition. She is a certified holistic nutritionist (and mom!) who works mostly with women and mothers. Her approach is to use whole foods as medicine for a variety of things including: hormonal imbalances due to new motherhood or other reasons, gut issues, weight etc. She also loves talking about healthy living for the whole family and how to do it in a way that is balanced for mama too! Her passion also includes entrepreneurship and how to adjust it all and stay healthy. For more information, please visit her website at Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Stephen Cowan MD is a board-certified pediatrician with over 30 years of clinical experience working with children. He has a sub-specialty in Developmental Pediatrics and is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics serving as a member of the AAP section on Developmental Disabilities. He is a clinical instructor at NY Medical College and a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He has lectured internationally and is the author of Fire Child Water Child: How understanding the five types of ADHD can help you improve your child's self-esteem and attention. Dr. Cowan has developed a unique holistic approach to evaluating and treating children struggling with chronic physical, emotional and cognitive disorders that integrates the principles of Chinese medicine. He has a consultation practice in both Manhattan and Westchester NY. He is the medical director of the non-profit Tournesol Kids that envisions a world where all children are heroes, inspired to grow and discover well-being by celebrating their unique powers and learning to share them with the world. Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Lindsay Mumma is a doctor of chiropractic, an executive at BIRTHFIT, and the owner of Triangle Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center. She and her husband Chris live in Raleigh with their two sons. She discovered a love for helping pregnant women during her first pregnancy in 2012, and recognized the lack of information and both physical and mental support for those going through the transition into parenthood. She now works to ensure appropriate resources are available to everyone she works with - near and far! Visit: for show notes and available downloads. © 2020 Dr. Laura Brayton
Heidi Brockmyre is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine. She has a decade of experience helping women grow their families. She's supported hundreds of women in her clinic in San Diego, and thousands of women around the world. She teaches women how to get pregnant a faster, healthier, easier and more affordable way with her online program, Fertility Activation Method. She loves teaching women how to renew faith in their ability to conceive and to take back control of their health and bodies. For more information, please visit her website at © 2019 Dr. Laura Brayton Visit for show notes and other downloads. Email: Dr. Brayton on Instagram Dr. Brayton on Facebook Produced by Podcast Prowess
Elisheva Schwartz is the creator of The Dyslexia Quest Podcast , and The Dyslexia Quest Parent Courses. In the past 5 years, she has birthed and midwifed a revolutionary movement of individuals committed to seeing learning differences as opportunities, not just hindrances. She has taught hundreds of parents who have taken her 8 week online courses, 'The Secret Tools of Resilience', that they can pass down to their children, regardless of how stressful the school situation can become, and her podcast hit number 29 on the Education Category of iTunes. At her core, she is endlessly fascinated with what makes us who we are in the world, and how we can create learning and work environments that optimize for individual differences, holistic human flourishing, resilience and unleashed potential. For more information, please visit her website at © 2019 Dr. Laura Brayton Visit for show notes and other downloads. Email: Dr. Brayton on Instagram Dr. Brayton on Facebook Produced by Podcast Prowess
Anne Margolis is a Licensed Certified Nurse Midwife, Licensed Femme! Teacher, Certified Clarity Breathwork Practitioner, Yoga Teacher and practitioner. She is a 3rd generation guide to mommas birthing babies in her family. Anne has helped thousands of families in her 20+ year midwifery practice and has personally ushered the births of over 1000 healthy babies into the world. She has also guided countless human beings to heal from emotional pain, inner stress and trauma, tap into their strength and power, live fully and vibrantly, and reclaim their radiance, joyfulness, calm and overall sense of well-being. Through her online childbirth course 'Love Your Birth', her online and in-person midwifery for pregnancy and postpartum support consultations, her birth professional mentoring, her holistic gynecology, Clairty Breathwork and Femme! experience offerings she infuses wisdom, compassion, inspiration, and joy into the entire process of women’s health care from teen aged years to menopause, as well as into facilitating incredible healing and wellness for both men and women of all ages. She also provides consulting to help you publish and launch your book! Anne is a two times number one national and international best selling author of 'Natural Birth Secrets: An Insiders Guide How To Give Birth Holistically, Healthfully and Safely, and Love the Experience', and also 'Trauma Release Formula: The Revolutionary Step by Step Program for Eliminating Effects of Childhood Abuse, Trauma, Emotional Pain and Crippling Inner Stress, to Living in Joy without Drugs or Therapy.' Anne’s work, insights and advice have been seen on TV shows and movies including 4 episodes of 'A Baby Story' on TLC Discovery Channel, and the award winning feature documentary, 'Orgasmic Birth' and 'The Human Longevity Project.' She has been interviewed for multiple local, national and international radio programs, shows and podcasts. Anne has also been a featured speaker and expert panelist at distinguished events for Weil-Cornell School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, RCC State University of New York School of Nursing, and Birthnet Association of Childbirth Professionals and Hudson Valley Birth Network to name a few. Anne's Clarity Breathwork and Femme! healing movement workshops have been hosted at several yoga studios and wellness centers, including the conscious, high vibration and transformational community at The Assemblage in NYC. Anne is a proud founding member of The Health and Wellness Business Association, which was created to promote initiatives that support better collaboration, interaction and ethical business practices within the health and wellness business community. She has midwifed mommas and babies for over two decades, and guides individuals to birth themselves as healthy and whole human beings capable of immense joy and inner peace. Her clients describe her as “passionate, sensitive, big hearted, and a playful ball of light.” When she’s not helping mommas around the world you can find her doing yoga (anywhere and everywhere), dancing, taking or facilitating powerful growth and healing workshops, traveling, enjoying family time and watching comedy. © 2019 Dr. Laura Brayton Visit for show notes and other downloads. Email: Dr. Brayton on Instagram Dr. Brayton on Facebook Produced by Podcast Prowess
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