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Meet Your Host

Marilena Grittani, Registered Pharmacist

Websites: The Legal Drug Dealer Podcast | Taking Control Of My Own Health

-Why do I need to Take Control of My Own Health?
-Pain and Fever Medications For Kids ~ Stuff you need to know.
-Keep the Ugly voices in your head away from your goals.
-Supporting Your Loved Ones Through Cancer.

After 26 years as a Clinical Pharmacist in several hospitals and pharmacies throughout 4 states in the USA, she decided to change her professional life to educate and help those that need and want guidance on Taking Control Of Their Own Health.

Empowering each female that loves and cares about her family, to make the best-educated medical decisions, to improve the family's health.

At the beginning of 2020, she created a podcast originally focus on educating the listener of what pharmacists do but quickly evolved to a medical platform for professional healthcare providers that want to educate about non-traditional medical ways to treat patients.

Since then, the podcast has exposed The Legal Drug Dealer community about topics likes Menopause and its treatment with Bioidenticals, How to confront fear about medical issues, How to get your medication approved by your insurance, and What good doctors what all patients to know, among others.

Now, with this online conference her desire to empower the community with professional medical knowledge, has gone a step further to reach a bigger audience that needs this information to Take Control Of Their Own Health.

Meet Your Experts

Elizabeth Hughes, Medical Doctor, Dermatologist

Self-Healing Secrets that can change your health and your life

Website: ElizabethHughesMD.com

Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her medical degree from the University of Virginia. She did advanced medical training at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University. After completing her residency she joined the Stanford faculty, where she taught for eight years. She has also practiced at several large medical groups as well as being in private practice.

As she progressed through her career, Elizabeth became frustrated that the promises of medical science didn’t translate into cures for most common diseases and that patients still struggled with illness despite receiving state-of-the-art medical care. After witnessing the nearly spontaneous resolution of an “incurable” disease, Elizabeth became obsessed with finding out why mainstream medicine fails so many people.

Elizabeth combines her medical background with wide-ranging studies of alternative modalities of health and healing into a one-of-a-kind system designed to help people who feel like their lives have been hijacked by exhaustion and brain fog reclaim their energy and mental clarity.

Elizabeth is a board-certified dermatologist, a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), an advanced PSYCH-K® facilitator, and a Whole Health Medicine Institute certified provider. She lives in Seattle with her children and two rescued greyhounds.

Angela Solis, Registered Pharmacist
What Vaccinations Do We Really Need? and Compounded Medications And Wellness Pharmacies

Website: Martin's Wellness

Angela Solis is a graduate of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy, and her career has included both community and hospital practice as well as many years in
academia as a faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin.

She is currently pharmacist-in-charge and manager at Dripping Springs Pharmacy, one of three locations of Martins Compounding and Wellness Pharmacies located in the greater Austin area.

Her areas of expertise in the community practice environment include compounding, wellness consultation, immunization and travel vaccine specialization, medication therapy management, and diabetes education.

Marlene Willis-Akins, LMFT
Raising Kids A Child (5-11 years of age) With Mental Health Challenges

Website: My Redefined Purpose

Marlene is a professional Life Coach who specializes in personal growth, business development, communication skills, relationship, and career coaching. She currently maintains a private practice in the Los Angeles Metroplex where she offers face to face and online coaching.

She serves as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. In addition to being a professional Life Coach, She has worked as a therapist for children ages zero to school-aged. She has also provided behavior intervention, individual and group therapy for adolescents and adults, which would also include parenting classes.

Karen Vincent, CEC, Licensed Social Worker
How To Parent A Teenager With Mental Health Issues

Website:How To Parent A Teen

Karen, a Certified Life Coach, a Licensed Therapist, a Health Coach and a Speaker and Founder of How to Parent a Teen, which is a coaching and consulting business with programs and products designed specifically for parents of teenagers.

Karen's credentials as both a Therapist and a Life Coach enhance her ability to understand the pain, doubt, frustration and heartache that parents of teenagers often experience, while also having significant insight into what may be going on for their teenager. This expertise enables Karen to create specific, action-oriented plans and products which help parents get quick results and which help parents Restore Peace of Mind During the Teenage Years.

Veronica Riera Gilley, Pharmacy Doctor | Board Certified in Geriatrics Pharmacy
Aging Healthy is Possible!

Website: Prairie Fire Pharmacy Consulting, PLLC

Doctor Veronica Riera-Gilley is the founder of Prairie Fire Pharmacy Consulting she provides holistic health and pharmacy consulting. Her holistic approach is about achieving maximum health with minimal medication.

Her passion is to maximize health with minimal medication. She is a Board-Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner, Lifestyle Coach, and Adaptive Yoga Instructor.

Medications are bandages for symptoms. They cover up symptoms without addressing the real problem.  Rediscover the wisdom of the body, what your symptoms mean, and what you can do to age healthfully.

Jamie Pribyl, Doctor in Physical Therapy & Manual Therapy Certified
Physical Therapy After A Mastectomy

Website: The BRCA Boss

Jamie is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and the founder of The BRCA Boss. She has been a physical therapist since 2010.  Jaime knows how important it is to exercise correctly after surgery.  She is a strong believer in the manual therapy physical therapists provide, especially after surgery.

She found out that she was BRCA1+ after having her first son when she was 30 years old. The BRCA Boss was initially formed to document her journey through the surgery and recovery, as she had a difficult time finding much of this information during my decision-making process. She wanted other women to see how I did in real-time so they could know if the recovery was as bad as they thought, or really just not as big of a deal as it seemed.

Carla Michele Tucker, PhD 

Changing My Mindset To Take Control Of My Own Health

Website: Dr.Carla Inc. Coaching and Consulting Services

Carla Michelle is an executive coach, author, and keynote speaker. She is specialized in harmonizing the necessity of a developed mindset and the impact of productivity in the workplace.

Carla Michelle explores the benefits of positive psychology through its strengths and virtues that empower high level-high functioning individuals and organizations.

Joanne Jarret, MD
13 Things Good Doctors Wish That Patients Knew

Website: Cozy Clothes Blog

Joanne D. Jarrett MD studied Zoology at University of Washington before attending the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She completed the Family Medicine Residency there in 2001, serving as co-chief resident in her final year. She practiced family medicine full-time in a hospital-owned outpatient practice in Lincoln, Nebraska and covered evening and weekend urgent care shifts from 2001 to 2003. In 2003, her first daughter was born, followed by her second 22 months later.

She is currently on her 16th year of maternity leave. She writes at CozyClothesBlog.com, podcasts at FancyFreePodcast.com, designed a women's loungewear line (currently in production) which will be sold at ShelfieShoppe.com, and occasionally chairside assists in her husband's endodontic practice.

Kira Whitham, MS
Improving Autoimmune Diseases With Functional Medicine

Website: A Nourished Life Nutrition

Kira Whitham is a Functional Nutrition Specialist who helps women with autoimmune disease simplify their health and take control of their disease.

She holds a Master’s in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University, as well as additional training through the School of Applied Functional Medicine, Metabolic Healing Institute, and Institute for Functional Medicine.

Kira combines the principles of holistic nutrition and functional medicine to help people bring their bodies back to their intended state of wellness. She is a firm believer in the healing power of food and helps her clients make empowered choices while gaining an understanding of what nourishes and depletes the body.

Edward Givens - Licensed Insurance Agent
Is My Health Insurance The Best For Me? Answers From An Expert

Website: Health Markets

I'm a licensed health insurance adviser, entrepreneur, teacher, leader, and coach with 15 plus years of healthcare industry experience. I help small companies, professionals, individuals, and those eligible for Medicare benefits design their healthcare plan to meet their needs and fit their budget. I'll be with you for the long haul. I'll assist you with education, selection, questions, and claims.

Marian Haze, Certified Pharmacy Technician
Medication Insurance and What All You Need To Know

Marian has been a Certified Pharmacy Technician for 13 years. Her strengths as a Certified Pharmacy Technician include filling prescriptions in a high traffic retail pharmacy and processing insurance claims.

Marian prides herself on forming and maintaining long-lasting bonds with her pharmacy patients. Marian is also a wife and mother of two who loves spending time with her family and various pets.

Lynn Stiff, Medicine Doctor | Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist
Empowering Patients To Take Control Of Their Own Health

Website: Nutrition Health Life

Lynn Stiff is a dietitian turned physician passionate about empowering individuals to take charge of their health. She believes that all people are capable of achieving wellness regardless of past decisions, genetics, and the scale.  She advocates for realistic and sustainable diet and lifestyle changes while looking at health through a holistic lens.

Sharzad Green, Pharmacy Doctor
Hormonal Issues Before and After Menopause

Website: FabuVag.com

Sharzad has 30+ years of experience as a doctor in pharmacy, with jobs like an adjunct assistant professor at the Midwestern university college of pharmacy and a public speaker.

Sharzad loves to educate people about their health and treatment options, implement an integrative approach to medicine, combining eastern and western medicine and teaching other pharmacists, medical professionals and students about the above so that they can offer the same services to their patients.

Sharzad, for over 20 years, has provided private consultations to patients impacted by hormone imbalance-peri-menopause, menopause, andropause, PMS, PCOS, post-partum depression-using bio-identical hormones, adrenal fatigue syndrome, sexual dysfunction, and nutritional supplements.

Lisa King, Registered Pharmacist
How to Get Your Bladder Healthy Again

Website: The Fulfilled Pharmacist

Lisa King is a Pharmacist of 31 years. She is passionate about helping others live a healthy lifestyle through tiny shifts in their daily routine that lead to big results in better health.

Lisa is also a life coach and an Amazon Bestselling author who is equally as passionate about helping others lead a fulfilled and happier life.

Lisa is currently expanding sharing more on Overactive Bladder which affects about 40% of US Women and she has been working in this area officially for about one year. She has also taken time to counsel women at the pharmacy who were having bladder issues about the importance of diet in controlling bladder symptoms.
She just started working at a Patient Care Services pharmacy in which we share services to process benefits for patients on drugs that are not normally covered and then will transfer to a specialty pharmacy to fill the prescription.

Michele Rae, Registered Pharmacist
Holistic Approach To Women's Stress And Anxiety

Website: Center Within

Michele graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in June 1984.
She practiced in various community pharmacy settings as well as managed several pharmacies before spending 10 years with Apria Healthcare, which provided home infusion medications and services, as a regional operations manager leading four branches with a service territory of 12 states.

She currently is a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Minnesota in The Business of Health Coaching, Mind-Body Science and the Art of Transformation in the Center for Spirituality & Healing in the graduate certificate in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices: Health Coaching track and MA Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching.

She also teaches Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence for Leaders at the Humphrey Institute Fellows Program and Health Coaching for Pharmacists at the College of Pharmacy.

Jessica Chaksta, Physical Therapist, Doctor Physical Therapy, WCS
Treating Bowel, Bladder & Sexual Dysfunction

Website: Sullivan Physical Therapy

Jessica earned her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, while playing softball. She received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in August 2015.

Jessica became interested in women’s and men’s health after participating in mission trips and clinical rotations where she treated patients with pelvic floor dysfunction.  She became inspired to help people who didn't think anything could be done for their problems or felt that they were alone in what they were experiencing. While she loves to treat any and all pelvic floor dysfunction, she especially enjoys getting postpartum women back to exercise and treating chronic pain conditions.

Jessica is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section of Women's health. She co-host's a podcast about pelvic floor physical therapy called PT Below The Waist. She is passionate about spreading her knowledge about pelvic health and normalizing the way we talk about our bowel, bladder and sexual function.

Ricardo Correa, MD
Is All Female Stress And Anxiety, Related To Hormones?

Ricardo is an assistant professor of medicine for the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University in the division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. He is the Endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism Fellowship Program Director.

In 2012, he was honored with the AOA from the UM. He completed his clinical and research fellowship in endocrinology with a particular focus in neuroendocrinology and National Institute of Health.

Kim Kallio, RPh
What Is Functional Medicine And How Can It Help Me?

Website: Kallio Functional Pharmacy

Kim originally hails from a small town in Ontario called Renfrew. Growing up she worked in her mother’s pharmacy in many different roles before deciding she was having none of her mother’s career choice and headed off to complete a mechanical engineering degree at Queen’s. Kim told her mom she wanted to “solve problems all day, not count pills”.

After graduating from Queen’s Kim quickly realized that the study of engineering was very different from being an engineer. She enjoyed solving problems but didn’t connect with her computer in quite the same way she connected with people. What’s more, sitting still all day was driving her bonkers! Thus began Kim's journey to the west coast in 2013 to pursue a degree in pharmacy at UBC!

Though it may seem that her engineering degree was a strange path to take on the way to working in a community pharmacy, she couldn’t think of a more suitable foundation for studying healthcare. In engineering, we solve problems involving complex systems. What could be more complex than the human body!

Kira Whitham, MS

How to improve your health, by changing what you eat

Website: A Nourished Life Nutrition

Kira Whitham is a Functional Nutrition Specialist who helps women with autoimmune disease simplify their health and take control of their disease.

She holds a Master’s in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University, as well as additional training through the School of Applied Functional Medicine, Metabolic Healing Institute, and Institute for Functional Medicine.

Kira combines the principles of holistic nutrition and functional medicine to help people bring their bodies back to their intended state of wellness. She is a firm believer in the healing power of food and helps her clients make empowered choices while gaining an understanding of what nourishes and depletes the body.

Theresa Morrow, PharmD
What Is Next, After a Pre-Diabetes Diagnoses?!

Website: Dr. Theresa Morrow

Theresa is a pharmacist, author, and health coach who empowers women to reverse their pre-diabetes while they are still battling their weight. Like you, she knows what it means to feel hopeless, ashamed, and very far from my goals. But she has also experienced success by taking small steps to improve her health.

As women, so much of our lives we are told that we should look a certain way and be a specific size, to be beautiful and healthy. Eventually, we realize that quality of life and longevity are more important than our dress size or the opinions of others.

As a health practitioner, Theresa is for reaching your ideal body weight, under the condition that your methods are consistent and healthy – it is more important to quit jumping on and falling off every new diet than to be your ideal weight and gain some or all of the weight back after reaching your goal.

Swapna Chakrabarti, Registered Pharmacist
Who Do I Ask About My Medications and If I Am Taking Them Correctly?

Swapna Chakrabarti is a certified Medication Therapy Management (MTM) pharmacist. After a successful career of over 10 years as a pharmacist in retail settings, Swapna joined CHC Health as a Consultant MTM Pharmacist, where she worked directly with patients to review medications and provide recommendations for optimum therapy as well as in-depth patient education.

Swapna believes that a pharmacist is the most reliable medication expert that a patient has access to and as such can provide the patient with timely and personalized information about their medication which will result in increased compliance as well as lower health care costs.

Swapna lives outside of Boston MA with her family.

Shelly Wilson, Midwife and Lactation Consultant
Mental Health during pregnancy and postnatal period

Website: Shelly Wilson ~ Baybee Beginnings

Hello! My name is Shelley Wilson, founder of Baybee Beginnings. I have worked with mums and babies my entire career, starting as a Nanny for 8 years, then working as the UK trained Midwife for nearly 20 years. I have worked in the Antenatal clinic, on the labor and delivery ward, out in the community, on the antenatal/postnatal ward, and teaching Parent Education. I am also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, with 10 years of experience, helping women achieve their infant feeding goals.

I am a Certified Infant Massage and Baby Yoga Instructor, and a Baby Reflux Practitioner. “Reduce the stress, Create some fun”. My main goal with Baybee Beginnings is to reduce the fear and anxiety that surrounds pregnancy and childbirth, and to make the experience more fun, relaxed and informed for all parents.

Megan Stone, MD

Differences between a Functional Medicine Doctor Consultation and a traditional doctor consultation

Dr.Stone is a Family & Functional Medicine Physician. She attended Medical School at Western University of Health Sciences. She completed her Family Medicine residency in California, where she served as Co-Chief Resident. She also completed a training program in Global Health and has since worked in Africa, Haiti, India and many other developing countries. 

She has been treating patients from all walks of life for over a decade. She worked as a board-certified HIV physician, has completed multiple international medical missions and treated patients of all ages as a traditional Family Medicine Physician. 

Dr. Stone has completed a fellowship in Anti-Aging, Metabolic and Functional Medicine, and is double board-certified through the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine as well as the American Board of Family Medicine. Additionally, she has completed further training in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy, Detoxification Therapy and CBD. She is also a certified Bredesen Protocol Practitioner: the first program seeking to halt and reverse Alzheimer’s Disease. Lastly, she is a certified Wahl’s Protocol Practitioner, helping clients to reverse the symptoms of autoimmune disease.

As a physician, she combines the medical knowledge of underlying conditions and medications with the holistic approach to healing sought after by Functional and Integrative Medicine. Her goal is to help people realize that they do have powerful and effective options when it comes to regaining their health. At Stone Functional Medicine she partners with clients every step of the way, meeting them where they are, educating them and helping them take the steps toward total health.


Johanna Dahlman ~ Alopecia Specialist
Alopecia How to treat it without medications

Website: Alopecia Angel

Johanna Dahlman is an entrepreneur that dedicates her efforts to health and wellness, proactively engaging in activities that help others’ become their best! Through her own health concerns, she has overhauled and upgraded what true health means and how to live it each day. She’s reversed her autoimmune disease and has done the same for many of her coaching clients. Having worked for numerous Fortune 100 companies in high-stress environments, she understands the corporate environment and now teaches, writes, speaks and gives workshops on nutrition, stress, burnout, mindfulness, autoimmune disease and much more. A certified yoga and pilates instructor, she continually grows in her field. Married to a professional athlete, she and her family are dedicated to wellness and optimal health.