Eeks ( ErinKate Stair) is a wellness proponent, a storyteller, author, sarcastic woman, pensive human and creator of ZENBands and ZENTones. Unless otherwise told, she writes all the Blooming Wellness blogs and conducts all the interviews herself.
She’s a curious soul passionate about promoting natural health & wellness, with an inner fire for empowering individuals to take charge of their health, make positive lifestyle changes and live happier lives. She has a fondness for blogging about her health and wellness adventures while having a natural love for irreverent, blue-collar comedy. Since she thinks laughing is a huge part of healing, she’ll often post funny stories and tidbits about her life, or anyone’s life she feels like writing about. Speaking of writing, check out her new book Manic Kingdom, now available on Amazon
“It uses colorful characters and a gripping story to hopefully encourage you to embrace uncertainty when it comes to causes and cures in the realm of mental well-being, though that makes a lot of folks uncomfortable. Either way, it’s a page-turner.”
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Her life in a nutshell:
Erin lives in NYC and Antigua. She grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania called Trucksville, where there are (almost) more cows than people. Despite never learning how to spell, she was her high school valedictorian and is remembered for flubbing her valedictory speech with several Freudian slips. She played soccer her entire life and was recruited to play soccer at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy, was nominated by both Senator Santorum and Congressman Kanjorski & somehow went and survived. She graduated with a dual degree in chemistry/life science and environmental engineering and did cool research on plants that ate lead bullets. As a junior and senior, she taught close quarter combat and bayonet to cadets. Bayonet skills are highly relevant today. She credits a good sense of humor, great friends and a lot of insanity for getting her through.
After learning how to kill people, she felt a karmic imbalance. To correct that, she eventually enrolled in medical school to learn how to save people. After earning her MD & realizing she HATED being in a hospital & that people needed to do MUCH more for themselves before they ended up with chronic health issues in the hospital, she received the Global Health Leadership Scholarship from NYU and went on to earn a Masters of Public Health from New York University’s School of Public Health. While there, did an internship with EcoHealth Alliance, focusing on how to use data to model and predict emerging infectious diseases, which she considers our biggest national security threat. While in school, she founded Blooming Wellness to help promote evidence-based lifestyle modifications and natural solutions that help prevent disease and promote health, happiness and well-being. She often interviews interesting people related to health and wellness and features them on the blog. Her blog is a wide array of health topics, is not medical advice, and is information ONLY. Erin does NOT see patients. Her interest lies in creating population-level, cost-effective interventions that promote a healthier lifestyle, while analyzing the data to see if they work. She also works as the chief data lead and medical writer for an international, evidence-based digital health company based in London and NYC.
Her two older sisters are doctors: one is founder and owner of the first salt therapy location in Delaware and one is a pediatrician and internist in Pa. Her dad is a veterinarian and owner of the Trucksville Dog and Cat Hospital. Mom’s a general who made sure we all became doctors.
She’s a certified NIA instructor & Laughter Yoga leader. ( And 89% of people have no idea what those things are.) She practices Krav Maga, runs, plays soccer, swims, does yoga, bikes, and is a huge fan of interval training. She’s played the violin since she was 6. She’s left-handed, pigeon-toed and sometimes thinks backwards. Her biggest charities usually involve animals, especially elephants and gorillas. She abhors factory farms.
About Barnaby: Barnaby FluffPuff is her handsome Golden Doodle who has become the official mascot for Blooming Wellness. He’s also NYC’s sidewalk therapy dog, especially for the Gramercy Park area, because he is ridiculously friendly, knows no boundaries, and runs around cheering people up. He’s basically sunshine with fur, and no one can make a human smile like a dog. He is often seen with Erin romping around NYC, charming everyone lucky enough to be on his path and scoring free treats wherever he goes. He also dances, but whenever she try to capture it on video, he suddenly stops, or Erin doesn’t get her phone out in time. Timing is everything.