ErinKate Stair, MD, MPH , (often known as Eeks) is a wellness proponent, a storyteller, author, sarcastic woman, pensive human and creator of ZENBands and ZENTones. She’s the author of Manic Kingdom, A True Story of Breakdown and Breakthrough and is working on a second novel. Unless otherwise told or the “freelance” section, she writes all the Blooming Wellness blogs and conducts all the interviews herself. She just launched a new podcast, Causes Or Cures, and hopes you listen and subscribe.
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.
A random guy in a cafe on Manic Kingdom:
“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.”
Her life in a nutshell:
Erin lives between NYC, Pennsylvania 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 and 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 the remains of lead bullets from the Revolutionary War. The project was amazing until the plants died. As a junior and senior ( called “Cow” and “Firstie” at West Point) 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 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. During that time, she also created the ZENBand, which is now used all over the world as a stress-reduction tool.
Erin 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. She has an MD and an MPH, but does not practice medicine. Her interest lies in creating population-level, cost-effective interventions that promote a healthier lifestyle and mental well-being, 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 a doctor of PT and founder and owner of the first salt therapy location in Delaware and one is a pediatrician and internist in Pa who heads the internal medicine residency program for her hospital. Her dad is a veterinarian and owner of the Trucksville Dog and Cat Hospital. He’s won Best Veterinarian in the Area for the last 7 years, because, well, he is! He also sees “exotics,” but Erin learned the hard way when she told someone her “dad does exotics” without prefacing that he’s a veterinarian. Mom’s a general who made everyone else became a doctor. ( She also helps run the animal hospital.)
She has her NIA white belt & loves Laughter Yoga ( 89% of people have no idea what those things are, but they should because they are life-changing.) 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 Stair is her handsome Golden Doodle who has become the official mascot for Blooming Wellness. (Truly, he’s the friggen logo.) 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 making people happy. He, like Erin, has an obsession with hats. Barnaby is sunshine with fur, as no one can make a human smile like Barnaby FluffPuff can. He is often seen with Erin romping around NYC and charming everyone lucky enough to be on his path. He scores free treats wherever he goes and his life motto is “Stay Fluffy.” 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, ain’t it?