This was written by my good friend. It was so good, I decided to post it as my bio:
Erin is a free spirit, creator of ZENBands and ZENTones, self-proclaimed humorist, a pensive and curious human and a huge lover of animals. She’s the author of two books, having both written and illustrated her new one: Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling. It’s a parody on the sleazy elements of the wellness industry, as much as it’s a parody on Big Pharma… and she hopes you check it out. It will be available as an audiobook soon! Her other book is Manic Kingdom, a True Story of Breakdown and Breakthrough. It’s fast paced and scary, but a book that’s tough to put down. ( Kind of like how it’s tough to look away from a train wreck.)
Unless otherwise told or if in the “other” section, she writes all the Blooming Wellness blogs and conducts all the interviews. In 2019, she launched a health podcast, Causes Or Cures, and hopes you check it out & listen. It’s very organic, low-budget, raw, unfiltered and conducted from her often noisy apartment in New York City. Don’t worry- you still hear everything you’re supposed to hear. Her podcast features a variety of people, including doctors, researchers, public figures, and folks with compelling health stories. It deals with timely health and wellness topics that are often controversial and often not covered in the mainstream media.
Erin is passionate about promoting health & wellness, with an inner fire for empowering individuals of all walks of life to take charge of their health, make positive lifestyle changes and live happier lives. She feels anyone, on any budget, can live a healthier and happier life, which is why she gets frustrated when wellness is often portrayed or presented as a luxury brand with lots of products, supplements, detoxes, cleanses, retreats, etc. She wants wellness to be more inclusive, because, on a population level, folks with lower incomes are shown to have more health issues than folks with higher incomes. Making the idea of wellness more accessible and more affordable is key.
Erin has a fondness for making quirky wellness videos for her Instagram feed and blogging about her health adventures, while having a natural love for irreverent, blue-collar comedy. She’s very interested in how health information is relayed to people and how it is interpreted. She thinks effective, creative communication is a Public Health 101, because getting through is 80% of the battle, right?
Erin also believes that laughing and comedy are key parts of stress management and healing, so she’ll often post funny stories and tidbits about her life, or anyone’s life she feels like writing about. Perhaps she’ll write about you. 😉
Feel free to follow her on Twitter too. She tries to stay away from politics, but, you know, sometimes it’s hard.
Her life in a snapshot:
Erin lives in NYC. 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 travel soccer since she was 10 and was recruited to play soccer at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy, was nominated by both a Senator and Congressman 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. I mean, you have one, right? 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 and in the hospital, she became interested in Public Health. 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, with a focus on Epidemiology. She did a public health internship with an organization that models and predicts Emerging Infectious Diseases. In addition, she did a brief internship with the city’s Biowatch program ( establishing risk protocol communications), the program which protects the city against bioterrorism. She works as the chief data lead and PIC of American operations for an international digital health company for the last 10 years, and also has consulted on new drug and wellness product launches around the globe.
While in school, she founded Blooming Wellness to help promote evidence-based lifestyle modifications and health tips that help prevent disease and promote overall well-being. During that time, she also created the ZENBand, which is now used all over the world as a stress-reduction tool.
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 public health, stress management, natural approaches to ailments and creating population-level, cost-effective digital interventions that promote a healthier lifestyle or help curb the spread of diseases…, while analyzing data to see if they actually work.
Her two older sisters are doctors: one is a doctor of PT and an MFR specialist 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 10 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. Ahem. Mom’s a general who made everyone else become 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.) She’s practiced Krav Maga for 15 years, runs, plays soccer, swims, does yoga, bikes, and is a huge fan of interval training and intermittent fasting. She’s played the violin since she was 6, and like every Catholic, started out in the Church choir. She’s left-handed, pigeon-toed and sometimes thinks backwards. Her biggest charities usually involve animals, especially elephants and gorillas. She abhors factory farms and thinks you have a small dick if you pose with a sedated tiger. ( This last part was directly copied from her Tinder Profile.)
Barnaby FluffPuff is Erin’s handsome Golden Doodle who has become the official mascot for Blooming Wellness. He’s the logo, because if you observe him, or any dog, they can teach us a lot about managing stress, being playful and being immersed in the moment- things that contemporary humans are doing less of, but need to do to live happier and healthier lives. He’s the gold standard for a true ZENBandit. We refer to Barnaby as NYC’s sidewalk therapy dog, because he is ridiculously friendly, knows no boundaries, and runs around making people happy. No one can make a person smile or feel less anxious than Barnaby, and he treats everyone the same. (Imagine if humans did that? What a world it would be.)
He, like Erin, is incredibly fond of hats. He carries a hat with our logo, which has earned him the title of Chief Marketing Officer. 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?)
To write Erin: firstname.lastname@example.org