On the Frontlines: New York City Nurse Liza Billings

By: Mallika Rao Last year gave nurse Liza Billings a new perspective on life. While working at the emergency room in Manhattan’s Lenox Health Greenwich Village hospital, she lost her brother Leo to the COVID-19 virus. On top of that, Billings, 42, braced the early months of the pandemic at an overwhelmed hospital. Pre-pandemic, sheContinue reading “On the Frontlines: New York City Nurse Liza Billings”

New York Psychologist on Why We Love Celebrities

Whether it is Bennifer‘s reunion or singer Britney Spears’ legal woes, Americans cannot seem to get enough of their favorite celebrities. Longtime psychologist Dr. Donna Rockwell, who has practices in the city and Detroit, Michigan, knows a thing or two about celebrities. Today, she serves as a psychologist to the stars, but her focus onContinue reading “New York Psychologist on Why We Love Celebrities”

Critical Race Theory Debate Rocks Connecticut Schools

Critical Race Theory has sparked a nationwide debate over how to talk about race in schools. In Connecticut, the debate arose within schools, and made its way to the state legislature. Connecticut State Senator Rob Sampson introduced an amendment last month to ban critical race theory in K-12 education. The amendment ultimately failed to pass.Continue reading “Critical Race Theory Debate Rocks Connecticut Schools”

Dutchess County Family Court Judge Candidate Saunders Speaks

Fresh off a decisive victory, Democratic nominee for Dutchess County Family Court Judge Rachel Saunders reflects on her journey. Saunders secured the Working Families Party ballot line for the November general election in a surprise move. She beat incumbent Denise Watson, the county family court judge since 2011, in a narrow 76-74 vote. The twoContinue reading “Dutchess County Family Court Judge Candidate Saunders Speaks”

Connecticut Program Manager Talks Being Asexual

When Cristina Knowles came out as asexual, she knew people would react to her with confusion. “Usually, I just start with telling people the definition of my sexuality,” she said. “For me, it means that I am not attracted to people. Even though I can be like, ‘wow, they’re really beautiful,’ it doesn’t translate intoContinue reading “Connecticut Program Manager Talks Being Asexual”

Spotlight On: Hudson Valley’s Dr. Denise Morett

As people begin to embrace a post COVID normal, Hudson Valley psychologist Dr. Denise Morett gives her take on having a balanced mind. Dr. Morett practices bioenergetic medicine, which emphasizes how one’s mental state impacts energy. “Everything is energy and affects energy,” she said via email. “Not just having ‘energy’ to take actions, but whereContinue reading “Spotlight On: Hudson Valley’s Dr. Denise Morett”

On the Frontlines: Nuvance Health’s Dr. Paul Wright

By: Mallika Rao While the COVID-19 virus began to ravage Nuvance Health’s New York and Connecticut facilities, another mysterious medical issue arrived not too long after. As the senior vice president and system head of the Neuroscience Institute, Dr. Paul Wright quickly noticed how patients fully recovered from COVID-19 reported other physical and mental healthContinue reading “On the Frontlines: Nuvance Health’s Dr. Paul Wright”

Spotlight on: Dr. Roseann of Ridgefield

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge knew from a young age she had a calling to help children. “As I went to school, I saw the impact that could have on kids,” she said. Years later, when she had a psychotherapy and pharmacology practice, she saw her young patient bouncing off the walls. She knew she had toContinue reading “Spotlight on: Dr. Roseann of Ridgefield”

Gay Consultant from High Falls Shares Coming Out Story

Writing consultant Jay Blotcher came out 40 years ago to his adoptive mother. He then went on to be an activist and writer fighting for LGBTQ+ causes. While he now lives life as a happily married gay man in High Falls, NY, the Massachusetts native initially came out as bisexual to his mom. Blotcher wantedContinue reading “Gay Consultant from High Falls Shares Coming Out Story”

NYU Bioethics Expert Discusses Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy remains an issue among conservatives across the United States, according to the latest Morning Consult poll. With 45.1 percent of the country fully vaccinated against COVID-19, rates for some conservative-leaning states are lower than the national average. This comes as the Delta variant poses an ominous threat of case increases, especially in vulnerableContinue reading “NYU Bioethics Expert Discusses Vaccine Hesitancy”