Dr. Melanie Howell grew up in Bergen County New Jersey. She received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry-School of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from NYU Langone Medical Center/Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. Upon completion of her residency, she went on to pursue fellowship training in Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she focused on the treatment of pain, as well as the restoration of function during and after cancer treatment.
Dr. Howell is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a member of the New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a member of the American Osteopathic Association. She is also an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
In addition to participating in a research project emphasizing the prevalence of pelvic girdle pain, she has published peer-reviewed articles in both musculoskeletal medicine and acupuncture. Dr. Howell also co-authored a pelvic pain chapter in a pain management manual. Dr. Howell joined Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine because she is both passionate and determined to manage the discomfort and dysfunction associated with pelvic pain. During her medical training and as an attending, she saw firsthand how debilitating this pain could be. She remains dedicated to providing this very deserving patient population with options and improved quality of life.
In her spare time, Dr. Howell enjoys cooking nutritious meals and spending quality time with her husband, toddler and newborn son.
For more information, please visit www.pelvicrehabilitation.com.
Denise Wiesner, LAc, FABORM, is the author of “Conceiving with Love: A Whole-Body Approach to Creating Intimacy, Reigniting Passion, and Increasing Fertility.” The founder of the Natural Healing and Acupuncture Clinic in West Los Angeles, Wiesner is an internationally recognized traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, specializing in the Whole Systems Chinese medicine approach to women’s health, sexuality, and fertility.
Since 1994, Denise has treated and helped women manage challenges from menstrual disorders through menopause, and from infertility to pregnancy. Using a combination of acupuncture, diet and lifestyle counseling, nutritional supplements, and Chinese herbs, Denise has helped thousands of couples navigate the tricky, and often stressful, journey toward fertility, without losing their loving connection.
She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Kinesiology (UCLA), a Master of Arts in traditional Chinese medicine (Emperor’s College), and is a certified sex coach. She is board-certified by the State of California and the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), and a charter member of the Fertile Soul: Clinical Excellence in Fertility program. Denise teaches professional seminars to medical doctors, OB/GYNs, and nurse midwives on the application of Chinese medicine in obstetrics and gynecology and has published articles on acupuncture and infertility.
In addition to a thriving private practice, Denise lectures at conferences, works closely with reproductive endocrinologists, and is a professor in the doctoral program in Chinese Medicine, Fertility, and Women’s Health at Yo San University. Denise enjoys leading groups for individuals and couples to help their fertility journey, incorporating breath, meditation, and education.
For more information, please visit her website at www.denisewiesner.com.
Lahana Vigliano is the owner of Thrival Nutrition. She is a certified holistic nutritionist (and mom!) who works mostly with women and mothers. Her approach is to use whole foods as medicine for a variety of things including: hormonal imbalances due to new motherhood or other reasons, gut issues, weight etc. She also loves talking about healthy living for the whole family and how to do it in a way that is balanced for mama too! Her passion also includes entrepreneurship and how to adjust it all and stay healthy.
For more information, please visit her website at www.thrivalnutrition.com.
Stephen Cowan, MD is a board-certified pediatrician with over 30 years of clinical experience working with children. He has a sub-specialty in Developmental Pediatrics and is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics serving as a member of the AAP section on Developmental Disabilities. He is a clinical instructor at NY Medical College and a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He has lectured internationally and is the author of Fire Child Water Child: How understanding the five types of ADHD can help you improve your child’s self-esteem and attention.
Dr. Cowan has developed a unique holistic approach to evaluating and treating children struggling with chronic physical, emotional and cognitive disorders that integrates the principles of Chinese medicine. He has a consultation practice in both Manhattan and Westchester NY. He is the medical director of the non-profit Tournesol Kids that envisions a world where all children are heroes, inspired to grow and discover well-being by celebrating their unique powers and learning to share them with the world.
For more information, please visit his website at www.drstephencowan.com.
Lindsay Mumma is a doctor of chiropractic, an executive at BIRTHFIT, and the owner of Triangle Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center. She and her husband Chris live in Raleigh with their two sons. She discovered a love for helping pregnant women during her first pregnancy in 2012, and recognized the lack of information and both physical and mental support for those going through the transition into parenthood. She now works to ensure appropriate resources are available to everyone she works with – near and far! For more information, please visit www.birthfit.com.