|As anyone knows, it can – and often does – take a village! We are extremely proud of our Healthy Home Dream Team® monthly contributors as they each possess specialized knowledge in their field of expertise. In addition to these peeps below, we always invite guest bloggers to share their knowledge so that we are providing you with the highest quality of content possible to create a home to THRIVE in; and not just SURVIVE in!
William J. Rea, M.D. is a thoracic, cardiovascular and general surgeon with an added interest in the environmental aspects of health and disease. Founder of the Environmental Health Center – Dallas (EHC-D) in 1974, Dr. Rea is currently director of this highly specialized Dallas-based medical facility. Author of five medical textbooks, Chemical Sensitivity (V. 1-4), Reversibility of Chronic Degenerative Disease and Hypersensitivity, V. 1: Regulating Mechanisms of Chemical Sensitivity, and co-author of Your Home, Your Health and Well-Being, he also published the popular “how to” book on building less polluted homes, “Optimum Environments for Optimum Health and Creativity. Dr. Rea currently serves on the board and is president of the American Environmental Health Foundation, vice president of the American Board of Environmental Medicine and previously served on the board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.
Lisa Lavine Nagy M.D. graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Pennsylvania and then from Cornell Medical College in 1986. After a surgical internship, she completed Emergency Medicine residency in NYC and practiced in Los Angeles until becoming severely ill (Addison’s Disease, Mitochondrial Myopathy, Dysautonomia) –as a result of a complex medical condition known as Chemical Sensitivity or Environmental Illness. Dr. Nagy is now president of Preventive and Environmental Health Alliance. She was appointed as a delegate to the Massachusetts Medical Society and to the CDC’s National Conversation on Chemicals and Public Health. Lisa was also named to a roundtable at NIH on Buildings and Health.Visit her at: www.EnvironmentalMedicineInfo.com and www.lisanagy.com
|Raw Food/Vegan Chef
Raya Belna is an organic plant-based chef, specializing in gluten-free, vegan and raw foods. She owns the successful organic catering company, WILDCRAFT, showcasing local, raw, and wild foods. Her award-winning raw cupcakes have been featured on the Food Network and were voted BEST CUPCAKE 2012 by the editors of OC Weekly.Visit her at http://rayabelna.com + http://wildcraftraw.com
|Entrepreneur & Personal Care specialist
Ava founded Ava Anderson Non Toxic, with the support of her family, after learning about the dangers of toxic chemicals in personal care products. At the age of 18, Ava is now CEO of a multimillion dollar direct sales company with 10 employees, and over 1,500 consultants enrolled in 50 states, which are growing successful and profitable home based businesses. Her company is a Campaign for Safe Cosmetics “Champion”, and “Trusted Partner” of Healthy Child Healthy World. Her goal is to share this message in every family room in this country, and provide safe, organic and natural products without harmful chemicals for humans and the environment. She now has many product categories for men, women and children – avaSKIN, avaBODY, avaHAIR, avaSUN, avaBABY, avaSCENTS, avaFACE and avaHOME!Learn more about Ava and visit her company online HERE!
|Building BiologyTM Environmental Consultant (EMF Consultant) + Healthy New Building and Remodeling Consultant
Oram consults on the EMF evaluations of homes and offices. Oram also recommends a healthy electrical wiring protocol to create reduced EMF (electro-magnetic field) exposure. In addition to providing information on wall and foundation materials and protocols, he consults for new home design. Oram is co-author of a manual entitled, “Breathing Walls,” promoting the Building BiologyTM approach to healthy new home construction and remodeling. Oram provides on-site home and office evaluation services to residents and businesses in the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego areas of California. He also provides his services to clients nationwide by telephone, fax and email.Learn more about Oram and his services HERE.
Becca is the blogger behind The Dabblist – her manifesto is to declare freedom from the taboo of being known as a “dabbler.” She has found that, through sharing our stories and creations with each other and not being afraid to get our hands dirty, we can remember what our great great great grandmothers once knew – that we can be the creators of our own joy.
Chef Tanya was classically trained in the Culinary Arts and graduated at the top of her class from the California School of Culinary Arts with a Le Cordon Bleu Diploma; receiving the President’s honor every term during her culinary training. Tanya’s experiences include stints in traditional fine dining restaurants, catering, and as an instructor at both the Laguna Culinary Arts in Laguna Beach, CA and Bloomingdales in Newport Beach. She also has served as Executive Chef at the Hotel Halsingland in Haines, Alaska. At the hotel, she grew her own vegetables and herbs and featured local seafood and food products. I am a Runner / Baker / Whole Food Lover! Chef Mark has extensive experience teaching holistic cooking techniques and principles at several leading culinary institutions in Southern California such as Sur la Table and LearningTreeUniversity in Newport Beach, CA & Laguna Culinary Arts. Mark was the featured chef for the Los Angeles Unified School District Nutrition Network ‘Chefs in the Classroom’ Program. He also designed the holistic menu items for the gourmet, boutique restaurant Savoury’s in Laguna Beach, CA and developed product support recipes for Gourmet Pacifica’s line of citrus infused avocado oils.
Carol Cannon, a graduate of the New York School of Feng Shui has been a Feng Shui Practitioner since 1993. She is also a certified Building-Biologie™ Environmental Consultant, a 1995 graduate from the International Institute of Bau-biologie and Ecology, Inc. A resident of Emmaus, PA, Carol’s passion is to help people find peace and joy in their lives. Carol is also a Master Himalayan Singing Bowl Practitioner. Combined with her knowledge of Eastern philosophies, Carol creates more harmony in new, renovated or existing environments. Visit her website HERE>
As an interior designer in Southern California for the last 16 years, Rachel has worked on projects as diverse as television shows, science centers, private residences and master planned communities. An active participant in the local green design community, Rachel is a Certified Green Building Professional, as well as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council Orange County chapter. She is deeply committed to promoting awareness of sustainable interior design, frequently speaking to schools and civic groups on the benefits and solutions available with green building practices. She has developed and taught courses in sustainable design at both CSUF and CSULB and is currently a Professor at Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach. Visit her at: www.hulandesign.com