Healthy Meals During the Holidays with Chef Allison Schaaf

November 30, 2017

The holidays are a great time to get together with friends and family, and mealtime certainly pulls people together. The problem is, during the holidays we are tempted to make unhealthy choices with the foods we eat. So, I invited today’s guest on to talk about how we can better prepare for healthy meals during the holidays.

My guest is Chef Allison Schaaf. She is a food, nutrition & culinary expert and founder of Prep Dish, a subscription-based gluten-free and paleo meal plan service. Allison holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University, a Masters in Nutrition Communications from Tufts University, and became a Registered Dietitian at New England Medical Center. When she isn’t cooking, Allison is an avid yogi and takes advantage of all the great outdoor living Austin, Texas has to offer.

On Today’s podcast Chef Allison shares practical tips to help set you up for success for eating healthy meals during the holidays. Whether you’re traveling, staying home or going out and about, you’ll be delighted to hear these tips and tricks.


Achieving Balance During a Health Crisis with Holly Bertone

November 23, 2017

On today’s podcast we discuss how to achieve balance during a health crisis. 

My guest is Holly Bertone. She is author of the #1 Amazon bestselling book Thriving in the Workplace with Autoimmune Disease and she is President and CEO of Pink Fortitude, LLC and runs the health and wellness website Holly is a breast cancer and Hashimoto’s survivor and turned these two significant health challenges into a passion to help others.

On The Spa Dr. podcast, I often interview doctors, and I think it’s important to also hear from people who are not doctors but who have encountered health issues such as breast cancer and hashimoto’s and what they’ve done to not only survive but also thrive.


How to Vibrantly Live Past 100 Years Old with Dr. Mario Martinez

November 16, 2017

Have you ever wondered what it would take to live to be over 100 and be vibrantly healthy and happy? The key is to have longevity with a high quality of life, right? That’s exactly what we’re talking about on today’s podcast.

My guest today is Dr. Mario Martinez. He is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in how cultural beliefs affect health and longevity. He proposes, based on credible research evidence, that longevity is learned and the causes of health are inherited. He has studied healthy centenarians (100 years or older) worldwide and found that only 20 to 25% can be attributed to genetics - the rest is related to how they live and the cultural beliefs they share. He is the author of the bestselling book The MindBody Code: How to Change the Beliefs that Limit Your Health, Longevity, and Success that teaches his theory and practice of biocognitive science. In addition to longevity, he also explains why our immune system is not just a protector. Instead, it responds to the cultural premises we learn to perceive the world. You may have heard Mario on Deepak Chopra’s Curious Minds series or The Huffington Post article with video clip of Dr. Christiane Northrup’s interview on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday or one of the many other interviews he’s done.

In this interview, we talk about how to live a healthy long life – which behaviors and thought patterns hold us back and which ones help us.


Addressing Mental Health at the Roots with Dr. Christina Bjorndal

November 9, 2017

Mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and eating disorders impact people all around us. Whether it’s you that is struggling or someone you know, today’s podcast is about addressing the root cause of mental health issues.

My guest is Dr. Christina Bjorndal. She completed her Doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005. She is one of the only licensed NDs in Canada who is considered an authority in the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, eating disorders and ADD/ADHD.

Dr. Chris has helped many patients navigate through labels and stigma towards mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Having overcome her own challenges in the area of mental health, Dr. Chris helps show others how to overcome barriers in life and to achieve their full potential. She has completed three books on mental health as well as a 10 week course and in-person retreat.

In this interview we talk about identifying the root causes behind mental health challenges and how to address them. We also discuss when medications may or may not be necessary and specific nutrients and dietary changes that will help, whether you’re on medications or not. We even talk about how skin is connected and can be an early warning sign of root causes that need to be addressed.



Healthy Bones with Margie Bissinger

November 2, 2017

On today’s podcast we’re talking about your bones. It’s important to keep your bones strong to prevent fractures and injuries. The choices you make today with your diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors will impact your bones today and in the future, as you age. You may be surprised to know that many of the things you do to support healthy bones are also good for your skin (and vice versa).

My guest today is Margie Bissinger. She is a physical therapist who has worked with clients in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis for over 20 years. She is the author of Osteoporosis: An Exercise Guide, which has sold over 100,000 copies. Margie received a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Northwestern University.

In today’s interview, we talk about how to keep your bones strong and prevent osteoporosis. We discuss exercises, nutritional tips and other lifestyle factors to keep your bones healthy.


How to Live a High Vibration Life with Robyn Openshaw

October 26, 2017
On today’s podcast, we’re discussing how to have a higher vibration life so that you can have more energy, be more successful and attract the right people in your life. The choices you make every day…  from the foods you eat and the skincare products you use to the people you surround yourself with and your own attitude can make a big impact on how you show up in life.
My guest today is Robyn Openshaw (also known as the “Green Smoothie Girl”). She is the author of 15 books, including bestsellers The Green Smoothies Diet and 12 Steps to Whole Foods. Her latest book, Vibe: Unlock the Energetic Frequencies of Limitless Health, Love & Success, will be released by Simon & Schuster in October 2017.
Robyn is a former psychotherapist, university professor, and lectured in over 450 cities in the 6 years after launching her popular site in 2007. She's a single mom to four children who are now flying the coop. She skis and plays tennis competitively in Utah, and believes that everything is possible if you leverage the highest frequencies in the Universe.
Have you ever wondered why being around some people can make you feel revitalized… Or why certain foods give you energy beyond what you may expect? Find out the answers to this and much more on today’s podcast.

Addressing Environmental Stressors with Maggie Berghoff

October 19, 2017

Today we live with more environmental pollutants and stressors than ever before and it is negatively impacting our health. So, on this episode of my podcast, my guest, Maggie Berghoff shares 6 environmental stressors and some biohacks to help reduce their impact.

Maggie Berghoff is a nurse practitioner trained in Functional Medicine.  She uses a step-by-step framework known as Balance Protocol to transform the lives of men and women.  Her approach to health and wellness puts the client at the center of the story to understand the unique biochemical individuality of each person so they can discover long-term solutions to live a vibrant life.

In this podcast interview, Maggie dives into 4 of the 6 environment stressors: air, EMFs, light, and sound – She discusses how these impact your health and shares tips to healthier practices.



Food Cravings and Root Causes Behind Them with Stephanie Dodier

October 12, 2017

Today we’re talking about food craving and root causes behind them. My guest is Stephanie Dodier. She is a Clinical Nutritionist, Author of The Crave Cure Program, Inspirational Speaker and Host of The Beyond The Food Show . Stephanie’s integrative and comprehensive approach to nutrition focuses on finding the root causes of your cravings and aligning your body and mind. Stephanie has been there, too.

Her health journey began 6 years ago while working as a senior executive in a Fortune 500 corporation. She went from suffering severe panic attacks to transforming her life completely, allowing her to regain her health. Stephanie is passionate about sharing her journey with other women while educating and empowering them to achieve the same results. 


In today’s interview, Stephanie shares her journey and we discuss the root causes behind cravings with various tips and resources to help you also get your health and life back on track.


Essential Oils for Detoxification with Jodi Cohen

October 5, 2017

On today’s podcast we’re discussing essential oils for cleansing and detoxification support.

My guest is Jodi Cohen. She is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. Her #1 bestselling book Healing with Essential Oils has been widely praised as one of the most well-researched consumer books in years. In her book, Jodi shares decades of leading scientific research to save you from years you might have spent researching your health issues, and gives you the knowledge and tools to take action immediately. She is also the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils, where she has combined her training in nutritional therapy and aromatherapy to create unique proprietary blends of organic and wild-crafted essential oils.

On today’s podcast, Jodi shares specific essential oils that enhance cleansing and detoxification. We also discuss techniques for using essential oils and how to select the right essential oils for your unique needs.


Saving Dinner with Leanne Ely

September 28, 2017

On today’s episode of The Spa Dr. Podcast, we cover how to make healthy home cooked meals that are less expensive, tastier and easier. What we cover in this interview is important whether you are making meals for yourself or for your entire family.

My guest is Leanne Ely who began creating Menu-Mailer on in 2001 to help families get back to the dinner table.  Within just a few years, Readers Digest declared a new industry had been born — the menu planning industry — and Leanne was dubbed the “mother” of menu planning.

Leanne’s goal is to bring families closer together by enjoying healthy and easy-to-prepare meals.  She creates innovative menu planning products, which include delicious and nutritious recipes, shopping lists and nutritional information.

You may have seen Leanne on QVC, HGTV’s Simple Solutions, ABC or in Woman’s Day, Parents, Redbook, Self or Shape magazines. Her show, Saving Dinner with the Dinner Diva airs each Wednesday afternoon on and is one of the top ten shows on that channel.

Today, Leanne shares her tips and tricks for delicious fun and fabulous healthy eating for the whole family.