California-based award-winning writer with 17 years' experience writing on health, finance, small business and celebrity profiles.
Post-COVID Clinics Search for Answers for Long Haulers
When COVID-19 cases surged into the Bay Area in December 2020, Kenny Wong, RN, remembers an unprecedented winter spent caring for COVID-19 patients in the ICU at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.
For Wong, the pandemic also took a personal toll when he learned that his beloved aunt in New York had died from COVID-19 complications.
“So many COVID-19 patients were admitted to the hospital with respiratory failure,” Wong said. “Even upon discharge, there were pat...
Actress Vanessa Lachey Takes the Lead on ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’
2021 may be the year of Vanessa Minnillo Lachey.
In April, the actress and television host landed the plum role of Jane Tennant, special agent in charge, on NCIS: Hawai’i, the latest spin-off of the popular NCIS franchise. (The show premieres tonight on CBS.)
For Lachey, who was born in the Philippines to a Filipina mother and an American father of Irish and Italian descent, the role offers her the distinction of being the first female lead in the NCIS universe, and one of the few Asian-Ameri...
Bay Area rage rooms are helping residents relieve stress
To say the past year has been stressful is an understatement. A global pandemic combined with differing opinions on everything from politics to the coronavirus vaccine has left many of us feeling frustrated and angry. There’s even an unofficial term to describe our feelings: pangry.
I know it’s important to manage stress so that it doesn’t affect your health, but I’ve always found it challenging to meditate. When I heard of a new rage room that opened in San Francisco, I figured it was worth ...
Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi talks food, family and philanthropy
Padma Lakshmi can trace her initial love of cooking back to afternoons spent in the kitchen with her mom, Vijaya. Today, the host of Bravo’s "Top Chef" and Hulu’s "Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi" is continuing to make culinary memories with her own daughter, Krishna, 11.
The two spent much of the past year cooking together in their New York home and recording “quarantine cooking” videos on TikTok and Instagram. In addition to lending a hand when her mom makes dishes such as chicken tagin...
Her New Reality
Like many of us, Bethenny Frankel was glued to her television when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017.
She remembers watching in horror as the news showed harrowing images of homes, bridges and roads that had been demolished or destroyed by the Category 4 storm in the U.S. territory. Witnessing so many Puerto Ricans struggling to survive without food, water, electricity and shelter prompted Frankel to take immediate action.
On October 1, 2017, the former “Real Housewives of...
Ready to join the MAVEN Project?
USA Today (Nov. 28, 2021) - On a recent warm and humid Miami morning, Dr. Lisa Gwynn, a board-certified pediatrician and medical director at the University of
On Her Feet
After 44 years in the spotlight, Gloria Estefan has established herself as so much more than a pop music icon. The award-winning Cuban American singer-songwriter is also an accomplished actress, children’s author and philanthropist.
This year, the former lead singer for Miami Sound Machine can be seen in Season 2 of her popular Facebook Watch talk show, “Red Table Talk: The Estefans,” a spinoff of actress Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Red Table Talk” series. Estefan’s show premiered October 2020 and ...
For the past year, in the midst of the pandemic, the basement of Tony Dokoupil’s Brooklyn home has doubled as a makeshift television studio.
Dokoupil, who co-hosts “CBS This Morning,” and his wife, “MSNBC Live” anchor Katy Tur, have filmed their respective shows while sheltering in place. Despite working from home for much of the past year, Dokoupil, 40, says the pandemic has given both he and Tur a renewed appreciation for each other and their jobs.
“We talk a lot about the day’s news a lot ...
Living Her Life
Last year started out on a high note for new co-host of “The Talk,” Amanda Kloots as she and her husband of three years, Broadway star Nick Cordero, relocated from New York City to Los Angeles.
The couple, who first met on the set of “Bullets Over Broadway,” was excited to start a new chapter in their lives with their infant son, Elvis. Cordero was set to star in the West Coast production of “Rock of Ages,” the same musical he had made his Broadway debut in eight years prior. Kloots, a former...
MAVEN Project Provides Rural Areas With Telehealth
Feature for Oprah’s magazine on The MAVEN Project and their work to provide rural areas with specialty consults via telehealth.
The Business Of Fashion
Thirty-two years after launching their now-iconic fashion label, Badgley Mischka, designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka continue to create dazzling, timeless gowns for the A-list.
Oprah Winfrey, Kate Winslet, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Helen Mirren and Halle Berry have all graced the red carpet in the brand’s eveningwear.
In the ever-changing fashion industry, Badgley credits the duo’s continued success to remaining true to their original vision of designing figure-flattering clothes th...
Mistress Of Miracles
At the beginning of each new year, Gabrielle Bernstein has a ritual: She asks herself what she would like to change, how she wants to feel, and what she’d like to attract in her life over the coming year.
“I commit to releasing the past year, honor the learning experiences, and move forward, while also writing down my intentions of what I hope to accomplish in the new year,” says Bernstein, the bestselling author of eight books. “Several years ago, my resolution was to give up sugar.”
As a leader in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil has mastered the secrets of living a good life.
By following his own five pillars of optimal health: eating right, exercising, neutralizing stress, maintaining social and intellectual connectivity and attending to spiritual well-being, at age 78 he is proof that healthy aging is possible.
To help others embrace healthier lives, Dr. Weil shares his philosophy on his website, drweil.com, which is the leading online resource for h...
It should come as no surprise that Kristin Chenoweth’s favorite holiday is Christmas. Over the course of her 30-year career, the talented actress and singer has recorded her own Christmas album, amassed an impressive list of festive film credits, and fulfilled her childhood dream of singing with the Tabernacle Choir at its annual Christmas concert.
This year, Chenoweth, 52, adds to her Christmas film collection with the Netflix romantic comedy, “Holidate.” In October, she co-starred in the HB...
View From The Top
When Ryan Serhant moved to New York City in 2006 to pursue a career in acting, he never imagined his career path would lead him to becoming one of the city’s top real estate brokers; a co-star on the hit Bravo show “Million Dollar Listing New York”; and the focus of his own Bravo show, “Sell It Like Serhant.”
His acting dream became a reality in 2007 when he landed the role of Evan Walsh on the soap opera “As the World Turns.” Yet, despite his obvious talent and leading-man good looks, Serhan...