PregPrep Team of Financial and Scientific Advisors
Dr. Holly Phillips, Board Certified General Internist, is in private practice in Manhattan and has gained nationwide recognition as the Medical Contributor to CBS News. She is featured regularly on “CBS This Morning,” “CBS Evening News,” and “48 Hours,” reporting on a broad range of medical topics with authority and compassion. Prior to joining CBS News, Dr. Phillips was the Chief Medical Correspondent for CBS2, New York’s local news affiliate. Frequently quoted in print, she is a contributing editor for Prevention, and has appeared in feature articles for Vogue, Cosmopolitan, “O” The Oprah Magazine, and Town and Country among others. Dr. Phillips is the author of the upcoming book “The Exhaustion Breakthrough,” published by Rodale, June 2, 2015. After graduating cum laude with a B.A. in English from Williams College, Dr. Phillips obtained a medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. During her residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, she was awarded the Letter of Commendation for Outstanding Performance in Women’s Health. At her Upper East Side practice, which has thrived for 12 years, she addresses all Internal Medicine Conditions, with a focus on preventive women’s health. Dr. Phillips is also well versed in complementary and alternative medicine, and views the integration of both schools of thought as the modern paradigm of medicine today. She is an active member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and the Independent Doctor’s Association of New York.
Latham Thomas is a celebrity wellness/ lifestyle maven and birth doula- transforming not only how women give birth to their babies, but how they give rise to the best version of themselves. She is the founder of Mama Glow (MamaGlow.com) a lifestyle brand and highly regarded website offering inspiration, education, and holistic services for expectant and new mamas. A graduate of Columbia University and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Latham serves on the advisory board of Yahoo! Health and is best-selling author of “Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy,” a go-to wellness guide for expecting mothers endorsed by Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr Mark Hyman, Christy Turlington Burns & more.
Having cultivated her wellness practice over nearly a decade she has served as a doula and lifestyle guru for celebrity clients including: Alicia Keys, Rebecca Minkoff, Tamera Mowry, Venus and Serena Williams and more. A self proclaimed ritualista, Latham believes in turning the the ordinary routines of every day life into something sacred. Whether travel, dining, self care, style, mindfulness or wellbeing, Latham is guided by inspiration and celebrates moments of magic in the mundane. This lust for life is focal point of her newest lifestyle venture, Ritualista at LathamThomas.com
Latham’s leading revolution in radical self-care and spiritual growth, helping women embrace optimal wellness as a pathway to empowerment. She was named one of the “Top 100 Women To Watch In Wellness” by Mind Body Green. A single mom residing in NYC, she is the proud mother of 12 year old DJ prodigy and entrepreneur, DJ Fulano. Latham has been featured in a variety of media outlets including, Vogue, SELF, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal Magazine, Essence, Fit Pregnancy, Dr. Oz, Good Day NY, Inside Edition, to name a few.
Dr. Isabel Blumberg is a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who has been in private practice for nine years in New York City. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, where she completed her medical degree and her residency. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.
Shieva Ghofrany, MD, FACOG has been in private practice for over 12 years at Coastal Obstetrics & Gynecology in Stamford, CT. After completing her BA at Georgetown University, she did a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Columbia University and then attended medical school at Tel Aviv University/Sackler School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Stamford Hospital/Columbia University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Integrative Health and Healing through The Graduate Institute, which will be completed summer of 2016. Dr Ghofrany has been featured in publications including The Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, and Cosmopolitan. As a mother of three, she has personal as well as professional knowledge in pregnancy and childbirth, and has a significant interest in perimenopausal/menopausal management.
Dr. Jonathan Lanzkowsky is an obstetrician/gynecologist in New York City and is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. He received his medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has been in practice for 22 years.
Dr. Kevin Jovanovic is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He completed four years of training at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, where he helped run the Yale University Women’s Center, serving over 35,000 patients a year. Trained in the newest and most advanced laparoscopy and hysteroscopy surgical techniques, Dr. Jovanovic has received Yale University’s Outstanding Laparoscopic Surgeon Award for 2004. He has been exceptionally trained in high-risk obstetrics, infertility, chronic pelvic pain and urogynecology. He has also completed the prestigious Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute fellowship in Beverly Hills, California with Dr. David Matlock. He has founded the Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of New York City.
Dr. Jovanovic was recently appointed as an Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Dr. Melissa Goldstein received her B.S. in Economics from Cornell University and her M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College. After completing her pediatric residency at New York Presbyterian -Weill Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Goldstein moved to Russia to work as a general pediatrician to the local Muscovite, expatriate and diplomatic community in Moscow. Dr. Goldstein then went on to work at International Pediatric Health Services in New York City with Dr. Jane Aronson. In this office, Dr. Goldstein provided general pediatric care for children adopted from foreign countries. Dr. Goldstein has now been with Carnegie Hill Pediatrics for the past 8 years. In this practice, Dr. Goldstein works as a general pediatrician with a specialty in adopted children. She helps families through all of the steps of the exciting, but challenging, endeavor of adopting a child or infant. In addition, Dr. Goldstein is a certified American Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor. She performs classes for families requesting this very important training course.
Since beginning her career, Lisa Schavrien has focused extensively in the field of obstetrics primarily in labor and delivery. She currently works as the Nurse Navigator for the for OBGYN department at Lenox Hill Hospital, a position the hospital created with her in mind to utilize her strengths in quality patient care. In this role, she serves as a liaison between outpatient services and the inpatient community. The primary focus of this program is to individualize patient care to meet each patients unique clinical as well aspersonal needs. It is currently the only program of its kind in New York City.
Throughout her career she has been recognized on numerous occasions by the hospital for providing excellence in care to her patients. Ms. Schavrien attended undergrad at Michigan State University studying physiolog, and then went on to obtain her nursing degree from University of Detroit Mercy.
Schavrien’s volunteer work includes A Stitch in Time, an organization that travels to Bangladesh annually to perform gynecologic surgeries to women in the region who would otherwise not have access to medical care. For this she received a Humanitarian Award for her efforts in missionary work. Additional, volunteer work includes time spent with the Grand Street Settlement providing mentoring for under-privileged youth in lower Manhattan.
Author, acupuncturist, and herbalist Aimee Raupp is a women’s health and fertility expert who has helped thousands of women on their path to conception. Aimee fell pregnant naturally and easily at the age of 40 by following her own advice. Her mission is to educate and inspire women, improve their health, celebrate their beauty, prevent disease and increase their fertility. Aimee helps her clients reconnect to the presence of their optimal health.
Kari Harendorf is an E_RYT 500 Yoga Teacher and Educator, a Holistic Heath Facilitator, and Reiki Master. She merges spiritual practice with asana and health science to spread love and help people feel and be their best. A teacher of teachers, Kari is on faculty for Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health’s 200-Hour Teacher Training in Lenox, MA. Under the direction of Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, Kari is lead faculty for Yoga Shanti’s 200-Hour Teacher Training in NYC and has been assistant faculty in their acclaimed 100 hour advanced trainings. She is also a Master Trainer of Urban Zen’s Integrative Therapy Program teaching Reiki, aromatherapy, yoga therapy, meditation, breath awareness, and nutrition to future caregivers, in hospital settings, and private practice. Kari leads weekly asana classes and anatomy workshops at Yoga Great Barrington and Kripalu’s R&R Retreat Center and Healthy Living Program. In 2004, Kari founded the East Yoga Center studio in New York’s East Village, where she famously merged her passion for yoga and dogs with a weekly “Doga” class. This led to features in publications including The New York Times, Yoga Journal, The Wall St. Journal, appearances on The Martha Stewart Show, ABC News, Fox & Friends, and her own TV Show, K9 Karma, on Discovery’s Animal Planet. Today, Kari lives in the mountains of Great Barrington, MA with her husband, three children, and six rescue dogs, a cause for which she fiercely advocates. Kari grew up in Toronto, Canada, and earned a B.F.A. from the Tisch School of the Arts, at New York University.
Brooke Alpert, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., is a nationally recognized nutrition expert and author. She is the founder of B Nutritious, www.b-nutritious.com, a private nutrition counseling and consulting practice in New York City. Brooke’s expertise and nutrition knowledge has lead her to be featured on national television regularly including The Doctor Oz Show, The Today Show, Access Hollywood and more. She was named one of the new up and coming stars in the beauty and health field in W Magazine and has been quoted and featured extensively in both national and international magazines including People, Shape, Glamour, Town & Country, Tatler and more. Brooke’s ability to translate tricky science into user-friendly language that has made her in demand for all media outlets. B Nutritious and Brooke also provide nutrition consulting and spokesperson work. Clients range from the Archdiocese of New York, an international hotel chain, a national vitamin and supplement company, beauty companies including Nivea, private schools, national chain gyms, corporate accounts and renowned weight loss programs. Brooke received her Masters of Science at New York University and completed her training at Mt. Sinai Hospital in affiliation with NYU. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Brooke’s second book, The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great and Look Years Younger (Da Capo) came out in June 2013. Her first book, Healthy Eating During Pregnancy (Kyle Books) was out in 2011. Brooke, a former equestrian is also a tri-athlete and a lover of mud runs. She resides in New York City with her husband and their two daughters.
Dr. Al Sassoon is one of the leading ob/gyns in New York City. He is a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who has been in practice in Manhattan for over 30 years. His private concierge medical practice provides individualized care for all aspects of obstetrics as well as gynecology for women from all over New York City, the Tri-State area including Westchester and Long Island as well as from across the country. He was named one of “America’s Top Doctors” in 2013. Dr. Sassoon is recognized as one of the best in the field of ob/gyn. His mission is to provide personalized ob/gyn care to all patients who enter his office.
Michael Gross is WeWork’s chief financial officer and former CEO of the Morgans Hotel Group, an upscale boutique hotel chain.
Adam founded Articulate in 2002 with a vision to create innovative technologies that make it easier for the world to learn. Under Adam’s direction, Articulate has been recognized by Deloitte as one of the fastest-growing new technology companies in North America. Adam has more than 20 years of experience in the e-learning industry. Before founding Articulate, Adam was General Manager for a division of Knowledge Universe, a $1.75 billion learning and education organization.
Alexander Jutkowitz serves as Vice Chairman and Chief Global Strategist of Hill & Knowlton, Inc. and Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Mr. Jutkowitz serves as Vice Chairman and Chief Global Strategist Managing Partner of Group SJR. He has represented a variety of clients including General Electric, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Target, Dell, VISA, Sony, XEROX, American Airlines, Barneys New York, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Credit Suisse & Disney.