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Medical Advisory Board
DailyStrength is proud to feature the following health experts as Advisors to the site. The specialists below are active members of our team, contributing to feature design and community creation. Of course, they also interact and participate as DailyStrength members in their respective areas of expertise.
Dr. Shapiro completed his undergraduate education at UC San Diego, earning a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and a B.A. in Political Science. He furthered his education at UCLA where he earned a Masters Degree in Public Health/Epidemiology. Dr. Shapiro then completed his medical degree at the Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School and returned to LA to complete his internship and residency training in Pediatrics at the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA.
Throughout his academic career, he has maintained a public health focus and has presented his research on childhood obesity and HIV/AIDS at national conferences. He also will be participating in office-based research studies in coordination with the American Academy of Pediatrics. Furthermore, he designed childhood safety guidelines for the largest national specialty retailer of juvenile products for infants and young children in 2005.
He has shared his journey with his family which currently includes a 2 daughters and a son.
Dr. Orrange received her BA in Biology at the University of California, San Diego and a Masters Degree in Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. She received her MD from the USC/Keck School of Medicine and completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Orrange spent time during and after graduate school as a community health educator in East Baltimore and West Virginia doing teen pregnancy prevention and HIV education. Dr. Orrange began work 10 years ago with the Department of Cardiology at LAC-USC Medical Center participating in ongoing research on the long-term outcome of patients with mitral stenosis who have undergone catheter balloon valvuloplasty and authored a publication in Circulation.
Dr. Orrange has been an invited lecturer for internal medicine and psychiatry residents on Depression and Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care as well as Women's Health issues. Dr. Orrange also spends time at the USC Center for Diabetes West serving as the internist for juvenile and adult onset diabetics alongside Dr. Anne Peters Harmel.
Currently, Dr. Orrange is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric and General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and has an active private practice in General Internal Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and was recently elected to be a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Cyndi Sarnoff-Ross is a licensed psychotherapist with over 15 years of clinical experience in the fields of clinical psychology and organizational management. She has worked extensively with a wide variety of mental health issues including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and family and marriage issues. She received her early training as a staff member at an in-patient psychiatric facility counseling adolescents and facilitating groups. She has served as the clinical manager of a partial hospitalization program counseling the chronically mentally ill and was the clinical supervisor for a community-based domestic violence shelter and large homeless transitional housing shelter. She has created and implemented a conflict resolution training program for the Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, CA while facilitating communication between management and staff. She currently has a private practice in Beverly Hills, CA which focuses on adult psychotherapy, life transition and interpersonal relationship issues.
Ms. Sarnoff-Ross has a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a Bachelors of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Licensed psychotherapist Julie Hanks, LCSW, was recently recognized as the #1 online depression influencer by Sharecare for her extensive work promoting mental health resources online. Hanks has over 20 years in the mental health field providing outpatient psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families with complex mental health and relationship problems. In addition to providing therapy and serving as Executive Director of Wasatch Family Therapy, she writes for PsychCentral’s Ask The Therapist and Private Practice Toolbox, and for her own site JulieHanks.com. Mrs Hanks’ down-to-earth professionalism makes her a sought after TV and media contributor. She recently appeared on TLC, Discovery Health, and Fox News Channel and has been a quoted expert in national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Day, Women’s Health, Parenting, E!, Social Work Today, and others. Her most valuable experience has been in the trenches of family life for 23 years as wife and mother of 4 children.
Our community advisors are invaluable. They are the face of DailyStrength, offering support, stimulating conversation, and guiding folks through the support experience. In addition, they act as liasons between our users and the product team, collecting feedback and advice so that we can constantly improve.
Lee Trask is an advocate for women dealing with issues of infertility and miscarriage, having struggled through more than 6 years of infertility, miscarriage, and high-risk pregnancies. She had tried IUI, Clomid , Clomid+IUI, and had laparoscpic surgery, and was about to begin her shots for IVF when she found out she was pregnant. After the birth of her first son, she was able to get pregnant again easily, but then experienced three miscarriages. After countless tests and no answers, Lee and her husband were pursuing adoption when she found out that she was pregnant again. Her high-risk pregnancy involved a combination of drugs to treat various problems, two specialists, and bed rest. Happily, Lee is now raising two little boys. (She and her husband are still considering adopting). Lee has gained an understanding of the affects that infertility and miscarriage can have on one's spirit, sense of self, marriage and family.
Lee is an East Coast transplant to Los Angeles, and has a bachelor of fine arts from Vassar College. She has spent the majority of the last 12 years as a commercial television producer. When Lee is not producing commercials, she loves restoring old houses. She also loves living by the ocean, playing almost any sport, seeing other countries, and most of all, spending time with her boys, her husband, her extended family and friends. Lee is here to provide support and information, not just to the infertility community, but to any member who needs help.
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