In alphabetical order…
Alex Auder, RL Yoga Instructor
Certain people are born to be yoga teachers. Throughout her childhood, Alex Auder‘s mother hosted Kirtan nights in their one bedroom apartment in the Chelsea Hotel, where she grew up. In 1989, just out of high school, Alex began practicing yoga at the original Jivamukti Yoga Center in New York City, opened her own yoga studio in Rhinebeck, New York, and now teaches in Philadelphia. An accomplished actor and dancer, Alex demonstrates guided meditation and yoga for RL premium members.
Dr. Julie Bindeman (Psy-D), RL Magazine Columnist & Senior Contributing Psychologist
“Dr. Julie” is driven to help people with their personal journeys to parenthood as a result of her own experiences. She knows the importance of being able to heal so that losses become PART of who we are, not ALL of who we are. Dr. Julie graduated from George Washington University with a doctorate in clinical psychology. Starting in graduate school, she developed an interest in identity formation across the life span. She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient mental health, private practices, schools, and Universities. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Psychological Association since 2008. Her private practice, Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington was founded in 2007 with Nanci Brown, LCSW-C. In addition to her focus on reproductive psychology, Dr. Julie has taught at several universities including: Marymount, Johns Hopkins, and Loyola. She provides professional consultation, delivers workshops, gives community talks, and writes. Dr. Julie has a chapter in an upcoming book that is scheduled to be released in 2015 and is working on a book titled “Pregnancies Interrupted.” She maintains several blogs focused on parenting and reproduction.For more information about her practice, visit Greater Washington Therapy. Her RL column is “Ask Dr. Julie.”
Anne Critellie, RL Essayist
Anne Critelli is a bereavement counselor for families dealing with pregnancy loss and infant death who practices at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. She gives advice to friends and family of the bereaved here on RL.
Wendy Ewald, RL Photography Instructor
Wendy Ewald is a conceptual artist and educator who has for forty years collaborated in art projects with children, families and women worldwide. Starting as documentary investigations of places and communities, Ewald’s projects probe questions of identity and cultural differences. Ewald herself often makes photographs within the communities she works and has the children write or mark her negative, thereby challenging the concept of who actually makes an image, who is the photographer and who the subject, who is the observer and the observed. Ewald creates opportunities to look at the meaning and use of photographic images in our lives with fresh perceptions. She has been affiliated with numerous educational institutions, including Duke University (Center for International Studies). Ewald has published ten books, including “The Best Part of Me”which has been excerpted and adapted for our Photography section) and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including an NEA fellowship and a MacArthur fellowship. She guides RL premium members through several photography tutorials.
Dr. David Fenner (MD), Contributing Medical Expert
Dr. Fenner is a pediatrician with decades of experience. He is currently in practice with the Children’s Medical Group in Poughkeepsie, New York. Dr. Fenner attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he subsequently did his residency, serving as Chief Resident. Over the course of his career, Dr. Fenner has received numerous honors, including the Leo Davidoff Award for outstanding teaching of residents, Vassar Brothers Medical Center Physician of the Year, and Physician Hero, Hudson Valley Parent Magazine. Dr. Fenner cares for children with a wide variety of chronic illnesses, is a community educator and advocate regarding healthy lifestyle choices for children, and has undertaken regular international medical/humanitarian missions to care for indigent children with facial abnormalities under the auspices of the organization “Healing the Children Northeast“. Here on RL, he offers advice for helping siblings through the grieving process.
Tova Gold, RL Essayist
Tova Gold is the founder of Finding My Muchness, a community dedicated to helping people re-find their light after loss. She is a TEDx speaker, a regular contributor to Still Standing Magazine, and author of the Finding Your Muchness FUNbook. She tells RL, “I believe that our deepest grief can introduce us to our capacity to experience our greatest joy. And I believe in the power of sequins.” She shares an excerpt from her FUNbook here on RL.
Sean Hanish, Return to Zero Creator & RL Essayist
Sean Hanish is the writer, director and producer of the film “Return to Zero” starring Minnie Driver based on the true story of what he and his wife experienced in 2005 when they lost their first son in the final weeks of their pregnancy. He has partnered with Reconceiving Loss to create a digital archive to commemorate baby loss. He’s also written an essay about the impact of loss on fathers for RL.
Catherine Keating, RL Yoga & Meditation Writer
Catherine Keating gives RL premium members written instruction on using yoga and meditation to help heal after loss.
Edie Meidav, RL Writing Workshop Leader
Edie Meidav teaches in the UMass Amherst MFA program. Her work has received a Lannan Fellowship, a Howard Fellowship, a Bard Fiction Prize for Writers Under 40, a Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman, a Fulbright in Sri Lanka, and her books have been called editorial picks by the New York Times, the L.A. Times, the Electric Review, the Litblog Coop and elsewhere. Her novels include: The Far Field: A Novel in Ceylon, Crawl Space and Lola, California. www.ediemeidav.com or lolacalifornia on Twitter. For RL, she leads premium members through a series of writing workshops.
Lya Mojica, RL’s Nutritionist
Lya Mojica is a Food, Kitchen, Yoga, and Self-Care Coach & Consultant. Her work focuses on making the connections between the way we feed ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually, and our overall sense of well-being. Based in New York City, Lya helps people learn how to improve their quality of life. She offers RL premium members recipes developed to provide postpartum nourishment and healing.
Dr. Sharon Patrick, RL Medical Writer
Dr. Patrick is a faculty member of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals and has a clinical interest in that subspecialty. She also enjoys a general obstetrics and gynecology office practice. Before joining the faculty at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, she served for 13 years as a faculty attending physician in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Patrick is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and in the maternal-fetal medicine subspecialty. She earned her medical education at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and received her residency training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where she also performed her maternal-fetal medicine fellowship. Dr. Patrick is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She wrote an exclusive essay for RL on the medical perspective of baby loss.
Angelisa Russo, RL Essayist
Angelisa Russo lives in Sherwood, OR with her husband, Mimmo, and their two small children, Sofia (6) and Gabriele (4). In between running their Italian restaurant, Da Mimmo e Dax, and raising the kids, she’s getting her MFA at Goddard College in Creative Writing. She is working on her thesis, a memoir about her firstborn son, Salvatore, who lived for 10 days and touched their lives forevermore. She is a member of the Write On, Mamas and has published on their blog. She has also performed original work in the Listen to Your Mother show in San Francisco. She currently serves as the Drama Editor for the Pitkin Review. Calendonia is her story of infant loss here on RL.
Monica Wesolowska, RL Essayist
Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life. With an introduction by Erica Jong, Holding Silvan explores the love and ethics behind choosing to forgo medical intervention for a newborn son. Her fiction has appeared in many literary journals including The Carolina Quarterly, Quarter After Eight and Literary Mama as well as in anthologies such as Best New American Voices. A graduate of Reed College and a recipient of a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she has been an instructor at UC Berkeley Extension and elsewhere for over a decade. She shares an excerpt from her book here on RL.