(The writings & opinions on this website are my own and not reflective of anyone I work for.)
Dr. Eeks ( Erin Stair, MD, MPH) is a free spirit, creator of ZENBands and ZENTones, a self-proclaimed humorist, a pensive and curious human and a huge lover of animals. She’s the author of two books, having both written and illustrated her new one: Yours in Wellness, Krystal Heeling. It’s a parody on the sleazy elements of the wellness industry, as much as it’s a parody on Big Pharma… and she hopes you check it out. It’s also available as an audiobook and narrated by Ellen Cohn. Her first book is titled Manic Kingdom: A True Story of Breakdown and Breakthrough. (Don’t read it if you’re looking for answers for your troubles. You won’t find them. That’s, ahem, sort of the point of the book. 😉 )
Unless otherwise told or if in the “other” blog section, she writes all the Blooming Wellness blogs and conducts all the interviews. Some of the blogs mixed in are “advertisement” blogs. She does not write those and usually they’re awful.
In 2019, she launched a health podcast, Causes Or Cures, and invites you to check it out and listen. It’s very organic, low-budget, not sponsored by anyone, and conducted from her often noisy apartment in New York City. ( But don’t worry, you can still hear everything you’re supposed to hear. 😉 ) The goal of the podcast is to feature experts and stakeholders on timely, sometimes controversial, health topics, who can explain things in easy-to-understand ways. Sometimes she features people who are just interesting or have interesting stories. She’s been lucky to feature super-smart, amazing guests all over the world.
Dr. Eeks is passionate about promoting common-sense health & wellness and has an inner fire for empowering individuals of all walks of life to take charge of their health, make positive lifestyle changes and live happier lives. She feels anyone, on any budget, can live a healthier life, which is why she gets frustrated when wellness is often portrayed or presented as a luxury brand with lots of products, supplements, detoxes, cleanses, retreats, etc. She wants wellness to be more inclusive, because, in general, folks with lower incomes are shown to have more health issues than folks with higher incomes. Making the idea of wellness more accessible and more affordable is key.
There are different types of healers in the world: Ones who focus on the body. Ones who focus on the minds. Ones who focus on the spirit. Some people focus only on the body and mind. Erin likes to focus on the mind, body and spirit connection.
Dr. Eeks has a fondness for making quirky wellness videos for her Instagram feed and blogging about her health adventures, while having a natural love for irreverent, blue-collar comedy. She’s very interested in how health information is relayed to people and how it is interpreted. She thinks effective, creative communication is Public Health 101, because getting through is 90% of the battle, right?
Dr. Eeks also believes that laughing and comedy are key parts of stress management and healing, so she’ll often post funny stories and tidbits about her life, or anyone’s life she feels like writing about. Perhaps she’ll write about you. 😉
Feel free to follow her on Twitter too. She tries to stay away from politics, but, you know, sometimes it’s hard.
Her life in a snapshot:
Dr. Eeks lives in NYC. She grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania called Trucksville, where there are (almost) more cows than people. Despite never learning how to spell, she was her high school valedictorian and is remembered for flubbing her valedictory speech with several Freudian slips. She played travel soccer since she was 10 and was recruited to play soccer at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy, was nominated by both a Senator and Congressman and somehow went and survived. She graduated with a dual degree in chemistry/life science and environmental engineering and did cool research on plants that ate the remains of lead bullets from the Revolutionary War. The project was amazing until the plants died. As a junior and senior ( called “Cow” and “Firstie” at West Point) she taught close quarter combat and bayonet to cadets. Bayonet skills are highly relevant today. I mean, you have one, right? She credits a good sense of humor, great friends and a lot of insanity for getting her through.
After Dr. Eeks learned how to kill people, she felt a karmic imbalance. To correct that, she eventually enrolled in medical school to learn how to save people. After earning her MD & realizing she hated being in a hospital and was bothered by the lack of focus on the mind-body-spirit connection and the realization that people needed to do MUCH more for themselves before they ended up with chronic and costly health conditions, she became interested in Public Health. She received the Global Health Leadership Scholarship from NYU and went on to earn a Masters of Public Health from New York University’s School of Public Health, with a focus on Epidemiology. She did a public health internship with an organization that models and predicts Emerging Infectious Diseases, and she also studied herbalism, because she’s always been impressed with the healing powers of plants. ( Hey, so have the pharmaceutical pirates ;)!) In addition to managing Blooming Wellness and writing the health blog, she works as a senior public health consultant and in the field of SciComms for government and private organizations. She’s currently working on the COVID-19 response. ( Opinions on this website only reflect her own.)
Dr. Eeks’ blog is a wide array of health topics, is not medical advice, and is information ONLY. Erin does not see patients. She has an MD and an MPH, but does not practice medicine. Her interest lies in public health, stress management, natural approaches to ailments, the spiritual dimension of healing and creating population-level, cost-effective interventions that promote a healthier lifestyle or help curb the spread of disease…, all while analyzing data to see if they work.
Her two older sisters are doctors: one is a doctor of PT and an MFR specialist and one is a pediatrician and internist in Pa who heads the internal medicine residency program for her hospital. Her dad is a veterinarian and owner of the Trucksville Dog and Cat Hospital. He’s won Best Veterinarian in the Area for the last 10 years, because he is. He also sees “exotics,” but Erin learned the hard way when she told someone her “dad does exotics” without prefacing that he’s a veterinarian. Ahem. Mom’s a general who made everyone else become a doctor. ( She is also Queen of the Vultures and helps run the animal practice.)
Erin has her NIA white belt, has practiced Krav Maga for 15 years, runs, plays soccer, swims, does yoga, bikes, and is a huge fan of interval training and intermittent fasting. She’s played the violin since she was 6, and like every Catholic, started out in the Church choir. She’s left-handed, pigeon-toed and has a bad habit of questioning conventional systems. Her biggest charities usually involve animals, especially elephants and gorillas. She abhors factory farms.
Barnaby FluffPuff is Erin’s handsome Golden Doodle who has become the official mascot for Blooming Wellness. He’s the logo, because if you observe him (or any dog), he teaches us a lot about managing stress, always being playful and being immersed in the present moment. He’s the gold standard for a true ZENBandit. Erin calls Barnaby “NYC’s Sidewalk Therapy Dog,” because he is ridiculously friendly, knows no boundaries, and runs around making people happy. No one can make a person smile or feel less anxious than Barnaby, and he treats everyone the same. (Imagine if humans did that? What a world it would be.)
He, like Erin, is incredibly fond of hats. He usually carries a hat with the Blooming Wellness logo, which has earned him the title of Chief Marketing Officer. He is often seen with Erin romping around NYC and charming everyone lucky enough to be on his path. He scores free treats wherever he goes and his life motto is “Stay Fluffy.” He also dances, but whenever she try to capture it on video, he suddenly stops, or Erin doesn’t get her phone out in time.
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