(The writings & opinions on this website are my own and not reflective of anyone I work for.)
FYI: For the blog, I write the blogs that are NOT listed in the “Other” category. The OTHER category in the blog section is MOSTLY advertisements. I do not scientifically review any of them.
(I wrote this in the 3rd person because I was figuring it out with my dog 😉 )
Listen to Dr. Eeks’ short comedy on the wellness industry here! The audibook is like a 1 woman play, starring Ellen Cohn as narrator.
Read her first book, Manic Kingdom here. It is based on a true story, but some parts are fictionalized.
Yes, my real name is Erin Kathleen, but Dr. Eeks is a nickname that developed and took off, so I stuck with it. 😉
Dr. Eeks works as a public/global health consultant, with a focus on sci comms, data analysis/epi and program evaluation. She is a remote worker, but often brings brownies to work, because she’s altruistic like that. She was her high school valedictorian, has a degree from West Point (chemistry and environmental engineering) where she was recruited to play on their Division 1 soccer team & commissioned an officer in the US Army. She has both an MPH and MD degree, but she does not practice medicine, as she realized that patient care didn’t make her happy & she was more passionate about public health (prevention) , data analysis & writing. While in public health school, she did a research internship with an organization that models and predicts emerging infectious diseases. She is currently working on several public health projects at the national and international levels, including the federal COVID response, global immunization strategic frameworks for various countries and public health policies for Drug Free Communities (helping curb the fentanyl crisis et al). She also works on digital interventions for public health issues and is currently heading US operations for a company based in Ireland that is creating an alcohol and drug use digital program here. As a side gig, she hosts some of the podcasts for TrialSite News. Prior to her current public health projects, she spent several years managing the evidence base for an international digital health company based in London that created population-level, cost-effective interventions for addiction, obesity and other chronic illnesses. The programs were utilized in the US, UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and Israel and had impressive and cost-effective recovery rates for a wide variety of populations. She likes the idea of digital interventions because of their scalability and creativity but understands that they need to be balanced with the need for human face-to-face interaction and, frankly, human touch.
Both of her older sisters are doctors (one is a doctor of physical therapy and one is a pediatrician/internist) and her father is a veterinarian. Her family owns and operates a popular veterinary hospital and kennel in NE PA, which she helps out with, as does everyone in the family.
You’ll most likely find her rambling through city streets, an island or the Woods. The benefits of being a remote worker! #gypsysoul
She laughs all the time, often when it’s inappropriate and writes health jokes just cuz.
Her dog Barnaby is the best. He is the Chief Everything Officer of Blooming Wellness.
She’s a fatalist. The good news about being a fatalist is that you know it will end soon.
She’s been told that she’s on the spectrum. Aren’t we all?
She is a passionate writer and wrote and self-published 2 books that you can find on Amazon. She’s working on a bizarre romantic-medical detective series.
She practices minimalism. (Furniture…, what?) She wishes minimalism was cool when she was poor, then she could have said she was a minimalist, not poor.
Her favorite hobbies include: Krav Maga, running, yoga, down-range shooting, swimming, playing the violin an hour a day, soccer, finding the humor in life, interval training, writing, animal rescue, creating binaural beats.
Big live theatre fan. Also big Grateful Dead fan.
She’s known for turning pathos into humor and mastering the mundane.
She’s played the violin for years and started when she was 6. Everyone in her family plays a musical instrument, except mom. She yells a lot though, and sometimes it’s even in tune.
Her favorite diet is whatever she wants, mastering emotional eating & intermittent fasting. She overcame bulimia (nearly killed her) and is open to discussing that fight with anyone.
She gets up really early and goes to bed early. Not much for parties!
She follows a very strict wellness routine. It annoys her too.
She makes her own skin products, creates binaural sound tracts and is big on using them with meditation.
She hates censorship, because she thinks it ultimately does more harm than good in a democracy and we are better off teaching people how to think critically about any bit of information. Thinking is very vintage these days.
She doesn’t like loud noises or loud conversations. (Less is more.)
She thinks Big Pharma has way too much power & influence over healthcare.
She’s left-handed, and as all of the soccer coaches she’s played against know, very left-footed on the field as well.
She despises factory farms.
Most of her charitable causes involve animals.
She believes in God.
She thinks we take life too seriously. I mean, when the sun melts and kills Earth (or a Nuke does it first), who gives a shit about your trophies, salary or credentials.
That list covers the basics, right?
Unless otherwise told or if in the “other” blog section, she writes all the Blooming Wellness blogs and conducts all the podcast interviews. Some of the blogs mixed in are “advertisement” blogs. She puts them in the “Other” section, does not write those and usually they’re awful. Like, really bad. But they help support her dog’s treat habit. Don’t read them unless you hate yourself. (Too honest?)
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 and not sponsored by anyone, but it’s experienced tremendous growth during the pandemic in 2021. There are no bells nor whistles, but she once opened an episode with a verse from “Send in the Clowns.” The goal of the podcast is to feature experts and dissenters and stakeholders and interesting characters on timely, sometimes controversial, health topics, who can explain things in easy-to-understand ways. Sometimes she features people who are just intriguing or have interesting stories or new health products they are bringing to market. She’s been lucky to feature super-smart, amazing guests from all over the world. Please check it out and subscribe, but of course remember: It’s not health advice. If you take everything you hear as “advice”, it’s best not to listen to the podcast. The podcast is for fun, curious conversations.
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 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 one of her public health goals with this website.
There are different views on healing in the world: Ones that focus on the body. Ones that focus on the mind. Ones that focus on the spirit. Ones that focus on the body and mind connection. Dr. Eeks likes to focus on the mind, body and spirit connection. As untrendy as it sounds, she does believe in a Higher Power.
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, positive, honest, creative communication is Public Health 101, because getting through is 90% of the battle, right?
She believes that laughing and comedy are key parts of communication, 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. And she has a bad habit of posting pictures on Twitter and trying to turn it into Instagram.