(The writings & opinions on this website are my own and not reflective of anyone I work for.)
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.
Dr. Eeks works as a public health analyst and consultant, with a focus on epidemiology, scientific comms and program evaluation. She has both an MPH and MD degree, but does not practice medicine. She is currently working on several public health initatives at the national and international levels, including the COVID response, Global immunization strategic frameworks and public health policies for Drug Free Communities. She also is working on digital interventions for public health issues, currently an alcohol and drug use intervention here. Prior to working on the response to COVID-19, 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 and chronic illnesses. The programs were utilized in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia and Israel and had impressive recovery rates.
She grew up in a super-small town adjacent to a cow field, was her high school valedictorian, played on a state champion soccer team, and then was recruited to play division 1 soccer for the US Military Academy at West Point, from which she gradutated with a degree in chemistry-life sciences and a minor in environmental engineering, as well as being commissioned an officer in the US Army. Though not blessed with the best military grade, she somehow managed to graduate AND paint the barracks bathroom hot pink. After earning her MD, she received the Global Health Leadership scholarship and went to Public Health School in NYC at NYU, with a focus on global health and epidemiology. During that time, she did a research internship with an organization that models and predicts emerging infectious diseases. She doesn’t see patients and doesn’t like being inside hospitals, so don’t ask her for medical advice. She only works in the field of public health, not medicine, and LOVES it. She is passionate about analyzing data, creative, out-of-the-box health communications, (always with a twist of humor), and implementing creative public-health approaches in variousp populations, while analyzing them to see if they work.
You’ll most likely find her in NYC, Rural Pennsylvania, the Islands or the Woods.
Her dog Barnaby is the best.
She’s been told that she’s on the spectrum. She’s cool with that.
She is a passionate writer and wrote and self-published 2 books that you can find on Amazon. She’s working on a romantic-medical detective series.
She practices minimalism. (Furniture…, what?)
Her favorite hobbies include: Krav Maga, running, yoga, down-range shooting, swimming, playing the violin, soccer, finding the humor in life, pranking people, interval training, writing, animal rescue, creating binaural beats.
She’s known for turning pathos into humor.
She’s played the violin for years and started when she was 6. Everyone in her family plays a musical instrument.
Her favorite diet is intermittent fasting.
She gets up really early and goes to bed early.
She follows a very strict wellness routine. It does include some “quackery”, and she’s very honest about that! 😉
She hates censorship.
She doesn’t like loud noises or loud conversations.
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.
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. Like, really bad. 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, not sponsored by anyone, and conducted from her often noisy apartment. There are no bells nor whistles, but she once opened an episode with a verse from “Send in the Clowns.” People seem to like it for the content and the guests. 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. 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. She also doesn’t shy away from Twitter fights or fights in real life. She has too much of a warrior spirit for that. 😉