OUR PARTNERS

EHM is looking for Wellness professionals who share our passion in creating better health in the corporate and municipal sectors.

 

 

Dr. Bernie Siegel
Distinguished Honorary Advisor and Program Content Contributor
When Bernie (as he prefers to be called) saw the unique mission and vision of Employee Health Matters, LLC, his immediate response to our founder was, “I want to participate.” Bernie retired in 1989 from his surgical practice and from his work as an assistant clinical professor at Yale in general and pediatric surgery. He then became a prolific author and internationally renowned speaker in empowering new methods of healing the mind, body, and spirit. He shines a bright light on how open mindedness, personal empowerment, and better lifestyle choices can dramatically enhance healing and keep us healthy in the first place. For many, Bernie needs no introduction. He has touched lives across the globe and works tirelessly in breaking new ground in healing and through sharing a message of kindness and love. London’s Watkins Review, a respected authority in areas of the mind, body and spirit established in 1893, has named Bernie in their top 20 worldwide most noteworthy authors, spiritually influential leaders, and teachers of living a robust, healthy lifestyle. Bernie’s website, www.BernieSiegelMD.com, is an inspiring, encyclopedic resource of his life’s work in innovative health empowerment. We at EHM are deeply honored to have the unique value of our work recognized by such a global luminary.

Dorothy Martin-Neville

 

Dorothy Martin-Neville, PhD
A Life Changing International Speaker offering Contributions in Executive Leadership
Dr. D has earned accolades through TED TAKS, interviews on major TV Networks, articles in THE HUFFINGTON POST, and THE NEW YORK TIMES, among others.

With my clients, in combining wisdom, clarity, and an objective perspective, I guide them in seeing their best options, understanding their strengths, their limiting beliefs, and the gift of an outrageous vision. My question becomes “Are you willing to take the risks needed?” If so, I will help you get there. If not, I will help you assess what is needed to make it possible. Especially within the current pandemic structure, a transformational leadership style adapting to new paradigms is important. After years of working with Visionary Leaders, especially Visionary Women Leaders, I came to see that so many of us have well developed patterns of leadership that reflect little of who we are. Consequently, I have created The Five Archetypes of Leadership and The Leadership Self-Assessment Tool.
I am well aware of the demands on leaders. I also see the price leaders pay, emotionally, spiritually, and physically to achieve their goals. In recognizing the impact of high levels of stress, I support all of my clients in maintaining or recovering their health. Balance, stress reduction in all areas of life, and greater leadership skills support health for everyone. By facilitating growth in their leaders, a company thrives; by helping the leaders build a culture so that their teams do more than they ever expected, under new conditions and visions, everyone thrives Our lives, spiritually, emotionally, and physically, are meant to call us to become everything we are meant to be.
Success is not the alternative to fully living life but a byproduct of it. Those in Executive Leadership have the ability to create a life and culture that supports that for themselves and others as the they develop a post-pandemic business model taking their company to new heights, in new ways, and with expanded visions. To reach me: dorothy@askdrdorothy.com or view my website: https://www.askdrdorothy.com


Lois A. Krause
Lois A. Krause MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Practice Leader, HR Compliance

We place the highest priority on methods that encourage employee participation and follow through. Lois is a perfect fit in this component of our work. She has held senior HR positions with both domestic and global responsibility. Given her extensive background in employee relations, compensation and rewards, benefits, performance management, nutrition, and development of wellness programs, Lois is uniquely suited to be our corporate liaison. A businessperson first, she can develop and implement programs to manage and enrich the human capital of an organization. Lois is a change agent who has developed needed processes on her own, as well as with teams, to develop and implement the needed direction to accomplish acceptance and cooperation with employees. Lois also has experience in workforce strategies such as succession planning, organizational development, regulatory compliance (as an Affirmative Action Officer), recruitment, mergers, and acquisitions. Well into her third decade in these specialties, Lois has served a wide range of industries including food service, manufacturing, and government, with experience in both union and non-union environments. Lois holds memberships in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as well as the Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut (HRACC) where she is currently on their Board of Directors and serves as co-chairperson on their Community Outreach Committee. She has been an ISO 9001 and AS9100 Training and Competency Process Owner for multiple businesses. Lois has a BS in Food Science and Management from Pratt Institute where she graduated with honors, and she has an MBA (HR concentration) from the University of Connecticut. She is certified in Hogan Personality Assessment tools and was a graduate of the first class of HRACC’s Strategic Leadership Institute. Lois holds two HR certifications: SPHR certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute and SHRM-SCP certification through the Society for Human Resource Management. We are fortunate to have such a highly credentialed expert see the uniqueness in our value proposition as she now fills an integral affiliate position in our group.

Dr. Dorette Lewis-Senior
Dr. Dorette Lewis-Senior, Licensed Naturopathic Physician
EHM’s Natural Health Services Consultant

Dr. Lewis-Senior holds two offices in Connecticut and New York as a Licensed Naturopathic Physician. She makes herself available for specific blocks of time at our client locations to dialogue with employees in groups in private, offering innovative approaches to gaining better health. She has worked in the field of Holistic Health & Wellness in various settings for over twenty-five years. She worked her way up from being a Home Care Attendant, to becoming a Registered Nurse, and to now becoming a licensed Physician. Dr. Lewis-Senior holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale New York, a Master of Science Degree in Acupuncture from The Acupuncture Institute at the University of Bridgeport, and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. She also holds certifications as an Alcohol and Drug Detoxification Specialist and as a Certified Medical Thermographer. Dr. Lewis-Senior successfully completed the following four internships: Lincoln Hospital Drug Detoxification Center in New York, Connecticut’s Yale-Griffin Integrative Center, Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut, and Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut. In her specialty of women’s health, her skills include the use of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, herbal medicines, homeopathy, nutrition, and medical thermography. She and her husband, Dr. Derek Senior, co-founded their practice, DRS2 HEALTH, and share time between their offices in Connecticut and New York.
She is also involved with the Park Avenue Medical Center in Trumbull, CT, which is an Integrative Medicine Cancer Support Center. Dr. Lewis-Senior has long been successful in helping patients with allergies, attention deficit disorder, cancer, diabetes, chronic pain, digestive disorders, and high cholesterol, among many other assorted disease conditions. She is a compassionate, energetic speaker, is sought after for women’s retreats and other conferences and workshops, and is a popular contributor in multi-media appearances and interviews. She founded Healing Streams Support Group for Women, a non-profit entity dedicated to the spiritual development and empowerment of women. She also founded ND Voice Magazine and The Wellness Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Collin Dimier
Collin Dimler
Content Researcher and Workshop Program Presenter

Collin’s training is in Physician Assistance at Quinnipiac University. This PA program is recognized among the top five in the nation. He was an inductee to the National Alpha Eta Honor Society for Allied Health Professions and is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) as well as the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants (ConnAPA). Collin has gained a deep respect for the promise offered in the wholeness of the various integrative health disciplines. As a wrestler of 10 years and wrestling coach for 6 years, he has always cared for the health and wellness of himself and others. He has enjoyed learning and researching the pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and most of all prevention of a variety of chronic health conditions. Having completed clinical fieldwork at a medically supervised weight loss clinic, he gained extensive knowledge in the art of motivational interviewing and the science of managing patients with metabolic syndrome. Collin has gained significant leadership experience in coordinating teams in his field of study. He is now motivated to “take on something big.” When he first learned the mission of EHM from founder Dennis Bollier, Collin’s immediate response was “count me in.” His knowledge of disease processes, clinical exposure, metrics tracking, and enthusiasm to contribute offer insight and wondrous energy that we’re excited to share with our clients’ employees.

Dr. Matthew Paterna
Dr. Matthew Paterna
Chiropractic Care and Family Wellness Resources

Dr. Paterna provides health content research and material for our programs. He has been in private practice since 2004. In 2011, he was elected by his peers to be the President of the CT State Chiropractic Council. Dr. Paterna has long been a fixture in the area’s business community, offering numerous workshops and health screenings. He has a well-earned reputation both locally and nationally as the Chiropractor for two professional sports teams and as a distinguished speaker, coach, and consultant for his profession and colleagues. He has also served as the Regional Director for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals. Dr. Paterna founded Shoreline Family Chiropractic & Wellness, which is a community/family-based Health & Wellness group located on the West Haven/Milford line. The focus at Shoreline Family Chiropractic & Wellness is providing and restoring optimal health with safe, natural, drugless chiropractic care. He and his staff specialize in the following areas of Chiropractic: family and childcare, pre-natal care, sports injuries, personal injury, and sickness/injury prevention. Dr. Paterna is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. His earned degree is D.C, Doctor of Chiropractic, May 2004. His undergraduate studies were completed at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he earned his Bachelors in Business Administration in 1995. Dr. Paterna is a devoted husband to his wife of 10 years, Courtney, and a loving father to their two children, Madelyn and Miles.

LeAnn Smith
LeAnn Smith, CPT, HC, NC
LeAnn contributes a unique set of assets to EHM, combining a background of 14 years in Human Resources Management, culminating as Director of H R, followed more recently with over a decade of credentialed work in Health and Wellness. In 2010 she left her corporate position to start her own family optimal health consulting practice. LeAnn provides a full-spectrum approach of modalities for her clients from Healthy Cooking ideas, to Personal Training, and Yoga Instruction, where she offers remote classes for adolescents to seniors. She also has a detailed and customizable program in Health and Nutrition Coaching. With certifications from the American Council on Exercise, and the Integrative Institute of Nutrition and Precision Nutrition, LeAnn represents a well-spring of health and wellness education with many years of experience.
She has spent the last decade working with clients and employee groups to support them in adapting healthier lifestyles. LeAnn works with clients who are “stuck” in their wellness journey either by injury, disease or otherwise. Her approach is to meet clients where they are, then partner with them to create a customized plan in support of their goals and lifestyle, and then, keep them on track.
With her corporate Human Resources background and experience as a Corporate Wellness Ambassador, LeAnn can adeptly provide an organization with a custom designed program unique to their workforce. She can easily read the differential needs of an organization, and proceed with creative solutions to support employees’ physical, nutritional and overall wellness needs, thereby establishing a more robust and productive workforce.

JoAnna Brandi
JoAnna Brandi & Company, Inc.
JoAnna Brandi has been in practice since 1990 helping organizations create happy, engaged and productive employees in nurturing their dedication to provide “Exquisite” Customer Care”.
She is author of two books on customer loyalty, Winning at Customer Retention and Building Customer Loyalty. She is also the creator of The Practice of Positive Leadership E- Course, and a self-study training program entitled The Customer Care Coach® - The Art and Science of Exquisite Customer Care. Two other projects are her Monday Morning Motivation, a tool to stay focused on keeping customers happy, and her illustrated book: 54 Ways to Stay Positive in a Changing, Challenging and Sometimes Negative World
JoAnna is certified as a Chief Happiness Officer by Florida International University and is a graduate of Dr. Martin Seligman’s Authentic Happiness Coaching program. She has developed one- and two-day workshops on Positive Leadership, because an energized workforce is essential in creating and retaining happy customers! She has served hundreds of organizations spanning a cross section of industries in for-profit and non-profit sectors.  
JoAnna is certified in Neuro Linguistics, The Art of Empowerment, and has studied Applied Creative Thinking, and Positive Psychology. For the last 25 years, her bi-weekly newsletter delivers insight and wisdom on creating genuine, customer caring people and cultures worldwide.
JoAnna serves her clients in many different roles, and has worked for 23 years as a resource for TEC/Vistage, an international group of CEOs. She has coached, consulted and served as the “Chief Inspiration Officer” for the highest management levels nationwide, and is a highly rated speaker at conferences throughout North America.  Her workshops and keynotes motivate organizations to get passionate about customers, and raise their “Positivity Ratios”. JoAnna uses email, webinars and video E-courses to keep her inspiring message and practical how-to’s in the forefront of the minds of customer facing employees. She specializes in creating uplifting, value-based workplaces where employees are motivated and customers are happy and loyal. She helps her clients activate that critical link between positivity and profitability, thereby creating “great companies to work for and do business with.” 

Krista Polinsky, BS
Credentialed Counsellor in Metaphysical Healing, Reiki and Feng Shui
In following her calling into the field of Metaphysical healing, Krista began with a certification in Reiki I & II. She then furthered her studies at The Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences (IHAS) in Bloomfield, CT, graduating from the school’s four-year energy medicine program in 2004. While there, she completed two clinical internships, one at The Hospital of Saint Raphael’s Outpatient Oncology Department, and the other at the UCONN Women’s Health Clinic where she witnessed how disease manifested first on the emotional and mental levels before manifesting physically.

Krista then began working for IHAS, and with her passion and vision for this new field, she was appointed Executive Director. She went on to develop IHAS’s clinical internship program in five Connecticut hospitals, and was instrumental in IHAS receiving approval from the CT Department of Higher Education for its certification program in Energy Medicine.

Krista found making connections between her home environment and her physical body then steered her on to study the art of Feng Shui - the energy of our homes and work spaces. In 2005, Krista graduated with her certification as a Feng Shui Practitioner from The Feng Shui Alliance in Edgewater, NJ. She continued her study with some highly regarded Feng Shui experts.

Krista teaches her clients that they are not separate from their spaces. The space influences you and vice versa. As you shift the space, you are impacted, and as you shift and grow, so must your environment. One of her specialties is working with clients who feel stuck, lack clarity or vision for their future, or have experienced trauma.

Krista has felt honored to have taught classes in Integrative Medicine at Saint Francis and Hartford Hospitals, and at both Wesleyan and Southern Connecticut State Universities.

We at EHM are happy to have her join our expanding group of highly credentialed practitioners.


Amy Mongillo

Amy J. Mongillo, RDH, MS, CWC
Credentialed Oral Health Practitioner and Integrative Health and Wellness Coach
Amy is a graduate from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She later earned a Master of Science in Health Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Amy’s extensive experience as a preventive health professional includes work as a practicing dental hygiene clinician as well as instructor in higher education. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at University of Bridgeport, in the Health Sciences Department, where she teaches courses in Periodontology and clinical dental hygiene skills.
Amy’s professional and varied career within the oral health field has evolved, keeping her current and relevant in the dynamic preventive healthcare arena.  Ever-increasing evidence of the strong interconnectedness between oral and systemic health and chronic disease has fueled her passion to fully embrace preventive health service and teaching with a holistic mindset.  This passion led Amy to broaden her scope to become certified as a Health/Wellness Coach from The Health Coach Institute, and more recently, Catalyst Coaching, where she completed a master’s level health coach training.  Her focus in this coaching work is to complement and extend her role as a dental hygiene practitioner and educator. In this aim, she guides others toward achieving and sustaining self-directed, healthy lifestyle goals while using an evidence-based approach that integrates a healthy mouth and its impact on the rest of the body.
Amy is a member of the American Dental Educator’s Association, a founding member of the Health and Wellness Coalition of her local Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association - where she has held many state leadership positions.  She is currently the Connecticut Liaison for the ADHA Institute of Oral Health.


Kerry Hardy
Kerry Hardy, RN, HNB-BC, RMT, CCH
EHM’s Director of Research and Program Implementation

Kerry is a graduate of the UConn School of Nursing where she was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She brings to our clients an interesting breadth and depth of experience in various health fields. She has practical experience in disease processes and prevention, with field experience at Norwalk Hospital and St. Vincent’s Oncology Department, local nursing homes, and homecare agencies, including hospice care. Kerry has gone on to widen her credentialing by becoming Board Certified from the American Holistic Nursing Association. In this promising new field of health, she has gained experience in a variety of Complementary and Integrative Methodologies. Her work in Health Coaching is enhanced by her deep understanding of the benefits of Essential Oils and Nutritional Supplement Science, along with her hands-on experience in healing energy work as a practicing Reiki Master. Kerry has now found her true passion in Family Practice Health by treating the mind, body, and spirit as one, and she gains high marks for her contributions and follow-through in supporting improvements in the health of our clients’ employees and their families. Nurse Kerry sits on the Medical Advisory Panel of a large group who’s website is www.BeatCancer.org. She is available for private consults, or for just a quick question regarding any area of family health. She can be reached through her website: www.HolisticHeavenWellness.com. Her warm smile, along with her sincere love of working with people to improve their health, makes her a perfect team manager in our group. She is a Connecticut native and proud mother of four boys.

Sallie Czepiel
Sallie T. Czepiel, RD, LDN
Wellness Content Research and Coaching Management

Sallie has impressive experience in and has gained respect through her consulting work in the field of nutrition. She is involved in the development of EHM’s Wellness Program content and serves our clients’ employees as an Educator and Wellness Coaching Facilitator. As a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Sallie founded Family Nutrition Consultants. Because of her education and experience, individuals and organizations that are looking for proper guidance in the science of nutrition have sought after her. Her group has helped clients translate nutrition research and literature into practical information that they can easily implement into their lifestyles with the goal of establishing healthier outcomes. Sallie is known for her expertise in encouraging clients onto healthier paths and, equally as important, in encouraging client compliance and monitoring their progress. She provides an encyclopedic knowledge of dietetic support and guidance for our client’s employees and families via telephone and email communication. Sallie is involved in researching and developing our scientific content and in managing and delivering our client programs.

Sheila Tarantino
Sheila Tarantino, BS, MS, HC
Holistic Health Coach and Content Researcher

Sheila earned her Bachelor of Science in Journalism and her Masters in Health Education at Southern Connecticut State University. She went on to achieve a health coaching certification from the American Association for Drugless Practitioners through New York’s Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Prior to becoming associated with Employee Health Matters, LLC, Sheila taught Nutrition, Mental and Emotional Health, and Disease and Drug Prevention classes. She then went on to specialize in holistic health coaching with individuals and families. In her practice, she became skilled in assisting clients in identifying and setting attainable health goals, and then encouraging small steps toward better health, wherever they are on their life’s journey. She is accomplished at detailed follow-through, keeping clients enthusiastic and on track within specific timelines. Sheila enjoys staying current on newly published studies, and regularly attends forums offered by top medical professionals who are recognized experts in optimizing health. Prior to embarking on a career in health, she worked in a variety of positions in radio broadcasting, including as a morning news producer, and in a journalism role as a field reporter. She is always there to provide health information via private consults or even just to get a quick question answered. Sheila is a long time Connecticut resident, a mom with two children, and is impassioned in her work to improve the lives of others.

Joe Romano

Joe Romano BS, CPT, CNC
Client Fitness Program Coordinator

Many employers are now searching for ways to incorporate physical activity for their employees. As one of our optional features, Joe and his team can create individualized programs within a client’s campus to be carried out and monitored by a client-assigned staff member. Joe has immersed himself in the study of fitness science. After a decade of experience working in corporate gym settings, he went on to create the MoJoe’s Gym brand. Joe’s group has been eminently successful in helping those in the many communities they serve. The first requirement to earn a trainer position under his brand is a passion for helping others. Along with the credentials that his staff initially brings with them, Joe trains them for three to six months prior to starting with their first clients. Programs they bring to our clients include the importance of physical activity at all stages of life, the basic principles of sound eating habits, permanent and safe weight loss, postural reconditioning and corrective exercise techniques, just to name a few.
“Your body consists of three major types of tissue: fat, muscle and bone. With proper guidance, you change your body composition by losing fat, while gaining muscle and keeping your joints, tendons and ligaments healthy in the process. If you take your time and do it right, you’ll have lasting results that improve your quality of life in noticeable fashion. I see this process as a marathon, not a sprint. My mission is to get you there the right way: safely. You only have one body, treat it right!” -Joe Romano

“I have worked with a number of trainers in my lifetime. By comparison, I am deeply impressed by the all-encompassing knowledge of the human body that I see in Joe and each member of his team. In recommending his unique skills to others, I have often compared his mastery to a business acquaintance of mine who was the strength and conditioning coach for one of the original NFL teams – high praise indeed for his unique brand of training, which is well earned.”
-Dennis Bollier, Founder of Employee Health Matters, LLC.


Romy Faith Ganser
Romy Faith Ganser, BS
Business Manager of Health Coaching Services

Romy is another of one our graduates from the New York Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Holistic Health Coach. Romy also holds certifications as a Yoga and Reiki Practitioner. With these credentials, Romy has gained experience in patient advocacy, one-on-one and group counseling, and health education presentations. Romy maintained her own health coaching practice for several years prior to joining EHM. Her passion has long been to share her knowledge of the body’s innate and robust ability to heal itself. By aiding clients to better understand their physical, mental, and/or spiritual needs, she works with them to find their individual, optimal health. After graduating from Johnson and Wales University with a BS in Hospitality Management, she went on to spend three decades in the service industry, starting in food and hotel services, and then moving on to conference, event and trade show planning. Her skills of interpersonal communication, time management, and marketing, along with her thorough understanding of healthy food preparation and overall health education background, form a perfect foundation for Romy’s position as our Business Manager of Health Coaching Services. Romy holds memberships in several professional organizations, including her local Chamber of Commerce, the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.