Dr. Ramani'd Roundtable
ROBERT MACK, M.A.P.P. is the best-selling author of Happiness From the Inside Out.
He is a coveted speaker and an elite life coach. He has been featured on various television shows, including The Today Show, and in numerous magazines, including Oprah, Self, Health, Cosmopolitan, and others.
ELITE LIFE COACH
Robert has coached people from all walks of life to live happier, healthier, and wealthier lives from the inside out. His clients include everyday people, celebrities, and high profile people alike.
COVETED KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Robert is a coveted keynote speaker. He is often invited to open and close conferences. His keynote style is entertaining, informative, inspirational, and deeply engaging. He has spoken for organizations of all kinds, from non-profits to Fortune 50 corporations.
Robert's book, Happiness From the Inside Out: The Art and Science of Fulfillment is a best-seller. It has been translated into various languages across the world.
TELEVISION PERSONALITY & EXPERT GUEST
Robert is an enthusiastic and frequent guest on radio and television shows. He provides expert commentary on a wide range of topics revolving around psychology, business, and spirituality.
Robert has served as a spokesperson for various Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Carnival Cruise Lines, and others.
Bravo television fans got to know Bryan T. Donovan from the reality series Thintervention with Jackie Warner. Although he spilled and shredded his "gut" in front of thousands each week, there's much more to Bryan then his incredible transformation on the show. Moving to New York City at the age of 18 with only a few dollars to his name, comedian and actor Bryan T. Donovan has been there and back again. Kicking off his career as an apprentice at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre in Jupiter, Fl, Bryan has developed into a multi-layered entertainer performing in every facet of the entertainment industry from film, television and stage. Bryan has also established himself as a successful film producer working on multiple shorts and feature films that have traversed the world in various film festivals.
At an early age, Bryan learned to turn to comedy and the creative arts to cope with and survive a tumultuous childhood that included sexual abuse, alcoholism, and overall instability. Over the course of his formative years, the arts became a safe-haven and source of inspiration and drive for him. Bryan attended the esteemed Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and knew that he was destined to be in entertainment. After moving to New York City, he trained through multiple acting classes and started performing stand up at the legendary Caroline's Comedy Club. It did not take long before Bryan was noticed by several casting directors and began acting in major theatre productions. In 2000, he made his Broadway debut in the play Wrong Mountain and has remained active on stage appearing in hit shows including High Society, Boeing Boeing, Fanny Hill, The Mystery of Irma Vep, It's Just Sex and Everything Will Be Different.
Making the leap from NYC to LA in 2007, Bryan has made a flawless transition from the stage to the screen. Producing and acting in many of his own projects, Bryan co-starred in various shorts such as Alpha Male, Half Truth, Annie in the Aisle of Irma, Sunset Stories, I Love You Like Crazy, My Eleventh and the hilarious Steeling Magnolias. With a knack for detail and a clear understanding of film making, Bryan was picked up to be the head of development at Steakhaus Productions and produced the films Hard Times, The Rise, 6 Month Rule, Weather Girl and Church & State. Bryan has also accumulated a distinguished list of television credits, which include the long running daytime favorite All My Children, NBC's hit drama series Law and Order, Medium and Nite Tales: The Series.
Bryan now resides back in New York City with his long time partner, Miguel and their two dogs. He is currently in the process of writing and developing several projects, including his blog Wholly Gastromony.
Orenda L. Warren-Malbrough, MA refers to herself as a "recovering diabetic" as she lives free of medication after 10 years of 2x a day dosing of Metformin and Glyburide; standard generic drugs for managing Type II Diabetes. She offers the term "recovering diabetic" to emphasize her shift from being a pill popping, mood swinging diabetic to becoming medication free and emotionally comfortable was "an inside job". Orenda stresses that the catalyst igniting her will to change (literally to save herself) came through an introduction to Dr. Ramani Durvasula (Dr. Ramani), Clinical Psychologist, Media Personality, Author and her new boss at California State University Los Angeles. Dr. Ramani, who'd struggled and overcame her own weight issues, had begun writing the book, "You Are WHY You Eat" Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life. She gently offered Orenda this helpful insight into her challenged relationship with food which had resulted in illness; "Understanding WHY you eat can lead to real and lasting change-both in your weight loss and all other areas of your life". Orenda was impacted by this idea and thought deeply about it; then she took action toward understanding the "WHY". Over several months she made important lifestyle changes resulting in the loss of over 60 pounds and is now a vibrant, happy baby boomer; loving her 120lb. - 5'2" frame! She has kept the weight off for over a year!
In February 2012, Orenda married longtime companion Ricky whose father succumbed to diabetes a few years earlier; he was also an amputee. Her recovery from hopelessness coupled with a family history of amputations, and alarm over the increasing incidence of diabetes in Los Angeles led them to launch a small non-profit in the Crenshaw District known as SugarTips. The goal of SugarTips - Diabetes Prevention, Education and Supportive Services is "to reduce the incidence of diabetes and the reduction of pain, suffering and death related to diabetic complications, particularly amputations". Orenda is currently Research Coordinator for the federally funded Health Adherence Research Project - Phase II (HARP-II) at California State University Los Angeles. Before joining HARP-II, she served as a non-profit administrator for 25 years conducting HIV/AIDS Prevention in the high risk Los Angeles communities of Downtown Skid-Row, South LA/Watts and Pico Union. Orenda attended California State University Dominguez Hills in the South Bay earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health and a Master's Degree in Sociology with an emphasis on self-efficacy and process-outcome evaluation; she is an active member of Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) International Sociology Honor Society. Lastly, she and husband Rick were recently invited to join the CSU San Bernardino planning committee for the Disability Sports Festival 2013 held annually on campus. This event promotes physical activity and sports for people with any disability, injury, or illness; and serves to raise awareness of disability sports and physical activity. SugarTips - is committed to hosting the first South Los Angeles/Crenshaw District Disability Sports Festival in 2014.
Joanne Diaz-Koegl is a psychotherapist in private practice in Pasadena, California, she is the After Care Specialist on "The New Ricki Lake Show" and previously worked as an After Care Producer on "Dr. Drew's LifeChangers". Her areas of expertise include relationship expert, couples counseling, adolescent counseling, loss and grief, addiction, and TV production consulting. As an Associate Producer/ Line Producer for over 20 years and as a psychotherapist for six years, she brings a special niche to a production company by providing years of top-quality production experience along with vast knowledge and expertise treating a variety of people with emotional/relational issues. Joanne recognizes the value and balancing act of delivering "good TV" while also regarding the guests.
Joanne has appeared on various talk shows discussing relationships, parenting, loss, and other topical issues. She has had several articles published and is currently working on a book about losing a spouse at a younger age... after losing her husband in a car accident and discovering most grief books are geared toward more mature people. Joanne has built a reputation with her clients as an empathetic, yet candid, no-nonsense therapist who believes in using a direct approach soliciting proper communication skills and gained awareness.
A passion for improving the lives of the undeserved, Joanne has worked for the past 14 years with abused children, community resource centers, crisis management at local schools after a tragedy, and the American Red Cross volunteering in shelters following Hurricane Katrina.
Joanne received her Master in Arts in Marriage, Family Therapy at Pacific Oaks College. She is currently an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Pacific Oaks College, teaching communication skills and Multicultural Counseling to graduate students. Joanne delights combining both her careers as a psychotherapy and TV media expert.