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Editorial Staff and Board of Health and Medical Advisers

The Publisher: Oakstone Publishing, LLC dba Personal Best

Personal Best is well known for its high-quality health management publications, which promote wellness, safety, productivity, shiftwork and personal money management. Thousands of health promotion programs trust Personal Best to deliver engaging and motivating wellness communication tools to recipients in the U.S. and Canada.

Executive Editor

Susan Cottman: Susan is the Executive Editor for Oakstone's Wellness Division. Her specialties include Canadian products, custom calendars and low-literacy publications. Susan was managing editor and designer of a medico-legal newsletter reporting on disability and injury issues for workers' compensation and casualty adjusters for 7 years for a provider of independent medical evaluations based in Seattle. She has served as a judge for the National Health Information Awards and has been with Oakstone since 1999.

U.S. Advisers

Jamie Lynn Byram, AFC, MBA, MDiv, MS: Jamie Lynn is an Accredited Financial Counselor with more than a decade of experience working with individuals and families on various financial issues (paying down debt, credit issues, saving, basic investing, financial goals). She has also taught personal financial planning for 10 years, and was the director of the University of Southern Mississippi personal financial planning program. She is an Instructor at the University of Georgia and has a private practice in the Atlanta area. Adviser since 2010.

Eric Endlich, Ph.D.: Eric is a psychologist with a special interest in health and wellness. He has helped design and deliver worksite wellness programs. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and has a private practice in the Boston area. Adviser since 2005.

Mary P. Hollins, MS, JD, CSHM: Mary is the President of Hollins Risk Management Consulting, LLC. She has been helping public and private sector workplaces manage risk and minimize losses for 23+ years. She has developed education and training resources, published articles and made presentations on safety and risk management; specialties include high-risk settings that serve high-risk populations. Adviser since 2002.

James R. Lozier, DDS: Jim is the President and CEO of Dental Decks, a division of Oakstone Wellness. He founded Dental Decks in 1992; it is the No. 1 study aid throughout the world for dental and dental hygiene students preparing for their national board exams. Jim was a dentist in private practice from 1988 to 2003. Adviser since 2013.

Diane McReynolds: Diane is the former Executive Editor for the Oakstone wellness division. She is co-founder of Scott Publishing, Inc., creator of the original Personal Best health letter, and lead author of the Personal Best wellness cost benefit report. She has been producing wellness and employee communications for nearly 30 years with an emphasis on health improvement for healthier businesses.

Zorba Paster, MD: Zorba is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He has been practicing family medicine for 22+ years; has served as a clinical investigator; has been published extensively in professional journals; and has worked in radio and television, including NPR’s On Your Health, and the PBS special How To Live a Long, Sweet Life. Adviser since 1999.

Charles Stuart Platkin, PhD, MPH: Charles is one of the country’s leading nutrition and public health advocates. His syndicated health, nutrition and fitness column, the Diet Detective, appears in more than 100 daily newspapers and media outlets nationally. Charles is also the founder of DietDetective.com, which offers nutrition, food and fitness information. Additionally, he is a Distinguished Lecturer at the Hunter College School of Urban Public Health and CUNY School of Public Health in New York City. Adviser since 2007.

Elizabeth S. Smoots, MD, FAAFP: Elizabeth is a board-certified family physician who believes that health is more than treating disease. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She is also a newspaper columnist, lecturer and blogger. Adviser since 1997.

Canadian Advisers

Marica Borovich-Law, MSc (Kin) MBA: Marica is a seminar leader, trainer and consultant, specializing in organizational wellness and health promotion. She is a lecturer in the Department of Physical Education and Recreational Studies, Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta. Adviser since 2003.

John Brennan, MD, CCFP: John serves as a medical adviser for Honda Canada Manufacturing, Purolator Courier and Campbell Company of Canada. He creates occupational medicine and wellness programs in manufacturing environments. John is also an Assistant Professor at Laurentian University, Lakehead University and Northern Ontario School of Medicine. John is Medical Editor of the Body Bulletin Canada newsletter. Adviser since 2007.

Chad Burke, CRSP, CHSO: Chad has more than 10 years’ experience in construction and industrial health and safety. He is a Safety and Emergency Response Coordinator at Styrolution Canada, Ltd. In Ontario. Chad also is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP). His roles have included Health and Safety Adviser, Health and Safety Coordinator and Director of Environmental Health.

Douglas G. Morrison HBSc, MD, DOHS: Doug is Chief Physician of Hydro One. He is also an Occupational Health Consultant with Goodyear Canada since 1989. He is a member of the Beamsville Family Health Team, in Beamsville, Ontario and is on the staff of West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, in Grimsby, Ontario. Adviser since 2013.

Cara Rosenbloom, RD: Dietitian with 10 years' experience counseling and educating Canadians through TV appearances, magazine articles, newsletters and one-on-one consultations. Cara is the president of Words to Eat By, a Toronto-based nutrition communications firm, and she is a member of Dietitians of Canada and the College of Dietitians of Ontario. Adviser since May 2009.

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