by Martin Miron
Mark Eisenhart’s inspiring saga of dropping 215 pounds from his six-foot, 455-pound frame is remarkable, but that’s not the end of the story. His total commitment to self-transformation in body, mind and spirit is a work in progress, but the Ohio native has embarked upon a far-reaching campaign to allow others to share in the wisdom he has gained from the experience and reproduce it in their own lives. Eisenhart attributes his childhood obesity to genetics and an eating disorder that was reinforced by the comfort foods his mother so lovingly served. “I was the fat kid on the playground that everybody laughed at and bullied,” he recalls.
by Martin Miron
Mark Eisenhart’s inspiring saga of dropping 215 pounds from his six-foot, 455-pound frame is remarkable, but that’s not the end of the story. His total commitment to self-transformation in body, mind and spirit is a work in progress, but the Ohio native has embarked upon a far-reaching campaign to allow others to share in the wisdom he has gained from the experience and reproduce it in their own lives.
Eisenhart attributes his childhood obesity to genetics and an eating disorder that was reinforced by the comfort foods his mother so lovingly served. “I was the fat kid on the playground that everybody laughed at and bullied,” he recalls.
Dr. Jim Costello, founder of Neuro-fit Systems, Inc., in Los Angeles, helps people improve communication between mind and body, and vice-versa. He states, “When the central nervous system or neural development is met with inefficiency, it can lead to a myriad of symptoms and challenges.”
Neuro-fit serves a wide variety of individuals, including kids with autism and ADD/ADHD, adults with addiction problems and even athletes that want to maximize performance. Costello explains, “We have seen great improvements in autism and kids with learning challenges. We work with adults with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders and in our newest venture, we’re seeing some incredible results with ataxia [loss of bodily movement control].”
Deonza Thymes, M.D., is an acute observer who wants to make a difference—traits that explain her attraction to study both sociology and pre-med as an undergraduate at UCLA, as well as her keen eye for finding unmet needs and opportunities to help others. As an African-American female who was born and raised in South Los Angeles, Thymes frequently faced discouragement and lacked role models along the way to pursuing her degree as a medical doctor, which she accomplished in 2003 at Ohio State University. Because she was tuned in to the challenges that young women like her face, she saw the promise in Artemis Medical Society—a group of female, African-American physicians that are working together with a mission to create an environment through which to share, support, encourage and cultivate African-American women physicians across all medical specialties. Similarly, Thymes noticed a need among the older adults that she was encountering as an emergency room physician and found an opportunity to help fill the gap with ActiveRx Active Aging Centers.
Nimira Alibhoy, a doctor of chiropractic and owner of Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic (UCSC), was introduced to chiropractic care after being involved in a large car accident two weeks before graduating from high school. It was the first time she had even heard of chiropractic, let alone have the opportunity to experience the modality first-hand. Little did she know it would eventually be a life-changing career path.
A Southern California native, Alibhoy started college in Maine with the intention of being a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) but realized early on that her heart just wasn’t in it. She transferred to Chapman University in Orange where she completed her bachelor’s degree in biology. By then, she had learned more about the many positive aspects of chiropractic and was not only impressed with its basic principles, but also inspired to help others experience greater health and healing. She moved to Atlanta to complete her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University, where she graduated with honors in March 2010.
Born and raised in Australia by Italian parents, Marina Rose, the founder of the School of DNA Theta Healing in Santa Monica, California, has maintained a life-long interest in the workings of the human mind, body, heart, and soul. Marina Rose has an innate understanding of the law of cause and effect along with quantum physics, and from an early age, a strong belief and trust in her intuition.
A California native, Dr. Mamta Dalwani grew up in the Pasadena area, the middle child of three sisters and daughter of a dentist. It wasn’t until her second year of college that she decided to pursue the same path as her father. She had entered the University of Irvine (UCI) as an economics major, but once she began taking a biology course, she realized how much she enjoyed it.
Before opening the Alphabiotic Balance Center in Venice, Bruce Fulford was a successful musician and music producer, and he loved the path that he had chosen; however, a devastating turn of events would change his path and take him on an unexpected journey to health and wellness.
Neal Bychek is president and CEO of Pacific Health and Wellness, based in Redondo Beach. When he was 13 years old, his mother had a massive stroke at the age of 46. It left her with significant disabilities, impacting the entire family. It was his mother’s ordeal that would inspire Bychek to go into the medical field so that he could make a difference, first as a hospital volunteer at the age of 15, then serving in clinical orthopedics, acting as a healthcare business development consultant and ultimately owning a robust health and wellness company.
After putting on weight throughout high school and struggling with her body image, Anna Kelske went on a mission to lose weight and start dieting. It was a decision that would impact her life in ways she never could have imagined, because what started out as dieting spiraled into an eating disorder.