By Basia Alicia Powell
We are all living through what can arguably be described as one of the darkest periods in modern times. From one week to another we are witnessing and experiencing the negative emotional and mental side effects from the Covid -19 pandemic, war in Afghanistan, wild fires, flooding, senseless killings and the list of negative events that are covered daily by the primetime media, continues. It is difficult to maintain a daily positive outlook when you have so many terrible things coming at you all at once.
Today, the ladies and I got together to discuss the benefits of gratitude during a time like this. Speaking for myself, it has not been easy. However, my saving grace has been an attitude of gratitude. I am so grateful for this circle of women that I have chosen to surround myself with during this time. I am also grateful that our wellness expert, Mrs. Dimple Kabadi- Berger was present for this discussion. Take a look at the bios of the ladies on today’s commentary panel, and don’t forget to follow them on social.
Dimple Kabadi-Berger has a Bachelors in Biology and a certificate in Integrative Nutrition Coaching. She has been helping people build and sustain a healthy lifestyle through her Integrative Wellness Coaching business, “Wellness With Dimple.” Dimple’s multi-faceted six-month program works alongside her clients to independently and functionally examine twelve areas of overall well-being for each individual. Together, they cover topics such as food, movement, finances, and she works with her clients to identify strengths, challenges, and goals in each area, and partner with any necessary specialists to facilitate making sustainable changes. You can keep up with her on Instagram
Ms. Lesley Ann Bailey is a Trinidadian/American. She is an Occupational Therapist, an entrepreneur, and a graduate of Howard University. Lesley- Ann is based in Washington DC. You can keep up with on Instagram
Stephanie M. Thompson, M.D. is a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist at The Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science (IRMS) at Saint Barnabas in Livingston, NJ. She is an attending physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Dr. Thompson received her undergraduate degree in Spanish from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University Medical Center and completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School.
Her special interests within the field include health and wellness in fertility patients and oocyte cryopreservation. Dr. Thompson has received many honors throughout her academic career and has actively contributed to the scientific literature in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Her research includes “Single vs. Double IUI for Male Factor Infertility” and “Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) stimulation of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) in immortalized endometrial stromal cells. She is currently a principal investigator for the “STAR” trial investigating the impact of pre-implantation genetic screening on pregnancy rates.
As well as her research involvement, Dr. Thompson is a frequent speaker on oocyte cryopreservation having appeared on CNN’s “Birth with Lisa Ling” as well as “The Dr Oz” show to discuss this emerging technology. She also regularly addresses groups of women contemplating egg freezing to help them navigate the medical and emotional aspects of the process. You can follow her on Instagram.
Dr. Thompson continues to teach residents and medical students as the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division Director for Resident Education at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Dr. Thompson’s primary location is in Hoboken, NJ where her practice encompasses reproductive surgery, treatment of gynecologic endocrine disorders and assisted reproductive technologies including in vitro fertilization and oocyte cryopreservation
Paula Hospedales-Bosland moved to Nassau, Bahamas from Trinidad and Tobago in 2007. She is the mother of two sons, aged 16 and almost 13. Her younger son, Obasi, is on the Autism Spectrum and is functionally non-verbal. Paula’s professional background is in IT and Project Management. She works at Colina Insurance Limited as the Life Operations Business Analyst Manager and the Reinsurance Administration Manager. She is based in Nassau, Bahamas. You can keep up with her on Instagram.