Get Answers from Some of the Country’s Leading PCOS Experts
Sasha Ottey, MHA, MT (ASCP)
Executive Director, PCOS Challenge:
The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association
Topic: How PCOS Challenge is Changing the Future for Women and Girls with PCOS
Sasha Ottey is Founder and Executive Director of PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association. PCOS Challenge is the world’s leading support and patient advocacy organization advancing the cause for women and girls with PCOS. Since its programs started in 2009, PCOS Challenge has quickly grown to over 50,000 members and has helped many women overcome their struggles with infertility, weight gain, anxiety and depression and reduce their risk for life-threatening related conditions. Sasha is a Clinical and Research Microbiologist. She is also Executive Producer of the national award winning cable television series, PCOS Challenge®, host of the PCOS Challenge radio show and Editor-In-Chief of PCOS Challenge magazine. Prior to founding PCOS Challenge, Sasha was a contract research microbiologist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Carmina Charles, MD
Florida Hospital Diabetes and Endocrine Center
Topic: PCOS Treatment: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
Dr. Charles is board certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. She is an esteemed member of the medical team at Florida Diabetes & Endocrine Center in Orlando. She established a subspecialty clinic in polycystic ovary syndrome and is currently working on expanding services to include endocrine disorders in pregnancy. Dr. Charles graduated with a Doctorate in Medicine from Ross University. She completed her internal Medicine residency at Orlando Health and Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Nutrition and Medical Genetics at Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Charles is a trilingual provider with fluency in English, Creole and French.
Mark P. Trolice, MD, FACOG, FACS, FACE
Director, Fertility CARE – The IVF Center
Topic: PCOS and Your Fertility
Dr. Trolice is a leading expert on fertility and PCOS. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, responsible for the medical education of OB/GYN resident physicians and medical students. He is past President of the Florida Society of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI) and past Division Director of (REI) at Winnie Palmer Hospital. He is Board-certified in REI and OB/GYN, maintains annual recertification, and has been awarded the American Medical Association’s “Physicians’ Recognition Award” annually. He holds the unique distinction of being a Fellow in all three American Colleges of OB/GYN, of Surgeons, and of Endocrinology. His colleagues select him as Top Doctor in America® annually, one among the top 5% of doctors in the U.S. Dr. Trolice has authored and reviews research studies with publications in many leading medical journals and textbooks. In addition, he is interviewed regularly on TV news/talk shows, radio and in newspapers on reproductive health topics. His current book is on the Infertility journey to be published by Harvard Common Press in Spring 2019.
Katherine Sherif, MD
Director, Jefferson Women’s Primary Care
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University
Topic: PCOS Throughout a Woman’s Lifespan
Dr. Sherif is a leading expert on PCOS. As an internist in the 90’s, she was studying insulin resistance when she discovered a special group of women with exaggerated insulin resistance: women with polycystic ovary syndrome. She started prescribing insulin sensitizers in the 90’s based upon the work of Italian clinical investigators. In 2000, she co-founded the first academic center for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome with Dr. Shahab Minassian. Dr. Sherif is also a top speaker and a writer in a number of areas including menopause, hormone replacement therapy, omega-3 fatty acids, and heart disease in women. She is author of Women’s Health in Clinical Practice: A Handbook for Primary Care and Hormone Therapy: A Clinical Handbook.
Martha McKittrick, RD, CDE
Martha McKittrick Nutrition
Topic: Practical Strategies for PCOS Friendly Nutrition
Martha McKittrick is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Wellcoach®-Certified Health and Wellness Coach with a private practice in NYC. With over 25 years’ experience in the field of nutrition, Martha specializes in PCOS, weight management, cardiovascular health, diabetes, IBS, and preventive nutrition. Ms. McKittrick has had a special interest in nutrition for PCOS since 2000 and can be considered one of the pioneers in the field. She was the nutrition editor for Dr. Walter Futterweit’s book, A Patient’s Guide to PCOS – Understanding and Reversing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. She has also been interviewed by and written for publications including The Journal of The American Dietetic Association, Dietitian’s Edge, Nutrition Today, Allure, Self, Family Circle, New York Newsday, and Cooking Light and CNN.
Angela Grassi, MS, RD, LDN
Founder, PCOS Nutrition Center
Topic: A Non-Diet Approach to Treating PCOS
Angela is an internationally recognized nutrition and health expert on PCOS. She was recently named one of the Top 10 incredible RDs making a difference by Today’s Dietitian. She is the author of The Dietitian’s Guide to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, The PCOS Workbook and The PCOS Nutrition Center Cookbook. Angela is the owner of PCOS Nutrition Center where she provides nutrition counseling to women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Having PCOS herself, Angela is dedicated to advocacy, education and research of PCOS.
Fiona McCulloch, ND
Founder, White Lotus Naturopathic Clinic
Topic: Insulin Resistance, Circadian Rhythm and Their Connection to PCOS
Dr. Fiona is one of the leading naturopathic physicians specializing in PCOS. She has been in naturopathic practice since 2001, after graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the University of Guelph (Biological Science). In 2002, Dr. Fiona founded White Lotus Naturopathic Clinic and Integrated Health. She author of 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS and is the Naturopathic Doctor advisor to IVF.ca, Canada’s premier online fertility community. Her research based blog is featured by the American College for Advancement in Medicine. Her articles on the naturopathic treatment of autoimmune infertility and luteal phase defect were published in NDNR, one of the leading journals for naturopathic doctors and she has presented to other health care professionals on evidence-based acupuncture and fertility treatment. In the media, Dr. Fiona was featured in an hour long special on natural fertility on Wylde on Health, has appeared on A Channel News, a CBC Documentary, and has been interviewed by FLARE and Wish magazines.
Felice L. Gersh, MD
Medical Director, Integrative Medical Group of Irvine
Topic: The PCOS Microbiome: Gut Health for Overall Health
Dr. Gersh is an expert on PCOS and is one of only a small number of fellowship trained integrative gynecologists in the U.S. Dr. Gersh has developed comprehensive programs to treat PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis, menstrual disorders, vaginitis, bladder disorders, pelvic pain, vulvodynia and vulvar diseases, infertility and menopause. She integrates natural and holistic medicine with state of the art functional and allopathic medical treatments to help women maintain and regain their health. Dr. Gersh has a B.A. from Princeton University and a Medical Degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine where she graduated in the top 5% of her class and as the #1 woman graduate.
Amy Medling, CHC
Founder, PCOS Diva
Top: The Empowered PCOS Mindset
Amy Medling is the founder of PCOSDiva.com, an online resource dedicated to helping women understand and manage the symptoms associated with polycystic ovary syndrome. She is author of the new book, Healing PCOS: A 21-Day Plan for Reclaiming Your Health and Life with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Amy studied holistic nutrition at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is a Certified Health Coach. Diagnosed with PCOS 13 years ago, Amy thought she found relief when her doctor prescribed Metformin and the birth control pill. Instead of relief, she felt trapped inside a body that rejected these artificial treatments. This is when her Diva journey began. She moved from a “why me?” self-pity state to a place of empowerment that ultimately led her to becoming a “PCOS Diva.” Amy’s goal is to coach other women with PCOS, to find a body, mind and spirit balance that will have them proclaiming, “I’m a PCOS Diva too!”
Gretchen Kubacky, PsyD
Topic: PCOS and Your Mental Health: How to Improve Your Mood and Live a Happier, More Fulfilled Life
Dr. Kubacky is one of the country’s leading clinical psychologists specializing in PCOS, infertility, diabetes, and other endocrine disorders. She works with individuals and couples who are struggling with PCOS, related disorders and infertility. Dr. Kubacky has also been diagnosed with PCOS, type II diabetes, hypothyroidism and infertility, which enables her to council from a position of understanding and empathy. This allows Dr. Kubacky to better help patients with similar issues learn how to live happier and healthier lives, and achieve a better balance in their mood and functioning.
Maria Horstmann, MBA, CPT, PNL1, IRC
Founder, Be Fab – Be You LLC
Topic: Exercise for PCOS, Insulin Resistance and Mental Health
Maria Horstmann is a Health and Insulin Resistance Coach, a Personal Trainer, and a Corporate Wellness Consultant. She left the corporate world to start Be Fab – Be You LLC to follow her passion to empower others to get their lives back by identifying what is on their way while taking sustainable and holistic health steps. Maria spent most of her life compromising her health until she realized her ticket to reaching full potential in life was a “healthy lifestyle.” She turned her lifestyle 180º; overcame pre-diabetes and chronic digestive and gastrointestinal. Maria creates personalized experiences and programs for single clients, groups, and organizations. Her programs, including a Blood Sugar Balancing Program, help people struggling with weight, fatigue, brain fog, blood sugar and hormonal imbalances, digestion, depression and more.
Mary Spivey-Just, CPE
Delegate, American Electrology Association
Topic: Hair Removal Options for Women with PCOS
Mary Spivey-Just is an electrologist in Charleston, South Carolina and delegate for the American Electrology Association (AEA), the largest international professional membership organization for practitioners of electrolysis. She is a member of the AEA Advertising and Publications Committee. Mary is a 2015 AEA Gold Probe Recipient. Mary graduated from the Electrology Institute of New England in Tewksbery, Massachusetts and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Carolina. Mary has transitioned from corporate accounting to become a proud and productive electrologist. Working with PCOS clients on a regular basis has allowed her to hear their stories, discuss their desires and perform treatments to assist them in eradicating unwanted hair. She endeavors to empower clients with information to make informed decisions. Mary’s motto is Educate, Educate and Educate.
Stefania Cattaneo, MS, RDN, PharmD
Founder, Lotus Flower PCOS Nutrition Center
Featured Guest Panelist
Stefania is an Italian RD Nutritionist, active member of AE-PCOS Society and a leading expert in PCOS and women’s healthcare in Italy. She is in the gold leaf of Italian Nutritionists. She has degrees in both Pharmacy and Diet and Nutrition and is also an Accredited Specialist in Sport Nutrition. Stefania worked as a Professor of “Nutrition, sport and wellness” at Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy). She specialized in general nutrition, PCOS, weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular health, menopause and sport nutrition in women according to the Mediterranean diet. She is the founder of Lotus Flower PCOS Nutrition Center where she provides nutrition counseling to women with PCOS, and their families. She also educates healthcare specialists throughout Italy about proper nutrition.
Meet Some of Our Patient Advocates and PCOS Symposium Panelists
Featured Guest Panelist
Renetta Dubose works as a weekend anchor for WJBF News Channel 6. Renetta has spent the past decade working as a broadcast journalist for ABC, CBS and PBS affiliates in Illinois and Indiana. Renetta is a recipient of the Media General’s D. Tennant Bryan Award for Excellence in Journalism and the PCOS Challenge Community Leader Award in recognition of her exemplary journalistic work in PCOS Awareness and Advocacy. Among Renetta’s credits, she has interviewed Vice President Mike Pence and President Barack Obama. Renetta earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Butler University and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Renetta is an Augusta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and member of The Augusta (GA) Chapter of The Links Incorporated, National Association of Black Journalists and serves as a board member of Positively Augusta, formerly The Augusta World AIDS Day Committee.
PCOS Advocate and Support Group Leader, PCOS Positivity
Featured Guest Panelist
Shelby Eckard is a blogger and Fitness Nutrition and Weight Loss Specialist (NASM). She is a recipient of the 2017 PCOS Challenge Community Leader Award in recognition of her outstanding work in PCOS awareness and advocacy. Shelby currently works as a social media manager and advocate for women with PCOS. She has written for the Huffington Post, The Mighty and Ravishly, sharing her journey to self love and living positively despite her pcos diagnosis. Shelby empowers women on social media as PCOS Support Girl covering topics such as positive body image, PCOS, eating disorder recovery and humor. Shelby is passionate in creating a community of women who empower and encourage each other to make positive change.
Arielle Catron, MSW, LSW
Featured Guest Panelist
Arielle Catron is a licensed social worker and LGBTQ advocate based in Philadelphia, PA. She is the founder of Qpcos, an online community for queer people living with PCOS, and Wellness Coordinator for William Way LGBT Community Center. At Qpcos, Arielle has cultivated a safe space to explore the connections between PCOS, gender, sexuality, and expression. Qpcos was created to bridge the gap between mainstream PCOS resources and the needs of the queer community with PCOS.
About PCOS Challenge
PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization globally advancing the cause for women with PCOS serving over 50,000 members. We touch the lives of women with PCOS and their supporters each year through research, grants, health screenings, television and radio programming, support groups, and education and awareness initiatives. READ MORE