7 Black Women Making Waves in Alternative Medicine
In 2019, the term “alternative medicine” no longer solicits gasps or sideways glances from friends and acquaintances. Instead, alternative medicine means that you’re taking your health into your own hands, researching what’s best for you and coming to conclusions about your wellbeing based on the most important factor—you.
That’s why we’re so excited to see healers in different modalities becoming more mainstream, and gaining the following they deserve as they help women (and men) discover the best path to wellness. These seven black women are making serious waves in alternative medicine, and we think you should have them on your radar.
After giving birth to her son Fulano in 2003, Latham Thomas set out on a mission to help women reclaim birth. A graduate of Columbia University and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Latham is a maternity lifestyle maven, world renowned wellness leader and master birth doula on the vanguard of transforming the wellness movement. Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, Latham is bridging the gap between optimal wellness, spiritual growth, and radical self care and is the go-to-guru for modern holistic lifestyle for women.
She authored the 2012 bestselling book, Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to a Fabulous and Abundant Pregnancy, foreword by Dr. Christiane Northrup, and most recently published bestseller OWN YOUR GLOW: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within. In March of 2018, Latham released the meditation audio program, BEDITATIONS: Guided Meditations and Rituals for Rest and Renewal. She teaches at universities and teaching hospitals around the country, helping to improve the patient labor and delivery experience.
Jenny D. Brice is a clinically trained psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of individuals, couples and families. She is also a Level II Usui Reiki Practitioner, a 13-year public health professional and passionate wellness enthusiast. Her aim is to support clients in vibrating higher in all aspects of their human experience, by helping to improve access and quality of the tools within their reach.
Jenny believes in the power of personal narratives to radically re-shape your life, relationships and experiences. Her mission is to elevate and encourage the practice of self-realization through awareness, acceptance, compassion and appreciation, with the knowledge that people are genuinely doing the best they can with the mindsets and resources they have.
Maya Feller specializes in nutrition for chronic disease prevention. Maya believes that by making simple food choices, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing a diet related chronic disease. Half of all Americans suffer from a preventable chronic disease like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, cancer, and stroke. To address this difficult and complex epidemic, Maya is dedicated to promoting nutrition education that helps the public to make informed food choices that support health and longevity. Maya shares her approachable, real-food-based solutions to millions of people through regular speaking engagements and as a nutrition expert on The Dr. Oz Show and Good Morning America.
Maya received her masters of science in nutrition at New York University and completed her clinical nutrition training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Alongside her speaking priorities, Maya runs a private practice in Brooklyn, New York. When working with clients, Maya believes in meeting the whole person where they are and using a patient-centered, culturally sensitive approach to enable each client to meet their unique nutrition-related goals. Maya is also an adjunct professor at NYU where she teaches nutrition and lectures at nutrition symposia.
Jessamyn Stanley is a yoga teacher, body positivity advocate and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. Jessamyn uses high energy vinyasa flow as a way to move past mental and emotional barriers. Her classes provide a body positive approach to yoga which celebrates students’ bodies and encourages them to ask “How do I feel?” rather than “How do I look?” when practicing yoga.
Jessamyn studied with Kimberley Puryear of Asheville Yoga Center’s 230-hour Teacher Training Program and her eponymous yoga lifestyle blog and Instagram attract thousands of followers daily, offering tips and advice for other yoga practitioners while documenting her home yoga practice. Jessamyn contributes to Mind Body Green, Wanderlust and Elephant Journal. She’s been featured and profiled by a variety of International and National media outlets including Good Morning America, The Daily Mail, New York Magazine, The Sunday Times, New York Times’ Women In The World and People, among others.
Dr. Naika Apeakorang is a naturopathic practitioner, acupuncturist, and herbalist, with a global practice based in Brooklyn, NY. As a holistic healer, she aims to guide her clients towards their happiest, freest and fullest selves. Together, Dr. Naika and her clients work on declaring their vision for their wellness, and then work diligently to get them to a place where their vision is realized.
Dr. Naika received her B.A from Brown University and both her Naturopathic Doctorate and Masters degrees from Bastyr University. She uses an integrative wellness approach that involves everything from cupping and energy work, to acupuncture and flower essences, to herbal medicine and nutrient therapy. In addition to one on one client work, she offers a wide variety of community healing experiences to make wellness more accessible and fun.
A former Wall Street professional and graduate of Columbia Business School, Lauren Solomon boldly transitioned from a decade-long career in finance and project management to a lifetime journey as a certified international yoga instructor, reiki practitioner and doula.
Poised to transform the wellness movement, Lauren has earned 300 hours from the Laughing Lotus Teacher Training program in NYC and India. She’s also a certified Reiki attuned practitioner (Level II) at MINKA Brooklyn and proud Mama Glow certified prenatal, birth and postpartum doula.
Lauren’s devoted leadership and healing contributions to the world empower and serve communities by guiding people on a radical inward journey to achieve mental clarity, physical strength and holistic well-being.
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Chinara Tate is a fully licensed registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and doctor of behavioral nutrition, with specific research interest in examining the neural correlates of obesity and the neuromodular effects of food. In the private sector, her work as a dietitian is grounded in evidence-based practice with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral coaching, nutrition counseling and individualized nutrition planning. Her nutritional philosophies are premised on conducting critical analysis of the existing nutrition and health behavior research so that her clients receive the most accurate information available to become experts in driving their own well-being.
Chinara holds a private practice at Heal Haus in Brooklyn, NY, and she is an adjust assistant professor at the Teachers College at Columbia University.
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