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Winslow E. Dixon- Founder/ CEO

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Winslow E. Dixon started her young career in geriatrics. She specialized in Alzheimer’s and Dementia and worked as a geriatric specialist. She then continued her education, studying holistic health and nutrition. As a holistic health practitioner through her business- Hope, Healing, Happy Co, she works with those suffering from chronic illness and helps clients establish mind, body and spirit health protocols to improve their quality of life.

Upon her diagnosis of Medullary Sponge Kidney and Addison’s Disease , she was forced to find a new purpose. Winslow volunteers her time as an advocate for those suffering with chronic illness, rare disease and disability through her 501c3 nonprofit patient advocacy organization, Adrenal Alternatives Foundation.

She is the also a published author, motivational speaker, freelance writer and columnist and has published the following books:  Townsend: the EverVigilant SeriesHolistic Homemaking: Guide to Identifying Toxins and Creating Natural Products,  Cortisol Pump 101: A Patient’s Guide to the Cortisol Pumping Method , Adrenal Insufficiency 101: A Patient’s Guide to Managing Adrenal Insufficiency the Arsenal of Arrows Devotional Journal Challenge Series, the Peace by Piece 365 Inspirational Health Log Journal the children’s book The Shivering Sunbeam which explains disability in a way young minds can understand and Chronically Stoned: The Guide to Winning the Battle against Kidney Stones and UTI’s. All are available through Amazon, Kindle E-book and Barnes and Noble.

Winslow is currently pursuing her doctorate in naturopathic medicine with a concentration in the management of cortisol deficiency diseases. 

To read more about Winslow visit her website- https://winslowedixon.wordpress.com/

Dr. Vasti Aguayo- Clinical/Research Team

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Dr. Vasti Aguayo obtained her PhD in Medical Microbiology through the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.  Her concentration is clinical microbiology and she is currently establishing and maintaining molecular platforms to expand testing capacity for COVID-19 in Southern Indiana. Although she is now working in clinical microbiology, she has always been interested in immunology and inflammation. She has published multiple clinical publications and is passionate about research.

Dr. Aguayo has graciously joined the Adrenal Alternatives Foundation team and is donating her time and  skillset in helping us create clinical trials for the advancement of adrenal disease care and management.

 

“Autoimmune diseases are complex and, many times, sneaky around the initiation of symptoms. Patients sometimes wait years for accurate diagnosis and, when they do, finding adequate treatment that works for them is often a trial and error process. All the while, they feel anxious, ill, and face many fears alone knowing something is wrong with them, but not knowing exactly what or how to fix it. It can be exhausting and I have seen a few dear friends go through this. It is my desire to contribute, indirectly or directly, to help enhance the quality of life and well-being of those facing this difficult journey. I am excited and fortunate to belong to a group that seeks to inform, find appropriate treatments and get the right resources in the hands of adrenal disease sufferers.”

Dr. Megan Milne- Clinical/Research Team

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Dr. Megan experienced a mysterious rash and nearly bled to death, starting a roller coaster medical journey. One day she was a normal, healthy young mother of four children, and the next she was forced to take a lifesaving drug, prednisone due to a health condition which required steroid use to sustain her life.  When she’s not helping fight the battle against prednisone side effects, as a specialized clinical pharmacist, Dr. Megan reviews appeal letters from doctors all over the country, including from the Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson, the Cleveland Clinic and other hospital systems. Dr. Megan follows in her daddy and grandfather’s footsteps as a third-generation pharmacist and is a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist (BCACP).
 
Dr. Megan’s expertise in both the insurance and pharmaceutical industry and her personal understanding the necessity of steroid use to manage a health condition makes her passionate about helping people navigate life on long term steroid use.
 
For more information on Dr. Megan’s work as the Prednisone Pharmacist visit her website: <https://prednisonepharmacist.com/>
 
 
 
 
 

Mary Anita Miller- Dixon, APRN, FNP-C, RNC-MH Executive Director

 

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Mary Anita is a licensed family nurse practitioner with additional certifications in mental health, diabetic education and psychiatric care. She has been honored with many awards such as Nurse of the Year at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and was appointed as one of the ‘Great 100’ nurses in America.

As a medical professional for over thirty years and as a parent to a child with adrenal disease, Mary Anita seeks to educate the medical community on the adrenal’s important role in health. She currently works as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in pediatrics for Elite DNA in Naples, FL. 

She is the Executive Director of the Adrenal Alternatives Foundation.

AnDrea “Dre” Lakin- creative team

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Andrea “Dre” Lakin’s career began as a Radio City Rockette at age 18 and only grew from there. Her credits include CATS National Tour, Good Morning America, MTV Breakthrough, The Elan Awards, PBS, Thanksgiving Day Parade, “Guiding Light”, Tyler Perry’s “Meet The Browns”, “Stomp The Yard 2” and commercials for Avis, Nike, and The Cartoon Network. She’s worked on shows at Paper Mill Playhouse, South Bay CLO, & The Court Theater in L.A. Dre also danced as a soloist in concert to the music of Irish singer/songwriter, Enya.

Dre has recently started advocating for herself and others living with Addison’s Disease after her most recent Adrenal Crisis almost took her life. After finally having the courage to come forward with her life threatening illness, a simple Instagram post took off, and the dance community at large rallied behind Dre, sharing her story.

Feeling compelled to maximize the momentum her story was gaining on social media, she jumped into action and wrote a petition to raise awareness regarding a Life Saving AUTOINJECTOR of Solucortef, for all those living with Addison’s Disease & Adrenal Insufficiency. With the help of the dance community and social media, that petition gained almost 1500 signatures in 5 days, and is still going up.

Dre is thrilled to use this newfound passion for advocacy by joining Adrenal Alternatives Foundation, where she will be serving on the Creative Team.

For more information on Dre Lakin, you can follow her social media through Instagram, TikTok, Facebook & YouTube at the handle: @drelakin

Kendall Grady- creative team

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Kendall Grady is a part of AAF’s creative team and is the lead composer of the upcoming adrenal anthem, set to debut at our benefit concert in February of 2022. 

She hails from the sea-side town of Swansboro on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast with strong Lithuanian roots. Ms. Grady began her professional studies in violin performance at age 15 upon receiving full-tuition scholarships to study at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Highschool division, Kendall received her graduate degree as a fellow in the Mancini Institute at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

Passionate about music-for-social-change, Kendall joined the Global Leaders Program 2020 Cohort and received a Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship, Cultural Agency, Community Development, and Teaching Artistry through schools at Georgetown, Harvard, McGill, Bard, Duke, and New York University.

Her violin talents were featured on Pharrell William’s “Hydration” soundtrack, and as soloist for the Sundance Film “Colt.” In an attempt to define her musical approach, Kendall copyrighted Holistic Music Pedagogy™, which has been presented to the the Pluri-national Conservatory of Music in Bolivia, the “Harmonia” Orquestrando (Harmony Youth Orchestra) in Mexico, Guatemala’s National Organization of El Sistema Programs, the Swedish Gothenburg Symphony community.

For updates on Ms. Grady’s artistic journey, please visit kendallviolin.com.

Willow Gordon, LMT- board member

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Willow Gordon has served in the health and wellness community for the past 24 years as a licensed massage therapist. She was diagnosed with adrenal disease in 2012 after struggling with intense weight loss and salt cravings. Willow’s incredible spirit embodies strength and humor despite her hardships of battling adrenal disease.  She serves as a board member for Adrenal Alternatives Foundation and is an avid advocate for self care and personal empowerment.  

Richard Gorski, ACSM-CEP, EIM, NCHEC-CHES, AANC-CNC-  board member

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Richard has served in the health and wellness industry since 2009. His goal is to help people achieve a better understand of wellness and to eliminate barriers to accessing better resources, lifestyle and treatment options. He joined this foundation to further his desire to help everyone take control of their health. Richard also owns his own health company, Transfigure Phoenix Wellness where he assists patients with health challenges reclaim their quality of life. 

“I want to be a part of the foundation because I want to be a part of something that makes a real difference in the lives of others.

 

To read more about Richard you can visit his website:

https://transfigurephoenix.com/

Hannah Jessup- board member

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Hannah Jessup has a degree in science and is also a licensed dental assistant and licensed dental hygienist. As a sufferer of chronic illness with rheumatoid arthritis, Hannah desires to help people realize that they can still achieve their dreams even if it takes longer than the average person.

She had to stall her schooling to get her RA under control and realized that everyone is at their own pace in life. Hannah’s passion for helping people fuels her desire to join this foundation. She educates the dental community on adrenal insufficiency and is an avid advocate.

Mary Lee TIlley- social media manager

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 As a caregiver for the elderly for many years, Mary Lee enjoys helping others improve quality of life and also the friendships that have formed with those that have been in her care. Her desire is to further make a difference in people’s lives by volunteering with the Adrenal Alternatives Foundation.  She has become concerned with the need of awareness, help for, and more research of adrenal diseases. She is currently AAF’s social media manager and helps assist in the day to day tasks necessary to run the foundation. 

Adrenal Alternatives Foundation is aligned with the following organizations to further advocacy, education and awareness efforts.

 

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