Adrenal Alternatives Foundation Team
Winslow E. Dixon
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 an alternative 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: Adrenal Insufficiency 101: A Patient’s Guide to Managing Adrenal Insufficiency , 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. Her inspirational fiction series – The EverVigilant Trilogy is awaiting worldwide publication.
She currently lives in North Carolina and is happily married to her husband, John Paul.
To read more about Winslow visit her website- https://winslowedixon.wordpress.com/
Dr. Vasti Aguayo
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
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).
Mary Anita Miller- Dixon, APRN, FNP-C, RNC-MH
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.
He is the head of engineering and product development and is assisting our clinical and research team in creating advancements to better manage adrenal disease. Scott has volunteered his intellect and skillset to help further the development of adrenal technology.
Richard Gorski, ACSM-CEP, EIM, NCHEC-CHES, AANC-CNC
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.
“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.
With over 19 years of experience in the military, Kim has held various responsibilities. She prepared over 140 new recruits for basic training as a Recruiter, and I also worked as a Physical Training Leader within the Air Force. She is currently a NASM Certified Personal Trainer with a specialty in Women’s Fitness and work with clients from all backgrounds.
“My mission is to empower others to live abundantly, and I find great joy in what I do! What had drew me to health coaching, besides recruiting and my military experience, was my adrenal issues that I had endured with the stress of my military career and a difficult past. I had endured abuse, a stressful career, and unhealthy eating habits from the Standard American Diet. All of these contributed to the decline of my health to the point my heart developed an arrhythmia that stopped my heart every 7 beats at the age of 27. Not only did I feel like I was going to die but I knew I needed to change and that is what led me on my journey.
To read more about Kimberly visit her website – https://www.milagro.blog/
Having worked for American Income Life Insurance Company for many years, Jen understands what it’s like to be on both sides of the battle for quality care and benefits. She spent many years advocating with Union Members and Veterans.
She utilizes the skills she once used in her career to currently help adrenal patients advocate for themselves. She is an avid advocate for the use of the infusion pump and works to help adrenal patients have access to this life changing treatment.
Jen spent over 8 years in and out of hospitals, doctor offices, and specialists. She was labeled as a drug seeker and was told that it was all in her head. In March of 2016, while being admitted in the hospital, a very caring and determined doctor decided that she wasn’t going to let Jen leave the hospital without answers. She looked over her records and decided to run a cortisol test. When that came back, it showed that her body was not producing cortisol like it should be. She was diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency, aka Addison’s Disease.
“I want to be able to empower anyone who is battling health ailments to not give up.”
To read more about Jen visit her website – https://thisismynewnormal.com/
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.
Nicole is a Penn State class of 2021 student who is studying Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics. She is the founder and Head Research Advocate for the I Am Late Onset CAH Campaign. Through her work, Nicole aspires to bring light to the complications in finding diagnosis for women with Late Onset Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia to better educate doctors on symptoms which could be indicative of CAH, to better educate women on the inter-workings of their body, and to engender a sense of community between people with all forms of adrenal disease.
To further explore her research please visit her website-
Ilena has Addison’s Disease along with other autoimmune diseases and was diagnosed in 2014. She has published a book on her journey with adrenal disease and her lifestyle change to a plant based diet in hopes of finding better quality of life. Ilena is a contributor for the Foundation blog and is an avid adrenal advocate through her website, Chronic Mom’s Club
Amy is from Yorkshire, England. Having battled Cushing’s disease for over 8 years with a multitude of misdiagnosis’ and a failed brain surgery, Amy became an adrenal advocate after the removal of her adrenal glands as a final cure. Swapping one deadly illness for another has been a tough pill to swallow and has changed her life forever. She now dedicates her free time to helping others and raising awareness for Cushing’s disease and adrenal insufficiency.
Nicole Zigray is a registered nurse currently pursuing her masters degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She has nursing experience in caring for patients of all ages and strives to advocate for improved healthcare. She was diagnosed with secondary adrenal insufficiency from a rare condition called lymphocytic hypophysitis after the birth of her first son when she was 25 and her life was completely altered. She has struggled since to get the care she needs and obtain a better quality of life which has led her to blogging and sharing her story in order to advocate for others with adrenal insufficiency.
“As a healthcare provider I was shocked at the lack of care those with our condition receive. I have made it my life goal to educate and raise awareness so that future generations do not have to struggle like those with adrenal insufficiency do today.”
To read more about Nicole, visit her social media- www.momentstomama.com @nursetonursed
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