This interactive health/wellness website was created based on the many years of our health/ wellness company going out into the community developing nutrition, exercise, and health programs and realizing that people wanted a place to discuss and ask real questions; “one on one” with the health providers, and the exercise/ nutrition experts. Folks wanted to talk about their problems, and get honest, “keeping it real” answers from their health/wellness experts. They also wanted to hear what others had to say. They wanted encouragement and social support from others who were as themselves trying to commit to living a healthy lifestyle. Meet our health experts that are helping us to make it happen.
Vicki Haywood Doe, PhD, ACSM-EP-C, MES Founder/Health Fitness Director
Founder-Chief Editor - Publisher
Dr. Vicki Haywood Doe earned her doctorate degree in Health Sciences- Exercise Physiology from Kent State University and is a certified Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-EP-C); a health fitness specialist and medical exercise specialist (MES). Vicki has spent many years teaching, promoting, and motivating individuals and the community at large of the importance of exercise and nutrition and living a lifestyle of health and wellness. Today, her business has evolved into a health wellness consulting company- Haywood Doe Consulting Co, LLC d/b/a Vicki Doe Fitness that specializes in designing/ implementing lifestyle interventions, medical exercise services, health promotion and lifestyle education for special populations (elderly, children, overweight/obese or high-risk individuals with chronic diseases) for on-site health/wellness programs -including businesses, churches, schools, and organizations etc.-Who we are
Dr. Vicki Haywood Doe created in 2002 a syndicated health/ wellness radio talk show, “It’s All about Health & Fitness"- Vicki Doe Fitness which is now revised into new podcast episodes. She is the creator, chief editor, and publisher of the website Vicki Doe Fitness.com- www.vickidoefitness.com an interactive health wellness website; a platform in which health experts, physicians, and the community can discuss, learn, teach and participate in healthy living. Vicki has been a contributing writer for the health fitness section of the local newspaper Metro Monthly for the past 13+ years.
Dr. Vicki Haywood Doe has taught as adjunct professor classes within both the Exercise Science and Dance Depts. at Kent State University. Vicki is an independent researcher who collaborates with other research institutes, hospitals, and universities. She conducts research that focuses on the effect of exercise, depression and various hemodynamic responses among cardiac patients participating in cardiac rehab and other special populations. Vicki has a special interest in the effects of exercise and nutrition in the prevention and control of chronic diseases. Vicki served a two-year appointment- 2014-2016 as the Diversity Catalyst for the College of Education Health and Human Services at Kent State University. She is a 2016 Kent State University Hall of Fame- Distinguished Service to EHHS Award recipient. Vicki enjoys the arts, dancing, yoga, meditation, healthy cooking, and traveling the world.
Public Relations Consultant
Natalie Doe earned both a Master’s in Bioethics and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She brings her experience in public relations from working with different groups and organizations. She has experience in research and currently works as a Clinical Research Assistant at Cleveland Clinic. Natalie enjoys photography, playing tennis, and traveling. Who we are
Isaac Floyd- Master’s Candidate in Nutrition
Fitness Wellness Coordinator
Isaac Floyd is studying his Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Kent State University and is a certified Wellness Coach from Dayton, Ohio. Isaac earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition at Kent State and has conducted and presented research on understanding the relationship between cultural identity and eating behaviors to reduce health disparities in historically marginalized populations. Isaac is specifically interested in how socioeconomic factors like discrimination and identity perception can affect food preference and eating patterns. Isaac has worked as a research intern at Kent State, coached kids soccer and enjoys cooking, running and adrenaline fueled activities like skydiving. Who we are
Nathaniel S Doe, MD, FACP
Dr. Nathaniel Doe is a clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at NEOMED; teaching medical students and residents. He completed his medical school at the University of Liberia. His post graduate medical training included a rotating internship at Howard University Hospital in Washington D.C., Residency at Western Reserve Care System -now Valley Care Health System and a Fellowship in Nephrology and Hypertension at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, OH. He is attending Nephrologist at St. Elizabeth Health Center. He is also in private practice and is managing partner with The Kidney Group based in Youngstown.-Who we are
Anne Haywood Gilstrap, MS, RD, LD
Virginia Dee Banks-Bright, MD, MBA
Contributing freelance Editor - Co-host of Podcast
Dr. Virginia Dee Banks-Bright is the Director of Infectious Diseases at the UPMC Horizon Health System in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. She completed her medical school at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Her post graduate medical training included an internship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, Residency at the University Hospitals of Cleveland in Cleveland, OH, and a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University Hospitals of Cleveland in Cleveland, OH. She also has a MBA degree from the Youngstown State University School of Business.
Dr. Banks-Bright has served as Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at NEOMED; teaching medical students and residents, Director of UPMC-HORIZON Wound Care Center; where she served as chair for the UPMC Infection control committee, Director of Division of Infectious Disease at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA; where she served on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Bioterrorism subcommittee. Her areas of interests are: Managing home intravenous antibiotics, HIV in Corrections, and Diabetic Foot Infections. Dr. Banks-Bright has presented numerous times at the National Medical Association conferences, NEOUCOM Research Day, and for National Pharmaceutical companies speakers bureau. She has conducted clinical trials in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies and research institutes examining the efficacy of various medications and intravenous antibiotics in treating infectious diseases.
Dr. Virginia Banks-Bright is now serving as Chair of the HIV/AIDS-Hepatitis C Initiative for the National Links Inc. organization. When Dee is not seeing patients, she is traveling around the world and running in 5k races.
Gabriel Sanders, PhD, NSCA-CSCS
Contributing freelance writer
I attended Kent State University where I earned my doctorate degree in Exercise Physiology in 2012. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Northern Kentucky University. My current research includes physical activity and exercise behavior in children and adults. Prior to my doctoral studies, I was a fitness specialist at a medically based fitness center where I worked with individuals of all ages and disabilities. I firmly believe that my education and experience has allowed me to understand the physical and behavioral aspects of exercise. This understanding has allowed me to help many people become comfortable with exercise and physical activity.
Jonathon Stavres, PhD, ACSM-EP-C
Contributing Freelance Writer
I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Penn State University College of Medicine and Hershey Medical Center. My research is focused on the progression and physiology of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). More specifically, I use non-invasive measures of blood flow, oxygen delivery, and cardiovascular function (Doppler Ultrasound, Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, Blood Pressure Analysis, and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) combined with exercise to explore the pathophysiology of PAD. I earned my PhD in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University in August of 2017, and my BS (2013) and MS (2014) in Exercise Science, both from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During my undergraduate studies, I was employed as a personal trainer and a manager of a fitness center. I am married with two children who are 1 year and 2 weeks apart, have 2 dogs, and enjoy outdoor activities, hockey, and college football.
Contributing Freelance Writer-newsletter
Larnie Zellner earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University and is now the owner of Zellnerfit LLC and a certified personal and group instructor. Larnie has spent many years coaching and working with special populations promoting the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. Today Larnie has continued to promote the importance of healthy living and has reached out to many different populations with a focus on actively targeting moderate to high risk juveniles in the Cuyahoga county juvenile court system. With a belief that the mind can be trained very similarly to the body, Larnie has implemented training focused on using positive repetitions to form positive lasting changes, both physically and mentally. Larnie has a special interest in the science and psychology of what motivates athletes and individuals. Larnie enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, basketball, and live music.