Dr Shirley Impellizzeri, Ph.D. – Creator
“Dr. Shirley” is a clinically trained Psychologist with a Doctorate Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has a successful practice in Beverly Hills, California focusing on individuals, families, and couples. Dr. Shirley’s patients come from all walks of life and a wide variety of case issues. She has been featured on many shows such as “Dr. Drew Celebrity Rehab” and was also a recurring guest expert on the Spanish television show “Mujer Today”. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Shirley attended high school in her parent’s native Argentina where she was inspired by a psychology course and knew then and there that she wanted to pursue a career in psychology. Living in Argentina during this time allowed her to get in touch with her roots and inmerse herself in the Latin culture. In 2013 Dr. Shirley’s book Why Can’t I Change? How to Conquer Your Self-Destructive Patterns was published. In it she shares every thing she learned that literally changed her life. During her research while writing it, Dr. Shirley noticed a lack of web-based psychological support in the Latin community. Consequently, she set out to create an online community where people can relate to one another, find resources in areas of interest, share ideas, support one another and connect…..and that’s how HealthyMente was born!
Adriana C Copeland
Dr. Adriana Copeland has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). Interested in the brain, body and mind connection, she trained as an Interpersonal Neurobiology therapist and is currently the Director for Youth Outreach at the Mindsight Institute in Los Angeles. Being a long time meditator, Dr. Copeland’s life perspective and approach to well-being is deeply influenced by the wisdom of Mindfulness. Dr. Copeland is a graduate of the Mindful Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) that educates about the benefits of living a mindful life. Dr. Copeland was born in Argentina and is a multilingual mindfulness and personal life consultant. She practices in Los Angeles as well as overseas.
ALMA and Image Award-nominee Marisa Ramirez stars as Det. Maria Baez on CBS’ “Blue Bloods.” Prior to starring on the popular series, Marisa starred as Internal Affairs Det. Lina Flores on the Lifetime original series “Against the Wall” as well as creating an international sensation as the sizzling Melitta on the cult Starz mini-series “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.” When not working on set, Marisa lends her time and talent to causes important to her including AIDS Project Los Angeles, Project Angel Food, and Los Angeles Mission. She is a “Celebrity Supporter” for Best Friends Animal Society and a member of the Environmental Media Association’s Young Hollywood Board. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Ramirez began her career as a fashion model-turned MTV host. She lives in New York City.
Margarita Manduley Esq.
Margarita Manduley, is a partner at the International Legal Alliance Group Inc. Margarita was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States as a child. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Southern California and her juris doctor from Loyola Law School. Margarita practices immigration law exclusively. Before opening her law firm, Margarita worked as a detention attorney for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), a non-profit organization that offers pro bono legal assistance to detainees in removal proceedings.
Jackie was born in California to Argentine immigrants. She attended High School in Argentina which helped nurture her love for the Latin Culture and Lifestyle. An avid traveler, she continues to make yearly trips to Argentina and enjoys sharing her many stories and experiences as a Latin female living in Los Angeles.
López was born in 1969, in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and at age five emigrated with her family to the United States, where they settled in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts before obtaining a BA in film and screenwriting from Columbia College Chicago, and an MFA in screenwriting from the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA.
Miami native Oscar Torre is best known for his breakout role as “Santo Gutierrez” in the critically acclaimed CBS TV series CANE starring Jimmy Smits and Rita Moreno. Other television credits include a recurring role as “Javier Lopez” on CSI: MIAMI (CBS) as well as guest starring roles on NCIS (CBS), DOLLHOUSE (FOX) and COLD CASE (CBS) among others.
Gigi Anders was born in Havana to Cuban-born Jewish parents. The family emigrated to Washington, D.C. after the Revolution. Gigi graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in English and Art History, and began her writing career in the Washington Post’s Style section. Her more than 700 bylined articles range from a bi-weekly fashion column to covering President Bill Clinton while he jogged.