These are the wonderful experts who met with me, answered my questions, and suggested programs to be the best we can be after 50. You can visit their websites, read their books, tweet them on twitter, and become fans on facebook. But, first read everything they told me in The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts’ Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More!
Diane von Furstenberg
Diane is an iconic fashion designer, entrepreneur, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and style guru, who invented the wrap dress and turned her business into a global empire.
Ginny was the top designer at Tommy Hilfiger for over fifteen years, until she left to establish her own elegant line, Ginny H, which is sold online, in specialty stores, and through her NYC-based showroom.
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Lisa is the director of the Saks personal shopping department, and Julie has been one of the top style consultants at Saks for over twenty years. Both offer invaluable fashion advice to women over 50, no matter what the occasion, or budget.
Frederic has been the leading visionary in the luxury hair care market for decades, is frequently in magazines and on television, has a global business that continues to grow, and counts some of the worlds’ most famous women as clients, many of them over 50.
Lorraine is the founder of Devachan Salon and Deva hair products, is the original “curly girl,” and believes that every woman’s hair deserves the chance to be what it was meant to be, whether straight, wavy or curly. She thinks “blow-frying” one’s hair is a mortal sin.
Edward has been the top colorist at Devachan for over ten years, and really understands how to help women over 50 work with the gray as it starts to come in, and to keep it healthy and glorious.
Doris Day, M.D.
Dr. Day is a dermatologist who is often on television, specializes in laser, cosmetic and surgical dermatology, best-selling author, and believes that with a few simple steps, every woman can have lovely and healthy skin.
Patricia Wexler, M.D.
Dr. Wexler is the most well-known skin care expert in the country, is constantly interviewed in magazines and on television, has her own skin care line which is sold in Bath and Body Works stores, and believes that every woman can have great skin with the right products, and without spending a fortune.
Carmindy is a star on television’s “What Not To Wear,” has written several best-selling books on beauty, inspires millions of women to look gorgeous in five minutes, has her own brand of paraben-free cosmetics, and is a big believer in “contagious compliments”.
Laura believes that women just need to be taught how to apply makeup to look fabulous, and that’s her mission. She has a regular show on QVC, where her brand of cosmetics is one of QVC’s best sellers. Her line can also be bought online, in her own studio in NYC, and at Sephora.com.
Stuart Fischer, M.D.
Dr. Fischer, founder of the Park Avenue Diet Center, was the co-director of the Atkins Center for many years, until he realized that this way of eating could not be sustained, long term. Dr. Fischer is often interviewed in magazines and on television, and has written several books.
Laura J. Lefkowitz, M.D.
Dr. Lefkowitz left traditional medicine, where she was a Radiation Oncologist, to focus on preventing and reversing disease through healthy, mindful eating. She believes that this way of eating, combined with exercise, can alleviate the risks of many common illnesses.
Jeff is a U.S. Olympian (1972), best selling author, monthly columnist for Runner’s World magazine, and founder of the running program—Run-Walk-Run—which calls for short walk breaks while running. This, Jeff believes, will allow you to run for fun and exercise, no matter what your age.
David is the celebrated trainer who sculpts the bodies of Heidi Klum, Faith Hill, Ellen Barkin, Anne Hathaway, and many others. He is a best-selling author, and appears regularly in magazines and on television.
Esther wrote the ground-breaking book about having great sex in long term relationships—Mating in Captivity
—and runs seminars and workshops around the world to help couples get their sex lives back to where they should be.
Jane Bryant Quinn
Jane is one of the country’s most successful, respected and prolific experts on personal finance, with best-selling books and columns read by millions. She has received numerous prestigious awards, and her opinions are regularly sought after by the news media.
Jason has a popular personal finance column in the Wall Street Journal—“The Intelligent Investor”—and is the author of several books on investing. He has been a finance writer for Money magazine, and a writer for Forbes.
Michael I. Axelrod
Michael has been a Wealth Management Advisor with Northwestern Mutual for almost twenty years, specializing in managing money for women who are retired, or close to retiring. He also advises clients on estate planning, and all aspects of insurance needs.
Julie, crowned “the queen of putting people’s lives in order” by USA Today, is an organizing and time management expert, business productivity consultant, sought-after speaker, best-selling author, and recipient of many awards.
Julia coined the phrase “New Radicals” to describe people who are leveraging their expertise to take on some of the world’s toughest challenges. She is a best-selling author, has a weekly blog on the Huffington Post, writes for many publications, and helps companies and individuals figure out how to utilize their skills and assets for future growth.
Gregory Pitaro, M.D.
Dr. Pitaro, a published internist who is interested in the integration of Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine with Western medicine, specializes in internal medicine and is an instructor of Clinical Medicine at New York University Medical School.
James A. Underberg, M.D.
Dr. Underberg is the Director of the Bellevue Hospital Primary Care Lipid Management Clinic, is an expert on Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine, and is involved in many clinical trials in the areas of hypertension, lipids, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease prevention. (note: Dr. Underberg is also an expert in the chapter on Heart Health).
Jennifer H. Mieres, M.D.
Dr. Mieres is one of the country’s most well-known experts on heart disease in women, is a best-selling author, Emmy-nominated documentary producer, spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, first female president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, appears frequently in the media, and has been recognized as a “Best Doctor” by New York Magazine.
Alexandra Stern, M.D.
Dr. Stern is an internist and cardiologist, who performs and interprets the cardiovascular testing for all of the practicing physicians within her medical group, and her expertise is in non-invasive cardiology.
Mark was the face of CBS morning television for over fifteen years, as weatherman, entertainment reporter, and co-host of the CBS’ The Early Show. In 1996, Mark suffered a major stroke, which was beautifully detailed in his best-selling book, Life After Stroke.
Mark wants everyone in America to understand the signs of stroke, and what to do if you or someone you’re with is having a stroke.
Clarel Antoine, M.D.
Dr. Antoine is a beloved and respected Ob/Gyn, focusing on high risk pregnancies. Recognized by his peers as a “Super Doctor” and “Best Doctor,” Dr. Antoine is also a sought-after expert on women’s health issues and concerns. He is the founder of the non-profit organization, RxCompassion, which is committed to compassionate patient care.
Margaret J. Nachtigall, M.D.
Dr. Nachtigall is a frequently published Reproductive Endocrinologist, a recipient of many awards, founding member of the North American Menopause Society, and is an expert on hormone therapy, menopause, and women’s health issues.