Author Archives: Bunny Vreeland

Ask Dr. Bunny. A remembrance of Bernie Lehrer? Charles Williams, guest

Charles Williams

Charles Williams joins Dr. Bunny to discuss friendship, reconnecting, poetry, and a very special friend they had in common, Bernie Lehrer.

Bernie Lehrer introduced Dr. Bunny & Charles, many years ago, and they have great memories of Bernie, who passed away in 2009, at the age of 84.  Bernie was a man who gave so much of himself, without expecting anything in return, and touched many people’s lives.

Dr. Bunny and Charles reconnected recently when Dr. Bunny came across Charles’ manuscript, The Stranger Within, that he had written years ago & asked her to read.  And through the beauty of Facebook, they reconnected!

Charles has also written poetry, and read a couple of poems for us, that he wrote for Bernie.  They are very beautiful & will resonate with anyone who has faced family discord, or contemplated life.

Besides being a gifted writer, Charles has held many careers – he was a police officer, worked for a cosmetics company, and also sold Lexus cars!

Tune in for a very uplifting and special interview!

In remembrance of Bernie Lehrer, 1924-2009

Contact Charles Williams by E-mail at (805) 377-0731

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Ask Dr. Bunny. Leon’s Good Stuff BBQ Sauce? Dennis Madden, guest

Dennis Madden and Dr. Bunny

Dennis Madden, CEO of ATRA (Mercury Broadcasting’s beloved Title Sponsor!), joins Dr. Bunny for a fun interview about “expanding your hobby”.  Dennis tells us how his love of creating BBQ sauce, led him to a delicious new venture – Leon’s Good Stuff BBQ Sauce!

Tune in as Dennis shares some fun stories – including one where he spontaneously created a BBQ sauce for a diabetic friend, and it ended up winning 1st prize at the Fair!  And by the way, who is Leon?

The Story of Leon:

  • The story of Leon’s goes back to the early 70’s when I took a cooking class in Jr. high.
    Later, in high school, I went to work at small buffet restaurant; The Royal Fork. This
    began my hobby of cooking and experimentation. I never wrote down my recipes; it was
    just fun and most of it worked (I had a few duds, well… a lot of duds).
    In the 90’s I got into making pickles and then stumbled onto BBQ! Fast forward to 2009.
    BBQ was so much fun but damn, there’s got to be a way to make better sauce then
    what was at the supermarket.
    I went on to make several varieties of sauce, not much better than from the store. But in
    2011 I made a sauce that my wife could finally enjoy. “I might have something here”, I
    thought. I entered it in the county fair and earned 3rd place. Since then, I’ve earned 1st
    place every year with four different recipes.
    In 2015 I became a certified BBQ Judge through KCBS (Kansas City BBQ Society), the
    largest organizer of BBQ contests in the world (KCBS Judge #15452).
    BBQ and saucing is still my favorite hobby but after pushing and prodding from my
    friends and family, Leon’s Good Stuff is available to everyone. There are more recipes
    coming soon and I hope you enjoy it and have a great time cooking!
    – Leon

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Ask Dr. Bunny. Children’s Therapy Network? Dr. Cassie Woods, guest.

Dr. Cassie Woods, Physical Therapist and CEO of Children’s Therapy Network, Inc., joins Dr. Bunny to discuss physical, occupational and speech therapy for children.

Dr. Cassie tells us about the importance of therapy and how she got involved in helping children. She also shares that she’s going to be dancing for a charity at the Salsa Festival in Oxnard, July 29, 2018, raising money for the United States Adaptive Recreation Program, to promote outdoor activities for special needs people – a very special charity that is near & dear to her heart!

Would you like to support Dr. Cassie with a donation to the Salsa Festival Fundraiser?  If so, here’s the Facebook link:

Tune in for a loving and uplifting interview!

About Dr. Cassie Woods:

Cassandra Woods received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy at Loma Linda and her Doctorate Degree from Boston University. Ms. Woods specializes in the needs of children with developmental delays and provides a holistic approach to her practice. She is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test and received her certification as an Infant Massage Instructor through IAIM®. Ms. Woods is available for lectures and educational seminars.

About Children’s Therapy Network Inc.:

Children’s Therapy Network is dedicated to helping families assist their children to reach their highest potential through a Holistic and Comprehensive Therapeutic approach.

Children’s Therapy Network’s purpose is to serve children with special needs by enhancing potential and fostering independence through high quality, innovative therapeutic programs and professional excellence within a natural environment. Children’s Therapy Network’s collaborative atmosphere is built upon a foundation of dignity and integrity Children’s Therapy Network is a unique company designed to serve each child’s special needs and we are dedicated to preserving the “whole” family approach, recognizing that each child is one part of a complex family unit.

Children’s Therapy Network (CTN) was established in 2000 by Cassandra Woods, Physical Therapist, for the purpose of providing multidisciplinary therapy programs and services to special needs children and their families. Ms. Woods believes in a holistic approach, and she recognized a need for a therapeutic community where everyone—the therapists, the families, and the children—are partners in a supportive, welcoming, empowering family-like environment. In order to accomplish this goal, Ms. Woods believes in a holistic approach, networking with providers of alternative therapies in order to treat not only the whole child, but the whole family as well.

Parent/Caregiver participation is not only encouraged but is expected, as we at Children’s Therapy Network believe that the family is the most important asset that a child has in achieving success. All of our therapists strive to empower the family to assist their child reach his/her highest potential.
Children’s Therapy Network provides a multidisciplinary approach to every child’s special needs.

Research has demonstrated that children who have been identified as being high risk for delays, or those born with a genetic disorder that puts them at risk for delays, make vast improvements in their development if they receive early intervention before the age of 3 years. Children who participated in an early intervention therapy program were found to need less therapeutic interventions in the future, as well as perform better in school and sports as compared to their counter peers who did not receive early intervention.

Children’s Therapy Network also provides services to children past the early intervention stage when it is found to be needed to continue to further their progress. CTN believes in a holistic approach, and offer several parenting classes, support groups, and therapeutic avenues.

Contact Dr. Cassie Woods at (805) 667-8200
Children’s Therapy Network Inc. 
is located at 1857 Knoll Ave., 
Ventura, CA 93003
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Ask Dr. Bunny. Can women make a difference in politics? Merle DiVita, guest

Merle DiVita

Merle DiVita joins Dr. Bunny to discuss how women can make a difference in politics, regardless of political affiliation.

As women, we have an opportunity to do what we do best – solve problems!

Margaret Thatcher, the first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, said “If you want something done, ask a woman”! In other words, a woman will get a job done, she won’t talk it to death!

Merle believes that every woman, regardless of political party, can contribute in some level – local, county, state, federal – to make a difference. She believes that every woman is concerned about the future for her children, aging parents, health care, and so much more.

Get out there and support the person who you believe in, the one who is doing what you believe is right. There are many ways to get involved, besides just writing a check (although money is important, too!). You can be part of a telephone bank, a mailing campaign, you can walk your neighborhood, put a sign in your yard – get involved!

Merle clarifies that all opinions expressed in this interview are her personal opinion only, and have no reflection at all on the stands, or opinions, of any business or corporation that she is involved with.

Check out these links Merle spoke of for more info on how you can get involved and make a difference:

Emily’s List:

The vision of Emily’s List:
Our vision is a government that reflects the people it serves, and decision makers who genuinely and enthusiastically fight for greater opportunity and better lives for the Americans they represent. We will work for larger leadership roles for pro-choice Democratic women in our legislative bodies and executive seats so that our families can benefit from the open-minded, productive contributions that women have consistently made in office.
“…Every day. Every election victory. We are helping to put women into office who have the power to put progressive change to work…” – Ellen R. Malcolm, Founder and Chair

The Ellevate network:

Ellevate Network believes in the positive impact of women in business.
Our mission is to help women advance in the workplace, both for themselves and the greater good. We strive to change the culture of business from the inside out – by investing in women.
Ellevate Network is a global professional women’s network, made up of women who are committed to elevating each other through education, inspiration, and opportunity. Our mission is to close the gender gap in business by providing women with a community to lean on and learn from. Ellevate also works with companies in the corporate world that are committed to gender diversity, and has a proven track record of changing business culture from the inside out.

The League of Women Voters:

We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.
The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.
The League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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Ask Dr. Bunny. Sex? Nahed Stefany, guest

Nahed Stefany

Marriage, Family and Sex therapist, Nahed Stefany, joins Dr. Bunny to discuss how important the sex conversation is during couples therapy, and so much more.

Nahed has not always been a therapist – she started out with an engineering degree!  Learn how (and why!) she went from being an engineer to becoming a therapist – and her fascinating journey from Syria, to Mexico, to the United States.

In her therapist practice, Nahed found that working with couples without talking about sex left a big hole in the therapy conversation. She explains how she helps couples be comfortable talking about sex, and that it gives her a lot of information about how her client’s attachment was to their family of origin, and so much more. Sex is a very sacred relationship we have with our partners and an important part of the conversation.

Tune in for a fascinating interview with an incredibly amazing woman!

About Nahed Stefany:

A resident of California for the past 11 years, I was born and raised in the Middle East. I obtained my masters degree with honors in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge.
I am an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University. My Specialty is Cultural Diversity. I also teach various courses in the Psychology Department. My passion is to teach young people about different culture and help them develop tolerance and understanding to each other’s beliefs and traditions. I hope to contribute to the end of human violence and suffering. I believe that if I educate 10 people every day and set a good example as a human being, it will teach people around me who I am and spread awareness through my local community and into the next generation.

I have worked with victims and perpetrators of sexual assault and domestic violence.  I have provided grief counseling for children, adolescence and adults and am also available to help adopted children and their adoptive parents with attachment issues. I specialize in intercultural marriages and am dedicated to help the Middle Eastern community with the conflict they face with acculturation issues and teen cultural conflicts between their parent’s culture and growing up in the United States.

Because I am an immigrant myself, I am passionate about working with immigrant families and their children.

I am fluent in English, Arabic and Spanish.
Nahed Sammani Stefany, LMFT
Masters of Science-  Marriage and Family Therapy.
License # MFC47679
360 Mobil Avenue, Suite 218E
Camarillo, CA 93010

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