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Ask Dr. Bunny. Medi-Cal for all? Jim Nicoll, guest

Dr. Bunny received a letter in the mail titled “Medi-Cal for all – All for one (& more supplements)”, and wanted to know more, so she contacted her good friend Jim Nicoll.  Jim is the owner/broker of Nicoll Insurance & Financial Services, and is a true wealth of information!

Jim and Dr. Bunny discuss the “Medi-Cal for all” concept & answer the question “Is free, free??”.  They also discuss long term care, assisted living, and so much more!

Tune in and learn valuable info!

About Jim Nicoll:

James C Nicoll is the owner/broker of Nicoll Insurance & Financial Services. He has lived in Ventura with his wife, Sandy and family for over 32 years, is one of only a few fully licensed Independent Life, Health/Medicare Supplement, Long Term Care & Disability Insurance and “Safer Indexed Annuity” professionals in Ventura County.

Jim is a Certified ACA, Short Term Health and Senior Long Term Care and Medicare Supplement Insurance Agent. He continues to serve his growing clientele of individuals, families, professionals and small businesses for insurance and financial solutions.

About Nicoll Insurance & Financial Services:

Nicoll Insurance & Financial Services specializes in providing family and business life insurance planning, employee benefits, health insurance (Affordable Care Act On and Off Exchange), financial, retirement, and estate planning, IRA’s and Indexed Annuities, Senior Medicare Supplement and Long Term Care Insurance.

Our Trusted Choice Pledge of Performance

Trusted Choice agencies are insurance and financial services firms committed to the planning process and whose access to multiple companies and quality service enable us to offer our clients competitive pricing, a broad choice of insurance and financial products and unparalleled stewardship and advocacy.

As a Trusted Choice agency, we are dedicated to you and are committed to treating you as a person, not a policy. This commitment means we shall:

  • Work with you to identify the insurance and financial products and services that are right for you, your family or your business through multiple companies.
  • Offer a process for prompt and fair resolutions to your service issues.
  • Help you upgrade as necessary issues related to your coverage or account.
  • Explain the benefits and options available to you through our competence
  • Respond to your phone calls and e-mails promptly and efficiently.
  • Provide services for our clients, offering any or all of the following preferred methods: phone and fax, e-mail, voice-mail, call center services and limited text.
  • Use our experience and multiple company relationships to customize your plans.
  • Commit ourselves to continuing education and proper licensing, so we may be more knowledgeable in serving you, and provide a satisfying conclusion.
  • Treat you with personal respect, honesty and courtesy in our relationship.
  • Conduct our business with vision and in an ethical and professional manner .

We pledge this to you, our long term customers and clients, and ask that you let us know if there is any doubt if we don’t meet our commitment and your satisfaction, so we may take corrective action. We appreciate and will go out of our way to take care of your personal referrals.

Contact Jim Nicoll at (805) 642-1775 

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Nicoll Insurance & Financial Services
CA Ins. Lic #0777134   NV Ins. Lic #0799744
5550 Telegraph Rd., Ste B4 Ventura CA 93003
(805) 642-1775
fax: (805) 642-0522

• Individual, ACA & Group Health Insurance
• Long Term Care & Disability Plans
• Family & Business Life Insurance
• Guaranteed Tax-Sheltered Annuities
• IRAs, Funds & Retirement Plans

Ask Dr. Bunny. A joyous celebration in life? Bill Lamond, guest.

Bill Lamond

The amazing Bill Lamond joins Dr. Bunny for a continuation of last week’s discussion on pleasure thinking, reinventing yourself, celebrating life, and so much more!

What if we were taught as children to have a joyous celebration in life? Most of us don’t know how to do that because we weren’t taught that!

Bill talks about reprogramming his entire thinking and how he invented a ‘technology’ for living joyously, with the first step being a graduation!  Tune in and learn why!

Bill is a fascinating person to talk with and you will find yourself thinking in a whole new way.  This is an interview you definitely don’t want to miss!

A Very Personal Note from Bill Lamond:

I think we all know that the very fabric of life as we have known it is changing. Many people unfortunately are sitting on their hands hoping that things will go back to the way they were. They’re just not going to and it’s just hard to admit.

The real job right now is to re-invent yourself so that you are in line with the future and the style that will be necessary to be successful in it. Fulfillment-based Thinking, in programming jargon, is a platform that allows you to program your future in ways that are based on your genius, your passion, and the pleasure of having what people often refer to as your Heart’s Desire, so you are free to make choices that promote the future you want AND enjoy the process every step of the way.  

We all want success in our chosen goals, of course, but what this thinking provides that is different from the way that most people produce results is a way to achieve them that actually fills you up while you are working on what you desire, rather than wearing you out. (No wonder many successful people feel that something is missing when they get where they are going.) When you achieve your goals in the work harder, grit-your-teeth commitment style, you wear yourself out, when the point is to arrive in style!

As you can see, I’ve included letters from a variety of people who have been in my coaching projects, because there is no situation or problem that cannot be impacted by knowing how to graduate with honor from the person you have been and become someone new. And with the technology of Fulfillment-based thinking, it’s achievable quickly and as a real pleasure.

I invite you to stop putting up with anything less than the full enjoyment of your life and become a person who is leading in happiness and has access to their personal genius.

Contact Bill Lamond at 310-994-6222

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Ask Dr. Bunny. A different way of thinking? Bill Lamond, guest.

The amazing Bill Lamond joins Dr. Bunny to discuss a different way of thinking – as well as a million other fun and interesting things!  Bill shares some great stories about being a psychotherapist for many years and how one day, on his 10th anniversary, something changed for him.

We live in a culture that thinks it’s all about solving problems – but is that how you want to live?  Is there another way of thinking that would be more fulfilling & positively productive?  How do you find out?

Tune in for some great stories, food for thought and inspiring information that will get you on your way to thinking differently!

About Bill Lamond:

Bill Lamond is a former psychotherapist in private practice and a founding member of the personal coaching profession in the United States. For over 20 years, he has been helping people use their innate gifts and talents for personal achievement and fulfillment. He is the founder of The Pleasure of Business and The Feminine Principle in Leadership courses, and the creator of Fulfillment-Based Thinking, a revolutionary method for living life with creativity and pleasure at the center. He is well known as a champion of women’s style and approach to leadership. He is also the author of Born To Lead – a powerful book of transformation that shows every woman how to unlock the genius of her uniquely feminine style of leadership, and use it in her life.  It can be found on Amazon at:

Contact Bill Lamond at 310-994-6222

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Ask Dr. Bunny. Professional Holiday Lighting? Kelly Fitzsimmons, guest.

Kelly Fitzsimmons

Kelly Fitzsimmons joins Dr. Bunny from Chicago for a fun and informative interview that will inspire you to “Light Up Your Holidays”!

For nearly 2 decades, Kelly has been creating beautiful, high end, elegant holiday exteriors for her client’s homes.  She tells us about the whole inspirational process and how she encourages her clients to be free and really ‘unleash their adjectives & their feelings’, and be IN the process, so they can really enjoy their homes.

This is such a fun interview with a delightful woman who truly loves what she does.  With this much enthusiasm, creative inspiration and experience, it’s clear to see why everyone loves Kelly and the Light Up Your Holidays team!

About Light Up Your Holidays and Kelly Fitzsimmons:

Creating Family Memories

I’m proud to be a woman-owned business who has helped hundreds of clients over the last two decades enjoy the holidays with elegant lighting.

The tradition and ritual of the holiday season was magical to me growing up and it still is today. The Light Up Your Holidays team has so much fun bringing your custom designs to life.

Interior Designer

The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without Christmas lights. Since 2001, Chicagoland has been turning to Light Up Your Holidays to create just the right outdoor holiday lighting and decor.

“As an interior decorator and trained photographer, I design your home to look elegant and balanced to suite your personal style.”

Kelly Fitzsimmons – Owner & Designer


Whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering for family and friends or planning the company party, Light Up Your Holidays provides everything for your outdoor decor from start to finish.

Kelly is a visionary and an interior decorator when she is not installing holiday lighting. She holds a B.A. with a concentration in Photography. Kelly transforms the architecture of a home into an elegant, classic holiday display that would make any homeowner proud.

Contact Kelly Fitzsimmons at (773) 398-7551 or e-mail:

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Ask Dr. Bunny. Traditional Chinese Medicine in New York City? Lida Ahmady, guest

Lida Ahmady, New York State Licensed Acupuncturist, Board Certified Chinese Herbalist, and founder of De’Qi Health, joins Dr. Bunny to discuss traditional Chinese medicine.  Lida tells us that traditional Chinese medicine includes Chinese herbology, acupuncture, nutritional support and lifestyle support.  Traditional Chinese medicine gets to the root of the issue and treats the whole person.

Acupuncture can help where other forms of treatment have failed, and it’s safe, natural and risk-free. It’s a traditional Chinese medicine modality that has been practiced for more than 3,000 years. Lida explains how she got into traditional Chinese medicine and why she loves it!

Tune in and learn more about this incredibly effective medicine!

About Lida Ahmady:

Lida received her BA in International Business Administration with a minor in Asian studies, from Baruch College. She holds a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in NY where she completed a rigorous four-year course of study in both Chinese and Western Medicine. She also takes a wide range of continuing education courses.

Lida is a NY State Licensed Acupuncturist and a Board Certified Chinese Herbalist through (NCCAOM) National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She completed her clinical training at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, treating women suffering from MS and other gynecological disorders. Lida has apprenticed with several renowned TCM doctors including Dr. Ming Chen who has over 30 years of experience in Dermatology and liver disease.

In her daily life, Lida applies the wisdom of Chinese philosophy. This includes diet, nutrition and the practice of Internal Marshal Arts such as Qi Gong and Tai Qi, all of which contribute greatly to her energetic capacity to be an effective practitioner.

Contact Lida Ahmady at (212) 219-9536

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Ask Dr. Bunny. Free legal advice for senior citizens? Miles Lang, guest.

Miles Lang

Attorney Miles Lang joins Dr. Bunny to discuss Grey Law, a non-profit which provides free legal advice and resources to the senior citizens of Ventura County. There are many unique issues that seniors face and it can be challenging to find honest answers – Grey Law is here to help.

Common concerns for seniors include:

  • ​Public Benefits/Social Security,
  • Long-Term Care Planning,
  • Medi-Cal Eligibility,
  • Powers of Attorney,
  • Advanced Healthcare Directives,
  • Debts/Creditor Intervention, and
  • Landlord Tenant Issues

Tune in and learn more about this valuable service!

About Miles Lang:

Miles Lang is a fifth-generation Ventura County business owner. He grew up in the Ojai and Ventura areas and completed his undergraduate degree at University of California, Santa Barbara. He was active in many local organizations as a youth and has been awarded honors of Eagle Scout by the Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America, and of Chevalier by the International Order of DeMolay. He is currently a member of the Sacred Heart Council #10067 of the Knights of Columbus.

Miles attended Ventura College of Law and Pepperdine University School of Law, and has been an attorney since 1997. He is licensed to practice in all courts in California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He has served as Judge Pro Tem for the Ventura County Superior Court since 2009.

Miles has assisted many non-profit organizations as both board member, chairman, and as an independent consultant. In addition to his Juris Doctor degree, he has earned a Certificate in Grant-Writing from Notre Dame University, Mendoza College of Business, and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from Pepperdine University.

Contact Miles Lang at Bonaventure Law Group (805) 622-7576

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Ask Dr. Bunny. What is ATRA? Dennis Madden, guest.

Dennis Madden, CEO of ATRA (Mercury Broadcasting’s beloved Title Sponsor!), joins Dr. Bunny to discuss ATRA, Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association.  ATRA is a non-profit association dedicated to the transmission rebuilding industry.  ATRA does research and failure analysis for automatic transmissions, and brings that information to their members.

Dennis shares great information about ATRA, and tells us what makes ATRA unique.  When it comes to supporting transmission shop owners, doing the research that helps them do their job, ATRA is the place to come to!

Dennis also tells us about a fun and tasty hobby – Leon’s Good Stuff BBQ Sauce.  Leon’s Good Stuff is an award-winning barbecue sauce that you’ve got to try:  Dennis has won awards with other recipes, as well, and most recently his interest is in canned meat!

Dennis looks ahead and shares his ideas for what’s next when he gets to “dabble”!

Tune in for a fun, delicious and informative interview with one of our very favorite guests!

Leon’s Good Stuff BBQ Sauce can be found in Ventura at We Olive, 294 E Main St B, Ventura, CA 93001, and online at:

About ATRA:

Founded in 1954, the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA) is an international trade association for the professional automatic transmission repair industry.

Located in Oxnard, CA, ATRA has over 2,000 members worldwide. Our membership consists of more than 2000 repair specialists, students, schools, and suppliers, all supporting the training, research and improvements for transmission repair.

Every ATRA Rebuilder Member must adhere to ATRA’s Code of Ethics…ATRA’s standards for providing honest, professional service. So, when you take your car to an ATRA Rebuilder Member, you’re assured of polite, professional service, at an honest price.

And not just automatic transmission repair: most ATRA members also provide diagnostic and repair service for manual transmissions, clutches, differentials, driveshafts, drive axles, and transfer cases.

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Ask Dr. Bunny. Bullying? The Windham family, guests.

The Windham family – Elizabeth, Isabel, Nicholas and William, and their parents, Travis and Cassie – join Dr. Bunny in Las Vegas, Nevada, to discuss bullying.

Bullying has come to the forefront in the news lately and has caused devastating outcomes for some young people.  At the very least, bullying has caused hurt feelings and emotional upset, and at the very worst, it has lead to suicide.

Tune in as the Windham family shares personal stories of bullying, how they feel about it, and the importance of parental influence.  A great interview with a wonderful family!

Bullying Statistics (from the National Bullying Prevention Center):

  • More than one out of every five (20.8%) students report being bullied (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016).
  • The federal government began collecting data on school bullying in 2005, when the prevalence of bullying was around 28 percent (U.S. Department of Education, 2015).
  • Rates of bullying vary across studies (from 9% to 98%). A meta-analysis of 80 studies analyzing bullying involvement rates (for both bullying others and being bullied) for 12-18 year old students reported a mean prevalence rate of 35% for traditional bullying involvement and 15% for cyberbullying involvement (Modecki, Minchin, Harbaugh, Guerra, & Runions, 2014).
  • 33% of students who reported being bullied at school indicated that they were bullied at least once or twice a month during the school year (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016).
  • Of those students who reported being bullied, 13% were made fun of, called names, or insulted; 12% were the subject of rumors; 5% were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on; and 5% were excluded from activities on purpose (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016).
  • A slightly higher portion of female than of male students report being bullied at school (23% vs. 19%). In contrast, a higher percentage of male than of female students report being physically bullied (6% vs. 4%) and threatened with harm (5% vs. 3%; (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016).
  • Bullied students reported that bullying occurred in the following places: the hallway or stairwell at school (42%), inside the classroom (34%), in the cafeteria (22%), outside on school grounds (19%), on the school bus (10%), and in the bathroom or locker room (9%) (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016).
  • 43% of bullied students report notifying an adult at school about the incident. Students who report higher rates of bullying victimization are more likely to report the bullying (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016).

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Ask Dr. Bunny. What is BNI and how can it help my business? Ray Gonzales and Linda McCarthy, guests.

Ray Gonzales and Linda McCarthy join Dr. Bunny to discuss the history and future of BNI, Business Network International.  Linda is the former executive director of BNI with her late husband, the wonderful Shawn McCarthy.  Ray is the new Executive Director of BNI.  Dr. Bunny was a member of BNI for about 15 years and knows first-hand how much BNI can help your business.

Ray, Linda and Dr. Bunny share some great stories about BNI, tell us what BNI is all about, and let you know how BNI can help YOU with your business!  This is a fabulous interview, full of fun and lots of info.  Tune in – you don’t want to miss it!


BNI (Business Network International) Ventura County’s purpose is to help businesses, large and small, grow their business and make more money!

BNI is the world’s largest business networking and referral organization and its culture, which is built upon the philosophy of Givers Gain®, is unique. This is a culture of caring about giving business, professional development and building consistent, proactive and reciprocal business relationships. BNI helps members develop a structured, positive, and professional referral marketing program which provides them opportunities to:

Contact Ray Gonzales at (805) 850-0157 or (805) 377-4777 or E-mail:

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Ask Dr. Bunny. Are you in debt? Alex Viecco, guest.

Alex Viecco, Debt Specialist and Co-founder of New Era Debt Solutions, joins Dr. Bunny to discuss debt, and your options that will help you get out of debt.  Alex shares the five options to getting out of debt and tells us the positive and negative to each option.

If you’re in debt and worry is consuming your life, this is an interview you need to hear!

About Alex Viecco:

My experience extends from several years in Banking and Financial Services. After consulting with hundreds of families I quickly realized that Debt is a topic few will discuss but most have an issue with. This is a dirty little secret for many people but the truth is, people should not be ashamed about debt. People should become proactive at eradicating it from their life so they can achieve all their goals.
My personal goal is to help educate America on this topic and allow them to further educate their children.
I want to be a leading example for people and the Debt Settlement Industry to ensure that this option will remain available for those who need it.

Specialties: I am a debt expert and have been helping people become debt free since 1999. Our company is an Industry leader and we have been settling record amounts of debt, our experience and reputation is unmatched.

About New Era Debt Solutions:

New Era is a debt settlement company that helps people dramatically reduce their debt obligation and become debt-free. Since 1999, we have settled over $250,000,000 in debt for our clients.

With headquarters in Camarillo, California, New Era employs debt relief specialists, financial experts, attorneys and support personnel. We work with clients nationwide.

New Era is a pioneer in the debt settlement industry and has delivered over 20 years of unparalleled service by putting our clients and their needs first. We are proud of our reputation for truth and transparency, and for the rave reviews we continue to receive from our clients.

Contact Alex Viecco at (888) 639-4050, ext. 104, or (805) 901-9299

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