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Andre Moxie Discusses Digital Team Building

In Professionals on October 18, 2010 at 10:54 am

Andre Moxie is an accomplished corporate sales representative with a strong military background. Serving in the Air Force equipped Andre Moxie with a penchant for organization and teamwork that has been a great boon to his professional life. One of the great revolutions in the corporate world, says Andre Moxie, has been the advent of widespread digital communication.

More people than ever, explains Andre Moxie, are telecommuting, working from home, and working while they travel. One benefit of this, says Andre Moxie, is increased individual productivity. Andre Moxie suggests that digital communication may cause fragmentation of the workforce on one level. At the same time, notes Andre Moxie, the digital era makes it possible to communicate and coordinate the actions of people all over the world simultaneously, almost as if they were in a meeting room together.

Andre Moxie is interested in fostering collaborative team productivity that is not mandated by business hours or geographical contingency. Andre Moxie notes that the old fashioned model of assembling a team in a room together to solve problems and pursue innovation is going out of style in our digital society. Corporations will thrive because their employees cooperate to achieve results greater than individual accomplishments, Andre Moxie believes.

Andre Moxie also sees the digital revolution as an excellent opportunity for large organizations to pull together their disparate resources and traveling employees. These days, says Andre Moxie, a team working on a project can do excellent work together without ever meeting in the same room. By way of example, says Andre Moxie, a stateside project manager can exchange data with an overseas web developer, then coordinate the results with a consultant in a wholly different country. The project can then take final form back at the project manager’s desk and be presented triumphantly to the public. As digital communications become more integrated, effective digital team building will only become more common and effective, concludes Andre Moxie.

About Andre Moxie

Andre Moxie entered the world the same year that the Beatles let it be known that they wanted to hold your hand. Born in Ithaca, New York in 1964, Andre Moxie was raised as an independent thinker during a time of great civil unrest. Andre Moxie completed his primary education and then entered the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware in 1983 where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Following graduation, Andre Moxie relocated to Yuba City, California and entered the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant.

From 1988 until 1991 Andre Moxie served his country as a Personnel Officer in command of 25 military Personnel and 30 civilian volunteers. Andre Moxie was stationed at Beale Air Force Base in California, 15th Air Force, Strategic Air Command. While stationed at Beale AFB, Andre Moxie enrolled at Golden Gate University in 1988 where he earned a MS degree in Human Resources Management. In 1991 Andre Moxie completed his service commitment and received the United States Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.

Turning the corner and heading toward a professional carrier in the private sector, Andre Moxie was recruited in 1991 by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. The company hired Andre Moxie as a sales representative for the pharmaceutical giant to cover the Orlando, Florida territory. In 1995 Andre Moxie left Pfizer for Merck & Co. and was a representative in the Hollywood, Florida territory in the Florida Region.

In 1996, Andre Moxie was promoted to Headquarters for Merck and Company’s. Initially serving as a Field Communications Coordinator for VASOTEC, Andre Moxie acted as a field communication specialist responsible for all field sales communications for Merck’s cardiovascular products. Again advancing in 1997, Andre Moxie accepted the position of Product Trainer HT/HF Market Integration Team Same Sales Trainer at Merck and Co. In that position Andre Moxie was responsible for training representatives about Merck’s cardiovascular products.

In January 1999, Andre Moxie was appointed as Business Manager for the Miami District for Merck and Company. Continuing through the ranks of management, Andre Moxie found himself serving as Acting Senior Director Field of Implementation Team for Hospital and Specialty in 2005. Andre Moxie was entrusted to support and coordinate among sales management, marketing, and direct reports to achieve brand success for all Hospital and Vertical products. Filling yet another management need Andre Moxie accepted an appointment within Merck and Company in 1996 to the position of Senior Director of Training Planning and Brand. In this position, Andre Moxie collaborated with sales and marketing units within the company to fully develop one year and three year training plans, with emphasis on high-quality, value-added programs and resources that affected appropriate behavioral objectives.

Beginning in 2006 and continuing into 2008 Andre Moxie filled the position of Senior Director of Neurology Sales at Merck and Co. for the Southern United States. Andre Moxie was again advanced late in 2008 to the position of Director of Commercial Operations for the Mid South Joint Venture Sales force, Merck and Co.

From January 2010 to the present Andre Moxie has served as the Director of Commercial Operations for the New South Region, Merck and Co. Andre Moxie currently resides in the Metro Atlanta, Georgia area.

Dr. William Knudson: Helping People Care for Their Feet

In Health and Beauty on October 17, 2010 at 6:46 am

Dr. William Knudson points out that feet are such an essential part of our everyday lives that many people take them for granted. We rely on our feet every day, says Dr. William Knudson, but we do not care for them nearly as often. For the benefit of patients and their families, Dr. William Knudson outlines some useful techniques for improving and prolonging foot health.

To begin, Dr. William Knudson points out that most people get dressed immediately after they bathe or shower. This means that people often put on their socks and shoes, says Dr. William Knudson, while their feet are damp or even wet. To avoid the growth of fungus and other adverse skin conditions, Dr. William Knudson advises making sure the feet are dry before putting on shoes and to always wear fresh clean socks. Dr. William Knudson also cautions patients to pay particular attention to the spaces between the toes when drying.

As an added precaution, Dr. William Knudson also suggests that a light dusting of talcum powder will help keep feet dry and comfortable. Dr. William Knudson advises wearing well-fitting shoes and avoiding tight shoes that restrict airflow and circulation. Tight shoes that squeeze toes together, says Dr. William Knudson, can contribute to the formation of bunions and fungus.

If sitting for a prolonged period of time, cautions Dr. William Knudson, it’s advisable to stand up periodically and walk around a bit. When sitting with crossed legs, adds Dr. William Knudson, uncross the legs or remember to reverse the crossing often. Dr. William Knudson reports that crossing the legs hampers circulation. Good circulation, states Dr. William Knudson, is of utmost importance for foot health. Dr. William Knudson points out that a family doctor can diagnose some general foot problems. A family doctor, continues Dr. William Knudson is equipped to offer basic foot care advice and then he or she may refer patients to a reputable podiatrist, if needed, for further medical assistance.

Dr. Randall Alifano PhD Discusses Ministry and the Power of Artistic Expression

In Professionals on October 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Dr. Randall Alifano PhD has dedicated his life to the service of his community through several different roles. In his professional capacity, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD is a counselor and an AIWP minister. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD’s ministerial work is centered on helping people integrate the disparate aspects of their lives into a whole person.

Dr. Randall Alifano PhD’s spiritual outlook is backed by years of practical experience as a counselor. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD’s ministry has found a balance between psychodynamic theories and practice and spiritual wisdom. He has found that bringing together these once disparate traditions is the most beneficial way to create a meaningful life. A whole person, says Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, is one who accepts the blessings and the flaws in one self and in others. Alifano also states that this integration entails improving communication skills, which starts with listening.

Dr. Randall Alifano PhD further explains that creativity can be a very helpful outlet for exercising communication and cultivating self-love. People that exercise their artistic sensibilities, says Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, improve their lives in several qualitative ways. Creating art and giving time to creative expression is a large contributor to mental, social and spiritual well being.

Personally, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD’s artistic proclivity is toward photography. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD has written both about the photographic arts and how he specifically works to improve his own craft. Creating art is not an indulgence, says Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, restricted to some mysteriously talented portion of our society. According to Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, art is the birthright of every human being.

One of the guiding principles of Dr. Randall Alifano PhD’s ministry is a commitment to recognizing the truth. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD explains that the truth is not a monolithic body of knowledge, and that it is not the same for all persons. Rather, truth manifests uniquely in each individual; sometimes as a whisper.  Dr. Alifano has found that when one learns to slow down and listen, the truth is revealed. One powerful way to plumb the depths of this reality, concludes Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, is to encourage creative expression.

About the Author

In 1985, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD received a Master’s degree in Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD completed his studies for a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 1986. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD chose CIIS because it was the school he believed offered the best blend of the study of psychology and spirituality.

In October of 2002, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD became an Ordained Minister of The Association of the Integration of the Whole Person (AIWP). Dr. Randall Alifano PhD always had a sense that he would be a counselor. When other children were talking about how they wanted to be police officers or baseball players, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD already knew he would be listening to people being curious about how they lived their life. His first class in Psychology was in high school. The teacher and Randall Alifano would talk long after the last bell, debating things like empathy and altruism and the nature of healing.

At this time Dr. Randall Alifano PhD was already counseling friends and acquaintances and was known as a person that others could speak to about their concerns. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD received a BA in Psychology from SUNY Albany and while there, volunteered on the crisis hotline. Typically reserved for graduate students, he was the only undergrad student given permission to do one on one counseling with students and he supervised the other phone counselors. He also worked at a residential treatment program for emotionally challenged children at this time.

After graduation in 1976, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD hitchhiked through Europe for 8 months questioning himself and others about the existence of God and studying various religions. Back in New York, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD worked at the Coalition for Abused Women in NY, getting an education in violence and gender issues before traveling to San Francisco and beginning graduate work. Interviewing at San Francisco State University, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD told a well-known Philosophy professional that his interest was in finding integration between Psychology and Spirituality. That person, rather disdainfully, responded that they were two distinct traditions and were impossible to bring together.  Dr. Randall Alifano PhD did not end up attending that university.

Antioch University offered a course of study which was profoundly and personally challenging for Dr. Randall Alifano PhD. Encounter groups led by Will Schutz were meant to confront and shatter defenses. They did just that. One learned that being honest and vulnerable did not come naturally, as one tends to hide whatever is believed to be judged and prejudiced. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD also learned that Christ’s statement that “the Truth will set you free” had practical application. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD believes strongly that there is a freedom that results from learning to exercise the choice of saying what is true rather than communicating from habituated, unexamined, defensive patterns.

Just before graduation, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD’s twin boys were born. Dr Alifano had to quit school and started a janitorial service, Snow White Assoc., to support his new family. Additionally he became the Clinical Coordinator of the Men’s Program of the Marin Abused Women’s Services, working directly with violent men, leading groups and organizing and training the volunteer counselors. By 1985, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD was able to finish the required course work, write a thesis, receive his Master’s degree and begin a private practice. Within four months, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD had a full practice.

In 1990 Dr. Randall Alifano began a PhD program in Clinical Psychology at The California Institute of Integral Studies. This was a school that not only believed that Psychology and Spirituality could be integrated, but they included it in their name. Here, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD could study Psychoanalytic theory alongside the mystical traditions of the Desert Fathers, read Jung and Kierkegaard and study meditation and personality testing.  Graduating in 1996, Dr. Randall Alifano’s counseling skills deepened as his theoretical base broadened and his listening became more refined.

In 2002 Dr. Randall Alifano PhD was ordained by The Association for the Integration of the Whole Person as a Minister specializing in Pastoral Counseling.  It was in that year that he began to make a shift away from traditional Psychotherapy and found a calling in Psycho-spiritual Counseling. The tradition of Psychotherapy is anchored in the medical model which assesses for pathology and then treats it. After 26 years of private practice, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD realized that this perspective is biased and that it frequently results in a profound limitation of one’s ability to listen to the complexity of what is being said. He found that when listening it is vitally important to quiet the mind so as to be completely receptive to the speaker.

In 2007 Dr. Kim Chernin, Dr. Renate Stendhal and Dr. Randall Alifano PhD developed and taught a year long program for therapists entitled Advanced Study in Intuitive Listening. They taught the art of listening and wrote articles articulating how one can refine listening skills and empathically surrender in order to hear what can be missed when one is listening through unexamined filters.

Dr. Randall Alifano PhD is grateful that he is, personally and professionally, living the life he had hoped for all those years ago; integrating psychology and spirituality. The individuals and couples that see Dr. Randall Alifano PhD are happy that they are not being diagnosed and treated along pathological lines but are regarded from a much broader perspective.

Dr. Randall Alifano PhD can be reached by email at or by phone at (510) 528-1201. For more information, visit his website at

Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz Discusses a Safe Approach to Rock Climbing

In Personal, Professionals on October 8, 2010 at 5:10 am

Avid nature-lover Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz says that time spent in the great outdoors is enriching. Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz especially enjoys outdoor recreational activities like hiking, bicycling and rock climbing. As a dweller in the American northeast, Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz knows first-hand the value of spending a day communing with nature.

For those who prefer more rugged recreation, Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz suggests rock climbing. Rock climbing is not an esoteric fad, notes Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, but an age old practice that explores the relationship between human and landscape. Two factors vital to effective rock climbing, says Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, are a solid grip and good balance.

Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz says that a good grip, however, does not mean a tight grip. Squeezing or clutching at the rock, says Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, tires out muscles more quickly, leading to setbacks like fatigue and cramps. Holding on to the rock with a vice grip, says Berkowitz, actually impedes fluid motion. Sometimes on a difficult patch of rock, adds Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, a person will tighten their grip because they are nervous. The key is to relax, maintain a firm grip that is not too tight and examine the rock for the route ahead. Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz especially cautions inexperienced climbers to stay focused on the route along the rock so as not to come up empty handed. There are forearm exercises, notes Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, that will go a long way towards improving a climbing grip.

Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz also points out that rock climbing requires good balance. Rock climbing puts people in challenging positions, says Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, and good balance helps climbers to maintain calmness, clarity and comfort as they navigate a path on the rock face. Before making a move, adds Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, it is important to maintain a keen sense of one’s center of gravity. There are different climbing exercises, explains Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, that will further help to develop a steady balance. Inquire with the local climbing community as well as contacting online resources, says Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz, to learn the best and latest balance exercises.

About the author

Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz is a skilled professional who has received the designations of MSE.d, CSW and LCSW. Initially, Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and then earned an MSE.d.

Later, Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz received a Masters of Clinical Social Work (CSW), which was followed by recognition as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Embarking on his chosen vocation path, Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Queens College, Flushing New York in 1994. Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz was certified as a school social worker and school Psychologist in 1997 at Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York and he earned a Masters of Clinical Social Work (CSW) from New York University in 1999. Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz was issued a certificate in 2000 as a Post Masters in Early Childhood and Adolescence Psychotherapy and Berkowitz obtained his Post Masters certificate in Gestalt Therapy from the Gestalt Association of Psychotherapy in New York City, New York in 2002.

Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz served as a special Education Instructor in the New York City Public Schools in Brooklyn from 1993-1994. Additionally, Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz logged experience as a school Psychologist and Social Worker with the Board of Education in Brooklyn, NY from 1994 until 2006. Berkowitz also served as a social work intern at Maimonides Psychiatric Outpatient in Brooklyn New York during 1998 and 1999.

During 1999 and 2000 Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz worked as an outpatient social worker, MSW, CSW at New Hope Guild in Brooklyn, New York. Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz also served as Administrative Assistant, MSW, and LMSW at Fordham Tremont Center in Bronx, New York 2003-2004. Additionally, Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz periodically offered his services as Clinical Social Worker, MSW, and CSW at the Jewish Board of Family & Children Services in Brooklyn New York from 2002 through 2006.

Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz served as the Administrative Director, MSW, and LMSW at the Bikur Cholim Department of Clinical Services in Rockland, New York in 2004 and 2005. Currently Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz maintains a private practice in Teaneck, New Jersey focusing on children, adolescents, couples, and families.

Yochanan Jonathan Berkowitz can be reached by calling 646-338-5424 or by email at For more information go online to his website at

Mount Carmel Youth Ranch Addresses Occult Involvement

In Youth Service on October 7, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Located in Wyoming, Mount Carmel Youth Ranch has a Catholic/Christian focus that helps young men see and recognize the bigger picture and deeper meaning of their lives. With this understanding usually comes certain changes in a young man’s core belief system that clashes with occult involvement, explains Mount Carmel Youth Ranch. As a result of understanding their place in the world and fostering their love of God, occult involvement goes right out the door for the young men at Mount Carmel Youth Ranch.

At Mount Carmel Youth Ranch, the seriousness of just how choices determine eternal reality becomes apparent to the young men in residence there. Thinking about such deep things allows the young men at Mount Carmel Youth Ranch to see the danger of their experiments with the occult.

Mount Carmel Youth Ranch works hard to educate young men in the truth of God’s Holy Word and teaches them how to use this knowledge to better themselves. Once they can apply these teachings to everyday life, personal happiness substantially increases, points out the staff at Mount Carmel Youth Ranch.

The programs at Mount Carmel Youth Ranch help young men understand the seriousness of occult involvement. Some youth enter the program believing they were just “having fun” or “messing around.” The truth, according to Mount Carmel Youth Ranch, is that involvement with the occult has a high chance of leading to violence or destructive behavior, and statistics fully back this up.

Playing with Satan worship or objects of an occult nature seems appealing to many rebellious youth, notes Mount Carmel Youth Ranch staff. This is why the Mount Carmel Youth Ranch program works to direct the interest of their young men to something more meaningful than themselves. Many of the youth today get caught up in the fascination of things forbidden—it appeals to their rebellious tendency, adds Mount Carmel Youth Ranch.

What can begin as a prank can often lead down a dark and dangerous road. Mount Carmel Youth Ranch has seen this type of situation repeated over and over again. There is a saying at Mount Carmel Youth Ranch that sums it all up: “It is the lies you spoke and lived that got you here, and it is the truth that will set you free.”

About the author

Mount Carmel Youth Ranch is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 that uses real life experiences on a 40,000-acre ranch to impact young men. Those visiting Mount Carmel Youth Ranch may fly into Cody, Wyoming or Billings, Montana. The remote location coupled with the raw beauty of the western United States immediately impacts families who are considering this ranch.

Most young men face a new reality when removed from familiar surroundings and confronted with wilderness, nature and a different perspective of the creation all around them. This wilderness setting provides a faith-based focus that helps mend a young man’s relationships with his family and his world while building a moral conscience. At Mount Carmel Youth Ranch a threefold focus on body, mind and spirit deliver changes that last a life time. Mount Carmel Youth Ranch believes in its process to such an extent that they guarantee the success of their Wilderness Therapy-Frontier and Long Term Programs.

Mount Carmel Youth Ranch serves young men between the ages of 12-17. Mount Carmel Youth Ranch processes applications year round, in as little as three to five days. The programs vary in length from ninety days to eighteen months based on individual needs. Mount Carmel Youth Ranch has confidence that the Wilderness Program and School make a positive impact on the young men attending their programs. Should a young man have a relapse after completing the eighteen month long term and Wilderness program, Mount Carmel Youth Ranch offers the Wilderness Therapy Intervention Program to him free of charge for twenty one days.

Mount Carmel Youth Ranch accepts applicants with addiction, behavioral and life style issues. Mount Carmel Youth Ranch offers to dispense medication in a controlled and secure environment that allows families to have peace of mind. All young men are required to attend regular church services weekly.  Mount Carmel Youth Ranch models the Catholic family, however all faiths are accepted and respected.

School attendance may or may not be required based on the term of the program.  Mount Carmel Youth Ranch uses the nationally accredited Seton Home Study Program, Christian-based and the Nationally Accepted Our Lady of the Rosary home study program which offers complete teacher services, texts, lesson plans, workbooks, tests, grading and diplomas.

The state of Wyoming Department of Family Services licenses Mount Carmel Youth Ranch as a group home. Mount Carmel Youth Ranch is a non-profit organization with a governing board of directors. All Mount Carmel Youth Ranch fees cover in-house counseling, tutoring, twenty four hour supervision, room and board, and personal hygiene products, as well as horses, saddle and all tack used during the stay at the ranch.