OUR AUTHORS

Eric Sangerma

Co-Founder

First and foremost, Eric is a Dad and a Husband before being an Entrepreneur. He believes that family comes first and that's why he has long quit the daily corporate grind to focus on his own projects, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. A strong believer in personal fulfilment Eric has decided to launch Wholistique as a platform for like-minded people to find the help they might need to reach genuine happiness and self-fulfilment.

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Stella Vark

Editor and Writer

Stella’s life goal is to explore and write about the many facets of happiness – love, health, compassion, self-knowledge, and personal fulfillment. In addition to various writing gigs, she earned her stripes as an editor and translator. Considering that she is (enthusiastically) a team player, her favorite part of her job is getting to work on long, nuanced, and collaborative articles on Wholistique.

She has a background in theoretical math and she spent a few years teaching teenagers the finer points of calculus. This left her with an appreciation for the simple things in life. When she isn’t writing or falling down research spirals, Stella likes spending time with her family, her dogs, and a good book.

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Teodora Ilic

Editor and Writer

Teodora is a Europe-based writer whose 5-year writing career took her across several niches until she finally rediscovered her creative side in writing about health, wellness, and traveling. Being a Virgo and meticulous in her endeavors, she decided to explore the technical side of web content until she grew rather fond of Search Engine Optimization and all the conundrums behind it.

When she isn’t working, you’ll find her taking long strolls with her English Setter, spending time anywhere with lots of greenery, and binge-watching her favorite TV series.

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Grant Brenner

Author and Contributor

Grant Hilary Brenner, MD, FAPA is a psychiatrist and an expert on mental health, relationships, and self-care and wellness who has been featured on CBS Radio, NPR, and more. Dr. Brenner brings nearly two decades of consultation, workshops, speaking engagements, therapy, and coaching to his clients, who range from individuals seeking to overcome emotional obstacles and build resilience to executives seeking to optimize their performance in the workplace.

Among his many accomplishments, he writes Psychology Today’s popular “ExperiMentations” blog and he is also the co-founder of Neighborhood Psychiatric Associates of Manhattan.

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Tran Nguyen

Author and Contributor

Tran is a psychologist. She was born in Vietnam, but her second home is in Australia. Tran's interests include listening to Jazz and reading as well as being obsessed with books on existentialism. She write about what it means to be human, our existential concerns and other psychology-related topics.

Tran work with clients of all ages presenting with a wide range of issues including childhood trauma, autism, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression and sleep problems. Her therapeutic style is warm and reflective, enabling clients to feel comfortable to discuss their stories and struggles.

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Jeff Valdivia

Author and Contributor

Jeff Valdivia is a freelance writer covering topics at the intersection of science, philosophy, and spirituality.

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Beth Bradford

Author and Contributor

Beth Bradford worked for 10 years as a TV photojournalist in Washington, Baltimore, and York, Pa. She moved to the Deep South to pursue her graduate degree and spent 13 years teaching at private and public colleges in the South. She ditched her flip-flops and tank tops in 2018 to move back to her beloved Mid-Atlantic.

A life-long competitive athlete, Beth can be found cycling or running in the Philly suburbs. She has completed four marathons, two Ironman triathlons and eight half-Ironmans--one qualifying her for world championships. She balances her active lifestyle with meditation and yoga, and she maintains her 200-hour yoga certification.

She writes about education, communication, wellness, and spirituality, and maintains the website Brad4d-wellness.com.

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Paul Kix

Author and Contributor

Paul Kix is an entrepreneur, award-winning journalist and best-selling author. His first book, The Saboteur, a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon, was optioned by DreamWorks. He's currently at work on a second book about the Civil Rights Movement. If you want his seven secrets to earn more money from your writing, click here.

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Sofia Isabel Kavlin

Author and Contributor

Sofia Isabel Kavlin is a writer and yoga teacher from La Paz, Bolivia. Her exposure to Andean cosmology, Hinduism, Amazonian Shamanism and Dzogchen Buddhism from a very young age have shaped her vision of the world. These insights are the backbone of her writing — which touches on spirituality, psychology and life lessons. She is also the founder of the Unlearning Project (www.unlearning-project.com), a platform dedicated to digging past social conditionings to discover new ways of being in the world.

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Liv Mello

Author and Contributor

Insatiable hedonist, full-time traveler & Medium contributor. Writing to give meaning to the monotony. Advocate of spontaneous vulnerability.

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Shirley J. Davis

Author and Contributor

Shirley J. Davis is an author/speaker who writes about different aspects of mental health challenges. Shirley holds an Associate Degree in psychology and enjoys learning anything about topics in her major. Shirley is currently employed as a ghostwriter and writes weekly for her blog www.learnaboutDID.com.

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Ken Blackman

Author and Contributor

Ken Blackman is a connection and intimacy expert who has worked with couples from San Francisco to Paris to Sydney, and trained thousands of students in his workshops on sex and relationships. His work has garnered mentions everywhere from Cosmopolitan to Business Insider to Playboy to Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour series. With nearly two decades of experience, Ken’s powerful, unapologetic break from conventional relationship advice is shifting the world conversation around love and committed coupledom. Contact him at ken(at)kenblackman(dot)com.

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Damjan Tanaskovic

Editor and Writer

After teaching English for 3 years, Damjan found out that his true calling was content writing. He decided to pursue it and when the opportunity to work on a project as ambitious as Wholistique presented itself, Damjan embraced it. Having written articles on a wide array of topics, he’s found real pleasure and satisfaction in writing about productivity, health, and mindfulness, subjects very personal to him.

With an aptitude for literature and self-improvement, Damjan likes to ponder these themes over a cup of strong black coffee, always thinking that he should have had tea instead. His personal health goal is to be more physically active and discover the type of activity that stimulates his body in a way that writing stimulates his mind.

Vesela Pehlivanova

Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher, Life Coach, Hypnotist and Trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Vesela is a certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher, Life Coach, Hypnotist and Trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. As a Meditation teacher Vesela teaches Mindfulness and Meditation in one to one sessions, in group settings at different retreats, as well as in corporations. As a Life Coach and Hypnotist Vesela helps clients overcome challenges, achieve dreams and reinvent themselves day after day as they are going through their continuous personal and professional evolution.