Meet Dr. Monica Bickerstaff, DHM, a doctor of holistic medicine.
HU: What inspires you?
Answer: Ahhh, thank you for this “Q.” I am inspired by THIS! I believe that “Self-Care IS Healthcare” and I am inspired when my clients reclaim optimal health through my natural handcrafted remedies. I am inspired when my client, with uterine cancer, writes to me that my serums & elixirs are “life giving miracles in a bottle.” I am inspired by living my passion! Most of all, I am inspired that I’m continuing the intuitive natural medicine woman legacy of my Nana; longevity through vim, vigor & vitality.
HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?
Answer: To date, I’m thrilled to have recently been awarded the “5-star” (highest honor) by the International Beauty Show-NY, LLC (IBS) for “Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials”; my proprietary line of natural remedies that I handcraft with herbs, essential oils & LOVE! I am honored that I was featured in the “Vassar VQ” Spring 2018 magazine (Vassar College) for successfully transitioning from award-winning journalist & documentary producer to Dr. of Holistic Medicine and Fountain Of Youth Guru™.
HU: What does a typical day look like for you?
Answer: My Self-Care DAY begins with my gratitude prayer and Kundalini Yoga Practice followed by sound healing meditation. I return emails and client calls and then I unleash my creativity with Marketing & Promotions for new courses and/or products. Then…my fave part of each day is blendin’ in my “Aroma-Lab”; this soothes me. I don’t play….LOL, I make sure that I get 8-hours of sleep a day AND I drink a gallon of alkaline water with lemon juice & ACV.
HU: What is your favorite current project and why?
Answer: Okay…are you ready for this? I’m tickled to have been asked by the Food Network & America’s Best Baker’s Championship, LLC to be THE featured wellness lifestyle vendor for the Ultimate Bake-Off Competition on May 12, 2018. Now, you may be asking “WTF, Cupcakes?” I am here to inspire a whole new world of “Wellness Warriors” with my Wise Woman Wisdom, Wit and Natural Remedies. Holistic Health & Cupcakes! OH YEAH…BRING IT! (vegan & GF options are on tap) https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium
HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?
Answer: I wouldn’t “switch” or change A THING in my life! I’m honoring my calling and living my PASSION! I am my own original Blueprint!
HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?
Answer: I feel my greatest challenge is getting people to understand that they are ENOUGH and WORTHY of Self-Care. Does anyone else have this challenge? S.O.S!!! Can WE Talk?
HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?
Answer: When the mother of my 8-year old eczema patient calls me to say that her child is sleeping soundly with no flare-ups! When my 70-year old client calls to tell me that my “Nana’s Healthy Hair Elixir” has stimulated enough hair growth where even his barber is asking him “what’s going on?” and when my 65-year old mother and grandmother, with uterine cancer, is blessed with LIFE; for another 5 years! THIS…is my heart-song.
HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?
Answer: Ahhhhh, I have many! I LOVE to wax witty poeticisms! LOL, but my faves are: “ Healthy IS The New Sexxxy”; “Self-Care IS Healthcare” and “There's This Moment Where There's A Blank Slate & YOU Can Rewrite Your Story”...
Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM
HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?
Answer: Hmmmmm, I remember to B-R-E-A-T-H-E! I re-boot myself daily with my disciplined holistic routine. I honor my divine feminine energies; regardless of which direction they’re flowing on any given day AND I AM THE SELF-CARE QUEEN!!!! I AM Grateful for God’s Blessings & Inspirations, my business and life-partner, Vincent’s, support and unconditional love AND my Mommie’s EMBRACE. I NEED this tri-fecta to function.
HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?
Answer: Right now, I am in a cycle of healing. I’ve been rocked by the losses of my beloved Nana and my adored Daddy; suddenly within 40 days a part. I’m walking my own talk…surrounding myself with my FAITH in God, my healing crystals, my own essential blends and my Traditional Chinese Medicine expertise. One day at a time…baby steps. I am healing my heart.
HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?
Answer: I hope to share my ABSOLUTE JOY! “Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials”: ALL of my beauty & wellness products are handcrafted by me. Most are family recipes that I've tweaked from my late Nana...who dynamically lived to be 101! So, when you shop my Web Store you can trust that you are getting ALL NATURAL products that REALLY WORK. Nothing leaves my Aroma-Lab that I haven't had my hands in. I keep my prices reasonable so EVERY-BODY can afford health-full, all natural beauty & wellness. So, shop my "life giving miracles in a bottle" https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium
HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?
Answer: I hope to learn from my tribe: soul-full holistically conscious and consciously holistic individuals like ME!!! HU has been my sacred healing place.
HU: Where Can We Find You?
Answer: YES, PLEASE Reach Out & Touch Me! I’m a Proud Member of the HU Family! You can TWEET me @Vegas Holistic, Friend Me @Monica Bickerstaff on Facebook and binge watch me on YouTube; I’m a Featured Lifestyle Channel.
Dr. Monica Bickerstaff: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo9QQoP98YwSv2a2yIgiyVw
Thank you for this honor to share!
Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM
Dr. Holistic Medicine & Fountain Of Youth Guru™
Dr. Monica’s Natural Beauty & Wellness Essentials
WEB STORE: https://squareup.com/store/vegas-holistic-health-emporium
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