Our Team

Allison Stuart Kaplan Allison has been in the business of helping and teaching women be strong and stay strong for 27 years. She is a certified personal trainer, yoga teacher, group fitness instructor, wellness coach and speaker. Allison is a deeply devoted wife and mom to four amazing adult children and a home filled with animals. In her spare time, Allison enjoys reading, researching, and writing about women’s health and fitness. She enjoys many athletic activities, supporting and building community through her volunteer work, gardening, the arts and a great cup of coffee with girlfriends.

  • CPT Certified Personal Trainer
  • CGFI Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • CRYI Certified Registered Yoga Instructor
  • Fox News Detroit Fitness Expert Contributor
  • Wellness Coach/Speaker
Lauren Stewart
Lauren Stewart
Lauren Stewart is ASK In Your Face’s Co-Editor in Chief, who writes and formats articles and helps any way she can. Lauren is a graduate from Oakland University’s journalism program. She is also a contributing writer for several websites and works for a non-profit called Michigan Lean Consortium as their marketing coordinator. You can email Lauren at lrstewar@gmail.com.
Gail Posner, RD Nutritionist
Gail Posner, RD Nutritionist 
Gail Fredrick Posner, RD MS is a registered dietitian in private practice in West Bloomfield (248-855-4558). Her company, Healthy Ways Nutrition Counseling, provides individualized eating plans – not diets – to match each person’s lifestyle and nutritional needs. Gail specializes in adults, and she employs another dietitian who consults with children and teens. Gail also lectures for business and community groups and is a nutrition media spokesperson. Gail graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Case Western University. She worked for 7 years at the University of Michigan Hospitals and than opened her private practice in West Bloomfield 20 years ago. You can learn more about Gail’s background and “Eating to Feel Great” program on her website at www.GailPosner.com.
Dr. Lisa Elconin 
Dr. Elconin specializes in screening and health maintenance of adolescents and adults, as well as diagnosing acute and chronic medical problems. She is a graduate of University of Michigan, Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency training at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago.Dr. Elconin is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association. She is also on staff at William Beaumont, Providence, and Henry Ford-West Bloomfield hospitals.
Internal Medicine
Board Certified
Internal Medicine

Dr. Leonard Cetner

Dr. Leonard Cetner specializes in general medical, surgical and pediatric dermatology. He also has a special interest in cosmetic dermatology and skin rejuvenation which includes: fillers, toxins, cosmeceuticals, as well as chemical and laser skin rejuvenation. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Cetner received his dermatology training at Wayne State University. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Cetner is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Wayne State University Department of Dermatology. He is in private practice in West Bloomfield and Commerce Township and is on the staff at William Beaumont Hospital and Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital.

Brenda Strausz
Brenda Strausz is a holistic psychotherapist with a practice in the Metro Detroit area who specializes in women’s issues. She is trained in Emotional Freedom Techniques, Hypnotherapy, Relationship Coaching and as a facilitator for You Can Heal Your Life Workshops.  It is her life mission to help people to live with more joy, peace and freedom. Brenda believes strongly in the healing power of love and forgiveness.dearbrenn@aol.com or www.BrendaStrausz.com

Kate K. Smith, MA, RYT


Kate K. Smith MA, RYT, is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, working with adolescents and adults, individually and in groups. She holds a Master’s Degree in clinical and humanistic psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, and is certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. In her practice she specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depression, trauma and trauma related issues, chemical dependency, along with a sub-specialty in the treatment of eating disorders.Kate has studied, and practices meditation, and incorporates a blend of hypnosis, guided imagery and mindfulness meditation, in her work with her clients. She completed her RYT certification with Katherine Austin in 2008 to further her devotion and dedication to her yoga practice, and integrate yoga and yogic philosophy in her work with clients. She has worked with Katherine Austin at Karma Yoga, to develop and facilitate a unique workshop for women: Women, Food and Yoga that focus’s on the effect yoga has on creating a healthy relationship with your body and food.Kate also teaches an Introduction to Modern Ayurvedic Cooking class. A culinary graduate of the New York Restaurant School, she is a chef and the author of a spiritual cookbook, Recipes for the Journey, A Cookbook and Guide to Good Health in Recovery. Her private practice is in Bingham Farms. She can be reached at:248-842-3200248-647-1856

Angela R. Wurtzel 
Angela R. Wurtzel is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, California (www.angelawurtzelmft.com) She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, self injury and compulsive shopping. Angela is a certified eating disorder specialist with the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals and is on the board of directors for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists in Santa Barbara, California. Angela works with women and men of all ages who struggle with shopping and spending, eating and other self destructive tendencies and can easily and confidently speak with you about the complex nature of compulsive spending and how it serves a purpose for men and women on a deep, interpersonal level.

Linda Wolschlager 
I am a Certified Holistic Nutrition Counselor.  I work with you one-on-one for your specific health issues to get you back the energy and good health you may be missing.  With the use of the right nutrition, supplements and herbs, I help you learn to take control of your own good health naturally. I also provide the products you may need so you don’t waste your money on the ones that don’t deliver the quality and purity you are paying for.  I work with weight issues, digestion/elimination problems, gallbladder problems, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, fatigue, low immune system, high blood sugar and hormone balance.  Contact me at:www.naturalnutritionadvisor.com or email: naturalnutritionadvisor@gmail.com

Tim Aten 
Tim Aten, a Project Manager for Futuramic Media, manages the website for AskInYourFace.com. He is responsible for implementing site design, usability and advertising campaigns. With a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Film/Video Studies and Creative Writing Tim worked in the New York City motion picture industry and then worked on print production as a Color Specialist for Avanti Press, a Detroit greeting card company. Currently his website Hogpath has the poetry and videos he works on along with zodiac air fresheners which have been a long time obsession. In 2010 Tim graduated from Walsh College with a M.B.A. and now works as the Business Development Manager for Ergenomics, a consulting firm that specializes in enterprise and predictive analytics. Tim is also a founding member of the Ferndale WordPress Meetup Group and Detroit Startup Drinks.
Andrea Podob 
Andrea Podob is a recent graduate from Michigan State University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a specialization in Hebrew. During her years at MSU, Andrea spent time studying journalism and fashion overseas in Europe, where she had the opportunity to study under noted English stylist Robin Dutt. Andrea is a recent transplant to New York City, where she is focusing on finding her dream career in writing. She will be bringing you a fresh, new perspective on fashion, lifestyles and health.
Joy Cantor 
Joy Cantor is a dedicated animal rights supporter and activist. She is an active member of several animal rights organizations and recently joined a Michigan lobby group to legally protect and defend animals. Joy spends a generous amount of her time working on Sasha Farm–a haven for abused and neglected animals located in Manchester, Michigan. She has recently become involved in animal-friendly product research development. Joy is also a very busy wife and proud mom. “Animal Joy” will keep all you animal lovers informed about resources, current issues and legislation affecting our animal friends.
Lena Piskorowski



Lena Piskorowski is a wardrobe stylist and owner of DRESS, a personal styling company. Growing up around custom clothing, she knows which materials are the least forgiving, what styles look best on different silhouettes and how the length of your skirt can do wonders for your look!  Certified through the Body Beautiful Institute and a member of the Association of Image Consultants International and Fashion Group International, Lena counts entrepreneurs, professional athletes and recent college grads among her clients.  For those in search of a style they can embrace, her tips can be applied no matter what stage of life you are in.Contact Lena at Lena@DRESSLP.com , 310.880.8343 or visit her site: DRESSLP.com

Ruthanne Carosio
Ruthanne Harris Carosio, M.A. CEHP, is a therapist, teacher, and co-founder of the Radiant Life Center in Eugene, OR. She has 18 years of therapeutic and teaching experience, most particularly in the subjects of relationships, Energy Psychology, Mind/ Body Therapy, Women’s Spirituality, healing, and childbirth and parenting. With her husband Louis, she has co-founded “Pathways to Radiant Loving”, offering counseling and retreats for couples. “Pathways” is the result of their 26 years in committed partnership as well as the study and practice of several wisdom traditions with current thinking and research into healthy relating.
Bonnie Witkin, Ph.D.
Bonnie Witkin, Ph.D. 
Bonnie is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Eugene, Oregon. She specializes in working with women and couples, often around depression, anxiety and relationship issues. She is the mother of two amazing teenagers and she is living with, surviving and thriving with cancer. She is a long-time student of yoga and Buddhism. Her articles will primarily focus on living with and thriving with cancer (including ideas about nutrition, mental health, social support, exercise and meditation).

Rick Halberg 
Rick has been at the forefront of the local dining scene for over 30 years. His restaurants have all been 4 star dining experiences, now he is co-owner of Local Kitchen and Bar. Check the website localkitchenandbar.com or email Rick at rick@localkitchenandbar.com
Beverly Price Beverly Price is the owner and operator of Reconnect with Food® at Inner Door Center, Michigan’s first and only comprehensive eating disorder treatment center.  She is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and registered yoga teacher who has been in practice for over 25 years.  Beverly has published numerous articles of research and has presented at several medical conferences including American College of Physicians, Soviet-American Nutrition Conference and International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.  She is also the co-author of Nutrition Secrets for Optimal Health and the producer of Reconnect with Food®…Unplugged! DVD. www.reconnectwithfood.com

Julie Silver 
Julie Silver, MSW, Dipl. Ac. is founder of Acupuncture Healthcare Associates of Michigan. She is a NCCAOM Board Certified Acupuncturist and has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University. Julie is past Vice President of the Michigan Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is a member of RESOLVE and the American Association of Oriental Medicine. In her practice she works with a variety of Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques, using acupuncture and Chinese herbs as the foundation. Julie specializes in Women’s health and is dedicated to providing an integrated approach to healing. She is proud to be a part of the Detroit healthcare community.
Michelle Ploog
Michelle Ploog 
Michelle is Co-Director of Bala Vinyasa Yoga in Naples, Florida. Originally certified through Kripalu with Yoganand Michael Carroll, Michelle found her deepest connection with Shiva Rea and Baron Baptiste teacher trainings. She is also an ACE certified Personal Trainer, a Yoga Trance Dance guider and a Pilates instructor. Having written various newsletters and currently in the process of writing a book regarding reality, presence, and acceptance, Michelle has used writing for healing and expression to inspire others to live fully.

Benjamin Gluck 
Benjamin Gluck is a graduate Horticulture student at Michigan Sate University and a founding member of the Michigan Young Farmer Coalition. His interests are in local and sustainable food systems and helping others learn about food and agriculture. Ben is presently co-coordinating The Haven Garden Project in Pontiac Michigan. He is also studying and doing research on organic fruit production at Michigan State University.  http://michiganyoungfarmercoalition.org/ MYFC is dedicated to empowering Michigan communities through viable agricultural stewardship.

Lindsay Roberts 
Lindsay Roberts, creator of the site The Gift Insider, has a knack for finding one-of-a-kind ideas. Lindsay originally hails from West Bloomfield and currently resides in Chicago. While working at Good Housekeeping magazine and constantly discovering the latest products, Lindsay started a blog to document all the great gift ideas she came up with. Soon, her blog had quite the following and people were turning to it for advice on all the hottest items for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and more. Lindsay has done appearances on local news stations including Fox Detroit and WGN Chicago showcasing her favorite picks for upcoming holidays.Twitter: twitter.com/thegiftinsider
Facebook: facebook.com/GiftInsider
YouTube: youtube.com/user/Lindsayeroberts
Monni Must
Monni Must 
Monni Must is an award-winning professional photographer who specializes in maternity, newborns, children, and high school seniors. Her studio, Naturally Photography by Monni, is located in Sylvan Lake, Michigan. Images of Allison Kaplan were photographed by Monni. Please visit http://www.naturallymonni.com/ to see Monnis’ amazing work!
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