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Article: Book Beloved
Abeera Ahmed is an undergraduate student at NUST Business School.
Allison Pedersen RN, MN
Winnipeg , Canada
Article: Fighting Breast Cancer
Allison Pedersen is a registered nurse working toward her PhD in Nursing at the University of Manitoba, Canada. Her doctoral studies will examine oncology patient navigation. Allison currently works as a breast cancer navigator in Winnipeg. She also volunteers for Pink Ribbon Pakistan providing online educational support.
Article: My Child, Let’s Talk
Anita Saleem has an MS/Mphil degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. She currently teaches Psychology to undergraduates at Forman Christian College and is a feature writer for Pakistan Today.
Anjum Wasim Dar
Article: Load Shedding
Born in Srinagar Kashmir, Anjum Wasim Dar is a refugee migrant to Pakistan. She is a freelance creative writer/blogger. Anjum has won an International Poetry Award and a National Education Award in the USA. She is a Director at Creative Educational Resources, a researcher in ELT and a published poet in UK, Italy and Syria. She is the author of 'Adventures of Multi Coloured Lead People'.
Asma bint Shameem
Article: Rights of Parents
,Smoking: Haram For Sure
Asma bint Shameem is a medical doctor as well as a haafidhah of the Quran. Asma is a freelance writer and regularly writes articles about everyday issues from an Islamic point of view. Her articles have been published in various newspapers, magazines, and are regularly posted on various websites and blogs.
Captain Tom Bunn
Article: Fear of Flying
Captain Tom Bunn, an airline captain and licensed therapist, is President and founder of SOAR, Inc. He has helped over 5,000 people overcome difficulty with flying. Captain Bunn was part of the first fear of flying program, which was started at Pan Am in 1975.
Article: Almaty- The City of Apples
Dania Munib is a stay-at-home mother to a 2-year-old boy. She has a postgraduate degree in English and has previously taught at Lahore Grammar School and The City School in Islamabad.
A bibliophile who savors Manto and Milton with the same feverish zeal, she finds writing and cooking therapeutic. Her latest venture was the research and script writing for a travelogue documentary. At the same time, she is a full-time student at NUST Business School.
Dr. Amjad Gulzar Shaikh
Article: Knee Replacement Surgery
Dr. Amjad G. Shaikh is a consultant orthopedic surgeon in the United Kingdom. He has been performing trauma and orthopedic surgery, especially hip and knee joint replacements, on a charitable basis for nearly two decades. In 2005 he co-founded Rehabilitation Response, a registered UK charity that provides humanitarian aid to the less developed world.
Dr. Atif Riaz
Article: Breast and Cervical
Dr. Riaz holds an MD in Internal Medicine. He has worked in several fields including health and medical journalism, medical tourism, Telehealth/E-medicine, Hospital management and Patient Care. He has also spent several years doing research on Various Cancers and other clinical specialties.
Dr Bushra Ashraf
Article: Burn Injuries Amongst Children
Dr Bushra Ashraf is a Postgraduate Resident at the Mother and Child Health (MCH) Centre in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad. Dr. Bushra has been a part of several research pursuits on maternal and child health.
Dr. David Choy Kim Seng
Article: Stroke in Younger Adults
Consultant, Raffles Neuroscience Centre Specialist in Neurosurgery
MBBS (S’pore), FRCS (Neurosurgery) (Edin)
Dr. Ghassan Shahrour
Article: Detecting Hearing Loss in Newborns
Dr. Ghassan Shahrour, MD is an ENT based in Damascus. He is the Secretary General at the Arab Federation of organizations working with the deaf. He is the President of Syrian Medical Informatics Association and frequently writes about health and social issues. Dr. Shahrour is an active campaigner of the three major areas of disability- prevention, rehabilitation and equalization of opportunities. He is also a human security advocate at regional and international levels.
Dr. Kim Bloomer
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Article: Pets and Children
Dr. Kim is a certified animal naturopath and published author, consulting on canine nutrition and wellness. She co-hosts the Internet radio show, Animal Talk Naturally. She is also the co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger and writer on natural pet health, co-author of Whole Health for Happy Dogs and author of Animals Taught Me That.
Dr. Kimmy Cheng
Article: Talking About Eating
Dr. Kimmy Cheng graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA degree in organizational communication. She holds a master’s and a PhD degree in communication studies from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). Her primary research area of interest is health communication. Dr. Cheng is currently a lecturer of the communication division of College of International Education at HKBU.
Dr. Manish Taneja
Article: Stroke in Younger Adults
Consultant, Raffles Neuroscience Centre Specialist in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
MBBS (India), FRCR (UK)
Dr. Mark Lazarovich
Article: Travelling with Allergies and Asthma
Dr. Mark Lazarovich is a Board Certified, internationally trained (McGill University, University of Liege, Yale University, SUNY Stony Brook) allergy/asthma/immunology specialist, practicing in South Burlington, Vermont, USA.
Dr Muhammad Saaiq
Article: Burn Injuries Amongst Children
Dr Muhammad Saaiq is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad. Dr. Saaiq is a prolific researcher with over 50 publications.
Dr. Noeen Arshad
Article: Care of teeth
Dr Noeen Arshad is a Consultant Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist in Islamabad
Dr. N.V. Ramani
Article: Stroke in Younger Adults
Consultant, Raffles Neuroscience Centre Specialist in Neurology
MBBS (S’pore), M Med (Int Med), FAMS (Neurology), Cert Neurosonology (ASN), PG Dip (Epidemiology), MSc (Epidemiology), DLSHTM (Epidemiology), Master of Health Science (Stroke Management). FRCP (Edin)
Dr. Rezzan Khan
Article: The Cholesterol Myth
Dr. Rezzan Khan is the Country Representative of Pakistan at the American Overseas Dietetic Association, and a Consultant Nutritionist at Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad.
Dr. Sajal Hajra
Article: Children and Oral Hygiene
Dr Sajal Hajra, a dental surgeon by profession, is an enthusiastic and devoted dentist with a clinical experience in paedodontics. She has worked in clinical, academic and research sectors at the undergrad and postgrad level. She has worked in an NGO as a co-executive for the welfare of children.
Dr. Sana Akhtar
Article: Dental Hazards During Pregnancy
Dr. Sana Akhtar is a practicing Dental Surgeon at a charitable hospital and a Lecturer at the College of Medical Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan. Her articles have been published in Khaleej Times, UAE and The News International, Karachi. Her anthology has also been published by the Oxford University Press.
Dr. Shree Datta
Article: Gestational Diabetes
Miss Shree Datta is a Director at the British Medical Association. She is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her special interests lie in intrapartum care, cancer screening and medical education. She has previously been involved in projects analyzing the use of cervical cancer screening in India, Bangladesh and Antigua.
Dr. Trisha Macnair
Article: Trisha Women Health in Different Stages of Life
Dr. Trisha Macnair is a hospital physician working with elderly people in Guildford, UK. She is a married mother of two and has worked as a medical journalist for more than 20 years. Dr. Trisha contributes regularly to the BBC and national magazines and newspapers. She has also the author of a number of books.
Dr. Walaa Elassuity
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Article: Back Pain in Women
Dr. Walaa Elassuity is a Consultant Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon at Exeter Medical Center, Abu Dhabi. He obtained a specialized training in spinal surgery from the busy spinal unit in Nasser Institute in Cairo. He has also completed three spinal fellowships in UK, in Nottingham, Exeter and Manchester, with special training in different spinal sub-specialties. Dr. Elassuity has had numerous spinal papers published under his name. He is also an active member of the North American Spine Society and Scoliosis Research Society.
Dr. Zack Boukydis
Article: When Your Baby is Born Early
Zack Boukydis, Ph.D is a visiting professor, at the Department of Pediatrics, Semmelweis Medical School in Budapest Hungary and Turku University, Turku, Finland. He is the focusing coordinator at the Focusing Institute, New York. Dr. Boukydis is the author of Collaborative Consultation for Parents and Infants in the Perinatal Period.
Erica K. Jordan
Article: Sailing Around the Globe
Erica obtained a degree in biology and worked in the pharmaceutical industry before getting addicted to travel. She has since traveled extensively while teaching English in Japan, written a grammar textbook and sailed around the world as an interpreter and translator. Some of her interests include sustainability, modern art and hunting down cozy cafes.
Article: Head injury
Emma Hammett, founder of First Aid for Life has many years experience in healthcare, teaching and first aid training. She provides practical and informative first aid training to ensure the skills and confidence to know what to do in an emergency.
Article: Parenting Gone Wired
Farrukh Jabeen is a mother of two kids, a housewife, an Internet junkie and a blogger. She writes about parenting, home management and the Internet on her blog.
Article: The Journey Within
The author is a Fulbright Scholar at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. She is pursuing Masters in Religious Studies and has an interest in Comparative Religion. She graduated from LUMS in 2011 and has previously taught Philosophy at International Islamic University, Pakistan.
Hassan Ahmed Khan
Article: Left Handedness: A Reality
Hassan Ahmed Khan has an MSc in Biosciences, an MPhil in Microbiology and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Microbiology. He currently works at a pharmaceutical company in Islamabad as a Microbiologist. Being a brilliant student he received several merit-based scholarships and graduated top of his class. Hassan believes that writing is a struggle against silence.
Article: Spiritual Parenting
Hena Zuberi is a youth counselor, a mother of
four. She practices spiritual parenting guided by
her faith. An educator and a former TV news
journalist, Hena is currently the editor-in-chief of
Muslimmatters.org. She is also the founder of Road
to Jannah, a summer camp for young Muslims.
Article: Acute Ear Infection
Hiba Xubairi is a client coordinator in a P.R Agency. She has a Masters in Mass Communication from University of Karachi. She has written several articles to raise awareness about various issues and her articles have been published in different newspapers and magazines. She has also worked as an assistant editor in one of the leading fashion magazines of Pakistan.
Huzaifa Azim Butt
Article: My Second Home
Huzaifa is an undergraduate student of Bachelors in Business Administration at the City University of Hong Kong. Other than being passionate about accounting, Huzaifa is an ardent debater and enjoys reading in his free time
Article: A Mom's World and "Gentle Goodnight"
Iram Moazzam is a stay-at-home Mom of two naughty boys, and a freelance writer. She usually writes features and articles for magazines. Iram is a Gold medalist of Masters in Human Resource Management and plans to take up writing as her profession.
Article: African Adventures
Javeriya has a Masters degree in Structural Steel Design and Sustainable Development from the Imperial College London. She has an interest in Energy Efficiency, Anthropology and Green tea.
Julie Louly is a sales and marketing veteran with 22 years of experience. She is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the BabyPlus Company. The company is a leader in prenatal learning and makes the only patented system of its kind.
Article: Get Up, Get Out
Julie Mountain is the Director of Play Learning
Life CIC. Qualified in landscape design, Julie has
worked on outdoor learning and play projects for
over 18 years, and has a passion for getting children
and young people outdoors to experience nature,
take risks, develop key competencies, embed
learning and of course have fun.
Article: A Myth Unresolved
Article: Food Allergies
Lisa Ficke-Founder and CEO of Food Allergy Resources & Mentoring (F.A.R.M.) Using her voice as a real food allergy mom, Lisa's growing organization is giving a platform to millions worldwide who's lives are in a state of chronic danger due to food allergies.
Maida McAndrew, a University of London Law graduate, is the wife of Raymond McAndrew (International Civil Servant) and mother of three small children. She is currently residing in Islamabad since the past seven years.
Article: Pakistani Bride in the Egyptian Land
Maheen Farid is a graduate from Bahria University, Islamabad. She holds a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences. Maheen taught pre-primary level students at Islamabad Grammar School before moving to Egypt with her husband.
Article: Vision Awareness for Parents and Guardians
Maria Dellapina, mother of four, is the founder of Specs4Us. Her youngest daughter has Down syndrome. Maria has over 30 years of experience in the optical field. Maria has been speaking about vision awareness to educate parents about eyewear. She was awarded the “2010 Winner of the President Award” by the Nation Down syndrome Congress, and has been listed as one of the Most Influential Women of 2013 by an optical magazine.
Article: Culture Shock
Maria Faheem is an undergrad student of Interior Designing at Raffles University, Beijing
Article: Choosing a nursery
Maria, Administration and Communications Director of Tops Day Nurseries, has worked for the chain of nurseries for over 23 years. Maria started her career as a Nursery Assistant before progressing to Nursery Manager. Maria leads the Administration Team at Head Office and is currently studying her NVQ Level 7 in Leadership and Management.
Article: Vaccinating Your Child: More Information, Better Decisions, Less Injuries
Born and raised in Germany, Markus holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Education. He is an educator and a father of two children. After having researched vaccine safety and effectiveness, Markus wrote and published the book "Childhood Diseases and Developmental Disorders - VACCeptable Injuries".
Article: Helping Your Child be a Better Student
Mary Mountstephen is a child development specialist in the field of learning differences and maximizing learning potential. She is the author of several books and many articles for journals in the U.K. Mary also gives presentations and workshops internationally and carries out 1:1 assessments. She is also a former head teacher and has worked in primary, special and independent schools.
Article: Healthy Food Choices
Man Kei is a graduate of Living Light Culinary Institute, USA. She is a certified Raw Food Chef and Instructor, certified Gourmet Chef and Raw Food Nutrition Instructor. Chef Man Kei conducts regular workshops, personal coaching and is also a private chef. As the first bilingual Raw Food Chef and Instructor in Hong Kong, she is often sought by local media for interviews.
West Palm Beach, USA
Article: Post-Traumatic Stress
Award winning blogger, speaker, poet, post-trauma coach, and radio talk show host, Michele Rosenthal inspires and motivates survivors to make the shift from powerless to powerful. She is the author of BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED: Conquering the Past and Creating the Future, A Memoir.
Article: A Mother’s Strength
Momina Rezvan, a mother of two young girls, is a warrior who successfully fought cancer at the tender age of 28.
Article: Book Review
Nida Mahmud, an ardent debater, is a student of Public Administration at NUST Business School. Having an immaculate academic record, she enjoys reading and writing in her free time.
Article: Pink Ribbon Pakistan
Mr. Omer Aftab has been working as a
Development Communications Professional for the
past 15 years and is specializing in Campaigning.
In 2004, after the touching experience of a friend
suffering from breast cancer, he got motivated to
launch the Pink Ribbon National Breast Cancer
Professor Iftikhar Ahmad Jan
Article: Kids and Surgeries
Professor Iftikhar Ahmad Jan is a consultant & chief of Pediatric Surgery in Zayed Military Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Article: My Life in Canada
Born and bred in Riyadh, Raef is the eldest of four brothers now studying Mechanical Engineering from Windsor University, Canada.
Article: Improve Your Child’s Study Habits
Rick Ackerly is an internationally recognized educator with over forty years of experience and a master’s in education from Harvard University. Rick has devoted his career to building thriving learning communities, and today is a consultant and coach to teachers, school leaders and parents. Rick speaks at schools and conferences around the world.
Rosalind Sedacca, CCT
West Palm Beach
Article: Divorcing Parents
Rosalind Sedacca, CCT is a Divorce & Parenting Coach and author of How Do I Tell the Kids about the Divorce? A Create-a-Storybook Guide to Preparing Your Children -- with Love! Her innovative approach guides parents in creating a personal family storybook, using fill-in-the-blank templates, family history and photos, as an effective way to break the divorce news with optimum results.
Article: The Juggler
Dr. Rumana Nabeel is presently working as a Medical Officer in a Health Insurance Company in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. She is a proud mother of two children aged 7 and 5.
Article: Taking Care of the Environment
Sadaf Taimur is a Registrar and Planning Manager at Silver Oaks School Rawalpindi. She has an MSc in Environmental Sciences.
Article: Infertility Clarified
Saghar Kasiri is a senior clinical embryologist and PGD/PGS coordinator in the London Fertility Centre. She has an MSc in Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis and Fetal Medicine and has been an embryologist for the past 18 years. She has worked in many ACU including, Birmingham Woman’s Hospital, UCH, Hammersmith Hospital, The Willow Suite, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Highgate Hospital.
Edison, New Jersey
Article: California- The Golden State
Saleha Raza has a postgraduate degree in Business Administration. She is a stay-at-home mother of her 5-year-old daughter.
Article: Student Sojourn
Sauleha Kamal is an undergraduate student at Barnard College, New York.
Article: Farah Khan Ali Interview and Motherhood introduces the new arrival in Meher Bokhari's life
Shahneez Haseeb is the Assistant Editor at Motherhood. She is responsible for collecting articles, as well as proof reading and editing them. Apart from looking after Motherhood, she is pursuing her undergrad studies as a full-time student and aspires to be an urban designer who would change the landscape of our cities to embrace a beautiful and ecologically friendly identity.
Article: Hyderabad- The City of Pearls
Sidra Khokhar is an undergraduate student of architecture at the National College of Arts.
Article: Teaching Your Teenagers
Sonia Hurren is a parent and teenager coaching specialist and speaker. Sonia has over 10 years of experience working professionally within the UK education system. She has has recently begun running groups within schools as part of a nation wide pilot scheme for the Department for Education.
Article: New Tricks for an Old Art
Sundus Zafar is an ambitious student, currently studying Mass Communication at NUST Business School. Possessing great observation skills with a keen eye for detail, she aspires to be a writer who gives people something to think about, and in doing so hopes to influence their lives for the better.
Sunnyra Ali Odhwani
Article: Windows of Opportunity
Sunnyra Odhwani is an Early Childhood Development practitioner, working for a school. She is a trained volunteer for a community-based ECD program. Sunnyra has an advanced diploma in human development, specializing in ECD and occasionally write on ECD’s best practices for magazines.
Susan Benjamin Feingold, Psy.D.
Article: Postpartum Depression
Susan Benjamin is a licensed clinical psychologist and adjunct professor at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus of Argosy University. In her clinical practice, she specializes in the treatment of antepartum and postpartum depression and anxiety disorders, as well as other women’s mental health issues related to reproductive function.
Article: Surviving Cancer
Mrs. Suzanne Fernando was the first ever Scottish Cancer Campaigns Ambassador. She herself is a cancer survivor and a mother of two. Suzanne is now a Cervical Cancer Support Group Leader & Ambassador for JCCT.
Article: Book Reviews
Tayeba is a LUMS graduate who is currently employing her marketing expertise at a Game Development Studio.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Zaid is a postgrad student of Islamic Finance at INCEIF University, Malaysia.