Meet The Experts
Tom Luke is the proud founder and CEO of Healthy Gay Lifestyles .com, the gay magazine, newsletter and website that helps gay men live their best lives. Prior to founding HGL, Tom founded Luke Direct Marketing where he is responsible for all sales and account management. Before that, he served as Director of Direct Mail Operations for Parson’s Technology where he accomplished many business milestones. Tom has “been there” and “done that” in all mediums of marketing, and has done it with clients that had the guts to seize and opportunity. Tom is a firm believer in supporting Gay Rights and hopes that all gay men will take advantage of this global community.
Joe Kort, Ph.D
Joe Kort, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, board-certified clinical sexologist, certified sexual addiction therapist, and certified Imago Relationship therapist, practicing for over 25 years. He is the author of, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Find Real Love, and Gay-Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician. Joe also provides national Phone/Skype Coaching, as well as Workshop Teleclasses. Reach Joe at http://www.joekort.com.
Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD
Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD is an award winning and nationally recognized registered dietitian. Manuel is the owner of San Francisco-based private practice, MV Nutrition, the recipient of four “Best Bay Area Nutritionist” awards (2008, 2009, 2010 & 2012) from the San Francisco Chronicle, ABC7 and Citysearch. He is a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, on-air contributor of Univision, health contributor for Fox News Latino and a health blogger for Huffington Post. He is the creator/founder of Eating Free and author his new book Eating Free: The Carb Friendly Way to Lose Inches, Embrace our Hunger, and Keep Weight Off for Good! and his new book Peruvian Power Foods: 18 Superfoods, 101 Recipes and Antiaging Secrets from the Amazon to the Andes.
Adam D. Blum, MFT
Adam D. Blum, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in relationship and self-esteem issues for gay men. He writes a blog on these topics at http://gaytherapist-sanfrancisco.com/blog. His work is informed by his own gay relationship of 24 years. Adam offers offices services in his San Francisco office or by Skype and phone worldwide. He can be reached at 415-255-4266 or on his website at www.gaytherapist-sanfrancisco.com.
Jim Duke is the founder and President of Guide For Gay Men® LLC, providing professional coaching and consultation services on issues of coming out, relationships, love, sex, aging and the many transitions of gay life. As a consultant and speaker, Jim works with individuals, groups and businesses involved with issues related to the LGBT community. Jim is currently working on a series of “guides” on subjects of interest to gay men.
Jim holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work and was a therapist for several years before migrating to corporate education and training. He worked for Fortune 500 companies before fulfilling a personal goal with his then partner to own and operate one of the top ranked gay hotels in Palm Springs, CA. Jim has been out and open for most of his adult life and has dealt with the discrimination and difficulties, challenges and joys of being a gay man in society. He’s been in a successful long term relationship, knows what it like to terminate one and how to cope with the sometimes amusing and occasionally painful experience of being in the dating scene.
Using his past professional and personal experience, Jim created Guide For Gay Men® as a way to help other’s live open, accepting and authentic lives. He has completed an extensive program for Certified Professional Coaches (CPC) with the International Coaching Academy (ICA), a program accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He can be reached through his website at http://www.jimduke-guideforgaymen.com.
Paul Novello, L.C.S.W., C.L.C., B.C.C.
Paul Novello, L.C.S.W., C.L.C., B.C.C. is an author, therapist, and life coach in New York City. Paul created and developed Life Solutions for Gay Men, a personal development resource to empower gay men to achieve personal, professional and financial success. He provides life coaching to get you from where you are to where you want to be in any life area you want to improve. Paul is a highly sought after coach and consultant. He works with numerous organizations, including: Fortune 500 financial firms, law firms, healthcare companies, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.
Paul is the author of the groundbreaking new book:
Unshattered Dreams – An Inspirational Guide to a Happy and Successful Life after a Difficult Childhood. Learn more at: www.unshattereddreams.com
Previously, Paul produced and hosted his own live radio talk show called “Gay Life Solutions.” This was a featured show in New York City through Equality Pride Radio on AM 1600 WWRL.
Paul has always been passionate about personal growth and development, and he loves to explore the possibilities! He enjoys inspiring others to discover their true selves, reach for their goals and dreams and create the life they truly desire.
Additionally, he also has an extensive background in the performing arts and has studied and applied various techniques throughout the years including Meditation, Progressive Relaxation, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and the Alexander Technique.
Paul can be reached at: 1-866-630-1936 or via his website at: www.lifesolutionsforgaymen.com.
Rick Clemons is a life changer, motivator, guide, mentor, and inspiring life coach for gay men who are ready to be the man they want to be, not the man they think their supposed to be. He’s on a mission; guiding gay men to find their own voice, love deeply, work passionately, and live powerfully without regrets.
Rick’s a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) who’s been featured on The Ricki Lake Show, Huffington Post, YourTango.com and is a highly sought after radio show guest, blogger, author, and Sex Coach U Faculty Member. He resides in Riverside, California with his partner of 12 years (whoa dude), two teenage daughters (whoa again dude), cats Herman and Lilly (sorry no dogs), and a 200+ bottle wine collection, minus what he drank while writing this bio. Hook-up with Rick at www.thegaymanslifecoach.com.
David Guinther is a proven Silicon Valley senior executive and entrepreneur with considerable experience in the nutraceutical and dietary supplement industry. David is also a committed social entrepreneur who is actively developing a number of ventures promoting integrative, lifestyle-based approaches to reclaiming and rebuilding health and quality of life. These ventures include XY Wellness, a no-nonsense, high-value resource for men who are seeking to rebuild their health; Threadian, an executive coaching and strategic consulting practice; and others. Contact David Guinther at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac, C.N.S.
Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac, C.N.S., is a renowned naturopathic doctor recognized as an authority in integrative management of benign and malignant urological conditions. Dr. Geo is the founder and director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC), a center of excellence in research and integrative treatments for urological conditions. He is a master formulator of dietary supplements for prostate, bladder and sexual health and co-founder of XY wellness, LLC, a nutraceutical company specific to improving the prognosis of men after diagnosis. Two science-based male specific dietary supplements he has developed include; Mr. Happy and Prost-P10x. Dr. Geo is an avid writer in medical journals, book chapters, in multiple websites and currently working on his book on prostate cancer. He lectures internationally on the application of integrative medicine for urological and prostate conditions in multidisciplinary clinical settings. Dr. Geo enjoys writing on his popular blog, DrGeo.com, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Nick Venegoni, MFT
Nick Venegoni, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist and certified hypnotherapist specializing in supporting gay men who struggle with stress, anxiety, anger and symptoms of trauma. From a holistic and spiritual position, Nick works with people to help them connect with their best inner resources to resolve and find healing from suffering, and feel more joy and freedom in their lives.
Nick has also contributed to the online Bear World Magazine as their Mental Health Columnist. He lives in San Francisco and serves the greater Bay Area. He can be reached at 415-766-9629 or via his website at www.holistictherapysf.com.
Jamie Smith, CPC, Law of Attraction Facilitator
Jamie Smith is a certified LGBT Empowerment Coach and Certified Law of Attraction Trainer. He is passionate about empowering the LGBT community to create rich, full and delicious lives. Jamie teaches workshops and has quickly earned the reputation as the “how-to-guy” of Law of Attraction.
Jamie runs a free LGBT Law of Attraction group called, “Happy, Healthy and Gay” and is excited about his new live weekly Internet show, Hang Out with Jamie, which allows him to connect with fans of Law of Attraction in an exciting new way. Jamie lives in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. www.HappyHealthyGay.com