January Jones – Dr. Simon Casey

Simon Casey  is a nationally known Author, Speaker, Educator and the founder of Emotional Mastery Program.  Graduated from Waltham College in London with emphasis on pre-med. He concluded alcoholism studies and Forensic Mental Health in Clinical Practice programs at University of  Irvine. Later he graduated from California Coast University and received his Doctorate in Psychology. 

He is a licensed Alcohol and drug abuse counselor as well as and Board Certified Eating Disorders Specialist. He concluded his Leadership and Executive Management program at University of Notre Dame. He is an experienced PSYCH-K facilitator.   He also holds certificates in Bio Feedback and EEG Neurofeedback. 

He has over 25 years of experience in the field of addictions and dual diagnosis treatment.  As a Board Certified Clinical Supervisor and a part time professor, he regularly provides internship and training to various university and college students. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of addictions and dual diagnosis treatment. He has established  and directed several successful inpatient, residential, and outpatient programs for adult and adolescent patient population.  Currently he provides consulting services to CEO’s and various organizations, for conflict resolution, stress reduction, and techniques to achieving culturally sensitive successful work environment. He is an active member at MADD, MDMA & CF organizations. He has published  several books as well as many articles in  various magazines.

January Jones-Design Your Body-Cailah Brock

Cailah Health Coach Brock is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Health Coach past the dreaded ‘plateau’.
Design Your Body prescribes to readers where to begin their individual exercise journeys. Cailah Brock also educates readers who may have medical conditions and explains where to begin their journey towards a healthy lifestyle.
‘Design Your
Body: Your Guide
to Cutting
Through The Fat’
is a practical
guide to health & wellness for all populations, and is a
(HC) improving the performance of athletes and the lives health seekers for over 11 years.

A Pioneer of Nuevo Latino Cooking in the U.S. Is Now Leading Culinary Trips to Cuba

He’s been called “the godfather of Nuevo Latino cooking” by media and food industry cognoscenti.  His dishes pack a “pow” in flavor, texture and color.

I first became familiar with Chef Douglas Rodriguez’s muy sabroso culinary style when he was still in his tender twenties cooking “upscale Cuban” food at his restaurant YUCA (an acronym for “Young Cuban Americans”) in Miami. The James Beard Foundation Awards took notice early on and nominated him twice for Rising Star Chef of the Year; he won the award in 1996.

Chef Douglas Rodriguez

Chef Douglas Rodriguez

Doug exploded into the competitive New York City restaurant scene with Patria, where he honed his Nuevo Latino style. The New York Times awarded Patria three stars, and other restaurant developers came calling on Doug.

More restaurants followed: Chicama, a Peruvian restaurant and Pipa, Spanish tapas, both in NYC’s Union Square neighborhood; and Alma de Cuba in Philadelphia with restaurateur Stephen Starr. Today, Doug continues to run Alma de Cuba.

The son of Cuban immigrants, Doug was raised in Miami and starting cooking in his early teens, landing his first job at age 14 as a summer apprentice at the Four Ambassadors Hotel in Miami. Now, with his restaurants, a successful catering company and four books, DRod (as he refers to himself) is still at the top of his game.


We’re excited about his culinary trips to Cuba. With U.S.-Cuban relations opening back up and the tourism industry in Cuba looking at a renaissance, you may want to book a trip with DRod soon!

Cuba's going to be hopping. Get your rear in gear and join one of DRod's culinary trips

Cuba’s going to be hopping. Get your rear in gear and join one of DRod’s culinary trips

Doug has been recognized and quoted by numerous media outlets and has appeared on national TV, from Late Night with Letterman to Good Morning America.  His style of cooking has been replicated by many chefs as the cultural and culinary patterns of our nation have shifted over the years, but DRod remains El Jefe of the New Latin American movement.

We love his style and are thrilled to share his story with you on The Connected Table LIVE July 29th, 2pm EST. – Melanie Young
















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