Meet Your Whole Baby's Advisory Board! These professionals donate their time to help Your Whole Baby be as effective as possible. There are many members of the medical community who speak up about the harms of male genital cutting; here are some of their faces.
Raja Abusharr, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Abusharr received his M.D. from Oregon Health Sciences University in 2000 with a scholarship from the National Health Servies Corp. Dedicated to becoming a “physician for all people” Dr. Abusharr completed his residency in Family Medicine at Lancaster General Hospital, one of the oldest and most prestigious programs in the country. He began his medical career as the medical director of a community health center in south-eastern Missouri where he and his family remained until early 2006 when the family moved to Texas. During those two and half years in Missouri he established one of the most reputable medical clinics in the community. Dr. Abusharr proudly completed his NHSC scholarship obligation in Splendora Texas in winter 2006 while preparing to open his own practice. Family Medicine at Sterling Ridge opened its doors on August 27, 2007 and to date over 10,000 patients have registered at their office. He is the father of two amazing daughters ages 12 and 13 and when he is not practicing medicine, he loves taking photographs, gardening outside and listening to jazz music.
Dr. Cammy Benton
Cammy Benton, M.D., completed medical school at East Carolina University and family medicine residency at UNC Chapel Hill. She worked with a group practice in North Carolina for ten years prior to opening her own integrative medicine clinic, Benton Integrative Medical Center, in Huntersville, N.C. Her practice combines functional medicine and herbal medicine in a holistic fashion. Dr. Benton is a founding board member of the California-based Physicians for Informed Consent. The principle of informed consent is a cornerstone of her practice. To obtain true informed consent, providers must fully disclose the risks and benefits of medical procedures. She believes informed consent is not being obtained for infant circumcision, because parents with adequate information would not choose it. Dr. Benton works as part of the movement to protect children in the current medical climate.
Dr. Gregory Boyle, PhD, DSc, FAPS
Dr. Boyle is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Previously he served as Professor of Psychology at Bond University for over 20 years, and as Associate Dean for Research for several years. A Fellow of both the Australian Psychological Society and the Association for Psychological Science, Dr. Boyle has received the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements Distinguished Reviewer Award and was honored with conferral of a prestigious Doctorate of Science degree from the University of Queensland. In addition to giving invited talks at many leading institutions including Princeton, Stanford, and Oxford, Dr. Boyle has contributed to over 200 publications, is co-author of scholarly books, and is senior editor of several international psychology handbooks. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed medical journals on the psychosexual harm caused by circumcision.
Dr. Jórunn Vidar Valgardsdottir
Dr. Valgardsdottir studied medicine at the University of Iceland and then moved to Sweden where she specialized in family medicine. In 2005, she moved back to Iceland and has worked in HSU Selfoss for twelve years. Dr. Valgardsdottir explains, "In my country circumcision is a non-issue and never performed. In 20 years of work as a family physician I have never had to send a boy/man to have his foreskin removed."
Dr. Kenneth Zatz
Dr. Zatz received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College and finished his training in general pediatrics at the New York Hospital. He maintains a solo pediatric office in the lower Hudson Valley where he has practiced for almost 30 years. Dr. Zatz shares, "I hope that by educating parents about all aspects of routine circumcision, they will come to understand that allowing their sons to remain intact is the more compassionate and medically sound decision."
Amy Wright Glenn, Author & Doula
Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness Teacher Trainer, (CD)DONA birth doula, hospital chaplain, and founder of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Amy is a regular contributor to PhillyVoice and author of Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula.
Gloria Lemay, Midwifery Educator
Gloria Lemay is a midwifery educator who lives in British Columbia, Canada. She was the 2002 Recipient of the Women’s Voice Award, the 2004 Recipient of Waterbirth International’s “Mothers and Midwives” Award, and a Contributing Editor for Midwifery Today Magazine. Gloria is an Advisory Board Member for the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and Intact America.
Marilyn Fayre Milos, RN
Marilyn Fayre Milos co-founded the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) in 1985. In 1989, she co-founded the International Symposia on Circumcision, now called the International Symposia on Genital Autonomy and Children's Rights, and since then she has organized fourteen international symposia. She co-edited the proceedings of the first symposium for publication in The Truth Seeker magazine, and she has also co-edited eight books published by Springer. She has published numerous educational pamphlets on subjects surrounding genital autonomy. In January 2016, NOCIRC was renamed Genital Autonomy – America, and the organization continues working to protect the bodily integrity and genital autonomy rights of all infants and children – male, female, and intersex.
Lisa Braver Moss, Author
Lisa Braver Moss is a writer whose essays have appeared in the Huffington Post, Parents, Tikkun, Lilith, Jewish Journal and other publications. A leading voice in the Jewish movement to question circumcision, she is the author of The Measure of His Grief (Notim Press, 2010), the first novel ever written about the circumcision controversy. Lisa's nonfiction book credits include Celebrating Family: Our Lifelong Bonds with Parents and Siblings (Wildcat Canyon Press, 1999) and, as co-author, The Mother's Companion: A Comforting Guide to the Early Years of Motherhood (Council Oak Books, 2001). She is co-author, with Rebecca Wald, of Celebrating Brit Shalom (Notim Press, 2015), the first-ever book of ceremonies and music for Jewish families opting out of circumcision. Lisa also conceived and spearheaded the movement toward open inclusion of non-circumcising families in Jewish life.
Sylvia Joy Zakusilov, RN, MSN, NP-C
Sylvia is a certified family nurse practitioner with a Masters of Science in nursing. She graduated with honors from Bethel College and University of Saint Francis. She has 12 years of experience in the emergency department and is a Certified Emergency Nurse. Sylvia has a passion for pediatrics and holistic healthcare, as well as supporting moms with breastfeeding. She has seen many circumcision complications and loves to advocate for baby boys. As a Christian, Sylvia believes God’s design of our bodies is incredible. She is a contributing writer for the nonprofit Little Images. Sylvia has four children and enjoys spending time outside in nature.
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