Advisory Board

Fitness By Maggie is pleased to announce the formation of our Fitness & Nutrition Advisory Board. We are proud of the talent that we’ve been able to attract to Fitness By Maggie and believe that you, our valued client will benefit greatly from their advice and guidance. They will be providing articles of interest and comments in support of our quest to bring you the best in Fitness and Nutritional Counseling “˜From the Heart’. Our first two Board Advisors are Dr. Rezvan Habibian and Sheherezad Shashaani, MFT and please feel free to contact them with your questions or to schedule an appointment for personal consultation.

Iraj Shamsian, has a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. He has been working in the field of addiction since 1995. Dr. Shamsian was born in Tehran, Iran. In pursuit of his continuing education, he left Iran in 1972 to attend the University of Southern California. He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and returned to Iran and worked until he immigrated to the United States in 1984.

Dr. Shamsian has been in recovery from drug addiction since 1993. He is passionate about helping other’s with this disease. He has worked in a number of treatment centers including Phoenix House and Chabbad Recovery Center. Since 1997 he has worked as the Program Coordinator at Creative Care, a private facility dedicated to the treatment of alcohol, drug, addiction and dual diagnosis.

Dr. Shamsian believes deeply that a most effective approach to prevention and recovery from addiction is public awareness as well as open discussion of the subject. To this end, he conducts a bi-weekly radio program where he focuses on all aspects of addiction. The demand for his expertise has tremendously increased and because of this, Dr. Shamsian started a private practice in the Los Angeles area. He treats clients of all ages within the context of individual, couple and family therapy as well as group therapy. The groups are set up for young adults and allow a supportive environment to address their issues.

Individual’s and families now have an opportunity to work more closely with Dr. Shamsian in a private setting. As a specialist in addiction, Dr. Shamsian he works with all forms of addiction as well as people suffering from depression, anxiety, personality issues, relationship problems and daily life issues.

Dr. Rezvan Habibian received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Isfahan University in Iran, her M.S. in Life Sciences from Indiana State University, and her Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Pittsburgh. After doing her post-doctorate, she worked for two years as a research associate at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. She joined Alfigen/The Genetics Institute in 1988 as a Technical Director, and was a member of its Board of Directors from 1999-2004. She was a part time faculty member co-teaching cytogenetics to graduate students at School of Science, California State University, Northridge from 1998 to 2008. Currently, Dr. Habibian is working at Genzyme Genetics as the Director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory and is board certified since 1993 in Clinical Cytogenetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics .

Dr. Habibian will be providing Maggie’s clients insight into some of the more common things Mother Nature has to offer and how they can have a dramatic effect on your body. Here’s the first little tidbit…..

Dr. Rezvan says…..”…An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has low Vitamin Content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhance the activity of Vitamin C there by helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke. As most of us know, we see Maggie with an apple all the time!”

Sheherezad Shashaani is a Jungian oriented psychotherapist in private practice in Ventura and Los Angeles. She received her BA in Human Development with emphasis in Child Development and Family Life from Purdue University, and BA in Music from University of California Irvine. She earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Years of volunteer internship at non-profit clinics put her in touch with people from different walks of life, ethnicity, and socio economic status, which brought her face to face with wide variety of cultural, emotional and psychological issues. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, personal awareness and growth, relationships, communication, self-esteem, anxiety disorders, dual diagnosis disorders, depression, adolescent rebellion, parenting, midlife crises, major life transitions, and vocation. Her interest and involvement in art and music has made it possible to help bridge the gap for those who find this an inseparable part of their life journey and psychological well being. Her overall goal in therapy is to help create a meeting place within the individual where one could feel a sense of harmony between life’s stressful conditions ““whatever they may be- and inner sense of fulfillment.

Sheherezad has a special ability to relate to her clients on a personal level, with an understanding of how difficult life’s issues can be for each and every one of us. Her ability to understand the mental and physiological issues behind our weight, eating, appearance, and general self-esteem has brought a deeper understanding, relief from unbearable pain, and a better life to her clients.

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