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By: Parvin Arefi

Parvin's special interest is spiritual astrology. Her philosophy is “know yourself and your destiny with astrology, and elevate and empower yourself and your life with the power of yoga and meditation and healing arts.” She has studied and practiced different yoga and meditation techniques with several masters. She currently practices Buddhism and teaches astrology at the Carroll Righter Astrological Foundation in Hollywood, California. As an engineer, Parvin is very aware of the universal laws, and she sees much truth in astrological forces and laws. Throughout history, the ruling classes in ancient Persia, Greece, India, Egypt, and Europe have used astrological forces. Now, in the computer age, this science is available to everybody all over the globe. Parvin believes everybody should learn about herself through this ancient science.

By: Mehrzad Zamanpour

Mehrzad is a business developer responsible for signing up retailers, e-tailers and manufacturers at Exchange Circle. She has over 10 years of experience in the cosmetics and fragrance industries, working with exclusive and high-end lines such as Sanofi, Stendhall cosmetics and skin care, Yves St. Laurent, Princess Marcella Borghese, Revlon and Germane Monteil. She has held positions ranging from account executive to managing director. Her responsibilities have included negotiating with retailers, buyers, and pharmacists; training employees in fragrance layering, fragrance history, and selling techniques; directing and training beauty consultants and fragrance models in the art of makeup (for everyday looks and special occasions), skin treatment, and administrative duties. Mehrzad's formal education focused on women's health, human sexuality, and employee health education. She holds three Bachelor's degrees from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She also has extensive background in different skincare systems, makeup, color analysis, and fragrances.

Child Adoption
By: Mahdokht Sanati

Mahdokht's educational background includes Studying Ph.D. Course in early childhood education at Illinois University and M.S. in social and psychological counseling from Tehran University. She was awarded the Best Children's Book of the Year in 1969 for The Bird and the People, an illustrated book for children. She also won the title of Best Translation for a Children's Science Book in 1972. In addition, Mahdokht Sanati has published numerous articles, book reviews, short stories for newspapers, and Jomjomak Barg-e Khazoon (a collection of nursery rhymes). Her latest publication is Letters, Writings, and Remembrances, a three -volume work on the life of Sedigheh Dolatabadi. Mahdokht Sanati was the co-founder of the Children's Book Council in Iran 37 years ago and co-founded the Society for the Protecting the Rights of the Child in Iran 6 years ago. She has held many positions throughout her life. Some of these community services include: Director of Organization for Rural Women's Education in Iran, Director of Orchard Downs Student Counseling group, Director of Association In Support of Children's Rights In Iran, and a Member of the Board of irectors, Iranian Children's Right Society.

Child Dentistry
By: Dr. Zohreh K. Ghahremani

Zohreh was born in Khorasan, Iran. She studied dentistry at Ferdowsi University and specialized in pediatric dentistry at London University, England. After one year of directing the children’s department at Pahlavi University inShiraz, she moved to the U.S. in 1975 to marry Gary Ghahremani Ghajar. She was on the faculty at Northwestern University in Chicago for 25 years while also running her private practice in Evanston, IL. She now lives in California. Although Zohreh has retired from the dental field, she is by no means "retired".

Child Education
By: Lily Ayman

Ms. Ayman received her education in Iran, Europe, and the USA in the field of education. Ms. Ayman was the founding member of the Children's Book Council of Iran, and served on the board of the International Books for Young People from 1974 to 1978.The elementary readers in Persian that she wrote and edited were used in Iranian schools for two decades, up to 1980. In 1979 she moved abroad and since then she has been active in encouraging Persian families to teach their children the Persian language. She was a lecturer at the University of Chicago from 1998-2000, teaching Persian. She is author of many books.

Child Psychology
By: Dr. Niloofar Farnoody

Niloofar was born into a loving Iranian family in Kansas City. As a six-year-old girl she witnessed the fall of the Shah and the Islamic Revolution as well as the dark years of the Iran-Iraq war. Her direct experience of the struggles and ambivalence in living between cultures has been the primary force behind her interest in pursuing a clinical and research career in psychology. She graduated from University of California at San Diego in 1994 with a B.A. in psychology. She obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Pacific Graduate, S.P. (affiliated with Stanford University). In 2000-2001, she completed the American Psychological Association-accredited doctoral program. Currently, she is employed at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, where she provides mental health services to a multicultural community with first-hand experience with trauma and stressful life events. Her clinical training and area of specialty relate to working with children and young adults to understand cross-cultural differences, childhood assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and other childhood and adolescent disorders. She has participated and presented at the Cultural Competency and Mental Health Summits in Los Angeles, as well as at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).

By: Azadeh Farahmand

Azadeh is a doctoral candidate in the UCLA Department of Film and Television, where she is also employed as a teaching associate. She holds a Master's degree in cinema studies and a Bachelor's degree in philosophy. With an increasing passion for making documentaries, Azadeh has recently completed a short documentary, A Diary of Grief, about the renowned Persian poet Ahmad Shamlou, who recently passed away. This film had its world premiere in the International Exile Film Festival in Sweden in October of 2001.

Eating Disorders
By: Dr. Bita Rahbar

Bita is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles-Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital. Dr. Rahbar received her training in eating disorders at UCLA. She was the Associate Director of the UCLA Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorders Program from 1994 through 2000. She is also in private practice in the Los Angeles Area.

Energy of the Universe
By: Dr. Parry Sabahat

Dr. Sabahat was born and raised in Mashhad. She moved to Tehran in order to attend the Teachers Training School, and then began working as a high school teacher. She received her degree in English language from the University of Tehran. She pursued her passion for painting upon her immigration to the US in 1979 by attending classes. For the last fifteen years she has taught painting on silk fabrics and china. Her frustration with violence during and after the Iranian revolution triggered an interest in metaphysics, which led to her Ph.D. She values this experience as shedding light on how to learn and she is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with you.

Kundalini Yoga <
By: Fariba Rofougaran

Fariba Rofougaran earned her Ph.D. in French literature from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis on 20th century literature and feminist theory. She has taught French literature and women’s studies. Since 1980, along with academic activities, Ms. Rofougaran has been involved in the study and practice of Eastern doctrines as well as in Western transformational works. She has led seminars in self-realization in Iran and in the U.S. Her publications include articles in Zan magazine, Jense Dovvom, jaam va jaan and Forough, of which she was co-creator and co-editor, and many translations into Persian. Currently she lives in Southern California where she practices holistic life coaching which integrates teaching Kundalini yoga, Jnana yoga or transformation of the mind, and teaching tanbour - the spiritual stringed instrument of Ahle Hagh - as meditation. click here.

By: Dr. Pari Esfandiari

Pari Esfandiari is a business ethicist and a social entrepreneur with over twenty years of diverse experience in private and public sectors as well as non-profit organizations and pressure groups in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. Her educational background includes a PhD in business ethics, a MSc. in urban planning, and a BSc. in architecture. She has been involved in varied projects including business consulting, academic research, documentaries, books, articles, public speaking, and debating. Recently, Esfandiari’s popular weekly TV and radio programs that foster discussion about Iran socio-political issues, was honored as a runner-up for the New California Media’s 2004 award in broadcast journalism. Read more ..

Persian Cuisine
By: Etrat Elahi

Etrat holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Journalism. She also holdsBachelor of Arts degrees in philosophy & child development from Tehran University. She was the Editor-in-Chief for the Home Economics sections of Sepid-o-Siah and Tehran Mossavar magazines in Iran. She is a contributor to Encyclopedia Iranica, where she has done extensive research on Persian cooking and the origins of Persian dishes. She is also the co-owner of The Nutty Cookie, an online gift basket and cookie company established in 1984. She currently resides in Northern California.

Persian Culture
By: Massoume Price

Massoume is an ecologist and a social anthropologist educated in Iran and UK. King's College and University Collegs, London University. She is a free lance writer, research consultant and currently lives and works in Canada.

Preserving Tradition
By: Dr.Soheila Kian-Shayeg

Sohila has published many papers, including: “La violence de l’écriture dans le quatuor algérien d’Assia Djebar” [The Violence of Writing in Assia Djebar’s Algerian Quartet], Paroles Gelées, Special Issue vol.18.2 (2001), the journal of the French Graduate Students’ Association at UCLA; interview with the Francophone writer Leïla Sebbar (January 2001), Paris, France - to be published at a later date; “How to Approach the Stereotypes: Mehdi Feature Film, ‘Le thé au harem d’Archimède’”, Simorgh, 89 (December 2001): 86-87. In addition, she has presented papers at many conferences, including: “La violence de l’écriture dans le quatuor algérien d’Assia Djebar” [The Violence of Writing in Assia Djebar’s Algerian Quartet], UCLA French Graduate Students’ Conference; “Murder, Massacre, Mayhem: The Poetics of Violence in French Literature and Society”, Los Angeles, California (April 2000); “Myths and Narratives of Violence” (Session Moderator), UCLA French Graduate Students’ Conference (April 8, 2000); “Fétichisation, désir nostalgique: Une nation imaginaire” [Fetishization, Nostalgic Longing: An Imaginary Territory], CIEF (Conseil International des Etudes Francophones) Annual Meeting, Portland, Maine (December 2001). Also presented at the Graduate Faculty Colloquium at the French and Francophone Studies Department atUCLA.

By: Dr. Foojan Zeine

Dr. Foojan Zeine is an International Speaker, Author, Psychotherapist and successful Clinical Supervisor. She has her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She has a large private practice in Tarzana, California. She is an expert in the area of Intimate Relationship and Addiction and has extensive experience treating Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Domestic Violence. She is the founder and the CEO for Personal Growth Institute, a not for profit organization that offers psychotherapy service to the multi-cultural and multi-lingual population. Foojan has been elected as the President of Iranian-American Mental Health Association. Foojan presents nationally and is an expert on Online Therapy, conducts experiential and interactive seminars that focus on Addiction, Couples’ Communication, self improvement, and organizational skills for the public, psychotherapists and the corporate world. Foojan hosts a live satellite television shows on JAM-E-JAM International addressing psychological issues relevant to the general public, and writes a weekly article in Farsi for an International "Tehran" magazine.

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