Meet Mia St. John Boxing Champion and Mental Health Advocate!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I want to  celebrate mental health champions that have been on the Dr. Denise Show!

Mia St. John is a 5 time World Boxing Champion and Mental Health Speaker, Mother, Model, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist.

I respect and admire Mia to the core. Her love, desire, and influence for all of US to be our own Champions and Alchemists when the times are tough is INSPIRING in a NEXT LEVEL way.

With my knowing Mia’s open mindedness to all aspects of awareness and healing she was the perfect first guest in a “blind read” (in show that launched January 2021 this year) by Spiritual Medium Jennifer Shaffer. 

Watch and BE amazed as to what Spirit and Mia’s loved ones had to say when Jen tapped into the Ethereal Realm.

Thank you Mia for allowing this sacred meeting and interview to happen. The Spirit (s) of Julian St. John  (“I love you too much!” from Spirit) and Kristoff St. John and your loved ones offered US hope to live our best lives and remember that there is no veil.

Watch HERE:


Dr. Denise

Gary Goodridge Mental Health Warrior and MMA Legend!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Five years ago I set out on a global journey to change the way WE think taking and act about mental health as a collective. I will be sharing some past interviews throughout the years!

Gary Goodridge (aka ‘Big Daddy’) is a nine-time world champion arm wrestler; a boxing champion; a lethal Ultimate Fighting Championship contender; and a renowned Mixed Martial Arts warrior. In Japan in the MMA world he was a celebrity compared to Michael Jordan. In early 2012, he was diagnosed with early onset of dementia and due to his many brain injuries, he also lives with depression.

It is an honor to re~share this  6/24/2016 interview  (my first podcast I ever did!) with MMA legend Gary Goodridge.

Right HERE


Protect Your Brain Dr. Denise  Post 6/24/2016:

“Dr. Denise, you need to see the movie, Concussion, with Will Smith. It depicts exactly what I have experienced living with depression and dementia, ” encouraged Gary Goodridge, legendary MMA UFC and Pride fighter.  That is exactly what I did before interviewing him this week. I didn’t stop there. I read his book “Gatekeeper: The Fighting Life of Gary ‘Big Daddy” Goodridge”, researched the NFL’s as well as the MMA’s policies on dealing with head injury, and read countless articles on CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy).  In 2012 Gary was diagnosed with early onset dementia and depression and his doctors said that he was exhibiting symptoms similar to other professional athletes that on autopsy were diagnosed with CTE.

What is CTE? Dr. Bennet Omalu and colleagues in the Department of Pathology at University of Pittsburgh together published in the journal Neurosurgery in 2005 an article called, “Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in a National Football League Player.”  Dr. Omalu’s autopsy of former Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Webster in 2002 revealed large accumulations of tau protein in Webster’s brain, affecting mood, emotions, and executive functions similar to the way clumps of beta-amyloid protein contributes to Alzheimer’s.

According to the Brain Injury Research Institute founded by Dr. Julian E. Bailes, M.D.,Dr. Bennet  Omalu M.D. and Robert P. Fitzsimmons in 2002 ( ):

“Since the 1920’s the term dementia pugilistica or “punch-drunk“ syndrome has been known as it has occurred in boxers. Dementia pugilistica is actually a variant of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is itself a serious type of brain damage resulting from repeated concussions and is found in many professional athletes and military personnel who have been subjected to multiple impacts to the head.

Severe concussions and mild traumatic brain injury are both capable of causing CTE, and the likelihood of developing this condition is increased with the number of impacts.”

“Big Daddy”, Gary Goodridge has a true samurai spirit both in and outside of the ring.  He reports his medication is helping with aggression and depression. He has been given cognitive strategies to help him keep sharp with his recent cognitive decline: keeping a day planner to help with short-term memory and maintaining structure to his day.  Walking his dogs, and spending time with his daughters and family give him the most joy.  “The gym really helps me~my own workouts as well as teaching children keeps me inspired.” He spoke about this on the interview.  He also spoke about the need for rest in between fights and other tips he thinks could have helped him to minimize repeated head trauma.  “I would have had second thoughts about fighting if I knew then what I would be experiencing now,” he mentioned during another discussion. He and I spoke about his desire to provide for his family as well as his natural ability as a fighter keeping him engaged in the sport. Gary’s love of his daughters and his desire to be a role model and advocate for mental health awareness is giving him the hope and inspiration to fight on while living with depression and dementia.

In Discover’s July/August 2016 article by Jeff Wheelwright, “Ahead of the Hit,” it was pointed out that the science is still gray on CTE and predicting the effects of impacts.  Dr. Ann McKee and her group at Boston University continue to define and help with the consensus of the definition of the neurodegenerative disorder CTE.

In my professional opinion as a Mother and as a Doctor my consensus opinion is “Protect your brain and your child’s brain.” That is it.  It is common sense.

  • Avoid or minimize head trauma.
  • Avoid or minimize substance use.
  • Seek out treatment for mental health and focus on lifestyle habits that promote well-being.
  • If you or your child play a contact sport and are having any changes in behavior or changes in cognition contact your physician at early onset to prevent any long-term neurodegenerative consequences.

Routine physicals are mandatory for optimal health.

Our children need us to be advocates for their health and well being. If we can encourage participation in sports and extracurricular activities that minimize head trauma and concussions we are doing our job to protect our children.

Thank you, Gary Goodridge for sharing your story, you have taught me a lot and have inspired me in many ways.

Dr. Denise

The Ascension Show Season 3, Episode Two “Shameless – No Apologies”

It’s a frank, yet laughter-filled show as “The Ascension Show” team tackles the powerful emotion of shame.  We explore the religious programming and generational overlay that can be intertwined in this subject.  But our Dr. Denise reminds us what a privilege it is to feel shame’s feelings — as we are human and our all our feelings are miracles!  We dig deep on epigenetics, divorce and sacred sexuality.  And the crew keeps it real with walk of shame talk.  Ever hear of a booty bag, curfew bag, hookeratzzi bag?  Well you will now!  #Honoryourfeelings #Shameless

Anchors:  Dr. Denise McDermott, Jennifer Shaffer, Dr. Andrea Best, Beverly Bergmann, Cathleen O’Toole

Executive Producers:  Dr. Denise McDermott, Cathleen O’Toole

Associate Producer:  Katherine Axiotis


            Vocals: Emily Eddins

            Producers: Dr. Denise McDermott, G. Beverly Bergmann, Emily Eddins

Graphic Artist:  Carolyn Honda

Links in show:

Dr. Wayne Dyer

Third Season Of “The Ascension Show ” To Delight Fans


The image is of the five anchors who deliver a mental health awareness podcast that aims to elevate the human spirit.“The Ascension Show” begins its third season with an embrace of the unique way you process and perceive the world around you.

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Themes of “Neurostyle & Beyond, Sacred Sexuality and Agelessness” to Dominate

There are many individuals and many personalities out there —male, female, and young adults — who might have an ‘Ah ha!’ moment, an insight, an epiphany from the various segments that we do address.”

— Beverly Bergmann, “The Ascension Show” Anchor

MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, April 20, 2021 / — The high-vibrational video podcast, “The Ascension Show,” embarks on a third season filled with themes of self-love, sacred sexuality and agelessness. Anchored by five women, the team is relatable due to its diversity, inclusiveness and reverence to the pulse of consciousness.

“We are not afraid to talk about anything; we’re fearless, we’re fierce,” says Ascension Media CEO & Founder Dr. Denise McDermott, MD. Dr. Denise, an integrative adult and child psychiatrist, believes this season will build on the universal truths the show examines by taking a deeper dive on the term she coined: #NEUROSTYLE. “Neurostyle means we all process and perceive the world in our own unique way,” she explains.

The first episode of the new season is titled “Embrace YOU, Your Neurostyle and Beyond.” “And beyond means we’re going to take it next level, bridging that unseen energy from other realms,” says Dr. Denise.

Prose and consciousness writer Beverly Bergmann, who joined the show last season as its fifth anchor, believes a wide audience will be thrilled with all the themes, including Sacred Sexuality and Age Is Just a Number. “There are many individuals and many personalities out there —male, female, and young adults — who might have an ‘Ah ha!’ moment, an insight, an epiphany from the various segments that we do address,” says Bergmann.

Dr. Denise and Bergmann are joined on “The Ascension Show” by Dr. Andrea Best, MD, an integrative adult and child psychiatrist and Ascension Media Co-Founder and practicing spiritual intuitive Jennifer Shaffer. Journalist Cathleen O’Toole moderates the podcast.

The team invites viewers to learn that awareness, self-love and altruism are the building blocks of enhanced mental wellness. Through laughter, tears and a few doses of geeky science “The Ascension Show” focuses on the power of reverent relationships. “If you’re loving yourself and embracing your Neurostyle and if everyone was having healthier physical and emotional connections to one another and being more aware of the earth, our bodies and souls can you imagine how much happier the world would be?” says Dr. Denise.

The show is released at on Sundays and it can also be found on YouTube under the Dr. Denise Channel. The audio only version of the podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, The Mental Health News Radio Network and more.

Cathleen O’Toole
Ascension Media
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“The Ascension Show” Reflects on a Successful Second Season

The Ascension Show Season 3, Episode one “Embrace YOU:  Your Neurostyle & BEYOND”

Join the Ascension Show team as we kick off our exciting Third Season with a loving embrace to YOU — your NEUROSTYLE — and BEYOND!   What do you know about that inner GPS guiding you?  Do you know when to follow it and hear what it’s telling you?  We teach you how to tap into that powerful tool.   We talk about how to make a sacred space, whether it be in your home, office or car — here’s a hint, your sacred space is infinitely portable.  Learn about the excitement of ascending and what your cartoon bubble is telling you.  Plus, “It’s okay. Help is on the way!”  After all our entertainment, you’re sure to walk away soothed.

Anchors:  Dr. Denise McDermott, Jennifer Shaffer, Dr. Andrea Best, Beverly Bergmann, Cathleen O’Toole

Executive Producers:  Dr. Denise McDermott, Cathleen O’Toole

Associate Producer:  Katherine Axiotis


            Vocals: Emily Eddins

            Producers: Dr. Denise McDermott, G. Beverly Bergmann, Emily Eddins

Graphic Artist:  Carolyn Honda

Links in show:

Gary Schwartz Super Synchronicity 



Rocking a Betrayal: Hope and Justice in Motion

“I believe in justice and truth, without which there would be no basis for human hope.”-Dalai Lama

We all experience betrayal as part of the Human Experience at some point in our lifetime. When we go into our suffering with humility and the desire to ASCEND we grow the most.

The Universal Truths of: awareness, self love, & altruism are fundamental ingredients for mental, spiritual and physical well-being.

I am taking a moment of pause and reflection to be grateful for everyone that is a part of my “A Team” throughout my personal experience of  fighting for JUSTICE over the years that has now helped many others to not fall victim to an individual that has been defrauding others for years and utilizing their charities and ex-NFL status to attract his victims.

The pursuit of JUSTICE IN MOTION is leaving me with great HOPE!

Yesterday I cleared my patient day so I could focus my attention on the next linear steps to alchemize the entire experience into the Highest Outcome for all parties involved.

Remember everything is ENERGY.

WE are the MASTERS of our own MIND, HEART and SOUL. 

Remember WE all face unimaginable situations.

LIGHT Wins. LOVE Wins. 

Gratitude is my Secret Sauce.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 


Dr. Denise




Rockin A Betrayal: Shame 

Rocking A Betrayal: Red Flags

Rocking A Betrayal: Sisterhood

Rocking A Betrayal: The Alchemy of Betrayal 

***I have received messages from others that found the case on line and listened to the series above to help them to not fall victim to fraud. 

I have had patients listen to the series and thank me as it helped them to forgive those who trespassed against them from long ago. 

OUR Gift of Reflection

The Ascension Show Season 2.5

“OUR Gift of Reflection”

OUR Gift of Reflection is part of an on-going, communal process that heightens awareness.  In this episode we talk about why modern day society is so stressed out.  Because we just do frenetic mode, we don’t look back and reflect.  Here’s the reminder to do it and how to do it!   We’ll talk about how #SELF-CARE is the new Cool.  And we also learn just where those adrenals are and the big job they’re doing inside your sacred body.  We give a huge shout out to the pulse of Consciousness.  With a look back at the year in headlines, we hit all the senses.  The crew is vulnerable, transparent and accessible.  It’s time to move on… knowing reflection comes from inside the heart — the mind — and the body.

Anchors:  Dr. Denise McDermott, Jennifer Shaffer, Dr. Andrea Best, Beverly Bergmann, Cathleen O’Toole

Executive Producers:  Dr. Denise McDermott, Cathleen O’Toole

Associate Producer:  Katherine Axiotis


            Vocals: Emily Eddins

            Producers: Dr. Denise McDermott, G. Beverly Bergmann, Emily Eddins

Graphic Artist:  Carolyn Honda

Links in show:






Champion Mindset Series with Elite Tennis Coach, Visionary, and Co-Founder of Healthy Referral Network Tom Katovsky

It is an honor to welcome Thomas Katovsky to the Champion Mindset Series! The divine timing and resonance birthed this meeting and interview. Tom is truly a humble pioneer in integrative health and wellbeing as an elite tennis coach, visionary and co-founder of Healthy Referral Network!

Listen and BE inspired:

Thomas Katovsky
Health and Healing Journey
  • eczema since 3 yrs old
  • Cleve Clinic, University Hospitals, Duke Medical
  •  lecture at tennis conf on changing ot vegan diet over 30 yrs ago
  • stopped eating all animal products
  • 99% plant based diet, may 1 or 2 x a month wild salmon for the omegas,
  • started healthy referral newspaper in 89 with Marchia Carnicelli Minor, who has been our radio host
  • Mind Your Body and Spirit since early 90’s with over 400 interviews including Gandhi’s grandson, Patch Adams, MD and Christopher Hills, PhD pioneer in algae and spirulina research for the hunger issue
  • continued healthy referral since 89 and the radio show
  • selling unique health products such as biolumina spirulina, relax sauna, light beam generator based on Tesla’s work, Teslar watch, polymva developed for the immune system and cancer support over 30 yrs ago. Non toxic
  • published book Preventive Health Report 5 top doctors that contribute to Healthy Referral on Virus and Vitamin C IV, heart, cancer, anti aging and gut health/immune system

On Alchemy: Dr. Denise and Dr. Best Discuss Race and Well-BEing with Dr. Sonnee Weedn

Pinch me…. Did this really happen?


Reverent relationships.

Reverent relationships.

Reverent relationships.

Did I really get to sit down with Dr. Weedn and Dr. Andrea Best to discuss RACE and Well-BEing with these enlightened women that I have known and worked with for years?

Dr. Weedn and I have traveled to India together and have both spoken at the Dalai Lama’s Body Mind Life conference.

Dr. Andrea Best and I have known each other since our days as integrative adult and child psychiatrists and have reunited with humility and gratitude to push the envelope on all discussions on race, wellbeing, and holistic health on The Ascension Show and On Alchemy!

And NOW I get to introduce these amazing women to sit down and discuss the most intimate topics regarding RACE and Well-BEing!

Are you ready to BE INSPIRED!

Listen here:







Sonnee Weedn, Ph.D., CSAT

Sonnee D. Weedn, Ph.D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Marin and Orange County, CA. She maintains offices in Novato and Newport Beach. She is certified by the American Psychological Association in the treatment of alcoholism and chemical dependency and by IITAP in the treatment of sex addiction.


In addition to her psychology practice, Dr. Weedn provides continuing education and training for mental health and healthcare professionals in the areas of group psychotherapy, spirituality for recovering people, dream interpretation, optimizing mental health and brain recovery..


Since 2004, Dr. Weedn has provided over 500 in-depth psychological assessments of patients at chemical dependency treatment centers. She has been admitted as an expert witness in the areas of child custody, child dependency, and psychological evaluation in various Superior Court jurisdictions.


As a frequent visitor at a local penitentiary, Dr. Weedn helped an inmate start a trauma group for other inmates, which culminated in a poetry contest describing childhood abuse.


In addition, she has teamed with Col.(ret) Yvonne Cagle, M.D., Ph.D.,NASA astronaut to form the DSR-30 (Deep Space Research) consortium between NASA and Fordham University providing behavioral health protocols for the astronauts going to Mars in 2030. There are currently twelve scientists, physicians and researchers in this consortium. Neuro-engineering and repair, as developed by Curtis Cripe, Ph.D. is part of her office practice .


Dr. Weedn was invited by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to present her work at the Tibetan Medical Society (Men-Tsee-Khang) Conference in Dharmsala, India in 2015 and 2016. This culminated in writing 8 Ways to Wellbeing for Recovering People and 8 Ways to Sustainable Wellbeing for Teens and Families.

She is the author of Many Blessings: A Tapestry of Accomplished African American Women, and co-wrote two chapters in the textbook, Making Advances: A Comprehensive Treatment Guide for Female Sex and Love Addicts.


In July 2018, Dr. Weedn was honored to be named a Distinguished Citizen of Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity.


Most importantly, she has been married to Robert Weedn for 51 years and is a mother of two adult sons and a grandmother.





On Alchemy: Dr. Denise and Dr. Best Deep Dive on Harry and Meghan’s Interview

Dr. Denise and Dr. Best Deep Dive on Harry and Meghan’s Interview with Oprah. 

The Royal Family Meets The Matrix. Which royals chose the red pill vs the blue pill? Is Harry woke? Was Meghan trapped? Listen to our On Alchemy podcast, “Trapped Within The System” to hear our thoughts about the interview and The Whys. Why the world fascination? Why the verbal and written attacks on this couple? Why the anger, the fear, the funny memes even?
Hear our perspectives as women, mothers, doctors, psychiatrists, as a woman of color, as a mother of a mixed-race child. What triggered us, and others. You’ll hear thoughts on how Meghan and Harry’s experiences reflect many of our own. Also, what do our kids say about that interview? How do we share emotional distress to get the help we need? And much more, including race, family, the history of the royal family, colonization, healing, the now and paradigm progression. With self- examination and checking the pulse of consciousness, we elevate the questions. And always, with some levity. The red pill… or the blue. Which one?



Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class:Graham, Lawrence Otis