Kara Best, Beacon of Change, ON Inauguration Day

Kara started with community involvement in elementary school with a nonprofit called SPEAK, where she worked with teens at Google headquarters. At the onset of  middle school she organized March For Our Lives and had a zoom call with Elizabeth Warren related to this organization in Spring of 2020.

After the murder of George Floyd Kara Best was on “How To Talk With Kids About Race In America/Nightly News:Kids Edition” with Lester Holt.

Kara made her first appearance on the “On Alchemy” series Summer 2020 after she had participated in peaceful protests in Santa Monica.

I was so impressed by her presence, her light, her perspective that I asked her to be a part of the Ascension team of Ascension Media as our “Beacon of Change.”

When I was watching the inauguration this morning and listening to Amanda Gorman I thought “I wonder what 15 y/o Kara is thinking and feeling right NOW?”

Let’s find out:

***Kara and I were both so inspired and referenced this in the show:

“My Granddaughter, Amanda Gorman, has been selected to read one of her original poetry works at the Biden/Harris Inauguration on January 20.  Such a proud day.  Our family – from slavery to the podium of a Presidential Inauguration.”
~Vill Harmon
Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman moved the country with her poem “The Hill We Climb” during today’s inauguration. Here is an excerpt:
“We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be—a country that is bruised, but whole, benevolent, but bold, fierce, and free. We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation. Our blunders become their burdens. But one thing is certain, if we merge mercy with might and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.”

The Ascension Show Season 2 Episode Two Embrace Your Neurostyle

Ever been on hard on yourself?  Angry that you’re always so fidgety, so worried, so off-beat, so… whatever?  Maybe you’ve gotten a mental health diagnosis from a doctor and you felt shame as the news was delivered.  This episode is for you — we are learning to Embrace our Neurostyle!  What is this neurostyle, you ask?  Our Dr. Denise created the term and defines it as, “The unique way we process and perceive the world around us.’  This term can be helpful and inspirational.  As the world makes gains in the way we handle mental #wellness, there’s so much baggage with words we use to describe the way our brains work.  “I’m so OCD.”  “Oh, he’s bi-polar.”  It’s stigmatizing.  In this show we’ll talk about how neurostyle gives us a fresh new way to talk about the way we process things, be it biologically, psychologically, socially, culturally or spiritually.  Dr. Denise and Dr. Andrea Best will discuss how traditional diagnostic terms still play an important role in their practices, but how “neurostyle” has been liberating for many.  We hear from neuropsychologist Deborah Ely Budding, author Kirk Miller and lifestyle medicine educator Dr. Beth Frates.  And we challenge one another to Embrace Your Neurostyle!

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

Guests:  Deborah Ely Budding, Ph.D., Kirk Miller, Dr. Beth Frates

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

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The Sports Doctor Radio Show

Podcast from Wed., Jan 13 on ‘THE SPORTS DOCTOR’ Radio Show at 1pm PT / 3pm CT / 4pm ET –
Dr. Denise McDermott, Holistic Child & Adult Psychiatrist, Podcast Host, & contributor to #HeySportsParents returns along with Steve Chirico, Mayor of Naperville, Illinois, one of  America’s most popular & Active towns. Then, it’s ‘The Sports Doc Is In’ with your emails!


The Ascension Show Season 2 Ep1 Hope In Motion

The Ascension Show Season 2 Episode One

Hope in Motion

2021.  New Year.  New Hope. The crew here at “The Ascension Show” is putting Hope in Motion.  In this first episode of our second season, we shine the spotlight on our anchor Cathleen O’Toole.  As a former television news reporter Cathleen walks us through some of the stories and tragedies she covered when it seemed all hope was lost — yet there it grew — hope in motion from the ashes.  The team also, in real time, manages the emotions that came from the Chaos at the Capitol that happened hours before taping.  We learn about mindful ingestion of the news, civility and the strength one can find in a tribe that elevates and hovers in the world of love not hate.  Keep a close eye/ear out for Jennifer Shaffer’s tutorial on how to use the beauty of vibrating, vivid color to inject hope into that tough situation you’re dealing with.  We are thrilled to have you along for the ride as we put a shot of #ASCENSION into 2021!

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

Guests:  Bani Aello, Linda Medlyn

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

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“The Ascension Show” Launches Second Season!



Dr. Denise McDermott, Dr. Andrea Best, Jennifer Shaffer and Cathleen O'Toole photos of each womanThe Ascension Show Embodies Mindful Messaging

The image is the logo of Manhattan Beach, CA - based Ascension Media“The Ascension Show” is a weekly video podcast produced by Ascension Media

Psychiatrists and Spiritual Intuitive Examine Universal Truths on Weekly Video Podcast

Integrity was the first Universal Truth our show addressed. You first must establish you’re authentic and speaking Truth, otherwise the intention of what you want to achieve will not be obtained.”

— Dr. Andrea Best

MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 8, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — On the heels of a successful nine-show first season, Ascension Media announces it will launch a second season of “The Ascension Show” in 2021. The video podcast is a high-vibrational examination of earth’s Universal Truths, how they relate to the world around us and assignments to better infuse the truths into everyday life.

“My favorite part of the show is that it’s ancestral wisdom meets pop culture,” says Ascension Media CEO & Founder Dr. Denise McDermott. Dr. Denise is joined in anchoring, by fellow integrative adult and child psychiatrist Dr. Andrea Best, Ascension Medium/Spiritual Intuitive Jennifer Shaffer and professional broadcaster Cathleen O’Toole. “It’s a multi-generational, multi-cultural and multi-dimensional energy exchange and it’s grounded in love and not ego and you can feel it, it’s tangible,” says Dr. Denise.

“Integrity was the first Universal Truth our show addressed,” says Dr. Best. “You first have to establish that you’re authentic and what you’re speaking is Truth, otherwise the intention of what you want to achieve will not be obtained,” says Dr. Best.

The team believes viewers are gaining tremendous insight into the work of spiritual intuitives such as “The Ascension Show’s” Jennifer Shaffer. “We are taking fear out of the unknown; we’re putting terminology with what people are feeling that isn’t scary for them. We’re taking the scary parts out of what this is and making it empowering instead,” said Shaffer.

The weekly video podcast releases Sundays at 11:11 am pacific time on www.ascensionmedia.love. The show has featured guests from the world of fashion, medicine, sports, education and consciousness. Prose writer Beverly Bergmann, who provided Season One’s weekly Universal Truth assignments, has proven so popular she is joining the team for Season Two as its fifth anchor.

“I’ve gotten real feedback from the viewers,” says Dr. Denise. “One viewer said, ‘I love the Gratitude show. I got my own gratitude notebook.’ So what I love is that we have gotten feedback that people are inspired to reach their own highest level of Awareness.”

For guest bookings and sponsorship opportunities, contact cathleen@ascensionmedia.love.

Cathleen O’Toole
Ascension Media
+1 310-944-9493

The Ascension Show Delivered an Inspirational Season One with an Examination of Universal Truths

Dr. Denise & Jennifer Shaffer on Etheric Medicine with Mia St. John

What an amazing way to bring in 2021!

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” 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.


Dr. Denise


Meet Love Activist Tina Sarafa-Mother of Fashion Celebrity Matt Sarafa

Are you ready to meet Love Activist Tina Sarafa, mother of Fashion Celebrity & Philanthropist Matt Sarafa?

The vibration of Pure LOVE is embodied in Tina’s life journey before and after she and her husband adopted their three boys.

We get real about unconditional love and what it takes as parents to help our children to reach their own thrive.

Listen here:

 Tina Sarafa received a Masters degree in social work from USC and worked at CHLA in pediatric AIDS and then in oncology with patients receiving autologous bone marrow transplants and specialized in neuroblastoma. When Matthew was born she stayed home but continued to be involved with CHLA and their patients. She is co founder of the MB PFLAG chapter and spent 2 years as their Vice President.  Tina translates for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the United States and works with attorneys at Milbank law firm on these pro Bono cases. Tina is currently the President of a hair , skin and nail family business Nourage.
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Happy 2021 Ascension IN Motion!

Riding the wave of this pandemic is moment to moment for ALL of US.

Let’s be real, vulnerable and raw together.

Someone I care about was diagnosed with Covid-19 just after the strike of midnight entering into 2021.  I found out while we were wishing each other HAPPY NEW YEAR on the phone as their online tests revealed this unnerving news. My stomach dropped. We spent time discussing their next health steps, safety, protecting friends and family, and being mindful of letting contacts know.

WE can all relate to this scenario in someway at this moment in history.

I have patients that have lost family members, friends that have lost loved ones and our own family has had some scares too this year.

Prayers UP for ALL of US right NOW.

Let’s travel past this acknowledgement of the pandemic and ask ourselves,  “How can we maintain our own mental, physical and spiritual health?” in every moment of our lives especially in these unimaginable times.

It starts with AWARENESS. We have to be aware of our own physical and emotional state(s) to have greater SELF LOVE and the ability for self care. We need to also remember that we are in this TOGETHER. When individuals thrive WE all thrive. Cooperation and ALTRUISM on EARTH allow US to experience UNITY.

The UNIVERSAL TRUTHS of awareness, self love and altruism are foundational for health and wellbeing.

We have OUR unique Neurostyle, the way we each process and perceive our environment (biological, psychological, social, spiritual and cultural) so let’s think of  our own minds as their own “mini universes” to cultivate, love and take care of.

Our words, thoughts and actions carry a vibrational frequency that influence our health and those around US.

It is vital that WE make healthy personal choices in OUR day to day lives with our environment, nutrition, fitness, sleep, friendships, and also what WE MINDFULLY ingest when we are reading and participating in online news, media, and entertainment.

Everything is energy and can serve as “rocket fuel for SELF LOVE and HEALTH!

In 2016 I launched the Dr. Denise Show and my NOW International Brand provides content that helps all of us embrace health and wellbeing.

The Energy Of Love (& tools to go from crisis to thrive) is integrated into the content, thoughts and suggestions in all the media released inspired by my work as an doctor, intuitive and producer.

In reflection of 2020 and to transition into 2021 with grace, ease, self love and  empowerment I thought this post and a “where to find” these pearls of HEALTH AND WISDOM would give you Ascension Mindset Tools to reach your own personal thrive.



In 2020 I founded Ascension Media! 

Press Release Ascension Media

Here is SEASON 1 The Ascension:

United in Integrity to Elevate the Human Spirit

Altruism in Action to Elevate ALL

Integration: We Aspire to Inspire ALL

Unity: Questions Your Afraid to Ask 

Healing. Love. Hate. Divide. WTF 2020

Tune In. Be Aware. Access Your Channel Through The Ascension Medium

Gratitude In Action 

Loss, Suffering, Levity and LOVE

Challenges. Celebrations Ascension 2020 


Dr. Denise Show (Founded 2016)

You can listen to the podcast on DrDeniseMD.com, MHNRN. Also on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Alexa, Audible, Stitcher, IHeart Radio, TuneIN, Deezer, PANDORA and more…. 

Spirit Check 2021



Dr. Denise

(Dressed by Matt Sarafa with his Faux FUR ACTIVISM In Action Fashion)

Spirit Check 2021 with World Renowned Medium Jennifer Shaffer

As we close out this unimaginable 2020 it is a good time for a “spirit check” with yourself and for all of US as a collective.

Awareness, self love and altruism are essential for OUR wellbeing and integrated discussions about how to apply these Universal Truths allow all of us to find our thrive in any moment.

“ASK JEN to do and interview”  was what dropped into my awareness yesterday.

I was honored and excited when she said “YES!”


Jennifer Shaffer is a world-renowned Psychic Medium. She has been on numerous television shows as well as her cases have been profiled on 20/20, Buzzfeed, Dr. Phil, and Oxygen. Jennifer donates her time to law enforcement and families of victims, by assisting with criminal cases and helping find answers.

Are you ready for what Spirit wants US to know to navigate 2021 ahead?

Listen to this inspiring interview with Jennifer Shaffer: