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Dr. Andrea Pennington is a respected Integrative Medicine physician, acupuncturist, author and leading authority on wellness and prevention. Dr. Pennington blends traditional medicine with fitness instruction, nutritional consultation, acupuncture, spiritual direction and empowerment coaching to present a holistic approach to overall wellness. She is the founder and President of Pennington Empowerment Media and past President of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. She specializes in Age Management Medicine, obesity, diabetes prevention, self-love and personal development.
A passionate advocate for prevention and wellness, Dr. Pennington has been featured twice on the Oprah Winfrey Show as a nutrition and obesity expert who teaches how to live with increased health, vitality and purpose.
A sought-after TV personality with broad media exposure, Dr. Pennington has served as the Medical Director and Spokesperson for Discovery Health Channel and Discovery Health Online and has been featured on Dr. Oz, CNN, Fox News, the Today Show, the Early Show - CBS, and many others .
Dr. Pennington has produced several television programs and videos and has authored two books: The Pennington Plan: 5 Simple Steps for Achieving Vibrant Health, Emotional Wellbeing and Spiritual Growth and The Pennington Plan for Weight Success.TM She has contributed to several magazines including Essence, Real Simple, Health, Newsweek and many others. Her health advice columns are syndicated online on the HuffingtonPost.com and through Empowered Medical News to the Los Angeles Times, Washington Times and Chicago Sun Times, to name a few.
Presently, Dr. Pennington serves as Editor in Chief for Skinsight.com where she leads an international editorial team providing insights on health, beauty and anti-aging tips. Previously, Dr. Pennington served as Chief Medical Officer for Logical Images , the parent company of Skinsight, where she worked extensively with the media and public policy makers to educate people on the critical need for proper diagnosis to reduce medical error and costs. As a physician ambassador for the company, Dr. Pennington also led outreach initiatives to introduce the company's innovative online diagnostic decision support software to other health care professionals in an effort to overcome the problem of diagnostic error, including disparities among patients of color.
Dr. Pennington received her doctor of medicine from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where she graduated with honors. She trained in Pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital, and Age Management Medicine at the Cenegenics Medical Institute in Las Vegas, where she is a certified Age Management Physician affiliate. Dr. Pennington studied acupuncture at the Helms Medical Institute at UCLA and the Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, New York, and completed the Authentic Happiness Coaching Program with Dr. Martin Seligman.
Fluent in French, Spanish, and conversational Italian, Dr. Pennington is accessible to people of all walks of life, ethnicities, and educational levels. Regularly partnering with non-profit and charitable organizations to spread the message of health empowerment, Dr. Pennington is committed to sharing her resources with the world. As a physician ambassador for the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, she works extensively with the media and policymakers to educate people on the critical need for proper diagnosis to eliminate health disparities, and reduce medical error and costs. She also consults with corporations and non-profit organizations to bring new discoveries in personal development, cutting-edge technology and scientific advancements to the world.
Heroes for Hope in Washington, D.C. has recognized Dr. Pennington for her tireless devotion to today's youth and her significant contributions to the community. She was the subject of a documentary film that was presented as part of the Young Filmmakers Program.