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Dr. Nina is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has received a Masters in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University and her PhD in Child Development from Texas Woman’s University. She has worked with adolescents and their families. Many of them come from very difficult and challenging backgrounds. She has worked with children, teens and young adults on issues like drugs and alcohol, anger management, relationships, family relationships, depression and divorce.



She enjoys playing golf, wing chun, and competing in sprint triathlons!


Simulation Software for HVAC Training

HVAC education has become one of the hottest prospects over the past few years. People are showing more and more interest in obtaining one of the HVAC certification achievements, no matter the level of expertise.
But, with such an increase in demand for HVAC education, schools and training organizations have found new and better ways of providing the opportunity for everyone to participate.
Now a days, you can become a HVAC technician even from your home, via online training and education.

Online HVAC training

It is quite possible to get a respectable HVAC degree and training online. Training schools and programs have become so adaptable and clear, that people are successfully learning and training it from their own homes.
It is very important to note that all these online training programs can provide you with all the necessary information and examples, videos and diagrams. But some of them may require that you practice what you learned on your own materials and systems.
This can be a good opportunity for you to tune up your own home HVAC system, if you possess such, by yourself.
Naturally, you will first have to undergo whatever the course needs you to, do all the necessary training and pass all the required exams. If you are to tinker with any live system on your own, you will probably have to be a certified technician already.

What does it take to be a HVAC technician?

According to many of these online training programs and courses, if you are to become a HVAC technician, you need to successfully participate and listen to all the required classes and instruction courses, with the possibility to communicate with the instructors anytime during the learning period (training). Then, after it has been assessed that you have what it takes to attempt at an exam, you undergo a sort of a test.
Now, these tests differ from program to program, and are also done from home, but sometimes a particular training institution may require you to show up yourself in their quarters, so you can do the exam in a practical environment.
This is of course to be very welcomed, for it is best if these courses offer their own simulations and materials.

After one has successfully finished and passed all the exams, you will become a certified HVAC technician, ready to seek employment, start a business, or work on your own home system for that matter.

4 Key Differences between Healthcare Administration and Healthcare Management


Well, healthcare management and healthcare administration cannot be that different, right? Actually no, although confusing the terms is very common because they seem to imply the same position within a healthcare facility. This is not helped by the fact that many healthcare facilities call managers administrators, and vice versa. In other words, even healthcare facilities are not sure what the difference between these two positions is. It is important to differ between these two terms, because the positions come with different salaries, and aspiring administrators or managers in healthcare should know these differences, because they might think they are getting the position they want, but instead become burdened with tasks they not only do not know how to, they also do not find personal satisfaction at their workplace. Below, we have pointed out some of the key differences between these positions in order to help aspiring healthcare administrators and managers choose the right position.

1.    Healthcare administration is about staff

Healthcare administration experts and specialists focus on staffing – scheduling, problems with schedules, assigning days off, vacations, while ensuring the healthcare facility keeps working without staff-related problems. This means that healthcare administrators work together with healthcare managers, who in turn, are responsible for running the healthcare facility as a whole. Healthcare administrators handle staffing for the facility on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. Excellent healthcare administrators learn everything they can about the facility – form the type of medical research and treatment offered to patients, to various other demands of the patients, in order to manage the staffing correctly..

2.    Healthcare management focuses on various tasks in running the facility

Healthcare managers are often referred to as administrators, which is why the terms have begun to be so confusing. But unlike healthcare administrators, healthcare managers have different duties and tasks regarding the policy of the facility, accounting management and management of the facilities as a whole. Their tasks cover every department, and as such, differ from the tasks of staff administrators. The healthcare manager takes care of the facility’s finances, as well as the overall operation of the facility.

3.    Different educational requirements

Healthcare administrators need MHA or MBA degree form an accredited university. The MBA should be focused on healthcare, although this can be done after graduation with a few courses in the field and other ways. Healthcare administrators should get an MBA focused on healthcare to increase their chances of employment.

On the other hand, healthcare facilities have different requirements of their healthcare managers. The educational background of healthcare managers include getting a two, or four year degree in one of the following areas: health services, business, or nursing. In addition, the higher positions in the facility require having a master’s degree in public health and health administration.

4.    Similar skills and abilities

Both healthcare managers and healthcare administrators need similar skills in order to do their job satisfactorily. They need good leadership skills, as they often need to be quick thinkers and look for creative solutions to possible problems at the workplace. In addition, while healthcare administrators rarely come in contact with patients, unlike healthcare managers who might need to communicate with them if there are insurance problems or problems of a different nature, healthcare administrators need to communicate with the other staff: doctors, nurses, assistants and even researchers, so both healthcare administrators and managers need good communication skills, and patience.

5 Reasons Why Becoming a Physical Therapy Assistant is the Right Choice

Becoming a physical therapy assistant means starting a career in physical therapy. Physical therapy focuses on helping patients and clients regain their mobility after a debilitating injury, like fractures or injuries caused by other types of accidents, as well as helping patients with degenerative diseases that impair the patient’s mobility.

If you wish to have a career in physical therapy, there are different career choices for you. You can become a physical therapy aide, a physical therapy assistant or a physical therapist. Out of the three, becoming a physical therapy assistant can be the right choice for you, depending on your goals. Below, we have presented several reasons why.

1.    You only need an Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy

While most careers require getting, at minimum a Bachelor’s Degree, becoming a physical therapy assistant requires getting only an Associate’s Degree, from a CAPTE accredited college or university. The programs last two years, and cover both theoretical knowledge, as well as clinical knowledge both in laboratories and clinics. You get courses in general knowledge and physical therapy. About 70% of the program is concluded in classroom atmosphere, while the rest is lab study. The two year programs are designed to prepare the students not only to sit the national licensure exam, but also prepare them for working in the field. Before you are eligible for employment, however, you must take the national exam and obtain a license as a physical therapy assistant.

2.    Pleasant working environment

Being a physical therapy assistant means always working as a part of a team, because physical therapists consult with the physical therapy assistants when they make the plan for the patient’s physical rehabilitation. You will also have to communicate plainly and compassionately with the patients and his or her family members, as well as provide proper education for the care of the patients, especially if they are staying at home during their rehabilitation period. This means that you will never work alone. In addition, you might need to undertake clerical and administrative tasks, depending on the work setting.

3.    Various employment opportunities

One of the greatest benefits from becoming a physical therapy assistant is the fact that you could work in various different settings. Form hospitals that have physical therapy departments, to private clinics and rehabilitation centers, to fitness clubs and even, if you have the heart for it, hospices and nursing homes. If you’re working in an inpatient clinic, then you will have regular Monday to Friday hours, while if you’re are employed at a fitness center, or an outpatient clinic, you might need to work evenings and weekends, because your clients will be people who are taking care of their own jobs and obligations during the weekdays.

4.    Extremely rewarding career

Another great benefit from becoming a physical therapy assistant is personal fulfillment. You will be spending your days helping people not only regain their mobility, but also prevent permanent disability or impaired movement. You will also be treating patients with diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), then Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, patients with developmental delays and lymphedema, as well as patients suffering from chronic arthritis, among common dislocations and fractures. You will be able to make a difference and touch many lives in your line of work

5.    Excellent job outlook and salary

The median annual salary, depending on employment and position is around $45000. Despite the large number of registered physical therapy assistants, the need for them is on the rise, with a projected 35% growth in future years. You can also improve upon your career by getting a voluntary certification for outstanding knowledge in your field, and you could always add two more years of university, and become a physical therapist.

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Dr. Nina Rios-Doria is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been counseling, speaking and educating children, youth and families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for the past 12 years.

In addition, she also has been involved in the television and radio arena. She is the creator of, “Extraordinary People in Fort Worth”, which she produced and hosted for a few years and has also produced and hosted two radio shows, which focused on improving overall mental health.

Currently, Dr. Nina counsels a sexual abuse group at Alliance for Children and counsels at Christian Counseling Associates. She is passionate about helping and encouraging others to overcome life’s challenges. She received her Masters degree in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University and a PhD in Child Development from Texas Woman’s University.

In addition to counseling, she also speaks to teens and young adults about goal setting and healthy dating relationships.

She specializes in the following areas:

  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Abuse (sexual, emotional, and physical)
  • Depression
  • Grief/Trauma
  • Body Image/Self Esteem

In addition, Dr. Nina is working on an ebook that will be published in the Spring of 2012 on sexual abuse.  Email: drninalpc@aol.com














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We grow closer to each other
When we’re closer to the Lord
The common faith that we share
Binds our hearts in one accord

For friendships last a life time
When built on Jesus Christ
Throughout each different season
We find we are in life

Friends are there through times of grief
And times when hope is gone
Always there with encouragement
So we can carry on

So thank the Lord for giving you
A true and faithful friend
To laugh with you, and cry with you
On whom you can depend

For friends will stay no matter what
Giving you support
And together your hearts truly unite
With the love of the Lord



Healthy Living for the Young Adult or Teen

Issues: Girls and Guys Health

Healthy Living for the Young Adult or Teen

Will the habits I have now really make a difference when I’m older?

At my age, what should I especially be concerned about?

Should I talk to my doctor if I’m worried about my health or my body?

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According to The Center For Mental Health Services 95 percent of those who have eating disorders are women between the ages of 12 and 25.
Anorexia & Bulemia, & more about Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder
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Steroid users subject themselves to more than 70 side effects ranging in severity from liver cancer to acne and including psychological as well as physical reactions.

Are steroids worth the risk?


Teens and Steroids

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Both Guys and Girls benefit from healthy habits and learning to deal with stress in a healthy way. Learn what is healthy and what is not.
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Relationships and Health
Positive relationshipsare important for good health. If you have supportive, loving relationships you are more likely to feel funky, happy and satisfied with your life.
Relationships affect how you feel about yourself and how you cope with things that happen in everyday life. Being aware of the way relationships affect you can help you make choices about your health.Try This!
Think of a person you know. Close your eyes and think about time you spend with her or him.

  1. How do you feel when you are around her or him?
  2. What happens in the relationship for you to feel that way?
  3. What does he or she tell you about yourself? (this might not be in words – the messages we get about ourselves in relationships can be very subtle).

A hard thing about relationships is that you do not have control of what the other person or people do. Sometimes relationships can contribute to things like stress, depression, loss of self-esteem or confidence, and even physical illness. It is important to think about the things that you can do to protect or care for yourself and your health. www.cyh.com