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Real Life Survival Guide Episode 41

Cindy Papish Gerber


For the 41st meeting of our (extremely) informal "editorial board", we gathered, in the company of four *amazing* women, at Carmine's Tuscan Grill in New Haven. (Duo and I providing the "junk DNA".)

Over delicious (and healthful!) appetizers, we  talked about embarrassing moments, guilty pleasures - and choosing activities for summer vacations - with Deborah Pan, Kathy Barkin, and Anne Garland and Binnie Klein.

Deborah grew up in suburban New Jersey and received her education at Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She came to Connecticut for her general surgery and plastic surgery training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and since 2003, has practiced in New Haven, CT.

She currently is the owner and CEO of Esana Plastic Surgery Center & MedSpa, which has won multiple recognitions for their work in the aesthetic industry. Her practice encompasses cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, with a focus on breast cancer reconstruction.  She has also participated in several overseas medical missions helping children with facial deformities.

Kathy Barkin teaches pre-k at John C. Daniels Magnet School of International Communications. She loves teaching her three and four year olds! She is completing her MS in elementary education, and will recieve cerification in pre-k and special education as well.

As of last year Kathy was singing in a band named "Sizzle ", and hopes to regroup and begin "gigging" again. She resides in Woodbridge with her husband and son, and loves to work out, hike, read, play piano and dine out with friends.

Anne (pronounced Annie) Garland , is an author, speaker, and Founder of “The Idea Circle for Women “, which "produces enriching, entertaining experiences that provide extraordinary women an opportunity to grow together in meaningful ways".

She has became known in the northeast for her not -to–be-missed, educational, fun and inspirational events.

Binnie Klein is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in New Haven, CT. She grew up in Newark, New Jersey, where her father was a traveling candy salesman and her mother smoked Kents, but claimed she didn’t inhale. As a moody teenager, Binnie almost made it to Woodstock (got 2 miles from the festival site and turned around). She also hosts a weekly music and interview show on WPKN-FM. But she’s restless, so being a therapist and DJ-ing are not enough.

She went off and wrote a memoir, “Blows to the Head: How Boxing Changed My Mind” (SUNY Press, 2010). She’s working on a collection of essays about our collective fascination with all things small. (And yes, that’s her real first name.)

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