Mobile Life Support Services Offers Halloween Safety Tips


Trick-or-treating is a big part of Halloween fun. Dressing up in costumes, going door-to-door and receiving candy – all while enjoying a walk in the brisk autumn weather – is a favorite pastime for many, and an activity that several of the region’s children and adults look forward to each year. Mobile Life Support Services, the largest emergency medical provider in the Hudson Valley, shares tips to help keep trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween.


  • Make sure costumes are the correct size to prevent tripping. Ensure they are fire resistant and visible, even in dim-to-dark lighting.
  • Select nontoxic face paint or makeup instead of masks that could cover the eyes and obstruct vision. Remove products before bed to avoid a rash or skin irritation.
  • Have children carry flashlights or glow sticks to illuminate walking areas and alert drivers and other pedestrians.
  • Put reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags.
  • Do not allow children to eat anything until it is inspected by a parent or guardian.


  • Cross streets at the corners and use traffic signals and cross walks. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
  • Don’t use electronic devices while walking. Keep your head up.
  • Don’t dart into or run across streets.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and stay as close to the left as possible.
  • Stay in groups and stay in lighted areas, whenever possible.
  • Don’t enter a stranger’s home.
  • Agree on a route and the time children should return home.


  • Be especially alert in neighborhoods and know that trick-or-treaters can be unpredictable.
  • Know that it is difficult to see children in dark clothing at twilight.
  • Drive at a slower pace than normal, taking time to check for children on curbs and intersections.
  • Keep distractions such as phones or food away so you can maintain all concentration on the road.
  • Use headlights earlier than normal to see children at greater distances and so they can see the cars.
  • Know the trick-or-treat hours in your community so you know when to drive especially cautiously.

Other safety considerations

  • Consider decorating the pumpkin with markers or paint, rather than carving, and using battery-operated flameless candles rather than real candles that need to be lighted.
  • Put away all tripping hazards in your yard to keep trick-or-treaters from falling.
  • If you are sensitive to trick-or-treaters who may have food allergies, put a teal pumpkin out to show them that your home is food-allergen friendly. The movement is called the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Mobile Life EMT Gia Adamis celebrates last year’s Halloween season in her haunted ambulance

“Halloween is a fun-filled night for many families,” said Mobile Life President and CEO Scott Woebse. “We just want everyone to stay safe and enjoy the season and their treats.”

To learn more about Mobile Life, visit Individuals interested in employment opportunities with Mobile Life should visit the company’s website to submit an application or inquire about educational opportunities to become certified.

About Mobile Life Support Services, Inc.

Mobile Life Support Services, Inc. is a New York State Certified Advanced Life Support paramedic ambulance company that provides emergency services to communities and healthcare facilities throughout the Hudson Valley Region of New York State, including the counties of Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester. Founded in 1981 by Rick and Gayle Metzger, Mobile Life is composed of more than 500 EMS professionals across the region and operates a fleet of more than 60 ambulances and 26 stations. With a collective population of more than 1,000,000 residents, Mobile Life handles approximately 100,000 calls per year. For more information, visit


Book Promo: The Thriving Physician & Thriving in Healthcare

Resilience Experts Release Two Books That Help Physicians and Other Healthcare Pros Thrive in High-Burnout Settings

Healthcare has a huge problem with burnout. Two new books—one addressing physicians specifically, and one oriented to everyone working in healthcare—offer a wealth of practical coping skills to help people thrive amid the chaos.

Whether you’re a physician, a nurse, or any other professional working in today’s fast-paced, rapidly changing healthcare industry, stress is a given. Overwork is a reality. Work/home conflict is likely. For all of these reasons (and many others) serious, career-ending, health-threatening psychological distress is a real possibility. In fact, reported rates of burnout are often north of 50 percent—and that’s bad for patients, organizations, and of course the care providers themselves.

That’s why Drs. Gary R. Simonds and Wayne M. Sotile are releasing two unique books aimed at helping healthcare professionals not just survive this high-burnout environment, but gain the coping skills that will allow them to actually thrive.

The Thriving Physician: How to Avoid Burnout by Choosing Resilience Throughout Your Medical Career (Huron|Studer Group Publishing, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-62218-101-8, $32.00) and Thriving in Healthcare: A Positive Approach to Reclaim Balance and Avoid Burnout in Your Busy Life (Huron|Studer Group Publishing, 2019, ISBN: 978-1-62218-108-7, $32.00) are “survival guides for the psyche,” say the authors.

Drs. Simonds and Sotile don’t shy away from acknowledging the stressors that physicians and other healthcare professionals face every day and that often lead to burnout. To name just a few:

  • The burden of electronic medical records
  • Lack of support and appreciation
  • High expectations paired with low control
  • Unrealistic patient (and family) expectations
  • Exposure to death and tragedy
  • Too much to do in too little time
  • Unrelenting responsibility
  • (And many more)

However, they insist that there are many strategies and tactics proven to help people flourish even in the stress cauldron of modern healthcare. These practical solutions are based on the authors’ decades of coaching healthcare professionals, and on their experiences developing a unique and ground-breaking resilience program for an ultra-high intensity healthcare team (the Neurosurgery Division at Carilion Clinic—Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine).

“The stressors inherent in healthcare aren’t going away,” says Dr. Sotile. “But with self-compassion and the nurturing of important relationships, physicians and other healthcare workers can cope with them in a healthy way. Our books convey a reassuring message: Okay, maybe you can’t control 90 percent of what’s going on around you, but what if you focus on the 10 percent you can change? What we find is that that when people take charge of that 10 percent it can have a disproportionately huge positive impact on their psyche.”

A few details on each book:

The Thriving Physician
From the rigors of medical school to the high stakes, rapidly changing, multi-tasking reality of practice, physicians face unbelievable stress for years on end. But it is possible to deal with stressors in a positive, life- and career-affirming way. In this book Drs. Simonds and Sotile:

  • Explore an array of stressors—from time starvation to the tyranny of call to the constant exposure poor outcomes—and provide coping strategies designed to help you defuse them
  • Offer probing questions related to each stressor to spark reflection and discussion with colleagues and loved ones
  • Highlight what creative organizations are doing to help reshape the medical workplace to promote physician resilience

Thriving in Healthcare
Every healthcare worker knows colleagues who have wilted under the daily stress of their jobs. They’re burnt out, work stress has crept into their home life and severely disrupted it, and they need some form of respite. Meanwhile, their responsibilities are dispersed amongst the remaining team, and the cycle continues. Drs. Simonds and Sotile have a solution. In this book they:

  • Debunk the myth of work-life balance and help you find the blend that works for you
  • Hardwire healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with on-the-job stressors like EMRs, decision disempowerment, unrealistic patient expectations, and more.
  • Foster a collaborative and joyful workplace culture that encourages teamwork

These books are meant to be tactical, practical, and reassuring as they explore stressors unique to healthcare with raw honesty and empathy. And the authors weave in real life anecdotes throughout, taking their insights and advice from theoretical to deeply personal and relatable.

Drs. Simonds and Sotile hope their books appeal not only to physicians and care providers themselves, but also to the leaders tasked with creating high-performing systems and organizations where the best and brightest want to work and where patients can count on receiving great care.

“When burnout and emotional distress are rampant, patient care, quality, safety, and cost all suffer,” says Dr. Simonds. “So if an organization’s leaders can teach physicians and other care providers coping skills that allow them to thrive instead of wilting in stressful environments, they will quickly find that they stand out from the crowd. A resilient workforce can be a great differentiator and a competitive advantage.”

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About the Authors:
Gary R. Simonds, MD, MHCDS and Wayne M. Sotile, PhD, are coauthors of The Thriving Physician: How to Avoid Burnout by Choosing Resilience Throughout Your Medical Career (Huron|Studer Group Publishing, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-62218-101-8, $32.00) and Thriving in Healthcare: A Positive Approach to Reclaim Balance and Avoid Burnout in Your Busy Life (Huron|Studer Group Publishing, 2019, ISBN: 978-1-62218-108-7, $32.00).

Dr. Simonds is a highly experienced clinical and academic Gary Simonds, MDneurosurgeon. He trained at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and completed a medical research fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He also holds a master’s degree in health care delivery science from Dartmouth College. He is a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience, and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Known for his compassion and broad neurosurgical expertise, Dr. Simonds has personally performed over 13,500 operations, adult and pediatric. His interests have included socioeconomic issues affecting patient care, medical ethics, education of all levels of learners, and the promotion of wellness in medical practitioners and trainees. He recently retired from his position as Chief of Neurosurgery, and Residency Program Director at Carilion Clinic—Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Dr. Sotile is the founder of the Sotile Center for Resilience and Wayne Sotile, PhDthe Center for Physician Resilience, in Davidson, North Carolina. Of the 45,000 people they have coached or counseled, more than 70 percent have worked in healthcare, including 12,000 physicians. Dr. Sotile is an international thought leader on resilience and work/life balance for busy professionals. He has published widely in the peer-reviewed medical literature and has authored nine books. His work is featured frequently in the national print and television media and he has appeared on Good Morning AmericaCBS Morning, Dateline NBC, and other broadcast programs.

As one of the most sought-after keynote speakers today, Dr. Sotile has delivered more than 9,000 invited addresses and workshops to audiences of high performing professionals across disciplines. He consults nationally with organizations interested in deepening workforce resilience and leadership passion and effectiveness.

Dr. Sotile earned a B.S. degree in psychology from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina. He completed his clinical training in Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.

About the Books:
The Thriving Physician: How to Avoid Burnout by Choosing Resilience Throughout Your Medical Career (Huron|Studer Group Publishing, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-62218-101-8, $32.00) is available from major online booksellers and

Thriving in Healthcare: A Positive Approach to Reclaim Balance and Avoid Burnout in Your Busy Life (Huron|Studer Group Publishing, 2019, ISBN: 978-1-62218-108-7, $32.00) is available from major online booksellers and

Book Promo – Moving Past PTSD: Consciousness, Understanding, and Appreciation for Military Veterans and their Families

Expert Speaker On PTSD Discusses
US Air Force One-Day Operational Pause To Help
Curb Increased Suicide Rates In Military Personnel

From World War I through the present, the United States has neglected to provide adequate transition support to millions of veterans leaving military service. Instead of meaningful jobs, access to quality healthcare and education, and fair and equitable housing, what our veterans find when they return home is a new battle — against a failed bureaucracy that has let them down for the past 100 years.

As a nation, our misguided perception is that GI Joe and Jane can simply return home and pick up right where they left off. In truth, the military member who deployed overseas is often markedly different than the one coming home.  The Joe and Jane who joined the military in the first place are gone, and they’re not coming back.

After months or years in highly structured organizational environments, often with deployments and horrific battlefield experiences, many military veterans have undergone paradigm shifts in their thinking, their character, and in the way they view themselves and others.

In his compelling new book, Moving Past PTSD: Consciousness, Understanding, and Appreciation for Military Veterans and Their Families, expert speaker and retired Lieutenant Colonel Jaime B. Parent tackles many issues facing our nation’s veterans, including mental illness, unemployment, discrimination, and many other challenges related to transitioning to civilian life. Using thought-provoking interviews with veterans, caregivers and family members, Lt. Col. Parent hopes to break the relentless cycle of misunderstanding that prevents far too many veterans from successfully reintegrating themselves into family lives and careers. Moving Past PTSD aims to change our understanding of who the 21st century veteran is. Through this understanding, we can change their lives — and the lives of those who love them — for the better.

Author Jaime B. Parent is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, Lt. Col. Jaime B. ParentBiomedical Science Corps, United States Air Force.
He continues to serve by creating a unique fast track IT career internship, the EN-Abled Vet (, which has been adopted across 15 states. Lt. Col. Parent is a passionate advocate for inclusive communities. He now writes about his experiences with his fellow veterans. He is also a sought-after speaker at veterans and disability events as well as conferences in healthcare, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

For more information, please visit the website at:

Moving Past PTSD:  Consciousness, Understanding, and Appreciation for Military Veterans and their Families
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Released: August 14, 2019
ISBN-10: 1538126966
ISBN-13: 978-1538126967
Order at


Book Promo: Woof! A Love Story of Dogs, Music, and Life

The Enduring Love Between 2 People And The 17 Dogs
They Shared Life With Is Memorialized In Woof!

In Woof! A Love Story of Dogs, Music, and Life, Robert Freeman shares heartfelt stories of the 17 wonderful dogs that shared the 42 happy years he spent with his wife Carol.  Filled with beautiful photography, the book reflects on his marriage, his remarkable career in music, and the joy he and his wife received from the canine companions who accompanied them on their journey through life.

Freeman was a music school director when he fell in love with his assistant, Carol. Throughout their union they created a loving home for 17 dogs, all of which are featured through striking photography between the covers of Woof! This book is a celebration of true love — between people and between people and animals — and beautifully relates the eternal truth that the world would be a better place if everyone simply took good care of each other.

Author Robert Freeman is a musicologist, Steinway artist, and a professional musician. Over 42 years of marriage to his wife, Carol, he has been the proud master of 17 dogs — 11 of them golden retrievers, six of them American dogs. Having made tenure at MIT, he directed the Eastman School of Music for 24 years, presided over the New England Conservatory for three, and served as dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas in Austin for seven. He is also the author of the highly praised The Crisis of Classical Music in America. For the Eastman School’s website honoring Freeman, please visit

WOOF!  A Love Story of Dogs, Music, and Life
Page Publishing
Released: April 30, 2019
ISBN-10: 164462673X
ISBN-13: 978-1644626733
Direct link to book on

Review: Audience of Chairs” directed by Deanna Foley

A Bittersweet Story of Time Lost

This movie certainly made me feel the full range of emotions including frustration, anger, hopelessness, optimism, and bittersweet joy. It was beautifully performed by Carolina Bartzcak, Gord Rand and Peter MacNeill.

Bartzcak, playing the lead as Maura, successfully portrayed a woman betrayed by a callous and self-centered husband (Christopher Jacot) and driven to complete despondency and mental illness. Maura’s father (Peter MacNeill) showed an unending love and concern for his daughter throughout her ordeal. And Ben (Gord Rand), a long-distance truck driver, saves Maura’s life and helps her find her way with his love.

Throughout the heartache and Maura’s losses throughout the story, the ending, though bittersweet because of so many years lost with her daughters, is uplifting and joyful. This is a must see movie that will speak directly to your heart.

(reviewed by Chelle Cordero)


A film that “showcases the beauty of the province as much as the talents of its performers” (National Post), this universal story of the redemptive power of a mother’s love is adapted from the popular, award-winning novel, “An Audience of Chairs” by Joan Clark.

Maura Mackenzie (Carolina Bartczak) believes the world is hers to conquer. With her career as a concert pianist gaining momentum, it seems her beauty and talent will be strong enough to mask the demons that threaten to engulf her. But with an absent husband (Chris Jacot) and two young daughters at home, her precarious sanity begins to unravel until one summer day, burning with manic energy, she makes a terrible mistake —a mistake that will change her life forever. The consequences for Maura are catastrophic: her ambitious husband runs for his life, taking the children with him, leaving Maura to lapse into a full-scale breakdown. Life as she knew it is now over. With the help of her father, Ian (Peter MacNeill), Maura works to reclaim her life and waits for a miracle to bring her daughters home. But when the fates align, can the past be forgiven?

Written by Rosemary House and directed by Deanne Foley, An Audience of Chairs is “an experience to be shared” (TorontoNOW). See it September 24 on digital from Indiecan Entertainment.

(Copyright © 2019 October Coast Publicity)

Book Promo: The Eagle at Dawn by Holly Bargo

The Eagle at Dawn Unites Powerful Spirits
In A Thrilling Romance

Rachel’s brother has done the unthinkable: he has used her as collateral to settle a debt with an outlaw motorcycle gang. Seeking the nearest safety net, Rachel flees to a local bar and pleads with a darkly handsome stranger named Diego to help her. He agrees — and takes the lives of four armed men with his bare hands to protect her. Diego, an eagle shifter, recognizes immediately that the innocent young woman is his fated mate. Rachel is his, and he is not letting her go, no matter the cost.

The Eagle at Dawn, the exciting fourth book in the Immortal Shifters series by prolific paranormal romance writer Holly Bargo, follows Rachel and Diego as the fugitives escape across national borders. Rachel begins to sense that she has essentially swapped one captor for another, and she knows with every fiber of her being that the dashing, sexy Spaniard is keeping secrets from her. Diego showers her with kindness and generosity in exchange for her obedience, but his control over her and his secrets stoke her distrust and resentment.

When freedom beckons, Rachel answers its call, only to face hardship and indignity. Will she return to the controlling alpha male who stirs her blood or cling stubbornly to her freedom?

About Holly Bargo

Author Holly Bargo works full-time as a freelance writer and editor and lives on a hobby farm in southwest Ohio with her husband and a small menagerie of assorted four-legged beasties. Holly Bargo is a pseudonym, but really did exist as a temperamental Appaloosa mare. Bargo and her husband also have two grown sons, one of whom is proudly serving in the United States Air Force. Bargo writes fantasy and romance and enjoys combining the two. She partnered with bestselling author Russ Towne to produce a collection of short westerns titled Six Shots Each Gun. The Eagle at Dawn is Book 4 of Bargo’s Immortal Shifters series. She is also the author of the Tree of Life series, the Twin Moons Saga and the Russian Love series.

To see Bargo’s complete catalog, please visit

The Eagle at Dawn (Immortal Shifters Book 4)
Publisher: Hen House Publishing
Released: June 2019
ISBN-10: 1075467675
ISBN-13: 978-1075467677
Available from

Book Promo: Breath LOVE by Lauren Chelec Cafritz

This Fall, Breathe Like It’s Summer ––
Professional Breathwork Coach Releases New Book
To Promote Wellness And Enlightenment

Internationally known breathwork teacher, speaker, and first-time author Lauren Chelec Cafritz has released Breath LOVE, a highly inspirational and transformative self-help memoir published by Charlotte-based Warren Publishing. This engaging book brings breathwork to everyone in a fun and accessible way so they can “breathe like it’s summer,” relax, and hold on to that carefree feeling as fall begins. Part memoir, part inspiration, part instruction, Chelec Cafritz empowers people to see that anything is possible when they connect to their breath.

Using her personal journey and teaching experiences, Chelec Cafritz helps readers understand how to take control of their lives, master their emotions, and promote their physical well-being through the process of breathing. She takes readers on an informational and experiential journey toward emotional liberation, physical wellness, and mental well-being.

Chelec Cafritz was inspired to reach larger audiences after she witnessed the effect breathwork had in both her life and in the lives of her clients. As a past sufferer of chronic pain and anxiety, she brings a unique perspective to her breathwork facilitation throughout her inspirational 161-page book.

“I wrote Breath LOVE with a lot of love and joy,” said Chelec Cafritz. “I wanted to mainstream breathwork and share everything I know about it in a way that was easy and accessible. I want people to know that no matter what they are going through, they are never alone; your breath is your best friend. Breath LOVE is ultimately about empowerment and self-love.”

Breathwork is a dynamic body-mind-spirit practice using conscious connected breathing techniques for inner peace, enhanced well-being, and personal transformation.

“Breath introduced me to my emotional wisdom and mastery,” said Chelec Cafritz. “I gained my emotional maturity and the way I respond to the world through breath––in ways I didn’t even know possible. This is my opportunity to share this gift with the world.”

About Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

Lauren Chelec Cafritz is an internationally-known breathwork teacher, speaker, and author. She is also the founder of Experience Breath. She facilitates breathwork for executive teams, nonprofits, government agencies, corporations and schools, and also hosts breath retreats and workshops across the country. Chelec Cafritz has been featured in several national publications, radio shows, blogs and podcasts. She is trained and certified in Integrative Breathwork and Transformational Breath® and has studied with world-renowned breathwork founders and leaders. She is the national representative for the International Breathwork Foundation and is a member of the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance.

Breath LOVE is available at,
or wherever books are sold. For more information about
Chelec Cafritz and her book, please visit
Lauren Chelec Cafritz is available for interviews and book signings.

Breath LOVE
Warren Publishing
161 pages   5 x 8
Soft Cover $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-7337955-4-8