Thursday, August 2, 2012

Meet Mary Jo Rapini and Janine Sherman, Authors of Start Talking

Meet the Authors of Start Talking

Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a nationally known psychotherapist, author, public/keynote speaker, and television and radio commentator. She is a recent recipient of the esteemed Gracie Award in the Outstanding Talk Show - News category for her show “Classmates With Cancer” on Fox 26 in Houston. Her mission is to empower women and their families.

Rapini is the Love/Relationship writer for the Houston Chronicle City Brights on-line ( and is a contributing columnist for Rapini writes the "Ask Mary Jo" monthly column for Houston Family Magazine. Her advice has been featured in numerous other publications such as People, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Men's Health and Self.

Rapini is radio/TV savvy and captures audiences all over the country with her direct answers to real issues! She has been featured on "Big Medicine", which is in its second season on Discovery Health. Her regular segment "Body, Mind and Soul with Mary Jo" airs on Thursdays on FOX 26 Morning News Extra in Houston. She recently became a regular expert for HLN/CNN.

Her new weekly radio show, “Rebooting your MoJo with Mary Jo Rapini”, is part’s show,“Across the kitchen Table.” She has appeared on many television programs including Today, Fox Morning News, Montel, and various Houston area shows to discuss topics such as holiday stress, prayer and healing, divorce and kids, children and traumatic experiences, and children and cancer.

She is an intimacy and sex counselor, and a certified anger management therapist. A mom with two daughters, her passion is helping all girls become strong women.

A popular speaker across the nation, Rapini's dynamic style is particularly engaging for those dealing with intimacy issues and relationship challenges, or those simply hanging on to unasked questions about sex in relationships.

Rapini is the author of Is God Pink? Dying to Heal and co-author with Janine Sherman of Start Talking: A Girl's Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever.

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An OBGYN, board-certified, women's health nurse practitioner, Janine Sherman, MSN WHNP-BC specializes in preventative care and treatment of adolescents, teaching them about their bodies, and how to make wise decisions as they enter into womanhood. A large part of her practice is also educating mothers about what to expect as their daughters embark on the journey to sexual maturity and the importance of guiding them responsibly through this life-altering transition.

Sherman is a former faculty member at the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (where she also received her MSN). She worked at the Center for Immunization Research at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and has written numerous articles pertaining to pap tests, HPV testing, and the HPV vaccine.

She is a popular presenter on mother-daughter issues. Sherman is quoted in Girls' Life magazine in "Taking Chances," a GL Special Report.

Sherman has contributed to two text books: Women's Health Care Exemplar (2000) and Processes of Labor (2002). Start Talking: A Girl's Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever is her first general interest book.

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