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“…And Action!”

Hi everyone,

Dr. Greenwald was really gracious to sponsor Ellen to go back to acting lessons – and all of us are so incredibly excited!

We took a series of short videos during that class, and today we are revealing the first one. Pat Lawton, Ellen’s coach, talks about her teaching, some of the intricacies of what it’s like to become an acting professional, and particularly, how to break down a monologue.

We were totally dismayed when we saw Ellen in action. In the next video we will be showing you how she absolutely nailed it! Stay tuned. Coming up shortly.

Ellen’s Acting Lesson Sneak Peak

Ellen’s Acting Lesson Sneak Peak

Ellen recently decided to brush up her acting skills and take a couple of lessons with her coach, Pat Lawton. Acting is lot of fun, but is not easy, and takes a lot of effort to learn, maintain and perfect.

We were just as curious as you are what a typical acting lesson is, and were there to film it for you. Stay tuned, the video is on the way. In the mean time, we are posting a sneak peak with a couple of photos from the session. Enjoy!



Donna: “I am Determined”

Donna opens up about her varicose veins, her grand daughter, what killed her late husband, and how she is determined to focus much more on herself through the next phase of her life. Brought to you by Stacy Perrone-Petta.



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Ellen: You Grow A Little More With Each Experience

When she was little, Ellen got the acting bug from school. In this video, she tells us about those precious moments – the preparations, the makeup, the curtain lifting – and how everything progressed from there.

Stacie and Ellen talk about Kathy Bates, Ellen’s many roles in life, the experience you get from each role, how she grew as a person, and her ultimate dream as an actress. Enjoy.

Ellen: Go For It!

Manchester, CT:

Ellen’s story is as colorful as it is touching. She was really kind to invite us to her home, tell us about her family, her ups and downs in life, her professional career as a medical underwriter, and last, her incredible passion for acting, and last, but definitely not least – her rekindled dreams as an actress.

Life is tough, too short, and nothing comes easy.  Whatever your goals are, whatever your passion is, go for it, “just do it”, Ellen says.

Anatomy of a Makeover – Ellen’s 2018 Journey

After careful planning, Amanda walks Ellen through the entire makeover, and explains every step of the way in detail. Ellen’s journey to becoming a stronger, great looking and more empowered woman will take her through the following procedures:

  • Botox / Dysport,
  • Fillers,
  • Kybella,
  • Skin tightening,
  • Intense Pulse Light Therapy (IPL),
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Facial, and
  • Microneedling.

All these put together are a powerful combination, designed to transform every bit of Ellen’s look, and most importantly, make her feel her absolute best. We will be updating you about every procedure as she goes through it.

This is so so exciting, we can’t wait to show you everything! Stay tuned.

Donna Goulette’s Story – In Her Own Words

· Donna Goulette tells us her story, and how she decided to apply for Transitions With Dr. Lori ·

Donna Goulette’s Story – In Her Own Words

Our second selected candidate for the 2018 season of Transitions With Dr. Lori,

Donna Goulette - 2018 Selected Candidate for Transitions With Dr. Lori

Donna Goulette – one of the first photos we took for the 2018 season of Transitions with Dr. Lori

Donna Goulette, is from Berlin, CT, and her story is equally unique and touching as Ellen’s. Here’s what she said to us in December:

“I was married for 37 years to a wonderful man who passed away in 2015 after spending 12 years in a wheelchair after a year in the hospital. In order to make his life as good as it could be I left my job to care for him. In those years I put him first and sort of let myself go.

I recently met a man and I want to start a new chapter in my life and would like to look the best that I can. I will also be welcoming my second grandchild in June.”

Donna has very painful varicose veins which are a serious burden for her – she can barely walk at times, and the cramps she gets at night are unbearable, not to mention the unsightly look on her left leg. She is really hoping that she would be able to play with her grand child – with no pain in her legs – and we certainly hope so too!

In addition, we are strongly encouraging Donna to quit smoking, and have decided to sponsor her Chantix prescription – completely free of charge. We can’t wait to see her transitioning to a strong, beautiful, happy and healthy woman, able to enjoy life, her new boyfriend, and her future grand child to the very fullest. Go Donna!

Stay tuned, more about Donna is on the way very soon!

Ellen Levenson’s Story – In Her Own Words

· Ellen Levenson's life journey, and what led to her application for Transitions With Dr. Lori ·

Ellen Levenson’s Story – In Her Own Words

Hi everyone,

Donna Goulette - selected candidate for Transitions with Dr. Lori

Ellen Levenson – one of the first photos we took for the 2018 season of Transitions with Dr. Lori

It is a genuine pleasure to introduce to you the first selected candidate for this year’s Transitions With Dr. Lori – Ellen Levenson. Ellen is an actress, lives in Manchester, CT, and came to us with a very moving story. The following is what she told us when she applied for Transitions:

“Even at 4 years old, I knew I wanted to be an actress. I still remember the applause from my family after my stirring rendition of “I’m a Little Teapot.”

Fast forward college, marriage, motherhood, divorce and a practical career.  I raised a beautiful intelligent daughter who recently received her Master’s degree and is settled into her first real job. 

While I enjoy my career, I’d be lying if i said I left my dream behind. When my mother passed away a few years ago, I enrolled in acting classes and had some success in a couple of commercials, an off-off-off Broadway play and a led in a successful web series. Unfortunately, job demands afforded less and less ability to audition and accept roles.

Fast forward again..I realize none of us is guaranteed a “do over” and I want to make the most of my opportunity. I’ve started working out with a trainer, eating healthier and ready to resume my pursuit of acting.

I still have the enthusiasm of my 4 year old self but I’d like the outside to match the inside.

Thank you for letting me tell my story. This makeover would be just the beginning of a continuing journey to have a shot at my dream…who knows, I might even start dating again!”

…And we certainly hope she does! We can’t wait to see Ellen’s journey as we help her transform herself inside and out.

Stay tuned – more about Ellen is coming up the next couple of days!

Chin Up Kid

When I lost my job as a human resource manager during the recession, a lot of people told me, “Chin up, kid. You’ll find another job.”

Well, I kept my chin up for nearly 10 years and I didn’t.

However, don’t be discouraged. Sure, I took whatever odd job I could find just to make ends meet but I never found full-time work again in my profession as a human resource manager.

I was highly trained with lots of experience but my calls for future employment went unanswered. I think a lot of it had to do with my age. I still think it’s hard to find work as a 62-year-old woman. Many people just assume I will be retiring soon. Who wants to invest in someone who could be leaving in a few years? Right?

I heard it all and for a time, I went went into a deep depression. I viewed myself by my job and without my job, I felt like I was nothing!

Wrong again.

First of all, let’s get this straight. I don’t plan on retiring anytime soon. I cut into my 401 (K) to help pay the bills and now, I’m using it to invest in my future at 62! Instead of being an employee, I am going to be the boss. Yes, I am letting go of who I was to concentrate on who I need to be now. I am so much  more than what I used to do.

That being said, things are looking up! My transitions medical make-over is helping me to look and feel my best for my new business venture. I’m going to pitching my own products on my own Youtube channel and view this as just another way to lift my self-esteem. I’m still amazed that I am starting my own Youtube channel at 62 years old. Some of my friends just have a blank look in their faces when I talk about Youtube, only to say, “What’s that?”

Chin up, they used to say! Well, now I am literally and figuratively putting my chin up!

If you haven’t seen the video yet from my first Kybella treatment check it out here. I can’t say I love needles but it really didn’t hurt that much. Kybella works just like the chemicals in your stomach to break down fat. It works on the submental fat underneath my chin and will help me put my chin up with a great big smile!

I’m almost there. 🙂

Cynthia Washburn is undergoing Kybella treatment to remove submental fat beneath her chin.

Also, Vivesse Med Spa nurse practitioner Amanda Scranton told me my chin would be swollen for several days after the treatment. You can see in the second picture where I am facing the camera that my chin is still swollen. That just means the treatment is working to dissolve the fat. It’s perfectly normal. That’s why having this treatment done now, where you can cover it with scarves and what not, is the ideal time to do it. I am still swollen and my chin feels a little tender but that’s the price I am willing to pay to have a better profile.