Estelle H. Whitney, MD

Estelle Whitney, MD, attended medical school in Washington, DC, at Howard University College of Medicine and completed her residency at Christianacare Health System in Delaware. She is currently a deputy director for the system's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as a clinical instructor for the department's residency program, with a focus on laparoscopic surgery.

Board certified in both obstetrics/gynecology and holistic medicine, Dr. Whitney practiced obstetrics/gynecology for 20 years until 2002, when she shifted her focus to holistic gynecology and women's health. She is active in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, for which she is a vice chair of the Delaware Section. Dr. Whitney also is a member of the National Medical Association and the American Holistic Medical Association.

She has a strong interest in international women's healthcare and has participated in several mission trips to provide care to African women in Senegal, Gambia and Kenya. Dr. Whitney also is currently a national spokesperson for the Balm in Gilead's "Spread the Word, Save a Sister" cervical cancer awareness campaign.

Jodi McKinney

Jodi McKinney first learned about HPV at her annual exam, when her doctor gave her a pamphlet about the HPV test, which detects the human papillomavirus, the primary cause of cervical cancer. After discussing it with her doctor, Jodi agreed to have the HPV test. She was surprised when her doctor called and said that although her Pap was fine, the HPV test showed she had the virus. Jodi's doctor recommended that she come back in six months to repeat both her Pap and HPV test. This time, both tests were abnormal. After a colposcopy and biopsy showed that Jodi had abnormal cells that can develop into cervical cancer, Jodi was given a LEEP procedure to remove the dangerous cells. If it was not for the HPV test, Jodi's future might have been drastically different. Since then, all of Jodi's exams have been normal. Now, Jodi is educating other women about HPV and the HPV test.

Jodi, a mother of five children, lives an active life in Bethlehem Township, New Jersey, with her husband of 19 years. Jodi likes to be with her family, travel and run (when time allows).

Michelle Liu Coughlin

Michelle first learned about the human papillomavirus (HPV) when one of her close friends had an abnormal Pap smear. Her friend's doctor asked that she schedule a colposcopy along with a biopsy to see if treatment was needed. Michelle became an advocate for HPV awareness to make sure that all of the women in her life were given the necessary information to be educated about HPV—and to potentially save their lives.

Michelle lives in New York City where she is pursuing an acting career. When she is not acting, she helps spread wellness through beauty at Origins Natural Resources, which offers alternative and natural beauty specialty products with more than 450 stores.

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