About the Authors

A board certified OB/GYN in practice since 1987, Sheila Overton, M.D. (photo right) is a passionate advocate for teen pregnancy and STD prevention. Through seminars and her practice, she has helped hundreds of parents and teens transform the way they think and talk about sex, teen pregnancy and STD prevention. Her message has reached health care professionals, educators, and students around the country, radio audiences in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, DC, as well as TV viewers in Honolulu. Dr. Overton’s conference presentations include The Time of Opportunity in Oakland, California,The National Organization for Women in Tampa, Florida, and the National Council of Negro Women in Austin,Texas.  Her articles have been featured in The Honolulu Star Advertiser, the California School Counselor Newsletter, Healthy Teen Network and other publications.  Dr. Overton’s advice has been quoted in Essence and Seventeen magazines.

She received her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Creighton University in 1979, her medical degree from UCLA in 1983, and completed her OB/GYN training at George Washington University Hospital  in 1987.  She is in OB/GYN practice in Rockville, Maryland.

Dr. Overton’s awards include the Commendation for Excellence in Women’s Health from the County of Los Angeles and the Everyday Heroes recognition from Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The American Medical Association, and Healthy Teen Network.  She is married and blessed with two adult children.

Treacy-ColbertTreacy Colbert (photo left) has written about health care for more than two decades. Co-author of The Power of Perimenopause, she has also contributed chapters to several books, and has written for multiple consumer and technical publications including Health, Los Angeles Times, and Clinical Advisor, as well as health websites.

A graduate of Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin, Ms. Colbert served as Vice President of California Health Decisions where she oversaw quality improvement initiatives.

She lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband and son.