As a sex and relationship coach, Ashley Manta (she/her) does more than geek out about the latest toys and techniques. She helps her clients identify what's holding them back from having empowered, pleasure-filled sexual experiences (solo or partnered!) and then works together with them to develop pragmatic, solution-oriented upgrades and workarounds. She is a communication nerd and often helps couples by acting as a conversational translator for those who struggle to feel understood by their partners. Ashley has been a sexuality educator since 2007. After moving to California in 2013, she got involved in the cannabis industry and found a way to blend her zeal for sexuality with her passion for plant medicine. Since 2015, Ashley has become one of the leading experts on using cannabis to enhance and enliven your sex life--solo or partnered! She just finished writing a book on sex and CBD which will be out in bookstores in Summer 2020!
Sam Zia (LMFT 106352) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, graduating in 2011 from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with an MA in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. Sam is AASECT-trained, and is an active member in the sex positive community.
Sam also has spent over 25 years in radio, hosting Playboy Radio’s The Couch on Sirius/XM, as well as being the resident "Sexpert" on Sirius/XM Radio Sex. Sam has also hosted AM570 RAW on KLAC, and is currently a producer/ fill-in host on KFI AM640 in Los Angeles.
In addition to producing Elevated Intimacy with Ashley Manta, Sam also cohosts Forbidden Talk, a podcast aimed at opening up honest communication of sex, and relationships for the Middle Eastern community in the US.