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Posted: Friday, Feb. 03, 2012

West Charlotte grad changes lives on TV

By Mark Washburn
Published in: Entertainment

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In her first week on the new ABC daytime show "The Revolution," Tiffanie Davis Henry got an email from one of her favorite teachers back at West Charlotte High School.

"She said my posture was perfect," says Davis Henry, 35, who was born in Raleigh and grew up in Charlotte.

"Yes, I did," says Bernadette Reid, who taught Davis Henry in fashion merchandizing in the '90s. "I am so proud of her. When you see your students go on to great things, it means so much."

Davis Henry has been one of Reid's success stories. After graduating from West Charlotte in 1994, she went on to UNC Charlotte, then got a Ph.D. in human sexuality education. She had a successful practice in Atlanta when ABC invited her aboard its new show that deals in lifestyle transformation.

Each week on "The Revolution" (2 p.m. weekdays, Channel 9), people are tracked through a five-month regimen of improvements. They get advice from Davis Henry and other lifestyle experts, including Ty Pennington, Tim Gunn, Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Harley Pasternak.

Weight loss, family advice, fashion and home organization are common topics.

"We don't take people out of their everyday lives - they can't just leave their jobs for five months. We teach them the tools to carry out the revolution in their everyday lives, teach them the very easy steps," Davis Henry says.

One recent topic is rekindling the fire in a relationship, what Davis Henry calls "starting your sexy."

"How do we keep sparks in our relationship? I remind people to remember how they got the person in the first place - whatever you did to get them is what you have to keep doing to keep them."

In her own life, she likes to surprise her husband of four years with treats. She spends a lot of time in New York on the show. So before heading to the airport, she sneaks a Danish into his car so he'll find it in the morning.

In her therapeutic practice, she says, she'd see many people with sexual concerns. Most of the time, she found those problems were symptoms of a bigger issue.

"I'm finding anxiety, communication problems within relationships. ... And if your husband is a jerk, you're not going to want sex with him. I'd bring in the couple and work with them together so they can change their behavior. Communication is the No. 1 thing - how you talk to each other and how you listen to each other."

Earlier in her career, Davis Henry was on the VH1 reality show "What Chilli Wants," TLC's "My Strange Addiction," and was a recurring guest on "Swift Justice with Nancy Grace."

Her parents, now retired, still live in the Charlotte area and she likes to visit. "Charlotte was a great place to grow up. Lots of culture and it's a blossoming city."

Media Movers

A November "Whistleblower 9" report by Jim Bradley of WSOC (Channel 9) on students being misled about the accreditation of a dental assistant program bears fruit three months later - Kaplan College has withdrawn its license to operate the program in Charlotte. Producers on the report were Mike Stolp and Kim Holt. ...

Leaving WBTV (Channel 3) is reporter Jeff Atkinson, who joined the station in 1996 and has most recently been the face of "Cover Story" on the 7 p.m. newscast with Maureen O'Boyle. He is moving to Wingate University in marketing and public relations. ... Also departing Channel 3 after two years is morning reporter Derrick Rose. Rose was named Rookie of the Year in the 2011 Associated Press broadcast awards. ...

A familiar face returns to Channel 9 next week: Debi Faubion, who anchored the news for 19 years, will be appearing on commercials for Holiday Vacations and will be leading a group to Alaska and Glacier Bay. Since retiring in 2009, Faubion has remained civically active with the March of Dimes and as president of the Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment. ... Morning anchor Robyn McGlohn will be departing soon from Channel 9 after two years. She is leaving to get married and join her husband in South Carolina. ...

Candy & Potter, the former daytime team on WLNK-FM ("Link" 107.9) are moving to a country station in Madison, Wis., after a stint in Seattle. ... Author Douglas Blackmon, a producer for the PBS documentary based on his book, "Slavery by Another Name" debuting 9 p.m. Feb. 13 on PBS, speaks at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Levine Museum of the New South. ... WFAE-FM (90.7) reporter Tanner Latham will be among panelists on episodes of "Says You!" that were recorded in Charlotte last month. They air 1 p.m. Saturdays on WFAE.

Washburn: 704-358-5007; mwashburn@charlotteobserver.com

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