Venus Nicolino

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Venus Nicolino
Venus Nicolino by Sophie Jacobson.jpg
Born (1972-03-14) March 14, 1972 (age 47)
Other namesDr. V
EducationNew York University, BA, MA
Medical career
ProfessionClinical psychology
InstitutionsMt. Sinai, NY

Venus Nicolino, known on television as Dr. V, is an American media personality,[1] author and doctor of clinical psychology. Her first book, Bad Advice: How to Survive and Thrive in an Age of Bullshit appeared on USA TODAY’S National Bestseller List and debuted at number one on the LA TIMES Bestseller List. Dr. V is the host of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars on We TV. Dr. V began hosting the show in its sixth season. She is also notable for appearing in a reality television series from Bravo titled L.A. Shrinks.[2]

TV career[edit]

Dr. V began hosting Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars in its sixth season. She is also the host of the spin-off Marriage Boot Camp: Family Edition. The twelfth season of the show will air on January 10, 2019.

Beginning with L.A. Shrinks in 2013, Dr. V appeared on other television shows, including Real Housewives of New Jersey, Millionaire Matchmaker and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars and as a recurring guest on Watch What Happens Live, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, MeTime with Frangela, and Rachael Ray. She is also a revolving panelist on Steve.

Dr. V is a proponent of balanced diets, exercise, and healthy eating.[3] She believes 20% of children in America are mis-diagnosed as having mental illness. Nicolino is an outspoken critic of the over-prescription of drugs, especially to children.[4]

L.A. Shrinks producers described her as "sharp tongued with a mind to match", and said that she "serves up the sass" while being empathic with her clients.[5]

Critic Robert Lloyd in the Los Angeles Times wrote that the show felt "uncomfortably contrived", and that Nicolino appeared to be "auditioning here for a show of her own"; Lloyd criticized the show for over-emphasizing pop-culture topics such as sex.[6] However, A Bella LA interview observed that "Dr. V’s edgy and humorous yet philosophical take on “How to Human” has made her an audience favorite."[7]


  1. ^ Lloyd, Robert (March 4, 2013). "Review: 'LA Shrinks' feels uncomfortably contrived – Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Barrera, Sandra (March 28, 2013). "Dr. V of 'L.A. Shrinks' makes her Bel Air home office work for her practice – and for TV". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  3. ^ Melas, Chloe (November 6, 2013). "'LA Shrinks' Star Dr. V Reveals: Women Don't Have To Cheat On Their Diets". Hollywood Life. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  4. ^ Murphy, Mary (March 4, 2013). "Trying her patients". New York Post. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "Reality TV show on 'Shrinks' has a Delco link".
  6. ^ "Review: 'LA Shrinks' feels uncomfortably contrived".
  7. ^ "The LA 11: Dr. V".