Nov
28
6:30 PM18:30

Mood Boosting Essential Oils Make & Take Class

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Maintaining health in the darker days of winter begins with keeping ourselves happy and joyful! During this class, participants learned about mood boosting and stress relieving essential oils, as well as made each of the following: 

  • 10ml Aromatherapy Roll-on
  • 4oz Room Spritzer
  • 1 Package of Bath Salts

The fee for the class included ALL of the materials necessary to make the items, which were great for self-care or to give as a holiday gift. 

Participation Fee:

UHS Members: $15 per person*
Non-Members: $20 per person


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Class Leader: 

Mary Mitus, RN, MSN, CCAP, Aromatherapy Practitioner and Health Coach, Health Everlasting

Mary is an advanced practice nurse, having earned her master's degree from Grand Valley State University.  Mary spent the first ten years of her career in hospital and home care administration. Since then she has focused on holistic health, esoteric teachings, energy-based therapies and aromatherapy.  She is an R.N., Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner, Reiki Master, Flower Essence Practitioner, and Health Coach.   

Mary’s business, Health Everlasting, was born out of Mary’s passion for nature and her conviction that our natural state of being is healthy and joyful.  Nicknamed “Nature Girl” Mary loves flower gardening and working with essential oils and essences. In 2002, she completed the RJ Buckle Clinical Aromatherapy for Health Professionals program and became certified.  

Mary is a member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and the Flower Essence Society.


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Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Healthy Habits for Winter Hibernation

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Fall is not only a time of harvest, but also one of preparation for a long, dark winter. Many in the northern states, including Michigan, struggle to cope with the short, cold days and the long stretch until spring warmth and sunshine. It’s not unusual to go into something of a “hibernation” of increased sleep and food intake, and decreased activity, all of which can also take a significant toll on mood and overall health/wellness.

The first half of this session covered ways of staying fit, active, and engaged during the cold, dark days of winter, including simple, easy, and inexpensive physical activities, as well as relaxing and stress-reducing hobbies. The second-part of the session discussed how to ward off Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) through simple, proven strategies.

Speakers:

Rosalyn Baker, LMSW is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Brain Fitness Coach, Certified Nutritional Consultant and is a co-owner and psychotherapist at Grand Rapids Therapy Group. Rosalyn is a professional speaker who sat on the program development committee for GRCC’s continuing education program, Optimal Health, where she also taught courses in Stress Management and Meditation. Her many years as a Neurotherapist opened the door for her to lecture on Brain Health, Nutrition and Anti-Aging at EEG Spectrum Clinical Interchange Conferences, and for the Juice Plus+ Co., the most scientifically researched whole food fruit and vegetable supplement in the world. 

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Jenny Baweja, MS, CTRS, CHC, CIFT has been a recreational therapist at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital for the past 9 years. She holds a BS in Therapeutic Recreation and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science & Health Promotion. During her time at Mary Free Bed, Jenny has served patients with strokes, amputations, debility, oncology, spinal cord injury, and cardiac diagnoses, helping them find their highest quality of life. Jenny is also a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer and currently spends part of her time in Mary Free Bed’s Center for Research and Innovation, contributing to a study on quality of life and physical activity for patients. At home, Jenny has 4 children and a husband. They enjoy camping, fishing, Zumba or any working out, and gardening.


Moderator:

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Evelyn Clingerman, PhD, CNE, RN, FNAP is the Executive Director of The Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation in Kirkhof College of Nursing at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Clingerman leads the Center in its mission to transform healthcare through interprofessional collaboration that brings education and practice together around scholarly research and projects. Dr. Clingerman also leads the Interprofessional Institute of Polarity Thinking in Healthcare as she consults, develops research and projects, provides workshops and teaches a course in polarity thinking. Her knowledge of nursing practice experiences, founded upon patient, family and community experiences across the continuum of care, emphasize community care for underserved and vulnerable populations.

 

 

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Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Detoxing Your Home

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Are you aware that many of the everyday products you use to clean your home are toxic to you, your children, and your pets, and pose a threat to the environment? Household cleaning products are among the top five reasons for calls to poison control centers in the U.S., according to a 2010 report. In fact, many household cleaning substances contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which pose a threat to our health, and are a significant reason that indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air.

So what should a health- and environmentally-conscious person do?  Why clean green, of course! Cleaning with safe, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly products, or “green cleaning,” can also save you money, time, and reduce the number of products needed around the house. In this informative session, participants learned about some of the toxins that are in most homes, why it’s important to reduce or eliminate them, and learned some basic recipes for safe cleaning solutions using everyday ingredients.

Speaker:

Life is always an adventure! Rewarding. Challenging. Disappointing. Amazing! And, always an adventure. On her own at an early age, Gayla Jewell, PhD, NP completed her bachelor’s and master’s in nursing and embarked on a clinical and teaching career. This took her from labor and delivery to intensive care to a university position and clinical practice as a nurse practitioner. Over the years, she raised two daughters, provided care in Zimbabwe and Nicaragua, spoke at conferences in various countries and completed her PhD in Medical Sociology. Holistic health and environmentally safe health are threaded through all her endeavors. Today, she is an energy worker practicing Reiki, Zero Balancing, Aromatherapy and other methods.


Moderator:

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Evelyn Clingerman, PhD, CNE, RN, FNAP is the Executive Director of The Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation in Kirkhof College of Nursing at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Clingerman leads the Center in its mission to transform healthcare through interprofessional collaboration that brings education and practice together around scholarly research and projects. Dr. Clingerman also leads the Interprofessional Institute of Polarity Thinking in Healthcare as she consults, develops research and projects, provides workshops and teaches a course in polarity thinking. Her knowledge of nursing practice experiences, founded upon patient, family and community experiences across the continuum of care, emphasize community care for underserved and vulnerable populations.

 

 

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Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Medicines from the Earth

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Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals' inherent self-healing. One such approach is botanical medicine, which has been in use since ancient times. Based on the use of plants and plant extracts, these “medicines from the earth” can be substitutes for other treatments or drugs, or used in conjunction with more traditional approaches. They are often used within the context of more holistic approaches such as dietary changes, exercise programs, and stress reduction methods.

This session discussed herbs and other botanical medicines, as well as supplements, and how to use them to address common complaints, heal illness and injury, and maintain good health.

Speaker:

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Dr. AnnAlisa Behling is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and has been practicing general family medicine in Michigan for 17 years with a focus on women's health and phototherapeutic medicine. She holds a BA from Duke University and her Doctorate from National University of Naturopathic Medicine in Oregon.

She treats each person as an individual, and provides patients with complementary and integrative care for acute, chronic, and degenerative conditions. She has been a medical consultant for Ford Motor Company, and is a frequent presenter throughout Michigan and a contributor to a variety of media. She also lectures nationally and internationally.

Dr. Behling is a board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Vice-president of the Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians (MANP), and a member of the Flint Initiative Task Force, working on the lead water crisis.


Moderator:

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Evelyn Clingerman, PhD, CNE, RN, FNAP is the Executive Director of The Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation in Kirkhof College of Nursing at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Clingerman leads the Center in its mission to transform healthcare through interprofessional collaboration that brings education and practice together around scholarly research and projects. Dr. Clingerman also leads the Interprofessional Institute of Polarity Thinking in Healthcare as she consults, develops research and projects, provides workshops and teaches a course in polarity thinking. Her knowledge of nursing practice experiences, founded upon patient, family and community experiences across the continuum of care, emphasize community care for underserved and vulnerable populations.  

 

 

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Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

How Stressed Parents Can Regain Their Sanity in 5 Minutes a Day

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Parenting has always been challenging, but 21st century parents are increasingly stressed, isolated, anxious, and exhausted. Previous generations had more support systems in place and life had a more relaxed pace. So how do today’s parents stay calm and unflappable in the midst of constant stress? Many things can help, but mindfulness has been shown to be extremely effective.

This session offered stress-reduction practices that can be easily incorporated into a busy life, such as:

  • Simple mindfulness meditations and how to practice with kids
  • Ways to stay more calm and aware throughout the day
  • How to be more in control of responses to stressful situations, rather than reacting habitually and in less than ideal ways
  • How to savor what is already present in life


Speaker:

Shonda Moralis, MSW, LCSW, writes an ongoing blog, Breathe, Mama, Breathe: Mindful Balance for Busy Moms, for the Psychology Today website and has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 2000.  Trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher in 2006, Shonda specializes in the use of Mindfulness-Based Interventions in both individual and group therapy and co-developed mindfulness group curricula for children and parents. She has studied under Jon Kabat-Zinn, Susan Kaiser-Greenland, and Tara Brach.  Shonda is also the author of Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms (January 2017, The Experiment), a Parent’s Magazine “Mom Must-Read.”


Moderator:

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Tricia Thomas PhD, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, ACNS-BC, CNL has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years, holding various positions across health care settings from staff nurse to nurse executive in practice and academe. Currently she is the Assistant Dean for Practice at Grand Valley State University. Prior to coming to Grand Rapids, she was the VP Clinical Quality, Chief Nursing Officer for Trinity Home Health Services.

Dr. Thomas has consulted, published, and presented in the areas of nursing leadership, nursing professional development, care coordination, shared leadership, care delivery models, trends, quality improvement, safety, and evidence-based practice. Her recent publications address improving outcomes of care, nursing leadership, caring science, and clinical transformation.

Currently the president of the Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives, she has a distinguished record of serving professional nursing organization Boards locally and nationally. She is past chair of the Commission on Nurse Certification. She is a Magnet Appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center and serves as a visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

 

 

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Oct
3
5:30 PM17:30

UHS Networking Mixer

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To kick off the 2017 UHS Fall Speaker Series, both UHS members and non-members are invited to join us and connect with our speaker(s), board members, local practitioners, and like-minded individuals at the first-ever UHS Networking Mixer. This event will be held in the same location as - and immediately before - our first 2017 Fall Speaker Series session, "How Stressed Parents Can Regain Their Sanity in 5 Minutes a Day."

Admission is free to UHS members and $15 for non-members. The admission includes complimentary refreshments and appetizers during the reception. Registration for this event is required and must be completed by September 26th.

If you are a UHS member and did not receive your promo code for this event, please email the UHS office at info @ uhsmi.com. 

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Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Medicine Beyond Medication Round Table Discussions

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Members: One Free Admission
Non-Members: $5/person

During this event, participants rotated between six tables, each highlighting a specific integrative health topic led by a local professional. After a set amount of time, a bell was rung and participants progressed to the next table in the sequence -- think speed dating! This flow allowed all attendees to interact with every expert and learn about every topic. There was time available after the round tables for individuals to ask experts one-on-one questions. 


Round Table Leaders & Topics:

Kathleen Jordan, BA, MA
Rose Petal Cottage
Topic: Reflexology

Reflexology is a second career for Kathleen Jordan. She graduated from WMU with a BA in English and Library Science and Elementary Ed and an MA in Audio Visual Media, then served Comstock Public Schools as a first, second, and third grade teacher and elementary media specialist.

Kathleen was interested in learning reflexology to work on her frail mother and started taking classes from the International Institute of Reflexology and received her certification in 2003. Kathleen has also been trained in healing energy therapies and aromatherapy and continues to learn new methods of healing.


Matt Kelly, LMT
Focus Clinical Massage
Topic: Massage Therapy

Matt Kelly started FCM in 2006 to use his knowledge of manual therapy to help people find relief from stress and pain. Marrying his training in manual therapy with his bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, he focused on providing employer-based massage. He has over 1,200 hours of specialized training in Manual Medical Massage Therapy from Blue Heron Academy. He has studied anatomy, physiology, pathology and rehabilitation science to understand and treat chronic and acute musculoskeletal and vascular conditions. Matt has a current Massage License through the State of Michigan and follows the Hippocratic Oath.


Meredith Kent, PA-C
Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery
Topic: Integrative Skin Treatments

Meredith joined the Bengtson Center in 2016 and works with some of the most innovative treatments available at the Bengtson Center. Specializing in non-surgical treatments, injectables, and laser treatment, Meredith’s expertise and training compliment her compassionate and caring demeanor. Among her many accomplishments:

Meredith earned a Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago.

She has worked as a physician assistant since 2006, with emergency, urgent care, and orthopedic experience. 

Meredith is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Society of Surgery for the Hand, and American Society of Plastic Surgery. 


Christine Schoenek, ND
Grand Rapids Natural Health
Topic: Naturopathy

Christine Schoenek, ND, earned her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), graduating Suma Cum Laude of her class. She currently practices at Grand Rapids Natural Health, among a team of integrative practitioners. Christine believes in the key principle of Naturopathic Medicine – the body has the innate ability to heal itself. She is determined to find the root cause of illness and establish health at a deeper level, rather than suppressing symptoms. Using Naturopathic Medicine, Christine works with her patients to restore innate health, proper function, and overall wellbeing by means of safe and natural therapies.


Dr. Cathy Taig, DC
Taig Family Chiropractic
Topic: Chiropractic

Dr. Cathy Taig has been serving West Michigan families as one of the area's top female chiropractors since 2002. Her practice has a special emphasis on helping pregnant moms and babies have safer birth experiences as well as reversing any adverse effects caused by birth trauma. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and is certified in the Websters Technique. In 2009, she received the honor of Best Female Chiropractor from Grand Rapids Magazine. Dr. Cathy currently practices with her husband Dr. Tim Taig at Taig Family Chiropractic in Cascade.


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Elizabeth (Betsy) Willey
Footprints of the Soul
Topic: Healing Touch

Elizabeth (Betsy) Willey graduated from the University of Michigan in 1968, received her certification in Healing Touch after a three year intensive in 2000 and became a Reiki Master in 2001. Healing Touch was developed by the nursing profession and has many applications for health and healing. Betsy studied neurological energy work for two and one half years with Carol Desantos, a psychotherapist from Cleveland and the founder of NSEW.

Betsy received a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Dominican Center in Grand Rapids in 2000 and completed a two year program in Interfaith Spiritual Guidance in Ann Arbor in 2006.  She is a retired high school teacher and author of Footprints of the Soul, A Creative Guide for Spiritual Journey Groups and Individuals..

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Mar
28
6:30 PM18:30

Stress in Children: What it Looks Like and How You Can Help

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Today’s world presents new kinds of stress to children, and medications like Ritalin, antidepressants, and even antipsychotics are often used to ease the symptoms. While parents are not as quick to see stress in their children as they are in themselves, schools and mental health workers are seeing it and addressing it in innovative and simple ways.  In this panel presentation, hear about the stresses our children face and learn some evidence-based, drug-free techniques to help them manage and reduce their stress.  Panel discussion followed by an audience Q&A. 

Panelists:

Sarah Coville, MA, TLLP

Limited License Psychologist, Hulst Psychology

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Jackie Roberts

Middle School Counselor

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Patti Ward

K-12 Mindfulness Instructor

 

Sarah Coville, MA, TLLP

Sarah, co-owner of Hulst Psychology, has been dedicated to the profession for more than twenty years. She began her career early as a passionate and active volunteer for Department of Human Services, helping her family make the holidays and every day special for the underprivileged.

Sarah specializes in the treatment, evaluation and psychoeducation for children who are facing challenges associated with ADHD, Tourette’s disorder, anxiety, depression, trauma, learning disabilities, autism and more.

Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and her Master of Arts in Psychology at Western Michigan University.   


Jackie Roberts, MEd

Jackie has been in public education for 25 years. She began her career teaching special education in elementary and middle school. For the past 16 years Jackie has been a middle school counselor dedicated to making positive mental health practices available to help students and families be school successful. More now than ever she believes there is real need for education to embrace their role in developing healthy lifelong learners. Jackie depends on her personal yoga practice and Mindfulness training to help her maintain balance in a stress filled world.


Patti Ward, MEd

Patricia has over 35 years of experience in the field of education. She has her Master’s Degree in the area of Learning Disabilities and four teaching certificates. She has been a special education teacher, a teacher consultant, curriculum director, professional learning consultant, title I director, adjunct instructor at Aquinas, CMU, and GVSU, and an educational consultant for Kent ISD. She currently is a supervisor for special education interns for GVSU and a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor.  She completed a yearlong certification process with Mindful Schools and is now teaching mindfulness to children K – 12 and is nearing completion of a yearlong certification process with Koru Mindfulness, mindfulness for emerging adults (18 – 29). She has been teaching Mindfulness to children and young adults for over four years.   


Moderator:

Susan Woolner, CPXP

Susan is the neuroscience patient support coordinator at Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences in Grand Rapids. She provides support for patients, caregivers and families who have been impacted by a variety of neurological illnesses including dementia, Parkinson's disease, ALS, Stroke, MS and Epilepsy.

Support may include technology, assistive tools, educational programming, creative art therapy, support groups and peer mentors programs all of which help provide independence, emotional support, peer connection and quality of life for patients and families. Susan has been a pioneer in the creation and monitoring of secure online patient communities and the methodology that makes them successful. She recently was Certified as a Certified Patient Experience Professional and has a Mayo Clinic Social Media Fellowship and uses social media to connect with people and communities.

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Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

The Essentials of Essential Oils

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Discover essential oils and their multitude of uses, including as home remedies, safe replacements for chemical cleaners, aromatherapy, and personal care products.  In use for thousands of years, essential oils are experiencing a resurgence of interest.  Come hear why and learn more about the myriad ways to incorporate them into a healthy lifestyle. An audience Q&A will follow the presentation.

Speaker:

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Mary Mitus, RN, MSN, CCAP

Aromatherapy Practitioner and Health Coach, Health Everlasting

Mary is an advanced practice nurse, having earned her master's degree from Grand Valley State University.  Mary spent the first ten years of her career in hospital and home care administration. Since then she has focused on holistic health, esoteric teachings, energy-based therapies and aromatherapy.  She is an R.N., Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner, Reiki Master, Flower Essence Practitioner, and Health Coach.   

Mary’s business, Health Everlasting, was born out of Mary’s passion for nature and her conviction that our natural state of being is healthy and joyful.  Nicknamed “Nature Girl” Mary loves flower gardening and working with essential oils and essences. In 2002, she completed the RJ Buckle Clinical Aromatherapy for Health Professionals program and became certified.  

Mary is a member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and the Flower Essence Society


Moderator:

Susan Woolner, CPXP

Susan Woolner, CPXP is the neuroscience patient support coordinator at Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences in Grand Rapids. She provides support for patients, caregivers and families who have been impacted by a variety of neurological illnesses including dementia, Parkinson's disease, ALS, Stroke, MS and Epilepsy.

Support may include technology, assistive tools, educational programming, creative art therapy, support groups and peer mentors programs all of which help provide independence, emotional support, peer connection and quality of life for patients and families. Susan has been a pioneer in the creation and monitoring of secure online patient communities and the methodology that makes them successful. She recently was Certified as a Certified Patient Experience Professional and has a Mayo Clinic Social Media Fellowship and uses social media to connect with people and communities.

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Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Nature’s Answers to Allergy Symptoms

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Allergies, and the subsequent suffering from the symptoms, are on the rise in today’s world, but alternative and more natural treatments to the traditional medications and shots are also available. Come hear about them from local expert, Barbara Meconis, RN, BS of Holistic Care Approach. Meconis, a holistic nurse consultant and health coach, specializes in NAET, a non-invasive, drug free, natural solution to alleviate allergies of all types and intensities. An audience Q&A will follow the presentation.   

Speaker:

Barbara Meconis, RN, BS

Holistic Nurse Consultant, Holistic Care Approach

Barbara is a holistic nurse consultant and health coach with experience including IV infusion, case management, quality improvement, and strategic planning. She has completed extensive course work in Healing Touch, energy healing, health coaching, aromatherapy, medical intuitive certification, allergy elimination, and auricular acupuncture. Barbara has served as adjunct faculty at area colleges and universities and is the principle owner of Holistic Care Approach in Grand Rapids.


Moderator:

Susan Woolner, CPXP

Susan is the neuroscience patient support coordinator at Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences in Grand Rapids. She provides support for patients, caregivers and families who have been impacted by a variety of neurological illnesses including dementia, Parkinson's disease, ALS, Stroke, MS and Epilepsy.

Support may include technology, assistive tools, educational programming, creative art therapy, support groups and peer mentors programs all of which help provide independence, emotional support, peer connection and quality of life for patients and families. Susan has been a pioneer in the creation and monitoring of secure online patient communities and the methodology that makes them successful. She recently was Certified as a Certified Patient Experience Professional and has a Mayo Clinic Social Media Fellowship and uses social media to connect with people and communities.

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Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

Spring Awakening: Get Up, Get Out, Get Moving

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The natural tendency of people in northern climates to conserve energy in cold, dark, winter months can be difficult to shake, even as daylight and temperatures begin to increase.  In this energizing session designed to help bring you out of your winter hibernation, a unique panel will provide ideas and strategies to renew your energy level, develop healthy sleep patterns, improve breathing, increase movement, and experience nature. Panel discussion with an audience Q&A to follow.

Panelists:

Angela Essick Dykes

Laughter Yoga
Instructor

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Margaret Moen, MD

Neurologist, Board Certified Sleep Physician
Mercy Health St. Mary’s

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Sally Triant

Place-Based Educator, Grow Wise Learning


Angela Essick Dykes

Angela has led Laughter Yoga during Laughfest since 2013. She was trained as a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher by Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga. Angēla leads Laughter Yoga for residential communities, businesses (team building, ice breaker, holiday events, etc), groups & individuals, and offers certification for Laughter Yoga Leaders. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Rockford, MI.


Margaret Moen, MD

Margaret Moen, MD is a board certified sleep physician at the Mercy Health Sleep Center in Grand Rapids, MI. Dr. Moen is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and did a Neurology residency at Henry Ford  Hospital. 

In addition to her residency Dr. Moen also did a fellowship in Neurophysiology, EEG and Sleep Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

She is board certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Moen's interests include helping those with chronic sleep issues, people with sleep apnea and other sleep conditions that require medical intervention. She believes sleep is essential for good health and can be a super power. She enjoys the challenges and rewards that come from providing patients and caregivers the tools to achieve optimum sleep habits for the best night’s sleep.


Sally Triant

Sally, place-based educator, founded Grow Wise Learning in 2014 to develop a seasonal curriculum for all ages and to serve as a resource within the community.  Her education and experience span the Fine Arts and the Sciences bound by the common thread of teaching.  Her goal is to help individuals, children, and especially families find their way back to the natural world; while in turn discovering more about themselves and their local environment by developing a keen seasonal awareness.  She has learned that from the cultivated field to the wilds of the forest there is always wonder, inspiration, wisdom, and fellowship to be found.


Moderator:

Susan Woolner, CPXP

Susan is the neuroscience patient support coordinator at Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences in Grand Rapids. She provides support for patients, caregivers and families who have been impacted by a variety of neurological illnesses including dementia, Parkinson's disease, ALS, Stroke, MS and Epilepsy.

Support may include technology, assistive tools, educational programming, creative art therapy, support groups and peer mentors programs all of which help provide independence, emotional support, peer connection and quality of life for patients and families. Susan has been a pioneer in the creation and monitoring of secure online patient communities and the methodology that makes them successful. She recently was Certified as a Certified Patient Experience Professional and has a Mayo Clinic Social Media Fellowship and uses social media to connect with people and communities.

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Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Trust Your Gut: Understanding the Importance of Digestion to Overall Health [FREE Admission]

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Many of us suffer from some sort of gut disturbance at one time or another.  Brandi Grimmer, Certified Nutrition Consultant and Pharmacy Technician, will discuss the principles of gut health and solutions to common problems, such as bloating, gas, allergies, leaky gut, and inflammation.  Learn more about probiotics, as well as the dynamics of healthy eating.  Health starts in the gut – that’s why understanding the role digestion plays is critical for your overall health.  Q&A following presentation.

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Speaker:

Brandi Grimmer, LPhT, CNC

Brandi Grimmer completed her certification as a Nutritional Consultant through Natural Healing college, and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor degree in Human Biology. She is a Licensed Pharmacy Technician with over 10 years experience. Brandi believes that total health is dependent on proper diet, exercise, and nutritional supplementation. 

 

Moderator:

Dave Johnson, M.D.

Dr. Dave is a successful board-certified cardiologist residing in West Michigan. He has contributed to the development of many highly successful cardiac care programs in West Michigan. In 2010, Dr. Dave completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. He has witnessed the transformative impact of looking deeper than just at the signs and symptoms of heart disease in order to address the root cause of disease.

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Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Creating Calm: Using Mindfulness, Meditation and Neurofeedback For Attention, Stress, and Anxiety Disorders (Panel Discussion) [FREE Admission]

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Medications have been the “go-to” treatment for ADD/ADHD, PTSD, stress, and anxiety disorders for decades.  Recent studies, however, indicate that mindfulness training, meditation, neurofeedback, and even support for digestive and endocrine systems can be just as effective if not more so, without unwanted side effects.  This panel of local experts will give brief overviews of these treatment options and discuss their experience and success in treating individuals, as well as when to seek their services. Followed by Q&A.

Panel:

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Tom Karson

Tom has been a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation since 1974 and currently has offices in East Lansing and Grand Rapids. He has participated in research on TM and PTSD at the Veterans Medical Center in Saginaw and is currently working under a generous grant from the Wege Foundation to provide TM instruction to veterans, active and reserve service members in the greater Grand Rapids area.

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Molly Raaymakers, MA, LLP

Molly brings over Twenty years clinical experience (assessment, psychotherapy, Neurofeedback analysis & treatment).  She was one of the first to open Neurofeedback services for the West Michigan Community, partnered with St. Mary’s Mercy Health in 1999.  As a physiological therapist she specializes in connections between brain difficulties & inflammation, gut, endocrine system, and sleep quality issues.

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Carol Hendershot

Carol Hendershot is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor and is the co-founder of the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness.  She has been teaching mindfulness in the Greater Grand Rapids Area since 2008 and has led hundreds of students through the MBSR program. Carol founded and directed Expressions of Grace Yoga from 2003 through 2012 and prior to that spent twenty years in business.

Moderator:

Dave Johnson, M.D.

Dr. Dave is a successful board-certified cardiologist residing in West Michigan. He has contributed to the development of many highly successful cardiac care programs in West Michigan. In 2010, Dr. Dave completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. He has witnessed the transformative impact of looking deeper than just at the signs and symptoms of heart disease in order to address the root cause of disease.

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Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Integrative Treatment Strategies to Ease the Cancer Journey [FREE Admission]

About:

A discussion of how acupuncture, massage therapy, and other integrative treatments can ease stress and anxiety, help to better manage pain, reduce nausea, and improve sleep for cancer patients and their families.  Also, a brief overview of the exciting, new program offering integrative health treatments at Spectrum Health’s Lemmon-Holton Cancer Center.  Presentation will be followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

Speakers:

Barb Meconis, RN, BS

Barbara Meconis RN, BS, is a versatile healthcare professional with both clinical and administrative experience, and expertise that includes IV infusion, case management, quality improvement, and strategic planning.  She has completed extensive course work in Healing Touch, energy healing, health coaching, aromatherapy, medical intuitive certification, allergy elimination, and auricular acupuncture.  Barbara has been employed at Spectrum Health and Priority Health, and has served as adjunct faculty at area colleges and universities.  She is the principle owner of Holistic Care Approach in Grand Rapids and is a holistic nurse consultant and health coach.

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Geralyn Roobol, LMSW, RN, BS, CMAC

Geralyn "Gerri" Roobol, LMSW, RN, BS, CMAC, is passionate about serving
others.  Her professional career has been devoted to building programs to
assure that individuals with health problems are empowered, supported, and have access to the resources and services to meet their needs.  She has
served as a director and program manager with elder health and the cancer
program and services at Spectrum health for the past 20 years and currently serves as the Director of Spectrum Health Cancer Services.

Moderator:

Dave Johnson, M.D.

Dr. Dave is a successful board-certified cardiologist residing in West Michigan. He has contributed to the development of many highly successful cardiac care programs in West Michigan. In 2010, Dr. Dave completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. He has witnessed the transformative impact of looking deeper than just at the signs and symptoms of heart disease in order to address the root cause of disease.

 

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