Oct
3
6:30 pm18:30

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

  • The Donnelly Center at Aquinas College

About:

This session will offer 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; and how to savor what is already present in life. 

Speaker:

Shonda Moralis, MSW, LCSW is a mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher and author of Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms (January 2017, The Experiment). Full speaker bio coming soon!

 

 

Oct
10
6:30 pm18:30

Medicines from the Earth

  • The Donnelly Center at Aquinas College

About:

This session will discuss herbs and other botanical medicines (from plants and extracts), as well as supplements, and how to use them to address common complaints, heal illness and injury, and maintain good health.

Speaker:

Dr. AnaAlisa Behling, ND
Full speaker bio coming soon!

 

 

Oct
17
6:30 pm18:30

Detoxing Your Home

  • The Donnelly Center at Aquinas College

About:

This session will talk about "green cleaning" - healthy alternatives to toxic chemicals in the home, and what to know about safe water and air, indoor pollutants and other toxins, and identifying and mediating poisons that might be present in your home, such as lead and mold.

Speaker:

Gayla Jewell, PhD, NP, RN
Full speaker bio coming soon!

 

 

Oct
24
6:30 pm18:30

Healthy Habits for Winter Hibernation

  • The Donnelly Center at Aquinas College

About:

The first-part of the two-part session will cover 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 will disucss how to ward off season affective disorder (SAD) through simple, proven strategies.

Speakers:

Jenny Baweja, MS, CTRS, a Recreational Therapist
Rosalyn Baker, LMSW, LMFT, MAC
Full speaker bios coming soon!

 

 


Jun
6
6:00 pm18:00

Medicine Beyond Medication Round Table Discussions

  • The Donnelly Center at Aquinas College

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..

Mar
28
6:30 pm18:30

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

  • The Donnelly Center at Aquinas College

About:

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.

Mar
21
6:30 pm18:30

The Essentials of Essential Oils

  • The Donnelly Center at Aquinas College

About:

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.

Mar
14
6:30 pm18:30

Nature’s Answers to Allergy Symptoms

  • The Donnelly Center at Aquinas College

About:

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.

Mar
7
6:30 pm18:30

Spring Awakening: Get Up, Get Out, Get Moving

  • The Donnelly Center at Aquinas College

About:

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.

Oct
25
6:00 pm18:00

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

  • Frederik Meijer Gardens

About:

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.

Oct
18
6:00 pm18:00

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

  • Frederik Meijer Gardens

About:

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.

Oct
11
6:00 pm18:00

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

  • Frederik Meijer Gardens

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.