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Spring Awakening: Get Up, Get Out, Get Moving

  • The Donnelly Center at Aquinas College 157 Woodward Lane Southeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 United States (map)


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.


Angela Essick Dykes

Laughter Yoga

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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.


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.