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Breakout Sessions

Morning Breakout Sessions I

10:00-10:50am

Each exciting morning session will present in its own terrace room during this hour.
So be sure to pick the session you just can’t miss because you’ll only have time for one!

Speakers and doctors are subject to change.

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What’s Next for Me? My Personal GPS!

Sponsored by AARP Life Reimagined
River Terrace 2

Life Reimagined can help you embrace your life transitions with courage, openness and confidence as you are given the skills to develop your interactive guidance system – your very own “personal GPS” – as you plan your next step in life, such as retirement, a new relationship, singularity, for instance. (Capacity 140)

Leslie Spencer

Leslie Spencer, AARP Associate State Director for Advocacy, oversees strategy development and marketing efforts for the popular Life Reimagined Program throughout Florida, and she serves as the key liaison to the Life Reimagined leadership at the national level. Leslie is heavily involved in ground-breaking aging research and advocates public policy for seniors in Tallahassee. She holds a Master’s in Social Work Policy and Administration from FSU and received a Certificate in Aging Studies from the Claude Pepper Center.

Judy Walz

Kathy Bonaventura

Money Bootcamp: Financial Exercises To Give Your Money The Right Workout!

Sponsored by VyStar Credit Union

Your money will last longer and go further! This is not just for you, but also for those who count on you. During the session we would show you how to choose the right financing for a car, for a home, for a college education. We’ll talk about checking your credit score, and how to improve your credit. Do you know how to use a credit card wisely? When is the right time to borrow for furniture and other home needs? How do you know if its ok to refinance? Our session will get you in shape for your financial decisions. (Capacity 140)

Judy Walz

Judy Walz holds the position of Senior Vice President Marketing and Planning with VyStar Credit Union. Her responsibilites include marketing, advertising, product development and research for VyStar. She was instrumental in developing and introducing Vystar’s Money Makeover program to the northeast Florida community.

Kathy Bonaventura

Kathy Bonaventura holds the position of Chief Lending Officer with VyStar Credit Union. Her responsibilities include consumer, mortgage and business lending. She has worked in various capacities within the lending industry for more that 25 years.

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Sweet Little Lies: Myths About Prediabetes and Blood Sugar

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 11

Do you know what simple changes you can make in your daily diet to delay or prevent the progression of type 2 Diabetes? Dr. Sirlys Arcon Rios will help you to understand pre diabetes, diabetes and the risk factors in this interactive and informative presentation. (Capacity 140)

Pam Rama, MD, FACC

Bio coming soon!

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The Bionic Woman…The Latest in Robotic Surgery for Hips and Knees

Sponsored by Baptist Health and Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute
City Terrace 10

Do you think you have symptoms of Arthritis? Have you ever wondered what causes Arthritis? Have you heard about the different options for treating Arthritis? In this presentation, Dr. Frykberg will help you understand Arthritis, what level of activity you should pursue with Arthritis and the functional limitations to preserve the joint including the latest and most innovative advances in hip and knee replacement surgery. (Capacity 140)

Brett P. Frykberg MD

Brett P. Frykberg MD, grew up in Jacksonville and is very happy to be back in town helping our community. Frykberg trained at the top hospital in the world for joint replacement, the Hospital for Specialty Surgery in New York City and brings new technology and procedures in hip and knee replacement surgery to Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute.

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A Balancing Act: Women as Caregivers

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 9

Women often find themselves in the difficult position of becoming the primary caregiver for an aging parent, while trying to balance their own family’s needs. Join us for a conversation with the experts from Brooks Rehabilitation as we discuss important topics such as how to navigate the healthcare system, how to have difficult conversations with loved ones, what resources are available and how to take full advantage of caregiving support. (Capacity 140)

Danielle McGrath

Danielle McGrath is the Director of Marketing for Brooks Rehabilitation’s Aging Services Division. She has a Bachelor’s in Science in Marketing from Penn State University. For the past six years Danielle has been a senior living industry expert – helping families and professionals make the best choices in care settings. She is proud to serve as the Brooks Rehabilitation representative in the Caregiver Coalition of Northeast Florida, JCCI’s Rethink Aging study and Mayo Clinic’s Post-Acute Roundtable.

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Mindfulness for Body and Soul

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 8

We often find ourselves worrying about the future or dwelling on the past. This can undermine our sense of well-being and make it more difficult to cope with stress. In contrast, learning to focus attention on the present moment, without judgment, can enhance our coping and foster a sense of peace, compassion, and contentment, even in times of great turmoil and stress. This presentation will focus on this perspective, referred to as mindfulness, and its benefits for the mind, body, relationships, and soul. (Capacity 140)

Kristen Kelley, Psy.D.

Kristen Kelley, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist at Baptist Behavioral Health. Her specialties include stress management, mood and anxiety disorders, addiction and codependency, life transitions, and mindfulness. Dr. Kelley completed her predoctoral internship at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her postdoctoral fellowship at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California.

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Medical Mythbusters….Pearls for Health & Wellness

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 7

WFact or fiction? Do seeds or popcorn exacerbate diverticulosis? Does the HPV vaccine lead to increased promiscuity in teenagers? What is the “best” diet? Do vaccines cause autism? And does duct tape really cure warts? Dr. Calhoun will address a myriad of medical myths with thought-provoking, perhaps controversial, but evidence-based explanations guaranteed to be not only educational but inspiring. (Capacity 140)

Patricia McFall Calhoun, MD, FAAFP

Patricia McFall Calhoun, MD, FAAFP completed her undergraduate training cum laude with Honors at the University of Miami and completed medical school AOA at the University of Florida. She served as chief resident at the St. Vincent’s Family Practice Residency program here in Jacksonville and has worked as a family physician for Baptist for 23 years since. During this time she has raised 5 sons, served on numerous committees, volunteered as a physician for multiple sporting events, and attempted to maintain fitness by running (5K’s, 5 half-marathons, 1 marathon) and relaxation through music, specifically piano. With too many mantras to list her favorites are “never quit” and “do right till the stars fall”.

Mona Shah

Stress: The Heaviest Weight on Your Heart

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 6

Discover the connection between your mind and body, including how your thoughts and body’s response to stress directly affect your health. Dr. Shah will teach you techniques to promote natural healing within your body, by increasing your ability to relax. (Capacity 140)

Mona Shah, MD

Mona Shah, MD, is one of three Florida cardiologists who are board-certified in holistic medicine as well as cardiology. She practices general cardiology with Baptist Heart Specialists at Baptist Medical Center Beaches and has a Holistic Healing Hearts Clinic at the same location, providing stress management, nutrition, vitamins and supplements.

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The Racing Heart You Don’t Want

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 5

Join cardiac electrophysiologist Chris Ruisi, MD from Baptist Heart Specialists to learn more about atrial fibrillation and the electrical wiring that helps maintain the regular rhythm of the heart. He will answer some of the most common questions women have about their heart beat!
What is the difference between palpitations and atrial fibrillation (AFib)? • Is this a life threatening problem? • When should I talk to my doctor? • What treatment options are available to me? (Capacity 140)

Chris Ruisi, MD

Chris Ruisi, MD is a clinical electrophysiologist with Baptist Heart Specialists who has a strong belief in educating, not only his patients, but his community as well. This gives individuals a true opportunity to make sound decisions when it comes to their healthcare. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. When not working with patients Dr. Ruisi loves spending time with his wife and twin daughters and cheering on his favorite sports teams!

More info coming soon!

Morning Breakout Sessions II

11:05-11:55am

Each exciting morning session will present in its own terrace room during this hour.
So be sure to pick the session you just can’t miss because you’ll only have time for one!

Speakers and doctors are subject to change.

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Self Defense: Principles of Opportunity

Sponsored by WJCT
River Terrace 2

In this section, participants will learn how to read body language of individuals to avoid confrontations. They will learn how to be more aware of their surroundings and how not to look like a victim. Participants will be given hands on, common sense techniques on how to defend themselves and increase their avenues for escape. (Capacity 140)

Sergeant Barbara J. Weber

Sergeant Barbara J. Weber is retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office after working there for 24 years.

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Secrets of a Nurse Coach: How To Be Your Most Passionate Self by Rejuvenating Mind, Body & Spirit!

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 12

If you’re feeling frazzled, exhausted, and spread so thin you might just disappear, this session is for you! In this lively presentation, you will take some much needed “me time” to set some goals toward optimal wellness and improving your health span! You will learn simple steps to replenish your energy and regain that sweet life balance to fully thrive -not just survive. Something good is going to happen to you today! (Capacity 140)

Kym Dunton, RN

Kym Dunton, RN is the Coordinator of the Women’s Health Strategy at Baptist Health. As a nurse coach and motivational speaker, Kym partners with women age 40 and better to help focus on their wellness goals through health responsibility, stress management, incorporating movement into everyday life and eating mindfully! She also teaches aqua-fitness and Nordic Walking in the Jacksonville area with participants ranging from age 20-103!

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Sleep Serenity…Getting a Great Night’s Rest!

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 11

Do you have trouble with sleep? Have you dealt with menopause or pregnancy related sleep disruptions? Sleep is an essential component to a person’s well-being, and with a lack of quality sleep every area of a person’s life can be negatively impacted. Learn about this and sleep apnea, snoring and what to do with the Bear in your bedroom! (Capacity 140)

Peter Nassar, MD, FAASM, FCCP

Peter Nassar, MD, FAASM, FCCP, is the Medical Director at Jacksonville Sleep Center. Nassar is Board Certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He completed his Fellowship and Residency through Albany Medical College in Albany, New York and received his Doctor of Medicine in 1999 from Ross University in North Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Nassar is affiliated with Baptist Medical Center.

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Sponsored by TBD
City Terrace 10

Borland Groover

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Healing Touch: An Infusion of Peace, Serenity and Balance

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 9

Have you heard about energy therapy and wondered how it would benefit you? Learn how Healing Touch works with your energy field to support your natural ability to heal. Gentle Touch assists in balancing your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Healing Touch is safe for all ages and works in harmony with standard medical care. (Capacity 140)

Mary Johnstone, RN,BSN, HNB-BC

Mary Johnstone, RN,BSN, HNB-BC is a Patient Advocate and Certified Holistic Registered Nurse with Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association since 2001. She just completed her Certificate in Integrative Nurse Coaching and Level Three in Healing Touch. Mary has been instrumental in bringing complementary medicine to Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.

Patty Carroscia, RN, HN-BC, CHTP

Patty Carroscia, RN, HN-BC, CHTP, is a Certified Holistic Nurse, Healing Touch Practitioner, Behavioral Health nurse at Baptist Health and is a member of Wolfson Children’s Hospital Integrative Care Team. Patty also has a private holistic practice in the Jacksonville area. She is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, Healing Beyond Borders and the First Coast Worksite Wellness Council of Jacksonville.

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What About Me and That’s Okay!

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 8

Women face many stressors as caregivers of older adults. Juggling caretaking responsibilities with other life roles such as marriage, work, and parenting…feeling alone, not having enough relief from duties or a safe place to vent…feeling unprepared or exhausted by the energy and skill required for caregiving …dealing with challenging behaviors, disease progression, and family dynamics. In this session learn how to improve self-care and increase social support. (Capacity 140)

Melissa S. Roffman, Ph.D.

Melissa S. Roffman, Ph.D. As the first psychologist at Baptist’s AgeWell Center for Senior Health, Dr. Melissa Roffman brings expertise in a wide variety of psychiatric and substance abuse issues across the adult lifespan. She has worked in diverse clinical settings prior to joining Baptist Health, including university counseling centers, an outpatient endocrinology practice, and a Veterans Affairs primary care clinic. Her philosophy of care is one of collaboration with patients, their families and support systems, and other members of the treatment team, providing integrated care help patient achieve the best possible physical and emotional wellness.

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The “Big O”. Turning “Oh no…” into “Oh yes!” with tips for healthy and enjoyable sex.

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 7

If you’ve ever had difficulty getting a doctor to address your questions about sex or problems with sex, then this session is for you! Dr. Mary Ellen Wechter will help you understand your anatomy, origins and maintenance of libido, and how to achieve comfortable sex. She’ll also answer your questions about sex. (Capacity 140)

Mary Ellen Wechter, MD, MPH

Mary Ellen Wechter, MD, MPH, is a gynecologist and gynecologic surgeon with North Florida OBGYN. She trained at the University of Michigan, Mayo Clinic, and the University of North Carolina. Her practice is focused on benign gynecologic diseases including minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and robotics, treatment of abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, diseases of the vulva and vagina, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Wechter is also the head of the Fibroid Care Clinic, a clinic focused on achieving relief for women with fibroid-related symptoms of bleeding, pain, and pressure. Dr. Wechter is married to a skin cancer surgeon and has three small children and a dog. She enjoys running, reading and travel, and speaks conversational Spanish.

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Sponsored by North Florida OB/GYN
City Terrace 6

Famwell

More info coming soon!

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

1:15-2:00pm

Each exciting afternoon session will present in its own terrace room during this hour.
So be sure to pick the session you just can’t miss because you’ll only have time for one!

Speakers and doctors are subject to change.

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Healthy Eating on a Budget

Sponsored by AARP
River Terrace 2

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Can I Prevent A Stroke?

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace

Did you know on average one American dies from stroke every four minutes? In this session, Dr. Sauvageau will discuss the risk factors associated with having a stroke, what you can do to help prevent a stroke and the treatment if you do. He will also cover brain aneurysms prevention and treatment. (Capacity 140)

Eric Sauvageau, MD

Eric Sauvageau, MD is a highly trained cerebrovascular neurosurgeon who specializes in ground breaking minimally invasive procedures to treat neurovascular conditions in adults and children, including strokes, cerebral aneurysms, brain tumors and brain arteriovenous malformations.

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Dermatology

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 11

Kristen Stewart

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Hits and Giggles: Make Tennis and Golf a Part of Your Healthy Lifestyle

Sponsored by Baptist Health and Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute
City Terrace 10

Do you play tennis or golf? Dr. Yorio will discuss ways that you can incorporate two sports that can be played at any age into a healthy lifestyle. Whether you have never played either sport before or you are a regular on the courts and greens, he will discuss ways to maximize your health benefits and reduce your risk of injury while playing. (Capacity 140)

Michael A. Yorio, MD.

Michael A. Yorio, M.D. is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Yorio currently serves as team internist for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to arriving in Jacksonville, Dr. Yorio served as the Director, Player Medical Services for the US Open Tennis Championships as team physician for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League.

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Confusing Eats: Food Myths vs. Facts

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 9

Dr. Pamela Rama, will discuss the important nutritional facts that are paving the way to America’s obesity epidemic and debunk certain claims of so called “healthy foods”. There will also be information on the latest medical advancements to help with weight loss. (Capacity 140)

Pamela Rama, MD, FACC

Pamela Rama, MD, FACC Former Chief of Staff at Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Pamela Rama, MD, is employed by Baptist Heart Specialists. With a special interest in preventative cardiology and women and heart disease, she is the medical director of the Baptist HeartWise Prevention Program and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. She has been recognized as one of the 75 most influential people in Jacksonville Healthcare by Jacksonville Magazine and is currently serving as the President of the Board for the First Coast Division of the American Heart Association.

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Bladder, Bladder: What’s the Matter? A Brief Review of Female Urinary and Pelvic Floor Disorders

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 8

Learn about the problems related to women’s pelvic floor function such as urinary incontinence, urinary urgency, frequency issues, pelvic organ prolapse (fallen bladder), and fecal issues such as fecal incontinence. We will review what these issues are, how frequently they occur, as well as how they can be treated with non-surgical and minimally invasive surgical methods. (Capacity 140)

Lee B. Epstein, MD MSc FACOG

Lee B. Epstein, MD MSc FACOG is board certified in Female Pelvic Medicine, Reconstructive Surgery and Gynecology. He is one of the few individuals to be double board certified and the first in Jacksonville to achieve this distinction. He is the President of First Coast Urogynecology & Center for Pelvic Floor Health. Dr. Epstein specializes in helping women of all ages to understand and overcome their unique health conditions.

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Going Viral: What You Need To Know About GYN Cancers

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 7

Did you know five main types of cancer affect a woman’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar? As a group, they are referred to as gynecologic cancers. Each gynecologic cancer is unique, with different signs, symptoms, and risk factors. In this session, you will learn about preventative care and how to become your own healthcare advocate. (Capacity 140)

Jenny Whitworth, MD

Jenny Whitworth, MD is a lifelong resident of Alabama before moving to Jacksonville two years ago. Whitworth graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed her residency and fellowship training at University of Alabama Birmingham.

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Lean In

Sponsored by WJCT
City Terrace 6

TBD

More info coming soon!