Breakout Sessions

Morning Breakout Sessions


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


Qi Gong: Gentle Movement to Soothe Stress

Sponsored by WJCT Public Broadcasting
River Terrace 2

Qi Gong is a graceful way to relax and unwind while improving balance and alignment. Simple to learn and easy to practice, this moving mediation can be done anywhere at any age. This session gives you tools to calm your mind while increasing flexibility.
(Capacity 200)

Donna Henderson, L.Ac.,RN

Donna Henderson, L.Ac.,RN, licensed acupuncturist and registered nurse, leads Qi Gong classes for adults and children. She has practiced nursing more than 20 years and traditional Chinese medicine for 12 years. She is currently approved to teach acupressure classes and provide continuing education to massage therapists.


Living Longer, Living Smarter: Speaking of Your Future

Sponsored by AARP
River Terrace 3

Women tend to be master planners … planning everything from weddings to career to parties. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget to plan for our own health as time marches by and how we will pay for any care we might need. Learn the steps you can implement today to take charge of your health tomorrow. (Capacity 200)

Angela Heath

Angela Heath is a dynamic speaker, trainer and author who travels the country with AARP’s Living Longer, Living Smarter message for women. She guides women as they envision their future and create plans to get there. Known for her inspirational messages to empower women to feel good and do good, Angela entertains and engages her audience from beginning to end. Ms. Heath holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Dayton and a master’s from Miami University.

Judy Walz

Kathy Bonaventura

Understanding And Protecting Your Credit

Sponsored by VyStar Credit Union
City Terrace 12

During this session, VyStar Credit Union executives will discuss many aspects of credit, including how to review a credit report, how to improve your credit and how to protect your credit from others. The session will also include protecting your identity and hot to identify potential risks to yourself and your family, as well as current scams and what to look for. Participants will be able to ask question of the two executives pertaining to credit and protection. (Capacity 140)

Judy Walz

Judy Walz holds the position of Senior Vice President Marketing and Planning with VyStar Credit Union. Her responsibilities 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 than 25 years.

Ellen Williams

Exploring the Intersection of Spirituality and Mental Health

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 11

In this presentation, attendees will learn about the relationship among mental health, religion, and spirituality, as well as mental health treatments that incorporate elements of spiritual practices. (Capacity 90)

Ellen Williams, PhD

Ellen Williams, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and the administrator for behavioral health at Baptist Health System. Professionally, she would like to see mental health services in the North East Florida region expand. She also believes we need to integrate mental health professionals with primary care and specialty medical services. Ellen has a keen interest in spiritual practices and how they can improve mental health and general well-being.



Hearing Loss: Myths vs. Realities

Sponsored by Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute
City Terrace 10

Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. Dr. Green and Dr. Eblin will discuss the challenges of hearing loss along with current treatment options, including advanced cochlear implants, and how to navigate the world of hearing aids. The importance of a medically based approach to diagnosis and treatment will be emphasized, along with suggestions for family and friends on how to communicate with impaired hearing. (Capacity 90)

J. Douglas Green Jr., MD, FACS

After completing his residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, he received a fellowship in otology/neurotology at the prestigious House Ear Clinic (Los Angeles). He was an instructor at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Jacksonville) and consultant to the Nemours Children’s Clinic. He founded JHBI (1997), and is presently on the active staff at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.

William J. Eblin Jr., AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA, ABA

Dr. Eblin earned a Doctor of Audiology degree from Auburn University and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Board-certified in audiology by the American Board of Audiology (ABA), he recently completed a term on the American Academy of Audiology Ethical Practices Committee, where he soon becomes Chair (2015-2017). Dr. Eblin’s clinical interests includes hearing aids, vestibular disorders and assessment, electrophysiologic testing, and diagnostic audiology.

Kim Skinner

Which Dog Are You? Running with the Pack

Sponsored by Words of Wisdom
City Terrace 9

Through a humorous look at various canine breeds, Kim provides valuable tools to help attendees evaluate and address their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. This program will help attendees to be their best and appreciate the best in those with whom they live, work and play. (Capacity 140)

Kim Skinner, Speaker, Author, Educator

Kim Skinner has inspired and delighted diverse audiences for over 25 years. Drawing on her background in behavioral science and special education, Kim uses storytelling and humor to convey her message, entertaining her audience as she provides practical steps for change.

With more than 2,500 speeches, seminars and workshops to her credit, Kim has been featured in events from coast to coast and as far away as India. A native Texan, she holds a bachelor of sociology degree and a master’s degree in special education from Vanderbilt University.


Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Women

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 8

Attendees will walk away from this session with a better understanding of how hormones fluctuate and impact their health. Dr. Martin Garcia will discuss whether hormone replacement therapy is necessary for menopausal and postmenopausal women and why testosterone therapy isn’t just for men. Attendees will be able to make an informed decision whether hormone therapy would benefit their quality of life. (Capacity 90)

Martin A. Garcia, MD

Martin A. Garcia, MD, has been a Jacksonville OBGYN for 31 years. He’s always progressive in the arena of high-risk pregnancies and advanced surgery procedures, including robotics. Because Dr. Garcia believes in treating the whole woman, he has expanded his practice to include wellness services such as aesthetics, weight loss, and hormone therapy.



Can I Prevent Stroke?

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 6

Because stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, many people wonder what they can do to keep from having one. This session will provide some answers. Attendees will learn risk factors associated with stroke, ways to help prevent a stroke, brain aneurysm prevention, and current aneurysm and stroke treatment, including minimally invasive procedures. (Capacity 90)

Eric Sauvageau, MD

Ricardo A. Hanel, MD, PhD

Eric Sauvageau, MD, and Ricardo A. Hanel, MD, PhD, are cerebrovascular neurosurgeons. They both specialize in ground breaking minimally invasive procedures to treat neurovascular conditions in adults and children, including strokes, cerebral aneurysms, brain tumors and brain arteriovenous malformations.


HOT Topics in Plastic Surgery: What you NEED to know!

Sponsored by Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery
City Terrace 7

Today’s media is constantly bombarding women with at-home treatments, cosmetic quick fixes and procedures that are often less than realistic. During this dynamic presentation, Dr. Hollie Hickman will dispel the myths behind plastic surgery and non-surgical treatments while arming you with the information you need to make the right choice. (Capacity 140)

Hollie Hickman, MD

Dr. Hollie Hickman is a board-certified plastic surgeon who began her surgical training at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. After completing her residency at Mayo Clinic, she went on to further her training at the prestigious Vanderbilt University Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She is excited to bring her experience and cutting-edge training in plastic surgery to the Jacksonville area.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions


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


Power Your Healthy Diet with Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Sponsored by the Florida Peanut Producers Association
River Terrace 3

Studies have shown that a handful of peanuts every day have many beneficial effects for your healthy body. In this session, you’ll hear about that nutrition research and see how easy it is to make delicious and tasty meals and snacks with peanuts and peanut butter. We’ll even sample our peanut creations, so you can taste the power of the peanut in your healthy diet! (Capacity 200)

Leslie P. Wagner

Leslie P. Wagner is executive director of the Southern Peanut Growers, representing peanut farmers in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. She’s been ”working for peanuts“ for 20 years and enjoys helping people connect to the families that grow the nutritious nuts. Leslie loves showing folks how easy it is to incorporate a healthy serving of peanuts into their diet.


Heel to Toe!

Sponsored by Podiatry Associates of Florida
City Terrace 12

Many folks suffer from chronic foot problems such as heel pain and nail fungus. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to make your feet look and feel better through the use of new technology. And new technology means less invasive treatment and faster recovery! Come hear how you can get back on your feet faster than ever before. (Capacity 140)

Efstratios (Stratis) D. Lagoutaris, DPM

Efstratios (Stratis) D. Lagoutaris, DPM, is a 1999 graduate of the Kent State University College of Podiatry. He completed his training at the VA Hospital, Reno, Nevada, and Wychoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Lagoutaris is currently in private practice in Jacksonville Beach.

Mona Shah

Mind, Body and Spirit-How Our Thoughts and Emotions Affect Our Health

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 11

In this session, you’ll discover how your mind and body are interconnected and 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. You’ll realize that in order to truly heal your body, you need to begin with your mind. (Capacity 90)

Mona Shah, MD

Mona Shah, MD, is board-certified in holistic medicine and cardiology. She graduated from the University of Chicago Medical School in 1999 and then specialized in cardiology at the Ohio State University. Dr. Shah became board certified in holistic medicine because she realized that when patients made nutritional changes, and learned how to cope with stress, their heart health improved.

Mona works with patients to fully understand the connection between their lifestyle and heart health. And if patients prefer natural remedies, she integrates vitamins and supplements with their prescribed medications.


Managing Headaches: Is There Hope for Me?

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 10

Dr. Erin Doty explains how personal and environmental factors, such as stress, loss of sleep, foods and weather, can exacerbate headaches. Attendees will learn how to recognize when headaches may be serious, when medication use may be hurting rather than helping, and when it’s time to see a doctor for headache evaluation and treatment. Dr. Doty will also discuss holistic approaches to headache management. (Capacity 90)

Erin G Doty, MD

Erin G Doty, MD, is a board-certified neurologist and headache specialist who has been practicing in Jacksonville for 10 years. She’s worked to raise awareness in the medical and lay community about the importance of headache assessment and proper management. Dr. Doty obtained her medical degree from the University of Florida and received her neurology training from Emory University.


Are you Headed for an Energy Crisis? Deceptively Simple Strategies to Manage Your Energy – Not Your Time!

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace 9

In this presentation, you’ll take your current stress temperature, to see where your life is being thrown out of balance. Then you’ll learn how to swing the pendulum back to the middle by focusing on your personal energy. By using the simple techniques taught in this session, you’ll be able to rejuvenate yourself and build physical, emotional, and mental resilience. (Capacity 140)

Kym Dunton, RN, BA, IBCLC

Kym Dunton is the coordinator of women’s health at Baptist Health, where she focuses on wellness and optimal health for women. She also teaches aqua fitness and Nordic walking classes, with participants ranging from age 20-102!

A motivational speaker, Kym has been a presenter at the Florida Governor’s Conference on Women’s Health and has spoken previously at Speaking of Women’s Health National Conference in Jacksonville. She is also a past recipient of “Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida” award.


Dispelling the Myths of Incontinence

Sponsored by Brooks Rehabilitation
City Terrace 8

Come listen to physical therapist Catherine Alexander bust the myths surrounding urinary incontinence. She’ll tell you what urinary incontinence really is, the prevalence and types of incontinence, and factors that contribute to incontinence. Catherine will also discuss healthy bladder habits and available treatments for urinary incontinence. (Capacity 90)

Catherine Alexander Yelvington, PT, MHS

Catherine Alexander Yelvington, PT, MHS, has completed continuing education and specialized training for the treatment of women’s health issues including pelvic pain, constipation/bowel dysfunction, male/female incontinence, pregnancy/postpartum and pelvic organ prolapse. She received her master’s of physical therapy degree from the University of North Florida in 2002, master’s of health science degree from the University of North Florida in 2000, and bachelor’s degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland in 1986. Catherine’s hobbies include teaching fitness classes for the YMCA and nutritional counseling.


Healthy Sex At Any Age

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 married to a skin cancer surgeon and has three small children and a dog. She enjoys running, reading and travel, and speaks conversational Spanish.


Yoga for Stress Relief

Sponsored by WJCT Public Broadcasting
City Terrace 2

Many of today’s proven stress reduction techniques are derived from yoga. In this session, you’ll learn how to incorporate some of those techniques into your daily life. Come hear how conscious breathing, physical movement and stretching, and mental imagery and meditation will help turn down the volume of your stress. (Capacity 200)

Joan Ryan, BS-Education, PYT1000, E-Ryt500, C ht

Joan Ryan, BS-Education, PYT1000, E-Ryt500, C ht, is a certified Professional Yoga Therapist with over 16,000 hours of teaching experience. Her mission is to make yoga accessible to everyone regardless of age or fitness level. Joan uses yoga techniques to help empower her students so they can enjoy a higher quality of life.