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2016 Breakout Sessions

Morning Breakout Sessions I

10:00-10:50am

The breakout sessions will be held in City Terrace and in River Terrace.
Pick your favorite room since you’ll only have time for one!

Speakers and doctors are subject to change.

Mona Shah

Stress-Proof Your Heart: Protect Your Heart From Chronic Stress

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace TBD

A little stress is unavoidable, but long-term stress can increase the risk of heart disease in most people. Find out how your blood pressure, heartbeat and overall heart risk are affected by stress, and what you can do to minimize your chances of developing heart trouble – including simple tips to allow your body’s relaxation response to effectively counter your stress response.

Mona Shah, MD

Mona Shah, MD, is a cardiologist with Baptist Heart Specialists and the only physician in northeast Florida who is board certified in both cardiology and holistic medicine (American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, or ABIHM). Her areas of expertise include heart disease prevention, women’s heart health and non-invasive cardiac testing.

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Sleep Serenity…Getting a Great Night’s Rest!

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace TBD

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!

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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Up Close and Very, Very Personal: A Patient’s Experience: Intimate Wellness and Urinary Stress Incontinence

Sponsored by CMA Center for Modern Aesthetic Medicine Konika Schallen, M.D.
City Terrace TBD

Hear this passionate and personal story of a patient’s sudden onset of urinary stress incontinence and her secret burden. For over a year she could not discuss this embarrassing issue until she met Dr. Konika Schallen. As a public relations and marketing consultant, Janice Gendreau has 30 years experience as a communicator and professional wordsmith, yet urinary stress incontinence left her at a loss for words to ask for help. Although, an estimated 200 Million worldwide are affected by painful sexual intimacy and bladder control issues many women suffer in silence. This frank and honest account of successful treatment will inspire women to speak out about these issues and consider new medical laser options. A ‘very personal’ question and answer session will follow with Janice and Karla Morello will share an additional, yet different, experience with laser procedures. Korrie Pujadas, ARNP, FNP-BC a health care professional with CMA Center for Modern Aesthetic Medicine. Korrie will answer medical questions from the audience about laser treatments and aesthetic medicine.

Konika Schallen, M.D.

Konika Schallen, M.D. is the founder of CMA Center for Modern Aesthetic Medicine. Dr. Schallen is a distinguished global educator and sought after international speaker. She is the former vice president of global education with Syneron Candela, the largest and most respected leader of aesthetic devices in the world, where she is currently active in research and development. Dr. Schallen is multi-lingual and continues to teach globally. She has been a practicing physician for over 20 years and has an enduring passion for aesthetics leading her to study at renowned medical institutions around the world to bring the most effective, advanced, and sophisticated aesthetic technologies and research to CMA patients. Dr. Schallen received her BA with Honors and earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and completed her Masters in Aesthetic Medicine at the University Islas Baleares in Spain. She is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and continues her practice as an Emergency Physician with Baptist Medical Center-Downtown Jacksonville.

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Can I Prevent a Stroke?

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace TBD

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.

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

Sponsored by Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute
City Terrace TBD

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 and the functional limitations to preserve the joint including the latest and most innovative advances in hip and knee replacement surgery. (Capacity 90)

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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The Future of Headache Medicine: Medications and Beyond

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace TBD

Exciting advancements are being made in the treatment of migraine with release of new medications on the horizon. In addition, there is tremendous evidence supporting the benefits of non-medication therapies, including stimulation therapy, physical therapy, biofeedback, meditation, and numerous other modalities. Please join me to learn how to take control of your headaches and take back control of your life.

Erin Doty, MD

Erin Doty, MD is a board-certified Neurologist and Headache Medicine Specialist who has practiced in Jacksonville since 2004. She has an active clinical practice, conducts clinical trials for pharmaceutical discovery, and educates healthcare providers in our region about migraine treatments.

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Energizing Chair Yoga and Meditation

Sponsored by TBD
City Terrace TBD

Learn simple self-care Yoga postures that will help you feel better! Experience a guided meditation and re-connect with your well-being. Join us to feel the difference as you practice breath, movement, and awareness!

Lisa Long, B.S.

With a philosophy of “it’s all good,” therapeutic movement teacher, Lisa Long has been helping others connect with their breath and feel better for over 30 years. She teaches at international Yoga gatherings as well as writes about life’s delicious essence while creating products for live events, print, web, and television. www.LongLisa.com

More info coming soon!

Morning Breakout Sessions II

11:05-11:55am

The breakout sessions will be held in City Terrace and in River Terrace.
Pick your favorite room since you’ll only have time for one!

Speakers and doctors are subject to change.

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It’s not all in your Head! — Functional Strategies for Combating Allergies and Sinusitis

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace TBD

Have you suffered for months or years with chronic allergies or sinusitis? Join Dr. Walker as he discusses: Practical strategies that can be used when over-the-counter and prescription medicines aren’t controlling symptoms and recent advances in management, including allergy drops and in-office sinus treatments.

Paul Walker, MD

Paul Walker, MD is a board certified Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon with Baptist ENT Specialists in Fleming Island. He is a fellow of The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and a member of The Institute for Functional Medicine. His office offers innovative testing and treatment for allergies and chronic sinus disorders. He specializes in minimally invasive office procedures, including balloon sinuplasty.

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Why Can’t Everyone Just Act Like Me?

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace TBD

We often hear that “birds of a feather flock together.” On the other hand, we hear that opposites attract. Why is it that some people are so easy to get along with, and others are just plain difficult? Attend this humorous, enlightening presentation to learn more about your own behavior style and how best to deal with other styles. Simply learning to speak the “universal language of behavior” will help reduce conflict and stress and facilitate win-win situations.

Kym Dunton, RN

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

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You don’t have to go with the flow: Free yourself from heavy periods, pain and abnormal bleeding

Sponsored by TBD
City Terrace TBD

Have you experienced menstrual bleeding after menopause, during unexpected times, or had periods that last longer than 7 days? Know when it’s time to talk to a doctor and find out what options are available for effective treatment. Get into those white pants again without worry!

Mary Ellen Wechter, MD, MPH

Mary Ellen Wechter, MD MPH is a gynecologist with North Florida OB/GYN, practicing at Baptist Jacksonville and in Mandarin. Dr. Wechter specializes in fibroids, abnormal bleeding, vulvar diseases, and the use of laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and robotics (minimally invasive gynecologic surgery) for the treatment of noncancerous gynecologic problems.

More info coming soon!

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

1:15-2:00pm

The breakout sessions will be held in City Terrace and in River Terrace.
Pick your favorite room since you’ll only have time for one!

Speakers and doctors are subject to change.

Judy Walz

Kathy Bonaventura

Money Boot Camp: Financial Exercises to Give Your Money the Right Workout!

Sponsored by VyStar Credit Union
City Terrace TBD

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 it’s 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 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.

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A Good Change of Heart: How Losing Weight Can Reduce Your Heart Risk

Sponsored by Baptist Heart Specialist
City Terrace TBD

When it comes to heart disease, obesity plays a bigger role than smoking in increasing your risk. Belly fat has been shown to increase your risk of heart disease. Find out what you can do to reduce this preventable risk factor, including diet, exercise and medical treatments to boost weight loss in highly motivated people.

Pamela Rama, MD

Pamela Rama, MD, is a cardiologist with Baptist Heart Specialists and Medical Director of HeartWise for Women. She specializes in prevention of heart disease, non-invasive cardiac testing and managing chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure to prevent heart damage.

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Protecting Your Health: Preventive Screening

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace TBD

Screening is an important part of preventive health. Learn the latest screening tests available and up to date guidelines on how to screen for concerning conditions to keep yourself as healthy as possible.

Sheena Anderson, DO

Sheena Anderson, DO is a family medicine physician with a passion for preventive care and encouraging health in her patients.

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Break Free From Bad Habits By Trading Them For Good Ones!

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace TBD

You know what to do, but it’s hard to do it when you’re busy with the same old unhealthy cycle. Learn from a family doctor how to replace your bad habits with good ones and rewrite the course of your health. All major causes of death can be prevented in part by making healthier choices, but how do you change old habits? This talk will help you zero in on the triggers that drag you down the same pattern of behavior, despite your best efforts to change. Say goodbye to old habits and say hello to new, healthy habits!

Francisco Martinez-Wittinghan, MD, PhD

Francisco Martinez-Wittinghan, MD, PhD from Baptist Primary Care in Nocatee, has a special interest in helping patients break old habits and replace them with healthy habits. He believes understanding and partnership with your doctor are essential to well-being.

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Inflammation 101: Hotter and More Dangerous Than Hot Flashes!

Sponsored by Baptist Health
City Terrace TBD

This presentation will address the topic of inflammation and discuss the latest knowledge base about the subject. It will include implications related to lifestyle including diet and exercise. It will also go over some theories as to how inflammation interacts with the auto-immune system to cause disease.

Raphael Tito Balbino, MD

Raphael Tito Balbino, MD is a Geriatric Medicine physician at AgeWell Center for Senior Health since 2015. He is originally from Rio, Brazil, went to Medical School at the University of Illinois at Chicago, completed his Family Medicine Residency at Duke University, NC and was trained in Geriatric Fellowship at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

More info coming soon!