Health Screenings & Exhibits

Total Cholesterol/HDL
Premier Health Partners

Non-fasting Glucose Screening
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Blood Pressure
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Height/Weight/Body Mass Index
Premier Health Partners

Sleep Hygiene
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Counseling with Diabetes Educators
Premier Health Partners

Bone Density Heel Screening
Life Line Screening

Eye Acuity
Wal-Mart Vision Centers of Dayton

Breast Health Education
Breast Centers of Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital South and Good Samaritan North Health Center



Breathe Easy: Adult Asthma

Children aren’t the only ones who get asthma.  Adults without a history of breathing disorders can suddenly find themselves gasping for breath.  How does that happen?  What is asthma and what causes it?  Is it contagious?  Is asthma preventable?  Find the answers to these questions and more.  Remember: Don’t take your breathing for granted!

Speaker: Betty Rudy-Gray, RCP, CTTS

Betty Rudy-GrayBetty Rudy-Gray, RCP, CTTS, has dedicated her life’s work to her favorite motto, “don’t take your breathing for granted!”  She is a graduate of the California College for Respiratory Care and a certified tobacco treatment specialist.  In the dual roles of serving as the respiratory therapist for Good Samaritan’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and the Hospital’s pulmonary patient educator, Betty teaches about asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and smoking cessation.  As an active member of the Dayton Area and Ohio Asthma Coalition, she started and has maintained the COPD/Asthma Support Group at Good Samaritan North.




Creating Financial Independence — Securing Your Dreams and Legacy

Much of mainstream marketing for financial services focuses on product and price.  Whether it is Flo or the Gecko, Sam Waterston or Franklin’s perspective, the pitch seems to be that we have the solution for your worries – if only it were that simple.  Developing strategies that lead to financial independence requires a holistic approach. By the end our this session you will have a basic understanding of how the principles of Cash Management, Risk Management, Investment Strategies, Retirement Planning and Estate Planning are the keys to financial independence.  After all, these decisions are less about what we have or hope to have than about those we love and what we want for them and ourselves.

Speaker: Keith P. Davis

Keith DavisA Registered Representative with New York Life and thirty three years’ experience in the financial services industry, Keith is a member of the “Society of Financial Service Professionals” and Past-President of the Dayton Chapter of the “National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.”  Building meaningful and lasting client relationships from an earned foundation of trust enables clients to enjoy security, cultivate their dreams and build their legacies.  A dedicated community volunteer, Keith believes that service and integrity are the essential elements of a successful relationship.  He has two grown daughters and lives in Centerville with his wife, Nita and dogs Woody and Sammie.




Empower Yourself: Yoga for Physical and Mental Fitness

Yoga asana – physical practice – benefits body and mind. In this participatory session you will learn that EVERYONE can do yoga by experiencing the simple yet powerful foundations of practice yourself! As you practice standing and chair poses, you will begin to see how practice will change the way you position, move, and think about your body for the better! Empower yourself to create balance in body AND mind and understand the body-mind connection through brief meditation. Practice yoga can start or restart anytime and is a lifelong endeavor.

Speaker: Kathi Kizirnis, E-RYT

Kathy KizirnisKathi Kizirnis is co-founder and co-director of Practice Yoga, a thriving and growing yoga center in downtown Dayton's Oregon Arts District. She and business partner Kim Carter have dedicated their business to passing on yoga's traditional and evolving methods for sustaining optimal health and well-being. Kathi's teaching philosophy focuses to cultivating each student's strengths and intuition: There is no one 'right way' for all. She has trained with many renowned yoga teachers over the last decade and is a registered E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher). Kathi's greatest teachers, though, are her fellow yoga students and family. She lives in Oakwood with her husband and two children.




Enhancing Memory: Creativity, Aging, and the Brain

For boomers and seniors looking for proactive ways to keep your brain healthy, this session will highlight how the brain works as it ages, factors that impact brain health and tips to enhance memory through specific techniques.  Studies show that women are more likely to have Alzheimer’s and will progress quicker through the disease than men.  But by tying new learning with creativity, you can leave a lasting legacy for your children and grandchildren while keeping your brain healthy.

Speaker: Eric VanVlymen, MSW

Eric VanVlymenEric VanVlymen has been the Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Miami Valley Chapter for the past 11 years..  During that time he has served on two National Committees related to brain health.  Eric graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Masters Degree in Social Work and Taylor University with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work.  He has been married almost 20 years and has four children ages 14 – 4.





Exercise Tips for Every Age

2 Sessions: Ages 49 and younger at 10:45AM; ages 50 and older at 3:00 PM
It’s true!  The more you’re physically active the less you notice getting older.  It’s also true that the way we should exercise in our twenties is different from when we’re…well, not in our twenties.  As we age, we can’t push ourselves the way we once did.  This session will give practical advice on ways we can fight gravity, promote bone health and balance.  Learn how to stay fit through the decades and feel younger than your years.

Speaker:  Brett Hoffman, MS, ATC, CSCS, CES

Brett HoffmanBrett Hoffman joined Good Samaritan Hospital in 2008. He currently coordinates human performance and wellness programs at The Sports Medicine Center at Good Samaritan North and is the athletic trainer for the Dayton Demonz professional hockey team. Most recently, Brett served as the athletic trainer and football strength coach for Trotwood Madison High School, the 2011 Division II State Football Champions. Prior to moving to Dayton, Brett was a professor and head athletic trainer at Charleston Southern University. Additionally, his career includes positions as head athletic trainer in professional hockey, soccer and arena football sports. Brett is a graduate of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. His Master of Science degree is from Ohio University. Brett is licensed by the state of Ohio and is a nationally certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist with memberships in the National Athletic Trainers Association and National Strength and Conditioning Association.



Fall Back in Love with Your Home

Amy Zumberger, owner and creator of Ask Amy Staging will share helpful tips and ideas for you to repurpose your home décor items without spending a great deal of money. As you view before and after examples of paint selections, curtain choices, photo placements and how to arrange those challenging bookshelves, Amy will walk you through hands-on troubleshooting of common home décor challenges. Share your own challenge with the group and see what solutions you come up with so that you can fall back in love with your home!

Speaker: Amy Zumberger

Amy ZumbergerWith a passion for all things related to home décor, Amy Zumberger went to school for home staging.  She is extremely passionate about what she does and loves to help people.  She founded Ask Amy Staging in May of 2011 which provides a variety of high quality services with a personal touch that makes a difference.





Healing Touch Experience

Healing Touch is not massage, but energy based techniques that help the body to heal itself and promote optimum health.  It is being used in hospitals and communities internationally.  In this interactive session Sue, Leah, Lois and Sheryl will teach you what it is, what it can do for you, and you will learn a technique that will help with relaxation for you and your partner.

Speakers (Photos below left to right): Sue Bush, RNC, HTCP; Leah Krickenbarger, RNC, HTCP; Lois Milligan, RN, HTCP;
Sheryl Mohr, RNC, HTCP

Healing Touch Experience SpeakersAs registered nurses Sue Bush, Leah Krickenbarger, Lois Milligan, and Sheryl Mohr have been serving the Miami Valley and surrounding communities for a combined total of 139 years.  Sue, Leah and Sheryl are also nationally certified in Ambulatory Women’s Health Care Nursing.  Lois, as a Fitness/Wellness Instructor, is certified by the American Council on Exercise.  In addition, they are all Healing Touch Certified Practitioners (HTCP).

They have provided Healing Touch sessions in many communities, hospitals, nursing homes, recreation centers and in private homes.  They have also presented introductions to Healing Touch to nurses, other healthcare workers and the general public.  They are pleased to once again have this opportunity to present at the Speaking of Women’s Health Conference.



Health Screenings:  What, When and Why

We’ve all heard that periodic tests and screenings are crucial for monitoring and maintaining good health. But for me, which tests are needed, and which aren’t? At what age do I start particular screenings, and how often are they really necessary? Recently some testing methods have been in the news as controversial — what should I believe?  In this session you will learn to establish clear guidelines on the right screenings for you now, and what tests to plan for in the future.

Speaker: Mark Jeffries, D.O. (morning session)

Mark JeffriesBoard certified in family practice, Dr. Mark Jeffries has provided care to families throughout the greater Dayton area since 1995. At Cornerstone Family Practice, Dr. Jeffries’ emphasis goes beyond just symptom management to encompass on-going continuity of care and treatment that promotes complete health and wellness, from newborns to the elderly.

A graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Jeffries received post-doctoral training at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Dayton’s Grandview Hospital and Medical Center. He has served at Grandview as Chief of Staff and as Chief resident in Family Practice. Dr. Jeffries is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, and is a diplomate of the American College of Osteopathic Physicians.



Speaker: Whitney L. Sharp, D.O. (afternoon session)

Whitney L. SharpAs both a practicing physician and active mother, Dr. Whitney Sharp has a special interest in promoting day-to-day women’s wellness.  Key to maintaining wellness is helping women learn about periodic tests and screenings that monitor a woman’s health: which tests are vital (and which are not), how often they need to be conducted, and what new screening techniques are telling us.

Dr. Sharp is a physician with Contemporary Obstetrics & Gynecology, with patients throughout the greater Dayton area.  She earned her medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Dayton’s Grandview Hospital and Medical Center.  Dr. Sharp is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee.



Healthy Friendships for Women

Healthy friendships with other women are vital to the overall well-being of women! Explore what qualities contribute to positive, healthy friendships versus those qualities that contribute to negative, toxic friendships. As a first step, you will examine being a good friend to yourself: physically, spiritually and mentally. Explore how to examine your current friendships using health boundary measures and assertiveness techniques. Applying these same techniques, learn how to evaluate the potential for healthy friendships in women who come into your life. Learn, laugh, and enjoy the company of other women!

Speaker: Mary K. Bowman, Ph.D.

Mary BowmanDr. Mary Bowman is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Tipp City, Ohio. Entering her thirtieth year of practice, Dr. Bowman holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Union Institute in Cincinnati, OH, as well as a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University.

Dr. Bowman specializes in the treatment of women. Her doctoral dissertation "Wounded Women: Healing Journeys" highlighted themes of healing in women who suffered abuse as children.

Dr. Bowman lives with her husband, Carl, of 40 years in rural Tipp City. They have two adult sons and enjoy traveling around the globe. Dr. Bowman's favorite pastimes include exercise, reading, writing and performing songs with her guitar, and hanging out with family, couple friends, and, of course, her precious female friends!


Healthy Joints for Life

Whether you’re in your 20’s or 60’s…or somewhere in between, those achy joints can start interfering with the movements of daily life.  Join us to discuss healthy joints and arthritis.  We will explore popular treatments for arthritis covering traditional and nontraditional, as well as prescription and nonprescription.

Speaker: Dusty Rhodes, D.O.

Dusty RhodesDr. Rhodes is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He did his Family Medicine Residency at Miami Valley Hospital and Sports Medicine Fellowship at Grand Medical Center in Columbus.  His practice encompasses a wide age range and he sees many adults with arthritis who want to stay active.





Menopause, Relationships, and Sexuality

Many women find that as their bodies change during menopause, so do their relationships.  Changes in sleep, mood, appearance, and sex drive call all be factors.  Dr. Bembry will discuss all of these changes and offer some ideas about how to manage them.  Bring your questions about menopause, sex and relationships to this session and they’ll be read and answered anonymously.

Speaker: J. Scott Bembry, M.D.

J. Scott BembryDr. J. Scott Bembry is a graduate of Wright State University and Wright State University School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.  Dr. Bembry is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP).   Dr. Bembry practices comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology with special interest in minimally invasive surgery and menopause.




Myth-Busting Nutrition

Have you been "myth-led" about nutrition? In this fun and interactive session you will learn whether some of the most common things you think you know about food and nutrition are fact or fiction, plausible or BUSTED! Discover whether or not high fructose corn syrup is worse for your health than sugar, if fish really is a brain food and more! Join Martha Grodrian as she shines the light into the dark corners of common and persistent nutritional myths.

Speaker: Martha Grodrian, RD, LD, CDE

Martha GrodrianMartha Grodrian is a Registered & Licensed Dietitian, a Certified Diabetes Educator and a Certified Lactation Consultant. She currently works as Outpatient Nutrition Therapist and Certified Diabetes Educator for Good Samaritan Hospital where she has been employed for 31 years. Martha is a veteran speaker, teacher, and community advocate for health and nutrition. In addition to her numerous professional activities, Martha also volunteers within the community.





Natural Skin and Hair Care

You read the ingredient labels on all the foods you purchase to feed yourself and your family. But, have you looked at the list of ingredients used in your personal care products? It's time to go Natural, take advantage of nature's bounty and potentially save a bundle! This session will share recipes and resources for all-natural soaps, lotions, hair care and beauty products. You'll even take home a sample of an all natural hair conditioner!

Speaker: Anne Brower, BA, RN, IBCLC, ICCE, CD

Anne BrowerAnne has been a Registered Nurse for 23 years in Maternal Child Health at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH). Presently, Anne serves as the Birth and Family Education/Lactation Coordinator. She has worked as a post partum and OB/GYN Clinic Nurse, Childbirth Educator and lactation consultant. She is a certified Childbirth Educator, doula, Lactation Consultant and aromatherapist. Anne has developed and presented lectures on coping with labor, breastfeeding and doula care as well as classes on environmental health including "Green Parenting" at Miami Valley Hospital. She helped in the development, implementation and currently co-chairs Miami Valley Hospital's first "Berry Green Team." Among all these accomplishments, Anne and her mentor were selected to present "The Journey to Green" project initiative for Sigma Theta Tau.




Preventology: Slowing the Progression of Aging

Our bodies can look and function like that of a significantly younger or older person…the difference is determined by the way we live. Ideally, if our bodies are the same or less than our chronological age, we may be able to look, act and feel younger. Better yet, we may be able to postpone the onset of age-related diseases and disabilities. Join Dr. Jeff Petry as he discusses strategies for slowing down the physical clock and living a longer, healthier life.

Speaker: Jeffrey W. Petry, MD, MMM

Jeffrey PetryJeffrey W. Petry, MD, is the regional medical director for Cogent/HMG. In this role, he directs hospitalist medicine operations for Premier Health Partners (PHP) at Miami Valley Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Upper Valley Medical Center and Atrium Medical Center. He brings to this position five years of experience as medical director of the Samaritan Hospitalist Group at Good Samaritan, where he managed a staff of internal medicine physicians who provided around-the-clock care to hospitalized patients. His background also includes more than 20 years of experience in family practice in the Englewood area.

Dr. Petry is a graduate of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine where he now serves as an assistant clinical professor in family practice. He completed his residency at Good Samaritan and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He was Good Samaritan Hospital's Chief of Staff in 2004-2005. In February 2012, Dr. Petry completed graduate studies and was awarded a Masters of Medical Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University.


Relaxation – Naturally

Are you stressed, anxious and ready to relax? Soothing herbal teas, aromatherapy scents and relaxation breathing will introduce you to ways to calm yourself anytime you need a break. At this session, learn to use your senses and your imagination as calming tools, always available, to help you find peacefulness at home, work or wherever you are.

Speaker: Donna Walls, RN, Master Herbalist, Aromatherapist

Donna WallsDonna has been a Registered Nurse for 40 years, 38 years working in women's health. She continues to practice as a clinical Lactation Consultant, is faculty for the Healthy Children Project and teaches many women's health classes and workshops for patients and professionals. In 1997 she graduated from the Australasian College with a Diploma Degree in Herbal Sciences and in 1998 became a Certified Aromatherapist. She has been in private practice as an Herbalist since 1997. Donna has presented programs on wholistic care, including natural therapies for women's health, herbal medicines, aromatherapies, natural healing and environmental health both locally and nationally for many years. She published her first book "Natural Families-Healthy Homes" in 2007, focusing on the connection between the health of the environment and personal health.



Street Smart

When you're sharing a night out with your friends, are you aware of your surroundings? Can you identify a predator and spot their tactics? This session conducted by Dayton Police Officer William C. Parsons, will help you become more aware and better prepared to deal with those predators. Develop a survival mindset that will energize and empower you. This promises to be a fun and educational session!

Speaker: Officer William C. Parsons

Bill ParsonsBill is a 25-year veteran of the Dayton Police Department and a survivor of dozens of high risk encounters. He has been the commander of the Police Academy at Sinclair Community College for over 20 years where he teaches survival skills to officers. In addition, he is a court certified expert in personal safety and street survival. Bill has authored three books on personal safety and he holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Judo. An empowering speaker, Bill brings a mix of life saving information, electrifying stories and a sense of humor to his sessions.




The Beat Goes On – Atrial Fibrillation & Women

At the very center of every healthy body is a strong, steady heartbeat.  The heart beats and pumps blood with a regular rhythm.  When the electrical system makes the upper chambers quiver or fibrillate it causes the lower chambers to beat irregularly.  This is called Atrial Fibrillation, or A-Fib.  Erratic heart beats may lead to stroke or heart failure.  Join Dr. Wase as he discussed the prevalence, symptoms, common causes and treatment options for this not so uncommon heart condition.

Speaker: Abdul Wase, MD

Abdul WaseDr. Abdul Wase is a board certified cardiologist/electrophysiologist engaged in the practice of arrhythmias and fainting disorders. He is a clinical professor of Medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He has published original studies and abstracts at national and international meetings. He is also the Director of Cardiology Fellowship program at Wright State University where he actively teaches and trains cardiologists.

For his clinical contribution, he was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by World Congress of Clinical & Preventive Cardiology in 2006. This prestigious award was presented by A.O.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India. Dr. Wase is married with two children. He regularly enjoys cycling and is a voracious reader, particularly early Presidential history and photography.



Tired? Stressed? Or Depressed?

Research has shown that the practice of mindfulness increases the effectiveness in responding to stress, helps to reduce the reoccurrence of depression and decreases anxiety.  In this session you will learn and practice a few mindfulness techniques that you can begin to use immediately to relieve tension and discover if it’s strain or time to talk with your doctor.

Speaker: Roger Fenn, MS, LPCC

Roger FennRoger G. Fenn completed his undergraduate studies at Saint Joseph College. At the University of Dayton, he obtained a graduate degree in mental health counseling and completed a post graduate program in clinical counseling. He completed four years of a post graduate ex-tern program in strategic/structural systems therapy at the Family Therapy Center in Cincinnati. He also completed advanced training in the use of Reality Therapy.

Roger has served as clinical director of three community mental health centers prior to working in private practice. The clinicians he trained and supervised helped thousands of people in their recovery from mental illness, enhancing the quality of their life. Roger is highly skilled in working with families, married couples, and individuals. He currently devotes his full time to his private practice in Lebanon, Ohio.



To Sleep Perchance to Dream

In this engaging session, learn about each of the five stages of sleep, with particular attention to stages 3 and 4 – deep dreamless sleep, and the coveted stage 5 – dream or REM sleep. Discover the importance of getting stages 3, 4, and 5 sleep and understand some of the sleep disorders that can prevent you from achieving this deep sleep. Causes, prevalence, symptomology, testing and treatments of sleep apnea, random leg movement, nocturnal bruxism (teeth grinding), and insomnia will be discussed. After attending this session, you will also understand the impact these sleep disorders can have on your well-being, mood, weight, and cardiovascular system.

Speaker: Jerry McGlothen, Pulmonary Therapist

Jeffrey McGlothenJerry McGlothen, currently the Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Upper Valley Medical Center, has served in that position since 1994. He is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and a member of the National Board of Respiratory Care, the American Association of Respiratory Care, the Ohio Society of Respiratory Care, and the Advisory Board for Respiratory Care Program at Rhodes State college. Jerry has presented to nurses, respiratory therapists, civic groups, schools and businesses concerning sleep disorders, effects of smoking on the body, lung health and asthma; and has been invited to speak at the Ohio and Michigan Post Anesthesia Nurses Association State meetings, the National Dialysis Technologist meeting, and in the Soviet Union where he taught Critical Respiratory Care.