Sharp Women's Health Conference
Sharp Women's Health Conference 2017 Breakout Sessions
Morning Breakout Sessions
Session One: 10:25 to 11:10 am
Session Two: 11:20 am to 12:05 pm
Please choose one of the following for each morning session.
Is This Normal? Successfully Transitioning Through Menopause
Managing the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause is unique to each woman, and doesn't come without its challenges. Hear about the various changes associated with menopause — from hot flashes to weight fluctuations — and learn which treatment options may work for you.
Dr. Kamali is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. He specializes in minimally invasive gynecological surgery and the da Vinci® Surgical System.
Sex Post-Baby, Midlife and Beyond
Lisa Clarke, CRNP, MSN
The post-baby period through midlife is a time of many changes. From postpartum changes and family obligations to the menopausal transition, these physical and emotional milestones can strain relationships and negatively affect a woman's sexual health. Learn how to optimize intimacy and boost sexual vitality during life's transitions.
Lisa Clarke is a nurse practitioner at Sharp Rees-Stealy. She specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, and is a passionate women's health educator.
How Diet and Exercise Can Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
Dr. Phillip Zentner; Angelea Bruce, RD; and Lisa Farrin-Arroyo, DPT
Learn how healthy habits and lifestyle choices can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer or chance of recurrence. You'll also be able to ask the panel of experts all of your cancer-related questions in a Q&A session.
Dr. Zentner is a radiation oncologist and the medical director of radiation oncology at the Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.
Angelea Bruce is a registered dietitian and board-certified oncology nutritionist at the Laurel Amtower Cancer Institute and Neuro-Oncology Center at Sharp Memorial Hospital.
Lisa Farrin-Arroyo is a board-certified doctor of physical therapy in the Sharp Memorial Rehabilitation Center Pain Management Program.
Reproductive Road Map: Achieving Your EGGSpectations
Don't let your biological clock limit your reproductive outcomes. Discover how lifestyle factors can help you optimize your reproductive health, and hear about the latest technological advances that allow you to assess and manage your fertility.
Dr. Morales is a board-certified reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist. She is affiliated with Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns.
Revive Your Meal Experience
Ursula Ridens, RDN
Whether you're a busy mom, have fallen into an eating rut or just can't seem to find the oomph to eat well, this inspiring presentation will help you tackle obstacles and build confidence in preparing nourishing and exciting meals with ease.
Ursula Ridens is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor at Sharp's Outpatient Nutrition Counseling Program. She is passionate about using a non-diet approach to help others make meaningful change for improved health.
Flavor-Packed Cooking With Superfoods
Explore powerful superfood recipes with a global, elegant twist. Discover how to prepare delicious, healthy meals packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for everyday and home entertaining.
Bernard Guillas, Maître de Cuisiniers de France and award-winning chef, is executive chef at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. Since 1994, he has directed the resort's three restaurants and all catering operations for the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, The Shores Restaurant at the La Jolla Shores Hotel and The Marine Room.
Life Reimagined: A Journaling Practice for a Better You
Mary Zientek, RN, MSN
Take a moment to reflect on where you are, and then focus your energy on creating the best life possible. Through a facilitated creative writing process, you will define your deepest desires and intentions, let go of pathways that no longer serve you and create a road map leading to the life of your dreams.
Mary Zientek, RN, MSN, is a life coach and founder of Coaching Techniques. She has worked with numerous hospitals and individual clients to facilitate transformational change.
Integrative Holistic Medicine: What's It All About?
Integrative medicine focuses on the whole person and makes use of a wide variety of disciplines and therapies. Learn how to achieve optimal health and healing with this holistic approach to simultaneously treating your mind, body and spirit.
Dr. Ignacio is a board-certified internal medicine physician at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group and a member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.
Diabetes: Not Just a Number
Angela Norton, RN, BSN
Is diabetes a part of your life? Learn how to control the numbers associated with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, discuss risk factors and behaviors that can reduce your risk of complications and know the long-term investments needed for successfully managing the disease.
Angela Norton is a certified diabetes educator and public health nurse who lives with Type 1 diabetes. She is affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and is on faculty for the nonprofit educational organization Taking Control of Your Diabetes in San Diego.
Reducing Emotional Suffering: How to Successfully Weather Life's Highs and Lows
Dr. Amber Salvador, PsyD
Emotional pain and stress may be inevitable, but how we respond can greatly reduce or increase our quality of life. Learn how to tell the difference between appropriate sadness versus depression, and feeling overwhelmed versus clinical anxiety. You'll also gain strategies to help reduce suffering and increase joy.
Dr. Salvador is a licensed clinical psychologist at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital. She conducts group, family and individual therapy in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program and Cognitive-Intensive Outpatient Program.
Navigating the Golden Years: Successful Aging and Caregiving
Because people are living longer, our understanding of the physical, mental and emotional needs of aging adults is changing. Find out how to advocate for appropriate care and maintain your and your aging loved ones' quality of life to live well to the very end.
Dr. Hoefer is the chief medical officer for Sharp HealthCare's outpatient palliative care program, Transitions, and associate medical director for Sharp HospiceCare.
Easy E-Security for Peace of Mind
In 2015, more than $15 billion was stolen from 13.1 million consumers in the United States. This information-packed session will provide tips, tricks and strategies to protect yourself against identity theft and safeguard your accounts from cybercrime and online fraud.
Jonathan Zide is the vice president of marketing for Cabrillo Credit Union. With 20 years of credit union management experience, he is passionate about educating the community on a variety of financial health topics.
The Great Income Gap: Long-Term Care as an Income Issue, Not an Asset Issue
Erika Williams and Virginia Noland
As life expectancy increases, the odds of needing long-term care are likely to increase as well. It's important to think about your needs and preferences: remaining in your home or moving to a skilled nursing facility for specialized care. This session will help you navigate the options to consider when preparing for future financial wellness.
Erika Williams is a vice president and senior financial advisor with UnionBanc Investment Services.
Virginia Noland is a regional marketing director at OneAmerica Financial Partners.
MELT Method®: Self-Care for Pain-Free Living†
Leslie Thompson, NP
The MELT Method is a simple, self-treatment technique that targets the body's connective tissue (fascia) to help relieve pain and muscle tension. Just 10 minutes three times a week can release accumulated daily physical stress to help you stay healthy and active.
Leslie Thompson is a nurse practitioner and the manager of the Employee Occupational Health Department at Sharp HealthCare. She is also a certified MELT instructor and teaches classes for Sharp employees.
BeYOUtiful Meditative Yoga†
Yanai Calderon, RN, BSN
Combine body, mind and breath to awaken your creative energy and deepen self-love. This vinyasa flow yoga class is intended for all levels seeking empowerment and inspiration.
Yanai Calderon is a registered nurse in the Sharp Chula Vista Emergency Department. She is also a certified yoga instructor and aromatherapist.
Strengthen and Cultivate Energy With Qi Gong†
Victoria Risovanny, LAc
Qi gong (chee-gung) is a series of gentle rhythmic movements known to reduce stress, build stamina, aid in healing and enhance the immune system. Reap the health benefits of this ancient Chinese practice that's easy to learn and adaptable for any fitness level.
Victoria Risovanny is a California state-licensed acupuncturist with a master's of science in oriental medicine. At Sharp Coronado Hospital, she combines acupuncture with other oriental medicine therapies to treat pain, stress, women's health conditions, chronic health issues and orthopedic or sports-related injuries.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Session Three: 2:05 to 2:50 pm
Session Four: 3 to 3:45 pm
Please choose one of the following for each afternoon session.
Bladder, Bladder: What's the Matter?
If you're experiencing the pain, discomfort or embarrassment of a pelvic floor disorder, there's no need to suffer in silence. Learn the symptoms and when to speak up. A wide range of solutions are available to treat this common condition.
Dr. Cole is a board-certified urologist at Sharp Rees-Stealy who specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. She is passionate about educating patients and improving their quality of life.
Investing in the Power of Friendship
Diane Gage Lofgren and Margaret Bhola
Female friendships are a key ingredient to good health, and have been shown to help reduce stress, improve healing and decrease the risk of dementia. Discover how to grow your circle of true friends and increase joy in your relationships for a longer, more fulfilling life.
Diane Gage Lofgren is the chief marketing officer for Sharp HealthCare, and author of nine books on topics ranging from friendship to parenting.
Margaret Bhola is a global health advocate and national marketing director with The Juice Plus+ Company and specializes in establishing corporate wellness programs.
Mindfulness: Bringing Balance to Busy Lives
Robert McClure, LCSW, CEAP
Science suggests practicing mindfulness can have an extraordinary effect on our physical and emotional health and ability to manage stress. This session will address the challenges of our overly busy lives and teach basic exercises that can reduce stress, promote health and enhance well-being.
Robert McClure is a licensed clinical social worker and Sharp human resources consultant. He is a certified compassion cultivation training (CCT) teacher for Stanford University, and a certified mindfulness facilitator and teaching assistant for the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center.
Women's Eye Health: See How to Keep Seeing
Did you know women are twice as likely to experience vision loss, and 80 percent of that vision loss is preventable? From dry eyes and cataracts to macular degeneration and glaucoma, learn about the symptoms of common eye diseases, as well as how to take care of your eyes and preserve your vision.
Dr. Howard is a board-certified ophthalmologist affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. She specializes in glaucoma and serves as a board member of the San Diego Eye Bank.
Fall Prevention 101
Colin King, PT, and Jenny Driessen
This session will teach you everything you need to know about fall-proofing your home and life. Improve your ability to control your movements with exercises to enhance balance, sharpen reflexes and increase strength. Plus, gain tips to reduce your risk of slipping and tripping so you can move with confidence.
Colin King is a physical therapist at the Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital, and has experience in orthopedics, sports medicine and neurological physical therapy.
Jenny Driessen is a certified yoga instructor and group fitness instructor at the Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital. She caters to all ages and ability levels with the intention of strengthening mind, body and spirit.
The Choice: Escaping the Past and Embracing the Possible
Dr. Edith Eva Eger, PhD
Sent to Auschwitz at age 16, Edith Eva Eger watched as her parents were led to their execution while she was kept alive to dance for the infamous Dr. Joseph Mengele. Weighing only 40 pounds and with a broken back when rescued by Allied forces a year later, she succeeded in conquering her demons by choosing to forgive her captors and escape the prison of her own mind.
Edith Eva Eger is a clinical psychologist specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder. Using her past as a powerful analogy, she helps individuals coping with trauma, grief and abuse to discover their powers of self-renewal. Dr. Eger has appeared on numerous TV programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, and is the author of The Choice: Escaping the Past and Embracing the Possible, a memoir and practical guide to healing, to be released in September 2017.
De-Clutter Your Life: The Relationship Between the Stuff in Your Head and What's Under Your Bed
Dr. Regina Lark, PhD
Why is it so hard to let go of stuff? Transform your relationship with your belongings by learning why we become attached to objects, how to identify de-clutter goals, where to start and techniques to stay clutter-free for life.
Dr. Lark is a Los Angeles-based, board-certified professional organizer and the founder and president of A Clear Path: Professional Organizing and Productivity. She has been featured on the A&E television show Hoarders, and in The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times.
The Skinny on Skin Care
Learn how your skin can withstand the test of time with expert tips from a dermatologist — including simple methods for rejuvenating aging skin and the best products to add to your daily routine. Also, find out how to look for warning signs of skin cancer and essential ways to shield your skin from sun damage.
Dr. Wang is a board-certified dermatologist at Sharp Rees-Stealy.
7 Simple Changes to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke
Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Discover seven small steps — from learning how to read nutrition labels to what to buy at the grocery store — that can make a big difference in lowering your risk.
Dr. Zavaro is a board-certified interventional cardiologist affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital. He emphasizes prevention of heart disease through diet and exercise.
Honoring Change: Embracing Milestones, Transitions and Curveballs
Dr. Dara Bliss Schwartz, PsyD
Life is filled with twists and turns. From heartbreak to empty nest syndrome, retirement and everything in between, be prepared to face life's obstacles with expert tips on how to successfully manage the unexpected.
Dr. Schwartz is the lead clinical psychologist for the Senior Outpatient Program at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital. She uses evidence-based practices to help adults and their families live healthier, happier lives. Her specialties include clinical geropsychology, cognitive behavioral therapy and professional education on healthy aging.
Finding Relief From Chronic Joint Pain and Discomfort
Arthritis of the knees and hips can cause debilitating pain that impairs your ability to perform daily activities. Identify the signs and symptoms of arthritis in the lower extremities, and learn strategies for joint preservation and pain control. Plus, get an overview of the latest state-of-the-art joint replacement surgical procedures.
Dr. Allsing is an orthopedic surgical specialist at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. He specializes in disorders of the hips, knees and shoulders.
Smart Travel Tips for a Bon Voyage
International travel requires more than just a passport and suitcase. A travel plan can save you time, energy and stress when abroad, and selecting the right travel protection policy with adequate medical coverage can save you from financial ruin. This session will give you the tips you need for peace of mind when you're far from home.
Jacquie Schwoerke is vice president of Global Patient Services at Sharp HealthCare. The program assists U.S. residents and non-residents with emergency medical evacuations from Mexico and other foreign countries to a Sharp facility, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Balancing Competing Financial Priorities
Cate Pietro and Alicia Martinez
Gain the strategies and tips necessary for meeting your short-term and long-term financial goals. This session will discuss budgeting,saving and investing your money and the importance of having a plan to keep you on track.
Cate Pietro is a Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Advisor™ working with individuals, families and business owners to improve their financial lives and plan for the future.
Alicia Martinez is a Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Advisor™ with more than 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. She enjoys helping her clients strategize and achieve their financial goals.
Strength Training: No Equipment Necessary†
Cynthia Mendolia and Tom Dodsworth
Skip the gym and strength train at home. At the end of this session, you'll walk away with several exercises — tailored to all ability levels — that you can do right away using household items and your own body weight.
Cynthia Mendolia is a certified American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer, and an exercise specialist at the Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital.
Tom Dodsworth is a certified ACE personal trainer with a master's in kinesiology, and an exercise specialist at the Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital.
Prepare for the Unexpected: Self-Defense Tips Every Woman Should Know†
Protect yourself with confidence should you ever need to fend off an attacker. You'll leave armed with basic self-defense techniques and awareness concepts to put the power in the palms of your hands.
Tracie Arlington is the founder and lead instructor at Play It Safe Defense, teaching self-defense courses to women, teens and children. With her black belt in tae kwon do, she is a certified "Rape Escape" instructor for the Women's Self-Defense Institute, and has appeared on The Dr. Phil Show and The Doctors as a self-defense expert.
Dance It Out†
Billy Blanks Jr.
Dance It Out is a total body, high-energy, cardio dance workout that fuses more than 20 dance styles, including hip-hop, cardio, line dancing, ballroom, disco, '80s, Broadway, African, Russian, Irish and hula.
Billy Blanks Jr. is the creator of the worldwide dance fitness program Dance It Out (as seen on ABC's Shark Tank), owner of Blanks Studios in Los Angeles and co-creator of the YouTube community MoveTube Network.
† Interactive session