Friday, April 6, 2018

Hilton Garden Inn, Okaloosa Island | 8:00am - 1:00pm



Arrival/Registration Open




Hormone Balance and Therapy in Women

M. Mitchell Silver, DO


Mindful Eating

Whitney Temple, RD, CNSC, LDN
Registered Dietician, Twin Cities Hospital


Medication Interactions

Frank Materese, BS Pharm., Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy, Twin Cities Hospital


Treatment Options for Heavy or Painful Periods: What’s New and Current?

Diana DeCotis-Smith, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Stephanie Caywood, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology




Turn the Radio Down so I Can See...and Other Mid-Life Observations

Karen Mills
Keynote Speaker




Check back soon for updated agenda information!

*Agenda is tentative and subject to change.

Grace, Gratitude, and Grit: Making Wellness Fit

Melanie Carvell, PT

Keynote Speaker

Are you ready to develop your personal motivational tool kit for a healthier, happier life? Have you struggled to prioritize your self-care and don't know where to start? This presentation provides a practical blueprint to equip you to not only begin, but most importantly, sustain a healthier lifestyle. Melanie will inspire you to fit movement and joy into your days, resulting in more energy, productivity and most importantly - happiness!

Melanie Carvell is a physical therapist and the Director of the Sanford Women's Health Center in Bismarck, ND. She is an accomplished triathlete and a six-time All American. Melanie is a captivating motivational speaker, tireless community volunteer, a certified Worksite Wellness Consultant, and author of Running with the Antelope: Life, Fitness, and Grit on the Northern Plains.

Melanie is an accomplished triathlete who is a six-time All American, representing USA Triathlon on eight World Championship teams, and winning a bronze medal in Germany in 1999. She has trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center with the national cycling team, was named North Dakota’s Sportscasters/Sportswriters Athlete of the Year, chosen as the North Dakota Prairie Rose State Games Athlete of the Year, and received the "Picture of Health" award from the State of North Dakota for being a leader in women's health.

Melanie learned to run on the northern Great Plains where the winters are long and harsh and the wind tests the human spirit. She attributes her national and international success to her agrarian roots and the challenge of biking, running, and swimming in one of the most formidable landscapes of America. Her motivational philosophy is, "If I can do these things, given the modesty of my upbringing and the harshness of the Dakota climate, so can you." In her book, Running with the Antelope inspires readers to begin a program of athletic training, weight loss, or general self-improvement.

Melanie is one of the most entertaining, informative, and inspiring wellness and motivational speakers in the Midwest. Raised in a small town in western North Dakota, she is one of North Dakota's most cosmopolitan citizens at the same time that she remains devoted to the small town values that shaped her entire life.

Melanie's interactive presentations will inspire you to take charge of your health, reintegrating your body and spirit along the way to a happier, healthier life. With her humble and engaging style she delivers useful information with a big dose of inspiration for all of us to be more active throughout our day. Her presentations get her audience moving with practical tips, simple but effective exercises, and compelling information that is helpful and motivating.