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WOW - Women on Wellness

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Mar 14, 2020
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
The Hotel Concord
Concord, NH

A day to inspire you to live your best life. Join us March 14, 2020 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at The Hotel Concord in downtown Concord, NH.

Registration Details

Review the breakout options before selecting the 'Register Online' button. The breakout session options are listed below with descriptions and speaker biographies. When you complete your registration form, please select one breakout session for each of the three timeslots.


Fees & Payment

$65 per person

Your registration fee includes a full-day conference and lunch provided by O Steaks and Seafood. 

A portion of your registration fee benefits the REACH Higher Fund. The Fund supports scholarships for health education classes for community members in need of financial assistance.


The conference includes two keynote speakers, one closing speaker and six breakout sessions. Details about each speaker presentation and the six breakout sessions appear below.

9 -10 am Keynote Speaker

Self-Confidence From The Inside Out

Be inspired to live your biggest and wildest dreams with this keynote presentation by author and professional coach, Kate McKay. Plus, discover winning strategies on how to become a success magnet and give your negative thinking the heave-ho.

About the Speaker

Kate McKay is a high-energy, results-orientated success coach, business consultant, transformational speaker, best-selling author, executive entrepreneur, and ACE Certified Fitness & Health Coach. Kate understands the challenges that life presents. As a proven transformation resource, Kate provides enhanced support for hundreds of individual clients, integral leaders, and business groups. She specializes in service-centered work that includes business development, creating financial and emotional wealth, and physical well-being with a focus on living a life of integrity.

10:15 - 11:15 am Breakout Session Options

Plant-Based Eating with Michelle Smith, RDN, LD

Whether you are ready to go all-in with plant-based eating or take it slow and cut back on animal products, you will notice a dramatic change in your overall health and energy level! With the assistance of a registered dietitian, you will learn innovative ways to approach plant-based eating without depriving yourself of essential nutrients.

About the Speaker

Michelle received her Master’s Degree in human nutrition from the University of New Haven and her Bachelor’s Degree in food and nutrition from Framingham State College. She is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist and Certified Motivational Interviewer currently working for Concord Hospital Center For Health Promotion as a nutrition counselor and wellness educator. She has been established in private practice for over 15 years providing 1:1 nutrition counseling for a diverse group of clientele specializing in diabetes, disordered eating, weight management, gastrointestinal disorders, gastric bypass/lap band and sports nutrition.


The Digital Overload Dilemma: How to Unplug and Rejuvenate with Jennifer Fitzgerald, MSW

Your laptop, tablet and phone have given you the freedom to work anywhere, anytime. However, this technology has also blurred the boundaries between work and personal life. While we are no longer chained to our desk, we are more closely tethered to our work than ever before. Additionally, we spend hours a day on devices for personal communication, entertainment, education, research, shopping and much more. This time interfacing with a device has a direct impact on the ability to relax, sleep and relate to friends/family/community. Attend this session to examine the effects of digital overload, learn how to create boundaries and limits, and explore strategies for better technology and stress management.

About the Speaker

Jen joined Concord Hospital Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in September 2018. Before joining Concord Hospital, she worked for a large, national EAP where she provided training on a variety of workplace and wellness topics. She received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire. In addition to her EAP experience, Jen has worked as an outpatient therapist serving a variety of individuals, couples and families. 

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Breakout Session Options

Hormone Balance: The Impact of Stress and Lifestyle with Dr. Laura Jones

Weight gain, sleep disturbance and hormone-related challenges are a common triad of symptoms. They are seen among many women, even those with the healthiest of lifestyle habits. Dr. Jones teaches about the impact of stress hormones on your health with an introduction to adrenal, thyroid and sex hormones. She touches on how these hormones impact your energy, weight, sleep and mood. Come learn how to achieve better hormone balance and improve all facets of your health.

About the Speaker

Dr. Laura Jones is a naturopathic doctor trained in primary care medicine. She treats patients of all ages with a variety of health concerns. Dr. Jones earned a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine with honors from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry with honors from the University of New Hampshire. You can find Dr. Jones at Whole Health Concord.


Make Your Bladder Gladder with Stacy Lilios, DPT

Is your bladder misbehaving? Does it limit your activities or make it difficult to travel? In this presentation, learn the different types of urinary incontinence, what causes them, and what to do to make your "bladder gladder." You don't have to just deal with it anymore. Show your bladder who is boss! 

About the Speaker

Stacey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences from Eastern Nazarene College in 2008, and a Clinical Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2011. Stacey led the Concord Hospital prenatal pool program from 2010-2014 and joined Concord Hospital as a full-time physical therapist in the spring of 2011. She has focused her career on the treatment of patients with orthopedic and women’s health diagnoses (urinary, bowel, prolapse, pain). Her clinical interests include prenatal and postpartum care as well as sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Her article on The Effect of Core and Lower Extremity Strengthening on Pregnancy-Related Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain: A Systematic Review was published by the Journal of Women’s Health PT in 2012. She is a guest lecturer for Concord Hospital's Baby Steps class and at Franklin Pierce University on women’s health topics. 

1:15 - 2:15 pm Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Cultivating Inner Strength, Right Where You Are

Learn how to recognize your inner sources of strength and healing to cope with life's challenges through the use of mindfulness. Develop the deep wisdom, well-being, and wholeness that reside within you.

About the Speaker

Margaret is the co-founder of East Coast Mindfulness and previously served as a senior teacher and teacher trainer at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is adjunct faculty for the Lesley University Masters in Mindfulness degree and is the featured teacher in the online Anticancer Lifestyle Program. Margaret brings over two decades of experience in corporate, small business and non-profit settings to her teaching and training. She is a founding member of the New Hampshire Professional Mindfulness Community. Margaret holds an M.A. in Mindfulness Studies and a B.A. in Political Science and German.

2:30 -3:30 pm Breakout Session Options

The Science Behind Better Sleep with Dr. Jennifer Lacy

Most of us know that getting a good night's sleep is important but too few of us make those eight or so hours between the sheets a priority. Sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and well-being and impacts your mood, energy, concentration, immune system, weight and so much more. If you find your energy is zapped, falling asleep is a struggle or you are tossing and turning throughout the night, then this session is for you. Dr. Lacy will discuss how sleep works, what happens when we sleep, what factors influence sleep and most importantly...what you can do to get a better night's sleep.

About the Speaker

Dr. Jennifer Lacy is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical school. She received her doctor of medicine degree with honors in 2008. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School residency program, in 2011. She completed a fellowship in Sleep Medicine in 2012 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and completed a second fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in 2015 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She has been practicing at Concord Hospital as a Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Specialist since 2015. She is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. Her academic interests include sleep and pulmonary disorders in women.


Women's Sexual Desire: The Multifactorial Influences on Sexual Interest Across the Life Span with Allison Stuart, MSN, CNM

This presentation reviews current data and perspectives on various factors that can both enhance and detract from your interest in sex and ways to safeguard your sexual health and happiness.

About the Speaker

Alison Stuart is a Certified Nurse Midwife who's been in practice for 17 years. Currently employed at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock OB/Gyn clinic in Concord and is on the medical staff at Concord Hospital. She recently graduated from the University of Michigan's Sexual Health Certificate Program and is a facilitator for Our Whole Lives (a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum for youth and adults) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord. Alison strongly believes that sexuality is a natural, healthy and important part of the human experience and this subject is often not addressed in a positive light by healthcare providers. She strives to bring sex-positive sexual health education and counseling into her midwifery practice.

3:40 - 4:15 pm Closing Speaker

Peggo Hodes, MED, MMus
Five Steps to a Vibrant Voice

We communicate with the world through our voices. For many of us, using our voice to speak up, express ourselves or sing with joy can be nerve-wracking. In this presentation, explore five steps to opening up your own vibrant voice.

About the Speaker

Peggo is a singer, voice teacher, composer, and conductor who is widely hailed as a “vivacious and warm-hearted singer" who "dazzles and engages" her audience. Peggo has explored life through music for over thirty years. She is the director of Songweavers, a large, community chorus of women based at Concord Community Music School and Northern Lights, a small women's ensemble singing challenging, beautiful music. Peggo teaches private voice lessons (aka “life” lessons) and workshops on how to access and revitalize your own vibrant voice.


Center for Health Promotion at (603) 230-7300

Schedule & Location


Date Time Location
1. Sat, March 14 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM The Hotel Concord

Location Details

  • The Hotel Concord
    11 South Main Street
    Concord, NH 03301

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