Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Gail Devers

The career of Gail Devers was one of perseverance and dominance in women’s track and field. A career that saw her compete until the age of 40, Devers is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and 13-time World Indoor and Outdoor medalist, 9 of them Gold Medals. In 1991, near the beginning of her career, Devers was diagnosed with Graves’ disease and began radiation treatment as doctors threatened to amputate her feet. Devers recovered to become one of the most dominant sprinters and hurdlers of her time. She won the 1992 Olympic gold medal in the 100m along with gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m in 1996. At the World Outdoor Championships she won three gold medals in the 100m hurdles (‘93, ‘95, ‘99) along with a gold medal in the 100m in 1993 and 4x100m in 1997. She won World Indoor Championships gold three times in the 60m (‘93, ‘97, and ‘04) and one in the 60m hurdles (‘03). In 2007, at the age of 40, Devers won the 60m hurdles at the Millrose Games in 7.86 seconds, which was the fastest time in the world that year. A 10-time USA Outdoor 100m hurdles champion; she is a two-time winner of the ESPY for Women’s Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Gail recently became an author. Her book GAIL DEVERS MY LIFE IN STORY: STRONGER was released in 2015 and available at http://cosbymediaproductions.com/gail-devers-my-life-in-story-stronger/,. Gail’s most recent endeavor is GD By: Gail Devers, a Nail Polish, Lip balm/gloss, and foot care line slated for release at the end of the year.

Wellness Workshops

Healthcare heroes from the community and health/wellness fields have been carefully chosen for the purpose of giving you plenty to learn and practice. We are covering all topics that keep women up at night, from protecting our children and caring for aging parents to those darn night sweats!

9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The Age of Change (Menopause) – 9:00 a.m.

Any warrior of womanhood knows that managing menopause takes true super powers. We’re here to offer some helpful hints on how to best navigate the hormonal metamorphosis all women must face. We’ll have experts on hand to talk honestly about how to fight back against hot flashes, hormones, bladder control, mood swings, low sex drive, insomnia, brain fog and more. Together, we can learn to tackle this change in true superwoman fashion.

Kathryn Parris
MD, MBA, FACOG
A native of Trinidad, Kathryn Parris, MD, MBA, FACOG graduated from Howard University with both her undergraduate and medical degree. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology training at Drexel University Hospital and is board certified. Dr. Parris received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and currently serves as Medical Director for Gwinnett Physician’s Group OB/Gyn and the Women’s Pavilion at Gwinnett Medical Center.
She strongly believes that communication is key when approaching patient care. She enjoys the practice of general Obstetrics and Gynecology in women at all stages in their life. In her free time she loves spending time with her two children and enjoys shopping, reading and traveling, especially to Paris, France or any place with a beautiful beach.

Dr. Denise Pecht, Gynecologist
Gwinnett’s Progressive Healthcare for Women
Dr. Denise Pecht has been practicing in the field of medicine for over 25 years, and has been practicing strictly Gynecology since 2004. Dr. Pecht has always been passionate about helping people and solving problems – becoming a medical doctor was the most natural career move for her.

Dr. Pecht earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education at University of Tennessee (don’t let that fool you, she is and will always be a UGA fan – GO DAWGS!). She received her Medical Degree from Louisiana State University Medical School, and completed her residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

She is inspired daily by her patients and her team at GPHW, and has enjoyed building relationships throughout her entire career. With her passionate and go-getter attitude, she works hard to ensure her patients are well taken care of and that their healthcare needs are met.

Fitness Frenzy (Interactive Workshop) – 9:00 a.m.

Even superheroes need exercise to power up and push themselves to be the best they can be. Knowing where to start can be intimidating, though, so we’re going to introduce you to the latest fitness trends first-hand. GMC’s Sports Medicine experts will work with you on everything from proper form and different exercises to preventing injury and identifying the best fitness routine for your unique needs. It’s time for you to showoff that superhero strength.

Braselton Fit Body BootCamp

Braselton FBBC provides empowering 30 minute H.I.I.T. style fun! Challenge yourself with our YOU vs. YOU motto in this face paced environment sure to produce results.  Fitness, nutrition and friendship is our winning combination.

9Round Fitness

9Round – Lawrenceville, GA provides a fast, fun 30-minute full-body kickboxing circuit workout. We offer NO class times and a friendly trainer at every workout. Your instructors will be Erica “Energizer” Howell and Brandi “Beastmode” Goodbar.

ToLife! Yoga and Pilates

ToLife! Yoga and Pilates is located in historic downtown Buford.  We have a wide a variety of offerings, including Yoga, Pilates, Kettlebells & Cardio, Stretch Therapy, Aerial Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Mommy/Baby Yoga, and Therapeutic Yoga.

*Pre-Registration Required

Biggest SuperMom Fears Debunked – 9:00 a.m.

Every mother’s top priority is to ensure the wellbeing of her children. That’s why at any given time, she has a million different health-related questions, concerns and fears swirling around in her head. Does he have ADHD or is he just being an active boy? Should I be worried about the growth chart? What is sensory processing disorder? When should I consider consulting a therapist?  What if…?  Is this okay? Is this normal or common? Popular Pediatrician and mom, Suzanne Molock, MD, answers all of your burning questions.

Suzanne Adams Molock, MD FAAP
Gwinnett Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Suzanne Molock was born in Newnan, Ga and raised in Atlanta.  She received her BA in Biology and Chemistry from West Georgia College in 1977.  She received her MD from Emory University School of Medicine in 1981. She completed a pediatric residency at the Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in 1984.

Suzanne joined Gwinnett Pediatrics July 9, 1984 and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Committee of their partner board. Suzanne looks forward every day to overseeing the health and wellness of her little patients. One of her greatest joys is taking care of “grandpatients” as former patients bring their children to see her.

Besides practicing medicine, Suzanne has a busy volunteer life. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Annandale Village and is Vie Chair of the Executive Committee as well as serving on the Annandale Village Foundation Board.  As a graduate of the 2011 class of Leadership Gwinnett, she is active in alumni educational activities including chairing several program days for new classes. She is a member of the Gwinnett Medical Foundation Board Women’s Advisory Council.

Suzanne has lived in Gwinnett County for 37 years. She is married to her husband Richard Holzer has three grown sons, two daughters in law and one cat.

Kick Butt Self Defense (Interactive Workshop) – 10:30 a.m.

Every superwoman knows the basics – stay alert, confident and aware of your surroundings – but there are lots of other important tips to know when it comes to personal safety. GMC’s Public Safety heroes will offer an introductory class to help you learn all the basics of self-defense. With these defensive skills, you’ll always be prepared—just like Wonder Woman.

*Pre-Registration Required

Life-Saving Tips From Head to Toe – 10:30 a.m.

While trauma and concussion are two words you never want to hear, they’re both important health topics that we can’t afford to ignore. After all, traumatic injuries, like those sustained in a car accident, are surprisingly common. For instance, did you know that traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death in 1- to 44-year-olds? Or that 1.6 to 3.8 million people will sustain a concussion this year? By learning directly from GMC’s top experts about these two health concerns, and what to do in the event of a serious situation, you’ll have the knowledge and know-how to potentially save a life.

Dr. Adam Shunk, Clinical Neuropsychologist
GMC
Dr. Shunk is a licensed psychologist who specializes in developmental neuropsychology, sports psychology and concussion management. He received his BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his graduate training in school psychology and developmental neuropsychology at Ball State University. He then completed his internship and post-doctorate residency at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital’s Neuroscience Institute, where he split his time training in neuropsychology and sport and performance psychology.

Prior to joining The Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth, Dr. Shunk was employed at St. Vincent Sport Performance center where he provided clinical neuropsychology and sports psychology services for a wide range of clinical and athlete populations. He was also the consulting clinical neuropsychologist for the St. Vincent Sport Medicine Concussion Clinic and the Athlete Concussion Alliance throughout Indiana. He is a credentialed ImPACT consultant and member of the Sports Neuropsychology Society.

In addition to his role as a neuropsychologist, Dr. Shunk is also trained as a sports psychologist. From 2008 to 2013, Adam was the consulting sports psychologist for Purdue University’s athletic department. He has specialized training in clinical sport psychology and performance psychology for athletes at the amateur, collegiate, Olympic and professional levels of competition. Adam assists competitive athletes in everything from individual counseling services for clinical and mental health issues to performance enhancement and mental training skills that help athletes gain a competitive advantage.

Athletically, Adam competed professionally as a track and field athlete for Nike and was an NCAA and USA champion in the high jump.

Gina Solomon
BSN RN CCRN TCRN
Gina Solomon BSN RN CCRN TCRN is the Trauma Program Director at Gwinnett Medical Center. She has 20 + years of Critical Care and Emergency nursing experience. She graduated from Georgia Baptist School of Nursing in 1992 with a Diploma of Nursing and earned her BSN in 2017 from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer. Her career started at Atlanta Medical Center in the surgical ICU where her interest in caring for trauma patients began. She joined Gwinnett Medical Center in 1997 as a critical care nurse. Gina became the Trauma Program Manager in 2008. She oversees a busy Level II program with five trauma surgeons, three registrars, PI Coordinator and an Outreach Coordinator. She is a TNCC and ATCN instructor as well as an ATLS Course Coordinator. She is a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses, ENA, AACN and Sigma Theta Tau. She is active in trauma system activities within the State of Georgia serving currently as current past chair for the Georgia Committee for Trauma Excellence as well as a member of the Georgia Research Institute for Trauma (GRIT) and American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Georgia Chapter . She has been married to her husband Robert for 16 years and has 2 children, Jessica and Jake.

Opioids in Overdrive: A Mother’s True Story- 10:30 a.m.

Over the last several years, opioid addiction has reached epidemic proportions. As a national health crisis impacting thousands of individuals and families each year, it’s essential to learn more about this significant health topic. Learn about the stigma, signs and symptoms of addiction from Lisa Manning whose family suffered the loss of their son Dustin, in her talk “Not My Child…Not Even Once” followed by what to do if addiction strikes your family. Then Susan Barge will share about the hope of long term recovery which is possible and the support that is available through Navigate Recovery Gwinnett.

Susan Barge, Founder
Navigate Recovery
Susan, one of Navigate Recovery Gwinnett’s co-founders, is a person in long term recovery who has worked in the private sector as human resource director for a local technology company and in various industries in other management positions. Along with her husband Farley, she has also served as a support and recovery ministry leader in the faith community for many years. Susan received training from the Georgia Council of Substance Abuse and is a C.A.R.E.S 17 graduate. Early in Susan’s recovery journey she worked in a residential treatment center and that is where she found her calling. Susan and her husband Farley felt compelled to start Navigate Recovery Gwinnett as a result of seeking help for various family members. Their passion is to help others who are suffering and their families by connecting them to the resources they need to get help and maintain wellness. Susan loves working with Navigate Recovery because it is a true collaborative effort from many individuals. She says “what we are doing together is much greater than any of us could accomplish alone!” Susan wants to leave a legacy of recovery, reduce stigma and increase the resources available for her children and grandchildren. When Susan isn’t working hard to change the way we see addiction in our community, you can find her spending time with her family or near the water or both!

Lisa Manning
Almost 2 years ago my 18 year old son died of Fentanyl poisoning. He had been struggling with addiction for about 5 years and for the first 3 years, I had no idea. It is now my mission to educate parents, teachers, coaches, youth ministers, school administrators, anyone who works with kids/teens on the signs of addiction. I also want to educate the young people on the affects, both physically and mentally.

Nutrition Know How – 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

With daily meals, family gatherings and delicious smells, it’s no wonder the kitchen is often times the focal point of the household. But when a health condition, like diabetes, heart disease or celiac disease strikes how should you adjust your shopping, cooking and eating routines to meet these new health needs? Enjoy live, healthy cooking demonstrations, while learning important tips on how to read labels, foods to enjoy and those to avoid, daily intake recommendations, and so much more. With these new super skills, you and your family can enjoy health-filled culinary delights.

Olivia Bubri MS, RDN, LD
Community Wellness Representative
Olivia is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who joined Good Measure Meals in 2017 overseeing community and medical partnerships and providing nutrition education to a variety of audiences.

Olivia received her Master of Science from the Coordinated Nutrition Program at Georgia State University and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Olivia earned her Bachelor of Science, Public Relations from the University of Florida.

Olivia practices a balanced eating approach, and believes that all enjoyable foods can fit into a healthy diet and lifestyle. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling and trying as many new restaurants as possible.