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Keynote Speakers, Medical Speakers & Experts on Humor in Health & Wellness
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Tracey Conway
Tracey Conway
People love a great make-over: witness Emmy award-winning actress Tracey Conway's "THEN" and "NOW" photos. Her story inspires both belly laughs and tears as she relates the circumstances and details of her cardiac arrest - twenty minutes without a heartbeat - and subsequent recovery at age 38. Audiences continue to be affected by Conway's programs where she shares the lessons she learned, not only about heart disease, but also what she has come to value most - a very rare second chance at life! Whether she's detailing her whirlwind appearance on "Oprah," or explaining the heart arrhythmia Ventricular Fibrillation, her delivery is captivating, effervescent, intimate, and guaranteed to touch hearts, minds, and funny-bones.

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Darryle Pollack
Darryle Pollack
Darryle Pollack is an author and "accidental " artist whose inspiring journey has made her a role model for resilience, authenticity and vitality. Her life has included a series of pioneering experiences: at Yale, in television journalism, health and social media. At the same time, challenges including Stage III breast cancer caused Darryle to say "I never signed up for this" so often, those words are the title of her TED talk, her book and her blog. An online influencer and thought leader, she mines her own life experiences and expertise to deliver her platform messages with humor, humanity, and hope.

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Scott Burton
Scott Burton
Scott Burton presents an upbeat, empowering and inspiring program on finding value and passion in life and on the job. He is a headlining comic and bestselling author who has worked with Seinfeld and Leno, written for prime-time television, and is a World-champion juggler. At the age of 30, he was diagnosed with a high grade, stage four cancer. What Burton found in the battle was not loss, but life! He turned his fears into strength, his tragedy to comedy. This is not a talk about cancer - it's a talk about potential. Burton's high-energy and very entertaining program goes beyond the fear of cancer or struggle in life and calls for joy, laughter, and expression of self every day.

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Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN
Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN
A humorist, internationally recognized expert in therapeutic humor, and former nurse, Karyn Buxman began her career in speaking when she realized it didn't require white support pantyhose, didn't involve body fluids, and didn't have to be done in 12-hour shifts. President of HUMORx and an active member of both the Applied Sciences for Therapeutic Humor and International Society of Humor Studies, Buxman shows people how to use humor for brain health, stress management, manage conflict with humor, increase creativity through laughter and play and in dealing with disease management. Her mission: To improve global health, prevent diseases like diabetes, heart and stroke, cancer and age related illnesses to heal the humor-impaired!

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Andy Core
Andy Core
Andy Core is the author of "Change Your Day, Not Your Life: A Realistic Guide to Sustained Motivation, More Productivity, and the Art of Working Well." , He is an award-winning lecturer, author, television host, and expert in human performance and motivation. Andy has a master's degree in the science of human performance and has spent the past 23 years mastering what it takes to become energized, healthy, motivated, and better equipped to thrive in today's hectic society. The Wellness Challenge, his short-term, high intensity corporate wellness program, has produced significantly decreased illness and absenteeism, while increasing performance, productivity, and enhanced teambuilding in Fortune 500 companies.

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Zubin Damania, MD
Zubin Damania, MD
Dr. Zubin Damania (ZDoggMD) explores the challenges of delivering compassionate health care in our severely dysfunctional medical system, while proposing collaborative ways to revitalize it. Through personal anecdotes extracted from a lifetime of exposure and experience working in the medical field, he inspires healthcare groups, corporations, non-profits, and associations and challenges their teams to examine their own industry's traditions. Under the pseudonym ZDoggMD, Zubin's YouTube videos have gone viral with millions of views, educating patients and providers alike while satirizing the dysfunctions of our healthcare system.

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Sampson Davis, MD
Sampson Davis, MD
Sampson Davis, MD is an infectious, compelling storyteller that all should hear. His true rags-to-riches journey leaves audiences inspired and filled with motivation. Growing up in one of America’s toughest cities, he made the transition from life-threatening quarters to a highly sought-after professional speaker, best-selling author and specially skilled, life-saving physician. Through riveting personal and medical stories, Dr. Sampson Davis provides a never-before-seen look at health care in America, presenting not only the issues but also the complicated lives behind the statistics.

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Tim Gard
Tim Gard
Authority in stress reduction, increasing productivity, morale, and overall job satisfaction through humor., Tim Gard is the author/co-author of 4 books; frequent guest on TV & radio; CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, Certified Speaking Professional, named Meetings and Conventions "Best Speaker Heard or Used!"

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LaDonna Gatlin
LaDonna Gatlin
LaDonna Gatlin, sister of the legendary country music group, The Gatlin Brothers, grew up on stage, ultimately choosing to follow her heart and "sing a different song" apart from her brothers. Through the years, her journeys have included supporting her husband as he continues to survive a cancer diagnosis; encouraging her father as he battles heart disease; wrestling with Alzheimer's as it touches her loved ones; and watching diabetes and it's raging affect on the lives of children close to her. LaDonna has that unique ability to combine a strong message on a variety of healthcare topics with her show-stopping music making her an instant hit with audiences all across America.

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David Glickman
David Glickman
By putting the "med" in comedy and the comedy in medicine, David Glickman offers a hilarious program of jokes, songs, and props designed to positively address the situations and frustrations that the typical healthcare professional deals with in his or her job. You've never seen a funnier way of looking at medical technology, patient relations, managed care, the pharmaceutical industry, medical specialists, healthcare bureaucracy, a patient bill of rights, JCAHO, HIPAA, and much, much more. It's non-offensive, non-invasive humor that's always clean and always clever. When Glickman presents "Dose of Healthcare Humor," he will do whatever it takes to ensure that your entire event is an amazing success!

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Jim Gossett
Jim Gossett
Spice up your meetings with the humorous stylings and masterful mimicry of Jim Gossett! While other comedians recycle "stock" jokes, Jim takes his inspiration from the events of the day, adds his special brand of magic, and delivers a performance so up-to-the-minute, it's no wonder his material often appears in the monologues of The Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman. Jim's unique perspective on the news will captivate you!

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Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence
An Emmy Award-winning comedienne, Vicki Lawrence, loves to make audiences laugh. Best known from "The Carol Burnett Show" and her six year run on "Mama's Family," loyal TV fans can still see her daily on reruns around the country. Ms. Lawrence decided that the time is right to take Mama out of the closet, dust off her sensible shoes and hit the road with her new touring production, Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show. Lawrence is a strong advocate for women's health and hosts the annual "Walk for the Cure" in her hometown where all proceeds go to breast and ovarian cancer research at Long Beach Memorial Center. In addition she serves on the Board for Miller Children's hospital.

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Mary LoVerde
Mary LoVerde
For fifteen years, as a busy mother with a demanding career on the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Director of the Hypertension Research Center, Mary LoVerde tried the "superperson" route - and failed. Struggling valiantly to keep up, she turned to time management, prioritizing, delegating, and simplifying. Now a dynamic international speaker she is devoted to spreading the message of finding balance through connection. Author of Stop Screaming at the Microwave! How to Connect Your Disconnected Life and her latest book, I Used to Have a Handle on Life But It Broke supports her wealth of uplifting insights and innovative ideas for taking small steps in the right direction for a less stressful, more satisfying life.

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Joe Malarkey
Joe Malarkey
Billed as "The Worst Motivational Speaker in America!," Joe Malarkey® is a speaker unlike any other. He shares techniques, philosophies and attitudes that are taught by no one else. And after you see him, you'll understand why. But, if you consider stress relief, laughter and fun to be important parts of your life, then Joe is an experience not to be missed!

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Mark Mayfield
Mark Mayfield
With over 30 years of stage experience, he knows that people either want to be entertained while they learn, or just purely entertained. He can do both. With a background as a corporate lobbyist and as a comedian, he is one of the rare individuals in the world who is equally adept at performing comedy shows or delivering high content keynote speeches. Known as "The Corporate Comedian", he has received rave reviews sharing the stage with a wide variety of celebrities like Paul Newman, Peter Frampton, Colin Powell, and Bob Newhart and has been introduced as the President of the United States on a live, nationwide television broadcast.

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 Mio
Mio
Topics: Magic and Entertainment for Healthcare Fundraisers. Mio's presentation involves your guests in an interactive experience that can be tied into your blacktie fundraiser, hospitality suite, trade show or party. His unique form of close-up magic and mentalism will entertain and intrigue your audience. Mio has helped many organizations raise money, including American Cancer Society, Make a Wish Foundation, Anthony Schriver Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. He has been the featured performer for the Democratic National Committee 2000 Fundraiser, Dannon Yogurts' new product launch and several NFL Super Bowls. To view videos, visit www.magicbymio.com

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Brad Nieder, MD
Brad Nieder, MD
"The Healthy Humorist" . . . Brad Nieder, M.D. is a doctor, funny speaker and clean comedian who entertains, inspires, and enlightens audiences across the country with his unique blend of healthcare comedy and wellness advice. Delivering his presentations at conferences, conventions, and corporate events, Dr. Brad is perfect as a keynote speaker, an after-dinner entertainer, or an uplifting opener or closer, speaking to healthcare groups, professional associations, government organizations...basically anyone who could use a dose of laughter - after all 'It's the best medicine!'

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Kathleen Passanisi, PT
Kathleen Passanisi, PT
An internationally recognized speaker, humorist, medical professional, and author, Kathleen Passanisi is an expert in the field of therapeutic humor and its impact on health and corporate morale. Author of It's Your Life, Choose Well and the self-proclaimed poster-person of the Sandwich Generation, Passanisi brings substance, style, and clean hilarity to her universal content, guaranteeing a successful meeting and a lasting impact on those involved. During her enlivening and enlightening programs, participants will learn how to reduce stress, improve well-being, enhance creativity, and make life at home and work more fun.

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Mike Rayburn
Mike Rayburn
When organizations need innovation and peak performance, where do they go? Usually it's to business leaders, authors, or famous sports figures. Rarely do they go to artists! Yet for artists, creativity, innovation and peak performance are their life blood! Being a mega-successful artist, as well as a savvy entrepreneur and business owner, Mike Rayburn is uniquely qualified to teach artistic principles in a business context, to give businesses and organizations the edge they so desperately need to innovate and perform at peak "virtuoso" levels... and thus transform their success and significance. Featured in USA Today, Newsweek, Billboard, Gig, American Entertainment, and Successful Meetings magazines, Mike has presented for hundreds of the worlds leading corporations and associations.

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Jeanne Robertson
Jeanne Robertson
At 6' 2" she would have been voted most likely to make the basketball team and least likely to be a contestant in the Miss America Pageant. Jeanne actually accomplished both. While she enjoys making people laugh, Jeanne views the role of a humorist as more than eliciting laughter. As audiences are holding their sides and wiping tears from their faces, she makes her point clear. Perhaps that is why thousands of meeting planners make their point clear when they say... "The Meetin' ain't over 'til the tall lady speaks."

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Elaine Sanchez
Elaine Sanchez
Author of, Letters From Madelyn - Chronicles of a Caregiver, Elaine Sanchez has been described as part Erma Bombeck and part Garrison Keillor! Caregiving audiences appreciate the manner in which she deals with the grim reality of aging and illness, and proves that grace, humor and faith can transcend tragedy. Elaine's tender, gritty and uproariously funny "one woman show," has the audience laughing through their tears! Her two workshops: Boomer Bootcamp-designed to help families gather the information they need to make major care-giving decisions and Caregivers Survival Training-recognizing and coping with the stages of caregiving receive RAVE reviews.

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Ross Shafer
Ross Shafer
Ross Shafer is one of the most sought after Keynote speakers and seminar leaders on the subjects of Customer Empathy, Personal Motivation, and Business Relevance. In addition to winning multiple Emmy awards for his work as a TV host, writer and comedian, Ross has been a lifelong entrepreneur who has written 8 books (and 14 Human Resource training films) on how organizations can remain relevant and adapt to changes they didn't see coming.

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Jim Turner
Jim Turner
Regular viewers of dLifeTV know that actor and comedian Jim Turner has a spark for storytelling. Not surprising, considering he's written and performed in comic theater since the 1970s. Diagnosed in high school with type 1 diabetes, Jim enjoys sharing his personal stories with others who relate: "Everybody that knows me has heard 100 different stories about diabetes - decisions I've made, things I've done during insulin reactions. Some are really funny and some are really scary. I relish the opportunity to tell those stories."

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     3 Reasons Why Staying Social Matters to Your Thinking

    How many friends do you have? Do you rarely see family, go out for the evening or join your community for an event?

    You may not realize it, but your social life may just be bad for your brain.

    In the immortal words of Bette Midler, “you’ve got to have friends.” Little did the Divine Miss M know that in addition to our souls, she was hitting a high note on brain health as well.

    A recent AARP survey found that adults 40 and over with a higher number of social connections report better brain health.
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  • Telehealth is here to stay, but it will go through an evolution like all new technology shifts. A new study evaluated performance of teledermatology. The results were mixed. There were incorrect diagnoses and missed diagnoses. Treatment recommendations were not always consistent with guidelines. Prescriptions frequently lacked disclosure about possible adverse effects.  The study was limited because there are not yet large numbers of cases to evaluate. A significant limitation to the study was the authors were unable to assess whether clinicians seeing these patients in traditional in-person encounters would have performed any better.

    On balance, telehealth is a good thing. It has the potential to expand access to more patients, and the medical literature is filled with examples of telehealth systems providing quality care.


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  • Squeezing in a little exercise improves concentration and actually makes your meeting more productive. Waking up the mind and body creates a better atmosphere for listening to the innovative thoughts and ideas being delivered and better prepares us for putting those ideas into action when we return to the workplace.

    Invite a person from your Leadership Team to deliver a “3-5 minute” exercise break. Exercise helps increase energy levels, as well as concentration levels.  Break up the presentations where sitting for long periods can put the mind, not to mention other parts of the body, to sleep.  The break also creates a different type of exposure for your attendees to interact with leadership! 
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  • Re-Posted from John Patrick’s Blog on Accelerating Cancer Treatment…I remember being at a technology conference in 1999 when teenagers Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning demonstrated a digital music service called Napster. It was the beginning of a revolution, and it made a lot of sense to me. The rock group Metallica sued Napster in 2000 and the momentum of music sharing slowed – temporarily. I never saw the problem as theft. I saw it as an industry unwilling to give up the status quo and give consumers a way to purchase music. It took Steve Jobs, the iPod, and iTunes to ignite major growth in digital music.
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  • In a recent article, Healthcare Selfies: Consumers Go Mobile for Better Health, Dr. John Patrick features mobile devices for consumers to monitor their health. One such device is AliveCor. It has a heart monitor that attaches to the back of an iPhone and creates a 30-second EKG. A team of engineers at Cornell University has developed a smartphone camera attachment that takes a photo of a single drop of blood that a consumer has placed on a strip, and in a matter of seconds a colorimetric analysis displays cholesterol level. Read the article for additional devices. The pace of mHealth adoption will accelerate; self-monitoring and self-diagnosis are here to stay.
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  • In a recent interview by Bottom Line/Health, our own Dr. Cynthia Green was asked to suggest her best brain workouts. It’s not what most of us think. Crossword puzzles, online classes and other such activities are not necessarily the best for improving memory and preserving overall cognitive function. The latest research reveals that it takes more than quiet puzzle-solving and streaming lectures.

    In fact, some activities that we once thought were time wasters may actually help build intellectual capacity and other cognitive functions.  And, the most important steps to keep your brain performing at optimal levels are lifestyle choices.  Brain workouts that include getting aerobic exercise (at least 150 minutes per week), maintaining a healthy body weight, not smoking and eating a diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables (low in refined sugar and white flour)

    However, research now tells us that there is more to a healthy brain workout. 
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  • Did you wonder how the Paris attacks could actually create a stronger “World Kindness Day?” True human kindness was shown, at its best, in the days following the attack as witnessed by many of us in the numerous media stories. Tweets, during the attacks, showed how ‘kindness spreads faster than hate.’ Tributes were laid to victims of the Paris attacks at the foot of the Monument a La Republique, in many cases by strangers for strangers.

    Dr. Stephen Post, author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving, discusses kindness in his lectures across the globe.
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  • Buckwheat honey for a cough, peppermint for IBS, turmeric for arthritis, Chia seeds for high cholesterol, salmon for inflamation…“I think most people think food can’t possibly be as potent as drugs, but I see the powerful direct benefits all the time,” said Dr. Melina Jampolis, in a recent discussion with CNN and posted in an article on Fox8.com. A small, growing number of physicians are “prescribing” foods not only for weight management, but also to prevent and treat chronic diseases and CNN spoke with medical nutrition experts to unearth the specific foods they recommend. And you don’t have to be a chef or nutritionist to take advantage of these healthy choices.
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