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Check out our 2017 Presenters

A-List Speaker Lineup Announced for 4th Annual Mind Body Spirit Life Expo


11:30 - Overcoming Stress and Anxiety to Feel More Joy

We are often taught that feeling stress or overwhelm is a bad thing, that we're not handling something right, or that we are weak or missing something. When we come from a place of fear and loss we close off to the world and to our innate guidance. Another way to look at these tough times is that they are a wake-up call in life to receive more love and guidance. We can shift our standpoint to one where life can flow with more ease, deepening our relationships with our loved ones, ourselves and God, the Divine, or something bigger than yourself. Dr. Magauran will share practical tools and tips to help you through our difficult times while opening to the wisdom around you. The result is feeling more empowered and aligned with manifesting your greatest gifts and dreams, bringing a sense of rejuvenation, increased energy and unlimited potential. Maureen Magauran, M.D. is highly sought after for her unique, holistic approach to treating anxiety and depression. She is a Board Certified physician specializing in holistic psychiatry and meditation. Her work has been featured in Thrive Global, Merrimack Valley Magazine, Andover TV and Women Inspired TV. She has been a speaker for the American Holistic Nurses Association, the Natural Living Expo, the Holistic Mom's Network and The Mother Connection. Through her one on one work she helps moms of young children overcome stress and anxiety to feel more joy.

12:00 - Introduction to the Practice and Profession of Hypnotism

Hypnotism is not magic though its effects often seem miraculous! Join Hypnotist John Koenig for an entertaining and informative introduction to the practice and profession of hypnotism whether as a personal development tool or even an exciting new career or adjunct to your psychotherapy practice John Koenig is a Board Certified Hypnotist and a Certified Instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists. John has practiced in Rhode Island since 1998 with an office in the Warwick Medical Building and also in Seekonk, MA at the Tree of Life Wellness Center. His work has been featured nationally on both NBC and ABC network news.

12:30 - Thriving with a Chronic Illness

Preventing chronic illness development or progression and empowering sufferers to take charge of their own health and maximize their own potential through nutritional interventions and alternative therapies. Go from suffering to thriving and change the epigenetics of the next generation. Isabel Burnett is an IIN certified health coach who initially wanted to learn more about health to cope with the symptoms of her own chronic illness. Isabel has experienced with raw food diets, as well as specific target diets to manage specific symptoms. She has extensive knowledge of the microbiome and advises clients on the best alternative therapies for their specific situation. Isabel often gives workshops alongside medical professionals on therapeutic gardening, gut health, and managing pain and fatigue with alternative therapies. Isabel owns her practice, supersized wellness where she has been advising clients on transitioning to effective natural approaches since 2010.

1:00 - In Tune With Your Intuition

Is it difficult to connect with your intuition? Are you unsure how to recognize it? Join Angie as she shares the importance of a regular practice and provides insight on how you can tune into your inner wisdom in just a few minutes. Expect to be guided through a simple practice you can do at home. Angie Sarhan received her M.F.A in Creative Non-Fiction and currently teaches college writing. She is the creator of Universe Letters—an inspirational blog and jewelry line. She is also a Reiki Master and is currently obtaining a certification in teaching Mindfulness. She is passionate about inspiring as many people as possible through her words, jewelry and workshops. Angie's blog focuses on infusing more mindfulness and positivity in your day-to-day life. Her writing has also been featured on The Huffington Post, Positively Positive, Tiny Buddha, Mind Body Green, The Change Blog, Rebelle Society, Elephant Journal and Having Time.

1:30 - The 3 Secret Words to Successful Healthy Aging

Learn the two key ingredients for success with fitness and aging aside from diet and exercise! Discover your inspiration and be motivated with food choices and fitness. Realize the THREE guiding words to make the best choices for your physical future. Elizabeth Phinney is the Creator of BodSpir® Elizabeth's passion is Fitness After Forty Five™. Her 17 year mission to date is to inspire and motivate everyone to take control of their aging and live an extended quality of life - well into their 90's and beyond. She is a Certified Personal Trainer with the American Council on Exercise. She has been named Top Female Executive with Worldwide Who's Who and VIP of the year in Health and Fitness for 2013 and 2014.

2:00 - Stop Settling, Start Living

Hungry for change and craving something bigger, better and bolder for your life? Then it's time to learn the secrets happy and successful people already know, so you can stop settling for the ordinary and start experiencing the extraordinary. Join Gigi Gravel, Lifestyle Architect and discover the 3 must-have steps to realizing your dreams and creating the meaningful life you really want to live. Gigi Gravel, Lifestyle Architect is a Women's Empowerment & Life Transformation Coach who helps clients break through limiting barriers so they can overcome their challenges and elevate their lives from ordinary to extraordinary. She uses the principals she learned as a black belt martial artist to empower women to live into their true potential and achieve things they never thought possible.

2:30 - Mind Games: Think, Learn, Communicate While Having Fun

If you love TV Game Shows don't miss this awesome program! Be a contestant or an audience participant. Laugh! Learn! Smile! Think! Leave knowing more about your mind and body. Be safer, more productive and a better communicator. Professionals and students say this program is Awesome, Engaging, Entertaining, Informative, Interesting and Fun! Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro is a professional speaker and consultant in careers, education, ergonomics, human factors, leadership, learning and teamwork. He brings this program to business, academic and social events everywhere.

3:00 - Stress Busters!

Stressed out??? Who's not these days? We are living in a fast-paced world, filled with uncertainty and ambiguity that is just plain stressful and stress can be a killer! So join us for STRESS BUSTERS a lively, empowering and interactive workshop. Your subconscious can be a very powerful tool in helping you to manage and decrease your stress and Hypnotherapist, Suzi Nance will show you how to engage it. You will experience a group de-stressor hypnosis session and leave feeling calm and in-control with strategies to help keep you there! Suzi Conklin Nance is both a Certified Hypnotherapist and a Certified Hypnosis Instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists, motivational and inspirational speaker. She is the founder of Newport Center for Hypnotherapy. As a self-confessed Type A multi-tasker with an abundance of energy, She speaks authentically and from the heart to help everyone she meets obtain the power, permission, and tools to be agents of change in their lives, businesses, and the world.

3:30 - Powerful Transformation: Create Outrageous Abundance in Your Life

Do you have outrageous abundance and happiness in your life? If not, learn how to identify the blocks and other factors that interfere with your ability to manifest what you truly love along with five secrets Dianne will share. Dianne Bischoff James, is a transformational life coach, author of The Real Brass Ring, tapping healer and Akashic reader. Having found herself completely off track at 40, she lost 60 pounds, left an exhausting executive career, conquered depression and became an actor and authority on empowered transformation. Dianne offers real-time, energetic clearing of blocks to improve your relationships and increase your abundance, success and prosperity through her Akashic Record readings, Tapping process healing and Life Reboot consulting sessions designed to clarify your path, activate your goals and allow you to find the passion, peace and prosperity you truly deserve.

4:00 - How to Keep Your Humor when Reinventing Yourself

Doreen Collins has reinvented herself more times than Madonna. A comedic actress for most of her life, she has once again ventured into unknown territory; writing. Her first book: “Confessions of a Working Girl or How to Get Laid (Off)" is being released in time for the holiday season is an amusing collection or recollection of just some of her employment history. She's a 40-year veteran of SAG-AFTRA and the first female inducted into the RI Comedy Hall of Fame but her goal is always laughter. Come see for yourself.

4:30 - Moving Through Transition at Any Age

Patricia Raskin, M.Ed is an award winning producer and business owner and host of “The Patricia Raskin Show" in its tenth year on Saturdays WPRO, AM630/99.7FM. She is a motivational speaker and certified coach specializing in change and transition.Transition is often part of the baby-boomer years in the areas of health, relationships, career and self-growth. She became an entrepreneur in her baby boomer years and was a recipient of the 2015 RI SBA (Small Business Administration) Award. She is the author of Pathfinding: Seven Principles for Positive Living. Patricia will discuss how to move through the transition at any age, to make positive changes in your life.


11:30 - Nourishing Life: Daoist Health and Longevity practices.

Daoism unique approach to spirituality starts from the healthy body. With its very practical advice about nutrition, Dao Yin healing exercises, and meditation, all tailored to seasonal changes throughout the nature that reflect our bodies, we learn how to enjoy happier and longer life. At the end, practice Therapeutic Tai Chi with Izabela Stambolyan. Info: Izabela Stambolyan is a disciple of Wu Dang Dragon Gate School of Daoism. She has been continuously studying Daoist Healing Arts under Yun Xiang Tseng since 2012. Master Chen trained her in External Qi Healing practices, and as Wu Dang Qi Gong and Tai Chi practitioner as well. He passed on to her the sacred knowledge of Yi Jing, the oldest Chinese oracle. Izabela Stambolyan is ongoing a training in Wu Dang Internal Alchemy. She recently relocated to RI and is looking forward to being of service with her skills to all who wants to live their true nature.

12:00 - Rebalance From Communication Overload

Donna Rustigian Mac, DMacVoice Communications. “Communication Overload" is real and causes everything from increased anxiety to diminished sleep. Join Donna as we examine how this unprecedented time of overload is slowing our progress and what we can do to counter that. Donna is a corporate communications trainer who helps companies maximize the power of their people through effective communication and collaboration skills. She's also a life coach and author of Guide To A Richer Life, Know Your Worth, Find Your Voice & Speak Your Mind.

12:30 - 3 Important Things to Know to Prevent Common Injuries

80% of Americans will develop a painful back problem at least one time in their life. Currently managing back pain is costing Americans thousands of dollars per year. Learn how to prevent common painful back problems, and popular and cost-effective, healthy treatment solutions. Michael will put together an interactive presentation that is fun, engaging, and that includes group participation. Handouts will be provided along with a brief Movement and Posture Screening. Michael Nula is a Doctor of Physical Therapy & Founder of Elite Physical Therapy. Voted "Best Physical Therapy Practice" in the country by Advance Magazine, He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy, and received his Doctorate from Temple University. Prior to becoming a Physical Therapist Michael taught Biology at Saint Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, and Mathematics at Portsmouth Abbey School. Education has always been Michael's passion and he regularly produces advanced education opportunities, in-house workshops, and professional conferences and seminars.



Super charge your meditations to go deeper faster, connect more with the creative force in you and get deeper insights into your purpose and mission in life. In this talk I will not just tell you, I will show the one thing missing piece in most meditation rituals that can enhance your experience tenfold. Rhys Thomas is a visionary author of the International Best Selling Book, "Discover Your Purpose, How To Use The 5 Life Purpose Profiles To Unlock Your Hidden Potential And Live The Life You Were Meant To Live." He is a speaker and trainer in the energy medicine field and the creator of the Rhys Method® transformational system that is taught exclusively at the RhysThomas Institute of Energy Medicine and in the Rhys Method® coaching programs. Rhys has 15 years experience in energy medicine practice. He founded the Rhys Thomas Institute of Energy Medicine in 2005 where he teaches hundreds of students each year how get clarity of their souls purpose, and have the energy and courage to live it every day. He is a certified energy medicine practitioner, 2nd Degree Black Belt with 25 year Martial Arts Training and a Reiki Master. Before entering the healing arts he had a successful 27 year career as a tennis professional and was a national speaker for the tennis industry.

2:00 - Control your eating, control your life!

Many individuals struggle with eating for reasons other than hunger, like dealing with emotions or stress (including binge eating). This can contribute to unhealthy weight gain and emotional distress. Fortunately, there are many strategies to help people get their eating under control for improved weight regulation and psychological well-being. This presentation will address reasons why people overeat, and introduce techniques for improving one's relationship with food. Experiential components, such as mindfulness exercises, are included, and audience questions/participation will be encouraged. Andrea Goldschmidt is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor (Research) at Brown Medical School/The Miriam Hospital. Her research focuses on maladaptive eating behaviors in individuals with obesity. She has worked with children and adults suffering from these problems for 15 years, and has published over 70 articles and book chapters on this topic.

2:30 - Try something new for 30 days

Finding a new challenge that best fits you, will make your 30 days much more enjoyable. Stacie Venagro is a Certified Fitness Professional who is the reigning three time World Fitness Champion and 2014 Fitness Universe Champion. She has carved her place in history as the only all natural athlete to ever win back to back multiple World titles and championships. As an elite and master trainer as well as a gym owner, in New England, Stacie is responsible for coaching weekend warriors, athletes and women and men who are seeking physique transformations, through weight loss and lifestyle changes.

3:00 - Being the Lighthouse

Taren Sbardella~ Wellness Mentor. Do you live your life like the lighthouse, or the tugboat? Taren Sbardella, mom, mentor and mindfulness coach, will share with you the pieces of her story that helped her move from dragging and pulling herself through life to standing strong in her own light. You will leave this chat feeling uplifted and motivated to shine your internal light so bright! You will learn how to BE the LIGHTHOUSE!

3:30 - Control "YOUR OWN" Choices to Become a Happy Successful Leader

The day Peter Callahan realized he had control over the choices he made in life was a game changer for him. There is a difference between what others want us to do and what we have a passion to do "for ourselves". There lies the magic ingredient to a happy career - success in what we love. According to Gallup, 70% of American workers are disengaged with their jobs, costing business owners upwards of $3,000 per employee per year. Could your practice, your bottom line, and your hard work be suffering from a lack of inspiration and commitment? Peter is the owner of Fresh Perspectives and loves to empower leaders, students, and entrepreneurs to discover and act on their values, meaningfully connect with others, and find fulfillment in their work and lives.



Roland Comtois is an acclaimed inspirational speaker, spiritual medium and radio show host. He is the author of two books And Then There Was Heaven,16 Minutes, and the coauthor of 365 Days of Angel Prayers. Roland is currently under contract with Llewellyn Worldwide for his new book about the Purple Papers coming out in 2019. Roland is the Executive Producer and star of his one man stage production Heaven the Experience . Roland is a professional healer and spiritual medium with over 30 years' experience as a gerontology nurse, Reiki Master, metaphysical teacher and grief specialist. His expertise extends from the physical to the spiritual, as he shares healing modalities and messages that nurture and balance mind, body and soul. His mission is to help people find comfort in life in spite of loss, show them how to move beyond grief with love and hope and to pass on the message that heaven and eternal love are real and always close at hand. He is the founder of the After Loss Expo, now in its 11th year. His work is currently sought after by television production companies eager to showcase his signature Purple Papers