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Twelfth Annual Wellness Expo

April 29 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Department of Integrative Health and Exercise Science at Georgian Court University is thrilled to present its 12th Annual Wellness Expo at GCU! Join us for a free, daylong showcase of integrative health presentations and exhibitors. From acupuncture and acupressure to chair yoga and meditation, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Over 50 wellness related products vendors and practitioners of all types.

Free workshops every 30 min.

Download the twelfth annual wellness expo program here.

If you have any questions, please contact Sachiko Komagata, Ph.D., PT.

Schedule of Events

Activity Sessions Outdoor
TimeTitlePresentersDescriptions and mini bio
11amTai Chi Easy ™Melinda ApplegatePlease join this moving meditation to bring about vitality, longevity, and peace of mind. Tai Chi Easy ™ is a method and approach to Tai Chi and qi, life force energy cultivation. It is developed by Dr. Roger Jahnke, O.M.D. No previous experience necessary. Come celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day with this activity.

Melinda Applegate, CMT is a Qigong & Tai Chi Instructor, and AOBTA Certified from the Santa Cruz Chi Center in California. For over 20 years she has introduced many students of Qigong and Tai Chi to the flowing art of this beautiful martial art practice. She is also a Tai Chi Practice Leader Certified by Dr. Roger Jahnke. Melinda can be reached at 707-357-4632 or
11:30amSoulful ReleasePam McKnight, RYT 500, CPYTIn this class, we will breathe, move and rejuvenate our bodies and minds while incorporating some pranayama (breathwork), physical movement as well as savasana (final relaxation). This class will be beginners friendly but geared towards all levels of yogi with more advanced yoga practitioners being challenged with additional techniques that will be offered.

Health and wellness has always been a huge part of Pam's life. However, yoga has provided a foundation for Pam to approach life in a positive, balanced and healthy way. In 2013 she pursued her first yoga instructor certification to share the gift of yoga through teaching. Everyone can benefit from the healing powers of yoga. She believes that yoga teaches us that everything we need is already within.
NoonRemo Health RhythmsDeborah KehoeRemo Health Rhythms is a research-based wellness program aimed at stress reduction., peer support, engagement, creativity, inclusion and achievement. Come play and experience the power of the drum to relax, energize, and heal. We will use hand drums which have the ability to create states of euphoria, promote play, release anger, pain or stress as well as to promote feelings of community, unity and well-being.

Deborah is an English, Special Education, and Social Emotional Learning teacher, pursuing her Masters in Integrative Health at GCU. She also holds teacher/facilitator certifications in Mindfulness, Sound Therapy/Healing, Remo Health Rhythms, Qoya, Qi Gong and Yoga. She is a Reiki Master/Teacher and a Shamanic practitioner.
1pmQigong Darren Orr. D.M.Q., Doctor of Classical Chinese MedicineThis will be a brief 20- to 30-minute demonstration of Qigong, an ancient Chinese healing art, science, and health care system. This demo is the perfect opportunity to give qigong a try for those who are curious. Qigong is a great self-cultivating practice for anyone to promote healing, a sense of well-being, and stress reduction. The demo is open to everyone. Come join us for a great time!

Dr. Darren Orr is a doctor of classical Chinese medicine in medical qigong therapy, a Daoist priest, nationally certified massage therapist, Reiki and Qigong master, meditation teacher, and sound healer. He is an A to Z practitioner specializing in life-altering illness, palliative care for the terminally ill, bereavement services for family, cancer, PTSD, fibromyalgia, addiction, mental/emotional imbalances, chronic pain and stress management, as well as preventative medicine.
2pmPoundfit exercise program for all ages, no experience necessaryNancy BrunicardiA 30-minute exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Using lightly weighted drumsticks (that will be provided) engineered specifically for exercising, Poundfit transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out.

Nancy is a fitness professional for 13 years. Previously certified Jazzercise Instructor. Certified in four levels of Poundfit and an instructor for 8 years. Creator of A.I.M. (An Independent Me) balance and core class. An Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2018. Certified Personal Trainer through AAAI and Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist through NASM.
2:30pmAll Level Power Class (Yoga)Audrey Kate, RYT 200, Yoga 6 at Ocean PlazaThis Vinyasa yoga class is for all ages and experience levels. It encompasses your strength-building, full-body blasts designed to build focus, endurance, and flexibility. You will move at a steady pace to keep your practice fluid, creative and energizing. It facilitates breakthroughs in your body and mind, so count on leaving with a sense of energy and empowerment.

Audrey Kate, RYT 200 has been teaching yoga for 8 years. She focuses on creating a safe space for yoga practitioners to breath, stretch, and grow. She came to realize the true benefits of knowing and loving your body and to live each moment mindfully, both on and off the mat.
3pmIntro to PilatesKim Dennison at
Club Pilates Howell
This Pilates session is for teens and up (14 & up). All fitness levels welcome! Kim’s Mat routine will include Roll downs, Russian twists, teasers, clam shells, single and double leg stretches, planks and side planks, side leg series.

Kim’s Pilates journey began when she had severe back injury caused by a serious car accident. Her pain management doctor recommended Pilates to heal her body. She fell in love with Pilates and her body never felt better. She realized she wanted to help other people feel better and achieve fitness goals. She hopes to pass this positivity onto you.
Workshops at Casino Ballroom
11amThe Power of Creating Your Life Consciously Susan CarabelloThe audience will have the opportunity to hear an in-depth look at how our awareness of life can greatly impact the choices we make. It includes discussion of self-talk, self-esteem, and how our thoughts can influence our goals and successes in life.

Susan Carabello is a Manifestation, Mindset, and Empowerment Coach who helps individuals develop strong self-worth and confidence by learning to love their inner self through mindset changes. She was trained at Beautiful You Academy.
11:30amYour Divine Desires & The Inner Child Within Nicole Amaturo, MAThe desires of our heart are the seeds that Life planted within us to guide us to blossom. Instead, we become who we think we “should” be to be loved. Let’s take some time together to connect to your truth and create all that you dream of to finally go after the desires of your heart, while taking your inner child within you along for the ride.

Nicole is the founder and owner of Nicole Amaturo LLC. She is a mentor, writer, speaker, facilitator and podcast host of “BE-ing Human: with a lot more ease,” and is featured on She holds a B.A. in Education and Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Integrative Health from Georgian Court University.
NoonInjury prevention for runnersKayla Rosenberg, DPTJoin us for an interactive workshop on strategies to prevent and manage common running injuries and take your running to the Next Level. Hosted by doctor of physical therapy, this workshop is perfect for runners of all levels, whether you are a recreational or seasoned runner.

Dr. Kayla Rosenberg is a physical therapist of Next Level Physical Therapy and Wellness located in Spring Lake, NJ. She graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with her doctorates of physical therapy. She has a passion for keeping her community healthy, active, and pain-free!
12:30pmDiscovering the Key to Aging Gracefully and Nourishing Your Body with Comfortable Dietary ChoicesVincent Chen, PhDAre you ready to learn the secrets to living a long, healthy, and happy life? Join us for an engaging talk on the fascinating science of healthy aging! Discover how to maintain your physical and mental well-being so you can continue to do the things you love, cherish the people you care about, and make the most out of each day. We'll also show you how to enjoy your favorites without compromising your health. Don't miss this opportunity to discover the key to aging gracefully and nourishing your body with comfortable dietary choices!

Dr. Vincent Chen is an assistant professor of exercise science at Georgian Court University. He holds a Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology from Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the physiological adaptation of exercise and nutritional interventions. In 2010, he received Michael Pollack Award from American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on his research on how dietary lipids improve health in elderly with exercise training.
1:00pmHabits: How Do We Develop the Good and Rid Ourselves of the Bad? Jennifer Cacciarelli, Cand. MA, NBC-HWC, AFAA/NASM-PT Habits are the key to changing our actions…eating behaviors, exercise routines, weight loss, managing stresses, and building happiness in our lives. Come learn steps to rewrite your future.

Jennifer Cacciarelli is a national board-certified health and wellness coach, certified exercise specialist, and wellness educator who holds a BA in psychology, a Master’s in Integrative health (May 2023), and is currently pursuing a certificate in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer’s passion is empowering individuals to achieve optimal wellness and the highest quality of life. She is the founder and owner of Health and Wellness Rx.
1:30pmDeveloping an Achievable Vision for Your LifeLori Nixon, PhDThis workshop will teach participants how to enhance their dreams and vision for their future. Participants will learn how to identify habits that have been holding them back from actualizing their dreams and develop a plan to renew and refocus their mind. Attention will be placed on developing personal, professional, and health/wellness goals using a vision board method.

Dr. Lori Nixon Bethea, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, is a Licensed Professional Counselor & Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Georgian Court University. She has over 16 years experience in the field of mental health and is the owner of Intentional Hearts Counseling Services based in Oakhurst, NJ. Her expertise has been featured in Nationally renowned publications.
2:00pmThe Power of Divine TimingJoy Yascone Elms, MAYou will learn about the Power of Divine Timing ™ technique, which is the sign-by-sign guide based on the wisdom of the stars that predicts 10+ years into the future. It is based on what Joy has founded as The Twelve Divine Blessing Seasons and Twelve Divine Challenge Seasons.

Joy Yascone Elms, MA is an expert astrologist and author and founder of The Power of Divine Timing. Joy has coached hundreds of clients to success in career, love, marriage, and business, utilizing The Power of Divine Timing™ technique.
2:30pmKanpumasatsu: Self-Massage with a Dry Towel to Enhance Relaxation and Immune FunctionsSachiko Komagata, PhD, PT, NBC-HWC, ACSM-CEPIn this workshop, you will learn what kanpumasatsu is and how it can be incorporated into your self-care routine to enhance relaxation and immune functions. Kanpumasatsu was commonly practiced in Japan as a health promoting strategies. It is a superficial self-massage using a dry towel that you can learn easily. Let’s practice it together.

Sachiko Komagata is a Certified Wellness Coach, a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (American College of Sports Medicine), a licensed physical therapist, and an associate professor of integrative health and the program director of Integrative Health, the Department of Integrative Health and Exercise Science at Georgian Court University.
3:00pmFour Steps to a Better Life: The Big Four ProcessAnthony De Canto, DCThis NEW healing art is specifically geared towards unveiling the subconscious mind. By grouping human conditions into four distinct modalities- spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical, it is possible to discover and clear each individual block for a BETTER LIFE.

The Big 4 Process is a healing art developed by Dr. Anthony De Canto, chiropractic physician also holds a doctorate degree in medical humanities, in practice for over 40 years and recently published a book, Four Steps To A Better Life, that summarizes research and highlights of this new healing art.
3:30pmMaking and Bottling KombuchaTeresa MaltzParticipants will learn to make Kombucha which is a fermented beverage with numerous health benefits. There will be an introductory lesson on making kombucha and each participant will bottle their own kombucha. There’s a nominal fee of $3 which includes two 16 oz. bottles, kombucha starter and materials for flavoring the kombucha. (Limited to 12 participants)

Teresa Maltz is an avid gardener and teacher who loves to give back to the community. She has worked as an Educator for a number of years and has been a registered Horticultural Therapist through the American Horticultural Therapy Association since 2008. Her diverse background includes psychology, education, holistic health, aromatherapy, and environmental activism.


April 29
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Georgian Court University
503 Ninth Street
Lakewood, NJ 08701 United States
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