Speakers at the 2017 South Florida Eco Baby Expo
“Prevention, Wellness, and Care of the Musculoskeltatal System – Mommy and Me”
“Wellness of Body/Mind/Spirit & Post-partum Depression”
Annette BoVee-Akyurek is a physical therapist, mental health counselor, hypnotherapist, and craniosacral therapist. She assists individuals from a body/mind perspective, facilitating awareness to promote movement for physical and/or emotional well-being. She takes a relational/integrative perspective whether an individual comes for physical and/or emotional challenges, and assist individuals in enhancement of overall wellness.
“Give Birth a Chance: How to Prepare for an Empowered VBAC”
Ilia Blandina CNM ARNP has been practicing as a professional nurse midwife since 1994. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honors from the University of Florida in 1985. After four years of nursing practice in the pediatric ICU & neonatal ICU she transferred to the Labor & Delivery unit at Shands Hospital in Gainesville Florida and continued her studies at the University of Florida, earning her Master of Science in Nursing degree by 1994. She has attended over 5,000 births in her midwifery career. Her study and certification in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Matrix Re-Imprinting led her to develop the process of Childbirth With Grace™, a program that helps women shed their fears and doubts about childbirth.
“A Holistic, Functional Approach to Pediatric & Adult Vision Care and Early Warning Signs”
Dr. Kehoe is originally from central Illinois and relocated to Southeast Florida in order to attend optometry school at Nova Southeastern University. She completed her undergraduate course work in Rock Island, IL focusing on business finance and pre medical studies. Dr. Kehoe completed externship rotations in Aventura, Florida specializing in ocular disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as in Pembroke Pines focusing on speciality contact lens fitting and primary care management. Alexandra is now a mom, and practices optometry with her husband at 3 locations in South Florida. They focus on primary care for their patients anywhere from infants to 100 years old!
“Baby Proofing Your Child’s Future From Life’s What-if’s: appointing a guardian and other tips”
Melinda Grimaldi practices estate planning, as well as real estate and probate law, at Grimaldi Law Firm in Hollywood, Florida. Starting a family of her own became her driving force for helping families with small children plan for their future and for unthinkable emergencies. Through this passion, Melinda prides herself on being not only a dedicated and accessible lawyer to her clients but also an educator, counselor and confidante.
“The Secret to Boosting Your Child’s Immune System – Naturally”
Dr. Gena Bofshever has become one of South Florida’s most sought-after Chiropractors. She has utilized her passion for prenatal, pediatric, and family wellness care as a driving force behind her mission, and has recently opened her own center, Dr. Gena Chiropractic, in Plantation, Florida, where she thrives on enhancing the lives of others through wellness care and a wonderfully positive attitude.
“Taking Control of My Life – From Birth to Food”
The face behind Pretty Organic Mommy, a blog geared towards living a healthy non-toxic lifestyle, motherhood and easy healthy recipes. Nataly’s passion for health is inspired by the loss of her mother who passed away from Leukemia due to environmental reasons when Nataly was pregnant with her son. Nataly’s goal is to inspire and educate mothers and the general public that healthy doesn’t need to be difficult, expensive or boring.
“HypnoBirthing ~ The Secret to a Safer, Easier, More Comfortable Birth”
Dr. Keeler is a Chiropractic Physician, Certified Doula (DONA), HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator,and Certified Hypnotist whose focus is on the care of pregnant women and their families. She was awarded the HypnoBirthing Institute’s Diamond Award in 2008 for outstanding contributions to the advancement of HypnoBirthing and has recently been named to the Board of Directors of Healthy Start. She has been featured in numerous articles about Chiropractic and Pregnancy, HypnoBirthing and Doula Services.
“Prenatal, Postpartum and Infant Massage: a well kept secret!”
Teba Orueta’s experience of therapeutic healing techniques is highly influenced by her 3 years of study in Asia and the 5+ years teaching at Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami. As well as a Nurturing the Mother ® Prenatal and Postpartum Massage Certified Teacher, Teba directs DeNatura Wellness, her workplace wellness company, offering the benefits of massage, yoga, mindfulness and acupuncture in the comfort and convenience of the office setting.
“How I went from Being a Stay-at-Home Mom to Mompreneur (and how you can too!)”
“Feeling Sexy After Motherhood – It’s Easier Than You Think”
A writer, a dreamer, an entrepreneur, and above all things, a mother, Michelle Dempsey recently turned a passionate hobby into a thriving career. Michelle speaks to female audiences regularly on topics including empowerment, personal development, and business success. Visit her website, Michelle Dempsey, Very Well-Written, to read her honest tales of motherhood, marriage, everything in between. Michelle has been published by Forbes and is a contributing writer for Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Elite Daily, Scary Mommy, Creative Child Magazine, BabyMaternity Magazine, among other international publications.
“From Pregnancy to Parenthood: How to Prepare Wholesome, Nutritious Meals for Mama and Baby”
Sonali Ruder is an Emergency Medicine physician, mom, chef, recipe developer and board certified foodie. Her passion for food started several years ago when she was doing her residency. She found herself spending what little free time she had away from the hospital cooking and experimenting with new recipes. In 2007 she entered a recipe contest on a whim and ended up being selected from thousands of entrants to compete on a cooking competition on the Food Network. Her recipes have been published in magazines including Everyday with Rachel Ray, Better Homes & Gardens, and Taste of Home. Today, her time is spent in two distinct ways- part of the week she’s a physician working in a busy ER in Florida, and the rest of the week she’s honing her culinary skills as a blogger, freelance recipe writer and cookbook writer.
“Humanization of birth, family consciousness and doula service benefits!”
Anasuya has international experience serving women as a doula. A Yoga Siromani, Minister of Yoga, specialized in prenatal and postpartum yoga. Anasua is so grateful to be able to bring the sustainable TERRABELHA project from the Amazon, Brazil through her Doula services in South Florida helping a new generation on keeping their hormone of love. Cultivating a harmonious relationship with the earth is a vital part of her yoga practice.
“The Birth of Eco Baby Expo: the journey and inspiration”
Heather Duncan, founder of Eco Baby Expo, attributes her rewarding birth experience to what sparked a passion to then make more informed and conscious decisions when raising her son RJ including cloth diapering, extended breastfeeding and baby wearing. Heather’s inspiring journey compelled her to share her story and present families with these alarming facts and provide natural and sustainable alternatives in hopes of initiating change.