Free Monthly Program Events

Our Monthly Meetings are Free and Open to the Public

Come join us on second Tuesdays from 7:00 till 8:30 PM,
at the office of Dr. John Ness,
616 Universal Drive off N. Monroe Street in Tallahassee.

Please click archives to see a listing of our 2012 & 2013 presentations. See 2014 archived meeting announcements here, and 2015 meetings are here. Complete presentations are archived for 2016 here.


The following programs were presented for our 2017 meetings:

  • January 10, 2017 -- Rita Jungman
  • Rita Jungman, R. N./ARNP has a history of over thirty years of working in the emotional/mental health field, utilizing both traditional and non-traditional methods. She has a special interest in body awareness and consciousness and how these interact with and affect the mind/body spirit. Rita’s education and experience have been in the fields of psychiatry, hypnotherapy, and the mind/body “tapping” therapies including both EMDR and EFT.

    The presentation will focus on increasing understanding of Rita’s work, with tools and tips for stability, and for improved mood, awareness, healing, and self-empowerment in times of stress. The newest sciences confirm that the mind/body and spirit are connected. Rita will present some of the research and experience that have led her to this same conclusion.


  • February 14, 2017 -- Valerie Sanchez
  • The speaker at our February presentation will be Valerie Sanchez. Her topic will be how Through Movement We Find Health -- a discussion on Nia Technique.

    Valerie first discovered Nia while living in Honolulu, Hawaii in early 2011. She is passionate about health and well-being, and believes every single person on Earth should experience movement as medicine. She supports people in realizing their potential by using feel-good motivation to support them in ways that are flexible and adaptable to age, health, professions‚ and abilities. Valerie offers somatic movement experiences teaching people how to holistically condition their body, which results in self-healing and body-centered transformation.

    At this presentation, Valerie will discuss how this movement modality can contribute to a happier, more relaxed‚ and healthier community. She will also share basic Nia fundamentals and ways that Nia is adaptable for everyone and all ages. She will show how Nia can accommodate many ability levels‚ making it not only a mind-body class but more specifically a specialized class within the fitness industry. Nia is an excellent cross-training element in fitness programs, and today, it is practiced by thousands of people in over 45 countries world-wide.

    About Nia:

    Nia is an expressive body-mind-spirit movement program that offers an artistic and innovative approach to fitness and healing. Blending aspects of Martial Arts, Dance Arts, and Healing Arts, Nia provides a variety of movement dynamics to create an experience that involves your whole body, as well as your spirit. The stillness and concentration of Tai Chi, the dynamic poses of Yoga, the explosive power of Tae Kwon Do, and the grace and spontaneity of Modern and Ethnic dance make it possible to create a whole new sense of well-being! The use of rich, eclectic music, guided imagery, powerful kinesthetic cues, and heart-felt joy add to the full experience of a Nia class.

    Valerie V. Sanchez
    Somatic Educator -- Certified Nia Technique Instructor
    Nia With Valerie Sanchez
    (850) MY2-9JOY

    Live Happy...


  • March 14, 2017 -- Ryan Sullivan -- Traditional Thai Massage
  • Thai Massage is an ancient system that uses assisted stretching in a graceful manner reminiscent of Hatha Yoga. The practitioner also uses hand and foot pressure along “lines” similar to acupressure meridians.

    This sophisticated and effective therapy occurs upon a thick, comfortable mat at floor level rather than on a massage table. However, the techniques of Thai Massage can easily be adapted for use on a massage table.

    Because of Thai Massage’s elegant usage of the body, practitioners’ hands do not get sore, their backs are not hunched over, and they feel rejuvenated along with the recipient.

    Ryan Sullivan will demonstrate treatment of the entire body. He will also demonstrate how to move with efficiency and power.

    Ryan is available for appointments. He can be reached at (850) 545-3949 and has more information on his website:

    Ryan Sullivan, L.M.T., MA #50406
    Higher Level Healing


  • April 11, 2017 -- Amy McDowell -- Eden Energy Medicine for Empowering the Body’s Natural Healer
  • Amy is a faculty member for Donna Eden at her Eden Energy Medicine Certification Program (a two- to four-year healing school in Arizona and​England). She is an Advanced Practitioner in Eden EM and offers classes as well as private sessions to help individuals reconnect with energetic health and flow.

    At the April 11​presentation, we will explore simple movements to support balance and flow in the body’s energies. With a focus on Donna Eden’s Daily Energy Routine and an emphasis on grounding as a foundational practice; we can tap, stretch, and connect areas of the body to restore flow and build healthy energy habits. If the majority of the group is familiar with the Daily Routine, we can expand into other exercises to support energetic health.

    This work is effective as an independent healing system and/or can be paired with any other modality as a resource for self-care, for clients at home between sessions, and for loved ones who are in need of support. It is a brilliant resource to empower people to build awareness and flow in their own energies by tapping into the body’s natural desire to heal.



  • May 9, 2017 -- Herman Holley & Louise Divine -- Healing your Soil, your Soul, our Planet; One Garden at a Time
  • Herman and Louise will share their experiences of the past 18 years at Turkey Hill Farm. Starting with abused soil that would barely grow weeds; moving toward healthy soil that will grow healthy weeds, healthy crops,​and healthy people: You can do this, too.


  • June 13, 2017, 7 PM (at 616 Universal Drive) -- Dr. Mark Moore, of MEDCAN:
         On Medical Marijuana
  • Dr. Moore will speak about medical marijuana, from the earliest history of cannabis to current Florida law. Dr. Moore is a board-certified anesthesiologist and founder of the MEDCAN Medical Marijuana Certifying Clinic in Tallahassee, Florida. MEDCAN was the first medical doctor’s office in the state entirely dedicated to the certification of patients to receive medical cannabis. More information is available at


    Please Note: CHANGE OF VENUE -- for THIS EVENT ONLY.*

    LUNCH & LEARN -- (1st Floor Classroom, CRMC, 2626 Care Drive)

  • June 27, 2017, Noon to 1 PM -- Leslie Hanks’ Yoga Unlimited presents:
         Gentle Yoga for Relaxation and Stress Management
  • Come and enjoy a little Chair Yoga and Relaxation Breathing for the Body​/​Mind. This gives better energy to your day and better time for relaxing at the end of the day. You’ll experience “How to Sit and How to Breathe,” which is always good for posture, lungs, and sinuses -- all day, every day. These techniques are a great start for Meditation.

    Leslie is the founder and director of Leslie Hanks’ Yoga Unlimited. She is an instructor with​over 20 years’ experience, who studies and teaches in the Kriya Yoga meditation tradition of Roy Eugene Davis and the Center for Spiritual Awareness, CSA. She is also the creator of “THE IDEAL DAY” series of Yoga and Ayurveda workshops and seminars.

    Yoga Unlimited is a nationally registered studio and school, RYS 200, and offers certification in Teacher Training at the 200 RYT level. Meditation instruction, a special emphasis of this practice, is offered at selected schedules and programs. In the true tradition of classical Hatha yoga, all postures are taught in a Gentle, Self-paced, Noncompetitive Style.

    Please see her beautiful website, or read about her online at

    RYS -- Registered Yoga School
    RYT -- Registered Yoga Teacher

    * This presentation has been moved to an ALTERNATE LOCATION: 1st Floor Classroom, Capital Regional Hospital, 2626 Capital Medical Boulevard, (Inside hospital main entrance, past elevators, on the right.


  • July 11, 2017, 7 PM (at 616 Universal Drive) -- Vickie Spray:
         From Survival Response to the Healer’s Response
  • The aligned healer understands that all is working for the greater good, but the body and the brain of the healer are wired for safety, security, and familiarity. That survival mechanism keeps humans on a slow and chaotic crawl toward the evolutionary and inherent ability to experience their full possibility.

    Vickie Spray uses an awareness, clarity and meditation process that frees the body and the mind from the hypervigilance that the body and the mind constantly maintain in an effort to stay alive. Chaos is transformed into peace, fear is turned into self-assurance and residual childhood wounds are completely transformed into power. We can become loving masters of our own lives. Our destiny and our human experience are created by new consciousness and a full Spirit-Mind-Body alignment.

    Vickie Spray is a non-denominational minister who, through her ministerial training, her research, her work with her clients, and her mastery of her own life, is assisting more and more humans on the journey toward living in peace and with power. Vickie Spray is a spiritual counselor who offers a sturdy bridge for that awakening and transformational development. Vickie Spray provides private sessions, conducts workshops and retreats. She offers meditation and a night of song and community the second Wednesday of each month at THRIVE MCC CHURCH, 2720 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee 32301.

    Her office is located at 1304 East 6th Ave. Please check her availability:
    Phone: (850) 322-6944
    New Consciousness Night -- New-Consciousness-Night-1385040138222019/?fref=ts


  • August 8, 2017, 7 PM (at 616 Universal Drive) -- DeeAnna Nagel
  • DeeAnna Nagel will discuss the chakra system and achieving balance with the aid of essential oils. Participants will have the opportunity to experience single oils and oil blends from her collection, and there will be plenty of time for Q&A. DeeAnna is a psychotherapist turned wellness coach and energy healer. She is a Certified International Health Coach (CIHC) through the International Association for Health Coaches and a Board Certified Coach (BCC) with Wellness designation through the Center for Credentialing and Education. She is a member of the International Association of Coaching (IAC) and holds the IAC-Practitioner credential. As well as her coaching credentials, she is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki Master, and Certified Energy Healer.

    DeeAnna Merz Nagel
    Havana Wellness Studio
    Wellness Coach • Aromatherapist • Energy Healer

    100 8th Avenue West, Havana, FL 32333

    Visit the Aromatherapy Workspace & Boutique in Historic Downtown Havana!
    Make an appointment for a Wellness Coaching Session or an Intuitive Reading!


    LUNCH & LEARN -- (at CRMC, 2626 Care Drive)

  • August 22, 2017, Noon to 1 PM -- Paige Continentino presents:
         Energy Medicine for Emotional Balance
  • Wouldn’t it be great if you had a few easy techniques to calm yourself down when hormones have gotten the best of you and your emotions are running high? Or, for your kids when the day’s been long and frustrating and they just can’t seem to settle down for bed? Or just for dealing with the emotional ups and downs of life without being pulled too far up or too far down?

    Have no fear, Energy Medicine can help! In this presentation Paige will discuss the emotional aspects of the different meridians, how emotions are connected to physical imbalances on an energetic level, and give you simple and effective techniques you can take with you to balance emotions and lower overall stress levels.

    Paige Continentino is trained in Eden Energy Medicine, EFT, Transformational Life Coaching, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She has been working with energy techniques since 2005 and practicing meditation since 1995.


  • September 12, 2017 -- Bill Bowling's presentation on Medical Biomagnetism was re-scheduled, due to Hurricane Irma, for October 10, 2017.

  • October 10, 2017, 7 PM (at 616 Universal Drive) -- Bill Bowling

    Medical Biomagnetism is a non-invasive technique developed by Isaac Goiz Duran, MD, which uses magnets to promote health. In 1988 he discovered the first biomagnetic pair which related to the AIDS virus and resulted in the full recovery of a terminally ill AIDS patient.

    Bill Bowling, DPT, took the basic course in Medical Biomagnetism in 2010 and has an interesting presentation explaining the origin, development, and scientific theory, as well as 10 case studies which will give the attendee a basic understanding of this wonderful modality. The evening will be interesting, and if it’s the first time you’ve heard of this technique, may stretch your mind a little.


    LUNCH & LEARN -- (at CRMC, 2626 Care Drive)

  • October 24, 2017, Noon to 1 PM -- James Stockwell, M.D. presents:
         Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

    TMS Therapy can offer relief from Major Depression in just six weeks. Often individuals have suffered for many years, tried multiple anti-depressants, and experienced bothersome side effects. They come searching for a safe and effective alternative to drugs. Others do not even want to start anti-depressants but, instead, seek TMS Therapy.

    At TMS Patient Care, many gratifying comments are heard after therapy: “I can now feel joy; the cloud has lifted; I can get things done; I now have hope; and my family life is much better.” One recent patient remarked, “You have no idea what a relief it was being off medications. I am now on the other side where people without depression live.”

    The NeuroStar TMS Therapy System has been FDA approved since 2008. Strong, painless magnetic pulses stimulate areas of the brain that are not functioning normally in patients with Major Depression. The patient receives treatment partially reclined, in a comfortable chair, in a peaceful setting. There is no need for sedation. Patients finishing a therapy session can immediately resume their normal activities.

    TMS is also being utilized for treating anxiety and is currently being studied for use in many other brain disorders.


    As a physician, James Stockwell, M.D., has been on the “other side” when a family member developed serious mental health challenges. His interest in NeuroStar TMS Therapy began when his family member had successful relief of depression after undergoing TMS Therapy in Atlanta.

    He has always placed access to quality care for all as a continual high-priority mission. Several local psychiatrists encouraged him to open a TMS Center to provide local convenient access. The TMS Patient Care Consultant Psychiatrists perform the TMS consultations and initiation of NeuroStar TMS Therapy. They have had additional training to become TMS Certified Psychiatrists.

    Of course those completely on the “other side” are those suffering with mental health issues. Dr. Stockwell personally experiences warm satisfaction and joy seeing depressed patients, undergoing TMS Therapy, travel back from the “other side” as they respond or go into remission.

    His identity, for most of his career, has been that of a practicing gastroenterologist. Upon retirement from the Digestive Disease Clinic, which he founded, he performed endoscopic procedures and consultations at three rural Critical Access Hospitals in Madison, Blountstown, and Apalachicola. An important part of his rural service was to continue his longstanding mission of colon cancer prevention.

    Please visit:


  • November 14, 2017, 7 PM (at 616 Universal Drive) -- Kerry McCord, DC, DIBAK
  • Drugless Innovations in Injury and Pain Relief: An Introduction to Quintessential Applications
    The adaptive effects of injuries (ancient and recent) will be discussed in light of their influence on muscle imbalance, and acute and chronic pain. Specific assessment and treatment procedures will be demonstrated. The importance of a physiologically-based, basic-science-driven neurological hierarchy for the ordered application of clinical procedures will be presented. These cutting-edge, highly effective, clinical procedures are based on the comprehensive diagnostic treatment techniques and nutritional protocols pioneered by Dr. Wally Schmitt, and memorialized in the Quintessential Applications: AK Clinical Protocol Reference Manual, co-authored by Dr. McCord and Dr. Schmitt.

    Dr. McCord is a specialist in and a certified teacher of Applied Kinesiology (AK).

    Please visit:

    He has practiced in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the past 43 years and has recently opened a practice in Tallahassee. A video of Dr. McCord treating a patient while lecturing to doctors worldwide about “Quintessential Application” might help you determine if you could benefit from his expertise:

    Please see video at:

    You may phone Dr. McCord at 727-217-0990.


  • December 12, 2017, 7 PM (at 616 Universal Drive) -- Dell Cates
  • Dell Cates has been a spiritual seeker for over 40 years. She has always felt the yearning to know and feel more spiritually. She has a Master’s degree in Education, and was a classroom teacher for 15 years. Massage and Healing Therapies followed. She is an Energy Worker, a Oneness Blessing Giver, a Reiki Master, a QiGong Instructor. Dell uses several modalities to assist others in letting go of old fearful emotions. These include Chakra Balancing, Timeline Healing, Spinal Sweep, Aromatherapy, and more. Questions? Call Dell at 850-567-9353.


    Forever and forever, there is Energy. It is always with us. It unites our need to release others, it unites us with new articles of clothing and it finishes our words and sentences. The best medicine, the best times of our lives, the truth that we hear inside, are all uses of Energy, and Energy as medicine. This Energy is at our fingertips, always, and ready to do our bidding. In this presentation, we will explore new, creative ways to create a magical life. We will learn a ritual of releasing stuck energy, and creating the flow of healing love.



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