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Wellness Expo sessions & speakers
Jennifer Komatsu, left, and Kerry Harris in the yoga room at Ripons Natural Path Wellness Center. - photo by HIME ROMERO

The 2015 Central Valley Wellness Expo is a focused and relevant symposium of wellness-related experts and seminars taking place Friday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Tickets cost $30 and include lunch and entrance into raffle. The website is 


“Environmental Hazards in the Central Valley”

Dr. Corazon Ibarra, International Medical Director, Physician 

Bio Integrative Health Center International

Join featured keynote speaker, Dr. Corazon Ibarra, as she explores some of the environmental hazards specific to our Central Valley community. Ibarra has a large patient base in this area, serving many who experience our unique environment and the challenges that come with living here. She is the medical director and physician of Bio Integrative Health Center International. With 40 years of professional experience, she is a specialist in the field of homeopathic medicine.


If It’s Not Food, Don’t Eat It!  Understanding the #1 Guideline to Eating for Health

Kelly Hayford, C.N.C., Nutrition & Health Coach 

Vegan, Paleo, raw, gluten free, low fat, vegetarian? These are all dietary prescriptions we hear and debate about regularly in recent years. But contrary to popular belief, they are not the most important considerations when it comes to what we’re eating. In the face of our health-robbing, popular food culture, this talk will equip you with new perceptions and powerful motivation to help yourself and your family take the confusion out of what’s healthy and what’s not — and start developing an Eating-for-Health Lifestyle you can live with.


”Simply Vibrant Living-Whole Food, Whole You!”

Kerri Smith, Certified Health Coach/Wellness Advocate 

Simply Vibrant Living provides a personalized “roadmap to health” philosophy that is bio-individualisticly (unique to you) designed to assist the client achieve their desired wellness goals.  By drawing on her extensive training in holistic nutrition and coaching techniques, Smith has succeeded in helping hundreds of clients discover the regenerating power of whole, nutrient rich food along with the inner strength for change. As an esteemed graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied over 100 dietary theories and a “lifestyle change” based program, Smith’s practice is devoted to assisting real people produce real and lasting results.


”Overcoming Chronic Illness - Getting Your Health, Youth & Life Back”

John Filippini, D.C., D.PSc., Abundant Life 

Health and Wellness Center 

Filippini is going to share some of the techniques and approaches he takes to help his patients reverse and recover from chronic disease processes, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, fibromyalgia, Lyme’s disease, cardiovascular disease, auto-immune diseases, and even cancer.  Most chronic disease processes have a common thread, and the entire body including the digestive system, nervous system, immune system and endocrine system —  all have to be addressed.  Filippini will discuss the 5 pillars of health he addresses with all of his patients, and explains why our current health care system doesn’t work with chronic disease, as well as why we are growing increasingly unhealthier as a nation (America is now ranked 50th).


“Ayurvedic: Enhancing Your Natural Immunity & Receptiveness to Healthcare Treatments”

Mandy Sahota-Flood 

Ayurvedic is a wholistic system of medicine from India that uses a constitutional model - to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and people with health challenges can improve their health. Join Mandy as she discusses Ayurveda, and how it looks at each individual and the treatment of their health challenges uniquely, allowing the body to become receptive and capable of absorbing and assimilating medicine, food or rejuvenative tonics that are taken, and also allowing for proper elimination of accumulated wastes and toxins.


“The Healing Power of the Mind”

Carson Johns 

Eating right, treating your body right and exercise isn’t the only piece of the puzzle to wellness. Wellness requires a clean body and a clean mind. In this lecture learn about techniques and tools you can use to clear the clutter out of your brain, be more focused and most importantly in alignment.  


“Holistic Health”

Teresa Miller, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, R.N., N.D.  

There are many aspects to health. There is physical health, emotional health, spiritual health and the truth is they are really all parts of whole health. Dr. Teresa will be introducing a new way of looking at an old word and will be addressing the interconnectedness of the different aspects of health, to increase our understanding of what a balanced and holistic lifestyle looks like.