8:00am - 8:30am

Registration & Welcome Coffee


8:30aM - 9:45AM

KEepinG the Brain in Mind: Optimizing cognitive Function Across the Lifespan

with Ryan Glatt, Functional Aging Institute

Health and fitness professionals have the opportunity to join allied health professionals in addressing the major epidemic of cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Although exercise has been proven to beneficial to brain health and cognitive functioning, the precise exercise prescriptions are not clear to the general public or the industries of health and fitness. This has led to further confusion, and leaves clients, patients and caregivers wondering if they are doing all that is possible to stave off cognitive decline. This presentation will review the research on how certain modalities of exercise can deferentially effect the brain, and provide an initial framework for the assessment and programming of cognitive health within exercise programs.


9:45AM - 10:30am


Neuro Training Workshop

with Ryan Glatt & Brian DeKuiper, Functional Aging Institute

Hands on application of concepts learned in 830am session. Integrate brain games, neuro stimulation and the science of dual tasking with clients


10:30AM - 11:00AM

Coffee & Tea Break


11:00AM - 11:30am

Angiogenesis, Neurogenesis & Barefoot Movement

with Dr Jeffery Bleich, Counterpace

During exercise, skeletal muscles throughout your body drive large amounts of blood from your extremities back to your heart with each step cycle. When the timing of the heart and muscles is synchronized, our bodies more efficiently deliver oxygen with much less stress on the heart. Join Dr Bleich as he explores the concept of counter pulsation and how this is associated with angiogenesis and neurogenesis both of which are brain protective.


11:30am - 12:30pm

gut instincts: the role of the gut biome in brain development

with Dr Emily Splichal, EBFA Global

Emerging evidence suggests that infant gut microbes contribute to neurodevelopment. In humans, colonization of the infant gut likely begins before birth and remain remarkably dynamic until about 3 years of age. Microbes colonizing the infant gut are important regulators of a number of physiological processes that are critical to neurodevelopment. Join Dr Emily as she explores how to take this science from the infant to the adult to optimize neurological processing as we age.


12:30pm - 1:45pm

Lunch on your own


1:45pm - 3:00pm

Are we born into trauma?: Understanding the impact of birth trauma from Emotion to motion

with Jason Dvork, Infants to Athletes

During this interactive session, we explore pain in the newborn and the implications that may occur due to birth trauma. I will share my treatment observations over the last decade and the areas of opportunity that are available for more research to identify the long-term effects of birth trauma and shock. We will then explore how these effects can possibly manifest themselves later in life through emotion, pain management, injury occurrence, and movement posture.


3:00pm - 3:30pm

Tea & Coffee break


3:30pm - 5:00pm

Trauma and Resilience through the Lens of Somatic Experiencing®

with Molly Boeder, The Breathe Network

Trauma leaves a physiological imprint on the body, which can fundamentally alter the way in which a person relates to their inner and outer landscape. While humans are highly adaptive in their ability to cope with adversity, many survivors struggle with the unconscious residue that trauma leaves within their body. Understanding how people hold both their wounds and their resilience at a somatic level, increases our ability to create greater embodied safety for clients and bolster their capacity for more complete healing. Drawing from a combination of her personal experience, professional practice and training in Somatic Experiencing®, a holistic approach to trauma resolution created by Dr. Peter Levine, Molly will introduce a variety of insights, practices and experiential, somatic-based tools we can use to further potentiate physical, mental and spiritual healing for our clients and for ourselves.


5:00pm - 5:30pm

panel q&A

with all Presenters


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