Wellness Weekend 2017 Presenter Biographies
2017 Keynote Speaker
Roger Gabriel, Master Educator at The Chopra Center, was born in Liverpool, England, and spent his formative years in the United Kingdom. He first learned meditation there in the early 70s, which instantly became his passion and he soon trained to be a meditation teacher under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
After moving to the US, Roger began studying Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of healthcare. In 1985, while helping to establish centers for Ayurveda and meditation, he met and became friends with Deepak Chopra. Since then, Roger has assisted Deepak with numerous training programs, seminars and workshops, taught thousands of people on all continents to meditate, and assisted in training hundreds to be teachers of meditation, Ayurveda and yoga.
Roger has been blessed to meet and study with great teachers in India and the West and has traveled extensively in India. He incorporates much of what he has learned in his practices and teaching. In 2006, Roger received his spiritual name Raghavanand from Shree Satuwa Baba Maharaji of Varanasi, India.
Kim Bateman, Ph.D Executive Dean of the Tahoe-Truckee Campus of Sierra College, is known for her engaging and entertaining presenting style. These skills earned her teaching awards at both Sierra Nevada and Sierra Colleges, as well as several notable keynote addresses. She’s delivered presentations at many conventions, including the International Bereavement Conference, 10th Global Conference on Dying and Death, American Association of University Professors, Western Psychology Association, and Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. She delivered a keynote address to the City College of San Francisco and was the featured speaker at the California Community College League Conference. Dr. Bateman has facilitated workshops entitled “GriefWork,” “DreamWorlds,” and “The Transformative Power of Myth.” Dr. Bateman’s research interests include bereavement, humor, and organizational psychology and has presented 64 projects at regional and national conferences. Click here for more information on Kim.
Stephenie Riley, ND understands the importance and benefits of eating well, living well and being well. To that end, she has infused this healthy approach into her everyday life and medical practice. She began her medical career in the conventional approach to healing, graduating from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Engineering and spending nearly a decade designing medical devices.Yet her pursuit of optimal health led her back to graduate school in 1999 to become a Naturopathic Doctor. It was a combination of her experience in the classical medical industry combined with a desire to understand the healing powers of alternative medicine that inspired her to explore healthcare from a different perspective. Dr. Stephenie’s career path came full circle when she graduated from Bastyr University in 2004 with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.), specializing in environmental medicine, or the impact of our environment on our health. As a leading Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Truckee, California, Dr. Stephenie welcomes both new and returning patients to her office at High Sierra Natural Medicine. Click here for more information on Dr. Riley.
Whitney Rogers PT, DPT, ATC graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University. She incorporates the use of education, exercise, manual therapy, and functional and sports specific training into the treatment of her patients. She is passionate about the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries in athletes and weekend warriors, but also enjoys helping those with chronic pain, balance, and vestibular impairments. While in school, she focused her individual research on the effects of pain-related knowledge following pain neurophysiology education on fear and function in patients with chronic pain. She has also done research to develop a model for aquatic programs in rural communities for patients post total knee replacement surgery. Whitney grew up in Vail, Colorado, and loves exploring the outdoors of the Tahoe area. She enjoys running, skiing, cross country skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and newborn son. Click here for more information on Whitney.
Karin Sable, LMFT earned a MA in counseling psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California and trained at Sierra Mental Wellness Group (formerly Sierra Family Services) where she worked with a very diverse population of patients. Her experience continued to grow as she helped children, couples, families, and cross-cultural counseling. This position offered her experience working with a variety of area agencies, schools, non-profit organizations and medical professionals. In 2009, she started her own private practice. She specializes in trauma-focused counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy to treat PTSD, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues and phase of life challenges. Karin grew up on the north shore of Tahoe. In addition to her work, Karin is very involved in search and rescue as a K9 handler. While her work is a passion, she also considers herself a Tahoe enthusiast with a particular love for backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and swimming in the lake as well as a fascination with animals and fish. Click here for more information on Karin.
Jennifer Newkirk, RD worked for 9 years with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department as an ocean lifeguard and Emergency Medical Technician. In 2011 she decided to change gears and pursue the professional field of nutrition to become a Registered Dietitian. After completing her Bachelor's of Science in Food and Nutrition at San Diego State University and clinical internship at the University of Nevada, Reno, it was time for her to trade the ocean for the mountains. In 2015 she moved to Lake Tahoe. Jennifer currently works in the Intensive Care Unit at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. She is also a consultant at a variety of healthcare organizations and provides one on one nutrition & weight management counseling for parents and children within the WIC program. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys the luxury of Tahoe-living: cooking, back country touring, hiking, swimming and trail running. Click here for more information on Jennifer.
Movement Class Teacher Biographies:
Liz Brosco, aka DrumChik, is a professional drummer/percussionist, author, adjunct faculty at Lake Tahoe Community College, teaching artist for schools and at-risk youth, and a corporate team building facilitator. Through her drumming programs, she continues to inspire others throughout the Tahoe/Truckee/Reno and Carson Valley areas.
Rolf Godon Ph.D. has been a student and instructor of Ki Gong for some 15 years. He is a psychotherapist by training with a lifelong interest in inner (spiritual) development. Ki Gong has provided a wonderful fit for these interests. Learning to enhance, access and direct inner energy has made a profound and positive difference in his life as a professional, an athlete and a human being. Additionally, the group energy in a Ki Gong class empowers personal energy; hence his passion for teaching this form. He likes to call Ki Gong his inner exercise, a moving meditation a focus on the inner smile and laughter. Overall it has been a huge asset in his own life journey. For more information call or text Rolf at 530-587-2557 or email at email@example.com
Ashley Aarti Cooper is a storyteller and yogi. In 2009 Ashley traveled to Goa, India, to deepen her spiritual study and receive my 200-hour Teacher Training Certificate. Since 2009, Ashley has lead Yoga retreats in Argentina, Bali, Maine and California. She moved to Truckee, CA, in 2013. A nature-adventure guide and private Yoga instructor, she spend her work and play time deep within the wild forests of Lake Tahoe and California. She knows that her dharma, or life's duty, is to share Yoga and the natural world with people to help create a deepened awareness of our interconnection with Mother Earth and her well-being. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Instagram at @ashley_aarti.
Lauri Glenn is a yoga instructor and massage therapist as well as an avid outdoor enthusiast in the Tahoe region. Her journey brought her first to yoga in 1995, then massage therapy, more yoga, paramedicine, firefighting and serendipitously, back to massage and yoga again with a whole new perspective. Lauri offers a varied and well-rounded view of Healthcare, what works and what doesn’t, and how to implement an effective strategy for optimal wellness. She is blessed to call her passion, her career.
Mark Kuehne, L.Ac With a profound love for the Taoist philosophy, Mark centers his life on balance in all areas. His dedication to providing healing to others is only matched by his love of playfulness. He spends many mornings out on the mountain, snowboarding or telemark skiing in the winter and downhill mountain biking in the warmer months. In 2000, Mark and his partner Lily moved to Lake Tahoe to combine their practices for the good of the community, while living in an area that afforded them the ability to indulge their playfulness. They joined their talents together to offer complete wellness by purchasing and establishing the Lake Tahoe Wellness Center in 2001. Mark and Lily have also been pioneers in the athletic training program at Northstar Ski Area, utilizing their personal knowledge of these snow sports by treating work related injuries for both ski patrol and the ski school.