LIV 2019 Luncheon
Join AdventHealth Shawnee Mission at the

24th Annual Living in Vitality Hybrid Conference 

Dedicate a day to living a healthier life physically, mentally and spiritually.

Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Ticket information coming soon!

Meet The

2021 LIV Co-Chairs

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2021 LIV Presenters

This year's presenters will show you how to use humor to get through difficult situations and how to overcome obstacles standing between you and the Good Life.

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Breakout Sessions

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Financial Self-Care for Caregivers
Diane Gallagher LIV 2020

Diane Gallagher
Sponsored by American Century Investments

Caring long-term for a loved one has become the norm for many people – especially women. It’s estimated that over 53 million people (1 in 5) in the U.S. care for an aging relative or friend. Caregivers willingly expend their time and energy doing anything and everything from helping with daily activities to performing more complex medical tasks. There’s another reality, too: The majority may sacrifice their own finances and retirement security. But there is hope, and it starts with family conversations and a solid plan, ideally before care is needed. Join Diane Gallagher who will help you develop a plan, whether you’re in the midst or may become a caregiver one day.


Diane Gallagher develops content and value-add programs for clients and is a spokesperson on retirement investing. Diane originally joined American Century Investments in 1995 and developed communication programs for clients of J.P. Morgan/American Century Retirement Plan Services. Prior to returning to American Century in 2012, Diane was vice president of retirement insights for J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Diane earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Detroit. She is accredited by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and has earned many awards for her communication programs.

Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS): A Hidden Epidemic?
Jane Murray LIV 2020

Jane Murray, MD
Sponsored by Aetna

Biotoxin illness can present in a myriad of ways and cause a wide array of seemingly unrelated symptoms – fatigue, body pain, brain fog, cognitive changes and many strange physical symptoms. It is hard to diagnose and poorly understood in today’s health care community. Many of these biotoxins come from the spores of mold in water-damaged buildings, which is common in at least 50 percent of buildings in the United States. Furthermore, nearly 20 percent of the population has genetic variants that can make them especially sensitive to these toxins. Learn more about CIRS and how clearing the environment and the body from mycotoxins can improve health.


Jane Murray, MD, earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has taught and practiced medicine for more than 30 years. In 1998, Dr. Murray founded the Sastun Center of Integrative Health Care in Overland Park, Kan., where she worked with colleagues from a variety of healing arts and used natural therapies whenever possible. Today, Dr. Murray provides functional medicine consultations to patients and teaches students, residents and practicing physicians.

Boundaries Are Not Barriers: How to Stop Enabling and Reclaim Your Power
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Maki Moussavi
Sponsored by Holmes Murphy

True empowerment means taking on even the toughest of relationship dynamics. While it's tempting to go along to get along, over time you can become programmed to put the needs of others ahead of your own. People-pleasing behaviors allow for temporary peace, but over time come at a high cost, both personally and professionally. Discover how to identify problematic relationships, own your role in difficult dynamics, set boundaries you can enforce, and break old patterns that aren't serving you.


Maki Moussavi is a transformational coach, speaker and author. Her mission is to help professionals who are overwhelmed, stuck or unfulfilled despite the outward appearance of success. Maki provides the mental tools and support to enable highly transformative personal development that focuses on “reprogramming” to a new mindset that is personally authentic rather than driven exclusively by outside expectations. She also supports executive teams to empower meaningful change inside of organizations in transition or experiencing cultural challenges. Maki is a corporate career veteran and a Master’s-trained genetic counselor.

Cardiology 101: An Introduction to Function, Ailments and Optimization
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Heath Wilt, DO, FACC
Sponsored by Humana

You give your love to all, but are you taking care of your own heart? Heart disease is the number one killer of women, yet only one in five women believe that heart disease is her greatest threat. Join cardiologist Heath Wilt, DO, as he introduces common issues affecting the heart, including heart attacks and coronary stents, arrhythmias and pacemakers, and heart failure and its causes and treatments. He will help you better understand these heart issues, symptoms that may be warning signs, and what to expect and what to ask when seeking medical advice.


Heath Wilt, DO, is a Board-certified cardiologist with a strong commitment to an integrative and personalized approach to patient care. He earned his medical degree at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.Dr. Wilt has been serving patients at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission since 2016.

Mindfulness: Our Anchor & Refuge
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Robin Todd
Sponsored by Central Exchange and Mindful Momentum

The boat adrift meanders aimlessly, directed by external forces, unable to navigate. Similarly, our lives too often drift off course in the currents of worry, stress, fear and uncertainty. Stop drifting. When we learn to retreat to our anchor of mindfulness, silently and fully present, we allow ourselves the opportunity to gain perspective, provide self-care, build resilience and cultivate peace, setting us on a course toward a renewed ability to care for ourselves and others.


Robin Todd received her BA in Psychology and certification in Elementary Education from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. In 1990, she began her career as an educator, working with children and adults in a variety of settings. While attending graduate school, Robin found her passion for mindfulness. She spent two years working with the Mindfulness Research Lab on the campus of Avila University, mastering a curriculum that embodies positive psychology and neuroscience. After receiving her MS in Psychology from Avila she completed her certification as a Live Mindful Instructor and launched her business, Mindful Momentum.  Her mission is to empower and inspire individuals and organizations to become more effective, efficient, productive and healthy in both their personal and professional lives through simple, easy mindful practices.

Intermittent Fasting, More than Just a Fad Diet
Lisa Hays LIV 2020

Lisa Hays, MD, FACE
Sponsored by JE Dunn Construction

Does the length of time between meals matter? Intermittent fasting – a way of eating that cycles between eating and fasting – has been shown to have benefits beyond weight loss. Here, you’ll learn the three most common types of intermittent fasting, the benefits and areas of caution, and how to safely get started. We’ll discuss the science behind intermittent fasting and the metabolic switch, as well as its advantages to metabolism, the heart and the brain.


Lisa Hays, MD, is an endocrinologist and co-medical director with AdventHealth Medical Group, where she has practiced for the past 13 years. Dr. Hays was a two-time Academic All-American in track and field at the University of Kansas, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology. She earned her medical degree and completed her internal medicine residency and endocrine fellowship from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Decoding the Food Label
Megan Callahan LIV 2020

Megan Callahan, MS, RD, LD
Sponsored by Hy-Vee

No sugar added? All natural? Fat free? Health claims can be overwhelming. Don’t get fooled by product marketing. In this session, Megan will teach you how to read a food label based on your health concerns and priorities. She will guide you through the new food label and ingredient list in an easy-to-learn, interactive way. Let’s crack the code on food labels to make your next grocery shopping trip better for your health.


Megan Callahan, a Hy-Vee corporate dietitian, is dedicated to helping people live healthier and happier lives. Megan received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Missouri State University. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she also received her Master of Science degree in dietetics and nutrition. Megan has been working with Hy-Vee full-time for 10 years. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Formerly, Megan served as the President and Vice President of the Kansas City Dietetic Association.


Additional Sponsors

With Generous Support

  • Bethany (LIV Co-Founder) and Lee Derrough

Conference Survey Sponsor

  • Barbara McGrath, MD, Plastic Surgery

Patron Sponsor

  • Aetna
  • Competitive Resources, Diane O'Byrne
  • Creative Planning
  • Holmes Murphy
  • Odyssey Real Estate Capital

Steering Committee

The LIV steering committee works year-round to create the LIV Conference and monthly events. Led by Event Co-Chairs Laurie Roberts and Qiana Thomason, and LIV Program Director Mallory Laur, the committee has put in countless hours to make LIV a memorable and educational experience. The LIV committee includes:

  • Jill Ackerman, MD
  • Kelly Cooper, Parris Communications
  • Jessica Deeds, Holmes Murphy
  • Darci Evans, Humana
  • Samantha Hammontree, Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City
  • Nancy Huckaba, CBIZ/EFL Associates
  • Sudy Hurst, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, Holbrook Hurst Team
  • Julie Jenks, AdventHealth
  • Brittany Kelso, Community Volunteer
  • Mallory Laur, AdventHealth
  • Barbara McGrath, MD, Plastic Surgery
  • Margot Nelson, Holmes Murphy
  • Debra O'Bryan, CommunityAmerica Credit Union
  • Diane O'Byrne, Competitive Resources
  • Haley Prophet, Garmin Int.
  • Amy Regan, Garmin Int.
  • Twyla Rist, Twyla Rist & Associates, ReeceNichols
  • Allison Ritter, Holmes Murphy
  • Laurie Roberts, Parris Communications and LIV 2021 co-chair
  • Kim Rupe, KMBC-TV 9 - Hearst Television
  • Kelly Schloegel, Hays Companies
  • Doug Spear, AdventHealth
  • Qiana Thomason, Health Forward Foundation and LIV 2021 co-chair
  • Jumesha Wade, PhD, Start at Zero
  • Nicole Wilt, ABCs of Health
  • Pamela Young, AdventHealth