Health care speakers, Naomi Judd featured at 2nd Annual Flourish Women’s Expo

From the press release:

Clyde, N.C. – A variety of physicians and healthcare speakers will be featured at MedWest Health System’s 2nd Annual Flourish Women’s Expo on May 19 at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, an event that also will include medical screenings, a one-on-one “Meet the Doctors” session and other opportunities for Western North Carolina women to grow in mind, body and spirit.

The following topics will be discussed by these speakers at Flourish:

“Keep Your Breasts Their Best” by Martha Anderson, M.D.

“Love the Skin You’re In” by Currie Custer, M.D.

“Creativity and Aging” by Blythe Winchester, M.D.

“Finding Your Voice: How Creativity Leads to Better Health and Well-being” by Carmen Nations,

“Weight Management: Clearing the Confusion and Finding the Joy” by Drew McArthur, RD,
and “Well Being” by Lillian Norris, NP

“Sleep in Women: It’s Not Just Beauty Rest” by Teresa Green, M.D.

“Keeping a Healthy Beat” by David W. Peterson, M.D. and Laura F. Verde, M.D.

“This Ain’t Your Momma’s Sex Talk” by Robin Matthews, M.D. and Heather Edwards, PT

“Better Communication for Better Health” by Glenda Sawyer, LCSW and Scott MacGregor

Specifically for teens, the Flourish Women’s Expo will offer “What You See is What You Get” by personal trainer Brooke Haynes, and athletic trainer Angie Arndt, and “My Boyfriend’s Back…and I’m Scared: Healthy Dating and Avoiding Dating Violence” by Buffy Queen of REACH of Haywood County.

Country music superstar and American icon Naomi Judd will give the keynote speech at Flourish. While Judd will not be giving a musical performance, she will draw upon her experiences as a hepatitis C survivor and as a former registered nurse in her talk about the importance of women’s health and wellness.

Kelly Swanson, a nationally known, award-winning storyteller, comedian, motivational speaker and author of “Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale?,” will be the featured morning speaker. Award-winning bluegrass group Balsam Range will provide lunchtime entertainment.

The mission of Flourish, which drew hundreds of participants last year, is to promote women’s well-being by highlighting the services provided locally by MedWest Health System. With more than 230 physicians, MedWest includes the hospitals MedWest-Haywood in Clyde, MedWest-Harris in Sylva, MedWest-Swain in Bryson City and the outpatient facility MedWest-Franklin in Macon County.

“We hope the event will encourage people to stay in our community for their healthcare needs,” Wilson said. “The ultimate purpose of the event is to let women know what’s available here in terms of healthcare and wellness,” said Jan Wilson, co-chair of the event and wife of MedWest radiologist Dr. Al Wilson of Carolina West Radiology.

The “Meet the Doctors” mini-event at Flourish will give participants the opportunity to meet MedWest physicians in a non-clinical environment, said Vicky Godfrey, physician recruitment coordinator for MedWest Health System. About 20 physicians will participate in this one-hour session during the afternoon part of

MedWest clinicians will offer healthcare screenings throughout the day.

The HRMC Foundation and the MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Swain Foundation are presenting sponsors of Flourish. Lead sponsors are Carolina West Radiology and 21st Century Oncology/Haywood Cancer Center.

The event is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tickets are $45, which includes access to access to all of the day’s activities.

Tickets are selling fast and can be purchased online at or call (828) 452-8343 for more information.


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