City of Shawnee

Reach Into Wellness

2020 Vendors

Juice Plus+
Natural Grocers
Reach Into Wellness
Essential Oils
New Hope Chiropractic
Wellness, Inc. LLC
Chiropractic Healing Center
NOOMA Fitness
Orange Theory
Tohi Beverage
Hammond Chiropractic
Neurogenx-at-Home diabetic footwear
Wired & Tired Women
Deep Waters  Enneagram Coaching
National TKD
Shawnee Parks & Recreation
Ever Fit KC
Shawnee Modern Dentistry
Move Right KC
PT Solutions
Smoothie King
Mary Kay Health Products

Reach Into Wellness

  • Wellness Retreat: Deep dive into various health & wellness topics from experts, snacks throughout the morning and an inspirational keynote!

    Early & All-Day Access to the Vendor Fair: Visit multiple health & wellness content and product providers in nutrition, fitness, wellness pursuits and more.

    Wrap-Up Luncheon: End the morning with fellow retreat participants enjoying a healthy meal and opportunity to discuss all the great information from the morning's sessions.

    First Come, First Serve: Be one of the first 25 registrants and receive a complimentary chair massage!


  • Come attend our first Wellness Fair 9:00am-noon! We will have many different vendors who specialize in health and wellness, from fitness centers, naturopathic providers, nutrition providers and more. They will be offering great content that morning, as well as giving you a chance to shop classes and equipment; it’s a “one stop shop” to start your new year off with resources and knowledge to a have a wonderful New Year, New You health journey! Tickets are only $2.00 per person.

2020 Schedule
Activity  Presenter
 8:30 am - 9:10am
Exclusive early access to the Wellness Fair for retreat participants
 9:10am - 9:15 am
Opening and Agenda  Diane Doolin, RN
 9:15am - 10:00am
Keynote: Excel, Engage, Energize... and Reach Into Wellness! Cathy Newton
 10:10am - 10:55am
Stretch, Flow & Roll Jamie Millam
Supporting Emotions with Essential Oils Denise Williams
Yoga for Your Hands Susan Richards
 11:00am - 11:45am
Stretch to Digest Diane Doolin
Mindful Meditation Susan Richards
The Perfect Storm Dr. Dana Huebner
Cut the Clutter! Minimalism Discussion Lisa Gates
 11:45am - 12:30pm
Opportunity to explore the Wellness Fair
 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Luncheon & Wrap-up Discussion  

2020 Presenters
Cathy Newton
Cathy is a keynote speaker and author who connects with audiences, 
Cathy Newtonprompting laughter and exploration as
 she engages you in her content.  Here’s what you can expect from one of Cathy’s presentations—you will benefit from stories, humor and shared spirit, be engaged in meaningful eercises, and gain fresh strategies for positive action.

A highly energetic and experienced performer, Cathy has continually captivated diverse audiences—from her college days as a Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader to a myriad of groups as a professional educator to the past 20+ years as a nationally sought-after speaker. Her love of adventure has led her to ski the German Alps, mush a dogsled in Alaska, hike the Incan Trail in Peru and scuba dive in the Caribbean.

In her previous roles as teacher, athletic coach and wellness/student assistance coordinator, she studied the effects of risk, energy and emotional intelligence on performance issues. Cathy has helped thousands of people—from health professionals to HR managers to school administrators—stretch themselves further by handling change, work/life balance, teamwork, wellness and leadership with confidence. 

Cathy is the author of two eLearning courses and four books.  Her books are: Balancing Work & Life in a Crazy, Connected World (Full Swing Publishing, Kansas City, MO, 2014), Living in Full Swing (Advantage Media, Charleston, SC, 2007), It Takes Character (Incentive Publications Inc., Nashville TN, 2003), and RISK IT! Empowering Young People to Be Positive Risk Takers in Learning and in Life (Incentive, 1996).    

Her honors include selection for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, recipient of the Soroptomist “Woman of Distinction” award, the “Alumni Pioneer Award” from the University of St. Mary and the “Service to Education” award from the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals.  Cathy was a 2009-2017 member of the Board of Trustees for the University of St. Mary in Kansas.  

Diane DoolinDiane Doolin, RN
Diane is a nurse who is passionate about wellness!   Although she loves caring for patients in the hospital, she would much rather help people avoid the need to be there.  This passion for helping empower others to reach and maintain their optimal level of health shines through in all that she does.  Wanting to promote healthy self-care, Diane earned advanced certification and began teaching therapeutic and restorative "demystified" yoga classes in 2005, eventually tweaking her program and incorporating other movement arts to create Peaceful Stretch classes. 

Realizing that how we nourish the body greatly affects our health mentally and emotionally as well as physically, Diane also began studying whole, natural foods.  She attended multiple intensives at Kripalu and the Himalayan Institute, as well as many hours of independent study, learning a variety of approaches to holistic nutrition and natural living.  She created her business- Reach into Wellness- to share with others what she has learned over the years, and to encourage and support those beginning (or continuing!) their own journey. 

Denise WilliamsDenise Williams
Denise Williams has been a Shawnee resident for 17 years and was an elementary educator for 9. Out of the many hats she wears, being an essential oil user and educator is top of the list. Using oils has positively impacted everything else she does! Denise has been a Young Living essential oil user for 3.5 years. In her journey to maintain wellness and kick toxic products, Denise’s passion for oils has exploded and she wants to share her oil journey with everyone. She wants to show people that you don’t have to be an aromatherapist to use oils to promote wellness. You can start right where you are!

Dana HuebnerDr. Dana Huebner
Dr. Huebner graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in April 2018. He chose to open his own clinic to help people attain the pain free lifestyle they desire and deserve. He has pursued a wide variety of treatment options through post-graduate education seminars which gives him the tools to match the treatment to the patients’ needs.


Susan Richards

Susan is a Wellness Yoga Teacher, an E-RYT 500 (experienced Susan Richardsyoga teacher level II) registered with Yoga Alliance, a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), and a certified by Judith Hansen Lasater as a Relax and Renew® restorative trainer. Susan has been a student of yoga since 1997 and began teaching yoga in the Kansas City area in 2004. With a foundation in Iyengar training, she teaches public classes and private sessions from a yoga-as-wellness perspective. She leads public workshops and yoga teacher-trainings which focus on subjects such as but not limited to hand-care, back-care, posture improvement, arthritis functionality, insomnia, meditation, stress relief, and adaptable chair yoga. 

Susan successfully uses yoga to manage her own physical challenges from spinal surgeries and symptoms of arthritic bone degeneration. She sees clients privately with scoliosis and other back-related issues. For more information: 

Lisa Gates
Lisa Gates
Lisa is an Overland Park-bred single mom of an 11-year-old boy, CEO of Gates Manor and devoted HR professional at Johnson County Community College. She has single-handedly changed the lives of tens of people through her journey in Minimalism. 
An education in Applied Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in Juvenile Justice and Criminal Delinquency and a Concentration in Psychology has absolutely nothing to do with her career, her knowledge of Minimalism or her early-life goal to become a Fly Girl on In Living Color, however as long as she is still paying the loans, a Benefits Specialist she will be!
While no single approach to Minimalism will work for everyone, Lisa’s hope is to give you just enough information to be dangerous and her ultimate goal is to be the cause of the largest influx of garage sales anyone has ever seen this side of the Mississippi!

Jamie Millam

Jamie completed her Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga School for Therapeutics in Overland Park. 
Jamie Millam
She enjoys teaching yoga to all levels and ages so that they can learn the art of breath and movement to calm the body and mind. She also has enjoyed teaching her students to use foam rollers and other props to assist in keeping the body healthy. her goal is to bring authenticity. healing and ease to her classes.


2020 Breakout Sessions
KEYNOTE: Excel, Engage, Energize…and Reach into Wellness! Cathy Newton
Are there times when you are not quite up to par and don’t look or feel good?  What’s happened? These are NOT inevitable symptoms of aging but more likely the results of diet, lifestyle and stress!  Come to grips with your health risks and create better health and well-being outcomes—right now and with conscious intention.  Learn commonsense strategies to excel, engage, energize…and reach into wellness!

Stretch, Flow and Roll โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹Jamie Millam
In this class we will warm up the body with breath and yoga poses while also using the foam roller and tennis balls to massage sore muscles and bring relief to the body. We will end in a nice meditative savasana. This self-care class will leave you feeling rejuvenated and also give you some tools to use along with your other workouts.

Yoga for Your Hands Susan Richards
How do your hands feel? Join Susan for an introduction to specific movements, stretches, and breathing techniques developed for working and over-worked hands. These hand care techniques can help to reduce pain and improve functionality of your fingers, hands and wrists. To help manage your own self-care, you will learn deep mindful yoga breathing to help focus on each sensation that arise as you practice. A complete booklet of Yoga For Your Hands will be available for sale.

Supporting Emotions with Essential Oils Denise Williams
What are essential oils and how can they help support your emotions? Come learn the answers to those questions in this basic class, where you will learn a little bit of background and what types of oils support emotional health. Go home with a handout and a small roller bottle to try at home. 

Mindful Meditation Susan Richards
Whether you are new to meditation or have an established practice; I will help you discover the vast untapped potential that lies deep within. Easy enough to incorporate into your everyday life - you will get a taste of different meditation methods for stress reduction and relaxation; to improve your concentration and sense of well-being. We will discuss and practice different types of meditation; learning how to calm your body and quiet your mind. It is in this quiet inner space that the infinite potential of the human spirit is experienced.

Cut the Clutter! Minimalism Discussion Lisa Gates
Do you have too much stuff?  Spend too much time managing your email, maintaining your things, or shopping for the latest and greatest?  Intrigued by the possibility of reducing your stress on YOUR terms?? Learn to eliminate the extra that is weighing you down and embrace the simplicity of the important things in life. Let's talk Minimalism!

The Perfect Storm Dr Dana Hueber
Maybe your child has been given a label of Autism, ADHD, ASD, SPD or maybe you just know in your gut there's more going on with your child than other's realize... it's time to attend the Perfect Storm. Dr. Dana Huebner has been helping children, just like yours, grow and exceed expectations. You don't have to accept limits other professionals have given you and your family. When you get to the WHY things are happening, you can get to the ACTION to move forward and that's exactly what we will provide you with.

Stretch to Digest Diane Doolin, RN
In this all-levels class we will work the entire body, with a focus on stimulating a sluggish GI tract. This greatly aids natural detoxification as well as easing the bloating, constipation and general “belly issues” that often accumulate during the holiday season.  We will end with an abdominal massage technique you can do yourself, as well as some deep relaxation.