Sonya Dunbar, also known as the Geriatric Toothfairy is a Registered Dental Hygienist she has and over 25 years of dental experience in private practice, skilled nursing facilities, academia and marketing and has proudly served her country in the United States Navy. For the last 16 years, she worked in long-term care facilities both as a Dental Hygienist providing clinical treatment and as a staff trainer providing in-services and hands-on training to the staff and we cannot forget her very entertaining seminars packed with valuable information on Geriatric oral care. That experience has afforded her the opportunity to learn the concerns, desires, needs and expectations of patients and their families as well as those of facility staff and administration. Her experience also created a desire in her to do things better to improve the quality of care and level of customer service provided to residents, staff and administration of long-term care facilities.
How poor oral care is KILLING our Geriatric population, how access to Mobile dentistry can change that - Sonya Dunbar MHA RDH
Many residents in nursing homes have trouble receiving adequate dental care because of unique oral care challenges, such as cognitive skill, poor staff training about oral care, and difficult clinical situations that arise such as diabetes.
High dental cost also presents a huge obstacle, since Medicaid and Medicare pay very little for dental services. Another challenge is getting residents in wheelchairs and Jeri chairs to the dental office and into a dental chair.
Oral health has a significant impact on physical health and mental health including self-esteem and overall quality of life. In addition, there are many systemic diseases that have been directly linked to poor oral health such as aspirated pneumonia which sends many elderly people living in nursing homes to the hospital it is also probably the most common sequelae of poor oral health in the aged person. The plaque build-up on teeth has been found in the lungs of residents with pneumonia due to poor oral care.
Access to oral care is not only needed but critical for most seniors living in long-term care facilities. Mobile dentistry is now on the rise to provide this much-needed care.
Golden Nuggets for Life 2018
· Poor oral health may contribute to aspirated pneumonia when oral bacteria travel from mouth to the lungs
· Swallowing difficulties result in poor oral clearance of residue
· Xerostomia-dry mouth
· Poor dental plaque control
E. Marie Sissle is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Frenchtown Coalition for the Arts and Executive Director of SoMo PlayHouse in Tallahassee, Florida. With over 25 years in the entertainment field, she started her own theatre Midtown Enrichment Corp. in 2014. Sissle, along with her husband Noble Sissle, III are coming from a family of performers that produced the first all-black musical revue on Broadway in the 1920's Shuffle Along.
The video below and the links below it are "Combining unseen period footage with original scores from that era, 'Syncopated Ragtime' tells the story of Noble Sissle incredible life journey that spans "The Harlem Hellfighters" of World War I, Broadway Theatre, the Civil Rights movement, and decades of Black cultural production. "
Dr. Sherice Nicole is a native of Orlando Florida and graduate of Florida A&M College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She serves in several capacities. She’s a God chaser, mother, sibling, health care professional, a speaker, and most notable an entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Creative Director of The Style Ave Agency were she specializes in styling/personal shopping for busy professionals looking to turn heads at their next big life event, closet make-overs, virtual styling, and so much more.
Doc was born on March 21st 1985. She is a dynamic trail brazing millennial. On the verge of completing her first motivational/inspirational book, you can catch her around the city of Jacksonville speaking to the students of Duval County Public Schools about financial literacy through Junior Achievement. She also gives a scholarship each year in the month of May entitled, “The Janice Denise Scholarship” in honor and memory of her late mother Janice Denise Heck-Brown.
Life for doc didn’t begin as a fairy tale. A victim of sexual abuse, a drug infested environment, an absentee father, death of a parent, and divorcee, Sherice believed in ordered to change the course of her future she had to detaching her mind and heart from her past. Destined by society’s standards to be a product of her environment and a statistic, Doc decided that settling was not an option. Married at the age of 18, motherless at 19, a mother at 24, divorced at 27, she knew that if she didn’t proceed with full force into her next chapter, that she would find herself stuck in mediocracy. August 2013, Sherice quit her 10 year relationship with FloridaBlue and began a journey that would soon become the leading resource for many of her victories.
After four long turbulent, tumultuous, yet life changing years in pharmacy school, 2017 Sherice graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is a registered full time health care professional as well as a full-time mother and entrepreneur. 2018 She founded The Style Ave Agency. An enterprise, soon franchise, that cater’s to the extraordinary woman/man personal fashion desires. This is only the beginning. Sherice is nowhere near finished.
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Love for community, youth, and grassroots advocacy drives the passionate volunteerism of Christic Henry. A former AmeriCorp volunteer at Bond Elementary School, Christic’s love for Tallahassee blossomed under the care and support she received from Southside neighbors during her term of service. A 2003 graduate of FSU, for 15 years Christic and her husband Karlus have owned and operated Kingdom First Realty, an independent full service real estate brokerage where she serves as President/Managing Broker. Christic is a certified foreclosure and (mortgage) default intervention specialist, certified residential specialist, and a 2006 certified leadership graduate of the Tallahassee Board of Realtors. She also has served the City of Tallahassee as a Program Facilitator/Mentor for the Smith Williams Service Center Girls Mentoring program- also known as D.I.V.A.S.- where she has mentored over 350 young women during her six week summer program over the past seventeen years at the Smith Williams Service Center. Christic was the first African-American woman to serve as president of the Council of Neighborhood Associations of Tallahassee-Leon County (CONA); appointee and past chair of the Blueprint 2000 Citizens Advisory Committee; appointee to the Leon County Sales Tax Committee and the City of Tallahassee Utilities Citizens Advisory Committee; past vice-president of the Smith Williams Service Center Foundation, Inc.; inaugural board president of Ladies Learning to Lead, a local leadership development organization for young women; and an advocate for youth and neighborhoods throughout Tallahassee/Leon County in various contributive capacities.
For the past 11 years, Christic has served as programs and events chair for CONA and has coordinated the Annual Neighborhood Recognition Cycle and Awards- a joint effort of CONA, Leon County, and the City of Tallahassee- to recognize the efforts and contributions of active neighborhoods, neighbors, public servants, and business neighbors. Under the CONA umbrella, Christic has also developed the Capital Area Neighborhood Network (CANN) initiative to galvanize and strengthen Southside Tallahassee neighborhood associations and resident leaders. For the past three (3) years, three Southside neighborhood leaders have been selected to attend a national Neighborworks Community Leadership Institute (CLI) to receive intensive training on neighborhood leadership and grassroots community advocacy and grants for a collaborative catalytic project. As a result of her neighborhood advocacy, Kingdom First Realty was recognized by CONA as 2014-2015 Business Neighbor of the Year.
Professionally, Christic has received a lot of love! Kingdom First Realty was named 2015 Small Business of the Year by the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce (BBMC). Christic has also served, since 2014 as a member and 2016-17 Chair of the BBMC Women’s Business Council Leadership Team. Christic has been honored by the Tallahassee Board of Realtors as their 2013 Presidential Spirit Award recipient and the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals 2014 Golden A.C.E. in Real Estate. She was also recognized in 2011 by the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper as one of “25 Women you Need to Know”. Most recently, she has been recognized as a 2018 Community Trailblazer Honoree by the J.R.E. Lee Sr. Lodge #422 of Free and Accepted Masons.
Christic is a devoted member of Providence Reformed Baptist Church.
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Dr. Asha is a Creator of Healthy Conversations. Through empowering written and spoken messages, she inspires the busy and overwhelmed to live life abundantly. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University, where she was also named 2007 Homecoming Queen. She matriculated to Parker University in Dallas, TX, earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. She holds additional certifications in sports medicine, healthy lifestyle coaching, success coaching, and event management. She enjoys serving the community alongside her church, her sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and her faith-based wellness nonprofit organization, Temple Fit Health, Inc. She was recently named Alumni of the Year by the FL.
Dr. Asha is the founding director of The Temple Fit Company and its faith-based health nonprofit Temple Fit Health, Inc. These organizations have supplied wellness speakers and fitness instructors for churches, conferences, and universities across the nation, training the busy and overwhelmed to experience life abundantly. Additionally, Dr. Asha is an inspirational writer and speaker, who is passionate about helping ambitious women thrive.
Dr. Asha has personally invited you all lto the 5th Annual SHE Tea hosted by Temple Fit Health, Inc., our faith-based wellness nonprofit organization. Our SHE Tea women’s wellness
conference will include deep-dive conversations on:
Some conference favorites are the small group mentoring sessions and the breakout empowerment workshops. SHE Tea is a safe space to have real conversations with real women about real life. Tickets and more information are at www.templefit.co/events. You can apply her personal discount code at checkout: BEMYGUEST.
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Raquel T. Lynch, M.Ed. is a motivational speaker, educational consultant and curriculum developer who is passionate about cultivating the genius within young minds. She understands that effective education requires a holistic approach, one which engages the student, the caregiver(s), and the teachers. Bearing this in mind, Raquel specializes in the development of holistic curricula in early childhood settings.
Because children cannot reach their maximum potential without supportive home environments and communities beyond the classroom, the second thrust of Raquel’s work is equipping educators (teachers, parents, and community members) with tools and techniques to live more balanced, healthy lives themselves. Her primary focus is to provide a safe space for women to connect, heal, and transform into their highest self through the platform, Garden of Honey. Garden of Honey is intended to serve as a women’s circle, with experiences guided by the deep wisdom of African spiritual traditions. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is surrounded by the love of her friends and family.
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Mie-Ling Buford, is a 20-year-old sophomore Majoring in Health Sciences, with a Minor in Entrepreneurship at Stetson University (DeLand, FL). She is the Owner and Founder of Mind Over Matter Holistic Healing LLC. On Sunday March 31st, 2019 her 20th birthday, she launched her business focusing on creating products that are made to penetrate the mind, body, and spirit using 100% all-natural herbal ingredients. Throughout her life she witnessed many family members struggling with disease and being forced to take a multitude of medications. In seeing this, it fueled her flame of interest in the world of herbal healing. As herbs were once used to primarily heal many ailments, she decided to erect those past practices and implement them in her life today. Putting her own twist on medicine, and applying what she knows, she has been able to provide multiple topical salves, and body products focusing on leaving out the bad and illegible ingredients. Those who knew of her interest would ask her to make them things here and there, later sharing their findings with others. She eventually started making her version of "staple products" (June 2018), and that is when everything changed. Thus, the birth of Mind Over Matter Holistic Healing LLC (March 2019). It is her belief that healing starts from within and should be paired with the medicine that is most natural and could be found at your footsteps.
“When using these products, I hope you will keep in Mind what it is you want out of the product. What would you like it to do for you? Clear your Mind...take a deep breath... set good, positive intentions...and allow the product to aid you in your time of need!”
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LaShaundra Cromotee is a wife and mother of 6. She is passionate about family and parenting. She specializes in trauma informed client centered therapy with a focus on the family unit, solution focused counseling, and culturally specific therapy techniques. LaShaundra has experience partnering with at risk adolescents, survivors of domestic violence, veterans, and has worked in the area of substance abuse and geriatrics. She takes extreme pride in cultivating the skills of individuals who work with children who have experienced trauma and of individuals who work with children with behavioral issues.
LaShaundra is committed to understanding the cultural and family importance while facilitating healing and progress. She is dedicated to ensuring the families and individuals affecting by trauma have a chance of reaching their destiny. LaShaundra is also committed to providing comprehensive, empowering, and holistic counseling in order to help you achieve overall wellness.
LaShaundra has over 15 years of hands on experiencing working as a facilitator of healing and a therapist. Not only has she assisted others with overcoming trauma but she too is a trauma survivor who understands the challenges that come with experiencing trauma. She has made it a life goal to assist any that are ready to move forward with being resilient, taking back what was taken from them, getting to a place of happiness, and developing a healthy outlook on life. LaShaundra co-owns a private practice Blue Lotus Counseling and Holistic Wellness, LLC. Where therapy is positive and uplifting. Genuineness and authenticity are always practiced. At Blue Lotus CHW the intention is to bring balance in one’s life and help them feel whole again. Blue Lotus CHW is a strength based practice that builds upon your gifts, talents, and abilities.
LaShaundra is a trained therapist. She is currently under supervision of a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is actively working towards obtaining her licensure in the State of Florida. She has been named the Teen Whisper by several parents of teenagers that she works with.
LaShaundra holds a Master degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Community Psychology with an emphasis on Mental Health Counseling. ] She received her Bachelors degree from FAMU as well in the area of Psychology.
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My name is Stephanie Major, CEO and Founder of GG Naturals, L.L.C. I am honored to be the creator of all natural, organic, and vegan friendly products that help people from all walks of life who are suffering from skin and scalp conditions that greatly affect the quality of their life.
I started making natural soap and curly hair care products in 2015 when I was simply at the end of my rope, searching for just a few things that could make my life easier as a mom. I have three daughters who have suffered from eczema and scalp sores and myself from severely dry hair and skin, which are symptoms of living with Hypothyroidism. After years of making YouTube videos utilizing other products from large companies and finding myself switching from product to product and still not quite getting the results I wanted, I began my own research on how to make what they were making, but in an all-natural way that would not cause further allergic reactions to my children. That was the beginning of what is now GG Naturals.
The skin is our largest organ and chemicals get dissolved into the skin within minutes of touching us, so take 15 seconds to read and know what you are buying. I also encourage people to contact me with any questions they have if they are feeling uncomfortable to make a choice on their own.
I discovered activated charcoal when looking for a natural alternative to toothpaste. I researched the benefits and to my surprise, I found that it is good for acne. I made a small batch and used my husband as a guinea pig. He fell in love with it from the first use and it is still his favorite to this day. His skin looks smoother than it has in years and he talks a lot about the lather of that soap has. He tells everyone who will listen how great it is and once they get a whiff of the lemongrass fragrance, they are hooked too.
My future goal for GG Naturals is to become a household name. We are so proud to have been featured in Afiya Magazine! I love nature and I love to learn and teach. My girls and I have learned so much about natural things that can be added to our body lotions and soaps to help the skin look great. I also teaching others how to build businesses by making things that are truly all natural and beneficial for their family’s skin. People want to feel confident in their skin, and GG Naturals is helping them to do that by providing eco-friendly products.
To pay the bills, practicing law is what Gadsden County native Felicia S.W. Thomas, Esq., does during the day. To feed her passion, writing is what keeps Author Felicia S.W. Thomas up at night.
Ms. Thomas is an attorney, author, editor, ghostwriter, and business woman.
Ms. Thomas graduated from James A. Shanks High School, Class of 1987. She received her B.S. degree in Journalism from Florida A&M University and her Juris Doctorate from Florida State University. She has been a licensed attorney for over 22 years and has practiced in many areas. She is currently the owner of the Law Office of Felicia S.W. Thomas, PLLC, which specializes in disability law (SSI, SSDI, and VA) and guardianship law.
Ms. Thomas is the author of several books. Her debut novel, 80 Proof Lives, is an award-winning, young adult novel set in Quincy, Florida. This coming-of-age tale chronicles the journey of a brilliant but disillusioned young girl who believes she has no future beyond high school. Through the help of a colorful cast of characters who frequent the home of the local madam and bootleg queen, the young girl discovers life-changing things about herself, including that she has a bright future ahead of her. 80 Proof Lives received the 2011 Publisher's Association Award in the young adult category, making Ms. Thomas the first African American to receive the award in that category. 80 Proof Lives was assigned reading for FAMU’s TRIO Talent Search program, Gadsden County schools, Crossroad Academy Charter School, Leon County schools, and PACE Center for Girls Leon. It was also a featured novel at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC, during the Collegiate Sisters for Action Symposium. It graces the shelves of several local public libraries and was a summer reading selection.
She has also published several short stories, including Double D Death, Double D Death II, and the Kiss of Life. She co-wrote A-Z Basic Editing Tips. Under the business name, “Felicia’s Pen,” she edits the manuscripts of many aspiring authors and assists others in telling their stories through ghostwriting.
Ms. Thomas continues to write for herself and non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Tallahassee Authors Network. All her books are available on www.Amazon.com in paperback and eBook format.
She currently lives in Tallahassee with her children – Adahlia, Anaya, and Aaron.
Name: Felicia S.W. Thomas
Address: 2712 Summer Meadow Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32303
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