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Saturday, September 9, 2023  |  10 a.m.-1 p.m.

MNPS Employee Wellness Center at Berry Hill
2694 Fessey Court, Nashville

Presented by: MNPS Health Care Centers & Vanderbilt Health

Learn more about the adolescent care services the MNPS Health Care Centers provide here.


10 a.m.  Doors open


10:30-11:30 a.m. - Panelist discussion

Conference rooms A & B

Listen to a panel of mental health experts answer your questions on related to stress, anxiety, depression, among others, in adolescents. Have a question you'd like answered? Enter it here.


10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Zumbathon & fitness activities (drop in anytime)

Fitness Studio, downstairs


10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Mindfulness crash course (Choose one of three 25-minute sessions: 10:10 a.m., 11:10 a.m. or 12:10 p.m. )

Upstairs walking track

10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Vendor booths & representatives

Upstairs walking track


11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Free caricature portraits, Drawn by Drew

Upstairs walking track


8 a.m.-2 p.m. - Well-child visits, sports physicals, school immunizations by appointment only

MNPS Health Care Centers – Berry Hill location.

Call 615-259-8755 to schedule an appointment for July 23


Fitness fun

Looking for creative ideas to get your kids moving? Vanderbilt Fitness Associate Jillian shares fitness skills and activities that are fun for the whole family.



Drop by the Fitness Studio and join Zumba instructor Lourdes as she leads a fun, energizing Zumbathon. Dance along for one song or a whole hour — the choice is yours. You may find it too fun to stop!



MBSR instructor and onsite physical therapist Bobby Russell will lead short mindfulness sessions.


Caricature portraits  |  11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Be sure to stop by the Drawn by Drew table on the upstairs walking track for a free caricature portrait that's sure to bring out your inner personality.


Visit vendor tables on the upstairs walking track

Kroger Pharmacy

Time for shots but haven’t had a chance to make that appointment? Kroger Pharmacy will offer Tdap and HPV vaccinations at the event — no appointment needed! Simply bring your insurance card to our table. You can also stop by and chat with our pharmacist about other vaccines your child may need.


Vanderbilt at MNPS Health Care Centers

MNPS has partnered with Vanderbilt Health to provide comprehensive health care services just for MNPS employees and retirees and their family members. The Centers provide care for illnesses/injuries, women’s health, annual and sports physicals, immunizations, chronic condition management, physical therapy, chiropractic care and more.


Nutrition with Bobbi Nickel

Ready to get your family’s nutrition habits on track? Registered nurse and Certified Holistic Health Coach Bobbi Nickel has helped many MNPS employees and family members learn about nutrition, develop realistic plans that work for them and achieve their health and wellness goals.


GuidanceResources by ComPsych - Employee Assistance Program

No matter your insurance coverage, you and your household family members have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) called GuidanceResources. It can help with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship and marital conflicts, job pressures, and legal and financial concerns. Services are free, available 24/7 and completely confidential.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program for LGBTQ Health

LGBTQ patients experience disparities in access to and quality of care, leading to preventable, adverse health outcomes including elevated risk for specific chronic diseases and increased rates of suicide and depression. The Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health works to address these disparities, improve the health of LGBTQ patients, support education around LGBTQ Health, and foster research on the optimal ways to care for LGBTQ patients and families.


Tennessee Regional Intervention Program (RIP)

RIP is a parent-implemented, professionally supported program for young children and their families who are experiencing challenging behaviors. RIP has been serving families since 1969. This unique, internationally recognized program guides parents in learning the skills to work directly with their own children while they receive training and support from experienced RIP families.



More than just MNPS’s insurance provider, Cigna offers a variety of wellness programs at no extra cost to you. Learn more about these popular programs and get your insurance questions answered. Cigna administers the medical and dental plans for certificated staff and the HRA Choice Fund for support staff.


Synchronous Health - Telehealth counseling

Synchronous Health offers a unique style of behavioral health support: virtual counseling. It all happens through your smartphone or laptop — on your schedule, from the comfort of your own space. No travel required!



Dr. Martha Shepherd, DO, MPH, FAAFP

Medical Director

MNPS Health Care Centers


Dr. Shepherd is an assistant professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is board-certified in both Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine and holds a Master of Public Health from Dartmouth College. She joined the faculty of Vanderbilt in 2008, after serving as a medical officer in the United States Navy for 12 years.


Dr. Shepherd obtained her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2001. Following medical school, she completed an internship at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, residency in Family Medicine at the University of Tennessee, and a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She holds a 200-hour RYT yoga teaching certificate and is qualified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Mindfulness Center at Brown School of Public Health.

Her interests include population health, employer health, and leveraging technology to enhance the patient and provider experience. Her work stresses the importance of effective health communication and including patients in their care plan through the use of shared decision-making tools and evidence-based clinical care paths. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading and traveling. 


Dr. Mary Romano, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine

Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Dr. Romano is board-certified in both Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and holds a Master of Public Health from Florida International University. She obtained her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine following her Pediatric Residency from Winthrop University Hospital and her Fellowship at Miami Children’s Hospital. Her areas of expertise and clinical interest include Adolescent LGBT Health, Adolescent Primary Care, Eating Disorders, Menstrual Disorders and Contraception.


Kelly Geelan, LMSW

Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital


Kelly Geelan is a Licensed Mental Health Professional at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and currently facilitates consultations for behavior intervention across all VUMC enterprises. Kelly provides individual and group sessions to patients admitted at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital as well as family engagement and support.  

Kelly attended The University of Michigan receiving her master’s in social work concentrating in clinical mental health as well as a school social work certificate. Prior to moving to Nashville, Kelly spent time working in Boston, MA, at both Harvard Medical School affiliate, Judge Baker Children’s Center and Franciscan Children’s Hospital. While in Boston, Kelly was a manager of a school based mental health clinic within the Boston Public School system serving children grades k-6. Additionally, Kelly has a background in applied behavioral analysis and special education including advocacy for neurodiverse populations.  


Alexandra Kuchler, BS, MS, MSN, FNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

MNPS Health Care Centers


Alexandra Kuchler is board-certified and specializes in treating anxiety disorders, depression and attention difficulties. After completing her undergraduate degree in behavioral neuroscience, she received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Columbia University’s accelerated Entry to Practice (ETP) program. She then went on to get her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from Rutgers University.

Alexandra has experience treating both adults and children and has worked in private offices and non-profit organizations. She is a compassionate provider who believes in treating the person, not as a disorder or diagnosis. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, spending time outside, and trying out new recipes on her friends and family.


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