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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 to the Adolescent Health Fair open


10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Panelist discussion

Conference rooms A & B

Listen to a panel of mental health experts answer your questions about adolescent stress, anxiety, depression, bullying and more. Have a question you'd like answered? Enter it here.


10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Family-friendly dance activities, including Zumba and line dancing (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 & upstairs cafe lounge


10:15-10:45 a.m. - HPV vaccine Q&A

Upstairs small board room

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Overdose reversal training

Upstairs small board room

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

Upstairs cafe lounge

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 September 9; slots may fill up fast


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.


Zumba/line dancing

Drop by the Fitness Studio and sample some fun, energizing, family-friendly classes, including line dancing and Zumba. Join in 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.


Q&A session on HPV vaccine  |  10:15-10:45 a.m.

Cigna representative, Vickie Hastings, will lead a discussion and answer your questions about the HPV vaccine, which is recommended by the CDC for all boys and girls at ages 11-12 to protect against HPV-related infections and cancers.

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

Be sure to stop by the Drawn by Drew table upstairs in the cafe lounge area for a free caricature portrait that's sure to bring out your inner personality.

Overdose reversal training  |  11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Provided by Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists (ROPS), this training educates individuals on substance misuse in Tennessee, the brain science of addiction, and how to recognize and respond to an overdose, including how to use the life-saving drug naloxone. Information is also presented on how to get naloxone. This training certifies an individual under the Tennessee Good Samaritan Law.


Visit vendor tables on the upstairs walking track and in the cafe lounge area.

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.

Vanderbilt Total Health - new service available to all employees with MNPS insurance!

Vanderbilt Health Total Health (VTH) is a fast, convenient way for you and your dependents to get care when and where you need it. Through VTH, a nurse navigator is available exclusively to MNPS employees and can assess your needs and guide you to the best physical and mental health care within Vanderbilt.

Kroger Pharmacy

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.

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.


Wellness coaching with BJ Reeves, RN

Start the new school year off right with in-person or virtual sessions with B.J. She will work with you to customize a plan to improve your quality of life by reducing stress, losing weight, eating healthier, becoming more physically active, managing a chronic disease, quitting tobacco, improving mental health well-being, or optimizing your self-care.

Brightline - pediatric counseling

Finding the right behavioral health care for your kids can be difficult when you're juggling the demands of a busy family. Brightline offers video visits with therapists and coaches for your kids and teens, as well as resources and support for parents and caregivers.

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! (This service is available at no cost to certificated employees and their family members enrolled in MNPS health plan.)

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.

Be SMART - gun safety

Everytown for Gun Safety launched the Be SMART campaign to take action to promote responsible gun ownership and reduce child gun deaths. The campaign focuses on education and awareness about child gun deaths and secure gun storage. Be SMART volunteers encourage parents and caretakers to take five simple steps to help prevent shootings by children.

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.


More than just MNPS’s benefit plan administrator, 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.


EyeMed administers the vision plan for certificated staff.



Thomas Young, PMHNP-BCR, RN, BSBA

Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner at the MNPS Health Care Centers

Thomas E. Young is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. As an undergraduate at Ohio State University, he studied marketing and behavioral economics and volunteered at the suicide crisis line. He completed his training at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and received his master's degree in nursing specializing in psychiatric care across the lifespan. Thomas has also completed his Doctor of Nursing Practice at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing where he performed research on integrating behavioral health resources into primary care sites. He believes personalized care is the key to successful health outcomes. Thomas enjoys reading, playing board games, hiking and watching films with friends.

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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.

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Andy Peterson, MMHC, MDiv

Director of Pastoral Care and Volunteer Services for Vanderbilt University Hospital and Vanderbilt Health


Prior to joining VUMC, Andy Peterson was the Manager of volunteer services for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Volunteer Manager for the Senior Division of Metro Social Services for Davidson County, and the Director of Volunteer Services at Nashville CARES. Andy received a Master of Management in Health Care from Owen Graduate School of Management and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School.

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Kelsey Gastineau, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hospital Medicine for Vanderbilt University Medical Center


M.D.: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics - Medical University of South Carolina
Fellowship: Pediatric Hospital Medicine - Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Clinical Interests: Caring for hospitalized patients, Injury prevention in pediatric patients, Identifying and addressing social determinants of health and health disparities

Research Information: Dr. Gastineau’s research interests are in pediatric injury prevention, with a primary concentration on reducing firearm injuries among children and teens. Her scholarly work thus far has focused on improving evidence-based provider counseling through both Quality Improvement methods as well as developing an AAP-funded platform titled "Safer: Storing Firearms Prevents Harm."


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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Tyler Banks, MSSW, CLSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Vanderbilt Total Health

MNPS Health Care Centers


Tyler grew up in eastern North Carolina and then moved to attend Western Kentucky University. She worked in supervised visitation and then moved to Nashville to start working in-home with the families of children and adolescents whose behavior put them at risk of removal from their homes. Tyler worked in direct patient care and management at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital for nine years.


Now, Tyler is the LCSW for Vanderbilt Total Health at MNPS. In this role, Tyler supports MNPS teachers, staff and their dependents and their behavioral health needs by providing short-term counseling, connecting individuals to longer-term behavioral health care, sharing community resources, and educating this population on mental and behavioral health topics.


Tyler enjoys working with people and supporting them while they learn new things about themselves and their loved ones. In her spare time, she likes to hike, bake, listen to live music, and spend time with family and friends. 


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