The concept of health and wellness has come a long way. You may remember the workout tapes that once captivated Americans. Or the weight-loss strategies involving cabbage soup, cookies and grapefruit people pursued over the years, sometimes at a cost to their health. 

“Today, people view health and wellness through a broader and more sophisticated lens,” says Ken Boush, Director of Marketing and Communications, Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC). “They’re concerned about all aspects of their health and are discriminating about the source of their health information.”  

Healthy Conversations, YRMC’s online speakers’ bureau, is designed for today’s savvy healthcare consumer. Launched in 2020, Healthy Conversations features: 

  • A diverse menu of health and wellness topics  
  • Knowledgeable, local healthcare providers 
  • Brief, informative videos 
  • Easy-to-access, on-demand videos 
  • A regular flow of new health and wellness topics 

Healthy Conversations includes top medical experts from our community,” notes Boush. “There’s a leading orthopedic surgeon who talks about the latest hip replacement surgery, an experienced dietitian who teaches you how to count carbs and many more healthcare providers sharing accurate information.” 

Check out the following Healthy Conversations topics, presented by YRMC healthcare providers and Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Group (YRMG) physicians:   

Adult Health & Screening Topics 

DEXA: Are Your Bones Healthy?  

Sierra-Amber Mabry, RT, BS, Prescott Medical Imaging 


Healthy Conversations Introduces Joint Replacement Expert Dr. Jason Weisstein 

Jason Weisstein, MD, MPH, FACS, Orthopedic Surgeon, YRMG 

Farewell to Hip Arthritis … Hello to Hip Health  

Dr. Jason Weisstein, Orthopedic Surgeon, YRMG 

Five Signs it’s Time for a Total Knee Replacement 

Francisco Jaume, DO, Orthopedic Surgeon, YRMG 

Is the Cognitive Assessment and Support Clinic Right for You?  

Sam Downing, MD, Director of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, YRMG 

Lung Cancer Screening  

Jennifer Harvey, RN, Nurse Navigator, Lung Cancer Screening and Care, YRMC 

Palliative Medicine: A Big Picture Perspective 

Larry Parsons, MD, Palliative Medicine, YRMC 

Say So Long to Swelling: What You Need to Know About Leg Edema 

Anil Kumar, MD, ABVLM, RPVI, RPhS, FACC, FSVM, Vascular Medicine and Vein Specialist  

What You Should Know About Neurosurgery & Physiatry 

Bradley Benson, DO, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, YRMG 

Why Worrying About Your Varicose Veins is Not Vain 

Dr. Anil Kumar, Vascular Medicine and Vein Specialist 

Nutrition & Fitness Topics 

Tips for Transitioning to a Plant-Based Diet 

Danyelle Schott, Certified Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer, Preventive Medicine and Wellness, YRMC 

Carb Counting for Diabetics 

Wendy Nelson, Diabetes Educator-Dietitian, Preventive Medicine and Wellness, YRMC 

Get Toned at Home 

Danyelle Schott, Certified Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer, YRMC 


Mindfulness Topics 

Building More Resilience to Navigate Life’s Challenges 

Cheryl Van Demark PT, C-IAYT, Physical Therapist and Certified Yoga Therapist, Physical Rehabilitation Services, YRMC 

Welcome Self-Compassion into Your Life 

Cheryl Van Demark, Physical Therapist and Certified Yoga Therapist, YRMC 

Aging, Safety & Senior Health Topics 

A Matter of Balance 

Al Peraza, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, Physical Rehabilitation Services, YRMC  

Must-Know Self-Defense Tips (with Demonstrations) for Seniors 

Jill Potter, RN, ACSM-CEP, AACVPR, CRP and sixth-degree black belt, Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation, YRMC 

Swallowing Issues and Aging: What You Should Consider 

Courtney Brimm, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Physical Rehabilitation Services, YRMC 


Volunteering and the Helper’s High 

Nancy Thomes, Director of Volunteer Services, YRMC 

Keep up with Healthy Conversations presentations by subscribing to YRMC HealthConnect ( Healthy Conversations is supported by a grant from the William L. and Ruth T. Pendleton Memorial Fund. 

Submitted by Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center