April 23, 2022 at Cooper's Ridge


Escape to the country with us for a day of community, wellness, and hope


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Our mission is to provide people with the knowledge, resources, and encouragement they need to achieve good health.  We believe that when we give our bodies what they need, we can both prevent and reverse chronic disease.

We bring in top-notch, cutting-edge professionals from across the country to teach and guide all who attend. This is a conference for all people who want to optimize their health and that of their family.

Dear Friends,

Taking care of your health is among the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. The last two years have proven how imperative it is to not only optimize your health but also educate yourself on all treatment and prevention options when it comes to both chronic and acute illnesses. This year’s speakers will spark dialogue, ask honest questions, and help you make informed decisions about a variety of health and wellness topics. Not only will you leave the conference more informed and excited, you’ll leave more connected to resources in Missouri and more confident in the decisions you make for your family. You’ll leave ready to “take back your health”!


I hope you’ll join us on Saturday, April 23rd. 

To Good Health,



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All speakers and topics are subject to change

Dr. Larry Palevsky, M.D.

Reframing the Medical Paradigm
Children Need to be Sick in Order for Them to Get Well

Dr. Palevsky is a NYS licensed pediatrician, who utilizes a holistic approach to children’s wellness and illness. Dr. Palevsky received his medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine in 1987, completed a three-year pediatric residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC in 1990, and served as a pediatric fellow in the ambulatory care out-patient department at Bellevue Hospital, NYC, from 1990-1991. Since 1991, his clinical experience includes working in pediatric emergency and intensive care medicine, in-patient, and out-patient pediatric medicine, neonatal intensive care medicine, newborn and delivery room medicine, and conventional, holistic and integrative pediatric private practice. Dr. Palevsky is a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, and Past–President of the American Holistic Medical Association. He received his pediatric board certification in 1990, and passed his pediatric board recertification exams in 1997, 2004, and 2011.

In his current pediatric practice, Dr. Palevsky offers well-child examinations, consultations and educational programs to families and practitioners in the areas of preventive and holistic health; childhood development; lifestyle changes; nutrition for adults, infants and children; safe, alternative treatments for common and difficult to treat acute and chronic pediatric and adult conditions; vaccination controversies; mindful parenting; and rethinking the medical paradigm. Additionally, he teaches holistic integrative pediatric & adolescent medicine to parents, and medical and allied health professionals, both nationally & internationally, and is available for speaking engagements worldwide.

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Dr. Jim Meehan, M.D.

Follow the Science

Jim Meehan, MD champions honest science deployed to create genuine health. He has advanced training and experience in Functional Medicine, endocrinology, ocular inflammation and immunology, preventive medicine and addiction recovery. 

Before his career in medicine, Dr. Meehan was an award winning West Point cadet, international business executive, and entrepreneur. He was president of his medical school class and the recipient of multiple academic and research scholarship awards. 

Dr. Meehan edited the medical journal, “Ocular Immunology and Inflammation.” He learned to discern high quality medical research from the low quality, biased, and contrived pseudoscience used to promote pharmaceutical industry products. He participated in clinical research investigating the associations between military vaccinations, evidence of previous retinal vasculitis, and Gulf War Syndrome. 

Dr. Meehan is a 5th degree black-belt in Tae Kwon Do, NAGA World Jiu Jitsu Champion, and 2013 "Living Legend" inductee into the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame. He has dedicated his career to fighting and exposing the greed, fraud, and pseudoscience responsible for the corruption of the American healthcare system and the intolerable harm, suffering, and death of America’s children perpetrated by an out-of-control, unaccountable, and uncaring pharmaceutical industry. 


Dr. Arminta Phelps, D.C.

Raising Healthy Kids in a Sick World

Dr. Arminta is the owner of Achieve Balance Chiropractic in Columbia, Missouri. She began Achieve Balance 14 years ago as a part of her mission to help people achieve optimal health and wellness through chiropractic care and wellness education. Dr. Arminta completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri–Columbia and earned a doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic-Davenport, the fountainhead of Chiropractic. Dr. Phelps earned her Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner certification in 2018 to be able to provide the best wellness care to her patients and community. She is the mother of 2 amazing children. She spends her free time outside with her family or traveling and getting the most she can out of life!


Adam Saunders

Using food as a tool for personal, family, and community health 

Adam Saunders is a co-founder of Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, a 501c3 non-profit that provides a wide range of hands-on education opportunities to help folks engage in food production, eat seasonally, and change their diets to be more healthy.  Over the last 13 years of operation the center has developed a broad suite of programming strategies and has been an integral part of the development of Columbia's Agriculture Park in Columbia, MO. 


Erin Blank, herbalist

Nourishing Your Body with Herbs

Erin Blank is an herbalist trained in the vitalist tradition and the wise woman tradition. She has received education through various herbal programs, including The Herbal Academy, The School of Evolutionary Herbalism, and The Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism. Erin loves to support those who are empowering themselves to be their own healers, and she has special interest in pregnancy, birth, women’s, and children’s health.


Karri Ball, FNTP

Eating for Life

Karri Ball is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and owner of Health=Wealth. She has a passion for helping others restore their health through education and healing with holistic and sustainable practices in food and lifestyle. She specializes in functional testing through hair tissue mineral analysis and loves digging in to uncover the root cause of underlying imbalances in the body. Karri is a passionate health, wellness and fitness advocate, and believes that health is the ultimate wealth.


Jennifer Ann Barker 

Exemptions, Mandates, and the Law

Co-founder and Director of Informed Health Choice Missouri


Dr. Heather Gessling, M.D.

Covid: Prevention and Early Treatment

Dr. Gessling graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and went on to Medical School and Residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She lives in Columbia, Missouri with her husband and 3 children. Dr. Gessling was Chief of Staff at her hospital in Moberly, Missouri through the COVID pandemic with thousands of patients under her care. By implementing preventative measures and early outpatient treatment she was able to keep her patients healthy and safe. Dr. Gessling started Gessling Family Wellness, a Direct Primary Care Clinic, in September 2021. Her new clinic utilizes the Direct Primary Care model in order to care for her patients without the constraints of insurance companies, enabling her to provide accessible care that is comprehensive and excellent. Her practice headquarters is in Macon, MO but she is able to see patients a variety of ways throughout the state.

Dr. Gessling worked with Dr. Robert Malone, Dr. Ryan Cole, Dr. Richard Urso, Dr. Pierre Kory, Dr. Bryan Tyson, and Dr. John Littell to author the Physician’s Declaration, an International Alliance of Physicians and Medical Scientists that has now been signed by over 17,000 physicians and scientists. She recently read this declaration on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the March against the Mandates in DC. As part of her involvement with the Pandemic Health Alliance and Global Covid Summit she travels the country bringing truth about early outpatient treatment regarding COVID-19 as well as desperately needed information regarding the corresponding vaccines. Keeping families healthy, happy, and productive is her main goal. Her website is gesslingfamilywellness.com

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Registration, Coffee, Visit Vendors
Opening Remarks
Eating for Life with Karri Ball, FNTP
Using Food as a Tool for Personal, Family and Community Health with Adam Saunders 
Reframing the Medical Paradigm with Larry Palevsky, M.D.
Nourishing Your Body with Herbs with Erin Blank, herbalist

Children Need to be Sick in Order for them to Get Well with Larry Palevsky, M.D.
Follow the Science with Jim Meehan, M.D.
Raising Healthy Kids in a Sick World with Arminta Phelps, D.C.
Covid: Prevention and Early Treatment with Heather Gessling, M.D.
Exemptions, Mandates, and the Law with Jennifer Ann Barker
Q&A with Dr. Palevsky, Dr. Meehan and Dr. Gessling
Closing Remarks
S'more Wellness Happy Hour



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The speakers at the Como Wellness Conference were extremely knowledgeable and interesting. They were also accessible for questions afterward. Very helpful and I look forward to attending 2018.

What a wonderful event and an opportunity to hear some of the top experts both locally and nationally talk on some of the latest developments in functional medicine. If you want to learn how to take your health to the next level this conference is for you!

The COMO wellness conference was an opportunity to hear world-class experts on food and nutrition, at an affordable cost, right in our own back-yard. The conference was time well-invested!

Attending the wellness conference inspired me, and gave me the motivational boost I needed to change what and how I feed my family, and to do it from a place of enthusiasm and empowerment vs. guilt. Healthy eating is imperative and doable, even on a modest budget.

I was truly amazed at this first time event. It was well planned and organized and I walked away with a wealth of information. Well done!

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