DiscoverYou Events ~ 75 Eddie Dowling Hwy ~ North Smithfield, RI 02896 ~ 401-769-1325 x11

~ 2020 ~

DiscoverYou Wellness Expo
Workshop Presenters
Sunday, March 10, 2019

Roland Comtois

Keynote Speaker

Meet Roland Comtois; a clear-sighted, spiritual medium, a compelling, inspirational speaker, host of the podcast “The Wisdom Keepers”, and TV Show “Signs of Spirit”, and author of Signs of Spirit, And Then There Was Heaven, 16 Minutes, and co-authored: 365 Days of Angel Prayers. Roland’s newest book, Signs of Spirit about Roland’s development of his signature “Purple Papers”, tells stories of love lost, love found and the connection between loved ones that extends into infinity. For over 40 years, Roland has reached many along his vocational path from physical to spiritual healing. He has worked as a geriatric nurse, Reiki Master, metaphysical teacher and grief specialist.


The healing modalities and messages that he shares nurture and balance mind, body and soul. Roland’s daily commitment is to help people find comfort in life in spite of overwhelming loss, to show how to move beyond grief and to pass on the message that eternal love is genuine. He is the founder of the Living Beyond Loss Conference, now in its 11th year. Roland is currently under contract with Llewellyn Worldwide Publishers for
his book ‘Signs of Spirit’ and in negotiations with several television and multi media outlets to showcase his signature “Purple Papers”.

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Dr. Jon Porman

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jon Porman (Dr. P) is an internationally known holistic physician focusing on the topics of health, wellness and human performance.  He has lectured trained and treated clients worldwide since 1996.  He was an officer in the United States Marine Corps and a contributing author the book The Thought That Changed My Life Forever.  He is currently writing a couple’s book with his wife Jennifer Porman.   He and Jennifer co-founded Legendary Living Retreats and Dr. P lectures, trains and treats clients all over the world.

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Brian Ackerman, MD

Workshop Presenter

Dr. Ackerman is a Harvard Medical School Trained Psychiatrist who is Director of Meditation & Mindfulness Services at the Thrive Behavioral Health in Warwick Rhode Island. He is also Staff Psychiatrist at the Community Care Alliance, in Woonsocket, RI where he runs a Mindfulness Treatment Program for those struggling with Dual Diagnosis and Substance Use. He is also Staff Psychiatrist at AdCare in N Kingston RI, a facility that specializes in Substance Use Treatment. He also has a private practice in Providence RI where he has a general psychiatric practice and runs Mindfulness Groups. Dr. Ackerman was a Keynote Speaker on Mindfulness at a Conference in Paris this October, and since his return has return has also lectured at RI College.


Dr. Ackerman’s is a family therapist and Founder Member of the American Family Therapy Association. In 2005, he founded a Meditation & Mindfulness Center where he immersed himself in learning what an Eastern approach could help us understand about human suffering. His last three professional years have been devoted to helping to integrate Mindfulness into mainstream psychiatric treatment. His teachings are known to be clear and compelling.


Dr. is now running 8 weekly Mindfulness Therapy Groups and Staff. Mindfulness Training Groups at 4 different Community Mental Health Centers across Rhode Island.

Kristen Acciari

Workshop Presenter

Kristen Acciari is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), 200hr Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) and founder of The Holistic Heart, an integrative mental health center in Warwick, RI, where they combine yoga, meditation, and wellness workshops with holistic counseling for a whole-person approach to mental and emotional health. A lifelong learner, avid reader, and deep thinker, Kristen is infinitely curious and always looking to explore the depth and meaning beyond the surface. She is passionate about the innate power and resilience of the human spirit, and our ability to create a life we love if we are willing to look at who we are with courageous honesty, an inquisitive mind, and an open heart. 

Arden O'Donnell

Workshop Presenter

Arden O’Donnell, MPH, LICSW, EMP is a social worker, a energy medicine practitioner and a teacher.  She received  her Master’s in Social Work from Smith College and her is an Energy Medicine Practitioner degree (EMP) from Rhys Thomas Institute of Energy Medicine and she currently teaches at both schools.  She combines her degrees in her professional work as a palliative care social worker working with the Dana-Farber Brigham and Women’s Cancer institute.   Arden also has a deep commitment to working with children who have lost parents, she founded a non profit organization, Coalition for Courage which supports orphans in Zimbabwe and is a dedicated foster and adoptive parent. 

Dr. Marc Grossman

Workshop Presenter

Marc Grossman, a leading holistic eye doctor in the United States, has been in practice for over 32 years, and is the author of a number of books on natural eye care including the following: Greater Vision: A Comprehensive Program for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Clarity, McGraw Hill, September, 2000; Natural Eye Care: A Comprehensive Manual for Practitioners of Oriental Medicine, Marc Grossman and Michael Edson; Beyond 3D : Improve Your Vision with Magic Eye, Marc Grossman and Michael Edson, Magic Eye Inc.; and most recently co-authored "Natural Eye Care: Your Guide to Healthy Vision and Healing" - 2018.

Dr. Grossman lectures nationally on topics such as Natural Vision Improvement, Vision and Nutrition, Psycho-Emotional Aspects of Visual Conditions, Vision & Learning, Holistic Integrative Visual Therapy, and Chinese Medicine and Vision Care. He also teaches workshops for health care professionals including acupuncturists, physical therapists, chiropractors and body workers, social workers, occupational therapists, naturopaths and other optometrists. Dr. Grossman is a consultant to school systems, rehabilitation centers and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Kerry Cudmore

Workshop Presenter

Kerry Cudmore, MS, CPCC, PCC is a certified professional life and business coach, Master Empowerment Leader and Firewalking Instructor, and creator and founder of the Spiritual Finance Initiative, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to “Changing our individual and collective relationship with money.” She creates and teaches methods that make complex concepts easy to approach, understand and master; helping her clients and class participants create fearlessly joyful, prosperous, and fulfilling lives and businesses.

Joseph Schechtman

Workshop Presenter

Joseph Schechtman, Energy Healer and Brain Dominance Expert. Joe is an energy healer who specializes in trauma: he sees individuals that have experienced physical, sexual and emotional abuse as well as clients diagnosed as PTSD (including Veterans), autism, ADHD, and other learning disabilities. His work also includes assistance with Dementia and Alzheimer prevention. In addition to his private practice, Joe has consulted to public schools, colleges, for profits, nonprofits for over 30 years.

Brain Dominance is the key to happiness and success. People who successfully use all four quadrants of the brain are more confident, effective and efficient than their peers and they are happier, healthier and less stressed in both their personal and professional lives. The problem is only 25% of people are able to successfully use one of their quadrants, 55% use two, 15% use three, and only 5% use all four. Fortunately, Joe developed a program to teach people how to use all four quadrants of the brain. Wouldn’t you like to use all four quadrants of your brain and be happy and successful?

Elizabeth Rocchio, MD

Workshop Presenter

Dr. Rocchio is founding director of Integrated Medical Weight Loss and board certified in family and obesity medicine. As a young doctor and mother, she found herself burned out mentally and emotionally, with sixty pounds of excess weight and multiple medical problems. Through a combination of holistic approaches with a foundation in recovery principles, she has maintained a fifty pound weight loss for fifteen years. That entire time she has continued to seek out education in various mind-body medicine approaches including at Harvard, UMASS, Kripalu, Omega, UCSF and more. Here mission is to help patients grow inside to shrink outside.


Shawn Aceto

Opening Ceremony

Master Sound Healer Shawn Aceto brings together a deep history of spiritual and esoteric knowledge and experience in a non-traditional approach to personal well-being. Shawn’s lifelong personal journey has created a fertile ground for understanding and compassion for each individual on their quest for personal development. Shawn’s personal story, rich with experience has allowed him to work with individuals from all walks of life no matter where they are on the ever evolving path of enlightenment.


Shawn Aceto’s recent creations include “Your Essential Nature” TV/Youtube show, The Southern New England Holistic Living and Wellness Expo, and establishing “Heart of Peace Dale” holistic wellness center, in addition to numerous guest appearances on TV, radio, and event lectures. Shawn performs Sound Alchemy Concerts around New England as well as teaching sound healing and use of gongs and singing bowls. He is also a distributor of crystal singing bowls, gongs, other sound healing instruments.  Shawn  is  one of the only gong makers in the US.  

Scott Joseph

Workshop Presenter

Author and public speaker, Scott Joseph’s interests are focused on nutritional biology and the natural selection of food relating to animals in general, but especially to that of our closest living relatives, African apes. More specifically, the evolution of the human digestive physiology and the gut microbiome with respect to our original natural diet in comparative to the current standard American diet and how it relates to modern day “diet-related” illnesses, diseases and longevity, in hopes of solving global health issues.

My Philosophy is simple...
Since "diet-related” illnesses and diseases make up approx 95% of all health issues... we could prevent and cure virtually all known sicknesses that affect the entire human race - if we simply ate the correct diet.

Alan Post

Workshop Presenter

Alan R. Post D.C. is a chiropractic physician who holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and graduated with honors from Logan College of Chiropractic in 1982. He has a post graduate certification in acupuncture. In 1993, he was a member of a North American Physician Delegation to China. He is past president of both RI State and North–East regional chiropractic associations. He is a past member of the Advisory Board at the University Bridgeport Chiropractic College.

Dr. Post has instructed physicians for continuing education credentialing and is an integrative medicine program consultant. He is active in the current health care reform process, having participated on a number of committees as both a member and a presenter. Dr. Post maintains two active patient care practices in RI and has received numerous awards for his professional service. Dr. Post has been meditating since 1976. He has contributed a chapter to the landmark collaborative work titled: Meditation as Medication for the Soul, by best-selling author Rajinder Singh. In 2014, the book was published in five languages.

Susan De Lorenzo

Workshop Presenter

Susan De Lorenzo, specializes in inspiring survivors of cancer or any adversity to move forward and live the life of their dreams. After more than 20 years in the financial industry, Susan answered a deep calling to reach others with the message that a healthy, fulfilling life is not just for the few. It is our birthright; the inherent gift bestowed upon each of us to discover and reach for.


Susan is an 18-year survivor of invasive breast cancer and enjoys sharing her experience of full recovery, gratitude and living life to the fullest no matter the twists and turns we all encounter. She received her coaching training and certification from the Life Mastery Institute in California, which boasts a proven track record for successful life transformation, beginning with the question, “What would I love?”


Susan is working on her book, Thank You, Cancer – Pulling the Gems from Adversity, which details her cancer journey and offers help for troubled times. It is scheduled to be released in 2019.

Benjamin Blackett

Workshop Presenter

For over 20 years Benjamin Blackett has studied and implemented transformational success principles, and as a sought-after speaker, trainer, and certified coach, Benjamin’s workshops and coaching programs help people breakthrough limitations and achieve greater results than they’ve known before.

As a Certified DreamBuilder Coach with the Life Mastery Institute: The Premiere Training Center for Transformational Coaching, Benjamin Blackett can help you create a life that you love living.

Benjamin specializes in helping people longing for abundant life build their dreams, accelerate their results, and create richer, more fulfilling lives.

Debbee Radcliff

Workshop Presenter

Debbee Radcliff, M.Ed. is a special education teacher and holistic arts professional with over 25
years of experience. Her style and professional training ease stress associated with the typical
workshop experience. Sessions are appropriately playful and interactive; adults and kids alike
feel relaxed as they discover or learn new approaches to accessing creativity.

Julie Fowler

Workshop Presenter

Julie Fowler began working with energy almost 25 years ago. Julie is an Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner, Certification Program Faculty Member, and Authorized Instructor for EM 101-102 & Foundations classes. In addition, she is a Practitioner of Reiki Jin Kei Do, Aroma Freedom Technique™, and other holistic modalities. Julie looks at health and well being from an energetic, physical, spiritual, emotional, nutritional and environmental perspective. Julie has a private practice in eastern Massachusetts and is passionate about working with individuals and teaching classes to help people ignite their healing potential and feel their best.

John Catlin

Meditation Facilitator

John is an ordained minister, spiritual teacher, energy healer, and voiceover artist. He was led to create Sandalphonic Journeys™, a unique form of inspirational meditations, and has a passion for teaching, sharing, and healing.


John leads guided meditations for meditation sessions (live and recorded), healing services, Sunday services, and psychic development circles.


As a speaker, John’s focus is on the connection between all things, referring to the ancient Law of One, the close relationship between science and spirituality, as well as the power available to us through sound and frequencies. He especially loves to share how we have the power to change the global consciousness together through this awareness.


As a voiceover artist, John is available to record your meditations, radio or television commercials, or video narrations for your spiritual business.


“Find your melody. Live in harmony.”

Julie Oakes

Workshop Presenter

Since answering the Clarion Call to Marconics, Environmental Engineer, Julie Oakes, has transformed all aspects of her professional and personal life.  A wife and mother to four young adults, she had spent a decade in the pursuit of spiritual growth and self-realization, but with a variety of natural and holistic classes, and certifications, under her belt, she discovered it was never enough. She realized traditional health and spiritual practices no longer provided the healing she sought in her life.  She was always searching for something more.


Since completing all Four Levels of Marconics training, Julie has become one of only 26 Marconics Teacher Practitioners in the world, certified by the originator of this new, multidimensional, full-spectrum ascension healing modality - Alison David Bird, C.Ht, - to teach Marconic Level 1, “No Touch” Healing Protocol. 


Julie said, “I have been witness to the sweeping changes in my professional and personal relationships through my path with Marconics, and I am excited to share this amazing ascension modality with others.”

John Lacross

Workshop Presenter

John is a sought-after motivational speaker who helps people who are struggling with their grief. John is presently the Chief of the Barrington Police Department for the last 17 years and formally served 23 years on the Rhode Island State Police when he started his law enforcement career in June of 1979. 

Loss and grief is a subject very close to John’s heart after he lost his older brother to suicide in 1979. His brother’s death launched him on his spiritual journey. Later in life, John would lose his cousin to suicide, a state trooper classmate to cancer and three of his childhood best friends.

John is a Usui Reiki Master Teacher, a Level II Reconnective Healing Practioner, and trained in Qi-Gong Medical Healing. John attended a nine-week Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness Meditation program at U-Mass Medical School and is a Certified Grief Facilitator.

John’s Services are: Private Reiki 1 hour session, Reiki Certifications in Level 1, 2, 3, and Master Teacher, He provides 1 hour Mindfulness Meditation Classes as a recovery period for Sensory Overload and does Grief Counselling.  John will provide attendees with a Spiritually Guided Meditation called The Visit, which will connect you to your loved one(s) who have passed over. Website:

Bhavna Srivastava

Workshop Presenter

Bhavna is an International Speaker, Best Selling Author, Intuitive Transformation Coach, Mentor,  NLP Practitioner, MBA, Reiki Master,Soul Healer,  Healer's Healer & Teacher, Workshop Facilitator,  Golden Light Goddess. She helps transform  your life uniquely by coaching and doing some powerful energy work by clearing your traumas, pains emotionally, relationship issues and bringing peace & love in you & your life. She helps you move forward in your life purpose by clearing your blocks which hold you back. When she clears and empowers you, you become her ambassador to create the ripple effect of Love & Peace in your community & your tribe. She offers retreats worldwide and connects you to the Divine energies of those places to stay within you always. Connect with her to start your purpose Divinely!

Karyn Chabot

Workshop Presenter

Karyn Marie Chabot, M.Ay, LMT, RYT, teaches Mystic Card Cosmology in Rhode Island as well as online. She’s been a teacher in the field of metaphysics for over 25 years, been on Fox TV, published many E-books, developed many instructional healing artsvideos, owned several therapeutic schools, is a licensed massage therapists, was the inventor of hot stone massage in 1999, is a nationally certified yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, has her masters in Ayurvedic Medicine, is a renown Vedic astrologer and Intuitive, owns Sacred Stone Academy for Metaphysics and Ayurveda and is the mother of a 29 year old daughter who is also immersed in the healing arts and bringing more light to the world.

Until we make the unconscious conscious, it will rule our lives and we will call it fate. -- Carl Jung.