FCAAP Wellness

The FCAAP Wellness Program was launched to support and encourage members in prioritizing their own well-being. The spring and fall wellness series feature expert-led educational sessions held live via Zoom on key areas of wellness. These sessions are offered free to Chapter members. The FCAAP Strava Club provides a welcoming community of “FCAAP athletes” and offers periodic fitness challenges that provide members with a fun way to stay fit and healthy.

The 2024 Wellness Series is brought to you by:


Dr. Rana Alissa

Dr. Fatma Levent

Deanice Cruz

Let’s embrace FCAAP’s wellness culture! The FCAAP Wellness Program creates opportunities for everyone to interact with peers and engage in healthy behaviors.

Events you all look forward to, like the FCAAP Wellness Series and FCAAP Strava Club challenges, are coming back in 2024. We can look forward to a new and inspiring wellness elements.

We’re so excited to have you onboard! Together, we’ll strive for a better lifestyles and motivate each other to attain our self-care & overall wellness goals. Let’s transform our lives and inspire others to do the same!

—Rana Alissa, MD, FAAP
FCAAP Wellness Ambassador

Spring 2024 Wellness Series

The wait is over! Registration for the 2024 FCAAP Spring Wellness Series is open; RSVP. The series starts in May. This five-week event covers a range of wellness topics specifically chosen for busy pediatric providers. Featuring expert speakers, a challenge, and prizes, the series offers something to cater to everyone’s individual health needs. Speakers for the series include Andrew Lagomasino, PsyD, ABPP; Aaron Komarek, MBA; Kabeel Dosani, PhD. and Jennifer Baxley Lee, PhD, MA, BC-DMT.

As the physical fitness component of the series, we have planned an exciting 7-day challenge for everyone. Join the Stairway to Health Strava Challenge starting May 27, 2024. The goal is to aim for a routine of climbing stairs. If you are not an FCAAP Athlete yet, join our community today and then click on the event invite to join the Stairway to Health Strava Challenge.

FCAAP members can register now to receive a calendar invitation for the 2024 Spring Wellness Series sessions.

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
– Paulo Coelho.

What Lies Beneath Awareness: Psychological Structure of Anxiety and Treatment Implications
Thursday, May 2, 12:30 p.m. ET

Many individuals with anxiety disorders are aware of their painful symptoms, but they need to keep themselves in the dark about the underlying emotional causes of their maladies. Individuals with panic attacks and other disorders mistakenly locate the sources of their conflicts in their bodies. In order to achieve lasting improvements, however, hidden psychological conflicts and discomfort about bringing them to light need to be worked through. Join Andrew Lagomasino, PsyD, for this meaningful discussion.

Foundations on Financial Planning
Thursday, May 9, 12:30 p.m. ET

As we strive for a great sense of wellness, we can incorporate habits that can help us live better; financial practices included. Join Aaron Komarek, Financial Advisor, to learn a fresh, comprehensive way to address your financial success complete with actionable steps. The session will cover an introduction to important financial concepts to maximize your wealth and ensure it is protected.

Empower Med: Assertive Communication Skills for Healthcare Professionals
Thursday, May 16, 12:30 p.m. ET

This presentation will provide an overview of skills to develop and implement for communicating assertively and authentically in healthcare settings. Participants will learn about prevailing barriers and contextual factors related to assertive communication. They will then explore strategies to implement to build confidence in assertive communication to advocate for themselves, their patients, and their overall community. Join Kabeel Dosani, PhD, for this noteworthy discussion.

Dance for Health and Well-being
Thursday, May 23, 12:30 p.m. ET

Join Dr. Jennifer Baxley Lee, PhD, MA, BC-DMT, in this thirty-minute session, where we will enjoy a balance of energizing and relaxing seated and gentle movement together as we explore the benefits of a more deeply- embodied experience through dance. Dance as multi-modal form helps to regulate our nervous systems, create a sense of community, increase our creativity and vitality, and bring energy and relaxation in our physical bodies, our minds, and our hearts.

FCAAP Wellness Book Club

Inviting all members who would like to meet virtually and discuss pre-selected books. The purpose is to help us improve our wellness. The group will meet quarterly. FCAAP Wellness Book Club members will receive invitations and reminders. The first book blub meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 2024, 6:00 pm ET via Zoom.

“It’s incredible to have the opportunity of starting a book club. I am certain that together, we can reach new wellness milestones. We express our deepest gratitude for supporting us and welcome you to be a part of our FCAAP THRIVE community. See you in June!” – Dr. Fatma Levent

I really enjoyed participating in the Wellness Series, especially the Strava Challenge which was very motivating. The collaboration of the FCAAP with colleagues in Michigan was appreciated also.

Carroll B.

The webinars were also very helpful in guiding us to reflect on what we feel, what we do, and suggesting other options for building awareness, resilience and practicing mindfulness as part of a daily routine.

Otto A.

The joint Florida and Michigan AAP chapter series on wellness was so heartening and fun. So nice to know our colleagues in other states are doing the same work we are and experiencing some of the same stresses. It was so much fun to just meet informally and to share information that was sometimes novel to our colleagues. Here’s to future collaborations!

Lia G.

FCAAP Wellness at FPP2023

FPP2023 was packed with wellness events for attendees! Our annual conference featured great participation in the Saturday morning Fun Run, Sunday morning Yoga on the beach, Book Discussions and Signings, and a Wellness Marketplace.


Make your wellbeing a priority by joining fellow FPP attendees for a sunrise fun run. Participants will run, jog, or walk around the boardwalk at their preferred pace.

Join Dr. Whitney Casares, the Founder and CEO of Modern Mommy Doc, for a brief discussion followed by a signing of her book, The Working Mom Blueprint. The Working Mom Blueprint is a practical plan for helping working moms thrive—not just survive.

Join fellow FPP attendees for an instructor-led morning yoga session. All fitness levels and capabilities are encouraged to participate.

Join your colleagues for a discussion of Dr. Ronald Epstein’s book Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity, led by Dr. Fatma Levent. Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity is the first book for the general public about the importance of mindfulness in medical practice.

Stop by the Wellness Marketplace to grab one last snack, chat with new and old friends, visit the marketplace displays, and see if you “Made the Board!”


FCAAP’s noteworthy Wellness Series returned in May. The Florida and the Puerto Rico Chapters conjoined efforts to bring five remarkable expert led sessions. Colleagues from the Michigan Chapter also participated in the series of virtual events.

The Spring 2023 Wellness Series focused on mindfulness, identifying, and regulating emotions, adequate sleep, and healthy tips and recipes.

Visit the FCAAP members-only website for a link to videos of all the Spring 2023 Wellness sessions.


Session 1: Mindfulness
Thursday, May 4, 12:45 p.m. ET

We invite you to take a minute or thirty to stop everything you are doing and focus on yourself. Practicing mindfulness can be an effective way to reduce stress levels. Join Lindsey Kugel, Executive Director for Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI), to learn ways to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life, including while providing care. The aim of mindfulness is to help with self-awareness, reduce stress levels, and overall be kinder towards yourself.

Session 2: Identifying Our Emotions
Thursday, May 11, 12:30 p.m. ET

Mrs. Milagros Santos-Diaz, Certified Wellness Consultant, will share ways to develop the skill to identify our emotions. Our emotions help to guide the decisions that we make every minute of our lives and can be useful tools if we know how to recognize them.

Session 3: Managing Our Emotions
Thursday, May 18, 12:30 p.m. ET

Mrs. Milagros Santos-Diaz, Certified Wellness Consultant, will share tips to regulate our emotions. Each emotion serves a helpful function. Learning the skills to manage them will help us prevent they become too intense, affect our relationship with others or lead to a problematic response.

Session 4: How’s Your Sleep? Good Sleep For Better Health
Thursday, May 25, 12:30 p.m. ET

A good night’s sleep or the lack of it has a mental and physical impact on the body. We invite you to join Dr. Akinyemi Ajayi, board certified in Sleep Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, who will share information on getting quality sleep as an integral component of feeling better and living healthier and more productive lives.

Session 5: Healthy Tips & Low Effort Recipe Soiree
Thursday, June 1, 12:30 p.m. ET

Busy schedules call for healthy yet simple prepared food. This session is for you if you seek strategies to sustain a balanced diet and schedule. Join Dr. Cynthia Roque & Dr. Angela Fals for a fun soiree to exchange recipes and tips that can keep us in optimal health while saving some time. We also encourage you to bring and share your own recipes and tips to maintain a healthy diet during this discussion for inclusion in a special PDF book we will send to all participants after the session.

Questions on the FCAAP Wellness Series?

Contact Anayra Barreras Pena, Membership Coordinator at 850-224-3939 ext. 1002.