FCAAP Wellness


FCAAP’s popular Wellness Series returned in September with expert-led sessions designed to help health care providers improve their overall health and quality of life. Whether you are seeking a better work-life balance, effective ways to combat stress and burnout, or simply want to talk with colleagues who understand the issues you face, FCAAP’s Wellness Program has something for you.

The Fall Wellness Series focused on mental health, connectedness, physical well-being, and mindfulness, and ran through September. The program is available only to members of FCAAP and the Michigan Chapter of AAP.


Session 1: Provider Burnout
Presenter: Dr. Zakia Alavi
Thursday, September 8, 12 p.m. ET
Burnout is on the rise across the health care industry. While providers work in highly stressful environments and situations, stress management is not usually part of the medical education curriculum. Dr. Alavi will discuss preventive measures to combat stress and burnout, and the importance of showing the same care and kindness to ourselves as we do to our patients.

Session 2: Work-Family Life Balance
Co-Presenter Florida: Dr. Robin Warner
Co-Presenter Michigan: Dr. Lia Gaggino
Friday, September 16, 12:30 p.m. ET
Work-life balance is an inclusive approach to all the facets of life that give us the utmost satisfaction and leads to a feeling of fulfillment. Learning how to balance everything isn’t easy. While work-life balance may have a slightly different meaning for different people, there is common ground. Join Drs. Warner and Gaggino for this enjoyable and meaningful discussion.

Session 3: Connect with Nature: Spending Time Outdoors & Wellbeing
Presenter: Britney Moore, Assistant Bureau Chief, Florida Office of Greenways & Trails
Wednesday, September 21, 12:30 p.m. ET
Spending time in nature can offer a mental and emotional refuge when you need to unwind and recharge. Whether exploring a nearby park or one of Florida’s many diverse natural sites, spending time outside is beneficial to our wellness. Britney Moore, Assistant Bureau Chief, Florida Office of Greenways & Trails, will guide us in exploring how to get outdoors and incorporate nature into our everyday lives.

Session 4: Music Therapy & How It Helps
Presenter: Courtney Arndt, MT-BC
Tuesday, September 27, 12:30 p.m. ET
Can anyone try music therapy? Yes. Musical skills or talents are not required to participate. Humans have long appreciated the healing power of music. Join Courtney Arndt, Founder of Florida Music Therapy and Board-Certified Music Therapist, to learn how the practice can help and why it’s been proven effective in psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual, cognitive, and social areas.

 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 FCAAP wellness series hit all the key topics. I could not attend most sessions in real time but enjoyed catching up with the recordings. I found the whole program very helpful for self care and will participate in the next series for sure!

Judith A.R.

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.

Spring Wellness Series 2022

FCAAP and the Michigan AAP (MIAAP) want to thank everyone for their participation in the Spring Wellness Series. This five-week event covered a range of wellness topics specifically chosen for busy physicians. Featuring expert speakers, meditation classes, prizes, and even some surprises, the series offered something to cater to everyone’s individual health needs.

Visit the FCAAP members-only website for a link to videos of all the Spring 2022 Wellness sessions.


Week 1: Physical Fitness and Health

Session 1: Tuesday, May 3, 7 p.m. ET
Dr. Theresa Holtrop shared the importance of self-care at work, along with ways to start taking better care of yourself. Finding ways to replenish your well-being during work hours can improve your productivity and motivation.

Session 2: Wednesday, May 4, 12:30 p.m. ET
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Dr. José Zayas discussed the benefits of exercise and how you can incorporate it regularly into your schedule.

Week 2: Nutrition

Session: Monday, May 9, 6 p.m. ET
When you eat right, you’re more likely to feel right. Balanced nutrition is essential and affects how you’ll feel tonight, tomorrow, and into the future. Dr. Debora Duro presented on sustainable nutrition.

Week 3: Mental Health and Self Care

Session 1: Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. ET
During this session, led by Dr. Thresia Gambon, members from both the Florida and Michigan chapters shared the experiences and strategies they employ to overcome the challenges of stress and the inability to unplug.

Session 2: Friday, May 20, 12:30 p.m. ET
Having occasional feelings of anxiety is a normal part of life. Pediatric psychiatrist Dr. Jeanette Scheid explored different forms of anxiety and simple strategies to reduce or eliminate it.

Week 4: Mindfulness

Session 1: Monday, May 23, 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET
We have a personal and professional obligation to tend to our own wellbeing. We must pay attention to all aspects of our lives because neglect in one area affects our overall quality of life. Pediatric psychiatrist Dr. Sheila Marcus shared wellness strategies to help us become more proactive during our journeys.

Session 2: Wednesday, May 25, 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
Dr. April Yuki led 30 minutes of guided meditation and relaxation.

Session 3: Thursday, May 26, 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET
More guided meditation and relaxation with Dr. April Yuki.

Week 5: Coaching and Application

Session: Tuesday, May 31, 6:30 p.m. ET
Dr. Dianne Ansari-Winn, author of the book Doctor, Heal Thyself: A Guide for Physicians to Prevent Burnout and Promote Wellbeing, held an interactive workshop that focused on how members can apply the self-care tactics they learned throughout the month.

Walk the Path to Wellness Strava Challenge

Thank you to all the FCAAP members who participated in the Walk the Path to Wellness Challenge on Strava. Joining the FCAAP Strava club is free. Sign up today and stay tuned for another challenge coming soon!

Questions on the FCAAP Wellness Series?

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