Sparkle: Girls Night Out

October 09, 2015


The Women’s Health Center of Penn Highlands Healthcare invites you to sparkle with health at the eighth Spirit of Women Girls’ Night Out event hosted in our region.

“Sparkle: Girls Night Out” is an opportunity to learn more about the advances in breast cancer research and care, and chance to talk face-to-face healthcare providers. 

It will be held on Monday, Oct. 19, at the DuBois Country Club, 10 Lakeside Ave., DuBois.

Ruth Modzelewski, mission coordinator at Susan G. Koman, Pittsburgh, will talk about the latest information about breast cancer. She will be followed by Dr. Kelley Smith, general surgeon at Penn Highlands Healthcare. Both will follow their talks with time to answer questions about breast health and general health. 

Smith will then lead 20 other guest physicians, certified registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants to the guest tables for “Dessert with the Docs.” With one provider per table, guests will be able to have frank, health-based conversations at their tables and be able to ask questions. 

The providers will start at one set of tables and then will change tables at the bell. This will give smaller groups the ability to talk with more than one provider during the evening.

The providers attending along with Smith are:
Dr. Tom Carnevale – obstetrics/gynecology, Penn Highlands Women’s Care, Clearfield;
Dr. Ioanna Kanellitsas – ob/gyn, Penn Highlands Women’s Care, DuBois and Brookville;
Amy Vezza, CRNP, ob/gyn, Penn Highlands Women’s Care, DuBois;
Dr. Kelly Duckett, ob/gyn, Life’s Journey;
Dr. Kristina Brown, ob/gyn, Life’s Journey;
Dr. Christina Pisani-Conway, maternal-fetal medicine, Penn Highlands Perinatal Consultants;
Traci Tyger, PA-C, radiation oncology, Hahne Regional Cancer Center;
Dr. Raj Kaushik, cardiovascular surgeon with The Heart Center;
Allison Ball, CRNP, The Heart Center;
Cierra Turner, PA-C, The Heart Center;
Dr. Scott Reese, cardiologist, DuBois Regional Cardiology Associates;
Dr. Lisa Pfingstler, dermatologist, DuBois Dermatology and Cosmetics;
Dr. Tabatha Jeffers, emergency medicine, Penn Highlands Brookville;
Susan Mitchell, CRNP, The Lung Center;
Beth Aughenbaugh, CRNP, The Lung Center;
Lorie Natoli, PA-C, Penn Highlands Gastroenterology;
Megan Handley, PA–C, with the family medicine practice of Dr. Kathleen Fernan of Ridgway;
Dr. Purvi Parekh, internal medicine, Penn Highlands Family Medicine/Internal Medicine, DuBois;
Dr. Wilkerson Compere, internal medicine, Penn Highlands Family Medicine/Internal Medicine, Philipsburg;
Mackenzie Gonder, PA-C, Penn Highlands Family Medicine/Internal Medicine, Philipsburg;
And more depending on their schedules.

“The cupcake graphic alone is inviting,” Lori Rancik, RN and case manager of The Women’s Health Center of Penn Highlands Healthcare, said. “However, as healthcare shifts to more prevention and wellness, I think it is important for women to feel comfortable engaging in healthy conversations with their healthcare team.”
“For some women, it may seem overwhelming to know where to begin the conversation,” Rancik said. 
“For others, it may be a fear that their questions will not be heard. It is our goal with ‘Sparkle’ that women will be not only introduced to a wonderful array of health care providers but also, that they will begin to embrace their health and gain confidence in knowing what they can do to stay healthy.”

At 6 p.m., the hospital information and community vendors’ tables will open. Coming to share information are Penn Highlands Brookville, Penn Highlands Clearfield, Penn Highlands DuBois and Penn Highlands Elk mammography/imaging departments, and several other hospital groups.

Those who want to add shine to life can visit with vendors who are Consumer Member Partners of The Women’s Health Center of Penn Highlands Healthcare. They will have displays of things such as jewelry, cosmetics, perfumes and art. Special guest Perry Winkler from the Winkler Gallery and Art Education Center will also be displaying his work.

Cost to attend is $5 per person. RSVPs are a must. To register, call 371-9666 by Friday, Oct. 16. 

The evening can start as early as 4 p.m. for those who want to have a meal on their own at the new DuBois Country Club.