The 2017 World's Greatest Baby Shower Experiences
In addition to the thirthy-odd booths offering information on services for expectant parent and parents of infants, the mini seminars at the 22nd World's Greatest Baby Shower from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, May 13 at Sears Town Mall, Titusville, include four educational mini-seminars.
The four educational mini-seminars for the 2017 WORLD'S GREATEST BABY SHOWER are: "ASK A DOC": which gives parents the opportunity to meet North Brevard medical experts and gather a wealth of information about pre-natal, delivery and infant care.
Pediatrics - Douglas G. Barimo, MD, FAAP. Dr. Barimo practices at 1633 Jess Parrish Court, Titusville. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Miami, Miami, Florida and both internship and residency at the Children's Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics. Many of his former patients are now parents themselves.
Lactation - Rita Jordan graduated from Mennonite Hospital School of Nursing in Bloomington, Illinois in 1980. She worked at Parrish Medical Center on the Surgical Floor, ICU and the Newborn Nursery. Ms. Jordan became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2011, which is her current position. She states, "I love helping to empower new moms through education and assisting them to successfully breastfeed and care for their newborns."
Pediatric Dentistry - Gregory Gullikson, DMD, has practiced dentistry in Titusville since 1990 and has been a welcome participant on the "Ask a Doc" panel. Dr Gullikson is a graduate of the University of Florida with Doctor of Medical Dentistry and internship at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.
Obstetrics - Cara Starkey is a certified Nurse Midwife. She graduated from Frontier School of Nurse Midwifery, Hyden, Kentucky in 2007. Ms. Starkey has been a Nurse Midwife at Parrish Medical Center for seven years.
CAR SEAT SAFETY
Returning expert, Gayle Whitworth, a Certified Child Safety instructor, will offer safety issues involved with car seats, including proper installation, how to check to see that your baby's car seat is properly installed, and where to take classes on infant car seat safety. Whitworth, who has been with the University of Florida Brevard County Extension for twenty-one years, holds her Bachelor's degree in Child Development and Family Relations from Western Carolina University and her Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. In addition to serving as Chair for exhibits for the World's Greatest Baby Shower, she works with Brevard County residents in the areas of Housing, Child Passenger Safety and Family Financial Management.
As an added attraction of this year's World's Greatest Baby Shower, Suzi Bamber of the University of Florida/Brevard County Extension Service will offer food presentations. Ms. Bamber has been working for the University of Florida's Family Nutrition Program for over seven years. She enjoys the prospect of furthering the needs of the community through the implementation of nutrition education as an adults and youth educator within Brevard County. While Suzi is not teaching, she also enjoys the outdoors with her three children.
INFANT BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Will Blechman is coming to the World's Greatest Baby Shower.
Dr. Blechman will present on Infant Brain Development.
Dr. Blechman is a rheumatologist who developed a major interest in children's issues as a result of his work with Kiwanis. A past president of Kiwanis International, Dr. Blechman was instrumental in developing the organization's ongoing worldwide program, Young Children Priority One, which focuses on children from before birth through age 5.
Since leaving his medical practice, Dr. Blechman has served as Florida's State Health Officer and as a consultant to the Department of Health and Children and Families. He was Charter President of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health (2001-03) and again in 2006 and Member and Vice Chair of the Board of the Miami-Dade Children's Trust (2003-2009.)
Presently he serves as Vice Chair of the Children's Forum and on the Advisory Board of Ready Nation as well as the Advisory Council for Nemours BrightStart Dyslexia Initiative. He also serves on the Lawton Chiles Foundation Board.
Dr. Blechman has received numerous awards for his services and was specially recognized for the impact his efforts had on the increased immunization rate in Florida for children under two. In 2009, he was made an Honorary Member of the Florida Pediatric Society and he is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in America.
In addition, Dr. Blechman is very interested in recent research on brain development in the preschool child and is part a team of individuals in Florida who speak to this issue. At our 2016 World's Greatest Baby Shower he cautioned moms-to-be about the dangers of ZIKA.
TODDLER BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE
Veronica McKnight works with the Family Counseling Center of Brevard, Inc., as Clinical Team Supervisor, and the Children's Center. A newcomer to Brevard County last year, Ms.McKnight's credentials include Bachelor of Arts, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Masters of Social Work from Hunter College of Social Work. Ms. McKnight earned a Certificate in May, 1987, through the Dispute Resolution Certificate Program. She hold certifications in LCSW in Florida, New York and Massachusetts plus CSW Certification in New York. In her current position, Ms.McKnight provides therapeutic interventions to children, adolescents and adults in individual and family sessions. Facilitate weekly Anger Management group. Supervise three Master's level clinicians. Conduct intake and anger management assessments. Operate as integral part of agency leadership team.