How To Become Your Best Health Self-Advocate
Raise your hand if you have “White Coat Syndrome”. You walk into a doctor’s office and suddenly your heart starts racing, your blood pressure goes up, and you find yourself forgetting to ask important questions about your condition. The medical professional examining you says you “look fine”, but you know your body best, and something just isn’t right. You leave feeling discouraged and untreated. We’ve all been there – but that shouldn’t be the case! Far too many women let their symptoms and health irregularities go ignored because they felt unable to express their concerns.
We are partnering with our friends at Invitae to SMASH the voice in your head telling you to keep quiet! At #BlogHer20 Health, we’ll be joined by Invitae’s Mansi Pathak followed by genetic counselor Jenna Finley, The Dimple Life’s Rachel Rhee, and “Super Woman RX’s” Dr. Taz, M.D. for an open conversation on owning your health, crucial symptoms and irregularities to never ignore (and make sure your doctors’ hear), and how screenings and routines play an important part of your health journey at any age. We’ll explore ways to identify the right doctor for your needs, the medical community’s testing recommendations, and how to prepare for your doctor’s appointment with critical bits of information that normally go overlooked.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear medical professionals weigh in on how to best advocate for your most precious asset – YOU! Invitae will kick off their time onstage with a spotlight talk beginning at 12:45pm PST, followed by a powerful “Own Your Health” panel. Be sure to check out our most up-to-date schedule, speakers, and sponsors before February 1st and purchase your ticket to LA’s best health conference!
Meet Our Speakers
Mansi Pathak is a Marketing Manager at Invitae, a leading medical genetic testing company. As a health & wellness enthusiast herself, Mansi has always been interested in the intersection between the aspects of health you can control — exercise, healthy eating — and those you cannot — your genes. At Invitae, she focuses on educating consumers about the importance of understanding what’s in your genes and how you can use that information to take action to stay healthy today and into the future.
Jenna Finley is a board-certified, licensed genetic counselor at Invitae, a leading medical genetic testing company. In early 2019, Jenna decided to take Invitae’s Genetic Health Screen to understand if she had an increased risk of developing a hereditary condition. As a healthy young woman with no concerning family history of disease, Jenna was very surprised to find that she carries a mutation that increases her risk for breast cancer by more than twice the average population risk. With this new information, Jenna was able to take action to manage her health moving forward. The experience of being both a genetic counselor and a patient has given Jenna a unique perspective on genetic testing.
Rachel Rhee is a women’s health advocate and the creator of The Dimple Life, an online resource covering a variety of topics around wellness, personal growth, fitness, food, and beauty. The Dimple Life is a guide to healthier living combined with elements from Rachel’s own personal journey.
As a cancer survivor, Rachel’s mission is to help educate women on the importance of living well – mind, body, and soul. She is a community builder and creates wellness experiences around Los Angeles to continue to open up conversation around fertility, hormones, self-care and other areas that affect women today.
Rachel, a former management consultant, shares her journey from living a high-stress corporate lifestyle to leading a life filled with more purpose and passion. Through Rachel’s authentic voice, she has attracted partnerships with brands such as Bank of America, Hyundai, Whole Foods, and more.
DR. TAZ BHATIA
Dr. Taz Bhatia, M.D. is a board-certified integrative medicine physician and wellness expert, who gained national recognition as a best-selling author of the books, “What Doctors Eat,” “The 21 Day Belly Fix,” and “Super Woman RX.” Her integration of Eastern medical wisdom with modern science, along with her unique Power Type discovery, has led to featured segments on The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Live with Kelly & Ryan and eventually the premiere of own PBS special Super Woman RX with Dr. Taz. She is the host of Radio MD’s The Dr. Taz Show: Super Woman Wellness podcast, which garners 50,000 monthly downloads. Dubbed “a superwoman in her own right,” Dr. Taz is committed to empowering women to radically transform their lives through personalized lifestyle, diet, exercise, self-care and relationship strategies to help them rediscover their own “superpowers.”