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Signup deadline for 13th Annual Lakes Health Conference with Temple Grandin nears

April 21, 2017

The deadline for receiving a discount on the registration for the 13th Annual Lakes Health Conference, “Team Spirit Above and Beyond”, is just around the corner. Those signing up by June 1 may take advantage of the ‘Early Bird’ rate of $189. After that date, registration fee increases to $229.

This year, world-renowned autism expert, lecturer, author and professor of animal science Temple Grandin will speak about autism and her life as one of the world’s most accomplished adults with autism.

Grandin is most famous for her advocacy for people with autism and emphasizes the importance of diversity of minds, and valuing people who think in different ways, whether visually, verbally or in patterns. She notes that people with autism can find solutions to problems that others might miss.

The 13th Annual Lakes Health Conference begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 8, and concludes at noon on Friday, June 9, at Arrowwood Resort and Convention Center, Okoboji. 

The conference will focus on many subjects, including: autism, drugs, sports injuries, diversity, sleep disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, teams and team-building.

Be a cheerleader! is the name of the presentation from Melissa Studer, RN, BSN. Several years of Nursing experience and life provide the basis for Studer’s fun and energetic presentations. She will also be presenting The Battle of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Dianne Finnerty, M.S. will present The Importance of Diversity in the Workplace. She serves as Assistant Provost for Faculty at the University of Iowa and an adjunct faculty appointment in the UI School of Social Work. Finnerty currently co-leads a statewide initiative to establish a regional affiliate of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. 

Linda Kalin, RN, BS, CSPI, is the Executive Director of the Iowa Poison Control Center and has over 25 years of experience in clinical toxicology and poison center activities. Kalin is a frequent lecturer and speaker on topics involving drugs of abuse, such as her lecture Pills & Thrills That Kill, which will be presented at the conference. 

Learn more about Sports Medicine by Dr. John Leupold in his presentation Sports Medicine, What Should I Know. Not only is Dr. Leupold a team physician for Iowa Lakes Community College, he also specializes in sports medicine, total joints and robotic arm assisted total hip and partial knee replacements. 

Obesity & Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the name of the presentation from Dr. Mark Dyken, Professor of Neurology. Aside from his extensive research experience in the area of neurology with a focus on sleep, he is the current director of the Sleep Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 

The last presentation of the conference will be given by Iowa Lakes Community Colleges’ own Dan and Melissa Lutat, My Wife Gave Me PMA! Dan and Melissa served on active duty in the United States Air Force for a combined total of 50 years. They are career Airmen, husband and wife, co-workers and parents to eight independent community-minded children. Through their service around the globe, their children have made sacrifices along with them. Through those sacrifices, they have overcome difficult situations helping them become stronger partners, parents and productive citizens making a difference in their selected career choices and pursuits. 

Registrations may be made by calling 800-252-5664 and registering for course #69196. The conference cost includes tuition, meals, handouts, continuing education certificate and recording fees. A block of rooms has been reserved at a reduced rate for conference attendees. Cost for conference does not include lodging.       

For more information on the 13th Annual Lakes Health Conference, visit and then click on Lakes Health Conference under the Health and Medical tab on the left. 

For More Information:

Rosemary Coleman at 800-242-5108 ext. 5227 or 712-852-5227, or

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