A FREE event for adventurers and athletes of all ages and abilities.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Monterey Spine & Joint

12 Upper Ragsdale
Monterey, CA 93940

Explore local fitness and recreation opportunities and pick up some tips for living your best and healthiest life at the premier UNSTOPPABLE Health and Wellness Expo of the Central Coast. Try out new ways to be active, learn how to take better care of your body, and get inspired by people who overcame great challenges to be UNSTOPPABLE. This is a free community event for adventurers and athletes of all ages and abilities.


Space is limited for our Featured Talks. We recommend you register for each talk you would like to attend. Please indicate the number of attendees in your group.


DJ Skelton

You vs. the Mountain | 12:30pm

Whether you’re a weekend warrior attempting a new physical feat, or you’re learning how to cope with new physical limitations, finding the courage to try is half the climb of whatever mountain you’re facing. Come get inspired as DJ Skelton shares his experience in adaptive mountain climbing.


DJ Skelton grew up in Elk Point, SD. He briefly attended the University of South Dakota before embarking upon an unorthodox path of serving our Nation over the past two decades. His energy, leadership, sense of adventure and inspiration has gained him National and Global recognition.

DJ enlisted in the United States Army in 1996 as an interrogator and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC). In 1999 he was nominated to attend the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, and commissioned in 2003 as a 2LT. After graduating from Infantry Officer Basic Course and Airborne school, DJ was severely wounded in November, 2004, while leading a rifle infantry platoon in Charlie Company, 1-5 IN BN, 1st BDE of the 25th ID in close combat in Fallujah, Iraq.

Since his recovery at Walter Reed, DJ dedicated himself to advancing the causes of wounded vets, authoring Our Hero Handbook, a comprehensive guide to assist wounded service members and their families in their recovery and rehabilitation. DJ also served as a military advisor to Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England on veterans’ affairs and care for wounded service members. DJ returned to Monterey, CA in 2008 to command Echo Company of the 229th MI BN at DLIFLC. He was also the Associate Dean for the Middle East School. He returned to the Pentagon in 2010 to serve as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ADM Mike Mullen, advising on veteran transition issues, wounded warrior policy and improving services to military families. DJ also served as a Non-Resident Military Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, leading the “silent wounds” project on post-traumatic growth for the center.

After six years of continual surgeries, rehab and recovery, DJ returned to the Infantry, completed the Infantry Captains Career Course at Ft. Benning, GA, was assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (CR) in Vilseck, Germany, and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 as the Commander of Comanche Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd CR in Panjway, Afghanistan. Upon redeployment, DJ was selected to serve as a China Foreign Area Officer (FAO). He completed Command and General Staff College and spent a year in Beijing, China conducting in-region training as a FAO.

DJ is fluent in Chinese, is one of the youngest graduates of Harvard’s Senior Executive Fellowship program, a graduate of Stanford University’s GSB Ignite for Veterans program, and is the Founder of Paradox Sports, a non-profit organization that revolutionizes lives through adaptive outdoor opportunities that defy convention, empowering their pursuit of a life of excellence.

DJ has recently retired from active duty military and is a 2018/2019 United States Japan Leadership Delegate, helping to develop a network of communication, friendship and understanding among the next generation of leaders in each country. He is a Council on Foreign Relations term member and the President/CEO of the Defense Language Institute Foundation. He lives in Monterey, CA with his wife Tucker and son Dakota.


Maggie Evans, R.D.

The Anto-Inflammatory Diet | 10:30am

Inflammation is the number one suspect in all damage to the body, including arthritis-related destruction of cartilage and joints. Join us in this introductory session to the anti-inflammatory diet led by Maggie Evans, R.D. She will walk us through which foods may ease aching joints, and which stoke inflammation in the body.


Maggie received her undergraduate degree in Dietetics from California State University Long Beach. She relocated back home to the Central Coast of California to obtain her graduate degree in Kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and to complete her 1200-hour internship to become a dietitian. Maggie uses her extensive knowledge in both nutrition and exercise to help people improve their wellbeing. She enjoys staying active and cooking for friends and family in her spare time.


Dr. Chris Meckel

Athlete at Any Age | 1:30pm

You can be an athlete, whatever your age. Being an athlete isn’t just about physical activity but it’s also about a state of mind. Being an athlete means you embrace challenges, train to overcome them, and envision your success. Both your body and your mind benefit from this approach. It is inevitable that our bodies will change as we age but understanding these changes can help you stay in the game and off the sidelines. Come join Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Christopher Meckel for an interesting discussion about the aging athlete.


Christopher Meckel, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and co-founder of Monterey Spine & Joint, where he specializes in hip and knee replacement surgery.

His expertise in joint replacement surgery allows for minimally invasive anterior total hip replacements and minimally invasive, computer-assisted knee replacements.

After completing his undergraduate degree in medical anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Meckel earned a master’s degree in the biological sciences from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Dr. Meckel was a Dean’s Scholar at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine, where he received his medical doctorate degree in 1996. He completed a general surgical internship and a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. Following his residency, he did a one year fellowship in joint replacement surgery at the AOS Medical Center.

Dr. Meckel is an associate fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the University of Southern California Graduate Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Meckel was raised in Carmel and graduated from Carmel High School in 1984. He happily returned to the Monterey Peninsula In 2003.


Dr. Kate Lorig, D.R.Ph

Take Charge | 11:30am

You live with arthritis 24 hours every day but see your health care providers only a few times a year. Self-Management is about what you do every day to lessen pain, disability, fatigue and depression. No matter what kind of arthritis you have, self-management makes a difference in how you feel and allows you to get on with the life you want to live. In this talk we will discuss how the symptoms of arthritis are related and what you can do day to day to feel better and be more active. This session will be interactive and the exact discussion will be based on participants' wishes.


Kate served as the Director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center and Professor of Medicine in the Stanford School of Medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Boston University, and her masters and doctorate of public health in health education at the University of California, Berkeley. She came to Stanford in 1979 while a graduate student at Cal to develop and research an educational program that emphasized self-help skills for people with arthritis. This program became the Arthritis Self-Help Course and was the prototype for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, The Diabetes Self-Management Program, the Positive Self-Management Program for HIV, the Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Program, the Building Better Caregiver’s Program, the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, and others. She has authored several books and many articles about arthritis, chronic disease in general, health education and behavioral science. She travels extensively at the invitation of organizations concerned with patient care and academic research. She lives in Mountain View, CA, with her 2 cats and a collection of Native American art.


Dennis Brown
Former Defensive Lineman for the 49ers & Super Bowl Champion

How to Keep Moving When You Don’t Want To | 3:00pm

Sometimes it’s hard to find the will to keep our bodies in motion, even though we know that movement is critical to our health. Come learn some tricks and tips from Former Pro Athlete and Superbowl winner with the 49ers, Dennis Brown, on how to find the inner strength to rise.


A second-round pick and Gold-rush Rookie of the Year for the San Francisco 49ers in 1990, Dennis Brown played defensive end for seven seasons with the team, which included their 1995 Superbowl XXIX Championship win. That same year, his teammates named him a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, a prestigious honor recognizing his commitment to the principals of sportsmanship and courage, through the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation in support of children’s causes. Prior to his professional career, Brown was a legendary defensive lineman and alumnus of Long Beach Jordan High School and the University of Washington. Following his retirement from the NFL, Dennis has been a four-time winner of the San Francisco 49ers Community Relations Alumni Service Award, Ambassador for USA Heads Up Football, and an Alumni Representative for the San Francisco 49ers. He served four years on the board of the San Mateo ( PAL) Police Athletic League, currently sits on the board of the San Francisco police activities league, also severs on the Players Advisory Board of the NFL Alumni Northern California, Today Dennis is a Sports Analyst for Comcast Sports Net, and host of the KNBR 49ers pre/post game shows, lives in San Francisco, the proud father of two, Darienne and Derrick.

Physical Therapy Talks


Hunter Stark

The Power of Sleep | 11:00am
Hunter Stark to speak on the importance of sleep for recovery, reducing pain thresholds and improve muscle building.

No, Those Weights Are Not Too Heavy for You | 1:00pm
Hunter Stark focuses on the importance of strength training and its effects on the body.

Movement Is Medicine | 2:00pm
Hunter Stark talks about the Importance of movement on the body and mind.


Hunter Stark is the Director of Physical Therapy for Monterey Spine & Joint and began in 2017. Hunter is a licensed physical therapist through the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) via Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Before joining Monterey Spine & Joint, Hunter spent the previous six years as a physical therapist at the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, FL, where he provided rehabilitation for athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Olympic Teams as well as US Special Forces and general population. Hunter is originally from Jackson, MS, and received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Mississippi State University and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He enjoys reading, fishing, outdoor sports, as well as lifting heavy things up and putting them down!


Dave Lacy

Recovery and Stretching | 12:00pm

Dave Lacy to take everyone through a stretching/balance/general recovery session with joint friendly gradual stretching programs.


Dave Lacy is an Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapy Technician with Monterey Spine and Joint and began in July 2019. Dave is a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainer’s Association. Before joining Monterey Spine and Joint, Dave had been practicing in the Reno-North Lake Tahoe area since 1999. While working in variety of settings including outpatient physical therapy, high school athletics, fitness, and in private practice, he provided services to professional freestyle skiers and snowboarders, members of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, NCAA and high school athletes, and the general population. Dave is originally from the Akron, Ohio area. He earned a B.S. in Athletic Training from the University of Akron and earned his M.S. in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Dave moved to the Monterey Peninsula in April of 2019 and enjoys spending time with his dog and climbing big hills and speeding down them on skis, snowboards, and mountain bikes.


T’ai Chi | Harriet Lynn

Harriet Lynn has been teaching t’ai chi for over 25 years. She has lectured and taught t’ai chi to thousands including at such institutions as Johns Hopkins Hospital, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Union Memorial Hospital. Ms. Lynn has taught t’ai chi on cruise ships within South East Asia and Europe and has been interviewed and written various articles about t’ai chi for national publications.

Yoga | Maria Piedimonte

Maria Piedimonte is a Monterey native who graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Neurobiology and Behavior. She has been a Physical Therapy Technician at Monterey Spine and Joint since 2017. As a certified yoga instructor she loves inspiring her community to take care of their body through movement!

Rock Climbing | Paradox Sports

Paradox Sports is a nonprofit organization in Boulder, Colorado that provides youth, adults and military veterans with physical disabilities the opportunity to rock and ice climb. Paradox Sports strives to make climbing facilities, parks, and open spaces more accessible by providing adaptive rock/ice climbing programs at National Parks and world-class climbing locations across the United States. As well, Paradox Sports delivers adaptive climbing training based on the first ever-adaptive climbing manual, written in 2015. Through its adaptive climbing programs, participants gain the self-confidence, skills, and independence to engage in the outdoors, access iconic landscapes, and belong to a community that provides camaraderie, support and overall well-being.

CrossFit | First City CrossFit

At First City CrossFit, we are a community of friendly, fun people who like to work hard and cheer each other on.

Our culture is one of safety first. We warm-up thoroughly as a team. We value good form over more weight. We cool down and work on improving our mobility after all workouts. Our coaches are passionate about fitness and have a genuine interest in you becoming fitter and getting results. Our coaches will scale the intensity for any fitness level. You do not need to be in shape or have been working out to join us. Come join us and see how true fitness can change your life.

DJ Willie | Kelly Productions

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

The application of traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu transcends the application of chokes, joint locks, immobilizations, throws, and strikes. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a way of life. Beyond the mat, members of the Gracie family live balanced, healthy lives based on the same philosophy that governs their unique self-defense system. Grand Masters Carlos and Helio Gracie believed that the principles of efficiency, patience, and control held the key to success in all aspects of life.


Dancing for Fitness

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Stephanie Sorensen at ssorensen@arthritis.org or call 831-419-9799.





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Food Trucks

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Speaker Series

Chair Yoga

The Power of Sleep PT Talk

Take Charge Speaker Series

T’ai Chi

Recovery and Stretching PT Talk

You vs. The Mountain Speaker Series


No, Those Weights Are Not Too

Heavy for You PT Talk

T’ai Chi

Athlete At Any Age Speaker Series

Movement Is Medicine PT Talk

How to Keep Moving When You Don’t Want To Featured Talked


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