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The Wellness Gala™ Presents Wellness Gala Expo

The Wellness Gala is excited to present the Wellness Gala Expo, to be held from 12:30-6 p.m., on November 14 at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany.

The expo offers attendees an engaging and unique experience with experts in the fields of health, beauty and wellness through mini-sessions, workshops, demonstrations and guest speakers.

“We are excited to feature intuitive medium and New York Times bestselling author of I Kissed a Ghost and I Liked It, Concetta Bertoldi,” states Deb Petterson, founder of Wellness Gala. “We are also honored to have our Keynote Speaker, Anthony Mrocka, renowned intuitive medium, along with Featured Speaker, Meaghan B. Murphy, author of Your Fully Charged Life.” 



Concetta Bertoldi

Intuitive Medium and Bestselling Author

1-2:30 p.m. Meet & Greet and book signing


Featured Speaker 

Meaghan Murphy

3 p.m.:  Finding the YAY—Fun Filled Way to Practice Gratitude and book signing


Keynote Speaker 

Anthony Mrocka

5 p.m.: World renowned psychic medium. Gallery Reading with Q & A. Connect with loved ones who have passed.

The expo also includes unique vendors, refreshments, live music and a silent auction. 

The Wellness Gala Mission is to create awareness while educating and promoting the benefits and effectiveness of holistic health and alternative healing modalities available to everyone.

There are three ticket packages available: General Admission, Keynote Speaker Pass, and Premier Pass. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 973-713-6811. 

Location: Birchwood Manor, 111 N. Jefferson Rd., Whippany.

Tick Talk

Spring officially sprung on March 21. We have turned our clocks ahead. We are looking forward to warm winds, sunny skies and the smell of fresh cut grass. The daffodils and tulips have recently bloomed and we are just starting with the yard work that comes with the warmer weather.  Sadly, another season has started ramping up.  Tick season.

•             The best form of protection is prevention. Educating oneself about tick activity and how our behaviors overlap with tick habitats is the first step.

•             According to the NJ DOH, in 2022 Hunterdon County led the state with a Lyme disease incidence rate of 426 cases per 100,000 people. The fact is ticks spend approximately 90% of their lives not on a host but aggressively searching for one, molting to their next stage or over-wintering. This is why a tick remediation program should be implemented on school grounds where NJ DOH deems high risk for tick exposure and subsequent attachment to human hosts.

•             Governor Murphy has signed a bill that mandates tick education in NJ public schools. See this for the details.  Tick education must now be incorporated into K-12 school curriculum. See link:

•             May is a great month to remind the public that tick activity is in full swing. In New Jersey, there are many tickborne diseases that affect residents, including Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Powassan, and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis.

•             For years, the focus has mainly been about protecting ourselves from Lyme disease. But other tick-borne diseases are on the rise in Central Jersey. An increase of incidence of Babesia and Anaplasma are sidelining people too. These two pathogens are scary because they effect our blood cells. Babesia affects the red blood cells and Anaplasma effects the white blood cells.

•             Ticks can be infected with more than one pathogen. When you contract Lyme it is possible to contract more than just that one disease. This is called a co-infection. It is super important to pay attention to your symptoms. See link.

A good resource from the State:


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