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Adolescent Health Symposium with Dr. Jasmine Reese

February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“Psychological and Physical Development through the Adolescent-Teen Years”

The Shorecrest Community Association (SCA) is pleased to welcome an expert panel from the Adolescent and Young Adult Specialty Clinic at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital for an evening symposium on adolescent health led by Clinic Director Dr. Jasmine Reese. Joining Dr. Reese are Clinical Dietitian Brenna Denhardt, child life specialist Kat Leibbrandt, and psychologist Dr. Val Valle from the JHACH Institute for Brain Protection Sciences. Shorecrest representatives including administrators and student health faculty will also be present.

At this very special event, experts will cover both physical and psychological development and changes, and identify risky behaviors and how to handle them. The content is geared toward families with tweens and teens, as well as parents/guardians of younger children. Parents of all grade levels are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Wine and light refreshments will be served starting at 6:30pm in the JRT Lobby.

The program will begin promptly at 7pm.

About Brenna Denhardt: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Brenna Denhardt assesses the nutrition needs of infants and children, provides therapeutic interventions to promote health, manage disease, and prevent chronic illness, as well as provide family-centered nutrition education. Brenna currently specializes in preventing/managing childhood obesity and treating eating disorders in adolescent populations.

About Kat Leibbrandt: Kat Leibbrandt, B.A., B.S., CCLS, is a Certified Child Life Specialist currently working in the Per Diem role as a member of the Child Life Department at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa holding degrees in Health Sciences and Health Communications. She completed her practicum at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, her internship at Tampa General Hospital, and has been certified in Children’s Disaster Relief Response. Kat was the primary Child Life Specialist on the General Pediatric and Subspecialty Unit for approximately two years prior to entering the role of Per Diem at which she provides support to all units of the hospital including inpatient, outpatient, and critical care.

Kat has spent the last 5 years working closely with children and teens in the community through her own nonprofit, the IamMore Foundation, promoting positive self-image to those impacted by chronic diagnosis or physical disability. Additionally, Kat provides support to at risk teens in the refugee community of Tampa weekly.

About Dr. Reese:  Dr. Reese is the director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Specialty Clinic within the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She is also the adolescent medicine rotation director for the pediatric residency program. She joined the Johns Hopkins All Children’s medical staff in 2016 and serves as a full-time assistant professor of pediatrics in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Reese earned her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and an adolescent medicine fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

About Dr. Valle: JHACH psychologists Dr. Val Valle specializes in sports and performance psychology in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences. She joined the hospital staff in 2017. Dr. Valle earned her doctoral degree from Arizona School of Professional Psychology. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of California-Riverside and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New Mexico. She also completed practicum internships at Psychological Counseling Services and Sierra Tucson and a practicum sports psychology internship at Grand Canyon University. Dr. Valle’s clinical interests include developmental concerns and stressors of athletes and high stakes performers. 


February 19
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Shorecrest Preparatory School – Janet Root Theatre
5101 1st Street Northeast
Saint Petersburg, FL 33703 United States