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Kathy Gruver, PhD

Kathy Gruver, PhD

PO Box 3184
Santa Barbara, CA 93130

(805) 680-1984

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Health and Wellness Motivational Speaker, Award-Winning Author, TV Host

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Proud member of the National Speakers Association. Keynote and Motivational Speaking on stress, wellness, communication, resilience, work/life balance, nutriition and perception. TEDx speaker. 


**Conquer your Stress to enhance health and build resilience. 

It's estimated that stress is responsible for 60-90% of doctor's visits and according the American Institute of Stress, one million workers miss work each day because of stress, costing companies $602 per employee per year.

We have to recognize that stress isn't the problem though, it's our reaction to it and that we can control. Learn cutting edge self-care techniques such as affirmations, visualization, mindfulness techniques and mini-meditations that staff can do on their own for better health. A stress-free staff is a productive, healthy and patient staff. This presentation is based on Dr. Gruver's award-winning book, Conquer your Stress with Mind/Body Techniques. A sought after expert on the subject of stress and well-being, Gruver will share her decades of experience and you will walk away inspired to make positive changes in your life, your company and your staff.

-Learn to recognize the emotional, physical and behavioral signs of stress.

-Examine current research on meditation, positive self-talk and visualization and how it can be incorporated into your workday.

-Learn a simple technique called a mini-meditation to stop the stress response in its tracks.

-See how you can use your daydreams to boost immune function and increase relaxation

-Find out how to incorporate mindfulness into your day even if you think you don’t have time.

Go For It! Finding inspiration in everyday life.  (Keynote)


After losing her mom at the young age of 18, Dr. Gruver vowed to live her life to its fullest every moment, and learning to say yes to every opportunity. The perfect combination of formal learning and life experience combines to offer solid health advice mixed with personal tales of growth, success, failure and adventure. Stress is ultimately about perception and we can make dramatic changes in our lives, but we have to change our minds first. Using practical tools such as meditation and mindfulness, attendees will learn how small daily adjustments can lead to big changes.

After a radio show host learned of a bad trapeze accident Kathy suffered, the host asked if she had a “death wish.” Dr. Gruver’s response was simple and emphatic. “No, I have a life wish,” she said on air. “I don’t want to be known for falling down, I want to be known for getting up.” Dr. Gruver will inspire you to get up, get moving and live more fully. Having experienced everything from body image issues to bullying, Gruver teaches practical and thoughtful advice using humor and personal experience so that anyone can overcome what obstacle is in their way. You can have more. You just have to ‘go for it!’

Attendee’s comments, “You make me want to get off the couch and go do something,” and “It’s like getting advice from a trusted girlfriend,”


-How our perception of stress keeps us immobilized

-How the worst experience can be turned into a moment of growth and learning

-To understand the ‘negative’ yet live fully in the here and now

-How to ask for what you truly want

-What things like visualization and affirmation can do to improve our lives

-The power of meditation and mindfulness on setting future goals and reaching them.

**Stress vs. Relaxation, The Body’s Battle for Health

It is estimated that 60-80% of doctor’s visits are for stress-related illness. But we have to remember its not so much the stress that’s the problem; it’s our reaction to the stress. Learn ways to change your thoughts and words and call upon the Relaxation Response for ultimate healing.

            -A history of the stress response and what deleterious effects it can have on our body
            -How we can use techniques like meditation, affirmations and cognitive restructuring to evoke the relaxation response and reverse the negative effects of stress like heart disease, high blood pressure and premature aging                       
            -Easy to learn techniques that will enhance health and decrease stress and crazy-making.
            -Hear about the current studies from leading universities about the stress response, placebo effect and alternative healing techniques

**Wellness for the Over-Worked Woman

We’re living in a time when women are told they can do it all…and we try. Learn about better nutrition choices, weight loss strategy and ways to boost energy. We can do it all, we just might need to add some tools to our tool chest.

You’ll learn:
            -Nutritional choices to increase energy and ward off afternoon tiredness
            -Ways to fit in fitness
            -Stress busting tips like mini-meditations to keep you sane during your workday
            -Weight loss, depression and sleep secrets to enhance your life.
And it’s good for men too.

**Change Your Mind to Change Your Body

With humans having an estimated 60,000 thoughts a day and 50,000 potentially negative, its no wonder we are experiencing more and more illness. Learn how what you are saying to and about yourself affects your health. And discover cutting edge strategies for simple change.

            -Examining how our words and thoughts affect our health
            -Seeing a clear connection of how our emotions are revealed in our bodies and what we can do to live a more healthy balanced life.
            -Learn simple affirmations and visualizations to change those negative thoughts to positive ones.


**Stress Relief for Teens

Teens are faced with so much pressure, it’s hard to escape the stress. This fun lecture helps them navigate a world of nutrition, stress, sleeplessness and partying.

            -Healthy nutrition tips to avoid weight gain and increase energy
            -Easy stress-busting tips to make exams and peer pressure easier to handle

 **Navigating Nutrition: What to Add and Subtract for Better Health

Nutrition can be tricky. How do you know what to believe? Every time you turn around there is a different health fad and study being revealed. Dr. Gruver clears up the misconceptions about food and shares the recent trends and facts about what you should add and subtract from your life.

            -Learn what foods to eliminate from your diet for better health and weight loss
            -Examine what supplements can do for the body, if we really need them and what we should be taking daily
            -Uncover the hidden dangers in food and what we should be looking for on our food labels
            -See how our food and drink might be contributing to the growing epidemics of obesity, diabetes and cancer

Specialities: Alternative Medicine, Motivation and Inspiration, Lifestyle Medicine, Mind-Body Techniques, Stress, Life Balance, Nutrition, Women’s Health, Teen Health. 

Clients Served

International speaker for the following conferences, associations and corporations: 

NOSHCON, Keynote in South Africa

IMA accounting conference, plenary session

NENA 911 dispatch conference, plenary session

APCO 911 dispatch conference, plenary session

Global Conference on Mindfulness in Rome, plenary session

Antioch University, multiple talks on stress and resilience

CHSA, CA Headstart Assoc. Keynote

Middle Eastern Nursing Conference, Jordan, plenary session

ANMA Naturopath Conference, mainstage speaker

Raytheon Corporation, keynote, workshops and panel discussions for various events

UCSB Professional Women's Association

International Women's Festival

Living Consciousness Cruise to Caribbean, 2 keynotes

WEGO Health, keynote

Berkeley Springs International Water Competition, Keynote

American Heart Association workshop

Florida Adult Protective Services multiple day workshops

Whole Foods workshops

Santa Barbara Insurance Academy workshop


Have also lectured for multiple cancer associations, schleroderma associations, arthritis foundations, teen and young girl's organizations, NAWBO and AWC. And many more local and regional talks. 

Price List

(please call for rates, I strive to work within the clients budget.)

Keynote                     $2500 -10,000   

Whole day workshop $3500 

½ day workshop       $1800

Panel leader              $1200

Weekend workshop  $5000 - 10,000


Will Travel from Santa Barbara, CA, actual travel costs to be covered by booking party

AV requirements: projector and screen where PowerPoint is requested. Lavaliere or wireless mic.

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