By Taroue Brooks
Oprah 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Live Tour
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Oprah Winfrey hit the road to motivate audiences across the U.S. and one of the events, was in Charlotte.
Winfrey was be joined by a rock-star line up on her 2020 wellness arena tour. Amy Schumer was with Winfrey on stage Jan. 18 at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center for WW (Weight Watchers reimagined), Oprah’s 2020 vision: Your life in focus.
Through one-on-one conversations with celebrities, Winfrey guided attendees through a series of self-reflections while energizing guests to move toward their healthiest and best lives.
“Some of the most influential trailblazers and game changers in the world are joining our nine-city celebration of wellness to make 2020 your year to triumph,” Winfrey said.
In addition to the celebrity interviews, each full-day will included Winfrey discussing her own wellness journey; a dance exercise from choreographer Julianne Hough; talks from inspirational guest speakers; a pre-show dance party; a WW-customized box lunch; and interactive concourse activations, the Associated Press reports.
Hough will lead an “exhilarating” movement experience using her KINRGY method, which is described as a 45-minute dance-driven high intensity method inspired by the elements.
“My hope is that this day nourishes your mind, body, and spirit. A renewal. A celebration of all that you are – and all that you’re meant to be,” Winfrey posted.
Four great friends of Heart & Soul took this opportunity to reconnect and enjoy all that Oprah had to offer.
Amber K. Brooks, MD, is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Comprehensive Pain Medicine Physician at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving patient care as highlighted by her academic endeavors in the areas of clinical leadership, clinical research, and education which earned her promotion to Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at WFBH in 2017.
She has recently focused her transition from a fully clinical practice towards a clinical research career. She is the principal investigator of two NIH- funded grants that leverage technology and the electronic health record to deliver non-pharmaceutical treatments to a vulnerable population: older adults with chronic pain.
She enjoys mentoring and inspiring students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty to do the seemingly impossible with a particular focus on healthy boundaries and self-care. She received the 2019 Wake Forest Baptist Health Inclusion Award for developing and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives in the Department of Anesthesiology and across the institution.
Dr. Brooks attended the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine from 2001-2005. She finished her intern year at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2006. She completed her Anesthesia residency training at the University of Birmingham at Alabama in 2009 and Pain Management Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 2010.
As a wife and mother of two young girls, Dr. Brooks has learned the importance of patience, compassion, and agape love. She enjoys traveling, all things fitness, outdoor cycling, and fine dining. She successfully completed her first triathlon in 2018.
Dr. Kristen Trulear-Jackson was raised in Philadelphia, PA. Born into a family of teachers and engineers, she fostered a love for science and math. She earned a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University, where she studied Biomedical Engineering. In 2006, she fulfilled her dream of becoming the first member of her family to attend medical school and she matriculated to Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. There, she found a love for Anesthesiology. Dr Trulear-Jackson completed her residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After finishing her training in 2014, she moved to Charlotte, NC to practice as a full time Anesthesiologist. In 2018, her world came crashing down when her Anesthesia group lost the contract to their hospital and she was suddenly out of a job. Determined to rise above, she explored entrepreneurship and started a home-based business with Beauty counter. Later that year, she took a leap of faith and opened Renew Med Spa in Waxhaw, NC. While she continues to practice Anesthesiology as an independent consultant, she truly enjoys being a business owner and coaching others, especially women, to do so as well.