Meet the Panelists: Day 1

Our goal at State of Mind is to shine a light on current mental health issues impacting our community. We will look at the gaps in the system and bring together the best local minds in the field of mental health to talk about solutions and initiatives. Learn how YOU can be involved and affect change. Join us for one – or all four – of the panel discussions!


Meeting of the Minds | The Mind-Body CONNECTion

A conversation about neurological disorders and mental health.

Tuesday, February 15, 10 AM – 11:30 AM

Have you ever wondered how neurological disorders impact your mental health? Oftentimes, people who experience mood disorders, dizziness, migraines, dysautonomia and other neurological disorders find themselves confronted with mental health challenges like anxiety and depression. What is the science behind it, and how are options for treatment impeded? 

If you’re curious to learn more about the relationship between body and mind, join our esteemed panelists for a deep discussion on this topic.


Lauren Ziaks, CONNECT Summit County Board Member

Lauren Ziaks is a physical therapist at Park City Hospital with Intermountain Healthcare who works with patients with mild traumatic brain injury (concussion), vestibular disorders (dizziness/balance), and autonomic dysfunction to assist them with getting back into normal life.

Lauren has her own personal experience with mental health challenges and sees these difficulties daily in her patients, particularly those dealing with chronic illness or loss of identity surrounding illness.  She aims to end the stigma associated with mental health and attempts to educate those around her on the need to treat both the mind and the body to achieve optimal recovery.  Her goal is to assist CONNECT in this common mission.

Lauren is a published author in the field of concussion rehabilitation, co-hosts a podcast on traumatic brain injury, and speaks at local and national conferences to spread the word of healing after a head injury.  She was able to accomplish these wins despite her traumatic brain injury and mental health history.

Lauren is a part of the Board of CONNECT to people in the community together so more people will have access to the care and acceptance they need to live successful and healthy lives.


Janene Holmberg Licensed Physical Therapist (PT),  Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Neurological Clinical Specialist (NCS), Intermountain Healthcare

Janene M. Holmberg, PT, DPT, NCS graduated from the University of Utah with her entry level PT degree in 1987 and then in 2009 with her DPT.  She has specialized in vestibular rehabilitation and helped to establish and build Intermountain’ s Hearing and Balance Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has over 30 years of experience treating wide variety of patients with vestibular and neurologic dizziness/balance problems. Dr Holmberg  serves as faculty at the annual, internationally respected, Vestibular Competency Course (Drs Susan Herdman and Richard Clendaniel, directors)  and has been integral in establishing and teaching balance/vestibular courses in the physical therapy schools of the University of Utah, Rocky  Mountain University of Health Professionals, and Las Vegas (UVLV). She lectures nationally and internationally in the field of vestibular and balance  rehabilitation with many leaders in the field at conferences, conventions and has presented numerous two-day courses in advanced  vestibular/balance topics. She frequently presents educational sessions at national conventions and has been the keynote speaker in multiple state  professional conferences. Dr. Holmberg was awarded Physical Therapist of the Year by the Utah Chapter APTA in 2001 for her specialty work in  vestibular/balance rehabilitation and in 2014 received the Clinical Excellence in Neurology Award from the Neurology Section of the APTA. Dr  Holmberg has served for years on the APTA Neurology Section’s Vestibular Special Interest Group, advocating for the increased expertise and  impact of vestibular rehabilitation. She was invited to serve as content expert for the Neurology section’s Vestibular Specialization Task Force  (2014) and the interdisciplinary, Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery BPPV Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) panel, that revised and published the  updated BPPV CPG in 2017. She is published in areas of BPPV, clinical updates on vestibular rehabilitation, and most recently in area of chronic  dizziness secondary to functional/psychiatric disorders, specifically the diagnosis of Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD). She is currently  working in a leadership position for Intermountain Rehabilitation Services where she fosters collaboration, best evidence care, clinical research and  mentoring in addition to keeping a small clinical practice at the Hearing and Balance Center. She is respected skilled clinician and has mentored  many in her field of expertise to better manage the complexities of the dizzy and unsteady patient.



Jon Pertab, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Intermountain Healthcare

Dr. Pertab earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University and prior to this completed graduate training in Clinical Psychology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. During his clinical career in New Zealand he worked at the Nelson Hospital Child and Adolescent Services and also worked in private practice for four years focusing on neuropsychological rehabilitation, anxiety disorder treatment, and health psychology with children and adults.  After graduating from BYU with his doctorate, Dr. Pertab spent some time serving as the Director of Neuropsychological Services at the Salt Lake City Center for Human Potential and is currently a member of the American Psychological Association.  He has published research in the area of pediatric and adult traumatic brain injury and is currently active in several neuropsychology research projects.  His clinical interests focus on assessment and rehabilitation treatments with patients who have neurological conditions.  He is looking forward to working with the patients and staff at the Neurosciences Institute.


Autumn Bear M.S., L.AC, DIPL AC, Autumn Bear Acupuncture 

My formal training in classical Chinese medicine was transmitted directly to me by the esteemed Taoist master and 88th generation practitioner Jeffrey C. Yuen of the jade purity and dragon gate lineage. I apprenticed with the commonwealth herbal program in Boston mastering dietary therapy and western herbal medicine.  I worked toward a Masters of Public Health at the University of Arizona (with a specialty in international medicine and maternal and child health), where my continued focus was in the areas of epidemiology, nutrition, environmental health, physiology, and psychology.  I am licensed to practice acupuncture by the states of Utah and New York and I am a board certified diplomate of acupuncture as conferred by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  My Masters of Science in acupuncture is from the Swedish Institute of Health Sciences in New York City. 

I have had the great privilege of teaching as a professor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (New York), as well as in programs focused on integrating acupuncture into mainstream medicine at both the University Paris xi Faculte de Medecine Paris-sud (Paris, France), and at the Wu Ming Dao Healing Center (Moscow, Russia).

Meeting of the Minds | Harmful Habits and Mental Health in Summit County

A conversation about addiction prevention, harm-reduction, and recovery in Summit County.

Tuesday, February 15, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Sixty percent of respondents to Summit County Health Department’s Community Engagement and Behavioral Health Survey Report stated that their life has been directly and negatively impacted by someone’s substance abuse issue. Tourism-based economies, like that of the Park City, tend to attract quite a bit of partying. How does substance abuse from party culture impact the mental health of our community? And why are rural parts of the county seeing such high rates of substance abuse? 

According to SAMHSA Behavioral Health, approximately 50% of those who have a substance use disorder also experience an underlying mental health disorder. Are people in Summit County self-medicating, and if so, why?

Join us for this pressing conversation, where our panel of experts will dive into subjects including prevention, harm reduction, brain trauma and substance abuse, self-medicating behaviors, and treatments for stability and sobriety.


Julya Sembrat, Executive Director, CONNECT Summit County

Julya found her dream job as Executive Director of CONNECT Summit County as she navigated mental health issues and addiction much of her adult life until finding solutions that worked for her about 10 years ago.  She has many hilarious and heart-breaking stories about her mental health journey and is always happy to share—erasing the stigma has been her mantra for decades.

Prior to CONNECT, Julya thrived in a number of executive leadership roles during a career spanning 25 years.  After working extensively in the field of non-profit management, she co-founded with her husband Conservation Solutions Inc. in 1999. Under her leadership as President, Conservation Solutions Inc. emerged as one of the premier historic preservation firms in North America with such prestigious projects as the Titanic Big Piece, two Saturn V Rockets, the Parliament Building in Ottawa, Ontario, the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., and hundreds more. In 2018, she and her partners sold the company to the award-winning architectural restoration & conservation firm, Evergreene Architectural Arts in Brooklyn, New York.

In addition to her extensive work experience she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management, and for the past 20 years has volunteered for various non-profits all over the country where she held executive board positions.


Mary Christa Smith, Executive Director, Communities that Care Summit County

Mary Christa Smith is the Executive Director for Communities that Care Summit County, a consultant for coalition development and sustainability, with seven years experience developing and leading successful organizations.  As a lifelong Utahan, she is passionate about community and is dedicated to creating and sustaining collaborative

organizational structures and processes to assist communities in bringing their initiatives to ground.  Her professional experience includes teaching diversity and inclusion studies at the high school level, coalition development and sustainability, youth substance use and suicide prevention, leading environmental initiatives, development and fundraising, as well as wellness practices.  She has studied and practiced earth-based wisdom traditions for over two decades.


Mindy Vincent MSW, LCSW, MPA, Founder and Executive Director of Utah Harm Reduction Coalition

Mindy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in mental health and addiction treatment and is the founder and Executive Director of the Utah Harm Reduction Coalition. Mindy started the first legal syringe exchange in the state of Utah and has done extensive work in harm reduction, opioid overdose prevention, awareness and treatment and continues to work to educate the community, stakeholders and policymakers about harm reduction and expand services throughout the state.

Mindy owns a private practice, Life Changes Counseling, in Heber City, Utah and is an adjunct professor of social policy at the University of Utah. She received her bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University and earned her Masters of Social Work and her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah.


Evan Done, Development Director of USARA

Evan Done began as a volunteer at USARA in 2015 and has extensive experience in the non-profit sector. Originally a systems administrator and programmer by trade, he has used his wide array of information technology skills to assist non-profit, social service, and public policy organizations to further their mission and heighten their impact.

Evan is a person in long-term recovery from both a substance use and mood disorder and has been on USARA’s staff since April 2017. With over ten years of experience in social justice advocacy, he is dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable world.


Brooks Addicott (she/her/hers), Owner, Good Riddance, LLC

Brooks Addicott is a Wellness Counselor and Certified Addiction Recovery and Life Coach who takes a compassionate, trauma-informed, shame-free approach to helping people overcome addiction and other conditions. Curiosity and empathy are the foundations of her work.

Brooks lives in Park City, Utah, holds dual Australian-American citizenship, and works virtually via the ZOOM platform with clients worldwide.





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