Our 2019 “Live Intentionally” Speaker Series is titled “Healing through Connection: Overcoming Trauma, Toxic Stress and Disease” with speaker Dr. Thomas Cabell. This third annual event was held Friday, April 26th at 9:00 AM at Brentwood Baptist Church. Almost 400 people were in attendance!

Through Dr. Cabell’s personal story and practice as a cardiologist, he is passionate about the importance of emotional health as it relates to the nervous and immune system function, or dysfunction, which results in dis-ease in our bodies. 

We talked about the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) score for childhood trauma and explore the ways adverse childhood experiences have been linked to a variety of adult conditions, ranging from increased headaches to depression to heart disease. An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. Take the test here. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the rougher your childhood, the higher your score is likely to be and the higher your risk for later health problems. The ACE score isn’t a crystal ball; it’s just meant as guidance. It tells you about one type of risk factor among many.

We also focused on intentional ways and ideas for supporting our body and mind through relationships, nutrition, movement, play, and meditation in mini sessions following Dr. Cabell.

The event was free for the public, but donations to The Refuge Center’s services and programs are encouraged. 


Dr. Thomas Cabell, MD

Cardiologist, TriStar StoneCrest

Dr. Thomas Cabell is a cardiologist in Smyrna, Tennessee and is affiliated with the Centennial Heart group at StoneCrest Medical Center. Dr. Cabell completed a bioengineering degree at Mississippi State and medical school at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed both internship and residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He subsequently completed a Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at the University of Florida Shands Hospital. He has been a cardiologist for over 11 years. Several years ago a personal crisis led him on a new journey and a desire to understand how things worked expanded to include the realm of emotions and emotional pain, the realm of the heart. He is passionate about bringing awareness to and understanding the importance of emotional/mental health as it relates to physical health.

Kate Moyer, E-RYT and C-IAYT

Yoga Therapist

Kate Moyer has taught yoga for more than 10 years, with four of those years focusing on group and individual yoga therapy. She has completed trainings in Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Mindfulness-Based Self-Compassion. Her passion is helping people connect their minds and bodies to promote balance and healing. Kate tailors each session to the individual needs of her clients and offers tools to help with stress and its effects on the mind and body. She believes anyone can learn to be calm and relaxed with practice.

Tina Taylor Good, LPC-MHSP (temp)

Therapist, The Refuge Center for Counseling

Tina Goode, LPC/MHSP (temp), NCC, CET I, is a staff therapist at The Refuge Center and serves as Director of the Intern Program.  Tina feels that counseling is a sacred calling and offers hope as she journeys with her clients to find the growth, healing and wholeness they desire in their own lives. Her unique combination of life experience and professional training allow Tina to create a safe, empathic, non-judgmental and compassionate space for clients. In this space, concerns can be truly heard and addressed in a therapeutic manner. Tina is a Level II EMDR-trained therapist and a Certified Experiential Therapist, Level I based on her experience working with trauma and addiction using experiential techniques.

Dr. Sommer White, MD

Integrative and Functional Medicine Physician, Vitality Medical Center


Dr. Sommer White received her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Olive View Medical Center in Los Angeles and a three- year Emergency Medicine residency at the UCLA-affiliated Kern Medical Center. After residency, she became board certified in Emergency Medicine and practiced for Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. Her integrative and nutritional studies began with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she studied over 100 dietary theories and learned cutting edge, scientifically based data to support recovery, using food as a means. That course led her to the Institute for Functional Medicine where she learned how to apply functional medicine principles to her clinical practice. She also extensively studied macrobiotic theory at the Kushi Institute, Center for Natural Healing and through the Macrobiotics America–Macrobiotics Global Counselor training course. She practiced supplemental modes of healing including sound therapy, moxibustion, chakra balancing and shiatsu massage. As a functional medicine physician, she enjoys getting to know her patients and helping them heal at a deep level.

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