The Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP) and Odyssey MediSpa Host Second Annual Beauty & Health Symposium Addressing Needs of African American Women - Sept. 9 The Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey

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The Symposium will empower, educate and nurture black women while providing information tailored to their unique beauty and health needs - featuring leading beauty and health experts: dermatologist Valerie Callender, MD., dermatologist Marcia Glenn, MD., celebrity make-up artist Sam Fine, and renown cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jan Adams, who will share "The Do(s) & Don't(s) of Plastic Surgery.

The Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP) and Odyssey MediSpa announced today their second annual full-day Beauty and Health Symposium. Titled Redesigning the Perfect You, the Symposium will be held from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm (registration and continental breakfast at 9:00 am), September 9th, 2006 at The Ritz Carlton, 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA. Featuring leading beauty and health experts Drs. Valerie Callender, Marcia Glenn, Jan Adams, and Mr. Sam Fine, the Symposium will empower, educate and nurture black women while providing information tailored to their unique beauty and health needs. Leslie Sykes, popular and talented KABC-TV Los Angeles news co-anchor, will be the day's very able moderator. The event cost is $125.00 if registered before August 26, 2006.

Last year's symposium drew rave reviews from participants. "It's a first-class event," said Kirstyn Henderson, Vice President of Finance for Resource Marketing. "I walked away thrilled because I had learned so much detailed and practical information, and it was presented by medical and health professionals who know about us." More than 92 percent of 2005 attendees rated the symposium at the highest possible level on the program's survey scale.

The event producers designed the symposium specifically to address the particular needs of African American women's skincare. The symposium will offer the latest scientific health data and provide practical self-care advice while empowering and nurturing participants. Attendees will learn to care for themselves and their bodies so they will look and feel radiant, healthy and confident at all times. The event will feature presentations by prominent industry leaders and professionals:

Leslie Sykes

Ms. Sykes is co-anchor of the weekend edition of the KABC-TV "Eyewitness News." Previously, she had been a general assignment reporter. Few know that while attending Spelman College, Sykes appeared as "Miss Mission" in Spike Lee's 1988 film, School Daze.

Valerie Callender MD

Dr. Callender, a Board Certified Dermatologist, located in the Washington DC area, has lectured nationally and internationally on ethnic skin and hair disorders. Her topic will be on Hair Loss and Hair Transplantation options for African American Women

Marcia J. Glenn, MD

A Board-Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Glenn will provide in-depth insights into skin care in How We Age and What We Can Do About It. Dr Glenn has practiced for more than 14 years and is founder of Odyssey MediSpa, a Marina del Rey, Calif. Medical Spa.

Jan Adams, MD

Dr. Adams, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and former Discovery Health Channel host, will present on a current topic of the “Do(s) & Don’t(s) of Plastic Surgery.

Sam Fine

Renown New York City celebrity make-up artist and author, Sam Fine will share his tips on The State of Cosmetics for African American women. Fine has worked his make-up magic on such icons as Janet Jackson, Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Mary J. Blige, Vanessa Williams and many more.

"This is a must-attend event for every black woman who cares about looking her best and establishing or improving a healthy lifestyle," said event chairperson Marcia J. Glenn, MD. "As black women and doctors, we have a vested interest in communicating beauty and health information that is specifically relevant to African American women. The symposium is part of our ongoing effort to provide the kind of education that can change lives."

ABWP is an organized network of 400 African American women physicians in practice and training in Southern California. (

Odyssey MediSpa offers spa services, medical services and wellness programs designed to enhance beauty inside and out. (

For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, visit the Beauty and Health Symposium website at


Robert A. Brown


Marcia J. Glenn, M.D.


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