Celebrate the Heartland Spa & Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating Retreat
Living With, Through, and Beyond Cancer – All-Inclusive Retreat.”

About Our Programming and Guest Speakers:

About Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating:
Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating (SSHE), a family-owned, Illinois-based healthy meal replacement company offers a no-gimmick approach to convenient, healthy eating nationwide. The meal program is scientifically designed and taste-tested. Founded by Seattle Sutton, RN, BSN, in 1985, SSHE helps to address patients’ desire to lose weight and improve overall health. Seattle Sutton’s dedication to health continues today, since all SSHE menus are analyzed on an ongoing basis and adhere to recommended dietary guidelines. SSHE prepares thousands of fresh meals weekly and its innovative approach has helped thousands of people achieve and maintain weight loss without planning, shopping or cooking for themselves. For more information, visit or call 1-800-442-DIET (3438). For business-related inquiries, please call 1-888-442-DIET (3438).

About The Heartland Spa:
The Heartland Spa is located in Gilman, Illinois, approximately 90 miles south of Chicago.  Offering all inclusive health and fitness getaways, featuring 2, 3 or 5 night packages, the Heartland’s Country Manor provides a warm and inviting bed and breakfast-style ambiance comfortably accommodating 32 guests.  With a state-of-the-art fitness center, an Olympic sized indoor swimming pool, and an award-winning spa, guests are encouraged to relax, unwind, and focus on their personal lifestyle goals.  The Heartland Spa also offers corporate retreats for team building and staff development.  For more information about The Heartland Spa, please call 800-545-4853. 

About Dr. Susan Laduzinsky, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Susan Laduzinksy is a board certified radiation oncologist at Memorial and St. Elizabeth’s Cancer Treatment Center in Swansea Illinois. She received her medical degree from the University of Illinois (Chicago). Dr. Laduzinsky is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, and the American College of Radiology. Community-minded, Dr. Laduzinsky has been active in numerous cancer-related outreach efforts. Dr. Laduzinsky is a cancer survivor, who has been instrumental in developing additional programs and services at Memorial and St. Elizabeth’s Cancer Treatment Center.

About Amy Eliers, MSW, LCSW:
Amy Eliers, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with over 10 years experience working with cancer survivors and their caregivers. Amy developed wellness programs for breast cancer survivors, and has educated healthcare professionals on the impact of cancer on mind, body and soul. She engaged in research with the Lance Armstrong Foundation regarding health and wellness after cancer treatment. She currently directs an outpatient program for older adults in the Alton, IL area.

About Ann Erce, Health Educator, Health and Wellness Coach:
Ann Erce has spent over 20 years in the Health & Wellness industry and was formerly the Director of Health Education/Promotion for the Grundy County Health Department .She is currently working for CIGNA Insurance|Onsite Health . She is licensed in Motherwell, Land, Water, Yoga & Stroller Exercise, Smoking Cessation, United States Water Fitness and Nationally Certified in Wellness, Worksite Wellness, NIMS (National Incident Management), disaster work along with other things.

About Beth Rubin, Ph.D. Director, SNL Online, School of New Learning, DePaul University:
Beth Rubin has been an educator for over 25 years and a martial artist for more than 30. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University, where she studied job stress, burnout and organizational power. She currently works as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Online Learning at DePaul University's School for New Learning. She leads workshops for employees, managers and executives on a wide range of topics from diversity to managing stress.

Guest Speakers & Presentations

Seattle Sutton, RN, BSN, and Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating Founder & 12-year Breast Cancer Survivor
Presentation: The Seattle Sutton Story and her fight against cancer

Dr. Susan Laduzinsky, M.D., M.S., Radiation Oncologist and 5-year Stage 3 Breast Cancer Survivor
Presentation: The lingering side effects of breast cancer treatment, and the proven supplements and lifestyle changes that minimize the chance of recurrence.

Amy Eilers, MSW, LCSW, Psychotherapist, Cancer Support Specialist
Presentation: Life Beyond Cancer - Finding the New Normal - Attendees meet for a professionally facilitated discussion of their new identity after cancer treatment ends.
Presentation: You Just Don't Get It Unless You Got It - Communicating with friends and family during survivorship.

Ann M. Erce, Health Educator and Health & Wellness Coach, 22-year Lymphoma Cancer Survivor
Presentation: Put one foot in front of the other! Exercise engagement is an investment in Health, State of Mind & Quality of Life. Movement has been proven to help side effects and risks during and after cancer treatments. Regular exercise increases the sense of self -empowerment for both the patients and caregivers. It improves social integration and can make you feel good about yourself, while increasing endorphins & immune system. Many patients reported that exercise restored their mind, body & spirit during and after cancer treatments.

Beth Rubin, Ph.D. Director, SNL Online, School of New Learning, DePaul University
Presentation: Defend Yourself! This workshop will focus on living a safe and stress-free life and explore self-defense techniques to overcome various situations throughout your life.

Event Details

For information contact Reservations
The Heartland Spa
1237 E. 1600 North Road
Gilman, Illinois 60938
815-683-2144 (fax)
Reservations and information only: Call 800-545-4853, International 1-815-683-2182
Ask our Reservationists about discounted group rates.

The Heartland Spa is A Proud Member of the Destination Spa Group & the International Spa Association
The Heartland Spa 1237 E. 1600 North Road Gilman, Illinois 60938 Reservations 800-545-HTLD (4853) International 1-815-683-2182 Contact & Brochure Request
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