Wellness Matters

Wellness Matters

WIPB Wellness Matters Series

Meridian Health Services is proud to sponsor WIPB Wellness Matters Series.

WIPB’s Wellness Matters, a locally-produced wellness program on Ball State University PBS, returns Saturday, January 16 with brand new episodes and a brand new host! We are excited to announce Meridian Health Pediatrics, Naseer Syed, MD, FAAP, will be the new host.

Dr. Syed replaces Jeffery Bird, MD, president, east-central region for IU Health, who served as host of the program for the past 4 years.

The first new episode airs Saturday, January 16 at 8 p.m. and will also be streamed live on ballstatepbs.org.

Wellness Matters looks at all aspects of being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle…mind, body and spirit. Each episode deals with a different health, wellness or medial topic and features local panelists who will share their advice and expertise as well as community members who will share their personal experiences.

Aired September 14, 2019


Many Hoosiers a battling the use of opioids every day. On this episode of Wellness Matters, part three in our Opioid Crisis series, we talk to different organizations that provide programs and resources to fight the opioid problem in Indiana.

In-studio Guests:

  • Mike Thibideau, Director of the Indiana Workforce Recovery Initiative, Wellness Council of Indiana
  • Amnah Anwar, Program director for Indiana Rural Opioid Consortium
  • Lisa Suttle, RN-BC, MS, Regional Vice President of Clinical Services Meridian Health Services
  • Lori Joseph, Wellness Educator at LifeStream Services


Aired July 20, 2019


Dr. Bird is joined in studio by Dr. Bianca Maya from Meridian Health Pediatrics to talk about keeping your kids healthy as they go through school, how to get the most from well child check-ups, and more.

In-studio guests:

  • Bianca Maya, MD, Meridian Health Pediatrics
  • Monica Buche, CFNP, Meridian Health Pediatrics

Other Guests:

  • Leland D. Wilhoite, DDS, PC
  • Karon Nowakowski, OD, Family Vision Care
  • Suzanne Clem, Director of Community Awareness, Open Door Health Services
  • Shalimar Franklin, Mobile Unit manager, Open Door health Services
  • Katie Swec, Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Indiana
  • Madison Criswell, Reach Out and Read Indiana, Program Coordinator, Indiana Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics



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