Announcing Retreat Speakers


Learn more about the speakers you can look forward to meeting and socializing with at the 2nd Annual Parathyroid Peeps Retreat at Miraval Resort and Spa, November 3-6, 2016…



Sessions  include:

  • Parathyroid 101 with the Parathyroid Peeps
  • Calcium Pro App
  • In the Dr.’s Office – How to Advocate For Your Own Health 
  • One-on-One Doc Chats

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Dr. Deva Boone is one of seven expert surgeons at the Norman Parathyroid Center in Tampa, Florida. She is an outstanding teacher and educator who gives talks regularly at national meetings and has become a recognized expert in parathyroid disease world-wide. Raised in New Jersey she spent most of her life in New York City. After obtaining her medical degree from Cornell University, she completed general surgery residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. While there, she received several awards for research, and during her final year received the highest award for outstanding contributions to surgical education and research.

After residency Dr Boone received additional fellowship training in endocrine surgery (thyroid and parathyroid surgery) at NorthShore University in Chicago. She enjoys surgical missions and has provided surgical care to patients in Nigeria, Myanmar, and the Dominican Republic. Deva is exceptionally smart as well as gifted in the operating room–two traits that are extremely desirable in a surgeon. Patients love her warm and caring disposition.  In addition to her great operative skills, she helps oversee research efforts at the Norman Parathyroid Center.



Sessions include:

  • Managing Stress Related to Poor Health /Disease –  Tools and Strategies
  • Exclusive Mediation/Mindfulness Session For Our Group

jean mcphee photoDr. Jean McPhee is an experienced family psychologist and consultant in La Jolla, CA. In preparation for her “mid-life” PhD in clinical psychology, Dr. McPhee’s professional background included education and training at Stanford University and years of working in education. After establishing a successful private practice,  Dr. McPhee became increasingly concerned about the noticeable, harmful effects of stress on her clients. Searching for evidence-based solutions, Dr. McPhee trained with relaxation expert Herbert Benson, MD at the Harvard University Mind Body Institute.

In 2005, Dr. McPhee founded SMART Performance® with one goal in mind: to provide quick, easy and effective Stress Management and Relaxation Training to anyone who wanted to feel better and perform at their best. Working collaboratively with physicians and other experts, she provides services to individuals, groups and corporations.

Professional Credentials and Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • State of California – Lifetime Teaching Credential
  • State of California – Licensed Psychologist (PSY 15325)
  • Stanford University Alumni Association
  • Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Association



Session offering:

  • Entrepreneurship – How to parlay your passion into a business venture that supports career-life balance, in some cases, to manage an illness, either yours or a family mameber’s.  Tips will be shared on how to help ensure a smooth transition back to work after an extended illness or other hiatus.

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Lynn Perkins is CEO & Founder of UrbanSitter, an online and mobile service that is reinventing the way parents find trusted childcare. In 2011 Lynn founded UrbanSitter and launched it into a national marketplace in less than a year. Since then, more than 100,000 sitters have joined UrbanSitter in order to find flexible work to help offset school tuition, afford living expenses, and earn supplemental income.

In the past year, UrbanSitter has doubled both its membership and bookings and extended its service to more than 60 cities; launched a new mobile product; announced integration with LinkedIn; and developed multiple corporate partnerships with companies like AirBnB, OpenTable and Lyft.

An Internet startup veteran, UrbanSitter is Lynn’s third startup experience. Previously, she served as founder and CEO of and VP of Business Development at  Lynn enjoys sharing her experience and learnings from growing a business from scratch. She also likes to speak about the new flexible work economy which UrbanSitter is helping to both power and support.

Lynn is a graduate of Stanford University.  She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband and three rambunctious sons.



Session offering – 

  • My Osteoporosis Journey and the Elusive Root Cause

Sandi Putnam

Sandi Putnam was born and raised in Michigan, became a medical technologist in 1960 and worked at that for 35 years. She is married with a daughter and a grandson in Texas and lives with her husband in Tucson, Arizona. During her husband’s 25 year career with Eastman Kodak in professional markets, the family relocated around the USA that gave the couple and their daughter, many enriching experiences.

Sandi’s personal health journey includes having had spontaneous fractures caused by too many years on bisphosphonates, followed by a course of Forteo, to heal those fractures, and more recently a diagnosis of primary hyperparathyroid disease and self-referral to Norman Parathyroid Center for surgery in April 2016, with Dr Deva Boone as her lead surgeon. It was her encounter with the Parathyroid Peeps that turned on the switch to enlighten and pursue this debilitating disease.

In the course of discovery and learning, she started a bone health advocacy in 2013 in Tucson that has a Facebook page and meets twice a month at a local library to address bone health issues, and more recently, parathyroid concerns and awareness. These are Bone Girls Club (and Guys) Arizona. 

In a twenty year time frame that she was able to do so, Sandi owned and kept horses and enjoyed horseback riding, served as a mounted patrol volunteer in a nearby national park for a number of years; continues to enjoy swimming, walking, Yoga, Curves resistance training, sewing and gardening and managing a household and an active life of retirement with her husband, Doug.


Sessions include:

  • Parathyroid 101 with Dr. Deva Boone
  • Parathyroid Peeps Advocacy Workshop
  • Writing Workshop for Advocates

Parathyroid Peeps Joyce, Sophie and Barbbara

We are 3 San Francisco Bay Area women who are sharing our personal journeys of overcoming the debilitating symptoms of primary hyperparathyroid disease through surgical removal of our non-cancerous adenoma(s). Our purpose is to raise awareness and advocate for improvement in diagnosis and standards for surgical treatment of primary hyperparathyroid disease.


Link to our bios here. 

As patients who have been affected by this disease, we are working to create change so that..

  1. Patients as well as medical and mental healthcare professionals understand the symptoms and biochemical presentations of the disease so that diagnosis is timely.
  2. Medical professionals understand that the “wait and see” model of care is inadequate and leads to more serious health issues. Hyperparthyroid disease is a silent killer.
  3. Patients understand that currently surgical techniques vary dramatically. Change is needed to ensure the most advanced techniques are the standard of care.