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Kathleen Passanisi, PT, CSP, CPAE



“We truly enjoyed our time with Kathleen. She was friendly, funny and very energetic. She had a wonderful ability of keeping the audience engaged. I heard several comments that she was the best presenter they’ve ever seen.” --
Julie Mitchelll, Executive Director,
Wilson N. Jones Community Foundation, Sherman, TX,
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Hall of Fame Speaker, Humorist, Author

When only the best will do, women’s groups consistently choose Kathleen Passanisi because she is a Hall of Fame speaker, wife, mother, car-pool driver, healthcare professional, expert in therapeutic humor, author, and the filling spilling out of the sandwich generation. Her presentations are as fall-down funny as they are powerfully motivating. Women soak up her ideas on life balance, stress management and making their world easier and a whole lot more fun.

Kathleen works across the country with clients ranging from major healthcare systems, to trauma teams, from seriously ill patients to overly serious patient caregivers, and all types of women’s audiences. In her talks, she addresses issues in life balance, stress management, coping with change, the therapeutic value of humor, and the science of happiness. She is the author of It’s Your Life—Choose Well, co-author of The SPARK Anthology- A Manual for the Truly Contagious Who Boldly Delight in the Spread of Ease, and a contributing author to HUMOR ME—America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter. She is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in the discipline of therapeutic humor, and a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame.

She founded New Perspectives in 1987 to address issues in wellness, quality living, stress management, and the link that exists between humor and health. Kathleen is a past president of the American Association for Therapeutic Humor and served on the adjunct faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine.

Kathleen’s work is all about making conscious choices for the better based on new perspectives. Working from a six-dimensional wellness model, each of her presentations is carefully crafted to give participants an opportunity to see their lives in a different light, open their minds to new ways of thinking, and adapt behaviors that improve health, nourish relationships, enhance creativity, heighten the joy, and enrich quality of living. Kathy brings substance, style and clean hilarity to her universal content, guaranteeing a successful meeting with lasting effects.

Most recently, Kathleen and daughter, Annie, launched the newest branch of New Perspectives — Happiness Advocates. The self-proclaimed poster woman for the “Sandwich Generation,” Kathleen is the funniest woman in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri and possibly the Western Hemisphere.

Most Popular Topics:


Value of Humor

A woman’s life is usually filled with pressures, obligations, and an unrelenting schedule. If the stress in your life makes you want to cry, Kathleen will help you to learn to laugh instead.


Surviving Life in the “The Sandwich Generation”

If you are dealing with kids and elders at the same time, you are officially a member of “The Sandwich Generation.” Humor can help you bear the unbearable, survive the inevitable, and add joy to the ups and downs of everyday living.


A Seat at the Buffet

Life will be sweeter when you have the guts to examine the unwritten rules, assumptions, and expressions that are holding you back from feasting at life’s buffet. Come on – pull up a chair!



Managing Change by Changing Your Tune

You are living in a time of unprecedented change. Understanding change and how to make the most of it is key to both personal and professional well being. You can transform our life if you are willing ot change your tune.




Humor for the Health of It

You are in the business of health but your own is compromised by the stress of heavy caseloads, managed care requirements, demanding patients, and the challenges of life in general. What is the antidote? A sense of humor. No kidding!


A Merry Heart is Good Medicine

Research confirms the positive impact humor and laughter can play in wellness, especially cardiovascular health. Laugh while you learn how a lighthearted approach can improve every aspect of life.



It’s Your Life, Choose Well

Life out of whack? Learn to balance the six dimensions of wellness. You really can live a happier, healthier, saner life when you learn to consciously make the right choices.



Managing Change by Changing Your Tune

You are living in a time of unprecedented change. Understanding change and how to make the most of it is key to both personal and professional well being. You can transform your life if you are willing to change your tune.

CEU/CME credit Because Kathleen is a licensed medical professional, most of her presentations qualify for CEU/CME credit.

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