2021 - 2022 Presentation Calendar

September 2021

9/17:  Practitioner Fatigue/Burnout

Carilyn Ellis, PsyD, MSPD
Autumn Leaf Therapeutic Services
Salem, OR
www.autumnleaftherapy.com

Dr. Ellis became a psychologist because of a profound personal belief that everyone has the right to an advocate: someone completely on their side. An avid believer in the strength and resilience of people, she finds consummate joy in working with people to discover who they are, and to live life according to their personal values, goals and passions. She lives by one of her favorite quotes by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), "It is never too late to be what you might have been."

Dr. Ellis received her Masters and Doctorate in Psychology from George Fox University, and her postdoctoral Masters in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She completed her APA accredited internship with the Salt Lake VA, Residency with the Boise VA and Providence Medical Services. She has worked in oncology, pain and palliative care for years, having completed formal training as well as professional development in the areas of chronic medical conditions, pain and end of life.

 
9/24:  Case Studies in Hyponatremia

Zach Carlson, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT
Missoula, MT

Zach Carlson is a PGY-3 in Missoula who grew up in Northern Minnesota and then went to medical school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he fell in love with family medicine. His interest in pursuing rural training brought him west to Missoula where he has engaged in rural rotations throughout Montana whenever possible during residency. He still isn't sure what kind of practice he envisions himself in, as he enjoys many aspects of family medicine including sports medicine, rural health and wilderness medicine. Outside of work, he enjoys cooking, fishing and exploring Montana with his wife and dog.

October 2021

10/1: Ceremony as Prevention: A Culturally Tailored Approach to Prevent Problem Substance Use Within an Urban American Indian Community

D'Shane Barnett (Mandan/Arikara), MS (PhD Candidate)
Health Director & Health Officer
Missoula City-County Health Department

D'Shane serves as the Health Director and Health Officer at Missoula City-County Health Department.  He has worked in the American Indian health field for more than two decades including as executive director for Missoula Urban Indian Health Center, and as the former executive director of the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) in Washington, D.C. D’Shane has a Master of Science (MS) degree in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership from the University of California, San Francisco and he received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Sociology, with an option in Inequality and Social Justice, from the University of Montana, Missoula. He is currently a doctoral student in Public Health at the University of Montana, Missoula, where his research focuses on the protective factor of American Indian ceremony. D’Shane is a member of the board of directors for the Montana Primary Care Association and is also a member of the Providence Montana Service Area Community Ministry Board.

 

10/8:  Behavioral Health Crisis in MT

Mary Windecker
Executive Director
Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana
Missoula, MT

Mary is the executive director of Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana, an advocacy group representing children, adult, substance use and tribal behavioral health provider organizations. She has 30 years of experience in nonprofit health care including strategic planning, business development, advocacy, patient satisfaction, and marketing and outreach. Mary has developed multi-million-dollar healthcare programs including in oncology, gynecological oncology, breast health, wound care, pain management, and others. She moved an organization to the 78th percentile nationally in patient satisfaction and has worked in patient advocacy, patient satisfaction, and quality outcomes throughout her career.

She has volunteered in leadership positions with the Make-A-Wish Montana, Missoula YMCA, Rotary, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, Missoula Writing Collaborative and served as the board chair for the Missoula Chamber of Commerce in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

 

  10/15: Genetic Counseling, Part 1

Michelle Weaver Knowles, MSN FNP-C
Ava Health 
Missoula, MT

Michelle Weaver Knowles is a Family Nurse Practitioner and the owner of Ava Health.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Fort Hays State University and her master’s as a Nurse Practitioner from Gonzaga University.  She is a Certified Breast Health Navigator, has a certification in Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment from the National Consortium of Breast Centers and has obtained an Advanced Clinical Genetic Nurse credential from the Nurse Portfolio Credentialing Commission.  She has also completed the City of Hope Cancer genetics course.  She has been awarded the Breast Health Navigator of the Year award from the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators, the Certified Breast Care Nurse of the Year from the Oncology Nursing Society as well as the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the Foundation for Community Health. Her passion for hereditary cancer stems from her own diagnosis with a BRCA 1 positive breast cancer at age 38. 

Michelle and her husband Ron have 2 grown daughters.  She is a part of the Silver Lining Foundation Dragon boat team,  Run Wild Missoula Run/Walk community and enjoys fiber arts and is known for her love of pink and cool shoes! 

 

10/22:  Limb Salvage Using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Camilla Juhl-Petersen, MD
Community Medical Center
Missoula, MT

Dr. Peterson is the medical director of the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center specializing in treating non-healing wounds, diabetic wounds, limb preservation, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  She is board-certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners.  She is certified in Advance Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine with Chamber Operations.

  

10/29:  Genetic Counseling, Part 2

Michelle Weaver Knowles, MSN FNP-C 
Ava Health 
Missoula, MT

Robert Frost, MD
Inland Imaging
Missoula, MT

Michelle Weaver Knowles is a Family Nurse Practitioner and the owner of Ava Health.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Fort Hays State University and her master’s as a Nurse Practitioner from Gonzaga University.  She is a Certified Breast Health Navigator, has a certification in Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment from the National Consortium of Breast Centers and has obtained an Advanced Clinical Genetic Nurse credential from the Nurse Portfolio Credentialing Commission.  She has also completed the City of Hope Cancer genetics course.  She has been awarded the Breast Health Navigator of the Year award from the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators, the Certified Breast Care Nurse of the Year from the Oncology Nursing Society as well as the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the Foundation for Community Health. Her passion for hereditary cancer stems from her own diagnosis with a BRCA 1 positive breast cancer at age 38. 

Michelle and her husband Ron have 2 grown daughters.  She is a part of the Silver Lining Foundation Dragon boat team,  Run Wild Missoula Run/Walk community and enjoys fiber arts and is known for her love of pink and cool shoes!

 

Dr. Frost attended medical school at University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine; completed a transitional internship at Michigan State University.  Also from Michigan State University, he completed a diagnostic radiology residency at Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners.  In 2019 he finished an abdominal imaging fellowship at University of CO, Anschutz Medical Campus.

 

 

 

 

November 2021

11/5:  Vancomycin Dosing in Montana: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

James 'Ike' Moody, PharmD
Antibiotic Management Consultant

Dr. Moody is a clinical pharmacist specializing in antibiotic management. Ike received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Idaho State University with Infectious Diseases clerkship at Salt Lake City V.A. Hospitals.  He was clinical coordinator for Antimicrobial Stewardship at St. Patrick Hospital, which was named antimicrobial benchmark hospital in 2001. As clinical assistant professor and Infectious Diseases clerkship instructor at University of Montana, he brought Bayesian antibiotic dosing to the hospital some 25 years ago. He has received certification in Antimicrobial Stewardship: Optimization of Antibiotic Practices from Stanford University School of Medicine (2016 & 2018). He is a member of Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists and the Rocky Mountain Pus Club.

  

11/12:  Family Panel on Complex Care Coordination 

Patricia M Notario, MD FAAP
General Pediatrics and Complex Care Medicine
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Chicago Medical School
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Billings Clinic

Dr Patricia Notario is a pediatrician at the Billings Clinic who is passionate about caring for children with special health care needs and is the medical director of the only Pediatric Complex Care Program in Montana and the surrounding region. She believes that family-centered, team-based, goal-driven preventative care is crucial to providing coordinated and continuous care that treasures the dignity of each child with chronic illness. It is her interactions with the tremendous caregivers of children with special health needs that motivate her and her team to strive towards the highest quality of care. She is the mother of three (soon to be four!) boys and 2 dogs, and enjoys the outdoor activities and beautiful landscape of Montana.

Linda Starnes, Panel Moderator

 

11/19:  Topic-TBA

Grayson Cobb, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT
Missoula, MT

 

11/26:  Holiday Break.  No presentation

December 2021

12/3:  Pharmacist Led Pain Management

Rachel Johnson, PGY1
Alec Bohn, PGY1 
Providence St Patrick Hospital
Missoula, MT

Alec Bohn is a PGY-1 pharmacy resident who grew up in Minnesota and graduated pharmacy school in 2017 from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. His passion for improving clinical outcomes through proper medication counseling and therapy management led him to a position with City Market Pharmacy in Grand Junction, CO. After three years in community pharmacy, he wanted to advance his clinical knowledge and is completing a residency with St. Patrick hospital. He is not sure what pharmacy discipline he envisions himself in, but has a strong interest in emergency medicine. Outside of work, he loves mountain biking, snowboarding, and going on adventures with his girlfriend, Stephanie, in their small campervan.

Rachel Johnson is currently a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University earlier this year.  As a new pharmacist, she is excited to explore the different areas hospital pharmacy practice and deepen her clinical knowledge and patient care skills. Her professional interests include cardiology and ambulatory care pharmacy. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the beautiful Montana scenery, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

 

12/10:  Transgender Health

Denise Rivera, PhD
Montana State University

Denise S. Rivera received her Doctorate in Education from Wilmington University, her master’s in nursing from Wesley College and her primary nursing diploma from Beebe School of Nursing. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate nursing since 2010.  She is currently teaching graduate and undergraduate nursing courses at Montana State University. A strong advocate for inquiry based education and active participatory learning, she involves student in research and evidence based practice in a variety of community and small group settings focused upon health promotion and wellness.  Her professional interest focuses on transgender nursing, the spirituality of caring in nursing, the use of virtual and live actor simulation in prelicensure nursing education and promoting a culture of curiosity in nursing education. After a decade of transgender research, Dr Rivera developed a Gender Affirming Nursing Care (GANC) middle range theory and has published her research in the International Journal of Human Caring, the DNA reporter, and The Colorado Nurse, and has pending publications in The Journal of Holistic Nursing and Nursing Reports.   She has spoken extensively regarding her research on transgender health around the country and is a recognized advocate for transgender equality and healthcare equity.  Dr Rivera is a member of the American Nurses Association, World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and the National Association for Clinical Nurse Specialists and the American Holistic Nurses Association.  She is a certified transgender health care professional through the international transgender certification association (ITCA).  She is currently seeking national certification in transgender nursing through WPATH.   Dr Rivera can be reached at denise.rivera2@montana.edu


12/17:
  Topic-TBA 

Nick Zakovich, DO
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT
Missoula, MT

 

12/24:  Holiday Break.  No presentation

 

12/31:  Holiday Break.  No presentation

January 2022

1/7:  Gut Microbiome

Meradeth Snow, PhD
University of MT
Missoula, MT

 

1/14:  Vascular Surgery

Jason R. Hurd, MD
Providence St Patrick Hospital
Missoula, MT

 

1/21:  Topic-TBA

Michelle Metcalf, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT
Missoula, MT

 

1/28:  Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program - ICAP

Catherine Off, PhD
University of MT

 

February 2022

2/4: Sexuality and Cancer Survivorship

Glenn Blumenson, LCSW
St Patrick Hospital, Cancer Center
Missoula, MT

2/11: Skaggs Institute for Health Innovation: Implementation of a State-Wide Pharmacogenetic Consultation Service

Karen Brown, PharmD
Jade Bosic-Reiniger, PharmD, MPH
University of MT
Missoula, MT

Karen Brown is a pharmacogenomics post-doctoral fellow at the University of Montana Skaggs Institute for Health Innovation under the mentorship of Dr. Erica Woodahl. She is currently focused on developing a pilot program with the Medical Genetics Laboratory at Shodair Children’s Hospital to offer pharmacogenomic testing and consultations to their patient population. Karen previously worked with Dr. Woodahl and the Precision Medicine Project at the University of Montana while completing her degree in pharmacy. As a student researcher, her primary focus was the development of qualitative research protocols to perform needs assessments within early adopter sites and determine the feasibility of implementing a centralized, pharmacist-led pharmacogenomics and comprehensive medication management program. Karen received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy in 2020. 

Jade Bosic-Reiniger is a post-doctoral pharmacy fellow at the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy under the mentorship of Dr. Hayley Blackburn. Her fellowship focuses on rural health with an emphasis in chronic disease management, population health and pharmacogenetics. Jade received her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Montana in 2021.

 

2/18: Expedition Medicine on Everest Spring ‘21

Christian Dean, MD
Community Medical Center

 

2/25:  Topic-TBA

Samantha Tracy, PGY1
Kayla Schapp, PGY1
Providence St Patrick Hospital
Missoula, MT

 

March 2022

3/4:  Child & Adolescent Vaccine Uptake in MT

Sophia Newcomer, PhD
University of MT
Missoula

3/11:  Topic-TBA

Katie Walicki, DO
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT
Missoula, MT

3/18:  Individual Behavioral Responses to Lockdown Policies 

Robert Sonora, PhD
College of Business
University of Montana

 

3/25:  TBA

April 2022

4/1: Health Care Communication with Patients Who Communicate Differently

Isaac Baldry
The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities
University of Montana

 

4/8:  Initiatives of the Strategic Alliance for Improved Behavioral Health

Terry Kendrick, MA
Partnership Health Center

Jeremy Williams, MHA, RN
Providence Health and Services

Laurie Francis, MPH, RN
Partnership Health Center 

Levi Anderson, MHA, FACHE
Western Montana Mental Health Center

 

4/15:  Rural Maternal Health

Jessica Liddell, PhD
University of MT
Missoula, MT

 

4/22: Topic-TBA

Mallory Koula, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western MT
Missoula, MT

 

4/29:  Electro-Convulsive Therapy

Panel TBA

May 2022

5/6:  Missoula’s Mobile Support Team

John Petroff
Missoula Fire Department

Gretchen Neal, MS, CHES
Partnership Health Center

Kiki Radermacher, LCSW, CMHP
Partnership Health Center

 

5/13:  TBA