2019 Spring Conference


Attached is the 2019 agenda for MNPA's 2019 Spring Conference, April 24-26

Point Lookout, Lincolnville, Maine


 2019 Conference Agenda


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 Wednesday and Thursday General Session Speakers:


Jonnathan Busko, MD, MPH, FACEP

April 24, 7:00 to 8:30 PM


Dr. Busko is an emergency physician and the Medical Director at the St. Joseph Hospital's emergency department.  He states that emergency medicine is a field with a high potential for error.  Unconscious bias, poor system design and poor integration of technologies all increase the risk of error.  His presentation will help define the terms "risk" and "error".  In a light and sometimes humorous way he will discuss cognitive biases and identify how each creates risk for error.


Kenneth Lehman, A.B. and Juris Doctor

April 25, 8:00 to 9:30 AM


Ken Lehman is a health care trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience.  He regularly provides counsel, advice and representation to healthcare providers concerning difficult patient situations.  He focuses on cases involving the BON and consults on employment issues and contracts. Mr. Lehman also advises clients on issues such as EMRs, HIPAA privacy, substance impairment and practice ethics. 


Sean McGarr, DO, FACG

April 25, 10:00 to 11:00 AM


Dr. McGarr is the Chief of Gastroenterology  and Medical Director of Endoscopy at CMMC.  His presentation will take an  in depth  look at

"The Incidential Pancreatic Cystic Lesion", discussing the management and role of EUS when dealing with pancreatic cysts.


Peggy Vernon, RN, C-PNP, DCNP, FAANP

 April 25, 11:00 Am to 12:00 Noon


MNPA is so pleased at have Peggy Vernon visit us in Maine.  She is a speaker provided by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and her topic "Peeling Back the Layers: An Evidence-based Approach to Managing Atopic Dermatitis" is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Dr. Vernon owns Creekside Skin Care in Centennial Colorado.  She is certified as a Pediatric NP, a Psychiatric CNS and a Certified Dermatology NP.   




 Thursday Workshop and Breakout Sessions



Valerie Fuller, PhD, DNP, AGACNP,-BC, FNP-BC


Assisted by Kathleen Forti-Gallant, FNP-C, RNFA and Patsy Thompson-Leavitt, DNP, FNP

April 25, 2:15 to 4:15 PM


Basic Suturing Workshop

MNPA is bringing this workshop back by popular demand, especially from newer NPs.  The 2-hour class will identify different suture materials needles and instruments.  There will be a demonstration on basic wound closure techniques and participants will gain an understanding of the principles involved in wound management and care. 


This is a hands-on class.  Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing.

Workshop is limited to 20 participants


Concurrent Breakout Sessions

April 25, 2:15 to 3:15 PM


Joshua Bridges, MSN, FNP, PMHNP


The 3 D's (Dementia, Delirium and Depression) in Older Adults: An Overview of Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for PrimaryCare

Leah Coplon, CNM, MPH


Telehealth: The Reality of Virtual Healthcare


Renee Ford, PharmD, BCPS


Anticoagulation Safety with focus on Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOAC)


Concurrent Breakout Sessions

April 25, 3:15 to 4:15


Jessica Bates, Pharm D, BCACP, CACP, BC-ADM


What's the Skinny? Updates in Prescribing Weight Loss Medications


Cynthia Leiffer, ANP


Over 50? Over 65? Over 80?  We're Still Here!

Health Issues for the Older LGBTQ Population: Facts, Reflections and Cases


Rich Hines


Men's Health (actually title TBA)



Friday General Session Speakers:

 April 26, 8:00AM  - 12:30PM




Christine Hein, MD

Christine is the associate director of emergency medicine at Maine medical Center and director of Professional Satisfaction and Peer Support.  She provides peer support for medical staff, residents and fellows as well as promoting and encouraging organizational wellness initiatives and practices. 

April 26, 8:00AM to 9:00AM




Tom Bartol, FNP


Tom is always a big draw at our conferences.  He works at a community health center in Richmond, Maine as a family NP. He has been speaking and writing about evidence-based medicine and practicing it for the past 10 years as well as

April 26, 9:00 to 10:00AM


Thad Shattuck, MD, MPH


Thad works part-time in out patients psychiatry and part-time in sleep medicine.  He is the medical director for Sleep Disorders at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center.  He treat patients with insomnia and has helped launch a cognitive behavioral therapy. He has had extensive training in both behavioral sleep medicine and the pharmacotherapy of insomnia. 

April 26, 10:30 to 11:30 AM


John Raymond, Ms, PA-C, MPH


John is another repeat speaker that our NPs can't hear enough from. He has spent most of his career as a PA in cardiology practice, providing in-patient and out-patient care.  He is also the Director of Congestive Heart Failure Clinic at AR Gould Hospital. 


 April 26, 11:30 to 12:30 PM


Concurrent Breakout Sessions

April 26, 1:30 -2:30 PM


Annette Goodman, Do


Annette Goodman has been practicng general neurology since 2009.  she treats a broad range if patients, including those with movement disorders. She also programs Deep Brain Stimulators Vagus Nerve Stimulators used in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease


Hannah, Pressler, DNP, PNP, AFN


MNPA is pleased to welcome Hannah Pressler back to our conference.  Hannah is a former President of MNPA.  She currently is a graduate adjunct faculty member at Simmons University.  Hannah has spent more than 35 years as a PNP working in specialty arena of child maltreatment.  


Maureen Harpell, ANP, FNP


Maureen provides primary care to all ages including acute chronic, preventative and end of life care.  She provides non pharmacologic options  including exercise, diet, meditation and counseling to her patients.  She now incorporates the use of plants as medicine as a way of helping her patients have richer and more rewarding outcomes


Concurrent Breakout Sessions

April 26, 2:30  - 3:30 PM


Jeffery Eaton, BS, MS, MA, PhD


Jeff works full-time as a NP in a busy family practice and works part-time teaching pharmacology to NP students and us at the 2019 Spring Conference. 


Jessica Reed, MSN, GNP-BC


Jessica will share her experience on a HPV Vaccination Learning Collaborative where she is working with pediatric and primary care practices across Maine to increase HPV vaccination rates with 11-13 year olds.


Tim Waklenad, PT, DPT, ATC, CEAS


Tim, another NP favorite, owns Wakeland PT LLC  as a provider of preventive physical therapy.  He has spent 28 years in clinical practice as an athletic trainer and physical therapist.  He will discuss Evaluation Strategies of the Shoulder.