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111th MOA Annual Convention -- Virtual Conference On Demand

Total Credits: 17.5 including 17.5 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)


MOA’s 111th Annual Convention

Originally Held June 10-12th 2022


This conference bundle includes sessions from our conference weekend June 10-12th, 2022. We hope you enjoy the diverse topics and sessions.

Seminar Name Speakers
After the First Wave: Supporting Physician Mental Health & Wellbeing During a Pandemic and Beyond Mona Masood, DO
Aging and Vein Health Cynthia Asbjornsen, DO
Alternative Payment Models: From Insurance to Cash Only, to Concierge, to DPC and Beyond! Pros/Cons Jack Forbush, DO
An Osteopathic Approach to Newborn Feeding Difficulties Karen Benezra, DO
Beyond the Itch: Dermatology Update on Rashes Jerald Hurdle, DO
Breakfast Lecture: Understanding your Fiscal Health Risk Factors
and how to avoid them
Mike Genetti, Rob Larochelle, Chris Perry
Finding Health: Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Access to Screen "Dawnland" or "Dear Georgina" films included
Josephine Conte, DO; Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD; Barbara Mainguy, MSW; Lisa Sockabasin, Esther Anne
It’s All In The Documentation!!! Cynthia Penkala
Needles, Needles, Needles! John Diefenderfer, DO
Obesity Treatment: Mix of Clinical Updates & Recognizing/Mitigating Bias Valerie O'Hara, DO; Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA; Matija Burtis, DO; Allen Browne, MD
Psych Self-Management: Operational Insights - What Works with Patients Charles Parker, DO
Role of OMT in Infections Emil Lesho, DO
Supplements Patients Are Taking: The risks, the benefits and the evidence Elisa Mercuro, DO
Using Data to Improve Opioid Prescribing Elisabeth Mock, MD
Vacationland Vexes: Warm Weather Visits to the Emergency Department Joel Kase, DO
Suspecting Pulmonary Hypertension in the Dyspneic Patient: Who, When, and How Joel Wirth, MD
  • The Maine Osteopathic Association designates this program for a maximum of 17.5 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity. 

MOA Grievance Policy: All grievances should be initially directed in writing to the MOA Executive Director by email to who will share them with the MOA's Program Committee. Grievances will receive a response within 30 days of receipt. If you do not receive a satisfactory response, you may notify the Council on Continuing Medical Education, AOA, 142 East Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611.


Esther Anne's Profile

Esther Anne Related seminars and products

Esther Anne is Passamaquoddy from Sipayik and a Policy Associate at the University of Southern Maine Cutler Institute where, she works on projects that engage and benefit tribal communities (Indian Child Welfare Act workgroup, Capacity Building Center for Tribes). Esther is a founding board member of Wabanaki REACH and had a primary role in the creation of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Cynthia Asbjomsen, DO's Profile

Cynthia Asbjomsen, DO Related seminars and products

Cindy Asbjornsen, D.O., FAVLS, RPhS is a nationally recognized phlebologist and the primary physician at the Vein Healthcare Center in South Portland, Maine. 

Dr. Asbjornsen is a member of the Maine Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Practice, and the American Osteopathic Association. She is also an active member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society (AVLS) with leadership roles in various committees, including chairing the Sclerotherapy Education Committee.

A board-certified Family Practice physician, she completed her Family Practice residency at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. Dr. Asbjornsen is also credentialed as a Registered Phlebology Sonographer.

As part of her dedication to advancing the standard of care in venous disease and treatment, Dr. Asbjornsen has committed her practice to broadening public understanding of vein health, furthering its research, and establishing a uniquely collaborative and comprehensive approach to patient care. 

Karen Benezra, DO's Profile

Karen Benezra, DO Related seminars and products

Dr. Benezra is a graduate of UNECOM and remained at UNECOM for the Family Practice Residency and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Plus 1. She has a private NMM practice in Arundel, Maine. Dr. Benezra is a member of the Maine Osteopathic Association board and participates on the Medical Economics and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees.


Dr. Benezra has no actual or potential conflict of interest, financial relationship/arrangement or affiliation with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.

Allen Browne, MD's Profile

Allen Browne, MD Related seminars and products

Dr. Browne is a pediatric/adolescent weight management specialist and pediatric surgeon. He has worked in the development of treatment algorithms for pediatric obesity for 12 years as Clinical Director of the New Hope Pediatric and Adolescent Weight Management Program at UIC Medical Center in Chicago (2004-2008), Attending physician at The Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio (2008-2009), and founder of the Pediatric Weight Management Program at the Carle Clinic in Urbana (2012-2016). Dr. Browne developed and served as Principal Investigator of FDA IDE #1 to study the adjustable gastric band in adolescents with severe obesity.  Dr. Browne is the author and co-author of numerous articles, chapters, and guidelines on the treatment of pediatric obesity.  He is a member of the OMA Pediatric Committee, Section on Obesity of the AAP, the Pediatric Committee of The Obesity Society, and the Pediatric Committee of ASMBS. Dr. Browne is certi-fied as a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (2014). Currently, Dr. Browne’s focus is advocacy and policy development for improved treatment for children with obesity. 

Matija Burtis, DO's Profile

Matija Burtis, DO Related seminars and products

Graduated from University of New England with Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine in 1997. Completed Residency in Family Medicine at the University of Massachusetts in 1999. Worked for St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston for 16 years as a Primary Care Provider. Founded St. Mary’s Weight Management Center in 2011 and has been working as an Obesity Medicine Specialist for the past 11 years. Joined Maine Medical Center in August of 2018 and is the Clinical Lead for Adult Obesity Program at MMC Weight and Wellness. Is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine  the Maine Osteopathic Association, and the Obesity Medicine Association. She has served a Board Member for the Auburn YMCA in the past and currently sits as a Board member for the Bath Brunswick YMCA. She has two sons in college and lives in Brunswick with her husband of 29 years.

Josephine Conte, DO's Profile

Josephine Conte, DO Related seminars and products

Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr Josie Conte is faculty member at Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and their ONMM3 program, and treats patients in the Waterville clinic and inpatient at the Alfond Center for Health- Maine General in Augusta.

She is a UNECOM graduate who completed a Family Medicine Residency and an NMM Plus One Residency with Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in Augusta. She is boarded in Family Medicine, Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative medicine as well as Integrative Medicine.  

She currently serves on the MOA Board of Directors and is Co-Chair on the Program Committee and is on the Post-Doctoral Training Committee for the AAO. She is a Board member for the Coyote Institute for Studies in Change and Transformation.

After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with a minor in psychology from SUNY Brockport, she began her studies as a bodyworker in 1984 with the NY School of Reflexology and Shiatsu then completed a formal massage therapy program with the Swedish Institute in NYC. Her love of maternal child health brought her to become a doula and trainer for Doulas of North America (DONA) She served as Childbirth Education coordinator for Ballard House Birth Center in Portland, ME and developed programs for expectant and new parents there and Maine Medical Center in Portland.  She is a RYT-200 Yoga Instructor with Ayurveda Yoga Specialist training and practices Integrative Structural Acupuncture.

Dr Conte created a free clinic at New Beginnings in Lewiston – and is always looking for volunteers to support the youth.

John Diefenderfer, DO's Profile

John Diefenderfer, DO Related seminars and products

John earned his undergraduate degree at Sewanee-The University of the South in Sewanee TN, and was awarded a master’s degree in biological sciences from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia PA. He completed medical training at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, family medicine training at St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Residency in Jacksonville, FL, and both a sports medicine fellowship and ONMM residency at Maine-Dartmouth. He joined Maine-Dartmouth as a faculty member in September 2020 and splits his time between the family medicine and ONMM residencies. John’s personal interests include road and mountain cycling, CrossFit, and soccer.


Dr. Diefenderfer has no actual or potential conflict of interest, financial relationship/arrangement or affiliation with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.

Mike Genetti, CLU®, ChFC®'s Profile

Mike Genetti, CLU®, ChFC® Related seminars and products

Financial Planner, Financial Services Representative

Baystate Financial

Michael Genetti is a Financial Planner associated with Baystate Financial, one of New England ‘s oldest and largest independently owned financial services firms with over 300 associates throughout the six New England states. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bates College and has continued his professional education, attaining his Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations from the American College of Financial Services. Mike is a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, the Rhode Island Estate Planning Council, and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning Rhode Island, as well as the American College of Health Care Executives and the Medical Group Managers’ Association. Through their Fiscal Fitness For Life financial education and planning services initiative with the Maine Medical Association, as well as with both the Maine Osteopathic Association and New Hampishire Medical Society, Mike and his Baystate advisory team are playing a leading role in serving the financial well-being needs of northern New England’s physician community. Over the years, Mike has had the opportunity to present financial based Continuing Medical Education courses to both the Allopathic and Osteopathic communities.


Jerald Hurdle, DO's Profile

Jerald Hurdle, DO Related seminars and products

Kennebec Dermatology & Kennebec Proctology

Jerald Hurdle, D.O. is a native to Greensboro, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of Winston Salem State in 1997 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Dr. Hurdle graduated from Ohio University College of Medicine in Athens Ohio in 2004. He completed his Doctor of Osteopathy degree and an Interdisciplinary  Master’s in Business and Education. Dr. Hurdle completed his teaching fellowship and internship at Obleness Memorial Hospital, Athens Ohio in 2004. He completed his Family Medicine residency training at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio in 2007. He received his subspecialty training and mentorship from Dr. Eugene Conte of Advanced Dermatology Dayton Ohio from 2005-2009. Dr. Hurdle completed a second residency at Grandview Hospitals in Dayton, Ohio in 2009 in Proctology and Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Hurdle serves as CEO of Kennebec Dermatology & Kennebec Proctology (formally Kennebec Medical Consultants). He was Past President of the Proctology College 2014-2016 ( two terms). He is a past-board member of the Maine Ostepathic Association. He is an active advocate for education in Maine. He served as mentor to medical students. Training Family Medicine Residents in specialty medicine (Dermatology & Proctology). He volunteers his time in his local community schools and church health fair events. He is routinely asked to lecture around the United States on Dermatology and Proctology topics. Dr. Hurdle enjoys being a cowboy; he rides horses and is part of the Buffalo Soldiers Calvary Unit in California. He participates in the Rose Parade annually as time allows.

D.r Hurdle has no actual or potential conflict of interest, financial relationship/arrangement or affiliation with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.

Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA's Profile

Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA Related seminars and products

Theodore K. Kyle founded ConscienHealth in 2009. He is a pharmacist and healthcare innovation professional who studies and advocates for sound policy and innovation to address obesity with a special focus on objectivity, bias, stigma, and patient-centered care. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition, advises The Obesity Society on advocacy, and consults with organizations addressing the needs of people living with obesity. His widely-read daily commentary, published at, reaches an audience of more than 15,000 thought leaders in health and obesity.  

For more information on Ted, please visit

Rob Larochelle, AIF®, MBA's Profile

Rob Larochelle, AIF®, MBA Related seminars and products

Partner, Financial Planner, Investment Advisor Representative

Baystate Financial

As a Financial Advisor, Rob’s mission is to assist individuals, families and business owners in defining their financial goals and achieving financial freedom. Rob’s background, experience and commitment to providing clients with the resources they need to make financial decisions help make their financial future as successful as they need it to be. His broad knowledge of financial products helps give his clients the confidence they need when working with a financial professional. Rob prides himself in getting to know each client so that he can understand their individual needs.

Emil Lesho, DO's Profile

Emil Lesho, DO Related seminars and products

Rochester Regional Hospital

Emil P. Lesho, DO, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA is an Infectious Diseases physician and the Healthcare Epidemiologist for Rochester Regional Health, Rochester, NY. Previously, Dr. Lesho served for 26 years on active duty in the U.S. Army. Following his deployment to Iraq, he was the Cofounder and Director of the Multidrug-resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network and the Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring and Research Program (MRSN-ARMoR) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, which is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) flagship agency for conducting epidemiologic surveillance and applied research of multidrug-resistant organisms isolated from healthcare associated infections including war trauma.

Dr. Lesho graduated magna cum laude from DeSales University, Center Valley, PA with a degree in biology, and from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia PA with D.O. degree.  He trained in Internal Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA and in Infectious Diseases at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.  Dr. Lesho has co-authored 168 papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. He holds the position of Professor of Medicine (inactive) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on various internal medicine and infectious diseases topics, and most recently on the escalating crisis of antibiotic resistance.


Emil Lesho, DO, and the MOA Planning Committee disclose that they have no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this presentation.

Barbara Mainguy, MSW's Profile

Barbara Mainguy, MSW Related seminars and products

Barbara studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Toronto and received her Master's degree in Creative Arts Psychotherapy from Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to that, she had worked as an artist and an artist in residence in the mental health system for a number of years. She received her M.S.W. from the University of Maine and works as a psychotherapist with Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness in Bangor, Maine where she also oversees the Crisis Service. She is certified in hypnosis and has taught hypnosis for the American Psychiatric Association, the New England Society for Clinical Hypnosis, and other organizations. She has worked in primary care settings as a behavioral health clinician and as a psychotherapist. Her interests include doing psychotherapy with people who have been diagnosed as psychotic, working with people who are having chronic pain, and exploring the interface between art and psychotherapy and healing. She enjoys group therapy and group medical visits. She is the author of a number of papers on health care with aboriginal people and on psychotherapy and psychosis and chronic pain. She has written a book with Lewis Mehl-Madrona, entitled Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story. Currently, she has almost completed her M.F.A. in documentary film making through York University, Toronto. She is the Director of Education for the Coyote Institute in Orono and has a part-time private practice in Orono, Maine.

Mona Masood, DO's Profile

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Dr. Mona Masood, DO is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certified general outpatient psychiatrist practicing in the greater Philadelphia area. She is a board member of Muslim Wellness Foundation, an American nonprofit mental health awareness and education organization. She often leads community mental health education events and advises various medical and mental health organizations on disaster psychiatry and crisis interventions. She is most recently the founder and chief organizer of the Physician Support Line - an anonymous and free peer to peer emotional support line run by over 800 volunteer psychiatrists to help physician colleagues the many intersections of their personal and professional lives.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD's Profile

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Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He completed his residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He has been on the faculties of several medical schools, most recently as associate professor of family medicine at the University of New England. He continues to work with aboriginal communities to develop uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and health care for use in those communities. He is interested in the relation of healing through dialogue in community and psychosis. He is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom, a trilogy of books on what Native culture has to offer the modern world. He has also written Narrative Medicine, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry, and, his most recent book with Barbara Mainguy, Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story. Lewis currently works with Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness, which serves the five tribes of Maine. He also works part-time at Acadia Hospital and with the Family Medicine Residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation. Lewis has been studying traditional healing and healers since his early days and has written about their work and the process of healing. His primary focus has been upon Cherokee and Lakota traditions, though he has also explored other Plains Cultures and those of Northeastern North America. His goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing back into mainstream medicine and to transform medicine and psychology through this wisdom coupled with more European-derived narrative traditions. He has written scientific papers in these areas and continues to do research. He writes a weekly (almost) blog on health and mental health for His current interests center around psychosis and its treatment within community and with non-pharmacological means, narrative approaches to chronic pain and its use in primary care, and further developing healing paradigms within a narrative/indigenous framework.

Dr. Mehl Madrona has no commercial interests to disclose.

Elisa Mercuro, DO's Profile

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Elisa Mercuro is a functional medicine / osteopathic physician in private practice in New Hampshire. Her focus is preventing and reversing chronic disease and empowering her patients to find Health. 

Elisa Mercuro, DO, and the MOA Planning Committee disclose that they have no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this presentation

Elisabeth Mock, MD, MPH, FAAFP's Profile

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Physician Educator

Maine Independent Clinical Information Service

Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is a self-employed consultant living in Bangor, Maine.  She attended Colby College, Emory University, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and obtained a Master’s in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.  She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine.  She works primarily as a clinical educator as well as a per diem hospitalist and buprenorphine prescriber.  Interests include women’s basketball, chess, Toastmasters and she is a certified basketball referee.

Charles Parker, DO's Profile

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Dr. Parker is Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for Adult Psychiatry. He completed medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Adult Psychiatric training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, then next completed a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hahnemann now a part of Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he served as Chief Resident, and also completed psychoanalytic training with the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis. In addition, he is trained and certified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the use of functional brain imaging. His comprehensive medical perspectives include many levels of psychiatric training and experience, including a special interest in treatment failure and contributory conditions that negatively influence medical outcomes. He is experienced as a personable team player in providing comprehensive medical care through outpatient, partial, hospital and residential care systems also includes years of experience as both an on-site and remote medical team administrator. Those administrative experiences have served as the best lesson-series on the importance of responsibly working within each system. His many years [since 1987] of substance abuse training, recovery systems consultations, and clinical experiences in working within the field of addiction medicine, both programmatic and outpatient, led him to write Deep Recovery – How to use your most difficult relationships to find out who you are, in 1992. Deep Recovery addresses difficult issues still alive these many years later regarding identifying and treating individuals. With each intervention he works to address the complex array of underlying contributory issues. Balanced self-management and relationship consistency with both staff and patients, build trust and team predictability. His more than twenty years of national pharmacologic teaching experience regarding the diagnosis and medical treatments of depression, mood disorders, ADHD, executive function objectives, and self-management/developmental arrest challenges continues with his persistent clinical focus on dysregulated cognition/thinking, cognitive anxiety, growth, maturity, and self-mastery objectives. Interestingly, the conundrums of executive function diagnosis and medication management persist even today, after writing New ADHD Medication Rules: Brain Science and Common Sense, in 2012. Parker’s mission: each medication treatment objective is based upon mutually-assessed and numbered clinical data points – discussed in an understandable way so that all concur and explicitly report on specific, codified treatment objectives. Dr. Parker is detail oriented, passionate about improved target recognition, and determined to develop improved feedback loops with administrative staff, and colleague providers, in addition to patients and patient families, to effectively communicate about specific clinical markers that will support more predictable outcomes.

 Dr. Parker has no disclosures. 

Cynthia Penkala, CMM, CMPE, AOA Phys Services's Profile

Cynthia Penkala, CMM, CMPE, AOA Phys Services Related seminars and products

Cynthia Penkala is the Senior Director of the Physician Services Department at the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). In her role, she provides guidance for AOA affiliates, osteopathic physicians, and their practices on issues impacting the medical practice's daily operations. She raises awareness of issues that may impact osteopathic physicians and their practices. She also oversees the development of member education to assist physicians. She has over 40 years of experience working in the health care industry, including; 13+ years of medical association experience, 18+ years managing physician practices, owning her own billing and consulting service, and an additional ten years working in the medical field in other capacities. Cindy uses her versatile skill set to help physicians and their practices be successful. She does this through a continual focus on service offerings, investigation, education, process improvement, and a solid background in healthcare services, organizational management, medical billing, and personnel recruiting. Her passion fuels her drive to make sure physicians have a choice between becoming employed and remaining independent.

Cynthia Penkala discloses that she has no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this presentation.

Chris Perry's Profile

Chris Perry Related seminars and products

Partner, Financial Planner, Investment Advisor Representative

Baystate Financial

Preparing for the next step in life isn’t always easy. Chris is highly trained and licensed to provide financial products and services to his clients and prospects. Along with a team of professionals, Chris offers guidance to his clients to help them reach their financial goals. He can provide comprehensive financial strategies and/or focus on one specific area of need. His goal is to assist families and business owners building their financial freedom. He has the skills, knowledge and experience required to help meet his client’s established goals. His personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for each and every client.

Lisa Sockabasin, RN's Profile

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Lisa Sockabasin, MS, RN Co-CEO, Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness Lisa Sockabasin is a citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Motahkomikuk with extensive experience in Tribal, State, and Federal governments, non-profits, and philanthropic organizations. In her capacity as the Co-CEO of Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness (WPHW), Lisa collaborates with tribal leadership, the WPHW team, and federal and philanthropic partners to address systemic inequities experienced by Wabanaki communities in Maine and to develop and implement culturally based programs that respond to the needs of our communities.

Lisa has over 20 years of experience addressing inequities experienced by and providing opportunities to tribal populations. Prior to joining WPHW, Lisa served as the Director of the Office of Health Equity in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, as an epidemiologist in the Infectious Disease Program for the State of Maine, as a nurse epidemiologist with the North American Indian Center of Boston, Inc., and served for two decades as coordinator to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard’s Four Directions Summer Research Program.

Lisa holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Maine, a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Maine, and an M.S. in Health Policy and Management from the University of Southern Maine. She holds a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management and serves on several boards including Maine Philanthropy Center, Planned Parenthood of New England, the ACLU of Maine, and the Maine Development Foundation.

Joel Kase, DO's Profile

Joel Kase, DO Related seminars and products

Dr. Joel Kase is an osteopathic physician who throughout his career has been active in clinical practice, administrative operations, advocacy and policy development, and population health and medical education.

Dr. Kase has worked clinically in rural emergency medicine for over a decade, and prior to that, practiced the entire spectrum of osteopathic family medicine, including inpatient hospital and skilled nursing care, home health visits, obstetrics, and osteopathic manipulation.  He is double boarded in Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. 

Dr. Kase currently practices clinical medicine full time. He has most recently served as the Emergency Department Director for the VA Maine Healthcare System. He previously served as the Director of Medical Education for the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Kase serves on the AOA’s Bureau of State Government Affairs, as well as the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research. He is also a Past-President of the Maine Osteopathic Association, and serves as the Chair of the Maine delegation to the AOA House of Delegates.

A graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Kase completed a family medicine residency as well as an academic fellowship in obstetrics through the teaching hospitals of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Additionally, Dr. Kase attended the Harvard School of Public Health, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Care Management and Policy. 

Dr. Kase has no actual or potential conflict of interest, financial relationship/arrangement or affiliation with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.

Joel Wirth, MD's Profile

Joel Wirth, MD Related seminars and products

Dr. Wirth is Associate Clinical Professor (Medicine) at Tufts University School of Medicine at the Portland, Maine, campus. He serves as the Director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Maine Medical Center, where he is also the Research Director of their Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program. He is on the Board of Directors of Chest Medicine Associates. Dr. Wirth is a national leader and clinical researcher in pulmonary hypertension, currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association and chaired their Board of Directors overseeing standards and accreditation of Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers throughout the United States. Dr. Wirth is also the Clinical Director of Maine Medical Center’s Pulmonary Hypertension Program. He is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, QC, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Graduate Hospital of the University Pennsylvania. Dr. Wirth completed his Fellowship in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital.



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