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2021 MOA Midwinter Symposium (On Demand)

Total Credits: 21 including 21 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s), 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™


MOA’s 2021 Midwinter Symposium:
Honoring the CARE in Healthcare


The Maine Osteopathic Association is pleased to offer the opportunity to experience the 2021 Virtual Symposium for those who were unable to join us "live" in February. This complete conference bundle includes all live sessions from our conference weekend February 12-14th, 2021. This year's theme "Honoring the CARE in Healthcare" is brought together in topics covering the treatment of diverse patient populations, new challenges brought on by COVID-19 and an emphasis throughout our programming on the importance of time for self-care and self-reflection. 

Session Title Video Components Faculty

2021 Practice Management Bundle: E&M Visits & Opioid Therapy Risk Mitigation

E&M Visits: Making it Work in Your Practice Cindy Penkala (AOA), Elena (AOA), David Hitzeman, DO, Michael Warner, DO
Critical Documentation Concepts in Chronic Opioid Therapy: Risk Mitigation 2021 Jen Bolen, JD
Medical Examiner 101: Tales From the Field Medical Examiner 101: Tales From the Field Lonnie Lauer, DO
Psychiatric Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic Psychiatric Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic Ryan Smith, D.O. PhD
Tackling the Quarantine "15": Improving Immunity, Metabolism and Inflammation through Nutrition Tackling the Quarantine "15": Improving Immunity, Metabolism and Inflammation through Nutrition Keelyn Wu, DO
Panel Discussion: Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on Medical Practice in Maine Panel Discussion: Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on Medical Practice in Maine Jodie Hermann, DO (Moderator); Christina Lincoln, DO; Scott Thomas, DO; Stephanie Collins, DO; Lauren Hall, DO; Martha Gillman, DO

Diversity & Inclusion in Medicine Bundle

LIVE Keynote: Unconscious Bias in Medicine Bernie Lopez, MD, MS, CPE
Diagnosing & Treating Societal Somatic Dysfunction: Direct Techniques for Dismantling Systemic Racism & Oppression Julia McDonald, DO, MPH, leading a panel discussion of physicians, residents and osteopathic medical students
Diversity & Inclusion in Medicine Panel-- Workforce Issues in Maine & Beyond Joel Kase, DO; Bernie Lopez, MD; Arabella Perez, LCSW, Regina Phillips, LCWS; Robert Zavaleta PCHC, Jade Duncan PCHC

Caring for Unique Patient Populations Bundle

Dermatology for All Skin Colors Jerald Hurdle, DO
Indigenous North American approaches in addiction Lewis MehlMadrona, MD
Caring for Muslim patients Hwyda A. Arafat, MD, PhD, MSc. MEdL
Successful Treatment of Deaf Patients: Communication is Key! Jane Hecker-Cain & Joshua Seal

Pediatrics Bundle: Mental Health & Protecting Abused Children

Thinking About Thinking: Cognitive Anxiety in Adolescents, Children & Beyond Charles Parker, DO
Life Saving Injuries: How Physicians Can Protect Abused Children Amanda Brownell, MD
Acute Rehab: When Is It the Right Choice? Acute Rehab: When Is It the Right Choice? Scott Cyr, DO
Pelvic Floor Myalgia: Anatomy, Diagnosis & Treatment Pelvic Floor Myalgia: Anatomy, Diagnosis & Treatment Romeo Lucas, DO
Lecture & Lab: OMM Techniques for Respiratory & Lymphatic Systems Lecture & Lab: OMM Techniques for Respiratory & Lymphatic Systems Donald Hankinson, DO

**Bonus: You can also view 8 recorded wellness sessions we shared with our live event attendees! Yoga, Self-acupressure and more to take a break on your time and on your terms.

  • The Maine Osteopathic Medical Association designates this program for a maximum of 20 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity. 
  • This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) and The Maine Osteopathic Association. MAOPS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

If you have any questions about this educational program, please contact MOA Staff at or by calling  our office at 207-623-1101.

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.



Jen Bolen's Profile

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Ms. Bolen is a nationally recognized expert with 30+years cumulative experience and training as an  attorney and regulatory compliance consultant in pain management, addiction treatment recovery,  and clinical laboratory. For nearly 14 years, Ms. Bolen served the US Department of Justice in the role  of Assistant US Attorney and handled healthcare fraud cases. 

Ms. Bolen is recognized as a national legal expert on compliance and risk management related to controlled  medications and drug testing. She frequently audits clinical laboratories and medical practices with the goal of  improving controlled substance prescribing and the documentation of prescribing rationale, data-driven use of drug  testing in patient treatment plans, structure and documentation of controlled substance and patient risk  management practices, laboratory billing and coding, and overall medical necessity documentation. She regularly  finds expert witnesses for attorneys and their clients for cases involving allegations of inappropriate prescribing and  false claims associated with clinical laboratory testing. She also periodically serves as expert legal counsel to assist  other attorneys and their clients in litigation involving these topics and others. 

Ms. Bolen also specializes in laboratory C-suite team operations (business strategy and marketing practices) and risk  mitigation; laboratory coding and reimbursement; laboratory and medical practice audit and regulatory response to  government and licensing board investigations and litigation. She works with both physician office and independent  clinical laboratories. She consults with private equity firms and performs due diligence for them on financial matters  related to pain management and clinical laboratory assets. 

Ms. Bolen discloses that she is a consultant for Paradigm Healthcare.

Stephanie W Collins, D.O.'s Profile

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Maine Osteopathic Medicine

Stephanie Waecker Collins, D.O. is a second-generation osteopath, whose father Hans Waecker, D.O practiced in Portland for many years. A graduate of Brown University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Stephanie did Family Practice Residency at Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice and later taught students there and at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
She has practiced Family Medicine and specialized in osteopathic manipulation since 2001, and has been a private practitioner since 2008. Stephanie opened her own practice, Maine Osteopathic Medicine, in 2013 in South Portland, along with her husband, Jeff, who serves as Office Manager, and their Boston Terrier “Pesky,” official greeter and mascot.

Dr. Collins has no disclosures.

Martha Gilman, DO's Profile

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Lotus Family Practice

Dr. Martha Gilman, DO is a family practice physician at the direct primary care office Lotus Family Practice where she has worked since completing residency in 2017.  She enjoys the slower nature of direct primary care where she can develop real relationships with her patients and provide OMT when applicable.  She also teaches clinical skills and OMM 1 day a week at UNECOM where she graduated in 2009, although this year has been quite different!

Dr. Gilman has no disclosures. 

Lauren Hall's Profile

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Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine

Dr. Hall is a faculty physician with the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency (MDFMR) Geriatric Medicine Fellowship. She serves as the medical director for the Alzheimer’s Care Center, an assisted living facility dedicated to providing care for older adults with Alzheimer’s and related dementias in a caring, home-like setting. She also sees older adult patients in the outpatient and home visit settings and provides comprehensive geriatric assessment consultations for patients referred by community providers. Her interests include promoting advance care planning among older adults, osteopathic manipulation, and helping learners in all stages develop an evidence-based and compassionate geriatric lens for caring for their older patients.

 Dr. Hall has no disclosures. 

Jodie Hermann, DO's Profile

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University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Hermann received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) in 2006.  She graduated from University of Connecticut in 1980 with a B.S. in Athletic Training/Sports medicine and in 1997 with an MBA in Management and International Business. Her internship was at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT in 2007.  Her Internal Medicine residency was completed in 2010 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.  She also completed her +1 Residency Neuromuscular Medicine program at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014 and her Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona in 2015.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and board certified by American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskelatal Medicine in Osteopathic Neuromsculoskelatal Medicine. Dr. Hermann currently works at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine as Chair of the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department.  She is also working with Maine General Medical Center as a hospitalist.  Prior to this she worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UNE COM, and as the head hospitalist at Waldo County General Hospital.  In her prior life she was an athletic trainer in sports medicine working with various teams and levels of athletes from Olympics to high school, most recently going to Hungary with USA Boxing for a World Competition in August 2018.

Dr. Hermann has no Disclosures 

Lonnie C Lauer, DO's Profile

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Dr. Lauer has had an interest in forensic science for over 50 years. He jumped at the opportunity to be a Medical Examiner when the offer arose in 1974. Over the years his expertise grew from mentoring and post-graduate courses in forensic medicine. He has completed nearly 2000 exams by all manners of death.

Dr. Lauer was a graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in 1971, interned at the Osteopathic Hospital of Maine in Portland, before entering into family medicine and emergency medicine in Bridgton, ME for a six-year period. The next ten years was spent in emergency medicine followed by twenty-one years in occupational medicine until his retirement. Concurrent with the afore mentioned, he served as jail physician for Oxford County for 24 years, worked in the Bridgton Weekend & Holiday Walk-in Clinic for 11 years, served as Bridgton’s Health Office for 23 years, and was a board member of the Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure for 11 years. He and his wife of 53 years have 3 children and 10 grand-children. Hobbies: recreational shooting; hunting; tuba player-ME Pops Concert Band and others.


Dr. Lauer has no disclosures.

Christina Lincoln, DO's Profile

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Maine General

Dr. Christina Lincoln

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Family Medicine Residency: Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency        Originally from Massachusetts, I came to Maine for medical school and quickly found my roots.  I completed my residency in central Maine and realized the best way to help expand the strength of the medical community is through the training of new, bright, and passionate family medicine physicians.  My primary focus is inpatient medicine including the care of adults, children, and pregnant patients.  This is frequently the most vulnerable time in a person’s life and the most challenging for a family.  With the health care team, our goal is always to provide patient centered care that supports the patient and family beyond the direct medical need.

When I am not at work, I love spending time outdoors with my family. My favorite places are the top of mountains and my garden, where I love digging in the dirt with my daughter.

 Dr. Lincoln has no disclosures. 

Ryan Smith, DO, MEd, PhD, FAPA, FFSMB, FNAOME's Profile

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Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor and Chief of Psychiatry at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Founding Psychiatry Residency Program Director at Portsmouth Regional Hospital's new GME program affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Smith is a board certified Psychiatrist by the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. 

Dr. Smith worked as the sole psychiatrist in Washington County, Maine, for five years before pursuing other opportunities. He is currently clinically active at the State Psychiatric Hospital in Concord, New Hampshire. He serves on the Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure and is the Clerkship Director of Psychiatry for the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Smith has spoken nationally and at several regional educational programs in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.

Dr. Smith discloses that he received a speaker fee for being a promotional speaker for Otsuka-Lundbeck, Incorporated.


Scott Thomas, DO's Profile

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Saint Joseph's Hospital

Dr. Scott Thomas has practiced Emergency Medicine in Bangor since 1995 at both Eastern Maine Medical Center and now Saint Joseph Hospital. Dr. Thomas has served on the Board of Osteopathic Licensure for the State of Maine since 2002 and currently serves as Board Chair.

 Dr. Thomas has no disclosures. 

Keelyn Wu, DO's Profile

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Keelyn Wu, DO began his study of Osteopathic Medicine in 1991 at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. Dr. Wu completed his internship at Eastmoreland Hospital in Portland Oregon in 1996 and went on to complete his residency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York in 1998. He has been practicing Osteopathy in the Portland, Maine area since 1998. He is board certified in Neuromuscular Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and has consulting privileges at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Wu has always had a special interested in nutrition, digestion and the immune system. His interests led him to further training in Functional Medicine which addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. He is an active member and has completed the practitioner’s certification program for the IFM (Institute of Functional Medicine). He is an active member of ILADS (Institute for Lyme Disease and Associated Diseases) and ISEAI (International Society of Environmentally Acquired Illness) and continues to participate in educational opportunities from these and other similar organizations that are oriented towards searching for the root cause of illness and treating the whole person. In addition to his full time practice he is involved in teaching osteopathic skills, principles and philosophy to both medical students and physicians. He is also one of several local osteopathic physicians who volunteer at the Portland Osteopathic Children’s Clinic. He and his wife live in Freeport and have two children.

Scott Cyr's Profile

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Central Maine Healthcare

As a lifelong Mainer, growing up in the small town of St. Agatha in Aroostook County, Dr. Cyr attended the University of New England for both his undergraduate and medical school education, receiving his Doctor of Osteopathy in 2002.  He went on to perform an AOA-approved intern year and residency in Internal Medicine at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, which he completed in 2005.  He is currently board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with a Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine.  Since 2005, he has been a practicing hospitalist at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, were he also has served as the Medical Director of Acute Rehabilitation since 2018.  He has been recognized as a Senior Fellow by the Society of Hospital Medicine, along as a Fellow by the American College of Osteopathic Internists.  Dr. Cyr currently resides in the town of Minot with his wife, Jennifer, and their 3 sons.

Dr. Cyr has no disclosures 

Bernard Lopez's Profile

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Bernard L. Lopez, MD, MS, is Professor and Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.  He received his Doctorate in Medicine from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College in 1986.  He completed a residency training program in Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1989. Since 2013, Dr. Lopez has served as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Engagement in the medical school, providing oversight of diversity and inclusion initiatives for faculty, graduate medical education and medical students. In January 2017, he added the title of Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Thomas Jefferson University, providing oversight and guidance for the ten colleges that make up the university.

Dr. Lopez has no disclosures. 

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. 

Donald Hankinson's Profile

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Donald Hankinson, DO, graduated from NYCOM in 1985 after completing a one year Fellowship in OP+P. He has been in practice since 1988 and is a Diplomate of the ABSPOMM, the AOBFP, and the ABFP. After 12 years of a full time Osteopathic Family Practice, he has limited his practice, since 2000, to consultations for Osteopathic care, with an emphasis on Cranial Osteopathy and Biodynamics. 

Donald is the Director of the Division of Osteopathic Medicine at Maine Medical Center and is a founding member of The Portland Osteopathic Children’s Clinic and the New England Osteopathic Heritage Center. He was a member of the BOD of the MOA from 1998 - 2007 and received their Distinguished Service Award in 2005.

Donald has studied and taught with Anne L Wales, DO’s New England study group since 1989 and with James Jealous, DO since 1990, for whom he has been teaching courses in the Biodynamic Approach to Cranial Osteopathy since 2004 at UNECOM. He has also has been privileged to give numerous lectures to the MOA, to the students at UNECOM, to residents in most of the training programs in Maine, and to numerous national and international organizations, including the AAO, the SCTF, the Cranial Academy and the Osteopathic societies in France, Belgium, and Italy.  

Dr. Hankinson has no disclosures. 



Joel Kase, DO's Profile

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Togus VA Medical Center

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 as the AOA’s Chair of the Council on State Health Affairs. 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 disclosures. 


Jerald Hurdle, M.Ed, DO's Profile

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Kennebec Dermatology & Kennebec Proctology

Dr. Jerald E. Hurdle

Lives in Oakland Maine currently on Medicine Bend Ranch with his wife and two teenage children Jairus and Nathan. On the ranch he rides quarter horses and actively participates in Cowboy Mounted Shooting. He enjoys all shooting sports including his new passion of sporting clays. He is a native to Greensboro, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of Winston Salem State where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Dr. Hurdle graduated from Ohio University College of Medicine where he also obtained an Interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Business and Education in 2005. 

Dr. Hurdle completed his teaching fellowship and internship at O’Bleness 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 College of Proctology (two terms). He is a past-board member of the Maine Osteopathic Association. He currently is a mentor to medical students, trains 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 is currently completing a MC/MPA degree at Harvard Kennedy School. His aspiration to join Maine Politics pushes him ultimately towards a Harvard Law degree. He feels by actively involving his time to help others medically and now socially is the beginning of a new chapter in his life.

Arabella Perez, LCSW's Profile

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Ms. Perez, originally from Newark New Jersey, is a licensed clinical social worker and therapist of 24 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is completing a Doctorate in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans. She is a native Spanish speaker and daughter of parents from Cuba and Puerto Rico.  Prior to joining UNE, Ms. Perez was a system of care director from 2005-2015, leading three Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants for the state of Maine. During these years she managed to find time to start a non-profit, THRIVE, a technical assistance center for trauma-informed care. She is a certified cultural competency trainer and has presented and provided consultation extensively, both locally and nationally, on Trauma Systems Change, Organizational Healing and Resiliency, Cultural and Linguistic Competency issues, and Youth-Adult Partnerships. She provides technical assistance and consultation to states and communities on the development of trauma-informed systems and provides system of care consultation through federal site monitoring and coaching for the University of Maryland's Technical Assistance Network. 

Ms. Perez has no disclosures. 

Julia McDonald, DO, MPH's Profile

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Maine General

Julia McDonald DO, MPH is a full-spectrum physician in central Maine. She initially studied Dance and Theatre at Colby College, but turned to medicine during a profound experience in Peace Corps Morocco. She received her Masters of Public Health and her Doctorate in Osteopathy from UNE before completing her training at the Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency (MA), where she served as Chief Resident. Her dedication to primary care was recognized by MAFP when she was honored as Maine’s 2019 Family Physician of the Year.

 Dr. McDonald acknowledges the relationship between systems of oppression and health and is actively working towards greater economic, racial, gender, and health justice. She has been faculty at the Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency since 2014. She also serves as the Medical Director of Abortion Services at Mabel Wadsworth Center in Bangor and works at Maine Family Planning. Annually, Dr. McDonald brings multi-disciplinary healthcare teams to work alongside Honduran counterparts in Intibuca, Honduras. You can follow her on Instagram at @drjuliamcdonald.

Dr. McDonald has no disclosures. 

Robert Zavaleta's Profile

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Director of Data


Robert is currently the Director of IS Data for PCHC with over 10 years experience in the healthcare industry.  He holds a Bachelors in Healthcare Management from Southern New Hampshire University and is in the midst of completing a Masters in Health Leadership from Western Governors University.

Mr. Zavaleta has no disclosures.

Jade Duncan, D.D.S., M.Ed.'s Profile

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Jade P Duncan, D.D.S., M.Ed., a native of Trinidad and Tobago, graduated from Howard University, in Washington DC, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree.  She also holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum Development and Instruction, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. In her previous professional role, she served as the Director of Operating Room services and clinical attending for the Department of General Dentistry at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. She previously held a faculty appointment at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of New England, College of Dental Medicine in their Community Based Education program. She currently practices dentistry at PCHC, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Bangor, Maine, where she serves as the Dental Residency Director for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency program. 

In her free time, Dr. Duncan is a certified Master Life Coach. She recently published her first book and completed a successful book tour in the Caribbean. Dr. Duncan loves fashion and considers herself to be a foodie. Her hobbies include traveling, volunteering at church and spending time with family and close friends.

Dr. Duncan has no disclosures.

Regina Phillips, LCSW's Profile

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Co-Founder & Professional Consultant

Cross Cultural Community Services

Regina Phillips, MSW is a co-founder of Cross Cultural Community Services and Chief Operations Officer. Ms. Phillips has previously worked for the Westbrook School Department and the City of Portland Social Services Division, running the Refugee Services and Family Shelter Programs. Ms. Phillips has also worked as an adjunct professor at both the University of New England and Southern Maine. She has a Master of Social Work degree from UNE and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Social Work at Tulane University.

Ms. Phillips has no disclosures. 

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD's Profile

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Dr. Mehl-Madrona is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and is board certified in family medicine with added qualifications in geriatrics and in psychiatry. He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis on neuropsychology. He holds a post-graduate diploma from Massey University (New Zealand) in narrative practices. He is on the faculty of the family medicine residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center, an affiliate of the University of New England, where he is clinical associate professor of family medicine.  He is clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont and an Instructor at the University of Maine's Graduate Fellowship in Medical Arts and Humanities.

Dr. Madrona has no disclosures.


Hwyda A. Arafat, MD, PhD, MSc. MEdL's Profile

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Dr. Arafat completed her residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Clinical Pathology at Ain Shams University Hospitals in Cairo, Egypt. She received a master’s degree in histopathology and Biochemistry and her PhD in Cell Biology and Immunology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Arafat completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. She was recruited to the faculty at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and had a successful research and teaching career. She joined UNE COM at the end of 2013 as a Clinical Professor. Dr. Arafat obtained a master’s in Medical Education Leadership from UNE in 2017. At COM, in addition to teaching in the Medical Knowledge and Clinical Skills courses, she is leading the efforts to integrate equity and diversity in the medical school curriculum through her role as the co-chair of the dean’s advisory committee on diversity and inclusion.


Dr. Arafat has no disclosures.

Jane Hecker-Cain, M.Ed's Profile

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Jane Hecker-Cain has enjoyed a long career working with deaf people in a variety of capacities across America.  She has been a Teacher of the Deaf in Kentucky, a freelance interpreter in Illinois, the Librarian for the Deaf in New Jersey, an Administrator at Maine’s Governor Baxter School for the Deaf and the Coordinator of an Interpreter Education Program on Long Island, New York.  She now interprets Video Relay calls full-time from her virus-free basement.  Jane has been married to Kevin for 43 years.  They raised three daughters and are now proud grandparents of four. 

Ms. Hecker-Cain has no disclosures. 

Amanda Brownell, MD's Profile

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Medical Director


Dr. Amanda Brownell is the medical director of the Spurwink Center for Safe and Healthy Children. She is a fellowship-trained and board-certified child abuse pediatrician. Dr. Brownell completed her pediatric residency training at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She then completed her child abuse pediatrics fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her training has led to expertise in diagnosing child physical and sexual abuse. She also provides support for physicians throughout the state to help differentiate accidental injuries from abuse. She is the vice-chair of the Maine Child Death and Serious Injury Review Panel. She has also provided valuable education to medical providers, children’s services workers, social workers, and law enforcement in both Maine and Ohio. As a clinical assistant professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine, and the director of the pediatric advocacy program at Maine Medical Center she is educating Maine’s next generation of physicians to care for the most vulnerable of children.


Dr. Brownell has no disclosures. 

Elena McGannon, MPA, RHIA, CCSP, PCCP's Profile

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Elena McGannon is the Manager, Physician Payer Relations in the Physician Services Department at the American Osteopathic Association. In Elena’s role she is responsible for supporting the AOA Affiliates, Osteopathic Physician Members, and their practices with payor advocacy issues, coding and billing expertise, revenue cycle processes, and documentation audits. She also provides physician and practice education informally or formally for Osteopathic Associations. Ms. McGannon has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years overseeing business and revenue cycle operations and electronic health record implementations. Her career includes working at large integrated healthcare delivery systems, independent physician groups, and independent consulting within the revenue cycle space. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago and is certified through AHIMA as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Certified Coding Specialist Physician (CCSP). Additionally, she is certified through Procsi as a Certified Change Practitioner.

Speaker had no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Cynthia Penkala, CMM, CMPE, CMSCS, CPOM's Profile

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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.

David Hitzeman, DO's Profile

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Dr. David Hitzeman has been actively involved in osteopathic medicine for nearly 40 years. After graduating from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1974, Dr. Hitzeman completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa.  Over the course of 20 years in private practice, Dr. Hitzeman helped to form and govern four group practices. He has influenced the next generation of osteopathic physicians as chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Oklahoma State University Medical Center and as a Professor of Internal Medicine at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Oklahoma State University Medical Center. For two decades, he has held the position of chief delegate of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association to the AOA’s House of Delegates.

In addition, Dr. Hitzeman has served in other AOA leadership capacities such as Chair to the Bureau of Socioeconomic Affairs and Chair to the Joint Committee on Quality and Payment. After being appointed by the governor of Oklahoma to the Physician Manpower Training Commission, Dr. Hitzeman worked to address the state’s diverse health care workforce issues, a position he held for 10 years.  He has served two terms as Board member of the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality and performed peer review for the last 30 years.

Dr. Hitzeman has represented the American Osteopathic Association at the American Medical Association’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) since 1996 and chaired or served on all the RUC standing subcommittees and multiple workgroups. In 2012, the American College of Osteopathic Internists named Dr. Hitzeman its Internist of the Year. In 2013, the American Osteopathic Association’s Board of Trustees honored David F. Hitzeman, DO with an AOA Presidential Citation as an expression of its sincerest gratitude for his expertise in delivery system design and payment reform as well as his commitment to training the next generation of DOs. 

Speaker had no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Michael Warner, DO's Profile

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Dr. Michael J. Warner received undergraduate degrees in Biology and Philosophy from Villanova University. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) from Des Moines University where he also served a one-year undergraduate Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine teaching fellowship. Following fellowship, Dr. Warner completed his internship and family medicine residency at Atlantic City Medical Center, NJ. Dr. Warner is board certified in family medicine (ACOFP) and neuromusculoskeletal medicine (AOBNMM). Dr. Warner practiced family medicine for over 20 years in the Ebensburg/Johnstown, PA region. Most of those years, he was in private practice with his wife, Margaret Warner, D.O. Dr. Warner moved cross country and currently is an associate professor of osteopathic principles and practice at Touro University California, Vallejo, CA. He also represents the AOA as an alternate advisor on AMA RUC and serves AAPC as a National Advisory Board member. He is also president of non-profit Patient Advocacy Initiatives and faculty advisor for TUC’s Patient Advocacy Club.  

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