November 2013 – Quick Hits: Pediatric Updates on Hot Topics

The annual Maine AAP Fall Conference was held on Saturday, November 2nd. This year presented topics focused on pediatric practice in Maine, with a special focus on children’s mental health.

Highlights of the agenda included:

  • A keynote by Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, FAAP, who has been recognized nationally by the AAP and has held a wide range of public service positions in Maine fundamental to children’s health, on why it is essential for pediatricians to get involved in policy and advocacy
  • DSM 5 Update for Primary Care Pediatrics
  • Diagnosis and Treating ADHD in Children Under 6
  • Genetic testing for Primary Care Pediatrics
  • AAP Updates on Genetics and Ethical Dilemmas in Genetics for the Primary Care
  • Recent legislative developments and time for your input on the Chapter’s legislative and advocacy priorities for 2014

This conference was made possible in part by an AAP educational grant supported by Mead Johnson.

Presentations and Handouts

Speaker Bios

Jessa Barnard, J.D., is the Associate General Counsel for the Maine Medical Association.  She has a bachelors degree from Dartmouth College and received a law degree from Stanford University School of Law.  She has over seven years of experience in health care policy and regulation and is a frequent speaker on topics including health reform, advocacy and issues in health law. She lives in Winthrop with her husband, toddler and a variety of animals.

Sally Cooper, MD, is Board Certified in General, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She joined the staff of MaineGeneral Medical Center in June 2012, and practices Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Edmund Ervin Pediatric Clinic, Waterville and Augusta Offices. Dr. Cooper received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She completed her residency in General Psychiatry at Yale University, and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Maine Medical Center. She completed the certificate program in Primary Care Behavioral Health with University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2008. Dr.Cooper is a graduate of the fifth class of the Daniel Hanley Health Leadership Course, and is currently enrolled in the Hanley Physician’s Executive Leadership Institute at MaineGeneral Medical Center.

Dr. Carol Hubbard has directed Maine Medical Partners’ Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics program since its inception in 2000. She completed medical school and graduate school (in Parasitology)  at the University of North Carolina, residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, and fellowship in Developmental –Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center.

Stephen J. Meister, MD, is the Medical Director for the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center of the MaineGeneral Medical Center. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, he served his internship and residency at the Babies and Children’s Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.  He later was awarded a Masters in Health Services Administration from The George Washington University. During his active duty in the US Navy, Dr. Meister served as Division Head of the Pediatric Acute Care Clinic at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Meister was the Maternal Child Health Medical Director for the Maine CDC. He is a Diplomat of both the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2003 and again in 2007, Dr. Meister was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award for his work with foster care in Maine.  He is the author of presentations on the assessment of stress/trauma in children and is the Chair of the Maine Child Death and Serious Injury Review Panel.

Dora Anne Mills is a Maine native, pediatrician, and public health physician. She was raised in Farmington, graduated from Bowdoin College, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles pediatric internship and residency program, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She worked in Los Angeles as a pediatric hospitalist, for a year in Tanzania, and several months in Nepal and India before returning to practice pediatrics in her hometown of Farmington for 4 years in the early-mid 1990s. In 1996 she was appointed as the Public Health Director for Maine, a position she served for nearly 15 years under Governors King and Baldacci. As such, she worked on a number of policy issues, including smoke-free public places, seat belts, cigarette taxes, school nutrition and physical activity issues, immunizations, health education, fluoride, cancer screening, and many others. Her work was well recognized by awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the Maine Medical Association, the Maine Public Health Association, and others. She is a board certified pediatrician and since 2011 has served as the Vice President for Clinical Affairs at UNE, and is most recently also the Founding Director of UNE’s School of Community and Population Health. She has two children, ages 11 and 14.

Dr. Ellen Popenoe is a clinical and neuropsychologist in developmental behavioral pediatrics.  Dr. Popenoe’s experience includes 18 years in the MMC Department of Psychiatry before making a singularly positive transition into pediatrics in 2005 where she provides neuropsychological and psychological assessments with a special interest in children with developmental disabilities.  Dr. Popenoe earned her doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology, her master’s in public health at Boston University, and is a diplomate in pediatric neuropsychology.  In her free time. Dr. Popenoe is an avid hiker, baker, and Nordic skier.

Cathy Small, PhD, BCBA-D, is a clinical psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst who recently joined Maine Medical Partners’ Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics group in Portland.  Dr. Small grew up in South Portland and completed her undergraduate education at Bowdoin College.  She earned her doctoral degree in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Kansas and completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Upon completion of her fellowship, she remained at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as a staff psychologist and faculty associate at the Johns Hopkins University.  She relocated in July 2013 and is very happy to be home in Maine.

Lindsey Tweed MD, MPH completed medical school and both general and child and adolescent psychiatry residencies at Duke University Medical Center; he was on the clinical faculty there for five years. After moving to Maine in 1999, Dr. Tweed worked as a clinician in the Portland area including, for several years, at Maine Medical Center/Spring Harbor Hospital. Dr. Tweed has worked for the Office of Child and Family Services in Maine DHHS since 2006; he has been Medical Director since 2009. Dr. Tweed’s main professional interest is in methods of improving the quality of care of children’s mental health services.