2021 Spring Conference Series

Sessions

3/30/21

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy TF-CBT

  • Liam Shaw, MSW, LCSW MaineGeneral

    Liam Shaw LCSW, MBA has earned a BSW from USM, an MSW from Boston University, a post-graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management from Boston University and an MBA from USM. He has worked in the mental health field for 24 years and is currently the Community Programs Coordinator for the MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center. Liam has received extensive training in the Attachment & Biobehavioral Catchup Model (ABC) , Positive Parent Program (PPP) Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Structural Family Therapy and Client Directed Outcome Informed Services (CDOI). Liam has also been an Adjunct Instructor for Kennebec Valley Community College’s Mental Health Program since 2011.

4/1/21

Infection Prevention in the Age of COVID - Project FirstLine - Part 1

  • Amanda Goddard, MD Maine Medical Center- Pediatric Infectious Disease

    Amanda Goddard received her MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, did her residency at the University of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at the University of Washington Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Goddard is an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and is a pediatric subspecialist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. She is currently working on a multi-center study to describe the epidemiology, clinical presentation and outcomes for pediatric patients across the country who have COVID-19.

    Over the past year, she has taken up the hobby of gardening and continues to enjoy spending time outdoors with her husband, son and dog. Although a challenge to train her dog not to chase squirrels, she had success growing cucumbers and tomatoes!

4/8/21

Let's Talk About Vaccines!

  • Sheila Palevsky, MD, MPH AAP Expert Speaker

    Dr Palevsky is a primary care pediatrician with a long history of academic and public health experience. She has worked in underserved communities, focused on addressing the social determinants of health and translating public health concerns into practice.

    She has been involved with vaccines, vaccine practice and vaccine policy, translating the science of vaccinology for the community health professional for many years.

    Many of you may know her from her work within the American Academy of Pediatrics where she has held various leadership positions and has been an active advocate for children.

    She is a frequent lecturer about immunization related topics and serves as a resource for clinicians.

4/13/2021

School Attendance and the Pediatrician's Role in the Era of COVID-19

  • Heidi Schumacher, MD FAAP DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education

    Heidi Schumacher, MD FAAP is a practicing pediatrician and serves as the Assistant Superintendent, Health & Wellness at the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. In this role, she serves as the chief health officer for the Washington, DC educational system; drives District-wide strategy and policy related to the intersection of health and educational outcomes; and leads inter-agency partnerships with the Departments of Health and Behavioral Health on service delivery models as well as cross-sector data sharing and population health strategies. She leads national advocacy and research efforts on the role that child health providers can play to support school attendance, a topic on which she has presented extensively.

    Dr. Schumacher previously served as the Deputy Chief of Student Wellness at DC Public Schools and Medical Officer at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. She is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at Children’s National Health System in Washington DC, where she continues to see patients. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, including serving on the Executive Committee of the AAP’s Council on School Health and Past Secretary and School Health Chair of the DC chapter.

4/15/2021

Recognizing and Addressing Feelings & Challenges Youth Face

  • Gretchen Pianka, MD, MPH Central Maine Pediatrics

    Dr. Gretchen Pianka is pioneering how primary care providers can use their unique relationship with families to foster resilience in their patients and the families they care for. In 2020, she launched Resilience University within her Lewiston, Maine, practice. This initiative is garnering national interest and will soon be featured on the American Academy of Pediatrics STAR Resource Center. She recently submitted a Community Access to Child Health Grant application partnering with the Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN), Bates College and AccelerateYouth to help foster resilience in Maine teens. As a member of Tuft’s HOPE (Health Outcomes from Positive Experiences) Innovation Network, she’s bringing to clinical practice the cutting-edge research showing the powerful protective effect Positive Childhood Experiences can have in offsetting the effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences. Her hope is to offer Resilience University broadly as the mental health equivalent of putting fluoride in the water for dental health.

    Dr. Pianka received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College and subsequently spent two years as a John Woodruff Simpson Fellow, working with international indigenous communities to better understand cultural barriers to health. She then attended the University of Vermont School of Medicine where she received the Frank Susan Medical Alumni Award. As a pediatric resident at the University of Virginia she was recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics for her work with refugee children with the Ann Dyson Child Advocacy Award. Dr. Pianka earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of New England. She worked for years as a physician champion when MaineHealth initially launched its From the First Tooth Program and is currently participating in the national American Academy of Pediatrics Social Determinants of Health Collaborative.

    Dr. Pianka is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the managing physician at Central Maine Pediatrics where she enjoys her busy practice. Here she precepts family medicine residents and teaches University of New England medical students. She has served on the board of KidsFirst and Kids Free to Grow, two organizations devoted to protecting children’s wellbeing in Maine. She lives in coastal Maine with her husband and three children.

4/22/2021

Infection Prevention in the Age of COVID & Project FirstLine - Part 2

  • Amanda Goddard, MD Maine Medical Center

    Amanda Goddard received her MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, did her residency at the University of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at the University of Washington Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Goddard is an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and is a pediatric subspecialist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. She is currently working on a multi-center study to describe the epidemiology, clinical presentation and outcomes for pediatric patients across the country who have COVID-19.

    Over the past year, she has taken up the hobby of gardening and continues to enjoy spending time outdoors with her husband, son and dog. Although a challenge to train her dog not to chase squirrels, she had success growing cucumbers and tomatoes!

5/6/2021

Performance and Appearance Enhancing Substance Use among Vulnerable Youth

  • Donald Hooton Hooton Foundation

    Don serves as President of the Taylor Hooton Foundation. In this capacity, Don leads the effort to drive our education programs into high schools, middle schools and universities across the United States, Canada and Latin America. He also helps ensure that our messages are current and relevant to today’s youth and their adult influencers.

    He, along with his father, cofounded the charity in 2004 just one year after the loss of his brother. He is committed to eradicating Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substance use among teens and young adults while serving as a spokesperson and role model as we fight this dangerous issue.

    As a graduate (with honors) of Gwynedd-Mercy College with emphasis in business administration, he is one the most sought after speakers in North America on the subject of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances use by youth.

  • Sue Campbell OUT Maine

    Sue brings more than 25 years of experience working with school superintendents, administrators and other school staff through her work on local and state school boards. She volunteered with the Trans Youth Equality Foundation in Portland, assisting with support groups. As the parent of a trans son, her first-hand experience in supporting the transition process and working with family issues around transitioning give her expertise that supports both youth and families.

5/11/2021

Tourette's Syndrome - Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Peter Morrison, DO University of Rochester Medical Center

    Dr. Morrison graduated from Bucknell University in 2007, and received his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012. He completed his medical internship, neurology residency, and clinical movement disorder fellowship at the University of Rochester. He joined the department of neurology faculty in 2017, and specializes in the care of patients with movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, Essential Tremor, Huntington’s Disease, Dystonia, and Ataxia. Dr. Morrison also has a special interest in the diagnosis and management of children and adults with Tourette Syndrome and other Chronic Tic Disorders, for which he is the Co-Director of the Tourette Association of America (TAA) Center of Excellence at the University of Rochester.

5/13/21

Substances, Safety, and Suicide

  • Lucien Gonzalez, MD, FAAP University of Minnesota Medical School

    Lucien Gonzalez, MD, is a psychiatrist who cares for pediatric patients in need of mental health care. Dr. Gonzalez sees his patients at University of Minnesota Medical Center - West Bank Hospital. He is academically interested in research and has co-authored over 25 publications. In addition, Dr. Gonzalez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

5/18/21

Tooth Triage: Disparities in Dental Health

  • Erica Hidu, MD Maine Medical Center

    Erica Hidu, currently a resident at Maine Medical Center and in the Tufts-Maine Track Program, grew up in Hampden, ME, went to the University of Maine in Orono, and graduated in 2017. Erica developed a passion for primary care while participating in the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship during her third year at Mid Coast Hospital. She is graduating from the MMC Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency this Summer and was the MP Chief Resident and will be the Pediatrics Chief Resident next year for MMC. She is hoping to go into combined Internal Medicine-Pediatric Primary Care in the Southern Maine area. She enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly on or near the ocean with her fiancé, Zack, and their dog, Tilly.

  • Lyvia Gaewsky From the First Tooth

    Lyvia Gaewsky recently entered the role as the From the First Tooth Program Management Specialist at MaineHealth. Previously, she worked at the High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) as a Clinical Improvement Coordinator. At HVHC Lyvia collaborated with seven large health systems across the country to leverage healthcare data for process improvement reporting.

    Lyvia earned her Master’s in Public Health degree at University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of public Service. While at Muskie, Lyvia was awarded a multi-year Community-Based Graduate Assistantship by the Cutler Institute’s Data Innovation Project. Through this work she gained experience with evaluation and interorganizational communication through a project studying the feasibility and scalability of an oral health program designed to expand access to dental health services for refugees and asylum seekers in Southern Maine.

    She’s excited to be working with Maine communities to further access to children’s oral health across the state.

5/20/21

The Starts and Stops of Vaping

  • Deborah Hagler, MD, MPH, FAAP Midcoast Hospital

    Deborah Hagler, MD, FAAP attended Duke University and Cornell Medical College and did her pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Throughout her educational journey she has been involved in collaborative efforts to educate her community. As a resident in Philadelphia she worked with at risk youth in a local homeless shelter and helped organize a series of talks for residents to educate herself and colleagues about social determinants of health. For these efforts receiving the the Nancy Barnhart Community Service Award and the Senior Resident Humanitarian award.

    Dr. Hagler is an active member of the community serving as the school physician for many of years and working with many local organizations on issues pertinent to children’s health and wellbeing. She has been the recipient of several Community Builder Awards from the local United Way.

    Dr. Hagler is currently a pediatrician and Director of the Community Health and Wellness Center at Mid Coast Hospital and is the President of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She recently completed a Masters of Public Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University focusing on child and adolescent mental health and is using many of her new skills to lead a multi stakeholder coalition to improve children’s mental health and spearheading the creation of a substance abuse treatment clinic for adolescents in the Mid Coast Region.

  • Emily Jacobs, DO, FAAP Franklin Pediatrics

    Dr. Emily Jacobs is a primary care pediatrician who has enjoyed becoming part of the Franklin Health Pediatrics family in Farmington, ME. She sees newborns to young adults, and is very interested in utilizing OMT to provide holistic care to pediatric patients.

    Dr. Jacobs is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the residency program at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. During residency, she presented her grand rounds on “What’s in a Vape: Tobacco By Any Other Name”, focusing on the sudden popularity of vaping among youth. She created a novel research protocol to investigate second hand nicotine exposure in children living with guardians who vape, and presented her preliminary research at the National AAP Conference in 2018. She continues to be active with the Maine AAP in helping spread awareness regarding the dangers and addictiveness of vaping with youth.

    Originally from Maine, she has enjoyed coming home and combining her passion for health and wellbeing with the community she loves.