2023 Annual Spring Conference - April 28-30

Maine AAP Spring Conference a Success!

In addition to the amazing content and speakers, we were also pleased to recognize our 2023 Legislator of the Year, Representative Lori Gramlich, our Child Health Advocate of the Year, Dr. Jeff Aalberg, and our Resident of the Year, Danielle Doctor!

Thank you to our exhibitors and sponsors!

View our photo gallery below.


Saturday, April 29


Welcome/Thanks and Awards

  • Laura Blaisdell, MD, MPH, FAAP Maine AAP/Maine Medical Center

    Dr. Blaisdell received a B.A. from Carleton College in Minnesota, an MD and MPH at the University of Minnesota, and completed pediatrics residency at Maine Medical Center. She practices at the Pediatric Clinic at MMC, is an Assistant Professor at Tufts School of Medicine, and teaches evidence-based medicine to medical students and residents. Dr. Blaisdell is an expert, researcher and consultant in camp medicine and infectious disease, serving as Medical Director at Camp Winnebago in Maine. She served as a public health consultant to many camp organizations and public and private schools and serves as a medical advisor to the American Camp Association. Dr. Blaisdell has published research on vaccine hesitation and decision-making among parents. She served as site director for the National Children’s Study, where she led studies of new social media strategies for research recruitment. She served as Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at MMC, as Chief of Pediatrics at InterMed, and currently as a Trustee to Mercy Hospital in Portland. Dr. Blaisdell is a known advocate for public health issues like vaccination and gun safety receiving numerous awards for her work. She currently is President of Maine AAP and a founding member of Maine Families for Vaccines. She resides in South Portland and Fayette, Maine where she lives with her two sons, dog and husband.


Beta hemolytic Streptococcal infections: mostly group A with a little C, G

  • Amanda Goddard, MD, FAAP Barbara Bush Children's Hospital/MMC

    Dr. Goddard received her M.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 2005. Prior to starting medical school she worked as a bacteriologist for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She completed pediatric residency from 2005-2008 at the University of Connecticut. She completed her pediatric infectious disease fellowship at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her fellowship research focused on culture-independent evaluation of bacterial diversity of the lower airway in cystic fibrosis. In 2011, she joined the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center. In 2019 she transitioned to join the Pediatric Infectious Diseases department at Maine Medical Partners. Since 2022, Dr. Goddard has served as the Maine Chapter Ambassador for the CDC/AAP's Project Firstline on Infection Prevention and Control.



The Rainbow, the Moose and SDF: What’s New in Oral Health Integration

  • Becca Matusovich, MPPM Children's Oral Health Network of Maine

    Becca is the founding Executive Director of the Partnership for Children’s Oral Health. Her 25-year career in public service includes work in education, substance abuse prevention, chronic disease, public health infrastructure, refugee & immigrant health, child welfare, and community engagement. Becca brings a deep passion for improving the systems that serve Maine children and families, and she has extensive experience in catalyzing complex system change and forging partnerships with a common vision. Her state government posts include Prevention Team Manager for the Office of Substance Abuse, Chronic Disease Division Director at Maine Center for Disease Control and Maine CDC’s first Cumberland District Public Health Liaison. She also spent several years as a Policy Associate at the Cutler Institute within USM’s Muskie School for Public Service prior to her current position. While crossing sectors and disciplines in many ways over the years, her work has always gravitated around a core interest in children’s well-being, health equity, and systems thinking.

  • Courtney Vannah, IDPH, MS, MPH MCD Global Health

    Courtney Vannah is the Program Manager for MCD Global Health’s Oral Health Initiatives where she provides leadership to medical/dental integration efforts across the State of Maine. She serves as a key advisor to the Children’s Oral Health Network of Maine’s Health Integration Action Team and is a member of the Mid-Coast Public Health Council. In her role at MCD Global Health, Courtney supports various efforts aimed at reducing the dental disease burden on Maine families by increasing access to preventive care through the medical home. Prior to joining MCD Global Health, Courtney was a long-time faculty member of the University of New England’s Westbrook College of Health Professions. She is a lifelong Maine resident with a passion for increasing access to quality healthcare in rural areas. Courtney completed a master’s degree in public health at the University of New England and holds a second master’s degree in science from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. Areas of expertise include oral health, program planning, education, medical/dental integration, and community health leadership.

  • Kailee Williams, DMD Waterville Community Dental Center

    Dr. Kailee Williams is the Clinical Director at Waterville Community Dental Center and has been practicing in public health since graduating from the University of New England College of Dental Medicine in 2019. She attended Hamilton College for her undergraduate studies and has been involved with public health dental work with the Children’s Oral Health Network since 2019 as well. She believes in the strong impact prevention, early intervention, and minimally invasive procedures can have on expanding access to care for patients.

Keynote Panel


Understanding Treatment Options for Blood Disorders such as Sickle Cell Disease and Hemophilia

  • Daniel Callaway, MD, MPH EMMC/Northern Light Health

    Dr. Callaway is a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME. Originally from Texas, he attended Texas A&M University and earned a degree in Biomedical Science with a minor in Psychology. He then attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and graduated with his M.D. in 2011. He went on to do his residency in Pediatrics at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and his fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Brown University in Providence, RI. Before coming to EMMC he spent 3 years at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Dr. Callaway has clinical interests in sickle cell disease, bleeding disorders, as well as leukemias/lymphomas and palliative care.



Pre-participation Sports Clearance in the COVID Era

  • Sean Hagenbuch, MD EMMC/Northern Light Health

    Dr. Sean Hagenbuch, a Rochester native, attended Middlebury College and spent three years in Boston working for MediTech and Athenahealth, while obtaining his MA in Medical Sciences from BU School of Medicine, before obtaining his MD from Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine. After completing pediatrics residency at Baystate Medical Center he did post graduate training in Pediatric Cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s. He has been practicing in Bangor since 2010 as a founding member of NL EMMC Pediatric Cardiology.

    Dr. Hagenbuch is the Lead Physician of Webber Pediatric Specialties, Medical Director of Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory Director at EMMC and was instrumental in the development of their fetal echocardiographic and cardiac MRI program. He has published and contributed to several articles in congenital cardiology, exercise physiology, cardiac MRI and work linking Marfan syndrome and left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy for the first time. He has held Clinical Assistant Professorships at Tufts University School of Medicine, UVM School of Medicine and UNE School of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Maine Ronald McDonald House.

    He lives in Bangor, Maine with his wife Dr. Margaret Rieley, a clinical geneticist, and their three children.



Pediatric Surgery Update: Current Management of Acute Appendicitis and Pilonidal Disease

  • Todd Heaton, MD EMMC/Northern Light Health

    Dr. Heaton grew up in Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery and pediatric surgery residencies at the University of Michigan. During his general surgery residency, he also completed a pediatric surgery research fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    Since completing his training 8 years ago, Dr. Heaton has been practicing in New York City at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. While there, he took time to obtain a Master of Public Health in Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard school of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Dr. Heaton specializes in: General pediatric surgery, Pediatric surgical oncology, Complex minimally invasive pediatric surgery, and Fluorescent and ultrasound guided procedures. Dr. Heaton joined Northern Light Pediatric Surgery in 2021.


Poster Session & Career/Mentor Reception

Sunday, April 30


Membership Meeting



Recognizing Malnutrition in the Pediatric Population

  • Anna Furr, DO, FAAP Barbara Bush Children's Hospital/MMC

    Anna Furr D.O. attended medical school at the NY College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She completed her General Pediatrics Residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.  She completed a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and conducted bench research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  She has been at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital for the past 15 years, and has a special clinical interest in patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Cystic Fibrosis.  She lives in Scarborough, ME with her husband and three children.



Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Obesity: Highlights for Primary Care Providers

  • Carrie Gordon, MD Maine Medical Center

    Dr. Carrie Gordon is a pediatrician at Maine Medical Center’s Weight and Wellness obesity treatment program, where she is the pediatric physician leader and the medical director of the adolescent bariatric surgery program. She also works as a physician advisor at the MaineHealth Let’s Go! Program and MMC Preventive Medicine program.

    Dr. Gordon has a strong interest in improving diet quality and food security in her patient population and is involved in a number of efforts across MaineHealth in this area.

  • Victoria Rogers, MD, FAAP Maine Medical Center

    Dr. Victoria W. Rogers is a Pediatrician and the Senior Director of Let’s Go! at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. There, she oversees the development, coordination and promotion of childhood obesity prevention and treatment initiatives.

    Dr. Rogers is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. Additionally, she is Associate Director for the AAP’s Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight.

    Dr. Rogers is on the board of Good Shepherd Food Bank – the statewide food bank for Maine.



Are We All High? What is happening to Youth Mental Health as Marijuana takes the Same Road as Big Tobacco

  • Matt Brown, DO Maine General

    Matthew Brown, DO, is a Child & Adolescent psychiatrist working with an interdisciplinary team at the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center since August 2021. Prior to this he was the Associate Medical Director of Psychiatry at the Family Health Center of Worcester, an FQHC in central Massachusetts. While there, he helped implement and develop a collaborative care model with integrated behavioral health and primary care providers at the center. Matt’s psychiatry career started after graduating from the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. After medical school, he and his wife couples matched to the University of Massachusetts Medical School and he completed his Adult Psychiatry residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship. He served as chief resident of ambulatory psychiatry during his 3rd year and chief resident in education and training in his 2nd year of his fellowship. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry. Matt is very interested in pediatric anxiety disorders, mood disorders, adolescent substance use, and neurodevelopmental disorders. He has additional interests in integrated care, mindfulness, and emergency mental health.

  • Deborah Hagler, MD, MPH, FAAP Midcoast Hospital Pediatrics

    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 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 immediate past President of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She recently completed a Master 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.

  • John Hudak, PhD State of Maine

    John Hudak is the Director of the Office of Cannabis Policy (OCP), Maine’s adult-use and medical cannabis regulatory agency. Prior to John served as a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies and Deputy Director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. John holds bachelors degrees in political science and economics from the University of Connecticut and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt University.

  • Amy Mayhew, MD, MPH

    Dr. Mayhew completed her master’s degree in public health from Tulane University in New Orleans, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal as part of her master’s program. She earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry in Rochester, NY. She completed a residency in Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, followed by a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry from Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, MA. She is Board certified in both Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Mayhew is now the Clinical Director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic at Maine Medical Center, as well as the PIER Program for early psychosis.

Sunday Keynote Panel