VAPA 2018 Fall CME Conference

Saturday, November 3 to Sunday, November 4, 2018

Scott Baute, PA-C

Atrial Fibrillation: An Overview and Emerging Treatments
Scott Baute is a physician assistant in the cardiology department at George Washington Medical Faculty Associates in Washington DC. Scott has been a PA for 8 years and has been working in cardiology for 6 years. He regularly speaks on cardiology topics to George Washington internal medicine residents and physician assistant students. One of his main topics of interest is atrial fibrillation and it's association with heart failure.
November 3, 2018, 11:00 am

Janice Benton, RDMS, AB/OB/GYN

Workshop: Introduction to Basic Bedside Ultrasound
Janice has practiced as an ultrasonographer for the past 20 years. Her focus includes abdomen, OB/GYN, and ultrasound guided procedures. She also enjoys teaching students as a clinical instructor. In her spare time, she enjoys antiquing and camping.
November 4, 2018, 10:00 am

Maggie Connealy, PA-C

Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Emergencies
Maggie Connealy is a Physician Assistant who grew up here in Northern Virginia, right down the road in Reston. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2014 (Go Hokies) and graduated with her Master's in Physician Assistant Studies from Shenandoah University in December 2017. She is currently completing a fellowship in Emergency Medicine at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA and plans to continue her career in emergency medicine following graduation from the fellowship in January.
November 3, 2018, 4:30 pm

Kelly Crown, PA-C

The limping child. The good, the bad and the DO NOT MISS.
Kelly Crown currently works at Pediatric Specialists of Virginia practicing in pediatric orthopedic surgery. She studied Exercise Science and Biology as an undergraduate student at Marquette University in Wisconsin and subsequently went on to pursue her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She has been working in orthopedics for the past 4 years, specializing in pediatric orthopedics for almost 2 years.
November 3, 2018, 7:30 am

Shea Dempsey, DMSc, PA-C

Workshop: Introduction to Basic Bedside Ultrasound
Shea practices emergency medicine at a critical access ED in Woodstock, VA. After graduating from Shenandoah University's PA program, he completed a post-graduate fellowship in emergency medicine. Dr. Dempsey is also an adjunct professor with Shenandoah University where he teaches emergency medicine, neuro, ortho, ultrasound, and critical care. When he's not working, he takes advantage of the Shenandoah Valley's many wineries, breweries, and hiking trails.
November 4, 2018, 10:00 am

Christina Dwyer, J.D.

Avoiding an unwelcome invitation: Top malpractice and Board issues facing Physician Assistants
Since obtaining her law license, Christina has primarily focused her practice on advocating for healthcare professionals. Whether defending a provider in a medical malpractice lawsuit or advocating for physicians faced with a Board complaint, she strives to provide compassionate, efficient representation. “Lawsuits are inherently stressful,” says Christina. “My goal is to shoulder the burden for my clients and obtain the best possible outcome so that they may continue to focus on their practice and patients.” Christina is familiar with both Virginia state and federal courts and has represented nurses, physicians, and healthcare facilities in each. She has also represented physicians and nurses in relation to Board complaints and hearings. She understands that each case is unique and tailors her representation to best serve the needs of each client.
November 3, 2018, 10:00 am

Harold Felton, PA-C, DHEd

Migraine Headaches
Harold Felton obtained his BS in PA studies from Long Island University/Brooklyn Hospital in 1980 and went on to complete the Yale/Norwalk PA Surgical Residency Program. He obtained his Masters degree from the University of Nebraska and completed an advanced degree at the US Air University. His Doctorate in Health Education was obtained from A.T Still University in 2010. Dr. Felton has diverse experience in multiple surgical and medical specialties as well as administrative experience in running private practices. He was often the first PA in a hospital or practice and established the protocols for PA practice at several institutions. He has been involved in PA education for over ten years and most recently was the Associate Director at Touro College-Manhattan. Dr. Felton has received several educational awards and in 2015 was selected as “Teacher of the Year”.
November 3, 2018, 3:30 pm

Robert Gardella, MD

Practical Suicide and Violence Risk Assessment
Dr. Gardella is a board certified Psychiatrist and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is currently Assistant Medical Director and Head of Treatment Team at Central State Hospital's Acute Maximum Security Forensic Admission unit with 25 years inpatient state hospital experience and 6 years experience working as a staff psychiatrist at Valley Community Services Board. He served as the Director of Continuing Medical Education for Western State Hospital from 1998-2018 and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services since 2002. He has served as a member of the Virginia State Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee, the Commissioner's special populations task force for forensic patients, chaired the physician subcommittee of the State's Electronic Medical Record Decision team and currently serves on the State's Forensic Review Panel. He has been actively involved in state wide criminal justice/mental health consortium initiatives including co-facilitating “Cross System Mapping” for several localities across Virginia and participating in CIT training efforts.
November 3, 2018, 2:00 pm

Sheila Hautbois, PA-C, MPH, CHES®

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From Knowledge to Implementation: Strategies for Increasing Patient's Participation and Success with Behavior Change
Sheila Hautbois is a cardiology PA at Morris Cardiovascular & Risk Reduction Center in Chester, VA. The practice focuses on cardiology with special emphasis on lifestyle medicine pillars, which are: healthful eating, physical activity, stress management, social health, sleep hygiene, & tobacco cessation. Sheila has graduate degrees from Shenandoah University's PA program and Loma Linda University's Masters in Public Health program. She is an active member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Sheila is also a Certified Health Education Specialist, with over 20 years experience providing health seminars, patient education, and health coaching for chronic disease prevention & reversal. She has helped thousands of people improve blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, diabetes, heart disease, energy level, and other health issues.
November 3, 2018, 1:00 pm

Randy Howell, DHSc, PA-C

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Carilion Clinic Department of Emergency Medicine- 2012-Present Fellowship Director/Physician Assistant Evaluate, diagnose and treat patients in the Emergency Department. Develop, lead and sustain the fellowship in Emergency Medicine for PAs and NPs. Assistant Professor, Jefferson College of Health Sciences' PA Program-2012-Present Develop and deliver clinical and didactic learning experiences in the classroom and community. Develop and implement a course devoted to critical thinking and clinical integration. Snowshoe Mountain Resort Ski Patrol-2009 Maintain a safe, environment for guests to enjoy their mountain experience. Respond to emergency calls on the mountain and administer prehospital medical care in the field under Outdoor Emergency Care guidelines. Medical Society of Virginia-2012 American Academy of Physician Assistants- 2003 Wilderness Medical Society -2003 Coalition for Outdoor Medicine Physician Assistants -2003 Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants -2002 Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery -2006 Virginia Orthopaedic Society 2007 Appalachian Center For Wilderness Medicine 2007 Carilion Clinic Operations and Finance Committee 2011-Present Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants: House of Delegates 2011 Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants: Director at Large- 2007, 2009-Pesent Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants: Public Relations Chair- 2008-2009 Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine: Board of Directors-2008-Present Jefferson College of Health Sciences: PA Advisory Board -2007- Pre
Workshop: Wilderness Medicine Top 10
Randy Howell received a BS from Virginia Tech in 1999, a MS from EVMS's PA program in 2004 and a Doctorate of Health Science from AT Still University in 2010. He has worked in rural, underserved primary care, remote emergency care, Orthopedic Surgery and Emergency Medicine at a level one trauma center. Randy is currently an Emergency medicine PA at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA and is the APC Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director at Carilion Clinic, He also is an assistant professor at Jefferson College of Health Sciences' PA Program. Randy has been active in wilderness medicine for many years and has practiced medicine in varying conditions (from 110 degrees in the desert to -20 degrees on a mountainside). He has treated everything from gunshot wounds in Alaska to blisters on the Appalachian Trail. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine and is a core instructor for the Blue Ridge Adventure Medicine Group, He is a member of the National Ski Patrol and a professional River Guide. He is an Advanced Wilderness Life support Instructor, Outdoor Emergency Care instructor and an ACA certified Level 3 River Safety and Rescue Instructor.
November 4, 2018, 7:45 am

Otto Louis-Jacques, MD

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Children
I attended medical school in France. After training in the Midwest (residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and fellowship at the University of Michigan), I laid roots with my family in the mid-Atlantic. After 6 years at the University of Maryland, I entered clinical practice, first with the pediatric section of Gastroenterology Associates of Northern Virginia, then with Inova Health Systems. I am currently a member of the GI section of Pediatric Specialists of Virginia, a multi-specialty group formed in 2014, as a result of a collaboration between Inova Health Systems and Children's National Medical Center. My practice spans general pediatric GI, with special interests in celiac disease and eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases.
November 3, 2018, 8:30 am

Sara Nicely, DHEd, PA-C

I graduated from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2002, and received a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2007. I am currently enrolled in the Doctor of Health Education program at A.T. Still University, and the focus of my dissertation has been on increasing the oral health curriculum provided to the PA students. I am currently an Assistant Professor for the PA program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, and I work clinically for the Surgical Critical Care Service at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. My interest in oral health began when I attended a meeting of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition and learned of the efforts in place to increase access to oral care in the state. These efforts focused on locating appropriate dental care for patients , educating medical providers to appropriately assess and refer patients for oral disease, and developing collaborative relationships between medical and dental providers, educators, insurances providers, and the government.
Suturing Workshop - Techniques for Superficial and Deep Closures
November 4, 2018, 8:00 am