Speakers

8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome

Charles P. Mouton, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Charles MoutonDr. Mouton is director and principal investigator of the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center. He is also a professor in the Family and Community Medicine Department at Meharry Medical College. Dr. Mouton is board certified in family medicine and holds a certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics. Dr. Mouton is a graduate of the Howard University College of Medicine, and completed a family medicine residency at Prince George’s Hospital Center along with a geriatrics fellowship at the George Washington Medical Center. 

Dr. Mouton’s major areas of research interest are violence and elderly mistreatment in older women, health promotion and disease prevention in minority elders (especially exercise in the elder), ethnicity and aging, and quality health care for minorities.


8:45–9:45 a.m. Updates on Mental Health Problems in Late Life

Dan G. Blazer, M.D., MPH, Ph.D.

Dr. Dan Blazer, M.D.Dr. Dan Blazer is the J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus and the former dean of medical education at Duke University. A professor of community and family medicine, he also serves as adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina.  He received an M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee and MPH and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Blazer was selected for the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina in 1989; the Rema LaPouse Award from the American Public Health Association in 2001; the First Annual Geriatric Psychiatry Research Award from the American College of Psychiatrists in 2004;  the Kleemeier Award from the Gerontological Society of America;  the Distinguished Faculty Award from Duke Medical School in 2005; and the Oscar Pfister Award for the integration of religion and psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences in 1995.  He currently serves on the editorial board of JAMA Psychiatry.  Dr. Blazer had published more than 450 peer-reviewed papers and 35 books.


10:00–11:00 a.m. Inside the Alzheimer’s Mind: Managing Neuropsychiatric Symptoms to Improve Quality of Life

Peter V. Rabins, M.D., MPH

Dr. Peter RabinsDr. Peter Rabins is the Richman Family Professor for Alzheimer’s and Related Disease at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1973 and Tulane’s School of Public Health in 1974. He joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1978.

Dr. Rabins founded the division of geriatric psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and has published on a range of topics including caregiving, Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia in the elderly, bioethics and the provision of mental health services to elders living in urban public housing. A unifying theme in his work has been the study of diseases that cross the (artificial) boundary between neurology and psychiatry. He is the co-author of The Thirty-Six Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease.


11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Effective Use of Evidence-Based Practice to Address Geriatric Mental Health

William Richie, M.D., DFAPA

Dr. William RichieWilliam Richie, M.D., DFAPA is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Treatment Center at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, where he serves as residency training director. After receiving a combined B.A/M.D degree from the University of Missouri, Dr. Richie completed his psychiatry residency training at Howard University.

After serving as a psychiatrist for the USAF, Dr. Richie was an assistant professor of psychiatry and the director of the in-patient psychiatry service at Howard University Hospital. He went on to complete a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the Louisiana State University Medical Center. Dr. Richie has been honored as a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is board certified in both Forensic and General Psychiatry.

Mary Harkleroad, LCSW

HarkleroadMary Harkleroad chairs the education committee and serves as president-elect of the board of directors of  Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee. She also serves as a senior care consultant, educator and support group facilitator.

 Harkleroad is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 35 years experience in providing assessment, clinical and support services to families, senior adults and their caregivers.  She served as a social worker in medical and behavioral health hospital settings and was director of the Geriatric and Memory Disorders Program at Parthenon Pavilion.  She also served as an adjunct faculty member and preceptor with Vanderbilt School of Nursing and was an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee School of Social Work. 

For more than 20 years, Harkleroad was in private practice with an interdisciplinary psychiatric group, where she helped manage numerous clinical trials for older adults with dementia.  As director of the Geriatric Clinic of Psychiatric Consultants, PC, she focused her clinical practice on older adults and family caregivers as well as consulting with health and long-term care communities.


12:00–1:00 p.m. Lunch with Lecture: There’s an App for That: Technologies Improving Geriatric Care

Vickie Harris, MBA, NHA

Vickie Harris, MBAVickie Harris serves as executive director of LeadingAge Tennessee, an association of senior care providers. She also is a principal and Chief Customer and Product Officer of QEC Partners, a startup company launched in early 2013.  It is a service-enabled technology company that has developed a proprietary post-acute network management and compliance tool.

Harris was a member of the curriculum design team for the Lipscomb University School of TransformAging, one of three programs in the nation focused on aging services leadership. She currently serves as Secretary of the Board for the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee, and advisory board member for a healthcare IT company focused on predictive modeling.

Harris holds an MBA from the Vanderbilt Owen School of Management and a BS degree in healthcare administration and planning from Tennessee State University.


1:00-2:15 p.m. Ending the Pain Is a Good Start: Inter-professional Insights into Pain Management

Mohamad Sidani, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Mohamade SidaniDr. Mohamad Sidani serves as vice-chair for clinical affairs, and as professor and interim chair in the Family and Community Medicine Department at Meharry Medical College.  He is a faculty advisor for the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center and serves as medical director at the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro.

Dr. Sidani received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the American University of Beirut.  He completed a residency in family medicine at Anderson Memorial Hospital in Anderson, South Carolina, and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the University of Michigan.  He also received a master’s degree in clinical research design and bio-statistics from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. 

Daniel Lonergan, M.D.

Dr. Daniel Lonergan is the clinical director of the Vanderbilt Interventional Pain Clinic in Cool Springs and serves as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine, and completed his anesthesiology residency and interventional pain medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine. His focus is on helping patients to find durable interventional and multidisciplinary solutions for acute and chronic pain syndromes.

Rebecca Warr, MSN, RN, CNE

Rebecca Warr is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Samford University. In 2012, she was named a University of Alabama Birmingham Geriatric Education Center’s Faculty Scholar.  As part of her ongoing interest in the older adult population, she received a development grant for enhancing nursing attitudes and empathy toward geriatric patients through sensory training.  Recent publications include “Physical Pain Management in Senior Adults” and “Assessment of Pain in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Warr has been a registered nurse since 1977.  She earned her bachelor's and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Her clinical experience includes working with homebound and hospitalized patients. She is a certified nurse educator and holds memberships in the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau.

Timothy Atkinson, PharmD

Dr. Timothy Atkinson serves as clinical pharmacy specialist in pain management for the VA Tennessee Valley Health System (TVHS).  He attended pharmacy school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 2012, and subsequently pursued post-graduate residencies at VA facilities in Buffalo and Albany. He recently finished his specialty residency in pain and palliative care, including training in nephrology, infectious disease, neurology, primary care, and palliative care integrated with comprehensive interdisciplinary pain team training. He is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Pain Medicine.  His research interests include serum level monitoring, variability in opioid equivalence and pain management in older adults.


2:30-3:30 p.m. Juggling on a Unicycle: Strategies for Managing Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions

Stephanie C. McClure, M.D., FACP

Dr. McClure

Dr. Stephanie McClure is the executive vice dean and professor of medicine at Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine, adjunct professor of medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  She received a medical degree and completed an internal medicine residency at East Tennessee State University, later serving on the faculty.  Dr. McClure’s clinical interests include challenges of the older adult. She is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics.

Following her tenure at East Tennessee, Dr. McClure served on the faculty at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine at Amarillo, in Teaxs, where she was the endowed chair in geriatric medicine; division chief and director of the Center of Excellence; principal investigator of the Geriatric Education Center; co-investigator on a Donald Reynolds Foundation grant; and director of the Alzheimer’s Academy.  The Academy is the only one of its kind in the nation that is partnered with an Area Agency on Aging and Alzheimer’s Association to enable geriatricians, geriatric nurse practitioners, and geriatric specialty pharmacists to provide free consultation and outreach to the family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s.

James Powers, M.D.

Dr. James Powers is an associate professor of medicine and director of the Geriatric Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is also clinical associate director of the VA-Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC).  He serves as medical director for Vanderbilt Senior Care Service, and is chief of geriatric services at Nashville Veterans Administration Hospital. Dr. Powers is board certified in geriatrics and internal medicine.   

Dr. Powers is also the Vanderbilt principal investigator for the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center. He has been a visionary and leader for the GEC-Vanderbilt collaboration since 1992, and continues to be an active contributor to both the Meharry Vanderbilt Alliance and the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center. Dr. Powers has also chaired the Council on Aging's Legislative/Advocacy Committee for over a decade.


2:30-3:30 p.m. In the Trenches: Managing Care Transitions Successfully

Leonora Collins, RN, CNOR

Leonora Collins serves as chief nursing officer at Nashville General Hospital, a 150-bed safety net facility that serves adult, geriatric, and prison populations. 

Collins earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. She is certified as a perioperative nurse and serves patients of all ages, including older adults.  In this role, she works with people of many ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, and cultural practices. Collins also teaches American Heart Association courses including BLS, ACLS, first aid, instructor BLS and instructor-trainer BLS.  

Beverly Patnaik, MA

Beverly Patnaik is a consultant to the School of TransformAging at Lipscomb University, after serving as the school's academic director. She is also board president for the Council on Aging of Greater Nashville, and advisory board member for the Martin Center in Brentwood, Tennessee. She is interested in developing innovative solutions to the unmet needs of seniors and serves on the steering committee of the Faith and Health Coalition.

Before moving to Nashville, Patnaik was executive director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Council on Aging in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as assistant director of services for adults at the Department of Social Services in Charlotte.  Additionally, Patnaik served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College, Livingstone College, and Duke University Medical School.  She was director of technical assistance for the Community Partnerships for Older Adults.

Gretchen Funk, MSW

Gretchen Funk directs the care team at FiftyForward, a Middle Tennessee not-for-profit agency serving adults 50 years and older, their families, and caregivers, through a variety of programs.  She developed the geriatric care management program, which provides older adults and caregivers with comprehensive assistance in evaluating their needs and gaining access to services.

Funk is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.  She later earned a master's degree in social work from the Hunter College School of Social Work at the City University of New York while developing and then directing an innovative multi-million dollar residential program for eighty homeless, mentally ill individuals in New York City.  She was also the director of client services at the largest HIV/AIDS service organization in southern Arizona.  She has a passion for helping frail and vulnerable people.


3:40-4:25 p.m.   A Step Forward: Promoting Independence through Falls Prevention

Ronald De Vera Barredo, PT, DPT, Ed.D., GCS

Dr. Ronald De Vera Barredo serves as professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at Tennessee State University and is a geriatric certified specialist with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He provides MCGEC training and serves on panels for case analysis and input. He also supervises clinical training of DPT students. Dr. Barredo has been a physical therapist since 1990 and has worked in various clinical settings including skilled nursing, inpatient rehab, home health and acute care. He is a 2013-14 University of Alabama Birmingham Geriatric Education Center Faculty Scholar.

Michelle Moseley, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Michelle Moseley is a clinical pharmacy specialist in geriatrics at the Nashville VA Medical Center, where she is an active member of the outpatient Geriatric Patient-Aligned Care Team (Geri-PACT) and the inpatient Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) team. Dr. Moseley is also an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. She earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2012 and completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency at the Nashville VA Medical Center.  She is board certified in pharmacotherapy by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Her interests include improving transitions of care and reducing readmissions of patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities

Elena Wong Espiritu, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Elena Wong Espiritu currently serves as an assistant professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Belmont University, teaching in both the master’s and doctoral OT programs.  Prior to her role at Belmont, she worked for 10 years in the adult physical disabilities setting (acute care, inpatient acute rehabilitation and outpatient) both as a clinician and a team coordinator.  Her research interests are self-management, community reintegration, clinical education, cognition and providing quality therapy to those with least access. 

Dr. Espiritu has presented at the local and national level about the application of self-management related to chronic disease management. For her doctoral project, she co-authored an online continuing education course for AOTA on fall prevention interventions.  Dr. Espiritu is AMPS calibrated and is a facilitator for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

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