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MAFP 2018 Spring Refresher | April 12-13, 2018 | Saint Paul RiverCentre

Meet our presenters!

Debbie Allert, MD

Debbie Allert, MD

Director, MAFP Lake Superior Chapter, Lake View Clinic/Hospital

Dr. Allert is a family physician who has worked in Two Harbors, Minnesota over the last 26 years. She is a past president and the current director of the MAFP Lake Superior Chapter. Dr. Allert is a previous Bush Fellow and is active in local advocacy efforts for community health.

Julie Anderson, MD

Julie Anderson, MD

Family Physician, CentraCare

Dr. Anderson is a family physician with experience in private and corporate settings. She has served as the MAFP President, AAFP Foundation Vice President and Delegate for Minnesota to the AAFP.

Macaran Baird, MD

Macaran Baird, MD

CEO, University of Minnesota Physicians

Dr. Baird is CEO of the University of Minnesota Physicians and co-president of MHealth. He began his medical career in 1978 as a rural physician and family therapist. He has since held academic positions in Oklahoma, New York and Rochester, Minnesota. His leadership involvement includes service on the RWJF Depression in Primary Care National Advisory Council and co-chair of the IOM report on health and behavior. He is a past president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and was a recipient of the AAFP Thomas Johnson Award for career contributions to family medicine education in September 2015.

Christopher Carter, MD

Christopher Carter, MD

The Children’s Heart Clinic, in partnership with Children’s Minnesota

Dr. Carter was born in Alexandria, Virginia and did most of his training on the east coast. He finished an Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency at Duke and did his pediatric cardiology and electrophysiology at CHOP. He moved to Minneapolis in 2010 and loves being in the Twin Cities.

Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD

Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD

Medical Director, Crutchfield Dermatology

Dr. Crutchfield is a graduate of the Mayo Clinic Medical School and a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed a transitional internship at the Gundersen Clinic. An annual selection as a “Top Doctor” by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, Dr. Crutchfield has been named one of “America’s 10 Leading Dermatologists”, “America’s Top Doctors” and “America’s Top Dermatologists” and is the only dermatologist to be selected as a “Best Doctor for Women” by Minnesota Monthly every year since the inception of the survey. Dr. Crutchfield has also been selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” an honor awarded to only 4% of all practicing physicians. Dr. Crutchfield has won numerous University of Minnesota Medical School teaching awards, including “Clinical Faculty Teacher of the Year.” Dr. Crutchfield is also a Professor of Biology at Carleton College. He is a member of the AΩA National Medical Honor Society and an expert consultant for WebMD and CNN Health, has received the “Gold Triangle Award” from the American Academy of Dermatology and the “Physician Health Care Hero Award” from Medica/KARE11 and is a recipient of the Karis Humanitarian Award from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. In local and national surveys, Dr. Crutchfield has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on skin of color. An active member of the community, Dr. Crutchfield was recently recognized by NBC News’ TheGrio.com as one of the “Top 100 Newsmakers Making History in the United States.” He is also a founding member of Doctors for the Practice of Safe and Ethical Aesthetic Medicine (safeandethicaldoctors.org), a nonprofit organization. Dr. Crutchfield is the team dermatologist for several professional sports teams in Minnesota, including the Twins, Vikings, Wild and Timberwolves.

Christine Danner, PhD, LP

Christine Danner, PhD, LP

Director of Behavioral Health, St. Joseph’s Family Medicine Residency Program/Bethesda Clinic

Dr. Dannerer has worked in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health since 1998, when she began as a post-doctoral fellow in behavioral science. Currently, she serves as director of behavioral health for the University of Minnesota St. Joseph’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency, enjoying a blend of teaching and direct patient care. Dr. Dannerer enjoys teaching physicians motivational interviewing skills and does so routinely both at her residency program and as part of the Family Medicine Clerkship course at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Eric Dick,

Eric Dick

Government Relations, American Academy of Pediatrics, Minnesota Chapter

Mr. Dick is the lobbyist for the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to his work with pediatrics, Mr. Dick represents the Minnesota Medical Association, the state’s professional association of physicians. Prior to joining the AAP, he worked for the Minnesota Senate and a Member of Congress from Wisconsin.

Jay Dirks, MD

Jay Dirks, MD

Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

Dr. Dirks obtained his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and attended residency at the University of Minnesota North Memorial program. Prior to beginning his academic career in 2014, Dr. Dirks spent 11 years in private practice in the west metro performing full spectrum family medicine. Dr. Dirks currently serves as chair of the MAFP Academic Affairs Committee.

Emily Downing, MD

Emily Downing, MD

Medical Director, Allina Health

Dr. Downing is an internist and geriatrician. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed internal medicine residency and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the University of Colorado. She currently serves as medical director of Allina Health SeniorCare Transitions. Dr. Downing has a passion for care of the elderly, advanced care planning, provider development and leadership.

Colin Driscoll, MD

Colin Driscoll, MD

Professor and Chair, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Driscoll is an otolaryngologist with a subspecialty interest in hearing loss, cochlear implantation and skull base tumors. He is a professor and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and also Chairman of the Board for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. Dr. Driscoll is married to Sheri (PM&R physician) and has two young adult children.

Walter Franz, MD

Walter Franz, MD

COL(R), Mayo Clinic

COL(R) Franz, Medical Corps, has had four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in addition to being a full time staff member of the Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic. His medical interests include care of the underserved and care in unconventional environments. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action and Combat Medical Badges.

David Frenz, MD

David Frenz, MD

David A. Frenz, M.D.

Dr. Frenz is a private practice physician, healthcare consultant and medical educator. He earned a medical degree and completed a family medicine residency at the University of Minnesota. He is also board certified in addiction medicine. You can learn more about him at www.doctorfrenz.com and on LinkedIn.

Jon Hallberg, MD

Jon Hallberg, MD

Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Hallberg is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School - Twin Cities. He is an award-winning educator and is medical director of the M Health Mill City Clinic in Minneapolis. Since 2003, Dr. Hallberg has been the regular health and medical commentator on the regional “All Things Considered” on MPR.

Christine Hills, MD

Christine Hills, MD

President, Children’s Heart Clinic

Dr. Hills is a Minnesota born and bred pediatric cardiologist with the Children’s Heart Clinic who has a special interest in fetal echocardiography, genetic conditions associated with congenital heart disease, pediatric lipid disorders and general pediatric cardiology. She attended the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she also completed her residency in pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology. She is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology and is the current president of the Children’s Heart Clinic.

Suzanne Human, MD

Suzanne Human, MD

physician, VA Clinic Bemidji

Dr. Human is a physician in Bemidji, Minnesota. She currently works for the VA clinic after 14 years of general family medicine in Bemidji and five years prior in Wadena, Minnesota. Dr. Human has enjoyed working in a variety of settings, from Bemidji State University to the operating room to labor and delivery and the Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota.

Russell Kohl, MD

Russell Kohl, MD

Chief Medical Officer, TMF Health Quality Institute

Dr. Kohl is a family physician living in Stilwell, Kansas. Dr. Kohl is chief medical officer with TMF Health Quality Institute, a Medicare quality improvement organization serving Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and Puerto Rico. He also cares for patients and supervises residents part-time as a clinical associate professor of family medicine with the University of Oklahoma Rural Residency program in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He previously ran a full-scope solo practice in rural Oklahoma and served in the United States Air Force as a senior flight surgeon.

Mary Koolmo, APRN, CNP, CBIS

Mary Koolmo, APRN, CNP, CBIS

Nurse Practitioner, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Concussion Clinic

Ms Koolmo was born and raised in Minnesota and is a graduate of The University of St. Catherine. She has lived in Minnesota most of her life, except for eight years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been employed with Children’s Neuroscience Department since 2011. Her favorite hobbies include playing with her dogs, reading, crocheting, camping, fishing and spending time in the outdoors at the cabin.

Elizabeth LaRusso, MD

Elizabeth LaRusso, MD

Medical Director, Allina Health

Dr. LaRusso is a perinatal and reproductive psychiatrist focusing on women’s reproductive mental health issues. She trained at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospitals, all in Boston. After residency, she joined the faculty of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where she was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of OB/GYN. She joined Allina Health in 2012 and, in June 2016, she became the Mental Health Medical Director at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. In addition to her administrative and clinical roles, she is developing the Mother Baby Mental Health Program, supported jointly by Allina Health and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Melissa Lembke, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Melissa Lembke, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Executive Director of DCT Pharmacy Services| MN Direct Care & Treatment, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Dr. Lembke graduated with a BS Pharmacy degree from South Dakota State University in 1996 and went on to earn her PharmD from the University of Florida in 2010, graduating summa cum laude and being presented the Outstanding Graduate award. Dr. Lembke has worked with MN Direct Care and Treatment for the last 10 years, working with some of the state’s most difficult patients.

Todd Leonard, MD, CCHP-P

Todd Leonard, MD, CCHP-P

President & Chief Medical Officer, MEnD Correctional Care PLLC

Dr. Leonard has worked in correctional healthcare since 2006. He created MEnD Correctional Care in 2008 and has grown MEnD into the premiere correctional healthcare company in the Midwest. They now serve approximately 35 counties and have over 160 employees. Dr. Leonard is now recognized as one of the leading experts in correctional healthcare in the United States. He is active in educational presentations locally and regionally and serves as a national expert witness in legal proceedings involving correctional healthcare.

Christina Mikesell, DO

Christina Mikesell, DO

Pediatric Pulmonologist, Children’s Respiratory and Critical Care Specialists

Dr. Mikesell has been practicing with Children’s respiratory since 2011. She trained at the University of Minnesota and attended Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She currently covers Children’s St. Paul/MPLS and Gillette Children’s hospital and does clinic in St. Paul, Minnetonka and Duluth. She sees patients with all pulmonary issues but particularly focuses on patients with asthma, neuromuscular disease and athletic related breathing issues.

Tanner Nissly, DO

Tanner Nissly, DO

Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota/North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Nissly is a full-spectrum family physician and assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Minnesota Department of Family and Community Medicine, North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Iowa State University and attended medical school at Des Moines University. His current interests and work include point of care ultrasound (POCUS), urban underserved medicine, medication-assisted therapy for opioid use disorders, physician burnout, doctor-patient communication and interprofessional education.

Alec Otteman, MD

Alec Otteman, MD

Physician, Associated Nephrology Consultants

Dr. Otteman was born in Minnesota but raised in Ames, Iowa. He went to St. Olaf College and received his medical degree from the University of Iowa Medical School in 2008. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency in 2011 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. His Nephrology Fellowship was at the University of Minnesota from 2011-2013.

James Pacala, MD, MS

James Pacala, MD, MS

Head, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine & Community Health

Dr. Pacala, a board-certified family physician and geriatrician, is Professor and Head of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has been on the faculty since 1992, performing a variety of roles in research, education, clinical care and administration for the Department. Dr. Pacala has performed research and published extensively on models of care delivery to geriatric populations and on innovative teaching methods. He is a past president and board chair of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). In addition to his research publications, he has served as co-author of the AGS practice handbook, Geriatrics At Your Fingertips, which is now in its 19th edition. Dr. Pacala was co-editor-in-chief of the AGS comprehensive geriatrics resource, the Geriatrics Review Syllabus, for its 7th (2010) and 9th (2016) editions. In 2013-14, he served as an Atlantic Philanthropies Health and Aging Policy Fellow at the U.S. Senate HELP Committee, Subcommittee on Aging and Health (Bernard Sanders, I-VT, Chair).

Karen Peterson, BSN

Karen Peterson, BSN

Executive Director, Honoring Choices Minnesota

Ms Peterson is the executive director of Honoring Choices Minnesota, a public health initiative of the Twin Cities Medical Society focusing on advance care planning. Ms Peterson represents Honoring Choices at state, national and international conferences and trainings, helping health care professionals learn about the value of ACP and how to build skills in initiating and facilitating conversations about future health care preferences and end-of-life care choices.

Kristin Raab, MPH, MLA

Kristin Raab, MPH, MLA

Program Director, Supervisor, MN Department of Health

Ms. Raab is the director of the Minnesota Climate and Health Program at the Minnesota Department of Health. She has worked in public health for over 15 years and holds master’s degrees in public health, epidemiology and landscape architecture. Ms. Raab recently received the Harvey G. Rogers Memorial Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association for her work on climate change. She has published articles on climate and health, including in Minnesota Medicine and Healthy Generations. Ms. Raab is passionate about creating resilient communities through Health Impact Assessments, good design and policy changes.

David Renner, CAE

David Renner, CAE

MAFP Legislative Representative, Minnesota Medical Association

Mr. Renner has represented the MAFP before the Minnesota Legislature for over 29 years. He is employed by the Minnesota Medical Association where he serves as Director of State & Federal Legislation. Mr. Renner has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota and a Fellowship in Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and has received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives.

Jason Ricco, MD, MPH

Jason Ricco, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Ricco is an assistant professor and faculty member at the University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. He received his B.S. in Botany and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin and his M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2009. He completed residency training in family medicine in 2012 at the North Memorial program. Following residency, he returned to Madison to complete a two-year NRSA-funded Primary Care Research Fellowship. Dr. Ricco studies innovative health care models that address social determinants of health and is interested in measuring the impact of relationships and social isolation on health outcomes.

Himanshu Sharma, MD

Himanshu Sharma, MD

Faculty Physician, Allina Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Sharma is a geriatric physician in family medicine residency program who still does and will keep on doing house calls.

Tina Tanner, MD

Tina Tanner, MD

Medical Director, Mercy Healthy Physician Partners - Northshore Family Medicine

Dr. Tanner’s first passion is rural medicine and delivering the quadruple aim. Her second passion is mental health services being integrated into primary care offices. Last, but not least, Dr. Tanner is also passionate about governmental advocacy.

Daniel Trajano, MD, MBA

Daniel Trajano, MD, MBA

Senior Medical Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

As Senior Medical Director for the Star and Risk Adjustment Center of Excellence at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Dr. Trajano is responsible for medical leadership on strategic initiatives to improve quality of medical care, health outcomes and member experience for Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare, Medicaid, individual and small group members. Prior to joining Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Dr. Trajano served as vice president and executive medical director of Population Health at HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, Minnesota and Medica Health Plans in Minnetonka, Minnesota. His experience also includes 15 years of clinical practice in geriatrics and family medicine and medical leadership roles at Park Nicollet Health Services in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. He received his Doctor of Medicine and Geriatric Fellowship degrees from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Family Medicine Residency from Sioux Falls South Dakota and MBA in health care from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

James R. Tuorila, PhD, LP

James R. Tuorila, PhD, LP

Clinical Psychologist, Pinecone Family Counseling

Dr. Tuorila is a retired VA clinical psychologist who is still employed in his private practice. He has served three terms as the VFW National Surgeon General and is in his 10th year as the Minnesota VFW State Surgeon. He is a Korean DMZ Army veteran and is married to his wife Diane. Their son is an Iraq combat veteran and a retired Army Captain. Dr. Tuorila has recently published his first book, entitled The Day I Died, about a Vietnam Marine ex-POW.

Lauren Williams, MD

Lauren Williams, MD

Resident Physician, Broadway Family Medicine

Dr. Williams is a current resident in the University of Minnesota’s North Memorial Family Medicine Program and graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. Throughout the 2017 legislative session, Dr. Williams partnered with University of Minnesota faculty and staff to advocate for family medicine funding in the State Senate and House. Her professional interests include complex chronic disease management, women’s health and obstetric care, addiction medicine and addressing health inequity.

Barbara Yawn, MD, MSc, FAAFP

Barbara Yawn, MD, MSc, FAAFP

Chief Science Officer, University of Minnesota

Dr. Yawn is a family physician with experience as a rural physician and as a clinical researcher. She has over 400 peer reviewed publications and served on the US Preventive Services Task Force, written questions for the National Board of Medical Examiners and served on seven national and international guideline panels.

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