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On Demand: AOMA 100th Annual Convention Encore CME Bundle

Total Credits: 34.5 including 34.5 AOA Category 1-A, 34.5 AMA PRA Category 1


AOMA 100th Annual Convention

Innovation and invention improve our lives, but there is a need and nobility in taking care of what we have already created. 



including 3.0 hours of opioid prescribing/pain management

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The Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. The AOMA designates this program for a maximum of 34.5 hours of AOA Category 1A CME credits and will report CME credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

The Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. AOMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 34.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AOMA Grievance Policy: The Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association strives to provide continuing medical education programs to fulfill the needs of the attendees and to meet the AOA Accreditation Requirements and ACCME Accreditation Requirements. Comments, questions, or complaints should be submitted in writing to Teresa Roland, Director of Education, by mail to AOMA, 1951 W. Camelback Rd., Suite 105, Phoenix, AZ 85015, or email


Karen Acevedo-Mogharbel, DO's Profile

Karen Acevedo-Mogharbel, DO Related Seminars and Products

Arizona Preferred Primary Care

Dr. Acevedo-Mogharbel graduated from Nova-Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her Internship and residency were completed at St. Vincent's Mercy Medical Center 2000-2003.

Dr. Acevedo-Mogharbel is board certified in family medicine. She has been a preceptor for Midwestern College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2017. She has her own practice that she started in 2004. She is a past president of the Arizona state society of the American College of Osteopathic Physicians.

She is Married, Mother of 4 accomplished children and Amma to 3 grandbabies. She enjoys outdoor bike riding, spin class, crocheting, adventure, mythical and sci-fi movies.

Dr. Acevedo-Mogharbel discloses she is on the Speakers' Bureau for Novo Nordisk.

Veenod Chulani, MD, MSED, FAAP, FSAHM's Profile

Veenod Chulani, MD, MSED, FAAP, FSAHM Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Chulani serves as Chief of the Section of Adolescent Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Medical Director of Phoenix Children’s Gender Support program. He is also Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Child Health, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. He completed his pediatric residency training at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York; his clinical and research fellowships in Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; his Masters in Medical Education from the University of Southern California – Keck School of Medicine. His clinical and research areas interests lie in the care of gay, lesbian, bisexual transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, health equity promotion, and diversity and inclusion.  He is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his contribution to adolescent health and has lectured nationally and internationally on a host of topics related to adolescent health.

Dr. Chulani discloses that he will be discussing the unlabeled/unapproved use or GNRH analogues, estradiol and testosterone.

Andrew Chung, DO's Profile

Andrew Chung, DO Related Seminars and Products

Spine Surgeon

Banner Health

Dr. Andrew Chung is a dual-fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon. He earned his osteopathic Degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his orthopedic internship at the University of Arizona – Phoenix. He then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. This was followed by a combined neurosurgical and orthopedic spine fellowship at the University of Southern California. He then went on to pursue an advanced fellowship in outpatient and minimally invasive spine surgical techniques at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and DOCs Hospital.

Dr. Chung has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles in major spine and orthopedic journals and has written numerous book chapters on spine surgical care. His research has been presented both nationally and internationally. He additionally serves as a reviewer for several major spine journals and remains an active member of the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and the North American Spine Society. Finally, he continues to serve as a lecturer at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona – Orthopedic Residency.

Dr. Chung has no disclosures.

Leigh Anne Costanzo, DO's Profile

Leigh Anne Costanzo, DO Related Seminars and Products


Archwell Health

Dr. Costanzo is a family medicine physician who graduated from A.T. Still University in Mesa and completed her residency with the Wright Center in Tucson. She has worked for Banner Medical Group since completing her training. She is also an Assistant Professor for the Family Community & Preventive Medicine program at U of A Medical School in Phoenix, a Board Member of the ACOFP-AZ and Delegate to AOMA. Dr. Costanzo incorporates osteopathic principles in the care of patients of all ages. 

Dr. Costanzo has no disclosures.

Tala Dajani, MD, MPH's Profile

Tala Dajani, MD, MPH Related Seminars and Products

A T Still University

 As a pediatric and internal medicine trained clinician educator with a passion to empower families and optimize well-being, Dr. Tala Dajani enjoys for caring for children at Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville, NC.  She was a clinical educator at ATSU-SOMA from 2017-2021. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in 1998, pediatric endocrinology fellowship training from Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2005 and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Arizona in 2005. She cared for children as an endocrinology faculty member at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) from 2005 to 2010. At PCH, she served as the founding medical director of the diabetes center and lipid clinic, leading the program to the first national accreditation and center of excellence status. Dr Dajani operated and cared for patients at Pediatric Endocrinology of Phoenix from 2010 to 2017 during which time she furthered her expertise and experience in the endocrine care of the survivor of childhood cancer, special needs population, transgender and those living with cystic fibrosis. In 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, her peers voted Dr. Dajani as a National Top Doctor. At SOMA, Dr. Dajani participates in the planning and implementation of the Osteopathic Wellness Lifestyle and Culinary Experiential Curriculum. She cares for children at Children’s Rehabilitative Services endocrine clinic weekly (2005-present). Dr Dajani enjoys playing viola, teaching yoga, exploring nature and practicing mindfulness.

Dr. Dajani has no disclosures

Amrita Dhanjal Reddy, MD's Profile

Amrita Dhanjal Reddy, MD Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Reddy is the supervising physician for a medical team that is comprised of several medical doctors and midlevel providers.

Her administrative duties include improvement of clinic flow, building the ‘low back pain’ pathway, fostering professional development within our team and enhancing educational activities for the medical and psychological trainees, as well involvement in the ongoing research projects.

She works within an interdisciplinary team to provide care for Veterans with high impact chronic pain and opioid use disorder. Our team works to improve opioid safety through providing whole person care, collaborative opioid tapering, and medications for opioid use disorder as indicated.

Dr. Dhanjal-Reddy has no disclosures.

Sean Elliott, MD, FAAP's Profile

Sean Elliott, MD, FAAP Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Elliott earned his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1993, followed by a Pediatric Residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University School of Medicine, and a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine. He was recruited to the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1999 and served in multiple roles there: Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Chair for the Department of Pediatrics, Pediatrics Residency Program Director, Director of Infection Prevention for Banner University Medicine – Tucson, and interim Associate Dean of Curricular Affairs for the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Elliott retired from the University of Arizona after a 20+ year career and now has returned to his first passions: providing pediatric subspecialty clinical care and teaching at the bedside. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has called him back to the role of content-expert and consultant to healthcare systems in Arizona, and he is happy to bring the current state of evidence to important discussions. He also is personally invested in the ongoing discussion about safety of in-person school, as his life-partner is a high-school teacher in one of the most under-resourced and high-risk high schools in Arizona.

Dr. Elliott has no disclosures.


Bob England, MD, MPH's Profile

Bob England, MD, MPH Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Bob is a Public Health doc who has held several State and Local positions over the years, including State Epidemiologist for Arizona and 12 years as the Director for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. He was Interim Director for the Pima County Health Department when the pandemic hit, which continues to ruin his retirement plans.  He is currently the Interim Executive Director of The Arizona Partnership for Immunization.

He’s been passionate about the value of immunizations throughout his career, yet the pandemic continues to teach him a lot that he never really understood.  He wants to share what he has learned about community acceptance of vaccines, and the implications of that and other immunization system issues on our future. 



Karen Everitt, JD, BSN, RN's Profile

Karen Everitt, JD, BSN, RN Related Seminars and Products

Vice President of Risk Management Services

Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona (MICA)

Karen B. Everitt, JD, BSN, joined Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona (MICA) in June 2019 as vice president of risk management services. Karen has over 30 years of critical care nursing, legal, and medical professional liability insurance experience and history of successfully driving change. Her team contributes to MICA’s historically outstanding service and mission to protect and defend the practice of medicine with research-driven expertise, effective risk assessments and consultation, and pertinent liability and risk management content. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Auburn University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama. Karen is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the American Health Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, and the American Society for Health Care Risk Management.

Ms. Everitt has no disclosures.

Gary C. Gailius, DO's Profile

Gary C. Gailius, DO Related Seminars and Products

Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic

Gary Gailius, DO, program director of the ONMM-3 Residency, has been working with resident and medical student education at Midwestern University and Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2012. He is a graduate of MWU-AZCOM in 2009 and of the NMM/OMM Residency Program at St Barnabas Hospital in 2012. His professional experience includes designing the current residency curriculum and participating as residency faculty for over 9 years. He has also been course director for the OMS-2, OMS-3, and OMS-4 osteopathic courses throughout the last 8 years. In addition, Dr. Gailius had practiced OMM at the MWU multispecialty clinic since 2012 with a focus on cranial osteopathy, prolotherapy/PRP, and sports medicine. He is a member of the AOA, AAO, AOMA, AOAPRM and Cranial Academy.

Dr. Gailius has no disclosures.

Krisstina Gowin, DO's Profile

Krisstina Gowin, DO Related Seminars and Products

Dr Krisstina Gowin is a Hematologist Oncologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapies at University of Arizona Cancer Center, with focus on Multiple Myeloma and integrative oncology. Dr Gowin graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009, where she received a merit scholarship and recognition from the American Women’s Medical Association for outstanding academic achievement. She completed her internal medicine residency at University of Southern California. She then received her hematology and medical oncology training at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and later completed her fellowship training in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona. She is an active clinical researcher and serves as primary investigator on several ongoing clinical trials. She has been published in many peer reviewed journals and has authored a book on cancer patient wellness. Dr Gowin’s research interest includes myeloma clinical trials, meditative movement and dietary interventions to support hematologic cancer patients. She has a deep passion for global and rural health care delivery with experience directing a clinic for the homeless of Chicago, healthcare outreach in Los Angeles, Hurricane Katrina Medical Relief, and medical missions to Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Dr. Gowin has no disclosures.

Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH's Profile

Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Stefan Gravenstein is a geriatrician that has served as director or chief of geriatrics in three academic institutions, now the Director, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Gravenstein has a long-standing interest in immunity, inflammation, cardiovascular outcomes and aging especially in the context of infection, vaccines and the long-term care setting, and the topic of the majority of his publications.

Dr. Gravenstein discloses the following:
He has received research support from: Seqirus, Sanofi, Pfizer
He is on the Advisory Board for Novavax, Sanofi, Pfizer, VaxArt, Janssen
He is on the speakers’ Bureau for Seqirus, GSK
He is on the Data and Safety Monitoring Board for Longevoron, SciClone

Eric Hanson, PhD's Profile

Eric Hanson, PhD Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Hanson is a Pain Psychologist at the Phoenix VA within the Chronic Pain Wellness Center and is the Pain Psychology Program Manager. They are a Assistant Profession at University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix (UA COM-P). They are a VA National Trainer and Consultant for CBT-CP and they give a variety of trainings and consultations throughout the year to bolster pain treatment within the VA. In addition, Dr. Hanson teaches, supervises, and mentors Addiction Medicine Fellows and Psychology Interns/Fellows in evidence-based treatment for pain and addiction. They are well versed in a variety of treatments for chronic pain as well as understanding the importance of good clinical assessment of addiction within the context of pain management. Dr. Hanson’s professional interests include sociopsychological aspects of pain and addiction as well as intersectionality of diversity factors influencing pain and addiction treatment.

Dr. Hanson has no disclosures.


Alie Jreisat, MD's Profile

Alie Jreisat, MD Related Seminars and Products

Midwestern University/AZKRMC

Dr. Jreisat obtained his bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He continued his education and received his master’s degree in business administration. Dr. Jreisat completed his medical degree at the American University of Integrative Science school of medicine. He is currently completing his residency in Family Medicine at Kingman Regional Medical Center. Dr. Jreisat is involved in numerous community outreach programs. His most recent project is coordinating a substance abuse high school outreach program in Kingman, Arizona. Dr. Jreisat’s goal in this initiative is to make a difference in teens life by educating students on the detrimental effects of illicit drugs.?

Dr. Jreisat has no disclosures.


Anita Karnick, MD's Profile

Anita Karnick, MD Related Seminars and Products

Anita Karnik MD is the program director for University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix Addiction Medicine Fellowship. She is an addiction psychiatrist at the Phoenix VA Health Care System and practices in an integrated pain and addiction chronic pain and wellness center. She received her M.D. at Texas A&M College of Medicine and completed her general and child and adolescent psychiatry training though the Scott and White Psychiatry Residency Program. Dr. Karnik went on to further specialize in addiction psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Karnik specializes in caring for patients who have co-occurring chronic pain, substance use disorders, and mental health concerns. She is passionate about destigmatizing addiction care. Dr. Karnik enjoys teaching and encourages medical students, residents, and fellows to partner with their patients and approach addiction care from an integrated whole person approach.

Dr. Karnik has no disclosures.

James F. Keane, DO, MEd, FACOI, FACP's Profile

James F. Keane, DO, MEd, FACOI, FACP Related Seminars and Products

Assistant Professor/Medical Director


Dr. Keane was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. In 1994, Dr. Keane moved to Arizona to pursue a career in writing. He instead was drawn into the field of education and policy, at first working at Arizona State University and receiving a master’s degree in higher education. Dr. Keane later served on the research staff for the Arizona State Senate and then briefly as a lobbyist for Arizona’s cities and towns. An interest in traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition and other health related activities eventually led him to leave public policy to attend medical school.

Dr. Keane graduated from Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz. and completed an internal medicine residency in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Since completing residency, he obtained a second certification in integrative holistic medicine and extensive training and experience in osteopathic manipulative treatment. He has worked in the in-patient and outpatient medical environments and has participated with several professional organizations including the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Physicians, the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association and others. 

Dr. Keane enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, meditating and spending time with loved ones.

Dr. Keane currently serves as AOMA President.

Dr. Keane has no disclosures. 

Lori A Kemper, DO, MS, FACOFP's Profile

Lori A Kemper, DO, MS, FACOFP Related Seminars and Products


Midwestern University - AZCOM

Dr. Kemper is past President of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association, serving now as the Chair of the Professional Education Committee.  She graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1981, is Board Certified in Family Practice and is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.  She has worked for Midwestern University for the past 13 years, serving as the Dean of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) since 2007.  

Dr. Kemper has practiced as a family physician since 1982, starting her career with the National Health Service Corps, providing care for the underserved population in South Phoenix.  She also served as Director of Medical Education and Family Medicine Residency Program Director for Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital from 1993 to 2007.  In addition, she served as the Chief of Staff at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital from 2005 to 2007. 

Besides her duties as Dean of AZCOM, Dr. Kemper maintains an active practice of family medicine at Midwestern University Clinic on campus, where she served as Medical Director from 2008 to 2015.  She also serves on the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation as an Executive Committee member, the Board of Directors of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners as the Chair Elect, and the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates representing Arizona.  She is a member and past Chair of the Board of Deans of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Kemper has no disclosures.

Jacqueline Kurth's Profile

Jacqueline Kurth Related Seminars and Products

Office Chief of Injury & Violence Prevention

Arizona Department of Health Services

Jacqueline Kurth is the Office Chief for Injury and Violence Prevention in the Bureau of Chronic Disease and Health Promotions at the Arizona Department of Health Services. Jacqueline's office is responsible for managing several federal grants and programs aimed to reduce domestic and sexual violence; child maltreatment, suicide, substance use and, opioid disorder and fatal drug overdose. 

Jacqueline has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Colorado State University; and, a  Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. Jacqueline is a nationally certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC); Medical Case Manager (CCM); and a Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP). 

Ms. Kurth has no disclosures


Kimberly Lanker, CPM's Profile

Kimberly Lanker, CPM Related Seminars and Products

Kim has been working with vulnerable adults, children, and the mentally ill population for over twenty-five years. She graduated from Arizona State University and completed a program to become a Certified Public Manager.

Kim has been a trainer and presenter for both Adult Protective Services and the Department of Child Safety, presenting at the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2019, 2020, 2021, National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) Conference 2020 and the Child Abuse Prevention Conference.

Kim is a native Arizonian who enjoys hiking, chocolate, and sleep!

Ms. Lanker has no disclosures.

Gwen Levitt, DO, DFAPA's Profile

Gwen Levitt, DO, DFAPA Related Seminars and Products

Adult and Forensic Psychiatrist

Maricopa Integrated Health System

Dr. Levitt is an adult and forensic psychiatrist in the Phoenix area. She completed her training at Maricopa Medical Center. She is employed full-time at Maricopa Integrated Health System on one of the adult inpatient psychiatric units. In her private practice she provides consultations for criminal and civil matters and provides fitness for duty evaluations in many arenas.

Dr. Levitt has no disclosures.

Aram Mardian, MD's Profile

Aram Mardian, MD Related Seminars and Products

Aram Mardian, M.D. is clinical associate professor of Family, Community, and Preventive Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, is a board-certified family physician, and holds additional certifications in addiction medicine, pain medicine, and medical acupuncture. He is the founding Chief of the Chronic Pain Wellness Center at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, which integrates interprofessional whole person care for patients with pain and opioid use disorder. 

Dr. Mardian discloses that he will be discussing unlabeled/unapproved use of buprenorphine.


Danny McClure, DO's Profile

Danny McClure, DO Related Seminars and Products


Serenity Mental Health Centers

Dr. McClure is a board-certified general psychiatrist. He graduated A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona in 2013 and completed general psychiatric residency at Creighton/Valleywise (formerly Maricopa Integrated Health System) in 2017 where he was Vice Chief Resident. Currently, he is the assistant medical director at Serenity Mental Health Centers’ Biltmore office.

In his free time, Dr. McClure enjoys his family, including three beautiful granddaughters, his faith, exercise, disc golf, and pickleball.

Dr. McClure has no disclosures.

Michelle D. Mifflin, DO's Profile

Michelle D. Mifflin, DO Related Seminars and Products

Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Medicine and Director and Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Advisor for Health OUtreach through Medicine and Education (H.O.M.E.)

Midwestern University - AZCOM

Michelle D. Mifflin, DO is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Medicine at Midwestern University.  Concurrently, she serves as the Director and Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Advisor for Health Outreach through Medicine and Education (H.O.M.E.), assisting students in providing free medical care to homeless shelters in the Phoenix area.   She also acts as the Faculty Advisor for the Midwestern University Integrative Medicine Club.

Dr. Mifflin has been working as a family practice physician in the Phoenix area since 2004. She is board-certified in family medicine through the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and specializes in working with patients with complex chronic health problems, with an emphasis on preventative care, including lifestyle and nutrition. 

Dr. Mifflin earned her DO from Oklahoma State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2001, and she completed her family medicine residency through the Midwestern University Graduate Medical Education Consortium at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe, Arizona. 

Dr. Mifflin has been a volunteer physician for numerous community and sports events in the Phoenix area. She also participates as a non-medical volunteer for other organizations in the Valley of the Sun.  She is active in the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and the Arizona Society of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

In her free time, she enjoys multiple vigorous outdoor activities and travel with her husband, step-daughter and their two dogs.  Dr. Mifflin participated in sprint triathlons during her residency training.  She and her husband designed and built their home in 2006, acting as General Contractor and general labor for the entire project.  Michelle has been practicing yoga consistently since 2010, as a means of exercise, mental focus, spiritual grounding and relaxation.

Dr. Mifflin has no disclosures.

Donald L. Morgan, DO's Profile

Donald L. Morgan, DO Related Seminars and Products

Program Director

KRMC Family Medicine Residency Clinic

Dr. Morgan Graduated from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine (Kansas City University of Medical and Biomedical Sciences) in 1977 and completed rotating internship at the Osteopathic Hospital in Wichita Kansas in 1978.  Following that was a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force for about 6 years.  Then, for about 16 years in private practice in Junction City, Kansas.  Board-certified by the ABOFP in Family Medicine. He came to Kingman in 1999 to work for Kingman Regional Medical Center in their primary care clinic and have worked there on and off since.  In 2002 as the DME, he worked to establish the residency training programs in association with Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona that morphed into the Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. At the present time he is the Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency at Kingman Regional Medical Center Kingman, AZ and continue to be active in-patient care. Dr. Morgan is also a member of the Mohave Substance-Abuse Treatment, Education, and Prevention Partnership Drug-Free Community Program Grant Medical Director.

Dr. Morgan has no disclosures.

Karen J Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, FACP, CS-F's Profile

Karen J Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, FACP, CS-F Related Seminars and Products

Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS is most recently the Dean of the Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine serving since 2002 until stepping down July 2018. She took a leave to serve as President of the American Osteopathic Association 2010-2011. Prior to serving as Dean, she was Assistant Dean, Post-Doctoral Education and Division Director (chair), Internal Medicine at the Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine since 1997. She was in the private practice of internal medicine and geriatrics in Mesa, Arizona from 1985 through 2002. A graduate of the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) with a DO degree, she holds a Master’s degree in Management with a specialty in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University. In 2015, she was selected for the highest honor given by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Distinguished Service Award as well as receiving a Presidential Citation in 2018. In 2015, she received the Robert A. Kistner, DO Award and then in 2020, received the Dale Dodson, DO Award, the two highest honors bestowed by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. She has received numerous other awards.

She has served as President of the American Osteopathic Association, President of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association and President of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and was the first woman to hold all those positions. She is Past President of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago Board of Governors. Dr. Nichols is one of the two first DOs nominated by the AOA and elected to the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education board. She is the Chair of that board and serves on the Executive Committee and Policy Committee.

Dr. Nichols has served on the boards of the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Osteopathic International Alliance and the American Osteopathic Foundation.  By invitation she frequently speaks nationally on leadership, end-of-life care and outreach issues for osteopathic medicine. She is also authoring a book on Leadership for Physicians.

In 2004 Dr. Nichols created the endowed Costin Institute for Osteopathic Medical Educators, sited at Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, a one-year hybrid fellowship which has graduated over 300 medical educators. Dr. Nichols teaches nationally and internationally on the topics of end-of-life care, physician leadership, and women leaders in medicine.

Dr. Nichols has no disclosures.

Joei O’Grady, N/A's Profile

Joei O’Grady, N/A Related Seminars and Products

Bureau Chief

Ms. O’Grady has been working with various vulnerable populations for the past 20 years, including children and adults diagnosed as severely mentally ill (SMI) and vulnerable adults over the age of 18 years.

Ms. O’Grady graduated from Arizona State University and completed a program to become a Certified Public Manager.

Ms. O’Grady has no disclosures.

Shanna Parker's Profile

Shanna Parker Related Seminars and Products

Shanna Parker is a national Survivor Leader and Subject Matter Expert in the field of Human Trafficking. She is the founder and CEO of AngelsGoToWork where she serves hundreds of youths and young adults yearly in local group homes, campuses and the community. She was the Public Relations Communications Chair for the National Survivor Network 2016-2019 and is the Executive Chair of the Arizona Survivor Leadership Council, a consultant for the Office of Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center where she assists with program building and specialized training. She sits on panels for multiple research projects with various agencies and universities.

Shanna works with several local and federal law enforcement agencies in various capacities including training, consultation, outreach, operations, and victim advocacy. Shanna assists the Arizona Financial Crimes Task Force with the Attorney General’s Office in sex trafficking cases. She also works for Southwest Network as the Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator where she is a HT consultant for Clinical staff and works with DCS, JPO, BH staff and Placement facilities as specialized mentor and advocate for chronically trafficked youth with a high run-away rate.

Shanna developed the Parker HT Classification system to aid professionals in working collaboratively with victims in a trauma informed manner. Shanna has trained and works alongside supreme and superior court judges and justice staff, juvenile probation and detention, law enforcement, first responder, direct care providers, and social service professionals. Shanna works with multiple tribal agencies to develop responses to trafficking in rural and native lands.

She has developed a Human Trafficking 101 computer-based interactive training module as an employee of the Department of Economic Security for staff education. Her life skills classes are facilitated to at risk youth in local group homes and in 2015, she was honored to receive the H.O.P.E. Award and in 2019 was honored again with the Palidine Award for her work with youth in Arizona. Shanna is a TEDx speaker, she’s been featured in many news articles and has authored her story in book form, And He Called Me Angel, The story of a Human Trafficking Survivor.

Ms. Parker has no disclosures.



Nayan Patel, DO, MPH's Profile

Nayan Patel, DO, MPH Related Seminars and Products

Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology

Arizona Digestive Health

Sanjay Bharat Patel, DO's Profile

Sanjay Bharat Patel, DO Related Seminars and Products


Desert Center for Allergy and Chest Diseases

Dr. Patel is originally from Kentucky and completed his undergraduate education at University of Kentucky, later receiving his medical degree at University of Pikeville-KYCOM. He then completed an internal medicine residency at University of Louisville and was thereafter selected to complete a chief resident year. He completed his Allergy/Immunology fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Dr Patel enjoys caring for children and adults within all realms of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. He has gained expertise in severe asthma management, food allergy testing and treatment, and allergy immunotherapy. One principle he engages in is empowering patients by educating them about their disease process. Dr Patel believes that each patient is different and the use of phenotyping and tailoring treatment plans for each individual is crucial in optimizing care.

Dr Patel is a world traveler and foodie, influenced by his Indian-Italian roots. He is an avid sports fans, particularly basketball and soccer, and enjoys attending live sporting events and hiking. In addition, Dr Patel and his wife enjoy spending time with family.

Dr. Patel discloses that he will be discussing the unlabeled/unapproved use of Cyclosporine, Dapsone, Mycophenylate Mofetil, Plaquenil.


Randall K. Ricardi, DO, DFAPA's Profile

Randall K. Ricardi, DO, DFAPA Related Seminars and Products

Chair of Psychiatry and the Program Director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program

Phoenix Children's Hospital

Benjamin Russell Richardson, DO's Profile

Benjamin Russell Richardson, DO Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Richardson graduated from A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. He later completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Texas Tech University in El Paso, Texas.

He became interested in medicine as a teenager. He had somewhat considered medicine as a future career when he took a volunteer position at a small-town doctor’s office; within a few weeks of service, he knew that he wanted to become a doctor. He chose OB-GYN as his specialty because it combines primary care and surgery. 

Dr. Richardson is cheerful and understanding while providing compassionate care, encouraging preventative measures to maximize the health of each patient, and utilizing evidence-based medicine in the management of each patient. Dr. Richardson is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellow of The American College of Osteopathic Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Richardson has no disclosures.


Sabrina Kaye Rocke, DO's Profile

Sabrina Kaye Rocke, DO Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Rocke is a Family Medicine physician practicing at the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic in Glendale, Arizona. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and co-Course Director for the second-year osteopathic manipulative medicine course. She completed her residency at the University of Arizona Phoenix Family Medicine Residency, and she graduated from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University.

Dr. Rocke has no disclosures.

Kenneth Schmidt, MD's Profile

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Dr. Kenneth Schmidt is a board-certified total joint specialist. He is committed to thoroughly exploring both non-operative and surgical solutions for patients based on addressing their specific needs and goals. Dr. Schmidt received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his orthopedic residency at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. He further received fellowship training in lower extremity reconstruction at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Schmidt maintains active memberships with the American Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arizona Medical Association, Arizona Orthopaedic Society, and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

Dr. Schmidt has no disclosures.

Shauna Sexton's Profile

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Shauna Sexton is the Program Director for the Human trafficking rescue and recovery program at The Phoenix Dream Center, a student at Grand Canyon University and a mother to 1 daughter. Shauna is a product of the PDC having taken advantage of this same program almost 4 years ago and in that time, she found her passion. As the Director at the PDC she manages and leads a team of individuals who serve survivors of sexual exploitation through human trafficking. She is a certified expert in trauma-informed care and a member of high-level governmental human trafficking relief teams such as, the city of Phoenix Human Trafficking Task Force, and The Maricopa County Child Sex Trafficking Collaborative working with service providers and survivors all over the state.

Ms. Sexton has no disclosures.

Nick Staab, MD, MSPH's Profile

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Medical Epidemiologist

Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Dr. Staab currently works as a medical epidemiologist for Maricopa County Department of Public Health and serves as subject matter expert for the operations branch of the emergency response to COVID-19. Previously, he was medical director for the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control at the Arizona Department of Health Services. He works clinically as a pediatric hospitalist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He has a master of science degree in public health microbiology and emerging infectious diseases from George Washington University and earned his medical doctorate from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Staab is a native Phoenician and lives in Central Phoenix with his young family.

Dr. Staab has no disclosures.

Stacey Sutherland's Profile

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Ms. Sutherland is the director of Training and Resources United to Stop Trafficking (TRUST), an Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network program that provides training, resources, and collaborative engagement to companies and organizations fighting against human trafficking. Ms. Sutherland has dedicated almost a decade of her life to battling modern-day slavery by training thousands of first responders, victim-facing agency staff members, and medical personnel to respond and help victims. She has dedicated much of her career to working with rural communities to build local capacity to serve victims of human trafficking. Ms. Sutherland began her work in the anti-trafficking field by building a rural regional human trafficking program for the Pinal County Attorney’s Office which focused on collaboration between survivors, stakeholders, and community members. In her spare time, she focuses on being the best mom possible to her three kids.

Ms. Sutherland has no disclosures.

Pierre N. Tariot, MD's Profile

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Banner Alzheimer's Institute

Dr. Tariot is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry with added qualifications in geriatrics.  He was as a Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Intramural Research Program, then served as a faculty member at the University of Rochester Medical Center and, since 2006, he has served as Director of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix. He is also a Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. His work has focused on care and study of people with and at risk for Alzheimer’s, with emphasis on design and implementation of clinical trials for prevention and treatment, development of biomarkers, characterization and treatment of neuropsychiatric features of dementia, and demonstration of effective dementia care. His clinical efforts have included planning, funding, and implementing several care initiatives for persons with dementia, including a Project ECHO program and “Dementia Care Partners,” a novel program in which unskilled health coaches are trained to support families dealing with dementia in Banner’s primary care clinics. He teaches undergraduates, medical students, residents, and fellows. His experience includes conceiving, funding, and implementing single center and multicenter trials, and serving as Principal Investigator on over 50 clinical trials related to Alzheimer’s and related dementias. He has published over 450 papers on these topics including those regarding studies that have led to FDA approval of new medications. He serves as co-director of the international Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative (API). This work includes the creation of pre-enrollment registries in Colombia and the US (the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry and the related GeneMatch program); fluid and imaging biomarker studies; studies of genetic risk and protective factors; development of novel clinical outcomes for preclinical treatment research; the API Autosomal Dominant AD prevention trial of crenezumab in cognitively unimpaired people destined to develop early onset AD in Colombia, launched in 2013; the global API APOE4 homozygote prevention trial (Generation Study 1) launched in 2015 of an active immunotherapy as well as a BACE inhibitor in cognitively unimpaired people at risk for late onset AD; and the global API Generation Study 2, studying a BACE inhibitor in APOE4 carriers: the two trials were known as the API Generation Program. In partnership with Lilly, he and his colleagues help oversee the “Trailblazer 3” Alzheimer’s prevention trial. His research affiliations include the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the NIMH, and the Alzheimer’s Association and he is a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. 

Dr. Tariot discloses he is a consultant for the following companies: AbbVie, AC Immune, Athira, Eisai, Genentech, Immunobrain, Lundbeck, Novo Nordisk.

Neil Thakkar, DO's Profile

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Pain Physician

AZ Pain Doctors

Dr. Neil Thakkar is Board-Certified in Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Management. His desire to be a pain physician started prior to medical school, while caring for his mother, who was afflicted with pain. She suffered from acute post-surgical pain as well as chronic pain following neck surgery. He decided at that point that he wanted to dedicate his career to alleviating the pain of others.

After completing medical school training at Western University of Health Sciences, he completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Saint Louis University, followed by an advanced fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Cincinnati.

Although he enjoyed taking care of patients in critical situations, such as the operating room and intensive care units, he felt a closer connection to patients when treating chronic pain in the clinic setting.

Dr. Thakkar has been practicing in the Valley for 10 years. His training and experience allows him to offer a wide variety of modalities to offer his patients who suffer from acute and chronic pain conditions. He is able to manage even the most complex pain conditions.

He specializes in spinal pain disorders, reflex sympathetic dystrophy/complex regional pain syndrome, migraine headaches and knee pain. Patients will find that his knowledge base, skill level, and passion for helping others helps him provide the highest quality of pain management care.

Dr. Thakkar has no disclosures.

Frank A LoVecchio, DO, MPH, FACEP, ABMT's Profile

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Dr. Frank LoVecchio currently works as the Medical Director of Clinical Research at the College of Health Solutions at ASU. He also works as the Principal Investigator for the Infectious Disease Network (IDNet) studies, a group of Emergency Departments funded through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to conduct Infectious Disease trials. These studies include MRSA, C-difficile, and cellulitis. He has served as Vice-Chair and Director of Research for the MIHS and University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine and has been an emergency medicine physician, medical toxicologist, and an addiction specialist for over 2 decades. He is board-certified in Addiction Medicine, Medical Toxicology, Medical Forensics and Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Lovecchio has extensive experience practically and clinically relating to emergency medicine and medical toxicology.  He has received greater than a dozen research and teaching awards.

Lovecchio is the author of more than 200 peer review articles and has given lectures in over 20 countries. 

Dr. Lovecchio has organized and participated in multiple international medical missions and has been honored locally and nationally as a Health Care Hero.

Dr. LoVecchio is also a site investigator on seven NIH grants awarded through the Emergency Medicine Network (EMNet), including grants for work on Influenza screening. Dr. LoVecchio is experienced in the conduct of research protocols in the emergency department. Currently, Dr. LoVecchio is performing research about drug development, drugs of abuse, COVID-19, infectious diseases, and environmental illness.

Dr. Lovecchio discloses that he has received grants from the NIH to study sepsis and MRSA. He is on the Speakers’ Bureau for Abbvie.