*Speaker information is coming soon*
Keynote: Barbara Resnick PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP
Cynthia Howard RN, CNC, PhD, Author, Speaker, Executive Coach
Elizabeth “Coach” Scala, MSN/MBA RN, Wellness Coach for Nurses
Elaine Nieberding, BS, RN, HNB-BC, CHSMI, CLYT, RMT Your Wellness Guide, Laughter Yoga
Cassandra Herbert MS, APRN/PMH-BC Counselor, Nursepreneur
Jane Nunnelee, PhD, RN-BC, GNP
Gerontological Nursing Initiative
Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing
Dr. Allen graduated cum laude with a BA in chemistry from the University of Utah. He graduated in 1977 from George Washington University Medical School in Washington, DC. He completed a residency in family medicine in 1980 at DeWitt Army Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Va., and completed his Army service at Fort Bragg, N.C. from 1980-1984. Dr. Allen has been in private practice in Coalville and Kamas, Utah from 1984 to the present. He completed construction and opening of a new clinic in each town in 2008. As a member of the Army Reserve, he was called into active duty for the first Operation Desert Storm in 1990. He retired from the Army Medical Corps in 1997 as a lieutenant colonel.
He has been active in state and national medical affairs. He is a past president of the Utah Academy of Family Physicians and past chairman of the Department of Family Practice at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. He currently serves as a key contact for legislative affairs for the American Academy of Family Practice. He continues to be active in medical education. Both of his clinics serve as rotation sites for medical students, residents and physician assistant students from across the country.
Dr. Allen holds an appointment as clinical assistant professor of family medicine in the Department of Family Medicine/Palliative Medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He holds a similar position at the University of Utah. He has presented the family medicine sessions for UMIA Risk Management for the past 10 years, and currently sits on the board of the Utah Medical Insurance Association. He served two terms as chairman of the Summit County Medical Foundation, which initiated the effort to get a hospital built in Summit County, Utah. He currently holds staff privileges at Park City Medical Center, Primary Children's Medical Center, University of Utah Hospital and Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. He is board certified in family medicine and also in hospice and palliative medicine. He serves as medical director for the Rocky Mountain Care Center, a nursing home and rehab center in Heber. Dr. Allen serves as medical director for the state of Utah for Encompass Hospice, as well as serving as the local medical director for the Encompass Heber City office. He served as the first medical staff president for the Park City Medical Center. Currently he is the chief medical officer of Park City Medical Center. He and his wife of 40 years, Rebecca, are the proud parents of four children and four granddaughters.
Sue Bergin is a hospice chaplain and writer who lives in Orem, Utah. She earned a bachelor's degree from BYU, a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a master of fine arts from UCLA in screenwriting. She is a board-certified clinical chaplain through The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. Sue visits dying men and women in their homes to accompany them on their journeys toward meaning, peace, and acceptance. She writes the Family Focus section for BYU Magazine and recently published the book Am I a Saint Yet? Healing the Pain of Perfectionism. She has been a public relations executive for BYU and has taught writing courses at BYU and the University of Utah.
Kelleen Brown has 29 years of nursing experience at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, where she has associated with the nursing staff in most clinical departments in the roles of coworker, educator, committee member or project leader. Her position for the past three years has been in advance practice. The previous year she was involved in development of the inpatient palliative care consult service.
Dr. Bruce Chamberlain is currently a Hospitalist at Mountain Star and Timpanogos Regional Hospital. He is Director of Pallative Care Consulting in Orem, Utah and has been interested in helping the patient at the end of their life. Dr. Chamberlain is on the Board of Directors and is the Medical Director of Maple Creek Home Health and Hospice in Spanish Fork, Utah. He graduated from John Hopkins and did his residency in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is a board member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is board certified in both Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Internal Medicine. He has published many articles and papers on palliative care and is very interested in pain management in a dying patient.
Mark de St. Aubin, LCSW, FT, has 27 years of social work experience in a variety of practice settings including positions with the Veterans Administration, pediatric rehab, geriatric home care and hospice, long-term care facilities, consulting/supervision and teaching. For the past 16 years he has been a faculty member of the College of Social Work at the University of Utah, instructing in the areas of social work practice in health, mental health, and grief and loss. His current teaching and research interests include social work's role in chronic illness management, social work supervision, and the psychosocial needs and care of the dying and bereaved. He recently obtained the ADEC fellow credential in thanatology (study of death, dying and bereavement) and has a private practice of grief counseling. A resident of Salt Lake City, Utah for the past 27 years, Mark currently lives with his wife and two teenage daughters and enjoys hiking, gardening and musical performance.
Gary M. Garner has been working in the hospice and palliative care field for the past 10 years. He is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and family medicine. His graduate degrees in medicine and pharmacy are from the University of Utah. He likes to teach about medication management and education. He enjoys working with a variety of patients, from those in the ER to those with advanced Alzheimer's and cancer. He also enjoys seeing patients in their place of residence and providing palliative care consultations. He is currently medical director with Intermountain Homecare Hospice and Intermountain Palliative Medicine, and has a palliative care clinic with Central Utah Oncology.
Kit Jackson began her nursing career in a preceptorship at Saint Peter's Hospice in Helena, Montana. She later worked in ICU care, cardiac care and home health. Kit was then recruited to help start a national hospice in Utah. Her experiences inspired her to start a hospice company dedicated to offering the best patient care available, and in 1997 she founded Hospice For Utah. Kit has been a hospice pioneer, introducing complementary therapies such as music thanantology and Snoezelen. She was among the first groups to be EPEC certified (Education for Physicians in End-of-Life Care). Kit remains a patient advocate and claims that her greatest training has come from the patients themselves.
Dr. Steve Lore is a board-certified hospice and palliative medicine physician since 2006, and the VistaCare (Gentiva) Hospice medical director for Utah County. He was previously a medical director for VistaCare's Ogden branch. His residency medically directed a community-based hospice created by seven rural Texas counties with no other hospice providers. He was broadly trained in rural family medicine, with training in high-risk obstetrics, colonoscopy, ECG treadmills, surgery & gynecology procedures. Outside hospice, Dr. Lore has a home visit practice and works in an osteoarthritis clinic in West Jordan. Before medical school he earned a master's degree in physical chemistry from the University of Utah and was a research laboratory supervisor for the mining explosives company DYNO Nobel, Inc. He has been involved in Scouting for the past 12 years and is the father of seven.
"Dr. John" Manfredonia is a board-certified hospice and palliative medicine physician with over 13 years of experience in the field. Past responsibilities have ranged from medical director of a single small site to program medical director for a hospice with an average daily census of 300-plus with an 11-bed inpatient unit. He currently is in a full-time position as national medical director for the Hospice Division of Gentiva Health Services, one of the largest multistate home hospice organizations in the country. He is a fellow in both the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He serves on the board of directors of the National Board of Hospice Medical Director Certification and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is past chair of the AAHPM's Intensive Board Review Course and AAHPM's medical director. He is a contributing author to the Hospice Medical Director Manual and former associate editor for PC-FACS. He is vice chair of the American Osteopathic Association Council on Palliative Care Issues and Speaker of the House of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. He is a nationally recognized speaker who has taught extensively at the local, regional and national levels on end-of-life care issues.