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OPSO 2020 Winter CME Conference
Date/Time TOPIC Faculty
Thursday 2/20    
11:30 Registration/LUNCH  
12:30-1:30 Dermatology for Primary Care Oliver Wisco, DO
1:30-2:30 Dermatology for Primary Care Oliver Wisco, DO
2:30-3:00 BREAK  
3:00-4:00 The Vape Unknown: What We Do (And Don't) Know About Vaping Ryan Nelson, MD
4:00-4:30 BREAK  
4:30-6:30 Current Topics in Integrative Medicine Kurt Woeller, DO
Friday 2/21    
9am-2pm OMT Seminar Turner Slicho, DO
2:00-2:30 REG/SNACKS  
2:30-3:30 OMT for Primary Care Turner Slicho, DO
3:30-4:00 BREAK  
4:00-5:00 Insomnia and Sleep Dysregulation: Diagnosis, Effect on Illness, and Evidenced-Based Treatment Arianna Aldridge Gerry, Ph.D., M.P.H.
5:00-6:00 Management of Common Sleep Disturbances Kam Atwall, DO
6:00:6:30 BREAK  
6:30-8:00 Nutrition in Medicine Erika La Vella, DO
Saturday 2/22    
8:00-9:00 Medical Treatment of HFpEF Tim Becker, DO
9:00-10:00 Medical Treatment of HFrEF Francis Celis, DO
10-10:15 BREAK  
10:15-11:15 Devices for treatment of CHF Ross Downey, MD
11:15-12:15 Cardiology Panel Discussion Physician Panel
12:15-1:30pm Lunch  
1:30-2:30 An Update of Hypertension Guidelines and What Has Happened Since Derrick Sorweide, DO
2:30-3:30 Cardiology from the ER Matt Eschelbach, DO
3:30-3:45 BREAK  
3:45-4:45 Judicious Use of Antibiotics Christoper Cirino, DO
4:45-5:45 Primary Care and HRT for Transgender Patients Claire Unruh, DO; Oliva Danforth, DO
5:45-6:15 Student Oral Presentations Medical Student Presenters
5:45-6:15 Student Poster Presentations Medical Student Presenters
6:15 Reception Sponsored by COMP-Northwest  


Learning Objectives:


Dermatology for Primary Care


The Vape Unknown: What We Do (And Don't) Know About Vaping

  •  Recognize risk factors and symptoms suggestive of EVALI (E-Cigarette and Vaping Associated Lung Injury)
  • Have the tools to counsel patients on the potential long term consequences of vaping (and how vaping may, or may not be, a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes)

Current Topics in Integrative Medicine

  • To understand the significance of certain genetic variants, e.g. MTHFR, COMT, that are available via laboratory testing to the general public such as 23&Me.
  • Overview of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • To understand the significance of low cholesterol, homocysteine imbalances (high and low) and other considerations for complex patients such as mold exposure, high oxalate, etc.


OMT for Primary Care

Insomnia and Sleep Dysregulation: Diagnosis, Effect on Illness, and Evidenced-Based Treatment

  • Briefly assess insomnia and sleep dysregulation in their patients.
  • Identify the perpetuating factors of insomnia.
  • Understand the health and immune effects of sleep disturbance among patients.
  • Learn the evidenced based treatment and brief treatment methods for insomnia.

Management of Common Sleep Disturbances

  • Define normal sleep expectations
  • Health consequences of poor sleep
  • Screening for sleep disturbances
  • Diagnostic tests for sleep issues
  • Treatment options for common sleep disturbances 

Nutrition in Medicine


Medical Treatment of HFpEF

  • Discuss the prevalence and risk factors of HFpEF
  • Understand how to diagnose and differentiate HFpEF from other causes of dyspnea
  • Review management and treatment of HFpEF


Medical Treatment of HFrEF

  • Understand the various device, intravenous, ablation, and surgical therapies for heart failure patients.
  • Understand how these different therapies work and which patients may benefit from each therapy.
  • Understand when it may be appropriate to consider referring the patient to a cardiologist or advanced heart failure center. 
  • Understand the need for thoughtful dialogue, multidisciplinary collaboration, and individualized care for heart failure patients.

Devices for Treament of CHF

  • Define the ACC/AHA Stages of Heart Failure
  • Define the NYHA Classes of Heart Failure
  • Correlate Stage and Class of Heart Failure with appropriate medical therapy
  • A Closer look at HF stages and the evidence base
  • Side effects of heart failure meds


Cardiology Panel Discussion

An Update of Hypertension Guidelines and What Has Happened Since

  • Recognize the recommendations of JNC-8, as well as some of the conflicts it brought up.
  • Recognize the recommendations of the 2017 AHA/ACC guidelines, as well as some of the conflicts it brought up.
  • Recognize the findings of the Sprint trail and its role in the recommendations.
  • Recognize how our country’s guidelines compare with other countries.
  • Recognize the current lifestyle recommendations for the prevention of high blood pressure, as well as conflicting information involved.


Cardiology from the ER

Judicious Use of Antibiotics


Primary Care and HRT for Transgender Patients

  • Describe the role of family medicine physicians in the care of transgender patients
  • Explore best practices and clinical values in patient-centered transgender care
  • Build familiarity with gender-affirming medical care and review clinical protocols


Student Oral Presentations





Oliver J. Wisco's Profile

Oliver J. Wisco Related seminars and products:


Dermatology Health Specialists, PC


Dr. Wisco is a board-certified dermatologist and has completed a Mohs Micrographic Surgery Fellowship under Donald J. Grande, MD, the first Mohs Surgeon in Boston, MA, along with a Melanoma Clinical Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital & the Wellman Center for Photomedicine in Boston, MA.


Much of Dr. Wisco’s medical career has been in the military, where he has served over 20 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard. He has also previously served as a part-time Assistant Professor of Dermatology for Emory University School of Medicine, Tulane University Schoolof Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Currently, Dr. Wisco is in private practice in Bend, OR and is still actively involved in the military as an Officer in the Air Force Reserves.


In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Wisco has been heavily involved in healthcare improvement initiatives primarily through the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), and the American Medical Association’s National Quality Registry Network (NQRN). Most significantly, his work guided the development of the AAD’s national performance measurement system and data registry(DataDerm) for all of dermatology.


Dr. Wisco’s interest in healthcare performance improvement parallels his clinical research interest of understanding the risk factors that lead to high-risk skin cancer and advanced melanoma in order to improve care processes and promote health. With his research/performance improvement interest, informatics background, and policy work, Dr. Wisco is dedicated to exploring methods to integrate patients,clinicians, health systems, and city governments to drive the creation of healthy sustainable communities.

Ryan Nelson's Profile

Ryan Nelson Related seminars and products:


St Charles Healthcare

  • Ryan Nelson is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician for St. Charles Health Care in Bend, OR. Splitting his time between the pulmonary clinic and ICU, Dr. Nelson has been able to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of vaping-associated lung injuries across the entire spectrum of severity. As a recent fellowship graduate from the University of California San Diego where he was able to collaborate in vaping related basic science research, Dr. Nelson also maintains his interest in ongoing research on the topic.
  • Fellowship - University of California San Diego Medical Center (2019)
  • Residency - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (2016)
  • Internship - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (2014)
  • Medical Education - University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine (2013)

Kurt Woeller, D.O.'s Profile

Kurt Woeller, D.O. Related seminars and products:

Kurt N. Woeller, D.O., is an osteopathic and integrative medicine physician. He is the author of several health books: Autism – The Road To Recovery”, “Methyl-B12 For Autism”, “7 Facts You Need To Know About Autism”, “Methyl-B12 and Methylation Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia”, and “5 Things You MUST Do To Treat Your Rheumatoid Arthritis.” He is also a lecturer, educator, and  practicing clinician offering specialized diagnostic testing and treatments for individuals with complex medical conditions like Autism, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Mental Health Disorders, and other chronic health conditions. Dr. Woeller serves as a clinical consultant for both BioHealth Laboratory and Great Plains Laboratory providing patient and physician education regarding functional and biomedical medicine through one-on-one training and monthly webinars. He is on the Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (IMMH) Scientific Advisory Panel and is a member of the American Osteopathic Association.

Turner Slicho's Profile

Turner Slicho Related seminars and products:


The Osteopath

Dr. Slicho earned both his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and his Masters of Science in Clinical Research and Education from the University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM) in Fort Worth, Texas in 2004.

He is board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), completing his residency training in 2007 at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, in affiliation with UNTHSC-TCOM.

He is actively involved in medical education, completing both a pre-doctoral teaching fellowship, and serves as adjunct faculty for several colleges of osteopathic medicine.  Dr. Slicho was in private practice in Fort Worth, TX for five years before relocating to the Portland area. He and his wife and son enjoy the active outdoor lifestyle of the pacific northwest. 

Arianna Aldridge-Gerry, Ph.D., M.P.H.'s Profile

Arianna Aldridge-Gerry, Ph.D., M.P.H. Related seminars and products:

Dr. Gerry is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in working with individuals coping with acute, chronic, and terminal illnesses, sleep disorders, and bereavement. She also works with individuals interested in improving their health behaviors to maximize quality of life. Dr. Gerry earned her Ph.D. with an emphasis in Behavioral Medicine from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in 2011. She completed her clinical internship at the Palo Alto VAHCS in 2011, and her NIH funded T-32 postdoctoral fellowship from Stanford
University School of Medicine in 2014. Dr. Gerry served on faculty as a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University from 2014-2015. Dr. Gerry is an expert in behavioral medicine and psycho-oncology research and practice. Her research focuses on the role of sleep dysfunction, stress, and coping in chronic illness. She is interested in examining how psychosocial stress and sleep disturbance effect endocrine and immune function with significant impact on quality of life and cancer survival. She has 26 peer-reviewed manuscripts, numerous professional presentations, and two Conquer Cancer Foundation merit awards from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) (2012, 2013) related to her research. Dr. Gerry’s clinical practice therapeutic modalities include:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Dr. Gerry currently works in private practice and continues to serve as a research and statistical consultant to various institutions.

Kamaljit Kaur Atwal's Profile

Kamaljit Kaur Atwal Related seminars and products:


Director of Sleep Program at Adventist Portland and Tillamook Hospitals, Oregon

Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine physician at Adventist Medical Center, Portland Oregon


Medical school: Des Moines University, Des Moines Iowa

Internship:  Mount Clemens General Hospital, Michigan

Residency: Providence St Vincent Medical Center, Portland Oregon

Fellowship: Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine  UNC, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Board certified in Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep/Internal Medicine

Erika La Vella's Profile

Erika La Vella Related seminars and products:


Samaritan Health System


Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery


Undergraduate: University of Idaho
Medical Education: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Residency: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

Board Certifications:

General Surgery


Dr. La Vella is a general surgeon with a particular interest in robotic-assisted surgery and minimally invasive weight loss procedures.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and other outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, skiing and snowboarding. 

Tim Becker's Profile

Tim Becker Related seminars and products:


Samaritan Health System

Tim Becker DO is currently a Cardiology Fellow at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, OR. His areas interest includes heart failure, cardiac rehab, and preventative health. In his free time, he enjoys drawing, painting, resistance training, running, hiking, and spending time with his family.

Francis Celis, D.O.'s Profile

Francis Celis, D.O. Related seminars and products:

Samaritan Health System





Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University 
Graduate: Wagner College 
Medical Education: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Internship: New York Downtown Hospital 
Residency: New York Downtown Hospital 
Fellowship: Oakwood Southshore Medical Center 
Additional Training: Radiological Physics Service, Inc 


Board Certifications:

Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology



Dr. Celis grew up in New York City and started at Samaritan in 2009. He enjoys playing soccer and mountain biking with his family.

Ross Downey's Profile

Ross Downey Related seminars and products:


Samaritan Health System

Ross A. Downey, MD, MS, CCDS, FHRS, FACC is an Electrophysiologist at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, OR. His areas of interest include heart failure, arrhythmias, device therapy, ablation therapy, lead management and lead extraction, quality improvement, and preventative cardiology.

Derrick Sorweide's Profile

Derrick Sorweide Related seminars and products:


Director of Clinical Education and discipline lead for cardiovascular learning at COMP-NW.  Just appointed Governor of ACOFP Board.  Major, United States Army Reserve with deployment to Kuwait and Iraq.  2015-2017 OPSO President.


Christopher Cirino's Profile

Christopher Cirino Related seminars and products:


Dr. Christopher Cirino practices infectious diseases at Adventist medical center.  He has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years and is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.  He has honed skills in chronic disease assessment and prevention and is directing his interest in health and wellness toward providing health appraisals and health coaching.  His medical information business Your Health Forum includes a blog and medical literature for prevention and behavior change.  He is also providing health talks on optimal health and mindfulness.  He is happy to receive referrals for health coaching and for group seminars.

Claire Unruh's Profile

Claire Unruh Related seminars and products:


Samaritan Health System

Dr. Claire Unruh is a second-year resident at Good Samaritan Family Medicine in Corvallis. She grew up in Kansas and graduated from medical school at Campbell University in North Carolina. Her interests include transgender health, hospital medicine, and Spanish-speaking populations.

Bryce Beatty's Profile

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Bryce Beatty was born and raised in Canby, OR. He attended Grand Canyon University for his undergraduate degree in Biology and Health Care Administration. He is a second year medical student at Western University COMP-NW where he serves as the OPSO medical student chapter president. 

Marcus Pearson's Profile

Marcus Pearson Related seminars and products:


Currently a second-year medical student at Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest. A father of 4 and married for 10 years. Marcus has been involved in EMS since 2007 and this was his inspiration for going to medical school. Marcus has been a paramedic since 2011, where he mostly worked rural and reservation EMS. He also has experience as a SWAT medic, flight medic, and paramedic instructor. He plans to pursue Emergency Medicine with a focus on rural medicine and EMS.

William Procter Maloney's Profile

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William “Cooper” Procter Maloney grew up on a small apple farm in Northern California.  He found an interest in medicine due to frequent hospital visits from sporting injuries and his three older brothers.  In the San Francisco East Bay, he attended Saint Mary’s College of California to study Biology and play Division 1 Rugby.  He now attends Western University of Health Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest as a second year medical student in the US ARMY.

William Crowley's Profile

William Crowley Related seminars and products:


William Crowley is a second-year student at Western University of Health Science, COMP-Northwest in Lebanon, Oregon. William was born and raised in Ashland, Oregon and went to the University of Oregon earning a degree in Chemistry, B.S 2017. As a Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program Student, William is currently interested in a variety of specialties; emergency medicine and family practice. In his free time, William likes to run and make art; primarily oil painting, currently he has art on display at a restaurant Umami Sushi in Ashland, Oregon. He also enjoys travel, especially to see family in South Korea.

Steven Gay's Profile

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Steven Gay is a second year medical student at Western University of Health Sciences, COMP-Northwest. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He and his beautiful wife, Erin, have been married for 6 years and are expecting their first child any day now. At COMP-Northwest, Steven is in the Global Health track and is currently serving as Treasurer of Sigma Sigma Phi, the osteopathic honor society, the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, the Specialties club and as co-president of the orthopedic surgery interest group. Some of his other interests include traveling, eating/cooking, gymnastics, acrobatic dunking, and photography

Patricia Nguyen's Profile

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Patricia Nguyen was born and raised in Tigard, OR. Before attending Western University of Health Sciences COMP-NW, she attended Valley Catholic from K-12 and studied at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Inspired by her undergraduate background in Spanish and Medical Anthropology, she became an active member of the Rural Health Track in medical school. Patricia also served as an executive member of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association and the OPSO Council of Medical Students. She is involved with the OMM department as a Teaching Assistant. Committed to working with underserved populations, Patricia was awarded the Primary Care Loan Forgiveness Scholarship and hopes to serve as a pediatrician or family medicine physician.


Patricia is passionate about dancing, meditating, and improving her proficiency in Vietnamese and Spanish to connect with family as well as her future patients. Regardless of where she ends up for residency, she is determined to move back home to Oregon.


Ajay Breen's Profile

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Ajay Breen is a second-year medical student at Western University of Health Sciences, COMP-Northwest. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. At COMP-NW, Ajay is involved in the Pediatric, Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine Interest Groups, the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, an Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine teaching assistant and a volunteer at the Lebanon Fire Department. Some of his other interests are golfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and attending concerts in his free time.

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