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Sofia Abraham-Hardee, DO, PhD, FAAP FACOP's Profile

Sofia Abraham-Hardee, DO, PhD, FAAP FACOP Related seminars and products: 2


Sofia Abraham-Hardee D.O/ PhD received her B.S in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She completed a post baccalaureate program from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She received her osteopathic medical degree from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007. She also completed her PhD in International Health Education from Virginia Tech in 2008. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania in June 2011. Dr. Abraham-Hardee is a board certified pediatrician and Medical Director at New Beginning Pediatrics in Blacksburg, VA and is Department Chair of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia campus.

She was awarded the Golden Apple award 2014-2015 and 2018-2019. She was also awarded 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Best Bedside Manner in Our Health Magazine. Dr. Hardee currently practices at New Beginning Pediatrics and serves as the Chair of Pediatrics at the VCOM-VA campus. 


Dr. Abraham-Hardee has no disclosures.


Robert J. Mendez, DO's Profile

Robert J. Mendez, DO Related seminars and products: 2


Dr. Mendez received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Florida.  He completed a Psychiatry Internship and an Anesthesiology Residency as well as subspecialty tracts in Obstetrical Anesthesia and Pain Management at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA followed by a Pain Medicine Fellowship there.  He is currently Staff Anesthesiologist, Division Head Interventional Pain Clinic at Hampton Veteran’s Hospital.

Dr. Mendez has no disclosures.

 


P. Gunnar Brolinson, DO's Profile

P. Gunnar Brolinson, DO Related seminars and products: 2


Dr. Brolinson is Vice Provost for Research, Professor of Family and Sports Medicine and the Discipline Chair for Sports Medicine at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and Team Physician for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech.  He is the emeritus director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at VCOM and Virginia Tech. He is also a volunteer physician for the United States Olympic Committee and a team physician for the United States Ski Team and was head team physician for the Freestyle Ski Team at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. He was also named to the medical staff for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, BC and was medical director of the USOC performance services center. He obtained his undergraduate training from the University of Missouri at Columbia earning a degree in biology.  A 1983 graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Brolinson is board certified in family practice and holds subspecialty certification in sports medicine.  Prior to coming to Virginia, he was the co-director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship training program at The Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio and Team Physician for University of Toledo.  He has extensive experience in undergraduate and post-graduate medical education. Dr. Brolinson has served on the boards of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a past president of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.  Dr. Brolinson is a fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Family Practice and the American College of Osteopathic Family Practice.  In 1997 he was named outstanding young physician in Ohio by the Ohio State Medical Association. He is a former associate editor for the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine and a former member of the editorial board of the Physician and Sports Medicine.  He is former section editor for Competitive Sports and Pain Management in the journal Current Sports Medicine Reports. Dr. Brolinson is a frequent speaker at national sports medicine meetings and often teaches didactic laboratory sessions on the use of osteopathic manipulative therapy for athletic injuries. Dr. Brolinson is a contributing author in the latest edition of Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine and he has published several scholarly articles and book chapters in the area of sport and exercise medicine. His research interests have included exercise and immune function, exercise and bone mineral density, mild traumatic brain injury in sports, impact biomechanics, human factors in auto safety, sports performance and manipulation and other health and disease prevention related topics. 

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Fred Rawlins, II, DO's Profile

Fred Rawlins, II, DO Related seminars and products: 2


A graduate of A. T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine - Kirksville MO, Dr. Rawlins completed an Emergency Medicine residency at St. Luke’s in Bethlehem, PA.  He is the Senior Associate Dean of Simulation and Educational Technology and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Virginia, Carolinas, Auburn and University of Monroe Louisiana. He is also an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University Hospitals Parkersburg Campus and has been in practice for over 20 years as an emergency physician.  Dr. Rawlins has been actively involved in the world of simulation throughout his professional career, beginning with simulation as a tool for aircraft system piloting and instrumentation. He has been able to continue his education in aviation and further establish himself as a pilot, as well as apply these principals of simulation to medical education. In the medical field, he has worked closely with other departments at VCOM to enhance the 1st and 2nd year curriculum by presenting cases to medical students that allow them to bring forth their medical knowledge in a hands-on, controlled, learning environment using simulation. Expanding this opportunity to other organizations has developed standardized patient and manikin-based simulation scenarios unique for their training certifications. The result has allowed VCOM to become a partner with Laerdal Medical by becoming a SimDeveloper for Laerdal’s SimStore. This partnership has made VCOM’s simulated product become available to other medical schools and organizations worldwide.

 

Dr. Rawlins has no disclosures


Brian Dickens, DO's Profile

Brian Dickens, DO Related seminars and products: 2


Dr. Dickens attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV.   He completed an Osteopathic Internship at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, NY and a Family Medicine Residency at the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA. He worked as a family practice physician at Group Health Permanente in Olympia, WA, and returned to Roanoke, VA in for the same position with the Carilion Clinic until March 2014 when he joined the staff at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, VA Campus.
Dr. Dickens has published two books, "Your Health, an Owner's Manual" in 2011 and "Habits for a Healthy Life" in 2013, and is a Certified Personal Trainer with the American Council on Exercise. He has participated in several international medical missionary trips and his clinical interests include international medicine, pediatric and adolescent medicine, medical genetics, and osteopathic manipulative medicine.

 

Dr. Dickens has no disclosures.


Michael Breiner, MD's Profile

Michael Breiner, MD Related seminars and products: 2


Dr. Breiner currently serves as Chair of Surgery and Associate Professor of Surgery and Anatomy at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1985. He completed four years of general surgery at the University of South Florida.  Dr. Breiner completed a Microvascular Fellowship as well as a Plastic Surgery Residency at Baylor College of Medicine. After finishing his Plastic Surgery Residency, Dr. Breiner did additional fellowships in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery in Louisville, Mount Sinai in Miami, and Harvard University. Dr. Breiner was full time faculty at Baylor College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery in the division of Plastic Surgery. The Chair of Dr. Breiner’s department was Dr. Michael DeBakey. Dr. Breiner was board certified in plastic surgery in 1995. In 1996 Dr. Breiner moved back to his home state of Virginia and started a solo practice in Roanoke Virginia. Dr. Breiner retired from his active clinical practice in 2014 and now has dedicated the remainder of his career in teaching young, bright minds at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus. 


Disclosure: Dr. Breiner is the author of the book, “Management of Facial Lacerations”.


Robyn Vargo, DO's Profile

Robyn Vargo, DO Related seminars and products: 2


Dr. Vargo attended the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her orthopedic surgery residency training at Cleveland Clinic- Southpointe, formerly Brentwood Hospital. Her fellowship training at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville focused on Adult Reconstructive Surgery of the Foot and Ankle.

 

Dr. Vargo, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon,  specializes in total ankle replacement, ankle arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction, bunion surgery as well as treatment for rheumatoid deformities and complex fractures of the ankle and foot. In addition, she uses nonsurgical and injury prevention treatments.  Her special focuses include: total ankle replacement, ankle arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction, complex fractures of the foot and ankle, complex deformity correction, cartilage preservation, fracture management, dance injuries, sports medicine, rheumatoid deformities, and bunion surgery.

 

Dr. Vargo was in Private practice in suburban Chicago for 18 years and now practices at Riverside Orthopedic Specialists in Williamsburg.

 

Disclosure: Dr. Vargo is a Consultant for Med Shape, Inc.

 


Richard Truxillo, DO's Profile

Richard Truxillo, DO Related seminars and products: 2


A graduate of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Truxillo is a board certified Clinical Informaticist and Epic certified physician builder for Carilion Clinic.  He completed his family practice residency at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA and serves as faculty at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency.  Dr. Truxillo's passion is the application of technology to modern medicine with the goals of bettering patient care and improving quality of life for his physician colleagues. 

 

Dr. Truxillo has no disclosures.

 


Jason Kirkhart, Founder/CEO of Beetobi LLC, South Boston, VA's Profile

Jason Kirkhart, Founder/CEO of Beetobi LLC, South Boston, VA Related seminars and products: 2


Mr. Kirkhart is a graduate of The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA with degrees in Marketing and Computer Science.  He is the CEO and Founder of Beetoobi, LLC, South Boston, VA. Beetoobi provides consultative IT, HIPAA and security services to medical practices and other small businesses to ensure their computers and networks are reliably up and running and secure from internal and external threats. 


Mr. Kirkhart is Founder/CEO of Beetobi LLC, South Boston, VA


Corey Cavanaugh, DO's Profile

Corey Cavanaugh, DO Related seminars and products: 2


Dr. Cavanaugh is a nephrologist specializing in glomerular diseases or diseases that impact the kidneys. These include lupus, vasculitis, membranous nephropathy and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), among others.
Cavanaugh attended medical school at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University, where he met his wife. They both completed their internal medicine training at the University of Louisville. Cavanaugh then went on to pursue a nephrology fellowship at Yale University before settling in Virginia. Since arriving at the University of Virginia in August of 2019, he has
established a dedicated multidisciplinary glomerular disease clinic,    as well as a combined rheumatology-nephrology clinic.  

 

Dr. Cavanaugh has no disclosures


Anthony S. Cottone, Esq.'s Profile

Anthony S. Cottone, Esq. Related seminars and products: 2


Mr. Cottone represents healthcare clients, including healthcare providers, treatment facilities, healthcare groups and national hospital organizations in civil litigation. His main focus is on defense of medical malpractice claims, but he also has great experience defending clients in various other matters such as Board of Medicine investigations, employment discrimination claims, commercial disputes, and general liability.  He has a true passion for courtroom advocacy, which began as a criminal prosecutor.  Since then, he has dedicated his career to represent the interests of medical professionals and healthcare organizations devoted to providing an invaluable service to our communities.  
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He is engaged in many professional organizations, including the Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF), and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA).  He has served in numerous leadership roles with the PLDF and has been an author and presenter with the organization on numerous occasions. 
Mr. Cottone is an attorney with the Byrne Legal Group in Richmond, Virginia and is here today to share his knowledge and experience with you regarding medical malpractice claims and lawsuits.

 

Mr. Cottone has no disclosures.


Mishka Terplan, MD, MPH, FACOG, DFASAM's Profile

Mishka Terplan, MD, MPH, FACOG, DFASAM Related seminars and products: 2


Mishka Terplan is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and in addiction medicine.  He completed his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco and his Residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Hospital. After residency, he completed the TECT (Training in Epidemiology and Clinical Trials) fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he obtained a Master of Public Health in epidemiology. His primary clinical, research and advocacy interests lie along the intersections of reproductive and behavioral health. He is Associate Medical Director at Friends Research Institute and adjunct faculty at the University of California, San Francisco where he is a Substance Use Warmline clinician for the National Clinician Consultation Center. He is also the Addiction Medicine Specialist for Virginia Medicaid and a consultant for the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare. Dr. Terplan has active grant funding and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles with emphasis on health disparities, stigma, and access to treatment. He has spoken at local high schools and before the United States Congress and has participated in expert panels at CDC, SAMHSA, ONDCP, OWH, FDA and NIH primarily on issues related to gender and addiction.

 

Dr. Terplan has no disclosures.


Camron Johnson-Privitera, DO's Profile

Camron Johnson-Privitera, DO Related seminars and products: 2


Camron L. Johnson, D.O., is a native of Annapolis, Maryland. After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, she coordinated research studies at Johns Hopkins University. She obtained her medical training at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed her residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, where she also served as chief resident.  She practiced as a pediatric hospitalist for two years prior to joining Physicians to Children in 2004.  
Dr. Johnson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the AAP sections on nutrition and breastfeeding advocacy. She has earned her IBCLC certification in 2018 and currently has a faculty appointment at VTCSOM.

 

Dr. Johnson-Privitera has no disclosures.


Accreditation Information

The Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association (VOMA) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. VOMA designates this program for a maximum of 14.5 AOA Category 1A CME credits and will report CME credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation.

​Grievances regarding program administration and reporting of AOA CME credits will be handled on an individual basis Initially, all grievances should be directed to VOMA Executive Director. Participants with grievances that cannot be resolved will be sent to the AOA Council on CME , 142 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611.

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