DAY 1: FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017
08:00 - 08:05 a.m.
SIR TREVOR HASSELL
CEO, HEALTHY CARIBBEAN COALITION
08:30 - 09:10 a.m.
MS. MELANIE BUGE
REGISTERED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, OT BARBADOS
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados
DR. VARLEISHA GIBBS, OTD
CHAIR & DIRECTOR OF MASTERS OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM
Wesley College, Delaware, USA
Dr. Gibbs is currently the Chair and Director of the inaugural Masters Occupational Therapy Program at Wesley College, which is also the first ever in the state of Delaware. In addition, Dr. Gibbs served as an associate professor. Previously, she served as a full-time assistant professor and Director of the Doctoral Programs in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Her career began after receiving a baccalaureate degree in psychology from the University of Delaware. She continued studies in the field of occupational therapy and received professional degrees from Columbia University and Thomas Jefferson University. In 2003, she founded Universal Progressive Therapy, Inc. in New Jersey. The company was established with the focus of providing interdisciplinary and quality therapeutic services to families. As founding president of the company, she provided education and treatment, in various areas with an emphasis on family-centered care. Dr. Gibbs specific interests are neurological conditions and diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, and cultural competency in treatment interventions. Through personal experience, and work mentoring students, her work has expanded into areas such as treatment and care for those dealing with cancer diagnoses and neurological changes. In addition, she has publications on innovative topics such as, “Family-Centered Occupational Therapy and Tele-rehabilitation for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” and inter-professional collaboration in geriatric and palliative care. She continues to lecture and provided training throughout the Unites States of America on sensory processing strategies and self-regulation. Her passions are to provide individuals with the tools that assist both the individual and the family system.
09:10 – 09:30 a.m.
DR. BEVERLY BECKLES, PHD, MRA, MOM
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, NATIONAL CENTER FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Trinidad & Tobago
09:30 – 10:10 a.m.
Optimizing Post Stroke Survivorship
MEDICAL DOCTOR BARBADOS:
LENNARD JACK, PT, DPT
Washington, DC, USA
ROZLYN CYRUS MS, OTR/L
Clinical Instructor Training Level I and Level II for occupational therapy students. Bachelors and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Howard University, Washington, DC. Certified neuromuscular Taping specialist.
MRS. AMELIA WARNER, RN
DR. NICOLA YARD, PT, DPT
10:10 - 10:30 a.m.
10:30– 11: 10 a.m.
DR. YANSIE ROLSTON, PHD
Dr. Yansie Rolston FRSA is a disability and mental health specialist advisor offering technical expertise to corporate, government and civil society organisations and international agencies, and a system change facilitator and trainer in health equality.
Yansie is a reflective practitioner and academic, combining community knowledge and experience with evidence to underpin her work. She designs and delivers innovative social change processes, and has implemented and evaluated actionable strategies on health equality and community cohesion. She also develops and sets up culturally appropriate health and social care programmes for marginalised and disadvantaged groups, and has published handbooks and articles.
KIMLIN TAM ASHING, PHD
PROFESSOR, BECKMAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Dr, Ashing received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. As an advocate scientist, she has published over 70 peer review articles and 5 book chapters documenting her seminal work to advance community, theoretical and methodological approaches in behavioral, health disparities and translational sciences. She is an internationally recognized expert on cancer survivorship, cultural and cancer and health disparities. She sits on the council for the Ethnic Minority Health group for the Society for Behavioral Medicine. She has served as faculty for the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and the American Association of Cancer Researchers. She is active in several cancer related organizations: Board of Directors for American Psychooncology Society, National Advisory Council for Asian Pacific Islanders Native Hawaiian Cancer Survivors network, Executive Council of American Cancer Society, Los Angeles, & Scientific Advisor to Komen for the Cure, LA., Latinas Contra Cancer, the African- Caribbean Cancer Consortium and the Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation & Wellness Center.
MRS. HEATHER PAYNE-DRAKES
BARBADOS MENTAL HEALTH ADMINISTRATOR
Ms. Payne-Drakes has a Bsc. in Applied Sociology from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados; MSc. in Healthcare Administration from Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida, USA; and an International Master’s Degree in Mental Health Policy and Services from the New University of Lisbon Medical School, Portugal. She is the acting Assistant Hospital Director at the Psychiatric Hospital, Barbados.
11:10 – 11:50 a.m.
Acute & Chronic Pain Management Access for the Caribbean Patient
DR. MARK JAWAHIR, MD
AMERICAN BOARD OF ANESTHESIA
DIPLOMATE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PAIN MANAGEMENT
SUNY AT STONY BROOK, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, ANESTHESIA
Private board certified practice anesthesia/interventional pain management for 19 years
NATALIE GREAVES, MBBS, PHD
GENERAL PRACTITIONER & CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH IN BARBADOS
ASI CAVE’S MEDICAL AND REHABILITATION CENTRE BARBADOS.
DR. OBI ONYEWU, MD
MARYLAND PAIN MANAGEMENT
DR. PAULA U. A. DAWSON, FAAPMR
11:40 - 1:00 P.M.
BREAK OUT SESSION: 1
Dry Needling - 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
DR. MARY CATHERINE HANNAH (Mary Kay), PT, DPT, SCS, North Carolina, USA
Dr. Hannah graduated from the US Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy with Masters in Physical Therapy and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT), Baylor University. She practiced physical therapy as an Army therapist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, and the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan. After retiring from 23 years in the Army, she has her own orthopedic and sports private practice in Cary, North Carolina and she is a Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical therapy and Sports Physical therapy. Adjunct faculty at two North Carolina DPT programs and is an active participant in the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association and serves as a Delegate to the American Physical Therapy Association’s House of Delegates. In 2013, she was honored to receive the 2013 Outstanding Physical Therapist Award from the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association.
DR. JEREMY FLEETCHER, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Dr. Fletcher is an assistant professor at the University of South Alabama. He has a BS, Health and Physical Education, University of Louisiana at Monroe. AAS, Physical Therapist Assisting, Arapahoe Community College. DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of South Alabama.
BREAK OUT SESSION: 2
HEALTH AND WELLNESS - 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
DR. MELVIA AGBEKO, BSC, ND
Dr. Agbeko is a Naturopathic Doctor at Trinity Health Clinic in Toronto, Canada. Trinity Health Clinic is a family oriented private practice with special focus on women’s health, mind body medicine and oncology support. Dr. Agbeko engages people in their health process while liaising with other health professionals in their health care team. She provides safe and effective long term care as part of treatment approach using all Naturopathic modalities.
DR. MELAIKA AGBEKO, BSC, ND
“Nutrition and the Cancer Survivor”
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. A member of The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Dr. Agbeko helps address the health and wellness concerns of patients using: Homeopathy, Clinical Nutrition, Acupuncture, Botanical Medicine, Lifestyle Counseling and Mind-Body Medicine. Trinidad & Tobago.
DR. DEREK M. GRIFFITH, PHD
MS. KARIE ANN DE GANNES
BREAK OUT SESSION: 3
Swallowing & Dysphagia - 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
DR. MARLIS GONZALEZ-FERNANDEZ, MD, PHD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR & ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY MEDICINE, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, USA.
Expertise: Amputee Rehabilitation, Botulinum Toxin Injections, Dysphagia, Dysphagia Evaluation - Adults, Neuro-Rehabilitation, Orthotics. Research Interests: Swallowing disorders (Dysphagia) after stroke; Epidemiology of Swallowing Disorders (dysphagia); Neural Control of Swallowing and Communication.
BREAK OUT SESSION: 4
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation After Strokes & Cancers - 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
MRS. ANELYN DELMONTE-PURIFOY, PT.
Mrs. Delmonte-Purifoy has been a physical therapist since 1992. She is a graduate of Howard University, Washington, DC with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. She has worked in a shock trauma facility in Tampa, Florida and has experience with rehabilitation of coma, brain injury, spinal cord, and orthopedic injuries. Mrs. Delmonte-Purifoy also has experience performing functional measures for the Chronic Pain Clinic Research Team at Tampa, Florida Veterans Hospital, which is currently the only existing inpatient pain program for active duty military and veterans. Mrs. Delmonte-Purifoy developed and initiated the pelvic floor physical therapy program at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii that provided rehabilitation services for all branches of the United States Military in the Pacific Rim.