Wilkes University

2018 Pennsylvania Pain and Addiction Summit

2018 Pennsylvania Pain and Addiction Summit

Join the leaders at the forefront of the opioid crisis in our region for the Pennsylvania Pain and Addiction Summit on April 20, 2018, featuring special keynote speaker, former New York Mets All-Star pitcher Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden.

Dwight GoodenDwight “Doc” Gooden was one of baseball’s brightest stars of the 1980s. Making the big leagues at only 19, his 1984 freshman year as pitcher with the Mets was highlighted by an amazing 276 strikeouts for the season. Over the next two decades, however, his addiction to alcohol and cocaine, time in jail, and divorces were all aspects of his high-profile downward spiral. During the lunch session keynote, Gooden will share details of his successes, his failures, and his road from addiction to recovery.


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THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

“Overdose deaths, particularly from prescription drugs and heroin, have reached epidemic levels, now making drug overdoses the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50,” according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Locally, overdose deaths in Luzerne County have increased every year, with an all-time high of 155 in 2017. This scourge of drug addiction shows no sign of abating any time soon.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

During this full-day conference, medical, legal, and law enforcement professionals will discuss the current state of the opioid crisis, share methodology and interprofessional approaches to deal with critical issues, and identify opportunities to approach the treatment of pain and substance abuse. Education hours will be provided.

DATE: FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018
LOCATION: MOHEGAN SUN AT POCONO DOWNS, WILKES-BARRE, PA.
COST: FULL DAY: $150 ($130 if registered before 3/20/18; includes lunch presentation with keynote speaker Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden)
  • MORNING SESSION: $75 (does not include lunch)
  • AFTERNOON SESSION: $75 (does not include lunch)

7:00-8:00 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m. – Panel discussion with first responders
9:00-9:15 a.m. – BREAK
9:15-10:15 a.m. – BREAKOUT SESSION 1
10:15-10:30 a.m. – BREAK
10:30-11:30 a.m. – BREAKOUT SESSION 2
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – LUNCH – Keynote speaker DWIGHT ‘DOC’ GOODEN
12:30-12:45 p.m. – BREAK
12:45-1:45 p.m. – BREAKOUT SESSION 3
1:45-2:00 p.m. – BREAK
2:00-3:00 p.m. – BREAKOUT SESSION 4
3:00-4:00 p.m. – CLOSING SPEAKER
4:00-6:00 p.m. – Cocktail social and poster presentations

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. PANEL DISCUSSION WITH FIRST-RESPONDERS

Moderated by WNEP-TV’s Ryan Leckey, this opening panel discussion features professionals who are on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic who will discuss the life-and-death scenarios they encounter on a daily basis and what methods they use to help those affected by addiction:

  • Lieutenant Michael T. Carroll, Patrol Commander of Troop P in Wyoming (covering Bradford, Luzerne, Sullivan and Wyoming counties)
  • Fire Chief James Jay Delaney, 36-year veteran of the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department
  • Steven Ross, Drug & Alcohol Program Administrator for the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Drug & Alcohol Program
  • Michele Martin CRS, a representative of the Miners Medical methadone clinic.

9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. BREAKOUT SESSION:

  • Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky, Jr.: The Luzerne County Treatment Court
  • Dr. Shawn Casey, dentist: Pain Medication in Dentistry
  • Michelle Kwiec, counselor: The Role of the Substance Abuse/Mental Health Professional in the Chronic Pain Management Team

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. BREAKOUT SESSION:

  • Dr. Maria Foy, pharmacist: Pain is Not Sweet Sorrow – Treatment of Acute Chronic Pain
  • Louise Litzy, physical therapist: The Role of Physical Therapy in Persistent Pain
  • Attorney Frank J. Bolock Jr.: Treatment Courts - Smart on Crime

ABOUT DWIGHT “DOC” GOODEN:

Dwight 'Doc" Gooden
Dwight “Doc” Gooden pitched 16 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1984-94 and 1996 - 2000 for the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In a career spanning 430 games, he pitched ​2,800 2⁄3 innings and posted a win–loss record of 194–112 with a 3.51 earned run average (ERA) and 2,293 strikeouts.
 

Gooden made his MLB debut in 1984 for the Mets and quickly established himself as one of the league's most talented pitchers; as a 19-year-old rookie, he earned the first of four All-Star selections, won the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year Award and led the league in strikeouts. In 1985, he won the NL Cy Young Award and achieved the pitching Triple Crown, compiling a 24–4 record and a league-leading 1.53 ERA, 268 strikeouts and 16 complete games. The following season, he helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series. 

Gooden remained an effective pitcher in subsequent years but faced challenges due to his well-chronicled drug and alcohol use. After posting a losing record in each season from 1992 to 1994, Gooden was suspended for the 1995 season after a positive drug test while serving a prior suspension. As a member of the Yankees in 1996, Gooden pitched a no-hitter and helped the team on its path to a World Series championship. He pitched four more years for as many teams before retiring in 2001. In 2010, Gooden was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame.

12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSION:

  • Dr. Christopher Connor, physician
  • Dr. Jennifer Pruskowski, pharmacist

1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSION:

  • Dr. Thomas Franko, pharmacist: 2018 Noxolone Training Update
  • Dr. Dave Withers, physician: An Explanation of Addiction
  • Gene Lucas, nurse practitioner: Non-narcotic Pain Management Approaches

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. CLOSING SPEAKER: Dr. Jake Nichols

Dr. Jake Nichols is a pharmacist in long‐term recovery with extensive experience in community pharmacy, academia, primary care, managed care, and pharmaceutical industry. He specializes in the treatment of substances use disorders, with a focus on medication assisted treatment. Through his 15‐year struggle with substance abuse, he found his calling in the field and has dedicated his career to helping patients and their families suffering from this debilitating chronic disease. By providing clinical support for clinicians treating patients with substance use disorder and serving as a vocal advocate for treatment, Jake has established himself as a key resource within the field.

Dr. Nichols has spoken at well over 100 pharmacy, nursing, and medical schools across the country in the past 5 years, sharing his story with students and faculty, and he regularly facilitates patient and parent support groups. He has recently established his own clinical consulting group called Strategic Recovery Resources of which he is owner and CEO. Jake is also co‐founder of the Research Recovery Network, a non‐profit research firm and outpatient treatment facility based in Boynton Beach, FL. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 2000 and his Master's Degree in Business Administration from UMass Boston in 2007.

Afternoon Cocktail Mixer and Poster Presentations

Join us for cocktails and discussion with colleagues about the day’s topics, and also view the poster presentations by current Wilkes University Pharmacy students!

Conference Speakers:

Shawn Casey, DentistShawn Casey, Dentist
Shawn Casey was a 1987 graduate of Wyoming Area. After graduating with high marks, he began his studies at Wilkes University. Through these studies he realized his dream of practicing dentistry in the Wyoming Valley, which he pursued at the University of Pittsburgh dental school. In 1994, after being licensed by the state, Dr. Casey opened a solo Dental practice.

In 2005, Dr. Casey expanded his Dental facility to a multi doctor practice and in 2009, he opened a special needs dentistry center dedicated to his aunt Mary Casey.

Dr. Casey is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry, the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, and is involved with local charities, church organizations and public service groups.

Christopher Connor, PhysicianChristopher Connor, Physician
Dr. Connor joined Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates in August of 2016 and treats patients in Wilkes-Barre at the John Heinz Campus. He received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from The Pennsylvania State University and his Osteopathic Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia where he was Chief Resident and awarded Resident Teacher of the Year in 2015. He then went on to complete an Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

Dr. Connor is double board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. Dr. Connor provides comprehensive, non-operative spine and musculoskeletal care. He performs fluoroscopically-guided spine injections, and advanced minimally-invasive procedures such as radiofrequency ablation and spinal cord stimulation. He also has a special interest in the utilization of both ultrasound and regenerative medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of various neuromuscular conditions.

Frank Bolock Jr., Attorney
For over 35 years, attorney Frank J. Bolock, Jr. has practiced civil and criminal law. He is a former Assistant District Attorney for Lackawanna County and is criminal defense lawyer with concentration in drug, DUI and treatment court issues. In addition to his work as a criminal defense attorney in Northeastern Pennsylvania, he is the president of the Treatment Court Advocacy Center of Lackawanna County, Founding Board member of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pa, Inc. and is a member of the Marworth Treatment Center Advisory Board. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton and the Duquesne University School of Law.

Maria FoyMaria Foy, Pharmacist
Maria Foy, PharmD, BCPS, CPE is a clinical pharmacy specialist in Palliative Care at Abington Hospital Jefferson Health, a 660 bed community teaching hospital 15 miles outside of Philadelphia. Maria graduated from Temple University with a BS in Pharmacy and received a non-traditional doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Maria became certified in pain management and education through the American Society of Pain Educators earning the title of Certified Pain Educator (CPE). Maria is also board certified in pharmacotherapy (BCPS).

In 2017, Maria received a Safety Award at Abington Jefferson Health for her work to develop safe opioid prescribing practices and received the Joe E. Smith Award from the Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacy, the states' recognition for excellence in clinical practice.

Thomas FrankoThomas Franko, Pharmacist 
Dr. Franko is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Wilkes University. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy, from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

After service as a clinical pharmacist in outpatient chronic pain management, Dr. Franko joined Wilkes University in 2013. He maintains an ambulatory care practice site with the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Clarks Summit, PA. He is highly involved with the pain management and anticoagulation programs within the Wright Center. Along with pharmacy students, Dr. Franko trains pharmacy and medical residents from Moses Taylor Hospital and the Wright Center. His interests are in pain management, primary care and incorporating the arts into pharmacy education.

Michelle Kwiec Outreach CounselorMichelle Kwiec, Outreach Counselor
Michelle Kwiec, LCSW, MSW, CADC, is a licensed clinical social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor who has been employed in the addictions field for 27 years. She has extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings, having treated both substance use disorders and dual-diagnosis patients.

Since 2010, Michelle has worked as an outreach counselor for Geisinger Health System, proving integrated behavioral healthcare in a number of clinical settings. During this time, she has worked with patients experiencing chronic pain, substance use disorder and a variety of mental health issues. She has helped to develop and implement the Multidisciplinary Pain Program, which is part of Geisinger's Medical Pain Management department.

Ryan Leckey Leckey LiveRyan Leckey, from WNEP-TV’s Leckey Live
From his can’t stand still intensity to his knack for creating engaging live television, Emmy-nominated newscaster Ryan Leckey is known for doing untraditional TV. Ryan is known for his energetic story telling of breaking news to his iconic interviews with television legends such as Regis Philbin, Barbara Walters, and past presidents including Bill Clinton. Ryan got his start in television right out of high school at WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Pa.

In 2005, Ryan accepted a reporter position at WNEP-TV, one of America’s highest rated television stations. He implemented and produces the popular “Leckey Live” as part of the Newswatch 16 This Morning show. One of Ryan’s biggest accomplishments is the “Ryan’s Run” campaign. On top of running in the New York City Marathon, he, along with WNEP-TV viewers, helped raise over $2.6 million in the past eight years for kids with disabilities at Allied Services Pediatric Program. 

Ryan earned his master’s degree from Marywood University in Communication Arts with a Concentration in Media Management where he also teaches courses in Media Performance and Broadcast News Writing.

Louise Litzy, Physical TherapistLouise Litzy, Physical Therapist
A 1994 graduate of the University of Scranton (Scranton, Pennsylvania), Louise Litzy is presently employed as a Physical Therapist by Geisinger HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital (Danville, Pennsylvania) in Outpatient therapy. Ms.Litzy has a special interest in pelvic floor physical therapy and chronic/persistent pain and has published research with the Geisinger Urogynocology Department entitled, "Randomized Trial Comparing Two Procedures for Anterior Vaginal Wall Prolapse" (Neurourol Urodynam. 2013 Mar 18:0.)

Ms. Litzy recently presented at Geisinger Health System Conferences entitled "7th Annual Persistent Pain Symposium: A Multidisciplinary Approach" and "Pelvic Floor Review Series Part 1-Incontinence". She is a member of Geisinger Health System's Multidisciplinary Pain Program. As part of her commitment to ongoing education, Louise Litzy has completed courses on "Explain Pain", "Graded Motor Imagery" and "Mobilization of the Nervous System" through NeuroOrthopaedic Institute (Australia).

Eugene LucasEugene Lucas, Nurse Practitioner 
Dr. Lucas has over 17 years' experience as a nationally board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and 12 years' experience as an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. His clinical expertise and scholarship interests include adult and geriatric psychiatric inpatient and outpatient mental health; creation of interdisciplinary patient care plans using inter-professional teams; and Forensic mental health for 9 years in adult male and female state corrections institutions. He has received the 2017 AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners) Nurse Practitioner of the year award for Pennsylvania.

Dr. Lucas has been an assistant professor at Wilkes University since 2013 and an active member of the graduate nursing faculty in developing the new distance education curriculum for the Psychiatric nurse practitioner programs, while assisting in the transformation of existing graduate nursing curriculum to a distance education format. He currently serves as the coordinator for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. He is a member of the PA Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners of Northeastern Pa, and the AANP. Dr. Lucas earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Wilkes University, a Master's Certificate from Drexel University in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing, a Master's degree in nursing from Misericordia University in Family Advanced Practice Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Wilkes University.

Jake Nichols PharmacistJake Nichols, Pharmacist
Jake Nichols is a pharmacist in long‐term recovery with extensive experience in community pharmacy, academia, primary care, managed care, and pharmaceutical industry. He specializes in the treatment of substances use disorders, with a focus on medication assisted treatment. Through his fifteen‐year struggle with substance abuse, he found his calling in the field and has dedicated his career to helping patients and their families suffering from this debilitating chronic disease. By providing clinical support for clinicians treating patients with substance use disorder and serving as a vocal advocate for treatment, Jake has established himself as a key resource within the field.

Dr. Nichols has spoken at well over 100 pharmacy, nursing, and medical schools across the country in the past 5 years, sharing his story with students and faculty, and he regularly facilitates patient and parent support groups. He has recently established his own clinical consulting group called Strategic Recovery Resources of which he is owner and CEO. Jake is also co‐founder of the Research Recovery Network, a non‐profit research firm and outpatient treatment facility based in Boynton Beach, FL. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 2000 and his Master's Degree in Business Administration from UMass Boston in 2007.

Jennifer Pruskowski PharmacistDr. Jennifer Pruskowski, Pharmacist
Dr. Pruskowski received her PharmD from Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. She then completed a Post-Graduate Year One Pharmacy Practice and Post-Graduate Year Two Geriatric Residency from the Williams Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina, as well as an Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bronx, New York. Dr. Pruskowski is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, and a Certified Pain Educator, and has received specialized training in pain management from the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Her clinical practice site is the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Palliative Supportive Institute (PSI) as the Palliative Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist.

Judge Joseph F. SlaroskyJudge Joseph F. Sklarosky, Jr. 
Judge Joe Sklarosky Jr. was raised in West Wyoming and Plains Township in Luzerne County. Joe is a graduate of Coughlin High School and King's College (summa cum laude) both located in Wilkes-Barre. He received his Juris Doctorate (cum laude) at Widener Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg. Joe was admitted to the bar in November of 1994, and in addition to practicing law with his father, Joe Sr., he served for 16 years as an Assistant Public Defender in Luzerne County. In 2011, Joe was nominated by both Democrat and Republican voters and elected to the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Trial Division and since 2014 has been the Supervising Judge over the Specialty and Treatment courts. In addition, he presides over the Veterans' Court Track which began in January 2017.

Dave Withers PhysicianDave Withers, Physician
Dr. Withers is a former emergency physician who has practiced Addiction Medicine since 1999. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Withers was the Associate Medical Director at Geisinger/Marworth from 2004 until 2015. He is the co-founder of the Geisinger/Marworth Addiction Medicine Fellowship training program for physicians and was the Director of that program from 2006 until his retirement in 2015. In response to the current opioid epidemic, Dr. Withers recently came back to Geisinger full time where he works with patients undergoing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for substance use disorder.

Mohegan Sun Pocono
To reserve a room at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Thursday, April 19, please go to: aws.passkey.com/go/AprilConference

A list of other area hotels can be found at: wilkes.edu/placestostay

Up to 6 hours of continuing education credit available for these professionals:

Counselors
Wilkes University is a preapproved provider of continuing education for professional counselors through the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

Dentists
Luzerne County Dental Society-Pa is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 10/1/2015 to 9/30/2018. Provider ID#219119

Pharmacists
The Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participants who attend the full program and complete an evaluation form for this knowledge-based activity will be awarded a statement of credit at the conclusion of the program for .6 CEUs (6 hours). ACPE # 0097-0000-17-049-L05-P.

Physical Therapists
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy for 6 hours (approval #PTCE013007).

Physicians
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and Luzerne County Medical Society. The Pennsylvania Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Pennsylvania Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Wilkes University is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Nurses who attend will receive a certificate for 6 hours at the conclusion of the programs, 6 of which qualify for pharmacology.

Social Workers
Wilkes University is a preapproved provider of continuing education for programs for social workers and clinical social workers as an accredited university. Social Workers who attend will receive a certificate for 6 hours at the conclusion of the program.

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