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Dana Point, CA

October 19 - 22, 2020


In light of recent COVID-19 developments and new restrictions in California, the NPACE Primary Care & Pharmacology Conference in Dana Point, CA (October 19-22) has been canceled. Those registered for the conference were notified by email earlier today and provided with details on registration refunds. The Laguna Cliffs Marriott is also closed indefinitely and will be canceling all room reservations made in the NPACE room block.


We continue to monitor this rapidly developing situation for all of our upcoming conference destinations and will provide additional updates as needed. Please continue to monitor your email, the NPACE web site, and our social media channels for the latest conference details. Be sure to check out NPACE’s inaugural Virtual Conference, September 25 & 26!

Dana Point, CA Conference
2-day Primary Care + 2-day Pharmacology
October 19-22, 2020
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa



Fulfill your professional development and specific licensure needs at these 2-day Primary Care and 2-day Pharmacotherapeutics continuing education conferences. Dana Point, CA Conference sessions emphasize the latest evidence and guideline-based clinical knowledge needed to prescribe and manage high priority primary care topics.

Primary Care (October 19-20) | 10 Contact Hours/(TBA Pharm Hours)
Pharmacology (October 21-22) | 12 Contact Hours/12 Pharm Hours


Conference Registration Deadlines/Fees

Early Registration – by September 14, 2020
General Attendee: $355 (one conference) I $680 (both conferences)
Senior (60+), Student/New Grad: $315 (one conference) I $635 (both conferences)

Standard Registration (all types except Military)  – after September 14, 2020
$420 (one conference) I $800 (both conferences)

Military – (anytime)
$295 (one conference) I $585 (both conferences)

All registrations are subject to a $50 non-refundable administration fee.

Keynote speaker


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Keynote Speaker: Wendy L. Wright, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, FNAP
Wendy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2019 from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She is a 1992 graduate of the Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and completed a family nurse practitioner post-master’s program in 1995. She is an adult and family nurse practitioner and the owner of two, nurse practitioner owned and operated clinics within New Hampshire named: Wright & Associates Family Healthcare. Her family practices have won numerous awards, including Top Providers in New Hampshire 2018, Top 20 Fastest Growing Family Business, and Top 20 Women-Owned Business in New Hampshire. In addition, she is the Owner of Partners in Healthcare Education, a medical education company. She is the Past President of NPACE and the Senior lecturer for Fitzgerald Health Education Associates.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and was chosen by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as the 1999 recipient of the New Hampshire State Excellence Award. In addition, she received the 2009 NH Nurse Practitioner of the Year and the 2014 Top 5 Women in New Hampshire Business Award. In 2005, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; in October 2014, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and in March 2017, a Fellow into the National Academies of Practice.

She is the founder of the NH Chamber of Entrepreneurial Nurse Practitioners, an organization designed to assist nurse practitioners with independent practice issues. In addition to full-time clinical practice, she presents nationally to different audiences and has been a speaker at over 1000 conferences in 47 states. She is the nurse practitioner representative to the State of NH Immunization Advisory Board. She has been a medical media spokesperson for numerous companies and has appeared on radio, television, and in print magazines. Wendy is frequently consulted by malpractice attorneys around the area of clinical practice and has worked on more than 100 malpractice cases involving nurses and nurse practitioners.
Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP
Dr. Angela Golden, is a current fellow and past president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Her tenure as the president of the AANP gives her a unique and overarching perspective of the multifunctional role of the Nurse Practitioner. For the past 18 years, Angie has had her own practice—NP from Home, LLC—where she provides clinical services in a family practice and for the past 3 years a subspecialty obesity practice, NP Obesity Treatment Clinic.

Angie has a great deal of experience in leadership positions and clinical practice. She has authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters covering a range of health topics including health policy. She has presented nationally and internationally with an emphasis on health policy, leadership, and various clinical topics.
Josh Hamilton is a family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of experience. He has full prescriptive authority in Nevada and has been licensed to practice in several states as well as in British Columbia. He earned his doctorate in nursing from Rush University and bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Wyoming.

He is nationally certified as a psychiatric-mental health nurse; family nurse practitioner; family psychiatric nurse practitioner and nurse educator. He has been nominated for the AACC David R. Pierce Faculty Technology Award and was recognized as a doctoral scholar by the National League for Nursing. In 2017, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. He is a certified master clinical psychopharmacologist through the Neuroscience Education Institute.

Previously, Dr. Hamilton worked for UNLV, the College of Southern Nevada, Touro University, Wyoming Behavioral Institute, University of Victoria, Casper College and Harmony Healthcare, where he was associate medical director. In addition to his private practice, he is a contributing professor at Walden University and Adjunct Professor at Roseman University of Health Sciences. He speaks regularly around the country about new advancements in behavioral health and psychiatry.

Dr. Hamilton is interested in neurobiology and epigenetics. His clinical practice and research have been focused on pediatric mental health, producing a model of adolescent insight development. He has studied the impact of culture on the presentation of anxiety disorders in young adult populations and has gained expertise in nursing educational administration, program development and evaluation.
Amy B. Harris, MSN, APN, OCNS-C
Amy B. Harris, MSN, APN, OCNS-C, has spent the past 30 years working in a variety of orthopaedic settings to include level one trauma hospital in-patient units, ambulatory care settings, a rehabilitation hospital, operating rooms, as well as in out-patient pediatric orthopaedics and rheumatology. Amy's roles within these settings have included those of staff nurse, nurse manager, clinical nurse specialist, advanced practice nurse, and clinical program coordinator. She has demonstrated her expertise holding certification as an orthopaedic clinical nurse specialist. Her commitment to the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) is evident in her participation as a national congress speaker. She is chair of the test committee for the Orthopaedic Nursing Certification Board (ONCB) and has served as an item-writer for the ONCB's certification exams. Amy served on NAON's education committee, and she was co-chair of NAON's first full day APN conference. Amy has earned distinction as a sought-after presenter on a variety of orthopaedic-related topics. She has shared her insights nationally at conferences co-sponsored by NAON and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. She has also presented orthopaedic certification courses.
Christopher Hemmer, DNP, ANP
Dr. Christopher Hemmer has been board certified as an adult nurse practitioner since 1999. His area of specialty is in adult spinal disorders for the last 19 years. Dr. Hemmer chairs a cadaveric CNE course yearly. Dr. Hemmer research area is in vertebral compression fractures and osteoporosis. Specifically, the identification and management of fractures and osteoporosis in the adult population is a strong area of interest.
Dr. Sally Miller has been practicing as a nurse practitioner for 25 years. She is board certified as a family NP, Adult/Geriatric, Acute NP, and recently as a Psych/Mental Health NP. Dr. Miller is an associate professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She maintains an active clinical practice with ICarePsychiatry. Sally has published over 30 research and clinical articles with emphasis on issues related to adult health and illness as well as obesity. She has been an active conference presenter and author in the NP community since 1996.
Audrey M. Stevenson, PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC
Audrey M. Stevenson, PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC, is a family nurse practitioner with more than 30 years of clinical and public health experience.

Dr. Stevenson, who holds master of public health and master of nursing degrees, received her doctorate in public health from the University of Utah. She has worked in public health for the past 31 years and is currently Division Director of Family Health Services of the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she manages 6 public health centers and various initiatives, including the immunization program, WIC, clinical collaborations, Clinical Collaborations, Public Health Nursing, and Home Visiting programs.

A family nurse practitioner, Dr. Stevenson has worked in a variety of inpatient and ambulatory settings and has been a nurse consultant to the Salt Lake City School District. She is a current faculty member of a graduate Nurse Practitioner program. She has published several articles and has been a national and international speaker on topics affecting school nurses, advanced practice nurses, and other medical and pharmacy providers.

In October 2010, Dr. Stevenson was awarded the American Nurses Association Immunity Award as a result of her efforts to promote the use of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccine at public health clinics, resulting in a new protocol at several Utah hospitals to offer the vaccine to postpartum women prior to discharge. She has also been the recipient of the Beatty ward, the highest public health award in the state of Utah and was recently awarded the national 2016 MCH Effective Practice award for her work in state and national vaccination efforts.
Virginia Valentine, APRN-CNS, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE
Virginia Valentine, APRN-CNS, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, practices as a Diabetes Specialist with Clinica La Esperanza in Albuquerque managing a wide variety of clinical challenges in diabetes in a primary care group. She is also a faculty clinician with Endo ECHO with University of New Mexico. Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians across New Mexico to provide better care to more people, right where they live. Ms. Valentine received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing in Oklahoma City. She is board-certified in Advanced Diabetes Management and is a Certified Diabetes Educator.

In 2006, the American Association of Diabetes Educators recognized Ms. Valentine with its Distinguished Service Award and awarded her Fellow status in 2010. Ms. Valentine has been awarded the 2019 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes by the American Diabetes Association.Ms. Valentine is a member of the Advanced Practice Advisory Board for the New Mexico Board of Nursing,served on the editorial board for Clinical Diabetes, an American Diabetes Association Journal and is a member of international editorial board for Canadian Diabetes Journal. She is on the Advisory Board for Diatribe and serves on the steering committee for the D-Series Executive Innovation Labs.She serves as an advisor to many pharmaceutical and diabetes product companies. Ms. Valentine is the author of the book Diabetes, the New Type 2, a contributor to The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference 4th edition 2017, and the Complete Nurses Guide to Diabetes Care, 3rd Edition 2017, American Diabetes Associations well as articles in various journals including Clinical Diabetes, Diabetes Spectrum, Disease Management, and The Diabetes Educator and Clinical Endocrinology News. She has been living well with type 2 diabetes for over 35 years.


Monday, October 19, 2020


7:00 am - 8:00 am
Primary Care Conference Registration

Primary Care Conference

9:15 am - 10:15 am
A1: Lab Interpretation with Case Studies
10:25 am - 11:25 am
B1: Common Sport Injuries
11:25 am - 12:00 pm
Sign in with Sponsor for Product Theater
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
LP1: NON-CE Product Theater Lunch Session

This session is provided by a commercial interest. Contact Hours will not be awarded.

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
C1: Dermatology Across the Lifespan
2:25 pm - 3:25 pm
D1: Presentation and Identification of Autoimmune/Rheumatologic Conditions
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Primary Care Conference

7:00 am - 8:00 am
BR1: Influenza Treatment in the Primary Care Setting

By completing this session, participants will be able to apply new evidence into practice regarding the use of diagnostic testing, treatment and chemoprophylaxis for people with, or at risk for, influenza. Also, Incorporate the use of antiviral agents into practice based on their ability to reduce transmission, as well as treat people with influenza who are at normal or high risk for complications.

Content Developed by: John J. Russell, MD, Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA; Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Program Director, Family Medicine Residency, Abington – Jefferson Health, Abington, PA.  This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.
This continuing nurse education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education.

8:15 am - 9:15 am
E1: Chest X-Ray for Primary Care
9:15 am - 9:45 am
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
9:45 am - 10:45 am
F1: Creating an Obesity Treatment Plan
10:55 am - 11:55 am
G1: Spine Pain Evaluation and Treatment
11:55 am - 12:30 pm
Sign in with Sponsor for Product Theater
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
LP2: NON-CE Product Theater Lunch Session

This session is provided by a commercial interest. Contact Hours will not be awarded.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
H1: Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits: Part 1
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
I1: Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits: Part 2
Wednesday, October 21, 2020


7:00 am - 8:00 am
Pharmacology Conference Registration

Pharmacology Conference

8:00 am - 9:30 am
PH1: Diabetes Pharmacotherapeutics: Part 1
10:00 am - 11:30 am
PH2: Diabetes Pharmacotherapeutics: Part 2
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sign in with Sponsor for Product Theater
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
PH-LP1: NON-CE Product Theater Lunch Session

This session is provided by a commercial interest. Contact Hours will not be awarded.

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
PH3: Immunizations and Infectious Disease Pharmacology Update
2:55 pm - 4:25 pm
PH4: Polypharmacy Management in Primary Care
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Pharmacology Conference

7:00 am - 8:00 am
PH-BR1: Expanding the Role of the NP in Managing Major Depressive Disorder: Challenge Accepted

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Lundbeck.

This continuing nurse education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education.

8:15 am - 9:45 am
PH5: Cardiovascular/Hypertension Pharmacology
10:00 am - 11:30 am
PH6: Geriatric Pharmacology
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sign in with Sponsor for Product Theater
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
PH-LP2: NON-CE Product Theater Lunch Session

This session is provided by a commercial interest. Contact Hours will not be awarded.

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
PH7: Pharmacology for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PH8: Safe Prescribing of Benzodiazepines



General Attendee $800.00
Discounted Price
If Registered By


Monday, September 14, 2020

Senior (60+) /Student/New Grad $800.00
Discounted Price
If Registered By


Monday, September 14, 2020

Military $585.00


General Attendee $420.00
Discounted Price
If Registered By


Monday, September 14, 2020

Senior (60+)/Student/New Grad $420.00
Discounted Price
If Registered By


Monday, September 14, 2020

Military $295.00


General Attendee $420.00
Discounted Price
If Registered By


Monday, September 14, 2020

Senior (60+)/Student/New Grad $420.00
Discounted Price
If Registered By


Monday, September 14, 2020

Miltary $295.00
All registrations are subject to a $50 non-refundable administration fee.



All registrations must be paid in full by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) at the time of registration. NPACE no longer accepts payment by check. 4th for Free, Letter of Credit and complimentary registrations all require a $50 non-refundable administration fee upon registration.

If using Letter of Credit, 4th for free, or complimentary registration, please contact NPACE 508-907-6424 x1 for registration information.


Written notice of cancellation must be received by email or letter. A refund, excluding the $50 non-refundable administrative fee, will be issued when cancellation is received no later than one month prior to the conference start date. Refunds are processed based on the original form of payment.

A letter of credit, excluding the $50 non-refundable administrative fee, will be issued when cancellation is received between 30 and 8 days of the conference start date. This is valid for 12 months from issuance and may be used for towards any NPACE conference.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations received within 7 days of the conference start date.


In the very unlikely event that NPACE cancels or postpones a conference due to circumstances beyond its control, NPACE’s liability shall be limited to refund of paid registration fees.



Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa  Image result for laguna cliffs marriott resort & spa

5135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

Cut Off Date:  September 25, 2020
Discounted Rate:  $229 Single  (plus local/state taxes)
Resort Fee: Waived
Online Reservations: CLICK HERE TO BOOK

  Based on availability; Group rates can apply 3 days before and after the conference dates


Spa Discount:
20% Discount on Spa Services (not including retail, salon, or previously discounted services)

Resort Fee: Waived and includes the following:
High speed Internet access in guestrooms 24 Access to Executive Fitness Center Domestic phone calls in guest room

$30 for Overnight parking
NOTE: Resort Fee has been waived, it may show up on reservation page but will not be charged.

NPACE Room Block Note

NPACE strongly advises that you do not make travel reservations until you have a confirmed conference registration.  NPACE conferences frequently sell out prior to early registration date.
Hotel Rates are based on room block availability and can’t be guaranteed if room block sells out before cut off dates. Space and room types are limited, so please make your reservations early! Hotel cancellation policies vary, check with hotel for cancellation policy if you need to cancel your reservation. Only reservations made through the group block are eligible for additional amenities and discounts.


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