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NPacers March Virtual Conference

March 16, 2022

The NPacers March 2022 Virtual Conference will cover topics in Primary Care and Pharmacology, along with industry symposiums from NPACE partners. Be sure to join NPACE on Wednesday, March 16th for a full day of continuing education!

Topics include Alzheimer’s, Glucose Monitoring, Managing Patients with CKD, Diabetes Risks, COPD, Psoriasis, Alopecia, Orthopedics, new treatment options in Gastroenterology, and optional IUD Training.

Don’t miss out on this one day event. Only $50! Now, earn up to 6 hours of CE.


Participant Disclaimer: Grubhub credits at NPACE events are issued based on each event’s requirements for earning Grubhub credit. For this virtual conference, participants can earn up to $75 in Grubhub credit for participating in Product Theater sessions. Grubhub may not be available to all NPACE participants due to limitations in geographic areas that Grubhub serves.


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.
Davida F. Kruger, MSN, APNBC, BCADM
Certified Nurse Practitioner Henry Ford Health System Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Bone and Mineral Disease New Center One Detroit, MI Ms. Kruger has been a certified nurse practitioner in diabetes at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI, for more than 35 years. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Boston College, in Boston, MA. Her role includes both clinical practice and research, and she is board-certified in both primary care and advanced diabetes management. Ms. Kruger has been a co-investigator on numerous studies of diabetes interventions and care, including the National Institutes of Health-funded multicenter EDIC and ACCORD trials. She lectures extensively throughout the United States on maximizing outcomes in diabetes and diabetes management. She is a past Chair of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Research Foundation and has served on the ADA Research Policy Committee. She is also an ADA Past President, Health Care and Education. She has published more than 50 abstracts, articles, and chapters on diabetes management and authored the 2006 second edition of The Diabetes Travel Guide. She has also served as editor-in-chief of two American Diabetes Association (ADA) journals, Diabetes Spectrum and Clinical Diabetes. Her awards include the Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Research; ADA’s Rachmeil Levine Award for Distinguished Service, Award for Outstanding Service in Diabetes Research Funding, Wendell Mays Award, and 2017 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award; the 2014 Clara Ford Award for Nursing Excellence in Research and Education, the 2014 Wayne State University School of Nursing Alumna of the Year Award, and the 2017 International Diabetes Center Donnell Etzwiler Memorial Award.
Geraldine Francisco, NP-C, CDE
Geraldine Francisco is a Sr. Diabetes Clinical Science Liaison for AstraZeneca. She is a Certified Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Diabetes Educator. ... Prior to moving to the United States in 2003, Geraldine worked as a Certified Diabetes Educator at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital
Javier Perez-Fernandez, MD, FCCM, FCCP
Dr. Perez-Fernandez is the Medical Director of Critical Care services at the Baptist Hospital of Miami. He is also the director of of Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Training Program at the Larkin University School of Medicine.
Brooks Cash, MD
Brooks Cash, MD University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Brooks D. Cash, MD is Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where he is also the Dan and Lillie Sterling Professor of Clinical Gastroenterology and Endowed Director of the Chao-Ertan Directorship at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School. Dr. Cash received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration (Finance) with Honors from the University of Texas in Austin and earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He completed his internship, residency, and gastroenterology fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, and served for 24 years in the United States Navy. Dr. Cash has authored over 200 articles and book chapters on a wide variety of gastrointestinal topics and his clinical interests include disorders of brain-gut interaction, colorectal cancer screening alternatives, and Barrett’s esophagus. He was recognized as one of the best gastroenterologists in Houston by Houstonia magazine in August, 2019.
Victoria (Tori) Garcia-Albea, NP, Lahey Clinic
Victoria Garcia-Albea, NPis a pediatric nurse practitioner working at Lahey Clinic Dermatology in Burlington, MA.She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with her BSN in 2003 and her MSN in 2006.She then completed the Lahey Clinic Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program in 2007.She worked at Lahey Dermatology from 2--7 until 2011. She then worked at Mystic Valley Dermatology in Stoneham, MA from 2011 until 2019.In 2019 she returned to Lahey Clinic to take over as director of the Lahey Clinic Dermatology NP Fellowship Program.She is in charge of the Lahey Dermatology Hair Loss Clinic and is the lead NP for the Lahey Clinic Hansen's Disease Program.She has been married to the love of her life since 2008 and has 2 school-age boys. She enjoys her work immensely, but outside of work you can find her running, biking, hiking, rock climbingand snowboarding.
Brett King, MD, PhD
Brett King, MD, PhD Associate Professor of Dermatology Yale School of Medicine New Haven, CT
Christine Kessler, MN, ANP, CNS, BC-ADM, CDTC, FAANP
Christine Kessler is an award-winning nurse practitioner, national/international speaker, prolific author, and clinical consultant specializing in Endocrinology and Metabolic Medicine. During her 47 years of nursing (40 years in advanced practice) she has held diverse roles in management, research, academia (undergraduate and graduate nursing), and clinical practice; the latter as a critical care clinical specialist, an acute care nurse practitioner (as hospitalist & intensivist) and adult endocrinology nurse practitioner. After 15 years as the senior nurse practitioner at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolic Medicine, Christine now focuses on providing diabetes and weight loss management, as well as general endocrine services to an impoverished population in rural Virginia. Christine has received numerous clinical practice and patient satisfaction awards, among them three prestigious Outstanding Civilian Service Awards, the Department of Medicine’s Army Silver ACE Award for being voted TOP medical provider by the medical staff and the Coin of Excellence personally awarded by the Surgeon General for having the highest patient satisfaction rating of all health care providers in the Army WORLDWIDE. Christine co-chairs the popular, national Metabolic & Endocrine Disease Summit (MEDS) and is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Christopher Hemmer, DNP, ANP, ONP-C, FAANP
"Dr. Hemmer has been board certified as an adult nurse practitioner since 1999. He is also a board-certified orthopedic nurse practitioner and a fellow of the American Association of nurse practitioners. His area of specialty is in adult spinal disorders for the last 22 years. He currently evaluates new patients as well as established pre and post-operative patients. Chris has spent over nine years moonlighting in the emergency department in the past as well. Dr. Hemmer started teaching as an adjunct for Saint Louis University in 2007. In the fall of 2013, Christopher accepted a full-time position with the school of nursing as an assistant professor for graduate students. He has co-taught several graduate-level courses over the years as well as performed as a guest lecturer during residency for the NP students. Chris has been receptive for several years to teaching in the clinical setting as a preceptor for NP students interested in spinal diseases and wanting to increase their radiology knowledge. Dr. Hemmer chairs a cadaveric CNE course yearly for spine specialists. Chris has presented various spine topics on the local, state, and national level over the years. 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. "
Havian Sterile, MSN, FNP-BC
Havian is a medical educator with Bayer Pharmaceuticals focusing on topics in Women's Health.


Wednesday, March 16, 2022
9:00 am - 9:45 am
PRODUCT THEATER: Revolutionizing the Management of Your Patients With CKD at Risk of Progression, With or Without T2D

Sponsored non-CE

Speaker: Geraldine Francisco, NP-C, CDE

Describe the Progressive nature of CKD leading to significant morbidity and mortality.
Discuss the disease burden of CKD and importance of screening and diagnosis.
SGTL2i as recommended part of initial therapy in patients with T2D and CKD.
Overview of DAPA-CKD trial and trial endpoints.

Enduring access until April 16, 2022.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
A1: PCEC Partner Program: Updates in Managing Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Role of the Primary Care Clinician

Sponsored CE



Supported by an educational grant from Biogen.


Recent developments in the treatment of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease have created a lot of excitement…and confusion. This presentation will describe those recent developments and provide guidance in incorporating them into practice.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

• Implement evidence-based methods for cognitive impairment screening in primary care.

• Identify correct diagnostic criteria for MCI and AD based on current guideline recommendations.

• Design appropriate and effective treatment plans for patients with MCI and AD and refer to a specialist when necessary.

• Describe advances in testing and treatment for AD that may impact dementia.

Enduring access until April 16, 2022.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
A2: PCEC Partner Program: Common Questions on Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Primary Care

Sponsored CE


Davida F. Kruger, MSN, APNBC, BCADM

Supported by an educational grant from Abbott Diabetes.


Continuous Glucose Monitoring is making a big impact on diabetes care – and patient outcomes. This presentation addresses many of the common questions asked by clinicians about CGM, including questions about data interpretation and obtaining coverage.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

•Identify patients who are good candidates for a CGM versus fingerstick blood glucose monitoring.

•List the types of information provided by CGM systems.

•Locate and interpret CGM data using the Ambulatory Glucose Profile (AGP) to assess if the patients is achieving targets established by the International Consensus on Time in Range (TIR).

•Modify the treatment plan based on CGM data to improve patient outcomes.

Enduring access until April 16, 2022.

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
PRODUCT THEATER: Applying Guidelines and Real-World Evidence to COPD Management

Sponsored non-CE, Sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim

Speaker: Javier Perez-Fernandez, MD, FCCM, FCCP

Live only.


1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
PRODUCT THEATER: Abbvie: A Proactive Way to Treat IBS-D: Post-Marketing Information and Phase 4 Data

Sponsored non-CE, Sponsored by Abbvie

Speaker: Brooks Cash, MD 

Live only.

Please join us in a clinical review of exciting Phase 4 data and the latest post-marketing information on a proactive treatment that may help your IBS-D patients. IBS-D is a chronic functional disorder of the GI system that affects approximately 16 million people.

Company attribution: AbbVie

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
A3: National Psoriasis Foundation Partner Program: Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis for Advance Practice Providers

Sponsored CE

Speaker: Victoria (Tori) Garcia-Albea, NP, Lahey Clinic

Enduring access until April 16, 2022.

Overview/Program Description
·        Title: Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis for Advance Practice Providers
·        Learn the pathophysiology of psoriatic disease, how to employ appropriate strategies to diagnose and treat comorbidities and approaches to collaborate as a healthcare team. Expand your knowledge of treatment approaches with helpful, case-based examples.                                                             

Learning Objectives
·        Describe the pathophysiology of psoriatic disease.
·        Review treatments and disease management.
·        Employ appropriated strategies to diagnose and treat comorbidities associated with psoriatic disease.
The National Psoriasis Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The National Psoriasis Foundation designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation of the activity.

·        Advisory Board – Sanofi Genzyme 

·        This program is sponsored by AbbVie and supported by educational grants from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen and Pfizer.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
A4: Med Learning Group: Assessing the Growing Evidence in Alopecia Areata: The Role of JAK Inhibitors

Sponsored CE, Sponsored by Med Learning Group 

Speaker: Brett King, MD, PhD

Enduring access TBD.

This case-based live activity will cover the treatment of patients with Alopecia Areata (AA).
Learning Objectives:
– Explain the autoimmune mechanisms of current and emerging treatments for AA
– Determine which patients with AA are and are not candidates for JAK inhibitors
– Create treatment plans for patients with AA that address the comorbidities and psychosocial impacts of the disease

This CME initiative is designed to meet the educational needs of dermatology professionals who care for patients with AA. The grand round is accredited for physicians for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. RNs and APNs will be awarded 1.00 contact hour(s) of continuing nursing education.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Orthopedics: Upper Extremities (On-Demand NPACE Webinar)


Speaker: Christopher Hemmer, DNP, ANP, ONP-C, FAANP

Enduring access until April 16th, 2022.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
PCEC Partner Program: Optimizing the Benefits of GLP-1 Receptor Agonists in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (On-Demand)

Sponsored CE

Speaker: Christine Kessler, MN, ANP, CNS, BC-ADM, CDTC, FAANP

Enduring access until March 31st, 2022.

Please complete our pre-presentation survey. Copy and paste the following URL into a browser: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=163918154000

Participants can earn 1.0 CE Credit for participating in the PCEC partner program, “Optimizing the Benefits of GLP-1 RAs in T2DM.” This course is available until March 31st and must be completed by then to earn credit.


Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs) are an important element in the American Diabetes Association’s treatment algorithm for T2DM, yet they are under-prescribed. Learn about the benefits and limitations of GLP-1RAs and how they are making a difference in the lives of patients with T2DM.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the activity, participants will be able to:

• Compare the glycemic and extra-glycemic profile of GLP-1RAs with other classes of medications for type 2 diabetes mellitus.

• Contrast the similarities and differences among currently available GLP-1RAs.•Select and optimize GLP-1RA therapy in collaboration with the patient to facilitate long-term patient self-management and adherence.

• Individualize GLP-1RA therapy for patients with T2DM and CV risk factors or established atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease as recommended by the ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2021.

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bayer IUD Training

Sponsored non-CE

Speaker: Havian Sterile, MSN, FNP-BC 

Live only.

Requires separate registration. Virtual Conference registrants will receive instructions on how to register for Bayer IUD training. Deadline to register for IUD training is Friday, March 4.


Virtual Conference
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Webinar (Sponsored-Free)
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