Workshop Presenters

Recognizing the Value of Advance Care Planning and MOLST/eMOLST
Tuesday, September 29

Presenter: Katie Orem, MPH, Geriatrics & Palliative Care Program Manager, eMOLST Administrator, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield 

Katie Orem serves as the Geriatrics & Palliative Care Program Manager at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield as well as the eMOLST Administrator for NYS. Katie has 9 years of experience working on advance care planning, end-of-life care, palliative care and the MOLST program. Katie received her Master's in Public Health from Yale University and did her undergraduate work at Cornell University. Katie currently manages all aspects of the eMOLST (Electronic Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) project including conceptual development, testing, and implementation of eMOLST in nursing homes, providers’ offices, and at health systems. Katie also trains providers and community members from across NYS in usage and implementation of both paper MOLST & eMOLST.

Pain Management: Ouch! Why Does That Hurt and What To Do About It
Tuesday, October 20

Presenter: Michael Costello, PT, DSc, OCS, MTC, Cayuga Medical Center

Dr. Costello is the Coordinator of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program and the Spine Fellowship Program at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY, where he teaches courses related to clinical reasoning, management of spinal conditions, clinical application of pain sciences, and manual therapy. He received his physical therapy degree from Ithaca College in 1997, completed his Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) with the University of St. Augustine in 2004, became board certified in Orthopedics (OCS) in 2011, and graduated from the Doctor of Science program in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University in 2012. He has presented at national, state, and local venues on a variety of topics including pain management in rehabilitation.  His clinical practice focuses on the management of patients with orthopedic conditions and individuals with chronic pain.

Aging and Religion Panel
Wednesday, November 4

Rev. Tim Dean, Director of Spiritual Care, Cayuga Medical Center
Rev. Barbara E. Blom, Pastor, St. Pauls ELCA, and Bereavement Counselor, Hospicare and Palliative Care Services
Deana Bodnar, PhD, Board Member, Namgyal Institute for Buddhist Studies
Rev. Joe Marcoux, STL, Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Parish

Rev. Tim Dean is the Director of Spiritual Care at Cayuga Medical Center where he has worked since 2007. Rev. Dean is a third generation Baptist minister who was raised in Massachusetts, though his family roots are in Tennessee. A graduate of Belmont University in Nashville TN, and Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth TX, Rev. Dean’s faith is rooted in evangelical Christianity, but has grown into an ecumenism that celebrates all people, and welcomes all faiths. (He describes himself as a “Baptist with Buddhist leanings.”) His personal interests include poetry, outdoor exercise (hiking, paddling, sailing, XC skiing) and occasional work as an instructor/facilitator for Cornell Outdoor Education. 

Rev. Barb E Blom has a Master of Divinity and did her clinical pastoral education at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She is the Pastor of St Pauls ELCA in Spencer, NY. For the past six years, Rev. Blom has been a per diem spiritual counselor at Hospicare and Palliative Care Services and is the new Spiritual Care and Bereavement Counselor for Hospicare in Cortland County. She is the caregiver for her mother who is blind and has significant hearing loss. 

Deana Bodnar has been a practicing Buddhist for over 20 years and affiliated specifically with Tibetan Buddhism and Namgyal Monastery for 15 years.  She has a PhD in Neurobiology (UC Berkeley 1990) and has taught several classes at Namgyal on the neurobiology of meditation.  She currently works as a social worker in program planning and development at Tompkins County Department of Social Services.  

Prior to entering seminary, Rev. Joseph Marcoux, STL, was a professional chef for ten years. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2001 and was assigned to Sacred Heart Cathedral from 2001-2005 as the Parochial vicar. He was then assigned to serve as Parochial vicar to several parishes in Livingston County from 2005-2007 and from 2007-2010 was the Sacramental Minister to three churches in Wayne County. From 2010 to present he serves as Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Tompkins County. His area of specialization is Sacred Scripture.  Father Marcoux's educational history includes Seminary Formation at the American College Leuven, Belgium, Graduate Studies at the Keeble College Oxford, England, and Undergraduate Studies at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He served as a parish priest for the last fourteen years and has a myriad of experiences in pastoral care. 

Meaningful Activity for Aging Gracefully
Monday, November 30

Presenter: Eleanor Leibson, OTR/L, PYT, DRS

Eleanor Leibson, OTR/L, PYT, DRS, has 25 years of experience in the field of occupational therapy, specializing in health and wellness rehabilitation. She also holds dual certification in yoga teaching and yoga therapy and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She cares for patients at Cayuga Medical Center’s Brentwood Drive clinic, incorporating mindfulness, stress reduction, cognitive behavioral therapy and conservative pain management strategies to help patients improve their functional abilities.