Ask the Experts

ASK THE EXPERTS – topics are final. Times and speakers are tentative. Check back in October for confirmed info!

25 or 50 minute sessions. Talks followed by questions and answers. Each session repeated.

Classroom locations will be posted outside the Gymnasium.


Group A: 8:30-9:20am and 9:30-10:20am (Sessions are repeated)
Group B:  8:30 – 8:55 and 9:00- 9:25
Group C: 10:00am-10:25am and 10:30-10:55am
Group D: 10:30-11:20am and 11:30am-12:20pm
Group E: 11:00-11:25am and 11:30-11:55am


  1. Complementary and Alternative Medicine…………50 minutes, 8:30am and 9:30 am

Speaker: Stephanie Blades, RNC, LMT, CEIM, Licensed Massage Therapist, UM Shore Regional Health Center for Integrative Medicine, Easton

40% of us use practices, products, and therapies that are non-traditional such as acupuncture or homeopathy. Though scientific evidence may be lacking, are some effective?


  1. Don’t Just Sit There, Get A Move On…………………..50 minutes, 8:30am and 9:30 am

Speakers:  Eric Fitch, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Owner, PhysicallyFitch, Moderator

Paul Simonetti, Physical Therapist, Chestertown Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Katy M. Weddell, Physical Therapist, Owner, Chesapeake Physical Therapy

Leona Dalton, Physical Therapy Assistant, Chestertown Physical Therapy

Need to exercise more?  Want guidance to counteract common aches and pains? Lose weight? Improve your posture? Make some dietary changes? Get simple tips and motivation here as well as how new research may pertain to you.


  1. Navigating Long Term Health Care Choices………………50 minutes, 8:30am and 9:30 am

Speakers: Stewart Seitz, Director, UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center, Moderator

Yitzy Tendler, MBA, LNHA, Administrator, Autumn Lake HealthCare at Chestertown

Sharon Kendall, Owner, Golden Rule Assisted Living, Rock Hall

Katie Davis, BSN, RN, Clinical Supervisor, UM Chester River Home Care

Patricia Dolan, Maryland Insurance Administration

What are our options when we can’t safely remain independent any longer? Can we be taken care of at home? If not, where do we go? Who pays for what? How much? Is long term health insurance worth it?


  1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Treatment for Gluten Intolerance……25 minutes, 8:30am and 9:00am

Speaker:  Dr. Thomas Simcox, Gastroenterology Specialist, Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates

Gastro-intestinal problems may be caused by a gluten sensitivity. Learn about gluten-related disorders and symptoms


Group C

  1. Cancer Treatment: Recent Breakthroughs………25 minutes, 10:00am and 10:30am

Speaker: David Smith, MD, Oncologist and Hematologist

Prevalence, detection, and recent treatment advances, including the use of immunotherapy and gene theory


Group D

  1. Weight Management, Nutrition, Meal Planning, Family Food Choices…50 minutes, 10:30 and 11:30

Speakers: Mary King RD, LD, CDE, UM Shore Regional Health

Courtney Doyle, MD, and Jeanette Marchesi, BSN, RN, CBN, AnneArundelMedicalCenter

What’s new? Get professional advice about options that work- strategies for success, including family meal planning, healthy eating, and surgical procedures to induce weight loss.


  1. Is it An Addiction? Identification and Treatment in Kent County……50 minutes, 10:30 and 11:30

Speakers:  Timothy A. Dove, MHS,CAC-AD, Local Addictions Authority, Kent County Behavioral Health

Alice Barkley, LSW-C,  A.F. Whitssit Center

Sharon Dundon, CAC-AD, Outpatient Program Specialist, UM Shore Regional Health Substance Disorders Program

Vincent Douglas, Peer Support Specialist, Kent County Behavioral Health

Substance abuse can lead to addiction, an increasing problem in communities everywhere. Learn about local resources and options for treating addiction as well as crisis management.


Group E

  1. Vitamins, Supplements, Anti-Oxidants: Who Needs Them? ………25 minutes, 11:00am and 11:30am

Speaker: Hannah Parsons, PharmD, UM Shore Regional Health System

How can I be sure I am taking the right supplements? If I eat right, do I need them? Where do I get the most reliable information?


  1. √Can You Hear Me Now? …………………………..………25 minutes, 11:00am and 11:30am

Speaker: Barbara McLendon, Doctor of Audiology, Owner, Hearing Center of Chestertown

Is it time to get a hearing aid? What’s new in technologies for alleviating hearing loss. Also learn tips on improving communications with those who have a hearing impairment.


  1. Diabetes: New, Newer, and Newest Treatments……25 minutes, 11:00am and 11:30am

Speaker: Bobbi Atkinson, CRNP-F, Nurse Educator, UM Shore Regional Health

New treatment strategies- oral and non-insulin injectable medications. How long should you resist insulin?