If you are in the world of dementia care, you have likely heard of Teepa Snow, world renowned educator and Master Trainer in the field of dementia. For over 40 years, she has built an organization, Positive Approach to Care (PAC). The Bridge Alzheimer's & Dementia Resource Center is excited to bring to you our keynote speaker for our 2022 conference, Beth Nolan, who is a representative from the Teepa Snow organization.

Coffee & Conversation with Dr. Megan Harris

Meghan Harris, M.D.

Meghan Harris, MD, is a physician with Willis-Knighton Pierremont Neurology. She has been practicing general neurology since 2010. She is board certified under the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Harris is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in Neurology at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport. She earned her medical degree from LSUHSC in Shreveport, LA, and started her medical internship and neurology residency at Tulane University in New Orleans but returned to Shreveport to complete her training after Hurricane Katrina. She completed a Multiple Sclerosis fellowship at LSUHSC- Shreveport and entered into private practice.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: A Positive Approach to Dementia Care

Beth Nolan, PhD

Beth A. D. Nolan, Ph.D. is the Director of Research and Policy, and serves as a Lead Mentor and Trainer for Positive Approach® to Care (PAC). Formerly an Assistant Professor and the Senior Associate Director for the Evaluation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health (PITT), Dr. Nolan received her Ph.D. in applied gerontology, and holds master's degrees in Human Development and in Applied Behavior Analysis. She completed her internship with the National Academy of Social Insurance at the National Academy on an Aging Society, and her post-doctoral training in geriatric psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA. While at PITT, she worked with a variety of human service agencies to translate and implement evidence-based programs for behavioral health, criminal justice, medicine, and senior living.

The Habit of Happiness

Dr. Carl Rhoads

Dr. Rhoads was called to ministry as a senior at Frayser High School in Memphis, Tennessee in 1961, and licensed to preach that year. As a junior in Lambuth College in Jackson, Tennessee in 1963, he was appointed as a student pastor to three churches in Milan, Tennessee. In 1966, after the completion of his first year at Vanderbilt Divinity School, he was ordained a deacon in The Methodist Church. Fast forward 59 years, and he is presently serving as a part time pastor of senior adult ministry at First United Methodist Church Shreveport primarily giving pastoral care to 200 senior adults.

Behavior is Just an Expression of an Unmet Need

Stacey Hand, MA, CVP

After 20 years' experience with local non-profits, Stacey Hand received a master's degree in gerontology in 2011. She continued her studies with the international Validation Training Institute for six years of specialty training in working and caring for elders with dementia. She is a Certified Validation Practitioner and teacher for the Institute. Stacey is a client manager/dementia educator with The Bridge Alzheimer's & Dementia Resource Center. She has worked in independent senior living and long-term care over the past decade and cared for her mother-in-law and mother, who were both diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

The Latest in Alzheimer's Research

Elizabeth Disbrow, PhD

Elizabeth Disbrow received her PhD in 1996 from University of California, Davis in neuroscience, then obtained a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of California, San Francisco. After training she joined the faculty of both UC Davis and UCSF. In 2013, she joined LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine. She is currently a member of the Department of Neurology, the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience. In 2017, she led the effort to obtain Board of Regents approval for the LSU Health Shreveport Center for Brain Health, which she directs.

Caring for the Caregiver

Evelyn Pryor, MD

Dr. Evelyn Baranco Pryor is the Medical Director for the Ochsner LSU Health Ambulatory Care Center Internal Medicine Clinic and serves as Associate Professor - Clinical and Division Chief of Telemedicine for Louisiana State University Health Shreveport. Dr. Pryor was born in Louisiana, but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BS from Xavier University of New Orleans, summa cum laude. After medical school at The Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, she completed residency training in Internal Medicine at The Morehouse School of Medicine residency program in Atlanta, Georgia, where she served as chief resident. For most of her 20+ year medical career, Dr. Pryor has been in private practice with a focus on practice management and digital medicine, including telemedicine.