Our February Educational Talk was:

Topic:  A Week in the life of a Palliative care doctor: what we really do

Our Guest:  Dr. Gary Pasternak  is medical director at Mission Hospice and Home Care and co-director of the Mission House, a residential hospice home in San Mateo, CA. He is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and internal medicine. He completed a palliative care fellowship at the San Diego Hospice in 2010 and has been practicing palliative care full time with Mission Hospice since then. He assisted in the design and implementation of Mission’s policy regarding physician assisted dying as well as Mission’s partnership with Stanford University in teaching palliative/hospice care in the home and at Mission House. He completed chaplaincy training at the Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley in 2008 and enjoys working with hospice multidisciplinary teams.

Previous Ed Talk:


Topic: “Painting the Broken Clock:  The Inseparable Relationship Between Addiction and Family Systems” 

Healthcare advocates strive for person-centered care; typically, that person is part of a larger environment such as a family.  We know from experience that families exert a significant influence over patient outcomes.  What happens when your client is struggling with substance abuse, and the family is a contributing factor?

Dr. John Dyben will give us guidance during the February Education Talk.  Dr. Dyben’s skill set ranges from teacher and counselor to executive and clinical supervisor.  He currently serves as the clinical director of Hanley Center at Origins (Behavioral Healthcare) in West Palm Beach, Florida.  He is also an adjunct professor in the Human Services department at Palm Beach State College and is on the faculty of the Addiction Professionals Training Institute in West Palm Beach, where he teaches ethics, clinical skills and pharmacology. He speaks regularly to national audiences on a wide range of topics related to ethics, mental health and spirituality and has presented lectures at Fordham University and the University of North Carolina.

Learn more about Dr. Dyben and his perspectives on ways for advocates to approach the family factor by attending this compelling Ed Talk.

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