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❱❱ Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, August 21

Allison Massari -Transforming Lives:

The Art of Person-Centered Care

Allison Massari knows each of you have the power to transform lives. As an advocate for both patient and provider, Massari has an intimate understanding of the demands and challenges of the medical profession and compelling authority to address the delicate nature of patient-centered care.

She experienced firsthand the critical value of receiving personalized health care from committed, empathetic providers after surviving two life-threatening car accidents, one where she suffered second and third degree burns on over 50% of her body. In addition, raised by her father, a cancer surgeon, and her mother, a nurse, Allison was mentored in the world of medicine from an early age. Captivated by her father’s compassionate work, she shadowed him in his practice, and also worked in hospitals and medical office settings. Allison’s riveting and courageous journey from absolute loss to a triumphant and hope-filled life, addresses sensitive topics, shining light on the provider’s immense value to a patient who is suffering, and helping to heal burnout in the workplace.

Program Description: Prepare to be taken on a journey.  With her perceptive view inside the “patient experience”, Allison Massari’s riveting and insightful keynote illuminates the immense value that healthcare providers have upon a patient who is suffering. This dynamic and poignant program offers real solutions to the struggle of how to keep the patient first despite limited time and other practical constraints. By weaving her remarkable journey with potent life-lessons, Allison highlights the integral nature of patient-centered care and fortifies audience members, reigniting their passion for why they went into healthcare in the first place. She explains, "The power of what you do goes far beyond the technical part of your job. You are healing the places medicine cannot touch. In fact YOU are the medicine." Hailed as “life-changing”, Allison’s keynote offers a sincere and direct approach to navigating adversity, transcending life’s difficulties, and always finding a way to be the healer in the room. This content rich and deeply moving speech also offers applicable tools for managing change, adversity, and the everyday challenges of being human.


Thursday, August 22

Dawn O'Malley - The Amazing Brain

Dawn O’Malley, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and has over 25 years of experience working with children and their families. She received her undergraduate degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and her Doctoral degree from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and the Clinical Supervisor for Partnering for Excellence, a statewide pilot program to improve outcomes for children in state custody diagnosed with Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. O’Malley has lead the design and implementation of trauma-informed therapies for multiple agencies specializing in both residential and community-based treatment. She has also developed innovative experiential-based programming for children with developmental trauma, sexually reactive behavior, and developmental disabilities. Dr. O’Malley is a frequent collaborator with public agencies including children’s advocacy groups and social services.

Dr. O’Malley is a Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to researching and training on the effects of adverse experiences on the developing brain. Dr. Bruce Perry is the Founder and Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy and is internationally recognized as an expert in the fields of neurodevelopment and the impact of trauma on children. As a Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, Dr. O’Malley also serves as a Mentor for agencies engaged in Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Training Certification.

Program Description: The brain is responsible for everything we do, feel, want, and think. Not everyone is aware of the amazing lengths your brain will go to keep you alive and “well.” We will discuss the impact of traumatic experience on the human brain and the role of this information on the development of cutting edge treatment for trauma-related disorders.


Friday, August 23

Matt Butler - Road to Recovery

Matt Butler is a folk artist, a rock’n roller, and a storyteller. He first gained notoriety as the lead singer of the New York-based band Reckless Sons, who signed a development deal with Island Def Jam/Mercury Records and released two EPs. Butler toured the United Kingdom (including main stage appearance at the Brighton Beachdown Festival), was a featured performer for TEDx San Francisco, and recorded a single with Jeff Saltzman (The Killers). As a solo artist, Butler has shared bills with the likes of Neil Young, Norah Jones, and Willie Nile.

Butler’s debut solo album, Reckless Son, was released to critical acclaim in September 2016. Immediately following the release, he wrote and performed “Just One,” the original song for the feature length and nationally distributed documentary Generation Found. In November 2016 Butler played a show at Albany County Jail. He has since performed more than 100 shows in correctional facilities, including six shows at Rikers Island and a Behind the Walls Tour of state prisons throughout Ohio.

Butler was honored as a 2017 Leader in Mental Health Awareness by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) alongside Pulitzer Prize Winner Ron Powers and Super Bowl Champion Keith O’Neil. He joined the 2018 Vans Warped Tour where he performed daily on the Transform Stage and supported FEND Movement, an opiate prevention and education initiative for teens. While on tour he released two new singles and launched theJust One Foundation which brings art with a mission and a message into underserved communities.