Minnesota Asthma Alliance Meeting 2013
Optimizing Asthma Care in Minnesota: What You Can Do

Speakers' Biographies

Sarah M. Beckmann

Sarah M. Beckmann, MD:

Dr. Beckman completed medical school at Mayo Medical School and pediatric residency at the University of Minnesota. She has lived and practiced general pediatrics in Faribault since 1987, and she is currently practicing with the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System, as well as District One Hospital in Faribault. Dr. Beckmann enjoys seeing well children and young adults, and taking care of acute and chronic illness. She believes the key to pediatrics is to keep little problems little whenever possible. Recognizing acute problems early and managing chronic problems with diligence. The management of asthma—a chronic disease with acute flares—is of special interest to Dr. Beckmann.

Angeline Carlson

Angeline Carlson, RPh, PhD:

Dr. Angeline Carlson, RPh, PhD (Social and Administrative Pharmacy) is a founding principal of Data Intelligence Consultants, a health services research firm located in Eden Prairie, MN. As Director of Research at Data IQ, she leads research teams comprised of experienced health services researchers, senior SAS researcher programmers, and statisticians. Dr. Carlson maintains an active research agenda serving clients in the health care industry, health foundations, and public service agencies. She serves as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Pharmacy and a Senior Graduate Faculty member at the University of Minnesota. Prior to Data IQ, Dr. Carlson served as a senior research scientist at the former Diversified Pharmaceutical Services and at United Health Group, working with large administrative databases to provide data support for disease management and health plan policy initiatives. She is the author of numerous articles related to health care delivery and has presented at national and international scientific and health care meetings. She is the 2013 recipient of the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Public Health Achievement Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association.

Molly Ekstrand

Molly Ekstrand, RPh, AE-C, CDE:

Ms. Ekstrand is a pharmacist and director of the Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program at Park Nicollet Health Services. The team of nine pharmacists serves 10 primary care clinic sites utilizing a comprehensive team based approach. Ekstrand has practiced integrated MTM in primary care clinics for over 12 years, providing care to over 1600 different patients. She has held offices in the Minnesota and American Pharmacists Associations. She volunteers with the Lung Association of Minnesota and has worked with Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and the Minnesota Community Measures Asthma workgroup.

Steven Inman

Steven Inman, MD:

Dr. Inman completed medical school at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and pediatric residency at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver. He has been in practice at Pediatric Services, P.A., in St. Louis Park since 1985 and cares for children with a wide range of problems but places a strong emphasis on preventative care. He has been active in the pediatric community serving as a Chief of Staff at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Children's Health Network.

Jasmine Larson

Jasmine Larson, BA, RDMS, RVT, CPHQ:

Ms. Larson leads the development and implementation of health care measures for MN Community Measurement with focus on supporting the community to improve results across the Triple Aim of the health care system: improving health, improving the patient experience and lowering the cost of care. Prior to her role at MNCM, she worked in quality improvement and regulatory compliance in both orthopedic specialty care and hospital care systems in the metro area. She also has years of clinical experience as a registered diagnostic medical sonographer.

C. McEvoy

Charlene E. McEvoy, MD, MPH:

Dr. McEvoy is a HealthPartners Medical Group clinician and HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research Clinical Investigator. She received both her MD and MPH from the University of Minnesota. She is board certified in internal medicine with additional certifications in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. She currently is Acting Department Head for Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine and leads the Asthma Center at HealthPartners. Her research interests include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and sleep disorders. Dr. McEvoy participates in the Chronic Pulmonary Disease Clinical Research Network, a consortium of 10 clinical centers, the COPD gene project, and is an investigator for Air2 and the Post-Approval Study (PAS2) evaluating the efficacy of bronchial thermoplasty in the treatment of asthma. She is currently working on several projects in the area of COPD, asthma, and sleep medicine including the CARE trial, a National Institutes of Health-funded study evaluating the benefits of a multi-component approach to prevent re-hospitalizations in patients with COPD.

Deborah B. McWilliams

Deborah B. McWilliams, MD:

Dr. McWilliams attended the University of Virginia as an undergraduate and graduated valedictorian from the School of Engineering and Applied Science with a degree in Systems Engineering and a minor in Economics. She then attended Johns Hopkins University for both her MD and pediatrics residency training, after which she came to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and is now the Division Chair, Department of Community Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. She has been involved in numerous division initiatives focused on quality and cost-effective health care delivery. She currently leads the Asthma Care Management Group for both CPAM and the NE/NW clinics and was instrumental in developing a Health Care Team Model for pediatric primary care asthma. She is physician leader of the Chronic Disease Group for ECH (EMP and Community Health) which provides primary care for a population of 140,000, including 40,000 children in the Rochester area. She recently received her third Mayo Clinic “Excellence through Teamwork” award for this work, and will present her experiences at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Health-care in Amsterdam later this month.

Debra Jean Peterson

Debra Jean Peterson, RN, MS, FNP-BC:

Ms. Peterson received her BS in 1991 from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland, while serving on active duty in the United States Navy. She received her Family Nurse Practitioner education and MS degree from the University of Minnesota in 1998. Ms. Peterson has been providing asthma and allergy specialty care to patients across the life span for 15 years at Advancements in Allergy and Asthma Care, Ltd. in Minnetonka, MN, where she is also the nurse manager. In addition, Ms. Peterson provides asthma education in the community and has worked with Camp Superkids and with the West Metro Food Allergy Support Group.

Updated Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 02:05PM