Autumn Conference

October 25-27, 2024 
The mobile website for the 2024 MOA Annual Autumn Conference

Downtown Grand Rapids! 
Eberhard Center located on the GVSU- Pew Campus
301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Includes complimentary day parking in the Fulton Lot! No overnight parking.

Special thanks to our Titanium Sponsors, Regeneron and Legally Mine. Your partnership is vital in providing the Autumn Convention and CME sessions to our members and followers. 
Titanium Sponsor: Regenron


MOA Autumn 2023 Conference Agenda - October 27-29

Schedule, Handouts and Speaker Bios 

Agenda is subject to change. 

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Friday, October 27, 2023 | 8.0 Credits 
CME Sessions 9 am-6:15 pm
Luncheon Product Theater 12-1 pm by Legally Mine
Exhibitor Hours 1-6 pm (optional)
MSUCOM Reception 6:15-7:15 pm (all are welcome to attend!)

9 AM-6:15 PM • Pantlind Ballroom
9 am-12 pm
Morning CME Sessions

Moderator: Elizabeth Swenor, DO

9-10 am • Pantlind Ballroom
Three Topics to Keep in Mind This Season

Speaker: Edwin Kornoelje, DO


10-10:55 am • Pantlind Ballroom
Culinary Medicine

Speaker: Kristi Artz, MD, DipABLM Intensivist, CCMS


Join us for our upcoming CME class on Weight Management on Thursday 11/16/23. Register here

Join us in the teaching kitchen by following this link for our upcoming classes here

10:55-11:05 am
11:05 am-12 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
The Benefits of Movement in Nature

Speaker: Melissa Sundermann, DO, FACOI, DipABLM


12-1 pm • Imperial Ballroom
Luncheon: Proper Use of Legal Entities for Lawsuit Protection and Tax Reduction
Product Theater Speaker: Natalyn Lewis
(this is a non-CME event sponsored by Legally Mine)

1-1:10 pm • Vandenberg Room
Breaktime. Visit with Exhibitors
1:10-6:15 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Afternoon CME Sessions

Moderator: Jasper Yung, DO

1:10-2:10 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Anxiety in Adolescents

Speaker: Brian Smith, MD


2:10-3:10 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Implicit Bias: Cultural Concepts
(includes pre & post test, meets 1 hour MI LARA requirement)

3:10-3:20 pm • Vandenberg Room
Breaktime. Visit with Exhibitors
3:20-4:15 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Deer Season: Ballistics to Borrelia

Speaker: Adam Hunt, DO, MHS, FACEP


4:15-5:15 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Pediatric and Adult Influenza Recommendations 2023-2024 Season

Speaker: P. Ann Ryan, DO, PhD


5:15-6:15 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Flora Forever: How the Microbiome Shapes Women's Health and Longevity

Speaker: Ramona Wallace, DO


Saturday, October 28, 2023 | 10.0 Credits
CME Sessions 7 am-6:15 pm
Breakfast & CME 7-8 am
Exhibitor Hours 7 am-6 pm
Physician OMM Treatment Center 8 am-4 pm (sign up in Governor’s Room)
Luncheon Product Theater 12:15-1:15 pm by Regeneron and Sanofi
Raffle Prize Drawing Announced 3:20-3:30 pm

7 am-12:15 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Morning Sessions

Moderator: Francis Komara, DO

7-8 am • Imperial Ballroom
Breakfast & CME: Chief Complaint: Memory Loss. A Practice and Usable Dementia Update
8am-6:15 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Saturday CME Sessions
8-8:10 am • Vandenberg Room
Breaktime. Visit with Exhibitors
8:10-9:05 am • Pantlind Ballroom
Opioid Treatment
(meets 1 hour MI LARA requirement for pain & symptom management, DEA training)

9:05-10 am • Pantlind Ballroom
Time to Re-Think Diabetes Through Heart/Kidney Shaped Glasses. Let's Not Sugar Coat Diabetes

Speaker: Michael Valitutto, DO  


10-10:15 am • Vandenberg Room
Breaktime. Visit with Exhibitors
10:15-11:15 am • Pantlind Ballroom
Long COVID Update

Speaker: Anthony Ognjan, DO, FACP


11:15 am-12:15 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Cutaneous Malignancies

Speaker: Stephen Cahill, DO


12:15-1:15 pm • Imperial Ballroom
Luncheon: Implications of Systemic and Localized Type 2 Inflammation for Patients with Asthma
Allergist/Immunologist, Pediatric Pulmonologist
(this is a non-CME event sponsored by Sanofi & Regeneron)

1:15-1:30 pm • Vandenberg Room
Breaktime. Visit with Exhibitors
1:30-6:15 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Afternoon CME Sessions

Moderator: Elizabeth Swenor, DO

1:30-2:25 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
From Discomfort to Empowerment: Nurturing Spinal Wellness and Self-Efficacy

Speaker: Linda Holland, DC


Submit questions during lifestyle medicine panel discussion at 5:15-6:15 pm to  

2:25-3:20 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Acupuncture, the Vagus, and Modern Interpretations

Speaker: Mathew Kulas, LAC


Submit questions during lifestyle medicine panel discussion at 5:15-6:15 pm to  

3:20-4:15 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Lifestyle Medicine: Relevance and Solutions

Speaker: Aarthi Chandarana, DO, DipABLM


Submit questions during lifestyle medicine panel discussion at 5:15-6:15 pm to  

4:15-4:20 pm • Vandenberg Room
Breaktime. Visit with Exhibitors
4:20-5:15 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Lifestyle Medicine Panel Discussion

Speaker: Dr. Holland, M. Kulas, Dr. Chandarana, Dr. Lucas-Vougiouklakis, Dr. Elizabeth Swenor

Submit questions during lifestyle medicine panel discussion at 5:15-6:15 pm to  

5:15-6:15 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Updates in Diabetes Care

Speaker: Kim Pfotenhauer, DO, FACOFP


Sunday, October 29 | 6.25 Credits
CME sessions 7 am-1:30 pm
Breakfast 7-8 am
Amway check out 11 am
Lunch 11:55 am-12:05 pm (pick up boxed lunch for those who have pre-ordered)

7 AM-1:30 PM • Pantlind Ballroom
Sunday CME Sessions

Moderator: Mary Goldman, DO

7-8 am • Pantlind Ballroom
Breakfast: Differences in Medicine and Dentistry

Speaker: Jeffery Johnston, DDS, MS


8-8:45 am • Pantlind Ballroom
OMT & Vertigo

Speaker: Mary Goldman, DO


8:45-9:45 am • Pantlind Ballroom
OMT: What Happens When Surgery Fails?

Speaker: Barbara Zajdel, DO, FAAO




9:45-10:45 am • Pantlind Ballroom
Advanced Muscle Energy Technique

Speaker: Benjamin Visger, DO


10:45-11 am
Breaktime. Reminder: Amway Checkout time is 11 am
11-11:55 am • Pantlind Ballroom
Parkinson’s Update

Speaker: Jessica Hedeman, DO


11:55 am-12:05 pm • Pantlind Foyer
Breaktime. For those who have ordered, pick-up pre-ordered lunch.
12:05-1 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Essential Tremor

Speaker: John Goudreau, DO, PhD, FACN

Handout 1

Handout 2

1-1:30 pm • Pantlind Ballroom
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Q&A

Speakers: Mary Goldman, DO   Barbara Zajdel, DO, FAAO


1:30 pm
Conference concludes.


Thank you to our Lunch Sponsor, Legally Mine! You sponsorship helps make these programs possible. 



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CME Information and Requirements

Current AOA CME cycle 2022-2024   *Check your Michigan license renewal date as it may differ from AOA 3 year cycle

Accreditation Statement

AOA Category 1-A Credits
The Michigan Osteopathic Association is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. The Michigan Osteopathic Association designates the Autumn Scientific Convention for a maximum of 24.25 AOA Category 1-A Credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ 
MyMichigan Health is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MyMichigan Health designates this live activity for a maximum of  24.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MyMichigan Health and Michigan Osteopathic Association.


Michigan CME Requirements

Michigan osteopathic physicians are required to complete 150 hours of continuing medical education in courses or programs approved by the board of which not less than 60 hours of the required 150 hours must be earned in osteopathic related courses or programs designated as either Category 1 (accredited) or Category 3 (residency) programs. Every osteopathic physician who is renewing his/her license should retain records documenting the completion of continuing education. Those documents should be retained for a period of 4 years from the date of application. Please visit for more information regarding licensing requirements.

The continuing education requirements apply to every physician renewing a Michigan osteopathic license who held a license for the 3-year period immediately preceding the date the license expires. The requirements apply whether or not the physician is actively engaged in the practice of osteopathic. No one, including retired physicians, medical school faculty and resident physicians, is exempt from this requirement. 

For your Michigan licensure requirements, visit the Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery or contact them directly at 517-335-0918

CME Program Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy
Registrants for a Michigan Osteopathic Association continuing medical education program must submit requests for refunds in writing to the Association’s office. Requests for refunds must be received at least two weeks prior to the program and will entitle registrant to a full refund less a $50 processing fee. You must notify MOA at least two weeks prior to the program to request a refund of the registration fees. Program brochures/registration forms and MOA web site shall include this information. 

Course Disclaimer
The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) makes every effort to present high caliber speakers in their respective areas of expertise. Courses of the MOA are offered as information only and not as financial, accounting, legal or other professional advice. Attendees must consult with their own professional advisors for such advice. In addition, each participant must decide the merit and practicality of the material presented. The ideas and comments expressed during the courses are not necessarily endorsed by or are those of the MOA. The MOA warns attendees about the potential risks of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into your practices.

Grievance Policy
The MOA shall accept comment and criticism regarding its CME programs.  MOA shall address and resolve grievances regarding its CME activities.  A criticism or concern reported anonymously on CME evaluation forms shall not be deemed a grievance; however, such complaints will be reported to the CME speakers and will be presented to the MOA Education Committee for discussion, validation or resolution as appropriate and reported to the MOA Board of Trustees in the MOA Education Committee Board report.  A CME complaint or concern provided in writing or presented verbally by an identified individual registrant of an MOA CME program to an MOA CME official shall be deemed a grievance and shall be forwarded to the MOA Education Committee for resolution; CME speakers involved shall be notified of the concern.  The resolution shall be reported to the MOA Board in the MOA Education Committee Board report and followed by a letter to the aggrieved acknowledging the grievance and providing the actions taken to resolve the grievance.  If the MOA Education Committee is unable to resolve the issue, it shall be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for final disposition. Where possible and necessary the appropriate changes will be made and recorded in accordance with the MOA policy.

Online Education Privacy Statement
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), accredited providers that participate in CME activities on the Internet shall have a separate privacy policy for CME activities.

The CME programs offered by the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) respect and value your privacy and the confidentiality of the information you choose to share with us. We are committed to the protection of this information and will ensure your privacy when participating in CME activities on our website. (continued)

More information on CME requirements visit  


Special thanks to our Strategic Partners and conference sponsors for helping the MOA 
provide programs like the Autumn Scientific Conference. Your support is greatly appreciated. 








Booth Number   -   Exhibitor

1   Coverys
2   MSU – Physician Peer Education Project on Immunization
3   CE Broker (Powered by Propelus)
4   Michigan Health Information Technology
5   Wolgast Corporation
6   University Compounding Pharmacy
7   Legally Mine
8   Meridian Health with the Ambetter Team
9   Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
10   Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians
11   Idorsia
12   Michigan Health Council
13   City of Hope (formerly Cancer Treatment Centers of America)
14   Gilead Sciences
15   Calliditas Therapeutics
18   MOA Political Action Committee (MOPAC)
19   Book promotion: Aging Optimally 
20   Otsuka 
21   Detroit Metro U. S. Army Medical Recruiting Station
22   Abbott Diabetes Care
23   Grail
24   Regeneron Healthcare Solutions


For more information, contact:
Cyndi Earles 
Email Contact Form
Phone: 517/512-4307
Exhibitor Prospectus

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Online privacy statement
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), accredited providers that participate in CME activities on the Internet shall have a separate privacy policy for CME activities.

The CME programs offered by the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) respect and value your privacy and the confidentiality of the information you choose to share with us. We are committed to the protection of this information and will ensure your privacy when participating in CME activities on our website.

You may visit the MOA Learning Center website without identifying yourself or revealing any personal information. If you choose to provide personally identifiable information (any information by which you can be identified) it will only be used to support your relationship with the Learning Center programs.

The MOA Learning Center provides this online privacy statement to inform you of our privacy policy and practices and of the available choices of how your information is collected and used. This statement is available on the MOA Learning Center website with a link in the right-side navigation panel of every CME page.

What We Collect
We may collect the following information when you visit our website:

The type of browser and operating system on which that browser is operating
The pages that were visited and the date and time of that visit
We use this data to better understand how our site is navigated and to modify and improve the site.

We do use cookies–a small line of text stored with your web browser. Since webpage requests are stateless in that each request is a completely independent transaction, the cookies remember you between requests. No personal information is stored in the cookie.

Information Collected When you Register
If you decide to register for one of our course offerings through the the MOA Learning Center, we will collect personal information that you voluntarily share with us. This information is transferred using a Secure Socket Layer Certificate (SSL) using secure encryption technology.

In addition to using this data for registration and entry into our database, we may use this information to contact you with email updates when new material is posted to the site. You may change your status regarding this notification at any time or you can contact us to change it.

We keep confidential any personal information that you provide to us. This information includes your name, postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone number. The personal information you provide is stored in a secure location and only authorized people are able to access it. We do not share our registrants' information with other institutions, except as may be required by law.

If a fee is charged and registrants can pay online, we ask for credit card information. These transactions are encrypted with an SSL certificate before transmission over the Internet.

Information Collected When You Participate in a CME Activity
The MOA Learning Center will collect attendance and evaluation information with every CME activity. We may ask participants to complete an attestation and to evaluate the CME activity providing feedback to us on the educational value of the activity.

How We Use It
The MOA Learning Center uses your information to better understand your needs and provide you with better service. Specifically, we use your information to help you complete a transaction, to communicate with you, to send CME credit information through email, to update you on CME offerings and topic updates, and to personalize our website for you.

The MOA Learning Center will not use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without notifying you and offering you a choice.

The MOA Learning Center is committed to ensuring the security of your information. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. As described above, we use encryption when collecting or transferring sensitive data such as credit card information.

Changes in Policy
As the MOA Learning Center site changes and grows, we may collect additional information or may use information in different ways. If our information practices change, we will modify this policy statement. When it does, we will post a notice on the MOA website to inform visitors of this change.

Links to other Websites
The MOA Learning Center CME programs are housed on a server and on websites not owned by the MOA. Those websites may contain additional privacy policies that are different from ours. The MOA is not responsible for information presented on websites outside of our control.