A HRSA Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program

Dementia Friendly Healthcare and Community Symposium

Date: June 24, 2020
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Virtual

Dakota Geriatrics (GWEP) offers a full day virtual symposium to foster dementia friendly healthcare and communities. This inter-professional conference targets health care providers, community workers and caregivers. Regional faculty experts update participants on dementia assessment and management, including newer medical diagnostics and behavioral management strategies. The conference offers both free attendance, CME credits, and North Dakota Board of Social Workers continuing education credits (afternoon sessions only).


8:00 – 9:00 am
Dementia Imaging: A Multimodality Approach with Emphasis on Nuclear Imaging
– Erica Martin-Macintosh, M.D.
9:15–10:15 am
Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
– Robert Olson, M.D.
10:30 – 11:30 am
Medical Management of Dementia
– Lindsey Dahl, M.D.
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Decreasing the Impact of Dementia: The Value of Assessment and Networks
– Daniel Murman, M.D., M.S.
1:15 – 2:00 pm
How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects the Brain, Behavior, Cognition, and Personality
– Robyn Birkeland, Ph.D.
2:15 – 3:00 pm
Caregiver Stress, Guilt, and Grief
– Katherine Herreid, M.S., C.P.G
3:15 – 4:00 pm
Improving Quality of Life for North Dakotans
– Janna Pastir, M.P.H
4:15 – 5:00 pm
Effective Communication Strategies
– Scott Bernstein, B.S., M. Div.


Erica Martin-Macintosh, M.D.
Sanford Health
Dementia Imaging: A Multimodality Approach with Emphasis on Nuclear Imaging
Dr. Martin-Macintosh specializes in radiology. She attended the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences for her medical degree and completed a diagnostic radiology residency and nuclear radiology fellowship at the May Graduate School of Medicine.

Robert Olson, M.D.
University of North Dakota
Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
Dr. Robert Olson specializes in behavioral health, particularly for older adults. Dr. Olson also serves as the program director for the psychiatry residency and as a clinical professor of neuroscience at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Lindsey Dahl, M.D.
Sanford Health
Medical Management of Dementia
Dr. Lindsey Dahl specializes in geriatric and internal medicine, with a special interest in fall prevention and exercise. She also delivers care for geriatric syndromes, such as dementia and frailty. Since starting her practice at Sanford Health in Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Dahl implemented and served as medical director of the multidisciplinary balance and stability clinic.

Daniel Murman, M.D., M.S.
University of Nebraska Medical Center
KEYNOTE: Decreasing the Impact of Dementia: The Value of Assessment and Networks
Dr. Murman is a Professor with the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). This institution is also where he received his medical education and he graduated with research honors. His postgraduate training included a Residency in Neurology and a Fellowship in Cognitive Disorders/Geriatric Neurology at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While a fellow, Dr. Murman completed a masters degree in Clinical Research Design and Biostatistical Analysis form the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to UNMC, Dr. Murman was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology at Michigan State University. Dr. Murman joined the faculty at UNMC in 2004. His research interests include clinical and health services research focused on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and related neurodegenerative disorders. Clinical interests include the care of patients with neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Frontotemporal Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease. Dr. Murman is currently the site-PI for three national clinical trials for patients with Alzheimer's disease, including the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic AD (the A4 study), the Expedition 3 trial for patients with mild AD, and the Nobel Study for patients with mild to moderate AD.

Robyn Birkeland, Ph.D.
Minnesota Northstar Geriatric Workforce Education Program (GWEP)
How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects the Brain, Behavior, Cognition, and Personality
Robyn earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida. She then moved to the frozen tundra where she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She has over 20 years of experience counseling adults and families. Robyn is a Study Counselor at the University of Minnesota. She provides a six-session counseling and support protocol to families whose loved one has recently moved into long-term care using the Residential Care Transition Module (RCTM). This intervention is specifically designed to support this caregiving experience. Robyn collaborates with family members, typically adult children or spouses, guiding them through the transition process of moving a family member into long term care. Over the course of the five-year study and with the help of the 240 participating families, Robyn and the RCTM team will evaluate the effectiveness of this counseling intervention.

Katherine Herreid, M.S., C.P.G.
Alzheimer’s Association – South Dakota Chapter
Caregiver Stress, Guilt, and Grief
Katherine Herreid is the State Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association South Dakota Chapter. She holds a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from California State University Fullerton and an undergraduate degree in Human Development from California State University Long Beach. Katherine is the author of an interdisciplinary course titled “Aging and Dementia” that is currently an offering in the gerontology program at Cal State Fullerton. She is a nationally Credentialed Professional Gerontologist. Prior to her joining the South Dakota Alzheimer’s Association, she was the manager of client care and operations for Comfort Keepers Home Care in Sioux Falls. While living in California, she was the Education Director for the Orange County Alzheimer’s Association.

Janna Pastir, M.P.H.
North Dakota Community Clinical Collaborative (NDC3)
Improving Quality of Life for North Dakotans
Janna Pastir is the Director of the Division of Health Promotion which includes the Oral Health, Diabetes Prevention and Control, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control Programs, and healthy communities projects. She graduated From Benedictine University with a Master in Public Health, Health Promotion focus in 2012. Janna has been a member of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) since 2012 and is the Chair of the NACDD Cardiovascular Health Network. Janna provides oversight for all of the programs within the Division of Health Promotion and drives innovative collaboration among all of the chronic disease teams to make a comprehensive and concentrated effort to improve prevention and outcomes of chronic diseases for North Dakotans and nationally.

Scott Bernstein, B.S., M. Div.
Alzheimer’s Association – North Dakota Chapter
Effective Communication Strategies
Scott has always been surrounded by “old” people. His parents were committed to taking a car full of ‘elders’ to worship. Frequently, meals prepared in the Bernstein kitchen were delivered around Fargo and the holiday table was filled with grandmas and grandpas. When the same story was repeated over and over, he was instructed to listen and laugh in all the right places, just like he was hearing the story for the first time. After all, they were senile or had hardening of the arteries…and that could happen to anybody. Over two decades ago, Scott left his role as a Behavioral Analyst working with traumatic brain injury patients and became the executive director of a 48 bed memory care community. Those remarkable residents became his teachers and changed his life. Communication became the primary focus. It consistently is the greatest point of frustration for those with the disease and for those privileged to join them on their journey. Scott’s constant mantra is “We can do better – we MUST do better.”