PANELISTS

Dr Alya Reeve

Dr. Alya Reeve
Psychiatrist and Director of United Counseling Services, Bennington, VT


Sara Ames

Sara Ames
Nurse Practitioner at Adirondack Health Cancer Center


Jim Baker

Col. James Baker (Ret.)
Cancer Survivor


Tom Restino

Tom Restino
COVID survivor


MODERATOR

Dr Bernard Bandman

Dr. Bernard Bandman
CCM Executive Director

Surviving Illness: Challenges of Living Fully in the Time of COVID

The Center for Communication in Medicine will offer a free webinar on Wednesday, October 27 at 6pm, “Surviving Illness: Challenges of Living Fully in the Time of COVID”.

Panelists, Dr. Alya Reeve, psychiatrist and Director of United Counseling Services, Bennington, VT; Sara Ames, Nurse Practitioner at Adirondack Health Cancer Center, Saranac Lake, NY; Col. James Baker (Ret.) cancer survivor; and Tom Restino, COVID survivor will address issues and concerns of embracing life after surviving serious illness. Bernard Bandman, PhD, Executive Director at Center for Communication in Medicine will moderate.

Join our panelists as they address challenges of living life fully after surviving serious illness, especially in this time of COVID. Whether you are a patient, loved one or healthcare provider, there is much to be learned from those who have firsthand knowledge of the risks and benefits of resuming “normal” activities. You can submit questions for the panelists at registration or in a Q&A during the live stream.

Webinar Registration

Surviving Illness: Challenges of Living Fully in the Time of COVID

The Center for Communication in Medicine will offer a free webinar on Wednesday, October 27 at 6pm, “Surviving Illness: Challenges of Living Fully in the Time of COVID”.

Panelists, Dr. Alya Reeve, psychiatrist and Director of United Counseling Services, Bennington, VT; Sara Ames, Nurse Practitioner at Adirondack Health Cancer Center, Saranac Lake, NY; Col. James Baker (Ret.) cancer survivor; and Tom Restino, COVID survivor will address issues and concerns of embracing life after surviving serious illness. Bernard Bandman, PhD, Executive Director at Center for Communication in Medicine will moderate.

Join our panelists as they address challenges of living life fully after surviving serious illness, especially in this time of COVID. Whether you are a patient, loved one or healthcare provider, there is much to be learned from those who have firsthand knowledge of the risks and benefits of resuming “normal” activities. You can submit questions for the panelists at registration or in a Q&A during the live stream.

Webinar Registration

PANELISTS

Dr Alya Reeve

Dr. Alya Reeve
Psychiatrist and Director of United Counseling Services, Bennington, VT


Sara Ames

Sara Ames
Nurse Practitioner at Adirondack Health Cancer Center


Jim Baker

Col. James Baker (Ret.)
Cancer Survivor


Tom Restino

Tom Restino
COVID survivor


MODERATOR

Dr Bernard Bandman

Dr. Bernard Bandman
CCM Executive Director

Panelists

Sara Ames is an Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner at Adirondack Health Cancer Center in Saranac Lake, NY. She has over 18 years’ experience working in the field of cancer care as an RN, NP and program director. Sara sub-specializes in cancer genetic risk assessment and palliative care.

Col. James W. Baker (Ret.) served with the Vermont State Police for over 30 years and was director (2006-2009) before working as an independent consultant for the numerous federal law enforcement agencies. He has been the project lead of the Arlington (VT) Area Renewal Project and offers services in leadership coaching, first responder safety and wellness and law enforcement executive searches. Baker currently serves as the Interim Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Corrections. Col. Baker is a cancer survivor.

Dr. Alya Reeve is currently the Medical Director at United Counseling Service and a psychiatric consultant at Southwestern Vermont Health Center, both in Bennington, VT. She is a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and is the author of and contributor to numerous medical papers and publications.

Tom Restino is VP of Operations for the DePaula Auto Group (NY) and serves as Town and Village Justice for the Town of Hoosick, NY and the Village of Hoosick Falls, NY. He is Chairman of the Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers and a graduate of NADA Dealer Academy. He and his wife, Margaret, have three children. Tom is a COVID survivor.

Moderator

Dr. Bernard Bandman established the psychological services program at Southwestern Vermont Cancer Center in 1988 and maintained a private practice in Bennington, VT for over 40 years. He is a founder and Executive Director of the Center for Communication in Medicine. He has been featured on Vermont Public Radio, NPR and co-author of medical publications and SpeakSooner: A Patient’s Guide to Difficult Conversations.