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Internist Addiction Medicine Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Addiction Medicine, Alcoholism, Alcohol Abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse, Drug Detection, Drug Forensic Analysis, Prescription Drugs, Illicit Drugs, methamphetamine, meth abuse, Internist Addiction Medicine, addiction evaluation, substance abuse, addiction psychiatry, detection analysis of all drugs abused, addiction withdrawal, addiction recovery, drug rehabilitation facility

EDUCATION

07/02- Fellowship in Addiction Medicine 06/03 Loma Linda University

07/91- Residency in Internal Medicine
06/94 University of California, Irvine Medical Center

06/88- Doctor of Medicine
05/91 Boston University School of Medicine

07/85- Master of Arts in Physiology
12/87 Boston University Graduate School

01/84- First-year Medical curriculum
12/84 Autonomous University of Guadalajara School of Medicine

09/79- Bachelor of Science, Physiology 12/83 University of California at Davis

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

05/20 Per Diem Addiction Medicine; office of Dr. Lee Leyton Current Portland, ME
Responsible for conducting outpatient initial addiction medical assessments and follow-up medical care for drug detoxification and outpatient medication assisted treatment (MAT), primarily with Suboxone for opioid addiction.

05/20 Per Diem Addiction Medicine; office of Dr. Larry Plant Current Portland, ME
Responsible for conducting outpatient initial addiction medical assessments and follow-up medical care for drug detoxification and outpatient medication assisted treatment (MAT), primarily with Suboxone for opioid addiction and ADHD assessments and therapy

01/20- Medical Director 06/20 Barron Center
Portland, ME
Currently serving as full-time Medical Director for this post-acute residential rehabilitation and assisted living facility. Provide daily medical assessments and ongoing acute and chronic care to debilitated/ elderly patients. Frequently address chronic pain issues and often need for reduction in opioid dependent patients in long-term care, and decisions on reduced medication with non medication alternatives for chronic pain. Provide medical oversight and clinical direction to inpatient nursing staff, clinicians, and administrators.

11/19- Medical Director
12/19 Green Mountain Treatment Center Effingham, NH
Served as full-time Medical Director responsible for providing addiction treatment, medication management and chronic medical care to clients in drug detoxification and extended residential treatment. Refining and expanding current procedures and policies related to detoxification protocols and ongoing MAT (medication assisted treatment) including those using buprenorphine (Suboxone) for opioid addiction. Provided medical oversight and clinical

direction to inpatient nursing staff, clinicians, and administrators. Supervising addiction medical care of Nurse Practitioner providers. I ultimately found very long drive commute to facility between Portland, ME and Effingham, NH (approx. 1 hour each way) too cumbersome for time needed to commit to position to continue.

08/16- Medical Director
10/19 Liberty Bay Recovery Center Portland, ME
Served as full-time Medical Director responsible for providing addiction treatment and chronic medical care to clients in drug detoxification and extended residential treatment. Provided medical oversight and clinical direction to inpatient nursing staff, clinicians, and administrators. Worked closely with outside private and managed care health insurers conducting case reviews and appeals to obtain insurance coverage for residential clients. Provided medication management to clients for acute and chronic medications, including psychotropic medications for dually-diagnosed clients.

09/16- Medical Director
04/18 Ginger’s House
Women’s Residential Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Portland, ME
Served as per-diem Medical Director responsible for conducting initial addiction medical assessments and follow-up medical care to female clients in drug detoxification and extended residential treatment. Worked closely with nursing staff, clinicians providing medical, addiction medical, and general medical consultation for these residential clients.

08/16- Medical Director
04/18 Behavioral Health Resources of Maine Outpatient Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Portland, ME
Served as per-diem Medical Director responsible for conducting initial addiction medical assessments and follow-up medical care for drug detoxification and outpatient medication assisted treatment (MAT) with Suboxone for opioid addiction. Worked closely with nursing staff and group therapy clinicians providing ongoing medical oversight. Provided as-needed medical support and information for psychiatric nurse practitioners when needed during clinical trials.

07/17- Addiction Medicine Physician 04/18 Evans Management Services Westbrook, ME
Served as per-diem Medical Director responsible for conducting initial addiction medical assessments and follow-up medical care for drug detoxification and outpatient medication assisted treatment (MAT), primarily with Suboxone for opioid addiction.

04/17- Addiction Medicine Physician 11/17 Recover Together
Portland, ME
Served as per-diem Medical Director responsible for conducting initial addiction medical assessments and follow-up medical care for drug detoxification and outpatient medication assisted treatment (MAT), primarily with Suboxone for opioid addiction.

01/15- Chief Medical Officer
10/16 Technological Medical Advancements Los Angeles, CA
Provide medical oversight and support to sales team for therapeutic laser sales. Conducted monthly live presentations to medical professionals on the use and practicality of therapeutic lasers for treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions.

12/13- Medical Director, Addiction Medicine 08/14 Community Substance Abuse Centers

Portland, ME
Served as per-diem Medical Director responsible for conducting initial addiction medical assessments and follow-up medical care for drug detoxification and outpatient medication assisted treatment (MAT) with both methadone and Suboxone for opioid addiction. Worked closely with nursing staff and group therapy clinicians providing ongoing medical oversight.

07/10- Director of Addiction Medicine 01/13 Penobscot Community Health Care
Bangor, ME
Served as full-time Medical Director responsible for providing addiction treatment and chronic medical care to clients in drug detoxification and extended residential treatment. Provided medical oversight and clinical direction to inpatient nursing staff, clinicians, and administrators. Worked closely with outside private and managed care health insurers conducting case reviews and appeals to obtain insurance coverage for residential clients. Provided medication management to clients for acute and chronic medications, including psychotropic medications for dually-diagnosed clients.

08/09- Staff Internist
06/10 Desert Oasis Healthcare,
Bermuda Dunes, CA
Served as full-time Internal Medicine staff specialist providing acute and chronic outpatient medical care, including medication management for Desert Oasis patients. Assisted Chief Medical Officer in conducting early clinical trials, data collection of long-acting insulin preparation for patients with diabetes mellitus.

06/03 – Addiction Medicine Physician, 04/09 Inpatient Medical Services
Betty Ford Center Rancho Mirage, CA

Served as full-time Medical Director responsible for providing addiction treatment and chronic medical care to clients in drug detoxification and extended residential treatment. Provided medical oversight and clinical direction to inpatient nursing staff, clinicians, and administrators. Worked closely with outside private and managed care health insurers conducting case reviews and appeals to obtain insurance coverage for residential clients. Provided medication management to clients for acute and chronic medications, including psychotropic medications for dually-diagnosed clients. Conducted clinical trials on the use of buprenorphine for inpatient detoxification of opioid-dependent clients. Presented research findings of these studies at National conferences and published in Journal of Addiction Medicine.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

03/ 12- Governor-nominated to the Maine Quality Forum
Advisory Council. Nominated by Governor LePage; seated on Council through legislative appointment to review and assist implementation of healthcare-related improvements for state
09/11- Appointment to Maine State Legislature LD1501 Workgroup committee; produced recommendations for
legislative amendments to reduce prescription drug abuse and diversion in Maine
09/ 11 Appointed as team leader to Maine State Prescription Drug Abuse Summit, hosted by Maine Attorney General; facilitated discussion on drug treatment and recovery; developed “actionable” plans

PUBLICATIONS AND ADDITIONAL MEDIA OUTREACH

Available on full CV

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

Board Certified, American Board of Addiction Medicine (2003, recertified 2014) Board Eligible, American Board of Internal Medicine
Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine (FASAM) Certified Medical Review Officer (C-MRO)
Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners

LICENSURE

Maine Medical Licensure
Virginia Medical Licensure
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Registration
Special DEA licensure for opiate detoxification/ maintenance with buprenorphine (Suboxone)

 

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