2016 Provincial Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Conference
May 26 and 27, 2016, Hilton Garden Hotel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Dr. Michael Vallis
Thursday, May 26: 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Practical Interventions to Promote Sustained Health Behaviour Change: Turning Theory into Practice
Friday, May 27: 10:30 – 11:45 am
"I Wasn't Trained To Do This": Moving From the Expert to the Collaborator
Dr. Vallis is a registered health psychologist practicing at the Capital Health, Halifax, and cross-appointed to Dalhousie University as Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor in Psychology and Health and Human Performance. He obtained his Ph.D. and M.A from the University of Western Ontario, London, and his B. Sc. from Dalhousie University. His main area of expertise is adult health psychology, with an emphasis on diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular risk and gastroenterology. He has developed the Behaviour Change Institute, a training program for lifestyle counselling skills for physicians, nurses, dietitians and other healthcare providers. He regularly supervises clinical and academic students at Dalhousie and is active in research on motivation, behavioural change and adaptation to chronic disease.
He is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Diabetes and Clinical Obesity, is the Canadian Lead for the Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs 2 study (DAWN2), is the Canadian Co-Lead and on the International Steering Committee of the IBD Connect project. He was recently awarded a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada on the recommendation of the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Dr. Shawn Groves
Friday, May 27: 8:45 – 9:45 am
Chronic Diseases: Re-focusing Efforts to Meet Complex Needs
Sean Groves is a physician who has been living and working in La Ronge, Saskatchewan for the last 11 years. He completed his medical school training at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and did residency training based out of the Rural Family Medicine Program in Prince Albert. He is a rural family physician with special interests in sports medicine, addictions, and chronic disease management. He deals with a large group of patients with complex chronic care needs, many of whom live in geographically isolated areas with little access to formal resources for chronic care. He is also coordinator of the La Ronge Rural Residency training program and aids in managing the 40 or so student learners who attend the La Ronge site each year.
He is married and has 4 awesome kids and an amazing wife who recently completed her 4 year education degree in La Ronge and has begun teaching there.