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9th Annual VA Behavioral Health Summit
9th Annual VA Behavioral Health Summit
Fri, September 24, 2021
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2021 VA Summit on Behavioral Health

Partners In Transforming Healthcare

Discover What Matters To YOU.

Join us for this annual event where VA, DoD and Community Providers in Puget Sound share information on topics related to Veterans and transitioning service members.

CEUs Available

Registration: Open
Event Date
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September 24, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
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2021 VA Behavioral Heath Summit
2021 VA Behavioral Heath Summit

8:00 a.m.


Planning Committee, Carl Duman Facilitator

Land Acknowledgement


8:15 a.m.


Mr. Michael Tadych Director, VA Puget Sound


8:30 a.m.

VA Puget Sound Whole Health Transformation

Ms. Sakuna Thongchanh

Whole Health Program Manager, VA Puget Sound


8:42 a.m.

Introducing Health For Life: Through One Veteran's Story -video


8:47 a.m.

Whole Health: A National Transformation of VA Health Care

Dr. David Kopacz

Staff Psychiatrist, Primary Care Mental Health Integration  

Whole Health Education Champion – Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation

9:00 a.m.

Move to Health: Army’s Whole Health Initiative

Dr. Karen Lesniak

Health Readiness Division, Madigan Army Medical Center

Dr. Robert Oh

VA Puget Sound Associate Chief of Staff – Education

9:15 a.m.

Tribal Perspectives on Wellness/Whole Health

Dr. Danelle Reed

Director, Kwawachee Counseling Center, Puyallup Tribe

Dr. Melissa Hiller-Lauby

Specialty Leader for the Navy Surgeon General for Clinical Psychology and Program Manager for Warrior Toughness, 



9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Resources to Improve your Health

Dr. Teresa Bruder

Director, Armed Forces Wellness Center, JBLM


9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Peer & Veteran Roles and Perspectives in Whole Health

Lamont Tanksley

Certified Peer Support Specialist


10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 Empowering and Engaging the Veteran in their Personalized Health Planning

Dr. Prachi Garodia

Whole Health Medical Lead Champion, VAPSHCS


11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

“Integration of Whole Health and Substance Use Disorder Interventions”

Dr. Carl Kantner

Program Manager for the Addiction Treatment Center’s

CORE (Co-occurring Recovery) Program.


12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The Role of Rec Therapy In Promoting Whole Health

Mani Dhami, MHI, MS, CTRS


12:45p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Whole Health Nutrition; MOVE! and Healthy Teaching Kitchen

 Kristin Rosendahl, MS, RD, CDCES/Judy Willis, RD, CDCES


1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Not for Profit Veteran Support Organizations


National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide

 Rod Wittmier, Founder



Tony Dayton, Interim Program Director



Circle of Return

Veteran Rites

Ryan Mielcarek

 Founding Executive Director, Guide


2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Whole Health and Self Care for Providers

 Dr. David Kopacz

 Staff Psychiatrist, Primary Care Mental Health Integration

Whole Health Education Champion – Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation

At the Same Time Veteran Panel


Whole Health and Peer Support Utilization for Staff

   Lamont Tankersley

Certified Peer Support Specialist


2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Break/Vendor Showcase


3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Community Partners and Whole Health Perspective


Whole Person Wellness at the Cohen Military Family Clinic

Dr. Nichole Ayres

. Director, Steve A. Cohen Military and Family Clinic


Whole Health and the Readjustment Counseling Centers

Dr. William Philadelphia

Director, Tacoma Vet Center


University of Washington ForeFront Suicide Prevention Program

Brett Bass

Program Coordinator-Safer Homes, Suicide Aware


Washington Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. David Luxton

Director, WDVA Wellness and Counseling Program


4:00 p.m. to 4:20 p.m Evaluation/Closing Remarks


Tom Hove LICSW

WDVA Veterans Training Service Center

Carl Duman LICSW

Planning Committee Facilitator


Topic: VTSC 

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