October 6, 2023

.7 Credits | 395 Contact Minutes

(.7 credits are commonly referred to as 7 CEU credits.)

Please Note

At the conclusion of each segment of this course, participants will be invited to ask questions.

8:15 am – 8:25 am


8:15 am – 8:25 am

Welcome and Introductions

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Updates for Respiratory Medications 2023

Roldan Sapitula Pharm.D. Kohll's Rx

Attendees will learn about the most recent guidelines and recommendations for COPD and Asthma. We will discuss disease severity classification and therapeutic options for both COPD and Asthma. Recent updates to these guidelines are important as new recommendations for Asthma and COPD have been established. These updates can help clinicians make therapeutic decisions that will better their patients control of their disease and increase their quality of life.

9:30 am – 9:40 am


9:40 am – 10:40 am

Best Practices for Keeping Your CPAP Free of Germs and Bacteria

Jim Gilkison, Vice President, LiViliti Products

Jim specializes in oxygen and sleep therapy. He started his career in 1992 with Gulf Coast Respiratory Services in Sarasota, Florida. He has spent over twenty years managing oxygen and CPAP sales in Africa, Middle East, LATAM and India for AirSep Corporation and CAIRE. Before joining LiViliti in early 2021, Jim was Vice President of B2B at SoClean from 2018-2021. Jim has a BA in Social Sciences from Flagler College, St. Augustine and still resides in Florida. The landscape of CPAP cleaning is changing. Ozone injection, the preferred method of cleaning CPAP masks and tubing, has given way to UV cleaners combined with antimicrobial tubing to complement CPAP manufacturer’s recommended cleaning. Concerns over safety and potential damage to devices have made the industry rethink its approach to keeping patients compliant with their therapy using innovative products.

10:40 am – 11:40 am

Setting Our Patients Up for Success-Ensuring a Smooth Transition Home

Melissa Gulizia, Director of Respiratory Therapy and Pulmonary Program at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals.

This session will help clinicians understand the transitions from rehabilitation to home.

11:40 am – 12:15 pm


12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

What is PACE?

Jarron Bradley, Program Relationship Manager, Immanuel Pathways-PACE

This session will discuss (program of all-inclusive care for the elderly) centers enabling nursing home qualifying individuals to receive the care they need yet remain living independently at home. What can PACE do to help your patients?

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Inspiratory Comfort for Patients Initiating or Struggling with CPAP Therapy

William H. Noah, MD

Dr. Noah will present the mathematical model behind the V-ComTM, which provides a non-compensated resistance (that takes advantage of the parabolic nature of turbulent flow) to decrease inspiratory pressure for comfort while maintaining expiratory pressure for therapy.

2:15 pm – 2:25 pm


2:25 pm–3:25 pm

Ventilation at Its Finest

Jason Bealls, CRT, RCP

Jason is a committed Respiratory Therapist holding an AAS in Respiratory Care from DMACC. With a primary focus on patient well-being and results, he dedicatedly worked as an ICU therapist at UnityPoint – Methodist / Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines from 2012 – 2017. In 2017, he made a transition into the medical device industry. Continuing his journey of prioritizing patient care, he took up the role of Clinical Sales Specialist at Philips Respironics in 2022.

3:25 pm–4:00 pm

A Path to Desire

Dr Jayme Dowdall, MD Assistant Professor, UNMC/Nebraska Medicine.

Dr. Dowdall received her medical degree from Boston University and is board certified in Otolaryngology with fellowship training in laryngology and professional voice. She has been involved in sleep research since her time as an undergraduate. 

As a resident, she worked under sleep expert, Dr. Ho-Sheng Lin, in Detroit as sleep endoscopy and sleep surgery became more commonly performed.

During fellowship, she became more curious about the correlation between sleep apnea and voice and airway disorders, dry mouth and throat, coughing and GERD. She observed an overnight sleep study on one of her airway patients that changed her perspective on the relationship between conditions.

During her years of practice at Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she was on several working groups, which highlighted a unified airway approach to care including the Women’s Lung Health Group, the Partners Severe Asthma Group and the Tracheobronchomalacia group.

As a laryngologist at UNMC/Nebraska Medicine, she has integrated screening for sleep disorders in laryngology patients. Since 2019, she has collaborated with the airway anesthesia team at UNMC to help bring hypoglossal nerve stimulation to Nebraska.

She specialized in a multi-disciplinary approach for care of the professional voice, laryngeal contributions to breathing disorders, gender affirming care and sleep disorders. She has expertise in advanced diagnostics, office-based laser surgery and a holistic approach for complex rehabilitation. From a research perspective, she is interested in sex differences in intubation injury, airway and sleep disorders and how these may differentially manifest across the lifespan.

Course Evaluations MUST BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CERTIFICATE at the conclusion of this event.