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8th Annual Respiratory Roundup

July 19, 2018

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A big thank you to all that attended the 8th Annual Respiratory Roundup!

2018 Speaker Presentations:

Julie Dahl: Circadian Rhythm and the Impact of Insufficient Sleep

Marty Davig: Mechanical Insufflation-Exsufflation for Airway Clearance

Jennifer Olson: University of Minnesota Medical Center - COPD Readmission Reduction Program: Challenge and Solutions

Curt Merriman: Telehealth-Virtual RT

Pat Lang: Healing Partners Hand in Hand for Excellence

***Registration Closed


Thursday, July 19th, 2017


8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Reliable Medical Supply

9401 Winnetka Ave N

Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Credit Hours:

5 CEUs


8:30 - 9 Registration & Breakfast

9-10 Sleep, Circadian Rhythm and the Impact of Insufficient Sleep presented by: Julie Dahl, APRN, CNP

She has practiced in sleep medicine for fifteen years. She currently practices at Respiratory Consultants which is a pulmonary and sleep specialty clinic in Robbinsdale. She is the current president of the MN Sleep society. She has served as an educational content writer for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She previously served on the board of directors for the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and the MN Nurse Practitioners. Her presentation is a review of how and why we sleep followed by an examination of circadian-regulation and the numerous body systems affected by inadequate, poorly-timed sleep with a focus on shift-workers.

10-11 Mechanical Insufflatoin-Exsufflation For Airway Clearance presented by: Marty Davig, RRT

As a Respiratory Therapist he has used most common Airway Clearance Therapies in the course of patient care. These therapies include Chest Physiotherapy, oscillatory PEP valve (Flutter, Acapella, etc.) HFCWO (vest), tracheal suction, CoughAssist. Also coughing techniques, manually assisted cough, huff cough, etc. As a former representative for two HFCWO companies (Advanced Respiratory and Electromed Inc.). He has provided numerous product training on airway clearance therapies and modalities. In his current role he provides training and education on the CoughAssist to RT’s and other medical professionals.

11-11:15 BREAK

11:15-12:15 University of Minnesota Medical Center - COPD Readmission Reduction Program: Challenges and Solutions presented by: Jennifer Olson, BS, RRT, CTTS

Jennifer received her BS at St. Catherine University in 2010. She has been employed at the University of Minnesota Medical Center since 2008. She helped co-create University’s COPD Readmission Reduction Program and is currently working as aChronic Pulmonary Disease Specialist. She received certification as a Tobacco Treatment specialist at the Mayo Nicotine Dependence Center. She is an advocate for patients with COPD and provides comprehensive education, symptom management, and assists in discharge planning.

12:15-1:15 LUNCH

1:15-2:15 Telehealth-Virtual RT presented by: Curt Merriman, RRT, CPFT

He has been a Respiratory Therapist since 1979. He has worked as a staff therapist, a supervisor, a manager of cardiopulmonary services and pulmonary diagnostics, and he has worked in the home medical equipment industry. He was one of the co-founders of rtNOW an RT telehealth service. He has been involved in the MN Society for Respiratory Care (MSRC) since 1979, holding Sa variety of elected positions; President, President-Elect, Vice President, Delegate, Secretary, Board of Director, Legislative Affairs and various committee chairs and committee member. AARC HOD Treasurer, AARC Pulmonary Disease Course Presenter, AARC Spirometry Project Manager.

2:15-2:30 BREAK

2:30-3:30 Healing Partners Hand in Hand for Excellence presented by: Pat Lang

Once a volunteer, now the Health Information Center Coordinator for PACER, Pat coordinates the F2F HIC, handling calls, emails, workshops, web based trainings, publications, web content, and presentations to medical professionals, to cooperate and legislative decision makers, families and teachers. She is a contributing member of MDH task force, Midwest Genetic Network, NORD and a volunteer for HOPE Kids of MN. She was a a member of the Essentials of Modern Medicine Task force and a representative on her children’s primary care medical team to develop the goals and responsibilities for the first care coordinator for kids with complex medical needs. She was on the development team for the first employee affinity group for families with disabilities at General Electric.

There will be a light breakfast provided during registration, and lunch will be provided as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Anderson at or 763-255-3850.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to seeing you in July!

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