Additional panelists to be announced.
Robert Martin was previously the Director of Substance Abuse Services for Carolinas Medical Center Mercy for 16 years. He directed a busy hospital-based medical detox and an intensive outpatient program that offers specific treatment tracks for men, women, substance abusing chronic pain patients, dual diagnosis enhanced and traditional intensive outpatient therapy. Mr. Martin is very passionate about the treatment of Substance Use Disorder patients. His varied professional background as an employee assistance counselor, attorney and police sergeant gives him a unique objective approach to the field. He has presented to the international Employee Assistance Professional Association, North Carolina Employee Assistance Professional conferences, North Carolina American Case Management Association conference and numerous other professional training venues. He has appeared in USA Today and on NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX television as an expert in heroin, opioid abuse and other addiction topics
John P. Femino, MD
Meadows Edge Recovery Center
Medical Director and President of the Meadows Edge Recovery Center, a multidisciplinary medical and mental health group practice, and substance abuse treatment program in North Kingstown, RI. He received his MD from Brown University, and is board certified in addiction medicine and internal medicine. Dr Femino has received a number of grants for alcohol and substance abuse-related projects, and was the recipient of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Career Teacher in Alcohol and Drug Abuse grant at Brown University, where he taught for nearly 20 years.
Dr Femino has been active in ASAM for over 30 years, serving on the national board of directors as New England Regional Director and as President of the Rhode Island Society of Addiction Medicine. He frequently lectures and conducts workshops on topics including the neurobiology of addiction and recovery, pain management in the addicted patient, diagnostic criteria for addiction, drug testing in addiction medicine, the SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) approach, and insurance coding and billing. He has participated as writer/reviewer for ASAM buprenorphine publications, drug testing and public policy on marijuana and is on the ASAM Quality Improvement Council and Legislative Advocacy Committee. As a consultant to the RI DOH, he is a member of the Prescription Drug Advisory Group and the RI Attorney General, marijuana advisory group. He co-authored a book on neurobiology of 12 step programs and is on the faculty of the North Carolina School of Alcohol and Drug Studies. Dr Femino has also produced/coproduced 2 prime-time television specials on alcoholism and 9 substance abuse-related videotapes, as well as been a grant recipient on development of web based medical education and text messaging for pain management.
Tara M. Bogs
Ph.D., CPRP, LCDP
Tara M. Bogs, Ph.D., CPRP, LCDP, a licensed clinical psychologist, is Director of AdCare Outpatient Services in Warwick, Rhode Island. A native Rhode Islander, Dr. Bogs earned a master’s degree in Psychology from Rhode Island College in North Providence and continued her professional education at the Alliant International University in San Diego, California, where she completed a master’s and dual doctorate degree in Industrial/Organization and Clinical Psychology. Prior to joining AdCare, New England’s most comprehensive provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment, Dr. Bogs was Director of the Turning Point Crisis Center, an inpatient acute behavioral healthcare facility in Oceanside, California.