Friday, April 6, 2018

Hilton Garden Inn, Okaloosa Island | 8:00am - 1:00pm



Arrival/Registration Open




Hormone Balance and Therapy in Women

M. Mitchell Silver, DO


Mindful Eating

Whitney Temple, RD, CNSC, LDN
Registered Dietician, Twin Cities Hospital


Medication Interactions

Frank Materese, BS Pharm., Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy, Twin Cities Hospital


Treatment Options for Heavy or Painful Periods: What’s New and Current?

Diana DeCotis-Smith, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Stephanie Caywood, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology




Turn the Radio Down so I Can See...and Other Mid-Life Observations

Karen Mills
Keynote Speaker




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*Agenda is tentative and subject to change.

2012 Archive

Health Panel

Dr. Alyson Miser, OBGYN

Dr. Alyson Miser is a Board Certified OBGYN specialist who joined Northwest Florida Woman Care in January 2009. Dr. Miser earned her Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in 1995 and her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. She completed additional training at the David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in California. Dr. Miser is married and has two children. She speaks Spanish fluently and enjoys skiing, running and playing at the beach with her children.

Dr. Maureen Thompson, OBGYN

Dr. Thompson is a board-certified OBGYN who has provided gynecologic care to women of all ages at her private practice, Mid-Bay Woman’s Clinic, for almost 16 years. Over the same time, she has been on the medical staff at Twin Cities Hospital, serving as Chief of Surgery for three years, on the Medical Executive Committee, and most recently, as a member of the Physician Advisory Group tasked with introducing an electronic medical records system to TCH.

Prior to her private practice, Dr. Thompson served for three years at the Okaloosa County Health Department and eight years in the U.S. Air Force.

In addition to medicine, Dr. Thompson has a life-long interest in education. She enjoys spending time instruction her patients about their medical problems. “A well-educated patient makes practicing good medicine a pleasure.” Professionally, she spent three years as the Ob-Gyn Resident Education Coordinator at Eglin AFB and has mentored nurse practitioners at the Okaloosa and Walton County Health Departments. In the community, this passion has manifested itself through her involvement in the Children’s Ministry at her church and participation for 16 plus years with the Boy Scouts.

Dr. Tama R. Van Decar

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Van Decar provides physician administrative operational oversight as part of the hospital’s executive leadership team. She assists the Medical Staff and hospital management in fulfilling their obligations to each other and their responsibilities to patients for the provision of high quality, cost effective care through activities based on facility strategic goals and objectives. Dr. Van Decar works closely with the President of the Medical Staff and other physician leaders including department and committee chairs. Her areas of focus include Medical staff interaction, peer review, physician recruitment, interdisciplinary communication, compliance and regulatory guideline adherence, case management physician review, electronic health record implementation, and clinical quality enhancement through evidenced based medicine.

Dr. Van Decar received her medical doctorate degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in May 1989. She completed postgraduate training and an anesthesiology residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in June 1993. She was selected to pursue a clinical scientist tract and spent her last year of residency specializing in obstetric anesthesiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She was appointed Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology at Wilford Hall Medical Center after completion of this Fellowship. She was then assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, in August 1995 and served as the Chief of Anesthesiology prior to her appointment as Surgical Services Flight Commander. She left England in July 1999 to become Chief, Anesthesia Services including the Ambulatory Surgery Unit and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, 74th Medical Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Dr. Van Decar took her first command position at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida as the Commander of the 96th Surgical Operations Squadron in July 2003. Success at the Squadron level led, in June 2006, to her selection as Group Commander for the 96 Medical Group, the sixth largest hospital in the Air Force Medical Service. She attained qualification as a Certified Physician Executive in 2008 and after a highly decorated 20 year military career, Dr. Van Decar retired and transitioned to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in August 2009, first as Vice President Medical Affairs and then a year later, in 2010, as Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Van Decar and her husband, Jim, a board certified developmental pediatrician and active duty Air Force Officer, have four sons, Tyler (21), Austin (20), Spencer (18), and Lucas (15). She and her family enjoy soccer, boating, traveling and spending time together.

Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners, June 1990
Diplomat, American Board of Anesthesiology, Sept 1994

American Society of Anesthesiologists; American Society of Regional Anesthesiology
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society; Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, American College of Physician Executives

March–May 2003: Deployed to Al Udeid AB, Qatar as Chief, Medical Staff and anesthesiologist assigned to the vascular/thoracic surgical package in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.

May–Sept 2007: Deployed to Kirkuk AB, Iraq as Commander, 506th Expeditionary Medical Squadron, 506th Air Expeditionary Group in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM