Provider Wellness Symposium & Expo
Nov. 3-5, 2023
Healthcare providers are taught early in their careers to take care of others, but not themselves. Many times it is at the expense of their psychological, emotional, and physical well being.
The Provider Wellness Symposium is designed to promote self-care for healthcare providers and professionals. Through collaboration with our colleagues, partners, industry leaders, and a vast network of support teams, our goal is to enable providers to care for their wellness today to avoid taking care of their illness tomorrow.
Attendees are now able to attend the Provider Wellness Symposium virtually at a reduced rate! Symposium sessions in the Main Hall only will now be available to watch live via Zoom. Please refer to the itinerary to review the Main Hall sessions. Zoom links will be provided prior to the event.
Self Care for the Provider
The Provider Wellness Symposium was founded by Rodrigo Garcia, Matthew Zinder, Claudia Garcia, and Jessica Zinder. With backgrounds in healthcare spanning anesthesia, nursing, psychology, and substance use disorder counseling, this group recognized the need for a symposium that addresses healthcare provider self-care and wellness.
Matthew Zinder, MS, CH, CRNA
Matthew Zinder has worked in some level of healthcare for 25 years, starting as an EMT in a volunteer fire station. Matthew owns and operates a Maryland-based mobile anesthesia practice that has been in business since 1984. It consists of 20 practitioners and covers 50 locations throughout the state of Maryland.
Matthew speaks at many professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, involving topics such as stress management, wellness, business of anesthesia, and the practice of anesthesia. He is the producer and host of The Going Viral Podcast where he has discussions with guests pertaining to health, wellness, and science. He is the founder and director of Maryland Emergency Response, a disaster relief 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to aid victims following natural and/or man-made disasters. Matthew is currently the District IV director for the Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He is adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Nurse Anesthesia and Georgetown University School of Nurse Anesthesia.
Claudia Garcia, MBA, RN, LAC
Claudia has more than fifteen years of direct patient care experience as well as managerial and recruitment experience. She has focused much of her career in research and development of programs, policies, and procedures to improve patient outcome and maintain employer compliance.
Claudia obtained her MBA degree, graduating with honors, with a focus on health care administration, specializing in assistance of the health care professionals in need. She served as an appointed member of the Indiana Office of the Attorney General's Prescription Drug Task Force from 2012-2017 and is currently the Executive Director of the Indiana Professionals Recovery Program for nurses and pharmacists. In addition, she is a lead investigator in Parkdale’s H.E.L.P (Health Experts in Loss Prevention) program, a consultative program developed to assist hospitals in the prevention, identification, and management of the impaired health care provider.
Claudia has firsthand knowledge of addiction and recovery through the eyes of a non-addicted loved one and family member. Her training as a certified addiction drug and alcohol counselor (CADAC II), Registered Nurse, and licensed addiction counselor (LAC) along with her very personal and intimate knowledge of the situational circumstances the family members often experience has helped forge one the most seamless, comprehensive, and resourceful family programs in the country.
Her unique skill set now helps professionals and their families, as the individual networks through the myriad considerations, obstacles, and potential consequences associated with workplace addiction at the facility she helped found, Parkdale Center for Professionals.
Rodrigo Garcia, MBA, MSN, CRNA
Rodrigo Garcia is the Co-Founder and CEO of Parkdale Center for Professionals, a dual diagnosis substance abuse treatment facility specializing in the management of the impaired health care provider. He has been a direct care provider in the health care field for more than 20 years. He has experience in emergency services in a level one trauma center, as an intensive care unit manager, in surgical services, and in anesthesia as a chief nurse anesthetist (CRNA) of a teaching hospital.
Rodrigo is currently the compliance director for the Indiana Professionals Recovery Program (IPRP)for nurses and pharmacists and is an appointed delegate to the National Safety Council. In addition, he has held multiple faculty positions at various universities including Evanston Northwestern School of Anesthesia, Ivy Technical College – Nursing Department, and also served as a clinical instructor for the Valparaiso University School of Nursing. He currently serves as the Director of Parkdale’s H.E.L.P (Health Experts in Loss Prevention) program, a consultative program developed to assist hospitals in the prevention, identification, and management of the impaired health care provider.
Personally, he has emerged successfully from a dangerous battle with the disease of substance use disorder. As a result, he has educated thousands of families, state employees, individuals, employers, and professional organizations on the highly accountable professional afflicted with substance use disorder. As the Parkdale CEO and IPRP compliance director, he is committed to providing health care professionals, their employers, and their families with the most effective, comprehensive, and progressive treatment, monitoring, and accountability programs possible.
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Jessica Zinder, PhD
Dr. Jessica Zinder has her Ph.D in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research focused on spirituality, spiritual identity, and health.
She has worked as psychotherapist at various college counseling centers and community mental health centers. For the past 15 years, she has been a founder, leader, and consultant for community gardens in schools, neighborhoods, and churches. She is a Master Gardener through University of Maryland since 2012. She founded and leads the Arnold Youth Garden Program, which integrations gardening and mindfulness meditation at an elementary and middle school in Maryland. Dr. Zinder founded and leads The Green Women of Maryland group, an environmental and wellness group that includes over 80 members.