Pearls for Primary Care

Pearls for Primary Care

A Mental Health Education Series for Primary Care Teams

The Pearls for Primary Care lecture series aims to equip primary care providers with practical tools, knowledge and skills to identify and treat patients who are in need of mental health care. All members of the primary care team and other community partners are invited to attend upcoming lectures.

Lectures take place from 7-8 a.m. at the Postma Center on Pine Rest’s main campus.  Breakfast, CME’s and CEU’s are provided.


Upcoming Presentations

Click on the Pearls for Primary Care lecture titles below to register.

  • Wed May 8th 2019 7:00 am - 8:00 am

    How to Support Patients Experiencing Infertility (Pearls for Primary Care)

    Postma Center at Pine Rest, Grand Rapids MI

    Current research shows that the stress levels of women with infertility are equivalent to women with cancer, AIDS or heart disease.  Supporting patients experiencing infertility, including those undergoing treatment can be challenging.  Reproductive Psychiatrist Dr. Nagalla will discuss biological and psychological aspects of infertility and recommendations about pharmacological and nonpharmacological management of  distress in these patients.
  • Wed Jun 12th 2019 7:00 am - 8:00 am

    A Guide to Understanding Services at Pine Rest (Pearls for Primary Care)

    Postma Center at Pine Rest, Grand Rapids MI

    The world of mental health is constantly evolving. Many professionals find it challenging to stay up to speed about what resources are available for their patients and how to connect patients to the care that they need. This talk offers the opportunity to hear from a variety of experts from within Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services about their area of expertise, the innovative programs where they work, and how to connect patients to the help that they need. Due to the Pine Rest specific nature of this event, CME’s and CEU’s will not be available.

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Past Presentations

Recordings of past Pearls for Primary Care lectures are available. To request access to one or more videos, please contact the referral relations team at referralrelations@pinerest.org.  Below are topics that were covered.


2015-2016 Lectures
  • What Psychiatrists Wish Primary Care Providers Knew | William Sanders, DO
  • Psychiatric Medication Management | Louis Nykamp, MD
  • Integrated Mental Health and Primary Care Models : A Panel Discussion | Scott Halstead, PhD, Moderator; Phil Baty, MD; Carey Krause, DO; Susan Wakefield, MD; and Kim Meeuwsen, MA, BBA
  • Pediatric Anxiety and Depression | Lia Gaggino, MD and Kelly Blankenship, DO
  • Pregnant and Postpartum Mental Health: Identification and Treatment in the Pediatric, Obstetric, and Family Practice Settings | Madhavi Latha Nagalla, MD
  • Suicide Assessment in the Primary Care Office | Valerie Mathis-Allen, MD

2016-2017 Lectures
  • ADHD:  Tips for PCPs | Julie Smithee, PhD
  • Tricky Symptoms: Mental Health Conditions in Disguise | Ryan Doyle, DO
  • Substance Use Disorders:  Identification and Treatment | Bruce Springer, MD and John Budnick, PA-C
  • Patient Experience Panel | Lia Gaggino, MD and Patient Panel
  • Teasing Out Dementia, Depression & Delirium | Swapnil Rath, MD