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The Interdisciplinary Clan of Mystery will be released for free viewing, one episode at a time, one year after the episode was recorded. The first episode is now available.

Topic: Creating an interdisciplinary team that is truly interdisciplinary and a team
Panelists: Anne Kelemen LICSW ACHP-SW & Hunter Groninger, MD FACP FAAHPM, creators of the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Palliative Care Team
Originally aired: September 23, 2018


This episode: Anne Kelemen, LICSW and Hunter Groninger, MD have created an impressive interdisciplinary palliative care team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Its members are highly trained and experienced professionals who represent a comprehensive range of palliative care services and include: fellowship-trained palliative care physicians, social workers, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, chaplains, and massage therapists. How did they do it? What worked? What didn’t? What are the benefits and challenges of working in full collaboration with a diverse group of providers? All will be revealed as they share their secrets of success and the heartbreak of their failures.



anne kelemen headshotPanelists: Anne Kelemen, LICSW, ACHP-SW

Anne Kelemen joined the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Section of Palliative Care in 2013. In 2015, she was named MedStar Health Palliative Care Clinician of the Year. Prior to joining the Hospital Center staff, Ms. Kelemen instituted the first palliative care service at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She first developed an interest in palliative care while a hospice volunteer in Maryland, and then received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland and a post-master’s certificate in End of Life Care from the Smith College School of Social Work. Ms. Kelemen continues to facilitate support groups for bereaved family members and for teens and young adults. Her research interests include the intersection between language and medicine, non-physical pain, and spirituality at the end of life.


hunter groninger headshotHunter Groninger, MD FACP FAAHPM

Dr. Groninger serves as Director of the Section of Palliative Care at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University. He also serves as Program Director for the MedStar Health/Washington Hospital Center hospice and palliative medicine fellowship program. Prior to joining MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Groninger was a staff clinician in the Pain and Palliative Care Service at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, where he also directed their physician fellowship program. After completing his medical degree and training in internal medicine at the University of Virginia, Dr. Groninger completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Capital Hospice. Dr. Groninger is also a Master Facilitator with the Education for Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC) Program at Northwestern University and Adjunct Faculty in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Virginia. His research interests include palliative care delivery in cardiovascular medicine, innovative symptom management strategies, word choice in complex communication, and the medical humanities.

This webinar is open to anyone and everyone who is interested in integrative medicine, healthcare, or other humans.

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The Interdisciplinary Clan of Mystery was held September 2018 – August 2019. During this 12-month journey, Healwell’s fearlessly inquisitive, critical thinking mastermind, Rebecca Sturgeon, LMT hosted a live monthly webinar with a different guest or guests each month. Mystery panelists included a palliative care physician, an integrative nurse coach, an RN and an NP who team up to specialize in providing care to the geriatric LGBTQ community, researchers, authors, a palliative care social worker and more. These people think about things that you think about and they are thinking about them in new ways that will challenge you and invite you to consider how you can deepen your service to the humans you care for (personally and professionally) and broaden your perspective to invite collaborations, curiosity and plain old increased clinical knowledge.


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Each episode will be released for free public viewing via YouTube one year from the date it was recorded.


Past Episodes:

  • Episode 11 – Where Are We Going? The Future of Massage Therapy Education with Niki Munk, PhD, LMT and Lauren Cates, LMT
  • Episode 10 – Multidisciplinary Approaches to Managing Pain with Diana Thompson, LMT
  • Episode 9 – Disenfranchised Grief and Vicarious Trauma in Healthcare Providers with Regina Tosca, LICSW
  • Episode 8 – Silent, Stoic and Suffering: Managing Pain When the Client Can’t Speak with Emily Clore, DVM
  • Episode 7 – Healthcare Everywhere: The Role of Massage Therapists in Community Health Promotion with Ann Blair Kennedy, LMT, BCTMB, DrPH & Robin Byler Thomas, LMT, DrPH
  • Episode 6 – Balance and the Brain: Adapting Motor Learning for Individuals with Dementia with Julie D. Ries, PT, PhD, Marymount University
  • Episode 5 – Can’t We All Just Get Along? Medication and Massage Therapy with Diana Stewart, PharmD, Palliative Care Pharmacist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center & Lauren Cates, LMT, massage therapist and Executive Director of Healwell
  • Episode 4 – Treating the Whole Kid: How Integrative Therapies Support Pediatric Cancer Patients and their Families with Shana Jacobs, MD Oncologist at Children’s National Medical Center & Amanda Leland, mother of a child with chronic healthcare needs
  • Episode 3 – Caring for LGBTQ Elders with Suzanne Dutton, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, NICHE coordinator/geriatric advanced practice nurse & Clare Madrigal, RN, LGBTQ Resource Nurse at Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Episode 2 – Re-imagining the End of Life: Old Wisdom and New Innovations with Janet Booth, RN
  • Episode 1 – Creating an Interdisciplinary Team that is Truly Interdisciplinary and a Team with Hunter Groniger, MD and Anne Kelemen, LICSW

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