Our ECHO Teams
Find experts who are leading discussions about opioid use and abuse.
Integrated Opioid and Addiction Care ECHO Team
Gavin Bart, MD, PhD
Hennepin Healthcare Addiction Medicine Physician
Project ECHO Lead
Dr. Gavin Bart is Director of the Division of Addiction Medicine at Hennepin Healthcare and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He received his MD from the University of Minnesota and trained in internal medicine at Hennepin Healthcare. His PhD is in experimental and clinical pharmacology, also from the University of Minnesota. He trained in addiction medicine at The Rockefeller University where he continued as Director of Clinical Research until moving to Minnesota. His areas of expertise include clinical pharmacology and the pharmacological management of opioid dependence. His current research areas include the population pharmacokinetics of methadone, genetic influences of methadone pharmacology and treatment outcome, and he is co-PI of the newly funded NorthStar Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network and provides ongoing international technical assistance to the PEPFAR/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s capacity-building efforts in Vietnam.
Brian Grahan, MD, PhD
Hennepin Healthcare Addiction Medicine Physician
Project ECHO Co-Lead
Dr. Grahan’s clinical practice focuses on the care of people with substance use disorders as well as the social, medical, and psychiatric conditions that often occur together. His PhD work focused on behavioral economics and outcome measurement issues related to substance use in adolescents and young adults. After spending a year learning advanced quality improvement and performance measurement techniques, he’s excited to join the faculty at Hennepin Healthcare to combine these efforts to improve the care for people who live in the Twin Cities community. To request a speaking engagement or case consultation with Dr. Grahan, please email Elizabeth Ryan, Project ECHO Coordinator, at [email protected].
Cameron Weaver, PhD, LP
Project ECHO Psychologist
Dr. Weaver is an integrated behavioral health provider, specializing in brief assessment and psychological interventions for mental, physical, and chemical health conditions. He completed a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK and an NIH/NIAAA postdoctoral fellowship in addictions research at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. At Hennepin Healthcare, he treats health conditions with empirically supported treatments such as behavioral activation, exposure therapy, cognitive restructuring, and harm reduction/relapse prevention. His research interests are in risk and protective factors alcohol misuse and brief motivational interventions for alcohol misuse.
Dr. Helen Wood
Project ECHO Psychiatrist
Dr. Wood has broad experience in both primary care and psychiatry. She has completed residencies and board certification in both internal medicine and psychiatry. She has extensive experience in addiction and community psychiatry. She joined the Primary Care Behavioral Health team at Hennepin Healthcare in 2016 and divides her time between doing psychiatric consultations in our primary care clinics and her private practice. Providing evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders is a rewarding part of longitudinal psychiatric care. MAT (medication-assisted treatment) is one of our great breakthroughs in addiction medicine and I am delighted to help the ECHO team with a psychiatric perspective to this treatment.
Midwest Tribal ECHO Team
Native American Community Clinic
Laurelle Myhra, PhD, LMFT
Director of Behavioral Health, Native American Community Clinic (NACC)
Dr. Myhra is an enrolled member of Red Lake Nation and is the Director of Behavioral Health at the Native American Community Clinic (NACC). She completed her doctorate at the University of Minnesota in Family Social Science and Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012, where she was an AAMFT SAMHSA fellow. She has dedicated her career to advancing knowledge of- and advocating for social and systems change to decrease the racial and health disparities faced Native American people. She serves in an advisory compacity for MDH, Hennepin Healthcare, and Children’s Hospital.
Kari Rabie, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Native American Community Clinic (NACC)
Dr. Rabie has been the Chief Medical Officer at the Native American Community Clinic (NACC) since 2011. Prior to working at NACC, she was Medical Director at Southside Community Health Services. She is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician, graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1998 and completed her residency training at the Hennepin County Family Practice Residency Program in 2001. She is certified as a buprenorphine provider and started a multidisciplinary Medication Assisted Recovery Services team at the Native American Community Clinic.
Michelle Corcoran, Nurse Care Coordinator, Native American Community Clinic (NACC)
Michelle Corcoran is a Nurse Care Coordinator working in NACC's Medication Assisted Treatment program. She is trained as a Public Health Nurse and received her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from St. Catherine University. Michelle uses her 15 years of nursing experience to provide holistic, patient-centered care to her patients. She is passionate about improving healthcare for patients with mental health and substance use conditions.
Minnesota Viral Hepatitis ECHO Team
Jesse Powell, PA-C, MS, BA
Gastroenterology, Digestive Medicine
Project ECHO Co-Lead
Jesse is a Physician Assistant in the gastroenterology department who specializes in the treatment of liver disease. He earned his Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Augsburg College in 2008. Jesse has a special interest in the treatment of hepatitis C and the management of chronic liver disease. He also performs FibroScan, a non-invasive alternative to liver biopsy for the staging of liver fibrosis.
Jessica Boettcher, DO
Infectious Disease Specialist
Dr. Boettcher works in both outpatient clinics and in the hospital seeing patients with a wide variety of infectious diseases. Her clinical focus is on HIV management and primary care. She also teaches an Infectious Diseases course at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Khalil Farah, MD
Gastroenterology, Digestive Medicine
Dr. Farah is board certified in gastroenterology and has special interests in taking care of patients with liver disease, especially alcohol-related, and patients with gastrointestinal bleeding. Dr. Farah provides the latest treatments for patients with hepatitis C and has the latest non-invasive tools to evaluate the liver for scarring and fat content. He also has the expertise to treat and stop active gastrointestinal bleeding using all the latest technology. Dr. Farah strives on building a strong relationship with his patients that goes beyond the disease.
Maggie Ricco, PharmD, MS, BCACP
Maggie is a clinical pharmacist in primary care at Hennepin Healthcare. She works to optimize medication use and outcomes in patients with chronic conditions, including chronic hepatitis C. She is also the Residency Program Director for the PGY2 Residency in Ambulatory Care at Hennepin Healthcare. She received her PharmD from North Dakota State University. She then went on to complete an Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at the University of Minnesota and an NRSA funded Primary Care Research Fellowship and Masters in Population Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Luisa Rodriguez Duran, RN
Positive Care Clinic
Luisa works in the Positive Care Clinic at Hennepin Healthcare. She obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing at Minneapolis Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. She is certified HIV care through The HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board. Originally from Colombia, she is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Upper Midwest Nursing Home COVID-19 ECHO Collaborative
Supported by the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the Upper Midwest Nursing Home COVID-19 ECHO Collaborative is virtually bringing together groups of peers and experts to share evolving best practices for tackling pressing COVID-19 related problems in Medicare or Medicaid-eligible nursing homes. We have four cohorts of 33 nursing homes participating in each session. Learn more on the Upper Midwest Nursing Home COVID-19 ECHO Collaborative website.
Roberta Meyers, MD, MPH
Dr. Meyers began her early days in geriatrics as a fellow at Boston University Medical Center making home visits to elderly residents of inner-city Boston. She learned the value of combining the principles of comprehensive primary care with the specialty knowledge from geriatric medicine to provide care to medically complex older patients. Now she makes home visits to elderly Hennepin County residents and sees patients in skilled nursing facilities and outpatient clinics. Dr. Meyers has been at Hennepin Healthcare for 28 years.
Greg Leierwood, APRN, CNP
Greg is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. In addition to practicing at Hennepin Healthcare, he also sees patients at several skilled nursing facilities for acute rehabilitation and long term care.
Matt Guy, President, Lead Community Connector, Accelerated Transformation Associates
Matt is the President, Owner, and Lead Community Connector of Accelerated Transformation Associates. Matt serves as the lead faculty for Triple Aim programs at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, teaching Triple Aim implementation strategies to communities and organizations worldwide, and is Vice President for Health Data Governance and Strategy at PrivaPlan Associates. Matt holds Advanced Practitioner status with Team Diagnostic Survey (6 Conditions for Team Effectiveness). Matt received his master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado.
Lance Goodnough, IT Customer Care, Hennepin Healthcare
Lance has 22 years of experience in Information Technology. He has worked in Desktop Support, Business Analysis, Project Management, and Process Improvement. At Hennepin Healthcare he manages the Zoom sessions in the ECHO studio as well as many other projects.
Deanna Bauer, MBA, Project Coordinator
Deanna has 21 years of experience in project management and event coordination. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of The College of St. Scholastica with a master's in Business Administration in Change Leadership.