Presenters from the Smoking Cessation & Prevention Workshop (2011)

Belinda-Borrelli-PhDBelinda Borrelli, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Alpert Medical School of Brown University and The Miriam Hospital. She is a clinical psychologist specializing in motivational interviewing techniques for health behavior change. Dr. Borrelli has trained many hundreds of physicians, nurses, and lay providers in best practices for smoking cessation in the US and abroad.


people-coop-150x150Mary Reich Cooper, MD, JD, is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Quality Officer of Lifespan, and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In her current position, Dr. Cooper is responsible for articulating the quality and safety strategy for Lifespan and working closely with the state government and quality organizations in Rhode Island to improve safety and quality of care for the citizens of Rhode Island. She is Co-chair of the Women’s Health Council of RI.


Peg-Miller-MDMargaret (Peg) Miller, MD, is Director of the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, a Lifespan Partner; and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Miller is a board-certified internist whose primary area of interest is medical problems in pregnancy. Dr. Miller has also contributed to numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on medical problems in pregnancy and speaks widely on topics related to the association between pregnancy-associated conditions and future chronic disease.


Patricia-A-Nolan-MD-MPHPatricia A. Nolan, MD, MPH, serves as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. The Public Health Institute is currently working to promote community health in Rhode Island through environmental assessments, health interviews, health information dissemination, and health promotion activities.


Athena-Poppas-MDAthena Poppas, MD is the director of the echocardiography laboratory at Rhode Island Hospital and a Member of the Clinical Care Working Group of the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at Women & Infants Hospital. Dr. Poppas is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. As a cardiologist, her research is focused on the various facets of heart disease in women.


KRosene-MontellaKaren Rosene-Montella, MD, is a Senior Vice President for Women’s Services and Clinical Integration and Vice Chair of Medicine for Quality and Outcomes for Lifespan. Dr. Rosene-Montella is the Division Chief of Obstetric Medicine and Professor of Medicine OB/GYN at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is Co-chair of the Women’s Health Council of RI.


Amity-Rubeor-DOAmity Rubeor, DO, is the Clinical Team B Leader at the Family Care Center in Pawtucket, RI, and supervises residents in the Brown Family Medicine Residency. Within the last year, her team has focused on Smoking Cessation quality improvement projects, working with Quality Partners of RI and Quitworks-RI.  The Family Care Center has received Level 3 status through the NCQA and continues to work on other areas of chronic disease management through the Chronic Care Sustainability Index (CSI) of Rhode Island.


Sara-Ryan-DAcSara Ryan, DAc, owns and operates a private Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine practice in Providence, RI. Her training includes a BA from Boston University and pre-medical studies at Providence College, a summa cum laude degree from the Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, CA, and additional studies and practice in Tibetan Medicine in Dharamsala, India. Her acupuncture treatments often include the NADA protocol, which uses needles on auricular points to stimulate detoxification and relieve chemical dependency.



Theresa Mrozak, RN, CPHER, is a Prevention Team Program Coordinator with Quality Partners of Rhode Island. She is responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of initiatives associated with QuitWorks-RI as well as the initiative on Prevention and EHR implementation in the physician office setting. She is a Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records and holds a Business Management Certificate from Bryant University.


Jennifer-Wood-JDJennifer Wood, JD, is the Chief of Staff and General Counsel for RI’s Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, where much of her work has been focused on healthcare reform. While in private practice she served for five years as Legal Counsel to the Rhode Island Senate Health Education and Welfare Committee where she worked on the development of Rhode Island’s ground breaking anti-smoking legislation.