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Island Health & Wellness Foundation: Just For The Health Of It Community Discussions

By Anne West
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BONUS EPISODE RECORDED 12/29: Talking with Matthew Trombley, Senior Executive Director of Island Nursing Home

Island Health & Wellness Foundation: Just For The Health Of It Community Discussions

BONUS EPISODE RECORDED 12/29: Talking with Matthew Trombley, Senior Executive Director of Island Nursing Home

Island Health & Wellness Foundation: Just For The Health Of It Community Discussions

Talking with Denise Black and Teri Woodruff About Recovery Coaching
On this Giving Tuesday, we have a gift for you-a bonus podcast episode! This is a conversation that I had with Denise Black and Teri Woodruff, Co-Directors for the Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching. These ladies personify compassion, competence and community. In our discussion we talk about: 1. What recovery coaching is and how people can become a recovery coach or access recovery coaching services. 2. What a recovery coaching session looks like. 3. How the pandemic has impacted recovery coaching. 4. What we can all do today to make our community more recovery friendly. Recovery Coach Trainings: How to get a recovery coach:
November 30, 2021
Talking with Ronda Dodge About Island Nursing Home-Episode 12
Ronda Dodge, Chairperson of the Island Nursing Home (INH) Board of Directors, and I continue our discussion about the closure of the facility, plans to reopen and what we can all do to be supportive in the meantime.  Exciting news! The INH Board is working on finalizing a contract with an outside agency who will come in and provide an assessment and recommendations for reopening. We will have more details available next week, but this is a very hopeful step! Ronda talks about the need for housing on or near the island. If you have any leads on this, please reach out to me at and I will forward them on to Ronda and Peter Roth. Peter is heading up the Task Force's Affordable Housing subcommittee. It is not too late to Adopt a Resident! If you would like to participate in this worthwhile program, please email Dede Ragot at To donate towards the cost of producing and sending an island calendar to each former resident, as well as for future holiday cards, gifts, etc., please send a check payable to: Island Nursing Home, 587 North Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627. Place the words "Calendar Project-Resident Needs" in the memo section. Keep sending me your questions and I will try to ask them on a future episode.  Email: Phone: 207-367-5851
November 29, 2021
Talking with Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane
In this episode, I spend a few minutes talking with Sheriff Scott Kane. We discuss the health related work he and his deputies do in this community and he gives all of us some solid safety advice. I came away from this discussion so thankful for people like Sheriff Kane and his fifteen deputies who are willing to serve our community both on the job and in various volunteer capacities off the clock. He ends the episode by talking about what brings him joy even on the difficult days.  If you need to report an emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you would like to report a non-emergent matter to the Hancock County Sheriff's office, please call 207-667-7575.
November 11, 2021
Talking with Ronda Dodge About Island Nursing Home
Ronda Dodge, Chairperson of the Island Nursing Home Board of Directors, and I continue our discussions about the future of Island Nursing Home. She provides updates and clarifies a recent news article about a Stonington Select Board meeting held last week. Ronda also answers the following questions: 1. How is the “Adopt a Resident” program going? 2. Listener Question:  Is there any way that Heidi Gillen's training can continue now that Matthew Trombley has left? Can Heidi train under someone else at another facility? 3. Listener Question: On the last podcast, you indicated that a number of administration staff are staying on. What is the timeline for them? What is the budget? Does the board plan to ask for donations to make that happen? 4. Listener Question: It seems that keeping on so many admin staff the board is operating on an assumption that the recommendation from the Task Force will be a reopening. Is that the direction the board is thinking? What other options is the board considering? 5. What can the community do to be of most help to Island Nursing Home this week? Keep your questions coming! Please email me at It isn't too late to Adopt-A-Resident! Email for more information.
November 10, 2021
Talking with Ronda Dodge About Island Nursing Home
Ronda Dodge, Chairperson of the Island Nursing Home Board of Directors, and I continue our weekly updates. This week Ronda answers a series of questions, including: 1. Did Matthew Trombley, Senior Executive Director, leave Island Nursing Home? 2. What will the INH Social Worker be doing over the next few months? 3. How is the “Adopt-A-Resident” program going? 4. Will any staff continue working at the nursing home now that it has no residents? 5. A question has come up about the $5,000 that the Town of Stonington gave to INH this year.  Now that the nursing home has no residents, does INH plan to return the money? 6. What can the community do to be of most help to Island Nursing Home this week? Please sign up to participate in the Adopt-A-Resident program by emailing DeDe Ragot at Keep your questions coming! I can be reached at
November 4, 2021
Talking with Genevieve McDonald About the Island Nursing Home Task Force
In this week's episode, Genevieve McDonald and I talk all things Island Nursing Home Task Force. She answers my questions, including: 1. What made you want to serve on the Island Nursing Home Task Force? 2. What has the task force done so far? 3. What has been the most surprising part of this process for you? 4. What do you see as the main barriers to re-opening the facility and how are these being addressed? 5. Do you think that your role as a lawmaker can help to address some of the larger, statewide (and even national issues) that are contributing to long term care facilities closing? 6. Do you think the rift that currently exists between the local newspaper and the INH Board can be mended? If so, do you have any ideas how this can be accomplished? 7. How can the community offer feedback or contribute to the work of the task force? 8. When does the task force expect to complete their work? 9. What happens then? To register for the 11/15/2021 community event that will start at 5:45 pm on Zoom, please email Anne West at This email can also be used to submit listener questions for future podcast episodes and to let us know of available housing resources on the island.
October 27, 2021
Talking with Ronda Dodge About Nursing Home Closure
Ronda Dodge, Chairperson of the Island Nursing Home Board, and I continue our discussion about the recent news that the nursing home will be closing. In this episode we talk about: 1. The Adopt a Resident Program is up and going. To sign up to adopt a resident, please email or call 348-6529 (leave a message). 2. An Island Nursing Home initiative to provide support to residents who have been moved to new facilities. 3. A calendar of beautiful island pictures for former nursing home residents assembled through the generosity of this community. 4. How the nursing home helped two young islanders who were recently released from the hospital following a car accident. 5. Thoughts on how the Island Nursing Home Board and local newspaper might be able to mend their relationship going forward. Keep those great questions coming! I can be reached at
October 20, 2021
Talking with Ronda Dodge, Chairperson of the INH Board About Closure
This week, I talked with Ronda Dodge, Chairperson of the INH Board of Directors, about the upcoming closure of the Island Nursing Home. In this episode, she addresses the following community questions: 1. Matthew Trombley, Senior Executive Director, has announced he will be leaving. What is his timing? Does his contract provide for a severance payment? 2.  What will happen with the Administrator in Training position when Matthew leaves? 3.  Matthew indicated in a previous podcast that Berry Dunn (INH's outside accounting firm) ran scenario analyses. Has the board reviewed that information? Is the board planning to share that information with the Task Force? 4. INH had a lease on a house owned by Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. Why was that lease given up if housing was needed? 5.  After all residents have been placed, what is the proposed INH budget? How will it be financed given no revenue stream? How many staff will still be employed and for what period? Ronda also asks for the community's help in supplying residents with items to help them settle into their new homes. To volunteer to help with this, please feel free to reach out to me at Keep those questions coming! Questions can be sent to my email address and we will try to cover them in the next podcast.
October 13, 2021
Talking with Emma Weiss From WERU
Emma Weiss is an intern at WERU working on a community project related to health. To say she is a shining star would be an understatement. In our conversation we talk about her Community Wellness Watch program which airs on WERU monthly (archive link is below so you can catch past episodes). One of her latest episodes features Anne Schroth, Executive Director of Healthy Peninsula, Jo Cooper, Executive Director of Friends in Action and Rene Colson-Hudson, Executive Director of Healthy Island Project about the work they do with seniors and how it has been impacted by the pandemic. Emma is just one of those people who exudes warmth, knowledge and a deep love for small communities.  You will come away from our conversation feeling motivated to volunteer, do good and make history! Link to WERU's archived programs:
October 8, 2021
Talking with Matthew Trombley, Senior Exec Director at Island Nursing Home About COVID and Closure
Matthew and I continue our weekly discussions about the upcoming closure of Island Nursing Home. In this episode he updates the community about the two residents and one staff member who were diagnosed with COVID last week. In addition, Matthew  talks very frankly about his decision not to continue in a leadership position at INH following the closure. He also addresses a recent newspaper article about a business he co-created to address lack of staffing and increased COVID screening requirements at long term health care facilities. I really encourage everyone in the community to listen to this episode with an open heart and mind.  To contact me with housing/property information or with questions for upcoming episodes please email:
October 6, 2021
Talking With Ronda Dodge, President of Island Nursing Home Board of Directors-Episode 5 in Series
Today Ronda and I continued our discussions about the upcoming closure of Island Nursing Home (INH). She discusses two current COVID cases among residents and how this will impact placement plans. In addition, we talk about how the community can continue to assist the INH administration and board during this time. We also cover the Task Force and Ronda's role in helping it to succeed. Another important subject we tackle are recent community rumors about staff turnover, quality of care at the facility and who is serving on the INH Board. Please continue to send your questions to me at To volunteer to help in the event of a staffing shortage, contact Lori Morey, Director of Human Resources by email at or by phone at 207-348-6511 To volunteer to serve on the INH Board of Directors please email Karen Vickerson at
September 29, 2021
Talking With Matthew Trombley, Senior Executive Director of Island Nursing Home About Closure
Matthew and I continue our discussions about the upcoming closure of Island Nursing Home. In our fourth discussion, Matthew answers community questions that were raised at a forum held last Wednesday, including: 1. Does the nursing home have a sense of why visiting health care workers are choosing to leave? 2. Has the Board and/or Administration of the nursing home considered being acquired by a for-profit organization? 3. Is it true that staff must be vaccinated but visitors to the facility are not required to be? 4. Has there been any discussion of building a dormitory that would couple training with housing to develop the health care workforce? 5. Does he think it is worth the effort for local people who have lapsed health care certifications to get them activated again and offer to work shifts at the nursing home, even if it could only be once or twice per week? 6. Perhaps most importantly, what can the community do this week to be of the most assistance to Island Nursing Home? There were other questions asked by the community at the forum, but these have been covered in past podcast episodes.  Email questions for future episodes to:
September 22, 2021
Talking with Island Nursing Home
In this episode Matthew Trombley, Senior Executive Director of Island Nursing Home and I tackle some tough questions, including: 1. Does he feel that the nursing home tried to communicate their staffing issues to the community before announcing the closure? 2. Does he think workforce housing can help? 3. Were staff required to sign gag orders? 4. How many residents have already been placed in other facilities? 5. Were State suggestions of alternatives to closing offered and considered? 6. Have staff from other countries been considered? 7. What are Matthew's plans for the future? Keep your amazing questions coming! I will be having conversations with either Matthew or Ronda Dodge, Chair of the INH Board of Directors on a weekly basis through the month of October. I can be reached via email at References made during the podcast: McKnight's website for long term care information and news:
September 15, 2021
Talking with Ronda Dodge, President of Island Nursing Home Board of Directors
This is my second conversation with Island Nursing Home (INH) Administration following the announcement it will be closing next month. In this episode, Ronda Dodge, President of the INH Board of Directors, and I discuss updates since we last talked, the appeal process for residents, how staff members are doing, what the INH Community Task Force will do and what will happen to the pets who live on campus. As always, we end with the question, "What can the community do to be of most assistance to INH right now?" You may be surprised at the answer, but it is vitally important and something all of us, no matter our circumstances, can do. If you have a question for INH or would like more information on something you heard related to the closure, please reach out to me at or by phone at 367-5851. 
September 8, 2021
Talking with Matthew Trombley, Senior Executive Director of Island Nursing Home and Ronda Dodge, President of Island Nursing Home Board of Directors
Our community received the news on Monday that Island Nursing Home (INH) is closing. In this episode, I talk with Matthew and Ronda about what led to this decision, what is involved in closing a facility and what is being done to find residents safe homes and to help staff find new jobs. We also discuss what the community can do to help, with an eye on the future of this beloved island organization. This is the first in a series of conversations that I will have with the Island Nursing Home Administration and Board as we near the projected October 26th closure date.  To volunteer to help with the Island Nursing Home Task Force or to submit a question for a future episode, please email Anne West at  
September 1, 2021
Talking with Brian White of One Step Home Care
Over the past few months, the biggest question I have received from community members is "Where can I find in-home assistance for my loved one?" In this conversation I talk with Brian White, owner of One Step Home Care, about the process of getting someone signed up for in-home care, the need for workers in our area and why it might be advantageous to work with an agency. We talk about what kinds of services are provided, what schedules are available and why One Step has been able to stay in business for over 20 years. Of course, we are not endorsing any one local agency. If your agency provides similar services to Deer Isle-Stonington, I'd love to interview you for a future podcast episode-please reach out! Contact information for One Step Home Care: Phone: 667-7926 Website: Email:
August 20, 2021
Talking Again with Jo Cooper About Friends in Action
It has been said that "Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence." Jo is the Executive Director of Friends and Action. In our second podcast conversation we talk about what services Friends in Action currently offers to our community as well as the work it took to plan, build and open an adult playground in Ellsworth. Jo also announces her upcoming retirement after almost 20 years of leading her organization and discusses the transition plan currently being undertaken. Phone number for Friends in Action (to volunteer or to request a ride or other service): 207-664-6016 Website for Friends in Action:
August 6, 2021
Talking with Lynne Witham About The Afterschool Program and Adult Education
Lynne Witham wears a lot of hats in this community. Officially her titles are  Union 76 Coordinator of Grants & Professional Development and Director of Adult & Community Education. She is also a fundraiser, a cheerleader and a shaper of young lives. Join us as we talk about all this, and how each member of the Deer Isle-Stonington community can participate in positively impacting young lives. You don't want to miss this episode! Show Links: Lynne's email: Lynne's phone number: 207-266-0478 Lynne's book recommendation: "See Poverty Be The Difference" by Donna M. Beegle
July 23, 2021
Talking with Paul Sacaridiz, Executive Director of Haystack-An Update
The last time I talked with Paul, Haystack was in the midst of producing and distributing personal protective equipment. Where is that service now? How many people did Haystack serve through that innovative and generous program? What does 2021 (and beyond) hold for Haystack? What does Haystack want to do better? What is bringing Paul and his staff joy right now? Paul is one of those leaders who exudes humility, wisdom, awareness and thoughtfulness. What results is an organization that is moving ahead, always learning and full of vibrant collaborators. I hope you enjoy listening to our discussion as much as I enjoyed having it.  I also hope that everyone listening will take full advantage of Haystack's free online programming. This is such a gift to our community-just like Paul himself. Haystack website:
July 9, 2021
Talking with Dr. Timothy Cobb About Ticks, Browntail Moths and Acupuncture
Programming Note: We are still recording this podcast via Zoom. For some reason, in my conversation with Dr. Cobb that follows, his voice came through at a much lower volume than mine. Of course, some people would say that it is because I am naturally a loud talker. I made the decision to go ahead and release this episode anyway. The information that he shares on ticks, browntail moths and acupuncture is vitally important. I appreciate you bearing with us during this time.  This is Dr. Cobb's second time on the "Just for the Health of It" podcast. In this episode we cover ticks, browntail moths and acupuncture. Dr. Cobb is a wealth of information on all three topics. I came away feeling  thankful that our medical center is staffed by such competent, compassionate and forward thinking providers. Show Note: To reach Northern Light Primary Care Stonington (formerly Island Family Medicine) call 207-367-2311.
June 25, 2021
Talking with Jessica Valdez, Executive Director of Community Compass
You have got to listen to the end of this episode! At the conclusion of our discussion, Jessica issues a challenge to our community that will change us all for the better. During our conversation, we also discuss: 1. What is Community Compass and what is its mission? 2. What is the history of this organization? 3. What is a Community Navigator and who are the Navigators on Deer Isle-Stonington? 4. How can we all support Community Compass? Community Compass website: Facebook: Facebook DIS: Jessica's email: Community Compass Phone Number: 207-522-7983
June 11, 2021
Talking with Griffin Dill of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension About Ticks
UGH! Have you noticed an increased number of ticks here in Maine this spring? It is not your imagination. Join my conversation with Griffin Dill of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension as we talk ticks-trends, ways to avoid being bitten, how to safely remove a tick, etc. Griffin approaches his work with a down to earth and enthusiastic attitude. You will come away from our discussion armed with valuable information and hopefully feeling empowered to enjoy our Maine outdoors safely. Links mentioned in the podcast: U Maine Cooperative Extension website: U Maine Cooperative Extension Tick Division: "Lyme Disease" by Richard Ostfeld
May 28, 2021
Talking with Tara Young, Drug Free Communities Program Coordinator of Healthy Acadia
This week's podcast centers on a conversation that I had recently with Tara Young. Tara is the Drug Free Communities Program Coordinator at Healthy Acadia. Her work involves many components-including mental health advocacy, educating youth and parents about the dangers of nicotine and substance use, and suicide prevention. Tara offers a number of education-specific programs for youth and provides support for parents. In this episode we discuss: 1. Programs and services that we can all take advantage of (for free!) that will make us better allies to marginalized groups. 2. What are some practical steps parents can take to help their children avoid substance misuse? 3. How has the pandemic impacted Tara's work? 4. Why is resilience training important? 5. What is Hope Day? Tara's email: Healthy Acadia's website: Book recommendation: "The Resilience Factor" by Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte Ph.D. Links to Maine Public Health information Tara referenced:
May 14, 2021
Talking with Pat Dobbs About Hearing Loss
Pat Dobbs is new to the island. She is passionate about bringing resources to those experiencing hearing loss through support groups, one on one coaching and educational sessions. In this episode we discuss the following: What is hearing loss? How does hearing loss impact friends and family? How can providers and patients with hearing loss work together? What is Pat's dream in terms of the work she would like to accomplish on Deer Isle-Stonington? Pat's email: Pat's phone/text: 973-479-8083 Pat's website: Website for clear masks: (you may get some savings on the mask if you use Pat Dobbs as the coupon code) Link for voice to text app Pat mentioned: Link for Google Meet app to hold captioned meetings:
April 30, 2021
Talking with Lynn Winters, OTR/L About Occupational Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation Therapy
In this episode Lynn and I talk about all things Occupational Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation Therapy, including: 1. What are each of those things and what illnesses do they treat? 2. What happens at an appointment with Lynn in her office in Stonington? 3. How do  I know if I should add these therapies to my care regimen? 4. Does Lynn take insurance? 5. How has the pandemic affected Lynn's work? How to contact Lynn with questions or to make an appointment: Email: Phone: 367-2441 Facebook: Books recommended by Lynn: "Full Body Presence" by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana "Reclaiming Your Body" by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana
April 16, 2021
Talking with Jeannie Hatch, Executive Director of Island Community Center
Join me for a very heartfelt conversation with Jeannie Hatch. Jeannie has been the Executive Director of Island Community Center in Stonington for five years. Among other things, in this episode we discuss: What does the Island Community Center do? What kinds of events/programs are held at the community center? How can people contact Island Community Center? How can we all support this incredible community gem? What is helping Jeannie personally get through the pandemic? SPOILER ALERT: Jeannie makes an announcement about this year's Stonington 6 road race at the end of the episode! To contact Island Community Center: Phone: 367-2735 Website: Facebook:
April 2, 2021
Talking with Ashley Pesek, Program Director of Opiate Free Island Partnership, About The Syringe Service Program in Deer Isle
Opiate Free Island Partnership recently started a Syringe Service Program at St. Brendan's Church in Deer Isle. This program runs every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In this episode, Ashley Pesek, OFIP's Program Director answers the following questions: What is a syringe service program? Is it different than a needle exchange? What did OFIP have to do to bring this service to the island? How do people use this service? How is the program doing in its first month? What are OFIP's goals in running this program? How can we as a community support this program? To reach Ashley at OFIP: 207-367-5850 or email OFIP's Facebook page:
March 19, 2021
Talking with Anne Schroth of Healthy Peninsula About Vaccination Sign Ups
Anne Schroth is the Healthy Aging Program Coordinator for Healthy Peninsula. Recently, she has been busy navigating the often complicated world of signing up for COVID vaccination appointments on behalf of older Mainers in our area. What helpful hints has she learned? How does patience and perseverance play major roles in the sign up process? What other resources does Healthy Peninsula offer? Last, but not least, what is personally helping Anne to thrive during the pandemic?  Resources: Healthy Peninsula website: Healthy Peninsula phone number: 207-374-3257 Healthy Peninsula email: Anne Schroth's email: Friends in Action (for Vaccination Buddies program): 664-6016 or Healthy Island Project: 367-6332 or  Blue Hill Library: 374-5515 or Surry Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Betsy Armstrong at
March 5, 2021
Talking with Catie Reed, Community Engagement and Activities Manager at Eastern Area Agency on Aging
What does Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA) do? What kinds of activities are available for seniors during the pandemic? How do I sign up for Meals on Wheels? How can I support EAAA? Join me as I talk to Catherine "Catie" Reed, Community Engagement and Activities Manager at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Catie provides a brief overview of EAAA's services (which are available to people living in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Washington Counties) and talks about upcoming offerings including Tai Chi and Medicare 101 class. To contact EAAA please call: 207-941-2865 or toll free at 1-800-432-7812 If you prefer email, please send a message to: Website:
March 5, 2021
BONUS EPISODE RECORDED 2/19: Talking with Dr. James Jarvis of Northern Light About COVID-19 Vaccinations
I asked you, my listeners, to give me all your questions about vaccinations and boy, did you come through! Dr. James Jarvis, Physician Leader for Incident Command at Northern Light Health and Director of Clinical Education at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center spent a half hour with me this morning answering all your questions, including: 1. Can the hotline number for vaccinations be changed so that it is toll-free? 2. Why do people have to wait 15 minutes after receiving a vaccine before leaving the vaccination site? 3. What does Northern Light plan to do for those who live in rural areas and cannot travel to receive a vaccination? 4. If I am offered a vaccination due to my job, am I taking it away from someone else that needs it? 5. In the tiers for vaccination, where do "front line workers" such as those who work in grocery stores, truck drivers, etc. fit in? 6. Why are we being asked to wear two masks now? This episode is filled with helpful information and explanations of why vaccination clinics are set up as they are.  Please listen and share this far and wide!
February 19, 2021
Talking with Walter Reed, Advanced EMT about Memorial Ambulance Corps
In this conversation, Walter and I cover a number of topics, including the following: 1. What does Memorial Ambulance Corps do? (Hint: It goes way beyond responding to 9-1-1 calls) 2. How did Memorial Ambulance get started?  3. What happens when someone dials 9-1-1? 4. What can we all do to make sure we are prepared in the event we need to call 9-1-1? This episode is rich in island history, stories of neighbors helping neighbors, and is full of need-to-know information.  **For emergencies, please call 9-1-1. The non emergent phone number for Memorial Ambulance in 348-5686 Phone app that lists all locations of AED's on DIS: Pulse Point AED (use the orange app, NOT the red one). 
February 19, 2021
Talking with Dr. Anthony Fusco, Primary Care Provider at Northern Light Primary Care Stonington
Dr. Anthony Fusco has been practicing at Northern Light Primary Care Stonington for over a year now. What brought him to Stonington? When did he decide to be a doctor (and what did a homemade first aid kit have to do with it)? What does he recommend as something we can all do to improve our overall health? Dr. Fusco and I even talk about my one and only detention in high school. . .this discussion is full of gems that you won't want to miss. Northern Light Primary Care Stonington/Island Family Medicine: 367-2311 (to make an appointment with a provider or find out about becoming a patient of this practice) Book recommended by Dr. Fusco: "Learned Optimism" by Martin E.P. Seligman
February 5, 2021
Talking with Dr. Wendy Alpaugh of Island Dental Offices
How did Dr. Alpaugh end up practicing dentistry on Deer Isle? Did she always want to become a dentist? Why is oral health important? What has changed about her practice during the pandemic? We talk about all this and more.  Island Dental Offices-367-2631 To inquire about the Reduced Fee Dental Program call Anne West at 367-5851. Websites referenced by Wendy during our conversation: American Dental Association: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: American Academy of Periodontology National Institutes of Health National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
January 29, 2021
Talking with Marnie Crowell, Brain Injury Survivor and Thriver
How did Marnie Crowell end up as the island's first LifeFlight patient? Following her injury, what has helped her to lead a life filled with caring, compassion, service and positivity? What is Surimono and how does this art form play a part in Marnie's work? What is Marnie's biggest wish? You don't want to miss this episode-at the end you will emerge with a new appreciation for the healing powers of nature and the human brain! Link to Marnie's website:
January 15, 2021
Talking with Jo Cooper, Executive Director of Friends in Action
What services does Friends in Action provide to the Deer Isle-Stonington community? How do I sign up for transportation services? How do I volunteer with Friends in Action? Why is a ride so much more than just getting from Point A to Point B? I talk about this and much, much more in my conversation with Jo Cooper, Executive Director Friends in Action.  Friends in Action: Phone Number: 207-664-6016 Website: Recommended Book: "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" by Roz Chast
January 1, 2021
BONUS EPISODE RECORDED 12/29: Talking with Matthew Trombley, Senior Executive Director of Island Nursing Home
Do not miss this feel good episode! If you have been following the COVID outbreak at the Island Nursing Home over the last six weeks, this conversation with Matthew Trombley will warm your heart. Hear about the health status of residents and staff (spoiler: it is GOOD news) and the wonderful Christmas the residents of INH were able to have thanks to this community's generous support. Also, hear about how the Island Nursing Home's COVID outbreak has led to ongoing partnerships with local colleges and how INH administration is using their lived experience to help other facilities facing similar challenges. Just a little note on this episode: We were dealing with some unreliable internet this morning. You may hear some pauses, skips, etc. I apologize for this inconvenience. To access Island Nursing Home's donate page, use the link below:
December 29, 2020
Talking with Rene Colson-Hudson, Executive Director Healthy Island Project
In this conversation with Rene Colson-Hudson, we discuss:  1. How she ended up in Deer Isle-Stonington.  2. How her role has expanded since COVID arrived (she explains the process of organizing, cooking, assembling and delivering over 5,500 meals). 3. How Healthy Island Project is meeting the current needs of our community.  4. How we can all support Healthy Island Project fulfill it's mission.  How to contact Healthy Island Project: website: email: phone number: (207) 367-6332 Rene's book recommendation: "The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere" by Pico Iyer Link:
December 25, 2020
BONUS EPISODE RECORDED 12/22: Talking with Matthew Trombley, Senior Executive Director of Island Nursing Home
In today's episode Matthew Trombley updates the community on the recent COVID outbreak at Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle. We talk about the following: 1. What is the current condition of residents and staff who have tested positive for COVID? 2. When will the first doses of vaccine arrive at INH and will residents and staff who have already tested positive still be vaccinated? 3. How is staffing at the facility? 4. What was the final result of the recent State survey conducted within the facility following report of the outbreak? 5. How has the INH Board of Directors helped out during this time? 6. Are there any needs the community should be aware of? You will not be able to listen to this episode without coming to the conclusion that there is no place like Deer Isle-Stonington!
December 22, 2020
Talking with Doug Dunbar of Eastern Maine Development Corporation about Connecting with Opportunities
**If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use, there are local resources available. You can reach out to Ashley Pesek at Opiate Free Island Partnership by dialing 207-367-5850 to be connected with these resources in a safe, confidential manner.** Doug Dunbar is one of the few people (maybe the only person) who can say that he has had dinner at both the White House and at Penobscot County Jail. Today, Doug is in long term recovery and is working at Eastern Maine Development Corporation to bring workforce opportunities and support to countless people in our area.  We discuss how jail impacted his work now, what workforce opportunities are available and how people can access career help. This is a story of hope and hard work.  It is also a reminder that substance use can affect anyone of us no matter our economic, education or family history.  Eastern Maine Development Corporation Connecting with Opportunities Program From the EMDC website: If you’re someone who has been impacted by opioid use disorder and needs help, email or call EMDC’s Workforce Development Specialist, Doug Dunbar at (207) 299-5626. If you’re an employer or service provider that would like to partner, email or call EMDC’s Workforce Development Specialist, Doug Dunbar at (207) 299-5626. For general information, email Doug recommended TED talks by Johann Hari which can be accessed here: He also referenced the book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey, link below:
December 18, 2020
BONUS EPISODE RECORDED 12/15: Talking with Matthew Trombley, Sr. Executive Director of Island Nursing Home
In this episode, Matthew provides an update on the COVID situation at Island Nursing Home and answers community questions including: How many residents have passed away? How are other residents and staff members being helped to cope with these losses? Is the National Guard still on-site? What personal protective equipment does staff wear in the building? How long can staff stay in a patient's room? Why is Matthew primarily working from home? How does the recent news that a COVID vaccine is being distributed impact the nursing home residents and staff?
December 15, 2020
Talking with Paul Sacaridiz, Executive Director Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Since the pandemic began, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has seen many changes. What decisions were made by administration for the safety of the island? How did Haystack switch gears and begin producing free personal protective equipment? How many people have been helped through this innovative use of technology and art? Join me for a heartfelt conversation with Paul Sacaridiz, Executive Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Throughout our discussion, it is evident that Paul leads with knowledge, experience and compassion and we are lucky to have him here on Deer Isle-Stonington. Haystack Website for ordering personal protective equipment and/or making a donation: Healthy Island Project website for contact information on obtaining personal protective equipment:  email: Paul's Book Recommendation: "What Can a Body Do?" by Sarah Hendren
December 11, 2020
BONUS EPISODE RECORDED 12/8: Update on Island Nursing Home with Matthew Trombley, Senior Executive Director
Please listen to this bonus episode of the "Just For The Health Of It" podcast to hear an update on the COVID outbreak at Island Nursing Home as of 12/8.  How are patients and staff doing?  What challenges does the nursing home face? How can the community continue to help?  Matthew references a benefit at the nursing home to help those who want to pursue a health related field including nursing, certified nurses assistant programs, etc. For more information about this, please contact the nursing home directly at Links: To reach out to the Island Nursing Home directly: To reach out to Barrett Gray about helping with food deliveries: or 367-2253
December 8, 2020
BONUS EPISODE RECORDED 12/1: Talking with Matthew Trombley, Sr. Executive Director of Island Nursing Home about COVID
Most of us know by now that there has been an outbreak of COVID at our beloved Island Nursing Home. How are the residents and staff holding up? How are the administrators meeting staffing needs? What part can all of us play in helping INH through this difficult time? Please take a few minutes out of your day and listen to my conversation with Matthew Trombley, Sr. Executive Director of Island Nursing Home. To volunteer to help, please email
December 1, 2020
Talking with Ashley Pesek, Program Director for Opiate Free Island Partnership
How did Ashley go from wanting to be an OB doctor and delivering babies to a substance use and mental health counselor? What does Opiate Free Island Partnership do and why should we all keep Ashley's phone number handy? As a mother of nine children (yes you read that right), what advice does Ashley have for parents to help protect their children from substance misuse? Ashley and I discuss these questions and a whole lot more in this episode. Phone number for Opiate Free Island Partnership: 207-367-5850 OFIP Facebook page: Ashley's book recommendation: The Big Book by Alcholics Anonymous Link on Amazon:
November 27, 2020
Talking with Jody Wolford-Tucker, Executive Director of Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County
November is National Hospice Awareness Month. What does Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County do? What programs are offered to help caregivers and those who are coping with the loss of a loved one? These questions and more are answered in this heartfelt discussion with Jody Wolford-Tucker, Executive Director of this 40 year old organization.  Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County website: Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County phone number: 667-2531 Anne West's email address: Anne West's phone number: 207-367-5851 Jody's book recommendations: At Peace Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life by Sam Harrington (DIS local!) The Four Things That Matter Most by Dr. Ira Byock Peace at Last and other works by Deborah Grassman The Art of Comforting by Val Walker
November 13, 2020
Bonus Episode: Talking with Dr. Charles Zelnick about Deer Isle Stonington and COVID-19
This is a special bonus episode and a must listen. Dr. Zelnick posted on his personal Facebook page this past weekend that COVID has reached the Deer Isle-Stonington community. What does that mean for us? What can each of us do to prevent further spread of this virus? What are the symptoms of COVID and what can we do if we experience one or more of them? Where should we go for reliable information? What will the holidays look like this year? Dr. Zelnick talks about his medical career and  guides us through this latest challenge with his trademark calm, compassion and humor.  Phone number for Northern Light Primary Care Stonington: 207-367-2311 Northern Light COVID Resources and Testing Website: Websites Recommended by Dr. Zelnick: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website regarding holidays: Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Website: BBC news: Scientific American: WERU for transcriptions of Dr. Shah's updates: Articles/Links recommended by Dr. Zelnick: and for those interested in the historical perspective, this is one of the most fascinating stories of modern science figuring out the mystery of the 1918 flu;  the 2 guys who figured it out had a chance meeting in a cafeteria at the University of Iowa; they got talking over lunch and realized that together they had to key to the story…
November 11, 2020
Talking with Michael Reisman, Executive Director of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
What does the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center do? What can I expect if I call their number for help? How can I get involved in assisting my neighbors who may be facing a cancer diagnosis? All this and more is covered in my conversation with Michael Reisman, Executive Director of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center. Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center Phone Number: 207-664-0339 Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center Website: Link to Michael's recommended book:
October 30, 2020
Talking with Debra Matteson and Gail Senecal About Recovery Coaching
What is the opposite of addiction? What is a community recovery coach? How can I become a recovery ally? These questions and more are answered in my conversation with Debra Matteson, Hancock County Community Recovery Coach Coordinator for Healthy Acadia and Gail Senecal, a volunteer Recovery Coach on Deer Isle-Stonington. Show Notes: To access a recovery coach, find out more about becoming a coach or sign up for an upcoming class through Healthy Acadia, please email Debra Matteson at or call her at 207-479-6278. Healthy Acadia's website can be found at: To find out more about the Deer Isle Stonington Community Coalition on Substance Use please email me at Third Annual Maine Harm Reduction Conference, Friday, October 30th, 8:00am  - 2:00pm. To access additional harm reduction information, please follow the link below. I was unable to link the Maine Opioid Summit that the Governor's Office hosted and Debra referenced as it was already past. Listeners may be able to find it by searching YouTube. Gail's book recommendation: The East Side of Addiction by James DiReda, Henry Grosse and Jack Maroney
October 20, 2020
Talking with Dr. Timothy Cobb
How did Dr. Timothy Cobb go from being an electrician and a truck driver to a primary care provider in Deer Isle Stonington, Maine? Why did a move to Maine win out over a move to Alaska when his family was deciding where to live? What is Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy? What can we all do today to improve our overall health? These answers and more are contained in our conversation.  Phone number for Northern Light Primary Care Stonington (to make an OMT appointment): 207-367-2311 Link to the book "The Edge Effect" by Dr. Eric Braverman
October 16, 2020
Talking with Dorathy Martel, Executive Director of Next Step Domestic Violence Project
What does Next Step Domestic Violence Project do? What is abusive behavior?  What happens when someone calls the helpline number? How has the pandemic impacted cases and reports of domestic violence in our area? How can we help? Dorathy and I spend a few minutes talking about this important subject and how it impacts the Deer Isle-Stonington community. Here are some notes that are referenced in the episode: Next Step Domestic Violence Project Helpline 24 hours/7 days a week: 1-800-315-5579 Next Step Domestic Violence Project website: "No Visible Bruises" by Rachel Louise Snyder:
October 2, 2020
Talking with Denise Antonition, LCSW
Why is mental health important? What is one thing we can all do today to improve our mental wellness? This conversation with Denise Antonition, LCSW is full of wisdom, wit and warmth-just like Denise herself.  In the episode, Denise recommends a book called "The Little Book of Mindfulness" by Patrizia Collard. This book can be purchased through Amazon. Following this podcast, the Board of Directors of Island Health & Wellness Foundation generously purchased 20 copies of this book for Denise and the other providers at Island Medical Center to use when working with patients.
September 18, 2020