Speakers & Sessions

General Session 1, 8:45 am – 9:30 am

Aging Gracefully
Kay Solar, MD, OB/GYN
Louisiana Women’s Healthcare

Dr. Kay Solar graduated from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. She completed her OB/GYN residency through St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Solar has been practicing in Baton Rouge since 1992 and is currently only practicing gynecology.

Dr. Kay Solar specializes in: wellness exams, including treatment of gynecological problems, and menopause management, including hormone replacement therapy and alternatives. Dr. Solar is a strong proponent of patient education for prevention.


General Session 2, 11:45 am – 12:15pm

Beyond Stress Management: Human Energy Enhancement
Francinne Lawrence, PhD, MRE, MSW, LCSW
Director of Survivorship Services and Integrative Medicine
Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center

Francinne Lawrence, Ph.D. is the Director of Survivorship Services and Integrative Medicine at Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. Dr. Lawrence received her doctorate degree in Mind-Body Medicine from the School of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University, Oakland, CA. She completed her master of social work degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and her master of religious education degree from Southeastern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. Dr. Lawrence has actively explored the mind, body, spirit connection for over thirty years through a diverse career as a clergywoman, social worker, educator, author, and mind-body medicine practitioner. Dr. Lawrence currently works with cancer survivors and caregivers incorporating complementary health approaches such as meditation, yoga, massage, and art into their conventional medical treatment. Her training and experience give her a distinct capacity to empower others to use self-care as the key to healthcare and live better as a cancer survivor.


Breakout Sessions

With the exception of 2 sessions (noted below with *asterisks), the presentations that are given during the breakout sessions will be given twice, the first time from 9:45-10:30 am and then again from 10:45-11:30 am.

Digestive Health: Colon Cancer
Kelly Finan, MD, Colon Rectal Surgeon
Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group

Dr. Finan obtained her bachelors degree in Zoology at the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio and then went on to obtain her doctorate of medicine from the University of Cinicinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. She completed her General Surgery Residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL, where she also conducted quality outcomes research and earned a Masters of Science in Public Health. Dr. Finan then went on to complete her Colorectal Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Finan's specialty is the treatment of all colorectal diseases ranging from malignant to benign. She is Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in Colorectal Surgery by the American Board of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Finan is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon. Dr. Finan offers minimally invasive approaches with advanced laparoscopic and robotic techniques for abdominal procedures, colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening, as well as transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) for treatment of rectal polyps and early rectal cancers. Dr. Finan was named to the Baton Rouge Business Report's prestigious Top 40 Under 40 list in 2011 for her work in the community and state.

Kelly Finan, MD is actively involved in Get Your Rear in Gear, a 5k run/walk focused on raising awareness about colon cancer.

Dr. Finan's specialty areas include colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, infectious colitis, fecal incontinence, rectocele, rectal prolapse, and anorectal pathology including hemorrhoids, anal fissure, abscess and pilonidal disease.

Diabetes Can Be Prevented
Daniel Hsia, MD, Assistant Professor
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Dr. Daniel Hsia is a Louisiana native and currently an Assistant Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. He received his medical degree at Albany Medical College in New York.  He completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and a combined adult and pediatric Endocrinology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. Dr. Hsia is interested in developing new screening tools treatments for diabetes and obesity.  He oversees a variety of clinical trials that enroll children and adults of all ages at Pennington Biomedical.

*Breast Cancer Prevention, Technology, and Treatment (9:45 – 10:30 am only)
Mindy Bowie, MD, Breast Surgical Oncologist
Louisiana Breast Specialists

Dr. Bowie attended Louisiana State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Master of Science degree. Upon graduation, she continued at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, where she attended medical school (2004) and completed her general surgery residency (2009). She then completed a Breast Surgical Oncology fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She served as a the Cancer Liaison Physician for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. She has participated in research and has multiple publications in breast cancer journals.

*Breast Density: What’s All the Fuss About? (10:45 – 11:30 am only)
Steven Sotile, MD, Radiologist
Radiology Associates – Woman’s Hospital

Steven C. Sotile, M. D. is a radiologist at Radiology Associates who is board-certified with the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Sotile works at Woman’s Hospital and his focus is women’s imaging.

Dr. Sotile earned his M.D. at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine- New Orleans. He completed an Internal Medicine internship at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in North Carolina. He completed his Diagnostic Radiology Residency and was Chief Resident at the University of South Alabama School of Medicine. He furthered his training with a Radiologic-Pathology Course at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.

He is a member of the American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Society of Breast Imaging, Radiological Society of North America, and Louisiana State Medical Society.

Dr. Sotile has lived in Baton Rouge for the last 25 years with his wife Christine and their 3 children. He enjoys photography and fishing in his leisure time.

Learn Your Risk for Heart Disease and Stroke
Nakia Newsome, MD, FACC, Cardiologist
Baton Rouge Cardiology Center

Dr. Nakia Newsome is a cardiologist at Baton Rouge Cardiology Center.

A native of Monroe, Dr. Newsome earned his Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.  He completed his internal medicine internship and residency from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Newsome completed his cardiology fellowship at Drexel University and Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Newsome is board certified in cardiovascular diseases, nuclear cardiology, and internal medicine.  He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American College of Cardiology, Association of Black Cardiologists, National Medical Association and American Medical Association.

Dr. Newsome has offices in Baton Rouge, Mid City, Brusly, Denham Springs and Zachary. For more information on Dr. Newsome, visit www.brcardiology.com or call 225-769-0933.

Staying Alive: Hands-Only CPR Demonstration
Presented by Baton Rouge Cardiology Center & Sponsored by
Amerigroup and the American Heart Association
Your Metabolism Through Menopause
Kara Marlatt, PhD, MPH, Postdoctoral Fellow
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Kara Marlatt is a native of Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota and received her PhD and MPH from the University of Minnesota‐Twin Cities in cardiovascular physiology. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Pennington with a research interest focused on healthy aging in women.