GRECC Connect Site - Little Rock, AK

Team Members

Tammy Carol Evans, MS, BSN, RN, CPAN, is one of the GRECC Connect Coordinators for Little Rock.  Tammy is a Registered Nurse with 26 years’ experience in Critical Care, Post Anesthesia Care, and Geriatrics, including the Gerofit Geriatric Walking Clinic RN. Her interests include providing wellness education to older adults to assist them in living longer lives by engaging in regular physical activity in the form of walking.  tammy.evans3@va.gov

Kalpana Padala, 
MD, MS, AGSF, a geriatrician, is an Associate Director for Clinical Research at GRECC at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) and Associate professor in the Department of Geriatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR. She is board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Padala is the Medical Director of the Geriatric Walking Clinic, which is funded by the Office of Rural Health and disseminated regionally via Telehealth and nationally with GeroFit program. The geriatric walking clinic is patient-centric, home-based program that implements a comprehensive approach to assess, educate, and motivate older veterans to engage in regular physical activity primarily in the form of walking. She has 10 years of research experience. Her research focuses on improving gait and balance in older adults and to improve exercise adherence. She is the PI of a four-year VA Merit funded study that focuses on the role of executive function on exercise adherence. Dr. Padala’s research has been funded by the Alzheimer’s Association, American Medical Director’s Association, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Institute of Health. Dr. Padala serves a key role in the delivery of GRECC webinars and Geriatric E-Consults.


Prasad Padala, MD, MS, FACHE,
is a board certified geriatric psychiatrist. He is the Associate Director for Clinical activities at the VISN 16 Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) and an associate Professor of psychiatry and geriatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is the Medical Director for the North Little Rock Memory Clinic, a multidisciplinary referral clinic implementing evidence based practices in the assessment and management of dementia and related behavioral problems. Dr. Padala is expanding the memory clinic to CBOCs via telehealth as part of the GRECC-Connect. He has 12 years of experience in clinical and research management of behavioral problems of dementia with an emphasis on Apathy, a profound loss of motivation with far reaching consequences. He has conducted six RCTs of apathy treatment including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. These studies were funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institute of Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association. He enjoys collaborating with colleagues across the US and Canada in research and clinical demonstration projects.

Point of Contact: Prasad Padala, MD (501) 257-2537

Highlights of modalities and implementations



presentations

Primary Care Essentials in Older Adults Webinar Series:

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Ask the Expert: Novel Treatments for Depression - Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, MD and Prasad Padala, MD, MS, FACHE
November 13, 2019

Novel Treatments for Depression - Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, MD and Prasad Padala, MD, MS, FACHE
November 12, 2019

Quality Measures: Moderate-Severe Pain (SS & LS) - Ashley Wilkerson, PhD, RN, NE-BC, VHA-CM
October 8, 2019

Ask the Expert: Executive Function in Older Adults - Kalpana Padala, MD, MS
September 11, 2019

Executive Function in Older Adults - Kalpana Padala, MD, MS
September 10, 2019


Ask the Expert: Long-Term Care Survey Readiness in the CLCs - Lisa Minor, PhD, HSPP, BCBA-D - BACA
August 14, 2019

Long-Term Care Survey Readiness in the CLCs - Lisa Minor, PhD, HSPP, BCBA-D - BACA
August 13, 2019

Ask the Expert: Dementia and Informed Consent - Kimberly Garner, MD, MPH, FAAFP
July 10, 2019

Dementia and Informed Consent - Kimberly Garner, MD, MPH, FAAFP
July 9, 2019

Ask the Expert: Antipsychotics Use in Community Living Centers - Prasad Padala, MD, MS, FACHE and Bonnie D. Dawson MSN, MHA, RN
June 5, 2019


Antipsychotics Use in Community Living Centers - 
Prasad Padala, MD, MS, FACHE and Bonnie D. Dawson MSN, MHA, RN
June 4, 2019

Ask the Expert on Opioids in Elderly -
 
Jacob Painter, PharmD, MBA, PhD and Michael Chandler, PharmD, BCGP
May 15, 2019

Opioids in Elderly: Epidemiology and Treatment Options - Jacob Painter, PharmD, MBA, PhD
May 14, 2019

Ask the Expert - Nutritional Issues in Advanced Dementia
- Angela Catic, MD
March 27, 2019


Nutritional Issues in Advanced Dementia
- Angela Catic, MD
March 26, 2019

Ask the Expert: Vision Changes in Older Adults
- Richard Harper, MD
January 9, 2019

Vision Changes in Older Adults
- Richard Harper, MD
January 8, 2019


Ask the Expert - Cardiovascular, Smoking & Dementia - Lana Brown, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, VHA-CM
November 14, 2018


Cardiovascular, Smoking & Dementia - Lana Brown, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, VHA-CM
November 13, 2018


Ask the Expert - Geriatric Syndromes - Nutrition - Dennis Sullivan, MD
September 18, 2018


Geriatric Syndromes - Nutrition - Dennis Sullivan, MD
September 11, 2018


Ask the Expert - Suicide Prevention - Prasad Padala, MD
August 16, 2018

Suicide Prevention: Lunch & Learn - Prasad Padala, MD
August 15, 2018

Geriatric Syndromes - Falls - David Ganz, MD, PhD
July 12, 2018

Geriatric Syndromes - Depression - Prasad Padala, MD
May 8, 2018

Addressing Insomnia Complaints in Later Life - Geriatric Syndromes - Steve Barczi, MD
March 8, 2018

Optimizing Care in Advanced Dementia - Geriatric Syndromes Presentation -
Angela G. Catic, MD
January 11, 2018

Polypharmacy - Geriatric Syndromes Presentation - Zhiva Brown, PharmD, BCGP
November 9, 2017

Managing Pain: Palliative Care Essentials in Older Adults - Julie M. Phillips, MD
September 14, 2017

Goals of Care Conversations & Levels of Care: Palliative Care Essentials in Older Adults - Shaida Talebreza, MD and Eric Widera, MD
July 13, 2017

Resources Available to Veterans: Palliative Care Essentials in Older Adults - Hillary Lum, MD and Stephanie Foust, LCSW
May 11, 2017


Caregiver Support: Palliative Care Essentials in Older Adults - Elizabeth Holman, PsyD
March 9, 2017

Advance Care Planning: Palliative Care Essentials in Older Adults - Kimberly Garner, MD
February 9, 2017

Introduction: Palliative Care Essentials in Older Adults - Scott Shreve, DO, Beth Milligan, MD, and Kimberly Garner, MD
December 8, 2016

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