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ACEs & Trauma Informed Care for the Primary Care Office

March 10, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This afternoon symposium will be a time to learn more about trauma, how to help your patient’s and family’s address trauma, and integrating trauma informed care into your practice. We will be discussing research and some theory but, also practical ways to help your patients while running a busy schedule. Please join us for a packed afternoon of ideas and discussion.


Time Topic Presenter
1:30 – 2:00 PM Physiology of Trauma Funda Bachini, MD
2:00 – 2:30 PM State Dependent Functioning Danica Denton, DO
2:30 – 3:00 PM Trauma Informed Care Amy Shoptaugh, MD and/or Lara Yoblonski, MD
3:00 – 3:30 PM Types of therapy adult and child – what should you be asking for on referrals Angelica Tovar-Huffman, LCSW
3:30 – 4:00 PM Techniques to manage patient stress in the office LaDon Dieu, RN and Nicole Gordon, LCSW

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Faculty & Speakers

Dr. Funda Bachini
has been working in behavioral health since 2001. After graduating with a degree in psychology, she worked in behavioral health hospitals, schools, and social services. This provided her with the opportunity to see children in various stages of development and in varied life circumstances. It was in during these experiences that her fascination with the brain and human behavior evolved into a passion for helping children and their families. After attending Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, she completed both her residency and child and adolescent fellowship at Maricopa Medical Center. Dr. Bachini serves as an advocate for children and their families, striving to help parents, educators, and all those in a child’s world come to understand the unique circumstances which have shaped their minds and continue to influence their behaviors. Through speaking at conferences and in the community, she hopes to help destigmatize mental health and empower children and their families. On the inpatient unit, an overwhelming number of children have been through trauma and many have DCS involvement. The unit is currently moving toward a trauma-informed model and provides assessment, stabilization, psychoeducation, and recommendations for outpatient care. Through the fellowship, the Department of Psychiatry at Phoenix Children’s Hospital aims to continue to develop well-informed, innovative, and caring providers to continue to care for our patients. Ultimately, the goal is to intervene early and in a meaningful way, as to stop intergenerational trauma and improve quality of life both physically and emotionally. When not at work, she enjoys travel and time with her family.


Danica Denton, DO completed her adult psychiatry residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where she gained experience working with a diverse patient population. She also completed a two year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry while at Vanderbilt, with a focus on patients with developmental delay and early childhood development. She is certified in Perinatal Mental Health. She has also completed an Infant Mental Health Fellowship through the UC Davis-Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program in Napa,

LaDon Dieu, BSN RN CPN is the ACEs Wellness Nurse and Clinical Supervisor for the Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH). LaDon has her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. LaDon she has been instrumental in the development of the Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing. Prior to inception of the program in June 2019, LaDon worked as a nurse at PCH specializing in liver/kidney transplant and neurology. She initiated and helped to establish the first Resident Nurse Shadow Program and is co-chair of the Nurse Practice Council.  She is also actively involved with PCH’s Wellness Program as a Wellness Ambassador, member of the Trauma Informed Committee and participates in projects for the CCBD.  She has extensive experience in community outreach as she has also worked for the Center for Family Health and Safety at PCH specializing in Water Safety and the Kohl’s KidFit programs which is now the Mindful Me program. LaDon is a proud mother of three children who is passionate about being their biggest fan.


Nicole Gordon, LCSW, As a social worker, considers her practice to be rooted in personal and social transformation. Nicole has worked with various individuals, groups, communities, youth, adults, and teams to create change using eclectic methods which includes expressive arts, humor, conversation and other evidenced based practice techniques.  As a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Temple University School of Social Administration, Nicole has worked in a variety of behavioral and public health settings including as a consulting providing diversity and inclusion workshops and assessments, motivational speaking, mentorship, etc. In her current position with the Center for Resilience and Wellbeing at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and in her private practice, Best Self LLC, Nicole seeks to create connections that address experiences of personal and social adversity igniting healing, growth and development of protective factors that ameliorate effects of trauma.


Dr. Amy Shoptaugh is a practicing pediatrician with 23 years of service in the profession.  She started All About Kids Pediatrics in 1998 and recently joined Phoenix Children’s full-time in September 2020. She is the Medical Director of the Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing at Phoenix Children’s and works part time at Dobson Village pediatric clinic in Chandler. The Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing (CRW) at Phoenix Children’s is a program focused on healing children and teens  identified as high risk due to  Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and supporting their caregivers.  The mission is to transform the lives of Arizona children who have experienced adversity or trauma by providing evidence-based integrated and integrative health services. She has obtainable ambitions to grow the program to be able to help children in all parts of Arizona who have suffered trauma and be nationally recognized for being innovative.

When Dr. Shoptaugh is not working, she enjoys travelling, learning, exercising and spending time with her spouse and dogs.  She is committed to educating about integrative healthcare and helping children who have experienced adverse childhood events and those who have suffered inequities.


Angelica Tovar-Huffman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor with over 25 years of experience working with youth, families, and adults. She is the Mental Health Program Coordinator for the Homeless Youth Outreach Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital where she oversees the department’s behavioral health program and provides counseling services to its patients. Angelica has been with Phoenix Children’s Hospital for 13 years and has held positions as an inpatient Medical Social Worker and a Program Manager for care coordination and early child development programs for patients and families with more comprehensive needs, in the General Pediatrics Department. Prior to joining Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Angelica has worked as a mental health therapist for more than a decade at one of Pinal County’s Regional Behavioral Health Association agencies. Angelica has also served as a consultant for parenting intervention projects through the Psychology North Department at Arizona State University.


Dr. Lara Yoblonski has worked at Phoenix Childrens Hospital in the Crews’n Healthmobile/Homeless Youth Outreach program for the past seven years.  She also works for the with the Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing at PCH in a support role.   Prior to this she has worked in private practice and in the Maricopa Integrated Health System in the inpatient and outpatient settings.  She currently works with homeless youth and families, foster children and youth and survivors of sex trafficking.  In her spare time enjoys taking part in international medical missions.


March 10, 2021
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Phoenix Children’s Center for Wellbeing and Resiliency
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