MOA News 

In Memoriam

Keith A. Buzzell, D.O.
BRIDGTON - Keith A. Buzzell, D.O., 85, died at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends on June 12, 2018.
Dr. Buzzell was born in 1932 in Boston. He studied music at Bowdoin College and Boston University and received his medical doctorate in 1960 at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Buzzell served as Dean of the Department of Osteopathic Principals and Practices at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. He served as Director of Education at the Osteopathic Hospital of Maine in Portland, Maine from 1965-1968.
In 1990, Dr. Buzzell was named Maine Osteopath of the Year at the Osteopathic Conference in Rockland, Maine, for his involvement as a general practitioner in patient care and community service. As a country doctor he maintained a family practice for 42 years in Fryeburg, and was a member of the staff at Bridgton Hospital. Over the course of his career, he delivered babies, admitted patients to the hospital, made rounds at the hospital, worked in the emergency room and regularly made house calls, a practice he continued until 2010. Keith held the position of medical director and physician at the Fryeburg Health Care Center until October 2017.
Dr. Buzzell was the founder of Hospice Volunteers of Western Maine in the mid-1970s, after having met and been inspired by Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of Hospice, in Montreal, where she was lecturing, and together with Robert Doyle, M.D., they trained volunteers in his office waiting room. In 1982, Congress initiated the creation of the Medicare Hospice Benefit which became permanent in 1986. He collaborated in the efforts to establish a volunteer Fryeburg Rescue standing in as medical adviser assisting the pioneer community leaders, Riley Wiley, Web Fox, Harold Wentworth and Dick Fox, who established the Charter for Fryeburg Volunteer Rescue.
He is survived by his wife, Marlena (Ryerson) Buzzell; his brother, Earl and sister-in-law, Eleanor Buzzell; the mother of his children, Carrolle Buzzell; his daughters, Zoe Weizenkail, Cheryl Buzzell and son-in-law, Chris Bigelow; his son, Rick Hensley-Buzzell; and daughter-in-law, Dawn; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, July 7, at 11 a.m., at St. Joseph's Church in Bridgton. Interment will be at a later date at North Bridgton Cemetery. Family and friends may attend visitation on Friday evening, July 6 from 5-7 p.m., at Chandler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 8 Elm St., Bridgton.

 Full obituary available here.


Dr. James Michael Owens, 66
Dr. James Michael Owens died June 4, 2018, at age 66. Born in Washington, DC, to James and Marion (Kiszonak) Owens, he lived in Portland before spending the last two years in Albuquerque.
Called "Michael" by his parents, he adopted the nickname "Mitch" on the first day of 2nd grade to accommodate the four other boys with that name in his class.
Mitch cared deeply for others, and brought that compassion and empathy to his work in medicine. After graduating from Knox College, he received a degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his training in the greater New York City area. His family roots then drew him back to Maine where he raised his family and worked as an emergency medicine physician.
A voracious reader, his interests spanned politics, music, history, and art. His innate curiosity guided him into deep conversations with friends and strangers alike, and his sense of humor could fill a room-as could his "Irish whisper." He saw the world yet delighted in spending summers with his family in Maine, and on Peaks Island in particular.
His three children followed in his footsteps with careers of their own in public service-as a physician in pediatric emergency medicine, a clinical social worker in a psychiatric hospital, and a staffer in politics and government.
Mitch had the rare ability to make anyone feel like they were the only person in the room. He was deeply loving, open-minded, and friendly. He treated everyone equally and with respect-a true democrat in every sense of the word. He could never pass up a good story from a patient or friend and will be lovingly remembered for his big heart and gentle kindness.
Mitch was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Julie. He is survived by his long-time partner, Dr. Jacquelyn Blackstone; children Mercedes, James, and Fiona, son-in-law Matt; and grandchildren Nola and Ivy. Dr. Blackstone, his partner of 33 years, is currently working at the University of New Mexico and living with their beloved black labs, Mookie and Layla.

The family will hold a celebration of his life over the summer.

Full obituary here.

MOA Annual Convention 2018 Highlights:

Thank you to all of our Attendees, Speakers, Sponsors, Exhibitors and Guests
for a great weekend!

More than 225 registered attendees, speakers and guests were present for the Maine Osteopathic Association’s 2018 Annual Convention held at the Samoset Resort June 8-10th. This year’s theme was: Relax. Re-energize. Reconnect! Special events such as the Opening Reception Lobster Dinner on Friday Evening (sponsored by UNE COM), the President’s Awards Luncheon on Saturday (sponsored by Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine), Annual MOA 5k Fun Run, Morning Yoga, Camp MOA for Kids, and a new ME ACOFP Chapter New Family Physicians Mixer rounded out the weekend in the spirit of relaxation, education family fun, and collegial camaraderie.

We would like to thank our generous Exhibitors and Sponsors for supporting this event. In addition, we would like to thank our speakers for sharing their knowledge and time with attendees.

Congratulations to the 2018 MOA Awards Winners & Service Pin Awardees:

We would also like to extend a special Thank You to Maine Osteopathic Educational Foundation Donors:

During the President’s Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 9th Boyd Buser, D.O. challenged the MOA membership to make donations or pledges to the Maine Osteopathic Educational Foundation’s DO Campaign, which raises money for scholarships, providing high quality speakers for MOA events, and public education. He stated that he would match donations up to $1,000. By Sunday at noon, this goal had been reached thanks to the following generous donors: Emily Trask-Eaton, DO- pledge of $200, David Scaccia, DO & Family- donation of $100, Howard Glass, DO- pledge of $500, Barbara Vereault, DO – donation of $200. Total pledges and donations resulting from this effort: $2,000!

In addition to these donations and pledges, over $1,500 was raised for the MOEF from raffle ticket sales. Winners of three prizes were announced on Sunday Morning. They are as follows: Grand Prize winner of a Samoset stay and play golf package for 2-- Boyd Buser, D.,O. Dr. Daniel Pierce was the winner of the second prize- Free Registration to any 2019 MOA conference. And finally, Dr. John Kazilionis was drawn as the winner of the third prize- a $100 gift card to Maine Lobster Direct.

View our Highlight Video Here:

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A Few Reminders for Attendees:

 Missed something from a lecture that you would like to reference again?
As is our custom, the Program Committee is continuing its “green” theme and will not be printing lecture slides and hand out materials. Because of copyright liability issues, we are including a link to a password protected file where you can access these presentations at your convenience.

PowerPoints and other information can be found digitally here:

Please remember to mail/fax or email in the following forms:

  • Outcomes Survey: You may earn an extra 1 or 2 AOA Category 1-A credits by completing a very brief (11 questions) post-conference outcomes survey for the MOA’s 107th Annual Convention held June 8-10th in Rockport, ME. 

    The AOA Division of CME provides for DO’s to earn Category 1-A CME credits for post-conference outcomes assessment. The ratio of available credit is 1:10 (i.e. you can earn 1 additional credit for every 10 eligible credits you earned at the 20.25-credit live meeting in June.  If you earned 1-19 credits at the MOA Annual Convention you are eligible for 1 outcomes-assessment credit. If you earned 20-20.25 credits at the convention, then you are eligible to earn 2 outcome-assessment credits for completion of this survey. 
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) Attestation Reporting Form: VERY Important! This form was in your registration packet and can be found digitally via the Dropbox link above. Please check off the lectures you attended, count up total credits and sign the form to get your AOA category 1-A credits reported. Must be completed and returned by July 10, 2018
  • Program Evaluation Form: We want your feedback! In your registration packet you received a 2 page survey which you can use to review your experience at this year's convention. Please leave your comments about speakers, food, and more. Lost your form? There is a digital version of this form that can be accessed via the DropBox link above.
  • Pre/Post Tests: If you completed the yellow "pre" test and the green "post" test, please fax, email, or mail them in! 
  • Did you attend Friday's Breakfast Lecture on HPV Vaccinations? Please complete this follow up survey

To Return:

Fax: 207-623-4228 


Address for Mail: PO Box 315, Manchester, ME 04351

Call 207-623-1101 with any questions

Save the Date:

MOA's Midwinter Symposium will be held

February 8-10th, 2019

at the Holiday Inn by the Bay

Visit the Event Page for Important Follow-Up Information & More!

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MOA Members: It's Time to Renew Your Membership!

Renewal invoices are now past due (as of June 1, 2018.)

Please contact the MOA office at 207-623-1101 or to renew your membership.

Have you Heard the News? 
The MOA will have a new home as of April 24th, 2018

Our new Mailing Address will be:
PO Box 315
Manchester, ME 04351

Our New Physical Address will be:
29 Association Drive
Manchester, ME 04351

All Other Contact Info Will Remain the Same:

Phone: (207) 623-1101
Fax: (207) 623-4228


Moving is a process...please be patient with us!
The MOA office will be CLOSED Tuesday, April 24th as we move to Manchester.
We expect all normal operations to resume within 1-2 days.

Please contact Amanda Richards by email if you have an urgent question:

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Announcements from MOA's 106th Annual Convention June 9-11th, 2017
Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME

MOA President Merideth Norris, D.O., FACOFP is Inaugurated by AOA President Dr. Boyd Buser

Service Award Recipients:


2017 MOA Awards Winners:


Angela Cole Westhoff, MOA Executive Director, Receives AAO Academy Award

Angela Cole Westhoff, MA is the 2017 recipient of the highest award that the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) bestows on a non-physician. Ms. Westhoff received the AAO’s Academy Award at Convocation in Colorado Springs on March 23. Angela has served as the Executive Director of the Maine Osteopathic Association since 2008 and she is the current president of the Association of Osteopathic State Executive Directors (AOSED).

The AAO’s Academy Award recognizes individuals outside of the Academy who have profoundly contributed to the profession by demonstrating commitment to osteopathic principles and to the osteopathic profession; exhibiting outstanding efforts or special contributions to promote osteopathic medicine; continuously showing support of and collaboration with osteopathic organization; and having a vision that is complementary to the Academy’s mission.

Ms. Westhoff was recognized for her advocacy efforts on behalf of the osteopathic profession and for her work on reimbursement issues related to osteopathic manipulative treatment in the Northeast region of the US. Please join the Maine Osteopathic Association in congratulating Angela on this well-deserved recognition. 

MOA Executive Leadership Role Change

Angela Cole Westhoff will be moving into a consultant role for the Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA) in early April. Ms. Westhoff has more than 16 years of experience managing nonprofits in health care and public health in Maine and has been with the MOA for nearly nine years. Angela recently began her own consulting business, Cole Westhoff Consulting, LLC. She will continue to lead strategic planning efforts for the MOA and serve as the lead spokesperson/ lobbyist.

Ms. Westhoff earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in communication with concentrations in health communication and public relations from the University of Maine at Orono.

Angela was also recently named as Executive Director of the Maine Dental Association. She will be splitting her time between the two associations and assisting the MOA with a transition plan