Save the date! Nov 4 – Rehab Medicine; Nov 5- Wound Care.

Save the date! Hibiscus Health Caribbean Inc. will be hosting its Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Conference on November 4, 2017. The event will focus on the multidisciplinary nature of amputee care – a holistic approach. This event will be followed by a Wound Care Seminar on Nov 5. Guest speaker for both events will be Dr. Heikke Uustal, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist based in the USA. More details will be announced at a later date. Read on for more about Dr. Heikke Uustal.

Heikki Uustal, M.D.

Medical Director, Prosthetic/Orthotic Team, JFK Johnson Rehab Institute
Wound Care Physician, St. Peter’s University Hospital Wound Care Center
Associate Clinical Professor, Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Dr. Uustal received his medical degree from the University of Vermont and completed his residency in PM&R at Baylor College of Medicine in 1987.  He is Board Certified in PM&R since 1988.

Dr. Uustal has focused his clinical career in the subspecialty of Prosthetics and Orthotics, and Amputee Rehabilitation.  He is nationally recognized as a leading educator and clinician in the field of prosthetics/orthotics.  Dr. Uustal is a regular speaker at several annual PM&R review courses and specialty courses in amputee rehabilitation.

Dr. Uustal has been a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation currently serves on the Board of Governors.  He previously served as Chair of the Program Committee for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine  in 1995.

Dr. Uustal has authored chapters in several PM&R textbooks and has been involved in clinical research related to mobility for the disabled.  He has been included in the listing of “Best Doctors in New Jersey” and “Top Docs” nationally.


Using SPIKES: Six steps to breaking bad news to patients

In your practice, do you use SPIKES?

Breaking bad news is a complex skill as, in addition to the verbal component, it also requires the ability to recognise and respond to the patient’s emotions, dealing with the stress that the bad news creates and yet still being able to involve the patient in any decisions and maintaining hope where there may be little. There is also the likelihood that it will be a triadic consultation with relatives present. SPIKES is a six-step protocol which has been shown to improve the confidence of clinicians who use it when breaking bad news to cancer patients:[1] :

Setting up the interview.
Assessing the patient’s Perception.
Obtaining the patient’s Invitation, as shunning information is a valid psychological coping mechanism.
Giving Knowledge and information to the patient.
Addressing the patient’s Emotions with Empathetic response.
Having a Strategy and Summarising.




Profile Speaker Jasmine Evelyn -Sexual & Reproductive Health


Jasmine Evelyn


Jasmine is a chartered physiotherapist and registered yoga teacher. She studied physiotherapy at the University of Brighton, England and first fell in love with pelvic health physiotherapy while on clinic placement there in the National Health Service.

She continued her pelvic health training with post graduate studies in Canada which included women’s and men’s health.

Jasmine is the founder of Mindful Movement, a practice that aims to promote pelvic health for everyone through physiotherapy and yoga. Her commitment to pelvic health has led her to become a trustee and the vice president of the Barbados Association of Endometriosis and P.C.O.S. Jasmine continues to be motivated by the interactions with her patients and seeing their quality of life improve.

Today, Jasmine will discuss how the pelvic floor can have an impact on sexual health and wellness.

At the conference, Jasmine will discuss how the pelvic floor can have an impact on sexual health and wellness.




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Profile Janelle Chase-Mayers -A Presenter at Communication In Cancer Care




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Janelle Chase-Mayers has always had a love for sports, exercise and fitness. And it became a natural progression for her to make it part of her life path. While attending Barbados Community College pursuing her Associate Degree in Physical Education at the tender age of 17 in 1999, she was awarded a Div 1 scholarship to play volleyball in the states, and her awareness of health and wellness, sport and fitness grew. From travelling to play sports around the United States, Caribbean and South America, Janelle recognized the need for an athletic facility that would support the national teams and the general population. She continued with her education in the form of a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Wrapped up in those degrees are her love for sports and fitness, with over 40 credit hours of Anatomy and Physiology, weight lifting and training and countless hours as an athlete.
The beauty of sport and fitness is that it draws total strangers, communities and families together, and with that Janelle uses sport to strengthen her relationship with her 6 year old son Tj and her larger family context. In the near future, Janelle is currently enrolled in her PHD program in Creative Systemic Studies in Marriage in Family Therapy, with an emphasis on how Health and Wellness Strategies can improve familial relations and promote growth to a larger community. She is the Head Coach/Owner of CrossFit 246 and a practicing Marriage and Family Therapist. Janelle has conducted several workshops around the island and Caribbean focusing on Improving Interpersonal Skills, Motivational Interviewing, Understanding Addictions in Families, Understanding emotional intelligence through the Iceberg Theory.  She was featured at Ted Talk and she is a lead coordinator of Marina House and passion for wellness,mental health and physical activity.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
CPR, American Heart Association
CrossFit 246 Head Coach -2012
Strength and Conditioning Coach, Barbados Women’s Senior National Volleyball Team
Mental Health Training Consultant/Family Therapist – 10 years
Part time tutor- BCC in Social Work and Psychology Department – 10 years
Marriage and Family Therapist working specifically with Addicted Population and Family- 7 Years

Vice Captain- Barbados Junior National Volleyball Team- CVC 1999
Captain- Barbados Senior National Volleyball Team
CVC 2000, CVC 2002,CVC2006, CVC 2010,
CAC Team 2002, CAC Team 2006, CAC Team 2010, Norceca Championships-2001-2010
Awarded 4 year scholarship in Division 1 Volleyball, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Southland Conference –All Conference Honorable mention –ULM Volleyball 2002
CrossFit Regional Judge – 2015