From the MPA online newsletter published 2-23-16:
MPA’s Volunteer for the Month of February is Richard Sethre, Psy.D., L.P.
One of the joys of being President and now Past-President of the Minnesota Psychological Association is being witness to the support and connections that are made as a result of an MPA membership. Becoming a member of the Governing Council opened my eyes to all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, and during my year as President of MPA, I gained an appreciation for all the volunteers that support and guide psychologists in this day and age of increased change and regulation. Each of the MPA Divisions and Committees have a lot of work to do, and this work gets done for psychologists by psychologists who volunteer their time to address member questions and concerns.
One of the ways that MPA members connect, give, and receive support is through one of the MPA listservs, where questions and concerns are addressed with the collective wisdom of a number of psychologists who have varying levels of experience and areas of expertise. While Division Chairs or Co-Chairs help establish and maintain the listserv, it is the listserv members who help define the tone and level of support that can make or break the helpfulness of the listserv.
MPA’s Volunteer for the Month of February is Richard Sethre, Psy.D., L.P. MPA members who join the Private Practice Division will instantly recognize Dr. Sethre’s name. Have a question on Inovalon audits? Experiencing “phone tree hell” when trying to contact the provider service number of an insurance company? Wondering how psychologists are managing co-pays or sliding fee schedules? Wondering if psychologists want to extend or sunset the Provider Tax? Who you gonna call – Richard Sethre!
Not only does Dr. Sethre respond back promptly to questions or concerns that come up, he actually does the research or makes contact with the people who set policy or provide the support to answer the questions that come up. Thank you so much.
For those who want to know more about Dr. Sethre, he has an independent practice of psychology in Golden Valley, with a general practice of psychology and specialized services provided to people with complex mental health and medical problems. He also provides weekend coverage for psychiatric consultations on general medical units at Fairview Ridges Hospital. Richard posts regularly on his mhconcierge.com blog. He is a consultant for Natalis Outcomes and Procentive EHR, and is the behavioral representative on the Preferred One Credentials Committee.
Dr. Sethre’s volunteer service to psychologists goes beyond the call of duty. He and colleague, and MPA member, Scott Kamilar, Ph.D., visited Cuba from Feb. 8 to 15. They met with a group of psychologists and psychiatrists to learn about how psychology is integrated into the Cuban primary care system. They brought two boxes of books donated by MPA members and one box of text books purchased by generous donations from Natalis Outcomes and Procentive. The meeting was organized by the president of the Cuban Psychological Association, Alexis Lorenzo Ruiz, Ph.D. They also met with Miguel Roca, Ph.D., director of the graduate psychology training program at the University of Havana, and had wonderful experiences socializing with Alexis and Miguel, and their families, outside of the professional meetings.
What a wonderful contribution to fellow psychologists and a wonderful representation by MPA members.
Thank you, Richard, for your outstanding service to psychologists and MPA.
Scott Palmer, Past-President