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Closing Panel Discussion

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Barriers to Care: Balancing Pain Management & Addiction - moderated by Julie Sidoni, WVIA

Speakers: Shawn Armstrong, MS & Frank Schell, MD

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Julie Sidoni, News Director, WVIA

Julie Sidoni is an award-winning journalist, speaker, writer, and voice artist with nearly 25 years experience in radio and television.


Julie is News Director at WVIA. She was hired to build and grow a news team at the area's PBS/NPR affiliate. She comes to WVIA after spending close to 20 years as an anchor/reporter at WNEP-TV, as well as several years reporting at WJAC-TV in Johnstown/Altoona and WDUQ-FM, Pittsburgh's then-NPR affiliate. She's been Emmy-nominated and recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.

In addition to her work in the news field, Julie is an adjunct professor of public speaking at Wilkes University, and in 2019 she earned her Masters of Fine Arts from Wilkes University's Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing.


Julie lives in Kingston, PA with her husband, Attorney Jeffrey Yelen, and her children Charlie (13) and Jack (6).

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Shawn Armstrong, MS

Shawn, is a drug and alcohol therapist at Scranton Counseling Center. Shawn has been with the center since completing his internship there. Shawn completed his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at California University of Pennsylvania and Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lock Haven University. Shawn is currently a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and pursuing a Licensed Professional Counselor (LCP).

Shawn works with both adults and adolescents and is interested in treating a wide array of issues, including substance used disorders along with other co-occurring mental illness.

Shawn lives in Pleasant Mount, Pa with his wife Alicia.

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Frank Schell, MD

Francis Schell MD has been a practicing MAT and addiction recovery physician since 2016 at the Barnes Kasson hospital where he runs their addiction recovery clinic. He also worked at the Catholic social Services recovery clinic in Stroudsburg. He runs a local addiction recovery program, home addiction recovery treatment for the last 2 years. He has been the medical director at God's mountain recovery center for the past 3 years. He has been a guest on the WVIA program battling opioids, and was a frequent contributor to a now discontinued program, sharing recovery, also a WVIA program.

His other interests:

Practiced emergency medicine for 40 years in multiple locations including Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.

Medical director for revolutionary hospice,

Medical director for several ambulances up in the Susquehanna area.

Makes house calls, part-time for the last 26 years.

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