Active Aging Lecture Series Set For This Fall

Aug 11, 2020 | Sonoma Valley Hospital News

Sonoma Valley Hospital and Vintage House will continue the lively and informative series themed “Active Aging: Live Your Best Life Now” this Fall. The lectures provide insight and information on how to get the most out of life in your later years. This year, they will be held virtually instead of at Vintage House as in the past.

The talks are open to the community without charge and will be held through the Zoom Webinar platform (each talk will have its own unique link provided at registration), from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm on four consecutive Thursdays, September 10, 17 and 24, and October 1. Please RSVP with Vintage House at Each speaker will allow time for audience questions following their presentation. Topics and speakers this year include:

September 10: “Sonoma Valley COVID-19 Update” In this special session, Sabrina Kidd, MD, Chief Medical Officer and UCSF Medical Director for Sonoma Valley Hospital, will bring us up-to-date on the latest clinical information pertaining to COVID-19. She will share statistical trends and report on new developments in diagnosis, care and treatment.

Dr. Kidd is a dual board certified colorectal and general surgeon with a practice located at the Sonoma Valley Specialty Clinic on West Napa Street.

September 17: “Collaborative Diagnosis and Treatment of Stroke” Cathra Halabi, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at UCSF and will discuss stroke warning signs and why it’s critical to seek emergency care early even during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will highlight the value of collaboration throughout the arc of a stroke diagnosis with tools such as telemedicine and multidisciplinary care.

Dr. Halabi is board certified in Neurology and in Vascular Neurology. She treats patients hospitalized with neurovascular emergencies such as ischemic stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage. She also founded and directs the UCSF Neurorecovery Clinic which evaluates patients recovering from acquired neurologic injuries such as concussion, other types of traumatic brain injury, or stroke. 

September 24: “A Look Inside Our Emergency Department.” Jasper Schmidt, MD, Medical Director of Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Emergency Medicine Department, willdiscuss what to expect when you come to the Emergency Department. He will speak about what typically happens when a patient is in the ED, including the protocols the medical team follows when presented with serious symptoms, such as for stroke or cardiac arrest.

Dr. Schmidt is dual board certified in Emergency Medicine and Preventative Medicine with a specialization in Medical Informatics.

October 1: “What Moves You To Your Best Personal Health?” Ellen Barnett, MD, Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine, will discuss simple tools we can use every day on our path to our best health and best selves.  Through an interactive process, at the end of the presentation you will have completed the first step of a new habit of self-care and support. 

Dr. Barnett serves on several subcommittees of the Committee for Health Care Improvement of Health Action for Sonoma County. She also was instrumental in co-creating the pioneering Health Navigator Certificate Program at California’s Sonoma State University. She currently serves as the Director of Outreach and Program Development for the Integrative Medical Clinical Foundation based in Santa Rosa, CA.

For more information about the Active Aging Lecture series or additional assistance, please contact Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Community Outreach directly by phone 707.935.5257 or email