2021 CMDA West Coast Winter Conference

January 22, 2021 – January 24, 2021

Cannon Beach, Oregon

The 2021 CMDA West Coast Winter Conference, at the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center, offers CMDA members and their guests the opportunity to hear outstanding inspirational and educational speakers while enjoying the scenic, even iconic and inimitable Pacific Ocean on the Oregon coastline. The combination of informal didactic sessions, group discussions, Q & A and plenty of free time for Saturday afternoon family activities creates a refreshing investment for professional and personal renewal.

We plan to host a live conference this January 22-24. Unfortunately, Mike Chupp, MD our new CEO will be unable to join us but has agreed to come next year, January 20-23, 2022. This year, we will have several Northwest docs address various topics. Visit the speaker’s tab and check back as we add to this list.

In light of the new COVID restrictions, children are welcome, but we will not offer ANY childcare or children’s program. Teens are welcome to attend all sessions. In order to comply with the state guidelines for socially distancing, the conference center has limited us to 100 people. So, register early in order to secure your reservation. If you have any questions, please contact Michael McLaughlin (cmdawest@gmail.com).

Registration Fees:

  • Practicing Physicians and Dentists: $125.00
  • Physicians and Dentists in Academia: $75.00
  • Retired, Missionary, Military, and all other Practicing Healthcare Professionals: $75.00
  • Resident/Fellow: $10.00
  • Students: $10.00*
  • All Spouses: $10.00
  • Students and student spouses: Be sure to identify yourselves as healthcare students when you call to arrange for your room and board. You will be charged $75 per person for your two nights lodging and five meals, which is a 50% discount. The registration fees of the healthcare professionals will cover your other 50%.


Lodging and Meals

Call Cannon Beach Conference Center at 503-436-1501 to secure and pay for your lodging and meals.

289 N. Spruce Street, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

This venue, Cannon Beach, OR which boasts the third largest monolithe Seastack in the world, Haystack Rock, and a flat, delightful, walkable, three mile sandy beach provides the perfect place to get away and enjoy the Oregon Coast, rain or shine. And usually, January is provides a window of remarkable weather for this event. Google Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach and look at the beautiful vistas. The town of Cannon Beach boasts many artists, good food and activites including kite flying for all levels, three miles of flat sandy beach for walking and running, and several other beach towns with historical sites to view.

Drea Olmstead, MD, practices OBGyn medicine in the Portland area and currently serves as the medical director of First Image, a Christian ministry that works to live out God’s heart to renew his image in the lives of those that have been impacted by sexual brokenness and abortion for over 30 years.



Gary Ott, MD, Surgeon of the Providence Heart Institute with special interest in mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation. He went to Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia for medical school and surgical residency. Then did his cardio-thoracic fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.  He has been married to Cheryl for 36 years and has three children, Jordan, Hannah, and Nathan and a therapy dog named Appa.


Cory Wilson, MD, MA (philosophy), lives with his wife, Michal, in Southern California where he practices Emergency Medicine.  Whether in the hospital or out he spends most of his time thinking about the significance of the soul and how to explain it to others.



Lena Hillenburg, MD, is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Lena grew up and has lived in both Southern California and Washington. She earned her BA degree from Dartmouth College and MD from University of Washington. She completed a residency in Med/Peds Loma Linda University. After 15 years on UC Irvine’s palliative care team, in 2017, Lena transitioned to Palliative Care for Providence Healthcare in Portland, OR. She is completing an MA in Bioethics at Loyola University. She enjoys training and riding her two horses Effie and Rabbit.


Dr. Angela Caffrey, MD is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine and trained in CA for residency and fellowship. Angela is board certified in Gynecologic Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine and taught at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya for several months per year from 2011-2017. She currently works in Bellingham, WA, for PeaceHealth Hospice and in the Palliative Care Clinic at the Saint Joseph Cancer Center. Angela is pursuing her Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Seminary as God continues to lead her in her passion of peer ministry to physicians and healthcare students and professionals. Angela is soon to be married to Mark, a classmate of both Lena’s and Angela’s from UW.

Friday, Jan. 22, 2021

0800pm: Welcome & Worship
0830pm: Truth or Consequences, Part 1 – Gary Ott, MD


Saturday, Jan 23, 2021

0730am: Morning Prayer
0800am: Breakfast
0915am: Worship
0945am: Drea Olmstead, MD
1100am: Lena Hillenburg, MD & Angel Caffrey
1230pm: Lunch
0130pm: Afternoon free time
0500pm: Cory Wilson, MD
0600pm: Dinner
0800pm: Story Telling Night
0930pm: Student Meeting


Sunday, Jan 24, 2021

0730am: Morning Prayer
0800am: Breakfast
0930am: Truth or Consequences, Part 2 – Gary Ott, MD
1100am: Break
1130am: Worship Service
1230pm: Lunch & Leave

Event Contact:
Michael McLaughlin
Janie Waldecker