The Governor is a former United States Attorney and he served as the 55th Governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018. During his governorship, he was appointed by President Trump to Chair the Presidential Commission on the Opioid epidemic and Drug Abuse. Christie became an ABC News contributor in 2018 after leaving office and joined Beach House Center for Recovery as Executive Chairman.
Christie was born in Newark and raised in Livingston. After graduating in 1984 from the University of Delaware, he earned a J.D.
at Seton Hall. He practiced law from 1987 to 2002. He was elected county freeholder (legislator) for Morris County, serving from 1995 to 1998. In 2000, he served as New Jersey Campaign Counsel to the George W. Bush For President campaign. President Bush appointed him U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, a position he held from 2002 to 2008. Christie won the 2009 race for Governor of New Jersey, defeating Democratic Governor Jon Corzine. He was re-elected in 2013, receiving 61% of the vote. He resides in Mendham, NJ with his wife Mary Pat and their four children.
Dr. Romie Mushtaq, MD is a traditionally trained neurologist with additional board certification in Integrative Medicine. She completed her medical training at the Medical University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and University of Michigan.
After suffering from career burnout and undergoing life-saving surgery, she traveled around the world learning mindfulness-based techniques, and she now helps individuals achieve brain & mental health holistically at the Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Romie combines her unique expertise in neuroscience & mindfulness as a highly sought-after speaker to teach stress management and mindful leadership to Fortune 500 companies, universities and groups around the country.
Dr. Romie’s expertise has been featured on TED talks, Fox News, NBC, NPR, The Huffington Post, and dozens of other national media outlets. She is currently writing her first book on bringing Western Medicine & Eastern Wisdom together for a “Busy Brain Cure.”
Doug Tieman and Alan Johnson
Doug Tieman, CEO of Caron Treatment Centers, and Alan Johnson, Chief Assistant State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit, will discuss how the current models for the treatment and reimbursement of substance use disorder have perpetuated the Opioid Crisis and how a focus on ethics, the adoption of standards of care and changes to law can directly improve patient-care and outcomes, while transforming the addiction and behavioral health care sector.
They also will present an overview of the laws and standards that came into effect in 2018 and their impact on the treatment sector. In addition, they will discuss what issues still need to be addressed to improve patient care and outcomes.