Health-care spotlight

October 31, 2005

Pediatrician attends conference

Dr. Bruce E. Weneck, board-certified pediatrician and president of Partners in Pediatrics, near Hagerstown City Park, attended a continuing medical education conference in New York City.

The program was "Dermatology for the Non-Dermatologist." The topic that was discussed was teenage acne and its treatment program. Dr. Weneck also attended "Skin Surgery for the Primary Care Physician."

Optometrist lectures in Atlantic City, N.J.

Dr. James E. Grove, an optometrist at Greencastle Eye Care Center, lectured at OptoEast in Atlantic City, N.J. OptoEast is a large continuing education meeting where optometrists, optometric assistants and technicians from several states gather to learn the most up-to-date information on optometric diagnosis and treatment. Grove's lecture was called "Contemporary Glaucoma Management" and dealt with the latest National Institutes of Health funded studies and how to apply that knowledge to patient care. Grove lectures nationally on glaucoma and other ocular diseases.

Center receives reaccreditation

WESTCHESTER, Ill. - The Sleep-Breathing Disorders Center of Hagers-town, directed by Dr. Shaheen Iqbal, recently received program reaccreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.


To receive a five-year accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional quality healthcare as designated by the AASM. The AASM accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center's facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts, and physician training. Additionally, the facility's goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

The Sleep-Breathing Disorders Center of Hagerstown is at 12821 Oak Hill Ave. The phone number is 301-733-5971.

Physical therapists complete courses

Elaina Tarantello has completed Part A of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for advanced treatment of patients with low back pain. This course focuses on therapeutic approaches to resolve problems in the lumbar spine using the McKenzie theory and techniques.

Ethan Roberts and Virginia Heard have completed Parts A, B and C, of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for advanced treatment of patients with cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine pain. These courses focus on therapeutic approaches to resolve problems in the neck and back using the McKenzie theory and techniques.

Manager appointed to state board

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Andrea Mowen, clinical manager of physical medicine at Chambersburg Hospital, was recently sworn in as a member of the State Board of Occupational Therapy Education and Licensure. Professional members of this board are appointed by Governor Edward G. Rendell and confirmed by the state Senate.

The Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association nominated Mowen for this appointment.

Frederick doctor lectures in Rome

FREDERICK, Md. - Dr. Nathan Wei presented a talk on a promising new treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee to a select group of investigators in Rome on Oct. 15. Research physicians from France, Germany, The Netherlands, Great Britain, as well as the United States were in attendance.

A second generation of unique therapies for osteoarthritis is being developed. One of these therapies is a thick gel that is injected into the knee. Cushioning and lubrication of the joint help with pain, according to information from Wei.

Wei is a board-certified rheumatologist and clinical director of the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center of Maryland in Frederick.

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