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MedWest-Haywood offering three-session ‘Staying in Balance’ Summer Lunch and Learn series beginning June 27


MedWest-Haywood offering three-session ‘Staying in Balance’ Summer Lunch and Learn series beginning June 27

Clyde, N.C. – MedWest-Haywood is offering a three-session “Staying in Balance” Summer Lunch and Learn series on June 27, July 25 and Aug. 22 in classrooms at the MedWest Health & Fitness Center on the campus of MedWest-Haywood in Clyde. The sessions will focus on how to maintain healthy physical balance and prevent a loss of balance and are being presented by MedWest physicians and rehabilitation therapy experts. 

Each session is from noon to 2 p.m. The cost per person is $5 per session and includes lunch. People interested in attending any or all of these sessions should call (828) 452-8070 to reserve a spot. Space is limited so people are encouraged to make reservations soon. 

Rheumatologist Kate T. Queen, MD, PA, otolaryngologist Shannon Hunter, MD, and Susan Schneider, PT, DPT, CLT are coordinating and will be participating in the following sessions: 

•Wednesday, June 27 “Staying in Balance” Lunch and Learn: Queen will discuss why MedWest is presenting the series and why the healthcare system and its team are passionate about helping people with balance issues. Schneider will talk about what makes up good balance by covering vision, the inner ear, brain function, muscle strength, flexibility and other factors. There also will be discussion about common pathologies such as Parkinson’s disease and stroke that may cause balance deficits. A group mini-screening will be built in to this session to determine how many chair rises participants can do in 30 seconds. Hunter will discuss balance from an ear/nose/throat perspective, covering vertigo, hearing loss and other pathologies that may cause balance deficits. A member of the community also will speak regarding his or her experience in the MedWest Health & Fitness Center’s Bones in Balance. 

•Wednesday, July 25 “Staying in Balance” Lunch and Learn: Queen will discuss the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to solving balance and mobility problems. Schneider will talk about the benefits of physical therapy, who qualifies for physical therapy and what physical therapists do to address balance issues. Olivia Muse, OT will discuss home safety issues and evaluations. Pharmacist Jennifer Bodnar will talk about medication issues related to balance problems. Heather Edwards, PT will cover incontinence issues and how they relate to balance and fall risk. 

•Wednesday, Aug. 22 “Staying in Balance” Lunch and Learn: Queen will discuss the importance of fitness, regular exercise and activity in relation to balance and mobility. There will be multiple presentations and demonstrations from MedWest Health & Fitness Center staff including Alyssa Sinyard about class offerings there such as Bones in Balance, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Osteoporosis, Fluid Motion and Tai Chi. The Center hopes to offer some new classes in the late summer, too. Schneider and Edwards will talk about how MedWest’s physical therapy team is working to bridge a transition from physical therapy to the fitness center environment. Community members currently taking these fitness center classes may share their experiences, too.

Queen is a rheumatologist with Mountain Medical Associates LLP, an established, multi-specialty healthcare practice in Clyde that is part of the MedWest Physician Network. She received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where she also did her residency. Queen performed a clinical fellowship in the division of rheumatology and immunology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in rheumatology and internal medicine and by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry as a clinical densitometrist. Queen is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and is medical director of the MedWest-Haywood Osteoporosis Center in Clyde. 

Hunter is an otolaryngologist with Western Carolina Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists, PLLC in Clyde. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hunter completed a four-year residency program in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Duke University Medical Center. She is board-certified by the North Carolina Medical Board and the Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Hunter is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the North Carolina Medical Society, and the Haywood Medical Society. 

Schneider is a doctor of physical therapy and certified lymphedema therapist who graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1998 with a bachelor’s of science degree in physical therapy and a master’s degree in health sciences. Her experience includes work in outpatient orthopedic and hospital settings. Schneider earned her lymphedema therapist certification in 2010 and completed her doctorate of physical therapy in 2011. Schneider has specialized in vestibular rehabilitation since 2005 and has a special interest in balance and fall prevention. 

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