Episode 155 – Parkinson’s Disease Dr. Marianne T. Ritchie
Parkinson’s Disease– On Saturday, April 22 our host Dr. Marianne T. Ritchie poke with Dr. Daniel Kremens, a leading expert who discussed risk factors, symptoms, and the latest available therapies for Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder that affects the nervous system and the parts of the body controlled by nerves. The first symptom may be a resting tremor (shaking) in just one hand. With time, symptoms may also include stiffness of muscles and a slow, shuffling way of walking. Numbers of cases are rising around the world.
Associate Professor of Neurology
Vice Chair for Education
Co-Director for the Comprehensive Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program
Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Your Real Champion® – “Take Me Home, Country Roads”
A Thursday morning flight from Philadelphia to Charleston, West Virginia is delayed four times and finally canceled in the late afternoon. Charlene Vickers had parked her car at the airport and decided to drive to her destination. Charlene, her two work colleagues, and a “new friend” journeyed together on the trip of a lifetime!
Each week, we highlight the Real Champions in your life! Your family, friends, or colleagues who go the extra mile to help others in their community.
Dr. Peter Vernig
Vice President of Clinical Services at Recovery Centers of America
This week’s topic — Stigma of Alcohol Use Disorder
Dr. Peter Vernig serves as Vice President of Clinical Services at Recovery Centers of America. In this role, he oversees mental health care across the organization, including outpatient, inpatient and digital health, as well as the expansion of mental health services into new market and service lines. He has experiences in a wide range of settings and clinical populations and expertise with many different facets of modern behavioral healthcare.
Dr. Vernig holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University and an MBA in Healthcare Management from West Texas A&M University. He is licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania and holds faculty appointments at Drexel University College of Medicine and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Substance Use and the president of the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association.
Prior to RCA, Dr. Vernig served as Chief Clinical Officer at Friends Hospital, the oldest private psychiatric hospital in the United States.
Marianne T. Ritchie, MD was one of the first female gastroenterologists practicing in the Philadelphia area. An advocate for over 30 years, Dr. Ritchie developed the PINK PLUS triple cancer screening program, and the BLUE LIGHTS CAMPAIGN for Colon Cancer Awareness.
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