Episode 156 – Cerebral Palsy Dr. Marianne T. Ritchie
Cerebral Palsy– On Saturday, April 29 our host Dr. Marianne T. Ritchie spoke with Dr. M. Wade Shrader, a leading expert who discussed cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects movement and coordination. After years as an engineer at NASA, Wade Shrader became a physician. During medical school, he and his wife welcomed triplets – two sons and a daughter. Soon after their arrival, both boys were diagnosed with cerebral palsy. As both a dad and a doctor, he finds joy in his vocation as a pediatric surgeon, working to maximize the independence and quality of life for children with cerebral palsy including his sons and every child he treats.
American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
Freeman Miller Endowed Chair of Cerebral Palsy
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Pediatrics,
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Chief, Division of Cerebral Palsy
Nemours Children’s Health, Delaware
Your Real Champion® – “Amazing Grace”
Like many 10 year-old girls, Mary Grace Sheaffer loves her friends at school, and her favorite classes are Art and Music. And like children of all ages, she wants to be included. She doesn’t want to be defined by what she can’t do, just because she has cerebral palsy. Her positive effect on the community has people saying they “feel the Lord through her.” You will be moved when you learn more about this remarkable little girl and her remarkable family.
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 — Effects of Excessive Alcohol
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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