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Episode 164 – The Value of Community in our Health and Wellbeing

Dr. Marianne T. Ritchie July 8, 2023 1505 1

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The Value of Community in our Health and Wellbeing – On Saturday, July 8, Dr. Marianne T. Ritchie spoke with Dr. James Pawelski and his wife, Suzie Pileggi Pawelski, about the value of community. Social connection to family members, friends and colleagues at work is essential to our overall health.  Recently, the Surgeon General released an advisory that the epidemic of loneliness and isolation is a health risk. We welcome the return of Dr. James Pawelski and his wife, Suzie Pileggi Pawelski, for this important discussion. Then we head to Ocean City, New Jersey, where the vibrant community spirit is alive and well all summer, especially when it’s time to celebrate the Fourth of July!  Learn about the great traditions that make community members and visitors feel secure and why it deserves the name of “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”

Meet Our Guests:

James O. Pawelski, PhD

Director of Education

Positive Psychology Center

University of Pennsylvania

Suzann Pileggi Pawelski

Wellness Expert

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Your Real Champion® 

  Tunnel to Towers – Never Forget!

Your Real Champion – “Tunnel to Towers – Never Forget!”

Frank Siller, CEO and Chairman of Tunnel to Towers, is a man who embodies loyalty, devotion and patriotism. His brother Stephen was a 35 year-old firefighter who gave of his own life to rescue others on September 11, 2001. After losing his younger brother, Frank Siller devoted himself to honoring the heroes who lose their lives as first responders or members of the military by providing mortgage-free homes to the families they leave behind and by building smart-homes for first responders and military members who suffer catastrophic injuries. He also aims to ensure that we “Never Forget September 11, 2001.”

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.

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Your Addiction Expert

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.

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