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Episode 165 – Botulinum Toxin: For Beauty and Beyond

Dr. Marianne T. Ritchie July 15, 2023 1554 2

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Botulinum Toxin: For Beauty and Beyond – BOTOX is of familiar trade name for a treatment that uses small amounts of the chemical that causes Botulism to weaken/paralyze muscles for therapeutic reasons. Other trade names include Dysport, Xeomin, Jeuveau and Daxxify. People are most familiar with its use to minimize facial lines that come with aging. There are several other uses for the treatment including decreasing muscle spasticity caused by strokes, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, MS, cervical dystonia and Parkinson’s Disease. It also serves to improve symptoms of migraines, GI issues, bladder and pelvic issues and there’s hope for use in treating depression.

Meet Our Guest: Steven Markos, MD

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Attending in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute

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Your Real Champion – “TODAY is a Good Day

In November of 2014, Martha and Paul Sharkey welcomed the arrival of identical twin girls Mary and Claire, but it was only 23 weeks into Martha’s pregnancy and each baby weighed just over one pound. After just 14 days, Mary earned her angel wings. Claire continued her struggle in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for a total of 103 days. Martha and Paul were very grateful to staff and friends but still felt traumatized and alone from the experience. They wanted to help other parents who would also experience the daily struggles with a baby in the NICU and “TODAY is a Good Day” was founded in 2014. Their foundation currently partners with 23 hospitals in 7 states providing personal and financial support for families with babies in NICU.

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Your Addiction Expert

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.

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