Health Department names new manager for dental program...

HEALTH NOTES

April 02, 2002

Health Department names new manager for dental program

The county Health Department recently named Neil Whittaker manager of the dental health program.

Whittaker, who has served as a dental consultant for the Health Department for the past year, received his degree in dentistry from the University of Maryland College of Dental Surgery in Baltimore. He also received advanced training in general dentistry in the Air Force and was in charge of the Moody Air Force Base Central Laboratory in Valdosta, Ga.Whittaker will manage operations at the department's dental clinics in Annapolis and Glen Burnie. He also will oversee the program's educational outreach, clinical and referral services.

Exercise physiologist joins health system

Exercise physiologist Nancy Billger has joined the Rehabilitation Department at North Arundel Health System.

Billger received her bachelor's degree in sports medicine from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and her master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Oregon. She was assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Oregon.

Billger will work with diabetes nurse educators in leading weight-management and yoga classes at Joslin Diabetes Center. Information: 410-787-4940.

Local urologist certified in InterStim Therapy

North Arundel Health System urologist Gil Weizer was recently certified in InterStim Therapy, a treatment method for people suffering from incontinence or other urinary disorders.

InterStim works by electrically stimulating the nerve that influences bladder, sphincter and pelvic control with a small wire placed at the base of the spine. The wire is attached to a stimulating device that is implanted under the skin of the buttocks below the belt line.

Weizer said 50 to 80 percent of patients benefit from the therapy. Information: 410-644-0929.

Calendar

Sleep screening: North Arundel Hospital will offer free sleep screenings from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Marley Station mall Relaxation Station, on the lower level near J.C. Penney. Participants will receive literature on a range of sleep disorders. Information: 410-787-4367.

Sinusitis lecture: Otolaryngologist Warren Buchalter will discuss sinusitis at the Padussis Conference Center at North Arundel Hospital at 6:30 p.m. April 10. He will address causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments. Information: 410-787-4367.

Conquer cancer: The Conquer Cancer in Anne Arundel County Advisory Council will meet from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. April 10 in the lower level conference room of the Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Department of Health representatives will report on progress made with cancer prevention, education, screening and treatment plans. The meeting is open to the public. Information: 410-222-7002.

Walking club: The Bay Hills Hikers walking program will hold a ceremony to mark the opening of the walking season April 15 at City Dock Coffee in Bay Hills Shopping Plaza. Participants will receive promotional items and cards on which they can record mileage when they walk. The Bay Hills community has a measured course so walkers can determine how far they go. Information: 410-787-4367.

Health screenings: Free screenings and educational exhibits will be offered at North Arundel Health System's Arundel Mills storefront, between Jillian's and mall entrance No. 4. Among the offered screenings are: blood pressure from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. today; foot health, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow; blood pressure, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday and Friday. Representatives from the hospital's endoscopy department will present information about colon cancer from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. April 10.

Cancer screenings: The Community Center in Severna Park and North Arundel Health System are co-sponsoring free facial, oral and skin cancer screenings from 10 a.m. to noon April 12 at the center, Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Cypress Creek Road. Otolaryngologist Lee A. Kleiman will examine people for signs of ulcers that could indicate early stages of cancer. Information: 410-787-4367.

Lectures for Learning: North Arundel Health System and Morningside House of Friendship assisted-living facility are co-sponsoring a series of lectures on health issues. The topics include: "Diabetes" on April 18 and "Physical and Psychological Effects of Aging" on May 16. Lectures will begin at 7 p.m. at Morningside House of Friendship on Old Telegraph Road in Hanover. Information: 410-787- 4367.

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