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New Campaign, This is Pain, Launches to Help Those Living with Chronic Pain

New Campaign, This is Pain, Launches to Help Those Living with Chronic Pain

December 9, 2019

 

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Herm Cukier the CEO of BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (BDSI) and Pain Specialist Nurse Practitioner Dr. Mandy Francis, ARNP- DC, joins eHealth Radio and the Pain Management and Health News Channels to talk about a new campaign they are launching called THIS IS PAIN.

This Is Pain is a campaign to improve the lives of the over 10 million people living with chronic pain in America. It is a platform for individuals living with chronic pain to be seen and heard - amongst their peer groups, in the workplace, by their healthcare professionals, and society at large in the hope that by shedding light on the realities of living with chronic pain, together we can become a driving force for positive change.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Herm Cukier & Dr. Mandy Francis discuss the following:

  1. Tell me about This Is Pain and what you hope to achieve launching this campaign?
  2. What exactly is chronic pain and what don't people understand about the disease?
  3. What do you believe would better the lives of chronic pain patients/what do you see you patients experience?
  4. What can we expect in the coming months from the campaign?
  5. How can people like me and you support this community?

Herm Cukierhas acted as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI) since May 2018.

From December 2013 to April 2018, he served in various capacities at Allergan plc, ultimately as Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial Strategy and Innovation. He also served as the Senior Vice President of Allergan’s Eye Care division and as Senior Vice President of Allergan’s Woman’s Healthcare division.

He began his career in 1992 at Pfizer and later served as Executive Director of Global Marketing at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Mr. Cukier received an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a BSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Dr. Mandy Francis attended the University of Detroit Mercy and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Mandy has spent most of her nursing career working in Neurology inpatient services at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital before practicing outpatient services at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

Mandy completed a Master’s of Science of Nursing and became a board certified Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) before starting her career working as a Neurology/Pain Specialist Nurse Practitioner. Mandy began working in Interventional Pain Management in 2014.

Mandy completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Barry University in 2018. Mandy believes strongly in providing not only safe and professional patient care, but advocating for patients and their families with regards to their health care. She supports a positive experience when going to the doctor’s office and wants her patients to feel like more than just “a number.” She believes in the collaborative efforts of patient and practitioner in the plan of care and is very passionate about her field, as she enjoys the work she does tremendously!

Mandy was born in Illinois but grew up in the Brandon, Florida area. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys reading, walking, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.


BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (Nasdaq: BDSI) (“BDSI”) launch This Is Pain, a long-term initiative that aims to improve the lives of over 10 million[1] American adults living with chronic pain.

Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons[2] that Americans visit a healthcare professional and yet this disease is widely misunderstood and can be incredibly isolating, debilitating and frustrating for those living with it. This is in large part, due to the fact that each person’s pain is highly individualized and not visible to that person’s peers, colleagues and wider society.

This Is Pain seeks to first confront the stigma around the disease state, creating widespread awareness and empathy, in order to ultimately combat the systemic challenges those living with chronic pain face. These challenges include experiencing unfair treatment in the workplace and difficulty in accessing affordable treatment options. The long-term goals of the campaign include achieving the following:

  1. Wider societal recognition of chronic pain as a disease state, not a symptom
  2. Policy change to increase access to safe and effective treatment options for chronic pain individuals living with chronic pain
  3. Increased research funding to improve existing treatments and develop innovative therapies for individuals living with chronic pain
  4. Fairer treatment and representation in the workplace.

“People living with chronic pain face unimaginable hurdles and struggles in their daily lives and I believe that we can alleviate some of the challenges they face by first drawing attention to what it is really like to live with pain.” stated Herm Cukier, CEO of BDSI. “We know that change is borne out of a communal desire to act and that is exactly what we need to achieve to impact the lives of those living with chronic pain.”


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Event: This Is Pain: An Exhibition by Trina Merry Art Exhibit
Date: Thursday, December 12th - Sunday, December 15th
Time: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Location: The Oculus Outdoor Plaza - New York City
Social: #ThisIsPain @ThisIsPain
Website: www.thisispain.com


BDSI has partnered with visual artist Trina Merry and the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) to bring to life the stories of eight individuals who are living with chronic pain. The one-of-a kind artwork will be displayed in an exhibition at Oculus Plaza in New York City starting December 12th through December 15th.

Penney Cowan of the ACPA says of the exhibition, “If we can encourage people to take a moment out of their day to learn about the disease and really see how this disease impacts those living with chronic pain , we believe we can start to generate the support we need to effect real change.”

BDSI will continue to pursue its endeavor until significant improvements are made at a systemic level.

 

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Website: www.thisispain.com

Heather Hughes, Founder of BioFit 360

Heather Hughes, Founder of BioFit 360

December 6, 2019

 

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Heather Hughes, Founder of BioFit 360, who has been working in the healthcare industry for over 20 years joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.

After hundreds of hours of research, product testing and consultation, Heather and her team brought BioFit 360 to market, sourcing the products from the most trusted manufacturers with the highest ratings.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Heather Hughes discuss the following:

  1. Why did you create BioFit 360?
  2. What are issues that you see with dosage transparency in your industry?
  3. I understand you have an Ambassadog? What does Frankie do for BioFit 360?
  4. Tell me more about the environmental benefits of industrial hemp farming?
  5. Where can our listeners learn more about BioFit 360?

Heather Hughes has been working in healthcare for 20 years, and her husband’s family has been involved in farming and agriculture for generations. This uniquely qualifies her to lead a company that produces the highest quality and most effective CBD products, understanding and overseeing every step of creation, from plant to person.

Heather grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and an MBA from North Dakota State University in Fargo. She then moved to Southern California where she began working in healthcare management, and where she and her husband purchased a grapefruit orchard.

While in North Dakota, Heather worked for a research organization which did pharmaceutical testing of generic drugs and for which she wrote the final FDA reports. In Southern California, Heather has worked for over a decade as the Director of Care Coordination for a major health care management company. Working with wonderful nurses and teams of dedicated healthcare professionals, she became aware of the harsh realities of opioid and other prescription drug abuse.

A few years ago she realized the benefits of using industrial hemp-derived CBD in treating an extraordinary number of ailments. Meanwhile, the Asian Citrus Psyllid was slowly spreading in California and carrying a deadly tree virus that had infected about 90 percent of the citrus crop in Florida. So she applied to the California Department of Food and Agriculture and became registered to cultivate industrial hemp. Simultaneously, Heather was sought-out by a group of health care professionals who asked her to join them in creating a CBD company. Their common goal was to help patients manage chronic conditions like pain and anxiety in a more natural, plant-based way.

After hundreds of hours of research, product testing and consultation, Heather and her team brought BioFit 360 to market, sourcing the products from the most trusted manufacturers with the highest ratings. Soon an esteemed crop of experts will be collaborating on manufacturing BioFit 360 products using industrial hemp organically grown in the Hughes Citrus orchard.

In addition to working with BioFit 360, Heather is the busy mother of three, is active in animal rescue, and in her rare moments of leisure, she enjoys early mornings with a good book and a cup of Irish Breakfast tea.

 

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Website: biofit360.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/BioFit360CBD 
Twitter: @BioFit360CBD

How to Turn your Pain into Passion and a Purpose

How to Turn your Pain into Passion and a Purpose

September 12, 2019

 

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Simone Allison, a Life Coach, specializing in Female Empowerment, and the author of the #1 International Bestselling book "Disempowered No More: A Spiritual Journey to Discovering Purpose, Power, & Passion After Divorce" joins eHealth Radio and the Relationship Channel.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Simone Allison discuss the following:

  1. How did you overcome the fear of starting over after a long relationship/marriage?
  2. How did you find the courage to forgive yourself for walking out on the father of your two children?
  3. How did you overcome PTSD, anxiety, and depression?
  4. What do many women fear when they consider leaving an unhealthy relationship?
  5. How can your story help others who are fearful of leaving a relationship that is harmful to them?

Simone Allison is a Life Coach, specializing in Female Empowerment - and is the author of the #1 International Bestselling book "Disempowered No More: A Spiritual Journey to Discovering Purpose, Power, & Passion After Divorce".

Simone has a background in the field of mental health and has a Master’s degree with a Dual Specialization in Marriage & Family therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Barry University. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Miami. She is a certified Life Coach from The Addictions Academy. Simone is the mother of two children and resides in Miami, Florida.


Website: www.empowherbysimone.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009657364853
Twitter: @SimoneAllison02


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Non-Medication Treatment of Chronic Pain

Non-Medication Treatment of Chronic Pain

August 31, 2019

 

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Dr. Trevor Campbell, an independent consultant who deals with chronic pain and disability joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Pain Management Channels. He has worked in multidisciplinary pain management and opioid reduction programs, and has served as medical director for a leading pain management provider in Western Canada.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Trevor Campbell discuss the following:

  1. Why is chronic pain such a huge problem?
  2. How do these brain changes happen?
  3. What is your approach to the problem?
  4. Is there any particular problem in chronic pain you want to highlight?
  5. What new insights did you learn from dealing with chronic pain?

Dr. Trevor Campbell is a family physician who studied medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, before emigrating to Canada, where he became interested in treatments for chronic pain. He has worked in multidisciplinary pain management and opioid reduction programs, and has served as medical director for a leading pain management provider in Western Canada. He is also heavily involved in disability medicine. This year he published "The Language of Pain" a non-medication approach to chronic pain that emphasizes self-efficacy.

 

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Website: drtrevorcampbell.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dr.TrevorCampbell 
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/trevor-campbell


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Teens and the Opioid Epidemic

Teens and the Opioid Epidemic

August 31, 2019

 

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Dr. Ann Schiebert, a psychologist and a specialist in the treatment of trauma, chemical dependency, dual diagnosis, and codependency at one of America’s largest HMO's joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Mental Health Channels. Dr. Schiebert also works in the hospital and emergency department evaluating psych crisis patients.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Ann Schiebert discuss the following:

  1. Today we are going to talk about the opioid epidemic and teens. How did you become interested in this topic?
  2. What are opioids or opiates?
  3. How do opioids effect brain development in a teen?
  4. How do we keep our teens safe from opioids?
  5. What should we do for pain instead of taking prescription pain killers?

Dr. Ann Schiebert is a psychologist in the Emergency Department (ED) at the medical center of one of the country’s most respected major HMO’s. There, she evaluates for safety, determines types of treatments, assesses capacity and cognitive impairment, and provides feedback and support for families of patients in the ED. In addition, Dr. Schiebert also works in the medical center’s Chemical Dependency Department where she treats patients challenged by trauma, chemical dependency, codependency and dual diagnosis.

Ann has an excellent success rate in helping families turn their situations around, and she is highly sought after for her work. She finds it rewarding to facilitate patients in discovering their wonderful, authentic selves, and getting them back to a healthy mindset. Another of Dr. Schiebert’s area of expertise is helping people in unhappy romantic relationships investigate how they got in their current situation, how to reconsider the “path to romance,” and how to create happier long-term relationships.

Her teaching experience pertaining to Clinical Skills and Psychopathology during graduate school gave Ann an ability to interact with a variety of audiences and to be comfortable doing so. As a psychologist, she uses this “gift” to teach groups of between thirty and forty patients on the topics of communication, how to work a program of recovery and healthy relationships.

Ann has penned a series of books titled Let’s Make a Contract. She has four in the series thus far, having to do with getting teens through substance abuse, getting them through high school and beyond, getting adults through unhappy romantic relationships, and her most recent, getting your teen past the opioid epidemic. She’s been up close and personal to all of those matters in her own life. If she were a member of a tribe, her special role would be healer, and rightfully so.

In her spare time Ann enjoys traveling to Europe. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and her two ragamuffin kittens, Biscuit and Teddy. She is the mother of three adult children.

 

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Website: www.drannschiebert.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/LetsMakeAContractBookSeries 
Twitter: @DrSchiebert


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PT over Pills

PT over Pills

August 28, 2019

 

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Chris Tutt, a physical therapists and Co-CEO of ProActive Physical Therapy Specialists serving Oregon and Washington with 14 clinics specializing in musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain and rehabilitation of athletic injures joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Physical Therapy Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Chris Tutt discuss the following:

  1. What’s the difference between Physical Therapy and other practices like chiropractic care?
  2. This is a very versatile field – you treat people recovering from surgeries, athletes, people get back to work, MS patients and even sometimes to lose enough weight to have a life-saving surgery. How does a patient choose a physical therapist?
  3. “PT over Pills” is a new initiative the your practice is advocating – what does that mean?
  4. PT as prevention – do you’re saying people don’t need to be in pain to see at PT?
  5. Your clinics are trialing a new virtual reality program to combat chronic pain – tell me more about that.

TIP: Chris will recommend the best practice stretch for back pain Lower back pain effects millions of Americans each year. I enjoy this exercise because the highest number of people can be helped by it. Think about the last time when you hurt your back. You probably moved around all stiff, kept your back straight, and it felt better. Using these same techniques in preventive manner you can protect your back when engaging in strenuous activities as well as when your back is hurting. Imagine that someone is going to slug you in the stomach. Now, I don't get into fights but this really works! If someone is going to slug you in the stomach what are you going to do? You're going to tighten up your stomach. By tightening you stomach, with tightens your oblique muscles on the sides of your trunk, which in turn tightens an area of thick tissue in your back called your thoracolumbar fascia. This helps to create a natural back brace enabling you to use your muscles to provide support for your back giving you more core strength for dynamic activities as well as to stabilize your back after an injury.


Chris Tutt, PT, MBA, is a physical therapist and co-CEO of ProActive Physical Therapy Specialists.

Chris completed his undergraduate degree at Oregon State University and his Master of Physical Therapy degree from at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles/Chapman University and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

His areas of specialization include TMJ/TMD dysfunction, work conditioning, physical/functional capacity evaluations, and industrial rehabilitation. He is often referred to as "The Body Mechanic" for his love of helping people recover from their injures. Outside of the clinic he enjoys cycling, weight lifting, flying, hiking, camping, taking his 6 ft telescope into the countryside to explore galaxies and planets, and spending time with his wife and teenage daughters.

 

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Website: https://proactivepts.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/proactivepts 
Twitter: @proactive_PTS

BetterPT: Transforming Patient Access To Physical Therapy

BetterPT: Transforming Patient Access To Physical Therapy

August 20, 2019

 

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Greg Peters, Co-Founder and CEO of BetterPT, a healthcare technology platform company providing end-to-end digital connectivity between physical therapists (PT), patients, and physicians joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Physical Therapy Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Greg Peters discuss the following:

  1. What is BetterPT and how does it work?
  2. Tell us a little bit about your background and how it lead into creating BetterPT?
  3. Why is physical therapy important?
  4. What has enabled BetterPT’s success thus far and allows the company to continue its rapid growth?
  5. I believe congratulations are in order as you have recently raised $5M in series A financing. What are you planning to use the money for? Give us some details.

Greg Peters is the Co-Founder and CEO of BetterPT. Greg is a leading health and fitness professional and digital entrepreneur. With more than 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Greg has applied his expertise to building disruptive mobile technology in healthcare, fitness and hospitality industries.

Since 2004, Greg has been an active Managing Partner for LA PALESTRA Center for Preventative Medicine, which combines both standard and alternative medical practices with state-of-the-art and time tested fitness modalities and programs.

In 2014, Greg founded TRN Technologies, a company focused on building disruptive platforms in fitness & hospitality. The company’s first mobile app, TRN On-demand health and fitness, provided a convenient way for members to locate, book and pay for individual training sessions in multiple fitness disciplines.

Greg serves as the Chairman of the Board of TRN Technologies. Greg has proven time and time again that building a great business is dependent on great vision and leadership, incredible team dynamics and perseverance.

 

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Website: www.betterpt.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/betterptapp 
Twitter: @betterptapp

Ask a Pro: Top 5 Questions About CBD/Hemp Oil

Ask a Pro: Top 5 Questions About CBD/Hemp Oil

July 31, 2019

 

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Jesse Daly, owner of SoCalHempCo, who makes and distributes SoCalHempCo CBD Products that REALLY WORK joins eHealth Radio and the Health & Pain Management Channels. Jesse blends his talents to help others love themselves and feel better – naturally.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jesse Daly discuss the following:

  1. Who is SoCalHempCo?
  2. What is is CBD/ CBD vs. Full Spectrum Hemp Oil?
  3. What are the benefits? Why would I take it?
  4. Will it make me high? Is it Legal?
  5. What Products or Product Categories do you offer?

Jesse Daly is an entrepreneur, marketer and creative artist. As owner of SoCalHempCo he blends his talents to help others love themselves and feel better – naturally.

 

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Website: www.SoCalHempCo.com

How to Eliminate Back Pain with The Back Pedal

How to Eliminate Back Pain with The Back Pedal

July 23, 2019

 

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Dr. Chris Beddoe, Founder of The Back Pedal and a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Founder of Care Direct, LLC and Co-founder and C.E.O of Care To You Health, Inc. joins eHealth Radio and the Physical Therapy and Health News Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Chris Beddoe discuss the following:

  1. Tell me about your background Dr. Chris Beddoe?
  2. What have you learned most from your Physical Therapy practice and what do people need to know about what causes back pain and how to avoid and or treat it?
  3. Why did you Create The Back Pedal and how did the idea come about?
  4. What does it do for lower back pain and how does it work and differ from other products for back pain?
  5. Where can listeners purchase The Back Pedal?

Dr. Chris Beddoe is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and founder of Care Direct, LLC And co-founder and C.E.O of Care To You Health, Inc. Prior to his Doctoral education Chris graduated with two undergraduate degree’s: B.S health science and B.S. Sports Studies. Dr. Beddoe currently sits on the advisory board for Parentis Health and Ativia Health.

Dr. Beddoe has always had a passion for helping others as well as living an adventurous lifestyle. Growing up in a small town in Northern California with his older brother, Nic, and twin sister, Laura they all loved snowboarding, wake boarding, motocross, cycling, and mountain biking which often found Dr. Beddoe taking frequent trips to the ER and going to Physical Therapy to rehab from his injuries. These early injuries gave Dr. Beddoe a unique perspective when going through school ultimately leading him to invent his first physical therapy device, the back pedal, to address low back pain through pelvic alignment and strengthening.

Dr. Beddoe continues to strive to help people in his community and in his care through his free channel on YouTube; Dr Beddoe, Physical Therapist. Through fundraising efforts where he has ridden his bicycle across the Unites States for Smile train. And many others. Dr. Beddoe Continues to innovate through development of new products and technologies as well as serve his community.

 

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Website: thebackpedal.com

Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/thebackpedal 
Twitter: @thebackpedal

A New Model for Physical Therapy Private Practices

A New Model for Physical Therapy Private Practices

July 16, 2019

 

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Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos, a pioneer in the field of physical therapy who has been a physical therapist and PT private practice owner for over 30 years joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Physical Therapy Channels.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos discuss the following:

  1. You have been a doctor in your own physical therapy practice for over 30 years. Now, you have a very successful new model for PT (Physical Therapy) private practice owners called “Hands-On Diagnostics”. Can you tell me about how you came up with this idea?
  2. Can you explain what Diagnostics are and how they benefit private practice owners in physical therapy?
  3. Can the Diagnostic tools offer patients any benefits?
  4. How does this new model for practices improve their profits and grow their insurance reimbursements? Q:
  5. Tell us how physical therapy private practice owners can find you to learn more about Hands-On Diagnostics.
  6. Can you tell us about some of your success stories about partners who are seeing dramatic results after joining Hands-On Diagnostics?

Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos, DPT, MD, PhD, DSc, ECS is board certified in Clinical Electrophysiology with over 30 years of clinical experience. He has also MD, DPT, PhD and DSc degrees. There are fewer than 200 electrophysiology specialists worldwide who have achieved a Doctorate of Science Degree (DSc) in Clinical Electrophysiology Testing. Dr. Kostopoulos is one of them.

Dr. Kostopoulos is a Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor for Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. He is a past member of SACE (Specialization Academy of Content Experts) for the ABPTS examination board on electrophysiology, an elected member of the Nominating Committee of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology of APTA, and an adjunct faculty member of Springfield College.

He is also the editor of the Diagnostic Section of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, and the author or co-author of numerous books, articles and research papers related to his fields of expertise.

 

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Websites: HandsOnDiagnostics.com  | PTMadeEasy.com