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New podiatrist starts at BMH

BRATTLEBORO >> In collaboration with Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Keene, N.H., podiatrist Heidi Newkirk, DPM, will be opening a local office at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, where she will see patients in the Podiatry Department as well as the BMH Center for Wound Healing.

Newkirk holds a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York, New York and a Bachelor of Science from North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, Georgia. She completed her residency in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New Hyde Park, N.Y., and is qualified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. In addition to joining the staff of the Center for Wound Healing, Dr. Newkirk is an employee of the Department of Podiatry at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene.

"We're delighted to have Dr. Newkirk as a member of our team of talented providers," said Steven R. Gordon, BMH's President and CEO. "Our patients will benefit greatly from her skills and experience."

The BMH Center for Wound Healing provides specialized treatment for non-healing, chronic wounds or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. The Center offers offer state-of-the-art treatments such as debridement, biologic skin substitutes, advanced dressings, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

"We treat many patients with foot and leg wounds, so having an experienced podiatrist on staff is important." said Gregory Gadowski, MD, the Center's Medical Director.

Newkirk is accepting new patients and will be at BMH Wednesday and Thursdays. To schedule an appointment, call 603-354-6668.

'Anatomy of an Epidemic' author to speak in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO >> Robert Whitaker, the award winning investigative journalist and author of the highly acclaimed "Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America," is returning to Brattleboro to speak about his latest work.

On March 29 at p.m. at the Brooks Memorial Library, Whitaker will present an "under the hood" examination of the mental health industry based on research for his latest book, co-written with Lisa Cosgrove and published in 2015.

The book documents how the psychiatric establishment regularly misled the American public about what was known about the biology of mental disorders, the validity of psychiatric diagnoses, and the safety and efficacy of its drugs. It also looks at how these two corrupting influences encouraged the expansion of diagnostic boundaries and the creation of biased clinical practice guidelines.

The Compassionate Friends meets March 20

WEST BRATTLEBORO >> The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro, a national self-help organization for families that have had a child die, will hold its next monthly meeting Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. at the West Village Meetinghouse, 29 South St.

The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. We welcome all immediate family members including adult siblings. Meetings are held each month the third Sunday of the month.

Heather Chaudoir joins Chaudoir Associates

SAXTONS RIVER >> Chaudoir Associates, a psychotherapy office in Saxtons River, recently announced that Heather Chaudoir, LICSW, has joined the practice. She is a graduate of Antioch University in Seattle, and received her Masters in Social Work from Springfield College in Massachusetts in 2008. After working in various positions assisting patients at Grace Cottage Hospital since 2006, Heather recently began her private practice as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Saxtons River. She works with young adults, adults and couples. She is able to accept most insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid. Heather joins the other psychotherapists at the office, Alexandra Scarlett, Psy. MA, and Carol Hoyt, LCMHC, and may be reached to schedule an appointment at 802-869-2747.

Blood donor day nets 74 pints

BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro March Blood Donor Day was held at the VFW on Black Mountain Road on March 1, resulting in donations of 74 pints.

Multiple donors included: Stephen Brown, 30 gallons; Robert C. Henry, 17 gallons; Philip Chapman, 11 gallons; Kent L. Kuusinen, eight gallons; Beth Solomon, three gallons; Robert LaFantano, two gallons; Robert Lind, one gallon; and Jule Lineberger, one gallon. There were no first-time donors.

The April Blood Donor Day is scheduled for April 5 at the Carl M. Dessaint VFW Post 1034 on Black Mountain Road from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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