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East Central District - CE Event - Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Understanding the Continuum of Care
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When: Saturday, June 1
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Summa Rehab Hospital
29 N. Adams St.
Akron, Ohio  44304
Contact: District PAC Coordinator - Amanda Buntain

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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is increasing in prevalence due to a greater understanding and ability to diagnosis. However, patients with this syndrome often take years to be diagnosed due to the complex and variable presentation. Join the East Central District on Saturday, June 1 for, "Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome:  Understanding the Continuum of Care" as we explore Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and educate physical therapists on the etiology, presentation and treatment of EDS with a focus on the continuum of care from acute to outpatient.. Our speakers will further provide the viewpoint of the patient and give greater insight into aspects of care to improve patient outcomes and therapist understanding of the syndrome.  

Event Details: 

What: CE Event - Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome:  Understanding the Continuum of Care

Where: Summa Rehab Hospital | 29 N. Adams St., Akron, Ohio, 44304

When: Saturday, June 1

Cost: OPTA Professional Member - $25 | OPTA Student Member - $15 | Non-Member Professional - $50 | Non- Member Student - $20

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

CEUs: Approved in Ohio for 3.0 CEUs (#19S0875)

Registration Deadline: May 28

Parking Info: Attendees can park in Summa Rehab Parking, or if full the 55 Arch parking deck across the street. 

Questions? Contact District PAC Coordinator, Amanda Buntain at

Speaker Bios: 

Melissa Burner went to school to learn about biomechanical devices, and now uses them on a daily basis! She studied Pre-Medical Biology at Malone University and went on to earn a Master’s of Orthotics & Prosthetics from Eastern Michigan University in 2013. She completed 4 months of orthotics residency with Hanger P&O before leaving due to health concerns. She was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) in 2012 and has been professionally disabled because of it since 2014. She now lives in Akron, OH; she is Editor of the AAOP Student-Resident Committee Newsletter and has a passion for the outdoors, watercolor painting, and advocating for others with chronic illnesses.

Douglas Eck, PT, DPT, NCS is an outpatient physical therapist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is an ABPTS Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and his is passionate about rehabilitation in populations affected by neuromuscular and genetic disorders. A graduate of OSU’s Neurologic Residency program, he continues his involvement as a special-lecturer and regularly collaborates with The Ohio State University’s division of physical therapy. He is an active member of the APTA and leader in the OPTA’s Early Professional Special Interest Group - he enjoys participating in education, research and professional advocacy.

Derek Steele PT, DPT, NCS received in Bachelors in Exercise Science from The University of Toledo in 2010 and then his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Ohio University in 2013.  His training included experiences in multiple rehab settings with a focus on the treatment of the neurologic patient population.  He has been a staff physical therapist at Summa Rehab Hospital for 6 years in which a high concentration of clinical exposure has been with patients with stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Guillan Barre Syndrome and various other neurology disorders.  He obtained his Neurology Clinical Specialty from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2016.  His experience has also included serving as a lab instructor for the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Stark State College.  Today, Derek continues to further his training with attending/presenting continuing education at the national and state level, engaging in the literature publication process, serving as an active member of the OPTA East Central District and acting as the site coordinator for clinical education at Summa Rehab Hospital.


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