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Northwest District - Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Related Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders
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When: Thursday, Nov. 21
5:30 p.m.
Where: University of Toledo, Health & Human Services Building
2025 N Towerview Dr
Toledo, Ohio  43614
United States
Contact: Richard Fernandez
(419) 345-4641

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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) 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. This course will give PTs and PTAs a review of EDS and Hypermobility Spectrum disorder.  A case study will be presented by our guest speaker, who also lives with EDS.  Understanding the patient perspective will help the therapist improve identification and treatment of this disorder.

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 four months of orthotics residency with Hanger P&O before leaving due to health concerns. She was diagnosed with 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.

Event Details:

What:  Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and related Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders

Where: University of Toledo, Health & Human Services Building, Room HH-1711 | 2025 N. Towerview Dr., Toledo

Parking: Lot 1S (see map)

When: Thursday, Nov. 21

Time: 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

CEUs: 2.0, approved 19S2240

Cost: OPTA Member - FREE | Non-Member Professional - $40 | Non-Member Student - $20

Note: light refreshments will be provided and a short District business meeting will follow the event. All PTs/PTAs are invited to stay for the business meeting.

Questions? Contact Richard Fernandez, PT, DPT at



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