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‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’: Traveling and Exploring with Confidence

July 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm EDT

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Register to join us for

‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’: Traveling and Exploring with Confidence

with Megan and Lauren, OTs at Johns Hopkins Myositis Center

Monday, July 26, at 6:00 PM Eastern Time

‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’: Traveling and Exploring with Confidence

As the world begins reopening and you might consider traveling again, whether to join us at the Myositis Empower Walk in October or to visit family and friends, or to just get away.

We’ll review any updated COVID-19 recommendations from the CDC, but spend the majority of the session focused on overcoming some of the challenges people with myositis face when traveling. We’ll talk about modes of transportation, how to decide which attractions or travel locations to go to, restaurants, hotels, and more.

Share your questions, and travel tips and strategies by July 22nd

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this free webinar. During registration, enter your questions and tips in the Questions/Comments box. Or, email info@understandingmyositis.org.

Click the Register button above to get started. After registration, you will receive an email containing all of the information you need to join the webinar on the scheduled time and date. Be sure to check your spam and junk folders if you do not see the email.

We understand public transportation may not be right for you

Based on the latest research presented to us by the experts at Johns Hopkins, those who are taking certain immunosuppression medications are not having an antibody response to the COVID-19 vaccine and it is recommended that they continue with full precautions in addition to receiving the vaccine.

While this might make travel on public transportation dangerous, there are road trips and local parks that we can explore. We invite your questions and ideas on this topic as well.

Joining us from the Johns Hopkins Myositis Center

Megan McGowan, Occupational Therapy

Megan McGowan received her M.S. in occupational therapy from Keuka College of Keuka Park, NY in 2012. Megan has been practicing at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for 5 years. Her clinical focus has been within acute care and within the Johns Hopkins Myositis Clinic. Megan has a clinical specialty in myositis and has been working in the clinic for 4 years. She has presented nationally at The Myositis Association conference and has held an active role in research studies being performed within the Johns Hopkins Myositis Clinic.

Lauren Burgess, Occupational Therapy

Lauren Burgess received her master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2015 at the University of Southern California. At Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center she practices in the acute care setting, working with a variety of patient populations. She is also one of two primary occupational therapists for the Johns Hopkins Myositis clinic, where she works collaboratively with other providers to offer a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach to care.

Fin Mears, Physical Therapy

Fin Mears received his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 1990. He has been working at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center since 1990. Initially hired as an acute care therapist, for the past 15 years he has been Clinical Coordinator for Rehabilitative Services and Center Coordinator for Clinical Education. Since 2014 his clinical practice has focused on inflammatory myopathies and dysautonomia. Fin Mears and Ruben Pagkatipunan are the two primary physical therapists for the Johns Hopkins Myositis Center.

Ruben Pagkatipunan Jr., Physical Therapy

Ruben Pagkatipunan Jr. received his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines in 1993. In 2016, he obtained his doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN.  Ruben is also a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 2014. His clinical practice and primary research areas of interests include evaluation and management of patients with inflammatory myopathies and dysautonomia. He is the primary physical therapist at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Neuromuscular Rehabilitation team, the Normal Hydrocephalus clinic, and the Dysautonomia clinic. In 2017, he published an article with the Johns Hopkins Myositis Center on the role of the myositis Functional Index-2 in identifying muscle impairment in myositis patients with near-normal or normal muscle strength. Currently, he participates in clinical research on inclusion-body myositis (IBM) that investigates the effect of the diabetes drug pioglitazone in the health and function of mitochondria in skeletal muscles of IBM patients.

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