SIKESTON - Missouri Delta Medical Center therapists Jennifer Steelman and Lauren Mosley recently completed training and were certified in "VitalStim," a new treatment technique which offers a dramatic improvement in lifestyle as well as significant cost savings for those with dysphagia as compared with traditional treatments.
Approximately 60,000 people die each year as a result of complications from dysphagia, the medical term for any difficulty or discomfort in swallowing. Causes include stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, mouth and throat cancer, Parkinson's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease and several other degenerative and muscular conditions.
VitalStim therapy is a non-invasive, painless treatment that uses controlled neuromuscular electrical stimulation to strengthen the muscles of the throat used in swallowing. The treatment, which is the only one of its kind approved to market by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is prescribed by a doctor and administered by a speech-language pathologist that has received training and certification in VitalStim therapy.
SIKESTON - Sikeston resident Ed Masters, M.D., was an invited to lecture at the 10th International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases in Vienna, Austria, Sept. 11-15. The international conference, held every three years, was attended by hundreds of researchers from dozens of countries.
Masters, co-author on two other peer-reviewed abstracts, has previously published over 40 scientific articles. His lecture topic of evaluation of Missouri tick rashes compared to New York State tick rashes will be in the upcoming Oct. 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, which is the sponsored journal of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He published another article in the same journal last Feb. 1.
Dr. Masters' office is at 8 Doctors Park, Cape Girardeau.
CAPE GIRARDEAU - Doug Johnson will present a program at the Southeastern Conference for College Counseling Personnel.
The conference is made up of 11 southern states and will be held in Hot Springs, Ark., on Oct. 12 -14.
Johnson's program is titled "3D Psychological and Physical Self Defense." The purpose is to teach how potentially dangerous individuals can be dealt with in a school or office setting. The emphasis is on verbal control coupled with appropriate physical techniques when necessary.
Johnson's credentials include 4th degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido, as well as a blackbelt in Judo.
Originally from Lilbourn, Johnson is married to Sheri Newton Johnson, originally from Sikeston, Both of the Johnsons have master of arts degrees in psychological counseling.
Mrs. Johnson splits her time between teaching, writing and Girl Scouts.
Johnson is currently employed at Southeast Missouri State University as a therapist.
BENTON - Brooks Edmond, son of Jessie and Bobby Edmond, has completed a course in massage therapy at Metro Business College.
Edmond graduated with honors, accumulating a 3.6 grade point average. Also he received a first quarter certificate for obtaining a 4.0 grade average.
A 2004 graduate of Kelly High School, Edmond plans to attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., in the spring of 2006.
NEW MADRID - New Madrid County Circuit Clerk Marsha V. Holiman will serve a third term on the Court Clerk Education Committee. Appointed by Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael A. Wolff, her term will end in June 2008.
The committee is in charge of planning and implementing court clerk training statewide. The training includes new clerk orientation, court clerk college and new circuit clerk orientation.
SIKESTON - Antonio's has opened a manicure/pedicure room with Bethany Drew as nail technician. Drew is a July 2005 graduate of Trendsetters School of Cosmetology in Sikeston.
Her hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To scheduled an appointment with Drew, call 471
-7775 or stop by Antonio's located at 127 N. New Madrid St. in Sikeston.
KANSAS CITY - Sikeston lawyer Joseph C. Blanton Jr. was honored during ceremonies at the 2005 Missouri Bar annual meeting.
Blanton, a partner in the Sikeston law firm of Blanton, Rice, Sidwell, Nickell, Cozean and Collins LLC, was a recipient of the President's Award. This award, established by the Board of Governors of the Missouri Bar in 1965, is presented each year by the president of the Missouri Bar to members who have made significant contributions to the work of the bar.