Therapy Achievements is dedicated to helping people with physical, cognitive and visual limits re-gain function and reach their potential. By providing out-patient physical, occupational and speech therapy services, we help people maximize their independence and reach their potential. Our multi-disciplinary team approach to rehabilitation enables us to tailor your plan of care to your specific and unique needs.
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Research on Multiple Sclerosis
Do you have multiple sclerosis?
Are you African American?
Are you aged 18-64?
If the answers to all these questions are yes, you may qualify for a study that will be examining the feasibility and effectiveness of changing sitting behavior and physical activity in multiple sclerosis.
What will you do?
You will need to wear activity monitors for 7-days during three occasions and will enroll in a 12-week program aimed at reducing sitting time and increasing physical activity. During this period, you will receive daily text messages and bi-weekly newsletter and calls.
Why is this research important?
Your participation in this project will help us to develop strategies that are effective in changing sitting and activity behavior in MS. These strategies may be implemented in large studies in future, which could potentially benefit large number of people with MS.
Will I be compensated for my time?
Yes, you will receive up to $75 for participation.
If you are interested in taking part in this research or would like to find out more about the project, contact Jeffer on 205-975-9321 or via email email@example.com and ask about the “Sit Less, Move More” study.
• The MS walk in Cinco De Mayo – May 5th! Start a team of your own or joint one of the teams already formed:
• teamsIf you would like to join a team for the MS Walk, please contact Kristen McCombs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Time is running out to Register for our upcoming event in Huntsville for March 20th
JOIN US for this (new topics) MS educational program with so much NEW learning
Join us to listen with Dr. Samuel F Hunter, who is coming down from Franklin, Tn to speak with you about topics that we are providing and as showing on the flyer.
Discussion includes the importance of a comprehensive MS center
Join us to hear Julie Robert’s inspirational story and Join us at this event to listen to Jeff Segal’s talk on simple exercise for MS.
ALL great topics being provided on March 20th in Huntsville, AL
RSVP to join us at this event on March 20th (Dinner included).
If you already registered there is no need to do this again, but for all others not yet registered, if you want to attend, we need you to RSVP this week as registrations closes soon.
This is the last week to RSVP to attend this awesome MS event
I’m Jennifer Beard Turbeville and I had a Transpetrosal Craniotomy. My Epidermoid Brain tumor formed when I was an embryo. This type of tumor is noncancerous and slow growing. I had chronic headaches as an adult, but didn1t know it as a tumor until I was 35. I sought out help for my headaches and had a basal brain craniotomy
in 2007. Not all of the tumor could be removed safely at that time.
Over 9 years, it grew again, and began causing more
problems. The doctors at Vanderbilt agreed that a
Transpetrosal Craniotomy is what I needed. They informed me that it was a 10/10 type of surgery with a list of risks. I was in surgery 14 hours and had to go to rehab afterwards. I had to relearn to walk, talk in complete, unbroken sentences, swallow food, and reue my left arm and hand. There were other problems Ii ce doub e vision, loss of hea,ring, balance issues, and brain
swelling. I had a lot to overcome, but the doctors were
confident that I would make a full recovery in time.
Praise and thanks go to God for guiding the doctors’ hands during surgery and continue to heal me after surgery!
I had a very good start to my recovery at Stallworth Rehabilitation Center, and five weeks later I had continued help from Therapy Achievement. I am walking, eating and enjoying many activities outside therapy. I still have work to do after four months, but I am definitely on my way to a full recovery!
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Clearview Cancer Institute, East Room
3301 CCI Dr, Huntsville, AL 35805
8:00 Registration and Vendor Tables
9:00 Dr. Richard Richardson; Updates on Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
10:00 Dr. Beth Falkenberg; Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
11:00 Karen Allen Hislop, Updates on Compression for Lymphedema
Updates on Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
- Factors that are considered when determining if axillary lymph node dissection is necessary;
- Techniques available for axillary lymph node dissection
- Benefits and risks of undergoing axillary lymph node dissection
Dr. Richard Richardson is the medical director and chief surgeon of The Breast Care Center. His is certified by the American Board of Surgery, is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Sterotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
- How Sterotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) differs from conventional therapy;
- How SBRT works;
- Who is a candidate for SBRT;
- What to expect when undergoing SBRT
Dr. Elizabeth Falkenberg is a board certified Radiation Oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care. She is a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, the American College of Radiology, and the Madison County Medical Society. She serves as the current President of the Alabama Society of Radiation Oncologists.
Updates on Compression:
- Risk factors for developing lymphedema;
- How lymphedema is treated and the role of compression;
- Compression options
- The pros and cons of each option
Karen Allen Hislop is the owner and director of Therapy Achievements which offers out-patient physical, occupational and speech therapy services. She is a LANA certified lymphedema therapist and serves on the board of directors of the Lymphedema Awareness and Support Network of Alabama (LASNA) and the Alabama Head Injury Foundation. She is the vice president of the Huntsville Parkinson’s Support Group and chairs the All Cracked Up Brain and Spinal Cord Injury and Rocket City Multiple Sclerosis Awareness groups.
AL-licensed RN and LPN = 3.6 Contact Hours
AL-licensed Social Worker, PT, PTA, OT, OTA = 3 Contact Hours
E-mail: email@example.com or Call: 256-509-4398
Lymphedema Awareness Support Network of Alabama is a non-profit group dedicated to educating and creating awarness regarding Lymphedema and related disorders. Find us on Facebook.
The Holidays are the Busiest Travel Time of the Year
Is your loved one safe to drive? Therapy Achievements Can Help!
A Driving Safety Evaluation:
- Gives objective data about driving safety and competency
- Gives protection from liability to the physician and patient
Call 256-509-4398 to Schedule An Appointment
Therapy Achievements is a Rehabilitation Center that provides Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy for Balance and Movement, Speech and Swallowing, Swelling from Lymphedema and Edema, Driving Rehabilitation and Functional Living Skills for visual and cognitive re-training. We help people with Brain Injury, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Lymphedema, Head and Neck Cancer, Vertigo and Dizziness, and other disorders that interfere with mobility and function. We offer VitalStim Technology, Saebo Technology, LSVT LOUD Treatment, LSVT BIG Treatment, and Neuro-Developmental Treatment.
Relay for Life is an annual event celebrated not just in Huntsville, AL but in cities around the world. What began as one man’s quest to make a difference has grown to the largest fundraising event for cancer in the world.
Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma, Washington, wanted to help raise funds for his local American Cancer Society. He decided he would raise money by doing something he enjoyed—running. In May 1985, Dr. Klatt circled the track at Baker Stadium for 24 hours for a total of more than 83 miles. Friends and family donated $25 to run or walk certain lengths with him and that year, he raised $27,000. Inspired by his success, Dr. Gordy worked to develop Relay for Life into a spark that lit the world on fire.
As Relay for Life evolved, the event became structured around teams. Anyone can form a team and teams can be as large as one or 100+. Teams set fundraising goals and raise funds throughout the year. Fundraising ideas range from traditional to over-the-top creative.
By 2012, Dr. Klatt was still actively involved in Relay for Life, but that year, for the first time, he participated as a cancer survivor. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer earlier that year. He battled cancer until August 2014 when he succumb at age 71 to heart failure.
Today, Relay for Life is observed by more than 4 million people in over 20 countries. It continues as an annual overnight event that applauds survivors, recognizes caregivers and honors those who have lost the battle with cancer.
Relay is held in a variety of venues including stadiums, town squares, conference halls or other areas laps can be walked. One year, Huntsville had it under the rocket at the Space and Rocket Center! It is a festive atmosphere with music, food, laughter and tears.
Teams create team t-shirts and decorate tables and tents to surround the walking track. Survivors kick off the walk with the first Victory lap. Caregivers take a recognition lap and participants take laps in honor or memory of friends and family in the battle.
When night falls, the Luminaria Ceremony is performed. It is a beautiful and moving way to honor survivors and those who have lost the battle to cancer. Luminaria bags have the name of the honoree written on them and can be decorated to make the Luminaria unique and special or cut with stars, circles, or other shapes to enhance their glow when lit. The light inside each Luminaria represents a life, which shines with the Hope for a cancer-free world.
The American Cancer Society is committed to saving lives from cancer. 75% of their funds go to cancer research, patient support, detection and treatment, and prevention and education. And their efforts have been effective. There has been a 23% decline in cancer death rates since 1991. But they can’t do it alone. Won’t you help? Join a team today!
Parkinson’s Disease Education
The Davis Phinney Foundation has partnered with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to present The Victory Summit® Parkinson’s education symposium.
What is the Victory Summit?
The Victory Summit is Parkinson’s Disease education extraordinaire! It features presentations from leading movement disorder neurologist and therapists around the country. Session have an educational focus and are designed to equip attendees with information to make knowledgeable decisions about their healthcare. Attendees are connected with local resources who understand the fight and are ready to partner with them.
The Victory Summit showcases educational events around the country. After Nashville, the Victory Summit moves to Durango, Colorado, then Toronto, Canada, and concludes it’s 2017 tour in Oaklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Who is Davis Phinney?
Davis Phinney is a former professional road bicycle racer whose career spanned two decades. Among other accomplishments, he won the Bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics and two stage victories in the Tour de France. He retired from professional cycling in 1993 and, after years of struggling with fatigue and mental fogginess, he was diagnosed, at age 40, with Young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 2000. In 2014 he established the Davis Phinney Foundation with a goal of improving the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease and promoting and funding research.
Parkinson’s Disease Education in Huntsville, AL
The Huntsville Parkinson’s Disease Support Group charted a bus to attend the Victory Summit in Nashville. Group member had the privilege of meeting members from the Vanderbilt Movement Disorder team and listening to updates from leaders in treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.
The group provides local support and Parkinson’s Disease education. They meet on the second Sunday of each month at Willowbrook Baptist Church and invite speakers to present on various
topics of interest related to living with Parkinson’s Disease. In addition to meetings, the group gets together for voice and balance classes, monthly breakfast and special events. Join them for facts, friends, support!