Past Events

 

November, 2018

Bon Secours

Attitude of Gratitude

Monday, November 5, 2018, 7:00- 9:00 PM

Bon Secour Retreat & Conference Center
The Potel Room
1525 Marriottsville Road
Marriottsville, MD 21104

Admission for this event is free, but RSVP is required here.

Join us Monday, November 5,2018 to celebrate Gratitudes. Benedictine monk, Br. David Steindl-Rast, suggests that two qualities belong in our basic definition of gratitude. The first is appreciation: You recognize that something is valuable to you, which has nothing to do with its monetary worth. The second quality Br. David mentions is that gratitude is gratis: freely given to you.
Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, also argues that gratitude has two key components: “First, it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.” In the second part of gratitude, he explains, “we recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves…We acknowledge that other people…gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.”


October, 2018

Bon Secours

A Physical Therapy Perspective in the Treatment of Lyme and Chronic Pain

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 7:00- 9:00 PM

Bon Secour Retreat & Conference Center
The Potel Room
1525 Marriottsville Road
Marriottsville, MD 21104

Admission for this event is free, but RSVP is required here.

Shari Kaplan, PT obtained her bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University and has practiced physical therapy for 20 years in a variety of orthopedic/sports medicine and chronic pain management practices. She has taken a multitude of continuing education courses including myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, joint mobilization, core stabilization, kinesiotaping and therapeutic exercise programs. Shari has come to appreciate that those suffering from chronic pain/illness need a wholistic approach to treatment including hands on, customized movement, stress management and mindfulness education. While promoting changes in activities of daily living – posture, body mechanics, pacing of routine, easy exercise programs – her patients see results in decreased pain and increased quality of life. Currently she practices in Pikesville at Bobbie Collins and Associates Integrative Physical Therapy.


September, 2018

Bon Secours

The Lyme Journey – Insights into Healing by Susan R. Green, J.D.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 7:00- 9:00 PM

Bon Secour Retreat & Conference Center
The Potel Room
1525 Marriottsville Road
Marriottsville, MD 21104

Admission for this event is free, but RSVP is required here.

Ms. Green has been engaged in the practice of Law since 1983 and has appeared before both local, appellate and Federal Courts in Maryland and as co-counsel around the country. In 2008, Ms. Green became interested in legal matters arising out of Lyme disease. Her family having been impacted by Lyme, Ms. Green commenced representing Physician’s whose licenses were under attack for prescribing long term antibiotics to Lyme patients. Additionally, Ms. Green became embroiled in litigation arising out the refusal of insurance companies to reimburse physicians for long term antibiotic treatments rendered. Ms. Green is a frequent guest on Television and Radio shows, including but not limited to The Bottom Line, Working Woman, Court TV, Square Off, The Katina Makris Show, Lymelight Radio, The Dr. Pat Show, Guest of Dennis Bernstein KPFA Radio, to name a few.  She has been a guest speaker at the May Day Rally, 2012, Guest Speaker at ILADS on Legislation, was honored for her work on the Virginia Bill by NatCapLyme, was recently featured in Baltimore Magazine, “Ticked Off”, September Issue, and a guest of the Dr. Paul Christos’ Aches and Pains XM Talk Show. She has authored or contributed to numerous articles, both on Law and Lyme.


June, 2018

Bon Secours

Qigong – how this healing art can improve physical and emotional well-being!*

*Please wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothes

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 7:00- 9:00 PM

Bon Secour Retreat & Conference Center
The Potel Room
1552 Marriottsville Road
Marriottsville, MD 21104

Admission for this event is free, but RSVP is required here.

Mary Pinkard has expertise in multiple wellness domains. She has studied under Qigong expert Dr. Kevin Chen from the University of Maryland, achieved certification in Feng Shui and pursued training in Yoga and Tai Chi. Mary teaches Qigong and group fitness classes  locally and has worked on wellness projects with GBMC, McDaniel College, University of MD Medical School, St. Joe’s Hospital, the Institute for Integrative Health and Walter Reed Hospital. She continues to work at Brick Bodies while maintaining her affiliations with  American Aerobics and Fitness Association, National Qigong Association and the American Dowsers Association. She has a degree in Music Education from Skidmore College and a graduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University, and the integration of music and wellness education influences her practice and teaching.


May, 2018

“An Update on Chronic Lyme Disease”: Join Us for an Evening with Dr. John Aucott and Celebrate our Second Anniversary

Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:00- 9:00 PM

Bon Secour Retreat & Conference Center
The Potel Room
1552 Marriottsville Road
Marriottsville, MD 21104

Admission for this event is free, but RSVP is required here.

John N. Aucott, MD, is a renowned expert in clinical research on the diagnosis and epidemiology of Lyme disease. He is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. An internist and Lyme disease expert in the Division of Rheumatology, he is the director of the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center. With more than 17 years of research experience on the crippling effects of Chronic Lyme disease, he has published many studies. Dr. Aucott received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. He is fellowship-trained in infectious disease and geographic medicine. Dr. Aucott was just recently appointed to chair the US Dept of Health and Human Services Tickborne Disease Working Group.


April, 2018

Living with Lyme: How to Navigate Your Life When You Have Lyme By Christina Murphy

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 7:00- 8:45 PM

Howard County Library System, Miller Branch
Patapsco/Avalon Room
9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Admission for this event is free, but RSVP is required here.

Christina Murphy received her training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. She also received training as a Care Coach from Elymenate, a company dedicated to the education and prevention of Lyme disease. Her teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities. Her education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and her knowledge of different dietary theories, she works with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results. As a Certified Care Coach from Elymenate and Certified Health Coach from Institute of Integrative Nutrition, she applies her knowledge to help people with dietary, spiritual, intellectual and environmental challenges, especially those with Lyme Disease. As a recuperating patient of Chronic Lyme and Co-infections she understands the challenges facing those with dietary, social and personal lifestyle struggles. She founded the non-profit Can Do With Lyme with the mission to educate about Lyme disease without prejudice, to focus on what is possible and to Live in a Place called Hope.


February, 2018

T’ai Chi Chih: Joy Thru Movement Guided by Sharon Sirkis

February 28th, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

The Josephine Potel Room
Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Admission for this event is free, but RSVP is required here.

T’ai Chi Chih® is a series of 20 separate, easy-to-learn moves that circulate and balance the chi, the life force that flows within us. It is not a martial art, but rather a moving meditation that reduces stress and generates vital health and peace of mind. In this fun and entertaining intro workshop you will be taught a few of the T’ai Chi Chih moves, which you can actually take away and practice on your own. You will also be taught how to ground the chi, which helps with focus, clarity, and feeling more present in everyday life. All sizes, strengths, and ages welcome. The moves during this intro to T’ai Chi Chih class may be done seated. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Sharon Sirkis, BSN, became an accredited T’ai Chi Chih (TCC) teacher in 1997, after achieving relief through TCC from many years of chronic pain. She currently teaches TCC at the Ellicott City 50+ Center and UMBC, as well as seated TCC to the MS Day Group at Kernan Hospital. She is also a Reiki Master, a certified Chakra Energy Healing Practitioner, a Black Belt in kenpo karate, and a firekeeper for Native American Sweat Lodge ceremony. Sharon’s T’ai Chi Chih practice grounds her, helps her focus, relaxes her body, and quiets her mind. Her patience in teaching combined with her sense of humor and down-to-earth manner provides for a fun, non-pressured environment in which to learn.


January, 2018

Advocating for Lyme Patients with Congress and the Executive Branch

January 31st, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

The Josephine Potel Room
Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Admission for this event is free, but RSVP is required here.

Bruce Fries is an entrepreneur and advocate for patients with chronic illness. His experience includes business startups, operations management, systems integration, sales and marketing, public relations, workflow automation, book publishing, and proposal development. He founded the Patient Centered Care Advocacy Group as a vehicle to facilitate collaboration among Lyme disease patient advocacy organizations and develop a unified approach for advocating with Congress and the Executive Branch. His hobbies include cave exploration, gardening, photography, automotive mechanics, metal working, and heavy equipment.


November, 2017

The Immune System: Let’s Look Under the Hood with Dr. Mark Soloski

November 7th, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

The Josephine Potel Room
Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Admission for this event is free, but RSVP is required here.

Dr. Soloski is currently a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and he holds joint appointments in the School of Medicine’s Departments of Pathology and Molecular Biology and Genetics as well as the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Public Health. Dr. Soloski is currently the Co-Director for Basic Research for the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center. Dr Soloski received his Ph. D. in Microbiology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and then completed post-doctoral training in Immunology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, Southwestern Medical School prior to joining the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1983. The overarching theme of Dr. Soloski’s research is understanding how infection can lead to long term persistent symptoms. At this time, he is focused on how the immune system contributes to the symptoms and severity of Human Lyme disease. He is very active and excited about the teaching of students, at all levels, about how the immune system evolved, how it protects us from infection and how it can contribute to disease.


September, 2017

Life in the Dialogue: The Physiology of Heartfelt Communication with James J. Lynch, PhD

September 14th, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Angelique Geay Conference Room
Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Admission for this event is free, but RSVP is required here.

James Lynch studied under a student of the late, great Pavlov. He began his own teaching as a psychiatry instructor at the Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1966. In 1976, he was made a full professor at the University of Maryland Medical School where he directed the Center for the Study of Human Psychophysiology at UM School of Medicine until 1986. He is the author of The Broken Heart and The Language of the Heart. He was a board member of The American Institute of Stress and on the staff of the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program at Lifebridge Health and Director of Life Care Health Associates in Baltimore, Maryland. For more than thirty years he served on the medical school faculties of Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Maryland. Dr. Lynch has published numerous chapters in medical textbooks and has had more than one hundred articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals. He based his most recent book, A Cry Unheard: New Insights into the Medical Consequences of Loneliness, on thirty-six years of original research on the links between communication and heart disease.


June, 2017

Healing Foods: Upgrade Your Diet to Nourish Your Body with Rachel Druckenmiller, MS

June 27, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

The Josephine Potel Room
Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Admission for this event is free, but RSVP is required here.

Rachel Druckenmiller, MS has been in the wellness field for over 10 years. She is the Director of Wellbeing at a consulting firm in Baltimore and is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Culinary Nutrition Expert and educator, and blogger.  After using food and natural medicine to heal a decade of acid reflux and years of childhood illnesses, Rachel has learned that getting curious about and listening to our body is key to being well. She believes in “upgrading” our diet to nourish and fuel our bodies, so we can transform our lives and health. In February 2015, she was recognized as the #1 Health Promotion Professional in the U.S. by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). In May 2015, her blog, Rachel’s Nourishing Kitchen, was named as one of the Top 50 Clean Food Blogs by the Academy of Culinary Nutrition.


May, 2017

Happy 1st Anniversary LCRC: An evening to celebrate the center, our members, and our progress with “LIVING WITH LYME”

May 25, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

The Josephine Potel Room
Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Admission for this event is free, but RSVP is required here.

Please join us as we celebrate our one-year anniversary of supporting one another, providing resources for keeping spirits up especially when faced with setbacks, learning new strategies and coping styles in response to some of the life challenges that Lyme brings, developing a deeper strength and connection with the self when faced with health challenges, and focusing on how we can all make meaning from the experience and look ahead brightly at a hopeful future. Join us for: 

  • A review of our first year
  • Moving forward and what is next
  • A celebration of our members – share your story with us – sign up with with Michele at info@lymecenter.org for a brief 5-minute session to tell your story to our group (slots are limited)
  • A closing message and social time

April, 2017

Recent Lyme Disease Research: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

April 24, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Angelique Geay Conference Room
Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Admission for this event is free, but RSVP is required here.

Hope McIntyre, MD obtained her bachelor’s degree in Pre-medicine from the Pennsylvania State University in 1986.  She received her MD from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1990.  After completing a residency in Family Practice at the Harrisburg Family Residency Program, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, she joined Parkview Medical Group in Mount Airy, Maryland in 1994. She remained with that practice until 2010 when she opened her solo practice in Towson, Maryland to focus on tick-borne disease.  She completed two ILADS one week mini fellowships, the first in 2006 with Dr. Ann Corson and a second in 2010 with Dr. Charles Ray Jones. As a family physician, Dr. McIntyre is trained to treat patients of all ages, but she is especially interested in treating children with Lyme disease who were previously underserved in Maryland.  


March, 2017

Yoga for Lyme Care with Kristi S. Shaw, PhD, MHS, RYT

March 28, 2017, 7:00 – 8:45 PM

The Miller Branch of the Howard County Library
9411 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Admission for this event is free, but RSVP is required here.

Kristi Shaw has taught yoga for over a decade, with a therapeutic focus in her classes and private instruction.  She holds a Master of Health Science in Public Health and a PhD in Biological Oceanography, where she focused her dissertation research on bacterial and viral pathogens in the marine environment.  Her post-doctoral work was in Environmental Epidemiology, looking at the impact of bacterial infections related to environmental characteristics.  Kristi is presently completing her final hours at University of Maryland Medical School, Center for Integrative Health towards a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification.  She has focused her therapeutic focus on how to utilize gentle yoga and guided meditation to reduce the stress response in Lyme patients while increasing general well-being, pain management skills and ease.


February, 2017

Neurobehavioral Symptoms in Postural Tachycardia Syndrome: An Autonomic Disorder

February 21, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Potel Room
Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Dr. Ramesh Khurana, M.D., FAAN, FAHS is a board certified Neurologist.  He is the Chief of Neurology at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland  Dr. Khurana specializes in Autonomic Dysfunction and has published extensively in the areas of headache, autonomic function tests, multiple system atrophy, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).  Dr. Khurana has over 40 years of experience in neurology and has been named “Top Docs” by Baltimore Magazine for headache neurology consecutively in 2015 & 2016.


January, 2017

Open My Eyes, Find My Strength: A Lecture by Dr. Nancy Fox

January 11, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Angelique Geay Conference Room
Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Author, Speaker and Life Strategist, Dr. Nancy Fox, works with businesses, organizations, and individuals that want to empower their people/selves to face challenges as opportunities and provide extraordinary service to others.  Fox is an educator of 25 years, publishing children’s books; No Ticks, Please, Hide-and- Seek: No Ticks, Please, The Parasite Convention (2017), a K-12 Lyme Disease Prevention and Awareness Curriculum and Decisive Women: Designing Decisions in 5 Minutes or Less. Her passion is driven from surviving Lyme disease and Babesia. Once she recovered from years of misdiagnosis, her mission became to teach others to protect themselves from the devastating effects of tick-borne diseases.


October, 2016

An Osteopathic Perspective in the Treatment of Lyme and Associated Diseases

October 20, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Potel Room
Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Dr. Mitchell is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed an undergraduate fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulation in 2003. Her post graduate medical training includes a residency in Family Medicine in Baltimore, MD and a one year fellowship in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMMOMM) in Bangor, ME. She is board certified in both NMMOMM and Family Medicine.  Dr. Mitchell has practiced in both private practice and group settings since 2006.  She is on the faculty of the Cranial Academy, The Biodynamics Program and the A Still-Sutherland Study Group.


September, 2016

The Mindful Path Through Lyme Disease

September 21, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Brad Piergrossi, PhD has consulted with universities, schools, & business corporations about mindfulness. He has completed the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) residential training and graduated from a 2-year Hakomi training program offered in Princeton, NJ, which explored ways to integrate mindfulness into psychotherapy. As an affiliate professor at Towson University and Loyola College of Maryland, he taught graduate-level students how to incorporate mindfulness into psychotherapy.  He currently has a private practice in Towson, MD.


June, 2016

Living in Limbo: The Patient Experience of Lyme Disease

June 28, 2016, 7:00 PM

Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Alison Rebman holds a MPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. She is currently a Senior Research Program Coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center and a key member of Dr. John Aucott’s research team with 15 years of research experience. For the past 7 years, she has worked and published on Lyme disease, with interests in risk factors for chronic disease, sex and gender-based differences, and qualitative research.


May, 2016

An Evening with Dr. John Aucott

May 18, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Potel Room
Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center
1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104

John N. Aucott, MD, is a renowned expert in clinical research on the diagnosis and epidemiology of Lyme disease. An internist and Lyme disease expert in the Division of Rheumatology, he is the director of the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center.  With more than fifteen years of research experience on the crippling effects of Lyme disease, he has numerous ongoing studies and published papers.