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The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
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Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
February, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 02
Patricia Cadolino, LMT
By Claudette Laroche, RN, LMT, NCTMB
Patricia "Patti" Cadolino is "the first" in many of her professional endeavors. Most recently, she is the first massage therapist to be employed by New York State in a full-time, salaried position (with benefits), working at The University Hospital at Stony Brook, on central Long Island.As she states, "I was in the right place at the right time with the specialized credentials that were being sought by the hospital. I've had unbelievable support from a very persistent and hard-working administration -- they truly respected my profession and work; they saw an important need for massage services in our hospital."
Patti's path to University Hospital started in 1990, when she became a New York licensed and registered massage therapist after graduating from New York College in Syosset. She channeled her high energy into running her own private practices in the Manhattan and Sayville areas. In that, according to Patti, her "true love is working with babies," she pursued her certification as an Infant Massage Instructor in 1993, with additional training in touch therapy for premature and/or medically fragile infants, in the Nurturing Touch Program at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, in 1997.
Her hospital-based training started at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan in 1997 where she was employed one to two days per week. She was trained to work with cancer patients, transplant recipients, and postsurgical cardiac patients.These educational experiences -- hospital based massage and certification as an infant massage therapist --were part of the right experiential mix for Patti to obtain her position at Stony Brook in October 1998.
"I've learned from the medical community, and they have learned from me how and why massage can benefit their patients. It takes a lot of creative scheduling and a wonderful clinical assistant to make it all come together in an organized and effective manner. I set high standards and work hard to meet my goals. At this point, I'm the only massage therapist in the hospital; over time I would like to expand services throughout the hospital and start a volunteer massage program for the medical and hospital staff. This is a great way to educate and ensure future patient referrals, and the staff also benefits from receiving massage."
Patti's work reads like a never-ending "to-do" list! She started the hospital's first in/outpatient massage program, and the "Nurturing Touch Program" in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where Patti teaches parents one-on-one, or in a small group setting, how to give nurturing touch to their medically challenged or premature newborn. Initially, this was a "fee for service" course paid for by families, but Patti was able to eliminate this fee to parents by having the service included as part of the hospital stay.
When Patti works with the Pediatric Infectious Disease Clinic, she teaches parents and foster parents how to massage their children, infants to adolescents, who are suffering with HIV/AIDS. This also includes providing massage to the pregnant HIV moms. Parents of full-term babies and parents of children with ADHD, bulimia, cancer, and other health conditions benefit from the monthly instructional classes she teaches.
Grand-Rounds for medical doctors, nurses, and medical students is the perfect setting for Patti to lecture on the benefits and research indications of massage therapy. Medical students and cardiac patients fill her stress management classes.
Patti was also trained in research methods by Dr.Tiffany Field at the University Medical School in Miami. "I have so much respect for her; I'm convinced that without her research I wouldn't be in my job," says Patti.
Through Patti's efforts and creativity last year, a unique project, the Massage Research Project for pediatric/oncology patients at Stony Brook, received approval (she asked and received!) to piggyback with the yearly hospital fundraiser/golf outing, with proceeds going to the massage research project. She is currently awaiting formal approval to run the research.
According to Patti, "I am working with a Pediatric MD-Oncologist and a PHD/Epidemiologist. The focus of the research is to find ways to reduce pain and anxiety before cancer treatments. I feel that parents need to be empowered and have the tool of massage to help ease their children's discomforts; they can connect with their child through touch at a very difficult time. I will be instructing parents how to give a 20-30 minute massage to their child at home or in the hospital."
Patti has developed the massage protocols, needs, and budget for this project, which is expected to run for one year.
Since most of Patti's patients are referred by the medical doctors in the hospital, her massage focus is on those with varied needs and medical conditions. One of her clients, Michael Adams, states "I see Patricia about once a week. It's been a big help for me, dealing with the stress of being on dialysis three days a week."
Massage is a hospital service and is billed directly to patients as a "fee for service." There has been some insurance billing, but it is in limbo at this time. "Not many insurance companies pay for massage- so we kept the fees low for patient affordability," says Patti.
Patti is also working with the development and public relations office to write brochures for all the massage services.
Patti is actively involved in the NY State Society of Medical Massage Therapists, attested to by the fact she recently was elected president. Of course, I asked about membership requirements, and she was quick to say that "any NY licensed massage therapist may belong; this state organization was formed in 1927 and we are planning a large conference to celebrate the 75th anniversary."
Squeezed into her spare time, she was deployed to ground zero in September and October 2001 as a trained leader for AMTA's Massage Emergency Response Team (MERT). As she highlights, "this is another whole story to tell! The healing power of touch in just a 15-minute chair massage was an important piece in the Red Cross respite centers; it wasn't just healing for them but for me as well."
Thank you, Patti, for creating the extra time in your life to help those in such need.
In October, 2001, she completed a three-day preceptorship at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. The key ingredient for her was the guidance, "tailored to her hospital needs", that she received to enhance her skills in appropriately touching and caring for the infant in the neonatal intensive care unit. She also honed her teaching methodologies and skills for imparting information to the parents and caregivers of these infants.
Patti states: "This has been an incredibly rewarding and challenging career for me. I have to be very professional, well articulated, and persistent in integrating massage in an academic-university hospital setting. I formulated written guidelines and materials from scratch- protocols, intake forms, medical charting, etc. It has all been very positive."
Given all the roles Patti fills, I asked her how many hours a week she works, to which she responded "even though it's a Monday-Friday salaried position, I work more than 40 hours! It reflects my goal of striving to integrate massage services into the medical facility."
Somehow Patti finds the time to be an avid golfer. She enjoys skiing and ocean beaching out in Montauk, on New York's Long Island, with her family, husband Paul, a chiropractor; her stepdaughter Theresa, 21; son Kyle, 14; and daughter Alana Rae, 10. "My family is so supportive -- without them I couldn't do all that I do."
You may reach Patricia Cadolino at The University Hospital at Stony Brook: (631) 444-4592.
Click here for previous articles by Claudette Laroche, RN, LMT, NCTMB.
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