Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Welcome to Julian Taylor

Julian Taylor has recently joined PHR on a part-time basis. With a Bachelor’s degree in biology and a Master’s degree in Human Development Counseling, he has a continuing interest in the effects of brain neurochemistry on temperament, and how culture affects behavior. Julian also values broad experience and changing circumstances as opportunities for growth, and attempts to apply this in counseling as well as in everyday life. A Navy veteran, he also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. His work experience includes teaching in Australia, working as a counselor in a 900-bed prison, and coordinating a treatment team in a private psychiatric hospital. Prior to relocating to Roanoke, Julian lived in Charlottesville where he was an educator and in private practice. He has been licensed as a Professional Counselor in Virginia since 1979.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Geoffrey Bader

Geoffrey Bader is taking a break from his medical record duties this summer to head off to Hawaii as part of a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the American Society of Plant Biologists. This award will allow him to dedicate full-time effort to a research project for a ten-week period this summer, and provides the opportunity to present his results at the Society's annual meeting in Hawaii. The study, titled "Uptake and Efflux of Auxin and the Polar Auxin Transport in Land Plant Gametophytes," is under the direction of Dr. DorothyBelle Poli, assistant professor of biology. Geoff is the first Roanoke student to be honored with this prestigious fellowship.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Water for Tshapasha

Last summers phone and computer tech is this years engineer without borders. Ethan Heil and fellow UVa students, Rachel Brown-Glazner and Veronica Gutierrez, are installing a water filtration system in a small rural village, Tshapasha, in the Venda region of South Africa. The project is student run and funded by a Jefferson Public Citizen Grant awarded to Ethan, Rachel and Veronica.
It is easy for us all to take the simple things, like clean water, for granted. But in an ever shrinking and contentious world, water and good will are increasingly precious commodities.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Summer Biathlon

The Biathlon is best known as a winter sport event that combines skiing and shooting- but you will not need your boots and gloves for the event. This is its warm weather counterpart, and is part of the Coventry Commonwealth Games, which will be held Saturday, July 25th in Roanoke, Virginia.

Competitors begin with a 1 mile run that brings them to the shooting range. They lay down, pick up the rifle, shoot five shots at metal knock down targets, jump up, walk to the end of the range, and continue the running. One mile later they are back at the range, and shoot five shots from the standing position. The race ends with a 1 mile dash to the finish. Interval starts are used, with 1, 2 or 3 runners starting together every minute. Rifles and ammunition will be provided.

There is a team competition with a Police Team Trophy sponsored by Psychological Health Roanoke.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sports Medicine Seminar

In conjunction with the Coventry Commonwealth Games of Virginia, a Sports Medicine Seminar will be offered on Friday, July 17 from 300pm-600pm. It is jointly sponsored by Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), Virginia Tech Primary Care Sports Medicine, Virginia Athletic Trainers Association (VATA) & Psychological Health Roanoke. There will be instruction in osteopathic manipulation by Drs. Mark Boyer, Jarred Harrall & John Tait of VCOM, and a presentation on the sport psychology of injury by Dr. John Heil of Psychological Health Roanoke.
Continuing education credits will be offered by VATA.
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Friday, July 10, 2009

Coventry Commonwealth Games

Our clinicians and staff have long been closely involved with the Coventry Commonwealth Games and with Virginia Amateur Sports, the organization producing the event. Now in its 20th year, the Commonwealth Games is an Olympic-style sports festival for athletes of all ages and abilities in Virginia. The Games are sanctioned by the National Congress of State Games, the NCAA, and the Virginia High School League. There will be nearly 10,000 athletes participating in 50 sports.
The featured speaker for this years Opening Ceremonies (Friday, July 17) is soccer player, Tiffany Roberts, a member of both the gold medal winning team at the 1996 Olympics and of the 1999 World Cup Championship team. The opening ceremonies will conclude with a concert by 2006 American Idol finalist, Elliott Yamin. He is a worthy role model having coped with near deafness in one ear and Type I diabetes, to go on to achieve success in his musical career.
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mollie Guzo, LPC

Mollie Guzo, LPC divides her time between PHR and the Lewis Gale Medical Center, Center for Behavioral Health. Her areas of clinical expertise are broad ranging from anxiety, depression & psychotic disorders to couples & marital counseling, eating disorders & body image issues.
For all the good that therapy does and for the sense of satisfaction it can bring to the mental health provider, it is a sedentary way of work. If a way of life is to have the right balance, there must be something else. For Mollie Guzo the remedy is to get up and go.
She completed the XTERRA Atlantic Cup Triathlon June 14 in Richmond Virginia. The competition involved a 500 meter swim, 12 mile mountain trail bike ride and a 4 mile run. Earlier in March, she ran in 13.1 mile half marathon at the Shamrock Competition in Virginia Beach, VA.