Scleroderma Society of Canada's 15th Annual Conference
"An Integrated Approach - Creating a United Front"
Program & Breakout Sessions
(Please note that the program schedule and the breakout sessions are subject to change. However, we will do our best to maintain the following schedule. When registering, please ensure that you indicate the breakout sessions you plan to attend.)
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Wine & Cheese Meet & Greet Reception (Canad Inn Destination Polo Park)
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Come and meet some of your fellow conference attendees.
Friday, September 19th, 2014
8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast
8:30 to 10:00 Registration
9:00 to 10:00 General Meeting
10:00 Opening Ceremony
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch
1:00 to 1:45 Breakout
A. Bonnie Hopps, Arthritis Society “Pain Busters” The main objective of this session is to improve your understanding of chronic pain management, introduce different coping methods, and encourage you to take an active role in managing your pain. The program's intention is to help those with chronic pain, as well as to teach family members, partners and friends how to support them.
B. Shonna Pepper & Cheryl Kehler, Disability Tax Credit Services – “What You Need To Know” Shonna Pepper & Cheryl Kehler will share with you “What Canadians need to know about the Disability Tax Credit, What is the Disability Tax Credit, Who is eligible, What is the criteria, How to apply, Is the credit retroactive, Are you a caregiver and How they can provide support through the process.
2:00 to 2:45 Breakout
A. Diane Sidebottom, Licensed Aesthetician - “Make up – Health in Your Beauty”
We want you to have health in your beauty. Join us for an informative and educational 45 minute session on skin care and cosmetic products that are available and appropriate for use with Scleroderma. Our professional Aesthetician will demonstrate how to use these products and how you can look and feel your best. At One Great Spa by Giselles, we want to contribute to your overall well-being, not just the surface enhancements and we offer a wide range of products with no harmful synthetic chemicals and preservatives.
B. Cathy Sochasky, BScPharm FCSHP - “Scleroderma-A focus of the treatment of the Musculoskeletal/Inflammatory Symptoms”. A review of the various drugs used including side effects, combination use and their differences.
3:00 to 3:45 Breakout
A. Dr. Slava Kim – “Bioflex Laser Therapy: An Alternative Treatment For Scleroderma” This talk will discuss the mechanisms of action and clinical applications of Laser Therapy for the causes and symptoms of Scleroderma. This non-invasive, pain-free, light-based therapy has been shown to modulate inflammatory cytokines, reduce oxidative stress, increase angiogenesis and provide an analgesic effect. It is also very effective in treating complex wounds.
B. Kimberly Watkinson, Pharmacist – “Making Sense of What We Read About Scleroderma Treatments” Presentation will cover how therapies are researched and concepts of evidence-based medicine. An objective of this session is to allow you to better evaluate medical information found on the internet to assist with making informed decisions. Session will include a review of evidence for some proven, unconventional and experimental scleroderma treatments, including stem cell transplantation.
4:00 to 5:00 - Main Room Q & A Patient Advocacy Panel
5:45 Bus to DeLuca's for Optional Evening including Dinner & Cooking Demonstration. Please refer to our “A Taste of Italy” page for information about the menu, The De Luca Family History and The De Luca Chefs. A gluten free version of the planned menu will be available if requested in advance when you register for the conference. Cash bar will be available.
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
8:00 to 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
9:00 to 9:45 - Main Room
Dr. David Robinson—”Scleroderma 101”
10:00 to 10:45 Breakout
A . Dr. Jennifer Armstrong - “Successful Antibiotic Treatment for Scleroderma Patients” Dr. Armstrong has been seeing Scleroderma patients since 1999 and has implemented the antibiotic protocol to empower patients to lead a full and productive life. She will talk about the benefits and risks and will present several case studies.
B. Tenille Sonnichsen, Registered Dietitian - “Gluten-Free Eating with Scleroderma”
Nutrition management is a very important part of optimizing health for individuals with Scleroderma. One of the common dietary offenders for individuals with Scleroderma is gluten. Learn the principles of the gluten-free diet and nutrition guidelines to help fight inflammation, reduce your chance of malnutrition and to help manage symptoms of Scleroderma.
11:00 to 11:45 - Main Room
Dr. Tracy Frech, Rheumatologist— “Itch in Scleroderma”One of the more bothersome symptoms in Scleroderma.
11:30 to 1:30 Educational & Informational Fair.
Visit the vendor booths for helpful and interesting information.
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch
1:00 Cake Presentation by the Arthritis Society
1:00 to 1:30 Tenille Nadkrynechny- Country Music Artist
Tenille embarked into 2013 with her single “Dear Heart” off her new album “Light.”
1:30 to 2:15 - Main Room
Dr. Fredrick Wigley, Rheumatologist—”Scleroderma - A Vascular Disease"
2:30 to 3:15 Breakout
A. Dr. Sara Korsunsky - “Naturopathic Medicine – “Treating The Whole Scleroderma Patient” Dr. Korsunsky’s presentation will include “What is Naturopathic Medicine”; the foundations of health and healing the immune system naturally; improving energy and sleep; natural alternatives and complementary therapies.
B. Lindsey Lorteau, Speech Pathologist – “Speech & Swallowing in Scleroderma”
Disorders of swallowing or dysphasia, as well as changes to the voice and speech, can occur in Systemic Scleroderma. Swallowing patterns & symptoms of dysphagia will be reviewed. Assessment and management related to communication & swallowing will also be discussed.
3:15 to 4:15 -Final Q & A Medical Professional Panel
Kudos, Raffle draw, Conference 2015
Bonnie Hopps, Arthritis Society “Pain Busters”
Cathy Sochasky “Scleroderma - A focus of the treatment of the Musculoskeletal/Inflammatory Symptoms"
Kimberly Watkinson, Pharmacist – “Making Sense of What We Read About Scleroderma Treatments”
Dr. Slava Kim – “Bioflex Laser Therapy: An Alternative Treatment For Scleroderma”
Dr. David Robinson—”Scleroderma 101”
Dr. Jennifer Armstrong - “Successful Antibiotic Treatment for Scleroderma Patients”
Tenille Sonnichsen, Registered Dietitian - “Gluten-Free Eating with Scleroderma”
Dr. Tracy Frech, Rheumatologist— “Itch in Scleroderma" - Coming soon
Dr. Fredrick Wigley, Rheumatologist—”Scleroderma - A Vascular Disease” - Webinar
Dr. Sara Korsunsky - “Naturopathic Medicine – “Treating The Whole Scleroderma Patient”
Lindsey Lorteau, Speech Pathologist – “Speech & Swallowing in Scleroderma”
Helpful Hints & Tips - as received from attendees at Conference