Panel to speak on joint pain


BENNINGTON — A panel of experts will be discussing joint pain prevention, treatment and recovery at 8:30 p.m. on June 6 at the Manchester Community Library. The panel is presented by Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, and is appropriate for any person who experiences joint pain, along with members of their families.

The panel includes orthopedic surgeons Matthew Nofziger, MD, and Michaela Schneiderbauer, MD, and non-surgical sports medicine specialist Ivette Guttmann, MD, all of SVMC Orthopedics; and family medicine physician Robert Schwartz, MD, and physical therapist Jessica O'Brien, both of SVMC Northshire Campus. Attendees will learn about what they can do to maintain or recover their quality of life.

To reserve a seat, call 802-447-5019 or e-mail

About the presenters

Guttmann earned her medical degree at Universidad Autonoma de Centro America in Costa Rica and completed the pediatrics residency training program at San Juan City Hospital in Puerto Rico in 2012. In addition, she completed fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Albany Medical Center in New York in 2013. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Florida State University and an associate's degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1994. She is board certified by the American Board for both Pediatrics and Primary Care Sports Medicine.

Nofziger received his undergraduate education at Goshen College in Indiana and his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed a residency at Fort Wayne Medical Center and a fellowship at Nirschl Orthopedic Clinic in Virginia. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

O'Brien is a physical therapist who divides time between the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington and SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester. She received her doctor of physical therapy degree at Sage Graduate School in New York and her bachelor's in Exercise Science from Castleton University. She has worked at SVMC since 2015.

Schneiderbauer earned her medical degree at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany, and the Harvard Medical School Program for Medical Education in Massachusetts. She completed residency training at Basel University Hospital in Switzerland. In addition, she completed fellowships in joint replacement surgery and training in orthopedic oncology with the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida. She is board certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Schwartz is a family medicine physician at SVMC Northshire Campus and the associate medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians. He earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, trained during his residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania, and completed a fellowship at the American Academy of Family Physicians in Kansas.



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