SVMC to present panel on joint pain

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BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center will present "Overcoming Joint Pain: An Expert Panel" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Bennington Museum, 75 Main St. The event 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; Kathryn Sleeman, DPT, of SVMC's Outpatient Therapy Department; and Kim Fodor, MD, of SVMC Internal Medicine. They will address prevention, treatment options and recovery for joint pain. Attendees will learn about what they can do to maintain or recover their quality of life.

To RSVP, call 802-447-5019 or e-mail

About the presenters:

Fodor is an internal medicine physician providing primary care at the SVMC Internal Medicine in Bennington. She received her bachelor's degree in biological sciences at the University of Vermont and her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Fodor completed two residencies, one each in internal medicine and psychiatry, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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.

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.

Sleeman, a doctor of physical therapy and SVMC's director of the Department of Rehabilitation, has practiced for 39 years, the last 30 at SVMC. She received her clinical doctorate at Russell Sage in New York and her bachelor's in physical therapy from the University of Vermont. She is a certified lymphedema therapist and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.



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