LEEDS — Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education will host a Lyme Disease Awareness and Education event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Leeds Central School, 1185 Route 106. Dr Beatrice Szantyr of MaineLyme will join them and share her community Tick Talk.

The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be sold.

Paula Jackson Jones and Angele Rice are the co-founders of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education, a Maine nonprofit 501c3 organization that raises awareness, fosters education, advocates for change and provides community support to those who are affected by Lyme and tick-borne disease.

Members of Maine’s CDC Vector-borne Workgroup and active in Maine’s Lyme legislation, they are a public and vocal advocate for the many Mainers afflicted by tick-borne disease. They travel year round hosting events and workshops and giving prevention talks, “How NOT to Have a Tick Encounter.”

They hold yearly conferences bringing in expert Lyme medical providers and vendors with products and services beneficial to Lyme patients. As the Maine-partner of the national Lyme Disease Association and survivors of late stage neurological Lyme Disease complicated by co-infections, they will share their personal stories as well as introduce the resources and facets of their organization that they offer to help patients find their way back to health and wellness.

Szantyr, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and member of the American College of Physicians, has been board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics. She graduated magna cum laude in an honors program from Fordham University, received her doctorate in medicine from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at St. Louis University Hospitals and Cardinal Glennon Memorial Hospital for Children.

Szantyr’s interest in Lyme disease and related tick- borne disorders began more than 20 years ago and has resulted in thousands of hours of continuing education and investigation. She has lectured on the topic throughout Maine and New England to professional and community groups. 

Szantyr is also a member of Maine CDC’s Vector Borne Disease Work Group and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society and serves as medical adviser to MaineLyme.

FMI: 207-446-6447, 207-841-8757, [email protected], www.mldse.org.

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