BETHEL — Christopher P. FitzMorris, DO, MPA, will speak on “What You Need to Know about Arthritis: An Introduction,” from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 6, at the Bethel Congregational Church, 32 Church St.

The program is sponsored by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College, in response to many requests from audience members at past programs.

Dr. FitzMorris will discuss different types of arthritis, their causes, and their symptoms. He will give an overview of how it affects the patient and offer self-help techniques. He will also give an introduction to treatment options including activity limits, relief of symptoms, disease treatment, and surgical options. His goal is to leave the audience with a comfortable understanding of arthritis and how it might impact them, or their friends and families.

Dr. FitzMorris received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York, in 1989. He held a one-year internship at Peninsula Hospital Center, Far Rockaway, New York, and postgraduate training in general surgery at both Peninsula Hospital Center and St. Barnabas Hospital, in Bronx, New York. He went on to take additional postgraduate training in orthopaedic surgery at Peninsula Hospital Center and Cabrini Medical Center from 1991 to 1995. While there he served as chief resident, receiving extensive experience in all aspects of general orthopedics. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and a member of the Surgical Associates at Androscoggin Valley Hospital, in Berlin, New Hampshire.

The program is sponsored as a community service by To Your Health of WMSC with the collaboration of Bethel Family Health Center, School Administrative District 44/Continuing Education, and Androscoggin Valley Hospital. The public is invited and admission is free. Light refreshments will be available.

FMI: 207-824-2053.

Christopher P. FitzMorris

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