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Center of Excellence for Photobiomodulation at Shepherd University

The Center of Excellence for Photobiomodulation at Shepherd University is opening its doors on March 21, 2022, with two days of informational seminars to educate health professionals, scientists, and lawmakers on photobiomodulation (PBM) as a clinical treatment for a variety of diseases and conditions that lack effective treatment today.

Located in The Wellness Center on Shepherd’s campus, the Center’s main objectives will be to partner with the PBM Foundation and the Shepherd University School of Nursing to promote photobiomodulation as a mainstream clinical treatment for chronic pain relief, deaddiction from substance abuse (like opioids), and recovery from lingering COVID-19 infections among others. The Center’s key goals are to perform clinical treatments for patients, to provide information and training in PBM treatments, to lead validation of PBM device specifications, and to perform research studies in order to improve the rigor and reproducibility of PBM treatments.

Currently, the Center is offering the community the opportunity to experience three free PBM therapies between March 23 and May 1, 2022. After May 1, PBM services will be offered at $40 a session, with discounts for multiple sessions. Visit The Wellness Center for more information.

The schedules for both days of informational seminars can be found below.

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Opening Ceremony and Informational Seminars

Monday, March 21, 2022 

Opening Ceremony:
The Wellness Center
164 University Drive
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Informational Seminars:
Erma Ora Byrd, Room 117
301 North King Street
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Program

9 a.m.           Opening Ceremony, Wellness Center 

10 a.m.         PBM Foundation President: Dr. Donald Patthoff

                        Shepherd University President: Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix

                        West Virginia Bureau for Public Health: Dr. David Didden

                         PBM Center of Excellence: Interim Executive Director Dr. Praveen Arany

                        Shepherd Wellness Center: Director Dr. Jennifer Flora

10:30 a.m.  PBM Introduction and History: Dr. Andrew Mester, Samsum Clinic

11:30 a.m.   Q&A

11:50 a.m.   Testimonial

Noon            Lunch

1 p.m.           PBM for COVID Recovery: Dr. Lew Lim, Vielight, Inc.

1:45 p.m.    PBM for Deaddiction: Dr. Marvin Berman, Quietmind Foundation

2:30 p.m.   Break 

3 p.m.          Testimonial

3:20 p.m.   PBM for Deaddiction: Dr. Jonathan Hartiens, Mountaineer Recovery Center

3:55 p.m.    PBM in Rehab Sciences: The VA Martinsburg Experience, Dr. Shawn Neff

4:30 p.m.   PBM Panel Discussion: Mr. Doug Johnson (Multi Radiance Medical), Mr. Peter Forhan (Just Light), and Mr. James Carroll, (THOR Photomedicine). Moderated by Dr. Praveen Arany

5 p.m.          Reception: Hors d’oeuvres and wine

Speakers

Donald Patthoff, DDS, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
Dr. Patthoff is a general dentist in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He chairs the George Washington Institute of Living Ethics and is a liaison to the International Dental Ethics and Law Society for the American Society for Dental Ethics. He is an ethics consultant to the American Dental Association’s Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs (CEBJA) and is coauthor of Dental Ethics at Chairside (2018, George Washington Press). He was a principal research investigator at the Martinsburg VA dental clinic and is a past president of the West Virginia Dental Association and the Professional Ethics in Dentistry Network.

Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix, President, Shepherd University                                             Dr. Hendrix is Shepherd University’s sixteenth president and is the first graduate to lead the school in its history. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Shepherd in pre-med/biology and her PhD from George Washington University in anatomical sciences. Subsequently, she was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School in the department of anatomy and cell biology.

Before coming to Shepherd, she was president and chief scientific officer of the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where prior to that, she held various leadership positions at The University of Iowa, St. Louis University, and The University of Arizona.

Dr. Hendrix has been a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Council of Councils, the National Human Genome Research Institute Council, and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Board of Scientific Advisors. She is a Past-President of FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) consisting of more than 130,000 members—the largest coalition of biomedical research societies in the United States. She has testified before Congress numerous times in hearings regarding the budgets of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation, and about human embryonic stem cell research. She also served as a co-founder and co-director of the Virtual Naval Hospital, a digital medical library created to provide critical information to service personnel deployed at remote sites, which was adopted by the navies of four countries.

Dr. Hendrix became a leading scientist in cancer research, with a goal of discovering new therapeutic strategies to inhibit metastasis. She has authored more than 280 publications on biomedical research and is the recipient of numerous awards. She has sixteen patents related to the treatment of cancer, and these patents were recently licensed to a pharmaceutical company.

Dr. David G. Didden, MD, Physician Director,West Virginia Office of Maternal Child and Family Health
Dr. David G. Didden is the OMCFH Medical Director of Overdose Prevention and Innovation Projects. He is a Family Practice specialist in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He attended and graduated from University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1999, having over 23 years of diverse experience, especially in Family Practice. He is affiliated with many hospitals including Berkeley Medical Center, Jefferson Medical Center, Winchester Medical Center. Dr. David G Didden also cooperates with other doctors and physicians in medical groups including Potomac Integrative Health Pllc.

Dr. Praveen Arany, Interim Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Photobiomodulation at Shepherd University
Dr. Praveen Arany is trained as a dental and oral pathologist. He completed a joint Ph.D- Residency program at Harvard University as a Harvard Presidential Scholar. He has more than 80 scientific publications and is the recipient of numerous scholarly awards. He is an active member of the Wound Healing Society, American Association for Dental Research, and American Society for Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, and is the current past-president of the World and North American Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy.

Dr. Andrew Mester, MD, Sansum Clinic, Santa Barbara, California
Dr. Mester is the son of Endre Mester, the inventor of Laser Biomodulation, the inception of Photobiomodulation. He is Board Certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, California. He has held research fellowships focusing on Laser Biostimulation at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, the University of California-Los Angeles, University of Pennsylvania, and Boston University. He currently is part of the Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, California, where he is practicing as a Board-Certified Otolaryngologist.

Dr. Lew Lim, PhD, Founder and CEO, Vielight, Inc.
Dr. Lew Lim is the Founder & CEO of Vielight, Inc. He personally holds the key patents behind the technology of Vielight. He is also the head of product development and leads the research. The team that he leads comprises highly qualified scientists who have MD and/or PhD level in the disciplines of medicine, neuroscience, neurology, molecular sciences, bioengineering, physics, and pharmacology. The team also has collaborated with other research institutions in its continuous quest for the most effective outcomes from photobiomodulation (PBM). Dr. Lim has credentials in engineering, natural medicine, neuroscience, and various business-related disciplines. He obtained these University of California at Berkeley, Duke University, Sheffield University and Quantum University.

Dr. Marvin Berman
Dr. Marvin Berman is a clinician/research neuroscientist and the President of the Quietmind Foundation. His research has focused on neuropsychological and electrophysiological changes associated with the use of brainwave biofeedback and photobiomodulation. He has a broad background in individual, group and organizational behavioral and applied clinical research, and electrophysiology. He obtained further training and expertise in quantitative analysis and therapeutic application of quantitative electroencephalographic measures for biofeedback (neurofeedback) training, specifically to remediate cognitive and behavioral symptoms associated with neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr. Jonathan Hartiens, Chief Executive Officer Mountaineer Recovery Center
Dr. Jonathan Hartiens is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy. He has over 30 years of experience and developed expertise in the treatment of addictions. In addition to being a prominent therapist, he is frequently invited to speak at national conferences and general audiences on addiction treatment. Besides helping those who suffer with chemical addictions, he is also well known for treating sexual addictions. He was on the medical staff at the VAMC Medical Center, Martinsburg, from 2001 to 2011 where he worked at the Center for Addiction Treatment as both a psychologist and the Program Director. He’s authored and been awarded several grants to expand the range of addiction treatment into rural areas, including a $3 million grant used to build the Mountaineer Recovery Center, which is the first residential facility in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

Dr. Hartiens history also includes his service as an active-duty Navy Psychologist from 1994 to 2001. He completed his doctoral internship at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He also served at Naval Hospital Groton, CT and Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily.

Dr. Hartiens is an interactive therapist who helps clients identify the specifics of the problem and the barriers to their solutions. His therapeutic approach is to provide compassion, understanding, and observations on destructive or unhealthy patterns of behavior. He integrates cognitive-behavioral techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client.

Dr. Shawn Neff , Veterans Health Administration, Martinsburg, WV

Mr. Doug Johnson
Douglas Johnson has over 30 years in the clinical practice and serves as the Senior Vice President, Clinical and Scientific Affairs at Multi Radiance Medical and Chief Science Officer at PhotoOpTx. He is involved in numerous research studies involving PBM that focus on human performance enhancement and rehabilitation. His present area of research involves evaluating the effects of photobiomodulation on degenerative diseases and diabetes.  The latest project evaluated the use of super pulsed laser therapy to reduce ARDS in critically ill COVID-19 patients.​

Named as a clinical advisor to Laser Therapy U, Mr. Johnson attended Wayne State University and The University of Detroit-Mercy where he earned a Summa Cum Laude Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine in 1994.  Johnson is current a fellow of the Laboratory of Phototherapy and Innovative Technology, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Douglas Johnson has over 30 years in the clinical practice and serves as the Senior Vice President, Clinical and Scientific Affairs at Multi Radiance Medical and Chief Science Officer at PhotoOpTx. He is involved in numerous research studies involving PBM that focus on human performance enhancement and rehabilitation. His present area of research involves evaluating the effects of photobiomodulation on degenerative diseases and diabetes.  The latest project evaluated the use of super pulsed laser therapy to reduce ARDS in critically ill COVID-19 patients.​

Mr. Peter Forhan 
An avid inventor; obsessed with the practical applications of light. His infatuations with light began in 2019 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Materials Engineering. Before the pandemic, Peter invented Halo, the first light-based hand cleaner. At the onset of COVID-19, he quickly scaled the invention into a company. Through a deliberate and recreational review of clinical reviews, Peter stumbled across an old discovery that changed his life. Light is a physiological requirement for proper human bodily function and modern humans are chronically deprived. Today, Peter is committed to building the vision of Niels Finsen, a light bath in every home.

Mr. James Carroll
Founder and CEO, THOR Photomedicine, Co-authored 24 academic Photobiomodulation (PBM) papers and contributed chapters to five PBM books. A recognized authority on PBM dose, dose-rate effects, and the measurement and reporting of parameters. Co-Chair Biomedical Optics Society conference on Photobiomodulation mechanisms, Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine, World Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy Committee member. NOTABLE SPEAKING EVENTS: US Congressional briefing on PBM as a solution for the opioid crisis, White House briefing on PBM as a solution for the opioid crisis, United States Global Health Impact Forum on Photobiomodulation for Dry Age-Related Macular degeneration. AWARDS: 2020- World Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy, Presidential Commendation for service and leadership in the field of Photobiomodulation 2021 The T.H. Maimann Award for Excellence in Dental Laser Research.

PHOTOBIOMODULATION THERAPY AND WOUND MANAGEMENT TRAINING COURSE

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Erma Ora Byrd, Room 117
301 North King Street
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

This interactive training course will outline a model for understanding Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) mechanisms, discuss established protocols utilized for wound care and oral mucositis, and review case studies showing the effective application of PBMT. Participants will have the opportunity for experiential learning in this training course. (Download PDF of program)

Program

7:30 a.m.    Registration

8 a.m.          Welcome and Opening Remarks: Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix and Dr. Praveen Arany

8:05 a.m.    Introduction/History of PBM: Mr. James Carroll

9:05 a.m.    PBM Mechanisms and Evidences for PBM in Wound Care: Dr. Praveen Arany

10 a.m.        Break

10:15 a.m.  Implementing PBM in Wound Clinics (Regulations and  Reimbursement): Dr. Robert Bowen

11:15 a.m.   PBM Safety and Contraindications: Mr. James Carroll

Noon           Lunch (on your own)

1 p.m.          Understanding PBM Treatment (Dose and Delivery): Mr. James Carroll and Dr. Praveen Arany

1:30 p.m.   Clinical Cases for PBM in Wound Care: Dr. Robert Bowen

2:30 p.m.   Break 

2:45 p.m.   Demonstration and Experiential Learning with PBM Device: Mr. James Carroll and Dr. Robert Bowen

4:15 p.m.    Post evaluation

5 p.m.         End of event 

Speakers

James Carroll, Founder and CEO, THOR Photomedicine, Ltd.
James Carroll is a recognized authority on Photobiomodulation dose, dose rate effects, and the measurement and reporting of parameters. He has numerous appointments including as co-chair of the Biomedical Optics Society conference on Photobiomodulation Mechanisms, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, and a board member of the World Association for Photobiomodulation.

Praveen Arany, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.M.Sc., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Oral Biology School of Dental Medicine University at Buffalo.
Dr. Praveen Arany is trained as a dental and oral pathologist. He completed a joint Ph.D- Residency program at Harvard University as a Harvard Presidential Scholar. He has more than 80 scientific publications and is the recipient of numerous scholarly awards. He is an active member of the Wound Healing Society, American Association for Dental Research, and American Society for Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, and is the current past-president of the World and North American Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy.

Robert Bowen, M.D. Berkeley Medical Center Wound Care, Martinsburg, WV.
Dr. Robert Bowen is board certified in internal medicine, sleep medicine, and pulmonary disease. His medical specialties include pulmonary and critical care, sleep medicine, internal medicine, hospitalist, and wound care. Dr. Bowen currently practices as a cosmetic surgeon in Martinsburg.

RSVP

Registration required. RSVP to Kayla Landsberger, klandsbe@shepherd.edu.
8 CEUs in nursing provided by Shepherd University School of Nursing.

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2.7 million with no percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Lodging Options

If you are planning to spend the night in Shepherdstown, the Bavarian Inn is located across the street from Shepherd University.

Parking Information

Attendees can park in H Lot and use the free EPTA buses to travel around campus. The university will not ticket unregistered cars in H Lot on March 21 and 22. Both The Wellness Center and Erma Ora Byrd Hall are within walking distance of H Lot. Download a campus map here.