Greater Metropolitan Washington Area Chapter Educational Meeting

January 15, 2013
6:00 PM
Doctors Community Hospital, Professional Office Building, Ground Floor Conference Room, 8116 Good Luck Road, Lanham, Maryland

Expert Speakers: Eric Canavan, PT and Nicole Canavan, PT

Topic: Modified and Alternative Physical Therapy Options and Considerations for the EDS and Chiari Patient

RSVP: Andrea Grosz at

Canavan.JPG About Eric and Nicole Canavan : Eric graduated from Daemen College in 1997 in Physical Therapy BS with a minor in biology. He works for Carey and Daley Physical Therapy in Liverpool, NY treating outpatient orthopedic and neurological cases with variety of diagnoses and age groups, however, has experience in acute care, sub-acute neurologic rehabilitation, and home care. He has experience in treating adults and children with EDS and Chiari malformations, including his wife, son and daughter who have EDS. Eric has had training in several forms of manual therapy including Muscle Energy, Mulligan's Technique, CRPS management, cranio-sacral therapy, and manipulation. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has training in orthotic fabrication.

Nicole graduated Suma Cum Laude from Daemen College in 1996 for Physical Therapy with a minor in Biology. She has had EDS with multiple complications requiring orthopedic, cardiac, and neurological surgeries. She worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, NY specializing in the areas of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, stroke, vestibular disturbances, progressive neurological disorders, balance disturbances, dementia, progressive relaxation, bio-feedback for correction and prevention, wound care, and psychology of rehabilitation. Nicole has completed two clinical studies on difference in strength between the dominant and non-dominant side of the body and benefits of adding Cardiac Rehab Phase I B to patients after open heart surgery. She is no longer able to work due to her disabilities, however continues to research as much about the neurologic and cardiac system, but puts most of her focus on EDS and the links it has to other symptoms and systems in the body. Her hope is to one day be a major advocate for the EDS community.

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