Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Lyme Symposium 2017

TickSmart™ Living:  How to live life in a "more ticks in more places" world

Thomas Mather, Ph.D.
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Thomas Mather, Ph.D., Thursday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. on the College Campus in Heim, Room G-11

It really is a “more ticks in more places” world out there, and there’s never been a better time to step up your TickSmart practices to help stay TickSafe and disease free. This “edu-taining” presentation may make you itch but participants will learn 10 things everyone needs to know about ticks these days, and 5 TickSmart actions that need to become part of a healthy lifestyle when you live, work, and play where ticks do. Personal protection strategies and tick bite management best practices will be discussed.

Thomas N. Mather, Ph.D., Professor & Director of the Center for Vector-Borne Disease & TickEncounter Resource Center, University of Rhode Island

  • B.S. (1977) — Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA
  • M.S. (1980) — University of Delaware, Newark DE
  • Ph.D. (1983) — University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
  • Post-Doc (1983-87) — Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, MA

Pets and Ticks: A Parasitic Relationship

Dr. Steve Winton, DVM
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Dr. Steve Winton, VMD. Pets and Lyme disease. Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. on the College Campus in Heim, Room G-11

Like most pet owners, you probably enjoy spending quality time with your pets both indoors and out. Learn from Dr. Winton how to best protect your pets in this engaging lecture at Lycoming College. Don't leave them at risk for any unwelcome visits from pesky parasites. Ticks can be very damaging to the human-animal bond, particularly when they hitch a ride with your pet. Not only can these unfriendly parasites make your pets extremely uncomfortable, they can pose grave health risks. Dr. Winton will also discuss symptoms of Lyme disease and preventative measures in terms of tick control for your pets and family.

Born in Williamsport, PA, Dr. Winton was raised near the Carlisle area and graduated from Mansfield University with a degree in Biology. He received his Veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. Dr. Winton has been practicing in Williamsport for the past twenty years. He has worked as a naturalist for the Audubon Society, and a wildlife rehabilitator. His interests include avian and exotic medicine as well as treating traditional family pets. Dr. Winton enjoys most outdoor sports and can be found camping, canoeing and hiking. He has five children and spends most of his free time taking care of his small farm in Loyalsock.


Integrative Medicine Treatment for Lyme Disease

Dr. Harold Smith, M.D.
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Drs. Harold Smith, MD and Francis Powers, MD, Wednesday, Oct 11, 7 p.m. on the College Campus in Heim, Room G-11

Harold Smith, M.D.

  • 1970 — Duke University Medical School
  • 1971 — Surgical training Boston City Hospital
  • 1972 - 1974 — Pathology - University of Vermont
  • 1974 - 1976 — Emergency Medicine residency
  • Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Board certifications in rejuvenation and anti-ageing medicine
  • Lyme disease-Tick Borne Infections (TBDs): Member PA Governor’s Task force on Lyme Disease; Testimony before Congressional committee on Lyme Disease 2013; International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society ILADS founding partner and ILADS Board of Directors, 15 years of office medical practice in treating TBDs in Pennsylvania - predominantly later stage disseminated infections.
Dr. Francis Powers, M.D.

Francis Powers, M.D.

  • Graduated Loomis Institute 1963
  • BS in Chemistry, Trinity College, Hartford CT 1966
  • Attended University of Rochester Graduate School in the Department of Biophysics, Radiation Biology, and Biochemistry 1966-1967
  • Graduated University of Rochester Medical School with MD in 1971
  • Rotating Internship Rochester General Hospital, 1971-1972
  • Residency in Radiation Oncology University Of Rochester, 1972-1975. Board Certified in Radiation Oncology 1975
  • Active Duty US Air Force, stationed at Wilford Hall USAF teaching hospital, San Antonio, Texas 1975-1977
  • Radiation Oncologist Susquehanna Health System, Williamsport, PA 1977-present

In addition to his practice in Radiation Oncology, Dr. Powers practiced one day per week doing Complementary and Alternative Medicine in a private office for nearly 25 years and also did volunteer work with Autism patients for several years. His practice included IV chelation, IV Vitamin C and lots of Nutritional Therapies. Having contracted Lyme disease himself, he is often quoted as having had to become an "instant expert" in the disease since few knew much about the disease. Dr. Powers then found Dr. Smith and a unique partnership was formed. Presently, Dr. Powers is working part time in the Radiation Oncology Department at UPMC Susquehanna.


Lyme Disease: Epidemiologic & Clinical Overview; and Our Research

Brian Schwartz
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Dr. Brian Schwartz, MD, MS, Monday, November 6, 5:30 p.m. on the College Campus in Heim, Room G-11

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne infectious disease in the United States and Pennsylvania has more cases than any other state. This presentation will first review the epidemiologic and clinical features of the disease; how it is diagnosed and treated; and the interpretation of persistent symptoms after treatment. It will next present recent research findings from the first year of a three-year study with the Geisinger Health System using electronic health records, where over 25,000 cases were diagnosed from 2006 to 2016.

  • Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Health Services Research, Geisinger Center for Health Research (Danville)
  • Director, Geisinger Environmental Health Institute
  • Professor, Departments of Environmental Health and Engineering, Epidemiology, and Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore