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deer tick. According to the Boston Globe, 15,000 to 30,000 state residents will get the disease this year; it is, the Globe notes, the second most commonly reported infectious disease in New England, after chlamydia. We are at "ground zero" for Lyme disease, says Chris Dean, which is why the Dean Center is perfectly located. A Great Start The Dean Center, a beautiful, sunlit part of Spaulding, welcomed over 50 patients in 2015 after it opened its doors last June. Crandell says its focus is on treating chronic Lyme patients with rehabilitation, just like it does with its patients who have other chronic illnesses. The center focuses on physical, occupational, and speech and language therapy. It also puts a heavy emphasis on mental health care, which it provides at no cost to patients — a requirement of the Dean family grant. When a patient arrives at the Dean Center, the staff — which includes two doctors, five nurses, a mental health specialist and a case manager — conducts approximately two hours of assessment and testing, including neuropsychological testing and blood work. After determining what treatment is appropriate — according to the Lyme Nation blog — they offer a variety of treatments, including: aquatic therapy, therapies to correct nutritional and metabolic deficien- cies, yoga, vestibular therapy, neuro-optometric exercises, speech therapy, sleep management, pain management, and group and individual therapy (including expressive arts therapy). The center's co-director Dr. Nevena Zubcevik says, "We prescribe exercise-based thera- pies as research illuminates that exercise can help reduce inflammation related to the Lyme disease infection." 146 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 fitness & health "an interdisciplinary team" Staff at the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness. Pictured left to right: M. Waseem Anjum, MD, research coor- dinator; Kerry Lang, MA, mental health counselor; Nevena Zubcevik, DO, clinical co-director; David Crandell, MD, clinical co-director; and Laura Duerksen, MBA, business development and program manager

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