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For patients who need antibiotics, Crandell and Zubcevik will refer them to an infectious disease doctor. "We work as part of an interdisciplinary team at the center," says Crandell. Crandell stresses that besides trying to provide the best care for patients, the center places a major focus on research. Currently, they are studying yoga as a way to improve pain and sleep problems. They are also working on cutting-edge techniques, such as Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, which is used to treat people with traumatic brain injuries, and may also help Lyme patients with cognitive deficits. Critical Role A key player in the rehab process is the center's mental health therapist, Kerry Lang. Interestingly, she also suffers from Lyme disease. A former elementary school teacher, she got so sick she decided to go to graduate school "to be a positive help to others." Lang offers a variety of thera- pies that are successful with people who suffer from Lyme symptoms. She says she is very "patient centered" and uses what works for each individual, including music therapy, art therapy, writing therapy, and, of course, talk therapy." Lang describes the disease as "incredibly isolating" and says she has found that focus- ing on the mind-body connection is an excel- lent way to combat the stress that many patients experience. She notes that the typical patient has gone from doctor to doctor and has lost a lot of money because they have been unable to work. "It's a perfect storm of trauma that makes access to mental health counseling so important," she says. Ongoing Work According to Laura Duerksen, the business development and program manager of the Dean Center, the generous grant for the cen- ter was "a transformative gift" that got it off the ground. The center also receives funding from Spaulding and from private and corpo- rate fundraising. In addition, insurance covers many treatment services. There is a very optimistic feeling that sup- ports the center going forward. As Brandi said at the Dean Center's formal opening last October to a room full of staff and other patients fighting Lyme disease, "Together we will work toward improving the quality of life for those living with Lyme or tick- borne illness — and give you strength, ener - gy, and hope." fitness & health "improving the quality of life" 148 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 TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEAN CENTER, visit www.spauldingrehab.org/research-and- clinical-trials/lyme-disease or call 617.952.6220.

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