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The Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness

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The Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness is a specialized clinical and research program for individuals with impairment and disability related to tick borne illness. The goals of the Dean Center are to improve the care and function of patients with Lyme disease and other tick borne illness by focusing on individualized treatment, ongoing education, and emerging science.

In the US, the CDC acknowledges 300,000 new cases of Lyme Disease annually and Lyme Disease is endemic in New England. Patients can present with flu-like symptoms and a characteristic "bulls-eye" rash and if recognized, begin early antibiotic treatment. However, some patients bitten by an infected deer tick may never have a recognizable rash and may not have symptoms until months or years later. Early symptoms can include impairments to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Some patients suffer ongoing symptoms despite early antibiotic treatment, and continue suffering from chronic symptoms of encephalopathy, joint pain, and fatigue, among others.

The Dean Center nurtures relationships with referring providers to help arrive at the most appropriate care plan and plan a compassionate and comprehensive, evidence based and patient centered care.

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The Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness will treat patients who have chronic symptoms and who seek recovery and rehabilitation therapy. Clinicians on staff currently include two physicians, a mental health counselor, and a case manager. The goals of the Dean Center are to improve the care and function of patients with Lyme Disease and other tick borne illness by focusing on individualized treatment, ongoing education, and emerging science.

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The Dean Center is initiating novel research studies to further study and improve the rehabilitation of patients with Lyme Disease and other tick borne illness.

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The Lyme Disease and Tick Borne Illness Patient Support Group is organized and led by the Massachusetts Lyme Association, and meets once per month at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge. The group offers speakers, support, and other resources, and meets in the Chapel Room from 1:00pm-3:00pm on the first Saturday of each month. For more information or to join, please contact Bill Coady at masslyme@gmail.com.

 

The Dean Center will provide education to clinicians through conferences, and Center staff will develop educational programming for local hospitals and physician groups. Additionally, patient education and resources will be made available online and through various marketing campaigns.


 

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