Join Us for Our Fall 2017 Institute Speaker Series

CARRYING SPORTS THROUGH LIFE

Coaching For Life Lessons

Ethics and Safety in Sports

Athletes Clip Art

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

5:15-7:00 p.m.

at Cioffredi & Associates | The Institute for Health & Human Performance

112 Etna Road – Lebanon, NH


FEATURED PRESENTERS

Daniel J. O’Rourke, MD, MD, MEd

Chief of Cardiology, VA Medical Center

M.Ed in Coaching & Athlete Development, Xavier University

Head Varsity Coach, Hanover High School Girls Basketball Program

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William J. Cioffredi, PT, Founder

Cioffredi & Associates | The Institute for Health & Human Performance

Dr. Daniel O'Rourke and Billy Cioffredi

This event is free and open to the Upper Valley Community. Light refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited. Pre-registration is requested by phone at 603-643-7788 or by email to scheduling@cioffredi.com


ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS

Daniel J. O’Rourke, MD, MS, MEd

Hanover Marauders Basketball Coach Dan O'Rourke Dan earned his MD degree from SUNY at Syracuse, completed internal medicine training at the University of Pittsburgh, completed his cardiology fellowship at DHMC, earned a master’s degree from The Dartmouth Institute at Dartmouth College in 1997, and a master’s degree in education from Xavier University in Coaching and Athlete Development in December 2016. He is Chief of Cardiology at the White River Junction Veterans Affairs hospital and a staff cardiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Dan began coaching basketball in 1995 and is entering his 23rd year of coaching with the Hanover High School girls’ program and the 17th year as varsity head coach. During his tenure, Hanover has been a perennial contender reaching 11 final fours, 8 championship games and won 5 state championship titles. In addition, he has coached boys and girls youth basketball, ranging from third to eighth grade, for over 10 years.

 

WILLIAM J. CIOFFREDI, PTBilly Cioffredi, PT, administering dry needling to a PT client.

Billy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979 with a degree in Physical Therapy. He has extensive experience in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, with areas of special interest including the spine, ankle & foot disorders, headaches, TMJ dysfunction, and injuries related to the fine arts.

Billy played football growing up and through college where he played at the Division 1 level. It was his interest in biomechanics and physiology that led him into the PT profession. “Through my involvement in sports I had an interest in the physiology and biomechanics of how the body worked. As part of my participation in the Shrine game we went and visited the kids at the children’s hospital in Springfield, Mass. It was a very positive experience that left a lasting impression on me and was an influence in my decision.

Billy started his career at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where he met his wife Ruth. Together they opened Cioffredi & Associates in 1985. In 2012 Billy received his certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN), which uses solid filament needles, like those used in acupuncture, to target trigger points deep within the muscle. TDN is an additional tool that Billy uses in his care, when appropriate, to help lengthen and loosen tight muscles. Outside of the office he enjoys running, hiking and skiing. Billy resides in Lebanon, New Hampshire with his wife, Ruth.

 


Dawn Famiglietti: A Story of ResilienceDawn Famiglietti: A Picture of Resilience

When Dawn Famiglietti of Sunapee reached out suddenly to break someone’s fall one day in late 2011, she was acting on instinct. She had no idea that this quick action would change her life forever, sending her on a journey of pain and healing that would test her to the core. Today, with rods and cages fusing together seven vertebrae in her lower back, Dawn shares inspiration and encouragement with everyone she meets.  Her message: “Don’t stop moving!”

UNBEARABLE PAIN

The scope of Dawn’s back injury did not become fully apparent for several months after the incident. During that time her life became a waking nightmare of unbearable pain. “We tried everything at first: steroid injections, chiropractic adjustments, massage, the pool,” but relief just wouldn’t come without increasing doses of narcotic pain medication—and then with greater frequency.  She suffered headaches, couldn’t sleep, and the pain that shot down her leg like an electric current was unrelenting. She found herself constantly lying on the floor, and away from her loved ones. “Standing was difficult, driving was almost impossible, and I couldn’t sit long enough to even have dinner with my family.”

EMOTIONAL TOLL

To hear her explain it, Dawn fought hard against the idea of being disabled, but the pain and the growing distance between living and merely existing took their toll. “I tried to stay positive in front of my family, but when they were gone I had panic attacks and anxiety. I was depressed.” Like so many people, Dawn found it hard to share her pain or ask for help, but it became too much. “I reached a point where I stopped caring, and I felt very desperate.” When the Christmas decorations didn’t even come out of storage in 2012, she knew she had hit bottom.

SURGERY AND REHABSeven-Vertebrae Lumbar Fusion X-Ray

A surgeon in Boston was finally able to repair Dawn’s severely damaged spine with a multilevel lumbar fusion, a procedure that took two days to complete. Then more than a year since her injury, he challenged her to take charge of her own care. “You can do anything you want,” he told her, “the question is only whether you want to do it.” Right away she knew that her top priority was to get back to normal living, and to move as pain free as possible with minimal use of medications.

Dawn arrived at Cioffredi  & Associates with a limp and still hurting from her initial recovery rehab, but determined to get back her life and her sense of herself.

“When you have back pain, people can’t see it. It’s not like there’s something obviously wrong with you. I had a hard time when I went back to work, because I think I felt like people wouldn’t believe that I was really injured—that they would think I was soaking the system.”

HELP FROM CIOFFREDI & ASSOCIATESDawn Famiglietti PT Client

Physical Therapists Marsha Wykes and Anna Hinman worked with Dawn during her rehabilitation. “They were wonderful,” Dawn reported. “They made me feel important, and that I wasn’t there for no reason. They gave me good information to follow; they educated me, and when I didn’t do my exercises the way I was supposed to,” she explained sheepishly, “I was gently prodded. I almost didn’t want to leave.”

JUST KEEP MOVING

Dawn’s PT experience helped her to be constantly thinking about her posture and the way she does things, and even today she misses no opportunity to stretch or move. Most of her coworkers have no idea of the ordeal she has gone through since 2011, but they might just notice how energetic and positive she is. She always takes the stairs, often two at a time, and sometimes takes an extra set just to push herself. In her office, which is equipped with both a standing desk and a yoga mat, she’ll take a break and do a few stretches. If her door is open and someone sees her bending over in a forward fold, “l just tell them I’m looking for my contact lens. I don’t want anyone to say ‘Poor Dawn,’ I just know that I’ve got to keep moving, just keep those muscles moving.”

POSITIVE OUTLOOKDawn Famiglietti Back on Her Horse

While Dawn’s outcomes are remarkable, she will likely always have good days and “not-so-good days,” when back pain intrudes. She’s determined to keep her positive outlook, but on the tough days she allows herself a break—and occasionally even some Tylenol—and acknowledges that there are things she will always need to approach differently. There won’t be any sit-ups or back bends in her daily fitness routine, for example, but her doctors have cleared her for “everything but skydiving.” Mostly she just wants to keep on gardening, caring for her horses, taking her dog for longs walks, and filling the wood box.

“I set goals for myself that aren’t huge. I look at my behavior and I try not to get down on myself; to go easier for the big things and just always keep moving.”

Her next big goal has to do with her daughter’s wedding in September 2017, she explains bashfully, pointing to her feet. “I want to be able to wear shoes with a little heel.”

LEARN MORE about the kind of excellent physical therapy care that Dawn received at Cioffredi & Associates.

This article appeared in the Cioffredi & Associates July 2017 newsletter. View the entire issue online.