Concussions topic of doctor's PSU address

PLATTSBURGH — Dr. Pasqualino Caputo will discuss mild traumatic brain injuries and concussions noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Alumni Conference Room of Angell College Center on the Plattsburgh State campus.

This talk is sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Essex County, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Traumatic Brain Injury Center at Plattsburgh State.

For additional information, contact Perla Hannelore at 962-2077, Ext. 10.

Dental health, diet focus of lectures

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Medical Center, a member of Adirondack Health, is offering the latest in a series of free community lectures led by health-care professionals.

In her presentation "Your Mouth, Your Body, Your Health," Registered Dental Hygienist Kathleen Blaisel will explore the importance of caring for your mouth and the connections between oral hygiene, periodontal disease and several systemic conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. This talk is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Registered Dietitian Sabine Weber will present "A Dietitian's Guide to Aging" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. Weber will give pointers on what to eat, what not to eat, and the benefits of "super" foods. She will also address food additives and the benefits of eating fresh, organic, frozen and non-processed foods.

The free community lectures take place in the Redfield Board Room in AMC's Redfield Medical Office Building, Saranac Lake. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, contact Kathy McHugh at 897-2321 or

Cross-Country coaches clinic set

PLATTSBURGH — A cross-country coaches' clinic will be held 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Wellness Center at PARC. Cost per person is $20. The focus of this program will be strength, mobility and injury prevention.

Experts from the center will discuss proper ways to train cross-country runners through drills, core stability and functional strength training. Additionally, dynamic and mobility stretching as well as techniques of foam rolling will be explored.

Register at the Wellness Center, 295 New York Road, or call 324-2024.

New doctor joins AMC staff

SARANAC LAKE — Dr. Steve Flinkenstein, who is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, has joined Adirondack Medical Center's staff.

Flinkenstein will be seeing patients at AMC's specialty clinic who require care for arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones.

AMC, a member of Adirondack Health, recruited Flinkenstein to take over for the specialty practice of Dr. Richard Handler, who recently retired following many years of service to the residents of the Tri-Lakes region.

Flinkenstein received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000 and completed his residency in internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Jacobi Medical Center in 2003. He was fellowship trained in rheumatology through the University of Massachusetts from 2004 to 2006. Most recently, he established a successful solo rheumatology practice in Austell, Ga., and before that, he was affiliated with medical and health centers in Brooklyn.

The number for his office is 897-2491. A referral from a primary-care physician or specialist is needed for an appointment.

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