Wendy Booker is a life-long adventurer, author, speaker and advocate within the global MS community. Wendy has 16 years of experience in patient advocacy, community engagement, marketing communications, media, events and public affairs in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical sector. Over the years she has anchored a wide variety of patient relations campaigns, corporate events, community engagement initiatives, training sessions, media campaigns, fundraisers and public relations functions. Her unique skill set incorporates company mission and philosophies with varied global experiences and challenges, while leveraging connections to patient communities, non-profits and healthcare industry partners.
Mary R. Rensel, MD, is a Staff Neurologist in Neuroimmunology at Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research, where she was appointed in 1998. Dr. Rensel is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. She is also Board Certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine where she serves as an instructor for the medical students. She is a coach and mentor at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Rensel has served on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Pediatric MS Advisory Board and is currently serving on the International Pediatric MS study Group. Since 2001, she has been a participant on the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps. Dr. Rensel received the Clinical Neurology Award from the Medical College of Ohio in 1992. She has been named one of the Best Doctors per the Cleveland Magazines since 2010. Dr. Rensel has had articles and abstracts published in peer-reviewed medical journals and has written chapters: “Differential Diagnosis of MS and Clues to Misdiagnosis,” in the book entitled Multiple Sclerosis: Diagnosis, Medical Management and Rehabilitation as well as “General Health and Wellness in MS” in the book entitled Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.
Matthew Sutliff is the Clinical Team Leader at the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research, part of the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. The Mellen Center is one of the largest and most comprehensive specialty centers in the world for MS care and research. Mr. Sutliff has been a physical therapist since 1989, specializing in Multiple Sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AALS)) since 2003. His published articles on MS and ALS rehabilitation have appeared in Current Medical Research and Opinion, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The International Journal of MS Care, Post Graduate Medicine, and Muscle & Nerve. Mr. Sutliff has conducted research trials on new treatment options and his development of the hip flexion assist device (HHFAD), which is used to enhance walking ability in MS patients earned him the Cleveland Clinic’s 2005 Innovator Award. Mr. Sutliff is also a staff physical therapist with the Can Do MS Center in Edwards, Colorado; a wellness and educational program for people with MS. He is also an active member within the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CCMSC) and has made numerous presentations to local and international audiences on MS rehabilitation.
Mindy Eisenberg has been a student of yoga for more than 23 years, and has devoted the past 13 years to teaching adaptive yoga to help students overcome the symptoms of MS as well as other physical challenges. A hospital administrator by training and a certified yoga therapist, Mindy is the founder and director of the non-profit 501(c)(3) Yoga Moves MS, which provides small group classes for more than 90 students per week. At the urging of her students, Mindy has written Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body, a practical, step-by- step guide to her methodology and philosophy of healing, gleaned from her years of instruction and learning from some of the most talented instructors in the country.
Mindy’s personal journey towards adaptive yoga began at an early age when her mother was diagnosed with MS in a progressive form which confined her to a wheelchair for more than 25 years. Though it was too late to help her mother, at the completion of her training as a teacher, Mindy volunteered as a yoga instructor for an MS support group. From there, she launched headlong into further studies and the quest to improve the quality of life of her students.
Marie Wilson is an Australian singer-songwriter. She was nominated for ARIA Awards in 1998 for Best New Talent and Breakthrough Artist – Single and in 1999 for Breakthrough Artist – Album. Born in Melbourne, Wilson started playing solo gigs in 1993. She had a series of independent releases before signing with Warner in 1997. In 1998 she released two singles, “Next Time” and “Won’t Keep a Good Girl Down,” both of which made the ARIA top 40. An album Real Life followed in September and reached #7 on the albums chart. Real Life was subsequently released in USA in June 1998. In 2000 she covered “Me Myself I” which was the lead song on the movie Me Myself I. She released two more albums, Studio Sessions in 2001 and Heartbreak in 2005, then took a break from music. She later made her return, releasing a song “Extraordinary” in 2013 and followed it up the next year with an album of the same name.
Jacqueline Nicholas, MD, MPH is a board-certified neurologist who is fellowship trained in Multiple Sclerosis and spasticity who works as an MS Specialist at the OhioHealth Multiple Sclerosis Center at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH. She completed her neurology training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where she served as chief resident. She completed her fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis and Spasticity and was granted a prestigious Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellowship award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She began her career as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at OSU and subsequently moved over to the OhioHealth MS Center where she has served as director of MS outreach and education for past 3 years. As a neuroimmunologist, Dr. Nicholas is an expert, in treatment and comprehensive care for all types of MS, as well as a wide range of other neuroimmunological conditions. These include neuromyelitis optica (NMO), neurosarcoidosis, central nervous system vasculitis, NMDA receptor encephalitis, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), transverse myelitis, optic neuritis, and more. She also manages intrathecal baclofen pumps and administers botox for spasticity.
Dr. Nicholas is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is an active investigator in Multiple clinical trials evaluating new therapies for multiple sclerosis. She has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals in Multiple Sclerosis. She also serves as a research committee member for iConquer MS.
Raymond R. Rackley, MD serves as Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and the Center for Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute. During his 30-year tenure at the Cleveland Clinic as a surgeon-scientist- educator in pelvic health, he is honored to have become a leading physician as an international surgeon, consultant and speaker for the pelvic health industry. At the Cleveland Clinic, he has served as the Director of the Section of Female Urology and member of its premier accredited fellowship training program, the leading senior urologist in Neuro-urology, the Director of the Lerner Research Institute’s Urothelial Biology Laboratory, member of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Promotions and Advancement Committee, and chairs the Lerner College of Medicine Research Awards Committee. His professional service includes guest reviewer of the leading pelvic health journals, membership in the leading pelvic health societies, and past service on the Executive Council for the Society of Female Urology and Urodynamics. In addition to his clinical and basic science interests, he is a healthcare consumer, medical device and pharmacotherapy professional with a wide array of commercialization experience since earning his Biomedical Engineering Degree from Duke University. He is most proud of his service to leading industry partnerships he has formed over the years to create medical advances for his patients. Earning his Medical Degree from Case Western Reserve University as a Culpepper Research Fellow, Dr. Rackley completed his urology residency, fellowship training and subsequent urology subspecialty board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological Institute, the premier international leader in urological care, education and research.
MSWorld Talks is a series of informational and educational presentations.
Each program focuses on an array of topics that are relevant to individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Six “Talks” Recorded in a Single Day with a Live Audience of Patients & Caregivers, using 3-Camera Pro-Video Studio Production.
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