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Medical Matters Weekly welcomes state veterinarian for tick-borne illness discussion

Wednesday, May 12 at 11 a.m. —VIRTUAL— Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson, a weekly interactive, multi-platform medical-themed talk show, will feature Natalie Kwit, public health veterinarian with the Vermont Dept. of Health, as a guest on its May 12 show. The show will air at 11 a.m. and will cover everything you need to know about ticks and tick-borne disease.

The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on Facebook at facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. 

Dr. Kwit leads the Vermont Dept. of Health’s zoonotic and vector-borne disease program, including the surveillance, prevention, investigation, and response to tick-borne, mosquito-borne, and zoonotic diseases. She earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine from University of Illinois and master of public health degree from University of Minnesota. In her previous role as an epidemic intelligence service (EIS) officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Dr. Kwit conducted both domestic and international investigations concerning plague, tularemia, borreliosis, and Zika virus, including work in the CDC Emergency Operations Center. Prior to EIS, she worked as a small animal practitioner while volunteering in wildlife medicine and One Health outreach.

After the program, the video will be available on area public access television stations. On CAT-TV, viewers will find the show on channel 1075 Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 a.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 7:30 p.m., Mondays at 1:30 p.m., and Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. GNAT-TV’s Comcast channel 1074 airs the program Mondays at 8 a.m., Wednesdays at 9 p.m., and Saturdays at 1 p.m.

Upcoming guests include:

  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, May 19: SVMC Gastroenerologist David Furman, MD, will talk about common issues of the digestive system. 
  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, May 26: Themarge Small, MD, of SVMC OB/GYN, and Deb Mone, RN, of the SVMC Women’s and Children’s Department will reflect on their years helping new families deliver babies. 
  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 2: SVMC Neurologist Emma Weiskopf will take us inside the brain. 
  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 9: executive director of Hunger Free Vermont Anore Horton will talk about statewide food security initiatives. 

Videos and podcasts are available on svhealthcare.org/MedicalMatters and YouTube.

To contribute questions in advance of each week’s show, please email [email protected] or post to Facebook with #SVHCMedicalMattersWeekly.

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