Ask-the-Expert: DM2 & Managing Pain

Originally presented on March, 18th, 2022.

Do you have questions for DM doctors and therapists? Join Johanna Hamel, MD, and Lindsay Baker, PT, of the University of Rochester, for an “Ask-the-Expert” session on the DM2 & Managing Pain.

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Johanna Hamel, MD

Dr. Hamel is Assistant Professor of Neurology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular diseases. Dr. Hamel cares for patients with DM2 and DM1 in clinic at the University of Rochester. As a researcher, she is focused on determining the best ways to measure symptoms and disease progression.

She is interested in gaining a better understanding why DM can be so variable between people, even within one family, and the underlying molecular mechanisms of variability. Her goal is to expand the reach to patients with DM, and make it easier to participate in research, by developing a way to evaluate people with DM in their home environment. She is involved in several clinical trials and studies involving muscle diseases at the University of Rochester, involving DM2 and DM1. Click here to learn more about Dr. Hamel.

Lindsay Baker, PT

Lindsay Baker is a physical therapist who acts as a clinical evaluator for research within the neuromuscular department of the University of Rochester Medical Center. She participates in physician and physical therapist led research projects - including three studies specific to myotonic dystrophy.

Ms. Baker also works in the neuromuscular clinic where she assists with physical therapy consults and recommends exercise and assistive devices for individuals with myotonic dystrophy.