March 10, 2008

Four expert speakers will appear at [removed]a seminar April 12 through 13[/removed] designed to provide an overview of the science behind laser therapy and how to apply laser therapy in clinical practice.

Seminar sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and will address a variety of important topics in laser therapy, including an explanation of "what" laser therapy is and what it does. Speakers will provide a first-hand account of clinical experiences and an overview of clinical studies and research.

Sessions are schedule to provide an explanation of how to use laser therapy joined by an introduction to the concepts of dose, wavelength, output power, frequency, etc, as well as how those concepts apply to the use of laser therapy in a clinical setting. The seminar will explore how laser therapy works and construct an overview of the primary photobiological mechanisms behind laser therapy.

Attendees will learn what makes a good laser instrument and what questions to consider before purchasing a laser. Material will be presented to explain how laser therapy can be incorporated into a practice and the seminar will provide an opportunity to look at the practical issues of choosing and financing equipment, staffing, and billing.
Among the featured speaker will be Lars Hode, PhD, reported to be a world authority in the field of laser therapy. He has co-authored the widely cited reference books "The Laser Therapy Handbook" and "Laser Therapy, Clinical Practice and Scientific Background."

Tomas Hode, PhD, will also speak at the event. Hode is a research scientist with an interest in primary mechanisms of laser therapy who has been funded by grants from NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Swedish National Space Board, and the Swedish Research Council.

The seminar will also include a presentation by Dr Joshua Berka, a Naturopathic Physician and licensed Acupuncturist. Berka works with low level laser therapy in his functional medicine practice, where he applies both Eastern and Western medical modalities to treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions. Berka practices both as a clinician and an educator in the field of Laser Therapy.

Peter Jenkins, MBA, is a co-founder of the Australian Medical Laser Association and will share his technical experience at the seminar, includeing the specification and development of laser medicine devices for manufacture, maintenance, reliability and usability. Jenkins is also an educator, with a particular interest in dispelling the myths and false claims that abound in the therapeutic laser market.
Seminar will be at the University of North Carolina, William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC. Cost of the event is $250 for payment received 30 days prior to seminar, $300 if after. Price includes lunches and course material. Discounts available for students and groups of 2 or more.
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