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"This was a small study, so the results need to be replicated ... but there is encouraging potential here," said lead author Dr. Timothy Mariano, a researcher with the VA Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology.
“When untrained pets posing as service dogs behave badly, it can affect attitudes toward people who truly need assistance dogs,” said Stephanne Proske, patient experience officer of the Providence VA Medical Center.
“This work is an important step towards improving outcomes of ... mind-body interventions, by helping to understand how they work ...” said Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, VA Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology.
“I went to medical school because I wanted to deliver health care to populations without it,” said Parker. “Medicine is a calling and I’ve seen how it can change the life of an individual, and entire communities, too.”
This was the second year for Army Veteran Tina Lavallee, a patient of the Providence VAMC. "I was a shut-in before I started this," she said. "Last year I found myself and I exploded — you can't keep me inside anymore!"
The new Rhode Island Veterans Home is being built using updated designs to maximize independent living. "It's a testament to the good that can happen when we collaborate with our state and local partners," said Shulkin.
"Events like this are an important way to reach homeless and at-risk Veterans, and connect them with the services they've earned through their service," said Dr. Susan MacKenzie, director of the Providence VAMC.