Patient Advocacy for MS
Patient Advocacy for MS

Show: Dr. House: Living with and Beyond Disability


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Guest(s)
Rick Sommers
Topic
Multiple Sclerosis
Topic Info
Multiple Sclerosis patient, Rick Sommers joins the show to discuss how MS has changed his life and what he has done about it. He will talk about his treatment options which includes the medication Ampyra.
Guest Info
25-year broadcast veteran and has been on the air at several New York City-area radio stations.

In 1994, Rick was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease of the central nervous system. Rick has channeled this experience into positive and motivational speeches and hopes to use his social work training to work with MS patient groups. In May 2006, Rick completed his master degree at New York University and received his LMSW in May ’06.

His career path certainly has been vast and varied. From stand-up comedy on some of New York’s most prestigious stages to public address announcing for the New York Mets. Prior to his diagnosis, he was an avid runner and completed the 1993 NYC Marathon.

Rick is currently employed at the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) as the New York Membership Liaison, a path that employs both broadcasting knowledge and social work skills. Prior to that, he spent some time as a social worker at the Jewish Home & Hospital, a long term care facility in the Bronx, and at the Mt. Sinai/Caregivers Resource Center in NYC. In the past, Rick has facilitated groups, as needed, for Gilda’s Club and occasionally runs a men’s MS support group in Westchester County. He currently runs a patient/caregiver support group for the Western Ct. Chapter of the MS Society.

Rick earned a degree in communications from Ithaca College in 1982.
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Host
Dr. Glen House
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