EDNF is happy to announce the new chair of our Professional Advisory Network, Dr. Heidi Collins.
Heidi A. Collins, MD, received her medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and currently practices with Memorial Medical Group in South Bend, IN. Dr. Collins provides inpatient and outpatient care to patients with a wide variety of diagnoses including: spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic injuries including poly-trauma, chronic musculoskeletal or neuropathic pain, work-related injuries, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, progressive neurodegenerative disorders, movement disorders, and general rehabilitation. She also performs electrodiagnostics.
Dr. Collins has a special interest in hypermobility syndromes and their extra-articular (non-joint) manifestations, including the management of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. Her interest in this area comes naturally, given her training and experience in a specialty which fundamentally emphasizes a patient goal-based focus in an effort to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities. However, her special interest in the care and treatment of persons with hypermobility is in fact in her genes, as she has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. She brings a unique perspective to the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation 2013 Learning Conference. She is not only a physician very comfortable treating patients with Ehlers-Danlos, but she is also an Ehlers-Danlos patient, and a daughter, a sister, and a parent of those in her family also affected. She is particularly experienced and able to empathize with the impact of the disorder.
EDNF thanks Dr. Brad Tinkle for his years of service as chairman of the PAN. The full listing of PAN members can be found here.