Mount Union to Host Wellness and Hearing Event

April 15, 2015

Alliance, Ohio – The University of Mount Union will host “Wellness and Hearing Health for the Performer” in Presser Recital Hall at 11:10 a.m. on Thursday, April 16.

Over the course of their careers, many musicians will experience repetitive motion injuries as well as hearing loss. This Thursday, two medical professionals, Lori Ballard and Karen R Peterson, will speak on the subject.

Ballard is a registered nurse with a Master of Science in Nursing degree in nursing education. She currently works at Mercy Medical Center in the open heart operating room. She is also the infection prevention nurse at Surgery Alliance. Additionally, she teaches undergraduate nursing students at Walsh University and is pursuing a second Master of Science in Nursing degree to become a family nurse practitioner.

Peterson has been a practicing doctor of physical therapy for more than 10 years. After graduating from the first class of DPT students at Shenandoah University, she has practiced in many settings including skilled nursing, Level 1 trauma acute care, home health, pediatrics and outpatient. As an APTA credentialed clinical instructor, Peterson enjoys educating future clinicians to grow their confidence and skill set to enter the field of Physical Therapy. Currently she is practicing at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls in both acute and outpatient practice settings where she serves on the ICU interdisciplinary committee to promote early mobility in the intensive care unit. During her spare time, Karen enjoys being outside biking, hiking, walking and running around with her son, Ian, and husband, Jon.

Presser Recital Hall is located inside of Cope Music hall, on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue. On-site parking will be available in campus visitor parking lots. For more information, contact Mount Union’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts at (330) 823-2180.

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