Harris Regional Hospital hosting September Tuesdays to Thrive with Olympian Manteo Mitchell

August 27, 2015

Sylva – Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to announce the September Tuesdays to Thrive event entitled “Your Map to Outdoor Safety”, which will feature Olympian and WCU Alumni Manteo Mitchell. The event will take place in the Harris Regional Hospital cafeteria on September 15th and begin with a meal at 5:30. The cost to attend the event is $5 which includes a healthy meal.

This informative session will focus on how to stay safe during popular outdoor activities such as running, biking and paddling. In addition to Mitchell, featured speakers are Harris Regional’s subject matter experts: physical therapist Todd Watson, DPT and orthopaedic specialist Robin Pope, PhD, PA. Watson will address running injury prevention and Pope will speak about paddling activities. There will also be a question and answer session with Mitchell, Watson and Pope.

Space is limited for the event; call 844-414-DOCS to RSVP by September 11th.

Tuesdays to Thrive is a series of events held the third Tuesday of each month in the main lobby at Harris Regional Hospital from 6-7pm. A full calendar of Tuesdays to Thrive events is being developed and once finalized can be found at www.myharrisregional.com. For more information on Tuesdays to Thrive, call Melanie Batchelor at 828-586-7734.

More about our speakers:

Manteo Mitchell quickly became a story at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Running for Team USA in the prelims of the 4x400m relay, Mitchell suffered a broken leg. When most would have quit, Mitchell finish his leg of the relay and helped Team USA to the fastest time ever run in the prelims in the event at the Olympic Games. They would go on to win a silver medal. After the Games when he traveled to the White House, President Obama told Mitchell it was one of his favorite stories from the Games. It was Mitchell's second championship medal in the 4x400m in 2012 after also winning gold at the World Indoor Championships. A graduate of Western Carolina University, he broke numerous school records and reached the NCAA Outdoor Championship three out of four years. He is Western Carolina University’s first Olympian.

Todd Watson, DPT is a licensed physical therapist who received his MPT from Idaho University and his doctorate from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with an emphasis on orthopedic manual therapy. He is board certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists. Currently, he teaches entry-level physical therapy students, focusing on examination and intervention of musculoskeletal conditions. Additionally, he teaches an advanced manual therapy elective, an evidence-based approach to joint manipulation. Todd is an avid runner and has competed in several marathons. He recently joined our clinic this year as a part time physical therapist.

Robin Pope, Ph.D, PA-C, FAWM is a Physician Assistant with Harris Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.  Before joining the practice in 2005, he worked as a PA in the Emergency Department at Durham Regional Hospital in Durham, NC.  Robin is particularly interested in athletic injuries and injury prevention, and provides sideline coverage for WCU and SMHS athletic events, and is a lecturer for WCU’s athletic training program.  Robin also is interested in wilderness medicine and medical education.  He is a Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, and a preceptor for several Physician Assistant training programs.  Robin has been involved in boating and outdoor education for more than 30 years.  He has served as President of the American Canoe Association (ACA) and as chair of ACA’s Safety Education and Instruction Council.  He holds ACA’s highest instructor rating in both whitewater kayak and swiftwater rescue.  In addition to his work with the ACA, Robin also works with the US Coast Guard, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and Boy Scouts of America on boating education programs and standards. Robin will combine his interests in boating, injury prevention and wilderness medicine, and will be speaking about common injuries among paddlers.