Hospital slates free men’s health seminar

7 years ago

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A free community program designed specifically for men to provide education and awareness a number of health issues is set for the conference center at The Aroostook Medical Center’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, June 13, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

This third annual Men’s Health Seminar features a new format and new presenters, and will be held in the TAMC Conference Center, located on the second floor of the East Annex at the hospital.  Men and their spouses or significant others are invited to take part in the event, which includes dinner and dessert.  While the conference is free, pre-registration is required.  Space is limited.

George Montee, PA-C (Contributed)

The event begins with dinner, followed by presentations by three TAMC providers. Each of the three sessions will include a question and answer portion, allowing free discussion for participants with the experienced providers.  This seminar provides an opportunity for men, especially those 40 and older, to come together – with their spouses and partners if they wish – to learn about common health issues.  

Dr. Jared Kohlbacher (Contributed)

“As providers, we find that a good number of men have questions about their own health and well-being that they don’t always ask.  By providing this opportunity, we hope to eliminate some of the barriers and open up a dialogue to encourage men who attend to be more aware of, and engaged with, what their bodies are telling them,” said TAMC urologist Richard Leidinger, one of the evening’s presenters.

Leidinger will discuss the risk factors for bladder cancer and how to lower your risk.  The talk will also include recognizing potential symptoms of bladder cancer and how it is treated.

In the “Chainsaws, Freight Trains and Other Sounds in the Night” presentation, George Montee, PA-C, from TAMC Sleep Medicine Services will present common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, followed by a brief overview of diagnosing and treating the condition.

“Snoring is more than an annoyance for your spouse or partner,” explained Montee.  “Not only can it be a sign of an existing medical condition, but it can heighten the chances of other health issues down the road.  It is something that should not be ignored.”

Wrapping up the evening will be a presentation by Dr. Jared Kohlbacher, a surgical podiatrist with TAMC Orthopedic Services.  He will discuss changes people find in their feet, including bone spurs, bunions and Hallux Rigidus, as well as both surgical and non-surgical treatments for foot conditions.

“Every day is a struggle when your feet hurt,” said Kohlbacher.  “As we age, our foot and ankle joints’ ability to compensate decreases and pain can become a daily factor. You don’t have to live with pain. There are several conservative and minimal surgical options out there to help keep those ‘golden years’ truly golden and pain free.”

Dr. Richard Leidinger (Contributed)

For more information or to register for the seminar, please visit or call (207) 768-4033.