BETTER BONES of the Northeast Kingdom, an affiliate of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, is an education and support group that was founded with the intent to provide a forum of support for those living with osteoporosis as well as to provide the public with osteoporosis prevention strategies and the most up to date treatment options.
Our meetings take place on a variety of Saturdays throughout the year at 1:00 p.m. Our meetings are FREE and open to the public. The meetings are designed for not only those with osteoporosis, but for anyone in the community who would like to learn more. Please join us!
Not only do we provide a forum of support, we aim to empower ourselves with knowledge as we learn from a variety of guest speakers such as physicians, nurses, physical therapists, nutritionists and psychologists who will speak on the topic of osteoporosis.
Mary King, RN, BSN, group founder and group coordinator, was diagnosed with osteoporosis at the age of 47. She is passionate about providing osteoporosis education and support to the community in an effort to create awareness and advocacy. Jessica Walsh, B.A., is our assistant coordinator.
Edward S. Leib, M.D. is the medical advisor for our group. Dr. Leib is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine in Rheumatology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and former Chief of the Division of Rheumatology. He is the Director of the Osteoporosis Center and the Metabolic Bone Clinic for the University of Vermont Medical Group. Dr. Leib is a charter member of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry and has served as chair of several committies, including Scientific Advisory, Publications and the Education Council. He served as a member of the Bone Density Course Committee for 5 years. His awards include teacher of the year from his department of medicine house staff, ISCD Clinician of the Year and the ISCD Paul Miller award for service to the organization. He has co-authored several articles on DXA standards and on various aspects of osteoporosis. Dr. Leib served as president of the Vermont Medical Society and as a member of the Faculty Practice Board of the University of Vermont Medical Group. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Michigan and received post graduate training in Rheumatology at UCLA. He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology.