Scleroderma Foundation - Tri-State


Patient Education Forum
Albany NY


Videos in the Playlist:

  • "Scleroderma & Hand Therapy"
    Celeste Freeman, OTR, CHT
  • Celeste Freeman's presentations have been among the most valuable on our site in terms of restoring function and quality of life.
    In this video, Celeste demonstrates hand therapy techniques on a Scleroderma patient, who relates that before therapy she could not hold a tennis ball, but now can make a fist.
    Celeste hopes that patients will share this video with their own hand therapists who may not have experience in dealing with scleroderma patients.

    About Ms. Freeman:
    Celeste Freeman, OTR/L, CHT, graduated from the University of Buffalo with a BS in Occupational Therapy in 1977, and earned her Hand Therapy Certification (CHT) in 1992. She worked the first decade of her career at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Southern California, where she had a wide berth of experience in orthopedics and rehabilitation. Celest began working in outpatient upper extremity rehabilitation in 1990. She has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Russell Sage Graduate School of Occupational Therapy for many years. She currently is working at Albany Memorial Hand Center/St. Peter’s Health Partners in Albany, NY, where she has been in full patient care since 1995. This is where she gained her direct experience with the Scleroderma population and realized the tremendous needs present in the upper extremity. Celeste developed a commitment to pursue the education of hand therapists with the goal of early access to quality upper extremity care for those with this rare disease. In addition, she has been a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists since 1993. Celeste has presented lectures locally and regionally since the first few years of her career. You can contact Celeste for further information about hand therapy for scleroderma at:

    Click HERE for a links to other videos featuring Celeste Freeman

  • "Scleroderma Gastrointestinal Involvement and Management"
    Micheal Tadros, MD
  • Dr. Tadros discusses Scleroderma's effects on the Gastrointestinal System, beginning with the mouth down to the rectum. Additionally he offers very useful suggestions as to steps patients can take to make it somewhat easier to digest their food and increase quality of life

    About Dr. Tadros:

    Dr. Tadros completed his GI training at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He diagnoses and treats patients with a variety of gastrointestinal diseases and conditions. He is Associate Professor of Medicine at Albany Medical College and Theme Leader of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He was previously voted the teacher of the year. He is a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. He received the American College of Gastroenterology/Olympus Colorectal Cancer Prevention Abstract Award and other scholarly and community awards. Dr. Tadros has given a number of oral presentations and has recently authored a book on GI bleeding and contributed to many publications, book chapters, abstracts, and grand rounds presentations. He is currently working on a book with Dr Shapiro on Gi manifestations in rheumatological diseases. His teaching and research experience is also extensive and he holds a Master’s degree in Public health.
    The information presented on this site is intended for educational purposes only. Neither the featured speakers, nor the Scleroderma Foundation, nor Starlight Productions (the producers of these videos) suggest, recommend or endorse any specific treatment for any individual. Patients are advised consult their own health care providers for treatment options. .

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