Month: November 2015

Ted Tharp passes away

TedTharpTed Tharp, a long-time resident of Darien, passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015. He was born on May 27, 1926 in Boston, MA. He was the son of long-time Darien residents the late Carey E. Tharp and Louise Hall Tharp, a NY Times best-selling author who wrote Tory Hole, a historical novel set in the Tokeneke section of Darien.
Ted was a graduate of Darien High and served in World War II in the U.S. Navy. He earned his BA from Brown University and his MBA from Harvard University. He had a long career researching and writing about companies as an Analyst on Wall Street. He loved to play tennis at Noroton Manor and golf at Silvermine Golf Club. He was active in the Darien RTM, the Senior Men’s Association, St. Thomas More Bible Study and RCIA.
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Speaker — December 9, 2015
Dr. Serena-Lynn Brown discusses
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation —
A New Development in the Treatment of Mood Disorders

Dr. Serena Lynn BrownDr. Serena-Lynn Brown is an internationally recognized M.D., Ph.D. with more than 20 years of experience as a clinical psychopharmacologist. She has published more than 100 scientific papers, books, and chapters, and has been continuously selected in various publications as a “Top Doctor” or “Best Doctor”.

Dr. Brown earned her B.A. from Reed College and her M.S., M. Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University. She received her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her medical training (internship, residency, and fellowship) at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Brown spent nearly a decade as Director of Psychopharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she remains on the faculty.

Dr. Brown specializes in diagnostic and psychopharmacological evaluations and consultations for patients referred by other physicians, psychiatrists, and mental health practitioners both in the United States and abroad. Her areas of treatment specialization include dysregulations of mood, anxiety, eating, and attention deficit disorders, as well as substance abuse issues.

Since 2013 Dr. Brown has been actively involved in providing transcranial magnetic stimulation (“TMS”) as a treatment option for patients with treatment-refractory depression and in educating and making available data and information to the medical community and the general public about the great efficacy of TMS. TMS is a new, effective, safe, non–invasive, non-pharmacological, FDA cleared therapeutic treatment which currently is approved to treat treatment-refractory major depression, and which is used off-label to treat bipolar disorder, the anxiety disorders, and migraine.

Dr. Brown will speak about the nature of certain mood disorders, how such disorders have been traditionally treated, and how TMS is demonstrating great efficacy as a supplemental or alternative treatment to the traditional therapies which most often involve prescription medications. She will also address ongoing TMS research for dealing with such other afflictions as pain, PTSD, tinnitus, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, obsessive compulsive disorder, the substance abuse and addiction disorders, and the psychotic disorders.

Speaker — December 2, 2015
Terrie Wood,
State Representative
for Darien and Rowayton

2012-new-headshot-Terrie Wood has served as State Representative in Hartford from the 141st district (Darien and Norwalk) since being elected as a Republican in January 2009. Terrie is currently the ranking member on the Human Services Committee and a member of both the Finance and Regulations Review Committees. In 2013, Terrie served as Co-chair of the Mental Health Working Group of the Gun Violence and School Security Bill. As such, she was instrumental in crafting and implementing the mental health portion of that piece of legislation. Terrie also served as Co-chair of the MORE Commission Working Group on Special Education in 2013 – 2014.

Terrie is a past president of the Darien Land Trust, a founder and the first chairman of the Darien Environmental Group, a past trustee of both the Darien Library and The Community Fund, and a former two term member of the Darien Republican Town Committee. In addition, Terrie was chair of The Barbara Harrington Fund, an educational enrichment fund for teachers in the Darien school system, and an Advisory Member of Person to Person.

Terrie is a former commercial/voiceover actor in New York City, a portrait photographer, and a graduate of Rollins College with a degree in Art History. She is a 36 year resident of Darien.