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Category Archives: Blog

Reality Check: Kids and Social Media

We know kids today spend a lot more of their time interacting through social media than in the past. Research tells us that all this screen time can not only skew their reality but also prompt symptoms of anxiety and depression. Dr. Elena Metcalf, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Amberwing, is seeing the effects first-hand. […]

National Love Your Pet Day

Today is National Love Your Pet Day, which we celebrate every day here at the Miller-Dwan Foundation. Animals play a huge role in our daily lives both in the office and at home, and we love to show off our pets whenever we can. So, we thought we’d take this time to introduce you to […]

A Middle Schooler Talks DBT

DBT, or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, is a fancy name for the high-test mental health therapy provided to students who attend the Miller-Dwan Foundation’s Amberwing – Center for Youth & Family Well-Being. A critical component of DBT is the skills associated with this mode of therapy.  I recently spoke with a 13-year-old whose school has benefited […]

The Power of Blood Flow Restriction

When does ten-pounds feel like 50? The answer? When you’re restricting blood flow while working your muscles.  Blood flow restriction might seem like an odd concept. Right? Why would someone want to restrict blood flow? Wouldn’t that be harmful? Wouldn’t hurt? But if you’ve been injured or had surgery, a blood flow restriction device (BFR) […]

Miller-Dwan Foundation: Year in Review

2019 was an extraordinary year! Each year brings new projects, new challenges and new people to our lives, while each day brings new stories of hope, strength and love. We wanted to recap some of the things that topped this year that will make a difference in the health of people throughout our region in […]

Don’t Hold Back

  What happens when cancer strikes? What happens when everything you’ve ever counted on changes on a dime? For Miller-Dwan Foundation’s Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center Manager, Chris Mitchell, the answer easy. You help one another. You pull people together, and especially around the holidays, you give.   This year with Mitchell’s help, a multi-department […]

Celebrating the Other Four-Legged

If you’re a fan of the Miller-Dwan Foundation, you know we’re fans of dogs. There’s Lou Ann, our foundation ambassador and therapy-dog-in-training. There’s our Animal Assisted Therapy Fund, the fund you can donate to help assure the provision of canine therapy throughout the hospital. And then there’s our never-ending desire to talk with you about […]

Amberwing: Flyability

Chances are you know the story about Amberwing. How it got its name from a dragonfly that shares our air space, right here in the Northland. You may also know that the Amberwing dragonfly, like all dragonflies, has two sets of wings. If one of them breaks, it can usually still fly. That ability to […]