Tick-Borne Disease Wellness Center opens in Lords Valley
Director Harriet Loizeaux is 'Lyme-literate': New center opens after meetings with Pike Commissioner’s Task Force on Tick Borne Disease
LORDS VALLEY — The Tick-Borne Wellness Center opened April 10 in Lords Valley.
The new clinic, which is responding to the exploding incidence of tick-borne illness in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is part of the Pike Family Health Center located at 750 Route 739.
In November, members of the Pike County Commissioner’s Task Force on Tick Borne Disease (TBD) reached out to Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers for help in diagnosing and treating those inflicted with tick-borne illness, including Lyme disease. The task force has been meeting with Harriet Loizeaux, a family nurse practitioner with a master of science in nursing. She is a “Lyme-literate” healthcare provider because of her extensive experience in both evidence-based research and treatment modalities specific to tick-borne disease. Loizeaux is heading up the new center.
“I am excited about the potential impact the Tick-Borne Disease Wellness Center can have on our community,” Loizeaux said. “The prevalence of tick-borne disease has really magnified in Pike and Wayne Counties. It’s my goal to help as many people as I can based on the research we have available.”
The number of counties in the Northestern United States now considered to have a high incidence for Lyme disease has increased by more than 300 percent in the past 25 years, according to the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group’s 2018 Report to Congress.
Before joining Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, Loizeaux served as the Supervisor of Communicable Diseases for the New York State Department of Health, where she received formal training specific to tick-borne disease. Her responsibilities included testing, diagnosing, reporting, and follow-up on diagnosed cases. She was also responsible for statistical trending in epidemiology.
Loizeaux has also treated numerous cases of adults and children in various stages of tick-borne illness over her 26-year career as a practitioner.
Those who suspect they have tick-borne disease can come to the new center for tests. Patients who have already been diagnosed and are seeking advice for managing their symptoms are also eligible for care at the center.
Patients must be age 18 or older with a primary care provider. Most major insurance plans are accepted. A sliding fee scale based on income is available for those who qualify. Out-of-state insurance verification is required.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 570-775-7100.