Dr. Susan Tkatch Gaetani presents study findings

Dr. Susan Tkatch Gaetani, daughter of Ed Tkatch of Salem and the late Ann Tkatch, presented study findings to the National Physical Therapy Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

The study titled: Improving Mandibular Asymmetry Associated with Congenital Muscular Torticollis (CMT) is often referred to as “twisted neck” affecting the sternocleidomastoid muscle. CMT is the third most common orthopaedic diagnosis in newborns and affects over 16 percent of healthy infants.

Dr. Gaetani’s department also presented a study on De-formational Plagiocephaly (DP) which refers to asymmetrical head shape. This condition affects 18 to 20 percent of healthy infants. The study was presented to the International Plastic Surgery Conference last year in Florida.

A 1998 Salem High School graduate, Dr. Gaetani also graduated from Youngstown State University and received her doctoral degree at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Mass. She is currently employed at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

She and her husband Scott and daughter Sophia reside in Cranberry Township, Pa.