Friday, January 14, 2000
New position: Doc fills town's prescription
On December 14, Claudia Talland, M.D., officially became the Carlisle Town Physicianan associate, non-voting member of the board of health.
"There's a vague rule in the state regulations that a physician should be a member of the board," said chair Steve Opolski. "We decided to appoint a board of health physician so at times when we need help, we can get it."
For example, the recent increase in cases of Lyme disease may necessitate future vaccination of town employees that work in wooded areas. "It's cheaper and safer to vaccinate than it is to test for Lyme disease," noted Talland. She recommended that anyone in town that does landscaping or works in a veterinarian's office should get vaccinated now. It takes six months before the shot is effective and most insurance plans cover the cost.
Talland earned an undergraduate degree in biology at Brown, and then a medical degree from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago. She completed her internal medicine internship at Saint Elizabeth's in Boston, has worked at Acton Medical Associates for the last ten years and has lived in Carlisle for nine. She and her husband Brian Barnett have two children in the Carlisle School: Tilly, a kindergartner, and Amelia, a second-grader.
Talland volunteered to serve the town as its physician "out of community spirit" but added that she hopes to "expand my horizons as well." For example, she has enrolled in continuing education to increase her expertise in infectious disease in order to better advise the town.
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