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The Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Boston OP

The Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness is a specialized clinical and research program designed to improve the lives of people suffering from tick borne illnesses including Lyme disease. As part of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, we combine research and innovative clinical practice, to individualize your treatment while constantly seeking ways to battle this growing epidemic.

For more information about the Dean Center, or to make an appointment, please email To stay informed of updates to our center in addition to information about support groups and other events, please sign up for our email list here.

Facts about Lyme disease

In the US, the CDC acknowledges 300,000 new cases of Lyme Disease annually and Lyme Disease is endemic in New England. Patients can present with flu-like symptoms and a characteristic "bulls-eye" rash and if recognized, begin early antibiotic treatment. However, some people bitten by an infected deer tick may never have a recognizable rash and may not have symptoms until months or even years later. Early symptoms can include impairments to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Some patients suffer ongoing symptoms despite early antibiotic treatment, and continue suffering from chronic symptoms of encephalopathy, joint pain, and fatigue, among others.

Spaulding's Approach to Lyme Disease

The Dean Center nurtures relationships with referring providers to help arrive at the most appropriate care plan and plan a compassionate and comprehensive, evidence based and patient centered care.

As a patient, you can expect to be evaluated by a dedicated clinician who specializes in developing treatment and rehabilitation plans for patients with chronic impairment from Lyme and other tick borne illnesses. You will receive a comprehensive approach including a thorough clinical evaluation and health history. The Dean Center also can refer a patient to the following services provided in the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network:

  • The Dean Center offers several types of group support to assist patients in coping with the emotional challenges and stress of chronic illness. Guided by a mental health counselor with expertise in tick-related illness, the Dean Center offers the following at no charge:

    • Patient support group
    • Support and education for loved ones and caregivers
    • Ongoing seminars and support on mind/body medicine and pain relief

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