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November 2015                                                          Volume 11 Issue 7
Director's Letter

November is the month of Thanksgiving in the U.S., but every month brings us cause for thanksgiving at the BTER Foundation. We are constantly  grateful to our supporters for their generosity of time, energy, and funding. We are grateful to those we serve for giving us the opportunity to contribute to their health, education, and lives. We are grateful to the general public and readers like you for giving our lives even more purpose. We know, first-hand, that serving others brings great personal satisfaction. 

There are many ways to say "Thank You." One way is to seize opportunities to serve. In this month's newsletter, we thank Marta Ostler for her years of service to her community as a therapist and teacher. We are adding her name to our growing list of speakers willing to provide assistance or talks on biotherapy. Feel free to thank her yourself by sending her a note or by inviting her to share her knowledge and experience with your community. 

This biography also represents our continued effort to share with you the lives and accomplishments of significant members of the biotherapy community. If you have suggestions for future interviews or biographies, please let us know. If you have any other need unmet, let us know that, too. As you now know, the privilege of serving 
brings us great pleasure. 
Help us Help You. 

R Sherman (signature)
Ron Sherman
Member Profile: Marta Ostler, Maggot Therapist

Meet Marta Ostler, a maggot therapist and maggot therapy lecturer!  Marta is a Physical Therapist in Wyoming who has been a certified wound care specialist since 2003.  After earning her B.S. in Physical Therapy at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, Marta lived in San Diego for several years in the 1990's .  She is currently the Manager of Northeast Wyoming Wound Care at Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Sheridan, Wyoming.   Marta is a clinical instructor of physical therapy students, a certified wound care specialist, and a certified lymphatic therapist.  For fun, she likes to run ultra marathons, backpack, hike, and spend time with her family.   

Marta is an experienced lecturer who has spoken at several wound care symposiums, including, most recently, the Clinical Symposium on the Advancement of Wound Care and APWCA:  American Professional Wound Care Association.  Marta offers lectures on a variety of topics, including Effective Wound Debridement with Maggot Therapy, Why Maggot Therapy Works, and Selecting the Patient Population Best Served by Maggot Wound Debridement.  If you are interested in having Marta speak at your facility or event, please contact her at or contact the BTER Foundation at

Upcoming Conferences
Nov 18-19, 2015; European Microbiome Congress; London, UK
Nov 18-20, 2015; Desert Foot; Phoenix, AZ
Feb 29-Mar 1, 2016; 2nd Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration        Congress Asia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 11-12, 2016; 3rd Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum  Europe; London, UK
Oct 3-4, 2016; 4th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum USA;  San Diego, CA, USA 
An Interactive Display allows visitors to explore the human microbiome.
Credit: Jake Naughton for The New York Times
"The Secret World Inside You"
Human Microbiome Exhibit opens November 14th at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.
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"Overcoming people's negative perceptions of larval therapy is one of the challenges. But when they see the results, they quickly accept it." Credit: Steven Hide for The City Paper
International Spotlight: Maggot Therapy in Colombia
Meet Dr. Hilderman Pedraza, a maggot therapist in Colombia who is passionate about advocating for using maggots in wound therapy.
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Publication Credits

THE BeTER LeTTER is published by:
BioTherapeutics, Education & Research (BTER) Foundation
36 Urey Court, Irvine, CA 92617
Phone: 949-246-1156 / Fax: 949-679-3001
Ronald A. Sherman

Assistant Editor:
Amy Lajiness

Contributing Writers:
Dr. Sagiv Ben-Yakir, Dr. Jose Contreras-Ruiz, Dr. Robert McKie, Dr. Jacques Oskam, Sheri Rosen, Dr. Pascal Steenvoorde, Dr. Tarek Tantawi, Catalina Wang,
Dr. Shou Yu Wang. Your name could be here!

Foundation Consultants:
Eve Iversen, Dr. Alana Jolley, Amy Mendez, Joanne Preston, Dr. Aletha Tippett

Foundation Board
Ronald A Sherman (Chair);  Samuel G Kohn (Treasurer); Donna Beales; Sheri Rosen. Your name could be here, too! 

Past Board Members
Randall Sullivan;  Sharon Mendez, RN, CWS; Pamela Mitchell

Administrative Assistant
Amy Lajiness
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