SOURCE: EP Global Communications, Inc.

December 10, 2007 09:29 ET

EP Magazine Editor-In-Chief, Dr. Rick Rader, Inducted Into the National Academies of Practice

Additionally, Two Other Professionals in the Field of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Carl Horbelt and Dr. W. Carl Cooley, Were Recognized at This Year's Ceremony

JOHNSTOWN, PA--(Marketwire - December 10, 2007) - EP Global Communications, Inc. (OTCBB: EPGL) announced today that EP Editor-In-Chief, Dr. Rick Rader, was recently inducted into the National Academy of Practice in Medicine, which is part of the National Academies of Practice. Also inducted was Dr. W. Carl Cooley, a developmental pediatrician. Dr. Carl Horbelt, from the field of special needs dentistry, who was inducted into the National Academy of Practice in Dentistry in 2003, received the 2007 Nicholas Andrew Cummings Award. This national award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding and extraordinary contributions to inter-professional healthcare. It is the highest award presented by the National Academies of Practice.

Of the 900,000 physicians practicing in the United States, a total of only 150 physicians constitute the National Academy of Practice in Medicine at any given time, and during years where there are no vacancies, no inductees are named. It is noteworthy that with yearly inductions so limited, this year's Distinguished Practitioners included two, Dr. Rader and Dr. Cooley, from the field of developmental medicine. Distinguished Practitioners are individuals who have spent a significant portion of their professional career as practitioners in the direct delivery to and practice of healthcare to the consumer. Couple Dr. Rader and Dr. Cooley's inductions this year with Dr. Horbelt's 2007 recognition, and the field of developmental disabilities was well represented.

About his induction, Dr. Rader commented, "The opportunity to be honored by being inducted into the Academy of Medicine was enhanced by the opportunity to be side by side with luminaries from the disciplines that constitute true collaborative healthcare. It's unfortunate that there isn't more encouragement for the cross pollination of ideas, pearls and gems from other disciplines. What made the induction even more meaningful was sharing the limelight with Drs. Cooley and Horbelt. It's rare when even one advocate for the special needs community is recognized outside of our arena but to have three recognized is truly a triple header. I am humbled and looking forward to contributing to the mission of the National Academies of Practice."

Rick Rader, M.D. is the Editor-In-Chief of Exceptional Parent magazine and Director of the Morton J. Kent Habilitation Center, Orange Grove Center, Chattanooga, TN. He is current President of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, on the Board of Directors of the American Association on Health and Disability, President of the American Association on Multi Sensory Environments, Adjunct Professor Human Development, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Member of the Surgeon General's Task Force on Healthcare for People with Disabilities, First Appointed Special Liaison for Family Healthcare Concerns at the Presidents Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Nursing in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

W. Carl Cooley, M.D., Medical Director at Crotched Mountain Foundation, is a developmental pediatrician and associate professor of pediatrics at the Dartmouth Medical School. He was formerly the Director of the Dartmouth Center for Genetics and Child Development and the Hood Center for Children and Families. Prior to his fellowship training in developmental pediatrics, he spent 11 years in community-based pediatric primary care. Dr. Cooley is co-author of a book "Preventive Health Care for Children with Genetic Conditions: Providing a Primary Care Medical Home." In 2001, the New Hampshire Pediatrics Society named him "Pediatrician of the Year."

Dr. Cooley commented, "I am honored to join colleagues in multiple disciplines who are dedicated to common personal and public health issues. Interdisciplinary collaboration and sensitivity to family-centered practices is of great importance to individuals with disabilities and their families. The assurance to all of a high quality primary care medical home unites our interests. As the parent of a young adult child with a developmental disability (Down syndrome), I am always gratified to see professional and personal interests validated and advanced by a highly regarded honorific organization."

Carl Horbelt, D.D.S. is the Chair of the Dental Academy of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Horbelt was the 2007 recipient of the Nicholas Andrew Cummings Annual Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary practice. Dr. Horbelt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. He is currently serving as the President of the Special Care Dentistry Association. He has also served as President of the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities, President of the Southern Association of Institutional Dentists, and President of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. Dr. Horbelt is also a Board member of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, and a frequent contributor to Exceptional Parent magazine in the field of special needs dentistry.

The National Academies of Practice was founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on problems of healthcare. More recently it has focused on developing the interdisciplinary field. It was then, as it is today, the only interdisciplinary group of health care practitioners dedicated to addressing the problems of health care.

The stated Mission of the National Academies of Practice is as follows:

The National Academies of Practice is dedicated to quality health care for all, by serving as the nation's distinguished interdisciplinary policy forum that addresses public policy, education, research and inquiry.

About EP Global Communications, Inc.

EP Global Communications ("Exceptional Parent") is a 36-year-old award-winning publishing and communications company that provides practical advice and emotional support to families of children and adults with disabilities and special health care needs -- as well as the physicians, allied health care and educational professionals who are involved in their care and development. EP uses a multi-media approach to disseminate information via: its monthly award-winning publication, Exceptional Parent; Web site (; clinical custom communications projects; the EP Library Bookstore ( of disability books, videos and tapes; on-line, interactive CME/CEU accredited seminars & teleconferences on a wide range of special needs topics.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain matters discussed in this press release are "forward-looking statements" intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In particular, the Company's statements regarding trends in the marketplace and potential future results are examples of such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the timing of projects due to the variability in size, scope and duration of projects, estimates made by management with respect to the Company's critical accounting policies, regulatory delays, clinical study results which lead to reductions or cancellations of projects, and other factors, including general economic conditions and regulatory developments, not within the Company's control. The factors discussed herein and expressed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed in or implied by such statements. The forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Contact Information