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Expanded Access To Diagnostics

Expanded Access To Diagnostics Tampa General Hospital Adds Second TGH Imaging Facility In Palm Beach County

As part of its commitment to connecting the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast communities to highly complex medical care, Tampa General Hospital (TGH) has acquired Palm Beach Radiology in North Palm Beach, its second outpatient imaging facility in the area.

Remaining in the same location at 733 U.S. Highway 1, Building 2B, North Palm Beach, the full-service radiology center will now be known as TGH Imaging. The same physicians — Dr. Donald Goodwin, Dr. Walter Forman and Dr. Robert Stickle — will lead the practice. The same team of radiologists, technologists and support staff will continue to provide the exceptional customer service and experience that the community has come to expect. Patients now also enjoy access to a TGH Imaging PET/CT center in Palm Beach Gardens.

Accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), TGH Imaging’s board-certified, subspecialized on-site radiologists work as a team with highly trained technologists to offer patients high-quality exam results, often available on the same day. TGH Imaging brings together essential assets to significantly increase access, maximize efficiency, and continue to provide high-quality images and excellent customer service to patients and physicians in Palm Beach County. It is also an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

“Adding a highly experienced and clinically excellent team such as Palm Beach Radiology will round out our services offerings to the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast communities,” said Sherri Lewman, senior vice president of enterprise imaging at TGH. “Patients in the area can now receive imaging exams within the Tampa General system, making for a more seamless experience.”

As a diagnostic resource for both patients and physicians, TGH Imaging offers a range of exams, including high-field, short-bore MRI (including breast MRI), multidetector CT, image-guided biopsies, 3D mammography, ultrasound, bone density scan and digital X-ray.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to be part of an academic medical center that expands care options to our community, while continuing the level of care and services that our patients and referring physicians have come to expect from us since we opened our doors in 2007,” said Goodwin, a radiologist and co-founder of Palm Beach Radiology. “We are eager to leverage the expertise and resources of Tampa General to provide another level of support for our patients.”

TGH Imaging will not only support patients and physicians in the South Florida area, but also work closely with the academic medical center’s TGH Cancer Institute, allowing for a more streamlined process from diagnosis to treatment.

The teams will take a multidisciplinary approach and strongly emphasize compassionate and personalized care that focuses on the whole patient. Should patients require treatment in Tampa, they can return home to the east coast for follow-up care with their healthcare provider.

This recent acquisition continues TGH’s east coast expansion. For the past two years, Tampa General has been creating a framework of state-of-the-art services for patients in the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast areas with the expertise and innovation of a preeminent academic medical center.

The Florida East Coast initiative includes another TGH Imaging center in Palm Beach Gardens, and alliances with the Cancer Center of South Florida and Gastro Group of the Palm Beaches. It has established TGH General Surgeons of the Palm Beaches, with renowned West Palm Beach robotic surgeons Dr. Daniel R. Higgins and Dr. Itzhak Shasha. The TGH Cancer Institute also recently partnered with West Palm Beach-based physicians Dr. Robert Scoma, a thoracic surgical oncologist, and Dr. Jason Hechtman, a breast cancer surgeon.

“We are the State of Florida’s hospital. We want to support, complement and augment current care in the community, so patients can get what they need without leaving the state,” said John Couris, president and CEO of TGH. “As a research and academic hospital, we’re not just practicing medicine. We’re defining how it is practiced. TGH is building a patient-centered system to deliver world-class care.”

Tampa General Hospital is the third-highest-ranked hospital in Florida by U.S. News & World Report for 2022-23, the primary teaching affiliate of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, and has been Florida’s leading academic medical center for more than 50 years. Patients who need a higher level of care have a direct connection to Tampa General’s academic medical center resources through its academic affiliation, including research breakthroughs, a wider variety of clinical trials and options for advanced immunotherapy procedures, enhanced personal treatment plans, and a convenient path to complex surgeries.

TGH has been affiliated with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine since the school was created in the early 1970s. TGH is the primary teaching affiliate of the medical school at the University of South Florida, and more than 300 medical school residents are assigned to Tampa General Hospital for specialty training in areas ranging from general internal medicine to neurosurgery. In addition, USF medical, nursing, pharmacy and physical therapy students all receive part of their training at TGH. Faculty of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine admit and care for patients at Tampa General, as do private practice physicians, many of whom also serve as adjunct clinical faculty at USF.

To learn more about TGH Imaging, visit www.tghimaging.com.

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State-Of-The-Art Care For Women

State-Of-The-Art Care For Women The New Premier Women’s Health Center Offers The Latest Technology In A Spa-Like Setting

Story by Mike May  |  Photos by Abner Pedraza

There is a new medical facility in Wellington that focuses on women’s health and wellness for patients of all ages. The new Premier Women’s Health center at Premier Family Health in Wellington places the highest of priorities on the interests of its female patients.

In late September, Premier Family Health opened the new Premier Women’s Health center catering to female clientele from all sections of Palm Beach County.

Premier Women’s Health is designed to improve the health and well-being of all women in Palm Beach County by offering new, state-of-the-art technology and services, while collaborating with other hospitals, physicians and specialists focused on the healthcare of women.

There are now four centers at Premier Family Health, which is a patient-centered medical home that includes primary care, urgent care, ancillary services, and now, a center focused specifically on women’s health issues.

According to Dr. Vincent Apicella, the president and founder of Premier Family Health, the new Premier Women’s Health facility is a medical resource for all women.

“We are a one-stop shop for all women with any medical needs,” said Apicella, who earned his undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University and graduated from medical school at Nova Southeastern University. “We are also a safe space for women where they can come to share their medical issues and concerns with a trusted medical professional.”

Apicella stressed that it’s imperative that women here in the western communities have access to medical facilities that are female centric.

“We are specifically taking care of women who are some of the hardest-working people in our society as they work full-time and provide leadership in our community, while managing their families,” Apicella added. “We have built a personable environment that is a safe haven for females.”

Some of the many healthcare services provided for women at the Premier Women’s Health office include comprehensive mammograms, wellness exams, pap smears, bone density tests, contraceptive management and tests for infectious diseases.

One of the most popular services provided by Premier Women’s Health is the new high-tech mammogram procedure.

“With our 3D digital device from Siemens, it’s remarkable that we can see what we can see. We are seeing younger women with breast cancer,” Apicella explained. “We have a pain-free mammogram procedure. It’s life changing.”

It took about two years of planning by Apicella and his team for the Premier Women’s Health center to go from a concept to a reality.

“Obtaining preventive care services for women can often be extremely uncomfortable and hard,” Apicella said. “When we planned the Premier Women’s Health center, we wanted to create a unique, calming and spa-like experience.”

One of the delighted clients at Premier Women’s Health is longtime Wellington resident Angela Baker. She just recently had a mammogram at Premier Women’s Health and found it to be a great experience.

“From the moment I walked in the door, I was so impressed by everything, such as the atmosphere, the helpful staff, the new furniture and the new wallpaper,” Baker said. “And then, the actual mammogram experience was outstanding. The way it was done was extraordinary. It was above and beyond what I had expected. In fact, it was like going to a spa. I would recommend Premier Family Health and Premier Women’s Health to anybody.”

Baker’s next visit to Premier Women’s Health will be for her bone density test. She is actually looking forward to the experience.

“The staff there is very caring, and they do care a great deal about you,” Baker added.

It has not taken Premier Women’s Health very long to justify its need in the community.

“We are conducting anywhere from 12 to 16 mammograms a day,” Apicella said. “And, in two weeks, we have detected two cases of breast cancer.”

According to Candice Gorodess, a mammographer at Premier Women’s Health, one in eight women in the U.S. are affected by breast cancer, which underscores the importance of having access to this state-of-the-art technology.

One of the most impressive features at Premier Women’s Health is the new Siemens 3D Healthineers mammogram machine that is only featured in a few places in the U.S.

The X-ray arm of this new Siemens 3D machine sweeps in an arc over the woman’s breast area, where it captures images of the breast from multiple angles. Then, a computer produces a 3D image of the breast tissue on one-millimeter slices, which provide greater visibility for the radiologist to see the breast detail in a way never before possible.

The radiologist can then scroll through images of an entire breast like pages of a book. The additional 3D images make it possible for a radiologist to better evaluate the patient’s breast tissue, allowing radiologists to find breast cancers earlier and reduce the need for follow-up imaging.

With access to technology like the Siemens 3D Healthineers, Apicella said his team can better serve local patients.

“Our goal is to discover a problem before it becomes a bigger issue,” Apicella explained.

As an added benefit, the mammography device from Siemens reduces radiation exposure to the client by 30 percent.

While Premier Women’s Health prides itself on being a medical outlet where the services range from prevention to treatment, there are times when the staff needs outside assistance from specialists.

“We have established partnerships with a number of medical professionals in the area, such as medical doctors, local hospitals, diagnostic imaging centers and gynecologists,” Apicella said. “We are here to provide collaborative care.”

If you’re a woman who wants a medical facility that’s focused on making every patient’s care a top priority over, consider the new Premier Women’s Health office in Wellington, where the staff await your arrival.

Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Premier Women’s Health is located 1035 S. State Road 7, Suite 120A, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 798-3030, ext. 5050.

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For All Your Skin Care Needs

For All Your Skin Care Needs
Dr. Paloma Reiter Joins The Glick Skin Institute Office In Wellington

Dr. Paloma Reiter has joined the team of skilled dermatology associates that make up the Glick Skin Institute with offices in Wellington and Margate.

“Dr. Reiter is a kind and compassionate physician who will bring to our dermatology practice extensive training in dermatologic oncology and the management of complex medical skin diseases,” said Dr. Brad Glick, founder of the Glick Skin Institute, which specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. “We are thrilled to have her on board!”

Reiter is a highly skilled dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon who is also an avid, lifelong equestrian eager to serve patients in the Wellington community.

A native Floridian from Plantation, Reiter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University. She completed her medical degree at the renowned Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Reiter then completed a family medicine internship at the Larkin Community Hospital Palm Springs Campus and her dermatology residency at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, New York. In accomplishing one of her goals of helping patients detect skin cancers early, Reiter has also completed a pigmented lesion fellowship, where she developed a mastery in dermoscopy.

Reiter enjoys seeing patients of all ages. With her diverse training, she recognizes that the skin can be a window to internal diseases, how we perceive ourselves, and how others see us. Whether she is dealing with conditions such as acne, psoriasis, hair loss, skin cancer, autoimmune diseases or aging, Reiter is committed to optimizing her patient’s health and self-confidence.

With her multi-ethnic background, Reiter has unique insights into the treatment of different skin types, including those of color, and can communicate with her patients in both English and Spanish. Reiter has also received advanced surgical and cosmetic training, which allows her to provide patients with exceptional cosmetic outcomes. She exemplifies compassionate patient care and is an inductee of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Reiter is passionate about providing her patients with the best care by continuing to stay up to date with the latest research and treatment options. In addition, she believes in the importance of contributing to the field of dermatology and continues to educate residents in the art of dermoscopy. She has been published in several prestigious academic journals, including the British Journal of Dermatology and the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. Reiter is also an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the Women in Dermatology Society and the Skin of Color Society, among others.

Aside from being an avid, lifelong equestrian, Reiter’s other non-work pursuits include spending time with her family and dog, hiking, practicing vinyasa yoga, traveling and trying new restaurants.

Reiter joins Dr. Brad Glick at the Glick Skin Institute, which is part of a growing, leading edge, patient-focused dermatology group practice known as SPC Dermatology Partners. The practice performs a balance of dermatologic, surgical and cosmetic procedures and provides full-service dermatologic care in the areas of skin cancer, dermatologic surgery, Mohs surgery, hair and nail diseases, pediatric dermatology, fillers, Botox and laser surgery.

Glick is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon who specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology, as well as in clinical research. He is the director of clinical research for GSI Clinical Research in Margate and has been in practice for more than 27 years.

Glick is a diplomate of the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He has authored numerous publications, journal articles and textbook chapters, and has served as a speaker, consultant and advisor to the pharmaceutical industry for more than 25 years.

A past president for the Florida Academy of Dermatology, Glick is a compassionate and dedicated physician who constantly strives to go above and beyond for his patients by providing the most comprehensive dermatologic care available.

The Glick Skin Institute is located at 1447 Medical Park Blvd., Suite 107, on the campus of Wellington Regional Medical Center. For additional information, call (561) 798-3494 or visit www.glickskin.com.

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Three Decades Of Smile Perfection

Three Decades Of Smile Perfection
Orthodontist Dr. Randall Shults Has Expertise In All The Latest Technology

Story By Deborah Welky  |  Photos By Denise Fleischman

When school starts up again this month, many children will be sporting new outfits, and some will be sporting something else — new braces.

And if anyone knows about braces, it’s Dr. Randall Shults of Shults Orthodontics, who has been perfecting the smiles of Wellington residents since 1993.

“Young children typically want braces because they’re kind of cool-looking, making it look like they’re ‘old enough to have braces,’ but getting braces varies by the individual and is problem-specific,” Shults said. “Some patients are best treated early, to avoid damaging the enamel of their teeth and to improve their bite, but others are better treated later on. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends seeing children when their permanent teeth first erupt (ages 7.5 to 9), but the vast majority of patients are better treated — more efficiently and financially conservatively — at ages 10 to 12 for girls and 11 to 13 for boys.”

The trend that the orthodontics community is now noticing is that there is a growing number of adult orthodontic patients, perhaps as high as 25 percent.

“My most mature patient is 84,” Shults said. “The reason why people seek treatment varies by age. When they’re younger, it’s often for aesthetics; in middle age, it’s function; and senior citizens want to hold onto their teeth. Or, perhaps, it’s simply something they always wanted done.”

For teens and young adults who worry most about how they’re going to look in braces, plastic aligners are a great option.

“Things are dramatically different than they were even 15 years ago,” Shults said. “There have been vast improvements in aligners, and I recommend them in many cases. Yet some people prefer more traditional braces because aligners require more responsibility, and they don’t want to mess with them. On the other hand, regular braces come with hygiene and dietary restrictions. For me, the key is to identify the problems precisely and treat the patient efficiently. Mild to moderate problems can be treated with aligners. Moderate problems can be solved with aligners or braces. Severe problems have to involve braces; for instance, if the jaws and teeth don’t match or the jaws don’t match each other. There are even cases where teeth have to be removed or jaw surgery performed. Whatever it is, I try to keep people within a two-phase treatment bracket of 18 months.”

Many patients are looking for a faster process, but Shults cautions against rushing things.

“There’s a reason that orthodontists go to school three years longer than dentists,” Shults said. “Part of that extra training is the physiology of tooth movement and bone physiology. You can only move teeth at a certain rate. You have to respect the biology of tooth movement and keep moving forward at a reasonable rate.”

That said, Shults said that braces can be temporarily removed for significant events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs or weddings. “It can be done,” he said. “But it’s expensive in terms of both time and equipment.”

Originally from Colorado, Shults graduated with honors from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 1984 and completed his orthodontic residency and certification at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 1989. He also received his PhD in sensory physiology from the University of North Carolina. He arrived in Wellington and set up his private practice nearly 30 years ago.

Through the years, Shults has seen many trends come and go, including the colorful “gummi bear look” popular in the 1990s.

“Back in the 1960s, braces were a ring around every tooth. It was a nightmare. In the 1970s, braces moved to brackets you glue to each tooth. That particular bracket, in the 1970s and 1980s, could be either a steel tie or an elastic tie. In the 1990s, you just held the wire in place with a plastic tie, which could be infused with color. The biggest risk for staining was those ties. They were also plaque traps. In the 2000s, the bracket design was changed to a smaller, easier-to-clean bracket, and the need for ties was eliminated.”

Shults has always embraced new technology. His practice, Shults Orthodontics, has been serving the area since 1993, changing locations whenever the need to expand or add technology beckoned.

“I’ve always been a tech guy. I have always enjoyed working on cars and doing software programming,” said Shults, noting that now he has little time for either. “In 2009, we got rid of all paper — all charts and internal communication, x-rays and imaging. Going totally digital was the most significant upgrade to my practice.”

As past president of the Palm Beach County Dental Association and former chair of the Orthodontic Section of the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Center, Shults continues to be listed as a lecturer for the research center. His approach to his practice is “to provide evidence-based treatment based on the best science available at the time.”

Shults Orthodontics is located at 12180 South Shore Blvd., Suite 101, in Wellington. Call (561) 793-9888 for a consultation. For more information, visit www.shultsorthodontics.com.

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Mother Grateful For Son’s Expert NICU Care

Mother Grateful For Son’s Expert NICU Care Young Connor Is Now Thriving After Six Months At Wellington Regional Medical Center

Story by Allen Poston  |  Photos by Ryan Merrill

When Brianne Sater thinks about her son’s premature birth and subsequent stay at Wellington Regional Medical Center’s Kevin DiLallo Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, she can’t help getting emotional with gratitude. Born at 27 weeks in September 2019, her son Connor spent six months in the hospital’s NICU.

Her pregnancy had proceeded normally until about a week before Connor’s birth, when Sater said she felt as if her water broke. Contractions began, but she thought they were Braxton Hicks contractions, also known as false labor. Sater became concerned when the contractions began to arrive closer together.

“I called my mom, and she told me that I was in labor and to get to the hospital. My boyfriend picked me up, and we went to Wellington Regional Medical Center,” Sater recalled.

When she arrived, Sater was immediately taken to labor and delivery.

“I was hooked up to monitors, and the doctor came in and told me they could see my baby’s bottom. In minutes, Connor was born breech, weighing just 2 pounds, 1 ounce, and he was 13.5 inches long,” Sater said. “The doctor let me quickly see him, but then they took him to the NICU, telling me they were going to take the best care of him there.”

Wellington Regional’s 25-bed NICU provides care for a full range of newborn conditions, from the most critically ill babies to those born with the lowest birth weights, or newborns in need of just a few days of support. As the only Level III NICU in the region, the hospital’s unit specializes in the tiniest and sickest newborns — babies like Connor.

It took doctors a while to stabilize Connor because his lungs were not fully developed, and he had swallowed meconium, a substance that lines a baby’s intestines during pregnancy. He was given antibiotics for possible infection and put on a ventilator to help him breathe.

“The doctor told my boyfriend there were a lot of uncertainties,” Sater said. “We did not know what to expect when they told us we could finally see him. It was heartbreaking. He had wires, tubes and IVs connected to him, and he was not yet stable enough for skin-to-skin contact. I did not get to hold him for three weeks.”

Sater started pumping breast milk, but things remained stressful for months.

“Connor would get better, then get worse, then better. It was like a roller coaster,” she said. “But the NICU nurses were there for us every step of the way. They did not let us down, and they did not let Connor down.”

At one point, they were preparing for discharge, but Connor continued to have issues with his oxygen and blood pressure levels. When the pandemic hit, COVID-19 meant visitation was more difficult. But Sater said they worked through all of it, and with the support of his nurses, they were able to manage. “The nurses felt strongly they could stabilize him. And they were right — his oxygen was finally regulated,” she said.

When it was finally time to take Connor home, Sater and her boyfriend stayed in the NICU for two weeks so nurses could show them how to properly care for him in a home environment.

“They let us take care of Connor while they supervised. We were very nervous when it came time to actually go home. We were so concerned we would mess something up. But we had all of the doctors’ and nurses’ numbers in case there was an issue,” Sater said. “They were all amazing and such a huge help. It was definitely emotional having to say goodbye to the NICU team.”

Today, Connor is catching up to other children his age developmentally and is very active. He started walking a little late, but once he learned, there was no slowing him down. He goes to therapy twice a week to work on speech and feeding. He is also monitored by a pediatric pulmonologist and was recently cleared by a pediatric cardiologist for hypertension.

Despite being hospitalized twice over the winter for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Sater said physicians have told her that Conner should be through with surgeries, and she could not be happier. “Overall, we are very lucky,” she added.

Sater said if a family is going through something like this, never give up hope.

“These babies are fighters, and they work hard to not give up — they become resilient,” she said. “It has made us stronger and better parents. The NICU staff at Wellington Regional does an incredible job in supporting parents in their journey with caring for their child. We really can’t say enough good things about the great patient experience we had with Wellington Regional and its NICU. If I ever have another baby, I am going to have it at Wellington Regional, because I know they are going to take the best care of us.”

Wellington Regional Medical Center is a 235-bed acute care hospital celebrating more than 35 years of treating residents in Wellington and the surrounding community. WRMC offers a wide range of services, including comprehensive stroke care, a comprehensive lung program, minimally invasive services, cardiac services, a birthing center and Level III NICU, a comprehensive women’s center, hepatobiliary surgical procedures, intraoperative radiation therapy, interventional procedures, and a wellness and weight loss center.

To learn more about the hospital, visit www.wellingtonregional.com.

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No Child Or Family Left Behind

No Child Or Family Left Behind Local Nonprofit Polo For Life Teams With Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital To Support Families Battling Cancer

Brandon Phillips and PJ Rizvi both know firsthand the trauma of childhood cancer, the hardships it causes, and the impact on families whose sole focus becomes how to save a life.

Phillips, founder and president of the Wellington-based nonprofit Polo for Life, was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 14 and underwent months of grueling treatment. Rizvi, a member of Polo for Life’s board, helped her sister, Penny, battle leukemia before her sibling succumbed to the disease.

Both carry the scars of their childhood experiences to this day but use those memories to fuel a philanthropic spirit aimed to ensure that others don’t suffer as their families once did.

That’s what recently brought the two, along with Polo for Life Executive Director Barbara Bell Cook, to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington. Armed with an oversized check for $100,000, representing some of the proceeds from the nonprofit’s “Polo for a Purpose” fundraiser, the group was all smiles making the contribution to the patient and family assistance fund at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. The money will go to families of oncology patients requiring financial help during their child’s treatment.

“When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it’s a life-changing event for the family, and not just in the medical sense,” said Don Eachus, director of development at the foundation. “At least one parent becomes a full-time caregiver, and that loss of income means that there may not be enough money to pay mortgages or rent, electric or phone bills. That’s where our assistance fund comes in to, at least temporarily, cover those costs.”

The financial struggles her family endured while her sister was in treatment are ones Rizvi would not wish on anyone. “We would drive four and a half hours a day to visit my sister, and after a while it was just too long to drive home, so we slept in the car because we couldn’t afford a hotel room,” she recalled. “My mom wanted to spend every waking moment and every sleeping moment with my sister.”

While most people are empathetic to the plight of a family coping with cancer, and the time and energy it takes to help a child survive, Rizvi said it’s the behind-the-scenes devastation many aren’t aware of. “My mom quit working, and even though my dad worked two jobs, we fell behind on the day to day-to-day bills,” she said. “I don’t want to see that happen anymore.”

When she was older, Rizvi would donate anonymously to cancer research. That all changed nine years ago after conversations with Phillips, when it was decided a more public philanthropic approach would yield better results.

Phillips founded Polo for Life about that time, and the organization has donated more than $2 million to charitable causes since then. Given his history with cancer, it was important for him to find programs that would help kids and families in the same situation he once was.

“We did our research a few years ago, started to find beneficiaries, and made some determinations about who we wanted to help,” said Phillips, a professional polo player. “Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital really popped out as one of the top pediatric facilities in the country, and it’s right here in our backyard, so we wanted to be a part of what they were doing. They have some great programs, and we really like what is happening here, so it was a no-brainer for us to get involved and keep this relationship going.”

While the oncology and hematology teams at “Joe D.” handle the clinical aspects of a child’s cancer treatment, it’s the role of the hospital’s nonprofit foundation to identify and assist those in need, as Rizvi’s family once was. Now, thanks to Polo for Life and its generous donation, there will be at least one less thing that already overwhelmed families will have to worry about. This leaves more time and energy for what’s most important: making sure the patient can get back to being a kid again.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a caring, compassionate setting designed specifically for children. A level one trauma center, it combines advanced technology, the expertise of board-certified specialists, and a patient and family-centered approach to heal the body, mind and spirit of those it touches.

The hospital’s nonprofit foundation focuses on philanthropy to positively impact patients, families, and underwrite programs, facilities and equipment that support the facility’s mission.

To learn more, or make a donation, visit www.jdch.com/give.

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Working Out Has Never Been Easier

Working Out Has Never Been Easier Crunch Fitness Arrives In Wellington With A 30,000-Square-Foot State-Of-The-Art Facility

By Mike May

When you walk through the front doors of Wellington’s newest fitness club, you will be “inspired to perspire.” The club is called Crunch Wellington, and it officially opened its doors on June 3 with a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 11.

Crunch Wellington is located at the site of the former Ultima Fitness in the Wellington Plaza, but the facility has been completely renovated from top to bottom.

The ambiance and atmosphere inside Crunch Wellington — which features 30,000 square feet filled with state-of-the-art fitness equipment — is refreshing and invigorating. The big messages on the walls will get your attention: “Perspire to Greatness” … “Raise the Barbell” … “Join the Fun” … “We Got This” … and “Do More Today.”

At Crunch Wellington, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding where you should begin your workout. Is it one of the 25 treadmills by Star Trac, one of the 20 Roc Abs machines by Hoist Fitness, one of the 10 steppers by StairMaster, or one of the five multi-tool towers by Nautilus? Perhaps you’re more interested in lifting free weights, enjoying a hot yoga studio session or being a participant in a spin class in the Ride Studio? There’s much, much more, including two hydration stations, where you can get a drink of water when you are thirsty.

Members looking for diversity in their workouts can utilize the HIITZone, a proprietary high-intensity interval group training program that has seven different stations, such as tires, sleds, medicine balls and more.

According to Crunch Wellington General Manager Jake Noble, he and his associates want to help every member take the “work” out of the workout. Everybody should feel welcome, and every member should enjoy the overall experience.

“We want our members to feel that Crunch Wellington is their home away from home,” Noble said. “Anybody, literally anybody, can work out here — and have fun doing it.”

The fitness club’s inaugural members are enjoying the benefits of belonging to Crunch Wellington.

“I’m here to tone-up my muscles and burn calories,” member Kaila Taylor of Wellington said. “I lost four pounds in the first week.”

“We have fun here,” member Jerry Fogel of Lake Worth said. “The people and the employees are great. This place is kept very clean. I come here six to seven days a week.”

While people are lifting, pulling, pushing, walking, running, jumping, cycling, climbing and enjoying fierce, fun workouts, they can also watch any of the 21 television sets that are hanging from the ceiling. Most of the TVs are tuned to some type of competitive game or athletic event, which complements what’s happening at any given time at Crunch Wellington.

One of those TVs plays commercial messages featuring local businesses that provide services which might be of interest to those getting a workout. It’s called the Perks Partner Program and features message therapists, chiropractors, meal preps and other outlets that are often professional services needed by fitness enthusiasts.

Crunch Wellington opens early every day at 5 a.m. from Monday to Saturday and at 7 a.m. on Sundays. The place stays open late, too, closing at 11 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, 10 p.m. on Fridays, and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The only days when Crunch Wellington will not be open is Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

“We often have a group of members ready to walk in the door at 5 a.m.,” Noble said. “We have a good mix of members — young and old, male and female.”

If you need assistance in what machines to use and how to use them, Crunch Wellington’s staff will be happy to provide help and instruction. One of those instructors is Rachel Braverman, who is a functional fitness instructor. In addition to providing helpful hints on exercise, she also offers guidance on nutrition.

According to Noble, a big goal for Crunch Wellington is to fuse fitness with entertainment, in order to make serious exercise fun and affordable. “We encourage, empower and entertain,” he explained.

Working out to the upbeat music that is always in the air also doesn’t cost an arm and leg. In fact, Crunch Wellington is providing discounts on memberships to people who work with some of Palm Beach County’s biggest employers, such as the School District of Palm Beach County, Costco, Publix and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Crunch Wellington serves an engaged fitness community that features all kinds of people, with all types of goals, who exercise in different ways, yet enjoy working out at the same place together.

“We are extremely excited about sharing the unique experience of the Crunch brand with the residents surrounding our newest location in Wellington,” Crunch Wellington owner Tony Scrimale said. “We hope our ‘no judgments’ mentality and memberships starting as low as $9.99 a month will bring a new energy to the community.”

The new Crunch Wellington fitness center is located in the Wellington Plaza at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more information about membership opportunities, visit www.crunchwellington.com.

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Advancements In Breast Cancer Care

Advancements In Breast Cancer Care Understanding All The Options Can Be Empowering For Patients

GenesisCare’s Dr. Alicia Gittleman completed her internship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, her residency at NYU Medical Center and her fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College. Practicing in Wellington and Palm Beach County for the past 27 years, Dr. Kishore Dass was chief resident at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and furthered his training at the University of Pennsylvania, NIH.

If you are one of the nearly 287,850 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, or one of the additional 51,400 diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer, understanding your options can be empowering. Here, local experts Dr. Kishore Dass and Dr. Alicia Gittleman, board-certified radiation oncologists with GenesisCare, answer common questions about this important topic.

What is the general outlook on breast cancer today?
Being diagnosed with breast cancer today is not what it once was. Thanks to advancements in treatment, patients are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer death rates have decreased between 2013 to 2018, likely due to treatment advancements and diseases caught earlier.

What are today’s treatment options?
In general, today’s breast cancer treatment typically includes a combination of therapies, such as breast surgery, medical oncology (chemotherapy or hormonal therapy) and radiation oncology. If the tumor is related to one of the known gene mutations that cause breast cancer, such as BRCA, doctors may recommend full removal of the breast (mastectomy) and possibly other surgeries to decrease the risk of developing future cancers.

Why does technology matter?
Innovation in treatment techniques and technology advancements may not only provide better care outcomes with improvements in accuracy and efficiency, but also enhance the way patients experience that treatment, for example with reduced side effects, a shorter recovery period or increased comfort.
Are clinical trials only for advanced breast cancer?
Clinical trials help to develop new treatments, interventions and tests at any point in the treatment journey. Patients who participate in clinical trials play an important role in advancing care for future patients and may be among the first to benefit from some of the latest treatments. GenesisCare offers 150-plus clinical trials worldwide. Ask your physician what clinical trials are available for your specific cancer type.

What about genomic testing and precision medicine?
Advancements in precision medicine allow clinicians to understand what makes a person’s individual cancer behave the way it does at a genomic level. This allows patients to feel fully informed in treatment options that may work best for their unique diagnosis. Understanding a patient’s genomic makeup utilizing technologies, such as DCISionRT (or DCIS) for patients with early-stage breast cancer, helps physicians deliver precise treatment plans that balance benefits with risk of side effects.

The GenesisCare Approach
Physicians and care teams at GenesisCare work together to offer personalized breast cancer treatment and improve patient outcomes through evidence-based care plans. Key features of the program include:
• Quick access: Immediate appointments, with a 24-hour turnaround goal from referral to plan of care.
• A personalized, team approach: GenesisCare providers, including radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgeons, psychologists and nutritionists, collaborate on a personalized care plan that focuses on each patient’s personal needs and goals.
• Advanced treatment options: GenesisCare invests in modern techniques and clinical trials to help patients achieve the best possible outcomes.
• Exceptional care, close to home: Clinicians and centers with high patient satisfaction ratings and are conveniently located throughout Palm Beach County.
GenesisCare is located at 3343 State Road 7 in Wellington. To learn more about GenesisCare, call (833) FOR-MYGC or visit www.genesiscare.com/us.

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Providing The Best Possible Fit

Providing The Best Possible Fit  
Nettecha Rheingold Began Achette’n To Give Women Access To Top Quality Mastectomy Bras And Prostheses

By Deborah Welky

If you or someone you love needs a specialty mastectomy bra or prostheses, Achette’n offers clients the best possible fit. The firm features a wide range of medical-grade breast forms, mastectomy bras, compression garments and lingerie, measured exactly to fit the client’s body.

The company, founded in 2020, is the brainchild of Nettecha Rheingold.

For 15 years, Rheingold owned assisted living facilities, providing support and encouragement, together with housing, for those needing help with their day-to-day activities. In that role, she was attending a medical equipment trade show when it hit her — there were very few products for women.

“It jolted me,” Rheingold recalled. “I had been dealing with women for a long time, many of whom had had breast cancer, and there was nothing for their needs.”

Still, Rheingold remained focused on the job at hand — walkers, canes, things to help seniors in their everyday lives — but when she went back the following year and experienced the same dearth of women’s products, she opened her mind and began considering possibilities.

Rheingold did some research and found that, in Palm Beach County, there were very few places that post-surgical women could go to be fitted for — and buy — a specialty bra. There were also very few specialty bras and protheses to be had. “I was surprised,” she said.

So, in 2020, she sold her assisted living business and began work on Achette’n (a take on a backward spelling of her name).

“There are a lot of regulations — a lot of insurance requirements and so on, but I found a location and opened a store,” she said. “I wanted to provide services and products. I wanted to fit these women and make them feel confident and good about themselves. They have needs like everyone else, and many do not even realize what is available to them for post-surgical issues, much of it paid for by Medicare or private insurers.”

Located on Ocean Avenue in Lantana, Achette’n carries a wide assortment of bras culled from the top vendors in the country in different styles, colors and sizes, as well as a variety of protheses.

“Everyone is different,” Rheingold said. “I fit my clients based on the shape, size and form of their breasts, but the first thing for me is treating them with care and compassion. Many women are depressed after a mastectomy, and feel they’ll never be the same again. But their life is not defined by having had breast surgery. They can get back to looking like they were before. They still can be beautiful. They can be their best.”

With Rheingold’s help, a recovering mastectomy patient’s life can be made a lot more comfortable. She can even help identify their concerns before the surgery takes place.

“I may be able to anticipate their concerns,” she said. “And then I can share as much knowledge and education as I can give.”

Rheingold emphasizes that having had a mastectomy is not a requirement for getting a fitting or access to the perfect bra.

“Many women have their favorite bra, and that’s the one they wear,” she said. “I am able to communicate with them. Sometimes I have to tell them that their bra’s band doesn’t fit, or the straps are making a dent in their shoulders.”

Whatever the issue, Rheingold addresses it honestly, fits the customer for the perfect bra, then offers a selection of styles and colors. When they’re happy, she’s happy.

Patients planning for or recovering from surgery or reconstruction are invited to call and schedule an appointment with one of the certified mastectomy fitters at Achette’n.

Achette’n Specialty Mastectomy Bras and Prostheses is located at 114 E. Ocean Avenue in Lantana. For more information, call (561) 557-7978.

 

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Expert Veterinary Care

Expert Veterinary Care Your Pets Are The Priority At ACCESS Specialty Hospitals Palm Beach County On Southern Blvd.

By Mike May

If you live in the western communities and your pet needs specialty veterinary care or emergency services, you can find what you need close to home. At the northeast corner of Southern Blvd. and State Road 7, you’ll find ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals Palm Beach County.

ACCESS stands for Advanced Critical Care, Emergency, and Specialty Services. And just like a human hospital, this animal hospital never closes. It’s open for emergency services 24/7.

Just as people, from time to time, need access to an MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, radiology treatment, cardiology care, the ICU or surgery, so do dogs and cats, which comprise the vast majority of the patients at ACCESS. If your pet needs a specialist in the area of veterinary oncology, neurology, ophthalmology, cardiology or internal medicine, ACCESS also has experts who can provide that kind of professional expertise.

The ophthalmology services at ACCESS allow it to provide unique vision assistance to dogs.

“Dogs don’t read or drive cars, but we can provide some assistance with their vision,” said Mark Garrison, technician manager at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinic, which provides outside ophthalmology services for ACCESS.

“We can equip a dog with ‘doggles.’ We call it goggles for dogs. And we have the expertise to treat cataracts, too,” Garrison added.

ACCESS is owned by veterinarians and the staff shares a deep love for animals. Pets are an integral part of any family’s life, which is why the business is guided by four principles: quality, integrity, compassion and service.

ACCESS is driven to exceed not just what patients expect but exceed the standards that the four owners have established for themselves. The practice is committed to finding ways to provide better care and treatment for every pet patient.

When it comes to integrity, ACCESS will always provide the best possible care and do what is right for you and your pet. Meanwhile, the commitment to compassion is not driven by a marketing slogan. You can see it on the faces and hear it in the voices of those who work there. The entire staff — from the receptionists to the most experienced, board-certified veterinarian — takes great pride in the role of helping animals heal so they can return home and lead a normal life.

Services available at ACCESS are broad and far-reaching. It starts with a friendly greeting as soon as you walk through the front door. This includes accurate and timely reporting, spending time with you, explaining the proposed medical treatment, and rising before dawn to check on your pet.

“We are the Mayo Clinic of veterinary medicine,” explained Co-Medical Director Marcos Unis, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, a board-certified veterinary surgeon. “There’s a big need for specialty medicine for animals, and we provide it. We give clients all the information and let them make the final decision on treatment for their pet.”

According to Hospital Liaison Kami Kreaps, the majority of pets treated at ACCESS arrive based on a referral from a local veterinarian, but, again, the doors are always open if your primary veterinarian is closed or unavailable for emergency services.

ACCESS has been open for just over a year, having opened its doors in April 2021. In the last 12 months, the practice has established relationships with more than 400 veterinarians from across South Florida.

Capacity-wise, ACCESS can deal with many pets at the same time. It has room to house 120 pets in its more than 20,000-square-foot facility. There is a large staff of qualified professionals to take care of these companion animals: 75 surgery assistants/technicians, 16 veterinarians/specialists on staff, 15 exam rooms and four surgery suites.

ACCESS also has its own triage area, pharmacy, lab and laundry room on site. It even has generators on standby, ready to provide power in case of a storm or anything else that might knock out the power. ACCESS also has the ability to produce its own oxygen on site.

Personal service is important to the staff at ACCESS. As soon as a pet enters an exam room, a sign is put on the outside of the door with that pet’s name, so the attending veterinarian can provide personal service for the animal by name.

In addition to being a hospital for sick or injured pets, ACCESS also serves as a place for area veterinarians and veterinary technicians to get educated about changes in the veterinary profession.

“We have the room to host continuing education sessions for those who work in the veterinarian field,” Kreaps said.

While ACCESS is committed to helping your pet get well so it can go home, there are times when pets are not well enough to recover, and compassionate services are available for that as well.

“We also provide end-of-life services for those sad and tragic moments in any pet’s life,” Kreaps said.

ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals Palm Beach County is located at 10465 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 774-8855 or e-mail info@accessvet.com. Visit www.accessvetsflorida.com to learn more.

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