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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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New Branding, Same Hospital

New Branding, Same Hospital Palms West Hospital Among 12 Hospitals In Southeast Florida To Adopt The HCA Florida Healthcare Name

HCA Florida Palms West Hospital recently announced its new name and new look. It is one of 12 hospitals in Southeast Florida officially adopting a new name that incorporates HCA Florida Healthcare.

HCA Florida Palms West Hospital signals the hospital’s connection to one of the nation’s largest collaborative healthcare networks.

The name was announced at a special celebration held on the hospital’s Southern Blvd. campus on Thursday, March 3.

“This is an exciting time for our community. After providing healthcare services to the citizens of Palm Beach County for more than 36 years under a singular Palms West Hospital brand, we will now unite as one network, one brand, joining nearly 50 other HCA Healthcare hospitals across Florida,” said Jason Kimbrell, chief executive officer of HCA Florida Palms West Hospital. “The community can take comfort in knowing that the network was built to make access to services seamless with a patient-centered approach that connects the patients to the care they need close to home.”

HCA Florida Healthcare connects more than 11,000 staff physicians, 77,000 colleagues, 49 hospitals, and more than 350 physician practices, freestanding emergency rooms and other sites of care across the state.

As a comprehensive and connected network, HCA Florida Healthcare has a unique ability to continually improve quality, expand patient access to care, address the ongoing nursing shortage, respond during times of disaster, advance diversity in healthcare, and fund and collaborate with nonprofit organizations to address high-priority community needs.

The announcement was made simultaneously with holding a blood drive at 14 locations throughout South Florida — a partnership between HCA Florida Healthcare and OneBlood.

“Our 14 hospitals in South Florida were fortunate not to be adversely affected by the drastic drop in blood donations that is happening in other parts of the nation,” said Charles Gressle, president of HCA East Florida Division. “It is important a sustained donor response continues. We’re confident this unique blood drive event will bring our colleagues and the community together to donate blood and further ensure our blood provider, OneBlood, has a ready supply for patients in need of lifesaving transfusions.”

Susan Forbes of OneBlood noted that the pandemic has up-ended the traditional venues for blood drives.

“Remote work impacts participation at corporate blood drives, many high schools and colleges have not resumed blood drives, and the lack of large community events limits where we can take the Big Red Bus for blood drives,” Forbes said. “We are grateful to HCA Florida Healthcare for their partnership and for shinning a spotlight on the ongoing need for blood donations.”

HCA Florida Healthcare chose March 3 as the day to host the blood drive because it aligned with the introduction of its new statewide brand. Each donor received a $20 e-gift card and superhero themed t-shirt, courtesy of OneBlood.

Serving Palm Beach County for more than 36 years, HCA Florida Palms West Hospital is a 200-bed full-service acute care hospital. Specializing in emergency services, dedicated pediatric emergency services, pediatric services, concussion testing and treatment, pediatric oncology services, pediatric intensive care services, orthopedic and spine care services, maternity services, Level II neonatal services, and minimally invasive and robotic surgery, the hospital provides high quality, exceptional patient care to residents of the western communities and beyond.

The hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades in the top 10 percent in the nation for general surgery and named among its 100 best hospitals for prostate surgery. The hospital’s 24-hour emergency room, pediatric emergency room and the Children’s Hospital at Palms West provide specialized hospital services for adults and children of all ages.

HCA Florida Healthcare, a part of HCA Healthcare, is a family of more than 450 affiliated sites of care, including hospitals, physician practices and freestanding emergency rooms, offering the state’s leading network of personalized care.

United as a statewide network in 2021, HCA Florida Healthcare includes 11,000 experienced doctors and 77,000 colleagues working together to deliver advanced, collaborative care to more than 6.4 million patients each year.

HCA Florida Healthcare is committed to improving more lives in more ways and giving back to the communities it serves. The network provided nearly $836.6 million in uncompensated care and invested significantly in innovative technologies and facilities across Florida, including the new $360 million state-of-the-art, multi-specialty HCA Florida University Hospital in Davie.

A strong advocate for the next generation of healthcare professionals, HCA Florida Healthcare is also a major supporter of university-based healthcare programs and residencies and fellowships throughout the Sunshine State. For additional information, visit www.hcafloridahealthcare.com.

HCA Florida Palms West Hospital is located at 13001 Southern Blvd. For more info., call (561) 798-3300 or visit www.palmswesthospital.com.

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Quality Care In A Positive Atmosphere

Quality Care In A Positive Atmosphere
The Wellness Experience Is A One-Stop Shop For All Things Health And Wellness

Story and Photos by Sydney Jones

No one lives a 100 percent healthy life. Regardless of how well you take care of yourself, injuries and illness will eventually find you. Every profession and lifestyle present their own effects on your overall health and wellness. Therefore, it is important that you know where to go when problems arise.

With a vision that started more than 20 years ago, Dr. Randall Laurich has fostered the development of a healthcare facility that doesn’t just appeal to one kind of client. He understood that overall health and wellness is the key to living a quality life. The Wellness Experience was born with the intention of combining traditional chiropractic principles with up-to-date technology to give his patients the best overall results.

“I wanted to build a home for both practitioners and patients that provided quality care, a positive atmosphere and a place to feel comfortable,” Laurich explained.

After graduating from the Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in 1998, Laurich dove headfirst into his chiropractic career, opening his first Wellness Experience location in Boca Raton in 2001. It was there that he grew his business from the ground up, acquiring new clients and offering a variety of services to appeal to a wide variety of patients.

After five years of sustained success, he opened his second office in Wellington. After operating between both offices for two years, Laurich decided to close the Boca Raton office and make Wellington his primary location to dedicate his services entirely to the local community.

“I knew back in the seventh grade that I wanted to be a chiropractor,” Laurich recalled. “I saw the benefits early on with my own health, by recovering from sports injuries faster under chiropractic care. It’s through these personal experiences throughout my youth, coupled with 24 years of professional experience, that has given me the ability to help people reach their healthcare goals and help improve their quality of life.”

Taking his expertise and education a step further, Laurich structured the Wellness Experience franchise model and formulated a chiropractic coaching program called “Chiropractic Adventures.” With a heart for giving and helping people achieve their healthiest selves, he helped to create the Medical, Health and Wellness Committee of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as a trustee on the chamber’s President’s Circle, after previously serving on the board of directors for five years, as well as the president for the 2014-15 term. In 2021, he was nominated as “Man of the Year” by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society after raising more than $100,000 from 2012-18 as an administrative volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Starting off 2022 with a new and improved office space, Laurich is accompanied by chiropractor Dr. Hart Collier and Physician of Acupuncture Sabine Clarke. Together, they offer chiropractic services, therapy services, acupuncture services and even fitness recommendations through their partnerships with various local gyms throughout the area.

The Wellness Experience wants to offer as much as possible to promote their clients’ overall well-being.

“Our hope is that each patient receives the best outcome in regard to their health, experience true care by compassionate providers, and truly have a Wellness Experience,” Laurich said.

Whether you’re a current or former athlete, have those pesky aches and pains from a lifetime’s worth of work, or just need routine adjustments to feel your best, Dr. Randall Laurich and his team at the Wellness Experience can provide you with everything you need to live life to the fullest.

The Wellness Experience is located at 1400 Corporate Center Way, Suite 120, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 333-5351 or visit www.wellness-experience.com.

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Many Options To Improve Your Quality Of Life

4Ever Young Anti-Aging Solutions Is Focused On Keeping Clients Looking And Feeling Their Best

By Mike May

If one of your resolutions for 2022 is to “live your best life,” it may be time for a visit to the Wellington location of 4Ever Young Anti-Aging Solutions, which opened last spring in front of the Mall at Wellington Green and has already developed a loyal and devoted following.

The daily foot traffic and stream of clients confirm that many residents of the western communities value what 4Ever Young has to offer.

“There has been a slow and steady growth of patients, but really nice to observe the patients that we have acquired have been repeat patients,” said Polina Tolstunov, co-owner of Wellington’s 4Ever Young franchise with her husband Stan. “They’ve shared that they’re very happy with the modern feel and cleanliness of our med spa. They are having a quality and elevating experience. They have also reported achieving great results with our skilled cosmetic injectors, as well as having wonderfully welcoming and informative experiences with the rest of our staff.”

It’s fair to say that 4Ever Young is in business to help people improve the quality of their lives — and a growing number of Wellington residents appreciate having access to 4Ever Young’s list of products and services.

If you are suffering from fatigue, loss of energy, loss of muscle mass, mood changes, loss of productivity, disrupted sleep, difficulty losing weight, anxiety, depression and/or reduced bone density, then 4Ever Young has a solution to your predicament.

The services provided by 4Ever Young include IV therapy, hormone replacement therapy, growth hormone peptide therapy, microneedling, platelet rich plasma, dermal fillers, Botox and Dysport injections, sclerotherapy, chemical peels, testosterone therapy, and facial and skin care.

According to Polina, the Botox injections and fillers have been the most popular services that they provide.

Both Stan and Polina truly feel that when clients spend money at 4Ever Young, it’s not a short-term expense. Instead, it’s a long-term investment in their health and well-being.

“The body does magical things when treated well,” Stan said. “Also, we want our clients to enjoy our unique atmosphere and benefit from the social experience at 4Ever Young.”

“By using our services, you will improve your inner world and your outer appearance,” added Polina, who is a big proponent of 4Ever Young’s hormone replacement therapy. “HRT has been transformational for me. I feel more energetic, and my body looks great.”

Before anyone starts ordering from the menu of services, 4Ever Young analyzes each client’s bloodwork. That analysis will provide a guide for what services each patient will specifically need to improve their overall health and, more importantly, their overall quality of life.

The professionally trained staff at 4Ever Young in Wellington will be able to provide each patient with those necessary procedures, treatments and nutritional supplements.

The Tolstunovs invite anyone who hasn’t considered anti-aging procedures before to visit and give them a try.

“They’re missing out on an opportunity to look and feel their best, inside and out, at any age,” said Polina, who noted that while she is in her early 40s, she feels like she’s in her mid-20s.

Both Stan and Polina practice what they preach at 4Ever Young. The Tolstunovs exercise daily, take supplements, and use the same services and products at 4Ever Young as they offer to their clients.

In fact, the Tolstunovs were 4Ever Young clients before opening the Wellington location last year. After moving to South Florida from New Jersey in 2019, they became regulars at the 4Ever Young location in Boca Raton. They loved the experience so much that they decided to open their own franchise location.

One of the strongest endorsements for any business or service always comes from people who have sampled and tried what there is to offer. At 4Ever Young, the testimonials from current clients are powerful and convincing.

“From the moment you walk in, you are welcomed by the friendliest and freshest faces. The facility is clean, welcoming and serene,” said Kristy, one of their clients.

“The staff members were beyond helpful,” added Angel, another client. “They were so nice and made sure we were 100 percent comfortable.”

So, if you’re ready to “live your best life” in 2022, make plans to visit 4Ever Young. Stan and Polina Tolstunov, along with their staff, await your arrival. Walk-ins are always welcome.

4Ever Young Anti-Aging Solutions is located in Wellington Green Square at 10620 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 50, near the Fresh Market. For more info., e-mail info@4everyoungwellington.com, call (561) 220-3771 or visit www.fyinstitute.com. Find the Wellington location of 4Ever Young on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4everyoungwellington.

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