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Nursing Instructor Experiences the Benefits of Robotic Surgery

As Denise Gardner reached the stage in her life when a hysterectomy was her best medical option, she didn’t have to look far for innovative treatment.  Lakeland HealthCare had recently purchased two new da Vinci Xi® Surgical Systems, which use advanced robotics to assist specially trained surgeons in minimally invasive techniques.  Read Denise's story.


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Karen Freehling:
A Lakeland da Vinci® Masterpiece

After undergoing gallbladder surgery years ago, Bridgman resident Karen Freehling thought she knew what to expect from future trips to the operating room. But it wasn’t until Karen’s recurring diverticulitis required surgical treatment with Lakeland’s da Vinci robot that she realized just how far technology had come. Read Karen's story.


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New Mother Praises Dedication of Southwestern Medical Clinic Staff

Tiffany Blaskie was apprehensive about which clinic to visit as she only wanted what was best for her child. With her busy schedule and unsteady work hours, she worried if she would find a location that would cater to her needs. Since this was her first child, she had no experience in choosing a clinic and was understandably cautious. After a lot of research, Tiffany chose Southwestern Medical Clinic, Niles to receive care throughout her pregnancy. Read Tiffany's story.

   


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Patient Credits Quick Recovery to Staff at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet

Tammy Gregory , 52, a Lawrence resident, was experiencing the slow deterioration of her knee. Seeking help, she contacted Jeffrey Postma, DO, – an orthopedic physician and was delighted to learn that his skill set included knee replacement surgery. Read Tammy's story.



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Local Realtor Rates His Lakeland Experience a 20!

Local Realtor, Howard McLauchlin learned he needed to have surgery to remove his prostate because of a cancerous growth. This procedure is complex due to the prostate’s close proximity to the bladder, bowel, and many nerves and blood vessels. His surgery was performed by Benjamin Stockton, MD, using the da Vinci robotic surgical system.   Read Howard's story.


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Former Smoker Finds Comfort in Early Detection Lung Scan

George Kavanaugh, started smoking when he was in high school. Fifteen years ago he made up his mind to be a non-smoker. About a year ago, George’s daughter-in-law suggested that he go to Lakeland HealthCare and participate in their lung cancer screening program. This program promotes early detection of lung cancer through a low-dose helical CT scan which is more effective than a chest x-ray when diagnosing lung cancer in its earliest stages. He's glad he did.  Read George's story.


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Pain No Longer the Focus for Local Photographer

A debilitating back injury had Bill Tucker using a walker and threatened to keep him from enjoying his life's work - and nearly everything else. When his doctor and many others said they would trust Neurosurgeon Christian Sikorski, MD to keep them safe, choosing Lakeland proved to be the right choice. Read Bill's story.


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Young EMT Credits Lakeland for Being Able to Walk

A lower back injury that became progressively worse confined Emergency Medical Technician Michael Martinak, 26, to bed. Hospitalized after losing feeling in one of his legs, he attributes Lakeland team members with never letting him give up. Michael’s perseverance paid off as he stunned his physical therapy team by starting to walk again on his birthday. Read Michael's story.


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Patient Praises New Technology for Quick Recovery

When gallstones started to cause severe abdominal pain for 32-year-old Rosario Espinoza, she researched her options for gallbladder surgery. Having single-site gallbladder surgery performed by Roy Winslow, MD, FACS, using the da Vinci® Si surgical robot at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph was the right choice for her — she was “amazed” by her quick recovery. Read Rosario's story.


Gina Anderson Getting Back in the Game

Tennis was always an important part of Gina Anderson's life. An avid player in college, Gina continued the sport as she settled into her post-academic life. But Gina's athletic career came to an abrupt halt when her knee was injured during a tennis game. Read Gina's story.


Bill Cox No Time to Spare

Feeling tired with no energy, a persistent cough brought Bill Cox, 66, to a routine appointment with his family doctor. He never imagined that Benjamin Stockton, MD, would find a tumor and need to remove one of his kidneys. Read Bill's story.


Kim Wasserman Trust Your Instincts

Kim Wasserman's instincts told her to turn her car around – she thought she saw someone lying face down in the garage of a house. She found an elderly woman bleeding profusely. Kim’s concern for the woman’s SAFETY led to swift action that may have saved her life. Read Kim's story. 


Lew Burchard Lakeland as Good as the Best

Lew Burchard, 70, has been to Mayo Clinic. It’s generally regarded as one of the best health systems in the nation. His wife, Lynnette, was treated there in 2004, and they left impressed.

When Lew was rushed to the Emergency Department at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph in July 2011, he wasn’t sure what to expect. He never imagined that the care could compare to the renowned Mayo Clinic. So much for expectations. Read Lew's story.


jason-griffiths-sm.jpg Leaving Pain in the Dust

Jason Griffiths of Berrien Springs enjoys living life to the fullest. Whether he’s mountain biking, jet skiing, or coaching his daughter’s softball team, it’s clear he’s not interested in sitting on the sidelines.

At age 40, Jason wasn’t willing to let a degenerative spinal disc condition take him out of the game for good. He was ready to get rid of the back pain, numbness in his leg, and an inability to sleep, symptoms that physical rehabilitation, stretches, cortisone injections, and pain medications were not helping. Read Jason's story. 


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Robert Barnes, 80, is often considered the busiest man in his Buchanan neighborhood. He helps his elderly neighbors with their trash, gardening, and anything else that they need. Earlier this year, however, he was unable to lift or move much, let alone walk.

In February, Robert slipped on some ice as he was walking to his car after a day of helping renovate his granddaughter’s home.

“I figured I had pulled a muscle,” explained Robert. His pain became worse and, according to Robert, on a scale of one to 10, it was a 12. Unable to sleep in his own bed, he sat in his chair with a heating pad, which provided little relief.  Several days later he went to his family physician in Buchanan who diagnosed Robert with a broken back and several broken ribs. Read Robert's story.


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Associates Doing More than just Saving Lives

Everything felt off balance. Nikki Jones, 60, couldn’t see straight or think clearly.

“I felt dizzy and completely off,” Nikki said. “I had just woken up, and I knew something was terribly wrong. I went to the hospital right away.”

Nikki had spent the night before packing and preparing to move from her apartment in Niles to a new place in Dowagiac. She was exhausted by the time she laid down. If it had just been a little stiffness and grogginess, she might have chalked it up to the packing. This was much more serious.

“The doctors told me I’d had another stroke,” Nikki said. Just 3 months earlier, Nikki had suffered her first stroke. She walked out of the hospital under her own power 8 days later. This time would be different. Read Nikki's story.


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It may run in the family, or that is how it appears with siblings Linda Fites, Dave Knuth, and Paul Knuth. All 3 had knee replacements at Lakeland HealthCare within about a year of each other. “It is important to have friends and family close during the surgery and recovery, and when you have the very best right here there is no need to look further.” Read their story.


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Annabelle Holt is only 4 years old, but she likes to pretend that she’s a nurse. That might seem unremarkable, but it wasn’t always this way. Everything changed after she met Valarie White, RN.

Like most children, Annabelle detested trips to the hospital. It usually involved needles and “yucky” medicine. Her mother, Nicolina, or Nicky for short, could relate, but she suspected a trip might be inevitable when Annabelle developed respiratory troubles.

That was confirmed after a visit to pediatrician David Driscoll, MD. Read Annabelle's story.


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Ron Horton’s primary care physician, Daniel Hayward, MD, of Southwestern Medical Clinic in Bridgman, discovered a lump in Ron’s throat during an exam. Dr. Hayward referred the Benton Harbor man to Craig Kline, MD, General Surgeon at Southwestern Medical Clinic Surgical Specialties in St. Joseph.

Dr. Kline performed an endoscopy and biopsy on Ron. The tests revealed that Ron had cancer in both his esophagus and stomach. He would need a complex surgery to have a portion of his esophagus and half of his stomach removed. Read Ron's story.

 


Nothing but Excellent Care

It was 3:00 a.m. somewhere in Ontario, Canada.  Kelvin Thomas, 52, was barreling down the road in mid-August in his semi, heading toward his next delivery.  Then the symptoms returned just as mysteriously as they had left.

The swaying and spinning sensations of vertigo.  Paralysis in his left eye, and an odd tingling sensation traveling up and down his legs.  It was the second time he had experienced these symptoms, which previously went undiagnosed.

Kelvin continued on his trip.  He eventually lost vision in his eye, but he made the delivery.  Then, incredibly, he picked up his next shipment and drove all the way home to Benton Harbor. 

“I had no idea what was going on – if I’d had a stroke or something – I just wasn’t sure,” Kelvin said.  “I didn’t want to burden the company that I worked for.  They would have had to arrange to come get the truck, so I headed back.  I took back roads because I could only see out of one eye.”

When he returned home, Kelvin went to see an eye doctor about his vision.  The doctor told him he needed to go to the emergency room right away.  He did.

Kelvin went to the Emergency Department at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph for an examination.  After a battery of tests, he received the diagnosis.  Kelvin was suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS).

MS is an immune disease that attacks a person’s nervous system, causing the nerves to slow or stop.  This leads to a variety of symptoms, including those experienced by Kelvin.  There is no cure.  Treatment focuses on symptom control and maintaining quality of life.

Kelvin remained in the hospital over the next three weeks.  He lost the ability to walk, and received several different forms of treatment, including steroids and low-dose chemotherapy.  One of his doctors was neurologist Richard Frieden, MD.

“My father had been a patient of Dr. Frieden’s, and we liked him a lot,” Kelvin said.  “He has a great attitude and personality.  He put my family and me at ease with his openness and honesty.  It wasn’t always good news, but he explained everything and laid out exactly what I would go through.”


An Unlikely Lifeline

Ericka Nykamp, 78, had no idea how severe her condition really was.  Her blood sugar had spiked to a dangerously high level.  She was experiencing symptoms, but had no way of reaching the hospital.

Her husband was sick.  She couldn’t drive.  Her only lifeline was a physician assistant from Stagg Medical Center in Hartford, Jean LaFever, PA-C.  The two had just met a few days ago.

Ericka had become ill after suffering from food poisoning.  She was dehydrated and on the verge of kidney failure.  She was also a diabetic.  Jean examined Ericka and immediately sent her to Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet for treatment.

“I stayed for three days in the hospital,” Ericka said.  “They gave me some medications to help me get better and switched my insulin.  After I was released, I got a call from a doctor but I couldn’t understand everything he was trying to tell me.”

You see, Ericka immigrated to the United States in 1953 from East Germany to Watervliet.  She speaks English fairly well, but sometimes has difficulty understanding others. 

The doctor was concerned about Ericka’s blood sugar levels.  After failing to bridge the language barrier, he contacted Jean to see if she could help.

“Jean called me and told me that my sugar had spiked,” Ericka said.  “She told me to go to the Emergency Room, but my husband was very sick and I can’t drive.  There was no way for me to leave the house.”

Jean knew she had to do something.  She knew that Ericka needed to have her blood sugar and vital signs checked regularly, so she called her every 30 minutes to monitor the situation.

This lasted throughout the afternoon and evening until Ericka’s blood sugar finally stabilized around 2:00 a.m.  She went to sleep, but the phone rang once again at 8:00 a.m.  It was Jean calling to check on her. 

“I had no idea how serious this was,” Ericka said.  “Jean never let on and always stayed calm.  For that, I am very grateful.  She wasn’t even my physician, but she took the extra time to make sure that I was alright.”  

Ericka now sees Jean regularly at Stagg Medical Center.  The two are working to ensure that Ericka’s blood sugar levels stay properly regulated. 

“Jean loves her job and Respects her patients,” Ericka said.  “She goes to great lengths to care for them well.  I am so happy that I met her!”


Feeling Young Again

Still four years shy of her 50th birthday, Serita Mason felt so much older than she really was.  The pain in her hip and knee was getting worse, and the carpal tunnel syndrome in her left wrist was a continued annoyance.  The pain medication helped, sometimes.

Serita spent most days in bed.  When she did walk, she required the assistance of a cane for stability.
To make matters worse, her financial situation was deteriorating and her primary care doctor had recently relocated from her hometown of Niles.

That was in 2008, before her first appointment with Orthopedic Surgeon, Kenneth Edwards, MD.

“I was in very bad shape, but I knew I was in good hands as soon as I met with Dr. Edwards,” Serita said.  “He was such a good listener and very empathetic about my health issues and financial situation.”

The first step for Serita would be hip replacement surgery.  However, before she could be a candidate, she needed to lose 50 pounds.  That was a problem.

“I had high iron levels in my body, which causes osteoarthritis and bone deterioration,” Serita said.  “This made it hard for me to be active and lose weight, but I Trusted the advice and expertise of Dr. Edwards.  He was so compassionate and took the time to explain everything to me.”

With the help of Dr. Edwards, Serita lost the weight.  She had hip replacement surgery in 2008.  Then, in 2009, she had her left knee replaced.  In 2010, Serita underwent carpal tunnel surgery.

Now she feels years younger.  Serita, 50, is pain-free, loving life, and enjoying time with her 14-year old twins.  She couldn’t be happier with her outcome.

“It’s so nice to be able to do things that I couldn’t do before,” Serita said.  “Thanks to Dr. Edwards, I am able to be active without any pain.  He’s truly a wonderful doctor, and I couldn’t have asked for better care.”


Remarkable Experience, Remarkable Teamwork, Outstanding Outcome

“Good morning.”  Those two words never sounded so sweet to the family of Dick Mellinger than on the morning of Sunday, December 18, 2011.  Dick had used them to greet his nurse at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph. 

That might seem rather unremarkable except for the fact that Dick had suffered a massive stroke less than 12 hours earlier. 

“I was driving to dinner and my wife and daughter and son-in-law were in the car,” said Dick, 63 years old, from Granger, Indiana.  “I wasn’t feeling very well, and I started feeling a pressure in my head.  Then my heart skipped a beat, and I felt a popping sensation.”

Dick and his family were on their way to dinner at Tosi’s restaurant in Stevensville.  He pulled off the highway as his symptoms worsened, and halted at the intersection of Hollywood and John Beers Road.

“He just stopped right in the middle of the road and asked me to drive,” said Lindsay Mellinger, Dick’s wife.  “I knew something was really, really wrong.  At first, I thought he was having a heart attack.”

Lindsay immediately called 9-1-1, and in a matter of moments Dick’s face and eyes became paralyzed.  As luck would have it, the family was going to dinner with friends – two doctors and their son, who’s studying to be a physician. 

“They were driving ahead of us because they knew where we were all going,” Dick said.  “When we stopped, they turned around to check on us.  Of course, they had a pretty good idea of what was happening to me and took control of the situation until the ambulance got there.”

Emergency responders arrived within minutes to take Dick to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.  They phoned ahead to prepare the trauma team for his arrival.

“I was thrust into a world I knew absolutely nothing about, but the hospital was unbelievable,” Dick said.  “There were probably 15 people waiting for me when I arrived, and I didn’t experience even a moment of hesitation.  I couldn’t move, but I could hear and I was aware of what was happening.  It was very frightening, but I immediately felt more comfortable in their hands.”   

Christopher Trigger, MD, was Dick’s attending physician when he arrived.  Dr. Trigger and his team determined that Dick had suffered an ischemic stroke, which is a brain attack that occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery and interrupts blood flow to the brain.

“Dick and his family did the right thing by immediately calling 9-1-1 for help,” Dr. Trigger said.  “Because of this, we were able to provide treatment within three hours of the onset of his symptoms.  This is critical, and it allowed him to receive the drug tPA.”

Tissue plasminogen activator, commonly referred to as tPA, is a protein that is involved in the breakdown of blood clots.  It’s been called a wonder drug, but must be administered as early as possible after the onset of symptoms.  Guidelines require its use within the first three hours of the event, after which its risks may outweigh its benefits.

Two thirds of stroke patients have lasting disability.  Dick was talking in less than 12 hours. 

“His nurse came in the room for her shift change, and, out of the blue, he said, ‘good morning’,” Lindsay said.  “We all started to cry.”

Dick was walking again three days later.  It was nothing short of a miracle when he went home on Christmas day fully recovered with no deficit.

“The team at Lakeland deserves 100% of the credit,” Dick said.  “What a noble and wonderfully dedicated group of people.  I owe a tremendous amount to them.  Dr. Ward and Dr. Syzmanski were absolutely wonderful in aiding my recovery and explaining things to me.  The Ortho/Neuro team and really everyone I encountered were exceptional.  They started calling me the tPA poster child.  I was a little disappointed.  I always wanted to be a centerfold.”

Dick’s back to his normal routine these days.  He’s retired after spending 40 years as an agent for Northwestern Mutual Life in South Bend and enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, Doug, Darcy, Cameron, and Kelley.

“It was a haunting experience, but I’m busy getting back to living life,” Dick said.  “Sometimes we think we’re bulletproof.  You know, ‘this could never happen to me’ – but it can.  Don’t just try to tough it out.  By then, it could be too late.  There’s a great group of people at Lakeland who have the expertise to give you the care you need.  I’m living proof.”


Care You Can Trust

Sandy Reed, MD, could feel her world closing in around her.  Osteoporosis and a pair of hip replacements had taken its toll.  Still full of life at age 63, her body struggled to keep up.

It all started about 12 years ago.  Sandy was working on her second master’s degree, this one in National Security Strategy, and she began noticing signs of osteoporosis.  Then, in 2001, she had hip replacement surgery.  Three years later, the other hip needed to be replaced.

“Weight-bearing exercise is very important for people with osteoporosis,” Sandy said.  “After my hip replacements, that became much more difficult.  You begin to feel even more fragile.”

Still, Sandy continued to work, serving as Director for Expeditionary Medicine at the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Falls Church, Virginia.  It was a perfect fit for her skills.  She had lived and breathed the military for most of her life – first through her father’s service and later herself as an officer in the Marine Corps.  Sandy had also served as a pulmonary and critical-care physician in the Navy.

She used those experiences to find ways of improving access to care for soldiers serving at the front-lines of conflicts overseas, including developing the forward resuscitative surgery system.   This is a highly mobile, lightweight unit which deploys to the farthest edges of the battlefield to provide immediate life- and limb-saving surgeries on wounded Marines.

In 2006, Sandy retired to Berrien Springs, the place where she was born.

“I have many fond memories of this place from my childhood,” Sandy said.  “My grandparents lived here, and I loved coming to visit and being close to the lake.  When I retired, I wanted small-town living and access to healthcare I could Trust.  I did my research and was very impressed with the quality offered at Lakeland.  That was one of the deciding factors in final my decision to come to this area.”

As it turned out, Sandy would soon put that Trust to the test.  In 2009, she had a hip replacement revision done by Kenneth Edwards, MD.  This is a common procedure that replaces worn out hip-replacement implants, but it proved to be yet another hurdle with her osteoporosis.

“I felt like my life was getting smaller and smaller,” Sandy said.

The Sandy heard about Bones in Balance through her primary care provider, Sigita Alimenti, MD. This is a four-week program offered by Lakeland Orthopedic Physical Therapy that teaches those diagnosed with osteoporosis and osteopenia how to successfully live with these conditions through self-management.   

“It’s helped me increase my flexibility and strength through the different balance exercises, and I have a lot less pain,” said Sandy, who also has osteoarthritis.  “That was a springboard.  I’m doing other exercises now, and I feel like I have my life back.  I can’t speak highly enough of this program and of my experiences and care providers at Lakeland.  I would Trust them with my life.”


Head and Shoulders Above the Rest

At seven months old, Gerald Bushnell was diagnosed with polio. Polio is a viral infectious disease that causes muscle weakness and often paralysis in the legs.  Even though Gerald was immunized twice, due to the strain of the vaccine his left leg muscles are considerably smaller than his right leg.  He has worn a brace and walked with a cane since he can remember. Because Gerald does not have full use of his legs, he has relied on his arms to perform many daily activities.

Gerald, 57 and a resident of Dowagiac is unable to stand or walk for long periods of time and uses a scooter to get around.  Because his legs are quite weak, if he is on his feet for a long time, he risks falling.

In 2009, after a particularly bad fall, Gerald started seeing Dr. Robert Schaefer, MD. X-rays showed that his right leg was broken in three places. “Dr. Schaefer put me back together again after that fall. I was having problems with my shoulders at that time but didn’t say anything because I was focused on my broken leg.”

While his right leg was healing, Gerald’s right shoulder pain was getting worse. He received cortisone injections to relieve the pain but it would always return.  He went to another medical provider where he had an MRI and was told that nothing could be done. The news was quite discouraging to Gerald and his wife; since he was unable to move his right arm and was totally dependent upon her to perform simple daily tasks.  And, Gerald was in excruciating pain. 

Remembering what a great experience he had with Dr. Schaefer, Gerald made an appointment.  “I trusted Dr. Schaefer. He had done such a great job on my leg; he would let me know if my shoulder could be fixed,” said Gerald.  Dr. Schaefer reviewed Gerald’s medical records and told Gerald he was going to consult with his colleagues and find the best course of treatment.

In November of 2011 Gerald had a right shoulder replacement.  The surgery and recovery was such a success that he had his left shoulder replaced in July,  2012 with one request-that he have the same  rehabilitation team that he had worked with in 2011.

“The Watervliet rehabilitation facility at Lakeland Community Hospital is Southwest Michigan’s best kept secret,” according to Gerald. “Everyone was great.  They are a mighty team that taught me how to get out of bed, dress myself, and shower and much more,” said Gerald.

“I have my life back,” said Gerald. “I am able to do normal daily activities like getting out of a chair, pain free!  Dr. Schaefer has given me my life back.”


Simple Technique Changes Life of Vertigo Patient

Vicky Amodeo opened her eyes and remained still.  She waited.  It was the same every day.  She knew what would happen next.  As soon as she moved, the dizziness would come – the room spinning like some crazy county fair rollercoaster. 

Next, the nausea and sickness came.  This had been the morning routine for Vicky, 72, for more than 20 years.  And it didn’t get much better after she got out of bed.  She was suffering from a condition called vertigo. 

Vertigo causes a person to feel like they are moving, swaying, and spinning even when standing still.  It occurs when small crystals within the inner ear become dislodged, throwing off one’s equilibrium.

Symptoms can be chronic or sporadic, often triggered by certain movements and only for short durations.  Vicky’s symptoms were chronic.  She would experience vertigo when trying to complete even the simplest of tasks – like walking or just getting out of bed. 

“It was terrible,” said Vicky, a resident of Coloma.  “I had been to the hospital many times but nothing seemed to help.  I just wanted to lock myself in a room and turn off the lights.  I was so tired of feeling sick.”

It hadn’t always been that way.  Vicky, the oldest of six children, immigrated with her family to the United States from the Italian island of Sicily in 1956.  She was 17 years old and vertigo-free.

Vicky eventually settled in Chicago with her husband of 52 years, Domenico.  They raised three children together and owned a successful restaurant, Amodeo’s.  In their spare time, the family liked to vacation on the other side of the lake.  They decided to retire here and built a home.  Life was good.

Then everything changed. 

“I felt like the vertigo took complete control of my life,” Vicky said.  “I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get it back.  There were many days when I couldn’t even get out of bed.”

To make matters worse, Vicky began having problems with her shoulder, hip, and knee – the latter two requiring surgery.  That’s when things changed again – only this time in a way she never expected.

Vicky completed her post-surgical rehabilitation at the Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Coloma.  Over time, she developed a relationship with physical therapist Simi Jain, MSPT.

“Simi told me that she worked with vertigo patients and had seen some amazing results through physical therapy,” Vicky said.  “Nobody had ever suggested anything like this to me before.  She called my doctor and got a referral, and then I had my first treatment.”

Simi is one of two physical therapists at the rehabilitation center.  She and her colleague Shannon Logsdon, MSPT, are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of different types of vertigo.  They perform simple repositioning techniques that readjust the small crystals in the ear to restore equilibrium.

“We begin the process by asking patients a series of questions about the symptoms they are experiencing,” Simi said.  “Treatment can often begin during the first visit, with some patients only needing two or three sessions to correct their symptoms.”

Vicky noticed an improvement almost immediately.  In fact, her biggest hurdle to recovery wasn’t even the vertigo.

“I was scared to do some of the exercises,” Vicky said.  “I didn’t want to get sick.  It took a little while to build up my confidence.”

The exercises were simple enough – at least for someone who’s never experienced vertigo.  She was asked to walk while looking up and down and side to side.  She also practiced lying down flat and getting up fast.  To her surprise, the symptoms were virtually nonexistent. 

“The difference was night and day,” Vicky said.  “I feel like I have my life back.  I’m so thankful for the care I received.  I would recommend Simi and Shannon to anyone.”

Now when Vicky wakes up in the morning, she can’t wait to get out of bed.  She has nine grandchildren to spend time with, and she’s ready to catch up on some cooking.
 


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