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After 50 years together, you could say that David and Susan Ratajik of Stevensville have played successfully off the same sheet of music throughout their marriage. But when pain experienced by each of them started to slow their tempo, it was time to seek help. They turned to Orthopedic Surgeon Justin Sybesma, MD, of Southwest Michigan Center for orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, for direction. David, 73, a retired school principal and a semiprofessional musician, had been suffering from carpal...
In the fall of 2012, 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...

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