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“There is nothing quite like having an integrated multispecialty orthopedic practice with specialists from every field of care to serve our patients,” says Dr. Andrew Belis, Partner and President of Orthopedic Center of Florida. “We work together to combine diagnostic studies and collaborate in providing the best treatments possible. We have numerous specialists treating conditions from head to toe. It’s important for comprehensive patient care and it’s where we shine.” Belis is a podiatrist and foot & ankle surgeon; however, there are times when foot and ankle problems stem from other issues. In a practice like Orthopedic Center of Florida, their specialists work with Dr. Belis to treat the patient as a whole.

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“Not many podiatrists are integrated into a multi-specialty orthopedic group. I’ve been one of the trailblazers in this area,” he says.


My approach is minimal with a small incision, which provides a proven quicker recovery and speedier rehab.

Dr. Belis’ passion for fixing things started as a child. He laughs, “My dad never hired a handyman. I have always been good with my hands and understand how things work.” And although his father, a Greek immigrant, pushed him in the direction of medicine, it seemed a natural inclination. He remembers dissecting a cow’s lung and heart in 6th grade science class. “Everyone hated it except me,” he laughs. “I finished in no time then went around helping everyone else. I was fascinated with biology and anatomy.”

While Dr. Belis treats all aspects of the foot and ankle, he specializes in minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery. Take for instance injuries to the Achilles tendon where he says, “My approach is minimal with a small incision, which provides a proven quicker recovery and speedier rehab. It’s rewarding for me because my patients do so well and heal much quicker than the traditional larger open approach.”

He is still fascinated by it today performing a range of techniques including ankle arthroscopy, “using a camera to look in the joint and treat minor cartilage injuries, to more complicated procedures, such as removal of painful bone spurs and ligament reconstruction from sprains and chronic ankle weakness,” says Dr. Belis. “I really enjoy performing reconstructive procedures on patients suffering from flat foot and other deformities,” he says. In some cases, he is even able to treat bunions in a minimally invasive procedure that includes smaller incisions. Sports medicine is another aspect of his expertise that lead the podiatrist to treat Gary Cerny. Cerny was on an indoor climbing wall when he fell backwards fracturing his ankle. He remembers, “The first physician I saw told me it was 50/50 whether I should have surgery.” He went the no surgery route.

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It healed quickly and within a month I was better by leaps and bounds. – Gary Cerny | Patient

GARY CERNY, WITH HIS TWO SONS

Over the course of the next eight months, Cerny was constantly in pain and his ankle frequently swelled. “The turning point for me, was a trip with my two boys to Lego Land,” he says. “After ten minutes my foot looked like a balloon and I thought, ‘this is crazy. I can’t live like this.’” Cerny’s boys attend school with Dr. Belis’ children and the two occasionally saw each other socially. “He was uncomfortable for a long time and it was not normal,” says the physician. The next time the two met was in Dr. Belis’ office where he took X-rays, an MRI and performed a diagnostic, fluoroscopic guided injection to validate the location of Cerny’s pain. Fluoroscopy is a technology that uses an X-ray to produce a real-time image of the injection site on a monitor, enabling Dr. Belis to see the exact location of the needle. When the needle is in the exact spot, he injects dye and anesthetic to be certain, then evaluates the location of the damage which helps determine the next step.

He explains, “If it numbs the joint and if pain is relieved, then that is a good indication of how the patient might feel if we operate; it gives us a level of predictability. I pride myself in diagnosing something thoroughly before diving in.” After weighing the options this time, Cerny said yes to surgery. “It healed quickly and within a month I was better by leaps and bounds,” he says. Today he is back to playing basketball and tennis, riding bicycles with kids to school, but still says “no” to rock wall climbing. “The surgery changed his life,” says Dr. Belis about Cerny. The physician also changes patients’ lives with preventive care, especially in regard to diabetics. In the case of a patient who suffered for years from diabetic toe ulcers, Dr. Belis determined the recurring problems stemmed from an extremely tight tendon. “I performed a simple procedure that involved lengthening the tendon and in two weeks the ulcer healed.”

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I work hard to give my patients a better quality of life by improving their lower extremity conditions.

– Dr. Andrew Belis DR. BELIS WITH PATIENT PAULA ROBBINS

Dr. Belis is the kind of physician who takes his time with patients to make sure he understands their condition so he can get to t he root of t he problem rather than just putting a band-aid on it. He is also quick to give credit to his staff saying, “They go above and beyond. You can only be as good as your staff and I’m very lucky to have them.” C e r n y a g re e s , “ T h e e nt i re s ta f f was just amazing. They all made m e f e e l a t e a s e . D r. B e l i s w a s thorough, conf ident, and conservative in his approach. I can’t say enough about him.” “I take care of people with foot and ankle problems ,” say s Dr. Belis. “I work hard to give my patients a better quality of life by improving their lower extremity conditions.” If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain or have a lower extremity problem, call Dr. Belis for an appointment.

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Dr. Belis is a double board-certified foot and ankle surgeon with a doctorate of podiatric medicine from Temple University in Philadelphia. After his residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, in Brooklyn, NY, he attained additional extensive surgical training at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Passionate about education, he founded and is the Director of the Foot and Ankle Fellowship program at the Orthopedic Center of Florida. In addition, he serves on numerous, prestigious professional boards and organizations. When not in scrubs, Dr. Belis enjoys family time with wife Jen-Hope, and their three children; Athena (15), Zoe (13), and Constantine (10) who are into theater, dance, and golf. He enjoys traveling with them, camping, boating, and playing pickleball in his new backyard court.

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“People are practicing more preventive care enabling them to keep their teeth longer. Now those teeth are experiencing wear and tear for many more years.”

Dr. Farag was born in London but grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina—she still says ya’ll. After graduating high school, she moved to Nashville, TN to complete her undergraduate studies in Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University. In 2005, she met her future husband who opened a dental practice in Port Charlotte and received her DMD in 2008 from Nova Southeastern College of Dentistry in Davie, Fl. Dr. Farag purchased Advanced Dentistry of Fort Myers in 2016. She takes a personal interest in each and every patient who comes into the office, and patient comfort is her foremost concern.

She often hears complaints from patients that when they smile they don’t see their teeth the way they used to; the teeth have become shorter. She says there are three factors to consider when talking about tooth wear: erosion, abrasion, and attrition. A sign of erosion is discoloration. Dr. Farag explains, “The teeth are starting to get more yellow because the layer of enamel is disappearing.” This is typically caused by chemicals such as the acid in sodas or acidic reflux, that eventually wear away the top layer of enamel, exposing the underlying ‘dentin.’ The dentin has a yellowish tint.

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“Keeping up on your regular dental visits can be less painful and much less expensive in the long run.” - Dr. Katrine Farag Abrasion is most often caused by over brushing, using a hard toothbrush. This physical action abrades the enamel, and similar to erosion, leads to a yellowish tint on teeth.

have to treat the entire joint instead of just the teeth,” says Dr. Farag.

“Attrition comes from chewing forces over the years. It begins to wear away at the length of teeth leaving patients with an uneven tooth line and/or short teeth.”

There are some easy things you can do now to slow the progression of tooth wear. The first one is to keep up on your regular dental visits. Staying ahead of changes in the mouth can be less painful and less expensive in the long run.

The key to treating tooth wear begins with figuring out the cause. “Eliminating the cause is the first step in treatment, then we can decide how to treat the teeth cosmetically,” says Farag.

Dr. Farag also says, “Check your toothbrush. Get rid of the brushes with the hard bristles. Throw them away and look for brushes with the softest bristles.”

Tooth color bonding is often used to brighten smiles in the case of erosion and abrasion. Whitening agents won’t work for these conditions because they target enamel. Once the enamel is gone and the dentin exposed, teeth whiteners don’t have a mineral base to cling to, and will no longer work.

She also advises cutting down on or eliminating acidic drinks and seeking treatment if you think you might have acid reflux. If you just can’t say no to that morning coffee, afternoon soda, or nightly glass of wine wait for at least 20 minutes after consuming before brushing. “That seems to be the magic number for the acid to dissipate and the PH in your mouth to get back to normal making brushing safer for your teeth.”

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Tooth wear is a normal part of aging that Dr. Farag says everyone will experience. “The key is to stay on top of it so that when it becomes excessive we can step in before any more damage is done.”

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Pets are more than just animals; they are family members for many people. But what happens to them when the family breaks up? When there is divorce or sickness? A financial set back, job loss or relocation? Many of them end up at the Gulf Coast Humane Society (GCHS,) a not-for-profit, no-kill shelter. In 20 1 9 t he shel ter rescued a whopping 2532 animals and adopted 2309 of them. “Many people are surprised to know we’ve been around since 1947 and at our current location off of MLK in Fort Myers since the early 70’s,” says Executive Director, Jennifer Galloway. Formerly known as Lee Count y H umane S ociet y, t he name was changed in the late 90’s; people often confused the shelter with the county’s animal services department. In addition, the organization’s reach goes far beyond Lee County. The shelter partners with smaller towns all over Southwest Florida that have limited resources. Animals are often euthanized in smaller communi-

ties because there is no medical care or even worse, no space for them. Galloway says, “Florida is one of top states that still euthanizes animals. By helping rural communities we help reduce those numbers.” When it comes to adoptions, “One of the biggest myths is that because an animal is in a shelter, they must have done something bad when that is just not the case.” Galloway says most animals end up there because owners can no longer take care of them. Once in the shelter, it is her mission to ease the fears of the animals, make sure they feel loved and leave with new skills. She likens a shelter stay to summer camp saying, “We do enrichment. We have certified trainers. We have play dates so they can go in the yard with other dogs. We want them to keep their social skills.” The same holds true for cats. GCHS has a free roaming cat room complete with a lanai for felines to lounge in the sun. Galloway explains, “It makes an easier transition into a home if the cats aren’t stuck in cages while they are here.”

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“For A Greater Cause” is a monthly initiative of livinglocal, spotlighting a local nonprofit that is making a difference in our community. livinglocal also makes a monetary donation to the nonprofit on behalf of its advertising partners. Not all cats are adoptable; there is a large feral (free roaming cats) population in Southwest Florida. GCHS partners with Fortunate Ferals, another local non-prof it organization that teaches people how to colonize feral cats with an emphasis on spaying and neutering. “It’s our goal to reduce the cat population problem in the state,” says Galloway. The influence of GCHS is indeed much greater than the walls of the shelter. “We go into the community with animals to ease tensions and stress,” says Galloway, adding, “Even 911 call centers because it’s such a stressful job. The animals bring smiles to their faces.” The same holds true for children who are experiencing trauma. Shelter dogs make regular cameos at places such the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida and Valerie’s House. Animals are used for humane education programs in local schools and at summer camps, and volunteers take them to nursing homes and adult day care programs throughout Southwest Florida.

GCHS was founded before the National Humane Society, and while a member of that organization, receives no funding from it. GCHS is privately funded, relying on donations and volunteers. Volunteers walk dogs, take them on car rides and even home for observation. If any behavior issues are noticed, trainers will work with the animals. Dog-training classes are offered to the public as well. “The goal is to get them in a home and keep them in a home,” says Galloway, “We do all we can to give our animals good skills.” Perhaps one of the biggest needs, besides funding, is that for foster parents. This is especially true during kitten season when babies whose eyes aren’t even open, are abandoned and have to be bottled fed. Ditto for puppies and injured animals. “There is only so much we can do in the rehabilitation center,” says Galloway. “It’s just like with people. We get better faster in a home, with fresh air, love and sunlight. I’m a true believer that heals us all.”

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