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Lowest readmission rate in nation for congestive heart failure

Munson Medical Center’s Heart Failure Clinic team include from left: Nancy Harris, Rhonda Purchase, Sheila Falk, Dr. Dino Recchia, Dr. Heather Tolfree & Mary McManemy


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Our Experience Improves

We know our way around hearts. The Munson heart team has provided advanced heart care longer than any other team in northern Michigan. We do more heart procedures than anyone else – and our experience improves yours. Our heart team has the lowest 30-day heart failure readmission rates in the nation at 16.6 percent. The national average is 22.7 percent.



Great care and great outcomes make us the regional leader in cardiac care. Ask your physician to refer you to the Munson team – the most experienced and advanced heart team in northern Michigan. We’ll feel better when you do. 1-800-637-4033 | myheartexperts.org

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Congestive Heart Failure


Munson Ranked Top in Nation for Low Readmission Rate Hospitals across the nation are keenly focused on reducing the rate of hospital readmission for congestive heart failure, and in that pursuit, Munson Medical Center’s cardiac team recently achieved a remarkable result. In a study of 4,778 hospitals, the Munson team tied with three other hospitals for the lowest readmission rate in the nation. The number one cause of hospital admissions for people over 65 is congestive heart failure. In the United States, of the people admitted to a hospital for congestive heart failure, nearly 25 percent of them will be back in the hospital within 30 days. That average is unfortunate both for the patients, who’d prefer not to be in the hospital, and for the medical system at large, which has to pay for that frequent, high-level care. The number of people who die from congestive heart failure has doubled since the 1980s. Ironically, the increase is in part the result of success in another area of heart treatment. Medical teams have become so adept at saving people from heart attacks that many are now living with damaged and weakened hearts that have compromised pumping ability— which is what congestive heart failure is.

Five years ago, when, thanks to philanthropic support, Munson was able to build its Heart Failure Clinic Program the hospital’s readmittance rate nearly matched the national average. Central to lowering that rate to 16.6 percent was identifying the sickest patients—people who had the highest chance for not doing well and being readmitted and closely monitoring their condition of health at home, explains Dr. Dino Recchia, cardiologist. “We made the patient and the family part of the team,” he says. The importance of self-care is essential for patients to understand when managing congestive heart failure. “When heart failure tips over, it’s because patients are retaining water, and one of the best ways to monitor that is daily weight, so we have them weigh themselves every day,” Recchia says. The patient sends his or her weight information to a nurse, and the team adjusts medications daily in response. “It’s the same way a diabetic might adjust insulin day by day,” he says. Taking the fluid monitoring a step further, the team can implant a tiny device in the blood vessel of a patient’s lung that measures the blood pressure in the artery, which is a reflection of the pressure in the

heart and can detect fluid retention very early on. The device detects increased flui even before it shows up as weight gain, so medications can be adjusted at the earliest possible time. The patient lies down on a small pillow that has electronics inside that read the monitoring device and send the results to Dr. Recchia’s iPhone. When treatments involving pharmaceuticals are no longer enough, the Munson team works with teams in other hospitals on such solutions as implantable heart pumps or even heart transplants. Working closely with those physicians, Munson’s team can assist with follow-up locally, helping the patient reduce the need to travel downstate for checkups. Given Munson’s “best in the U.S.” results, it’s little surprise that hospitals have been calling Recchia and his team to learn how they achieved such low readmission rates. “We’ve been open to helping,” he says. “This is another great example of this community working to solve a problem—donors giving financia support, the administration saying, ‘Can you make this better?’ and implementing the right expertise at the right time.”—J.S.

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ANOTHER WAY TO REMEMBER STROKE SYMPTOMS -Sudden weakness on one side of the body -Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding -Sudden trouble seeing -Sudden trouble walking or loss of balance -Sudden severe headache with no known cause THE FAST TEST FACE: Does the face look uneven? Ask them to smile. ARMS: Does one arm drift down? Ask them to raise both arms. SPEECH: Does their speech sound strange? Ask them to repeat a phrase. TIME: Every second, brain cells die. Call 911 at any sign of stroke. Dr. Robert Levy

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The Urgent Goal: Shorten Time to Treatment You see it in print, you see it on TV, you hear it on radio, you see it on billboards: Time is of the essence when responding to stroke. Yet shortening the time between stroke and treatment remains a major hurdle in minimizing the effects of this, the No. 1 cause of adult disability in the United States. Today, less than five percent of stroke victims arrive at the hospital within the 3-to-4.5 hours needed to be eligible for treatment by the most effective drug, a powerful thrombolytic agent (dissolves blood clots) commonly called TPA (tissue plasminogen activator). Reducing that time to treatment is a central goal of Michigan’s Ongoing Stroke Registry to Accelerate Improvement in Care (MOSAIC), a statewide stroke response and care initiative, explains Dr. Robert Levy, M.D., of McLaren Northern Michigan. MOSAIC is a multi-center initiative led by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and funded by the CDC as part of the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry. Levy will be serving as clinical consultant for MOSAIC throughout Michigan as the program launches its second stage, a five-year effort. The program’s first three-year stage focused extensively on inhospital procedures and especially reducing what medical teams called “door to needle” time—the time between hospital admittance and when the patient begins receiving TPA. “The goal was 60 minutes. The new goal is 45 minutes,” Levy says. In MOSAIC’s stage two, one of the main goals is reducing the time from onset of stroke to hospital admission. “We want to streamline the preadmission process, and that will involve education of EMS [emergency medical service] teams in how to recognize a stroke and transport to the nearest hospital that has the ability to give TPA,” Levy says. EMS should also notify the hospital

that a stroke patient is on the way, so they are already prepared when the patient arrives. Adding another layer of complexity to response time, hospitals have recently begun to perform clot removal from major arteries of the brain using catheter technology. Levy and his colleagues will be strategizing about how to make sure eligible patients can reach those downstate hospitals within the six-hour time frame needed for effective treatment. McLaren Northern Michigan and Munson Medical Center have collaborated to create a single stroke critical pathway that will allow all hospitals in Northern Michigan to standardize EMS and in-hospital stroke care. Collaboration between McLaren Northern Michigan, Munson, and all the hospitals in Northern Michigan has been a pillar of developing the response systems. “We want to provide a single template for evaluation and treatment of stroke to improve patient care and outcomes,” Levy says. MOSAIC is a multi-faceted initiative, and in addition to focusing on the pre-admittance phase, Phase Two will also be working to improve post-discharge care including smoking cessation, adherence to medications, and medical follow-up. MOSAIC will also be working hard to educate the public about signs of stroke, because failure to identify stroke by the patient and family is the key reason why less than 5 percent of patients nationally receive TPA. “People need to educate themselves about the signs,” Levy says. “Get a list and put it on the refrigerator.”—J.S.

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Breast Cancer


Screening for At-Risk Women

Women who are diagnosed at breast cancer’s earliest stage have a 95 percent survival rate at 10 years. That powerful statistic explains why early diagnosis has become one of the most fervently pursued strategies in the war against cancer. Doing its part, Munson Medical Center has launched a new breast cancer-screening program designed to identify women who have an elevated risk. Women who have a 20 percent or higher risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes will be more closely monitored, so if they do develop breast cancer, intervention can happen as quickly as possible. The program begins this fall, when the mammogram patients in for regular checkups at the hospital or the Smith Family Breast Health Center at Copper Ridge will be asked to fill out a risk assessment form. The questionnaire runs two pages and asks for information about personal health and lifestyle habits and family history. “We encourage people to take the form home, so they can talk to relatives, like their mom or an aunt, to get a more complete story,” says Hilary Tarsney, Comprehensive Breast Program Coordinator at Munson Medical Center. The information is fed into a computer, which determines a risk percentage based on two nationally recognized risk models. Of course the findings are especially important to women with elevated risk, but the information is important for all women, in Tarsney’s view. “Many people tell us they are at higher risk, but their information shows they are not, so that is a relief for them,” Tarsney says. “On the flip side, we find people who did not know they were higher risk, but are, so we can advise.” A nurse practitioner will contact women with elevated risk and have them come in for a consultation. “They will go over the results, ask about possibly doing other tests and discuss changes to their lifestyle that can reduce risk—dietary changes, exercise, less alcohol,” Tarsney says. Some people are eligible for medications that can reduce risk. Some women might alternate every six months with a mammogram and an MRI. Some of the higher risk patients may be

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eligible for full genetics testing. “Most insurance companies will pay for blood tests that will test for genetic mutations in DNA that would elevate their risk of breast cancer,” Tarsney says. Between the hospital and Copper Ridge, 25,000 women a year have mammograms in Traverse City, and of those in 2014, 285 women were diagnosed with some type of breast cancer. “Even if half the women filled out the form, that would be fantastic,” Tarsney says. “They would know what their risk is.” In Michigan, women must have a physician order to schedule a mammogram. (The health department can issue mammogram orders for women who are uninsured or under-insured.) —J.S.

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We Are Munson Healthcare. We are the people who care for the people of northern Michigan. We believe the best health care is delivered as close to home as possible by people who live and work in your community. Our nine community hospitals are committed to the well-being of each patient. We collaborate in a regional system of care, knowing that working together and sharing our strengths allows us to serve our communities better. Our eight supporting partners contribute to regional health care through coordinated services that result in quality, convenient, easy to use care for patients and their families. Together, we’re stronger. Together, we are Munson Healthcare. Munson Healthcare Hospitals

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Exciting Advances in Glaucoma By William P. Potthoff Jr, MD

A wise man (or woman!) once said, “The only constant is change.” Evidence of this can be seen all around us, from the newest features on the latest iPhone to the wonders of 3-D printing. A new technology as recent as the iPod is already obsolete. These same trends exist in medicine, and in no field more so than ophthalmology. In fact, the vast array of cutting-edge technology within ophthalmology was one of the many things that attracted me to the field. The diagnosis and treatment of ubiquitous eye diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy have been revolutionized in the last decade with incredible breakthroughs in both diagnosis and treatment. Amidst all of this progress, eyecare providers are still treating glaucoma in essentially the same way they were thirty years ago! Lowering the pressure inside the eye is currently the only proven way to treat glaucoma. Once a patient is diagnosed with glaucoma, they are usually started on eyedrops to lower the pressure inside the eye; laser therapy can also be used to achieve this goal, although the effects of laser eventually wear off. While the use of eyedrops seems simple enough, time and again studies have shown that less than 50% of patients use their eyedrops as prescribed, and this doesn’t even take into account the difficulty of actually getting the drops in the eye! Not to mention that these drops can have their own side effects, both short-term and long-term. If a patient’s eye pressure is deemed to be too high despite the use of multiple eye drops

and laser therapy, then incisional surgery is the last line of defense to lower the eye pressure and preserve the patient’s vision. However, eye surgeons typically think of traditional glaucoma surgery as the last resort because, while effective, it is wrought with potential complications. Multiple large studies have repeatedly demonstrated that the best surgeons in the world still experience vision-threatening complications in upwards of 20% of cases. This is all changing. Recent technological advances in biomedical device manufacturing have finally allowed engineers to precisely manufacture devices on an extremely small scale, small enough to fit inside the microscopic fluid outflow pathway in the eye. This has given rise to the field of MIGS, short for “micro-invasive glaucoma surgery”. The first such FDA-approved device, the iStent, is 1 mm in length (Figure 1). This device is approved for surgical implantation into the trabecular meshwork, the drainage tissue in the front of the eye that is most often Figure 1. Size of the iStent malfunctioning as compared to a penny. in glaucoma. The iStent serves to bypass this diseased tissue, thus lowering the pressure inside the eye and helping to save vision from being lost to glaucoma. While the degree of pressure-lowering is typically more modest compared with traditional glaucoma surgery, the most exciting benefit of the iStent is that it is much safer than traditional surgery. This gives surgeons the ability to surgically intervene at an earlier stage, thus serving to preserve more vision and hopefully spare patients the difficulty of being on multiple eyedrops. The iStent is only one such MIGS device, there are multiple other devices that have demonstrated even better efficacy and safety across the world and are on the verge of gaining final FDA approval in the next year or two. The field of glaucoma is set to undergo a major paradigm shift, and the surgeons at Northern Vision Eye Care are excited to be able to offer this exciting technology to the community. Call 231.932.9000 to schedule a consultation or attend a free seminar to the public discussing MIGS lead by Dr. Potthoff on Wednesday, November 11th at 6:30pm at Northern Vision Eye Care (in the Copper Ridge marketplace). Seating is limited, so please call to reserve a seat. MyNorth Medical Insider

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Transforming Hip Replacement Surgery “My husband and I were amazed, even the nurses and physical therapists were surprised that I was walking within 30 minutes of waking up from the procedure.”

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The human anatomy has not changed, but the instruments used by physicians have, and it is this evolution of technology and training that is changing how patients experience their hip replacement. Residents of Gaylord and the surrounding communities are benefiting from these advancements, and the surgeons who use them. In July 2015, Otsego Memorial Hospital welcomed orthopedic surgeon, Ryan Shephard, DO. Dr. Shephard completed his residency at McLaren-Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan and utilizes the anterior approach to total hip replacements. “Essentially, the anterior approach has revolutionized the hip replacement,” said Dr. Shephard, “Surgical technology has evolved, creating instruments that allow the surgeon to move around the muscle instead of cutting through it.” The procedure calls for the surgeon to enter through the front (anterior) of the hip, instead of the back (posterior) or the side (lateral) approach. According to Dr. Shephard, because the surgery is performed without cutting through the muscle, the patient can expect increased stability, with a lower dislocation rate. A significant improvement when compared to the older hip replacement procedures. The improved stability also leads to less activity limitations and lifelong restrictions. “Patients who actively participated in high level, nonimpact sports, such as skiing or tennis, should not expect to have the same lifelong restric-

tions imposed on them as can be expected with the posterior or lateral approaches.” said Dr. Shephard. The advanced technology includes more than simply newer instruments, and incorporates a surgical table that works in conjunction with an x-ray component, allowing for the highest level of accuracy when replacing the affected joint. OMH purchased the Hana Orthopedic Table in the spring of 2015, and is one of only two facilities in northern Michigan with the equipment and expertise to offer the anterior hip replacement. Talent, training, and technology are changing the hip replacement surgery, and patients cannot speak more highly of the benefits. Although everyone will recover at their own pace, patients of the anterior approach frequently experience a faster recovery as their muscle tissue has not been cut. One of Dr. Shephard’s most recent hip procedures performed at OMH was completed on 70 year old Nancy, she was thrilled with the results especially as she is still in the workforce. “My husband and I were amazed,” said Nancy, “Even the nurses and physical therapists were surprised that I was walking within 30 minutes of waking up from the procedure. The greatest pain I experienced was the discomfort in my throat from the breathing tube.”  To find out more about the anterior approach, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shephard please call 989-732-1753 or 800-524-5181. MyNorth Medical Insider

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U of M Teams with Munson for Residency Program Munson neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas Schermerhorn understandably felt a measure of pride when the University of Michigan medical school asked Munson Hospital to offer a one-month resident program for the neurosurgery school’s fifth- and sixth-year students (neurosurgery requires seven years past medical school). Schermerhorn saw the resident program as a vote of confidence, a collaboration that showed the university respected Munson’s neurosurgeon team enough to know they could serve as valuable mentors. Schermerhorn—who has taught part time at U of M for the past three years—looked forward to playing that teaching role in his home hospital, too. But Schermerhorn concedes he did not fully anticipate all the benefits to staff, patients and students that would result from the resident program. For one, having some of America’s best and brightest neurosurgery students asking smart questions helps keep Munson’s team sharp, Schermerhorn says. “They want to learn and know why we chose this particular treatment option instead of another one; it keeps us up to date on treatment advances and techniques,” he says. “We have to be able to articulate our reasoning and decision-making.” Patients have also benefited because the resident program has strengthened relationships with the U of M neurosurgery team, which has led to greater collaboration, particularly on complex cases. In some emergency situations, where the Munson team has provided life-saving and stabilizing treatment and then transported the patient to U of M, the whole process happens more smoothly because of deeper relationships that now exist. “In other cases, because we have more close relation-

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ships, we can provide local follow up in collaboration with their U of M physicians, so a patient may end up being able to stay here, not have to go to U of M or not go as frequently,” Schermerhorn says. For the students, the main purpose of the Munson resident program is to see up close what it’s like to practice in a community hospital versus a large medical research institution like U of M. The students see what a real community neurosurgical caseload is like, they see what resources are at their disposal. “Many students will go to practice in smaller settings than university hospitals, and there can be a certain naïveté about what to expect,” Schermerhorn says. During their month at Munson, the residents will work with each of the four neurosurgeons on the team in a mix of observing and handson roles. “In the operating room, typically the resident would serve as the surgeon’s first assistant,” Schermerhorn says. The program’s first resident recently gave a presentation about his month at Munson. “He felt it was very beneficial to see the challenging cases we take care of and gained an appreciation for the breadth of neurosurgery practiced at Munson Medical Center,” Schermerhorn says. The resident program also gives students a sense of the business side of medicine. “Most neurosurgeons here are also small business owner/operators, whereas in a university the physicians are typically employees, and residents have less exposure to setting up and running a practice or business,” Schermerhorn says.—J.S.

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Dr. Melanie Manary Explains If you’ve been to the doctor lately, you have probably heard the phrase Patient Centered Care, because the philosophy behind it is shaping the doctor-patient relationship today. But what does Patient Centered Care mean exactly, and what are the benefits to the patient? We asked Dr. Melanie Manary, M.D., of Internal Medicine of Northern Michigan, to explain the approach, because she and her partners have woven the Patient Centered Care ethos into their practice for a number of years now.


First, we are hearing a lot about Patient Centered Care and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), can you clarify their relationship? Patient Centered Care means you have a primary physician, somebody who takes the lead in coordinating the team of people who are involved in your care. A Patient Centered Medical Home is an insurance term—insurance companies evaluate physician practice services to be sure that care quality and standards qualify as a PCMH for that particular insurance company. What are the key pieces of the Patient Centered Care philosophy and process? Well, as I say, first, you have a primary physician who coordinates the team. That team consists of every person involved in your health care, like the medical assistant, the person tracking your immunizations, a nutritionist, your cardiologist ... could be a lot of different people on the team. Also, we are looking at the whole person, taking into account all

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needed, and also eliminate duplicate care. Health care used to be very fragmented. Patient Centered Care hopes to solve that problem.

that’s going on with them. So maybe I notice that their blood pressure is high, but then I learn their house burned down a month ago, and now they can’t afford the blood pressure medicine. We try to help address the entire situation. Explain how the coordination—the quarterbacking that the primary physician does—results in better care. Let’s say you go to the physical therapist and the physical therapist feels you need more leg strength. The physical therapist then sends to the primary physician. And you also see a visiting nurse who explains that you need to get out of the house more. We look at those recommendations and suggest you join a group that goes on walks. So all the elements of your care feed back to your primary physician, and we can coordinate it all, determine what else might be

We hear that over-prescribing medications is a problem these days. Does it help with that? One of the best things is that our electronic medication records are always up to date. If any provider related to my patient’s care prescribes a medication, I get a list. When a patients comes in and says, ‘that blue pill ...’ and I don’t know which blue pill they mean, but now I refer to the electronic medication list. This way, we avoid patients being doubledosed. That has helped out hugely. The pharmacies are involved too. If a patient hasn’t filled a prescription they need, I get a note. How have the patients reacted to the Patient Centered Care approach? We’d hope our holistic approach encourages the patient to look at themselves more holistically as well. Any piece of advice for people just getting used to Patient Centered Care? Don’t pooh-pooh the portal! The web portal [online access to your medical records] makes it very easy to communicate with your primary physician. You can look at labs and see notes to help you remember your own care. We might talk about 18 things during an appointment, and when you get home you might think, now what did she say about allergies? Now, you can look on the portal. It helps patients stay healthy!—J.S. MyNorth Medical Insider

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Growing our practice into the future… Surgical Associates has been caring for Northern Michigan for more than 35 years. Comprised of board certified specialists in general and colorectal surgery, we provide the highest quality of care and the latest innovations in surgery. During the past several years, the growth of our practice has continued. New to the group this summer is Christopher LaFond, MD, MPH, who joins the group following completion of his surgical residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor. Dr. LaFond Dr. LaFond Dr. Seah is also a graduate of The University of Michigan, as well as the Medical School

for International Health at Ben Gurion University. His surgical interests include treatment of thyroid and parathyroid disease, as well as surgical management of breast cancer. In addition to comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, he is providing open/ laparoscopic procedures for abdominal hernias, biliary or gastrointestinal surgery. Dr. LaFond is accepting new patients. Also relatively new to the group is Adrian Seah, MD, who joined the practice in the summer of 2013, following his surgical residency at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Healthcare. Dr. Seah is also a graduate of both The University of Michigan and Michigan State University. His special interests include esophageal reflux, abdominal hernias, and endocrine pathology. Dr. Seah is accepting new patients. Drs. VanderKolk, Tooley and Potthoff, continue to offer expert care in all areas of general surgery, including breast, endocrine, and colorectal surgery. All providers also offer routine EGD and colonoscopy screenings. MyNorth Medical Insider

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From left: Nausherwan Ansari, Dr. Christopher Akins

Heart Surgery


McLaren Receives Top Cardiothoracic Rating When a person is suddenly told he or she needs heart bypass surgery, a common reaction is to consider large, high-profil research hospitals for the procedure. But in some cases, the close attention and intimate care patients receive at a regional hospital can actually offer better outcomes. That idea is supported by the top performance ranking that McLaren Northern Michigan’s heart team receives from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Known as STS, the organization gathers information on hundreds of data points related to heart surgery and assigns participating hospitals a ranking based on performance. The highest ranking is three stars, and McLaren Northern Michigan consistently achieves that ranking. “When I came here five years ago, our number one focus was quality in every aspect of care—from the time the patient is admitted right through their time returning home,” says Dr. Christopher Akins M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon. The McLaren Northern Michigan team performs about 300 heart operations a year, and 40 percent of them are bypass surgeries. For each heart patient, STS asks if the surgery prep started on time, how long the procedure took, how long the patient was in intensive care, how long they were on the ventilator, if there were any complications, if there was any infection, if the

patient came back for repeat surgeries, if the patient is readmitted within 30 days … There are nearly 500 data points to report on for each patient, according to Nausherwan “Nash” Ansari, perfusionist, who works closely with Akins and who is also involved in providing the data to STS. The cardiac team is especially proud that McLaren Northern Michigan performed so well on several of the key points of measure. “Last year, compared to STS data, we had the lowest blood transfusion rate, we had zero infection, we had the shortest ventilator intubation time, and we had no renal failure,” Ansari says. The takeaway for patients, in Ansari’s view, is you don’t have to go to a big hospital downstate. “Quantity doesn’t mean quality; quality means quality,” he says. The STS database and reports are designed to promote best practices, based on a data-driven model. In theory, the best practices will also lower costs by achieving improved, more long-lasting outcomes. Is the project working that way, saving money too? “The STS data saved Michigan $54 million in health care costs just last year,” Ansari says. —J.S.

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Dialing Down a Child’s Hospital Anxiety Hospitals can be scary places even for grown-ups, so imagine being a child and having to take in that busy and complex scene of a giant building, bustling hallways, machines, tubes, wires, doctors and nurses in various colors of uniforms, and even people wearing masks. “It can be challenging for the kids ... and the parents, too,” says Lisa Gates, Munson Medical Center’s new child life specialist—it’s her job to dial down that anxiety. The new position is also part of Munson’s expansion of pediatric services and is another expression of Munson’s mission of “top quality care close to home.” Props and play are key to Gates’s strategy with the children. “I use therapeutic play, medical play, toys, things they can manipulate, all so they can better understand what to expect in the hospital,” she says. “The activities work because by taking away fear and misconceptions and alleviating the children’s stress, they feel more empowered,” she says. They feel more control in a setting that can easily make children think they have no control. “I’ve seen cases where a parent says, ‘we’ve been through this before and it didn’t go well, you might need multiple people to hold down my child.’ But with some talking, letting the child know what to expect, giving him a job to do during the procedure, I’ve seen drastic change,” Gates says. Thus far, Gates has focused her work on children who are spending the night in the hospital, but she will eventually be deployed in the emergency room and out-patient settings, as well. The pediatric unit admits from two to eight patients a day, and the emergency rooms see about 8,000 pediatric patients a year. Her advice to parents of children who will be having a hospital procedure: “Always engage children and educate them about what’s coming up. As much as you can, teach them about what to expect at the hospital. You want to be honest and have fun.”—J.S.

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McLaren’s Team Approach to Reconstructive Surgery When McLaren Northern Michigan patients face the need for complicated reconstructive surgery for conditions such as breast cancer, skin cancer or physical injury, they learn that an entire multi-faceted team will be deployed to take them through the process from start to finish. Called “continuum of care,” the multi-disciplinary approach is essential to achieving the best possible outcome, says Dr. Christopher Jeffries M.D., a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at McLaren Northern Michigan. Jeffries and his colleagues on the McLaren plastic and reconstructive surgery team began working in Petoskey a couple of years ago to complete that continuum in this essential area of care at regional hospitals.

“Breast cancer exemplifies the continuum of care well because it relies on so many specialties,” Jeffries says. The breast cancer surgery and post-surgical follow-up can involve general surgery, plastic surgery, oncology, internal medicine, primary care, navigators, social workers, Pilates, yoga and more. “There’s a sense that you have to travel elsewhere for world class reconstructive surgery care,” Jeffries says. “But at McLaren we now offer everything that is modern and popular in the country today.” Jeffries and his team also consult regularly with McLaren’s Karmanos Cancer Institute for broad and deep perspective on individual cases. —J.S

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Drs. Chuinard and Reineck also specialize in reverse total shoulder replacement for people with a severely damaged rotator cuff, arthritis, or complex fractures. Together, they have performed more than 1,000 shoulder replacements and 1,500 rotator cuff procedures for people in northern Michigan. If you have debilitating shoulder pain, you can get expert help right here. For more information about orthopedic services in northern Michigan, call 1-800-533-5520.

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Mobile Treatment Team for Rural Patients In the drive to stop the spread of HIV, a primary goal is reducing the patient’s virus count to a non-detectable level. “Research shows that the chances of passing on the disease dramatically decreases if we can achieve that degree of viral suppression,” says Nick Erber, manager of the Thomas Judd Care Center, an HIV/AIDS clinic within Munson Medical Center. To help reach that goal, the clinic recently launched a mobile care program in which a nurse with state-of-the-art mobile diagnostic tools will visit patients in rural areas and small towns across 25 Northern Michigan counties. Munson designed the program after receiving a grant from the state that is intended to spur innovative methods for reducing rates of HIV. The program is needed because in rural areas, HIV patients can still have problems establishing a relationship with a primary care doctor. The issues might be related to insurance or transportation or even social stigma associated with the disease—will word spread in a small town? Adding to the need for regular nursing visits, viral suppression demands never-ending attention. “Once you achieve viral suppression, you have to stay on the meds, and if somebody starts missing doses or missing doctor appointments, that’s a problem,” Erber says.

In designing the program, Munson’s medical staff turned to telemedicine—tools that allow a patient to be diagnosed in real time by a medical expert far away. In Munson’s HIV program, a nurse will be able to transmit medical information about a patient in, say, Alpena, to a nurse practitioner stationed at a computer monitor 125 miles away in Traverse City. Among the more advanced diagnostic tools is an EKG glove, which looks like an oven mitt, and when the patient wears the mitt and places it over his or her heart, it gives an EKG reading. Another tool is a highmagnification camera that enables the nurse practitioner to take closeup photos for the patient’s medical record. At last official count, there were 810 people with HIV living in Northern Michigan, but not all of them would need the program or qualify for its income requirements. Patients must make less than about $40,000 a year. To enter the program, an initial face-to-face meeting is also required. Erber hopes to have the program operating about November 1. On a related note, Munson plans to offer rapid-read HIV tests, which give results in 15 minutes. The Centers for Disease Control now recommends that everybody from 13 to 65 be tested at least once.—J.S.

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A Leader in Non-Emergency Medical Transport When it comes to non-emergency medical transportation, one Michigan company that has made this service a priority focus comes to mind . . . Coastline Transportation. Through their nine years of specializing in non-emergency medical transportation services over local & long distances, Coastline Transportation has partnered with many medical facilities to offer much needed transportation for Michigan’s elderly and disabled persons to appointments, treatments, outpatient services and more. Coastline’s NEMT services are a cost effective transportation option when a patient, (i.e. worker’s comp or auto accident survivor), needs to get to and from these types of medical services, where ambulance services usually would be cost prohibitive. You can rely on Coastline Transportation to help you or your patients arrive in a safe and timely manner in one of their modern, clean & handicapped accessible vans. If a non-emergency transport becomes an emergency, Coastline Transportation’s personnel are prepared to handle it.

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Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment for Pre-Cancerous Cells As the rate of Gastroesophageal Reflu Disease (GERD) has increased in America, one of the unfortunate side effects has been a dramatic increase in a deadly form of cancer that can occur in the esophagus. Called esophageal adenocarcinoma, the cancer is often triggered by acid reflux. Reflux allows stomach acids to flow up into the esophagus and damage cells there, in some cases changing the cell type to a pre-cancerous condition known as Barrett’s esophagus. The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma has increased by 500 to 600 percent since 1970, and it remains one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States. Medical researchers have found, however, that if the disease can be identified and treated during a precancerous stage, patients can have remarkable success in staving off esophageal adenocarcinoma. Adding to the good news, the state-of-the-art treatment for the pre-cancerous cells is now performed as an outpatient procedure that most patients tolerate very well and has been available at Munson since 2013, according to Dr. Mark Galan, of Digestive Health Associates, who performs the procedure there. “The procedure is done under anesthesia and generally requires two or three treatments before the Barrett’s is completely eradicated,” Galan says. “In 92 percent of the patients, the

esophagus is free of Barrett’s five years later,” he says. The treatment, called radio frequency ablation, involves passing a scope into a person’s mouth and down his or her esophagus. At the tip of the scope are paddles or a balloon wired to deliver electricity to the problem cells. When in place, the physician puts the device in contact with the targeted cells and activates high-intensity radiofrequency energy, precisely burning off a superficial layer of esophageal lining, which contains the malformed cells. When the cells grow back, they typically grow back as normal cells. An important thing to know about Barrett’s esophagus is that even if a person with acid reflux is keeping the condition in control with over-the-counter drugs, he or she might be at risk. “The damage might have occurred early on in the course of GERD, and Barrett’s produces no symptoms until it progresses to cancer,” Galan says. Considered a deadly cancer, esophageal adenocarcinoma has a five-year survival rate of about 20 percent. Risk factors in addition to chronic GERD include age greater than 50, male sex, white race, obesity and the presence of a hiatal hernia. —J.S.

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Munson Medical Center celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, a natural moment to reflect upon medical care, both past and future. A letter from the Munson archive offers fodder for such reflection. The letter to Edwin L. Thirlby, M.D., dated February 26, 1931, illustrates the impact of the Great Depression on medical care and payments in Traverse City. The letter was written by Maud Miller Hoffmaster, who became an internationally renowned landscape artist and who organized the Art Department at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Dr. Thirlby, If I need your help, will you please trade work with me? I am interested in a girl, 18 years old, who tells me that she has a small hernia which troubles her. She wants to have it sewed up, but she hasn’t any money; neither has her father who is a farmer with four children. I would like to help her with this matter, but these aren’t such good times for an artist, either. I am considered just as expert in my line of work as you are in yours, and I will give you a painting that took weeks and months to finish if you will do this work for me. This painting has been appraised at $1,000; I am asking $250 for it. This painting is a big wave just at the point of breaking as it appears from the side of a ship out in the middle of the Atlantic. I thought it would make a nice gift for your wife, as she could show her friends how the Atlantic looks when it gets restless. Of course, your diagnosis of this case may be different than the one the girl gave me and you may not consider an operation necessary, but I know I can trust you to do whatever is right, and I’d rather have you do it. I put this girl through high school and now I would like to see to it that she isn’t handicapped with ill health or a big debt hanging over her head. A girl has it hard enough when she has to earn her own living and this is a good little girl and deserving of your and my help. Please telephone me as soon as you read this letter and if you will cooperate with me, and if the girl will accept, I will send her to you for an examination. I want this attended to right away, so she will be ready for the summer work, whatever she does. Very sincerely yours, Maud Miller Hoffmaster

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Your Next Opportunity is Here If you want to be a part of a compassionate, collaborative, sophisticated team that makes a real difference in people’s lives, Munson Medical Center is looking for you. A Magnet-designated facility and leading employer in Traverse City, we have immediate opportunities for physicians, nursing staff, and entry level/support services including medical assistants, housekeeping, clerical, security, maintenance, and billing staff. As a 391-bed regional referral center and one of nine hospitals in the Munson Healthcare system, our hospital has been providing outstanding patient-centered care to the region for 100 years and currently employs more than 4,000 people. Each person in our organization – from top-notch physicians and nurses to our strong support teams – helps make Munson Medical Center a great place to work. If you’re not familiar with northern Michigan, here’s what it means to live and work in Traverse City. Our bayside town is listed as one of America’s “must see” places for family vacations, fine arts, craft beer and wine, farm-to-table food, fun festivals, romance, golf, and miles of beautiful beaches. As a resident, you’ll enjoy having this spectacular four-season playground right outside your door. Are you ready to learn more? Visit munsonhealthcare.org/dreamjob to see what we’re all about. We’re the best at what we do. Now all we need is you.

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Dr. Makowski has completed and satisfied all the requirements to acquire her Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, which has spearheaded the focus on educating patients and the public on the multiple links between the Mouth and Body. Lakeview Dentistry of Charlevoix’s team is committed to providing exceptional care by utilizing the most advanced dental technology for patients. Dr. Makowski has undergone extensive laser training with a Mastership in the World Clinical Laser Institute and is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. She has also received training in Botox use specific for dentistry in the treatment of disorders such as temporal mandibular joint disorder. Dr. Makowski is a member of the dental honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, AMILY AND ASER ENTISTRY Michigan Dental Association and the Vacationland District Dental Society. Dr. Makowski dedicates herself and her team to continuing education to bring the most advanced dental care to her patients.






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Osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sleep apnea, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimers; it is a formidable list that all share specific oral bacteria as contributory factors. 8-12 specific oral bacteria have been implicated in oral inflammation (i.e., periodontal disease) and systemic disease. It is shocking that 40% of people under the age of 30 have significant elevations of these bacteria, which increases as the person ages. Eighty-three percent of people over 80 have elevated levels. A simple salivary test can identify an individual’s oral bacterial profile. Dr. Makowski employ’s this analysis to aid patients in discovering how their oral environment may be impacting their overall health. “The Mouth-Body connection is well established”, Dr. Makowski states, “and our patients need to be aware of how we can help them achieve better overall health by improving dental health.” Did you know that people with serious gum disease were 40% more likely to have a chronic medical condition? Dr. Makowski says, “The Mouth-Body connection has led dentistry to the forefront of prevention with addressing the many medical problems that could stem from dental disease. There are specific oral bacteria that’ve been linked to cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and premature births.” Did you know that 91% of patients with heart disease have periodontitis? Dr. Makowski reported that “Risk factors such as smoking, poor diet, obesity, and periodontal disease increase heart disease in people. Inflammation in the gums causes inflammation in the blood vessels, linking it to hypertension. Plaque buildup in the vessels leads to an increased risk of stroke and heart attack.” Did you know that oral infections could lead to premature births and low

birth rates? Dr. Makowski said, “The cause may be linked to direct consequences of the infections as well as hormonal changes.” She promotes maintaining recommended scheduled dental visits and daily oral hygiene. By doing so, patients will reduce risk of infection that could interfere with prenatal health for you and the baby. Dr. Makowski recommends that expecting or soon-to-be mothers complete a thorough periodontal exam to evaluate if you are at risk. Dr. Melissa Makowski is one of the only laser dentists in northern Michigan with a Mastership in Laser Dentistry. Besides laser dentistry, her practice focus is on the complex relationship between oral and physical health. Prevention. Conservation. Education.


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Adult Orthodontics

What Grown-ups Need to Know About Braces We all know young people who have shining, perfect smiles after realigning their teeth with orthodontics, and many adults are now inspired to fix teeth irregularities that they are tired of living with. But the teeth and bones of adults differ markedly from those of young people, and other issues need to be considered when mapping out an orthodontic plan for a grown-up. We asked Dr. David Swan, a family dentist who often serves as a point person for patients undergoing orthodontics, to share things patients need to know when contemplating measures like braces. It seems like we are seeing more adults with braces. What typically compels an adult to pursue orthodontics? Well, yes, we do have a lot more adults wanting orthodontics. Sometimes it’s restorative, sometimes it’s cosmetic, sometimes the patient is suffering pain from TMJ (Temporomandibular joint syndrome) pain. Briefly, why are orthodontics different for young people and adults? Adolescent mouths are still growing—the bones are soft and malleable. So when you move teeth, the mouth adapts, and the teeth settle into their new positions nicely. But with adults, the bone is resistant to tooth movement, and the settling in is not as predictable. Also, the teeth are worn, and they won’t necessarily mesh when aligned. Sometimes, the teeth could even look worse because the wear becomes more apparent.

So how do dentists and orthodontists compensate for that, for what time has done to our teeth? It’s a process called “occlusal equilibration,” and what that means essentially is detailing to get the bite to align more perfectly. It involves reshaping the teeth with procedures like selective grinding and polishing, replacing fillings or doing crowns, all so the teeth can mesh better. If the gums require plastic surgery, we might enlist the help of a periodontist. How should adults approach this procedure? It requires a team approach, bringing in various experts who have the specific skills needed. Typically your family dentist would quarterback the process. That person has the global understanding of your dental situation and the ability to coordinate the various specialists. Also the patient should make sure to get a very comprehensive evaluation. We make a model of the patient’s existing teeth and then a second model that shows what the finished product will be. This not only lays the groundwork for all the orthodontic and restorative work to come, but it also makes sure the full scope of the project is understood and all costs are accounted for. Cases involving adult orthodontics can require a significant investment of the patient’s time and financial resources. Much of this care is far beyond the scope of what traditional dental insurance plans might cover, and we owe it to our patients to avoid any unpleasant surprises.—J.S.

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Dennis Spillane, DDS & Shawn Spillane, DDS 638 Willow Drive • Bellaire, MI 49615 • 231-533-5001 Situated in the heart of Antrim County is Bellaire, a quaint town known for its striking landscape and charm. Here is where you will find two Irish brothers with traditional, old school values and a vision of providing quality, caring, conservative dentistry that is affordable to patients. Bellaire Dental Health Care opened its doors in June of 2014, and while the building may be new and the equipment cutting edge, improving dental health and providing interactive care to patients is nothing new at all for Drs. Dennis and Shawn Spillane, who have been making the Torch Lake area their home for over 15 years now. Each of the brothers has over 30 years experience. After attending Catholic Central in Metro Detroit, the brothers graduated from top Dental Schools in Michigan; Dennis attended the University of Detroit and Shawn the University of Michigan, giving patients the best of both worlds when it comes to dental treatment and options. Working closely together, they are both committed to providing you and your famMI 32



Dennis Spillane ilyDr. with excellent dental care in a professional and friendly manDr. Shawn Spillane ner. Dennis, Shawn Dr. David Dibbleand the staff at Bellaire Dental Health Care pride & themselves on providing compassionate care to patients of Associates all ages, including children. We offer a wide range of dental ser638 WILLOW DR. 231-533-5001 vices, from preventative care such as cleanings, exams, and X-rays BELLAIRE, MI 49615 231-544-8115 to major dental procedures such as extractions, root canal therapy, implants, crowns, dentures and partials. For a complete list of what we have to offer and to learn more about our office, we encourage you to call us at 231-533-5001, visit www. bellairedentalhealthcaremi.com or email bellairedentalhealthcare@ yahoo.com. Free second opinion consultations are always welcome. • Most Major Insurances Accepted • Delta Dental PPO Provider • Reduced No Insurance Fees • Healthy Michigan Plan, Healthy Kids & MiChild Accepted


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Oral Cancer

Saliva Screening Test: Detects Cancer For years, dentists have been screening patients for oral cancers during their regular checkups, but the screening process has been less than perfect. The dentist can feel a lesion only when it’s already well advanced, and attempts at early screening tests thus far—like flourescence rinse applied to the inside of the mouth—result in a high rate of false positive findings and unnecessary biopsies. But the need to have a good early screening test for oral cancer is undeniable: oral cancer has one of the highest mortality rates of all cancers, and part of the reason is the difficulty of detecting it early. Coming soon, however, is a test that promises to make earlier and more accurate screening a reality. Bonus: the test is easy for both patient and dentist, because the patient just spits into a test tube. “There are a number of different oral cancers,” says Dr. Peter Piché, a family dentist in Traverse City, “but the big one is squamous cell carcinoma, because of the one in 98 people who get oral cancer, 90 percent of them will have squamous cell carcinoma.” As with other cancers, the earlier the cancer can be detected, the less invasive the treatment can be and the less expensive it is to treat; and of course, earlier detection means fewer people will succumb to oral cancer. The saliva analysis involves looking for messenger RNA and proteins—called “biomarkers”—that are associated with squamous cell carcinoma. If those markers appear, further investigation would ensue. The dentist might recommend seeing another specialist or might take a tissue sample for testing. If no lesions are found, a dentist might suggest testing a patient’s saliva on a regular basis. “The saliva test proved more accurate than blood testing and has 10 years of research behind it,” Piché says. Saliva appears to be such a good cancer screening medium that researchers are now looking to see if other cancers reveal themselves there. The saliva test for squamous cell carcinoma is not yet widely available, but Piché expects dentists will begin folding it into their service offerings over the next year or two.—J.S.

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Mason Periodontics & Dental Implants 541 South Garfield • Traverse City, MI 49686 231-932-4223 • www.masonperiodontics.com Mason Periodontics provides personalized dental care to patients all over Northern Michigan. When you visit our office you can be confident that you are receiving the finest and most advanced dental care available. Our office uses state-of-the-art technology and materials to allow us to detect dental concerns at the earliest stages, treat your dental issues with precision, and provide stunning results. Our practice also employs a premium dental software system to maximize our efficiency and reduce the time of your office visit. We pride ourselves on the warm, individualized care we offer to our patients, as well as, utilizing the most modern equipment and methods available. Dr. Suzanne Mason grew up spending summers in Omena,

Michigan with her family and working at a local restaurant in Northport. She received her B.S. in physiology, DDS from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, and a M.S. in Periodontics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She was elected as American Academy of Periodontology Student Ambassador and is a member of the Michigan Dental Association, the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, the American Academy of Dental Research and the Midwest Society of Periodontology. Dr. Mason is a Michigan Board certified periodontist and a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology.


Dr. John Holcombe Dr. Steve Hall 1299 South West Bayshore Drive • Suttons Bay, MI 49682 231-271-6700 • suttonsbaydental.com Dr. John Holcombe and Dr. Steve Hall are proud to provide high quality dental care to their patients. Established in 1977, the Suttons Bay Dental Center has been providing Leelanau County with conservative esthetic and family dentistry for over 30 years. A dedication to personalized, comprehensive dental care with a special focus on each patient’s comfort helps to define their team’s mission. Now on their second decade of offering computerized CAD CAM dentistry, the office is often described by patients as high tech and cutting edge. Dr Holcombe remarks, “Many of our new patients are retired to the area and often are surprised that our

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Leelanau County office is more advanced than their ‘big city’ office back home.” Digital x-rays, one visit CAD CAM designed crowns, and paperless records all contribute to the office’s advances in technologies. Although technology is important, the biggest point of pride for the doctors is the experienced, caring staff. Seeing a familiar face at appointments helps to establish relationships with the patients thus making visits enjoyable and relaxing. The most rewarding part of their day is helping patients change their smiles. Drs. Holcombe and Hall have emphasized this in their practice and are thrilled to see a new smile change a patient’s life.


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A Dental Home

Things to Consider When Shopping for a Dentist When looking for a dental home, what would a practicing dentist look for if he or she needed dental care in this age of high technology? Here is a 10-point checklist—technologies and practices that I would require of my dentist for me to be confident that he or she was offering state-of-the-art care. As a first step, ask for a meet-and-greet with your dentist and go over this list. The meeting should be offered at no charge. That meeting will also give you a chance to see if you feel the personalities of the dentist and staff and general philosophy are a good fit for you and your family. MAGNIFICATION LOUPES That which you cannot see, you cannot find nor fix. 2.5X or greater loupes opens up a new world to your dentist. RUBBER DAM It makes the job of doing a filling or crown much easier for a dentist, and leads to improved quality. BUFFERED ANESTHETIC/ONSET FROM ONPHARMA This new technology makes it painless to get an injection. onpharma.com. MODERN FACILITY THAT IS CLEAN AND NEAT The great dental leader Dr. Pete Dawson said, and I paraphrase, “A sloppy, unkempt and disorderly appearance to the office or team is not suggestive of sloppy quality, it is proof of it.” ONE DAY PERMANENT CROWN (CEREC) CEREC crowns are digitally made, fit extremely well and have no need for a second visit or second numbing. Additionally, patients have less post-operative discomfort and the crowns fit as well or better than a laboratory-fabricated crown. cereconline.com or onevisitdentist.net. DIAGNODENT LASER DECAY DETECTION This laser detects tooth decay long before your dentist would be able to otherwise. A dentist can find only 60 percent of tooth decay in a visual inspection. With a laser he or she can find 90 percent or more. A smaller, earlier-detected filling means less cost, less tooth destruction, and a longer lasting filling! kavousa. com/US/DIAGNOdent/DIAGNOdent-Dentists.aspx.

DIGITAL RADIOGRAPH Emitting up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional X-ray systems, digital radiographs are safer and are as good or better than traditional film systems. SALIVA TESTING/ULTRASONIC CLEANING This is DNA diagnostic testing of your saliva for periodontal (gum) pathogens. Your saliva can tell your dentist about your risk for developing severe periodontitis, and reveal if you require antibiotics as an adjunct in treatment. Ultrasonic scalers are proven to destroy the biofilm that causes periodontitis, and will give you a better outcome from your gum treatments and cleanings. myoraldna.com. CARIES STAIN This dye sticks only to decayed areas of your tooth. The dentist knows when to stop drilling when the stain no longer sticks to the tooth, helping preserve as much “good” tooth as possible. TOP QUALITY MATERIALS/LAB Does your dentist buy the cheapest materials from China, or does he or she research the products available and only buy the best? The dental lab makes a difference too. Ask to see sample photographs of the work done, and have the dentist show you what a great-fitting crown looks like on a radiograph. dhbaker.com.—Dr. Philip Yancho

231.941.2201 dr. philip yancho

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Traverse Dental Associates 555 S Garfield Ave • Traverse City, MI 49686 231-947-0210 • traversedental.com A Team Approach to Dentistry Drs. David Swan, Macare Lumbrezer, Chris Mazzola, Josh Van Horn, and Christina Mazzola are all graduates of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. The greatest advantage of working in a practice with five doctors is the ability to collaborate on patient care. This team approach gives patients the benefit of all of their advanced training and collective skills. They meet regularly to discuss cases and share techniques they’ve learned at continuing education courses. Patients appreciate that we can perform most services right in our office including dental implants, sedation dentistry, and wisdom teeth extraction. Whether you are a new patient or one

Dr. Van Horn, Dr. Lumbrezer, Dr. Swan, Dr. Mazzola, Dr. Mazzola

of the many patients that have been in our office for decades, our goal is to exceed your expectations at every visit. Our team approach is successful due to the efforts of our hygienists, dental assistants, and business staff. Every day we hear patients comment on the care they receive; complementing our team as happy, eager to help, and, of course, smiling. Learn more about our office at: www.traversedental.com or call us at 231.947.0210.

I am living with diabetes. Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative connects you to classes, seminars, and other resources to help you live life to the fullest while managing your diabetes. To learn more about how to thrive with diabetes, call (231) 935-9227 or visit nmdi.org.

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Our services. Your neighborhood. Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital, Munson Medical Center, and Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital bring expertise and quality services to clinics near you. Less travel, more convenience, same great care. 1 Munson Community Health Center - Traverse City* Driver Assessment | Hand Therapy | Healthy Weight Center Lab | Pain Management Program | Pediatric Therapy | Pharmacy Physical and Aqua Therapy | Sleep Center | Speech Therapy Urgent Care | X-ray 550 Munson Ave., Traverse City | (231) 935-5000

2 Munson Laboratories at Grand Traverse Commerce Centre*


Lab (across from Grand Traverse Mall) 3287 South Airport Rd., Traverse City | (231) 392-0380

3 Munson Outpatient Services - Benzonia** Lab | Physical and Aqua Therapy | X-ray 6277 Frankfort Hwy., Benzonia | (231) 882-1062

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4 Munson Outpatient Services - Chums Corner* Lab 4025 Chums Village Dr., Ste. C, Traverse City | (231) 943-0637

5 Munson Outpatient Services - Elk Rapids* Lab | X-ray 119 Bridge St., Elk Rapids | (231) 264-0024

6 Munson Outpatient Services - Empire** Lab | Physical Therapy 9973 Ottawa Ave., Empire | (231) 326-2053

7 Munson Outpatient Services - Frankfort** Lab 826 Forest Ave., Frankfort | (231) 352-5271

8 Munson Outpatient Services - Interlochen** Hand Therapy | Lab | Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy | X-ray 1975 Stirling Dr., Interlochen | (231) 275-6980

9 Munson Outpatient Services - Kingsley* Hearing Clinic | Lab | Physical Therapy | X-ray 2291 M-113 East, Kingsley | (231) 392-7890

10 Munson Outpatient Services - Manton*** Lab 115 E. 7th St., Manton | (231) 824-9414

11 Munson Outpatient Services - West Front* Lab | Physical Therapy 3643 W. Front St., Ste. B, Traverse City | (231) 935-0590

12 Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital - Frankfort** CT Scan | Hand Therapy | Hearing Clinic | Lab MRI | Occupational Therapy | Physical Therapy Speech Therapy | X-ray 224 Park Ave., Frankfort | (231) 352-2204

Munson Hearing Services are also available in the Munson Professional Building 1221 Sixth St., Traverse City | (231) 935-6455 * A Service of Munson Medical Center ** A Service of Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital *** A Service of Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital

For more information or services in your area, visit munsonhealthcare.org/outpatient


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