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Health | Profile The local businesses profiled in this section provide services that improve the mind and body, helping you enjoy a better quality of life. It is never too late to take an active approach to living healthy.

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Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014

Trust. In the hands of our surgical specialists you’ll find support, reassurance, healing expertise and the guidance you need for a faster recovery. • World-class surgical technology • Comprehensive surgical care on two campuses: - Alfond Center for Health, Augusta - Thayer Center for Health, Waterville • 54 surgical specialists offering leadingedge minimally invasive surgeries, including robotic surgery, for smaller incisions and faster recovery times To learn more, visit

World-class surgical care. Right here.

Now, the advanced surgical care you need is close at hand. BARIATRIC Huy Trieu, MD Cameron McKee, MD GENERAL SURGERY Mark Bolduc, MD Clint Delashaw, MD Carlo Gammaitoni, MD John Margolis, MD Cameron McKee, MD Richard Morand, MD Anita Praba-Egge,MD Kevin Price, MD Ian Reight, MD William Weiss, MD NEUROSURGERY Julius Ciembroniewicz, MD OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY Carrie Bolander, DO Karen Bossie, DO Melissa Collard, MD William George, MD Aimee Glidden, DO Brigid Mullally, MD Tanay Patel, MD Kathleen Petersen, MD Danielle Salhany, DO Michael Ting, MD OPHTHALMOLOGY Marc Daniels, MD Maroulla Gleaton, MD Peter Kohler, MD C. William Lavin, MD Jessica McNally, MD James Putnam, MD Linda Schumacher-Feero, MD Steve Witkin, MD

Alfond Center for Health 35 Medical Center Parkway Augusta, ME

Thayer Center for Health 149 North Street Waterville, ME

1-855-4MGH-INFO (1-855-464-4463)

ORTHOPAEDICS Marc Golden, DO James Johnston, MD David Lemos, MD Anthony Mancini, MD Jose Ramirez, MD William Rogers, MD John Thaller, MD David Urquia, MD OTOLARYNGOLOGY Shannon Allen, MD William Chasse, MD Erwin Seywerd, MD PLASTIC Anthony Perrone, MD PODIATRY Daniel Benson, DPM Daniel Buck, DPM Michael Kipp, DPM Allan Nyman, DPM Douglas O’Heir, DPM Richard Samson, DPM Andrew Smith, DPM PROCTOLOGY Jerald Hurdle, DO THORACIC SURGERY Philip Peverada, MD UROLOGY Ravi Kamra, MD Joseph Lopes, MD Derrick Tooth, MD VASCULAR SURGERY Mark Bolduc, MD

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Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014

Over 4.5 Billion Times a Day P&G Brands Touch the Lives of People Around the World. Since P&G’s humble beginnings as a candle and soap company in 1837 our every day products have improved the lives of people around the world in surprising ways. We believe the first 175 years merely mark the beginning of the dream our founders first conceived in 1837. • P&G’s Auburn plant’s positive impact on its neighbors extends

Over 45 Years Old And Still Growing

beyond employment numbers and payroll figures. Contributions by P&G and employees to tax-exempt organizations in Maine were over $150,000 plus countless volunteer hours during the past year. • Auburn’s largest private employer with over 450 P&G Employees and approximately $26 million in payroll/benefits. • We are the only plant that produces Tampax products for the United States and Canada. Tampax is the worldwide market leader in the tampon industry. Awarded P&G North America’s Best Manufacturing Facility in 2013. • We are committed to living the principles of Diversity and Inclusion in many ways. We are P&G’s lead site for hiring people with physical and/or developmental challenges and disabled veterans for our Customization Center. Over 30% of our customization team has some form of disability. • Our employees come from 70 communities spread over 8 counties

Tambrands has been a proud member of the community since 1968.

in Maine. • We are a Green Neighbor committed to robust environmental sustainability program. Auburn was the first P&G site in North America to achieve landfill free status. The plant has dramatically reduced its site waste and 100% of its remaining waste streams are recycled or incinerated to produce electricity. • P&G has invested over $310 million in the Auburn plant since 2000. • The P&G Auburn Plant directly paid out over $50 million into the Maine economy in purchases of material, freight, supplies, and services. Indirectly, the Auburn plant supports the equivalent of nearly 230 jobs in the state of Maine in addition to its direct payroll.

Auburn, Maine

Healing at home with Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice By Deborah Carroll Feature Writer


ndroscoggin Home Care and Hospice’s Home Care program offers a variety of services designed to care for patients recovering from illness or injury who wish to do so in their own homes. Registered nurse Brenda Czado, director of Home Care, has been with AHCH for more than 20 years. “AHCH has a team of nurses, therapists, social workers, personal care attendants, volunteers and other specialists,” she said, “who are committed to trying to keep people in their homes -- safe and where they want to be. “AHCH serves a homebound population with varying degrees of needs,” explained Czado, and whether a patient is recovering from surgery, an acute or chronic injury, or a long-term illness, the availability of appropriate home care services is integral to every aspect of each patient’s recovery process. It also provides a welcome respite and a reassuring support system for the patient’s family. Among the many customized home care services provided by AHCH, three are particularly progressive.

Telehealth Monitoring Services “Telehealth allows us to monitor patients on a daily basis,” said Czado, which includes remotely “checking weight, pulse, blood pressure and oxygen saturation levels.” It is intended to supplement, not replace, traditional nursing care visits, making it possible for nurses to more closely follow a patient’s progress and communicate quickly with the doctor as needed. The patient is supplied with a monitor that transmits information regarding the patient’s health status to telehealth nurses on a daily basis. The telehealth nurses monitor the readings and determine if a nursing visit is needed, or whether a family member or the docotr needs to be called. Using this system, the telehealth nurses are also able to ask patients a set of personalized questions, such as whether they have taken their daily medications, are having difficulty breathing, or would like the nurse to call.

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Brenda Czado, RN, director of home care at AHCH. such as heart failure, diabetes, COPD and depression” said Czado. Members of the AHCH staff are provided with extra training regarding these underlying diseases. The user-friendly AHCH website defines the Chronic Care Program as one in which “certified staff act as coaches to teach and encourage patients how to manage their chronic diseases more effectively.” The success of this program can be attributed, in part, to utilizing “motivational interviewing.” Motivational interviewing is a listening technique wherein the clinician helps the patient to set their own goals regarding the appropriate care for their particular condition or disease. This increasingly popular and nationally recognized trend in home health care is patient driven in that it focuses on what is most meaningful to the patient, as opposed to provider driven wherein the patient is told by others what is most appropriate and preferable. For example: A patient may wish to spend time and be able to play with a grandchild. The care provider will then identify, on a week-to-week basis, what physical milestones the patient needs to reach in order to make that wish become a reality.

“We’ve seen really good results in preventing hospitalization,” said Czado “and this tool is an instrumental part of our chronic care disease management program.”

“It identifies a very specific goal,” explained Czado, “and the process of achieving that goal is broken up into small steps,” similar to a behavioral therapy model. “This technique helps with the patient’s level of enthusiasm, commitment to the treatment plan, and overall recovery.”

Chronic Care Disease Management

Community Care Team

“Many AHCH patients have one or more chronic diseases

The Community Care Team is part of a multi-payer grant

pilot project offered through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and the state of Maine. In Maine, the physician’s practices participating are called Health Homes and Patient Centered Medical Homes. The Community Care Team focuses on the top 5 percent of patients in the practices who, for whatever reason, require the most in-hospital support or treatment. Physicians identify patients who demonstrate a high utilization of the health care system. “These patients are those who have the greatest frequency and need for care,” said Czado. Once a qualifying patient is identified, the identifying physician makes a referral to the CCT, and the CCT affiliated with AHCH makes contact with the patient, offering to perform a home assessment to determine what obstacles to good health and appropriate use of the health care system the patient is facing, as well as what obstacles the patient is willing to work on. According to Czado, “Factors which might cause these patients to seek care include homelessness, a lack of food, or the simple fact that they have always used the emergency room as their primary source of health care.” A patient’s “participation in this project,” she added, “is voluntary.” For a more complete listing of home care services provided by Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, or to see if you or your loved one might benefit from skilled home care services, please visit or call AHCH at 207-777-7740.

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Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sasseville Chiropractic By Donna Rousseau Feature Writer


r. Chandra Sasseville received her calling to chiropractic wellness at age 10. A self-described “sickly little kid,” she remembers missing out on school sports and playing with friends after school due to a variety of maladies including headaches, fatigue, and lethargy. Diagnosis was unclear; she recalls many prescription medications but to no definitive end. Then, a pharmacist, after reviewing her medications, suggested a visit to a chiropractor and that was the day that changed Sasseville’s life. Today, her personal testimony to the healing benefits of chiropractic wellness is openly displayed in the waiting area of the Sasseville Chiropractic Wellness Center located at 416 Sabattus Street in Lewiston. Her own life made whole, she and her husband, Dr. Ted Stratman, along with Dr. Grant Lemire and six members of their chiropractic team strive to “get their patients on the road of wellness, one spine at a time.” “The brain and the spine control everything in the body,” said Sasseville. “We take care of our eyes, teeth, skin, nails and our hair! If you could just see what your spine looks like, the connected nerves and how it controls everything, we would never let it go out of

alignment, it’s huge! It would be a no-brainer -- everyone should have their spines evaluated. I love the skeptics; once I work with them and they discover how good they feel, they change their minds.” At Sasseville Chiropractic, it’s about more than manual and table spinal adjustment, however. Over 10 years, the practice has evolved to include deep tissue therapy, rehabilitation activity, flexion-distraction, ART (active release technique), X-ray and ultrasound, electric stimulation, acupuncture, Kinesio taping, posturing correction, and nutritional consultation. Their patients range from children and expectant mothers to athletes and senior citizens. Wellness is important at every age. Dr. Stratman, who specializes in acupuncture and rehabilitative activities, said, “When the spine and joints are functioning properly, when we exercise and eat well, our immune system works more efficiently. A body under stress, whether physical, emotional, from toxins or lack of nutrients is more susceptible to disease. The body is designed to move and needs to move. Chiropractic therapies not only help a body move properly, but create a balance, for optimal wellness.” The “road to wellness,” however, is frequently marred by ruts. Wellness may be the destination, but often pain is the driver that delivers patients to Sasseville’s doorstep.

Sasseville said, “Although people’s attitudes about chiropractic therapies are changing, we are often people’s last resort. They come to us sick of taking medications, sick of being in pain. So we listen. We have the gift of time and we help patients design a road map, develop a plan for how we can help them accomplish whatever goals they have.” Stratman added, “They may have been told they need to exercise more or lose weight, but they need someone to help them coordinate a plan, show them how to begin. With time to really listen, often we can pick up clues that indicate areas requiring more investigation and we can encourage them to seek the advice of their primary care physician or other specialist. We can then make a report to that medical professional for continuity of care.”

207- 777-3333

In the end, it’s all about paving a road to wellness that can be traveled regardless of age. And while every patient’s journey is different, the mile markers along the way are the same: pain-free, stress-free, eat well, move more. Both Sasseville and Stratman agree: “Our mission is to align the spine to move properly, and achieve optimal function for individuals so that they can reach their highest potential.” Contact:

Sasseville Chiropractic Wellness Center 416 Sabattus St, Lewiston

The Androscoggin Land Trust (ALT) permanently conserves nearly 5,000 acres of land to benefit the natural and human communities of western Maine through 19 towns in the Androscoggin River watershed from Jay to Lisbon Falls.

ALT offers the community opportunities to connect with the land, learn about conservation and actively participate in programs, stewardship and support. River Recreation

Youth Engagement

Volunteer Leadership

Trail & Greenway Advocacy • 207-782-2302


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Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014

Surgery has played a pivotal role in the evolution of

Central Maine Medical Center On July 2, 1891, eighteen-year-old Charles Teague

was admitted to the newly opened Central Maine General Hospital. His case generated considerable interest. Records indicate that he “suffered with white swelling of the knee”, and at such a tender age he had decided that living without a leg was preferable to living with pain. Dr. Edward H. Hill, one of the hospital’s founders, was engaged to do the amputation.

One of the hospital’s doctors brought along a camera to capture the scene. The surviving photo shows a small room with sloped walls, lit by a single electric light dangling from the ceiling on braided electrical wires. Well-dressed but grim-faced men crowd the room.

Dr. Charles Williams sits on the operating table with the patient, carefully pouring ether, a few drops at a time, through a gauze-like material placed over Mr. Teague’s nose and mouth. Dr. Hill, his long beard flowing over a leather apron, stands at the foot of the table, attending to his work on the patient’s leg.

After about an hour, Dr. Hill completes the final suture and lays his instruments aside. Everyone present knows they’ve just watched history in the making: a surgeon has successfully completed the first surgical procedure done at Central Maine General Hospital. So what would these same people think today if they could stand in a state-of-the-art operating room at Central Maine Medical Center and observe on a high-definition monitor the ever-so precise details of a live cardiac surgery procedure? How could things have changed so much in such a relatively short time? In the years since young Charles Teague abandoned his fear to faith in his surgeon in an attic operating room, thousands upon thousands of others have availed themselves of the tremendous health benefits offered by surgeons at Central Maine Medical Center.


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Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Orthopaedic surgeons treat problems of the musculoskeletal system. Many orthopaedic surgeons are experts at arthroscopy, a surgical procedure that uses a

cal options are available to treat obesity, and each requires a painstaking diagnostic

fiberoptic instrument to examine and repair the interior of a joint, including knee,

work-up and careful patient preparation. Unlike some other surgical disciplines, bariat-

shoulder, and elbow joints. Joint replacement surgery is a major part of the orthopaedic

ric surgeons work with their patients over a relatively long time horizon, often stretch-

surgeon’s work. Hand surgery for such problems as carpal tunnel syndrome is

ing to a year or more. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has

another orthopedic specialty. Some orthopaedic surgeons specialize in spine surgery.

designated Central Maine Bariatric Surgery a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

Orthopedic surgeons play a critical role in CMMC’s Trauma Program. Central Maine Orthopaedics works in partnership with Central Maine Medical Center to support CENTRAL MAINE BARIATRIC SURGERY, LEWISTON | 795-5710

the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine, an inpatient unit.

Steven W. Bang, D.O. (also general surgery) Jamie Loggins, M.D. (also general surgery)


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Lauren F. Adey, M.D.

Patrick J. Fallon, M.D.


David G Brown, M.D.

Matthew M. McLaughlin, M.D.

Jeffrey L. Bush, M.D.

Michael F. Regan, M.D.


Matthew D. Bush, M.D.

Michael Saraydarian, D.P.M.


Paul R.Cain, M.D.

James M. Timoney, D.O.

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Gastroenterologists focus on disorders of the digestive system, which include the stomach, intestinal tract, gallbladder, liver and the pancreas. They diagnose and treat patients with an array of issues, including bowel disorders, hemorrhoids, peptic

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Plastic surgeons repair or reconstruct human tissue – muscle, bone, tendons, nerves, and skin – due to injury, congenital defect, disease, or aesthetic preference. Other



Oswaldo Bisbal, M.D.

Catherine H. McCrann, M.D.

Stuart Eisenberg, M.D.

Mark T. Branda, M.D.

Emil P. Miskovsky, M.D.

John F. Lewandowski, M.D.

Michael R. Sivulich, M.D.

medical specialists seek a plastic surgeon’s skills in cases of complicated infection, or tissue problems where other treatments have failed. Plastic surgeons commonly remove skin tumors. They also perform cosmetic surgery, including face and eyelid lifts, breast lifts and reductions, and other procedures.

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General surgeons provide care for a broad spectrum of diseases and injuries.

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General surgeons who focus on the rapid evaluation, resuscitation and stabilization of multiple-injured patients are called trauma surgeons. At Central Maine Medical Center,


surgical expertise is organized as a quick-response system that promotes high-quali-


surgeons. Central Maine Medical Center’s Level II Trauma Program is verified by the

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Urologists treat problems of the male and female urinary system – kidneys, bladder,

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ureter and urethra – and the male reproductive system. Among the problems treated surgically by urologists are prostate and kidney cancers, prostate enlargement, CENTRAL MAINE SURGICAL ASSOCIATES, LEWISTON | 795-5767

James F. Reilly, M.D.

Joseph J. Bedway, Jr., M.D. Christiana M. Bertocchi, M.D.

Joseph R. Taddeo, M.D.



bladder tumors, kidney and ureteral stones, and stress urinary incontinence.

Rosa E. Turcios, M.D.

Larry O. Hopperstead, M.D.

Gregory J. D’Augustine, M.D. Peter R. Siviski, M.D.

The Women’s Specialty Center offers the services of a urogynecologist specifical-

Laura Withers, M.D.

Ellen Roberts, M.D.

Nina K. Edwards, M.D. Shiraz Farooq, M.D. (also specializes in colorectal surgery) Larry O. Hopperstead, M.D. Rajeev N. Puri, M.D.

ly trained to provide care to women living with urinary incontinence and pelvic floor

Linda Serna, M.D.


Reena N. Tahilramani, M.D.

disorders. The Central Maine Urology Center provides state-of-the-art care, including narrow-band imaging diagnostic services.

Stephen E. Olson, M.D. Narasimha Swamy, M.D.



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Gynecologists provide surgical treatment of conditions related to the female abnormal bleeding, fibroids and polyps. They also perform hysterectomies, including


disorders of the brain, spinal cord, spinal column and peripheral nerves. They

issues of bladder control and stress urinary incontinence. Many gynecologists (obste-

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evaluate and manage disorders affecting nervous system function, and provide surgical

trician-gynecologists) provide prenatal care to pregnant women and deliver babies.

and non-surgical management of some types of pain. Neurosurgeons manage disorders of the brain and spinal cord, the membranes covering the brain and spinal





cord, the skull and vertebrae, including associated arteries, the pituitary gland, and

Michael T. Drouin, M.D. (also specializes in fertility services)

Deborah C. Eisenberg, M.D.

Jonathan P. Commons, M.D.

Said G. Daoud, M.D., obstetrician-gynecologist

Anne Merrick, D.O.

disorders of the cranial and spinal nerves.

Susan W. Gaylord, M.D. (also provides cosmetic laser services)

Bruce A. Lastra, D.O. Deborah B. Surette, M.D.

Thomas E. Page, D.O.

Ted M. Roth, M.D. (also specializes in urogynecology)

Kathleen Sheridan, M.D. (also specializes in urogynecology) Jennifer L. Weiner-Smith, M.D.


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Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Vascular-endovascular surgeons treat diseases of the arteries, veins and lymphatic systems, most caused by atherosclerosis. Conventional vascular surgery involves open operations, whereas endovascular surgery employs catheter-based procedures. Managing arterial blockages in the neck and upper chest to reduce stroke risks, revascularization of upper and lower limbs for poor circulation, management of aneurysms, and vascular trauma are issues addressed by vascular-endovascular surgeons. Cardiothoracic surgeons diagnose and treat problems of the lungs, esophagus, and other structures within the chest. They also perform surgeries on the heart, including coronary bypass and valve repair surgery. Cardiothoracic surgery encompasses a growing number of minimally invasive procedures. Coronary artery disease is one of the most common diseases treated by cardiothoracic surgeons. They also treat other diseases of the chest, including cancers of the lung, esophagus, and chest wall.

CENTRAL MAINE HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE, LEWISTON 795-8260 Carmine Frumiento, M.D., cardiothoracic surgery


Paul W. Weldner, M.D., cardiothoracic surgery April E. Nedeau, M.D., vascular-endovascular surgery


Michael A. Ricci, M.D., vascular-endovascular surgery Pamela R. Rietschel, M.D., vascular-endovascular surgery, breast surgery


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Head and neck surgeons (also called ENTs or otolaryngologists) diagnose and treat such problems as ear disease and injury, sinusitis, snoring, sleep apnea, tonsillitis, and cancer. They perform surgery of the face, both for removing lesions, improving appearance, and repairing traumatic injuries. Central Maine ENT Head and Neck Surgery specialties include balloon sinuplasty for treating chronic sinusitis and a head and neck cancer program that integrates the services of a plastic surgeon.

CENTRAL MAINE ENT HEAD AND NECK SURGERY, LEWISTON | 784-4539 Norris K. Lee, M.D. Benjamin F. Lounsbury, M.D. Robert S. Warner, D.O.

Additional Surgical Services Anesthesiology






Ruy Gutierrez, M.D.

Kevin L. Morneault, D.O.

Michael D. Hardel, M.D.

Pamala G. Reed, M.D.

Cynthia L. Jenson, M.D.

Aaron A. Tebbs, M.D.

Sirus Hamzavi, M.D.

CENTRAL MAINE EYE CARE, LEWISTON 784-1814 John D. Lonsdale, M.D.

Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery 501 MAIN STREET, LEWISTON | 784-9327 Jan B Kippax, D.M.D.

MAINE EYE CENTER | 774-8277 Martin D. Whitaker, M.D.

WOLF EYE ASSOCIATES | 783-9653 Kenneth P. Wolf, M.D.


It’s your choice. It’s all here. CMMC.



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Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014

By Dan Marois Feature Writer / Photographer


he Meadows Living Center for Seniors is conveniently located on Route 202 in Greene and is one of the best housing options for the elderly in Central Maine. With everything situated on a single level for handicap accessibility, The Meadows is uniquely constructed to offer a personable setting that makes each resident a name and not just a number in the relaxed atmosphere of the Center.

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With only 25 rooms at The Meadows, residents feel like they are living with one big family where they get personalized attention for their needs. Unlike larger senior housing where there are many residents, folks who live at The Meadows enjoy comfort and care from staff who know and remember their needs, problems, and favorite things.

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“The Meadows provides residents with safety, security, and, no doubt, some of the best home cooking available,” said Rebecca "Becky" Laliberte, who has plenty of food service experience and the ability to whip up some fresh, homestyle cooking. “While the residents enjoy the privacy of their own rooms, they can also gather in the library/pool room, the outside patio, or the spacious dining room for activities and socializing."

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Room r ates at T he Meadow s a re affordable for many seniors with rates starting at $800 a month, which includes the private rooms, three daily homecooked nutritious meals, housekeeping and linen services, and transportation and personalized services as well as activities. Center owner Laliberte lives on the property of The Meadows and emergency assistance for the residents is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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“You don't have to worry about who you know, what you did for a living, or what your background is when you consider living here,” said Laliberte. “At The Meadows, you are instantly family.” Laliberte is available to answer any questions about The Meadows. Call 946-3007, email, visit or check out their most recent activities on FaceBook, at The Meadows Living Center Greene Maine.

One of the rooms at The Meadows.

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On any visit to The Meadows you might find residents playing cards, finishing a jigsaw puzzle, walking the halls of the spacious facility, or sipping coffee over gossip with new or visiting friends. And while smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the facility, The Meadows is one of the few facilities that allows smoking on the patio area year round.

Hanger Clinic provides a broad array of rehabilitative, orthotic and prosthetic solutions including one of the most robust diabetic foot care and custom footwear programs in the country. People with diabetes and particularly diabetic neuropathy, need to pay special attention to the style and fit of the shoes they wear. The shoes and inserts provided by Hanger Clinic are made from breathable materials and are designed to cushion while providing extra support to the ankle, arch and heel. By evenly distributing body weight across the foot, these shoes help prevent painful pressure points, blisters and sores from developing. The extra depth shoe design allows room for special foot orthoses.

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Hanger Clinic is happy to accept MaineCare, Medicare and most insurance – please call us today for a free consultation:

675 Main Street, Lewiston, ME 04240 phone: 207-782-6907 150 YEARS



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Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab & Foot Care Center By Duke Harrington Feature Writer / Photographer


ruce MacDonald had been in the business of making and selling shoes his entire adult life when something unexpected occurred to him. “I rea l i zed I d id n’t act ua lly k now any t hing about t he foot,” he s a id . “T he hand-sewn, hi-end product I had made for most of my life really isn’t a good shoe, orthopedically.” That revelat ion ca me not long after MacDona ld, 63, was forced to shut down his MacDonald Footwear factory in Skowhegan after losing too many orders to cheap, overseas labor. Starting over f rom scratch, MacDona ld took work for other companies, even selling tractors for a time, while learning everything he could about every muscle and all 26 bones in the foot. Chinese companies might be able to undersell him w it h mass-produced, generic shoes, MacDonald knew, but they could not hope to compete with American ingenuity and craftsmanship. Finally, in 2006, four years after shuttering his 92-person plant, MacDonald founded Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab with four workers, operating out of a leased garage in Leeds. The company grew quick ly and w ithin a year MacDonald moved it to Livermore Falls, where he took over a former roller rink at 175 Park Street. That provided enough space for an 8,000-squarefoot manufacturing facility and, later, a 2,000-square-foot retail showroom. A lt houg h la rgely founded to fill doctor prescriptions for specific shoe and brace needs, including diabet ic shoes and inserts, custom orthotics, braces and other durable medica l supplies, w a l k-i n c u s t o m e r s n o w account for 43 percent of Pine Tree’s business -- up from 10 percent when the storefront opened in 2008. For each and ever y retail customer, Pine Tree provides a free foot analysis. According to industry statistics, the average American takes 8,000 steps a day, with one and a half times his or her body weight coming down on an area of the heel bone about the size of a nickel with each step, reverberating up through the knees, hips and lower back. And yet, only 17 percent of people with pain attributable to the feet ever see a doctor. Pine Tree will make a referral to a doctor when one is required, but fills

every other foot need, including modification to any of the quality brands they have in stock. “We came to Livermore Falls for manufacturing, because t here were shoe workers living here who had the skills, who we felt we could train to work on orthopedic appliances,” said MacDonald. “But then we thought we’d try and serve people in the area as well. Economics 101 might tell you that Livermore Falls isn’t the best place for a shoe store, but today we draw people from all over, from Bangor to Boston.” That draw ing power, sa id MacDonald, is largely due to Pine Tree Orthopedic’s workforce, which now numbers 14.

Whether you need to customize one of many brands available in Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab’s showroom at 175 Park Street in Livermore Falls, or require something custom made, company president Bruce MacDonald, pictured, says his eight-year-old company can meet your needs. “We stock comfort shoes in all sizes and widths and for any lifestyle or activity .We’ve got a shoe that will make your feet happy again, from high-end hiking boots to casual clogs and sandals.”

“No one is exactly like us in Maine, because we put a lot of money into education,” said MacDonald, noting that in addition to himself and his son Todd MacDonald, who serves as Pine Tree’s operat ions ma nager, t wo ot her company employees also are certified pedorthists.

Bruce MacDonald, founder and president of Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab in Livermore Falls, stands at the door of the 40-foot-long trailer his company trucks to more than 50 businesses statewide, bringing safety shoes and inserts and other foot care items to aid workers with a host of foot, leg, and back problems such as plantar fasccittis, the microscopic tears and swelling of the fascia of the foot usually located in the area in front of the heel bone.

“No one else has four certified pedorthists on staff in one location in Maine,” he said. “And whatever someone n e e d s , f r om p r e s c r i b e d orthopedics to simple shoe modifications, we can do it right here, we don’t have to send it out to someone who has no connection to the end user.”

Licensed pedorthist and third-generation shoe maker Todd MacDonald, vice president and operations manager of Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab in Livermore Falls, preps a hi-tech CNC ( computer numerical controlled) milling machine used to make orthopedic shoe inserts crafted to the individual needs of each customer.

In fact, Pine Tree Orthopedics boasts a turn-around time on braces of less than 48 hours, putting to shame the national average of four weeks.

Joleen Mills, a Livermore Falls resident with more than 17 years of experience in the shoe industry.

“We’re one of only t wo or three labs in the country that have this technology,” said MacDonald, “but apart from that, what we provide here is not just your basic, white ort ho. W hatever someone wants, for any lifest yle or activity, we’ve got a shoe that fits the bill, from high-end hiking boot to casual clogs and sandals. “It’s true, we don’t sell a cheap $19 sneaker,” said MacDona ld. “W hat we do prov ide is hig h-qua lit y shoes a nd inserts, along with custommade foot orthosis and shoe mod i f icat ions desig ned to a llev iate people’s pain, because we’re not walking on dirt anymore. We’re walking all day on hard surfaces the foot was not designed for.” Among Pine Tree’s employees, all of whom are cross-trained on a host of manufacturing steps, with many also logging time working directly with customers in the retail store, is

“W hat I rea l ly l i ke about my work here,” she said, “is k now ing t hat ever y single item I work on is helping someone live a better life.” And, while many Pine Tree workers, like Mills, and MacDonald himself, came from traditional shoe shops, others, like Mike Leary of Wilton, a former newspaper production super visor, arrived following a recession-fueled career change. “Ever y single thing I know about making custom shoes, I learned right here from three generations of MacDonalds” he said, while using a laser scanner to create a computer model for the creation of an individualized ankle brace. The first generation Lear y refer s to i s MacDona ld’s father, Robert MacDonald, who started out sewing shoes by ha nd at t he Nor w a l k factory in Skowhegan, soon after arriving home from the Marines in 1946. The elder MacDona ld advanced through the years, preforming nearly every job the shoe industry had to offer, from production line to front office. “I guess I was lucky, I took it one step at a time and always had bosses who t hought I knew something,” he said, modestly, while cutting the pattern to a leat her brace cover for an amputee victim.

Joleen Mills of Livermore Falls with more than 17 years of stitching experience in the shoe business is sewing the leather on a custom AFO. One of thousands made to precise, individual needs each year at Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab, located at 175 Park St. in Livermore Falls.

At 88, Robert MacDonald, who eventually became vice president of operations at Stride Rite Shoe, even opening the company’s factory in Haiti,

mostly works his own schedule. Of course, that sometimes means logging a full workday that starts at 3 a.m., if that’s when he happens to get up. “I’ve a lways worked seven days a week,” he said. “There’s a lot of people out there who need special shoes and it feels good to do this.”

A CNC (computer numerical controlled) milling machine, used to make custom orthotics crafted to the individual needs of each customer, is put through its paces at the Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab, an 8,000-square-foot manufacturing plant located at 175 Park St. in Livermore Falls.

In truth, the old Yankee work ethic all three MacDonalds share has rubbed off on each of their employees, down to the youngest, Jacob Jackson of Carthage, hired right out of high school.

During the construction process of an AFO (ankle foot orthosis) at Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab in Livermore Falls. Justin Jackson of Carthage trims to exacting specifications a brace made by draping hot polypropylene plastic over a positive mold of the patients lower leg and foot.

“He’s become one of the best shoe-modification guys I’ve ever seen. He’s got great hand skills,” said Bruce MacDonald, during a tour of the Pine Tree plant. “I’m all for onthe-job training, and this is intense, hands-on, training. “Really, we have a great staff w e r e ,” s a id M a c D on a ld . “They’re t he reason we’re making thousands of braces per year, and why we’ve been quietly growing each year.” For the MacDonalds and their staff, not to mention their legions of customers, shoe manufacturing in Maine is alive and well. “You live and breath it and once it gets in your blood it’s all you want to do,” said MacDonald, with a hearty smile.

Tanya Meisner of Livermore Falls works on trimming the custom orthotic , made to precise measurements, at Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab, located at 175 Park St. in Livermore Falls.

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Robert MacDonald, 88, in the shoe business since 1946, works on a specialized shoe for an amputee at Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab, run by his son Bruce and grandson Todd, in Livermore Falls.

Mike Leary of Wilton uses a laser scanner, the first step in creating a positive model of a patients lower leg and foot. Once the positive model has been finished it will then be used for manufacturing a custom AFO( ankle foot orthosis) which is used to treat many medical conditions of the foot and ankle. Thousands of these braces are made each year by Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab and shipped to doctors and O&P facilities across the USA. .

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