Sprinkle with Experience: 2013 Medical Staff

The following is an excerpt from our 2013 Annual Report: A Recipe for Success.

Gifford medical staff in 2013

“Creating private inpatient rooms at Gifford will further enhance patient satisfaction and overall experience in the hospital. We strive very hard to deliver great nursing care, high level hospitalist and ancillary services to the community. Very soon we will have expanded facilities to offer private rooms to our patients, which will allow for less disruption and a greater opportunity to heal. I am extraordinarily impressed and proud of the care we deliver at Gifford, and fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of this great place.”
~ Dr. Martin Johns, Hospital Division Medical Director

Here is a complete list of all those who worked at Gifford in 2013:

Anesthesiology
Bernd Dotzauer, MD
Anthony Fazzone, MD
Dennis Henzig, MD
Jon-Richard Knoff, MD
Nazek Shabayek, MDMadeline
Waid, MD
Andrea Williams, MD

Cardiology
Bruce Andrus, MD
Tim Beaver, MD

Chiropractic Sports Medicine
Hank Glass, DC
Andrea Kannas, DC

Emergency Medicine
Gretchen Andrews, MD
Jared Blum, MD
Steven Fisher, MD
Sarah Johansen, MD
Martin Johns, MD
Marc Keller, MD
Thomas Leeson, DO
Wayne Misselbeck, MD
Todd Morrell, MD
Duane Natvig, MD
Paul Newton, MD
Saul Nurok, MD
Kevin Rodgers, MD
Scott Rodi, MD
Brian Sargent, DO
A. Nicole Thran, MD
Joshua White, MD

Family Medicine
Kenneth Borie, DO
Terry Cantlin, DO
Marcus Coxon, MD
Jonna Goulding, MD
Barbara Lazar, MD
Brian Sargent, DO
Mark Seymour, DO
Sheri Brown, APRN
Tammy Gerdes, PA-C
Emily LeVan, APRN
Tara Meyer, APRN
Megan O’Brien, APRN
Rebecca Savidge, PA-C
Starr Strong, PA-C

General Surgery
Ovleto Ciccarelli, MD
Maury Smith, MD
Laurie Spaulding, MD
Nikki Gewirz, PA-C

Hospitalist Medicine
William “Sandy” Craig, MD
Martin Johns, MD
Joshua Plavin, MD, MPH
Kevin Rodgers, MD
Wendell Smith, MD
Sheri Brown, APRN
Sue Burgos, PA-C
Amanda Flyckt, APRN
Megan O’Brien, APRN
Fred Staples, PA-C

Internal Medicine
Milton Fowler, MD
Mark Jewett, MD
Cristine Maloney, MD
Mary LaBrecque, APRN

Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease
James Currie, MD

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
David Pattison, MD, MPH
Joshua Plavin, MD, MPH

Mental Health
Cory Gould, LPMA
Robert Vaillancourt, LPMA

Midwifery
Donna Butler, CNM
Ellen McAndrew, CNM
Laureli Morrow, CNM
Kathryn Saunders, CNM
Meghan Sperry, CNM
Tanya Waters, CNM

Naturopathic Medicine
Christopher Hollis, ND
Erica Koch, ND

Neurology
Robin Schwartz, MD

Obstetrics/Gynecology
G. Brent Burgee, MD
Anne Galante, MD
Dina Levin, MD
Ellamarie Russo-DeMara, DO

Oncology
John Valentine, MD

Ophthalmology
Christopher Soares, MD

Orthopedics
Jesse Hahn, MD
Stephanie Landvater, MD
Jayne Collins, PA-C
Bradford Salzmann, PA-C

Pathology
Cathy Palmer, MD
Brian Travis, MD

Pediatrics
Louis DiNicola, MD
Elizabeth Jewett, MD
Joseph Pelletier, MD
Robert Smith, DO
Pamela Udomprasert, MD

Podiatry and Sports Medicine
Nicolas Benoit, DPM
Kevin McNamara, DPM
Robert Rinaldi, DPM
Paul Smith, DPM

Pulmonary Medicine
Marda Donner, MD

Radiology
Yvette Bailey, MD
John McIntyre, MD
Scott Smith, MD

Sports Medicine
Peter Loescher, MD
Andrea LaRosa, APRN

Urology
Michael Curtis, MD
Richard Graham, MD
Nancy Blessing, PA-C

Vascular Studies
Andrew Stanley, MD
Georg Steinthorsson, MD

One Bowl (Me Over) of Laughter: Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The following is an excerpt from our 2013 Annual Report: A Recipe for Success.

Stephannie Welch

Respiratory therapist Stephannie Welch and Tim Leno

Tim Leno of Graniteville has Stage 3 COPD. This summer he drove three times a week to Gifford to build his tolerance to exercise and get fit as part of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Gifford. The program is a place where laughter often rings out, in part due to the good humor of respiratory therapist Stephannie Welch and patients like Tim.

“I try to find some humor in every situation and laugh my way through life. Sometimes that is di‡ffcult but not at Giff‰ord Pulmonary Rehab. Stephannie was the perfect foil for some of my jokes, helping me set up for the punchline. She was a great sport and she can give as good as she takes.”
~ Tim Leno

Two Cups of Comfort: Diagnostic Imaging and Inpatient Care

The following is an excerpt from our 2013 Annual Report: A Recipe for Success.

Ben Cronan

Radiology technologist Ben Cronan, Donna Baker and nurse Shane Parks

Donna Baker is a cancer and MRSA survivor. Unable to walk, she also has COPD. These conditions have meant considerable hospital time for Donna. Of her time spent at Gifford, two faces are particularly memorable: inpatient nurse Shane Parks and radiology technologist Ben Cronan.

“Shane is a very good nurse. He’s very thorough and you feel confident when you’re with him … . When I would have trouble breathing, it would scare me and he would stay there until I calmed down.”

“Ben, I pick on him. When I would need chest X-rays, I would be on a stretcher. He would get right on up on the stretcher. He would like give me a hug around my arms and pull me forward, so (an image receptor could be placed under) me.”
~ Donna Baker

Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Good Exercise, Good Friends, Good Fun

pulmonary rehabilitation

Lois Flint and Dennis Boardman of Chelsea share a laugh with Gifford respiratory therapist Stephannie Welch.

This article appeared in our Spring 2013 Update publication.

When Lois Flint of Chelsea showed up for pulmonary rehabilitation at Gifford, who did she  find one treadmill over? None other than her neighbor, Dennis Boardman. With Lois’ husband behind the wheel, the duo started commuting together for their thrice-weekly appointments, spending the winter working out and laughing hard at Gifford.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is medical therapy for chronic respiratory diseases, typically chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). While not curative, the 10-week program combines exercise and education to decrease symptoms and hospitalizations, increase exercise tolerance, and improve quality of life.

Dennis has COPD and had a cancerous kidney removed in October at Gifford. When he left the hospital, he was on oxygen. His primary care provider, Dr. Mark Seymour at the Bethel Health Center, suggested he try pulmonary rehabilitation.

He recently completed the program, off of oxygen.

The 62-year-old retired log truck driver credits the program with improving his stamina for walking, getting him off the oxygen and giving him “a lot of freedom to be able to do what I want to do.”

Lois had part of her right lung removed, also from cancer, three years ago. Since, the 74-year-old retired cook has struggled with her diminished lung capacity. Her primary care provider, physician assistant Starr Strong of the Chelsea Health Center, suggested the program.

Overseen by Gifford pulmonologist Dr. Marda Donner and a team of respiratory therapists and nurses who carefully monitor participants as they workout, the now four-year-old program can’t cure lung disease, but aims to help people feel better just the same.

Lois, for example, still has limited lung capacity, but she’s no longer letting it slow her down.

“It motivated me,” says Lois, who is now walking on the treadmill at home. “I think it’s great.”

Learn more about pulmonary rehabilitation by calling Gifford Cardiopulmonary Services at 728-2222 or asking your health care provider for a referral.