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FSU College of Medicine, Ft. Pierce Regional Campus Faculty/Student Awards Ceremony

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In Photo: Dr. Zhara Sater, Dr. John Fogarty and Dr. Juliette Lomax-Homier

Article by: Elizabeth Strack / Photos by: MaryAnn Ketcham

Fort Pierce - Prestigious awards were presented on Sept. 13, when the Fort Pierce Regional Campus of the Florida State University College of Medicine gathered its faculty members and students for a night of appreciation and academic updates.

The event took place at the Indian River State College Public Safety Training Complex auditorium in Fort Pierce. The keynote speaker was John P. Fogarty, M.D., dean of the FSU College of Medicine, who presented an update on the achievements and ongoing success of the college.

The regional campus faculty is composed of over 300 active Treasure Coast physicians who take turns teaching third- and fourth-year medical students and physician assistant students. The students work one-on-one with the physicians and gain clinical experience through seeing patients in the local hospitals, surgery centers, physicians’ offices and other ambulatory care facilities.

Several faculty members received awards from Juliette Lomax-Homier, M.D., dean of the Fort Pierce campus. One, titled Guardian of the Mission, is for a physician whose activities have furthered the college’s mission: to “educate and develop exemplary physicians who practice patient-centered health care, discover and advance knowledge and are responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority and underserved populations.” Third-year medical student Angelika Toquica presented this award to Gene Manko, MD, medical director of the HANDS Clinic of St. Lucie County.

Another award, Outstanding Community Faculty Educator, is for exemplary achievement in meeting student educational needs, working collaboratively, dedication to the curriculum principles and enthusiasm for teaching. Shellon Baugh, fourth-year medical student, presented this award to George Mitchell, DO, critical care physician and chief academic officer for Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.

The final faculty awards for 2022 were presented to the dedicated clerkship faculty physicians who have taught our students since 2012. The ten-year service award was earned by 7 physicians: Barry Garcia, D.O., Karen Westberry, M.D., Daniel Glotzer, M.D., Joanne Wernicki, M.D., Igor Khromov, M.D., Diego Maldonado, M.D. and Lalit Chaube, M.D.

This year, the FSU College of Medicine Fort Pierce Regional Campus provided $30,000 in scholarships to its medical students. These scholarships were presented at the event, to members of the Class of 2023. One was sponsored by several donors to the Fort Pierce Regional Campus and was awarded to Aariha Ali, Caitlin Marquis, Eduarda Machada, Emily Abernethy, Jessenia Cabrera and Guivens Joseph. Another scholarship, the Sai Ram scholarship, was provided by an anonymous FSU Fort Pierce clerkship faculty member and was earned by Amber Hannah and Tayeisha Nelson. Two scholarships, sponsored by Marjorie Jordan and her late husband Bud Jordan, are named the Heidi McNaney-Flint, M.D. Scholarship and the Marjorie Jordan Maternity/Obstetrical Care Scholarship. They were awarded to Shellon Baugh. The Randall Bertolette, M.D. Scholarship is in honor of the founding dean of the campus. It was awarded to Samantha Pavlock. The final two scholarships, from the Bernard Egan Foundation and VITAS Healthcare, were awarded to Caitlin Marquis, Eduarda Machada, Emily Abernethy, Jessenia Cabrera and Guivens Joseph.

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In Photo: Guivens Joseph, Emily Abernethy, Aariha Ali, CJ Petruzzelli , Caitlin Marquis, Rebecca Heidenberg, Dr. John Fogarty and Jennifer Trebilcock

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In Photo: Dr. Juliette Lomax-Homier, Amber Hannah and Tayeisha Nelson

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In Photo: Kelly Jordan-Nelson, Marjorie Nelson and Shellon Baugh

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In Photo: Rebecca Heidenberg, Dr. Heidi McNaney-Flint and Emily Abernethy

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In Photo: Dr. Juliette Lomax-Homier and Aariha Ali

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In Photo: Dr. Diego Maldonado, Dr. George Fyffe, Dr. George Mitchell

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In Photo: Angelika Toquica and Dr. Gene Manko

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In Photo: Shellon Baugh and Dr. George Mitchell

Synergy Homecare Announces Newest Franchise in Port St. Lucie

22 Sept Synenergy

Port St. Lucie – SYNERGY HomeCare, the nation’s fastest growing in-home care franchise, and an Entrepreneur 500 ranked enterprise, has announced its newest location, SYNERGY HomeCare of Port St. Lucie.
The company is owned and operated by married U.S. Navy veterans, Lucille and Henry Menard. After their time in the military, the duo has dedicated themselves to helping their fellow veterans and community members receive the best possible care.
Headquartered at 1942 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd, in Port St. Lucie, FL, the company serves St. Lucie, St. Lucie West, Palm City and White City.
SYNERGY HomeCare of Port St. Lucie provides clients with a wide variety of non-medical care options, from companion care to personal care to specialized care for people with chronic health conditions or recovering from illness or surgery.
The Menard’s saw a growing need in their community for these services, particularly among Baby Boomers. U.S. Census statistics show that 10,000 Baby Boomers are turning 65 every day and that by 2030, there will be more than 70 million people over the age of 65. A recent AARP survey found that 75% of those 65+ report they want to remain in their current residence for as long as possible.
Both Lucille and Henry have firsthand experience witnessing the impact of personalized care, as Lucille’s mother was a hospice certified nursing assistant for over 20 years, while Henry’s mother was a certified home health aide and a child care educator for 10 years. These shared experiences drew the Menards to the home care industry. The field represented the perfect opportunity for Lucille and Henry to not only continue their family traditions of caring for others, but it also allowed them to continue the call of duty to serve.
Following her medical discharge from the military, Lucille continued to find other avenues by which she could continue to aid her fellow service members. She worked closely with CareerSource Broward, which is an organization that provides veterans with the resources to pursue successful careers in the civilian sector. Lucille worked with countless veterans while she translated their military experience into career experience for their resumes. She also became involved with Operation Sacred Trust, a group that helps homeless veterans apply for and receive VA benefits and social services. After Henry’s military tenure, he became a licensed mortgage banker, before finally combining his and Lucille’s passions to start their own company.
“We may not be soldiers, but we can still continue to serve,” says Lucille. “Caring and serving are in our DNA. When our military careers came to an early end, the most natural response was to pivot to another career that can still make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. That’s exactly what we found with the opportunity to open a SYNERGY HomeCare franchise.”
SYNERGY HomeCare of Port St. Lucie’s main focus of in-home care is for older people who need some assistance in their home to maintain their independence. However, they will additionally provide child care services, post-operative care and a specialized memory care program. Given their backgrounds, Henry and Lucille also want to make veteran care a point of emphasis as they leverage their knowledge about veteran’s benefits programs.
According to the Menards, the majority of their clients lack a local support system and rely on their caregivers for assistance cooking, shopping, running errands, light housekeeping or going for walks. Some even require personal care such as help bathing, dressing or using the toilet. For these reasons, Lucille and Henry instill an “above and beyond” work ethic in each of their caregivers. Their military backgrounds have taught them the discipline required to operate a person-centered business, while their Haitian backgrounds have made them value the importance of upholding and respecting the cultures and customs of their diverse set of clients.
“Distance should not keep adult children from being in tune with their aging loved ones to help them maintain their quality of life while aging in place, something that can be accomplished through local in-home care,” Henry explained. “We want families to be comfortable knowing that we’re available around the clock and that we’ll always do everything in our power to help their loved ones enjoy the best quality of life they can.”
Lucille and Henry are currently looking to add to their team of diverse caregivers. While licensed Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are ideal candidates, the duo will provide training and certification for people looking to enter the field. Caring, compassionate people with a reverence for elders are invited to apply by visiting or calling 772-300-9009.
SYNERGY HomeCare of Port St Lucie offers competitive hourly rates in addition to flexible shifts perfect for both college students or recent graduates as well as people who are retired and looking to stay active.
Learn more about the many homecare options available at SYNERGY Homecare of Port St Lucie’s website.


22 Sept CareNet a

Article & photo by: Jane Oliver
Join us on Saturday, October 15 at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center in Port St Lucie for the 2022 Walk for Life—a fundraiser for Care Net Pregnancy Services of the Treasure Coast—a faith-based, non-profit pregnancy resource center whose confidential, life-affirming services are FREE to the community. Raise funds in advance then walk, roll, stroll, or just hang out to celebrate life & stand with us in LOVE on our conviction that LIFE is worth protecting, treasuring, and defending! By registering and raising funds as a Walker YOU help empower women and men to make a decision for LIFE and strengthen families right here on the Treasure Coast. Since 1989, Care Net Treasure Coast has been empowering women & men experiencing unexpected pregnancies to make life-affirming decisions through our free and confidential services. Care Net Treasure Coast is 100% donor-supported and all of our services are FREE.

The Walk for Life is an easy and effective way for people of all ages to get involved and make a difference. This is a FREE event packed with FUN for all ages including pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a photo booth, games, music, prizes, food, and MORE!!! Visit for more info and to register to raise funds online or call (772) 828-3168 to request a paper sponsor form.

You may qualify to earn some awesome fundraising incentive prizes available to both adults and youth. Also, bring a donation of any FULL-SIZE Enfamil Brand Infant Formula to the event and be entered for a chance to win a $150 Visa Gift Card for each full-size can donated. (**Must be present to win.)

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Reuben Sandwich

22 Aug Reuben Sandwich

2 tablespoons butter
8 slices rye bread
8 slices deli sliced corned beef
8 slices Swiss cheese
1 cup sauerkraut, drained
½ cup Thousand Island dressing

Preheat a large skillet or griddle on medium heat.

Lightly butter one side of bread slices. Spread non-buttered sides with Thousand Island dressing. On 4 bread slices, layer 1 slice Swiss cheese, 2 slices corned beef, 1/4 cup sauerkraut and second slice of Swiss cheese. Top with remaining bread slices, buttered sides out.

Grill sandwiches until both sides are golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Serve hot.

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta With Sage

22 Aug Squash

Yellow onion (or 4 small shallots)
Fresh sage leaves
Extra-virgin olive oil
Chopped butternut squash
Oat milk (or almond milk, soya milk, or vegetable broth)

Cook the butternut squash: Start by bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil, and add the chopped butternut squash. Cook for about 8 minutes.
Fry the sage leaves: In the meantime, add 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil to a pan. Once the oil is hot, add about 8 sage leaves. Let them crisp for about 10-15 seconds on each side and then remove them from the heat and place them on the side. We will use these to garnish the pasta at the end and give them extra flavor.

Wash the sage leaves before frying them, but make absolutely sure they are dried throughout before you place them in the olive oil. You can use a clean kitchen towel to dry them completely.
Add the leaves to the olive oil only when the oil is hot. A few seconds for each side is plenty. Make sure not to overcook them, or they will become brown and bitter. You still want them to be bright green.
Once cooked, put them on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
Fried sage leaves are incredibly crispy and aromatic. Once cooled, you can crumble them on the butternut squash pasta once it’s served on individual plates for a kick of flavor.
Cook the onions: In the same pot, add the chopped onion and another 4-6 sage leaves, add a quarter cup of water and let the onion soften.
Mix: Once the butternut squash is cooked (check one cube with a fork to make sure it’s tender throughout), remove the squash from the water using a slotted spoon or mesh skimmer (yes, I used a spatula…because I am a minimalist and I don’t have a mesh skimmer…you need to be inventive in the kitchen sometimes). Add the squash straight into the pan with the onions.

Blend: Place the cooked butternut squash, onions, and sage into the blender or food processor. Add the oat milk a bit at a time, and season with salt and pepper. Depending on your squash, you might need to add a bit more milk to reach your desired consistency. Blend until smooth.

Cook the pasta: While you are blending your butternut sauce, use the same water you used to cook the butternut squash to cook your pasta. I love to use whole-wheat pasta or chickpea pasta for a gluten-free version. Both options have more fiber and nutrients than your standard pasta. The butternut squash will absorb some of the water, so you might need to add some more. If you do, remember to season it with salt. Cook the pasta until al dente according to the package directions, stirring from time to time. By recycling the same water, you will infuse your pasta with some of the butternut squash flavors. Plus, it will save you time, as you don’t have to wait for cool water to boil again. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water before draining.
Combine: Drain the pasta, then add back to the pan, add the butternut squash sauce, and if necessary, add a bit of the boiling water you saved to thin the sauce.
Top with freshly grated pepper, crumbled fried sage leaves, and parmesan cheese.

Cauliflower Pozole

22 Sept Cauliflower

4 chicken breast
1/4 onions
1/4 cups cilantro
1 leaf bay
1 head garlic
4 guajillo chiles, trimmed, seeded, and rehydrated
4 ancho chiles, trimmed, seeded, and rehydrated
3 allspice berries
1 teaspoon oregano
1/8 onions
1 cup water, from the chiles
3 cups cauliflower, cut into small pieces (the size of hominy corn)
lettuce, for garnish
radish, for garnish
avocado, for garnish
oregano, for garnish
lime, for serving

For the pozole broth: In a pot with water add chicken breast, onion, and cilantro. Cook for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
On a chopping board, shred chicken and reserve.
Combine chiles, allspice, oregano, onion, garlic, and a cup of chicken broth for 3 minutes and pour into broth.
Add cauliflower and cook for 20 minutes. Season with salt.
Serve cauliflower pozole with chicken, lettuce, radish, avocado, oregano, and limes.

Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes

22 Aug Paleo Pancakes


4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoon Health Warrior's chocolate protein powder
2 tablespoon coconut flour
2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
pinch salt

Coconut oil spray to grease pan
Optional: serve with organic maple syrup and top with crushed Health Warrior pumpkin seed bars and/or banana slices and organic, grass-fed butter


Whisk wet ingredients together in a large glass bowl; whisk in dry ingredients until smooth.
Spray hot skillet with coconut oil, but keep heat level to medium low to avoid burning pancakes on the outside. Add batter to make pancakes of your desired size. When a few bubbles appear, flip the pancakes once to finish cooking (about 2-3 minutes per side). Repeat until all batter is gone.
Optional: Garnish with a pat of hot butter, a drizzle of maple syrup and/or crushed Health Warrior pumpkin seed bars and/or banana slices.

Blueberry + Bacon Zucchini Muffins (Gluten Free)

22 Aug BLueberry

4 slices organic, pastured bacon (thick-cut)
2 organic zucchini
2 ripe bananas
2 organic, pastured eggs
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons organic maple syrup
1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons organic coconut flour
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
1 cup frozen organic blueberries

Dice the bacon and brown over medium-high until crispy. Set aside to drain on paper towels.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350F. Shred zucchini with a food processor (can use a handheld grater if needed). Pour shredded zucchini onto paper towels and squeeze out excess moisture over the sink. Add to a large glass bowl.
Add bananas to food processor and pulse until mashed. Add to the bowl with zucchini. Add the next six ingredients (eggs through sea salt) and stir together with a silicone spatula.

In a small glass bowl, combine dry ingredients (baking soda, coconut flour and flax seed) and mix to combine. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until combined. Add reserved bacon and blueberries, stirring to combine. Pour muffin mixture evenly into a muffin pan fitted with muffin liners.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until just golden brown and a knife comes out clean. Serve and enjoy!

Gameday Buffalo Chicken Chili (Gluten-Free)

22 Aug Chili

2 tablespoons organic grass-fed ghee (I recommend 4th & Heart original)
1 large white onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 jalapeno, diced (if you want it less spicy, remove the seeds and ribs first)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound organic, pasture-raised ground chicken
1 bottle gluten-free beer (I recommend Omission's lager, which is crafted to remove gluten)
1 can organic diced tomatoes (I recommend no-salt-added)
3/4 cup all-natural Buffalo Sauce (I recommend Tessemae's Hot)
1 can organic cannellini beans (I recommend Jovial)
Optional garnish: chopped scallions, blue cheese

In a large dutch oven over medium-high heat, melt the ghee. Add the onion, celery, and jalapeno and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until aromatic, about 1 minutes. Add the ground chicken and brown, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
Pour the gluten-free beer into the dutch oven, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom and sides. Add the diced tomatoes and buffalo sauce, reduce heat the low, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes to let all the flavors infuse. Add the cannellini beans and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Garnish with chopped scallions and crumbled blue cheese, serve and enjoy!


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10 Tips for Rein­vent­ing Your­self dur­ing Sep­tem­ber - Healthy Aging Month

2 Aug Aging

Do not act your age or at least what you think your cur­rent age should act like. What was your best year so far? 28? 40? Now? Pic­ture your­self at that age and be it. Some peo­ple may say this is denial, but we say it’s pos­i­tive think­ing and goes a long way toward feel­ing bet­ter about your­self.
(Tip: Don’t keep look­ing in the mir­ror, just FEEL IT!)

Be pos­i­tive in your con­ver­sa­tions and your actions every day. When you catch your­self com­plain­ing, check your­self right there and change the con­ver­sa­tion to some­thing pos­i­tive.
(Tip: Stop watch­ing the police reports on the local news).

Have neg­a­tive friends who com­plain all of the time and con­stantly talk about how awful every­thing is? Drop them. As cruel as that may sound, dis­tance your­self from peo­ple who do not have a pos­i­tive out­look on life. They will only depress you and stop you from mov­ing for­ward. Sur­round your­self with ener­getic, happy, pos­i­tive peo­ple of all ages and you will be hap­pier too.
(Tip: Smile often. It’s con­ta­gious and wards off naysayers.)

Walk like a vibrant, healthy per­son. Come on. You can prob­a­bly do it. Ana­lyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, per­haps, have a fear of falling?
(Tip: Make a con­scious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear com­fort­able shoes.)

Stand up straight! You can knock off the appear­ance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept try­ing to tell you. Look at your­self in the mir­ror. Are you hold­ing your stom­ach in, have your shoul­ders back, chin up? Check out how much bet­ter your neck looks! Fix your stance and prac­tice it every day, all day until it is nat­ural. You will look great and feel bet­ter.
(Tip: Your waist­line will look trim­mer if you fol­low this advice.)

How’s your smile? Research shows peo­ple who smile more often are hap­pier. Your teeth are just as impor­tant to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing peo­ple notice, but good oral health is a gate­way to your over­all well-being.
(Tip: Go to the den­tist reg­u­larly and look into teeth whiten­ing. Noth­ing says old more than yel­low­ing teeth!)

Lonely? Stop brood­ing and com­plain­ing about hav­ing no friends or fam­ily. Do some­thing about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone, land­line, or cell and make a call to do one or more of the fol­low­ing: Vol­un­teer your time, Take a class, Invite some­one to meet for lunch, brunch, din­ner, or cof­fee.
(Tip: Vol­un­teer at the local pub­lic school to stay in touch with younger peo­ple and to keep cur­rent on trends, take a com­puter class or a tuto­r­ial ses­sion at your cell phone store to keep up with tech­nol­ogy, choose a new per­son every week for your din­ing out.)

Start walk­ing not only for your health but to see the neigh­bors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a con­ver­sa­tion starter.
(Tip: If you don’t have time for a dog, go to your local ani­mal shel­ter and vol­un­teer. You will be thrilled by the puppy love!)

Make this month the time to set up your annual phys­i­cal and other health screen­ings. Go to the appoint­ments and then, hope­fully, you can stop wor­ry­ing about ail­ments for a while.
Find your inner artist. Who says tak­ing music lessons is for young school chil­dren? You may have an artist lurk­ing inside you just wait­ing to be tapped. Have you always wanted to play the piano, vio­lin, or tuba? Have you ever won­dered if you could paint a por­trait or scenic in oil? What about work­ing in wood?

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4 Remedies for Sciatic Pain

22 Aug Sciatic Pain Grassam

Article Courtesy Lisa Grassam - Grassam Spine & Wellness
Do you ever experience low back pain that sometimes radiates through your hips and legs?

While it can be grueling, there are a few ways you can manage the pain naturally and overcome it. As someone who wants the best for your health, give these tips a try and let us know how they work for you!

1. Stretch gently. While laying on your back, put one hand behind your knee and pull it toward your chest. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat.
2. Change your position. Sciatica can flare when you’ve been sitting in the same position for too long.
3. Stay moving. Go for walks to keep your body and spine mobile. This promotes circulation, which is necessary for healing.
4. Schedule a visit with us. We see patients every day who are dealing with sciatica. Let us develop a custom care plan for you so that your pain is a thing of the past.

Healthy Eating Habits In This Month's In the Clinic

Lisa McBride

Article by: Lisa McBride, RN, BSN
CCKids Nurse Care Coordinator

Recent studies have noted that during the summer months, children have consistently gained weight at an increased rate. Research from 2020 shows that over 39 million children under 5 years of age were obese or overweight.

Here are some basic pointers that will help you keep your family healthy throughout the summer slump:

• Have a daily meal plan and try to keep to consistent times
• Keep healthy snacks on hand—cut up veggies and wash fruits—make it easy for the kids to grab & go
• Eat the rainbow in both fruits and veggies
• Drink plenty of water—up to 10 cups per day and more if you’re out in the heat or playing sports
• Keep healthy options in your pantry and fridge—like yogurt, cheese, whole grain crackers
• The number one rule about junk food: You can’t eat it, if it’s not available in your home, so don’t stock it!

Sunshine Health’s covered benefit of weight loss/health coaching sessions are available for those age 10 and older. You will also receive money on a reward card for participating in sessions!

Call Sunshine member services for more information: 1-800-463-4100
if you’re concerned that your child under 10 yrs of age is overweight or obese, call and discuss this with the child’s pediatrician to establish a plan for healthy living. LLC. is an your online newspaper, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”?

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Martin County – The Florida Department of Health in Martin County (DOH-Martin) is monitoring the monkeypox outbreak. There are cases of monkeypox in at least 43 states and Washington DC. To date, there have been no monkeypox-related deaths outside of endemic countries. The risk of monkeypox to the general population remains low.

In the event of a monkeypox case, DOH-Martin will conduct epidemiological investigations to notify possible exposures and offer potential post-exposure prophylaxis. DOH-Martin will offer the monkeypox vaccine to high-risk groups as doses become available from the federal government.

Up to date information on monkeypox is available at Case data for monkeypox, as well as other reportable diseases, can be found on

Prevention and Treatment
If health care providers suspect a possible case of monkeypox, immediately contact your local health department or the 24/7 disease reporting hotline at 850-245-4401. Local county health departments can help providers obtain monkeypox virus-specific real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

Human-to-human transmission generally requires prolonged, face-to-face contact, direct contact with lesion materials, or indirect contact with lesion materials through contaminated items, such as contaminated clothing. Therefore, the risk of exposure remains low.
Health care providers should remain vigilant of information related to monkeypox:
• Monkeypox symptoms, especially among individuals with relevant travel history.
• Transmission and incubation periods.
• Specimen collection.
• Infection control procedures in the home and hospital settings.
• Clinical recognition, and the characteristic rash associated with monkeypox.
• Prophylaxis and possible treatments for monkeypox.
• Monitoring of those exposed to monkeypox.

The public should also remain vigilant of the current meningococcal outbreak. Demographic impacts are similar among meningococcal and monkeypox cases. The meningococcal vaccines are available to high-risk populations at every county health department, free of charge. Floridians can find more information on meningococcal disease here.

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5 Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

22 May Shoulder Pain

Article Provided by: Lisa Grassam - Grassam Spine & Wellness
Did you know that the shoulder is one of the biggest and most complex joints in the human body?

While a traumatic event or injury is typically the culprit of sudden shoulder pain, there are many other causes that can lead to tension and mobility issues.

Here are a few of the most common issues we see in the practice.

1. Rotator cuff injuries. This type of problem doesn’t always come from sudden trauma. In fact, years of wear and tear can lead to eventual rotator cuff tears. They typically occur in the dominant arm and are more common as you age.

2. Bursitis. All over your body, you have thin, sac-like structures called bursae, which helps to keep soft tissues from rubbing against your bones. Sometimes, bursa can experience too much friction, which leads to inflammation and ultimately, pain.

3. Arthritis. This can occur in any joint in the body. When a person experiences shoulder pain without a known injury, it may be caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Frozen shoulder. Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this type of pain happens when the tissue surrounding the shoulder becomes tightened, which restricts movement and makes function difficult.

5. Spine problems. That pain you feel in your shoulder may not actually be caused by a problem in your shoulder. Herniated discs and misaligned spinal bones can cause pain to occur in the arms, hands, and even shoulder.

At our practice, we often work with patients struggling with shoulder pain through natural, gentle adjustments. If you’re interested in finding out more about how chiropractic care may help, contact us today.

How to Beat Headaches: Prevention Tips

22 May Headaches

Article Provided by: Lisa Grassam - Grassam Spine & Wellness

Did you know that 50-75% of adults experience at least one headache each year? Among those, roughly 30% have reported migraines. And as many as 4% of the world’s population are afflicted with headaches for 15 or more days every single month.

While most people focus on treating headaches after they happen, we’d like to offer some preventative tips to help you stop headaches from starting in the first place. In fact, we’ve helped many patients overcome headaches and migraines naturally through focused and gentle chiropractic care.

Here are a few tips for beating some of the most common types of headaches.

Cluster headaches: One of the most painful types of headaches, a cluster headache is typically felt on one side of the head near the eyes and lasts anywhere between 30 – 90 minutes on average. If you’re prone to cluster headaches, potential triggers may include bright lights, foods with nitrates like deli meats, a sudden altitude change, and alcohol or smoking. Try avoiding these triggers to see if your headaches improve.

Tension headaches: This type of headache doesn’t always throb, but instead feels like tightness or tenderness in the head and neck. To prevent a tension headache, take note of what you did just before the headache occurred. Sometimes, stress is a trigger, so practicing mindfulness or breathing exercises regularly may help.

Migraine headaches: Most research around migraine headaches points to environmental triggers, hormones, and genetics as the main culprits. Making sure you stay hydrated, avoid foods high in salt, and stick to a regular sleep schedule may help lessen their frequency. Other triggers may include bright fluorescent lights and strong smells.

Treasure Coast Hospice and Little Smiles of Florida Partner to Bring Joy to Pediatric Patients

22 May TC Hospice and Little Smiles Multi

Stuart – Treasure Coast Hospice announced today that it has partnered with Little Smiles of Florida to help bring smiles and special moments to the children and teens receiving care through its Little Treasures Pediatric Care Program.

Little Smiles of Florida, a nonprofit organization based in Palm Beach County, helps kids from Ft. Pierce to Miami be kids during difficult times. Founded in 1999, the organization brings smiles to the faces of children in hospitals, shelters, and other facilities through events, activities, and gifts.

“Treasure Coast Hospice is honored to be the first hospice organization to partner with Little Smiles of Florida,” said Director of Grief Support & Pediatric Services Jacki Nardone. “Our team is trained to provide the specialized care that pediatric patients need but it’s the extra things that they choose to do for our Little Treasures and their families that make their work so rewarding. Partnering with Little Smiles will give us more opportunities to create special moments that will become cherished memories for our pediatric families.”

“It is my pleasure to announce Treasure Coast Hospice as one of our pediatric partners,” said Little Smiles Executive Director Nicole Mercado. “Their pediatric program, Little Treasures, is truly a model in providing specialized palliative care for children and teens facing life-limiting illnesses and support for their families. Little Smiles looks forward to working with the

Little Treasures Team by helping them with individual requests or program-wide activities that will bring smiles to their pediatric patients.”
The first collaboration planned by the programs was a UCF-themed Tailgate Party for an Okeechobee patient. Since the teen’s plans to attend college have been put on hold, the Little Treasures Team wanted to do something special to lift his spirits. With the support of Little Smiles, this young student enjoyed a “game-day experience” at his home surrounded by family and friends. LLC. is an your online newspaper, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”?

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The Ultimate Guide to Sleeping Well as a Senior

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Article by: Kimberly Thomas

The Ultimate Guide to Sleeping Well as a Senior

 As we age, sleeping steadily through the night may become more difficult for various reasons. No matter the cause, it’s important to know that there are ways you may indeed improve your sleep. Here are some tips and advice for getting better sleep -- brought to you today by Out2 News.

Finding the Best Mattress

To improve your rest at night, you may need to invest in a new mattress. Older mattresses may sag, or not give you the support you need to sleep undisturbed through the night. If your mattress is uncomfortable, it might be time to upgrade to a new one. You may want to start with foam mattresses. They disperse weight more evenly than spring-coil mattresses, which can be more comfortable.

Latex mattresses are gaining in popularity and are similar to foam mattresses, but tend to be easier for those with back problems as they are more firm. A new mattress type may take time to adjust, so try to find one that gives you a long trial period.

How to Prepare for Sleep

 As the night grows later, turn lights down to help yourself unwind. Cut back on liquids before bed, or you may find yourself waking repeatedly throughout the night to use the facilities. Prepare for a good night’s rest by turning off any mobile or computer devices a few hours before bedtime. These devices can interfere with how our brains prepare to sleep. An exception might be soothing music that you can play via a wireless Bluetooth speaker, and even set on a timer so that it’ll shut off just as you’re drifting off to sleep.

A routine before bed can help to trick your body into getting sleepy as well. Deep breathing for a few minutes at the same time every night can help. The BBC notes you should try to get sunshine during the day, as exposure can help your body sleep at night. It might be wise to lower the temperature of your bedroom as well, as cooler air can help your body stay asleep.

In addition to creating a routine, it’s important to make sure your bedroom is set up in a way to enhance sleep and to reduce stress. Ideally, you want to eliminate any clutter, which can spur anxiety, as well as tidy up your bedroom. Plants and blackout curtains can also be wonderful additions. Keeping your bedroom a sleep sanctuary is optimal for getting the rest you need.

The Best Diet and Exercise

 What you eat, and the amount of exercise you get, can affect how well you sleep. Avoid processed foods, caffeine and alcohol, especially as bedtime nears. SleepScore Labs explains that foods that are naturally rich in magnesium can aid in sleep, and calcium helps to regulate the natural process of creating melatonin. Exercising regularly can also impact the quality of your sleep, but make sure you don’t do it late in the day. Working out can help our bodies stay in deep sleep longer, which makes casually waking up less frequent. It also can relieve anxiety, which can prevent us from sleeping well.

Speaking to Your Doctor

If you make these changes, and you still do not sleep well, it may be time to speak to your doctor. There are plenty of sleep disorders that can interfere with getting adequate rest at night. Restless Leg Syndrome can keep us awake, as can sleep apnea, and a number of others. Doctors can aid in treating these conditions, so don’t hesitate to speak to yours.

Your doctor might recommend you take part in a sleep study so that your problem can be properly diagnosed. Be sure you're clear on what Medicare will cover. If testing is defined as “medically necessary” then Medicare will likely cover it. For example, CPAP therapy for sleep apnea may be covered for a short-term (three-month) trial. Check with your doctor and the clinic conducting the study to verify whether you’re covered.

There is no need to trudge through poor sleeping. You can make a few small changes, which may lead to big results.

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