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Previously Asked Questions

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Q: Should be concerned two-year-old grand daughter doesn't speak?

Q: What the benefits of Pilates and yoga are – help me decide which would be more beneficial to me?

Q: Any tips or advice on how to stay motivated throughout the year to continue on a fitness regimen?

Q: Is there a link between diabetes and hearing loss?

Q: I am a female in my mid-fifties. What is the best way to rebuild lost muscle mass?

Q: What is the best way to get rid of belly fat?

Q: Are there health benefits to fasting?

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Q: How can integrative neurology help with low back, hip and leg pain?

Q: How do I avoid getting sick when everyone is sneezing all over me?

Q: I am a mother of two teenagers who are heavily involved in sports. I keep hearing about young athletes dying from undiagnosed heart issues.

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Q: What are the typical symptoms of cataracts, and when should I see a doctor if I think I have cataracts?

Q: What is the difference between an optometrist, ophthalmologist and an optician?

Q: What is Astigmatism?

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Q: Does menopause have any impact on your memory?

Q: How long does menopause last?

Q: My husband has been told he needs knee surgery and keeps putting it off. What are the risks of delaying knee replacement surgery?

Q: My husband complains of constant pain and tiredness. Can you tell me what are the signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia, how it is diagnosed, what causes it and treatment?

Q: What is involved in getting a dental implant?

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Health Experts

accessAbilities (Special Needs, Children and Adults)
2904 Seminary Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 832-8272

For more than 55 years, accessAbilities, Inc. of Greensburg has been providing support and independence to children and adults with disabilities. Serving Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties, the non-profit provides a vast range of services that enhance home and community living.

"We are really focused on helping the person remain as independent and part of the community as they wish to be," said Karen Struble Myers, Development Division Director for accessAbilities.

Part of achieving those goals includes careful planning with families, with special attention given to individual needs.

Adults can opt to receive services fully directed by accessAbilities. For example if someone requires attendant care in the home, accessAbilities will handle the employment, training and scheduling of that care. Through the organization's community integration program, people can remain active members of society, learning how to maintain a budget, shop for groceries or care for their own hygiene through assistance from accessAbilities-hired professionals.

"We are uniquely tailored to a person's individual needs," explained Struble Myers. "So if they want to be up and out of bed at 7 a.m., we make sure those needs are met." She added that some simply require help getting ready for work in the morning or preparing for bed at night.

Other adults may want to take a more active role in the employment of their caregivers. In these cases, accessAbilities will train the consumer on how to hire home care, and the organization can offer additional advice on necessary or desired training, like CPR.

"If an individual has a condition that requires extensive services, they may want to employ a family member who is very familiar with their specific needs," said Struble Myers. For example, a young adult can hire his or her mother to step into the role of support provider.

"Many family members have been able to utilize this program. It allows the caregiver who has had to quit a job to care for a family member to have some source of income," said Struble Myers. accessAbilities has a department devoted to helping people navigate through the process of directing their own services.

Children up to age three with an identified developmental delay of 25% or more may receive services through their county medical assistance programs.

Once a need is established, the first step is to have a preliminary conversation with the family and develop a plan, explained Struble Myers.

"We put together a team of therapists and teachers to address that child's individual needs and educate the primary caregiver and families," said Struble Myers. Although one of the most common issues addressed is a speech delay, there are often additional developmental delays to consider. In addition to speech therapy, accessAbilites can provide physical therapists, vision and hearing services, nutrition therapy, nursing, social work and special instruction for children who need social development.

"We've had a lot of success stories. Early intervention is where you see many positive changes because our program is focused on helping children reach developmental milestones. But it is just as important that an adult is able to maintain their independence. For many of our consumers that is a personal victory." said Struble Myers.

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Dr. Amelia Paré

Dr. Amelia Paré (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
123 Hidden Valley Road
McMurray, PA 15317
(724) 941-8838

Dr. Amelia Paré always knew that she wanted to go into medicine. Though she originally wanted to be a veterinarian in her hometown of Rising Sun, Maryland, she soon realized that this was not her true calling.

"I really like relating to people and trying to help them," she says of her choice to go into plastic and reconstructive surgery. "Growing up, I also had a mentor in my personal care physician, who was just a fantastic doctor and a neat individual. His example showed me what it was like to be compassionate about what you do and to love your job."

Dr. Paré, who attended Harvard University as an undergraduate and Hahnemann University for medical school, first became interested in reconstructive surgery while at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. "I got to work with some colorectal surgeons who were performing reconstructive procedures for women suffering from incontinence," she said. "I was amazed by what those surgeons could do, and I liked the creativity of it. I wanted to be able to help people whose bodies were not performing the way they had anticipated."

While at Columbia, Dr. Paré served as chief resident in general surgery at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital. She then spent two years in Los Angeles undergoing specialized training in aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery at UCLA, where she was also chief resident.

Approximately 75 percent of Dr. Paré's practice is reconstructive surgery and 25 percent of it is cosmetic. "We get a fair number of older patients with skin cancer, or who need help with multiple diagnoses," said Dr. Paré. "We also treat patients with breast cancer and those who have undergone mastectomies."

Cosmetic procedures include facelifts, breast augmentation, tummy tucks, liposuction, nose surgery (rhinoplasty) and eyelid surgery, and the doctor is also skilled in chemical peels. Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Paré is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

"What people should realize about plastic surgery is that it's about finessing who you are—it's not about changing yourself," said Dr. Paré. "The core of you—that part behind your brain—hasn't changed."

In addition to running her practice, Dr. Paré spends much of her time helping those less fortunate. She has traveled to Honduras to work at free clinics run by Catholic Relief Services, and performs surgeries on children from Iraq with facial deformities. She has also taken care of patients at a women's shelter in Washington, PA, performing surgeries to treat skin cancer and facial fractures, and serves as a Pennsylvania Medical Society delegate, where she coordinates other doctors' volunteer efforts.

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Dr DAvid Straight

Benefits Network, Inc..
115 VIP Drive, Suite 300
Wexford, PA 15090

David Straight, President and CEO
Benefits Network is a leading full-service insurance agency and consulting firm specializing in employee benefits, property & casualty insurance, and individual and Medicare products. The organization was founded in 2008 by David Straight, president and CEO.
A service-minded culture has helped earn Benefits Network recognition as the “#1 Best Place to Work in Western Pennsylvania” by the Pittsburgh Business Times for two consecutive years. Likewise, the firm is a perennial member of the “Pittsburgh 100” list of fastest growing companies.
Benefits Network has a strong team of experienced professional advisors serving hundreds of businesses of all sizes, thousands of individuals and seniors, and three prominent employer coalitions.
They are experts in the following:
Health insurance
Ancillary insurance products including dental, vision, life, and disability insurance
Voluntary benefits
Health Saving Accounts, Health Reimbursement Arrangements, and Flexible Spending Accounts
Property and Casualty Insurance and Workers Compensation
Personal Lines
Healthcare Reform
Wellness Solutions
Much more

David Straight, President and CEO
As the founder of Benefits Network, David Straight turned an idea into one of the region’s premier insurance agencies and consulting firms. His 30 year career spans the insurance and health care field.
Prior to forming Benefits Network, David spent more than 12 years as chief marketing officer and vice president for two major health insurance companies – HealthAmerica in Pittsburgh and Aetna in Cleveland, Ohio. During his tenure at these organizations, the firms experienced record growth and innovation. He also spent five years in hospital administration at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio where he led a for-profit division that developed, sold and brokered health education and cost-containment products, distributorships and franchises throughout the U.S. He began his career at the American Heart Association after graduating from Kent State University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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Canonsburg General Hospital
100 Medical Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15317

Canonsburg General Hospital is part of the West Penn Allegheny Health System. The hospital provides a wide range of medical and surgical services, with advanced diagnostic and treatment services accessible on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. The hospital has an active and growing ambulatory care center, along with emergency medicine services, and an occupational medicine program. The facility also offers specialized services in acute patient rehabilitation, as well as having a strong focus on health education and preventative care. Serving the community since 1904, Canonsburg General Hospital is conveniently located near Route 19 and Interstate 79 in North Strabane Township.

The 104-bed facility, which includes a 16-bed inpatient acute rehabilitation unit, has undergone several expansions. In 1996 a new ambulatory care center was opened, in 2003 the physical therapy department was enlarged and in 2006, an 11,200 square foot emergency department was added to accommodate increased patient volume. Canonsburg General Hospital, along with the nearly 200 physicians on its medical staff, primarily serves residents living in southern Allegheny and northern Washington counties.

Through appropriate integration across the West Penn Allegheny Health System, both clinically and operationally, Canonsburg General Hospital is able to remain a high-quality, low-cost provider with linkages to the latest medical research and advanced technology.

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Arnold E. Burchianti, II

Celtic Healthcare (Home Care)
150 Scharberry Lane
Mars, PA 16046

Celtic Healthcare is an innovative leader in the delivery of healthcare at home. We are driven by our passion for enhancing the health and quality of life of our clients and their families—during the stages of medical recovery, aging, or end-of-life. Celtic Healthcare provides homecare, hospice and virtual care services. Read more at www.celtichealthcare.com.

Arnold E. Burchianti, II MPT, CEO and Founder
Founding Celtic Healthcare in 1995, Arnold E. Burchianti, II became its Chief Executive Officer. Combining his passion for both healthcare and technology, Arnie built a state-of-the art information technology system, which has been instrumental in Celtic Healthcare's success and outstanding reputation for patient care. Arnie has successfully led the company through significant periods of growth and continues to expand the Celtic footprint through strategic acquisitions and expanded services. Under his team-centered, servant leadership model, Celtic Healthcare was ranked #5 out of Pittsburgh's 100 fastest growing companies by the Pittsburgh Business Times. In addition to his strategic leadership of Celtic, Arnie has earned recognition through a number of healthcare industry awards, as well as held a variety of prestigious positions in healthcare associations. He has been honored as a two-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and is a well-known national speaker on healthcare-related subjects. Arnie is a licensed Physical Therapist and an alumnus of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, holding both a Bachelors Degree in Health Science, and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.

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Dr. Jay Karpen

Center for Pain Relief, Dr. Jay Karpen
3402 Washington Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Locations in McMurray, Penn Hills, Moon, Sewickley

Medical science continues to explore new and innovative ways of treating chronic pain, while medical professionals like Jay Karpen, M.D., continue to help patients enjoy lasting relief.

Karpen, an internist and anesthesiologist, is founder of – and medical director at – the Center for Pain Relief, located at 3402 Washington Road in McMurray. He also practices at several satellite offices throughout the region.

Originally from New York, Karpen is a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, and was recently inducted into the National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, which is registered in the Library of Congress.

He first came to Pittsburgh in 1990 to work at Magee-Womens Hospital. Since opening the Center for Pain Relief in1993, he's been providing long-term pain management to patients age 18 and older at the center and at satellite offices throughout the region. Generally, his patients have pain that just won't get better.

"People often come to me as a last resort," says Karpen, who is also a member of the Canonsburg Hospital medical staff. "I help them manage their pain and improve their daily functions and quality of life"

He receives referrals from other physicians as well as self-referrals from individuals whose friends are patients and have found relief. His approach is multidisciplinary, and treatment is often provided not only by Karpen, but by a network of medical professionals with whom he works closely. This includes Bud Lateef, MD, a physiatrist trained in interventional anesthesia pain management, who's also located at the center, and other external practitioners and therapists. Karpen notes that the center's team will soon include a pain psychiatrist, as well.

Karpen says that most of his patients present with pain in the neck and lower back, and that he also sees several who are in disease states, like cancer, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease, to name a few. He thoroughly evaluates every patient and develops a personalized, specific plan of care for each. "Treatment can range from interventional medicine, like nerve blocks and epidurals, to medicine therapy, muscle relaxants, physical therapy and other modalities." To ensure precise needle placement during an epidural, for example, the center has a fluoroscope on site. "That way, we can see an X-ray of the procedure as we perform it."

Other services provided at the center include addressing fibromyalgia pain and determining where certain sensitivities might exist. "We can now test a patient's blood for immunoresponses to learn if a sensitivity to certain food is causing an immune response," says Karpen.

Technology aside, Karpen believes that the key to successful pain management lies in the doctor's ability to be a good listener. "When patients talk, I listen. It's important to be compassionate and have a good sense of humor, to help put them at ease."

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Lauren Loya, M.D.

The Hormone Restoration Center
Lauren Loya, M.D.

The Hormone Restoration Center specializes in Bio-Identical Hormone Treatments (BHRT). We help patients with hormone imbalances through natural hormone replacement. Patients with Thyroid issues (even if lab tests have come back "normal/in-range"), women in menopause, men with low testosterone, and those with adrenal fatigue (to name a few conditions) may benefit from BHRT.

Our specially-trained medical providers get to the source of hormone imbalances through a combination of in-depth testing and symptom assessment, often uncovering issues that other providers missed. After a thorough assessment, we customize prescriptions and utilize special compounding pharmacies.

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Family Hospice (Home Care/Hospice)
50 Moffett St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
Contact: Greg Jena, 412-572-8809 or gjena@familyhospice.com

For those experiencing a life-limiting illness or injury, Family Hospice and Palliative Care provides a complete continuum of care - unlike any other hospice in the region. Since 1980, Family Hospice and Palliative Care has been the leading not-for-profit, community-based hospice and palliative care organization in Western Pennsylvania. It provides hospice care to more patients in Allegheny County than any other hospice, and is the third leading hospice provider in Pennsylvania. Family Hospice serves nine counties in Western Pennsylvania - with offices in the South Hills, North Side, Forest Hills, and Hermitage. During 2008, Family Hospice and Palliative Care provided care for over 3600 patients with life-limiting illness.

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Good Orthodontics
111 Washington Street, Washington, PA - 724-225-1114
22 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh, PA - 412-655-4660 677
Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA - 412-344-4663
Contact: info@goodorthodontics.com

The practice of Doctors Bob and Ron Good has three convenient locations: Washington, Mt. Lebanon and Pleasant Hills. Good Orthodontics values the trust and confidence of its patients, and is committed to providing them with the very best orthodontic care. Through customized treatment plans, Good Orthodontics takes great pride in the beautiful smiles that are a result of its care and the complex decisions made in the course of orthodontic care. The path to a beautiful smile involves function, aesthetics, and health — an investment that will bring lifelong returns.

Robert F. Good II, D.M.D., M.D.S.
Dr. Robert F. Good II received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. His Master of Dental Science degree was also earned at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, along with a specialty certificate in Orthodontics and Facial Orthodontics. At Bucknell University he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.  Dr. Good has also done extensive post doctoral course work, at the Roth Williams Center for Functional Occlusion , at Arnett Facial Reconstruction, Orthodontics & Orthognathic Surgery, the Lawrence F. Andrews Foundation, the Foundation for Advanced Research and Training and the Orthognathic Bioesthetic International.

Ronald S. Good, D.M.D., M.S.
Dr. Ronald S. Good received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. At West Virginia University he earned both a Master of Science degree and a specialty certificate in Orthodontics and Facial Orthopedics. At Duquesne University, he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science. Dr. Good has also done extensive post doctoral course work, at the Roth Williams Center for Functional Occlusion , at Arnett Facial Reconstruction, Orthodontics & Orthognathic Surgery, the Lawrence F. Andrews Foundation, the Foundation for Advanced Research and Training and the Orthognathic Bioesthetic International.

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Jefferson Cardiology Association
575 Coal Valley Road, Suite 403
Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Jefferson Cardiology Association

Jefferson Cardiology Association specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Its physicians have all taken advanced training in the field of cardiology and have met the requirements for certification in the specialty of cardiology.

With Jefferson Cardiology's excellent reputation and the extensive experience of its physicians, patients are attracted from surrounding communities in Pittsburgh and suburbs south such as Pleasant Hills, Bethel Park, Whitehall, West Mifflin, Baldwin, South Park, Elizabeth, Jefferson Boro, McKeesport and the surrounding towns of the Mon Valley (including Charleroi, Monessen, Belle Vernon, Donora, and Perryopolis) as well as an assortment of other towns. Most of these communities are within a 15-30 minute drive. The staff is kind and caring and eager to answer patients' questions. The office offers Russian and Latvian translation.

Alan D. Bramowitz, M.D.
Dr. Bramowitz practices clinical cardiology involving diagnostic tests and medical treatment for his cardiac patients. During his medical education and career, Dr. Bramowitz has had the unique opportunity to observe and participate in dramatic improvements in cardiac diagnosis and treatment. Coronary arteriography, coronary bypass surgery, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, interventional cardiology with balloon and stent technology as well as pacemaker and defibrillator development are some of the major advances that have been developed. Also, many life saving medications were made available. Dr. Bramowitz finds it gratifying to employ all current resources to help patients, while trying to optimally use all appropriate technology and maintain sensitivity to the needs of individuals.

About his long career Dr. Bramowitz says, "After 30 years, I am more interested in cardiology now than ever. I'm fascinated by new developments that enable me to help people with very serious heart problems and get results that would not have been possible even ten years ago. By taking the time to understand you as an individual, I get to make a difference not just in your heart health but in your life in general. It's a more personal, involved approach that all of us at Jefferson Cardiology Association believe in."

Peter M. Lemis, M.D.
Dr. Lemis has a special interest in cardiac pacing and nuclear cardiology as well as clinical cardiology. He has been appointed by Jefferson Regional Medical Center as Director of Nuclear Cardiology. About his approach he says, "I use all the up-to-date cardiology care available to help you overcome your health problem. That's the most important part of being a doctor. However, I always remember that my patients are real people with feelings, and unique concerns. Under my care, I treat you the way I'd want my own family members to be treated. I'll be straightforward with you and take the time to let you know exactly what's going on and how we are going to help. Everyone at Jefferson Cardiology Association shares a belief in giving our patients all the compassion and support we can offer. It's the kind of personal care I know you deserve when you place your trust in us."

Michael S. Nathanson, M.D.
Dr. Nathanson has a special interest in interventional cardiology, transesophageal echocardiography as well as clinical cardiology. He strongly believes, "As your cardiologist, I am here to help you. I don't judge you or give you orders - I work with you and your doctor to make sure you're getting what you need to be your healthiest. I want you to understand your condition and all your treatment options so you can make good choices. I will give you the tools you need to take better care of yourself in a spirit of friendship I hope you'll appreciate. I really care about my patients as people...it's why I became a doctor in the first place. Everyone at Jefferson Cardiology Association has a shared commitment to making sure our patients know that they matter to us. It's a big part of what makes our group so special."

Gennady Geskin, M.D.
Dr. Geskin has a special interest in interventional cardiology and all aspects of vascular care. He takes a positive approach with patients. "Even if you're dealing with an extremely serious heart or vascular condition, the newest, high-tech procedures I specialize in can help you live a healthier life. I am a naturally positive person, so I'm glad to be able to give you good news like this. I'm also grateful that my knowledge, skill and experience can make a difference for you and your family.

Caring for people on a personal level is the most satisfying part of what I do every day. I get to know my patients and treat them as equals - the way I would want to be treated in a similar situation. Respect and compassion for our patients are important at Jefferson Cardiology Association, and I believe it makes all the difference in the quality of your care."

Jennifer Wicks, M.S.N., C.R.N.P.
Jennifer Wicks is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner with Jefferson Cardiology Association. Her clinical interests include cardiology and all aspects of the vascular system, including the treatment of arteries and veins. "Health promotion and the prevention of illness are very important to me to help patients live longer, healthier, and more productive lives," she asserts.

Jennifer has worked in critical care and cardiology since 1993. She is an associate member of the American College of Cardiology, board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Her advanced practice degree is from the University of Pittsburgh, with her Masters Degree in Nursing and a Minor in education earned in April of 2000.

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Liken Health Care
Contact: Sue Janasko, 412-816-0113 or sjanosko@likenservices.com

Liken Services, Inc. is a professionally managed company specializing in the recruitment of highly qualified personnel for the health care industry and the general business community. Liken Health Care, Inc. has been staffing facilities with RN's, LPN's, LVN's and CNA's for over 30 years. By partnering with Liken, a facility can provide quality care while at the same time keeping the costs of operation down. Liken Health Care can fill a single occasional shift or provide coverage for multiple shifts on an ongoing, long-term basis. For facilities with several, ongoing needs, employees can be recruited specifically for the facility, to help keep training and orientations to a minimum. Liken Health Care can provide RNs, LPNs /LVNs, CNAs , Long Term Care Nurses, Critical Care Nurses, Med/Surge Nurses, Telemetry Nurses, Sitters and Monitors.

Liken Heath Care employees are carefully screened, tested and background checked. They must have proof of licensure, proper credentials and excellent work references. All employees are fully insured and bonded.

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New Story (Special Needs, Children)
Monroeville - 412-373-5235
Indiana - 724-463-9841

New Story schools and services help children with the most serious and complex educational and behavioral challenges. It's a place where children and their families feel safe, find hope and have the opportunity to live a good life. In addition to its schools located throughout PA, New Story offers a number of services including: Applied Behavioral Analysis, Summer Camp Programs, Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services, and Social Skills After School Program.

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Ohio Valley General Hospital
25 Heckel Rd., Kennedy Township
McKees Rocks, PA 15136-1694

Pittsburgh's Ohio Valley General Hospital is a 116-bed not-for-profit hospital. Ohio Valley's current capacity includes 64 medical/surgical beds, 8 critical care beds, 18 intermediate care beds, 16 acute rehabilitation beds and 10 OB/Gyn beds. There are also 32 outpatient surgery beds and 10 bassinets. Located close to home in Kennedy Township, it's just two miles from the intersection of I-79 and Route 60. With nearly 300 physicians in 36 medical specialties, Ohio Valley General Hospital offers a full range of advanced diagnostic tools and treatments.

The hospital ranks among the very best in the country, according to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. Additionally, Ohio Valley General Hospital has been awarded Avatar International's Exceeding Patient Expectation Award for seven consecutive years. Ohio Valley General Hospital was also voted the best hospital in the western Pittsburgh suburbs for the fifth consecutive year by the readers of the Tribune Review.

The Hospital has expanded to the surrounding community with satellite facilities in Robinson and Moon Townships. Recent expansion includes the Residence at Willow Lane, a contemporary assisted living community for seniors. 2007 saw the addition of the state of the art surgical suite and a new obstetrical/gynecological unit with updated technology.

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Pace School
2432 Greensburg Pike
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Contact: Kelly Uzzo, 412-244-1900 x 4219 or kuzzo@paceschool.org

Pace School serves students, grades K - 9, with emotional challenges or autism. It is a placement option for school districts in Allegheny and surrounding counties. Pace School is the first organization in the nation to be accredited as a Sanctuary® by the Sanctuary® Leadership Development Institute, a world leader in the field of trauma focused care. The Sanctuary model of organizational change creates a safe environment where emotional and psychological healing can occur. Located in the Churchill Borough, just east of Pittsburgh, Pace School looks like a regular elementary or middle school to the typical visitor. It is the unique blend of special education and mental health services – and the added supports within each system – that sets Pace School apart. As a private, nonprofit day school, Pace serves hard-to-teach, hard-to-reach children and adolescents.

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Pittsburgh Family Foot Care, P.C. and Associates
2001 Waterdam Plaza Drive, Suite 207
McMurray, PA 15317
Contact: Julie Weider, sch@pffcpc.com

Pittsburgh Family Foot Care, P.C., is a podiatry practice serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding communities. The doctors are board-certified podiatric physicians with years of experience treating foot pain and injuries. They've focused their careers on foot health, sharing their knowledge with all of Pittsburgh through the "HealthCast" TV program, lectures to area physicians about the latest advances in foot care, and even department store demonstrations for women on how to avoid the problems associated with high heels—without giving up style.

Karen K. Luther, D.P.M., Director
Dr. Karen Luther received her doctor of Podiatric Medicine at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. She is board certified by both the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and the National Board of Podiatry Examiners. About her practice she says, "I am committed to providing excellent foot care to patients in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. I strive not only to end their foot discomfort, but obtain the ultimate patient compliment; a patient referral of a friend or family member."

Dr. Luther is Chief of Podiatry at UPMC Mercy Hospital, and from 1999-2009 was director of that same hospital's Podiatric Medical Education program for Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency.

She's a committee member of UPMC Mercy Hospital's Diabetes Advisory Board, and a member of the Individual Podiatric and Group Podiatric Practice Integration CQI Committee. From 1999-2005 Dr. Luther was chairman of the Podiatric Surgical Residency Committee.

Dr. Luther is a featured consultant on HealthCast television. At UPMC Mercy Hospital she conducts lectures for physicians and podiatrists on the latest podiatric advances.

Wayne E. Clouse, D.P.M.
Dr. Wayne Clouse earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery

C. Robert Dushack, D.P.M.
Dr. Robert Dushack earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, and his BS in Biology at Saint Vincent College. He is licensed in Podiatric Medicine by the PA Bureau of Professional Licensure. Dr. Dushack is also Board Qualified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. In addition he is certified in CPR by ACLS, with a BLS for Health Care Providers.

Dr. Dushack holds medical staff appointments with Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Excela Health Norwin Medical Commons, UPMC Mercy Hospital, UPMC St. Margaret Hospital and UPMC St. Margaret's Harmar Outpatient Center. He firmly believes, "A more important asset than a good physician is the addition of a great PATIENT!"

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Robert Luther, Jr., DMD, Dentist

Robert Luther, Jr., DMD, Dentist
1050 Oakdale Road
Oakdale, PA 15071

If more dentists were like Dr. Robert Luther, Jr., fewer people would likely put off having necessary dental work done.

For 35 years, Dr. Luther has focused his practice on treating people with care. "I particularly enjoy working with patients who have a fear of dental treatment," he says. "They find my gentle manner and true concern for their dental health to be another benefit." He does that by imagining himself to be in the dental chair, and treating patients the way he would want to be treated.

As early as 8th grade, when he wrote his career report, Dr. Luther knew he wanted to be a dentist. "I think it had an appeal because it had that combination that's not always present—using your brain, and also using your hands, and making the two work together to help people."

However, to be successful, a dentist needs to offer more than compassion. Fortunately, Dr. Luther is well-skilled in many areas, and his practice was designed that way from the beginning. "I have special training in areas of dentistry that are not usually offered by general practices," he says. "This includes orthodontics, laser dentistry and implants. My extra education and experience allow me to provide most patients with single-source care. Many patients who would normally need to see a specialist can receive all their care here. This saves them time and allows their treatment to be designed and followed through by one dentist."

Today, with the implementation of modern technology, especially the laser, Dr. Luther is able to perform many restorative services without novocaine. "In our office," Dr. Luther says, "it's critical to have a staff that is warm and caring because they provide the personal touch. Our patients know the staff and are comfortable with them. My highly qualified and caring staff allows us to provide skilled and comfortable care from the time patients call to make an appointment, to the time treatment is completed."

Dr. Luther is married and the father of three children.

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Michael F. Hnat D.M.D.

Progressive Dental Solutions, Michael F. Hnat D.M.D.
3055 Washington Road, Suite 303
McMurray, PA 15317

Michael F. Hnat D.M.D. Michael F. Hnat, D.M.D. has advanced training and certifications in the field of dental sleep medicine. An integral focus of his McMurray practice is oral sleep appliance therapy. He is an active member of The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and member and preferred provider clinic from Sleep Group Solutions – national medical dental sleep medicine network.

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Radiance Surgery Center, LLC
701 Boyce Road at Washington Pike
Bridgeville, PA 15017

Radiance Surgery Center is a Private Outpatient Surgery Center located in the one of the best locations in South Hills; just off junction of I-79 and I-279 near Upper Saint Clair, Peters Township, South Fayette, and vicinity. We are equipped with the latest technology and staffed by experienced surgeons, nurses, and anesthesia providers from around the Pittsburgh area. Radiance Surgery Center offers Plastic, Orthopedic, Spine, and Breast Cancer Surgery along with Gynecology, Pain Management, and Podiatry.

The following physicians perform outpatient surgery at Radiance Surgery Center:

Plastic Surgery:
Lori L. Cherup, M.D. Plastic Surgeon
Howard Edington, M.D. Surgical Oncologist, Plastic Surgeon

Orthopedic Surgery:
Derrick Fluhme, M.D. Sports Medicine
Christopher Manning, M.D. Hand and Upper Extremity
Thomas Brockmeyer, M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon

Spine Surgery:
Eric Nabors, M.D. Spine Surgeon
Alex Kandabarow, M.D. Spine Surgeon

Breast Cancer Surgery:
Natalie Furgiuele–Iracki, M.D. Breast Cancer Surgeon

Deborah Lenart, M.D. Gynecologist
Douglas MacKay, M.D. Gynecologist
Shannon McGranahan, M.D. Urogynecology/Gynecologist
Kristen Peske, D.O Gynecologist

Pain Management:
Bud Lateef, M.D. Pain Management

Damon Combs, D.P.M. Podiatrist

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Senior LIFE.
1-877-998-LIFE (5433)

Senior LIFE is a program of all-inclusive care for seniors who live in the community and require care or services in order to continue to do so.
Senior LIFE provides physician and nursing services; prescription medications; physical, occupational and speech therapies;  recreation and socialization; meals and nutritional counseling; personal care; durable medical equipment and supplies; and transportation to and from the LIFE center and medical appointments. 
The mission of Senior LIFE is to partner with members, family and community to enable members to remain at home while preserving dignity and autonomy.  The approach is member centered and accomplished by promoting open communication and advance care planning through a shared decision making process with Senior LIFE’s interdisciplinary team. Many seniors are eligible to receive Senior LIFE services at no cost to them. 
Senior LIFE provides services in several counties in Western and Central PA.  To determine which Senior LIFE facility is nearest you, or for more information and eligibility requirements, call 1-877-998-LIFE (5433) or visit us online at www.seniorlifepa.com.
Senior LIFE is a Medicare and Medicaid provider. Select locations also offer OPTIONS and Adult Day Care.

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St. Clair Hospital
1000 Bower Hill Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15243

St. Clair Hospital is a 329-bed independent, acute care facility that provides advanced, high quality health care to more than 400,000 residents of southwestern Pennsylvania. With 525 physicians and more than 2,000 employees, St. Clair Hospital is the largest employer in Pittsburgh's South Hills. Providing virtually every healthcare service that residents may need throughout their lives, the Hospital offers a comprehensive array of inpatient and outpatient services. Services include advanced cardiovascular services; specialized care for women, children and infants; diabetes treatment; oncology services; emergency care; general surgery services; behavioral health services; and pulmonary care. With its main campus in Mt. Lebanon, the Hospital also offers healthcare services at three outpatient centers.

St. Clair Hospital is home to the region's largest Emergency Department, with annual visits approaching 60,000 patients. The Hospital recently completed a $13.5 million expansion of the department, increasing capacity to 80,000 visitors per year. The ER is ranked in the top one percent nationwide in patient satisfaction.

The Hospital regularly receives regional and national awards and distinctions for its outstanding performance, including the 2010 Hospital & Health system Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Achievement Award and the highest award from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society for achievement in information technology.

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Southpointe Chiropractic and Fitness
673 Morganza RD
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Contact: Dr. Tyson Swigart

Southpointe Chiropractic and Fitness promotes pain relief and overall wellness through the use of chiropractic, exercise, and massage. Patients represent a wide array of backgrounds, conditions and ages including professional athletes, children and the elderly. Every patient is given individualized care and personalized attention that often includes exercise rehabilitation, physiotherapy and massage, as well as spinal adjustments. The goal is pain relief, but also empowering through education and the promotion of healthy living.

As a licensed Chiropractor in Canonsburg, PA, Southpointe Chiropractic and Fitness is proud to provide quality care to patients of all ages, supply the highest quality of chiropractic information, educate patients about their medical conditions, accommodate everyone's needs and provide a positive and satisfying experience to live well.

Dr. Tyson Swigart, DC, CCSP, CSCS, is a Cum Laude graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has completed post-graduate coursework to become a Board Certified Sports Physician, and is currently pursuing Board Certification in Orthopedics. He obtained his bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland in exercise physiology, where he worked as a conditioning coach and trainer. His vision for Southpointe Chiropractic and Fitness has been to create a single health facility where individuals can have access to the leading experts on musculoskeletal injuries, exercise, nutrition, and massage.

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Southwestern Health Care
500 Lewis Run Rd.
Pleasant Hills 15122
Contact: Nancy Austin, 412-469-6966 or naustin@southwesternhealthcare.com

Southwestern Nursing Center - Contact: 412-466-0600
Southwestern Nursing Center is a 118-bed full-service nursing care facility, located on a 40 acre quiet wooded setting. It offers long-term and rehabilitative care for the elderly, convalescing, and chronically ill. Since 1987, Southwestern has been providing 24-hour individual nursing and rehabilitation services, professional consultation for residents and families, hospice and other support services, individualized physical therapy, daily schedules of recreational activities, regular or special meals planned by a registered dietitian, and restorative programs to maintain the resident's maximum potential.

Arrowwood at Southwestern - Contact: 412-469-3330
Completed in 1997, Arrowwood is comprised of 122 apartments. The exquisitely decorated building is located within the picturesque 40 acres of the Southwestern campus. Arrowwood is a beautiful, yet affordable, retirement community offering a variety of services and safeguards for independent seniors. Residents can take advantage of fine dining without set meal times or limited menus. The friendly staff at Arrowood will also take care of those bothersome daily tasks such as weekly housekeeping, towel and linen service, transportation, lawn care/snow removal, and preventive maintenance services.

Southwestern Assisted Care Residence - Contact: 412-896-1501
The Assisted Care Residence offers care to those who are striving to remain independent, but are in need of a little help with the activities of daily living. With a capacity for 39 residents, the Assisted Care staff works appropriately and coordinates each resident's care on an individual basis. A continuous staff is available around-the-clock to help with bathing, dressing, grooming, medication management, mobility, transferring, and other activities of daily living.

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Southwest Regional Medical Center
350 Bonar Avenue
Waynesburg, PA 15370

Southwest Regional Medical Center, located in Waynesburg, PA, is a community-based 77-bed hospital. Southwest Regional Medical Center provides 24-hour emergency services, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, cardiology and home health services. On June 1, 2009 Southwest Regional was accredited and received the Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission. The hospital recently dedicated a newly renovated Surgical Services Center on the fifth floor, which boasts orthopedic, general, urological, gynecological, ENT and ophthalmological services.

Founded in 1907, Essent Healthcare purchased the facility on October 12, 2005. Since then, the hospital has added new doctors, technology and services to benefit Greene County residents.

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The Washington Hospital
155 Wilson Avenue
Washington, PA 15301

Since 1897, The Washington Hospital has been dedicated to providing the highest quality care to patients in southwestern Pennsylvania. With locations throughout Washington and Greene counties, The Washington Hospital and its staff of more than 350 primary care and specialty physicians make it their mission to improve the health and well-being of the community. The hospital's vast list of services and specialties include cardiovascular diagnostics and surgery, orthopedics, neurosciences, women's health, cancer care, children's therapy, rehabilitation and advanced imaging, among many others.  The Washington Hospital utilizes the most advanced medical technology in its state-of-the-art facilities, so patients can feel confident that they and their families are receiving the utmost quality of care, conveniently close to home.

The hospital's many renovations and improvements include in 2000, the opening of the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, the region's first hospital-owned health, wellness and fitness center, and in 2009, the addition of "H" Wing, the largest building project in the hospital's history. 2009 also saw the opening of the Dr. E. Ronald and Constance Salvitti Center for Emergency Care, the Surgical Services Center of Excellence and the Ralph B. and Carol J. Andy Critical Care Center.

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