Roadmap for Recovery

Movement is Medicine Personalized Training Program Offers Roadmap for Recovery Three years ago, Suzanne Clark sat in her wheelchair at a Soroptimist International regional conference, waving her hands and smiling while club members danced around her during a friendly competition. This year, wheelchair-free, she taught her friends the steps and led the dance. Suzanne, 60,…
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Trainer Triumphs

Thanks to Trauma Team, Wounds are Nearly Invisible The kick came without warning. One moment Green Valley horse trainer Katie LeDoux, 27, was walking a horse from its stall to the training ring, and the next she was facedown in the dirt. “I started to cry when I saw blood and realized I was spitting…
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A Future After Fusion

A Bright Future After Spinal Fusion Marge Buckner of Vacaville had tried just about every possible approach to ending unbearable back pain when she met neurosurgeon Edie Zusman, M.D., in 2016. “My whole life was geared around the intensity of pain. But I wouldn’t give up.” ~Marge Buckner Marge’s troubles began almost a decade earlier,…
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Painfree & Grateful

Surgery Gives Retiree His Life Back Valiollah Eslami Amirabadi, visiting from Iran, right, gratefully thanks Dr.Jeffrey Dembner for restoring his health, while daughter Sedigheh Ghods watches. After Iranian doctors told Valiollah Eslami Amirabadi that he’d have to live with intense back pain, he felt hopeless. But during a visit with his daughter and her family…
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Arthritis Specialist Helps Patients Cope

Melissa Schoenwetter, D.O. We’ve all woken up with aching joints, and the occasional morning stiffness is inconvenient but manageable. For people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), however, the activities of daily living—washing hair, buttoning a shirt, or even walking up or down stairs—can be painful all day long. RA is an inflammatory autoimmune disease characterized by…
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Putting Pain in its Place

Cynthia Peña, M.D. Techniques Unique For Each and Every Patient Pain can be a formidable foe. Just ask Cynthia Peña, M.D., who has made it her mission to help people suffering from all kinds of pain, from the nagging and intermittent to the chronic and debilitating. Her original focus, medically speaking, was anesthesiology, but she…
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Comforting Care – Expert Focuses on End of Life Issues

Dr. VanAken confers with long-time patient Della Horn during a recent hospital stay. In the late 1980s, as one of the first family physicians to practice at the newly opened VacaValley Hospital, Terrell VanAken, M.D., specialized in treating entire families. “From birth to death, I’d be there through their whole life cycle.” But, during the…
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Getting Past Aches & Agony

With compassionate care, NorthBay Healthcare’s team of experts seeks to ease pain in the lives of all our patients, addressing everything from headaches to foot pain, and all problems in between. In this issue, we’ll share stories of how doctors, therapists, nurses and social workers strive to free our patients from a gamut of afflictions….
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Reform is Not Pain-free

How about a pain-free life in a society where health care is accessible to all without much government interference? Of course, that is an inconceivable plot, even for an old-fashioned Disney movie. Pain is not only a part of life, it is part and parcel of healthcare reform. With it, come difficult decisions, amid perpetual,…
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Local Chest Pain Center Offers Quick Diagnosis & Treatment

The rule is simple: if you have chest pain, call 9-1-1. Don’t wait. Don’t be embarrassed. Because when it comes to saving your heart, doctors have a saying: “Time is Muscle.” The faster you get help, the more of your heart muscle can be saved. Chest pain comes in many varieties, from a vague discomfort…
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