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Dentist helps patients overcome fear factor

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By Dr. Stephen Durham

There’s a piece of our own attitude that takes as active a part as any physical factor in whether our dental health is good or poor: It’s the tendency some people have to put off seeing their dentist.

Dental health doesn’t get better by itself, and generally speaking it doesn’t even stay the same without regular professional attention.

One reason people postpone dental exams is simply the demands of our daily lives. But the reason people postpone treatment most often has to do with fear. If this is how you feel about “a trip to the dentist,” you are not alone.

We call this factor “hesitance,” and it’s what causes many dental conditions to get worse, as surely as if it were plaque, bacteria or poor jaw alignment.

So we resolved to treat hesitance with as much care and consideration as we would bring to any symptom.

Confidence begins with choice

Careful consultation is the start of approaching dental care with confidence. Giving our patients a clear picture of their condition and then offering them realistic choices, we sit face-to-face and map our course together.

When the patient has this much to do with the steps that are being taken, we find that concerns begin to subside.

Spectrum of comfort

Another important reassurance is the variety of ways patients can choose for relieving anxiety, discomfort and preventing pain.

From local anesthetics to sedation dentistry, the techniques are available that can make treatment a process you can trust, without the dread that might have grown from old-fashioned approaches.

Home-baked bravery

When it comes to providing an atmosphere of comfort and confidence, everything counts.

So the smell of home-baked cookies, the sound and feel of our office, the pleasant greetings and genuine interest you feel – it all adds up.

Helping people reach the right state of mind for healthy dentistry involves courtesy and consideration as well as professional know-how. We make sure patients find that atmosphere in abundance.

Dr. Stephen Durham, DMD, MAGD, practices at Durham Dental at Town Center in Beaufort. For more information, 843-379-5400.

Health briefs for September 1st-7th

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Lyme disease support group to meet in Bluffton

The next scheduled meeting of the Lowcountry SC Lyme Disease Support Group will take place from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Just Be Centre, 159 State St. in Bluffton.

The group has been formed for the support of those who are currently fighting lyme disease, those who are currently in remission and for their families and caregivers.

The group is open to anyone in Beaufort County and the Savannah area who is fighting the debilitating disease and/or their caregivers/loved ones. Those interested in joining the group or learning more can search Lowcountry SC Lyme Support Group and Meetup on Facebook or email For more information, visit the International Lyme Disease Association (ILADS) at

County residents should protect against Zika

While no cases of the Zika virus have been found in Beaufort County, citizens are encouraged by the county’s Mosquito Control program to be vigilant.

The mosquito associated with Zika virus is a very aggressive daytime biter and its peak feeding times are typically during early morning and late afternoon hours. BCMC recommends the following prevention:

• Empty/clean containers that hold water.
• Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, hats.
• Protect windows and doors with screens
• Use insect repellant for clothing (always follow label instructions)

Only one species of mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus or the “Asian tiger” mosquito) may potentially transmit Zika virus in the Lowcountry. BCMC is increasing surveillance for this particular mosquito.

Health briefs for August 25th-31st

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Mental health center receives re-accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited the Coastal Empire Community Mental Health Center, for a period of three years, in the areas of outpatient treatment for adults and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents.

The center, which served 3,953 people, including 1,261 children and adolescents and 184 individuals over the age of 65 in fiscal year 2016, provides mental health services to Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.

Operated by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, the Center is a component of the Agency’s division of Community Mental Health Services.

To learn more about Coastal Empire, visit

Dr. Brandon McElroy
Dr. Brandon McElroy

Dr. Brandon McElroy joins BMH Lady’s Island Internal Medicine

Beaufort Memorial Hospital has added a new physician to its busy Lady’s Island Internal Medicine practice. Internist Dr. Brandon McElroy will begin seeing patients in September.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee, McElroy earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the university’s Health Science Center in 2013. Throughout his medical training, he volunteered at a clinic in Memphis providing free primary care to underserved adults and served as a mentor to fellow medical students. Earlier, he worked as a psychiatric technician at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute in Knoxville.

This spring, he completed his internship and residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Lady’s Island Internal Medicine is located at 117 Sea Island Parkway. Also at the practice are board-certified internists Drs. Philip Cusumano and Robert Vyge as well as certified physician assistants John Garner and Eric Gearhart. To make an appointment with any of the providers, call 843-522-7240.

Beaufort Memorial makes list of Most Wired Hospitals 

For the 14th straight year, Beaufort Memorial earned a spot on the list of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals, putting it in the company of some of the top academic medical centers in the country.

To make the list, hospitals had to meet the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) set of rigorous IT criteria, designed to reduce the likelihood of medical errors and improve outcomes.

“We’ve continued to look at technology solutions with the goal of improving patients’ quality of care,” said BMH Chief Information Officer Ed Ricks. “It’s especially gratifying to see our investments working to take care outside of the walls of the hospital and into the community.”

Each year, Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the flagship publication of the AHA, asks hospitals and health systems nationwide to complete a survey that measures their use of information technology. The 2016 Health Care’s Most Wired survey was completed by 680 participants, representing 2,146 hospitals — more than 34 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

According to this year’s survey, hospitals are ramping up their efforts to stop hackers and also working to boost their capabilities in telehealth and population health. BMH has pushed ahead on all three fronts.

The hospital also participates in MUSC Health Telestroke, a telemedicine program that allows Beaufort Memorial Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit physicians to consult with MUSC Health stroke experts at a moment’s notice. The survey showed stroke care is the most rapid growth area for telehealth services, up 38 percent from 2015, as evidence-based studies emphasize the time urgency of treatment.

Most recently, Beaufort Memorial began using new software to manage the data from population health, a prevention program designed to reach people who might not realize they are at risk for diabetes, stroke, heart disease and other debilitating conditions, and encourage them to take a more proactive role in their health care. Initially, the hospital is focusing on the wellness of its own employees and will expand the program to patients in the near future.

Megan Love Grabowski
Megan Love Grabowski

Celadon Club gets new wellness director

Megan Love Grabowski has joined Celadon Club as the new Wellness Center director.

Celadon Club provides comprehensive health, fitness, and wellness services to residents of the newly revitalized Celadon community, as well as to a local Beaufortonians through a limited number of outside memberships.

As Wellness Center director, Grabowski will maintain and oversee the entirety of Celadon Club, from planning events for club members to personally recruiting fitness trainers and spa staff. Grabowski will also be available to assist each Celadon Club member to help them set and reach their wellness goals.

A graduate of Salisbury University with a Bachelor’s in Communications and Marketing, Grabowski has a background in fitness coaching, event planning, teaching several types of dance and field hockey.  In her spare time, she enjoys mountain biking, kayaking and flying trapeze.

A meet and greet event was held at Celadon Club from on Saturday, Aug. 20. Celadon is an upscale, wellness-focused, master-planned community on Lady’s Island – five minutes from downtown Beaufort. For more information, visit

Mental health specialists needed at BJVIM

The Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine (BJVIM) is seeking trained mental health specialists who are interested in volunteering their time at the Bluffton and Ridgeland clinics.

“Many patients coming to the clinic have health problems that contribute to employment issues, relationship problems, and functioning in the world,” said Dr. Helene Stoller, a 25-year psychologist who volunteers at the clinic.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 60 percent of people in the United States who have mental health conditions — including depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder — and nearly 90 percent of people with substance use disorders do not receive the care they need.

Stoller, who is the only mental health professional on staff at BJVIM, spends four hours a week meeting with patient and doctors. With more than 2,500 patients who call BJVIM their medical home, having only one mental health provider represents a gap in services.

Mental health specialists who are interested in volunteering their time are encouraged to call Pam Toney at 843-706-7090, ext. 104.

Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine clinics provide medical services free of charge to individuals who are without health insurance, live or work in greater Bluffton or Jasper County and qualify based on income.

Health briefs for August 11th-17th

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Kristen Ferguson
Kristen Ferguson

BMH physical therapist certified as specialist

Kristen Ferguson, a physical therapist at Beaufort Memorial HealthLink for Children, has earned certification as a clinical specialist in pediatrics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists and the American Physical Therapy Association.

She is one of only 15 physical therapists in South Carolina currently holding the credential of clinical specialist in pediatrics. Across the country, there are 1,330 physical therapists that have earned the prestigious certification.

A physical therapist with eight years experience, Ferguson spent six months studying for the rigorous four-hour exam.

“Although I am licensed to treat anyone of any age, I wanted to specialize in pediatrics,” she said. “This certification ensures that I have all the knowledge and skills to best serve my patients.”

Beaufort Memorial’s HealthLink for Children offers outpatient rehabilitation for patients from birth to age 21 in Beaufort and Bluffton. For more information on available services, call 843-522-5900.

Dr. James Kondor, a Hilton Head-based optometrist, helped secure funding for equipment and also is volunteering his time to treat patients.
Dr. James Kondor, a Hilton Head-based optometrist, helped secure funding for equipment and also is volunteering his time to treat patients.

Ribbon-cutting planned for new BJVIM eye clinic

Patients from Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine (BJVIM) will soon have access to free vision screenings.

Thanks to generous donations from local Lions Clubs, individuals and grants, a room in the Ridgeland clinic has been outfitted with state-of-the art ophthalmic equipment.

“We will be one of only a handful of free clinics in South Carolina to have an ophthalmic exam on site,” said Pam Toney, BJVIM executive director.

A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Ridgeland Clinic, located at 11332 N. Jacob Smart Blvd. The public also is invited to free vision screenings courtesy of the Sun City Lions Club from 1-3 p.m.

Dr. James Kondor, an optometrist on Hilton Head, is leading the charge in soliciting local Lions Clubs for donations and also in donating his time to the clinic.

“I told each club’s board of directors, ‘If certain vision problems were left undetected, it may cause patients to lose their sight.’ That hit home with them,” Kondor said. “The goal of the Lions Club is to eradicate treatable eye diseases in the world.”

Toney said many of BJVIM patients suffer from diabetes and are in desperate need of quality eye care. Many of the conditions that they expect to come across include diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, low vision and cataracts.

The clinic’s first day for appointments will be from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Ridgeland Clinic.

Optometrists and other eye specialists who are interested in volunteering their time are encouraged to call Pam Toney at 843-706-7090 ex 104.

The Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine provides services free of charge to individuals who are without health insurance, live or work in Greater Bluffton or Jasper County and qualify based on income.

Coastal Carolina Hospital earns screening designation

Coastal Carolina Hospital has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

In order to receive this distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.

Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography scans, and appropriate follow-up care, significantly reduces lung cancer deaths.

Patients at Coastal Carolina Hospital will need a physician referral to have a lung cancer screening procedure.

Patients may schedule lung cancer screening by calling 843-784-8230.

Heather Riessland
Heather Riessland

New physician assistant joins Dermatology Associates

Heather Riessland has joined Dermatology Associates of the Lowcounty.

She is a certified physician assistant with over a decade of experience in dermatology.

Riessland completed a Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies, with a clinical focus in family practice and dermatology from Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz., in 2005.

She practiced in general medicine for the Department of Defense for five years followed by over five years of experience practicing dermatology with Kaiser Permanente in Denver.

Riessland has professional affiliations with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and the Colorado Society of Dermatology Professionals.

She is currently accepting appointments in all three of the following Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry’s locations: Hilton Head Island at 3901 Main St., Suite D, 843-689-5259; Bluffton/Okatie at 40 Okatie Center Blvd. South, Suite 201, 843-705-0840; and Beaufort at 242 Lady’s Island Drive, 843-525-9277. Visit

The word ‘death’ is harsh, final … and totally inaccurate

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By Susan Stone

Ever since I began writing this column, I have quoted my master teacher,  Rev. Marian Starnes, numerous times for her wisdom and humor.

On the Summer Solstice, she flew away HOME. Marian didn’t like to use the word “death.” She found it harsh and final and totally inaccurate. She had a lot of experience with what we call “death.”

In 1973, Marian died on the operating table during open heart surgery. The last thing she heard was; “We’re losing her!” She rose above the operating theater and observed the panic in the room as they readied the crash cart.

Completely at ease and uninterested in what the doctors were doing, she left. The feeling she described being out of the body was pure delight. She found herself in a green valley surrounded by mountains. It was familiar to her as the landscape she knew as a child growing up in Idaho.

In front of her appeared a bridge and on the other side of the bridge were her father and a little boy who had drowned when they were children, along with various animals she had loved through her life.

She was overjoyed to see them all, and when she attempted to cross the bridge, two men suddenly stood in her way. Neither of them spoke to her or even really looked at her.

Marian described both of them as looking like Jesus (she never understood why there were two). They were discussing whether they should send her back. They said that she was a powerful teacher and had already been doing good work, but they knew she would begin a ministry and would reach people around the world with her message of love.

Just as they turned to her to ask if she would go back, she whooooshed back into her body.

Marian always told this story with a huge smile on her face. She said that death is an illusion and that we never lose consciousness.

She said, “One minute I was Marian and the next minute, I was still Marian.”  She would draw an imaginary line on the floor and hop over it. “Don’t ever be afraid to drop your body and go HOME. You’ll be glad to be free of it … I promise.”

In her last hours she fell in to a deep coma, Hospice had been called in and they were keeping her comfortable. Just before she took her last breath, she opened her eyes and smiled wide saying; “I’m doing good, aren’t I?”

There was no fear, only joy.

As I recall, during a memorial for a dear friend of hers, she said (and I’m paraphrasing), “Do not pity the dead, pity the living! This living thing is hard stuff! We’re here to help one another and to have as much fun as we can (she would always insert, legally). Don’t worry about tomorrow, because there are no tomorrows. In my 89 years on this planet, I’ve never seen a tomorrow! I’ve only seen todays! Lots and lots of todays! So make today a great day.

“Do what you can and then a little bit more. Eat cake. Don’t wait until someday to do what you love … love everything you do. If what you’re doing makes you miserable … stop it! It’s not worth it. Life is simple, people are complicated.”

Over the years, Marian and her messages have traveled around the world. I will be forever changed for having known her.

One last quote: “We are the immortals; we have always been and ever will be. You have always been you and you will always be. And when life gets tough … eat more cake!

Laser-assisted cataract surgery safe, effective

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By Dr. Mark S. Siegel

Traditional or manual cataract surgery is one of the most common, safe and effective surgeries performed today.

The result of the surgery depends heavily on the surgeon’s skill and experience.

In manual cataract surgery, the surgeon uses a hand-held blade made of metal or diamond to create an incision in the cornea. A needle is then used to open up the cataract in a step called the capsulotomy. The surgeon can then break up the cataract using ultrasound and remove it, before inserting an intraocular lens (IOL).

Laser-assisted cataract surgery uses a femtosecond laser to remove cataracts accurately and precisely, replacing the use of handmade incisions.

The surgeon customizes a specific surgical plan with a 3-D image of the eye called OCT (optical coherence tomography). This innovative procedure used for cataract removal has been successfully performed for the past few years. With the specifications for location, depth and length in all planes, the femtosecond laser can perform the cataract removal with micro-level precision.

Benefits of laser-assisted surgery

There are many benefits to using femtosecond laser instead of conventional, manual cataract surgery. Laser-assisted cataract surgery is:

• Accurate: With the delicacy of eye surgery, even the smallest variation can create sharper vision. Laser-assisted cataract surgery introduces a new level of sophistication for preparing the eye for surgery and for performing the surgery itself. Computerized mapping and 3-D measurements give exact specifications for the procedure to achieve precise results. During the surgery, real-time visualization helps guide your surgeon for accurate incision placement.

• Bladeless: You may be hesitant about having eye surgery, and you are not alone. Laser-assisted cataract surgery is a minimally invasive procedure and offers computer-guided control when making the incisions and breaking up the cataract. This innovative technology provides efficient and effective treatment for cataracts without using a traditional blade. Lasers offer a new level of accuracy to restore ideal vision quickly.

• Customizable: Your eye is unique to you, and laser-assisted cataract surgery designs a plan specific to your own eye map. Computerized planning removes any guesswork from the procedure, and this delivers meticulous results. Your eye is thoroughly scanned for measurements, and the data is translated into a restorative, personalized plan that is custom-built for you. Laser-assisted cataract surgery also has individualized capabilities for treating astigmatism.

• Gentle: When the femtosecond laser is used to break up the cataract into small pieces, during a process called fragmentation, the subsequent amount of ultrasound energy required is significantly reduced. In my experience using the LenSx system, I’ve found a 50 percent reduction in my cumulative deposited energy levels. This reduced energy leads to clearer corneas, less stress on the eye, which translates into better vision sooner after your surgery.

What to expect before surgery

Laser-assisted cataract surgery requires detailed planning. Your surgeon will consider the anatomy of your eye and assess the pupil diameter, anterior chamber depth and the thickness of the lens and the cornea. Then, the type of lens fragmentation must be chosen. Parameters for the location, structure and depth of the corneal incisions are entered. When all data is stored, you are ready for surgery.

Your surgeon will also review your current medications and advise you of any changes that should be made either before or after surgery.

What happens during surgery?

Your eye must be docked into the laser platform to stabilize it. Next is a process called visualization, which involves 3-D, high resolution, wide-field imaging. Now, the laser procedure is ready to begin. Your surgeon will initiate the laser to perform the incisions with pre-set specifications. The laser then softens the cataract and breaks the lens into small pieces.

The surgeon then removes the deteriorated lens and implants the IOL, which will restore clear vision again.

What happens after surgery?

Recovery after cataract surgery is usually very quick, and most patients notice clearer vision within 24 hours of the procedure. Here are a few symptoms that are common after laser-assisted cataract surgery: itching, mild discomfort, tearing and sensitivity to light and touch.

Your doctor will prescribe anti-inflammatory eye drops to reduce inflammation and antibiotic eye drops to reduce the risk of infection, and you will have to wear an eye shield or eyeglasses to protect your eye. It is important to avoid rubbing or pressing on your eye while it heals.

After one or two days, all discomfort should be gone and you should be able to resume most normal activities. Recovery times may vary, so talk to your surgeon if you have any concerns. If you have cataracts in both eyes, you will most likely have the second surgery in a week or two.

Talk to you ophthalmologist about which surgical method would be best to remove your cataracts, and ask for more information on laser-assisted cataract surgery.

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Beaufort Memorial adds second certified midwife 

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Catherine Tambroni-Parker

Catherine Tambroni-Parker

Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists has added a highly experienced certified nurse-midwife to its OB-GYN team, offering expectant mothers more birthing options.

Catherine Tambroni-Parker has delivered more than 3,000 babies during her 18-year career as a nurse midwife, most recently at Park Ridge Health in Hendersonville, N.C.

She is now seeing patients at the group’s office, located at 989 Ribaut Road, Suite 201. As a nurse-midwife, she will be delivering babies at Beaufort Memorial’s Birthing Center alongside OB-GYN specialists Drs. Christopher Benson, Marlena Mattingly, Gregory Miller and Claude Tolbert.

The practice’s medical staff also includes certified nurse-midwife Janna Jones Kersh and certified nurse practitioner Maggie Bisceglia.

A graduate of State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Tambroni-Parker served as a primary care, triage, labor and delivery nurse and a maternal-child health nurse/educator in New York for 19 years. After earning her master’s degree in Midwifery at SUNY Stony Brook, she worked for 15 years at Oswego OB-GYN in a rural underserved area on the shore of Lake Ontario. A mother of three, Tambroni-Parker comes from a long line of health care professionals. Her grandmother and aunt were both midwives in Europe.

To make an appointment with Tambroni-Parker or any of the other practitioners at Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists, call 843-522-7820.

Beaufort Memorial names new CEO

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Russell Baxley
Russell Baxley

Edmond Russell Baxley, III, has been named the new president and chief executive officer of Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

He will replace outgoing president and CEO, Rick Toomey, beginning Sept. 12. Toomey has agreed to stay on in a consulting role through the transition, as needed.

“Russell is a bright, energetic leader with an impressive track record of smart, strategic management and growth,” said BMH board Chair Terry Murray. “His experience and vision will help guide our hospital through the increasingly complex world of healthcare and position us to better serve our community for years to come.”

Baxley most recently was CEO for Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lancaster, Pa. The 213-bed hospital includes an inpatient psychiatric hospital; cancer, heart and orthopaedic programs; multiple surgical specialties; a physician group with more than 100 providers; and a telemedicine program, among other services.

Under his leadership the hospital developed and expanded critical services, including neurosurgery and oncology; constructed a 30,000-square-foot facility with urgent care and a multitude of outpatient services, including physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, imaging and an internal medicine clinic; developed telemedicine and population health management programs; recruited 20 primary care and specialty providers to meet the needs of the community; and improved patient satisfaction scores across 10 key areas.

A Johnsonville, S.C., native, Baxley received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Clemson University and his Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of South Carolina. He has held roles as chief operating officer, assistant chief financial officer and director of development in small- and mid-size hospitals in both South Carolina and Texas, including Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, and Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas. He also served as director of operations and finance for a large family medicine practice and medical spa in Columbia.

“I am very excited to join the team at Beaufort Memorial Hospital and look forward to working with its talented and dedicated employees, medical staff, administrators and board of trustees,” said Baxley. “Everyone I’ve encountered has shown a commitment to community and a passion for patient care, both of which are building blocks for improving the health of the people we serve. I see a bright future for the hospital and am eager to build upon the excellent work of Rick Toomey and his team.”

Following the resignation of Rick Toomey last January, the BMH board of trustees appointed a nine-member search committee to find a new leader. The committee was chaired by Jerry Schulze, immediate past BMH board chair.Schulze and the team worked with executive search firm Witt/Kieffer to identify potential candidates.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Russell to the leadership team at Beaufort Memorial,” said Schulze. “In his past positions he has demonstrated great abilities to lead teams to develop and improve services, while working to maintain financial stability and growth. He will be an excellent addition to the team.”

Baxley is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been actively involved in community and professional organizations and activities throughout his career. He and his wife, Stephanie, are looking forward to relocating to the Lowcountry early this fall.

Dentures don’t have to be cheap to be affordable

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By Dr. Stephen Durham

When you need dentures, you don’t have to compromise to find a solution you can afford. Quality, custom dentures are within reach for most anyone.

However, jumping to a same-day solution can mean regret, discomfort, and a fit that reminds you all the time that you’re not using your own teeth.

Avoiding this disappointment just takes a little planning.

Your options are greater than you might think.

The variety of dentures available today is unprecedented, so an excellent fit can also fit the patient’s budget. And the results from across the cost spectrum can still be a breakthrough in the patient’s appearance.

Not only are the teeth brilliant, even and straight, but the patient’s whole face is brighter from a new sense of well-being.

A great fit can mean more than good eating.

A properly fit pair of dentures can open up a new, pain-free life for many patients, too.

It starts with finding your jaw’s ideal alignment, and a properly equipped dental practice can do that now with digital efficiency.

Research suggests that 30 percent of adults suffer from TMD – temporomandibular disorder.

That’s a strain on the jaw and neck muscles caused by poor alignment of the jaw.

Twice that many people may have TMD and not know where the pain is coming from. It can show up as neck pain, poor posture and sleeps disorders, so TMD is sometimes called “the great pretender.”

With dental care that’s based on finding your own ideal bite, your new dentures can relieve TMD by aligning the jaw to relax all the muscles around it.

A little care can make a lot of difference.

Before seizing a same-day solution for dentures, consider better options. You can be rewarded with a lifetime of greater comfort, confidence and joy of living.

It starts with a thoughtful consultation at an up-to-date dental practice.

A call today can lead to a happier smile, sooner than you might have thought possible.

Dr. Stephen Durham, DMD, MAGD, practices at Durham Dental at Town Center in Beaufort. For more information, 843-379-5400.

Nurse leaves retirement to resume her career

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By Marie McAden

Most people spend their career dreaming about retirement. Margo Wehrenberg spent her retirement dreaming about her career.

Four years ago, after “failing retirement,” the registered nurse returned to her profession, landing a job on the Medical-Surgical-Oncology Unit at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

“I always loved being a nurse,” she said. “I missed the satisfaction and fulfillment of caring for patients.”

Despite a 17-year lapse in her career, Wehrenberg upped her game, returning to school to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She became a preceptor to new nurse hires and earned certifications in medical-surgical nursing and chemotherapy/biotherapy.

Earlier this month, the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce honored the RN with the Outstanding Employee Award at the 2016 Civitas Awards Gala held at Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort. Latin for “the condition of the citizenship,” the Civitas awards recognize businesses, individuals and organizations in the community deemed exemplary.

Jana McClendon, a nurse on Beaufort Memorial’s fourth-floor unit, also was nominated for the award, presented each year to an individual who provides excellent customer service, is a team player and raises the bar in the workplace.

Sponsored by The Beaufort Inn, the Outstanding Employee Award was presented at the gala by the inn’s general manager Stacy Price.

Wehrenberg “demonstrates the essence of nursing every day,” Price said in her introduction. “She truly cares for her patients.”

It was the second prestigious award the nurse received this year. In February, she was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national tribute reserved for RNs who go the extra mile to care for patients and their families.

The granddaughter of a patient nominated her for the DAISY Award for the compassion and care she showed her dying grandfather in his final days.

“I appreciate my patients and their families allowing me to care for them,” Wehrenberg said. “Doing what I love every day and being rewarded on such a grand scale is humbling.”

This spring, Wehrenberg was promoted to charge nurse, a role that allows her to mentor and teach other nurses. She received the same kind of support when she resumed her career.

“I was excited to see how the nursing profession had grown — especially in terms of encouraging nurses to be empowered in the everyday decisions that affect the profession,” she said. “With this encouragement, I took off.”

Margo Wehrenberg was named a Civitas Outstanding Employee. Photo courtesy of Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Margo Wehrenberg was named a Civitas Outstanding Employee. Photo courtesy of Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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