In my practice, the most common reasons for a patient referral are leg pain and swelling.  So many people have problems with their legs, but often these difficulties seem to take a back seat to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and other serious health issues.  Many times patients hesitate to mention these problems to…

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In my profession, there are everyday challenges that I come face as I care for patients and navigate through the world of healthcare. Some days, I find myself exhausted from the physical, mental and emotional toll it takes, both on me and my patients. When I am done, I am able to return home to…

Imagine a submarine holding a team of scientists and physicians reduced to the size off red blood cells and then injected into a patient’s body in order to perform lifesaving brain surgery. This was the story told in the motion picture Fantastic Voyage in 1966. It offered first time views of what areas of the…

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