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Health News 10-11

By Staff | Oct 11, 2019

Danley joins Physicians Primary Care of Southwest Florida

Dr. Amanda L. Danley has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a family medicine physician.

Danley earned her doctor of medicine degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee. Her residency was completed at Florida State University’s residency program at Lee Health in Fort Myers, where she was named “Outstanding Resident.”

During her residency, Danley participated in a medical service trip to Los Cedros, Nicaragua. She also provided pre-sports physicals for under-served middle and high school students in Immokalee and assisted with medical care and evaluation of athletes during football games of Island Coast High School in Cape Coral.

She is board certified in family medicine and has received additional certifications in advanced cardiac life support, basic life support, advanced life support in obstetrics and pediatric advanced life support.

Danley will see patients at the Cape Coral Family Practice office at 1255 Viscaya Parkway, Suite 200.

Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida, a physician-owned and operated medical practice, was formed in 1996 by many local physicians and has grown to become the largest physician-owned primary care practice in Southwest Florida.

Medical specialties include family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics. Offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres. For more information, visit www.ppcswfl.com.

Rasmussen Family Dental adds second location and new associate

Rasmussen Family Dental has expanded the practice with a second location and second practitioner. Rasmussen Family Dental has purchased the dental practice of Dr. Ronald Tornwall located at 17968 North Tamiami Trail in North Fort Myers. Tornwall plans to retire after over 45 years in dentistry, and chose Dr. Nicole Rasmussen to take over the office.

Rasmussen Family Dental was founded in August 2016 with its first location at 4113 Del Prado Blvd., in Cape Coral.

To accommodate the growing practice, Rasmussen Family Dental has added a second dental practitioner, Dr. Brett T. Goldstein. He was raised in Marlboro, New Jersey. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a doctor of dental medicine degree from Boston University. He made his way to Florida during a dental residency and fell in love with Southwest Florida.

Dr. Nicole Rasmussen was raised in Cape Coral, and graduated from Mariner High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and molecular biology from University of Central Florida. She earned her doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Florida, and an advanced education in general dentistry certificate from New York University Lutheran Dental Medicine.

Rasmussen Family Dental offers a range of services including basic cleaning, teeth whitening, extractions, root canal therapy, veneers, and many other cosmetic dental services. The practice sees ages from children age two to adult. For more information on Rasmussen Family Dental, please visit www.rasmussenfamilydental.com or call (239) 540-1117 for Cape Coral or (239) 731-0084 for North Fort Myers. The practice can also be found on Facebook.

Area Agency on Aging offering support workshops for family caregivers

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is partnering with Hope Healthcare to offer a free six-week program, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, in Cape Coral. The six-week workshop starts Oct. 16 and continues through Nov. 20. The class is designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while also caring for a loved one with an illness or disability.

Class size is limited and advance registration is required. Workshops will be presented on six consecutive Wednesdays from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the meeting room at Hope Healthcare, 2430 Diplomat Parkway, E., Cape Coral.

Caring for a loved one can be demanding, stressful and a strain on physical health. Caregivers often sacrifice their own health and well-being while caring for a partner or family member. As a result, family caregivers experience higher than average rates of depression, chronic illness, sleep deprivation, and poor nutrition.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based program that has been shown to improve self-care, reduce emotional strain, and increase confidence among participants. Workshop attendees also learn about community resources that may provide additional assistance. The Cape Coral workshops are led by two certified Powerful Tools for Caregivers class leaders.

For more information or to register for the six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshop, call Sherry Young at the Area Agency on Aging’s Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER) or email sherry.young@aaaswfl.org.

Lee Memorial now utilizing robotic surgery

Lee Memorial Hospital is now utilizing an advanced robot for certain types of oncology surgeries at the hospital. The da Vinci XI robot allows doctors to operate by making smaller, more precise incisions, which greatly reduce the stress and trauma patients experience as they recover from surgery.

“Bringing this advanced technology to Lee Memorial Hospital means that more patients are able to receive innovative treatment close to home,” Dr. Scott Wolf, vice president of operations and chief physician executive at Lee Memorial Hospital, said. “The da Vinci robot is an impressive piece of technology, and we look forward to continuing to expand its uses in an effort to get surgery patients back to their everyday lives as quickly as possible.”

The device utilizes robotic arms, and is controlled by the surgeon through the system’s 3D high-definition vision system. This system gives surgeons a crystal clear picture of the operation site while maneuvering the robotic instruments that have far greater flexibility than the human hand. Due to its precision, patients receive smaller incisions during the procedure. Patients who qualify for robotic surgery, based on their condition and the size and location of the tumor, typically return to their previous lifestyle faster and with less pain than patients undergoing traditional surgery.

To see the da Vinci XI in action, visit: lmhs.sharefile.com/d-s39e59bfb0384a619.

For more information about robotic surgery at Lee Health, or to learn what types of surgeries are currently available via the da Vinci system, please visit: www.leehealth.org/surgery/davinci-surgery/index.asp

Florida Skin Center welcomes new physician assistant as part of office expansion

Florida Skin Center has introduced Demi Soulet as the newest physician assistant at the rapidly growing dermatology practice. She will be based at the Fort Myers office to support the office expansion of the founding location.

She will also work periodically in the Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres and Punta Gorda offices.

Soulet graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a bachelor of science in exercise science after completing an accelerated STEM program via University of Central Florida’s College of Biomedical Sciences. From there, she went on to Florida International University where she became a master in physician assistant studies and graduated in the top 10% of her class.

Soulet started her professional career in skin care medicine as a medical assistant for Dermatology Associates of Tallahassee before undertaking specialty clinical rotations at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Orlando.

Prior to joining Florida Skin Center, she was hired by Mid Florida Dermatology & Plastic Surgery in Daytona Beach as a dermatology physician assistant. Soulet performed cryotherapy, curettage and electrodessication on skin lesions; performed dermatologic surgeries; and treated dermatitis, drug eruptions, cellulitis, fungal infections and abscessed cysts, among other procedures.

Proficient in Spanish, Soulet is affiliated with the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and the Florida Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

Call 239-561-3376 for additional information. Online, please visit Florida-SkinCenter.com.