Winter seemed to last forever. Some of us didn’t stick to our healthy routines over the cold months. It’s time to come out of hibernation and Spring Into Health! We talked to some of the top, local health experts. They answered some questions about their area of specialty and gave some healthy advice, too.
Sarah Stierman MD, FAAD
Dermatology Associates/Ada Aesthetics
12780 Roachton Rd #1,
Perrysburg OH 43551
and 7640 W. Sylvania Ave, Ste E.,
Sylvania OH 43560
(419) 872-0777 / (419) 873-6961
What inspired you to become a physician? My father died from melanoma skin cancer when I was 19 years old, and I knew that I wanted to help patients like I wished I could have helped my dad.
What’s the funniest thing a patient has asked you? I had a 4-year-old patient ask me if I was Princess Ariel from the Little Mermaid — it must be my red hair!
You’d be surprised to know that: I am very active in community theatre and trained in vocal performance music during my undergraduate education.
I wish my patients didn’t…. use tanning beds. There’s no such thing as a “healthy tan!” Skin cancer can be deadly: the American Academy of Dermatology reports that one person dies from melanoma every hour. In 2019, it is estimated that 7,230 deaths will be attributed to melanoma — 4,740 men and 2,490 women. Skin cancer deaths are entirely preventable when caught early!
What is the most important part of your morning routine? Coffee and sunscreen! I love coffee, and aside from caffeine, it contains immune boosting antioxidants that may help prevent skin cancer. I wear sunscreen SPF 30 or higher every single day, even when it’s cloudy or snowy outside. Daily sunscreen use helps protect my skin and prevent photoaging and wrinkles.
Matthew A. Molenda MD, FAAD, FACMS
2000 Regency Ct #201,
Toledo, OH 43623
Why did you pick your specialty? I have the privilege of curing cancer every day through Mohs surgery; and I get to help people feel better about their appearance and be comfortable in their skin.
I wish my patients didn’t…. wait to get a skin check! Skin checks an important, quick and easy way to identify concerns early, which leads to smaller treatment areas and better outcomes.
What is the most important part of your morning routine?
First, hugging and kissing my kids. Second is applying my sunscreen. I have a quick routine in the morning where my face is washed and prepared for the day. The very last step is the most important—sunscreen. It protects my skin from sun damage and premature aging. I ask all of my patients to do the same!
April Sorah (Left)
Valorie Mahas (Middle)
Amanda Archibeque (Right)
Partners in Home Care, LLC
2345 Detroit Ave., Maumee.
When did your facility open? Who opened it?
On August 15, 2017, Brian and Valorie Mahas opened Partners in Home Care, a home health agency that is nurse owned and operated and Joint Commission accredited. We provide free monthly educational sessions at five local senior centers.
How has your profession changed over the years?
Partners in Home Care recognizes the changes in today’s climate of health care demands and aspires to provide the highest quality of home health care, commitment and professionalism available. It is our practice to provide this as safely and earnestly as possible while offering solutions, which can be cost effective and mutually beneficial thus improving the delivery of home health care. We pledge to continue the high standards and expectations in the practice and delivery of home health care within the community while rendering faithfulness and consistency in job performance. Our compassionate team, who boats 16 average years of nursing experience, sets up apart.
Clint Keifer Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
Great Lakes Audiology
2780 King Rd. #2C,
Related to your practice, what is one symptom that people should look out for? People should really look out for social withdrawal, which can occur over time when communication difficulties gradually arise, often without a conscious realization to the connection with hearing.
What do you wish your clients didn’t do, and what are you proud of them for doing? Stop using q-tips! Most people don’t realize that usually the ear is self-cleaning (gradual skin growth pushes earwax and debris out) and shoving a q-tip in can work against that mechanism. I am proud of my patients who take a proactive (instead of reactive) approach to their hearing health.
If you could share a message with the world, what would it be? Hearing wellness goes far beyond the concept of hearing aids, much like vision is more than eyeglasses. If you haven’t had a hearing/ear check-up in the past five years (or since grade school), then it is time!
What are three things you want to do more of in 2019?
Raise awareness about hearing health, improve my own health/wellness, and definitely expand on our family excursions (now that our youngest is moving out of infancy and our twins will be turning four)!
Body & Sole Massage Therapy
214 Louisiana Ave.,
How do you describe quality care?
Quality care in our office is the therapist listening to how you feel and personalizing your session to meet your health goals and needs.
What advice would you give to the younger you? Take time for yourself. You can better care for others if you are at your best!
What makes your facility different than others? Our welcoming atmosphere that puts you at ease when you walk in the door. There is never any pressure to reschedule or purchase products.
How has your profession changed over the years? Over the years our industry has changed as the medical evidence has shown that massage therapy can assist those living with cancer, not harm them. We also have a wide range of modalities to work with our clients for therapeutic needs. We can be considered preventative maintenance for your body, not just relaxation.
Denise M. Wayne CEO
1015 Garden Lake Parkway
Toledo, Ohio 43614
What do you enjoy most about your profession? Watching patients heal through the clinical care and customer service my team provides. This along with mentoring employees to grow.
How has acute care changed over the years? Specializing in Long-term acute care for the past 28 years, several changes have occurred including the criteria patients need to meet in order to benefit from the LTACH level of care which is a hospital providing specialty needs to better prepare the patient for home with home health care, In-patient rehab, Assisted living or skilled nursing facilities.
How do you cater to the families of your patients? Because our patients stay with us for an average of 25 days we become like family to them as well as to their family and visitors. We have set visiting hours but do make exceptions for family members who require other visiting hours and even approved overnight stays. We also make food trays available to the family member visiting so they can enjoy lunch or dinner with their loved one.
How do you describe quality care? Quality care at Advance Specialty Hospitals of Toledo encompasses both clinical care with outcomes that exceed national averages to outstanding customer service as evidenced by our patient satisfaction scores, employee satisfaction and physician satisfaction.
Dr. David W. Jackson DO FACOOG
Associates in Women’s Health
5300 Harroun Rd., Suite 201.
What’s your first rule for health? Forget to take care of themselves first. Many women put everyone else’s needs above their own, and all women need to care for themselves as well.
Tell us about a defining moment in your life: The day my first son was born. It was such an incredible experience and such an amazing love felt at one moment.
What advice would you give the younger you? Treasure the moments of life more, to take more time for myself and my family. Don’t stress so much over the small things.
What makes you happy? When I’m with my family. Going out, seeing new places, and doing new things also brings me joy.
What can you do to feel better immediately?
I remind myself that I am just a work in progress. I do not need to stay the same. I can change things, one thing at a time.
Celine Grieselding, owner
The Pilates Studio at Beverly Place
3668 Rugby Dr., 419-279-7800.
How does wellness relate to health? Health and wellness join together the fact that a sound mind, body and spirit free from illness, pain, and stress are crucial in living an optimal life.
Do you treat pain (physical, emotional, spiritual)? If so, how do you help clients heal? Pilates alleviates physical pain with proper movement and self care by using specific tools such as the foam roller, spine corrector and reformer.
If you could share a message with the world, what would it be? Less of everything is more.
What’s your purpose, and how did you find it? To teach individuals one on one how to work with their own bodies in exercise as well as acknowledging their limitations. I found pilates while being injured from running and weightlifting. Now, I’m ten years injury free.
What’s the best life lesson that you learned last year? I realized I can trust myself. I’ve survived so much and I will survive whatever is coming next.