By Hannah Wallace June 1, 2010


Until recently, pain medication, steroid injections and invasive surgeries were the only options available for back pain sufferers. But with the very latest in innovative technology, Coastal Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, which has been serving the Sarasota-Bradenton area for more than 30 years, is the first on Florida's west coast to practice the Vertos mild (minimally invasive lumbar decompression), a minimally invasive back pain procedure that can have patients walking pain-free in one day.


At Coastal, atients can expect the very latest in minimally invasive, computer-guided surgeries, state-of-the-art non-surgical procedures, and a team of more than 20 specialty and sub-specialty orthopedic surgeons and pain management physicians who are trusted by world-class athletes.

Coastal's research department is currently looking for potential subjects who still suffer from back pain, leg pain, or knee pain after surgery. Partipants may be eligible to receive treatment and visits at no charge. For more information visit or call (941) 782-1353.




With three offices serving Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice, Take Care Private Duty Home Health Care provides consistency and highest quality in care. Known for her personal touch and commitment, Susanne S. Wise, RN, MBA, Take Care’s owner and executive administrator, continues to embrace healthcare challenges and implement innovative changes to allow for older adults to age comfortably and safely in their own residence.

Take Care Advisor, the geriatric care management arm to Take Care, sets the standards higher as registered nurses lead, navigate and manage clients’ total health care, allowing for oversight and organization assistance. In addition, a HIPAA-compliant, secure, online client database stores clients’ healthcare records allowing clients and families, in any locale, immediate access. Clients and caregivers understand Susanne’s passion and dedication, and that’s reinforced as Take Care celebrates 15 years in the community.

Sarasota License: HHA#21657096 & Manatee License: HHA#299991405


The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

LECOM medical and pharmacy students in Erie, Pa. and Bradenton, Fla. contributed more than 20,000 hours toward helping local community organizations this academic year. Many of the volunteer hours go toward working with local youth programs. The LECOM Mentoring Clubs in Erie and Bradenton have received national recognition for after-school tutoring and activities with the YMCA/Erie Housing Authority and the Florida Sheriff’s Youth ranch.

More than 400 LECOM Bradenton students participated in the local Area Health Education Center’s tobacco cessation program. Students presented more than 50 talks to more than 1,200 children.


Bradenton Cardiology Center is a full-service heart center. Founded by Doctors George Thomas and Ballard Smith in 1984, the of cardiologists boasts expertise in all areas of invasive and non-invasive cardiac testing and treatment.

The center itself is a complete cardiac care facility that encourages patients to feel confident in the state-of-the-art technology and the physicians who will treat them. In fact, the Bradenton Cardiology Center provides the ultimate in professional medicine, but also features a personal, compassionate approach to patient care.

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