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Area Schools Welcome Shannon Sobczak!

Family Health Care (FHC) is committed to helping students be the best they can every day. That’s why FHC is pleased to announce Shannon Sobczak, LLMSW, has joined its team to work with children in Baldwin Community Schools and Pine River Area Schools.

Shannon is excited to utilize her training and skills to help children experiencing a variety of issues from mental health to eating disorders. She completed her Bachelor of Health Services Administration from Baker College in Cadillac, MI, and her Master’s in Social Work from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI.

A military veteran, Shannon brings a wealth of experience to FHC, working most recently with other veterans and their families at the VA Clinic in Cadillac to help with conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and substance abuse. She has also volunteered as a youth leader at the Cadillac Christian Reformed Church for over seven years.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with our youth at Baldwin and Pine River,” said Shannon. “I look forward to helping each child discover who they are and prepare them for their future.”

FHC continually focuses on meeting the needs of its communities by growing and expanding services to provide rural residents and visitors to the area with quality, affordable access to behavioral health, medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology services close to where they live, work and play.

Shannon will provide behavioral health services at the Child and Adolescent Health Center located in Baldwin Elementary School, and will have an office at Pine River Area Schools. For more information visit familyhealthcare.org.

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Family Health Care Names New Chief of Pharmacy

Family Health Care (FHC) is pleased to announce Lisa Dysard, Clinical Pharmacy Director at FHC, has accepted the position of Chief of Pharmacy.

Lisa has been with FHC since 2011. She joined the organization as a Pharmacist and was promoted to the position of Clinical Pharmacy Director in 2016.  Lisa obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Ferris State University.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to provide leadership and direction for comprehensive pharmacy services at Family Health Care,” said Lisa. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with staff and executive leadership focusing on integrated care throughout all FHC services, and engaging in program development to provide innovative approaches to serve our patients best.”

During her time at FHC, Lisa has been integral in implementing programs such as MedSync, multidose packing, continuing education for staff, pharmacist vaccinations and smoking cessation. As an Adjunct Professor at Ferris State University, she supervises College of Pharmacy interns and staff pharmacist duties. Lisa also lends her time to multiple committees assisting with quality, clinical standardization and credentialing.

“It has been wonderful to watch Lisa grow with our organization during the last seven years,” says Kathy Sather, President & CEO of FHC. “Lisa has brought a wealth of knowledge and ideas to continually help us provide the best possible care for our patients and community. I look forward to seeing what she will accomplish in her new position.”

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Family Health Care Welcomes New Dentist in White Cloud

Family Health Care (FHC) is pleased to announce Kevin Murphy, DDS, has joined its office at 1035 E. Wilcox in White Cloud. He brings over 33 years of dental experience from filings to crowns to bridges.

Dr. Murphy completed his Bachelor degree at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI, and his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Detroit-Mercy in Detroit, MI.

“Dentistry offers me the ability to help people while doing something I love,” said Dr. Murphy. “I am excited to help improve the oral health of the community while working with other providers at FHC to provide a full complement of health care services.”

Dr. Murphy joins Samantha Melzer, DMD, Zane Setaputri, DDS, and Kevin Halub, DDS, Chief Dental Officer, in providing dental services that include preventative care, crowns and fillings, oral surgery, dentures, emergency care and more.

FHC continually focuses on meeting the needs of its communities by growing and expanding services to provide rural residents and visitors to the area with quality, affordable access to behavioral health, medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology services close to where they live, work and play.

In his spare time, Dr. Murphy enjoys gardening, bird watching, exercising and taking part in his church choir.

To make an appointment with the dental team in White Cloud call (231) 689-1608. The office is accepting new patients, and open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Eye Fatigue

What Is Eye Fatigue?
Your eyes might get tired quickly if you stare for long periods at a computer, smartphone or game console. The eye doctor might call this computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. It affects most people who use one. Some estimates say computer-related eye symptoms may be responsible for up to 10 million eye doctor visits a year. The problem is expected to grow as more people use smartphones and other handheld digital devices. You hold this kind of device closer to your eyes than a book or newspaper. That forces your eyes to work harder than usual as they strain to focus on small words.

Digital devices may also be linked to eye fatigue because you tend to blink less often when looking at a computer screen. People usually blink about 18 times a minute which naturally refreshes the eyes. But studies suggest that people only blink about half as often while looking at a computer or other digital device, and can result in dry, tired, itchy and burning eyes.

What Causes It?

Anything that requires intense eye use can cause fatigue. Some of the most common are:

  • Reading 
  • Writing
  • Driving

If you look at a bright light or spend time in a place that’s too dim, it can also tire your peepers.

What are the Symptoms?

Be on the lookout for:

  • Sore or irritated eyes
  • Trouble focusing
  • Dry or watery eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders or back

These symptoms can lower your productivity. If you stay awake long hours working, you can make the problem worse. Sleep refreshes your eye with essential nutrients. Lack of sleep may lead to repeated eye irritation.

How Can You Prevent Eye Fatigue?
Make some simple changes!

Your work habits:

  • Try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Post a note that says “Blink” on your computer as a reminder.
  • Take regular breaks from computer work.

Your eye-care routine:

  • Apply a washcloth soaked in warm water to tired, dry eyes (keep your eyes closed).
  • Use artificial tears to refresh your eyes when they feel dry.
  • To help prevent dry eyes while indoors, use an air cleaner to filter dust and a humidifier to add moisture to the air.

If you have eye fatigue or pain, see an eye doctor to make sure a broader medical condition isn’t to blame.

If the problem doesn’t go away, make an appointment for a full eye exam. The doctor can make sure your symptoms aren’t linked to a problem like an eye muscle imbalance. He can also tell if your glasses or contact lens prescription is up-to-date and suitable for computer use.

If you are interested in vision screening or have questions, contact our vision center today!

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Improve Your Health With One Simple Routine!

Brush and Floss your Teeth Twice a Day

According to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine, participants who brushed and flossed on a daily basis had a significantly decreased risk of stroke. Another study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, found a 65% higher risk of developing dementia in participants who did not brush their teeth.

Other benefits include a reduction in gum disease which has been linked to heart disease, tooth loss, and infection. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to erectile dysfunction in men and underweight preterm babies of mothers who have gum and tooth disease.

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