Jim Pruchniewski peered down his leg at his blackened toes. He'd been rushed to the hospital after a blizzard waylaid him on a mountainside in Lake Placid. "You have third-degree frostbite," the doctor confirmed. "We'll have to amputate." Fortunately for Jim and his digits, the US Olympic ski team was training nearby. The team's podiatrist hurried to the hospital like a long-lost lover hurries to interrupt a wedding before the end of a movie. "Stop!" he might have shouted as the buzz saw probably descended toward the patient's toes. The hero, our Olympic podiatrist, examined the foot and concluded that the damage was superficial. The toes would recover. And they did. The episode moved Jim Pruchniewski, a former biology teacher, to earn his medical degree. Over the last 20 years, he's gained fourfold board certification in podiatric orthopedics, surgery, primary care, and the treatment of diabetic foot wounds. At North Lakeland Foot Clinic, he examines feet with the same attention that saved his toes decades ago. He and his staff do everything in their power to keep feet healthy and, in the case of diabetic patients, avert extreme measures like amputation.
In a field that sees only 100 new graduates each year, Dr. Obinna Nwobi further distinguishes himself by considering all options for treating vascular conditions to limit hospital stays and recovery times. Together with his staff, he uses surgical, nonsurgical, and minimally invasive methods to treat existing conditions, and educates patients on preventive health to limit risk factors—including obesity, high blood pressure, and smoking. His Doppler-ultrasound-equipped laboratory also limits discomfort when screening patients for strokes, aneurysms, and tolerance for knock-knock jokes. In addition to treating patients across his four office locations, Dr. Nwobi has donated his time and talents to performing life-saving surgery for medical missions in Nigeria.
At Any Lab Test Now, a medical-testing facility replete with a CLIA-certified laboratory, patients typically wait for no more than 15 minutes to see a staffer and receive a blood, DNA, STD, or drug test. The tests don't require prescriptions or doctors' approvals, and patients usually receive the confidential results within 48 hours. They can decide how they’d like to receive the results—whether by pickup, email, snail mail, or fax from the future.
The health experts at Family Medical Center tout many treatments for weight-related issues, but they promote one as the most effective: prevention. They’ve spent three decades guiding clients to healthy bodies with weight-loss programs, and checking in with annual physicals or health care follow-up appointments. But for those already afflicted with diabetes or hypertension—or even non-weight-related maladies, such as asthma and allergies—they also have effective methods to restore wellness.