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.
For Katie Hohman, a desk job was always out of the question. "I love interacting with such a variety of personalities, ages, and conditions," she explains. "Everyone has a different story, and being able to help people gain their independence is rewarding. I can’t imagine choosing any other career." As a licensed physical therapist, Katie offers a diverse array of rehabilitative care services––into all of which she gives her all. Clients may solicit her expertise for physical or spinal stabilization therapy, or requisition one of her licensed massage therapists for a healing bodywork session.
Board certified in family practice and anti-aging medicine, Dr. Don Colbert has been dedicated to the physical and spiritual health of central Floridians for 25 years. Along with certified chiropractor and laser practitioner Dr. Jennifer Vaughn, Dr. Colbert strives to offer his patients alternative methods to antibiotics, synthetic pain medications, mood-altering drugs, and hypnosis induced by relatives at family parties. Services include nutrition counseling and homeopathy as well as technology-driven solutions such as laser hair restoration and nonsurgical spinal decompression. Guests can also pick up Divine Health Nutritional Products developed by Dr. Colbert himself.
Dr. Colbert is the author of more than 40 books on nutrition, exercise, wellness, and faith, including The New York Times bestseller The Seven Pillars of Health: The Natural Way to Better Health for Life, and has been featured in numerous publications, including Prevention magazine.
Acupuncture has served as a natural system of healing for thousands of years, and it is still the go-to practice for millions of people worldwide. Sai Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic is at the forefront of this field, with both traditional and modernized techniques to treat issues such as pain, weight loss, and hat hair. Guests may also solicit an herbal therapist for all-natural, botanically based treatments.
A jack of all medical trades, Dr. Jose A. Lopez carries out a wide scope of comprehensive health services, encompassing everything from regular physicals to neurological examinations. His other specialties including geriatrics, orthopedics, neurology, urology, pain management, dermatology, and gynecology. To address an eclectic range of patient needs, Lopez draws from his training in internal medicine at MCP Hahnemann in Philadelphia and Case Western Reserve University, his several years as an ER physician in Venezuela, and his volunteer work at the Leesburg Free Clinic. The highly seasoned doctor welcomes walk-ins, as well as after-hours patients who need urgent care.
The happy welcome from The Face Place’s babbling indoor fountain is echoed by licensed aesthetician Julie Lynn Council, who makes her clients feel at home in a spa filled with the aroma of scented candles. The sound of running water continues into the dimly lit treatment rooms, where Julie, armed with Hungarian-made Éminence Organic Skin Care products, nourishes any skin type with targeted products such as a coconut cleanser for dehydrated skin or strawberry-rhubarb serum for strawberry-shaped pores. To complement the spa’s traditional facials and peels, Julie performs more advanced procedures such as diamond microdermabrasion and LED light therapy, a rejuvenating service that relies on the anti-aging powers of LED lights to banish wrinkles and hyperpigmentation from the skin. The Face Place’s petite menu also offers Cry Baby semipermanent mascara to thicken lash lines.