Excel Staff Returns From Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic

April 21-28: Our own Dr. Benjamin Levine, Dr. Michal Kozanek, PT Lauren Doherty, PTA Bill Martin and OT Beth Keelan all recently returned from a week-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic, sponsored by Children of the Nations. They had a full case load and helped as many people as they could while they were there.

One case in particular stood out. A 17 year-old had a knee deformity from an accident that happened when he was 14. The accident caused damage to the outside part of the growth plates which caused them to stop growing while the inside growth plates continued on as normal. They corrected the deformity and had to improvise, as they do not have all of the materials that they would here in the U.S. They bring many of their own materials with them, usually resulting in 10+ suitcases of medical necessities. To the right is a before and after of this case.

What’s most notable is the lack of access to basic healthcare or housing. Patients line up to be seen when they know surgeons and therapists are coming. The case above is a perfect example: people walk around for years with injuries that would be fixed immediately if they had the resources available for them to do so. It is a very humbling experience for all involved.

Lauren summed it up perfectly: “I went to help those in need but little did I know that they would help me too.”

Dr. Helene Feiler Participates in a Panel on ‘How To Stay Fit and Fabulous Throughout Your Lifetime!’

April 11: Dr. Feiler joined Dr. Gloria Korta as the two panelists at this great event hosted by The Winton Club. This took place at the Winchester Country Club and was moderated by Dr. Richard Weiner, CEO and CMO at Winchester Hospital. Dr. Feiler was a hit with the crowd as she used humor to express her important point: build up muscle as early as you can in order to ‘have it in the bank’ as you age. Excel was proud to be a sponsor as all proceeds went to charity.

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Dr. Peter S. Vezeridis publishes a shoulder surgery study entitled “Midshaft Fractures of the Clavicle: A Meta-analysis Comparing Surgical Fixation Using Anteroinferior Plating Versus Superior Plating” in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma

Dr. Vezeridis recently published an article on the surgical treatment of clavicle fractures. He completed this study while he was an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA. Dr. Vezeridis presented this research at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. You can read more about this study by clicking on the link below:

Dr. Levine leads another successful COTN DR mission!

Dr. Benjamin Levine and his Children of the Nation (COTN) team of family, friends and Excel’s very own Beth Keelan and Bill Martin, completed another successful mission to Barahona, Dominican Republic in April 2017. For the past several years, Dr. Levine and his talented crew have visited the DR annually, donating their time, surgical, nursing, and therapist skills to anyone in need. Each year they make a significant difference in the lives of so many people who do not have access to the type of medical care we enjoy here in the States. Congratulations to all of the volunteers!!