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Helen Ellis Memorial opens surgical institute in Tarpon Springs

Health notes


Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital has opened the West Coast Medical Group Surgical Institute, offering innovative services to cancer patients.

The Surgical Institute, located at 1501 Alternate U.S. 19, Suite T, Tarpon Springs, emphasizes a comprehensive approach to patient care.

This team approach begins with the patient's primary care physician and taps into the expertise of surgeons along with Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital staff of anesthesiologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and highly qualified technical and support staff.

The facility is staffed by surgeons whose specialties include general and vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, breast cancer treatment, breast reconstruction and melanoma treatment.

For more information call (727) 934-6797.

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Clinical alternative pharmacist Pamela Seefeld will present a seminar titled "Your Health is Your Wealth" and cover natural remedies and illness prevention strategies at 2 p.m. today at Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, Clearwater.

Call (727) 562-4970.

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A Senior Awareness Fair will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin.

The event features local businesses and organizations that provide seniors with knowledge and advice on a variety of topics including health care, wellness, legal assistance, financial security, retirement living, insurance and nutrition.

Call (727) 812-4531.

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Maria Pertik, Ph.D., author of Shaking Hands with Alzheimer's Disease: A Guide for Compassionate Caregiving, will sign copies of her book at 10 a.m. Saturday at Allegro at East Lake, 1755 East Lake Road, Tarpon Springs.

Known as "Dr. Mo," Pertik is a licensed and certified Alzheimer's trainer with the Florida Department of Child and Families as well as a certified mental health nurse and biofeedback therapist.

Pertik's book covers important topics such as grieving, difficult care giving decisions and the caregiver's own routine of self-care. It uses firsthand experiences and a variety of support tools to help readers do their job to the best of their abilities.

Call (727) 943-8878.

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Neurologist Dr. Michael Andriola and neurosurgeon Dr. Dean Gobo will present a health seminar on the benefits and risks of deep brain stimulation therapy for advanced Parkinson's disease and essential tremor from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Morton Plant Hospital, PTAK Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Conference Room 114, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater.

Deep brain stimulation is a surgical treatment option for patients with advanced Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. It is shown to greatly reduce tremors, rigidity, and slowness of movement and stiffness, decrease medications and improve quality of life.

Light refreshments will be served.

To register call (727) 953-6877 or visit

Seminars, classes and support groups

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. (727) 787-1837.

FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, (727) 501-2125, and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, (727) 786-3113. Both at Clearwater Community Church, Room 103, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin. For details, visit

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP: Meetings are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor in "the Parlor," 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Annex, Open Arms Resource Center, 1897 Highland Ave., Largo. Call toll-free 1-888-947-8885 or visit


• 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage United Methodist Church, Room 11, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. The first meeting is free. Call (727) 726-2681.

• 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Union Street United Methodist Church, Choir Room, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. Call (727) 461-7101 or e-mail

• 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at First Baptist Church of Ozona-Palm Harbor, 610 Pennsylvania Ave., Ozona. The group meets in the building in the back. Call (727) 786-1484 or (727) 785-9564.

RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a weekly support group for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these times and locations: 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, East Lake, (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran, 1812 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave. NE, Clearwater, (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

Mail health news to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, fax to (727) 445-4119 or e-mail