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January 4, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Avant Garde Aesthetics, hypnocoach Emme open in Imagine Wellness Spa

The boundaries that define a traditional spa are rapidly expanding. Such is the case in Cape Coral with the opening of Melanie Grinshteyn's Avant Garde Aesthetics inside Imagine Wellness Spa along with the addition of Certified Hypnotist and Hypnocoach Amy Emme. Together with Avant Garde and Emme, the spa is able to bring a new level of wellness and care to its clientele.

Grinshteyn is a board certified nurse practitioner who specializes in providing services including botox, dermal fillers and high-dose vitamin IV therapy. IV nutrient hydration is a safe and rapid way of delivering electrolytes, vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream. It flushes away toxins, enhances energy, improves overall mood and boosts immunity.

Grinshteyn is a strong proponent of preventative and anti-aging medicine and provides mobile services.

Emme's approach to wellness focuses on removing the mental barriers that stand between people and financial success, healthy relationships, weight loss, smoking cessation and whatever it is they want to achieve.

Emme's therapies help people act out of inspiration instead of desperation and develop a clear picture of how to get where they're going. Hypnosis and hypnocoaching momentarily stop the brain, the same way a defibrillator stops and restarts a heart, she said.

Throughout her distinguished career, she's worked with top executives, professional athletes and Olympians to help them develop and maintain the mental toughness they need to achieve peak performance.

The public is invited to meet Grinshteyn, Emme and the staff at Imagine Wellness Spa for an open house and happy hour from noon-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the spa on 1404 Del Prado Blvd., Suite 100.

Imagine Wellness Spa is a therapeutic day spa focused on wellness and gentle clinical treatments targeting the root cause of clients' concerns. Services include skin treatments, IV therapy, fitness resources, massage, body wrapping, makeup, oncology esthetics, health/wellness/life coaching, hypnosis, meditation workshops, yoga and more. Call 239-471-7029 or visit for information.

Legion Post #90 to hold blood drive Jan. 12

American Legion Post #90 will be holding a blood drive Saturday, Jan. 12, from 1-5 p.m. The Lee Health Bloodmobile will be stationed at the post, 1401 S.E. 47th St., Cape Coral. The goal of the drive is 27+ units.

Donations made through the Lee Health Blood Center will stay in Lee County and benefit local residents and visitors in need. All donors will receive a thank you gift and a wellness checkup, including blood pressure, temperature, iron control and cholesterol screening.

For more information or to schedule a bloodmobile visit, call Lee Health at 239-343-2333.

Lee Health to host Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshops

Would you like to learn how to better manage chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, headaches and more?

Lee Health has announced it will hold a free six-week workshop, entitled "Chronic Pain Self-Management" a research-based program developed by Stanford University.

Information presented in the workshop can help people become empowered to improve their quality of life. Learn how to more easily manage medications; understand the benefits of exercise; manage symptoms of stress, pain and fatigue; and make smarter decisions related to health eating. Participants will also receive a copy of the book "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain".

The sessions will be held on:

Thursdays beginning Jan. 10 from 1-3:30 p.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 5632 Sunrise Drive, Fort Myers

Fridays beginning Jan. 11 from 1-3:30 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 25999 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs

Fridays beginning Jan. 18 from 9:30-12 p.m. at Alva United Methodist Church, 21440 Pearl St., Alva

Wednesdays beginning Jan. 23 from 9:30-12 p.m. at Beacon of HOPE, 5090 Doug Taylor Circle, St. James City

Seating is limited and registration is required. Please call 239-343-9264 for more information.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at

Florida Skin Center recognized as top volunteer skin cancer screener

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery has recognized Florida Skin Center as a top volunteer skin cancer screener, having placed second on a regional and national level.

Founder Anais Aurora Badia, M.D., D.O., and her team provided 1,316 free skin checks in one year across four Southwest Florida locations, which became part of the ASDS' Choose Skin Health program. It also contributed to more than 5,500 screenings provided by ASDS members nationwide, as well as lesion discoveries on 78 percent of ASDS members' patients across the U.S. Choose Skin Health is a year-round partnership with Neutrogena that prompts the public to defer to ASDS-member dermatologists for free skin cancer screenings and to practice sun safety.

An adult/pediatric dermatological facility, Florida Skin Center will be featured in an ASDS promotional article and social media post being developed for the 2018-19 program. It also has an online listing that allows all visitors to identify Florida Skin Center as a free screening center.

Florida Skin Center's free skin checks are part of an ongoing campaign called "Get Your Skin in the Game and Check It!" Dermatological providers conduct head-to-toe skin examinations under a dermascope on anyone with an appointment, regardless of insurance.

Following each exam, patients, referred to as guests, are introduced to the best skin regimen based on their individual needs. Florida Skin Center also provides free skin checks on select days of the year by location.

Florida Skin Center opened its doors in 2001. Currently with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres and Punta Gorda, Florida Skin Center maintains a focus on excellence in patient care, with same-day, early-morning and walk-in appointments readily available. Insurance and billing are handled on-site. Call (239) 561-3376. Online at

21st Century Oncology expands pharmacy service

Integrated cancer care leader, 21st Century Oncology has opened a pharmacy to offer a new line of services that improves convenience for patients undergoing treatment by allowing them to receive care, as well as their oral oncolytic prescriptions all under one roof.

21st Century Oncology patients can now receive oral medications, intravenous treatments, care, and counseling all from one skilled team. The pharmacy will confirm prescription coverage so patients are ensured the medicine they need quickly and cost-effectively. Comprehensive treatment support counseling aids patients with side-effect management and provides educational resources to assure optimal treatment outcome.

The pharmacy only dispenses prescriptions from 21st Century Oncology physicians and is currently only offering these integrated services in the state of Florida.

21st Century Oncology is the largest global provider of Integrated Cancer Care services that strongly believes in fighting for patients like an army and caring for them like a family. Operating as one dream team in the crusade against cancer, the company employs or is affiliated with more than 937 physicians globally to deliver the most advanced, integrated, and compassionate cancer care in personal and convenient settings. Headquartered in Fort Myers, FL, 21st Century Oncology operates 169 treatment centers, including 133 centers located in 16 U.S. state

Frink joins Physicians' Primary Care

Angela Frink has joined Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida as an advanced practice registered nurse.

Frink is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University., where she received her bachelor of science degree in nursing and her master of science degree as a family nurse practitioner.

She has more than 12 years of nursing experience, including two years in management positions prior to earning her degree as an advanced practice registered nurse, which is the new title for what was formerly known as ARNP.

Most recently, she has worked as a pediatric gastroenterology nurse practitioner.

She will assist pediatricians at the Cape Coral office at 1265 Viscaya Parkway.

Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida, a physician-owned and operated medical practice, was formed in 1996 by many long practicing local physicians and has grown to become the largest physician-owned primary care practice in Southwest Florida.

Offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres. For more information, visit

Freeland provides surgical eye care on trip to Honduras

On Oct. 8, Snead Eye Group's newest board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Klaus Freeland, embarked on a week-long journey to help a small, underprivileged community "See the difference" of better eyesight.

Freeland said he was able to perform three days of surgery including cataract, pterygium and strabismus surgery for the residents of the rural community of Balfate Colon, Honduras. He expects to return in June of 2019 to provide additional medical procedures.

In his work with Snead Eye Group, Freeland utilizes the latest techniques while performing cataract and refractive surgery, glaucoma surgery and laser vision correction including LASIK. He holds numerous certifications demonstrating vast training on state-of-the-art equipment for laser vision correction and glaucoma surgery.

Snead Eye Group is one of largest ophthalmology practices in Southwest Florida with more than 30 experienced staff members and four ophthalmologists. Snead Eye Group provides eye care services for a lifetime, from fitting children with their first pair of glasses to curing cataracts. The latest technology and treatment options are available from Snead Eye Group with locations in Fort Myers and Naples.

For more information, call 239-936-8686 or visit

Prendiville inducted into RealSelf Hall of Fame Award

Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Stephen Prendiville has been inducted into the RealSelf 100 and 500 Hall of Fame as an Elite Inductee, the highest honor awarded by RealSelf, the leading online service to learn about cosmetic treatments.

He is the only surgeon in Southwest Florida and among only 10 in the United States to have earned Elite Inductee status.

To be included in the RealSelf Hall of Fame, doctors must have received a RealSelf 100 or RealSelf 500 award in the past. Prendiville has received the award for seven consecutive years. To achieve Elite Inductee status, surgeons must be among the top 1 percent of more than 1,000 surgeons reviewed.

The program, which first launched in 2010, honors the top-rated and most engaged board-certified aesthetic doctors on RealSelf. Doctors are ranked in three categories: earning patient reviews, answering consumer questions, and sharing before and after treatment photos.

Prendiville, who also is the medical director of Assuage Luxury Spa in Naples and Fort Myers, was invited to join as a reviewer in 2008 and has achieved Distinguished Member status for his responses to patients with questions about facial plastic surgery and skin rejuvenation techniques. As an expert contributor to RealSelf, he has posted more than 3,000 answers to questions posted on the RealSelf website.

Dr. Prendiville is the only Fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon in Fort Myers who is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

Prendiville graduated with his M.D. degree with high honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and served his residency at Georgetown University.

All surgeries are performed at Prendiville's state-of-the-art surgical center adjacent to his office in South Fort Myers at 9407 Cypress Lake Drive, Suite A. The surgical center is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, which is the largest accrediting body for outpatient surgical facilities in the United States.

For more information about Prendiville, visit his website at

Diabetes prevention program to begin Tuesday

Have you been told that you have Prediabetes? Would you like to learn about a variety of tools that have been proven to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes?

Lee Health will hold a free program designed to help people make modest lifestyle changes and cut their risk of Type 2 Diabetes by more than half. This year-long program with weekly meetings for the first six months, then once or twice a month for the second six months, is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Information presented in the workshop can help people become empowered to prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Learn about the benefits of physical activity; manage symptoms of stress, make smarter decisions related to healthy eating, and tips to stay motivated. Participants will receive a participant guide to use as an ongoing reference tool once the classes are completed.

The next program will be held on Tuesdays, beginning on Jan. 8, from 6-7 p.m., at Cape Coral Hospital.

Seating is limited and registration is required. Please call 239-424-3127 for more information.

'Kids Rock!' painting party at 21st Century Oncology Jan. 19

Integrated cancer care provider, 21st Century Oncology, will host "Kids Rock!" Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon in the courtyard at its corporate support center, 2270 Colonial Blvd. The event welcomes children to participate in a rock painting party to create works of art that will then be placed at the Golisano Children's Hospital to brighten a patient's day. Registration for the event is free.

In addition, the event will offer snow cones, face painting and clowns for entertainment during the painting party. It will be a fun-filled day that will ultimately make a difference in a child's life.

For more information or to register call 239-369-4141.

21st Century Oncology is the largest global provider of Integrated Cancer Care services that strongly believes in fighting for patients like an army and caring for them like a family. Operating as one dream team in the crusade against cancer, the company employs or is affiliated with more than 928 physicians globally to deliver the most advanced, integrated, and compassionate cancer care in personal and convenient settings. Headquartered in Fort Myers, 21st Century Oncology operates 169 treatment centers, including 131 centers located in 16 U.S. states. In addition, the company operates 36 centers located in eight countries in Latin America.

For additional information, please visit



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