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Dr. Brendan Girschek Appointed as an Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Brendan Girschek Appointed as an Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Waterloo, Iowa – Cedar Valley Eye Care is pleased to announce that Dr. Brendan Girschek has been appointed to be an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Girschek is a board-certified, fellowship-trained retina specialist who practices in the Division of Retina Surgery in Cedar Valley Eye Care and whose practice focuses specifically on treating diseases affecting the retina and the vitreous body of the eye, also known as “vitreoretinal diseases.” His expertise and dedication to his patients are reflected in his examiner nomination, which is peer-reviewed and is based upon a rigorous set of standards.
“I am very honored to be appointed to be an American Board of Ophthalmology examiner,” says Dr. Girschek.

As America’s oldest medical specialist certification board and one of less than 25 such boards acknowledged by both the American Medical Association and the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Board of Ophthalmology is an independent association that utilizes examiners in the critical process of board-certifying qualifying ophthalmologists. Examiners assist with the oral examinations administered to ophthalmologists seeking board certification and help create the examination content, including developing the written examination. By certifying the level of expertise for ophthalmologists, the American Board of Ophthalmology helps reassure patients that they will receive the highest standard of eye care. Dr. Girschek’s insight and expertise will be tremendous assets to his fellow examiners, the board and his field.

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The Cedar Valley Sleep Center Introduces New Alternatives for Sleep Apnea Treatment.

The Cedar Valley Sleep Center Introduces New Alternatives for Sleep Apnea Treatment.

Waterloo, Iowa – The Cedar Valley Sleep Center is proud to introduce several advancements in sleep apnea treatment technology intended to increase patient comfort and effectively treat this life-threatening condition that afflicts 18 million Americans.

Sleep apnea is a breathing condition that occurs during sleep and can increase a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other health threats. Like many providers, the Cedar Valley Sleep Center has traditionally treated sleep apnea using CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines, which circulate air for the patient through masks worn during sleep to ensure continuous breathing. However, around half of all CPAP users quickly experience discomfort and stop using the machine and remain exposed to the dangers of sleep apnea, including breathing cessation during sleep and a more than three-times-greater chance of death than those without high-level, untreated sleep apnea, according to an 18-year study by the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort that was published in 2008. This has prompted the Cedar Valley Sleep Center to begin offering alternative, more comfortable CPAP machines to patients.

“By forgoing the CPAP treatment, patients are missing out on both better sleep and on reducing or eliminating life-threatening risks,” says Francis Connelly of the center. “For patients who have ever given up on their CPAP, or are unhappy with their current machine, it’s really worth taking a look at all the new options that are available today.”

Due to technological advancements designed to increase patient comfort, Connelly can equip patients with CPAP machines that are the size of a pop can or are wireless or are whisper-quiet. Other models regulate the circulated air through built-in humidifiers and heaters, and some offer nasal pillows in lieu of nose and mouth masks. The Cedar Valley Sleep Center’s partnerships also offer patients additional treatment options. Dr. David Congdon from the Cedar Valley Center for ENT and Sinus refers patients for sleep studies, and offers alternatives that include corrective surgery to effectively eliminate snoring and sleep apnea effects.

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Mary Nading Joins the Orthopedic Surgery Department.

Mary Nading Joins the Orthopedic Surgery Department.

The CVMS Department of Orthopedic Surgery is pleased to welcome Mary C. Nading, PA-C.  Mary received her BA from UNI and her PA from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  Practicing since 2015, Mary is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

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The Cedar Valley Center for Skin Cancer

The Cedar Valley Center for Skin Cancer

Cedar Valley Medical Specialists is pleased to welcome Tricia L. “Trish” Thompson, ARNP.  A graduate from the Allen College, she is 2003 board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Trish’s professional interests are medical dermatology and diseases of the ear, nose and throat.  To schedule an appointment with Trish, please call 319-833-5971.