RENTON, WA -- Valley Medical Center (VMC) is pleased to announce the addition of eight physicians to its Primary Care, Urgent Care and Specialty Clinic networks, and General Surgery. The physicians, whose practices include Family Medicine; Pediatric Neurology; General Surgery, and Ear, Nose & Throat, will offer relief to a growing primary care patient base, busy urgent care and surgical schedule, as well as add new specialty practices, to better serve the community.
Covington Primary Carewelcomes Gail Messler, MD, and Joyce Nuesca, MD, as family medicine physicians. Dr. Nuesca is accepting new patients; she particularly enjoys Obstetrics and Women’s Health. Dr. Messler is also accepting new patients, and she shares her recipe for good health that applies to all ages: Eat a nutritious breakfast, exercise and have a positive outlook to maximize energy and potential for the day.
(Renton) Highlands Primary Care offers improved access and reduced wait times with the addition of Shannon Kropp, MD, and Crenguta (Chris) Stepan, MDas family medicine physicians. Drs Kropp and Stepan are accepting new patients and look forward to getting to know and serving the community.
VMC is excited to announce the addition ofa new clinic: Valley Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialists, featuring two Board Certified Otolaryngologists, Bryan Serkin, MD and Daniel Kozie, MD. Dr. Serkin enjoys working with both pediatric and adult patients and is particularly interested in chronic sinusitis, head, neck and thyroid surgery, sleep apnea and snoring, and pediatric ENT. Dr. Kozie is a long-time resident of South King County. He enjoys all aspects of ear, nose, and throat practice, and takes great pleasure in teaching patients about their medical conditions.
Valley General Surgerywelcomes Prakash Gatta, MD, FACS, an advanced laparoscopic surgeon, Board Certified in General Surgery. Dr. Gatta would like to raise awareness for a condition that affects over 40 million Americans every year: GERD: gastroesophageal reflux disease, more commonly known as acid reflux. Symptoms can include heartburn, difficulty swallowing, early fullness when eating, chest pain or even asthma. GERD is typically treated with medication but if symptoms persist after several weeks or months of treatment, surgery can be an option. Thankfully GERD surgery has developed significantly to the point where it can be performed using minimally invasive techniques for quicker recovery.
The newly renamed Valley Neuroscience Instituteannounces Kevin R. Joseph, DO, Board Certified in Neurology, and Board Certified with special qualifications in child neurology and sleep medicine has joined the team as a pediatric sleep specialist. Dr. Joseph wants to remind parents that the start of a new school year means going to bed earlier and waking up earlier. School-aged children need 9-10 hours of sleep every night. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 9 hours of sleep for our teenagers, too! For more back to school sleep tips, please go to www.sleepfoundation.org/alert/back-school-sleep-tips.
“We feel quite fortunate to have found such talented physicians to join us at VMC,” says Paul Larson, Senior Vice President, Clinic Network. “We look forward to offering our patients decreased wait times and important additional services to further meet the community’s health needs.”
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