Island Health

Island Health

By MDI Hospital
Hosts Oka Hutchins & Justin Starbird dive deep into the Bar Harbor, ME community to hear some incredible success stories from the folks that are helping make Mount Desert Island a healthy place to live, work, and vacation.
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Island Health Episode #10: Kate Worcester joins Oka & Justin to talk about the health benefits of Botox
Kate Worcester, PA-C, specializes in family medicine and general surgery at Cooper Gilmore Health Center. Today, she’s joining Oka Hutchins & Justin Starbird to talk about Botox and its therapeutic applications. Her medical interests and expertise include internal medicine, critical care, cardiology, pulmonology and general surgery. Since joining MDI Hospital in 2006, she has practiced in the emergency department, on the hospitalist service, provided critical care at Maine Medical Center, and primary care and general surgery.
22:35
December 9, 2019
Island Health Episode #9: Dr. Peacher joins Oka & Justin to talk Urogynecology
Dr. Jorge Peacher recently joined MDI Hospital’s Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center, and is one of only a handful of board-certified Urogynecologists practicing in the state of Maine. Today, Dr. Peacher joins Oka Hutchins & Justin Starbird to walk through some of the common misconceptions about Urogynecology. Urogynecology is also know as female pelvic medicine. Dr. Peacher’s expertise includes the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of female urinary incontinence and pelvic floor disorders. He also treats chronic pelvic pain, abnormal uterine bleeding and other gynecological disorders. If surgery is needed, he is skilled in both gynecological and urogynecological procedures including reconstructive and minimally invasive surgeries. Listen in to the latest episode of Island Health to learn more about how symptoms, treatments, and the quality of care available in our community.
23:29
November 25, 2019
Island Health Episode #8: Prenatal Health Talk with Dr. Katie Gassman
Dr. Katie Gassman is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician specializing in Family Medicine with Obstetrics, and she's also the medical director of Lisa Stewart Women's Health Center here on MDI. She joins Justin Starbird & Oka Hutchins to discuss her new role, the community, and best practices. 
25:49
July 2, 2019
Island Health Episode #7: The Myths Surrounding Diabetes Part 2
Amory Gray, RD, LD, Clinical and Outpatient Dietitian and Patty Zavaleta, RN, Diabetes Educator and Care Manager both provide diabetes education to our community, Amory as a nutritionist and registered dietitian and Patty as a care manager and diabetes educator. Join Oka and Justin as they dive in to discuss the common myths surrounding diabetes to address questions Amory and Patty hear everyday from our community.
25:39
April 16, 2019
Island Health Episode #6: The Myths Surrounding Diabetes Part 1
Amory Gray (RD, LD, Registered Dietitian) and Patty Zavaleta (RN, Nurse Care Manager & Diabetes Educator) both provide diabetes education to our community, Amory as a nutritionist and registered dietitian and Patty as a care manager and diabetes educator. Oka and Justin dive in to discuss the common myths surrounding diabetes to address questions they hear everyday from our community. Part 1.
25:51
April 16, 2019
Island Health Episode #5: Community Health Education with special Guest Mary Parham
On this episode of Island Health, Oka Hutchins & Justin Starbird speak with Mary Parham, the new Community Health Educator for MDI Hospital. As a Community Health Educator, she works to provide integrated care out in the community. As part of her new role at MDI Hospital, Mary organizes activities such as blood drives at our local town office, free blood pressure screenings at area nursing homes, low cost flu shot clinics, community exercise classes, free smoking cessation sessions and annual health fairs. The health fairs draw on area health and wellness professionals from both in and out of our hospital system to help educate and inform the community. Mary will also be leading our annual Walks in the Park series, which take place in Acadia National Park in the spring and fall. She recently participated in a food insecurity talk at our local library that also featured Jennifer Jones, Executive Director of the Bar Harbor Food Pantry.
23:03
March 21, 2019
Island Health Episode #4: Cancer Patient Navigator Program with Julie Pelletier & Heather Sinclair
Cancer Patient Navigators Julie Pelletier, RN and Heather Sinclair, LSW join hosts Oka Hutchins and Justin Starbird to talk about the MDI Hospital’s new Cancer Patient Navigator Program. The new Program gives patients and their families an extra layer of support as they move through the healthcare system. The Cancer Patient Navigator Program is funded by a grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation and can assist patients through all phases of cancer care, from screenings and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship.
23:13
February 15, 2019
Island Health Episode #3: Melissa Violette, talks about and teaches us about Music Therapy
On the latest episode of Island Health, Oka Hutchins & Justin Starbird spoke with Melissa Violette, Birch Bay's music therapy program director. Melissa has been working as a music therapist for more than 25 years and in Maine since 2015. On Island Health this week, she details what makes music therapy work, how it helps, and how she has been instrumental in growing the therapy option here in Maine. 
40:34
January 24, 2019
Island Health Episode #2: Dr. Mark Kandutsch & patient Robin Clarke talk about the benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
In this episode of Island Health, Dr. Mark Kandutsch & runner Robin Clarke join Oka Hutchins and Justin Starbird to talk about Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. Robin was able to run and WIN a 5k within 10 days of here procedure. She was also able to run in her second Boston Marathon a short time later.
18:25
December 10, 2018
Island Health Episode #1: What is platelet rich plasma therapy with Dr. Mark Kandutsch
In this episode, Oka and Justin learn all about Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) and the benefits it can have when recovering from injury, and aches and pains.
32:23
December 5, 2018