GI Center in the works

GI Center in the works


Akron Children’s Hospital’s new director of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition is Dr. Reinaldo Garcia, who had been director of the pediatric endoscopy unit at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital since 2011, and has been an assistant professor of pediatric gastroenterology at Case Western Reserve University since 2005.

Akron Children’s plans to recruit additional physicians and advanced practice providers to develop a comprehensive pediatric GI Center, which will offer all the diagnostic tools and expertise to care for infants, children and teens with medical issues such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, failure to thrive, and irritable bowel disease and those who rely on nasogastric and gastrostomy tubes for nutritional needs.

For information, call 330-543-4488.

Annual fundraiser


Dr. Bryan Cecil, chiropractic physician and owner of DC Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 1219 Niles-Cortland Road (state Route 46), is conducting his annual community fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to benefit the Children’s Rehabilitation Center in Howland.

The event includes free food, chair massage, mini facials and information on naturopathy, holistic medicine and general health and wellness and door prizes.

Also, during this week, Dr. Cecil will do all examinations and X-rays for a reduced rate with a portion of the cost benefiting CRC. For information, call 330-505-3515.

Applicants accepted


Akron Children’s Hospital is accepting applications for its Summer Pediatric Research Scholars program for 2014.

The 10-week program is for college sophomores and juniors planning careers in health-care professions, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy and research.

The applications, which must include two reference letters, are being accepted through Nov. 15. To apply, visit Students begin the program in June and commit to working at least 24 hours per week at the hospital. A stipend is paid as a scholarship to each student’s college or university. Participants are responsible for their own housing and accommodations.

Free seminar


Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D., a naturopathic doctor, is celebrating the U.S. Senate resolution declaring that naturopathic medicine is safe, effective and affordable health care by offering a free seminar titled “Overcoming Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center in South Bridge West, 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D-3. This week is Naturopathic Medicine Week.

Preregistration is required. Call 330-729-1350 or go online at

WIC program continues


The federal government has shut down, but the Women, Infants and Children program is open and continues to serve clients until further notice, including at WIC sites in Mahoning County, and said Fawn Allison, Mahoning County WIC director.

For information, call one of the Mahoning County WIC Clinics: Youngstown City Health Department WIC, 330-743-3333, ext. 299; Boardman WIC Clinic, 330-788-1485; and the Mahoning County District Board of Health WIC Clinic in Austintown, 330-792-2397.

Also, WIC vendors are being paid, said Allison, who can be reached at 330-270-2855, ext. 117.

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