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Borgess Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine adds two doctors

Two doctors -- Mamoun Abdoh, MD, and Elizabeth Kluka, DO -- have joined the team at Borgess Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine that treats conditions of the lungs and respiratory system and those suffering from sleep disorders.

Dr. Abdoh comes to Borgess from John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, where he was a pulmonary and critical care fellow in the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine.

He completed his residency in internal medicine from the Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, and received his medical degree from Damascus University in Damascus, Syria.

Dr. Abdoh is a member of professional and society organizations, including the American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, and the American College of Physician.

Dr. Kluka comes to Borgess from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where she was a pulmonary and critical care medicine fellow.

She completed her residency in internal medicine from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Dr. Kluka received her medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, where she also served as a physiology, immunology and microbiology instructor.

She also conducted clinical research on interstitial lung disease, as well as on pulmonary physiology, at the National Jewish Research and Medical Center in Denver.

Drs. Abdoh and Kluka are both accepting new patients.

Source: Borgess

United Federal Credit Union appoints new branch manager in Benton Harbor

Kylie Svorec has been appointed Branch Manager at United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) Benton Harbor.

Svorec will be responsible for provide leadership for the branch staff, including staff development and retention, and growth of branch sales performance.

Svorec was previously Assistant Branch Manager at UFCU’s flagship branch in St. Joseph. There she provided leadership, supervision, and coaching to branch staff, with a concentration on branch operations.

Svorec’s prior financial industry experience includes Member Service Advisor and teller positions at UFCU.

A southwest Michigan native, Svorec is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor.

In 2015, she will be enrolled in the Bachelor Degree Program in Organizational Management at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. She resides in Stevensville.

Source: United Federal Credit Union

Fish, flies, and greens drive AQ Produce

It turns out that the business of raising fish can be hard on the environment. The founders of AQ Produce have looked long and hard into what it takes to keep it clean.  

At Innovation Day, Carlos Daniels was at the AQ Produce booth explaining how black soldier flies, crayfish, and spirulina all come together in their plan to mimic a biological ecosystem.

The business that is currently in the research and development phase would include both an aquaponics and hydroponics operations. Both fish and produce, in the form of leafy greens, are to be grown by AQ Produce. The company ultimately would sell compost, fish, and produce.

AQ Produce is working to create a business that has a low impact on the environment, that reconnects people with where their food comes from, and that is profitable. This triple-bottom line serves the community, the economy, and the environment.

They also are creating a system that they believe can be replicated in places where the people are poor. So the system is being developed using a 55 gallon drum that could be found in even in economically distressed areas.

Daniels says he has been researching the system for two years, though as an organizational communications major it has nothing to do with his field of study. The deep knowledge he's gained in the process bubbles over as he discusses the plans for AQ Produce.

During those two years some of the information he and his partners have found is that crayfish can be used to get rid of fish waste. They have decided to use females that can reproduce through parthenogenesis--no males are required. Males are most likely to cannibalize young crayfish.

Although nothing is set in stone at this early phase of the business, as the business becomes profitable one goal of the team is for money to go back into the community. Daniels says town hall meetings to determine how best to spend the money could be the way they make that decision.

For now, AQ Produce, the AQ stands for Always Quality, will continue its research at WMU's Office of Sustainability, where the team formed. And the team will be seeking funds to continue its research. Current plans are to use the Finch greenhouse located next to Wood Hall. This location is a research greenhouse with controlled conditions. Team members also are working at Starting Gate, WMU's business accelerator.

Our first pilot would be the Gibbs House property although this will be a proof of concept and not intended to be for profit," Daniels says. "At that point we will transition to a property we have located out in Bellevue, Michigan for small-scale commercial operation."

After that they hope to scale up to a larger property and target markets in dense urban areas such as Detroit and Grand Rapids.

Other members of the AQ Produce team are Kyle Simpson, a physics and electrical engineering student, and Ramon Roberts, in civil engineering.

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Innovation Day at Western Michigan University

Students show off their work at Innovation Day

Students will get real-life reactions to products they have been developing as part of Innovation Day, Dec. 5, at Western Michigan University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Student entrepreneurs from across WMU, including students enrolled in Entrepreneurial Engineering II and Engineering Design courses, as well as those working through the Starting Gate business incubator and a number of  K-12 students will present to the public their prototypes or models of new products or businesses.

Those attending will be given "Innovation Dollars"  when they arrive and can "invest" those dollars in the products they believe are most innovative. The public will help assess the students' products and provide valuable input through their "investment."

"The assessment will involve listening to the student pitches and investing ‘Innovation Dollars,’" says Dr. Steven E. Butt, professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management.

Participating students have developed prototypes/models that fulfill one of the following requirements: cevelop a toy, which has a very clear educational component; present an entrepreneurial concept the students are working to commercialize, or develop a product:
  • that is useful to people living in an emerging/developing economy.
  • which can help save lives in turbulent weather, natural or man-induced disasters.
  • which campers, trekkers, or outdoors people would find useful.
  • useful to police, fire departments, or emergency service organizations.
  • which has a significant benefit to a group to which you are very familiar.
Now in its seventh year, the event from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. also is part of "Spark Design Week" in Kalamazoo, which  focuses on design input events featuring professional design developments from some of Southwest Michigan's leading companies.

Earlier in the week, engineering students presented their work in another forum. Twice a year engineering seniors at Western Michigan University show the projects they have been working on. The design projects were recently showcased during the 55th Conference on Senior Engineering Design.

Projects in the spotlight included an enhanced-mobility wheelchair, 3-D bone modeling and surgery simulation, and design for a new well field in Oshtemo Township. Some students also have been working with Whirlpool to reduce noise in laundry driers. Others helped create the Kinder-Coaster to demonstrate science and engineering concepts to kindergarten through second grade students, and an autonomous aircraft, which has a maximum payload of up to 5 pounds for 12 hours with an on-board charging system capable of supporting onboard avionic systems.

Source: Cheryl Roland, Western Michigan University

Bronson hires six new health care providers

Bronson Adult Critical Care, Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare, Bronson Cardiothoracic Surgery, Bronson Gastroenterology Portage, Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists, and Bronson HealthCare Midwest Urology in Battle Creek are all welcoming new health care providers.

William Nichols, D.O., has joined the Bronson Adult Critical Care team. Nichols is board certified in internal medicine and critical care medicine. He completed his critical care fellowship at Brown University, The Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I. and his residency at Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center in Grand Rapids. He earned his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing. Bronson Adult Critical Care is located at 601 John St. in Kalamazoo.  

Staci Krupp, PA-C, is the latest member of Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare. Krupp is a board certified physician assistant and earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Western Michigan University. Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare is located at 601 John St., Suite 100, in Kalamazoo.  

Alejandra Ruser, PA-C,  now works with Bronson Cardiothoracic Surgery. Ruser received both her Master of Science in Medicine and her Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University. Bronson Cardiothoracic Surgery is located at 601 John Street, Suite M-460, in Kalamazoo.  

Bronson Gastroenterology Portage has added Christopher Radawski, M.D., to its team. He joins a team of providers who treat diseases of the digestive system. Radawski completed his internal medicine residency at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, in Kalamazoo. He earned his medical degree from Michigan State University, in East Lansing. He specializes in screening colonoscopies, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease.  

Ali Ghasham, M.D.,  has joined the team of Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialist. Ghasham completed his residency in family practice at Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Orlando, Fla. He earned his medical degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in Saint Maarten, Netherlands, Antilles. He specializes as a hospitalist. Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists is located at 601 John St. in Kalamazoo.  

Bronson HealthCare Midwest Urology – Battle Creek had added Collin Ludmer, PA-C. to its team. Ludmer received his Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa. and his Master of Business Administration from Villanova University, Villanova, Pa. Bronson HealthCare Midwest Urology – Battle Creek is located at 710 North Ave. in Battle Creek.  

Source: Carolyn Wyllie, Bronson Healthcare

Blind people soon will have two more reasons to visit KIA

Two sculptures designed for blind and visually impaired patrons of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will soon be unveiled.

The works by two Michigan artists were to be presented Tuesday, Nov. 18 but Mother Nature intervened. The unveiling is to be rescheduled. The new pieces will be part of the KIA's Touch Art Tour.

Since 2011 The KIA Education Department has offered a Touch Art Tour for the blind and visually impaired, developed with members of the Kalamazoo visually impaired community and experts in the field of education for the visually impaired. More than 150 visitors have participated in this program in the last three years.

After two years, the KIA Touch Art committee decided that it was time to expand the program and sought funding to add new pieces to the museum's collection that could be part of the tour.

A $3,800 grant was awarded in 2013, and the artists were commissioned shortly thereafter.

The artists, Paul Ponchillia and Steve Curl, will present the artwork to KIA Executive Director Belinda Tate, Director of Museum Education Susan Eckhardt, and Curator of Education Michelle Stempien.

Representatives from the Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund, which funded the sculptures and members of the KIA Touch Art committee also will be on hand.

Paul Ponchillia, who is visually impaired, lives in Three Rivers. He works primarily with stone, bone, and other natural materials to create carvings with an Inuit influence. He also is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Western Michgan University.

Steve Curl creates fantastical, whimsical creatures -- dragons and robots -- from found metal objects with touchable textures.  

The KIA's Touch Tours differs from those offered by other museums in that visitors engage directly with the works of art through touch and discussion with KIA docents, or tour guides, rather than simply listening to recordings or verbal descriptions.

"This grant has allowed us to increase our sculptural offerings and develop new ways for blind and low vision visitors to interact with art objects," says Michelle Stempien, Curator of Education.

Source: Katie Houston, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Borgess welcomes two family practice doctors, new cardiologist

Gurkit Miranpuri, MD, and Sarnarendra Miranpuri, DPM, MD, have joined Borgess ProMed Family Practice at its the Woodbridge Hills location. And Shweta Aggarwal, MD, has joined Borgess Heart Center for Excellence, Borgess Heart Institute, as a non-invasive cardiologist.

Dr. Gurkit Miranpuri recently completed her family medicine residency at St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit. Prior to her residency, Dr. Miranpuri was a research coordinator for the Office of Clinical Trials in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

She earned her medical degree from Mata Gujri Memorial Medical College in India, where she also completed an internship in internal medicine.

Dr. Sarnarendra Miranpuri comes to Borgess ProMed Family Practice from the Detroit Medical Center, where he was director of clinical research in the Division of Podiatric Surgery. He has worked extensively in clinical research, and speaks nationally and internationally on diabetes-related foot and ankle deformities.

Dr. Miranpuri earned his medical degree from Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences in Miami Shores, Fla. He completed his residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at North Chicago Veterans Affairs Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. He also completed fellowship training in reconstructive surgery of the diabetic foot and ankle at the Detroit Medical Center.

Dr. Aggarwal comes to Borgess from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was a cardiology fellow.

She completed her residency in internal medicine at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, and also was a resident medical officer in the Department of Medicine at Maharaja Agrasen Hospital in India.

She earned her medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India. Dr. Aggarwal is board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine, National Board of Echocardiography, and Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology.

The Borgess Heart Institute treats nearly 20,000 cardiac patients each year. Borgess introduced the area’s first open-heart surgery program, and was one of the nation’s first hospitals to receive The Joint Commission certification for heart failure care.

All three doctors are accepting new patients.

Source: Borgess 

AVB hires two project supervisors and an intern

AVB has made several hires recently.

AVB recently hired Kevin Frye as a Senior Project Superintendent for commercial projects.
He comes to AVB with more than 18 years of experience in the industry  will use his experience to ensure the effective and on time completion of commercial projects as Project Superintendent.

Project Manager Superintendent he previously was responsible for providing construction management of varied projects nationwide.  Frye has developed project schedules, coordinated skilled trades, reviewed and approved pay applications, maintained and provided daily reports of activities of projects for distribution to clients.  He was also responsible for the development of pre- and post-bid project documents, such as bid packages, scope of work, schedules, jobsite rules, safety programs, site logistic plans in order to provide complete and overall “start to finish management” of varied types of construction projects.  Frye has also achieved LEED Green Associate accreditation.

Clayton Stull has been hired as a Commercial Project Superintendent. Since 2006, Stull has worked as a Senior Project Engineer and Assistant Superintendent on projects ranging from K-12 and higher education to retail and healthcare.  He most recently was involved in the construction of the new WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine. At AVB Stull will be the   Superintendent of commercial projects. He will be responsible for construction activities including management of the daily work and progress of trade contractors. Stull graduated from Purdue University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Building Construction Management.

Mason Mellema has joined the company as a  Project Engineer Intern. Mellema is expected to graduate from Western Michigan University in December with his bachelor’s degree in construction engineering and a mathematics minor. He has previous experience in Project Engineering as a Monroe-Brown Intern at a national construction firm that formerly had a local office. Mellema is experienced with computer programs such as Constructware, Prolog, AutoCAD, and RISA 2D. At AVB, he will be responsible for assisting in scheduling, budget review and management, as well as submittal review and closeout documents on a variety of commercial projects.

Source: AVB Inc.

Image Guided radio-therapy system now offered at Lakeland HealthCare

A new cancer treatment that brings together new imaging and motion management technologies in a new design called image-guided radiotherapy is now offered at Lakeland HealthCare in St. Joseph.

The TrueBeam radiotherapy system uses advanced, three-dimensional imaging to “see” and target tumors with precision measured in units less than a millimeter.

The system allows doctors to customize the dose of radiation delivered to a tumor, helping to minimize exposure to nearby healthy tissue. Accuracy checks are performed every 10 milliseconds throughout the entire treatment.

TrueBeam radiotherapy system makes it possible to deliver treatment more quickly. It also monitors tumor motion and compensates for it.

The radiotherapy system is designed to improve treatment for lung, breast, prostate, head and neck, and other types of cancer.

Using the TrueBeam system also allows doctors to select the best treatment for every type of cancer, which means a wider spectrum of advanced radiotherapy treatment options can be offered to many more patients.

Patients experience greater comfort as treatments take less time and come with improved precision.

"With the TrueBeam technology, patients’ treatment times are greatly reduced, sometimes to just minutes per day," says Radiation Oncologist Peter Lai, PhD, MD. "Patients can also take comfort in knowing they have constant contact with their care providers during treatment with the built-in video and audio system."

Lakeland HealthCare is a non-profit, community-owned health system, which includes three hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, rehabilitation centers, long-term care, hospice, home care services, and physician practices.

Source: Lakeland HealthCare


Perrigo hires brand marketing manager, legal counsel

Adriane Siefert  has been hired as Senior Legal Counsel for the legal department of Perrigo Co. in Allegan.

She will provide legal counsel on commercial matters and general business issues. She will draft and negotiate commercial contracts for Perrigo's global strategic procurement.

Siefert previously worked as legal counsel for American Global pharmaceutical company and previously served as the general counsel and compliance officer for an informatics and health care research organization.

Siefert earned a bachelor’s degree in human resource management and a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior management with a business legal studies minor from Miami University in Oxford, OH. She graduated cum laude, with honors in health law, from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Rosalyn Risdon has been hired as Senior Associate Store Brand Marketing Manager for Perrigo Co. Risdon will work in Allegan and be responsible for strategic leadership and marketing management in the gastrointestinal and women’s health categories.

Risdon has 15 years of related experience, including the last nine years with a consumables retailing private label company, managing store brands for multiple retailers in the U.S.  

She previously worked as a category development manager for a local, family owned cookie company. She started her career as a marketing coordinator with a Michigan-based dairy products manufacturer.

Risdon earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in management with a focus on marketing, both from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. Rosalyn is from Caledonia and currently resides in Byron Center.

Source: Perrigo Co.

Borgess ProMed adds nurse practitioner

Katherine McLellan, MSN, NP-C, has joined Borgess ProMed Family Practice as a nurse practitioner.

She will work at the Woodbridge Hills location at 7901 Angling Road in Portage.

McLellan most recently was a summer school nurse for the Hartford Public Schools in Hartford, where she was responsible for the assessment and treatment of children in the Title 1 and Migrant Programs.

Her experience includes being a nursing director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., and she was a registered nurse and nursing manager in the Neurovascular and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. McLellan also was a staff nurse in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

McLellan recently completed a master’s degree in family nurse practitioner at Michigan State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor.

McLellan is a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse. She is a member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Neuro Critical Care Society, and Stroke Care Network Division of the National Stroke Association.

Source: Michael Smith, Borgess

MPI acquires Jasper Research and Development

MPI Research of Mattawan is continuing in its pursuit to the be a "one-stop resource"  for drug makers looking for better ways to develop and test their products.

In June of 2013, MPI Research partnered with two companies that came with the experience and high-tech equipment to accelerate drug discovery and development. Groundbreaking for the new Translational Imaging Center with its cyclotron and specialized services took place September 2013 and it is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015.

Now, MPI has acquired Jasper Clinical Research & Development, Inc, known for its wide range of services connected with early-stage drug studies.

The company says "both initiatives – the Translational Imaging Center and Jasper Clinic – will provide biopharmaceutical companies with the opportunity to move their drugs and devices more efficiently along the development pathway."

Jasper Clinic has experience in providing research results on what drugs do to the body, what happens to the drugs as they move through the body, including and how they are metabolized and excreted. It has studied how certain genetics differences cause drugs to metabolize in different ways. And the clinic has experience with biomarkers, a substance introduced into an organism as a means to examine organ function or other aspects of health.

"This is a unique and exciting opportunity for us to become part of a contract research organization that truly offers bench to bedside services," says Dean Knuth, founder of Jasper Clinic.

The acquisition includes Jasper Clinic's 50-bed clinical trial unit. The three-story, 25,000-square-foot clinic is located on the downtown Kalamazoo campus of Bronson Hospital, and is physically connected to Bronson's Level 1 trauma center.

Jasper Clinic has a long history, beginning when it was constructed in 1984 and used as a testing unit for Phase 1 clinical trials for the Upjohn Co. When Pfizer Inc. and Pharmacia Corp. merged in April 2003, it became an independent operation known as Jasper Clinic.

Many of the more than 80 staff members of Jasper Clinic have been with them throughout the various organizational changes. They will now become MPI Research employees.

The acquisition of Jasper Clinic gives MPI the opportunity to further strengthen its collaborative relationships with other life science organizations located in the immediate vicinity: Bronson Methodist Hospital and the new Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, says MPI Research Chairman and CEO William U. Parfet.

"The addition of the Jasper Clinic is an important step toward making MPI Research the leading 'one-stop' resource for the early drug development community. From candidate selection in discovery, through preclinical safety assessment, proof-of-distribution imaging studies, and now, clinical trials, we can offer the full continuum of lead to proof-of-concept services for new drug candidates," says Parfet.

Source: MPI Research

Three Rivers Downtown Development Association hires intern

The Three Rivers Downtown Development Association/Main Street Program has hired Rebecca Kramb as communications and events intern.

As a part of her internship, Kramb will assist the Three Rivers DDA/Main Street Program with website management, creative writing and blogging about the downtown community, managing social media accounts, and occasionally working on other various Main Street initiatives.

Kramb is a 2008 graduate of Three Rivers High School, where she finished top 25 in her class and received highest honors. She went on to attend Glen Oaks Community College from 2009 to 2011. She made the President’s List in both 2010 and 2011.
Kramb recently earned her Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Sigma Tau Delta. At WMU, she majored in creative writing and minored in communication.

“Rebecca is extremely qualified for this position, and she is a great addition to everything we’re trying to accomplish in the infancy stages of the program,” says Three Rivers DDA/Main Street Executive Director Brian Persky.

“Rebecca has an excellent understanding of the Three Rivers community, and even more importantly, she seems to have a true passion for downtown," says Persky. "I know everyone will really enjoy getting to know Rebecca as an ambassador of the Main Street program.”

Source: Brian Persky, Three Rivers DDA/Main Street Program

7GenAE staff grows by two

On the heels of the Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, LLC, announcement that it is moving into the Western Michigan University Business Technology and Research Park, the firm has said it has made two new hires.

Jeremy Berg has joined the firm as director of architectures. Kristine O. Parsons is the new transportation engineering and planning manager.

Berg will oversee the firm’s growing architectural practice and assist in the expansion of its federal programs. He also will collaborate with team members to support the firm’s strategic business direction in design/build and construction services.

Before joining Seven Generations, Berg was the architectural department manager of Wiley|Wilson’s Alexandria, Va. office, where he oversaw the architectural department. He was responsible for business developments, proposal writing, project management, technical guidance and mentorship of young professionals.  

Berg also has been director of Nika Architects + Engineering, a U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) firm, The program helps small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. The firm successfully graduated from the program and is now a diverse provider of design services in the government and private sectors. He also spent seven years running his own boutique architectural practice.

There he was both architect and general contractor, leading projects from concept to completion. He says his experience running his own firm gave him a love of building green as well as an appreciation of the design/build approach to project delivery.

Berg earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Architecture from SUNY at Buffalo and a Masters of Architecture from University of Michigan. He enjoys an eclectic taste in music and when away from the office, spends time with his wife and five children.

Parsons will oversee the firm’s growing transportation sector and assist in entering the Michigan (MDOT), Indiana (INDOT), Ohio (ODOT) and Illinois (IDOT) state transportation department markets.

As a member of the firm’s Board of Managers, she also will collaborate with team members to support the firm’s strategic business direction in planning, design, and construction services for federal agencies – with an emphasis on Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Services and Indian Education.

Before joining Seven Generations, Parsons was a transportation project manager at AECOM in Raleigh, N.C., where she managed a variety of complex and high profile transportation planning projects and feasibility studies. She was responsible for client coordination, stakeholder engagement, transportation business development, proposal writing, project management, technical guidance, and mentorship of young professionals.

Parsons also previously was a planning project manager at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), where she managed preconstruction highway projects throughout the eastern part of the state, including the 182-mile I-95 Corridor Planning & Finance Study, the largest proposed interstate reconstruction and rehabilitation project in the nation.  She also spent several years employed with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) as the assistant stormwater manager, learning the ins and outs of highway drainage design and construction.

Parsons earned a Bachelor of Science in Biosystems Engineering with a concentration in Natural Resources from Clemson University. Away from the office, she enjoys hiking, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and son.

"Jeremy and Kristine are seasoned industry executives well known for their leadership abilities," says Troy Clay, chief executive officer at Seven Generations. "Jeremy is an active principal in all phases of the practice of architecture, including master planning, schematic design, design development, construction documents, and construction administration, while Kristine is known to actively engage owners, stakeholders, consultants and community members in all phases of a project. Their collective experience in leading complex teams, coordinating competing perspectives, and directing major projects will add further dimension and strength to the Seven Generations team."

Source: Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, LLC,

Borgess welcomes two health care providers

Two surgeons have joined Borgess Health.

James R. Jastifer, MD, has joined the staff of Borgess Orthopedics, part of the Borgess Bone & Joint Institute, as an orthopedic surgeon.

Dr. Jastifer specializes in ankle replacement, and recently completed an Idaho Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship at the Coughlin Clinic in Boise, Idaho. In 2013, he completed his residency at the Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies (now the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine).  

Dr. Jastifer received his medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton.

Dr. Jastifer has taught orthopaedic biomechanics in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at Western Michigan University and currently serves as an adjunct professor in the department. Dr. Jastifer is a publisher and co-publisher of numerous recent medical articles. Borgess Orthopedics is located at 2490 S. 11th Street in Kalamazoo.

Samer A. Kanaan, MD, has joined Borgess Cardiothoracic Surgery as a thoracic surgeon.

Dr. Kanaan is an award-winning surgeon who for four consecutive years has been given the America’s Top Surgeons Award in Thoracic Surgery from the Consumers Research Council of America. He also was named the 2012 Top Doctors in America in Thoracic Surgery by U.S. News and World Report.

Dr. Kanaan comes to Borgess from Queen of the Valley Medical Associates in Napa, Calif., where in 2011 he held the position of chairman of the Department of Surgery at Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

He is a former associate surgeon and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Fellow in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He also completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Southern California. In addition, he was a research fellow in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Dr. Kanaan completed his residency in general surgery from Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical  Center in Chicago. He earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Evanston, Ill., and also received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Northwestern University. Dr. Kanaan is board certified with the American Board of Surgery and with the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Both are accepting new patients.

Source: Michael Smith, Borgess
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