News & Tips

You and your family’s health is our top priority.  With hectic daily schedules staying on the path to a healthy lifestyle can be challenging. Below you will find helpful articles and quick tips to make staying healthy a little easier.     

Posted on August 24, 2014 in Our Physicians in the News

Physician Associates Pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Thielhelm addressed her professional concerns about smart phone apps in a WKMG Channel 6 news story on this topic. Dr. Thielhelm specifically discussed her concerns about  parents looking to an app for answers to their health questions and explained the benefit of parents having their children see a pediatrician in-person, rather than ask a doctor online. She also made recommendations for the appropriate ways apps should be used by parents, such as helping document and chart their child’s development.



Posted on August 17, 2014 in Community

Pediatrician Nicole Gagliano, MD, nurse practitioner Jacey Dykstra, ARNP, MSN, and their Longwood office team hosted a table with health information and screenings at the Local 6 Healthy Living Expo at the Altamonte Mall on Saturday, August 16.


Posted on August 11, 2014 in Our Physicians in the News

Alix Casler, MD, Physician Associates Pediatrician, appeared LIVE on FOX 35 Good Day Orlando on August 11, 2014, to discuss the importance of kids getting enough sleep especially as they head back to school.

Dr. Casler explained just how much sleep kids of various ages really need, the importance of sleep routines on the weekdays and weekends and what simple things parents can do to help their kids fall asleep and get a good quality sleep.

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Posted on August 11, 2014 in Our Physicians in the News

On July 29, 2014, FOX 35 News at 10 pm aired a special report featuring Physician Associates Foot and Ankle Surgeon Robert Duggan, DPM. Dr. Duggan was interviewed about DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the top secret Department of Defense agency which is currently funding research to create biodegradable electronic systems that could completely dissolve in liquid after they’re no longer needed, even inside the human body. Dr. Duggan helped explain these systems, how they could be used in medicine and inserted in wounds to help in the healing process, and how this could be the biggest advancement he has seen in medicine in the past decade. Such advancements are already being tried in Europe, and Dr. Duggan provided insight into...

Posted on July 23, 2014 in Our Physicians in the News

Dr. Lori Grant, Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Physician Associates was interviewed LIVE by FOX 35 on Good Day Orlando during the 9AM hour. Dr. Grant discussed the health benefits of wearing the proper shoe size and the health implications if you’re wearing the wrong size and helped explain why shoe sizes often change as you age. Dr. Grant also provided some important tips to ensure that you’re getting the right size shoes for your feet.

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Posted on July 23, 2014 in Our Physicians in the News

Dr. Deborah Lauridsen, Family Medicine, Physician Associates did a LIVE interview on FOX 35 during the 7 AM hour on July 23, about the importance of sleep, how too much or too little sleep can really affect our health and how we can determine our optimal amount of sleep. Dr. Lauridsen addressed a new study that finds that Americans are on average sleeping less than they did in the past. Dr. Lauridsen’s interview aired again in FOX 35 Good Day Orlando’s 9 AM hour.


Posted on July 12, 2014 in Our Physicians in the News

It has been 30 years since the Orlando Business Journal debuted in Central Florida, and this week’s edition of the OBJ celebrates this anniversary by taking a look at how medicine has changed in the past 30 years. The article “What’s changed in medicine in 30 years? Everything” features Dr. Howard Pelteson, Physician Associates pediatrician, who began practicing medicine 30 years ago in 1984. Dr. Pelteson was interviewed about the changes in medicine in the past three decades, discussing everything from insurance to clothing to office operations to patients and their use of technology.


Posted on July 10, 2014 in Our Physicians in the News

Physician Associates Pediatrician Dr. Alix Casler provided explanation and insight in an Orlando Sentinel column that examined vaccination rates in the state of Florida which dropped to 89.8 percent for the 2008-2009 school year; Seminole County leads the region with a 3 percent non-immunization rate for kindergartners. Dr. Casler discussed the realities of not-vaccinating for life threatening diseases, what “herd immunity” is all about and why the success of vaccines may now be giving parents a false sense of security about the true dangers of these diseases.

The article also features Melanie Candelario, LPN, Physician Associates ...

Posted on July 10, 2014 in Events

Dr. Scott Marsel offered a “Lunch ’n Learn” presentation called “Take Action:  Stay Healthy at Each Stage of Life” to Health Central Hospital employees in Ocoee. He covered a wide range of topics to keep on your health radar, organized by stage of life:  prior to 30, 30-50, 50-70 and age 70+.  Dr. Marsel spoke about genetics, lifestyle, vitamins/minerals, safety, chronic health conditions, blood pressure, weight and exercise, important health screenings, and immunizations.

At the end, Dr. Marsel opened the floor for questions, so the employees in attendance had the opportunity to engage, discuss and learn more about specific health concerns.


Posted on July 8, 2014 in Our Physicians in the News

Dr. Lori Grant, Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Physician Associates, appeared LIVE on FOX 35 Good Day Orlando to discuss how our shoes can impact our foot health and well-being. Specifically, Dr. Grant looked at flatforms, a new trendy type of shoe this summer that is posing an injury risk. Dr. Grant explained how this type of shoe can cause foot, knee, hip and back injuries and discussed the correlation between our health and the shoes we choose to wear. She also pointed out some simple things to look for to be a health conscious shoe shopper.

Dr. Grant on FOX 35 Good Day Orlando


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