Patient Stories

| Posted On Jul 15, 2016 | By:

Harvard Vanguard Medford Welcomes New Pediatric Clinicians

The Harvard Vanguard Medford practice is pleased to welcome 4 new clinicians to our pediatrics department. Formerly of Mystic Valley Pediatrics in Medford, Drs. David Bross, Dana Sackton, Teresa Zabik and Lauren Eppinger, NP joined us in June, 2016. All of the doctors are affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital and Winchester Hospital and are accepting new patients.

Dr. David Bross is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Boston City Hospital and New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center.

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| Posted On Mar 10, 2015 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Kim

In July 2014, Kim met with Heather Gangloff, her physician assistant (PA), for what was supposed to be a routine physical exam. But after feeling something unusual in Kim’s abdomen, Heather suggested that she see a gynecologist and promptly scheduled an appointment. Just two days later, Kim found herself in Dr. Farah Shafi’s office to discuss the results of an ultrasound.

Kim knew Dr. Shafi. Two years prior, an ultrasound revealed four non-cancerous fibroids that Kim and Dr.

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| Posted On Mar 05, 2015 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Shannon

When Shannon and her wife, Jess, decided to have a baby, Shannon knew she would require help getting pregnant but found that bringing a bundle of joy into their lives was far from easy.

Shannon’s Harvard Vanguard primary care physician, Dr. Mahmooda Qureshi, suggested she meet with Dr. Christine Skiadas, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and a subspecialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, to guide her through the process of conceiving.

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| Posted On Dec 04, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Paul

Paul has encountered quite a few bumps in the road on his journey toward getting healthy.

Paul led an active life. He traveled the world; he ran marathons. Although he’ll be the first to admit he wasn’t the fastest, he can boast completing 16 of them, including the Berlin Marathon the year the Wall came down and the hometown favorite, the Boston Marathon. He also participated in triathlons and charity bike rides like the Pan Mass Challenge and the Tour de Cure for diabetes.

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| Posted On Nov 12, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Lauren

Lauren puts a lot of energy into caring for her family. With two small children and a part-time job (luckily from home), some days are busier than others, with trips to the grocery store, school, and soccer practice. Like most mothers, the last thing she wants to do is to waste time in the emergency room with unexpected minor injuries and illnesses.

The day before her daughter’s first birthday party, Lauren found herself facing a laundry list of chores: prepare food for the party,

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| Posted On Oct 23, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: John

John crossed the finish line of the 2014 Boston Marathon in 4 hours and 32 minutes, but his journey actually started a year earlier.

Hoping to get out of Boston ahead of Marathon and Red Sox traffic to coach lacrosse in Wayland, John, General Counsel for The Life is good Company, left the company’s Boylston Street office just after 2:30 p.m. on April 15, 2013. He was strolling down Boylston Street to get his car from a parking garage when the first bomb went off.

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| Posted On Oct 07, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Andrea

From a young age, weight had been a struggle for Andrea. She tried diet after diet, but always found herself unable to keep the weight off. It became a vicious cycle. As Andrea got older, her concerns about being overweight became less about her appearance and more about her health. She grew concerned about diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease.

So, she turned to her long-time Harvard Vanguard primary care physician,

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| Posted On Sep 22, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: “The Doctor’s Running…with You”

What would you say if your doctor asked you to run a 5K race with her? If you’re a patient of Dr. Shirly (Shalu) Ramchandani’s, one of our internists at our Post Office Square location, apparently you say “Yes!”

On June 7, 2014, wearing matching “Team Post Office Square” T-shirts, 5 patients, 5 staff members, Shalu, Ashley Norwood (a wellness coach and facilitator for Post Office Square’s Smart Lifestyle shared medical appointment),

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| Posted On Sep 04, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Nancy

Being told you have a medical condition isn’t always easy. Patients can experience doubt, shock, and disbelief before coming to accept a diagnosis. That was the case with Nancy.

Nancy, like many 50-something women, wanted to lose a little weight.  She had a history of high blood pressure, but on the whole thought her overall health was good…until a routine doctor appointment surfaced a new set of concerns.

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| Posted On Aug 21, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Paula

After Paula and her husband Chris had their son Grayson three years ago, they struggled to get pregnant again. After months of frustration and a very emotional period in their lives, Paula and Chris turned to Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Dr. Christine Skiadas, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and a subspecialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility in our Fertility and Reproductive Health Department, to get to the bottom of the problem and explore their options.

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