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Patient Stories

What kind of care does BayCare Clinic provide? That’s a story best told by our patients. Enjoy some of their success stories.


Lynn’s story: Weight-loss surgery is ‘worth it’

Lynn Elmer needed medical assistance to lose weight. She sought help from Dr. Daniel McKenna of Aurora BayCare Bariatric Surgery. He performed a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, which helped her lose weight and improve her health.


Carol Jean’s story: Shoulder replacement ensures independence

“I am an 87-year-old woman … and I have full use of that shoulder,” Temp says, who is able to care for herself after having total shoulder replacement surgery.


Lori’s story: ‘Forever grateful’ after forehead flap surgery

After Lori Ravnikar was treated for the basal cell carcinoma, she was left with a dime-size hole on her nose. She sought help from Dr. Elizabeth O’Connor, a plastic surgeon with Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic.


Cindy’s story: Full use of hand after surgery

After suffering from a hand injury that caused nerve and tendon damage, Cindy Schmidt sought help from Dr. Brian J. Klika, a fellowship-trained hand surgeon with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic.


Ian’s story: ‘Happy’ after hip surgery

Ian Dworak had hip pain for about a year. When he could no longer endure the pain, he sought help from Dr. John Awowale of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic. Awowale performed hip surgery and eliminated his pain.


Karen’s story: Thriving after breast revision surgery

Karen Casper had pain after breast cancer reconstruction surgery. Friends urged her to seek help from BayCare Clinic plastic surgeon Elizabeth O’Connor. She performed Casper’s breast revision surgery and “gave me back my life,” Casper says.


Michael’s story: 'Blown away' by LASIK surgery results

Michael Tuttle had been thinking about getting LASIK for the past four years or more, but 2021 was the year he decided to “make the jump.”


Jenny’s story: ‘Immense relief’ from long-term pain

Sitting is no longer uncomfortable for Jenny Wesner. That’s because Dr. Danqing Guo, a pain and rehab medicine physician with BayCare Clinic, helped pinpoint the source of her long-term pain and eliminate it through targeted injections.


Deborah’s story: ‘Alive’ thanks to heart failure clinic

When Deborah Nightingale moved to Green Bay from Bangor, Maine, she needed to continue her congestive heart failure treatments. She sought care from Dr. William Witmer, a cardiologist with Aurora BayCare Cardiology, and the specialty care team at the Comprehensive Heart Failure Clinic at Aurora BayCare.


Jean’s story: ‘I can dance’ after ankle surgery

After Emma Jean Hill fell down the stairs and broke her ankle, Dr. John Awowale, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic, performed open reduction internal fixation surgery. That enabled Hill to resume dancing with the grandkids.


Lee’s story: ‘Do not hesitate’ to get hips replaced

Lee Van De Hey dealt with hip pain for five years. Then he had both hips replaced on the same day.


Michelle’s story: Fusion surgeries ‘gave me my life back'

Dr. Paul Baek, neurosurgeon with BayCare Clinic Neurological Surgeons, gave Michelle Zink the opportunity to return to normal living with fusion surgeries in her back and neck.