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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.


Barbara’s story: ‘Listen to your body’ for AFib

Barbara Uhl’s family history of atrial fibrillation increased the likelihood of her getting it at a younger age than most people. However, lifestyle choices pose the most common risks for AFib.


Emily’s story: ‘Thankful’ after knee surgery

A highway crash left Emily Stephenson with a damaged knee. She needed specialized knee surgery. She sought the expertise of Dr. Harold J. Schock of BayCare Clinic. He repaired her left knee cartilage and restored her mobility.


John’s story: ‘I have my life back’ after hip surgery

John Schnaubelt’s hip surgery required unique care due to some health conditions. Dr. Kirk Dimitris, an orthopedic surgeon with BayCare Clinic, successfully performed Schnaubelt’s right posterior total hip arthroplasty, despite those conditions.


Paul’s story: ‘Second chance’ at life after stroke

Having received immediate care from Dr. Gerald W. Eckardt, a BayCare Clinic neurological surgeon, Paul Vraney has returned to normal life.


Michael’s story: ‘No restrictions’ after thumb surgery

An old thumb injury led Michael Luebke to seek expert care from Dr. Brian J. Klika, a fellowship-trained hand surgeon with BayCare Clinic. Klika fixed Michael’s thumb, returning him to a pain-free life.


Dustin’s story: Shoulder surgery was ‘comforting’

When Dustin Castro injured his shoulder at work and required surgery, he sought help from Dr. John Awowale, an orthopedic surgeon with BayCare Clinic. Awowale performed acromioclavicular joint surgery and got Dustin back to work again.


Dan’s story: ‘Feeling fantastic’ with a new hip

After Dan Van Straten had his left hip replaced, he regained his mobility. His back pain went away, too.


Phil’s story: Cataract surgery is ‘the best’

Phil Hansen never needed surgery until he was in his 60s. He’s glad he had cataract surgery to restore his vision.


Amy’s story: Hip surgery was ‘amazing’

When Amy Peterman couldn’t find relief from hip pain, she sought help from Dr. Craig L. Olson of BayCare Clinic. He performed anterior hip replacement surgery. She’s back to work and enjoying quality time with her children and grandchild.


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.