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Flipping the Script on a First-time Birth

By |2023-07-18T14:55:01-04:00July 12th, 2023|Categories: Pregnancy and Parenting|Tags: , , |

When Rebecca Pauley learned she was pregnant, she envisioned a routine birthing experience. However, baby Rafael had his own plans. CentraState’s team in the delivery room helped her avoid a C-section and give birth to her baby boy safely. A Morganville resident born at CentraState, Rebecca discussed her birth [...]

Small Steps Add Up to Lower Blood Pressure

By |2023-07-18T14:55:02-04:00July 12th, 2023|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , |

When Doreen Tornabene of Manalapan began experiencing headaches and lightheadedness years ago, she attributed her symptoms to stress. But a visit to her physician revealed that she had high blood pressure, and she began taking medication to address it. Knowing that hypertension runs in her family, she recently started [...]

Pediatrician No Longer In Pain After Life-Changing Spinal Surgery

By |2022-11-08T12:34:26-05:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , |

When pediatrician Ramarao Gajula, MD, sought a permanent solution to his ongoing back pain, he turned to CentraState colleague Mark McLaughlin, MD. Dr. Gajula, 67, spent a decade in pain. He suffered from lower back pain, tingling, and numbness nearly every day. While walking, he often had to sit [...]

Fitness in the Family

By |2020-02-03T12:18:20-05:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Healthy Aging|Tags: |

Fitness in the Family After completing CentraState’s cardiac rehabilitation program to address a heart condition, 84-year-old Galina Balsirow often depended on a walker to remain mobile. To continue improving her heart health and gain balance and strength, she and her daughter, Emily, joined CentraState Fitness & Wellness Center with [...]

Going the Distance Applewood Resident Bikes 85 Miles on 85th Birthday

By |2020-04-07T10:47:35-04:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Healthy Aging|Tags: , |

On October 4, Spencer Halper spent his birthday a little differently than most people turning 85. He pedaled 85 miles with companions from his local bike club, the 600-member Princeton Free Wheelers, traveling one mile for every year of his life. He began this annual tradition at age 80 [...]

Role Reversal: Quick Action Saves First Responder During Stroke

By |2020-02-03T12:35:29-05:00October 11th, 2019|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , |

Francis Schultz is well-versed in remaining calm during stressful situations. The 64-year-old Jackson resident has volunteered as a first responder for more than four decades, most recently in the role of directing traffic and keeping people safe when fire or police services respond to a call. When Francis experienced [...]

Avid Traveler Now Explores the Globe with Confidence

By |2020-02-03T12:40:40-05:00October 11th, 2019|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , |

East Brunswick resident Natalia Bogataia loves to travel but has been grounded for the last few years by urinary incontinence. Now, after surgery, she’s looking forward to a vacation to her native Moldova and many more adventures. Natalia, 50, began experiencing pelvic pain and urinary leakage five years ago. [...]

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