Patient Stories

Sara's Acid Reflux Story

"For years my cough, wheezing, and sore throat disrupted my daily life," said Sara. "My Ear, Nose, and Throat physician (Dr. Dorrity) referred me to Dr. Schaeffer after an evaluation." "Dr. Schaeffer took the time to listen and answered my questions through the entire diagnosis and treatment process. My husband…

Chuck's Recovery Story

Our rehab team is here for orthopaedic patients like Chuck. Helping them become healthier, happier, stronger. Physical therapists develop individualized exercise programs, which helps patients achieve the quickest optimum functional level. Physical therapy services focus on improving gross motor skills; such as walking, joint motion, strength, and transfer skills.  …

Jennika's Sports Medicine Story

“Going to rehab is not something you want to do, but the physical therapists at Prairie Lakes make it fun,” said Jennika. “My parents and I are glad my meniscus tear was repaired right here in Watertown by Dr. Johnston (with Glacial Lakes Orthopaedics) and that sports medicine therapy is…

Randy's Sinus Story

Randy and his wife live in Watertown and enjoy golfing together. A short time ago, breathing problems were affecting Randy’s life and over-the-counter products were not helping him breathe easier and get restful sleep. He heard about Dr. Mancell with Prairie Lakes Ear, Nose, & Throat and, after a clinic…

Haley's Skin Cancer Story

“I noticed something on my back and it wouldn’t go away. A friend told me about Dr. Smith, so I scheduled an appointment. The staff were personable and friendly and said they needed to take a sample to test it. It ended up being skin cancer. Dermatology staff were very…

Brynlee’s Ear, Nose, & Throat Story

Brynlee loves playing on slides and eating chocolate ice cream. Her mom, Alyssa would much rather spend time with her in the park than in the hospital. “When Brynlee turned one year old her symptoms started to affect her,” said Alyssa. “For over a year if it wasn’t her breathing,…

Julie's Unexpected Procedure

“I really didn’t think my ongoing symptoms were because of my gallbladder” said Julie. But when her coworkers encouraged her to go to urgent care, Julie found out it was just that. “In a world of so much information online, we tend to self diagnose and delay seeking out medical…

Talk to Your Heart

Sister Clarice first found out she had hypertension after a visit to the ER in 1999. After a long search she found Dr. Garcia after the Prairie Lakes Cardiology Clinic opened in 2007. Today she shares a message of health awareness and hopes her story will inspire other women to…

Mother. Daughter. Survivor.

Meet Maggie, a cancer survivor with two kids, a supportive fiancée and loving family. On June 13, 2014 she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. During this time she drew hope from staff at the Prairie Lakes Cancer Center and was strong not only for herself, but for her…

Stories from the Heart

On May 8, 2007 Dr. Lunardi performed the first cath lab procedure for Prairie Lakes Cardiology. In ten years our Prairie Lakes Cardiology Program has touched 10,000 hearts. A few of the community members touched by our program came forward to tell their heart story. Let's listen in:     Prairie…
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