‘Dinner with the Doc’ series offers interactive health education for community

Posted: 8/24/2016

Health Quest will offer a new, interactive series, “Dinner with the Doc,” in September and October, featuring knowledgeable healthcare providers discussing preventive medicine and medical advancements.

The educational series also features a complimentary dinner served at restaurants throughout the mid-Hudson Valley. Reservations are required two weeks in advance due to limited seating.

First up –Drs. Shantala Sonnad of Health Quest Urgent Care and Keyur Ajbani of Putnam Hospital Center will present “Urgent Care vs. ER – How to Decide?” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Cosimo’s, 120 Delafield St., Poughkeepsie. Attendees will learn where to go for care – the emergency department or urgent care center – based on severity of symptoms when their doctor’s office is closed.
To register, call 845-554-1734 (TTY: 800-421-1220) or visit

Additional Dinner with the Doc events:

Ouch! My Back
6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28
Clock Tower Grill, 512 Clock Tower Commons Drive, Brewster
Back and spine pain can be debilitating. Join neurosurgeons Drs. Virany Hillard and Omar Syed of the Putnam Hospital Center medical staff for a discussion on the common degenerative disorders of the spine and treatment options such as medications, injections, physical therapy and minimally invasive surgery. To register, call 845-554-1734 (TTY: 800-421-1220).

Rise of the Robot: Surgical Advancements and Options
5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4
Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park
Robots have become one of the most advanced items in a surgeon’s toolbox. Learn how Health Quest Medical Practice general surgeons Drs. John Choi, Lee Farber and Pranat Kumar use high-tech robots to help them perform minimally invasive surgery right here in the mid-Hudson Valley. The robotic-assisted approach is extremely precise and can lead to less pain and quicker recovery times. This educational evening features a video demonstration of this advanced technology. To register, call 845-554-1734 (TTY: 800-421-1220).

Breast Health: Prevention, Treatment, Survivorship
5:30 -7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13
Coppola’s on 9, 2373 Route 9, Poughkeepsie
Hear from Health Quest Medical Practice specialists about their multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to breast health. Drs. Carolyn Nemec and Angela Keleher, with nurse practitioner Sara Winterleitner and social worker Elizabeth Bourne will talk about all aspects of care, including cancer prevention, diagnosis, surgery, follow-up, high-risk assessment and support. To register, call 845-554-1734 (TTY: 800-421-1220).

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