Emory At LaGrange is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Van Millin to our growing Family Medicine practice. Dr. Millin attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine and also completed his residency at UMDNJ. He is board certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and his special interests include Diabetes, Hypertension, and Nutrition and Wellness. Dr. Millin is now accepting new patients at our Smith Street location. For an appointment, call 706.882.8831.
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Your world shouldn’t revolve around our schedule, so we changed our schedule to fit yours. Our Davis Road Primary Care Office is offering extended hours. For more information please visit emoryclarkholderclinic.com or call 706.882.8831 to schedule an appointment. Davis Road
Two more reasons to choose Emory at LaGrange. Dr. Lawrence Brack has teamed up with Dr. Anna Kao to offer our community superior eye care at Emory Clark-Holder Clinic. The two physicians have been friends and colleagues for years, completing a residency in Ophthalmology together and sharing a practice previously. Dr. Brack attended Indiana School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine in Chattanooga. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
He is now accepting new patients and appointments can be made at 706-882-8831. Click here to learn more about Dr. Lawrence Brack.
We are proud to announce that Dr. Robert A. Martin has joined our team of talented and dedicated physicians. With extensive clinical training and experience in Family Care and Sports Medicine, Dr. Martin comes to us following the completion of his Residency and a Fellowship in Sports Medicine, as well as receiving his Board Certification in Family Medicine. He will be seeing patients at our Davis Road and West Point clinic locations.
Dr. Martin is now accepting new patients and appointments can be made at 706-882-8831. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, click here.
LaTonya James, MD has joined Emory Clark-Holder Clinic. Dr. James completed her residency at LSU Family Practice Center in Kenner, LA, after attending medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice. Her professional interests include diabetes management, hypertension, as well as anxiety and depression management.
Dr. James is accepting new patients, call 706-882-8831 to schedule an appointment today. Click for for more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. James at our West Point Clinic.
Dr. Kenneth Horlander was recognized by West Georgia Health as the 2013 Physician of the Year. Dr. Horlander specializes in and is board certifi ed in Internal, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Emory Clark-Holder Clinic. All of the physicians, staff and administration at Emory Clark-Holder congratulate Dr. Horlander on being recognized for the extraordinary care he provides his patients, as well as his service to our community.
Emory Clark-Holder Clinic pharmacist David Cochran had always been the picture of good health. He did not expect cancer.
One day last year while out on a run training for a half marathon — he’d been averaging around 8-10 miles a day — he found he couldn’t run a full mile. “I was having severe chest pain,” he said.
The next day he tried swimming. “I couldn’t swim four laps. I was out of breath,” he continued.
Worried, he made an appointment with his doctor. After running a gamut of tests, the doctor checked his heart and an X-ray revealed an odd shadow — a tumor. A CT scan led to a biopsy which led to a PET scan. Dr. Lawrence Gynther considered doing surgery and that surgery was scheduled. “About 15 minutes later they called back and said, “Pathology says it’s something else.”
Cochran was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his chest. It’s a case similar to, though less severe, than bicyclist Lance Armstrong’s cancer.
Cochran is a LaGrange native, born and raised. After graduating from LaGrange High School he began studying architecture at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. While he was in school, he met “a lot of people who were waiters and waitresses and a bunch of them had architecture degrees,” he said.
It was the mother of his girlfriend at the time who suggested pharmacy. Cochran already had some associations with the medical field with a mother who was a nurse and having worked for Corley Drugs in high school. It was Corley’s who helped shape his path to pharmacy. He continued work for them while he studied pharmacy at the University of Georgia.
Cochran interned at Corley’s and they offered him a job just as he was finishing school. “It was a good opportunity and better than working for the chains,” he remarked. Accepting the position, he remained with Corley’s as a full-time pharmacist for 16 years.
It was not long after Corley’s closure last year that Cochran was diagnosed with cancer. Doctors determined that the best course of treatment was chemotherapy over a few months.
Having been a caregiver so long, Cochran was now a patient. He did some reading and research about his condition and treatment, but eventually felt it was best to just leave it up to his doctors and nurses to keep him informed.
They give you the “bare minimum from the first day so you don’t forget,” he added.
Consisting of three five day regimens of chemotherapy, Cochran’s doctor gave him two weeks “off” between each five-day treatment. During the treatment, Cochran would sit for about 5 hours a day while the medications were administered intravenously. To start, he would be given “pre-meds” that would reduce the nausea and stomach upset usually caused by the chemo drugs. Then, a toxic cocktail of chemotherapy drugs would be administered to attack the cancer.
During his time receiving chemotherapy, “several of the nurses mentioned that [Emory Clark-Holder Clinic] was considering hiring a pharmacist.” Having an oncology pharmacist on hand would allow the nurses to “concentrate on the patients” he mentioned.
After speaking with the administration at the clinic, he was hired and began working March 18th of this year.
Cochran mentioned that the clinic had recently treated a cancer patient who was close in age to himself. “One of the nurses [told him] that the pharmacist had been through the same treatment and the patient’s eyes lit up.” He adds that having had the treatment has given him the ability to empathize with his patients.
“When you see them in the chair with an IV at their weakest point, I can say what it’s like to have gone through it. Until you live it, you don’t know how it feels to deal with it.”
Cochran’s chemotherapy has worked and his cancer is “technically in remission,” though his doctor will not deem him “cancer-free” until he has had five years without any recurrence.
Until that time, David Cochran will be providing medications for patients at Emory Clark-Holder Clinic’s new Oncology Infusion Center which opens next week.
The patient — now all the wiser from his own experience — has become the caregiver again.
For over 35 years Emory Clark-Holder Clinic Oncology Department has been the primary provider of this specialized and essential care for residents of West Georgia and East Alabama. And now we have completed the renovation of the new Oncology Clinic building to make the name you know and trust even better with the addition of a new state-of-the-art Infusion Center and clinical office space. In addition to our oncology specialists, Dr. Lawrence Gynther and Dr. Noreen Khan, the new office space includes a pharmacist and a cancer navigator. If you need experienced cancer care, with the latest technology, in a compassionate, comfortable setting, please call 706.882.8831.
Emory Clark-Holder Clinic is pleased to announce our 1st Annual Healthy Heart Health Fair on Saturday February 16, 2013. The event will be open to the public and held at the Richter Building, 310 N Lewis Street, which is located directly behind the clinic from 8am to 12pm. Under the direction of the clinic’s Cardiologists, Dr. James Brennan and Dr. Marcus Williams, this event is designed to create awareness and promote a healthy heart. The following free screenings and information will be offered to individuals who attend:
Registration is required for all Labs, ABI tests, and Carotid Screenings. Please call 706.812.4051 to register for these free screenings. Emory Clark-Holder Clinic has been privileged to serve this community for over 75 years in cardiac care and looks forward to continuing this effort through events like this. Please come out and learn how you, along with your Healthcare Provider can join together to achieve a healthy heart. Light refreshments will be provided.
Emory Clark-Holder Clinic is please to announce the launch of their new website dedicated to Medical Weight Loss: Severe health conditions can be greatly reduced, reversed or avoided by significant and maintained weight loss. At Emory Clark-Holder Clinic Bariatrics we can help you reach your weight loss goals through the latest surgical weight loss procedures, as well as provide care beyond your surgery.
A smaller dress or pant size can lessen your chance of developing chronic and often life threatening health conditions such as:
We understand that losing weight sometimes requires a cooperative effort involving medical staff, dietitians, physical therapists, and financial counselors. This is why we offer a comprehensive Bariatric (Weight Loss) program.