Learn more about Scoliosis with Dr. Jesse Lipnick

Scoliosis affects 6 to 9 million people in the United States”, according to the National Scoliosis Foundation. June is Scoliosis Awareness Month, and we interviewed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician Jesse Lipnick, MD, about scoliosis and its treatments.


What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a rotary disease of the spine, meaning parts of the spine rotates in multiple ways to cause curves in the spine. These curves rotate in regard to one another, developing a primary and secondary curve that take on an “S” shape.


What are some of the signs and symptoms of scoliosis?

  • Back Pain
  • Radiating pain from pinched nerves
  • Change in posture
  • “Humpback”
  • Rotated or uneven pelvis
  • Premature arthritis
  • Interference with other organs


What is the treatment process for scoliosis?

Scoliosis can be painful, but there are treatments that can ease pain. Treatments depend on the type of scoliosis a patient suffers from. The most common type is idiopathic, a scoliosis that develops during adolescence and if progressing, the child is fitted with a back brace. When one is born with scoliosis, it’s called congenital scoliosis. Congenital scoliosis is a rare type that is usually fixed with surgery. Physical therapy is commonly recommended for all types of scoliosis as it important to strengthen the core muscles. Degenerative scoliosis can develop in adults due to arthritic changes in the joints of the spine and can be accompanied by severe pain.  Medications that numb nerves and block joint pain are additional forms of treatment from which many have experienced positive results.


Living with scoliosis:

People with scoliosis can suffer with pain daily. Scoliosis can not only affect a person’s physical health but also their emotional health. Suffering from scoliosis can make it difficult to sleep, sit in a chair, work at a desk, find clothes that fit, and the self-perceived unpleasant appearance may impact one’s self-confidence. Advances in medication, interventional procedures and if necessary surgery can help manage scoliosis, allowing one to take back control over their life.

Toni Baldwin-Dufour, DNP Joins SIMEDHealth Primary Care!

We are happy to report Toni Baldwin-Dufour as of today has started seeing patients in our Chiefland location! Baldwin received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and went on to earn her masters and doctorate in nursing from Valparaiso University.

Along with being a Doctor of Nursing Practice, she is also a board-certified family nurse practitioner, a trauma nurse specialist, and DOT certified medical examiner. Click here to schedule an appointment with Baldwin today!  

SIMEDHealth Renovations Update!

2019 is the year of the makeover for SIMEDHealth!

In the past six months, we have completed renovations on Suite 5 and Suite 8 at our primary Gainesville location, completed renovations on a new imaging center in Chiefland, and opened up a new building in Chiefland.

SIMEDHealth wants to thank all our patients for your understanding during this time. We know it is a hassle and an added stress, so we thank you for your patience.

We are so excited about these new updates and also what is to come. Next on the calendar is the renovation of Suite 6, Pulmonology! Construction will start Friday, August 9th and Monday, August 12th patients of Dr. Buel, Dr. Camacho, Dr. Tonner, and David Goodman will be going to Suite 15 on the second floor to see them. 

More information, reminders, and updates will be posted on our FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.


SIMEDHealth Announces Chiefland Clinic Expansion

We are excited to announce that SIMEDHealth will be expanding our Chiefland clinics! During the ground breaking ceremony physicians, managers and staff were excited to celebrate the expansion. It is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2019.

The expansion will include new clinic space, additional parking, accessibility improvements for both staff and patients and additional health services.

“I’m thankful to Chiefland, because Chiefland has welcomed us with open arms,” said SIMEDHealth’s Dr. Jessie Lipnick  “I think in rural settings, many health care practices are not stable, but we have been stable and I’m excited by this vision that we have of bringing specialty care to a rural community.”

Rural communities often face greater difficulty getting the care they need due to their distance from metropolitan areas and providers. Because of this, SIMEDHealth is proud to expand health care options in Chiefland.

“Every day I go online and I hear about another major entity in a rural setting shutting down. But the level of quality care that our doctors and staff have put into this community is what has allowed us to expand,” said SIMEDHealth CEO Dr. Daniel Duncanson

After taking a look at the blueprints for the expansion, doctors and managers gathered to put on hardhats and officially “break ground” to commemorate the good news.


“Now you can get up-to-date, comprehensive, excellent medical care in a rural community,” said Dr. Lipnick who has been serving the Chiefland community for over 17 years.

 “SIMEDHealth is excited that today we get to throw some dirt and build the next phase of Chiefland health care,” said Dr. Duncanson followed by a round of applause.

Click here to learn about the health services SIMEDHealth currently offers in Chiefland and look out for more updates in the coming months.