Bert always made her mammogram appointments as recommended, but in 2012, she was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. She underwent surgery – a bilateral mastectomy as an MRI prior to surgery, and did not require chemotherapy or radiation, but instead took an anti-hormonal tablet daily.
What got Bert through her cancer journey was not only her positive outlook on life and her joy, but her appreciation for others who have cancer. She now sits on the patient advisory council for Spectrum Health Cancer Center as a way to give back.
Janette is a 60-year old landscape business owner - Tazzia Lawn Care - who suffered from a stroke. She had a hematoma – a collection of blood – that formed and put pressure on the area of the brain that controls the left side of the body. She spent five days in the Neurocritical Care Unit at Spectrum health Butterworth Hospital.
Once Janette’s condition was stabilized, she was transferred to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Blodgett Hospital. She underwent a full slate of daily therapy sessions – physical, occupational, speech and recreational. She is almost back to her normal self, focusing her energy back on her landscaping.
Jon has always been an active guy, until he began having trouble with his hip. As it became increasingly difficult to bike, play hockey, hike and work, he knew it was time to see an orthopedic specialist. In June, 2016, he received his hip replacement at Spectrum Health. In addition to specific exercises, Jon walked a lot during his rehabilitation and things progressively got better. He began riding his bike five weeks after surgery and was back on the ice playing hockey after three months.
Being able to get back to the things Jon loves and progressing so quickly made going through the surgery worth it. He now continues to stay as active as he was before surgery.
Dr. Alosh is an orthopedic surgeon at Spectrum Health. He specializes in minimally invasive joint replacement, anterior hip replacement and revision joint replacement.
Dr. Alosh received his MD from Johns Hopkins University and completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by fellowship training in adult reconstructive orthopedic surgery at Rush University in Chicago. Before moving to Spectrum Health in 2015, Dr. Alosh was located in Chicago.
Dr. Melnik is a surgical oncologist at Spectrum Health. She is a board certified general surgeon and specializes in breast care. She is also the Michigan State Chair for the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer and the immediate past principle investigator for the Grand Rapids Clinical Oncology research program.
Dr. Melnik received her MD from the University of Chicago – Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, followed by fellowship training in surgical oncology at Ohio State University Medical Center.
Dr. Khan is a board certified vascular neurologist at Spectrum Health. He specializes in stroke with clinical interests in cryptogenic stroke, advanced neuroimaging of stroke and stroke recovery and rehabilitation.
Dr. Khan earned his medical degree from Aga Khan University Medical College in Karach, Pakistan. He completed his medical residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and completed his vascular neurology fellowship at University of Massachusetts in Worcester.