Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Local Surgeon Joins in Milestone of Lasik Procedure

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Local Surgeon Joins in Milestone of Lasik Procedure

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Dr. Brad Taylor of TLC The Laser Center in Oklahoma City will participate in a national milestone today. Taylor's 10 a.m. eye surgery on computer system analyst Michael Carretero will represent the 100,000 Lasik procedure performed by TLC -- the first company to reach that plateau.

But Taylor won't actually establish the record, since TLC, which operates a chain of vision centers across the United States and Canada, will have surgeons performing simultaneous procedures throughout its network. That allows them all to tie for the distinction.

"More than half of the TLC's 100,000 procedures nationally have been done in the last eight months," notes Taylor, "so this is obviously a time of rapid growth for us." The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Lasik laser procedure for myopia and astigmatism in 1995. Last year it approved Lasik for hyperopia. All three terms refer to poor up-close or distorted vision. Business Dr. L. Sam Musallam has opened a family practice at the Hefner West Medical Clinic. The 5,200-square-foot facility was renovated to accommodate a lab and X-ray services, minor surgery, physical therapy and EKG. Musallam will provide care with physicians' assistant Valerie Stockton Mondays through Saturdays. The Lynn Health Science Institute has formed the Oklahoma Center for Children's Sleep Disorders under Clinical Director and Sleep Specialist Michael J. Harnish. The center will accept both physician- and self-referred patients. Dermatologist Steven A. Smith of Tulsa has developed an oral medication for psoriasis -- scaly lesions that form on the skin. LOMA LUX Laboratories sells the non-prescription nickel and bromide salts mineral therapy in many state pharmacies. People The next time you meet Dr. Johnny Roy, be sure and call him "Mr. President." The Edmond Medical Center staff member was installed as the head of the Oklahoma County Medical Society last week at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. Roy is the former chief of the Veterans Administration Medical Center urology section and a past professor of urology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. William D. Hawley will chair the James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit at Integris Health. The cardiovascular surgeon succeeds Hall, who died in September. Presbyterian Hospital has named Dr. Dan Gehlbach medical director of its Center of Reproductive Health assisted reproductivity technology program. The U.S. Military Academy and University of Kansas graduate has served at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Holly Fimple is the new Kids Health Plus coordinator for Mercy Health System Oklahoma. Kids Health Plus is an after-school program for youth and children from Mercy Bridges, the outreach ministry of MHSO. Fimple, a University of Central Oklahoma graduate, has past experience in child development programs. …

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