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Publisher's View

Updated: Nov 27, 2023



By Herb Carpenter


In this issue of Strictly Business, we focus not on the doctors, nurses and hospitals who can save lives, but rather on the professionals who can enhance life.

Our cover article features Dr. Tim McSweeney, an orthodontist who has practiced in the North Country for more than 20 years. While braces, a rite of passage for so many children and teenagers, can be a stressful experience, Dr. Tim and his staff are devoted to making them something that enhances not just a patient’s well-being, but their self-image as well.

When a fire destroyed StoneWorks Massage & Skincare offices in late 2022 things looked bleak, but through the power of community Chad Hunkins and his staff regrouped and made a new plan. Now open in a larger facility on the Tom Miller Road in the town of Plattsburgh, the business has expanded and is thriving.

It is a long way from Paris, France to Saranac Lake, New York, but Dr. Henri Gaboriau made the transition and is now offering world class plastic surgery designed to enhance the appearance and marketability of patients of all ages.

An all-woman dental practice may seem like a novelty, but it is a reality right here in our community. Plattsburgh Family Dentistry offers cutting edge services and technology served up by three dentists and a backup staff of more than a dozen.

To get a read on what is new and innovative in health care in the North Country we asked six local medical professionals to share their views. Make sure to check out the outlook of Drs. Kris Ambler, Gilbert Desmangle and Richard Webber; Physical Therapist Elizabeth Pearl, Mental Health Administrator Richelle Gregory, and CVPH COO Michelle LeBeau.

Our Insight feature this month introduces you to Dr. Lolita Kincaid, Chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Relations and an Associate Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh. Dr. K joined the university in August of last year, relocating her family to the area. We welcome her to the North Country and wish her a rewarding tenure.

As usual, Garry Douglas wraps up this issue with a report on the strength of the North Country business community. Coming off the difficult years of the pandemic, the view is strong and expected to be stronger still in 2023.

This issue of SB focuses on Well Care services and the impact they can have for all of us. Take a moment to learn about the talented, caring professionals who have chosen to make the North Country home. They expand our choices and enrich our lives

...and that's good for business.

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