Augusta-area attorneys named to ‘Best Lawyers’ list

Five Preti Flaherty attorneys, all residents of the Augusta area, have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America, according to a press release from the firm.

A total of 42 of Preti Flaherty’s attorneys were selected by their peers for Best Lawyers in America. Nominations are based on an intensive peer-review survey in which more than 25,000 of the nation’s attorneys cast nearly two million votes. The magazine Corporate Counsel has called Best Lawyers, “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The selected attorneys include:

Charles F. Dingman, Leeds, administrative/regulatory law; health care law

Joseph G. Donahue, Gardiner, administrative/regulatory law; communications law; energy law

Bruce C. Gerrity, Manchester, administrative/regulatory law; franchise law

Michael L. Lane, Richmond, real estate law

James C. Pitney, Jr., South China, public finance law

Votes are based on the legal abilities of each attorney, and because attorneys do not pay a fee to be listed, inclusion is considered a top honor.

Sanborn named education, outreach coordinator for Waterville Creates!

Waterville Creates! recently hired local artist and educator Serena Sanborn for the role of education and outreach coordinator beginning Sept. 1. The position, reporting to Patricia King, vice president of programs and operations of Waterville Creates!, was created to foster deeper collaborations and expand programming through Common Street Arts, an arm of Waterville Creates!.

Sanborn has been a part of the Waterville community from a very young age, having spent much of her childhood at Railroad Square Cinema, which was founded by her father, Alan Sanborn, and four others in 1978. She served as a Venue Manager there for the Maine International Film Festival for 19 of its 20 years.

She worked in art and science programming at the L.C. Bates Museum for a decade, leading the education department’s school outreach and inventive nature programming. An avid naturalist, Sanborn’s artistic endeavors range from printmaking to snow sculpting. Sanborn is keenly interested in exploring the intersection between art and science; one of her great gifts is developing creative projects around these themes for all audiences.

Sanborn is co-chair of the Wesserunsett Arts Council in Skowhegan, working to bring cultural events to Somerset County and sits on the board of the Canaan Farmers Hall.

Surgeon joins Franklin Health Surgery

Marni Mishler-Stietzel has joined the medical staff of Franklin Health Surgery and Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Mishler-Stietzel recently completed a five-year surgical residency at Northwell Health General Surgery (formerly Northshore Long Island Jewish) performing more than 1,000 surgical cases in general, trauma and vascular disciplines. While there she was named the 2015 Teaching Consultant of the Year for Northwell Health System in New York.

Dr. Mishler-Stietzel received her medical degree at the University of Arizona School of Medicine in Tucson. During her medical school years, she received recognition for exemplary dedication to research, as well as dedication to medical education and community outreach.

Besides general surgery, Dr. Mishler-Stietzel’s professional interests include emergency surgery and minimally invasive procedures.

Franklin Health Surgery provides comprehensive evaluation and management of most conditions requiring general surgery, as well as advanced laparoscopic surgery, upper and lower GI endoscopy, colonoscopy and stereotactic needle breast biopsy.

The practice is located on the second floor of the Franklin Health Medical Arts Center on the Franklin Memorial Hospital campus in Farmington.

Physician to join Franklin Health Livermore Falls Family Practice

Franklin Memorial Hospital recently announced that local physician Paul Wooden, MD, will join Franklin Health Livermore Falls Family Practice effective Sept. 1. Dr. Wooden is a family physician who specializes in the treatment and prevention of skin cancer and other diseases of the skin.

Dr. Wooden previously was in private practice in Farmington, and has been a member of the FMH medical staff since 1995. Dr. Wooden will continue caring for his active family medicine patients from his former practice, and is accepting new patients for the evaluation and treatment of skin problems and diseases.

Dr. Wooden has expertise in the use of dermoscopy, a technique that greatly improves the accuracy of determining whether a mole is benign or cancerous. He also offers photodynamic therapy for the treatment of precancerous skin lesions, as well as narrow band ultraviolet light therapy for the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin diseases.

Dr. Wooden graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Oregon Health & Sciences University, is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society.

Franklin Health Livermore Falls Family Practice is located in the Androscoggin Valley Medical Arts Center at 21 Main Street in Livermore Falls. Other providers in the practice include: Dr. Heidi Decker, Dr. Jonathon Gasper, Lenia Coates, PA-C, Mary Dunlap, FNP, and Sheila Hoyt, LCSW.

Waterville health care executive named CEO in New York

Franklin Community Health Network and Franklin Memorial Hospital former chief operating officer Gerald R. Cayer was recently appointed chief executive officer at the Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville, New York.

Cayer takes with him 20 years of hospital management, operations, business development and finance experience. He is a champion of patient safety and quality, employee engagement, and strong relationships with local medical staff.

Cayer has held leadership roles in acute care, long-term care, residential and educational centers for persons with disabilities, and municipal health and human services. Over his tenure in Farmington, he served as the chief operating officer, executive vice president and vice president. Previously, Cayer led the Health and Human Services Department for the City of Portland.

Cayer earned a master of public health degree from Boston University and a bachelor of science degree in community health education from the University of Maine at Farmington. He is also a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine program.

In 2015, Cayer, along with several others associated with Franklin Community Health Network, co-authored a community health study published in the Jan. 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Community-Wide Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs and Health Outcomes in a Rural County.

Cayer has held many leadership roles in health and human services, in not-for-profit organizations and education. He is active in high school and youth sports, has coached basketball and baseball and is a former United States Marine.

Cayer and his wife, Tami, have three children and live in Waterville. The family will be relocating to Lewis County, New York.

Compiled from contributed releases

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