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Lapeer Medical Associates

944 Baldwin Rd., Suite A, Lapeer • 810-245-5562 •

The physicians at Lapeer Medical Associates were instrumental in bringing athlete heart screening to the Lapeer community. The physicians at Lapeer Medical Associates were instrumental in bringing athlete heart screening to the Lapeer community. LAPEER — Although very rare, the unfortunate reality is student athletes can be at risk for sudden cardiac arrest if they have Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, also known as HCM . That’s why Lapeer Medical Associates (LMA) along with Lapeer Medical Diagnostics and National Diagnostic Services are now offering student athlete screenings for students ages 14-21.

The student athlete heart screens include an echocardiogram, the gold standard in detecting HCM. The screen shows pumping strength, size and motion, valve abnormalities and obstructions.

All tests are ultrasound based – no radiation, no pain and no needles. Results of the exam are reviewed by a boardcertified cardiologist. Results are private and sent directly to a patient’s home to share with their physician.

The cost is $79. Screenings are performed 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday by National Diagnostic Services, a nationally certified Michigan-based company.

Dr. Albert Smith, Jr., D.O. said he and his team felt bringing this service to the Lapeer community was extremely important, especially if a student athlete you know has any of the following symptoms when exerting energy: Chest pain, dizziness or a tendency to pass out.

The screening is the latest in the long list of ways the team at LMA ensures the health of the community.

Founded in 1999, LMA is one of the largest medical practices in the Lapeer area and employs 30 team members including certified medical assistants, referral specialists, medical records specialists and experienced administration support staff.

The practice is owned by Timothy Piontkowski, D.O., Mark Braniecki, D.O., Curt Coulter, D.O. and Dr. Smith.

The founding physicians have practiced medicine in the community for many years, in fact Dr. Smith celebrated 30 years of service recently. Since its start, LMA has continually grown. To keep up with that growth Darla S. Murphy, M.D. joined the practice.

All of the physicians with LMA are board certified in their specialty. Dr. Piontkowski, Dr. Smith, Dr. Coulter and Dr. Murphy are board certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Braniecki is board certified in pediatrics. Also on staff is Kathleen Fisher, C.F.N.P., D.N.P. and Janelle Keyser, P.A. C. Fisher is a nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree and has been with LMA for more than 10 years. Keyser is a physician assistant as well as a certified diabetic educator, having been with the practice for more than nine years.

The staff receives continuous training on state-of-the-art medical equipment and electronic medical records.

It is very important to the physicians and staff members to offer full-service medical care to the Lapeer Community. “You’ll see the difference” has always been their motto. LMA was one of the first practices in the Lapeer Area to be completely electronic, implementing advanced technological devices to better serve their patients. It was also one of the first practices in the area to be designated as a “Patient Centered Medical Home.” X-ray services, laboratory, pharmacy and physical therapy are all available in the building. In addition, specialty services are available for ophthalmology, otolaryngology, allergy, women’s healthcare and hematology/oncology.

The office is open most Saturdays, so patients are able to see their own doctor without having to resort to an urgent care facility.

“Please see your family doctor,” said Dr. Smith. “We know everything about you and your family history. We want to see you for well visits and annual physicals as well.”

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