The health community makes the success of the Health section of FLORIDA TODAY

I recently passed the six year mark since taking over the Health section of FLORIDA TODAY.

When I took over in 2015, I wrote a popular parenting column called “Daddy Duty,” and inherited a small group of local health professionals who contributed columns on a variety of topics. health for the section.

Since then, I have been able to grow this small group into a network of columnists offering expertise on mental health, skin health, eye health, fitness, nutrition, senior health, pediatrics and more.

At this time of year when we are grateful for so much, I wanted to share my appreciation for these healthcare professionals who share their time and talent to educate Brevard County on the most important healthcare topics through FLORIDA TODAY and

Additionally, many of our Gannett news sites across the country collect their stories and post them on their websites.

It’s not uncommon for one of our healthcare professionals to email me to let me know that someone from Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio and other places has contacted them. .

Here is a list of our columnists whom I would like to publicly thank for their contributions to the work over the past year. If I forget anyone (and I hope I haven’t), I sincerely apologize.

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One Senior Place in Viera provides a weekly column to FLORIDA TODAY to help the county's aging population.  Barbara Fradkin, left, social worker, certified care manager and director of One Senior Place;  Lisa Conway, center, is a registered nurse and certified care manager for primary partner care services;  Brenda Lyle is a Certified Care Manager and Certified Dementia Practitioner.

One Senior Place staff: Barbara Fradkin, Brenda Lyle and Lisa Conway (with help from Joyce Wilden). One Senior Place in Viera offers a weekly column to help the county’s aging population. Barbara is a Social Worker, Certified Care Manager and Director of One Senior Place; Lisa is a Registered Nurse and Certified Care Manager for Core Partner Care Services; Brenda is a Certified Care Manager and Certified Dementia Practitioner; Joyce is president of BUZZ Biz Public Relations and makes sure I get a set of columns to start each month.

Susie Bond

Susie Bond. Susie writes a column called “Nutrition for Today” which usually appears the first week of the month. She is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and licensed in private practice. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Dr. Sue Mitra

Dr Sue Mitra. Dr. Mitra is a board-certified internist who writes about general health and wellness practices, appearing the second week of the month. Her office is in Melbourne and she can be reached at 321-622-6222.

Susan Hammerling Hodgers

Susan Hammerling-Hodgers. Susan writes a column called “Skin Matters” which appears the third week of the month. Susan is a PA-C (Certified Physician Assistant) and MPAS (Master of Physician Assistant Studies) and works at Brevard Skin and Cancer in offices in Merritt Island, Titusville and Rockledge.

Kristin Woodling, Pamper Your Mind

Kristin Woodling. Kristin answers people’s life questions in her column, “Pamper Your Mind,” which appears the third week of the month. Kristin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Managing Director of Pamper Your Mind LLC in Satellite Beach. You can read more about her on

Dr Frederick Ho

Dr Frederick Ho. Dr. Ho writes an eye care column that appears the last week of the month titled “Focus on Eyes.” Dr. Ho, a board-certified ophthalmologist, is the Medical Director of Atlantic Eye MD and the Atlantic Surgery and Laser Center in Melbourne. He can be reached at (321) 757-7272.

Dr. Mike Ronsisvalle

Dr. Mike Ronsisvalle. Dr. Mike, a graduate of Merritt Island High, writes a column called “Millennial Mind” which takes place the last week of the month. He is a licensed psychologist and president of LiveWell Behavioral Health, a psychological services agency that provides counseling to clients of all ages and addiction treatment to adolescents and adults. He can be reached at 321-259-1662.

We also have contributors who send reviews from time to time.

Dr. Pamela Tronetti, left, is the medical director of aging services at Parrish Medical Center.  Janet Rooks is the Coordinator of Parrish Senior Solutions.

Dr. Pamela Tronetti and Janet Rooks. Dr. Tronetti wrote a popular column for over a decade and still sends in columns from time to time. Dr. Tronetti is the Medical Director of Aging Services at Parrish Medical Center. She often teamed up with Janet to write informative columns to help seniors in our county. Janet is the Coordinator of Parrish Senior Solutions.

Gregg Martin is a 36-year-old Army veteran and retired 2-star general living in Cocoa Beach.

Gregg F. Martin, Major General, US Army (Retired). General Martin was kind enough to provide first-hand accounts of his battle with bipolar disorder. He has written related articles on mental health and military veterans.

Dawn Page is Infection Prevention Coordinator for Steward Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.

Dawn page. Dawn is the Infection Prevention Coordinator for Steward Regional Medical Center in Melbourne. She has written stories that will make you think twice before jumping into a freshwater pond or heated body of water.

I would also like to thank some columnists who have written admirably for years but have recently retired. They include:

Pediatrics in Brevard healthcare professionals who provided monthly columns to FLORIDA TODAY: top left, Margaret Nemethy, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, top right, Dr. Betty Cheney Kelly, bottom left , Dr. Mary Ulrich and Lea Dickens, certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

Pediatrics at Brevard: Dr Mary Ulrich, Dr Betty Cheney Kelly, Margaret Nemethy and Lea Dickens (with assistance from Lisa Crites). They’ve provided a monthly column for years, sharing helpful pediatric news and tips. Lisa was our go-between and always made sure the columns arrived on time.

Jim McCormick is the owner of Cocoa Beach Health and Fitness Center.

Jim McCormick. Jim owns Cocoa Beach Health and Fitness and has written helpful articles throughout the pandemic on staying fit and healthy. He is a lifelong Brevard resident and a great Cocoa Beach ambassador.

Additionally, I would like to thank Steward Medical, Parrish Medical, Health First, OMNI Healthcare, MedFast, Pediatrics in Brevard, and all other healthcare professionals who contribute to FLORIDA TODAY and our community at large.

We are fortunate to have so much top-notch healthcare across the county, an asset we saw as they navigated the COVID-19 pandemic with preparedness and professionalism.

I can’t say it enough. Thank you.

Walters can be contacted at [email protected]

USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA Deputy State Sports Editor Tim Walters