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Feather River Bulletin , Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 13A  Consumers and providers of In-Home Supportive Services gather at the Portola Family Resource Center. Photo submitted Port cent,00r hosts in-home Dr. Wendy Flapan takes a multifaceted, hands-on approach with her patients. Kelly Block said she loves the individual attention, thoroughness and honest answers she gets'from her doctor. Photo courtesy Eastern Plumas Health Care Patient appreciates doctor's thoroughness Linda Satchwell Eastern Plumas Health Care Dr. Wendy Flapan, a board certified physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist), sees patients at Eastern Plumas Health Care's Graeagle clinic. She received her medical degree from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, and completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at UC Davis. She also completed special training in medical acupuncture through UCLA. Flapan specializes in disorders and pain of the niusculoskeletL sys and spine. Recently, EPHC's director of human resources. Lori Crown, was very frustrated after taking her mother, Kelly Block, to the ER twice in the middle of the night for extreme pain, only to be told by ER doctors that nothing was really wrong with her. She recommended that Block make an appointment with Flapan, driving her up to Graeagle from Reno for the appointment. According to Block, she too was very upset with the lack of real care she received in Reno. She worked for "gifted doctors" for most of her life, and was used to a high standard of care. "I'm older," said Block, "but I still expect the same care and sincerity that I used to get. I don't get it anymore in Reno, but I found it in Dr. Flapan. "On my first visit, she seemed totally concerned with me as an individual. She makes you feel as if there's no one else around that you're important to her. The exam was extremely thorough. She set my mind at ease." Block said that perhaps what matters most to her is a having a doctor who is "thorough and honest that's what counts with me. It's 90 percent of your battle. If you have a doctor who's honest, you can conquer a lot of things." She touched on the importance of the emotional side of medicine, which is also emphasized by Flapan. "Her sincere response to my questions and the answers she gave weren't everyday they were truthful and whole. I left feeling much better mentally because I got answers, and I hadn't had answers for a long time." It's clear that in complex cases, treatment is a process that involves ruling things out as much as pinpointing a single culprit. "I asked if it was lumbar stenosis," said Block. "Any other doctor would have come'up with some story. God love her, Dr. Flapan said, 'I really don't know.' I appreciate so much being told the truth." According to Flapan, "Sometimes it's good to know where you need to keep looking." But, in the meantime, they're chipping away at the problem (which includes back and leg pain as well as arthritis) bit by bit. Currently, according to Crown, Flapan has adjusted her mother's medications and "she's a different person," which includes finally being able to get good sleep at night. Block is clearly doing well; she has a youthful vitality, and a great admiratiori for Flapan. Block said the doctors she has seen recently in Reno aren't "the type I used to work for. Dr. Flapan is. It's a long distance for me to come, but I feel so grateful. I worked for gifted doctors, and Dr. Flapan is one of those." suoportlv00, s.e.rv00ces meeting The Nevada-Sierra Regional In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority recently held a "meet and greet" at the Portola Family Resource Center. Registry Specialist Paula Roediger welcomed consumers of IHSS as well as current and potential IHSS providers, as they enjoyed refreshments and conversation. In-Home Supportive Services is a statewide program that supports the independence of seniors and people with disabilities who choose to live in their own homes. The public authority helps IHSS consumers find and hire care providers and supplies trainings. It assists these consumers in navigating the IHSS program in Nevada, Plumas and Sierra counties. Organizers thank Leonard's Market and Sierra Energy for donating to the event. For more information about the Nevada-Sierra Regional IHSS Public Authority, visit or call 866-577-6331. For more information about the Portola Family Resource Center, visit portola-resource.html or call 832-1827. Sports Editor wantei!! Feather Publishing has an immediate opening for a full-time sports editor. Qualified applicants should have strong writing and photography skills and be available to work nights and weekends. The sports editor is based in the Quincy office, but frequently travels to Chester, Indian Valley and Portola to cover events. 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