Welcome to MaineGeneral's HealtheMatters ! In this issue, we introduce you to Dr. D.B. Nguyen, the newest member of the cancer center's expert clinical team, as well as to a new vascular procedure that's improving the quality of life for patients with painful varicose veins. We also invite you to join us on Aug. 8 at the Taste of Waterville. And we share another tasty recipe from the great folks at Food and Nutrition. As always, we welcome your feedback at .
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Meet radiation oncologist D.B. Nguyen, MD, PhD
Dr. D.B. Nguyen is a board-certified radiation oncologist who began treating patients with cancer at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in June 2018. He is employed by Radiation Oncology Associates. Dr. Nguyen has practiced in the oncology field since 1997 and most recently worked as medical director of the radiation oncology program at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital in Mansfield, OH.

But that's just his clinical side. We knew you'd want to learn more about his personal side. Here's his story!

Dr. Nguyen was awarded a scholarship to Harvard four years after escaping Saigon during the Vietnam War. He learned English from Catholic nuns in refugee camps and, later, from the TV shows Laverne and Shirley and Gilligan’s Island.

After graduating from Harvard magna cum laude with highest honors, Dr. Nguyen was awarded a scholarship to Dartmouth Medical School. He earned a PhD and an MD at Dartmouth; a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale; and a NATO Fellowship in Denmark, where he learned Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. Dr. Nguyen was on the research faculty at Yale before completing his internship and residency in radiation oncology.

Dr. Nguyen is married to Gulimina Mahamuti, a concert pianist who performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, and has twin boys, Jules and Verne, who just turned three. He is an inventor with three U.S. Patents, and enjoys giving science and mathematics lectures to the general public, especially on time and time travel. He served on the board of the National Youth Science Foundation.

In Dr. Nguyen’s spare time, he restored an 1888 Chickering grand piano, plays classical music on the guitar and piano, and builds toys out of recyclable materials for his sons.

And he's happy to be part of the outstanding clinical team at the HACCC!

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to be part of, and to contribute to, a top-notch cancer program that brings advanced cancer treatments to the patients in this area.”
Pain-free and dancing thanks to varicose vein ablation
Patti Casey loves to go dancing with her husband. That activity become increasingly less enjoyable and more pain-filled in recent years due to worsening issues with varicose veins - a problem she lived with for 20 years.

She didn't think she'd ever have relief - until her primary care provider referred her to vascular surgeon John Carson, MD at MaineGeneral Surgery in Augusta, who told her about a new minimally invasive vein ablation procedure that could return her to a pain-free life.

“I have absolutely no pain now. For 20 years I had aching and cramping and pain that I learned to live with,” she said, “so to not have that pain is astonishing.”
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Stop by for a taste at the Taste!
MaineGeneral Health is pleased to once again participate in one of Waterville’s biggest events – The Taste of Waterville – on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in downtown Waterville. MaineGeneral's vendor booth will be staffed from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and our food booth will offer a great menu from 5 to 9 p.m.

This annual Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce event features live entertainment, children’s events, amazing food from local restaurants, a beer garden with live bands, gymnastics and dance demonstrations and a business vendor section.

MaineGeneral has participated in the Taste for many years, offering fabulous, healthy and nutritious food for purchase as well as health education materials and the ever-fun Wheel of Health.

Recipe cards will be available for our menu offerings so you can make these great dishes yourself after the Taste.

So bring your friends and family to the Taste as there’s always something for everyone – and make sure to visit our MaineGeneral booths!
'Beat the Heat' this summer
During the summer months, it’s important to stay safe and cautious in the heat.

Maine doesn't get extreme heat often, but when we do, we’re more likely to get sick due to our bodies not being used to it.

Heat-related illnesses occur when a person’s body is in a high-temperature environment and cannot cool down. Illnesses range from mild - heat rash, sunburn and heat cramps - to those that are more serious and can even be life threatening - heat exhaustion, dehydration, and heat stroke.

Learn more about those who are at greatest risk - and what you can do to keep yourself and loved ones safe!
MaineGeneral offers many informative and fun classes to help you and your family live life to the fullest. See a full listing and register for an upcoming class!
Blackened Chicken Breast with
Crisp Cucumber & Lime Marscapone
Are you a fan of chicken but tired of the "same old, same old" poultry recipes? Then we have a solution for your dilemma - our very tasty Blackened Chicken Breast with Crisp Cucumber & Lime Marscapone recipe!

With a savory mix of spices and lime juice & zest, this offering is sure to please your taste buds and those of any summer company you're entertaining. Enjoy!
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