The Roanoker - July/August 2018 - 32

YOU R H E A LT H H E RO E S
We asked readers to share their stories on the health professionals who changed their lives.

W

e knew there were so many health professionals
in our region helping others, but the positive
response was almost overwhelming. With over 80
entries ranging from family physicians and cardiologists
to orthodontists and innovators, the vast array of those
making a difference in our lives and community is
incredible.
Thank you to our readers for sharing your health hero
stories. Nominees are listed in alphabetical order by last
name. Some nominators chose to remain anonymous.

Gavin M. Aaron, DDS, MS

Farrell Adkins, MD

William Ball, MD

AARON PERIODONTICS & DENTAL
IMPLANTS
4405 STARKEY RD
ROANOKE, VA 24018
540-562-3166
PERIOHUB.COM
Nominated for Periodontist by
Anonymous

CARILION CLINIC COLORECTAL
SURGERY
3 RIVERSIDE CIRCLE
ROANOKE, VA 24016
540-224-5170
Nominated for Colon & Rectal Surgery
by Lisa Noell

ROANOKE FAMILY MEDICINE
Nominated for Family Medicine by
Anonymous

"I went to Dr. Gavin Aaron to get
back on track with cleanings.
... I had explained what was
recommended by the previous
periodontist and to my relief Dr.
Aaron did not feel that procedure
was necessary but suggested
removing a back tooth ... here I am
over one year later, two additional
cleanings and not another mention
of a tissue graft. You are my hero,
Dr. Gavin M. Aaron, DDS, MS!"

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JULY/AUGUST 2018

Quotes from nominators have been edited for
grammar and spacing, but are otherwise as submitted.
Following our list of nominations are 15 amazing
stories shared by our readers (page 48). These were
hand-selected by our editor for print and vary
from inspiring to downright heartwarming. You'll
read snippets here of why these nominees are
heroes; to read the rest of the stories in full shared
by nominators, head over to TheRoanoker.com/
HealthHeroesStories.

"I was diagnosed in 2007 with
Ulcerative Colitis. ... My options
were to remove the stricture and
increase my chances of colon
cancer or remove my entire large
intestine. I made the decision
to have everything removed.
Dr. Farrell Adkins ... explained
everything to me clearly and made
me aware of all the complications
that could arise. ... it is now two
years later and life is good. Thank
you, Dr. Adkins, for giving me my
life back!"

"Dr. Ball has been our family doctor
for almost 30 years and has been
unfailingly compassionate and
understanding."

Victor Bell, MD
NEW HORIZONS HEALTHCARE
Nominated for Family Medicine by
Anonymous

"Dr. Bell has dedicated his career
to serving the underserved. ... Dr.
Bell is a compassionate doctor
sincerely interested in the longterm well-being of his patients. His
career path is one that has been
focused far more on service than
personal gain."

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