Health Briefs July 12, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

NMMC Wellness Center offers kids’ programs
In July and August, kids will have two opportunities to move and groove at the NMMC Wellness Center in Tupelo.
From July 15- to Aug. 1, children 8 to 12 are invited to participate in the Boot Camp Express.
Sessions meet from 5:45-6:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for three weeks and will include fun and challenging fitness activities.
The fee is $50. To register, call (662) 377-4147.
Registration is also open for dance and gymnastics classes that will begin at the wellness center in August with instructor Shale Rulewicz.
Creative movement classes combining tap, ballet and tumbling will be offered for ages 3 to 5. Classes featuring a fast-paced combination of hip hop and tumbling will be offered for age 5 through sixth grade.
To register, call (662) 844-5219 or (662) 377-4147.
No registration fee is charged; however, one-half of the $50 monthly fee for August is due upon registration to reserve the child’s spot.

Williamson retires full-time practice
After 33 years in Tupelo, Dr. J.W. “Buddy” Williamson isn’t fully retiring this month, but his practice is definitely taking a new direction.
A native of Bay Springs, Williamson began his Tupelo practice on July 1, 1980.
Dr. Williamson removed his shingle from Surgery Clinic of Tupelo at the end of June, but he will continue to see patients a few days each week at NMMC’s Vein Center to treat varicose veins, spider veins, venous ulceration and inflammation, and other issues affecting veins of the leg.
He has long had an interest in vein surgery, having trained under renowned venous specialist Dr. Seshadri Raju during his vascular fellowship at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Dr. Williamson will also continue to serve as part-time medical director for Health Link.
In his spare time he plans to play golf, duck hunt and spend time with family, which includes daughters in Tupelo and Birmingham, and sons in Fulton and Atlanta.

Nurse practitioner joins Cardiothoracic Surgery
Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinic of North Mississippi is pleased to welcome Katie Gann, board-certified nurse practitioner.
Gann completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Mississippi University for Women, and her master’s degree and family nurse practitioner certification at Delta State University in Cleveland.
Gann has worked in health care since 2005, starting as a registered nurse in the cardiovascular step-down unit at NMMC-Tupelo.